Season 5 Episode 5

Witches in Tights

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 13, 2002 on The WB
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Witches in Tights
When a demon coerces a boy into turning him into an evil comic book villain so he can steal an Elder's powers, the boy transforms The Charmed Ones into comic book heroes with superhuman strengths to prevent this from happening.

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  • Alright.

    Not going to lie the end annoyed me with Phoebe being suspicious of Cole for no reason. "I've taken care of it" *runs away* "omg omg omg what does that mean" .. well actually it means nothing (and I honestly thought he said it in such a chilled way that I could be lead to believe all he did was pay the man off or something). I know we know he killed him but when it's her first thought, you have to wonder why he even bothers trying anymore. I think he did better than most others do in their lives.

    Not a bad episode, was interesting to see. I didn't like the Elder. You just demand this and that, you want respect well show respect for the owners of the house you are in.

    I also hate this projection power. While this kids power is pretty straight forward. The one Billie gets later on is extreemmmeellly over the top. Not only does she have projection she has Prue's power, she can move things with her mind, summon things, transport herself, I'm sorry but that's ridiculous. That is NOT one power but more of that later I guess.

    Finally, I HATED Paige in this episode. Piper needs to run her club, Phoebe needs to do her column, Paige and Phoebe were the ones going behind Pipers back with the elder, but when he randomly shows up (10 hours before he even NEEDED to be there!), they just expect Piper to take care of him? No, god Paige expecting them to give up important things so she can go screw somebody? Just wow.moreless
  • Witches in Tights

    Witches in Tights was a perfect episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because the story was pretty interesting and a new take on superpowers. I liked how every thing intertwined for some great character and plot development. The sisters looked great in their superhero gear and it was fun watching them in action. The ending was awesome and I was very entertained. The guest actors were great and played their parts well! I certainly look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Charmed goes Comic Con

    This is really an amazing run here for Charmed through the first half of Season 5. Well, that great run kind of takes a 2 episode hiatus, as after a couple excellently dark episodes, we have what was intended to be a more lighthearted and comical break.

    The comedy works just good enough to sort of cover for the highly unoriginal plot, demon bullying male witch into doing evil, and the somewhat preposterous though creative subplot of an Elder retiring and giving up his power to an adolescent. We have our first exposure to projection here, though it is quite a bit different than we see later with Billie. What is the same is how ridiculously powerful it is, as the kid can basically make whatever he wants happen by just drawing it. There is an excellent layering of bads here with the demon, the Aggressor, and the slimy slumlord all to be dealt with. I also enjoyed the ladies' outfits, especially Paige's. They all seemed to have fun with their roles.

    The Elder was exceedingly annoying. I guess they wanted to continue Piper's infamous antagonistic relationship with them. I totally didn't buy the notion that an Elder would pass his powers to some teenager. My respect for the Elders is completely blown.

    The writers got some good use out of Cole and Phoebe this episode, and that subplot has the best ending, as once again we see Cole slipping more and more over the edge. Yes, I was glad he barbecued the slumlord, but it wasn't necessary. A threat on the weasel's life I'm sure would have been enough.moreless
  • It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's...Not That Bad!

    Witches in Tights-When a demon coerces a boy into turning him into an evil comic book villain so he can steal an Elder's powers, the boy transforms The Charmed Ones into comic book heroes with superhuman strengths to prevent this from happening. Brad Kern and his crazy writing corherts continue the silly of Season 5 with "Witches In Tights". If the cheesy title wasn't a give away, this episode is centered guessed it...superheroes! Mermaids, fairytales, now superheroes!! It's like the writers were trying desperately to appeal to the 7-13 demographic to gain more viewers during the 5th season. And you wonder why Shannen Dorethy called this show childish when she got the boot. But in terms of silliness, I'm all for a little comic book action of Charmed. Sue me! My innner comic bbok geek couldn't get enough off watching the sister speed around San Fransico and unleash their powers, especially during that brief yet impressive fight bewtween the sisters and the Aggressor. The series' production values definately went up as it's obvious during the previous seasons we would have not seen the sister leap tall buildings in a single bound so seamlessly. You can tell the 3 leads were having a blast, especially when Paige and Phoebe are commenting on each other's costumes.

