Charmed

Season 8 Episode 9

Hulkus Pocus

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 20, 2005 on The WB
8.4
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When a demon escapes from custody, Agent Murphy enlists the Charmed Ones to help, where they learn a government created virus is spreading amongst magical beings, that causes them to "hulk out". Meanwhile, Billie becomes infected with the virus and it's up to the sisters to find an antidote.moreless

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  • Hulkus Pocus

    10
    Hulkus Pocus was a perfect and very entertaining episode of Charmed. I really enjoyed watching because the story was fun and full of character development. It was cool watching Phoebe try to figure out her life and help take care of a baby while Henry finds the father. I loved seeing the sisters all hulked up looking like neanderthals after they were infected by a virus started by the government. The ending with Paige and Henry was pretty great and Phoebe talking with her future self was awesome! I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • 28 DEMONS LATER

    9.0
    28 demons later



    An intriguing plot but far too rushed towards the end. The idea of a magical virus was an excellent idea and I really liked the involvement of homeland security. This is the first time we've ever had anything approaching a conspiracy theory on Charmed and it really lights up the episode. It comes too late in the day to add to the show's mythology but it's nice to know the writers still have a few fresh ideas left. Unfortunately, the theory isn't well explained and there are far too many plotholes. For example, it was never explained how the virus came about. All we were told was that a demon was injected with human blood and the resulting mixture injected back into a human. Now I'm no doctor but I don't see how that creates a virus.



    Top marks this week go to make-up. I always appreciate it when the demons look like demons and this is the best example in ages. That said, I don't understand why the sisters needed to "hulk out" in order to find the caretaker. They didn't do anything while they were there that they couldn't have done as themselves. Still, all good fun I guess.



    What is it with babies at the moment? First we have Phoebe obsessing over them then Henry turns up and dumps one in Paige's arms. As a way of getting Henry into the episode it's no bad thing, but they have used the abandoned baby plot twice already. And are we really expected to believe a police officer would be allowed to leave an abandoned child with a random woman he met one week ago? I don't think so.



    Phoebe's interactive premonition is the best bit of the episode. As a character she has been seriously underused this season and it's great to see her powers move forward once more. If she can now interact with the future then presumably she can also travel into the past and change things. Now that really would be intriguing. Score: 8.8moreless
  • Deadly virus spreading in the magical being.

    8.5
    Billie get infected with the dead virus!! Billie get infected with the dead virus!! Billie get infected with the dead virus!! I wish Billie just died in this episode, but she didn't. I hate Billie, after the appearance of Billie Jenkins in Charmed, the show is getting worse and worse. Luckily this episode is manage to save the show from getting to the WORST. Not the best episode in this series and I don't really like this episode. But because Billie get infected with the virus, I give this episode 8.5. Less Billie drama in this episode, which save the series from getting worse.moreless
  • Phoebe: "We can't let her die" Me: "Why not? XD" At last a Power of Three Episode, At least a power of three demons... Back to basics

    8.0
    A good episode... Why? Beacuse they let out Billie Character and bring back the Charmed Ones fighting evil!



    This episode it's like the old ones! We can see Billie as the innocent, and they saving her, as the Charmed Ones. The characters in this episode are realistic again... I mean they used to be able to give her life to save a inocent, till the dead thing and the avatar thing came up! Here we see that again! And I think that are the real Charmed Ones!



    The acting and the camera job of the episode it's great! I love Piper first scenes, she's great and Phoebe did a good job in this episode too (We can feel how she feels about Billie so well) Anyway, why is now Phoebe with Billie suddenly? I guess that was Paige's job!



    The story was kinda original! The only thing that didn't like was the "they are all the same" demon thing, the first one and the second one were exacly the same! So the last one! They could have do different masks or something! It just don't sounds real! And I get tired of see magic demon school! Why suddenly are the freaky demons in season 8 are there?? Beacuse I kinda of obvious it's because of the sets!... You know what! The underwourld sets are better than the whole thing in magic school!!



