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House Call
Season 5, episode 13
House vanished
A clean obsessed Piper makes the Manor disappear.
Episode Information

February 2, 2003

Written by

Henry Alonso Myers

Directed by

Jon Paré

Production Code


Episode Guide

Centennial Charmed


Sand Francisco Dreamin'

"With each likeness, I'll turn their character flaws into obsessions. Obsessions that will consume them. Destroy them."
—A Witch Doctor talking to another one about the Charmed Ones.

House Call is the 13th episode of the fifth season and the 101st overall episode of Charmed.


For a complete plot of House Call, go here.

The Charmed Ones are plagued by Leftover Demonic Energy at the Manor. A Witch Doctor cleanses the house, but he puts the Charmed Ones under a hex because he thinks they are Evil Witches. Paige gets obsessed with loving Glen, Piper with cleaning and Phoebe is desperately wanting to kill the competition.


  • Phoebe Halliwell
  • Paige Matthews
  • Piper Halliwell
  • Leo Wyatt
  • Elise Rothman
  • Glen Belland
  • Jessica
  • Spencer Ricks
  • Witch Doctor
  • Witch Doctor
  • Minister
  • Photographer

Main CastEdit

Guest StarsEdit


Magical NotesEdit

Book of ShadowsEdit

The Witch Doctor Edit


The first part of the entry.


The second part of the entry.

Little is known of Witch Doctors
except for their dedication to expel
evil spirits from demonic footholds.
Using strange unknown magic rituals, Witch
Doctors feel their outsider status as watchdogs
of evil gives them the freedom to attack evil in
all its shifting guises.
They may be summoned via the following spell:
Combine Liverwort, Pinch of Dragon
Root and Snakeskin over Chant:
Free us from the ties that bind
Of evil magic entertwined
We call upon the one who cures
He who's to the Dark inured.

Vanishing Spell Edit

BOS VanishingSpell

The entry in the Book of Shadows.

Let the Object
of Objection
Become but
a Dream
As I cause
the Seen
to be Unseen

Phoebe casting the Spell.

Purification Spell Edit

Combine together Rosemary, Sage, Eucalyptus and Whale Oil.
Burn the ingredients and allow the smoke to fill the area that
you wish to cleanse while you are ringing a blessed bell while
chanting this spell Loudly:



Piper reverses her Spell on the Manor.

To Reverse the Vanishing SpellEdit

Due to the Witch Doctor's hex, Piper got obsessed by cleaning. In the end, she cast the Vanishing Spell to make the Manor disappear. Leo managed to shock her out of the hex by saying that Phoebe was still in the house when Piper cast the spell, and thus not only made the Manor vanish, but Phoebe as well. Piper then cast this spell to undo her Vanishing Spell, causing the Manor to return (with Phoebe in it).

Let the Object of Objection return,
so that its existence may be reaffirmed.



Spencer Ricks is turned into a turkey.

Animal Transformation PotionEdit

Due to the Witch Doctor's hex, Phoebe got obsessed by killing the competition. She brews this potion to turn Spencer Ricks into a turkey. She took the turkey to the Manor, where she wanted to kill and stuff it. However, Paige and Piper managed to convince the Witch Doctor to lift the curse on Phoebe before she could do so. Spencer Ricks was turned into himself again, not remembering anything of him being a turkey.


  • Molecular Combustion: Used by Piper when trying to blow up the Demonic Energy that was holding Phoebe, but she blew two holes in the ceiling instead. She later blew up the chandelier, a window in the kitchen and Leo.
  • Apportation: Used by the Witch Doctor to apport a photo of the sisters and Paige's keys.
  • Fading: Type of Teleportation used by the Witch Doctor.
  • Orbing: Type of Teleportation used by Leo and Paige.
  • Cursing: Used by the Witch Doctor to curse the sisters; he turned their characters flaws into obsessions.
  • Glamouring: Used by Paige to Glamour into Jessica.
  • Reconstitution: Used by Leo to reconstitute after Piper blew him up.
  • Piper tries to blow up the Phantasm.
  • Piper tries to blow up the Phantasm another time.
  • Piper blows up the chandelier.
  • The Witch Doctor apports a family photo.
  • The Witch Doctor apports Paige's keys.
  • The Witch Doctor fading out.
  • The Witch Doctor fading in.
  • Leo orbing out.
  • Paige is put under a hex.
  • Leo orbing in.
  • Piper is put under a hex.
  • Piper blows up a window in the kitchen.
  • Leo orbs out.
  • Phoebe is put under a hex.
  • Paige orbing out with Jessica.
  • Paige orbing into Purgatory with Jessica.
  • Paige orbing out.
  • Leo orbing in.
  • Paige Glamouring into Jessica.
  • Paige orbs so Leo can't stop her.
  • Piper blows up Leo.
  • Leo Reconstituting.
  • Leo orbing out.
  • Leo orbing in.
  • Leo orbing out with Jessica.
  • Paige reverses her Glamour.
  • Leo and Paige orbing out.
  • Leo and Paige orbing in.
  • Leo orbing out with Phoebe.


