Charmed

Season 8 Episode 8

Battle of the Hexes

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 13, 2005 on The WB
7.8
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Agent Murphy gives the sisters their first Homeland Security case - searching through cold case files, where Phoebe and Billie discover a belt that gives Billie superpowers. Meanwhile, Piper and Leo are on the hunt for a band to play at P3; and Paige meets a handsome man, who happens to be her new charge's parole officer.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Battle of the Hexes

    9.0
    Battle of the Hexes was a superb episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because the story was fun, exciting and very entertaining. The belt which Billie found was very cool and had a very interesting history. I also enjoyed watching Paige meet her latest charges' parole officer and for Phoebe to help along the way. It was very interesting to learn more about Billie's past and what happened to her sister. I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!moreless
  • A hot superwoman bent on destroying men? Well, I guess every rose has its thorn.

    8.5
    And Leo saves the sisters once again. And the sisters save Billie, much to their later regret.



    I don't hitch with all the criticism of this episode. I understand the combination of the wiccan, mythological, and comic book worlds are generally not warmly greeted, but I think this is an entertaining and often hilarious episode just as long as you don't take it too seriously.



    First of all, great outfit. I dug it. Some critics seem a little uptight to me. I have news for you. If hookers looked that good, it would be a much more popular and rich profession. Yeah, Kaley's acting wasn't the greatest, but she looked good at least.



    The short part when Leo was invisible was hilarious. I wish it would have lasted longer.



    The scenes with Leo and Piper together are all good scenes. It is great to see them getting along together again, as it should be.



    The scenes with Billie supposedly in class are laughable, but they serve a point. As a guy, I didn't have a problem with all the anti-male banter. It was comical, frankly. The whole demon plot was secondary to the action, and that was fine.



    Plus, Henry was introduced in this episode. Good character and good actor. Paige should have stayed single, but I can get over it.moreless
  • Billie becomes a hooker and Brad Kern's writer monkeys show us they know how to thug talk a "dawg".

    6.5
    In this episode, Billie puts on some belt that turns her into super-feminist and once again reminds me what went wrong with this show. The problem with this show is that it fails to follow its own mythology or just uses random mythology that doesn't fit. Introducing concepts like magic school, Hercules-related plot points (like in this one), and superheros kills the mood and atmosphere you would set for a show about three witches in San Francisco. Many people didn't like it when they were turned into superheros the first time, why would it be better this time?



    At least last time (Witches in Tights, Season 5) there was a somewhat interesting plot with the thought projecting teenager. Here it's just Billie randomly picking up a belt and turning into something just because, in the paraphrased words of Phoebe, "it was bound to eventually happen."



    Not that I can act myself, but it must be said that Kaley/Billie is just horrible [attempting to] do so. I wanted to throw my laptop out the window when she uttered the line "there is no wrath like a woman scorned!!!" and blowing up the attic. Not only is it a cliché line, but the way she uttered it just killed me. Thankfully Holly saved the scene (or the show) by hoping the [insert choice word about Billie here] comes back and cleans up the mess.



    Then there was this other unrelated subplot about Paige helping out an inner city kid/charge, which of course was not only black and poor, but also used words like "dawg". It didn't matter what race they made the kid, it just seemed very low of the story writers to take a group of people and use stereotypical dialogue and one dimensional characters for them. Black people say dawg all the time, yup. Not. That reminds me, why is Darryl almost always last in the other seasons' opening credits?



    You can have the racism argument in your sociology class about that one (speaking of class, Billie was totally disrespectful to her professor, how is she going to explain showing up in a hooker costume the next day? Oh right, Charmed demands we turn off our brains for a while).



    However, I have to still highlight some good points:



    -Sisterly chemistry: Piper and Phoebe haven't shared a lot of sisterly chemistry since Prue died, but there is a cute scene in the case warehouse where the sisterly banter kind of hints of times lost. In a way, the presence of Billie makes Phoebe less annoying.



