The Pom Pom Incident is the 4th episode of Season 3 of Sabrina the Teenage Witch.


When Libby announces that the cheerleading squad will have tryouts for its second string squad, Valerie surprises Sabrina by deciding to try out. In the meantime, Sabrina learns that her cousin Mortimer, the family's witchgician, 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. Sabrina uses the penny to go into Val's mind and control her thoughts, convincing her that becoming a cheerleader is a bad thing.

Meanwhile, Cousin Mortimer who has no confidence in his skills as a witchgician and is given no confidence by any other members of the family is hired by Sabrina to to perform at Harvey's little brother's birthday party but accidentally sends him and then Salem to another country. Sabrina realizes that even though Hilda and Zelda don't want Mortimer to be a witchgician, it's his choice ultimately and understands that she was wrong by not letting Valerie make her own decision.



Guest starring

Magic Notes

Uses of Magic

  • Zelda summons a scoreboard.
  • Mortimer appears.
  • Sabrina views and changes Valerie's thoughts.
  • Mortimer summons a man waiting for a CAT scan. Off screen, he brings back a catskills comedian, Sylvia and Irving Katz from New Rochelle, and Martha Washington.
  • Sabrina changes Libby's mind.


To Clean Up Junk (failed and teleported Salem to Calcutta)

(Cast by Mortimer Spellman)
Abracadabra, abracadunk
Please, someone help us with all this junk!

To Switch Harvey's brother with Salem

(Cast by Mortimer Spellman)
Abracadabra, abracadif
It's time for the birthday boy to get a gift!

To Bring Harvey's brother back

(Cast by Mortimer Spellman)
Abracadiggy, abracadack
Please little boy, won't you come back?

To Find the Family Secret Clue (failed and sent the entire family to Calcutta)

(Cast by Hilda Spellman)
Abracadoobie, abracadoo
Help us uncover Sabrina's clue


  • Mr. Kraft does not appear in this episode.
  • This is the first episode to feature a "clue" to help Sabrina find out her family secret. Mortimer's clue is a small cardboard superhero with ABC printed on his chest, representing the Spellman family.
  • 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.
  • Libby announces that Danita Jones and Renee Phillips had made the squad, these two are names of Sabrina writers.
  • It is made evident that Lindsay Sloane (Valerie) is left-handed. She signs up for the cheerleading auditions using her left hand.
  • When Hilda casts the spell to help Sabrina find the clue (failed), her magic is not a white smoke but a violet flash (exactly like Mortimer) instead.


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