The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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My Fair Ernest T. Bass 

In order to help Ernest T. Bass find a girl, Andy and Barney attempt to teach him some manners and get him dressed up. Then they try to pass him off at a party as Andy's cousin from Raleigh.



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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Aunt Bee Taylor
Doris Packer ...
Mrs. Wiley


Ernest T. Bass is back in Mayberry and is again looking for a wife. He's taken to throwing rocks through windows to get attention and Andy realizes there is only one thing to do: teach him manners and how to behave in polite society. The transformation in Bass is quite remarkable and he's soon attending a party. He doesn't quite make through the evening but he may have met his soul mate in any event. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family





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3 February 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The title is from the Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe musical/movie My Fair Lady (1964) which came from the George Bernard Shaw play Pygmalion (1938). See more »


The window that Ernest T. Bass breaks with a rock in the very first scene is clearly made of paper, yet we hear the sound of glass breaking. See more »


Ramona Ankrum: It rained last week.
Ernest T. Bass: I know. I was right there in it.
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References My Fair Lady (1964) See more »

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The Best of Bass
13 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

"How do you do, Mrs. Wi-ley?"

The most hilarious and memorable of the episodes featuring eccentric backwoodsman Ernest T. Bass, played brilliantly by Howard Morris. In this one Ernest T. is longing for the love of a woman - any woman - but first he has to be accepted in society. So, in a parallel to the famous story of "Pygmalion" and "My Fair Lady" (the movie of which came out the year this episode was made) Andy tries to make a gentleman out of this rough rustic and pass him off at a fancy party. This re-education program leads to some very funny bits between Andy, Barney and Ernest T.

Howard Morris' layered, funny and touching characterization of Ernest T. Bass makes this episode special. Watch out too for character actress Doris Packer (you may remember her as school principal Mrs. Cornelia Rayburn on LEAVE IT TO BEAVER) as society matron Mrs. Wiley. The TAGS writers exploited this situation one more time for the episode "The Education of Ernest T. Bass."

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