Wizards of Waverly Place

Season 3 Episode 1

Franken-Girl

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Aired Friday 8:30 PM Oct 09, 2009 on Disney Channel
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Episode Summary

Justin becomes fed up with Alex constantly going through his stuff and creates a female monster to guard his room and to think like Alex. However, after Alex shuts the computer-operated monster down, Justin switches things up on her by putting a spell on Franken-girl to make her Alex's new friend.

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  • I liked it but also disliked it

    5.5
    There were some things I liked such as Frankengirl but also can't stand how bad they made her look. I mean, it looks so ridiculous. I did find her funny but I absolutely hated Alex in this episode. I mean what a jerk!?! She deserved everything she got plus more. I hated her in this episode.



    However, the script was sorta funny especially seeing Frankengirl causing all the chaos and I laughed at Harper when she kept fainting. I laughed at the ending.



    The script is good, acting is still good but the show is becoming repetitive here.moreless
  • 301

    4.5
    I will admit that I laughed during this episode, but a Frankenstein Monster? Are you kidding me?



    I also think the laughtrack is a bit excessive here. Maybe it is not as bad as iCarly, but that show produces more quality jokes so in that facet it is actually a little bit more bearable.



    Wizards of Waverly Place is a fine family sitcom that I suppose is okay to watch, but I cannot believe that some people think it is an elite show. Too much juvenile dialogue, and too many supernatural occurrences for me to really enjoy it as much as I do 30 Rock or something along those lines.moreless
  • A BAD start for Season 3 of "Wizards of Waverly Place"

    3.5
    I love "Wizards of Waverly Place" and it's one of my favorite Disney Channel shows but this episode was just bad and almost unwatchable to watch. Seriously? Frankenstein? we have all seen that before television millions of times and the Frankenstein plot throughout this whole episode was just very lame. This is also a BAD start for Season 3. Alex borrowing things in Justin's room without asking Justin was dumb and Justin setting up a trap for Alex when she walks in his room was also lame as well. That Frankenstein who Justin named "Franken-girl" was just really lame and stupid to me. Justin forcing the Alex to join the cheerleading squad with Franken-girl was also very irritated and Justin irritated me more than Alex did in this episode. First of all, Alex rarely irritates me and Justin can be irritating most of the time. The cheerleading practice scene was very weak and very lame. The very end of this episode was also stupid when Franken-girl just threw Alex on the roof and Justin takes a picture on his phone. My score is at least kept to a 3.5 because there were two scenes that made me laugh plus some of Max's golden lines. Overall, very few good scenes but mostly, the plot is just lame and the writers could've come up with a better Season 3 premiere than this lame drek of an episode. 3.5/10moreless
  • Season 3 is off to a great start!

    10
    OK, first things first. This episode is really good. My favorite episode of WOWP so far. When I first saw the preview for this episode, I thought that Franken-Girl was going to be really dumb. However, when I finally got to see it, I warmed up to "Frankie" as she turned out to be really funny! I like the new look the series has this season. Alex, Justin, and Max are sporting different haircuts, and the show now has a cool "film" look because the series is being shot in HD. WOWP is definitely the best show on Disney Channel because of its excellent acting, witty dialogue, and an always engaging plot. This episode is no exception, and it looks like the series is only getting better. "Franken-girl" is pure entertainment! (And being a girl-crazed guy that I am, I must say that Selena Gomez looked smokin' in that cheer leading outfit!)moreless
  • Justin creates a girl monster to deal with Alex - oh brother!!

    2.0
    It seems when WOWP isn't trying that hard that it's at its best, but when it goes too far to be goofy, it's at it's worse. As a guy whose written several more canon-friendly WOWP episodes within a much more stabilized and logical reality, I think of the episodes that try too hard to be funny, I think of this one as a prime example. Ideally, an episode homage to "Frankenstein" could work if done right, but this episode has too many things wrong with it to make it work. For one, the fact that Justin would create a monster (and a "girl" one at that) reveals psychologically that he could be just as maladjusted as Alex. Why doesn't he just haul off and beat the stuffing out of her like a real brother pushed to the limit? Two, it seems to be another bad plot point that Alex only acts smart when the script needs her to be and it's important to move the plot along. Her ability to outwit both the monster AND her brother is not consistent with other episodes. The only main characters who stay consistent with their characters are Max and Harper; the only problem with Max is he's more funny when he's basically ignorant, but the writers stretch his ignorance so far in this episode that he's basically an idiot. Bottom line, this series suffers from too much Disney rather than any real quality story-telling.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (9)

    • It's learned that Mr. Laritate does not have a college degree.

    • Goof: When Justin unveils Franken-girl before animating her, the front of her hair appears to be over her face. But in the close-up shot, her hair is on the side of her head. Then Franken-girl's hair is back over her face in the next shot, goes back to close-up when she comes alive with her hair down, and then when she starts walking, her hair is over her face again! The close-ups on Franken-girl's face were obviously taken at a different time from the rest of the scene.

    • Max's impression, which Justin mistakes for Yoda from Star Wars, was most likely supposed to be the famous mad scientist assistant, Igor.

    • Spells Featured:
      "We need electricity, and a lot, give me 1.21 gigawatts!"- creates a large electric current.
      "Bring Franken Girl back to life, you're Alex's BFF, and that's no jive"- brings back Franken Girl and makes Franken Girl best friends with Alex.
      "Alex doesn't think cheerleading's cool, make Franken Girl a cheerleading fool"- makes Franken Girl love cheerleading.

      Spell lock: "Hey nannynanny, hachacha!" - Justin uses this to keep Alex from shutting down Franken-Girl again.

    • When Alex is at school with Franken-girl, after she smashes the water fountain, look closely at the clock in the office behind her, it reads 4:20, so it's likely that Alex would have been out of school, even though it seems that school just started!

    • As a running gag, in this episode, Max keeps "switching sides", meaning that he continues to change on who he supports, Alex or Justin.

    • In this episode, we find out that Tribeca Prep's mascot is the turkey.

    • Both the audience and Alex learn that Harper is a cheerleader. It is also revealed that Harper is afraid of fainting, so whenever she faints she wakes back up.

    • In "You Can't Always Get What You Carpet" we see Justin's bed, but this is the first time in the series where we see Justin's full bedroom.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Franken-girl: The nerd store called, and they want your face back!

    • (Harper and Alex enter Justin's room)
      Harper: We'll just get the trophy and get out of here.
      Alex: Don't worry, we'll take care of the monster first. Now where would a monster with meat for brain hide?
      Franken-Girl: Over here.
      (after seeing Franken-girl)
      Harper: Ahhh!
      (Harper faints but momentarily wakes up screaming)
      Harper: (screams again when Franken-Girl walks towards her) Ahhh!
      (faints and wakes up, screaming once more)
      (Alex gives Harper a look)
      Harper: Sorry, Alex. I faint when I'm scared but I'm also afraid of fainting and so I wake up.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • 1.21 gigawatts

      Not only is this the amount of power Justin calls for when he decides to conjure the electricity to start Franken-girl up, it is also the amount of power needed to operate the time machine in the Back to the Future movies.

    • Franken-girl:

      This is a reference to the movie, based on the novel by Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, that first was made in 1931 about an evil scientist who makes a monster out of the body parts of other people. The name that Franken-girl goes by, "Frankie Stein", is a reference to the creator of the monster. Because in Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" the creator of the monster was named Frankenstein, and the monster was actually referred to as Frankenstein's monster

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