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W is for Witch is the twenty-third episode of season 2, and the forty-ninth episode overall of the TV series.

Synopsis

Nerissa attempted to steal the power of the Heart of Earth on Halloween, the one night in the year when the Heart of Earth can be taken by force, namely by killing the heart's familiar, Napoleon. The Guardians worked with Prince Phobos and the newly released Cedric and Miranda.

The cover of Halloween meant that the whole team could travel in their most powerful forms. Despite an ambush at the old bookstore failing, a battle ensued in front of everyone at the Halloween carnival!

Plot

In the prison on Meridian, Vathek was furious that Caleb and Will wanted to release more prisoners. Caleb replied that with Nerissa being more powerful, protecting Phobos is imperative. Although Raythor pledged his allegiance and willingness to protect him Phobos, chose to forgive Miranda and Cedric's past transgressions, returning them to normal size due to their mystic might. However, he warned them that this was their last chance to redeem themselves. When Vathek expressed further displeasure, Phobos smugly reminded him that he is the Universe's last chance.

Lilian was running around the Hale's apartment looking for Napoleon as she needed him to complete her witch costume to go trick or treating. Elizabeth Hale assured her she looked like a witch and that taking Napoleon out at night would not be safe. Cornelia was in her room getting ready when Napoleon jumped out from her wardrobe, knocking over some nail polish, staining some of her hair pink. Cornelia was outraged but Napoleon was terrified of a specific witch this Halloween - Nerissa!

Irma was on the phone to Hay Lin discussing plans to go to the Halloween carnival that evening when Chris bursted in, wearing a ninja costume. After messing up her room, Chris begged Irma to go trick or treating and put on her costume Irma replied that trick or treating is for babies, causing Hay Lin to retort "Andrew Hornby". When their mother heared the commotion, Irma stated she's too mature to go trick or treating, to which her mother replied she doesn't have to dress up but she does have to take Chris or she'll have to stay home. As Hay Lin was trying to make her feel better, Cornelia joined the call to inform them they had to come over now!

When Irma arrived, she dumped Chris with Lilian watching TV. When she remarked again that she is to old to go beg for candy Cornelia replied "Andrew Hornby". All of the Guardians, Phobos, the Regents of Earth, Caleb and now Cedric and Miranda were gathered in Cornelia's bedroom, pleasing Napoleon as due to it being Halloween he was going to be targeted by Nerissa, as by killing him, she could take the Heart of Earth without permission. When Phobos expressed confusion, Napoleon said they had to protect him as he couldn't transform untill midnight.

Will then decided that due to Nerissa's desire to gain more power but fear of Phobos, it was a perfect opportunity to lure her and take her Seal. As the black cat reluctantly agreed, Lilian and Chris bursted in and Lilian begged her sister to let her go trick or treating with the Lair's. Although she wanted to stay, Cornelia told Irma that she thought they had enough players to manage without her.

After Taranee mocked Irma with yet another comment about Andrew, Hay Lin reminded her that she'll get free candy, prompting Blunk (also present) to find a costume so he could come too. This in turn caused the Guardians to put on their "costumes" (their Guardian forms) which when presented to Elizabeth, resulted in a comment on the "padding", which is just the more mature forms the Guardians take. When Chris remarked on her costume Irma said it is a disguise, alluding to her humiliation and frustration on the way out. Hay Lin reminded her that they will meet her at the carnival. Napoleon then asked Will what the plan was, to which she replied they need a place to trap Nerissa; Cedric said he knew just the place.

W.I.T.C.H. and their allies were crossing the street and arrived at Cedric's former bookstore where they remarked on their history regarding it. Once inside, Will went over the plan after Napoleon revealed Nerissa could track him: Phobos will grab the seal whilst the other act as backup. Subsequently, Matt, Huggles, Miranda and Cedric transformed into "something a bit more comfortable". Following this, Cornelia remarked on their lack of stealth so Phobos glamoured himself and Will into elderly mortals whilst transforming the rest of the team into bookcases. Cornelia jabed that that was "so not what I had in mind".

With Irma and Chris, Blunk was attempting to "treat or trick" but he merely attempted to grab all the candy, causing Chris to explain that only one is allowed and gave each of them one lolly, calling Blunk a smelly kid and causing Blunk to jump with joy that his disguise was believed. As they moved onto the next house Chris revealed his strategy to Lilian of pretending to be orphans who ws impressed. Irma, however, was enraged, reminding him it was her strategy and the key is to not have a bag full of candy, cute factor and a convincing story. At the next house, Irma told a story of a sick sibling, resulting in her obtaining a substantial amount of candy.

At the bookstore, Napoleon bemoaned his status as bait, only to spot a female cat nearby. When he tried to flirt, her eyes begin to glow with electricity as they both dived into the bookstore where the other cat turned into Nerissa! Nerissa started to attack Napoleon, freezing him to the floor. In response. Will urged Phobos to take the seal but he said he was waiting for his moment. Napoleon narrowly escaped being burnt by Nerissa's flames and jumped, landing with claws out on a bookcase... that turned out to be a glamoured Cornelia. When she exclaimed in pain, Nerissa realized she was within a trap.

