“Lost Adventure” of Superman
far it was just another ordinary day in the quiet little town of
Mayberry, North Carolina. Town deputy Barney Fife had just come
inside the Mayberry court house and collected the mail from just
inside the front door where it had fallen through the slot.
Walking over he dropped it all on Sheriff Andy Taylor’s
desk. Andy had been filling out some paperwork, but he stopped
for a moment to rifle through the envelopes. Barney stood in
front of his desk, watching him.
important?” Barney asked. A smirk crossed his face. “Or
just the usual stuff addressed to that weird guy named
that ‘Occupant’ guy sure is popular around
hereabouts,” Andy responded. He dumped most of them into
his trash can. However, when he got to one particular large
envelope he stopped and ripped it open.
looks like wanted posters from the county,” Barney
Andy told him. Andy flipped through the enclosed
a matter of fact, yes,” Andy replied. “Here’s
one from out of state. A couple of mean-lookin’ fellows
named Duke Pizanno and Johnny Reade. Both wanted in four states
for illegal gambling, loan-sharking, and murder.”
suddenly looked nervous. “Murder?” he exclaimed.
Unconsciously he started to finger his left shirt pocket, where
he kept the one bullet he was allowed to keep on his person for
his normally unloaded sidearm.
boy,” Andy continued. “Murder. It says they might be
headin’ in this direction too, in a stolen car. They’re
tellin’ us to keep a lookout for them.”
Barney could say anything more a sudden commotion made itself
known, coming from the town’s main street outside the front
of the building.
what that’s all about?” Barney asked.
don’t know,” Andy replied. “Let’s go take
a look-see.” Andy got up from his desk and headed for the
door. Barney followed after him.
Once they were both
outside a car roared right past the court house, headed west at a
high rate of speed.
Barney shouted to no one in particular. “That guy’s
speeding! That’s a 402-7!”
pedestrians standing on either side of the street on the
sidewalks were not looking at the car. They were looking up into
the sky. Some of them were pointing.
is that? A bird?” one older man on the sidewalk near Barney
don’t think so! It’s too big for a bird!”
another man next to him said.
it’s too small to be a plane!” a third man
A woman nearby raised her hand to her mouth
in a gesture of amazement. “It’s not a plane!”
she pronounced. “It’s a man!”
unbelievable as it seemed, it was
man -- a man with a cape, flying through the air and heading down
toward the street!
As the onlookers gaped the man
landed squarely on his feet in the middle of the street a few
yards ahead of the speeding car. The car did not slow down. The
women standing around on both sidewalks turned their heads,
expecting the car to run over the man and kill him instantly.
that’s not what happened. The caped man extended both arms
out. His flattened palms slammed against the front of the
oncoming car’s hood, and the car came to a jarring and
Andy started running up the street
toward the immobilized car. After recovering himself, Barney
When they both reached the car the
caped man was examining the driver of the car through the
driver’s side window. The man was lying unconscious against
the steering wheel.
that’s Duke Pizanno!” Barney managed to say,
recognizing the man from his photograph on the wanted poster he
had just seen.
all right. He’s just knocked out from the sudden stop,”
the man who had stopped the car told Andy. “No
– you’re that fellow Superman, aren’t you?”
nodded. “Unfortunately, Pizanno’s companion, Johnny
Reade, isn’t with him,” he said. “Pizanno must
have previously dropped him off somewhere.”
that means Reade’s still at large!” Barney announced
Superman nodded again. A number of
gaping pedestrians started to gather around the car.
mighty glad to meet you, Superman,” Andy said. “I
never thought I’d ever see you around these parts. I’m
Andy Taylor, the local sheriff.”
hands with him. “Glad to meet you too, Sheriff,” the
Man of Steel replied. “I’ll leave Pizanno in your
capable hands then.” He looked around at the gathering
crowd. “I’d better go.”
lifted his arms and leaped up into the air. Within moments he had
disappeared into the distance.
