Seeing as we’re beginning to discuss Season Four in the Season Three thread I thought it would be appropriate to open up a new discussion for the new season. If the announcement of S.4 follows how the same timeline as S.3 did we should be hearing about it this week as S.3 was announced one week after s.1 of IDOJ was announced. Bewitched had very few changes in Season Four compared to previous seasons, but one of the few they did was monumental and that is the loss of Marion Lorne who played Aunt Clara. She passed away towards the end of the season on May 9, 1968 at 85 years of age from a heart attack. It’s quite sad thinking this is where all the fun with Aunt Clara ended. But luckily, unlike the other characters that had the actors switched out for them, the writers and producers understood that nobody in the entire cosmos could be Aunt Clara….ML WAS Aunt Clara and that was that! And ML was so good as Aunt Clara she was awarded an Emmy for Best Supporting Role in a Comedy Series posthumously in 1968. In fact, I believe Elizabeth Montgomery accepted on her behalf. One of the other changes that were very minor were the sound effects used for popping in/out. It seemed more chimes were used and in fact the sound effects used this season are my favorite. Season Four saw the return of Cousin Serena who hadn’t been seen since her first appearance in Season Two in “And Then There Were Three”. She makes three appearances in S.4. In the first two of those appearances she looks very much like she did in her first episode and acts pretty much the same, as a sexy subdued person, not the kooky cousin we come to know in later years. Her last appearance this season is one of my favorites in “Hippie, Hippie, Hooray” where she trades in her short brunette hair for long blond hair as she is now in her hippie mode. Uncle Arthur also returns briefly at the end of the season. Dr. Bombay also returns this season in three episodes. Samantha’s father breaks his streak of showing up once per season and doesn’t show up at all this season. The biggest event during this season though was the crowning of Samantha as Queen of the Witches, which we knew she was anyway, but it’s nice to have the crown to go with it. The episodes that took place during this season are as follows: #108: “Long Live the Queen” 9/7/67 – Samantha finds that at birth she was designated a candidate for Queen of the Witches and her time has come as the current Queen is stepping down. Of course, Durwood is furious at this as all the Queen’s subjects invade his house for pardons from Samantha as the previous Queen was quite adept at turning people into objects for punishment. #109: “Toys in Babeland” 9/14/67 – While babysitting Tabatha, Endora is called to a party in her honor at the Taj Mahal and she brings a toy soldier to life to babysit in her stead. Being quite a precocious witch, Tabatha copies her Grandmama’s spell and brings her other toys to life. When Durwood and Samantha return they find that the toys are having a party and this will not do as they are going to have a client over. Unable to undo Tabatha’s spell Samantha tries to find Endora to see how to undo it. Meanwhile, Larry thinks that Durwood is planning on opening his own agency and takes the toy soldier out for drinks thinking he is one of Durwood’s co-workers who can give him the low down. #110: “Business, Italian Style” 9/21/67 – Durwood takes lessons at home to learn Italian in order to impress an Italian client. Endora, not impressed by his slow progress, zaps him into speaking Italian…only! No longer understanding English, Durwood gets himself into quite a bind when the client and Larry insist he speak in English. #111: “Double, Double, Toil and Trouble” 9/28/67 – Endora enlists Serena in helping her break up her daughter’s mortal marriage by having Serena double as Samantha. This is also known as ‘The Pie Episode’ as Durwood, Samantha, Endora and Serena get involved in a messy pie fight. #112: “Cheap, Cheap” 10/5/67 – When Durwood requests Samantha return an expensive coat she bought Endora decides to really turn him into the miser of all misers. This makes for a rather interesting evening with Larry and a client who is a miser himself. After Samantha figures out that her mother has to do with Durwood’s new found love of penny pinching she has her remove the spell and they find that the reason he wanted Sam to return the coat was because he had bought the same one for her as a surprise. #113: “No Zip in My Zap” 10/12/67 – Samantha finds that her powers are gone and Endora calls in Dr. Bombay to give her a checkup. He deduces that because of lack of usage her powers have damned up and the only cure is to levitate. Meanwhile Durwood, who called home and was told Samantha was flying, assumes that she is meddling in his business with a client by turning herself into a fly. #114: “Birdies, Bogeys and Baxter” 10/19/67 – Durwood tries to impress a new client Joe Baxter, an avid golfer, with his golf skills. The client’s wife tells Samantha that she would really like to see her husband lose as he’s so cocky and so Samantha helps Durwood by twitching the ball into great shots. Annoyed the client threatens to not let McMann & Tate handle his account so Larry fires Durwood. Mrs. Baxter says that the company was founded on her father’s money and