Charmed

Season 6 Episode 11

Witchstock

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 11, 2004 on The WB
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Paige finds herself transported back in time to an era of free love and free magic, where she discovers Grams, a peace-loving hippie, who is on a crusade to rid the world of evil through the magical power of love.

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  • Go-go gadget gogo boots!

    7.0
    Given the nature of last week's episode, bouncing right off of a heavy-duty (well, for Charmed anyways) present-future timeline and right into a present-past, smelly witch-hippes-EVERYWHERE plotline, was quite the risk. Thankfully, it's one that pays off, for the most part, and is really only for those long-term viewers, who would get the most kick out of the funkadelic, revamped manor. Honestly, though, the hour receives such a high score because we get to bare withness to an extremely sleazy 60s Leo. HA. What a sight to behold. And he hits on Paige?! Priceless. It's moments like these that the series could use more of. And since we're on a roll, can we mention Grams calling Chris a n00b and shooting so many flithy looks his way? Thankyouthankyou. We know how you feel, Grams.



    A totally fun, groovy episode of Charmed, then. It's just a pity everyone is so scattered lately, and the unncessary time-jumps from episode to episode (3 weeks) doesn't make Paige's or Phoebe's relationships anymore concrete when it happens offscreen. But then again, we don't have to suffer through Jason, so let's be thankful for small miracles.moreless
  • Witchstock

    10
    Witchstock was a perfect episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching this episode because there was a lot of character and plot development. It was interesting to learn more about Grams and her past. I liked seeing Grams in the past and how she influenced the present. The story was engaging and intriguing for many reasons. There was a lot of character and plot development with in this episode. I certainly look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • After Phoebe and Paige move in with their respective boyfriends, Chris tries to get the sisters together for a vanquish. At the manor, Paige searches for a change of clothes, but instead tries on her Grams's go-go boots, which transport her to 1967.moreless

    9.7
    This is one of my favorite Charmed eps, for some mysterious reason. It's silly and ignores previously established continuity, including Penny's age and the name of the Charmed Ones' grandfather, but I love it. Maybe it's because I love tie-dye, flower power, and '60s music, or maybe because this ep gives us a glimpse of a younger Penny and of what Leo was like before meeting Piper. Whatever it is, Witchstock never fails to put a smile on my face, and is one of the episodes that define season six for me. Some may call this a filler, but I say that it balanced out the melodrama of Chris-Crossed, giving the Charmed Ones a much-needed break from the seriousness.moreless
  • Witchsuck

    1.0
    Witchstock-Paige finds herself transported back in time to an era of free love and free magic, where she discovers Grams, a peace-loving hippie, who is on a crusade to rid the world of evil through the magical power of love.

    So let me get this straight:

    1) Gramswas a youngflower child in the late 60s....the late 60s!!! Okay let me just say these are the dumbest writers to have ever written for a prime time series!!! Seriously, how is there logic in that!!! Originally, this story was meant for Patty, the sister's mom, but unfortunately, Finola Hughes couldn't make it on set because of scheduling issues, so the writers, without any thought in butchering the mythology (not to mention plainlogic itself!!), they had Jennifer Rhodes return as Grams. How can Grams be so young and Patty be a child in 1967 when Prue is suppose to be born freaking 3 years later!!? O_0 Once again, instead of re-writing to story to make sense, they do it anyway with Grams during a time period that she would way adulter than portrayed and completely crap on the continuity of the series. Great job, you hacks!!!

    2) The demon of the week is....a green blob!! Have the writers completely loss all form of originality in their writtening!? All the scenes with the green blob taking over the manor have never been for laugable and a waste of time. Seriously....a green blob!? O_0

    3) So earlier on in the episode Paige can't use magic, makes sense given that it has been estabished that the sisters' powers can't work in the past because they don't exist. Yet later Piper casts a spell and it works! Now there are plotholes being made in the same episode! Also, since now we're on the subject, how can Chris even use his powers in the past? O_0

    4) Luthor Morris?.....Really? O_0

    5) Hippie Leo....Really!??? O_0

    6) Oh there was a plot about an evil warlock but I don't care enough to elaborate on that non-exitent plot!

