X-Men: Evolution

Season 3 Episode 7

The Toad, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Aired Saturday 9:30 AM Nov 09, 2002 on The WB
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Wanda receives a clue from one of Magneto's minions, Pyro, directing her to a sky resort. Meanwhile, Kurt is meeting Amanda's parents for the first time, and the Toad believes he can use Kurt's holo-inducer to disguise himself and win Wanda's love. After wrecking the Seftons' home and stealing his inducer, Toad convinces Kurt to help him rescue Wanda from Magneto and his minions. They succeed but Magneto has employed a mutant, Mastermind, to wipe Wanda's memories of her bad childhood with her father.moreless

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  • can Wanda's witch warm up to Todd the toad?

    Not one of the most profound episodes you'll find, but I do think Toad is charmingly cute in this episode, He simply wants Wanda's affections, and goes to the trouble of stealing NIghtcrawler's image inducer to get it. The Toad the Witch and the Wardrobe (the title is a play on C.S. Lweis's Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe), cleverly refers to the wardrobe as the many disguises toad uses to try to win Wanda over. There is a subplot of Kurt meeting his girlfriend's parents, but all that plays out silly, and I didn't like it quite as much.moreless
  • Toad's feelings for Wanda grow even more, and when she is kidnapped, she asks Nightcrawler to help him rescue her.

    This episode is certainly not what you would expect to see on a X-Men series. But I mean that in a good way. This episode has everything, from action to romance, and of course a little comedy. The opening is superb, introducing a new character, the Mastermind. He is confronted by Magneto, who tells him he has a job for him.

    The plot begins when both the X-Men and Wanda confront Pyro, who's having fun burning a bridge. The visuals in this episode, especially the flames, are impressive. Wanda just wants to find her father, and know who she has to talk to: Pietro. Pietro tells her where Magneto is hiding, and Toad, still having feelings for her, decides to come along. Wanda obviously refuses.

    Meanwhile, Kurt is having dinner with Amanda, his girlfriend, and one of the few persons who know he's Nightcrawler. Toad appears uninvited to the dinner party and steals Kurt's holo-watch. And so Nightcrawler is exposed in front of Amanda's parents. What did Toad need the holo-watch for? So he can disguise himself and follow Wanda without her realizing. Wanda is however kidnapped by Magneto and Toad needs help to save her. And who better to help him than Nightcrawler himself? They manage to save Wanda, whose mind was being erased by Mastermind, in an attempt to erase her bad memories about her father.

    The episode ends in a romantic way, as Wanda admits Toad saved her and she hugs him. Comedy is added as Toad catches a fly with his tongue and eats it afterwards. And also Kurt learns that Amanda still loves him, even though her parents may forbid her to see him again.moreless
  • All of my favorite caracters are in this episode... Wanda is kidnapped, Kurt is exposed as mutant, and Toad... well, he is simply in love.

    This is (my opinion) one of the best episodes of Evolution. It's very funny, I mean, how could it not be, when Nightcrawler and Toad are stars? I liked Wanda in this episode, after her memory was wiped. She became stable, and with that (again my opinion) she became much more powerfull.

    Episode focus on two couples: Kurt and Amanda, and Todd and Wanda. Second relationship is funnier, and a lot more likable, but Kurt and Amanda also have their moments.

    My favorite part is the end, right after Toad and Wanda kiss, when he eats a fly. Hilarious.

    Also, Gambit was in this episode, just for a moment, but enough to make me happy.moreless
Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge

Eric "Magneto" Magnus Lehnsherr

Kirby Morrow

Kirby Morrow

Scott "Cyclops" Summers

Venus Terzo

Venus Terzo

Jean Grey

Brad Swaile

Brad Swaile

Kurt "Nightcrawler" Wagner

Maggie Blue O'Hara

Maggie Blue O'Hara

Kitty "Shadowcat" Pryde

Neil Denis

Neil Denis

Evan "Spyke" Daniels

Kelly Sheridan

Kelly Sheridan

Scarlet Witch

Guest Star

Moneca Stori

Moneca Stori

Amanda Sefton

Guest Star

Alvin Sanders

Alvin Sanders

Mr. Sefton

Guest Star

Matt Hill (III)

Matt Hill (III)

Alex Summers/Havok

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Trivia: When Pyro lights up the bridge, you can see the same Bulldog Trucking truck on the bridge in which Rogue and Shadowcat hitched a ride in episode #34, "The Stuff of Villains".

