Charmed

Season 5 Episode 6

The Eyes Have It

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 20, 2002 on The WB
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While seeking the advice of a fortune teller regarding her missing powers, Phoebe discovers in a premonition that a demon is going to kill them all after murdering the last one of the coven they were supposed to protect. Meanwhile, Piper wants to see a doctor about her baby, but Leo is concerned about the threat of exposure.moreless

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  • The Eyes Have It

    10
    The Eyes Have It was a perfect and extremely entertaining episode of Charmed because it had an amazing guest cast, a spectacular story and lots of magic. There was a lot of character and plot development for the sisters as Phoebe struggles to keep balance in her life, Piper worries about giving birth while fighting nausea, and Paige continues to find herself. The Gypsy women were all awesome and the Gypsy Hunters were great in their own ways. I liked how every thing played out and how the story ended. I certainly look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves...

    7.5
    After a couple really unique episodes, Charmed kind of gets back to its regular formula here with an innocent and a vengeful demon. The innocent is a strong plus whether it is the Chivani or the hot doctor played by Emmanuelle Vaugnier. Both are well played and well-written for the most part. The demon, however, is not as strong. Cree is somewhat threatening, though burdened with a boring name, but Oren, besides being a little creepy, gets way too little screen time to carry the final battle. The Evil Eye is essentially the ability to shoot lasers out of his eyes, which comes off as a little cheesy, and it is very hard to believe that this joker can take down the Power of 3, Leo, and the young gypsy when so many other powerful demons couldn't. No Cole is another drawback, though that does allow Phoebe to slip more back into her normal, non-paranoid, character. The big premonition she got at the end was excellent. Too bad it never happened again.



    This is sort of the introduction of Piper's obsession with giving birth at a hospital, which becomes a long term storyline. There is some humor in it, which Holly and Brian excel at, of course.



    Other than her continued dedication to being Paige Super-witch, Paige doesn't have a lot to do here, which is another negative.



    Not bad, but not as good as the episodes that precede or follow it.moreless
  • Eye For An Eye!

    8.0
    The Eyes Have It-While seeking the advice of a fortune teller regarding her missing powers, Phoebe discovers in a premonition that a demon is going to kill them all after murdering the last one of the coven they were supposed to protect. Meanwhile, Piper wants to see a doctor about her baby, but Leo is concerned about the threat of exposure. Now was that so far writers! Instead of going for the absurd and outlandish fantasy that the writers seem obsessed with at this point in the series, we get an episode with that classic Charmed style: a somewhat dark storyline that introduces quality guest stars and an solid demon of the week. I'm surprised it took the writers so long to introduce gypsies to the series considering their mythology seems so intertwined with the witch mythology. The gypsy characters we met here are quite good with Emmanuelle Vaugier ("Smallville", "Two and A Half Men") as Eva and even better is Shareen Mitchell as Lydia. She gives off a alluring, strong presence as a character and it's always great seeing a fellow witch (sort of) showing the sisters a thing or two about magic they haven't learned yet. Emmanuelle does a nice job of conveying Eva's resistence of his hertiage and magic, but it's also a nice transistion from when Lydia comes to her as a spirit to when she completely embraces her gypsy lineage. You know your in for a good episode of Charmed when even the guest characters get some nice development.



    Phoebe takes center stage this episode once again and I'm glad it's actually non-Cole related. It's great to see the writers realizing that Phoebe has been very distant from her magic lately and she hasn't had a premonition in a long time. Even more impressive is seeing Phoebe to pro-active about finding out why her powers are off lately. Alyssa finally gets act out a good script and see a glimpse of the old Phoebe who wasn't so consumed with work and other issues, but the woman who cared about being a witch and her family. Not let's see if we can keep her. The only downside to Phoebe's storyline is that this is the last time we witness the old premonition effects as Phoebe's power advances and we get a new version (which I find ridicous because as cool as her advanced premonition was, she never has one like that again! lame!) As for the demon(s) of the week, I liked Cree, especially Orin, played creepily by Jigsaw himself, Tobin Bell. What I loved about them is that we finally got demons who were brutal and dark again with some good old fashioned eye-ripping, which has been seriously missing this year. The SFX continue to impress as well. I loved Orin's vanquishing scene with Eva, Paige and Phoebe using the Source vanquishing spell. All and All, "The Eyes Have It" is a dark, refreshing hour, with the best writing from the season so far.moreless
  • Should have gone to Spec Savers.

    7.5
    Phoebe seems to be getting the brunt of the main story-lines this season while Paige and Piper complain and moan and moan and complain. It's starting to become a little irritating at this point, can we please find something for these two to do?



    Otherwise, this is a fairly good episode of Charmed. With some interesting guest-stars and a main plot that seems as though there was some thought put into it, ''The Eyes Have it'' is probably the best episode of the season so far.



