Charmed

Season 6 Episode 2

Valhalley of the Dolls (2)

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 28, 2003 on The WB
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Valhalley of the Dolls (2)
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Phoebe and Paige search for Leo after Paige accidentally causes a "chipper" Piper to have amnesia, but the sisters soon learn he is being held on the mythical Island of Valhalla. Unfortunately they have no idea that it's because of Chris and his mysterious plans. Meanwhile, Phoebe discovers she is now an empath, and the dangers of this newfound power.moreless

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  • Valhalla's Angels

    6.0
    While the second part doles out more action, silly sub-plots (on this show? never!) drag it down quite a bit. The best parts involve Leo beating the crap out of Chris whenever possible, the worst parts include Phoebe over-sharing on what everyone else is feeling. Holly gets to enjoy a meaty fight scene, one of the better set-pieces the show has offered us, after spending the majority of the first hour looking dazed and confused. There's an air of familiarity with this one, with yet another sister possessed-ish storyline, but the Valkyries are allowed more screen-time than your usual villain(?) and Melissa George looks particularly fine, mid-riff and all. Things become grounded once more when Leo and Piper finally have it out; it looks like there won't be an easy remedy to this fall-out. There were a few risque jokes with Phoebe and Jason here, weren't there? I thought this was supposed to be a family show...Not the worst of Charmed, but it's a disappointing conclusion to a promising two-parter.moreless
  • Biker Chicks and Warrior Wheels

    4.0
    Vahalley of The Dolls, Part 2-Phoebe and Paige search for Leo after Paige accidentally causes a "chipper" Piper to have amnesia, but the sisters soon learn he is being held on the mythical Island of Valhalla. Unfortunately they have no idea that it's because of Chris and his mysterious plans. Meanwhile, Phoebe discovers she is now an empath, and the dangers of this newfound power.

    You know what? These writers lazy! You know why, this parter is almost exactly like "A Witch's Tail". Here's why

    "A Witch's Tail"-Phoebe turns intoa Mermarid and decides to stay a mermaid to run away from her pain from her relationship with Cole.

    "Vahalley of The Dolls"-Piper turns into a Valkyrie and decides to stay a Valkyrie to run away from her pain from her reltionship with Leo.

    There's a reason the later years of Charmed saw a drastic decline in quality. The writers are already rehashing plot points they've already done. So why is it that the writers expected us to go through the same situation for a second time and be riveted? Anyway, Part 2 is just a continuation of more contrivances and more none sense as Paige contunes to be the punch line of every dog, not to mention get through around by Piper mutiple times and made fun of by Phoebe for a weak spell. Ouch. Jason's back and Phoebe's all over him, considering she technically was cheating on him the last episode!! Oh look, Phoebe is channeling Jason's horniess and they have sex...in his office...in front of all the other employees.....how professional? Sigh. Moving on, Piper joins the Valkyries and hunts after the escape workers. While it's fun watching Piper kick some a$$, it really is ridiculous Charmed fare. The Thug mentioning "a Xena convention" when he sees Piper and the other Valkyries doesn't help.

    Once again Leo is the only competent character in these episodes and the moment he started throwing Chris around the room was priceless. That's what you get when suck at acting and waste precious screentime. I love that Leo's animosity nevers stops and he always keeps Chris on his toes, while the sisters can't think for themselves when Chris is obviously hiding something. He knows so much about the Valkyries yet the sisters can seem to put two and two together that he might have sent Leo there? Well, thank God Leo does and I love the little cage fight they had a Valhalla, Chris looked like he was about to crap himself! lol Anyway,to rap things up, Paige meets Joe Millionare who was Oscar the dog the whole time, Phoebe uses her powers to get through to Piper by channeling her power (probably the coolest development of her Empathy power), Piper comes home, Phoebe goes to see Jason yet never really sees him, Paige goes on a date with Oscar confusing Chris and Phoebe and Piper tells Leo she needs some major space! It's a nice ending yet sad that we only see normal Piper for just one scene out of both episodes! Another poorly excuted and written season opener. Season 6, here we go....



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  • The Zena convention is in town and there is some serious magic in the air. The enemy wears many masks and disinformation is the enemies favorite tactic, don't fall for it again.moreless

    10
    Phoebe, Daryl, Paige, and Leo orb back to San Francisco contemplating what to do about Piper; they figure the Valkries won't kill her because they need her to find them. Some warriors follow them to San Fran and attack Daryl. Leo attacks Chris as soon as he sees them because he feels he's responsible to sent him to Valhalley. He's pissed and still in gladiator mode. Phoebe's empathic powers are still working strong; she can understand what people are feeling now. She can even still feel Pipers emotions and she is way away. Phoebe feels like this new power is going to drive her crazy. She feels at the mercy of everyone feelings and Paige says she can use it to see how people really feel about her. I was happy to see more Melissa George, Ivana Milicevic, Colleen Porch this episode. Piper spends most of this episode as a Valkrie and there is this scene where the Valkrie's including Piper fight (except they don't' show it) a biker gang and take their clothes and bikes. Once they put on the bike gear they looked smooth and cool riding off on their bike like their the new biker gang in town. Jason is ready to proclaim his love for Phoebe and kisses her in front of everyone at The Mirror. His attraction to phoebe becomes phoebes attraction to him and they get it on in the office and all the employees are watching until they close the door. So now phoebe has an Idea how Jason feels about her and she is overwhelmed. Phoebe can get a sense of that testosterone and how it's a driving powerful force. So phoebe can experience all kind of stuff she hasn't experienced before. This is interesting to see and sometime Phoebe Doesn't know what she is really feeling.



