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Well, well. Four of the five Guardians, one of whom possesses the Heart of Kandrakar. If I can capture that crystal, my powers will double. Summon Frost the Hunter.

Prince Phobos

Framed is the tenth episode of season 1 of the TV series.

Plot

Main article: /Transcript

While at the Art Museum trying to capture the feeling of the Middle Ages for their school carnival, Will, Taranee, Cornelia, and Hay Lin get sucked into the painting they are studying. Unbeknownst to the girls, Phobos knows they are trapped in the painting and sends Frost the Hunter after them, but the girls escape with the help of Elias Van Dahl, the imprisoned artist of the painting.

Meanwhile, Irma, Caleb and Blunk have to stall for time at the Medieval Carnival and figure out how to get the girls back to Heatherfield. Anachronistic hell breaks loose when Cedric and his goon platoon enter the painting to get the Heart of Kandrakar and the girls (namely Hay Lin as art is her area of expertise) have to paint like mad to get away. Irma and Caleb rescue the girls from the painting and manage to salvage the school carnival thanks to the number of people they brought back with them from the painting. In the B-story, Will decides to have a Medieval Carnival at school.

Comics connections

  • This episode is based in issue 5 of the comics, where the W.I.T.C.H. girls are trapped inside a painting with weakened powers, only instead of the girls getting trapped in the picture by a furious Elyon, they are sucked into the picture by the Heart of Kandrakar itself.

Goofs

  • When the girls are pulled into the picture, the frame is gold, but when they fall out, the frame is wooden.
  • When Will tries to transform Taranee, Cornelia, Hay Lin and herself, the Heart of Kandrakar isn't glowing, but later it is.

Possibly explained

  • Will says that they have no powers in the picture, but Hay Lin managed to blow a bowling ball into Cedric's tail with her powers. This could simply be an animation error. Alternatively, this may suggest that even though the Heart of Kandrakar is weak in the picture, the W.I.T.C.H. girls can still use their powers, because in many episodes the girls can be seen using their powers in their earthly forms.

Trivia

  • This episode marks the first and only speaking appearance of Elias Van Dahl.
  • Will's last name, Vandom, is said onscreen for the first time.
  • This is the only episode where none of the W.I.T.C.H. girls are shown in their Guardian forms.
  • It is revealed that Prince Phobos allows pictures and sculptures that portray sadness into his castle. Any kind of art portraying happiness is prohibited.
  • At the end of the episode, in a close-up of the painting, Elyon is shown wearing medieval clothing and with a sad look on her face. This foreshadows that Elyon has a connection to Meridian.

Behind the scenes

Quotes

For your information, I was Junior Jousting Champion of Meridian. And you're wearing your pants backwards.

Caleb to Irma

Elias:

You're the only things here I didn't paint. How did you come to be here?

Will:

Well, the Heart of Kandrakar pulled us in.

Elias:

You're the Guardians of the Veil? I am honored. This explains why Phobos sent the Hunter.               

Hay Lin:

We're out of paint.

Cedric:

And out of time. The crystal, please.

Will:

We're not out of paint-thinner. One more step, turtle-face, and I erase the Heart of Kandrakar. Like this.               

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