Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

Season 3 Episode 4

The Pom Pom Incident

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Oct 16, 1998 on ABC
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When Libby announces in the cafeteria that the cheerleading squad will have try-outs for its second string squad, Valerie surprises Sabrina by saying she would like to become a cheerleader. In the meantime, Sabrina learns that her cousin Mortimer, the family’s wagician, will be visiting her to discuss the family secret. Not long after his arrival, Sabrina asks him for advice in getting Valerie to see how becoming a cheerleader will ruin her life, and is given a magical penny to help in her endeavor. While this is going on, Mortimer gets hired to do his less than stellar magic at the birthday party of Harvey’s little brother.moreless

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  • First clue of the secret...

    With the family secret still unveiled, Sabrina's cousin, Mortimer, stops by the house to help her with it. Sabrina is told by her aunts that he is a wagician - a witch who works as a magician, which for witches is a very tragic thing. Meanwhile, the cheerleaders make an anouncement: the second cheerleader string has had some openings and there is going to be try-outs for whoever wants to sign in. For Sabrina's surprise, Valerie wants to be a cheerleader adn signs in. Sabrina tries to keep her from doing that, controlling her thoughts and making Valerie think that cheerleading is a very bad thing. When Sabrina realizes that cheerleading makes Valerie happy, she goes to try to emmend her errors.moreless
  • This episode is about Sabrina being unsupportive of Valerie's wishes of being a cheerleader. She uses a penny that her uncle Mortimer gave her to manipulate her mind into thinking that being a cheerleader is a negative thing. At the end she supports her.moreless

    This episode has a moral to it. Friends show be supportive of each other no matter what they want to do. This episode also shows how Sabrina tries to find out the family secret from the not so talented Uncle Mortimer. He is a talented witch who's dream was to become a magician, even though he is not good at it. Mortimer gave Sabrina a penny so that she could see what Valerie was thinking how being a cheerleader would be good. She manipulates her by making her think that if she becomes a cheerleader, their friendship would be over and she'll become like Libby. At the end of the show, Sabrina tries out with Valerie, and Valerie makes it. The evil girl she is, Libby shows the tape of Sabrina's horrible tryouts, but she doesn't care. This episode is great and it shows how friendships can survive no matter what.moreless
Melissa Joan Hart

Melissa Joan Hart

Sabrina J. Spellman

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)

Lindsay Sloane

Lindsay Sloane

Valerie Birkhead

Jenna Leigh Green

Jenna Leigh Green

Libby Chessler

Dom DeLuise

Dom DeLuise


Guest Star

Lee Allan Rutman

Lee Allan Rutman

Catskills Comedian

Guest Star

Shannon Welles

Shannon Welles

Martha Washington

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • 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.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • 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.
      Zelda: Trekkies?
      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! 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.
      Valerie: 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?

  • NOTES (3)


    • 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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