Charmed

Season 7 Episode 6

Once in a Blue Moon

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 17, 2004 on The WB
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A blue moon causes problems right after the Elders', suspicious of Leo, assign the sisters a new whitelighter. Meanwhile, Agent Brody tells Paige of a powerful new threat, and Phoebe and Leslie confess their true feelings for each other as Leslie prepares to leave.

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  • Once in a Blue Moon

    9.0
    Once in a Blue Moon was a superb episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because the story lines came together in an intriguing way. The scenes were engaging and full of character and plot development. It was funny watching the sisters endure "that time of the month" but things got serious when they realized the effects of the Blue Moon on their phase. It was sad to see Phoebe going through issues with Leslie as she continues to stand him up and always have an excuse she can't explain. There was magic and more learned about the mysterious new figures of power. I liked learning more about Agent Brody as well. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • The Monsterous Ones

    5.0
    Once In A Blue Moon-A blue moon causes problems right after the Elders', suspicious of Leo, assign the sisters a new whitelighter. Meanwhile, Agent Brody tells Paige of a powerful new threat, and Phoebe and Leslie confess their true feelings for each other as Leslie prepares to leave.

    Hmmm, well, this has all the makings for a great, even dark episode, but all the typical Charmed inconsistencies and weak writing choices just make it barely average. The dilemma at hand with the whtielighters being attacked was a nice set up, not to mention watching the second one especially get ripped apart was pretty graphic for Charmed! An even bigger surprise is when the sisters transformed into the monsters that were attacking the whitelighters in the first place! It was actually a shocking and unforseen twist that had so many possibilities But like anything with Chamred these days, the wirters play this more for laughs and even have the nerve to brush it off because it won't happen for another 50 years! Okay!! How bought a damn explanation writers!? Why is it that the sisters turn to monsters during the blue moon in the first place!? Has it happened before to other witches in their line or not!? Why the hell do the Elders not know about it!? Seriously, WHAT. THE. HELL!? O_0 What's the point of this whole point! I swear at this point, if the writers took a Writing 101 class, they would fail...MISERABLY.

    Luckily, the plot with Leo and the evil that's haunting him moves forward. We even get see the big threat of the season for the first time, which turns out to be the Avatars, who were first introduced in Season 5's "Sam I Am". Whether the writers' planned ahead (which of course they didn't!) or simply saw a opportunity to further explore the characters, it's a great development as their powers seem pretty invincible. Though, it sucks they couldn't get Tony Todd back as one of the Avatars, how badass would it have been as a villain/threat to the sisters!!! The plot development with the demon possessing Leo was another weak point and I still don't understand where the writers got all these lightning powers from!? Where were these powers when the Titans killed most of them!? Hard to believe just 2 Titans could kill all those Elders if they could collectively shoot thunderbolts at them!? If you look up the word "plothole" in the dictionary, Brad Kern face shows up right next to it. God, being a writer on Charmed must have been the easiest job in the world!! O_0 Lastly, the writers finally send Nick Lachey on his "former boy bander turned ratings product" way and it's simply too late. We all knew from the start the relationship wasn't gonna work, yet they forced it down our throats. Oh well, please let the door hit on the way out, you over-smiling d@uche! All and All, "Once In A Blue Moon" has the right about of twists and shocks, but in the end, it's just mediocre mess.moreless
  • One of the worst episode in this series.

    1.0
    You thought this episode will be interesting? You are totally wrong. Very wrong. This is just another episode full with rubbish and nothing happened at all. A complete waste of my time to watch this stupid episode with stupid plot. The Charmed Ones transferred into beast? What the crap is this? Awful is also the word to describe this episode. A pointless episode full of rubbish. I hate this episode so much. Season 1 to season 3 is good, but after Brad Kern take over the show, the show is getting worse, and worse and become WORST. The writers need to do something before this show becomes the worst show in US history.moreless
  • I really liked this episode!

