The Flintstones

Season 1 Episode 7

The Babysitters

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Nov 11, 1960 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Roped into babysitting little Egbert, the child of a friend, Fred and Barney take the tot over to the pal Joe Rockhead's house to watch the fights on television. Egbert befriends Joe's pet runtosaurus and dresses the creature up in his baby clothes, which results in chaos when the pet--whom Fred and Barney mistake for the baby--escapes from the house and dashes up a tree.moreless

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  • Fred and Barney babysit little Egbert, and then confuse him with a baby dinosaur.

    "The Babysitters" was recorded on April 6, 1960, and first aired on Nov. 11, 1960.

    These are my comments and questions about the episode:

    1. The 1960 theme and opening credits are played.

    2. I believe this is the first appearance of Fred's friend Joe Rockhead. Joe has a pet runtosaurus that Egbert befriends.

    3. Egbert's mother is named Edna Boulder. She is part of Wilma's and Betty's bridge group. Edna will reappear in a later episode.

    4. In this episode, Barney works for H. Granite and the Granite Building.

    5. This is one of several pre-Pebbles episodes involving Fred haplessly taking care of a baby.moreless
Alan Reed

Alan Reed

(voice) Fred Flintstone

Mel Blanc

Mel Blanc

(voice) Barney Rubble/Dino

Bea Benaderet

Bea Benaderet

(voice) Betty Rubble

Jean Vander Pyl

Jean Vander Pyl

(voice) Wilma Flintstone

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Fred: Women. (grimaces)
      Barney: Yeah.
      Fred: You can't beat 'em.
      Barney: And you can't join 'em.

    • Mr. Granite: Too late for the coffee break again this morning,eh Rubble?
      Barney: Oh...Uh...I can explain, sir.
      Mr. Granite: I've been looking for you all morning. Sit down! (Barney sits on the floor) Not on the floor, dumbbell. In the chair.
      Barney: Oh..Uh...Uh...Yes, sir. Yes, sir. Yes, sir.

    • Wilma: (after giving Fred the news) Fred? Fred, you're turning red as a lobster. Now don't blow your top.
      Fred: It's my top and I'll blow it if I want to. (literally blows his top)

    • Wilma: Alright let's hear it.
      Betty: It better be good, Barney.
      Fred: (behind iron bars) Well, well... it all started when the TV was blacked out and...
      Barney: (behind iron bars, continues) ...And I tore up the tickets and the baby jumped out of the window and...
      Fred: (impatient, to Barney) Oh...stop it. (to the wives) We'll see you in 30 days. It'll take longer than that to explain the whole story.

    • Fred: (Little Egbert is crying) What's wrong with little Egbert?
      Barney: Search me?
      Fred: Why don't you try singing to him?
      Barney: Singing? Okay. (sings) Rock-a-bye baby. In the tree tap. When the wind blows the cradle will rock. When the bough breaks...
      Fred: (doesn't like the song) Quiet!!! (Barney stops singing, Egberts starts crying again) That's better.

    • Betty: (refers to Barney and Fred) With full stomachs those two are as calm as beached whales.

    • Fred: Two tickets to tonight's fight. Where did you get them, Barney?
      Barney: The king of the jungle gave them to me.
      Fred: Your Boss?
      Barney: Yup. The queen wouldn't let him go.
      Fred: His wife? (both start laughing)

    • Fred: Well, there's gotta be some reason you're so nice to me.
      Wilma: Fred, I didn't buy a thing.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode was recorded on 4-6-60.

    • Veteran voice-over artist Paul Frees provides the voice of Barney's boss (the only time we ever catch a glimpse of Barney's workplace), the TV announcer giving the boys the news that the fight's blacked out, and the TV newscaster revealing the baby-in-the-tree story was a hoax..