Jeannie and the Marriage Caper
Season 1, Episode 4
Number (#4) in series (139 episodes)
Jeannie and The Marriage Caper
When General Stone, whose daughter is engaged to Tony, and who's headed to Washington to accept an Ambassador's job, offers Tony a job with him, Jeannie pulls out all the stops to keep him from accepting it.
Air date 9 October 1965
Production code 1.4
Written by Tom Waldman & Frank Waldman
Directed by Alan Rafkin
Guest stars: John Hudson
Sal Ponti
Karen Sharpe
Philip Ober
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Jeannie and the Marriage Caper is the fourth episode of the First Season of I Dream of Jeannie, and also the fourth overall episode of the series. Written by brothers Tom and Frank Waldman, the episode, which was directed by Alan Rafkin, originally aired on NBC-TV on 9 October 1965.


Marriage looms on the horizon when Tony's fiancee, Melissa, urges him to accept a position overseas and move up their wedding date. But with a jealous genie at home, will Tony and Melissa ever hear wedding bells?


When Tony's future father-in-law, General Stone, is accepting an ambassadorship, old family friend Grover Caldwell, who works for the U.S. State Department, arrives at NASA to tell him the good news, as he offers Tony a prestigious civilian position if only he resigns his commission and leaves the Air Force to assume the job. 

The news rankles Jeannie, who doesn't want her master, who is engaged to the general's daughter Melissa (Karen Sharpe), who is delighted with the idea. as Jeannie, who herself is smitten with Tony, doesn't like the increased possibility of he finally popping the big question of marriage to his fiance,  

Not wanting to lose Tony, Jeannie then pulls out all of the stops to get him to decline the offer, as she is able to concoct a "love spell" in which Melissa, who's constantly frustrated with Tony's "lack of ambition" in his reluctance to accept the civilian job offer, allows her true feelings for old friend Grover, who's also under the same spell, to surface. 

In the end, Melissa breaks her engagement to Tony, as the two, being she and Grover, plan to leave for Washington together to get engaged. As he then also declines General Stone's offer. 


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This was the last appearance of Melissa Stone and her father, base commander General Wingard Stone.


  • Jeannie: [referring to Melissa, Tony's fiancée] Her vibrations are all wrong for you.
  • Tony: Oh. That's funny. I kinda like the way she vibrates.

  • Jeannie: You will be throwing your life away.
  • Tony: It is not so, and... And it is my life. And I can throw it any place I please.

  • Jeannie: Two thousand years ago, my sister made better gravy than that. And she was the worst cook in the Middle East.

  • Jeannie: A million bottles on the beach, and I had to pick hers.

  • Tony: [Jeannie opens the front door, and stands against one side of it, while Roger stands on the other side, looking at Tony; hissing to Jeannie] Get out!

[she vanishes]

  • Roger: [somewhat confused] I just got here!

  • Dr. Bellows: You know, in all the years I've been practicing psychiatry, you're the most interesting person I've ever met.
  • Tony: Oh, thank you, sir.
  • Dr. Bellows: Oh, I-I was speaking clinically.
  • Tony: What do you find so interesting about me?
  • Dr. Bellows: Well, you don't fit into any known category. One minute you're calm, the next, you're hysterical. You can pass the most difficult test the Air Force has devised, and yet, you hear voices. You're a top scientist, and you suffer from delusions. You don't call that interesting? I can't wait to put you in a book.

  • Tony: Uh, you do read, don't you?
  • Jeannie: [nods] Mm-mm. Right to left, left to right, top to bottom, or bottom to top.
  • Tony: Hm. Uh, left to right, top to bottom.

  • Tony: You must be a mind-reader.
  • Jeannie: Oh, no, no. I cannot read minds, Master. Oh, but I have a friend, Nostradamus, who does a marvelous job of...
  • Tony: I bet you do.