Charmed

Season 5 Episode 13

House Call

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 02, 2003 on The WB
7.9
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Glen returns to Paige's life with a big surprise - he is about to get married to a girl called Jessica. Meanwhile, the sisters summon a Witch Doctor whom they want to dispatch all the evil remnants that surround the Manor.

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  • House Call

    8.5
    House Call was a great episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because there was a lot of character and plot development. I also really liked the drama and intrigue as the story unfolded. There was action, magic and some humor. This was a good filler epiosde with some development to further the series. I certainly look forward to watching the next episode to see how things progress!!!!!
  • A bit of a turkey, this one. Get the carving knife there, Pheebs. Ta!

    3.0
    From the sublime to the downright embarrassing, the quality of Charmed can change as easily as flipping a switch. It's usual for this show to follow any arc-heavy episode with a stand-alone, but this one suffers more so due to a haphazard script and a ''kitchen sink'' feel to it. On paper, I'm sure, it sounded like a hoot: Paige getting married and orbing Glenn's fiance into a volcano; Phoebe turning her competition into a turkey and then eating him; and Piper, bless her, always with the short straw, going on a massive cleaning rampage. Unfortunately, the episode never quite takes off, mostly falling flat on its face at every turn. The absurdity of Piper dismantling the roof because it was dirty did illicit a chuckle, as did Leo's cautious words to Phoebe about her competitive streak as she held a butcher knife, but nothing gels. It's just cheap joke after cheap joke, and never has the show looked more hokey, visually, than it does here.moreless
  • House Crap

    4.0
    House Call-Glen returns to Paige's life with a big surprise - he is about to get married to a girl called Jessica. Meanwhile, the sisters summon a Witch Doctor whom they want to dispatch all the evil remnants that surround the Manor. Sigh. Typical writers taking what could have been a creepy, dark episode and turning it into one of those unfunny sitcoms you find on CBS. The house being haunted by those demonic manifestations certainly was cool plot, which could have allowed us to see past demons the sisters have vanquished or maybe play the episode as a homage to horror films like "The Hauning" or "Poltergist". Anything but watching a witch doctor turn the sisters into obnoxious, overbearing annoyances for an hour. The witch doctor's reasons for hexing the sisters made no sense! Considering their the Charmed Ones it makes perfect sense that a lot of demons would want to kill them and the house ultimately having all that demonic energy in it. Why would it take the whole episode for the witch doctor to realize that killing the Charmed Ones would tip the balance of Good and Evil, their the freakin' Charmed Ones, he should have known that! It's a stpuid lesson and instead of having adecent villain of the week, we get Paige going psycho on Glenn's fiance, Piper becoming the queen of germaphobes and Phoebe torturing a turkey! Yeah....awesome......Zzzzzzzzzzz. Really nothing more to say about this one. On to the next one!moreless
  • The sisters get hexed. Once again, thank the gods for Leo.

    8.0
    Okay, so you just had an epic episode with Cole finally getting the great fiery shove off from the Charmed universe. Obviously, you know the next episode is going to be a bit more run of the mill. I still like this episode and found good entertainment in it. After the darkness of the last episode, this is a lighthearted, more comical version of Charmed, and it works for me for the most part. The intro with the pesky ghosts and Piper's neurotic obsession with order is well-written and great acting from Holly and Brian, as always. I am a big fan of Paige's dress up scene. She is so adorable it is practically magical. Season 5 was probably her best look though I do like the dark hair of later seasons.



