Season 3 Episode 6

Primrose Empath

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 09, 2000 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • This episode features Idol with their song "Shameless".

    • Why, if the power of empathy could be transferred by touch, did Prue, who could not emotionally handle the power, just give it back to the priest when he came into the basement? She could not handle it and he wanted it back! She could have given him his powers back and then just worked with her sisters to write a spell to vanquish Vinceres. It was just their powers he was immune to. It was never said that he could not be vanquished with a Power of Three spell. Prue was not originally in the mindset to vanquish Vinceres anyway, so you'd think she would have jumped to give the priest back his powers.

    • TRIVIA: Prue is the first sister to get the power of empathy. Phoebe gets this new power in a later season.

    • TRIVIA: When Prue is in the basement having her breakdown they flash to a bunch of houses, 2 of which they have shown in many other episodes.

    • TRIVIA: Prue's ability to astral project grows in this episode allowing her to be awake in both her astral and normal forms, however she never uses this extra boost on her powers again. Another piece of irony from this episode is that in the previous one, Sight Unseen, she was trying to get a power boost in her astral form and in this episode she did.

    • When Piper, Phoebe and Leo go back to Vinceres' old apartment, a "For Rent" sign is visible on the back wall. This is, however, a logical mistake, since Vinceres was forced to move out because the building is to be torn down.

    • TRIVIA: In this episode Prue vanquishes the demon by astral projecting into him and making him feel human emotion.

    • When Prue fights with Vince, the harness the actress is wearing is visible.

    • When Prue is talking to the demon before the cop interrupts, she unlocked the door, but when the camera goes to the door it is locked. The next time it shows the door, it is unlocked.

    • TRIVIA: The scene where Prue defeats Vince is identical to the way Neo defeats Agent Smith in "The Matrix", complete with the one-armed punch blocks, twisting arm, shove, and then diving into the opponent which makes him explode.

    • TRIVIA: Harry Groener was also in the similarly-themed Star Trek: The Next Generation's episode "Tin Man" in which he played an empath/telepath, who was over burdened by the thoughts and emotions of the humans around him.

    • When Prue is in the basement crying with the Father trying to comfort her, her hair is curlyish, but when she comes upstairs to vanquish Vinceres, her hair is dead straight.

    • When Phoebe goes to Cole's apartment for the first time and they are kissing at the door, her left hand keeps moving positions. First her arm is behind his neck, then it jumps to his ear, and then it is on his lips and jumps back to his ear.

    • After Phoebe has her premonition in the empath demon's apartment and she is in the hall explaining it, her hair changes. First from the behind view there is a whisp of hair on her face/cheek and from the front view it is tucked behind her ear.

  • Quotes

    • Phoebe: So what do we do?
      Father Thomas: Nothing. There's nothing you can do. It will find us and when it does, we're all dead.
      Piper: Well, you're just a ray of sunshine, now aren't you?

    • Father Thomas: Your sister is too far gone. She won't live to see the night.
      Piper: All right, that's it!
      Leo: Piper…
      Piper: No. I am sorry, but this man has experienced the entire rainbow of human emotions, and the best he has to give us is self-pity? I don't think so. Look, you used this power to stop this demon. Now my sister has your power. Deal with it, and then help us.

    • Piper: (about Prue's empathic ability) All right, if this is a gift, we are returning it.

    • (Cole and Phoebe kiss.)
      Cole: You have no idea what you're getting yourself into.
      Phoebe: Neither do you.

    • Prue: Whoa, I haven't felt anything like that since Andy was alive.
      Phoebe: Anything like what?
      Prue: Spinning into infinity. You know, that headlong spiral that steals your breath and stops your heart.
      Phoebe: Prue, what the hell are you talking about?
      Prue: Falling in love.

    • Piper: Yeah, but Prue, you got quite a power boost there. You gonna miss it?
      Prue: Yeah. But I did get to stop an unstoppable demon.

    • Piper: Thank you. You're an angel.
      Leo: Well, not technically.

    • Piper: What are you two doing together?
      Prue: Cole pulled up behind me.
      Cole: Good timing.

    • Leo: I lost my wings for you. You know, I've hurled my body into the path of oncoming demons. You wanted heaven, I took you there, literally. I am more than a friend.

    • Nurse: And who are you here to visit today?
      Phoebe: Um, we came to visit our father.
      Nurse: What's his name?
      Phoebe: Dad?
      Nurse: This is a psychiatric facility. We can't very well let every-
      Piper: Okay. (Piper freezes her)

    • Cole: I don't know how to say this...
      Phoebe: Don't ever start a sentence like that with a girl.

    • Prue: Would you guys please stop being so negative?
      Phoebe: We didn't say anything.
      Prue: Yeah but I can feel all of your...
      Prue blows up the TV.

