"Yeah, but I don't understand why it went wrong. Why does the Sorcerer want to turn Drake into Robin Hood, of all things?"
Paige to Piper and Phoebe

Carpe Demon is the 14th episode of the seventh season and the 148th overall episode of Charmed.


For a complete plot of Carpe Demon, go here.
To read the full script of Carpe Demon, go here.

An ex-demon professor candidate for Magic School causes a media frenzy when he falls under a spell that makes him believe that he is Robin Hood and that Phoebe is Maid Marian.


Main Cast[]

Guest Stars[]


Magical Notes[]

The Book of Shadows[]

Mercury Demons[]


Mercury Demons

An entry in the Book of Shadows can be found about Mercury Demons. Paige looked up this specific page in order to find out more about Drake dè Mon, who recently just applied for a job at her Magic School. The only known power that every demon in this species has is thermal blasts, which are very deadly to the victim. Drake then explains to Paige that he had renounced his evil nature in order to live a life of good.


To Reveal the Inner Demon[]


Drake while the spell was being cast

In order for the sorcerer to become stronger he needed to obtain the powers of Drake dè Mon. Once he found out where he was hiding, at the Charmed Ones' home. He teleported himself there and chants a spell to reveal Drake's inner demon, however Piper blasted him and therefore, he couldn't finished his spell which made Drake turn from himself into Robin Hood who he had just been pretending to be.

Darkness within cannot be undone
Embrace your true self

To Vanquish a Demonic Sorcerer[]


The effects of the spell.

This vanquishing spell was used to destroy and kill a sorcerer who had kidnapped Miss Donovan and sent Drake dè Mon to Purgatory. In order to trick him, the sisters glamoured themselves into Miss Donovans to get themselves into the lair, they then said the spell and he went up in flames.

Evil blast we cannot use
The Power of Three now lights the fuse

To Bring a Sorcerer to Oneself[]


Paige casting the spell.

Both Piper and Paige cast this spell to find the sorcerer. Five lit candles around a round table is a requirement for this spell, as seen when Paige and Piper cast it. However, the spell didn't get any effect since his lair was protected from spells and charms.

Sorcerer of darkness, demon of fright
I call you now into my sight


  • Astral Projection: Used by Miss Donovan to show Paige her power. She later used it to try freeing herself and to Astral Project to Paige and Piper.
  • Conjuration: Used by Drake to conjure his resume. He later used it to conjure costumes for Phoebe and himself and then all three sisters and himself, his motorcycle and helmets.
  • Orbing: Type of Teleportation used by Paige, Sandra and Kheel.
  • Shimmering: Type of Teleportation used by the Sorcerer.
  • Molecular Combustion: Used by Piper to blast the Sorcerer.
  • Telekinesis: Used by Drake to open the Manor's front door. He later used it to free Miss Donovan.
  • Divination: Used by the Sorcerer to spy on Piper, Paige and Miss Donovan's Astral Projection.
  • Thermal blasts: Used by Drake to attack John Normand.
  • Power Absorption: Used by the Sorcerer to absorp Drake's powers.
  • Banishing: Used by the Sorcerer to banish Drake to Purgatory.
  • Glamouring: Used by the sisters to glamour into Miss Donovans. Piper and Phoebe probably used a Spell.

Notes and Trivia[]

  • This episode marks the first appearance of Billy Zane as Drake.
  • This is the second and last appearance of Miss Donovan on the show.
  • This is the second episode to involve Valentine's Day.
  • As of this episode, all four of the sisters have been on a motorcycle. Prue in "Just Harried", Paige in "Size Matters", Piper in "Valhalley of the Dolls, Part 2", and Phoebe in this episode. Of the four, Piper is the only sister who actually drove the motorcycle she was on.
    • This is the second time when one of the sisters rode out of the manor on a motorcycle. In this case, it is Phoebe with Drake; before, it was Prue with T.J. in "Just Harried".
  • This is the first episode of season seven where Rose McGowan's new haircut can be seen; she'd recently cut her bangs.
  • None of the sisters use their primary Wiccan powers.
  • Sebastian Roché and Kurt Fuller starred together in the series "Supernatural" as angels Balthazar and Zachariah. Ironically, they weren't the good guys there either.
    • It is also curious that the name Balthazar is very similar to the demonic name of Cole, Belthazor, whose long-awaited appearance occurred two episodes later.

Cultural References[]

  • The title is a reference to the saying "carpe diem" which is Latin for "seize the day".
  • Drake turns himself into Robin Hood from English folklore. There are many references to Robin Hood across the episode.
  • This is the second episode of Charmed in a row with a quote from the movie Spaceballs in it. The line "That's gonna leave a mark." was said by Barf when he tried to stand up from his seat without undoing the seat belt.
  • Drake turns himself and Phoebe into Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron's characters of "An American in Paris", where Kelly's American artist meets and falls in love with a French shop girl played by Caron. The dance that Drake and Phoebe do in front of the stairs is a recreation of Kelly and Caron's dance next to the Seine, right down to the costumes.
  • Both Drake and Miss Donovan quote from the classic William Shakespeare play "MacBeth", and Drake later quotes from Edmond Rostand's "Cyrano de Bergerac".

Continuity Errors[]

  • It is very obvious that the shackles with which Mrs. Donovan is held in the Underworld are way too big for her arms and she actively holds on to them.
  • When Drake (as Robin) and Phoebe leave the Manor on the motorcycle, the entrance to the house is different. There are no stairs, and you can not see the street.
  • When Piper is changing baby Chris, his hat keeps disappearing between shots.
  • When Drake changes Piper, Paige and Phoebe into Robin Hood characters, it's clear that they were filmed on a green screen and not the Manor set. Paige's hand is also cropped out when her and Piper are in a full shot.
  • Previously in the season, Kyra stated that only the Elders could make her human. In this episode, Drake says he was made human by a Sorcerer. It is, however, possible that only the Elders can make a Demon human for an indefinite amount of time while Demonic Sorcerers can only do it for a short period of time, as Drake's deal only made him human for a year.


Screen Caps[]

Episode Stills[]

Behind the Scenes[]

International Titles[]

  • French: Carpe Démon (Carpe Demon)
  • French: Un prof d'enfer (A Teacher From Hell)
  • Czech: Nový učitel (New Teacher)
  • Slovak: Carpe Demon
  • Spanish (Spain): Carpe demonium (Carpe Demon)
  • Spanish (Latin America): Examiner demonio (Demon Examiner)
  • Italian: Il principe dei ladri (The Prince of Thieves)
  • German: Carpe Dämon (Carpe Demon)
  • Hungarian: Keresd a démont! (Search for the Demon)
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