Season 1 Episode 15

Is There A Woogy In The House?

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 24, 1999 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Phoebe's fear of the Woogyman amuses Prue and Piper, until an earthquake releases a shadow demon. Phoebe under the control of the Woogyman tries to kill Prue and Piper, who must find a way to rescue Phoebe and get rid of the Woogyman.

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  • Woogyman

    I have always enjoyed this episode, evil Phoebe is always a fun sight. I actually kinda believed evil Phoebe's line when she said "Prue is just upset it's not her saving the day" and think Phoebe must have cast a spell. At that point in time Prue has NO evidence of any magic but that HAS to be it. And whenever any of them get a new power it was completely out of nowhere, so yes it was plausible Phoebe got a new power, and it was plausible that maybe it was just because she was in dire need and her magic gave her a bat. So yes I felt like Prue was just jealous she wasn't center of attention for once.

    I love Claire, but I think she is unreasonable. Every episode it's Prue's job or "do this thing you don't want to do".

    The Josh storyline is kind of cute, I mean it's nice to see Piper with a guy we know is human and they actually aren't that bad together, he was kind of rude about getting the wine though. Piper did (somewhat) have it first.

    I don't get why people are complaining about a 'fairy tale' defeating it. Well no shit, Phoebe saw it as a kid, had nightmares, so Grams created a fairy tale to calm her down by teaching her the spell.

    I thought they all acted as in character as normal, so don't know why people are complaining about that either. I liked the woogy as a bad guy and the set up of the Nexus and Phoebe's dark side later.

    Fashion - Everything Phoebe wore this episode was gorgeous, particularly that red dress. Much as I'd hate to say it, Prue didn't look too bad herself.

    No - not entirely convinced of Piper's jumper with the weird stripes on it.moreless
  • Is There a Woogy in the House?

    "Is There a Woogy in the House?" was a superb episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because the story was fun and exciting. I liked the story which was a classic type of horror and full of action, drama and magic. In the end the sisters realized what they had to do. I liked the fact that a story told by Grams from Phoebe's past actually had some thing truly scary to it! What is it with Evil lurking in basements anyhow? There was a lot of character and plot development. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Evil loves Phoebe, and we love evil Phoebe.

    This episode, Dead Man Dating, Wicca Envy, and Love Hurts highlight Season 1. In fact, all 4 are better than the season finale. The Nexus, and more specifically, the Shadow, is introduced in this episode. We also get our first possession, of many, and with that possession, we get our first evil Phoebe, of many. Alyssa was excellent last episode, and she is at her absolute best here. Most of Alyssa's movie roles involved her playing a bad girl, and she shows us why here. She does it so well. She purveys that same cool overconfidence and sexual magnetism that we saw from bad guys in earlier episodes. We also see the power of conjuring here, as evil Phoebe has the ability to call anything she wants to her hand. Not only is that a cool power, but we also see Phoebe get to use telekinesis to shut the manor door, probably the first and only time in the series that THAT happens.

    Jennifer Rhodes as Grams is introduced here as we see her face down a demon for the first time. Great stuff.

    The short role of Josh that starts in this episode was mostly an annoyance to me. For some reason the writers can't leave Piper without a romantic interest for even a couple episodes. I guess Josh is the precursor of Dan.

    Prue's boss, Clair, is also pretty irritating. Rex as a demon is nearly preferable to this distempered hag. As we continue to list firsts, this is also the first time, to be oft repeated, that the sisters get kicked out of the manor. Too bad Paige isn't around to just orb them back in. All around, a very cool and dark episode where a premonition by Phoebe saves the day at the end.moreless
  • full of excitment

    i felt sorry for phoebe because piper and prue really didn't believe her about this 'woogey man' but phoebe proved them wrong! but not in good way! considering phoebe got posessed by him!!

    i don't think there was any bit in this episode i didn't enjoy watching! even phoebe turning evil made it way more exciting! just the way she talked you could just tell there was something wrong with her. alyssa milano played evil phoebe well.

    the kitchen turning against piper, the boiling water from the showers, people turning evil...

    this is a jam packed episode and is my joint favouret along with 2 other episodes.moreless
  • Woogy Nights

    A thrilling episode which combines an intriguing storyline, a creepy demon, family values and a peak into the show's mythology, this was one of the first classic episodes of Charmed.

    Is There a Woogy in the House? has Phoebe being possessed by the ancient Woogyman, who is unleashed from the basement during an earthquake. As the Woogyman wrecks havoc in the manor, Prue and Piper get information on the Nexus to help them defeat the demon and save their lost sister.

