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"Cabaret Fantome, deadly fire. Maybe Darryl's friend isn't so crazy after all. The Count's club was the biggest, most corrupt in the city. Right until it burned down, killing everyone inside."
Phoebe to Paige

Show Ghouls is the 15th episode of the seventh season and the 149th overall episode of Charmed.

SummaryEdit

For a complete plot of Show Ghouls, go here.

While trying to help the Lost Souls of hundreds of victims who died in a catastrophic fire at a cabaret, Phoebe and Drake transport themselves back to the night of fire and are stuck in the year 1899.

CastEdit

Main CastEdit

Guest StarsEdit

Co-StarsEdit

UncreditedEdit

Magical NotesEdit

The Book of ShadowsEdit

Drake stumbles on tips

The entry in the Book of Shadows.

Tips For Future Whitelighters Edit

To my sons, Wyatt and Chris,
Here is some information to assist and guide you
in the discovery of your new found powers.
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, so
you'll possess all the powers I have, and more.
Good luck...
When you're ready, you'll receive a call from the Elders.
Emotions are tied to your powers, use them to become stronger.
Don't worry, whitelighters can speak the language of their charges,
whatever it is.
Orbing: Concentrate, focus and relax, it'll happen.
Always remember your family is just as important as your calling.
If you feel out of balance, try meditating, it will help.
Know that love is the key to your healing hands.
Understand that whatever happens in the future, there is good
inside of you.
Love,
Dad

SargonEdit

One of the few diabolical Traders of Souls who
thrives off of the prolonged suffering of Spirits.
He preys on the afterlife, especially those paying
Wages of Sin. He may be found in bordellos,
bars, nightclubs and the like... and is most
susceptible by the Light of Day.

Magic School BooksEdit

Lost SoulsEdit

Lost Souls are spirits of the dead, unable to move on because of spiritual confusion. These
spirits haunt the locations of their own death where they are suspended between Above
and Below. Invisible to humans, they hold each other back, and both good and bad souls are
unable to move on such as dying a violent death together. The souls remain trapped in a time
loop, reliving the day of their death over and over again. They are lost, stuck, in their respective
afterlives, unaware of their tragic fate. Although there are spells to allow a witch to see the
moment when souls became lost, it is very rare that the Lost Souls can be saved.

SpellsEdit

To Find Lost SoulsEdit

Free our souls from their shells,
see where the lost spirits dwell.
Long enough to find their pain,
quick enough to return again.

Escape From the Ordinary Edit

EscapeOrdinary

the entry in a book.

The Five Card Spread
— useful in determining a course of action —
Instructions: Place the five cards,
face up in the shape of a box.
Card 1: The Magician
Card 2: The Chariot
Card 3: Two of Wands
Card 4: Eight of Pentacle
Card 5: Death
This spread works best if while playing the
cards, you concentrate on your potential
course of action within the situation, card
5 shows the desired resultsin this case, a
change from one world to another. When the
cards are placed, speak the following: "Vita
Brevis Abraxis!"

PotionsEdit

PowersEdit

  • Orbing: Type of Teleportation used by Leo and Paige
  • Possession: Used by George to possess Mike. Count Roget also used it when his soul possessed Drake's body.
  • Conjuration: Used by Drake to conjure a paper with the spell to send them back to the year 1899.
  • Pyrokinesis: Probably used by Sargon to start the fire in the cabaret.
  • Psychokinesis: Probably used by Sargon to seal the cabaret's exits.
  • Glamouring: Used by Paige to glamour into Phoebe.
  • Voice Manipulation: Used by count Roget to make himself sound like George.
  • Molecular Combustion: Used by Piper trying to blow up count Roget in Drake's body.
  • Shimmering: Type of Teleportation used by count Roget (in Drake's body).

ArtifactsEdit

Notes and TriviaEdit

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A promotional image.

