Harvey and Roz make out at his house, forced to sneak around in fear of what Roz’ father might do should he find out. However, Roz informs Harvey that her dad is going to Las Vegas for a church convention for an entire week, which will give them a chance to spend the night together. Roz believes they’re ready to take the next step in their relationship. Unbeknownst to them, Nagaina appears to be watching from afar.
At the Academy, Nick is visited by an astral projecting Sabrina just as he’s about to ingest an olive-colored liquid, which he hides from Sabrina. She asks him what he thinks of her cheer outfit, and she invites him to a cheerleading flashmob event at school before leaving. Nick then proceeds to drink the entire bottle of liquid he chose to hide from Sabrina.
Nagaina joins Harvey and Mr. Kinkle at the breakfast table as they discuss his band and the loud levels of noise they make during practice. Harvey recognizes her as the exotic dancer from the carnival. She explains that’s where she met Harvey’s dad and later proceeded to spend the night, much to Harvey’s dismay. Mr. Kinkle kisses Nagaina and leaves for work. Harvey notices that she’s wearing his mother’s robe. She offers to take it off in front of Harvey, but he gets up and leaves. As he does, Nagaina questions if Harvey’s dad knows what he’s been up to and threatens to tell him.
Hilda and Zelda bake goods in preparation for the Hare Moon, which Sabrina remarks isn’t even a real holiday, rather an excuse to eat pie and drink wine at a picnic. It’s a symbolic gesture, giving thanks to rabbits. While this is admittedly true, Zelda explains it’ll give the coven a moment of reprieve and a moment of distraction from their waning powers. With Sabrina as the coven’s youngest living member, she has to be their symbolic hare and must walk into the woods and release the pardoned rabbit whilst singing a song of summer.
Ms. Wardwell receives a surprise visit from Mrs. Anderson, who wishes to thank her for bringing Lucy home. All she remembers is eating ice cream and Wardwell coming to her rescue. However, Mary has not the slightest clue what she’s referring to. Mrs. Anderson goes onto explain how it was Mary who found Lucy in an ice cream freezer and brought her home, though Mary can recall no such thing. And so she asks Mrs. Anderson to tell her exactly what happened.
As Robin, Theo, Sabrina, Roz, and Harvey sit in the library, Sabrina double checks with Nick to ensure he’s still coming to the flashmob. Sabrina uses her spelled pen to send him a message, which goes without response as Nick gets drunk at Dorian's Gray Room, unbeknownst to Sabrina. Harvey then informs his friends of his father’s hookup with Nagaina. Theo suggest they investigate the carnival. He, Roz, and Harvey agree to join him, but Sabrina has plans with her family, and Robin chooses not to join. Hilda arrives to take Sabrina to the Academy.
At the Academy, in the library, Ambrose explains to Sabrina, Hilda, and Zelda that it’s their fault the coven's powers are waxing and waning. The Pendle Coven suffered a similar power loss in 1612. It seems they offended the Dark Lord in some way, and so he withdrew his gifts from them a little at a time and then all at once. They merely offended him, while the Spellmans on the other hand, dethroned and imprisoned him. The Pendle Coven never got their powers back and was wiped out by witch-hunters several months later.
Sabrina, Ambrose, Hilda, and Zelda confront Lucifer after discovering that he is responsible for their loss of power. Zelda demands that he restore their power. He agrees to do so only if they set him free. When they refuse, Lucifer reveals that Sabrina is Queen of Hell, despite Zelda and Hilda being under the impression that Lilith was queen. Sabrina explains that she doesn’t precisely have claim to the throne. She’s being challenged by a prince of Hell named Caliban. Zelda refuses to allow Sabrina to dedicate herself to Hell. Sabrina claims she did it to save the realm, but Zelda claims Sabrina did it for selfish reasons; power and because she has a savior complex. Zelda even accuses Sabrina of choosing Hell over the coven, which both Sabrina and Hilda denies. Ambrose interrupts to remind them of their more immediate concern that they’ve been rendered powerless by the Dark Lord. They need a new source of mystic energy. Sabrina surmises that as Queen of Hell, she should have access to the same powers Lucifer does. Since that Dark Lord’s power is infernal, it must come from Hell. Sabrina will claim it and use it to power the coven. Zelda approves of Sabrina’s plan, but only if Ambrose accompanies her.
Nick enters Lucifer’s cell and punches him with brass knuckles. Lucifer tortured him for what felt like an eternity, and now it’s Nick’s turn to get some retribution.
