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"Ventriloquist Barney" is the twenty-fifth episode of the third season and the eighty-fifth overall episode of the original series, The Flintstones. It aired on March 8, 1963.

Synopsis

Barney learns how to throw his voice and can't resist having some fun at Fred's expense. He leads Fred to believe that his daughter Pebbles has miraculously learned to talk.

Plot

Barney throws his disguised voice so that Pebbles appears to talk, and Fred is fooled by this trick long enough to embarrass himself by standing on his head and spinning like a top on "Pebbles'" request, until he notices that Pebbles, though still ostensibly articulating, is asleep. Fred is enraged now that he knows what Barney is doing and orders visitor Barney out of cave Flintstone. Barney later waves a white flag of truce inside of the Flintstone door and shows to Fred two admission tickets to a wrestling contest between Bronto Crushrock and the Masked Mauler.

Fred is eager to join Barney in this fun evening excursion but has promised to Wilma that he will baby-sit Pebbles while Wilma is playing bridge at a friend's house. Wilma has already gone to the bridge game, and Pebbles' usual baby-sitter, Mrs. Willrock, is unavailable on this particular evening. So, with some urging from Barney, Fred decides not to be a male chauvinist and to allow Pebbles an early look at what being a man is all about- by bringing her with him and Barney to view the wrestling!

A lady in the wrestling audience is appalled that Fred would deign to subject a baby to the sight of two brawns in hand-to-hand combat, before Barney uses ventriloquism to bestow to Pebbles the offended voice of a midget wrestling champion. While Fred and Barney are exuberantly cheering the contestants, Pebbles crawls into the wrestling ring and is seen on live television- including the television where Wilma is playing bridge after Wilma's friend, wishing to watch a fashion television show, unwittingly activates the wrong channel!

Before Fred can remove his daughter from the dangerous center of wrestling action, Crushrock and the Mauler have pounded each other unconscious, with Pebbles jumping on top of them and being declared the winner of the wrestling contest. No harm was done to Pebbles, who enjoyed her "evening out", and although Wilma is furious with Fred for his chaperoning of Pebbles to observe wrestling, she is pleased that Fred opted to promptly tell to her the truth about Pebbles' debutante wrestling.

Characters

Locations

Bedrock

  • Flintstone home
  • Linda Willrock's house (only appearance)
  • Bedrock Sports Arena
  • Granite's Department Store (only mentioned)

Objects

  • Ventriloquism Made Easy book (only appearance)
  • Cactus juice
  • Wrestling tickets (only appearance)

Animals

Vehicles

Cast

Alan Reed Fred Flintstone
Jean Vander Pyl Wilma Flintstone
Pebbles Flintstone
Mel Blanc Barney Rubble
Dino
Bird
Record Player Bird
Turtle
Bronto Crushrock
Bea Benaderet Betty Rubble
Janet Waldo Linda Willrock
Lady
Hostess
Doug Young Jerry
The Masked Mauler
Announcer

Notes/Trivia

  • Pebbles' babysitters are called Linda and Mrs. Willrock.

Errors

  • None known.


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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