History WMG / Bewitched

7th Jun '14 11:57:19 AM Gravidef
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[[WMG:''Bewitched'' is actually the tragic story of a woman suffering from a severe mental illness, namely...]]
...[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capgras_delusion Capgras delusion]].

As TheOtherWiki indicates, Capgras delusion is a mental illness that makes people believe that their friends and loved ones are being replaced by lookalikes. Samantha Stephens, a woman with an already fragile mental state, ends up suffering a severe break from reality when she marries a man that her parents don't approve of (Darrin). As a result, she starts claiming she is a witch, as is everyone in her family. She's put into a gated community of non-dangerous psychotics, which is run by a man named Doctor Bombay, for her own safety; Gladys, her next door neighbor, has acute paranoia. The crazy incidents of the show are actually various doctors trying different modes of therapy and role-play to try to heal Samantha's broken mind; that's why Darrin constantly pushes Sam not to use her "witchcraft." As time passes, her Capgras delusion begins to manifest in small ways--her husband's boss's wife is the first person to be "replaced," followed by her father-in-law. Things start looking up when she has a baby...but then the child shows signs of suffering from mental illness. This wreaks havoc on Samantha's mental state, which manifests as Gladys being replaced in her mind as well. When Samantha becomes pregnant again, her fear of this baby turning out "wrong" drives her totally over the edge, and her own husband becomes a total stranger to her. This is why so many of the later episodes seem similar to early ones--the psychiatrists urged Darrin to try to recreate scenarios in which Samantha was more stable. The one person in Samantha's life who constantly supports her is Endora--she visits almost every day and encourages her to do whatever is necessary (including engaging in her witchcraft delusions) to avoid pain--which is why she maintains her identity through the whole run of the show.
8th Apr '14 11:59:16 AM dyson88
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* The same mother anyway. The father was played by multiple actors so maybe they're half brothers.


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1st Mar '13 6:12:44 PM RedFoal
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** FridgeBrilliance: This would actually explain why Samantha would want to marry a mortal. This way, she gets a loving husband that belongs all to herself.
25th Feb '13 2:44:56 PM psionycx
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[[WMG:Witches are normally [[{{Polyamory}} polyamorous]]]]
The question of whether Endora and Maurice are, or ever were, formally married is never outright stated. They do not live together but are not explicitly divorced. In one episode, when under the effects of a love potion Endora nearly marries one of Darren's clients, without any mention being made of her needing to divorce Maurice first. The love potion in question was intended to make Samantha fall in love with her warlock ex-boyfriend and leave Darren. No mention is made of the ethical or moral ramifications of using magic to cause someone to commit adultery and breakup their current marriage. Meanwhile, most of the other witches and warlocks that appear on the show seem to be single, including all of Samantha's family.
13th Feb '13 4:54:09 PM CorahsUncle
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Samantha divorced the first Darrin [[AbusiveParents for being a lousy father]] who purposely stunted his daughter Tabitha's magical development. Samantha then married a second mortal whose name was Darrin, quickly, so her daughter would not have to go without a father figure; and she met him at the first Darrin's workplace, being too much of a busy homemaker to find a replacement elsewhere. Naturally, finding another guy in such a short time that it was seamless, this guy was as big a jerk as the first guy and also discerned Tabitha from developing and using her witchly powers. Samantha keeps marrying jerks because she's a nitwit who drank martinis when Tabitha was still in Sam's womb. Good thing Tabitha has her good loving grandmother.
** This is Jossed by the fact that the new Darrin had the same parents as her old Darrin.

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Samantha divorced the first Darrin [[AbusiveParents for being a lousy father]] who purposely stunted his daughter Tabitha's magical development. Samantha then quickly married a second mortal whose name was Darrin, quickly, Darrin so her daughter would not have to go without a father figure; and she Samantha met him at the first Darrin's workplace, being too much of a busy homemaker to find a replacement elsewhere. Naturally, finding since she found another guy in such a short time that it was seamless, this guy was as big a jerk as the first guy guy, and also discerned discouraged Tabitha from developing and using her witchly powers. Samantha keeps marrying jerks because she's a nitwit who drank martinis when Tabitha was still in Sam's womb. Good thing Tabitha has her good loving grandmother.
** * This is Jossed by the fact that the new Darrin had the same parents as her old Darrin.



