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Sabrina J. Spellman
Hilda Antoinette Spellman
Harvey Dwight Kinkle (recurring in season 5-7)
It is made evident that Lindsay Sloane (Valerie) is left-handed. She signs up for the cheerleading auditions using her left hand.
This is the first episode to feature a "clue" to help Sabrina find out her family secret.
Sabrina tells Valerie that no president has ever been a cheerleader. Though she was right at the time of the episode's original airing, two years later George W. Bush (who was a cheerleader at Yale) came along to make this statement erroneous.
Zelda: Sabrina, Mortimer doesn't have time to do any magic shows. He's too busy trying to bring back Salem!
Hilda: But we're getting closer. He just brought back a guy waiting for his CAT scan, a Catskills comedian, and George and Irma Catz from Portland, Oregon.
Sabrina: So how do you explain Martha Washington?
Zelda: I don't know.
Sabrina: Where did you get such a cool trick?
Mortimer: That was given to me by the great Harry Houdini. All I had to do was promise never to talk to him again.
Sabrina: Everyone wants Valerie to be happy. Am I the only one who cares about her?
Zelda (about Mortimer): He was so gifted. He could have done so much. Instead, he chose to squander his talent entertaining gullible mortals.
Hilda: And the worst part is he's not even good at it...
Zelda: Sabrina, I should warn you. You cousin Mortimer is... (whispering) a wagician.
Sabrina: A wagician?
Hilda: A witch who works as a magician.
Sabrina: How cool! (seeing Hilda and Zelda's faces) I mean, how unspeakably tragic...
Salem: Notice anything different?
Sabrina: You threw up on the sofa?
Salem: I said different...
Zelda: A receipt for three thousand dollars worth of appliance repair?!
Salem: I'm the man of the house. This is how men fix things.
Valerie: Yes! Second string cheerleader. That means if a varsity cheerleader dies or gains weight I'm in. Do you think someday I'll look back on this moment and say it was the happiest of my life?
Sabrina: If the rest of your life stinks, yes.
Valerie: Thanks for doing this with me Sabrina, it's given me the confidence I need.
Sabrina: You know the phrase 'You owe me one' comes to mind, yet it seems so inadequate.
Harvey: Do you guys have any idea where I could rent the Mother Goose Karaoke machine?
Sabrina: Harvey Kinkle, king of the conversation starters.
Salem: I'm on a journey of self-discovery. For instance I've just discovered that it's really cold inside the freezer. My eyes are frozen open!
Mortimer: I love being a wagician, I just love it! The wand, the applause, the different coloured scarves, the second hand smoke. I love it!
Harvey: This pregnancy is really taking its toll on me. I was driving around half the night looking for the right breast cream for my mom.
Sabrina: Okay...the less we talk about that subject the better.
Sabrina: I'm glad you guys are home, I'm really worried about Valerie. She's fallen in with a bad crowd.
Sabrina: No, worse. She's trying to become a cheerleader.
Valerie: You know, I think I want to try out for cheerleading.
Sabrina: Oh-no! You...you ate your beef stroganoff too fast and now your brain has stopped functioning! We'd better say this while you can still comprehend it: we all love you.
Valerie: What is wrong with wanting to be a cheerleader?
Sabrina: Oh no! We've lost her! It's eerie, she looks like she's still with us.
Libby: I have an announcement. There are a few spots open on the second-string cheerleading squad. I know, we haven't had a opening in years. Not since the time Charlene Snider developed that puzzling skin condition.
Sabrina: One zit and... (Sabrina does the slit throat gesture).
Sabrina: What about your mom? Is she sick or something?
Harvey: Very. She's... pregnant.
Sabrina: Congratulations, I guess.
Valerie: You mean your parents still...
Sabrina (Interrupting): Valerie, we're trying to eat here.
Valerie: I just thought at their advanced age they'd...
Harvey (Interrupting): Yeah, I know. I can't get the image out of my mind.
Valerie: Hey, do you guys wanna go to The Slicery after school today? We're only two hundred pizzas away from a free soda.
Salem: It's the clock on the VCR, I programmed it. It's not blinking twelve anymore. Isn't that great?
Sabrina: Yeah, that's what I'd call if I were being sarcastic.
Sabrina: Sure, there's the possibility of humiliation, but this is high school. When isn't there the possibility of humiliation?
Another cheerleader who makes the squad is "Danita Jones", also the name of a Sabrina writer.
Although credited, Martin Mull (Mr. Kraft) does not appear in this episode.
At one point, Libby announces that "Renee Phillips" has made the cheerleading squad. This is an in-joke; Renee Phillips is the name of one of the series' writers.
Sabrina (about the people Mortimer conjured in search of Salem): How do you explain Martha Washington?
Martha Dandridge Custis Washington was the wife of George Washington, the first president of the United States. Although the title was not coined until after her death, Martha Washington is considered to be the first First Lady of the United States. During her lifetime, she was simply known as "Lady Washington".
Harvey: It will be like the final scene from Braveheart.
Braveheart is a 1995 historical action-drama movie produced and directed by Mel Gibson, who also starred in the title role. The film was written for screen and then novelized by Randall Wallace. Gibson portrays a legendary Scot, William Wallace, who gained recognition when he came to the forefront of the First War of Scottish Independence by opposing Edward I of England (portrayed by Patrick McGoohan) and subsequently abetted by Edward's daughter-in-law Princess Isabelle (played by Sophie Marceau) and a claimant to the Scottish throne, Robert the Bruce (played by Angus Macfadyen).
Mortimer: That was given to me by the great Harry Houdini.
Harry Houdini was a Hungarian American magician, escapologist (widely regarded as one of the greatest ever) and stunt performer, as well as a skeptic and investigator of spiritualists, film producer and actor. Harry Houdini forever changed the world of magic and escapes.
Sabrina: (mocking cheerleaders) Tops! Mops! Someone's been reading Moliere again.
This alludes to the author Moliere who wrote in rhyming couplets, his work Tartuffe is a notable example.
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