    The actor who plays the witch doctor is great, and the whole witch doctor story line was something original for the series. Here for once the bad guys aren't even evil. They just are misguided, sort of like the Avatars of Season 7. Paige gets the best subplot, though her first scenes with Jessica are painful to watch. Just one episode after Piper got the duty, here Paige gets to be the vengeful witch. As awkward as the first couple scenes were, I loved the scene when Paige orbs Jessica into the Pit of Doom and then tells her she pissed off a witch. Good stuff. Fortunately for the sisters, Leo was around to shake them out of it. Maybe the witch doctor should have factored him into hex. Yes, Piper and Phoebe's subplots after the hex are mostly annoying, but Brian and Rose carry this episode for me. I had no problem saying adios to Glen, but then again, no beau of Paige's ever worked for me besides Richard and Henry. And by the way, Jessica was hot.moreless
  • All filler, no killer

    8.1
    A rather weak follow-up to last week's explosive story, this is another one of those episodes which starts with one plot and ends up with another.



    In the first part, the sisters summon a witchdoctor to rid the Manor of poltergeists. Apparently these are the leftovers of all the demons they have vanquished in the house. So, if that's the case, how come they've never so much as moved a matchbox until now? The sisters have been blowing up demons for years!



    In the second part, the witchdoctor casts a rather pointless spell to turn the sisters' flaws into obsessions. The 'infected sister' storyline has been done many times before, of course, but it's never been done this badly. Piper makes the Manor disappear, Phoebe turns someone into a turkey and Paige sends an innocent to hell! It's completely ridiculous and badly out of character. The acting is noticeably below par, with Jessica the worst culprit.



    I like the character of the witchdoctor, and the guest actor isn't bad either. There are some decent effects as he reels in the ghouls and I like his interaction with Leo. However, he kind of fades away as the episode goes on and ends up with little to do.



    My heart leapt when I saw Glen in the opening scene. Unfortunately, his storyline totally sucks. Glen is supposed to be this free spirit who travels the world and won't be tied down. Now here he is getting married in an empty church to someone he didn't even know a year ago. As if! Jesse Woodrow is an excellent actor and it's a real shame he has to leave the show like this.



    All in all, it's a pretty half-hearted affair. I'll give it eight out of ten purely on account of Glen.moreless
Googy Gress

Googy Gress

Spencer Ricks

Guest Star

Jesse Woodrow

Jesse Woodrow

Glen Belland

Guest Star

Richard Gant

Richard Gant

Elder Witch Doctor

Guest Star

Rebecca Balding

Rebecca Balding

Elise Rothman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (19)

    • Before Paige leaves to meet Glen, part of the ceiling falls on Piper. In the very next shot, the close up of Piper has a chunk of ceiling on her head that was not there when it first fell.

    • TRIVIA: The song playing at the beginning of this episode after the main titles while Paige is getting ready is Come Into My World by Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue.

    • TRIVIA: The same Hell ledge is used by Cortez in the season 4 episode Charmed Again: Part 2 and Barbas in the season 5 episode Sympathy for the Demon.

    • At the end when Paige is talking to Glen and Jessica in the park, a man starts running behind Paige down the pathway. The camera cuts away from her for three seconds but when it is back on her the man is completely gone. It is not possible for him to have run that distance in that time.

    • In a few seconds Piper's hair changes three times: When she says "...big mama?" her hair is near the neck, the next shot it is another way and the last time (when she turns and Paige gets in) she has the whole hair surrounding the neck.

    • When the ghost catchs Phoebe and then Piper starts blowing up the ceiling, suddenly Paige has the metal thing in her hands even though Piper was the one that had the metal thing the whole time after going downstairls.

    • At the beginning Paige is talking to Glen and he is driving. He's lucky that he has not crashed yet cause his eyes aren't even watching the road. He spends all of the conversation with Paige looking to the side and not the road.

    • When Leo and Paige orb out of the church, there is still light visible in the exterior but when they orb into the street it is suddenly at night and dark.

    • Before Leo orbs to Jessica, he gets his shoes dirty but when he is going into the church, his shoes are clean again.

    • TRIVIA: The same church was used in season 4 for Phoebe's wedding in the episode Marry Go Round.

    • TRIVIA: In this episode Paige's ability to glamour is shown. Paige has more powers than her sisters - she can orb herself, telekinetically orb objects, glamour, sense charges, heal, be called by the elders, generate light orbs etc. She must also have the ability to levitate, use telekinesis through light energy balls, regenerate, hover, thermokinesis and low level telepathy with charges.

