Season 5 Episode 2

A Witch's Tail (2)

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 22, 2002 on The WB
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A Witch's Tail (2)
Piper, Paige and Leo struggle to convince Phoebe, now a mermaid, to come back to her life as a Charmed One, when she decides to "swim" away from her problems with Cole. Meanwhile, Piper casts a spell to stop her panic attacks but instead of facing her fear, she suppresses it, endangering herself and her baby, when a sea Demon comes after her mermaid sister, Phoebe. In order to help Phoebe, Paige takes drastic measures and enlists the aid of Cole, and his newfound demonic powers.moreless

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  • A good pair of episodes I feel.

    What I hate most about these two episodes is the Paige rant to Cole.
  • A Witch's Tail part 2

    A Witch's Tail part 2 was a perfect follow up episode to the season 5 premiere of Charmed. I was very entertained by the campy and quirky feeling some of the scenes had. There was a lot of character development as Phoebe dealt with her feelings about Cole, while he tried to prove to every one that he has changed. Piper tried to overcome her fears and uses magic with some interesting results. I liked how Piper saw her mother when she was trapped under the water and gained some true insight. I'm glad Phoebe has finally reconciled her feelings and I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Is that the best you got?

    From the moment Piper puts on the leather pants, this is a substantial and certain improvement over Part 1.

    The leather pants that I believe were first broken in by Prue in Ms. Hellfire are virtually always the sign of good things to come, (unless Piper is possessed, which then debacles are surely to follow). Ironically, Piper's fearless spell merely replicates the Piper from Hell Hath No Fury. Regardless, this Piper is about 1000 times more enjoyable to watch than the impotent, panic attack Piper was. The urgency of Charmed is always ramped up a couple notches when it is one of the sisters who stands to be lost, and not an innocent. That is the first and most important difference between this episode and the last. Phoebe is the one whose role as a witch hangs in the balance. Frankly, some of Phoebe's dialogue is good comedy, but the rest of her subplot is borderline annoying and not the stronger part of this episode. I do appreciate the outfit, however.

    Paige by now has firmly taken Prue's role of superwitch, and it is basically up to her to save the day here, with some mostly ineffectual help from Leo. Her red hair is straight this week and looks much better with the orange top and white pants. Love the look this week. Her scenes with Cole are probably the best part of this episode, except for the end. They are well-written and very well acted, as Julian just continues to be too good to properly vanquish from the show. Paige casts another spell here, on Cole, and has clearly taken Phoebe's role of spellcaster pretty much for the remainder of the series.

    I also appreciate one last scene with Darryl and Cole talking like they are friends. It is a good scene and a pleasant reminder of when the sisters, Leo, Cole, and Darryl were all friends who fought together against evil. I believe that too brief time from Season 3 to Season 4 was the best of times for Charmed, though don't get me wrong, good things and great episodes are still to come.

    The very benign torture scene with Piper is a classic, and we have a very explosive vanquish. I actually didn't like that they redid the scene from Fear to Eternity with Piper this time around. Lame. The special effects were markedly improved from last time, at least. Great closing scenes with Paige leaving her job, Cole and Phoebe on the beach, and Piper adding to her baby book. Very touching. Well done. There is some hope for Season 5 after all.moreless
  • The Little Mer-Witch

    A Witch's Tail (2)-Piper, Paige and Leo struggle to convince Phoebe, now a mermaid, to come back to her life as a Charmed One, when she decides to "swim" away from her problems with Cole. Meanwhile, Piper casts a spell to stop her panic attacks but instead of facing her fear, she suppresses it, endangering herself and her baby, when a sea Demon comes after her mermaid sister, Phoebe. In order to help Phoebe, Paige takes drastic measures and enlists the aid of Cole, and his newfound demonic powers. Sigh, Part 2 feels like a pointless extention of Part 1. It's just 40 minutes of Phoebe as an annoying mermaid and more, unnecessary Cole bashing! Now all of a sudden Cole is such a hugh threat to Phoebe? Paige's whole rant to Cole at her job was beyond harsh and completely undermines Cole actually keeping the Source at bay when he was possessed. You actually start to feel bad for Cole here, he's just trying to show Phoebe he actually cares and wants to do some good, yet every keeps giving him sh!t....yeah, because helping Phoebe and her sisters kill the Source as well sacrificing himself to the Source which got him possessed wasn't enough. At least Phoebe comes to her senses at the end and admits she still has feelings for Cole.