she will just take the account to the Darrin Stephens agency. At that, Larry rehires Durwood and Joe accepts defeat. MacDonald Carey plays Joe Baxter. He is familiar to TV audiences as patriarch Tom Horton on the daytime drama “Days of Our Lives”. #115: “A Safe and Sane Halloween” 10/26/67 – Tabatha zaps up characters from her Halloween Story book whom Samantha assumes are children from around the neighborhood and she takes them all Trick-or-Treating. It goes well until weird things start happening which Samantha blames on Tabatha. This would be the last Halloween episode DY would appear in as there wasn’t one in the Fifth Season. Jerry Maren plays the Gremlin. He was part of the Lollipop Guild in “The Wizard of Oz”. Felix Silla plays the Goblin, the furry creature, which was old hat for Felix at this time as he played Cousin Itt on the Addams Family. #116: “Out of Synch, Out of Mind” 11/2/67 – When Durwood’s mother comes to stay after fighting with her husband Samantha suggests they watch home movies of Tabatha. Unfortunately Durwood can’t get the sound to match the picture and visiting Aunt Clara says she can fix it. She does but she also makes it so Samantha’s voice is out of synch with her lips. Of course, this causes even greater worry for Mrs. Stephens. Eventually they call on Dr. Bombay to come and cure Samantha, yet his cure gives her bright green stripes across her face. Finally Aunt Clara remembers how to reverse her original spell and Mrs. Stephens decides that life was better at home with her husband. #117: “That Was No Chick, That Was My Wife” 11/9/67 – Samantha accompanies Durwood to Chicago in order to meet and impress a new client. Tabatha is left home with Aunt Clara and to ensure that everything will be fine with them Samantha asks Louise to check in on them periodically. Tabatha turns one of her monkey toys into the real thing which confuses Aunt Clara as she didn’t see anything on the list Samantha left her of what to feed the monkey. When Samantha calls home and hears about the monkey she decides to pop home to check things out. Unfortunately she arrives there just as Louise does who wants to know what’s going on as she believed Samantha was out of town. She phones Larry who in turn speaks to the client, apologizing that Mrs. Stephens couldn’t make the trip. This leads the client to believe that Durwood has brought his mistress to the dinner where it is announced that McMann & Tate will not be handling the account! Serena makes her brief appearance at the end of this episode doubling as Samantha (again) to show Louise that it was Serena who was at the house while Samantha was in Chicago. #118: “Allergic to Macedonian Dodo Birds” 11/16/1967 – Endora mysteriously loses her powers while Aunt Clara seemingly gains powers. Of course, with her powers gone, Endora can’t go home so she stays with her daughter and son-in-law until Dr. Bombay can figure out what’s happened. This episode pretty much is my FAVORITE out of the whole series because Agnes Moorehead is SO hysterical as a powerless Endora! #119: “Samantha’s Thanksgiving to Remember” 11/23/1967 – When Aunt Clara gets to reminiscing about the first Thanksgiving in America she desires to visit her friends in Plymouth but accidentally transports herself, Samantha, Dumbo, Tabatha AND Mrs. Kravitz back to the first Thanksgiving. While there Dumbo worries about Samantha being found a witch when, irony of all ironies, he is found guilty of being a witch! Laurie Main appears in this episode as Francis. He was one of Agnes Moorehead’s good friends. Richard Bull aka Nellie Olson’s father from “Little House on the Prairie” plays John Alden. #120: “Solid Gold Mother-in-Law” 11/30/1967 – After having changed Donald into a pony (which Tabatha rides) Endora decides to make a peace offering with him by giving him a gift: a portrait of herself which she sets on his work desk. The new client, Mr. Gregson, a family man, loves that Donald would keep a picture of his mother-in-law on his desk and insists on meeting her, much to Donald’s apprehension. #121: “My, What Big Ears You Have” 12/7/1967 – Thinking that she’s going to catch Dennis in a lie Endora casts a spell on him to make his ears grow each time he tells one. Unfortunately Samantha thinks her mother may be right about him being a devious liar as his ears do begin to expand…but only because he was trying to keep a surprise for Samantha a secret. #122: “I Get Your Nanny, You Get My Goat” 12/14/1967 – Samantha hires Elspeth, her former nanny, to be Tabatha’s nanny. At first Denton is mad about it until he finds that Endora is mad about it as she and Elspeth didn’t get along not to mention feeling like she’s being replaced as Tabatha’s babysitter. Endora then brings Lord Montdrako, Elspeth’s former employer to 1164 where he demands that she return. Elspeth declines and Montdrako insists that Denton force her out of his house. When he doesn’t Montdrako says he isn’t man enough to run his own house and causes trouble for him just as he’s about to meet a new client. Hermione Baddeley plays Elspeth, the magical witch nanny. She played Ellen in “Mary Poppins”. It is said that Elspeth was supposed to be a reoccurring character but this was her only appearance. #123: “Humbug Not to Be Spoken Here” 12/21/1967 – Stingy client Mr. Mortimer insists on