Charmed

Season 2 Episode 18

Chick Flick

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 20, 2000 on The WB
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When the demon of illusion brings invincible characters from old B-grade horror movies to life in an attempt to kill the Charmed Ones, they're greatest ally is Phoebe's child-hood crush: an old movie character.

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  • Chick Flick

    9.0
    Chick Flick was another superb and very entertaining episode of Charmed. I enjoyed watching because there was a lot of character and plot development as the sisters engaged a demon in films. I liked how Piper and Leo came closer though Dan got shut out in the end. Phoebe connected with a film character/actor and it was interesting to see their relationship develop in the short time they had. Prue was awesome and used her powers like a pro in order to help the innocent and her sisters. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • The drunken woodsman and the bad facial.

    7.5
    A lot of people really seemed to enjoy this one. I give it props for its uniqueness.



    This is Charmed fully embracing its horror roots, though doing so in a tongue and cheek manner. Though it has a highly unique demon, this is primarily a comedy-based episode. I do believe most of the humor worked, and the sisters clearly seemed to have a lot of fun running around the manor screaming. My main complaint with the episode is how old and quaint it made the show look. This is primarily because they chose to have Billy and the villians leap out of old black-and-white movies. Phoebe having a relationship with a character from a movie is ridiculous, and both villians were far less frightening than the demon.



    The guy with the axe looked like one of my drunk uncles, and Bloody Mary looked like a 40's housewife who was mad after getting a bad facial. Both were easily dispatched with once Phoebe, of course, figured out what to do. Prue's final vanquish of the demon was a nice twist, with her getting the idea from an otherwise meaningless subplot with some famous photographer, if such a thing exists. Phoebe once again maintains her role as primary potion maker and spell-weaver, and I especially liked how the demon called Piper the "perky one." Haha...moreless
  • (Not So) Scary Movie

    10
    Probably the most original episode Charmed has ever done, "Chick Flick" is a hilarious pastiche on psycho killers from movies as the Demon of Illusion transports murderers from the big screen to kill the Charmed Ones.



    The scenes where the killers attack the sisters (after being released from such hilariously-titled B-movies such as "Axe Husband" and "Bloody Mary") are hilarious, in particular Piper hiding in the shower from Bloody Mary and then only just remembering how Janet Leigh died in "Psycho" and Phoebe offering Bloody Mary a facial instead of having her stab her to death.



    Prue's subplot is also well-handled and interesting, showing that your idols or heroes may not be as you imagined when you actually meet them. As much of a jerk Finley Beck turns out to be, his line about "leaving your subject under the light too long makes it burn" at least helps Prue defeat the Demon of Illusion in the end.



    Of special mention, the way the killers die is also inventive, as they melt away like a burning piece of film. It's different to the usual way demons die on the show and it was well used for this episode.



    Rating: A+moreless
  • Greatest episode!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    10
    I loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove this episode. It is so great. It is my favorite season 2 episode. Phoebe is obsessed with Kill it Before it Dies. My favorite part of this episode was when Prue and Phoebe were talking together and the doorbell rings. Then Phoebe goes and answers the door and says can I help you? While Phoebe says that Prue yells Pheebs who is it? All of a sudden Phoebe screams Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! and she flys back and hits a bookcase. That was funny. I also like how Prue kills the demon by burning the film. This episode was so greeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Characters from horror movies are brought out to kill the Charmed Ones, thanks to the demon of Illusion.

    10
    I LOVE this episode, it's just so funny you have no idea. Full of comedy throughout the episode and it had the action and drama too. I loved the little sister moments, great episode. One of their best they've done...well for a comedy episode lol. It also has an emotional part to it with Dan and Piper, but that's why this episode is so great. It's sisterly, comedy, drama, action, romance etc. The way the show should be, and it's a classic because it's different from every other episode Charmed has brought out. Also, watching Shannen act in a comedy role was fun and entertaining to watch lol.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (18)

    • During their date Piper froze the room just before Leo was called away. Why does Leo go to orb knowing that everyone is frozen and some people are bound to notice his sudden disappearance as it is a public place. Was Leo really not concerned about revealing his powers to a room full of people?

