Season 1 Episode 14

Secrets And Guys

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 17, 1999 on The WB
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Prue helps a young witch who has been kidnapped, and renews her own faith in having children. Meanwhile, Phoebe finds out that Leo is really a guardian angel for good witches, and this causes Leo to break up with Piper.

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  • Secrets and Guys

    Secrets and Guys was another awesome episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because the story was spectacular. Prue tries to help a young boy witch who just came into his powers while Phoebe learns the truth about Leo as he tries to let Piper down easily since he can't stay. There was a lot of character development and plot progression. Of course Andy is on the case and finds Prue mixed up in the middle of yet another mystery. Max is full of fear because of his new powers and it was great to watch Prue help him. It was awesome to watch Leo helping everyone and more of his true nature as a White Lighter. The ending was great and I look forward to watching more episodes!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Hey, Leo is back, for a show. Apparently he can't just... hang around.

    This episode is partially saved from a lame main plot by a much better subplot involving Leo momentarily being back. It is somewhat preposterous that Leo would do something as careless as levitate to change a light bulb, but it was a good scene and hilarious that the bulb in his hand stayed lit. Some reviewers seem to have forgotten that Leo does have that power, though there is usually light involved with his levitation. It is also shown in Season 4 that Leo has the ability to "restore" inanimate objects, which means it is at least possible that he could restore the heat to a coffee cup or the water to a glass that used to be full. Obviously, the telekinesis he used from Wicca Envy had to go. That's Prue's power. Anyway, so here is where Whitelighters are introduced. The Elders are also introduced though Leo calls them the Founders here. Also, this is the first time that Piper and Leo's love is set up as a forbidden love. That is a storyline that will dominate Season 2. Alyssa Milano as Phoebe is terrific throughout, and her and Leo's scene at Quake is perhaps the best scene in the episode. I am still having a hard time getting over how gorgeous Alyssa is during the latter half of this first season. Her acting is sensational as well. She has really become the star of the season for me at this point. Piper's reaction to Leo leaving again is somewhat understandable considering he was just gone, but it doesn't lead well into the next time we see Leo, where all of a sudden Piper is in love with him.

    Piper's subplot involving the obnoxious chef was about worthless other than giving Piper a reason to use her power once.

    The main plot this week involving Prue, a boy witch, and a couple thieves is pretty irksome. How did the thieves know the boy had this power again? And the thieves are also pretty unconcerned with Prue's power. What good is wiring the boy if Prue can just pull the detonator out of the thief's hand? And apparently they are also unaware that the power of telekinesis could be used to simply stop their hearts from beating. Chris could abuse them of that notion. Anyway, since Prue does nothing, the boy's father gets shot, and only by the grace of Leo is his life saved, which was a very good scene. But if not for Leo, Prue would have some blame since certainly she could have done something long before that. As evident by the fact that she has the boy disable the bomb wired to him after they get into the bank vault. I would think that could have been done like a long time back. Anyway, it was a good ending though, with Prue locking the thieves in the vault. This is the second episode in a row where Prue was pretty much on her own. This is also the third time already this first season where the bad guys were mere humans, kind of a 1st season thing.

    The final scene in the attic is a classic. Already the three actresses have created such a great chemistry together.moreless
  • A young boy is kidnapped and Prue assists. Meanwhile, a secret is revealed about Leo Wyatt.

    A young boy with magical powers is kidnapped and held hostage. He manges to contact The Charmed Ones via the Spirit Board which they regularly use. Prue, who is not particularly fond of children, nonetheless steps in to assist.

    The girls had to find out eventually that there was something 'different' or 'special' about Leo Wyatt and it is Phoebe who uncovers his secret. Turns out he is a Whitelighter, a protector and mentor of 'good' witches. Phoebe, naturally, is a little freaked out by this but Alyssa Milano plays Phoebe so superbly that just about everything she says and does in the early seasons is funny. Not so much later on ...

