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"My Friend Ben"

Written by
James Henerson

Directed by
William Asher


Airdate: Dec. 8, 1966

Finding Samantha struggling to repair a lamp, Aunt Clara uses her uncertain powers of magic to summon an electrician. Benjamin Franklin, in 18th century clothes, appears. Samantha is upset by Ben's presence and Aunt Clara's wail that she can't remember how to undo the spell. Darrin, astonished by Pen's appearance in his home, can't convince Larry that Ben is not his creation for an advertising campaign for Franklin Electronics. Abner Kravitz refuses to believe Gladys' report that the real Ben Franklin is at the Stephens' Bowing to Samantha's pleas, Darrin agrees to allow her and Aunt Clara to show Pen how his inventions are being used in the city. The next morning Pen, leaving a note that he has decided to tour the city alone to avoid causing domestic discord, sets out. Darrin, Samantha and Aunt Clara start searching for him. At a fire house, inspecting an old fire engine, Ben steps on the accelerator. The engine shoots out into the street and slams into a curb. Ben is arrested and taken to court, where the judge, sure it is all a publicity stunt, charges him with grand larceny and sets bail at a thousand dollars. Darrin puts up the bail, knowing he will lose it if Ben doesn't appear for trial in a month. Just then, Aunt Clara remembers the spell and Ben vanishes. Guest cast: Fredd Wayne as Ben Franklin, Harry Holcomb as the judge, Hollis Morrison as the reporter, Billy Beck as the first man, Tim Rooney as the teenager, Donald Mitchell as the policeman, Mike Road as Hawkins.

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