Season 7 Episode 20

Imaginary Fiends

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 08, 2005 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • In the opening scene, Paige says to Piper that the last demon to attack them "looked kinda human", as if this were something unusual. Yet virtually all the demons she and her sisters face look human.

    • In the scene at the attic, Piper opens the book and only the first few pages are opened, then the camera shifts to adult Wyatt. When the camera shifts back to Piper, half of the pages are opened. The next time when Piper is shown (again, after the Wyatt-cut) the book has only a few first pages open.

    • While it makes perfect sense that Piper wouldn't recognize future Wyatt, shouldn't Leo have recognized him? In the season six finale, Barbas conjured evil Wyatt as Leo's greatest fear and aside from the long hair he was still the same Wyatt.

    • TRIVIA: This is the first and only episode where Wes Ramsey appears as Adult Wyatt without Drew Fuller appearing as Adult Chris too.

    • TRIVIA: The song played during the opening credits is Fallen by Sarah McLachlan.

    • In this episode, Future Wyatt destroys demons in the attic with a sort-of "burst" coming out of his hands. In a previous season 7 episode, Leo had the same power as an Avatar. Perhaps, Wyatt becomes an Avatar in the future.

    • TRIVIA: Future Wyatt tells his family that he takes on Whitelighter duties in the future, complete with charges of his own.

    • TRIVIA: This is the first time that twins Jason and Kristopher Simmons are listed in the closing credits in the role of Wyatt, but only as guest-stars.

    • How would've future Wyatt been able to take little Wyatt back to the future? Little Wyatt would not be able to be raised by future Wyatt.

    • TRIVIA: When the sisters try to turn future Wyatt good again, Leo is the one who ends up doing it, through the power of love.

    • TRIVIA: Future Wyatt drops a couple of hints to his mother and aunts about their future: Piper becomes more of an optimist, Paige teaches him about being a whitelighter and to Phoebe a hint about her future child.

    • TRIVIA: Paige is in full whitelighter mode in this episode, with a New Zealand charge - she also speaks the language and so does future Wyatt.

    • TRIVIA: Wyatt's power of vanquishing seems to have done a little growing in the past 25 years. In the future, he's able to channel his power through his hands, like all the Halliwell sisters do, instead of just thinking about it. His telekinesis has advanced and combined with Piper's power to blow things up. He also can make his voice become loud and echoing to make himself heard.

    • Paige isn't actually speaking Maori, it's just a a random made up language, that they are just calling Maori. Not all New Zealanders speak Maori, most just speak English.

    • If Paige listened to the message on the machine (and remembered doing so), then she would have remembered that Wyatt went to normal preschool.

    • What happened to Piper's power to freeze? Why didn't she freeze future Wyatt when he was trying to take his younger self (he was evil so the "good witches don't freeze" rule no longer applies).

    • Why does adult Wyatt seem to have an English accent when evil, but when good, he doesn't? This was also the case in the season 6 episode "Chris Crossed".

    • When Piper hugs Future Wyatt, her arm goes around the top of his shoulder, but when it shows Wyatt's face during the hug, it is under his arm, and then when it shows the angle of Piper again, her arm is back in it's original position (above his shoulder).

  • Quotes

    • Phoebe (after adult Wyatt had hugged her): What, did a spell backfire?
      Paige: Ah... How'd you guess?

    • Adult Wyatt: Hey, don't I know you? You look familiar.
      Vicus: Wait. You can see me?
      Adult Wyatt: What do you mean? Of course I can.

    • Adult Wyatt: It looks like you are as surprised to see me as I am to be back.
      Piper: Yeah.
      Paige: Back from where?
      Adult Wyatt: The future.

    • Adult Wyatt: But still this is a fantastic opportunity that magic brought us for me to see the past, for you guys to learn about the future.

    • Adult Wyatt: Look all I'm saying is that someone always told me that whitelighters are the glue that keeps the magical world working.
      Phoebe: Oh Paige told you that!?
      Paige: Don't be so surprised.

