Prudence 'Prue' Halliwell (Season 1-3)
Darryl Morris (recurring)
Inspector Andy Trudeau (Season 1)
TRIVIA: This is the first time that it is stated that powers are only passed on through the female line. This concept is restated in the season 1 episode 8 "The Truth is Out There... and It Hurts" when Prue states that if her children are girls, they will have powers. However it is established later in the season and throughout the series that powers can be inherited by males, creating male witches.
When Piper and Phoebe are playing with the Spirit Board and Piper asks "If Prue will have sex with someone other then herself this year" The board spells AT which is obviously the first 2 letters of ATTIC, but it is also the initials of the person that Prue does end up having sex with. Andrew Trudeau.
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.
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.
In this episode the sisters "adopt" Kit a stray who unknowing to them belonged to the first witch shown that Jeremy killed. However this will be contradicted in the season 3 episode "Pre-witched", when in flashbacks it's shown that Kit had been hanging around since Grams died.
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 throughout the show. What should have happened was for the saucer to pour her milk into the coffee, that would have been telekenetic, what she did was switch the milk from the saucer into the mug which is not how her power will ever work again for the rest of the show.
When Prue got to the hospital she said she was looking for her sister Phoebe Halliwell. Why didn't Andy react to this since he should have recognized the name because they grew up together?
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 why would Phoebe have needed a key?
TRIVIA: Charmed is based in San Fransico and the manor is apparently 1329 Prescott Street. The address of the house used for the exterior of the Charmed Ones' manor is actually 1329 Carroll Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90026.
TRIVIA: Holly Marie Combs was originally going to play Prue and Shannen Doherty was going to be Piper.
The night the sisters receive their powers, Jeremy walks under a bare-leafed tree, yet the next morning when Phoebe and Piper are talking by Piper's car the tree is in full bloom.
TRIVIA: This is the first time Nancy Drew's name is mentioned in the show. The second time it was used was in the season 4 episode "Trial By Magic" and the third time in the season 7 episode "Charmed Noir".
TRIVIA: Phoebe is the first of the Charmed Ones to cast a spell, and that is the spell of Invocation, which gives them their powers completely.
TRIVIA: While filming the first few episodes, Shannen Doherty was very sick. This explains why in the first few episodes, Prue looked quite pale and tired. It is especially very visible in the episodes "Something Wicca This Way Comes", "Dream Sorcerer", and "Thank You For Not Morphing", which were the first 3 episodes filmed (the first 6 episodes of the series did not air in production order).
TRIVIA: The name "Jeremy" was used more then once in the series. It was used as the warlock's name in this episode and for a barkeeper in Piper's club (P3) in a season 6 episode. This rarely happened on the series.
The umbrella that Piper walks into the Manor carrying is different from the one she then hangs up.
TRIVIA: In this episode, in addition to beginning their magical discovery, the girls learn about Melinda Warren. Melinda was a powerful witch who was the beginner of their magical line and posessed the powers of the Charmed ones now have (telekinesis, freezing time, and premonitions).
TRIVIA: In this episode, the girls' first vanquish is the warlock Jeremy Burns, Piper's boyfriend. This begins the long tradition of the girls being romantically involved with shady/evil men.
TRIVIA: This is the only episode where the sisters say a spell to vanquish a demon with him not actually being right there with them.
TRIVIA: Featured music in this episode -
How Soon Is Now? by Love Spit Love
The witch that died in this episode knew the warlock, but it's later shown that warlocks usually just kill witches for their powers not spend time getting to know them.
TRIVIA: The first line ever spoken on the series was by a witch to her cat saying "here baby, come on baby."
TRIVIA: In the beginning of this episode, The Talmadge building is shown. This is named after 1910's-1920's silent film legend Norma Talmadge and her family and is located in Hollywood.
TRIVIA: In this episode it is revealed that the order of birth for the sisters is Prue (Shannen Doherty), Piper (Holly Marie Combs), and then Phoebe (Alyssa Milano). Yet in real life Alyssa is older than Holly.
