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‘The Series Finale’- WandaVision Episode 9 Recap and Review

The last episode of WandaVision fittingly explores the last stage of grief: Acceptance. It has all the intense action of the third act of any Marvel movie along with an emotional ending for our main cast of characters.

The episode starts where episode eight ended: Agatha (Katheryn Hahn) holds Billy (Julian Hilliard) and Tommy (Jett Klyne) hostage.

Wanda uses her magic to repel Agatha backwards forcing her to release the twins. Like any good mother, she sends the boys to go to their rooms. At first they refuse, but Agatha tells them to listen, and they need no further convincing. 

Wanda continues to attack Agatha, but instead of doing any damage, Agatha just absorbs Wanda’s magic. Just like she absorbed her Coven’s powers in Salem. She tells Wanda that she “takes power from the undeserving.” Wanda looks at her hand which has turned grey. This reminds me of the Yo Magic commercial from episode six when the boy trapped in the island slowly starved to death when he wasn’t able to open the shark’s yogurt. (That’s a weird sentence.) Agatha is the Shark draining Wanda of her powers.

Agatha tries to make a deal with Wanda: her powers in exchange for keeping WestView and Wanda’s new reality in tact. In response to the offer, Wanda throws a car at Agatha but misses her target.

White Vision comes home and tries to kill Wanda. Hex Vision flies in and saves her.

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany as Vision in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.


Wanda apologizes to Vision for what’s she’s done and assures him she can fix it.


The major action of the episode is split between three major battles:


Wanda VS Agatha

Vision (Paul Bettany) VS White Vision

SWORD Director Hayward (Josh Stamberg) VS Monica (Teyonah Parris) and the twins

The action scenes run concurrently so it can be a bit overwhelming to follow what’s happening when it keeps cutting back and forth between several different action sequences.

Before diving into the action, there’s a scene between Agent Woo (Randall Park) and Hayward.

Woo confronts Hayward about not being able to get away with his plan to use Vision as a weapon. Hayward reveals how he’s going to cover his tracks: kill Wanda, thereby destroying the Hex, and leading people to believe that White Vision is the only Vision.

Wanda and Agatha take their battle to the town square. Agatha asks her, “Do you know there’s an entire chapter devoted to you in the Darkhold?” “The book of the Damned” was last seen in Agents of Shield. Agatha reveals that Wanda is more powerful than Doctor Strange and that it’s her destiny is to destroy the world.

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Agatha releases the townspeople from Wanda’s spell.To state the obvious, they’re angry at what she’s done to them, and they surround her. They’re panicking and asking questions about their loved ones. This overwhelms Wanda.


While all this is going on, Monica (Teyonah Parris) is in Agatha’s basement with “Fietro.” She discovers a bill with “Pietro’s” personal info. He’s actually Ralph Bohner, a random citizen under Agatha’s control. She’s living in his house. This is the same Ralph Agnes claimed was her husband. Director Matt Shakman revealed in an interview that Ralph Bohner’s name was a tribute to Mike Seaver’s friend Boner in Growing Pains.


This reveal obviously upset die hard X-Men fans expecting Evan Peters to reprise his role as Quicksilver. I haven’t seen those movies yet so it really didn’t bother me. I enjoyed him in the show as a whole. Episode five and six wouldn’t have been half as fun without him! And who knows? Maybe he can come back somewhere down the line. Either as Quicksilver or someone else altogether. Either would be fine by me! I just want him to continue in the MCU in some shape or form.
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Billy and Tommy watch their dad and White Vision battle it out from their bedroom window. Billy sees a vision of their mom in trouble. The twins rush outside to try to help.

The scene cuts back to Wanda. The townspeople continue to close in.

Herb: [to Wanda] I don’t recognize my face in the mirror, my voice when I speak. I used to try to resist you, but now, I can’t remember why. Do you?


Wanda: “You’re all going to be fine.”

Norm: “When you let us sleep. We have your nightmares.”

