So Weird

Season 1 Episode 8

Strangeling

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Aired Monday 7:00 PM Mar 01, 1999 on Disney Channel
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While visiting her aunt and twin cousins, Fi inadvertently conjures up a creature using a Celtic spell and learns of her family's history with Celtic magic.

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  • How do you *spell* hocus pocus?

    10
    While "Angel", "Family Reunion", and "Rebecca" are my top favorite episodes of the first season, this episode is pretty close.



    Fi and the gang arrive in Seattle to see Rick's sister (Melina) in her dress rehearsal of [i]Macbeth[/i]. They can't see the actual performance because Molly has her own show that night.



    Backstage, Fi's cousins, Maggie and Miranda, who idolize Fi, show her around. Fi spots a huge, fat, strange looking book on a prop cart, but doesn't get a good look at it.



    During the performance, Maggie and Miranda tell Fi that the book, which is being used for the witches, is a real book of magic spells. Fi tells them that witches run in the family. Before she gets the chance to tell them any more, Molly interrupts them, telling her that the only thing that runs in their family is noses.



    After the rehearsal, M&M drag Fi into the back, dressing her up as a witch. She finds the book, and flips through it, seeing that it is Celtic in design, and written in Gaelic. It also has a dragon design on the cover. Jack comes along, and begins teasing the girls, so Fi playfully says a spell from the book, pretending to recite something to turn Jack into a frog. However, when she says the spell, she and the girls are shocked by a flash of fire and smoke. The book jumps out of Fi's hands. When the smoke clears, Jack is gone, and Fi catches a glimpse of something running off.



    Frightened that she really DID turn Jack into something, and she goes in search of him, nearly falling to her death on the catwalk, but she is saved by Ned. He explains to her that the smoke and fire was just a stage trick, and shows her the trapdoor that Jack went through. Fi is angry with him, but then she sees the creature again, realizing she really DID set something loose from the book.



    It turns out that the spell she recited released the dragon from the cover of the book - it is called a Strangeling. After some potentially deadly encounters with the dragon, she discovers a way to capture it, and uses Jack, who is dressed up as a knight, to fight the monster (although he can't see it because of the blinding stage lights). The monster steps onto the book and is sucked back into the cover.



    Aunt Melinda sees how Fi is attracted to the book, and tells her that Rick dropped it off at her house shortly before he died. She tells Fi to have it; she'll use something else for the play.



    I really like this episode; I am really into witches, magic, and Celtic mythology. We learn of Fi's Celtic ancestry, and that witches run in her family, AND she does magic. The only parts I didn't like about this episode was the fact that the beginning was WAY to rushed, which is understandable. Also, some of the characters act pretty silly, which takes away from an otherwise excellent episode. Still, I give this a high rating.

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Cara DeLizia

Cara DeLizia

Fiona "Fi" Phillips (Season 1-2)

Mackenzie Phillips

Mackenzie Phillips

Molly Phillips

Patrick Levis

Patrick Levis

Jack Phillips

Erik Von Detten

Erik Von Detten

Clu Bell (Season 1-2)

Dave Ward

Dave Ward

Ned Bell

Belinda Metz

Belinda Metz

Irene Bell (episodes 2-65)

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  • QUOTES (1)

    • Fi: (narrating) All through history, people have claimed to have supernatural powers. Witches casting spells, sorecerers conjuring up creatures. Are they all fakers, or are some of them the real deal? You know, if they really were tapping into something, what was it? I mean, we use the word magic, but what is magic? Is it just some force like electricity that makes things happen, or is it something else? Something alive. Something that might have a mind of it's own.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode is notorious for being the least shown episode of this series, even compared to the seasonal episodes: Boo, Fountain, and Earth 101. This episode was shown roughly about four times in the five years the series was on.

    • This episode gives a sense of foreboding to Jack's true past: he was originally a knight in Authurian times, who volunteered himself to be reincarnated as Fi's older brother, to serve as her protector when the time came for her to battle the forces of Evil in the universe.

    • This is the first appearance of the Celtic magic book, which was cut from season two's "Banshee". It's only other appearance in the show is in season 3's "Lightning Rod". The book belonged to Fi's great-grandmother, who was a practicing witch, but in this episode we learned that Melinda got it from Rick, which raises the question: What was he doing with it? According to Jon Cooksey, Molly's grandmother gave it to him to some unknown reason.

    • The art on the cover of the book is the same as the Phillips-Kane Band (PKB)'s album, "Double Edge."

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