Season 7 Episode 1

A Call To Arms

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 12, 2004 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • Just after Paige casts the spell to rid Piper and Leo of the gods inside them, the tip of the boom mike is just in shot above Paige's head.

    • TRIVIA: The first of the six demons blown up by Piper is the 400th evil being to be vanquished on the show.

    • In the opening scene, Paige orbs a diaper over to the bin and drops it in. However, while the diaper disappears and reappears in the normal way, the bin lid opens and shuts without orbing. Given that Paige does not have the power to move objects without orbing them, how does she do this?

    • Phoebe gives multiple people advice everyday, so how can Paige remember what Phoebe wrote a year ago?

    • When Piper loses the four extra arms, the top she's wearing clearly doesn't have openings for any extra arms. How did she wear it while she was possessed?

    • TRIVIA: This episode marks the first appearance of Nick Lachey as Leslie St. Claire.

    • TRIVIA: This is the second time Piper has been turned into a God. The first time was in the season 5 episode "Oh My Goddess".

    • TRIVIA: This is the fourth & final time Barbas, the Demon of Fear, has been vanquished and therefore is the final appearance of actor, Billy Drago as Barbas.

    • When Piper throws Barbas across the upstairs hallway, it looks like the hallway they use for the downstairs set, large and yellow. Everytime we see the upstairs hallway they are always narrow and pink.

    • In the first scene in the kitchen when Piper comes in, she is wearing furry slippers, but awhile later she is suddenly wearing flip flops instead.

    • The exterior of the newspaper office is now a totally different building then it was the previous season, even though Phoebe's office is the same interior set.

    • The sisters have banished Barbas before by conquering their deepest fear. This time, however, they use a potion. Barbas promises that he'll be back, but since he never appears again in the series, the potion may have vanquished him for good.

    • Piper's extra arms are a totally different skin tone then her regular ones.

    • The first time Barbas was badly wounded by Leo, he had to go to a demon healer, but the second time when Piper hits him, he's perfectly fine a couple of scenes later.

    • When Phoebe finds out that her ghostwriter is a guy she says "Do you even know a guy advice columist?" What about Spencer Ricks?

  • Quotes

    • Barbas: (to the floating head) Hey, why don't you come on down. Show yourself. All I want to do is thank you. It was such a very good plan. I mean, it worked perfectly. So, how about we go after the witches now?
      (Paige and Phoebe enter.)
      Paige: Works for us.
      Barbas: Well, well, well, well. What do you know? It really is true. Just ask and ye shall receive. Of course, this lair was supposed to be cloaked...
      Phoebe: Yeah, you should probably ask your invisible friend about that.
      Barbas: Yeah, well, maybe I will. Ah, come to vanquish me I see. What, again?
      Paige: Yeah, but I just have one little question first. Why the baby? What does that even get you?
      Barbas: Ah, the baby. That just gets me to you without the bodyguard. By the way, how is old Leo, anyway? Suffering nicely I hope. (Paige starts to throw the potion.) Uh, uh, uh, uh. I think we should check your fears first. How charming. Your greatest fear is that your nephews won't be safe. From me. How touching. Of course, such a great fear paralyzes you. Can't believe you forgot about that.
      Paige: Oh, we didn't forget. (She throws the potion bottle, and Barbas is surrounded by a swirl of flames.)
      Phoebe: We just knew our greatest desire would overcome our greatest fear.
      Paige: And our greatest desire is to protect our nephews from you.
      Barbas: You know I'll be back. Fear always comes back. (to the floating head) You set me up!
      (Barbas is consumed into a pile of ash.)
      Phoebe: I never get tired of seeing that.

    • Phoebe: Are you following me?
      Sheridan: Yes I am.

    • Leo: I killed another elder.
      Piper: It's not your fault - you were tricked.
      Leo: Was I? What have I become?
      Piper: Shhh. Oh, it's okay, it's okay. Nobody else has to know.

    • Piper: Hi, personal gain. Do you want to lose your powers like Phoebe did? What if a demon attacks?
      Paige: Could liven things up around here.
      Piper: Excuse me?

    • (Paige, Wyatt and baby Chris are in the kitchen. Baby Chris cries while Paige changes him, and Wyatt sits in a high chair throwing food)
      Paige: Help! Somebody help! Please?
      (Piper walks in)
      Piper: Alright, alright, relax. I'm back. (She walks over to Wyatt and sees the mess) What is this? How's his rash, does he need ointment?
      Paige: I don't know, I've been kind of procrastinating on that one. It's not my favorite thing to check.
      Piper: Why? You don't have a problem checking Wyatt.
      Paige: Yeah, that's 'cause I don't flash forward to Wyatt being twenty-two like you do with Chris.
      Piper: Oh, yeah, eww.

    • Phoebe (reading from the Book of Shadows): Shakti, also called the ultimate mother, and Shiva together created all things and if they consumate their love again all things will be obliterated and the universe will be reborn.
      Paige: Talk about your big bang theory.

    • Piper (referring to baby Chris): Would you like to hold your son?
      Leo: I can't.

    • Paige (referring to the fact that Piper is taking her boys outdoors): Oh my goodness! You're going outside? With them?
      Piper: Yes. Can I go now? Or do you wanna make fun of me some more?
      Paige: I'd really like to make fun of you some more, but I'll wait until you get back.

    • Leslie (to Phoebe): For what it's worth, you're a pretty damn good kisser.

    • Phoebe: There was some good advice in there. Considering you're a guy.
      Leslie: Thanks. I think.

    • Leslie (to Phoebe): So do you kiss all of the new employees on the first day here?

    • Phoebe (after vanquishing Barbas): I never get tired of seeing that.

    • Phoebe (about Les): Doctor! Doctor my ass! I'd like to see proof of that.

    • Phoebe: No. Men do not give good advice.
      Leslie: What about Dr. Phil?
      Phoebe: Dr. Phil is a doctor.

    • Paige (to Zola): Recycled like what? Plastic?

    • Paige: Stinky diaper!
      She orbs the diaper to the trash can.

    • Leo: What do you want?
      Avatar: What do we want? We want you!

    • Phoebe: Elise! I'm so sorry I'm late! It won't happen again!
      Elise: Oh yes it will.

    • Paige: Tell me what it's like, out there in the world, where men don't poop or spit up on you.

    • Leo: I haven't felt this potent in years.
      Phoebe (raises her hand as a stop sign.): Oversharing.

    • Piper: I can't go. The baby...
      Phoebe: Needs to be exposed to a germ or two. Get out of the house, you know, build up his immune system.

    • Paige: I don't believe what I'm seeing.
      Phoebe: Tell me about it. When was the last time you saw Piper grab Leo's ass?

    • Piper: Is this a wedding or an orgy?

    • Phoebe: Have you guys thought about seeing a shrink?
      Piper: Yeah, we did that.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles: France: Ensorcelés (Enchanted) Italy: La forza dell'amore (The Power of Love) Germany: Blinder Zorn (Blinded by Fury)

    • Beginning with season 7, the Charmed set moved from its previously smaller Canoga Park, California studio lot to the more grand scale Paramount Studios lot.

    • Episode director James L. Conway and guest star Rebecca Balding (Elise) are married in real life.

  • Allusions

    • Title: A Call To Arms

      This is a reference to a quote used when soldiers are called to fight for their country. This could also be a reference to a book by Thomas K. Martin called A Call to Arms.

    • Les and Phoebe have a conversation about Dr. Phil in this episode. Dr. Phil McGraw is a TV personality who has a self-help talk show, as well as several successful books, focusing on self-confidence and positive self-image.