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Season 5 Episode 17

Lucky Charmed

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 06, 2003 on The WB
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Episode Summary

The Charmed Ones face a demon who has been killing leprechauns and stealing their magic. The leprechauns endow the sisters with good luck, which enables Paige to gain material wealth, Phoebe to meet a man, and Piper to book a major star to play P3.

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  • An alright one.

    So I did dislike Paige in this one. I'm completely against gambling in general but I do get why they started it here because what other way to quickly check your luck but her being arrogant about it was annoying and making Piper seem over the top because she wants to think of her child...

    I liked Phoebe's storyline with Jason. I felt she was being quite blind to the idea of online dating. I'm the biggest romantic I know but I still believe you can meet the one online. The roses, chocolates, eye contact come once you meet each other not like you speak online until you get married or something.

    I like the story including magical creatures. I actually dislike shows that pussy foot around whether things exist or not. If you are going to create magic, you create all of magic. And these creatures are included in that. While the acting and the plot itself was kinda crap, snake demon was lame. And what did those two girls owe him. They pledged allegiance to him, but they owe him still, and the luck was payment not what they owed him for.moreless
  • Learn to speak Irish before using Irish phrases in an episode.

    I was stopped dead in (slight) shock when they used the Gaelic (or Gaeilge) phrase "Slainte is tainte" in this episode and they pronounced it "slahn-tay es tahn-tay" and sometimes "slahn-tuh iz tahn-tuh" like it's from some latin-based language (Spanish, Italian, etc).

    Essentially they were pronouncing it phonetically like typical boneheads. The "te" at the end of those words have no actual "T" sound. And the "ai" does not sound like "ah". It sounds like "aw".

    Every single actor that said that phrase said it their own incorrect way. How embarrassing for them. Shame on the writer (Curtis Kheel) and director (Roxann Dawson) for that!

    If you are going to use foreign speech in your script DO YOUR RESEARCH and make sure the actors are saying it correctly! Please don't insult the Irish language, or any other for that matter.

    It's pronounced "slawn-cheh es tawn-cheh" for your reference.

    The only phrase they seemed to pronounce correctly was "Go neiri an bothar leat"moreless
  • Lucky Charmed

    Lucky Charmed was a perfect and very entertaining episode of Charmed. i really enjoyed watching because there was a lot of character and plot development. The guest cast was amazing and they all played their parts well. I liked the story lines and the intrigues of the episode which all played out pretty well. It was interesting to see Charmed take on Leprechauns and the writers,directors and actors all did a great job! It was also great to see baby Wyatt. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Ni maith liom an episode seo.

    It's difficult not to feel something of a patriotic sting as an Irishman watching the defamation of our mythological beings time and time again. Yet, despite the god AWFUL accents, our little lucky friends aren't the worst offenders of the episode. No, that has to go to our demons-of-the-week, some of the hammiest acting on this show to date and that is saying a hell of a lot. But I don't really blame the actors, per se. I've seen what Domonic Fumusa can do on Nurse Jackie and does anyone remember Phina Orcuhe (that's Female Demon 1, to you and me) from her little stint on Buffy as Rupert's fling? They were clearly told to treat everything as though they were working in a pantomime. This really isn't as bad as I remember it, some of the sisterly stuff actually works, but much like the crappy effects, and one of the cheapest looking demon lairs EVER (was it difficult being tied down to that paper mache tree, Piper?), this episode never truly aims to convince us that this is a story worth telling.moreless
  • There is no pot of gold at the end of this rainbow.

    There is an odd dichotomy in the Charmed fan-verse. Mythical creatures are generally well-received IF they are bad guys. Similar creatures, however, do NOT appear to make appreciated good guys. There are some undeniably creative ideas in this episode. This is the only episode where the sisters' biggest challenge is overcoming bad luck. Meanwhile, a run of good luck is ingeniously used to teach each of the sisters another lesson that will help propel their characters forward. However, the leprechaun story is overly ambitious and frankly fumbled. It would be an understatement to call the story of an oppressed people being motivated to defend themselves unoriginal. And likely the biggest problem is that I don't believe a likable leprechaun has ever graced Charmed. Oddly, the writers have decided that leprechauns as a race are whiny, somewhat pitiful, and yet uproariously condescending. Even the original leprechaun hero, Seamus, is about 8 feet of attitude in a 3 foot frame.

