Consider this excerpt from "Ernest T. Bass Joins the Army."
Andy to Army Recruiter: "A while back he was going with a girl up here in the mountains...she married somebody else and he got mad at 'em and took rocks and busted every window in the house."
Barney: "He even kidnapped the girl..."
This is an obvious reference to "The Mountain Wedding." I'm sure you remember who really got kidnapped. Also, does anyone remember any reference to Ernest T. and Charlene ever actually "going together?"
Don't remember any talk about Charlene and Ernest T. actually "going together". But, Dud WAS gone to the army for a long time. Maybe E.T. just got ideas about that purty Darlin' girl!
I believe Dep. Barney Fife got kidnapped wearing Charlene's mama's wedding dress and veil. Ernest T's double-take when the veil is raised is one of the all-time laugh riots of TAGS. First, the long "take," then the closing of the eyes as if to say, "I can't believe it!" and then the eyes-wide-open verification that what he saw is true. Classic!
The writers never expected anybody to pay this much attention to details. Neither did the set builders.
Larry and Rascal, you are both so right. I'm sure when the show was in production, they never realized 50+ years later, we would all be setting here on something called "the internet" picking the show apart.
Aren't these electronal marvels just wonderful?