Season 1 Episode 22

Déjà Vu All Over Again

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 26, 1999 on The WB
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As a demon makes plans for his attempt to kill the Charmed Ones, he receives a visit from Tempus, the Devil's Sorcerer who will turn back time until the demon succeeds in killing all the sisters. Meanwhile, because of the endless loop, Phoebe has a number of strong cases of déjà vu, and she even sees Andy's death at the hand of a demon.moreless

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  • Just.. why Prue.

    THANK YOU to all the other people that have asked the question since the first time I saw this show so many years ago.

    Why not just kill Rodriguez again and let the day repeat itself and save Andy this time. And honestly, the fact he was there was pointless and stupid, he KNOWS it's a demon and he can't do anything, so he just barges in anyway? On top of that they know he dies, so why not just tie him up across town, do something - anything - that means he can't come in. I'm sure if they really tried, he would not have been ABLE to be in that house.

    But that's just me. I do like this season finale, I liked that Andy died, I felt it showed the show is serious, people do come and go in this life, and the whole 'will they won't they' with Prue was getting very very annoying. At least the love story with Piper, Leo (and Dan urgh) was well written.

    But yes, I hated the fact that, Mary Sue *cough* Prue was able to sense time as well and be all perfect. Let Phoebe (who admittedly does have kind of the crap power since she never is able to summon a vision on command, even levitation is nothing in comparison) be special for once!

    Future links:

    I like how we've had our second implication of the Source here.

    In the episode with 3 Prue's she jokes with Phoebe "Maybe one day you'll know how you sound" and in S4 she does!

    Pipers issues with being normal vs wicca resonate throughout the show.

    Phoebe's issues with being good vs evil, and where she belongs in the world.

    Fashion: Oh Darryl you're rocking that orange shirt and purple spotty tie.

    I do like Phoebe's light blue top she's wearing at the start of 'each' day.moreless
  • Deja Vu All Over Again

    Deja Vu All Over Again was a perfect episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because there was a lot of character and plot development as Andy lost his job to protect Prue, though it didn't do much good in the end. The story was well written, superbly acted, and the over all production was spectacular. This was a great season one finale because there was a lot of character growth and surprises in the story. I certainly look forward to the second season and watching its opening episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Kill Prue Vol. 57

    Written by Connie and Brad, this is a painfully dull offering from a painfully dull first season of the show. While the fireworks on display may distract casual viewers from a weak and overly used main-plot, bad casting and a dreadful script drags this one down considerably.

    My main gripe with this hour is how straight-laced it is - the writers never have fun with the premise and bring nothing new to the proceedings. To be fair, though, how Phoebe manages to recall what is happening due to her ability is a nice touch. (I felt it was undermined, however, when Super-Prue also felt the effects of Deja-Vu)

    The 3 leading ladies, as usual, do well with what they're given, but to be perfectly honest, it's not much. The plot is wafer thin at best, so to endure the same thing over and over really tests your limits. The episode focuses too much on two actors who weren't so much cast as they were carved!

    David Carradine, who will go on to star in such cult films as Kill Bill, and appear on such hit series as Alias, can't even elevate your viewing experience, although I'd say anyone would have a difficult time convincing you with the garb he had to spew out - Tempus becomes a reoccurring villain, but here, he's your typical lame-ass bad guy with little to no background.

    The stunt work was impressive and the final moments with Andy dying weren't overly Saccharine, shockingly. But this hour was filled with insufferable dialogue, some dreadful acting and as a season finale it was all rather tame stuff, even for this show.moreless
  • If at first you don't succeed at killing 3 witches, try, try again...

    This is the first season finale, and it is a good one. In my opinion, probably the fifth best overall, (behind Forever Charmed, Its a Bad, Bad, Bad World, All Hell Breaks Loose, and Something Wicca This Way Goes). Even though the use of time travel in the episode becomes rather worn out by time Charmed is finished, this is otherwise a rather unique episode with the same scenes repeating 3 times with small changes each time, making it probably actually a fairly easy episode to shoot. Fortunately, as we'll learn, anytime reality or time is messed with Phoebe is aware that something is up. She eventually gets the sisters together on the right path. As it turns out, like in "A Witch in Time", the ultimate answer is to allow the innocent to die; its just that this time around the innocent happens to be Andy.

