Charmed

Season 1 Episode 1

Something Wicca This Way Comes

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 07, 1998 on The WB
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Phoebe returns to San Francisco to live with her older sisters, Prue and Piper at their grandmother's house six months after her death. During their first night together in their grandmother's house, Phoebe finds the Book of Shadows, a book of witchcraft and recites an incantation that leaves the sisters with the powers they were destined to have.

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  • What a way to start a new series. Intriguing and a perfect way to introduce the main characters and give them their powers.

    8.3
    So the first episode of Charmed is very good, and happens to be the episode I have seen the most times. I usually don't like pilot episodes, because they need so much to create a liking, and in some cases, an addiction for the series in question. Something Wicca This Way Comes really manages at this point. It introduces the main characters and set up their history together. The differences between the sisters (mainly between Phoebe and Prue) are very early on clear for the viewer.



    The sister's receiving their powers is very well portrayed and it's fun to see them struggle with the fact that they're witches, and the problems of having powers. The main trio work really well together and that sisterly feeling is really there. They also set some rules for the fine art of demon (or in this case Warlock) vanquishing. Ted and Shannen work really well together and Andy and Darryl's relationship is so great. I'm also stunned by the sweetness of Piper's character, the adorable childishness of Phoebe's and the determined stubbornness of Prue's.



    This episode is mainly about the sister's receiving their powers, and fighting off Jeremy. It's very exciting, and really showed what the future episodes would be like. All in all a very exciting episode with all the humour and wonderful characters that came to make Charmed my favourite series of all times.moreless
  • Something Wicca This Way Comes

    10
    Something Wicca This Way Comes was a perfect series premiere of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching this episode because the actors were spectacular, the story was well written with intricate drama and there is magic! I thought this was a perfect introduction to the sisters and for them to be introduced to their heritage and powers. I certainly look forward to watching more episodes to see what happens next!!!!!!!!!
  • Three sisters find out that they are witches.

    9.0
    When Phebe comes back from New York there is a lot of tension between her and Prue. So far I know that it is some thing about some guy but its not really explained all the way about why Prue is pissed. The house they live in looks awesome, I wish I lived in a house like that. I suspected the reporter from the beginning... well after I found out he was dating Piper. The cop that Prue seems to like seems super cool and she totally should have said yes to him when he asked her out. My favorite part of the episode was when Phebe pissed off Prue in the store and she wreaked the place, lol though if that was for real somebody would have come running to see what all the noise was about. I would so be like Phebe, having powers would be awesome, though I don't think hers is all that great. Overall great start to the show!moreless
  • First Episode!!

    10
    I just watched this episode few days ago, it is not bad, it was awesome! Phoebe is so brave to go to attic alone and she didnt get scared, or anything. Prue and Piper said the attic was sealed off for years! I dont think attic was sealed off, it was just LOCKED, that is all. It was weird enough when attic door opened itself! Phoebe did freed power of three and the sisters became witches. Though, sisters were scared enough and cant control the powers.

    Awesome Episode and I loves it! It is very special episode because it is pilot of Charmed!moreless
  • There is always something special about your first.

    9.0
    This first episode is a darker realism than the episodes that immediately follow. There is a lot of exposition as the foundation of Charmed is poured. The action follows very quickly as Jeremy is uncovered and vanquished in rapid fashion. It is all very quaint compared to later effects.



    The immediate strength of the series is the actresses and the sisterly bond between them. Their roles as strong and prudish elder, very innocent and worrying middle, and fearless free spirited youngest are clearly defined and believably portrayed. I liked the spirit board and the discovery of the attic. I found it interesting that it was Phoebe who pretty much ushered in their lives as witches. Much like when Paige goes on her superwitch push, Phoebe is excited about the new frontier. Piper is predictably hesitant and Prue is doubtful but accepting.



    How huge was it that Alyssa Milano came in to be Phoebe? Most of the cumbersome exposition necessary for a first episode in this genre falls on Phoebe's shoulders, and Alyssa pulls it off smoothly. I thought the guys got off to a slow start, but much of that might have been the script, which was a little ponderous with the guys at the start. It all works though. Great start.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

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  • TRIVIA (26)

    • TRIVIA: The first spell on the series is performed by an unknown witch - "Ancient one of the earth so deep, master of moon and sun. I shield you in my wiccan way, here in my circle round, asking you to protect this space, and offer your sun force down".

