When Darrin is in bed with a sprained ankle, Samantha makes the house cooperate with him giving him a taste of the power of witchcraft.



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Darrin is bedridden after he sprains his ankle while taking a tumble down the stairs. A wary but loving Samantha ends up being at his beck and call. Darrin realizes that he is running her ragged. Samantha comes up with an idea that allows her to continue to do her chores while Darrin gets whatever he needs from the house: put a spell on the house that makes it cooperate with Darrin while he's recuperating. Darrin agrees with the idea. Endora thinks that Samantha has opened up a can of worms that she won't be able to close as she believes Darrin, who has now had a taste of the easy life through witchcraft, won't want to ever give it up. Endora is correct in that seeing what witchcraft can do makes Darrin want to live the easy life, that is unless Samantha can convince him that there can be too much of a good thing. Written by Huggo

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14 January 1965 (USA)  »

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Series producer William Asher is on record as calling this episode the series' definitive episode. See more »


Samantha Stephens: [Darrin just sent down a paper flier and got a pencil, flying by magic, back] Darrin, before you get angry. Please be fair. You sailed something down to me, right? It was only fair, that I sail a little something back up to you.
Darrin Stephens: [argues] What I did was not only extremely clever and humorous, it was aerodynamically sound. What you did, was witchcraft.
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the best episode of the series
27 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

This series had brilliant writing for the first - and possibly the second season. The characters had depth and grew and changed like real people. Serious themes were explored. Endora was even moving toward acceptance of her son-in-law. Later, the series turned into a mindless gimmick show.

Here we see how power corrupts. We explore the meaning of life. When Samantha makes the house cooperate with Darrin, while he is bedridden, Darrin gradually reexamines all of his assumptions toward life. He decides to let Samantha use her powers at any time. He said he was being selfish earlier. Indeed - we may wonder if that is true. Of course he only gradually learns of the depth of Samantha's relationship with him. Darrin decides to retire, travel and live a life of ease. Samantha cannot change his mind. She then receives his six month anniversary present to her. It is just a watch with the inscription "I love you every second". Darrin says that it is just a silly thing. Samantha points out that that watch and her relationship with him in his mortal world means more than centuries of near limitless power. Darrin then tells her that he finally understands and does not like the idea of never having to worry about anything. Because Darrin realizes that he would rather forget the whole experience and temptation of near omnipotence, he asks Samantha to take him back in time - before the whole experience started. She does. A wonderful episode which gave us a lot to think about.

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