Charmed

Season 8 Episode 11

Mr. & Mrs. Witch

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 08, 2006 on The WB
7.7
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When her parents come for a visit, Billie accidently transforms them into assassins and also manages to contact a demon who is posing as a human. Meanwhile, Piper attempts to continue her life without Leo; Paige tries to make a connection with Henry; Phoebe tries to find a way to have her own life.moreless

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  • Mr. & Mrs. Witch

    9.0
    Mr. & Mrs. Witch was a superb and very entertaining episode of Charmed. I really enjoyed watching because there was a lot of action, drama, and intrigue. It was interesting to see Billie's parents and how they interacted with each other. They were awesome assassins and I liked watching them in action. Paige had some good scenes trying to get to know Henry and Phoebe was still trying to find herself and she came to an inevitable conclusion. I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!moreless
  • Billie fails to listen to the sisters and messes things up, initiating another episode with too much Billie. Billie's parents return, Billie gets a new power, and Billie has sad emotional end-of-the-episode time with mommy.moreless

    6.5
    Well I definitely think Billie was the star of this episode, and I see no way anyone can deny it. I hope my summary made obvious the stupid ehnanced Billie-ness of this episode. And haven't we seen the lame "Billie goes out and doesn't listen to the sisters, messing things up and in turn creating the plot for the whole episode" plot like 5 times already this season? If Billie never met with that demon guy, him and his "Annie the nanny" friend wouldn't have ever known about the sisters and would have never been able to set up Billie's parents. And apparently the sisters don't even mind that Billie doesn't listen to them anymore, because they never said a thing to her. I mean, Billie showed Phoebe the news story on her computer, and she didn't seem to care. Yes Paige and Piper didn't see the news story, but didn't they think it was a bit odd that somehow Nanny and demon-as-human guy set up Billie's parents???



    I'd have to say that it was nice in a way that Billie's parents came back, because we found out that they actually did know that Billie and her sister were witches. Though it's inane and insipid and banal and terse and no one cares and I just want Billie to find her sister's stupid rotting corpse already so she gives up searching for her and kills herself, I guess the stupid Billie's missing sister side-plot (or is this crap the main plot of the show now...?) moved along nicely.



    Phoebe's writer's block was incredibly dumb because the result of the whole stupid sub-plot was her wanting to move out, and what the heck how many times have the sisters tried to move out over the last 8 years??? IT DOESN'T WORK! I do like Phoebe's hair though, and I'm sooo glad she didn't mention anything about getting pregnant or anything along those lines.



    Paige and Henry finally made the hook-up, that's good. Except he looked pretty trashy during this episode...maybe because he said he's been working really hard lately?



    Piper didn't do too much this episode. The way her grief crap was executed was horrible. She didn't have anything to work with really, and the whole thing came off as lame. She just seemed...weak and boring.



    So after this episode, we find out Billie's parents knew her sister and she are witches, Piper's obviously sad because Leo is gone, and Paige finally got something from Henry. Phoebe um...has nice hair.moreless
  • BRING BACK LEO!

    8.0
    Bring back Leo!



    This episode isn't as bad as some on here make out. The acting's alright, the demon plot is well thought out and there's some good character development for Billie. Even Kaley's acting takes a turn for the better.



    The real problem is the focus. First up, this is yet another episode centred on, you've guessed it, Billie. And then there's the timing. Leo has all but died and all he gets is one or two lousy mentions in the opening scene. Where is the grief? Why does Piper carry on like he's away on nothing more than a business trip? A poor showing by the writers.



    Including Billie's parents in the episode was a good idea (although what was with that dress?) but what having them turn into James and Janet Bond was wrong on so many levels. Do all hired killers spend every possible second snogging each other? I doubt it. And who the hell insults their parents by calling them cold hearted assassins? I've not seen the film Mr and Mrs Smith but on this evidence I don't think I'll bother.



    All this nonsense springs from Billie's new power of projection, which works as follows: 1) Billie makes an offhand remark 2) something near her changes for no apparent reason. I'm sorry but this really does jump the shark.



