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Captain Anthony Nelson
Captain Roger Healey
Captain Nelson's spacecraft is named Stardust 1.
When Tony arrives home from his aborted mission, he is carrying his khaki uniform on a hanger, which he tosses onto a green chair in the entryway. When Gen. Stone, Dr. Bellows, Roger and Pete arrive, the chair is empty. It is also empty later when Gen. Stone and Melissa arrive at night. At no point in the story did Tony have time to put his uniform away, because he was occupied with Jeannie.
Jeannie makes her first appearance in civilian clothes, when she is mimicking Melissa. Also her first scene as a brunette, well before Jeannie II.
When Tony pulls out his handkerchief and stuffs it into the bottle, it is pink. When Jeannie pulls it down from the opening, it is white. (this may be due to a colorization error; not many guys back then would have had a pink handkerchief!) Also taking into account that the interior bottle scene was filmed much later.
When the bottle rolls away from the S.O.S sign, Tony places it back in a different spot than before, to the left, leaving a gap in the sign. But the next closeup shows the bottle rolling over the original roll marks.
Roger is wearing a wedding ring in this episode.
The scene showing Tony's "S.O.S." sign is accompanied by background music featuring S.O.S. in Morse code.
In this episode only, all military personnel wore khaki uniforms rather than the Air Force dress blue suits worn throughout the rest of the series (except for Army Captain and later Major Roger Healey, who would wear olive drab after this).
Continuity goof: When Tony lures Jeannie into her bottle with a black marble, she's wearing his shirt. Once inside the bottle, she's in her genie clothes. When he releases her from the bottle, she's in his shirt again. This was due to the fact there was no "interior bottle scene" during the original pilot episode [all you saw was Tony's handkerchief pulled into the bottle as Jeannie sneezes from the inside]. When Sidney Sheldon decided to film one in the spring of '65, Barbara Eden was pregnant, and had to wear her costume instead of the shirt. Very few people noticed the change...
Plot hole: General Stone and Melissa find Tony in an Arabian costume when they visit him at night. As they enter his house, Jeannie blinks his clothes back to normal, but the others don't seem to notice that his entire outfit changed in an instant while their backs were turned. They make no mention of it.
Larry Hagman's bikini briefs clearly show through his spacesuit in the first scene.
[Tony is trying to stop a garbage truck from crushing Jeannie's bottle (and her inside it)]
Tony: (frantically, to garbage men) No, wait! Stop! No! You could kill her! I'll...I'll buy all the garbage from you!
First Garbage Man: WHAT?!
Tony: I'll pay for the whole truckload!
Second Garbage Man: How much do we charge for garbage?
First Garbage Man: Well, we're in a high class neighborhood. I mean, we got a good grade of garbage here!
(Dr. Bellows enters his office, only to find Tony and Melissa kissing each other passionately...)
Dr. Bellows: (wry grin) I'm always fascinated by these local courtship customs!
(Melissa stares at Jeannie standing in front of Tony's bedroom, still clad in "Master's" shirt, before she faces him again)
Melissa: (trying to stay calm) Tony...I may be, tolerant, but....(explodes in frustration) But that's a GIRL!
(running to front door) IT'S A GIRL!! (slams door on her way out).
(after Melissa leaves)
Jeannie: What was THAT ONE doing here, Master?
Tony: "That one" was my fiancée!
Jeannie: Hah! Thou art kidding.
Tony: Now, just a minute, young lady. Melissa happens to be a very…
Jeannie: A black-haired demon.
Tony: Oh, well, yeah. Look who's talking!
Jeannie: (seductively) I can do much more for thee than she can. (throws her arms around his neck)
Tony: Now, now, stop that, Jeannie. We don't do that in America. (blushing) I mean, when you're engaged to General Stone's daughter, you don't do that in America!
(Jeannie walks into the room wearing only one of Tony's shirts)
Tony: Well. Well, look… look who's here.
Melissa: I'm looking.
Tony: Oh, uh, Me-Melissa, this is… This is Jeannie.
Melissa: Tony. I've always prided myself on being tolerant, but… But would you explain to me, what is that girl doing here?
Tony: Uh, w-well, that's the explanation. She's not here.
Tony: Uh, w-well, she is here, but of course, uh, she's not a girl.
(Jeannie folds her arms, clearly mad)
Dr. Bellows: What was this genie like?
Tony: Oh, she was… um, just your average, everyday, run-of-the-mill genie.
Dr. Bellows: Of course. Beautiful?
Tony: Yes, yeah.
Dr. Bellows: Desirable? And helpful?
Tony: Yes, yes.
Dr. Bellows: Captain, that's the classic fantasy. A beautiful girl on a desert island. A girl who would do anything for you. Do you know who that girl was?
Tony: No, sir. I've never seen her before in my life.
Dr. Bellows: She was your mother.
Tony: My mother's in Salt Lake City, sir.
Dr. Bellows: I'm a psychiatrist. I know a mother when I see one.
Tony: Jeannie, that's marvelous. I don't know how to thank you.
Jeannie (putting her arms around his neck): I will teach thee, Master.
Jeannie: Somehow I must find a way to please thee, Master.
(after Jeannie kisses him)
Tony: I must have gone further into orbit than I thought.
Jeannie: Thou may ask anything of thy slave, Master.
The original credits for the pilot version of the episode gave the name of Larry Hagman's character as "Captain Anthony WILSON", apparently an early name for the character before they settled on NELSON. Indeed, throughout the episode, his character is addressed only as simply "Captain", "Anthony", or "Tony", without ever using his last name. The only use of his last name that DOES appear is when a newspaper headline is shown that reads "NELSON SAFE", likely a replacement for an earlier "Wilson Safe" version.
When the series ran on Nick at Nite, the "Wilson" ending credit was shown. On TVLand, it read "Nelson".
A professor from UCLA was brought in to tutor Barbara Eden in Farsi for her initial scenes on the island when Jeannie was found.
Jeannie's harem pants were more transparent than usual in the pilot. When the series began production, NBC insisted her trousers be lined with silk so that viewers couldn't see her legs peeking out through the fabric.
Because the pilot was filmed in December, the island where the scenes of Tony finding Jeannie was very cold, especially problematic for Barbara Eden because her genie costume was thin and left much skin exposed.
NBC aired "The Lady In the Bottle" only once. Most viewers wouldn't see it again until the episode appeared in syndication on local stations in the fall of 1970.
Interestingly enough, the day NBC bought the pilot episode, Barbara Eden found out that she was pregnant.
Jeannie's fancy antique bottle was in actuality a decorative Jim Beam liquor decanter which originally contained "Beam's Choice" Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The bottle had been decorated and painted with gold leaf by the show's art department. - Suzanne
Barbara Eden mentioned in a interview The Pilot was one of her favorite episodes of the show.
The Pilot was filmed December 2, 1964, December 3, 1964 and December 4, 1964.
The Pilot was filmed in black and white film. Some syndicated reruns show the episode colorized.
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