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Bewitched – The Total Third Season

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  1. D. James says:
    113 of 127 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Season three in REAL colour!, January 21, 2006
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    This review is from: Bewitched – The Complete Third Season (DVD)

    The third season and first colour episodes (filmed in colour, not colourised) of this timeless and magical show are on their way! The episodes on this set will include:

    73. Nobody’s Perfect
    First aired: 9/15/1966
    Writer: Douglas Tibbles
    Director: William Asher
    Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)), C. Lindsay Workman (Dr. Koblin) , David Lewis (Mark Robbins), Robert Q. Lewis (Diego Fenman)

    Samantha takes Tabitha for her check up, only to discovers that she (now a little toddler) has her powers! Endora can hardly wait to tell Derweed and watch him “fall to the floor in a emotional heap.” Meanwhile, a client of McMann & Tate insists on using Tabitha’s image to sell transmitions, and famous baby photographer Diego Fenman thinks he’s lost his mind as Tabitha creates chaos in the studio. In the final tag, Darrin is still unaware of Tabitha’s magical abilities.

    74. The Moment of Truth
    First aired: 9/22/1966
    Writer: David V. Robison, John L. Greene
    Director: William Asher
    Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)), Marion Lorne (Aunt Clara) , Kasey Rogers (Lousie Tate)

    Aunt Clara visits and believes her powers have finally blown a fuse, but in truth, Tabitha is the culprit. Samantha sends Aunt Clara home. Without a baby sitter, the Stephens invite the Tates over to their house. Darrin is convinced the floating objects are the result of Clara’s power failure until he pratically catches Tabitha in the act. The Stephens decide to make Larry believe he’s had too much to drink in hopes he and Louise will leave before the night is a complete disaster.

    75. Witches and Warlocks are My Favorite Things
    First aired: 9/29/1966
    Writer: David V. Robison, John L. Greene
    Director: William Asher
    Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)), Marion Lorne (Aunt Clara), Maurice Evans (Maurice) , Estelle Winwood (Enchantra), Reta Shaw (Hagatha)

    The Witches Council orders a coven. Tabitha is being tested for her powers by Hagatha and Enchantra, Endora’s sisters who certifies true witches and warlocks. Tabitha passes with flying colors, proving to be an exceptionally talented witch. Hagatha, Enchantra and Endora insist that Samantha enroll Tabitha in a witches’ school. After being booby trapped by phone cords and flat tires, Darrin comes home exactly when the decision is made. Darrin, Samantha and Aunt Clara stand against Hagatha, Enchantra and Endora, but Maurice chills the three witches–zapping them to the top of Mount Everest.

    76. Accidental Twins
    First aired: 10/6/1966
    Writer: Howard Leeds
    Director: William Asher
    Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)), Marion Lorne (Aunt Clara), Kasey Rogers (Louise)

    Samantha is babysitting little Jonathan Tate, and Aunt Clara turns him into a set of twins. Now how are we going to explain this to the Tates? While Aunt Clara tries to remember the spell, Samantha does everything to keep Larry and Louise from knowing that they have an extra son.

    77. A Most Unusual Wood Nymph
    First aired: 10/13/1966
    Writer: Ed Jurist
    Director: William Asher
    Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)), Jean Blake (Maid) , Henry Corden (Muldoon), Kathleen Nolan (Gerry O’Toole), Michael Ansara (Rufus the Red)

    Meet Gerri O’Toole, a nymph who hates witches. She has a curse on Darrin’s family, that can only be broken by having Sam go back in time to meet Darrin’s ancestor, Darrin the Bold.

    78. Endora Moves in For a Spell
    First aired: 10/20/1966
    Writer: Robert Riley Crutcher
    Director: William Asher
    Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)), Paul Smith (Floyd), George Tobias (Abner), Paul Lynde (Uncle Arthur) , Sidney Clute (Noel), Arthur Adams (Desk Sergeant), Sandra Gould (Gladys Kravitz)

    Endora and Uncle Arthur have a falling out over who is to live in a house across the street. Gladys wants to find out about the disappearing and reappearing house, much to Sam and Darrin’s dismay!

    79. Twitch or Treat
    First aired: 10/27/1966
    Writer: Robert Riley Crutcher, James Henerson
    Director: William Asher
    Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)), George Tobias (Abner), Sandra Gould (Gladys), Paul Lynde (Uncle Arthur) , Jeff De Benning (Councilman Green), Willie Mays (Himself), Barry Atwater (Boris), Jim Begg (Morgan), Joan Huntington (Eva)

    While Endora throws a Halloween party, she and Uncle Arthur are still clashing over the house across the street, and Gladys is still dumbfounded

    80. Dangerous Diaper Dan
    First aired: 11/3/1966…

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  2. John M Spangler says:
    21 of 21 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Keepin wigglin’ that nose and pick up this grand Bewitched season., April 15, 2006
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    John M Spangler (Bryan, OH United States) –
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    This review is from: Bewitched – The Complete Third Season (DVD)

    Bewitched, still one of the best shows in televesion history as withstood the test of time in full force without any doubts. Way before it’s time, Bewitched still manages to make me smile with every single episode. Season 3 is no exception. We luckily get to see the funny antics of “Marion Lorne” Aunt Clara one last time as she sadly dies of heart attack shortly after season 3 was finished. Marion Lorne is surely everyone’s favorite Aunt, I still laugh everytime she comes down that chimney.

    Sadly, “Alice Pearce” is nowhere to be found. She was, without a doubt, the best Mrs. Kravitz. She died shortly after Season 2 with cancer. Sandra Gould, her replacement does a respectable job, but her antics, spunk and acting abilities are not up to speed with Alice Pearce and it shows in Season 3. Thankfully, everyone is back and and going full force. Mr. Kravitz (George Tobias) is still the ultimate neighbor who still thinks his wife is on drugs for the things she sees across the street. His lines are are hilarious as they were back in the days.

