Phoebe: "Excuse me! This is either someone's sick, sick joke, or someone's working on a massive evil plan!"
Leo Wyatt: "Whatever it is, you guys are in danger without your senses."
— The sisters and Leo talking.

Sense and Sense Ability is the 20th episode of the fifth season and the 108th overall episode of Charmed.


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An old crone who wants to kidnap Piper's baby weakens the Charmed Ones by stealing their senses. The blind, deaf, and mute sisters must overcome their handicaps to defeat her.


Main Cast[]

Guest Stars[]



Magical Notes[]

Book of Shadows[]

Monkey Totem[]

In the later 15th century, Sorcerer Kheel created a sense stealing monkey to assist him in defeating his enemies. But the sorcerer was a harsh task master and the monkey turned on him by stealing his scolding voice. The sorcerer then punished the simian by turning him into a totem, which retains the ability to steal the senses of its victims.

The Crone[]

The Crone is a well known and respected advisor of evil whose ability to foresee the future makes her valuable. Heard of more than seen, she is an upper-level demon who possesses upper-level demonic powers. A high-level demonic vanquishing spell can kill her.


Stun Potion[]


The stunning potion is working on the Kazi.

Paige created a Stun Potion, so that they could stun the Kazi if he would ever attack again. When the Kazi attacked, he managed to use his power of Pressurization on Phoebe, but Leo ran in and threw the potion. The sisters then trapped the Kazi in a Crystal Cage, and tortured him until he said who sent him. The Crone knew, using Phoebe's hearing, that the Kazi told them she sent him, and vanquished the Kazi King. That way, she also vanquished the Kazi Demon, since the Kazi King created the Kazi Demons out of his own body.

The Crone-Vanquishing Potion[]


The Crone is vanquished.

Paige and Phoebe created a Vanquishing Potion to vanquish The Crone. When (the blind) Piper realised The Crone had tricked her, by sounding like Paige, into thinking that Phoebe needed her now, so she had left Wyatt with whom she had thought was Paige. So Paige helped Piper upstairs and Phoebe followed with the potion. When they entered Piper's bedroom, The Crone was looking into the future by holding Wyatt in her arms. When she saw them she said "Wyatt help, we're in danger!" using Paige's voice, causing Wyatt to raise his Protective Shield around him and her. Piper and Phoebe then tapped into (the silent) Paige's powers and tele-orbed Wyatt to her. (The deaf) Phoebe then throw the potion, vanquishing The Crone.


  • Fading: Type of Teleportation used by the Kazi Demon.
  • Pressurization: Used by the Kazi Demon to attack Paige and Phoebe.
  • Orbing: Type of Teleportation used by Paige, Leo and Wyatt.
  • Molecular Combustion: Used by Piper to blow up the Kazi Demon. She later tried to blow up the Kazi Demon again in the attic, but due to her blindness, she blew up a table and Pearl's couch instead, sending Paige flying knocking her out. She also blew up the glass of the water tank Leo was trapped in.
  • Resurrection: Used by the Crone to resurrect the Kazi Demon.
  • Summoning: Used by the Crone to summon the Kazi King to her.
  • Sense Stealing: Used by the Monkey Totem to steal Phoebe's hearing, Paige's voice and Piper's sight.
  • Glistening: Type of Teleportation used by the Monkey Totem (in monkey form) and the Crone.
  • Shapeshifting: Used by the Monkey Totem to shapeshift into his monkey form and back into the totem form.
  • Levitation: Used by Phoebe to dodge the Kazi Demon.
  • Force Field: Used by Wyatt to protect himself from danger.
  • Healing: Used by Leo to heal Paige.
  • Energy Sparks: Used by the Crone to attack Leo and to vanquish the Kazi King.
  • Premonition: Used by the Crone to look into the future by holding Wyatt.
  • Telekinetic Orbing (through Channeling): Piper and Phoebe tapped into Paige's power to telekinetically orb Wyatt to her.
  • Sensing: Used by Wyatt to sense Leo.


  • Monkey Totem: An ancient totem that is capable of stealing senses. The Crone used it to steal Piper's sight, Phoebe's hearing and Paige's voice, and use these senses for herself.
  • Aquatic Cage: A magical container owned by the Crone. She used it to detain Leo to keep him from warning the Charmed Ones.

