Charmed (season 7)
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|Charmed Season 7|
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|No. of episodes||22|
|Original channel||The WB|
|Original release||September 12, 2004– May 22, 2005|
The seventh season of Charmed, an American supernatural drama television series, began airing on September 12, 2004 on The WB. Airing on Sundays at 8:00 pm, the season consisted of 22 episodes and concluded its airing on May 22, 2005. Paramount Home Entertainment released the complete seventh season in a six-disc box set on February 2, 2007.
The seventh season opens with the sisters reeling from Gideon's betrayal in the previous season's finale, having lost faith in themselves and their instincts. These feelings have affected Phoebe's work and so her boss hires a ghost writer to replace her so she can take a break. When she discovers Elise has hired a man, Leslie St. Claire, she is hesitant but eventually warms to him and they have a brief relationship.
Piper must deal with raising Wyatt and her new son Chris, while also trying to save Leo who has sunken into darkness after Gideon's attack and the death of future Chris. He becomes paranoid that the other Elders are after him. Leo is stalked by a mysterious unknown power, which is eventually revealed to be the Avatars, an almighty power who dream of creating a utopia on Earth. After first being suspicious of their motives the sisters slowly begin to accept their plans, especially after it is revealed that Leo has become an Avatar. They find the Avatars are not whom they seem to be.
Paige fights to keep Magic School open, and eventually becomes headmistress as well as beginning a romance with Agent Kyle Brody. In the second half of the season she hires Drake, a demon atoning for his sins by leading a life of good. Phoebe grows particularly close to him but trouble lies ahead when he reveals the price attached to his bargain.
This season introduced Zankou. Zankou is a demon whom The Source had locked away after a battle which brought him to power. Zankou begins to work to destroy the sisters leading them to make a life-changing decision in order to destroy him.
Cast and characters
- Holly Marie Combs as Piper Halliwell (22 episodes)
- Alyssa Milano as Phoebe Halliwell (22 episodes)
- Rose McGowan as Paige Matthews (22 episodes)
- Brian Krause as Leo Wyatt (22 episodes)
- Dorian Gregory as Darryl Morris (10 episodes)
- Kerr Smith as Homeland Security Special Agent Kyle Brody (10 episodes)
- Jason & Kristopher Simmons as Young Wyatt Matthew Halliwell (8 episodes)
- Joel Swetow as Avatar Alpha (8 episodes)
- Jenya Lano as SFPD Inspector Sheridan (7 episodes)
- Oded Fehr as the demon Zankou (7 episodes)
- Elizabeth Dennehy as Sandra (7 episodes)
- Rebecca Balding as Elise Rothman (6 episodes)
- Nick Lachey as Leslie St. Clair (6 episodes)
- Patrice Fisher as Avatar Beta (6 episodes)
- Ian Anthony Dale as Avatar Gamma (5 episodes)
- John de Lancie as Odin (4 episodes)
- Charisma Carpenter as Kyra the Seer (3 episodes)
- Billy Zane as Ex-Demon Drake (3 episodes)
- Sandra Prosper as Sheila Morris (2 episodes)
- Amanda Sickler as Sophie (2 episodes)
- James Read as Victor Bennett, also known as "Dad" (2 episodes)
- Jennifer Rhodes as Penelope "Penny" Halliwell, also known as "Grams" (1 episode)
- Finola Hughes as Patricia "Patty" Halliwell, also known as "Mom" (1 episode)
- Drew Fuller as Chris Perry Halliwell (1 episode)
- Wes Ramsey as Adult Wyatt Matthew Halliwell (1 episode)
- Finley Arthur Donoho, son of Holly Marie Combs, as baby Chris Halliwell in "Cheaper by the Coven" (1 episode)
- Simon Templeman as Angel of Death (1 episode)
- Billy Drago as Barbas, the Demon of Fear (1 episode)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|135||1||"A Call to Arms"||James L. Conway||Brad Kern||September 12, 2004||4301135||5.5|
|Reeling from the loss of their future son Chris, an overprotective Piper and Barbas-obsessed Leo are forced by Phoebe and Paige to attend a Hindu wedding, where they inadvertently receive the powers of the Hindu's Ultimate Lovers, Shakti, the Goddess of Creation and her lover, Shiva, the God of Destruction. Phoebe and Paige must keep them from consummating their obvious new passion or according to Hindu dogma and legend, the world will be destroyed if they love one another again. Meanwhile Barbas hatches a plot to distract the parents, well aware that Leo is hunting him and enlists a hoard of lesser demons to kidnap Baby Chris. Paige meanwhile finds that the remaining staff at Magic School is packing up in preparation to closing the place, and resolves to stop that and take it over. While she is doing that, Phoebe meets her replacement as a Bay Mirror columnist and finds Leslie is a guy, has written a successful column in Philadelphia, has a doctorate in psychology and is dreamily attractive— as aided and abetted by a side-effect of the godhead influencing Piper and Leo. At home, Inspector Sheridan leading a reluctant Darryl Morris armed with a search warrant confronts Leo and Paige in the nursery and the possessed-Leo-Shiva blasts her across the room to crash headfirst against a wall, unconscious then zaps out without a word to Darryl. Barbas proves very able to influence Leo and uses projective telepathy to implant beliefs and causes him to attack an elder who is actually on his side.|
