Charmed

Season 7 Episode 4

Charrrmed!

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 03, 2004 on The WB
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When Paige encounters Captain Black Jack Cutting, an 18th century pirate in search of the Fountain of Youth, the curse on his life becomes her problem. Meanwhile, Leslie manipulates a contest in order to spend time with Phoebe, Leo fights with the creature that caused him to kill an Elder, and a mysterious federal agent comes to town to investigate the Halliwells.moreless

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  • Charrrmed!

    9.5
    Charrrmed! was a superb and very entertaining episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching as Paige plays with Pirates, Leo confronts his demons so to speak, and Phoebe realizes some thing about Leslie. The story lines were well written, the acting was great, and the over all production was awesome. Every thing worked out in the end for each of the sisters and it seems perhaps Leslie's role may become more prominent as he and Phoebe get together. The mysterious Federal agent is interesting and I wonder what his story is. I certainly look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Rrrrr!! Should Make Dem Writers Walk the Plank!

    4.0
    Charrrmed!-When Paige encounters Captain Black Jack Cutting, an 18th century pirate in search of the Fountain of Youth, the curse on his life becomes her problem. Meanwhile, Leslie manipulates a contest in order to spend time with Phoebe, Leo fights with the creature that caused him to kill an Elder, and a mysterious federal agent comes to town to investigate the Halliwells.

    God, Charmed has some of the dumbest episode titles during the later years and this is definately one of them. "Charrrmed" (Wow, I wonder how the writers came up with that one!) sees the sisters up against some pirates who are trying to find the Fountain of Youth. This is the part where I usually say "Pirates? How silly and ridiculous!!" But considering the writers have done everything from fairies to nymphs to mummies, so why not pirates!? But like with the introduction of Magic School, "Charrrmed" is yet another rip-off from the writers to capitalize on the Pirates of the Carribean frachise, how else do you explain theJohnny Deppreference!! Anyway, the whole plot is as corny as you'd expect as all thepiratesespecially Captain Black Jack Cutting.Far from Dustin Hoffman as Captain Hook and closer to some Saturday morning catroon villain. The whole dilemma with Paige aging is played mostly for laughs so you really don't care and the only interesting part in the story is when Piper and Phoeb break into a museum to steal the golden chalice. The SFX work was really great during that scene, especially when Piper blows up the glass around the cup and freezes it at the same time.

    This episode also introduces us to Agent Brody, played by Dawson's Creek star Kerr Smith. What we see from him this episode doesn't really give us a sense of his character, but it does seem he will have a lasting impression of the characters this season. Oh and what do you know, Phoebe sleeps with Lesley! Like we didn't see that coming. I swear,,,what's the point, they guys just gonna leave her anyway and Phoebe gonna open her legs again to some other guy just to find "the one"! Anyway, a rather poor episode that's all gimick, nothing more to say here.moreless
  • POOFEST OF THE CARIBBEAN

    7.5
    Poofest of the Caribbean



    Whoever came up with the idea of putting pirates on this show should be shot. This has got to be one of the worst storylines ever seen on Charmed. It's as if there's a checklist: knights; mermaids; gypsies. What else can we do? I know....



    The main plot has a bunch of half-dead pirates using the Charmed Ones to help them break their curse. Sound familiar? All the old cliches are there, from the headscarves and earrings to the parrot on the captain's shoulder. The writers seem to think continually namechecking Pirates of the Caribbean will make this blatant plagiarism alright. Newsflash: it won't.



    The guest actors are rubbish and none of them can decide what accent they have. The first mate has obviously decided he is going to copy Johnny Depp's London accent but then ruins it with a very Irish sounding "would you mind?" In the meantime, Paige becomes an old woman and her sisters must get her a drink from the fountain of youth before it's too late. Whatever.



    It's not all bad: the theft of the chalice is nicely done and it's good to see Piper use her powers together at last. A bit of a quiet week for Paige and Leo though. Inspector Sheridan continues her witchhunt and this time succeeds in outing the sisters. This would have been good if it hadn't been done a hundred times before. Still, compared to the main plot it's actually quite exciting.