Notes and Trivia[]

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  • This story for this episode was conceived by Brian Krause, being inspired by the monkey totem prop he found on set. However, he said that when he got the edited script back from Brad Kern, that it wasn't what he wrote.
  • This is the only instance during the series' run where the sisters were able to tap into each other's powers—in this case, Piper and Phoebe tapped into Paige's telekinetic orbing power.
  • Phoebe, trying to hear something after the attack of the monkey, watches Kill It Before It Dies, her favorite horror movie already seen in "Chick Flick" and "Bride and Gloom".
  • This is the second time that Leo has been suspended in water. The first time was in "A Witch's Tail, Part 1" by the Sea Hag.
  • In the WB trailer for this episode, when the monkey covers the girls' senses, the sisters glow, however in the actual episode they do not.
  • Before being vanquished, the Crone is quite shaken by what she foresaw about Wyatt. It is possible that she foresaw Chris' dark future, where Wyatt was evil and unopposed.
  • This episode scored 4.1 million viewers.
  • Piper does not use her Molecular Immobilization power and Phoebe does not use her Premonition power.

Cultural References[]

  • The title of the episode is a reference to the Jane Austen novel "Sense and Sensibility" as well as the film of the same name. The book is also Phoebe's favorite book.
  • The central plot of this episode is based around the famous saying, "Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil". This was previously referenced in "Astral Monkey", when Phoebe taught three monkeys to enact the saying.

Continuity Errors[]

  • After trapping the Kazi demon, before the sisters sit down to talk, you can see Paige's sign already has "We'll find Leo" written on it.
  • When Piper is orbed to the Crone's lair to free Leo, she blasts the tank which Leo was in. He comes tumbling out and is supposed to be sopping wet but the lower part of his shirt at the back is still dry.
  • Near the end of the episode, when Piper and Phoebe sit down to talk, Phoebe has a cup of tea in her hands. The string attached to the teabag keeps changing position from shot to shot and eventually disappears.
  • When Phoebe walks in while Paige is questioning the Kazi demon and says to Paige,"Hey, did you ever think your Kazi buddy here can't read?" When he says he tried to tell her that, Phoebe seems to have heard him since she wasn't staring directly at his mouth like she has everyone else. Phoebe is also able to hear when the girls run up to Piper's room and sees the Crone holding Wyatt and Piper asks "what's going on?" Phoebe answers Piper even though she's not even looking at her.


Episode Stills[]

Behind the Scenes[]



Piper: You're making a love potion?
Paige: No, I'm making a stun potion.
Piper: So that lovers will be stunned by you?
Paige: No, so that Kazis will be stunned by me.
Phoebe: You're in love with a Kazi demon?

Phoebe: Listen to this: Centuries ago a sorcerer created a monkey to steal his enemies senses, only the sorcerer mistreated little fella so the monkey stole his master's voice, and was turned into a wooden totem as punishment.
Piper: So this all monkey business, about, you know, "speak no evil, hear no evil, see no evil" is a real thing?
Phoebe (in a loud voice): What?
Piper: Nevermind. Read my lips! Is there anything in here that will get our senses back?
Phoebe: Piper, I can't hear you!
Piper: Uh! What do we do?
(Paige shows the notepad. She has written "Kill Monkey" on it.)
Phoebe: Oh, Paige is proposing violence against the monkey!
Piper: Well, I'm inclined to agree, but I really think the monkey is the least of our worries.
Phoebe: Yeah, I didn't hear what you just said, but if you're wondering who's behind this, I was about to look in the book. (Piper gives her two thumbs up.)

(Paige holds up the notepad and it reads "Where's our Whitelighter?".)
Phoebe: Hey, do you ever think that maybe your Kazi buddy here can't read?
Kazi Demon: I tried to tell her that.
Phoebe: He did? (Paige writes "Demons lie" on the notepad.) Yeah, but not about literacy.

International Titles[]

  • Italian: La Perdita dei Sensi (Senses Loss)
  • French: Les sens du mal (The Senses of Evil)
  • Czech: Nevidím, neslyším, nemluvím (I Can't See, Can't Hear, Don't Speak)
  • Slovak: Rozum a zmysly (Mind and Senses)
  • Russian: Без чувств [Bez čuvstv] (No Senses)
  • Spanish (Spain): Sentido y capacidad de sentir{lo} (Sense and Capacity of Sense {to him})
  • Spanish (Latin America): Sentidos y sensibilidad (Senses and Sensability)
  • German: Nichts sehen, nichts hören, nichts sagen (See Nothing, Hear Nothing, Say Nothing)
  • Serbian: Čula (Senses)
  • Hungarian: Érzéktelenség (Senseless)
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