Season 6 Episode 18

Spin City

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 18, 2004 on The WB
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When Piper is kidnapped and cocooned by the Spider Demon, and Chris becomes infected with the Demon's venom, causing him to mutate into a spider demon, Paige, Phoebe and Leo try to rescue them. Meanwhile, Leo finally learns why Chris resents him.

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  • TRIVIA (20)

    • When stuck to the wall by Chris' spider webbing why don't either Paige or Leo orb out. At first it would seem that the webbing somehow blocks their powers but Paige is able to orb the Leprechauns staff so why couldn't she orb herself?

    • When Phoebe, Paige and Leo are stuck on the wall, it's obvious that the webbing constricting their hands is a little bit loose, as their hands were moving along with their body movements, and they can even get them out, even though they are supposed to be very still. But if you see carefully, they were pushing their hands against it so that it looks very tight but actually, it's not.

    • How can Paige see the fairy in this episode? They're supposed to be invisible to adults.

    • When Chris first helps the Spider Demon and is knocked out, they lock him in the cellar. Yet when he takes Piper away, he is still able to orb. If he could still orb, then a locked cellar door's not going to be a problem.

    • At the beginning of the epsiode, Piper, Paige and Chris were getting off the elevator in the parking garage and Chris mentions that in the future he used to hit Paige up for money. However in the episode Oh My Goddess (1), Chris shows up for the first time and says that the future showed Paige died on that day. Doesn't that mean he never knew her in the future? So how could she give him money? Or does he somehow have new memories of her?

    • TRIVIA: This episode marks the final time that Phoebe's empathy power is used.

    • TRIVIA: The song that's played after the opening sequence is "Life Is Short" by Butterfly Boucher.

    • When Paige, Phoebe and Leo are pinned to the wall by Spider Chris's webbing, Phoebe has a sofa to stand on and Leo has the landing of the staircase, but Paige is supposedly just hanging by the webbing, but two pegs are visible. They are painted to match the wall, conveniently located for Paige to rest her feet on.

    • When Leo, Phoebe, and Paige are about to leave the house to vanquish the spider demon, Phoebe gives Leo the vanquishing potion and she keeps the antidote. After the spider demon is killed Paige asks Leo for the antidote, as if he has it. Then when Piper takes the antidote she takes it from Phoebe. So if Phoebe had the antidote why did Paige ask Leo for it?

    • TRIVIA: Piper is now staying at Magic School, until she gives birth.

    • TRIVIA: Leo is the last one to discover who Chris really is - his son.

    • TRIVIA: Piper discovers that with this pregnancy, that Chris doesn't have any magical powers from the womb, like Wyatt had, including not having a forcefield to protect her.

    • TRIVIA: Phoebe is now on a mad quest to find the father of her child, that she saw in her vision in "The Legend of Sleepy Halliwell".

    • After the spider demon covers Piper in webbing, Paige throws the vanquishing potion, which is blue. Chris catches it and attacks Paige and Phoebe. He drops the potion, which is now yellow, and it rolls into Paige's hand. Paige gets up and throws the potion at the spider demon again, and the potion is blue once more.

    • The opening scene for Cafe Le Blue is the same place they used for Quake but it has a different sign.

    • In this episode, it says that the Spider demon goes after the most powerful being it can detect. So technically it should have gone after Wyatt not Piper.

    • After Piper was freed from the spider cocoon, two scenes later when Chris and Leo were fighting the cocoon is still visible in the backround, as if Piper was never freed.

    • In the scene where Piper freezes people at the doctor's office, a woman behind her is still moving, but trying to look frozen.

    • How does the Spider demon know so much about Chris? First she knows he's a whitelighter, then she knows he's Piper's son. So she figured out in thirty minutes what it took the Halliwells half a season to determine?

    • At the end of the episode, the Nymph, Leprechaun, and Ogre are sitting in the bar having drinks... You would think their strange appearances would cause a scene, and that's on the condition that the customers could get past the Ogre's horrible body odor.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Spider Demon: Miss me?
      Rathmere: I was hoping that you would let me die in peace.
      Spider Demon: Oh, I'm sorry. I was raised to never leave any food on my plate.

