Season 6 Episode 23

It's a Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World (2)

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 16, 2004 on The WB
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It's a Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World (2)
Gideon creates a portal that puts Chris and Leo in a mirrored world where evil prevails, and Phoebe and Paige travel to the parallel universe to rescue them. Meanwhile, Piper gives birth to baby Chris.

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  • Another good one.

    While I completely see where Leo is coming from, he was being quite a brick wall at the start when the other elder was trying to talk to him. "Some elders shared his thinking" "oh so you did" "no" "well then I'm going after him" - did you completely ignore the point and have no idea what he said?

    Phoebe and Paige are a bit annoying here. You go to another world and don't try and blend in, in fact you make yourselves stand out. You realise your world is different but instead of trying to blend in you act stupidly. "turn it down a notch", you know they're like this everywhere now. Yelling "snap out of it"? It's not a spell you idiots.

    I don't get why Leo doesn't listen to Chris. He never wanted to be an elder (as he said multiple times), his family never wanted him to be, he's never up there, he's basically their whitelighter and he certainly doesn't act like an elder (killing people).

    I like how the 4 of them are talking about committing a serious evil to shift the balance back. It's like hello Good Phoebe and Paige, you are talking about most likely - murder - to shift it back and you don't even care. But it is obviously true.

    I get why Barbas was in this episode, he was kind of needed to trick Piper into casting the spell and all. But seriously, you want to see the 'ultimate demon' and you chose Barbas? (well suppose that's Part 1 anyway). He's pretty hard to keep dead sure, but he's still not some most dangerous demon.

    I hate when they get super happy though, Phoebe and Paige are just irritating!

    I love how it goes between people and it's all like a big circle. Leo: "Gideon made her do it" Gideon: "Leo will be figuring out it's me". Obviously we know who will win in the end but it's cool to think of when one will catch up on the other.

    Yay to seeing future Wyatt! We don't get to see him enough, and he plays him quite well, I actually feel like I can see that Wyatt in little Wyatt's appearance too. I like how they brought back Excalibur too. It'd have been cool too if we could've seen Good Wyatt attacking evil Leo.

    I don't get why Leo didn't just heal Chris straight away and follow Gideon's orbs, they seem to be able to do that. Or always used to in the past.

    Barbas always gets too cocky and arrogant which always ruins him and makes him slightly annoying. Gideon is trying to be smart about killing Wyatt and Barbas just acts stupidly. Like when he had Cole's powers, you could've ruled the underworld and spent time planning to take them down properly over time instead and probably succeeded because he is fairly dangerous.

    I don't get why Gideon didn't just slip a binding potion into one of Wyatt's bottles. Offer to babysit or something. And then he'd be powerless and you'd probably be able to go through with this entire plan with a you know, human baby, just make sure you do the binding potion right before this plan.

    The house raid near the end was pretty lame.

    Wyatt killing two demons with the blink of an eye is just so over the top it's completely stupid. He's powerful I know, but god what's the point of having a prophecy about the charmed ones when you can get a baby who kills demons just blinking.

    Yes Leo is watching his son die but is he forgetting that, be Wyatt being born good and growing good now, future Chris doesn't need to come back and therefore will never have died here,

    And I agree, where the hell did Leo get that electric power from. If elders can't defend themselves, if elders don't do harm to people why do they have such an offensive power. But I like Leo's breakdown when Chris died.

    I actually do love these two episodes, I just like nitpicking when little things nag at me and everyone else has talked about the good.moreless
  • Clash of the Elders

    It's a Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World, Par 2-Gideon creates a portal that puts Chris and Leo in a mirrored world where evil prevails, and Phoebe and Paige travel to the parallel universe to rescue them. Meanwhile, Piper gives birth to baby Chris.

