The Beverly Hillbillies

Season 5 Episode 6

The Gorilla

Aired Unknown Oct 19, 1966 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The Gorilla
Elly and Jethro both want a gorilla to help out around the house, so Jed asks Drysdale to get them one. Drysdale hires a man dressed as a gorilla to scare the Clampetts, but it fails. They put their new “gorilla,” Herby, to work doing chores and dress him in old clothes. Mr. Kelly, the man in the gorilla suit, wants out of the deal and gives his suit to Drysdale. Drysdale puts it on and runs out of the mansion. Jane follows him and they drive off. The Clampetts decide they want another gorilla, so they go to zoo and take one out.moreless

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    Donna Douglas

    Donna Douglas

    Elly May Clampett

    Buddy Ebsen

    Buddy Ebsen

    Jed Clampett

    Nancy Kulp

    Nancy Kulp

    Jane Hathaway

    Irene Ryan

    Irene Ryan

    Daisy Moses "Granny"

    Raymond Bailey

    Raymond Bailey

    Milburn Drysdale

    Max Baer Jr.

    Max Baer Jr.

    Jethro Bodine

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (3)

      • If you look closer, the wood Herbie is splitting is pre-cut. He's just using the axe to break it apart along a seam.

      • In this episode, Tom Kelly doesn't show much knowledge of real gorillas, only about Hollywood's depiction of gorillas. In the wild, real gorillas are not nearly as vicious. They only use their strength when they think they are being attacked.

      • Elly loves animals and generally knows more about them than the family, so why didn't she know what a gorilla is?

    • QUOTES (2)

      • (Drysdale dressed as Herbie runs through the hall, just escaping Elly and Jethro who are trying to put him to work)
        Jane: Come back here with Mr. Drysdale's hat!
        Granny: That's Herby!
        Jed: He stole Mr. Drysdale's hat!
        (Jane follows the gorilla outside)
        Jane: Mr. Kelly, what is . . .?
        Drysdale: Shut up and get in.
        Jane: Chief?! (Miss Jane gets in the car as Jed and Granny come out of the house) It's all right! Don't worry.
        (Drysdale, in the ape costume, and Jane drive off)
        Jed: Well Granny, he wasn't much at ironing, but he drives a car real good.

      • (Mr. Kelly says he wants out on the gorilla masquerade)
        Drysdale: If you walk out on me right now, you'll have a suit on your hands!
        Mr. Kelly: Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Here! (Gives Mr. Drysdale his gorilla suit) Now you've got a suit in your hands!

    • NOTES (1)

      • The credits for this episode credit George Barrows as Tom Kelly/Gorilla actor. He also played the "real" gorilla in the following episode.

    • ALLUSIONS (0)