    9.5
    This episode was really good, even with Leo being possessed by a Possessor Demon & attacking some Elders again (I hope the ones that were lying on the ground were okay & not dead! ...). Odin was (that's a great/nice name for that Elder, I like it!) really furious & assumed that Leo did it on purpose, he apologized before this had happened about thinking Leo killed Zora (although he did) & (supposedly) after it was over again so Leo isn't going to be punished by them! Yet I don't know why they still think that they can't tell The Elders the truth about what happened to Zora, now that they know that The Elders sometimes lose their heads & don't listen before acting/judging. I can almost guarantee that they'll be very angry at Leo & The Charmed Ones for withholding the truth from them & lying about it also. Yet I believe or at least I'd hope that if they explain they didn't say anything right away because they weren't sure if The Elders would listen before condemning Leo like they almost did in this episode & they knew it was something else that contributed to Zora's death & that they have proof now, that The Elders would understand why & accept that. I know that doesn't happen in the series though, it would've been nice though. So, long story short an awesome episode with both some bad & some good stuff happening along with various other things!moreless
  • THE HOUND OF THE HALLIWELLS

    9.0
    The Hound of the Halliwells



    This is one of those annoying hours which starts off full of promise but somehow fails to deliver. There are plenty of strands: elders, werewolves, avatars, Leslie, Agent Brody. The trouble is, few of them tie up.



    When a whitelighter is mauled by a strange black beast, the elders decide to blame Leo, proving beyond all doubt that they are indeed a bunch of worthless, interfering backstabbers. I wish Leo would just kill the lot of them and be done with it.



    The stuff with the werewolves was interesting, and I had the shock of my life when the sisters morphed into them. Totally did not see that coming. I kept expecting there to be some reason behind it but it turned out to be nothing more than an excuse to roll out some dodgy graphics and splash a bit of ketchup about.



    The avatars are back! And this week we learn they are the new power we've been hearing about. I'm so glad the writers have done this; it shows great continuity and the fact they are neutral makes them all the more intriguing. Hopefully that means this is the last we'll see of those stupid green heads. They are seriously lame.



    The Agent Brody strand is the most interesting. Like most policemen in San Francisco, he seems to know all about witches but the fact he thinks he can protect the Charmed Ones is new. He's a great character and I really like his blossoming relationship with Paige. More Brody please!



    So Phoebe's ghostwriter is leaving already. Shame that, I was kind of enjoying Nick Lachey in that green shirt. Seriously though, I don't know why they keep doing this. If you're going to introduce a love interest, at least make him stick around long enough for us to care when he leaves. They made the same mistake with Richard. Love the way Piper freezes the black guy mid shimmer. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for the terrible CGI used for the werewolves. Please, guys, leave the animation to Disney.



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John de Lancie

John de Lancie

Odin

Guest Star

Treva Etienne

Treva Etienne

Possessor Demon

Guest Star

T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne

Danny

Guest Star

Joel Swetow

Joel Swetow

Avatar Alpha

Recurring Role

Kerr Smith

Kerr Smith

Agent Kyle Brody

Recurring Role

Nick Lachey

Nick Lachey

Leslie St. Claire

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (12)

    • When the smoke alarm on the ceiling starts bleeping, Piper asks Leo to turn it off, to which he replies he'll go fetch a ladder. Why use a ladder when he can levitate?

    • TRIVIA: Joel Swetow previously appeared as Avatar Alpha in the season 5 episodes "Sam I Am" and "Centennial Charmed".

    • TRIVIA: Piper previously transformed into a beast under the full moon in the episode "The Wendigo".

    • A blue moon is not actually blue. It is a full moon that occurs in a month that has already had a full moon. Paige says that she read in the "Book of Shadows" that the occurrence of two blue moons in a single year happens only once every 50 years; but according to science.nasa.gov, this phenomenon happens about once every 25 years.

    • TRIVIA: The ice cream Paige is eating is "Ben & Jerry's Phish Food" which in real life is known as Rose McGowan's favorite.

    • When Phoebe is talking to Leslie and she starts to read the newspaper she is supposedly reading from horoscopes. However she is looking at the bottom left and by the view of the newspaper it's clear that the horoscopes start on the top right.

    • TRIVIA: This marks the sixth and final appearance of Nick Lachey as Leslie St. Claire.

    • Paige orbs out as soon as Piper bursts into the dining room, startling Paige causing the orbs. She also gets startled and orbs when Brody arrives and spots Paige at his place. Yet when Piper blows up the chandelier, Paige flinches but doesn't orb - wouldn't that cause her to be jumpy and startled, and then orb?

    • Why would the Elders think Leo attacked the new whitelighter - the guy was clawed (and presumably bitten). How would that possibly tie to Leo?

    • It's been shown in the past the Elders can listen in on conversations when they're not present, so is it really a good idea for the sisters to be discussing Leo's situation out loud in the kitchen?

    • Considering they want to make the Avatars the "new and most powerful threat ever" they seem actually far weaker than their appearance in season five. Back then, the Avatars showed they have complete control over time, surely instead of obviously exposing themselves to the Charmed Ones (and bringing Piper even closer to Leo) they could have just rewind time a few minutes earlier and kill the demon before he could speak to them. In fact, why even keep him alive at all after what he did?