    • In this episode it is revealed that the order of birth for the sisters is Prue, Piper and then Phoebe.

    • TRIVIA: When the sisters receive their powers, and the chandelier lights up, it reveals a section of the sitting room: a doorway by a fire place caddy-cornered to the wall, and then a double-paned window very close by. This is the actual sitting room of the Innes House, located in downtown Los Angeles, not the set used for the show.

    • Phoebe is the first of the Charmed Ones to cast a spell, and that is the spell of Invocation, which gives them their powers:


      "Hear now the words of the witches, the secrets we hid in the night, the oldest of Gods are invoked here, the great work of magic is sought. In this night and in this hour, I'll call upon the ancient power, bring your powers to we sisters three, we want the power, give us the power"

    • The inscription on the spirit board: To my three beautiful girls. May this give you the light to find the Shadows. The power of three will set you free. Love, Mom.

    • Phoebe tells of three essential elements of magic: timing, feeling and the phases of the moon.

    • The girls learn about Melinda Warren, who was a powerful witch and the beginner of their magical line; she posessed all the powers of the Charmed Ones (telekinesis, freezing time and premonitions). Before Melinda Warren burned at the stake, she vowed that each generation of Warren witches would become stronger and stronger, culminating in the arrival of three sisters.

    • Phoebe was the first Charmed One to save an innocent. She had a premonition of 2 boys getting hit by a car and she stopped that from happening.

    • The first spell the sisters use together is to get rid of a warlock: "Your love will wither and depart, from my life and my heart, let me be, Jeremy, and go away forever". This spell is use when the warlock is nowhere near them.

    • Goof: When Phoebe walked in the house when she arrived, she said that she found the key. Piper didn't lock the door when she got home so Phoebe did not need a key?

    • Goof: When the door to the attic opens for Phoebe the shot within shows her sweeping her flashlight across it. Yet in the next shot she still has it lowered by her hip and she raises it again.

    • Goof: When Phoebe goes up to the attic and takes the Book of Shadows out of the chest, she reads the incantation and closes the book, but when she is talking to Prue and Piper it seemed like she had read half the book instead of only one page.

    • Goof: When Prue got to the hospital she said she was looking for her sister, Phoebe Halliwell. Andy did not react to this but should have since he and Prue grew up together?

    • Goof: When Roger tells Prue about the promotion he got, his green pen changes to a black pen.

    • Goof: Prue uses her powers to tighten the tie around her boss' neck as she walks down the hall, but in future episodes Prue must be looking at the object she moves with her power.

    • Goof: While having coffee with Phoebe, Prue is able to transfer the milk into her mug from the saucer. However, this is not actually how her power works. What should have happened was for the saucer to pour her milk into the coffee, that would have been telekinetic, what she did was switch the milk from the saucer into the mug.

    • Goof: When Prue uses telekinesis to put milk in her coffee you can clearly see bubbles that indicate a pump.

    • Goof: The umbrella that Piper walks into the Manor carrying is different from the one she then hangs up.

    • Goof: When Phoebe looks into the mirror, her tattoo is visible, though usually there is makeup that covers it.

    • Goof: As a professional chef, Piper should have had her hair tied back, not flicking it everywhere. Piper should have known she should not be wearing nail polish during her cooking audition; at the very least, she should have been wearing plastic gloves for sanitary reasons.

    • Goof: When Piper is preparing her audition recipe, she smells the sauce and it looks like a white sauce. When Chef Moore comes in to sample it, he says that without port it would be nothing more than a salty marinara, which is a red sauce. Later, when he samples Piper's dish, the sauce is not red.

    • Goof: Piper rips the fortune cookie paper out of Jeremy's hands and throws it at him, but still has the carton. Two seconds later the carton is gone and she still has the piece of paper in her hand which she had just thrown away.

    • Goof: When Piper opens the carton of fortune cookies and closes it the camera switches to Jeremy and it is open again.

    • Goof: When Jeremy comes in he shatters the door, but after he was vanquished, the door is all right again.

    • Goof: Piper pushes the rose in the doll before the sisters are saying the spell, but shortly after, while saying the spell she presses the rose in it again.

    • Goof: At the end, when Prue was talking to Andy, she had picked up the paper, and was holding the paper with Gazette outwards, but in the next shot she was holding it with "The Daily" outwards. It then went back to the Gazette side in the next shot.