    -Character development, new likable character: Although the subplot was irrelevant, it's nice to see Paige going back to her "social worker instincts" and standing up for the kid who was in trouble. She also has more or less good chemistry with Henry (Ivan Sergei), who has the teasy snark of Andy. I like Henry! Yay for good characters.



    -Leo: Leo has not been a favorite character of mine, but somehow he seems to have loosened up a little more and let go of the whole preachy whitelighter gig. He shares a couple of good scenes with Piper and the girls, especially toward the end which make me like him a little more:



    Piper: Nice to see ya

    Leo: Nice to be seen ;-)



    Cheesy lines at face value, but their inflection and mannerisms just make it really nice in my opinion.



    This isn't the most charitable thing to say, but I'm so glad this show's over and Kaley's out of a job (at least this job)!moreless
  • I hate Billie.

    5.5
    Agent Murphy seeks help from the Charmed Ones for supernatural cases. Phoebe tries to get premonition from the evidence. Doesn't Phoebe being afraid after he power is stripped in the season 6 episode "Crime and Witch Demeanors" for forcing premonition? Later on, Billie wears a belt which turns her into a super-woman. Oh great, Billie becomes evil! Another Billie episode. Paige is busy saving her charge from her future husband--Henry Mitchell. Is that thief really her charge?



    You call this series Charmed? No I don't think so. I called this series "Billie, the troublesome woman". Please stop, the audience wants the original Charmed to return. Not Billie.moreless
  • The Charmed Ones get their first top secret job with Homeland Security. Meanwhile, Billie gains some comic book-inspired superpowers, Paige falls in love with a Parole Officer and Leo needs to find a band to perform at the P3.moreless

    7.0
    I disliked the casting changes in season three and felt that the writing and production values seemed to suffer. However, season six and seven really had some great episodes and so many fans held out hope for an even better season eight. Sadly, this was not the case. Kaley Cuoco is a great actress, but the character of Billie, was poorly written and always felt out of place. Clearly, the show's budget was drastically cut, which can be deadly to a supernatural-themed television series such as this, but that does not excuse the amazingly poor and one-dimensional writing. The basic idea of having the Charmed Ones, who have longed for a normal life, working for the Federal Government screams, "X-Files" rip-off and the writers efforts to appeal to comic book readers seem to have been developed by people who probably never read too many comics. With a bigger budget and some better writing, these sorts of ideas could have done well. As it stands, the quality acting manages to keeps things afloat, but just barely.moreless
Jennifer Tung

Jennifer Tung

Zira

Guest Star

Chris Spencer

Chris Spencer

Smitty

Guest Star

Liz Phair

Liz Phair

Herself

Guest Star

Ivan Sergei

Ivan Sergei

Henry Mitchell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (16)

    • Why would Phoebe let Billie open the Manor's front door after what Billie did to the cab's door? It came off completely from its hinges when she opened it, since she's a superhero. Surely it was meant to be funny, and it was, but logically, Phoebe shouldn't let her touch anything.

    • How come Henry doesn't know Paige? She and her sisters exploded in the news when they faked their deaths. And when they came back and they were known to the world as "spies" working for the Homeland Security. Their faces were everywhere, and yet Henry doesn't recognize Paige's face!

    • The demon Tai is the same one from the season 5 episode The Importance of Being Phoebe. He was guarding the front door of the Manor after Cole takes control of it. When Cole releases the Nexus and absorbs it, Phoebe says the spell to send it back to the ground and takes Cole with it. In result, all the demons in the house are vanquished, so shouldn't Tai be dead?

    • TRIVIA: Billie makes a reference towards the end of the episode by saying "I'm still a little gun-shy" and it could be a reference to a track from Liz Phair's album "Exile in Guyville", who performs shortly after she says this.

    • TRIVIA: Liz Phair finally makes an appearance on the series, as her music previously was used in episodes "Secrets and Guys" (the song "Baby Got Going"), "Oh My Goddess" (the song "Extraordinary"), and "It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World" (the song "Take A Look"). This episode feartures music from her latest album "Somebody's Miracle", and that is also the song performed at P3.