    I REALLY wanted to like this episode, but, I didn't it just felt forced and flat to me and I found the script very boring and most of the acting not much better. Not one I'd recommend.moreless
  • A young witch is kidnapped to pull a bank heist. Somehow he manages to contact Prue on the sisters Spirit Board. She contacts Andy and through his father she finds Max. Leo returns and a big secret is revealed to Phoebe and Piper has problems at work.moreless

    So we finally get to find out the truth about Leo and its a major blockbuster. Leo is a White Lighter or Guardian Angel for good witches and he reports to a group of leaders called the Founders. The only problem is that he can't fraternize with the witches so he has to leave for good. He needs to tell Piper but even with Phoebe's "help" he never is able to really tell her. In the end Phoebe does reveal the secret to Piper and Prue but they just laugh and tell her she should write children books.

    Mickey Jackson is a bad guy through and through. Bradford Tatum plays the part to a T. He and his partner Harry played by Will Stewart kidnap Max played by David Netter right from under his father played by Robert Gossett. The threat is don't tell the police and they will retun him for school on Monday.

    Of course they don't understand that he is a witch and he has the power of telekinesis so he manages to unknowingly contact the sisters through their Spirit Board by moving the pointer. Prue starts searching for Max. In the meantime Piper is having a problem with her new chef who is a real jerk. He throws out her knives and then decides to change the menu with no discussion. In the end she wins when he quits but its a day long battle for superiority. Prue finds Max through Andy and is knocked out after a short fight. When she comes to they have her tied up and are ready to have Max do his stuff. His father shows up. They spirit Max and Prue into the back of the van and Mickey shoots Mr. Franklin in the chest. This is the second person he has shot today almost killing a security guard earlier in the day.

    Prue saves the day in the end and Leo saves Mr. Franklin. Max and his dad finally bond over what is important and Prue learns a major life lesson. Overall it is a very satisfying ending. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • A Witch In Need

    Secrets and Guys-Prue helps a young witch who has been kidnapped, and renews her own faith in having children. Meanwhile, Phoebe finds out that Leo is really a guardian angel for good witches, and this causes Leo to break up with Piper.

    A great dramatic episode that sees Prue coming to the add of a young witch. The writers create a wondeful character in the form of Max, who is played very well by David Netter. Usually child actors are either really good or really awful but David does an outstanding job of conveying a child who is confused about a destiny that was forced on him. I liked the idea of male witches and David's power of pyschokinesis is a very inventive. Shannen Doherty excels throughout as Prue becomes David unlikely hero when become trapped under 2 bank robbers. Shannen and David are great in their scenes together, especially when Prue and Max talk about being witches. Both Mickey and Harry make for some good villains as it's always refreshing to have mortal enemies for an hour than the usual energy throwing demons. It's nice that we have smart villais who had a good plan and great ways of forcing Prue and Max to use their magic to gain what they want to do. Robert Gossett is as great as Max's father as he completely convinces as a father so overwhelmed about his son's destiny and the situation his put in. The sub-plot was also well done as Phoebe finds out Leo is whitelighter in a hilarious scene where she catches him floating in the air. The introduction and explaintion of a whitelighter is exciting, although some of Leo's mythos and powers about whitelighters are inconsistent (the heating power, witches not suppose to know about their whitelighters etc.) But of course, this can forgotten as the writers were still coming up with their own mythology for the series. Both Alyssa and Brian were great together througout, especially when Phoebe is coaching Leo on how to break up with Piper the right way. The acutal break-up is great scene with Piper trying to taking control of the situation and letting Leo down easy. Also, the scene where Leo heals Max's father is a beautiful scene and Brian is great in that scene, despite seeming a bit "Touch by an Angel"-eqse. All and All, "Secrets and Guys" is a great episode with a emotional main plot and a very entertaining sub-plot.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

Robert Gossett

Robert Gossett

Mr. Franklin

Guest Star

Bradford Tatum

Bradford Tatum

Mickey Jackson

Guest Star

David Netter

David Netter

Max Franklin

Guest Star

Brian Krause (I)

Brian Krause (I)

Leo Wyatt

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • Leo tells Phoebe that they were never supposed to find out he was a whitelighter, yet in all future episodes it is established that witches know their whitelighters!

