Charmed (1998–2006)
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Death Becomes Them 

Zankou forces the sisters to face the innocents that they have not been able to save over the past seven years.


John T. Kretchmer


Constance M. Burge (created by), Curtis Kheel


Episode cast overview:
Alyssa Milano ... Phoebe Halliwell
Rose McGowan ... Paige Matthews
Holly Marie Combs ... Piper Halliwell
Brian Krause ... Leo Wyatt
Dorian Gregory ... Darryl Morris
Oded Fehr ... Zankou
Jenya Lano ... Inspector Sheridan
John Kassir ... The Alchemist
Sandra Prosper ... Sheila Morris
Keith Diamond ... Inspector Reece Davidson
Colin Egglesfield ... Tim Cross
Laura Regan ... Joanna
Dax Griffin ... Carl
Mercedes Connor Mercedes Connor ... Kim


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Zankou plans to get hold of the Book, but finds that impossible until the sisters' confidence, which it defense depends on, is seriously shattered. So he engages a necromancer alchemist to haunt them, first Phoebe, into despair by reviving the corpses of crucial innocents they failed to save to haunt them. Each time a sister is weakened, Zankou steals more power, until he can take the book from them. Meanwhile police inspector Sheridan refuses to take Darryl's word that the sisters are innocent in the many cases they mysteriously appeared about. Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | Fantasy | Mystery


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In past episodes Pheobe has said she could change a tyre herself See more »


When Paige finds Joanna's body in her apartment, Joanna has one bloodied scratch on her cheek, and no other visible injuries. But when the sisters find her body again in the cemetery, she has bloodied eyes, nose and mouth, and no cheek scratch. See more »


Darryl Morris: It's a friendly warning. What they're doing... and what they're all about, it's above reproach. I wouldn't mess with them if I were you.
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References Death Becomes Her (1992) See more »


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Most Haunted
9 August 2008 | by owlaurenceSee all my reviews

The two-part season finale kicks in with this dark episode. Up to that point, Zankou has mostly been decimating his own ranks, so while we know that he is powerful, he doesn't seem that threatening. Indeed, Zankou's master-plan does not involve brute force, but cunning and a very good knowledge of his enemies. Actually, his idea is brilliant, and not only from a villain's point of view. It seems coherent that, figuratively speaking, the sisters would be haunted by the memory of all the innocents they haven't been able to save over the years. So having their past failures physically come back to blame them really illustrates what the Charmed Ones must be feeling -no to mention having to vanquish the poor victims themselves. It shakes them enough for Zankou to get a hold of the Book of Shadows. However, I feel that those haunts could have been chosen better. Of all the lot, only Davidson is really familiar (though only if you remember season 3). Using other victims from past episodes would have been much more dramatic.

Meanwhile, Sheridan is back with a vengeance. Oddly enough, she still hasn't recovered her memories, and she never will, so that particular threat remains unfulfilled. But it doesn't make her less dangerous, and now she's willing to fight dirty by involving Darryl's wife in it -putting him in such a quandary that his only way out is to leave. Poor Darryl.

So this is a very dark episode, in the image of the rest of the season but without any humour to compensate for the morbid atmosphere. The scene where Phoebe wakes up with Tim's reanimated corpse beside her is quite scary, and as I said Zankou's plan is psychologically devastating, which partly justifies the sisters' decision next episode. On the other hand, the episode suffers from the same problem that plagues most first parts : a slow development with little action.

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15 May 2005 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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