Season 8 Episode 12

Payback's A Witch

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 15, 2006 on The WB
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Episode Summary

With the intention of helping his parolee get a loan, Henry, along with Paige, go to a bank but instead the parolee decides to take everyone at the bank hostage. Meanwhile, Phoebe and Piper have their hands full when, during his third birthday party, Wyatt turns three of his toys into real people.moreless

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  • Payback's A Witch

    Payback's A Witch was a perfect episode of Charmed. I really enjoyed watching because there was a lot of action, drama and intrigue as Wyatt made his toys come to life, Paige and Henry went through a lot, and Billie risks every ones safety on her continued quest to find her sister. I liked how the story was played out. There was a lot of character development and it was interesting to see Wyatt use magic to bring toys to life in order to help find Leo. There were some good lessons in this episode. I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Wyatt makes his toys come to life during his 3rd birthday party, Piper and Phoebe do little of importance, and Billie's stupidity and ignorance fuels another episode's plot, this time one that involves Paige and Henry. The episode moves along in a bettermoreless

    Not the best episode, but only due to the HUGE inconsistancies and Billie's repeated stupidity. Whitelighter appearance was relevant and moved the season's big bad plot along a bit, and it was also funny. Phoebe's approace with Wyatt was actually good, and I didn't notice anything wrong with her this episode - no wanting to get pregnant crap, no mentioning moving out (which never works we've seen the sisters try it like 10 times), and no disgusting clothes. Wyatt's reaction was feasible also. But Phoebe and Piper didn't really contribute much at all to the main plot, and their sub-plot was sort of dull. I thought Phoebe was pretty dimwitted for taking SO long to figure out Wyatt's toys were extensions of his emotions. But I LOVED how Piper was so quick to figure out that the bank robbery involved a demon.

    Wyatt's Village-People-came-to-life toys were pretty obnoxious, and there's NO way that Wyatt's friends' parents would have been okay with them, right from the beginning when one of them shot a freaking arrow into the wall. And can Wyatt please talk? Come on kid, you're 3 years old now. I'm sure they could get him to at least make some type of simple response to something Piper asked him. I mean, if Mary Kate and Ashley could do it, they surely can find some new Wyatt actor who can also do it. Get rid of the retard who just mumbles.

    Onto the bank robbery, which was a nice plot in my opinion, although it obviously hinted at the "less magic a.k.a. crap budget" theme of this season. I also liked the Agent Murphy tie-in. Nice. Paige handled herself well for the most part. The healing Henry thing though, I think someone noticed that her hands were, um, glowing, and maybe suspected something was weird when Henry almost died then felt fine. But no, that's too hard for Charmed. I'll let the switching bodies thing go though, because yes we did see it as an audience, but I'll just assume that's so we would know what was going on. Now I didn't really understand why Piper just happened to be looking at the bank's cameras when Paige was signaling something. That's a pretty big stretch there.

    On to the episode's was to be expected, with Piper talking to Wyatt, but it was done well enough. Overall I'd say this episode held itself together pretty well, but there are still inconsistancies and situations that can't occur unless some/all of the people involved are to be considered retards. Not too bad Charmed (based on recent seasons, not the show's whole run, because in that case, this episode would be much more dull and less suspenseful), now get better and start building up tension for the finale.moreless
  • Paige and Billie are held hostage, as are we by this episode.

    Okay, straight up this has to be the worst episode of Charmed of all time. In watching it a second time, I have to admit I fast-forwarded through some parts rather than tolerate them a second time. Let me start with the easier part- the good things. Phoebe looks great this episode, love the pigtails. Secondly, Paige being able to heal is a good thing, I guess. Lastly, it is good that Leo isn't being forgotten.

