Season 7 Episode 19

Freaky Phoebe

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 01, 2005 on The WB
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Episode Summary

A powerful sorceress switches bodies with Phoebe, who ends up trapped in the Underworld. Meanwhile, Paige faces a big problem when her new charge refuses her help.

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  • Freaky Phoebe

    Freaky Phoebe was a perfect episode of Charmed because it had a lot of great character and plot development, some campy humor, and serious issues being addressed. It was fun watching as Inspector Sheridan renewed interest in the sisters after more unexplained happenings. I couldn't believe it took Piper so long to realize something was wrong with Phoebe. I liked seeing Paige on her first White Lighter mission but I thought it would have been a bit bigger part of the over all story though it did come through in the end. I liked how every thing played out, and the sisters seemed to have really grown from their experiences. I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • ....And Slutty Phoebe Returns!

    Freaky Phoebe-A powerful sorceress switches bodies with Phoebe, who ends up trapped in the Underworld. Meanwhile, Paige faces a big problem when her new charge refuses her help.

    How is that after ALL the times that the sisters have been possessed, impersonated or under a spell, NO one can tell anymore, especially when it comes to Phoebe!! Lastepisode, the sisters were smart and managed to see through Katya impersonation as Darcy, now this week, we're back to the sisters being as delusional and naive as ever! Whether it was meant to be funny or ironic that the sisters didn't know Imara was in Phoebe's body like she ironically points out at one point in the episode, it's beyond pathetic at this point! The sisters should know without hesitation when one of them is not themselves at this point, it's been seven years and they've been through countless situations like this! God, Piper has known Phoebe since birth yet she's probably the most blind of everyone in the episode when the signs are SO DAMN clear that Phoebe is not herself! She walks around admiring herself at every mirror she sees, dresses sluttier at every chance she gets and isobsessedwith killing demons!'s like the characters that Constance M. Burge created have been replaced by vapid morons that Brad Kern seems content with! Anyway, the whole Imara/Phoebe body switch is filled with the same gimmicks and cheap jokes as you would expect from astory-linefrom this. And speaking of Imara, she's probably the cheesiest villains ever! Her make-up is beyond cartoony, making her look like some Saturday morning cartoon villain! What's up with the budget during these seasons!? O_0 Sure, the sisters vanquishing

    The only thing that keeps this episode from being a complete disaster isPaige'ssub-plot with her latest charge. It's nice to see the writers being consistent with Paige's new calling and it's actually great seeing her grow into a whitelighter. Sure, her faking a car crash was extreme but in the end, Paige learned from her mistakes and managed to get through to Mitchell. Mitchell himself was a decent character and his power of hyper speed with pretty cool, proving even to be useful with helping the sisters get a piece of Phoebe's hair so she and Imara can switch back. All and All, a weak filler that could have worse if not for a solid sub-plot with Paige and her charge.moreless

    Don't fancy yours much

    Charmed is looking a little tired at the moment. Since the end of the avatar arc, it seems to have been running on autopilot. The last few episodes haven't been bad but I'm sure I'd have rated them more highly in earlier seasons.

    This week sees a hag named Imara swap souls with Phoebe in order to go on a demon hunting rampage. It's not a bad story, and there's some nice acting, but the possessed sister thing has been done so many times it doesn't have the impact it should. And what is it with Piper? She knows they are hunting a soul swapper and it's blindingly obvious Phoebe is acting strangely but it still takes her almost the full hour to put two and two together. Grrrrr!

    There are some memorable scenes, like Imara faking a premonition while in Phoebe's body, but she spends way too much time checking herself out in the mirror. The script is also a little odd towards the end - neither Piper nor Paige seem remotely upset that their sister has died - they just assume she 'll come back. They're right, of course, but it totally destroys any sense of drama. Top marks this week go to the make-up team for doing such a good job on Imara - she really does look the part.

    Paige being called up as a whitelighter is a good development and, unlike last week, her subplot ties into the main story. I thought her charge, Mitchell, had a very cool power. It's nice to see another witch who is more than just demon fodder.

    Inspector Sheridan makes a fleeting appearance too. I'm not sure where they're going with this character. She's obviously been kept on for a reason but she's hardly done anything since getting knocked out in 'Charrrrrrrmed'. I guess we'll have to wait until the finale.

    Score: 9.0moreless
  • A very good episode!

    One good episode! I liked it, although it is a mix of a couple of episodes from before, but I liked those episodes so more of the same is fine by me! I like the title for this one, in a previous episode Paige had used the term Freaky Phoebe when Phoebe switched bodies with her & now here's an episode with both that title & the same kind of thing! I love that this series either sometimes breaks the 4th wall or refers back to itself! I find that very funny, at least somewhat funny. So, all in all a good episode!moreless
  • Out of characte?? Xd Alyssa is... a very very bad witch! This episode is one more! Nothing bad but nothing especial either

    The episode is... I don't know... Right? I don't like at all the whole "I'm hot, you're not" idea. But the figth scenes were great and the story too so this a one episode to watch!

    A great camera job: The Final scene in the attic when superhighspeed enter till Phoebe is shown is one single scene (not cuts) and they do a explosion so it's very original. The car accident is well done aswell. I think is a special "normal" episode that reminds of the episode of the seasons before.

    Once again I loved Rose! The first scene with Leo was very greatmoreless
Will Collyer

Will Collyer


Guest Star

Ralph Meyering Jr.

