Season 5 Episode 4

Siren Song

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 06, 2002 on The WB
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Cole and Phoebe both fall under the spell of the Siren, who lures husbands to her and entrances their wives to follow with the intent to kill, leaving Piper and Paige to figure out how to save Phoebe. Piper, upset with Leo because he does not understand the challenges of being pregnant, and Leo, frustrated that Piper does not realize the demands of being a Whitelighter, have their powers switched magically by their unborn child.moreless

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  • Not a bad one.

    See what strongly annoys me here is back in the firestarter episode they were preaching that powers don't make a person evil, it's how they use them. But here it's all "your powers this, your powers that". I hate things like that.

    Furthermore, when Cole inevitbly becomes evil again can you blame him? Up until then he has done NOTHING but try to be good, and every single time he not only gets shut down but he gets embarrassed, treated like crap and told that he is evil anyway. I'm sorry when a kid grows up if you tell them over and over and over you don't love them and they're a crap child are they supposed to grow up thinking you love them? Cole is told non stop that he is evil, he's a demon. So when he eventually gives up, they hold it against him like "see we told you you were evil" actually no he wasn't.

    I didn't mind the Siren story, thought she was kinda cool. Demons being stupid and thinking "oh meh I'll be able to take out three infamous witches with my little song" gets annoying but eh.

    Paige being 'superwitch' Prue is kinda annoying. She's done it a year, Phoebe devoted herself to it for years before finally getting a job and now she's hardly any good and Paige is the spell and potion wizz. Just wish it'd taken her longer. But ah well, suppose Phoebe's powers are pretty crap, the only thing she contributes to a fight is well fighting.moreless
  • Siren Song

    Siren Song was a superb and very entertaining episode of Charmed. I really enjoyed watching because the Siren's song was very alluring, there was a lot of character and plot development and the story was very well written. I liked how the Siren lured Cole, yet he had the power to keep her. It was awesome to see Piper and Leo have their powers switched so they can better understand each other. Cole did many good things in this episode but apparently it's not good enough at this point for anyone including Phoebe. I certainly look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Kiss this, b*tch!

    This is an amazingly well-written, sexy, funny and dramatic episode of Charmed, as the series shows us how good it is still capable of being.

    As in many great episodes, this one has a hot baddie, seductively played by Melinda Clarke, deciding to take on the Charmed Ones and the two men in their lives, obviously unaware that neither man can be easily killed. This is our first Piper and Leo marital spat, and it is probably the only one that doesn't result from Piper simply being intolerable. No, this one is actually very understandable. Piper is struggling with her magical pregnancy and feeling neglected by Leo, while Leo is busy with his charges and failing to get any empathy from Piper. Wyatt switching their powers is a great comedic storyline and converts Piper's pregnancy into some great leverage.

    Whether being funny or whiny, I find Piper very sexy throughout this episode. Love the outfit with the brown tank and the grey pants. Her getting to be a whitelighter while Leo gets to blow things up is true gold. Also, I loved the french-style ending to their storyline. Great stuff.

    Phoebe's Season 5 storyline improves immensely once she gets back to the manor, and she has some great lines as she clearly enjoys the Piper/Leo switch. It is a truly awesome scene when the Siren discovers Cole isn't so easy to kill, and Cole decides that he wants the Siren for himself. Phoebe tells him- make it hurt?? Is that some of Queen Phoebe still in there? Haha... As it turns out, we finally see that Phoebe was right all along to be afraid of Cole and his myriad of powers. Yes, we feel bad for him, but we also better empathize with Phoebe's fears. Paige has a smaller thread where she begins to embrace the whitelighter inside of her. This gives her something to do besides being the second coming of Prue Superwitch. She gets a fantastic scene where she spears the Siren and then orbs out the window to save Piper. "You're welcome." Haha... It is good to have Paige around.

    Great episode that seems to improve with multiple viewings.moreless
  • Sing It To Me, Demon Lady!

