Bewitched (1972)

Season 1 Episode 17

A is for Aardvark

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 14, 1965 on ABC

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  • Darrin breaks his ankle going outside to lock a door.When he runs Sam ragged,she has the house cooperate with him.Soon he decides that witchcraft is okay,becomes materialistic.Sam goes along to discourage him,and he soon snaps out of it.

    This is,without a doubt the best episode of Bewitched in its entire run.The emotions expressed are real,and it is probaly Elizabeth Montgomerys finest moment.One theme that runs throughout the entire run of this series is Sams determination to adapt to mortal life,by her own choice.And that choice is never shown any clearer than here.When Darrin in running her ragged,she has the house cooperate with him.Its really more for him than for her,though it does help her out.She still continues to do her housework the mortal way.This episode also shows how human Darrin really is.Endora is right when she warns Sam about giving Darrin a taste of the proverbial apple,because she is a lot more insightful than she gets credit for.What Endora doesnt seem to understand though,is how much Darrin loves Sam,and vice versa.And in the end,it is that love which saves the day.Elizabeth Montgomery cries real tears and it is incredibly moving.Ida Lupino directed this episode,and she manages to do a brillant job setting the tone with the music,and the staging.Ive always wondered why Lupino never directed any other episodes in this series.This episode is quite definative of the black and white shows.I dont know if it wouldve had the same impact in color.
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