Season 7 Episode 2

The Bare Witch Project

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 19, 2004 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • Why would Phoebe and Leslie have children in the alternate reality where Godiva never made her ride. They just met in the previous episode, wouldn't Phoebe have children perhaps with Cole or even with Jason Dean?

    • TRIVIA: With Piper asking Godiva to cover up because "this is a family show", this is the only episode of the show where a character breaks the fourth wall.

    • When the sisters send Godiva back for the first time, daylight can be seen through the windows. However, when the candles they are using go out it is suddenly pitch black! Sending her back may have changed human history but there's no way it could have turned day into night like that.

    • When Phoebe is talking to Les in the office the drop earrings that Phoebe is wearing seem to be in the lowest hole in the right ear and the next one up in the left ear.

    • When Leslie first sees the Manor he tells Phoebe that the paper must pay better than he thought. That is the same thing Jack said to Prue when he first saw the manor in the season 2 episode That Old Black Magic.

    • In the alternative reality Leslie is Phoebe's husband. That makes no sense at all, Leslie was in San Francisco because he had to help with Phoebe's column besides he was in the Bay Mirror as well because of Phoebe. In the alternative reality Phoebe would have never been a columnist and never would have been able to work in the Bay Mirror. So how would Leslie be there? Besides a alternative reality would change Phoebe and Leslie's lifes so in fact they would not know each other at all.

    • When the demon blows up, Leo gets hit by some little crystal. Where did that crystal come from? They are in the middle of the air between him and the demon.

    • Right after the demon is vanquished we can see Piper and Leo talking with Paige and Lady Godiva. If you look closely you can see clearly that both couples are exactly in the same spot. They are near to the column and in front of Piper's room door, if Paige is just right there Piper and Leo shouldn't be where they are.

    • At the end of this episode we can see Les in the Bay Mirror looking out of a window. But the place is totally wrong, we know that the office should not be there and that the office should be higher than that. Besides if the window is next to the street as we see, Elise's office would be right above the street and that could not be right at all.

    • After Lord Dyson is vanquished, and Lady Godiva removes her robes, Leo and Piper are clearly looking in two separate directions, before Piper covers Leo's eyes. They are both supposed to be focused on Lady Godiva, so the scene was obviously shot without her character present.

    • When they send Godiva back in time, story changes but the girls don't change because they're protected in magic school. When they change back time again and they bring Godiva back Leo is changed. Technically, he should have stayed the same because he would be protected in there. Also if the change worked on him he should be in his original place before the change was done - he shouldn't be at magic school because the Leo that was in Magic School was the Leo of the alternate world.

    • TRIVIA: This is the fourth and last time that Phoebe wore the blonde wig. First, as the Goddess of Love in the 2 part episodes of Oh My Goddess, then as the Genie in the episode I Dream of Phoebe and the third time, while disguised as a Demonatrix, in the episode A Wrong Day's Journey into Right.

    • TRIVIA: Paige officially becomes the headmistress of Magic School, which is what Phoebe saw in her vision quest.

    • TRIVIA: Wyatt's orbing powers have grown since last season, in that he can now orb down to the underworld, taking his mother & baby brother along with him. Previously he'd only orbed one person with him at a time and Gideon mentioned in last year's season finale that Wyatt wasn't able to orb out of the underworld.

    • TRIVIA: The spell that Duncan used to send Lady Godiva back to the past was also used in the episode "That '70s Episode", in which Penny invented it in order to send Prue, Piper and Phoebe back to the future by their younger selves & Patty.

    • Lord Dyson says "So this is the land of the free", however in his time he wouldn't have known that America existed.

    • When Piper is cleaning Paige's wound, Paige clearly looks straight at the camera.

    • After Phoebe kicks Lord Dyson, she falls to the floor as he goes to kill her with an energy ball. Phoebe looks up and remains frozen. Phoebe wouldn't be stunned and just stay there, she has faced worser moments then that before, and would at least kick him. Secondly, Piper turns to Phoebe and Dyson and she's startled by what she sees and raises her hands. A few seconds later after Piper did that Dyson shimmers out. He should of froze.

    • Piper claims P3 is their only source of Phoebe is taking unpaid leave of her own volition?

    • The episode relies heavily on the highly romanticized "legend" of Godiva, instead of the historical fact. Godgyfu (Godiva being the Latinized version) owned the land in Coventry herself, and could have lowered the taxes if she wished.

    • Conveniently, Godiva speaks pretty much normal 21st century American English, despite having come from Coventry, England in 1040 or thereabouts.

    • During the scene when the girls have to summon Lady Godiva again to fix the world, they look through the history book and find only a very brief mention. However, when they cast the spell, you get a glimpse of Lady Godiva's picture, when Phobe had just said they couldn't find any picture at all.

    • Additionally in the historical version Godiva didn't ride nude in order to get her huband to listen to her, rather she wanted taxes lowered make it possible for the poor to afford art. He challenged her to ride nude in order to prove that she really believed in art, of which, acording to the Greeks, the nude body was the highest form.

    • At the end of the episode, when Leslie decides to finally answer Phoebe's faux-letter, he appears to be looking for it in the pile of letters, when it is clearly on the top.

