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Divide and Conquer is the seventh episode of season 1 of the TV series.

Plot

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The W.I.T.C.H. girls (and Elyon) go on a school skiing trip to show up Swiss exchange-student Sondra, who seems to have mesmerized all the boys at Sheffield. And things heat up when Sondra steals Matt from Will, and the two girls compete in a one on one skiing competition. Will tries to "cheat" by skiing in her Guardian form (with a coat and hat to cover it up) and Hay Lin flying above her and using her powers to keep Will steady. Little do the young Guardians know that Phobos wants to take advantage of this trip to divide them and separate the other four Guardians from Will and the Heart of Kandrakar, the only thing that can activate their full powers. Despite Cedric successfully separating Hay Lin and Will from the rest of the group, and his noting how Phobos was correct that the girls are weaker without the full group (even in their transformed states), the girls prevent the plan and defeat Cedric. Later in the episode W.I.T.C.H. and Elyon find out that Sondra is not a Swiss exchange-student at all, but an ordinary girl who tried to steal all the boys. Plus, Sondra sprained her ankle. In the B-story, Caleb is trying to tell the girls he knows about fun.

Goofs

  • When Sondra is revealed to be a fake, it looks like Matt is in the background in his regular clothes even though he is beside Will in his ski-wear.

Possibly explained

  • In this episode, Will seemingly cannot transform Hay Lin without transforming herself, but in later episodes (such as C is for Changes) she can transform the other girls without her own transformation. However, she may simply not have known about this ability at the time. Another possibility is that she chose to transform herself as well to give herself greater physical strength and endurance for the competition. It is also never directly shown in other episodes how such a transformation is achieved, so it may still not actually be possible, with Will simply changing back once the other girls are far away from the Heart.

Trivia

  • Blunk's attempt to dissuade Cedric provides possible timing information for the episode, hinting that it may take place during the winter break. In contrast, previous episodes were implied to be set in the fall/autumn.
  • Matt shows a clear romantic interest in Will, something that was only implied in his debut appearance in Happy Birthday Will.
  • Irma shows that she likes Martin, as she gets jealous when he pays more attention to Sondra than her.
  • Sondra is revealed to be a fake at the end of the episode and supposedly changes schools.
  • Elyon seems to have become a good friend to all the W.I.T.C.H. girls, having previously just been Cornelia's best friend.
  • The famous literary works Heidi and War and Peace are mentioned in this episode.
  • Despite not having a specific elemental ability until season 2, Will is not left without offensive powers in season 1 (as is commonly assumed). In this episode, she demonstrates direct attack power when she shoots a pink beam of light from the Heart at Cedric, causing him to cover his eyes and squeal in pain. Similar demonstrations occur in Escape from Cavigor and The Battle of The Meridian Plains.

In the fandom

  • A very common fan theory is that Alchemy's surname is mentioned in this episode for the first and only time (likely due to her being in only a few episodes). When Cedric tries to force Blunk to tell him where "the girl with red hair" is, Blunk seems to refer to another vaguely red-haired girl, stating that "Ethel" (which is likely to be a surname given Blunk's speech mannerisms and him not knowing Alchemy that well) went to Denmark. Assuming there are no other named red-haired girls in the TV series, this would make her full name "Alchemy Ethel".
  • An extremely common fan misunderstanding has to do with Sondra's supposed background. Sondra claims to be from Switzerland, a country with four national languages: German, French, Italian, and Romansh. Given this, her speaking French and having a French accent throughout the episode is hardly unusual, and not a hint about the reveal at the end of the episode. Both the assumption that Switzerland has its own ("Swiss") language and simply confusing Switzerland with Sweden are widespread within the fandom.

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