Never Try to Outsmart a Genie
Season 1, Episode 19
Number (#19) in series (139 episodes)
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When Jeannie longs to travel with Tony on a trip to Europe, he says she can do so -- only as a normal woman, and that she must get a passport.
Air date 29 January 1966
Production code 1.19
Written by Sidney Sheldon & Martin A. Ragaway
Directed by Herb Wallerstein
Guest stars: Peter Brocco
Ila Briton
Orville Sherman
Herbie Faye
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Never Try to Outsmart a Genie is the 19th episode of First Season of I Dream of Jeannie, and also the nineteenth overall series episode. Written by Sidney Sheldon and Martin A. Ragaway, the episode, which was directed by Herb Wallerstein, originally aired on NBC-TV on 29 January 1966.


Tony tells Jeannie the government is sending him to Rome. When he tells her she is not going, Jeannie tells him the sea voyage is dangerous.

Unable to sway Tony, Jeannie tries to enlist Roger's help. However, Roger is glad that Tony is going abroad, since he hopes to use Jeannie's magic to get some of the things he has always wanted.

Dr. Bellows, hearing reports of the presents Roger is about to give his friends, decides that Roger is suffering from megalomania and that Roger should go along with Tony for a rest. Tony wilts under Jeannie's pressure tactics.

He finally tells her that if she can obtain a passport, he will take her along as a fellow passenger, or else she will have to travel in her bottle. Jeannie's efforts to get the passport fail and she agrees to go in her bottle.

When Tony enters his home, he finds Roger sitting in the middle of an empty room. Roger informs him he is waiting for Jeannie to redecorate the apartment and cater the farewell party he is giving for the whole base. Roger is stunned when Tony replies that Jeannie is in her bottle in his luggage aboard the ship.


  • As the opening credits begin, Jeannie continues to move rather than freeze as normal.
  • The position of the parakeet changes between shots after Roger unveils the cage.
  • When Tony and Dr. Bellows are discussing Roger, part of Tony's line is cut off, (the word "explain" coming out as "expla") showing an edit.


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