Andy, was that really him?” Barney exclaimed. “…
that fellow from the big city that they say has all those
superhuman powers and all?”
was him,” Andy responded. “C’mon, we’d
better get Pizanno into a cell, and then get him a doctor.”
and his deputy were not aware of the fact that Superman had
away from Mayberry. Instead he had circled around and landed in
an alley a block or so away. A few moments later Daily
Clark Kent walked out of that very same alley. He straightened
his tie, then walked back to the scene of Pizanno’s arrest
and came over to Andy, who was struggling to get Pizanno out of
right folks, the show’s over!” Barney announced,
waving his arms at the assembled crowd, using that
ultra-professional tone of voice he often put on when he had to
deal with the public. “Give us some room here! Go back to
your homes! We’ve got this situation well under
let me help you,” Kent said, coming up and starting to
assist Andy in hoisting Pizanno out of the car. “I’m
Clark Kent, a reporter with the Metropolis Daily
he said, introducing himself. “I’ve been tracking
Pizanno and Reade for a while now, hoping to get the story of
their capture. Looks like you’ve got one of
Mr. Kent,” Andy replied, gratefully accepting his help.
Pizanno was a heavy bruiser, and difficult to lift. “Looks
like you may have your story,” Andy added, smiling. “Well,
half of it, at least!”
The pair both carried the
limp Pizanno down the street to the Mayberry court house. Once
inside they took him into one of the two cells there and laid him
out on the cot. When that was done Andy went over to his desk and
picked up the telephone there.
Sarah?” he said into the mouthpiece. “Call the doc
and tell him to come over to the court house right away, will
you? Yeah, we got a patient here for him.”
then Barney came in the front door. Andy hung up the phone and
looked at Kent.
I guess you’re a newcomer in town, Mr. Kent?” Andy
yes,” Kent replied, touching his glasses. “I’ll
probably be staying around for a few days or so, to see if I can
pick up a lead on Pizanno’s partner, Reade. … In the
meantime, can you suggest a place in town where I might
thing!” Andy told him. “The Mayberry Hotel is right
down the street. I’ll take you over there myself.”
smiled and nodded.
an eye on that desperado in there, will you Barn?” Andy
said to his deputy, pointing toward Pizanno’s cell. “The
doc’ll be right over to take a look at him.”
sure,” Barney replied, waving the two men off. He patted
the holster on his belt. “Ol’ Roscoe and I won’t
take our eyes off him!”
Andy chuckled, and the
two men left.
outside they walked down the sidewalk side by side.
seems like a nice, quiet, peaceful little town,” Kent
well, I guess for the most part it is,” Andy replied. “We
don’t get much excitement like what happened today around
here. We just get mostly jaywalkers and illegal stills. Overall
Mayberry residents are pretty law-abidin’ folks.”
looked around as they walked, somewhat wistfully. “It must
be nice to live in such a place.”
guess it’s quite a bit different from the big city,
it surely is.”
They came to the Mayberry Hotel,
and Andy escorted Kent in the front door.
Asa,” Andy greeted the front desk clerk. “We need a
room for Mr. Kent here. He’s visiting from the big city for
a few days.”
I’m sorry, Sheriff,” Asa replied. “We’re
havin’ a problem with the plumbing in some of the rooms
right now,” he apologized. “And the owner’s in
the process of renovating some of the other rooms. And those
rooms that are left already have customers in them.”
that’s too bad,” Andy said.
there anywhere else in town I could stay?” Kent
no, not really,” Andy told him. “We’re a, uh,
small town, like I said.” Andy thought about it for a
moment, stroking his chin. “Wait a minute,” he
finally said. “I live with my Aunt Bee and my son Opie, but
we have a spare bedroom. Why don’t you just stay with us,
since you’re only here a couple days?”
no, I wouldn’t want to impose on you,” Kent
no imposition, really,” Andy said. “And Aunt Bee
makes the best fried chicken in the whole county!”
smiled at this. “Well, if you think she really wouldn’t
at all!” Andy assured him. “We live right down the
street a couple blocks. I’ll take you there now.”
Sheriff. I really appreciate this,” Kent told him. They
headed back out onto the street.
They walked down the
main street a ways back past the court house, and then down
another street to a row of neat-looking little houses. Every one
had a pristine-looking little lawn out in front of it. As they
walked Kent found himself experiencing a funny case of déjà
vu. He started to remember some of the other little towns that he
had been in in the past that seemed in a way kind of similar to
Mayberry: Silsby, Carbide, Clifton-By-The Sea, etc.
finally told himself that all
towns must look somewhat similar to each other.
they came to Sheriff Andy’s homey little two-story rancher
Andy escorted Kent inside. Once in the living room Andy called up
the stairs to the second floor while Kent politely removed his
hat. “Aunt Bee!” he shouted.
moment Bee came down the stairs. “Aunt Bee, I’d like
you to meet Clark Kent,” Andy told her. “He’s a
newspaper reporter in town from the big city to investigate two
crooks from out of state that are currently in the area. We’ve
already got one of them. He’s locked up in the jail. We’re
still looking for the other one.”
to meet you Mr. Kent,” Bee said. “I’m sorry you
have to be in town for such depressing circumstances. Mayberry is
usually such a friendly little town.”
nodded respectfully to her. “Nice to meet you, too, uh,
Miss Bee,” he replied.