Dottie: “We feel your pain.”

Mrs. Hart: “Your grief is poisoning us.”

They beg to be let go, or for Wanda to let them die.

These people are going to be in need of some serious counseling!

Wanda’s reality is unraveling. In her panic, she chokes the townspeople with her powers.

She splits the hex open and lets everyone leave.

As people run out; S.W.O.R.D. drives in.

Since the Hex is open, Wanda’a family start to disintegrate proving that they can’t survive outside the Hex. She closes it, and everything returns back to “normal.”

The family that fights together stays together. I got total The Incredibles vibes from this scene and I loved it! They faceoff against SWORD, and the scene looks familiar:

Wanda and Vision induct their children into the family business of superheroing. Wanda sends the boys to fend off the military while she goes after Agatha. Meanwhile, Hex Vision and White Vision are having a philosophical discussion on the Ship of Theseus to determine who the true Vision is. A conversation that is extremely fitting for Vision to have.

Hayward shoots at Billy and Tommy. (He’s a monster!) Monica blocks the bullets and they phase through her. Billy stops the other one using his telekinetic powers. It was fun seeing these three together. It was one of the best scenes in the episode! I wish we’d gotten more with this trio.

(L-R): Julian Hilliard as Billy and Jett Klyne as Tommy in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Hayward then tries to run the twins and Monica over with his SWORD rover.

The only moment we get with Darcy is when she  drives the funnel cake truck right into him so he can’t get away. It was a blast having Kat Dennings back as Darcy. I hope Marvel brings her back for another project. It’d be cool if she showed up in Loki.

Back in the library, Hex Vision unlocks White Vision’s memories up through Infinity War. And then White Vision flies off not to be seen again… for now. Who knows when he’ll show up, but I doubt this will be the last we see of him.

Vision has a touching reunion moment with the twins, and they get front row seats as Wanda and Agatha’s aerial battle intensifies. Like any good parent, Vision tries to shield the boys from the worst of it.

 Wanda is up to her old tricks and makes Agatha live through her worst nightmare: tied to the stake about to be killed. Wanda resurrects the coven, but the tables are turned when Agatha magically reveals to them Wanda’s identity as the Scarlet Witch. 

Agatha bargains with Wanda oncemore: Wanda’s power for a peaceful life in WestView with her family.

Wanda tells Agatha to take all her magic. She doesn’t want it. She throws all her power at Agatha til she’s completely grey and suspended in midair; completely drained.

But then the tables are turned again. Agatha tries to make Wanda’s spell permanent, but she can’t. Wanda learned her lesson from episode 8 well and has cast a protection spell. Only she can use her magic.

She accepts herself as the Scarlet Witch, takes back her power from Agatha, and creates an awesome new suit in the process. 

Agatha and Wanda return to earth, as punishment for her crime, Wanda restores Agatha’s Westview identity as Agnes the nosy neighbor and sentences her to life in Westview.

(Clockwise from left): Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), Tommy (Jett Klyne), Vision (Paul Bettany), Billy (Julian Hilliard) Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) and Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn) in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

She then goes home with her family. They spend one last evening together. Wanda and Vision put Billy and Tommy to bed one last time. Before they leave the room, Wanda thanks the twins for choosing her as their mom. Billy knows what’s going to happen next since he can read minds. (Thanks to the random Twitter user who first pointed that out. Like I needed anymore pain to deal with!)

She allows the Hex to recede and return everything to normal. Her and Vision say their final goodbye before he disappears for good this time.

Before he fades from existence. He asks who he is and ponders what he might be next.

“Wanda, I know we can’t stay like this. But before I go, I feel I must know: What am I?”

“You, Vision, are the piece of the Mind Stone that lives in me. You are a body of wires and blood and bone that I created. You are my sadness, and my hope. But mostly, you’re my love.”

(Insert buckets of tears here.)

“Goodbye, Darling.”

