"You're still attached to your body. You're not a ghost. But you will be if you don't start trusting me. There is only one way out of here."
Cole to Piper

The Seven Year Witch is the 16th episode of the seventh season and the 150th overall episode of Charmed.


For a complete plot of The Seven Year Witch, go here.
To read the full script of The Seven Year Witch, go here.

Piper ends up in a coma after a vicious demon attack and her spirit is stuck in the cosmic void between life and death. Moreover, she is surprised to find Cole waiting for her.


Main Cast[]

Guest Stars[]



Magical Notes[]

Book of Shadows[]

Tips For Future Whitelighters []

Drake stumbles on tips

The entry in the Book of Shadows.

To my sons, Wyatt and Chris,
Here is some information to assist and guide you
in the discovery of your new found powers.
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, so
you'll possess all the powers I have, and more.
Good luck...
When you're ready, you'll receive a call from the Elders.
Emotions are tied to your powers, use them to become stronger.
Don't worry, whitelighters can speak the language of their charges,
whatever it is.
Orbing: Concentrate, focus and relax, it'll happen.
Always remember your family is just as important as your calling.
If you feel out of balance, try meditating, it will help.
Know that love is the key to your healing hands.
Understand that whatever happens in the future, there is good
inside of you.



  • Scrying Crystal - A magical pendant used for Scrying. Phoebe scried for Leo, but it failed. Paige then tried, thinking she could find him because of her being half-Whitelighter, but she failed as well.

Notes and Trivia[]

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  • This is the nineteenth episode to have the word 'witch' in the title.
  • This is the 150th episode of Charmed, which features the one episode return of Julian McMahon as a special guest star. He was vanquished 50 episodes ago.
  • Paige's line at the beginning of the episode "Okay hi, I'm wearing lip gloss, do I look homeless?" was ad-libbed by Rose McGowan.
  • This is Billy Zane's last episode as Drake.
  • During filming, the Manor scene with Piper unconscious was filmed on separate days; one day Julian and Holly were filmed, the second day Alyssa, Rose, Brian and Holly unconscious on the couch was filmed and the third day was Billy Zane appearing coming down the stairs to an unconscious Holly with Rose and Alyssa.
    • Julian only returned to the set for one day, so all of his scenes were filmed on one day, which made for a very long day for the cast and crew.
  • Both Paige and Piper make a reference to the number 150. Piper says that they have visited over 150 alleys during their witches years and Paige, looking for Leo, says that they have already called 150 police stations.
  • The episodes features some flashbacks of others past episodes such as "The Honeymoon's Over" and "It's a Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World, Part 2".
  • Piper dies for the ninth and last time on the show.
  • This is the third episode where Piper was put into a coma. The other two are "Awakened" and "Brain Drain".
  • Although the picture of Alyssa Milano on the promo poster dates from season 4, her hair was photoshopped and made shorter to match her current look. The font used on the poster is an altered version of the font in the opening credits.
  • After Cole quotes a line from Romeo and Juliet, Piper asks him, "Since when do you quote Shakespeare?" Cole answers, "It's a recent affliction." This hints at the revelation at the end of the episode that Cole had been working with Drake, who is fond of quoting Shakespeare as well as making other literary references.
  • Phoebe does not use her Premonition power.

Cultural References[]

  • The title is a reference to Marilyn Monroe's movie "The Seven Year Itch", which itself also refers to the period after seven years of marriage, where a couple becomes dissatisfied or bored with their staid relationship.
  • Drake says, "Don't scry for me Argentina" parodying the song "Don't Cry for me Argentina", from the musical "Evita" (performed originally by Elaine Paige).
  • Drake compares Leo and Piper to other famous couples that ended in tragedy, mentioning Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston.
  • Cole quotes a line from William Shakespeare's tragedy Romeo and Juliet, Romeo's first sight of his future love.

Continuity Errors[]

  • Between scenes, Piper's legs keep changing positions as she is laying on the couch.
  • Before Phoebe yells "Hey! What the hell did you do to Leo?!" she takes off her gloves, but after Paige says they tried that, Phoebe's gloves are on her hands again.
  • In this episode, Phoebe told Drake that she "can't believe it's been three weeks already", but Drake said in "Carpe Demon" that he only had two weeks to live.
  • Cole tells Piper that he "could never get through" to her, though it was Prue (and later Paige), whom he could never fully convince. At one point in Season 4, Piper believed completely in Cole and his innocence.


Episode Stills[]

Behind the Scenes[]

International Titles[]

  • French: Sept ans de réflexion (Seven Years of ~)
  • Czech: Slaměná vdova (Grass-Widow)
  • Slovak: Sedem rokov (The Seven Years)
  • Spanish (Spain): El séptimo año de bruja (The Seventh Year of Witch)
  • Spanish (Latin America): La Bruja del Séptimo Año (The Witch of the Seventh Year)
  • Serbian: Sedma Godina Veštica
  • Russian: Ispitanie liubvi (Love Trial)
  • Italian: L'amore ritrovato (The Regained Love)
  • German: Der verlorene Leo (The Lost Leo)
  • Hungarian: Higgy a szerelemben (Believe in Love)
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