    • When Dan drops off Piper's things at the end of the episode he said he was hoping that she'd come back but after seeing her the night before (with Leo) he realizes she is not. However, her date with Leo was two nights earlier not the night before. He was orbed away to discuss the Demon of Illusion, came back the next day when they went to theater and Billy fell out that itself took up the whole night and Dan came over the day after all that was finished.

    • When Prue first stops the film to burn the film and with it the Demon of Illusion, there is a few moments before it is completed and the demon is destroyed. Why didn't he just step out as soon as he began to feel the burning? He was aware of what was going on and unlike Phoebe and Piper, he didn't need to throw a potion to get out!

    • While the characters are out of the movie, it is said that they do not know how to exist outside of the screen. Why not? They are all people in our world! They are not leaving a comic strip, they are leaving a movie, which was filmed by real people, actors specifically. So why would they leave the screen as the characters they played? They should have come off the screen as the people they were, shouldn't have they? Even if not, what about the actors who played Bloody Mary and Paul Bunyeon, they were both in color movies, so that would mean that the actors who played them were most likely still alive. Wouldn't that cause some kind of conflict?

    • When the Demon of Illusion helps Bloody Mary to get out of the screen, they are both in a close shot, which makes them look much bigger than Piper and Leo who are standing in front of the screen. When Bloody Mary comes out, she doesn't resize. However on the next shot (as well as for the remainder of the episode) she is clearly the same size as Piper and Leo.

    • TRIVIA: This episode features Nina Gordon's song Tonight & The Rest Of My Life.

    • At the end of the episode, Shannon Doherty (Prue) has blond highlights in her hair, but she didn't have them during the rest of the episode, nor does she have them after this episode.

    • Phoebe used makeup to give Billy color, but how did his hair get color? It was never shown if she dyed his hair or not. Also, how did his clothes that were obviously the same become colored? Did she dye them too?

    • TRIVIA: This episode features Piper and Leo's first real date, although it doesn't go as planned.

    • TRIVIA: This episode reveals that Phoebe's favorite movie is Kill It Before It Dies and her ideal man is Billy, the main character in the movie. Phoebe later watches the movie again in the episodes Bride And Gloom and Sense and Sense Ability.

    • After Phoebe and Billy kiss for the first time his lips turn black and white, but when they show a side view of Billy his lips are a normal color. Then when they cut back to him his lips are black and white again.

    • In this episode, Phoebe's glasses look different from the ones she got in the previous episode How To Make A Quilt Out Of Americans.

    • When Phoebe and Billy first kiss, the foundation rubs off of him causing her to have to re-apply it. Why didn't it rub off every time they kissed like when Prue came running into the attic because she was being chased by the axe murderer? They were in the middle of a kiss then but his "make-up" was fine.

    • When Phoebe runs out of the manor to chase the Demon of Illusion, she does not have her purse with her. When she actually gets to the theater, she has this huge purse slung over her.

    • During the scene when the Charmed Ones vanquish the Axe Murderer, Phoebe throws water on him and his hat falls off. However the hat mysteriously reappears and disappears on his head before he is actually vanquished.

    • Phoebe said that she "vanquished" the Demon of Illusion by using a spell that combined the spell to vanquish a demon and another to vanquish a Bunyip. In season 5 it was stated that a Bunyip isn't good or evil, so what incentive would the sisters have to vanquish a neutral creature?

    • When Billy tackles the demon out of the movie screen, it's visible that his skin color is a normal shade and not gray.

    • Would Piper, a chef, really ask for the salt shaker before she'd even tasted the food?

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Finley: Don't mind me, I'm just wandering through your house!

    • Phoebe (after drinking a potion and entering the black-and-white movie, finds she became black and white herself): Hey, check me out, I'm retro.

    • Finley (looking at Prue's photographs of him): I figured out what's wrong with your photos, Miss Halliwell. Absolutely no depth.
      Prue: Really. Now would that be the technique or the subject?

    • Bloody Mary (about Prue & Piper): Pretty little girls!

    • Billy: It's okay. The man is here to save the day.
      Prue: Billy, it's the 21st century. It's the woman's job to save the day.