    With such all the guilty pleasure goodness surrounding the comic book superhero aspects of the story, it's a shame we don't get enough of it and the rest of the episode couldn't be more generic for Charmed. Arnon (surprising played by future Supernatural star Mark Sheppard) is your typical demon of the week fare and Andrew James Allen is forgettable as Kevin, which is disappointing considering he becomes a Elder at the end, taking Rames' powers. Speaking of Rames, he actually the only real other highlight of the epsiode. Gerry Becker brought a charm and earthy quality to the character, especially considering how the Elders have been built as being so strict and serious over the series. I liked his talks with Leo, especially telling him about how powerful his son is going to be. At this point, the mystery surrounding the baby's power and destiny is the only thing going for Season 5 so far. I mean Cole and Phoebe saga once again rears it's ugly head at the end when Cole stupidly kills Ed Miller before Phoebe gets there. I mean it seemed the writers were finally giving Cole a break by him actually having genuine concerns and not just being obsessed with Phoebe for a change but nope, that couldn't last long. Speaking of Phoebe, I'm noticing when she doesn't complaing about Cole, she's complaing about work. It's sad seeing such a fun character turn into such a walking whinner. But a las, it only gets worse. "Witches in Tighes" is pretty fun, despite all the usual Charmed buzzkills.moreless

    I absolutely LOVES this episode because this character named Kevin who is about in 14 or 15 years old IS so perfect for this episode.I cant stop watching him in this episode! Charmed did had finally have MAIN Guest Role for him! Kevin is so brave to protect the Charmed ones, WOW!! Not bad for 14 or 15 yrs old!! This episode make me so impressed!! In the ending of this episode, Kevin was given a POWERFUL magic from retired Elder! Kevin is elder and witch!! IT is so exciting to watch this episode in while because Charmed dont have much teen roles in their shows!moreless
Andrew James Allen

Andrew James Allen


Guest Star

Craig Robert Young

Craig Robert Young


Guest Star

Tinsley Grimes

Tinsley Grimes

Phoebe's Assistant

Guest Star

Todd Tucker

Todd Tucker

The Aggressor

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (24)

    • When Phoebe has the landlord hanging upside down and asks him if he's going to do something about the cockroaches, she can't pronounce "cockroaches" and keeps saying "cock-o-roaches".

    • Leo says that Kevin's power of projection means he must be a witch but the last person they met with this power was the Source of All Evil! Shouldn't Leo be a little more wary? Kevin might easily have been a demon.

    • The demon Arnon says he must kill his victim during the forthcoming equinox. He then says this is a once in a lifetime event which takes place tonight. What on earth is he talking about? Equinoxes happen twice every year (on 21st of March and 21st of September) and they last all day!

    • Why did Cole kill the slumlord? He said that he could find the original tape. He could've played along with him, found the original tape and destroyed it with the copies, in that case, the slumlord would have nothing and can't prove anything against him or Phoebe.

    • Phoebe says that the slumlord wants to see her and Cole, but later, the slumlord is showing Cole the tape and is about to leave without waiting for Phoebe. So did he really want her there or was she supposed to come just to find out that Cole killed him? Speaking of which, Cole was obviously going to kill him from the beginning. It was anticipated. So he could've done it and Phoebe would never have any knowledge about the incident to begin with.

    • The set where The Agressor kills the boy returning the ballets is the same exact set used as Social Services where Paige used to work in season 4.

    • When Piper is turned into a superhero, she has a paper in her hand that suddenly dissapears and never come back even when she is normal again.

    • TRIVIA: The Agressor is played by the same man that creates the costumes and does the special make-up in the show. He created The Agressor costume and he is the one that creates the demons' faces or the magical creatures' look also. Also he has appeared on the series several times (for example he was the big demon in the episode Hulkus Pucus).

