I Dream of Jeannie

Season 5 Episode 14

Never Put a Genie on a Budget

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Dec 30, 1969 on NBC

Episode Recap

As Dr. Bellows informs Roger and Tony of their latest assignment – to entertain Gregorian, a Russian cosmonaut – Tony gets a call from Jeannie to bail her out of jail. She was arrested in connection with the theft of $2,000 in merchandise from department stores. Jeannie rationalizes her actions by saying she was trying to "charge" the items. After noting the store managers agreed to drop the charges in lieu of their paying for everything, Tony explains the meaning of credit and proceeds to put his new wife on a budget. Uh-oh, that's when major problems begin. First, when Tony brings Gregorian home for dinner, Jeannie serves a "budget meal" half a TV dinner and stale bread to each of the two. Later, Jeannie announces a hippie couple will be boarders, of course without Tony's consent. Gregorian – who was equally as impressed at the finely decorated Nelson home – is aghast, as an embarassed Tony tries to explain. Dr. Bellows (of course) finds out and tells Tony he has an opportunity to redeem himself ... when NASA hosts a reception for Gregorian at the Nelsons. Of course, Jeannie has not changed her newly frugal spending habits; she has disconnected the electricity and water, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. The hippies host a large "happening" at the Nelsons ... the same night as the NASA reception, which more than a few eyebrows of the just-arriving U.S. senators and military officials and further embarasses Tony. But all's well that ends well – it turns out Gregorian had a marvelous time, given all the colorful costumes, music and dancing.
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