Bewitched (1972)

Season 2 Episode 20

Samantha Meet the Folks

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 27, 1966 on ABC
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Tabitha receives her very first letter and it's from Darrin's parents. They announce that they are coming to visit in two weeks, which makes Sam and Darrin remember the first time they visited in an extended flashback. Darrin's mother, Phyllis, hopes to find that his wife is a poor housekeeper. Soon after, Samantha's Aunt Clara comes down the chimney for an unexpected visit. Darrin is worried about the kind of impression Aunt Clara will make on his parents, but agrees with Samantha that they must make Aunt Clara feel welcome. Determined to help Samantha make a hit with her in-laws, Aunt Clara uses her witchcraft to whip up a feast for dinner. Thinking that Samantha has done the cooking, Phyllis becomes quite upset. Although Samantha warns him to be tactful, Darrin makes Aunt Clara feel she is not wanted. After Aunt Clara's departure, Samantha gets into an argument with Darrin, during which Phyllis learns Aunt Clara cooked the dinner. When Samantha admits she is not a good housekeeper, Phyllis, who felt she was being pushed aside, knows she is going to love her daughter-in-law. Darrin persuades Aunt Clara to return and the evening ends happily for all.moreless

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  • When a letter arrives from Darrin's parents saying that they will shortly be coming to visit, we flashback to the first time that they met Samantha.

    Darrin's parents, Phyllis and Frank, (Mabel Albertson and Robert F. Simon) send a letter to their new granddaughter, Tabatha, telling her that they will be visiting very soon. The arrival of this letter prompts a flashback to when Mr. and Mrs. Stephens first visited and met their son's new wife.

    Frank Stephens is a warm and jovial man, but his wife, Phyllis, is not quite as pleasant to begin with as she is clearly jealous of Samantha and hopes to find her lacking as a housekeeper and a cook. Unfortunately, even though Samantha insists that she is a terrible cook, Aunt Clara, (Marion Lorne) for once getting her spells right, conjurs up a superb meal which makes Mrs. Stephens feel even more redundant in Darrin's life. Things improve markedly, however, when Aunt Clara confesses that SHE cooked the meal and that Samantha really isn't yet capable of such exotic food. Finally, the two women 'make up' and it's obvious that they will be good friends in the future.moreless
Mabel Albertson

Mabel Albertson

Phyllis Stephens

Recurring Role

Robert F. Simon

Robert F. Simon

Frank Stephens

Recurring Role

Marion Lorne

Marion Lorne

Aunt Clara

Recurring Role

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