Charmed

Season 1 Episode 7

The Fourth Sister

4
Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 18, 1998 on The WB
8.1
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A troubled teenage girl befriends Phoebe with the hopes of joining the Halliwells, but she's been lured to the dark powers of witchcraft by a sorceress. Meanwhile, Prue tries to find time with Andy and Phoebe and Piper vie for the attention of Leo.

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  • A boring main story + A wonderful sub plot = An average Charmed episode.

    6.5
    Troubled teenager Aviva follows the directions of a demon in a mirror, that seeks to steal the Charmed Ones’ powers. Aviva befriends Phoebe and sees killing Prue as a way to take her place in the sisterhood. Meanwhile Piper and Phoebe has a fight (or rather war) about who should get the hunky handyman Leo, whom they both are interested in. Prue, on her side, is having troubles finishing her dates with Andy, who gets more and more frustrated with the endless family emergencies.



    This episode is fairly good, despite a very boring main plot. Kali (the mirror demon) is uninteresting and portrayed by a bad actress. Most of Aviva’s story is boring and her immature character just annoys me to now end. The vanquish of Kali, which basically was Prue smashing the mirror she was in, was bad and seemed way to easy; it’s something that even Aviva could have done. The fact that Danielle Harris gives a poor impression as Aviva, doesn’t heighten my liking of the main story.



    No, this episode wins because of the interesting sub plots and hilarious moments between Piper and Phoebe. Their subtle fight is just wonderfully executed and very memorable. I loved how they kept telling Leo lies about each other, to make him like herself more. Andy and Prue’s relationship, which has in previous episodes been slow moving and mind-numbingly boring, is given new air and becomes slightly more interesting. I also liked to see Rebecca Balding in this episode; it’s always fun to see her, even if she’s much more fun when playing Elise. All in all a boring main plot with fun sub stories. A bit filler, but still ok.moreless
  • The Fourth Sister

    9.0
    The Fourth Sister was another exciting episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because there was magic, drama, and intrigue. A young girl named Aviva gets caught up in lies told by a demon named Kali who wants the Power of Three for herself which was the main story. It was fun to watch Piper and Phoebe in contest for Leo's affections, and it was equally interesting to watch Andy and Prue deal with some issues as well. There was a lot of character and plot development which was accented with true chemistry between all the actors. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • The goth byotch that won't go away..

    7.0
    Ugh. This is one of the more painful early episodes.



    I give it a 7 because of Leo and because of Piper and Phoebe's sparring over him. Great stuff! Piper's line about Phoebe attending a gay and lesbian group, and then Leo approaching the subject with Phoebe is hilarious. Phoebe's comeback line about Piper being on meds isn't as good, but Alyssa and Brian both have fun with it. We have our first fire-starter here, Aviva, who even throws the first fireball of the series. Unfortunately, from her very first scene she is so obnoxiously irritating that you'll be pulling for the evil sorceress well before the end. If she was trying to ingratiate herself into the Haliwell coven, then picking fights with Prue right off the bat wasn't the way to go about it. What a difference having all the black stuff off her face makes at the end though. She is actually attractive.



    We also have our first appearance by Rebecca Balding, who later will return as Alise, one of the few recurring characters in the show.



    The constant rescheduling of Prue and Andy's dates are kinda stupid. Why not just go to HIS place? DUH... It is really a shame with what the writers decided to do with what could have been Charmed's first fertile relationship. Instead, it never really gets off the ground. I guess, in the end, it is just a casualty of Prue's overcautious nature. Frankly, I think the writers should have let Andy in on the secret much sooner. He was an even more useful character for the brief time that he knew.



    Besides Piper and Leo, the other really good thing this episode has is a cool vanquish at the end. We have our first possession, of many, and the first time that Piper freezes the demon so that the innocent can fall free. Prue then moves Cali into a mirror so that Phoebe can break it and destroy her. Good teamwork. Except, don't we see this same mirror in the attic in later seasons? Perhaps Leo restored that too.moreless
  • A troubled teen befirends Phoebe to try and join the Halliwells as a sister witch. Piper and Phoebe compete for Leo's attention. Prue and Andy can't seem to get together.