“We’ve said goodbye before so it stands to reason…we’ll say hello again.” 😭😭😭😭😭

Vision and the house disappear. Wanda’s left back on an empty lot. Everyone glares at her as she walks out of town. They remember what she’s done. She’s not forgiven.

Monica empathizes with Wanda. She understands Wanda’s pain better than anyone else. She’s the only one who offers Wanda any sort of forgiveness for what she’s done. This was one of the best scenes in the episode! I hope we see more of these two together in the future. They were the duo I never knew I needed and now I’m left wanting more!

The show ends with Wanda flying off to learn more about her powers and how to use them.

As usual with Marvel, there are two end credits scenes setting things up for the future:

1.Monica meets with a SWORD agent who reveals herself to be a Skrull. She tells Monica that an old friend of her mother’s wants to meet with her. This will lead into Captain Marvel 2.

2. Wanda is studying the Darkhold and she hears Billy and Tommy’s cries for help. This is clearly setting up Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.


Final Thoughts

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This was most anticipated Disney Plus series, and I’m happy to say it didn’t disappoint! I loved it from beginning to end. As a die-hard fan of both classic sitcoms and Marvel, the combination of both was a treat. I adored those first two black and white episodes! I grew up on reruns of Bewitched and Full House so all those tributes to those shows were so fun to watch! I enjoyed all the different theme songs, but my favorites were from episodes two and five because they were heavily influenced by Bewitched and Full House. My favorite episode was episode five because of the 80s and 90s sitcom influences, and I loved that they brought Evan Peters in to play Pietro. Now I’m obsessed with him and need to watch X-Men as a result. I hope they bring him back in the near future. I have a feeling based off a recent interview with show runner Jac Schaeffer that they will.

I thought the transition from sitcom to classic Marvel movie action worked perfectly. The shifting tone from cheesy sitcom fun, to the horror undertones, to that emotional, tear-jerker ending worked really well.

I liked the finale. I understand people’s complaints and disappointment that a certain Sorcerer Supreme didn’t show up like he was heavily rumored to, but I’m actually glad that he didn’t show up. This was Wanda and Vision’s time to shine, and that’s where the focus had to stay through to the very end. If Doctor Strange had shown up, that’s all everyone would’ve been able to focus on!

This was an excellent debut for the TV side of Marvel Studios. The bar that’s been set is high, and the shows to come have a lot to live up to.


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‘Previously On’ WandaVision Episode 8 Recap and Review

Episode eight takes a deep dive into Wanda’s (Elizabeth Olsen) grief and provides an origin story for Agatha Harkness (Katheryn Hahn). The episode starts where the last one left off with Wanda under Agatha’s spell. Agatha gives her a look at her past before Agatha moved to Westview.

We flashback to Salem in 1693: Agatha Harkness is tied at the stake for “betraying” her coven and “practicing the darkest of magic.” She denies committing any crimes and pleads for her life. Her pleas fall on deaf ears. The witches (including her mother) try killing her by draining her of her power, but Agatha ends up using her dark magic to drain and kill them instead, and she absorbs their powers. I don’t think she was in full control of what happened, or maybe she was. I’m not sure. I think the scene is open for interpretation.

The flashback ends. Wanda tries to read Agatha’s mind but can’t access her thoughts to figure out where the twins are or what Agatha’s plan is.

Wanda demands to know where her children are. Her Sokovian accent is out in full force. She tries to use her powers against Agatha, but can’t because of her powers are being canceled out by the runes on Agatha’s walls. (One of the runes is an M, a possible nod to The House of M comics?) This protection spell means that only Agatha can use her magic. This renders Wanda completely helpless.

Agatha wants to know how Wanda got to be so powerful. She seems to believe that Wanda was always a witch. “When I sensed this place, the afterglow of so many spells cast all at once. I couldn’t make heads or tails of it.” Agatha demands to know how Wanda did it, created her own reality, but Wanda denies doing anything.