    We have a episode with good acting and a good story and it's a great one! Great enough to put there a 8!moreless
  • When a demon escapes from custody, Agent Murphy enlists the Charmed Ones to help, where they learn a government created virus is spreading amongst magical beings, that causes them to "hulk out". Meanwhile, Billie becomes infected with the virus.moreless

    9.4
    Great episode! Billie turns into one of those things. I think they had those in season 6 well like it anyway. That Agent Murphy guy is done with. I thought there would be more of him because the other agent dude that left and then Agent Murphy decides to keep there sercret? I think there should of been a little more story line with that. More Paige and Henry!
Brandon Quinn

Brandon Quinn

Agent Murphy

Guest Star

Andres Saenz-Hudson

Andres Saenz-Hudson

Ernesto

Guest Star

Nigel Gibbs

Nigel Gibbs

Jonas

Guest Star

Ivan Sergei

Ivan Sergei

Henry Mitchell

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (16)

    • There's no way a police officer would be allowed to leave an abandoned baby with an unconnected member of the public. He would lose his job for that.

    • This is 3rd time the sisters have taken in a baby with the intention of finding his parents. Previously they took in Matthew in season 2 (Reckless Abandon) and the half manicore baby (Little Monsters) in season 6.

    • Piper cuts Billie's hand so that they can get infected with the virus to find Patient X. Billie is in pain, so Piper freezes her. If Piper freezes her, how did the sisters get infected with the virus? As stated in season 2 episode They're Everywhere, when Piper freezes a person, their blood is also frozen. If Billie's blood can't flow, how did the sisters get infected with the deadly virus?

    • In a previous episode when Phoebe had her first vision of her daughter, the surroundings were of Utopia and that's what she told the Elders. Yet in this episode she has another vision with the same surroundings as the first time, but since they already rid themselves of the Avatars, Utopia would no longer exist thus changing the surroundings in her vision.

    • TRIVIA: This is the last episode featuring Homeland Security and Agent Murphy. Although he is mentioned again in a later episode when the sisters need legal help.

    • Billie is, technically, a good witch, so why did she freeze? This episode was long before she even thought about doing something evil, like attacking the sisters, but she didn't do that till later so she shouldn't have frozen in this episode.

    • TRIVIA: This is the last premonition Phoebe is shown to have on the series.

    • When Piper said to Paige while cutting her "this won't hurt...much", shouldn't Paige already be used to being cut by a knife?

    • TRIVIA: The actresses who play Hulk Paige (Corinna Everson) and Hulk Billie (Cameo Kneuer) are sisters in real life.

    • When Piper tries to blow Billie up after she attacks them she falls back on the wall and turns back to human. Her black eye is visible then yet when they lie her down on the couch, and she is unconscious, the black eye is gone.

    • TRIVIA: Shannen Doherty, former co-star on, "Charmed" and Chad Allen, guest star in tonight's episode, were co-stars on "Our House" as brother & sister.

    • The Charmed Ones are supposed to be the most powerful witches ever - so why did they need to hulk-up in order to find Patient X? They should have just been able to scry or Phoebe could have tried to get a premonition.

    • Paige tells Henry that "she doesn't do babies" implying that she's not very good with them. Not only does she live with two infants but she was baby Chris' nanny in gap between his birth at the end of season 6 and the start of season 7.

    • TRIVIA: Phoebe seems to have gotten a power advancement, since she is now able to interact with the people in her premonitions. This is an extension to another advancement from the season 5 episode "The Eyes Have It" where Phoebe projected into the future and felt what would happen to her. This advancement allows Phoebe to learn about the future and gain knowledge about what is going to happen.

    • TRIVIA: Phoebe has another vision of her future self with her daughter, with a interesting twist, which also helps her to start believing in her premonitions again.

