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"Daddies Anonymous" is the thirteenth episode of the fourth season of The Flintstones. It aired on December 12, 1963.

Synopsis

Fred's beginning to think that taking Pebbles for walks in her stroller is bad for his image. Then he hears of a club in which fathers can park their babies' carriages while they go attend to other things.

Plot

Fred refuses to stroll the streets and parks of Bedrock with Pebbles because doing so would invite his fellow cavemen to label him as a "henpecked husband". Therefore, Wilma obliges Fred to mow the Flintstone lawn, a chore which in itself prompts such ridicule from a friend of Fred's, name of Elmo Rockbottom, who suggests to Fred that Fred walk with Pebbles- to the back door of Boulder's Garage, at which the fathers of Bedrock congregate each weekend for friendly games, like cards, while their infants are parked in baby carriages in a vast lot behind Boulder's Garage.

At Saturday and Sunday dusk, the men all return to their homes for supper and are "legitimately" unable to toil at yard work or household cleaning because they have been ostensibly performing all day their duties as dedicated fathers. Fred informs Barney of this ingenious responsibility-shirking scheme, and Flintstone and Rubble become D.A. members, while Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm join the other cherubs in the baby carriage parking lot.

This is the Fred and Barney procedure for several days as Wilma and Betty share their suspicions about their husbands' true weekend activities. Neither Fred nor Barney could possibly be as selflessly committed to their offspring as they claim to be, and Wilma investigates by telephoning other Bedrock women, including Alice, Lucy and Elmo's wife, Norma and inquiring what their spouses are doing on Saturdays and Sundays. In every case, she hears about an identical situation to that of the Flintstones and Rubbles.

Thoughtless mention by a D.A. brother to a policeman that a couple of hundred men are enjoying marathon poker games every weekend at Boulder's Garage results in a raid thereof, after which Bedrock's mothers- Wilma and Betty included- come to police headquarters to retrieve their children, and leave their lying husbands to rot in jail for six months!

Characters

Other Characters

  • Elmo Rockbottom (only appearance)
  • Chester Rockbottom (only appearance)
  • Norma Rockbottom (only appearance)
  • George (only appearance)
  • Alex (only appearance)
  • Alice (only appearance)
  • Junior (only appearance)
  • Lucy (only appearance)

Locations

  • Bedrock
    • Flintstone home
    • Boulder's Garage (only appearance)
    • Daddies Anonymous Club Lodge (only appearance)
    • Bedrock Zoo
    • Bedrock Police Station
    • Bedrock Park

Objects

  • News-slabs
  • Pebbles' cradle

Animals

Vehicles

  • Baby carriages

Cast

Alan Reed Fred Flintstone
Jean Vander Pyl Wilma Flintstone
Pebbles Flintstone
Norma Rockbottom
Mel Blanc Barney Rubble
Dino
Cat
Tiger
Bea Benaderet Betty Rubble
Alice
Paper Boy
Don Messick Bamm-Bamm Rubble
Kid #1
Monkey #1
George
Howard Morris Bird
Kid #2
Monkey #2
Elmo Rockbottom
Elephant
Lucy
Doug Young Alex
Chester
Cop
Man #1

Notes/Trivia

Errors

  • None known.


Season 4 of The Flintstones
"Ann-Margrock Presents" • "Groom Gloom" • "Little Bamm-Bamm" • "Dino Disappears" • "Fred's Monkeyshines" • "The Flintstone Canaries" • "Glue for Two" • "Big League Freddie" • "Old Lady Betty" • "Sleep On, Sweet Fred" • "Kleptomaniac Pebbles" • "Daddy's Little Beauty" • "Daddies Anonymous" • "Peek-a-Boo Camera" • "Once Upon a Coward" • "Ten Little Flintstones" • "Fred El Terrifico" • "The Bedrock Hillbillies" • "Flintstone and the Lion" • "Cave Scout Jamboree" • "Room for Two" • "Ladies' Night at the Lodge" • "Reel Trouble" • "Son of Rockzilla" • "Bachelor Daze" • "Operation Switchover"
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