Season 2 Episode 14

Pardon My Past

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 17, 2000 on The WB
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Phoebe experiences flashes of one of her past lives when she and her sisters were cousins in the 1920s. However, in this past life, Phoebe was evil and power mad and a curse was bestowed upon her that could affect future Phoebe's life.

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  • Love the evil Phoebe.

    Well to start, I feel the exact same Iltarion so I'm just going to say what he said: "The weakness of the episode is the logic behind it. Why wouldn't past Prue and Piper just vanquish Anton in the first place? Why kill their cousin? And even if they did kill her while defending themselves, why not then vanquish Anton instead of going to the extreme of cursing Phoebe for all time? Idiocy. And why would Phoebe die at the same time at the same age? Couldn't Anton just join with her before that?" And actually being in the episode now, it seems even more ridiculous "we know HE loves you, HE turned you, we can't have you joining forces so we'll kill YOU and let him live and be pissed off". If they could get a spell to vanquish Phoebe there's a spell to vanquish a warlock in the book. Especially when 'good' phoebe is in the past, she's not even fighting them. I know they think she's deranged and all but she still isn't fighting them and they're just trying to murder her now. If there's a chance she's good still in their mind, why not try and take it instead of just going straight to murder. Especially since she did just kick Anton and refused him. Right in front of them, she showed she's not with Anton, what they're doing is just murder now.

    Anyway, why was Phoebe wearing something like that showing off her entire body, knowing there was company in the house? I like that she's studying and not partying though, shows growth in her characters development. Although it is actually really rude for them to be throwing a party on the night of her exam. I mean you would've had to organise it and Phoebe would have known about her exams for a while.

    I also agree with someone else about Leo. He became a whitelighter in the mid 1940s. So in the 1920s when this was taking place, he would actually still be alive, because he'd need to be qualified to be a doctor and everything by the time he goes off to war, so he'd be alive and very young at this point. So it annoys me that he is there. If it had of taken place, even at the turn of the century in 1900 it'd be a different story because at least this way they could say it is one of Leo's past lives, he died some time later before he was born again in the early 1900s.

    I didn't like the powers they had, it's supposed to be the same three powers passed down through the generations and while Piper has her 'freezing' power, Prue ALSO has a freezing power but it's completely different and I just found it a bit ridiculous. I liked Phoebe's flame power, which I just associated with Anton perhaps giving it to her somehow to justify her having it. But yeah.

    I like that Phoebe still took her exam. I still don't like Dan in the past life. He actually looked beyond pathetic as well. Prue in her past life was still an arrogant cow. And naturally she's also an amazing photographer, which we'll discover in the next few episodes. Never really studied it but naturally gets a job at the first magazine she wants and is all amazing and knows everything.

    Although we do kind of have a link here to the later seasons. When Leo mentions "you regress if you abuse your powers" and Phoebe loses hers later.

    On the plus side though, It's Phoebe centric and I have always enjoyed this episode. She acts evil perfectly and she looks stunning in her 20s garb. And I did like Anton he was a bit of a hottie. And posing as Christina was smart I guess, if he had no other option.moreless
  • Reply to ChristinaBryant

    They never said he was their past whitelighter, just Piper's ex lover.
  • This Episode Makes NO Sense!

    How is it possible that Leo was the previous whitelighter of the three cousins in Phoebe's past if the flashbacks took place in the 1920's? If you're truly a Charmed fan, you know that Leo didn't become a whitelighter until the 1940's because he died during World War 2, which started in 1939 and ended in 1945.
  • Pardon My Past

    Pardon My Past was a good episode of Charmed and I enjoyed watching though this wasn't the best episode ever. It was interesting to see an added layer to Phoebe through one of her past lives. The flash backs were fun and intriguing as the same souls seem to stick together through time. It was great to see the Phoebe's switch places. There were some minor developments with Piper and Dan and Leo in the mix. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!moreless
  • Pardon my confusion...

    This episode would be brilliant if it made any sense.