    By far the best thing this week is the introduction of Agent Brody. Who is this mysterious young cop? I'm intrigued already. Perhaps the police are going to play a bigger role this season?



    For all the nonsense, there's a lot of foreboding in this episode, with a couple of references to the "gathering storm". If something big is going to happen this season, please let it be soon.



    Score: 7.7moreless
  • Welcome to the world of magical beings, Kyle.

    7.5
    A very mysterious federal agent comes to San Fransisco to investigate the Halliwell sister, but he seems not surprised when he finds out they are actually witches. Why? Paige is getting older and older after he is hurt by a pirate from the eighteen century. In order to save Paige, Piper and Phoebe have to rob a muzium. Inspector Sheridan, the character that I hate the most in this series, finds out the sister are actually witches. Do you like this episode? I don't, and I hate this episode because it is unoriginal. But still good if you can accepted this episode.moreless
  • Whoa! This season it's great! They have mixed a good off-screen work, tons of original stories (Pirats, museum robbery, fountain of youth...) and a strange way to get a great episode... Anyway, it could have been better with that material!moreless

    8.0
    Since the very beginning we can see that the off-screen part is gonna be awesome the rest of the episode. The first scene can't be better! The darkness in the attic, the quotes, the acting of HMC and Brian together... The photography is excellent in the scene (and it will be the same the rest of the episode). We start hearing the music and we know is gonna be cool aswell. Except for the coin falling into the grown, the whole beginning could have been perfect (We can not see how the coin fall, they could have included a little fight or something to make the coin fall)



    The episode continues con scene with Paige and Piper, I have to admit that I love the scenes between them. Specially this episode, the scenes between them were great! Sheridan appears here too. I don't know why we should hate her! It's just a police... Agent Brody appears for first time in the episode, and we will be glad for the coming relationship. The whole story line of the episode is original itself. Pirats, the fountain, the museum so the idea is to make a good episode! Anyway, so many things get to much to handle. For exemple the scene in the museum was totaly inapropiated! The effect of blow-freze in movement was beautiful! And was an original idea. But the scene imitating, Catherine Zeta was too much! It is not beliveable, she wouldn't go there that way!!! It's ridiculous! They could have done a action scene another way! And not make that.



    Other anoying thing in the episode is the freaky alusion to Pirats of the Caribean!!! I hated that so much! You can't go every five minutes saying something about that film! It's like if in the weird scene in the museum Phoebe would say "See, like Catherine did it!!". It's stupid! we know that they did the episode because the inspiration of Pirats of the Caribean but... they dont' have to tell us about it!

    And the whole Pirats talkind scenes were bad! They just stay there and talk! It's boring



    I finish saying that Holly did a perfect job in the episode, getting out his funny say. I loved the scene when she refuses to blow up the bird!!XD Her face there was so special!



    The special effects in the episode were great in all the episode (except for the fountain blowing up) The vanquish of the pirats, the museum effects, etc... And we have to give a 10 to the pirat's set. In one of the scene we can see the big set (It's big, big!!) so I think that they did that ok! I have to remark the fact, the set in the episode is special and they did sets to the museum aswell



    So, it is a 8 episode! A perfect camera and photography job, with some perfect effects and acting that get darken by some bad scenes (Scenes that are not original) and strange quotes.moreless
Donna Hardy

Donna Hardy

Old Paige Matthews

Guest Star

Gloria LeRoy

Gloria LeRoy

Old Brenda Casteel

Guest Star

Bre Blair

Bre Blair

Brenda Casteel

Guest Star

Todd Tucker

Todd Tucker

Creature Head Demon

Recurring Role

Jenya Lano

Jenya Lano

Inspector Sheridan

Recurring Role

Nick Lachey

Nick Lachey

Leslie St. Claire

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (19)

    • TRIVIA: Leo does not orb in this episode.

