Charmed

Season 8 Episode 5

Rewitched

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 23, 2005 on The WB
8.6
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Billie jeopardizes the Charmed Ones' new lives when Agent Murphy spots her using her powers to save an innocent. Meanwhile, Phoebe's overnight trip with Dex comes to a surprising conclusion when Billie casts a spell to make her happy, a spell with unexpected consequences.

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  • Rewitched

    10
    Rewitched was a perfect episode of Charmed, pulling together various story lines while adding character depth and development. I really enjoyed watching because the story was fun, there was a lot going on as the sisters dealt with feelings of wanting their old lives in some ways. Billie did a great job vanquishing the Imp Master and luring the other demon for the sisters to take care of. I like how agent Murphy was involved and what the sisters revealed to him. Phoebe tells Dex the truth in a very up front sort of way. I look forward to seeing how things progress now that the sisters are officially back!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Wow. I was worried that Season 8 would be a bunch of trash, but this episode was anything but. The sisters are back to their real identities - no more trying to keep track of Jo and Julie and whoever. Awesome.moreless

    9.8
    To tell the truth I'm quite surprised that this episode was so good, basing my opinion on the rest of this season. I can't express how glad I am that the sisters finally have their own identities back. I loved how Billie (I NEVER thought I'd like anything that retard did) made Phoebe feel bad for not protecting innocents. Then there was that guy and Paige - that was a sad moment of realization. Piper's talk with that Homeland Security guy was also wonderful, though she seemed to care the least when Paige and Phoebe wanted their old identities back. I'm sure this will make a lot of fans happy, as the stupid new identities were annoying the crap out of me.



    Billie isn't dead yet, which sucks, but I guess she wasn't too terribly retarded in this episode. The only thing that really bothered me with this episode was how Phoebe wanted to stay married to Dex, and actually thought that he'd want to also (except he didn't seem to mind for God knows what reason...he Freaking Got Married And Didn't Remember Doing It). Other than that, the rest of the episode was awesome.



    Every aspect of the episode tied in to the central plot of the episode. It would have been nice to see that agent guy in a few previous episodes though to develop his character; I don't think the sisters would be able to trust hi that readily. I liked how Billie's demon chase led to the sister's vanquishing the demon, furthering their need to get their old identities back. The sisters are meant to fight evil, and they could only deny their destinies for so long. It's about time they realized that they can't ignore innocents.



    I'm glad I can look forward to watching Charmed again like I used to years ago.moreless
  • Out With The New, In With The Old

    5.0
    Rewitched-Billie jeopardizes the Charmed Ones' new lives when Agent Murphy spots her using her powers to save an innocent. Meanwhile, Phoebe's overnight trip with Dex comes to a surprising conclusion when Billie casts a spell to make her happy, a spell with unexpected consequences.

    Better, but still full of "meh" factor. At least the sisters finally come to their senses and realize they can't run away from their destiny. The whole "new identities" plot was wearying thin and only seem to work when it was series ender kind of thing but it seems from there, the writers have been running around in circles. Although I'm still dumbfounded at the way the sisters' love lives have been presented on this series as of the last few seasons. Phoebe's little vision about marrying Dex made him such a focal point of the season so far, making us think he was Phoebe's soulmate, the one who would be the father of her daughter from the future, but it all turned out to be some spell Billie cast on her and Dex. Instead of getting the marriage annulled, she decides to stay married just cause...well....they care about each other anyway. Talk about sad and desperate! The same scene Phoebe finds out Dex played football in college, how can you stay married to someone when you barely know them!? O_0 Also, what is up with Paige hooking up with a guy after barely getting to know him? Didn't she makeout with a police officer just a few episodes ago? I swear if Constance M. Burge ever saw her series during these years, she must have had a serious breakdown! What kind of woman or women for that matter would act like this and think that's its normal? I'm asking you, Brad Kern?

    Billie, despite being at her grating best in this episode, is actually the only character concerned about saving innocents and doing what's right despite all her inexperience and carelessness, so that's got to stand for something right? Antosis and the Imp Master are as about forgettable you'd expect. The Imps themselves are laughable, essentially being supernaturalmosquitoes....Oooo! At least we got to see the sisters' do a Power of three spell together, God knows we NEVER see those anymore so that's an added plus. Agent Murphy helping out sisters' bring them back to their lives in exchange for helping him with a few cases was a nice little plot point instead of theusual"rewinding time" or "massive mind-wipe". Too bad it never really goes anyway exciting....Anyway, "Rewitched" ismediocreCharmed fare, some decent developments but nothing good.moreless
  • Imps = lame.

    4.5
    Thank the gods Dex only has one episode left! He is possibly the most useless character Phoebe has ever dated, and she's been around the magical block a few times, and has had her share of cardboard cut-outs.



    Elsewhere, the episode slips from mind-numbingly boring spells gone awry to groan inducing speed dating that only continues Paige's streak of hooking up with a new guy every episode. Enough already!



    The strongest character this week is Billie. Shocking, I know, but she's the only one doing anything of any significance - she's fighting the good fight while the sisters arse about doin' jack. Sure, she's starting to become a tad grating, but I particularly enjoyed her scene where she confronts Phoebe, highlighting that it's not ok that the CO's are ignoring their innocents, and that something has to be done about it.



    Of course, each sister gradually comes to terms with the fact that they cannot enjoy their new demon-free lifestyles, as the harder they try to ignore the danger that lurks in cheap alleyway sets, the more prevalent the threat becomes.



