The Day the Ring Didn't Do a Thing

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The Day the Ring Didn't Do a Thing
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Thing fights tornado, which has become anthropomorphic.
Premiere date: November 3, 1979
Run time: 11:35
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"The Day the Ring Didn't Do a Thing" is the ninth episode (part two) of The Thing season one. It aired on November 3, 1979 on NBC.

Benjy loses the power to transform into the Thing, after one of his rings is lost at a dig site, which is then found by Spike.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Ronald Radford John Erwin
Betty Harkness Marilyn Schreffler
Kelly Harkness Noelle North
Benjy Grimm Wayne Morton
Spike Hanrahan Art Metrano
Turkey Michael Sheehan
Stretch Unavailable
Miss Twilly Marilyn Schreffler
James N/A
Woman in telephone box Unavailable
Steamroller driver Unavailable




  • Benjy's rings
  • Fortune cookies


  • Ronald's car
  • Yancy Street Gang's motorcycles
  • Helicopter
  • Steamroller





Behind the scenes


  • We have to put up with all of Kelly's wise ass comments throughout the series, and here she takes responsibility for one of Benjy's rings, and loses it in seconds. She doesn't even apologize, although Benjy doesn't hold any ill will against her for doing so.
  • Since when does Kelly carry a purse?

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.