Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. is an American situation comedy created by Aaron Ruben that originally aired on CBS from September 25, 1964, to May 2, 1969. The series was a spinoff of The Andy Griffith Show, and the pilot episode was introduced as the final fourth-season episode which aired on May 18, 1964. The show ran for five seasons, with a total of 150 half-hour episodes, 30 in black-and-white and 120 in color. Despite the series' positive reception (the show remained in the Top 10 Nielsen ratings for all five seasons),[1] Nabors quit because he desired to move to something else, 'reach for another rung on the ladder, either up or down'.[2] In 2006, CBS began releasing the show on DVD; the last season was released in November 2008.

Set in California (originally in North Carolina), it stars Jim Nabors as sweet-but-naive private Gomer Pyle, Frank Sutton as Gomer's hard-nosed and irritable sergeant Vince Carter, and Ronnie Schell as Pyle's best friend, Duke Slater. Though military-themed, the show never discussed the Vietnam War and instead focused on the relationship between Gomer and Sergeant Carter. The series is episodic in format; self-contained plots play out before the episode concludes.

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRankRating
First airedLast aired
Pilot1May 18, 1964 (1964-05-18)
130September 25, 1964 (1964-09-25)April 16, 1965 (1965-04-16)330.7
230September 17, 1965 (1965-09-17)April 15, 1966 (1966-04-15)227.8
330September 14, 1966 (1966-09-14)April 12, 1967 (1967-04-12)1022.8[a]
430September 8, 1967 (1967-09-08)April 12, 1968 (1968-04-12)325.6
530September 27, 1968 (1968-09-27)May 2, 1969 (1969-05-02)227.2


Pilot (1964)

Further information: List of The Andy Griffith Show episodes § Season 4 (1963–64)

The pilot was an episode of The Andy Griffith Show. "No. overall" and "No. in season" for the pilot indicate the airing and location of the episode within the parent series. The pilot was shot in black-and-white.

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12732"Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C."Aaron RubenAaron RubenMay 18, 1964 (1964-05-18)
Gomer Pyle leaves Mayberry to join the Marine Corps under the command of Sergeant Carter.

Season 1 (1964–65)

All 30 episodes in black-and-white

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11"Gomer Overcomes the Obstacle Course"Aaron RubenAaron RubenSeptember 25, 1964 (1964-09-25)
Gomer goes above and beyond the call of duty to conquer the obstacle course and please Sergeant Carter.
22"Guest in the Barracks"Coby RuskinBob RossOctober 2, 1964 (1964-10-02)
Gomer sneaks a recruit's girlfriend into the barracks, causing Sergeant Carter to lose his temper.
33"Private Ralph Skunk"Coby RuskinAaron RubenOctober 9, 1964 (1964-10-09)
Despite the protests of Sergeant Carter, Gomer adopts a pet skunk, which he uses as a secret weapon for the Marines to pay back Sgt. Whipple (Buck Young) for cheating.
44"Captain Ironpants"Coby RuskinGarry Marshall & Jerry BelsonOctober 16, 1964 (1964-10-16)
Gomer encourages a strict, no-nonsense lady Marine (Pippa Scott) to be more feminine.
55"Gomer Learns a Bully"Coby RuskinHarvey BullockOctober 23, 1964 (1964-10-23)
A troublesome new recruit is transferred to Sergeant Carter's platoon and makes Gomer his patsy.
66"Pay Day"Coby RuskinGarry Marshall & Jerry BelsonOctober 30, 1964 (1964-10-30)
Gomer refuses part of his paycheck when he's caught loafing, over the objections of the Pentagon. Charles Lane guest stars.
77"Nobody Loves a Sergeant"Sheldon LeonardJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumNovember 6, 1964 (1964-11-06)
Gomer just can't help liking Sergeant Carter, no matter how much the sergeant tries to get the recruit to hate him.
88"Gomer and the Dragon Lady"Coby RuskinHarvey BullockNovember 13, 1964 (1964-11-13)

Carter pits Gomer against the alluring, yet unkissable, "Dragon Lady" (Barbara Stuart) as revenge for fouling up an exercise. But it's Carter himself that yields the punishment when she beats him up instead, while Gomer gets a kiss from "Dragon Lady".