    All the demons in the episode, fronted by the reptile (?) demon, are poorly written and about equally portrayed. Did anyone really believe Piper was in any danger at the end? Yeah, I didn't think so. Frankly, the best thing about this episode is Holly's hair. Wow. Gorgeous. In fact, all three ladies look fantastic. Phoebe and Jason's scene at the end is actually well done, and Phoebe is scrumptious. Unfortunately, these decent moments of drama can't overcome the big fail of the main story.moreless
Phina Oruche

Phina Oruche

Female Demon 1

Guest Star

Cork Hubbert

Cork Hubbert

Head Councilman

Guest Star

Pat Benatar

Pat Benatar


Guest Star

Eric Dane

Eric Dane

Jason Dean

Recurring Role

Amanda Sickler

Amanda Sickler


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (21)

    • In the manor, when the two female demons are on the staircase, Piper blows it up and the blond demon falls down to the ground level. However, in the next shot, she is standing back up on the landing.

    • Paige seemed to have developed an almost instant rapport with the Leprechauns. They appear in several future episodes and Paige is always the sister they deal with the most. This is very likely a nod to Rose McGowan's Irish lineage, which is readily apparent from her surname and red hair.

    • In this episode, the Leprachaun says that he has the ability to make luck go either way when they are facing Saleel. However, future appearance by the leprachauns say that the luck is random and can go either way!

    • Phoebe mentions a meteor shower in her column, and at the end of the episode, a meteorite vanquishes the reptile demon. Unlike asteroids, meteors are generally harmless and are better known as falling stars. Most meteors burn up in the atmosphere. If a meteorite lands, it may cause some minor damage, like breaking a car windshield. It was an unusually large meteorite that hit Saleel.

    • TRIVIA: When Phoebe is about to open the door, and it's Jason, she asks if it's George Clooney or Justin Timberlake. In the Latin American translation, she asks for George Clooney or Brad Pitt.

    • Piper: Hello, personal gain, consequences. Do I need to remind you of the big boob fiasco?
      Paige: No, my back still hurts.

      Piper is talking about Paige's first spell that backfired. That happened in the episode Hell Hath no Fury, when that spell made Paige's breasts grow.

    • At the beginning of the episode Piper freezes everyone in P3, blows up a demon and then unfreezes the club. The club is filled with people so shouldn't someone have actually seen that someone (the demon) was there and then the next second is not. It doesn't make any sense that the girls would vanquish someone in a room filled with so many people.

    • TRIVIA: In this episode we learn for sure that Phoebe's premonitions have sound.

    • When Phoebe gets the luck from the leprecaun, she is first shown sitting on a sofa that is next to the door. She then gets up and goes to the door and shown behind her the same sofa is now turned to the right and closer to the wall, and now something is on the top of the sofa and nothing was there before.

    • TRIVIA: The song at the beginning of the episode is Somewhere Over/What a Wonderful World by the late Hawaiian musician Israel Kamakawiwo`ole.

    • TRIVIA: When the leprechaun says "Go neiri an bothar leat" it means "May the road rise above you" in Gaelic. "Slainte is tainte" means "Health is wealth" is Gaelic as well.

    • TRIVIA: This is one of nine episodes with the series title, Charmed, in it.

    • When Saleel is screaming as the meteor is coming toward him, why doesn't he shimmer out to avoid dying?

    • When Phoebe is arguing with Jason about her article, someone is visible in the background at the door. That person then seems to say "oops" and walk backwards out of the screen.

    • TRIVIA: Pat Benatar performs her song "Heartbreaker" in this episode.

    • TRIVIA: Piper considers selling her club, but instead Leo asks for and receives paternity leave from the elders.

    • When Paige and Phoebe go to Saleel's lair to rescue Piper and the leprachans start showing up, Saleel turns his head toward one of the rainbows before it actually appears.

    • At the end when Jason asks Phoebe what she wants to drink, she says "Martini, dirty" but in the earlier season 5 episode The Importance Of Being Phoebe Cole says Phoebe doesn't drink. Could it be that the ordeal of her marriage and her divorce from Cole drove her to drink?

    • Saleel supposedly had to touch his victims, yet when he first encounters Paige he telekinetically pushes her away.

    • Why didn't the leprechauns just use their super speed power to get away?

    • Why were the Charmed Ones having so much trouble vanquishing a low-level reptile demon? Piper, easily, could've blown it up.

  • QUOTES (26)

    • Piper (to Paige): I just figured out a way to find the demon... (The cowboy next to them looks strangely) ...stration! Demonstration! She knows what I mean! Come on!

    • Jason (after tricking Phoebe into meeting him through an online dating service): I had to find a way to see if you were interested in me without putting any pressure on you. I like you, Phoebe. I liked you the minute I laid eyes on you. And I know you like me, or at least the part of me that brought you here. Otherwise you wouldn't have come.
      Phoebe: Jason, I don't know…
      Jason: I'm not asking you to marry me. I just want to buy you a drink. Come on, what have you got to lose?
      Phoebe: Oh, I don't know, my job maybe?

