Monday, January 15, 2018


Situation: Every time I try to bake something, things go wrong. What do I do?

Ghoul Asked for Advice: Prue, Piper, Phoebe Halliwell

Movie Used: Charmed ("Is There a Woogy in the House?"  season 1 episode 15)

plot: After an earthquake, the sisters discover a strange smell coming from the basement. Because of Phoebe's fear from childhood about the basement, Prue and Piper tease her. But, when she becomes possessed by something in the house, they have no other choice but to turn to Prue's boss, who is a historian and knows more about their house than they do.

Quotes: "Just because I protect the innocent, doesn't mean I have to be innocent all the time." -Phoebe

"It was scary and it was real." - Phoebe

"I'm making Coq au Vin and I need that bottle more than you." -Piper to a rival in the store

"Don't worry, I can handle it all myself. It's me the culinary pachyderm." - Piper talking to herself after everyone abandons her

"Try cooking a feast when your own kitchen is attacking you." -Piper to Prue after the blender doesn't work.

"Sabotage. I'm being sabotaged." -Piper

"I don't know what it is but it's like the house is possessed." -Piper after yet another kitchen accident.

"I don't know, but I can't cook this mean in this kitchen." -Piper to Prue as the dinner guests arrive.

"Dinner has been changed. We're having it somewhere else." -Prue to the guests

"Our house has turned against us." -Prue to Piper after spending the night on the lawn.

Favourite Scene: When Piper is freaking out in the kitchen after everything has broken down.

Using the Quotes: "Try cooking a feast when your own kitchen is attacking you."   and "Our house has turned against us."

My Interpretation: Things are suddenly going horribly wrong, and it feels like a really bad supernatural joke. There most likely is a logical reason for the sudden craziness, but anything is possible.

This is the first time in the series where we're introduced to the idea of the Hollow/Nexus. Which becomes a major sub-plot in the rest of the series. This is also the first time we see them write in the book of shadows.
There isn't really a lesson here unfortunately. This was one of those episodes created just to get a lot of  "a character's back history" into play for future episodes. In this case, the history of the house itself. 

I have to admit, I rarely sit down to watch the earlier episodes, as I find season one extremely cheesy. I think the show really didn't become interesting until the fifth season.

I picked this episode today, because I actually have been having some crazy kitchen issues. After asking everyone I know for their advice; I decided to break down and use my own situation for the gimmick. Sad to say, not even the cheesy comedy of Charmed made me feel any better. Or help in any real way.

Come back next Monday, see what kind of situation I've gotten myself into and whom I turned to for advice.

289 Days till Hallowe'en

Monday, January 8, 2018


Situation: I've been told I'm too old to believe in things like the Easter Bunny, fairies and nice people. What should I do about it?

Ghouls Asked for Advice: Morticia and Wednesday Addams

Movie Used: Addams Family  "Hallowe'en Addams Style" (season 2 episode 7; series episode 41 original air date 10/29/65)

plot: While the Addams are spending Hallowe'en playing games, Wednesday is upset because the neighbour's told her there is no such thing as witches. To help easy her mind, Morticia decides to hold a seance to prove there are, by contacting their dead aunt. Only, when Ma-Ma finds out, she gets Lurch to pretend to be their dead aunt in order to help. This only makes things worse, as now everyone is waiting up for Aunt Singe's late night visit. When another neighbour comes knocking on their door in costume, they mistake her for their dead aunt.

Quotes: "First one to get an apple in his mouth wins the Hallowe'en prize."  -Morticia to both Gomez and Uncle Fester

"No no dear. They want little goodies." -Morticia explaining to Gomez how trick or treating works.

"Ma-Ma. How's the porcupine taffy coming?" -Morticia

"I didn't scare anyone." -Wednesday in tears referring to her costume of a princess.

"What a terrible thing to tell a child." -Morticia after hearing what the neighbour said about witches not being real.

"I better go up to bed. If you can't believe in witches, what can you believe in?"  -Wednesday

"Uncle Fester, you do not make friends by whipping people." -Morticia

"Of course there are darling. Remember our great great great aunt Singe. She was burned at Salem." -Morticia to Gomez when he needs to be reassured witches are real.

"If we could only get one witch to sit down and explain thing to her."-Morticia

"Maybe their telephone numbers are unlisted?" -Morticia to Gomez and Fester when looking in the phone book under W.

"What right thinking witch would turn down a child on Hallowe'en?" - Morticia

"She maybe cinders but she's a lady." - Morticia not realizing it's actually Lurch answering her during the seance.