    Siren Song-Cole and Phoebe both fall under the spell of the Siren, who lures husbands to her and entrances their wives to follow with the intent to kill, leaving Piper and Paige to figure out how to save Phoebe. Piper, upset with Leo because he does not understand the challenges of being pregnant, and Leo, frustrated that Piper does not realize the demands of being a Whitelighter, have their powers switched magically by their unborn child. Fianlly, a serious demon plot (somewhat). I mean here we have the first real decent demon of the week plot of the season. The Siren has a good M.O. and is played seductively well by Melinda Clarke. I just wish this part of the episode wasn't overshadowed by the already tiresome Cole/Phoebe saga and Piper/Leo's "Day In The Life" hijinks. It seems for every moment Cole and Phoebe end on good terms, another episode comes along and adds more needless melodrama to it. Cole just can't get a break and once again he's forced to look like a bad guy when the Siren pulls him under her spell and he almost kills Phoebe. Even when Phoebe and Cole once. again. talks things out at the end and try to come to an agreement, Cole. still/ comes out looking like the bad guy. geeze, Phoebe if he's powers bother you so much than strip them and Cole, if you want her back so bad, then let her strip your powers. Problem solved! But alas, these are the writers of Charmed and common sense started exiting stage left once Season 4 ended!

    Holly and Brian looked like they were having fun playing the revese roles of Piper and Leo. But even their enthusiam can't shhake the continued silliness of the writing this season. For all the dark, demon goodness of the Siren we get Leo burping orbs and complaining about morning sickness. Yeah.... But the sight of Leo blowing up the Siren was pretty priceless. I just find that the writers are just using the baby Haliwell as a Deus Ex Machina so far. If the baby is jus an inch long like Piper said, how can it have all these powers and pretty much do anything it wants magically? I would understand if Piper was ready to deliver or the baby was just born, but geeze, that's a little too much power for a baby that's not even a baby yet! Anyway, I also liked sub-plot with Melissa and Paige learning to be a better whitelighter. The scene at the prison between the two women was nicely done by both actresses and we also got some cool action set pieces like the scene where Paige and Piper confront the Siren at the hospital. It's as just fun as it was the first time, especially when Paige orbs after Piper as she falls out of the windows. "Siren Song" is a decent Charmed outing, a little more Siren sing and a little less Leo attemping to write a spell would have helped...a lot!moreless
  • It started with a kiss...

    A solid guest star, some nifty special-effects, as well a quirky subplot involving power switching, 'Siren Song' is certainly the strongest episode so far this season. Even Phoebe's repugnance towards Cole is handled with a certain level of maturity, as we finally get to hear Phoebe's side of the story. Her insistence that Cole is, in fact, a serious threat, comes into play here (but much like his transformation into the Source, it's beyond his control, so I still don't see him as a bad guy).

    If there's one thing that certainly stands out about this season, it's the fact there's hardly any demons this year. While the Siren is somewhat demonic, she's given a rather interesting MO, it's a far cry from your typical destroy-the-charmed-ones nonsense of earlier seasons. Of course, she was eventually going to cross paths with them, but even at that, it's Leo who vanquishes her.

    While the power-switching plot is handled with the kind of frilliness you'd expect from this show, there are some rather amusing scenes: Piper orbing to France and stunned by the fact she can understand French was a blast. Phoebe gets the best line this week and loves having Leo as a *C.O.I.T ('Ready to kick some demon ass…sis?'). Paige rescuing Piper from plummeting to her death was also a great visual gag.

    A decent script that allows each sister a chance to shine elevates this hour above your typical Charmed outing. I'm still waiting for some weighty drama, mind you, as there's only so much whimsy one can take. * - Charmed One in Trainingmoreless
Melinda Clarke

Melinda Clarke

The Siren

Guest Star

Amy Laughlin

Amy Laughlin


Guest Star

Hawthorne James

Hawthorne James

Demonic Healer

Guest Star

Rebecca Balding

Rebecca Balding

Elise Rothman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • If Paige was able to repair the door's windows with a spell, why didn't the sisters use it before? Surely would have save them a lot of money.

