Charmed

Season 4 Episode 22

Witch Way Now?

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 16, 2002 on The WB
9.1
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When the Angel of Destiny offers the sisters a chance to relinquish their powers and lead normal lives as a reward for vanquishing the Source of All Evil, their decision is put on the back burner. The sisters try to avoid an FBI agent who has them under surveillance, while also dealing with Cole's calls for help, who is trapped in another realm, holding onto his love for Phoebe. Plus, Piper remarkably finds out that she is pregnant.moreless

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  • How Charmed can sell more DVDs - Probably has two endings.

    8.0
    When this was filmed at the end of Season 4, they were still in talks with the actresses, and they didn't know if they wanted to do another season. It was probably filmed with an alternative ending, in case they had to tie up the series. In this episode, after the Angel of Destiny offers her a "normal" unmagical life, Phoebe laments that she is unable to have a child while she is "doing (acting).



    Are you listing, studio execs for Charmed? Here's how to sell more DVDs, from this dying franchise: Please, please give us the out-takes and alternative endings that must be in your film vaults and personal collections. Please do a quality set, not a quick knockoff and pay one or more of the original actresses, Like Alyssa Milano and directors to give us several real commentaries. Give us the crude and charming unaired pilots and alternative endings, even without music. Real collectors want them, trust me. Do a reunion special interview and put it in the set! Here is an example: See the Joss Whedon "The Chosen" collection of Buffy. It became a best-seller because it did specials right. Do this and you will make it worthwhile for fans like me to buy the whole series all over again.moreless
  • Witch Way Now?

    10
    "Witch Way Now?" was a perfectly entertaining and superb episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because the character and plot development were both deep and engaging. The story was well crafted and put together and I liked the way things turned out. It was cool to see the Angel of Destiny and learn of his proposal for the sisters. I liked how Cole contacted Phoebe with barely a shadow and gave her some hope for him. It was also intriguing to see how the major story line unfolded. I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • More like the beginning of the rest rather than an ending...

    8.0
    Season 4's very average finale is the infamous Charmed juggling act with 3 main threads weaving at once. The Angel of Destiny thread is annoying, but it makes complete sense that after vanquishing the Source the sisters would get the chance to get out of the wicca business. It is kind of hard to believe that Phoebe would want to give up her powers, even with everything she has been through; she has always been the wiccan heart of the manor. This thread though does have the great reveal at the end with Piper's pregnancy, and this thread does the work of healing the rift between Phoebe and Paige, as evidenced by their hug at the end.



    The second thread is actually very good and would have made an excellent regular episode if it had been utilized that way. Bruce Campbell is always a welcome guest, and it was a pretty good twist that he ended up being the witch hunter in the end. Though also annoying, the exposure threat was a smart tie in to last season's finale. This thread, and Bruce Campbell, should have been given more time instead of being crowded out by the 3rd thread.



    The last thread, involving Cole's return from the wasteland, I am pretty much ambivalent about. I liked the depiction of the Wasteland and Cole's collection of powers. But I also hated that Cole's return ruins the finality of Long Live the Queen, and I hate that Phoebe has miraculously done a 180 on him. Frankly, the real problem here is that this thread is completely unnecessary to the rest of the episode, and I think should have been saved for the opener of Season 5, which is two parts anyway. Yeah, the end would have had to be changed, but it is also unfortunate having Cole save Phoebe again just 2 episodes after she vanquished him.



    On an aside, Paige looked fabulous in this episode in the white dress. Loved it. This episode did a lot to show how close her and Piper have become, which is a big change from the beginning of the season. And Rose's acting in this episode is an absolute stand out.



    Season 4 is perhaps the most important season for Charmed. It proved that the series could still be good without Prue. It is arguably the darkest season, and with the best season opener and two great story lines with the vanquish of the Source and of Cole, it is certainly among the 2 or 3 best seasons of Charmed.moreless
  • The Angel of Destiny offers the sisters a normal life and Cole requests help from another realm.

    8.0
    In a very similar ending to last season (which is a shame) Piper, Phoebe and Paige are visited by The Angel of Destiny who offers to remove their powers from them and thus, allow them to live a normal life. He does this as a reward for the fact that they finally vanquished the Source. As it was before, it is certainly something to consider, but the sense of Deja Vu makes it just a little bit predictable.



    Meanwhile, Cole, trapped in another dimension, is calling for help to be released which poses more problems, particularly for Phoebe. Everything ends on a high note though when Piper discovers that she is pregnant.moreless
  • A low-key finale, but a good one.

    7.0
    How odd. My review for Womb Raider has mysteriously disappeared…



    (Oh, it's back again!)



