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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Phoebe Halliwell
... Paige Matthews
... Piper Halliwell
... Leo Wyatt
... Sandman
... Elise Rothman
... Tracer Demon
... Ryder
... Axel
... Wendy
Clarissa Romano ... Becca
... Herself
... Clown
... Sienna
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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Drama | Fantasy | Mystery


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9 February 2003 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Near the end of the episode, while in P3, Piper says that Beth Orton is playing in the club tonight. However, this mismatches her lips, which say "tomorrow", not "tonight". 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 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) See more »


How Soon Is Now?
Written by Johnny Marr and Morrissey
Performed by The Smiths
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Nighmares at the manor
27 June 2008 | by 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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