    • After sending Godiva back, a sequence shows night and day (meaning a day has gone by, to the following), yet when Paige returns to comfort the student at Magic School, she is still wearing her green short dress.

    • In the past Leo stated that Piper blowing him up causes a lot of pain and he also didn't "reconstitute" right away - today it didn't seem to bother him at all as he "reconstituted" right away repeatedly. The special effects team show this by having his "orbs" spread out in an explosion-like manner, and then having the "orbs" close back to reconstitute him.

  • Quotes

    • Piper: No, doesn't matter. After we send him back, history will take care of them as long as you finish your ride.
      Lady Godiva: Promise. And thank you...for giving me a glimpse of what's to come.
      Phoebe: Thank you...for showing us you're more than a box of chocolates.
      Lady Godiva (confused): I'm sorry?
      Piper: Ummm...never mind. Okay. Here we go.

    • Lady Godiva: I'm no sex object. I was riding through town in my natural state to protest my husband's unjust taxes.
      (The toaster pops and Lady Godiva gasps)
      Piper: Uh, wait. Riding? As in plucked out in the middle of? Paige, she has to finish that ride, or else it could change...
      Paige: Yeah. History as we know it. I got it. But even worse, if I don't send her back soon, I'm pretty sure The Elders are gonna shut down Magic School.
      Piper: I don't think that's worse than changing the course of history.

    • (Paige, Phoebe, and Godiva shuffle quickly into the kitchen from the living room)
      Phoebe: Uh, those are my sisters...
      Leslie: I thought you just had two.
      Phoebe: Yeah, the other one is a cousin... distant cousin... twice removed.

    • Paige: Well we can't stay out here we're attracting too much attention.
      Piper: Yeah and we don't want to get flogged.

    • Paige (about casting the spell, in the sexist world): Oh, I told you we should have waited for Leo!
      Piper (while looking at the 'Ask Leslie' poster): Shut up!

    • Leslie (to Phoebe about the letter): For someone taking a break - you sure have given this a lot of thought.

    • Piper (to Phoebe): You are not writing a letter to 'Ask Phoebe' about my breast.

    • Lady Godiva: Finally I'm free.
      (She takes off her robe).
      Piper: Yes you are.
      (Piper turns Leo's head away)

    • Elder: Is that who I think it is?
      Paige: Lady Godiva. A pretty impressive use of magic, don't you think?

    • Duncan (to Paige): Just because you can get away with a little piss-ass magic doesn't mean they're not watching.

    • Paige (to Duncan, in a whispering tone): That's Lady Godiva, that is so cool...I mean that is not cool.

    • Phoebe (to Lady Godiva): It's nice to know you're more than just a box of chocolate.

    • Paige: I think the demon did something to that elder, got him to free up his repressed anger or something.
      Phoebe: Oh probably wasn't breast fed as a child.
      Piper: Phoebe!
      Phoebe: What?

    • After Lady Godiva takes her coat off and is noticed by the sisters.
      Piper: Woman. Keep your clothes on. This is a family show. Really.

    • Piper (yelling at Leo with her anger unsuppressed due to a demon): You know what? Enough with your moping! The Elders screwed you? What about me?!
      Phoebe: Piper what are you doing?
      Piper (still under the influence): I am not gonna raise two little boys all on my own because you're too busy feeling sorry for your self!
      Piper proceeds to blow up Leo several times and he reconsitutes himself.

    • Piper: See what I mean? We have bigger naked breasts to worry about.
      Phoebe: Paige has her naked breasts to worry about, I've got yours.

    • Paige: Remember when Leo used to come when you called him?
      Piper: Uh huh.

    • Paige (to Leo): Hello? Heal. Ouch. Hurt!

    • Paige (to Leo): Don't ask, it'll just give you a headache.
      Paige (to Leo): I warned you about the headache thing, right?

    • Phoebe: Oh, can everyone have a cause but me?
      Piper: Yes!

    • Piper: I pretty much tell you guys when I'm pissed off.
      Phoebe: That's a good point.

    • Paige: Sometimes I feel repressed being the little sister.
      Piper: What? You wanna be the oldest sister? Get over it!
      Paige: I'm over it.

    • Piper: We're gonna let him feed on you.
      Phoebe: Good luck man!
      Leo: What?!

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles: France: A l'école de la magie (At the Magic School) Italy: (Lady Godiva) Germany: Nackte Tatsachen (Naked Matters)

    • In this episode, Alyssa Milano wears a wig of long blonde hair and rides a white horse as she protests and mimicking Lady Godiva. She also played another woman mimicking Lady Godiva on the TV show Spin City, where she played the Mayor's daughter who wanted to make a statement.

    • This episode scored 4.8 million viewers.

    • John de Lancie and Elizabeth Dennehy also had guest starring roles in episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation".

  • Allusions

    • Phoebe (to Lady Godiva): Thank you... for showing us you're more than a box of chocolates.

      This is a reference to the gourmet chocolate, which the name Godiva is more associated with, rather than the legend.

    • Title: The Bare Witch Project

      Reference to the movie "The Blair Witch Project".

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