Synopsis: Gomer (Jim Nabors) loses his job at Wally’s Filling Station and, seeing his friend needs a place to stay, Andy (Andy Griffith) invites him to stay with his family. This, however, turns out to be a big mistake as Gomer’s noisy nighttime habits keep the Taylor family from getting a good night’s sleep. Things turn from bad to worse when Mayberry’s residents start bringing their cars to Gomer for repairs, causing a traffic jam in front of Andy’s house.
The Andy Griffith Show Episode Review: “Gomer the House Guest”
A review of the season 4 television episode that first aired in November 1963.
I had an opportunity to watch this episode a couple days ago while my daughters were getting themselves ready for bed and, as I figured it would be, it turned out to be somewhat predictable. However, despite that, it was actually a funnier episode than I expected it to be.
Jim Nabors always managed to steal scenes with his Gomer Pyle character (one of the main reasons he ended up with his own spin-off show, I think) and this episode was no exception. On one hand, he was keeping his hosts awake at all hours doing everything from sawing to vacuuming. But, at the same time, it was also a bit hard to fault him because losing his job did disrupt his routine considerably and, as he mentioned, the lack of work was preventing him from sleeping. Not to mention, Wally (Trevor Bardette) did overreact considerably when he fired Gomer, especially (as the episode proves) since Gomer was such a big reason for his success.
Another thing I found I liked about this episode was the way the writers had Andy’s stress/lack of sleep carry over into his day. I don’t think this episode would have been as entertaining had Andy acted completely normal (other than maybe being sleepy) and it was nice that the writers realized that and had him be much more short tempered as a result of his problems. If nothing else, it showed he was human.
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As I said before, this episode is somewhat predictable and it isn’t too hard to figure out how, exactly, it is going to end, especially when Gomer starts fixing cars in Andy’s driveway. However, despite that, the episode proved to be much funnier than expected and was very entertaining. As a result, even though there were no surprises as far as the ending is concerned, it is an episode I would recommend taking the time to watch.
My Grade: A
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