    Piper becoming bada$$ witch for a hour was the only real highlight of the episode. You can tell Holly Marie Combs was having a blast showing off Piper's tough, no holds bar side. I especially loved her confrontation with Necrom and her delivery of "It's that the best you got?" It's also great to see Piper overcome her fear, especially since her experience underwater with her mom is like how Prue overcame her fear of drowning in "From Fear to Eternity." Not to mention, getting healed by her baby was a nice twist. It's too bad the rest of the episode drags the plot and never really adds anything to it. "A Witch's Tail (2)" ends this supposed epic 2-parter on a dud. The writers really need to stay away from the fluffy mythology stuff like mermaids! SMH....moreless
  • This one was much better than the first part and a lot more organised.

    Phoebe, now a Mermaid, likes the idea of swimming away from all of her problems with Cole and her sisters and that seems quite sensible considering all that she has to face. The problem being, it's never that easy and she soon finds that out when the nasty old sea hag, hell bent on revenge, decides to make life as difficult as possible.

    Things aren't all that great for Piper either as she attempts to control and internalise her fears, which actually makes matters worse in the long run. But whom do they turn to for help? Why Cole, of course, who else but the ultimate evil in a situation like this?

    Like I said, much better than Part 1, the writing and continuity was stronger and, therefore, far more watchable. Great episode.moreless
Judson Scott

Judson Scott


Guest Star

Nancy O'Dell

Nancy O'Dell

Nancy O'Dell

Guest Star

Tom McCleister

Tom McCleister

FIsherman #2

Guest Star

Finola Hughes

Finola Hughes

Patty Halliwell

Recurring Role

David Reivers

David Reivers

Bob Cowan

Recurring Role

Amanda Sickler

Amanda Sickler


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • When Piper is sitting on the bed, at the end of the episode, the window in the nursery hasn't been put in yet. Also the blue screen is visible through the window.

    • TRIVIA: Guest star, Amanda Sickler, the girl that gave the lunch to Paige in this episode is the same one that will work with Phoebe in the future as her assistant.

    • When Phoebe, as a mermaid, goes down into the water, she opens her mouth to catch enough air to stay under water. But as a mermaid, shouldn't she be able to breath underwater?

    • Piper says exactly the same thing in a dangerous moment. She says to Necron "You are not demon enough to kill me" the same way that she says it in the episode "My three witches" before the car explosion.

    • GOOF: When Phoebe is signing the divorce papers, we see her first name already written as she's signing and it's misspelled: "Pheobe".

    • TRIVIA: The song playing at the end of the episode is B*Witched's Blame it On the Weatherman.

    • TRIVIA: This is the second time that Patty has come to assist one of her children while they're drowning. The first time was in the season 1 episode From Fear to Eternity when Prue is dropped in a pool by Barbas.

    • What happened to Phoebe's clothes? She was wearing clothes when she was turned into a mermaid, but when she changed back, she was naked and Cole covered her in his jacket. Does she just lose those clothes?

    • Leo kept sensing that Piper was hurt, so why didn't he go and heal her and vanquish the demon later?

    • TRIVIA: Piper's unborn baby shows its first magical power, the ability to heal Piper from the womb.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Cole: You need psychological help.
      Paige: Okay, that's probably true—especially because I cannot believe what I am about to say—but I think Phoebe's still in love with you.
      Cole: Oh, yeah. "Phoebe hates you so much her body erupted in scales." That's what you said this morning.
      Paige: Okay, maybe an unfortunate choice of words...

