Charmed

Season 3 Episode 11

Blinded by the Whitelighter

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 25, 2001 on The WB
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The sisters must stop a warlock from executing his plan to steal specific powers from witches in his attempt to kill every whitelighter in the world.

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  • Blinded by the Whitelighter

    10
    Blinded by the Whitelighter was another perfect and very entertaining episode of Charmed. I really enjoyed watching because there was humor, action, and lots of magic. A warlock killing witches and stealing their powers focuses on the Charmed Ones and Whitelighters. There were some great laughs, intriguing drama, and suspenseful moments. I liked how the story unfolded and was excited to see a challenging foe for the sisters to conquer and vanquish. It was great to see them put to test by another Whitelighter named Nancy. In the end Piper learns that they have earned Nancy's blessing and that of the High Council. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • I believe Prodigy said it best with "slapdabichyup"...

    9.0
    This is a great episode that belongs among Season 3's best.



    It was a stroke of genius to bring another whitelighter into the foray, namely a female with a long history with Leo. I would have preferred an attractive whitelighter to raise Piper's jealousy a Defcon or two, but at least this whitelighter is wonderfully annoying and uproariously sexually frustrated. The drill sergeant scene was somewhat unoriginal but still entertaining thanks to the sisters' petulance and Prue's ultra-low top. The whitelighter "talk" is hilarious, especially the sisters' reaction to it. Great writing there.



    Our bad this week has the perhaps over-ambitious plan to actually wreak havoc in Elderville by killing whitelighters and thus making their charges vulnerable. Ames is similar to Matthew Tate in that he is a warlock who can steal powers and blink. He is a capable bad guy, though overshadowed by his plan. I found it curious that the Elders can't protect themselves from one warlock with a crossbow; they certainly can in Season 7. It was also quite strange that the sisters agreed to sacrifice Natalie. After all, how else could they ambush Ames in Elderville unless she died? Great vanquish though with all the sisters working together.



    As expected, Phoebe can't hold her secret any longer and tells Leo that Cole is still around. Their scene at the club might be the closest Phoebe and Leo ever come to romance. As we saw in Season 2, Leo almost seems to be Phoebe's whitelighter even while being Piper's man. That bond is at least partially transferred to Paige once she is around.moreless
  • Piper jealous!

    9.9
    Another really great episode for this season. The more episodes I watch the more I'm convinced that season 3 is the best season of Charmed.



    This episode was fantastic & very funny. We get to meet a fellow whitelighter of Leo's, Natalie who unlike Leo believes in following the rules. Piper hates her & is even a little if not very jealous of her.



    The 3 sisters take an instant dislike to her, and we find out that Whitelighters have a clickity clack language of thier own. Plus we get a look at "Whitlighter central".



    Pheobe tells Leo about Cole, & Leo decides he's too emotionally attached to the sisters so Natalie takes over as thier Whitelighter, and they have to follow the rules, which they hate.



    The death of Natalie near the end was sad & you could see that the sisters had just begun to like her.

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  • General Goody-Two-Shoes and her Soldier Witches

    9.5
    Blinded By a Whitelighter-The sisters must stop a warlock from executing his plan to steal specific powers from witches in his attempt to kill every whitelighter in the world.



    A truly fantastic episode that sees the writers creating a brilliant script that mixes together all Charmed's greatness for a stellar hour of television. Despite a slightly over-the-top, campy performance by Steve Valentine, Eames is definately one of the most well developed villains the writers ever had. Eames' M.O. is one of the most elaborate, even smartest a demon has ever come up with on the series and the way he goes about executing each part of his plan, not to mention tricking the sisters multiple times into getting them to do what he wants brings some superb twists. Audrey Wasilewski (Natalie) really shines as the book-worm whitelighter who soon becomes the unlikely leader for the sisters when trying to prepare them to battle Eames. This is probably the highlight of the storyline as Natalie's presence brings some of the funniest scenes of Charmed. From Natalie and Leo's hilarious "click-clacking" language to Piper's humorous comebacks towards Natalie to pretty much all 3 sisters overall resentment toward her, especially in the training sequence where Natalia coaches the sisters' through their battle strategy against Eames as the dialogue is just priceless:



    Prue: Tell me again why we're doing this?

    Piper: Because one bad word from General Goody-Two-Shoes, and I'm not getting married.



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    Natalie (discussing taking the crossbow from Eames): Now talk me through how you plan to separate me from my crossbow.

    Piper: Ok, first I freeze you.

    Natalie: I deflect that.

    Phoebe: I guess I could levitate and kick you.

    Natalie: You just kicked a clone.

    Prue: All right, how about if I send an Astral Prue as a decoy and then just, you know... (uses her telekenesis to knock the fake crossbow from Natalie's hands) Oh, I'm so sorry.

    Natalie: Not as sorry as you would be if I just blinked behind you and stabbed you to death.

