History Series / Charmed

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** Paige grew up as an only child, never knowing who her family was and not knowing her place in the world. Much of her arc concern her trying to find herself and coincidently she has the power to teleport from place to place
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** Phoebe has blonde highlights when her relationship with Cole first begins. As it gets serious, the colour darkens. When they get engaged, her hairstyle changes and it gets darker. [[spoiler: While he is possessed by the Source]] her hair goes to shoulder length and then turns black [[spoiler: when she becomes his Queen]]. By season 5 when she has moved on from Cole, her fringe has grown longer. Her short hair in season 6 isn't an example (as Alyssa Milano simply wanted to cut it for her 30th birthday) but it does coincide with her gaining empath powers. By season 8 her hair has grown out long to reflect her desire to find love. Her future self [[spoiler: who is finally a mother]] is shown with waist-length hair.

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** Phoebe has blonde highlights when her relationship with Cole first begins. As it gets serious, the colour darkens. When they get engaged, her hairstyle changes and it gets darker. [[spoiler: While he is possessed corrupted by the Source]] Source's power]] her hair goes to shoulder length and then turns black [[spoiler: when she becomes his Queen]]. By season 5 when she has moved on from Cole, her fringe has grown longer. Her short hair in season 6 isn't an example (as Alyssa Milano simply wanted to cut it for her 30th birthday) but it does coincide with her gaining empath powers. By season 8 her hair has grown out long to reflect her desire to find love. Her future self [[spoiler: who is finally a mother]] is shown with waist-length hair.



* {{Gaslighting}}: Cole does it to Paige, along with having a demon possess her with a demonic power and a side effect is temporary insanity. He uses demon powers around her, and erases the evidence, so she can't be sure she's seen anything.

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* {{Gaslighting}}: Cole Source!Cole does it to Paige, along with having a demon possess her with a demonic power and with a side effect is of temporary insanity. He uses demon powers around her, and erases the evidence, so she can't be sure she's seen anything.



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%% * GreenLanternRingGreenLanternRing: More like a ''Pink'' Lantern Ring, but Cupids' love ring functions as this.



* {{Hypocrite}}s: The sisters, especially Phoebe, towards Cole. She and her sisters turn evil because of some magical factor or some manipulation of their powers, it's just a Halliwell thing. The love of her life turns evil because of some magical factor or some manipulation of his powers, she's contemplating his murder. Seen at least twice.
** And then there's the thing about whether powers can be inherently good or evil or not. One second the sisters are reassuring a young boy whose power is basically being groomed to be used for the Source that powers have no inherent morality and it's just what you do with them. The next they're mistrusting Cole for his demonic half, and after his possession by the Source, which truly burned Cole more than anyone else, they're downright detesting and fearing Cole, to the point Phoebe pretty much desensitizes herself to him, for the simple fact of his having demonic powers. This only serves to expedite his SanitySlippage, to the point some fans see his character as little else but Phoebe's {{Yandere}} and some others decided in disgust that the show had [[JumpingTheShark jumped the shark]].
*** In 'The Witch is Back' Melinda Warren explicitly states that the power of 'blinking' (basically teleportation) that the bad guy of the episode has, was stolen from another witch. Then, in 'Bride and Gloom', Piper claims that blinking is [[RetCon something only the evil guys do]]. Warlocks are outright stated to be known for stealing witches' powers, so if anything, there should be no such thing as evil powers at all, only good powers that were stolen.

