The Andy Griffith Show

Season 4 Episode 32

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM May 18, 1964 on CBS
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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

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Frank Sutton

Frank Sutton

Sgt. Vincent Carter

Guest Star

Frank Albertson

Frank Albertson

Col. Watson

Guest Star

Eddie Ryder

Eddie Ryder

Practical Joker

Guest Star

Jim Nabors

Jim Nabors

Gomer Pyle

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • 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 (4)

    • This episode was filmed in the middle of The Andy Griffith's Show's fourth season but held over until the final episode.  Jim Nabors actually filmed ten other episodes after this one.  In some cases, usually in local syndication (as opposed to networks like TVLand and MeTV), the episodes are shown in production order and is shown in the middle of the season.

    • 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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