The Dabba Don

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The Dabba Don
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The staff at Sebben & Sebben not so subtly eavesdrop a conversation between Harvey and the Don.
Premiere date: July 28, 2002
Run time: 12:02
Music composed by: Michael Kohler
Writers: Michael Ouweleen and Erik Richter
Directors: Robert Alvarez
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"The Dabba Don" is the sixth episode of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law season one. It aired on July 28, 2002 on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block. It was written by series creators, Michael Ouweleen and Erik Richter, and directed by Robert Alvarez. The Hanna-Barbera series ridiculed in this episode is The Flintstones.

The Don, Fred Flintstone, tries bribing and threatening Harvey to get him on his side.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes

Characters

Legend
Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Fred Flintstone Maurice LaMarche
Harvey Birdman Gary Cole
Avenger Adam Lawson
Peanut Thomas Allen
Phil Ken Sebben Stephen Colbert
The Bear N/A
Quick Draw McGraw N/A
Barney Rubble Kevin Richardson
Betty Rubble
Wilma Flintstone Tress MacNeille
Pebbles Flintstone Tress MacNeille
Judge Hiriam Mightor Gary Cole
Thundarr Doug Preiss
Jabberjaw Frank Welker
Bailiff Steve Landesberg
Stenographer N/A
Judge Mentok John Michael Higgins
Evelyn Spyro Throckmorton Michael McKean
Cary Granite N/A
Mr. Slate N/A
Clyde N/A
Ring-a-Ding N/A
Captain Caveman N/A
Gleep Adam Lawson
Dino Unavailable


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Production

Development

This episode came about because every episode of The Flintstones seemed mob-related, influenced by episodes such as (and in no particular order) "Fred's Second Car", "The Soft Touchables", and "At the Races". Fred coming off as Tony Soprano-esque, the protagonist of the HBO drama The Sopranos. The Powers That Be asked Ouweleer and Richter that Fred could not be implicated in anything, but were somehow fine with Barney being guilty.

Filming

When Fred is at the pole dancing, he was originally looking up, but it was changed to him looking forward, with a slight smile, as he would be there all the time.

Music

The score was composed by Michael Kohler.

Release

Dates are in order of release:

  • United States: July 28, 2002 on Adult Swim (Cartoon Network)

Behind the scenes

  • The episode is full of mafia jokes:
    • The episode title is a combination of Fred's catchphrase, "Yabba dabba doo" and the nickname of mob boss John Gotti, the "Dapper Don."
    • The Godfather films, with the decapitated heads in Harvey's bed, the kissing scene, and operatic music during the murder scenes.
    • As mentioned above, the episode is heavily influenced by HBO's The Sopranos:
      • The mirror opening of Fred driving around Bedrock, like Tony Soprano driving around New Jersey, the "Got No Fancy Shoes" song riffing off "Woke Up in the Morning" by Alabama 3, and the ending title card of "The Dabba Don" mimicking the former's.
      • Peanut is a parody of Tony's nephew, Christopher. Peanut also wears a chain around his neck with the name "Angela", which is similar to Adriana, the girlfriend of Christopher.
      • Dabba Doo! is a parody of the strip joint Bada Bing!
  • Spyro paraphrases the Flintstones theme song "(Meet) The Flintstones."
  • Ouweleen and Richter provide audio commentary for this episode on DVD releases.
  • In the audio commentary, it was claimed Mightor was killed off because he always made the creators feel uncomfortable. In spite of this, he continued to make further appearances.

Errors

  • To be authentic of mistakes back when The Flintstones originally aired, the Water Buffalo member's body is still visible as a stripper runs past, and his eyes prominently still stick to the scene, as Fred walks past him.
  • Captain Caveman's nose is gray.

Everlasting influence

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