We've covered Jeannie before in a one of the more popular, most visited Miniskirt Mondays - Number 80. So, we could easily leave it at that and feel we've covered it sufficiently; however, Season Five is so mini-centric, that it demands more attention. My only regret is that it took four years to happen.
We can't cover the whole season in one post. So, we'll divide it into two parts. For each episode, I'll deliver the mini pics and some basic story points to put the miniskirts in context (for those who care). Enjoy!
Season 5, Episode 1: Jeannie at the Piano
There's a hex on a piano which makes whoever plays it appear to be an expert. It wound up in the hands of a kid, and Jeannie must bribe him to get the piano back..
Tony must maintain his image as being a gifted pianist at all costs, so he offers the kid a hundred dollars - which he doesn't accept. Then, Jeannie learns he'd rather have a trumpet instead. The kid takes the exchange. Tony, Roger and Jeannie push the piano out... and we get a look at exactly how micro that micro mini really is...
Great Scot! Any higher and we are officially seeing Jeannie's ass. That was one helluva skirt; not a bad trade-off for her pink genie outfit.
Season 5, Episode 2: Djinn Djinn, the Pied Piper
In this episode, Jeannie is wearing a very short white mini with puffy sleeves. Nothing to write home about until she has to get on her knees with Tony to call General Schaeffer's dog.
Season 5, Episode 4: Guess Who's Going to Be a Bride?: Part 2
Part 1 (Episode 3) is miniskirt-free, with Jeannie only in her genie outfit. At the end of the second part, we have a big moment in the history of I Dream of Jeannie...
....Jeannie is just about to blink herself away so as to not be spotted, but Tony stops her, and then informs informs Dr. Bellows and General Schaeffer that she is his fiance. Big news to even Jeannie!
Tony then tells her to zap Roger back, who was literally a second away from having his head cut off (I'll spare you the details.)
And the big episode ends with Jeannie zapping the three safely back home. And, of course, Dr. Bellows and the General turn around and wonder where they've disappeared to. It's an old tired gag, but with the news that Jeannie and Tony getting married, I don't think anyone cared.
Season 5, Episode 5: Jeannie's Beauty Cream
What are Dr. Bellows and Jeannie looking at? There's a ruckus going on behind a closet door. As it turns out, it's Tony and Dr. Bellows' wife, Amanda!
Naturally, Jeannie is pissed. But there's obviously a reasonable explanation for this compromising situation: Amanda Bellows has been given a magic face cream by Jeannie. It completely transformed her appearance to look like a ravaging beauty. Tony was simply trying to keep her out of sight of her husband.
Obviously, Dr. Bellows doesn't even recognize his wife, and it's up to Roger and Tony to clean up Jeannie's mess by getting Amanda back to normal.
The "new and improved" Amanda Bellows is played by actress Laraine Stephens who gets manhandled the entire episode - shoved into closets, pushed into locked rooms, etc. until finally they get her into a bathroom with the face cream antidote...
The entire time, poor Amanda doesn't understand what is going on, and things she's being assaulted. From her perspective, this isn't a comedy at all, but rather a dark and violent tale of abduction.
When they finally get Amanda back to normal, we find that Tony has grown younger thanks to the mystery cream. (insert hysterical canned laughter)
Season 5, Episode 6: Jeannie and the Bachelor Party
It's the day before their wedding, and Jeannie is walking on air. She visits Tony at his office only to learn about the custom of bachelor parties. Tony doesn't want one, but Roger and Dr. Bellows are throwing him one tonight anyway.
That evening, Jeannie and Amanda Bellows have much more subdued plans - to take in a movie. Of course, Amanda has no idea her husband is at a bachelor party until Jeannie spills the beans.
Amanda delivers a hard lesson to Jeannie: All men are liars. She decides to go down to NASA and crash this little party.
Meanwhile at the bachelor party, the office is overflowing with girls in miniskirts (Jeannie is 'disguised' as a mannequin at left). Lots of crazy hijinks ensue, and a great episode for fans of the miniskirt to be sure.
Season 5, Episode 8: See You in C-U-B-A
Episode 7 is another miniskirt-free episode, but this one more than makes up for it, beginning with Jeannie trying on an ultra short tennis outfit.
Amanda Bellows thinks she sees Jeannie talking to Tony, but that can't be - he's supposed to be on a big mission for NASA. It's only a mannequin... or is it?
Tony has been zapped into the sporting goods store by Jeannie. This isn't good - if Amanda sees him there, she'll tell her husband and... well, you know the gag. Tony and Roger have to pretend to be mannequins, and comedy unfolds.
I should mention that this episode is a bit of a disappointment in the miniskirt department, despite Jeannie's high hemline. In this episode, Roger is giving tennis lessons to none other than a very young Farrah Fawcett. Unfortunately, if you blink you'll miss her super short tennis skirt.
The final scene takes place at the wedding rehearsal dinner. Tony arrives out of the blue, having supposedly been MIA over Cuba. As always, Dr. Bellows is aghast, Amanda Bellows is suspicious, General Schaeffer is stupidly confused, and Tony is a nervous wreck. All is as it should be on I Dream of Jeannie. Until next time.