    Definately the better half of the season finale, although still nothing really amazing about it. It's about as good as Charmed can get during these later years anyway. The performances in this episode are definately better than the last, Rose McGowan manages to control her over the top mannerisms and convinces in most of her scenes this episode despite that awful performance at the end of Part 1. The whole cast seems like their taking the material more seriously, even though the whole evil world plot is as silly as can be. With Gideon's failed attempt on Wyatt, he teams up with....Barbas....and plans yet another way to kill Wyatt. I do have to admit, the gleefully good world the sisters are stuck in it's pretty hilarious. The hospital scenes in particular have some disturbingly funny moments like the doctor threatening to rip offPaige and Phoebe's knee caps. But once Piper and Paige are put under Piper's spell, the episode begins to suffer. God, I think Paige and Phoebe could anymore annoying! Rose especially seemed like she was phoning in her "Mary Sue" performance, this time..I don't blame her.

    Probably the most effective part of the episode was Chris' death, especially sacrificing himself to save Wyatt. yes, I don't like Chris and still don't but his death was kinda heartbreaking, especially when Leo is at his bedside when he fads away. Paige's tears were also effective, especially considering I thought Rose McGowan forgot how to act. After that, we get Leo's meltdown in the attic which is pretty jarring since when did Leo have lightning powers?! O_0 Anyway, this all leads to a showdown between Gideon and Leo which is pretty badass, since we never get to see Leo let loose and kick some a$$! While is still makes no sense that Leo has these powers, Gideon's death is brutal and shcoking. I also liked how it paralled with Paige breaking the news to Phoebe, it builded some great tension and seeing Phoebe snap at the doctor was refreshing, especially seeing Alyssa put in a good performance for once. Haven't seen Phoebe that serious and worked up since at the end of Season 4. The episode ends with another Halliwell arrival in the family: baby Chris is born and in Charmed fashion, it's a touching moment between Piper and Leo as they both hold their new son as Paige and Phoebe, while holding Wyatt, look on. It's also the first finale that ends without the Halliwell Manor door closing, instead we get the recovery room doors to Piper's room close. All and All, Part 2 was definately the better half of this finalebut is fairlyaverage managing to give us some good moments of solid acting and hreatbreakingscenes despite the weak plot with the alterante world.moreless
  • Your feeble skills are no match for the sheer power of the darkside of Leo... Pure awesomeness.

    I had originally thought that Forever Charmed would be the only episode that I would give a perfect 10 to, but after watching this a third time, I changed my mind. This episode is as good as it gets for Charmed. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will make you damn glad to see an elder get fried, and it will just all around keep you riveted. As I said for the first part, this is the best season finale to Charmed until the series finale. The happy, hokey world was a bit annoying, which I'm sure was the point, but here is a list of the awesomeness.

    Billy Drago and Gildart Jackson are tremendous in their scenes together. Their first dialogue scene is a gem, and I continue to be thoroughly entertained by Drago throughout. "Is the big elder afraid of the itsy, bitsy, little baby?" Hahaha...

    Holly's acting, like usual, is fabulous in the couple scenes she is in, especially when Drago plays on her fears.

    I thought Phoebe and Paige were hilarious after Piper put the spell on them, especially Phoebe and all her baby talk with Chris. hahaha... Apparently to live in this altered reality, you just need to be high.

    Another great scene is when Chris uses his power to throw Darryl out the front door. He then looks out the door at Darryl, and in a hilariously cocky manner says, "Have a nice day," and then uses his power to shut the door. Sweet. And another is when Wes Ramsey reappears as the older, evil Wyatt, and he takes Excalibur to his dad. Somewhat fitting when you remember King Arthur used that sword to kill his own son, Mordred.

    Chris's death is a tearjerker. Rose McGowan is magnificent as Paige stands in the doorway stricken, and Brian Krause, of course, is better than ever. Wyatt orbing around the underworld vanquishing demons is hilarious and awesome simultaneously. Then, of course, Leo summoning the mirror, talking to his evil counterpart, telling Gideon he is going to commit a great evil, and then electrocuting Gideon is one of the all time greatest Charmed moments. Here's a memo: don't mess with Leo's kids.

