Season 3 Episode 18

Sin Francisco

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 19, 2001 on The WB
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A demon turns people into the embodiment of each of the deadly sins, including the Charmed Ones and Leo.

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  • Sin Francisco

    Sin Francisco was a perfectly entertaining episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because the story was fun, intriguing and full of action, drama and character development. It was interesting to see the sisters each be affected by one of the 7 deadly sins cast upon them and Leo by a demon. There were some good laughs, some touching moments and lots of magic. The characters all learned important lessons and Prue had the hardest one of all. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Get your sin on..

    Props to Nell Scovell for penning probably the funniest episode of Charmed.

    I didn't think that a Charmed episode could have a pedestrian conflict and yet still be a superb episode based on comedy alone. This episode proved me wrong. After a somewhat shocking opening that sees a crazed man hit by a speeding bus, the show quickly turns comical as the sisters and Leo each fall victim to one of the 7 Deadly Sins. Allegedly the sins are attracted to someone's predisposition. This means that of course Phoebe would be stricken with lust and Prue with pride. This leads to some comical moments, including Phoebe jumping her professor and even putting some moves on Leo ("Get your slutty hands off my husband.") and Prue deciding to have a press conference after saving an innocent, and ending with the coup de gras of Phoebe remarking to Prue, "You don't seem much different," and Prue firing back, "Oh, back at yah."

    However, the best comedy comes from Leo and Piper who are assigned the more mysterious sins of Sloth and Gluttony. Actually, Anger would have been the most fitting sin for the hot-tempered Piper, and Sloth is the complete opposite of Leo's character. The Sloth on Leo was probably the funniest part of the episode, and that largely because it WAS the complete opposite of his character. Brian Krause continues to be awesome no matter what he is asked to do. I love it when Prue goes off about him going to see the Elders and Leo responds, "You guys never listen to me anyway" before orbing upstairs for a nap. Haha... And I loved the asian outfit on Piper and Phoebe's hair. Excellent ending with Prue jumping into the Pit of Despair and then Leo orbing down to save her after she had talked in the beginning of the episode about not needing him. Very well-written and enjoyable episode all around.moreless
  • Sin City

    Probably the funniest ever episode of Charmed, Sin Francisco shows how bad the later seasons are. Back in season three, the writers pulled off hilarious comedy episodes but lately, all the so-called "comedy" episodes are filled up with sex gags and lazy acting from all three actresses. This episode gives each sister loads to do and there are absolutely loads of jokes throughout which genuinely make you burst out laughing.

    Sin Francisco has a demon called Lukas infecting the sisters and Leo with the seven deadly sins, hitting Prue with pride, Piper with gluttony, Phoebe with lust and Leo with sloth. The sisters have to battle Lukas whilst at the same time trying to free themselves of the sins, which doesn't work out that well.

    Shannen, Holly and Alyssa are all hilarious in this episode. Prue is normal Prue, but exaggerated by a thousand. Piper is hilarious with her constant buying of gifts and pointless household appliances and Phoebe is funny when she is (predictably) hit with the lust, which makes her seduce her professor, a cop, Leo, and an old delivery man. There are so many hilarious scenes, Piper getting electrocuted by the foot spa, Phoebe explaining how she started unzipping her professor's pants with her teeth and Prue being extremely holier-than-thou about everything and everyone.

    This is one of the classic episodes of Charmed with every actress getting their time in the limelight and Alias star Kevin Weisman giving a brilliant performance as demon Lukas. The episode even ends on a high with the brilliant Orgy playing their awesome song Opticon at P3. Sin Francisco is an absolute classic and is guaranteed to cheer you up on a bad day. Excellent.moreless
  • Great episode!

    Sin Francisco is one of my favorite episodes. It's just so funny. There are so many funny quotes.

    It's just a great episode.

    Prue's pride, Piper's gluttny...just everything!

    there are so many prue/ those;)

    Here is one of my fav quotes:

    Prue;Wow, we sure showed that demon.Okay, you guys sure showed that demon.

    Piper: Thank you.

    Prue: So I guess I needed you guys a lot more than you needed me.

    Phoebe: No, we all needed each other. You got me back to the house, saved the innocents.

    Prue: Yeah, but--

    Piper: Stop it, I don't like this humble Prue. I want my real sister back.

    Phoebe: Me too.

    Prue: Well, I mean I did save that cop from killing himself. And I was smart enough...

    Phoebe: She's back. tell Darryl to hide the pastor away, and...moreless
  • Phoebe has the lust, Piper has the gluttony, Prue has the pride, and Leo has the sloth

    This was a very amusing episode. The charmed ones and Leo being hit with a large amount of sin from the balls of sin was hilarious.