|136||2||"The Bare Witch Project"||John T. Kretchmer||Jeannine Renshaw||September 19, 2004||4301136||4.8|
|Paige almost loses her fight to save Magic School when a bored student accidentally conjures Lady Godiva and Lord Dyson, a demonic land baron who feeds off humans' repressed emotions. In the past, due to Godiva's ride, he was starved of repressed feelings and died of starvation, but bringing him to the present allows him to gain in power again. Paige has to send them back, or it would change the history as it's known. A new power starts to contact Leo, who believes he is losing his mind. They manage to send the two back, but change history as being in the present rendered Dyson powerful enough to kill Lady Godiva before her ride and change history. The Charmed Ones manage to summon the two again and try to vanquish Dyson, figuring if he's vanquished Godiva can be sent back alone. Finally they succeed by having him feed off of Leo's repressed anger which overloads him and vanquishes him. Paige has the student that summoned Godiva initially, Duncan, send her back and is able to prove to the Elders that they should keep Magic School open. In turn, they make her the new Headmistress.|
|137||3||"Cheaper by the Coven"||Derek Johansen||Mark Wilding||September 26, 2004||4301137||5.3|
|Against Piper's wishes, Paige and Phoebe summon Grams for Chris' wiccaning that will protect him from evil attacks while he grows. However, Wyatt gets attacked shortly after in the nursery by a masked demon that Leo begins pursuing with single-minded abandon and resolve. Meanwhile, Wyatt feels threatened that his younger brother is getting all of the attention and uses magic on him. In order to prevent sibling rivalry, Grams casts a spell on Wyatt and Chris, but inadvertently makes the sisters act like teenagers again. The Charmed Ones father Victor comes to the house and he decides to summon Patty to help him turn the girls back, because he's not seeing eye-to-eye with Grams.|
|138||4||"Charrrmed!"||Mel Damski||Cameron Litvack||October 3, 2004||4301138||4.7|
|On a search to find witches who have been disappearing, Paige encounters Captain Black Jack Cutting, an infamous 18th century pirate who is searching for the Fountain of Youth to reverse a curse that causes him to age but never die. FBI agent Kyle Brody helps Darryl and Inspector Sheridan to find the Charmed Ones, but he means them no harm.|
|139||5||"Styx Feet Under"||Christopher Leitch||Henry Alonso Myers||October 10, 2004||4301139||4.8|
|When a demon, Sirk, tries to destroy his human half by killing off his remaining blood relatives, Paige casts a spell that inadvertently blocks all death from occurring. Annoyed that he now has a backlog of work, the Angel of Death insists that the Charmed Ones help him clean up the mess and "kills" Piper so she can help him restore the Grand Design. Meanwhile, Phoebe earns back her power of premonition.|
|140||6||"Once in a Blue Moon"||John T. Kretchmer||Debra J. Fisher & Erica Messer||October 17, 2004||4301140||4.6|
|The Elders' suspicion of Leo causes them to assign a new Whitelighter to the girls. However, when the new Whitelighter is nearly killed by beasts, the Elders blame the attack on Leo. Trying to prove Leo's innocence, Piper, Phoebe and Paige discover that the beasts are actually the Charmed Ones themselves, transformed by the blue moon. Kyle tells Paige his story in reference to the new power. And the sisters, seeing the floating heads themselves, see that Leo isn't so crazy after all.|
|141||7||"Someone to Witch Over Me"||Jon Paré||Rob Wright||October 31, 2004||4301141||3.9|