    • During the scene where old Paige orbs both sisters back to the attic, only seconds pass where Piper and Leo are talking to Paige, however Phoebe declares that she cannot find a reversal spell anywhere in the book. Are we to believe that she has looked over the many hundreds of pages in this time?

    • Piper uses a Motorola i830 in this episode.

    • When Sheridan is talking to Darryl at the police station, she momentarily looks at the camera.

    • In the opening scene when Leo and Piper are talking, it is dark in the attic. Later an elder is shown and the attic is still in darkness. When the creature head appears and the end of the attic is shown, it's no longer dark. How is it possible?

    • TRIVIA: This is the first episode for Agent Kyle Brody, who will remain in the show until the episode Charmageddon.

    • TRIVIA: This is the first and only episode to show Piper both blow up and freeze an object like the Source did in the episode "Charmed and Dangerous" after he used the Hollow to steal her powers. However he did it in one motion (when a vase exploded and quickly froze itself) but she does each action seperately.

    • TRIVIA: This is one of ten episodes with "Charmed" in the title.

    • TRIVIA: The set used for the hallways of the museum was also used for Buckland's Auction House in seasons 1 and 2.

    • Near the end of the episode, when the camera looks at Leo asleep with Chris and Wyatt, he has nothing on his stomach. Next shot of him and the kids, he has a book on his stomach.

    • When Paige stabs the pirate with the sword, it clearly is shown passing through his armpit.

    • Laser Beam Dance - Just wanted to point out that since the laser beams are frozen, even breaking them in the middle won't affect the sensors because both ends of the laser will still be there (no signal change on the sensors since the beam is frozen, just a big hole in the middle of the beam) So basically Phoebe could have just walked to the display box without worrying about the effect on the lasers. Course it wouldn't have looked as cool.

    • Just before Piper freezes Inspector Sheridan, the Inspector says "Look, if you think that this is going to get me off --" then is frozen. When she gets unfrozen, she says "-- Get me off your tail." She repeats the same part over.

    • In previous episodes when the sisters are in the attic, and outside the window is shown, it's a neighborhood of Victorian homes similar to the Halliwell's home. However, in this episode, white houses, the stereotypical San Fransisco dwellings, are shown.

    • In the last part of Phoebe's "Mission Impossible" break in, she clearly steps on one of the lasers

    • How did Sheridan recover the blood from Piper's bedroom? Previously she just walked in and got knocked out right away, then woke up down on the couch. She never had a chance to get anything in Piper's room, but here that's where she said she got the blood sample from.

    • Why can't Paige just orb out with Brenda?

    • If the parrot was a ghost (as we see at the end when it dissolves with the pirates) and could only travel at night by fog, then how did it get to the manor in the daytime?

    • Old Paige's shoes change when the rest of her clothing doesn't - originally Paige was wearing high-heeled pumps.

  • QUOTES (14)

  • NOTES (2)

    • The set used to do the whole museum's robbery is used later in the season 8 episode Mr & Mrs Witch. It's used in the scene when Billie's father is at the convention and when Piper poses as the boy confesses.

    • Kerr Smith originally auditioned for the role of Andy Trudeau right back in 1998.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Black Jack: God? Afraid not. You'll have to settle for Captain Black Jack Cutting.
      Parrot: Aye-yae, Captain.
      Black Jack: Don't you just love clichés?

      This is a reference to the common cliché that usually the captain has a parrot with him that can talk and that is a captain's "best friend".

    • The scene where Phoebe is trying to steal the Chalice from the museum is similar to the scene done by actress Catherine Zeta-Jones for the movie "Entrapment".

    • Title: Charrrmed!

      This is a reference to a pirate's common saying of "Arrr".

    • Phoebe (when first told about the pirates): Oooo! Any cute Johnny Depp pirates?

      This is a reference to the 2003 Disney movie "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl", starring Johnny Depp as swashbuckler Captain Jack Sparrow. The popular film was later followed by 2 sequels "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" in 2006 and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" in 2007.

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