The Torn Identity is the 18th episode of the eighth season and the 174th overall episode of Charmed.


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Phoebe must choose between mortal or magical love, while Piper interrogates the demons who killed Billie and Christy's parents to prove that they were connected to the "Ultimate Power".


Main Cast

Guest Stars


Magical Notes

The Book of Shadows

Noxon Demons

Viciously tempered, these low-level minions are often used as
shock-troops or assassins by more powerful demons. Use the
following potion vanquish: Mix the following herbs
hemlock, wolf'sbane, Sumac petals and Imp powder.


To Send the Noxons to the Astral Plane

Because they are unvanquishable, the only way to get rid of the Noxon Demons is to banish them to the Astral Plane, since that plane exists out of time. Paige and Piper found Pator, the remaining Noxon Demon, and when they orbed over to him, Christy orbed with them. When Piper threw the potion to torture him to get him to confess who he works for, Christy starts casting the spell.

To Find a Demon in Hiding

This Power of Three spell was cast by Piper, Phoebe and Paige to find Pator, the remaining Noxon Demon.

Ancient powers, we summon thee
We, the Power of Three
And seek your help in finding
The demon who is in hiding.



  • Energy Ball: Used by Creo at Magic School to vanquish another demon.
  • Fireball: Used by Pator when he tried to attack the beast.
  • Power Absorption: Used by the beast to absorb Pator's magic.
  • Shimmering: Type of Teleportation used by Jondar and Creo.
  • Orbing: Type of Teleportation used by Paige and Henry (after Paige was put in his head).
  • Molecular Combustion: Used by Piper to blast Christy and to blow up the potion vial thrown by Billie.
  • Body Insertion: Used by Coop to put Paige in Henry's head.
  • Telekinetic Orbing: Used by Henry (with Paige in his head) to orb the potion vile into his hand.
  • Telekinesis: Used by Billie get the potion vial back from Henry.
  • Telepathy: Used by Christy to contact Creo without Billie knowing and to eavesdrop the Charmed Ones. She also sent telepathic messages to Billie.
  • Channeling (through Telepathy): Used by Christy to channel the Charmed Ones' spell.
  • Beaming: Type of Teleportation used by Coop.
  • Molecular Immobilization: Used by Piper to freeze Pator.
  • Pyrokinesis: Used by Christy to vanquish Pator.
  • Augmentation (through Projection): Used by Billie to amplify Christy's pyrokinesis.


  • Cupid Ring - Cupids use their Cupid Ring to guide their charges and are granted additional powers.
  • The 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.

Notes and Trivia

  • The scene at the end with Piper and Paige is similar to the scene in "Bite Me", where both characters are realizing that they'll have to vanquish Cole. In this episode, they realize they have to kill Billie and Christy.
  • This is the first time that Piper uses Molecular Combustion directly on a witch.

Cultural References

  • The title of this episode is a reference to the movie: "The Bourne Identity".
  • The balcony scene with Phoebe, Coop and Michael is a reference to the play "Cyrano de Bergerac" by Edmond Rostand.



Paige (on phone to Phoebe when Henry also phones): Hold on a second, okay? Hello?
Henry: Hi, Paige. Where have you been?
Paige: Hey, hi, honey.... Can you hold on a second?
Henry: What, what, what, what?
Paige: Hey, can I call you back? Hold on a second. What I really need your help with is Henry. Phoebe?
Henry: Still me, Paige.
Paige: Oºo!

International Titles

  • Czech: Narušená identita (Disrupted Identity)
  • Slovak: Rozdvojená osobnosť (Split Personality)
  • French: Trahison (Betrayal)
  • German: Identitätskrise (Identity Crisis)
  • Serbian: Pokidani identitet
  • Spanish (Spain): Identidad rasgada (Identity Torn)
  • Spanish (Syfy): Identidad rota (Identity Broken)
  • Spanish (Latin America): La Identidad Desgarrada (The Identity Tearing)
  • Italian: A caccia della verità (Hunting the Truth)
  • Hungarian: Lehull a lepel (Secrets Unveiled)
Previous Episode:
Generation Hex
Next Episode:
The Jung and the Restless
Episodes: Season 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8
Comics: 9 - 10
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