    • TRIVIA: Billie's last name is finally said, when Billie refers to her sister as "Christy Jenkins".

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Paige: Hey, don't you have a lunch date?
      Phoebe: I cancelled - I'm taking a little hiatus.
      Paige: From lunch?
      Phoebe: From men.

    • Paige: Are you trying to charm me?
      Henry: You think I'm charming?
      Paige: No, I don't.

    • Leo: Piper, please!
      Piper: Oh come on, what's one more pair of shoes?!

    • Billie: Paige already did the "what were you thinking?" thing...
      Piper: So...what were you thinking?

    • Billie: It was cool! I mean bad cool...but still kinda cool!

    • Piper: You remember Billie? Cute, blond and perky? Yeah, she's gonna die!

    • Piper: Oh no.
      Phoebe: Oh no? What does oh no mean?

    • Baby Ramon cries from another room.
      Phoebe (to Piper): That's not yours.
      Piper: That's not mine.

    • Vision Phoebe: I knew you'd come here sooner or later.
      Phoebe: Really, how?
      Vision Phoebe: Because six years ago I was standing there talking to me.

    • Paige: Well, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go check on little Ramon.
      Piper: Don't you mean Henry.
      Paige: No, I mean Ramon.
      Phoebe: Give him a kiss for me.
      Paige: Henry?
      Phoebe: No. Ramon.

    • Piper (to Billie): Hey sunshine! It's good to see some color in your cheeks.
      Paige: Yeah, gray and pasty not really your best color scheme.

    • Piper (to Leo, about Phoebe): The woman is a love machine, if she gives up on men something is very, very wrong.

    • Piper (about baby Ramon): Oh sure now he stops fussing.
      Leo (watching Piper hold baby Ramon): Talk about a natural.
      Piper: Yeah and I have the stretch marks to prove it, thank you.

    • Piper (referring to Paige): Oh come on. She's got to go to Henry, I've got to romance my husband. It's just a baby, it doesn't bite.
      Paige: Did I miss something?
      Phoebe: Nothing.
      Piper: A lot.

    • Phoebe: My conception date has come and gone.

    • Paige (to Billie): You know what? You're doing that bratty thing again. Which means you were doing something you shouldn't be doing.

    • Piper: But you can't give up on your gift.
      Phoebe: My gift gave up on me.
      Piper: That is not true.

    • Piper (talking about Agent Murphy): Phoebe, go get a premonition of him, see if he's lying.
      Phoebe: No. I can't.
      Piper: What do you mean, you can't, just go over and touch him.
      Phoebe: Seriously, I can't. I don't really believe in them anymore.
      Piper: What do you mean?
      Phoebe: Well, they really haven't worked out well for me lately, so why should I listen to them?
      Piper: That's not true.
      Phoebe: Oh really? Do I look like I'm pregnant to you?

    • Phoebe: Oh Paige, Henry called last night for you.
      Paige: Why? What did he want?
      Phoebe: Uh, I don't know but I'm pretty sure he wants you.
      Paige: That's ridiculous.
      Piper: Why? Don't you like him?
      Paige: No.
      Pheobe: Really? Then why is your face turning read?
      Paige: It's not turning red, I probably put too much blush on.
      Leo (grinning at Paige being teased): It's kind of turning red.

    • Piper (pointing out the demon to Phoebe in the BoS): See, this what a Krycheck demon is supposed to look like.
      Phoebe: Well, maybe the one you were following is bigger.
      Piper: No, this wasn't just bigger. He went from you to Schwarzenegger.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Piper: No, this wasn't just bigger. He went from you to Schwarzenegger.

      She was talking about actor, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the fact that he's one of the most muscular men.

    • Title: Hulkus Pocus

      This is a reference to the comic book character The Incredible Hulk which was also made into a TV series and a film. Plus it's also a reference to the common witch phrase "hocus pocus" referring to magic - which was also a film, "Hocus Pocus" starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy.

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