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Charmed
Season 1, Episode 12
Piper Wendigo1
Piper is becoming a Wendigo.
Episode Information
Air date February 3, 1999
Written by Edithe Swensen
Directed by James L. Conway
Production Code 4398011
Credits
Jocelyn Seagrave Ashley Fallon
Billy Jayne Billy Waters
J. Karen Thomas Harriet Lane
Charles Chun Laurence Beck
Cristine Rose Claire Pryce
Richard S. Wolf Auctioneer
Christina Milian Teri Lane
William Dixon E.R. Doctor
Rana Morrison Nurse
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The Wendigo is the 12th episode of the first season and the 12th overall episode of Charmed.

SummaryEdit

For a complete plot of The Wendigo, go here.

When Piper's car breaks down, she is attacked by a vicious werewolf-like beast that they later find out is called a Wendigo. Piper is saved by a man, Billy, but she starts to turn into a Wendigo since she was scratched by the one that attacked her. Meanwhile, Prue hires Phoebe to work at the auction house, but Phoebe's vision of a terrible car crash immediately sends her off on a mission to find a long-lost child.

CastEdit

Main CastEdit

Guest StarsEdit

Co-StarringEdit

UncreditedEdit

Magical NotesEdit

Book of ShadowsEdit

The WendigoEdit

The Wendigo is a non-dead creature that roams the earth destroying the good-hearted and those in love. His fate is to wander the Earth feasting on human hearts. The first Wendigo was a mortal who was betrayed by his sweetheart. In revenge for the treachery, he slew his love and ate her heart. Rather than savor the warmth of revenge, his heart was in turn, turned to ice. During daylight hours and the phases of the moon, the Wendigo looks as you or I. Beware the Wendigo on the three days of the full moon when his strength and appetite are greatest. Beware being attacked and injured. He duplicates himself by slashing, but not killing his prey.

c.f. Desiderata

Unbecoming the Wendigo tells witches how someone can unbecome a Wendigo. Prue found the entry through the Desiderata entry.

Unbecoming the WendigoEdit

Destroy the Wendigo by melting
his heart of ice, fire is the key
Show no mercy, he will show
none to you. If a person has
been injured but not slain by the
Wendigo, said person will only
be made whole by the complete
destruction of the Wendigo.

PowersEdit

  • Telekinesis: Used by Prue to boil a pot, drop people's bids at the auction and to divert the flare from Piper to Agent Fallon.
  • Molecular Immobilization: Used by Piper as a Wendigo to freeze the flare shot at her and Agent Fallon.
  • Premonition: Used by Pheobe to see Andy being attacked.
  • Super Strength: Used by Agent Fallon to snap Billy's neck after he discovered her true nature as a Wendigo and later by Piper to break from the pipe and handcuffs.
  • Power Granting: By transforming into a Wendigo, Piper gained the powers of one.

BeingsEdit

Magical BeingsEdit

MortalsEdit

Notes and TriviaEdit

  • Darryl does not appear in this episode.
  • Piper and Andy both have the AB-negative blood type.
  • This is the first time that one of the sisters is transformed into another being; in this episode Piper is turned into a Wendigo.
  • In this episode, the girls need a pair of handcuffs and Phoebe has them. In "The Day The Magic Died" a similar scene appears, only with Paige being the one who has a pair.
  • This is the first time Piper shows a power advancement, as she was able to freeze the Wendigo and the flare. In this episode she remarked she wasn't able to do things like that.
  • This episode scored 5.7 million viewers.
  • Phoebe says that she used to date a mechanic and knows about cars, yet in "Death Becomes Them" she appears to know nothing about cars. It's possible she was pretending not to know anything to flirt with her classmate.
  • During the auction a bidder's number was 130, but when Prue used her telekinesis the number had changed into 145, and the number 130 had a man behind him, and while later another bidder had the number 145.
  • This is the third time someone has been in the hospital. In Something Wicca Comes This Way Phoebe was in the hospital, and in Dream Sorceror Prue was, and now this time it's Piper.
  • A Wendigo is a malevolent spirit being from Native American mythology, but in this episode it resembles more of a werewolf due to its full moon ties.
  • The park that Andy and Agent Fallon walk though before their stakeout is the same park where the opening scenes of "Enter the Demon" were filmed, Kenneth Hahn Park, 4100 South La Cienega Boulevard in Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles).

References to other movies, books, mythology etc.Edit

  • Piper: "Big, scary, strong. Kind of like a cross between a werewolf and Charles Manson".

    Charles Manson became the leader of a group known as "The Family" and masterminded several brutal murders. Manson's name and image have been integrated into American pop culture generally as a symbol of ultimate evil.
  • Title: The Wendigo

    A wendigo is a malevolent being from Native American mythology, and is the monster Piper was attacked by and turned into in this episode.

VideosEdit

Episode StillsEdit

QuotesEdit

Andy: Yeah, I’ve sent for the Coroner’s reports.
Agent Fallon : Why? I think it’s pretty obvious this case is out of your league, Inspector. On the bright side, you don’t want it.
Andy: Why is that?
Agent Fallon : This witness collaborates with every other statement. According to their descriptions, this -- not animal or human. You didn’t blink, I was expecting a response.
Andy: Just tell me what I’m looking for.
Agent Fallon : You believe them? That it’s not human?
Andy: Let’s just say that recent experiences have taught me to keep an open mind.

Prue: Oh, um, can you get up?
Piper: Back off! What, you think I can’t walk now?
Phoebe: Honey, we’re just trying to help you.
Piper: Help me? You can’t even hold a job.
Prue: Okay, now wait a minute, Piper.
Piper: Oh, save it. Do you always have to be in charge? I’m sorry. What’s happening to me?

Prue: Do we have any chains?
Phoebe: I actually do think I have something.
Prue: Okay. Are you back?
Piper: I don't want this to happen to me, Prue. Kill Ashley. This is me talking.
(Phoebe enters. She holds up a pair of handcuffs.)
Phoebe: Here.
Prue: Where did you get those? (Nods head from side to side.) Never mind.

Piper: And Andy, by the way, what did you tell him about why we were all there.
Prue: I told him the truth.
Phoebe: Get out.
Prue: I did. I said what he saw happened was true, that Agent Fallon really was the Wendigo and that had we not vanquished her, that both he and Piper would've been killed. I couldn't think of anything else to say.
Piper: Well, what did he say?
Prue: Not much. He was either too stunned to speak or he actually believed me on some level. This was as close that we've ever come to having an honest conversation.
Phoebe: So maybe Andy's more open to you being a witch than you think.

International TitlesEdit

  • French: Métamorphoses (Transformations)
  • Polish: Potwór Wendigo (Wendigo Monster)
  • Czech: Wendigo (The Wendigo)
  • Russian: Wendigo (The Wendigo)
  • Serbian: Vendigo (The Wendigo)
  • Spanish (Spain): El hombre lobo (The Wolfman)
  • Spanish (Latin America): El Wendigo (The Wendigo)
  • Portuguese (Brazil): O Wendigo (The Wendigo)
  • Italian: Wendigo (Wendigo)
  • Slovak: Wendigo (Wendigo)
  • German: Wendigo (Wendigo)
  • Hungary: A wendigo (The Wendigo)
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Feats Of Clay
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From Fear To Eternity
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