Season 7 Episode 2

The Bare Witch Project

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 19, 2004 on The WB
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The Charmed Ones have their hands full, when thanks to a bored Magic School student, they must keep Lord Dyson from killing the infamous Lady Godiva before she can travel back in time and complete her famous ride. Meanwhile, Phoebe has reservations about Les being able to properly write an advice column for women.moreless

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  • An ok one until the end.

    I think Phoebe's obsession with the column is a bit over the top. Don't go on holiday then! I actually hated it more and more as it went through the episode. Her obsession with Piper getting kicked out of the restaurant was beyond irritating, her obsession over her column and Les was ridiculous too "my readers are already noticing". Yeah no they haven't said anything at all. And somehow linking everyone's bad attitude to "they weren't breastfed as a child".

    I think the breast feeding thing is obviously a big on going issue in life. But if a restaurant doesn't want you to breast feed they have that right to ask you. Now, the fact she's using a blanket and is quite subtle about the feeding is one thing, not like the breast is all out there which I think is actually rude. And the waiter was actually very rude about it. But a restaurant says no smoking you don't smoke, they say no breast feeding then you don't. And Phoebe's protest was ridiculous, she should have been arrested on the spot and I hate that they actually win in the end. A business has a right to do what they want.

    The kids were being ridiculous too. They're old enough to not act this stupidly, either they want the school or they don't and they understand that.

    The Lady Godiva story line was really only introduced to allow the ending, and it was stupid. Like I said I still hate Phoebe's protest and hate that she wins. But I liked Lord Dyson and his whole situation, and how he dies from feeding on Leo.

    Leo not even being able to baby sit for a night because he needs to hunt demons? Really Leo, priorities, no wonder your sons grow up resenting you.

    I don't really see how these kids need 'help', they all seem to have perfected their powers and know how to use them, it seems to be that they need help maturing. It's not like the kid looked at her and did it by accident because he doesn't know how not to conjour something, he did it intentionally, he knows what he's doing.

    I also don't really believe her ride could've changed THAT much. So what nobody at all in the last however many years went for women's rights? I mean I know the tiniest things can make difference but wow. All of female kind, magic kind everything is gone?

    Once again, they realise they're in a different time and don't try and blend in. Women are wearing things covering them and black and white and you just don't care? Urgh silly. You go after this kid and instead of blending in you basically condescend him about his 'stash'. And he doesn't have a conjouring 'spell' he is a conjourer, he makes things. If he used a spell then surely you can just right one yourselves in a few minutes.

    Yay to Piper's anger being taken out of her! About time someone said that to Leo! and I did like Phoebe's "good luck man" to Leo.

    It's a smart plan to want to conjure her again but if she never did her ride she would never be in the history books? History books are for those that did something in history.

    And this episode was good until that ending! It took it down from my original score.

    And in the waiters defense. HE never said anything about barefoot and at home (wtf), he actually never said anything about breast feeding it was the other customers!moreless
  • The Bare Witch Project

    The Bare Witch Project was a superbly entertaining episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because the story was fun, dramatic, and full of character and plot development. It was great to see Piper and Leo deal with their issues and for Phoebe to take on a mission of her own as did Paige. Leo is confronted by an Elder about the death of another, and it was great to see him release his repressed feelings in the end. Lady Godiva was interesting and well played. The alternate world was also very interesting and scary for many reasons. I liked how every thing worked out in the end as each of the sisters seemed to achieve their goals. I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!moreless
  • Almost Un-"Bare"-able

    The Charmed Ones have their hands full, when thanks to a bored Magic School student, they must keep Lord Dyson from killing the infamous Lady Godiva before she can travel back in time and complete her famous ride. Meanwhile, Phoebe has reservations about Les being able to properly write an advice column for women.

    My God, Brad Kern must be the horniest show runner in history! I else do you explain why Alyssa Milano is forced to wear next to nothing every episode to the point where now, in this episode, she wears complete nothing!! The whole Lady Godiva plot is simply a big tease to male viewers (although, I don't knw that many guys who watch this show!) to see a lot of skin this week. Which is a shame, because I actually thought Lord Dyson had a lot of potential as a villain. Being able to feed on a person's resentment and become more powerful by creating more chaos and suffering could have made for a twisted story. Unfortunately, the Lady Godiva plot is played for cheap laughs (as usual) and isn't interesting in the least. If anything, the whole plot is an excuse to get Phoebe all naked for the last season. In a terribly ironic scene, Phoebe speaks out on injustice against women and sending them back 1000 years when all this show does at this point is degrade women and make them look desperate, especially Phoebe!! *Forehead slap* Also, this whole Lesley arc with Phoebe is already starting to looked forced, it doesn't help that Phoebe gets a dumb plot about wanting Lesley to write a column about breast feeding, how exciting!