    Moving right on, 'Witch Way Now' may not cap the season off in epic glory, but it's a necessary episode showcasing where the sisters began at the start of the season and how far they've come in just one year. Why the sisters have never been rewarded before now is a bit of a hum-digger. Why weren't they offered such a reward after killing The Source in 'Charmed and Dangerous'? Unless, of course, the elders knew he wasn't really dead, but surely they would have informed the girls, or are they just that cruel?



    There's a lot of toing and froing in this episode and it's a rare thing for the show to have the sisters spend the majority of the hour weighing out the pros and cons of a situation. Usually we have one sister acting irrational, guns a blazing, but all three leads present relevant arguments in a mostly calm and collected manner. I did like how Paige and Piper switched sides, as it was Piper at the start of the year embracing Magic, while Paige reluctantly learned the way of the craft. Now Piper, realising countless battles with demons has left her unable to have a child, puts her priorities straight. Both have strong arguments, so it was nice to have both voice their own opinions like adults and not as bratty sisters.



    If you begin to think about the Cole storyline too much you may experience a migraine. In season 5 the writers get so confused by how they want to represent Cole it sometimes makes for baffling viewing. Here we only see hints of the man they take to the nth degree; a love-sick half demon consumed by his obsession with Phoebe. But when did Phoebe get over Cole? He's not the Source anymore so we know he's not technically evil. He won that battle. Why is he in the wasteland anyways? His demonic half was vanquished in 'Black as Cole' right? I'm just saying, if my squeeze found a way back after dying, I'd be a little on the happy side of life. Instead Phoebe doesn't know what to think, Witch Way to Turn (arf!) and spends most of the episode looking confused. Cole is good from where I'm standing; he just comes with a few noticeable upgrades now.



    I enjoyed the witch hunter plot, even if it did play out exactly how I imagined it would. I enjoyed the action scenes; Phoebe kicks some serious booty in this one. Bruce Campbell, a genre fave, tones it down, but plays each scene with a knowing wink. The twist was appreciated, and Brad Kern certainly knows how to direct a camera, and so the episode also looked up to par.



    I also enjoyed the cliff-hanger, angst-free, thank goodness. And so Piper is pregnant. If there's one thing that kills a show, it's the baby storyline. But I'll let the Halliwells rejoice for now. Until season five…



    Season 4 Episode Ratings:



    1. Charmed Again (Part 1) – 8/10

    2. Charmed Again (Part 2) – 7/10

    3. Hell Hath No Fury – 7/10

    4. Enter The Demon – 4.5/10

    5. Size Matters -- 7/10

    6. A Knight To Remember – 6.5/10

    7. Brain Drain – 7/10

    8. Black As Cole – 7.5/10

    9. Muse To My Ears – 5/10

    10. A Paige From The Past – 7.5/10

    11. Trial By Magic – 3/10

    12. Lost And Bound -- 4.5/10

    13. Charmed And Dangerous – 9.5/10

    14. The Three Faces Of Phoebe – 8/10

    15. Marry-Go-Round – 8/10

    16. The Fifth Halliwell – 9.5/10

    17. Saving Private Leo – 5/10

    18. Bite Me – 7/10

    19. We're Off To See The Wizard – 8/10

    20. Long Live The Queen – 9.5/10

    21. Womb Raider – 3.5/10

    22. Which Way Now? – 7/10moreless
Dakin Matthews

Dakin Matthews

Angel of Destiny

Guest Star

Bruce Campbell

Bruce Campbell

Agent Jackman

Guest Star

Leslie Grossman

Leslie Grossman

Phoebe's Assistant

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (18)

    • If Agent Jackman buried the rest of the amulets (that blocked magic) how was it Paige was able to orb in?

    • Directly after Piper "freezes" Jackman in the van, i Piper twiches her upper lip in order to signal to Phoebe. This is a inside reference to the character of Samantha on Bewitched, a series about a witch who had to hide her powers from the world.

    • TRIVIA: During season 4, the Charmed Ones and their associates vanquish 75 demons, 26 vampires, six warlocks, three furies, two ghosts, two mortals, one darklighter and one wizard, making a total of 116 evil beings. Of these, 12 are vanquished by Cole and 29 (including all but one of the vampires) by the Source.

    • This is a different angel of destiny then in season 8 in season 8 the angel of destiny is a female

    • TRIVIA: This is the only episode that was written, produced and directed by Brad Kern. Every other episode is only written and produced by him.

    • TRIVIA: Like every season finale, at the end the Manor's doors swing shut but this time the Angel of Destiny closes them.

    • While in the attic, Piper says "here's the reversal spell", but when played back on the tape by Agent Jackman, it is Paige making the statement.

