Season 6 Episode 15

I Dream of Phoebe

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 15, 2004 on The WB
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Episode Summary

When Phoebe frees a genie from a bottle, she soon finds that she must take the genie's place. Meanwhile, anxious to put Leo and Piper back together, Chris uses Phoebe to make his wish come true, but she takes his instructions too literally.

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  • I Dream of Phoebe

    I Dream of Phoebe was a superb episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because there was a lot of character and plot development. It was very interesting to learn of Chris's true origins, to see the powers of a genie used again, and for Paige and Richard to deal with his problem. There was lots of action, drama and intrigue along with some humor, serious moments and of course magic. I certainly look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • I Dream Of A Better Series!

    I Dream of Phoebe-When Phoebe frees a genie from a bottle, she soon finds that she must take the genie's place. Meanwhile, anxious to put Leo and Piper back together, Chris uses Phoebe to make his wish come true, but she takes his instructions too literally.

    Phoebe in yet another silly costume!! You can always tell the quality in a Charmed episode by how little Phoebe has to wear or some tacky costume the writers have forced poor Alyssa Milano to wear. I mean come on, Alyssa, your a producer at this point, tell these people they are embarrassing you week by week on national television and it needs to stop! Besides, they writers already did a Genie episode, a relatively "good" Genie episode, so why is this "I Dream of Genie"knockoff forced down our throats!! Barbara Eden wouldn't be amused! The whole plot is your typical Charmed fluff, Phoebe gets a premonition (yeah, she actually still gets those!!) about a woman being attacked by a demon, leaving her and Chris to go to some where in Arabia or whatever and they find Jenny...The Genie.....*headdesk* I also find the Aladdin mythology silly on Charmed with the 40 theives being demons. Jenny turning out to be a demon all along was a decent twist I guess but things just go downhill once Phoebe gets turned into a Genie.

    If that wasn't bad enough, we have Chris on a sick and disturbing crusade to get Piper and Leo to sleep together so he cane be concieved in time. I don't know whether this was suppose to be intended as funny but if the was, the writers have a messed up sense of humor. Not only it it not funny, but it's extremely jarring considering we just found out who Chris really is. One week, he's barely in the sisters' lives and the nexr, he's forcing one of them to sleep with an Elder. Yeah, I know their his parents but still, give us time to explore this knew revelation, not make cheap jokes about wanting your parents to have sex. I still believe the writers pulled this development out their a$$ as we as an audience were given no hints as to who Chris really was. Sure, he and Wyatt had a past in the future, but still, it was pretty vague and this is a pretty big development for not even giving the fans a bit of clue to Chris' being Piper and Leo's son. It's also pathetic watching Chris trying to break up Piper's date with Greg! It's funny considering in "Prince Charmed" only a few episodes ago, Chris wanted Piper to dtae so she wouldn't give up on love. Phoebe during her agrument with Chris at the beginning is the only thing that made sense in this episode: Chris' plans were terrible! He's the one who forced his parents to split! He's the one who sent Leo to Vahalla! He's the one whose been keeping secrets to the point that have caused unforseen consequences! Now all of sudden he wants Piper and Leo to bone? *HEAD-FREAKIN'-DESK*

    If that wasn't bad enough we get Paige and Richard going at it about his powers. At this point, I couldn't careless about Richard or his supposed dangerous usage of magic. I glad the writers finally rapped up this relationship with Richard stripping himself of his powers and both deciding to break-up. It was long time coming and maybe with Richard gone Paige can become more independent and less of a ditzy, overportective girlfriend?.........NOPE! I did love the Piper and Leo moment toward the end. Even with all the suck around them, Holly and Brian always remind us that Piper and Leo's relationship is the only redeeming thing about the series. But besides that, 'I Dream of Phoebe" is as gimmicky and pathetic as Charmed can get!moreless
  • Interesting Episode!

    Ginny tricked Phoebe to help the Genie to get free so Ginny can control the world! How comes Ginny want Phoebe? Because Phoebe is one of the Charmed Ones. Chris gets to be master of Genie Phoebe for while, very interesting! When Phoebe freed Ginny and Ginny became evil~! Weird! Ginny acted very nice as Genie, which not made sense! Chris want his parents to sleep together thought Piper's boyfriend caught her sleep with her ex-husband. Piper's boyfriend was never heard of it again and left Piper's life! I am happy for Chris! Phoebe became blonde in this episode so she got her chance to wear another hair color, thought it is wig! Great episode!moreless
  • A hot genie, a mad demon, and Leo's love to the rescue once again.

