Charmed

Season 5 Episode 10

Y Tu Mummy Tambien

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 05, 2003 on The WB
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Phoebe falls prey to Jeric, a demon in search of the perfect body to hold the spirit of Isis, his dead lover. To trap the spirit, Jeric mummifies Phoebe's body. Meanwhile, Cole tries to save Phoebe by making a deal with the demon.

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  • Y Tu Mummy Tambien

    9.0
    Y Tu Mummy Tambien was a superb episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because the story was good, there was character development and lots of magic. It was interesting to see Cole as he plotted to work with Jeric in order to restore Phoebe. It was funny watching Piper fret over maternity clothes. There was action, drama, humor and intrigue and I was very entertained. I certainly look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • She went to Jeric!

    9.0
    Yes, that is four episodes in a row rated a 9. All are very different, but all four are excellent in their own way. This episode is terrifically written and has at least 2 stand out performances.



    I find it somewhat humorous that the title is a rip off a Mexican movie but that all the action occurs in Egypt, actually a rip off "The Mummy Returns." But, hey, again, at least they are taking from a good movie. For once, the two bad guys, Cole and Jeric, are the ones who carry the episode. Adrian Paul is wonderful as the dignified Jeric. He does a comically fantastic job impersonating Leo, and what a bonus, he is the only guest star to kiss Phoebe and Paige in the same episode. Congrats. Julian tops himself with his over-the-top performance as the mad-hatter Cole. From the scene in his flat, to his entrance into Jaric's crypt, to the famous showdown with Piper in the attic, every scene is a keeper. Absolutely fabulous, Julian McMahon! Can't you at least let me not die in peace? Hahahaha.....



    Among the sisters, Piper is foremost here, somewhat a rarity for Season 5. The scene in the attic where she is checking herself out in the mirror until Leo shows up is another great Piper and Leo scene. The scene where Leo and Piper discuss the lose-lose choice she has to make is also well written and acted. The conclusion makes complete sense, and I loved when Cole applauded afterwards. Sure, it is a little disappointing that Jeric can be vanquished with just Piper's power, but the writers were probably out of time. Strangely, a couple seasons after being introduced as Belthazor in Season 3, Cole is finally back as the main bad guy in the show, and what a handful he is!moreless
  • Walk Like An Egyptian

    6.5
    Y Tu Mummy Tambien-Phoebe falls prey to Jeric, a demon in search of the perfect body to hold the spirit of Isis, his dead lover. To trap the spirit, Jeric mummifies Phoebe's body. Meanwhile, Cole tries to save Phoebe by making a deal with the demon.



    Sigh. After 4 solid episodes Season 5 looked like it was turning up yet we get this disappointing and sometimes annoying episode. "Y Tu Mummy Tambien" (really writers? So pun just never be created!) starts out intriguing enough and even has some great comedic moments thanks to Holly Marie Combs, but once Cole enters the picture, the episode drags and become tedious. Last episode, Cole was at his breaking point, done with Phoebe, done with her sisters, done with life period. Now all of sudden he's back to pinning for her and trying to win her love back? Lame! The writers have definately wrriten themselves into the wall when they create the most pwoerful being on Earth and turn him into a pathetic love sick puppy. Certain lines like "That's my witch" and "I told you. She's mine" made me want to vomit. Come on Cole! Sure, Julian McMahon looks like he's having blast playing Cole's insanity, but the writers have pretty much taken the fun out the character period. Also, having Cole suddenly take over as the main villain of the week suddenly made Jeric look inferior. It's such a waste considering he's played by Mr. Highlander himself Adrian Paul and his M.O. with Isis had so much potential. It also doesn't help watching Piper blow Jeric up so easily. Such an infamous and powerful demon yet he's vanquished without a power of 3 spell? Speaking of that, we haven't seen much of those this season and it doesn't feel like Charmed without all 3 sisters chanting together for the big vanquish at the end. Sigh again.



