Howard decides to become a 'swinging bachelor' after his mother gets married and moves to Mount Pilot.




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George Watkins
Girl in Red Convertible (as Terri Garr)


When Howard's overly possessive mother suddenly announces that she is going to marry her beau of six months and move to Mount Pilot, Howard finds himself living on his own for the first time in his life. He decides he's going to turn his house into his idea of a swinging bachelor pad and invites Andy and Helen and Goober and his date to the house for a party. He doesn't want married couples there so he tells Emmett he can't come. In the end, neither he nor Goober can find dates so Helen is the only woman present. It's Emmett however, who just happens to drop in, who turns out to be the life of the party. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family





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4 March 1968 (USA)  »

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Paul Hartman shows off his dancing skills in this episode. See more »


When trying to get a date for his "bash" Howard is speaking on the telephone and identifies himself to the potential date as the "City Clerk". It is well established Howard is the County Clerk. See more »

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Cringeworthy Episode
29 December 2014 | by (Tennessee) – See all my reviews

Like many of the episodes in season eight (the last) "The Wedding" is not funny, even mildly. Written by Joseph Bonaduce, (Danny's father), who also wrote four other episodes, things start out with Howard's mother & her fiancée announcing their upcoming marriage. Howard tells the gang about the wedding & how he plans to change the house into a bachelor pad. Soon he had new abstract paintings brought in, throw pillows, beads strung over the door, a light dimmer, some new records & a bear skin rug.

Howard decides to have a party & asks Andy to bring Helen & that he & Goober will bring a date. Oddly he refuses to allow Emmitt to come with his wife.

The party is a disaster as Goober & Howard can't get dates (which makes for one of the most pathetic & uncomfortable scenes ever). With Helen as the only female she gets passed around as a dancing partner. By 9pm Andy announces they have to leave. That's when Emmitt barges in (alone) & dances Helen into a stupor.

The episode produces a few mild chuckles but it is more awkward than anything else. One notable item: Teri Garr makes a brief appearance when the ever-growing desperate Goober tries to find a date.

This episode gets a 5 from me. It is one of the few episodes that I usually avoid watching.

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