Used Karma is the 13th episode of the sixth season and the 124th overall episode of Charmed.


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Dangerous supernatural events result when Phoebe is the accidental recipient of the spirit of Mata Hari, a stripper and double agent during World War 1.


Main Cast[]

Guest Stars[]



Magical Notes[]

Book of Shadows[]

Swarm Demons[]

Distant cousins of Kazis and Vampires.
The demonic hive of evil known
as Swarm Demons are pack
hunters of the Underworld. The
Swarm Drones follow the orders
of their King without question
and often sacrifice themselves for
the good of the collective body.

Aura Cleanse[]

Aura cleanse bos
I call to thee, pure
Witches fire,
Through vortex flow
the heavenly mire,
Cleanse brackish
aura of debris, From
dark to light, sweep

Chakra Cleanse[]

the Soul
and Feed


To Vanquish the Swarm King and his minions[]

The Charmed Ones cast this spell to vanquish the Swarm King and his Minions.

Demon swarm that serves as one,
Vanquish him from which they come.



Rciahrd handing Jason the potion


  • Orbing: Type of Teleportation used by Leo and Paige.
  • Fireballs: Used by the Swarm Demons to attack the Charmed Ones and Jason. The Swarm King used it to kill one of the many Swarm Demons.
  • Molecular Combustion: Used by Piper to blow up some Swarm Demons.
  • Genesis: Used by the Swarm King (not seen) to create lesser Swarm Demons from his own body.
  • Shimmering: Type of Teleportation used by the Swarm Demons.
  • Empathy: Used by Phoebe to deviate the Swarm Demons' fire balls. She also used it to feel Jason's emotions during a heated argument.
  • Healing: Used by Leo to heal Piper.
  • Astral Premonition: Phoebe received a premonition in which she saw how Mata Hari got killed.
  • Sensing: Used by the Swarm King to sense where some of his minions got vanquished.
  • Cursing: Used by Phoebe (possessed by Mata Hari's karma) to curse the merger. The food at the party turned into snails, frogs and doves, champagne bottles pop and squirt champagne, ... .
  • Molecular Immobilization: Used by Piper to freeze Phoebe (possessed by Mata Hari's karma) and then the merger party with Phoebe (still possessed by Mata Hari's karma).

Notes and Trivia[]

  • The WB used the promo title Mata Hari.
  • Chris and Darryl do not appear in the episode.
  • This is the last episode featuring Eric Dane as Jason. He will be shown once again in a hologram in Generation Hex, when Coop shows Phoebe her past loves.
  • In the final scene, where Phoebe and Jason break up, Alyssa Milano said that she used her real-life emotions for that scene, because Eric and Alyssa had dated for a while and then broken up.
  • The sound effect for Phoebe's empathy is different when she's using it to channel powers in this episode. It sounds similar to the jingle usually used, but is louder and more aggressive.
  • This episode marks the fifth time Phoebe has been possessed.
  • This also marks the second time Phoebe has been frozen by Piper's molecular immobilization, the first time was "Is There a Woogey in the House?" and the third time was in "Ordinary Witches".
  • Despite claiming that she prefers to keep her work and relationships separate, Jason is the first of three guys that she dates after meeting them at the office. Jason is also not the only guy to faint when he discovers that Phoebe is a witch.
  • This is the first time Phoebe receives an astral premonition from someone else's point of view and into the past.
  • Phoebe does not use her Levitation power.
  • This is the first instance of a dispossession potion.

Cultural References[]

  • Mata Hari was a Dutch excotic dancer who was convicted of being a spy during World War I.
  • When Leo orbs into the kitchen, Phoebe says "saved by the orb", which is an obvious reference to the popular phrase, "saved by the bell". Phoebe also made another reference to the phrase in the Season 3 episode Pre-Witched by saying "saved by the meow".
  • Paige makes a remark about Phoebe walking around like she's in the nudy version of Les Miz, a French musical from the 1980s.

Continuity Errors[]

  • The Aura Cleanse spell has a misspelling in it. Debrise should be Debris.
  • In the beginning of the episode, when Piper dodges a fireball from the Swarm Demons, she falls to the ground and injures her forehead. However, the wound on her forehead was already there before she hit the ground. When Paige, Piper and Phoebe orb back into the kitchen, the wound has disappeared.
  • Jason tells Phoebe that she kept her magical identity a secret from him for 15 months, but they did not meet until Wyatt was three weeks old, and Wyatt will not celebrate his first birthday for another 3 episodes.


Episode Stills[]

International Titles[]

  • French: Mata Hari
  • Finnish: Kierrätyskarmaa (Used Karma)
  • Italian: Mata Hari
  • Czech: Karma z druhé ruky (Karma from Second-Hand)
  • Slovak: Stará karma (Used Karma)
  • Russian: Чужая карма [Čužaja karma] (Another's Karma)
  • Spanish (Spain): Karma usado (Used Karma)
  • Spanish (Latin America): Un Karma Usado (A Used Karma)
  • Serbian: Iskorišćena karma (Utilized Karma)
  • German: Schlechtes Karma (Bad Karma)
  • Hungarian: Használt karma (Used Karma)
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