    Paige and Henry are fast becoming the new Prue and Andy. All this faffing around with missed dates is painful. If you're going to have a relationship please just get on with it. Phoebe is hardly used at all this week. Still, at least she's stopped going on about babies.



    The best thing by far is the demon plot. It's nicely plotted and leads to some good individual scenes. The idea of the company chairman being switched at birth is interesting and Piper even gets to freeze something. Whatever next?



    Score: 8.2moreless
  • When Billie discovers the power of projection, she inadvertently transforms her parents into cold-blooded assassins who are then hired to kill the CEO of a powerful company.

    9.1
    Billie's parents are really tight and stuck up. One of the bits i found funny was when they are all having dinner and Paige gets out of it by saying that she has to go meet Henry but she also says that one of the people you don't want to be late for is a parole officer and Billie's parents think she means that he is her parole officer. Billie dosen't actually relise that she has a new power until she kills a plant by saying her parents were going to suck the life out of the place, and then turns her parents into assassins.moreless
  • Billie's parents are coming for a visit, and during a dinner at the manor, Billie somehow turns them into a parody of the movie Mr and Mrs Smith. Yeah.

    1.3
    This was one of those episodes that you just want to end. It started out rather promising with some nice oneliners and, as always, excellent play from the leading ladies, but the main storyline just plain sucked.



    I really resent the manner in which everything is starting to focus on Billie. I had begun to warm up to her, especially after Vaya Con Leos, but her character remains uninteresting and her relationship with her wimping mother (what's with that hideous dress, mom?) and s.o.b.-father is never as moving as it probably appeared on paper. As another review on this website pointed out, it's an awful idea to have Phoebe leave the manor at this point. Her 'journey' hasn't really been of any interest since Cole's exit back in season 5 (or arguably in season 4). And it makes no sense that she should leave Piper right now where she lost Leo and probably feels rather alone?!

    The Paige-Henry storyline isn't really that gripping, either, but Rose McGowan and Ivan Sergei have genuine chemistry, rather like she had with Kerr Smith. Get the relationship going already, we all realise they're headed for the bed!



    All in all, a very bad episode which never seemed to end. The main storyline is very, very uninteresting and there's no real story development, except for Christy's diary that Billie's mother passes over to her, hoping that she might be able to interpret something in it.

    It's a shame that this episode follows Vaya Con Leos which was awesome.moreless
Meagen Fay

Meagen Fay

Nanta

Guest Star

Barbara Niven

Barbara Niven

Helen Jenkins

Guest Star

David Starzyk

David Starzyk

Carl Jenkins

Guest Star

Ivan Sergei

Ivan Sergei

Henry Mitchell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (15)

    • In this episode, Phoebe suggests that Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins must be the carriers of the powers, but earlier, Billy said they had no idea about magic, and later, Mrs. Jenkins said that her mother was magical, but skipped a generation down to Billy and Christie. So when the sisters used the "To Call A Lost Witch" spell, it shouldn't have brought Mrs. Jenkins to them, let alone Mr. Jenkins who isn't magical at all. Mr. Jenkins could have only come if he was magical, or if he was touching Mrs. Jenkins, but he wasn't, he was just targeting her.

    • Phoebe says she has never seen projection power but in the season 5 episode Witches In Tights Kevin had that power.

    • After Billie turns her parents into assassins Pheobe says that it wasn't a spell because it didn't rhyme, but in season 4 episode Lost and Bound Paige uses a haiku to kill Ludlow because she "couldn't do the rhyming thing."

    • When Paige comes home from p3 after she gets stood up she starts stirring the potion and says something like "can we use the stun potion on Henry?" then in the next shot she's not stirring it anymore.

    • In this episode, young Wyatt wears a red cowboy hat with white whipping around the brim, similar to the hat young Andy Trudeau wears in the season 1 episode, That 70's Episode, except that the whipping on Wyatt's hat runs in the opposite direction.

    • TRIVIA: The opening sequence that is shown from this episode and until Kill Billie: Vol.2 is the only opening sequence in the whole history of the series which doesn't feature Kit.

    • After Billie's parents are accused of murder and she is viewing the report over the internet, the marker of the time spot of the video run time jumps forward and backward between shots.

    • Why would Billie assume that Christy was magical but not even consider the idea that her parents might be?

