Briscoe Darling comes to town seeking the sheriff's help to solve a problem with Ernest T Bass, who has decided to court Briscoe's daughter Charlene and is making a pest of himself by ... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
The Preacher
Charlene Darling Wash (as Margaret Ann Peterson)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Doug Dillard ...
Doug Darling (as The Dillards)
Rodney Dillard ...
Rodney Darling (as The Dillards)
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Mitch Jayne ...
Mitch Brother (as The Dillards)
Dean Brother (as The Dillards)


Briscoe Darling comes to town seeking the sheriff's help to solve a problem with Ernest T Bass, who has decided to court Briscoe's daughter Charlene and is making a pest of himself by throwing rocks through the windows of the Darling's cabin to get her attention. Charlene is already married to Dud Wash but Ernest T doesn't recognize the marriage because it wasn't performed by a preacher. Reluctantly, Andy agrees to help out and he and Barney make the long drive up to the mountains the next day. Ernest T is not impressed by the lawmen and continues breaking windows. Andy decides the best solution is another wedding, this time with the circuit preacher presiding. When Ernest T threatens to kidnap the bride Andy dresses Barney up as a decoy and Dud and Charlene are remarried while Ernest T is trying to figure out who Barney is. In the end Dud and Ernest T shake hands and they all celebrate at the cabin. Written by bobbymaxwell

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Comedy | Family





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29 April 1963 (USA)  »

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This show's copyright has expired and it is now in the public domain. See more »


When Mr. Darling offers Andy a guitar, he says it only has 5 strings, but when Andy plays it, the guitar clearly has 6 strings. See more »


Briscoe Darling: [as they're waiting for Ernest T to show up] Ya bring your stringin' instrument, Sheriff?
Sheriff Andy Taylor: Oh, I didn't think we'd have time for music.
Briscoe Darling: You got time to breathe, you got time for music. How many strings you used to?
Sheriff Andy Taylor: There are six on my guitar.
Briscoe Darling: Well, here's one with five. Just kinda let that thumb hang free and enjoy the music!
PFC Dudley A. 'Dud' Wash: Hey, how about playing "Never Hit Your Grandmaw With A Great Big Stick"?
Charlene Darling Wash: Aw, Dud, that makes me cry.
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References The Andy Griffith Show: The Darlings Are Coming (1963) See more »


Old Aunt Mariah
Sung by and gas can played by Howard Morris
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Aside from a funny scene involving Barney and Ernest T., this one is just awful compared to the average episode.
20 October 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I know I am fighting the trend here, but I hate the episodes of "The Andy Griffith Show" that feature the Darling family as well as those with Ernest T. Bass. This is because they are everything the show usually wasn't. Any attempt at subtlety and likability is lost by these characters--and this makes them different from the typical residents of this wonderful county. Unfortunately, this show manages to feature BOTH the Darlings AND Ernest T. Bass!!! Yikes!

In the last installment of the Darling saga, Charlene met her fiancé, Dud, who was coming home from a hitch in the military. In the interim, the two married--yet Ernest T. wants to marry Charlene!! This is because, since they weren't married in a church, the marriage 'ain't real' and she's fair game in his mind. Andy tries his best to both stop Ernest T. from throwing rocks through windows AND leave the poor married couple alone.

So far in the show, I was hating every minute due to the characters. However, despite this, I loved Andy's solution to the problem in the form of Barney--who acts as a decoy until Charlene and Dud can finally marry in a church and stop Ernest's foolishness.

Overall, the show has some annoying characters but the ending is so clever I am willing to cut it a bit of slack. Watchable but there were so many better episodes than this one.

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