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Book of Shadows > Season 8  
Title: 8x14 Twelve angry Zen  
Creatures: Many years ago, Buddha set up the eternal cycle and each year his sacred staff would be passed to one of the 12 Zodiacs. The Zodiac who holds the staff would spread his will over the world for the full year, which provided a balance to all things.
If demons get the staff, they would use it to spread evil. Each year the dark monks try to obtain.
The only time that a demon could take the staff is in the 12 hour window when the Zodiacs gather to pass the staff.

The strongest of the Zodiacs are the warrior signs
(Dog, Rooster, Rat etc.)
. Rooster and Dog are killed in this episode.


Eternity sign

Eternity sign



Lo PanLo Pan, mortal
Zodiacs' major domo
For many years Lo Pan's family was responsible to provide a safe haven for the Zodiacs and the staff.
Lo Pan is promoted to Zodiac at the end of this episode.

NovakNovak, demon
Novak and his henchdemons (dark monks) go up against the "Zodiacs" every year in an attempt
to gain control of the ivory serpent, and every year, Novak's failed, despite conserving all of his energy for the battle by entombing himself in that sarcophagus.
The battle always takes place right before the staff's "hand-off," which occurs on Chinese New Year's, when the current year's expiring sign passes the serpent to the next sign in the cycle.
Vanquished by the Charmed Ones who overload him and the dark monks with good.

MagnusMagnus, dark monk



Potions/Rituals: mentioned: payatha root  
Spells: -  
BoS image: -  
Background info: Chinese astrology
Summary: One Year Ago

Chinese monks are deflecting the yearly attack of a group of demons lead by Novak trying to get hold of a holy stamp. Novak and the others leave, warning they only have to be lucky once.

Present Day

Phoebe is moving out and Piper is unhappy with her father taking the kids to Marine World.
Piper is scrying for who they're up against and wants Phoebe and Paige to leave her to it. As they leave the attic, a Chinese symbol appears out of nowhere in the scyring pot.

Billie pays a visit to Phoebe who tries to get her out and sends her to help Piper with her divining. As soon as she's gone, Paige orbs in then pops out to knock on Phoebe's insistence. She wants advice on how to handle Henry after her revelation to him that she's a witch. As soon as she leaves, the doorbell rings and it's Phoebe's handsome male neighbor RSVPing.

The demons at Magic School bring out Novak from a coffin for his yearly attempt on the monks - he conserves his strength the rest of the time. The demons bring him up to speed on what's happened since the last year and reveal they're tracking a servant who knows where the handoff of the staff occurs.

Billie helps Phoebe in the Manor attic and reveals the Chinese symbol again. They track it to a laundry store in Chinatown and ask the owner about the symbol. He cautiously probes them about the Chinese zodiac and reveals he called them. They hear noises and go through a magic portal to the secret garden, where a single monk with the staff is overwhelmed by Novak and his demons. Billie telekinetically grabs it and Piper drives the demons off. The
owner reveals the monk was "the Zodiac" and the Charmed Ones must now protect the staff.

The owner explains the staff must be passed to the new Zodiac at midnight and he's in charge of finding the location to make the exchange. He further reveals that the cycle must not be broken and wants them to protect the staff until it is passed on, and warns they must be clear of mind or their Zodiac-personality will influence others. The man knows about Billie's background and suggests she may find answers to her problem with her sister. Piper reluctantly takes the staff while Novak tells the other demons they can still get the staff.
Novak figures the Zodiac Monks will come out of hiding to get the staff and they can track them to the staff.

Paige meets with Henry and tries to explain things on his terms - he's still not sure why they don't use their powers to help out the suffering in his world. Piper shows up and the staff influences Paige - she's not interested in helping Piper and starts obsessing about Henry. At the hidden garden, Billie is going over the files and the store owner, Lo Pan, talks about the power she can't use yet - her power of projection. He helps her to focus her power and
project a small tree into becoming what she wants it to be. She succeeds and he advises she can use her power to see her sister.

At the Manor, the Zodiac Monks arrive and demand that Piper give them the staff. They attack and she defends herself then threatens to destroy it if they don't back off. Their leader agrees to talk. At the garden, Billie focuses to direct her emotions, which drive her projection power. She lets her power take her to where she needs to go - some kind of cell covered in Chinese mystic symbols, and containing a frightened young girl.