    • When Paige is going down the stairs past dancing couples at P3, a scene flashes of a woman leading a man as they dance... This exact same scene appeared in the season two episode "Awakened".

    • The sisters used the "call for a lost witch" spell to summon Billie's parents, and while this may work with Billie's mother, it wouldn't with her father since he is not magical. Plus since scrying isn't working either (as stated per Paige, although it has been done successfully before) there would be no way to "call" him.

    • It is once again stated, by Paige this time, that one cannot scry for non-magical beings, though it's been done, with success, several times before.

    • TRIVIA: As of this episode Phoebe has a new assistant, Dorrie.

    • TRIVIA: Since Brian Krause (Leo) has been removed from the opening credits, there seem to be a few more clips of the four actresses remaining on the series (Holly, Alyssa, Rose and Kaley).

    • TRIVIA: Bilie discovers that she & Christy inherited their witch powers from their grandmother, and since it seemed to skip a generation, their mother does not have them.

    • TRIVIA: Billie develops a new power called Projection, in which she can transform people or things into whatever comes to her mind.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Phoebe (to her sisters & Billie): Okay, let's talk over here... (to Billie's parents who are practically making out) You guys just don't mind us... just keep grossing me out over there.

    • Phoebe: Hey... are you okay?
      Billie: Oh yeah sure, considering my parents tried to shoot me.

    • Phoebe (as she walks into the room where Paige is talking to Henry): Paige we gotta move. (upon seeing Henry) So we can get the thing from the thing for the thing.

    • As Billie and Phoebe untie Piper.
      Phoebe: Piper what happened?
      Piper: Well, your parents jumped me. That's the last time I invite them for dinner.

    • Billie: Did you know that Christy was a witch? I mean, that I was?
      Mrs. Jenkins: Mm-hmm. Just like your grandmother. (looks down at herself and then back at Billie) I guess it skipped a generation, huh? (they smile at each other)
      Billie: Lucky you.
      Mrs. Jenkins: No, lucky you. You have a very special gift, Billie, one you were meant to do great things with. I know that. Just embrace it.

    • Mrs. Jenkins and Billie are bonding in Billie's dorm room and are talking about Christy.
      Mrs. Jenkins: You were wildly different as two kids could be.
      Billie: We were?

    • Paige: Just a question. Why is it so hard for you to get close to people?
      Henry: Well, you don't beat around the bush, do you?

    • Phoebe (referring to Nanta): Too bad Mary Poppins got away.
      Piper (spoon feeding baby Chris): Oh don't worry. I'm sure we'll be seeing her again in about 30 years or so.
      Phoebe: Oh we won't be doing this in 30 years. (looks over at baby Chris in his high chair) They will.
      Piper: I wonder where I'll be?
      Phoebe: My guess, is you'll be sitting right here feeding your grandkids, with Leo.
      Piper: Let's hope so.
      Phoebe: Piper, give yourself a break. It's going to take some time and you have to allow yourself that time.
      Piper: Sounds like good advice. (referring to Phoebe's advice problems) Did you have any for the twins?
      Phoebe: Actually, I did, I suggested that she move out of the house and get her own space.
      Piper: That's good advice.
      A few minutes later, Piper picks up baby Chris and walks out of the room and Phoebe flips through the paper and opens to the condominiums for sale section.

    • Mr. & Mrs. Jenkins hold guns on Piper, Phoebe & Billie.
      Piper: Billie, I really don't want to blow up your parents, but...
      Billie: All right, stop it, this is crazy! You want to shoot me, is that what you want to do?!
      Phoebe: Easy, Billie.
      Billie: You already lost one daughter. You want to lose another, too? (walks closer to her parents) You want to pull the trigger, Mom? It's not going to bring Christy back. I know that's the one thing you want more then anything else in the world. Why didn't you tell me you kept searching for her? Don't you think I needed to know, that I wanted to know? I was scared & young and I didn't know any better and I just thought you didn't care about me or her. And now you're all I have left. (her parents change back to their normal selves).
      Mrs. Jenkins (brushes Bilie's hair away from her face): Oh Billie. I'm sorry, baby.
      Billie and her parents cry & hug each other. A minute later, Paige walks in.
      Paige (to Piper & Phoebe): Hey, guys, I think I figured out a way to clear their names. (sees Billie and her parents) Did I miss something?