    Prue: Well, that would be bad.



    Other great scenes are Eames torturing a young witch before killing her, Eames tricking the sisters and killing Natalie, then of course, the climax as the sisters go "up there" and defeat Eames in a stunning vanquish scene. The episode also features well written sup-plots with Phoebe being investigated by Inspector Davidson and Phoebe telling Leo the truth about not vanquishing Cole. It's nice that at least someone besides Phoebe knows the truth and promises a lot for Phoebe as she must now come clean to her sisters. All and All, "Blinded by a Whitelighter" is one of the best episodes of this season filled with action, comedy, twists, thrills, and fine acting!moreless
  • Look out! There's a nasty demon around, not to mention a very annoying female Whitelighter.

    6.0
    The sisters and Leo learn that there is a Warlock running amok who wishes to steal the powers of the powerful and they know that they must do something to stop him. Things became more than a little amusing at this point when Whitelighter, Natalie, who has known Leo for a long time, turns up on the scene, makes Piper extremely jealous (not sure why) and annoys the heck out of the other sisters.



    Natalie is like someone newly graduated from the Marines, with a penchant for crossing all the 'T's and dotting all the I's. She is also aggravating in the extreme in her condescending manner towards the girls, whilst happily carrying on a weird 'click clack' type conversation with Leo.



    For me, the best part of the episode was when a very vulnerable Phoebe decided to come clean to Leo about Cole as Phoebe never really does have anyone she can talk to. It was sweet. Complicated, but sweet.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • When Prue is mixing together a potion for Phoebe to pour in to Reese's coffee during the "interrogation", she tells Phoebe that it will cause his throat to constrict so she can run. But she doesn't mention what Reese would do if he was demonic, so there wasn't any justification, and Phoebe couldn't know at all.

    • When Leo feels the witch get stabbed, he tells Natalie that she'd understand if she could feel it, but she tells him that she can, only she can control it. However, a few seconds later when Leo crumbles on the stairs, she asks what happened and he tells her the witch has died. If Natalie was already feeling the witch's pain, shouldn't she have known that she died?

    • How did Leo heal Piper's finger? She wasn't harmed by any forces of evil which is the only way "they" allow Leo to heal people.

    • When Piper and Leo are at the table and Natalie orbs in Leo says "Natalie!" while the orbs were still around her body and she was all white. How would he know that it was Natalie if she was all white?

    • TRIVIA: As of this episode, Leo and Piper are officially engaged.

    • When the girls are writing their spell they complain that Natalie has to approve their spells, unlike Leo. When Natalie comes over to read the spells, she only reads Phoebe's. After reading Phoebe's she gives them the go ahead to fight Eames. If she had to read the girls' spells, wouldn't she want to see Prue's and Piper's?

    • In the episode Phoebe has blue bracelets on her right wrist, and a ring on her 3rd finger of her right hand. When they're vanquishing Eames where the elders live, Phoebe moves her hair outta her face with her left hand and that hand has the ring and the bracelets, then it switches back to her right hand kinda thing.

    • When Natalie is training the sisters in the alley and Pheobe levitates, you can clearly see her shirt being pulled up from the strings that are holding her.

  • QUOTES (31)

    • Natalie: (sternly to Leo) Clickclickclickclick
      (Leo puts down a strawberry he was going to eat)
      Leo: (To Piper) We're not supposed to eat on the job...

    • Natalie: (Speaking in Whitelighter tongue) Clickclickclickclick Piper clickclickclickclick. Piper: At least we know who they're talking about...

    • Piper: No, you shouldnt do that.
      Natale: I'm happy for your concern.
      Piper: My concern is not for you.

    • Prue: Tell me again why we're doing this?
      Piper: Because one bad word from General Goody-Two-Shoes, and I'm not getting married.

    • Phoebe: I couldn't kill him, Leo…All I know is that I loved Cole. And if anyone understands forbidden love it's you, isn't it?
      Leo: Oh my God, Phoebe, it's not even close to being the same thing. He is a demon.
      Phoebe: He's half-human.
      Leo: For God's sakes, he's a killer. He has killed witches and innocents and anything else that has gotten in his way. What is the matter with you? What makes you think that he's not going to come back here right now and try and kill all three of you?
      Phoebe: He won't. I know he's good.
      Leo: No, you hope that he's good.

    • Leo: Piper, what are you doing?
      Piper: Getting irritated. Who put Lady Attitude in charge?
      Leo: She's not in charge.
      Piper: Really? 'Cause she's acting like it. I thought Whitelighters were supposed to guide, not dictate.

    • Prue, Piper, and Phoebe:
      Time for amends and a victims revenge,
      Cloning power turned sour,
      Power to change turned to strange,
      I'm rejectin' your deflection

    • Prue: All right, so, what's in that head of yours?
      Phoebe: Nothing. You know that.