    • Phoebe: Wait a minute, that's Paul Bunion with a lobotomy. He's from Axe Husband. I saw that last week.
      Prue: Oh we so have to monitor your viewing habits.

    • Phoebe: Would someone please tell me what is up with guys?
      Piper: You don't really expect me to have an answer for that do you?

    • Prue: I hate to put a damper on your little love connection here, sis, but we need to kick some ass.
      Demon of Illusion: Oh, is that what you're going to do? How cute. How clever of you. (Phoebe winks at Billy.) Any idea on how you intend to do that? Or are you just going to flirt me to death like your little tarty sister?
      Billy: Watch your language in front of the ladies. Consider that a warning.
      Demon of Illusion: I'm sorry, was it the word "sister" that bothered you? How about bitch?

    • Billy: Don't you just hate exposition?
      Phoebe: Don't get me started.

    • Prue: Oh, that was an antique, you assho-
      (Billy covers her mouth)
      Phoebe: He's very sensitive about the language.

    • Phoebe: Okay, well I really need to demonstrate something for you.
      Prue: Okay, what is it?
      (Phoebe pokes her head around the curtain.)
      Phoebe: Uh, once you finish your thing and I finish my thing, then we really need to go meet Piper and Leo to fix the thing that we saw at the... Prue: Thing.

    • Prue (takes picture of Piper staring out the window): Hmm, I think I'll call this "woman pretending not to look out the window".
      Piper: How about girl about to pour hot tea on sister's head?

    • Phoebe (to Bloody Mary): We have got to do something about that complexion.

    • Phoebe (as the doorbell rings): I will get that. (Phoebe gets up and answers the door, but the camera stays focused on Prue) Can I help you?
      Prue: Pheebs, who is it?
      (Suddenly Phoebe goes flying through the foyer)
      Phoebe: Aaahhh!
      (The demon of Illusion walks in the foyer)
      Demon: Get up you miserable witch.
      Prue: Hey, if you don't have anything nice to say...
      (Prue uses her powers and the demon crashes into the grandfather clock)

    • Phoebe: Hi doody.
      Piper: Hi doody.

    • Phoebe: Hello, privacy!
      Prue: Hello, ax-murderer!

    • Piper: I am being stalked by psycho killers and I hide in the shower?!

    • Piper: Okay, uh, that didn't work. But my legs still do. Let's go!

    • Phoebe: Here I am talking about the shortage of perfect men and in orbs yours.
      Piper: I found one of the good guys.

    • Prue: Well, the house is a mess again. I mean, how come we can't fight the demon of cleanliness, or the demon of housekeeping, or even that bald Mr. Clean guy. I would so totally take him on.

    • Piper: Okay, dead woman, with a knife, on her way!

    • Piper: It's over.
      Phoebe: Don't ever say that. Evertime someone says that in the movie, something always... (the bell rings)

    • Piper (drinking a potion): Ugh. Tastes like ass...(Billy glares) ...phalt.

    • Phoebe: Did you tell off the demon of crankiness again?
      Prue: No, once was enough.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Démon filmového plátna (Demon of a Film Screen)
      France: C'est pas du cinéma (That's no movie)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • There were three references to old TV commercial slogans in this episode:

      Leo says that the Demon of Illusion is here to "Make San Francisco his treat."

      This is a reference to the Rice-a-Roni slogan The San Francisco Treat.

      Demon of Illusion: Silly witch, tricks are for kids.

      Trix cereal uses the phrase "Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids" in their advertising campaigns whenever the Trix Rabbit tries to get at the cereal.

      Piper sneaks up on the axe murderer and stabs him in the back when he is attacking Prue, Phoebe and Billy. Phoebe says "Pretty sneaky, sis".

      This is a reference to the commercial for the kid's game Connect Four. When the brother and sister are playing the game in the commercial, the sister slips the game piece in and gets 4 in a row. The brother says "Pretty sneaky, sis".

    • Piper: I'm being stalked by pyscho killers and I hide in the shower!?

      This is a reference to the 1960 movie Psycho directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film contains an infamous shower death scene.

    • Title: Chick Flick

      This is a reference to the term "chick flick" meaning a film primarily designed for women viewers, like a romance film.

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