"My Master, the Chili King" was the final broadcast, guest starring veteran funny man Gabriel Dell as Major Nelson's con man cousin Arvel, who convinces Jeannie to invest in his recipe for Texas chili beans, to provide financial security for their autumn years. 'Cousin Tony's Texas Chili' features Tony's picture on the label, dressed in a spacesuit, despite the NASA edict that astronauts are not allowed to endorse products. Arvel is the deal maker, Jeannie blinking up boxes of the stuff, delighted at the prospect of seeing her husband's face in supermarkets across the country. When Mrs. Bellows buys a can her exasperated husband insists that it's just a joke, until they hear that it's being served in the NASA cafeteria. Not a bad idea, but hardly a good choice for the farewell broadcast, which took place May 26 1970, five days after the unexpected death of actor Vinton Hayworth, Barton MacLane's replacement, who played General Winfield Schaeffer over the last 40-plus episodes; had the series continued, yet another general would have needed to be found.
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