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Prue: How long have you known about this anyway?
      Piper: A couple of days. Maybe a week... or two.
      Prue: Thanks for sharing. When does she arrive?
      Phoebe: Surprise!

    • Piper: Phoebe! Welcome home! It's so good to see you. Isn't it, Prue?
      Prue: I'm speechless.

    • Piper: I have a great idea! Why don't I make a fabulous reunion dinner?
      Prue: I'm not hungry.
      Phoebe: I ate on the bus.
      Piper: Okay, we'll try the group hug later.

    • Phoebe: Why didn't you tell Prue I was coming back?
      Piper: And risk her changing the locks? I don't think so. Besides, you should have been the one to tell her, not me.
      Phoebe: Good point, Chicken Little.

    • Piper: Hey, that's my boyfriend, Jeremy. What happened?
      Phoebe: Oh, some woman got whacked.
      Piper: Whacked? Oh, Phoebe you stayed in New York way too long.

    • Phoebe: According to the Book of Shadows, one of our ancestors was a witch, named Melinda Warren.
      Piper: And we have a cousin who's a drunk, an aunt who's manic, and a father who's invisible.

    • Piper: It doesn't matter because nothing happened, right, Phoebe, when you did the incantation?
      Phoebe: Well, my head spun around, and I vomited split pea soup. How should I know?

    • Piper: Don't tell me you put on a black conical hat and spent the night flying around the neighborhood on a broomstick.
      Phoebe: The only broom I've ever had was kept in a closet beside a mop.

    • Phoebe: Are you okay?
      Prue: No, I'm not okay! You turned me into a witch.
      Phoebe: You were born one. We all were. And I think we better start learning to deal with that.

    • Phoebe: We're the protectors of the innocent, we're known as the Charmed Ones.

    • Andy: Let me ask you something, Morris. Do you believe in UFO's?
      Darryl: Hell no.
      Andy: Neither do I. But do you believe that there are people out there who do believe in UFO's?
      Darryl: Yes, but I think they're crazy.

    • Prue: Phoebe, I do not have special powers. Now, where is the cream?
      (The cream then moves across the counter to Prue)
      Phoebe: Really? That looks pretty special to me.

    • Prue: I can move things with my mind?
      Phoebe: With how much you hold inside, you should be a lethal weapon by now.

    • Prue: Well, I'm not worried. I'm certain your intellect will make quick work of the 75 computer discs and the thousands of pages of research I left in my office.
      Roger: You're gonna regret this.
      Prue: Oh, I don't think so. I thought breaking up with you was the best thing I'd ever done, but this definitely tops that.

    • Piper: Uh, Chef Moore?
      Chef Moore: What?
      Piper: Uh, the port.
      Chef Moore: Yes, without it, the sauce is nothing more than a salty marinara, a recipe from a woman's magazine. Pttp!

    • Prue: Don't you think you're overreacting? We are perfectly safe here!
      Piper: Don't say that! In horror movies the person who says that is always the next to die!

    • Andy: It's the same tattoo that was on the other two victims.
      Darryl: So, the murderer is killing cultists.
      Andy: No. The murderer's on a witch hunt.
      Darryl: Oh, yeah. He's 500 years old and he lives in Salem.

    • Prue: I quit.
      Roger (on the phone): I'm going to have to call you back. (he hangs up the phone then turns to Prue) Think about this, Prue.
      Prue: Lousy job, lousy pay, lousy boss. What's to think about?

    • Prue: Look, I have just found out that I am a witch, that my sisters are witches and that we have powers that will apparently unleash all forms of evil. Evil that is apparently going to come looking for us. So excuse me, Phoebe, but I'm not exactly in a homeopathic mood right now.
      Phoebe: Then move your headache out of your mind.
      (A bottle of Aspirin flies to Prue's hand)
      Phoebe: You move things when you're upset.
      Prue: This is ridiculous! I thought that you landed on your arm, not your head.
      Phoebe: You don't believe me?
      Prue: Of course I don't believe you!
      Phoebe: Roger...
      (Three bottles of Aspirin fly towards Prue)
      Phoebe: Now let's talk about dad and see what happens...
      Prue: He's dead, Phoebe.
      Phoebe: No, he's moved from New York but he's very much alive.
      Prue: He isn't to me. He died the day he left mom.
      Phoebe: What are you talking about? He's always been a button-pusher for you! You're mad he's alive, you're mad I tried to find him, and you're mad I came back. Dad. Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad!
      (The entire medicine aisle suddenly explodes its contents into the floor around them)
      Phoebe: Feel better?
      Prue: Lots!