    Like others, I also feel its a shame that Andy couldn't have been maintained on the show. I have said prior that I really liked the use of his character after he found out the secret, and I wish we would have had more of that instead of just a couple episodes. I think the couple repeated scenes between Prue and Andy are the highlight of this episode. They were well-written and very well done by Andy, not so much at times by Prue. Like I said with Piper and Leo, it is sort of out of the blue that Prue and Andy love each other when they've basically been resisting a relationship for the last 10 episodes. So, I don't know how believable it is. But like I said, the scenes are otherwise well-written and touching. Apparently death brings on religion and love.

    Andy's death ended up senseless in the end. If he would have stayed out of it, he would have lived. If you are the sisters and you know the day is repeating, why not go ahead and kill Rodriguez one more time, reset the day, and then do it all again except save Andy the next time? How about that for an idea? Also, Prue letting Rodriguez walk away is just idiotic. I expect it was just a lazy way to get rid of him without making the sisters look draconian, but seriously, he was a demon who had already killed twice, including Andy. Vanquishing him, even while tied down, wouldn't make anyone a murderer. Very good ending to what was a very solid opening season for Charmed.

    First seasons are typically overrated because they are the first, much like other things. I miss the magical effects displayed in later seasons. I miss Leo being a constant presence. I miss the orbing and healing. I miss Piper's blow up power. I miss the presence of a central evil to fight. I miss the underworld. I actually preferred it when Charmed settled on mostly demons as bad guys instead of the mottled mix of Season 1. I like bad guys who shimmer and throw fireballs. And most of all, I miss Paige. She brings an energy to the show whereas Prue brings a gravity. Both are good, but I definitely miss Paige.

    Still, all that being said, for all the things it doesn't have, this is still a very good season of Charmed. What this season does have is good writing and very good acting. It has at least 5 great episodes in Dead Man Dating, Wicca Envy, Is there a Woogie in the House?, That 70s Episode, and Love Hurts before the season finale. It also has very few episodes high on foolishiness. Very little exposure stories, and very little mythological or comic book chicanery. Great start.moreless
  • What the hell is a summary anyway?

    This has to be one of the best season finales in the whole show. A couple of things that make it so special are as follows:

    * The director of this episode played out the tragedy of Andy\'s death exceptionally well. With the reason of him dying in love for Prue, with his and Prue\'s talk at the end in (heaven, if that\'s what you want to call it) and even with the funerl. Calling all angels by Jane Siberry is a remarkable song.

    * There is also tragedy in a way that we get to see Phoebe die twice and Piper die once. It may not have been amazing acting on Shannan\'s part but it was good.

    * The PLOT (we mustn\'t forget the plot) whoever come up with this is a genius, and especially the idea of Phoebe catching on to the Deja Vu before everyone else BECAUSE of her power to see things in different times.

    * As well as all this, the episode still manages to keep its comedy factor, with Piper telling her school friend, Joanne Hurts where to stick it.

    * And, last but not least, Prue got to kick ass at the end in a brilliant scene where she reflected the energy ball with great confidence in her abilities.

    And, by the way, the talk the sisters had outside the manor at the end really set season 2 up, keeping everyone waiting for it. And Prue also got to close the door with her telekinesis (which, as we all know, is a tradition)moreless
Shannen Doherty

Shannen Doherty

Prudence 'Prue' Halliwell

Holly Marie Combs

Holly Marie Combs

Piper Halliwell

Alyssa Milano

Alyssa Milano

Phoebe Halliwell

Dorian Gregory

Dorian Gregory

Darryl Morris

Ted King

Ted King

Inspector Andy Trudeau

David Carradine

David Carradine


Guest Star

Carlos Gomez

Carlos Gomez

Inspector Rodriguez

Guest Star

Wendy Benson

Wendy Benson

Joanne Hertz

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (32)

    • Why would Andy care if Prue killed Rodriguez? He was an evil demon sent to kill the Charmed Ones and actually killed him.