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The sisters, especially Phoebe, towards Cole. Cole.
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She and her sisters turn evil because of some magical factor or some manipulation of their powers, it's just a Halliwell thing. The love of her life turns evil because of some magical factor or some manipulation of his powers, she's contemplating his murder. Seen at least twice.
** *** You know how Prue was quick to speculate that Cole was playing Phoebe into a trap after finding out he was Belthazor and never really trusted him since? [[IdiotBall Turns out she was the one who felt Phoebe and Cole's love for each other and convinced Phoebe to get with him about a month earlier]] [[BlessedWithSuck while she was cursed with]] [[MySkullRunnethOver a massive dose of]] [[TheEmpath empathy]].
*** In "Wrestling with Demons", Prue finds out Cole is still alive. She constantly criticizes Phoebe for lying to her and for supposedly risking them all, as well as refuses to listen that the half-human demon could have any good in him. However, in the earlier "When Bad Warlocks Go Good," Prue risked everything to help a half-human Warlock because she sensed good in him. Not to mention how this is the episode where Prue is actively trying to save an '''ex'''-boyfriend (who [[OneShotCharacter never appears in the series again]]) from a [[DealWithTheDevil contract with a demonic trainer]] while he's only one kill away from becoming a full demon. Unlike the other examples here, Prue is called on this hypocrisy by Phoebe (obviously well-before her own hypocrisy became evident), and the final scene of the same episode hints that Prue was more angry by Phoebe's lying about vanquishing Cole than the non-vanquish itself, so she still has a leg to stand on.
*** Throughout Season 5, the sisters blamed Cole for becoming the Source. This despite the fact that he was corrupted by a power he couldn't handle, in the process of saving their lives from the previous Source, was fighting to regain himself the entire time, suffered more than anyone else and ultimately died from the entire ordeal, and would have given up the Source's powers if Phoebe hadn't vanquished the wizard who was going to receive the Source's powers, all specifically to force Cole into staying the Source. Predictably, Phoebe never bothered to acknowledge that she was the one who forced Cole to stay the Source.
*** In the second episode of Season 5, Cole decided to pack up and leave after Phoebe rejected him. However, Paige would browbeat him into staying to help save Phoebe by casting a spell that forced him to feel Phoebe's love for him, which ended up convincing him to stay for good. In both Seasons 4 and 5, Paige is even more vehemently against Cole than Prue ever was and repeatedly tries to vanquish him or help Phoebe vanquish him, despite that he was going to leave peacefully before she cast that spell.
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And then there's the thing about whether powers can be inherently good or evil or not. One second the sisters are reassuring a young boy whose power is basically being groomed to be used for the Source that powers have no inherent morality and it's just what you do with them. The next they're mistrusting Cole for his demonic half, and after his possession corruption by the Source, Source's power, which truly burned Cole more than anyone else, they're downright detesting and fearing Cole, to the point Phoebe pretty much desensitizes herself to him, for the simple fact of his having demonic powers. This only serves to expedite his SanitySlippage, to the point some fans see his character as little else but Phoebe's {{Yandere}} and some others decided in disgust that the show had [[JumpingTheShark jumped the shark]].
*** Particularly egregious is in the beginning of "Centennial Charmed". On the eve of Cole's 118th birthday, he entered his penthouse, sadly looking into a mirror and telling himself happy birthday because there's no one else that's gonna tell it to him. Only to be paid a visit by ''Paige'' sneaking into his home from behind while invisible, jumping into his body, and trying to kill him. That scream of agony after he booted her out of his house did not come from nowhere. To make things worse, she ''practiced this on '''Leo''' first!'' And despite Leo reconstituting after being blown up and outright telling her it's not gonna work on Cole, ''she insisted she was right and did it anyway!'' Isn't Cole supposed to be the cartoon villain here?
*** Of course, Leo became a hypocrite himself in season 8 when it turned out that he'd captured two Noxon demons who were made unvanquishable through Underworld science and had then imprisoned to be used for target practice by students in Magic School.
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In 'The Witch is Back' Melinda Warren explicitly states that the power of 'blinking' (basically instant teleportation) that the bad guy of the episode has, was stolen from another witch. Then, in 'Bride and Gloom', Piper claims that blinking is [[RetCon something only the evil guys do]]. Warlocks are outright stated to be known for stealing witches' powers, so if anything, there should be no such thing as evil powers at all, only good just powers that were stolen.stolen or misappropriated for evil.



