Tabitha Lenox (Juliet Mills) is a sly, single, spell-casting witch featured on the NBC daytime drama PASSIONS (1999-2008). Her familiar is a cat called Fluffy.
On the surface Tabitha (a.k.a. “Tabby”) appears to be harmless eccentric, but deep in her heart of hearts, she is evil and enjoys inflicting misery on the people of the picturesque seaside town of Harmony, Maine.
Tabitha, especially likes breaking up happy couples. Her favorite families to torment are the Cranes, the Lopez-Fitzgeralds, the Bennetts and the Russells.
So why does Tabitha hate them so much? Well, back in the 1600s, (Yes, she’s that old) Tabitha was burned at the stake as a witch by the Puritan ancestors of locals Grace, Ivy and Julian. Upon her death, she cursed the residents of Harmony and has done her best to inflict pain on them ever since.
But having been around town for hundreds of years, Tabitha’s life was often lonely. Occasionally, Tabitha tells fortunes to the citizens of the sleepy little harbor town as a means of social contact.
Before her Salem days, she reportedly had liaisons with such historical notables as Attila The Hun, Cleopatra. And she’s had numerous affairs with the men folk in town.
Tabitha also claims she was responsible for such historic disasters as the destruction of Pompeii, the Black Plague, the great fire of London, the 1755 Lisbon earthquake, the Great Chicago Fire, the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, and the sinking of the Titanic.
In 1999, to assuage her loneliness, she created a living doll called Timmy (Josh Ryan Evans), and while it lasted, she enjoyed the fruits of their bizarre friendship. Before Timmy died, he told Tabitha, “It wasn’t always sunshine and lollipops, Tabitha – but for a crazy old lady, you were okay.”
At one point, Timmy impulsively submitted Tabitha’s tell-all expose’ of Harmony’s citizens called “Hidden Passions,” to Harper-Collins publishers. The book soon became an overnight best-seller, which forced Tabitha to flee Harmony before the citizens of Harmony discovered she was a witch.
Eventually, Tabitha cast a spell onto all copies of the “Hidden Passions” book that made the reader forget its contents, thus ensuring Tabitha’s safe returned to Harmony where she could resume her plot against Charity whom Tabitha was ordered by the Dark Forces to destroy to prevent Charity from gaining her full powers of goodness which could threaten all evil everywhere.
“Oh, the old spells were the good spells, Tim-Tim. The language is really quite beautiful: ‘May Beelzebub’s drool seal your eyelids shut.’ Ha! They don’t write them like that any more, Timmy!”
With the death of Timmy, Tabitha renewed her curse of revenge on the town. But instead of killing local Julian Crane, she maneuvered a crazy one-night stand with him and conceived a daughter named Endora. Tabitha befriended Kay Bennett who lives next door who moved in with Tabitha to help raise her daughter.
Tabitha’s other relatives are Darin Lenox (father). Samantha Lenox (mother) , and Cousin Harry.
“What kind of town, did I get elected to? Houses being sucked into hell, demons attacking, two brothers in love with the same woman…” – Mayor of Harmony
When Tabitha was not causing trouble in town she worried about her own troubles. Such as her mysterious glowing “friends” in the basement, a rival witch, Hecuba whom Tabitha imprisoned in a cave hundreds of years ago; Norma, the axe-wielding innkeeper (an insane escapee of the mental hospital) and Charity Standish, the most powerful Standish woman to date.
[Tabitha imagines being burned alive while the citizens of Harmony watch]
Father Lonigan: I condemn you to death for being an evil witch. [sprays her with holy water; Tabitha screams] That’s for all the times you called me Father “Blind as a Bat.” [laughs maniacally] All right, fellas, nuke her!
[Miguel, T.C., and Sam slowly push her in to the fire while the women nurse Endora]
Tabitha Lenox: Wait, what about my baby?
Grace Bennett: Oh, don’t worry. We’re going to teach her to be good.
Charity Standish: I’m going to take her to mass every day.
Tabitha Lenox: Oh, no!
Grace Bennett: And I’m going to teach her to make tomato soup cake.
Tabitha Lenox: No, no, NOOOO!!!
Initially, Tabitha had burned down Faith’s house in Castleton, killing Faith and leaving her daughter, Charity, with amnesia. She then torched a Castleton gas station attendant.
In her efforts to kill Charity, Tabitha has stabbed her with a drug-filled hypodermic, left her on train tracks, hit her with a poker, set her ablaze during a play, rigged the town Christmas tree to electrocute her and tried to behead her at the stroke of midnight at the new year.
When Tabitha finally failed to kill Charity, she was stripped of her own powers. and in desperation, she tried to kill herself. But you can’t keep an evil witch down, because Tabitha was at it again the next year when she tried to prevent Charity and her lover Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald from consummating their love which would bring forth Charity’s full potential.
But even Tabitha pushing Charity into a mine shaft, and blocking her escape with a boulder didn’t work. Tabitha, looks like you’ve met your match.
In the end, the spirit of Timmy the doll returns from the hereafter and convinces Tabitha that she must repent her sins and accept the Lord.
Tabitha reluctantly agrees and confesses over 400 years of sin to Father Lonigan. Father Lonigan baptizes her and suddenly Tabitha begins to feel real happiness, especially when her daughter, Endora assures Tabitha that like Timmy, she will share in eternal life upon her demise.
NOTE: The gossip, scandals and lives of the people of Harmony, Maine were chronicle in the book “Hidden Passions: Secrets from the Diaries of Tabitha Lenox” (2001). Published by HarperEntertainment the tie-in novelization reached #4 on the real-life New York Times Best Seller list.