    • After the 3rd attack from Rodriquez when Prue gets knocked out, Phoebe asks Piper "Is Prue okay?" to which Piper replied "she's out cold"; however, her lips don't match up with the audio. If you look closely, Piper's lips read, "she's okay".

    • TRIVIA: This is the first episode in which Phoebe has a premonition that they are not destined to stop. This is foreshadowed by the fact that Phoebe didn't see how it happened, just her and Piper examining Andy's dead body. In previous premonitions that they were able to stop, Phoebe was able to see who and by what means the person(s) were meant to die.

    • Exasperated by the cuckoo clock at a shop window, Rodriguez shoots it, which shatters the window as well. In the next shot, though the sound of Rodriguez walking on glass shards is heard, both the clock and the window are visibly undamaged.

    • The sisters cast a spell to speed up time, making this the 2nd time one of more of the sisters experience time travel.

    • Rodriguez tells Tempus that he has gotten furthur than anyone else in proving that the Halliwells were the Charmed Ones. This, however, is not true. Earlier in the season Rex and Hannah proved to the Source, that they were the Charmed Ones.

    • On the third reset day, in broad daylight with street vendors and other people all over the place, Rodriguez shoots the window out at the clock store then stays there and talks with Tempus. Why didn't anyone come out of the store or react to the fact that a window had just been shot?

    • Prue decides to let Rodriguez go and tells Piper and Phoebe it is because Rodriguez needs Tempus, so that means he is unable to kill them on his own, so he alone is not a threat. Rodriguez may have been unable to kill all three of them but he had succeeded in killing Piper and Phoebe! That is enough to consider him a threat, isn't it? Since Phoebe had managed to remember every other detail of the previous day, why didn't she remember that?

    • The power Rodriguez used in the last episode to kill his partner (a screeching sound which caused him to instantly choke and die) seems pretty useful. This episode Rodriguez throws energy balls at the Charmed Ones and, in most cases, gets killed by his own energy balls thrown back by Prue. Rodriguez claims to learn each time the day repeats itself, yet he doesn't try the screeching power on the Charmed Ones at all.

    • Prue meets Andy at the park to warn him of Phoebe's premonition. When they are talking a tree is shown between them. On the tree, at shoulder level there looks to be what resembles a carving of the Charmed Ones Triquetra - the symbol on the front of the book of shadows.

    • At the very end of the episode Phoebe is talking to Piper in the kitchen and her hair is up in a bun. Then a few seconds later the two of them walk out to see Prue on the front porch and Phoebe's hair is suddenly down with two clips in it inside.

    • TRIVIA: During season 1, the Charmed Ones and their associates vanquish eight warlocks, fourteen demons, one ghost, one darklighter, one wendigo, one lord of war and two mortals - a total of 28 evil beings.

    • Both times, the first time when only Phoebe dies, and the second time when Piper and Phoebe die, Prue moves both of their bodies, not even checking if their necks are okay. If she moved their bodies so quick she could have easily broken their necks, after Phoebe hit a wall and fell down the stairs and Piper flew trough the air and a wall!

    • TRIVIA: Brad Kern, one of Charmed writers and co-creator of the show had a cameo in this episode as the man that crashes his Jeep into another car and goes out of the car to check the damage.

    • When Andy is attacked, he smashes into a shelving unit and falls in front of it. When Piper and Phoebe check on him he is several feet away from it.

    • In this episode it says that Piper was in the class of '92. Yet in the season 3 episode "Coyote Piper" it says that she was in the class of '90.

    • TRIVIA: The swing that Prue and Andy are together on in the spirit realm is the same one from the last episode in the park.

    • The first time Prue warns Andy, Andy figures out that Rodriguez is the demon, but the third time she goes to warn him, she figures it out.

    • Rodriguez says that Prue is a witch and says that if she helps him he'll drop the charges on Andy and not tell anyone about her. What about the camera that is recording in the background?

    • Phoebe says to Prue that there was no demon or warlock in her premonition, but the way Andy was hurled across the room it had to be. In the premonition, Andy was not hurled across the room just seen dead.

