Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996-2000): 1×04 “Terrible Things”

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Episode: Terrible Things (1×04)
Director: Gary Halvorson
Teleplay: Jon Sherman
Cast: Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick, Nick Bakay, Nate Richert, Jenna Leigh Green, Michelle Beaudoin, Paul Fieg
Guest Stars: Penn Jillette, Tom McGowan, Sara Van Horn, Milo Ventimiglia, Marvin C. Jones II, James D. Fields
Original Air Date: October 18, 1996

Cold Open

Sabrina, wearing a black-on-black short sleeved turtleneck/miniskirt jumper ensemble, encounters Libby in the school hall–wearing the exact same über-90s outfit.  Sabrina flees to the bathroom as fast as her clompy black heeled boots allow, and uses magic to change her outfit to a lace-front blue top and patterned brown bellbottoms.  She confidently walks to her locker, and Jenny greets her… wearing the same blue/brown ensemble.  Jenny, naturally, approves of Sabrina’s outfit.

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Claudia: I look at the first outfit, and I see Marcia Brady.  I look at the second outfit, and I see David Cassidy.

Geoffrey: I don’t really like either outfit.  The first one is marginally better, but that second one, yowza.

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Boy Meets World (1993-2000): 1×03 “Father Knows Less”

Episode: Father Knows Less (1×03)
Director: David Trainer
Teleplay: April Kelly
Main Cast: Ben Savage, William Daniels, William Russ, Betsy Randle, Will Friedle, Lee Norris, Rider Strong, Lily Nicksay
Guest Cast: Willie Garson, Thomas Brown IV
Original Air Date: October 8, 1993

Teaser

They should have made bundt sandwiches instead.

They should have made bundt sandwiches instead.

In the Matthews kitchen, Alan is packing his sack lunch, as Cory mimics his actions exactly.  Cory exposits to Morgan that he Alan are going to see the Blue Angels do formations.

Lenny's picture is in the dictionary, right next to the "nebbish" entry.

Lenny’s picture is in the dictionary, right next to the “nebbish” entry.

Meanwhile, in the living room, Eric is on the giant cordless phone, trying to convince Heather that a turtleneck will conceal…something.  Amy overhears this conversation as she walks into the room, so Eric must confess that he gave Heather a hickey.  He’s saved from a lecture by the doorbell.  The nebbish visitor introduces himself as Leonard Spinelli, Alan’s assistant manager at the grocery store.  Amy rolls her eyes at the introduction and says, “You’ve had dinner here maybe twenty times!”  Poor Lenny says that he’s always unsure if he’s made an impression.  She leads him into the kitchen, where he apologizes for interrupting the family on a Sunday… then he pauses and introduces himself to Cory, who of course already knew who he was.  Finally getting to the point, Lenny informs Alan that the store’s Perrier shelf fell down into the produce and Alka-seltzer aisles.  Alan apologizes to Cory for having to cancel their plans, and promises to make it up to him.  And thus commences, what is it now?  The 2nd son-and-his-dad episode in a row?  Plus the pilot had a small subplot tucked in there.  Oh well.

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Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996-2000): 1×03 “The True Adventures of Rudy Kazootie”

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Episode: The True Adventures of Rudy Kazootie (1×03)
Director: Gail Mancuso
Teleplay: Carrie Honigblum & Renee Phillips
Cast: Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick, Nick Bakay, Nate Richert, Jenna Leigh Green, Michelle Beaudoin, Paul Fieg
Guest Stars: Randy Travis, Eddie Cibrian, Frank Conniff
Original Air Date: October 11, 1996

Cold Open

Sabrina arrives at home after school to find Hilda and Zelda are working on a jigsaw puzzle.  Hilda cracks wise about how jigsaws aren’t such a waste when you live 1000 years.  Sabrina tells them about her day and then laments the lack of…anything in the freezer. (Who didn’t go shopping? I bet it was Hilda). Hilda asks if she’s forgetting something. “Not supposed to be eating sweets before dinner,” Sabrina says dejectedly.  Hilda corrects her that “No. We’re witches!” and zaps some ice cream into the fridge, all with labels conveniently turned around.  Zelda magics the door closed and says “And you shouldn’t eat sweets before dinner!”