    The final scene with Chris's birth, Leo going in to see Piper, and as Charmed tradition, the hospital room doors swinging shut with the words "Recovery" on them, is great in pretty much every detail. This ultimately shows that the story arc for Season 6 actually had Piper and Leo at its heart. Like Season 2, they start the season separated, and they finish the season together, in recovery. Just an all around fantastic episode.moreless

    Sins of the father

    An absolute blinder to end the season. The sisters are trapped in a warped version of reality, Chris dies and gets born on the same day and Leo finally gets his revenge on Gideon. The plot is superb and the action is gripping throughout, with some real surprises at the end. It doesn't get much better than this.

    The world's morals are seriously screwed up by the shift in power, resulting in one of the most inventive plots of the series. The relentless happiness and false smiles are really disturbing and to see Piper as part of it is frightening. I'd rather they hadn't infected Paige and Phoebe too but, that said, Rose McGowan is excellent as bubbly Paige.

    When Gideon teams up with Barbas, the action really escalates and the last few scenes are amazing. Nice to see Wes Ramsey back as grown up Wyatt. Bold move to kill off Chris but I guess he was leaving anyway so why not?

    Leo is the undisputed hero this week and it's he who calls the shots. He also displays some fantastic new powers. I absolutely love it when he gets all kickarse like this. For me, seeing him electrocute Gideon is one of the defining moments of this show. The range of emotions Brian goes through is amazing and I'd rate this as easily his best performance so far.

    There are some great individual scenes. The way Phoebe and Leo whisk back the curtain to see their evil selves is storming, and Chris's death is full-on tragic. Interestingly, his birth is handled very differently to Wyatt's. No orbs or demons this time, just a regular birth in a hospital. It's the perfect ending to an hour of madness.

    This season, the Charmed Ones and their associates manage to vanquish a whopping 102 demons, 8 darklighters, 2 warlocks, 2 mortals, 2 phantasms, 1 elder, 1 banshee, 1 evil witch and 1 headless horseman. That's a total of 120 evil beings, making this their bloodiest season so far. And all this despite making only one vanquish in the first five episodes.

    Which way now indeed.

    Score: 9.7moreless
  • The last episode of the season. They finally find out about Gideon and try to stop him. Unfortunately, Chris dies in Leo's arms and fades away, but Leo is able to save Wyatt from Gideon and Barbas and baby Chris is born.moreless

    I was in tears at the end of this episode. I found it extremely delightful and my heart was breaking when chris was dying. The only thing i did not like was that while Leo was looking for Gideon, Phoebe and Paige were just waiting at the hospital.I would have liked if Phoebe and Paige were actually involved in rescuing Wyatt and i also thought that things were happening too fast, like leo finding out about barbas, and how quickly Gideon seemed to give up. Also, if the elders were not affected when the world turned too good, why didn't they offer to help the charmed ones? Overall i was very satisfied with this episode and i think it was a great way to end the season.moreless
John Todd

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Jim Abele

Jim Abele

Dr. Roberts

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Dayna Devon

Dayna Devon

Female Vulture Demon

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Billy Drago

Billy Drago


Recurring Role

Gildart Jackson

Gildart Jackson


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Betsy Randle

Betsy Randle

Mrs. Winterbourne

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  • TRIVIA (16)

    • Leo said that Phoebe and Paige didn't remember the past because of the spell that was cast by Piper. So when Darryl comes to arrest Chris and Chris claims that he didn't punch Darryl Paige says that evil Chris did. How could she remember that?

    • The jingle played at the beginning of this episode when Phoebe has been shot in the "good" world is the same jingle the ice cream truck played in season 3 episode We All Scream for Ice Cream.

    • When Leo sees Paige and Phoebe behaving oddly he says that only Piper could have done this to them. Why would he assume this? The sisters have been possessed and put under spells countless times by other people. Surely Gideon would be a more likely candidate?

    • TRIVIA: During Season Six, the Charmed Ones and their associates manage to vanquish 102 demons, 8 darklighters, 2 warlocks, 2 mortals, 2 phantasms, 1 elder, 1 banshee, 1 evil witch and 1 headless horseman, making a total of 120 evil beings. This comes despite making only one vanquish in the first five episodes.

