- Share this article on Facebook
- Share this article on Twitter
- Share this article on Email
- Show additional share options
- Share this article on Print
- Share this article on Comment
- Share this article on Whatsapp
- Share this article on Linkedin
- Share this article on Reddit
- Share this article on Pinit
- Share this article on Tumblr
Jim Nabors made Gomer Pyle a household name. The bumbling Mayberry auto mechanic on The Andy Griffith Show was a favorite among fans — so much so that the character got his own spinoff, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
Nabors died Thursday at 87. The Andy Griffith Show ran on CBS from 1960-68.
Of all the simple-minded character’s best moments, the most memorable is likely when he tried to make a citizen’s arrest of Barney Fife (Don Knotts) on the season four episode, “Citizen’s Arrest,” which first aired Dec. 16, 1963. IMDb ranks the episode No. 2 of the series. It was written by Everett Greenbaum and James Fritzell, and directed by Richard Crenna.
Essentially, Barney gives Gomer a ticket for making an illegal U-turn and then, as he is leaving, Barney makes the same maneuver, which causes Gomer to make a citizen’s arrest on the spot. Needless to say, Barney loses his mind, especially when Andy (Andy Griffith) sides with Gomer.
“Oh, Nutsy is going around screaming, ‘Citizen’s arrest! Citizen’s arrest!'” Barney says when Andy wants to know what’s going on. Barney goes on to call Gomer a “boob” multiple times, which hurts Gomer’s feelings.
Barney tenders his short-lived resignation rather than pay the small fine and hops in a cell next to the town drunk, Otis (Hal Smith).
When Griffith died in 2012, Nabors called his friend a “legend.”