Beach Party Crashers

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Beach Party Crashers
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The Thing fights an octopus.
Premiere date: October 6, 1979
Run time: 11:36
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"Beach Party Crashers" is the fifth episode (part two) of The Thing season one. It aired on October 6, 1979 on NBC.

The Yancy Street Gang create some scares in the water to ruin the Centerville High students' beach day.

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
Ronald Radford John Erwin
Betty Harkness Marilyn Schreffler
Louis the XIV
Stretch Unavailable
Spike Hanrahan Art Metrano
Turkey Michael Sheehan
Octopus N/A
The Thing Joe Baker
Ants Unavailable
Aardvark Unavailable
Sharks N/A





  • Ronald's car





Behind the scenes

  • This is the first time Betty tries to make her feelings known to the Thing, even though she's already dating Ronald.


  • Why is Miss Twilly hitching a ride with the gang?
  • Although there were a lot of people at the beach, when it came time to the all the other kids of the school sitting together eating, of course, they're all absent.
  • Considering the Thing is supposed to be a hero, leaving the Yancy Street Gang to be potentially eaten by sharks, is highly irresponsible of him.

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.