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Recap / The Magicians 2016 S 01 E 06

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Season 1, Episode 6

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The first-years must pass a set of challenges called "the trials" devised by the third years. While doing the trials, Quentin and Penny reconcile, Alice and Quentin share secrets, and Kady confesses that she is using Penny. As they pass the final trial, they each turn into a goose.

Meanwhile, in an attempt to steal spells from Marina, Julia teams up with an older hedge witch who also has connections with Marina. The older hedge witch turns out to be Kady's mother, and dies in the process of stealing the cabinet of spells from Marina's safe house. Kady had been working for Marina in payment of a debt related to her mother. Kady does not know yet that her mother died.


Tropes Present In This Episode:

  • Impossible Task: The point of the first two trials. The first one is a near-impossible spell; Quentin and Penny copy off Alice and are praised for their cleverness. The second is a number of mundane tasks that they are given the wrong tools for; they have to work together so that they can use the right tools for the right jobs.