Season 4 Episode 10

A Paige from the Past

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 17, 2002 on The WB
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Episode Summary

With Leo as her guide, Paige goes back in time to her teen years, in an attempt to resolve her feelings about the accident that killed her parents. Meanwhile, Piper must prevent ghosts, who have inhabited Phoebe's and Cole's bodies, from fulfilling their mission.

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  • Not a bad one.

    So I like the Phoebe and Cole plot of this episode but not going to lie wasn't a huge fan of the Paige one. We're focusing so much on her past and her past life I feel we know more about her than we do Phoebe and Piper over the 3 seasons we had them.

    I thought it was nice for her to be able to get over her issues this early on opposed to having a neurotic Paige like we had a neurotic Prue but I just found her quite pathetic, and her complete ignoring of Leo a tad annoying. You aren't a teenager anymore, you are a 25 year old apparently and act like an idiot. But I don't like that she can 'change' the past, I would've preferred if she had been in her body but not actually able to control anything (like when Phoebe went to her past self).

    I don't like Piper acting and talking like this at the precinct. Not just because you're risking his job but you're talking about ghosts and magic in front of other people and not even caring - would've thought you'd be over the top about protecting yourselves from exposure.

    I'm sorry how does Paige not sound like a completely crazy person? "this isn't how I turn out" "I get into Berkeley" "I go into social work and help people" ... these aren't ifs and whens, those are statements. She's sounds out of her mind, if I was her parents, based on her past actions I'd think she's was on LSD or some other hallucinogen.

    I wasn't entirely sold on her acting at the start with the car exploding either. And her acting before she went back in time was actually really annoying. The moment you saw them you rolled your eyes and then treat them like crap? I mean I get not wanting to talk about it, but you can at least be civil... you were angry at the site of them.

    I thought Darryl was a bit ridiculous, you have Cole here asking to help and you violently try and throw him out and then threaten to fight him when he pushes you off him?

    While I really like the wedding scene at the end I want to know why Piper didn't just freeze the guns! You let Cole get shot in my mind and almost Darryl get shot when you could've just frozen again.moreless
  • A Paige from the Past

    A Paige from the Past was a great episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because the story was engaging and full of action, humor and magical chaos. It was intriguing to watch Phoebe and Cole taken over by ghosts who then go on a crime spree while Paige and Leo go to Paige's past to deal with the death of her parents. The spirit who sent them there was a cool concept. I really liked all the character development and look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • Paige's past pain and ghosts marry?

    This is a moderately good mix of drama fleshing out Paige's character and comedic danger involving Phoebe and Cole being possessed by ghosts.

    This is actually quite similar to the episode in Season 7 when Paige and Brody go back to when his parents are killed, and of course, it bears similarities with other trips into the past. The Charmed One as an awkward teen thing has been done before, but Rose still pulls off all the necessary melodrama with flying colors. Also, the actors who get the stint as her parents are very convincing. This leads to a strong finish when Paige is faced with the inevitability of their death along with the discovery that her magic saved her. It is also a strong plus for this part of the episode that Leo is along with Paige to help her out. We have also seen the ghostly possession subplot many times. It is given a new twist here when Cole and Phoebe's desire to marry is twisted in with it. Besides the fun Julian had with the role, the best part of this storyline is the fact that Piper and Darryl are given a rare chance to work together, with no one else around to help. In fact, Darryl got a strong part in this episode, and I loved when he told Cole in the beginning that without the energy balls, he can take him. The ending of this subplot is as strong as the other thread. Good thing once again that Leo came back around to heal someone.moreless
  • Paige has always felt responsible for the deaths of her parents in a car accident and, thanks to Leo, we find out why.

    Paige has not really been what you would call a 'good' girl. She is quite a free spirit as an adult, and when she takes a trip back to her teenage past courtesy of Leo, we find that she was a pretty difficult young lady as well, but nothing out of the ordinary for most teens.

    Her parents can't seem to control her, nor can they seem to understand her, particularly her tantrums, refusal to go to school and not liking or listening to any of their rules. All in a day's work for most parents but Mr. and Mrs. Matthews wouldn't be alone in being close to the end of their rope with a teenager!

    As the family are driving along, they are having quite a heated argument when they are involved in a car accident. Paige's parents are killed but she is miraculously thrown clear and is relatively unscathed.

    Leo is able to show her that the reason she was thrown free of the wreckage was because she orbed out and also able to prove that the accident would have happened, even if the argument hadn't been taking place. Paige feels a great deal better.

    The end is pretty cheesy, but it lifts Paige's burdens, so that's the main thing.moreless
  • Get with it, it's the 90s!