|Federal agent Kyle Brody convinces Paige to help him solve a mysterious string of accidents, only to discover that the demon Sarpedon is capturing innocents' Guardian angels and using them to protect himself from the forthcoming threat of the New Power (the Avatars). Consequently, Paige's Guardian is captured by the demon and she becomes maddeningly accident prone. Meanwhile, Piper and Phoebe convince Leo to go on a vision quest in an attempt to come to grip with the visions and visitations he has been experiencing. He resists the arguments and blandishments of the avatars Alpha and Gamma who appear to reason with him during the vision quest, and back at home, the guardian snatching demon gets a drop on the sisters and a battle ensues where Piper and Phoebe die after going to the kitchen from their sanctuary of the attic wards. Shown the Mansion, Leo agrees with and becomes an Avatar in order to bring Piper and Phoebe back to life.|
|142||8||"Charmed Noir"||Michael Grossman||Curtis Kheel||November 14, 2004||4301142||3.9|
|While investigating a murder at Magic School, Paige and Kyle are sucked into an unfinished novel written twenty years ago by two students. They suddenly find themselves in a 1930s film noir, where gangsters in pursuit of the famed Burmese Falcon chase them. It's up to Piper, Phoebe and Leo to save them. Meanwhile, Phoebe plays a matchmaker between Leo and Piper. Guest Star Bug Hall as Eddie Mullen|
|143||9||"There's Something About Leo"||Derek Johansen||Natalie Antoci & Scott Lipsey||November 21, 2004||4301143||3.9|
|Leo reveals to Piper that he is an Avatar, despite the warnings from Alpha and Beta that Piper should find out in her own time. A huge disaster ensues as Leo tells Piper just as she is adding touchy ingredients to a potion cauldron, which then blows up. Successive events rapidly spool out of control as if Leo's nightmare include both other sisters and Agent Kyle, and suddenly Leo inadvertently rewinds time the few moments that have elapsed, a foreshadowing of what is about to be the main episode. Alpha and Beta appear at that moment and freeze subjective time. In a frozen interval he is taken to task by Alpha and Beta and once again they attempt to dissuade him from revealing he's become an avatar to Piper. He stubbornly maintains Piper will be able to handle it, as she's been pestering him to stop hiding something so that he is adamant to reveal the truth to benefit their mending marital relationship. All three sisters have some trouble with the news leading to Phoebe and Paige calling on Kyle for help, but his reaction to the news causes disastrous results. Most of the episode is then erased as the Avatars take Leo to task but allow time to be rewound to before Leo tells Piper. The episode ends with an amazing display of foreknowledge displayed by Leo as he and Piper vanquish two gangs of demons in the episode appearing in the third version of the plot development.|
|144||10||"Witchness Protection"||David Jackson||Jeannine Renshaw||November 28, 2004||4301144||4.1|
|The Avatars insist that Leo protect Kira the Seer because she has information that can help them destroy the demons and help the sisters reconcile themselves to the Avatars. Kira shares with Phoebe a vision of a future in which there are no demons, leading the sisters to consider the attitude changing possibility that the Avatars might be good and allowing Leo the opportunity to admit he is an Avatar. Kyle and Paige find themselves in opposition to Leo and the two sisters, and an extremely powerful demon is released by a congregation of lesser demons fearing the Avatars and the sisters and he invades the Mansion to attack the Seer Kira. The demon, Zankou who is at least as powerful as The Source if not more so, vanquishes Kira, but this act and the vision of a Utopian future given to Phoebe by Kira convince them to join with The Avatars.|
|145||11||"Ordinary Witches"||Jonathan West||Mark Wilding||January 16, 2005||4301145||3.5|
|Still not completely sure that the Avatars mean well, Piper agrees to switch powers with Phoebe so that she too can see Phoebe's premonition of a Utopian world. During the spell, Zankou, the most powerful demon in the underworld, senses the girls' vulnerability and attacks them, accidentally transferring their powers to innocent bystanders, who run amok with their new abilities. Paige shows Kyle that his parents weren't in fact killed by the Avatars, but by demons seeking the anti-Avatar potions. Meanwhile, the innocents who have gained the two's power resist co-operating to give them back and head off to gamble in Nevada. Zankou outs Leo to the Elders who confronting him, get him to admit he's an Avatar, which in the end leads to all the other Elders attacking Leo in concert. The Elders attack fails on Leo and he returns home. Meanwhile, Phoebe convinces the bystander by showing the one with her power the vision of Utopia given to her by Kira and they return home to switch powers back. There, Zankou attacks, but leaves after the bystander with Piper's power blasts him and he senses that Leo is still alive.|
