Bewitched (1972)

Season 2 Episode 17

Maid to Order

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 06, 1966 on ABC
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Episode Summary

The Stephenses hire a maid named Naomi, who turns out to be a major klutz. Samantha helps her out magically when she messes up the dinner. The Tates think that she is a wonder and wants her to cater their dinner party. When Naomi makes a mess over at the Tates' house, Samantha pops up outside the window and helps her out again. By the end of the episode, it turns out that Naomi is a perfect accounting whiz and she is offered a job with McMann and Tate.moreless

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  • As Samantha's pregnancy gets further along, both she and Darrin decide that it would be a good idea to hire a maid to help Sam with the housework but things don't work out quite as planned.moreless

    As the time for the birth of their baby draws nearer, Darrin is worried that Samantha is over taxing herself and wants to hire a maid to help her out around the house. At first, Samantha is reluctant, but Darrin finally gets her to agree to conduct interviews and so, she does. The first applicant has a list of things that she WON'T do which is fair greater than any chores she will! However, when sweet, shy and widowed Naomi (Alice Ghostley) appears on the doorstep and admits that she has had four jobs in as many months, that she isn't a very competent housekeeper and that she breaks a lot of things, Samantha admires her honesty and hires her on the spot, particularly after she learns that Naomi has a young son whom she is putting through medical school and that she desperately needs the money to pay his tuition.

    It doesn't take long to figure out that while Naomi is a delightful lady who is very honest and hard-working, she is simply hopeless as a cook. When guests come for dinner and Naomi is totally ruining the meal, Samantha has to do quite a bit of nose twitching to make it scrumptious. Naomi, of course, thinks she has achieved this herself.

    Soon after, Louise Tate (Irene Vernon) calls and asks if Naomi can cook for an important dinner party as her own houskeeper is unable to do so. Naomi eagerly agrees as she needs the extra money. All does not appear to be well when Louise finds her kitchen looking like a bomb has hit it and a bit mess of glump on the stove, but Samantha, hiding outside the window, soon makes everything ok again with a wiggle of her nose and Naomi is success.

    Just a short time after this, whilst Darrin and Samantha are trying to cook an appalling breakfast prepared by their housekeeper, they realise, reluctantly that they must fire her but she surprises them by announcing that she is resigning because she knows how hopeless she is at this kind of work. With that, she tallys up her weekly 'breakages' at the speed of light and Darrin and Samantha realise that she has found her true calling - as an accountant at McMann and Tate!

    A real fun, entertaining episode with Alice Ghostley giving a superb performance as the bumbling Naomi. Don't miss this one or you'll regret it!moreless
  • Adorable

    This episode is absolutely brilliant. I feel like I'm really caught up in the tension as Samantha keeps a butterfingered housemaid around and magically does all the work for her. Then the obvious problems begin to arise.
Elvia Allman

Elvia Allman

Mrs. Luftwaffe

Guest Star

Alice Ghostley

Alice Ghostley


Guest Star

Roxanne Arlen

Roxanne Arlen

Barbara Elloit (uncredited)

Guest Star

David White

David White

Larry Tate

Recurring Role

Irene Vernon

Irene Vernon

Louise Tate

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The first maid interviewed is Mrs Luftwaffe. Luftwaffe was the name of the Nazi Air Corps during World War II.

    • When Louise calls Samantha on the telephone, an old I Love Lucy laugh track is used and an "uh-oh" from Deedee Ball (Lucy's mom) is plainly audible. This "uh oh" is also used in episode 64.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Naomi: Do you know what working for you is like?
      Samantha: What?
      Naomi: It's like all of a sudden I found my good fairy.

    • Naomi: I'll clean, I'll scrub, I'll slave and I'll sign a note at ten-percent interest for everything I break.

    • Barbara, the very attractive job applicant: Here are references from the last five husbands I worked for.
      Samantha: Don't references generally come from the wives?
      Barbara: Not in my case. Somehow I always seem to establish better rapport with the husbands.

    • Mrs. Luftwaffe (applying for the Stephenses' maid job): My room must have a color television set. And I reserve the right to choose my own wallpaper.
      Samantha: I see. Now about references.
      Mrs. Luftwaffe: Yes, I'll look at them now.
      Samantha: (surprised) You want to see my references?
      Mrs. Luftwaffe: From former housekeepers.
      Samantha: Well, I'm afraid there haven't been any.
      Mrs. Luftwaffe: Uuuh. That's bad. I have a rule against working for beginners.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode was filmed on September 2, 1965, while Elizabeth Montgomery was in her eighth month of pregnancy.

    • Alice Ghostley makes her first Bewitched appearance as the maid Naomi, four seasons before she returned in the recurring role of the bumbling witch, Esmeralda. Ironically, Darrin refers to Louise and Larry's maid, whose name is Esmeralda.