Harvey, Roz, and Theo sneak into the carnival, which almost appears deserted. Roz plans to sneak into the snake charmer’s tent to touch something that belongs to her so that her cunning may reveal who Nagaina is and what she wants. Harvey and Theo play lookout. Inside her tent, Roz uncovers dead snakeskin all around. She is then confronted by Nagaina herself, who refers to Roz as the "sex-obsessed seer." Outside the tent, Harvey and Theo are confronted by Pan, who informs them that the carnival is closed for the day. Roz then screams and runs from out the tent. As Harvey, Roz, and Theo leave, Pan, Nagaina, and Robin gather and prepare to celebrate Ostra.
Nick repeatedly hits Lucifer, though it seems to have little effect. He states that he missed Nick’s virility and that there will always be a piece of him inside Nick. Lucifer explains that Nick isn’t actually punishing him, more so Blackwood’s flesh suit. He then looks to Nick and explains that it’s really himself who he wishes to punish. Lucifer's words resonate with Nick, and he leaves. Inside the flesh Acheron, Faustus and Lucifer discuss Nicholas and how he’s fraying at the edge. Lucifer is certain that Nick will return to see them, and when he does, Lucifer will have something for him that will make Nick do anything they want.
Ambrose accompanies Sabrina in Hell as her privy councilor. He is amazed at what he’s seeing. Sabrina informs Lilith how the Dark Lord is withholding his powers from the coven and how she needs Lilith’s help to restore it. Unfortunately, Lilith can’t help her. She explains that their magic does not come from Hell. They’re Lucifer’s own gifts that come from within him. They originate with him and he dispenses them as he sees fit. Lucifer’s powers come from him being an angel. As his daughter, Sabrina concludes that she must have the same essence, but as Lilith explains, Sabrina’s is polluted and diluted by her mother’s mortal blood. Leaving them with only one option. They have to find an angel.
Zelda and Hilda question why Sabrina constantly lies to them. Sabrina being the Queen of Hell changes everything. It’s the lies that bother Zelda above all else, the family is seemingly riddled with them. Hilda takes this time to share with Zelda that Dr. Cee proposed to her. Zelda claims that she’s not mad, though she accuses both Hilda and Sabrina of deserting her, the family, and the coven in their greatest moment of need.
Sabrina and Ambrose recall that the witch-hunters who attacked the Academy last year were angels. Sabrina killed two, but she remembers Nick saying that he and Dorian trapped on in a painting. They approach Dorian and inform him that they need to get Gideon out and siphon off his energy via bloodletting to repower their coven. Sabrina tells Ambrose to go home and get their aunts on board with the plan while she stays with Dorian to get the blood.
Harvey and Theo take Roz, who is shivering uncontrollably, to his garage. Harvey then leaves to get Sabrina while Theo stays with Roz.
Dorian frees the witch-hunter, Gideon, from the painting and straps him to a table as they drain him of his dark blue blood. Sabrina tells Dorian not to drain him completely in case they need more blood later.
Harvey arrives at the Spellmans in search of Sabrina, but finds aunt Hilda instead and tells her that Roz is sick. Something witchy happened to her and now she’s freezing and won’t stop shaking. With the coven losing their powers, there’s little Hilda can do to help. However, in the meantime, Hilda gives Harvey a spelled blanket to keep Roz warm.
Sabrina can hear screams and whips cracking from the other room as Dorian drains the angel’s blood. She suspects that someone’s being tortured and goes to investigate. She discovers that it’s Nick being whipped by playmates. Nick tries to explain, but Sabrina doesn't want to hear his excuses. She returns to find that Dorian has drunk the enter bottle of angel blood, to help his complexion, except for one small vile, which he saved for her. Sabrina takes the vile and leaves. Nick chases after her.
Sabrina returns home to Ambrose, Hilda, and Zelda with the small vile of angels blood, much to their disappointment, as Sabrina explains that Dorian drank the rest of it. Unfortunately, that won’t be nearly enough to replenish the coven’s power. Hilda suspects if they use it another way other than drinking it then they may be able to energize the coven. Hilda recalls something she did when she was a student at the Academy. She took a moon bath. It’s a ceremony that witches used to perform during the celebration of the Hare Moon. They would rub their bodies with oils and bathe in the moonlight. It was meant to be a symbolic rebirth. Light from the moon was meant to replenish them. But if they take that angel's blood and mix it with certain oils and then rub it onto their bodies and bathe in the light of the Hare Moon, the symbolic rebirth could be literal. The moonlight would activate the angel's blood, which in turn would allow their skin to actually absorb the energies of the moon. Hilda takes the blood to preparing the anointing oils. Zelda then thanks both Hilda and Sabrina.
