The Witch Is Back

Season 1, Ep 9, Aired 12/16/98
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  • Episode Description
  • A warlock from the past is released from his curse and tries to steal the sisters' powers with the help of Rex and Hannah, but the sisters resurrect their ancestor to combat him. Meanwhile, Piper works up her courage to ask Leo out and Andy gets frustrated by Prue's continued involvement with bizarre police investigations.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Shannen Doherty

    Prudence 'Prue' Halliwell

  • Holly Marie Combs

    Piper Halliwell

  • Alyssa Milano

    Phoebe Halliwell

  • Dorian Gregory

    Darryl Morris

  • Ted King

    Inspector Andy Trudeau

  • Fan Reviews (23)
  • The Witch Is Back

    By TrueTvWatcher, Mar 24, 2012

  • Great, great, great, great, great, great grandma is back and looking good.

    By iltarion, Jan 17, 2011

  • melinda!!

    By prue4ever, Aug 21, 2005

  • Melina Warren back in the 17th Century accuses her lover Matthew of betraying her. He has taken her powers and turned her in to be burned as a Witch. She traps him in a locket and takes her powers back. Prue accidentally releases him causing problems.

    By jyarter, Jul 10, 2009

  • A fantastic episode from start to finish when the girls must call upon the wican ancestor, Melinda Warren, to come forward from the past and help them to re-enslave a warlock whom she captured and has now been set free.

    By Lady_Lancaster, Nov 02, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • Prue: Rex?
      Rex: Ah, good morning, Prue. I've, uh, left a few things for you to catalog. A marvelous shipment from an estate back east.
      Prue: I'll get right on it.
      Rex: Thanks.
      (Rex leaves. Prue sees the locket and picks it up. She opens it. The door slams shut and Matthew comes out of it.)
      Matthew: At last, freedom. The world has changed. What time is this?
      Prue: Excuse me?
      Matthew: Where am I?
      Prue: Who are you?
      Matthew: Matthew Tate, and if you freed me from that locket you are descendant of Melinda Warren. (He walks closer to her and she uses her power and he flies across the room.) Thank you.
      Prue: For what?
      Matthew: I tricked you into using your power on me. Now, I have it. (He uses her power and a chair pushes her against the wall. He then disappears, she runs in the middle of the room and he appears behind her.) Behind you, witch.
      Prue: How did you do that?
      Matthew: I can share your power but you can't share mine.
      Prue: What do you want?
      Matthew: I want what Melinda took from me. I want all three powers back. (He grabs her.) Defend yourself. Stop time.
      Prue: I can't.
      Matthew: Ah, so you're not alone. There are others. (He disappears and appears in front of the desk.) And the family name is now Halliwell.
      Rex: (from outside) Prue, are you okay in there?
      (Matthew uses Prue's power to break the glass on the window. He jumps out the window and floats down to the ground, landing on his feet. He walks away.)

    • Melinda: Matthew. Matthew: Hello, Melinda. Melinda: Why? Why did you betray me? Matthew: You got what you deserve. Melinda: So you've never loved me? All the passion, all the heat? Matthew: I had to make you trust me. It was the only way to share your powers. Melinda: And so now you have them. So why would you turn me in? You know I'll burn. Matthew: I had to keep my secret. Melinda: Well, you can keep your trinkets too. (She pulls off a locket that was around her neck and throws it at him.) Matthew: I'll find another witch to give it to. (He opens the locket.) Melinda: Maybe not. (He takes out a little piece of paper and it catches on fire. He throws it on the ground.) Matthew: What magic is this? Melinda: I'm taking back the powers you stole from me. "Outside of time, outside of gain, know only sorrow, know only pain." (It gets really windy and Matthew gets sucked into the locket.)

    • Piper: Am I the only one having second thoughts? Phoebe: Yes. Prue: We don't really have any others options. Piper: But aren't we, like, raising the dead? What if she's all.. Phoebe: I read The Book of Shadows very carefully. She will come back as a real live person, flesh and blood. She will have her powers too, our powers. (Phoebe picks up a knife.) Piper: What's that for? Phoebe: Well, the spell works by blood calling blood, so it shouldn't hurt.. much. (Phoebe cuts her finger.) I lied, I lied. Okay, come on guys. It'll be just like the summer by the lake. Remember when we made a blood oath to be friends forever, not just sisters? (Prue takes the knife.) Piper: I remember my finger got infected. Prue: (Prue cuts her finger.) Ow. Yeah, but the oath worked. Piper: And I couldn't go in the water for three weeks. (Prue holds out the knife.) Don't hand me that knife. Prue: How are you gonna cut yourself? Piper: I'm not. Phoebe: Piper. Piper: I can't stand the sight of blood. Prue: Evil beings have blown up in our attic.. Phoebe: ..Disintegrated to dust right before our very eyes.. Prue: And you're afraid of a little drop of blood?

    • Phoebe (to Piper about Leo): Stop hinting around and ask him out already. Give him some of your crab.

    • Melinda: No, don’t...don’t rip the dress to make it fit me. Phoebe: Oh, no, no, I’m not ripping it. It’s called a zipper, see? (Phoebe zips up the dress) Melinda: Oh, a wise witch made this. (Melinda takes the dress off of Phoebe and plays with the zipper) Phoebe: Yeah, and wise witches in this century keep a low profile. You slip this dress on, you’ll blend right in.

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    Notes (3)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Návrat čarodějky (Return of a Sorceress) France: La sorcière de Salem (the witch from Salem) Italy: Il ciondolo antico (The Ancient Pendant) Germany: Rückkehr aus dem Jenseits (Back from Heaven)

    • For this first 9 episodes, the show was nominated for the 1999 IHG (International Horror Guild) Award for Best Television. Plus, Jay Gruska and Tim Truman (the music composers) won the 1999 ASCAP Award for Top TV Series

    • This episode scored 6.0 million viewers.

    Trivia (18)

    • TRIVIA: Featured music in this episode - -In The Air Tonight by Holly McNarland -Around Here by Counting Crows

    • TRIVIA: The spell to invoke Melinda Warren is as follows "Melinda Warren, blood of our blood, our great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother, we summon thee..."

    • Although it's quite a nice scene when Leo quotes Shakespeare and Melinda finishes the sentence, it's unlikely that she would know who Shakespeare was at the time she lived in and died. Although he was writing at that time, his work was performed almost exclusively in London and Stratford and his work didn't spread abroad until the 18th and 19th centuries.

    • Assuming that he never left, Leo was at the house the whole time the chaos was going on downstairs. Wouldn't they be worried about Leo seeing or hearing things?

    • Melinda said that Matthew must have copied blinking from another witch. Why would that be necessarily true when it is said in a later episode that most warlocks blink to get around. However, Matthew gained his blinking power in the 17th century, and it is likely that the composition of warlock powers may have changed over the last 300 years.

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    Allusions (2)

    • Leo: I am a true labourer: I earn that I eat, get that I wear, Melinda: Owe no man hate, envy no man's happiness.
      This is a quote of Corin in the play "As You Like It", by William Shakespeare in Act III, Scene II.

    • Title: The Witch Is Back
      This is a reference to the Elton John song "The Bitch Is Back".

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