"But I'd rather have a spider." -Wednesday after Gomez gives her a pet horse.

"Whatever she told you about the holiday rush is quite true. She flew right out the window." -Morticia after mistaking the neighbour for their aunt.

Favourite Scene: When Lurch replies to Morticia after she rings the bell, and he's still talking in a high pitched voice, only Morticia doesn't seem to notice.

Using the Quotes: "No no they want little goodies."  and "Whatever she told you about the holiday rush is quite true. She flew right out the window."

My Interpretation: Everyone is entitled to their own belief.  There is a reason holidays are considered magickal. Centuries of people's excitement for them has added to the weight of the magick. And, there is nothing wrong with believing in the mystical.

This episode is a bit of a downer actually. What is suppose to be macabre and outrageous, doesn't feel like that now. It's one story that didn't really hold up over time.
The only real thing you can pull away from this episode, is that the neighbour had no business telling a little kid what they hold dear is not real. That was actually cruel.

Alrighty then. That's what I'm talking about (I feel better)

Come back next Monday and see what kind of situation I've gotten myself into and whom I turned to for advice.

296 Days till Hallowe'en

Monday, January 1, 2018


Spudguns! It's a new year, and even though I managed to miss last week's segment, I'm back with another round of What Would The Ghouls Do?

Situation: There's this guy I've got a crush on but I'm shy. What do I do to let him know I like him?

Ghouls Asked for Advice: Paige, Piper and Phoebe Halliwell

Movie Used: Charmed season 5 ("Sense and Sense-ability" episode 20 of season, ep 108 of series)

plot: When the Crone decides she needs to get closer to Wyatt in order to gain information, she curses the sisters causing them to lose their senses. Paige can not speak, Piper can not see and Phoebe can not hear. They end up having to work together as one, and face their personal insecurities in order to get overcome it.

Quotes: "How do you like that, kinda like magick"  -Piper to Paige's boyfriend.

"Yeah, now he smiles."- Piper

"Better than okay, I'm going to have a love life." -Paige

"So that lovers will be stunned by you?" -Piper

"You're in love with a Kazi demon?" -Phoebe

"I'm making a stun potion so that I can maybe have a date that doesn't end in Nate you've got to leave I have to clean some demon guts off the ceiling." -Paige

"Nate, much cuter than a Kazi demon." -Phoebe

"Kinda sad when a mime is making fun of your phone usage." -Paige to Phoebe

"I blame your very handsome but very pushy boyfriend." -Piper to Phoebe

"I look forward to hearing your thoughts"- Phoebe

"Now I'm blushing and my lipstick won't match my cheeks." -Paige

"Excuse me, this is either someone's sick sick joke, or someone's working on a massive evil plan." -Phoebe

"It's strange, when it mattered most we could almost read each other's minds." -Piper to Leo

Favourite Scene: When Paige is creating the potion and the others are trying to figure out what it's got to do with her dating.

Using the Quotes: "Now I'm blushing and my lipstick won't match my cheeks."  and  "I look forward to hearing your thoughts."

My Interpretation: When in doubt, body language. Granted some people are way better at it than others, but it's true that 90% of communication is done by how we act or don't act as the case maybe. Your gut reaction to the way someone looks at you, or looks away from you, or even shuffles in their steps is always your best indication of how they feel about you.

This episode is all about communication. The beginning of the episode we see Phoebe constantly on the telephone, ignoring those around her, while Paige is trying to connect to her new boyfriend by letting him in on a big fear she has. Meanwhile, Piper is feeling insecure because everyone  else in the family has managed to decode Wyatt's cries when she herself can't. Plus, the whole reason the Crone puts her curse into motion is because she's had a vision about Wyatt's future. Instead of just reaching out to Piper and telling her what she needs, she sneaks around behind Piper's back. This episode takes a comical approach to the fact so many of us only deal with the surface of the issue because we are afraid to trust our own instincts.
There is actually a scene where Phoebe and Paige are trying to get information out of the Kazi demon, and Paige keeps pointing to a note. It's only after a few painful attacks on the demon that Phoebe realizes the demon can not read. They then change their communication style, getting the information they need.
While Phoebe's and Paige's situation centers around listening, Piper's and the Crone's centers around seeing.
There's also a little nod in this episode towards Phoebe's future power of becoming an empath and not being able to control the fact she can hear/feel other's thoughts/desires.

Alrighty, that's what I'm talking about (I feel better)

Come back next Monday and see what kind of situation I've gotten myself into and whom I've turned to for advice.

303 Days till Hallowe'en

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