having meetings with McMann and Tate on Christmas Eve and when Donald says he won’t do it Mr. Mortimer says that he won’t let McMann & Tate have his account. Samantha, feeling sorry for Mr. Mortimer, decides to pull a Charles Dickens on him and appears to him as the Spirit of Christmas taking him to see what Christmas is all about via Santa and his sleigh. This is the last Christmas episode with Dick York and really only the second of the series as Season Two’s Christmas episode was just a flashback to the first season’s episode. #124: “Samantha’s DaVinci Dilemma” 12/28/1967 – Aunt Clara conjures up Leonardo DaVinci to help Samantha paint the house and, of course, cannot remember the spell to send him back. #125: “Once in a Vial” 1/4/1968 – Endora decides she’s had enough of Samantha’s marriage and enlists the help of Rollo, Samantha’s last warlock boyfriend, to try and woo her again by use of a love potion he has whipped up. She invites him to attend a dinner party at Samantha’s where an obnoxious client asks Endora to be in one of his commercials promoting perfume for older women. Rollo spikes Samantha’s champagne with his love potion but Endora mistakenly drinks it and falls so in love with the client that she whisks him off to get married! This is another prime example of what a great actress Agnes Moorehead was. It’s a great episode! #126: “Snob in the Grass” 1/11/1968 – Larry finds that McMann & Tate might have a chance at landing the J. P. Sommers account based on the fact that Durwood used to date J.P.’s daughter, Sheila, and he sets up a dinner date for the two of them. Durwood is nervous about it, as he knows how wily Sheila can be. Sheila invites him and Samantha to her house for a dinner party insisting that it is casual dress. Of course, Samantha recalls the last time Sheila said that and the dinner ended up being a formal affair. Not wanting Sheila to get the best of her Samantha insists that they dress up. Needless to say, Sheila was telling the truth about casual dress and Samantha feels humiliated until she causes a little magic mayhem with Sheila. This episode marks the return of Nancy Kovak for the first time since the pilot episode and in fact, when Samantha is recalling the first time she met Sheila, a black and white clip from that episode is shown. Let’s hope Sony left it that way. #127: “If They Never Met” 1/18/1968 – During an argument with her husband Samantha tells him that maybe he’d have been happier had he never met her…and Endora makes it so! Durwood immediately disappears to where he would’ve been in life had he not bumped into Samantha. Endora takes Samantha to where he is and she finds that is rather successful at McMann & Tate and seemingly more happy without her. She also finds that he is about to marry his former fiancé Sheila Sommers. Distraught and about to give up, Samantha forces a meeting between herself and Durwood – she bumps into him as he’s going into a bar. He confides to her that he feels as if he’s missing something in his life and then he realizes it may be her. This episode marks the exact middle of the series and what a great episode to mark that occasion! #128: “Hippie, Hippie, Hooray” 2/1/1968 – Serena’s face is plastered all over the front page of the paper when she is thrown in jail for causing a riot at a love-in. Not one to be cooped up she pops into her cousin Samantha’s place to hide out. Larry sees the picture of her in the paper and believes that it’s Samantha, as the two cousins look so much a like. EM sings two songs in this episode as Serena. She will later sing again as Serena in the groovy Sixth Season episode “Serena Stops the Show”. An interesting bit of trivia concerning Serena – Elizabeth Montgomery actually did have a look alike cousin nick-named Panda whom she was very close to growing up. Sometimes they would fool their parents by switching places. #129: “A Prince of a Guy” 2/8/1968 – Tabatha zaps up Prince Charming out of her “Sleeping Beauty” book just as Endora and Samantha are entertaining Durwood’s cousin, Helen, and her boyfriend and the Tates. Samantha introduces him as her cousin Charlie, an actor. The women are immediately smitten by him and Helen’s boyfriend leaves. Larry also hires him to appear in a commercial and Samantha finds out a little too late that because the Prince is a product of ‘wishcraft’ he is not able to be filmed. This is the first episode of the Fourth Season that Dick York did not appear in. #130: “McTavish” 2/15/68 – Aunt Clara’s boyfriend Ocky has just purchased an English castle which is haunted by the irritable ghost, McTavish. He requests that Samantha come get rid of the ghost. She does not realizing that Donald’s parents are vacationing in that castle and she is spotted by Mrs. Stephens! Samantha convinces McTavish to find some place else to haunt and he chooses her house. Reginald Owen returns as Ocky for his final appearance. He is most famous for his roles in “Mary Poppins” and as Scrooge in the 1938 version of “A Christmas Carol”. #131: “How Green Was My Grass” 2/29/68 – When artificial grass is mistakenly installed at 1164 Durwood accuses Samantha of whipping it up and demands she gets rid of it. Of course, the installers realize their error and come for the fake grass only to find it’s not there and now that Samantha’s good and ticked she