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Desperate Housewitches
Season 8, episode 4
The Source is back!
Episode Information

October 16, 2005

Written by

Jeannine Renshaw

Directed by

Jon Paré

Production Code


Episode Guide

Run, Piper, Run




Desperate Housewitches is the 4th episode of the eighth season and the 160th overall episode of Charmed.


For a complete plot of Desperate Housewitches, go here.

Wyatt's school play brings out the competitive nature in Piper when her hand-sewn costume and parenting abilities are criticized by another Stepford-wife-like mother who is actually possessed by a Possessor Demon. With Wyatt's help, she wants to resurrect the half-faced Source. Meanwhile, Paige sees Dex with his ex and thinks they are still seeing each other.


  • Phoebe Halliwell
  • Paige Matthews
  • Piper Halliwell
  • Leo Wyatt
  • Billie Jenkins
  • Wyatt Halliwell
  • Chris Halliwell (with Piper)
  • Mandi
  • The Source of All Evil
  • Dex Lawson
  • Possessor Demon
  • Sophie
  • Jo and Jamie Bennett
  • Sylvia
  • Dillon
  • Bob
  • Miss Diane
  • Stacy
  • Marcy

Main CastEdit

Guest StarsEdit



Magical NotesEdit


  • Billie casts a Teleportation Spell to teleport herself back to the Manor (not shown).
  • The Charmed Ones cast a Dispossession Spell to dispossess Mandi from the Possessor Demon.

To Bring Back the Source from the Wasteland Edit

The Possessor Demon casts this spell to resurrect the Source of All Evil. She combined her magic with Wyatt's Charmed Power. For the spell to work, it is required to light five candles around a bowl and to draw an upside-down pentagram on a wall.

We call to you that away was torn
Return master of all evil born,


Teleportation Potion Edit

Billie made a teleportation potion to teleport herself and Leo to Magic School. It teleported them through a Smoking effect.


  • Telekinesis: Used by Billie on her num-chucks in the attic and num-chucks at Magic School.
  • Pyrokinesis: Used by Mandi (possessed by the Possessor Demon) to set Wyatt's costume on fire.
  • Fading: Type of Teleportation used by Mandi (possessed by the Possessor Demon).
  • Molecular Dispersion: Used by Mandi (possessed by the Possessor Demon) to vanquish a demon at Magic School.
  • Possession: Used by the Possessor Demon to dispossess and possess Mandi.
  • Conjuration: Used by Mandi (possessed by the Possessor Demon) to conjure a cookie for Wyatt.
  • Telekinetic orbing: Used by Wyatt to orb his sandwich into the trash can.
  • Glamouring: Used by Paige to look like Sylvia, Dex' ex.
  • Orbing: Type of Teleportation used by Wyatt and Paige.
  • Sensing: Used by the Source to sense if Leo was really evil.
  • Molecular Combustion: Used by Piper to blast and blow the Possessor Demon up.
  • Billie telekinetically moves her nunchucks.
  • Billie accidentally flings her nunchucks out of the window.
  • Mandi (possessed by the Possessor Demon) sets Wyatt's costume on fire.
  • Mandi is possessed.
  • Billie accidentally flings her nunchucks.
  • Possessed Mandi vanquishes a Demon, using Molecular Dispersion.
  • The Possessor Demon dispossesses Mandi.
  • The Possessor Demon possesses Mandi.
  • Billie flings nunchucks to knock two Demons unconscious.
  • Possessed Mandi conjures a cookie.
  • Wyatt orbs his sandwich against the wall.
  • Paige glamours into Sylvia.
  • Paige stops her glamour.
  • Possessed Mandi fading in with Wyatt.
  • Wyatt orbing out.
  • Wyatt orbing in.
  • Paige orbs in with her sisters.
  • The Source senses Leo is Wyatt's father.
  • Piper blasts the Possessor Demon.
  • Piper blows up the Possessor Demon.


  • 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.

Notes and TriviaEdit

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Desperate Housewitches WB Trailer

  • While Piper is flipping through the Book of Shadows you can see The Wendigo page.
  • This is the twentieth episode to have the word 'witch' in the title.
  • In this episode Piper has glamoured into a new alias: Jamie Bennett, another fake cousin.
  • Piper needed two hits to take out the Possessor Demon because she was too powerful.
  • This is the second time that Leo disguises himself with clothes of a knocked-out enemy to inflitrate an enemy base. The first time he pretended to work in the headquarters of the Horsemen in Apocalypse, Not.
  • Peter Woodward reprises his role as the Half face Source. This is also his last appearance in the show. The Source also make 3 appearances in Charmed comics. The Charmed Ones destroyed the Source once again in Unnatural Resources.
    • This is the fourth and final time the Source is vanquished in the show (though he is resurrected and vanquished a fifth time in the comics), and the second time in which it is the half-face Source (first being in Charmed and Dangerous).
  • When Dillon is trying to guess which demon the Possessor Demon intends to bring back, the three names he mentions are Tempus, Barbas, and Zankou (vanquished in All Hell Breaks Loose, A Call to Arms, and Something Wicca This Way Goes, respectively).

References to other movies, books, mythology, etc.Edit

  • The title is a reference to the popular TV series "Desperate Housewives". Also, the character Mandi in this episode is similar in appearance and personality to the character Bree Van De Kamp.


  • Paige asks Phoebe how they destroyed the Source the last time, even though Paige was present during both Source vanquishes. Phoebe also mentions using potions, though the Source was vanquished with a spell.
  • The Source's skin color has changed, in season 4 it was powder white but now his skin is more flesh colored.
  • During Wyatt's school play, Leo's camera changes.


Episode StillsEdit

Behind the Scenes Edit

International TitlesEdit

  • French: L'élu (The Chosen One)
  • Spanish (Spain): Brujas Desesperadas (Witches Hopeless)
  • Spanish (Latin America): Hechiceras desesperadas (Sorceresses Hopeless)
  • Czech: Zoufalé Čarodějky (Desperate Witches)
  • Slovak: Zúfalé Čarodejnice (Desperate Witches)
  • Hungarian: Született háziboszik
  • Hebrew: mekhashepoth ba'ith no'ashoth
  • Serbian: Ocajne Vestice
  • Italian: Desperate Housewitches (Desperate Housewitches)
  • German: Verzweifelte Haushexen (Desperate Housewitches)
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