Serena could totally be Endora's daughter. [[spoiler: Aunt Clara]] is Samantha's real mother.

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Serena could totally be Endora's daughter. [[spoiler: Aunt [[spoiler:Aunt Clara]] is Samantha's real mother.



Samantha has shown herself to be very protective of her husband, and may have changed the way he looks to prevent other witches who have antagonized him over the years to not realize who he was and leave him alone. Of course her ralatives would be none the wiser, but that was unavoidable.

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Samantha has shown herself to be very protective of her husband, and may have changed the way he looks to prevent other witches who have antagonized him over the years to not realize from realizing who he was and so they would leave him alone. Of course course, her ralatives relatives would be none the wiser, but that was unavoidable.



Samantha vows to stop as symbolized by her marrying of an uptight non-magic-using man. The couple usually keep their daughter Tabitha from using magic. Nonetheless, Sam and Tabitha use magic at times when alone. Sometimes magic seems taboo. Aging sometimes alters magical ability and control.

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Samantha vows to stop as symbolized by her marrying of an uptight non-magic-using non-magical man. The couple usually keep their daughter Tabitha daughter, Tabitha, from using magic. Nonetheless, Sam and Tabitha use magic at times when alone. Sometimes magic seems taboo. Aging sometimes alters magical ability and control.



Aunt Clara screwed up one of her spells and turned Dick York into Dick Sargent. She ended up doing the same thing to Louise Tate, Mrs Kravitz, and Darrin's dad too. With some help from Endora, she altered everyone's memories as well as all pictures so that everyone(even Sam) think that's what they always looked like. Clara was going to undo all the damage later, but she accidentally turned herself into Esmerelda. This explains why Clara is neither seen nor mentioned in the later seasons.

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Aunt Clara screwed up one of her spells and turned Dick York into Dick Sargent. She ended up doing the same thing to Louise Tate, Mrs Gladys Kravitz, and Darrin's dad dad, too. With some help from Endora, she altered everyone's memories as well as all pictures so that everyone(even everyone (even Sam) think thinks that's what they always looked like. Clara was going to undo all the damage later, but she accidentally turned herself into Esmerelda. This explains why Clara is neither seen nor mentioned in the later seasons.seasons.
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13th Feb '13 4:43:34 PM RedFoal
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[[WMG: Samantha and Serena were switched at birth.]]
Serena could totally be Endora's daughter. [[spoiler: Aunt Clara]] is Samantha's real mother.
17th Jan '13 2:51:42 PM RedFoal
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Samantha has shown herself to be very protective of her husband, and may have changed the way he looks to prevent other witches who have antagonized him over the years to not realize who he was and leave him alone.

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Samantha has shown herself to be very protective of her husband, and may have changed the way he looks to prevent other witches who have antagonized him over the years to not realize who he was and leave him alone.
alone. Of course her ralatives would be none the wiser, but that was unavoidable.
17th Jan '13 2:44:58 PM RedFoal
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** This is Jossed by the fact that the new Darrin had the same parents as her old Darrin.

[[WMG: Samantha used her magic to change Darrin's appearance.]]
Samantha has shown herself to be very protective of her husband, and may have changed the way he looks to prevent other witches who have antagonized him over the years to not realize who he was and leave him alone.
11th Nov '11 8:02:28 PM TheCaptain
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Samantha vows to stop as symbolized by her marrying of an uptight non-magic-using man. The couple usually keep their Daughter Tabitha from using magic. Non-the-less, Sam and Tabitha use magic at times when alone. Sometimes magic seems taboo. Aging sometimes alters magical ability and control.

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Samantha vows to stop as symbolized by her marrying of an uptight non-magic-using man. The couple usually keep their Daughter daughter Tabitha from using magic. Non-the-less, Nonetheless, Sam and Tabitha use magic at times when alone. Sometimes magic seems taboo. Aging sometimes alters magical ability and control.
11th May '11 12:23:55 PM kentdyson88
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[[WMG:Every case of [[The Other Darrin]] on this show was actually [[The Nth Doctor]]

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[[WMG:Every case of [[The The Other Darrin]] Darrin on this show was actually [[The The Nth Doctor]]Doctor ]]
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