The Andy Griffith Show

Season 4 Episode 17

My Fair Ernest T. Bass

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



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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".