Charmed

Season 8 Episode 20

Gone With The Witches

5
Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 07, 2006 on The WB
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In an attempt to destroy the reputation of the Charmed Ones, Billie & Christy resort to trying to make the magical community see that the Halliwells only care about themselves. Meanwhile, Phoebe begins to lust after Coop; Paige cannot hear her charges' call for help; Piper becomes the perfect 1950s housewife.moreless

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  • Gone With The Witches

    10
    Gone With The Witches was a perfectly entertaining episode of Charmed. I really enjoyed watching because there was a lot of action, drama and intrigue. It was interesting to watch Christy and Billie interact with each other and the Charmed Ones. I liked the story and how Billie and Christy were working for demons while the Charmed Ones were fighting for their lives. It was sad to see Billie go along with her sister even though she was obviously not right in so many ways. I liked how every thing played out and look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • At last! We're getting down to the nitty-gritty.

    5.6
    I don't know about anybody else. But, I was getting as sick-and-tired as Phoebe and Billie over the incessant harangues, by Piper and Kristie, concerning how they might have no choice but to vanquish the Witches-Gone-Bad. With each applying that label to the other!



    Maybe it was a ploy, by the writers, to induce angst and increase character-empathy among us viewers. If so, I reached my peak, two episodes back.



    And, according to last night's previews, they'll be getting to part 1 of the Big Showdown, next Sunday. I am most anxious to watch it, if only because it means Piper and Kristie will finally shut up!!!moreless
  • Random wannabe Triad member puts the sisters under a spell, causing all the leprechauns, fairies, nymphs, etc. to hate them and side with Billie and Christy, then Billie finally crosses the line. Still feels rushed, and there wasn't much suspense.moreless

    4.9
    Since there are only 2 more episodes left, the plot obviously moved along quite a bit - but I think it actually moved along too much. That rushed feeling is still there, and I really think it could have been avoided considering that Kern mentioned many months ago that he was going to write the finale as a series finale. Also, the Phoebe love side-plot seriously should have stopped by now. It does NOT fit in with series finale typed episodes. At all. As a plus, at least the storyline didn't take as much time up as it has the past few episodes.



    The main plot of the night, getting all the other good forces to hate the Charmed ones, really shouldn't have been fit into one episode. These magical beings must be really stupid or something, because I don't see how 8 years of helping them out can be countered by one instance when the sisters were UNDER A SPELL. I mean, they said they were under a spell so couldn't help out the magical being things. I understand the magical beings being really mad since like half of them died...but to think the Charmed Ones are evil and believe some witches they don't even know?? I don't buy it. And the spells the sisters were put under were pretty lame too. We don't need to see Phoebe make out with another guy, and the Piper housewife/missing Leo/cleaning crazily thing is really overdone. At least Paige's finding herself thing is a bit less over-done...but still, it was sort of annoying. I really didn't feel much of the suspense factor, I think I just felt more disappointed at how quickly the whole magical world can turn against the Charmed ones. Yes it was a surpise to see them orb to the underworld, but it was more of a "WTF? Random!" thing than an "OMG, whoa! *gasp*" thing.



    So, it took less than a month to make Billie want to kill the Charmed Ones, but it took like, 15 years to get Christy to want them dead. And on top of that, Christy only knew them for like a month, but Billie knew them for close to a year. I don't see how that logic works...



    Let's hope next week's episode is better. At least the preview didn't have any lame comedic attempts.moreless
  • The Charmed Ones see their reputation injured when Dumaine, some bad guy who was suddenly behind the whole thing, sets out to convince Billie and the magical community that the Charmed Ones are the enemy.moreless

    4.8
    I have two major problems with this episode.



    1) Return of the frickin' leprauchauns, ogres, fairies and the rest of Brad Kern's beloved ensemble who have never at any point been anything but awfully annoying. It is so unlike the original Charmed that I fell in love with - silly and pointless. Please let this episode have been their swan song.



