“The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex”
|Season 4, Episode 30|
March 15, 2013
Ben Montanio, Vince Cheung & Todd J. Greenwald
The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex (also known as Alex vs. Alex or just The Wizards Return) is a Disney Channel television special (marketed as a Disney Channel Special Event) based on the TV series Wizards of Waverly Place. It is the sequel to Wizards of Waverly Place - The Movie, which premiered on March 15th 8 pm ET/PT on Disney Channel. This movie also serves as the series finale of Wizards of Waverly Place.
The special was announced on September 17, 2012, and was shot from October 22 to November 10, 2012, in California. It was executive produced by Selena Gomez. While David Henrie originally planned to star in the special, he declined because he wanted to move on to his acting career. He was mentioned many times in this special. Even though the series ended, this movie was in production before they ended the series, making this the very last project of Wizards of Waverly Place. It first aired on March 15, 2013.
The Russos are headed to Tuscany, Italy, to meet their long lost relatives. However when Alex is sick of always being corrected by her family, it leads her to split herself in half: The evil part of her contained in a mirror, while she is now completely good. But trouble arises and the mirror shatters, releasing her evil doppelganger. Her evil self now teams up with an evil charming wizard to help with his plan of world domination. Now Alex must face herself to save her family, friend, and boyfriend. Will Bad Alex succeed?
Going to Italy
Jerry gets a call from his cousin, Carmela, who lives in Italy. Alex doesn't want to fly on a cheap airplane, so she uses magic to take them to Italy, by using her wand to create a door that directly leads there. Her parents tell her using magic for selfish pleasure is unacceptable and brag about how Justin would never have done such an act. Alex perceives this as how Justin should have become the family wizard instead of her. Alex leaves & sits by herself on Jumbo-Tron where she is advised by Dominic to smooth out her rough edges. Mason tries to cheer her up with a sophisticated picnic of pooched salmon. Alex turns it into a country styled fried chicken buffet, causing Mason to leave after calling her selfish. Alex decides after a talk with Harper to split herself. Harper feels unsure about this decision, but Alex goes through with it. Eventually, Bad Alex breaks the mirror and escapes to Italy. Alex, along with her family and Harper, visits Jerry's relatives from Italy.
Evil Alex finds a wizard named Dominic who gives her a magical charm bracelet of five gems to trap Alex's family and friends in. After Max, Theresa, and Jerry are trapped, Alex discovers that Dominic is also evil. Once she finds Bad Alex and Dominic at the top of the Tower of Pisa, Harper is trapped in a charm. Good Alex decides to find Mason, but Mason is mad because he thinks she has feelings for Dominic. Not long after, Bad Alex appears and deceives Mason into thinking she is Good Alex. Mason follows Bad Alex, but Good Alex catches up. However, Alex is too late and Mason has already been trapped in a charm. Dominic's relation to Gorog is revealed, as well as his plan to trap all mortals in beads and rule over his new mortal-free world.
Tower of Pisa Battle
He plans to trap all of the mortal worlds in his charms, so he and Bad Alex can rule a new Wizard World. As Good Alex is about to undo the spell, she is flashed out by the Crystals of Justice to a mysterious place in the Wizard World. Believed to be responsible for Bad Alex's actions, she is sentenced to death for planning to take over the world and she is put into a cell where she will wait for her sentence to be carried out. It is shown thereafter that Mason had managed to escape from his charm since Dominic had accidentally cracked his bead, and he then rescues Good Alex and they return to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Bad Alex flashes out when they appear, and Good Alex decides to chase after her.
Mason stays and fights Dominic. Good Alex has finally defeated Evil Alex and returns to the Tower of Pisa, but Bad Alex flashes in. Dominic puts a wizard tap spell on Mason to knock him out. Good Alex resumes a spell to release those from the mortal world from the charms. The screen is transferred to Dominic, who tosses the charm bracelet off the Tower. Good Alex sprints to the side and brings her family and Harper to safety. Then, Mason wakes up and pushes Dominic off the top of the Tower when Dominic flirts with Good Alex. Bad Alex reappears, but Good Alex decides to use a spell that takes away her powers forever, erasing Bad Alex from existence. Both Alex and her evil counter-part are re-united into her original self.