    • When Phoebe originally thinks that Leo is a warlock, he says that if he was he would have tried to hurt them the last time and Phoebe responds good point. Why is that a good point? Jeremy, Rex and Hannah all spent months in the sisters' lives before striking, so why would Phoebe be so quick to forget?

    • Doesn't it seem strange that if Leo was really trying to keep his being a whitelighter a secret that he would levitate right in the livingroom with Phoebe home?

    • TRIVIA: This episode showcases one of Phoebe's character traits for the first time - that she is terrible at keeping secrets. There are several occurrences throughout the rest of the series when she blurts out a secret that others have told her not to tell, simply because she cannot help herself.

    • TRIVIA: Featured music in this episode - -Shimmer by Fuel -Ba- Got Going by Liz Phair -Know You Better by Reality Check -Between You And Me by DC Talk -Anything by PFR

    • TRIVIA: This is the first episode to show that witches can be male.

    • If she believes she's discovered a warlock hanging from the ceiling, why doesn't Phoebe yell for help instead of hanging up on Piper?

    • Leo warms up Phoebe's tea, but it's established in later episodes, however, that whitelighters cannot do that. Leo also fills up Phoebe's water glass at Quake, and whitelighters can't do that, either.

    • TRIVIA: We learn that Leo is a Whitelighter.

    • In this episode Leo calls his bosses "the Founders" - yet in every following episode they're called the Elders.

    • Why didn't Prue use her power to untie Max's hands from the rope?

    • If Max could have used his power to disable the device on him, then why didn't he do that earlier?

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Leo (to Phoebe): Your tea's cold. (Moves his hand over the tea and it starts steaming.
      Phoebe: Ouch! Wow... you really are a handy man!

    • Phoebe (sees Leo floating): OH MY GOD!
      Leo: Oops...

    • Mr. Franklin: I was so busy being angry at your mother for leaving, for not telling me her secret, your secret... it was like a... a weight on my heart. I hope you both can forgive me.
      (Max hugs his dad.)

    • Mr. Franklin: Paulette?
      (The light turns into Leo. Leo walks to him and kneels down.)
      Leo: It's not time to be with your wife, Gordon. It's time to be with your son.
      Mr. Franklin: But...
      (Leo puts his hand over Mr. Franklin's wound and heals him. He takes his hand away.)
      Leo: Raise the boy well. Heed Prue's advice.
      (Leo orbs away. The van comes in. Max and Prue get out.)
      Max: Dad, you OK?
      Mr. Franklin: Max. (Max gets up and hugs his son.) Oh. Ooh. I'm fine Max. Thank you God. Thank you. Thank you. Ooh. You're alright.
      Prue: But I saw you get... you're not bleeding.
      Mr. Franklin: It's a miracle. Thank you... thank you for protecting my son.
      Prue: I'm just glad it all worked out. Raise the boy well. (Mr. Franklin looks at Prue strangely.) What?
      Mr. Franklin: There's somewhere we need to go. (To Prue.) I'd like you to come with us.

    • Phoebe: So maybe Max is a ghost. I mean, after all, that is a spirit board.
      Prue: A ghost who needs our help? I don't think so.
      Phoebe: Well, it wouldn't be the first time.
      Prue: What if it's just someone in trouble crying out?
      Phoebe: Well, it would have to be someone with powers. That's not exactly AT&T.
      Prue: "Help Max." That's not a lot to go on.
      Phoebe: Yeah. I mean there's nothing really you can do unless he sends another message. What... are you on hold or something?
      Piper: It's Harry, the new chef at Quake. He threw out all my Henckel knives. Apparently, he prefers Forschners!
      Phoebe: You follow any of that?
      Prue: No. Look, we wouldn't have gotten the message if it wasn't important.
      Phoebe: OK. So what do you wanna do?
      Prue: Maybe go see Andy. See if he knows anything about a Max needing help.
      Phoebe: Can you say long shot? (Prue gives Phoebe a look.) All right. You're obsessed. I accept that. I'll thumb through the Book of Shadows. See if there's anything in there about spirit board SOS's.
      Prue: And maybe Piper can…
      Piper: Look. Wait. I'm the manager. If I say I want Henckel, then I want…hello? (She hangs up.) The jerk hung up on me. (She slams the phone on the table.) OK. How can I help you two?
      Prue: I think we got it under control.
      Piper: OK. Then I'm going to Quake before Harry does anymore damage.
      (Piper leaves. Prue gives Phoebe a "what" look. Phoebe giggles.)

