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Third Time's a Charm
Charmcaster dragon
General Information
Original broadcast November 7, 2014
Series Ben 10: Omniverse
Details
Season 8
Episode number 75
Overall number 225
Credits
Written by Jonathan Callan
Directed by Jae Hong Kim
Episode Guide
Previous episode Secret of Dos Santos
Next episode The Final Countdown
Gallery Cast
Third Time's a Charm is the seventy-fifth episode of Ben 10: Omniverse.

Plot

One night at Friedkin University, Lucky Girl faces off against Mino-Toga, who turns out to be another costumed villain: the star quarterback of a rival university who attempted to steal the school mascot. Before she can apprehend him, Lucky Girl is swarmed by admirers, letting the villain escape. Xagliv and Aniceto watch from afar, until Lucky Girl manages to escape the scene. They confront Gwen at her library, who has shed her disguise and acts as though nothing has happened. The professors leave, while Gwen heaves a sigh of relief, having kept her secret identity. She enters the library basement, where Kevin and Zed have taken up residence. Kevin is still unhappy for the loss of his car, and begs Gwen to make another search through the universe. Gwen relents, releasing a magic radar that finds something. Gwen and Kevin teleport into Kevin's car, which has been stranded in Ledgerdomain. Kevin is elated to be reunited with his car, but before they can leave Kevin and his car are teleported away, leaving Gwen behind with Charmcaster. Gwen attempts to go into her Anodite form, but Charmcaster seals her in a magic circle, transforming Gwen into a totem.

Back at the university, Kevin has called Ben and Rook for help, adamant that Charmcaster is responsible. Kevin is briefly introduced to Skurd, and notes that a janitor raking leaves nearby is rousing his suspicions. Meanwhile, Gwen has landed in Charmcaster's bag, filled with Charmcaster's inactive rock monsters and populated by Hex, Darkstar and Adwaita. The three magic users are on unfriendly terms with each other and reveal that despite multiple attempts, they have not found a way to leave Charmcaster's grip. Infuriated by her enemies' continuous bickering, Gwen tries to think of a solution.

Ben and company are brought to Gwen's library, on the pretext of studying for upcoming tests while the janitor stays and watches. They try to sift through Gwen's books for advice, to no avail. Rook suggests that Ben turn into Brainstorm so he can analyze the information. Ben agrees, but ends up with XLR8 instead. XLR8 tries tearing through the books at lightning speed but quickly becomes bored. Kevin notes the janitor's lingering presence with suspicion. Rook wonders if the janitor knows anything about magic, prompting the janitor's excitement. To Rook's disappointment, the janitor's "magic" turns out to be a simple card trick, at which only Ben is impressed.

Some time later, the boys have failed to make any significant headway. Ben is sure that Gwen can take care of herself, but Kevin angrily notes that she has yet to return. The janitor suggests the name "Bezel" as a lead, which the boys know of as the source of Gwen's original Lucky Girl powers. The mention does, however, pique Charmcaster's interest, who promptly teleports into the library. Ben attempts to turn into Way Big, but turns into Shocksquatch instead. Everyone is forced to duck from Charmcaster's magic blasts. Despite his and Skurd's best efforts, Shocksquatch fails to land a hit on Charmcaster, and everyone (including the janitor) is cast out of the library. A magical barrier forms around the library, as well as a horde of Charmcaster's rock monsters, and Charmcaster gloats over her victory to her totems. She reaches into her bag to grab a charm, forcing everyone inside to scurry out of the way of her hand. This, however, gives Gwen an idea on how to escape.

Outside, Rook has yet to find a way past the barrier. Ben and Kevin note that Charmcaster still has Gwen and the Charms of Bezel, at which the janitor expresses his surprise. Kevin, annoyed, wonders what stake the janitor has in all this, and the janitor reveals that he's none other than Bezel, the "greatest manipulator of all magic", causing everyone's jaws to drop in disbelief. Rook remarks on the peculiarity of a legendary magician assuming the role of a college janitor, but Bezel reveals his true form all the same. Meanwhile, Charmcaster finds what Hex had been concealing in the library: a circle of magic runes concealed under the grandfather clock in the center of the library.

After a few more demonstrations of prestidigitation, Bezel finally leads the team into the library via a magic portal. Bezel explains that he gave up on "real magic" long ago, disliking its lack of rules, mystery and excitement. At the same time, Gwen uses a tube of Charmcaster's lipstick to draw a magic rune on the floor of her bag, just as Charmcaster reaches in and grabs the four totems. Laying the totems on the circle, Charmcaster utters an incantation that summons Bezel, physically pulling him into Charmcaster's view. While the others hide, Charmcaster turns Bezel into a totem. Charmcaster declares that she's now become the most powerful sorceress ever.

