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"The Andy Griffith Show" Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (1964)

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Gomer Testsd Himself, Andy helps.

Author: jonathan_zuckerman from United States
24 May 2016

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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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