Season 1 Episode 19

Out Of Sight

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 05, 1999 on The WB
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When Prue witnesses a kidnapping in the park, a reporter sees her using her powers. Phoebe and Piper attempt to learn more about the demons who stole the child and stop the reporter from exposing Prue. Meanwhile, Andy finally learns about Prue's powers.

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  • Out of Sight

    Out of Sight was a perfect episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because the story was great, secrets are revealed and the action and magic were awesome. I liked the story of Grimlocks stealing the sight of youth to see powerful auras. Prue accidentally uses her powers in front of a reporter who exposes her to Andy. Every thing comes together in the end and Andy finally learns the truth about Prue. I liked how every thing worked out and look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Potions, Grimlocks, and Andy sees the light... oh, and some stupid exposure nonsense as well...

    This really could have been a great episode. Parts of it- ARE. We have grimlocks introduced (finally some demons!). We have our first potion vanquish. We have Prue using her hands to channel her power, including the famous pool of potion into the grimlock's face. And we finally have Andy being thrown a bone. Hallelujah!

    We also have a great subplot involving a blind guy and an absolutely stunningly attractive Phoebe. Wow, she looks good here. One episode after Prue got to dabble romantically with a guest actor, it is Phoebe's turn. Their scenes together worked very well, and I loved that he got his sight back at the end. The sight of Alyssa Milano here is enough to make a blind man want to see!

    Anyway, the problem with this episode, which keeps it below the quality of Dead Man Dating, Wicca Envy, Woogey in the House, and That 70s Episode, is the completely asinine exposure subplot. The reporter had zero proof of anything and would have been laughed out of any editor's office. A videotape showing a purse switching shoulders? Are you serious? No one would buy that. All he needed to do was pause the recording, and then start again after she switched shoulders. That proves NOTHING. Even Prue's confession means nothing. As she could just say he was acting like a crazy man, which he was, and so she told him whatever to just get her car back.

    Hey, it was great to see the reporter run into the grimlock though. Good stuff. This is not the last time a demon will actually prove quite useful. Anyway, it was great that Andy finally knows. I love when Prue threatened him with her power and he just immediately left. That was good. It was also great that Piper was thinking of Leo and that we can say good bye to the waste of time that was Josh. As Paige would one day say, "Cross the pond."moreless
  • Prue's power got stronger.

    Prue's power got stronger, she can now move things with her hand. It's good, it's very good because by using her eyes, her eye might feel tired (just joking). Fantastic is the word I can describe this episode. This episode is great, exciting, special (Andy learn their secret and Prue's power got stronger), and one of the best episode in this series. This episode is listed in one of my "top 10 episodes". This episode is just awesome, just perfect. It seems to be too easy for Andy to accept that Prue is a witch. It's good because their relationship can continue. Prue+Andy=Perfect couple.moreless
  • This one was just a tad too predictable for me and that made me enjoy it far less.

    A young boy is kidnapped by demons known as Grimlocks. (We will see more of them in later episodes.) Prue witnesses the kidnapping and also, as luck, or lack of it, would have it, a nosy reporter witnesses her using her powers and is hell bent on getting to the truth and finding out what is behind it all.

    For me, this episode seemed to follow cliche after cliche. Reporter sees Prue using her power, reporter must get to the truth and, of course, to top it all off, Andy, the ever- suspicious, finds out about Prue's witchy poo abilities at long last.

    It had to happen, and this type of scenario has been played out again and again and again. A pretty weak episode in my opinion.moreless
  • Prue witnesses and tries to stop a child kidnapping. A reporter sees her and tries to get a scoop on the sisters. The sisters are trying to find the demons and Andy finally learns the truth. They rescue the boys and must deal with the aftermath.moreless

    An excellent storyline that finally reveals to Andy and a few others that the sisters are witches. It was bound to happen eventually.

    The Demons were called Grimlocks. For those of you that are wondering, Grimlocks are a Dungeons and Dragons game race of fictitious underground humanoids who are actually sightless. It was an interesting use of the name for the beings in this episode.

