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Despite a knack for exasperating the townsfolk, he is fondly embraced by most of them.
Nonetheless, Barney still has his rare moments of courage and loyalty.
He takes a minor infraction, blows it out of proportion, and then concocts an elaborate solution (sometimes involving inept civilians, like Otis Campbell or Gomer Pyle) to resolve it. In one early episode, where Andy was briefly summoned away, acting sheriff Barney proceeds to book and lock up nearly everyone in town, including Mayor Pike.Sure, he was delivering groceries to Emma Watson because she was too sick to get down to the market, and that's just one example of the thing's Andy's done for the folks in this town. The only ruckus you'd ever have in Mayberry is if you tried to remove him from office. Conversely, Andy knows that Barney's false bravado is a smokescreen for his insecurities and low self-confidence. But that's because of something that he's been trying to teach me ever since I started working for him, and that is, when you're a law man and you're dealing with people, you do a whole lot better if you go not so much by the book, but by the heart.When Andy orders Barney to return to the scene, he sees the same farmers panic and rushing to get off the road upon seeing him, Barney believes they are at last taking him seriously and, as usual, begins to puff and swagger.Later, the farmers discover from the town locals that what Andy said about Barney was not true.