    • TRIVIA: The set used by the photographers when they are taking pictures of Phoebe is the same set used in an episode of the WB TV series What I Like About You.

    • When Leo saw the frame without the sisters's photo, the frame wasn't broken. However, it was when he showed it to Piper.

    • When Leo is talking to Piper and she is taking the roof off, during the shots where the camera is looking at Leo he isn't wearing a jacket. However in the shots where the camera is looking at Piper, he is wearing a jacket, and when Leo orbs out the jacket is back off again.

    • TRIVIA: Starting with this episode and continuing for the rest of the season, pictures in the opening credits of Julian McMahon, have been replaced with pictures of the three girls. Holly's picture is from the season 2 episode "Ms. Hellfire" and Alyssa and Rose's are from the earlier season 5 episode "A Witch's Tail, Part 1 & 2".

    • TRIVIA: Phoebe's front cover spread and interview are for 415 magazine, which is where Prue used to work.

    • When Piper is taking the tiles off the roof, Leo goes to walk into the house with muddy shoes and Piper blows him up. Does she want to expose them as witches? Then right after that Leo orbs out in plain sight of anyone walking in the street.

    • When Paige and Jessica orb out of the car, Paige is on the left and Jessica is on the right. Then when they're shown orbing into Hell, their positions are reversed.

    • At the end when Leo knocks the dish off of the bar, Piper says that it's ok and they'll clean it up later. That would never happen - anyone could slip on one of the peanuts or cut themselves on the broken dish. It would be a lawsuit waiting to happen.

  • QUOTES (30)

    • Leo: Phoebe, can I talk to you a minute?

      (Piper blows up Leo)

      Leo: What did you do that for?

      Piper: Like hell, you're bringing those muddy shoes in my house.

      (Leo looks at his shoes.)

    • Leo: Look, Piper I need you to help me find Paige.

      Piper: I'm not talking to her 'till she cleans up her room.

    • Phoebe (to Spencer): You know what? You're a turkey. And turkeys don't write columns!
      (Throws potion, and Spencer turns into a turkey)
      Phoebe: But they do make delicious dinners.

    • (Paige as Jessica)

      Paige: Nose job, I should've guessed.

    • Phoebe: What are those?

      Piper: Slip covers, to keep the furniture clean. Although, I've come to the conclusion that we should probably just stand from now on.

    • Paige: I don't blame you guys if you never trust me.
      Glen: It's not that we don't trust you...
      Jessica: Uh! I don't trust her.

    • (Paige walks furiously into the house)
      Paige: He's getting married, that dirty rat!
      Piper: Who?
      Paige: Glen. He's getting married to some bimbette he met climbing the Matterhorn.
      Piper: At Disneyland?
      Paige: No! Switzerland!

    • Phoebe: Let go of me, I have to kill Spencer!
      Paige: You named the turkey "Spencer"?!
      Piper: That's no turkey, I think that's Spencer Ricks!

    • Witch Doctor: My work here is complete. Your house has been cleansed.
      He disappears
      Piper (looks at the messy furniture): Hmm. Doesn't look very "cleansed" to me!

    • (After Piper's lipstick, and Paige's car keys are missing, Leo can't help but to suspect the Witch Doctor may have taken them)
      Leo: Hey, a picture's missing.
      Piper: What?
      Leo: Yeah. The one with you and Phoebe, Paige. Went right here.
      Piper: Maybe it fell out.
      Leo: No, it was glued in.
      Piper: Uh, come on, why would he want a picture of us?
      Leo: I don't know, I'm not a Witch Doctor. All I'm saying is, he obviously wanted it for something.
      Phoebe (off-screen): Hey! Who stole my toothbrush?
      (Piper and Leo look at each other, they realize that something's wrong)
      Piper: I'll go make the summoning potion…
      Leo: I'll go check with the Elders…

    • Leo: I'm sorry Glen, but this… this isn't what you think it is.
      Glen: Oh no? So this isn't Paige's brother-in-law trying to ruin my wedding?
      Paige (as Jessica): That's what it looks like to me.
      Leo: Paige!
      Glen: Did you just call her Paige?
      Leo: Look, Glen, you know about this family, you know what sort of wacky things can happen. Can we just go somewhere and talk?
      Glen/Paige (as Jessica): No!