|146||12||"Extreme Makeover: World Edition"||LeVar Burton||Cameron Litvack||January 23, 2005||4301146||3.5|
|While the Avatars prepare to transform the world into a Utopia, the Charmed Ones work overtime eliminating demons as part of the alliance. Kyle remains skeptical and quarrels with Paige stimulating questions in which they inform the Charmed Ones that the human world must be put to sleep so that they can kill any remaining demons. Although Kyle now knows the Avatars didn't murder his parents, he still doubts their good intentions. He calls the Elders for help but is instead kidnapped by Zankou. In order to convince Kyle to help him stop the Avatars, Zankou summons and vanquishes the demons who murdered Kyle's parents. In return, Kyle reluctantly agrees to help Zankou stop the change by placing a paranoia spell on Piper, Phoebe and Paige. During the Utopian transformation, Kyle uses Paige's paranoia to lure and kill an Avatar. However, he pays a high price for his actions as he's killed by Beta as he kills her. As a result of his death, the Avatars include the Charmed Ones in the sleep spell so they can't interfere.|
|147||13||"Charmageddon"||John T. Kretchmer||Henry Alonso Myers||January 30, 2005||4301147||3.9|
|While the Charmed Ones enjoy their new conflict-free world, Leo learns that in order for the Avatars to protect their Utopian world, they also control everyone's destiny by deciding who lives and dies. Wanting to stop the Avatars, Leo joins forces with Zankou to undo the change. Paige receives a special surprise and Leo's fate relies on the Elders. Also in this episode, Phoebe makes a reference to a notable L.A. restaurant by saying to the demon Zankou, "What's the matter Zankou, chicken?" In the end, Leo's death shocks the sisters back to reality and they team up with Zankou to stop the Avatars. Using information that Zankou found in an ancient tomb, they make the Avatar killing potion and confront the Avatars with it. The Avatars, realizing that humanity is not ready for them yet, use the last of their power to rewind time to when Utopia started. Doing so breaks the Utopia spell and returns all those killed by the Avatars, including Leo who is stripped of his Avatar powers, but still remains an Elder. The Avatars are too weak to rewind time far enough to save Kyle and Paige goes to his apartment where she is shocked to find him apparently alive. The Elders have made him a Whitelighter for his actions against the Avatars and he says a final goodbye to Paige before orbing out.|
|148||14||"Carpe Demon"||Stuart Gillard||Curtis Kheel||February 13, 2005||4301148||2.9|
|When Paige attempts to hire a new professor for Magic School, she learns that one of the candidates, Drake, is an ex-demon who made a deal with a demonic Sorcerer to become human.|
|149||15||"Show Ghouls"||Mel Damski||Rob Wright & Debra J. Fisher & Erica Messer||February 20, 2005||4301149||3.2|
|When Darryl fears his friend Mike is possessed, Phoebe, Paige and Drake discover that Mike had been working close to a site where a cabaret was destroyed in a fire in 1899, killing hundreds of people. The spirit of one of the victims is using Mike to plead for help on behalf of all the Lost Souls who are trapped in the cabaret, forced to relive that night for eternity. Phoebe and Paige use a spell to enter the cabaret where they learn that the Count who runs it made a pact with a demon named Sargon to cause this. The sisters learn they vanquished him five years before so they can't force him to undo it and the Count possesses Drake's body and leaves Phoebe and Drake to die in the cabaret. Phoebe manages to escape and the sisters cast the Count from Drake's body and he is dragged to hell. Drake returns to his own body and getting rid of the Count's spirit frees the other Lost Souls and they finally move on.|
|150||16||"The Seven Year Witch"||Michael Grossman||Jeannine Renshaw||April 10, 2005||4301150||3.9|
|Already stressed out awaiting word on Leo's fate, Piper is attacked by demon assassins and ends up in a coma. Stuck in the cosmic void between life and death, Piper's spirit is surprised to find Cole's spirit waiting for her and even more surprised when he tells her that he is there to help keep her and Leo together, which he hopes will restore Phoebe's faith in love. Meanwhile, Leo is stripped of his powers and memory and put in the world somewhere as a test to see if he will remain an Elder or become human. The Elders cheat on the test and lead Leo to becoming an Elder again, but with Cole's help, Piper manages to reach out to Leo and he jumps off the Golden Gate Bridge and "falls from grace," becoming mortal again. Phoebe, Paige and Leo