“I think it’s time to look at some real reruns.” Agatha takes Wanda back to the past and forces Wanda to relive some painful memories so that she can figure out how Wanda created her own reality. At first Wanda refuses, but Agatha allows her to hear her twins yelling for help as if they’re being tortured to manipulate her into doing what she wants.

Wanda walks through Agatha’s magically conjured door into the apartment she lived in with Pietro and her parents in Sokovia. They’re preparing for family TV night. They watch classic sitcoms to practice their English. Pietro calls Wanda to join them. Wanda enters the scene and transforms into her past self. Her dad lets her choose the show they’ll be watching. She chooses her favorite: The Dick Van Dyke show. This answers the question of why the alternate reality Wanda created is a sitcom: it reminds her of happy memories of her family, and it explains why the first two episodes are in Black and White.

It May Look Like A Walnut: The Dick Van Dyke Show

This is the night their apartment building was bombed and Wanda and Pietro’s parents were killed. The twins are trapped under the rubble. A Stark Industries bomb lands near them, but doesn’t go off. Wanda sees their TV in the middle of the debris still playing The Dick Van Dyke episode.

Wanda says, “By the end of the episode, you realize it was all a bad dream. None of it was real.” Unfortunately, sitcoms aren’t real and her parents being killed isn’t a bad dream.

Agatha pulls Wanda out of the memory. She thinks Wanda’s the reason the bomb didn’t go off. She says Wanda used a probability hex. Wanda denies it and says the bomb was defective.

Agatha conjures another door. Wanda realizes what coming next. “I don’t wanna go back there.” Agatha tells her, “The only way forward is back.”

Wanda walks through the door into her next traumatic memory: Being Hydra’s human experiment. This is where she was exposed to the Mind stone that gave her her powers. And you can’t have the Mind stone without Loki’s staff which does make an appearance in this scene. 

Wanda is the first person in these experiments to survive coming into contact with an Infinity Stone. This scene is visually stunning. She sees a vision of herself as the Scarlet Witch. She passes out from the experience and is put in isolation.

While in isolation, Wanda watches The Brady Bunch which explains the 70s sitcom vibe of episode three.

After the memory ends, Agatha tries to put the pieces together. She’s still convinced that Wanda has always been a witch:

“So, little orphan Wanda got up close and personal with an Infinity Stone that amplified what, otherwise, would’ve died on the vine. The broken pieces of you are adding up, buttercup. I have a theory, but I need more.” – Agatha 

Another door appears leading to the next memory which takes place at the Avengers compound after Pietro’s death in Age of Ultron. Once again, Wanda is watching a sitcom. (Can’t blame her. They are the ultimate in comfort television. I do the same thing when I’m sad. I call it sitcom therapy.) This time it’s Malcolm in the Middle. 

This is the best scene of the episode where we get some of the best writing in the MCU to date courtesy of Laura Donney:

Vision: Wanda, I don’t presume to know what you’re feeling, but I would like to know. Should you wish to tell me. Should that be of some comfort to you.

Wanda: What makes you think that talking about it would bring me comfort?

Vision: Oh, see, I read that the-

Wanda: The only thing that would bring me comfort is seeing him again. Sorry. I’m so tired. It’s…It’s just like this wave washing over me, again and again. It knocks me down, and when I try to stand up, it just comes for me again. And I…It’s just gonna drown me.

Vision: No. No, it won’t.

Wanda: Yeah. How do you know?

Vision: Well, because it can’t all be sorrow, can it? I’ve always been alone, so I don’t feel the lack. It’s all I’ve ever known, I’ve never experienced loss because I have never had a loved one to lose. But what is grief, if not love persevering?

This scene meant a lot for me personally, and I know it’s a scene that resonates with anyone who has experienced grief.

Wanda walks through the next door. This time into SWORD headquarters to get Vision’s body back. Wanda’s only intention was to give Vision a proper burial. But Agent Hayward (Josh Stamberg) doesn’t intend on giving the body up. He lets Wanda have a look at what they’re doing with the body: “dismantling the best sentient weapon ever made.” Vision’s head is one table; his body scattered around the room on other tables.

