Wizards of Waverly Place

Season 2 Episode 23

Paint By Committee

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Jun 26, 2009 on Disney Channel
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Episode Summary

Alex is selected to paint the school's mural, which she is very excited about. But, she tries to please everyone and soon learns she is not pleased with the mural herself.

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  • It was quite a funny episode

    I liked both plots to this episode. We see Alex here as a determined person and we finally see her true artistic talents (we didn't see much in 'Art Teacher') and we have Max mucking around. Overall, this episode had something to prove about Alex and we have a fun plot with Max.

    Enjoyable episode!
  • pbc

    Is Alex Russo really the kind of person who would be hanging out in a bad abandoned area with a strange adult man? I don't know about that. What I do know is that this was a very funny episode of Wizards of Waverly Place. Two good storylines in the show today with Alex have her usual great one liners, and even Max and Jerry getting in on the action with a ridiculous Jackass like set of gags trying to become an internet sensation. I was lol'ing when Jerry purposely dove headfirst into the trashcan to try and get the kids to like him.

    Good episode here. A nice commentary about art, but more importantly, a funny half hour of TV.moreless
  • A fine view through the eyes of a misunderstood artist.

    In this episode, we once again see that special side of Alex that fans love. Alex, being the dedicated artist that she is, is given the task of painting a mural for her school and is committed to doing a good job. Her persistance even has her parents crying for joy. However, an artist's life is never perfect. Alex is soon stuck with a bunch of suggestions from the principal and the student body on what they would like on the mural, and her task has become more complicated and much less enjoyable. I'm an artist myself, and I can definitely say that a local task where everybody wants to be pleased in different ways makes it very difficult to put passion into your artwork. I'm mean seriously... ''cowboys, characutures, panda bears on subways, and the statue of liberty with a gutair...????''; is Alex the only artist that goes to this school? Only a person with magic powers could pull that off, and I'm being ironic here. The biggest change for Alex in this episode was using magic for something that she wanted to do but couldn't pull off, rather than for something she's too lazy to do herself. The whole "making people happy" thing is controversal since I probably would've done the same thing too just to shut everyone up. Though Alex compromising her own artistic interpretations was still an issue, it's great that she had enough pride to allow her artwork to be unseen (I wonder if the freedom painter's tunnel is a real place in New York). Even when Justin put Alex's original idea for the mural on the wall and all students and staff hated it, Alex was happy anyway to have her artwork be shown. Like a true artist, Alex is complex.

    If you happen to be a left-brained person like Justin or a cowboy & panda-loving person like those haters at the Alex's school, you might not get this episode or this review. But I believe this episode really speaks to those who either live in communist-like community or any person that has the erge to express themselves in a world of critics. As long as you enjoy doing what you do, nobody else's opinion should matter.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The giant "A" inside a circle that Alex painted in the tunnel, which she claims to be her initial inside a circle, is also the symbol for Anarchy, which is a state of society without government or law.

    • Alex's mural disappears after this episode, probably because the committee had it taken down afterwords.

    • Spells Featured:
      "The weight of this mural is too much to shoulder, so watch me use the eye of the beholder" - Alex uses this spell on the school wall so everyone see what they desire in the mural.

    • This is the second time we see Alex expressing her passion for art. The first time being in "Art Teacher".

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Alex: Paint a mural for the school? I don't know...
      Harper: You'll be able to get out of class.
      Alex: Well then you should have said that first. What an honor!

    • Alex: You're probably right. Or...maybe you're not! (starts walking off)
      Lane: (stopping Alex) No. No. No. I'm definitely right. I mean you can't please everyone.
      Alex: Okay, I was trying to make a dramatic exit, so...

    • Max: Alright, so what I'm going to do is jump this unicycle, right here, over all these garbage cans; while wearing this bubble wrap.
      Justin: Do you think you can run up and jump those garbage cans on your own?
      Max: No way dude! That's why I got the unicycle.
      Justin: A unicycle can't go any faster than you can run.
      Max: I beg to differ.
      Justin: Based on what?
      Max: It has a wheel.

    • Alex: Yeah, I think you're the only one who knows what you're talking about, so I think I'm just gonna go on my own for this.
      Harper: Absolutely! Going your own way! It's your mission! And you know what your mission should have? charicatures! I just love it when people's heads are too big for their bodies! And they always hold teeny tiny tennis rackets!

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