"Wait, wait, wait. When you said the girls reverted, what exactly did you mean?"
Patty to Victor

Cheaper by the Coven is the 3rd episode of the seventh season and the 137th overall episode of Charmed.


For a complete plot of Cheaper by the Coven, go here.
To read the full script of Cheaper by the Coven, go here.

The Charmed Ones are whirled back in time when Grams arrives for Chris's wiccaning and the sisters are stunned to find themselves to be bickering teenagers once again.


Main Cast[]

Guest Stars[]



Magical Notes[]

The Book of Shadows[]

To Summon the Dead[]


The spell in the Book of Shadows.

Place five candles in a loose circle on the
floor, light the candles and then Chant:
Hear these words
hear my cry
Spirit from the
other side
Come to me I
summon thee
Cross now the Great Divide

NOTE: To Summon Grams, Paige used a short version of this spell:

Hear me now,
Hear my cry,
Spirit from the other side
Cross now the great divide.


To Resolve Sibling Rivalry []

Grams used this spell to resolve the sibling rivalry between Wyatt and Chris. Wyatt was jealous because Chris got all the attention. After the rivalry left Wyatt and Chris, it went into the Charmed Ones.

Pass your petty jealousies to darkest night.
Let these feuding siblings no longer fight.

Patty Halliwell's General Reversal Spell[]

When Grams left because Patty chose Victor's side, Patty casts her own reversal spell to reverse the effects of Penny's sibling rivalry spell. After casting it, the rivalry went back into Chris and Wyatt.

Reverse the spell from the book
and please restore what was took.

Freezing Spell []

Penny casts this spell to freeze Piper after she got 'infected' with the sibling rivalry from Wyatt and Chris. It looks similar to Piper's power of Molecular Immobilization.

Let this girl,
Quick as a sneeze,
Stop this snit
And quickly freeze.

To Call the Halliwell Matriarchs[]

Penny casts the spell to call the Halliwell Matriarchs for Chris' Wiccaning. This time, the last two lines were omitted, though the spell still worked.

I call forth from space and time
Matriarchs of the Halliwell Line
Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Friends
Our family spirit without end.
To gather now, in this sacred place
and help us bring this child to grace.


  • Paige made a potion that should've vanquished Demonic Leo, but it didn't work.


  • Telekinetic Orbing: Used by Wyatt to orb Chris' soother and blanket to him. Paige orbed a shelf to attack Demonic Leo.
  • Orbing: Type of Teleportation used by Wyatt, Leo and Paige.
  • Projection: Used by Wyatt to make the Demonic Leo from his nightmares real (not seen).
  • Force Field: Used by Wyatt to protect himself from the Demonic Leo.
  • Electrokinesis: Used by Demonic Leo to attack Penny and by Leo to attack Demonic Leo and vice versa. Leo also used it to kill demons in the Underworld before they could get to Wyatt.
  • Fading: Type of Teleportation used by Demonic Leo.
  • Remote Orbing: Used by Wyatt to orb Chris to his granddad.
  • Telekinesis: Used by Penny to throw an athame at Demonic Leo.
  • Molecular Combustion: Used by Piper to blow up a flower pot and in an attempt to blow up Demonic Leo. She also blew up a demon before he could get to Wyatt.
  • Divination: Used by Kyra to show Leo who's after his son, using her Pool.
  • Summoning: Used by Penny to summon Patty.
  • Wisping: Type of Teleportation used by Penny.
  • Corporealization: Used by Penny and Patty to corporealize.


  • Grams's Spellbook - A little black book filled with spells Penny cast on the sisters (Piper, Phoebe and Prue) when they were young.
  • Crystals - Grams used the Crystals to protect the manor.

Notes and Trivia[]


Charmed Funny Clips

Funny clips from this episode!

  • This is the second time Wyatt has conjured an evil being. The first time was in "Forget Me...Not".
  • This is the first appearance of Charisma Carpenter as The Seer Kyra.
  • When Paige summons Grams, she uses a shortened version of the spell.
  • This is the first time that Grams, Patty, Victor, Paige, Piper, Phoebe, Leo, Wyatt and Chris have all been together at one time.
  • Series star Holly Marie Combs and guest star, Charisma Carpenter, have previously worked together on the film "See Jane Date".
  • Holly Marie Combs was sick when the episode was filmed. It is quite noticeable in some scenes.
  • This is the second time Phoebe was magically reverted into a child-like mentality. The first time occured in "Once Upon a Time", where she and Prue were affected by fairy dust.
  • Piper mentioned that the last attempt to perform a Wiccaning almost destroyed Grams because of the Necromancer.
  • Piper does not use her Molecular Immobilization power although Penny does use the effect with a spell.

Cultural References[]

  • The episode title is based on the title of the "Cheaper by the Dozen" films.

Continuity Errors[]

  • On the banner in the award ceremony, it is written "Reader's Choice Award" instead of "Readers' Choice Award".
  • When Leo hugs Wyatt near the end of the episode, the way the pair hold onto each other changes.
  • When Phoebe leaves to go to the Readers' Choice Award, you can see the two front doors have a large gap where they don't meet.


Episode Stills[]

Behind the Scenes[]


Paige: Hear me now, hear my cry, spirit from the other side, cross now the great divide.
(Grams appears with her back turned in a swirl of bright lights. Apparently she was in the middle of a conversation.)
Grams: You mean she is still lying about her age? Um... wh... (she turns to face the girls.) Not a good time, girls. I'm busy.
Paige: You're dead.
Grams: Well, it doesn't mean I can't have a life.

Grams: Do you remember the first time you were this age, when I sat you and your sisters down and we had "the talk"?
Piper: Grams, I already know all about sex, and no offence but I don't want to talk about it with you because that's really gross.
Grams: No, not the sex talk, silly. The witch talk.
Piper: So what did you tell us?
Grams: That my being a witch was such an important part of my life and what it meant to me, and what it might mean to you someday.
Piper: Did you tell us that Prue and mom were gonna die? That Leo was gonna lose his marbles? Or that demons were gonna be chasing after us all the time everywhere?

Seer: See I have a problem, you kinda have a temper, and if I don't tell you, well you'll probably choke me to death, and if I do tell you and you don't like the answer, well, then, you'll probably choke me to death.

International Titles[]

  • French: Frères ennemis (Brothers Enemies)
  • Italian: Come eravamo (The Way We Once Were)
  • Czech: Démon v sobě (Demon in Myself)
  • Slovak: Démon v nás (Demon in Us)
  • Spanish (Spain): La ceremonia (The Ceremony)
  • Spanish (Latin America): Aquelarre Familiar (Family Coven)
  • German: Der Rivalitätszauber (The Rivalry-Spell)
  • Hungarian: Hisztis tiniboszik (Histerical Teenage Witches)
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