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Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

Season 3 Episode 22

The Long and Winding Short Cut

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Apr 30, 1999 on ABC
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Episode Summary

When Sabrina learns that she can vote in the Other Realm after she solves the family secret, she gets caught by Zelda getting help solving it. When she puts a no short-cut spell on Sabrina, the young witch has to live one day without any modern conveniences. However, Mrs. Quick really tests her willingness to go along with the spell when she tries to tell Sabrina the answer to the next clue of the family secret. After reading Mrs. Quick's answer, they are sent to the Other Realm Prairie as punishment, where they soon learn the answer to the clue. Meanwhile, Zelda and Hilda begin some political mud slinging when they take opposing sides on the Other Realm propositions.moreless

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  • "oh so your trying to sugarcoat the fact the other realm took a SHORTCUT?" - Sabrina to Zelda

    This is the best episode of season three and perhaps the best one of them all.

    Sabrina is way slow... i mean behind on the family secret. however because she is a teenager she takes all measures to take a shortcut to an east solution. Zelda warns her against this.

    Mrs Quick inadvertantly solves a clue for Sabrina and reveals her addiction to quizshows. sabrina brings her to her house and zaps in Guess The Family Secret (and Monty Hall) to trick Mrs Quick into solving the family secret. unfortunately Zelda catches her (just in time for the bonus round!)

    Sabrina is sent to the old town by the other realm and must learn to cope the old fashioned way. however it soon turns out the other realm took a shortcut and sent sabrina to a tourist attraction in westbridge. sabrina learns not to take shortcuts. Loved every minute - my favourite Ep!moreless
  • It's election time!

    It's election time in the Other Realm. Sabrina is excited, because witches in the Other Realm get to vote at the age of 17. However, they must have discovered their family secret. Sabrina is behind on that department, so she asks Mrs. Quick for help. That is considered a short cut, so Sabrina must spend a whole day without any modern conveniences. When Mrs. Quick tries to tell her the answer to one of the clues, Sabrina can't resist and they are sent to the Other Realm praire, where Sabrina discovers the answer without short cuts. Meanwhile, Hilda and Zelda take opposite stands on some political matters.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

Monty Hall

Monty Hall


Guest Star

Evan O'Meara

Evan O'Meara


Guest Star

Ritch Brinkley

Ritch Brinkley

Fifty Year Old Man

Guest Star

Mary Gross

Mary Gross

Mrs. Quick

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Mrs. Quick: I'm addicted to game shows.
      Sabrina: Well, at least it's legal.
      Mrs. Quick: I was in a 12-step program once. It was fun; they'd give you clues and you had to figure out when and where the meetings were held. Didn't help to kick the habit, though.

    • Zelda: Sabrina, don't worry. You'll figure out the family secret in time to vote. How many clues have you solved?
      Sabrina: Wait a minute while I add them up... One!
      Hilda: Sabrina, we had no idea you were so slow. I mean, behind...

    • Valerie: I need you for one more fitting. Please?
      Harvey: I can't! I have plans, and they all involve me wearing pants.

    • Mrs. Quick: A cat... eating a banana... how strange...
      Sabrina: Oh, well he's part chimp on his mother's side.

    • Sabrina: Harvey! You'd do anything for me, right?
      Harvey: I'm not feathering my hair again.

    • (After going upstairs when they hear a marching band play.)
      Salem: It's election time in the Other Realm!
      Uncle Roy (handing out a voting pamphlet to Sabrina): I want you to vote. (Hilda) I want you to stop calling me! (Goes back to the closet to the Other Realm)
      Sabrina: Was that Uncle Sam?
      Zelda: In the Other Realm he's known as "Uncle Roy". We're not sure why.

    • Hilda: Stupid crossword puzzle!
      Zelda: This is not gonna turn out ugly like that tic-tac-toe incident, is it?
      Hilda: You know, despite my dating history, I can't think of a word for a male turkey.
      Sabrina: Coffee...
      Hilda: No, something with three letters.

    • Salem: Did you hear the good news?
      Sabrina: What?
      Salem: Thank God it's Frigyah!

    • Mrs. Quick: What a wonderful dream! Alone with Harrison Ford, dancing in the gardens of Versailles... go back to sleep...

    • Zelda: So how was life on the prairie?
      Sabrina: You knew about that?
      Hilda: We had to sign the release form.
      Zelda: Lucky for you the Witches Council was so busy with the election they didn't have time to send you back to the real prairie.
      Sabrina: Oh, so you're trying to sugarcoat the fact that they took a shortcut?

    • Sabrina: Stupid embers... Hey, that clue wasn't fire, it was ember! M plus ember equals member!
      Mrs. Quick: That's really good Sabrina. That makes much more sense than what I had: m'fire.

    • Sabrina: 'M' plus fire? I've got it! M'fire!
      Salem: Right! M'fire! That makes so much sense. Let's use it in a sentence. Run! Run! The house is on m'fire.
      Sabrina: I've got a better one. You're m'fired.
      Salem: You can't m'fire me! I m'quit!

    • Salem: Hello, I'm Mr. Saberhagen and you may refer to me as Mr. Saberhagen.
      Sabrina: How did I end up with you as my tutor?

  • NOTES (1)