    • Leo: Something you're not telling me?
      Phoebe: Oh, actually-
      Paige (glares at Phoebe): No!
      Phoebe: Look, he's gonna find out sooner or later and I'm gonna bust!
      Leo: Find out what?
      Phoebe: If he's gonna help us, we're gonna have to tell him.
      Paige: It's Piper's business.
      Leo: Tell me what?
      (Phoebe looks at Leo as if she's ready to burst. Finally, she does)
      Phoebe: Ohh…Chris is your son!
      (Leo is stunned. Speechless over this overwhelming information)
      Phoebe (relieved, with a huge grin on her face): Don't we all feel better? I know I feel so much better!

    • Chris: I have an idea. Let's change the subject.

    • Phoebe (referring to the needle): This will only hurt a little bit...

    • Chris: Well, then why were you so worried back there?
      Piper: I wasn't worried. All right. I was a little worried about the force field.
      Chris: What force field?!
      Paige: The one she had when she was pregnant with Wyatt.
      Chris: Wait, you had a force field with Wyatt but not with me?
      Piper: Well, I didn't have one, he had one. It was all his doing.
      Chris: From the womb?! He had powers from the womb?! That's unbelievable! It's not like I don't have an inferiority complex with him already. Thank you.

    • (Chris is sitting on the tower of the Golden Gate Bridge, looking down at the cars passing below. Leo orbs in)
      Leo: Can we talk?
      Chris: There is nothing to talk about.
      Leo: I think there is. Quite a bit, actually.
      Chris: It doesn't matter.
      Leo: It does to me, Chris. You're my son. I think I deserve to know what I did that's so bad.
      Chris: You were never there for me. You were there for everybody else: Mom, Wyatt, half the world. But you were never there for me. You didn't have the time.
      Leo: So...maybe you came back from the future not just to save Wyatt. Maybe
      you came back to save us, too.
      (Chris looks at Leo for a few seconds, his eyes filled with decades of anguish)
      Chris: I doubt it.
      (Chris orbs out, leaving Leo alone on the bridge)

    • Leo: Damn it!
      Paige: Are Elders even allowed to swear?
      Leo: No, but fathers are. Especially ones whose kid tries to kill them.
      Phoebe: Well, technically, you can't die.

    • Piper (referring Chris walking in, looking noticeably evil): What's that?
      Leo: Our little boy.

    • Paige: Bug spray. We should've used bug spray.

    • Piper (considering getting Phoebe to help): I don't want to interrupt her date with Mark.
      Paige: It's Mike this week.
      Chris: Actually, it's Mitch.

    • Piper: Well, you will be happy to know're a boy!
      Paige: I don't see it...
      Piper: Well, it's that little thing right there...
      Chris snatches the ultrasound picture.
      Chris: Do you mind?!

    • Paige: No wonder Chris grows up to be a neurotic little freak.

    • Piper: OK, what do you say we make this eight-legged freak wish she'd never been hatched?.
      Chris: Whoa, hold it! You are not going anywhere, mom. This is way to risky.
      Paige: He's actually right, without the Wyatt force field thing …
      Chris: OK, do you have to keep rubbing that in?
      Paige: Aren't there any therapists in the future?

    • Piper: This whole family needs a shrink.

    • Leo: Phoebe, Paige. How are you?
      Phoebe: Not so good. We have a problem.
      Leo: Perhaps we should meditate...

    • Phoebe: If he's gonna be helping us, he needs to know. And I'm about to bust!
      Leo: Know what?
      Phoebe: Ohhh...Chris is your son!

    • Phoebe: How are we going to get in?
      Ogre: I could just knock?

    • Paige (about how Piper froze a woman for touching her stomach): Are you hormonal, or are you just plain crazy!?
      Piper: A woman can only take so much...

    • Paige: Are you excited?
      Piper: About what?
      Paige: About the doctor saying that the baby is perfectly healthy?
      Piper: Paige, I know he's healthy. I've seen him twenty two and walking around.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Title: Spin City

      This is a slight reference to the TV series Spin City, starring - at different times in its run - Charlie Sheen, Heather Locklear and Michael J. Fox, but mostly a play on words, since it deals with spiders (spiders spinning their webs). Also it's a reference to the graphic novel series Sin City, also made into a film in 2005.

    • Paige (after vanquishing the wicked witch): Ding-dong.

      This is a reference to the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" and the song sung by the munchkins after Dorothy killed the Wicked Witch of the East.

    • re: the Spider-Demon's spider powers

      Most of the powers that the Spider-Demon gave to Chris are similar to those of the classic comic book superhero, Spider-Man.