The Andy Griffith Show

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

Season 4, Ep 32, Aired 5/18/64
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  • Episode Description
  • Gomer comes to the courthouse one day and announces that he has decided to join the Marines. He believes this is a test to see if he has what it takes to be a man. Because of his naivete, Gomer at first does not fair well. After Andy has a little talk with the Drill Instructor, he leaves him with the impression that Gomer is related to a prominent Marine General. The DI takes Gomer under his wing and gets him in shape.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jim Nabors

    Gomer Pyle (1962-1964)

  • Andy Griffith

    Sheriff Andy Taylor (1960-1968)

  • Aaron Ruben

  • Frank Sutton

    Sgt. Vincent Carter

  • Frank Albertson

    Col. Watson

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Great Episode

    By Eskimonio, Jun 16, 2008

  • Gomer joins the Marines!

    By lstaltari, Aug 17, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • (Andy finds Gomer sitting in the barracks with a bucket on his head) Andy: Psst. Hey, Gomer. Gomer: (removes bucket) Hey, Andy. How'd you know it was me under this thing? Andy: I just took a guess. What's wrong? Gomer: Nothin'. Why do you ask? Andy: Well, Gomer, whenever I see a man sittin' by hisself in a Quonset hut with a bucket on his head I've got to ask, "What's wrong?"

    Notes (3)

    • This would be Gomer's last appearance on The Andy Griffith Show although he would visit Mayberry at least once in Gomer Pyle USMC.

    • When singing the Marine hymn for Sargeant Carter Gomer says "I ain't got much of a singing voice" and indeed he's singing in very off-key southern drawl voice. However, we know from an earlier episode, "The Song Festers" that Gomer (and Jim Nabors) has a wonderful singing voice. Incidentally, Gomer's professional singing voice would reappear in later episodes of Gomer Pyle USMC.

    • This episode was the pilot for the series Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

    Allusions (1)

    • In this episode Gomer mentions that he has either been drafted or will be very soon prompting him to go ahead and volunteer for the Marines. This episode took place in the early days of The Vietnam War, well before the draft was ended in 1973. Enrollment in the Marine Corps would have almost certainly resulted in Gomer's eventual deployment to Vietnam. However, despite spending several years in a marine infantry unit, Gomer never leaves the United States. Today, the United States military is 100% volunteer.

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