    Season 6 reaches its pinnacle in this episode and the following one, before the terrific season finale. For one thing, we have a tremendously pretty genie who in a terrific twist becomes a hot demon bent on becoming all powerful. Stupid name or not, Jinny makes a fantastic bad guy. I am always for attractive female bads cast in opposition to the sisters. Secondly, we have the wrap up of Richard's storyline, which I think we were all glad to see end. And that means only 4 episodes after the idiotic split of the sisters, that moronic story arc mercifully ends and the sisters are all back at Halliwell manor. We also have Chris, Phoebe and then Paige all talking openly about who Chris is and the mission to reunite his parents. I hated that Piper was still dating Greg after recent events, but I loved how Chris pretty much ended their relationship by manipulating his parents together. And of course, it was a miracle that he did, since it ended up saving the Charmed Ones.

    In a rather shocking turn of events, Richard ends up killing the sisters at Jinny's wish. Great acting by the much-maligned Drew Fuller during this scene. Fortunately, Leo had an arm around Piper, and she called to him as her soul floated away. Leo even while asleep healed her, saving all of them. The sisters learning their lesson from past ghosts and using that against the demon was also very smartly done. And of course that all led to the final scene where we saw Piper and Leo edging closer to being together again, what most of us have been waiting for.moreless
  • A tricky Genie? Go Figure!

    Continuing in their recent rehash of old things, the writers have decided to go the way of Barara Eden. THe writing was pretty good which is more than I can say for the effects.

    We begin with Phoebe barging into the Bay Mirror and running into Chris. We learn he is trying to pinpoint his conception date but knows it is this month. I swear this kid should be placed in school because he messed up big time and now is scrambling to fix it. Two bones to pick: THe way Chris refers to his parents conceiving him is totally disgusting and vulgar for their own child to say."Screw?" ANd secondly Phoebe did hit on you but maybe you decided to block that out because total ewww. SHe is reluctant to help him and I would be too. THis scene shifts tones when she gets a vision of some lady begging for mercy. Over in the "Middle East" P and C investigate the scene. Two sword armed men come in and Phoebe throws potions on them. I guess demons have a different dress code in Egypt. A terrible flying carpet comes in and Feebs throws a potion. THat thing is so bad, the effects crew should have been fired. THere are no words to describe how revolting that effect was. THey make up for it when Phoebe rubs the bottle a pink tornado appears to reveal a genie.

    We pick up with major bickering. Phoebe doesnt want the genie, CHris wants Piper home and Leo wants to send CHris home. GIve it up, go up to Elderland and stay there. Leo orbs away, thankfully, but CHris wants to follow him. Phoebes wishes he wouldnt. Ok that was an easy slip up, I will let it slide. Paige comes home in a rather disgusting ensemble. WHats with the green thing,Rose? Richy Rich is putting spells on her. SHe is thrown into this absolutely beautiful black evening dress and her hair is up. I have seen this dress before, Oh its the dress used for the promos shots this season. Rose looks stunning and I wish she would always where an evening gown because she works it like theres no tomorrow. ANyway Phoebe gets stuck with the Genie.

    Over at Grease Monkey Apt. Piper and Him are macking. It is vomit inducing. SHe gets pulled away by Chris. Paige tries to deal with Richy Rich but its futile. THe guy is like Cole the Second. Over at the manor The demon with the carpet bursts through the windows. I have to admit that was a pretty good shot. Phoebe wishes genie free and who would have thought the chick was evil. She is one of my favorite characters, well demon characters. SHe flies away but CHris got the bottle. WHo is in it? Phoebe naturally.

    Her outfit is quite nice compared to other crap she has been in. Chris is her master, which sounds very wrong. SHe has this wicked cool blue tornado effect. Leo decides to ruin the scene with his suspicion of Chris. WIsh him dead please. He does wish for Leo to forgive Chris. Phoebes hand movements are close to the original Genie from the show but not exactly. Jinny regroups and wants to find the lost magical city she previously mentioned. Paige tries again to deal with Richy Rich but fails.