    Endora “Agnes Moorehead” and Darrin “Dick York” go at it full force in season 3 and are funnier than ever together. Talk about battling it out full force. Endora still refers to Darrin as being “Dumbo, Dagwood, Dumpy, Darwin and Dopey” and brings a laugh to me everytime when she never remembers her name. The storylines are still fresh and not one of them is recycled from past seasons. This might be one of my favorite seasons, I’ll have to wait for Season 4 until I can be sure.

    Tabithia plays a pretty crucial role this season as she is coming to her own as becoming a full fledged toddler with witchly powers of her own. She’s as adorable as she was in the 60′s and you can’t help to smile everytime she is on-screen. Just a quick factoid, Diane Murphy and Erin Murphy both played the role as Tabitha to give each other breaks from shoots. Can you tell them apart??

    Bernard Fox is also introduced this year as Dr. Bombay and is is a fine addition to the Bewitched family. A little tidbit, Bernard Fox also played a role in James Cameron’s blockbuster hit movie Titanic. He was Col. Archibald Gracie who always wanted to go into the smoking room for a brandy with the rich boys.

    David White, still playing the ultimate role as Darrin’s boss still hasn’t determined what’s wrong with the Stevens and has yet to learn that Samantha is a full fledged cauldron stirring witch!

    Dick York, still the best Darrin of them all, is going strong during all 33 episodes of season 3. Unbeknownst to many, Dick York suffered a severe back injury earlier in his life and struggled in pain during every shoot of Bewitched. You’ll notice during some of the episodes, you’ll catch him lying down on a couch while doing some of the shoots — it was then the pain was contained. As each season progressed, the pain just worsened and eventually ended his carreer all together. During the middle of Season 6, his carreer as Darrin came to an abrupt end. “Bill Asher comes to the hospital to see York and says, ‘What do you want to do, Dick? Do you want to quit?’ I said, ‘If it’s all right with you, Billy.’ And Bill Asher and I hugged for the first time.”

    Amazingly, through every episode of Bewitched, you would never notice the severe pain he went through making us all laugh. It’s a sign of his spirit and love for acting and he simply wanted to make people laugh and remember what he does best. Rest in peace Dick, we’ll always remember you.

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  3. Robin Orlowski "political activist" says:
    30 of 34 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Dr. Bombay arrives with season three right away, March 22, 2006
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    Robin Orlowski “political activist” (United States) –
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    This review is from: Bewitched – The Complete Third Season (DVD)

    Season three of Bewitched is the first `color’ season supported by me and other series purists. This 33-episode 1966-1967 season also introduces some very important characters and clever allusions to the era of series production. Once again, it is an essential purchase for people seeking a genuinely classic TV DVD series.

    The season opens with Tabitha’s own powers being revealed during her pediatric visit (“Nobody’s Perfect”). This creates pressure for Tabitha to be enrolled in a `witches school’—against the wishes of Samantha and Darrin-Tabitha’s own parents. We also meet the eccentric Dr. Bombay (Bernard Fox)-whose remedies have `interesting’ side effects-he is after all a `witch doctor!

    Samantha’s famous good nature is tested by her witch relatives during this season. Nobody does this more frequently than the well-intentioned but goofy Aunt Clara (Marion Lorne). She makes several appearances as both a comic foil to Samantha and a sharp contrast to the sardonic Endora.

    During “Accidental Twins” Aunt Clara accidentally makes a double of Jonathan Tate during a babysitting assignment, During `The moment of truth’ Aunt Clara is almost blamed for showing her witch powers in public until the Stephens’s finally recognize Tabitha is the one levitating objects around. Like Clark Kent’s secret identity, Samantha Stephens and other witches are supposed to keep their capabilities `private’.

    Realizing that she causes snafus, Aunt Clara proposes to turn herself into `something useful’. Panic ensues when Samantha and others briefly assume that she has become a cow (“The Corn is as High as a Guernsey’s Eye”). The witches council attempts to penalize Aunt Clara in “The Trial and Error of Aunt Clara” fortunately, they have a very big last-minute change of heart when her magic does in fact work-on THEM.

    “Dangerous Diaper Dan: and “Super Car” invoke the `spy movie’—itself really popular during the cold war. Both of these episodes seem very kitschy now, but they accurately reflect the genre’s fascination with secret people not exactly who they have claimed to be (like Samantha) and hi-tech `secret’ gizmos enabling the product user to do anything (not coincidentally unlike `witchcraft’). Watching these episodes in the context of their own day is best. Otherwise, they don’t have the same holding power.

    Ditto for “Sam in the Moon”. Darrin is riveted to what coverage of the moon is then available, but Samantha says she has already been there. Airing years before the 1969 moonwalk, this episode then-suggested the only way a person could walk on space was if they were magical-but it did `tease’ that `other’ people would.

    This season also tried importing historical characters to the-then present-day. Endora claims to loathe `Durwood’ but has Sigmund Freud (Normal Fell) himself counsel him and her daughter when their marriage appears heading for the rocks- (“I’d Rather Twitch Than Fight”). If Endora did not actually care, she would not have had THE eminent psychologist himself intervene.

    Less effective however is bringing Benjamin Franklin (“My Friend Ben”/”Samantha for the Defense”) in for an ad agency campaign, nobody seems to notice that this `mystery man’s’ mannerisms, dress, and voice emphatically are not 20th century and do not question why either. I’m guessing the scriptwriters needed a `quick idea’ when they came up with this one!

    Overall though, Montgomery, York and the rest of this cast continued placing audiences under a powerful spell of entertainment which continues holding today. The third season of Bewitched is a delightful potion-even without extras!

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