Season 5 Episode 1

A Witch's Tail (1)

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 22, 2002 on The WB

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  • Stinky Fish Guts

    Mermaids. Yes, mermaids. Why did the writers think this was a good storyline for the season premiere? After the dark drama of the last couple of episodes of season four, I expected season five to continue that trend but, obviously, Brad Kern just couldn't resist getting out that silly-pen could he?!?!?!?!

    The first part of A Witch's Tail (har har har) has the sisters protecting Mylie, a half-human, half-mermaid woman who is being hunted down by the evil Sea Hag. Mylie wants to get together with her on again/off again boyfriend Craig but can't with the Sea Hag wanting to turn her into a mermaid forever.

    There are dozens of subplots in this one, mostly all garbage. Phoebe has now (in the space of only a few months) become a big celebrity with her advice column and her head is now standing over the city on a giant billboard. Cole's back and Phoebe wants to divorce him. Cole doesn't (surprise surprise) and turns Darryl into a water cooler (yes, you heard that correctly). Piper tries to deal with her pregnancy and Paige has dyed her hair all red. Jamie Pressly gives a good performance as Mylie and the special effects in this episode are surprisingly good. The Sea Hag was also a good bad girl and I liked her weird, clammy, life-sucking thing that she used on Mylie.

    The only down point of this episode is that Phoebe is turned into a mermaid herself. It would have been tolerable if this was just a one-hour episode but they've decided to drag this story out for two whole hours!!

    It's a shame that any drama the climatic battle could of had is thrown away when the Sea Hag sidetracks Paige and Leo. Paige looks ridiculous when she is covered in that giant seaweed bush thing and Leo just looks weird when floating in that weird suspended animation water... thing.

    This first part of the story is at least a mediocre opening to the season.