Charmed (1998–2006)
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Sand Francisco Dreamin' 

After a demon kills the sandman and uses his sleep dust to cause the Charmed Ones' nightmares to come to life, the sisters must each face their own nightmares asleep and alone. Piper is ... See full summary »

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After a demon kills the sandman and uses his sleep dust to cause the Charmed Ones' nightmares to come to life, the sisters must each face their own nightmares asleep and alone. Piper is imaging a dream lover, Phoebe is being chased by a maniac with a chainsaw and Paige is being tormented by clown from her own childhood. Written by laird-3

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Drama | Fantasy | Mystery

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This is the first episode to show a demon smoking. Cole was the only other demon shown to do this, but he was also half human. See more »

Goofs

Phoebe is talking to Leo and the Sandman in the attic. Behind her you can see tall buildings as if the house was placed in a downtown area, even though the show has established its location in a different neighborhood and has shown the house across the street in several episodes. See more »

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Tracer Demon: [upon seeing that Phoebe wounded herself when she wounded the killer from her dream] Man, would Freud have a field day with this or what?
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References Friday the 13th Part III (1982) See more »

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Thinking About Tomorrow
Written and performed by Beth Orton
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Nighmares at the manor
27 June 2008 | by (France) – See all my reviews

An entertaining episode, but one that feels like "been there, done that". The sandman legend was too good to pass, I guess, but the defeat-your-worst-fear plot is overdone by now, and the fact that the characters keep alluding to 1.13 From Fear to Eternity doesn't help.

The good thing is that this episode is well-done. Everybody's fears are interesting, sometimes puzzling but always coherent, and contribute to characterization. The demon is right, Freud would have a field day. In particular, Paige's nightmare is very cleverly thought up and explained. Piper's offers a bit of comic relief, although she gets off the hook a bit easily, and Leo is a darling for not objecting more than that. Finally, Phoebe's nightmare is absolutely spot on. At first it seems to be less interesting than the others, just another nightmare about being killed in a hideous way. The killer's mask raises some interesting questions, but Phoebe herself offers a very plausible explanation, so that the final revelation about the killer's identity comes as a good surprise. It isn't that original, but it is in continuity with recent events, and shows that Phoebe's apparent recovery from the traumatizing last year is itself a kind of mask.


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