    Of course the reporter played by Scott Plank that saw the abduction and Prue's use of her powers stood there and did nothing to help anyone. I certainly hope all reporters are not that callous. He wasn't concerned about the children just his story.

    I really liked Brent Miller played by Raphael Sbarge the former kidnap victim who was blind. It was really cool that he got his eyesight back as well. You would then have to believe that there were people all over the country that happened too as well. I hope we get to see more of him with Phoebe.

    I must admit I was impressed with the writing on this episode. For the first time I think we saw a whole episode without one of the sisters doing something completely idiotic or out of character. I really enjoy Charmed but it is rife with that kind of story motifs.

    The rescue was action packed and the sisters are obviously growing in strength and skill with the use of their powers. The way Prue threw that pipe and then picking the liquid off the floor and onto the Grimlock. Very neat!

    All three sisters really took part in this episode and Phoebe's powers are really starting to show their worth.

    I know it's short lived but it will be interesting to have someone know about the girls powers for a while. It could change the dynamic of the next few episodes.

    Overall a great episode with good acting, plot line, and production values. Maybe the best episode of the season. I'm really looking forward to these last few to the first season. Thanks for reading...moreless
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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (17)

    • When Prue is at the stove making the vanquishing potion to defeat the Grimlocks, she has one full jar of green potion by the side of her saucepan. She is just about to pour the remaining potion from the saucepan into the second empty jar. Phoebe rings so Prue leaves the stove.
      When Prue goes back to the stove, the empty jar is now mysteriously full!

    • When Piper talks to Prue on the phone before Andy walks in, Piper is also driving. However, Piper does not even pretend to be steering the wheel even though the background suggests movement.

    • All of the so-called evidence Eric Lohman has gathered is completely circumstantial: What he shot on the video could easily be explained by him stopping the recording and restarting it again, hence the "jump" in the tape. And as for Prue's confession, she can claim that he messed with her car just so she told him what he wants to get rid of him.

    • TRIVIA: This episode features four separate people, Andy, Eric Lohman, Brent (on some level) and David learning of the sisters' powers. It is also the first and one of the only times that many people discovered their secret and no magic was used to cover it up.

    • TRIVIA: Featured music in this episode -
      -Hermes Bird by Remy Zero

    • When Prue and Phoebe got to Piper and saw the Grimlock, why didn't they throw the potion instead of throwing him through the air?

    • The bowl in Prue's office that the reporter knocked over was supposed to be glass. How could he just scoop up all the pieces with his bare hands without getting cut?

    • TRIVIA: This is the first episode in which the sisters use a vanquishing potion to kill a demon.

    • When Prue chases after the demon in the park he vanishes with the little boy. The camera zooms out away from Prue and the grass is brown but when the camera zooms in on her again, the grass is back to being green.

    • Phoebe reads sewer system plans very well in this episode. Exactly how can someone who is so non-technical and has no college education read plans so easily?

    • TRIVIA: Scott Plank and Alyssa Milano previously worked together on the TV show Melrose Place.

    • TRIVIA: This is the first time the Charmed Ones have to deal with the grimlocks. The second time is in the season 3 episode "All Halliwells Eve".

    • If a boy was taken one day, then why weren't there police and a crime scene the next day? Why would there be a birthday party, if it was now a crime scene? There could be some explanation. Police usually don't get involved until the person is missing for something like 24 hours although it may be different with children.

    • When Phoebe finds the entrance to the storm drain she has a purse, but when she runs back to the manor she has no purse - but as soon as she enters the house she has the purse again.

    • TRIVIA: Prue's powers have now advanced so that she can use her hands instead of her eyes to move things.

    • When the reporter was filming the girls, Piper froze the stroller and truck. Not only does Piper's purse jump from one arm to the other, but Prue was facing the baby stroller, which she didn't do until after the scene was frozen, so it wouldn't be on tape. Then when the purse switched arms, she was facing Piper.

    • When Phoebe is on the computer, every time the camera goes behind Phoebe, the computer looks like it's not even turned on.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Prue (right after killing the demon): Great that's all we need is more toxic waste in our sewers.

