The sisters caught in an explosion.

The Devil You Know is the sixth episode of the fifth season of Charmed.


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An ancient and powerful being escapes purgatory and seeks out Cole for unknown reasons. Meanwhile, Paige and Darryl investigate the mysterious disappearance of a client's ex-husband. The sisters' first confrontation with the new threat may have dire consequences.


Main Cast
Guest Starring

Magical NotesEdit


  • Assimilation - used by Adam to obtain the appearance and memories of other beings through touch.
  • Orbing - a type of teleportation used by Leo and Paige.
  • Voice Manipulation - used by Adam to alter his voice.
  • Electrokinesis - used by Cole to attack Adam.
  • Regeneration - used by Adam to regenerate after being harmed.
  • Fire Breathing - used by Adam to attack Cole.
  • Shapeshifting - used by Adam to change between forms.
  • Molecular Immobilization - used by Piper in a failed attempt to freeze Adam.
  • Healing - used by Leo and Paige to heal Piper.

Notes and TriviaEdit

  • The title is a reference to the phrase "Better the devil you know than the devil you don't.".
  • The new threat makes its first appearance after being mentioned by Barbas in "Fearful Syngergy".
  • The Shadow appears before Cole and he briefly mistakes it for the shadow that assisted him in Season 3.
  • Piper and Leo dicuss baby names and Piper mentions Melinda from "Morality Bites". Leo mentions a lot was different in that future, including Prue being alive. Piper then suggests naming the twins Prudence and Melinda.
  • Piper mentions the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, who appeared in "Apocalypse, Not".
  • Phoebe mentions the Angel of Destiny, who appeared in "Witch Way Now?" when dicussing the effect the vanquishing of the Source had in freeing Adam.
    • Paige later jokes that they shouldn't fullfill any more destinies.
Preceded by:
5.05 Samhain
Charmed Reloaded Followed by:
5.07 Devil May Care