Notes: Stuart returns in Seasons 2-5 as Carter's girlfriend Bunny. This episode is the first set entirely in the fictional Camp Henderson in California.
99"Survival of the Fattest"Coby RuskinBob RossNovember 20, 1964 (1964-11-20)
Gomer and Carter surprise everyone as the oddest pair in a five-day wilderness survival test.
1010"A Date for the Colonel's Daughter"Coby RuskinBob RossNovember 27, 1964 (1964-11-27)
Gomer takes the Colonel's daughter to an enlisted men's dance, but the Colonel's overprotective wife does not approve.
Starring: Karl Swenson and Wayne Rogers
1111"They Shall Not Pass"Howard MorrisRichard M. PowellDecember 4, 1964 (1964-12-04)
Gomer comes up with astounding tactics on the field when the platoon participates in war games. Forrest Compton debuts.
1212"Sergeant Carter, Marine Babysitter"Howard MorrisJames Allardice & Tom AdairDecember 11, 1964 (1964-12-11)
Carter gives Gomer a lift on his way to pick up a date and ends up spending the evening babysitting.
1313"The Case of the Marine Bandit"Coby RuskinArt Baer & Ben JoelsonDecember 18, 1964 (1964-12-18)
Gomer and Carter become accomplices in a rather ingenious robbery scheme.
1414"Sergeant of the Week"Coby RuskinArt Baer & Ben JoelsonDecember 25, 1964 (1964-12-25)
Carter thinks Gomer is dying so he tries to make the recruit's "last days" the best of his life.
1515"Grandpa Pyle's Good Luck Charm"Coby RuskinJames Allardice & Tom AdairJanuary 1, 1965 (1965-01-01)
Gomer is convinced the good luck charm given to him by his grandfather will make him a great leader.
1616"Dance, Marine, Dance"Coby RuskinBen Joelson & Art BaerJanuary 8, 1965 (1965-01-08)
Carter tries everything to get him and Gomer out of a contract for dance lessons.
1717"Sergeant Carter's Farewell to His Troops"Coby RuskinRichard M. PowellJanuary 15, 1965 (1965-01-15)
The troops hope a sexy lady Marine can talk Sergeant Carter out of quitting the Corps.
1818"The Feudin' Pyles"Coby RuskinHy KraftJanuary 22, 1965 (1965-01-22)
Gomer befriends a country boy from near Mayberry, but discovers that their families are feuding.
1919"Love Letters to the Sarge"Coby RuskinArt Baer & Ben JoelsonJanuary 29, 1965 (1965-01-29)
Sergeant Carter is unaware that Gomer is the one sending him anonymous love notes.
2020"Sergeant Carter Gets a "Dear John" Letter"Coby RuskinAaron RubenFebruary 5, 1965 (1965-02-05)
Carter thinks it's bad enough that he's gotten a "Dear John" letter - then finds out that Gomer is the "other man". Sherry Jackson guest stars.
2121"Daughter of the Sarge"Coby RuskinHarvey Bullock & R.S. AllenFebruary 12, 1965 (1965-02-12)
Sergeant Carter's adopted Korean daughter announced her engagement to a Marine, whom the sergeant assumes is Gomer.
2222"Officer Candidate Gomer Pyle"Coby RuskinHarvey Bullock & R.S. AllenFebruary 19, 1965 (1965-02-19)
Sergeant Carter takes the Officer Training exam, then Gomer decides to take the same test - and actually passes!
2323"Old Man Carter"Coby RuskinBen Joelson & Art BaerFebruary 26, 1965 (1965-02-26)
The platoon throws a big birthday party for Carter, but it just makes him feel "old".
2424"Gomer Makes the Honor Guard"Coby RuskinAaron RubenMarch 5, 1965 (1965-03-05)
Carter has to pick four men from his platoon as honor guards, and hopes that one of them is not Gomer.
2525"My Buddy – War Hero"Alan RafkinBen Joelson & Art BaerMarch 12, 1965 (1965-03-12)
Gomer tries to keep Sergeant Carter and his old wartime buddy (Don Rickles) from having a fallout over conflicting memories of a combat incident.
2626"Double Date With the Sarge"Alan RafkinRichard M. PowellMarch 19, 1965 (1965-03-19)
Carter unknowingly double-dates with Gomer, who annoys Carter with his non-stop talking, although the women don't seem to mind. The men face a financial crisis when the dates order filet mignon.
2727"The Jet Set"Alan RafkinBen Joelson & Art BaerMarch 26, 1965 (1965-03-26)
Gomer accidentally winds up on a flight to Rome while trying to do a simple errand downtown, thanks to Duke Slater (Ronnie Schell).
2828"Sergeant of the Guard"Alan RafkinRichard M. PowellApril 2, 1965 (1965-04-02)
Gomer hopes to catch a gang of thieves who have been robbing a Marine warehouse.
2929"Gomer Dates a Movie Star"Alan RafkinBudd GrossmanApril 9, 1965 (1965-04-09)
Gomer has a dilemma when he's asked to escort both the Colonel's daughter and a famous movie star to a dance.
3030"Gomer the M.P."Coby RuskinHarvey BullockApril 16, 1965 (1965-04-16)
Gomer puts a government investigator in the brig while on M.P. duty.