    • TRIVIA: When Leo is writing the spell, Phoebe mentions trying to summon a leprechaun. Perhaps foreshadowing of what happens in the episode Lucky Charmed?

    • In this episode Paige states that Sam (her father) has blue eyes (and that she doesn't) but at this point Paige has never met Sam.

    • TRIVIA: This is the second time Piper has used Leo's healing power. The first being in the season 1 episode Love Hurts, where she used it to heal Leo himself.

    • When Piper gets blown out of the window by the siren, Paige orbs after her and they land in the garbage bin. Why didn't Paige just orb her back upstairs, or home, or even somewhere that they wouldn't land in garbage?

    • TRIVIA: It's revealed in this episode that Whitelighters speak the language their charges speak.

    • TRIVIA: When Piper tries to blow up a Darklighter the baby changes her power to fireworks, and again when she tries to blow up the Siren the baby changes it to flowers.

    • Phoebe and Piper orb to another location. Piper stands to the left of Phoebe grabbing onto her arm, when they re-materialize they've switched places.

    • After Paige says the spell, they cut to a shot of Piper, Leo, and Phoebe. When it goes back to Paige if you look in the background, the windows are still broken.

  • QUOTES (38)

    • Piper: It's our compassion, not our powers, that separates us from the bad guys.

    • Piper: I think my baby is trying to turn me into some kind of pacifist.
      Paige: Huh. What does Leo say about this?
      Piper: Well, mostly Leo says "Sorry, honey, I gotta go."

    • Phoebe: Most men don't try to kill their wives when they're under the Siren's spell. Most men just kiss and die. But because you're a demon…
      Cole: I'm not…
      Phoebe: Ok. Well, because you have demonic powers and a lot of them, you became a bigger threat…than the Siren. And that's only one way out of a thousand… that your powers can turn against me.
      Cole pauses
      Cole: I guess I didn't want you to be right.
      Phoebe (sadly): Neither did I.

    • (Leo asks Piper to try to sense Phoebe)
      Leo: I know it's hard, but you have to try. Breathe. (Piper exhales) concentrate. (she exhales again).
      Piper: Screw that. Let's just cut to the chase. (They orb out to Cole's penthouse)

    • Piper: You know, Paige, there is another part of you. Your birth father was half whitelighter.
      Paige: Yeah. He also had blue eyes. Doesn't mean that I do!

    • Phoebe: Cole. What about the interview?
      Cole: You know me so well make it up.

    • Paige (frustrated): I'm not a whitelighter I'm a witch!

    • Woman (in French): Please, you have to help... they're after me!
      Piper: Calmer vous. Je vais vous protéger! Whoa! Was that French?!

    • (After seeing Cole rescue Melissa from a burning building on the news)
      Paige: Oh my god, I can't believe he's doing a "look-at-me-I'm-a-good-guy" routine on prime time. Phoebe must be thrilled.

    • Piper: Speaking of whitelighters, I dreamt an animated musical last night. Is that normal?
      Leo: Normal?
      Piper: Yeah. In case you haven't noticed, which I know you haven't, my body, my thoughts, my dreams, have all gone wonky.
      Leo: Well, I'm sure that it's just normal pregnancy stuff, I mean, we can talk about this later if you want to.
      Paige: Oh, I think you should talk about it now.

    • (Leo has an emotional outburst)
      Leo: I don't know what's wrong with me.
      Paige: Dude, it's the crying thing.
      Phoebe: It's the hormones.
      Leo: Really? I just thought that was an excuse.
      Phoebe: Welcome to our world.

    • Piper: Since-uh when do you speak-uh French?
      Leo: Oh, well, Whitelighters speak whatever language their charges are speaking in.
      Piper: Uh-huh. We've been together 4 years and I don't know this.

    • Leo: Relax? I'm sore all over, I'm without my powers, and I'm about to have to fight a demon. My own aftershave is making me sick. How does Piper do this?
      Phoebe: Well, she, too, sometimes gets a little cranky.
      Leo: The Elders are going to kill me. If anything happens to my charges, they're going to clip my wings and... (Leo burps an orb-like bubble) Oh, this is ridiculous. Piper! Piper! (to Phoebe) Why do they call it morning sickness if it lasts all day?

