Charmed

Season 5 Episode 7

Sympathy for the Demon

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 03, 2002 on The WB
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  • The past never dies......

    8.0
    Barbas, the demon of fear, returns and tricks Paige into stripping Cole\'s powers and giving them to him. Yes, it\'s a case of history repeating itself, but there is still much to be enjoyed about this episode. First and foremost of these is the performance of Julian McMahon as Cole. While it is apparent the writers are clearing the way for the character\'s eventual exit , he still manages to bring a much needed energy to the show.
    There are many repeating elements in the episode, starting with the reappearance of Barbas, the reuse of the crystal cage originally used on the Source, and Paige\'s comparisons of her own powers to those of Prue. This episode also features the return of Jennifer Rhodes as Grams and James Read as Victor Bennett.
    The scenes where Barbas takes control of the house and psychologically torments the girls are particularly entertaining. Paige turns up the emotional intensity as she conquers her fear, then Phoebe is tricked into killing Paige and herself is nearly killed by Barbas when an enraged Piper shows up and saves the day. Piper proves to be the emotional center of the show, conquering her fears and keeping everyone on task while Paige is still running the magical side of the show as her quest to master the craft continues.
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