Mini Skirt Monday #154: Bewitched Minis (Part 2)
So, what did we learn from last week's Miniskirt Monday? Well, for starters we learned that I have too much time on my hands. Also, that Darrin is giant douche bag.
Moving right along....
Here's a conflagration of greatness if there ever was one: Ultra-cool Peter Lawford + Elizabeth Montgomery in the same room. I don't a single foyer can handle that much awesomeness without imploding on itself and going supernova.
That's Ellen Weston as the evil witch Piranha. Weston is perhaps best known for her role as Suzanne Thurston-Lynch on The Young and the Restless back in the early 80's. Fans of the soap will know her for sure.
When it comes to Samantha Stephens in a miniskirt, it doesn't get much better than the episode that aired Jan. 15, 1972: "Samantha Is Earthbound". In terms of screen time, hem line, and variety of angles... this episode takes the prize.
The episode begins with Sam becoming too heavy to stand up. Darrin carries her to the couch which subsequently smashes through the floor.
Doctor Bombay shows up to attend to the problem. He puts her on a scale and it reads that she's over five hundred pounds.
So he uses his fancy shmancy computer, diagnoses the problem, and offers Sam an antidote.
But, as you might expect, Bombay f***s it up, and Sam is now too light. She begins to float to the ceiling.
As luck would have it, Sam has to work at a neighborhood charity sale. Darrin must hold on to her tightly the whole time, which causes a lot of whispering among the neighbors.
Oh, the views Dick Sargent had on that day! Of course, Sargent is gay, so I guess this wasn't as eventful as it might've been.
And so it ends, like all good sitcoms do - with everything being wrapped up nicely. Bombay returns with a cure and all is well.
I included this screen shot, not so much to show you Sam's miniskirt, more because I just can't stand Darrin and this made me happy.
Tabitha's first day at school. She turns a bully into a frog.
In this episode, Nita Talbot plays the bully's mom. Talbot was in a buttload of shows all the way from Hogan's Heroes to The Rockford Files to The John Larroquette Show.
Endora hated Darrin almost as much as I do. In this episode, she brings to life this statue of Venus to temp "Derwood".
Francine York played Venus. She also played Lydia Limpet in two episodes of Batman as well a metric ton of other TV appearances including I Dream of Jeannie, Mannix, Riptide, Mr. Belvedere, Beverly Hills 90210, Adam-12, and even Hot in Cleveland.
Francine appeared in no less than six Jerry Lewis movies, including The Nutty Professor. Add to that an Elvis film and a handful of cult movies like The Doll Squad (1973), and you've got yourself an honorary place in the Retrospace Hall of Fame.
A truly memorable moment is when Francine emerges from a doorway wearing only an apron.
Darrin and Samantha are duly amazed.
And correct me if I'm wrong, but it does appear that Francine really IS wearing nothing but an apron. Pretty risque for Bewitched, don't you think? The humor comes when Sam tells Venus to put some clothes on; so, Venus begins to turn around, but Sam stops her and asks that she walk backwards. (insert laugh track)
In the final scene, Francine dons a French Maid outfit - always a crowd pleaser.
I think the show's longevity owes a lot to Elizabeth Montgomery's charisma. She was an ex-model, but wasn't afraid to act silly. You just liked her. Not only was she easy on the eyes, but she was a joy to watch. One of my all time favorite TV actresses. Perhaps the best there ever was. You can argue the point, but at the end of the day it's an opinion - my opinion, and I'm sticking to it.
And I still hate Darrin.