Season 4 Episode 12

Lost and Bound

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 31, 2002 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Wanting to protect a ten-year-old orphaned boy who is a firestarter, Piper and Leo try to hunt down the demon before he can deliver the kid to the Source. Meanwhile, Phoebe is given Grams' wedding ring by Cole, but to their surprise the ring has been cursed to transform the wearer into a traditional 1950's suburban housewife.moreless

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  • Lost and Bound

    Lost and Bound was another perfect and very entertaining episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because the action was awesome, the drama was interesting and every thing ended well. It was cool to see a Firestarter and learn more about them. I liked how the sisters protected the Firestarter and how Cole got a job. It was fun to watch this all unfold and for the characters to interact. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Don't upset the fire-starting teenager...

    This is decidedly better than last week, at least being good enough to be average, even if it is based on a couple preposterous plot points.

    For one, as pointed out by others, Piper "I want to live a normal life" Haliwell is clearly on the wrong side of the bind the child's powers argument, and Leo "defender of all things magical" as well. However, this argument is a key part of the episode. So it is to be tolerated. The second point of idiocy is the notion that the Source would need this kid. For what? The Source can start fires with a wave of his hand. Ray Wise, decent actor that he is, makes a more frightening investment banker than a demon. We do, however, get to see perhaps the first sign of maternal instincts from Piper, as she takes the boy under her protection and is even more feisty than normal in getting him back after he is taken. Of course, she learns her lesson by the end and understands the gift Grams gave her and her sisters by binding their powers through childhood. As usual, it would have been easier to just listen to Leo.

    The entire Phoebe subplot was well-acted by Alyssa and Julian, but it was beyond stupid that no one noticed she was starting to act completely out of sorts.

    Fairly decent rebound from a disastrous episode last week, but still hardly the lead in to Charmed and Dangerous that you would expect.moreless
  • Demons are hunting a young boy who is a firestarter as The Source wants to use him for his own ends. Meanwhile, Cole proposes to Phoebe but things get a little bit complicated.moreless

    The Source sends a group of demons in search of a young boy who is a firestarter as he wants the use of his powers for himself. (Surprise, surprise!) Cole, on the other hand, has more important things on his mind as he finally decides to pop the question to Phoebe and gives her Grams' old wedding ring. This turns out to be a bad idea because the much-married Grams had a curse on the ring and as soon as Phoebe starts wearing it, she starts behaving like a stereotypical housewife from the 1950s, cooking, cleaning, clothing and all! Alyssa Milano is very amusing here as she sings and cooks her way through her day, which is all about taking of her beloved Cole.

    Very funny in places.moreless
  • Let the flames begin!

    I failed to mention this in previous reviews, but there's an annoying level of convenience to the scripts that completely alters the flow of the episodes. This week Piper and Leo are discussing their child's future and how their powers may or may not have a negative impact for them, and then a convenient magical child pops up to illustrate both points of view, it's very irritating. Like two episodes back, Phoebe and Cole are having pre-proposal jitters, so they're conveniently possessed by ghosts…who want to get married. It's something you'd expect from shows like Sabrina! ANYWAYS, there are some note-worthy moments in 'Lost and Bound'. For 'Paige from the Past,' I bemoaned how Phoebe's subplot was an unnecessary distraction. Here, however, it's a bit of relief from the very irritable main plot. Alyssa does a bang up job as the house wife – the way she does that little crunch with her nose gets me every time. The special effects were cool, too. As for Piper and Leo? Uhm, Piper, you've spent the last 10 episodes damning magic and how it'd be better if you called truce with the source, now you're praising to anyone within praise distance how great magic is. Inconsistency, much? Oh, well, it is Charmed, I suppose.moreless
  • #I'm a firestarter, twisted firsestarter#

    This episode is obvious filler before we get back to business with the Source and Cole. It features a kid who can start fires via emotions. He's a generic orphan teenager so he starts fires often. Anyway, he is promised to the Source so the Charmed ones protect him. In the sub-plot we have to put up with Phoebe acting all Bewitched's Sam. All housewifey and stuff.

    First thing is that the kid firestarter, everytime I heard that word it just made me hum the Prodidgy track. It was made even funnier with the collection Demon Ludlow being Ray Wise who plays the Devil in 'Reaper', ironically having Ice powers. I Laughed My Arse off. On the otherhand Piper's demonstration of her powers to the kid were quite a nice touch. Helped her see that she can look after Children as well. Not that anyone had any doubts.

    The sub-plot with Phoebe as a 1950s housewife was reasonably okay and I liked the black and white reel effect. It's a shame that the Samantha 'Bewitched' Phoebe was just a little too annoying though. Never touching Grams engagement ring again hopefully.

    So a bad episode that was reasonably funny in bits. Makes me want to listen to the Prodigy's album.moreless
Ray Wise

Ray Wise


Guest Star

Alex Black

Alex Black


Guest Star

Dwier Brown

Dwier Brown

Tyler's Foster Father

Guest Star

David Reivers

David Reivers

Bob Cowan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • TRIVIA: This is the first time a non-rhyming Power-of-Three spell was used - Paige wrote a haiku to vanquish Ludlow.

    • TRIVIA: This is the first time that the Halliwell sisters come across a fire starter. They will meet another one later in season 8.

    • When Piper, Leo, and Tyler are in front of the iron gate, a reflection of Tyler's head is visible between the bars.

    • TRIVIA: The portable game player Paige brings to Tyler is a Gameboy Advance.

    • Why would the sisters discard Gram's ring like that? It's part of their history; wouldn't they keep it as a reminder of Grams?