    • The Elder said that Elders' powers are mental and they are not corporeal despite that we have seen several time that their powers are corporeal.

    • When the Demon breaks the drawing of the Charmed Ones you can see that it's not the real one. If you compare the one that gets broken with the one that the boy had painted you can see that they are completely different.

    • When the Agressor attacks for the first time in the Manor, the door in the solarium opens itself before he goes in. That does not make sense, even if the Agressor goes very fast the door should stay closed until he touched it and not opened itself.

    • When Piper freezes the Agressor, he starts going in slow motion and Ramus is also going in slow motion. But Ramus should not be that way because he was not frozen. Also if Piper's power had frozen Ramus he would be frozen and not in slow motion as the Agressor was.

    • When they were fighting, Piper called for Paige and she heard her and came to help. How was Paige able to hear her calling? That is a whitelighter's power to hear their charges and Piper is not Paige's charge.

    • How is Paige able to orb into the manor so quick? She was in the middle of something and she was not alone. Anyway she appears there in a second.

    • Piper and Paige are talking about Paige's problem and she said that she was lucky because she orbed back before her boyfriend turned the lights on. Anyway Paige orbing power makes a blue light that would be visible in the dark, in fact Paige would have been a living lamp. There's no way he could not see the orbing light.

    • When Piper sees Paige in the club she is kissing her boyfriend and they are on a couch. But in the wide shot they are shown dancing near the couch instead.

    • The dress that Phoebe wears in the club is the same one that she used to do the publicity work.

    • TRIVIA: In this episode, Phoebe says "Who was that masked man?", Prue prevously said that in the season 3 episode All Halliwell's Eve.

    • Leo says that Kevin is a witch, so how did he became an elder if you have to be a whitelighter to become one?

    • TRIVIA: Phoebe's actions in this episode (torturing the landlord) are later used against her and the Charmed Ones in the season 6 episode Crimes and Witchdemeaners.

    • TRIVIA: Phoebe leaps tall buildings in a single bound, much like Superman.

    • The same apartment set is shown again when Dave's apartment is shown. It is the same exact place as in the season 1 episodes "Dream Sorcerer" and "The Witch Is Back".

    • When Cole and Phoebe are talking on the roof, the Transpyramid Tower appears in the background behind them both when the flag is behind them, and when the camera angle switches to the reverse side so it'd be about where the flag is.

    • How did the slumlord manage to find Phoebe going into the airport hangar? She and her sisters have been super-speeding around town (so he couldn't have been trailing them) and neither the slumlord nor the guards he told to check her out would have any idea where to find her.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • (Phoebe, in her superhero costume, is holding Edward Miller upside-down off the roof of his building. Cole appears.)
      Phoebe: Cole! What are you doing here?
      Cole: Well, I got a call from one of the tenants saying that, uh, Wonder Woman was terrorizing the landlord. What the hell are you doing?
      Phoebe: Well, I'm teaching my buddy here how important it is to be a better person. (to Edward) Are you a better person yet?
      Edward: I'm slipping!
      Phoebe: Oh, no, you're not slipping. (She relaxes her grip.) That's slipping.
      Cole: Honey...
      Phoebe: Don't call me honey anymore.
      Cole: I don't know what's going on here but this is not you. Literally.
      Phoebe: Are you kidding? This is better than me. This is new and improved me. Now not only can I help my readers, but I can help the entire city.
      Cole: Careful, he's got ears.
      Phoebe: Oh, please, relax. The only thing he can hear right now is the blood rushing to his brain.

    • (Piper catches Paige and Phoebe at the hot new club in town.)
      Phoebe: Oh, hi, Piper. Hey, hey, wow, you're up late. What are you doing here?
      Piper: Right back at ya.
      Leo: (to Paige's date) Dave, how about I buy you a drink.
      Dave: I've got one, thanks.
      Leo: That's not going to be enough.