    There is a scene when the Valkrie's including Piper fight the warriors and Phoebe and Paige Orb in and then Piper attacks them, then Daryl comes on the scene with his gun, and Piper turn back to piper again in time to save Daryl from getting his face stabbed. It was a good fight scene but also there was Valkrie and Witch Piper conflicting with each other and Piper left with the Valkries.



    So Piper had to go all the way to Valhalley to finally get back to her self.moreless
  • Piper joins the Valkyres and Leo tries to get the truth out of Chris.

    9.0
    Well, Piper acted like a robot in this episode. She barely talk and when she did, she talked in some kinda really calm voice that made me think she had hit her head. Well, most of it, anyway. The ending was heartbreaking, great acting from Brian's side. I became an even bigger shipper for them when I saw this scene.

    Piper looked hot as a biker though and I gotta admit, she learned some kick-ass moves. But I also liked her witch powers in use.

    Chris was awesome in this episode, trying to find his way out of telling the truth to everyone.

    Leo was suspicious, good for him.

    A good episode.moreless
  • Ride of the valkyries

    9.2
    Not quite the explosive second half I'd been hoping for but good stuff nonetheless. Refreshingly, there are no demons in this one so the episode concentrates on the main cast and their family issues.



    To escape the pain of losing Leo, Piper opts to stay a valkyrie. Cue the usual race to win back the rogue sister before it's too late. At least Paige and Phoebe know what to do this time; the plot is a carbon copy of season four's "Hell Hath no Fury".



    Despite the predictable storyline, there is plenty of fun along the way. I had to laugh when the valkyries went off for their motorbike ride. I guess if valkyries were real that's exactly what they would do. On the flip side, I expected more from the escaped warriors. In the end they just killed a few innocents and got dragged back to Valhalla. Bit of a waste of time really.



    Once again, the best part of the plot is the intrigue around Chris. While Leo has been away he has obviously been sucking up to the sisters big time. Highlight of the week has to be Leo's swordfight with him in Valhalla. I'm not sure how five weeks in a pen has changed Leo so utterly but I'm not complaining. He's absolutely right to suspect Chris and his kickarse attitude is great to see. Top marks also to the scene where he grabs Chris mid orb and flings him across the room. More fights please!



    Paige's subplot from part one becomes even more bizarre when one of the dogs she is looking after turns into a man. Seriously, this has to be the most random subplot ever! The bloke does have a very sexy voice though.



    Alyssa puts in a good performance in her snogging scenes with Mr Dull but this doesn't stop them being a pointless waste of time. Much better is her power development; apparently with her new status as an empath she can now channel other peoples' powers. Who needs Peter Petrelli?moreless

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  • TRIVIA (16)

    • Leo insults Chris without knowing that Chris's mother is actually Piper, which means that Leo unknowingly implied his wife is a bad woman.

    • TRIVIA: This is the first time that a character develops amnesia. Leo will be the second and last in the 150th episode.

    • In Vallhalley of the Dolls (1) still-alive Darryl has his shirt tucked in but his spirit has his shirt untucked. In Vallhalley of the Dolls (2), spirit Darryl has his shirt untucked and jumps back into his body. Alive Darryl, whose shirt was tucked in when he fell down in part 1, suddenly has his shirt untucked when he wakes up in part 2. His body was never moved, so his shirt should still be tucked in when he gets back in his body.

    • When Leo is with Chris in Valhalla, he refers to Freyja as "Frasier".

    • When the warrior threw the knife at Darryl, Phoebe looked at Piper and said please. Why didn't she yell at Darryl to look out as well? Granted Piper reacted just in time but shouldn't Phoebe have at least have yelled out to Darryl as well just in case Piper didn't help?

    • When Paige hears the dog talk, he asks her what does she have to lose in trying to turn him back human to which she immediately agrees. Shouldn't she have at least taken a moment to think about it or consulted her sisters? While, Oscar was in fact an innocent it would not be the first time one of the sisters accidentally helped a villian. Wouldn't it have even occurred to her to that she should check out his story?

    • TRIVIA: When the Valkyries are walking to a crime scene, the sign reads SWA Properties. In the episode From Fear to Eternity, Phoebe works as a secretary for the company's owner. SWA Properties appears countless other times, sometimes just as a sign in the background, or sometimes it's shown more prominantly. Also when Dan moved away in season 2, he had an SWA Properties "For Sale" sign outside his house.