    Otherwise, everything else is pretty much junk. Why didn't Billie just use her telekinesis to pull the gun out of the robber's hand? That wouldn't be exposing anything. Everyone would have just thought he dropped the dang thing. Billie makes a potion out of a bunch of crap from a purse? Come on. Paige and Henry vouche for a guy who then takes a bank hostage? Hahaha... poor choice. Besides Phoebe being cute, the scenes at the manor with the 3 action figures turned real by Wyatt are frankly somewhat painful to watch. There is some comedy there, but mostly, it is just foolishness. Paige makes one signal to the cameras and Piper just happens to be watching during that part. Preposterous, but that is pretty much this episode.moreless

    Bored, bored, bored

    This has to be the dullest episode of the whole series. I spent the whole hour waiting for something even mildly interesting to happen but to no avail. In a yawn inducing nutshell: Phoebe and Piper hold a birthday party for Wyatt while Paige and Billie get taken hostage in a bank.

    It's been a while since we've had a Wyatt based episode. It doesn't start too badly; the opening scene between Piper and Wyatt is quite touching and I liked Phoebe's spell to get the bear to talk. However, it then goes completely down the pan and the rest of the hour comprises little more than three blokes in silly costumes running around at a kids' party (though the soldier is quite fit).

    Paige and Billie's plot is even worse. Henry tries to help an ex-con get a bank loan. When the bank says no, the ex-con whips out a gun and takes everyone hostage. Nothing happens for a very long time then Henry gets shot and Paige heals him. It's about time Paige had a new power so this is good to see. On the other hand, Billie's 'potion' is ridiculous. A bit of tobacco and the contents of someone's make-up bag? Come on!

    Both plots are also incredibly predictable. I don't whether I have been watching Charmed for too long or whether the writers are just getting lazy but I saw every twist coming a mile off. As soon as I saw the three toys being lined up I knew they were going to come to life. It was also a given that the demon was going to possess the gunman at some point and Paige glamouring into Billie was so obvious it was painful.

    It must have cost a lot to make this instalment as there are stacks of guest actors, several big scenes and even a helicopter buzzing around the set. Shame they couldn't spend a little more on the plot. And will someone please teach Wyatt to speak. No kid can possibly be that quiet.

    Score: 7.7moreless
  • I like the idea of the hostage plot finally being taken in the series!

    This episode was great, almost perfect!

    Finally things are going upwards for Charmed. Granted, the last episode was a little blah, but starting with Vaya con Leos, and now this, I really look forward to the next episode!

    I think Paige and Billie did great in that bank.

    Furthermore, Paige finally finds a trigger for her healing power - love, love for Henry! Isn't that sweet! I think she's closer to revealing she's a witch to him now.

    The subplot with wyatt's "friends" was also good, but kind of a reminder to the episode "Cheaper by the Coven" where he also finds himself guilty for the demise of his family.

    All in all, good job!moreless
Alex Fernandez

Alex Fernandez

Lt. Sanchez

Guest Star

John Richard Todd

John Richard Todd


Guest Star

David Meunier

David Meunier


Guest Star

Ivan Sergei

Ivan Sergei

Henry Mitchell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (13)

    • TRIVIA: This is the second time that Paige glamours herself, lets her enemy kidnap her, and then attacks by surprise. This episode she does it using Billie's appearance. Previously she did this disguised as Hope in the episode Little Box of Horrors.

    • TRIVIA: This episode contains many magical incidents that should surely expose the world to magic. Included are when Nick gets possessed by Rohtul, and his face changes once he is; Paige heals Henry, and her hands glow; Paige and Billie swap identities and orbs appear, but none of the hostages seemed to notice. Also what about the surveillance cameras that were rolling throughout the whole thing? Not to mention the police observing the situation through them.

    • TRIVIA: Rose McGowan (Paige Matthews) sounds like she has a cold in this episode.

    • An Elder is shown in this episode wearing a wedding ring. Is it now allowed for them to marry, or is this ring left over from when he was alive? Or perhaps it's just a goof, and it's the real-life actor's wedding ring shown in error.

    • TRIVIA: This is the fifth episode in which one of the Charmed Ones heals using Whitelighter powers. Piper uses this power in the episodes "Love Hurts" and "Siren's Song" while Paige performs the same feat in "Charmed Again, Pt 2" and "Charmed and Dangerous". As opposed to the previous times Paige healed though, in this episode she did it on her own using her naturally self-developing powers to heal Henry.

    • TRIVIA: With this episode, the series became the longest running show with all female leads, surpassing the TV series Laverne & Shirley.

