Gomer joins the Marines to test himself as a man. Andy drives him to the base and stays around for a while to see how it works out. When he finds out the Sergeant plans to get Gomer sent ... See full summary »

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Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard) (credit only)
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Barney Fife (credit only)
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Colonel Watson
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Alan Reed Jr. ...
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Charles Myers ...
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Gomer joins the Marines to test himself as a man. Andy drives him to the base and stays around for a while to see how it works out. When he finds out the Sergeant plans to get Gomer sent home, he tries to find a way to get the Sergeant on Gomer's side. Written by Ronny Bailey

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Comedy | Family

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18 May 1964 (USA)  »

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This was the pilot episode that led to the series "Gomer Pyle, USMC." It was the only time Sergeant Carter was correctly referred to by his rank of Gunnery Sergeant. In all subsequent episodes of the "Gomer Pyle, USMC" series he was incorrectly referred to as Sergeant. See more »

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Gunnery Sergeants Carter's dress blues has the rank of Sargent not his correct rank of Gunnery Sargent. See more »

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Sheriff Andy Taylor: What's wrong?
Gomer Pyle: Nothing. Why do you ask?
Sheriff Andy Taylor: Well, Gomer, whenever I see a man settin' by hisself in a Quonset hut with a bucket on his head, I've got to ask, "What's wrong?"
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Featured in Gomer Pyle: USMC: Gomer Goes Home (1968) See more »

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Marines' Hymn
Official hymn of the United States Marine Corps (1929 version)
Sung acapella by Jim Nabors (in character) (undcredited)
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Gomer Testsd Himself, Andy helps.
24 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gomer enters Andy's office singing the Marine Corps hymn, but in his "Gomer" voice not his Jim Nabors tenor. He tells Andy that he received a high draft number and decided to join the Marines as a way of testing himself, remembering how his daddy told him that someday he would have to prove himself as a man. Gomer is due to report the next day, and Andy offers to drive him to the base, just in case he has to go home for any reason.

Gomer quickly gets on the bad side of Gunnery Sergeant Vince Carter, because he is so goofy and naive. But Andy meets Carter off base and slyly insinuates that Gomer may be related to General Lucius Pyle (his son perhaps), and Carter infers that Gomer's placement may be a test of his ability to transform the rawest recruit into a Marine. Carter then spends extra time and effort in making Gomer look like the best recruit in the barracks in time for the first inspection, only to find that Lucius has no children.


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