"With each likeness, I'll turn their character flaws into obsessions. Obsessions that will consume them. Destroy them."
—A Witch Doctor talking to another one about the Charmed Ones.

House Call is the 13th episode of the fifth season and the 101st overall episode of Charmed.


For a complete plot of House Call, go here.
To read the full script of House Call, go here.

The Charmed Ones become helplessly self-destructive when the Council of Witch Doctors brings voodoo dolls along on a house call.


Main Cast

Guest Stars



  • Paul Galliano as Photographer's Assistant

Magical Notes

Book of Shadows

The Witch Doctor

Little is known of Witch Doctors except for their dedication to expel evil spirits from demonic footholds. Using strange unknown magic rituals, Witch Doctors feel their outsider status as watchdogs of evil gives them the freedom to attack evil in all its shifting guises. They may be summoned via the following spell: Combine Liverwort, Pinch of Dragon Root and Snakeskin over Chant:

Free us from the ties that bind
Of evil magic entertwined
We call upon the one who cures
He who's to the Dark inured.

Vanishing Spell

BOS VanishingSpell

The entry in the Book of Shadows.

Let the Object
of Objection
Become but
a Dream
As I cause
the Seen
to be Unseen

Phoebe casting the Spell.

Purification Spell

Combine together Rosemary, Sage, Eucalyptus and Whale Oil.
Burn the ingredients and allow the smoke to fill the area that
you wish to cleanse while you are ringing a blessed bell while
chanting this spell Loudly:


To Reverse the Vanishing Spell


Piper reverses her Spell on the Manor.

Due to the Witch Doctor's hex, Piper got obsessed by cleaning. In the end, she cast the Vanishing Spell to make the Manor disappear. Leo managed to shock her out of the hex by saying that Phoebe was still in the house when Piper cast the spell, and thus not only made the Manor vanish, but Phoebe as well. Piper then cast this spell to undo her Vanishing Spell, causing the Manor to return (with Phoebe in it).

Let the Object of Objection return,
so that its existence may be reaffirmed.



Spencer Ricks is turned into a turkey.

Animal Transformation Potion

Due to the Witch Doctor's hex, Phoebe got obsessed by killing the competition. She brews this potion to turn Spencer Ricks into a turkey. She took the turkey to the Manor, where she wanted to kill and stuff it. However, Paige and Piper managed to convince the Witch Doctor to lift the curse on Phoebe before she could do so. Spencer Ricks was turned into himself again, not remembering anything of him being a turkey.


  • Molecular Combustion: Used by Piper when trying to blow up the Demonic Energy that was holding Phoebe, but she blew two holes in the ceiling instead. She later blew up the chandelier, a window in the kitchen and Leo.
  • Apportation: Used by the Witch Doctor to apport a photo of the sisters and Paige's keys.
  • Fading: Type of Teleportation used by the Witch Doctor.
  • Orbing: Type of Teleportation used by Leo and Paige.
  • Cursing: Used by the Witch Doctor to curse the sisters; he turned their characters flaws into obsessions.
  • Glamouring: Used by Paige to Glamour into Jessica.
  • Reconstitution: Used by Leo to reconstitute after Piper blew him up.


  • Witch Doctor's Talisman: The Witch Doctor used a talisman to capture the evil residue in the Manor.
  • Voodoo Doll: The Witch Doctor used voodoo dolls to curse the sisters.

Notes and Trivia

Charmed Promo Season 5 ep. 13 - House Call

The WB Supersunday promo

  • The WB used the promo title "Obsessions" for this episode.
  • Paige uses her glamouring power for the first time in this episode, despite having never used or mentioned it before.
  • The set used by the photographers when they are taking pictures of Phoebe is the same set used in an episode of the WB TV series "What I Like About You".
  • Phoebe's front cover spread and interview are for 415 Magazine, which is where Prue used to work. This spread will be referenced in "Baby's First Demon", when Jason takes over the paper and tells her that he saw it.
  • The same church was used in season 4 for Phoebe's wedding in the episode "Marry-Go-Round".
  • The opening sequence in which Paige puts on make up and tries on different clothes is similar to that of Prue in "Wicca Envy".
  • The same ledge in Purgatory is used by Inspector Cortez in "Charmed Again, Part 2" and Barbas in "Sympathy for the Demon".
  • Starting with this episode and continuing for the rest of the season, pictures in the opening credits of Julian McMahon, have been replaced with clips of the three girls. The first is Holly's first power-clip from the season 3 credits (a clip of the episode Ms. Hellfire) the second and third are Alyssa and Rose's from the earlier season 5 episodes A Witch's Tail, Part 1 and Part 2.
  • This is the final episode in which Glen is featured on screen. Although he attends Paige's funeral in Still Charmed & Kicking, he is not shown on screen. 
  • This episode scored 5.3 million viewers.

Cultural References

  • The title is a reference to a doctor or health professional visiting a patient's home, as the episode has the sisters summoning a Witch Doctor to their home.
  • Piper says to Paige, who's leaving to see Glen, "All right, Sally, go meet Harry" a reference to the 1989 movie "When Harry Met Sally".
  • Piper twitches her nose when the celling falls in on her. This is possibly in reference to the classic TV show "Bewitched".
  • When the Witch Doctor destroys the TV in the living room, Paige is worried because she can't see The Osbournes.


  • When Paige gets ready to see Glen, she puts pink lipstick on, but when she gets downstairs it's red.
  • When Paige apologizes to Glen and Jessica, there is a guy jogging behind her, when it pans back to Paige the guy is gone.


Episode Stills


International Titles

  • French: Envoûtement (Enchantment)
  • Czech: Lidské slabosti (Human Weakness)
  • Slovak: Návšteva v dome (Visit in the House)
  • Russian: Укротитель барабашек [Ukrotitel′ barabashek] (Callmer)
  • Spanish (Spain): Consulta a domicilio (House Call)
  • Spanish (Latin America): La obsesión (Obsession)
  • Serbian: Opsesije zovu (Obsessions call)
  • German: Quälgeister (Pests)
  • Italian: Ossessioni (Obsessions)
  • Hungarian: Háziszellemek (House Ghosts)
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