    This was the first "possessed sister" episode and it's excellently written, with some memorable scenes and a really good performance from Alyssa Milano, who probably put all her effort into being possessed since she never imagined the exact same thing would happen to her another 6281 times in the future.

    The episode also introduces the Nexus and the scene where Piper and Prue discover it on the map is awesome, an excellently dramatic scene which has never been repeated on the show since, yet they repeat god-awful storylines all the time! Go figure! Piper gets a new love interest and, unlike all the other boyfriends in the future, he's actually interesting. Shawn Christian gives an immediate impression as Josh and he and Holly Marie Combs have a lot of chemistry.

    Add some good Woogy effects, excellent acting and some really creepy scenes, this episode is a serious classic. The closing moment is excellently written and shot, with the sisters coming together to write about the Woogyman in the Book of Shadows. Flawless.

    Rating: Amoreless
Shannen Doherty

Shannen Doherty

Prudence 'Prue' Halliwell

Holly Marie Combs

Holly Marie Combs

Piper Halliwell

Alyssa Milano

Alyssa Milano

Phoebe Halliwell

Dorian Gregory

Dorian Gregory

Darryl Morris

Ted King

Ted King

Inspector Andy Trudeau

Shawn Christian

Shawn Christian


Guest Star

Nancy Moonves

Nancy Moonves


Guest Star

Tait Ruppert

Tait Ruppert

Neighbor Joe

Guest Star

Cristine Rose

Cristine Rose

Claire Pryce

Recurring Role

Jennifer Rhodes

Jennifer Rhodes

Penny 'Grams' Halliwell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (19)

    • TRIVIA: In this episode Phoebe gets to use telekinesis to shut the door to the manor. This is the only time in the series that Phoebe gets this particular honor. Though Prue started this Charmed tradition, Chris does it in "Oh My Goddess" to close season 5, and he does it again in the last episode of season 6- "Its a Bad, Bad, Bad World". Finally, the entire series ends with Piper's granddaughter getting the honor at the end of "Forever Charmed".

    • TRIVIA: The spell used to banish the Woogyman or the Shadow as it is later called is:
      I am light
      I am one too strong to fight
      Return to dark where Shadows dwell
      You can not have this Halliwell.
      So go away and leave my sight,
      and take with you
      this endless night.

    • TRIVIA: This is Jennifer Rhodes' first appearance as Grams. She will go on to appear in a total of 15 episodes, several of which were credited cameos via flashback, in the show's eight year run. She is also the only recurring character to appear in every season of the show.

    • TRIVIA: After she was five years old, Phoebe didn't set foot in the basement for 18 years until this episode.

    • TRIVIA: In this episode, it's stated that Phoebe was born in the house.

    • TRIVIA: Featured music in this episode -
      -Zavelow House by Owsley

    • TRIVIA: This is the second time one of the sisters has evil inhabiting them. The first time was when Piper was infected by the Wendigo and this time it's Phoebe with the Woogy.

    • Although it's a nice point that Phoebe is the first one to write in the Book of Shadows, it seems very strange, given that the legend of the 'Woogeyman' is real that Grams would only have made up a story years ago and not recorded the vanquishing spell in the Book. The point of the Book is surely to warn all future witches about whatever demons previous witches have known about. It's especially odd, as this is a demon specifically in/under/fixated on the house they all live in!

    • In the episode "The Fourth Sister", when Piper uses her power against a witch possessed by a demon, the demon freezes but the witch does not. In this episode, however, both Phoebe and the demon freeze when Piper uses her power in the same way.

    • When Piper and Prue are drawing on the map they use metal, fire, earth, water, and wood which are actually the taoist elements. The Wiccan elements are Earth, Air, Fire, and Water.

    • TRIVIA: The address for the Halliwell Manor is given as 1329 Prescott Street.

    • TRIVIA: Shannen Doherty and Jennifer Rhodes both worked together in the 1989 black comedy film, Heathers.

    • When the "gas-man" is shown the way to the basement he opens the door, and first thing he does is switch on the light. If there is a real gas leak down there even the smallest spark like switching on a light can ignite everything, a real "gas-man" would know that.

    • After dinner, when Prue and Piper can't get back into the house, Prue is wearing a black band around her neck. The next morning she is wearing a gold chain and when the camera shot changes she is wearing the black band again.

    • TRIVIA: This is the first episode where the sisters add to the Book of Shadows, and it's Phoebe who gets this honor.

