Malcolm Merriweather returns to Mayberry, announcing that he plans to live there permanently. Andy gives him the job of school crossing guard after firing Ernest T. Bass from the job for ... See full summary »

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Malcolm Merriweather returns to Mayberry, announcing that he plans to live there permanently. Andy gives him the job of school crossing guard after firing Ernest T. Bass from the job for throwing rocks at cars. Ernest T. challenges Malcolm to a fight which he accepts, even though he can't fight. Written by Ronny Bailey

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27 September 1965 (USA)  »

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After Malcolm's bike wreck, there are three cardboard "people" behind Andy and Malcolm as they talk. See more »

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Ernest T. Bass: [yelling at Malcom Merriweather] I'm warning you! Now today is Thursday. If you're still here on... what's the day after Thursday?
Floyd Lawson: Uh Friday.
Ernest T. Bass: Right. If you're still here on Friday, which is the day after Thursday, I'll WHOOP the fire outta you.
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13 June 2007 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

It's kind of odd seeing this episode. For one thing, its in color and both Malcolm (Bernard Fox) and Ernest T. Bass (Howard Morris) were both primarily in the black and white episodes of the first five seasons. In fact, I believe this was Malcolm's final appearance on the show and I think Ernest T. would only make one more appearance before he too left the series until the Mayberry reunion movie in the 1980's.

A bit of life is drained out of this by the absence of Don Knotts and the substitution of Jack Burns as Howard, as is the curious idea to shoot several outdoor scenes inside on a obvious sound stage. But despite this, its still fun to see Andy try and negotiate a cease fire and stop the battle before its begun.


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