Charmed

Season 5 Episode 16

Baby's First Demon

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 30, 2003 on The WB
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The Charmed Ones must protect Piper's son from two demons, but the baby has a few surprises of his own. Meanwhile, Paige goes undercover as a bounty hunter and Phoebe's future with the newspaper is threatened by the new owner.

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  • Baby's First Demon

    10
    Baby's First Demon was a perfect episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because the story was very entertaining, full of action, magic and suspense. It was great to see the baby protect himself from demons and also to utilize the alarm for attention. The demon black market was pretty interesting in concept and I'm surprised it hasn't been used more often. The new owner of the newspaper Phoebe works for is young, rich and good looking and challenges Phoebe which I hope will lead to some great story lines down the road. There was drama, intrigue and humor in this episode which made it fun to watch. I certainly look forward to seeing what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Demonville.

    4.0
    Only Charmed would waste the potential awesomeness of a demonic black market with dreadful wigs, corny effects, and generic goths posing as demons. Is that what the demon community as been reduced to? Do you remember when demons were three-dimensional and not walking parodies? Ah season 3, how times have changed. And it's not just the demons who suffer ghastly wigs, Paige dawns a bombshell of a do with a very unattractive blue PVC dress. What were they thinking?! The hour only marginally passes as watchable due to some entertaining Phoebe moments, a very nasty wound, and the beginning of what looks like a new arc. A really, really creepy old woman sets her really, really creepy eyes on Wyatt and warns the sisters of tough times ahead. I like foreshadowings as much as the next guy, so hopefully the season pulls it together. But who am I kidding here? Two of the WORST episodes from the show's entire run are only around the corner. Maybe that's what the creepy woman meant? Maybe she was warning the viewers.moreless
  • When albinos attack and cronyism run amok...

    8.0
    With the pregnancy plotline over with, the writers waste no time in going to what will become a Charmed standby until the end of Season 7- the demonic world wants baby Wyatt. The parasitic albinos are fairly uninteresting, though they seem to be more powerful than advertised. However, once again we have a few layers of bad guys, with the hawkers, the parasites and finally the Crone, who is well-played and well-written. I thought the demon marketplace was a little out of left field, but I can give it credit for being something different. It is great to see Piper back to her explosive self, even if vulnerable again. The final scenes in the episode, starting with PIper and Phoebe cutting a swath of destruction through the market, really elevate the show from average Charmed fare to excellent. The final scene with the Crone does a great job of raising questions about the future.



    Meanwhile, Paige is back on an independent kick, which lands her into trouble once again. Seeing my red-headed muse in the hands of the parasites is truly alarming. Fortunately, it doesn't last long as the parasites quickly turn their attention towards Wyatt. Nice scene with Leo protecting his baby.



    This is also the episode where Jason is introduced. Eric Dane is an excellent actor and his character is well-written and properly charming. I don't know if production wasn't sure of Dane's commitment, but the only problem with the Phoebe/Jason storyline is that it is completely rushed, given no time to develop. We know from the outset that they are going to end up together, and all of Phoebe's hesitation is just a waste of our time.



    The scene with the baby naming is a quality end to the show. It was creative to name the boy Wyatt Matthews Halliwell. Sure, but I personally would have went with Peter. That is a strong name, fit for a leader. How can the future leader of the Underworld be named Wyatt? Get real.moreless
  • Operation: Baby Proof

    7.5
    Baby's First Demon-The Charmed Ones must protect Piper's son from two demons, but the baby has a few surprises of his own. Meanwhile, Paige goes undercover as a bounty hunter and Phoebe's future with the newspaper is threatened by the new owner. On the surface, "Baby's First Demon" is pretty much your average Charmed fare: a serviceable demon of the week plot with standard track the demon and then vanquish it. The only real difference is the baby's presence and what it means for the sisters now that they have to protect it from the demonic world. Honestly, it's the little things that made the episode more enjoyable than it should have been. The moments with the baby were geunine and I loved Piper still adjusting to motherhood. It makes sense that she would want to stay close to her new son rather than going demon hunting. Even Phoebe acting like an unbearable annoyance about the baby had some character developement in there. Even Jason Dean's intro wasn't so bad. Eric Dane has the right amonut of charm for the role and the last scene between him and Phoebe was good.



