Junkyard Hijinks

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Junkyard Hijinks
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The Thing stops the Yancy Street Gang in their tracks.
Premiere date: September 15, 1979
Run time: 11:35
Music composed by: Hoyt Curtin
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"Junkyard Hijinks" is the second episode (part one) of The Thing season one, and came as a segment of Fred and Barney Meet the Thing. It aired on September 15, 1979 on NBC.

Benjy and Kelly want to turn the Yancy Street Gang's junkyard into a playground against the latter's wishes.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Benjy Grimm/The Thing Wayne Morton (Benjy)
Joe Baker (Thing)
Kelly Harkness Noelle North
Turkey Michael Sheehan
Spike Hanrahan Art Metrano
Stretch Unavailable
Ronald Radford John Erwin
Betty Harkness Marilyn Schreffler
Sewer worker Unavailable
Ronald's father




  • Benjy's rings


  • Ronald's car
  • Yancy Street Gang's motorcycles
  • Ronald's tractor





The score was composed by Hoyt Curtin.


Dates are in order of release:

  • United States: September 15, 1979 on NBC

Behind the scenes

  • Benjy doesn't transform until over four minutes in the episode, the longest time yet.
  • Betty said "Jeepers," which is usually Daphne Blake's catchphrase in Scooby-Doo cartoons.


  • When Kelly first talks about the playground, there is a plain field behind the Yancy Street Gang, but when it cuts up close to them, there are buildings all around them including Eva's Cafe.
  • When Benjy and Kelly walk away from the Yancy Street Gang after the former pair are first dismissed, they walk past another building with the Eva's Cafe sign now on the window.
  • This whole episode is made moot in "The Thing and the Queen," when the park goes back to being a junkyard again.

Critical reception

In other languages

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Home availability

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