Sympathy for the Demon

Season 5, Ep 7, Aired 11/3/02
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  • Episode Description
  • Barbas, the Demon of Fear, returns and tricks Paige into giving him Cole's powers, and plots revenge on the Halliwell sisters by playing them against their darkest fears.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Holly Marie Combs

    Piper Halliwell

  • Alyssa Milano

    Phoebe Halliwell

  • Brian Krause (I)

    Leo Wyatt

  • Julian McMahon

    Cole Turner

  • Rose McGowan

    Paige Matthews

  • Fan Reviews (13)
  • Gotta love Barbas.

    By bbch25, Jul 04, 2015

  • Sympathy for the Demon

    By TrueTvWatcher, Apr 21, 2012

  • Barbas is back, and he is very put out.

    By iltarion, Nov 13, 2010

  • Sympathy For Billy Drago

    By lenzinoH20, Jul 15, 2011

  • Fear Factor

    By MovieMark, Mar 08, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (26)

    • (Barbas and the demon Stimple are trapped on a ledge at the mouth of hell, where they've been banished.) Stimple: So the witches are going to do what you want? Barbas: In time. Oh, the Charmed Ones are not your ordinary witches. Stimple: Yeah, I know, I know, it's just, how much time? You've been working on them for weeks. I don't mean to rush you or anything but I'm really hot, like all the time!

    • Stimple: Barbas, please, I beg you. Forget the witches, you can deal with them later. Barbas: The witches may be able to avoid their fears, but they will not be able to avoid my new power. Stimple: Now listen to me, the demonic leadership is backing you. The Underworld is yours for the taking. Barbas: I do not care about the Underworld, I care only about my revenge! Oh, and in regards to that, I need you to hurl a fireball at me. Stimple: What? Barbas: I need to test my new power. Stimple: I don't… Barbas: Do it. (Stimple throws a fireball, which Barbas reflects back at Stimple, vanquishing him.) Finally, he shut up.

    • (Barbas brings to life a memory from Piper's birthday when she was a little girl.) Victor: If my girls are raised around this it'll destroy their lives. Grams: Oh, don't be overdramatic. Victor: A demon tries to kill my daughter and I'm being overdramatic?

    • (After Phoebe beat up Paige thinking she was Barbas, Paige is lying on the floor in pain, but Phoebe is still seeing him) Barbas: Come on. Finish it. Please. You can do it. I know you can. Come on, kill me. (She looks around and finds an athame. She grabs it and stabs Barbas in the abdomen. When he morphs into Paige, Phoebe is shocked and starts to break out in tears.)

    • (While Paige and Piper are having their own hallucinations, it's Phoebe's turn. And she gets her share when Miles appears.) Miles: Phoebe. Phoebe: Yeah? Miles: I had to talk to you. I had to tell you the truth. (Miles' eyes glow an evil, demonic yellow) Phoebe (to herself): This isn't real. This isn't happening. Miles: I'm evil Phoebe. You know that's why you're drawn to me. (Phoebe reaches back and throws a punch right on Miles' chin. He shimmers out.) Phoebe: Ok, people, time to get over our fears right now! Piper: Easy for you to say. You're not facing killer spiders! Phoebe: Neither are you.

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    Notes (3)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Pomoc pro démona (Help for the Demon) France: La peur au ventre (Gut fear) Italy: Il ritorno di Barbas (Barbas' return) Germany: Barbas

    • This episode scored 4.8 million viewers.

    • The WB used the promo title "House of Fear" for this episode.

    Trivia (21)

    • TRIVIA: Leo is the only main character whose fears are not revealed in this episode.

    • The sisters kept on insisting that the numerous demonic powers had to be returned to Cole because he was the only who knew how to control them. It was most likely a death sentence as said by Paige. However, this all could have been easily resolved by either a potion or spell to remove the powers from Cole and send them to the Demonic Wasteland where it's more than likely that another snake creature would devour the powers.

    • TRIVIA: This is the second episode where one sister kills another - this time Phoebe kills Paige.

    • While Piper is seeing her past, and Phoebe is holding Paige crying after she stabbed her, Barbas appears corporeal for both of them. They don’t seem to be seeing him, only hearing what he's saying. However, when he's about to stab Phoebe, Piper comes and blows him up. So she sees him, and if she could see him, surely Phoebe could as well. In that case, how can they allow themselves to listen to him and let him manipulate them since they know he's tricking them?

    • When Phoebe is first attacking Barbas/Paige, why doesn't Paige orb to a different part of the house or at least away from Phoebe in the attic? For that matter, why doesn't she just slap or punch Phoebe in the face to try to snap her out of it? Phoebe surely would rather have a (healable) broken nose than a dead sister.

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    Allusions (4)

    • Paige (to Piper): What is wrong with you? Is this Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Piper? Make up your mind, lady.
      This is a reference to the novel "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" , written by the Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894).

    • Phoebe: Paige, orb the potion. Paige: It's in a puddle. Piper: You can do it. Prue did.
      Piper is referring to what occurred in the season 1 episode "Out of Sight", when she telekinetically threw a spilled potion from the ground to a Grimlock's eyes, vanquishing him, and then again in the season 3 episode "All Halliwell's Eve" when she saved Leo from the Grimlock at the end.

    • Phoebe: He brings really bad things to life.
      A play on General Electric's slogan of "we bring good things to life".

    • Episode Title: Sympathy for the Demon
      This is a reference to the Rolling Stones' 1968 song "Sympathy for the Devil".

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