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"Shinrock A Go-Go" is the twelfth episode of the sixth season and the one hundred and fifty-second overall episode of the original series, The Flintstones. It aired on December 3, 1965.

Synopsis

Fred invents a new dance craze after a bowling ball drops on his foot.

Plot

Fred is aggravated by his family's love of a new rock-music television show, Shinrock, and to his chagrin, he and Barney are asked by Wilma and Betty to obtain in-studio tickets to the television show. To this end, the Flintstone and Rubble husbands- after an accident-prone game of bowling where Fred hurts his foot- visit the Bedrock television station where Shinrock is produced.

Fred heatedly decides to confront Shinrock host Jimmy O'Neillstone with his own, unfavorable opinion of the trend in tunes, before Barney drops his bowling ball on Fred's already injured foot and causes an agony-stricken Flintstone to do a funky, new, foot-grabbing "dance". O'Neillstone sees tremendous potential popularity in what he christens as "The Flintstone Frantic" and offers to Fred $100 if Fred will perform the "dance" on live, network television. The result, after Fred accepts O'Neillstone's proposal and considers the size of his audience and the resultant scope of his embarrassment should "The Frantic" be a "flop", is severe "opening-night jitters".

At the crucial moment, Fred is overcome with nervousness, accidentally sits on a pin for his shaggy wig, careens in pain onto the television performance stage, "dances" on a table, and does a belly-flop onto the floor. Fred has started another popular, new dance, "The Flintstone Flop", but balks at further fame for his accidental dancing "talent". After Fred gets hit in the head on the door at the end, Barney says to Wilma that Fred created a new dance called, "The Flintstone Frenzy".

Characters

Locations

Bedrock

Overseas

  • Washingstone D.C. (only appearance in Fred's dream with Washingstone Capital)

Eurock

  • Paris (only appearance in Fred's dream with Eiffelrock Tower)
  • Russia (only appearance in Fred's dream)

Objects

  • TV
  • Bowling ball
  • The Frantic record album (only appearance in Fred's dream)
  • Electric guitar (only appearance)
  • Radio
  • Dance Your Way to Happiness book (only appearance)

Animals

Vehicles

Songs

Cast

Alan Reed Fred Flintstone
Jean Vander Pyl Wilma Flintstone
Pebbles Flintstone
Mel Blanc Barney Rubble
Dino
Gerry Johnson Betty Rubble
Don Messick Bamm-Bamm Rubble
Hoppy
Allan Melvin Arthur Murrayrock
Jimmy O'Neill Jimmy O'Neillstone
The Beau Brummels The Beau Brummelstones

Notes/Trivia

  • This is the only episode in which Fred has been a reluctant celebrity.
  • Fred mentions Santa Barbararock which it is a spoof of Santa Barbara, California.
  • Although their names are not mentioned in Fred's dream, the men he is talking to were real people, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson (Lyndon Johnstone), French premiere Charles DeGaulle (Charles DeGaulstone), and dance instructor Arthur Murray.
    • Arthur Murray, a ballroom dancer and dance instructor of the time, made a cameo in this episode. Fred Flintstone invented a new dance, "the Frantic" and had a dream where Arthur Murrayrock is seen asking for dancing lessons from Fred.
  • Note the reference to the Abba Dabba Broadcasting Co., which manages to be both a parody of ABC and Fred's iconic quote and trademark, "Yabba-Dabba-Doo!".
  • The instrumentals and vocals on "Laugh, Laugh" are performed by the real The Beau Brummels.
    • The Beau Brummelstones were named after the real life group, The Beau Brummels.
    • The Beau Brummelstones are, from left to right, Declan Mulligan, Ron Elliott, Ron Meagher and Sal Valentino. On the drums is John Peterson.
  • The title of the whole episode is a parody and spoofs of Shindig! and Hollywood A Go-Go.
  • Jimmy O'Neillstone is a spoof of Jimmy O'Neill.

Errors

  • None known.


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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