Charmed

Season 6 Episode 14

The Legend of Sleepy Halliwell

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 08, 2004 on The WB
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The Charmed Ones help out Leo's mentor, Gideon, when he wants to find out who cast the spell of darkness over a magic school and conjured the Headless Horseman who has been beheading the teachers. Meanwhile, Phoebe goes on a vision quest and discovers who Chris really is.moreless

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  • The Legend of Sleepy Halliwell

    8.5
    The Legend of Sleepy Halliwell was a superb episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because the story was entertaining, exciting and engaging. There was a lot of character and plot development, good character development, and lots of magic. It was great to learn more about the Magic School and get a sense for it's existence. Phoebe learns the truth about Chris. A lot happened and I certainly look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Harry Potter and The Chamber of Rip-Offs

    6.0
    The Legend of Sleepy Halliwell-The Charmed Ones help out Leo's mentor, Gideon, when he wants to find out who cast the spell of darkness over a magic school and conjured the Headless Horseman who has been beheading the teachers. Meanwhile, Phoebe goes on a vision quest and discovers who Chris really is.

    It's officially, the writers have completely run out of ideas as this episode introduces us to Magic School aka acomplete rip-off of Harry Potter from the Howgrats-like sets to the teacher's costumes. It's like Brad Kern and his team have no shame, Magic School is not only a boringdevelopment for the series, appearing until the end of the series but it's a boring set.I never liked Magic School and it was just a terrible way for the writers to captalize on the Harry Potter craze. Despite that, "The Legend ofSleep Halliwell" (....remember when these pun titles werecute? sigh) is a pretty dcent hour considering most of the cast gets something to do. Paige becomes a temporary teacher atMagic School, Phoebegoes on a vision quest and Piper comtemplates whetherWyatt should go to Magic Schoolsince he is anti-social around other children as of late. Even the guest stars are solid likeBetsy Randle as Mrs. Winterbourne, Christopher Neiman as Sigmund and especially Gildart Jackson as Gideon. He's first appearence is mysterious and makes you want to see more of him.

    The Headless Horseman plot is pretty silly as Charmed can be at this point, but at least the mystery behind who unleashed him is played out seriously with little hijinks or cheap laughs. Phoebe's vision quest was eerie, intriguing and when we get to see the possible future, we see she'll have a child of her own. The bad thing is that this starts Phoebe on her tiresome arc of finding "the one" so she can have a baby. Anyway, at least Phoebe manages to find out the identity of the Horseman's conjouror adn while Zachary's motive was your typical "adolescent teen crying out for help", it was a nice reveal and the actor was decent enough. The episode ends with a hugh twist, turns out Chris is...Wyatt's brother!! Talk about pulling a plot point like that out your a$$ writers!! All and All, a watchable hour of Charmed to say the least.moreless
  • Magic School and Gideon are introduced, and we get a bigger reveal about Chris than we did in Chris-Crossed.

    8.5
    I first have some advice for some people- DUCK.



    In usual Charmed style, the writers juggle about 6 balls at once, and they do a more than admirable job in this episode of keeping them all airborne. We have dark magic, a new recurring character, a new full time setting, further study of the sisters' characters, a big secret revealed, AND much lighthearted humor all in one episode.



    The main plotline is a whodunit, an original idea for Charmed, which involves the introduction of Magic School and the head schoolmaster, Gideon. The Magic School, even if unoriginal, is very cool and becomes a mainstay throughout the series, in fact, sometimes underutilized. Gideon, played by Gildart Jackson, is a fantastically played character who ends up being one of the best bad guys the show has ever seen.



    The Headless Horseman not only incorporates another storybook character, but it also leads to the humor in the show as our actresses get to show how well they can act from the neck up. And of course we get more progression for our characters. All three sisters are unhappy with magic's intrusion into their lives at the start. By the end, they are more at peace with who they are. Paige finds her calling, sort of, and Phoebe gets the first of many premonitions where she sees the future following the end of the series. The writers were brilliant to do this. It gives us the viewers something long term to look forward to even when the short term is not going very well. This premonition happens to have a wallop of a reveal, none other than the fact that Chris is Wyatt's little brother.moreless
  • Awesome Episode and Discovery!

    10
    It is really awesome that Phoebeo discovered Chris is really Piper and Leo's son in the future and Nephew of Aunt Phoebe and Paige! Chris admitted it, later Chris needed Phoebe to help him too! Anyway, the boy who conjured headless horseman to get revenge on magic school then later, he admitted he really want to go home where he belongs. Anyway, Leo need to chill and trust Chris. It is for baby Wyatt's safety to make sure if he is not evil or not! Chill, Leo!! Chris made right decision, I agreed. It is very interesting and revealing episode!moreless
  • All aboard for Hogwarts!