    Chris wants to wish his parents to sleep together but Phoebe thinks its wrong,as do I. She does it but since they are tricksters, they actually fall asleep. CHris is furious and sends Phoebe in the bottle. LAter on CHris uses this to his advantage to make the Grease monkey leave her alone. Its a cute scene but whatever. An extremely impressive fight scene takes place. Jinny and her band of idiots shimmer in. Paige and CHris fight. Its choreographed nicely and the effects are impressive. People are flying around like crazy. Paige does her orbing thing and traps Jinny but RIchy Rich gets the bottle. Phoebe knocks the bottle over and tornadoes out. I thought they had to be rubbed or commanded out of the bottle. Richy Rich is going bonkers. Paige makes a stripping potion for RIchy Rich ANd orbs over to his house. Alyysa Milano is hilarious as a genie and really shines through on her comedic genius. Rich knocks Paige out. At the manor Jinny freed herself and threatens CHris. Its very intense but not for nothing couldnt he have just sent her flying with his power. Jinny gets the bottle but before that RIchy Rich wished Phoebe free and now he is a genie. Jinny wishes the Charmed Ones dead and I was floored. THat blew me away. Just the way she delivered that line was insane. Drew Fuller graces us with his impressive acting skills and I mean that. He did a great job with this scene. He is crying and his voice is cracking, so emotional, I got teary also. Leo somehow heard Pipers cry for help which I guess is the writers way of saying "THeir love is transcendent" which stopped Jinnys wish. THey dont move on which helps them fight Jinny.

    Wrap up: Phoebe and Paige haunt Jinny. Phoebe enters Jinny and wishes her back in the bottle. Now I would have thought that would have trapped Phoebe also but I guess not. RIchard saves the day in a way. THe effect scene of Zanbaar rising was ok. Not the best thing but not worse than those flying carpets. RIchy RIch decided to take the potiona nd he is out of the show for good. CHris gets pissy but Feebs reassures him that there is a lot of love between those two.moreless
J. Michael Flynn

J. Michael Flynn

Benjamin Montana

Guest Star

Jason Shaw

Jason Shaw


Guest Star

Joey Naber

Joey Naber

Head Thief

Guest Star

Amanda Sickler

Amanda Sickler


Recurring Role

Balthazar Getty

Balthazar Getty

Richard Montana

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (22)

    • When Chris holds out his hand for the bottle while on the floor, the book is open next to him and it's a blank page, then when the camera switches to the bottle flying off and they show Chris again a second later, the book is now open on Bosk's entry.

    • The Arabic inscription on the Genie bottle can be translated like this:
      From right to left: "20- DON'T" (Upside-down) …"BE SAD GOD IS WITH YOU." It doesn't have anything to do with what Leo said. Also, those few words can't possibly measure up with the two sentences "read" by Leo.

    • In this episode it is said that the only way a genie can be freed is for the master to wish it free and then they become the genie. Yet in the season 2 episode Prue wishes the Genie free and does not have to switch places. Which could be possibly be explained by Jinny's curse however in this episode when Phoebe became the Genie she had to listen to Chris when he ordered her into the bottle. But in the season 2 episode The Genie would not listen to Phoebe when she tried to make him leave her alone. In fact once released he pretty much did whatever and went wherever he wanted. Side Note: Jinny the Genie was a demon who was cursed by someone. That is why whoever freed her would change places with her, not because she was a Genie.

    • TRIVIA: This is the second of two times the sisters come across a genie. The first time was the season 2 episode Be Careful What You Witch For.

    • TRIVIA: In this episode Paige is given jewelery (earrings and a necklace) by Richard, via magic. This is the same exact jewelery that alternate Pheobe is wearing in the season 5 episode "Centennial Charmed".

    • When Chris and Phoebe enter the cave in the desert to look for Jinny, Chris is wearing a brown jacket. But when he bends down to look at a pile of half buried bones, you can see he's wearing a black leather jacket- the same one he's seen wearing later through the show. Then when he straightens back up, it's the brown one again.

    • TRIVIA: This episode features the final appearance of Balthazar Getty (Richard Montana).

    • 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".

    • TRIVIA: Paige finds out about Chris' true identity in this episode.

    • Leo reads the inscription on the genie bottle, which is in Arabic, from left to right. But the Arabic language reads from right to left, unlike English.