    • Piper (looks at the kitchen window): Are those water spots? (blows up the window) Much better.

    • Paige (after seeing the TV that the witch doctor broke while cleansing the house): Oh. Guess I'm not watching 'The Osbournes' tonight.

    • Paige: I don't know what he sees in her. She's not his type, at all. She's...blonde!

    • Witch Doctor: Now, where's the evil?
      Piper: Uh... here, there... everywhere.

    • Leo: Witch doctors are kind of a wild card, that's why the Elders don't want us working with them!
      Piper: Well sometimes we don't want to work with the Elders, so we're even.
      (Paige snickers)

    • Witch Doctor: You ever vanquished a demon in this house, by any chance?
      Phoebe (laughs): Oh, only about a hundred.
      Piper: Give or take.
      Phoebe: Another hundred.

    • (The girls summon a witch doctor who is wearing a suit)
      Paige: Are you a witch doctor?
      Witch Doctor: Lemme guess. You were expecting a bone through the nose, and a shrunken head necklace, perhaps?
      Phoebe: Yeah, actually, yeah, yeah.
      Witch Doctor (sighs): You know, you make this huge effort to change with the times, but it's always the stereotypes that persist.

    • Piper: Is that a wedding dress?
      Paige: You just noticed?

    • Piper: Oh my god, you made a mess!
      Phoebe: Where are the feathers?

    • Leo: Ok, wait, stop. I can't let you do thi.. (Paige orbs out and back in behind him) Should have seen that coming.

    • Paige: Piper what you'd do with the house?
      Piper: I thought it would be better if I start from scratch.

    • Leo: Paige where is Jessica?
      Paige: Hell if I know.

    • Jessica: What happened?
      Paige: You pissed off a witch. That's what happened.

    • Piper: Yeah, actually. Take her to the attic and keep her away from that turkey.
      Phoebe: Yeah, take me to the turkey.

    • Phoebe: Piper, just so you know, I may have to flee the country, but just for a little while. And I will call you, okay.
      Piper: Oh, no you don't, Missy. There will be no fleeing the country until you clean up after yourself.
      Phoebe: No-no-no-no-no, I'm sorry, I can't. I'm possessed.
      Piper: That is not an excuse!

    • Phoebe (to Spencer Ricks): You know what? You are a turkey. And turkeys don't write columns. (She turns him into a turkey) But they do make delicious dinners.

    • Paige (to Piper): You can't just vanquish an entire house! Especially not our house! People are gonna notice...

    • Phoebe: Where there is yin, there is a yang!

    • Phoebe (as she tries to herd in Spencer Ricks as a turkey): A little help here.
      Piper: What are you doing with that thing?
      Phoebe: Well, first I'm going to kill it and then I'm going to stuff it.
      Piper: You are not bringing that filthy thing in the house.
      Phoebe: Oh, yes I am. Thanksgiving is early this year.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Witch Doctor: Now, where's the evil?
      Piper: Uh... here, there... everywhere.

      Here, There and Everywhere is a 1966 song by The Beatles.

    • Title: House Call

      This is a reference to when doctors would visit their patients at their own homes.

    • Paige (after seeing the ruined TV when the witch doctor has cleansed the house): Hmm, guess I'm not watching The Osbournes tonight.

      She is referring to MTV's celebrity reality series "The Osbournes", starring Ozzy Osbourne and his family.

    • Piper (to Paige, as she's leaving to see Glen): Alright, Sally, go meet Harry.

      This is a reference to the 1989 movie "When Harry Met Sally".

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