After the Battle
The movie ends with the whole family, Mason, and Harper in front of the magical crystals. They decide that because of Alex's nobility in taking away her powers, her sentence will be lifted. After seeing her thanking Harper for accepting her of who she is, the crystal gives her back her powers believing that she deserves to get it back. The crystal acknowledged that she has changed into a mature, appreciative wizard. In the epilogue, when the Russo Family goes back they find their place destroyed by Bad Alex and Good Alex. Harper and Alex decide to stay in Italy for a while.
- Selena Gomez as Alex Russo/Evil Alex
- Jake T. Austin as Max Russo
- Jennifer Stone as Harper Finkle
- Gregg Sulkin as Mason Greybeck
- Beau Mirchoff as Dominic
- Maria Canals Barrera as Theresa Russo
- David DeLuise as Jerry Russo
- Natalia Noculich as Carmela
- Antonella Lentini as Francesca
- Jack Donner as Papa Fabrizio
- Iera Hundrickson as Newscaster 1
- Anthony Palermo as Newscaster 2
- Francesco Cura as Vineyard Worker
- Nikki Hahn as Bianca
- Josiah Darden as Gino
The special was released exclusively on DVD on June 25, 2013 in a release that included the hour-long final episode of Wizards of Waverly Place, "Who Will Be the Family Wizard?" as a bonus feature. The actual special was presented in its original 1.78:1 aspect ratio, with English, Spanish and French audio and subtitle tracks.
- Selena Gomez co-produced this special, she wanted the chance to become Alex one more time because she missed playing her. In the August 14, 2013 episode of CBS's The Talk, she mentions that she was in a hotel and watched four hours of Disney Channel and didn't see Wizards of Waverly Place, which saddened her, so she called up the president of Disney Channel and asked to do one last special, promising it was the last one. 
- Even though David Henrie didn't appear in the special, he was mentioned a few times and Alex tried to call him at Wiz Tech for his help but he never answered, and he was seen in the family photo in Alex's bedroom.
- Nikki Hahn guest stars as one of the wizards-in-training as Alex's cousin.
- It was revealed that Gorog had a wizard or angel nephew named Dominic.
- Only Alex's good self is seen casting spells in this episode, seeing as Justin wasn't in this special, and Max lost his powers due to losing the Wizard Competition.
- This is the second and last time Mason has shown excellent culinary (cooking) skills, only to be rejected. The first case being at the beginning of Wizard of the Year where he makes his grandmother's traditional crumpets which the Russos unanimously dislike and Chancellor Rootie-Tootietootie calls English muffins. Coincidentally, both dishes were cooked in 2 hours.
- While Alex's loved ones were trapped in the bracelet, Harper was the only one that wasn't shown in a gem. (She was only shown when she was captured in a violet gem).
- This marks the first time since Wizards vs. Werewolves that Mason goes full wolf twice in one episode.
- This special movie marks the first time that Mason is a main character while in the series, he has only been featured as a guest or special guest.
- Only people/creatures from one family have been killed in the Wizards of Waverly Place series. From that family are Gorog and Dominic. Disney clarified that Stevie did not die in "The Good, The Bad and the Alex." She was sent to an island in the Wizard World.
- This is the second episode that Alex has used magic to change personality; Positive Alex being the first episode when she used the magic marker.
- This is the second time that Wizards of Waverly Place has had a TV-PG rating, the first time was in "Wizards vs. Werewolves." This is also the second time that a character has been killed (or at least intentionally) on screen.
- This is the first time that a Disney Special (which is unusual for a Disney Show) has used the word "Death," or even implied it directly.
- This special got 5.9 million viewers on its premiere night.
- It is unknown if Harper and Zeke are still together since Harper mentions multiple times that Dominic is good looking. She even says in one scene "Fine, I won't date him," implying that she and Zeke perhaps broke up. If they are broken up, this could possibly be the reason that in the episode " Future Harper" that Harper is obsessed with Justin again, as shown when Justin finds his face on some of her items.
- There is a similar bracelet featured in the Wizards of Waverley Place original video game.
Differences between other episodes
- The Sub Station and Lair are not shown in this special.
- The appearance of flashing out was changed in this special.
- David Henrie does not appear, though Justin Russo is mentioned.
- The lighting has become darker and warmer.
- Max's hair is shorter and neater than before.
- Max's voice is noticeably deeper in this special.
- The intro song is neglected.
- This is the only episode where one of the Russo kids (Max) is mortal throughout the entire episode.
- Magical effects have also been amped up, including CGI, and the transitions from one scene to the next.
- This was the first time a flashback was introduced in the episode.
- Alex's magic had turned Yellow in this special, while Evil Alex's magic is Violet.