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Double, Double, Toil and Trouble 

Endora feels that Samantha's mortal marriage is interfering with her duties as Queen of the Witches so she calls Serena in to impersonate her and break up she and Darrin's marriage.

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Samantha feels like Darrin went against his word to allow her to carry out her duties as Queen of the Witches when he orders her subjects banished from the house one evening while she is carrying out those duties. But Darrin's move is the last straw for Endora, who wants to see the end of the marriage. The following day, while Samantha is out all day doing volunteer work for the church bazaar, Endora enlists the help of Serena to masquerade as Samantha in front of Darrin. Serena's task as Samantha is to end the marriage both by expressing her anger over Darrin's actions and by making Darrin so angry himself through further actions by Serena. Serena has to walk a fine line as she can't be too aggressive in her approach to tip off to Darrin that she is really Serena and not Samantha. The Stephens' nosy neighbors may also factor into how the story plays out. Written by Huggo

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28 September 1967 (USA)  »

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The title is based on the three witches' dialog in Shakespeare's Macbeth (Act IV, Scene I): "Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble." See more »

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The door in the kitchen by the back door is used as a Laundry Room in this episode. Other episodes this room is either a broom closet or leads to the basement. See more »

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"I'm sick of simmering like a watched pot. I want to get out and boil."
26 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Elizabeth Montgomery clearly enjoyed playing Serena, the lookalike black-haired cousin of Samantha. These two were polar opposites: one the settled down housewife ("dull dull dull"), the other the swinging party animal. When Serena turned "blond" to resemble Samantha, without changing her flirty personality, the results were always hilarious.

Although the character first appeared in 1965's "And Then There Was Three" (birth of Tabitha episode), she didn't come into her own until two years later as part of the Queen of Witches Council story arc. Endora needed a substitute for her daughter, who gives in too easily to Darrin's "mortal" wishes (understandable with the nutty court in his living room). "Samantha is going to be away all day. We have plenty of time, Serena"... to cause a potential marital breakup, no doubt.

Serena changes into a Sam look-a-like and fools both Darrin and Larry Tate (whom she makes a pass with: "Have I ever told you that I'm just wild about gray hair?"), while the real Samantha attends a church fund raiser (where nosy Gladys Kravitz bumps into her). In her mock-Sam pose, Serena gives Darrin plenty of flamboyant rants like "You've taken a wild free spirit, a spirit that was born to ride the wings of the wind and penned me up in this dreary four walled cage..." until Endora starts chastising her for overdoing it. Of course, the whole mistaken identity crisis isn't resolved until there's a lemon pie fight worthy of the Keystone Kops...


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