Aunt Bee, you’ll never guess who made an appearance in town
this morning!” Andy exclaimed.
I already know, thanks to the local female grape vine!” Bee
responded. “Isn’t it exciting, someone like the
legendary Superman showing up in little ol’ Mayberry!”
sure is!” Andy told her. “And Mr. Kent here says he
really?” Bee declared. “My word, that’s very
yes,” Kent said quietly. “I’ve had some contact
you can tell my son Opie about him,” Andy continued. “He’s
always been fascinated with Superman. He’s in school right
now. He’ll be home later.”
I’d be glad to talk to Opie,” Kent replied. He
touched the rim of his glasses uneasily. “… I’ll
tell him what I know, which probably isn’t all that much,”
Bee, Mr. Kent has nowhere to stay while he’s in town,”
Andy said. “They don’t have any rooms available at
the hotel right now. I told him it would be all right if he
a couple of nights.”
sure, that’s just fine!” Bee replied. “I’ll
fix the guest room up for you, Mr. Kent. We’d be glad to
you very much,” Kent said. “I really appreciate
problem at all!” Bee responded. The happy hostess side of
her was already starting to exert itself.
at the court house the phone rang on Andy’s desk. Barney,
who was sitting at the desk staring suspiciously at Pizanno (who
was lying on the cot in his cell trying to sleep, after the local
doctor had pronounced him fit other than a small bump on his
head), picked up the old-fashioned phone and its
he pronounced into the mouthpiece. “Mayberry Court House.
Deputy Sheriff Barney Fife speaking.” He listened for a
moment. “What’s that? You say you just had a breakout
from the state prison?” he said into the phone. He lowered
it for a moment. “Oh great,” he mumbled testily to
himself. “When it rains it pours!” When a “What?”
came over the earpiece Barney picked up the phone again. “Oh,
I just said it’s starting to rain here!” he said
nervously into the mouthpiece, trying to cover up his remark.
“Yes!” he added. “Yes, we’ll be on the
lookout here for him! What’s his name?” Suddenly
Barney’s face went blank. “Avery Noonan?” he
repeated anxiously. “Avery
Are you sure
who got out?”
Barney remembered that he had had
a hand in arresting Noonan a year or so before for beating up a
neighbor of his, and Noonan had threatened Barney at the time
that?” Barney continued into the phone’s mouthpiece.
“You say he stole a pistol from a guard and is armed
Now there was a real look of shock on his face. Like a man in a
daze he hung the phone up.
Noonan is out!” he muttered to himself. “He said if
he ever got out of jail he’d come get
And now he’s armed
that?” Pizanno said from his cell. “What’d you
Barney quickly got all business again.
“Nothing, Pizanno! Nothing! You just mind your own beeswax
over there and go back to sleep!” he ordered.
shrugged and closed his eyes again.
out!” Barney repeated to himself, this time in a whisper.
“With a gun! What am I gonna do?”
then Andy came in the front door. Kent came in with him.
Barn!” Andy said cheerily. “How’s the prisoner
Barney replied, not quite out of his funk yet. “Oh, the
prisoner! He’s fine!” he said, recovering himself.
“Just fine!” He got up from Andy’s seat and
went over to his own desk and sat down on his own chair.
sat down at his desk. He looked at Barney, who was fidgeting and
looking very nervous. “Barney, you okay?” Andy
… we just got a call from the state prison in Raleigh,”
Barney replied glumly. “The warden said that Avery Noonan
just broke out, and he might be headed this way. And he’s
Noonan?” Andy repeated. “Isn’t that the guy who
said he would get you if he ever got out of prison?”
that’s the guy!” Barney responded irritably.
don’t it sound like we’re going through a veritable
crime wave here lately,” Andy said to Kent, a bit of irony
in his voice. “I guess when it rains it pours!”
last thing we need at a time like this is a weather report!”
Barney shot back testily.