    Phoebe is the center of attention for this one, and she looks outstanding in her 1920's garb. She plays the bad girl to the nines once again, though I don't get the over-heated make out session with Anton. Is that how evil beings kiss?

    Dan should not have been in the past, though I understand this was just another message to Piper, with her once again with Dan but in love with Leo. The best two parts of the show for me was when Dan had to leave the manor but the sisters asked Leo to stay, and when Dan kissed Piper in the club and then he and Leo shared a very adversarial look. Great stuff. I also liked when Phoebe touched Leo on the cheek and told him to stop worrying. She is such a sweetheart. Leo's fawning over Piper in this episode is nearly as bad as Dan, but I'll let it pass considering the circumstances. He still helped Phoebe out in the end, against Piper's wishes.

    The strength of this episode, besides the wonderful costumes, is the pacing. It is pretty much non-stop forward momentum from the beginning. It also has a great vanquish, with Prue, Piper and Leo working together to deal with Anton and evil Phoebe. The weakness of the episode is the logic behind it. Why wouldn't past Prue and Piper just vanquish Anton in the first place? Why kill their cousin? And even if they did kill her while defending themselves, why not then vanquish Anton instead of going to the extreme of cursing Phoebe for all time? Idiocy. And why would Phoebe die at the same time at the same age? Couldn't Anton just join with her before that? The writers here treat evil Phoebe like she is in another reality or dimension rather than being in the past. It logically doesn't work. So, some great elements here, but for the most part, what a tangled mess.moreless
Tyler Christopher

Tyler Christopher


Guest Star

Jeanette Miller

Jeanette Miller

Adult Christina Larson

Guest Star

Daveigh Chase

Daveigh Chase

Young Christina Larson

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (26)

    • Piper's past life must be the only one of the three that was in the charmed line because she had one of Melinda Warren's powers - freezing.

    • When Phoebe pulls out the family tree and finds P.Russell, the dates are July 2, 1894- Feb. 17, 1924. She then states that the dates match up, as well as the age. This would make Phoebe 30 years old, which we know she is not. When she first finds her name, the date of birth is November 2, 1975. This makes Phoebe 24 at the time of the episode.

    • When Phoebe switches life forces with her former life evil Phoebe is able to throw fire at Piper and Prue when they get back to the manor. However this does not make sense, since it was only the souls that were switched, past Phoebe should have only had the power of premonition since that is the power that belongs to the body she took over.

    • Phoebe switches life essences with her past self in order to hide the amulet but is in danger because past Prue and Piper are only gonna recognize her as the evil Phoebe. So why then didn't one of them switch life essences as well in order to hold off the killing until she successfully hid the amulet?

      Note: When Phoebe first reads the spell, Prue asks that, but Piper says only Phoebe can go.

    • TRIVIA: This episode marks the fourth time one or more of the sisters travels through time.

    • TRIVIA: This is the second time Alyssa Milano appears as a late relative. Previously she appeared (albiet briefly and in a video) as her mother Patty in Thank You For Not Morphing and this time as a distant cousin (as well as her past self) P. Russell.

    • TRIVIA: In Dan's past life his first name was Gordon, and this is also his last name in his present life.

    • TRIVIA: While Anton is not the first evil being to be featured during the series' run to fall in love with a mortal/witch(Cole, Alec, Drasi, Necromancer), he is the only one to turn the woman he loved permanantly evil.

    • Since the sisters are all reincarnations of family members wouldn't Dan be a reincarnation of someone in his line? Also wouldn't Piper be a little weirded out by the fact that she was romantically involved with a man who was previously her great-grandfather?

    • As explained by Leo once someone dies they are reincarnated into the life of someone close in the circle of their life which was true of the sisters, himself and Dan. So why is it that Grams, Patty and Melinda are all spirits? Why have none of them been reincarnated? If it is the same spirit that goes from one life to another, wouldn't that mean they would be elsewhere rather than in Heaven or where ever it is they visit from?