return home to find that Drake has had Wyatt use the healing powers he inherited from his father to heal Piper. Later, in Magic School, Drake says his goodbyes to Phoebe and heads off to die alone. There it is revealed that Drake has been working with Cole the whole time and it was Cole's spirit who set him up with the Sorcerer to become mortal. Cole's spirit is also the one who sent the assassins after Piper, but it was all part of a plot by Cole to get Phoebe to not give up on love. He sent Drake to Phoebe to remind her and like Cole, Drake fell in love with Phoebe which both admit isn't hard to do. Drake dies and moves on, while Cole is content with his afterlife as a spirit that can never move on due to his horrible deeds as he prevented Phoebe from having that fate.|
|151||17||"Scry Hard"||Derek Johansen||Andy Reaser & Doug E. Jones||April 17, 2005||4301151||3.4|
|Zankou sends his underlings to attack Leo in hopes of luring the sisters out of their house so that he can search for the Nexus and release the Shadow, the ultimate power. Terrified after witnessing demons attack his parents, Wyatt magically shrinks Piper and Leo and traps them inside a dollhouse for their protection. Leo also becomes the new headmaster of magic school|
|152||18||"Little Box of Horrors"||Jon Paré||Cameron Litvack||April 24, 2005||4301152||3.9|
|The Charmed Ones are in a race against time when the mythological Pandora's Box falls into the hands of Katya, a shape shifting demon who intends to open the box and fill the world with all of the evils, illnesses, diseases, sorrows and toils contained within. Phoebe and Piper try to find Hope, the Guardian who can return any released evils to the box. Meanwhile, Paige's Whitelighter side starts to grow stronger and she is able to hear the Elder's call. At Leo and an Elder named Sandra's suggestion, Paige is sent to save a future Whitelighter and gets trapped in an elevator with people she has to save. She does so and returns home in time to help out. Using her new Whitelighter powers, Paige disguises herself as Hope and tricks Kataya. Paige vanquishes her, saves Hope's friend Darcy and sends her home with Pandora's Box where Hope is able to return all of the sorrows to where they belong. Paige meets with Sandra who reveals that Paige herself was the future Whitelighter she was meant to save and says that Paige has proved she can handle Whitelighter duties as well as Charmed ones. Sandra tells her that being a Whitelighter can be very fulfilling for her and suggests to Paige that perhaps being a Whitelighter is the life separate from magic she was looking for.|
|153||19||"Freaky Phoebe"||Michael Grossman||Mark Wilding||May 1, 2005||4301153||3.6|
|After a spell is cast on Phoebe by the 'ugliest' demon in the Underworld, beauty-hungry sorceress Imara, their souls switch bodies and Phoebe ends up becoming trapped in a cage. Paige is in quandary when her first charge (Seamus Dever) appears to be lost to the dark side. Then by accident The Charmed Ones vanquish Phoebe's soul. They realize that Imara was in Phoebe's body, so they vanquish Imara (but not Phoebe's body) and get back Phoebe's soul. In the end Phoebe is yelling at her sisters.|
|154||20||"Imaginary Fiends"||Jonathan West||Henry Alonso Myers||May 8, 2005||4301154||3.3|
|Unbeknownst to the sisters, baby Wyatt's new "imaginary" friend is actually a demon named Vicus who is trying to win Wyatt's trust to turn him evil. Meanwhile, Piper casts a spell to be able to understand baby Wyatt, but inadvertently brings 25-year-old Wyatt back from the future.|
|155||21||"Death Becomes Them"||John T. Kretchmer||Curtis Kheel||May 15, 2005||4301155||3.4|
|Zankou's plan to make the sisters vulnerable so that he can take control of the Book of Shadows starts to work when Phoebe is left guilt-ridden after a classmate is brutally killed in front of her and comes back from the dead to blame her. Also part of Zankou's plan, Paige is devastated when she finds her new charge dead and realizes she was powerless to save her.|
|156||22||"Something Wicca This Way Goes...?"||James L. Conway||Rob Wright & Brad Kern||May 22, 2005||4301156||3.4|
|With the Book of Shadows finally in his possession, Zankou plans to open the Spiritual Nexus and take in the power of the Shadow. To divert Zankou's attention away from the Nexus, Piper, Phoebe and Paige successfully goad him into coming after them instead. The sisters come to the realization that the only way to stop Zankou may be to sacrifice themselves, but they manage to survive and escape with Leo in an attempt to get their lives back, a prelude to the eighth and final season.|
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