    2) The logic of the episode. Billie is turned now, yes, and she sees the Charmed Ones as evil, yes, but does she see demons as good?! Apparantly she has no problem with her sister having been raised by the Triad and doesn't question Dumaine at all. Dumaine was an awful new character. There was just no need for him, as the Triad were quite enough intriguing as wirepullers. I am really getting confused as to what Billie and Christy respectively see as good and evil, not least because they now seem to be fooled by Dumaine as well. It's too complicated and unclear.



    Revisiting the magical distractions from previous season, Sin Fransisco, Lost And Bound and House Call, didn't really work, and seemed to be a crude flashback only motivated by the upcoming finale. Phoebe's lust for Coop was downright stupid, as Love and lust hardly harmony. And she has fallen for him way too suddenly in my opinion.



    The only really good thing that came out of this episode was the ending. Though the presence of the magical creatures was frustrating, I liked to see the sisters escape and find themselves in the underworld, now being the bad guys. It does bode well for the two last episodes.



    Bring it on, Charmed.moreless
  • I HATE LEPRECHAUNS

    8.5
    I hate leprechauns



    With Billie firmly on the dark side, Christy must now win over the rest of the magical community. Great idea; lousy writing. Since when does the magical community comprise a handful of fairy tale creatures? Who cares if some stupid nymphs and fairies think the Charmed Ones are selfish? Where were the Elders? Why were there no other witches?



    The opening scene is very tense, despite the focus on Alyssa's cleavage. I liked the holodeck - reminded me of the courtroom in "Crimes and Witch-Demeanors". Having Dumain turn out to be Billie's imaginary friend was a bit ridiculous though, although I guess it proved once and for all just how gullible she is.



    The episode then settles into a long, drawn out story involving Christy, Dumain, some leprechauns and a hologram of the Triad. There is some worthwhile demon action, although sadly the cute, moody one gets vanquished.



    Highlight of the week by far is the massacre of the fairy tale creatures. Revenge at last for all the episodes they've ruined over the past four years. Hands up all those who cheered when that stupid leprechaun got blown up. Yes, I thought so! Shame they didn't get the little preachy one too.



    Unsurprisingly, Phoebe decides she is in love with Coop, despite having never dated him. While we could all see this a mile off, it doesn't stop it feeling way too rushed. For all the action, I can't help feeling a little disappointed that this is the best they can offer ahead of the big finale.



    Score: 8.4moreless
Anthony Cistaro

Anthony Cistaro

Dumain

Guest Star

Michael J. Anderson

Michael J. Anderson

O'Brien

Guest Star

Michael Gilden

Michael Gilden

Liam

Guest Star

Marnette Patterson

Marnette Patterson

Christy Jenkins

Recurring Role

Victor Webster

Victor Webster

Coop

Recurring Role

Leland Crooke

Leland Crooke

Candor

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (13)

    • TRIVIA: The opening song is I'm Not Dead

    • TRIVIA: This is the last of 24 episodes with "witch" in the title. There are also 3 with "wicca", 6 with "demon" and 1 each with "wizard" and "warlock".

    • TRIVIA: This is not the first time Phoebe has fallen for a Cupid. In the episode Heartbreak City she fell for and even kissed a different Cupid while helping him fight Drasi, The Demon of Hate.

    • How would it be possible to show a hologram about Wyatt and Chris if that future was already been deleted? Demons didn't know that Wyatt was going to be evil, only the family did, and that would've been impossible for them to know that.

    • TRIVIA: This is the second time Phoebe gets hit with the sin of lust - the first time was in the season 3 episode "Sin Francisco".

    • Instead of running near the book when Billie and Christy threw the fireball at it, why didn't Paige just call the book to her and then just orb out. It would have been a lot less dangerous than running near the book and getting themselves killed.

