Charmed (season 4)

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Charmed Season 4
Charmed S4.jpg
DVD cover art for the fourth season of
Charmed
No. of episodes 22
Broadcast
Original channel The WB
Original run October 4, 2001 (2001-10-04) – May 16, 2002 (2002-05-16)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 February 28, 2006 (2006-02-28)[1]
Region 2 April 7, 2011 (2011-04-07)[2]
Region 4 November 3, 2005 (2005-11-03)[3]
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List of Charmed episodes

The fourth season of Charmed, an American supernatural drama television series, began airing on October 4, 2001 on The WB. Airing on Thursdays at 9 P.M., the season consisted of 22 episodes and concluded its airing on May 16, 2002.

This season also saw the introduction of Rose McGowan as Paige Matthews - half-sister to Prue, Piper and Phoebe - and a slight alteration of the opening sequence, due to the third season departure of Shannen Doherty as Prue.

Warner Bros. Entertainment released the complete fourth season in a six-disc boxed set on February 28, 2006.

Synopsis[edit]

Following Prue's death at the end of "All Hell Breaks Loose" season 4 brings the arrival of Paige Matthews - half sister to the Halliwells. The girl's mother Patty had a love affair with her whitelighter Sam and discovered she was pregnant. Knowing she would never be able to keep the baby she gave her child to a local church so she would be given to a kind family.[4]

Most of the first half of the season sees Piper and Phoebe coping with their sister's death, learning to accept Paige and teach her in the ways of witchcraft while learning best how to use their own expanding growing powers which they'd received towards the end of the prior season's episodes. They also focus on destroying The Source once and for all. Phoebe and Cole go through many difficulties in their relationship, such as Cole finding his place once he becomes human. The Charmed Ones must also deal with the new positions they find themselves in; Paige goes from being an only child to having two siblings as well as trying to fill the shoes of Prue, Piper must deal with becoming the oldest sister and head witch giving her more responsibility and Phoebe, who previously had been care-free, becomes the middle sister and must mediate between her two sisters, as well as starting her first full-time job as an advice columnist.