    • TRIVIA: Actress Jennifer Tung (Zira) previously appeared in the season 3 episode The Demon That Came In From The Cold as Klea.

    • TRIVIA: This is Billie's first time being transformed.

    • Henry wants to verify if the story about Speed getting stabbed in the back by one of the fellow robbers is true. When he finds out that it is, he lets him go. Why doesn't he take him to the hospital or doctor before or after he lets him go? At least, Speed has got a stab wound, which he has been walking around with for almost an entire day.

    • When Piper and Phoebe are seen from the back looking towards the warehouse Phoebe's hands are on her hips. When the scene switches to facing them and Phoebe's just putting her hands on her hips now. The scene goes back to the original view and Phoebe's hands are at her sides. Obviously the two scenes were mixed up and should have showed Phoebe with her hands down and then her hands on her hips.

    • TRIVIA: This is Ivan Sergei's first appearance as Henry Mitchell on the series.

    • When Henry and Paige are in the car, the money for the bet is already there ($40) that means Paige does not owe him $20. Later on, Henry is actually the one who owes Paige $40 instead of $20 since he lost the bet.

    • In the book the demons find at Magic School, Hippolyta is misspelled "Hippolytal."

    • Why does Mitch take Speed to the police station just to make a call on his cell phone and let Speed go?

    • Throughout the episode the name Hippolyta (pronounced hip-pahl-i-teh) is mispronounced as Hippo-lee-tah.

    • TRIVIA: The police station that Mitch takes Speed to, is the same precinct that Darryl used to work at.

    • TRIVIA: Billie is turned into a superhero just like the sisters were, in the season five episode "Witches in Tights".

  • QUOTES (29)

    • Piper (When she sees all the boxes with the files in it): You have got to be kidding me!

    • Man (off-screen): Hey, superhero babe! Over here!
      Billie: Ugh, please someone vanquish me now!

    • Billie: What just happened?
      Phoebe: We're screwed. That's what happened.

    • Phoebe: Hey, lay off the male bashing!

    • Zira (about Billie): You can't save her - it's too late.
      Piper: Wanna bet?

    • Henry: You're quite the optimist huh?
      Paige: No I just have hope.

    • Zira (about the dead male demon): I can't believe he's dead, it's almost anti-climactic.

    • Billie (to Leo): You are such a downer. No wonder I made you invisible.

    • Piper (while lifting the door off of invisible Leo): Sweetie, honey are you alright?
      Leo: Yeah except for the fact that no one can see me.

    • (After Piper attempts to blow up the belt, Billie gets under its influence for an instant)
      Billie: Did you just try and kill me?
      Piper: Whoa easy!
      Phoebe: Billie relax. Of course not. What's the matter with you?
      Billie: I don't know. That was really weird. Please get this off me!

    • Piper (to Leo about golfing): You should go and you know if you happen to find me a band in the process that wouldn't be such a bad thing.

    • Piper (about Billie): I can't believe we missed her.
      Phoebe: Well at least we left before the whole class killed each other.
      Piper: You mean before the girls killed the boys.

    • Billie (under the influence of the belt): Well I rescued a woman in distress, vanquished a bunch of male demons and I scratched my pretty belt again.

    • Piper (while trying to bring Billie back): Well we could try the 'to call a lost witch' spell. If there is any witch left in her it should bring her back whether she likes it or not.

    • Billie in full superhero mode, accidently rips off the front door of the manor. She walks in and Phoebe walks in past her, looking at a shocked Piper and Leo.
      Billie: Sorry!
      Phoebe (to Piper): Yes, she's a superhero, but no you can't get mad at her, cuz it's your fault.

    • Henry: Let me guess - missionary? Social worker? Do-gooder?
      Paige: Homeland Security actually.

    • Billie, in her superhero mode, accidentally makes Leo invisible.
      Piper: Why did you have to go and do that? Who's going to pick up the kids?

    • Phoebe: Yin/Yang, working together just as it should be.
      Piper: Good job Yang.
      Leo: Thanks Yin. (They kiss.)