Despite Kevin's urging, Zed charges at Charmcaster, blowing the boys' cover and forcing them to fight. Ben turns into Kickin Hawk, but the group barely manages to handle more of Charmcaster's spells and rock monsters. Meanwhile, the Gwen totem tries calling out to the boys, but fails to get anyone's attention aside from Zed, who grabs the totems in her mouth. Eventually, thrown to a wall, Kickin Hawk manages to hear Gwen's totem voice, who tells him that he must get Charmcaster to reach into her bag. Kickin Hawk continues to fight, causing Charmcaster to cast a spell that turns her into a dragon, who blasts Kickin Hawk out of the library.

Outside, Kevin and Rook continue to fight off Charmcaster's monsters. Kevin, spotting his car in the distance, asks Rook and Kickin Hawk to cover him while he runs for it. Successfully reaching his car, Kevin fires its weapons at Charmcaster, but she proves impervious. In her dragon voice, Charmcaster declares that the boys are no match for her; she's already defeated the universe's most powerful magic users, and none of them use magic. Kickin Hawk disagrees, showing that he's got the Bezel totem in hand. Charmcaster notes that it won't help him, but Kickin Hawk makes the totem disappear in his hand, surprising Charmcaster. Unbeknownst to her Skurd has moved the totem behind Kickin Hawk's arm, hiding it from view. Thinking that Ben has performed magic, Charmcaster demands an answer; Kickin Hawk smugly tells her to check her bag. As Charmcaster reaches her claw into the bag, she touches the magic circle Gwen drew earlier, which activates via her own magic powers. Charmcaster is sucked into her bag, screaming.

Without Charmcaster's influence, her prisoners are restored from their totem forms. Darkstar attempts to make a run for it, but is apprehended by Rook. Gwen reveals how she tricked Charmcaster into sealing herself, earning her the sarcastic applause of Adwaita before he teleports away. Hex is embraced by Xagliv, much to his chagrin, while Bezel has resumed his janitor disguise and slinks away, chuckling at Gwen's ingenuity.

In the end, Gwen places Charmcaster's bag on a shelf in her hideout, with Charmcaster's squeaky voice yelling for Gwen to let her out, still demanding an answer for how Ben tricked her. Gwen muses over how she once wondered if she could have been friends with Charmcaster under different circumstances; now with Charmcaster trapped in her own bag, perhaps she can.

Noteworthy Events

Major Events

Characters

Villains

Aliens Used

By Ben

By Skurd

Spells Used

Quotes

Quotes


Gwendolyn: Look, we each know a lot about magic. If we put our heads together...
Hex: (looks at Adwaita) His head is on fire.
Darkstar: (to Hex) Yours is a skull.


Quotes Right

Quotes


Charmcaster: (toying with the Gwendolyn totem) Hi, I'm Gwen. I used to think I was so much better than Charmcaster. But look, now I fit in her purse!
Ben: Big mistake, Charmcaster. Way Big! (activates Omnitrix, becomes Shocksquatch)
Shocksquatch: Or Shocksquatch.
Skurd: Why do you even bother to call them out before you transform?
Shocksquatch: I don't know. I'm been asking myself that same question, eh?


Quotes Right

Quotes


Rook: Why does Zed keep behaving like this?
Ben: Maybe the totems have some weird effect on her. She is an alien.
Rook: I am an alien.
Ben: Yeah, but you're always weird.


Quotes Right

Quotes


Gwendolyn: You have to make Charmcaster reach inside her magic bag.
Kickin' Hawk: How?
Gwendolyn: I don't know. Think of something!
Skurd: We're doomed.


Quotes Right

Quotes


Gwendolyn: Y'know, I used to wonder if Charmcaster and I could've been friends under different circumstances. And now, I know that's true!


