Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

Season 3 Episode 12

Whose So-Called Life Is It Anyway?

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Jan 08, 1999 on ABC
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Despite a warning from the Witch's Council to avoid "charitable magic", Sabrina can't resist trying to liven up an unbelievably tedious evening with Valerie's dysfunctional family by granting a wishbone wish. Sabrina soon realizes that she should have listened to the Witch's Council as the Birkheads' wish quickly backfires.moreless

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  • "Charitable Magic" , doesn't seem so bad...

    Copy-Cat Valerie, Valerie always says "Being my friend wouldn't be easy" and this was an episode where we find out why. And also we see some of Salems creative side while he paints. Sabrina's charity spell turns bad when she realises Valerie is becoming too much like her and stealing her thunder. A wishbone wish coming true all because of a charitbale magic act. As always it's another entertaining episode of Sabrina with minor climax's and problems. Sabrina is always at the point where she must fix her own problems alone. This show is always a good laugh this is satisfying.moreless
  • "Hilda you're in the newspaper in the obiturary. have you died and not told me?"- Zelda to Hilda.

    Another great one! the phrase be careful what you wish (witch) for comes to mind throughout this episode. a bored sabrina uses magic to grant Mrs Birkhead's wish that "i wish valerie was just like Sabrina". soon after, valarie starts turning into sabrina - intelligent, pretty and makes moves on harvey. she then becomes a witch. panicked, Sabrina confides in her aunts and they tell her how to reverse the spell:

    "you have to make mr and mrs birkhead say 'we're happy valerie changed'. we know its ironic but we know more about these things than you do!" (Zelda). Sabrina successfully reverses the spell and is punished. a great episode and very, very funny!moreless
  • Valerie turns into Sabrina...

    Valerie invites Sabrina to have dinner at her house with her parents and brother. Sabrina is having a terrible time, when she decides to make Mr. and Mrs. Birkhead's wish come true. Their wish is that Valerie would be just like Sabrina. The spell takes a turn for the worst, as Sabrina was advised not to do "charity spells" by order of the Witch's Council. Valerie really becomes Sabrina, dressing like her, talking like her and even dyeing her hair blonde and utting it just like Sabrina's. Sabrina has to figure out a solution quick, before Valerie disappears and all that's left is two Sabrinas...moreless
Melissa Joan Hart

Melissa Joan Hart

Sabrina J. Spellman

Caroline Rhea

Caroline Rhea

Hilda Antoinette Spellman

Beth Broderick

Beth Broderick

Zelda Spellman

Jenna Leigh Green

Jenna Leigh Green

Libby Chessler

Nate Richert

Nate Richert

Harvey Dwight Kinkle (recurring in season 5-7)

Nick Bakay

Nick Bakay

Salem Saberhagen, the Cat (voice)

Daniel Hagen

Daniel Hagen

Mr. Birkhead

Guest Star

Myra Turley

Myra Turley

Mrs. Birkhead

Guest Star

Justin Jon Ross

Justin Jon Ross

Warren Birkhead

Guest Star

Mary Gross

Mary Gross

Mrs. Quick

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Salem: Let's see the money.
      Hilda: Here. Why did you want it all in singles?
      Salem: So I could do this. (Starts rolling in money) I'm rich! Rich I tell you!

    • Zelda: Hilda, did you know you're in the newspaper?
      Hilda: Really? Where?
      Zelda: The obituary page. Have you died and not told me?

    • Hilda: Salem, you know, Vincent Van Gogh was a great artist and he never sold a single painting during his lifetime.
      Salem: Really? What a loser...

    • Sabrina: If Valerie's acting like me, all I have to do is start acting like she used to act before she started acting like me. Then, she'll start acting like her old self and stop acting like me. Get it?
      Salem: Would this be a bad time to tell you you're sitting on paint?

    • Salem: We'll split the commission right down the middle. 80-20...

    • Sabrina: Oh come on... Salem's not gonna accomplish anything in his life...
      Salem: I'm still way ahead of half the Kennnedy children.

    • Zelda: Sabrina, I want you to check this month's Enchanted By. There happen to be some edifying articles.
      Sabrina: "Nose Warts. How to Hide Them"... Oh good, it's got pictures...

    • Hilda: I don't have to tell Brock about the paintings. I'll tell him the newspaper made a mistake. Hilda Spellminski died! (Goes into living room) Hi Brock, the newspaper made a mistake...
      Brock: No! Aaaah! (Runs out)
      Hilda: Okay... That's not the way he usually greets me...
      Zelda: Sorry, but Brock said he needed closure, so I zapped in some pictures of you in a coffin.
      Hilda: I'm so pale!
      Zelda: You're dead...

    • Zelda: You'll do anything to work the fact that you're dating someone into the conversation.
      Hilda: That's not true...
      Sabrina: Has anyone seen my book bag?
      Hilda: The guy I'm dating has books!

    • Salem: You can read a magazine but you didn't have time to read my screenplay?
      Zelda: I got through volumes one and two, but then it seemed to drift.

    • Warren Birkhead (his voice is messed up): I found out the hard way, electrical circuits are not toys.

    • Mrs. Quick: Why, Valerie, that's another one right. Either you've been studying... (to Sabrina) Or have I been mouthing the answers again?

    • Mr. Birkhead: You tried to change Warren into a dingo.
      Valerie: I did? I am such a loser!

    • Sabrina: Hey Salem, when did you start painting?
      Salem: When no one would read my screenplay. I need a creative outlet.

    • Sabrina: I just know I'm gonna flunk next week's History test. I'm afraid the Science Club wants to kick me out and I'm pretty sure I'm the most unpopular girl in school.
      Valerie: Really?
      Sabrina (thinking): Great, it's working...
      Valerie: Well, then I have to cheer you up, because life is great and you're great!
      Sabrina (thinking): Jeez! Am I really that obnoxious?

  • NOTES (2)

    • Although credited, Mr. Kraft does not appear in this episode.

    • Valerie's family is a lot like Clarissa Darling's family in "Clarissa Explains it All", the TV show Melissa Joan Hart starred in from 1991-1994. Like Clarissa, Valerie's mom is a health food maniac, her dad is an architect, and she has an annoying younger brother.


    • Sabrina (reading the magic book): Wishbone spells, see Sanders, Colonel.

      This is a reference to Colonel Harlan Sanders, the founder of the Kentucky Fried Chicken fast food chain.

    • The episode title is a joke on the TV shows called My So-Called Life and Whose Line Is It Anyway?