At the time this episode was in production [April 1965], production had just begun on "Fantastic Voyage", which also dealt with the military and a secret mission involving "miniaturization". Harry Essex and Jerry Seelen, the authors of this episode, were veteran Hollywood writers who "followed the trades" (newspapers like "Variety" and "The Hollywood Reporter"). Knowing that "Fantastic Voyage" was in production, they decided to have a little fun in satirizing the film and point up the foibles of Hollywood filmmaking at the same time. Did that mean "Rita Mitchell" was their comment on Raquel Welch, who co-starred in "Voyage"?
Mr. Tracy: (Explaining the movie plot): Once inside the Russian astronaut, the tiny American works his way, slowly but tortuously, through bone and marrow, into his very brain!
Jeannie: Even I cannot do that!
Mr. Tracy: (in disgust)
Dragging a busy man away to look at this NONSENSE...when he's got little astronauts to worry about!
Tony: This is my secretary, Miss ... Jeannie.
Mr. Tracy: And what is your first name, my dear?
Mr. Tracy: Oh, Jeannie Jeannie. We haven't had one of "those" around here since Simone Simon.
Tracy: (Henry Tracy, the producer, is explaining to Tony and Jeannie the plot of the movie Captain Nelson is "Technical Advisor" on) Now we have, the little astronaut, inside the big astronaut...and he has obtained information vital and necessary to the defense of our country. Any questions?
Tony: Yes. How does the little astronaut get out?
Tracy: Good question! (long awkward pause) How...does he get out? I'd better track down that writer of ours...wherever he is...I want you to know that we have put the best story minds in Hollywood on this- and we have spared no expense in casting. We've done our part...now you must do your part.
Tony: What's that, sir?
Tracy: Keep this picture believable!
Jeannie: (Captain Nelson and Jeannie are having an argument over her screen test; on Jason Huberts' screen role) He makes a very handsome caliph...
Tony: Listen, the last time you got involved with a caliph, it cost you the best 2,000 years of your life!
Jeannie: I wish you would not speak to me as though I were a child!After all, I am...I am older than you are!
Tony: Yeah, on a mere technicality!
Rita: (Rita has just invited Tony to her party, she notices a curious looking Jeannie next to him; to Jeannie) Well, and of course you are invited too.
Jeannie: Oh, thank you! It will be a welcome change from staying home alone with my bottle.
H. Tracy: (to the art director) I want you to make Rita Mitchell's space suit look like a bikini. Remember, the male eyes of America expect to see her that way.
The "Bewitched" living room is redressed and is used as the hotel suite in this episode.
In this episode it is learned that Jeannie's image cannot be photographed. This fact would later be violated in the episodes "My Master, the Spy," "The Second Greatest Con Artist in the World," "The Used Car Salesman" and "The Biggest Star in Hollywood," but later still would turn up again in "The Wedding."
Nancy Kovack played Darrin's former girlfriend Sheila on a couple of episodes of "Bewitched".
"The Moving Finger" is taken from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.
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