Charmed (1998–2006)
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Sand Francisco Dreamin' 

A demon attacks The Charmed Ones with dream dust, causing their nightmares to come to life.


John T. Kretchmer (as John Kretchmer)


Constance M. Burge (created by), Monica Owusu-Breen (as Monica Breen) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alyssa Milano ... Phoebe Halliwell
Rose McGowan ... Paige Matthews
Holly Marie Combs ... Piper Halliwell
Brian Krause ... Leo Wyatt
Henry Gibson ... Sandman
Rebecca Balding ... Elise Rothman
Darin Heames ... Tracer Demon
Austin Peck ... Ryder
Tim Kelleher ... Axel
Allison Munn ... Wendy
Clarissa Romano Clarissa Romano ... Becca
Beth Orton ... Self
Troy Blendell ... Clown
Shauna Sand ... Sienna
Shari Shaw Shari Shaw ... Soccer Mom


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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Holly Marie Combs starred in Dr. Giggles (1992) with Darin Heames in the supporting cast. He guest stars during this episode as the Tracer Demon. See more »


When the tracer demon infects Piper and Paige with dream sand, he zaps Leo through a door that is supposed to lead to the basement. Leo, however, ends up in a closet. See more »


Paige Matthews: [She's talking with Phoebe by cell phone, about why San Francisco is upset] Besides, everybody in San Francisco is too odd, that's why we fit in so well!
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References Mr. Mom (1983) See more »


Thinking About Tomorrow
Written and performed by Beth Orton
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Nighmares at the manor
27 June 2008 | by owlaurenceSee 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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9 February 2003 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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