  • Wand - The Witch Doctor used a wand to capture the Evil Spirits in the Manor.


Magical BeingsEdit

  • Witch Doctors - The Charmed Ones summoned a Witch Doctor to the Manor to let him cleanse their house, because of all the leftover demonic energy. He cleansed their house, but he put a hex on the Charmed Ones, as he thought they were evil witches.


  • Glen Belland - Paige's best friend. He came to San Francisco to tell Paige that he was getting married, right when she was falling in love with him.
  • Jessica - Glen Belland's future wife. Because of the Witch Doctor, Paige got obsessed with Glen and she orbed Jessica to the Purgatory. Paige then glamoured into Jessica and planned on marrying Glen. Leo however saved her, and Jessica and Glen married.
  • Spencer Ricks - An advice columnist at The Daily. He was being controversial in his column, causing Phoebe to loose readers. When she became obsessed due to a hex, she turned him into a turkey and wanted to kill and stuff him. The hex was reversed before she could do so, and Spencer was turned into himself again, remembering nothing of it.

Notes and TriviaEdit

Charmed 5x1300:32

Charmed 5x13

House Call WB Trailer

Charmed Promo Season 5 ep. 13 - House Call

The WB Supersunday promo

  • The WB used the promo title "Obsessions" for this episode.
  • Paige uses her glamouring power for the first time in this episode, despite having never used or mentioned it before.
  • When the Witch Doctor destroys the TV in the living room, Paige is worried because she can't see The Osbournes.
  • The set used by the photographers when they are taking pictures of Phoebe is the same set used in an episode of the WB TV series "What I Like About You".
  • Phoebe's front cover spread and interview are for 415 Magazine, which is where Prue used to work. This spread will be referenced in Baby's First Demon, when Jason takes over the paper and tells her that he saw it.
  • The same church was used in season 4 for Phoebe's wedding in the episode "Marry-Go-Round."
  • The opening sequence in which Paige puts on make up and tries on different clothes is similar to that of Prue in "Wicca Envy".
  • The same ledge in Purgatory is used by Inspector Cortez in "Charmed Again, Part 2" and Barbas in "Sympathy for the Demon".
  • Starting with this episode and continuing for the rest of the season, pictures in the opening credits of Julian McMahon, have been replaced with clips of the three girls. The first is Holly's first power-clip from the season 3 credits (a clip of the episode Ms. Hellfire) the second and third are Alyssa and Rose's from the earlier season 5 episodes A Witch's Tail, Part 1 and Part 2.
  • Phoebe is the only sister who gives any hint of being aware that something is wrong with her during this episode, as she says, "I'm possessed". However, later she seems shocked that she was coming at Leo with a cleaver, so maybe this is just a figure of speech.
  • This is the final episode in which Glen is featured on screen. Although he attends Paige's funeral in Still Charmed and Kicking, he is not shown on screen. 
  • This episode scored 5.3 million viewers.
  • Cole is mentioned in this episode.

References to other movies, books, mythology etc.Edit

  • Piper says to Paige, who's leaving to see Glen, "All right, Sally, go meet Harry" a reference to the 1989 movie "When Harry Met Sally".
  • Piper twitches her nose when the celling falls in on her. This is possibly in reference to the classic TV show "Bewitched".


  • When Paige gets ready to see Glen, she puts pink lipstick on, but when she gets downstairs it's red.
  • When Paige apologizes to Glen and Jessica, there is a guy jogging behind her, when it pans back to Paige the guy is gone.

International TitlesEdit

  • French: Envoûtement (Enchantment)
  • Czech: Lidské slabosti (Human Weakness)
  • Slovak: Návšteva v dome (Visit in the House)
  • Russian: Укротитель барабашек [Ukrotitel′ barabašek] (_ _)
  • Spanish (Spain): Consulta a domicilio (House Call)
  • Spanish (Latin America): La obsesión (Obsession)
  • Serbian: Opsesije zovu (Obsessions call)
  • German: Quälgeister (Pests)
  • Italian: Ossessioni (Obsessions)
  • Hungarian: Háziszellemek (House Ghosts)

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