    Leo's storyline was the only decent part of the episode. His meeting with another Elder was great, with more mentioning of the big threat that's coming and how much Leo is spiralling out of control. The mysterious floating head is pretty creepy and everytime it appears, I have to admit, I get chills! I also, like the way Leo vanquished Lord Dyson by letting him overdose on his resentment and pain. Some really awesome SFX work when Dyson exploded. I also loved the SFX of when Dyson through an energy ball at the police car. All and All, "The Bare Witch Project" is boring filler, as simple as that.moreless

    The boobs have it

    A rather ridiculous story but some good effects and a decent demon. This is Season Five all over again.

    I'm not a fan of these 'historic' episodes and I cringed when I saw Lady Godiva appear. She didn't do anything interesting and, to be truthful, the story would probably have worked perfectly well without her. I didn't think much of the guest actress either but, then again, her lines weren't exactly inspiring.

    By contrast, I thought the demon was very good. His power was quite handy and he wasn't just there to kill the Charmed Ones. Good actor too. The alternate reality was intriguing, although I don't see how a protest about taxes could turn San Francisco into some kind of Taleban wonderland. Still, worth watching and a shame they didn't explore it further.

    In terms of subplots, Piper gets chucked out of a cafe for breastfeeding Chris, Phoebe doesn't understand the meaning of 'sabbatical' and Paige continues her quest to keep Magic School open. Unlike last week, these subplots do actually relate to the main plot, although I don't understand the sudden obsession with breasts. The school setting also works well, even if none of the pupils looks under eighteen.

    By far the best thing is the action. The fight scene at Magic School is extremely well choreographed and the vanquish is the best we've seen in ages. Also really loved the way Piper sent out a shockwave when she blew up the energy ball.

    Annoyingly, just as I was beginning to think this was a good episode, we get one of the worst scenes in the show's history. I am talking, of course, about Phoebe's naked horse ride. Even by Bran Kern's standards, this is totally gratuitous! As if anyone in trouble with the law would behave like that. And all this to make a statement about the exploitation of women? You're having a laugh, right?

    Score: 8.5moreless
  • Better than the previous episode.

    A lady came out from a book? This sounds very, very silly. But it's a show, what things make sense in this series? Paige tries to run the magic school, which she failed for this episode. A demon is also released with the lady, so the Charmed Ones try to help the lady before she is killed. Leo is an elder, and he is still afraid and haunted by what he had done to an elder (he killed him in the previous episode "A Call to Arms"). I find this episode a little boring, but because of reality world, I love this episode.moreless
John de Lancie

John de Lancie


Guest Star

Blake Bashoff

Blake Bashoff


Guest Star

Bru Muller

Bru Muller


Guest Star

Elizabeth Dennehy

Elizabeth Dennehy


Recurring Role

Nick Lachey

Nick Lachey

Leslie St. Claire

Recurring Role

Todd Tucker

Todd Tucker

Creature Head Demon

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (26)

    • Why would Phoebe and Leslie have children in the alternate reality where Godiva never made her ride. They just met in the previous episode, wouldn't Phoebe have children perhaps with Cole or even with Jason Dean?

    • TRIVIA: With Piper asking Godiva to cover up because "this is a family show", this is the only episode of the show where a character breaks the fourth wall.

    • When the sisters send Godiva back for the first time, daylight can be seen through the windows. However, when the candles they are using go out it is suddenly pitch black! Sending her back may have changed human history but there's no way it could have turned day into night like that.

    • When Phoebe is talking to Les in the office the drop earrings that Phoebe is wearing seem to be in the lowest hole in the right ear and the next one up in the left ear.

    • When Leslie first sees the Manor he tells Phoebe that the paper must pay better than he thought. That is the same thing Jack said to Prue when he first saw the manor in the season 2 episode That Old Black Magic.

    • In the alternative reality Leslie is Phoebe's husband. That makes no sense at all, Leslie was in San Francisco because he had to help with Phoebe's column besides he was in the Bay Mirror as well because of Phoebe. In the alternative reality Phoebe would have never been a columnist and never would have been able to work in the Bay Mirror. So how would Leslie be there? Besides a alternative reality would change Phoebe and Leslie's lifes so in fact they would not know each other at all.

