The Truth Is Out There And It Hurts

Season 1, Ep 8, Aired 11/25/98
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  • Episode Description
  • Acting on Phoebe's premonitions, the sisters race to stop a mysterious killer from striking again. Meanwhile, Prue finds a truth spell and uses it to find out what Andy's reaction to her being a witch would be.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Shannen Doherty

    Prudence 'Prue' Halliwell

  • Holly Marie Combs

    Piper Halliwell

  • Alyssa Milano

    Phoebe Halliwell

  • Ted King

    Inspector Andy Trudeau

  • Zack Estrin

  • Fan Reviews (26)
  • The Truth Is Out There and It Hurts

    By TrueTvWatcher, Mar 24, 2012

  • The killer triclops and troublesome truths...

    By iltarion, May 22, 2011

  • A classic Charmed episode with original story lines and great story development. Hilarious, yet sad and touching.

    By ViktorCharmed, Jan 22, 2006

  • the truth is out there and this episode is awesome.

    By tvfan332, Aug 06, 2006

  • Very Exciting Episode

    By SailorZinc, Feb 20, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • (Hannah apologizes for the way she's been treating Prue) Prue: Did you mean what you just said? Hannah: (chuckles) No! (she gasps, falls silent and quickly leaves)

    • Andy: How are you? Prue: A nervous wreck. You? Andy: Heart's pounding like a sledgehammer.

    • Prue: Hey. Phoebe: Hey. How'd it go? Prue: Not well. Phoebe: Oh, Prue, I'm so sorry. Prue: Yeah, me too, but I cast the spell for an answer and I got it. Even if it wasn't the one I wanted. (They hug.)

    • (To a Waiter) Phoebe: Excuse me, hello. What good is saving the future if I can't get a glass of water in the present? Piper: Speaking of the future... Where did Tanya go? Phoebe: Oh, she went to the bathroom. Morning sickness. Only she thinks it's the halibut. Piper: Great, she'll probably sue the restaurant for food poisoning. Will this day never end? Phoebe: Actually, it just did. It's 8:20, the spell is over, the world is a safer place. (Martin walks up to the table.) Martin: Piper, I see you sitting. What is wrong with this picture? Piper: You don't remember? Martin: Remember what? Piper, I need you in the kitchen pronto. We're down a sous-chef. (He leaves.) Piper: I don't believe it. I finally stand up for myself and quit and he doesn't even remember. Wait a minute, everybody else's forgotten the truth, why do we still remember it? Phoebe: Truth or consequences. Wiccan rule, right? Prue cast a spell for her own personal gain, now we have to deal with the fallout. Piper: I'll be right back. I need to remind Martin of something. Phoebe: Ooh, you go, girl. (Piper walks in the kitchen.) Piper: Martin, we need to talk. (He throws her an apron.) Martin: Excuse you. Piper: I cannot, no, I will not do everything by myself anymore. I need help. You restaurant needs help. You need another manager, sous-chef, hostess and an extra busboy on the weekends. If you will not agree to hire these people, then tell me now and I'll quit. Martin: What took you so long? All you had to do was ask. Piper: Really? I mean, okay. I'll see you tomorrow. Martin: But I-I-I just... Piper: It's my night off. (She walks towards the door and pushes it open, hitting Leo in the face on the other side.) Piper: Oh, Leo! I'm so sorry. Are you okay? Leo: Yeah, fine, just, uh, surprised. Piper: Yeah, me too. What are you doing here? Leo: Well, I wanted to see you, I just, um... I have this really strange feeling that I did something that I should apologize for. Did I? Piper: No, no. Not at all. Definitely not. Can I buy you a drink?

    • Gavin: Excuse me, are you Dr Mitchell? Dr Oliver Mitchell?
      Dr Mitchell: Yes.
      Gavin: What a pleasure. I can't tell you how long I've waited for this.
      Dr Mitchell: Excuse me but have we...?
      Gavin: Met? I'm sorry, only in print. I've read your work. Your studies, specifically on cell degeneration are ahead of their time.
      Dr Mitchell: You're very kind.
      Gavin: No really. It's fascinating. You've become kind of a hobby of mine. I found your article on the mutant retina gene to be particularly intriguing.
      Dr Mitchell: But I haven't even...
      Gavin: Published it yet? Don't worry, you will. And you'll help to find the vaccine.
      Dr Mitchell: The vaccine? Against what?
      Gavin: Against this. (A laser beam comes out of Gavin's forehead and burns a hole in Dr Mitchell's forehead.)

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    Notes (2)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Pohled z budoucnosti (Look From the Future) France: Menace du futur (Threat from the future) Italy: Il terzo occhio (The Third Eye) Germany: Der Waheheitszauber (The Truth Spell)

    • This episode scored 4.6 million viewers.

    Trivia (22)

    • TRIVIA: Gavin's name is never revealed.

    • When the Warlock goes to Prue's office and asks about the woman she was with earlier (Phoebe) she says that she does not remember. However, that is obviously not the truth so how is it that she was able to say that? She was under the truth spell herself, she should have had no choice but to say she was with Phoebe!

    • When the Warlock first approaches Tanya in the elevator, she is clearly spooked by his knowing her name and saying he can never find her alone. So how is it if he does not attack in front of people that he was able to get her off the elevator that was filled with people? She was obviously afraid of him so why would she walk off the elevator with him willingly and if she didn't, wouldn't someone have tried to help her?

    • At the end of the episode when the twenty four hours is up, Phoebe is surprised that they are able to remember everything and says that them keeping their memory must be the consequence for the personal gain involved with the spell. Which then brings up the question, if Prue originally thought that she was gonna forget as well then what was to be accomplished in casting the truth spell?

    • TRIVIA: This episode marks Piper and Leo's first kiss.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Title: The Truth Is Out There And It Hurts
      This is a combo reference to the TV series The X-Files because of the quote "the truth is out there" and the common phrase "the truth hurts".

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