The Thing Blanks Out

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The Thing Blanks Out
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The Thing tries to find his place among the ducks.
Premiere date: September 29, 1979
Run time: 11:37
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"The Thing Blanks Out" is the fourth episode (part two) of The Thing season one. It aired on September 29, 1979 on NBC.

The Thing gets amnesia after saving his friends on a yacht.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Betty Harkness Marilyn Schreffler
Ronald Radford John Erwin
Miss Twilly Marilyn Schreffler
Benjy Grimm Wayne Morton
Kelly Harkness Noelle North
The Thing Joe Baker
All-American Yankee Doodle Bird Unavailable
Professor Harkness John Stephenson
Rabbit N/A
Dog Unavailable
Cat Unavailable
Owl Unavailable
Ducks Unavailable
All-American Yankee Doodle Bird's family Unavailable




  • Ronald's yacht





Behind the scenes

  • According to this episode, Centerville's population is 20,000.


  • The page says "Yankee Doodle Bird," but Benjy reads it as "All-American Yankee Doodle Bird."
  • Why are the kids taking there school principal, but none of the other teachers or even other students?

Critical reception

In other languages

Language Name Meaning

Home availability

  • Warner Bros. own the show, while Disney own the characters, making it difficult to release this episode onto DVD.