Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

Season 3 Episode 15

Sabrina and the Pirates

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Feb 05, 1999 on ABC
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Hilda has forgotten to tell Zelda that their magic is due for a twenty-five-year tune-up, so they must both surrender their powers for a few days, leaving Sabrina "the most powerful woman in the house" temporarily. But her delight in her new status doesn't last after Valerie persuades her to sneak into a new nightclub to hear N'Sync perform.moreless

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  • Sabrina learns that crime doesn't pay after her fake ID causes her magic to become an illusion as well. In other news, her aunts are without magic (it needs a tune-up) and the house is invaded by pirates.moreless

    The aunts are getting their twenty-five-year "magic tuneup" and so Sabrina is the only one in the house with magic. All that changes, however, after she buys magical fake IDs so she and Valerie can get into a club to hear N'Sync. Sabrina discovers belatedly that the consequence of buying a fake ID is fake magic: all of her spells are quickly undone. It couldn't have come at a worse time, because the aunts are also in the process of rehabilitating pirates. Yes, pirates! They guzzle rum, smash soda bottles, and have a penchant for running Aunt Hilda through with their rapiers.

    This episode has some great action scenes, especially all of the pirate-fighting. There is some definite swashbuckling, which is all very well coordinated. My one problem with this episode is the main plot point: Why does the over-eighteen club book a band whose primary audience is under eighteen? Also, if Sabrina can just zap N'Sync in whenever she wants, why does she need to sneak into the club in the first place?

    Oh, well. All of the logic problems can be overlooked with one word: PIRATES!moreless
  • Fake ID's unruly pirates...PIRATES?

    On a search for the Family Secret board, Hilda,Zelda and Salem discover 3 pirates in their basement. Salem must repair the Family secret board after breaking it,'TWICE'. Sabrina and Valerie need to get in a club to see N'SYNC. The pirates become the complication of the episode and can be hard to control while Hilda and Zelda don't have their magic. They start to cause a lot of trouble. It's one dilemma after another.



    NO ID'S


    Puzzling obstacles to go over in this episode and it's what makes it exciting and humourous. Another pf my favourite episodes with so many complications.moreless
  • "You naughty tassle how dare you tease me..." Salem, playing with a tassel which eventually breaks the Family Secret Board.

    another glorious episode of STTW. the pirates were great fun and the special FX in this episode were amazing. loved the pirate ship in the lounge and loved the action sequences at the end. also loved the way the pirates had been trapped by the sisters. also loved sabrina's quest for a fake ID. her and valerie got into so much trouble, especially when Sabrina's magic turned fake. loved the "Run!" moment when she thought the cops were after her (turned out to be a burger stall). Classic lines include:

    "Ouch i got a splinter" "Yeah, yeah tell it to child services!" (Sabrina and Hilda dismantling the ship).

    overall good stuff.moreless
  • Sabrina gets a fake ID and her magic becomes fake too.

    Hilda and Zelda are looking for the board to display the clues to the family secret when they find out three pirates in their basement. Hilda had forgotten to release them, so now the Witches Council orders Hilda and Zelda to rehabilitate them. They try to teach the pirates how to walk, greet and eat, but the results aren't what they expected. Meanwhile, Sabrina and Valerie try to go to a over-18 club to watch N'Sync, but as they are 17, Sabrina gets some fake IDs from the Other Realm. After the concert, Sabrina's ID tells her that since she got a fake ID, now her magic is also fake...moreless
Lindsay Sloane

Lindsay Sloane

Valerie Birkhead

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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The pirates kept coming close to waking up from small noises, yet did not wake up when Sabrina nailed the boards to the door.

    • Why would N'Sync, a band popular largely with teens and pre-teens, be playing a venue restricted to those 18 years of age and over?

