Season 4 Episode 21

Womb Raider

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 09, 2002 on The WB
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The Seer plans to steal Phoebe's unborn baby so she can raise the child to become the next Source and prevent the throne from passing on to another demon. Meanwhile, the baby begins to take over control of Phoebe's body, which proves dangerous to Paige.

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  • Womb Raider

    Womb Raider was another perfect episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching this episode because there was a lot of character and plot development. It was awesome to see Phoebe's unborn child protect itself at the slightest threat. This episode is the culmination of what has been happening this season and it was great to see the underworld move on after Cole was vanquished and also great to see Phoebe in a some what depressed state over the whole mess. There were elements of both good and evil which made things entertaining. I certainly look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Underworld Armageddon...

    Woah. So, last week wrapped up the Source's storyline. Now we just have to deal with his child.

    As it turns out, the fetus does most the "wrapping up" on its own, unleashing its powers in a fiery climax that unjars the kind of devastation on the demonic underworld that we've never seen before and won't see again.

    This again is classic Charmed's mix of humor and dark drama. I found the fetus's attacks on Paige, not entirely unendorsed by Phoebe, to be quite hilarious. How long does it take to figure out that keeping Phoebe and Paige apart is a good idea? The idea of Phoebe going to a regular OBGYN is a poor one with predictable results. It is nice to see Darryl again. The guy continues to be a virtual saint.

    It is also good comedy when Piper gets summoned into the cage and realizes she is just in time to be sacrificed. Hahaha... Always cool to see the original Power of 3 spell used. The fetus losing control of its powers and destroying everything, including itself at the end, might have been a little convenient, but the effects were spectacular and it was super cool to watch 30 plus demons get dusted at once. On a sad note, it is actually too bad to be saying goodbye to the Seer, one of the series' best bad guys. At least Debbie Morgan got an explosive send off.

    The doom building up over Piper's baby troubles continued in this episode. There is an absolutely heartfelt scene between Piper and Paige in the kitchen with fabulous acting by both actresses and some great writing. This also leads directly into the season finale. Really, in a lot of ways, this was the real end of the story arc for Season 4. The finale actually is the beginning of the two most important arcs for Season 5: Cole's return, and Piper's pregnancy.moreless
  • Looks like Cole has been vanquished (again!) and The Seer has plans of her own for Phoebe's unborn baby.

    Yet again, Cole or The Source or whatever you want to call him, has been removed from the scene and Phoebe is left pregnant and alone. That is bad enough but the baby, quite literally, has a mind of its own and starts behaving like the spawn of evil that it is! It certainly has some strong and interesting powers and puts poor Paige in quite a bit of danger. Clearly, this is one baby who intends to survive and grow!

    Meanwhile,the highly unpleasant Seer has evil plans of her own to use dark magic to steal Phoebe's unborn child and raise it herself to make her the new Source. It's never dull in the Halliwell household!moreless
  • Baby Boom

    This episode didn't sit right with me. It felt tacked on. It were as if the writers had to fill out the episode, not expecting for the Cole arc to end prematurely (I'm not even sure why it did), and so they milked whatever there was left of the Source plotline.

    While the episode is still fresh in mind, I'm not even sure how the baby survived. I mean, it was supposedly pure evil. It was The Source. So how come the power of 3 spell that vanquished Cole last week didn't off baba-source as well. If the baby can affect the outside world at such an early stage in the pregnancy, then good magic should be able to affect it. I guess the writers didn't think this one through, or maybe I'm just over-thinking it…

    Niggles aside, nothing gelled. Plotlines were tossed together haphazardly, genres were mixed awkwardly, and the anti-climax dilutes the powerful ending of 'Long Live the Queen'. Why bring Cole back? Besides that, the whole Seer/Source plot was wrapped up too neatly for my liking. They may as well have thrown her in that rinky-dinky cage (which looked incredibly silly) and wrapped it in a bow.

    The FX also looked dastardly. The budget was clearly used up within the last few episodes: some of the special effects were horrid (the hot flash being probably one of the most budget-stricken effects ever used on this show in all 8 seasons).

    I also noticed that the window Phoebe flung Paige out of had been boarded up. A) who had the time to do this during the episode. And b) how come Leo didn't just zap it all better like he did with the P3 sign in 'Size Matters'?

    Rarely has a Charmed episode felt so superfluous, especially in such a strong season.moreless
  • "Why did your mommy push Pagie out the window?" - Piper

    another fine episode dealing with the aftermath of Cole's death and Pheebs hell-child.

    season four deals with death a lot. Prue is dead, Pagie's parents are dead and now cole is dead. its all well handled and emotional, which is what death is!

    phoebe's baby is great. her hitting paige and pushing her out the window was highly amusing. however the episode soon turns dark when the seer attacks and steals the baby from Phoebe. a very emotional scene and well portrayed.

    the sisters become sisters again at the end. there has been a little disconnect lately but this is finally resolved (thought not until the next episode fully). Alyssia Milano shines in this one. give her an award!moreless
Jeffrey Meek

Jeffrey Meek


Guest Star

Tony Amendola

Tony Amendola

Dark Priest

Guest Star

Aaron Lustig

Aaron Lustig

Dr. Harris

Guest Star

Debbi Morgan

Debbi Morgan

The Seer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • When Phoebe and Darryl walk into the bedroom at the apartment you get a glimpse of the ceiling in the living room, and it is not ceiling, but obviously a set as you can see the wooden slats.

