Bewitched (1964–1972)
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Samantha for the Defense 

After Aunt Clara conjures up Benjamin Franklin, he gets arrested for stealing an antique firetruck as part of a supposed advertising stunt.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Endora (credit only)
Jonathan Hole ...
Bill Whalen
Violet Carlson ...
Martin Ashe ...
Don Steele ...
Chuck Hawkins
Fredd Wayne ...


In the conclusion of a two part episode, Aunt Clara is able to conjure up Benjamin Franklin, so that he can stand trial for grand theft for allegedly trying to steal an antique fire engine, and so that Darrin will not forgo the $1,000 he put up for bail. The district attorney is determined to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law as he believes that "Benjamin Franklin" - or whoever he is in real life - is purely a publicity stunt developed by Darrin. Believing that hiring a lawyer is not in their best interest, Samantha, Darrin and Franklin have to figure out the appropriate defense strategy, one that doesn't make them and him sound crazy in the assertion that he really is Benjamin Franklin. But known for his eloquence in speech, Franklin talking in his own words may go a long way in helping his cause. A little Samantha witchcraft wouldn't hurt matters either. Written by Huggo

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15 December 1966 (USA)  »

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(as color by Pathé)

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1.33 : 1
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The plot is almost identical to a visit that George Washington paid to the Stevens' residence in Bewitched: George Washington Zapped Here: Part 2 (1972). It ends with both historical figures saying the same line: "although I shall continue to be [George Washington/Benjamin Franklin], for I can be no other, I will not be that untimely gentleman in your gracious [presence/company]." See more »


President Franklin Pierce (mistakenly conjured up by Aunt Clara) gives his last name as "peerce"; the real Pierce pronounced it "purse." See more »


Chuck Hawkins: Do you believe the defendant is Benjamin Franklin?
Samantha Stephens: Yes.
Chuck Hawkins: How can you be so sure?
Samantha Stephens: All you have to do is look at him and listen to him talk.
Chuck Hawkins: That's no answer, how do you KNOW?
Samantha Stephens: Well if he isn't, why would he have tried to pay for a book that was 200 years overdue?
Chuck Hawkins: Mrs. Stephens, do you know the penalty for perjury?
Samantha Stephens: Oh hush up.
Chuck Hawkins: Your Honor! I ob-
[Samantha silences him]
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The trial of Benjamin Franklin
9 July 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In this concluding episode of a two part story, Marion Lorne has to summon Benjamin Franklin once again from the 18th century so he can appear in court for stealing a fire engine. Also Dick York put up Ben's bail and stands to lose a thousand dollars if Ben doesn't show.

The fortunes of McMahon&Tate are also at stake here as the District Attorney, a very ambitious Mike Road has it in his head that this is all a publicity stunt. Since David White thought so too, Road is on solid grounds.

Once again Fredd Wayne is marvelous as Benjamin Franklin. It's also good to have a co-counsel as bright as Elizabeth Montgomery who has certain assets at her disposal to help the case.

After 40 years, still a marvelous episode.

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