Season 5 Episode 15

The Day The Magic Died

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 16, 2003 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • TRIVIA: Leo does not orb in this episode.

    • How did Paige manage to get the unicorn down the basement stairs so quickly? Horses (and the like) can walk down stairs with training and a person they trust, however even with this training any equine likely wouldn't fair well on the rickey, steep and very narrow wooden steps leading down to the basement. They creaked when Phoebe walked down them and she weighs a lot less that the unicorn.

    • TRIVIA: When Wyatt is born, the chandelier above the dining room table glows blue just like the one in the foyer did when Piper, Phoebe, and Prue became witches.

    • Piper's bathroom in this episode was used as a closet in the earlier season 5 episode "Y Tu Mummy Tambien".

    • In this episode, the door underneath the stairs is used as a closet, but in the season 1 episode "Dead Man Dating" it is used as a bathroom.

    • When Phoebe comments on the head of brown hair on the baby, Paige says "what did you expect - a blonde?" but in later episodes, baby Wyatt is indeed a blonde.

    • When Paige orbs into Piper's & Leo's bedroom the ruffles of her shirt are on the right side, but when she and Phoebe come downstairs to meet Piper they are on the left.

  • Quotes

    • Leo: What did I miss?
      Piper (distressed): Alot!

    • (The unicorn suddenly appears in the dining room, eating the flowers that are on the table)
      Phoebe: I thought you tied her up.
      Paige: I did. She eats through everything.

    • (After Phoebe and Paige vanquished Cronyn, and Doris is with Piper, who is in labor on the stairs)
      Paige: Well, is everyone okay?
      Piper: I feel like I'm dying!

    • Phoebe (about the geese): I though you said you tied them up?
      Paige: I did, but the little flockers got loose.
      Phoebe: Ok, we have to do better than this for Piper. I mean, if we can't keep geese away from her, how are we supposed to protect her from demons?
      Paige: Ok, you're right, you're right. I think we should take turns guarding the manor. You know, who knows what kind of wierdo stuff will show up here.
      (She goes into kitchen and sees a unicorn.)

    • Cronyn: Demons stuck in the Underworld with no way up. Demons stuck upside with no way down.
      Phoebe: Poor little evil creatures.

    • Leo: Okay, uh, well it's really nothing to worry about. Uh magic has disappeared from the world and Phoebe and Paige went to have a summit meeting with evil so they can fix it. See, nothing to worry about.

    • Phoebe: Its like magic and science and fairy tales all rolled up into one.
      Paige: Actually, its ions speeding into the earth's magnetic field and then they collide with air molecules.

    • Piper : I may be stuck in bed, but I'm not stuck on stupid.

    • (Cronyn is holding a knife to Piper's throat while she is in labour on the stairs)
      Piper: Phoebe, if you love me you will send this crazy bastard straight to hell!

    • Leo: Something's wrong, something's wrong! I can't orb. I was trying to go to the Elders to find out how to get rid of the golden geese -- and why is there a unicorn in the kitchen?

    • Phoebe: Yeah, but I liked his whole 'world without magic' speech. Very Capra.
      Paige: Pure Crapa.

    • Phoebe: Okay, Paige, while unicorns may be very magical and cool, I'm not so sure it's appropriate for a baby. Have you seen those hooves? And how are we gonna baby proof that horn?

    • Cronyn (as he pulls out a business card and hands it to Phoebe) My cell phone's on the back in case your sister changes her mind.
      Phoebe: Cronyn, huh? Since when do sorcerers have cell phones?
      Cronyn: You think that's bad? I've got a taxi waiting out front. Call me.

    • Paige: Is that what I think it is?
      Phoebe: Uh, if you're referring to Mr. Winky, between the legs, yes.

    • Leo (while chasing a goose down the hall): Here, goosy, goosy...

    • Leo (upon seeing a dead Stanley): What's with the leftovers?

    • Paige (to Phoebe): These were mine, and now will be yours. Chain-mail top, from my club days. Steel-toed boots, from my mosh pit days. Handcuffs, from last Friday.

    • Cronyn: Magic must be saved. And it's up to us.
      Paige: Us? We're us. You're them. We don't help thems.
      Phoebe: Sorry.

    • Cronyn: I hate good magic...fairy tales, wishes on stars, and children who believe in Santa Claus. Mortals don't know it exists, but magic infuses all their hopes and dreams.
      Paige: Stand back. I think he's gonna break out in song.

    • Phoebe (to Doris when she is about to deliver Piper's baby): Step aside, bitch.
      Paige: Yeah, that's our job.

    • Paige: Who the hell are you?
      Stanley: They call me...Stanley!

    • Stanley: My name will haunt you to your grave! (He keels over dead)
      Phoebe: What was his name again?
      Paige: I don't remember...

    • Piper (while in labour, to her father): Dad, I'm sorry about your demon wife!

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Den, kdy magie zmizela (The Day the Magic Vanished) France: La relève (The relief) Italy: Un arrivo speciale (A special income) Germany: Ein magisches Geschenk (A magic gift)

    • This episode scored 5.6 million viewers.

    • The WB used the promo title "Special Delivery" for this episode.

  • Allusions

    • The show Piper's watching when she's trying to relax is the NBC soap Passions, where the witch Tabitha Lennox (played by Juliet Mills) is trying to obliterate the people of Harmony, the seaside town Tabitha lives in.

    • Title: The Day The Magic Died

      This is a reference to Don McLean's song "American Pie", where a line from the song that goes "the day the music died," refers to the February 3rd, 1959 deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. Richardson (aka The Big Bopper).

    • Phoebe: Yeah, but I liked his whole 'world without magic' speech. Very Capra.

      This is a reference to the famous director Frank Capra and, indirectly, to his 1946 film "It's a Wonderful Life".