Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

Season 1 Episode 9

Survival of the Fattest

Aired Friday 9:30 PM Nov 20, 1964 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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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