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A Girl and Her Cat 

After Salem stows away in her backpack and gets her thrown out of the local pizzeria, Sabrina washes her hands of the cat, feigning unconcern when the feline fails to return for Christmas ... See full summary »


Brian K. Roberts


Nell Scovell (created by), Jonathan Schmock (developed by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa Joan Hart ... Sabrina Spellman
Caroline Rhea ... Hilda Spellman
Beth Broderick ... Zelda Spellman
Nate Richert ... Harvey Kinkle
Jenna Leigh Green ... Libby Chessler (credit only)
Michelle Beaudoin ... Jennifer 'Jenny' Kelley (credit only)
Paul Feig ... Mr. Eugene Pool (credit only)
Nick Bakay ... Salem Saberhagen
Coolio ... Coolio
Dana Gould ... Monty
Seth Adkins ... Rex
Joe O'Connor ... Joe
Karla DeVito ... Mary
Dave Allen ... Pizza Manager (as Dave 'Gruber' Allen)
Kerry Norton ... Lulu


After Salem stows away in her backpack and gets her thrown out of the local pizzeria, Sabrina washes her hands of the cat, feigning unconcern when the feline fails to return for Christmas dinner with visiting cousin Monty. When she discovers that Salem has in fact been catnapped by a stubborn little boy named Rex, Sabrina launches a desperate plan to rescue him by impersonating Santa Claus. Written by Arturo Domínguez

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy


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Release Date:

13 December 1996 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Nick Bakay: When Sabrina and her aunts are going door to door looking for Salem, the man with the mistletoe is Nick Bakay, the voice of Salem. See more »


In the sequence in which Sabrina and her aunts go door to door looking for Salem, every door they go to is the exact same one (notice the same photo on the wall in the background inside). Tthey just flipped all of the shots with the door opening on the right to make it look like different doors. It's especially noticeable in the shot of the guy dressed like a Christmas tree because the house numbers on the left side of the screen are backwards. See more »


Spoofs MacGyver (1985) See more »


Sabrina the Teenage Witch Theme
Written by Danny Lux
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The Nightosphere Part One
3 July 2018 | by paulmdowlingSee all my reviews

The review for this next two episode is a little different. I was blasting a 12 Hz strobe at my closed eyes while the audio played. The specific frequency excites the mind in such a way as invoke a dream like state and colourful patterns. I have trouble sleeping and I use this as a way to ease myself in.

I have to admit that this does handicap my reviewing abilities to some extent. Watching the show with my eyes closed made me appreciate just how visual a lot of its humour is. The show is sometimes closer to a cartoon in this regard which is one of the things that makes it unusual. At the beginning of the episode Zelda is talking on the phone. So visual were the jokes during this scene that despite being able to hear the laughtrack the punchline was completely omitted from the dialogue. I hadn't a clue what was going on.

Sabrina abandons Salem outside a pizzeria after he sneaks into her backpack. Salem is then taken by a kid and Sabrina must hunt him down.

Sabrina's love for Salem is tested. Salem is an irritating character. Salem is a megalomaniac. He reads Sabrina's diary and destroys her favourite Christmas jumper and then refuses to apologise for any of it.

This episode is notable as being the first one i've seen that reveals Salem's attraction to men.

The scenes between the little Kid and anyone are painful. Grown ups should play children in movies the way men played women in shakespearean productions. There's something gross about watching a child lie for money.

This episode also reveals a little more about Salem's past; something I always found fascinating as a child. Salem had a follower who he promised control of Denmark to. I wonder how long they tossed around what country it would be in the writers room and if anyone had the courage to mention The Sudan or some similarly troubled state with a colonial past. Anyway the accomplice was also turned into an animal. He turns up to Christmas dinner.

The side plot involves H&Z inviting up a rich relative for Christmas dinner or something. I can't remember anything about it.

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