Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

Season 1 Episode 9

Survival of the Fattest

Aired Friday 9:30 PM Nov 20, 1964 on CBS
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Survival of the Fattest
Gomer and Carter go on a five-day survival test.

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  • Sgt.Carter and Gomer team for an exercise to see how well they can do in the natural elements without bringing food and water with them.

    Sgt. Carter chooses Gomer to be his partner for 5 days of a survival exercise in the natural elements. They are expected to loose about 5 or 6 pounds. Great scene as Sgt.Carter digs a big hole searching for water. He finds mostly mud, as Gomer approaches with water that he found in an overground stream. Another good scene was Gomer telling how he caught fish, using his key ring. As Gomer rambled on about how to cook them, a frustrated Sgt.Carter yells "Pyle, lets have them". Gomer even makes homedade cigars for Sgt.Carter. Both men are questioned about their weight gain-Gomer 5lbs. and Sgt.Carter 6lbs-, and Sgt.Carter is down about Gomer getting praise for the success. Gomer graciously praises Sgt. Carter for giving him direction during the exercise. I rate this a good episode.moreless
Jim Nabors

Jim Nabors

Pvt. Gomer Pyle

Frank Sutton

Frank Sutton

Sgt. Vince Carter

Larry Hovis

Larry Hovis

Larry (1964-1965)

Tommy Leonetti

Tommy Leonetti

Cpl. Nick Cuccinelli (1964-1965)

Ronnie Schell

Ronnie Schell

Pvt. (Seasons 1-3)/Cpl. (Season 5) Gilbert "Duke" Slater

Forrest Compton

Forrest Compton

Col. Edward Gray

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In Gomer's final appearance as a civilian on The Andy Griffith Show (ep. #126, "Back To Nature"), he confessed that he "don't know thang one about pioneerin'." Even Barney Fife's clumsy efforts at living off the land fascinated Gomer. Yet just 6 months later, in this episode, Gomer amazes seasoned Marine vet Carter with literally unbelievable "pioneerin'" skills.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Carter: (discovering Gomer set up rocks and flowers in front of their tent) Pyle, suppose we were suddenly surrounded by the enemy and they started shooting at us. You'd be caught with a helmet full of snapdragons.
      Gomer: Black-eyed susans. You see, the petals is a little smaller...
      Carter: Get rid of them!
      Gomer: ...and it's a different fragrance entirely...
      Carter: I said get rid of them!

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