Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

Season 3 Episode 5

Pancake Madness

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Aired Friday 8:30 PM Oct 23, 1998 on ABC
8.7
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When Sabrina conjures up pancakes for Salem and herself one morning, she gets a stern warning from her aunts about what can happen if she were to eat them. Ignoring their warning, Sabrina takes a bite of Salem's pancake and promptly becomes addicted to the breakfast food. Consequently, all Sabrina begins to think about is finding a stack of pancakes to eat, ultimately helping her come up with the best idea for a school fundraiser. However, since Hilda is stuck in the Other Realm, Zelda is unable to spend time helping Sabrina overcome her addiction.moreless

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  • Those fluffy pieces of heaven...

    9.4
    The Spellmans have a very dark secret... If they eat pancakes, they will become addicted for life! Sabrina doesn't listen to her aunts when they announced this and she eats pancakes, becoming instantly addicted. She can only think about those fluffy pieces of heaven... She must figure out a way to detox and Zelda helps her through it. Meanwhile, Hilda suffers a dire punishment for failing to fill out her immigration forms, allowing her to live in the mortal realm banishment. This makes Hilda be escorted to the northern part of the Other Realm, to where she's from. It's up to Zelda to rescue her...moreless
  • In this episode Sabrina is forbidden to eat pancakes because of a family addiction, but she does anyway becoming a ful blown addict. Meanwhile Hilda is sent to the other realm because of a lack of paperwork and Zelda has to rescue her.moreless

    9.8
    The plot was great was the fact that Sabrina becomes addicted to pancakes showing people that even Sabrina the witch has a weekness. After she eats pancakes Sabrina gains like 200lbs, which I loved the fat suit I don't know what it was made of but it was great. The sub-plot on the other hand was some what lame. Hilda gets sent to the Other Realm because she did not turn in her papers. While there Hilda works at a pub and the part of the Other Realm she is in is like Canada, and Hilda talks in her Canadian accent. Then Zelda has to get her back getting trapped there herself when Helda is set free. But in the End After getting Her gigantic butt stuck in a door and withdraw Sabrina sheds her excess pounds and goes clean, and both sisters are back togather. So all in all I think it is one of the top 5 episodes in the series.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)

Jenna Leigh Green

Jenna Leigh Green

Libby Chessler

Nick Bakay

Nick Bakay

Salem Saberhagen, the Cat (voice)

Melissa Joan Hart

Melissa Joan Hart

Sabrina J. Spellman

Dale Raoul

Dale Raoul

Mrs. Mapleton

Guest Star

Brett Miller

Brett Miller

Mountie

Guest Star

Sam Menning

Sam Menning

Toothless Guy

Guest Star

Mary Gross

Mary Gross

Mrs. Quick

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • In an online chat, Melissa Joan Hart mentioned that this is one of her favorite episodes of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.

    • Hilda is transferred back to the northern part of the Other Realm after not filling out her immigration papers. The northern part of the Realm is a lot like the stereotype of Canada: cold and snowy, hockey is being watched on TV, and on the wall beside the phone are pictures of Canadian stars. Even the way Hilda talks is Canadian. This is actually because the actress who plays Hilda, Caroline Rhea, is from Canada.

    • Sabrina doesn't actually eat the pancakes. She receives the black pot and goes to catch her bus.

    • She is forbidden to eat pancakes in this episode, but she eats them in front of her aunts in the very first episode.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Hilda: If Aunt Zelda were here, she'd give you some kind of parental lecture, but because she's still waiting for me to save her, I'll have to fill in. Hm, Sabrina... you...
      Sabrina: Should listen to you guys and trust your advice.
      Hilda: Right! And...
      Sabrina: Realize that it's easier to solve problems when I ask for help.
      Hilda: Exactly! And always...
      Sabrina: Know that my family is there for me.
      Hilda: Right! Man, I am good...

    • Zelda: Just remember, it's times like these that build character.
      Sabrina: I don't want character. I want pancakes!

    • Libby (holding a pancake): Hey Sabrina, this one fell on the floor. I thought you might like it.
      Sabrina: Oh, what's the catch?

    • Sabrina: I'm just glad not to be hallucinating anymore.
      (The imaginary Mrs. Mapleton passes by)
      Sabrina: Oh hi Mrs. M.
      Salem: Who is she talking to?
      Sabrina: I was... She was...
      (Sabrina faints)
      Zelda: Hard day.
      Hilda: Lots of sugar.

    • Mountie: Freeze.
      Hilda: Like we could do anything else in this weather...
      Mountie: Where do you think you're going?
      Zelda: To the mortal realm, to our home.
      Hilda: So we'll be on our way and you can get back to chasing Snidley Whiplash!

    • Zelda (reading letter): "Thank you for filing your request for change in immigration status. Please expect a response within 5 or ten working years." YEARS?
      Salem: Ooh, that's too bad. I am really gonna miss, uhh, Helga?

    • Salem: Why do you still use the Pony Express?
      Zelda: I got a coupon 150 years ago.

    • Sabrina: Oh Salem, you must be up early for your paper-route. Can I zap you something to eat?
      Salem: Good idea. You know, I've always felt that breakfast is the most important meal of the morning.
      Sabrina: Do you know what we never have in this house?
      Salem: Possum.
      Sabrina: No, pancakes. (Zaps in some pancakes)
      Salem: Pancakes for breakfast! You're mad!
      Hilda: Pancakes!
      Zelda: No!
      Sabrina: You know, the whole fork-up-to-my-mouth thing implied I was going to eat those.
      Hilda: No pancakes. Not in this house. Not ever!
      Sabrina: What are we, fanatic waffle people?
      Zelda: You mustn't ever eat pancakes. No one in our family can eat them. It's a family secret.
      Sabrina: The family secret?
      Hilda: Just a family secret. But not being able to eat pancakes is one of the darker and more frightening secrets.

    • Zelda: One bite of pancakes and you'll be hooked for life.
      Hilda: It's almost as shameful as being hooked on phonics.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • The character of Mrs. Mapleton is very similiar to Mrs. Butterworth. Yet, for copyright purposes, the name was changed.

    • Sabrina's witch-pancake addiction is a nodding reference to a 1969 short film called Winter of the Witch. This film was in turn from a children's book and was about a witch who made magic blueberry pancakes that made everyone feel euphorically happy and see LSD-like visuals.

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