Ralph Meyering Jr.

Judge Hendricks

Guest Star

Antonio D. Charty

Antonio D. Charty

Minion Guard

Guest Star

Jenya Lano

Jenya Lano

Inspector Sheridan

Recurring Role

Rebecca Balding

Rebecca Balding

Elise Rothman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (16)

    • When Imara was in Phoebe's body, how was it that she was able to touch the Book of Shadows?

    • In the opening scene, Mitchell buys a hot dog from a stand, walks eight paces down the street then throws it straight into a bin!

    • TRIVIA: The song playing at P3 at the end of this episode is Me Against the World by Simple Plan.

    • When Piper, Leo, and Phoebe (secretly Imara in disguise) are upstairs near the Book of Shadows, Phoebe is talking (the view is from behind) but her lips are not moving.

    • Elise says Phoebe never had troubles with "Ask Phoebe" before, yet in season 5 Phoebe was being sued for bad advice due to her divorce with Cole Turner.

    • TRIVIA: In this episode Imara and Phoebe switch bodies. Other episodes that involve switching bodies are "Pardon My Past", "Enter the Demon",and "The Lost Picture Show".

    • If Phoebe's hair was in a bun, how did Mitchell cut a long strand of her hair?

    • TRIVIA: This is one of four episodes with "Phoebe" in the title. However, there is only one episode with "Paige" in the title, one with "Prue" and two with "Piper".

    • If Piper knew that Phoebe was dead why wasn't she sad or crying?

    • TRIVIA: In this episode, Paige gets her first official charge as a Whitelighter and with guidance from Leo, she persuades him not to give up using his powers. Also, Phoebe decides to go back to college, again, in order to get her degree in psychology.

    • TRIVIA: Paige now makes her morphing a regular thing and uses it as if it were a new power in this episode. She morphs for the fifth time, into an innocent woman who crashed her car.

    • Why didn't Phoebe in Imara's body get shocked by the force field when she pretended to fall in the cage and grabbed the bars?

    • After Piper freezes everyone in the councilman's office and then vanquishes him, Piper and Imara/Phoebe leave instead of returning to their positions before freezing the room. To the people who were frozen, it would appear that Piper and Phoebe just vanish into thin air. How come the video camera didn't catch that and wouldn't this expose magic?

    • At the club when the demon attacks Piper holds up both hands. From a shot of her back you can see that she puts up her right hand and points at the demon. When the angle changes to the front of her hands are still both up and she points at the demon again.

    • Paige repeatedly says that this is her first charge, but actually she already had a charge, her biological father, Sam. While it was not an actual charge she was given almost the exact same speech (word for word) when she tried to help the future whitelighter in the episode "Siren Song".

    • If the demon wanted to check to see if she was really Imara or Phoebe - why didn't he simply ask her a question only Imara would know?

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Paige: Surprise.
      Mitchell: What the hell? (As he realizes he was tricked) What are you doing? Are you out of your mind?
      Paige: Look. I'm just trying to show you that your powers can save lives. You didn't have to save mine, but you could have if you had to.
      Mitchell: So you tricked me?
      Paige: Technically.
      (Mitchell nods)
      Paige: Here's the thing - I'm trying to remind you of what your powers can do, and why you can't just walk away from a gift like that.
      Mitchell: The hell I can't.
      Paige: Mitchell, please-
      Mitchell: You don't know me. You don't know me at all. (storms out)
      Paige: Could someone tell me why I'm trying to help this person?

    • Imara (disguised as Phoebe; after Piper threw a potion and vanguished Daleek): Wow, that was awesome. What was in that?

    • Piper: What the hell's gotten into you?
      Imara (as Phoebe): What do you mean?
      Piper: What do I mean? You're walking around like a crazy person. That is, when you're not stopping to check yourself out in every shiny surface you walk past.

    • Paige (about P3): How'd you fix up this place? Potions? Spells?
      Piper: Better. Husband.

    • Imara (disguised as Phoebe & after her underling is killed): Damn. That was my favorite minion.

    • Imara (disguised as Phoebe): Aren't you cold?
      Piper: No, but then again, I actually have clothes on.
      Imara (disguised as Phoebe): Yeah, I know, it's kind of skimpy, but it's just so cute I can't help myself.

    • Imara as Phoebe: Who cares? With a face like this, I can be bald and look great.

    • Leo: You crashed your car?
      Paige: It was a rental! I got the insurance…

    • Leo: You were attacked?
      Piper: Yeah, I'm working on that not happening as much.

    • Phoebe: You want me to live a life too, don't you?
      Piper: Yeah. I guess.

    • Piper: Well, I'm alive – which the demons won't be when I'm done with them.

    • Paige: That guy Mitchell blew me off. (Piper looks surprised, as though Paige had a date.) My charge!
      Piper: Oh.
      Paige: Oh? That's all you have for me is oh?

    • Paige (to Mitchell): I am a Charmed One, I ran Magic School for a year, and I'm a whitelighter. Hello, triple threat - where are you gonna find someone with that kind of experience?

    • Phoebe: Lawyers! There should be a special place in Hell for each and every one of them.

    • The elevator doors open to Phoebe pulling the scissors out of the wall. She turns and there's a woman looking at her strangely.
      Phoebe: It's my favorite scissors. I knew I left them somewhere.

    • Phoebe (about Mitchell): He's cute!
      Piper & Paige: She's back!

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