Season 8 Episode 4

Desperate Housewitches

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 16, 2005 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • When Billie asks how to get out of Magic School, Leo tells her that Paige used to orb him in and out. The two of them then spend ages looking for a spell to help them escape. Why doesn't Leo just ask Billie to call for Paige?

    • Miss Diane allows Mandi to take Wyatt without getting permission first. That is a huge no no and she would lose her job for that! Orphaned or not a child can only leave with guardians and designated "emergency pick ups". A teacher would never just let another parent take a child home, no matter how well they know them, at least not if they wanna keep their job!

    • TRIVIA: This is the second time that Leo disguises himself with clothes of a knocked-out enemy to inflitrate an enemy base, and is figured out later. The first time it happened was in the episode Apocalypse, Not.

    • In season four, the Source seemed to be a powerful entity with its own personality wandering from host to host, as during that season it went from the half-faced demon to Cole, and then from Cole to Phoebe and Cole's unborn child. Technically, the last host of the Source was the unborn child. But when the posessor summons the Source from the Wasteland, the half-faced demon is summoned instead.

    • TRIVIA: This episode features a spell to resurrect the Source - "We call to you that away was torn, return, master of all evil born."

    • TRIVIA: In this episode the Source returns and is re-vanquished by Piper. He's connected to the demon that brought him back and when Piper blows her up he's vanquished as well because of that connection.

    • Paige asks Phoebe how they destroyed the Source the last time? She was there the last time - why does she have to ask?

    • Phoebe and the writers confuse "astronomy" with "astrology" in the opening sequence - Phoebe is using astrology (the Zodiac and it's influence) but refers to it as "astronomy" (the study of the stars).

    • TRIVIA: Peter Woodward returns as The Source in this episode, whom he previously portrayed in the episode "Charmed And Dangerous".

    • TRIVIA: Billie uses her first potion, which transports Leo and herself to Magic School.

    • TRIVIA: Baby Chris is shown on screen for the first time this season.

  • Quotes

    • Billie & Leo arrive at Magic School, only to discover they're not alone.
      Leo: They're demons.
      Billie: Demons! What are demons doing here?
      Leo: Taking over.

    • Piper: You know being a super-mom can be surprisingly satisfying.
      Paige: Don't forget, you're really his super legal guardian.
      Piper: And are there any other soft spots you'd like to poke at while you're here?

    • Phoebe (after vanquishing the Possessor Demon & the Source together): Talk about your ball and chain.

    • Paige: So ladies, how are we enjoying our demon free exsistence, so far?

    • Piper (to Leo, about Mandi): She's worse then a demon, she's a "room mom".

    • Billie (about Piper): That is one desperate housewife.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles: Italy: (Desperate Housewitches) Germany: Verzweifelte Haushexen (Desperate Housewitches) France: L'élu (The Chosen One)

  • Allusions

    • Title: Desperate Housewitches

      This is a reference to Desperate Housewives, the wildly popular ABC series that features Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross, and Eva Longoria as neighbors on Wisteria Lane. Ironically, Desperate Housewives, which began in 2004, airs immediately after Charmed, at 9pm. It's also a tribute to the show, showing how it would be with magic. The reason is that the whole storyline is the exact same storyline that was used in Desperate Housewives's season 1 episode Running to Stand Still. In that episode Lynette, gets angry with the perfect housewife, when she is saying that the costume that she made were not good enough to the children's show the same exact way that Piper did it in this episode.