Okay!” Andy shot back, wondering what the big deal about
his comment was. But, he knew that Barney often responded in ways
that were puzzling, to say the least.
starting to feel a little uncomfortable watching all this, even
though so far it was actually a pretty typical day at the
Mayberry court house. “I think I’ll go wander around
the area and see if I can pick up any leads on Reade,” he
Andy said. “Be careful about that Noonan guy too, if you
happen to see him.”
Kent nodded and headed for
the door. Right then Barney suddenly popped up from his chair. “I
think I’ll go patrol the southern part of the county!”
Barney chimed in. He looked at Andy and gestured. “You know
– that part way
near Myers Lake.”
haven’t actively patrolled that area for years!” Andy
Barney looked irritated again. “Well,
yeah!” he responded. “That’s why I think I
better go on down there and have a look around! Could be all
kinds of crime and graft goin’ on down there, and we
wouldn’t know a thing about it!”
Andy replied in a bewildered voice. “There’s nothin’
down that way but wide open farm fields!”
those farmers down there are capable of cheatin’ each other
too, ya know!” Barney protested. He headed for the front
door, barging right by Kent as he did so.
Once he was
gone Kent looked at Andy, and Andy looked back at him.
can be a little temperamental sometimes,” Andy said,
shrugging his shoulders. “Actually,” he added, “…
he can be a little strange at times, too.”
gave Andy a knowing look. “I know what you mean. I know
someone that’s the same way!”
of Jimmy Olsen.
see you at suppertime then?” Andy asked.
nodded. He waved goodbye and went outside. Once on the sidewalk
he stopped and watched Barney as the twitchy deputy climbed into
his patrol car and took off down the street.
smiled and shook his head.
he was way down in the southern outskirts of Mayberry County
Barney began to relax a bit. He had seen nothing but open farm
fields for quite a distance, and now it seemed more and more
unlikely that Avery Noonan would ever find him down here. When he
spotted a small farm stand on the side of the road he decided to
pull over and get something to munch on.
some freshly-picked apples Barney got back in his squad car and
once again set out down the road. He hadn’t gone far when
he realized he was almost at Myers Lake. When he got to a little
side road that led to it he decided to take it. When he reached
the lake’s perimeter he stopped his patrol car and got out.
He found a suitable rock to sit on and he perched himself there,
nibbling on one of his apples.
After a few minutes he
abruptly felt something cold against the back of his neck. He
reached up to scratch it when his fingers came into contact with
something round, cold, and hard.
old pal,” came a low, scratchy voice from behind him.
slowly Barney turned his head around. Once he did he observed
that Avery Noonan was standing just behind him, dressed in prison
garb. The cold, hard, round thing that was now pointed right at
Barney’s face was the barrel of a pistol.
Barney blurted. “Avery Noonan!”
Avery Noonan,” Barney’s adversary repeated. “The
guy that said I was gonna get you if I ever got out of prison.
And here I am, out of prison and free as a bird! And my favorite
person in the whole wide world decided to do me a magnificent
favor and park himself right in my path of escape!”
realized, too late, that the Raleigh State Prison was south of
Mayberry. It made perfect sense that Avery would be out in the
woods here, headed north from the prison in order to get to
Mayberry to exact his revenge. And now Barney was trapped! And
even though he was armed too, like Avery, his pistol was still in
his holster. And his only bullet was still nestled securely in
his shirt pocket!
Barney slowly stood up. “Avery,
old buddy! Old pal!” he stuttered nervously. “Can’t
we talk this over? After all, I didn’t really arrest you!
Technically that was Sheriff Taylor, my boss!”
but you led him to me!” Avery corrected. “He never
woulda found me if it hadn’t been for you!”
– but!” Barney stammered. He couldn’t think of
anything else to say. “I guess this is it!” he
thought to himself. He shut his eyes and waited for the fatal
shot to come.
But what he heard instead was a strange,
sudden whoosh of wind and a thump. He opened his
Astoundingly, there was Superman, standing just
yards behind where Avery stood! Avery whirled around. “What
the --!” he exclaimed in shocked surprise.
the gun down!” Superman commanded.
Avery began to fire frantically at the costumed figure. He
emptied all six chambers of his pistol, but the bullets just
bounced harmlessly off the amazing figure.
stepped forward. He grabbed the now-empty pistol from Avery’s
hand and held it up in front of the man’s face. In a
deliberate attempt to show the escaped criminal the futility of
any further resistance, Superman crushed the gun into a shapeless
hunk of metal right before the man’s astonished eyes. Then
he dismissively threw it aside.
