Morality Bites

Season 2, Ep 2, Aired 10/7/99
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  • Episode Description
  • When Phoebe has a vision of herself being burnt to death, the sisters travel ten years into the future to learn what happened. Only to discover that she used her powers to kill Cal Greene, causing a local D.A. named Nathanial Pratt to begin modern day witch trials as a platform for political office. Meanwhile, Prue and Piper try to save Phoebe, but they both are surprised and somewhat disappointed to learn how their lives turned out.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Shannen Doherty

    Prudence 'Prue' Halliwell

  • Holly Marie Combs

    Piper Halliwell

  • Alyssa Milano

    Phoebe Halliwell

  • Brian Krause (I)

    Leo Wyatt

  • Chris Levinson

  • Fan Reviews (44)
  • Phoebe pulls of prison well!

    By bbch25, May 27, 2015

  • Morality Bites

    By TrueTvWatcher, Apr 08, 2012

  • I've seen the future... and it SUCKS!

    By iltarion, Jan 28, 2011

  • To say this one is great would be an understatment.

    By colethazar, Aug 20, 2005

  • awesome eppisode!

    By prue4ever, Nov 04, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (22)

    • Nathaniel (on TV): Now, some people say this is a victory for me. But I say here's a victory for us all. For today a blight on everything that is good in our world, will be extinguished. Tonight, the witch will burn!

    • Phoebe: Prue? Piper? (Nathaniel walks up to the cell.) Nathaniel: They haven't been to visit you before. Why would they come now? No... they're gonna be as happy to get rid of you as I am. Phoebe: Who are you? Nathaniel: I'm sorry. It's been so long since our last visit. Executions are a bitch to plan. Logistics, alerting the media, gathering the kindling. Phoebe: Uh, you know, I've had a lot of time to do some thinking about why I'm here. Nathaniel: No amount of thinking will affect the outcome. Justice will be served for your crime. Phoebe: But it wasn't really a big crime, was it? Nathaniel: You are truly evil. What bigger crime is there than taking a man's life? Phoebe: I killed someone? Nathaniel: Phoebe, what is this? An attempt to stay your execution? Plead insanity? It won't work. You have five hours to live. Tick tock. Phoebe: What? Five hours? But that's not possible. Nathaniel: Well, I'm happy to see the seriousness of your crime has finally hit you. See, you represent everything I abhor. You're a threat. A danger to everything that is good and pure in our world. Phoebe: You're talking out of fear. Just because you don't understand something, doesn't make it evil. Nathaniel: No, it's you who doesn't understand. You killed a man using your power and now you're gonna die because of it. I only wish I could burn all of your kind with you. But don't worry, in time I will. This is only the beginning.

    • Phoebe: Hello? Hello? Could somebody please answer me. I really need to talk to someone. Okay, how about a snack? Maybe some crackers, peanuts, something? (A guy slides a tray full of slop in the room.) A tray full of goo? Hey, wait a minute. (She touches the glass and it gives her a shock.) Don't I even get a phone call? Man's Voice (from other room): Shut up, witch!

    • Phoebe: Well if you can't teach the dog new tricks how about the owner? Just think of the money we'd save just on carpet cleaning alone.

    • Phoebe: Prue, wait! Don't become a murderer too. It has to end with me. Piper: Phoebe, he was evil, he deserved what you ... Phoebe (as she starts to cry): Wrong thing done for the right reason, still the wrong thing... Our job is to protect the innocent, not punish the guilty. And I crossed that line, I know that. And now you guys have to know that too.

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    Notes (2)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Výčitky svědomí (Remorse) France: La chasse aux sorcières (Witch hunt) Italy: Viaggio nel futuro (Travel in the future) Germany: Hexenjagd (Witch hunt)

    • This episode scored 6.3 million viewers.

    Trivia (20)

    • We learn that Piper and Leo have a daughter called Melinda in the Future. However in future episodes their first and second child are boys (Wyatt and Chris) and in the season finale we are introduced to their third child, this time a girl (Prudence Melinda according to the companion book The Book of Three Volume 2).

    • The girls' powers expand tremendously in the future, Prue is capable of moving objects with ease enough to cause massive destruction with a mere afterthought, Piper's powers are strong enough to freeze everything around them for an extended period of time including birds and water while Phoebe killed a man (likely) by projecting anger into him in the form of electricity. However their grown powers (Prue's Astral Projection, Piper's Exploding power and Phoebe's Levitation are not in this future, or undiscovered at this point)

    • TRIVIA: This is the first time the girls travel into the future.

    • When Leo visits the Manor for the second time once the girls return, he seems to know about what has just happened and says that all the Elders told him was that they had alesson to learn, which implies he knows about his part. However, the sisters returned to before all of that and Leo is arriving before he ever went to the attic. So how does he remember what the Elders had told him about why he was going to attic when he hadn't even been there yet?

    • At the beginning of the episode when Leo arrives to spend the day with Piper all seems well that is until their duties interrupt them, which then brings about the topic through the rest of the episode of how they always have to "talk about it later". However, in the previous episode, Piper had not heard from Leo in weeks and even gone out on a date (which turned a little hot and heavy) with the banker. Even by the end of the episode, there was no Leo. So where did all these issues as well as Leo and Piper all of a sudden being in some sort of serious relationship (or even still dating) come from?

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    Allusions (4)

    • Prue and Piper's creation of a door to break into the prison alludes to the 1988 film Beetlejuice, in which a door is created in almost the exact same way.

    • While Piper is in the future and is watching TV a commercial for "Real World on the Moon" comes on. This is a reference to the MTV series The Real World about a group of people living together in various places.

    • Pratt: I love the smell of burnt witch in the morning!
      This is a reference to the famous "I love the smell of Napalm in the morning!" line from the film "Apocalypse Now", starring Martin Sheen.

    • Title: Morality Bites
      This is an allusion to the 1994 film, "Reality Bites", starring Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke and Ben Stiller.

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