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"Humbug Not to Be Spoken Here"

Written by
Ed Jurist

Directed by
William Asher


Airdate: Dec. 21, 1967
Originally Sponsored by Quaker Oats

Darrin plans to decorate the tree on Christmas Eve with Samantha. At the office he finds Larry with a new client, J.W. Mortimer, of Mortimer's Instant Soups, who loves only his soups and his clocks. Mortimer, who hates Christmas, insists that they work out the campaign at his house. When Darrin leaves, because it is Christmas Eve, Mortimer threatens to take his account to another agency. Later, when Darrin is home asleep, Samantha nose-twitches herself into Mortimer's bedroom and takes him to meet Santa Claus at the North Pole. Forcing him to help Santa pack, Samantha warns him to be careful with a unique Betsy Brusily doll (changed to Suzy Bruisey in the actual show). Samantha, Mortimer and Santa ride in the sleigh to the home of Hawkins, Mortimer's old butler, who has had to sneak out to play with his grandson Jamie. When Hawkins' daughter calls Mortimer a skinflint, the butler defends him as a lonely old man. When Samantha returns Mortimer to his mansion, he can't understand what has happened. In the morning, Mortimer arrives at the Stephens' with a case of his soups for a Christmas present and accepts an invitation to dinner. Samantha freezes everyone when Santa comes down the chimney and gives Tabitha the Betsy Brusily doll. Later, Mortimer doesn't know why he recognizes the doll. Samantha smiles at him and wishes him a Merry Christmas.

Guest cast: Charles Lane as Mortimer, Don Beddoe as Santa Claus, Martin Ashe as Hawkins, Rosalyn Burbage as Margaret.

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