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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) went on a school skiing trip to show up Swiss exchange-student Sondra, who seemed to have mesmerized all the boys at Sheffield Institute and things heated up when Sondra stole Matt from Will, and the two girls competed in a one-on-one skiing competition. Will tried 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 did the young Guardians know that Phobos wanted 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 prevented the plan and defeated Cedric.

Later, W.I.T.C.H. and Elyon found out that Sondra was 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 was trying to tell the girls he knows about fun.

Possible mistakes

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

Potentially 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 were far away from the Heart.

Behind the scenes

Trivia

  • Blunk's attempt to dissuade Cedric provided 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 showed a clear romantic interest in Will, something that was only implied in his debut appearance in Happy Birthday Will.
  • Irma showed that she likes Martin, as she get jealous when he payed more attention to Sondra than her.
  • Sondra was revealed to be a fake at the end of the episode and supposedly changed schools.
  • Elyon seemed 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 were mentioned in this episode.
  • Despite not having a specific elemental ability until season 2, Will was not left without offensive powers in season 1 (as is commonly assumed). In this episode, she demonstrated direct attack power when she shot 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 tried to force Blunk to tell him where "the girl with red hair" was, Blunk seems to refer to another vaguely red-haired girl, stating that "Ethel" (which is possibly 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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