Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

Season 1 Episode 22

The Great Mistake

Aired Friday 8:30 PM May 02, 1997 on ABC
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After buying a time ball from an Other Realm saleman, Sabrina finds herself in trouble after it incorrectly predicted a high grade on her science project. After being punished, Sabrina sneaks out of the house and feels so guilty that she shrinks. To make her feel better, Hilda and Zelda tell Sabrina of their previous mistakes.moreless

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  • When Sabrina feels bad about herself, it's up to her aunts to cheer her back up...

    Sabrina hits a really bad day: disregarding her aunts' warning, she buys a "tomorrow" ball from a supernatural traveling salesman, and believes its prediction that she will get an "A-" on her science project. Unfortunately, Mr. Pool (dressed in a kilt for "Scots Pride Day") doesn't share that estimation of her work, and gives her a C and a chance to redo the project overnight. Instead, Sabrina tries to sneak out of the house aboard her trusty vacuum cleaner to attend a Smashing Pumpkins concert, but gets pulled over by a flying motorcycle cop and cited for flying over the town "with a full bag and bad dust emissions." An abashed Sabrina shrinks to miniature size as a result of guilt; to cheer her up, her aunts share stories of how they have "messed up" over the centuries, including the hitherto unheard story of Zelda's literally middle-aged marriage to one Benvolio. In a related subplot, Salem visits his witchly parole officer, and pleads that his rehabilitation is going well, but lets slip that he still dreams of world conquest. A flashback allows us to glimpse him in human form, and also reveals that Hilda was one of his followers: his punishment is to be a cat for a century, hers is to keep him worm-free for the same period.moreless
  • Definite favourite!

    This is one of my definite favs because of all the history you get in the flash back sequence. I always love the flash back episodes, on any show!

    The ones with Zelda in particular are very interesting, I mean that just amazes me that she could be so impulsive as to have tried to marry Benvolio...I guess it just wasn't meant to be.

    Imagine how different the show would be if Zelda was married!

    And Hilda! My God woman! I can't believe that she was going to get married too! But that's Drell for you always leaving her hanging!

    I do so detest that man.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)

Michelle Beaudoin

Michelle Beaudoin

Jenny Kelley

Paul Feig

Paul Feig

Eugene Pool

Nick Bakay

Nick Bakay

Salem Saberhagen, the Cat (voice)

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In this episode, Zelda admits that she was married brieftly to Benvolio, but doesn't say that she was almost engaged to the artist that we meet in a season 6 flashback. Shouldn't such a serious relationship be mentioned?

    • We find out that Hilda has to take care of Salem and make sure he is worm free because Hilda was on his refreshment committee while he was trying to take over the world.

    • When Sabrina is annoyed with the tomorrow ball after it misreads her future, she picks it up off her desk and chucks it in her closet, but when her aunts take her upstairs when she has shrunk to 6 inches, they put her down on her desk and the tomorrow ball is still there (on the desk), when it hasn't been moved from the closet.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Zelda: Balls, balls, balls, balls!
      Hilda: What's going on? It sounds really interesting! (Sees Zelda surrounded by tennis balls) Oh. That's all?

    • Jenny: (Seeing Mr. Pool in a skirt) Wow, Mr. Pool's got legs!
      Sabrina: Oh, now I understand!
      Harvey: You do? Then explain it to me!

    • Sabrina: I can't believe this, I'm missing The Smashing Pumpkins!
      Salem: Bummer T. Jones, III.

    • Sabrina: Whoa! Do you know what's just dawned on me? You guys had lives before I got here. This is amazing, we have a lot of catching up to do. So, were you ever kids?
      Hilda: Yes, although it was back in the fourteenth century. There were no phones, no TV's, things were very different.

    • Hilda: Oh no, she's gone again.
      Sabrina: No I'm not, I'm on the bed.
      Hilda: How'd you get over here?
      Sabrina: Salem carried me in his mouth.
      Salem: It took all my self control not to eat her.

    • Witch Cop: Does this belong to you?
      Hilda: Sabrina, what's going on?
      Witch Cop: I caught her over Brooklyn flying with a full bag and trailing a lot of dust. That warrants an emissions citation but when I attempted to pull her over she took off.
      Sabrina: I was looking for a well lit area.

    • Salem: But why is Mr. Pool wearing a Catholic schoolgirl's uniform?
      Sabrina: I have seen the future, but I don't understand it.

    • Sabrina: Hey! I'm normal size again!
      Hilda: Is that it? I could have sworn you were taller!

    • (Talking about getting caught trying to take over the world)
      Salem: So I was sentenced to 100 years behind whiskers.

    • Sabrina: So they turned Salem into a cat, but how where you punished?
      Hilda: I have to keep him worm free for a century.

    • Principal Larue: I'm French, but do you see me wearing a baret and dancing the can can?
      Mr. Pool: No...

    • Zelda: The best way to see tomorrow is by going to bed tonight. (After Sabrina wanted to buy a tomorrow ball from the Other Realm door-to-door salesman)

  • NOTES (2)