    • Apparently, the bouncer at the Mineshaft is extremely daft. Sabrina and Valerie came the first time saying they were 17, then came with lousy fake IDs, and then eventually came back with Other Realm fake IDs, being able to get in. All this had to take place in less than an hour or two, considering the N'SYNC show almost started in the first time the came there, and still went on in the last time (and how long, anyway, would a show in a small club be?) Anyway, the point is, wouldn't the bouncer recognize them? If not in the second time, then the third? I know a lot of people come in there, and he could've forgotten, but that's a lot to forget in such a small time gap.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Sabrina: Which relative gave me a picture of fire?
      Salem: One of the pirates.
      Sabrina: I'm related to them?
      Salem: It involves a third cousin and a crazy night in Kingston, Jamaica.

    • Zelda: I know I've said it before, but the pirates being here is all your fault!
      Hilda: Oh pipe down and help me find the cattle prod.

    • ID Card: Sorry sweetie, but now that you an Other Realm fake ID, your magic is also fake.
      Sabrina: My magic is fake? Why can't they just outlaw all the illegal stuff?

    • Zelda: So our magic is being delivered to our house.
      Hilda: And, as usual, Salem got it wrong, and, as usual, the Magic Management department was rude about it!

    • Salem: Maybe your aunts can help.
      Sabrina: A good idea, they always get a kick out of Sabrina-defying-authority stories.
      Salem: If told with puppets.

    • Valerie: Sabrina, my parents are freaking out. The ID is talking!
      Sabrina: What?! Oh that's just a security device. Oh, I'm the only one who knows how to turn it off.
      Valerie: I'll bring it right over.
      Sabrina: Good... No! Pirates!
      Valerie: Pirates?
      Sabrina: I didn't say pirates, I said... by gum! By gum don't come here!

    • Sabrina: Valerie! I need to get that ID back from you.
      Valerie: My mom has it.
      Sabrina: Why'd you give it to her?
      Valerie: She found it, but luckily she was lenient. I'm just not allowed to have any fun ever again.

    • Salem: 'Heirloom: A family item passed from one generation to the next. Usually irreplaceable' Shoot! I guess I've got to fix that board... or find a more forgiving dictionary.

    • Valerie: I just heard that the new club has a great band playing tonight.
      Sabrina: Listen Valerie, I'm not in the mood, Harvey's busy, we're not eighteen...
      Valerie: It's N'Sync.
      Sabrina: And that changes everything!

    • Bouncer: IDs?
      Sabrina: We don't have any.
      Valerie: We're only seventeen.
      Sabrina: Maybe we should have rehearsed a little bit more.

    • (Trying to carry the shattered family secret board upstairs one piece at a time.)
      Salem: You know what'd make this go faster? Hands... and a work ethic.

    • Sabrina: I think I see the problem. I'm not a cross-eyed red-head and you're not a middle-aged black man.

    • Harvey: I can't pick a diaper service, it's too hard.
      Sabrina: You said the same thing when your parents asked you to do their taxes.

    • Zelda: You know, I've said this a lot over the last few hundred years but I'm going to say it again: This is all your fault!

    • Valerie: We have to go to this club! It's an over 18 club. That means people there are driving, getting ready to go to college and maybe even have part-time jobs!
      Sabrina: Valerie, you just described us.
      Valerie: Yeah, but they're all over 18!

    • Harvey: I promised my mom I'd research car seats to find the safest kind. Apparently the ones they used for us were death traps.

    • Zelda: The Witches Council isn't going to be happy about this. Housing prisoners is a sacred duty. Almost as sacred as letting them go!
      Blackbeard: Excuse me, may we have some water?
      Hook: And maybe some oxygen?

    • Hilda: Why do I have to look for the family secret board now?
      Zelda: Because Sabrina's at school and I wanna surprise her with it.
      Hilda: Oh yeah, I can't wait to see the look of indifference on her face.

    • Hilda (After being stabbed by the pirates): If I start leaking bile, mister, somebody's getting a time out!

    • (Trying to rehabilitate the pirates)
      Zelda: Ok no! You don't greet a guest by stabbing them!

  • NOTES (2)