The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Howard, the Bowler 

Howard fills in on the bowling team and amazes everyone with his skill.


Lee Philips




Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Frances Bavier ... Aunt Bee Taylor
Jack Dodson ... Howard Sprague
George Lindsey ... Goober Pyle
Paul Hartman ... Emmett Clark
Norman Alden ... Hank
Bob Becker ... George


Andy, Goober and Emmett need a fourth for their bowling team temporarily and they reluctantly agree on Howard Sprague. He doesn't have a lot of experience so their expectations aren't too high but at the big match against the blowhards from Mount Pilot, Howard can do no wrong. With only one frame to go, Howard is still on his way to a perfect game. Just then, the power goes out forcing the end of the game to be re-scheduled for the next night. In the interim, Emmet and Goober make a bet with their opponents and now feeling under pressure, Howard has difficulty keeping up. Now worried that they will lose their money, Andy tries to get the other team to call it off. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family








Release Date:

18 September 1967 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Series debut of Paul Hartman as Emmett Clark. See more »


When Howard bowls his make-up frame the following evening, his practice shots are edited out-of-sequence. The bowling takes place on AMF Streamlane equipment, featuring the triangular "Pindicator" on the panel above the pins. A Pindicator shows what pins are still standing after the first ball. On the first throw, all ten pins are lit. On the second throw, the Pindicator is blank. This sequence should have been edited the other way around. See more »

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5 December 2017 | by elbgaSee all my reviews

Was this one filmed in an actual bowling alley or in an employee recreation center on the studio lot? I believe that it takes second- place honors, after Aunt Bee's flying lessons, for a script that lets the writers off easy for the week. Still, it's one of my favorite color episodes, not least for seeing the guy who once played Tom Strongbow go from a literal red man to a swarthy Joe Six Pack with a penchant for betting. Judging by their body language and smooth deliveries, I'd say a couple of these guys are probably really good bowlers, too. Goober and Emmett provide most of the comedy in this one when they turn out to be sore winners and fickle teammates. I kind of side with the Truckers' contention that Howard's two warmup disasters (I love the way Emmet, disgusted, says "gutterball!") count against his quest for bowling glory. Clearly, the man lost his beginner's luck, but, hey, them's the breaks.

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