Education of Ernest T. Bass, The (TAGS Episode)

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Episode Info

The Education of Ernest T. Bass

  • Filmed: 133
  • Aired: 131
  • Original Air Date: 1964/10/12
  • Writer(s): Jim Fritzell and Everett Greenbaum
  • Director: Alan Rafkin

Plot Summary

Ernest T. is back in Mayberry to get his diploma. He is so determined that Andy convinces Helen to allow him to attend class. Ernest T. is so out of control, she has to slap him across the knuckles to get his attention. Helen's discipline causes Ernest T. to fall in love with her. Exasperated, Andy explains to Ernest T. that he only loves Helen because she represents his "mother figure." Once that's all sorted out, Andy manufactures a diploma that Ernest T. receives in a touching graduation ceremony.

Odd Facts Known by Few

  • On the date this episode first aired, singer Luciano Pavarotti celebrated his 29th birthday.

Character List

  • Andy Griffith - Andy Taylor
  • Ronny Howard - Opie Taylor
  • Don Knotts - Barney Fife
  • Aneta Corsaut - Helen Crump
  • Ronda Jeter - Sharon McCall
  • Howard Morris - Ernest T. Bass
  • undetermined - Mr. Schwamp