WandaVision season 1, episode 8 recap – “Previously On”

February 26, 2021
M.N. Miller 0
Disney+, Weekly TV


WandaVision has gotten better with each passing episode.

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WandaVision has gotten better with each passing episode.

This recap of Disney Plus’s WandaVision season 1, episode 8, “Previously On”, contains significant spoilers.

Previously on Agatha Harkness

This week’s episode of WandaVision starts with a quick origin story of old Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn). Her story dates back to the days of the Salem Witch Trials. Two witches are dragging the bad girl in the backwoods of Salem, Massachusetts in 1693. She is practicing powers of the craft beyond her scope and betrayed her covenant. She has practiced the darkest of magic; apparently, Agatha is a feminist back in the 17th century.

Agatha didn’t know her place and ambition was frowned upon. Her sorority of witch sisters tie her to the stake and sentence her to certain death. They all begin to chant and strike her with their blue glowing power. Agatha screams in pain, but it’s all for show. Instead of letting their powers destroy her, she reverses it. She turns those glowing blue streams of power to purples, absorbing all their power and life in the process.

Wanda, you little Rabbit

Agatha feeds a bird to a rabbit. Now, moving on from that point, Agatha was responsible for only Pietro, or as she calls it, “Fietro”. She sent him in to find out how Wanda did it. Did what you ask? While the previous episode showed Agatha behind many of the happenings in Westview, it has been Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) who created the world in the new town where she established new roots. Agatha wants to know how she did it, clearly interesting in taking over Wanda’s powers.

Previously on Wanda Maximoff

Agatha pulls a Christmas Carol, looking back at Wanda’s childhood and her papa has brought a briefcase full of box sets of television shows home. All your favorites: The Addams Family, Bewitched, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Malcolm in the Middle, uh, Who’s the Boss? Turns out Wanda is a television nerd; she knows every episode and can recite them on cue. While she is doing this, it turns out her family is pulling a little Life is Beautiful on their children. They are watching television while war is raging outside their home.

It turns out the fun doesn’t last that long. As soon as Mary Tyler Moore slides into her apartment on top of a pile of foam peanuts in front of a delighted Dick Van Dyke, there is a flash of light and explosion; their home has been hit by a bomb. As the young Wanda and Pietro escape, a “Stark” bomb that was a dud hits the ground, stuck in the ground and standing on its head.

Previously on Wanda Maximoff, Part 2

Wanda wanted to change the world and joined an anti-freedom terrorist organization (seems like something Hitler would have enjoyed). The organization, most likely Hydra, placed her up close and personal in front of an infinity stone. While they monitor the effects of this experiment, they monitor her while she watches The Brady Bunch. It appears that the mind stone from Loki’s scepter that has fallen into the hands of Hydra has now amplified the powers that would have died inside.

Next in WandaVision season 1, episode 8, Wanda Takes Agatha down memory lane to the Avengers compound which was the first home Vision (Paul Bettany) and Wanda ever shared. Vision was a creepy one, hiding in the closet, while she watched television.

He courted her over some eps of Malcolm in the Middle (not weird, the wife and I courted over a binge of Forensic Files and I’m sure this is how he and Jennifer Connelly got together) and watched a back patio collapse on Bryan Cranston’s head (I would have gone with the Family Matters episode when Urkel ruined Carl’s garage and started to count to one, two, and three what the heck is bothering me).

Agatha or Frasier?

Agatha appears to be Wanda’s Frasier as she tries her hand at some therapy to unlock the memories of how Wanda brought Vision back to life. Wanda remembers going to MCU to grab Vision’s body and give him a funeral. Director Hayward (Josh Stamberg) shows her his body: they are dissembling him. Hayward appears to have said too much, hinting that Wanda can bring him back to life. Or was it intentional? He refers to it again and clearly, he wants his three-billion dollar war machine back online.

Wanda leaves the headquarters and goes for a drive to decompress. She ends up in a quaint town of Westview, think Stars Hollow without the coffee, property taxes, and jibber-jabber. There she finds the lot of land that Vision bought for them to grow old on — from there she has a mental break. All her red streaming powers coming pouring out of her and creates a Pleasantville of her own where Vision welcomes her home.


Wanda ends up on the set of her WandaVision with Agatha giving a slow clap of appreciation. Suddenly Agatha disappears and Wanda hears her children crying outside. Agatha has them lassoed with her purple powers around their necks and floating a good ten feet above them. She has proven her case and makes a point to Wanda that she has not yet considered: It’s all chaos magic and Wanda is the Scarlett Witch.

Don’t Go Anywhere

Another bonus scene goes on after the credits in WandaVision season 1, episode 8. Director Hayward is told they are ready to launch. In his yuppy-best tone, he replies, “It’s about time.” They have taken apart and have tried to put back together Vision a thousand times, but no energy source would active him until now. With a push of a button, Vision or “Fauxsion”, comes to life.

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