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The Seven Year Witch
Season 7, episode 16
7x16 - odin sending leo on a vision quest
Leo is stripped of his memories and powers and is sent to Texas.
Episode Information

April 10, 2005

Written by

Jeannine Renshaw

Directed by

Michael Grossman

Production Code


Episode Guide

Show Ghouls


Scry Hard

"You’re still attached to your body. You’re not a ghost. But you will be if you don’t start trusting me. There is only one way out of here."
Cole to Piper

The Seven Year Witch is the 16th episode of the seventh season and the 150th overall episode of Charmed.


For a complete plot of The Seven Year Witch, go here.

Piper is attacked by demons and winds up in a coma, and as she hovers between life and death, her spirit meets a familiar face who wants to help restore Phoebe 's faith in love. Phoebe, Drake and Paige rush to save Piper by attempting to locate Leo, whose memory has been wiped clean by the Elders in an attempt to allow him to choose his own destiny: be an Elder forever or choose Piper, and become mortal.

Cast Edit

Main CastEdit

Guest StarsEdit



Magical NotesEdit

Book of ShadowsEdit

Tips For Future Whitelighters Edit

Drake stumbles on tips

The entry in the Book of Shadows.

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.



  • Scrying Crystal - A magical pendant used for Scrying. Phoebe scried for Leo, but it failed. Paige then tried, thinking she could find him because of her being half-Whitelighter, but she failed as well.

Episode StillsEdit

Behind the ScenesEdit

Notes and TriviaEdit

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WB's promo

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The Seven Year Witch WB Trailer

  • This is the 150th episode of Charmed, which features the one episode return of Julian McMahon. He was vanquished 50 episodes ago.
  • The title is a reference to Marilyn Monroe's movie "The Seven Year Itch", which itself also refers to the period after seven years of marriage, where a couple becomes dissatisfied or bored with their relationship. Piper and Leo have been through a lot in their relationship, but in this episode Leo permanently choses Piper over the Elders.
  • This is the nineteenth episode to have the word 'witch' in the title.
  • Paige's line at the beginning of the episode "Okay hi, I'm wearing lip gloss, do I look homeless?" was ad-libbed by Rose McGowan.
  • Julian McMahon, credited as "special guest star", reprises his role of Cole Turner in this episode and makes his last appearance on the show. He will appear again in Generation Hex but only in archive footage.
  • This is Billy Zane's last episode as Drake.
  • During filming, the Manor scene with Piper unconscious was filmed on separate days; one day Julian and Holly were filmed, the second day Alyssa, Rose, Brian and Holly unconscious on the couch was filmed and the third day was Billy Zane appearing coming down the stairs to an unconscious Holly with Rose and Alyssa.
  • Instead of Cole being good, or evil, he's neutral in this episode.
  • The Australian Trailer for this episode mentions nothing about Piper and Leo, instead it makes it look like Cole was back for good and Drake and Cole were fighting for Phoebe.
  • Both Paige and Piper make a reference to the number 150. Piper says that they have visited over 150 alleys during their witches years and Paige, looking for Leo, says that they have already called 150 police stations.
  • Drake says, "Don't scry for me Argentina" parodying the song "Don't Cry for me Argentina", from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Evita" (performed originally by Elaine Paige).
  • Drake compares Leo and Piper to other famous couples that ended in tragedy, mentioning Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston too.
  • The episodes features some flashbacks of others past episodes such as The Honeymoon's Over and It's a Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World, Part 2.
  • Piper dies for the ninth and last time on the show.
  • This is the third episode where Piper was put into a coma. The other two are Awakened and Brain Drain.
  • Although the picture of Alyssa Milano on the promo poster dates from season 4, her hair was photoshopped and made shorter to match her current look. Also, even though Phoebe and Cole are together in the poster, the two characters do not interact with each other in the episode.
  • The font used on the poster is an altered version of the font in the opening credits.
  • Piper is surprised that Cole has started to quote Shakespeare, something Cole may have picked up from Drake as it is revealed that they met at least a year ago.
  • Piper accuses Cole of becoming (chosing to become) the Source. This leads to the belief that the sisters never actually found out that Cole was actually possessed by the Source. Cole actually agreeing with Piper could be due to the writers either forgetting this plot point or intentionally choosing not to reopen it because Julain McMahon was returning for one episode only.
  • It appears that at the end of this episode, Piper finally forgave Cole's evil deeds, as she referred to him as "an old friend", with a smile on her face.


  • Between scenes, Piper's legs keep changing positions.
  • In this episode, Phoebe told Drake that she "can't believe it's been three weeks already", but Drake said in "Carpe Demon" that he only had two weeks to live.
  • Cole said to Piper that he "could never get through" to her but, in fact, it was Prue who he could never fully manage. At one point in Season 4, Piper believed completely in Cole and his innocence, while Prue never entirely did.
  • The photograph of Phoebe that Cole holds and looks at features the hair style and outfit Phoebe will wear in the future episode "Little Box of Horrors".
  • Phoebe and Paige met the Elder and tried to remind Leo about Piper so he could come back and heal Piper, but the only way Leo could return to Piper is falling from grace, and he had no power to heal her.
  • Before Phoebe yells "Hey! What the hell did you do to Leo?!" she takes off her gloves, but after Paige says they tried that, Phoebe's gloves are on her hands again.
  • When Leo arrives in Texas on Highway 69, a truck sneaks up on him and swerves to miss. The stretch of highway is rather long, therefore the driver of the truck would have seen Leo in advance- giving the driver time to slow down before "appearing out of nowhere".

International TitlesEdit

  • French: Sept ans de réflexion (Seven Years of ~)
  • Czech: Slaměná vdova (Grass-Widow)
  • Slovak: Sedem rokov (The Seven Years)
  • Spanish (Spain): El séptimo año de bruja (The Seventh Year of Witch)
  • Spanish (Latin America): La bruja del séptimo año (The Witch of the Seventh Year)
  • Serbian: Sedma Godina Veštica
  • Russian: Ispitanie liubvi (Love Trial)
  • Italian: L'amore ritrovato (Regained Love)
  • German: Der verlorene Leo (The Lost Leo)
  • Hungarian: Higgy a szerelemben (Believe in Love)

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Show Ghouls
Next Episode:
Scry Hard
Episodes: Season 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8

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