A Hot Air Affair at the Fair

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A Hot Air Affair at the Fair
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Yancy Street Special sabotages Benjy's Centerville High Balloon.
Premiere date: November 10, 1979
Run time: 11:34
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"A Hot Air Affair at the Fair" is the tenth episode (part one) of The Thing season one. It aired on November 10, 1979 on NBC.

Benjy and Kelly enter a hot air balloon race, because there's nothing wrong with a bunch of unsupervised teenagers competing in a hot air balloon race.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Miss Twilly Marilyn Schreffler
Benjy Grimm Wayne Morton
Kelly Harkness Noelle North
Betty Harkness Marilyn Schreffler
Ronald Radford John Erwin
Ronald's mother
Spike Hanrahan Art Metrano
James Unavailable
Duck Unavailable




  • Benjy's rings






Behind the scenes


  • Kelly is a high school student?
  • Kelly is overreacting a bit when she claimed Spike was trying to send them to the moon. Near the end of the episode, Betty and Ronald's hot air balloon traveled up to a certain point before it fell back down after freezing.
  • Benjy spends more time at Kelly's than he does at his own house, which still hasn't been seen at this point.

Critical reception

In other languages

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Home availability

  • Warner Bros. own the show, while Disney own the characters, making it difficult to release this episode onto DVD.