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"Samantha for the Defense"

Written by
James Henerson

Directed by
William Asher


Airdate: Dec. 15, 1966

Assistant DA Chuck Hawkins feels Ben's appearance is a publicity stunt. He tells Darrin that Ben, or whoever he is, will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Aunt Clara finally manages to bring Ben back. Darrin tells Ben his trial for stealing the engine will be held in two days. Samantha and Aunt Clara go to work to turn public opinion in favor of Ben. The prosecution produces a series of witnesses. Most of their testimony, calculated to damage Ben's case is skillfully refuted by Ben himself, but he feels Darrin and Gladys Kravitz have weakened his cause. Samantha disappears and comes back with a plaque from the fire engine reading "Benjamin Franklin Memorial Fire Engine". Applause hails her statement that a man can't be accused of stealing his own property. Wiggling her nose Samantha immobilizes the DA. She sums up the case that the defendant should be thanked for reminding everyone of all that Ben Franklin accomplished, and of his wisdom. Ben is acquitted, and tells Darrin he is planning a night on the town with Aunt Clara. Samantha assures Darrin they'll be all right, since they're both over two hundred years old.

Guest cast: Fredd Wayne as Ben Franklin, Harry Holcombe as thejudge, Mike Road as Hawkins, Jonathan Hole as the principal, Paul Sand as Whalen, Violet Carlson as the librarian, Tim Rooney, Billy Beck, Martin Ashe as Pierce, Don Steele as himself.

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