Charmed: Season 5, Episode 7

Sympathy for the Demon (3 Nov. 2002)

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Barbas, the Demon of Fear, returns stealing Cole's powers and again battles the Charmed Ones using their darkest fears against them.



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Barbas, the upper level Demon of Fear who is in purgatory, manages with measly Stimple to use projection in order to steal magical powers, starting with Cole, then Paige who never before faced him. Once back in life, his powers soon suffice to make his bid for the throne as Source, but he rather vanquishes any demon who stands between him and revenge on the Charmed sisters: the champions of good will need to face their worst fears, which his demonic gift makes them experience coming true... Written by KGF Vissers

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The episode title is a reference to the Rolling Stones song "Sympathy for the Devil". See more »


The house has all of the windows covered with brick at one point. There is also brick seen all along the stairs, at the 29:55 mark, however there are no windows on the stairs. See more »


Paige Matthews: Prue was this awesome witch with a full-time job, and I quit my job to be a full-time witch, and I still haven't reached her level yet, which makes me feel incredibly frustrated and lame.
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The One Where Cole Is Going Crazy...
8 March 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I really like this episode. I used to not like Cole, but the first time I watched this season, my opinions of him began to change. And this episode just put him over the top, from most hated person on the show (to me), to a pretty good character (to me). Obviously everyone has different opinions on everything, but I really do wish that Cole had stuck around a little bit longer. Oh well. Nothing can last forever. Except The Simpsons, that seems like that will last forever, in a good way.

In this episode, Cole is slowly going crazy, having visions of hurting people, when he really doesn't want to. Paige gives him a potion to strip his powers away and it works. Until they discover that Barbas was the one giving him those nasty visions, and he takes Cole's powers for himself. He traps the sisters in the manor, whilst turning their worst fears into reality, which ends up with Phoebe killing Paige. The sisters snap out it, and Leo heals Paige. In the end, Barbas thinks he's going to win, but he doesn't. The sisters strip his powers and Cole, reluctantly, takes them back. And then they kill Barbas. But trust me, he'll be back eventually. He always comes back. Until he actually dies and doesn't come back.

Overall, I give this episode a 10 out of 10.

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