Charmed

Season 1 Episode 2

I've Got You Under My Skin

5
Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 14, 1998 on The WB
8.2
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Piper has trouble dealing with her power and fears what might happen if she enters a church. Meanwhile, Phoebe meets a photographer who sucks the life out of young women to keep himself young, and Prue faces relationship complications with Andy when she gets a job at an auction house.moreless

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  • I've Got You Under My Skin

    10
    I've Got You Under My Skin was a perfect follow up to the series premier of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because the sisters discover more about themselves and their powers. Each of the sisters has a fair amount of character development and some of the other major characters of the show are introduced. It seems that some know more and some know less than the three sisters. This episode had a great story with the sister's facing their second foe together. I certainly look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • A life a little complicated...

    7.5
    So, here we are, a fourth time through. I'm hoping to catch all the reviews I've missed. The first time around I thought this was mostly a kick into neutral after the substantial start of the first episode. However, with a repeated viewing, I see this as yes, a necessarily slower character-driven episode that not only further developed the characters but also set up some key threads for Season 1. Prue got her job at Bucklands, and Charmed's first recurring bad guys, Rex and Hannah, were both introduced. Prue also starts the most start-and-stop relationship in the history of the show with Andy. Prue appears to be taking the stance that being a witch prevents her from having a normal life. It is something to be dealt carefully with.



    Piper hates being a witch. That is the main development for her character, and we will see this same theme capitalized on throughout the remainder of the series. No character changes as much as Piper's, but this will remain the same. Her subplot of being afraid of being evil and using a church to test it is mostly in the show for humor. Holly's acting here is tremendous. I loved the reaction after she was able to enter the church.



    Ironically, Phoebe jokes that she is the one that needs to worry about being evil. Yes, and THAT will be a recurring theme for her character. Phoebe has a somewhat light part here. She has an important scene in the attic with Piper where she plays Leo, before Leo, and she becomes the first to find out that she can't use her powers for personal gain, a lesson that really doesn't take. She also does her normal fighting with Prue. Andy and Darryl continue their Mulder and Scully routine here. The writing is still mediocre, but the acting is better. The episode is light on magic, actually dipping into Islam for the vanquish of Javna, rather unique. Decent vanquish at the end, but still somewhat quaint compared to the effects of later seasons.moreless
  • One of the best episodes of series one and deffinetly shows Prues character coming through!

    9.0
    I really enjoyed this episode and really love the character of Prue Halliwell. She is strong and its so great to finally see a strong female character on our screens who fights for what she believes in and also has a great sense of style whilst doing so (Well for at the time it was filmed at, at least). I look forward to seeing Prue and Andy's relationship grow and to also see how the two characters develop within the future episodes. I am already glued to the screen with this series and cant wait to see what is to come of this series and hopefully many more.moreless
  • Never mind the demon....here's the sub plots

    8.8
    One week into their new lives, the sisters face their first demon; a being named Javna who sucks the youth out of young women in order to stay young himself. Ok, so this is hardly an original concept, but it is only the second episode so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.



    What is far more interesting is what we find out about the sisters.



    Piper is still uncomfortable with being a witch and, in particular, with her lack of control over her power. Her scenes in the kitchen and at the church, while funny, also show real fear on her part thanks to some great acting from Holly.



    Prue gets a new job and we begin to see how career minded she is. She also gets (back) together with Andy in what turns out to be a one night stand. This actually sets up their relationship nicely and it's a shame it dwindles away to nothing in later episodes.



    Phoebe is still loving her new power and is determined to make the most of it. The way she walks straight into Javna's trap also shows what a trusting person she is, although I could see why a lot of folk might say she was being irresponsible.



    I wasn't sure how or why Phoebe's lottery ticket unwrote itself in the last scene. In later episodes, personal gain brings consequences but it doesn't stop their powers from working. I also think it's hard on Phoebe when Prue blatantly uses her power to fling Andy's alarm clock out of the window so she can sneak off while he's sleeping. How is that not personal gain?



