Season 2 Episode 16

Murphy's Luck

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 30, 2000 on The WB
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After Prue prevents a woman from committing suicide, a Darklighter puts a curse on her that throws her into a depression that could cost her life.

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  • Murphy's Luck

    Murphy's Luck was another perfectly entertaining episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because the story was engaging and full of character development. It was great to see another side of Prue as she pursued her photography career and took charge to get the job she sought. Piper told Leo that she chooses him but will only tell Dan face to face and awkward situations follow. Phoebe used her powers to help through out the episode. Prue succeeds in the end securing her photography career with a great photo of Maggie who was played by the lovely Amy Adams. It was great to see Arnold Vosloo who played The Mummy from the popular movie with the same title. The acting was superb, the direction and editing were spectacular and the over all production was a total success. I certainly look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Imhotep is in my head!

    This is a very good episode with some moments of greatness. Here are two great things about this episode:

    1) Piper and Leo are finally back together.

    2) Arnold Vosloo is the main bad guy.

    Vosloo, of course, is a great antagonist in whatever he is in, and it is just too bad that he couldn't have been signed on for a longer stint as a bad like Mummy franchise co-actor Oded Fehr is for Season 7. It is also slightly disappointing that he really only has one method of attack, using depression to kill his targets in a drawn out process that is otherwise similar to what Barbas does. He does have a myriad of talents, however, for a darklighter.

    The scene in the club where Piper tells Leo the good news is pure Charmed magic, with both having a hard time restraining themselves and being frustrated in the process. It is cool that Piper wants to show Dan the respect he deserves and not cheat on him. That is the way it should be, though I'm not sure she always did the same for Leo. I am glad that Leo got his powers back, though I was surprised that it was so soon. Leo was actually pretty useful even as a mortal, giving the sisters absolutely crucial guidance in nearly every episode since his return. But, of course, the orbing and healing are pretty useful skills to have around. The scene at the end when Leo comes back to the manor is a pure joy. It is great to hear that Piper is going to give it a try, regardless of him being a whitelighter, which is what she should have decided all along. Oh well, better late than never.

    Much of the episode actually centers around Prue for the second straight week. How many things from the past still have this woman messed up? It is kind of laughable that she is nearly ready to commit suicide in a matter of hours when Maggie was dealing with the darklighter for weeks to months and still around. Still, again, Vosloo is excellent throughout. What bad could you bring around to top this guy?moreless
  • Prue's a Suicidal Psycho! Aaaaggghhh!

    One of the best episodes of late season two, "Murphy's Luck" is Charmed getting into some edgier storytelling with a darklighter who drives his victims to suicide. Shannen Doherty owns this episode and her acting as Prue gets stuck in even more bad luck is superb.

    Meanwhile, the writers show that they do have brains by giving Leo back his whitelighter wings. He became such a dull character after they were clipped, it only seems right that he has them back.

    But, the Leo-Piper-Dan triangle gets more boring by the week and you can only wish that Dan stayed in New York so the witch and the whitelighter could get it on in peace!

    All-in-all, this is an entertaining and nerve-wracking episode which for once puts the viewer in a sense of dread that most Charmed episodes avoid.

    Rating: A-moreless
  • Lucky Star

    Murphy's Luck-After Prue prevents a woman from committing suicide, a Darklighter puts a curse on her that throws her into a depression that could cost her life.

    An absolutely touching and dark episode that sees Prue saving the life of a young star, only to fall prey to the darklighter that cursed her innocent in the first place. Shannen Doherty really shines throughout as Prue's luck gets worse and worse that you can't help feeling sorry for her. I love that the storyline also reveals a side of Prue we never knew about as there was once a time in her life she depressed and hurt beyond words. It's really heartbreaking to see Prue so defeated and suicidal as she's always been the opposite. It gives Prue some great character development and Shannen coveys so much emotion with ease.

    The guest stars are all wonderful with Amy Adams, before her "Enchanted" big break years later, giving a stunning performance as Maggie Murphy. You really get drawn into her story about being a fallen star whose life feel apart after being such a great activist. Then there's Mummy star Arnold Vosloo who just oozes menace as the Darklighter who curses both Maggie and Prue. Another great development is Piper finally telling Leo how she truly feels as it was pretty obvious she would chose Leo in the end. Also, Leo finally gets his wings back, which is relief as the writers weren't giving Leo much to do during his powerless state the last couple of episodes. All and All, "Murphy's Luck" is a great episode full of strong acting, touching scenes and dark moments.moreless
  • A sad, suicidal Prue is not a good look.

