Genie Rules - On the sitcom I DREAM OF
JEANNIE/NBC/1965-70, astronaut Tony Nelson (Larry Hagman) opened an ancient
bottle he found on a beach, and out popped a beautiful blonde genie named
Jeannie (Barbara Eden) who quickly fell in love with her new master.
Despite her love, however, she was restricted from doing anything to make her
master reciprocate her feelings. For it was written in Decree 720, Paragraph 6,
Subhead 3 of Chief Haji's genie rule book: "It is forbidden for any genie to
cast a spell over her master." If she used a spell in this way, she would
forfeit her own powers.
Fortunately, Tony Nelson fell in love with Jeannie on his own and later in
the series both were married on December 2, 1969.
On the sequel NBC TV movie I Still Dream of Jeannie (aired 10/20/91)
Jeannie's Master Tony Nelson (played by Christopher Bolton) was scheduled to go
into space for a prolonged flight. But, Shamir, chief of the genies (Peter Breck)
informed Jeannie that according to the Sacred Scroll of Rismock "a genie without
a master for more than three months must return to Mesopotamia forever."
Forced to find a temporary master, Jeannie began a desperate search for
someone who could be a surrogate until Tony returned to Earth to reclaim her as
his genie. She settled on Bob Simpson (Ken Kercheval), a local high school
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