    • In this episode Leo takes Piper to pick Wyatt up but in the next one, he tells her she is not allowed up there. Was Wyatt "up there" - Leo didn't say where he took Wyatt.

    • If Leo wasn't a elder in Chris' past, why does Chris in this episode say he got letters from his father when he was a kid? Why did Leo write him letters instead of talking to him - where was Leo that he couldn't orb to Chris?

    • When Paige is wearing her green top you can clearly see that it switches positions between shots.

    • When someone dies on the show, their spirit leaves their body, but as it has been seen/explained previously until their soul "moves on" Leo can still heal them. Once the spirit moves on they cannot be healed (example in episode 6.9, the beast only changes to human again when he dies, but they are able to heal him after this as they move quickly before his spirit moves on). In the episode Saving Private Leo Piper dies and then begins to move on, but Leo is able to heal her in time and she returns to her body.

    • If a genie can be used to kill others, even the powerful Charmed Ones, and demons have posessed the genie, wouldn't they have wished to either become the Source of all Evil or kill him or kill a lot of witches?

    • Richard's current level of powers and his means of "materializing" bear a striking resemblance to Cole's power level and "bright shimmering" of the fifth season. In addition, coincidently the name of the actor who portrays Richard Montana is Balthazar Getty, which is almost the name of Cole's demon half from seasons 3-5 - Belthazar.

    • Why didn't Paige orb the bottle to her the many times she tried to get it back?

    • Why didn't Bosk just wish for the location of Zanbar.

    • How did Phoebe know those thieves were demons. She took quite a risk.

    • Jinny must be more powerful than the Source,since she is able to fool the BoS and break out of the crystal cage, which he never could.

    • When Phoebe and Chris are in Phoebe's office talking, her scarf tails keep changing from front to back. When we see her back and Chris' face, the scarf is flipped to the back, but when we see Phoebe's face, the scarf tails are in the front.

    • Leo already healed Piper at least once after her body died. In the episode "Awakened", after Piper's heart stopped beating and the doctors gave up, Leo healed Piper in the astral plane. The only differences in this episode are the fact that Leo healed Piper while he was asleep, and that her death was not a result of any physical injury. As learnt in this episode, the wishes can be taken quite literally, so Richard could have used the book he had about genies to fulfill the wish for the sisters' death in such a way that will leave a chance for them to be saved.

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Leo (trying to write an apology letter to Chris while under the influence of the genie's spell): But after everything I've put you through, I feel like I owe it to you.
      Chris (with bitterness): Honestly, a letter's not going to mean a hell of a lot to me. I got plenty of them growing up.
      Leo: Sorry?
      Chris: Uh, from my father. He wasn't around much.

    • Chris (exasperated): Look, I'm running out of time here, so what do you say we get to use that genie to make mom and dad... you know...
      Phoebe: That's vile, and against the rules. I would think that you wouldn't wanna be conceived that way.
      Chris: Well, it beats not being conceived at all.

    • Ghost Phoebe: Hey, Chris. We're not moving on.
      Ghost Paige: Why aren't we moving on?
      Chris: Who cares? You're still here.
      Ghost Paige: Got any unfinished business?
      Ghost Phoebe: No, you?
      Ghost Paige: Yeah, now that you mention it, it would've been nice to find out I had another NEPHEW…before I died!

    • Richard: I've got a book of wishes around here somewhere.
      Genie Phoebe: Wishes?
      Richard (as he searches the drawers): Yep. Gotta get the wording right.
      Genie Phoebe: Yeah, maybe you should just wish for sleep, because I'm really good at that wish!

    • Genie Phoebe: I do believe the element of surprise is very important here.
      Chris: You sure? Because we could always take our time with this plan, you know, keep Piper around just a little bit longer?
      Genie Phoebe: Yes, master.
      Chris: Good. I'm glad you agree.
      Genie Phoebe: A-actually I d-I don't agree, but I ca-I can't… (frustrated) How am I supposed to take charge and take commands all at the same time?!

    • (Phoebe became a Genie in the bottle)
      Piper (looks into the bottle): Will you come out of there, please?
      Phoebe: I can't! I don't know how. Try commanding me.
      Piper: Uh, okay. Get the hell outta there!

