Bewitched (1964–1972)
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Oedipus Hex 

A hexed bowl of popcorn turns everyone visiting the Stevens' home into irresponsible homebodies.


William Asher


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Episode complete credited cast:
Elizabeth Montgomery ... Samantha Stephens
Dick York ... Darrin Stephens
Agnes Moorehead ... Endora
David White ... Larry Tate
Irwin Charone Irwin Charone ... Randolph Parkinson
Paul Smith ... Policeman
Paul Dooley ... TV Man
Ned Glass ... Milkman
Norma Varden ... Mrs. Lucille Dumont
Helen Kleeb ... Mrs. Sarah Albright
Queenie Leonard ... Mrs. Mary Wheeler
Edith Sills Edith Sills ... Secretary (as Edythe Sills)


The latest diatribe Endora rails against Darrin to Samantha is that she believes he, like all mortal men, enjoys wallowing in the drudgery of work, as work is how mortal men identify themselves. Otherwise, mortal men would be like little children with nothing to do. To prove her point, Endora, without telling either Samantha or Darrin, places a spell on a bowl of popcorn. Anyone who eats the popcorn will forget all about work. It works as Darrin, after eating the popcorn, decides to stay home from work this day, which doesn't bother Samantha in the slightest. However, as more and more men stop by the house and eat the popcorn, the Stephens residence becomes one giant man cave. Having the disruptive group of men around is not good timing for Samantha as she has just volunteered to do some fundraising work with some officious neighborhood women who are meeting at the house. Darrin and his fun loving compatriots threaten Samantha's good standing among the neighborhood women. But when ... Written by Huggo

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24 November 1966 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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First of the two appearances of Edith Sills as a secretary in the series. See more »


Towards the end of the episode, Sam takes the bowl of popcorn in to let the ladies have some. Then, after the men raise all the money needed for the playground equipment, the popcorn is still on the card table. Sam goes into the kitchen to have her mother take the spell off the popcorn and the full bowl of popcorn is sitting on the kitchen table. Then it is mostly empty back on the card table, then full again in the kitchen. See more »

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Thank goodness this gem was thought of during the Dick York Days!
9 March 2019 | by markswannerSee all my reviews

After watching Sixteen Candles tonight and recognizing the dad was the TV Man from this, my favorite Bewitched episode , it brought up a what if question. What if this episode was written and produced during the Dick Sargent days but the script and actors other than Sargent were all the same? Would it still be my favorite? I would say no since there are only maybe 1 or 2 Dick Sargent episodes I would above Dick York's or even the ones where York's Darren was on a business trip. To give more credit to Dick York and not technically discredit Dick Sargent's efforts....I will just leave it at this. Dick York set and nailed the personality of Darren and no one could take that away! Since I am reviewing this episode, everybody pitched in around Darren with entertaining delivery., that includes you "TV Man". It is 2019 and yet you are still present to accept the praise! 10 of 10 stars !!

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