    7) What a complete waste that is the amazingJennifer Rhodes. She comes insults Chris (well, that was actually great!) and becomes an annoyingHippie for the rest of the episode.

    8) Piper: "Where's Grams?" Leo: "I'm afriad she didn't make it." LEO...SHE'S ALREADY DEAD! *headdesk*

    After such a strong episode (Chris-Crossed) and we get this!? It's episodes that this that makes we wonder how Charmed went on for so long after Shannon Dorethy left. What an insulting mess this series has become! *Shakes head*moreless
  • Phoebe and Paige moved in with their boyfrieds. Chris tries to get the sisters together for a vanquish. Paige puts on Grams boots with transports her back in time.

    1.8
    This episode was absolutely rediculous. The whole story was just dull, as are a lot of Charmed episodes. It didn't have the element of humor or real fun like other episodes. I have only seen it once because I could barely stand it the first time. I don't even really remember what it was about, thankfully. That episode is the reason Charmed sometimes gets on my nerves and why I don't watch it like I used to. I just can't stress enough how much I disliked it. I hope this review/rant gives me the true closure I need from such a revolting episode of Charmed.moreless
Kara Zediker

Kara Zediker

young Penny Halliwell

Guest Star

Jill Small

Jill Small

Celene

Guest Star

Tim Elwell

Tim Elwell

Officer

Guest Star

Jennifer Rhodes

Jennifer Rhodes

Penny Halliwell

Recurring Role

Jason Simmons

Jason Simmons

Wyatt Halliwell

Recurring Role

Kristopher Simmons

Kristopher Simmons

Wyatt Halliwell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (21)

    • If the girls didn't have their powers in the past, how was Piper able to cast spell on the prison guard?

    • When the girls come back from the past and ask Leo where Grams is, he says she didn't make it. Leo, an elder, should have known better that the blob couldn't kill Grams since she is already dead.

    • When the warlock freezes everyone for the first time Robin moves away from Paige and young Grams. When he unfreezes them, she hasn't moved back Considering people always notice when someone moves when Piper freezes, it is unlikely that they wouldn't notice.

    • When the past is changed so that Grams remains a flower child, why didn't Piper and Phoebe turn into flower children as well? It's doubtful that they'd have been raised by a flower child and not have become one themselves. For that matter, it is unlikely that Piper, Phoebe and Paige would be exactly the same people if their grandmother had been a different type of person -- changing that one event would have changed everything that led up to their present. In reality, the three probably shouldn't even be alive after Grams is a flower child, because she wouldn't have been able to protect them as children.

    • Seeing as the green blobby demon can be hurt by electricity, why did Leo just not blast it with his lightning bolt power?

    • When Leo and Chris are piling up the appliances in the kitchen to stop the slime, the electricity cuts out, and Leo tells Chris there is a flashlight in the laundry room. In the previous scene the slime was already blocking the door into the laundry room.

    • If the warlock could freeze everybody, including the sisters and Grams, why didn't he freeze the room and kill them while they were frozen?

    • The first time the room is frozen after the warlock comes in to talk to Robin, Paige's face changes several times as Robin and the warlock are talking.

    • Penny seems very young to be the mother of Patty and only 4 years away from becoming the grandmother of Prue. The episode is set in January 1967, so Patty would have been 16 years old at that time. She was born on April 5, 1950, according to the family tree. Prue was born on October 28, 1970.

    • TRIVIA: This episode marks Phoebe's last use of her levitation power before it and all of her other powers are taken away by the Tribunal in the season 6 episode "Crimes and Witch-Demeanors".

    • When in the warehouse getting ready to vanquish the slime demon, Chris orbs to get Phoebe so that she can levitate & attract the slime demon via her magic. Why didn't the slime demon come around when Chris orbed out?

    • TRIVIA: Wyatt uses his telekinetic orbing power again, to bring his bottle to himself.

