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12 Angry Zen
Season 8, episode 14
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The Charmed Ones are influenced by the Staff.
Episode Information

February 12, 2006

Written by

Cameron Litvack

Directed by

John Paré

Production Code


Episode Guide

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12 Angry Zen is the 14th episode of the eighth season and the 170th overall episode of Charmed.


For a complete plot of 12 Angry Zen, go here.

Paige begins to realize the difficulty in dating a mortal when Henry tries to immerse himself in her magical world. Meanwhile, the sisters must help the Zodiacs fight off a demon attempting to steal Buddha's Mystical Staff.


Main CastEdit

Guest StarsEdit


Magical NotesEdit


  • Piper used a Divining potion while divining for signs that would help her to get Leo back.


  • Floating: Buddha's Staff floated a couple of times throughout the episode.
  • Force Field: Used by the Chinese Zodiacs to protect themselves.
  • Fireballs: Used by Novak and his minions to attack the Zodiacs.
  • Shimmering: Type of Teleportation used by Novak and his minions.
  • Orbing: Type of Teleportation used by Paige.
  • Telekinesis: Used by Billie to fling Buddha's Staff and to fling a boulder back at Paige.
  • Molecular Combustion: Used by Piper trying to blow up Novak and trying to attack the Zodiacs. She also wanted to blow up Lo Pan (under the Staff's influence) but he dodged it.
  • Nature Enhancement (through Projection): Used by Billie to revive a little tree.
  • Shredding: Type of Teleportation used by the Chinese Zodiacs. Used by Dog to charge at Piper and later to take to the front porch of the manor.
  • Time Travel (through Projection): Used by Billie to travel to the past and back to the present.
  • Projection: Used by Billie to turn the sisters back to good and to vanquish Novak and his minions (helped by the Charmed Ones and Buddha's Staff).
  • Telekinetic Orbing: Used by Paige to orb a boulder at Billie and to orb the Staff to her.


  • Book of Shadows - The Halliwell Family's magical tome. In addition to spells and potion recipes, the Book of Shadows contains information on warlocks, demons, and other supernatural beings. It was created by their ancestor, Melinda Warren, and was passed down every generation.
  • Buddha's Mystical Staff - A magical staff which is handed over each year during the Chinese New Year to one of the twelve Zodiacs, next in line, at the end of each eternal cycle, which was set up by the Buddha himself. The Zodiac who holds the staff will spread his will over the world for the full year, which provides a balance to all things.


Magical BeingsEdit


Notes and TriviaEdit

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12 Angry Zen WB Trailer

  • Despite the title being "12 Angry Zen" and there being 12 Zodiac signs, only 6 Zodiacs (7 if Lo Pan is counted) are present.
  • This is the second episode, in which, all three sisters are temporarily evil, after Bride and Gloom. This time, though, it is Paige instead of Prue.
  • Novak and Dantalian are the only two demons who turned the Charmed Ones evil. Novak used Buddha's Staff, Dantalian married Prue to a warlock named Zile.
  • Piper's Chinese Zodiac Sign is the Ox and Billie's sign is the Tiger. However, Lo Pan refers to Piper as a Buffalo. In the Vietnamese calendar, the Water Buffalo replaces the Ox.
  • Phoebe Halliwell's Condo is seen for the first time in this episode.
  • Paige mentions Kazi Demons, Creepers, and Grimlocks in her conversation with Henry.
  • Just like in "The Wendigo", Piper has a flat tire causing her to meet a demon.
  • Billie finds her sister at the end of the episode.
  • Holly Marie Combs revealed in an interview that she kept Buddha's Mystical Staff and still has it in her closet.
  • Billie uses her Projection power four times; making this the episode where Billie uses the power most.

References to other movies, books, mythology etc.Edit

  • When Billie says "Don't bend the spoon, imagine there is no spoon?", she is making a reference to the popular sci-fi movie-series; "The Matrix".
  • The title of this episode is a reference to the movie "12 Angry Men".
  • Piper says she doesn't have time to watch anything except SpongeBob; An abbreviated version of the title "SpongeBob Square Pants", a popular children's animated series.


  • The length of Henry's hair changes throughout the episode.
  • The symbol on the window is identical to the symbol in the garden, but the window is seen from behind, meaning it was in reverse. When seen in the caulderon, it should have looked up-side-down to us, as we were the other side of it from Piper and Billie.
  • As established, this episode takes place on January 28th, the day before Chinese New Year. But in "Payback's a Witch", they celebrated Wyatt's birthday, which is on February 2nd.

Photo GalleryEdit

Screen CapsEdit

International TitlesEdit

  • Frenc​h: Le sceptre du Zodiaque (The Zodiac Scepter)
  • Czech: 12 rozhněvaných mnichů (12 Angry Monks)
  • Slovak: 12 rozhnevaných Zanov (12 Angry Zen)
  • Spanish (Spain): Doce zen coléricos (Twelve Angry/Irritable Zen)
  • Spanish (British DVD): 12 Zen coléricos (12 Angry/Irritable Zen)
  • Spanish (Latin America): El zodíaco chino (The Chinese Zodiac)
  • Italian: La schiera cinese (The Chinese Sign)
  • German: Büffel, Tiger und Hund (Buffalo, Tiger and Dog)
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