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"The Bedrock Hillbillies" is the eighteenth episode of the fourth season and the one hundred and sixth overall episode of The Flintstones. It aired on January 16, 1964.

Synopsis

Fred inherits an estate, when he goes to claim it reignites a long time feud with a hillbilly family.

Plot

Zeke, the last of the Arkanstone Flintstones, dies, leaving the same state's Hatrock clan, which has been feuding joyously for generations with Zeke's family, desperate for more Flintstones to shoot at with their stone-firing rifles. Zeke's only known surviving relations are the Flintstones of Bedrock, and Fred is contacted by an Arkanstone lawyer and informed that he has inherited Zeke's "estate", San Cemente (known as Sandstone Cemente), which Fred believes to be the lavish bequest of wealthy kin.

The Flintstones and the Rubbles go to Arkanstone to view Zeke's legacy and are staggered to discover that San Cemente is a one-room, dilapidated house adorned only with a picture of the late Zeke. The Hatrocks commence rifle fire upon the confused Flintstones and Rubbles, and Fred and Barney are forced to defend their loved ones by combating the Hatrocks (with the stone-firing rifles that they have brought with them for hunting purposes), and the Hatrock-Flintstone feud continues, until Pebbles and Slab, the Hatrock baby, wander away from their respective folk and Fred risks his life to prevent the two toddlers from plummeting on a log down a waterfall, by dangling by his legs upside down from a branch directly above the top of the waterfall and grabbing the babies from the log.

A resultant truce between the Hatrocks and Flintstones is short-lived. Fred repeats the faux-pas of Rory Flintstone that first started the feud, by commenting that the artist of a portrait of Mona, the Hatrock matriarch, "...should have got life," in prison that is, for the unsightly painting. Hatrocks re-declare hostilities upon Flintstones, who scramble with the Rubbles to board their car and flee Arkanstone.

Characters

The Hatrocks

Locations

Bedrock

Arkanstone (only appearance)

  • Arkanstone Filling Station (only appearance)
  • Arkanstone Cemetery (only appearance)
  • Hatrock's house (only appearance)
  • San Cemente (only appearance)

Other

  • Tennestone (only appearance)

Objects

  • Cactus Cola
  • Stone-firing rifles
  • Pie

Animals

Vehicles

  • Fred's vacation car (only appearance)

Cast

Alan Reed Fred Flintstone
Zeke Flintstone
Man #1
Worker
Jean Vander Pyl Wilma Flintstone
Pebbles Flintstone
Mel Blanc Barney Rubble
Dino
Zack Hatrock
Pigasaurus
Bea Benaderet Betty Rubble
Gravella Hatrock
Doug Young Bamm-Bamm Rubble
Minister
Benjy Hatrock
Airmail Bird
Howard Morris Percy
Jethro Hatrock
Slab Hatrock
Possum
Dinosaur #1
Attendant
John Stephenson Mr. Slate
Shystone
Fish
June Foray Granny Hatrock
Old Woman
Ms. Shelley
Dinosaur #2
Monkey

Notes/Trivia

  • Tennestone and Arkanstone are spoofs of the states, Tennessee and Arkansas.
    • Tennestone is "wet" state and Arkanstone is a "dry" state. The reference has nothing to do with the weather; it had to do with the fact that liquor was not sold in certain states in the 1960s. Actually, Tennessee was a dry state for a long time. Bedrock is a thousand miles from Arkanstone.
  • The Hatrocks are Mona; her granddaughter Granny; Clem/Pa (Jethro); Clem's wife Gravella (Ma); an unnamed red-haired male who is named Zack in the other episode, "The Hatrocks and the Gruesomes"; and their cousins Benjy and Maybelle.

Allusions

  • The title of this episode is most likely an allusion to the megahit (at the time) and comedy series, The Beverly Hillbillies.

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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