Avery attempted to
flee. But before he could get more than a step away Superman
clouted him squarely on the jaw, and he went down like a
Barney just stood there like a statue frozen in
place. Finally, once he had recovered from the incredible sight
he had just witnessed, he stammered: “How – how did
you find me?”
figured I’d better keep an eye on you after I heard about
Noonan,” Superman responded. “You didn’t seem
to be in a very good frame of mind about it. And I knew Noonan
was somewhere in this area, looking for you.”
geez, I’m awful glad you did keep an eye on me!”
Barney replied. “That was the most amazing thing I ever saw
in my life!”
you have a pair of handcuffs on you?” Superman
Barney said. He grabbed them from the catch on his belt and
handed them to the Man of Steel. Superman used them to handcuff
Noonan. Then he slung the burly man up over his shoulder like a
sack of flour and took him over to Barney’s squad car.
Barney ran after him and opened the rear door of the car,
enabling Superman to dump his burden right into the back
you get back to town all right with this bird?” Superman
I’ll probably see you back there some time soon.”
Barney could say anything else Superman had taken a running start
and leaped up into the air. He flew upward, and within moments he
was out of sight.
Crawfish!” Barney muttered to himself. “Wait ‘til
Thelma Lou hears about this!”
time later Barney arrived back at Mayberry with his prisoner.
Pulling up in front of the court house Barney got Noonan out of
the patrol car. Then he paraded him into the court house.
looked up from his desk as Barney came in. Andy stared as Barney
proceeded to take Noonan over to one of the jail cells and lock
you got Noonan!” Andy exclaimed. “How on earth did
you manage to capture him?”
Barney strutted over
to Andy. “Well,” he began, suddenly proud as a
peacock, “I don’t want to make a big mélange
about it, but it weren’t really that tough a job for old
Roscoe and me here,” he declared, patting the gun in his
holster. He made a quick gesture like taking the gun out and
firing it. “They don’t call me ‘Fast Gun Fife’
for nothin’, you know!”
continued to stare.
beat everything, you know that?” Andy finally said,
well, you know Ange, when you’ve been trained as long as I
have, sometimes the ol’ instincts just take over!” He
sniffed and made a motion hitching up his pants.
then Kent came in the front door. “Hello, Sheriff,”
he said. “Deputy Fife.”
Mr. Kent,” Andy replied. “You’re just in time
to witness the capture of one of Mayberry’s most wanted
Kent asked, hopeful.
-- a local tough guy named Avery Noonan,” Andy told him.
“Deputy Fife was just about to tell me about how he managed
to capture him.”
Kent turned and observed Noonan
lounging in his cell.
Barney sniffed again. “Yeah,
well, I was patrolling down around Myers Lake when I happened to
spot Noonan sneaking around in the woods. Wasn’t that big a
deal then for me to just pull out ol’ baby here” (he
patted his gun holster again) “and hogtie him.”
smiled knowingly to himself at Barney’s slightly
exaggerated version of what had happened. “Well, you’re
certainly to be commended for your quick and courageous action,
Deputy Fife,” he said, playing along.
part of a day’s work,” Barney casually replied. “I
guess when all’s said and done, to sum it all up there’s
three reasons why there’s so little crime hereabouts in
that right?” Kent replied.
There’s Andy, and there’s me – and baby makes
three!” Barney said, patting his gun holster again.
tried hard not to laugh.
Just then the front door
opened and a middle-aged man dressed in overalls and a straw hat
hi Mr. Millstone,” Andy greeted him.
came over to Andy’s desk. “Sheriff,” he said,
“There’s somethin’ goin’ on on my farm
that I think you should know about.”
that, Mr. Millstone?”
lately some of my eggs have been disappearin’ from my
chicken coop, and somebody’s been pullin’ up some
vegetables out of my field. I have a funny feelin’ that
somebody’s been livin’ in my barn lately that ain’t
supposed to be there.”
Kent interrupted, “is it possible that Reade could be
Andy replied. “The Millstones live way out north of town,
and that’s the direction Reade and Pizanno originally came
we could go out there and take a look?” Kent asked.
away!” Andy replied. He hopped up from his desk and went
over to the gun rack and removed a rifle from it. “Let’s
go!” he said.
about me?” Barney cried.
Barn, but someone’s got to stay here with Pizanno!”
