|A Witch's Tail, Part 2|
|Season 5, episode 2|
|Patty appears to Piper.|
September 22, 2002
|For a complete plot of A Witch's Tail, Part 2, go here.|
Piper, Paige and Leo struggle to convince Phoebe, now a mermaid, to come back to her life as a Charmed One, when she decides to "swim" away from her problems relating to Cole. Meanwhile, Piper casts a spell to stop her panic attacks but instead of facing her fear, she suppresses it, endangering herself and her baby, when Necron comes after her mermaid sister, Phoebe, and takes Piper hostage. In order to help Phoebe, Paige takes drastic measures and asks Cole for help.
- Alyssa Milano as Phoebe Halliwell
- Rose McGowan as Paige Matthews
- Holly Marie Combs as Piper Halliwell
- Brian Krause as Leo Wyatt
- Julian McMahon as Cole Turner
- Dorian Gregory as Darryl Morris
- Finola Hughes as Patty Halliwell
- Nancy O'Dell as Herself
- Tom McCleister as Fisherman
- Judson Scott as Necron
- David Reivers as Bob Cowan
The Book of Shadows
- Necron is a Skeletal Being who hovers between Life
- and Death. This demon has the power to incinerate
- any living creature to feed on its life force. These stolen
- life forces sustain Necron through centuries of unlife,
- though he requires an unending supply of living essence
- to keep him from decaying further.
- See Skeletal Beings for more information.
Piper realized she needed to get rid of her fear. She got the idea of writing a Fearless Spell and started writing it on a wall of the Manor attic, and cast it. Leo later found out she cast it, and that it didn't exactly removed her fear, but suppressed it instead.
- Locked in,
- Boxed in,
- Full of fear,
- My panic grows manic till I can't hear,
- In need of reprieve,
- So that I can breathe,
- Remove my fear,
- please make it leave.
Paige found out Phoebe didn't turn into a Mermaid because she hated Cole, but because she still loved him. Paige cast this spell to convince Cole that he was the key to change her back into her human form. Phoebe's emotions entered Cole, and after they left him, he teleported to Phoebe. They talked, and Phoebe finally admitted that she still loved him, causing her to become human again.
- Open Phoebe's heart to Cole,
- Reveal the secret that it holds,
- Bring forth the passion of love's fire,
- That he may feel her true desire.
Paige cast this Power of Three spell, holding Piper and Phoebe's hands. Necron was vanquished, but the blast caused by it threw the rack in the water, with Piper still tied to it. Piper almost drowned, but Phoebe managed to pull her to the surface.
- Tide of evil washed ashore,
- Bring its darkness evermore,
- With all our strength we fight this fate,
- Make this evil obliterate.
- Orbing: Type of Teleportation used by Leo and Paige.
- Lightning Teleportation: Type of Teleportation used by Necron.
- Aerokinesis: Used by Necron to create a wind, to blow away the Sea Hag's clothes and ashes.
- Electrokinesis: Used by Necron to attack Phoebe (as a Mermaid), Leo and Paige and to kill three fishermen.
- Regeneration: Used by Necron to self-heal his neck.
- Levitation: Used by Necron to glide over to Phoebe.
- Summoning: Used by Necron to summon two Ravens to him.
- Molecular Combustion: Used by Piper to blow up a painting and Necron.
- Reconstitution: Used by Necron to reconstitute after Piper blew him up.
- Telekinetic Orbing: Used by Paige to orb the Book to her and to orb the Auger Shell onto Necron.
- Mind Manipulation: Used by Cole to make the man who he was talking to on the phone agree with him.
- Telekinesis: Used by Necron to let the rack sink down to knee deep in the water, lift it up again and fling it.
- Apportation: Used by Necron to teleport the Auger Shell onto Phoebe's chest.
- Healing: Piper's baby healed Piper's stomach.
- Remote Teleportation: Used by Cole to fade Phoebe to him.
- Spirit Writing: Used by Patty (from the Afterlife) to write a note in Piper's baby book.
Notes and Trivia
- This episode is the seventh episode to have the word "witch" in the title.
- It is revealed that Piper's unborn child already has her powers.
- At the end of this episode, after vanquishing Necron, Piper almost drowned until Patty appeared to her and loosened the chain around her foot, allowing Phoebe to pull her out of the water. This is similar to when Prue almost drowned in "From Fear to Eternity". She also advises both her daughters and sends them a message.
- This episode features the second cameo of Nancy O'Dell, after the episode "Deja Vu All Over Again".
- Holly Marie Combs has said that filming the drowning scene was the scariest thing she ever had to do on the show, and while shooting she thought she was really going to drown.
- This episode scored 6.3 million viewers.
- Amanda Sickler, who portrayed an assistant in this episode, will later portray Sophie for the rest of the series.
- When Piper is sitting on the bed at the end of the episode, the window in the nursery hasn't been put in yet. Also the blue screen is visible through the window.
- When Phoebe is signing the divorce papers, she misspells her name as "Pheobe".
- When Phoebe was swimming in the water and looking for shells, we can see her fringe and hairband on top of her head, though when she resurfaces, her fringe is up and the band across her forehead.
- After the fishermen capture Phoebe, you can tell a body double is laying for her rear camera shots.
- When Necron orders his ravens to fly away, their shadows move before they do.
- While Piper is drowning, you can visibly see her stomach wound doesn't have any blood, but it was covered in blood before and after the drowning.
- At the beginning of the episode, Leo is shown putting a window in the front of the house. However, Piper and Leo's bedroom is actually at the back of the house. Also, the window is never seen again after this episode.
- In the previous episode, the Sea Hag told Mylie that as an immortal being, only she could place the Auger Shell over her heart to give up her life. However, at the end this episode, Necron magically places the shell onto Phoebe and it nearly sucks the life out of her.
Behind the Scenes
- French: Les sirènes de l'amour - 2ème partie (The Mermaids of Love - 2nd Part)
- Czech: Malá mořská čarodějka - 2. část (Little Sea Witch - Part 2)
- Slovak: Chvost čarodejnice - 2. časť (A Witch's Tail - Part 2)
- Russian: Хвостатая ведьма, Часть 2 [Hvostataya ved′ma, Čast′ 2] (Tailed Witch, Part 2)
- Spanish (Spain): La cola de una bruja, Parte 2 (A Witch's Tail, Part 2)
- Spanish (British DVD): La cola de la Bruja (The Tail of the Witch) [joined to part 1]
- Spanish (Latin America): Una Bruja sirena, Parte 2 (A Mermaid Witch, Part 2)
- Italian: Una Sirena di Nome Phoebe, Parte 2 (A Mermaid Named Phoebe, Part 2)
- Serbian: Vesticin/Vestičji Rep - 2. deo (Witch's Tail - Part 2)
- German: Der Ruf des Meeres Teil 2 (The Call of the Sea Part 2)
- Hungarian: A tenger hívó szava, 2. rész (The Call of the Sea, Part 2)
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