Season 1, Episode 17
Air date January 14, 1965
Written by Earl Barret
Directed by Ida Lupino
Episode guide
It's Magic
The Cat's Meow

A is for Aardvark is the 17th episode of the first season of the Bewitched.


Darrin sprains his ankle and is confined to bed with his foot in a cast. Wearying of running up and down stairs on errands for Darrin, Samantha suggests he use her power of witchcraft during the emergency. Endora warns Samantha that she is making a mistake. After his initial wishes are granted, Darrin, as Endora had predicted, becomes drunk with power. After showering Samantha with gifts, Darrin not only decides to use his power to get a larger home, but also tells Larry Tate, his boss, that he is retiring so that he and Samantha can take a trip around the world. Samantha's initial plan to stop Darrin by showering him with new luxuries fails. Then Darrin gives Samantha flowers and a wristwatch he has purchased with his own money. From Samantha's happy reaction, Darrin realizes these gifts mean more to her than all the others. Samantha happily agrees to his request that she take back his powers of witchcraft.


  • Humans cannot perform or learn witchcraft. That's frequently mentioned, particularly in "The Joker is a Card". However, in this episode, Samantha casts a spell such that the house, and all that is in it, cooperates with Darrin and his wishes. This way he is able to do magic without destroying the consistency.
  • This episode was filmed on November 18, 1964.
  • A Is For Aardvark very possibly refers to the first entry in the old grade school readers used to teach students the alphabet.

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