Charmed

Season 4 Episode 5

Size Matters

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 25, 2001 on The WB
8.6
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When Paige suspects supernatural activity from an eerie old house, Phoebe investigates and is shrunk to a height of five inches by a demon named Gammill, who lures women to turn them into figurines. Can Piper and Paige get past their sibling rivalry before all of the Charmed Ones become part of his collection?moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Size Matters

    10
    Size Matters was a perfect episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because there was a lot of humor, intrigue and changes. The story was fun and entertaining and I liked the idea of a demon collecting figurines in this way. It was great watching Paige try to fit in with Phoebe and Piper and how they all interacted through out the episode. There were lessons learned and a lot of character development. The ending was great. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • The girl with the melons..

    7.0
    As important as it was to introduce Paige in the first episodes of Season 4, her emergence was somewhat overshadowed by the death of Prue.



    Now after 4 episodes dealing with that topic, we finally get a Paige-centric episode as this is all about the sisters learning to trust each other, and more specifically, about Piper and Phoebe learning to trust Paige's instincts for sensing evil, which will remain a talent of hers throughout the series. The esteemed Robert Englund as Gammil is a somewhat unmenacing demon with little to do and fewer powers other than a wand he carries. He does manage to capture all three sisters before Paige saves the day. His sidekick was merely eye candy for the ladies.



    However, it is alright because the show isn't about the demon. It is about Paige. The story begins when Piper gives up on P3s, saying that it no longer exists, even with Paige standing right there. And the story ends when Leo restores P3s, which of course is metaphorical for the real restoration of the Power of 3, with that final scene being by far the best scene in the episode.



    Besides the development of Paige's character, the best thing about this episode is Leo. From Paige confiding in him for the first time (she would pretty much steal him from Phoebe in this regard for the remainder of the series) to Paige's flat where he orbed away to force Piper and Paige to work together to the end where he got the sisters up to find and restore the sign. I loved Leo's more forceful attitude in this episode. Great stuff.moreless
  • Demons and dolls do not make a good combination, as the girls soon find out.

    6.5
    This episode was one of those which had a lot more potential than it actually showed. Given the guest actors and the possibilities of the script, I was expecting something better. Having said that, it wasn't terrible, just not really all that great.



    Phoebe finds herself shrunken to the size of a doll and joins a host of others who have shared the same fate courtesy of Gammil the Collector, whom, it seems, has a penchant for porceline figurines which were once human.



    Clearly, he is a powerful demon and it will take all the ingenuity available to get Phoebe and the other girls out of his clutches before its too late.moreless
  • Dollhouse.

    7.0
    There's a decent storyline in 'Size Matters' and it's a rare Charmed episode where there's nothing particularly special about the episode, but it manages to keep you watching with a creepy main plot and some fun subplots. It's another episode more or less dedicated to Paige and it's wise at this stage to utilize the fillery slots of the season to flesh out its newest recruit. Charmed also manages to pull an impressive guest star with Robert Englund, AKA Freddie Kruger, which may factor into the success of the hour, as he adds some much needed menace to the proceedings. With some impressive special effects, some great one liners, it's a worthwhile filler episode, which is not something you'd usually say about this show.moreless
  • Deadly Dolls

    7.9
    Size Matters-Piper, Phoebe and Paige are shrunk to a height of five inches when they walk into a trap set by a demon named Gammill. Phoebe: Oh this sucks.



    A rather underrated episode as "Size Matters" has some disturbing scenes as well as very creepy performance by Robert Englund. Rose is alreadly coming into her own as Paige and her interaction with her other 2 leads is starting to come together very well. Paige's assertive quirkness and Piper's brooding sarcasm are so entertaining to watch when both actresses are on screen together. Both Piper and Paige have their own ideas for saving the day and it's great watching this 2 sisters trying to find common ground. The creepy house storyline was effective and all the guest stars give good performances. Gammil is especially a creepy villain, played by none other than Freddy Kreuger himself, who is always creepy! You kinda feel bad for Finn knowing his not real and the way Gammil just kills him is a shocking twist. The whole shrinking angle does make for some dodgy effects throughout but the concept of women being shrank, then turned into dolls is done very well here. I loved the end with the all 3 sisters working together for the first time to vanquish Gammil. Piper's sub-plot with the P3 turning into a hot shot tacky club called the Shot was entertaining and I loved how Leo at the end helped to hell the old P3 sign showing that while Prue may be the gone, the Power of 3 will always last forever. All and All, "Size Matters" is an effectively creepy episode with good guest stars and some nifty twists.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (13)

    • The music fetured in this episode are: Dave Navarro - "Hungry", Fuzz Townsend - "At Auntie Tom's", Mazzy Star - "Into Dust", and The Crystal Method - "Name of the Game".

    • When Gammill shrinks Phoebe the floor visibly distorts and shifts slightly under her feet as she approaches her tiny size.

    • It is stated in this episode that Phoebe is 27 years old. However in the season one episode That 70's episode, it was established that Phoebe was conceived in March of '75 which puts her birth Nov/Dec '75. So therefore Phoebe should just be getting ready to turn 26.

    • Where was Cole during all of this? Wouldn't Piper have at least tried to contact him and see if he'd heard from Phoebe before they went to the house?

