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"But we know what happened to Billie. What happened to her is happening all over the magical community. We don't know what's causing it yet. It seems to be some sort of a virus, and it's spreading fast."
Jonnah talking to Piper.

Hulkus Pocus is the 9th episode of the eighth season and the overall 165th episode of Charmed.

Summary

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When Billie is infected by a government-created virus that causes magical beings to "hulk out," Piper and Leo race against time to find an antidote to save her life.

Cast

Main Cast

Guest Stars

Co-Stars

Uncredited

Magical Notes

Krycheck demon

The entry in the Book.

Book of Shadows

Krychek Demons

Low-level demons and of little consequence.
These demons serve as shock troops for their masters in the Underworld.
They can be identified by the neck tattoos marking their clan affiliation.

Potions

  • Paige brought a vanquishing potion with her to Magic School to vanquish the infected Krychek Demon, but it wasn't strong enough.

Powers

  • Orbing: Type of Teleportation used by Paige and Jonnah.
  • Molecular Combustion: Used by Piper when she tried to blow up the (infected) Krychek Demon and to blast infected Billie. She also blew up things in Agent Murphy's office to threaten him.
  • Hyper Speed: Used by the infected Krychek Demon to move faster.
  • Fireball: Used by Emrick at Magic School to attack Piper and Paige and he created a fire ball threatening to vanquish the Krychek Demon. One of Margoyle's minions also used it to attack person X.
  • Super Strength: Used by Emrick, infected with the Virus, to push the dining room table out of his way. Billie also used it on other furniture.
  • Remote Orbing: Used by Paige to orb baby Ramon to the nursery and to orb the infected Emrick to Magic School.
  • Energy Ball: Used by Margoyle to vanquish a demon at Magic School. One of Margoyle's minions also created an energy ball when he wanted to attack the infected Charmed Ones.
  • Telekinetic Orbing: Used by Paige to lock the door from Agent Murphy's office and to orb his chair. She also used it to deviate Margoyle's fire ball.
  • Transmogrification: Used by the Tracker to shapeshift into an ironing board.
  • Shimmering: Type of Teleportation used by the Tracker, Margoyle and his minions.
  • Molecular Immobilization: Used by Piper to freeze infected Billie.
  • Astral Premonition: Phoebe got an astral premonition in which she talked to her future self about her future.

Artifacts

  • 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.
  • Athame: A double edged ceremonial knife.
  • Scrying Crystal: A magical pendant used for scrying. Paige used it to scry for Ramon's dad (unseen). Later on, Hulk Paige scried for person X.

Terms

  • The Virus: When the government found a wounded Krychek Demon, they managed to capture him. In hopes of creating super soldiers, they injected the Demon with human blood. Instead of a super soldier, it created a Virus which spread over the Magical Community. The more powerful a being is, the quicker the Virus will destroy it.

Notes and Trivia

  • This episode confirms that the U.S. government (partially) knows about the existence of magic, which was already hinted at in "Something Wicca This Way Goes...?".
  • Phoebe has her last premonition on the series in this episode. It's ironic that the episode is all about restoring her trust in her gift, only for it to be the last one where she ever uses it.
    • This is also the third and last time that Phoebe has an astral premonition (since "The Eyes Have It" and "Sand Francisco Dreamin'"). It is the first time she interacts with someone in the vision, in this case her future self.
  • This is the last episode featuring Homeland Security and Agent Murphy, although, he assisted the sisters off-screen in "Payback's a Witch".
  • In this episode, Leo suggests to Billie to start her own Book of Shadows, which Dumain would later use to influence the sisters and turn the magical community against them in "Gone with the Witches".
  • In "Astral Monkey", Dr. Curtis Williamson acquires the powers of all three sisters through a blood transfusion, which ends up driving him insane. In this episode, mortal blood being administered to a demon created a virus.
  • This episode shares many similarities with "Reckless Abandon" and "Little Monsters". In all three episodes, at least one of the sisters gets stuck with taking care of an infant, although in this episode the baby is not connected to the magical storyline.

Cultural References

  • The title of this episode is a play on the stage magician phrase "Hocus Pocus", as well as a reference to Marvel Comics' Hulk, an enormous and muscled green superhero who has the power of super strength.
    • The attempt to use demonic blood to create powerful soldiers could also be a reference to Marvel comics, namely to Captain America, who gained his abilities in the "Super Soldier" experiment.
  • Paige's line, "Basically, their demon was the Outbreak monkey that caused all of this," is a reference to the 1995 film Outbreak , which features an infected monkey that starts the outbreak of a deadly virus.

Glitches

  • Billie's name is misspelled as "Billy" in the Australian re-runs.
  • While not wearing lipstick before, Phoebe does wear lipstick while taking care of Billie.
  • Piper's hair changes from curly (the style she has during the whole episode) to straight, whenever she's on screen with Leo. This is mostly evident when she is in the attic with Leo and Ramon, as soon as she goes downstairs, her hair is completely different.

Continuity Errors

Gallery

Episode Stills

Behind the Scenes

Quotes

Billie: Look, Paige already gave the "what were you thinking" speech so...
Piper: So? What were you thinking?

Paige: Did I miss something?
Phoebe: Nothing.
Piper: A lot. See ya!

Demon: Margoyle, please! I just need a little more time.
(Margoyle throws an energy ball to "Demon", vanquishing him)
Margoyle: Time's up.

Phoebe: (about caring of baby Ramon) Just so you know, I know what you're trying to do and it's not gonna work.
Piper: Okay, just so you know, I know what you're trying to do and I will be relentless.

(Hulk-Billie attacks Phoebe and Piper. Piper gestures to freeze her, not knowing that it's Billie.)
Phoebe: No Piper, it's Billie! No, no, you might blow her up. (Billie hurls a table and jumps over the sofa.) Okay, blow her up!!

(Piper, Phoebe and Paige transform into Hulk-like creatures.)
Leo: Holy crap!
Hulk-Piper: Language!! (She sends him flying over the attic.)

Paige: If you guys will excuse me, I'm gonna go check on little Ramon.
Piper: Don't you mean Henry?
Paige: No, I mean Ramon.
Phoebe: Kiss him for me.
Paige: Henry?
Phoebe: No, Ramon!
Paige: Oh, okay.

International Titles

  • French: L'antidote (The Antidote)
  • Czech: Holkus pokus (Hulkus Pocus)
  • Slovak: Hokus pokus (Hocus Pocus)
  • Spanish (Spain): Hulkus pocus
  • Spanish (Latin America): Abracadevirus
  • Italian: Hulcus pokus (Hulkus Pocus)
  • German: Blutsbande (Ties of Blood)
  • Hungarian: Dr. Jekyll és Miss Halliwell (Dr. Jekyll and Miss Halliwell)
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