Season 2 (1965–66)

All episodes from Season 2 onwards filmed in color

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311"P.F.C. Gomer Pyle"Aaron RubenBen Joelson & Art BaerSeptember 17, 1965 (1965-09-17)
Carter postpones his vacation until his platoon pass their PFC exams, but the only one who doesn't pass is Gomer. Jack Larson guest stars.
322"Third Finger, Left Loaf"Coby RuskinR.S. Allen & Harvey BullockSeptember 24, 1965 (1965-09-24)
Gomer repeatedly misplaces a friend's wedding ring the day before the ceremony, then thinks it might be buried in one of 600 loaves of bread he had baked. Will Gomer succeed in driving Sgts. Carter and Hacker crazy? Allan Melvin debuts as Sgt. Hacker.
333"The Blind Date"Coby RuskinJack ElinsonOctober 1, 1965 (1965-10-01)
Gomer's blind date thinks he's a millionaire - because Carter told her so. Barbara Stuart debuts as Carter's girlfriend Bunny.
344"Home on the Range"Coby RuskinArt Baer & Ben JoelsonOctober 8, 1965 (1965-10-08)
Gomer befriends a group of homeless hillbillies and houses them in a war games target shack. Dabbs Greer guest stars.
355"Gomer Untrains a Dog"Coby RuskinJack ElinsonOctober 15, 1965 (1965-10-15)
Gomer makes a pet out of a ferocious guard dog.
366"Supply Sergeants Never Die"Coby RuskinHarvey Bullock & R.S. AllenOctober 22, 1965 (1965-10-22)
Carter believes the position of Supply Sergeant is for knuckleheads; so he makes a bet making Gomer the man for the job. Jeff Corey guest stars.
377"Cat Overboard"Christian NybyJack ElinsonOctober 29, 1965 (1965-10-29)
Gomer sneaks a stray cat aboard a ship and finds out it's pregnant. Meanwhile, Carter must deal with Chief Petty Officer Simpson's strict rules of contraband. However when Simpson (Tige Andrews) finds out about Henrietta and although angry at Gomer for sneaking her aboard his ship, he shows compassion and takes her down to the sick bay to give his pharmacists training in delivering her kittens.
388"Gomer Captures a Submarine"Christian NybyJack ElinsonNovember 5, 1965 (1965-11-05)
Gomer fouls up a simple reconnaissance mission and must save Carter's position on the ship. Michael Barrier guest stars.
399"The Grudge Fight"Peter BaldwinBill Idelson & Sam BobrickNovember 12, 1965 (1965-11-12)
Carter unknowingly challenges Chief Petty Officer Simpson to a match and must pay the consequences in doing so when he learns that Simpson was a former boxing champ. Meanwhile to try and save Carter from making a huge mistake, Gomer and his friends try psychological warfare on Simpson to convince him to call off the match by leading him to believe that Carter is an ex-boxing champ from the Marines' boxing team.
4010"Gomer the Star Witness"Peter BaldwinBen Joelson & Art BaerNovember 19, 1965 (1965-11-19)
Gomer is the only witness when Carter gets into a car accident. Roy Stuart debuts as Corporal Boyle. Willis Bouchey guest stars.
4111"A Visit From Cousin Goober"Peter BaldwinBill Idelson & Sam BobrickNovember 26, 1965 (1965-11-26)
Gomer's cousin Goober (George Lindsey) pays a surprise visit and slips into a uniform. Charles Aidman and John S. Ragin guest star.
4212"A Groom for Sergeant Carter's Sister"Coby RuskinBill Idelson & Sam BobrickDecember 3, 1965 (1965-12-03)
Gomer tries to convince Carter that his future brother-in-law is not so bad. Marlyn Mason guest stars.
4313"Gomer Minds His Sergeant's Car"Coby RuskinArt Baer & Ben JoelsonDecember 10, 1965 (1965-12-10)
Carter's car gets stolen and wrecked - while Gomer is supposed to keep an eye on it.
4414"Gomer, the Peacemaker"Coby RuskinBen Joelson & Art BaerDecember 17, 1965 (1965-12-17)
Gomer tries to help Carter and his girlfriend patch things up.
4515"Gomer Pyle, P.O.W."Coby RuskinCarl Kleinschmitt & Dale McRavenDecember 24, 1965 (1965-12-24)
Gomer gets captured by the enemy while on maneuvers. Jamie Farr guest stars.
4616"Gomer Pyle, Civilian"Peter BaldwinRick MittlemanDecember 31, 1965 (1965-12-31)
Gomer signs up for a civilian job on the base when Carter orders him to take a furlough.
4717"Gomer and the Beast"Lee PhilipsBill Idelson & Sam BobrickJanuary 7, 1966 (1966-01-07)
Gomer tries to cheer up an unhappy waitress whose boyfriend turns out to be a tough Marine sergeant (Michael Conrad).
4818"Grandma Pyle, Fortuneteller"Peter BaldwinBill Idelson & Sam BobrickJanuary 14, 1966 (1966-01-14)
Gomer's grandma (Enid Markey) predicts fortune in Carter's future.
4919"Arrivederci, Gomer"Peter BaldwinHarvey Bullock & R.S. AllenJanuary 21, 1966 (1966-01-21)

Gomer sings an Italian love song to his friend's sister (Gigi Perreau), leading her mother (Lillian Adams) to assume he's proposing.