    • Prue: Yeah, but she said that she needs to hear it.
      Phoebe: You know what, what she needs, none of us can give her. Right?

    • Piper: Maybe we should get out of here.
      Prue: What about the witch in Phoebe's premonition? We can't leave him.
      Piper: Afraid you were gonna say that.

    • Phoebe: So, what, we're supposed to just wait?
      Prue: No, I had to say something to get rid of her.
      Leo: Didn't you hear what she said? Consulting with the elders is for your own protection.
      Piper: And siding with us is for yours.

    • Phoebe: Leo, can I talk to you about something? Soon?
      Piper: Take a number.

    • Prue:...and took the power of transmogrification.
      Piper: "Trans" what?
      Leo and Natalie: The ability to change shape or form.
      Prue: Okay.

    • Natalie: Because you missed this morning's staff meeting.
      Piper: You have staff meetings?

    • Leo: You just have to accept that you're engaged to somebody who works for the CIA.
      Phoebe: Wait, you work for the CIA?
      Prue: You know, ever since she became a blonde...

    • Leo: Whoa, what is that smell?
      Prue: That would be the lovely smell of Piper's breakfast.

    • Eames: What the hell are you doing up here?
      Phoebe: Kicking your ass!

    • Natalie (discussing taking the crossbow from Eames): Now talk me through how you plan to separate me from my crossbow.
      Piper: Ok, first I freeze you.
      Natalie: I deflect that.
      Phoebe: I guess I could levitate and kick you.
      Natalie: You just kicked a clone.
      Prue: All right, how about if I send an Astral Prue as a decoy and then just, you know... (uses her telekenesis to knock the fake crossbow from Natalie's hands) Oh, I'm so sorry.
      Natalie: Not as sorry as you would be if I just blinked behind you and stabbed you to death.
      Prue: Well, that would be bad.

    • Prue: You guys can (clicks her tongue) chit-chat all you want. Me, I'm gonna go look in the Book of Shadows, 'kay?
      Natalie: I'll go with you. I got a look at that warlock. I might be able to identify him.
      Prue: All right, well, it's up in the attic.
      Natalie: Attic? You mean the Altar room, don't you? The rules are very clear! Every witch must keep their Book of Shadows in a sacred and protected spot.
      Prue: Right. Of course.
      Leo: Maybe you can bring the Book down here.
      Prue (sarcastically to Natalie): Yeah. Yeah, I'll just run up to the Altar room – which, by the way, is right next to the potions lab – and I'll be right back.

    • Natalie: Leo, sorry to interrupt but we've got a major problem on our hands.
      (She shows Leo and Piper an athame. Prue walks into the dining room)
      Prue: Hey I heard something... Oh! Athame, athame!
      (Prue gets ready to jump over the table)

    • Piper froze Natalie, walked out then unfroze her with Leo running after her.
      Natalie: What happened?
      Prue: Piper froze you.
      Natalie: W-what?
      Prue: Ya.

    • Phoebe: Who's Natalie?
      Piper: She's a fuh...
      Leo (interrupting): A fellow whitelighter. See, I finished your sentence.
      Piper: That's not what I was going to say.

    • Eames (to Natalie): You would think dying would be easier the second time around, but it doesn't look like it.

    • Natalie: Alright, now pretend I'm the enemy.
      Phoebe claps her hands.
      Prue: Oh that is way too easy.
      Piper laughs.

    • Piper: We went, we saw, we didn't quite conquer.

    • Prue: Alright, I've got the cloning portion of the vanquishing spell done.
      Piper: I'm almost there with the transmogrification.
      Phoebe: Mine came out a little country western. I'm rejectin' your deflection.

    • Phoebe: Hey, if we don't vanquish Eames, can we at least vanquish Natalie?
      Piper: Don't tempt me.

    • Prue: Something doesn't feel right. This was way too easy.
      Phoebe: Or even worse, anticlimactic.

    • Piper: We followed the stupid rules and look what happened!
      Phoebe: I hate rules!

    • Leo: Hey, you want to freeze me in bed for your own personal pleasure, that is fine, but freezing Natalie is not gonna make her or the Elders happy.

    • Natalie: You must prepare yourselves for battle. Mentally, physically, spiritually, sartorially...
      Phoebe: I'm sorry, what?
      Piper: She doesn't like our clothes.
      Natalie: You need clothes that are loose and move. That means no more braless, strapless... fearless attire.
      Prue: Okay, then I have nothing to wear.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Piper: We went, we saw, we didn't quite conquer.

      This is a play on the famous phrase quoted by Julius Caesar, "He came, he saw, he conquered".

    • Eames tells the stabbed witch in the park that he wants a few good whitelighters.

      This is a reference to the saying used for the military and the title of the 1991 movie A Few Good Men, starring Tom Cruise.

    • Title: Blinded By The Whitelighter

      This is a reference to the phrase "blinded by the light", which was also a 1973 Bruce Springsteen song.

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