Bewitched (1972)

Season 3 Episode 16

Soapbox Derby

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Dec 29, 1966 on ABC
7.9
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Samantha helps a little boy named Johnny Mills practice for a soapbox derby. After Gladys brags about how her nephew will do better than anyone there, Samantha helps Johnny out, repairing a wobbly wheel with a twitch during a practice run. Samantha tries to get Johnny's father involved, but he wants Johnny to attend college and become a doctor, not a race car driver or mechanic. At the official derby, Gladys and Darrin keep a sharp eye on Samantha so that she doesn't help Johnny, but magic is unnecessary when Johnny wins on his own merit. Gladys accuses Johnny of cheating and Johnny's father must be called in to back his son up. Samantha pops back to Johnny's father's garage, who is too busy to break free. Samantha repairs a carburetor and three tires, encouraging Mr. Mills to rush to the derby for his son.moreless

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  • Samantha helps a young boy and his father will some relationship problems.

    7.5
    Young Johnny Miller is excited beyond measure that he has a chance to enter the local Soapbox Derby. He has built his racer himself in accordance with the rules and all he needs to be able to compete is his father's signature on the entry form but he is too scared to ask him as his father, a widower, is a mechanic who is barely making ends meet and is only interested in this and in Johnny going to medical school, not in Soapbox Derbys.



    During a practice run, Samantha gets a little 'twitchy' and helps fix a wobbly wheel as he races against Gladys Kravitz's nephew whom, according to the bragging Gladys, is going to win the local and the state finals.



    Samantha and Darrin both intercede in their own way. Samantha convinces Johnny's father not only to attend but also to come and watch his son race, which, he finally does. When Johnny ends up winning both the local and the state titles without any help from witchcraft, Darrin and Samantha are delighted and a young man now has a proper relationship with his father which was also achieved without magic.



    A lovely, heartwarming episode and very well acted by all, particularly the guest stars.moreless
William Bramley

William Bramley

Mr. Mills

Guest Star

Arthur Peterson

Arthur Peterson

Mr. Martin

Guest Star

Peter Dunhill

Peter Dunhill

Flash

Guest Star

George Tobias

George Tobias

Abner Kravitz

Recurring Role

Sandra Gould

Sandra Gould

Gladys Kravitz

Recurring Role

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