The Flintstones: Season 3, Episode 19

The Surprise (25 Jan. 1963)

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Because he and Betty are babysitting a nephew, Barney hasn't got time to go to a bowling tournament with Fred, who therefore strongly dislikes the baby.


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Episode cast overview:
Fred Flintstone (voice)
Jean Vander Pyl ...
Barney Rubble / Dino (voice)
Betty Rubble (voice)


Barney isn't available to Fred because he's babysitting his baby nephew, Marblehead, with Betty. When the kid escapes from his crib and ends up in the Flintstones' backyard, Fred is briefly suspected of kidnapping him. Fred roars at the absurdity: he doesn't even like babies. His tirade prompts tears from Wilma, who's knitting with delicate yarn in the corner and is just about to reveal some interesting news to Fred. Written by Morganalee

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The Surprise
25 October 2015 | by (India) – See all my reviews

The Flintstones is an animated, prime-time American television sitcom that was broadcast from September 30, 1960 to April 1, 1966, on ABC. The show, produced by Hanna-Barbera, fancifully depicted the lives of a working-class Stone Age man, his family, and his next-door neighbor and best friend.

The show's continuing popularity rested heavily on its juxtaposition of modern everyday concerns in the Stone Age setting. The Flintstones was the most financially successful network animated franchise for three decades, until The Simpsons debuted. In 2013, TV Guide ranked The Flintstones the second Greatest TV Cartoon of All Time (after The Simpsons).

The title of this episode has nothing to do with the plot but the tail ending, when it's established that the Flintstones will be having a baby. The plot actually begins when Fred resents Barney spending so much time taking care of his nephew Marblehead to the point their friendship nearly ends a few times. Then at the end of the show Wilma informs Fred that they are now expecting their own child. Fred is surprisingly happy to hear it.

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