    Sometimes, helping an innocent gets you into more hot water than you bargained for as Prue intercedes with a young woman who is feeling depressed and suicidal because of the influence of a Darklighter. The Darklighter, who is not at all happy with Prue's interference, decides to make her suffer by turning his anger towards her and making her feel suicidal and extremely depressed herself.

    I have to say that the rest of the plot involving Leo and Piper was secondary for me,possibly because I'm not a big fan of either character. As for Shannen Doherty though, a huge amount of kudos to her for playing through Prue's depression so expertly, it was a great job of acting and showed us even more of Shannen's range.moreless
Arnold Vosloo

Arnold Vosloo


Guest Star

Amy Adams

Amy Adams

Maggie Murphy

Guest Star

Kent Faulcon

Kent Faulcon

Gil Corso

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (14)

    • When Leo suggests scrying for Prue, the idea is rejected because it would "take too long" and that they should instead go to Maggie. Scrying would actually work must faster than driving all the way to Maggie, have her point to a map, hope it's where Prue is, then drive there.

      Not to mention scrying is a for sure thing, while luck can only take you so far.

    • How is it that no one would turn around while this Darklighter whispered evilness into the minds of his victims?

    • After Prue and Phoebe crashed their car, Leo brought some aspirin for Phoebe. Leo handed her the bottle of aspirin, yet Prue knocked the boxes down as she was reaching for the aspirin and just as Leo was going to pick up the boxes, Prue is shown with the aspirin bottle, but Leo, when bending down to gather up the boxes, puts the bottle on the table. How many bottles of aspirin are there?

    • TRIVIA: This episode features Bif Naked's song Lucky and Tara MacLean's song Higher.

    • The Darklighter walked into the police station dressed as a cop and was in the hospital portraying a doctor. Wouldn't the other people that worked there notice that he didn't belong there?

    • TRIVIA: In this episode, Prue creates her first self-made spell. Previously, Phoebe had been the only one to do this.

    • TRIVIA: This is the second time Prue was in a car accident. The first time was in the season 1 episode "Dream Sorcerer" when she crashed her car into a pole.

    • TRIVIA: It's said that Prue, when she was 20, was planning to move to New York to become a professional photo journalist. However, she had to stay home to take care of her family so the plan did not work out.

    • Leo mentions that someone could try indexing the Book of Shadows, but the only one to try it is Paige.

    • TRIVIA: Leo is reinstated as a whitelighter in this episode.

    • TRIVIA: Prue gets a job at 415 Magazine as a photographer.

    • When Maggie is seen standing on the roof to kill herself, the edge she stands up on is clearly seen dipping down as if it's like foam.

    • When Prue is looking out onto the freeway on the bridge, you can distinctly see the downtown Los Angeles area.

    • When Piper and Phoebe park the car on the road and see Prue on the bridge, the car is facing the wrong way - it's facing towards oncoming traffic.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (Prue turns to see the Darklighter)
      Prue: It's true. How dare you do this to people, you bastard! (Throws the Darklighter)

    • Leo: Piper, are you mad at me?
      Piper: No. Don't be ridiculous! Why would I be mad at you?
      Leo: I don't know. That's why I'm asking. What is it?
      Piper: It's just... it's Dan.
      Leo: Well... Never mind. Sorry I asked.
      Piper: He's going to be very upset when he finds out you're the one that I really love.
      Leo: Yeah?
      Piper: Yeah.
      They kiss.

    • Maggie: Who are you?
      Prue: My name is Prue. This is my sister, Phoebe.
      Phoebe: Hi, Maggie.
      Maggie: Two angels.
      Phoebe: Oh, no, I'm just a student.

    • Phoebe: Stop trying to predict the future, that's my job.

    • Piper: Leo, I meant what I said and I thought about this a lot. Whitelighter or not, we can find a way to make this work. Somehow, someway.
      Leo: I'm gonna hold you to that.
      Piper: You do that.
      They hug.

    • Piper: What would I do without you?
      Phoebe: Oh suffer endlessly, no doubt.
      Piper: Thank you.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Štěstí a smůla (Good Luck and Bad Luck)
      France: Mauvais sort (Bad spell/Bad luck)


    • Darryl: She says she was saved by an angel and by her description it was no Della Reese.

      Della Reese plays the character of an angel named Tess on the series "Touched by an Angel".

    • Title: Murphy's Luck

      A reference to Murphy's Law that states - "If anything can go wrong, it will."

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