    • The front porch of the manor changes size. When viewed from the outside, the porch is about 3 feet, in other episodes, it's about 7 feet, but in this episode, the porch is double that size.

    • In the "world of good", people were punished because of every little infraction, and everyone accepted it. So why would everyone at the hospital react in shock when the desk attendant yelled shot?

    • TRIVIA: In Leo's fear vision, Evil Wyatt calls for the sword Excalibur. In the episode Sword and the City, it is revealed that he is destined to command Excalibur.

    • TRIVIA: Gideon orbs get darker and darker the closer he comes to killing Wyatt, possibly because as he becomes more obsessed with killing Wyatt, the more evil he becomes.

    • TRIVIA: Gideon's last lines on the show are to Leo warning him "You have no idea what you've done". Is this perhaps forshadowing for season 7?

    • TRIVIA: This is the last appearance of Drew Fuller (Chris) as a series regular.

    • When Leo is at magic school talking to his evil counterpart through the mirror, both suggest that Gideon must be in the underworld to avoid being sensed. Leo has been able to sense things in the underworld while he was there in the past, so why did they need to narrow down his location?

    • TRIVIA: This is the first time that the doors to the Halliwell manor are not closed for a season finale, instead, the doors to the recovery room in the hospital are closed.
      However, a traditional front door closing is featured in the first half of the episode: when Chris throws Darryl out, he says him "Have a nice day" and closes the front door with his power, accompanied by the usual jingle.

    • TRIVIA: In this episode Piper gives birth to baby Chris, we find out that Chris was named after Leo's father and adult Chris is killed by Gideon.

    • TRIVIA: At the end of this episode, Barbas isn't vanquished, which means he may return next season.

    • Recycling of the same sets: the hospital elevator is the same elevator from Cole's penthouse.

    • When Paige calls for Leo before Chris dies, he mentions he was in the underworld. In the episode "All Hell Breaks Loose" Leo orbed down to get Phoebe, and Piper died because he wasn't able to respond to Prue's calls before time was reset.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • (Paige, under Piper's happy spell, greets Darryl at the front door.)
      Paige: We thought you were the patrol guy come to shoot Phoebe.
      Darryl: Sorry. Actually I'm here to get Chris. I'm afraid I'm going to have to take him into custody for assaulting me.
      Chris: Dude, I didn't assault you.
      Paige: No, but Evil Chris did.
      Chris: That wasn't me.
      Phoebe: You're still a fugitive anyways.
      Chris: Okay, you're not helping, thanks.
      Darryl: You know, I'm only giving you this chance because we used to be friends.
      Phoebe: That is so sweet, Darryl.
      Paige: And, evil double or no, someone has to do the time. Take him away, Darryl!

    • (Leo is attacking Gideon)
      Gideon: Leo, please, you have to understand. I am only doing this for the greater good, I swear.
      Leo: How is killing a child ever for the greater good, huh? Who the hell are you to decide that, huh?
      Gideon: I'm an Elder. So are you. It's what we do!
      Leo: I'm not one of you anymore.

    • Paiges: It sucks.
      Evil Phoebe: So what do you think happened?
      Phoebe: I think we did too much good together when we were trying to get Gideon in your world.
      Evil Phoebe: My thoughts exactly.
      Evil Paige: Maybe we need to do some serious evil on your side to shift the balance back.
      Paige: Right.
      Evil Paige: The problem is, I don't know if our collective powers will work with us in different worlds.
      Evil Phoebe: Well, we better think of something fast, because Gideon's still after Wyatt in both of them.
      Paiges: The Power of Three.
      Phoebes: What?
      Paige: If we can cast a spell on our respective Pipers…
      Evil Paige: We're back to full power again.
      Evil Phoebe: And bring us to your side so we could shift the balance back…
      Phoebe: And then kick some ass.
      Phoebes & Paiges: I like it!

    • Happy Phoebe: The plan is to go to the hospital and see Piper. (giggling)
      Happy Paige: That's a really good plan. (giggling)
      Happy Phoebe: I know. (giggling)

    • Paige: Well if you ask me the grand design was pretty messed up already.