    • Piper: What is this big emergency? Can't it wait an hour or two?
      Chris: No, it can't. There's a demon on the loose, a genie running amok, and it took me two wishes to get here.
      Piper: You can't make wishes with genies.
      Chris: See, we need you. Come on.

    • Greg: Is there a problem here?
      Chris: Yeah, many problems, many levels. Piper has to come home now.
      Greg: Excuse me? Who are you again?
      Chris: I'm a friend of her husband's.
      Piper: Ex-husband. And he's not really a great friend.

    • (Chris has just told Paige that he wished for Piper and Leo to sleep together)
      Paige: You! Oh my god, you are sick! What is wrong with you? You're disgusting!
      Chris: No!
      Paige: You are some creepy registered sex offender from the future!
      Chris: No, no, no...
      Paige: Oh my god, you are so gross!
      Chris: I'm Piper and Leo's son.
      Paige: What?!

    • Chris: I wish for Piper and Leo to sleep together tonight.
      Phoebe: I'm not...
      She nods her head while clapping her hands together. They then hear a thud and walk towards it, to see Piper and Leo asleep together
      Chris: They're sleeping together! (to Phoebe) You tricked me.
      Phoebe: No. You wished for them to sleep together, and they're sleeping together.

    • Chris: If mom and dad don't screw, I'm screwed!

    • Leo (to Chris): Hey buddy, do you wanna sit down and talk about it?

    • Phoebe: Oh, I feel soooo bad.
      Chris: Well, as you should.

    • Phoebe: You're unbelievable. I mean, most kids who are the cause of their parents' divorce actually feel guilty. And you're sitting here like it's part of your master plan.
      Chris: I'm sensing some real issues here.
      Phoebe: Oh you're damn right there are issues. You can't just pop in from the future and play with peoples lives because your big brother picked on you.
      Chris: He picked on the world Phoebe!
      Phoebe: I'm not finished. Your parents were happy until you split them up. And now you want my help because you didn't think this all the way through?
      Chris: Feel better?
      Phoebe: Yes
      Chris: Will you help me?
      Phoebe: No.... oh I don't know.

    • Phoebe walks in her office door and gasps when she finds Chris waiting for her.
      Chris: Phoebe, I need your help.
      Phoebe: I've been calling for you all week! Didn't you hear me?
      Chris: The first couple of days, yeah, then I put you on mute.
      Phoebe: You can put me on mute?
      Chris: Yeah.

    • Phoebe: Okay, I'm just trying to get used to you being my nephew... uh I never hit on you did I? Chris: What? No. Phoebe: Oh, thank God. Chris: Can we focus here, please? Mom and Dad need to have sex. Now who's going to tell them? You or me?

    • Phoebe: I still want to know why we didn't die?
      (Chris glares at Phoebe)
      Phoebe: What? I'm curious.
      Chris: Oh, sure, you don't mind them knowing they almost died but not that I... never mind.

    • Chris: They're not waking up. How come they're not waking up?
      Phoebe: Would you relax?
      Chris: Relax? I'm sorry, did you say relax? Because I'm about to disappear, vanish forever, cease to exist.
      Phoebe: Oh my God. You are so dramatic!

    • Phoebe: We're gonna do this my way mister!
      Chris: Master.

    • Chris (to Phoebe): If we don't do something soon, I could end up half-fireman instead of half-whitelighter!

    • Paige sees Phoebe and laughs.
      Phoebe: You're laughing at me? I'm trying to be sympathetic and you're laughing at me!?

    • Piper: Do I need to call Chris to shut you up?
      Phoebe: You wouldn't!
      Piper: Try me.

    • Jinny: When I form my empire the first thing I'm gonna do is rid the world of witches.
      Paige: Oh yeah? Well when you're back in your bottle the first thing I'm gonna do is put you in the microwave. Hahha!

    • Phoebe (in her genie costume, to Chris): Hello master.

    • Phoebe: I thought she was an innocent. How was I to know that I was going to unleash a demon?
      Leo (pointing to the bottle): It says so right here.
      Phoebe: Oh right, right Arabic!

    • Paige: Don't you need to go help Major Nelson?
      Piper laughs and Phoebe gives her a look.
      Piper: What? It's kinda funny!

    • Piper: You look ridiculous.
      Phoebe: I feel ridiculous.

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