    • When Paige grabs the ice-cream it still has the cover on and there's no sign of a spoon and Phoebe starts talking to her about personal gain. In the next frame, while Phoebe is finishing her sentence, we see a close-up on Paige and the cover is off and she has a spoon filled with ice-cream. There wasn't enough time (less than a second) for her to open the cover and pick up the spoon.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • (The Possessor Demon shimmers in the kitchen)
      Leo: Who're you?
      Possessor Demon: Actually, I'm about to be you. (possesses Leo)

    • Phoebe: Any idea what this meeting's all about?
      Paige: Oh, probably something to do with the kids
      Phoebe: Why, did something happen?
      Paige: Oh, I'm sure they've gotten kidnapped by the latest demon or something.

    • Paige: Well, he's fine now, though. You know, we dis-possessed him.
      Agent Brody: Wait - you did what?
      Paige: Well, we got rid of the demon. We get possessed all the time - it's no big deal.

    • Piper (after burning the second batch of muffins): Great. Now not only am I exhausted, but I'm starving.
      Phoebe: Ooh. I see your "exhausted" and your "starving" and I raise you "bloated".

    • Piper (about a new whitelighter): Look, we have enough people orbing in and out of here on a daily basis; we don't need another. (She blows up the toaster)
      Leo (looks at the toaster): Got it. (He orbs out)
      Phoebe (sadly): That was a great toaster.

    • Piper: Paige try and orb one of these crystals away.
      Paige: Crystal.
      Paige orbs the crystal through a window and Piper stares at her.
      Paige: Blue moon?

    • Phoebe: So when can we talk?
      Leslie: I don't know, maybe, tonight at dinner.
      Phoebe: Oh I can't do it tonight, but I can do breakfast tomorrow and then maybe dinner and then maybe breakfast again.
      Leslie: I'll hold you to it.

    • Phoebe(to a whitelighter): You know for a whitelighter you are very wimpy.

    • Phoebe (about Piper's burnt muffins): Oh that is so sad.
      Paige: Eh, eh, eh, no weeping. You promised.

    • Odin: No. What I saw was what I never would've imagined. The Charmed Ones turning into demons.
      Phoebe: No, that wasn't demonic. That was, you know, that time of the month.
      Paige: No! It was a Blue Moon.

    • Piper (to the Avatars about Leo): Whoever you are - stay away from my husband!

    • Phoebe: So what time's your flight?
      Leslie: Noon. So you ready to come back?
      Phoebe: More than you'll know. Thanks to you.
      Leslie: Me? I didn't do anything, I just kept the seat warm for you.
      Phoebe: You did more than that, and you know it. When I first met you, I was totally lost. That's why I needed to get away from all of this, you know? I couldn't give advice, especially not about love, and I realized that, I was just afraid, but I'm not afraid anymore. (They kiss) Thank you.
      Leslie: You're welcome. I guess it just wasn't meant to be, you and me?
      Phoebe: Maybe not right now.
      They hug for one last time.
      Leslie: See ya.
      Phoebe: See ya.

    • Paige: Hey, maybe he's pulling away from you because hmmm, maybe he's... I dunno...leaving.

    • The sisters wake up after turning into the monsters.
      Paige: What happened?
      Odin: You attacked us.
      Phoebe: Oh really, then how come I'm the one with the headache?
      Odin: We were forced to protect ourselves.

    • Paige (to Phoebe): You get so emotional when you're PMSing.
      Phoebe: Yeah, and you get mean.
      Paige: I do not get mean, I'm above it all, nothing happens to me.
      Piper walks in.
      Piper: Alrighty then!
      Paige orbs out then back in.
      Phoebe: Oh right, nothing happens to you, you're above it all.
      Paige: Fine, I get a little jumpy.
      Piper: And I get a little pissy, so watch it.
      Paige & Phoebe: We know.

    • Paige: We're demons?
      Piper: No, Paige, we are not demons.
      Phoebe: We're monsters.
      Paige: Okay, I knew we were a little testy this time of the month, but this is just crazy!

    • Phoebe: Oh that was just the blue moon. It won't happen for another 50 years.
      Piper: Yeah, and by that time we'll just be a menace to our rest home. So I think you're safe.

    • Leo: Piper, you can't blow up a whitelighter.
      Phoebe: Why not? She blows you up all the time.

    • Leo: What's going on with you guys?
      Piper: Witches with PMS. Look out.

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