The Big Bike Race

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The Big Bike Race
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The bike race ends with Benjy and Ronald on top of Spike and his bike broken down into unicycle.
Premiere date: October 27, 1979
Run time: 11:34
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"The Big Bike Race" is the eighth episode (part one) of The Thing season one. It aired on October 27, 1979 on NBC.

Benjy, Ronald, and Stretch each try to win their school's bike race to be the escort of the race queen, Betty, at prom.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Benjy Grimm Wayne Morton
Kelly Harkness Noelle North
Miss Twilly Marilyn Schreffler
Betty Harkness Marilyn Schreffler
Spike Hanrahan Art Metrano
Turkey Michael Sheehan
Stretch Unavailable
The Thing Joe Baker
Checkpoint kid Unavailable
Testy N/A
Dotty N/A




  • Bicycles
  • Benjy's rings


  • Express van
  • Yancy Street Gang's motorcycles





Behind the scenes

  • Testy and Dotty, who appear right at the end of the episode, were first introduced as Stretch and Turkey's respective girlfriends in "The Thing and the Queen".


  • Benjy wants to win the bike race so he can escort Betty to the dance, despite the fact he's not actually a teenager, but an adult trapped in a teenager's body.

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.