    The banter between the sisters was very well written and it was a cool vanquish. The hand of Fatima. Love it!moreless
  • The sisters try to keep their powers in check, whuich is particularly difficult for Phoebe, as she cannot resist a peek into the future when it comes to flirting with menmoreless

    8.5
    This episode contains individual and uniqe sub plots for each sister, my fav. was the one involving Piper, who is too scared to enter a church, fearing she is too evil and will be sruck by lighting. This is very funny and shows superb acting by Holly Marie Combs.The scene where Phoebe is telling Piper not to worry that she is a good, caring person, is very touching and it shows a tender side to Phoebe. Prue's storyline shows her interviewing for a job at Bucklands, and introduces us to the infamous duo Rex and Hannah who will become one of the greatest foes in the series history. The demon of the week, Javna is pretty dark and has very strange powers very different from many demons in the show, the vanquish was very strange but effective when Prue's hand became the hand of Fatima, very cool special effects



    Overall 8/10 enjoyable episode containing a lot of sisterly bondingmoreless
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

Michael Philip

Michael Philip

Stephan/Javna

Guest Star

Marc Shelton

Marc Shelton

Father Williams

Guest Star

Bailey Chase

Bailey Chase

Alec

Guest Star

Neil Roberts

Neil Roberts

Rex Buckland

Recurring Role

Leigh-Allyn Baker

Leigh-Allyn Baker

Hannah Webster

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (12)

    • Prue's area of expertise ranges from the Ming Dynasty through present day, specifically a Mark McGuire rookie baseball card.

    • Growing up, we learn Andy's favorite movie was Evil Dead II and Darryl's was Ghostbusters.

    • Goof: Piper's makeup looks slightly off in the scene where she is in her car talking to the pastor. Only one eye has visible makeup on it, however when she looks up at the church both eyes have makeup on them.

    • Goof: When Phoebe is talking to Stefan and he writes his address on the napkin, it's obvious his address was already on the napkin before he started writing.

    • Goof: Piper is watching a TV show that claims that Mary Easty was struck down by a lightning bolt trying to enter a church during the Salem witch trials. This is not the truth. She was tried as a witch in 1692, petitioned for counsel but was denied it and was hanged on September 22 of that same year.

    • Goof: When Prue tells Piper and Phoebe about her and Andy her glass of orange juice and her pen are in her right hand and some papers in her left hand. But when they walk away from the staircase, the camera changes shot and the objects are switched.

    • Goof: When Phoebe is at the newstand, the old man said that the jackpot is 10 million, but at the end of the episode, when the numbers come on the TV, Phoebe is holding the paper with her numbers that says, "Today's jackpot is 8 million".

    • TRIVIA: Phoebe gets a premonition without actually touching anything.

    • Goof: When on her second interview, Prue deflects the paint so it lands right in front of her, so when Rex came over to check on her, he would have walked right through the puddle of paint.

    • Goof: Rex should not have placed art in a room with liquid paint. The painting may have been fake, as Prue observed, but the sculpture was real. If some of the paint had landed there, the sculpture would have been ruined.

    • Goof: The angel tattoo that was shown on young Brittany's hand is different than the one on the old Brittany. Young Brittany shows the front of the angel whereas the old one shows the back of it.

    • Goof: When Prue is deflecting the beams back at Javna with the mirror, she was standing next to the table where she picked up the mirror from, but when the camera moves to Javna and they show Prue three seconds later (when joined by her sisters in the wider shot), the table is gone.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Andy: Come on, Prue. Listen to me. We've known each other for a long time. We just couldn't help ourselves. It's nothing to be ashamed of.
      Prue: I know, Andy.
      Andy: All we did was make love.
      Prue: I know, Andy.

    • Andy: I'm not sorry it happened, Prue.
      Prue: Well, I have to be honest with you, Andy. I am. (pause)…I mean, not because I didn't enjoy it, I did, especially the…um…
      Andy (grins): Yeah, that was great.
      Prue: Yeah! (giggles)…And…of course there was the…uh…
      Andy: That was nice too!

    • Andy: Prue, we had sex. It doesn't mean we have to elope.