She shatters the glass of the observation deck and flies down to say goodbye to Vision.

“I can’t feel you.” = saddest line of the episode.


She leaves, gets in her car and drives to Westview, New Jersey. She drives to the piece of property Vision bought. They were going to build a house “to grow old in.”

Overwhelmed with grief, Wanda falls to her knees. Just like in Age of Ultron, after Pietro’s death, power explodes from her. It’s from this power that the Hex is created, the house is built, and Vision is brought back to life.

Agatha ends the tour of Wanda’s memories. Back outside she holds Billy and Tommy hostage. I thought she was going to kill them right in front of Wanda!

Her superhero name is official!

In the end credits scene, we get our first look at White Vision. In the comics this meant that after being rebuilt he lost all of his memories and emotions, essentially everything that made him human, and has been returned to the state of being a weapon.

Only one more episode to go! This was my most anticipated Marvel show so I’m sad it’s ending. But at the same time, I can’t wait to see how it ends! The finale streams tomorrow on Disney Plus.

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‘Breaking The Fourth Wall’- WandaVision Episode 7 Recap and Review

We’ve made it to the 2010s on WandaVision. This time around, they pay tribute to shows like Modern Family and The Office. The theme tune is extremely similar to The Office theme, and the characters often break the fourth wall.

Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) doesn’t have the energy to get out of bed after the traumatic events of Halloween Night. She didn’t even make it out of her costume before falling into bed. I can relate to lack of energy and motivation to do anything. Who doesn’t?

She decides to punish herself with a staycation which includes forfeiting parental responsibility of Billy (Julian Hilliard) and Tommy (Jett Klyne). The boys try to get her out of bed, but Wanda refuses to budge. Billy tells her his head is “noisy, ” and he doesn’t like it. But even this isn’t a cause for motherly concern.

Credit: Buzzfeed

The boys are in the living room trying to play video games, but something strange is happening: the controllers are glitching. They change from modern to old-school before turning into UNO cards.

Wanda finally manages to stumble down the stairs to break up her fighting twins before going to the kitchen to fix breakfast. The milk container glitches and changes from glass bottle to cardboard carton to back again. She has no idea why this is happening.

Back in reality Director Hayward (Josh Stamberg) and Agent Goodner (Rachael Thompson) are standing outside the Hex, thankful that they weren’t captured inside. He asks her what’s happening on the broadcast. She tells him that there is none. They can’t see what’s going on inside of WestView. This won’t stop Hayward from carry out his plans, and tells Agent Goodner to keep preparing for today’s launch. Launch of what? We’re not given an answer.

Meanwhile, Vision (Paul Bettany) and Darcy (Kat Dennings) are mistaken for circus performers, thanks to Wanda’s WestView Circus expansion.

Vision tries to remind Darcy what happened the night before outside the hex. Now that Darcy’s inside, she has no memory, and believes that Vision is coming onto her. I think it’s the most amusing part of the episode.

Back at the house, The boys ask where Vision is. Wanda doesn’t know. Billy asks her about what Pietro said about Vision dying twice. Wanda tells him not to listen to him and says Pietro’s not their uncle. If he’s not Pietro, then who is he?

Wanda then proceeds to have a mental breakdown in front of the twins telling them that life’s meaningless. Not her best parenting move!

Agnes drops by unexpectedly and offers to take the twins off Wanda’s hands for a while. The boys are hesitant to leave their mom, but Wanda insists they leave, and Agnes herds them out the door.

When Wanda’s alone, the entire house starts to glitch and revert back to the 70s era in episode three.

While Agent Woo (Randall Park) and Monica (Teyoyah Parris) drive back to the Hex they discuss what Hayward could be up to. An eagle-eyed viewer noticed that the text Jimmy was reading from revealed that Hayward was the one to send the email to Vision in episode five.

In episode six it’s revealed that Hayward is keeping tabs on Vision. Monica and Jimmy speculate what this could mean.

