The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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The Wedding 

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

Director:

Lee Philips

Writer:

Joseph Bonaduce
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Jack Dodson ... Howard Sprague
George Lindsey ... Goober Pyle
Aneta Corsaut ... Helen Crump
Paul Hartman ... Emmett Clark
Mabel Albertson ... Mrs. Sprague
Iggie Wolfington Iggie Wolfington ... George Watkins
Teri Garr ... Girl in Red Convertible (as Terri Garr)
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

TV-Y
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1968 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Paul Hartman shows off his dancing skills in this episode. See more »

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About half-way through the episode, just as Howard is letting Goober in for his "bash", a crew member leans into the camera briefly in the lower right corner of the screen. See more »

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Cringeworthy Episode
29 December 2014 | by vestdennisSee 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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