Looks like Don Knotts was a noisy house guest just like Gomer

When Knotts visited his hometown, he stayed at his childhood friend’s house so he wouldn’t disrupt his mother.

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In the fourth season of The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle wound up being welcomed to stay as long as he liked at Sheriff Taylor’s home for an episode called "Gomer the House Guest."

The episode paints Gomer as a loud and intrusive house guest, the kind of prolonged visitor who’s likely to do stuff like run a vacuum or welcome company at all hours.

On The Andy Griffith Show, it wasn’t all that uncommon for Griffith to have a castmate as his houseguest, and as author Daniel de Visé writes in the book Andy and Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show, it was more likely to be Don Knotts camping out in the guest room.

Knotts became a frequent house guest of his closest friends throughout his life, whether he was crashing at Andy Griffith’s any time filming kept him from home or bunking up at his childhood best friend’s house in Morgantown when he visited his mother in West Virginia.

The story goes that when Knotts first found fame on The Andy Griffith Show, the first thing he wanted to do was buy his mother Elsie a new house. He finally got the opportunity after he made the movie The Ghost and Mr. Chicken.

When Knotts asked his mom where she wanted to live, she was certain she could live nowhere but their hometown. Together they found the perfect house, and Knotts paid $10,500 to move his mom on up in her own modest way.

Because his mom stuck around Morgantown and because they remained extremely close, Knotts returned to his hometown throughout his life to visit his mom, usually in the summertime.

According to de Visé, though, Knotts preferred to stay with his old schoolboy friend Jarvie Eldred on these visits, rather than intrude on his mom’s quiet house.

That way, the old pals could spend time together too, and Knotts wouldn’t disrupt his mom if any of his other friends decided to drop by. These fun-loving friends were much more welcome in Jarvie’s living room.

From the sound of it, Knotts was just as loud a house guest as Gomer was on The Andy Griffith Show, but it seems that Jarvie didn’t mind. Sometimes when Knotts came to town, they’d go out for hot dogs like the good old days, when they were boys and things were simpler.

In his book, de Visé said there were plenty of times when Don’s mom Elsie would make a trip out to see him, too.

During those visits, Elsie would stay with Don and his wife Kay, but she never quite got accustomed to what she viewed as their high society living, in a fancy house with fancy friends.

As uncomfortable being her son’s overly quiet house guest as Don would’ve been bringing his loud lifestyle into her living room, it’s said that Elsie would choose to eat in the kitchen with the housekeeper, rather than meet Don’s famous friends at the dinner table.

On The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer’s depicted as a bad house guest because he runs on his own schedule.

Although this episode centers on Nabors, now we know the premise struck home for Knotts and his family. Whether you’re a loud or quiet type, it’s not easy feeling out of sync with the routines of regular home life, whatever that looks like.

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Nancyborn1947 27 months ago
I dont like Mayberry RFD. Never have. It isnt a good show as far as I am concerned. I wish you would change Leave It To Beaver and Perry Mason. Leave it to Beaver has been on way too long. Why dont you show Little House on the Prairie or change it to some other show that y ou havent shown.
eugenebelvinandmoosefan8 27 months ago
I would like to see MAYBERRY RFD Return to METV.
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Oops ! I left out Flora Mallerby (Goobers girlfriend) and Sticks Downey
Jr (Fonzie's New Friend) and Harry
Malph and Hazel Malph and Miss
Rosemary and Dixie(,From GP USMC)
And Winnie McKinney and Angela
Brown from My Favorite Martian as
Additional Residents of The SITCOM
Jenny Piccolo and Clarence were
PHANTOM CHARACTERS on Happy Days until Cathy Silvers and Gary Freidkin were hired to play Jenny and
Clarence (The cook at Arnold's Drive In)Mary Ann McCarthy was the Phantom Character Girlfriend of BAG ZOMBROSKI.BAG mentioned Mary Ann McCarthy in the episode of CRUISIN'
But Mary Ann was never seen on HD.
ALs girlfriend Rosa Coletti was a
Phantom Character until she finally
made an appearance on Happy Days.
Richie's Aunt Bessie was also a
Phantom Character and Potsies
Another SITCOM ZONE Resident
The Andy Griffith Show
Jason(Mayberry Motel Desk Clerk)
Sam Muggins
Bess Muggins
Lester Scobey
Residents of the SITCOM ZONE
Petticoat Junction
Herbie Bates
Green Acres
Newt Kiley
Mignon the dog
Alf Monroe
eugenebelvinandmoosefan8 27 months ago
Have you seen the video of GOMER PYLE
USMC called Loves Old Sweet Song which
features the First Appearance of Lou Ann
Poovie(Elizabeth MacRae) .This GOMER PYLE
USMC video is under the METV article
called This Happy Days Guest Star Was
The First Actor Discovered On Don Adams
Screen Test .
Lou Ann. Poovie Singing:
That old black magic has me in a spell.
Runeshaper 27 months ago
It's good to have friends like Jarvie Eldred and keep those friends forever, regardless of the changes we experience in life.

On a separate note, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken was GREAT!
Andybandit 27 months ago
That was nice of Don to stay at his childhood friend's house. Instead of staying at his Mom so he didn't disturb her.
MrsPhilHarris 27 months ago
Nice story. I like to hear celebrities keeping in touch with old chums.
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MrsPhilHarris justjeff 27 months ago
I’d love to look him up. 😉
justjeff MrsPhilHarris 27 months ago
No doubt... but I'm not about to risk any legal ramifications like a "defamation of character" lawsuit for MeTV by posting any names here [or anywhere else]. If someone figures it out on their own, so be it... as long as *they* don't post the name online...
DZee justjeff 26 months ago
If your story is true...there can't be any defamation accusation. Defamation involves being damaged due to false or malicious statements.
justjeff DZee 26 months ago
My story is *very* true, but some people are thin-skinned, and at this late stage of life I wouldn't want to even have to fight against even the *inference* that my comments were false or defamatory. Sometimes it's best to err on the side of caution... even if you know you're in the right...
harlow1313 27 months ago
I have been known to burst into a rendition of "No Account Mule."
LoveMETV22 27 months ago
I'm sure Moriyah will enjoy this story.
justjeff LoveMETV22 27 months ago
Ya think???
Moriyah LoveMETV22 27 months ago
It's not under as Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
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