    • Phoebe: Have they said anything?
      Prue: No, they just got back from the hospital. But who knows what they'll say once the police start questioning them.
      Phoebe: So much for our secret. (to Piper) Hey, you okay?
      Piper: Yeah, I was just thinking when I was in the storm drain I was kinda out of it and I kept thinking about Leo. That's weird.
      Phoebe: Maybe you miss him.
      Piper: Maybe.
      Prue: What are you gonna do about Josh?
      Piper: I'm gonna call him and tell him I think he should take the job in Beverly Hills.
      Phoebe: But sweetie, you can't hold out for Leo, I mean, who knows of he's ever gonna come back.
      Piper: I know. He may not. But if I'm thinking about Leo, then I'm definitely not thinking about Josh.
      Phoebe: That's too bad, he had really nice glutes. There's Brent. Hey Brent! Ah, over here. Hi.
      Brent: Hi.
      Phoebe: Where's your dog?
      Brent: (He takes off his sunglasses.) He's retired.
      Phoebe: You can see? But how did that ...?
      Brent: I don't know, I mean, you tell me. I mean someone must have slayed those monsters. Do you know anything about it? (Phoebe pretends to zip her mouth closed.) That's alright. If anyone understands the danger of telling amazing stories, I sure do. I was right, you do have a beautiful smile. Are those the boys?
      Phoebe: Yeah.
      Brent: Maybe I should have a little talk with them.
      Phoebe: That would be so great. Thank you.
      Brent: No. Thank you.
      (Andy walks up to Prue.)
      Prue: So, now you know.
      Andy: Yeah. It's still sinking in.
      Prue: Where do we go from here?
      Andy: That's a good question.
      (Lots of reporters come up to Andy with cameras wanting to ask him questions.)

    • Piper: It's gotta be the grimlocks. That's how they kill. We're running out of time, we've had, like, less than three hours. Did you get the Schisandra root?
      Prue: No, but I'm leaving now to pick it. Um, look, did Phoebe get anything out of Brent Miller that might help us?
      Piper: Um, I'm not sure.
      Andy: (Who's now standing at the doorway) Who's Brent Miller?
      Piper: Prue?
      Prue: I gotta go. (She hands up the phone.) Andy, hi, what are you doing here?
      Andy: Working on the kidnappings. Thought we should talk.
      Prue: Well, I already told the police everything I know about that.
      Andy: Not according to Eric Lohman, you didn't. He stopped by the station. We had an interesting chat.
      Prue: Yeah, well, he's a reporter trying to make a name for himself. Can't believe anything he says.
      Andy: Normally I don't. This time I do. We've been down this road too many times, Prue. I know you're hiding something. I have my suspicions about what it is. But I've had to accept the fact that you can't ell me or you don't wanna tell me. Either way, it's not just me anymore. Lohman's on you, at least he thinks he is and he's not gonna let go. Prue, if you don't level with me, I can't help you control this.
      Prue: Andy, I'm just never sure if it's better for you to know or not to know.
      Andy: I remember the time when we could tell each other anything. There's nothing Lohman won't do to get this story. Watch your back. (He leaves towards the door.)
      Prue: Andy. Thanks.

    • Piper: Nothing.
      (She closes the book and starts getting food out of the cupboards)
      Phoebe: Did you look under whirling eyes?
      Piper: About an hour ago. I found demons with no eyes, demons with four eyes, eyes that grow legs, but no whirling eyes. Did you find anything?
      Phoebe: I found some news clippings about the kidnapping twenty years ago. Ah, both boys were taken in the same place as David. And one of them was never seen again.
      Piper: Oh, great.
      Phoebe: But the other one was found. It's right here. His name was, uh, Brent Miller. Look, honey, I know you're upset but that's not going to help you.
      Piper: It's not for me, it's for Dee, I'm taking her a care package. Keep reading.
      Phoebe: Brent Miller was discovered two days after he was taken, roaming the streets. He was fine accept he'd gone blind.
      Piper: Blind?
      Phoebe: Yeah, he claimed that some storm drain monsters stole his eyesight and of course the authority's believed he just caught a parasite.
      Piper: We can't tell Dee that her son might be blinded.
      Phoebe: Well, maybe if I can find this Brent Miller guy on the web he might know something that could help us.
      Piper: I hope you're right.
      Phoebe: Piper, we're gonna find David.