    Though I feel Paige got the cheap half of the storyline. Also, who the h@ll blue hooker outfit with that tacky blonde wig would make for a believeable demonic suit. Either the writers love making the sisters look slutty at every chance they get or who ever is in charge of costuming needs to fired asap. I did love the introduction of the Crown. While the Parasite demons were worhtless, she provided some intriguing teases for the future, like her vision. It makes the baby's importance that much greater and how it will effect the sisters is evern more intriguing. The last scene was also touching with Piper finally coming up with the baby's full name: Wyatt Matthew Halliwell. Overall, "Baby's First Demon" is pretty good, despite it's underrated appeal.moreless
  • "What one of you scumbags put the bounty on my baby?" Piper

    8.9
    ahh cuteness abounds in the Charmed-verse in this episode. and who can blame them? having a baby in the show does lighten the tone somewhat so why is this episode so dark? it could be fact Piper's baby is up for sale on the demon black market and the demons will do anything to get him! how disturbing is that. its very well played anyway.



    piper is a great mum and leo a great dad but the episode really belongs to Paige who will stop at nothing to protect her nephew. in the end the baby is named Wyatt Matthew Halliwell (breaking the tradition!)moreless
Grace Zabriskie

Grace Zabriskie

Crone

Guest Star

Nicholas Sadler

Nicholas Sadler

Leech

Guest Star

Doug Budin

Doug Budin

Nerdy Demon

Guest Star

Eric Dane

Eric Dane

Jason Dean

Recurring Role

Amanda Sickler

Amanda Sickler

Assistant

Recurring Role

Rebecca Balding

Rebecca Balding

Elise Rothman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (14)

    • TRIVIA: In this episode Piper fears that the constant demon fighting would make Wyatt a neurotic baby and in later ppisodes, Chris, Piper and Leo's second son from the future is referred to as a neurotic whitelighter.

    • When Phoebe is showing Wyatt's baby pictures to her co-workers they were all gathered behind her trying to take a peak, between them a blonde guy wearing a high-necked light purple sweater. However when Jason comes, he was facing Phoebe. Behind him is the same guy standing there! They cut to Phoebe and he's there and then cut back to Jason and he's there also.

    • TRIVIA: Prue's birthdate is shown on the family tree as October 25, 1971. However, Prue's birth year was shown as 1970 in the season 4 episodes Charmed Again, Part 1 (on her funeral program) and Hell Hath No Fury (on her crypt).

    • TRIVIA: As seen on the family tree document: Great-Grandma was P. Baxter (Piper's past life) (Sept 1897 - Dec 1970), married to Gordon Johnson (Sept 1895 - Aug 1965); Grams was Penelope Johnson (June 23, 1937 - March 5, 1968), married to Jack Halliwell (1930 - 1964); Mom was Patricia Halliwell (April 5, 1950 - February 28, 1978), married Victor Jones (February 16, 1949-). Prue's date of death is not noted.

    • TRIVIA: This is the first episode for The Crone. She will be shown again for the final time, in the episode Sense and Sense Ability.

    • TRIVIA: This is the first appearance for Eric Dane as Jason Dean, Phoebe's boss and later-on boyfriend.

    • In a lot of scenes baby Wyatt looks like a doll, rather than a human baby - probably due to the fact that infants are only allowed on camera for six seconds at a time.

    • TRIVIA: Foreshadowing? In this episode, the Crone mentions an event that will occur that will apparently call for the girls' powers, more than ever.

    • TRIVIA: Piper and Leo's son is named Wyatt Matthew Halliwell. Wyatt after Leo's last name, Matthew after Paige's last name and Halliwell because good magic respects it and evil fears it.

    • TRIVIA: Wyatt can generate forcefields to protect himself from demons, which is probably what made Piper invincible during her pregnancy. Also Wyatt realizes that when baby alarm goes off his family will come running.

    • The family tree says that the name of Grams's first husband (Patty's father) was Jack Halliwell, but in the season 6 episode Witchstock, his name was Allen Halliwell. According to Witchstock he died in 1967, not 1964 as the family tree says. Also, Grams couldn't have died in 1968 as the family tree says. After Patty dies, Grams raises Prue, Piper, and Phoebe. Grams dies about six months before the season 1 episode Something Wicca This Way Comes. Her year of death should read 1998, not 1968.

    • When Leo tries to stop the parasites from attacking the baby, he hits one of them in the head with a lamp. What happened to the other parasite to make him stop? He just seemed to get out of the way.

    • Victor (father of Prue, Piper and Phoebe) is mistakenly listed on the family tree as "Victor Jones" instead of "Victor Bennett".

    • Although Patty and Grams both have their full first name on the family tree, Patricia and Penelope, respectively, Prue is listed on the tree as just "Prue" not "Prudence".