    • Phoebe: I mean you're a growing witch and our powers are tied to our emotions and you've been surpressing those lately.
      Billie: Well, if I can turn my parents into something, I can turn them back. (looks at the dead flowers) Dead flowers, come alive again. (nothing happens).
      Phoebe: It takes awhile to get a hang of new powers, plus you aren't in the same emotional state you were downstairs.
      Billie: How do I get back to that same emotional state?
      Phoebe: I don't know, but when you figure it out, just be careful what you say.

    • Billie: Phoebe, what's happening to me?
      Phoebe: Oh sweetie, I don't know, although, I do know of a power called Projection and I've never actually seen it but I know it exists.
      Bilie: Projection?
      Phoebe: It lets a witch turn people and things into whatever comes to mind, without a spell or potion, it's pretty powerful stuff.

    • Phoebe & Billie walk into the attic to look in the Book of Shadows for a way to turn Billie's parents back into their normal selves.
      Phoebe: Well, I don't think it was a spell, because the words didn't rhyme, obviously it had something to do with the words, right? Or maybe it was just --
      Billie (as she looks over at the wilted flowers and then walks towards them): -- me.
      Phoebe (flipping through the Book of Shadows): Well no, it couldn't have been just you. I mean that was a pretty powerful transformation, down there.
      Billie (leans over the wilted flowers): Well tell that to these flowers. This morning they were alive, until I said something like "suck the life out of this place" and then they just --
      Phoebe: -- had the life sucked out of them?

    • Billie (still looking shocked over her parents' transformation): Mom, Dad?
      Mrs. Jenkins: Who are you?
      Billie: I'm your daughter, Billie.

    • Billie (as she is looking at Piper & Phoebe, confused): What is going on?!
      Phoebe: Piper, what did you put in their food?
      Piper: Food was in the food, thank you very much!
      Phoebe: Okay, but how do you explain this?
      Piper: Don't look at me. (pointing at Billie) She's the one who said "assassins"!
      Billie: It's a figure of speech!
      Phoebe: Well, apparently not.

    • Mrs. Jenkins pulls her knife out of the wall, slides her finger down the blade and then sucks on her finger.
      Mrs. Jenkins: Titanium, the best. (to her husband) Nice gun, where'd you get it?
      Mr. Jenkins: I don't know but I like it.
      Mrs. Jenkins: Ha! Me too!

    • A fly buzzes around, while Bilie argues with her parents..
      Billie: I don't care about you?! You guys are cold-hearted assassins!
      A second later a magical glow comes over Mr. & Mrs. Jenkins and they are turned into assassins. Mrs. Jenkins throws a knife into the wall killing the fly.
      Mr. Jenkins: Nice shot, babe.
      Mrs. Jenkins: Thanks, honey.
      Billie, Piper & Phoebe watch all of this in amazement.
      Piper: Oh boy!

    • Piper decides to record everyday events for Leo's return.
      Phoebe: You're videotaping yourself setting the table?
      Piper: Well, when you go on a long trip, it's the little things you miss.
      Phoebe: Yeah, but sweetie, he's not on a long trip, he's frozen.
      Piper: Not for long.

    • Phoebe & Bilie are in the attic, talking about Billie's parents.
      Phoebe: It can't be as bad as you think, who knows, they might even surprise you.
      Billie: Surprise me? They're going to suck the life out of this place.
      A second later, an arrangement of flowers die. Billie turns around, see this and looks around the attic confused.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Phoebe: Think Manchurian Candidate.
      Paige: Which version?
      Phoebe: Does it matter?

      This references the 1964 movie "The Manchurian Candidate", about a brainwashed assassin. The movie was also remade in 2004.

    • Title: Mr. & Mrs. Witch

      This is a reference to the 2005 film "Mr. & Mrs. Smith", starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as rival spies who also happened to be married. Plus it is also a reference to the 1996 TV series Mr. & Mrs. Smith, starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello as two spies who pose as a married couple.

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