The Thing and the Queen

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The Thing and the Queen
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Betty arrives just in time before Sophie is crowned homecoming queen.
Premiere date: September 22, 1979
Run time: 11:35
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"The Thing and the Queen" is the third episode (part two) of The Thing season one. It aired on September 22, 1979 on NBC.

Spike works to sabotage Betty's chances of becoming homecoming queen, so his girlfriend can win instead.

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
The Thing Joe Baker
Betty Harkess Marilyn Schreffler
Ronald Radford John Erwin
Spike Hanrahan Art Metrano
Stretch Unavailable
Testy N/A
Turkey Michael Sheehan
Dotty N/A
Sophie Hickenlooper Unavailable
Ronald's father
Pilot Unavailable




  • Benjy's rings


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





Behind the scenes

  • Ronald is the third in his family to be given the name.
  • This episode reveals Spike's surname.
  • Betty seems to sum it up best on why Kelly is always hanging around the group, because they can never find a babysitter (and apparently has no friends her own age), but that still doesn't explain why Benjy is always in the group.


  • Why is Benjy hanging around with Kelly?
  • In "Junkyard Hijinks", the junkyard at the Yancy Street Gang's headquarters was turned into a park, but is now back to being a junkyard again.

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.