The Painted World

Season 2, Ep 3, Aired 10/21/99
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  • Episode Description
  • When Prue finds some mysterious words on an unusual painting at the auction house, she winds up trapped in the magical world inside the painting with a man who had been imprisoned there for decades. Meanwhile, after damaging Prue's car, Phoebe casts a smart spell in hopes to land a high-paying job to pay for the repairs.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Shannen Doherty

    Prudence 'Prue' Halliwell

  • Holly Marie Combs

    Piper Halliwell

  • Alyssa Milano

    Phoebe Halliwell

  • Greg Vaughan

    Dan Gordon

  • Karis Paige Bryant

    Jenny Gordon

  • Fan Reviews (20)
  • The Painted World

    By TrueTvWatcher, Apr 08, 2012

  • Verdas ermos Liberace!

    By iltarion, Jun 03, 2011

  • Prue Stuck in a Painting for 40 Minutes... Oooooohhhh!

    By maxpower03, Dec 30, 2005

  • Prue and Piper become trapped into a painting with a deadly warlock. While Phoebe casts a super-smart spell to increase her chances of getting a job

    By GCT89, Aug 23, 2007

  • There's something strange about this episode…

    By speedy2k5, May 29, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (16)

    • Prue: You know, I didn't want them to die. I just wanted them trapped in that house forever. Phoebe: Bright side, you won't have to worry about any complaints from the owner of the painting. Piper: And you'll never have to worry about anyone else getting a supernatural mayday from it. Phoebe: Yeah, well, thanks for getting ours, Phoebe. Piper: Hey, how did you get the collar from Malcolm? Phoebe: Oh, I used a very complex, very different kind of smarts. Prue: You picked his pocket. Phoebe: I picked his pocket. Piper: Phoebe. Phoebe: What? He was a warlock. Smartest thing I've ever done.

    • Prue: Even if Phoebe is alive, she may not be for long. Phoebe: Maybe she can figure out a way to save herself before he finds her. Prue: Yeah, well, she better do it quick, it's almost seven. Although, if anybody can do it, Phoebe can. Piper: Yeah, even without the smart spell. I mean, putting that message on Kit's collar, that's very Phoebe. I would have never thought of it. Prue: Neither would I. It was a great plan. Piper: If we get out of here, I'm gonna buy her a new pair of shoes. Prue: I'll buy her the purse to match.

    • Prue: So maybe we should take shifts waiting for Phoebe outside the bookcase. I mean, we've been pretty safe there so far. Malcolm: I'll take the first shift. Prue: I had a feeling you would. (Malcolm leaves the room.) Piper: What? What is it? What's wrong? Prue: I've been thinking about that witch who cursed Malcolm into the painting. I mean, it takes a lot of time and a high level of magic to create this world. Seems like an awfully big spell just to get revenge over a bad break up. Piper: I agree. Prue: And it was almost impossible for us, the Charmed Ones no less, to get that message on the window. Yet Malcolm, an art historian with absolutely no powers, was able to escape fireballs and those blades, to get his message on the window. I mean, I don't know, Piper, it just... Something weird about all of this. (They hear a noise outside and a cat meows.)

    • Phoebe: Come on, come on, there's got to be something. (Phoebe holds her hands above the Book and the pages start to flip. The doorbell rings.) Who is it? Jenny's Voice: It's Jenny. Phoebe: Uh, unless it's a huge 911, sweetie, you're gonna have to come back later. (The doorbell rings again and Phoebe hides the book under the table.)

    • Piper: I don't want to live forever. I don't want to spend the rest of my life trapped in a painting hanging on some wall, wearing a broken shoe. Prue: Well, neither do I, but there is a solution. Piper: You call that a solution, braving endless fireballs to get a message to Phoebe? Prue: Okay, so it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the situation is pretty bad. Piper: No, but it may just take a rocket scientist to get us out of here. Phoebe. Malcolm: Another witch sister? Piper: Not any witch. A super witch. She's a genius. Prue: Piper, I don't really think that you're helping the situation. Piper: No, I mean it. She's a walking brain trust. An Einstein with cleavage. She cast a spell on herself, Prue. A smart spell. Prue: What? Malcolm: Can she save us? Piper: Forget the details, Prue. Just know that if anybody can get us out of here, it's Phoebe. We need to get back to that living room, get Nell's name on that window... Prue: Piper, wait. Piper: No, no, no, we can't wait. It's only temporary. The spell ends at 7 tonight. Prue: Ooh.

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    Notes (2)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Zakletý obraz (Cursed Painting) France: Le château hanté (Haunted castle)

    • This episode scored 6.4 million viewers.

    Trivia (15)

    • Why was Phoebe worried about getting sucked into the painting herself if she had the spell to escape? She could have just brought the words in and the three of them could have gotten out together.

    • Why didn't Phoebe, who was running out of time with the smart spell, just recast it as soon as seven o clock hit and buy herself more time?

    • TRIVIA: This episode features Collective Soul's song Needs.

    • Wouldn't people at Buckland's notice Piper walking out of the building with a painting? A place like that would have some form of security.

    • Piper gave Phoebe a set of keys to go meet Dan at the club. What car would she have taken? Prue's car is at the body shop and Piper would have taken her car.

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    Allusions (6)

    • Piper (referring to Phoebe): No, I'm serious, she's a regular genius, an Einstein with cleavage, she cast a spell on herself, Prue, a smart spell.
      This is a reference to Albert Einstein (March 14, 1879 – April 18, 1955), a famous theoretical physicist who invented the Hydrogen Bomb. A pure genius in his time.

    • Prue says that it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that they are in a real bind. This is an allusion to a commonly used phrase about how some things are very simple to realize/understand.

    • Piper says she has the war and peace of code violations. This is an allusion to the book War and Peace which is a very long book by author Leo Tolstoy.

    • Phoebe mentions the good will huntings, which is an allusion to a 1997 movie starring Matt Damon. It is about a janitor who shows great talent in mathematics.

    • Piper: You were like
      "Rain Man" was a 1988 movie starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman as the title character. Hoffman's character suffered from autism, but was a savant with numbers and counting.

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