    Phoebe being all lusty was so incredibly funny. It was incredibly unexpected though when her lustiness came out in her meeting with her professor. Prue was funny when she told Phoebe that charming the pants off of someone was just a figure of speech. Phoebe nearly having sex with the cute officer while they were at a crime scene was just very wrong. And then when Prue and Phoebe get home and Phoebe's with Leo that was just more wrong!

    I loved Prue having the Pride because she was pretty much the same Prue. It was amusing to hear her insisting that she didn't get hit with a sin until thing with the Pastor. It was great to just see Prue as herself while everyone else is almost completely outta whack.

    Leo was incredible with his Sloth. I loved how it was like the complete opposite of Leo. He was so funny just wanting to sit around and watch TV. I loved when Piper saw her husband lying around like that she just thought he needed chips. It was too funny!

    Piper and Gluttony was also an amusing pair. I loved seeing her tell Prue that they needed all of the things that she ordered on her credit card. It was also funny to see that she wanted to cheer Prue up by buying her a pair of shoes.

    The whole situation with the sins was just completely comical. I loved that since Prue was the only one to care while having her sin, she was the one that needed to be saved. It was just brilliant to see Leo, Piper, and Phoebe saving Prue.

    This episode was just completely comical and as such pretty good!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • In the scene where Prue is dealing with Envy in the car dealership, the shadow of a boom mic is visible on the wall behind the two men.

    • When Lukas had Prue tied up in the underworld why didn't she try to astroproject? Even though her powers were useless due to the sin, wouldn't her pride have told her otherwise and she would have at least tried?

    • When Lukas confronts the policeman, anger is the only sin he has left yet two balls can be seen when he opens the box. He throws one ball at the policeman but when we see the box again both are gone. What was this extra ball and where did it go?

    • At the beginning when they find the greed box, Prue magically moves it all the way to the opposite curb. But when the guy goes to run after it it's suddenly in the middle of the road instead.

    • When Leo's lying on the floor he's unshaved and after he orbs down he's suddenly shaved.

    • TRIVIA: In the the season 1 episode, "Feats of Clay", the sisters refer to Greed as one of the Seven Deadly Sins, and that the only way Clay could be saved from the Guardian was by committing a selfless act, which is how Piper, Phoebe and Leo got rid of their sins.

    • TRIVIA: The band Orgy performs their song, "Opticon" from their 2001 album "Vapor Transmission" at P3.

    • TRIVIA: The seven deadly sins and the people who are infected are as follows - The Stock Broker: Greed, Phoebe: Lust, Piper: Gluttony, Prue: Pride, Leo: Sloth, The Priest: Envy & Officer "Cutie": Anger.

    • After the police officer has been suspended, he hasn't had his gun removed! Isn't that considered some breach of safety?

    • When Prue's wound is first shown, it's pretty big, and there is blood running all down her arm. Yet when she gets to the Manor only a little blood spot is seen on her sleeve. Then when she has her jacket off, there's no blood visible nor is there any further mention of it.

    • When Prue falls into the pit, Piper freezes the demon, but as her and Phoebe walk past him, the belt strap of his leather jacket blows in the wind. Isn't he frozen?

    • What happened to Officer "Cutie" in the manor? Prue threw him into the wall, and then he disappeared in the next scene.

  • QUOTES (28)

    • Daryl: (to Prue) You know I've never seen you run away from danger, but I've never seen you run toward it either!

    • (Phoebe explains why she was kicked out of her Psychology class)
      Phoebe: I don't know what happened! One moment I was sitting there talking about my assignment and the next I was... trying to unzip his pants with my teeth!

    • Phoebe: Luckily I realized what I was doing before I... eww.
      Prue: Phoebe, when I told you to charm the pants off of your professor I didn't mean that literally!

    • Prue: You're right, I'm sorry.
      Piper: Drop the humility crap and give me my sister back.

    • Prue: I don't get it, you, Leo and Phoebe committed selfless acts and got rid of your sins, but I committed many selfless acts and had to wait for Lucas to be vanquished to get rid of mine.
      Piper: Well Lucas said that Pride was the only sin that could not be beat. Anything you did while under the influence of the sin was for the greater glory of Prue. I guess what he meant was that there is no selfless act to Pride.
      Prue: But I jumped into a bottomless pit to save the pastor.
      Piper: Yes, but you did that to win.

    • Piper: How can I have gluttony? I don't overeat
      Prue: No, but you overdo. These sins are tied to our pre-dispositions.

    • Prue (to Piper): Hello! Gluttony, table for one!

    • Prue: What did the Elders have to say?
      Leo: I don't know...
      Prue: What do you mean you don't know?
      Leo: Well I got tired halfway up there so I came back.

