"Fred El Terrifico" is the seventeenth episode of the fourth season and the one hundred and fifth overall episode of The Flintstones. It aired on January 9, 1964.


On vacation in Rockapulco, Fred hams it up as "El Terrifico," and some jewel smugglers decide to take advantage of his innocent pose for their own gain.


Another Flintstone and Rubble vacation, this time in Rockapulco, means more misadventures for Fred, who fancies himself to be a seasoned world-traveler with athletic prowess unexcelled. Sporting a mustache that everyone thinks is dirt on his upper lip, Fred calls himself "El Terrifico". After leaving Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm in the care of Wilma's mother, Flintstones and Rubbles fly to Mexirock via a carriage on the back of a pterodactyl "fueled" by bird seed and piloted by TransWorld-TransPterodactyl Airlines personnel.

During the flight, Fred brags to other passengers about his untrue brave exploits in foreign lands and annoys Wilma, who pays a Mexican customs clerk to detain El Terrifico on suspicion of criminal activity in several states. Fred is later released by the Mexican customs officials and is displeased to learn about Wilma's deception.

At a sombrero shop, Fred buys a matador's hat and cape as a lark and is separated from Wilma and the Rubbles while the four are going to see a "bull"-fight (prehistoric style, with the "bull" being a squat but powerful horned dinosaur) and tries to bypass a long line of paying spectators by entering the arena through another door, not noticing the "toreros" sign there above. With his matador hat and cape, Fred is thought by bullfight organizers to be the scheduled bullfighter and given access to the bullfight ring where, to the dismay of Wilma, Barney, and Betty, he luckily defeats his foe by tricking it to collide with a wall.

Suddenly, a rose is tossed into Fred's mouth by a ravishing, redheaded admirer named Shayla, who has been overhearing Fred's phony claims to globetrotting derring-do and plans to smuggle stolen diamonds across the American border with the intrepid El Terrifico as her unwitting stooge. She schemes to give a present, a large stick-rattle containing the gems, to Fred at a party sponsored by her and by her accomplice, Rockoff.

Wilma's jealousy of Shayla's flattering adulation of Fred leads to a confrontation during which Wilma angrily snatches the stick-rattle from Shayla's hand and hits Shayla on the head with it. The gems roll out of the shattered musical instrument. Mexican police apprehend Shayla and Rockoff and are convinced of Fred's innocence in the plot- and Fred receives a monetary reward from the Mexican officials.

However, before leaving Rockapulco for Bedrock, Fred is detained again by customs officials, this time on a true criminal charge, of not declaring his reward money for taxation.





  • Hawaii (mentioned)
  • Rock Vegas (mentioned)


  • Mexirock Airport (only appearance)
  • Rockamilco (only mentioned)
  • Cuernarocka
  • Rockapulco
  • Plaza de Toros (only appearance)


  • Suitcases (only appearance)
  • Suntan oil
  • Sombreos (only appearance)




Alan Reed Fred Flintstone
Jean Vander Pyl Wilma Flintstone
Pebbles Flintstone
Mel Blanc Barney Rubble
Bea Benaderet Betty Rubble
Don Messick Bamm-Bamm Rubble
Voice of Speaker
Janet Waldo Pearl Slaghoople
Howard Morris Rockoff



  • 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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