Barney has to play matchmaker for Thelma Lou's homely, visiting cousin Mary Grace, and sets her up with Gomer Pyle.


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Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Mary Grace Gossage


When Thelma Lou's cousin Mary Grace comes to town unexpectedly, she want Barney to find her a date for the big dance on Saturday night. She wants Barney to ask Andy and he does, but Andy has already asked Helen Crump to go with him. Without a date for Mary Grace, Thelma Lou says that she just won't go so Barney and Andy decide to ask Gomer. He finally agrees after some persuasion but only a few minutes after meeting Mary Grace on the big night, he suddenly stands up and says there is something he's got to do and walks out of the house. The other couples go to the dance leaving Mary Grace alone but Thelma Lou can't bear it and insists on returning home. They get quite a surprise when they get there. Written by garykmcd

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25 November 1963 (USA)  »

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Gomer Grows Up
22 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

The best episodes of the Andy Griffith Show are the ones that highlight the characters and use the storyline to emphasize the interaction between them. We love watching what everyone does in their off time whether it is choir practice, preparing for the town picnic, or in this case going to the annual Mayberry Dance. Most of the comedy in this episode comes from Gomer who is a little naive when it comes to dating. The Mayberry Dance coincides with a surprise visit from Thelma Lou's cousin (sweetly played by Mary Grace Canfield) who is also a "wallflower" type and Thelma Lou does not want to leave her alone while everyone else goes out on the town. The solution is to find her a date, however this late in the game most everyone has plans. Everyone, that is, but Gomer Pyle. At this point it takes a lot of convincing talk, but ultimately the three couples (Andy and Helen, Barney and Thelma Lou, and Mary Grace and Gomer) get together and its time to go to the dance. What happens next is a lesson in humanity and at the same time we see a side of Gomer that further defines one of the best characters to ever come out of Mayberry. This is a very funny well-played episode.

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