Bewitched (1972)

Season 1 Episode 6

Little Pitchers Have Big Fears

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 22, 1964 on ABC
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Samantha meets Marshall Burns, a boy whose overprotective mother outlaws everything fun for kids. To get his spirits up, Samantha takes Marshall to a baseball game so he can practice for the team. They find out that Floyd Kravitz, Gladys' nephew, is the MVP. Marshall makes Floyd think twice when he becomes a successful player, thanks to Sam's magic touches. Mrs. Burns does not think that Marshall playing baseball is a great idea and forbids him to play ever. So, Marshall takes it upon himself to run away and play in the big Junior League game in the ball field. Samantha, Darrin and Mrs. Burns go to the ball game where they see Marshall making it big. Darrin has his eyes on Sam when she tries to help Marshall, but Marshall prevails without her magic. The coach decides to spend extra time with Marshall and Mrs. Burns is all for it.moreless

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  • When Samantha tries to help a young boy with an incredibly protective and possessive mother, things don't exactly go according to plan.

    It's just an ordinary day in the Stephen's household when young Marshall Burns (Jimmy Mathers) turns up. Marshall lives in the area with his widowed mother (June Lockhart) and wants to do all the things that normal boys his age do, the trouble is, his mother isn't all that keen on that idea and tries to protect him from everything in life, including ordinary food!

    Samantha makes it her mission to help the boy out and gets some assistance from a reluctant Darrin who believes that the Marshall's mother should have the say on what he does and does not do. The problems begin when Marshall desperately wants to try out for the local baseball league but his mother is firmly against it, thinking the sport far too dangerous. Naturally, Samantha has no intention of letting it go at that and takes Marshall to the team tryouts herself, where she meets Mrs. Karavits (Alice Pearce) whose nephew is also on the team.

    With a bit of help from Samantha's famous 'nose wiggle', Marshall makes the team and is delighted, until his mother shows up and tries to take him away. Some gentle persuasion and offers of personal assistance from the team coach means that things begin to look up for Marshall after all.moreless
Byron Keith

Byron Keith

Coach Gribben

Guest Star

Jimmy Mathers

Jimmy Mathers

Marshall Burns

Guest Star

Art Lewis

Art Lewis

Brush Salesman

Guest Star

Alice Pearce

Alice Pearce

Gladys Kravitz

Recurring Role

George Tobias

George Tobias

Abner Kravitz

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Darrin: I know you, Samantha.
      Samantha: Oh, really? You only look vaguely familiar to me.

    • Darrin: What is [Marshall] doing here?
      Samantha: I'm his only friend in the neighborhood.
      Darrin: Well, you're my only wife in the neighborhood. And I thought we'd have a nice breakfast together.

    • Samantha: Oh, well, hello, Marshall! What a surprise!
      Marshall: How come? I'm here every morning.
      Who's he [Darrin]?
      Darrin: Well, I live here, that's who I am. Who are you?
      Samantha: That's Marshall. He lives down the street.
      Darrin: I see. (to Marshall) Well, you overshot your mark.
      Marshall: It's okay. I can stay for breakfast. But you better not kiss me, because I've got a cold, I think.

    • Darrin: I'm late, Honey. Something happened to the alarm.
      Samantha: Well, you might as well relax, Dear. You've missed your train already.
      Darrin: I have? How do you know? Have you been, uh…?
      Samantha: No, no. It's watchcraft, not witchcraft.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This is the first episode in which Agnes Moorehead does not appear. Although she receives credit for playing Endora in the opening titles of all 254 Bewitched episodes, Moorehead made it clear early on that she had no wish to appear on a weekly basis. During this season, she was contracted to play Endora in at most 8 out of every 13 episodes.

    • Actor Jimmy Mathers (Marshall Burns) is the younger brother of actor Jerry Mathers who starred in the popular 1950s TV comedy series, Leave it to Beaver.

    • This episode was partially remade as Episode 87. This episode was completed on September 17, 1964, the same day the show premiered.