Bewitched (1972)

Season 2 Episode 5

The Joker is a Card

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 14, 1965 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Uncle Arthur arrives playing practical jokes on Darrin and Endora while Samantha is trying to get these two antagonists to make up once and for all. Uncle Arthur notices Darrin's problems with Endora and encourages him do something. Uncle Arthur pretends to teach Darrin some magic by showing him how to use the "Yagazuzie Zim" spell to make Endora disappear. It eventually backfires on Arthur, and a situation occurs where he seems to actually need Darrin's help in getting Endora back.moreless

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  • When Samantha's Uncle Arthur arrives for a visit, it can mean only one thing, mischief!

    Uncle Arthur (Paul Lynde) has always been a practical joker, but neither Darrin nor Endora find him the least bit amusing when he plays tricks on both of them, making Endora furious and Darrin believe that he himself can cast spells. Uncle Arthur teaches Darrin the "Yagazuzzie Zim" spell which, according to Uncle Arthur, will make Endora disappear, a state of affairs which greatly appeals to Darrin, who is going through yet another 'bad patch' with his mother-in-law.

    Much hilarity ensues as Darrin attempts to put the spell on Endora - and nothing happens! Nonetheless, he DOES keep trying and Dick York gives a superb performance as poor Darrin tries his best to master his new "power".

    When Darrin realises he has been tricked and Endora is angry beyond words with Uncle Arthur, Arthur finds himself in a spot of trouble for once.

    A mediocre episode apart from Dick York's comedic skills shining brightly as he does his level best to get the spell right.moreless
Douglas Evans

Douglas Evans

Mr. Foster

Guest Star

David White

David White

Larry Tate

Recurring Role

Paul Lynde

Paul Lynde

Uncle Arthur

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Darrin: Hi, Mom.
      Endora: How are you, Darrin?
      Darrin: Darrin?
      Endora: The name is unfamiliar to you?
      Darrin: No, but I thought it was unfamiliar to you?
      Endora: I'll make an agreement with you. I'll try to remember your name if you promise never to call me "Mom."

    • (Samantha, Darrin, Endora and Arthur are together, drinking coffee)
      Uncle Arthur: Cream, Darrin?
      Darrin: Yes, please.
      Uncle Arthur: (he creates instantly a cow by magic) Help yourself. (gets amused) Forgive me. I just can't help milking a joke.

    • Samantha: ...after all you've done to him.
      Endora: (acts very innocently) What have I done to him?
      Samantha: If you'd like me to start at the beginning. On our wedding night you put him into the hotel lobby in his pajamas. (starts counting with fingers) Then...
      Endora: I mean recently?
      Samantha: How recently?
      Endora: Well, we won't go into that.

    • Samantha: (refers to uncle Arthur) He's my favorite uncle. Do you know, when I was little, he taught me to make my first pony. […] I was only four. I couldn't get the spell right.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Uncle Arthur's quote "One morning I shot a lion in my pajamas. Now, what he was doing in my pajamas, I'll never know!" has been used at least since 1930 by Groucho Marx as Captain Spaulding in Animal Crackers.