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
Did You Know?
Don Knotts and Maggie Peterson both wore the same dress in this episode. According to Peterson, it fit both of them perfectly. See more
When Andy and Barney first meet Ernest T. Bass, Barney is standing to Briscoe Darling's left and Andy to his right. Then when Ernest T. leaves they have all of a sudden swapped sides. See more
[the Darlings have come to Andy for help with Ernest T. Bass
Sheriff Andy Taylor
Well, can't you and your boys handle him?
Well, we thought about killin' him, kinda hated to go that far.
Old Aunt Mariah
Sung by and gas can played by Howard Morris See more