    • Piper (looking around Magic School for an invisable Leo): Alright, come out, come out where ever you are. (She throws a potion and Leo reappears and they smile at each other.) It's nice to see you.
      Leo: It's nice to be seen.
      Piper walks over to Leo and they cuddle.

    • Billie yells and twirls around really fast and manages to escape the crystal cage Piper & Phoebe trapped her in.
      Bilile: There's no wrath like a woman scorned! She disappears in a blur.
      Piper (to Phoebe where they're hiding behind the couch looking at the messy attic): We have to go find her and bring her back because I'm not cleaning up this mess!

    • (Piper & Phoebe use a spell to bring Billie to them who arrives in a blur)
      Billie: What did you do that for?
      Phoebe: We were just worried about you, that's all.
      Billie: You just don't want me to create my Utopia. (They crowd around Billie and back her up onto the circular carpet).
      Piper: Your what?
      Phoebe: Are you kidding? We're into girl power. We love Utopia. We're witches.

    • Paige & Henry are on a stakeout watching for Speed.
      Henry (after Paige's groans and wiggles catch his attention) You all right?
      Paige: Yeah, I just got to use the bathroom, is all.
      Henry (reaches into the back seat for a portable coffee mug): Here you go, I won't look.
      Paige: That's disgusting.
      Henry grins.

    • Piper (to Billie just before blurs out of house): Oh hey! Could you make Leo visisble again, before you go?
      Phoebe (under the powerful influence of the belt): Really? Why?
      Piper (also under the belt's influence): Well he's got to play golf apparently, in order to get me a band. So what can I tell you? It's a man's world. (Leo chuckles.)
      Bilie: I guess I could try. (zaps Leo with lightening bolts and he reappears.) It worked! Right on!

    • Billie (referring to the magical belt): Okay. Hi. Yeah. I can't get this thing off.
      Phoebe: Don't even bother, it's going to take a spell, a potion or an emotional epiphany.
      Billie: That blows. Are you sure?
      Phoebe: Hello? Voice of experience. I've been turned into a mermaid, a mummy and a genie. Trust me I know these things.

    • Phoebe (ranting to Billie as they walk): This is unbelievable. Piper takes the car, Paige orbs, but does anyone stop to think that Phoebe can't orb? No, of course not! Why? Because it's all about them!

    • Paige: Believe it or not, I'd rather be helping you right now, then be where I am.
      Phoebe: Why, where are you?
      Paige: I'm uh...on skid row, trying to figure out how to introduce myself to my new charge.
      Phoebe: Well, what's stopping you?
      Paige: Just have to wait for the other felon to leave first.

    • (Piper & Phoebe are in a storage room full of cold cases)
      Piper (talking about Agent Murphy) He can't make us do this on a weekly basis, it's boring.
      Phoebe: Well... if he does, we'll just turn him into a frog or something.

    • Phoebe: I'm very busy too. I have dates, lots & lots of dates.
      Piper: Are you trying to get pregnant again?
      Phoebe: No. I'm trying to find love.

    • Phoebe (talking about Agent Murphy) He's got case files for us.
      Paige: What are we, Charlie's Witches? We don't work for him.
      Phoebe: Apparently he seems to think that. Especially reminding me over & over, he bailed us out of our little jam.
      Piper: That's blackmail.
      Phoebe: No, that's your taxpayers dollars at work.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Billie is referred to as a "Wonder Witch" - this is a reference to the superhero Wonder Woman.

    • Paige: What are we - Charlie's Witches?

      This is a reference to the 1970's TV series "Charlie's Angels" (which was also made into two films). This is also a nod towards Aaron Spelling who is the creator and executive producer of both series.

    • Title: Battle of the Hexes

      This is a reference to the common phrase "battle of the sexes". The phrase was also used as the title of the 1959 Charles Crichton film "The Battle of the Sexes", starring Peter Sellers, Robert Morley & Constance Cummings. It was based (very loosely) on a short story, "The Catbird Seat", by James Thurber (New Yorker 1942), and subsequently anthologised.

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