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"Flintstone and the Lion" is the nineteenth episode of the fourth season and the one hundred and seventh overall episode of The Flintstones. It aired on January 23, 1964.

Synopsis

Fred finds a kitten on a fishing trip and decides to take it home, not realizing that it is really a baby lion cub.

Plot

What starts as a fishing expedition for Fred and Barney in a prehistoric wilderness becomes the start of a complicated friendship between Fred and one of the hinterland's native occupants, a male saber-toothed lionasaurus.

As a growing and very hungry kitten, the Stone Age cat snatches Fred's catch in the fishing endeavor, and Fred chases the mackerel-filching feline into a cave, from which Fred is himself pursued by a disturbed and ill-tempered bearasaurus that is repelled in fear after the kitten bites its leg. Grateful for the little, leg-rubbing, and purring cat's assistance in this regard, Fred adopts him as the Flintstones' second pet. Pet number one, Dino, is anything but pleased by the new arrival to the Flintstone residence, but Pebbles adores the orange-furred feline, and Wilma agrees to Fred's wish to accommodate the cat, for the time being.

Soon, however, the cat is fully grown and, though still quite amiable, sitting upright next to Fred in a living room chair in front of the television, is a lion with a healthy appetite; he accesses the Flintstone icebox for steak snack after mere mention of food. Wilma reasons with Fred that the Flintstone family income is insufficient to support the lion's largess of feed, and Fred reluctantly opts to donate the chummy cat to the Bedrock Zoo, whose officials come to the Flintstone home and use a female lion to entice Fred's feline friend into their custody.

Some days later, a knock is heard at the Flintstones' door, and into the house prances the lion, his mate, and their litter of kittens!

Characters

Locations

Objects

Animals

Vehicles

Cast

Alan Reed Fred Flintstone
Jean Vander Pyl Wilma Flintstone
Pebbles Flintstone
Edie
Mel Blanc Barney Rubble
Dino
Kitty
Bea Benaderet Betty Rubble
Don Messick Bamm-Bamm Rubble
Cat
Salesman
Loudmouth
Guy
Head Curator
Elliott Field Bearasaurus
Mailman
Mortar

Notes/Trivia

  • The Bedrock Lions Club is one organization whose name hasn't been "Flintstone-ized."

Cultural references

  • The title is a reference to the Aesop fable, Androcles and the Lion.
  • Lots of cultural references were taken with spoofs including Rockatraz Prison (Alcatraz), Rockopedia Bricktanica (Encyclopædia Brittanica), Ed Shalavin Show (Ed Sullivan), and Yogi Bear.

Errors

  • None known.

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