    • Paige (about Dave): If he's Mr. Right, I'll tell him I fly around on broomsticks!

    • (After they've been knocked out by The Aggressor)
      Paige: Everybody still alive?
      Piper: I'm not sure yet.

    • (Leo notices Paige's revealing dress underneath her satin robe)
      Leo: Uh, Paige, where did you orb in from?
      Paige (who was having sex before she orbed in, closes the robe): I was dealing with some personal problems.
      Leo: Well, I'm your whitelighter. So if you ever wanna talk…
      Piper and Paige: Nooo!

    • Piper: A little history lesson: I'm not a big fan of your rules. In fact, I take pride in breaking them.
      Ramus: I know. You've been a real pain over the years.

    • Phoebe: Why don't you just turn him into a fountain pen?
      Cole (snickers): Believe me, I'm tempted, but, um, I've decided I'm not gonna use my powers, no matter what.
      Phoebe: Since when?
      Cole: Since I tried to strangle you with them.

    • (Phoebe's office phone rings. She picks it up)
      Phoebe: Phoebe Halliwell.
      Piper: So, what do you say to an overbearing younger sister who's treating her pregnant older sister like a porcelain doll?
      Phoebe: Thank you?
      Piper: How about "knock it off"?!

    • Reamus: There is, however, perhaps something I can do for you.
      Leo: What do you mean?
      Reamus: I am an Elder and I can forsee the future, enough of it anyway to give you a glimpse. If you're interested.
      Leo: Isn't that against the rules?
      Reamus: I'm retiring, what do I care?

    • Phoebe: I think it's great that you want to help. I really do, but I can't. I am powerless to do anything right now.
      Cole: You may be a lot of things, but powerless isn't one of them.

    • Phoebe: Cole just called. He said the idiot slumlord wants to meet Cole and me now.
      Piper: Why?
      Phoebe: Oh, I don't know. Something about having a tape of Cole's superhero ex-wife in action.
      Piper: Oh, no.

    • Paige: Uh headrush...let's do it again!

    • (A while after Paige explains to Piper that she's been having trouble in bed, Piper tries to convince Phoebe to come home from work and babysit Ramus.)
      Piper: Bored in Berkley can wait. I've got DJ's to audition.
      Phoebe: No, believe me, these are a lot more serious than that…Look, what about Paige? Can't she come?
      Piper: Apparently not.

    • Leo: P3's still doing great.
      Piper: Not as great as it used to be, thanks to me.
      Leo: Well, Piper, you're having a baby. Your priorities have changed.
      Piper: Yeah, well, haven't you heard? Women can have careers and babies now. It's been in all the papers.
      Leo: Well, are those women trying to save the world from demons too?

    • Phoebe: Okay gimme a sec while my organs catch up.
      Paige: Nice outfit!
      Phoebe: Back at ya, sis!

    • Paige: I think I'm so busy protecting this big ol' secret of ours I guess I can't really let my guard down. How'd you do it?
      Piper: Marry an angel.

    • Piper: I'm pregnant, not terminal.

    • Phoebe: Who was that masked man?

  • NOTES (3)


    • Piper: ... The Demon of Illusion.

      She is talking about the demon of the Illusion that appeared in the season 2 episode Chick Flick. He was able to get out characters from the movies.

    • Phoebe: Who was that masked man?

      This is a reference to the TV series The Lone Ranger, that ran through the 1940s to the 1950s. This was a famous line from the show.

    • Kevin's power to bring drawings to life is very similar to Relm (of the video game Final Fantasy VI), and Drawcia (of the videogame Kirby: Canvas Curse).

    • Title: Witches in Tights

      This is a reference to the 1993 film Robin Hood: Men in Tights starring Cary Elwes.

    • The scene transition from the alley to the kid's superhero persona whooping the thugs' butts is a rip-off of the scene transitions used in the 1960's "Batman" TV series.