    • (Dee walks up to the girls)
      Dee: Hey, Prue.
      Prue: Hey, Dee, how are you?
      Piper: (to David) Hey, how's the party going?
      David: Great. We're playing Squish the Squash and nobody's been able to catch me. (Prue's phone rings.) Is the cake ready?
      Piper: Uh, yeah, give us about five minutes.
      David: Awesome. (He runs off.) Hey guys, five minutes until the cake.
      Dee: Thanks for doing all this, Piper. I never would have been able to afford it.
      Piper: Hey, what are friends for? Besides, it's worth it just to see the look on David's face.
      Phoebe: He's a great kid.
      Dee: Yeah, I know.
      Prue: So much for my Saturday off. That was Claire. Something at the auction house needs to be appraised, so I gotta go. I'm so sorry.
      Dee & Piper & Phoebe: Bye.

    • Phoebe: So what are you so afraid of?
      Piper: I'm not afraid. I'm not. I'm just not sure.
      Prue: Not sure of what?
      Phoebe: Josh. He wants to have the talk with Piper.
      Prue: What talk?
      Phoebe: Three dates, no sex. There could only be one talk he's talking about. The talk. Safe sex, prior partners. Standard dating protocol.
      Piper: And sex equals relationship.
      Prue: And you're not sure you want to be a couple?
      Piper: Well, it's not that I don't like him.
      Phoebe: Then what's wrong with being a couple?
      Piper: Well, I thought Leo and I were a couple and then we coupled and he took off.
      Prue: Yeah, well, men seem to have a different definition of coupling than women do.
      Phoebe: I do not think that's why Leo left.

    • Phoebe: It was the first time you channeled your power through your hands…Your power's growing.
      Prue: Yeah, I just hope no one saw me.
      Phoebe: Okay, well, look on the bright side. You won't have to squint anymore—you were starting to get those little lines.

    • Josh: Look, anyway, as long as you're here, can we, can we talk?
      Piper: Maybe later. I have to go.
      Josh: No, Piper. It cannot wait.
      Piper: Somebody's a little anxious, huh?
      Josh: This is important. It could affect the rest of my life.
      Piper: Well, not if we take precautions.
      Josh: What?
      Piper: I'm not saying I'm ready for that. Because, in fact, I'm not ready for that. But when I am ready for that, I'm just saying I will be taking precautions.
      Josh: Piper, what are you talking about?
      Piper: Having... sex. (awkward moment) You're not talking about that, are you? (Josh says no with his head)

    • Prue (about Piper): Look Andy, will you please just get her out of here?
      Andy: Prue, I'm not leaving the two of you alone.
      Prue: Do I have to use my power on you?
      Andy: I'll meet you up on the street.

    • (Prue is in the kitchen making the potion)
      Prue: I feel like I should be cackling.

  • NOTES (5)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Naslepo (Without Looking) France: Innocence perdue (Lost innocence) Italy: La pozione magica (The magic potion) Germany: Blind

    • For this episode, Scott Terra (David) was nominated for the 2000 Young Artist Award "Best Performance in a TV Drama Series-Guest Starring Young Actor".

    • Guest stars Shawn Christian (Josh)and Matt George (Grimlock) have previously worked togethor on the short lived series Wind on Water.

    • This episode scored 5.7 million viewers.

    • This episode is also known as "Blind Sided". Which it is how it is listed in the Charmed companion book The Book of Three, Volume One.


    • Prue: Remember E.T.?

      E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 science fiction film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Melissa Mathison and starring Henry Thomas, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace and Peter Coyote. It tells the story of Elliott (played by Thomas), a lonely boy who befriends a friendly alien, dubbed E.T., who is stranded on Earth. Elliott and his siblings help the alien return home while attempting to keep it hidden from their mother and the government.

    • Title: Out Of Sight

      This is a reference to the well known expression "Out of sight, out of mind".