The Picnic Panic

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The Picnic Panic
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The Thing picks up the back of Spike's motorcycle while he's still riding it.
Premiere date: September 8, 1979
Run time: 11:34
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"The Picnic Panic" is the first episode (part one) of The Thing season one. It aired on September 8, 1979 on NBC.

When Spike challenges Ronald to a motorcycle race, Benjy is forced to help Ronald to keep things fair and safe.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes

Spike: Hey, let go, boulder fingers.
The Thing: Well, I'd rather have boulders in my fingers, than rocks in my head.


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Betty Harkness Marilyn Schreffler
Kelly Harkness Noelle North
Benjy Grimm Wayne Morton
Ronald Radford John Erwin
The Thing Joe Baker
Turkey Michael Sheehan
Stretch Unavailable
Spike Hanrahan Art Metrano
Miss Twilly Marilyn Schreffler




  • Benjy's rings


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





Behind the scenes


  • Why is there only four students at the high school picnic? And one of them isn't even a high school student.
  • Despite already being called the Centerville Picnic Grounds, a second sign says Centerville Picnic Area.
  • Yes, Benjy was asking Betty if she was at the time by herself, but they also came together, which itself makes very little sense to begin with.
  • When Betty comes closer to Ronald to ask if he's afraid, Benjy and Kelly, who were behind either side of him, have disappeared.

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.