Gone Away Gulch (episode)

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Gone Away Gulch
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Ghost mule scares Betty and Kelly.
Premiere date: September 15, 1979
Run time: 11:38
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"Gone Away Gulch" is the second episode (part two) of The Thing season one. It aired on September 15, 1979 on NBC.

On the road to Elville, Ronald's car runs out of gas, getting the gang stuck in the ghost town of Gone Away Gulch.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Benjy Grimm Wayne Morton
Professor Harkness John Stephenson
The Thing Joe Baker
Night guard N/A
Betty Harkness Marilyn Schreffler
Ronald Radford John Erwin
Kelly Harkness Noelle North
Christopher Columbus
Miner Unavailable
Sandy Unavailable



  • Benjy's rings
  • Gold


  • Ronald's car





Behind the scenes


  • This episode tries to shed light on why Benjy transforms into the Thing, but only confuses the issue further. It seems to either suggest that Professor Harkness created the rings so that the Thing could transform back into human form, although they could only transform him back into a teenager, or that the Thing has always been his natural form, and that he's for some reason transforming himself into a teenage boy.
  • When Sandy first appears, she has brown fur then at the end of the episode, she has beige fur.

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.