** You know how Prue was quick to speculate that Cole was playing Phoebe into a trap after finding out he was Belthazor and never really trusted him since? [[IdiotBall Turns out she was the one who felt Phoebe and Cole's love for each other and convinced Phoebe to get with him about a month earlier]] [[BlessedWithSuck while she was cursed with]] [[MySkullRunnethOver a massive dose of]] [[TheEmpath empathy]].
** In "Wrestling with Demons," Prue finds out Cole is still alive. She constantly criticizes Phoebe for lying to her and for supposedly risking them all, as well as refuses to listen that the half-human demon could have any good in him. However, in the earlier "When Bad Warlocks Go Good," Prue risked everything to help a half-human Warlock because she sensed good in him. Not to mention how this is the episode where Prue is actively trying to save an '''ex'''-boyfriend (who [[OneShotCharacter never appears in the series again]]) from a [[DealWithTheDevil contract with a demonic trainer]] while he's only one kill away from becoming a full demon. Unlike the other examples here, Prue is called on this hypocrisy by Phoebe (obviously well-before her own hypocrisy became evident).
*** Although it's later hinted in the final scene of the same episode that Prue was more angry by Phoebe's lying about vanquishing Cole than the non-vanquish itself.
** Throughout Season 5, the sisters blamed Cole for becoming the Source. This despite the fact that he was possessed against his will, in the process of saving their lives from the previous Source, was fighting against the possession the entire time, suffered more than anyone else and ultimately died from the entire ordeal, and would have given up the Source's powers if Phoebe hadn't vanquished the wizard who was going to receive the Source's powers, all specifically to force Cole into staying the Source. Predictably, Phoebe never bothered to acknowledge that she was the one who forced Cole to stay the Source.
** In the second episode of Season 5, Cole decided to pack up and leave after Phoebe rejected him. However, Paige browbeated him into staying to help save Phoebe by casting a spell that forced him to feel Phoebe's love for him, which ended up convincing him to stay for good. In both Seasons 4 and 5, Paige is even more vehemently against Cole than Prue ever was and repeatedly tries to vanquish him or help Phoebe vanquish him, despite that he was going to leave peacefully before she cast that spell.
*** Particularly egregious is in the beginning of ''Centennial Charmed''. On the eve of Cole's 118th birthday, he entered his penthouse, sadly looking into a mirror and telling himself happy birthday because there's no one else that's gonna tell it to him. Only to be paid a visit by ''Paige'' sneaking into his home from behind while invisible, jumping into his body, and trying to kill him. That scream of agony after he booted her out of his house did not come from nowhere. To make things worse, she ''practiced this on '''Leo''' first!'' And despite Leo reconstituting after being blown up and outright telling her it's not gonna work on Cole, ''she insisted she was right and did it anyway!'' Isn't Cole supposed to be the cartoonishly evil one here?
*** Of course, Leo became a hypocrite himself in season 8 when it turned out that he'd captured two Noxon demons who were made unvanquishable through Underworld science and had then imprisoned to be used for target practice by students in Magic School.



*** Additionally, remember the example from "Sam I Am." Phoebe condemned Cole for killing those two criminals in the bar, who threatened to rob it and then shot up the place. Phoebe certainly didn't think he was in the right. She went as far to threaten to vanquish Cole over that - which makes this ''later'' event more suspicious.

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*** Additionally, remember the example from "Sam I Am." Am". Phoebe condemned Cole for killing those two criminals in the bar, who threatened to rob it and then shot up the place. Phoebe certainly didn't think he was in the right. She went as far to threaten to vanquish Cole over that - which makes this ''later'' event more suspicious.



*** Before she set up her mortal ex-high school boyfriend to be killed by demons, she turned a rival columnist into a pig. Unintentional {{Foreshadowing}}?

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*** Before she set up her mortal ex-high school boyfriend friend to be killed by demons, she turned a rival columnist into a pig. Unintentional {{Foreshadowing}}?



** In "Soul Survivor", Paige decides that individuals who have decided to sell their souls for wealth and power, will full knowledge that this will come at the expense of causing misery and suffering to others, are ''still'' considered Innocent. This is despite this making the "victims", actually very little from the ''villain'' of the episode, who trades these ill-gotten souls to increase his own wealth and power!
* HypocriticalHumour: In "Trial By Magic" Piper gets squeamish when she and Leo see a rat. Later on Piper mocks Paige for being scared of a group of rats - and then immediately screams as well when she sees them devouring another rat.

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** In "Soul Survivor", Paige decides that individuals who have decided to sell their souls for wealth and power, will full knowledge that this will come at the expense of causing misery and suffering to others, are ''still'' considered Innocent.innocent. This is despite this making the "victims", actually very little from the ''villain'' of the episode, who trades these ill-gotten souls to increase his own wealth and power!
* HypocriticalHumour: In "Trial By by Magic" Piper gets squeamish when she and Leo see a rat. Later on Piper mocks Paige for being scared of a group of rats - and then immediately screams as well when she sees them devouring another rat.



* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: The name of almost every episode worked on more than one level -- each often included a {{pun}} which was at least peripherally relevant to the plot point/MonsterOfTheWeek, unless the name of one of the sisters was somehow worked into the title. At the same time, most names were ''also'' puns which played off of a ShoutOut to another famous title or work. While just about anything was fair game, the most common contenders were works of literature, rival TV shows, classic films, and well-known songs, often oldies.

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* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: The name of almost every episode was a {{pun}} that worked on more than one level -- each often included a {{pun}} which was at least level; both peripherally relevant to the plot point/MonsterOfTheWeek, unless the name of one of the sisters was somehow worked into the title. At the same time, point, MonsterOfTheWeek, or most names were ''also'' puns which played important sister in the episode, as well as playing off of a ShoutOut to another famous title or work. While just about anything was fair game, the most common contenders were works of work, usually literature, rival TV shows, TV, classic films, and film, or well-known songs, often oldies.