    • Mr. Franklin: Max!
      (One of the thugs points a gun at Mr. Franklin.)
      Thug: Don't move, don't breathe! Just listen. We're gonna borrow your kid just for a day. Now, if you're smart, you will not call the cops. We will have him safe and sound, first thing Monday morning, ready for school. Do you understand?
      Mr. Franklin: Yeah, yeah.
      Thug: Just our little secret, right?
      Mr. Franklin: Yeah.

    • Piper (about Leo): It just seemed like he wasn't telling me the whole story, like he had some secret he was afraid I couldn't handle.
      Phoebe: Well, that's his call. Assuming that he had a secret. Might not have.
      Piper: What are you talking about?
      Phoebe: Ok, ok, you don't have to beat it out of me. Leo is a whitelighter. They're sort of guardian angels for witches. And they're not supposed to get involved with witches, but Leo couldn't help it. He fell in love with you, and that broke all the rules and got him in all sorts of trouble. And even though he'll love you forever, you will probably never see him again.
      Piper: What? Phoebe, that's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. Oh, God. Don't be so silly.
      Phoebe: That's me, silly.

    • Piper: And looky here, miss Phoebe's diaries...
      Phoebe: The place where I kept all my secrets...
      (Piper and Prue stare at her with a suspicious look)
      Phoebe: What?
      Prue: The place where you kept your secrets?
      (Phoebe nods)
      Piper: Phoebe, you could never keep a secret...
      Phoebe: Oh, that is so not true.

    • Phoebe: You don't need my help, Leo. You need a miracle.

    • Leo: The truth is I led you on to believe I was coming back.
      Piper: Leo, you are back.

    • Prue: Piper. Phoebe. Get in here!
      (Phoebe and Piper run into the attic)
      Phoebe: What is it?
      (Prue motions to the spirit board. Piper and Phoebe stop abruptly)
      Phoebe: Ugh.
      Piper: Oh, no. Not again.

    • Piper: A good witch is a clean witch.

    • Phoebe: Can I just say I am actually enjoying this?
      Piper: That's because you're not doing anything.
      Phoebe: Not true. I've painted my fingers and my toes.

    • Prue: I've just had some time to think.
      Phoebe: Yeah, in all that spare time of yours.

    • Leo: I thought I'd tell her that as much as I love her and as much as I would like to stay in San Francisco, I can't, and I don't know how long my work will keep me away.
      Phoebe: No, no, no. What you just said was as much as you would love to stay and have sex with her, you have a wife and kids in another part of the country. Try again.

    • Leo: Uh, Piper, you know how much you mean to me and more than anything I wish things could work out but they can't and no one is more sorry than me.
      Phoebe: Translation: I found someone I like even better.
      Leo: I'm completely confused.

    • Leo: In the meantime, you must help me keep my secret or I can get into trouble, ok? Piper and Prue can never know what I really am.
      Phoebe: Me keep a secret? Hello, wrong Halliwell!

    • Prue: And I realize that I do want kids. I think that I'd make a great mom.
      Phoebe: So, did you save Max or did Max save you?

    • Piper: So good to see you. How are you?
      Leo: Better now. How are you, Piper?
      Piper: I'm better now too.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Title: Secrets And Guys
      This is a reference to the common saying "secrets and lies" and also a reference to the 1996 film, Secrets and Lies.