TRIVIA: This is the second Aaron Spelling TV show that actors Dorian Gregory and Shannon Doherty have been on - the first was Beverly Hills 90210.
TRIVIA: The sisters' classic "Power of Three" spell is used again in this episode - "The Power of Three will set us free".
TRIVIA: This is the first spell the sisters use together 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".
TRIVIA: This evoking spell is a little different then in the (unaired) pilot. It is performed by Phoebe - "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".
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".
TRIVIA: 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.
TRIVIA: In the original (unaired) pilot, Phoebe was played by Lori Rom. For personal reasons she left the show and was replaced with Alyssa Milano.
When Roger tells Prue about the promotion he got, his green pen changes to a black pen.
When Phoebe looks into the mirror, her tattoo is visible, though usually there is makeup that covers it.
At the end, when Prue was talking to Andy, she had picked up the paper, and was holding the paper with Gazzette outwards, but in the next shot she was holding it with "The Daily" outwards. It then went back to the Gazzette side in the next shot.
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.
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.
TRIVIA: The opening credits are different for this episode. Alyssa Milano is credited with the "and" credit after T.W. King and Dorian Gregory. From the episode "Thank You for Not Morphing" onward, she is credited after Shannen Doherty and Holly Marie Combs. She continues in that spot in the credits for the following two seasons.
Phoebe tells of three essential elements of magic: timing, feeling and the phases of the moon.
An actual historical reference: a common misconception is that when the witches were executed in Salem they were burned at the stake. They were not, 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.
When Phoebe was explaining about witchcraft to Prue when they are leaving the hospital or the restaurant, she believed in her. So how come at the end, when they are saying the power of three spell to vanquish Jeremy, Phoebe said to Prue you have to trust me?
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.
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.
When Jeremy comes in he shatters the door and when he was vanquished the door is on the right again!
When Piper opens the carton of fortune cookies and closes it the camera switches to Jeremy and it is open again.
When Prue uses telekinesis to put milk in her coffee you can clearly see bubbles that indicate a pump.
Right after the power goes out, Piper wants to take a taxi to Jeremy's house. The next morning, however, we see she has a car.
At the end of the episode, when Prue shuts the door magically it shows the inside of the house, revealing that there is no door leading into the sitting room. During the show the layout of the house is such that it has a foyer that leads into the parlor and a sitting room, there should be a doorway parallel to the front door.
Look at the headline of the newspaper Prue is holding at the end, and it says, "Police Doubt Fire Was Accidental". This is a prop from the movie Mrs. Doubtfire. That movie also takes place in San Francisco, and Robin Williams' character uses the second and third word of the headline to come up with a name at the last second.
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 red. The pasta is also not red when he eats it, as a marinara would do.
As a professional chef, Piper should have known she shouldn't be wearing nail polish during her cooking audition; at the very least, she should have been wearing plastic gloves for sanitary reasons. Piper should also have had her hair tied back...not flicking it everywhere.
The tree in front of the house sometimes has leaves, and then it doesn't anymore. This is because some scenes had to be re-shot. The original pilot had another Phoebe and that was filmed before spring. The scenes with Alyssa were shot sometime in the summer.
(Piper runs into the house in a panic, after being attacked by Jeremy the warlock.)
Prue: Oh my God. What is it? What's wrong?
Piper: Quick! Lock the doors, check the windows. We don't have a lot of time. Phoebe, in the Book of Shadows, did it say how to get rid of a…
Prue: Oh my God.
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.
Prue: You checked up on me?
Andy: I wouldn't call it that.
Prue: What would you call it?
Andy: Uh…"enquiring minds wanna know"?
Prue: You checked up on me.
Piper: Phoebe! Welcome home! It's so good to see you. Isn't it, Prue?
Prue: I'm speechless.
(Outside the Halliwell Manor)
Andy: Good morning!
(He's holding a paper and a cup of coffee.)
Prue: Hey, this is a surprise.
Andy: I've been feeling really guilty about that bad cup of coffee. I just want to make it up to you.