Quotes Right

Naming and Translations

Language Name Origin
Hungarian Harmadszor a legjobb Third Time's the Best
Portuguese (Br) A Terceira Vez é Mágica Third Time's a Charm
Spanish (HA) Charmcaster Regresa Charmcaster Returns

Allusions

  • The title refers to the phrase, "The third time's the charm", which means that if you try to achieve something in the third attempt, it will work.
  • Bezel mentioned turning a pumpkin into a carriage, which is a reference to Cinderella.
  • Charmcaster turning into a dragon is a reference to Maleficent from Disney's Sleeping Beauty.
  • Charmcaster's line "Say hello to my little friend!" is a direct allusion to Al Pacino's character Tony Montana's line from wikipedia:Scarface:1983 film.
Ben 10: Omniverse Episodes in Production Order
Arc 1
The More Things Change: Part 1 · The More Things Change: Part 2 · A Jolt from the Past · So Long, and Thanks for All the Smoothies · It Was Them · Trouble Helix · Hot Stretch · Have I Got a Deal for You · Of Predators and Prey: Part 1 · Of Predators and Prey: Part 2
Arc 2
Many Happy Returns · Gone Fishin' · Outbreak · Blukic and Driba Go to Mr. Smoothy's · Malefactor · Bros in Space · Arrested Development · Rules of Engagement · Showdown: Part 1 · Showdown: Part 2
Arc 3
T.G.I.S. · Tummy Trouble · Store 23 · Vilgax Must Croak · Ben Again · Special Delivery · Rad · While You Were Away · The Frogs of War: Part 1 · The Frogs of War: Part 2
Arc 4
Food Around the Corner · The Ultimate Heist · O Mother, Where Art Thou? · Max's Monster · Evil's Encore · Return to Forever · Mud Is Thicker Than Water · OTTO Motives · A Fistful of Brains · For a Few Brains More
Arc 5 - Galactic Monsters
Something Zombozo This Way Comes · Mystery, Incorporeal · Bengeance Is Mine · An American Benwolf in London · Animo Crackers · Rad Monster Party · Charmed, I'm Sure · The Vampire Strikes Back · And Then There Were None · And Then There Was Ben
Arc 6
Catfight · Collect This · The Vengers · Cough It Up · The Rooters of All Evil · Blukic and Driba Go to Area 51 · No Honor Among Bros · Universe vs. Tennyson · Weapon XI: Part 1 · Weapon XI: Part 2
Arc 7
Clyde Five · Rook Tales · Charm School · The Ballad of Mr. Baumann · Fight at the Museum · Breakpoint · The Color of Monkey · Vreedlemania · It's a Mad, Mad, Mad Ben World: Part 1 · It's a Mad, Mad, Mad Ben World: Part 2
Arc 8
From Hedorium to Eternity · Stuck on You · Let's Do the Time War Again · Secret of Dos Santos · Third Time's a Charm · The Final Countdown · Malgax Attacks · The Most Dangerous Game Show · The End of an Era · A New Dawn
Ben 10: Omniverse Episodes in U.S. Airing Order
Season 1
The More Things Change: Part 1 · The More Things Change: Part 2 · A Jolt from the Past · Trouble Helix · Have I Got a Deal for You · It Was Them · So Long, and Thanks for All the Smoothies · Hot Stretch · Of Predators and Prey: Part 1 · Of Predators and Prey: Part 2
Season 2
Outbreak · Many Happy Returns · Gone Fishin' · Blukic and Driba Go to Mr. Smoothy's · Malefactor · Arrested Development · Bros in Space · Ben Again · Store 23 · Special Delivery
Season 3
Showdown: Part 1 · Showdown: Part 2 · Tummy Trouble · Vilgax Must Croak · While You Were Away · The Frogs of War: Part 1 · The Frogs of War: Part 2 · Rules of Engagement · Rad · Evil's Encore
Season 4
T.G.I.S. · Food Around the Corner · O Mother, Where Art Thou? · Return to Forever · Mud Is Thicker Than Water · OTTO Motives · The Ultimate Heist · A Fistful of Brains · For a Few Brains More · Max's Monster
Season 5
Something Zombozo This Way Comes · Mystery, Incorporeal · Bengeance Is Mine · An American Benwolf in London · Animo Crackers · Rad Monster Party · Charmed, I'm Sure · The Vampire Strikes Back · Catfight · Collect This
Season 6
And Then There Were None · And Then There Was Ben · The Vengers · Cough It Up · The Rooters of All Evil · Blukic and Driba Go to Area 51 · No Honor Among Bros · Universe vs. Tennyson · Weapon XI: Part 1 · Weapon XI: Part 2
Season 7
Clyde Five · Rook Tales · Charm School · The Ballad of Mr. Baumann · Fight at the Museum · Breakpoint · The Color of Monkey · Vreedlemania · It's a Mad, Mad, Mad Ben World: Part 1 · It's a Mad, Mad, Mad Ben World: Part 2
Season 8
From Hedorium to Eternity · Stuck on You · Let's Do the Time War Again · Secret of Dos Santos · Third Time's a Charm · The Final Countdown · Malgax Attacks · The Most Dangerous Game Show · The End of an Era · A New Dawn

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