Carnival Caper

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Carnival Caper
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The Thing stops the runaway Ferris wheel with passengers inside.
Premiere date: September 29, 1979
Run time: 11:32
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"Carnival Caper" is the fourth episode (part one) of The Thing season one. It aired on September 29, 1979 on NBC.

A carnival owner tries to hire the Thing as his next act.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes

P.T. Bombast: But this contract is as good as gold.
Percy: And guess who gets the gold?


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Benjy Grimm Wayne Morton
Kelly Harkness Noelle North
P.T. Bombast John Stephenson
Percy Unavailable
The Thing Joe Baker
Madame Eva
Sheriff Unavailable
Professor Harkness N/A



  • Benjy's rings


  • Alien saucer





Behind the scenes

  • P.T. Bombast is a parody of American showman P.T. Barnum.


  • Why is Benjy hanging out with Kelly?
  • When the Ferris wheel breaks loose, all hell breaks loose on the coloring of the hair and clothes of the passengers.
  • Bombast and Kelly approach the Thing after he fixes the Ferris wheel, then when he starts the announcement of the new ride, Kelly and the Thing disappear. When Bombast adds about the extra cost, Kelly pops back in next to him to make her snippy remark.
  • When Bombast gives the Thing his second offer, the Thing is missing his blue underwear, making him look naked.

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.