Season 8 Episode 14

12 Angry Zen

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 12, 2006 on The WB
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Episode Summary

During Chinese New Year, a demon attempts to steal a mystical wooden staff, that's protected by the Zodiacs and they enlist the aid of Piper. Meanwhile, Phoebe enjoys her new place by throwing a housewarming party that gets out of control; a monk teaches Billie how to use her power of projection to find her sister; Paige tries to get through to Henry about her magical abilities.moreless

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  • 12 Angry Zen

    12 Angry Zen was a perfect and extremely entertaining episode of Charmed. I really enjoyed watching because the character and plot development were both phenomenal! It was great to see an Eastern influence on an episode and this one was very well done. I liked seeing the Zodiac personified and their sacred staff. The elements of this story came together perfectly and I liked how it all worked out. I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • The Charmed ONE...

    We have classic Charmed fare here with 4 subplots working around a central thread involving Buddhism and the Chinese zodiac, whose turn it apparently was to end up in a Charmed episode.

    Also, as we've come to expect, we have demonic danger mixed with situational comedy. I think there are enough good things going on here to merit at least an average Charmed rating, but this is one of those post-Leo episodes where you really need to avoid analysis and just go with the flow.

    Piper's thread appears to be the main focus, centering on her understandable obsession to find out who the final battle will be against so that she can recover her husband. This is mostly a set up for later episodes where Christie will use this obsession to make Piper look selfish. Frankly, I think the entire thing is overplayed. Since they've been told it is the biggest threat they've ever faced, ALL the sisters should be concerned about the upcoming battle; whether they recover Leo or not, their LIVES still depend on the outcome. LoPan basically tells Piper something along the lines of sit around and wait for the inevitable. This is pure foolishness. However, fortunately, Holly perhaps was invigorated by being at the center of things again and gives an entertaining performance throughout. She has always been the best comedic actress on the show and that is on full display here.

    Billie's subplot would be the next most important, leading us up to the discovery of Christie, which is a big boost to the dramatic value of this season. Why the all-wise LoPan is essentially helping Billie find her evil sister is a good question, but it isn't as dubious as the fact that the writers have now made Billie close to all-powerful. She overcomes all three Charmed Ones at the end, by merely thinking about it. As such, I'm not sure why she needs Christie's help at the end to destroy the Charmed Ones. Why doesn't she just wish them dead? I have to agree with most reviewers in saying that this projection power was a grand miscalculation by the writers, and I fail to see how it was even essential to the final plotline of the show. Surely, the writers could have thought of another way of enabling Billie to find her sister and another way she could have gone back in time in Forever Charmed. Essentially, after Christie is found, and until Forever Charmed, we never see this power again. When Billie's parents are killed in a couple episodes, why didn't Billie just envision them alive again?

    Paige and Phoebe have much more minor subplots, especially Phoebe, whose primary duty seems to be to look GOOD. In fact, let me point out a positive by noting that Rose and Alyssa look absolutely fantastic in this episode. The black hair, pale skin and red lipstick is the recipe for Rose, and Alyssa is gorgeous with her hair styled and down, and the low-cut outfits she wears don't hurt the cause. As usual, both actresses are stellar at playing evil, though that event lasts about 2 minutes. Obviously, Henry must love Paige since he doesn't dump her after this episode. Henry's confusion over the limitations of magic is very poorly handled by the writers, with basically no meaningful resolution, but Ivan Sergei continues to be excellent, even if chemistry with Rose appears lacking.

    This week's demon was well acted and gives us a somewhat charismatic bad guy. However, the demon-zodiac plotline is full of logic holes, like the very idea that Lovack could single-handedly capture Piper, who is capable of both freezing and blowing him up. Like I said, you need to ignore this and LoPan's bad advice to best enjoy the episode.

