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Used Karma
Season 6, episode 13
Phoebe gets possessed.
Episode Information

January 25, 2004

Written by

Jeannine Renshaw

Directed by

John T. Kretchmer

Production Code


Episode Guide

Prince Charmed


The Legend of Sleepy Halliwell


Used Karma is the 13th episode of the sixth season and the 124th overall episode of Charmed.


For a complete plot of Used Karma, go here.

When Jason finds out Phoebe and her sisters are witches, Richard blames himself. He believes that he inherited his family's bad karma. While Paige and Piper are trying to find a way to vanquish the Swarm Demons, Richard casts a spell to remove his bad karma, but instead, Mata Hari's karma possesses Phoebe.


Main CastEdit

Guest StarsEdit



Magical NotesEdit

Book of ShadowsEdit

Swarm DemonsEdit

Distant cousins of Kazis and Vampires.
The demonic hive of evil known
as Swarm Demons are pack
hunters of the Underworld. The
Swarm Drones follow the orders
of their King without question
and often sacrifice themselves for
the good of the collective body.

Aura CleanseEdit

Aura cleanse bos
I call to thee, pure
Witches fire,
Through vortex flow
the heavenly mire,
Cleanse brackish
aura of debris, From
dark to light, sweep

Chakra CleanseEdit

the Soul
and Feed


To Vanquish the Swarm King and his minionsEdit

The Charmed Ones cast this spell to vanquish the Swarm King and his Minions.

Demon swarm that serves as one,
Vanquish him from which they come.


  • Orbing: Type of Teleportation used by Leo and Paige.
  • Fireballs: Used by the Swarm Demons to attack the Charmed Ones and Jason. The Swarm King used it to kill one of the many Swarm Demons.
  • Molecular Combustion: Used by Piper to blow up some Swarm Demons.
  • Genesis: Used by the Swarm King (not seen) to create lesser Swarm Demons from his own body.
  • Shimmering: Type of Teleportation used by the Swarm Demons.
  • Empathy: Used by Phoebe to deviate the Swarm Demons' fire balls. She also used it to feel Jason's emotions during a heated argument.
  • Healing: Used by Leo to heal Piper.
  • Premonition: Phoebe received a premonition in which she saw how Mata Hari got killed.
  • Sensing: Used by the Swarm King to sense where some of his minions got vanquished.
  • Cursing: Used by Phoebe (possessed by Mata Hari's karma) to curse the merger. The food at the party turned into snails, frogs and doves, champagne bottles pop and squirt champagne, ... .
  • Molecular Immobilization: Used by Piper to freeze Phoebe (possessed by Mata Hari's karma) and then the merger party with Phoebe (still possessed by Mata Hari's karma).


Magical BeingsEdit

  • Swarm Demons - a hive of demon who can only be vanquished by vanquishing their king. Piper wanted to vanquish these demons because they were a possible threat to Wyatt.
  • Richard Montana - Paige's boyfriend. He tried to cleanse his karma but his spell caused Phoebe to get possessed by Mata Hari's karma.
  • Steve Montana - Richard's brother. Richard asked Steve if he knew where some potion book was. After the fight between the Montana family and the Callaway family was over, Steve became a lawyer.


  • Jason Dean - Phoebe's boyfriend. He found out she was a witch, and he needed to take some time after Phoebe (possessed by Mata Hari's bad karma) ordered the Swarm Demons to kill Jason.

Notes and TriviaEdit

Charmed 6x1300:22

Charmed 6x13

Used Karma WB Trailer

  • Chris and Darryl do not appear in the episode.
  • This is the last episode featuring Eric Dane as Jason. He will be shown once again in a hologram in Generation Hex, when Coop shows Phoebe her past loves.
  • The WB used the promo title Mata Hari.
  • This is one of only two episode in season 6 that Drew Fuller (Chris) did not appear in.
  • When Leo orbs into the kitchen, Phoebe says "saved by the orb", which is an obvious reference to the popular phrase, "saved by the bell". Phoebe also made another reference to the phrase in the Season 3 episode Pre-Witched by saying "saved by the meow".
  • In the final scene, where Phoebe and Jason break up, Alyssa Milano said that she used her real-life emotions for that scene, because Eric and Alyssa had dated for a while and then broken up.
  • The sound effect for Phoebe's empathy is different when she's using it to channel powers in this episode. It sounds similar to the jingle usually used, but is louder and more aggressive.
  • 'Used Karma' is also the title of an episode of Dharma and Greg.
  • 'Used Karma' is also the title of an episode of Jessie.
  • This episode marks the fifth time Phoebe has been possessed. Prior to Mata Hari, she has been possessed by The Woogyman, P. Russell, Lulu and Isis.
  • In this episode, it's shown that Richard is left-handed.
  • Balthazar Getty, who plays Richard and Eric Dane, who plays Jason, are real life best friends.
  • Despite claiming that she prefers to keep her work and relationships separate, Jason is the first of three guys that she dates after meeting them at the office. Jason is also not the only guy to faint when he discovers that Phoebe is a witch.


  • When Piper first dodges out of the way to avoid a fireball from the Swarm Demon, it shows her falling with an injury on her head, however, if you watch closely she has the head injury before she hits the ground.
  • In the beginning of the episode, when the sisters are fighting the Swarm Demons, Piper has an injury on her head, but when they orb back to the kitchen, it has disappeared.
  • When Jason is about to be killed by multiple Swarm Demons, Phoebe, as Mata Hari, tells him that when she died, she looked her executioners right in the eye, no begging or anything of the sort. Although, when Mata Hari possessed Phoebe at the start of the episode, Phoebe has a premonition of her getting killed, you can clearly hear a woman pleading and sobbing.
  • Jason tells Phoebe that she kept her Charmed identity a secret from him for 15 months, but they did not meet until Wyatt was three weeks old, and Wyatt will not celebrate his first birthday for another 3 episodes.
  • The spell, Aura Cleanse, has a misspelling in it. Debrise should be Debris.

International TitlesEdit

  • French: Mata-Hari
  • Finnish: Kierrätyskarmaa (Used Karma)
  • Italian: Mata Hari
  • Czech: Karma z druhé ruky (Karma from Second-hand)
  • Slovak: Stará karma (Used Karma)
  • Russian: Tchuzhaya karma (Another's Karma)
  • Spanish (Spain): Karma usado (Used Karma)
  • Spanish (Latin America): Un karma usado (A Used Karma)
  • Serbian: Iskorišćena karma (Utilized Karma)
  • German: Schlechtes Karma (Bad Karma)
  • Hungarian: Használt karma (Used Karma)

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