    • When the demon blows up, Leo gets hit by some little crystal. Where did that crystal come from? They are in the middle of the air between him and the demon.

    • Right after the demon is vanquished we can see Piper and Leo talking with Paige and Lady Godiva. If you look closely you can see clearly that both couples are exactly in the same spot. They are near to the column and in front of Piper's room door, if Paige is just right there Piper and Leo shouldn't be where they are.

    • At the end of this episode we can see Les in the Bay Mirror looking out of a window. But the place is totally wrong, we know that the office should not be there and that the office should be higher than that. Besides if the window is next to the street as we see, Elise's office would be right above the street and that could not be right at all.

    • After Lord Dyson is vanquished, and Lady Godiva removes her robes, Leo and Piper are clearly looking in two separate directions, before Piper covers Leo's eyes. They are both supposed to be focused on Lady Godiva, so the scene was obviously shot without her character present.

    • When they send Godiva back in time, story changes but the girls don't change because they're protected in magic school. When they change back time again and they bring Godiva back Leo is changed. Technically, he should have stayed the same because he would be protected in there. Also if the change worked on him he should be in his original place before the change was done - he shouldn't be at magic school because the Leo that was in Magic School was the Leo of the alternate world.

    • TRIVIA: This is the fourth and last time that Phoebe wore the blonde wig. First, as the Goddess of Love in the 2 part episodes of Oh My Goddess, then as the Genie in the episode I Dream of Phoebe and the third time, while disguised as a Demonatrix, in the episode A Wrong Day's Journey into Right.

    • TRIVIA: Paige officially becomes the headmistress of Magic School, which is what Phoebe saw in her vision quest.

    • TRIVIA: Wyatt's orbing powers have grown since last season, in that he can now orb down to the underworld, taking his mother & baby brother along with him. Previously he'd only orbed one person with him at a time and Gideon mentioned in last year's season finale that Wyatt wasn't able to orb out of the underworld.

    • TRIVIA: The spell that Duncan used to send Lady Godiva back to the past was also used in the episode "That '70s Episode", in which Penny invented it in order to send Prue, Piper and Phoebe back to the future by their younger selves & Patty.

    • Lord Dyson says "So this is the land of the free", however in his time he wouldn't have known that America existed.

    • When Piper is cleaning Paige's wound, Paige clearly looks straight at the camera.

    • After Phoebe kicks Lord Dyson, she falls to the floor as he goes to kill her with an energy ball. Phoebe looks up and remains frozen. Phoebe wouldn't be stunned and just stay there, she has faced worser moments then that before, and would at least kick him. Secondly, Piper turns to Phoebe and Dyson and she's startled by what she sees and raises her hands. A few seconds later after Piper did that Dyson shimmers out. He should of froze.

    • Piper claims P3 is their only source of Phoebe is taking unpaid leave of her own volition?

    • The episode relies heavily on the highly romanticized "legend" of Godiva, instead of the historical fact. Godgyfu (Godiva being the Latinized version) owned the land in Coventry herself, and could have lowered the taxes if she wished.

    • Conveniently, Godiva speaks pretty much normal 21st century American English, despite having come from Coventry, England in 1040 or thereabouts.

    • During the scene when the girls have to summon Lady Godiva again to fix the world, they look through the history book and find only a very brief mention. However, when they cast the spell, you get a glimpse of Lady Godiva's picture, when Phobe had just said they couldn't find any picture at all.

    • Additionally in the historical version Godiva didn't ride nude in order to get her huband to listen to her, rather she wanted taxes lowered make it possible for the poor to afford art. He challenged her to ride nude in order to prove that she really believed in art, of which, acording to the Greeks, the nude body was the highest form.

    • At the end of the episode, when Leslie decides to finally answer Phoebe's faux-letter, he appears to be looking for it in the pile of letters, when it is clearly on the top.

    • After sending Godiva back, a sequence shows night and day (meaning a day has gone by, to the following), yet when Paige returns to comfort the student at Magic School, she is still wearing her green short dress.

    • In the past Leo stated that Piper blowing him up causes a lot of pain and he also didn't "reconstitute" right away - today it didn't seem to bother him at all as he "reconstituted" right away repeatedly. The special effects team show this by having his "orbs" spread out in an explosion-like manner, and then having the "orbs" close back to reconstitute him.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Piper: No, doesn't matter. After we send him back, history will take care of them as long as you finish your ride.
      Lady Godiva: Promise. And thank you...for giving me a glimpse of what's to come.
      Phoebe: Thank you...for showing us you're more than a box of chocolates.
      Lady Godiva (confused): I'm sorry?
      Piper: Ummm...never mind. Okay. Here we go.

