Charmed

Season 4 Episode 2

Charmed Again (2)

2
Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 04, 2001 on The WB
9.3
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Charmed Again (2)
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Mourning the death of Prue, Piper and Phoebe must now come to grips with the loss of their oldest sister, and the loss of the Power of Three. However, The Source discovers an unknown sister - the daughter of Patty and her whitelighter Sam, who had been kept hidden, Paige, the now-youngest Halliwell can restore the Power of Three and reunite the sisters' strength as witches.moreless

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  • Charmed Again (2)

    10
    Charmed Again (2) was a perfect episode and really brought the fourth season premiere to full circle and introduced us to the long lost sister Paige. It was awesome watching the sisters in action with Inspector Cortez on their trail. Cole really went out of his way to help the sisters fight The Source. I liked the way The Source was portrayed. The special effects, editing and over all production were all well done. I certainly look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Outsourced...

    9.0
    This is a strong second installment to the opener of Season 4.



    Here Piper and Phoebe practically do a role reversal with Phoebe now being the uncertain and grieving sister and Piper starting to insert herself as the new leader of the Charmed Ones. Piper is still too rough with Paige though, and Phoebe continues to be the better communicator with their youngest sister. Rose McGowan, as Paige, continues to impress, and her scene in the church when she discovers her power to orb objects is classic. The fact that she also flees the sisters and goes running to a BF when in trouble will remain an unfortunate character-trait of hers throughout the series. Should the Source of all evil just be able to blithely walk into a church? I would think not. So, though demons do so throughout the series, I was glad that at least the Source was not able to in this episode, as the gargoyle protectors of the church stopped him from entering. The part where Cole was nearly killed was somewhat nonsense, and again, the threat of exposure was completely unnecessary considering the end of Season 3, besides being preposterous. But at least it all ended well.



    Paige's near turn to evil was very well done, as was the final battle between the Source and the sisters. Why the Source would just leave the sisters alone rather than trying to vanquish them right there is somewhat a mystery, but I guess he didn't feel he had the power yet to take on the Power of Three. The ending at P3s and then back at the manor was fantastic, as the sisters appear to finally let Paige in. Very touching scene.



    I will complain briefly here that it is unfortunate the writers of Charmed decided to go away from the Lucifer-like representation of the Source in All Hell Breaks Loose. That was by far his coolest appearance. In this season, the Source becomes like just another powerful demon, and in this episode, he is even doing his own dirty work. That is too bad, IMO. Would the Lord of the Underworld really be bothering to possess humans? Don't see it. I think the writers could have left him the way that he was.



    Otherwise, great start to Season 4. Rose McGowan is just adorable, and I love Paige's powers. Since Piper is the heart of the series anyway, it is great to see her take the leadership role. And this is also a brief great time for the series when Cole, Leo and Phoebe all have their powers and are working together. Great things are yet ahead.



    This was Charmed's first attempt at a two part episode to start a season, and it would forever be Charmed best attempt. Really, the more I watch these first two episodes the more I appreciate the writing of both. With Prue's death, they needed to get this season off to a strong start, and they did that. Fantastic job.moreless
  • All Sisters Reunited

    10
    This episode is about All of three sisters reunited and became Charmed one once again. Of course, Charmed are reborn. Paige took too much for her that she is half witch and half whitelighter. She doesnt understand why her real parents abandoned her all of years. However, Paige's adoptive parents were killed in car accident when she was in high school. She had to take care of herself after that. However, This episode is pretty awesome because it is very special honor that Charmed are reborn again and fight demons and evil. Paige have to get it very slow to understand that she is witch and whitelighter.moreless
  • Why Couldn't Alyssa Be Replaced By a Long-Lost Sister? Part Two

    8.9
    Unlike the many other two-parter season premieres during the later Charmed seasons, this second part is actually necessary and helps in making the proceedings feel much more real. It would be unnatural and unbelievable if Paige immediately became part of the family and this second part to this episode is greatly needed.



    Charmed Again Part Two sees Piper still untrusting of the Halliwells. Meanwhile, The Source takes advantage of the 48-hour window open after a witch discovers her destiny and possesses Paige's boyfriend Shane in order to convince her to join the dark side.



    Rose McGowan continues to impress as Paige and the discovery of her abilities makes for some of the best scenes in the episode, in particular the classic moment when she orbs the candle into her hands. The Source's plan is well constructed and provides some dark drama, in particular when he possesses the abusive father at Social Services.



    Paige believing she is evil is probably the most emotional storyline on display here. Like Piper back in the second ever episode, I've Got You Under My Skin, Paige worries that, now she knows she's a witch, is she automatically evil? It's interesting seeing Paige with so much depth here, which seems to have been thrown away later on in other seasons.



    The spell to see demons through "magical sunglasses" sounds lame on paper but it comes together pretty well. Though it's only a tiny subplot in this episode, it's still a fun one which helps detract away from the darker main storyline. The subplot involving Inspector Cortez is undemanding filler material and just annoys. Despite a great guest actor in Yancey Arias, the story goes nowhere and ends up being mostly pointless.



    The second part of Charmed Again sets up an interesting future for the show. I always think of this episode as the premiere episode for the second half of Charmed itself, with the Prue years being the first. Though the second half did derail most of the time, you can't deny it started well...



    Director: Mel Damski

    Writer: Brad Kern

    Rating: B+moreless
  • 'There's a lot going on in this hour and a few of the subplots fall flat on their face'

    7.0
    Not quite the catastrophe I remember it to be, or maybe I'm just in a forgiving mood, but Part 2 is a solid conclusion to the premiere, if a little lackluster in comparison to the 1st part. This is Rose's episode and it highlights her strengths and weaknesses as an actor, but she still manages to pull it off.



