Mars Attracts is the sixteenth episode of Season 1 of Sabrina the Teenage Witch.


Somewhat to her annoyance, Sabrina's aunts arrange a skiing trip, although in typical style, they choose a somewhat unusual venue - Mars! At first lovesick for Harvey, Sabrina cheers up when she meets Doug, a really cool ski instructor. While Sabrina is with Doug, she forgets to call Harvey, like they had agreed, which makes Harvey call her house and leave a note. Salem takes it and reminds Sabrina of what she had forgotten. Meanwhile, Hilda starts a romance with a man who claims to be a secret agent on a dangerous mission, which she assumes is just another holiday-on-Mars fib. Salem takes the opportunity to host a riotous cat party at home.



Guest starring

  • Chris Elliot as Warren
  • David Chokachi as Doug
  • Sondra Spriggs as Mrs. Hecht

Magic Notes

Uses of Magic

  • Zelda uses a spell to make Sabrina's lima beans reappear.
  • Hilda summons magazines, catalogues, and Tolstoy's War and Peace.
  • The ski instructor give Sabrina the ability to ski and the ability to play cribbage.


  • Harvey: Hey Sabrina.
    Sabrina: Louis the fifteenth.
    Harvey: No. What are you doing over vacation?
    Sabrina: Oh, I'm going skiing with my aunts.
    Harvey: Out West?
    Sabrina: Actually North.
    Harvey: I'll be here. In fact I was hoping you'd be here too so maybe we could do stuff.
    Sabrina: Really? I wish I had known. I love doing stuff.


  • On Mars, witches can't call the Earth until a day has passed or the person on Earth will explode because Mars is in a different timezone that is a day ahead.
  • If the "party scene" with Salem and the other cats is played frame by frame, one can see the hands of off-stage crew members throwing things up into the air.
  • On the night that this episode aired, Melissa Joan Hart crossed over as Sabrina onto Clueless in an episode called "Mr. Wright."
  • The episode title is based on "Mars Attacks!", a 1996 science fiction movie.
  • According to Zelda, there aren't any Martians, however, in Sabrina the Matchmaker, Marigold states that she has dated Martians unless Marigold was referring to witches that lived on Mars.