Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

Season 2 Episode 25

Rumor Mill

Aired Friday 8:30 PM May 08, 1998 on ABC
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Tricked in the Other Realm into thinking that spreading false rumors is a community service, Sabrina and new friend Dashiell start writing absurd tales about their mortal friends, unaware that their fibs will come literally true in the mortal realm. Mr. Kraft and Mrs. Quick becoming lovers and Harvey becoming pregnant are two of the many rumors that turn out. Meanwhile, the two storytellers start falling for each other, causing Sabrina to question the depth of her true feelings for Harvey.moreless

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  • Sabrina starts rumors in the Other Realm about her classmates and teachers, and they start coming true!

    Sabrina has to do community service in order to get her witches license. One service is to "wash old witches" which is gross. But then she gets to start a rumour mill with this cute guy, Dashelle, who is also half mortal. The rumours are that Harvey is pregnant, Mr. Kraft is having an affair with her teacher, and Libby is getting kicked out of her parent's house. The prolbem is, rumors started in the Other Realm about the mortal realm become true! Sabrina has to find a way to keep the rumors from happening, and the only way to do it is to start a "vicious rumor" about herself. So she starts the rumor that she has no teeth, and suddenly she doesn't! At the end, she gets her teeth back and everything goes back to normal, but she still has to choose between Harvey and Dashelle. What she does is left for the next episode.moreless
  • Sabrina has to do charity work...

    Tricked in the Other Realm into thinking that spreading false rumors is a community service, Sabrina and her new friend Dashiell, start telling absurd tales out of school, unaware that their fibs will come literally true in the moral realm: that Mr. Kraft and Mrs. Quick are lovers, for instance, or that Harvey is pregnant! Meanwhile, the two storytellers start falling for each other, causing Sabrina to question the depth of her true feelings for Harvey. Other rumors started by Sabrina and Dashiell include Libby being kicked out of her home by her own parents, Salem being a mob boss and Hilda and Zelda being kidnapped by aliens...moreless
Melissa Joan Hart

Melissa Joan Hart

Sabrina J. Spellman

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)

Martin Mull

Martin Mull

Willard Kraft

Alimi Ballard

Alimi Ballard

Albert, the Quizmaster (recurring Season 2)

Mary Gillis

Mary Gillis

Witch Judge

Guest Star

Dennis Fimple

Dennis Fimple


Guest Star

Greg Lewis

Greg Lewis

Don Tutti Fruitti

Guest Star

Mary Gross

Mary Gross

Mrs. Quick

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Dashiell is half-mortal like Sabrina, but lives with both of his parents (mentioned when discussing their punishments for spreading rumors). How come Dashiell doesn't have to be separated from his mortal parent like Sabrina is from her mom?

    • In season one's episode "Magic Joel", Donald Faison plays a character called Justin. In this episode, he's character's name is Dashiell.

    • Like Sabrina, Dashiell is also half mortal.

    • Interestingly, Donald Faison was also starring on the tv show "Clueless" when this episode aired. Co-starring in "Clueless" was Elisa Donovan, who would join the cast of Sabrina as Morgan in season five. "Clueless" originally aired on ABC's TGIF, but was cancelled and picked up by UPN.

    • Harvey is Sabrina's boyfriend. Why would she spread rumors about him?

    • In this episode, Sabrina's assignment from the Quizmaster is to do charity work in the Other Realm.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Sabrina: I live in the mortal realm.
      Dashiell: Really? Me too! Revere, Massachussetts.
      Sabrina: Westbridge. Hey, you have that huge linebacker who pulverized our quarterback.
      Dashiell: And then the game started and things really got bad.

    • Hilda: Zelda and I are gonna take a little trip.
      Sabrina: Is that a euphemism for plastic surgery?

    • Sabrina: (Thinking) Washing old witches? Nope! And may I add gross!

    • Quizmaster: If you want your witches licence you have to do charity work and you have to give it your all, you can't just phone it in.
      Sabrina: Okay get off my back, I'll help others. Let's go.
      Quizmaster: Sorry, you have to do it on your own.
      Sabrina: Fine.
      Quizmaster: What's this?
      Sabrina: My homework, give it your all and don't just phone it in.

    • Zelda: Let's go see the world's largest ball of twine.
      Salem: Twine?
      Hilda: One question, why? And please let the answer be that you have a fever.
      Salem: T-T-T-Twine? Is that the brochure and if so, can I keep it in my basket?

    • Witch Judge: Are you aware that you have no teeth?
      Sabrina: I did it to right a wrong. Can't anything be done about it?
      Witch Judge: Only because we're all about to lose our lunch.

    • Quizmaster: All the damage you've done will slowly go away after you start a vicious rumor about yourself. And make it a good one!

    • Dashiell: Oh shoot, that reminds me, I gave my cousin Lilian bat wings!

    • Harvey: Somebody better figure something out, because these are not birthing hips!

    • Sabrina: Okay, and that's the rumor I started about Harvey being pregnant. That settles it, this is a major coincidence.

    • Salem: Are you telling me that this family is going to see the world's largest ball of twine and the cat isn't coming?
      Hilda: Sorry.
      Salem: All due respect ladies, would I leave you behind if I was going to see the world's largest eligible bachelor?
      Zelda: Yes, if our entire goal was to unravel him.

    • Calzone: In this realm, rumours are considered to be the highest form of entertainment. Think Riverdance with a conscience.

    • Calzone: Hi, I see you've met my nephew, Dashiell. A good, fine young witch for a half mortal.
      Sabrina: Hey, I'm half mortal too!
      Dashiell: Cool! Are you right handed?
      Sabrina: Yeah! Wow, it's like looking in a mirror.

    • Hilda: At least tell me it's somewhere exotic.
      Zelda: It's in Kansas.
      Hilda: Oh, the Paris of the mid-west.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Calzone: Think Riverdance with a conscience.

      Riverdance is a theatrical show consisting of traditional Irish step dancing, notable for its rapid leg movements while body and arms are kept largely stationary.

    • Calzone: The hills are alive with the sound of gossip.

      This is an allusion to the movie and play The Sound of Music; the title song (The Sound of Music) contains the line: "The hills are alive with the sound of music..."