Ernest T. Bass causes a ruckus when he decides to join the army. When Andy and Barney find out why, they are able to solve his problem - with a little help from Barney.

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(as Dick Crenna)

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(as Jim Fritzell),

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Recruiting Sergeant
Paul Smith ...
Army Doctor
Alice Backes ...
Olive, the waitress
Thomas Myers ...
Recruit (as Tom Myers)
David Lipp ...
Recruit
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Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard) (credit only)
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Storyline

Andy and Barney break up a fight outside the Army recruitment center only to find Ernest T. Bass in the middle of it all. He tells them he's there to enlist. Andy tries to warn the Recruiting Sergeant about his odd behavior, but to no avail. It doesn't take the Sergeant long to realize Andy was right and throws Bass out. He now blames Andy for his plight and takes to breaking windows. Even putting him in a cell doesn't seem to work as he has his own way of getting out whenever he wants to. When Andy finally learns exactly why Ernest T. wanted to join up in the first place, the solution is quite simple. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family

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14 October 1963 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Barney mentions that the force is going on "Amber Alert." See more »

Goofs

Members of the film crew are reflected in the pane of glass the workers are carrying to the courthouse. See more »

Quotes

[Andy, Barney and the recruiting sergeant watch as Ernest T. Bass incur his wrath on Mayberry for not getting into the Army]
Sheriff Andy Taylor: Look at him go. He's a strange one.
Recruiting Sergeant: He's a wild one.
Deputy Barney Fife: He's a nut.
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Referenced in The Andy Griffith Show: Mountain Wedding (1963) See more »

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