    • Ratio-wise, the headdress of the toy Indian is much, much larger compared to the headdress of the live Indian. He should've had a headdress about twice as big.

    • TRIVIA: In this episode after Phoebe takes Wyatt's teddy bear and magically gets it to talk for Wyatt, he transforms three of his other toys (an Indian, Soldier and Cowboy) into real people and has them speak for him too.

    • TRIVIA: The song during the opening guest-star credits is Depeche Mode's "Precious".

    • TRIVIA: It's revealed that Henry's last name is Mitchell.

    • TRIVIA: Wyatt's third birthday is celebrated in this episode.

    • TRIVIA: For the first time ever, Paige heals someone by herself - Henry, speculated to be because of her feelings towards him.

    • When Piper and Phoebe left the manor to help Paige, they left Wyatt with his life-size toys, but where was baby Chris?

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Henry: I've never seen him like this. It's like he just snapped.
      Billie (sarcastically): Oh, really? Is that what he did?

    • Phoebe (waves her hand over Wyatt's teddy bear and says a spell): Little bear, show me how you care, tell me how you really feel, if you were real. (the bear magically comes to life)
      Bear: I'm so sad, I want to cry all the time.
      Phoebe: Oh no, Why are you sad, Bear?
      Bear (looks over at Wyatt): You want to tell her, or should I?
      (Wyatt looks over at his toy Soldier, Indian and Cowboy, blinks his eyes magcially brings them to life and 6 feet tall)
      Phoebe (looks up at the toys and then Wyatt): Oh my God! (Wyatt laughs) How'd you do that?

    • Wyatt's birthday party has started and he's missing in action.
      Vivian: So, um, where's the birthday boy?
      Piper: That's a good question. (screams Phoebe's name) Phoebe!
      Phoebe: Sorry, sorry! (She & Wyatt arrive on the landing) Here's the birthday boy! (the guests clap and cheer when Wyatt comes downstairs)
      Vivian: Happy Birthday!
      Piper: Where you been?
      Phoebe: Oh you know, just upstairs, chatting, playing with some toys. Wow! This just seems like a huge success. (looks at her watch) Maybe we should wrap it up.
      Piper: What are you talking about? The party just started. Wait a minute. What happened? What's wrong?
      (an arrow hits the door frame and the guests scream)

    • Solider (to Wyatt about Leo): Don't you worry, we won't give up until we find him.

    • Piper (to Phoebe): I'll go, you stay here with Wyatt and make sure he turns Pinocchio back into wood!

    • (Paige & Billie are still being held hostage in the bank)
      Billie (referring to Nick): I think you're getting to him.
      Paige: Yeah, well...not soon enough. Henry's in pretty bad shape.
      Billie: Well, he's a tough guy, he'll be okay.
      Paige: I don't know. When it comes right down to it, I'm gonna orb him out of here.
      Billie: I thought you didn't want to use magic?
      Paige: I don't, but I don't want to see him die either!

    • Wyatt's life size toys throw open the attic door and start searching the room, with Phoebe coming right behind them.
      Phoebe: Okay... Who, whoa. Let's not scare the guests anymore then we already have, okay? What are you guys looking for anyway?
      Indian: The Great White Father.
      Phoebe (confused) Leo?
      Soldier: Stand down, he's not here.
      Cowboy: Maybe we should try the basement. (Soldier nods in agreement)
      Phoebe: Hey! Back up, all of you. (shoves the toys back in to the attic) How do you know we have a basement?
      Cowboy: Don't know, just do.
      Phoebe: And who told you to look for Leo?
      Soldier: No one ma'am. He's missing and it's our job to find him. Now if you'll excuse us -- (toys try to leave the attic again)
      Phoebe (shoves them back in to the attic again) Why is it your job?
      Cowboy: Because it's our fault he's gone.
      Phoebe: Your fault? How would it be your fault?
      Indian: It is also the Great White Father's fault. He broke his promise.
      Phoebe: Okay, now that's the second time you've mentioned the promise. What promise, are we talking about?
      Soldier: The promise that he would always be there, ma'am, that he would never leave.
      Cowboy: Unless he left because on account of something we did.
      Phoebe: "We"? Oh my God! You're not Wyatt's toys, you're Wyatt!

