Even the idea of an episode like this is grounds for abuse towards what was left of the Charmed writing staff at this stage. It’s crude, silly, trashy and not even remotely close to the show this started out as. But, I can’t help but get sucked in. I know it’s ridiculous, but it’s just so much fun. God help me.
In ‘The Power of Three Blondes’, three evil witches attempt to take over the Charmed Ones’ identities. When Phoebe, Piper and Paige find out they’ve been replaced by imposters, they try to convince those around them who they really are.
There’s so much to negate this episode for, but I feel like there’s a lot to love about it, from a superficial view point. I love the opening scene, where you know that something is clearly up with the sisters acting a little ditzier than usual (well, yeah, it’s only really weird in Piper’s case). The blonde stereotype is thrust in our faces every two seconds, with jibe after jibe ("Check out that dye job"), but it all works so well. Jenny McCarthy's casting was a stroke of genius and that short excerpt in the Book of Shadows is kind of hysterical, too (“Not worth vanquishing”).
The Stillmans are sort of this show’s equivalent to the Trio in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, foes that don’t really pose a threat, more a nuisance to the sisters, but when they’re ignored things can get from bad to worse, or dumb to dummer as the case may be. The idea of villains like them appearing in this show falls apart when you take it in context with some of the previous enemies the sisters have faced, but as stand-alone adversaries they work nicely.
One thing that I’ve always liked about this episode is the focus being turned back onto the power of three. I’ve talked about it before, but I always love when episodes take the time to use the strength of the sisters’ bond in saving the day, considering its importance in this show’s foundations. Their bond is what makes them so strong and the fact that the girls were petty and only after power was their downfall, breaking the power of three apart, similar to the events of ‘Power Outage’.
There’s a lot of disposability here, though. Paige’s job of the week schtick is starting to get tired already, but I enjoyed the use of the gremlins in saving the day. I’m not a huge fan of these creatures that have taken over the Charmed universe, but used in moderation, and they can reach a tolerable level. Phoebe and Jason are as annoying as ever, and that restaurant scene is pretty embarrassing, though I quite enjoyed Phoebe’s quickie punch.
It’s outlandish and stupid, but ‘Power of Three Blondes’ is easily one of the funniest episodes of Charmed’s later years, even if it’s a far cry from the show it used to be.