Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

Season 4 Episode 4

Little Orphan Hilda

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Aired Friday 8:30 PM Oct 15, 1999 on ABC
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When Sabrina asks Hilda and Zelda if Grandma Spellman can come to visit, they start acting rather unenthusiastically at the prospect of their mother's visit. After about five minutes of visiting with their mother, Hilda and Zelda escape to the clock shop in order to avoid their mother's nagging. Things get worse for them when Sabrina accidentally lets it slip to Grandma that Hilda gave up playing the violin to buy her clock shop. Sabrina discovers that Hilda and Zelda are actually adopted. When Sabrina realizes she is the reason her aunts lost their sense of self, she takes it upon herself to learn the identity of Hilda and Zelda's biological parents.moreless

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  • What a situation!

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    When Grandma Spellman sends a letter asking to visit Sabrina, Hilda and Zelda, Sabrina gets very excited because she has to investigate her family tree for an assignment for school. As Grandma arrives, she begins to nag both Hilda and Zelda, and so they flee to the clock shop, hoping that Grandma never finds out about Hilda giving up on the violin. But she discovers it. In fact, Sabrina tells her, not knowing that it was a secret. While trying to find something that would make peace between mother and daughter, Sabrina discovers some adoption papers, first Hilda's and then Zelda's. She tells them and they begin to question their identity and because they're witches, they begin to disappear. It's up to Sabrina to find their biological parents to solve this mess.moreless
Caroline Rhea

Caroline Rhea

Hilda Antoinette Spellman

Beth Broderick

Beth Broderick

Zelda Spellman

Nate Richert

Nate Richert

Harvey Dwight Kinkle (recurring in season 5-7)

Nick Bakay

Nick Bakay

Salem Saberhagen, the Cat (voice)

Melissa Joan Hart

Melissa Joan Hart

Sabrina J. Spellman

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Sabrina: You mean, like disappear like the invisible man or disappear like we visit once a year and bring flowers.
      Salem: I've got a bad feeling it's the latter.

      There is a slight mistake in this exchange. Salem says he has a bad feeling it's the latter. However, he should have said "former" not "latter". This is because "former" means the first of two things and "latter" means the second of two things. It is most likely he did mean to indicate "disappear like the invisible man".

    • When Hilda and Zelda were under the impression they were both adopted, don't they find it strange that they both had evil twins, which is the Spellman family secret? If they weren't actual Spellmans, then they wouldnt have a twin.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Lydia: Oh Hilda, look how pretty you are when you're smiling. Have you thought of doing that again?

    • Salem: You're questioning your identity and since you're part mortal, instead of disappearing, part of your personality will fade.
      Sabrina: Which part?
      Salem: Apparently the rational part.

    • Harvey: My parents are making me babysit three afternoons a week and they're not even going out! Think that's fair?
      Sabrina: Only if they compensate you by extending the curfew of your choice.
      Harvey: Oh, that's brilliant! Where would I be without your cool rational thinking?
      Sabrina: Home by ten.

    • Salem: Maybe you wouldn't have such a hard time selling clocks if you had some of that monkey's charm...
      Hilda: Or maybe if you did...
      Salem: Like I'd ever do that... Like they even make little bell hop suits for cats... (Hilda dresses Salem in one magically) Oh that's right... You're a witch. I'll be back with your towels and ice...

    • Zelda: Time spent with mother is bittersweet.
      Hilda: Or like bitter-bitterer.

    • Hilda (after walking into the kitchen): What are these vermin infested animals doing here?
      Zelda: And more importantly, why aren't there newspapers down?
      Salem: I borrowed Coco and his little friends as a visual-aid, so listen and learn. Like you ladies, these animals do not live with their biological parents. They are all adopted, but they aren't whining and they aren't fading because they are loved. So are you... even if your mother is a crazy shrew.
      Zelda: You're absolutely right, Salem.
      Hilda: Don't call mother a shrew... She's a nut-case.
      Salem: And now, would you be so kind as to peer into yonder mirror.
      Hilda (to Zelda): Should we tell him that we're already back to normal?
      Zelda: Why spoil his moment?

    • Sabrina: Why didn't you identify monkey man?
      Zelda: We thought the fact that we're slowly disappearing into nothingness might give the officer pause.
      Sabrina: Okay, this is making me really emotional. (Sniff!) Must... stay... strong. I'm Sabrina, the girl with the disappearing aunts.
      Hilda: What's this?
      Sabrina: A reminder of who you are and how much your mother loved you. Now I have to get back to the Other Realm. Never surrender!

    • Salem: Dear God. Please patch up my family and make them as good... no make them better than they were before. One of the ways you might improve us; Wet food for the cat. If you see fit to answer this prayer, please send me a simple yet unmistakably clear sign. Let coins rain down on the kitchen table. (Waiting for God's answer, but nothing happens) Okay, plan 'B'!

    • Sabrina: Someone at the door! It could be death or someone really icky.

    • Sabrina: A nameless teddybear I have no connection to? When I get back, I'm naming you!

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