Note: Frank Sutton doesn't appear in this episode.
5020"Sergeant Carter Dates a Pyle"Coby RuskinRick MittlemanJanuary 28, 1966 (1966-01-28)
Gomer thinks his visiting cousin Bridey would be perfect for Carter. Confusion then ensues when Carter sees Gomer talking in turn to four separate women, two of them homely and two of them attractive, and wonders whether he should accept a date, or instead run and hide.
5121"Little Girl Blue"Coby RuskinDale McRaven & Carl KleinschmittFebruary 4, 1966 (1966-02-04)
Gomer makes friends with the young daughter of a visiting colonel.
5222"A Star Is Born"Coby RuskinArt Baer & Ben JoelsonFebruary 11, 1966 (1966-02-11)
Carter gets top billing in a documentary about the Marines. George Petrie guest stars.
5323"Gomer and the Phone Company"Coby RuskinBill Idelson & Sam BobrickFebruary 25, 1966 (1966-02-25)
Gomer tries to return $40 dollars that fell out of a pay phone and ends up arrested.
5424"Duke Slater, Night Club Comic"Coby RuskinBill Idelson & Sam BobrickMarch 4, 1966 (1966-03-04)
Duke wins a talent contest with his impressions of Gomer and Carter.
5525"Vacation in Vegas"Coby RuskinRick MittlemanMarch 11, 1966 (1966-03-11)
Gomer wins a free weekend for two in Las Vegas and invites Carter on the trip.
5626"Opie Joins the Marines"Coby RuskinAaron RubenMarch 18, 1966 (1966-03-18)
Opie Taylor runs away from Mayberry to join the Marines.
Guest Stars: Ron Howard as Opie Taylor and Andy Griffith as Andy Taylor
5727"A Date With Miss Camp Henderson"Coby RuskinCarl Kleinschmitt & Dale McRavenMarch 25, 1966 (1966-03-25)
Carter bets that Gomer can't get a date with a beauty contest winner (Susan Oliver).
5828"Gomer and the Father Figure"Peter BaldwinBill Idelson & Sam BobrickApril 1, 1966 (1966-04-01)
Carter and Gomer are victims of an old man's con game. Douglas Fowley guest stars.
5929"Desk Job for Sergeant Carter"Peter BaldwinHarvey BullockApril 8, 1966 (1966-04-08)
Carter gets a temporary desk job and is hurt that his platoon doesn't miss him.
6030"Gomer, the Would-Be Hero"Peter BaldwinDale McRaven & Carl KleinschmittApril 15, 1966 (1966-04-15)
Carter lets Gomer take the credit for a heroic act so his girlfriend won't find out he'd been cheating on her. Ted Knight and Ralph Manza guest star.

Season 3 (1966–67)

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611"Lies, Lies, Lies"Coby RuskinArnie RosenSeptember 14, 1966 (1966-09-14)
Gomer's friends don't believe that he met a movie star and that she has invited them to a barbecue at her mansion.
Guest Star: Deborah Walley
622"Crazy Legs Gomer"Coby RuskinHarvey Bullock & R.S. AllenSeptember 21, 1966 (1966-09-21)
Carter has an idea of how to win the inter-squad competition - he'll use Gomer.
633"Gomer, the Carrier"Coby RuskinRick MittlemanSeptember 28, 1966 (1966-09-28)
Gomer and Carter are the only ones who don't catch the German measles.
644"Caution: Low Overhead"Coby RuskinRay Brenner & Barry E. BlitzerOctober 5, 1966 (1966-10-05)

Carter sets out to prove that a crook sold Gomer a cut-rate watch.

Note: This is the first of four episodes to feature Sid Melton as Friendly Freddy.
655"Show Me the Way to Go Home"Coby RuskinBill Idelson & Sam BobrickOctober 12, 1966 (1966-10-12)
A wife accuses Gomer of making her husband an alcoholic.
Guest Stars: Keenan Wynn and Pert Kelton
666"How to Succeed in Farming Without Really Trying"Coby RuskinRick MittlemanOctober 19, 1966 (1966-10-19)
Carter pours vodka in Gomer's prize watermelon.
677"Gomer and the Little Men from Outer Space"Coby RuskinBill Idelson & Sam BobrickOctober 26, 1966 (1966-10-26)
Gomer is sent to a psychiatrist when he claims to have seen little men from outer space.
688"The Borrowed Car"Coby RuskinR.S. Allen & Harvey BullockNovember 2, 1966 (1966-11-02)
Gomer gets arrested when he borrows, then wrecks, Carter's car.
699"Gomer Pyle, Super Chef"Coby RuskinBarry E. Blitzer & Ray BrennerNovember 9, 1966 (1966-11-09)
Carter bets that Sergeant Hacker can't teach Gomer how to cook in a week. Will both Sgts lose their Stripes?
7010"Marry Me, Marry Me"Coby RuskinCarl Kleinschmitt & Dale McRavenNovember 16, 1966 (1966-11-16)

Gomer is threatened with a breach of promise suit after a girl claims he proposed marriage to her.