    • When Andy leaves the manor there is a wall behind him by the door but when Prue and Piper sneak in there, there is no wall. In past episodes there has been no wall there, just a straight hall.

    • When Prue and Piper are outside the manor and Prue tries to get back in and is thrown onto the lawn, we see the inside of the house, as Phoebe is standing in the doorway. If you look behind Phoebe, you can see a tall lamp at the foot of the stairs. This is not in the manor, but as fans will know is there in the actual house used for filming.

    • After Phoebe vanquishes the Woogy, the whole house magically cleans itself, but at the end Piper, Phoebe, and Prue are cleaning it.

    • When Prue's dinner guests are getting ready to leave, everybody is in the area between the the dining room and the living room. The camera's point of view at one point during the exchange shows the front door. A man is shown opening the door and another person walking out the door, but the only man in the house is ten feet away talking with the Charmed Ones.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Piper: Who's Chanda Lier?
      Phoebe: Oh, they're for me. I ordered some CDs.
      Piper: Using a fake name to score some free CDs. Isn't that a little dishonest?
      Prue: Is Phoebe's dark side rearing it's ugly head?
      Phoebe: I do not have a dark side, thank you very much. And just because I protect the innocent, doesn't mean I have to be innocent all the time.
      Piper: Ooh, I don't know. Still believing in the Woogyman is pretty innocent. It's so cute too.
      Prue: Yeah, well, you didn't think it was so cute when we were all sharing a room which kept you up all night.
      Phoebe: It was scary and it was real.
      (The gas man walks out of the basement.)
      Piper: So? What's the verdict?
      Gas man: Bad.
      Prue: Bad as in "destroy my entire dinner party" or bad as in "you can fix quickly, it'll just cost more than my entire education".
      Gas man: By tonight, there will be no more problems.
      (He walks back in the basement.)

    • Gas man: What the... ?
      Woogyman: You have freed me. And now you'll help take back the house.
      (The Woogyman enters his body and the gas man becomes evil.)

    • Prue: Grams must have thought that this evil might come back. And that's why she told us the story.
      Piper: How do we remember the words? I never even believed in the Woogyman.
      Prue: No, but Phoebe did. She knows the story by heart.
      Piper: Something tells me she's not in the mood to share.

    • Prue (after Piper is prevented from leaving the house): Are you ok?
      Piper: No, I'm not! Neither are you! We're locked in this house, and our sister is trying to kill us.

    • Piper: Somebody just kill me now and spare me the agony of cleanup.
      Phoebe: Ask and you shall receive...

    • Prue: Our powers are supposed to progress, not grow at random.

    • (Phoebe doesn't let them back into the house)
      Phoebe: Are you looking for me?
      Prue: Why are you doing this?
      Phoebe: Because he asked me to.
      Piper: Who asked you to?
      (Phoebe doesn't say anything)
      Prue: Okay, that is it. We need to-
      (Prue is thrown back by the electricity from the doorway)
      Piper: Oh, Prue. Prue. Are you okay? (to Phoebe) Phoebe, what's wrong with you?! Why won't you let us in?
      Phoebe: No, you can't. You shouldn't. (nastily) You don't live here anymore! (demonic voice) He does!
      (Phoebe closes the door, leaving Prue and Piper outside)

    • Piper: Don't worry, I can handle it all by myself. It's me, the culinary pachyderm!

    • Piper: You're the only Halliwell that actually likes earthquakes.
      Prue: I don't like them, but I don't go running through the house naked screaming "run for your life" either.
      Phoebe: Okay. That is such an exaggeration. I was wearing slippers.

    • Phoebe: Earthquakes give me the jeebies.
      Prue: Would that be the Phoebe Jeebies?

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Máme v domě bubáka? (Do We Have a Bogeyman In the House?) France: Possession (Possession) Italy: L'uomo nero (The woogyman) Germany: Wer hat Angst vorm schwarzen Mann? (Who's afraid of woogyman?)

    • This episode scored 4.8 million viewers.


    • Prue: Would that be the Phoebe Jeebies?

      This is a reference to the phrase of a scared feeling - the "Heebie Jeebies".

    • Phoebe: My name is Phoebe. I'll be your cruise director this evening.

      This is a reference to the famous TV series "The Love Boat" - a show which Charmed's executive producer Aaron Spelling also produced.

    • Title: Is There A Woogy In The House?

      This is a reference to the saying, "Is there a doctor in the house?".