    As villains go, Cree (SAW's Toben Bell) isn't someone to write home about, but he gouges out eyes, so there's that going for him. His vanquish was fairly unspectacular, although we find out Phoebe's power of premonition has advanced (we'll never hear of this again cos, ya know, it's pointless) and they have to use the same spell to vanquish the Source to beat him, I thought that was a nice touch.



    There are plenty of great sister moments here, though, and the magic isn't used as carelessly as we've seen so far from the show. Gypsy Magic in particular is treated with respect and it's a pity we're never introduced to more aspects of its lore – Paige mentions how powerful the remedies are – it would have been cool to see the show dabble with this sort of stuff in future episodes.



    Not too shabby.moreless
  • Cross my palm with silver

    8.5
    A forgettable hour which sees the Charmed Ones take on a pair of demons seeking to wipe out a coven of magical gypsies.



    The gypsy theme makes an interesting change but, annoyingly, comes with all the usual clichés - big hoopy earrings, long flowing skirts etc. Headscarves aside, they don't seem any different to witches; they have powers, they cast spells and they brew potions. All of which makes you wonder why we've never come across them before.



    Baddies-of-the-week Oren and Cree are very run of the mill but they do provide our first demonic family unit. I always did blame the parents. It's nice to see a bit of gore for once; all that business with the eyes reminded me just how sanitised this show usually is.



    Piper's pregnancy issues rumble on. The latest is that she is worried about not having seen a doctor. Sounds dull I know but the scene where she and Leo are watching the home birthing video is hilarious - especially when Paige walks in and asks if they are watching a horror movie. Tee hee!



    Julian's not in this one so we get a break from the Cole-Phoebe non-storyline. A bit of a surprise given last week's cliffhanger.



    Paige is becoming a seriously underused character. Even her 'overworked witch' mantle now seems to have passed to Phoebe. She needs either a boyfriend or a job to provide a few decent subplots.



    By far the best part of the episode is Phoebe's souped-up power of premonition. As she herself says, it's like astral projecting into the future. The direction is superb and it's great to see a bit of colour at last. I'd been wondering why she hadn't had any premonitions lately. All makes sense now. More please!moreless
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  • TRIVIA (25)

    • When Elise calls Phoebe after Leo talks to Phoebe about her personal problems, the house phone rings only once before going to the answering machine. Why would they set it to only one ring and especially since someone is at home?

    • The video that Leo and Piper are watching is called "The Miracle of Home Birth" yet the woman in the video is in what looks like a hospital wearing a hospital gown.

    • When Phoebe gets her big premonition, she reaches out with her left hand. When we see the premonition, however, we see her right hand reaching into it.

    • Towards the beginning of the episode when Pheobe first walks into the kitchen to have some coffee, she pours the coffee into the cup and her phone begins to ring. As she walks away she leaves the cup behind, but in the next scene where she is about to leave the house, she holds the cup in her hands and passes it to Leo. Didn't she leave the cup in the kitchen?

    • When Phoebe and Paige arrive at the hospital to try to save Lydia, Piper says she is in surgery. But when Lydia dies and Ava sees the "mulo," it is clear that she could not be in surgery. First of all, she is not wearing a head wrap or a mask, neither is anyone else, and the "operating room" has absolutely no surgical equipment. The dead patient wasn't hooked up to any machines other than the EKG.

    • When the doctor takes Piper's blood, he pulls the needle away and leaves the wound open for several seconds, and it heals on its own. But a real doctor wouldn't leave that area uncovered, they would have placed a cotton ball on it immediately after pulling the needle out.

    • When Ava is reading the spell, she starts doing it from the bottom instead of the top. Plus she starts reading it before the demon is even there.

    • TRIVIA: The spell that Ava cast is the one that the girls have used several times, but this is the first time it's worked this way - seeing the ghosts and being repeated several times as well.

    • In this episode a page from the Book of Shadows is shown with the spell they used against the Source. That spell was made by Phoebe in the episode Charmed and Dangerous. But that means that Phoebe had to write it down in the Book but Phoebe didn't do that style of page in the Book before. For example in the episode Look Who's Barking Phoebe is shown writing with a normal pen and this page shown is way more fancy.

    • When Phoebe has the big premonition, they pretend to change the future bringing Ava to the attic because she is not in the premonition. But she was clearly shown in the premonition.

    • After Lydia read Phoebe's cup, she asked Phoebe to throw it out. But the cup is shown completely empty in one shot but that next tea leaves are visible.

    • TRIVIA: Paige is shown to have prior knowledge about Gypsies and their magic.

    • When Piper blew up the demon for the first time, he was attacking Lydia with a red light. But just a second before Piper blew him up the light was gone. The light should have been there till the demon was attacked.

