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Season 1 Episode 11

Feats Of Clay

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 20, 1999 on The WB
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Episode Summary


When Phoebe's ex-boyfriend comes to town he brings trouble in the form of a stolen Egyptian urn which carries a mortal curse. Meanwhile, Prue deals with her own problem of trying to save the auction house from bankruptcy, and Piper's use of her powers in a misguided attempt at matchmaking may backfire.


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  • As much as I liked this eppisode is as much as I disliked it.

    I have watched all of the charmed eppisode a few hundred times and love most of them, Some of course more then others. Feats of Clay was one of the ones I liked the least. Funny thing is, is I can not figure out why.

    I liked this eppisode because after watching the ones before Shannon left I can see where things started to get tense with the actores. This is the only eppisode that I have watched where Pheobe and Prue's character really got along. Prue reallying worring about what happens to Pheobe and Pheobe being ok with her sister telling her she was worried.

    As much as I loved the interaction of the sisters the story line left me with just wishing they would have done a different story line. I felt that it was just a story line to show the viewer that there were demons from different places other then the San Fran. and that things could be evil (the Urn) and not just people.

    I am still a little confused with the personal gain thingy, since piper cast a spell on Doug she said it wouldnt be personal gain, but since he was driving her nutz at work breaking things and this spell would help him have more confidence and make life at work better and that would effect piper, wouldnt that be personal gain for piper? I'm confused.

    Im glad that Andy is still there for Prue. You can tell they still have feeling for each other.

    My only nit picks with this eppisode was Prue just walking right into Pheobe's room without knocking, She did it in the eppisode and The fouth sister. I just think that is rude.

    My other was Pheobe and Clay 'doing it' with Piper right down stair. I myself would not be comfortable doing that, But that is just me.

    Over all this was a good eppisode. Im glad we have charmed.

  • Feats Of Clay

    Feats Of Clay was a superb episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because the story was good, the acting was excellent and there was some great character and plot development. It was interesting to see one of Phoebe's exes caught up in thievery and Egyptian curses. Each of the sisters deals with their own small issues such as dealing with an ex, saving the auction house, and helping Quake employees come back together. Andy has yet another clue for another mysterious case leading back to Prue. All ended well and I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • After all these years, I finally get the title...

    The young, adorable, and fabulous Alyssa Milano, starting to look gorgeous, and Holly Marie Combs save this episode from being complete bunk; otherwise, this episode might be less annoying than The Fourth Sister, but at least that had a fairly decent bad guy to vanquish. Prue and Phoebe are fighting again, which always kind of bores me. Prue is back to being overprotective and boorish, and Phoebe is pulling a Paige with faith in a boyfriend that borders on delusion. Phoebe's boyfriend is a decent enough actor; his character is just boring, no fault of his own. No more boring than the Guardian of the Urn, which is quite a feat considering she's attractive enough and showing cleavage. If the urn can simply shimmer back to position, then why do people need to be punished for stealing it? Huh...

    Piper's subplot is the comedic variety and an excuse to use the freezing power over and over again. Obviously, production thought it was cool at this point. Funny considering how it is practically forgotten later on. Apparently, Piper is determined to keep the young couple together as some sort of substitute for her and Leo. This is an unusual instance where the writers would have been better off connecting the dots for us. No vanquish this week. So, the episode is unique in that regard.

    I did like Phoebe's, "Okay STOP!... Okay, go." And Andy getting Prue's card and saying, "I'm cursed." Haha... Not helping matters is Prue's new boss is more of a demon than Rex was.moreless
  • Yawns of Clay.

    Feats of Clay was the first episode of Charmed I ever saw. It obviously was enough to get me hooked, but it’s not good enough for me now. The whole main story is just ridiculous, and the stories about the urn and Clay are just wrong. The ex boyfriend coming to town pretending to be good, is just not gripping at all, and the protector of the urn is just stiff and boring. The actor who portrays Clay is plain bad, his character is worse, and he has no chemistry with Alyssa whatsoever. The idea of Clay really wanting to be good, and the fact that he “never lied about his feelings” are just strained and unrealistic. It’s as if the writers just want to create a deep character and have some development in the show, but it fails utterly. Prue and Andy’s relationship is as boring as ever, even though they’re not a couple anymore. The loss of Leo is also noticeable, and there’s no fun Rex and Hannah dialogue to fill the gaps. The only thing left is basically the main plot, and that’s not much to brag about.

