Decepto the Great (episode)

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Decepto the Great
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Decepto the Great disappears in a puff of smoke before the Thing can get him.
Premiere date: October 13, 1979
Run time: 11:35
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"Decepto the Great" is the sixth episode (part one) of The Thing season one. It aired on October 13, 1979 on NBC.

A phony stage magician and his wife come to Benjy's school fair to steal from all the kids.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Decepto the Great Unavailable
Decepto the Great's wife Unavailable
Professor Harkness John Stephenson
Betty Harkness Marilyn Schreffler
Kelly Harkness Noelle North
Benjy Grimm Wayne Morton
Tweeto N/A
Ronald Radford John Erwin
Mr. Janson Unavailable
The Thing Joe Baker
Miss Twilly Marilyn Schreffler



  • Benjy's rings


  • Decepto's van





Behind the scenes

  • Betty asks Benjy if he wants to go out on a date, despite the fact she is dating Ronald.
  • This is the first time Benjy loses one of his rings and is wrongly accused of a crime.


  • From a long shot, Decepto's wife is missing when the camera is on his side of the van, and the same happens to him when the camera is on her side.

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.