    • In the kitchen, Piper's necklace is a cross, but when she goes outside, it's a butterfly.

    • TRIVIA: Featured music in this episode -
      -Animal Instinct by The Cranberries
      -Calling All Angels by Jane Siberry (with k.d. lang)
      -Better Days (And The Bottom Drops Out) by Citizen King
      -Delicious Surprise by Beth Hart

    • When Rodriguez kills Piper he blasts her backwards but she falls face first onto the floor.

    • The first time Prue warns Andy she is facing away from him, but in the next shot she is facing towards him.

    • TRIVIA: This is the second time Alyssa Milano has appeared in an episode called Déjà Vu All Over Again. She once before starred in the same-titled episode on Melrose Place.

    • TRIVIA: In what becomes a season ending tradition, the Manor doors close magically - this time done by Prue's powers.

    • At the end of the episode, when Prue shuts the door magically it shows the inside of the house, revealing that there is no door leading into the sitting room. During the show the layout of the house has a foyer that leads into the parlor and a sitting room, there should be a doorway parallel to the front door.

    • The last time Rodriguez tried to kill the sisters, he threw the energy ball at Prue, but Piper pushed Prue out of the way. Why didn't Piper just use her powers to freeze the scene? She could have frozen the energy ball before it hit Prue, then when Andy came rushing in, Rodriguez would have been frozen, and Andy wouldn't have been killed.

    • Wouldn't Tempus know that Phoebe's power of premonition would allow her to know that they were in a time loop and warn Rodriguez to be careful?

    • When Andy is hit by the energy ball and he yells, it is in slow-motion and you can clearly see that a stunt double was used.

    • TRIVIA: Nancy O'Dell later returns in the season 5 episode "A Witch's Tail (2)" when she interviews Phoebe in the bathtub.

    • The first time that Phoebe is killed, her right hand is bent out, but the next time she is shown, her head is laying on it, then it is bent out again.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Phoebe: The devil's sorcerer, Tempus. He can manipulate time anyway he chooses.
      Piper: Does it say how to vanquish him?
      Phoebe: Uh, take him out of the time that he's in. What ever that means.
      (Rodriguez kicks open the door and throws lightning at Prue, but Piper pushes her out of the way just in time and they fall to the floor. Andy runs in.)
      Andy: No!!
      (He shoots at Rodriguez and Rodriguez throws lightning at him.)
      Phoebe: Andy!
      (Andy flies through the air and hits a glass cabinet. Piper freezes Rodriguez.)
      Piper: Are you okay?
      Phoebe: Yeah, is Prue okay?
      Piper: Yeah, she's out cold. (They see Andy and run over to him. Piper feels his pulse.) Oh my God. He's dead.

    • Andy: A time loop? You mean demons can actually do that sort of thing?
      Prue: None that I've ever seen before but if it is a demon, it's the most powerful one we've ever come up against.
      Andy: He's going through all this just to kill me. No way, Prue. If he's as powerful as you say, then he's gotta be after you.
      Prue: Andy, please just let us handle this. Whatever you do you have to promise me that you'll stay away from the manor.
      Andy: I can't promise you that, Prue. If you're right and Rodriguez is the demon then it's a trap.
      Prue: Yeah, then I'll have Piper and Phoebe there to back me up, all right, the power of three.
      Andy: What if that's what he wants, all three of you together? What if that's the reason he set the time loop?
      Prue: We'll just have to take our chances.
      Andy: You could get killed, Prue.
      Prue: I mean it. This is not your fight. Don't make me use my magic on you. Andy, I would die if anything happened to you. I love you.
      Andy: I love you too, Prue.
      (They hug.)

    • Tempus: Well...
      Rodriguez: Trudeau is sent to meet. But what I need to know is how to avoid the pain of getting vanquished again.
      Tempus: It depends on whether you learned enough to vanquish them first. What do you remember?
      Rodriguez: Last time I killed the youngest one, Phoebe, without a fight. But then when I turned to kill Piper, I think she's the one who has the power to freeze.
      Tempus: Adjust, simply anticipate where she's coming from earlier before she has a chance to freeze you. Then kill Prue.