    Although one of the worst episodes of season 1, it featured some good parts. It introduced the character of Claire, someone I really like. Claire and Prue are great together and Shannen was great throughout the entire episode. The sub plot about Doug the clumsy waiter was cute, and actually a lot better than the main story.

    Feats of Clay is one big yawn fest, and one of the dullest hours of Charmed ever. It was badly written, and at parts, badly acted, and is one of the worst of Season 1, as well as the whole series.moreless
  • So boring!

    Phoebe's ex boyfriend Clay comes to San Francisco to have Prue appraise an urn. I don't get how he knew that Prue worked at an auction house because Phoebe said that she hadn't spoken to him since she left New York and Prue was working at a museum. A protector of the urn comes out and kills Clay's friends and Clay knows he's next. He hides the truth from Phoebe but she has a premonition of him being killed by a snake. A selfless act is all that can save him. When the snake attacts he protects Phoebe and lives. Boring episodemoreless
Shannen Doherty

Shannen Doherty

Prudence 'Prue' Halliwell

Holly Marie Combs

Holly Marie Combs

Piper Halliwell

Alyssa Milano

Alyssa Milano

Phoebe Halliwell

Ted King

Ted King

Inspector Andy Trudeau

Victor Browne

Victor Browne


Guest Star

Stacy Haiduk

Stacy Haiduk

Guardian of the Urn

Guest Star

Eddie Bowz

Eddie Bowz

Palmer Kellogg

Guest Star

Cristine Rose

Cristine Rose

Claire Pryce

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • Alyssa Milano's right shoulder tattoo is visible through her red shirt when she closes the front door after Clay leaves.

    • When Clay jumps in front of the snake to save Phoebe and it disappears, Phoebe says, "A selfless act, just like the Book of Shadows said." This is not true, Prue said that a selfless act might balance the scale, not the Book of Shadows.

    • When Clay & the others steal the urn they mention that the person they are stealing it from died mysteriously but if the Guardian of the Urn teleports it back to the rightful owner after killing the thief shouldn't they be stealing it from the owner not someone who died from the curse?

    • TRIVIA: Featured music in this episode -
      -Inside Out by Eve 6
      -Good Enough by Sarah McLachlan -Hey Pachuco! by Royal Crown Revue

    • TRIVIA: The Guardian of the Urn is neither good nor evil. She simply exists to protect the urn from thieves. When someone steals the urn, she takes physical shape from her previous art depiction on the urn and similarly causes other art depictions of various poisonous animals such as spiders, snakes and scorpions to come to life off the urn in order to kill the thief as punishment. She is high resistant to outside magic and teleports the urn back to its original owner once the thief is killed.

    • TRIVIA: Phoebe's boyfriend Clay's name begins with a "C" and in season 3 we learn that her true love's name begins with a "C" which at the time she thinks is Cole, but later turns out to be Coop.

    • The sisters refer to Greed and the Seven Deadly Sins in this episode. They mention the only way to overcome it is a selfless act, which is how that got rid of their infection of Sin in the season 3 episode "Sin Francisco".

    • How did Clay know that Prue worked at an auction house? Phoebe said she hadn't talked to him since she left New York, and when Phoebe arrived in San Francisco, Prue was still working at the museum.

    • TRIVIA: Cristine Rose (Claire Pryce) and Holly worked together on Picket Fences - they played mother and daughter. Cristine has also worked with Shannen when they both guest stared in the same episode of Life Goes On together.

    • Clay tells Phoebe that he came to see her because he needed Prue's help to appraise and sell the urn, because he needed to make some quick cash. Wouldn't Phoebe find it suspicious that he paid for a trip to San Fransisco to avoid appraisal costs? Getting an urn appraised in New York would be a lot cheaper than flying to San Francisco.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Piper: New York Clay? That Clay?
      Phoebe: That's the one.
      Piper: You said you never wanted to see him again.
      Phoebe: Ancient history.
      Piper: Six months?
      Phoebe: Five. (They reach the bottom of the stairs and Prue's standing there.) He's just stopping by on his way home. It's not a big deal. He was travelling or something.
      Prue: Who's Clay?
      Phoebe: Nobody.
      Piper: Her ex-boyfriend, the musician. She met him when she was working at the Rainbow Room. You remember?
      Prue: No, I don't. Nobody told me. They hired you at the Rainbow Room?
      Piper: Yeah, she was the hostess until she started working at the Chelsea Pier.
      Phoebe: Okay, can we talk about this later please? (The doorbell rings.) A lot later. We're just friends, that's all. Do I have lipstick on my teeth?
      (She smiles.)
      Piper: Yes.
      (Phoebe rubs her teeth with her finger and heads towards the door.)
      Prue: That was mean.
      Piper: That was not mean.
      Prue: Okay.
      (Phoebe opens the door.)
      Clay: Phoebe.
      Phoebe: Hey.
      Clay: It's really good to see you. (They hug and Phoebe has a premonition of her and Clay in bed together. The premonition ends and Phoebe smiles. They stop hugging.) You okay?
      Phoebe: Uh huh. Ooh.

