Ernest T. Bass Joins the Army (TAGS Episode)

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Episode Info

Ernest T. Bass Joins the Army

  • Filmed: 99
  • Aired: 98
  • Original Air Date: 1963/10/14
  • Writer(s): Jim Fritzell and Everett Greenbaum
  • Director: Dick Crenna

Plot Summary

Ernest T. wants to join the army to get a uniform that he can wear back to the hills to impress his lovely Romenna. When he is refused induction Ernest goes on a window-breaking rampage. Andy and Barney haul him in, but the jail can't hold him. After Ernest T. tells Andy his reason for coming to town, Andy settles the whole matter by giving him one of Barney's whiplash cord uniforms to take home.

Odd Facts Known by Few

  • Actor Paul Smith was in the previous season TAGS episode "Class Reunion" as "Harry Bektoris".
  • Actress Alice Backes was once a contestant on "You Bet Your Life".
  • Ernest T. breaks a window out at Rich Ferrara's hardware store. Richard Ferrara is the real name of one of Don Knott's lifelong friends from Morgantown, WV and mentioned on The Andy Griffith Show fan podcast Two Chairs No Waiting 121: Don Knotts Ferrara Friends.

Character List

  • Andy Griffith - Andy Taylor
  • Don Knotts - Barney Fife
  • Howard Morris - Ernest T. Bass
  • Allan Melvin - Recruiting Sergeant
  • Paul Smith - army doctor
  • Alice Backes - Olive
  • Tom Myers - recruit
  • David Lipp as undetermined