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"The Gravelberry Pie King" is the ninth episode of the sixth season of The Flintstones. It aired on November 12, 1965.

Synopsis

Fred loses his job, when he complains to his boss, Mr. Slate. Trying to hide the news from Wilma, he strikes a deal.

Plot

Following Gazoo's advice to represent his co-workers in requesting a raise in salary from Slate, Fred is dismissed when Slate decides to increase the pay of the other workers by reallocating funds- with Fred's defunct payroll.

Unable to tell Wilma about losing his job, Fred loiters in a park and readies to eat the lunch prepared for him by Wilma- including a slice of Gravelberry Pie, which impresses P. J. Safestone, a businessman visiting the park. Safestone, owner of a supermarket chain, establishes a deal with Fred to sell bulk numbers of the pies, with the Flintstones and Rubbles providing the confection. Fred coronates himself as the Gravelberry Pie King, using his first pay-check from the prominent grocer to buy a king's costume, and is happy- with Wilma, the Rubbles, babies, and pets as his help- to assembly-line manufacture Gravelberry Pies, until Wilma calculates that money is being lost in the transaction.

When Fred becomes greedy and proposes an increase in his pay far above what is needed, Safestone opts out of the deal, leaving Fred with 500 pies that he is unable to sell, even at a low price, on a roadside. Wilma rescues Fred from this predicament by visiting Safestone and tactfully selling to him the 500 pies along with the recipe, then by visiting and persuading Mr. Slate to rehire Fred.

Characters

Locations

  • Bedrock
    • Flintstone home
    • Slate Rock and Gravel Company
    • Costume Shop (only appearance)
    • Glacier Ice Company (labeled in an ice delivery dinosaur)
    • Icebox (only appearance)

Objects

  • Daily Slab (only appearance)

Food

  • Gravelberries (only appearance)
  • Gravelberry Pie (only appearance)
  • Rockshire Pudding (mentioned)
  • Brontosaurus Liver (mentioned)

Vehicles

  • Fred's car
  • Safestone's limousine
  • Pie trailer (only appearance)
  • Paint Car (only appearance)
  • Posies van (only appearance)

Cast

Alan Reed Fred Flintstone
Jean Vander Pyl Wilma Flintstone
Pebbles Flintstone
Mel Blanc Barney Rubble
Dino
Guy
Gerry Johnson Betty Rubble
Don Messick Bamm-Bamm Rubble
Hilary
Harvey Korman The Great Gazoo
P.J. Safestone
John Stephenson Mr. Slate

Notes/Trivia

  • The newspaper this time is called the Daily Slab.
  • Rockshire pudding is a spoof of Yorkshire pudding.
  • Safestone is a spoof of Safeway.

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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