    • Past Piper was involved with past Leo in 1924, however present day Leo became a whitelighter when he died in the war in 1942, when he was already in his 20's. So even if Past Leo died and was reborn all in 1924 that would have made him maybe, just turning 18 when he died. He was clearly older than since he had already been married prior to enlisting.

    • TRIVIA: This episode features the song The Homecoming Song by Owsley and the song Can't Stand It by Wilco.

    • TRIVIA: This is the first time Brian Krause appears in the opening theme credits.

    • According to the family tree, Jack Halliwell lived from 1930 to 1964. Patty lived from April 4, 1950 to February 28, 1978 (her death is consistent with the date given in the Season 1 episode That 70's Episode). Penny's (Grams) lifetime is given as June 3, 1937 to March 5, 1963 (which isn't possible as we know she died in 1998 and she lived longer than Patty and took care of the girls when Patty died).

    • Phoebe says she is the same age as her past life was when she died, and that is why everything is happening now. Phoebe's birthday is given as November 2, 1975; this make her 24 during the episode. P. Russell lived from July 2, 1894 to February 17, 1924; making her 29 when she died.

    • TRIVIA: This is the first episode to show the Halliwell's family tree, and the next time it is shown is in the episode "Baby's First Demon".

    • TRIVIA: The family tree shows that Melinda Warren is about halfway down, revealing that there are generations of ancestors that preceeded her and were documented on the family tree.

    • On the family tree shown in this episode it says that the sisters' parents were Patricia Halliwell and Victor Jones. Victor's surname is later said to be Bennett and stays consistant throughout the rest of the series.

    • When they came back into the house, where did Prue get the red sweater?

    • TRIVIA: Greg Vaughan and Tyler Christopher later reunited to play half-brothers Lucky Spencer and Nikolas Cassadine on the daytime soap General Hospital.

    • While Phoebe was in the past, a man sang the song "If You Were The Only Girl In The World" in the manor. This song was an actual song of the era, written in 1916 by Clifford Grey and Nat D. Ayer. The song was very popular and was sang by several different artists throughout the next several decades.

    • TRIVIA: A family tree (with some inconsistencies) reveals Piper's date of birth as August 7, 1973, Phoebe's as November 2, 1975 and Prue's as November 15, 1971.

    • The past lives of the main characters are revealed: Piper was P. Baxter-Johnson (September 1897-December 1970, Grams' mother). She ran a club in the manor and had the same power. Prue was P. Bowen (June 1895-May 1972), a photographer with the power to blow subzero winds from her mouth. Phoebe was P. Russell (July 2, 1894-February 17, 1924) with the power to shoot fire out of her hands. Dan was Gordon Johnson (September 1895-August 1965, Grams' father) and Leo was Piper's former lover, though his full name is not revealed.

    • Leo said that the reason that Phoebe didn't have her fire power was because she screwed up and regressed, but the real reason is because the prophecy of the Charmed Ones said that one sister had the power to move things with her mind, one sister had the power to freeze time, and the last sister has the power to see the future. It is also stated in Season 4 that throwing fire is an upper level demonic power. Being good, the Charmed Ones wouldn't have demonic powers. Perhaps this is why when Phoebe becomes evil when pregnant with The Source's spawn, one of her powers is to throw fire.

    • When Phoebe is coming down the stairs her shirt is buttoned at the top and remains buttoned until she gets down the stairs.

    • When Anton puts on the necklace in Christina's hospital room across Phoebe's neck as she lays on the bed, he doesn't even lift her head to secure it. How is it latched when past Phoebe wakes up in the present?

  • QUOTES (7)

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Hrozba z minulosti (Threat from the Past) France: Soeurs contre soeur (Sisters against sister) Italy: Il fascino del male (The charm of evil) Germany: Verflucht in alle Ewigkeit (Cursed for eternity)


    • Phoebe: Where's Shirley MacLaine when you need her?

      Shirley MacLaine, though most widely known as an actress, is also very spiritual and claims to be in touch with her past lives; she has made many accounts of various lives she's had in the past.

    • Title: Pardon My Past

      This is a reference to the common saying "pardon my French".