    • Prue: I'm calling the cops.
      Piper: And tell them what? That we're witches? That some creep with powers beyond comprehension is trying to kill us?

    • Phoebe: You know, I'm not afraid of our powers. I mean, everyone inherits something from their family, right?
      Prue: Yeah, money, antiques, a strong disposition – that's what normal people inherit.
      Phoebe: Who wants to be normal when we can be special?
      Prue: I want to be normal. I want my life to… (frustrated) You know, isn't this aisle three?

    • Darryl: You're avoiding my question.
      Andy: Because you don't want to know I went to an occult shop.
      Darryl: You hate me, don't you? You want to see me suffer.

    • Darryl (to Andy): Look, all I know is if you don't stop talking about witches, I'm going to start questioning you.

    • (The sisters are chanting "the Power of Three will set us free")
      Jeremy: I am not the only one. I am one of millions. Places you can't even imagine, forms you will never believe. We are Hell on this earth. You will never be safe. And you will never be free!

    • Andy: I, uh, just wanted to ask you out to dinner. Unless of course you're afraid.
      Prue: Afraid of what?
      Andy: Oh, you know, having too good a time, stirring up old memories, rekindling the old flame.
      Prue: Hmm, good point, better not.
      Andy: Okay. Friday night, eight o'clock? You're hesitating.
      Prue: Yeah, but it's not what you think. It's just that my life has gotten a bit complicated. Can I call you?
      Andy: Sure. (He gives her his card.)

    • (Andy has just left)
      Piper
      : What did he want?
      Prue: He asked me out.
      Piper: And you said...?
      Prue: Well, I started to say yes, and then I stopped. I wondered if I could date. I mean, do witches date?
      Piper: Not only do they date but they usually get the best guys.
      Prue: You two will not be laughing when this happens to you. Believe me, everything will be different now.
      Phoebe: Well, at least our lives won't be boring.
      Prue: But they'll never be the same.
      Phoebe: And this is a bad thing?
      Prue: No. But it could be a big problem.
      Piper: Prue's right. What are we gonna do?
      Phoebe: What can't we do?
      Prue: We're going to be careful, we're going to be wise, and we're gonna stick together.
      Piper: This should be interesting. (They get inside. Prue looks at the door, closing it telekinetically.)

    • Phoebe: The Book of Shadows said our powers would grow.
      Prue: Grow to what?!

  • NOTES (11)

    • In the original (unaired) pilot, Phoebe was played by Lori Rom. For personal reasons she left the show and was replaced with Alyssa Milano.

    • Holly Marie Combs was originally going to play Prue and Shannen Doherty was going to be Piper.

    • While filming this episode, Shannen Doherty was very sick. This explains why Prue looked quite pale and tired.

    • International Show Titles:
      Czech Republic: Čarodějky (Sorceresses)
      Germany: Das Buch der Schatten (The Book of Shadows)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Spain: Aqui llega algo magico
      Czech Republic: Všechno zlé pro něco dobré (Everything Bad For Something Good)
      France: Le Livre des Ombres (The Book of Shadows)

    • Music:


      How Soon Is Now? by Love Spit Love

    • Although Charmed is based in San Francisco and the manor's address is 1329 Prescott Street. The house used for the exterior of the manor is actually 1329 Carroll Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90026.

    • The tree in front of the house sometimes has leaves and sometimes it does not. This is because the original pilot had another actress playing Phoebe and was filmed before Spring. The scenes with Alyssa were shot sometime in the Summer.

    • The Book of Shadows weighs 9 pounds, 6 ounces, is almost entirely hand-painted, and is the most valuable thing on set.

    • A common misconception is that when the witches were executed in Salem they were burned at the stake, but they were hanged. This confusion generally occurs because in Europe witchcraft was considered a heresy and was punished by burning, but in the Colonies, it was a felony, punished by hanging.


       

    • Actor Eric Scott Woods (Jeremy) has the distintinction of being the only guest star to appear (without demon makeup or shown from behind) throughout the series in the opening guest-star credits.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Phoebe: Well my head spun around and I vomited split pea soup.
      This is a reference to the film The Exorcist where the little girl who is posessed by demons vomits split pea soup.

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