Season 1 Episode 5

Dream Sorcerer

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 04, 1998 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Prue finds her sleep disturbed by strange visions in which she's taunted by a mysterious man. Meanwhile, Phoebe and Piper cast a spell to attract men, but it turns out too strong, and they can barely escape their myriad of admirers.

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  • My favorite episode of all 8 seasons.

    The villain's concept was so utterly compelling to me. I've never seen the Nightmare on Elm Street films, but the horror genre's gratuitous gore doesn't sit well enough with me for me to want to seek them out. I have absolutely no idea how or why people were bored while watching it; I was gripped until the very end! Absolutely adored it. In fact, I'd love to watch it again right now and may do just that.moreless
  • Not one of the best.

    Not going to lie, I didn't really enjoy this episode. I don't actually like Prue so most Prue-centric episodes annoy me (which is almost all of them in S3) BUT I did enjoy the fact that it was a mortal 'evil guy'.

    Seems to be a lot of people complaining at the fact that a human can be a bad guy AND affect the charmed ones, but I enjoy that we get to see how real humans are still dangerous (like the witch hunter at the end of S4) and how they are dealt with, similarly in S2 when Piper gets sick. Human-centric episodes are actually good I think. But that was about where all my marks came from, I found the bad guy - like someone else said - high the whole time, and just completely flat. He probably played his part well, but I didn't enjoy the character still. I think she defeated him too easily. AND if Piper and Phoebe know Prue shouldn't be sleeping why was she allowed to go to work and be driving (let alone at night time) sleep deprived.

    Anyway, not one of their best, not the worst though.moreless
  • Dream Sorcerer

    Dream Sorcerer was a perfect episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because the story was intriguing and showed the great lengths humans will go through in extreme circumstances. I liked how every thing played out, especially Piper and Phoebe learning that love is not some thing that can be forced through magic. I wonder what Andy believes about reality after this episode. I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Prince Valium and the Dream Machine...

    Ripping from movies will become a popular method of coming up with episodic plotlines throughout Charmed's run, and one week after we had a stellar episode that certainly got its inspiration from Ghost, here we have a Dreamscape redux that unfortunately doesn't work nearly as well as either the movie or last episode. The actor playing the "dream sorcerer" plays the character like he is tripping on the best valium ever the entire show. I will admit that his catatonic style is somewhat creepy. This is also the second show in a row where a mortal is the bad guy. His dream machine is straight out of Dreamscape, but it is never explained how he gets into people's dreams from miles away within a lab. This is the first episode where the trauma of losing her mother is apparent in Prue. Prue never really shakes this demon throughout her 3 season run. Prue's disposal of Mr. Valium is perhaps too easy, but it was satisfying that he got what he was giving.

    As usual for Charmed, we have a comedic thread to weave with the darker subplot. Phoebe and Piper cast a love spell in an attempt to draw in men, though this will be far from a problem in later years, when it seems like men just pop out of the woodwork for these two. This totally would have been seen as more sinister if it were men casting the spell. Regardless, with a minimum amount of comedy things backfire, of course, and the sisters wisely reverse it. Altogether, slightly below average Charmed fare.moreless

    this is propably one of the STUPIDEST episodes ever! this doesnt even have 2 do with anything super natural. it just so happens that the charmed ones were his victim. this shouldnt have been an episode. if u havent seen this episode u dont want 2 see it. unlss you thought it was good...
Shannen Doherty

Shannen Doherty

Prudence 'Prue' Halliwell

Holly Marie Combs

Holly Marie Combs

Piper Halliwell

Alyssa Milano

Alyssa Milano

Phoebe Halliwell

Dorian Gregory

Dorian Gregory

Darryl Morris

Ted King

Ted King

Inspector Andy Trudeau

Matt Schulze

Matt Schulze

Whitaker Berman/Dream Sorcerer

Guest Star

Alex Mendoza

Alex Mendoza

Jack Manford

Guest Star

Tim Herzog

Tim Herzog


Guest Star

Neil Roberts

Neil Roberts

Rex Buckland

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • TRIVIA: This episode marks the first time that a magical enemy is referred to as a "demon." Previously, they were just known as "warlocks." In episode 1 "Something Wicca This Way Comes" it is stated that warlocks are "evil witches." Later in the series it is more clearly established that "demons" and "warlocks" are different types of magical creatures, and that there are many other different magical creatures in the Book of Shadows in addition to "demons" and "warlocks."

    • TRIVIA: Featured music in this episode -
      -A Stroke Of Luck by Garbage

    • TRIVIA: This is the first episode in which Phoebe does not get a premonition.

    • TRIVIA: The outside of the building that they show when Skye gets killed, is also shown later in many different episodes.

    • Goof: In the dream, Prue's left shoulder is scratched and when she gets out of the tub to look in the mirror it's her right shoulder. And for that matter, how did Piper, standing directly behind Prue when she comes to check on Prue's screams, not see those scratches?

    • TRIVIA: Prue says she is 27 years old, placing her birth year as 1971.

    • TRIVIA: This episode marks the first time there is no magical enemy at all.

    • TRIVIA: Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, and Alyssa Milano are wearing the exact same dresses they used for the promotional pictures for this season.