    • When Phoebe summons Grams, she mistakenly says "Come to thee, I summon thee, cross now the great divide." The spell is supposed to read "Come to me".

    • Chris uses electrical wires to keep the slime from oozing under the basement door. Except... the original reason he found it in the basement was because he had to get to fusebox after the power was knocked out. Since he never managed to do that, what was powering those wires?

    • Paige claims in this episode that she was born "in the year of the Ox" and therefore is a natural leader. If this were true, Paige would've had to have been born in either 1973 or 1985, neither of which is the case! In a previous episode, it was stated Paige's year of birth was 1977.

    • The original Grams claims that if she hadn't quit being a hippie, her daughter and granddaughters would never have survived. When Paige changes history so that Grams remains a hippie, the Charmed Ones' timeline remains unchanged and they're alive and well. If Grams remained as goofy and flighty as we see her as a hippie, how'd she ever protect them?

    • Paige dumps a can of marbles at the evil witch trying to kill Allen - for some reason she falls even though her feet never moved so she never stepped on them to go flying.

    • Young Grams tells Phoebe and Piper not to use magic openly, and then rather blithely and openly uses magic to turn the policemen's nightsticks into flowers.

    • Although it's established the events in the past take place on or around January 17, the foilage shown of San Francisco in the past is way too bright and green for that time of the year. Also, Grams tells the girls that they are going back to Summer of Love, but January is not exactly the summer.

    • If the past was changed for that short period of time so that grams stayed a hippie how come it only affected her? I understand the sisters not being affected because they were in the past at the time, but what about Leo and Chris.

    • It has been established by the Halliwell family tree that Gramps' name was Jack and that he died in 1964. So how was he now Allen in 1967?

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Penny (reciting her first vanquishing spell): Snuff this warlock, his days are done, but make him...good for the ecosystem?
      (Warlock explodes into a shower of white flowers)
      Piper: Now that's what you call "flower power"!

    • Penny: You are exactly what we're all about, Paige. You want to hear my dream? I dream of a crusade to rid the world of evil, not through fighting or the inner anger that makes us want to fight, but through the magic power of love.
      Paige: Are you sure you're Penny Halliwell?

    • Grams: Your grandfather Allen, rest his soul, was a sweet man, but he led me straight down the hippie-dippie trail.
      Phoebe (laughing): You were a flower child?
      Grams: Yeah, well, don't rub it in. What's important is that Allen was killed by my best friend. I didn't know it then, but she was evil, and I walked in right after it happened.
      Piper: What did you do?
      Grams: Well, let's just say that my peacenik days ended fast, along with that bitch Robin. Why, if she hadn't killed Allen -
      Leo: You'd still be a flower child.
      Grams: And the Charmed Ones would be dead. I know I'm a ballbuster, but it
      kept me alive to protect my girls from all the demons that came after them as
      kids.

    • Phoebe: So, we get to go back there? And we get to meet our grandfather?
      Grams: Don't make too much out of it, because whatever you do, you can't change the past or tell anyone you're from the future.
      Phoebe (referring to Chris) Well, why does he get to?
      Chris: Because I know what I'm doing.
      (Piper scoffs and Phoebe laughs)
      Grams (to Chris, who's slowly being enveloped by the slime demon): Not from where I'm standing.

    • Allen (as he continues to stare at Paige): I swear, it's like you could be my sister...
      Paige: Or your granddaughter. If you had a granddaughter, that is... (under her breath) which you won't, unless I get home.

    • Penny: Where's Patty?
      Allen: I dropped her off at my sister's. She's gonna crash there tonight.
      Paige: Patty, like mom Patty? I mean...you're a mom.
      (Allen stares at Paige, shocked)
      Allen: Janice?
      Paige: Excuse me?
      Allen: I just came back from my sister's pad, and for a second, I thought I was looking at her again.

    • Penny: Paige, this is my old man Allen. He's not a witch, but he's cool with it.
      Paige: Allen, your first husband?
      Penny: My first and only. I'm not that into free love.