    The cop-out regarding Phoebe's marriage to Dex only serves to highlight how inept the Charmed writing staff are - 5 episodes dedicated to Phoebe proclaiming the importance of this relationship, only to dwindle it away through magic.



    Still, the idea of the Charmed Ones helping out Homeland Security with a few cases could inject some vitality into the season; it's certainly an interesting take on exposure.



    Overall, though, this is an especially forgettable episode, with some horrid special effects, some dreadful hammy acting, and subplots that never really take off. Alyssa looks absolutely stunning throughout, so there is that!moreless
  • Implausible! They've been fighting for so long to get normal lives. Now all of a sudden they're changing their minds within only 4 episodes - that's ridiculous. Walking straight into the homeland security guy's office, blowing their covers - ludicrous!moreless

    4.5
    Obviously, everyone around here loved this episode. Well, not me - the storyline is totally implausible! They've been fighting for so long (7 years, to be exact...well, 4 years if you count Paige) to get normal lives. Now, all of a sudden they're changing their minds within only 4 episodes - that's ridiculous. Compare getting attacked by demons every day (and thus being exposed to death) and having an alternative outside appearance (their alter egos didn't look any bad, so what's the big deal?). And by the way: walking straight into the homeland security guy's office, blowing their covers, is absolutely ludicrous. They couldn't have been any more careless. Honestly, that's a piece of poor writing, right there.moreless
Brandon Quinn

Brandon Quinn

Agent Murphy

Guest Star

Cullen Douglas

Cullen Douglas

Impmaster

Guest Star

Nick Steele

Nick Steele

Whit

Guest Star

Jason Lewis

Jason Lewis

Dex Lawson

Recurring Role

Christina Ulloa

Christina Ulloa

Jo Bennett

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (11)

    • When Piper and Phoebe are yelling at Billie for casting the spell Piper has gum in her mouth.

    • TRIVIA: It turned out that Phoebe's marriage to Dex was a result of a spell she and Dex were under, a spell that Billie cast to help them with their relationship. Phoebe and Dex get married just as Phoebe foresaw in her premonition.

    • TRIVIA: The spell used in this episode, to unmask the sisters and get them back to their real selves:
      I call upon the ancient powers, to unmask us now and in future hours. Show us well and thoroughly, reveal ourselves so the world can see.

    • When Piper and Phoebe look in the mirrors, they see their new identities. However, their reflections show their hair down, even though both girls have their hair tied back.

    • After Piper and Paige finish talking, Paige is shown to sit back down and start talking to Wyatt. However, when a shot of Piper is shown, Paige hasn't even sat down yet.

    • After the demons are vanquished, Billie says to the sisters that she was walking around for an hour, waiting for them to get home. The sisters were home the whole entire time, having a hard time scrying for Billie because she was moving around all over the place.

    • TRIVIA: This marks the third time that 415 magazine has been seen on screen, since the death of Prue. The first time was in the season 5 episode "House Call", and the second time was in the earlier season 8 episode "Run, Piper, Run".

    • This is the second time that Homeland Security had to cover up the girl's death and return to life. It was done in the season 7 episode "Styx Feet Under", when Piper died and Brody who was working for Homeland Security said that it was part of an investigation that Piper's death was faked.

    • TRIVIA: Dex was the second boyfriend to faint when told Phoebe was a witch. The same thing happened to Jason in the season 6 episode "Used Karma", when he saw Phoebe orb in with her sisters.

    • TRIVIA: The reporter, Nick, who wants to do an interview about P3 works for 415 magazine, which is where Prue used to work.

    • When Bille comes knocking on Julie's door when she is together with Dex, Billie says the name Phoebe and not Julie, which means that if Phoebe could hear it, then most certainly Dex could hear it too.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • (Piper's phone rings and she answers it)
      Piper: Hello. (shocked) Billie did what?!

    • Murphy: I've been following you.
      Billie: Why?
      Murphy: You know why.
      Billie: If I knew, I wouldn't ask.
      Murphy: Cute.
      Billie: Thanks.
      Murphy: That wasn't a compliment.

    • Billie: I was just trying to help.
      Phoebe (holds up the skirt of her wedding gown): How is this helping?
      Billie: I didn't mean for you to get married.
      Phoebe: Well you know, I did and I cannot believe you used magic after we specifically told you not to.
      Billie: I thought you meant demon magic, not innocent magic.
      Phoebe: Oh and this is innocent?
      Billie: Well, you look fabulous.
      Phoebe: Oh you know what? Don't try to butter me up with a compliment, missy.
      Piper (walks in and jumps into the arguement): Are you out of your mind? What did you do now?
      Billie: Do I have to start from the begininng again?
      Piper: I can't believe you did this. With Agent Murphy watching our every move.
      Phoebe: Skip down, I already went through that with her.
      Billie: I still don't know what I did that was so wrong.
      Phoebe (holds up her left hand): This... this is what you did that was so wrong!
      Piper(grabs Phoebe's hand and checks out her ring): Whoa! Hey! Wow, that's huge!

    • Piper: You've been eavesdropping?
      Paige: Yeah, but not through the "funny stuff".
      Piper: How long has this been going on for?
      Phoebe: Since about the fourth or fifth grade.

    • Paige: Is this what we've been reduced to? Loveless sex, pimping...
      Piper (very quickly): Yes.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Title: Rewitched

      This is a reference to the 1960's television series, Bewitched, about a witch married to a mortal man. Coincidentally it was also recently been made into a movie, in 2005, starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. "Bewitched" has been spoofed in an episode title once before, for the season 3 episode "Pre-Witched".

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