    7.9
    I thought this was a good episode. The troubled teen Aviva was a good character. She was used by a demon named Kali who took advantage of her lonliness to try and steal the Haliwell's power. The episode showed diferances between Phoebe and Prue in how they accepted Aviva. Phoebe more trusting and Prue cautious. There was some comic releif that was pretty funny with Piper and Phoebe competeing for Leo. it is a little creepy in hindsight seeing Phoebe trying to get Leo.



    The Prue and Andy subplot continued with them unable to complete a date without Prue ending it early because wicca problems. I really started feeling sorry for Andy. I was a good ending where Andy isn't sure if he wants to continue to see Prue.moreless
  • The Lost Cat, the Witch and the Wardrobe

    8.7
    Quite a dark episode, this, but with plenty going on: a strong main plot, an interesting baddie and boy trouble for all three sisters.



    It was good to see the girls meet another witch for the first time, and their reactions to her were all completely in character. That said, I can't blame Prue for being hostile - Aviva managed to spoil her date with Andy not twice but thrice in the same number of days. The final scene, where Andy tells Prue he doesn't want to see her any more, is very sad and you can't help wondering whether they maybe shouldn't have taken it quite so slowly.



    This is Brian Krause's first full hour as Leo and it's great to see Piper and Phoebe scrapping over him. You do get the impression (confirmed in the next episode) that Phoebe is only chasing after Leo for something to do, and the way she latches onto Aviva so swiftly shows that, for all her confidence, she is actually very lonely.



    Although I enjoyed seeing a new witch, I found Aviva rather too stroppy and spoilt. You can't keep a cat in a wardrobe, for heaven's sake! And, if she was a witch, why would she need a demon to give her a power?



    It was a great vanquish at the end. I loved the way the demon froze and Aviva dropped out of it. Very clever!moreless
Shannen Doherty

Shannen Doherty

Prudence 'Prue' Halliwell

Holly Marie Combs

Holly Marie Combs

Piper Halliwell

Alyssa Milano

Alyssa Milano

Phoebe Halliwell

Ted King

Ted King

Inspector Andy Trudeau

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (14)

    • Piper said that neither her or Phoebe had trouble finding a man. If she really thought that, why did they have to cast the spell to meet a man in the episode "Dream Sorcerer"?

    • The flyers Leo posted for the missing cat, Kit, state that the girls live on 7571 Prescott Street. This number later changes to 1329 Prescott Street.

    • TRIVIA: Alyssa Milano is no longer last in the credits for the main cast, she now is listed third behind Shannen and Holly.

    • TRIVIA: Kali is actually the name of the Hindu goddess of destruction and rebirth.

    • Just before Aviva is going to set Prue on fire, Piper walks in on her. Aviva says she was looking for the bathroom and Piper tells her that it's down the hall and to the right, but Aviva goes to the left.

    • TRIVIA: The spell to summon Kali was "Come to me, Kali. I conjure thee, Kali. Come to me, Kali. I conjure thee, Kali".

    • When Prue is in Aviva's room she opens the closet door, the mirrored reflection shows Prue in front of a closed closet door, not an open closet door.

    • When Prue finds Aviva's diary, she reads a few sentences aloud, about how much she hates lying to the Halliwells, but they don't match the words shown in the shot of the page. The sentence about lying to them is at the very bottom of the page.

    • Prue calls Phoebe and tells her not to let Aviva out of her sight after finding out she's using black magic. Yet when Aviva asks Phoebe if she can go upstairs and rest, Phoebe lets her.

    • TRIVIA: Rebecca Balding, who plays Aunt Jackie in this episode, appears from seasons 4 to 8 as Elise Rothman (Phoebe's boss at The Bay Mirror newspaper).

    • TRIVIA: The Halliwells' home phone number is revealed as 555-0198. This is also the number that appears on their TV in the season 3 episode "Sin Francisco" when Piper buys a sculpture among many other objects.

    • When Andy picks up the popcorn, Piper freezes him and Leo. Though, when Aviva walks over to them two, you see Andy's hand move while frozen.

    • Aviva leaves her sweater in the sun room but later we see it in the kitchen.

