Finding the Way Back to Mayberry

Episode #85, "The Great Filling Station Robbery"

A young man, Jimmy Morgan, is accused of breaking into Wally’s garage and stealing supplies.  Andy must figure out who the real culprit really is. Barney enters the electronics age when he decides to solve a mysterious string of robberies at Wally's Filling Station using modern police technology. Andy is more concerned with clearing the name of the young man who was given a fresh start with a job at the station and who is chief suspect in the case.

Lesson Points:
Blaming (Not Building) Better People – Barney, Mr. Carter – Zec. 7:9-10, Luke 6:37-40
    Suspicious Minds Jump to Convenient Conclusions – Col. 3:12-14, Proverbs 11:9
    Searching for the Truth Requires the Right Attitude – 1 Co. 13:1-13, Mt. 22:37-40
    Stop Judging a Book By Its Cover – Matthew 7:1-5, Romans 2:1, 1 Samuel 16:7

Trusting in the Truth – Andy and Gomer – Job 15:31
    Be Discerning While Focused on Truth – Proverbs 3:5-6, Matthew 7:15-20
    Seek the Truth Before Forming an Opinion – John 7:24, Psalm 32:8, Amos 5:24
    Be Humble/See the Good in Others – Ro. 12:9-21, Eph. 4:1-2, Heb.5:2, Mt.18:1-6

    Can A Leopard Change Its Spots? – Jeremiah 13:23, Matthew 18:15-19
    Listen and Pray to Make the Right Decision – Isa. 55:6-13, Jas. 2:12-13, Pr.19:20

Turning the Other Cheek – Jimmy Morgan – Luke 6:27-36
    Don’t Strike Back in Anger – Matthew 5:38-45, 1 Thess. 5:14-15, Proverbs 15:1
    Don’t Give Up - Proverbs 17:22
    Focus on the Good Inside Yourself, Without Putting Others Down – Jas. 1:19-27
    Have Faith That the Truth Will Prevail – Zechariah 4:6, Philippians 2:1-11
    Ask God to Heal You of Hurts Involving Trust – Ro. 12:1-14, Ps. 138:7 & 27:1-3

God Can Turn Troubles Around (Out of the darkness, the light is born) – Genesis 1:1-5
    In Mistakes – 2 Kings 4:38-41
    In Misunderstandings – Acts 15:36-41
    In Misfortune – Acts 16:16-40
    In Misery – Matthew 9:18-26

1) What was your first impression of Mr. Carter?  Of Jimmy?  Why do you think Mr. Carter accused him of stealing?  Why didn’t he calm down after Jimmy’s explanation?

2) What did Mr. Carter mean when he said he didn’t want someone like Jimmy around?  Do you think many people had trusted Jimmy before?  Did Andy have much reason to trust him?  Why did he give him so many chances?  Why didn’t Barney do the same?

3) Why do you think the Hanson boys picked the week Wally was gone to rob the station?  Why didn’t Gomer worry about hiring Jimmy, after hearing the rumors about him?  Do you think Andy would have caught the crooks if it hadn’t been for Jimmy? 

4) Surely Jimmy realized the reputation he was getting, especially with people like Mr. Carter voicing their opinions.  Why didn’t he grow bitter or give up?  Of the three “electronal marvels” in this episode, whose was the most efficient in law enforcement?

5) Can a person be too trusting?  Have you ever given up on someone who needed your trust?  Have you ever been deceived by somebody you trusted?  How would you feel (and react) if someone unfairly accused you?  We have heard, “The night is darkest just before the dawn.”  What do you do when you find yourself in these “dark” situations?

Final Thought:
Andy:  I guess we’ll have to chalk one up to the youth of today, Barn…. not to mention good ol’ scientific know-how!