    • If Phoebe knew that Jackman would unfreeze soon then why did she turn the music off when she said the spell?

    • Why wouldn't Selena or her bodyguards see Piper open the door?

    • This episode is the first appearance of an Angel of Destiny as he comes to offer the girls a normal life.

    • Jackman claims that witchcraft is the only logical explanation to some of the things he has seem in the job, but since when is resorting to magic logical?

    • TRIVIA: As of this episode, Cole returns from his banishment to the demonic wasteland.

    • TTRIVIA: This is the last episode to air on Thursday nights; starting in season 5 the show was moved to Sunday nights.

    • At the beginning when the Angel of Destiny came the first time, Paige moved the curtain aside to see everyone outside frozen. During The Angel's final visit, Paige couldn't close the door. Why would the door be frozen but not the curtains?

    • TRIVIA: At the end of the episode, The Angel of Destiny tells Piper that she is pregnant.

    • In the start of the episode when Leo is "hovering" you can see the fold in his pants from the harness to lift him up.

    • If Jackman has an amulet which can protect him from magic, why doesn't he wear it at the very beginning, since he already knew that he was spying on highly suspected witches?

    • Piper says she's suspicious of Jackman because there are no cones around his van, but when he gets out of the driver's seat to get into the back of the van, there is a cone there. He obviously didn't put it there, but there is one.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • (Paige exits the house almost in slow motion gliding down to the street workers with a tray of lemonade, they are obviously smitten)
      Paige: (suggestively) Does anybody need a little cooldown? (the men charge at her for a little "refreshment") Easy boys, there's plenty to go around.

    • Angel of Destiny: You can choose to relinquish your magic and lead normal lives again, unaccounted, free. We'd wipe the entire slate clean. Nobody would come
      after you again. Well, what do you say?
      Piper: What do we say? Are you kidding? You can't just freeze the whole world and come in here and drop a bombshell like that and expect a quick decision.

    • (Leo is trying to hang a picture.)
      Piper: It's gotta go a little higher.
      Leo: I need a ladder.
      Paige: Leo, just hover.
      Piper: No, no, no, I don't wanna jinx anything. I'd rather we not use magic unless we absolutely have to, thank you very much.
      Paige: Come on, Piper, relax a little. Use it or lose it, lady.
      Piper: Fine.
      (Leo hovers.)
      Paige: Ah, see, no major disaster struck.
      Phoebe (entering): We have a huge problem.
      Piper (to Paige): You were saying?

    • Piper: You just have to use some of your God given powers.
      (she unbuttons one of Paige's buttons on her dress)

    • Cole: This is the Wasteland, where all vanquished demons end up. The beast feeds on their essence, their powers.
      Phoebe: So what are you dong here?
      Cole: Hanging on to our love.

    • Piper: ...at least until they find those files on us.
      Leo: They won't. I sorta orbed them into a volcano.

    • Angel of Destiny: Actually it's because of a demon that I've come to see you, which in and of itself is very rare: we angels of destiny normally don't intervene, except in extraordinary situations: Mozart at age seven, Michelangelo, Albert Einstein... (with clear embarrassment) Britney Spears...

    • (After being visited by the angel of Destiny and finding out they have an innocent to protect)
      Phoebe: Who are we? Charlie's Freaking Angels?

    • Angel of Destiny: By the way, thought you'd like to know, neither decision would've affected yours and Leo's personal destiny.
      Piper: What?
      Angel of Destiny: You'll find out soon.
      He glances down at Piper's stomach.
      Phoebe: Oh my god.
      Piper: What?
      Phoebe: Don't you get it?
      Piper: What?
      Phoebe (to Paige): Don't you get it? (excitedly) She's pregnant!
      Piper: Who's pregnant? I'm pregnant?
      Phoebe and Paige scream in excitement and hug Piper.
      Phoebe (to Piper's stomach): Hi baby.

    • Leo: Hey, did you just freeze me?
      Piper: No dear. The Angel of Destiny did.

    • Piper: Havin' a crappy day?
      Phoebe: Yeah.
      Piper: Cole?
      Phoebe: Yeah.

    • Piper: Okay, in case anyone is wondering, we are officially screwed.

    • Cole: I'm a demon with a soul, Phoebe. It's rather unique to the cosmos.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: A kam teď? (Where To Now?)
      France: Choix final (The final choice)

    • This episode scored 5.2 million viewers.

    • The actor playing Agent Jackman, Bruce Campbell starred on the series "Jack of All Trades", where he was Jack. This may be an inside joke because Brad Kern also produced and wrote another series Bruce Campbell starred in: "The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.".

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