    • When Phoebe is levitating, Piper and Paige are shown and they are not close but in the next shot they are near each other again and yet have not moved.

    • Why are Lydia and Madame Theresa talking in English on the phone? They both know the same language and previously when Lydia found Ava she talked in their language, so why would they talk in English later?

    • In this episode Ava says that The Evil Eye is only evil to those it wishes harm, but in the season 1 episode I've Got You Under My Skin Piper read from the Book of Shadows that The Evil Eye is a black magic power. So does that mean Ava's family practices black magic?

    • TRIVIA: Phoebe's powers grow in this episode. Her premonitions are now more vivid, powerful, and it's as if she is actually in the future instead of just seeing it.

    • TRIVIA: In this episode, Phoebe said that she did not have a premonition in months. If you notice, since the beginning of season 5, Phoebe actually did not have a premonition in any of the episodes until this episode.

    • TRIVIA: This is the only season 5 episode before "Centennial Charmed" (Cole's last appearance) that Cole does not appear in.

    • Emmanuelle Vaugier & Tobin Bell will later appear in "Saw II".

    • When Madame Theresa is reading Phoebe's palm she doesn't even ask her whether she is left or right-handed. When reading somebody's palm you are supposed to read the hand that they don't write with.

    • As it is too often the case with Hollywood, they mistake Romanians for gypsies. The fortune teller, as well as other "Gypsy witches" are speaking what some bigwig in Hollywood thinks is Romanian - but needs subtitling for Romanian viewers. FYI, Romanian gypsies, who like to be referred to as "Rroma population", do not speak Romanian, but "Rromani", a completely different language. And not all Romanians are gypsies or vice versa.

    • When the Gypsy reads Phoebe's palm she draws lines on Phoebe's hand however when Phoebe sat down at the table the lines were already visible on her hand before they had been drawn there.

    • When Phoebe takes the gypsy's hands at the beginning of the episode, one camera angle shows Phoebe's hands on top of the gypsy's, while another angle shows Phoebe's hands under the gypsy's.

    • At Teresa's funeral the box of crackers was on top of the bananas, then it disappears in the next shot of the casket.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Phoebe: Elise, wait. Is it possible that we can postpone the radio show? Because I barely have time to write my column, let alone all the other stuff that I have to do.
      Elise: "Dear Phoebe, my career is on the fast track, I'm wildly popular, and the money is pretty damn good. What should I do?"
      Phoebe: Stop whining?
      Elise: Damn, you are good!

    • Eva (opening a box that belonged to her mother): My mother called it her treasure chest. It's where she kept precious things. (She sees a photo)
      Piper: Is that you and your mom?
      Eva (becoming emotional): She made us matching dresses for Christmas. She worked so hard to finish them in time.
      Paige: I know it's hard. My mom died ten years ago and there's still a lot of boxes that I can't open.

    • (Piper and Leo are sitting on the couch. A home birthing video is playing.)
      Piper: I need an epidural just to watch this!

    • Madame Teresa: I am Madame Teresa.
      Phoebe: I'm Phoebe.
      Madame Teresa: Yes, I know.
      Phoebe: Really? Did you read my mind?
      Madame Teresa: No, I read your column.

    • Leo: Since when are prenatal yoga and home-birthing videos your idea of a good time?
      Paige: Since I became a friendless loser with no life.

    • Leo: Okay, you guys yell at her, I'm gonna go check with the Elders.

    • Leo: Well, what happens when they check the security camera to find out why the sonogram machine blew up like it did with Phoebe's baby?
      Piper: Phoebe's baby was a demon, ours is an angel for crying out loud.

    • Piper: But magic is a part of who you are.
      Ava: No, relying on magic is what killed my mom.
      Piper: Oh, uh, Ava, I know what it's like to lose your mom, believe me, I do. But still, you can't deny who you are.

    • (Piper uses her powers on a demon - he gets thrown back instead of blown up)
      Piper: He was supposed to blow up! Why did he not blow up?

    • Piper: Wow pre-natal yoga this morning and now you wanna crash a strange person's funeral. You really do need friends.
      Paige: You're mean.

    • Paige: Uh what are you watching? What is it some kind of horror movie?
      Piper: No, it's the joys of home birthing. Strangly I'm not feeling the joy.

    • Paige: I'm just a big, fat unemployed loser.
      Piper: No, Paige, you're a big,fat, unemployed loser who saves the world.

    • Paige: Well, maybe try a different yoga instructor.
      Piper: It wasn't the instructor, it was all those women showing off their sonogram pictures. And it was just working on my last nerve. Like 'look it's Jasper's first photo and it's gonna go on the fridge in a magnetic frame that says Jasper's first photo!'

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