    • Wesley: Told you. Piece of cake.
      Clay: Let's just do this and get out of here.
      Wesley: Relax, Clay. I told you no one's home, the owner is dead.
      Palmer: Stay here and keep watch. We'll get the urn. (Wesley and Palmer walk into another room while Clay stands at the doorway.) Clay doesn't know, does he?
      Wesley: Why spook him? He probably believes it was the curse that killed the old man.
      Palmer: He was stung to death by a scorpion, Wesley. In a bathroom of an airplane.
      Wesley: Don't tell me you believe in that crap.
      Palmer: You think I'd be here if I did? (He sees the urn.) Is that it?
      Wesley: That's it. (They walk over to it and Wesley picks it up.) You see any scorpions around?
      Palmer: No, just dollar signs. Let's go.
      (A picture on the side of the urn glows and disappears. Clay comes up to them.)
      Clay: Hey, man, there's a car coming. You guys must've tripped an alarm.
      Wesley: Let's get outta here.
      (Two guards come in. Clay, Wesley and Palmer hide behind some plants.)
      Clay: Should've never let you guys talk me into this.
      Wesley: Shut up. We'll split up and meet in San Francisco. Give the urn to your friend and hock it right away.
      Palmer: Don't you think about ripping us off 'cause I'll find you.
      (Clay leaves. Wesley starts walking away but stops when he sees magic dust floating in the air in front of him. The dust turns into a woman - the protector of the urn.)
      Wesley: Whoa. What are you?
      Guardian: I'm the guardian of the urn.
      Wesley: The what? (She touches her ring and then Wesley's chest.) Hey, what are you doing? (A spider appears and he starts yelling in pain and falls to the floor.)
      Guardian: You are being punished for your greed. As for your friends...

    • Prue: The Guardian punishes the greedy, so maybe if Clay does something selfless, it'll even the score.
      Piper: Good luck...

    • Prue: Seasons change, people don't...
      Phoebe: I changed. DO you remember what you thought of me before I walked back through that door?
      Prue: That's different...
      Phoebe: How is that different?
      Prue: You're my sister...

    • Piper: I'm getting a little freeze frazzled.

    • Coroner: I found someone's business card in his pocket. Buckland's Auction House...
      Andy (cutting him off): Ah. Let me guess, Prue Halliwell?
      Coroner: Yeah. How did you know?
      Andy: I'm cursed.

    • Doug: Who cares about Shelly when I've got Thursday, Friday, Saturday all lined up and waiting?

    • Clay: You're not gonna hurt anybody else?
      Guardian: Not until somebody steals the urn again.
      Clay: How do you know anybody will?
      Guardian: Somebody always does.

    • Phoebe: Don't take this the wrong way, but why are you here, with me, now?
      Clay: What, can't a guy visit?
      Phoebe: Yeah, but you're not just a guy, you're Clay, and Clay comes with strings attached.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Na hlíněných nohou (On Earthen Legs)France: La malédiction de l'urne (The curse of the urn) Italy: La maledizione dell'urna (The curse of the urn) Germany: Der Fluch der Urne (The curse of the urn)

    • This episode scored 5.7 million viewers.


    • Phoebe: It's just like The Cowardly Lion from "The Wizard of Oz".

      "The Wizard of Oz" is a movie from 1939, which featured Judy Garland as Dorothy.

    • Clay: Maybe you can show me around. Help me see where I left my heart.

      A reference to the famous 1962 Tony Bennett hit I Left My Heart in San Francisco.

    • Phoebe: I thought your charm was to boost his confidence, not turn him into Tom Cruise.
      Making a comparison to the 1988 movie Cocktail that starred Tom Cruise as a bartender.

    • Prue: They hired you at the Rainbow Room?

      The Rainbow Room is a very famous restaurant in New York that serves a more elite clientelle.

    • Title: Feats Of Clay

      "Feet of clay" is a phrase that refers to a person's weakness. It's origin is found in the bible: "...his legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay." (Daniel 2:31-32)