The Andy Griffith Show: Season 5, Episode 4

The Education of Ernest T. Bass (12 Oct. 1964)

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Ernest returns to school to win a girl's affection.


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Episode credited cast:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
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Ronda Jeter ...
Sharon McCall


Ernest T. Bass returns to Mayberry and again seeks Andy's help with his love life. Lately, he has been courting and according to Ernest T., he asked the girl to marry him but she turned him down because he has no education and doesn't know his letters. He wants Andy to help him get an education, in a week otherwise he will start throwing rocks again and break every window in town. The solution Andy comes up with is for him to go to school and the mountain man is soon in Helen Crump's 5th grade class. Andy tries to help him with his homework and realizes Bass knows that than he realizes. But it all goes wrong when Ernest T. decides he's in love with Helen. Written by garykmcd

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12 October 1964 (USA)  »

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During every season but the first, the painting hanging above the fireplace mantel in the Taylor home was the renowned painting by Jean-Francois Millet entitled The Angelus. It was painted in the summer of 1857 and depicts a peasant farmer and his wife standing in a field saying their prayers while the church bells in the distance toll the evening Angelus. The Angelus hangs in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. Salvador Dalí was fascinated by this work and was also of the opinion that the two figures were praying over their buried child, rather than to the Angelus. Dalí was so insistent on this fact that eventually an X-ray was done of the canvas, confirming his suspicions: the painting does contain a painted-over geometric shape strikingly similar to a coffin. However, it is unclear whether Millet changed his mind on the meaning of the painting, or even if the shape actually is a coffin. See more »


Sheriff Andy Taylor: Ernest T. Bass, what are you doin' here? How'd you get outta jail?
Ernest T. Bass: [chuckling] Irritatin', ain't it.
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