Season 6 Episode 19

Crimes and Witch-Demeanors

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 25, 2004 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • TRIVIA: This is the first appearance of Inspector Sheridan, who would become the sisters' main nemesis during the remainder of this season as well as the following season.

    • TRIVIA: Piper doesn't use her powers in this episode.

    • When the Cleaners freeze the scene, and Paige and Phoebe turn around, you can tell they're in front of a green screen because parts of Phoebe's arm disappears and reappears for a quick sec.

    • Why does Darryl remember everything? Why didn't the Cleaners make him not remember? They altered reality as if nothing happened and the people involved like his wife and Inspector Sheridan were acting as if nothing happened except for him. In that case, he wouldn't turn his back on the sisters and stop helping them.

    • How come Leo, Chris and the sisters were sure that Inspector Sheridan was STILL possessed by the Phantasm? After all, the Phantasm's purpose was to make Sheridan expose the sisters, and Barbas may have dispossessed her at any time. And by the way, why didn't he do that or thought about it because if he went all this far to save himself, something small like that wouldn't slip his mind.

    • Leo and Chris orb in with Inspector Sheridan to the Tribunal to prove there's a phantasm inside of her but they're not shown leaving later.

    • Phoebe's active powers, including premonition, are taken away in this episode, but since when is premonition an active power? It was stated several times in the first three seasons that premonition is a passive power, so why is it all of a sudden an active power?
      Technically, premonitions should be considered an active power, because in the beginning of this episode, Phoebe reveals that she has been deliberately calling premonitions; this misuse of power is what led to the trial and is why she lost her powers.

    • When Phoebe and Paige see Barbas, Paige says "Didn't we vanquish you?" to him. Yet, Paige, Piper, or Phoebe did not vanquish Barbas, Cole did by himself in the season 5 episode "Sympathy for the Demon".

    • TRIVIA: This episode is the beginning of Darryl's refusal to aid the sisters any longer.

    • TRIVIA: This episode featured clips from past episodes in order to show the sisters' past mistakes.

    • TRIVIA: This episode features the Magic Tribunal, that consists of two demons and two elders, who created the Cleaners to prevent any magical exposure.

    • TRIVIA: Phoebe has now lost her active powers of premonition, levitation & empath but she can still cast spells & make potions. She will only get them back if she and her sisters are more careful in the future with magic, meaning not to expose it anymore.

    • In the Tribunal near the end when Paige orbs herself, Piper and Phoebe out, she goes to grab Phoebe and Piper but before she makes contact Piper and Phoebe turn to orbs.

    • Why did the Cleaners find it necessary to send Darryl to death row? Why not just alter the video to make it appear as if the suspect shot, then Darryl fired in self defense?

    • When Darryl is first arrested and the sisters visit him, his lawyer arrives and the policeman who let the guy in just stands there and listens in on their privileged lawyer-client conversation.

    • Gideon's initial invocation to the Tribunal, translated, basically means, "I say, behold this hour, for my wife will kill me."

    • They don't allow wives in a death-row cell on the night of the prisoner's execution (or most other times), but there Sheila is when Darryl's ready to be killed.

    • So the Cleaners go to all this effort to cover up magic use, and get Darryl almost killed, and at the end one of them teleports out of the middle of the police station.

    • During the exchange about Piper not being present at the Tribunal, the word "abstentia" is used - which should be pronounced "absentia".

    • Leo told Chris that the Tribunal wouldn't acknowledge anything a demon had to say, but they're being persecuted by a demon, and Leo had already said that the tribunal is made up of elders and demons.

  • Quotes

    • Leo: Okay, you know that phantasm you vanquished? Apparently Barbas sent it so you'd follow it.
      Chris: And apparently he gets a get-out-of-hell-free card, too, if he wins the case.

    • Phoebe (to the Tribunal): You have got to be kiddin' me right? I mean you can't really be doing this!
      Gideon: Phoebe, they have already.

    • Cleaner 1: What do you think you're doing now?
      Phoebe: Well, we didn't know how else to call for you. Figured you weren't listed in the yellow pages.

    • Phoebe: How's Piper? Have you seen her?
      Chris: She's good. Uh, big! You know, I keep thinking how weird it's gonna be to actually see myself being born.

    • Chris: I think I have a new theory on who might be trying to turn Wyatt evil.
      Paige: Oh, a new theory. What's that? Like the third one this week?
      Chris: What're you keeping score now?
      Phoebe: She's just grumpy 'cause she hasn't had her coffee yet.
      Paige: I am not grumpy. (Phoebe gives her a look) Ok, fine, maybe a little bit. But you have to admit you've had a lot of different theories lately, and none of them have panned out.
      Chris: That's why they call them "theories".
      Paige: Do we even get along in the future?

    • Barbas: I'm surrounded by idiots!

    • Piper: If Darryl dies, that's it we're done. We quit.
      Barbas: You know, that would solve all of our future exposure problems now wouldn't it?

    • Paige: Didn't we vanquish you?
      Barbas: To the fires of Hell.

    • Elder: What do you have to say for yourself Barbas?
      Barbas: I'm a demon. What do you expect?

    • Barbas (after Leo orbs out): Was I boring him?

    • Barbas: Objection! You can't bring a mortal down here. It's completely outrageous!
      Leo: Sit down and shut up.

    • Paige: There's four of them. How do they break a tie?
      Leo: You don't wanna know.

    • Phoebe (talking about Barbas): Objection! Why should we care what he thinks?
      Gideon: Phoebe...
      Tribunal Demon: I care.
      Phoebe: Yeah, well, of course you care. You're a demon.
      Tribunal Elder: I care too.
      Phoebe: Oh...well then never mind.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Tribunál (Tribunal) France: Le Tribunal (The Tribunal) Italy: Streghe sotto processo (Charmed on Trial) Germany: Das Tribunal (The Tribunal)

    • Phoebe's levitation power was written out of the series due to budget cuts, meaning the producers couldn't afford the wireworks.

    • This episode aired April 23, 2004 in Canada.

    • The WB used the promo title "Charmed on Trial" for this episode.

  • Allusions

    • Title: Crimes and Witch-Demeanors

      This is a reference to the film "Crimes and Misdemeanors" by Woody Allen.