Note: this episode uses the same basic plot as The Andy Griffith Show episode Barney on the Rebound.
7111"Cold Nose, Warm Heart"Coby RuskinRick MittlemanNovember 23, 1966 (1966-11-23)
Carter gives his girlfriend a puppy, which he then must compete against for her affections, as she can barely stand to leave the puppy's side.
7212"Follow That Car"Coby RuskinBarry E. Blitzer & Ray BrennerNovember 30, 1966 (1966-11-30)
Gomer and Carter get kidnapped by smugglers.
7313"It Takes Two to Tangle"Coby RuskinRick MittlemanDecember 14, 1966 (1966-12-14)
Carter learns that his girlfriend was seen with another man.
7414"Whither the Weather"Coby RuskinRick MittlemanDecember 21, 1966 (1966-12-21)
Gomer proves to predict the weather better than the Weather Bureau.
7515"Love's Old Sweet Song"Coby RuskinBill Idelson & Sam BobrickDecember 28, 1966 (1966-12-28)
Gomer is rewarded a kiss from a singer (Elizabeth MacRae), leading Carter to perform his own song.
7616"Gomer, the Recruiter"Coby RuskinBarry E. Blitzer & Ray BrennerJanuary 4, 1967 (1967-01-04)
While briefly manning Carter's recruiting booth in Hollywood, Gomer recruits a wanted bank robber into the Marines.
7717"The Secret Life of Gomer Pyle"Coby RuskinBill Idelson & Sam BobrickJanuary 11, 1967 (1967-01-11)
Due to photoshopped pictures in a magazine, Carter thinks Gomer is spending Sundays at the beach with beautiful girls, when he is actually hooking rugs with older women.
7818"Go Blow Your Horn"Coby RuskinRay Brenner & Barry E. BlitzerJanuary 18, 1967 (1967-01-18)
Carter tries to get rid of Gomer by encouraging him to join the band.
7919"You Bet Your Won Ton"Coby RuskinBarry E. Blitzer & Ray BrennerJanuary 25, 1967 (1967-01-25)
Gomer hosts a farewell dinner in a Chinese restaurant, but doesn't realize it's a gambling parlor.
8020"Sue the Pants Off 'Em"Coby RuskinRay Brenner & Barry E. BlitzerFebruary 1, 1967 (1967-02-01)
Two crooked lawyers try to talk Gomer and Carter into filing a phony damages suit.
8121"Gomer and the Card Shark"Coby RuskinBill Idelson & Sam BobrickFebruary 8, 1967 (1967-02-08)
Carter and Duke enlist Gomer to expose a card hustler.
8222"To Re-Enlist or Not to Re-Enlist"Coby RuskinRick MittlemanFebruary 15, 1967 (1967-02-15)
Carter does everything to keep Gomer from re-enlisting, including getting Gomer a girlfriend.
8323"Lou-Ann Poovie Sings Again"Coby RuskinBill Idelson & Sam BobrickFebruary 22, 1967 (1967-02-22)
Gomer and Carter compete for the affections of a nightclub singer - who has imperfect pitch.
8424"Gomer, the Welsh Rarebit Fiend"Coby RuskinRick MittlemanMarch 1, 1967 (1967-03-01)
Gomer sleepwalks after eating too much Welsh Rarebit and tells off Carter.
8525"Sing a Song of Papa"Coby RuskinAaron RubenMarch 8, 1967 (1967-03-08)
A club owner asks Gomer to sing every night, which doesn't sit well with Carter.
8626"Where There's a Will"Coby RuskinLarry MarkesMarch 15, 1967 (1967-03-15)
Gomer joins a group taking special paratrooper training.
8727"Lost, the Colonel's Daughter"Coby RuskinRay Brenner & Barry E. BlitzerMarch 22, 1967 (1967-03-22)
After promising to take the colonel's daughter to a movie, he instead loses her in a crowded go-go club, then finds her at a party in a beatnik joint.
8828"The Crow Ganef"Coby RuskinRick MittlemanMarch 29, 1967 (1967-03-29)
Gomer makes friends with a thieving crow that places its loot on his locker.
8929"One of Our Shells Is Missing"Coby RuskinBarry E. Blitzer & Ray BrennerApril 5, 1967 (1967-04-05)
Carter and Gomer search for a live mortar shell that got lost during practice.
9030"Lou-Ann Poovie Sings No More"Coby RuskinJack Elinson & Iz ElinsonApril 12, 1967 (1967-04-12)
Gomer gets Lou-Ann a job at a record store after she loses her singing gig.

Season 4 (1967–68)

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911"A Visit from Aunt Bee"Coby RuskinBill Idelson & Sam BobrickSeptember 8, 1967 (1967-09-08)
Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier) visits Gomer and does not like the way Carter treats him.
922"The Recruiting Poster"Coby RuskinJack Elinson & Iz ElinsonSeptember 15, 1967 (1967-09-15)
Gomer discovers that his face will be on a recruiting poster – and not Sergeant Carter's.
933"Corporal Carol"Coby RuskinR.S. Allen & Harvey BullockSeptember 22, 1967 (1967-09-22)

A man-hungry female Marine (Carol Burnett) tries to break up Gomer and Lou Ann.