Andy shouted, as he and Kent headed for the door. Mr. Millstone
followed close behind them.
short while later Andy and Kent arrived at the Millstone farm in
Andy’s squad car. Andy parked it a little ways down the
road from the property so as not to alert anyone prematurely who
might be there on the sly. Mr. Millstone pulled up and parked his
old pickup truck right behind them.
you’d better stay back here for now, Mr. Millstone,”
Andy cautioned, “until we can determine what’s going
on on your property.”
Millstone nodded. With
that Andy and Kent moved slowly up the road. They stopped behind
a row of bushes a short distance from the farm property’s
house and barn.
a good thing Mr. Millstone’s wife is off in town shopping,”
Andy said. “But now we have to figure out a safe way to
determine whether or not Reade’s really in the barn or
Kent narrowed his eyes and made use of his
x-ray vision on the Millstone barn.
in there, all right,” Kent said.
Andy looked at
him. “How do you know that?” he asked.
ignored the question. “I’m going to circle around
behind the barn,” he said. “That way we’ll be
able to run interference for Reade if he comes out, no matter
which direction he goes.”
Before Andy could
reply Kent quickly moved off. Andy was a bit concerned that the
reporter had gone off on his own without authorization,
especially since he was unarmed. But Kent was already out of
sight, and Andy couldn’t yell after him now without
alerting whoever might be in the barn. Making a decision himself
Andy crouched low and started to move forward in the direction of
He had not gone far when a rifle shot rang
out, impacting on the trunk of a tree right beside him. Andy
quickly hit the dirt and rolled over behind a nearby wagon, his
rifle held up and at the ready.
this is Sheriff Taylor!” Andy shouted. “Make this
easy on everyone, including yourself, and throw your gun out and
come out with your hands up!”
and get me, cop!” came the response.
Andy heard a whooshing wind sound. He looked up. Seconds later he
saw Superman land right in front of the barn.
Reade had put a bar across the barn doors on the inside in order
to barricade himself in, Superman easily shoved the doors open,
breaking the big wooden bar in half. He proceeded inside. Reade
stood up from behind a cow stall, rifle in hand, and began
blasting away at the Man of Steel. The shells all bounced off
Superman’s mighty chest. As a last act of desperation Reade
charged Superman, wielding the now-empty rifle like a baseball
bat. He clubbed Superman over the neck and shoulder with it, but
the rifle just broke in half, leaving the Man of Steel totally
One punch to Reade’s jaw and it was all
Outside, hearing the shooting, Andy got up off
the ground and charged forward. After he entered the barn he
observed Superman already patting Reade down for any other
weapons he might have had on him.
clean,” Superman told the Sheriff.
at Reade out cold on the ground, his broken rifle lying beside
Andy said. “You beat everything, Superman, you know that?”
was all he could think of to say.
evening Kent and Andy and Barney all got together for a farewell
dinner together at the Bluebird Diner in town before Kent headed
back to “the big city”.
certainly glad you didn’t rush into that barn before
Superman got there,” Andy was saying while they waited for
their meal. “But I wish you had waited before rushing away
from me like that.”
sorry for not listening to your instructions first, Sheriff,”
Kent replied. “Yes, it was
that Superman got there when he did. I guess I got a little
just sorry I couldn’t have been there with you guys,”
Barney said. “I’m sure my cool judgment under
pressure would have been a great help.”
yeah, Barn, I’m sure it would’ve been,” Andy
replied with a bit of a smile. “But somehow we managed to
carry on without you.” He turned to Kent. “Mr. Kent,
do you think you’ll ever be coming back this way again?”
certainly like to,” Kent replied. “I like Mayberry.
It’s a nice little town. Maybe on my next vacation I’ll
head down this way again. And I certainly do appreciate your
generous hospitality while I’ve been here, Sheriff. Tell
Aunt Bee once again how grateful I am for her hospitality. And
her fried chicken!”
will,” Andy replied, smiling.
tell Opie that if he gets good marks again in school this
semester, I might just see if I can rustle up an autographed
picture of Superman to send to him!”
would certainly love that!” Andy told him.
well, when you see Superman again,” Barney interjected,
“just let him know I’d be more than happy to help him
out anytime he might need some assistance with those big city
crooks of yours. After all, us law enforcement professionals all
have to stick together, you know.”
make sure I let Superman know that the next time I see him, Mr.
Fife,” Kent answered, trying very hard to keep a straight
face. “I’m sure he’ll appreciate your kind
Andy and Kent exchanged knowing looks
and a wink with one another just as Juanita, the waitress,
brought their food to the table.
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