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Episode credited cast:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
The Preacher
Charlene Darling Wash (as Margaret Ann Peterson)
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Doug Dillard ...
Doug Darling (as The Dillards)
Rodney Dillard ...
Rodney Darling (as The Dillards)
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Mitch Brother (as The Dillards)
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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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29 April 1963 (USA)  »

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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?
Briscoe Darling: Well, we thought about killin' him, kinda hated to go that far.
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Old Aunt Mariah
Sung by and gas can played by Howard Morris
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Ernest T "sort of" invents Rap Music
27 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just caught this one again yesterday. It features the Darling family confounded by pesky Ernest T. Bass. In this one, Briscoe Darling comes to town seeking Andy's help because Ernest T. is pestering his recently married (by Andy) daughter Charlene, declaring that her marriage doesn't count because they weren't married by a preacher.

After the boys arrive at the Darlings' mountain cabin, just after a fine bluegrass song--Dooley--that features the rare singing of one of the Darling boys--Ernest T. throws a rock through a window and meets Andy and Barney. On hearing they'll have a preacher marry the couple tomorrow, he declares he has 24 hours to win Charlene over to himself.

After Ernest T. leaves, Briscoe, Andy and Barney discuss how to handle the problem, Briscoe opines "We thought of killing him, but kind of hated to go that far." That's one of the funniest lines in this series in my opinion.

One of the funnier scenes involves Andy and Barney's futile attempts to get the Darling family to stop snoring long enough for them to fall asleep, as they all share the one room cabin.

Late at night, Ernest T. wakes everyone up to serenade Charlene, which he does, from a distance, banging on a makeshift drum and chanting--basically, his rhymes and chants seem like a version of rap music today--except there was no cursing on this show.

The next morning, Andy has an idea on how to prevent the wedding with the preacher from being interrupted. It doesn't seem likely to surprise anyone reading this who hasn't seen the show, so I will reveal it here. The wedding ceremony appears to be taking place on the hillside, only after a minute or so of it, we see that Barney is wearing Charlene's wedding dress so that if--and Andy was right, it happened--Ernest T. comes with his rifle and whisks Charlene away (not knowing the veiled face being hidden was Barney), Charlene comes out and quickly gets married by the preacher before Ernest T. can learn how he was fooled.

This was a funny show, but not fabulous. The more you like the mountain characters, the more you'll like this episode.

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