  • This episode is the first time that Piper and Leo wear their wedding rings since the end of season 5.
  • When Darryl is talking to Phoebe and Paige at the beginning, while Paige is saying "back up to the 'possessed' thing please", she gives very slight looks at the camera, and then a very obvious one when finishing her sentence.
  • According to co-executive producer Jim Conway, this was one the most expensive episodes of the series due to wardrobe and the fire at the club, for which they had to specifically create the set.
  • Piper says that she, Prue, and Phoebe vanquished Sargon five years ago, though this was never shown on screen. If it happened exactly five years ago, it would have happened between "Give Me a Sign" and "Murphy's Luck".

Cultural ReferencesEdit

  • The title is a reference to the movie "Show Girls" starring Elizabeth Berkley.
  • Drake quotes the play "A Midsummer Night's Dream", written by William Shakespeare somewhere in the 1590s and turned into a few film versions.
  • Piper references the novel "Around the World in Eighty Days" when she asks Leo why he didn't want to go around the world in eighty orbs.
  • In this episode Billy Zane sang the song "Everything's Kind of Good", co-written by his sister, actress Lisa Zane and Andrew T. Tuckerman.
  • Count Roget's vanquish is visually similar to that of damned souls in the 1990 movie "Ghost".

GlitchesEdit

  • Drake talks about visiting the 1890s, but he wasn't in the room to hear Phoebe when she explained about how they determined that Mike was possessed by someone from the 1890s, and she never told him once he came in.
  • When Piper and Leo orb in, they are holding Wyatt's hand. In the next shot, Wyatt is holding a bag of goodies before Piper and Leo go into the conservatory.
  • When Phoebe and Drake go to see Mike, it is clear that it is night but when Paige goes to do the interview with Cosmo it is day again.
  • When Paige (as Phoebe) is doing the interview, the woman that is supposed to be taking notes is only listening.
  • Piper incorrectly says that "pattini" means "shoes" in Italian. It actually means "skates".

Gallery Edit

Episode Stills Edit

Behind the Scenes Edit

Quotes Edit

Leo: It's not the shopping. It's this whole world vacation thing. I just think we should stay here and wait for the Elders' decision on me.
Piper: Absolutely not. That's precisely why we should be going. Look, we're all together, we deserve a vacation. And we're not gonna sit around and wait for the other pattini to drop, so that's that. We're going.
Leo: But what about the travel and the cost? (Leo grins from ear to ear)
Piper: Oh, for god sakes, Leo. We're orbing.
Leo: Okay, well, what about Phoebe and Paige?
Piper: What about them?
Leo: Well, they made us this big send-off dinner last night.
Piper: Oh, please. They ordered pizza.
Leo: Right. And we're not helping with the clean up.
Piper: Wow, if that's the best you got, you really do need a vacation.
Leo: But...
Piper: Arresto! Look, Phoebe and Paige just remade the world. I think they can handle the kitchen. Now, unless you have any more objections... (they pick up Wyatt and Chris and their bags) Leaning Tower of Pisa, here we come.
(Leo orbs them all out of the room.)

Drake: Listen, odds are, the Count, he's possessed my body right? And until he's evicted, I got no where to go. Only you can get out... into your body. Even though I'm into your body, I still can't get out.
Phoebe: I'll come back for you.
Drake: And listen, if he puts up too big of a fight, all right, you just vanquish my sorry ass! I don't care.
Phoebe: Okay.
Drake: But only as a last resort.
Phoebe (raising both hands to stop Drake from continuing): Okay!

International TitlesEdit

  • French: Les âmes perdues (The Lost Souls)
  • French: Tout feu, tout flamme (All Fire, All Flame)
  • Czech: Démon z kabaretu (Demon From the Cabaret)
  • Slovak: Kabaret (The Cabaret)
  • Spanish (Spain): Demonios de{l} espectáculo ({The} Show Demons)
  • Spanish (Latin America): Ladrón de almas (Soul Thief)
  • Italian: Il cabaret incantato (The Enchanted Cabaret)
  • German: Feuer und Flamme (Fire and Flame)
  • Hungarian: A fantom kabaré (The Phantom Cabaret)
Previous Episode:
Carpe Demon
Next Episode:
The Seven Year Witch
Episodes: Season 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8
Comics: Season 9 - 10

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