By itself, this picture wouldn't represent the show.

By itself, this picture wouldn’t represent the show.

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Boy Meets World (1993-2000): 1×02 “On the Fence”

Episode: On the Fence (1×02)
Director: David Trainer
Teleplay: Jeff Sherman
Main Cast: Ben Savage, William Daniels, William Russ, Betsy Randle, Will Friedle, Lee Norris, Rider Strong, Lily Nicksay
Guest Cast: DeJuan Guy
Original Air Date: October 1, 1993

Teaser

The new sheep.  Or goat.

The new sheep. Or goat.

Lunchtime at Cory’s school.  Bowlcut’s place as the sheep/goat has been filled by a random black kid.  Unlike Bowlcut’s, RBK’s haircut made an unfortunate comeback.  Today’s scintillating discussion topic is… which superhero the young lads would want for their dad.  Uh… weird thing to do.  Unless, of course, the discussion is limited to superheroes whose powers are hereditary, in which case the real point would be… whose powers would I want to inherit?  I’d vote Superman (infinitely powered Silver Age version, of course, minus Supes’ arrogant personality and the Super Sons).  RBK and Shawn vote Batman and his Batmobile, but Cory’s totally right about Superman being the one to go with.  Shawn notices class dweeb Stuart Minkus sitting alone, so he whips out his “2000X Hydro Saturator” Super Soaker knockoff, and takes aim.  RBK pulls out his own “Hydro-Sat 3000Z,” which he used his connections to obtain, because the toy isn’t even on the market until the upcoming Christmas season.  Having had enough, Minkus opens his french horn case to reveal yet another souped-up non-Super Soaker.  Having no water toy of his own, Cory fills up a water balloon at the water fountain, but then he turns around to see that every single kid was armed and had their sights trained on his body.  “I’ll get one, I promise!” he pleads as they assault him with water.  The kids tuck the water weapons away just as Mr. Feeny walks through the door.  Upon seeing Cory’s wet shirt, Mr. Feeny scolds, “Mr. Matthews, the water fountain is not a toy.”

Ambush!

Ambush!

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Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996-2000): 1×02 “Bundt Friday”

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Episode: Bundt Friday (1×02)
Director: Gary Halvorson
Teleplay: Norma Safford Vella
Cast: Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick, Nick Bakay, Nate Richert, Jenna Leigh Green, Michelle Beaudoin, Paul Fieg
Guest Stars: Tom McGowan, Curtis Andersen, Ella Joyce
Original Air Date: October 4, 1996

Cold Open

Zelda attempts to help Sabrina with her magic, by explaining the overly wordy and complex spell.  Hilda calls her a stuff-shirt, and shows her the “fun” section called Magic for Dummies.  Zelda whines about it being the oldest trick in the book, and that mortals are doing it…and shockingly, it is.  Sabrina pulls a rabbit out of a hat.

Yes, it is the oldest trick in the book.

Yes, it is the oldest trick in the book.

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Boy Meets World (1993-2000): 1×01 “The Pilot”

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This is the first of “Claudia only” posts.

I first saw Boy Meets World in local syndication, at some point in the late 1990s.  At this time, the show was still producing its first run on ABC, so I caught some of these newer episodes as well.  Since the series ending, it has been syndicated on The Disney Channel, ABCFamily, and MTV2.   Between local and national syndication, I managed to watch every single episode several times.  Because of how I watched this show, I have never seen the episodes in a perfectly consecutive order.  I am also thinking that since Girl Meets World is coming… well, as of publication date there is no premiere date set.  It’s going to premiere in 2014 sometime, according to the most recent news.  But it’s a perfect time to give Boy Meets World a detailed look.  This re-watch gives me the opportunity to properly watch each episode of this wonderful and oh-so 90s show in its intended order!