Note: Frank Sutton doesn't appear in this episode.
944"Leader of Men"Coby RuskinNorman PaulSeptember 29, 1967 (1967-09-29)
A visiting Congressman suggests that Gomer get a promotion, and Carter almost loses his stripes training his recruit to take command.
955"Gomer, the Beautiful Dreamer"Coby RuskinRick MittlemanOctober 6, 1967 (1967-10-06)
Gomer's dreams keep coming true, and his latest is about Carter proposing to Bunny.
966"The Great Talent Hunt"Coby RuskinRay Brenner & Barry E. BlitzerOctober 13, 1967 (1967-10-13)
The platoon has a chance at fame when Gomer represents them in a talent contest.
977"Gomer Says "Hey" to the President"Coby RuskinRick MittlemanOctober 20, 1967 (1967-10-20)
Gomer gets lost in The White House and ends up in the President's office.
988"And A Child Shall Lead Them"Coby RuskinBarry E. Blitzer & Ray BrennerOctober 27, 1967 (1967-10-27)
Gomer and Carter try to help a Japanese boy who claims to be lost. Before telling them his diplomatic parents' address, the boy leads them on detours to a boat ride, an amusement park, and a baseball game.
999"The Show Must Go On"Coby RuskinNorman PaulNovember 3, 1967 (1967-11-03)

Gomer gets stage fright and loses his voice right before a Washington show.

Note: This episode is known for Nabors' performance of "The Impossible Dream".[3] The United States Marine Corps Band guest stars as themselves.
10010"The Better Man"Coby RuskinStory by : John Barbour & Whitey Mitchell
Teleplay by : John Barbour, Whitey Mitchell & Jack Elinson
November 10, 1967 (1967-11-10)

Lou Ann's father and ex-fiancé come to town and try to talk her into dumping Gomer.

Note: Frank Sutton doesn't appear in this episode.
10111"To Watch a Thief"John RichRick MittlemanNovember 17, 1967 (1967-11-17)
Gomer thinks Carter stole a watch.
10212"The Prize Boat"John RichStory by : John Barbour & Gordon Mitchell
Teleplay by : R.S. Allen & Harvey Bullock
November 24, 1967 (1967-11-24)
Gomer wins a boat in a jingle contest, but Carter's the one who gets in trouble.
10313"Friendly Freddy Strikes Again"John RichWilliam Raynor & Myles WilderDecember 1, 1967 (1967-12-01)
Freddy sells Gomer a ring for Lou Ann, then tries to get it back.
10414"Change Partners"Peter BaldwinR.S. Allen & Harvey BullockDecember 8, 1967 (1967-12-08)
Carter and Bunny have an argument.
10515"Wild Bull of the Pampas"Peter BaldwinRonny PearlmanDecember 15, 1967 (1967-12-15)

A Latin American military man (Larry Storch) plots to overthrow Sgt. Carter.

Note: Nabors sings the Mexican classic Cielito Lindo in this episode.
10616"Gomer, the Good Samaritan"Peter BaldwinRay Brenner & Barry E. BlitzerDecember 22, 1967 (1967-12-22)
Gomer is supposed to pick up a general, but gets sidetracked along the way helping strangers, including a scout troop and a mother with car trouble.
10717"Gomer, the Privileged Character"Peter BaldwinRick MittlemanDecember 29, 1967 (1967-12-29)
Gomer is chosen to perform at a base variety show, excusing him from his regular duties.
10818"Gomer Goes Home"Coby RuskinWilliam Raynor & Myles WilderJanuary 5, 1968 (1968-01-05)
Gomer returns to Mayberry and gets involved in the search for a bank robber. Cameos by Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Frances Bavier and George Lindsey.
10919"A Dog Is a Dog"Coby RuskinBill Idelson & Harvey MillerJanuary 12, 1968 (1968-01-12)
Carter and Gomer are supposed to watch the colonel's German shepherd, but Gomer loses it.
11020"Love Finds Gomer Pyle"Coby RuskinWilliam Raynor & Myles WilderJanuary 19, 1968 (1968-01-19)
A 15-year-old girl falls in love with Gomer.
11121"Gomer and the Queen of Burlesque"Coby RuskinBarry E. Blitzer & Ray BrennerFebruary 2, 1968 (1968-02-02)

Sergeant Hacker sets up Gomer with an exotic dancer.