    It's a pity Brad et al didn't have the gahonies to dedicate this entire episode to Paige and her 1994 shenanigans. Yeah, Alyssa and Julian have a lot of fun as Lulu and Franky, and they're admittedly fun to watch, too, but the subplot felt entirely superfluous to the nit and grit of the episode. Once again, it's the writers' lack of a backbone that makes what could have been one of the show's strongest hours, into a criminally average episode. Rose? Easily your best performance to date (that's including everything she's been in outside of the show). The idea of Paige going back to the past screamed cliché, but having the youngest sister try and save her dead parents, and managing to change the outcome, only for them to die under similar circumstances, is blisteringly cruel, and yet incredibly powerful. I can only imagine the impact it would have had, had the whole episode centered on her visit to the past. Unfortunately, it all just feels rushed, just so we can make time for a subplot not worth mentioning, which is a shame. It's the episode that almost.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (22)

    • Paige's trip takes her back to 1994, but there's a movie poster for Scream from 1996 on her wall. The poster is blurred out for reruns, possibly due to licensing reasons.

    • TRIVIA: In this episode it's stated that Paige smoked as a teenager.

    • During the scene where Morris and Piper are at the crime scene, Piper freezes the room. However, once she unfreezes it, a police officer repeats a message he heard about Phoebe and Cole stealing a wedding dress. If the officer was frozen, how was he able to hear a radio call?

    • In the beginning when Phoebe is trying to get Cole to tell her what is wrong. She calls him Phoebe.

    • How is it that Phoebe and Cole never get in any trouble for all of what Frankie and Lulu do? Darryl and Piper take the survelience tape from the jewelery store, yes. But what about all the eyewitnesses? Not just the guard he shot but the clerk, the minister and whoever was at the bridal shop they robbed?

    • Why is it that Neither Cole or Phoebe was in any danger of having their soul die? In episodes both before and after this one (Coyote Piper and Y Tu Mummy Tambien), it is said that a body can host only one spirit/soul at a time. That if the possessing spirit does not leave in a certain amount of time, that the original or both will die. However, no one is ever worried about this happening. Nor, do Phoebe or Cole ever appear to be suffering spiritually or physically.

    • At the jewelery store, Piper took the security tape from the VCR. Isn't she worried she might have left fingerprints? When they find out the tape is missing, they might dust that area as well.

    • TRIVIA: This is the 6th time that one of the sisters has been possessed.

    • TRIVIA: This is the 4th time that time travel was in an episode.

    • TRIVIA: This is the second time that one of the sisters is shown as a troubled teen. Prue was the first and it has been mentioned that Phoebe was also, but Piper was just the opposite.

    • When Darryl and Cole are talking in the Captain's office and Cole is talking about going crazy at the Manor, the words that he is saying don't match up to his lip movements, when they show him from behind.

    • TRIVIA: This is the second time that one of the sisters has been turned into a teenager again.

    • TRIVIA: In this episode, Paige's life as a teen is shown and she has short bangs and braces. All the Halliwell sisters have been shown to have braces and short bangs (except Phoebe who just had the bangs). Prue in the season 2 episode "Be Careful What You Witch For", Piper in the season 3 episode "Coyote Piper", and Phoebe in the season 6episode "Hyde School Reunion".

    • Lulu got into Phoebe by her chest. However, Frankie got into Cole by his stomach.

    • TRIVIA: This is the only episode with "Paige" in the title. There is one episode with "Prue" in it, two with "Piper" and four with "Phoebe".

    • In this episode it's revealed that, even though Paige did not have strong grades in high school, she had high standarized test scores and wrote a "powerful essay" about her parents' death, getting her accepted into the University of California at Berkeley. It might also be inferred that she studied social work there as well.

    • TRIVIA: It's revealed that Paige could orb as a teenager, which is what saved her from the same fate as her adoptive parents.

    • When we see Paige's 1994 bedroom, she has what appears to be a Bride of Chucky doll. The movie "Bride of Chucky" wasn't released until 1998, 4 years later.

    • When Paige is trying to leave the classroom, she turns to tell the teacher that she is not staying. She has no braces, which she clearly had before when she was sitting at her desk and after, in front of the security guard.

    • When Paige witnesses her parents' death again, cars made after 1994 can be seen in the background.

    • When Paige is talking to Phoebe, Piper & Leo about her parents she says, "The day they died. I told them they weren't my real parents", but when she relives her past her mom says, "Last night we weren't even your real parents."

    • We see Paige's room in 1994, but she has 2 Metallica posters made after 1994: one from 1996 and the other from 1998.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Leo: You owe me, Clyde. Or do I need to remind you of your client that I healed? The one you returned from the past - on the edge of a cliff? I believe there were thirty-two broken bones.

    • Darryl: Look, I am sick of you and your entire dysfunctional family unit. I will not falsify evidence. I am a cop.
      Piper: Okay, cop, do I need to remind you that you bailed Cole out of jail last night?
      Darryl: So?
      Piper: So I was wondering what you were going to tell your captain when he sees Cole on the surveillance tape.
      Darryl: What are you waiting for? Go get the damn tape!