    • Penny: Do you have an active power?
      Paige: Yeah. I can orb.
      Penny: Groovy. Hey, everyone! We have a witch here who can orb!
      Leo: Right on. Lay some orbs on us, sister.
      Paige: Fine, if it'll help me get out of here. (indicating an 8-track tape deck) Uh, big fat tape thingy. (after her powers don't work) Oh, my powers must be down. Must be the past...past few minutes. This patchouli oil. It's really making me light-headed.
      Leo: Performance anxiety. (he puts an arm around her) Listen, if you want some private coaching, there's an empty room upstairs. You dig?
      Paige: Ugh. No, I don't dig.

    • Penny: It's why we're gathering here tonight, for a magical be-in.
      Paige: Oh, like a human be-in. When Timothy Leary said, "Tune in, turn on, drop out."
      Penny: No, there's no acid allowed in the manor, Paige. We're all
      on a contact high.
      Paige: I'm not on drugs. I'm just having a bad trip.

    • Leo: Grams used to cast spells on her clothes when she was young.
      Phoebe: Wait, you knew Grams when she was young?
      Leo: Yeah. We crossed paths once or twice when I was a young Whitelighter.
      Piper: Eww!
      Leo (embarrassed): Well, I barely remember it.

    • Grams (coughing): Nonsense. You can't damage an old warhorse like me. I'm already dead.

    • Grams: Are you giving me lip?
      Chris (taken aback): No. (Wyatt orbs a bottle and the slime demon attacks) No!

    • Grams: I think that we should take the demon into our arms and make it feel safe.

    • Piper: I don't have a lot of people to hang out with, aside from my baby who doesn't really say much and then one really neurotic whitelighter.

    • Penny: Have you tried talking to the slime?

    • Past Grams: Who wants a ride on the rainbow bus?

    • Grams: Dear, you have Paige stuck in the past and a demonic blob roaming the manor. Exactly how are you "handling things"?

    • Piper (about the go-go boots): Oh, wow. Phoebe. These are sooome boots.
      Phoebe: No, they're not mine, but I wish they were 'cause they're hot!!
      Paige (reading): That box says 'Penny'. Penny as in Grams, Penny?
      Phoebe: No way. I refuse to believe that Grams ever wore anything this hot!!
      Piper (matter-of-factly): Yeah, I figured her more for steel-toed orthopedics. You know, the better to kick your ass with.

    • Paige (about not using magic around Richard): What I get from him kinda more than makes up for it, I think.
      Phoebe: Eww.

    • Paige: It's not magic free, it's just... magic lite.

    • Grams: Men are like utensils, you use them, wash them, and throw them in the drawer until the you need them.

    • Piper says a spell to seduce the police guard, making him infatuated with Phoebe.
      Phoebe: What...why me?
      Piper: He ain't my type.

    • Chris: You know the only reason why she's even here is Paige missed a vanquish.
      Leo: Another one?
      Chris: Yeah, that makes, what? Five in a row now?
      Paige: You guys are such nags.
      Phoebe: When did you two become so chummy?

    • Paige: It's good to have you back, Grams. (to Leo) And you, Mr. Sun God.
      Leo (embarrassed): That was a long time ago. Could you please just...keep that between us?

    • Phoebe: Love. Lots and lots of love.

    • Phoebe: And be careful with my origami! That tiger took two frickin' hours!

    • Chris & Leo: What's done is done. (They both laugh)
      Phoebe: Okay, you two really need to get a room.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Paige: Uh, big, fat tape thingy.

      Paige tries to orb an 8-track tape deck to her, but doesn't know what it is. An 8-track was a magnetic tape technology for playing music and it was used most from the mid-1960s to the early 1980s. It pre-dates audio cassettes (aka tapes) and compact discs (aka CDs).

    • Paige: When Timothy Leary said, "Tune in, turn on, drop out."

      Paige is referencing a quote from a be-in at Golden Gate Park taking place on January 14th, 1967. After Paige is transported to the '60s, the witch Robin informs her that the be-in at the park is set to occur the following day.

    • Title: Witchstock

      This is a reference to Woodstock, a now-famous concert which was part of a peace plea.

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