Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

Season 5 Episode 1

Every Witch Way but Loose

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Sep 22, 2000 on ABC
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Episode Summary

In the fifth season premiere (the first on the WB), worrywarts Hilda and Zelda grapple with freshman Sabrina's decision to fly the nest and live at college, where their niece has issues with her new roommates Roxie, Morgan and Miles. Trying to get over her first love, Harvey, Sabrina decides to make some big changes in her life, starting with attending college and living away from home like a normal freshman-but she soon discovers a normal freshman doesn't have life so easy.moreless

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  • Beginning of a bad season 5 and 6...

    This is the episode in which the show jumps the shark. Fortunately, it is saved by season 7, which is much better than season 5 and 6. It jumps the shark for several reasons: Harvey is replaced by Josh, the plots are dull and unexciting, Hilda and Zelda lose their fun character and gain a dull, overdone character, and the episodes just are not funny anymore. It is sad to see the great season 4 (although seasons 1, 2, and 3 were considerably better, seeing as Valerie, Jenny, and Libby were present) being followed by the sad seasons 5 and 6. Thank god for season 7 - it saved and wonderfully ended the series.moreless
  • Sabrina is going to college and wants to move out, but her aunts don't want her to

    Sabrina is a freshman at Adams College. She really wants to live independently, but there are no dorm rooms available. So she tries to find her own apartment. But her aunts don't want her to move out, so they use their magic to make the places that Sabrina looks at off the charts terrible. There is a bathtub in the living room in one place, with lots of roaches in it,and other horrible places. But Sabrina finds out there is a place on campus with an opening. She goes over to look at it with her aunts and finds Morgan there, assuring Hilda and Zelda that Sabrina will be looked after. However, after the aunts leave, Morgan says she has a date and rushes out. Then Sabrina meets Roxy and Miles. She's supposed to share a room with Roxy, but Roxy makes her sleep on the couch. Sabrina didn't want to use her magic to help her get things straight, but Salem convinced her to. So, finally, Sabrina gets a bed of her own and all is well.moreless
Caroline Rhea

Caroline Rhea

Hilda Antoinette Spellman

Beth Broderick

Beth Broderick

Zelda Spellman

Soleil Moon Frye

Soleil Moon Frye

Roxie King

Elisa Donovan

Elisa Donovan

Morgan Cavanaugh

Nick Bakay

Nick Bakay

Salem Saberhagen, the Cat (voice)

David Lascher

David Lascher


Dan Gilvezan

Dan Gilvezan

Dr. Mitchfield

Guest Star

Cathy Herd

Cathy Herd


Guest Star

Essence Atkins

Essence Atkins

Marnie (uncredited)

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Salem is in therapy for the loss of his "best friend" Harvey. This is likely justified from the Season 3 finale 'The Good, the Bad and the Luau', where a Dr.Doolittle spell allowed Harvey to talk to animals without suspicions.
      During that weekend, Harvey and Salem became pals.

    • On the DVD of this episode, the song Sabrina is dancing around to is edited out and replaced with generic music.

    • In response to the previous poster: The "Sabrina" producers tried many times during seasons 5-7 to change the "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" title to just "Sabrina," because Sabrina was no longer a teenager. However, Archie Comics (which owns the rights to the "Sabrina" character,) prohibited the show from changing the title. For marketing purposes, though, the WB just called the show "Sabrina" in the advertisements.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (Salem gets caught stealing Zelda's hair curlers)
      Salem: I like to bat them around on the floor. For exercise. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

    • Hilda (about Salem): They kicked him out?
      Sabrina: Yep, they thought his obsession with Harvey was bordering on psychotic...and they caught him stealing Sweet-n-Low.

    • Roxie: I suppose you want me to help you move stuff in.
      Sabrina: That would be nice.
      Roxie: I'll do it anyway.

    • Roxie: You were at the top of your class, had a cute boyfriend, and actually enjoyed extracurricular activities.
      Sabrina: Maybe. But I bet you can't tell me which ones!
      Roxie: Can. Don't want to.

    • Roxie: Stay right there, I'll call nine-one-one.
      Sabrina: Er I'm sorry. This must look really strange.
      Roxie: No, I was gonna go with psycho, but it's your call.

    • Morgan: Hi! You must be the new girl, Sabrina, and you must be her aunts, Hilda and Zelda.
      Hilda: And you must be clairvoyant!

  • NOTES (9)

    • A brief clip from the episode "First Kiss" is shown while Sabrina is in therapy.

    • A new opening is used from this episode and on, with these lyrics:

      Life's changin' around me
      And I'm gonna make it mine
      I'm reachin' out and livin' by my rules
      Time's movin' way too fast
      I wanna make it last...
      'Cuz I'm out on my own now
      And I like the way it feels.

    • Featured Music:
      Bon Jovi-"It's My Life"

    • This is Essence Atkins last episode as Marnie

    • According to "Sabrina" executive producer Paula Hart, Nate Richert (Harvey Kinkle) was initially let go at the start of this season because it was thought that he was "part of the high school baggage that Sabrina needed to leave behind." Since so many viewers complained about his disappearance, however, the producers brought Harvey back for a few guest-spots during season five. He rejoined the cast of "Sabrina" full-time in season six.

    • In the living room of Sabrina's college dorm was a street sign for Ashmont Terrace. Ashmont was the production company that William Asher and Elizabeth Montgomery had during the last few seasons of "Bewitched" (1964).

    • It is slightly ironic that Elisa Donovan joins the cast of "Sabrina" in this episode. Back in 1996, Donovan starred in the teen comedy "Clueless," which aired right after "Sabrina" on ABC's TGIF lineup. In fact, Melissa Joan Hart guest-starred as Sabrina Spellman in one episode of "Clueless."

    • From this episode on, Sabrina tends to use a laptop to look up spells instead of the magic book. She does occasionally still use the book in some episodes.

    • Soleil Moon Frye and Melissa Joan Hart both tried out for the title role of "Punky Brewster." Soleil won the role, but is best friends with Melissa Joan Hart in real life (as well as on the last three seasons of the show).


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