Season 2 Episode 11

Reckless Abandon

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 27, 2000 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • When Prue and Piper are changing Matthew's diaper in the kitchen and Prue starts talking about how the diaper does not fit; if you look at her hand you can clearly see that part of the top half of the diaper is folded under to make it look smaller. If it were unfolded it would easily fit.

    • Originally Prue says that the presentation was at three and that the plane was leaving at nine a.m. However, Jack then is able to reschedule the presentation for noon the following day. How is that possible? If the plane was already gone what would be the point, meaning the business trip had begun? Considering that Prue's boss was originally gonna send Jack alone because of his annoyance at yet another family emergency, it seems unlikely he would be willing to postpone an entire business trip? It seems more likely he would either choose someone else or send Jack on schedule based on what he had already.

    • Why would the sisters even tell Martha about her death being one of the options? If it was not something they were willing to do, why would they tell her at all? She would obviously feel inclined to protect her last living relative,so wouldn't that just put pressure and guilt on a woman they believed to be their innocent? And at the very least shouldn't they have tried to find Elias bones again before springing all that on her?

    • TRIVIA: This episode features the song Human Touch by Pocket Size and I Love You by Martina McBride.

    • TRIVIA: This is the first time that Darryl mentions anything about his family when he tells the sisters that he is a father.

    • TRIVIA: This is the second time that the name Matthew is used in the series. It was previously used in the episode The Witch Is Back for Matthew Tate, the warlock. Then later in season 4 their other sister's name is Paige Matthews, and in season 5 Piper and Leo name their son Wyatt Matthew Halliwell - after Paige's last name.

    • When Prue and Piper are changing Matthew's diaper and the camera is on them, you can see Matthew's foot and it is clearly a doll, but when the camera shows Matthew, we see an actual baby.

    • Elias' ghost looks really old and zombie-like, while Martha's ghost looks just like she looked when she was alive. They should look like their bodies the way they are now, except Elias' body had already decayed to a skeleton. It is possible he died looking like that because he got shot.

    • Phoebe says that the only two ways to vanquish a ghost is to either pour the potion onto its bones or destroy the object key to its wrath. What about the spell that she and Prue used on Jackson Ward in the season 1 episode "The Power of Two" or that Grams used in the season 5 episode "Necromancing the Stone" - "Ashes to ashes, spirit to spirit. Take his soul, banish this evil"?

    • When Prue is working on her slides and the baby throws up on them, someone in the background is heard saying "puke out" before the ruined report is shown.

    • Prue exhibits an awful lot more control over her powers in this episode than ever before or ever again after, moving the multiple purse contents without using her hands or eyes, and working the sink sprayer while her hands are full and she can't see it, as it's behind the baby.

    • The ghost Elias was human while he was alive so why does he possess magic now and how does he know about witches?

    • When Prue and Phoebe dug up Elias' bones, why didn't they just dump the potion right away instead of breaking his bones with the shovels? Were they that angry with him?

  • Quotes

    • Piper: Wow, you're like MacGyver with estrogen.
      Dan: Thanks...I think. Actually, cloth diapers are more environmentally friendly but harder to use. (Dan picks up the baby) There, such a good boy.
      Prue: (to Piper, pointedly) Yes, he is.

    • Prue: You wouldn't happen to know anything about diapers, would you?
      Jack: Me? Noo. That would involve knowing something about babies which I know absolutely zero about.

    • Prue (about Dan): You know, I just hate guys who aren't afraid to commit. They are so atypical.

    • Phoebe: Who would bring a baby to a police station?
      Darryl: It was abandoned. Now look Phoebe...
      Phoebe: Abandoned! That's awful.
      Darryl: That's why they call it a crime.

    • Phoebe: Piper, you'll be fine, don't be afraid.
      Prue: Yeh, Just think of it as a test run.
      Piper: I don't need a test run. I remember when Phoebe was a baby, and it was hard on Mom, and endless, and with you dropping her all the time!
      Phoebe: What?!
      Prue: Oh, moving on!

    • (Piper had been knitting for a friend's baby shower)
      Prue: So I guess this is really good practice for you huh?
      Piper: What are you talking about?
      Prue: You... Dan... little Dan?

    • Phoebe: So how many kids do you think I'll have?
      Prue: I'd say at least 5.
      Piper: Maybe even 6.
      Phoebe: Ouch.

    • Prue: You have no idea how expensive having a baby is. So I'll tell you. $312.46 to be exact.
      Piper: No way.
      Dan: Well, your timing's perfect. Cousin Matthew needs to change.
      Prue: Okay. (Prue gets a blanket out of one of the bags and lays it out on the table.) Alright, there we go. (Dan puts Matthew on the blanket and Prue starts taking his diaper off.) Oh!
      Piper: Ohh, that is ripe!
      Prue: What does this kid live on? Wheat grass?

    • Darryl: Time's up, ladies. Social services called. They wanna know where the baby is.
      Phoebe: Tell them he's with us.
      Darryl: Three witches and a baby. I don't think that's gonna fly.

    • Piper: Do you know the jiggle?
      Darryl: I'm a father. Of course I know the jiggle.

    • Prue is shopping for baby items, and spots Jack racing a boy on a scooter.
      Prue: Jack! What are you doing here?
      Jack: Getting my ass kicked by a five-year-old.

    • Piper: So what are we supposed to do with him now? Raise him in the ways of witchcraft?

    • Prue: We have a baby?
      Piper: Phoebe picked it up at the police station.
      Prue: Okay, I thought you were going to request a job, not a kid.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Title: Reckless Abandon

      Reckless Abandon is a song by David Bromberg.

    • Piper: You're like MacGyver with estrogen.

      MacGyver is a television show starring Richard Dean Anderson that ran from 1985 to 1992. MacGyver was an average guy who could make unconventional and incredible devices out of ordinary things.

    • Phoebe: We better not mention where the baby is in case Casper's still around.

      This is a reference to the 1995 movie "Casper" which is about a friendly ghost and is based upon the original comic book series, and later adapted into an animated series.

    • Darryl: Three witches and a baby.

      This is a a reference to the movie "Three Men and A Baby" in which three men take in a baby and look after it not knowing which one of them is the father. It starred Ted Danson, Tom Selleck & Steve Guttenberg, and a sequel film was also made.

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