Oh What a Tangled Spell She Weaves is the 11th episode of Season 2 on Sabrina the Teenage Witch.


Sabrina neglects a vital fact in her use of incantations: if she fails to consider a spell's consequences and comes up with sloppy incantations, there will be a ruinous aftermath. When she accidentally sends her aunts and Salem to Merlin's castle where they are held captive, it's up to the Quizmaster to teach Sabrina a valuable lesson. Meanwhile, Sabrina gets a job at The Slicery with Valerie and, as they are not doing very well in it, Sabrina casts an efficiency incantation on Valerie, who becomes overtly efficient and power hungry and fires Sabrina for sleeping on the job.



Guest starring

  • Bobcat Goldthwait as Merlin
  • Mary Gross as Mrs. Quick
  • Beth Grant as Mrs. Popowski


Hilda: You really have to get it exactly right the first time, otherwise there may be side effects. I remember one time I was making rum balls and I got tired, so I made a make everything round spell. Well let's just say you can thank me for Columbus Day.

Hilda, Zelda and Salem have been zapped from the Spellman House to a castle as a result of one of Sabrina's incantations.

Zelda: Where are we?

Hilda: I don't know but I bet I know who's to blame.

Hilda and Zelda: SABRINA!

Salem: Oh, I'm sure she heard that.

Hilda: Salem, that's not helping.

Salem: Hey, there's your rug!

Hilda: Huh? That is our rug.

Salem: That was helping.

Hilda and Zelda bend down to pick up the rug.

Zelda: You know this place reminds me of Merlin's old weekend castle.

Hilda: Oh, man, you guys had a vicious break-up.

Zelda: It was awful. By the time it was over the only thing I liked about him was ...

Zelda's eyes widen as something suddenly dawns on her.

Zelda: This rug.

They drop the rug.

Zelda: This is Merlin's castle, we'd better get out of here.

Hilda: Yeah. For a guy who wears a dress, he's a real misogynist.

Salem (as a kitten): I found the fountain of youth. It's in the toilet!

Magic Notes

Uses of Magic

  • Zelda brings Bob out of the TV.
  • Quizmaster appears.
  • Hilda and Zelda try to leave Merlin's castle but fail.
  • Merlin puts them in a cage.
  • Merlin disappears.


To Make Things New

(Cast by Sabrina Spellman)
Stuff is messy,
This place is a zoo.
Make things that need it brand-spanking new.

Undo for the Make Things New Spell

(Cast by Sabrina Spellman)
I made things new and that was bad,
Undo it all so they won't be mad.

To Make Harvey Start the Football Game

(Cast by Sabrina Spellman)
Maybe this Friday you'll start the game
And Uncle Lloyd will leave in shame.

Heat Spell

(Cast by Sabrina Spellman)
No spells in school unless I gotta,
And I do, so make it hotter!

To Make Valerie More Efficient

(Cast by Sabrina Spellman)
I can't tell the future, that'd make me omniscient,
But something bad's gonna happen unless Val's more efficient.

To Put Things Back Where They Belong

(Cast by Sabrina Spellman)
Here's a quiz I know I'll ace,
Put everything back in its rightful place.

Undo for the Heat Spell (failed)

(Cast by Sabrina Spellman)
It's hot in here, it's making us perspire.
Undo the spell or the straits will be dire.

Cooling Spell

(Cast by Sabrina Spellman)
It's hot in here, the sweat's a-pooling,
So let's get down to some serious cooling!

To Improve Harvey's Sports Skills

(Cast by Sabrina Spellman)
The team doesn't need a Harvey that's tame,
So make him worthy of the hall of fame!

To Find the Rug

(Cast by Sabrina Spellman)
Everyone inside is beginning to bug,
Help them find their stupid lost rug!

To Block a Blizzard

(Cast by Sabrina Spellman)
Block that snow from pouring out,
Stick something in that spewing spout!

To Reverse all of Sabrina's Spells

(Cast by The Quiz Master)
Because she admitted she was wrong and a lout,
Every spell she incanted will be undone,
Including several ones she doesn't even know about!


  • When Salem, Hilda and Zelda were caged, Salem was small enough to fit through the bars and escape.
  • Libby and Mr. Kraft do not appear in this episode.
  • The episode title is based on a line from a poem by Walter Scott: "Oh! What a tangled web we weave."
  • Sabrina's pizza dream at The Slicery is based on the famous chocolate factory scene from I Love Lucy.
  • At the end of the opening credits, Sabrina's quip to the audience is "I'm ready for my close I have food in my teeth?
  • Sabrina can only do incantations for the week in this episode. This was assigned by her Quizmaster.


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