    • Rodriguez: What the hell are you doing here?
      Darryl: I'm backing my partner, you got a problem with that?
      Rodriguez: Get out now!
      Andy: It's okay, Darryl, I got it. (Darryl leaves.) Just for the record, I'm not saying anything without my lawyer present.
      Rodriguez: Forget your lawyer, Trudeau. I'm not screwing around this time.
      Andy: This time? What are you talking about?
      Rodriguez: Bottom line, I know my partner was killed by a supernatural being and I think Prue Halliwell can help me figure out who did it.
      Andy: Really? Well, I'll just get the commissioner to signal Batman and then I'll get right on it.
      Rodriguez: Do you think I'm joking? I know everything, Trudeau, everything including the fact that Prue Halliwell is a witch. Now you're gonna arrange a meeting with her tonight, you understand, or else I'm gonna bust you ass and expose hers.
      (He leaves the room and Darryl enters.)
      Darryl: What was that about?
      Andy: I'm not sure.

    • Prue: Mrs. Henderson's car. Just a little fender-bender, no big deal.
      Phoebe: Prue, I am not nuts. Okay, maybe just a little but that's irrelevant here.
      Prue: Phoebe, Andy's in trouble.
      Phoebe: What? (Prue shows her the paper.) Let me see that. (She takes the paper off Prue and has a premonition.) Now, that was the premonition which I've had before.
      Prue: Of what?
      Phoebe: Of Andy, here, being killed by a demon.

    • Tempus: Well?
      Rodriguez: I'm sure I made Trudeau suspicious of me. He'll go to Prue, she'll have no choice but to meet with me.
      Tempus: But you have to get all three of them together.
      Rodriguez: Trudeau cares about her. He won't let her risk meeting me alone. He'll insist she have the power of three there with her for protection.
      Tempus: And you think you have the power to defeat them all.
      Rodriguez: You don't think I do, do you? You think I'll fail.
      Tempus: Time will tell.

    • Prue: Wait, you said that you didn't see a demon or a warlock in your premonition, right?
      Phoebe: No, but the way he was hurled across the room, there had to have been one.
      Prue: This room here?
      Phoebe: Right here, yeah.
      Prue: Okay, and you're positive that it was Andy.
      Phoebe: Prue.
      Prue: I just want to be sure, all right, this isn't just anybody that we're talking about, you know.
      Phoebe: I know, and I care about him too.
      Prue: I know you do. I'm sorry. Um, right, why don't you fill in Piper and I'm gonna go warn Andy.
      Phoebe: How? He said it was too risky for you to be seen with him.
      Prue: Yeah, well, I don't care. Let Internal Affairs find out that we're witches. Andy's life is a lot more important.
      Phoebe: Okay, just please be careful. You don't know what kind of demon we're up against.

    • Rodriguez: Tempus. I never...
      Tempus: Expected to see me? Of course not. You were not worthy before now. What is the name you are using here?
      Rodriguez: Rodriguez.
      Tempus: Ah, yes. I have been sent to you, Rodriguez. As a gift.
      Rodriguez: Sent? By who?
      Tempus: I think you know who and why.
      Rodriguez: I can defeat the Charmed Ones on my own. I don't need any help.
      Tempus: Really. What makes you think you have actually found the Charmed Ones?
      Rodriguez: Are you kidding? After so many of my colleagues have mysteriously vanished in San Francisco this year. It can only be one reason why. I posed as a cop as I believed that one was covering for them. I was right, he was. That's how I found them. Of course, you already know all that, don't you. That's what makes me so worthy now, right?
      Tempus: Watch your tongue, Rodriguez, lest I split it for you. It's one thing to have found the Charmed Ones, it's quite another to defeat them as those who have gone before you have already discovered. Tomorrow is Wednesday. I want you to get all three witches together in one place by midnight and give it your best shot. But if you fail...
      Rodriguez: I will not fail.
      Tempus: Well, if you do, I'll be there to help you learn by your failures. Trust me. Now, how do you expect to get them together?
      Rodriguez: Trudeau.