    • Prue: There is nothing in the Book. Why did only lame witches precede us?
      Piper: Because nobody is as good as you, Prue.
      Prue: You know, at least I'm trying, Piper. Instead of getting a foot massage, or sleeping.
      Phoebe: I'm not sleeping. I'm just having the best premonitions of my life.
      Prue: Of what?
      Phoebe: It's a button off Officer Cutie's shirt. Let me tell you, if the movie's anything like the previews…whoa.

    • Piper: Leo needs suits.
      Prue: Leo doesn't wear suits.

    • Prue: I am very proud of you.
      Phoebe: Oh, and coming from you...
      Prue: Hey, be nice.

    • Prue: If I don't get you home, there won't be a later.

    • Prue: Although, might wanna change into, I don't know, clothes, an actual shirt?

    • Darryl: Because they'll destroy you. What's the matter with you?
      Prue: Nothing can destroy me, Darryl.

    • Leo (to Piper): Oh, thanks sweetie, I'm gonna be thirsty soon.
      Prue: I'm gonna be ill soon.

    • Piper: Would you like a bit of bubbly?
      Prue: No, I would like a bit of help.

    • Leo: You checked the Book of Shadows?
      Piper: No, but that's a great idea. Leo, you're a genius. What would we do without him?
      Prue: I don't know. I guess our lives wouldn't be the smooth-running existence that they are today.

    • Piper: Phoebe! Get your slutty hands off my husband!
      Phoebe: Make me!
      Piper: Gladly!

    • Professor: Plus, you owe me a major paper. And if I don't get it soon...
      Phoebe: What are you gonna do to me?
      Professor: I'll have to give you an incomplete. I'll have no other choice. Now, do you have anything to say for yourself?
      Phoebe: I'm not wearing any underwear!

    • Phoebe (while looking in the dumpster): Hey it's the coffee maker I wanted.
      Prue: Phoebe it's just the carton.
      Phoebe: Oh. See I need you, you just protected me from making a fool of myself.
      Prue: Now there's a full time job.
      Phoebe: Thank you very much.

    • Prue: Yeah, well, my sin's not nearly as fun as yours.
      Phoebe: Wait, your sin, I thought you didn't get hit.
      Prue: Well, that was the pride talking and it almost got me killed already.
      Phoebe: Pride? You don't seem all that different.
      Prue: Really? Well, back at you.

    • Phoebe:Wow, Piper, you really put the glut in gluttony.
      Prue: Okay, how did you get this stuff so fast?
      Piper: Oh, I just let my fingers do the walking and the clicking and the…flipping.
      Prue: Flipping? As in the pages of the Book of Shadows? You used magic?
      Piper: Well, yeah, I couldn't wait six to eight weeks for delivery.
      Prue: That is so personal gain.
      Piper: No, because we need all of this stuff.

    • Phoebe: Why did you do that?
      Prue: Because unless you guys want those flowers at your funeral, you had better get a grip, okay? You've been infected. Gluttony, lust, and that in there... (They walk back into the living room where Leo is laying on the couch, burping) is sloth.

    • Prue: Everything's under control, don't worry about a thing. I've got it all under control. Hi, he needs medical attention. The Pastor's inside, I kicked his ass. He needs attention too, he's knocked out.

    • Prue: Hey! Be nice. I don't want to talk about sin tonight.
      Phoebe: Me neither!
      Prue: So, this is a pretty interesting band. What's their name?
      Piper: Orgy.

    • Piper: Oh, no, don't tell me we got infected with the sin thingy.

    • Piper: That'll be it. Just the two Armani suits, size 42, the Donna Karan
      dress, the three pairs of Stuart Weitzman shoes, the one Gucci jacket, and the
      Prada bag.

    • Phoebe: One minute I was telling him why my paper was late, and the next thing I knew I was unzipping his pants with my teeth.
      Prue: Oh, Phoebe. You do know that charming the pants off someone is just a figure of speech, don't you?
      Phoebe: I don't know what came over me, Prue. I'm just glad that I realized what was happening before I…Ew!
      Prue: Alright, unfortunately, what got into you is lust. As in the sin of.
      Piper: Wait a minute, now you think we were infected?
      Prue: Hello? Gluttony, table for one.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Hříšné San Francisco (Sinful San Francisco) France: Les sept pêchés capitaux (The seven deadly sins) Italy: La scatole dei peccati (The box of sins) Germany: Die sieben Todsünden (The seven deadly sins)

    • Although credited, Julian McMahon (Cole Turner) does not appear in this episode.


    • Title: Sin Francisco

      This is a reference to the city of San Francisco, where the show takes place, and a reference to the seven deadly sins, which this episode is about.

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