I'm looking forward to the release of this set. The features sound great, particularly the tribute to Hoyt Curtin. His musical scores seemed to evolve with each new season of The Flintstones. Also, I'm looking forward to hearing the commentary on the classic Ann Margrock episode.
This is the last season where Bea Benederet supplied Betty Rubble's voice. Also, the intro changes a little bit as Fred (Alan Reed) runs into the cave after work, gathers Pebbles and he, Wilma and Pebbles (both voiced by Jean Vanderpyl) ride off to the drivein theatre (when Dino pops his head through the roof, Fred places Pebbles atop). Of course, the big news is that Barney (Mel Blanc) and Betty have adopted their own baby, Bamm Bamm (voiced by Don Messick), who's a pint-sized Arnold Schwartstone.
Many of the episodes revolve around Fred adjusting to fatherhood (for example, Fred enters Pebbles into a beauty contest, much to Wilma's objection and in another episode, buys a movie camera and makes and shows films of Pebbles ad nauseum "Now she's waving hello, look, now she's waving goodbye!"). But he's still the same old Fred as he enjoys a good game of bowling, golf and pool and spends too much time at the Water Buffalo Lodge (in one episode, Wilma and Betty disguise themselves to see what really goes on at the lodge- "Ack acka dack"). Also, it's Wilma's birthday and stingy Fred buys her a cheap watchstrap (Wilma finds an expensive diamond bracelet instead, did Pebbles take it from the store?). Fred and Barney audition for the Ann Margrock Show (Ann Margaret, of course, supplies the voice of Ann Margrock and sings 2 songs) and in another episode, they audition for the Hum Along with Herman Show as the Flintstone Canaries (a parody of the Sing Along with Mitch Miller Show- the Canaries sing "Stoney River"). Fred's glue invention backfires as he and Barney get glued together in a bowling ball. 10 aliens disguised as Fred terrorize Bedrock and Fred gets the blame (listen for the mechanical "Yabba dabba doo!"). Fred gets held up by an armed burglar ("Nice and slow, see? That's the way to do it!") and spends the rest of the episode trying to prove he's not a coward. Fred and Barney ditch their weekend chores and join Daddies Anonymous (trouble brews when their wives and later the police find out about their little hideout "I've got 3 kings, Barney!" "I got f-f-four policemen, Fred!"). Fred finds out he's inherited an estate from his late uncle from Arkanstone (and a feud with the Hatrocks "Any friend of the Flintstones is an enemy of the Hatrocks!"). The Flintstones and the Rubbles go on vacation in Rockapulco (Fred buys a matador hat and winds up in the bullring and a pretty seniorita who's involved in a jewelheist flirts with him). Arnold the paperboy babysits Pebbles, which leads to a dream Fred has that Arnold and Pebbles grow up and get married (and he's still delivering papters 20 years later!). The Flintstones and the Rubbles take a vacation in Shangriladeda and wind up in the middle of a cavescout jamboree (listen for Old McDonald sung in different dialects!). Betty gets a job as an "old lady" running errands for another "old lady" (who's really a counterfietter). Fred and Wilma change places for a day and Fred does Wilma's chores not too successfully (he burns a stack of clothes while attempting to iron) and Wilma doesn't fare too well in the gravel pit ("Look out below!" "No, no, Wilma, drop it in the PIT!"). Dino gets jealous of all the attention Pebbles gets and runs away (when Fred sees how miserable Pebbles is without her playmate, he goes out to look for Dino, but takes matters into his own hands). The Flintstones and the Rubbles reminisce about how they 1st met while working at the Honeyrock Hotel (they lead each other on about being millionaires and Fred meets Wilma's mother, Mrs. Slaghoople, and the 2 don't get along from Day One!).
If you enjoyed the other seasons, you'll enjoy this one, as both the Flintstones and Rubbles experience the joys and trials of parenthood. That'll be 2 rocks, please!