The Andy Griffith Show

My Fair Ernest T. Bass

Season 4, Ep 17, Aired 2/3/64
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  • Episode Description
  • Andy tries to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear when he takes it upon himself to turn Ernest T. into a presentable gentleman. The big test comes at Mrs. Wiley's weekly reception when Andy tries to pass him off as his cousin. Even Andy is surprised at E.T.'s progress when Mrs. Wiley places his accent as being definitely Back Bay Bostonian, but the whole scheme blows up when Bass smashes a vase over the head of a man who won't allow him to cut in for a dance with his chosen woman.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jim Nabors

    Gomer Pyle (1962-1964)

  • Parley Baer

    Mayor Stoner (1962-1963)

  • Ron Howard

    Opie Taylor (1960-1968)

  • Jack Burns

    Deputy Warren Ferguson (1965-1966)

  • Clint Howard


  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • One of the very funniest episodes in the history of the show.

    By JamieHernandez, Mar 28, 2006

  • Ernest T. Bass moves into High Society!

    By lstaltari, Aug 08, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Barney: Dogs, nothing but dogs! Andy: Barney, that's not nice! Barney: Andy, if you flew a quail through the room everyone in it would point!

    • (After Ernest T. breaks the vase over the dancer's head, Mrs. Wiley recognizes him) Mrs. Wiley: Oh, no. It's him. That animal. That creature! Ernest T. Bass: Creachter? Who you callin' a creachter? (He goes berserk and Andy and Barney hustle him out of the party)

    Notes (2)

    • Romana Ankrum appears for the first and only time as Ernest T.'s love interest (he calls her Romeena). Romeena would inspire Ernest T. to get an education in "The Education of Ernest T. Bass" and inspire him to get a job to pay for their honeymoon in "Malcolm at the Crossroad" (Ernest T.'s final appearance). Ernest T. Bass would appear unmarried in the TV Movie Return to Mayberry but whether or not he ever married Romeena (she could have passed away or they could have divorced) is not mentioned.

    • This episode features the first appearance of Mr. Schwump (or Schwamp). He appears in numerous episodes by name and in many crowd/group scene throughout the series. He never speaks a line and is thus never credited for his appearances. As a result, he has become somewhat of an enigma with fans of the show. Despite numerous efforts, no one has ever discovered the name of the actor who portrayed Mr. Schwump.

    Allusions (1)

    • Barney: You know if you wrote this into a play, nobody'd believe it.
      The title and plot of the episode are take-offs on the hit Broadway musical and 1964 Oscar-winning film "My Fair Lady" which was adapted by Lerner and Loewe from George Bernard Shaw's play "Pygmalion".

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