Hilda informs Sabrina that Harvey stopped by because Roz is suffering from a witchy fever. Hilda promised they would check in once they got their powers back. Sabrina adds Nick to the list of people to check on after the Hare Moon as she caught Nick cavorting with sex demons. Hilda explains that he’s a warlock of a certain age, and that goes with the territory. Sabrina fears that something happened to him when he was imprisoned with the Dark Lord.
The entire coven (Sabrina, Ambrose, Hilda, Zelda, Prudence, Agatha, Dorcas, Melvin, and Elspeth, among others) gathers in the Greendale woods and sings as tradition would require for the Hare Moon. They form an aisle, which Sabrina walks down the middle of while holding the hare. She then walks the hare into the woods to pardon it. There, she crosses paths with a mysterious group wearing strange masks. Sabrina returns to find that Nick has joined them. However, she is being followed by the mysterious group wearing masks.
As Roz’ conditions worsens, Harvey grows impatient. He grabs his gun and plots his return to the carnival to find out what happens to Roz, against Theo’s advice.
The Church of Night is confronted by Pagan witches who are looking for somewhere to celebrate their holiday as well; Ostra. Zelda and Hilda invite Pan, Circe, Nagaina and the rest of their coven to join them. Elspeth asks if they should say a prayer of thanks to Lilith, much to Pan’s surprise, who questions why they wouldn’t pray to their Dark Lord. Zelda tells Elspeth that no prayer is necessary. Pan explains that his coven prays to others.
Sabrina and Nick ask Nagaina about Ostra. She replies their ways are little known to the outside world. She then asks Sabrina about their rites and if it's customary to fornicate on holidays. She can sense that Nick shares his carnal embraces with others rather than Sabrina. She can sense that his soul is shrouded in darkness and he reaks of sex.
Pan asks Zelda and Ambrose how long their people have been in Greendale. They reply that they’ve been there for generations, stemming from the old country. Zelda asks where Pan’s community hails from. She deduces that they’re drifters. She hopes that Greendale is just one of many stops and that they’ll be moving on soon. Pan isn’t sure, explaining that there’s something about Greendale that makes him want to set down roots.
Hilda makes small talk with Circe, sharing her hobbies and personal enjoyment such as knitting. Circe refers to Hilda as a weaver. A weaver is someone who weaves fabrics and stories. Hilda notices a spider crawling on her and picks it up. Circe begs her not to kill it. Hilda explains that she would never. She keeps spiders as pets, much to Circe’s disapproval. Hilda claims they’re happy, but Circe insists they’re not and tells Hilda that she could never know what a spider feels before grabbing Hilda’s hand and performing a chant. Pan then interrupts and asks to speak with Circe privately.
Pan, Circe, and Nagaina discuss their findings. Circe refers to them as heathens who enslave animals as pets. Pan corrects her in saying that the animals are kept as familiars. He explains that they’ve stumbled upon a group of Satanic witches, but something is wrong with them. Nagaina explains that they’re weak. She can smell it.
Sabrina, Ambrose, Hilda, and Zelda discuss the Pagan witches they’ve crossed paths with. Zelda claims that they only seek to cause chaos. She thought that they were gone from the entire country. Ambrose thought that Pagan witches died out entirely when Satanic witches ascended. When Christians came to power. Sabrina suggests conjuring a storm to make them leave as they still have to take their Moon bath. The Spellmans join hands to conjure a storm and make it rain. The clouds darken, but they fail to conjure the storm. Pan notices the Spellman off behind a tree holding hands, but doesn't react.
Dorcas approaches Nick after hearing about his stint with the sex demons. She tells Nick that he doesn’t have to go to them for that. He could come to her, and she could show him some serious splendor in the grass. Dorcas is then bitten by a snake and falls to the ground. Nagaina takes her leg and sucks the venom out. Nick returns with the snake after cutting it in half. Nagaina is enraged, referring to Nick as a murderer and explaining that it was the snake’s home they invaded. With that, Pan, Circe, and Nagaina decide to take their people and leave. Zelda agrees, stating that they were there first. Pan retorts that the pagans were there first, before the false god. Before the Dark Lord, the old gods reigned, and the pagans worshiped them. Now, something has happened and their time has come around again.
Harvey returns to the carnival armed with a rifle. He goes into Nagaina’s tent, however, he doesn’t find her. Instead, he finds statues.
Sabrina, Ambrose, Hilda, Zelda, Prudence, Agatha, Dorcas, Melvin, and Elspeth gather to discuss their recent run-in with pagans. Zelda asks Nick what he has to say for himself after killing a snake in front of Nagaina. Ambrose points out that they probably worship snakes. Nick is unapologetic. Zelda informs the coven that pagans are not to be trifled with, especially not while they’re without powers. Hilda suggests sending an offering to make amends. She asks Nick to give them her Moon pie, but he refuses, exclaiming that he’s done enough to protect the coven and storms off. In his place, Zelda asks Dorcas to take the pie. She agrees and Prudence offers to send Melvin and Agatha with her, but Dorcas turns down the security. Prudence sends Agatha nonetheless.