    • Wyatt's birthday party is over and Phoebe is at the door with the departing guests.
      Vivian: Thank you so much. This is the best birthday party Emma has ever been to! Those characters were so amazing!
      Phoebe: Yeah, you can thank Wyatt for that.

    • Piper (looks over at Wyatt playing with is his life size toys in the living room): Is he safe with them?
      Phoebe: More then you know.

    • Possessor Demon/Nick: Go ahead and orb him out of here. You can do it, I know you want to.
      Paige: Shut up!
      Possessor Demon/Nick: You can't let him die, Paige. You'll never be able to forgive yourself, if you do.
      (Paige moves her hand closer to Henry's wound and all of sudden her hands start to glow. She looks down at her hands in surprise and then heals Henry's wound, while the Possessor, demon looks on in shock).
      Possessor Demon/Nick: What?!
      (Henry becomes conscious after he's healed, looks around confused).
      Henry: Am I dead?
      Paige (laughs and smiles at Henry): No, you're alive!
      Possessor Demon/Nick: That's not possible! That's not possible! This is not happening!

    • Phoebe (laughing about the life-sized dolls): Oh, that's some good stuff. Look, you know, bright side is they have a good time.
      Piper: This is not a good time. This is chaos!
      Phoebe: Yeah, but you gotta admit, the army guy is kinda cute.
      Piper: Forget it, Phoebe. He's not anatomically correct!

    • Piper(to Phoebe who has caused a stir at Wyatt's birthday party and is now hiding behind the balloons): are in big trouble!

    • Billie (to the Possesser Demon): So, uh, where were we? (throws a potion at the demon and he bursts into flames)
      Paige: Yes, where were we?
      Piper: What is it going to take, to get through to you?
      Billie: Hey, you guys ... I know. Believe me, you don't have to tell me anymore. I just wanna find my sister, so badly.
      Piper: I know and I wanna get my husband back so badly, but that doesn't mean I run around half-cocked, all the time, to do it.
      Phoebe: And, it's not gonna do your sister any good if you get yourself killed, while trying to find her.
      Billie: I know that, now, I'm not gonna let vengence drive me, to try and find her. Now it's about bringing her home, safely and that's it.

    • Henry (while lying on a gurney, after being shot): Hey, you were all I could think about, there.
      Billie (as Paige, uncomfortable with Henry's words): Oh, okay, well, I'll see you soon, Henry. (she walks away, leaving behind a very confused Henry)

    • Billie: Hey, speaking of Henry, how did he make such a miraculous recovery?
      Paige: Well, I don't really think we have to discuss this now.
      Piper (suspicious): What happened?
      Billie: Well, I think that, Paige, healed him.
      (Piper & Phoebe look at Paige in surprise)
      Piper: By yourself?
      Paige: It's not a big deal.
      Phoebe: Well, it makes sense, you are half whitelighter.
      Piper: Still, something pretty extreme must have happened between you two. What were you feeling?
      Billie (teasing): Love, maybe?
      Paige (a little embarrassed, to Billie): Don't make me sorry I saved you. (Phoebe & Billie laugh)

    • (Piper & Wyatt are on the living room couch, with his real life-sized toys standing in the entrance, watching them.).
      Piper (to Wyatt): I want you to know, your Daddy is a brave man, he always has been. And what he's doing now, is very brave too. I just need you to know - it's important. That this isn't your fault, it's not anybody's fault. It just is and I know it's hard to understand. But I'm going to do everything in my power to get your Daddy back, ok? I'm going to do everything to get your Daddy back.
      (Wyatt looks over at his toys, blinks his eyes and magically shrinks them back to their normal plastic selves. Wyatt then looks over at Piper and smiles who sighs and smiles back at him).
      That's a good job, buddy, come here. (Piper hugs Wyatt) Oh my goodness, you're such a big boy. Don't worry.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Piper: I'll go, you stay here with Wyatt and make sure he turns Pinocchio back into wood!

      This is a reference to the Disney movie "Pinocchio", about a wooden puppet who turned into a little boy by magic.

    • Title: Payback's A Witch

      A reference to the common saying "payback's a bitch".