The Andy Griffith Show

Season 5 Episode 4

The Education of Ernest T. Bass

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Oct 12, 1964 on CBS



  • Quotes

    • (Ernest T. is in Helen's class; she writes a sentence on the board)
      Helen: Allright. "The possum hid under the rock." Now, who can break this down for me and point out the preposition, the object, the subject and the verb?
      Ernest T.: Why don't we break down that rock, find out what that posstum's doin' in under there?
      Helen: Mr. Bass, we'll get to you in a minute. (To Sharon McCall) Sharon.
      Ernest T.: Ain't no little girl gonna tell you nothin' 'bout a posstum under a rock. If you wanna really find out 'bout a posstum under a rock, you find a boy with dirt under his fingernails. You find a boy with dirt under his fingernails, you'll find yourself a boy that's been rootin' under a rock for a posstum.