    • TRIVIA: This episode is the third episode that one of the sisters rides a motorcycle. This time it's Piper, but previously Prue did in the season 3 episode "Just Harried", Paige in the season 4 episode "Size Matters" and later Phoebe will in the season 7 episode "Carpe Demon".

    • When Leo, Paige and Phoebe orb out from the alley, Leo's orbs are shown taking them, but when they are at the Manor, they are shown as Paige's orbs instead.

    • If Phoebe is so overwhelmed by Jason's sexual feelings for her, shouldn't she have, to put it bluntly, overwhelming sexual feelings for herself?

    • When Paige is talking to her boss on her phone she has dark pink lip gloss on but when she is reversing the curse on Oscar and talking to Oscar as a human she has on peach lip gloss.

    • TRIVIA: In this episode, Paige helps a dog named Oscar return to his human form, but in the episode "Charmed Again" she also had a bird named Oscar.

    • When the warrior is throwing a knife to Darryl, why do Paige and Phoebe just stand there hoping for Piper to freeze it? Isn't Paige's orbing power an effective way too? She could simply orb the knife to her.

    • How did the three Valkyries know how to operate and ride the motorcycles when they stole them from the biker gang? Did Piper show them how or was it some sort of Valkyrie instinct?

    • In this episode, when Paige and Phoebe take off their necklaces, this returns them back to normal. So why near the end of the episode do Phoebe and Paige not rip off Piper's necklace?

    • The lead Valkyrie proves their identities by opening the portal. It did not seem to take very long or that much concentration. So, why didn't she open it earlier like before the fight?

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Phoebe (about her new power): I just wish I knew how to turn it on and off. I feel like I'm at the mercy of everyone's feelings, and it sucks.
      Paige: Bright side? Maybe you can actually find out how Jason feels about you.
      Phoebe: Yeah, but what if it's not good news?
      Paige: Ha! Then you dump him before he dumps you!
      (Phoebe laughs)

    • (Phoebe is in Jason's office, backing away from him to avoid kissing him again)
      Jason: No? All right, uh...I just really missed you Phoebe.
      Phoebe: Oh, I know! I can tell! Uh...it's just...uh, it's very hard. I mean, I mean....hard to explain. That kind of hard, you know. Not the other kind of hard. Am I making any sense?
      Jason (shaking his head): Phoebe...
      (Phoebe backs towards the door)
      Phoebe(stutters): No, no, no, no. Don't come any closer. It'll just...get harder! Phew.

    • (Paige,Leo, Phoebe and Chris are discussing the best way to get Piper out of Valhalla)
      Phoebe: Well that's why we have to make Piper believe she's Piper again, because if we don't get her back mentally, it won't matter if we get her back physically.
      Paige: Okay, but Piper wasn't exactly back before the spell either.
      Leo: What do you mean?
      Paige: Well, that little magical whammy you performed on her, kind of, umm... backfired.
      Phoebe: Yeah, you see after you left, Piper was really...
      Paige: Chipper! Yeah. Incessantly... Increasingly... Annoyingly...chipper.
      Phoebe: What she said.
      Leo: Well, it was supposed to make her feel less pain. I guess with me not around to pull it back a little bit, she got happier and happier.
      Paige: Umm, no! Psychotically chipper!

    • Darryl's face is cut up and bleeding. He appears exhausted.
      Phoebe: Oh, my god. Darryl, what happened?
      Darryl: I think I just got attacked by Attila the Hun.

    • Jason: I like your hair.
      Phoebe: Thanks. I like your hair too.

    • Paige: Why does she always pick on me first?

    • Phoebe: Powers are emotion-based, aren't they? If I can channel Piper's emotions, I should be able to channel her powers, too - then, use them against her.

    • (Piper approaches Phoebe and Paige)
      Phoebe: Reverse the spell! Reverse the spell!
      Paige (reciting the spell): Spell was cast, now make it pass. Remove it now, don't ask me how.
      (the spell doesn't work as Piper uses her Valkyrie powers and throws, Paige backwards crashing into a steel wall)
      Phoebe: Well serves you right, what kind of a spell was that? Okay Piper I know you don't want to feel, the pain but you've got to feel the pain, or you won't feel the good. You get me?
      (Piper, not listening, kicks Phoebe, backwards where she then crashes into the steel fence)
      Paige: Oh and that was so much better.

    • Paige (reciting a spell): Open Piper's heart to reveal, that which only Phoebe feels, send it back from whence it came, but don't protect her from the pain.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • When Paige asks Oscar why a witch cursed him, he makes a tongue-in-cheek comment about how he made a million mistakes. Oscar is played by Evan Marriott, who was the star of the TV reality series Joe Millionaire.

    • When Piper and the three Valkyries ride on bikes, the music playing is Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyrie".

    • Title: Valhalley of the Dolls

      This is a dual reference: "Valhalla" is the name of the Norse heaven where their Valkyries, women on winged horses who were spirits of the dead, bring the souls of warriors after death.
      "Valley of the Dolls" was also contemporary book written in the 1960's about the interwining lives of a few women and their experiences with sex and drugs, and in 1967 was turned into a movie with the same name.

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