The Wendigo
Episode 12 of 22 within Season One. Item 12 of 178 overall.
Production number 4398011.
Edithe Swensen - Writer
James L. Conway - Director
73 votes

A supernatural animal called a Wendigo who appears normal during the day but hairy and nasty at night attacks Piper, who catches a nasty case of turning Wendigo. Phoebe reluctantly involves Prue in a search for a lost child when she gets a premonition from an item up for auction at Prue's new job at an auction house. Prue and Phoebe return home to a troubled sister.

Prue has to contain her jealousy when a beautiful FBI agent teams with Andy to catch the Wendigo, but the woman turns out to be a true femme fatale when they figure out that she, in fact, is the Wendigo that attacked Piper. When night falls Prue and Phoebe must determine which Wendigo in the woods to kill, and which is Piper. Luckily, when one freezes in time and the other keeps moving, they have their answer. Turning Wendigo doesn't turn off any witchly powers, thank goodness.

original airdate--February 3,1999      rating--5.7 million

network: WB

Songs:Charmed Theme song--How Soon is Now by Love Spit Love

  1. "Down So Long" by Jewel


Powers Used:

Telekinesis: Used by Prue to boil a pot, drop people's bids at the auction and to divert the flare from Piper to Agent Fallon.

Molecular Immobilization: Used by Piper as a Wendigo to freeze the flare shot at her and Agent Fallon.

Premonition: Used by Phoebe to see Andy being attacked.

Super Strength: Used by Agent Fallon to snap Billy's neck after he discovered her true nature as a Wendigo and later by Piper to break from the pipe and handcuffs.

Power Granting: By transforming into a Wendigo, Piper gained the powers of one.

Magical Being--Agent Fallon


  • After Billy is killed by Agent Fallon , just before it fades to black, if you closely you can see him blink.
  • A Wendigo is a malevolent spirit being from Native American mythology, but in this episode it resembles more of a werewolf due to its full moon ties.
  • This is the third time someone has been in the hospital. In Something Wicca This Way Comes  Phoebe was in the hospital, and in Dream Sorceror Prue was, and now this time it's Piper.
  • During the auction a bidder's number was 130, but when Prue used her telekinesis the number had changed into 145, and the number 130 had a man behind him, and while later another bidder had the number 145.
  • Phoebe says that she used to date a mechanic and knows about cars, yet in "Death Becomes Them" she appears to know nothing about cars. It's possible she was pretending not to know anything to flirt with her classmate.



The Wendigo is a non-dead creature that roams the earth destroying the good-hearted and those in love. His fate is to wander the Earth feasting on human hearts. The first Wendigo was a mortal who was betrayed by his sweetheart. In revenge for the treachery, he slew his love and ate her heart. Rather than savor the warmth of revenge, his heart was in turn, turned to ice. During daylight hours and the phases of the moon, the Wendigo looks as you or I. Beware the Wendigo on the three days of the full moon when his strength and appetite are greatest. Beware being attacked and injured. He duplicates himself by slashing, but not killing his prey.

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regional titles

de Wendigo
The Wendigo
an Wendigo
El Hombre Lobo