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"The Big Move" is the twenty-sixth episode of the third season of The Flintstones. It aired on March 15, 1963.

Synopsis

Thinking Barney is a bad influence on Pebbles, Fred decides the Flintstones should move to a more elite neighborhood.

Plot

Aghast that Pebbles is mimicking such "uncouth" Barney Rubble-isms as "scooby-dooby-doo" and "shoot pool", Fred insists that Pebbles deserves classy surroundings and influences- and hereby decrees that the family Flintstone will move "up" in the Stone Age world, to a Snob Hill mansion having a swimming pool, a tennis court, a steam room, breakable antique vases, and small-dinosaur-powered elevators. Fred plans to finance this upward mobility by renting the Flintstones' former abode to a blue-collar worker and working overtime at the rock quarry.

Without reading all of the terms, Fred signs a lease agreement presented to him by his slick, new landlord and next-door neighbor, Reginald Van Slaten, pompous egoist extraordinary, who easily defeats Fred in a game of snooker, the stakes being double-or-nothing Fred's first Snob Hill rent payment. Pebbles accidentally breaks a vase, and Fred is obligated to pay for the damage; "It's in the lease, you know," says Van Slaten. The lease agreement also prohibits pets, and Dino must therefore reside with the Rubbles, who do not begrudge Fred for his decision to move his family away from them. Wilma misses Betty and Barney, and without admitting to it, Fred shares her sentiment.

The Snob Hill neighborhood consists mainly of suavely idle "freeloaders" who day by day impose themselves upon Wilma with expectation of constant feed as they luxuriate around the Flintstone swimming pool, straining Wilma's patience and Fred's income. Exhausted after his long, long days of work and without time to enjoy the recreational activities in which he had for many years indulged himself, Fred is miserable. He must also lie about the particulars of his job, on the pretense of being a powerful man in the rocks and gravel industry, hence further infuriating Wilma.

A friendly visit by Barney at the rock quarry heightens Fred's awareness of how much he misses his friend, and the man renting the Flintstones' prior house has transferred to another town. Thus, Fred and Wilma decide with no reservation to leave Snob Hill and return to easygoing livelihood in the "riffraff district" of Bedrock. First, though, they must compel Van Slaten to abolish their Snob Hill lease agreement, and to assist in this task, Barney, Betty, and Dino dress and act as hillbilly kin of and permanent house-guests to the Flintstones, and a revolted Van Slaten acts quickly to void the Flintstones' lease.

Characters

Locations

  • Bedrock
    • Flintstone home
    • Snob Hill (only appearance)
    • Snob Hill Real Estate (only appearance)
    • Miss Rockingstones' School for Young Ladies (only appearance in a slab)
  • Seven Dwarfs Home (only appearance)

Objects

  • Miss Rockingstones' School for Young Ladies slab (only appearance)

Vehicles

  • Fred's car

Cast

Alan Reed Fred Flintstone
Jean Vander Pyl Wilma Flintstone
Pebbles Flintstone
Woman #2
Mel Blanc Barney Rubble
Dino
Elephant
Turtle
Charlie
Bea Benaderet Betty Rubble
Woman #1
Mrs. Van Slaten
Howard Morris Boy
Monkey
Man #1
Man #3
Man #4
Reginald Van Slaten
Bird
Doug Young Man #2
Percy
Egbert

Notes/Trivia

Errors

  • When Dino is first seen at the condo, he's without his collar. But when he chases the Van Slatens out, the collar appears.


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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