    • (Leo burps and an orb-like bubble pops out of his mouth)
      Cole: Whoa! What was that?
      Piper: Hey, how did you do that?
      Leo: I don't know, but I'm feeling really nauseous.
      Piper: Oh, god. And I'm not. Wait…how…why…why does he have my pregnancy symptoms?
      Cole: W-wait. W-what? You're pregnant?
      Piper: Well, I was, but now I think Leo is.
      Cole (confused): Huh?
      Leo: No! No, no, no, no, no.
      Paige: Relax, you guys. Leo blew the door up. He didn't cover it with flowers, which means, clearly, you're still pregnant.
      Piper: Then, why...
      Phoebe: Because magic has a sick sense of humor. Just enjoy it.
      Leo (to Piper, while holding his chest): Are your boobs always this sore?

    • Piper: Knocking! Ok. I'm hearing knocking sounds.
      Paige: Yeah, honey, we all are.
      (Cole suddenly flames in)
      Phoebe: Cole!
      Cole: What? I knocked.
      Piper: Doors. People use doors.
      Cole: No time. I came to warn you there's a Siren in town. I think she might be the one who -
      Paige: Set the fire? Yeah, yeah, we got that.

    • Piper: Ok, uh, what's with all the chatter in my head?
      Leo: It's probably one of my charges. Does anyone sound panicked?
      Piper: How do you differentiate? Wait, do you hear these voices all the time?
      Leo: Pretty much.

    • Leo: Uh, shouldn't we concentrate on swapping our powers back?
      Paige: Now, Leo, you know how that works. You two are only going to get your powers back once you've learned your lessons.
      Piper: Ugh. I hate that. It's just so very after-school special.

    • Paige: Abracadabra!
      (The manor doors magically repair)
      Phoebe: Nice job!
      Piper: You did all that with 'abracadabra'?
      Paige: Nah. I used a spell. I just always wanted to say that.

    • Leo (to his and Piper's unborn child): Give daddy his powers back now!
      Phoebe: Don't blame my niece. She magically swapped your powers because the two of you were not communicating.
      Piper: We were communicating. We were just communicating loudly.
      Phoebe: Well, think what you want. I think my niece is a genius. She did exactly what any good marriage counselor would have done.
      Leo: Any good marriage counselor would have swapped our powers?
      Phoebe: No. She would have made you walk a mile in each other's shoes.

    • (After Leo blows up the door while trying to freeze Melissa)
      Piper (to Leo): Hey, that's my power!

    • (While Piper and Leo continue arguing, different-colored orbs appear behind them)
      Piper: I expect you to make me a priority, and not just when demons are involved.
      Paige: Uh, Piper, Leo...
      Leo: It's not like I'm out golfing or screwing around, you know? I'm working, and my work is very important.
      Piper: I'm not saying that it isn't.
      Leo: Then what are you saying?
      Paige: You guys...
      Piper: Forget it. You don't understand.
      Leo: I don't understand? You don't understand.
      Piper: I understand that your charges are more important than your family.
      Leo: You have no idea what I go through every day.
      Piper: You have no clue what I go through every day.
      (The orbs hit Piper and Leo, knocking them to the floor)

    • (Piper and Leo are arguing, when Paige enters with the Book of Shadows)
      Paige: I think I found the demon. (pauses) Am I interrupting something?
      Piper: Yes. What does the book say?
      Paige: "Well, as a mortal, the siren fell in love with a married man,
      but when they were caught, the man was held blameless."
      Piper: Typical.