** In season four, everyone seems to be holding to their personalised idiot ball. Paige jumps between using her powers very smartly, and very stupidly. The Source makes a big show of not trusting the Seer, tells her "the next time she betrays him will be her last" and then does nothing when she tells him to his face she will do the exact thing he forbade. Leo made a big show of "watching over" Paige when she lived away, but does no such thing for Phoebe in the penthouse. Piper [[ForgotAboutHisPowers repeatedly doesn't use her freezing power]] when it would be extremely tactically advantageous, even though she still uses the power for very trivial things, with the crowning example being "Off to See the Wizard" where she does ''not'' freeze the wizard, allowing him to steal the book, even though she froze him just a while ago simply because he got on her nerves.
** The Vampire Queen in "Bite Me" deserves a special mention. Paige was bitten by a vampire. It was established that in order to be fully converted to a vampire a person must get their first taste of blood. Before that point, if the Vampire Queen is killed the person will be turned back to normal. After that point, if the Vampire Queen is killed the person will be killed along with her. In other words, before Paige had tasted blood the other Charmed Ones had every reason to kill the Vampire Queen. Once she'd tasted blood, it would be virtually guaranteed they wouldn't kill her so they could save their sister. So instead of simply giving Paige a little taste of blood as soon as she's bitten, the Vampire Queen decides that her sisters should be her first taste of blood (thereby giving the sisters a reason to kill the queen and allowing them a window to rescue Paige).

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** In season four, everyone seems to be holding to their personalised personalized idiot ball. Paige jumps between using her powers very smartly, and very stupidly. The Source makes a big show of not trusting the Seer, tells her "the next time she betrays him will be her last" and then does nothing when she tells him to his face she will do the exact thing he forbade. Leo made a big show of "watching over" Paige when she lived away, but does no such thing for Phoebe in the penthouse. penthouse even before Cole starts shuttering everything, and the possibility isn't even mentioned. Piper [[ForgotAboutHisPowers repeatedly doesn't use her freezing power]] when it would be extremely tactically advantageous, even though she still uses the power for very trivial things, with the crowning example being "Off "We're Off to See the Wizard" where she does ''not'' freeze the wizard, allowing him to steal the book, even though she froze him just a while ago simply because he got on her nerves.
** The Vampire Queen in "Bite Me" deserves a special mention. Paige was bitten by a vampire. It was established that in order to be fully converted to a vampire a person must get their first taste of blood. Before that point, if the Vampire Queen is killed the person will be turned back to normal. After that point, if the Vampire Queen is killed the person will be killed along with her. In other words, before Paige had tasted blood the other Charmed Ones had every reason to kill the Vampire Queen. Once she'd tasted blood, it would be virtually guaranteed they wouldn't kill her so they could save their sister. So instead of simply giving Paige a little taste of blood as soon as she's bitten, bitten and ''then'' sending her after her sisters with a huge mental advantage, the Vampire Queen decides that her sisters should be her first taste of blood (thereby blood, thereby giving the sisters a reason to kill the queen and allowing them a window to rescue Paige).Paige.



* ImmuneToBullets: Most demons are immune to firearms. At best, they may incapacitate (however briefly) "small fries" like Wendigos, Grimlocks, or Succubi.

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Most demons are immune to firearms. At best, they may incapacitate (however briefly) "small fries" like Wendigos, Grimlocks, or Succubi.
27th Oct '17 9:14:22 PM SomeoneElse17
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** The buisnessman and Piper when possessed by Terra. This could also apply to other possessions in the series [[AmbiguousSituation (maybe.)]]

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** The buisnessman and Piper when possessed by Terra. This could also apply to other possessions in the series [[AmbiguousSituation (maybe.)]](maybe)]].



* ConflictBall: In Season 5, the sisters (especially Phoebe) were distrustful of Cole and constantly expressed as much. It didn't matter that Cole was constantly trying to do good, either. The stated reason was because of Cole's turn as the Source of All Evil, but these episodes overlooked that Cole didn't choose to be the Source at all. (Instead, he had been possessed by the old Source and overtaken.) The sisters themselves were even told as much by the wizard ("He didn't die. He was reborn into a new sorry ass.") and Cole's new personal assistant/failed seductress ("You've ruined him. Made him pathetic, weak, good.") near the end of Season 4. Their distrust was rooted in a severe case of NegativeContinuity.