    • When Paige is pushed out of the window and almost hits Darryl there are flowers on the side and the path was squared. Usually it is just a solid concrete path with no flowers.

    • TRIVIA: More demons are vanquished in this episode than in any other - a total of 36.

    • TRIVIA: During this episode, the number of evil beings vanquished on the show passes the 200 mark.

    • TRIVIA: This is the third time the Source is vanquished in season 4. The first was in Charmed and Dangerous, then in Long Live the Queen. The Source will be vanquished again in season 8's Desperate Housewitches.

    • TRIVIA: This is one of 4 episodes in season 4 that Cole does not appear in. However, at the end of this episode, Cole's voice is heard.

    • When the Source's son has taken over Phoebe and she's summoned to the Seer, the Seer says, "Let the little children come to me, for the kingdom belongs to such as these." That's from the Bible, and it's quite odd that the Seer would know that passage let alone quote it.

    • When Phoebe and Darryl are in the penthouse bedroom and Phoebe opens the closet door, Darryl is on the opposite side of the room with the bed in between them. Phoebe is immediately sucked into the closet by the Seer, and then stops just as quickly - because Darryl is holding her by her feet.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • (After the reading of Cole's letter)
      Cole: Help me, Phoebe!
      Phoebe: Cole?

    • Phoebe: My baby!
      Seer: He was never yours, or Cole's. From the moment of conception this baby was mine.

    • Paige: Let the object of objection become but a dream, as I cause this scene to be unseen!
      (The spell cleans up the penthouse)
      Phoebe: Thanks.
      Paige: I just wish I could make all your pain go away that easily.

    • Dane: If that's your vision, you need glasses!

    • Paige and Phoebe are trapped in a cage about to be used as a human sarcifice by the Seer.
      Paige: Phoebe?
      Phoebe: Yeah.
      Paige: Told you so. (They laugh) I'm really sorry.
      Phoebe: I know you are, honey, I know you are.

    • Piper (while trying to open a safe): Okay, so now what? She doesn't know the combination.
      Paige: We don't need it. (holds out her arms) Safe door! (She orbs it to herself) If financial disaster ever strikes you'll find I come in handy.

    • Paige: Why me? I have nothing against that little fu... fetus.

    • Paige (when Phoebe's unborn child made her hit Paige): That kid needs a serious time out.

    • (Phoebe is playing Mozart for the baby when he turns the slice of watermelon she's about to eat into raw meat.)
      Piper: Maybe your baby would prefer to listen to Ozzy.

    • Piper (freezing the obstetrician): What happened?
      Phoebe: Well it's about time! My head was on fire like a tiki torch a few seconds ago.
      Piper: Do not change the subject. Did your baby just electrocute the nice doctor man?
      Phoebe: Yeah, I think so. But he was just protecting himself because that gel was really cold.

    • Darryl: I left four messages here. Did anybody in this house learn the magic of the telephone?

    • Phoebe: Murdering witch! (Phoebe raises her arm, and hits Paige from behind her.) The baby made me do it.

    • Cole (in his letter to Phoebe): I was dead before I met you, I was born the day you loved me, and my love for you will keep me alive. Forever.

    • Phoebe: I have to save Paige, it's the only chance left.
      Leo: No. (Phoebe pushes Leo out of the way. Piper gasps.) You're letting your baby control you, Phoebe.
      Phoebe: That wasn't the baby, that was me.

    • Piper: I will hit the Book and figure out how to deal with...demonic fetuses.

    • Piper (to Phoebe): You. You're gonna hit the Book of Shadows, and you're gonna figure out a way to control Chucky there.

    • Darryl: Okay, where is this baby that everybody keeps talking about? Is it an invisible baby? Am I gonna step on it?
      Phoebe: No, Darryl, it's a little more complicated than that.

    • Phoebe: How can I make a doctor's appointment when I have a demonically challenged baby?

    • Phoebe: Bitch!
      Phoebe pushes Paige out the window.
      Piper: What the hell was that for?
      Phoebe: I don't know, you'll have to ask him!
      Piper (speaking to Phoebe's stomach): Okay...why did your mommy push Paige out the window?!

    • Piper: So let me get this straight, you summoned me to a cage where my powers don't work so we can all die together?
      Paige: Well, the plan has some flaws admittedly.

    • Piper: Unborn babies don't perform magic tricks in the first trimester, Phoebe.
      Phoebe: What is going on?
      Piper: I don't know, but don't panic, okay? We'll wrap up here, and we'll go home and panic.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Prokleté těhotenství (Cursed Pregnancy) France: Pouvoir absolu (Absolute power) Italy: Piccolo Diavolo (Little Devil) Germany: Die Brut des Bösen (The lair of evil)


    • Piper: Maybe your baby should listen to Ozzy!

      By this, Piper is referring to the rock star Ozzy Ozbourne, of Black Sabbath, who became even more famous when his MTV reality show "The Ozbournes" aired.

    • Title: Womb Raider

      This is a reference to the hit video game series, and the subsequent films, "Tomb Raider".

    • Piper (to Phoebe, whose unborn baby is attacking Paige): You, you're gonna hit the Book of Shadows and figure out a way to control Chucky there.

      Chucky is the name of the doll possessed by the spirit of serial killer Charles Lee Ray in the "Child's Play" series of horror films.