    • Piper: Don't you "honey" me. Leo, our pacifist offspring just turned my best offensive power into flowers, which got me blown out a window.
      Leo: Well, are you all right? Did she heal you?
      Piper: Oh, is that what you think? Because I'm self-healing now that you don't need to be around?
      Leo: No. I don't think that at all. Look, let's just focus on what's going on with your powers.
      Piper: No. I'm sick and tired of focusing on everything but us. I feel like I'm going through this whole pregnancy thing by myself, and I do not like it.
      Leo: What am I supposed to do? I have a job.
      Piper: Yeah. You have a wife, too!
      (Paige returns with the Book of Shadows, interrupting them)

    • (After Piper freezes Melissa)
      Paige: Well, at least that power still works.
      Leo (to Piper): Are you all right? What happened?
      Piper: Before or after you were making out with the demon?

    • (After Piper emits fireworks instead of vanquishing a Darklighter)
      Piper: See? This is why we do not summon Darklighters to the house.
      Paige: Noted. Now, what the hell's going on with your powers, lady?
      Piper: I don't know. I think my half-Whitelighter baby thought that fireworks would be prettier than demon guts.
      Paige (excited, while holding the crossbow in front of Piper): Ok. Well, you need to teach your also half-witch baby the joys of maiming and killing demons!
      Piper (looking at the crossbow): Get that thing away from me.

    • Paige (as soon as Leo leaves): You want me to orb his butt back here for you?
      Piper: No. He's right. Innocents come first. And besides, the smell of his aftershave was making me want to vomit a little.

    • Piper: Fine. Go.
      Leo: Oh, not the "crying" thing.
      Piper: Leo, I have growing powers inside of me, powers that I do not understand. And the only person who does understand them never has time to talk. Add that to raging hormones, and I guarantee you I am absolutely entitled to do the crying thing.

    • Piper: I hit her with flowers?!
      Paige: You're welcome.

    • (Leo tries to write a spell to summon the Siren)
      Leo: Oh singing lady of the dusk, who preys on men, turns love to lust, we hearken ye...
      Phoebe: "We hearken ye"? What, are we trying to summon a leprechaun?

    • Phoebe (On the phone with Cole): Death did us part Cole, just because you figured out a way to come back doesn't mean that I didn't keep my end of the bargain!
      Cole: Come on Phoebe, a quicky divorce...
      Phoebe: I just thought, since we weren't going to ride into the sunset...
      Cole: You want sunset, I can have us on horseback in five seconds flat.
      Phoebe: Oh yeah? What, are you gonna steal a horse from one of those apocalypse guys?

    • Leo (after their powers/pregnancy switches back): Hey i'm not nauseous anymore.
      Piper: Hey I am! Wait that's not good news!

    • Cole: So, uh, did you get my flowers?
      Phoebe: Yep. (quoting the card) "Sorry I tried to strangle you?" Probably not a card that the florist gets to write everyday huh?

    • Phoebe: Woman to woman, ok? Cole was the love of my life, and I am finally learning to live my life without him. Now, calling him for a favor would be opening up a can of worms that… I have worked so hard to close.
      Elise: Woman to woman? If you're still describing this guy as the love of your life, then the can is open, the worms are out, and you may as well use them to go fishing.

    • Phoebe (to Leo): So you're ready to kick some ass...sis?

    • Piper: Kiss this bitch! (Piper tries to blow up The Siren, but instead showers her with flowers.) Ohhh bad baby!

    • Piper (to Leo): Voulez vous coucher avec moi?

    • Leo: I'm sure that it's just all this arguing that's got the baby upset.
      Piper: Leo, the baby is an inch long. All this arguing is upsetting the mommy!

    • Piper: Okay, vanquish demon first, kill husband later.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Phoebe: What are you going to do, steal a horse from one of those Apocalypse guys?

      Phoebe's refering to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, whom she and her sisters have already encountered in the season two episode Apocalypse, Not.

    • Title: Siren Song

      A siren song is an enticing plea. This play comes from The Odyssey, in which the singing of the Sirens lured sailors to their deaths.

    • Piper: Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?

      This was from a song by Patti Labelle in 1974, and it means "Will you sleep with me?". It was also remade by Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mya and Lil' Kim for the 2001 movie "Moulin Rouge", starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor.

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