"So I think that's why everyone's been crazy. They're not dealing with their subconscious issues while they're dreaming."
Phoebe to her sisters and Leo.

Sand Francisco Dreamin' is the 14th episode of the fifth season and the 102nd overall episode of Charmed.


For a complete plot of Sand Francisco Dreamin', go here.
To read the full script of Sand Francisco Dreamin', go here.

Terrifying nightmares come to life when a demon attacks the Charmed Ones with dream dust. The sister must magically re-enter their nightmares to unmask the symbolic meaning of their dreams.


Main Cast[]

Guest Stars[]

Special Musical Guest[]



Magical Notes[]

Book of Shadows[]

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Tracer Demons[]

These lower-level demons are prized as mercenaries in the Underworld for their ability to follow magical prey across different dimensions. Powerful and cunning they are nearly impossible to escape.



The Charmed Ones fall asleep.

Sleeping Spell[]

The Charmed Ones cast this spell to put themselves to sleep. That way they could find out what their dreams meant and they could make the characters from their dreams go away.

Let we who waken from our sleep,
return at once to slumber deep.


  • Paige brought a vanquishing potion for the Tracer Demon, but he destroyed it with a lightning bolt before it could hit him.


  • Astral Premonition: Phoebe has an Astral Premonition of the Sandman being killed while dreaming.
  • Telekinetic Orbing: Used by Paige to orb the end of a streamer into her hands.
  • Orbing: Type of Teleportation used by Leo and Paige.
  • Super Strength: Used by Axel to punch a Tracer Demon, causing him to fly through the lair.
  • Fading: Type of Teleportation used by the Tracer Demon, Axel and the Sandman while in the other plane.
  • Summoning: Used by the Tracer Demon to summon the Sandman to the Physical Plane.
  • Electrokinesis: Used by the Tracer Demon to destroy a potion bottle and to attack Phoebe and the Sandman. He later used a lightning bolt to knock down Leo and to kill the Sandman and Axel.
  • Healing: Used by Leo to heal Phoebe.
  • Molecular Combustion: Used by Piper to blow up the Tracer Demon.


  • Dream dust - Dust that causes good beings to dream. It is sprinkled in their eyes by Sandmen. When there is sprinkled too much dream dust in someone's eyes, the dreams of that person will come to life.
  • Crystals - Used by the Charmed Ones to trap their brought-to-life dream characters in Crystal Cages.

Notes and Trivia[]

Sand Fransisco Dreamin'

WB promo


The Blanket, prop.

  • The WB used the promo title Dreamspell.
  • The sisters use a modified version of the Awakening Spell used in season 2, Awakened.
  • Phoebe has her second Astral Premonition in this episode while she sleeps. This is the second of only four occasions in the series that Phoebe uses this advanced form of premonition.
  • Along with "Sin Francisco", this is one of two episodes to refer to the Charmed Ones hometown of San Francisco.
  • Piper comments the baby shower Paige is organizing is only a shower and not a 'coronation'. This echoes Phoebe's comment in "Brain Drain", who said that Piper was obsessing about their friend Wendy's baby shower, which she remarked was not a 'royal wedding'. Both scenes occurred in the kitchen and were references to the amount of food being prepared.
  • This is the first and only time that only three crystals were used to create a Crystal Cage. Usually the cages are made with five or six crystals.
  • Phoebe mentions that Piper is allergic to bees.
  • This episode scored 5.1 million viewers.
  • Phoebe's dream sequence touches on her previously established fondness of black and white horror movies, as well as her fear of the basement.
  • Piper does not use her Molecular Immobilization power and Phoebe does not use her Levitation power.

Cultural References[]

  • The Sandman is based on the Sandman of European folklore.
  • The title is partly based on "California Dreamin'" by The Mamas and the Papas, and partly on the Sandman (hence "Sand" instead of "San").

Continuity Errors[]

  • When Phoebe gets healed by Leo up in the attic, the wound shown being healed is clearly from another shot.
  • At the scene where the sisters are going to sleep to enter their dreams, Phoebe opens the conservatory door and clearly closes it again. Yet, when the camera shows Leo putting the Sandman's sand on them, the door is open.
  • Piper's pregnant belly disappears. Just after the baby is transferred back to Piper after Leo feels it kick, Piper's pregnant belly bump swells massively. Seconds later when she turns towards the Tracer demon her pregnant belly is missing completely (her abdomen is flat) and Leo has the belly again. When Piper turns back after blowing up the Tracer, she has the belly again.
  • When the masks in Phoebe's dream disappear it is clearly shown that Alyssa's head is taller than the masked man's.
  • Paige's final line of dialogue in this episode - "I just hope we can stay awake long enough to enjoy it" - has clearly been edited in.


Episode Stills[]


International Titles[]

  • French: Le marchand de sable (The Merchant of Sand / Sandman)
  • Czech: Dobrou noc (Good Night)
  • Slovak: Snívanie v San Franciscu (Dreaming in San Francisco)
  • Russian: Когда ведьмы спят [Kogda ved′my spjat] (When Witches are Sleeping)
  • Spanish (Spain): San Francisco soñando (San Francisco Dreaming)
  • Spanish (Latin America): Sueños de San Francisco (Dreams of San Francisco)
  • German: San Francisco träumt (San Francisco Is Dreaming)
  • Serbian: Vesticiji snovi (Witch's dreams)
  • Italian: Sogni pericolosi (Dangerous Dreams)
  • Hungarian: Az álomhozó ember (Dream-bringing Men)
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