    The best thing about this episode is that it is the last of the 4 filler shows between Leo's exit and the discovery of Christie. What a relief. We also get a rare cliffhanger at the end of this one.moreless
  • Phoebe enjoys her new place by throwing a housewarming party that gets out of control. A monk teaches Billie how to use her power of projection to find her sister. Paige tries to get through to Henry. Piper helps with the staff.moreless

    Awesome episode! I love this episode because at the end is so shocking like oh my god what will happen next?! Is that really Christy? Even though I know it is. Piper has to deal with that Staff. Henry and Paige are growing more. I still don't get how that symbol Christy drew was something to do with the demons. I guess we will find out soon. This season is really great!moreless
  • The Best Episode of this Season! It has the esence of Charmed, it's back to basics... A really Charmed episode. Love it

    Back to the spirit of Charmed, personally the best episode of the season (I mean the best "normal" episode, without conting "vaya con leos" and the final) It has the Charmed Ones in the story of the demons and Billie, as second character, keeps a secundary story.

    The story itself is original. The Demons are quite the same, but we have a original Demon in the top. The effects are great: For example when the zodiac disappears. A perfect camera job and photography (For exemple when Billie is in the Cave)

    The acting, the scenes, and the writing made this episode and great one! The two scenes are the begining are great. I loved the scene in the condo with phoebe, paige, and billie, was very new and original and I liked Phoebe's acting. The scene where Paige tries to make Henry understand all with the painting and the scene with Piper in the car with the stick are so great. And what about the great writing... specially on Piper: "She gets the tiger and I one stinky bufalo?" "Chicken" And to Paige... "whoa, buda and staf, I thought that..." (Sorri for the writing, I don't know exacly how are they)

    Billie was great in the episode, and even she had good writing "there's no spoon??" And she stay in the secondary story. That makes her not be the main character at last!

    That all makes the episode a great one! A 9 one! It could have been a 10 one with a better Demon story (not the zodiacs) I mean demons in black in magic school! that's all the same before!moreless
  • Chinese.

    I'm a chinese and I don't understand what this episode about? There are no boffalos in the chinese calender, the writer makes a very hugh mistake. Good episode but the appearance of Billie makes the episode bad. I hate Billie, I very hate her. The sisters should not threat her like she's part of the family because she's not, she's only Paige's charge. Billie found her sister. Oh great, the show is getting worse after the sister's appearance. This got to be happening! This episode is good, exciting, but I hate Billie. The writer should have less Billie's drama and more Charmed's drama.moreless
Julian Ovenden

Julian Ovenden


Guest Star

Tony Lee

Tony Lee


Guest Star

Mark Adair-Rios

Mark Adair-Rios


Guest Star

Ivan Sergei

Ivan Sergei

Henry Mitchell

Recurring Role

Kristopher Simmons

Kristopher Simmons

Wyatt Halliwell #1

Recurring Role

Jason Simmons

Jason Simmons

Wyatt Halliwell #2

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (14)

    • When Paige gets knocked down by the zodiac she falls in the living room. Later when Phoebe comes home Paige is now in the family room where the fireplace is. No one has moved her so why is she shown in another room?

    • Phoebe tells Paige that in order to find Piper, they have to use the To Call a Lost Witch Spell, but Paige tells her that it would not work because Piper isn't lost, despite having using this spell to summon each other many times before.

    • Despite twins Jason & Kristopher Simmons (Wyatt Halliwell) being listed in the end credits, they did not make an actual appearance in this episode.

    • TRIVIA: Starting with this episode, twins Jason and Kristopher Simmons are now listed as Wyatt. They are listed as recurring stars for the rest of this season, even if they don't appear in each episode.

    • The "Eternity" symbol is written on the laundry store's glass window...but it's written so it faces inward. Anyone outside would see it backward, making it meaningless.

    • As established, this episode takes place on January 29, the Chinese New Year, but in the season 8 episode "Payback's A Witch", they celebrated Wyatt's birthday, which as stated in the season 5 episode "The Day the Magic Died" takes place on February 2nd (which was two episodes ago).

    • TRIVIA: When Billie uses her Projection power to find her sister, not long after she was kidnapped, she comes to the conclusion that Christy was kidnapped for the powers, she didn't know she had.

