Desperate Housewitches is the 4th episode of the eighth season and the 160th overall episode of Charmed.


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Piper's son, Wyatt, is kidnapped by Mandi, a demon in disguise who wants to use the boy's powers to bring back The Source and create the perfect demon family.


Main Cast

Guest Stars



Magical Notes


  • Billie casts a Teleportation Spell to teleport herself back to the Manor (not shown).
  • The Charmed Ones cast a Dispossession Spell to dispossess Mandi from the Possessor Demon.

To Bring Back the Source from the Wasteland

The Possessor Demon casts this spell to resurrect the Source of All Evil. She combined her magic with Wyatt's Charmed Power. For the spell to work, it is required to light five candles around a bowl and to draw an upside-down pentagram on a wall.

We call to you that away was torn
Return master of all evil born,


Teleportation Potion

Billie made a teleportation potion to teleport herself and Leo to Magic School. It teleported them through a Smoking effect.


  • Telekinesis: Used by Billie on her num-chucks in the attic and num-chucks at Magic School.
  • Pyrokinesis: Used by Mandi (possessed by the Possessor Demon) to set Wyatt's costume on fire.
  • Fading: Type of Teleportation used by Mandi (possessed by the Possessor Demon).
  • Molecular Dispersion: Used by Mandi (possessed by the Possessor Demon) to vanquish a demon at Magic School.
  • Possession: Used by the Possessor Demon to dispossess and possess Mandi.
  • Conjuration: Used by Mandi (possessed by the Possessor Demon) to conjure a cookie for Wyatt.
  • Telekinetic Orbing: Used by Wyatt to orb his sandwich into the trash can.
  • Glamouring: Used by Paige to look like Sylvia, Dex' ex.
  • Orbing: Type of Teleportation used by Wyatt and Paige.
  • Sensing: Used by the Source to sense if Leo was really evil.
  • Molecular Combustion: Used by Piper to blast and blow the Possessor Demon up.


  • Book of Shadows - The Halliwell Family's magical tome. In addition to spells and potion recipes, the Book of Shadows contains information on warlocks, demons, and other supernatural beings. It was created by their ancestor, Melinda Warren, and was passed down every generation.

Notes and Trivia

Cultural References

  • Billie says to Leo in the attic, "you're off being Ozzie and Harriet" in regards to their retirement. This is reference to the sitcom, "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" from 1952.
  • The title is a reference to the popular TV series "Desperate Housewives". Also, the character Mandi in this episode is similar in appearance and personality to the character Bree Van De Kamp.
    • Billie also refers to Piper as a desperate housewife when she is stressing about making a perfect costume for Wyatt.


  • During Wyatt's school play, Leo's camera changes between scenes.
  • When Billie is reading during Piper and Leo's argument in the attic the book she is holding is blank.

Continuity Errors


Episode Stills

Behind the Scenes

International Titles

  • French: L'élu (The Chosen One)
  • Spanish (Spain): Brujas Desesperadas (Witches Hopeless)
  • Spanish (Latin America): Hechiceras desesperadas (Sorceresses Hopeless)
  • Czech: Zoufalé Čarodějky (Desperate Witches)
  • Slovak: Zúfalé Čarodejnice (Desperate Witches)
  • Hebrew: mekhashepoth ba'ith no'ashoth
  • Serbian: Ocajne Vestice
  • Italian: Desperate Housewitches (Desperate Housewitches)
  • German: Verzweifelte Haushexen (Desperate Housewitches)
  • Hungarian: Született háziboszik (Desperate Housewitches)
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