    • Darryl and Cole are discussing Phoebe.
      Darryl: Let's pretend for a second here, just for the sake of argument, that you saved my butt because you are my friend. So as your hypothetical friend, can I give you some advice?
      Cole: Yeah.
      Darryl: Don't do this to yourself.
      Cole: I can't help it.
      Darryl: You love her, I get it. And your love, it's epic. Okay. But look what it's doing to you.
      Cole: Paige says she hates me. She says I should leave for good. You've known her for a long time, Darryl, what do you think? Should I leave?
      Darryl: I know you don't want to. But what you want really doesn't matter,
      Cole: Right.
      Darryl: Well, there you go.

    • Piper: It's my job to take care of this family.
      Leo: Sometimes it's this family's job to take care of you.

    • Paige: Hey, no touch. I don't want you or my unborn niece around that. You shouldn't be inhaling all this smoke when you're pregnant, anyway.
      Piper: Ah, Paige, you're such a worry wart.

    • Piper's potion blows up in the attic.
      Paige: What are you mixing up here anyway?
      Piper: Oh, a little burdock root and some eye of newt.
      Paige: What? You're never, ever supposed to mix those two things together. That is a volatile combination...You know, you ought to be more careful.
      Piper: Hey, a good plan violently executed this week is better than a perfect plan executed next week. That's Patton.
      Paige: Why are you quoting Patton?

    • Patty: Piper. I know why you've been afraid. You don't want to leave your baby the way I left you. But spells won't make that fear go away. Only faith will. Have faith that your destiny is different than mine. Take my hand.

    • Nancy O'Dell: Gosh, I am so sorry. Your sister said we were doing the interview in the bathroom.
      Phoebe: Well that should have been your first clue that my sister sprang from the shallower end of the gene pool.
      Piper: Oh, come on Phoebe. You wanted fame, go ahead and grab it. Carpe diem.
      Phoebe: Don't mention carp around me please.
      Piper: I am doing you a favor. People will think you're bold and daring. What's better then a celebrity who wants to do an interview in the nude.

    • Piper: Locked in
      Boxed in
      Full of fear
      My panic grows manic till I can't hear
      In need of reprieve so that I can breathe
      Remove my fear
      Please make it leave.

    • Paige (handing Phoebe a glass of water): Here's your water.
      Phoebe (Taking a sip): Ugh, it could use a little salt.

    • Paige (talking to Cole about Phoebe): She's a mermaid. Her body erupted in scales. She had to turn into a fish to get away from you, do ya get it now?

    • Paige: Oh yeah, you don't know.
      Piper: I don't know what?
      Paige: Well, I didn't wanna make you mad, you getting so panicky and all.
      Piper: Yes we've established. I was a spineless coward in the face of evil, now what don't I know?

    • Phoebe: Go to hell!
      Cole: I was just there.

    • Piper: (In a sarcastic voice) Oh please somebody help me, the mean demon is dipping my feet in the water and it's really cold!

    • Cole: I realize that people's reputations precede them, but, contrary to public opinion, I'm not the source of all evil.. anymore.

    • Phoebe (to Cole): I do love you, and I always will. But it doesn't change anything. It doesn't matter. It's over between us.

    • Cole: Wait, before you say anything-
      Paige: Not to say, do, because I'm about to orb your family jewels far, far away.
      Cole: Yeah, that would hurt.

    • Phoebe: Ouch!
      Leo: Sorry I was a medic, not a vet.

    • Phoebe: You are holding me hostage!
      Paige: Yep looks like it.
      Phoebe: Look I am not a common goldfish. I cannot ignore the call of the sea!
      Paige: Well the call of the common bathtub is just gonna have to do.

    • Piper: Oh watch out Phoebe, he's packing a seashell.

    • Piper: Ok...I've had enough. Your treatment of me is shocking.

    • Craig: What are you?
      Paige: Witch.
      Leo: Angel.
      Phoebe: Mermaid.

    • Phoebe: How do I do that?
      Piper: I don't know. Get in touch with your inner fish!

  • NOTES (2)


    • Title: A Witch's Tail

      This is a reference to Shakespeare's play "The Winter's Tale", and a slight reference to the 2001 movie "A Knight's Tale" starring Heath Ledger.