    The only real highlights was Cole and Piper's attic fight, which was pretty awesome with some great SFX and Leo hilariously glamouring into Jeric just to get Darryl his promotion. Other than that, "Y Tu Mummy Tambien" (God, I hate the title!) should just be mummmified. Not bad, just average and bland in the end.moreless
  • Trouble for the Mum(my) to be.

    7.0
    One of the best looking Charmed episodes, Y Tu Mummy Tambien (groan) boasts some great special FX and and some awesome set-deigns. The story is rather watchable but sometimes straddles the line of becoming too daft more often than not. Cole is still enduring an awkward transition from tortured soul to tortured villain, but at least he's starting to become somewhat threatening now toward the girls. Leo gets a nice little sub-plot and Piper has nice rant about a lack of ass kicking attire for the mother to be. It's rather lightweight stuff, but there's enough action here (I loved Piper and Cole blasting each other with very little affect, given that they're both invincible) and peppy one-liners to keep you entertained.moreless
  • While Piper struggles with maternity, Phoebe is kidnapped by an Egyptian mummifier trying to bring his lover back to life. Piper must work with Cole to save the day.

    8.5
    While the plot isn't anything amazing, the side bits really make this episode. Piper's snarliness and Cole's insanity are more than worth the watch, and Julian McMahon is truly amazing, bringing comedy and a performance that you can't take your eyes off of.

    The plot with Phoebe isn't particularly exciting or anything you can't see coming, but side scenes and small moments make this episode much more interesting. Piper's meltdown, Cole's varying suicide attempts and Darryl's as always hilarious reactions to magic interfering in his world make this episode one of the best of season five and always worth rewatching.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (11)

    • Right before the police break in the apartment, Jeric mummifies the witch's body that Isis possess, he disappeared. Why didn't he just take her with him? He latter "tells" her that he left her to check on the new body which she was scrying for. He would have had time to teleport Isis to the pyramid and then see the witch, it would have taken him only seconds. Then why bother to go on later and retrieve the mummified body?

    • When Jeric starts to mummify Phoebe, her head is turned to the side but the finished mummy's head is straight forward.

    • In this episode it's shown that the door nearest to the window in Piper's bedroom is a closet but in the season 7 premiere it's a bathroom.

    • When Piper, Paige and Leo orb to Phoebe to try to save her or when Phoebe and Jeric "orb" away, wouldn't they be worried about exposure? They were appearing and disappearing in thin air right by a busy street.

    • TRIVIA: When told by Cole that she has to choose between Phoebe and Paige, Piper asks Cole "How can you can be so evil?" and he replies "It's a gift". This was also said in the season 2 episode "Murphy's Luck" when Prue asked the Darklighter "How dare you hurt people this way?", he answered "It's a gift", the same as Cole.

    • Cole says that the Power of Three would be needed to evict a spirit from the body, but he also says that since Phoebe is mummified, by touching her, the power would be accessed. However, when Piper and Paige say the spell, neither of them is touching Phoebe, so how could it have worked?

    • When Phoebe is mummified, she is on the front table, but when Jeric switches Paige's and Phoebe's souls, Phoebe is on the back table.

    • TRIVIA: Cole & Piper battle each other only to realize the other is invincible.

    • When Isis kills the man about to cut off her bandages, Jeric comes in and takes her away. Right before this the man was shown talking into a microphone - did no one bother to listen to the tape?

    • How come the police didn't take any of the evidence like the crystal or the map?

    • When Inspector Morris picks up the sand - since when are police officers allowed to touch evidence without any gloves or equipment?

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Piper: I'm still me, there is just a whole lot more of me going on!

    • Paige: Hey, guys. Oh, I'm sorry, were you ranting?
      Piper: Yes, I was. But now I'm done thank you.

    • Piper: Leo! Leo come on, I need you!
      (Leo orbs in while still morphed as Jeric. Piper sees him and instantly blows him up. He reforms)
      Leo (in his own voice, as Jeric): What did you do that for?!
      Piper: Leo? Is that you?
      Leo: Oh (morphs back into himself) sorry, I, uh, forgot.
      Piper: You forgot? What're you doing? And what are you wearing?
      Leo: This? Uh, they gave it to me in jail when they arrested me. Well, not me, obviously, Jeric, or so they think. I just figured it will help Darryl get a promotion.
      Piper (looks at him strangely and turns away): I can't handle this right now!