    • When Kali appears while Phoebe is sleeping we see her in the mirror and along with Phoebe's bed. We do not however see Phoebe asleep in the bed, instead the bed is empty and has been made.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Aviva: Come to me Kali. I conjure thee Kali. Come to me Kali. I conjure thee Kali.
      (In the mirror, Kali appears.)
      Kali: I'm here Aviva.
      Aviva: It's been over a week.
      Kali: I know. Be patient Aviva.
      Aviva: But I've done everything that you've asked. I've followed the Halliwell sisters. I know their every move.
      Kali: Which will all become valuable in good time. You must trust me. You must make them want you as badly as you want them.
      (Aviva looks at the closet.)
      Aviva: I talked to my mom today.
      Kali: How is she?
      Aviva: I don't know. She's better...I think. I miss her.
      Kali: She's gonna be so proud of you.
      Aviva: Yeah? I hope so.
      Kali: Are you ready to receive your power?
      Aviva: (giggling a little) You know I am.
      Kali: Remember, it's a sacred power. If I give it to you, you must use it only as I say.
      Aviva: I will. I promise.
      Kali: Very well. Reach for the mirror. Put out your hands. Feel the power. (Aviva reaches her hands towards the mirror. Aviva's hands begin to glow. She receives the power. Her hands stop glowing and she puts them down.) You know what to do. Go to Phoebe, Piper, and Prue.
      (Aviva grabs her coat and leaves. We see flames in the mirror. Kali appears as her evil demon self.)

    • Phoebe: Aviva!
      Aviva/Kali: Hello Phoebe. How's the arm?
      Phoebe: You're not Aviva!
      Aviva/Kali: You're not kidding!

    • Piper: So you know... it's not like either one of us has a problem finding guys...
      Phoebe: Please.
      Piper: So if one of us got Leo, it'd be ok with the other one.
      Phoebe: Absolutely.
      Piper: So we can just consider this a friendly competition.
      Phoebe: Sibling rivalry.
      Piper: War.
      Phoebe: Exactly!

    • Piper: Hungry?
      Leo: Uh.
      Piper: Oh, it's on the house.
      Leo: You're big on food, aren't you?
      Piper: Uh...
      Leo: No, that's good. You know, actually, in the Mayan culture the cook was second in the hierarchy only to the medicine man.
      Piper: Mayans? You know about Mayans? Well, you certainly are a handyman, aren't you?
      Leo: Uh, so, does Phoebe work here too?
      Piper: Phoebe? Work? No, no, no, she's probably at her gay and lesbian group right about now. So what'll it be?

    • Phoebe (to Leo about Piper): Oh, that's just Piper. She's got to be everyone's mom. Think of her as your mom, I know I do.

    • Phoebe: Leo, come here. (She wipes milk off his lip) Got milk?

    • Piper: Phoebe you've always had breasts.

    • (Phoebe walks in the living room and sees Leo looking in the fireplace and likes what she sees.)
      Phoebe: My Santa, you've changed.

    • Aviva: I like mirrors; they never lie to you. They always tell the truth whether you like it or not.

    • Phoebe (about Leo): Oh. Quite possibly the finest glutes in the city.
      Piper: In the state.
      Phoebe: In all the land.

    • Aviva: Thanks for the dress
      Phoebe: No problem, it's Prue's...

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Phoebe: Got milk?

      Got Milk? is an American advertising campaign encouraging the purchase of cow's milk which was created by the advertising agency Goodby Silverstein & Partners for the California Milk Processor Board in 1993 and later licensed for use by milk processors and dairy farmers. It has been running since October 1993. The campaign is credited with putting life back into milk sales nationwide after a 20-year slump.

      These ads would typically feature people in various situations involving dry or sticky foods and treats such as peanut butter. The person then finds himself in an uncomfortable situation due to a full mouth and no milk to wash it down. At the end of the commercial the character would look sadly to the camera and boldly displayed would be the words, "Got Milk?".

      The slogan "got milk?" was licensed to the National Milk Processor Board (MilkPEP) in 1998 to use on their celebrity print ads, which included celebrities from the fields of sports, media and entertainment, as well as fictional characters from TV and film such as The Simpsons and Batman, posing in print advertisements sporting a "milk moustache," employing the slogan, "Where's your moustache?"

    • Title: The Fourth Sister

      A reference to the three Halliwell sisters plus the addition of Aviva, who believes she can become the fourth sister witch.

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