The Andy Griffith Show

Season 4 Episode 17

My Fair Ernest T. Bass

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM Feb 03, 1964 on CBS
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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

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Ernest T finally getting that woman!

    8.5
    Originally aired 2/64. Being 9 & in 4th grade still in West Balto MD, I might have seen this like when. But in the DVR & MeTV age, I am almost 61 & was seen at 8:30 AM on 8/6/15. I was out here on the C wondering if Howard Morris (Ernest T) & Jackie Joseph are still alive & what they are up to 2 day. I get what this episode is all about. I am soo glad that I can review this. Loved it like just about all the shows leading up 2 this 1. Thank u for having this. Let's not 4 get the great Doris Packer whom I grew up with Leave it to Beaver & Dobie Gillis.moreless
  • One of the very funniest episodes in the history of the show.

    9.2
    This one is hilarious. I crack up every time I hear Ernest T. say, "Good Evenin' Mrs. Wiley". The scene at the party is a classic, especially when he breaks the vase on that poor guys head, and then throws that girl over his shoulder and runs in the yard!
  • Ernest T. Bass moves into High Society!

    8.8
    This is a very good episode (even if I don't personally care for the character of Ernest T. Bass). Watching the metamorphisis of Ernest into a gentleman is worth the price of admission. Howard Morris was indeed a genius and was able to inject warmth and kindness into a less than appealing fellow (at times). The best part of this episode for me (other than the transformation) was Ernest meeting Ramona--and finding true love. A very lovely ending to this series, or as Andy or Barney says "there really is someone for everyone". The episode's plotting, dialogue, direction and acting are all first rate!moreless
Andy Griffith

Andy Griffith

Sheriff Andy Taylor

Ron Howard

Ron Howard

Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)

Don Knotts

Don Knotts

Deputy Barney Fife

Frances Bavier

Frances Bavier

Aunt Bee Taylor

Doris Packer

Doris Packer

Mrs. Wiley

Guest Star

Jackie Joseph

Jackie Joseph

Ramona Ankrum

Guest Star

Howard Morris

Howard Morris

Ernest T. Bass

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • 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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