Out to Launch

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Out to Launch
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The Thing captures von Wreckenstein with a crane's magnet.
Premiere date: November 3, 1979
Run time: 11:35
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"Out to Launch" is the ninth episode (part one) of The Thing season one. It aired on November 3, 1979 on NBC.

A new boat at the shipyard is in danger of an attack from a revenge seeking demolition expert.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Kelly Harkness Noelle North
Betty Harkness Marilyn Schreffler
Benjy Grimm Wayne Morton
Ronald Radford John Erwin
Mayor Unavailable
Clumpley Unavailable
Manfred von Wreckenstein Unavailable
Mayor's brother-in-law
Receptionist Marilyn Schreffler
Cameraman Unavailable
Music conductor Unavailable








Behind the scenes

  • Von Wreckenstein tears the arms off a statue making it resemble the Venus de Milo.
  • How a naked woman trying to hide her obvious semi featured breasts got approved is anyone's guess. And to think, the Scooby-Doo movie in 2002 had to have all of the women's cleavage digitally removed.


  • When Benjy runs into the crate to transform, it didn't have all of its sides closed (making for a risky transformation in public), yet when he attempts to transform, four panels drop to the floor.

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.