    • Phoebe: This dosen't make any sense.
      Paige: Like half the things we go through do!

    • Leo: Piper, we've got problems.
      Piper: Yeah, I know, you're late and it's your turn to watch the baby.

    • Seamus (a chant to make the rainbow appear): Go neiri an bothar leat.

    • Saleel: The Charmed Ones. It's about time you got here
      Phoebe: Yeah, well, we had to make a little pit stop somewhere over the rainbow.

    • Piper: We're gonna have to turn our luck
      around the old-fashioned way. A little determination, some positive thinking, a little faith--
      A loud snap is heard and the chandelier comes crashing to the floor right in front of them.
      Phoebe: As you were saying?

    • Seamus Fitzpatrick: What is this, a coven or a day-care center?!

    • Paige: My sweater shrunk.
      Piper: Ah, come on, you've worn tighter things than that.

    • Piper: Okay, look, I can schedule in five minutes for a sisterly chat, but then I gotta go.
      Phoebe: I cannot schedule in sisterly chat.
      Piper (sighs): I'm telling you. You got 4 minutes and 55 seconds.

    • Piper: Freaking ever useless Elders!

    • Piper: I have to get back to going bankrupt. Actually, scratch that. I have to get back to fighting with my husband.

    • Phoebe: My date is a demon!
      Piper: Huh? What?
      Piper turns to look at Phoebe's date sitting at the table.
      Piper: That guy? But he's so hot.
      Phoebe: Yeah. Hot as in flames of hell hot. Look, I had a premonition. He devours his victims. I'm next. Freeze the room.
      Piper: Uhh! My sister, the demon magnet.

    • Leo: I'll take him up to 'Uncle Elders'. He'll be safe there.
      Phoebe: I thought they asked you not to do that.
      Leo: Yeah, well...screw them.

    • Piper (after making her vanquishing potion, it catches on fire and Piper, with a fire extinguisher in hand, runs into the kitchen to put it out): I got it, I got it, I got it, I got it, I got it! (the handle breaks off of the fire extinguisher) Crap.

    • Phoebe: No, actually...nothing happened.
      Seamus: What? That's impossible. Did you take any risks? Get lucky with that fella?
      Piper: What fella'?
      Phoebe (snickers): I think he's talking about Jason. (Piper gives her a look) And no! I did not get lucky with Jason... Not that I'd want to anyway...
      Seamus: Hmm... So the burned child dreads the fire, eh?

    • Seamus (to Paige): Have you ever dated a little person before?

    • Piper (to a snake): Hi, okay, hi. Shoo---go away, see, I don't like snakes at all...shoo, go away!

    • Piper: Hello, have you forgotten about the big-boob fiasco??
      Paige: No, my back still hurts.

    • Phoebe: My bruises have bruises.

    • Paige: Vanquishing potion done?
      Piper: Well done!

    • Neil Giraldo: Hey, how ya been Seamus? It's been a long time.
      Seamus: Don't even try it Neil. I already hit you with me best shot, that's all you get!"

    • Seamus: Hold on to your knickers, darlin'.

    • Leo (to Wyatt): Don't tell your Mommy about this, 'kay?

    • Paige: It's hard to concentrate with you and Piper snipping at each other every two...
      Leo: We weren't snipping!

    • Phoebe (after being invoked with good luck the door bell rings): Who's it gonna be - George Clooney? Justin Timberlake?

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Štěstí pro čarodějky (Luck for the Sorceresses) France: Les leprechauns (The leprechauns) Italy: I folletti magici (The magical midgets) Germany: Glücksbringer (Lucky charms)

    • Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo are credited as "Special Appearances", unlike other musicians, that are credited as "Special Musical Guest". This is probably because they have small acting roles in the episode as well as performing at the end.


    • Saleel: The Charmed Ones. It's about time you got here
      Phoebe: Yeah, well, we had to make a little pit stop somewhere over the rainbow.

      This is a reference to the 1939 movie "The Wizard of Oz", in which somewhere over the rainbow is Munchkin land, which is essentially where Paige and Phoebe went. The film was based on the series of books by L. Frank Baum.

    • Title: Lucky Charmed

      This is a reference to the cereal, Lucky Charms, and it features a leprechaun as it's mascot.

    • Seamus: Don't even try it, Neil. I already hit you with my best shot.

      A nod to the episode's musical guest, this line is a paraphrasing from Pat Benatar's 1980 chart-topping single "Hit Me with Your Best Shot".

    • Phoebe: Who's it gonna be? George Clooney? Justin Timberlake?

      Phoebe's line about singer, Justin Timberlake at the door is a tongue-in-cheek reference to Alyssa's brief romance with him.