Phyllis Stephens
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First Appearance: Samantha Meets the Folks
Last Appearance: Samantha and the Antique Doll
Portrayer: Mabel Albertson
Episode Count: 19
Species: Mortal
Gender: Female
Hair: Gray
Occupation: Homemaker
Spouse: Frank Stephens
Children: Darrin Stephens
Family: Samantha Stephens (daughter-in-law)
Tabitha Stephens (granddaughter)
Adam Stephens (grandson)
Madge (sister, mentioned) [1]
Relatives: Helen (niece)
Robbie (nephew)

Phyllis Stephens is the mother of Darrin Stephens and wife of Frank Stephens.

Biography

Frank proposed to Phyllis in Angel Falls and they married in 1925.[2] Her father might have been named Grover, who was mentioned by Samantha in 1970 (Samantha's Old Man), although Samantha might have just picked the name randomly (to explain why Darrin looks like an old man). She has a sister named Madge, who thinks she is a lighthouse, a fact Samantha often mentions whenever Darrin discusses her family. She and Frank have one son, Darrin. Frank had just retired before they met Endora in 1965.

By all indications, Phyllis is not pleased to discover that Darrin has gotten married and is often reticent to the idea. She even goes as far as trying to give Samantha unwanted advice about her and Darrin's lives in their own home. Her uneasiness is often compounded by the strange and paranormal events in Darrin's house caused by Samantha's secret mystical abilities. Whenever she sees strange activity, she attributes it to a long-lasting perennial phantom "sick headache" she seems to have. On one occasion, she thinks she has magic powers (Samantha and the Antique Doll), and on another occasion, she enters a mental hospital after several hallucinations (Samantha's Secret Is Discovered) after Samantha and Darrin try telling her the truth. She is also stand-offish toward Samantha's family, whom she considers eccentrics, but as a grandmother, she is very loving to her grandchildren, Tabitha and Adam. Although they live some distance from Westport, the children stay with them several times.

Trivia

  • In the series development, Darrin was originally going to have a sister to serve as his ally against Samantha's family. This character would have been another child for Frank and Phyllis, but the role was dropped after the pilot. It is unknown if the character exists somewhere in the background of the series.

Episodes

Episode Airdate
Samantha Meets the Folks December 17, 1964
A Nice Little Dinner Party January 27, 1965
Samantha Meets the Folks (repeat) January 27, 1966
The Dancing Bear February 10, 1966
It's Wishcraft March 30, 1967
Out of Sync, Out of Mind November 2, 1967
McTavish February 15, 1968
Playmates March 21, 1968
Is It Magic or Imagination? November 21, 1968
I Don't Want to Be a Toad, I Want to Be a Butterfly December 12, 1968
Samantha's Super Maid January 2, 1969
Mrs. Stephens, Where Are You? February 13, 1969
Tabitha's Weekend March 6, 1969
Samantha and the Beanstalk September 18, 1969
Naming Samantha's New Baby October 23, 1969
Samantha's Double Mother Trouble December 4, 1969
Samantha's Secret Is Discovered January 22, 1970
Samantha's Psychic Pslip April 1, 1971
Samantha and the Antique Doll April 22, 1971

Gallery

Gallery of Phyllis Stephens

References

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