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?
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!
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)
Prue: The place where you kept your secrets?
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)
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.
International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Tajemství (Secrets) France: L'ange gardien (The guardian angel) Italy: Segreti e bugie (Secrets and lies) Germany: Nachricht von Max (News from Max)
The Elders are referred to as Founders only in this episode. Which was enough for the French translating team to call them Fondateurs (French for Founders) for the entire run of the series.
This episode scored 5.5 million viewers.
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.