The second half of the season finds Cole fighting once again with the evil inside him, only this time it is The Source. Although he plans to rebuild the underworld and destroy The Charmed Ones, the human inside plots to convert Phoebe and have her rule by his side as his Queen. We are also introduced to The Seer who has an evil agenda of her own.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Episode list[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
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U.S. viewers
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67 1 "Charmed Again (Part 1)" Michael Schultz Brad Kern October 4, 2001 (2001-10-04) 4301801 6.0[7]
When Tempus the demon reset time in the previous season's finale, Leo was in time to save Piper, but was unable to heal Prue. Piper and Phoebe must now deal with the loss of their oldest sister, and the loss of the Power of Three. However, The Source discovers an unknown sister named Paige, the daughter of Patty and her whitelighter Sam, who had been kept hidden. Paige, the now-youngest Halliwell can restore the Power of Three and reunite the sisters' strength as witches.
68 2 "Charmed Again (Part 2)" Michael Schultz Brad Kern October 4, 2001 (2001-10-04) 4301801 6.0[7]
Picking up from the first half of the episode, Piper and Phoebe must find Paige to destroy the demon Shax and to stop the source from getting to her first allowing them to become once again the Charmed Ones and re-constituting the power of three; meanwhile, Paige is welcome to stay at the manor with her new-found sisters.
69 3 "Hell Hath No Fury" Chris Long Krista Vernoff October 11, 2001 (2001-10-11) 4301069 5.0[8]
Paige takes the Book of Shadows into her work to cast spells which help her co-workers. Meanwhile, Piper, who is filled with anger over the death of Prue and the recent actions of Paige, is turned into a member of a supernatural band of vigilantes known as the Furies.
70 4 "Enter the Demon" Joel J. Feigenbaum Daniel Cerone October 18, 2001 (2001-10-18) 4301071 5.7[9]
Paige makes a major blunder when carelessly mixing potions for Piper while secretly wishing she could be in Phoebe's shoes training for combat, and ends up actually switching bodies with Phoebe. While the two sisters try to reverse the spell and struggle to harness each other's powers, they must battle a Zen Master's powerful disciple who has turned evil against his mentor and opened up a portal between two worlds.
71 5 "Size Matters" Noel Nosseck Nell Scovell October 25, 2001 (2001-10-25) 4301070 5.3[10]
Phoebe and Piper don't take Paige seriously when she has a weird feeling about a creepy old house, landing Phoebe in the clutches of a hideous demon and shrunk to a powerless five inches tall. When Paige and Piper also walk into the demon's trap, his collection is complete.
72 6 "A Knight to Remember" David Straiton Alison Schapker & Monica Breen November 1, 2001 (2001-11-01) 4301072 4.7[11]
Paige's favorite (self-made) childhood fairy tale—which she could never remember being able to recall parts of, in particular magic spells—suddenly becomes real, bringing her face-to-face with her past life as an Evil Enchantress from Medieval times and into the arms of a knight in shining armor. Phoebe and Piper go back in time to vanquish the Evil Enchantress and end up trapped in the Dark Ages, leaving Paige and Leo to rescue them. At the same time, Piper and Phoebe have to periodically fight an electrical demon who is plaguing them, but for which they need a Power of Three spell to vanquish.
73 7 "Brain Drain" John Behring Curtis Kheel November 8, 2001 (2001-11-08) 4301073 4.7[12]
The Source sends Piper into a deep coma, where she perceives an alternate reality. Phoebe and Paige must find a way to return her to reality and save her from giving up her powers while she is delusional.
74 8 "Black as Cole" Les Landau Abbey Campbell, Brad Kern & Nell Scovell November 15, 2001 (2001-11-15) 4301074 5.1[13]
In the midst of mulling over his marriage proposal, Phoebe comes face-to-face with Cole's demonic past when a widow tracks him down seeking vengeance for her husband's murder. Meanwhile, Paige encourages Piper and Leo to test their readiness to become parents.
75 9 "Muse to My Ears" Joel J. Feigenbaum Krista Vernoff December 13, 2001 (2001-12-13) 4301075 4.5[14]
Phoebe, Paige and Piper must stop warlocks who are enslaving the world's muses to use their divine creative inspiration for evil. In the midst of the assault, Cole becomes testy about Phoebe's rebuffing his marriage proposal and is concerned that without his demonic powers he can no longer protect the love of his life.
76 10 "A Paige from the Past" James L. Conway Daniel Cerone January 17, 2002 (2002-01-17) 4301076 3.4[15]
With Leo as her guide, Paige goes back in time to her teen years, in an attempt to resolve her feelings about the accident that killed her parents. Meanwhile, Piper must prevent ghosts, who have inhabited Phoebe's and Cole's bodies, from fulfilling their mission.
77 11 "Trial by Magic" Chip Scott Laughlin Michael Gleason January 24, 2002 (2002-01-24) 4301077 4.1[16]
