I Dream of Jeannie (1965–1970)
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The Birds and the Bees Bit 

Learning that genies lose their powers if they marry a mortal, Tony proposes to Jeannie. After Roger and Jeannie learn that their children might get magical powers, Jeannie keeps Roger away so that Tony won't learn that little fact.


Larry Hagman


Sidney Sheldon (created by), Sidney Sheldon (as Allan Devon)


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Episode cast overview:
Barbara Eden ... Jeannie
Larry Hagman ... Major Anthony Nelson
Hayden Rorke ... Dr. Alfred Bellows
Bill Daily ... Major Roger Healey
Emmaline Henry ... Amanda Bellows
Abraham Sofaer ... Haji
Lorette Strome Lorette Strome ... Jeannie, Jr.
Jimmy Jarratt Jimmy Jarratt ... Tony, Jr.
Judy Rockley Judy Rockley ... Sally


Tony reads in a book that when a genie marries her master they instantly lose their powers and become mortal, prompting Tony to propose. Jeannie then calls for Haji to show her and Roger what her life would be like after they marry and they see that Tony has been promoted to colonel. However, a little later Roger asks Haji to show Jeannie what would happen if she and Tony were to have children. They then see that they have a son and a daughter and while the son, Tony Jr., is normal, but their daughter, Jeannie Jr. winds up inheriting her mother's powers. She might also use them at a very inopportune time; when the Dr. and Mrs. Bellows drop by for a surprise visit. Will Jeannie go through with the marriage or will they live out the future as foretold? Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy


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Release Date:

10 April 1967 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


As was later revealed in the reunion films I Dream of Jeannie... Fifteen Years Later (1985) and I Still Dream of Jeannie (1991), Jeannie and Tony did have a son whom they would name Tony, Jr. (TJ for short). However, they never had the daughter Jeannie, Jr. also foretold by Haji. See more »


In the second vision of the future, Hayden Rorke refers to Larry Hagman as "Major Nelson" in spite of the fact that the future Tony has previously established as being a colonel. Rorke then realises his mistake and fumbles over his next line. See more »


References The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (1966) See more »

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Larry Hagman directs his second episode
3 November 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The Birds and the Bees Bit" was Larry Hagman's second outing as director, following the same storyline as his first, "There Goes the Bride," with genie and master ready to go to the altar once again. Tony learns that any genie that marries a mortal loses her magical powers forever, and instantly proposes for that very reason. Roger believes that his buddy won't have a future as an astronaut if the wedding takes place. Abraham Sofaer returns as Haji, king of all the genies, who naturally assumes that the impending bride has tired of her 'dog of a master!' Wishing to learn if marrying a mortal will take away her powers, Haji's crystal ball shows her and Major Healey what will happen if she becomes Mrs. Anthony Nelson. Sofaer would be back to play Haji once more in "Divorce, Genie Style," while Larry Hagman's third and final directorial outing would be a different entry, "Jeannie and the Great Bank Robbery."

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