    • (While trying to adjust her top)
      Piper (yelling): I've had it with this outfit!

    • Cole: You know, I gotta admit, I thought I had you there for a moment, but you never really did choose, did you?
      Piper: I didn't have to. I figured if Isis knew the spell to free Phoebe, then Paige would know it as well.
      Cole: Hmm, well, next time.
      Phoebe: Next time? What happened to you Cole?
      Cole: Me? Well…I've gone mad.
      Phoebe scoffs. Cole turns around and shimmers out
      Piper: No offense, but we really need to find a way to kill him!

    • Piper: Why is my stomach suddenly public property? And perfect strangers are always touching me? It's weird space invasion!

    • Cole: Well I guess I should have seen this coming.
      Piper: I want my sisters back now Cole.
      Cole: Or what? You got nothing Piper. You can't even vanguish me.
      Piper: (Tries to blow Cole up) Doesn't mean I won't try.

    • Paige: (Talking about Phoebe) I can understand wanting to take a break from guys but c'mon already. She's gonna wear out the batteries.
      Piper: (disgusted) Ah, Paige!

    • Darryl (as he leans in to touch Piper's stomach): If you ask me, there's nothing more beautiful than a preg... (Piper grabs his hand)
      Piper: Do it and you pull back a bloody stub.
      Paige: She's a little sensitive right now.
      Darryl: I can see that.

    • Jeric (to Paige thinking she's Isis): Isis, did it work?
      Paige (pretending to be Isis): Yes it did and I know just how to celebrate (knees him in the crotch, Cole winces before being blasted across the tomb by Piper. Starts reciting the spell to unmummify Phoebe) Dromos wabet khufu nemes akh.
      (Phoebe de-mummifies)
      Jeric (confused): Isis?
      Paige (as Phoebe joins her sisters): You really can't mess with sisters.
      (Jeric, scared looks at Cole who's starting to get up again then at the sisters right before Piper blows him up, vanquishing him)
      Piper (about Jeric and Isis): At least they're together now.

    • (Paige and Pheobe orb into Cole's apartment as he tries to vanquish himself with a fire ball)
      Cole: What the hell are you guys doing here?
      Piper: Witnessing a meltdown, apparently. Ever thought of therapy?
      Cole: Thanks. I'd rather chop my head off than have it examined. Wait, that's an idea. (He summons a guillotine)

    • Cole (to Jeric about Phoebe): That's my witch!

    • Jeric: Who are you?
      Cole (smiling and extending a hand): Cole Turner. I used to be the source of all evil? You're Jeric right? I feel like I already know you - we've so much in common.

    • Piper: I am not about to just sit here and wait while my sisters are in Egypt with two demonic perverts!

    • Piper: I've come to the decision that (raises her shirt to reveal a pregnant belly) if you've got it then you must flaunt it!

    • Piper: How can you be so evil?
      Cole: It's a gift.

    • Cole: Oh, can't you at least let me not die in peace?

    • Paige (referring to the scrying crystal flying off the map of the world): I guess our map wasn't big enough.

    • Piper: So what? Dude, I'm unbreakable.
      Paige: Dude, I'm not.

    • Cole (conjuring a guillotine): I can't wait to see how I survive this.

    • Piper: Are you telling me she's going to evict somebody from their own body? That's rude!

    • Piper (to a salegirl): Look, do you have anything that will go with combat boots? Ya know, something for the mom-to-be who kicks some ass on occasion?

    • Paige: We're just playing hookie.
      Piper: Well Paige, you can't play hookie, you're unemployed.

    • Cole (after trying to vanquish himself): Damn, still here.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Episode Title: Y Tu Mummy Tambien

      This is a play on the title of Alfonso Cuarón's movie "Y Tu Mamá También". The movie title translates into English as "and your Mom too".

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