    9.4
    Ok, so there may be nothing new under the sun but there is stuff that's new to Charmed. This week, we are introduced to the imaginatively titled Magic School, which will stay with us for the rest of the series, and to Gideon, its creepy headmaster. The idea of Magic School is, of course, straight out of Harry Potter, but to be fair to the producers, they've gone the whole hog(warts) and given us as near a replica as copyright allows. The camerawork is lovely and that shot of Leo and the girls looking up at the door is class. My only complaint is the school's recruitment policy: Paige is basically grabbed from the corridor and shoved in front of a class with no training whatsoever. They don't even tell her which class she's running!



    For once, there are no demons to worry about, just the odd headless horseman. The plot has a refreshing whodunnit? feel and I confess I didn't guess Zack was the culprit. The beheadings are great fun and the effects work well. It is, perhaps, a little lighthearted but there's so much going on that this isn't a problem.



    Thanks to a decent guest actor, Gideon manages to be sinister without coming across as evil. This is despite some very naff lines. The kids are more of a mixture: some good, some bad. I thought Zack was a little wooden.



    I liked that Paige was still concerned about Richard. Credit to Cameron Litvack for keeping him in the story between appearances.



    For me, the best part was Phoebe's revelation about Chris, both her vision and his confession. The only thing I found annoying was that she needed some stupid wolf woman to tell her to use her power. In nine months, hasn't she once been tempted to force a premonition from Chris? Interestingly, the future she sees is almost exactly what is shown at the end of 'Forever Charmed.' In case I forget to say it at the time: nice continuity!moreless
Adam Hendershott

Adam Hendershott

Slick

Guest Star

Mitchah Williams

Mitchah Williams

Quentin

Guest Star

Dean Shelton

Dean Shelton

Zachery

Guest Star

Christopher Neiman

Christopher Neiman

Sigmund

Recurring Role

Betsy Randle

Betsy Randle

Mrs. Winterbourne

Recurring Role

Gildart Jackson

Gildart Jackson

Gideon

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (16)

    • TRIVIA: This episode marks the first appearance of Betsy Randle in the recurring role of Mrs. Winterbourne.

    • Why do all the schoolchildren freeze? Good witches aren't supposed to freeze, and it is likely that several of the advanced-magic students are good witches,

    • TRIVIA: This episode introduces the Magic School and is also the first appearance of Gideon.

    • At the part of the episode where Phoebe is using her empathy power to seek out the student culprit, she walks into the conservatory and the "guilty" student on the left blinks very noticably.

    • TRIVIA: This is one of four episodes that has the word "Halliwell" in the title.

    • TRIVIA: At the end of the episode, Phoebe confronts Chris, who finally admits the truth to her, that he is Piper's & Leo's son - the other little boy Phoebe saw in her vision.

    • TRIVIA: Phoebe, during her Vision Quest, sees possible outcomes of the future lives of the Halliwell sisters: she sees Piper with two sons, Paige as a teacher at the Magic School and herself pregnant.

    • Paige rocked her head back and forth a bit when she and Phoebe were still just heads lying on the floor.

    • When the Shaman is handing Phoebe the drink in one of those scenes, her grasp on the container keeps switching between the handle and the bowl part of it.

    • Why is Wyatt not socialable in this episode? In the season 6 episode "Little Monsters", he was playing with the little demon child.

    • After Paige and Gideon fail to stop the Horseman in the alleyway, in the next scene they just walk in the front door of the manor. Why don't they orb directly into the manor, particularly since that's how they left?

    • They put Sigmund's head in an opaque bag but when they get to the school, he's able to see the girl who's levitating.

    • Why didn't anyone try to stop the headless knight? Couldn't Paige orb his sword or Piper freeze him/blow him up? Didn't anyone at the school have an active power to fend the horseman? Why is everyone just standing there and letting him chop their heads off?

    • If the Headless Horseman escaping the school and killing an innocent meant the end of the school, why didn't Gideon tell Paige that so she would try a little harder, move a little faster?

    • When Leo places Piper's head on the table , her hair changes positions (depending on a close up or wide angle) from covering her neck to laying next to her head.

    • Why didn't anyone see Zachery open the door to Magic School and go inside?

  • QUOTES (15)

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Paige mentions Obi-Wan Kenobi. This is a reference to a character involved in the Star Wars film series beginning in 1977. All of the films (6 of them in total) were directed by George Lucas. Obi-Wan Kenobi was played by Sir Alec Guiness in the first 3 films and then later by Ewan McGregor in the final 3 films made.

    • Gideon refers to the Pied Piper of Hamelin. This was a story written by Robert Browning and illustrated by Kate Greenaway in 1888.

    • Title: The Legend of Sleepy Halliwell

      "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is a short story written by Washington Irving, and has been adapted into many films.

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