    • When Wanda first realizes it is Toad she shoots him off the cable lift, there was no one else on the cart. But when it comes to a stop, there are a bunch of people on the cart with her.

    • Blob makes Quicksilver a sandwich/drink and brings it to him on a tray. He puts it on the coffee table in front of the couch. A bit later, Avalanche gets mad and causes a chair to fly through the window above Quicksilver's head. After the quake has died down completely, you can see the tray (with sandwich and glass) is still there. The glass did not spill in the quake. In the next scene (a wide shot of the room), the tray/sandwich/glass have all disappeared from the coffee table.

    • Kurt's girlfriend turns off his inducer near the beginning of the episode. When Kurt appears as Nightcrawler, the inducer is not shown on his wrist.

    • The cab driver that is driving Scarlet Witch near the beginning is wearing a shirt with flowers on it. When he gets out of the cab (Pyro lights the bridge on fire), the number and location of flowers has changed and the flowers appear larger. Furthermore, he drops his raised arm down in front of the shirt. As he does so, a pair of adjacent flowers becomes a single flower located between where the two were originally placed.

    • Toad used the image inducer to look like the blonde guy he named 'Eric.' In the end, he was disguised as Eric in order to kiss Wanda. When she realized it was him, she threw him to the ground. He isn't wearing the inducer when he hits the ground, nor for the rest of the scene. So where'd it go?

  • QUOTES (13)

  • NOTES (6)

    • The original Brotherhood of Evil Mutants has the main focus in the story. The first ever Brotherhood were Magneto, Mastermind, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and Toad.

    • Listen closely for Amanda's mother's name. It's Margali (the name of Kurt's foster mother in the comics).

    • In the comics, Mastermind was a member of Magneto's first brotherhood.

    • Toad's theme (which we've seen in "Strategy X," "Middleverse," and "The Stuff of Villains") now has lyrics. You can hear them during Toad's first fight with Nightcrawler, and at the end when Toad heads back to Wanda.

    • Pietro appears to be watching "The Crocodile Hunter". The guy is getting bit by a snake when the camera cuts away.

    • Interesting how Kurt gets kicked out of Amanda's home. In the comics, Margali kicks him out because she thinks he killed Amanda's brother, Stefan on purpose. (Yes, she does have a brother.) Also in the comics Amanda's father was dead and she had a very strong relationship with her mom.


    • Episode Title: The Toad, The Witch and The Wardrobe
      The title of the episode is a reference to the novel "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", the second of C.S. Lewis' "Chronicles of Narnia" books.

      Chronologically, the books go: 1. The Magician's Nephew; 2. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe; 3. The Horse and His Boy; 4. Prince Caspian; 5. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; 6. The Silver Chair; 7. The Last Battle. However, the books were not published in that order. For most people who read the books before 1990, the books were numbered in their published order: 1. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe; 2. Prince Caspian; 3. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; 4. The Silver Chair; 5. The Horse and His Boy; 6. The Magician's Nephew; 7. The Last Battle. This is the traditional, but not chronological orer.

    • Toad: Hey, Nightcreeper.
      Back in 1996, DC Comics & Marvel Comics had a huge 4-issue crossover. As a result, the companies created a short lived comic series called "Amalgam Comics" in which one superhero from each company was merged into one character [e.i. Superman + Captain America = Super Soldier]. One of the new heroes was Nightcreeper, a combination of Nightcrawler and DC's The Creeper.