Nerissa then used her powers to de-glamour our heroes. Terrified, Napoleon fled out the window whilst Will attempted to distract Nerissa with a ball of electricity but she stopped it in mid air. When Nerissa attempts to follow the black cat, Cornelia telekinetically blocked her way with some books whilst Taranee and Matt fired blasts at her. In response, Nerissa teletransported away. After her departure Will berated Phobos for not acting while in turn he called her plan a failure and suggested they find Napoleon.

Irma, meanwhile, surveyed what the others have retrieved using her strategy, including Blunk's mothballs. Lilian rang the bell at the next house and the owner refused to give them candy and Irma was furious used her mind control powers to get him to give her all his candy and as she pulled a whole sack out, Chris said Irma is the coolest. As they planned to go to the next house, Irma heared her name - it was Andrew Hornby dressed up as a pirate. Irma was surprised as he had told the school that trick or treating was for babies (revealing why Irma did not want to go and why everyone kept referencing Andrew Hornby). However, he said its cool and he loves it and that he hoped to see Irma later at the carnival.

Meanwhile, the rest of the Guardians were at the carnival looking for Napoleon as he knew to meet there. Martin Tubbs was enthralled by their costumes, taking a photo of Miranda and attempting to figure out how many people are in the "snake suit", narrowly missing being torn apart by Cedric when Hay Lin saved him distracting him with candy. On centre stage, Principal Knickerbocker announced Halloween skits were about to begin, prompting Martin's departure. Cornelia spotyed Napoleon as a prize at a carnival game; Caleb had to throw a ball in a vase but he missed and Cornelia encouraged him to try again, when she used her telekinesis to make the ball go in the vase, winning Napoleon. Cedric, growing exasperated, questioned how long they must endure this foolishness; Phobos quelled him by telling him good things come to those who wait.

Irma turned up, saying it was easy to find them because of Cedric, reassuring them that Lilian was safe at home and she actually had fun with her and Chris, showing the girls their candy haul. Irma's mind changed and she was excited about next year's Halloween due to the hot buccaneer. At 11:55 Nerissa suddenly appeared, shooting lightening at Napoleon. Principal Knickerbocker demanded an explanation and Irma said the fight was a Halloween skit.

Napoleon, meanwhile, escaped from Nerissa up a tree, trembling with fear. Nerissa used Kadma' powers to ensnare him in vines. Just as Nerissa was about to snatch him, Matt blasted him free, taking off with him in his arms. In response, Nerissa covered his body in vines, causing him to fall. Napoleon fleed again with Nerissa in hot pursuit, however Huggles dived at her, struggling with her right in front of Phobos when Will urged him to take the seal. He refused and the realization dawned on the Guardian leader that he wanted to wait until Nerissa killed Napoleon so he could have triple power. Upon calling him a jerk, Cedric wrapped her upside down in his tail, saying he waited "a long time for this, Guardian". Struggling, the quintessence Guardian told him to keep waiting, shocking him painfully and forcing him to release her.

Whilst this was all going on, Nerissa shocked Khor, freeing herself. As she planned her next attack, the other Guardians launched an onslaught with Hay Lin, Taranee and Irma shooting beams of their elements at her, whilst Martin marveled at their special effects and motorized wings, and Cornelia summoned vines upwards in her direction. Seeing this, Nerissa teletransported away and Will arriveed, revealing Phobos' plans though the other Guardians were not surprised.

When Napoleon hid in a pumpkin, Nerissa tried to blast him but at the last second something knocked her seal, knocking down the pile and scattering them. She turned only for Caleb to taunt - "did I win a prize ma?" - and throw additional balls from the carnival at her. Nerissa responded by blasting at him and Blunk with a lighting bolt. As they escaped, Will threw her own lightning bolt and Irma caused water to appear inside, planning to severely shock the sorceress. Unable to flee, Nerissa summoned a tornado around herself to repel it and sent the Guardians flying. As she dived to the left, Nerissa grabbed Napoleon and landed on the stage and as she taunted one last time, Napoleon revealed himself safely in Matt's arms. As the clock struck midnight, the cat Nerissa was holding transforms back into Phobos!

Nerissa looked shocked and terrified and Phobos pulled her into the Seal and the mage ring appeared on his finger. As the Guardians celebrated a happy ending, Will retorted that Phobos wouldn't allow that. Phobos declared a new age - the age of Phobos - as the clueless crowd cheered for him, unaware of the danger they now faced.

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Trivia

  • Every second-season episode has a clear focus on one of the five main characters. This episode is one of 5 in the season to focus on Irma Lair.
  • Irma mentioned "saving the world every week" right in front of Chris and Lilian, yet neither of them questioned it or brought it up later. Similarly, Napoleon started talking to Will about the plan when Cornelia's mother was sitting there reading right in their line of sight a few moments ago. This continues a pattern in the series, seen more obviously in episodes like The Seal of Phobos where the speaker is literally yelling, in which if a character is not in a scene (or sometimes even simply out of focus like in the first example here) the narrative seems to assume they are too far away to hear the conversation.
  • This episode seemingly shows that a Quinto Guardian, as Nerissa was by this point, can summon the earth element from nowhere, as she showed when she covered Matt in vines. Phobos later showed the same ability. However it could be the power of the seal to conjure rather than the combination of elemental abilities.

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