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"Seeing Doubles" is the fourteenth episode of the sixth season of The Flintstones. It aired on December 17, 1965.

Synopsis

Fred and Barney ask Gazoo to create doubles of themselves, so they can keep their dinner date with their wives, while also competing in a bowling tournament.

Plot

Gazoo creates replicas of Fred and Barney to accompany Wilma and Betty to a restaurant while Fred and Barney bowl. Wilma and Betty are quite fooled by the duplicate Flintstone and Rubble, and Fred and Barney, after bowling, come to the restaurant to where the "Fred and Barney Nothings" have brought Wilma and Betty, and find that the replicas, which only say yes and no respectively, are pampering the wives with extravagant purchases, including champagne!

Gazoo has instructed Fred and Barney to return their doubles to him at a bench near Fred's home so that he can dispose of them, and the cavemen cannot remove the problematic doppelgangers from the restaurant while they are in view of the wives, and Mr. and Mrs. Slate are also at the restaurant and have met the phony Flintstone and Rubble and invited them to sit at the private Slate dinner table.

Veritable Fred and Barney disguise themselves as Beatles-haired waiters and "accidentally" drop hot minestrone soup on the heads of the Nothings and rush to remove the victims of the "accident" from the Slates. Leaving Wilma and Betty at the restaurant, Fred and Barney act to deliver the second Flintstone and Rubble to the prearranged meeting place with Gazoo, but the Nothings gain control of Fred's car (while Fred and Barney are not aboard it), and Barney's replica drives it fast and recklessly so that a police officer tickets him! Perceiving the limited speech of the Nothings and thinking them to be ill, the policeman, knowing Fred personally, decides to escort them to the Flintstone residence.

En route home in the Rubbles' vehicle, Wilma and Betty find the hitchhiking genuine Fred and Barney on the roadside and believe that their husbands are disoriented from the "accident" with the soup, having been told about it by Slate. Feeling sorry for what he believed were the soup-drenched Fred and Barney, Mr. Slate paid for the Flintstone and Rubble dinner, with a plan to procure the money from Fred's salary!

It is not until the policeman brings the replicas and Fred's car to Wilma and Betty (who again attribute their spouses' errant behavior to the soup incident) and Fred and Barney, pretending to be prowlers, lure their dopey doppelgangers outside of Fred's domicile that Fred and Barney are able to subdue the Nothings so that Gazoo can finger-snap them into non-existence.

Characters

Locations

Objects

  • Bowling ball

Animals

  • Snorkasaurus
  • Rabbitsaurus (as a face powder)
  • Foxasauruses (as a fur shawl)

Vehicles

Cast

Alan Reed Fred Flintstone
Jean Vander Pyl Wilma Flintstone
Pebbles Flintstone
Mrs. Slate
Mel Blanc Barney Rubble
Dino
Gerry Johnson Betty Rubble
Don Messick Bamm-Bamm Rubble
Bowling Game Commentator
John Stephenson Mr. Slate
Police officer
Harvey Korman The Great Gazoo

Notes/Trivia

  • Fred's car license number is 26537.

Errors

  • The location of the park bench appears to be different throughout the episode. In the middle of the episode, Fred says it is six miles from home, but then at the end, he and Barney get there very quickly from the house, and they don't appear to have driven there.


Season 6 of The Flintstones
"No Biz Like Show Biz" • "The House That Fred Built" • "The Return of Stony Curtis" • "Disorder in the Court" • "Circus Business" • "Samantha" • "The Great Gazoo" • "Rip Van Flintstone" • "The Gravelberry Pie King" • "The Stonefinger Caper" • "The Masquerade Party" • "Shinrock A Go-Go" • "Royal Rubble" • "Seeing Doubles" • "How to Pick a Fight with Your Wife Without Really Trying" • "Fred Goes Ape" • "The Long, Long, Long Weekend" • "Two Men on a Dinosaur" • "The Treasure of Sierra Madrock" • "Curtain Call at Bedrock" • "Boss for a Day" • "Fred's Island" • "Jealousy" • "Dripper" • "My Fair Freddy" • "The Story of Rocky's Raiders"
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