    • Piper: Sometimes being magical takes the magic right out of things.

    • Phoebe: I can't believe you haven't taken care of that tooth.
      Prue: Yeah well, I have a dentist appointment in an hour.
      Phoebe: Good I hate to see you so miserable.
      Prue: Me too.

    • Phoebe: Oh my God, you lost your powers.
      Prue: Can't lose what you never had. (She astral projects out)
      Phoebe: I hate when she plays astral games. Marco.
      Prue (in the attic): Polo.

    • Prue: Thanks. I mean, I really appreciate it. I think that it's abscessed. (Prue starts to laugh) I'm so sorry, I don't... My tooth has been hurting for a long... (she bursts out laughing) Why aren't you guys laughing?
      Another receptionist opens the door to a room and a woman is in there laughing hysterically.

    • Phoebe: Piper, now! (Piper freezes him but he fights through it.) Okay, I guess this is the unstoppable part.
      Vinceres: Where's Father Thomas?
      Piper: Plan B, plan B!
      Piper picks up a vase and smashes it over his head. He pushes her across the room. Phoebe kicks him in the head. He knocks over a table. Phoebe kicks him a few more times and he grabs her and throws her across the room.
      Phoebe: Okay, uh, do we have a plan C?

    • Piper: I'm starting to smell a demon.

    • Cole walks in the kitchen and picks up the phone. He dials a number. His shadow moves away from him.
      Cole: Whoa, whoa, whoa. Where you going?
      His shadow puts his hands on his hips.

    • Cole: Let me, um, make a call, see what I can do.
      Cole walks away but stops. Not knowing where to go and looks at Piper.
      Piper: Kitchen.
      Cole: Thank you.

    • Piper: Phoebe, I know you're upset Leo crashed you're lunch date but...
      Phoebe: No, it's not that. Cole is pulling away from me again, I can see it.
      Piper: Premonition?
      Phoebe: Intuition.

    • Vince: You've forget who I was before I was an empath, Belthazor. I'm immune to their powers.
      Cole: Maybe, but you're not immune to mine.

    • Phoebe pinches Piper and Prue feels it too.
      Prue/Piper: Ow!
      Piper pinches Phoebe.
      Prue/Phoebe: Ooh!
      Piper (realizing what's happening): Uh-oh.

    • Cole: Morning.
      Phoebe: Good morning.
      Cole: How you feeling about last night?
      Phoebe: Um, last night was magical.

    • Piper and Leo are snuggling and kissing.
      Prue (from the attic): Not now! I have a headache!

    • Prue: No, stay, you have couple issues to work out.
      Piper: We have couple issues?
      Prue: (pointing to Leo) Resentment. (pointing to Piper) Denial.

    • Phoebe (after Prue vanquishes Vinceres): You kicked ass.
      Prue: I did, didn't I?

    • Phoebe (about Cole): He isn't human.
      Cole chokes on his drink.

    • Police officer: What's the matter with you?
      Vinceres: Just wondering what you're feeling right now...
      Police officer: Yeah, why is that?
      Vinceres: Because... (Vinceres picks him up then kills him) I can't feel a thing.

    • Phoebe: Cole, I have to tell you something. (She kisses him) Actually, I was always better at show than tell.

    • Piper: An empath? And me without my dictionary.

    • Prue: What's your last name?
      Vinceres: Misery.
      Prue: In that case, would you like some company?

    • Piper: Here he is. Vinceres, hmm... Pretty much lives up to his gloss. Unstoppable hitman. Just keeps going until he gets his target.
      Phoebe: Great. The energizer demon.

    • Piper: You were at Cole's all night?
      Phoebe: Uh huh.
      Piper: Did you?
      Phoebe: Uh huh.
      Piper: Was he?
      Phoebe: Uh huh.
      Leo: Can we talk about this later?

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Prokletá empatie (Cursed Empathy) France: A fleur de peau (Overly sensitive) Italy: Empatia (Empathy) Germany: Die Macht der Gefühle (The power of feelings)

    • This episode scored 6.1 million viewers.

  • Allusions

    • The entire fight scene, almost move for move, between Prue and Vince is alluding to the film The Matrix

    • Phoebe: How does the-demon-formerly-known-as-Vince tie into this?

      This is a reference to the artist formerly known as Prince, who changed his stage name from Prince to a symbol.

    • Phoebe: Great, the Energizer demon.

      She is referring to the battery brand Energizer, which has the slogan "it keeps going and going..." and features a pink bunny that never stops.

    • Title: Primrose Empath

      "Primrose path" is a phrase that refers to a pleasurable life style, from Hamlet Act I Scene 3:
      Ophelia: Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads.

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