Piper talks to the monks, who are not too impressed with Lo Pan. However, they can't take the staff until midnight and the new year. Novak arrives to take the staff and the monks' leader, Dog, teleports out with Piper while the other monks defend fight the demons. He tells her to flee before going back in. Piper calls for Paige but Paige is busy orbing around with Henry to explain everything. They're atop the Golden Gate Bridge and she plans to call
the Elders to explain things. He's confused and then Piper calls Paige but Paige is still obsessed and has to break off to rescue Henry when he falls.

Phoebe is holding her housewarming party and flirts with her hunky neighbor. She's interrupted by Piper who yanks her into the hallway...and inadvertently influences her with the staff. Then Phoebe grabs the staff and her personality influences Piper, who takes off to be with her kids. Worse, the staff influences her partygoers, livening up the place considerably.

Paige orbs into the Manor where the monk/demon battle is still going on. Phoebe shows up as well and finds the place in ruins (again). Phoebe has finally covered the staff and Paige figures out it influenced her and it's worn off. While they call Piper, Billie talks with the girl who doesn't know much about what's going on. Billie tells the girl, who she assumes is Christy, that she's a witch then realizes that's what the girl's captors want. The girl is
wearing an amulet which bears the symbol from the diary, and her captors wear the same amulet. When the girl's captors arrive, Billie returns back to the manor...without the girl. Lo Pan tells her that Billie visited the past, before Christy was changed in some manner by her captors, and that she can do something about Christy now.

Piper is in the street with a flat tire when Novak catches up to her. He takes her to the Manor where he has the staff and uses it on the three of them, imposing his personality on them. He sends them to destroy Lo Pan, who is the key to the eternal cycle. They go to the garden and meet Lo Pan and Billie, who realizes something is up. They duck for cover and Lo Pan tells Billie she must use her power to save them. She focuses and projects her power,
snapping them out of it.

The other demons are unhappy with Novak's plan. As they're talking the Charmed Ones arrive, Paige orbs the staff to her, and they all focus its power to destroy the demons. Everyone heads off leaving Piper to get the staff back to the garden. There she finds that Lo Pan is being "elevated" as the new monk who receives the staff to complete the cycle. Lo Pan assures her Leo will return when it's time .. .and not before.

Paige takes Henry back to the bridge and they resolve their issues as Henry assures her he's okay with her magic. They both admit their love for each other. And Billie returns to the cell to find her sister.

Something happens at the end of this episode because although it is not shown Billie must have found her sister Christy. She is in the manor in the next episode.

Writer: Cameron Litvack  
Director: Jon Paré  
Timeline: 29-01-2006  
Trivia: Piper: I don't really have time to watch anything anyway. Except Spongebob.
"Spongebob Squarepants" is a popular cartoon featured on Nickelodeon.

Paige takes Henry on an "orb-along" meeting:
Abominable Snowman
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Loch Ness Monster
The Loch Ness Monster, sometimes called "Nessie" or "Ness" (Scottish Gaelic: Niseag) is a mysterious and unidentified animal or group of creatures said to inhabit Loch Ness, a large deep freshwater loch near the city of Inverness in northern Scotland. Nessie is usually categorized as a type of lake monster.
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When Billie's power is strong enough she can reach into the past and bring someone out of it.
Title reference: This is a reference to the classic 1957 film "12 Angry Men", starring Henry Fonda as a dissenting juror in a murder trial.  
Bloopers: yes  
Music: -  
Co-Starring: Kaley Cuoco (Billie Jenkins)
Ivan Sergei (Henry Mitchell)
Clyde Kusatsu (Lo Pan)
Julian Ovenden (Novak)
Daniel Southworth (Rat)
John Dannin (Cute Guy)
Mark Adair-Rios (Magnus)
Stephanie Patton (11 year old Christy Jenkins)
Tony Lee (Dog)
Pictures yes  
Random quote: Piper: So I guess you guys heard about Chicken,
Dog (choked): Rooster!
Transcript no  
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