    • Lady Godiva: I'm no sex object. I was riding through town in my natural state to protest my husband's unjust taxes.
      (The toaster pops and Lady Godiva gasps)
      Piper: Uh, wait. Riding? As in plucked out in the middle of? Paige, she has to finish that ride, or else it could change...
      Paige: Yeah. History as we know it. I got it. But even worse, if I don't send her back soon, I'm pretty sure The Elders are gonna shut down Magic School.
      Piper: I don't think that's worse than changing the course of history.

    • (Paige, Phoebe, and Godiva shuffle quickly into the kitchen from the living room)
      Phoebe: Uh, those are my sisters...
      Leslie: I thought you just had two.
      Phoebe: Yeah, the other one is a cousin... distant cousin... twice removed.

    • Paige: Well we can't stay out here we're attracting too much attention.
      Piper: Yeah and we don't want to get flogged.

    • Paige (about casting the spell, in the sexist world): Oh, I told you we should have waited for Leo!
      Piper (while looking at the 'Ask Leslie' poster): Shut up!

    • Leslie (to Phoebe about the letter): For someone taking a break - you sure have given this a lot of thought.

    • Piper (to Phoebe): You are not writing a letter to 'Ask Phoebe' about my breast.

    • Lady Godiva: Finally I'm free.
      (She takes off her robe).
      Piper: Yes you are.
      (Piper turns Leo's head away)

    • Elder: Is that who I think it is?
      Paige: Lady Godiva. A pretty impressive use of magic, don't you think?

    • Duncan (to Paige): Just because you can get away with a little piss-ass magic doesn't mean they're not watching.

    • Paige (to Duncan, in a whispering tone): That's Lady Godiva, that is so cool...I mean that is not cool.

    • Phoebe (to Lady Godiva): It's nice to know you're more than just a box of chocolate.

    • Paige: I think the demon did something to that elder, got him to free up his repressed anger or something.
      Phoebe: Oh probably wasn't breast fed as a child.
      Piper: Phoebe!
      Phoebe: What?

    • After Lady Godiva takes her coat off and is noticed by the sisters.
      Piper: Woman. Keep your clothes on. This is a family show. Really.

    • Piper (yelling at Leo with her anger unsuppressed due to a demon): You know what? Enough with your moping! The Elders screwed you? What about me?!
      Phoebe: Piper what are you doing?
      Piper (still under the influence): I am not gonna raise two little boys all on my own because you're too busy feeling sorry for your self!
      Piper proceeds to blow up Leo several times and he reconsitutes himself.

    • Piper: See what I mean? We have bigger naked breasts to worry about.
      Phoebe: Paige has her naked breasts to worry about, I've got yours.

    • Paige: Remember when Leo used to come when you called him?
      Piper: Uh huh.

    • Paige (to Leo): Hello? Heal. Ouch. Hurt!

    • Paige (to Leo): Don't ask, it'll just give you a headache.
      Paige (to Leo): I warned you about the headache thing, right?

    • Phoebe: Oh, can everyone have a cause but me?
      Piper: Yes!

    • Piper: I pretty much tell you guys when I'm pissed off.
      Phoebe: That's a good point.

    • Paige: Sometimes I feel repressed being the little sister.
      Piper: What? You wanna be the oldest sister? Get over it!
      Paige: I'm over it.

    • Piper: We're gonna let him feed on you.
      Phoebe: Good luck man!
      Leo: What?!

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Episode Titles: France: A l'école de la magie (At the Magic School) Italy: (Lady Godiva) Germany: Nackte Tatsachen (Naked Matters)

    • In this episode, Alyssa Milano wears a wig of long blonde hair and rides a white horse as she protests and mimicking Lady Godiva. She also played another woman mimicking Lady Godiva on the TV show Spin City, where she played the Mayor's daughter who wanted to make a statement.

    • This episode scored 4.8 million viewers.

    • John de Lancie and Elizabeth Dennehy also had guest starring roles in episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation".


    • Phoebe (to Lady Godiva): Thank you... for showing us you're more than a box of chocolates.

      This is a reference to the gourmet chocolate, which the name Godiva is more associated with, rather than the legend.

    • Title: The Bare Witch Project

      Reference to the movie "The Blair Witch Project".