Season 7 Episode 17

Scry Hard

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 17, 2005 on The WB
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In an attempt to lure the sisters out of the manor, Zankou sends his underlings to attack Leo, in order for him to search the house for the Nexus and release the Shadow, the ultimate power. Meanwhile, in order to protect his parents Wyatt magically shrinks them and traps them inside a dollhouse, and Phoebe is left in charge of the newspaper.moreless

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  • Scry Hard

    Scry Hard was a perfect and very entertaining episode of Charmed. I really enjoyed watching because there was a lot of action, drama and intrigue. It was cool how Wyatt tried to protect Leo and Piper. I loved how Elise needed to leave work for an "emergency" and put Phoebe in charge. She ended up doing a really great job and perhaps this will become her new role at some point. Zankou was plotting to control the Nexus and use it's power for evil and it was fun watching him in action. Every thing played out nicely and I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • The Old "Trapped In The Dollhouse" Trick

    Scry Hard-In an attempt to lure the sisters out of the manor, Zankou sends his underlings to attack Leo, in order for him to search the house for the Nexus and release the Shadow, the ultimate power. Meanwhile, in order to protect his parents Wyatt magically shrinks them and traps them inside a dollhouse, and Phoebe is left in charge of the newspaper.

    For an episode dealing Zankou's next move on the Charmed Ones, this was sadly a disappointment. Which is sad cause, Zankou is the first real BIG villain of a season since the Source. It's not that Zankou himself was the problem, cause Oded Fehr is superb as always, it's just the whole "after the spiritual nexus" thing feels like "been there, done that", especially when this episode feels like a rehash of "The Importance of Being Phoebe". Zankou and his demons taking over the manor felt a little too similar to Cole's same strategy. Also, I thought the who ever takes over the house had to officially take over it legally. I mean if all Zankou has to do is through the sisters out of the house to take over the Nexus than how come other demons haven't tried it before? Oh Charmed and it's inconsistent writing! Anyway, it doesn't help when Wyatt....for some reason, traps his parents inside an dollhouse replica in the manor. It's areallyweak side story with no real point or resolution. Wyatt didn't learn anything from his magical mistake and all we got from the scenes in the dollhouse was Leo bleeding everywhere while Piper gave him a hard time. I'm sure this was a way to try to show how dangerous life is gonna be with Leo human and how he would deal with it, but it just didn't work for me. The only real great moment is when the shadow comes out of the Nexus and is so torn between going to Zankou or the sisters, that he goes into Leo. The shadow effects have really come a long way since the dodgy, black smoke effect from Season 1's "Is There A Woogy In The House?" Leo unleashing the shadow's powers on Zankou and the other demons was awesome! It was also cool getting to here to Woogyman spell again! Nice to know some of the more classic spells from the series haven't changed!

    Surprisingly, Phoebe's sub-plot was more entertaining than Zankou's takeover and Piper and Leo playing house. It was pretty funny watching Phoebe run the place, not to mention breaking the news to one of male co-workers has a crush on another male co-worker! It was also fun seeingElisegetting out and having a good time on her own. It's rare seeing her so loose and the fact she lied to Phoebe about it was priceless. But I have to wonder, why would Elise show up as P3 knowing that Phoebe's sister runs the place and that the chances of Phoebe being there are high!? O_0 Anyway, "Scry Hard" is a missed opportunity of giving a dark, suspenseful episode showing just how great of avillainZankou is, but it mostly fails.moreless

    Pain in the nexus, these demons

    Poor Leo. Can't orb. Can't heal. And now the underworld is using him for target practice. If a bloke ever needed a boost then it's now.

    There are some interesting threads in this one, although they don't work together all that well. First up, Wyatt shrinks his parents and dumps them in a doll's house. Different if a little silly. Not sure I wanted to see Piper stitching up Leo's wounds quite so literally but there you go. Bay Mirror subplot-of-the-week sees Elise getting even with Phoebe by going off on her own 'family emergency'. I had to laugh.

    The real story, however, is that Zankou wants to take over the Nexus. To do this he must cleanse the Manor of good magic, which means (surprise!) getting rid of the Charmed Ones. Needless to say, it all ends in a demonic bloodbath and Zankou goes back to his cave emptyhanded. In one sense, this shows good continuity given that Cole once tried to do the same thing. However, there are some serious discrepancies between this and the Shadow's original appearance in Season One, not least that the Shadow is a demon; it doesn't choose between good and evil. Despite this, there's a good action sequence when Leo gets possessed.

    There's plenty of vanquishing this week but it's not a vintage performance by the post production team. A lot of the graphics look like they've been cut and pasted with no thought for what the actors are doing. The first scene with the Nexus is particularly bad - one of the demons reacts like he's being vanquished way before the Shadow hits him.