Episode: Pilot (1×01)
Director: John Tracy
Teleplay: Michael Jacobs, April Kelly
Cast: Ben Savage, William Daniels, William Russ, Betsy Randle, Will Friedle, Lee Norris (credit only), Rider Strong, Lily Nicksay
Guest Stars: Chauncey Leopardi, Cynthia Mace, Krystin Moore
Original Air Date: September 24, 1993

Cold Open

Both are brave for eating from the vending machines.

Both are brave for eating from the vending machines.

Establishing shot of school.

The show’s first line: Cory: ‘Good morning, Mr. Feeny.’  Bookends somewhat with series finale, but where nowhere near discussing that yet.

Mr. Feeny (William Daniels) chides Cory (Ben Savage) for eating junk food from the cafeteria’s vending machine, prompting a sassy at-least-I’m-not-eating-astronaut-food comeback from Cory.  They banter a bit, with Mr. Feeny getting the last word (noted in The Wisdom of Mr. Feeny), then Cory and his milk sit down with random bowlcut kid (thankfully this show does not have a ton of actual bowlcut haircuts) and Shawn (Rider Strong).  Bowlcut is sitting at Cory’s right hand, and Shawn is on Cory’s left.  Is the whole “place of honor” thing switched around for southpaws?

Bowlcut is the sheep... or the goat?

Bowlcut is the sheep… or the goat?

Shawn’s character is apparently not quite anti-homework yet, because he has his textbook open.  I know, weird, right?  Their conversation is set to shuffle (could CD players do that back then?  Mine sure couldn’t), the topics being, why Cory wouldn’t suck up to Mr. Feeny this year  (“At least this way, I’m taking him with me”), a new teacher sitting next to Mr. Feeny at lunch, and how late into the late night talk show the boys managed to stay up.  Well shoot, I was asleep by the end of the late night news every night, so I would’ve come in last in this contest.  The school bell rings.  “Four hours until lunch,” says Cory as the students leave for class.

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Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996-2000): 1×01 “The Pilot”

SABRINA, THE TEENAGE WITCH (1996)

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This marks the first of our jointly-reviewed TV shows.  After this post on the pilot, we intend to do one post of two episodes a week and will cover Seasons 1-4.  The reasons we are not going to continue with Seasons 5-7 are simple.  Season 5 began in the fall of 2000, which puts it out of the main scope of our blog.  At the same time, it moved from ABC to the WB, and the show had a massive overhaul, which Geoffrey felt was for the worse.

A general statement before we begin:

Geoffrey:  I loved this show in the 90s.  It was fun, clever and it had magic…something I desperately wanted to have.  It spoke out for us nerds and underdogs bullied at school, and yet somehow, Libby was still likable.  I am definitely looking back at the show with some nostalgic love.

Claudia: So, I did not watch Sabrina growing up.  I did catch a few first-run and syndicated episodes here or there, while at friends’ houses or in waiting rooms.  I don’t think I had much specifically against the show (I did like Melissa Joan Hart from the few episodes of Clarissa Explains It All that I caught growing up).  The “magic-based” shows were just not my favorite, at that point in time. 

But, I had friends who watched it during its initial TGIF run, so I was familiar with the Aunts and Sabrina and Libby… and didn’t Harvey get a likeness doll at some point?  (Ebay says “yes!”  I remember commercials.)  There are a few widespread things that my generation loved in the 90s that I just didn’t *get* at the time, but now appreciate (bubblegum pop and cargo pants immediately come to mind).  So, I think Sabrina the Teenage Witch may be worth a revisit, as well.

Episode: Pilot (1×01)
Director: 
Robby Benson
Teleplay: Nell Scovell
Cast: Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick, Nick Bakay, Nate Richert, Jenna Leigh Green, Michelle Beaudoin, Paul Fieg
Guest Stars: Robby Benson, Penn and Teller, Debbie Harry
Original Air Date: September 27, 1996

Cold Open

The series kicks off with Sabrina Spellman (Melissa Joan Hart) levitating over her bed in her sleep, while her two single aunts, Hilda (Caroline Rhea) and Zelda (Beth Broderick) watch on.

Sabrina's First Levitation

Geoffrey: You know it’s the mid-90s because of the lava lamp.

Claudia: Aaand the pilot episode exposition begins.

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