After a quick courtship, Darrin and Samantha Stephens are currently on their honeymoon. One of the things that Samantha has not yet told her new husband but is contemplating doing so is that she is a witch in the literal sense. Samantha's mother, who finds out about the marriage solely because of the honeymoon, is against her daughter's marriage to a mortal, but nonetheless believes she needs to tell Darrin the truth, which Samantha eventually does. Samantha needs to do a demonstration of her powers for the news truly to sink in for Darrin. After the initial shock, Darrin states that it doesn't make a difference, but, and it is a big but, she is not to use witchcraft in an effort to lead a typical mortal life. Samantha wholeheartedly agrees. But Samantha's vow is put to the test when she and Darrin are invited to a dinner by Darrin's old girlfriend Sheila, who uses whatever opportunity available to make Samantha feel uncomfortable and inferior. Will Samantha buckle under the pressure ... Written by
The title comes from the traditional Christian wedding vows: I, Darrin, take thee, Samantha, as my lawfully wedded wife. See more »
During the scene in which Samantha moves the ashtray, Elizabeth Montgomery can be seen looking off-camera momentarily and nearly laughing. See more »
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Once upon a time, there was a typical American girl, who happened to bump into a typical red blooded American boy. And she bumped into him, and bumped into him. So, they decided they'd better sit down and talk this over before they had an accident. They became good friends. They found they had a lot of interests in common. Radio. Television. Trains. And when the boy found the girl attractive, desirable, irresistible, he did what any red-blooded American boy ...
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Darrin discovers that his bride has a little secret.
This is the absolutely charming pilot for the classic series Bewitched. The premise of the series is laid out and many of the characters are introduced. Darrin, played by Dick York (the better Darrin), discovers that his beautiful new bride, Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery), is a witch. Her deliciously evil and funny mother, Endora (Agnes Moorehead), is dead set against the union and gleefully mocks the mortal every chance she gets. My favorite villain in this episode is Sheila, Darrin's ex-girlfriend. She is played by the unbelievably gorgeous Nancy Kovak. She invites the newlyweds to a "casual" dinner party at her place that turns out to be a formal affair. The under-dressed Samantha endures insults and put-downs until she can stand no more. Breaking her promise to give up witchcraft, she unleashes her magical fury on Sheila with hilarious results. Sheila's false eyelashes fall off into her food and hurricane-force winds blow her wig and clothes off. I loved this episode as a child, and it still makes me laugh out loud.
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