Wizards of Waverly Place

Season 3 Episode 16

The Good, The Bad, and The Alex (4)

Aired Friday 8:30 PM May 07, 2010 on Disney Channel
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Episode Summary

Alex's new wizard friend, Stevie, creates a plan to stop all wizards from losing their powers. Justin and Harper are greatly against it and now Alex must choose whose side she's on.

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  • I Guess In the Wizard World You Can Barely Trust Anyone

    This episode was pretty good. I didn't like how many people joined Stevie's revolt thing, I mean, they seemed way too selfish all those people. So they wanted to keep their wizard powers, boohoo, they should try harder in the competition assuming they are still in it instead of giving up, and if the competition was over for those people, then it sucks for them because they didn't try hard enough. I liked when Alex was revealed to actually be good and betray Stevie in the end. Thought that was good on her part. Overall grade for this- an A+moreless
  • pointless

    I thought this would a great episode . I was a fool . The wizard competition is rigged and is unfair . I don't blame Stevie . In fact, i thought Justin overreacted because how can she takeover the wizard world if she just gets rid of the wizard competition ? I usually like this series because it's funny and entertaining, but this episode was a disaster . Stevie was a good character that they got rid of for no good reason . Why ? Why did they get rid of her i ask you that why ? WOWP is a show that USED to be enjoyable now it's going over the top .moreless
  • They did it again!

    This episode really pissed me off. Yet again they have added a new character, build them up for a brief story line, and then gotten rid of them in a silly contrived way. I didn't think it was possible to write off somebody in a worse way than Mason and Juliet but I stand corrected. And Stevie was a great character. She built up Alex and Harper's relationship and added a new dynamic to Alex. Alex's "bad girl" antics are one of the best parts of the show. Watching the duo it in the previous 3 episodes was really entertaining. And Stevie is a nice break from Harper who sometimes is a little too over the top. She would have made a great recurring character. I hated that they just tacked on this stupid evil plot and ditched her. And speaking of the stupid evil plot, the whole wizard competition thing doesn't make any sense at all (and not just because of the show's spectacularly bad continuity--for ex. if stevie skipped town to escape (presumably)wizard competition officials and her family or whatever why the hell would she just transfer to a high school). Stevie probably isn't 18 if she's a junior so her brother would have to be. It seems incredibly unfair to make all the siblings complete if only the oldest is 18. The eldest would have a huge advantage (although even if they waited until everyone was 18, the older siblings would still have x amount of years of extra experience). The whole system is so screwed up, how can you blame Stevie for starting a revolution. (BTW--to counter a point made by someone above/below me: the wizard competition doesn't filter out the evil wizards, only the less-skilled ones). I think they should have bagged the competition.moreless
  • Shattered Stevie chunks everywhere...oh,well.

    OK Episode, glad Stevie is gone (hopefully). I did not care for her character at all. It almost seemed like they were trying to find someone to replace Harper in the show, but Stevie just didn't fit in at all. So I'm not exactly sorry to see her go.

    But did anyone find it a little disturbing that she SHATTERED in the episode and everyone was just like "Oh, well" and left it like that? A bit odd, and kid of harsh, for Disney. I would have thought that they would have given an explaination as to what happened with her afterwards, but if they did, I totally missed it.moreless
  • 315

    What is great about Wizards of Waverly Place is that it really is "not what it seems" as the song says as it is a show about a family of wizards, not just another wacky family show. A lot of times they really do not emphasize this, but sometimes they heavily devote episodes to these wizard like storylines and this was one as they had an issue regarding a transfer of powers. Thankfully the Stevie character was gone after this as I never liked her, but honestly, Alex is always funny when she's around her, so for that reason I will be disappointed by her exit.

    Weird episode without doubt, but some great gags including drawing the fake mustache on the fainting brother.moreless
Hayley Kiyoko

Hayley Kiyoko

Stevie Nichols

Guest Star

Richard T. Chiu

Richard T. Chiu

Warren Nichols

Guest Star

Ezra Weisz

Ezra Weisz

Jack-in-the-Box Clown

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • It is revealed it the season 2's episode "Saving Wiz Tech" (Part 1) that "plastic is impervious to even the most powerful magic of all" and in this episode Stevie uses Magic to create "plastic bricks" if plastic is impervious to magic, then you shouldn't be able to use magic to create it.

    • In this episode, it is apparent that after the Wizard competition, there is a Transfer of Powers ceremony, where the losing sibling(s) has their powers transferred to the winning sibling, who then becomes a full wizard. However, when Alex and Justin had taken a Pre-competition in the movie, a sibling only had to be the one to touch the full magic power first in order to win and become a full wizard. No ceremony was taken place afterwards.

    • When Alex, Justin, and Harper are in Wizard City Hall, in the first shot up close, you can tell that the rest of the hallway behind them is a painted backdrop.

    • Goof: When Justin is playing with the jack-in-the-box, Harper is moving to the song. But in the next shot, she immediately stands still.

    • Spells Featured:
      "Fortunado Amonteado" - Brings a person forward to whoever casted the spell.

      Magical items:
      Wizard Jack in the Box - Gives information on any subject when played with.
      Wizard Fortune Cookies - Gives one an actual outlook on the future.

    • In this episode, Harper does her "uncorfortable stare", which was previously seen in the season two episode Saving Wiz-Tech.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Alex: (about Stevie's revolution) I knew there was something I liked about you, but this... this is genius. You are my new role model.
      Stevie: Please, Alex. I'm sure this is something you would have eventually come up with yourself.
      Alex: Yeah, now that's true. I take it back. I'm my own role model again.

    • (Warren has just fainted because of Harper's stare)
      Alex: Quick! Give me a pen! I love drawing moustaches on people who can't stop me!

  • NOTES (3)


    • 1313 Mockingbird Lane

      Wizard City Hall's address is is also the street address of the Munster Family's mansion in the old sitcom The Munsters. It is also the name of a band from the 1980s.

    • Fortunato Amontillado:

      Fortunato was the name of the jester from Edgar Allan Poe's short story, The Cask of Amontillado.

    • Justin: Say hello to my little surge protector!

      This is a reference to the famous quote by Tony Montana, who is a well-known character played Al Pacino in the film Scarface.

    • Episode Title: The Good, The Bad, and the Alex

      This is a play on the title of the 1967 movie The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly which starred Clint Eastwood as Blondie.

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