Ernest T. Bass

Ernest T. Bass is a fictional character on the American TV sitcom The Andy Griffith Show.wikipedia
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Howard Morris

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He was played by Howard Morris.
Howard Jerome Morris (September 4, 1919 – May 21, 2005) was an American actor, voice actor and director who was best known for his role in The Andy Griffith Show as Ernest T. Bass, and as "Uncle Goopy" on Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows (1954).

Mayberry

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Ernest T. is a rowdy mountain man with a penchant for troublemaking, who wreaks havoc on the otherwise sedate town of Mayberry.

The Andy Griffith Show

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Ernest T. Bass is a fictional character on the American TV sitcom The Andy Griffith Show.
Ernest T. Bass made his first appearance in Episode #94 ("Mountain Wedding") and four later episodes.

The Darlings

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In his first appearance (Episode #94, "Mountain Wedding"), Ernest T. has his mind set on marrying Briscoe Darling's daughter Charlene, despite the fact that she is already married to Dud Wash. He breaks the Darlings' window in the middle of the night, and then attempts to serenade Charlene by performing a sort of spoken-word (or proto-rap) song called "Old Aunt Mariah," accompanied by drumming a gas can, which he "tuned" by tightening and loosening the cap.
In their second appearance, episode #94, "Mountain Wedding", Andy and Barney must pay a visit to the Darlings' home to rid the family of Ernest T. Bass, a pesky neighbor with an affinity for rock throwing, who was intent on marrying Briscoe's daughter Charlene.

Return to Mayberry

Morris, along with Griffith, Knotts, and many other cast members reprised his role in the 1986 TV movie Return to Mayberry.
Howard Morris and Denver Pyle reprise the hillbilly roles of Ernest T. Bass and Briscoe Darling, respectively, along with Maggie Peterson and The Dillards as the rest of the Darling family.

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Ernest T. Bass is a fictional character on the American TV sitcom The Andy Griffith Show. She gives him his "diploma," which is simply a certificate stating that he knows some arithmetic, can read and write some words, and knows the boundaries of the United States.

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Ernest T. Bass is a fictional character on the American TV sitcom The Andy Griffith Show.

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Ernest T. Bass is a fictional character on the American TV sitcom The Andy Griffith Show.

Mountain man

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Ernest T. is a rowdy mountain man with a penchant for troublemaking, who wreaks havoc on the otherwise sedate town of Mayberry.

Andy Taylor (The Andy Griffith Show)

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This invariably means trouble for Sheriff Taylor and Deputy Barney Fife.

Barney Fife

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This invariably means trouble for Sheriff Taylor and Deputy Barney Fife.

Hillbilly

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Ernest T. is a wild, belligerent hillbilly with a scruffy, unkempt appearance, a maniacal laugh, and often speaks in rhyme.

Catchphrase

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He taunts the two lawmen with his famous catchphrase, "You ain't seen the las' of Ernest T. Bass!"

Gold teeth

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He also tries to impress people by informing them that he is saving up for a gold tooth.

My Fair Lady

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This episode is a comedic parody of My Fair Lady.

Briscoe Darling Jr.

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In his first appearance (Episode #94, "Mountain Wedding"), Ernest T. has his mind set on marrying Briscoe Darling's daughter Charlene, despite the fact that she is already married to Dud Wash. He breaks the Darlings' window in the middle of the night, and then attempts to serenade Charlene by performing a sort of spoken-word (or proto-rap) song called "Old Aunt Mariah," accompanied by drumming a gas can, which he "tuned" by tightening and loosening the cap.

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In his first appearance (Episode #94, "Mountain Wedding"), Ernest T. has his mind set on marrying Briscoe Darling's daughter Charlene, despite the fact that she is already married to Dud Wash. He breaks the Darlings' window in the middle of the night, and then attempts to serenade Charlene by performing a sort of spoken-word (or proto-rap) song called "Old Aunt Mariah," accompanied by drumming a gas can, which he "tuned" by tightening and loosening the cap.

Helen Crump

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(This is somewhat contradictory to earlier episodes, in which he often throws rocks with written notes attached.) Ernest T. attends Helen Crump's elementary school class, where he quickly becomes a nuisance.

Primary education

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(This is somewhat contradictory to earlier episodes, in which he often throws rocks with written notes attached.) Ernest T. attends Helen Crump's elementary school class, where he quickly becomes a nuisance.

Diploma

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She gives him his "diploma," which is simply a certificate stating that he knows some arithmetic, can read and write some words, and knows the boundaries of the United States.

Crossing guard

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He is fired as crossing guard in favor of Malcolm Merriweather, played by Bernard Fox.

Bernard Fox (actor)

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He is fired as crossing guard in favor of Malcolm Merriweather, played by Bernard Fox.

Octopus

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When Bass first saw Malcolm on the job, he said, "Looks like a octopus!"

Jackie Joseph

She played the love interest of Ernest T. Bass in The Andy Griffith Show as well as Imogene Harris, the love interest of Willie (played by Bob Denver) in the film Who's Minding the Mint? (1967).

The Dillards

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Maggie Peterson played Charlene Darling, their sister and the focus for the attentions of character Ernest T. Bass, played by Howard Morris.