    • When Phoebe and Cole are in the bathtub, it's full of bubbles but when Phoebe flushes the ring, the bottom of the bathtub is clearly visible. When the camera focuses on their faces again, the bubbles are back.

    • TRIVIA: Since the spell is not removed from Grams' ring, in the season 8 episode "Gone With The Witches" a demon uses the ring on Piper in order to turn the magical community against her and her sisters.

    • When Paige says "Grams' ring please!" and orbs it to her, there's a shot of her hand empty, then a shot of her hand with the ring in it. As the ring appears in her hand, there's a huge change in what the hand looks like, and it doesn't look like her hand at all.

    • At the beginning of this episode Phoebe states that Grams was married with the ring 6 times but in the season 3 episode "Magic Hour" she says that Grams was only married 4 times.

    • Phoebe did not remove the hex off Gram's ring before she tossed it down the tub drain. What if some poor woman found it washed up out of the drain system and put it on, only to be cursed?

  • QUOTES (15)

    • (Piper blows open the gate to the Academy after they failed to get through with a Power of Three spell)
      Phoebe: What was that?
      Paige: I think you just saw a mother lift a car off her child.

    • (Tyler drinks the binding potion and burps)
      Piper: Say "Excuse me".
      Tyler: Excuse me.
      Piper (to Leo): Ludlow's right. No one teaches manners anymore.

    • Paige (walks in on Phoebe standing naked, standing up in the bathtub): Whoa... full frontal Phoebe!
      Cole: She flashed.
      Paige: Yeah... I-I got that.
      Cole: No, I mean she flashed black-and-white.

    • Piper, Phoebe & Paige (saying a spell): The brutal winter gives way to flowers of spring. Ludlow is vanquished.
      (The demon Ludlow explodes.)
      Phoebe: What the hell was that?
      Paige: It was a haiku. I couldn't do the rhyming thing.

    • Paige (to Cole): Come on, dude, let's get paid.

    • Paige: Ugh, the sun came up again.
      Phoebe: Oh, good morning, sunshine. Let me pour you a cup of coffee. (She picks up a cup and pours the coffee) Notice anything different about me?
      Piper: Engagement ring. Notice it or wear coffee.

    • Phoebe: She went from being Samantha to Mrs. Darren Stevens overnight.
      Cole: Well, that won't happen to you.
      Phoebe: Won't it?
      Cole: No. You'll become Mrs. Cole Turner. Phoebe, come on. Number one, it was a different time, different world obviously. Number two, we're hardly typical. I proposed to you under a hail of demon goo and you accepted while I was bleeding to death, remember? Look, why don't we do it again, start over.

    • Phoebe: What good is it being a witch if I can't just twitch my nose and make the laundry fold itself.
      Cole: Uh, which witch can do that?

    • (In the kitchen, Piper runs in and explodes the bounty hunter)
      Piper: Are you alright?
      Phoebe: Yeah, no messy clean up.
      Piper: Since when do you scream instead of fight?
      Phoebe: Actually, I did consider scratching him.

    • Phoebe:He's gonna have to get used to bringing home the bacon.
      Paige: Since when does Phoebe care about bacon?
      Leo: I'm sure she meant all breakfast meats.

    • Phoebe: It's just, becoming a wife. I mean, I like Samantha but I never actually wanted to become her. See, Samantha, she was married to a human, Darren. And Darren completely suppressed Samantha's magic, completely denied who she was. And it wasn't because he didn't love her, it was just that's the way it had to be.
      Cole: And this was one of your favourite shows?

    • Leo: Phoebe, are you feeling alright?
      Phoebe: Peachy keen.

    • Leo (about binding any future baby's powers): It's a lot for any child to deal with. Plus ours will be doublely magical, half-whitelighter, half-witch.
      Paige: Hey, that's like me! might have some trouble.

    • Cole: Miss Phoebe Halliwell, I come to you, as a man, nothing more nothing less, to ask will you be my wife.
      Phoebe: Hmm, yeah, I will. Again.

    • Phoebe (singing in the tune of "Jingle Bells") I'm making soup for Cole. He'll eat it in a bowl. I guess thats my new role, just making soup for Cole.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Ztraceno a spoutáno (Lost and Bound)
      France: Ma sorcière mal aimée (My hated witch)

    • For this episode, Alex Black (Tyler) won the 2003 Young Artist Award for "Best Performance in a TV Drama Series-Guest Starring Young Actor".


    • Phoebe: What good is it being a witch if I can't just twitch my nose and make the laundry fold itself?
      Cole: Uh, which witch can do that?

      This is a reference to the series Bewitched. The lead character Samantha, who was a witch herself didn't rely on potions or incantations, but twitched her nose to work her magic. Her daughter Tabitha also moved her nose (with her finger) to perform magic much more efficiently than Phoebe or her sisters.

    • Phoebe: Now that I'm going to be Sadie, sadie married lady...

      This is a reference to the song "Sadie, Sadie" from the 1968 movie "Funny Girl". Fanny sings the song right after she weds Nicky comparing herself to her friend Sadie.

    • Title: Lost and Bound

      A reference to the phrase "lost and found".

    • Phoebe: It was one of my favorite old TV shows. I mean, I liked Samantha, I just never wanted to be her.

      Phoebe compares her marriage to Cole to the TV series, Bewitched, about a witch, portrayed by Elizabeth Montgomery, who was married to a mortal man, played by Dick York (and then later Dick Sargeant), and how they had to hide her magical abilities from the rest of the mortal world.