"The Birthday Party" is the twenty-eighth episode of the third season and the eighty-eighth overall episode of the original series, The Flintstones. It aired on April 5, 1963.


Wilma plans a big surprise birthday party for Fred and tells Barney to take him away from the cave as they make preparations - but both of them go missing.


Groundhog Day is also Fred's birthday! Every year, Fred says that he does not want for the day to be celebrated with a party in his honor but silently desires exactly this, Wilma complies with his unspoken wish, and there is a many-guest surprise birthday party at the Flintstones' house, surprise in only a nominal sense because Fred expects the party and just pretends otherwise. Wilma and the Rubbles cooperate to organize the Yabba-Dabba-Doo-worthy annual festivity, but Wilma intends this year that Fred be genuinely surprised. So, the venue for the party is cave Rubble, while Wilma feigns disinterest in a birthday celebration for her husband.

To insure that Fred is away from the Flintstone-Rubble neighborhood so that Wilma and Betty can arrange the particulars of the merriment and to bring Fred to the party when it is fully attended and ready, Barney invites Fred to a leisurely afternoon on a golf green and in a spa. Fred, suspecting that his best friend has an ulterior motive for this, perhaps because the birthday party is planned for a location other than the Flintstones' home, happily "plays along" with Barney's ruse. On the assumption that the clubhouse at the golf course is the designated place for the party, Fred bursts through its door, shouting, "Ah-ha! I'm here."

Two blase cavemen seated at a table and who are the only other occupants of the clubhouse, are perplexed by Fred's self-importance. At the spa, where Fred is again disappointed to uncover no trace of his birthday party, Barney coaxes him to lift heavy weights and to submit himself to a blubber-reduction machine and unstoppable vigor on a treadmill, all of which exhaust fat Freddie. Fred and Barney both fall asleep in the spa's steam room and are soon overdue at the birthday party.

When Barney awakes from late-afternoon slumber and notices from his wristwatch that he and Fred are more than an hour late for the mirth, he carries a still-dozing Fred to his car for swift transport to the birthday party. However, Fred, scarcely any more awake when Barney escorts him to the Rubble house front door, refuses to wait there while Barney goes to the back door for the unstated purpose of alerting Wilma, Betty, and the other celebrants that their birthday man has arrived.

Fred is prevented from immediately retiring to bed in his empty house by a visit from new neighbor Stanley Slag, who invites Flintstone to join him and Mrs. Slag in a bridge game. Fred's energy perks with his suspicion that Slag is hosting the birthday party, and he accepts Slag's hospitality so that he can ransack Slag's house in a futile search for the birthday party, thus angering Slag's vicious guard-dog, which attacks Fred! Battered and fatigued beyond measure, Fred returns home and finds Wilma crying on the living room sofa. She bemoans his birthday gone awry before the revelers appear at the Flintstones' door, birthday cake and all, to re-situate the festivity for Fred's glee and Wilma's relief.




  • Flintstone home
  • Bedrock Golf Club
  • Bedrock Health Center (only appearance)
  • Rocko Hotrod's Used Cars (only appearance)
  • The Club (only appearance)
  • Slag home (only appearance)


  • Fred's birthday cake (only appearance)
  • Golf ball
  • Golf club
  • Barbell




Alan Reed Fred Flintstone
Jean Vander Pyl Wilma Flintstone
Mrs. Slate
Mel Blanc Barney Rubble
Bea Benaderet Betty Rubble
Mrs. Slag
Howard Morris Bird
Card Player #2
Stanley Slag
Doug Young Rocko Hotrod
Construction Foreman
John Stephenson Mr. Slate
Card Player #1


  • The show talks about "Little Old Ladies from Pasadenarock", and it was made in 1962. However, Jan & Dean didn't release the song "Little Old Lady from Pasadena" until 1964.
  • This episode is of Fred's 35th birthday, and we learn his birthday is Groundhog Day, February 2nd.
  • While this episode was recorded much earlier in the season, before the Birth of Pebbles story arc, it was aired on ABC as the spring 1963 season finale and usually aired in similar order in syndication. That's why there's no sign of Pebbles, even though numerous episodes centering around her birth and infancy aired prior to this episode.


  • The dial on the pay phone disappears.

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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