Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

Season 3 Episode 23

Sabrina, the Sandman

Aired Friday 8:30 PM May 07, 1999 on ABC
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After quitting her job at "Pork on a Pole", Sabrina turns to an Other Realm employment agency to help find an after school job. Despite having no experience, the employment agency reluctantly gets Sabrina a job as her neighborhood sandman. However, before she starts her first night on the job, Hilda and Zelda give Sabrina a stern warning not to "dream drop", since it can potentially ruin people's lives. After the aunts find out what she's been doing, they decide to teach Sabrina a lesson by giving her a nightmare all her own. Upon waking up from her nightmare, Sabrina and her aunts get a visit from a warning man, with news that if Sabrina doesn't solve the family secret in 30 days, her aunts will get in trouble.moreless

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  • Don't mess with other people's dreams1

    When Sabrina quits her job at "Pork in a Pole", she decides to go to the Other Realm to look for a job. Although she has no experience, they give her a job as Sandman in Sabrina's neighborhood. Howeverm things don't go well when Sabrina starts dream dropping other people's dreams. She messes with Valerie's, Harvey's, Mr. Kraft's and Libby's dreams and suddenly Valerie doesn't care about school, Harvey wants to break up with Sabrina, Mr. Kraft is going to the nuthouse and Libby is stressing about finishing high school. On top of that, Sabrina has only 30 days to saolve the family secret!moreless
  • This episode of Sabrina detracts from the season-long concept of discovering the family secret but fleshes out her human side, unconcerned with witch affairs for a while. It also stays central to the “live and learn” cliché.moreless

    “Sabrina the Sandman.” Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. ABC. 7 May 1999.

    In the Sabrina, the Teenage Witch episode “Sabrina the Sandman,” the action takes place in a suburban neighborhood. Set in the 90s, Sabrina is named after its protagonist, a witch living with her aunts, attending a school with the typical snob to discourage her, going out with a cute guy, and getting into trouble. It is assumed that the viewer has seen other episodes because her characterization was not all laid out in this episode.

    Setting: neighborhood in suburbia in the 90s



    Type: Round, dynamic

    Role: Protagonist

    Traits: Eavesdropper, determined, heedless of consequences until it is too late, tries to do the “right thing” according to her but also is not afraid to dish out punishment where it is due, devoted to her friends, aunts, boyfriend, financially poor

    Aunts (Hilda and Zelda):

    Type: Flat, static

    Role: Foil

    Traits: Know the moral thing to do, love Sabrina, egotistical dater (Hilda), encouraging

    Harvey (boyfriend):

    Type: Flat, static

    Role: Antagonist

    Traits: Loves Sabrina, financially poor, embarrassed, worthy pursuing as a boyfriend

    Valerie (best friend):

    Type: Flat, static

    Role: Foil

    Traits: Trustworthy, sharing, an ear that listens, cheerleader, smart

    POV: Objective/Dramatic, but biased toward Sabrina


    Conflict: Sabrina’s boyfriend, Harvey, is being undeniably vague and busy, and she is afraid he is seeing someone else.

    Complications: Sabrina needs money for a class ring, Sabrina needs to learn the family secret or face the “dire” consequences, Sabrina needs to stop eavesdropping

    Crisis: Sabrina is faced with the conclusions to her changing of dreams.

    Climax: Sabrina discovers it is a dream and wakes up to find she has not created devastating results

    Conclusion: Valerie finds out that Harvey has gotten a job and shares it was Sabrina.

    The artistic unity of Sabrina is not as explicitly stated as hoped. Though the main objective was originally to get a class ring, Harvey never got around to asking her or giving it to her. Though each scene made since, the central plot was buried underneath other ideas until the main idea was hard to differentiate from the other important concepts. The conflict could boil down to the class ring, but since there was never a conclusion to that problem besides Harvey having a job, it doesn’t make sense to make that overrule others. The plot was well sequenced because the complexity of Sabrina’s problems did not seem extreme until the “happy wrapper” of an ending. Inserting a dream sequence is always an insight that could be more adeptly provided elsewhere, but in this case, since Sabrina’s job was the sandman, it was an adept intermix.

    Theme: Every action has a consequence.


    This episode of Sabrina detracts from the season-long concept of discovering the family secret but fleshes out her human side, unconcerned with witch affairs for a while. It also stays central to the “live and learn” cliché. Though her aunts try to pass on, unsuccessfully, the message they received from the Witch’s Counsel, Sabrina is preoccupied with her high school mortal life, especially her relationship with Harvey, a mortal. As she is trying to discover his problem, she finds herself able to free him from mental anguish. This may have good results originally, but, as with all unneeded dabbling, a little bit goes too far. While the episode puts pressure on her to solve the family secret, it only absent-mindedly gave her another clue and did not expect any great insights. Though detracting from the season-long conflict, it is a sequence for character development and an example of both sides of Sabrina, as well as for what she stands.moreless
Martin Mull

Martin Mull

Willard Kraft

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)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Before Sabrina goes to sleep, the Sabrina clue from Cousin Stanislav is already on the family secret board (next to the Robert E. Lee picture), but it doesn't show Sabrina putting it up there, or even opening the box it came in. It showed her doing it when she opens the box in her dream, and she was surprised to see what it was. After the dream, the picture is still on the board.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Freud (about the crying little boy in Harvey's dream): That is Harvey's inner child. He is usually at the table next to me in fine restaurants.

    • (Mr. Kraft dreams about counting a huge pile of peas)
      Mr. Kraft: The Jolly Green Giant is a cruel taskmaster.
      Sabrina: Mr. Kraft is a deeply tormented man. Cool!

    • Employment Agent (to Sabrina): I'm sorry, but you have no skills, no experience, and Congress isn't in session right now, so...

    • (Salem, Sabrina and Freud are standing watching Harvey sleep)
      Sabrina: See? Something's obviously bothering him.
      Salem: It couldn't be the crowd of people standing around him every night...

    • Zelda: My category is dream dropping.
      Sabrina: Sorry it wasn't in the form of a question, you're disqualified!

    • Sabrina: So now, for no reason, my boyfriend wants to break up with me. Ok, I admit it! You were right, I was wrong. You smart, me dumb. Now please! Please! Please help me fix it.
      Zelda: I'm sorry honey, but there's nothing we can do. You manipulated his subconscious. We warned you this could happen.
      Sabrina: Really? cause I don't remember you warning me.
      (Hearing a siren go off)
      Warning Man: Warning! Warning! Danger! Danger!
      Sabrina: See? Now maybe if you'd worn something like that, I would have paid attention.

    • Hilda: (After Zelda comes downstairs) Is she working on it?
      Zelda: Probably not. She has Freud hiding in the closet.
      Hilda: Freud?! Huh, that man will do anything to see me again. You know he might have a brilliant mind but with me he was all hands.

    • Zelda: Sabrina, I can't believe you dreamdropped.
      Sabrina: I can't believe there's a word for it.

    • Salem: Sabrina! You're eavesdropping!
      Sabrina: It's not eavesdropping, it's controlled overhearing.

  • NOTES (0)