Prue: So, you brought me a good cup of coffee?
Andy: Oh this? No, this is mine. 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?
(He gives her his card.)
Andy: Take care, Prue.
Prue: Bye, Andy.
(He walks to his car. Phoebe and Piper come outside. Phoebe's holding the cat.)
Phoebe: It's Andy. I told you I heard a man's voice.
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.)
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!
(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?
Phoebe (saying a spell): 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. We call upon the ancient power. Bring your powers to us sisters three. We want the power. Give us the power.
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!
(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!
Piper: Well, everything looks the same.
Phoebe: You're right.
Prue: Yep, the house still needs work.
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: 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: 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?
Prue: I can move things with my mind?
Phoebe: With how much you hold inside, you should be a lethal weapon by now.
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.
Phoebe: Are you telling me that nothing strange happened to you today? You didn't freeze time or move anything?
Prue: Roger took an exhibit away from me.
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.
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?
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!
Roger (to Prue): I hope there are no office supplies in your purse!
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.
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?
Darryl (to Andy): Look, all I know is if you don't stop talking about witches, I'm going to start questioning you.
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.
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.
Phoebe: So, can we talk about what's really bothering you?
Prue: No. I'm still furious with you.
Phoebe: So, you'd rather have a tense reunion filled with boring chitchat and unimportant small talk.
Prue: No. But otherwise we won't have anything to talk about.
Phoebe: Oops! I forgot about the cab.
Piper: I got it.
Prue: Piper, that's my purse.
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?
Darryl: Just do me a favor. Don't ever follow a lead without checking with me first.
Andy: You wanna go to occult shops?
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: That woman didn't direct jack. She was stabbed. Plain and simple.
Phoebe: 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: I forgot your question.
Piper: I asked if Prue was going to have sex with someone other than herself this year.
Phoebe: That's disgusting! Please say yes.
Piper: Open your fortune cookie.
Jeremy: Okay. Soon you will be on top.
Piper: It doesn't say that.
Jeremy: Yes, it does.
Piper: Let me see.
Jeremy: Is that a bad thing?
Piper: Of the world. Soon you will be on top of the world.
Piper: I get so turned on when you talk about food.
Jeremy: Hamburgers, pizza.
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: 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: The Book of Shadows said our powers would grow.
Prue: Grow to what?!
International Show Titles:
Czech Republic: Čarodějky (Sorceresses)
Germany: Das Buch der Schatten (The Book of Shadows)
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.
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)
The Book of Shadows weighs 9 pounds, 6 ounces, is almost entirely hand-painted, and is the most valuable thing on set.
This episode scored 7.7 million viewers. Until Smallville premiered this episode had the highest rated debut for the WB.
Prue (talking about Phoebe): Piper, the girl has no vision of the future.
This is a funny blurb because later in the series Phoebe develpos the power of preminition (the power to see into the future).
Piper: And we have a cousin who's a drunk, an aunt who's manic, and a father who's invisible.
Through the series, only the "invisible father" was introduced: Victor. Patty doesn't have any siblings and we don't know if Victor does, so there isn't any information about Halliwell's aunts or cousins.
Piper (reading 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.
It's never revealed what this inscription meant, but the spirit board did give them the light to find the shadows... it told them where to find the Book of Shadows, in the attic.
The newspaper Prue is holding at the end of the episode is the same from the movie Mrs. Doubtfire.
Piper: Besides, you should've been the one to tell her, not me.
Phoebe: Good point, Chicken Little. It's just so hard for me to talk to her.
Chicken Little was a character in a children's story, called "Chicken Little", who believed that the sky was falling because an acorn fell on his head, convincing everyone he meets on the way that this is a fact.
Title: "Something Wicca This Way Comes"
This is a reference to the Ray Bradbury novel "Something Wicked This Way Comes" and the 1983 movie Something Wicked This Way Comes starring Jonathan Pryce. It also refers to a couplet in the William Shakespeare play Macbeth: "By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes."
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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