    • Piper: Watch it! (Accidentally freezes the room) Oh, no. No, no, no, no, no. Not again!
      Prue: Now look at what you've done!
      Phoebe: This is my fault?!
      Piper: You guys aren't frozen?
      Phoebe: Guess that it doesn't work on witches.
      (Prue goes to the door and looks outside. The people outside the kitchen are not frozen.)
      Prue: It doesn't work out here either.
      Piper: Oh! Tell me this isn't happening!

    • Piper: I could panic, and freeze the whole restaurant!

    • Prue (to Phoebe): Nice dress.
      Phoebe: Don't worry, it's not yours.
      Prue: I know, I couldn't afford it.

    • Prue: Yeah...and she is wearing Armani! Where did she get that?
      Piper: Not out of my closet.

    • Father Williams: Hey, Phoebe! I didn't know you were back in town.
      Phoebe: Hey!
      (They hug)
      Father Williams: Take a bite out of the big apple, did you?
      Phoebe: Oh, I ate the worm.

    • Prue: Brittany, are you all right?
      Piper: I'll call 911.
      Prue (to Piper): And tell them what, that she's dying of old age at 25?

    • Piper: I hate being a witch.

    • Piper: By the way, Andy called.
      Prue: When?
      Piper: While you were in the shower.
      Prue (nervous): What did you tell him?
      Piper: That you were in the shower. Bad date?
      Prue: No. No, no, not at all. It was great. You know, dinner… movie… sex.
      Piper: Excuse me? On your first date? You sleaze.
      Prue: It wasn't exactly our first date, Piper.
      Piper: High school doesn't count. That was last decade. Spill it.
      (Prue glares at Piper before leaving the kitchen.)
      Piper: Ooh. That bad, huh?

    • Prue: It just shouldn't have happened, that's all.
      Phoebe: What shouldn't have happened?
      Piper: Prue slept with Andy.
      Phoebe: Hello!
      Prue (to Piper): Thanks a lot, Mouth.
      Phoebe (to Prue): Wait. You were going to tell her and not me? Family meeting.

    • Phoebe: Come on, you never had sex on the first date?
      Piper: No, have you? Don't answer that.

    • Piper: Don't put me in the middle.
      Prue: I'm not. You were born in the middle.

    • Rex (referring to the elevator going straight to the floor Prue was heading for): That was strange. Lucky you, huh?
      Prue: Yeah, I'm charmed, all right.

    • (Phoebe walks up to a woman.) Phoebe: Hey, how are you? (The woman looks at her strangely. Phoebe goes over to Prue and Piper.) Piper: Do you know that girl? Phoebe: I almost was that girl. She was one of Stefan's victims. Obviously doesn't remember. Prue: Lucky her. Phoebe: No, lucky me. I learned my lesson. I have got to be more careful. Prue: Excuse me, did I just hear it? (to Piper) Did she actually admit to doing something wrong? Piper: That's what I heard. Phoebe: Frame it. It won't happen again.

    • (Phoebe sees the lottery numbers come up on the TV screen.)
      Phoebe: The winning numbers. I've won. (Prue gives her a look.)
      Phoebe: Well, I did. (She gets the ticket out of her purse and the numbers disappear.)
      Prue: See, I told you. You can't intentionally use your powers for your own personal gain, remember?
      Phoebe: It's a good thing I didn't take the tags off that dress. Oh, well. At least that old couple didn't lose their house.
      Piper: A toast to the power of three. Whether we like it or not.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Spain: Te Llevo Bajo Mi Piel
      Czech Republic: Až na kůži (All The Way To Skin)
      France: Jeunesse éternelle (Eternal youth)

    • Music
      Torn by Natalie Imbruglia
      Another Day in Paradise by Phil Collins
      Walking on the Sun by Smash Mouth

    • In this episode, the girls use the Hand of Fatima with the spell "Evil eyes look unto thee, may they soon extinguished thee, bend thy will to the power of three, eye of the earth, evil and accused".


      The Hand of Fatima is an Islamic charm,with the name being taken from Fatima, the daughter of the Prophet Muhammed and is  primarily used to protect against the 'Evil Eye'.

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