It's closing time at Whit's End, and Whit is totaling the receipts for the day. Eugene and Connie make small talk. Connie mentions she needs $100 to buy a car, while Eugene needs the same amount to purchase a new personal computer. But when $60 winds up missing from the register that day and another $40 disappears the next, Connie and Eugene end up suspecting one another, Bernard Walton, and other innocent people. Eugene sets out to catch and "reform" Connie with a trap, while Connie decides to replace the money from her own bank account to keep Eugene from getting into trouble.
The whole thing comes to a head when Eugene actually booby-traps the cash register (a ploy which backfires on him), and Whit solves the mystery of the missing money. It was stuck in the back of the register drawer the whole time. Whit scolds his employees for their lack of trust in each other. Connie and Eugene promise to try to do better — a promise they keep for about 30 seconds.
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- Did Connie and Eugene have good reason to suspect one another of taking the money?
- Explain your answer.
- Is it wrong to be suspicious of people?
- Why or why not?
- What’s the best way to keep your suspicions in check?
Heard in episode
|John Whittaker||Hal Smith|
|Connie Kendall||Katie Leigh|
|Eugene Meltsner||Will Ryan|
|Bernard Walton||Dave Madden|
Mentioned in episode
|June Kendall||Connie Kendall|
|Leonard Meltsner||Eugene Meltsner|
|Thelma Meltsner||Eugene Meltsner|
- "Suspicious Minds" showed a quirky side of Bernard, who gets a real kick out of Eugene and Connie's silliness. Dave Madden, who played Bernard, ad-libbed the continual chuckle through the last scene.
- Andy Griffith Show reference: in the third-season episode "The Great Filling Station Robbery," a device similar to the one Eugene built is used to catch a burglar.
- "Suspicious Minds" is the title of an Elvis Presley song.
- The titles of the episodes in Album 50: The Best Small Town were all parodies of early AIO episodes; this episode's title was parodied by #632: “Suspicious Finds”.
- Whit refers to Connie as Rambo in this episode.
- Since Dave Madden was unavailable to play Bernard in #772: “Pinocchio: The Tale of a Foolish Puppet, Part 2”, his line "You must have been a joy to have around as a child" was taken from this episode and used there.
John Whittaker: Really, Eugene, you've been reading too many detective stories.
Eugene Meltsner: I don't read them at all!
John Whittaker: Maybe you should. Then you wouldn't come up with such silly ideas. What are you going to do next, set up bear traps?
Eugene Meltsner: Well, as a matter of fact, I—
John Whittaker: And you, Connie, crawling around like Rambo through the house plants—in camouflage grease-paint!
Bernard Walton: For what it's worth, I think your heart's in the right place. Your brain is missing in action, but your heart's in the right place.
Bernard Walton: Maybe your handcuffs fell in [the cash register], "detective".
Bernard Walton: I haven't had this much fun since I had my corns removed!
Bernard Walton: Whit! Whit!
Eugene Meltsner: Where?!
Bernard Walton: I don't know.
Eugene Meltsner: You startled me, Mr. Walton. I thought you might be he.
Bernard Walton: Why would Whit be calling his own name all the way down the stairs? This place gets loonier all the time.
Bernard Walton: Now, this is why I love Whit's End so much.
Eugene Meltsner: <About an electric shock device> I used to do this to my parents when they were dieting. It kept them away from the refrigerator.
Bernard Walton: You must have been a joy to have around as a child.
Eugene Meltsner: Thank you, sir.
Connie Kendall: [A car] looks better on the road than a computer!
Eugene Meltsner: I don't ride my computer, Miss Kendall, I ride a bike! They're safe, economical, and healthy.
Connie Kendall: <Annoyed> Oh, right; and you come in all sweaty. Give me an air-conditioned car any day!