Season 1, Ep 0, Aired 10/1/98
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  • Episode Description
  • Phoebe returns to San Francisco after losing her job to live with her older sisters, Prue and Piper. During their first night together in their grandmother's house, Phoebe finds a book of witchcraft and recites an incantation that leaves the sisters with the powers they were destined to have.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Shannen Doherty

    Prudence 'Prue' Halliwell (Season 1-3)

  • Holly Marie Combs

    Piper Halliwell

  • Constance M. Burge

  • Bruce Seth Green

  • Lori Rom

    Phoebe Halliwell

  • Fan Reviews (39)
  • The pilot episode of Charmed grabbed me, hook, line, and sinker! Fabulous first episode.

    By LisaGansky, Aug 12, 2005

  • Lori Wrong

    By maxpower03, Aug 17, 2005

  • When free spirited Phoebe recites a magical spell, she awakens long dormant magical powers in herself and her two, more career orientated, sisters. Now they must learn to balance work and romance with magic and supernatural villains.

    By johndoe70, Mar 18, 2010

  • Vintage Charmed!

    By summersnowbiiee, Jun 03, 2009

  • Lori Rom Doesn't Fit The Part for Phoebe

    By joeyissoweird, Apr 01, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • (Piper and Phoebe come out of the house and join Prue and Andy. Phoebe is holding Kit) Andy: Is this your cat? Phoebe: It is now. Andy: Seems familiar.

    • Prue: Piper, the girl has no vision, no sense of the future. Piper: I really think Phoebe's coming around. Prue: Well, as long as she doesn't come around here, I guess that's good news.

    • Prue (talking to Phoebe): You always used to push the pointer.

    • Phoebe: I forgot your question. Piper: I asked if Prue would have sex with someone other than herself this year. Phoebe: Oh, that’s disgusting. Please say yes.

    • Piper: Don't tell me you put on a black conical hat and spent the night flying around the neighborhood on a broomstick.

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    Trivia (7)

    • TRIVIA: Some of differences between this version and the aired version "Something Wicca This Way Comes" include -
      -recasting of Phoebe and Andy, as well as Heater being replaced by Morris. All dialogues between Andy and Heater/Morris were rewritten and all scenes involving them or Phoebe were reshot.
      -in the aired version, Jeremy is introduced when he tries to interview Andy. In the unaired version, Jeremy is introduced when Piper calls him, and his attempts to interview Andy are unsuccessful.
      -in the aired version, Andy buys Prue coffee while they are at the hospital. In the unaired version he doesn't, but we get a scene where Prue actually meets Phoebe at the hospital.
      -the teenagers Phoebe saves are skating in the unaired pilot and rollerblading in the aired version.
      -the scene in the drugstore, the one where Prue tells Roger she quits and the one in Phoebe's room are absent from the unaired version. However, the aired pilot doesn't feature the scene where Jeremy, before opening the door to the attic, projects himself inside as a snake with a human face.
      -the dialogue when Piper and Phoebe are playing with the spirit board is longer in the unaired version. Plus, in the aired version they eat popcorn while doing this, and in the unaired version, they drink wine.
      -in the aired version, the discussion between the sisters while going back to the Manor deals with how different their lives are now, while in the unaired version they talk about how they will live the same lives as before even now when they are witches.

    • TRIVIA: For the aired pilot, detective Heater was recast, renamed as detective Darryl Morris, and rewritten as a friend of Andy's, not just a mere partner. Jimmy Dineen, who portrayed detective Heater will later return in the episode "Thank You For Not Morphing" as a transformation ("the mailman") of one of the shapeshifters.

    • TRIVIA: The spell used in this episode is part of a ritual to kill Jeremy - "Your love will wither and depart, from my life and my heart, leave me be, Jeremy, and go away forever".

    • TRIVIA: The first spell used by Phoebe is - "Hear now the words of the witches, the secrets we hid in the night, the oldest of gods are invoked here, the great gift of magic is sought, in this night and in this hour we call upon the ancient power, bring your powers to we sisters three, we want the power give us the power."

    • TRIVIA: This episode features the first spell ever used and it is performed by an unknown witch. It goes: "Ancient one of the earth so deep, master of moon and sun. I shield you in my Wiccan way, here in my circle round, asking you to protect this space, and offer your sun force down". In the Charmed paperback novel called "The Power Of Three" however, this witch was named Serena Fredrick. Events in this book and TV episode are basically the same.

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    Allusions (1)

    • When Piper asked whether anything happened when Phoebe read the incantation Phoebe said her head spun around and she "vomited split pea soup".
      This is an allusion to the 1973 film The Exorcist starring Linda Blair as a girl possessed by a demonic spirit.

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