    • (after hearing a car crash)
      Prue: Where did you park my car last night?
      Phoebe: In the driveway... I think.
      (Prue goes to check it out)
      Prue: Mrs Henderson's car.
      Phoebe: Oh, thank God. I mean, that your car is in the driveway and I'm not in the doghouse.

    • Prue: I was just thinking that all that we've been through since we've become witches!
      Phoebe: Hmm...Give you a headache?

    • Weather-lady (on TV): Good Morning San Fransisco! Looks like it's going to be a gorgeous Monday morning here in the Bay area....
      Phoebe: She really needs another shtick, that one's getting boring!

    • Prue: We may be not murderers but we're no angels either.

    • Andy: You're not a murderer Prue. You're a good person who does good things.
      Prue: I don't want to lose you.
      Andy: Don't worry... you won't.
      (Andy and Prue kiss)
      Andy: I'll always be there for you, Prue.
      (Andy vanishes)

    • Andy: Prue, Prue, come to me Prue.
      Prue: Andy? What's going on? Where are we?
      Andy: Not quite sure really, hoped I'd end up here, but not so soon. One thing I do know for sure is I am staying, you're not.
      Prue: I don't understand.
      Andy: I broke my promise Prue, I came to your house tonight. Turns out Phoebe's premonition was one you couldn't stop after all.

    • (Rodriguez rings the doorbell repeatedly.)
      Piper: That's a little too anxious. That's not a good sign.
      Phoebe: Which means if he doesn't wanna kill Prue, he wants to date her.

    • Prue (to Andy): Don't make me use my magic on you.
      (Both of them smile.)

    • Phoebe: Prue, I'm not mad! Ok, well, maybe just a little, but that really has nothing to do with this.

    • Piper (talking with Phoebe about a former high school rival now interviewing her for the Food Network): What am I supposed to say? That I'm a cash strapped, single, restaurant manager, who still lives in the same house I grew up in with my sisters?
      Phoebe: And the cat, don't forget our cat.

    • Prue: You know how much I still love you.
      Andy: No, I didn't.

    • Rodriguez: Prue a witch.
      Andy: A witch, huh? You wait here, I'll go warn the Wizard of Oz.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Neúprosná smyčka (Inexorable Loop) France: Une journée sans fin (An endless day) Italy: Déjà vu Germany: Immer wieder Mittwoch (Always Wednesday)

    • For this entire season, the show was nominated for the 1999 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Drama. Plus, Shannen Doherty (Prue) was nominated for the Academy Of Science Fiction, Fantasy And Horror Films's 1999 Saturn Award for Best Genre TV Actress.

    • Guest star Wendy Benson-Landes who appears in this episode as Piper's former schoolmate Joanna, previously worked with Shannen Doherty (although they do not share a scene they both appear in this episode) on Beverly Hills 90210 in the first two episodes of season four as Darla, Brenda's junior high school best friend and brief Minnesota State roomate.

    • This episode scored 5.6 million viewers.


    • Andy: Really? Well, I'll just get the commissioner to signal Batman and then I'll get right on it.

      Batman is a famous fictional comic-book superhero who fights evil. Whenever the Batman was needed, a bat-signal would be lit into the sky, alarming Batman to come and rescue whoever was in trouble.

    • Piper: I thought I was gonna have to pull a Celine Dion and wear my dress backwards.

      In the 71st Annual Academy Awards, Celine Dion wore a white coat, which caused sensation because it seemed that it was on backwards.

    • Andy: I'll go warn The Wizard of Oz.

      The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film, written by Noel Langley and directed by Victor Fleming, among several other uncredited directors, based on the 1900 children's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. The film features Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale, Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West, Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow, Jack Haley as the Tin Man, Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion and Frank Morgan as the Wizard.

    • Prue (to Andy): Don't make me use my magic on you.

      This is a reference to the earlier season 1 episode "Out of Sight" when the same event occured.

    • Title: Déjà Vu All Over Again

      This is a reference to a quote attributed to Yogi Berra: "It's like déjà vu all over again."