Barbas in purgatory.

Fearful Synergy is the second episode of the fifth season of Charmed.


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Phoebe and Cole face their fears and head for a troubling confrontation due to the manipulation of Barbas, the Demon of Fear. Piper and Leo learn news about their pregnancy and Piper faces a fear of her own. Meanwhile, a new threat is rising from the deep.


Main Cast
Guest Starring
  • Billy Drago as Barbas
  • Unknown as Doctor
  • Unknown as Demon #1
  • Unknown as Demon #2
  • Unknown as Demon #3
  • CGI as Shadow

Magical NotesEdit


  • Astral Projection - used by Barbas to escape Purgatory.
  • Fear Reading - used by Barbas to read the fears of others.
  • Suggestion - used by Barbas to manipulate Phoebe and Cole.
  • Telepathy - Used by the Shadow to communicate with Barbas.
  • Super Strength - used by Cole to destroy an elevator.
  • Fading - a type of teleportation used by Cole.
  • Orbing - a type of teleportation used by Paige.
  • Shimmering - a type of teleportation used by demons.
  • Energy Balls - used by demons to attack at the manor.
  • Telekinetic Orbing - used by Paige to deviate Energy Balls.
  • Molecular Combustion - used by Piper to vanquish a demon and attack Cole.
  • Regeneration - used by Leo to heal himself.
  • Illusion Casting - used by Barbas to make Cole see himself as Belthazor.
  • Smoking - a type of teleportation used by Barbas.
  • Healing - used by Leo to heal Phoebe.
  • Intangibility - used by Barbas to avoid being attacked by Cole.
  • Electrokinesis - used by Cole to attack Barbas.
  • Pyrokinesis - used by Cole to vanquish Barbas.

Notes and TriviaEdit

  • The title is a reference to the combined fears of Phoebe and Cole being powerful enough to resurrect Barbas.
  • Barbas returns, having previously appeared in the season 1 "From Fear to Eternity" and the Season 2 episode "Ms. Hellfire".
  • Prue is mentioned by both Piper and Barbas.
  • Piper refers to the events of the Season 2 episode "Morality Bites", where she saw her future daughter.
Preceded by:
5.01 From the Ashes
Charmed Reloaded Followed by:
5.03 The Evil Eye