isn’t about to use witchcraft to bring it back. This episode has one of THE worst bloopers of the whole series! The reason the installers placed the grass at the wrong house is that in this episode ONLY the Stephens’ house is number 162 and the 6 had turned upside. For the entire series the address has been mentioned numerous times as 1164 so it’s mind boggling why it just wasn’t used here. #132: “To Twitch or Not to Twitch” 3/14/68 – Samantha uses witchcraft to help her get ready for a dinner party that she and Durwood are late for and he gets furious demanding that she NEVER use witchcraft again! On the way to the dinner party, in the rain, they get a flat tire. Of course, now he’s all about magical assists but Samantha insists that she will keep her promise of ‘no witchcraft’ causing Durwood to have to change the tire in the rain, making them even more late and causing him to be dirty not to mention having his suit shrink. At home he rants and raves again and Samantha finally has it and disappears saying that she is going home to her mother’s with Tabatha. This is one of the best fights Samantha and Durwood ever have in the series. #133: “Playmates” 3/21/68 – Grandma Stephens takes Samantha and Tabatha over to her friend, Gretchen Millhowser’s so that Tabatha can make friends with Gretchen’s bratty son, Michael. When Michael bullies Tabatha too much she turns him into a bulldog. After Gretchen becomes franctic about her missing son Tabatha changes him back. He insists to his questioning mother that he had been a dog and Gretchen realizes that maybe she should actually discipline her son rather than letting him run wild. This is the second episode this season that Dick York missed. #134: “Tabatha’s Cranky Spell” 3/28/68 – Louise’s quirky Aunt Harriet babysits Tabatha as Samantha accompanies the Tate’s to a dinner party at a clients. Aunt Harriet has brought her crystal ball in an attempt to contact her dead fiancé, Mr. Henderson. As she tries to do this Tabatha makes her toys float and when Harriet sees a hobby horse go floating by she believes that it’s Mr. Henderson making himself known. When the client’s wife, a believer in ghosts over hears Samantha talking on the phone to Harriet, she insist they go over there to see the ghosts. Tabatha magically pours herself a glass of milk while the client’s wife is in the kitchen and she thinks that this is the ghost she has been looking for. This is the third episode this season Dick York missed. #135: “I Confess” 4/4/68 – When Samantha uses witchcraft to rid herself of an annoying drunk, Darius insists that maybe they should tell the whole world she’s a witch since she can’t seem to curtail the use of her powers. While he is sleeping Samantha induces dreams wherein they do reveal her secret, first to Larry, then to the Kravitzes and finally the world where the government decides that they will use Samantha and Tabatha as part of the country’s defenses. Of course, Darius doesn’t like this and Samantha stops the dream as she can see he’s not liking it. In the morning Darius announces that he has decided it’s better if they keep on living as they have. #136: “A Majority of Two” 4/11/68 – A Japanese client, Mr. Mishimoto, falls in love with Aunt Clara, who is recovering from her breakup with Ocky. But when Ocky calls to reconcile with Clara, she leaves Mishimoto, who feels humiliated and decides to return to Japan without signing the contracts with McMann and Tate. Samantha heads him off at the airport and shows him that he is being ridiculous and arranges for him to bump into an attractive Japanese flight attendant. This is the fourth episode this season that Dick York is missing from. #137: “Samantha’s Secret Saucer” 4/18/68 – Tabatha and Aunt Clara play with a toy UFO that really flies and when it flies out into the night sky Aunt Clara tries to zap it back but instead zaps up real UFO with dog-like aliens in it! Of course, Mrs. Kravitz sees this big UFO and calls NASA who come to investigate. This is sadly the last episode with Aunt Clara. I also think it would’ve been a great episode to have a crossover with “I Dream of Jeannie” since NASA was involved. #138: “The No-Harm Charm” 4/25/68 – When a huge printing error at the office causes Durwood to look like a fool he thinks Endora has done it and he decides to give up on his stance of “no witchcraft”. Uncle Arthur tells Durwood that he has a magical charm that will ward off any spells and any danger. Of course there is no such charm, but what would Durwood know? #139: “Man of the Year” 5/2/68 – When Durwood is named Advertising Man of the Year, Endora insists that he’ll get a big head. Samantha says her husband isn’t like that but Endora casts a spell around him making everyone who comes near him charmed with everything he says, thus giving him a big head. #140: “Splitsville” 5/16/68 – Gladys leaves Abner in the middle of the night after a silly argument and hesitatingly accepts Samantha’s offer to come stay with them for awhile. Gladys turns out to be a health nut and drives Durwood crazy. Abner will not try to reclaim his wife so Samantha decides to make him jealous and casts a spell over the neighborhood butcher, whom Gladys fancies, causing him to fall in love with her. And so ends the fantastic Fourth Season which cannot arrive on DVD soon enough!