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"Ladies' Night at the Lodge" is the twenty-second episode of the fourth season of The Flintstones. It aired on February 13, 1964.

Synopsis

Wilma and Betty battle their husbands to attend Lodge meetings, and when they refuse, they decide to disguise themselves as men to gain admittance.

Plot

Irked that Fred and Barney both squandered family finances on new Water Buffalo hats- when there was nothing wrong with prior such identical head adornments- and doubly exasperated by the increasing Fred and Barney habit of attending Water Buffalo Lodge assemblies instead of going to movie theaters and other pleasureful places with their work-weary women, Wilma and Betty insist that Fred suggest a change in Water Buffalo bylaw to permit wives to accompany Lodge brothers to the nightly meetings.

However, Fred is "beaten to the punch" in this task by fellow Water Buffalo Quartz, who is violently expelled from the Loyal Order of Water Buffalos for proposing so insidious a bylaw amendment! Fearing the same outcome for himself, Fred refrains from echoing Quartz's ill-fated recommendation and reports Quartz's painful experience and its cause to Wilma. Wives are not and will never be allowed at the Water Buffalo Lodge.

Curiosity about Water Buffalo procedures compels Wilma and Betty to dress in Fred's discarded clothing and in Fred and Barney's former Water Buffalo hats and to don false mustaches- without either Fred or Barney's knowledge, of course. Leaving Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm in the care of the regular Rubble babysitter, Wilma and Betty, as a pair of rather thin Water Buffalos named Smithstone and Jonesstone, gain access to the Water Buffalo Lodge to spy upon the foolery there, on an evening in which many seldom-seen out-of-towners are expected to congregate with the Bedrock regulars.

Presumed by the Grand Poobah to be Water Buffalo neophytes, Wilma and Betty must endure initiation rituals: whacks on the backside by paddles wielded by all brother Buffalos, a tug-of-war ending with their submersion in tar, blasts by hosed water, and a wheelbarrow race, wherein Wilma and Betty dash out of the Lodge doors and scurry for home! Fred and Barney never suspected that their spouses were in disguise at the Water Buffalo meeting and are thereafter gratified to hear Wilma and Betty finally concede that the Water Buffalo "herd" is quite rightfully a domain of men only.

Characters

Locations

Objects

  • Rock salt shaker
  • Water Buffalo Lodge hat
  • Cactus Juice
  • Picture book (only appearance)

Animals

  • Snorkasaurus
  • Pterodactyl (as a Pterodactyl leg)
  • Stegosaurus (as Roast Loin of Stegosaurus and a Stego-sposal)
  • Swordfish (as a saw from a picture book)
  • Turtlesaurus (as a card table)
  • Butterfly (only appearance)

Vehicles

Cast

Alan Reed Fred Flintstone
Jean Vander Pyl Wilma Flintstone
Pebbles Flintstone
Mrs. Sitstone
Mel Blanc Barney Rubble
Dino
Big Guy
Bea Benaderet Betty Rubble
Don Messick Bamm-Bamm Rubble
Quartz
Stego-sposal
Member
Voice #2
Howard Morris Voice #3
Treasurer
Turtle
Bird
Scotch Man
Timid Man
Doug Young Sam Slagheap
Doorman
Voice #1

Notes/Trivia

  • The movie at the theater is The Monster from the Tar Pits, the film in which Fred was a stuntman in the episode of the same name in the first season.
  • Some of the lodge members are: Brother Quartz, Brother Shortstone, and Brother McBoulder.

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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