    • Adult Wyatt: Okay. So you guys cast a spell to communicate with me right. So let's go talk to me.

    • Adult Wyatt: But till we figure out why magic brought me back we can at least try to enjoy the moment right?
      Piper: How did you become such an optimist?
      Adult Wyatt: From you mom.
      Paige: (to Piper): You must turn over a new leaf in the future.
      Piper: Don't count on it.

    • Piper: Look, you have no idea how much we've already been through just to make sure you turn out okay!
      Adult Wyatt: I know exactly what you've been through and it's all going to work out. The fact that I'm standing here in front of you right now happy and healthy should tell you that.
      Piper: Okay, fine. Then you won't mind ID-ing the demon so we can keep you happy and healthy.
      (Adult Wyatt hesitates)
      Piper: Don't make me ground you.

    • Piper: It just doesn't sound right. Why would demons attack when the phone rings?
      Paige: And they're all different demons, remember? Huh, the last one even looked kind of human. Better add some mandrake root in case they're shape shifters.
      Piper: Wait, the last attack happened when the preschool called, too, didn't it?
      Paige: Yeah, I think you're right. Do you think Wyatt is creating these demons?
      Piper: That's ridiculous.
      Paige: Well, he created the dragons..
      Piper: One! One lousy dragon. You're gonna hold it against him for his entire life.

    • Adult Wyatt: Aunt Phoebe, I think you should hold on to that imaginary friends paper of yours.
      Phoebe: Why?
      Adult Wyatt: For my little cousin.

    • Adult Wyatt (to Leo): Dad, thanks for not giving up on me.

    • Paige: It's just with these charges, and these demons attacking —hey, I'm a little scattered.
      Piper: And that's different how exactly?

    • Paige: Okay, I like the Maori people, but I'm pretty okay if I don't see them again.

    • Phoebe: Who is he?
      Adult Wyatt: Aunt Phoebe, it's me, Wyatt.
      Phoebe: Wy- what?
      Adult Wyatt: This is so amazing.
      Phoebe: Did a spell backfire?
      Paige: How'd you guess?

    • (Paige hears a jingle)
      Wyatt: Your New Zealand charge, right? I remember hearing about him.
      Paige: Yes, well, he can wait because I think this is a little bit more important.
      Wyatt: I thought you said there's nothing more important than your charges.
      Paige: Look, mister, I'm pulling double duty here, okay, so no guilt from the future for me.

    • Phoebe: We're just gonna have to bring a lot of vials.
      Paige: And what, just throw them everywhere and hope we hit something?
      Phoebe: Yeah, do you have a better idea?
      Paige: Normally yes, but sadly, this time, no.

    • Piper (about Wyatt): We try to make the right decisions, and we try to keep him away from bad influences. But ultimately he's his own person. We can't control him forever.
      Leo: And we shouldn't try. All you can do is try to be a good influence on him.
      Piper: And then a demon comes in right under our noses and changes him completely.
      Leo: Okay, well, we knew something was wrong with Wyatt earlier. We sensed it, we tried to do something about it. That's the best you can hope for as a parent.

    • Wyatt: Magic may work in mysterious ways but it always works.
      Paige: Where'd you hear that? That's nice.
      Wyatt: I'm surprised to hear you ask, in the future you're always telling me that.
      Paige: Ha, well that's the future me, I'm me now who clearly doesn't have those kind of brilliant thoughts.

    • Wyatt: Dad! Hey look at you, you haven't changed a bit. Maybe a little less grey and a few pounds lighter.
      Leo: What!?

    • Adult Wyatt (about baby Chris): Hey, is this Chris? Oh, my gosh! He's so small. Hey, little brother. Is this before or after he swallowed that marble?
      Piper: Marble? What marble?!
      Phoebe: Easy on the future information.
      Adult Wyatt: Of course you're right.
      Piper: No, but really what marble?

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • When Vicus disappears his body goes first then his head.

      This is a reference to the Cheshire Cat from Lewis Carrol's "Alice in Wonderland" story.

    • Title: Imaginary Fiends

      Reference to the term "imaginary friends".