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"The House Guest" is the fourteenth episode of the second season and the forty-second overall episode of the original series, The Flintstones. It aired on December 22, 1961.

Synopsis

The Rubbles move in with the Flintstones, while their cave is being repaired, but Wilma and Betty fear that Fred and Barney will spend all their time fighting.

Plot

A fissure in the Rubbles' kitchen sink pipe should require the expensive labor of a plumber, but Fred forbids his friends to appeal to a tradesman for help and offers to correct the problem himself, by sticking an ice pick into the hole from which water is spewing onto the Rubbles' kitchen floor. All this does is to cause a leak elsewhere in the pipe. More improvisation by Fred- spoons, an umbrella, and a broom inserted into the subsequent pipe holes- results in the pipe bursting open and water flooding the Rubbles' house.

A plumber estimates pipe and valve replacement and installation to cost $200, and he will need to drain the domicile of the overabundant moisture and renovate the floor, a job of 4 to 5 days, during which time Barney and Betty must reside elsewhere. Fred feels responsible for the Rubbles' troublesome situation and offers to accommodate them for 5 days. Wilma and Betty are both dubious about this, saying that the surest way for one to lose a friend is to have him/her co-habit one's home, but Fred and Barney insist that they will be able to live with each other under the same roof and whole-heartedly maintain their singing of, "My bosom buddy and life-long pal."

Barney grates upon Fred's nerves by grabbing and eating the larger of two pieces of layer cake without first being offered that cake slice by Fred, who must eat the small-sized serving, then by claiming the living room sofa as sleep site and requiring Fred to doze on a pair of chairs that have a habit of collapsing into each other- and into Fred- like a mousetrap, and again by removing Fred's telephone from its hook for the purpose of concentration while reading- when Fred is anxiously awaiting an important telephone call from Mr. Slate.

Fred strains to smile and not exhibit animosity toward his house-guest from hell, but Barney exhausts Fred's ability to feign amicable placidity when he eats an entire pizza put by Wilma into the refrigerator for the two families to eat in celebration of their last night as co-residents. Fred announces that he will walk to a delicatessen with Barney for food to replace the pizza, and once beyond the edge of his yard, Fred proclaims his vehement disdain for Barney's conduct and prepares to fist-assail Rubble, before Wilma and Betty are heard arguing bitterly about Barney's solitary pizza-repast. Fred and Barney laugh at the quarreling women and easily reconcile their own differences.

Characters

Locations

Bedrock

Objects

  • Fork
  • Spoon
  • Umbrella
  • Broom
  • Tree branch
  • Hammer
  • Swamp root layer cake (only appearance)

Animals

Vehicles

Cast

Alan Reed Fred Flintstone
Jean Vander Pyl Wilma Flintstone
Mel Blanc Barney Rubble
Porcupine
Plumber
Woodpecker
Bea Benaderet Betty Rubble

Notes/Trivia

  • This episode was one of the very rare occasions where we see Wilma and Betty actually fight with each other.
  • Dino is nowhere in sight, but the Flintstones own a cat named Baby Puss.
  • In this episode, the Flintstone home has only one bedroom (the number seems to vary).

Censorship

  • One sequence got past the censors. Fred is standing in the doorway of the bathroom, and next to him is what is clearly not the sink, but rather the edge of the toilet.

Errors

  • None known.


Season 2 of The Flintstones
"The Hit Songwriter" • "Droop-Along Flintstone" • "The Missing Bus" • "Alvin Brickrock Presents" • "Fred Flintstone Woos Again" • "The Rock Quarry Story" • "The Soft Touchables" • "Flintstone of Prinstone" • "The Little White Lie" • "Social Climbers" • "The Beauty Contest" • "The Masquerade Ball" • "The Picnic" • "The House Guest" • "The X-Ray Story" • "The Gambler" • "A Star is Almost Born" • "The Entertainer" • "Wilma's Vanishing Money" • "Feudin' and Fussin'" • "Impractical Joker" • "Operation Barney" • "The Happy Household" • "Fred Strikes Out" • "This is Your Lifesaver" • "Trouble-in-Law" • "The Mailman Cometh" • "The Rock Vegas Story" • "Divided We Sail" • "Kleptomaniac Caper" • "Latin Lover" • "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"
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