Rather than be annoyed, Samantha is excited to learn that there is an upcoming witch's coven, where the primary topic to be discussed is Tabatha's powers. Samantha is eager to learn the assessment. Luckily for Samantha, Darrin, who would disapprove, has to work the entire day of the coven, so will be unaware that it has occurred. All Samantha's closest female elders are in attendance - Endora and Aunts Clara, Enchantra and Hagatha - with Maurice keeping a close eye on the results. Samantha is encouraged by the first part of the assessment: Tabatha is a witch of extraordinary powers. But Samantha and Darrin, who walks in on the process, are dead set against the second part of the assessment: that Tabatha is to be taken away to study at Hagatha's school. Despite Samantha, Darrin and Aunt Clara's objection, Samantha is powerless with her own witchcraft to stop her mother and her Aunts Enchantra and Hagatha from taking Tabatha away. But can Samantha conjure an even more powerful force to ... Written by
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There are a number of Shakespearean references in this episode. The trio of witches depart in a carriage named "Macbeth," and, of course, the play Macbeth opens with witches at their cauldron. Endora says of Maurice that "he should have been an actor instead of a warlock," which leads Maurice to perform Hamlet ("oh that these too, too, solid flesh . . . " Act I, Scene II). Maurice Evans was known for his Hamlet having played it at the Old Vic in London and on Broadway. See more
Before Maurice appears, Clara has her gloves on and still does after he appears. On the distant shot the last we see her gloves on is when Tabitha touches the glove of one of Clara's hands. It then goes to close up shots of Clara, Endora, then Maurice and Samantha. When it goes back to a distant shot and Maurice walks over to Clara to greet her, she now has the gloves off her hands and is holding them. We never see her take them off. See more
References The Sound of Music
Gloire immortelle de nos aïeux (from
Performed by Maurice Evans
Music by Charles Gounod See more