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* ConflictBall: In Season 5, the sisters (especially Phoebe) were distrustful of Cole and constantly expressed as much. It didn't matter that Cole was constantly trying to do good, either. The stated reason was because of Cole's turn as the Source of All Evil, but these episodes overlooked that Cole didn't choose to be the Source at all. (Instead, he had been possessed driven mad by the old power of the Source and overtaken.overtaken with it.) The sisters themselves were even told as much by the wizard ("He didn't die. He was reborn into a new sorry ass.") and Cole's new personal assistant/failed seductress ("You've ruined him. Made him pathetic, weak, good.") near the end of Season 4. Their distrust was rooted in a severe case of NegativeContinuity.



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%%* DemonicPossession* DemonicPossession: With demons becoming the main enemies on this show, there were bound to be plenty of examples. Isis, Frankie and Lulu, Imara, Zile and Dantalian, and of course The Source itself has gotten in on the action. Heck, the Source alone has pulled off this trope on Paige's boyfriend Shane, engaged in TheCorruption after its power got into Cole, and another demon used possession to obtain a guise to lure Wyatt into a plot to revive him.
8th Oct '17 11:34:59 PM BoukenDutch
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* TrackingSpell: Scrying, a magical tracking technique that all witches are capable off. A witch has to hold a crystal pendant over a map of the area in which the person or object she hopes to find is presumably located, and move it around untill the pendant eventually pinpoints the exact location of the object or person by pulling down on to a spot on the map.
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* VillainHasAPoint: Christy [[spoiler: sways Billie to her side]] by claiming the Charmed Ones are using her to do their dirty work for them, and that they're selfish and haven't consistently helped innocents in quite some time. Not only is this not wholly inaccurate, but the heroines themselves even briefly begin to wonder if they're selfish.
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* ArabianNightsDays: The episode "I Dream of Phoebe" - genie in a bottle? Check. Flying carpets? Check. Men with scimitars? Check. Magical desert city? Check.
28th Jun '17 9:35:38 PM PaulA
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** Eighth season episode "Mr. & Mrs. Witch" is, obviously, a sendup of ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith'', but with Billie and Christy's parents as the assassins.

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** Eighth season episode "Mr. & Mrs. Witch" is, obviously, is a sendup of ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith'', ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith2005'', but with Billie and Christy's parents as the assassins.
23rd May '17 4:56:42 PM silverman2020
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**The buisnessman and Piper when possessed by Terra. This could also apply to other possessions in the series [[AmbiguousSituation (maybe.)]]
10th May '17 7:43:38 PM timotaka
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* InformedAbility: Phoebe gets hired long-term to write the relationship advice column at a newspaper after a stint at ghostwriting it earlier because everybody thought she was so great at it, and gushing over her column continues afterwards. The examples that are shown of her advice is actually quite trite. She also guest hosts a talkshow once, and again people are saying she was amazing, while her shown behaviour in the studio was shockingly amateurish.
8th May '17 8:18:56 AM CosmicFerret
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''Charmed'' can be divided into two sets of seasons. Seasons 1-3 are the 'Prue Years' featuring Shannen Doherty as the eldest Halliwell sister Prue. Doherty left the show after that season and Creator/RoseMcGowan was cast as sister Paige for seasons 4-8.

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''Charmed'' can be divided into two sets of seasons. Seasons 1-3 are the 'Prue Years' featuring Shannen Doherty Creator/ShannenDoherty as the eldest Halliwell sister Prue. Doherty left the show after that season and Creator/RoseMcGowan was cast as sister Paige for seasons 4-8.



** The Cleaners are this, as well. Shannen Doherty may have wanted off the show, but still doesn't explain their only showing up NOW.

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** The Cleaners are this, as well. Shannen Doherty Creator/ShannenDoherty may have wanted off the show, but still doesn't explain their only showing up NOW.



* TakeThat: In season 3, they seemed to be throwing these toward Shannen Doherty as Prue is PutOnABusToHell. In "Sin Francisco", she was possessed by the Deadly Sin of Pride, turning her into a raging egomaniac. "Look Who's Barking" turns her into a literal female dog, and she also was responsible for destroying Piper's wedding in "Just Harried." It seemed like everybody was grateful to see her leave.

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* TakeThat: In season 3, they seemed to be throwing these toward Shannen Doherty Creator/ShannenDoherty as Prue is PutOnABusToHell. In "Sin Francisco", she was possessed by the Deadly Sin of Pride, turning her into a raging egomaniac. "Look Who's Barking" turns her into a literal female dog, and she also was responsible for destroying Piper's wedding in "Just Harried." It seemed like everybody was grateful to see her leave.
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