    • Darryl (to Piper): Hey, what did I say... (pulls Piper aside) no creepy talk in the precinct!

    • Leo: Rough ride. Are you okay?
      Paige: Yeah. I'm alright. I'm all... (She looks into the mirror and sees that she is a teenager again) wrong! Oh my God. I'm so screwed. I'm supposed to come back as a ghost. Not a ghost with...braces?
      Leo: You're meant to relive the experience, Paige. Not observe it.
      Paige: Yeah. But I just wanted to come back and watch me make sarcastic comments about my lack of style.

    • Piper: Don't we need a summoning spell?
      Leo: No, Clyde ignores them. There's only one way to get Clyde down here. (Calling)Clyde! Get your butt down here you fetid worm from the bog of eternal stench! (to the sisters) You gotta make him mad. (to Clyde) Your mother was a chunky substance from a gin cesspool. And she smelled bad too!
      (Wind appears and turns into Clyde, who looks angry)
      Clyde: Leo! I was with a client! 1969, Woodstock, Hendricks was on stage! This better be good.

    • Phoebe: I never answered your question. Ask me again.
      Cole: Will you marry me?
      Phoebe: Yes, I will.
      Phoebe: Thank you, guys.
      Piper: Just no weddings until we vanquish the Source.

    • Piper: I object to this union.
      Chaplain: I didn't call for any objections.
      Piper: Yeah, well, I still object.

    • Darryl: You froze the crime scene.
      Piper: Uh-huh.
      Darryl: You can not freeze a crime scene.
      Piper: Well, I did. Okay, we got to protect Phoebe and Cole, so start wiping fingerprints.

    • Piper: Alright, enough with the pet names and the accents, and the kitchen. And could you come up with something better than Lulu, it sounds like a poodle.
      (Piper is facing the stove; Cole picks up a knife and grabs Piper)
      Cole: Are you making fun of my girl?
      Piper: Uh...
      Phoebe: My Frankie is so protective.
      Piper: Frankie. (Cole spins her around to face Phoebe) And Lulu.
      Phoebe: Hi. We're ghosts.
      Cole: Boo! (laughs)

    • Piper: Clyde. The malevolent spirit's name is Clyde?
      Leo: Yeah, he doesn't like it either.

    • Phoebe: Okay, wait, so I don't get it. You wanna summon the ghost from the past? From where, the fiction shelf?

    • Phoebe: Um, if you put your nose any deeper into that coffee cup, you're gonna need a snorkel. What do you know?

    • Cole: I swear, Phoebe was closer to marrying me when I was a demon.
      Piper: Well, to be honest, Cole, getting busted by the cops is not the best way to win her over.

    • Cole: I went from all powerful demon to mere mortal overnight.
      Phoebe: You are not mere. Baby, you are anything but mere.
      Cole: Next to the Charmed Ones I'm a potted plant.

    • Phoebe: Can you take me back to meet John Lennon?

    • Piper: Oh, my god, Cole. How's my car?
      Cole: It's fine.
      Piper: That is the first and last time you borrow my car, got it? Good.

    • Piper: Darryl, I'm sorry, but what do you want me to say? My sister was just possessed with a supernaturally born killer and my husband is in 1994, and I do not mean in the fashion sense. He time traveled back with my other sister so the only one left to help me is you.
      Darryl: Gee. Thanks.

    • Phoebe: Am I the world's biggest bitch or what?
      Piper: Nah, too easy.

    • Piper: First they're all over each other at the manor, then they steal a ring and then a wedding dress? Frankie and Lulu's unfinished business isn't criminal, it's matrimonial. They wanna get married!
      Darryl: Do you people have any normal weddings in your family?

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Paige z minulosti (Paige from the Past) France: Mauvais esprits (Evil spirits) Italy: Il passato di Paige (Paige's past) Germany: Geister der Vergangenheit (Ghosts from the past)

    • This episode scored 3.4 million viewers.


    • Piper: My sister was just possessed by a supernaturally born killer.

      This is a reference to the 1994 movie Natural Born Killers, which is about a murderous couple going on a rampage.

    • Piper: What is with the Blanche Dubois?

      This is a reference to the 1951 Academy award-winning film "A Streetcar Named Desire", which was based on the play by Tennessee Williams, and where the female lead was named Blanche DuBois.

    • Title: A Paige from the Past

      A reference to the saying "taking a page from the past" which means using a past example to influence the present.

    • Leo: Get your butt down here you fetid worm from the bog of eternal stench!

      The "bog of eternal stench" is a reference to the movie "Labyrinth", in which a young girl must solve a gigantic, magical maze (aka a labyrinth) to save her baby brother. Within the labyrinth, there was a place called The Bog of Eternal, and anyone who touched the bog would reek forever.

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