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"Nuthin' But the Tooth" is the twelfth episode of the third season and the seventy-second overall episode of the original series, The Flintstones. It aired on November 30, 1962.

Synopsis

Barney has a terrible toothache, so Fred promises to take him to the dentist. But on the way to the dentist, Fred spots a sign for a Championship boxing match.

Plot

Barney, with an excruciating toothache, moans at night, and Betty appoints Barney with his dentist on "D-for-dentist-day", the expected cost of tooth extraction being $10. Fred consents to use his nimble feet to chauffeur Barney by car to Barney's dentist's office, and while the pair are travelling there, they see a billboard announcing a Rocky Granite and Floyd Patterstone championship fight. Fred is without any funds, and all of the money that Barney has is the ten dollars intended to pay his dentist for the tooth extraction procedure. Fred calculates that ten dollars would finance two ring-side seat tickets to the fight.

Therefore, despite Barney's objection, Fred endeavors to do the dentist's job and to relieve Barney gratis of the aching tooth. Attempts to do so by attaching the tooth to a string connected to Fred's car and to Dino while Dino is chasing a cat are painful for Fred, who careens into a street sign when his car abruptly stops at the maximum tension of the string- and Barney's stubborn tooth- and then is dragged by Dino through the humps of a large dinosaur after Barney unexpectedly passes the string to Fred.

Fred next decides to bring Barney to a dinosaur dentist, whistle-voiced Dr. Smiley Molar, who only charges $5 to pull teeth, thus enabling Fred and Barney to purchase two generic tickets to the fight. Molar is willing to extract a human's tooth and pumps an anaesthetic gas into Barney that levitates Barney while Molar is distracted by a telephone call from Molar's wife. Fred sees the sleeping Barney's float out of Molar's clinic and pursues his friend, eventually gaining hold of Barney's foot and moving skyward with the now-awake Barney. The duo drift into the airspace of the Bedrock National Guard headquarters, and boulder and tree branch "missiles" are launched in interception of the "UFO".

Barney catches one of the rocks, and he and Fred plummet to ground, with Barney's agonizing tooth falling out of his mouth in the impact. Fred secures Barney inside of his car, which levitates with the two buddies therein, and Fred drops a fishing anchor to Earth so that he and Barney do not helplessly drift again. Betty and Wilma find their husbands in their "up in the air" predicament, and Betty contacts Molar by telephone to enquire about the duration of the gas' "light-weighted" effect, and the response is indeterminate, only that the gas will later "wear off". Fred ties a plank to floating Barney so that he and Barney can enjoy a sky seat at the fight- for free!

Characters

Locations

Bedrock

Animals

Vehicles

Cast

Alan Reed Fred Flintstone
Jean Vander Pyl Wilma Flintstone
Woman
Mel Blanc Barney Rubble
Dino
Hector
Parrot
Solider #2
Bird
Army Pilot
Man
Bird #2
Bea Benaderet Betty Rubble
Woman
Don Messick Kid/Co-Pilot
Howard Morris Smiley Molar
Boy
Pilot
Soldier #1
Sergeant
Cop
Bird #1

Notes/Trivia

  • The Stone Age names of two popular boxers, Rocky Marciano and Floyd Patterson are on a billboard. Floyd Patterson's name appears as Floyd Patterstone.
  • In a rare appearance by Baby Puss in this episode, Dino is chasing him.
  • This is the first episode to feature incidental voices from Howard Morris.

Errors

  • When Fred and Barney are driving away in Fred's car before they float up in the air, the side of Fred's car is the same color as the roadway instead of red. Then as the car starts to float up, it turns red, which is the normal color.


Season 3 of The Flintstones
"Dino Goes Hollyrock" • "Fred's New Boss" • "Barney the Invisible" • "Bowling Ballet" • "The Twitch" • "Here's Snow in Your Eyes" • "The Buffalo Convention" • "The Little Stranger" • "Baby Barney" • "Hawaiian Escapade" • "Ladies' Day" • "Nuthin' But the Tooth" • "High School Fred" • "Dial 'S' for Suspicion" • "Flash Gun Freddie" • "The Kissing Burglar" • "Wilma the Maid" • "The Hero" • "The Surprise" • "Mother-in-Law's Visit" • "Foxy Grandma" • "Fred's New Job" • "The Dress Rehearsal" • "Carry On, Nurse Fred" • "Ventriloquist Barney" • "The Big Move" • "Swedish Visitors" • "The Birthday Party"
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