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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  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • (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

    • 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

    • 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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