Bewitched (1964–1972)
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I Don't Want to Be a Toad, I Want to Be a Butterfly 

When Tabitha's classmate insists she wants to be in the butterfly group, Tabitha turns her into a real butterfly.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Endora (credit only)
Maralee Foster ...
Amy Taylor
Mrs. Burch
Lola Fisher ...
Ruth Taylor
Man in Yard
Paul Sorensen ...
Karl Lukas ...


Darrin's mother stops by to give Tabitha an early birthday present. The reason she couldn't wait until Tabitha's actual birthday is because her gift is tuition into the prestigious Delightful Day Nursery School, its year which starts tomorrow. Samantha and Darrin don't want to accept since Tabitha still doesn't understand the difference between mortals and witches, but Mrs. Stephens will not take no for an answer. Upon arriving at the school, which is run by the officious and competitive Mrs. Burch, Samantha is even more dismayed to learn that policy does not allow her to stay. So while Samantha is out dress shopping with her mother-in-law, she takes whatever opportunity to sneak away back to the school, which may be difficult to explain to Mrs. Stephens if she is caught. Samantha is glad that she is able to sneak away as Tabitha, in wanting to stop her classmate, Amy Taylor, from crying for not being chosen to play a butterfly during "nature" play, actually turns her into a butterfly... Written by Huggo

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12 December 1968 (USA)  »

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Last role of Maralee Foster. See more »


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think I may remember reruns...
11 March 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

There is something about old TV shows that were original and not quite sure of another word other than special. This show was on when my mom was in high school and collage/nursing and she watched it when she could, as it was on in reruns in the early 80s and we watched them together, plus a couple other golden oldies, she passed away quite young, 8 days into her 54yr...miss her.

This epi has Tabitha try preschool, thanks to her grandma Stevens, who doesn't know about witches. Although Sam and Darrin both try to tell her no without telling why, but she insists. Darrins mom and Sam introduce Tabitha to the teacher and also meet another mom and daughter, (Amy is the child), Sam tries to stay, no cant, tries to tell Tabitha not to use her "nose", although she does not get why yet, (doesn't get that most people aren't "gifted"), and has to leave.

Shopping seems to be the "cure" according to mom in law, but Sams well not into it, kinda changes mind as she can pop out when supposedly trying on dresses. At the school, the teacher (not very good in my opinion but maybe the times ?...) is teaching games with "winning" being the only good thing, Sam gets there in time to see Tabitha "cheat" (does Tabitha know its cheating?), gets caught by the teacher who tells Sam she has to leave again. Back at the store, the sales clerk checks sees the change room empty, confused, mom in law calls Sams name, no response, and looks in herself just seconds after Sam pops back and comes out asking for more to try on, the poor sales girl more baffled, was empty, Sam comes out...

Back at the school the teacher has another game starting and assigns children diff characters/animals and Amy is told she has to be a frog because she spilled her juice at snack time, and Amy really wants to be the butterfly. She walks away crying and Tabitha follows telling her its OK frogs are nice to, but Amy in tears says she just really want to be a butterfly, so Tabitha hates to see her crying says OK and turns her into a butterfly.

It doesn't take to long for the teacher to see Amy is "missing". Of course Tabitha "tells" her where and what Amy is doing but of course that is just imagination. Sam pops back, hears that Amy is gone, asks Tabitha what she did and then where is Amy. Flew into a tree across from school, too far for Tabitha to change back. Sam is seen in the owners tree, he of course thinks his drink is off when she disappears, and then some building with two workers having lunch on scaffolding, she catches "Amy" pops out (yup we "saw" nothing workers). Sam gets back as Amys mom shows up early (freaks out), Amy missing how, Tabitha reverses so Amy is Amy, the poor (bad ?) teacher confused but Amys mom is happy, but thinks Amy has vivid imagination as Amy recounts her "butterfly experience", and schools out.

Darrin asks about school day, told its closed, the teacher decided to take time off before she "looses" it, Sam pores drink (deff a lot of drinking on this show), goes to double, tipple, then says make it quadruple and tell me when I am passed out...

There was a lot of little things in this epi that just made me laugh and smile, and enjoy as to knowing when my children were that age, explaining things so they can/could understand, or any child in that age group...timeless TV, the styles, some that has sorta come back, though thankfully some never like that this show opened doors for later TV with a type of supernatural feel, some like this, comedy, others that had some comedy but were/are drama and syfy with comedy. (eg, Sabrina the teenage witch, Buffy/Angel, Charmed, Supernatural...)well think I typed enough ?...prob, but am liking this show, as campy as it was.

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