    • Phoebe: We should drive, I don't want to risk orbing.
      Chris: Just watch your speed, okay?

    • Barbas (to Gideon, about Wyatt): How cute. The great big Elder's afraid of the teeny-weeny itsy-bitsy baby.

    • Chris: You're laughing! That's great...your nephew is almost killed and you're laughing!

    • Male Vulture Demon (gesturing over to Wyatt, who has just orbed in): Check it out.
      Female Vulture Demon: What's he doing down here?
      Male Vulture Demon: Maybe the world's finally turning back in our favor.
      Wyatt vanquishes him..
      Female Vulture Demon: Or not.
      Wyatt vanquishes her..

    • Paige: It's not dark...why is it not dark?
      Receptionist: Dark? Why would you say such a thing? Dark is evil and unhappy...why would you say that, unless you wanted to get shot!
      Everyone looks at Paige and Phoebe. Phoebe lets out a nervous laugh.
      Phoebe: She's sister the joker.
      Everyone smiles.
      Phoebe: Okay we are going to go...because our sister is going to have a baby. Okay have a good day.

    • Paige: So we're starring in a little movie called Pleasantville.

    • Phoebe: There are evil twins of us out there.

    • Leo: Hey, I'm here now, you can hold on okay? Hold on hold on...I'm here, you can hold on. Don't give up, okay?
      Chris: You either...
      Leo: No, no, no, please, no, no, please no...
      Chris fades away to nothing.

    • Phoebe: No time to dawdle, there's a baby on the way.

    • Phoebe: How did you get your name anyway? It doesn't start with a 'P'.
      Chris: It was Leo's father's name.
      Phoebe: How sweet is that?

    • Paige: Well, we can't very well ignore Chris' birth, we have to celebrate it.
      Chris: I'm the baby, I give you permission not to!

    • Paige: Well, I'm sure the doctors are going to find out any minute, and everything is gonna be just peachy!

    • Doctor: Oh, I'm sorry, but rules are rules. Did you wanna keep your legs?
      Phoebe (to Piper): We'll call you.
      Piper: Okey dokey.

    • Barbas (about Piper): She's out in cloud cuckoo land.

    • Barbas (to Gideon): Ah, you're such a tease.

    • Phoebe: Piper, snap out of it! This is crazy making!
      Piper: What is?
      Phoebe: This, everything. You, the hand, the whole damn world, it's driving me insane!
      Piper: Phoebe, you really should not swear, they will cut your tongue out!

    • Phoebe (to Leo about Chris): I guess you didn't lose him.

    • Phoebe: You get your ass back in there and save her and the baby.
      Doctor: Security!
      Paige: What are you doing, Phoebe? They shoot people here!

    • Darryl: Listen, young man, we can do this the easy way, or the hard way. Your choice.
      Chris: You know what? (he telekinetically hurls Darryl out the front door.) Have a nice day. (Chris then telekinetically slams the door.)

  • NOTES (2)


    • The way Gideon falls to the ground as a pile of dust with his school cloak above it just after saying his final words is very similar to the way Professor Qurrell died in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone died.

    • Title: It's a Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World

      This is a reference to the 1963 film, "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" , as well as a slight reference to the Disney song "It's a Small World", also a ride in Disneyland.

    • Leo shooting blue energy bolts from his hands to kill Gideon with Wyatt (Leo's son) nearby is very reminiscent of the end of "Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi", where the evil Emperor Palpatine attempts to kill Luke Skywalker in exactly the same way while Darth Vader (Luke's father) looks on.

    • Barbas: How cute. The big Elder is scared of the itsy-bitsy baby.

      The 'Itsy-bitsy' part is from the classic nursery rhyme "The Itsy-Bitsy Spider".

    • Paige: So we're starring in a little movie called Pleasantville.

      A reference to the film Pleasantville, starring Tobey McGuire and Reese Withersppon as a brother and sister from the 1990s who are sucked into their television set and suddenly find themselves trapped in a Leave It To Beaver 1950's style television show, complete with loving parents, old fashioned values, and an overwhelming amount of innocence and naivete.