    Down the line, Rose's slant on Paige changes, presumably it had something to do with the producers, as she sports a new fiery look next season, but I really do like this Paige far better than what becomes of her later on. She seems more down to earth and Rose just comes across far better for it. Sure, her reaction-acting needs quite the touch up – in fact, someone should seriously talk to her about it – but, for the most part, she impressed me.



    There's a lot going on in this hour and a few of the subplots fall flat on their face. I'm still not impressed by the Source, if he has such great power why can't he kill the CO's with the blink of an eye? (It eludes me why he's in a weakened state – he can kill birds and old men without so much as a second's thought, what stops him from doing the same to Piper?) The entire Cortez subplot felt entirely superfluous given the finale dealt with the same threat in more a satisfying manner than this. The sunglasses bit also didn't click with me.



    There are a few neat twists (especially the reveal that the mother is the one who abuses her child) and the idea of Paige orbing away someone's heart highlights the more sinister aspect of Magic within the Charmed-verse. It also ends on a high as Paige meets her biological mother and I liked it all the more for the very fact it fades out just as they introduce themselves to one another.moreless
Jordan Bridges

Jordan Bridges

Shane

Guest Star

Wendy Phillips

Wendy Phillips

Sister Agnes

Guest Star

Krista Allen

Krista Allen

The Oracle

Guest Star

Finola Hughes

Finola Hughes

Patty Halliwell

Recurring Role

Michael Bailey Smith

Michael Bailey Smith

Belthezor

Recurring Role

David Reivers

David Reivers

Bob Cowan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (17)

    • TRIVIA: This episode reveals that Paige's birthday is August 2,1977.

    • When they are explaining about their magical powers to Paige, Phoebe tells Paige to wave her arm at the candle. First of all, this is not how Prue's power originally worked -- it was first channeled through her eyes. Second of all, if it had worked, they easily could have set the entire church on fire.

    • When Detective Cortez, gives his tape of the Halliwells to Darryl, he becomes the first law enforcement official outside of the Halliwell circle of friends to learn and keep their secret. However, unlike future officers to learn the same thing, he is the only one who does not use his knowledge to gain their assistance for his own agenda (i,e. Kyle, Agent Murphy)

    • In the church scene, it is shown that if Paige holds out her hand and calls for something it will orb into her hand. Yet when she holds out her hand and calls for Jake's heart a few scenes later all that happens is that he gets chest pains. Why does his heart not orb into her hand?

    • TRIVIA: This is the first time a spiritual dead relative steps out of the circle of candles and becomes corporeal. Maybe at the time this was supposed to be an exceptional event (since this is Paige meeting her mother for the first time), but since this episode, each time Patty was conjured and walked out of the circle of candles, she became corporeal.

    • TRIVIA: This is the first time that the Halliwell sisters face the Source and see him.

    • TRIVIA: In this episode, it is revealed that Paige has the power to move objects with her mind, like Prue. However unlike Prue, the whitelighter powers within Paige cause objects to be summoned to her when called by name as opposed to being lifted and thrown like Prue had been able to. Her ability to Orb is also much like Prue's ability to Astral Project, filling the prophecy of the Charmed Ones in a different light.

    • When Paige, Piper, and Phoebe are in the church, Shane, who is possessed by the Source, tries to come in. Paige then walks away with him, how does she not even notice Phoebe and Piper fall down?

    • The front of the building that Paige works at looks exactly like the dating service a fine romance in season 2 episode " She's A man, Baby, A Man!

    • Why doesn't Paige become wary of Cole in this episode when she first learns he is half demon? How is it that in the later season 4 episode "Black As Cole" she acts as if it's her first time hearing about it?

    • After they find out that Paige is half witch, half Whitelighter, Piper seems surprised that a Whitelighter could "knock someone up". But in "Morality Bites" when they went to the future she saw that she had a daughter with Leo (a whitelighter).

    • When the Source, while controlling Shane, stabs Cole, he stabs him with a knife or a short dagger, but when he walks away he's carrying a sword.

    • TRIVIA: This is one of nine episodes with the series title, "Charmed", in it.

    • At the end of the episode where Piper and Phoebe summon their mother, Patty, she steps outside the circle of candles and becomes corporeal. Grams had never become corporeal before and the only other time Patty was able to do this previously was for Piper and Leo's wedding. She said that the Elders felt "they owed her" (Piper). It could be argued that in losing Prue, the Elders again owe The Charmed Ones. However, it could also be argued that the Elders don't owe them. Paige's existence was kept a secret, something the Elders surely wouldn't have been too happy about...

    • In the season 3 finale "All Hell Breaks Loose", the Source is shown for the first time with large dark red wings - however, when shown again in this episode, he no longer has those wings.

    • Cole got stabbed in the daytime, but they didn't find him until nighttime. No one saw him lying and bleeding next to the sidewalk for numerous hours?

    • When Cole is lying on the ground after Piper freezes him, his hand moves from holding Phoebe's arm to being beside her arm. It moves a few times while Paige and Leo are healing him.

  • QUOTES (13)

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Phoebe: Thanks for the Magical assist, Grams.
      Piper: How do you know it wasn't somebody else?

      Piper is talking about the hope that Prue could be helping there. If Grams helps them as a spirit, it makes sense that now that Prue is a spirit too and she could help them as well.

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