    • The bridge in the garden was the same one used in the season 4 episode "Enter the Demon". It was the bridge in Limbo over which you had to cross to get to the afterlife.

    • In the beginning of this episode, Piper talks about how she was unable to go with her boys to Marineland, but later in the episode when she is trying to get Phoebe to help with Buddha's staff, she calls it Marineworld.

    • TRIVIA: There are 12 Chinese Zodiac signs per cycle with only half of them making appearances in the episode but only 5 are visibly identified, namely the Rooster, Dog, Rat, Snake and Dragon.

    • TRIVIA: With the help of Lo Pan, Billie manages to temporarily control her new power, Projection. It helps her see her sister Christy, turn the Halliwell sisters from evil back to good and then, while holding it, becomes in tune with the Zodiac staff, to vanquish the demons who are after the staff.

    • TRIVIA: Piper is given the Zodiac staff to protect, until the ceremony is held to pass it on to the next Zodiac, not realizing that it takes the emotions & obsessions of the holder and passes them to others.

    • Lo Pan, the drycleaner/monk, says that Piper is a Buffalo, meaning she was born in the year of the Buffalo. But in the Chinese Zodiac, there is no year of the Buffalo - but there is the Ox.

    • TRIVIA: Chinese New Year is the subject of this episode, which was celebrated two weeks earlier, on January 29, 2006, making it the Year of the Dog.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Piper (referring to dead zodiac): I suppose you heard about chicken?
      Zodiac Dog (frustrated): Rooster!

    • Piper (about Victor taking Wyatt and Chris to the marine park): I should be taking them to Marine Land. You know, their mother.
      Phoebe: Well, why aren't you?
      Piper: Because I have to defrost my husband somehow.

    • Piper (to Buddha staff): What are you looking at?

    • Piper: What just happened? What are we doing here?
      Billie: Oh, no big deal, you guys were just trying to kill me but I changed your minds.
      (The Charmed Ones look at each other, confused. Piper and Billie smile.)

    • (The Charmed Ones, under the influence of evil, are approaching Billie and Lo Pan.)
      Billie: What are you guys doing?
      Paige: Making our new year's resolutions.
      (Piper tries to blow up Billie and Lo Pan, but misses. Billie and Lo Pan duck behind a rock.)
      Phoebe: You missed.

    • (Billie used her Projection power to make the staff kill a lot of demons at once)
      Piper (to Billie): Uh, do me a favor... and be careful what you wish for, especially around the boys.
      Billie: Uh, yeah, well, I haven't exactly mastered it anyway, so...
      Paige: I think that would be her point.

    • Piper (talking about the Chinese Zodiac signs): What, she gets to be a tiger and I'm some stinkin' buffalo?!

    • Piper (talking to Phoebe about their Tivo): You take it. I don't really have time to watch anything anyway. Except Spongebob.

    • Paige (talking to Piper on her cellphone on top of the Golden Gate bridge): Oh my goodness, Henry just fell off the bridge. I'm gonna have to call you back.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Billie (imitating Lo-Pan): Don't bend the spoon, imagine there is no spoon?

      It is a reference to dialogue in the movie The Matrix, when Neo talks with a boy at the Oracle's. The boy tells that it is impossible to bend the spoon with one's mind, one has to realize there is no spoon to bend because they are in the Matrix.

    • Piper (to Billie): Forget it, Jenkins, it's Chinatown.

      This is a reference to the last line of the 1974 film "Chinatown" directed by Roman Polanski, starring Jack Nicholson. Jack (as character Jake Gittes), says to Joe Mantell (as Lawrence Walsh) "Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown".

    • Piper: I don't really have time to watch anything anyway. Except Spongebob.

      "Spongebob Squarepants" is a popular cartoon featured on Nickelodeon.

    • Title: 12 Angry Zen

      This is a reference to the classic 1957 film "12 Angry Men", starring Henry Fonda as a dissenting juror in a murder trial.