    • TRIVIA: In this episode, with this spell Piper and Phoebe try to attract a Lover - "I conjure thee, I conjure thee, I am the queen, you're the bee, as I desire so shall it be".

    • TRIVIA: This is the first episode where a mortal tries to kill one of the Halliwell sisters.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Andy: Brought your favourite.
      (He hands Prue the take-away bag and she looks in it.)
      Prue: Oh, cheeseburgers and fries.
      Andy: Glad to see every bone in your body's not broken.
      Prue: What?
      Andy: The car accident. Never mind.
      (Andy gives Prue the rose.)

    • (Andy walks in carrying a red rose and some take-away.)
      Andy: Afternoon, ladies. Surprise.
      Prue: Yes. It is.
      (Prue looks at Phoebe.)
      Phoebe: What are you looking at me for? I didn't tell him.
      (Prue then looks at Piper.)
      Piper: Guilty. Come on, let's go.
      Phoebe: Okay, bye.
      Piper: Um, we'll see you later tonight.
      Phoebe: After we raid your closet.
      (They leave.)

    • Phoebe: Knock, knock.
      Prue: Please, tell me you guys are here to pick me up.
      Piper: Hi. No, Dr. Black said one more day. Just to be sure.
      Phoebe: Yeah, and you know, it wouldn't kill you to get some rest.
      (She realizes what she just said and covers her mouth.)
      Prue: Phoebe, it's okay. Thanks for the flowers.
      Piper: Yeah.
      (Phoebe laughs.)
      Prue: What's going on?
      Phoebe: Oh, long story, not very interesting.
      Prue: Does this have anything to do with your lust spell?
      Phoebe: Mmm hmm. But don't worry.
      Piper: We reversed the spell last night.
      Phoebe: Piper called Jack.
      Prue: The guy that you had dinner with?
      Piper: And he didn't remember anything. And Phoebe called Hans...
      Phoebe: And he didn't remember anything.
      Piper: So, don't worry. Everything is back to normal.
      Prue: Good.

    • Piper: (after trying to copy an exercise video) Uh, I give up. Two weeks and nothing strengthened but my temper.
      Prue: Piper, here's the problem. You didn't read the fine print. See, it says right here. $19.95 for the video and twenty grand for the plastic surgeon.

    • Phoebe: Go away horny tom cats!

    • Jack: Has anyone ever told you how beautiful your eyes are?
      Piper: Have you been drinking?

    • Piper: So, what's up?
      Phoebe: I, uh, I found this spell. "How to attract a lover".
      Piper: No, Phoebe. Forget it. We're not casting any spells.
      Phoebe: Come on. There must be more to our powers than warlock wasting. I'm ready to have some fun with our magic.
      Piper: No. No personal gain, remember?
      Phoebe: How is it personal gain, if we're using our powers to bring happiness to another person? And in my case lots and lots of happiness...

    • Prue (mumbles): Can't fall asleep. Can't fall asleep.

    • Phoebe (as Piper is flipping through the Book of Shadows): I'm telling you, there's no Dream Sorcerer stuff anywhere.
      Piper: That's impossible. The Book of Shadows has never let us down.
      Phoebe: Well, maybe he's not a demon. Maybe he's a mortal.
      Piper: Then he's got one hell of a power.
      Phoebe: You're not kidding.

    • Phoebe: You want a man who is single, smart, endowed?
      Piper: Employed.

    • Prue: Piper? Phoebe?
      Piper: Prue. You're home. I thought you had a date with Andy.
      Prue: Uh, no. He had to cancel. What are you doing?
      Piper: Hmm...
      Phoebe (from the other room): Piper, I was wrong. The spell calls for cayenne pepper not black pepper. (She walks in the kitchen and sees Prue) Ooh. Did I say spell? I ... I meant recipe. We are so busted, aren't we?
      Prue: I would say yes.

    • First Guy: Are your parents terrorists? 'Cause, baby, you're the bomb.
      Second Guy: Jim, Jim, ask her if it hurt when she fell.
      Phoebe: Uh, excuse me?
      Guy: When you fell from Heaven. Did it hurt? 'Cause I know an angel when I see one.
      Phoebe: I'm no angel. I'm a witch. But don't tell my sisters I told you.

    • Whitaker Berman/Dream Sorcerer: Let me say goodnight.
      (He kisses Prue's forehead.)
      Prue: No let me.
      (Prue closes her eyes and sends the Dream Sorcerer off the rooftop.)

    • Phoebe: Don't worry. We had safe sex. A lot of safe sex.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles: Spain: El Brujo Del Sueno France: L'homme de mes rêves (The Man of My Dreams) Czech Republic: Čaroděj snů (Wizard of Dreams) Italy: L'uomo di sogni (The Man of Dreams) Germany: Tödliche Träume (Deadly Dreams)

    • While filming this episode, Shannen Doherty was very sick. This explains why Prue looked quite pale and tired.


    • Title: "Dream Sorcerer"
      This is a reference to the song (and album) "Dream Weaver", first released by Gary Wright in 1975. It may also be a reference to the 1987 film A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors, in which a group of teens, like the Three, join to fight the dream-invading killer Freddy Kreuger. The line in this episode "If you die in your dreams, you die in real life" is a direct quote from this and the entire series of the Nightmare movies. It could also be a reference to the Bobby Darin hit from 1959, "Dream Lover".