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Paige (disguised as a demon, trying to get into the demonic market): I am a dissatisfied customer. (She shows the guard a knife.) I bought this athame here at the market. It's supposed to flame. It doesn't. I paid a pretty penny for it too. And for what? It almost got me killed trying to steal the Charmed Ones' baby. You know what I got for my efforts? A nice little blanket. Mm, sweet. Oh, and the Hawker who hired me? He got eighty-sixed, so I didn't even get a pay day.
      Guard: Who are you?
      Paige: I told you, I'm a dissatisfied customer. (She stabs the other guard with the athame, vanquishing him.) See? No flame.

    • Paige: Wiccan rituals and fairy guards notwithstanding, I think it's time we bust out some serious ammo.
      Piper: As in...?
      Paige: As in a good old-fashioned demon hunt. I say we bypass the Hawker and go for the jerk that hired him to steal the baby in the first place.
      Leo: How?
      Paige: Not so sure just yet, but I will say this. Once we find him, we use him to send a message, "If you come after this baby you will die in the cruelest manner possible."

    • Paige: Well, the neighbors who don't already think we're crazy now officially do.

    • Piper (about Phoebe): Oh, she's just excited.
      Leo: Excited, obsessed.
      Piper: Why, because she wants to watch her nephew sleep?
      Leo: No, because yesterday she was giving you breast feeding advice, and now she wants maternity leave.
      Piper: Well, she knows a lot about breasts. And she's an aunt, that's what they do. Family, you know.
      Leo: Okay, well, how is mommy doing?
      Piper: Mommy's tired. And happy.

    • Piper: I don't have the luxury of being careful now that half of Demonville is after our child.

    • Piper: Magical goods? My baby is a magical good? That is just sick and twisted.

    • Piper: The demons saw the forcefield, they're gonna try and find a way around it.
      Paige: Well unless they can get up to Elderland, he's gonna be fine.

    • Phoebe (to the baby): Ooh, I could smush you! I could just smush your little face...
      Paige: Is that his new name, Smush Face Halliwell?

    • Piper: Even if he can handle the demons, he must sense the tension, which means at the very best we end up with a neurotic infant.
      Leo: Look on the bright side... growing up with your sisters, he was bound to be neurotic anyway.

    • Leo: How'd it go with the new boss?
      Phoebe: Oh, Jason Dean? I want to bear his children, but that's besides the point.

    • Piper: You want me to leave my newborn baby? I mean, he's just so hard to leave. (Phoebe is hugging baby Wyatt) Just so hard to make Phoebe leave.

    • Phoebe: Oh, I could eat you! Yes, I could! Yes, I could.
      Piper: Pheebs, after the demonic Parasites that did actually kinda wanna eat him, not so cute.
      Phoebe: Gotcha. Ooh, I could smush you! Ooh, I could just smush your little face!
      Piper: Much better.
      Paige: Is that his new name? Smush Face Halliwell?
      Leo: It's about as good as everything else we've come up with.
      Phoebe: No new ideas, huh?
      Piper: Actually-
      Leo: Uh, no. You know, we've been so busy with the alarm and the demon fighting and the sister saving.
      Paige: I'm sorry.
      Piper: Oh, don't be sorry, Paige. You were brave and you inspired me to fight and you made the world a safer place for our baby. Which is why I would like to give the baby the middle name of Matthew, in honor of his super protective Aunt Paige.
      Phoebe: I think that's a great idea.
      Piper: (to Leo) What do you think?
      Leo: Yeah.
      Paige: Thanks.
      Piper: And I also have an idea for his first name, Wyatt. In honor of his very protective daddy.
      Leo: Really? Well, it doesn't start with a P.
      Piper: Ah, so we break the tradition.
      Phoebe: (Phoebe picks up Wyatt.) Why don't we ask him? Wy- That's probably your job. (Hands Wyatt to Piper.)
      Piper: Wyatt Matthew Halliwell. Is that your name? What do you think? It's a good one.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Chlapečkův první démon (Boy's First Demon)
      France: Premier combat (The first fight)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Title: Baby's First Demon

      This is a reference to the phrase "baby's first ___." Parents often have a baby book to document the first of a baby's everything.

    • Paige: ...he could just zap them onto a roof like Harry Potter would or something.

      Piper: After seeing what the kid can do inside the womb, he's no Muggle.

      Phoebe: Hey, what about Potter? Potter Halliwell?

      Leo: ...that's why I'm gonna say no to Po...

      The four of them are making references to the popular "Harry Potter" book series by J.K. Rowling, later developed into a series of films. Harry is a young wizard who, when he was young, would mysteriously have the things he wanted to happen do so. His last name, Potter is a suggestion made as a P name for the baby. A Muggle is the term Rowling gives to the people in her books who have no magic in them.

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