Charmed

Primrose Empath

Season 3, Ep 6, Aired 11/9/00
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  • Episode Description
  • Prue begins experiencing the powers of an empath, thanks to a demon, but she soon loses control. Meanwhile, Phoebe's relationship with Cole becomes turbulent when he tells her he doesn't want to see her anymore.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Shannen Doherty

    Prudence 'Prue' Halliwell

  • Holly Marie Combs

    Piper Halliwell

  • Alyssa Milano

    Phoebe Halliwell

  • Brian Krause (I)

    Leo Wyatt

  • Julian McMahon

    Cole Turner

  • Fan Reviews (24)
  • Primrose Empath

    By TrueTvWatcher, Apr 12, 2012

  • Cole joins the party and Prue, super w(b)itch...

    By iltarion, Feb 21, 2011

  • Matrix rip!

    By Guivus, Jul 15, 2008

  • Prue's All Sweaty! Aaaaggghhh!

    By maxpower03, Aug 11, 2005

  • A melange of different pop culture icons gone horribly wrong.

    By jcap2002, Sep 09, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (34)

    • Phoebe: So what do we do? Father Thomas: Nothing. There's nothing you can do. It will find us and when it does, we're all dead. Piper: Well, you're just a ray of sunshine, now aren't you?

    • Father Thomas: Your sister is too far gone. She won't live to see the night. Piper: All right, that's it! Leo: Piper… Piper: No. I am sorry, but this man has experienced the entire rainbow of human emotions, and the best he has to give us is self-pity? I don't think so. Look, you used this power to stop this demon. Now my sister has your power. Deal with it, and then help us.

    • Piper: (about Prue's empathic ability) All right, if this is a gift, we are returning it.

    • (Cole and Phoebe kiss.) Cole: You have no idea what you're getting yourself into. Phoebe: Neither do you.

    • Prue: Whoa, I haven't felt anything like that since Andy was alive. Phoebe: Anything like what? Prue: Spinning into infinity. You know, that headlong spiral that steals your breath and stops your heart. Phoebe: Prue, what the hell are you talking about? Prue: Falling in love.

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    Notes (2)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Prokletá empatie (Cursed Empathy) France: A fleur de peau (Overly sensitive)

    • This episode scored 6.1 million viewers.

    Trivia (14)

    • This episode features Idol with their song "Shameless".

    • Why, if the power of empathy could be transferred by touch, did Prue, who could not emotionally handle the power, just give it back to the priest when he came into the basement? She could not handle it and he wanted it back! She could have given him his powers back and then just worked with her sisters to write a spell to vanquish Vinceres. It was just their powers he was immune to. It was never said that he could not be vanquished with a Power of Three spell. Prue was not originally in the mindset to vanquish Vinceres anyway, so you'd think she would have jumped to give the priest back his powers.

    • TRIVIA: Prue is the first sister to get the power of empathy. Phoebe gets this new power in a later season.

    • TRIVIA: When Prue is in the basement having her breakdown they flash to a bunch of houses, 2 of which they have shown in many other episodes.

    • TRIVIA: Prue's ability to astral project grows in this episode allowing her to be awake in both her astral and normal forms, however she never uses this extra boost on her powers again. Another piece of irony from this episode is that in the previous one, Sight Unseen, she was trying to get a power boost in her astral form and in this episode she did.

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    Allusions (4)

    • The entire fight scene, almost move for move, between Prue and Vince is alluding to the film The Matrix

    • Phoebe: How does the-demon-formerly-known-as-Vince tie into this?
      This is a reference to the artist formerly known as Prince, who changed his stage name from Prince to a symbol.

    • Phoebe: Great, the Energizer demon.
      She is referring to the battery brand Energizer, which has the slogan "it keeps going and going..." and features a pink bunny that never stops.

    • Title: Primrose Empath
      "Primrose path" is a phrase that refers to a pleasurable life style, from Hamlet Act I Scene 3: Ophelia: Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads.

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