Fridge / Wicked

Fridge Brilliance:

  • Towards the end of "One Short Day," when Glinda sings, "Two best friends," you can hear a little chime that matches "ev'ry little trait" from "What Is This Feeling?" Shout Out for the win!
    • Tiny bit of Les Yay in a similar sequence: The first time we hear the tune from "I'm Not That Girl" is at the end of "Popular" when Glinda tells Elphaba that she's beautiful.
  • Over the course of the musical, various phrases involving the word "good" are used — "making good", "thank goodness", "for goodness' sake", etc. — and as these phrases are overused by characters who are anything but "good", the word gradually loses all meaning . . . until the end, when the song "For Good" uses it with a different definition from the rest of the show, and it becomes meaningful once again.
  • The: "You're beautiful." "Don't lie to me." "It's not a lie, it's just looking at something a different way." exchange that is repeated at the end doesn't only sum up Fiyero and Elphaba's relationship. It essentially sums up the main theme of the musical.
  • Elphaba makes several obvious prophetic statements in "The Wizard And I" ("Someday there'll be a celebration throughout all of Oz/That's all to do with me", "I'll be so happy I could melt", "When people see me they will scream"). However, she also makes a less obvious one at the end of "Defying Gravity": "And nobody in all of Oz/No Wizard that there is or was/Is ever gonna bring me down!" The person who ultimately brings Elphaba down (at least in the eyes of the public) is Dorothy, who is from Kansas and possesses no inherent magical abilities.
  • Glinda's line in "What is this Feeling?" in her letter to her parents states that "Of course, I'll rise above it" in regards to her current roommate situation with Elphaba. What makes this brilliant is that in the end, she must do this both literally and metaphorically. While in her bubble, she literally can "rise above" Elphaba. From a more symbolic standpoint, it describes how she must become the changing influence that Elphaba never could be (as described in "For Good") as she moves on from Elphie's "death"..
  • The Wicked Witch of the West's death scene in the original film, with the overwrought "Oh, what a world! What a world!" and all that, makes much more sense if you realize that Elphaba was deliberately being overdramatic to add weight to her faked death.
  • Two characters are referred to as "wonderful", the Wizard (his title, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" and Boq ("Oh, Boq, I think you're wonderful!" sung by Nessarose). Both lie about their true selves - the Wizard is only "wonderful" because the Ozians made him so, Boq is only "wonderful" in Nessa's eyes because Glinda manipulated him.
  • The final bridge of Defying Gravity (when Elphaba rises over the stage to scare the daylights out of the guards) opens with the lines "So if you care to find me, look to the western sky!" Not only is this a callback to Elphaba's eventual title "Wicked Witch of the West" but it's a clever use of foreshadowing. Where does the sun set? In the west. This is a sign of Elphaba's eventual fate and the fact things her declaration of war are going to get far worse for her.

Fridge Horror:

  • When Elphaba casts a spell to save Fiyero's life in "No Good Deed", she declares "And however they try/To destroy him/Let him never die/Let him never die." In addition to making Fiyero indestructible, she also made him immortal.
  • Elphaba's constant suffering under Fantastic Racism is nearly identical to a lot of real-life racism especially if you consider Elphaba's mixed-race status as the Wizard's illegitimate daughter (half-Ozian, half Earthian). The constant mocking of her green skin aside, her parents have no clue why she's like this, meaning Elphaba would be a throwback to a forgotten/unknown mixed-race ancestor (since they don't know her real father is the Wizard). Her father can't stand looking at her and relegates her to be The Caretaker for Nessarose, her crippled but conventionally beautiful sister, which was the fate of many historical mixed-race people who didn't pass. And then there's her extremely low self-esteem tied mainly to her skin-color, which is true for a lot of minority girls and women.
  • Just how much did Dr. Dillamond remember after he was turned into a goat?

Fridge Logic:

  • Sorcery has enough of an intellectual foundation that they actually teach classes on it at Crage, yet somehow the field is still so underpopulated that when the Wizard needs talented mage types to help him rule Oz he sends Madame Morrible to a boarding school in order to act as his talent scout.
    • ...Not to mention the fact that he seems to be scouting only at Crage Hall, which might indicate that none of the boys' schools teach sorcery. For some reason.
    • He was searching for amazing power and potential. If a person doesn't have power or potential (i.e. the Wizard) then all that education is useless. The potential has to be there first. The learning can come later. By searching for students with magical potential, they can find a powerful witch and have a degree of control over her. Don't know about the women thing... Females have babies and therefore have more life-force? Maybe cultural roles make men warriors and women magic-users?
    • Sorcery might have a decent foundation, but there aren't very many who are actually good at it—look at Glinda's professor, who is described as virtually incompetent. As for Madame Morrible being only at Crage Hall...maybe he has other scouts with the boys, but because none of the male characters study sorcery, they don't know.
      • Maguire showing his work again. In Baum's Oz books, magic wielders are overwhelmingly female. The best males can do is essentially alchemy, whipping up potions and pills. This is partly why Oscar Diggs was able to bluff his way into power; sorceresses and witches were fairly common, but a Wizard, not so much.
  • As "For Good" states, both Elphaba and Glinda have changed each other. Had it not been for that and the strength of their friendship, things would have gone much differently. Elphaba was used to being seen as an abomination, but it was knowing that Glinda was still on her side gave her hope that she could return once she had stopped the Wizards plan. Glinda was used to being well loved, and the character development from seeing how she was hurting Elphaba and could actually do something about it gave her the ability to work from the inside to fix the corruption. Had they not become friends, Elphaba's desire to be accepted would have made her capitulate to the Wizard's wishes from the beginning.