Season 2 Episode 17

How to Make a Quilt Out of Americans

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 06, 2000 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • When the girls run away from Cryto at the gas station they run into an alley with an SWA Properties logo on the billboard. Phoebe worked for SWA Properties in season one "From Fear to Eternity".

    • After the girls drive up to the house after losing their powers, when Piper gets out of the car you can see her smiling even though she is not happy this entire episode.

    • TRIVIA: In the previous episode, Murphy's Luck, while Piper and Leo are flipping through the Book, the one page they pause on is the page that talks about Cryto, the demon from this episode.

    • After the girls pretend to freeze, as Phoebe kicks Cryto she tells him that good witches don't freeze. If they are trying to use what they know about their powers that he wouldn't why would she tell him something that important rather than pretending he hadn't mastered Piper's freezing power?

    • Aunt Gail looks at a photo of herself and Penny from their college days. However, young Penny bears absolutely no resembelance to the Penny shown in the episode Witchstock.

    • TRIVIA: This episode marks the official ending of Piper and Dan's nearly five month relationship.

    • TRIVIA: This episode features The Eurythmics' song 17 Again and Catatonia's song Valerian.

    • TRIVIA: This is the first episode in which Prue doesn't use her telekenesis power.

    • TRIVIA: The shirt that Piper is wearing when she sees Dan at P3 after he returns is the same shirt worn by Hannah Webber, the demon panther, in the season 1 episode The Truth Is Out There And It Hurts.

    • When Cryto kills Helen and Amanda, their shirts are laid out flat, but when Prue, Piper, and Phoebe go downstairs their clothes are in a pile.

    • TRIVIA: This is the third time that the girls lost their powers, but the second time that one of them wanted to quit being a witch.

    • Nobody was supposed to be able to take the Book of Shadows out of the house, except for the Charmed Ones. But Aunt Gail rips out a page and takes it home. Why can she do that?

    • The set used for Aunt Gail's basement is obviously the same one used for Halliwell manor.

    • Since Aunt Gail was a part of Grams' coven, why wasn't she mentioned or appeared in the episode "Witchstock"?

    • At the gas station, when Cryto supposedly freezes time the wind blows through Prue's and Piper's hair & jackets. Cryto should have noticed that they were only pretending to be frozen.

    • TRIVIA: Aunt Gail wasn't their actual aunt. She was just Grams' close friend. Grams had told Aunt Gail that the girls had powers.

    • TRIVIA: Piper breaks up with Dan, to get back together with Leo.

    • When Phoebe is asking for directions at the gas station from the two older men, her case for her glasses falls and one of the older men picks the case up and asks her if those were hers. She says no and gets into Piper's car. Then at the end of the episode, Phoebe is shown wearing the same glasses that she had on in the beginning of the episode. If she never picked the glasses up claiming they were hers, how did she have them at the end of the episode?

    • Considering that the loss of their powers was a very important problem, why didn't they call for Leo (at anytime in the episode) to help them out with his powers or to go and check with the elders?

    • In the scene at the gas station, the wires are clearly visible on the actors.

  • Quotes

    • Prue: Phoebe, there is absolutely nothing wrong with wearing glasses. I mean, I wear them.
      Phoebe: I know, but you're older. (Piper laughs) Well, you are.

    • Piper: Phoebe, I love you, you're one of my two most favorite sisters but I don't want to give up having a life.

    • Prue (about Aunt Gail): She was like a second Grams to us.
      Phoebe: Yeah, only a nice one. One that never said no.

    • Phoebe: Good witches don't freeze.

    • Piper: Alright, I'm only doing this for you guys. And if I get killed, I'm gonna haunt the both of you forever.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Zrada (Betrayal) France: Trois sorcières sans charme (Three witches without charm) Italy: L'eterna giovinezza (Eternal youth) Germany: Ewige Jugend (Eternal youth)

  • Allusions

    • Title: How To Make A Quilt Out Of Americans

      This is a reference to the 1995 "How To Make An American Quilt", starring Winona Ryder.