Note: Frank Sutton doesn't appear in this episode.
11222"The Carriage Waits"Coby RuskinBill Idelson & Harvey MillerFebruary 9, 1968 (1968-02-09)
A department store sends Gomer a baby carriage by mistake.
11323"Sergeant Iago"Coby RuskinRick MittlemanFebruary 16, 1968 (1968-02-16)
Gomer has Carter tell Lou Ann he's seeing other women to make her jealous.
11424"Goodbye, Dolly"Coby RuskinRay Brenner & Barry E. BlitzerFebruary 23, 1968 (1968-02-23)
Gomer rescues a horse from the glue factory and tries hiding her at the base.
11525"The Price of Tomatoes"Coby RuskinWilliam Raynor & Myles WilderMarch 1, 1968 (1968-03-01)
Gomer makes friends with a farmer (Denver Pyle) who says Camp Henderson is on his land.
11626"Chef for a Day"Coby RuskinWilliam Raynor & Myles WilderMarch 8, 1968 (1968-03-08)
Gomer might be assigned to the kitchen permanently because of his cooking skills.
11727"Gomer and the Night Club Comic"Coby RuskinHarvey Bullock & R.S. AllenMarch 22, 1968 (1968-03-22)
Gomer tries to help a night club comedian (Jerry Van Dyke) who's about to lose his job.
11828"Love and Goulash"Coby RuskinRonny PearlmanMarch 29, 1968 (1968-03-29)

Gomer gets involved in a Hungarian family feud when he spends the weekend with a friend.

Note: Frank Sutton doesn't appear in this episode.
11929"And Baby Makes Three"Coby RuskinHarvey Bullock & R.S. AllenApril 5, 1968 (1968-04-05)
Gomer sneaks a baby onto the base while babysitting for a friend – just as the colonel is due on an inspection tour.
12030"Friendly Freddy, the Gentleman's Tailor"Coby RuskinRick MittlemanApril 12, 1968 (1968-04-12)

Gomer and Carter buy "Hong Kong suits" from Friendly Freddy.

Note: This episode marks the final appearance of Corporal Boyle (Roy Stuart).

Season 5 (1968–69)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1211"Car for Sale"John RichRick MittlemanSeptember 27, 1968 (1968-09-27)
Sergeant Hacker (Allan Melvin) plays a practical joke on Carter to make him think his car gets first incredible, then terrible, gas mileage.
1222"Corporal Duke"John RichBill Idelson & Harvey MillerOctober 4, 1968 (1968-10-04)
Duke Slater (Ronnie Schell) returns to Camp Henderson upon his promotion to corporal, but can't seem to escape his old reputation.
1233"The Booty Prize"John RichDuke Vincent & Bruce JohnsonOctober 11, 1968 (1968-10-11)
Thanks to Gomer, Carter's Unit wins the battalion's booby prize - a lead boot that gets stuck on Gomer's foot.
1244"The Return of Monroe"John RichRick MittlemanOctober 18, 1968 (1968-10-18)
Gomer must compete for Lou-Ann when her ex-boyfriend comes to visit.
Guest Star: Joyce Jameson
1255"Just Move Your Lips, Sergeant"John RichHarvey Bullock & R.S. AllenOctober 25, 1968 (1968-10-25)

The platoon risks their chance to sing in a movie when it turns out Carter is not very good.

Note: The plot of this episode is very similar to The Andy Griffith Show episode Barney and the Choir.
1266"All You Need Is One Good Break"John RichJack Elinson & Norman PaulNovember 8, 1968 (1968-11-08)
Gomer and Carter get credit for a stuntwoman's heroics.
Guest Star: George Fenneman
1277"A Marriage of Convenience"John RichHarvey Bullock & R.S. AllenNovember 15, 1968 (1968-11-15)
A foreign movie star will be deported unless either Gomer or Carter marries her.
Guest Stars: Nita Talbot and Jesse White
1288"A Star Is Not Born"John RichNorman Paul & Jack ElinsonNovember 22, 1968 (1968-11-22)
Carter has trouble with his one line of dialogue when he's cast in a movie.
Guest Stars: Sheldon Leonard, Hamilton Camp, Jamie Farr and Barry Williams
1299"Come Blow Your Top"John RichJack Elinson & Norman PaulNovember 29, 1968 (1968-11-29)
Carter is challenged to hold his temper for 24 hours and enlists Gomer to help him win the bet.
Guest Star: Allan Melvin
13010"A Little Chicken Soup Wouldn't Hurt"Coby RuskinAaron RubenDecember 6, 1968 (1968-12-06)
Gomer meets a lonely widow whose son is trying to retire her, but all she wants is to cook for others, including even personally delivering a meal to Gomer's barracks.
13111"Gomer, the Perfect M.P."John RichNorman Paul & Jack ElinsonDecember 13, 1968 (1968-12-13)
Gomer refuses to let Carter, who forgot a password, pass through the camp's back gate while on guard duty.
13212"The Wild Bull Returns"Coby RuskinJack Elinson & Norman PaulDecember 20, 1968 (1968-12-20)
Camp Henderson's good neighbor policy is put to the test when a visiting South American general (Larry Storch) falls for Carter's girlfriend.
13313"Hit and Write"Coby RuskinBill Idelson & Harvey MillerDecember 27, 1968 (1968-12-27)
Carter agrees to pay for a scratched fender...until he sees the bill.
Guest Stars: Al Lewis and Kathleen Freeman
13414"Two on the Bench"Gary NelsonBill Idelson & Harvey MillerJanuary 3, 1969 (1969-01-03)
Carter doesn't believe that Gomer actually knows a famous football star.
13515"A Tattoo for Gomer"John ErmanCarl KleinschmittJanuary 10, 1969 (1969-01-10)
A practical joke backfires when Lou-Ann engages in lies and dishonesty concerning Gomer's fake tattoo.
13616"Win-A-Date"John ErmanNorman Paul & Jack ElinsonJanuary 17, 1969 (1969-01-17)
Gomer and Carter appear as contestants on a TV dating show, leading to romantic complications.
13717"Marriage, Sgt. Carter Style"Gary NelsonR.S. Allen & Harvey BullockJanuary 24, 1969 (1969-01-24)
Carter tries to push Gomer into a hasty wedding so he won't reenlist.
13818"To Save a Life"John RichJack Elinson & Norman PaulJanuary 31, 1969 (1969-01-31)