While serving on a murder trial, Phoebe has a premonition that reveals the defendant is innocent despite the overwhelming evidence against him. As she desperately stalls in the jury room, Piper, Paige and Leo frantically try to discover the real killer in time to free the wrongly accused man.
78 12 "Lost and Bound" Noel Nosseck Nell Scovell January 31, 2002 (2002-01-31) 4301078 3.9[17]
When Paige discovers that an 11-year-old runaway named Tyler is a Firestarter Witch, she whisks him to the manor for safekeeping, but the gang soon discovers that his foster parents are, in fact, demon bounty hunters who are trying to take him to a demon academy where he will become a bodyguard for The Source. Meanwhile, Phoebe is given Grams' wedding ring by Cole, but to their surprise the ring has been cursed to transform the wearer into a traditional 1950's suburban housewife.
79 13 "Charmed and Dangerous" Jon Pare Alison Schapker & Monica Breen February 7, 2002 (2002-02-07) 4301079 4.7[18]
The Source breaks an age-old agreement between good and evil by stealing The Hollow, an ancient vapor which he uses to absorb Piper & Paige's powers. Meanwhile, Phoebe must allow Cole to help them, despite her having a premonition involving Cole sacrificing his life to save her from evil, but there may be more to the premonition that Phoebe just can't see.
80 14 "The Three Faces of Phoebe" Joel J. Feigenbaum Curtis Kheel February 14, 2002 (2002-02-14) 4301080 4.7[19]
Phoebe develops a case of cold feet over marrying Cole and casts a spell which brings a young innocent Phoebe and an old cynical Phoebe to the Manor to help her make a decision. Meanwhile, while Cole is horrified to find that The Source is now taking over his entire being, The Source's chief rival, who believes The Source is dead, is convinced by The Seer to kill the Charmed Ones in order to earn the allegiance of the entire underworld.
81 15 "Marry-Go-Round" Chris Long Daniel Cerone March 14, 2002 (2002-03-14) 4301081 4.5[20]
As Phoebe prepares for her wedding day, she is completely unaware that The Source has taken over Cole's body, a plot that will likely ruin the big event. Meanwhile, when The Seer tells The Source that if he can marry Phoebe in the "dark way", it will insure that their future son will be the most powerful, evil being ever.
82 16 "The Fifth Halliwheel" David Straiton Krista Vernoff March 21, 2002 (2002-03-21) 4301082 4.8[21]
Paige, who feels like a fifth wheel among her happily married sisters and their husbands — Phoebe and Cole along with Piper and Leo—but becomes firmly convinced that Cole is still evil. The situation gets worse when Paige becomes convinced Cole's still a demon, while the new (temporary) Source and The Seer secretly plot to impregnate Phoebe using Cole's body. Meanwhile, the sisters try to save a columnist as Cole tries to get Paige out of the way through his demonic contacts in The Underworld.
83 17 "Saving Private Leo" John Behring Daniel Cerone & Doug E. Jones March 28, 2002 (2002-03-28) 4301083 3.9[22]
When two ghosts from Leo's past return to seek revenge, Leo faces his demons by submitting, causing Piper's life to be threatened, leaving Paige to deal with the situation. Meanwhile, Cole tries to convince Phoebe they need a home of their own.
84 18 "Bite Me" John T. Kretchmer Curtis Kheel April 18, 2002 (2002-04-18) 4301084 3.6[23]
A Vampire Queen tries to dethrone Cole as ruler of The Underworld and attempts to turn Paige against her sisters. Meanwhile, Phoebe begins to feel under the weather.
85 19 "We're Off to See the Wizard" Timothy Lonsdale Alison Schapker & Monica Breen April 25, 2002 (2002-04-25) 4301085 4.2[24]
Phoebe tells Piper and Paige that she is pregnant, and that Cole is the father. Meanwhile, Piper and Paige team up with a wizard to stop the coronation of the new Source, unaware that it is Cole and Phoebe is soon to be his Queen of the Underworld.
86 20 "Long Live the Queen" Jon Paré Krista Vernoff May 2, 2002 (2002-05-02) 4301086 2.8[25]
Phoebe accepts her new role in Cole's life, but she still sets out to save an innocent after she has a premonition and even seeks her sisters' help in protecting the man. Meanwhile, Piper's heart doesn't seem to be in it as she prepares to defend her family against any new threats from The Underworld.
87 21 "Womb Raider" Mel Damski Daniel Cerone May 9, 2002 (2002-05-09) 4301087 5.0[26]
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.
88 22 "Witch Way Now?" Brad Kern Brad Kern May 16, 2002 (2002-05-16) 4301088 5.2[27]
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. At the end of the episode, Piper finds out that she is pregnant.

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Episode S04E01, Charmed Again (Part 1)
  5. ^ "Rose McGowan Considers Role on 'Charmed'". ABC News. June 13, 2001. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ "McGowan Charmed by Doherty's Departure?". ABC News. June 12, 2001. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
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