Season 7 Episode 18

Little Box of Horrors

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 24, 2005 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • In the episode, Katya says that Pandora gives the box to Prometheus who opens it but this isn't true because the myth says that Prometheus was already chained to the rocks and Pandora was sent by Zeus to give the Box to Epimetheus, Prometheus's brother.

    • TRIVIA: This is the second time Paige orbs someone away without she herself orbing with them.

    • TRIVIA: Wyatt is now going through a magical "Terrible Twos" where he begins orbing himself & his toys all around the manor.

    • TRIVIA: This is the fourth time Paige morphs into someone - this time it's Hope, the new guardian of Pandora's Box.

    • Why does there even need to be a guardian for Pandora's Box if the only one who can open the box is the guardian? The demons that could ever steal the box wouldn't be able to do anything with it anyways.

    • In the episode "Sin Francisco", Leo said that the sin box was probably how the Pandora's Box myth got started, but in this episode he seems to know and have always known that Pandora's Box is, in fact, real.

    • At the end, Leo is holding Chris who has nothing in his hands. In the next shot, Chris is holding a toy block. In the far shot, Chris isn't holding it anymore.

    • In Hope's dorm, we see Hope carrying her jacket on her right arm. After Phoebe orbs in, Piper peers around an overturned desk near the window. Hope pops up next to Piper from behind the overturned couch. Now she's wearing the jacket.

    • In the attic, Nina (Katya) has a long cut going down her left cheek on her face. In the next shot, it's gone. When Piper is scrying, there's a big dirt spot. When Nina (Katya) and Piper are in Hope's dorm, there's a little dirt spot.

    • When Wyatt orbs down at bath time Paige seems to notice him and be surprised twice.

    • When explaining to the guy in the elevator how to perform CPR, Paige says "I need you to put your hands together on the xyphoid process". One should never place their hands on the process during CPR, because that might cause it to break off and seriously damage the liver, spleen or other vital organs.

    • Why would Phoebe think that Darcy is Katya? After all, Phoebe obviously knew Paige went with a potion to vanquish her. Also why would she think Paige would send Katya to them, she would think that as Darcy arrived in orbs.

    • Piper and Phoebe find a copy of The Complete Encyclopedia Of Demons at Magic School, and it proves incredibly useful. So why haven't they got a copy or used it for any of the last seven years?

    • Piper and Phoebe both leave the manor with Hope and they don't even think about the fact that Wyatt & baby Chris are alone in the house. We already knew Leo and Paige were at Magic School - who was watching the children? Speculation is perhaps a magical nanny or Leo came home already, but we see nor hear proof of this.

    • In Greek mythology, Pandora's Box was not given to Prometheus, as Piper asserts and everyone accepts. The Box was actually given to Epimetheus, Prometheus' brother.

    • The computers and monitors in Hope's dorm room are not connected to anything. The one behind her as she is on the phone is not even a computer, just an untouched unused ATX case with all the original EM-shielding in place instead of any cards or connectors.

    • Towards the end we see a close-up of Kayta's foot in the underworld, walking on a stone floor, and the "stone" sinks in, obviously giving away that not real stone was used.

    • In the first ten minutes, Paige is sitting on the couch with on hand on her head. Phoebe gives her a coffee mug and she starts to drink it, still with one hand on her head, but then the shot changes and both hands are on the cup.

  • Quotes

    • Elder Sandra: You're a natural, Paige. Everything you've been and done in your life has been preparing you to be a Whitelighter. Everything you needed to help those people has been inside you all along.

    • Hope (looking at Phoebe and Piper, and what's left of her dorm room): You blew up my dorm...with your hands!
      Piper: Yes, and I am very sorry about that.
      Hope: And now you're both calm — like this stuff happens every day!
      Piper: Well, it kinda does.

    • Hope: Oh, I am not going anywhere with you people. You burst in here talking about Pandora's box and guardians and witches and God knows what else. And now you expect me to leave with you?

    • Leo: I think you better orb upstairs before Mommy turns you into a toad.

    • Phoebe: Magical boys will be magical boys.
      Leo: Yeah, well, try telling that to his magical mama.

    • Leo: Actually, it was all right. It calmed down a bit once Wyatt tried to orb a toy to himself and hit himself in the head.
      Piper: Oh, no.

    • Phoebe: You know, maybe it's psychosomatic.
      Paige: Phoebe, come here
      Phoebe: What?
      (Phoebe edges her face towards Paige, who slaps it)
      Phoebe: Owwwww! What was that for?
      Paige: Does that seem psychomatic to you?

    • Paige: So who was the future whitelighter I was supposed to help?
      Elder: You.

    • Nina: You'll never get it, I won't let you.
      Katya: I didn't ask your permission.
      (after the big fight scene and Katya telling her that sooner or later she'll get the box)
      Nina: Over my dead body.
      Katya: That's the thing about you Guardians. You're always dying for that damn box.

    • Hope (to Leo): Are you a witch too?
      Piper: No, he's a...he's a long story...
      Leo: One that turned out well.

    • Darcy: Will somebody please tell me what the hell is going on here?
      Hope: That's her.

    • Paige (rubbing her temples): Do you mind?
      Phoebe: What?
      Paige: Being so psychotically perky, while I am so miserable.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles: Italy: Il vaso di Pandora (Pandora's Box) Germany: Die Büchse der Pandora (Pandora's Box) France: La petite boîte des horreurs (The Little Box of Horrors)

    • This episode scored 3.9 million viewers.

    • According to Greek mythology, when Pandora opened the box all the ills of the world came out, all humans weaknesses emerged and roamed the earth. But among them there was hope, the basic human weakness, and it was hope that gave humans the strength to deal with all the other ills that had been released. Ironically, the new owner of the box is named Hope.

    • The WB used the promo title "Pandora's Box" for this episode.

    • This episode aired April 23, 2005 in Canada.

  • Allusions

    • Nina: We're chosen in which every generation a girl is born...

      An obvious nod to and parody of the famous line from the TV series Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, where she is the chosen one - into every generation a slayer is born...

    • Piper: Well, we'll see how Mr. Mom deals with it...

      This is a reference to the 1983 film Mr. Mom starring Michael Keaton and Teri Garr. In the film, Jack (Keaton) stays home and takes care of the kids, while his wife Caroline (Garr) goes to work.

    • Title: Little Box of Horrors
      Reference to the musical, later developed into a movie "Little Shop of Horrors".

    • re: Pandora's Box

      In Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman, created by Zeus as part of his punishment upon mankind for Prometheus giving them the gift of fire. Pandora was made as a poisoned gift for mankind by the Gods and given a box filled with all the woes of the world, then placed before Epimetheus', Prometheus' brother. Epimetheus ignored his brother's warning and took Pandora as his wife, and later she opened the box, unleashing the woes upon then-perfect mankind.