    • The colours on the rainbow (which the leprechauns use to travel) are actually the wrong way round - the colour red is actually on the outermost side of the rainbow with the violet being on the inside.

    • In the season 4 episode "Lost and Bound" Grams' ring didn't take effect immediately when it was put on Phoebe, it was a gradual change. Yet within seconds that it's put on Piper's finger it transforms her instantly and gives her powers. Also, Phoebe turned to black and white when under influence of the ring, whereas Piper keeps her normal color.

    • In the beginning of the episode when the Charmed Ones find the hologram-table at magic school they just ignore it, despite commenting that it was not there before. Would the Charmed Ones really ignore something that significant?

    • Despite Jason & Kristopher Simmons (Wyatt Halliwell) being listed in the end credits, they did not make an actual appearance in this episode.

    • TRIVIA: The spells cast to make the sisters look bad are from previous episodes - the one cast on Paige is from the season 5 episode "House Call", the Sin of Lust used on Phoebe is from the season 3 episode "Sin Francisco" and the one used on Piper, using Grams' ring, is from the season 4 episode "Lost and Bound".

    • TRIVIA: Christy and Dumain show Billie a hologram of future Wyatt and Chris, from the season 6 episode "Chris-Crossed" where Wyatt is evil, in order to convince her that the Charmed Ones are evil.

    • TRIVIA: Phoebe admits to her sisters and then later to Coop, that she wants him and only him, even though it's against the rules.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Billie: I'm sick of all this destiny crap!

    • Leprechaun 1: We're leprechauns we toss a bit of luck about here or there, these big battles, well, they're really more up your alley.
      Paige: This fight affects us all.
      Leprechaun 2: Oh, still like he said, we're not much for the fightin'. It might be better if we sit this one out.
      Paige: Well, if the balance of power shifts, you're going to be doing an awful lot of sitting here cause there's going to be nobody to protect you from all that evil. Look, I came to you guys first because you're smart, you're cunning, brave.
      Leprechaun 1: Good looking.
      Paige: You're damn good looking, I mean that's for sure. But hey. If you don't want to help me stop the ultimate power that's okay, I'll just uh I'll just go ask the gnomes.
      Leprechaun 1: What? The gnomes are idiots! You can't trust them any further than you can throw them. (pauses) We'll do it, but we don't like it!

    • Phoebe: Since we can't go back to Magic School because it's not safe for us, I compiled a little list here of all the good magical creatures that have helped us in the past.
      Paige: Why are leprechauns on the top of the list?
      Phoebe: Well, because they have luck, and we need luck.
      Piper: Yeah, but isn't that like throwing them into the lion's den?
      Phoebe: No, I mean, it has to do with them too. It's good versus evil you know? It affects all of us.
      Paige: What happened in my life that I wound up having to talk to leprechauns so much?
      Phoebe: I'm sorry... (Piper and Phoebe snicker) but you know them best.

    • Phoebe: Wait, so there are demons up there and we're stuck in the underworld?!
      Piper: We're the bad guys now.
      Paige: Well how did that happen?
      Piper: Well, more importantly, what are we gonna do now?

    • (Fairy guy reduced to ashes after being attacked by a demon's fireball)
      Piper: That's just awful! I just vacuumed there!

    • Phoebe: Oh God...I know I know! It's forbidden love and I'm doomed and...and...and we're doomed and everything's doomed!
      Piper: That about sums it up.

    • Paige: I can't believe I got up early on my husband's day off for this.
      Phoebe: Stop complaining, we're getting close.
      Piper: Close to what? Getting killed?
      Phoebe: We scry for evil and it was here!
      Piper: Yeah, because their names are Christy and Billie!

    • Phoebe (referring to Coop): One minute we were talking and the next minute I was attacking him.
      Paige: Magically?
      Phoebe: No, sexually.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Title: Gone With The Witches

      This is a reference to the famous 1939 film "Gone With The Wind" about Southern belle Scarlet O'Hara, that was based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell.

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