    Lastly, what is it with Paige? She left her job to focus on witchcraft, then she felt housebound and took over at Magic School. Now her dream job is all too much so she hands it over to Leo. Settle down, sweetheart, you're giving us a headache.

    Score: 8.8moreless
  • You think that is a bad episode?? Why? The scenes are so original!and it has interesting things...

    We could think that the episode is bad, but it isn't. Althoug the strory was kinda familiar (The importance of being Phoebe) theres was the same!

    I think that the episode is so original (Leo being possesed,Piper "opening" the door of the doll house, Piper and Leo running next to the doll house...)

    I think that the Book scene so great (When they are in the top next to the book, and Piper blows up in the book to move the page) It is vey original!!. The effects are fine, the shadow idea is great too(At last we saw what happened if you control the shadow)

    I don't see the reason why this episode should'nt be awesome! THe only boring think is the Phoebe and Paige scenes in the work! but there're acceptable!moreless
  • Really exciting !!

    Zankou sends his demons to attack Leo in hopes of luring the sisters out of their house so that he can search for the Nexus and release the Shadow, the ultimate power. Terrified after witnessing demons attack his parents, Wyatt magically shrinks Piper and Leo and traps them inside a dollhouse for their protection. Unable to stop Zankou from releasing the Shadow, Phoebe, Paige and Piper watch as Leo, the only neutral territory, absorbs the Shadow. Meanwhile, Phoebe is left in charge of the paper, Paige feels the need to spread her wings, and Leo gets an offer he can't refuse.moreless
Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien


Guest Star

Julian Bailey

Julian Bailey

Copy Editor

Guest Star

Tom Schmid

Tom Schmid


Guest Star

Oded Fehr

Oded Fehr


Recurring Role

Rebecca Balding

Rebecca Balding

Elise Rothman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (14)

    • In the season 1 episode Is There a Woogy in the House?, the Shadow was a demon whose mission was to win the Nexus for evil. In this episode, however, it seems to be a neutral being with the power to choose between good and evil.

    • When Zankou is preparing to kill the Charmed Ones, he says it feels "almost anticlimactic". These are the exact same words the Source used when he tried to do the same thing in the season 4 episode Charmed and Dangerous.

    • Paige says in this episode that scrying is "witch-to-witch" stuff, but in the season 6 episode Valhalley of the Dolls Part 1 Paige uses Wyatt to scry for Leo, who was an Elder at the time.

    • This is not the first time Piper has been shrunk. Previously in the season 4 episode Size Matters Piper, along with Phoebe and Paige were shrunk by Gammil the collector.

    • When Piper and Leo are next to the book searching for a spell the image that the book is showing keeps changing without even touching the book. How it is possible? First we see a wizard page, and just before Piper blows up the pages another page is shown (the one we saw in Eames' episode).

    • When Piper said the woogeyman spell she did not say "return to dark, where shadows dwell, you can't have this Halliwell" which is a part of the original spell.

    • In this episode, Zankou tries to take in the Nexus but the first time he does this it dosen't stay in him. He said there must still be good in the house, but in the season 5 episode "The Importance of Being Phoebe" the Nexus stays in Cole, even though Phoebe was in the house right in front of them, which means even though good was in the house, Zankou should have been able to take in the Nexus.

    • TRIVIA: This is the fourth time that the "Woogyman" spell has been used - the three previous times were in the season 1 episode Is There A Woogy in the House?, the season 2 episode Witch Trial, and the season 5 episode, The Importance of Being Phoebe.

    • TRIVIA: Piper & Phoebe find a way to keep Leo safe from demons & give him something to do with his time: they put him in charge of Magic School, also giving Paige some much needed time away from the school.

    • TRIVIA: Wyatt sees a demon attack Leo and decides to keep him & Piper safe, so with a blink of his eyes, orbs them into the dollhouse.

    • Piper and Leo continuously mention that Leo can no longer self heal - since when could he ever heal himself? It was said that whitelighters couldn't heal themselves, the last time Leo did do that was in "Saving Private Leo". Whitelighters don't have to self-heal, because the only thing that can injure them in the first place is a darklighter arrow. When they do get injured by a darklighter arrow, they are not self-healing and they die.

    • Would a small electronic device like Elise's Blackberry really spark after being stomped on? It probably runs on rechargable batteries. Not direct electrical current.

    • When Leo, Wyatt and Chris are in the attic playing with the dollhouse, Piper walks in and Leo turns to talk to Piper. While they are talking, the back of Wyatt is in view, and he has his hands behind his back. The next shot shows Wyatt's front and he now has his hands in front of him, playing with the dollhouse.

    • If the dollhouse is a perfect replica of the manor why didn't Leo and Piper go to the attic to see if there was a version of the Book of Shadows?

  • QUOTES (13)

  • NOTES (3)