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“Hayward wasn’t trying to decommission Vision. He was trying to bring him back online.” – Jimmy Woo

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Monica concludes that “Hayward wants his sentinet weapon back.” For what? Another Ultron level genocide event?

They arrive at S.W.O.R.D.’s temporary base where Monica tries to enter back into the Hex by way of space rover. Monica suits up and tries driving through the hex but it refuses to let her through. It forces the rover backwards. The hex tries rewriting the rover so it fits into Westview. Monica manages to escape.  The hex rejects the rover and ejects it. The rover has been changed to a truck.

(L-R): Randall Park as Jimmy Woo and Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Meanwhile, back at the circus, Vision continues trying to break through to Darcy with little success. He finally distracts her long enough to undo Wanda’s spell and snap her back to reality. They manage to escape the circus via funnel cake truck. Paul Bettany and Kat Dennings are comedy gold when paired together!

Back at the house, Wanda’s world continues to glitch through several previous eras of the show. The stork from the nursery in episode three even makes a cameo!

The boys are at Agne’s house. Billy tells her he likes it there because it’s quiet. The noise inside his head has stopped. He tells her, “You’re quiet, Agnes. On the inside.” She looks at him strangely.

Back at S.W.O.R.D. Headquarters, Monica suits up and tries driving through the hex but it refuses to let her through. It forces the rover backwards. The hex tries rewriting the rover so it fits into Westview. Monica manages to escape.  The hex rejects the rover and ejects it. The rover has been changed to a truck.

To Jimmy’s dismay, Monica decides to run through the Hex on her own. This is the first time we see the inside of the Hex. It’s all static, wavy lines, and flashing lights and is one of the most aesthetically pleasing scenes of the episode. This is also a superhero origin story for Monica; this is where we see get her powers. As she pushes her way through, she’s surrounded by the voices of her mom, Nick Fury, and her Aunt Carol. This was a beautiful scene to watch and an empowering moment for Monica. One of the best scene of the episode!

On the drive back to the house, Darcy tries to jog Vision’s memory of past events that occurred during Infinity War. How does Darcy know about his death and that Wanda had to watch?! She wasn’t even there! Maybe she was given a crash course in history over the last five years? They keep getting stuck in traffic on the way back to the house.

Vision thinks Wanda’s to blame for the traffic. He doesn’t think she wants him to come home and using her magic to create obstacles.

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Monica bursts into Wanda’s house unannounced to warn her about Hayward and his plans for Vision. But Wanda won’t listen. She uses her powers to remove Monica from her house. When Monica lands, a lightning bolt appears and her eyes glow signifying she has powers of some kind.


Wanda accuses Monica of being the reason for all the bad things happening including the drones, missiles, and the fake Pietro.

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MONICA: No, wait, Pietro, no, no, no, that wasn’t us.

WANDA: All you do is lie!

MONICA: The only lies I’ve told are the ones you put in my mouth

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Monica tells Wanda not to let Hayward turn her into a villain. Wanda believes she already is one. Agnes watches the entire exchange from her window and goes out intervene. She acts very protective of Wanda but why?

Agnes takes Wanda back to her place. Wanda wants to know where the boys are. Agnes thinks they’re in the basement. Wanda heads down into the creepiest basement ever but the boys are missing.

Agnes confronts Wanda and reveals she’s Agatha Harkness, a witch.


It was a reveal that comics fans saw coming. (🙋) It wasn’t a huge surprise, but the reveal was fun! Especially when accompanied by a catchy theme song that pays tribute to The Munsters.

It’s revealed that Agatha has been behind all the strange goings-on in Westview. Including Pietro dropping by unexpectedly and killing Sparky.

This episode has the first mid-credits scene of the show: Monica investigates around Agatha’s house and opens the doors to the basement, “Pietro” sneaks up behind her saying, “Snoopers gonna snoop.”


I wonder what will happen next on WandaVision