Sabrina chases after Nick and asks to talk, starting with him cheating on her and hooking up with sex demons. He accuses Sabrina of trying to make his suffering about her. Nick reminds Sabrina of what the pagan said, that he’s dirty and polluted. Sabrina insists that he’s just been through trauma. And she surmises that he’s drinking, doing drugs and letting sex demons whip him so that he doesn’t have to deal with whatever happened, but Sabrina pleads with Nick to tell him what happened while he was in Hell. Nick explains that he was stripped naked and put in chains by Lilith, tortured on the inside, humiliated and debased on the outside for weeks that felt like decades. And there was no reprieve. He was a punching bag for Lucifer and a plaything for Lilith. He wrestled the Dark Lord for dominance, and it was exhausting. It was a place of no rest, just pain. All to protect Sabrina. As for the sex demons, Nick explains that he’s not getting that kind of comfort from Sabrina. He accuses her of saving herself for someone else, but she insists that's not true. Sabrina asks what can she do to help, but Nick tells her there’s nothing she can do as he only sees her father when he looks at her.
While following Dorcas as she delivers the moon pie to the pagans, Agatha loses her trail and crosses paths with Pan as he is in his true form playing a flute. She appears entranced by his performance. Meanwhile, as Dorcas searches for the pagans, she is attacked by Nagaina.
Nick returns to the Academy to kill Lucifer. However, Lucifer offers Nick red mercury, which will give him the best rush of his life, as well as dragon’s tears. He’ll go up, but never come down. He offers Nick both in return for a favor.
Sabrina, Ambrose, Hilda, Zelda, Prudence, Melvin, Elspeth, and the rest of the coven, save for Nick, Agatha, and Dorcas, apply the sacred oil all over their exposed body as the moon peaks. The coven lays down on the ground and forms a circle as Hilda explains why they honor the Hare Moon. It’s light will shine on them, and they will reclaim their power. Hilda looks to the moon and asks that it bless them with its gifts and energies. They offer their bodies in exchange for their magicks multiplying in the spirit of the Hare. The coven holds hands to seal the circle and their skin glows blue.
Pan, Nagaina, Circe and the pagans plot to take away the witches' Hare Moon. Pan cuts into the cake, and Circe prays to Selene, goddess of the moon, as the coven eats the moon pie, simultaneously consuming the moon.
The moon suddenly darkens above the Church of Night. Ambrose remarks that an eclipse would be impossible at such a time, leaving Zelda and Hilda to conclude that they’re under attack by the pagans. The moon bath won’t work under the eclipsed moon. Zelda orders Sabrina, Ambrose, Prudence, Melvin, and Elspeth to gather their belongings and return to the Academy, even with that meaning leaving Nick and Prudence’s sisters unprotected and lost in the woods. Zelda explains that once the coven has fortified behind their walls, only then will they plot their counter-attack.
Harvey returns and Theo informs him that Roz has turned to stone.
Sabrina, Ambrose, Hilda, Zelda, Prudence, Melvin, Elspeth, and the remaining members of the coven reconvene in the dormitory, where they will sleep together so that everyone is protected. However, they discover that their beds are infested with snakes. Melvin then informs the coven that the pagans are outside. They open the Academy’s doors to find Pan, Nagaina, Circe, and the pagans hidden within the fog. Pan warns them that their time is over and that the old gods are returning, as well as the old ways. He tells them to either bow and pray to their gods or be killed. They have three days to decide. The pagans disappear, leaving behind a crazed Agatha and a petrified Dorcas.
Sabrina, Ambrose, Hilda, and Zelda retreat to the main office to discuss their next choice of action. The pagans are a clear and present danger. And they are without strength. They have no other choice but to free the Dark Lord. There will be hell to pay for their actions, but he’ll crush the pagans under his hoof. Sabrina volunteers to go down and talk to him. Sabrina enters the Dark Lord’s cell to find her father gone and Nick bleeding from his mouth and a green substance dripping from his eyes.
- The episode title is a reference to the full moon of May according to Wiccan calendar.
- The Pagan tribe celebrated Ostara, the spring equinox in the Modern Paganism Wheel of the Year.
- The song the coven sings during the picnic is The Song of Purple Summer from the musical Spring Awakening.
- Mädchen Amick, who portrays Alice Smith on The CW's Riverdale, shadowed director Viet Nguyen during the production of this episode.
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