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"A Witch's Tail (Part 1)"
Series Charmed
Season 5, Episode 1
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Air date September 22nd, 2002
Writers Daniel Cerone
Director James L. Conway
Producers Jonathan Levin; Mark Wilding; Laurie Parres; Krista Vernoff; Peter Chomsky; Daniel Cerone; Holly Marie Combs; Alyssa Milano; James L. Conway; Jon Paré; Brad Kern; Aaron Spelling; E. Duke Vincent
Starring Alyssa Milano; Rose McGowan; Holly Marie Combs; Brian Krause; Julian McMahon; Dorian Gregory
Episode guide
"Witch Way Now?
"A Witch's Tail (Part 2)"

"A Witch's Tail (Part 1)" is the first episode of season five of the supernatural drama series Charmed and the eighty-ninth episode of the series overall. It was directed by James L. Conway with a teleplay written by Daniel Cerone. It first aired on the WB Network on Sunday, September 22nd, 2002 at 8:00 pm.

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Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Charmed was created by Constance M. Burge. The series aired on the WB Network for eight seasons, totaling 179 episodes. The premise of the show revolved around three sisters, and later a half-sister, who discovered that they had inherited the power of witchcraft. Working together, the so-called "Charmed Ones" fought up against the forces of evil, which took the form of demons, warlocks, and strange entities from another dimension, while working in tandem with an organization of guardian angels known as Whitelighters.
  • This episode is production code number 4301089.
  • Parts One and Two of the "A Witch's Tail" storyline both aired on the same night, back-to-back.
  • There are a total of thirteen credited cast members in this episode.

Allusions[edit | edit source]

  • The title of this episode is a play on the phrase "A Witch's Tale". The word play of "tail" refers to the tail of a mermaid, which Phoebe Halliwell possesses in this episode.
  • The story of Mylie is very similar to that of the fairy tale The Little Mermaid by author Hans Christian Andersen, which was written in 1837. The tale was adapted in the 1989 animated movie The Little Mermaid, wherein the eponymous character was given the name Ariel. In both stories, the mermaid enters into a bargain with a sea witch to become human, which ultimately backfires due to the witch's machinations.
  • Piper Halliwell makes reference to the Discovery Channel in this episode. The Discovery Channel is an American pay television channel that is the flagship and namesake television property of Discovery, Inc., a publicly traded company.

Quotes[edit | edit source]



  • Phoebe Halliwell: Nothin' perks up a girl's career like sending her ex-husband straight to hell.



  • Paige Matthews: What is going on with everybody? We're talking about the Sea Hag. The mysterious monster of the deep blue sea. The one whose name strikes fear into the hearts of sailors everywhere.
  • Piper Halliwell: Okay. Somebody's been watching way too much Discovery Channel.

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