    • When Phoebe is at the job interview the manager says that she says Phoebe was 27 when she graduated the previous spring and this was because she dropped out her freshman year. This brings up a few points. The first being that Prue just passed away a few months earlier at the age of 31 which would have made Phoebe 26 at the time of her death which was only a month or so after the graduation. Also it was said in Pre-witched that Phoebe dropped out of college when Grams died, 6 months before the show began which would've made her 22. Now obviously if she was 22 in college she was a little behind. But still a freshman? She hadn't even been back to school for two years when she graduated and was constantly behind due to demon hunting. So she had to be at least a Junior if not a Senior when she dropped out.

    • When Piper and Paige are talking at Paige's apartment, after Leo leaves, there is a strand of Piper's hair that keeps going from behind her ear to hanging down.

    • TRIIVIA: This is the first time that the girls are shrunk. Later in the season 7 episode Scry Hard Piper and Leo are shrunk down by Wyatt and are placed in the dollhouse.

    • How did Phoebe know that the name of the guy who shrunk her was Gammill?

    • TRIVIA: This is the first of 4 episodes in season 4 that Cole does not appear in.

    • TRIVIA: This episode is the second time one of the sisters rides a motorcycle. This time it's Paige, but previously Prue did in the season 3 episode "Just Harried", Piper later did in the season 6 episode "Valhalley of the Dolls (2)" and same with Phoebe in the season 7 episode "Carpe Demon".

    • TRIVIA: This episode features Dave Navarro's song "Hungry", from the album "Trust No One".

    • When Paige orbed out of the clay, Piper had said it would still be wet enough to collapse, but it cracked and crumbled, indicating that it was completely dry.

    • Why did Leo think Paige was at the club? Even if that's where Paige was supposed to be, shouldn't Leo have been able to sense that she was at her loft? They shouldn't have had to go all the way to the club to find that out.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Paige: We went to the club, which sucks now, by the way. Anything that tries that hard to be hip isn't.

    • Piper: One thing about being five inches high, I'm never gonna complain about my height again.

    • Phoebe: Small of mind...
      Phoebe, Paige and Piper (repeating): Small of mind...
      Phoebe: Big of woe...
      Phoebe, Paige and Piper (repeating): Big of woe...
      Phoebe: The pain you've caused...
      Phoebe, Paige and Piper (repeating): The pain you've caused...
      Phoebe: You now will know!
      Phoebe, Paige and Piper (repeating): You now will know!
      (Gammill screams and explodes)

    • Piper (to Paige as she walks away): Do not go into that house. Did you hear me? I said do not go in.
      Piper turns to Leo and sighs.
      Piper: It is like talking to a wall.
      Leo: She's got the Halliwell hearing.

    • Paige: No, I don't get the shiver from him, just the house. I think I'm on to something.
      Piper: I really that when you've been a witch for a few months, you'll know the difference between sensing evil and needing a warmer jacket.

    • Phoebe: I had to take a break after my freshman year. Personal reasons.
      Interviewer: Would you care to elaborate?
      Phoebe: Not really…
      Interviewer: I see you also noted that you require a flexibe work schedule.
      Phoebe: I'll put in the hours, I promise. It's just sometimes, I may have to leave unexpectedly.
      Interviewer: Would you care to elaborate?
      Phoebe: No, not really.

    • Piper: Paige is right, it's trying way to hard to be hip, which means it's five minutes away from being five minutes ago.

    • Phoebe: Speak of the devil-slash-whitelighter-slash-witch.

    • Piper: When they have a hard time dealing with real people, figurines can be their best friends.
      Leo: Yeah, but being socially awkward doesn't land you in the Book of Shadows

    • Bouncer: Hold it! You can't go in there.
      Piper: Excuse me?
      Bouncer: It's the VIP area.
      Piper: Oh! You're assuming because I'm not tall, tattooed, or big breasted that I'm not important. That's a bad assumption because I own this club which makes me a V.V.VIP!

    • (Gammill takes out the vacuum cleaner, while Phoebe is still in miniature form)
      Phoebe: Oh this sucks.

    • Treat: You cool?
      Piper: Yeah.
      Treat: You cool?
      Piper: Yeah.
      Treat: You cool?
      Piper: Uh-huh.
      Treat: All right.

    • Claudia (about the sisters vanquishing Gammill): Oh, my gosh. How did you do that?
      Phoebe: The Power of Three.
      Piper: The Power of point-Three.

    • Phoebe: He's about to put Claudia into the kiln. Piper freeze him.
      Piper tries, but nothing happens.
      Piper: Oh, he's way too big for my tiny magic.

    • Leo: Okay, well then there's just one more thing that we need to tie up.
      Piper: Oh, okay.
      Leo leads them out behind the club.
      Phoebe: Uh, Leo what are you looking for?
      Leo: Something very important.
      Paige: Broken glass?
      Leo: Broken glass that needs healing. (He finds the broken P3 sign.) Here it is. It's up to you.
      Piper: Can you do it?
      Leo nods.
      Piper: Well, then do it.
      Leo heals the sign and it starts to glow.
      Piper: It looks like P3 is back.

    • Phoebe: Damn it! If the real world doesn't start showing me some respect, I'm going to stop saving it every week!

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