Gomer tries to pay back Carter, who can't stop thanking him for saving his life.

Note: This episode's plot is basically identical to The Andy Griffith Show episode Andy Saves Gomer.
13919"Dynamite Diner"John RichHarvey Bullock & R.S. AllenFebruary 7, 1969 (1969-02-07)

Gomer and Lou-Ann help out with the opening of a new diner, but the owners are planning to rob the bank next door.

Note: Frank Sutton doesn't appear in this episode.
14020"Freddy's Friendly Computer"John RichBill Idelson & Harvey MillerFebruary 14, 1969 (1969-02-14)

Gomer and Carter are victims of a new computer dating service run by Friendly Freddy.
Guest Stars: Sid Melton and Maureen Arthur

Note: This episode marks the final appearance of Lou-Ann (Elizabeth MacRae), and the fourth and final appearance of Sid Melton as Friendly Freddy.
14121"Gomer Maneuvers"John RichBill Idelson & Harvey MillerFebruary 21, 1969 (1969-02-21)
Gomer causes tension when he reveals the platoon's position during war game maneuvers.
14222"Gomer Tends a Sick Cat"John RichDuke Vincent & Bruce JohnsonFebruary 28, 1969 (1969-02-28)

Gomer overhears a conversation about a sick cat, but thinks Carter's the one who's ill.

Note: This episode marks the final appearance of Carter's girlfriend Bunny (Barbara Stuart).
14323"I'm Always Chasing Gomers"John RichCarl KleinschmittMarch 7, 1969 (1969-03-07)
Carter flies to visit his mother in Kansas to avert a nervous breakdown, but Gomer accidentally gets on the same flight.
Guest Star: Kathleen Freeman
14424"The Short Voyage Home"John RichNorman Paul & Jack ElinsonMarch 14, 1969 (1969-03-14)
Gomer trusts Carter with his life savings, but the sergeant gets his pocket picked by a little old lady (Ellen Corby).
14525"Proxy Papa"John RichHarvey Bullock & R.S. AllenMarch 21, 1969 (1969-03-21)
A fellow Marine breaks his leg, so Gomer and Carter must bring his pregnant wife (Jackie Joseph) to the hospital.
14626"Flower Power"John RichBill Idelson & Harvey MillerMarch 28, 1969 (1969-03-28)

Three hippies help Gomer paint a truck for maneuvers.
Guest Stars: Rob Reiner and Leigh French

Note: Nabors sings the Bob Dylan classic "Blowin' in the Wind" in this episode.
14727"Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow"John RichRick MittlemanApril 4, 1969 (1969-04-04)
Carter allows a pet rabbit to escape, without realizing it belongs to the general's son. The men spend days trapping other rabbits, but none have the unique identifying spot.
14828"Showtime with Sgt. Carol"John RichAaron RubenApril 18, 1969 (1969-04-18)
Carol Barnes (Carol Burnett) returns to Camp Henderson and hopes to recruit Gomer into singing in her talent show.
14929"My Fair Sister"John RichJack Elinson & Norman PaulApril 25, 1969 (1969-04-25)
Carter tries to make his sister good enough for Gomer to escort her to a dance.
15030"Goodbye Camp Henderson, Hello Sergeant Carter"John RichAaron RubenMay 2, 1969 (1969-05-02)

Gomer requests a transfer to another base so he won't be a bother to Sergeant Carter anymore.
Guest Star: Tige Andrews

Note: This episode is a clip show incorporating scenes from two second season episodes, Gomer Captures a Submarine and Gomer Minds His Sergeant's Car.


  1. ^ Farber, David; Bailey, Beth (2003). The Columbia Guide to America in the 1960s. Columbia University Press. pp. 401–402. ISBN 978-0-231-11373-1. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
  2. ^ Jim Nabors finished with Gomer
  3. ^ "Jim Nabors Sings Stirring Version Of "The Impossible Dream" On Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.".