Season 2 Episode 6

That Old Black Magic

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 11, 1999 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • So how is it that Betty's disappearance never brought any suspicion to Prue or Jack? Surely someone must've eventually reported her missing! Since the two of them were seen battling over who should get the wand on national TV, then they each wound up with the wand. It seems strange that neither of them ever had to talk to police at some point!

    • Jack tells Prue that he has had a standing job offer with Bucklands for over a year. How could any job offer from Bucklands still be standing? First of all a year earlier Rex and Hannah were running the Auction house and they were imposters. Even if the job offer was from the real Rex prior to that the Auction house has changed hands since then several times and it seems unlikely that anyone would even remember a job offer the original owner had made!

    • TRIVIA: This episode marks the first time the sister's scry for someone. They use this method frequently throughout the series and this episode introduces it.

    • During the scene when Tuatha finds the other two searchers for the two extra hearts she needs for her spell, she asks if they are looking for the Blair Witch. The shot immediately afterwards shows a camera angle upwards into their scared faces and nostrils, which is almost a direct copy of the famous scene from the Blair Witch Project film itself.

    • When Jack puts the piece of paper, with Betty's address and phone number on it, in his pocket, it is folded once by Betty and then Jack sort of folded it before he put it in his pocket. When Prue telekenetically, pickpocketed Jack, it was perfectly folded twice.

    • TRIVIA: This episode marks the first appearance of Lochlyn Munro in his recurring role of Jack Sheridan.

    • The three guys in search of the witch in the woods get lost after a couple of days, but the sisters are there within only a few minutes. How big can the area be that they get lost and can't find a way out?

    • As Tuatha says "Now this is a sleeping potion" there is a shot of her throwing the potion. Then the camera cuts to her face as she finishes speaking but her lips aren't moving.

    • TRIVIA: This is the first time the sisters scry for something, a magic they will use very often in future episodes.

    • TRIVIA: This is the last episode to feature Karis Paige Bryant as Jenny Gordon. She was written out of the show as the writers realised she served no real purpose.

    • During the scene when Prue, Piper, and Phoebe returned from their encounter with Tuatha, Leo notices that Piper is bleeding on the right side of her forehead. When Piper walks into the kitchen, the mark is now on the left side of her forehead.

    • When Jenny sees Kyle walking down the street, the car that she and Dan are in is moving the wrong way if they are trying to get home (which they probably are because he told her when to be home and such, implying that they were not going anywhere). Their house and the manor is the opposite direction, as proven by where Kyle is coming from and which way he goes when he turns back to help the girls.

  • Quotes

    • Phoebe: We should be getting close. Hey, there it is.
      (They walk up to the cave.)
      Piper: Kinda creepy in there and dark.
      Prue: Alright, I'll go in first since she only knows about me. You guys just wait a couple of seconds then follow.
      (Prue walks inside the cave.)

    • Phoebe: Here it is. A scrying spell.
      Piper: Scrying? What's that?
      Phoebe: It's what witches use to magically find something or someone. It says that we need a map, a piece of string and a crystal. Okay.

    • Tuatha: There you are. (She opens it up and you can see spells written in it. She turns to a spell.) "To disempower a witch." Fresh, human heart.

    • Prue: Leo, he is just a kid. Besides, you haven't seen Tuatha's power. I mean, she made a woman disappear literally.
      Leo: It's his destiny to defeat Tuatha, Prue.
      Prue: Then why did I get the wand?
      Leo: To make sure it got to him. It's part of the law. If you guys were meant to defeat Tuatha there would be a spell in the Book Of Shadows and there isn't.
      Piper: He's right, we checked.
      Leo: Which means we need to spend what little time we have teaching Kyle how to use the wand.
      Prue: Look, Leo, I know that you've never guided us down the wrong path before, but please at least let us try to defeat Tuatha. If we fail, then fine, we'll help you with Kyle.
      Leo: She'll kill you.
      Prue: Don't bet on it. Alright, we need to start by finding out where Tuatha is before she finds us. (Phoebe and Prue start walking towards the door.) Piper, are you with us?
      (Piper stares at Leo.)
      Piper: Yep.

    • Prue: Betty.
      (She uses her power to open the door. You see Tuatha using her wand and Betty disappears. Prue uses her power and Tuatha flies across the room and she drops the wand. Prue picks it up and runs outside. Tuatha stands up.)
      Tuatha: No, it's alright. We don't have to follow her. (She picks up her snake.) She's a good witch. She'll come back to us.

    • Betty: Oh! Oh! Help me! Somebody! (She picks up the wand.) Help me! (Tuatha appears.)
      Tuatha: (to the snake) Well done. (to Betty) That's my wand. (The wand flies over to Tuatha. The amber at the top of the wand starts glowing.)
      Betty: My God, who are you?
      Tuatha: The last being you will ever see.
      (Betty screams.)

    • Piper: It's not that it isn't great to see you, Leo, because it is. But you can't just orb in whenever it's convenient.
      Leo: It's never been a problem before.
      Piper: Yeah, well, things have changed.
      Leo: I can see that.
      Piper: Leo ...
      Leo: Sorry, wasn't fair. Where's Prue?
      Piper: At work.
      Leo: Fine. Then we'll have to start without her and your friend Dan has to leave now.
      Piper: Oh, really? Why?
      Leo: Because you and your sisters have a very big problem. A magical problem. Look, this isn't personal, it's business.
      Piper: What else is new?

    • Phoebe: It's about freakin' time. (Leo orbs in.) Oh! Leo, whatever happened to knocking?
      Leo: I'm sorry, Phoebe, but there's no time. Where's Prue and Piper? We have to talk.
      Phoebe: Uh, you know, now's not really a good time. Okay, I know, how about you orb back in say an hour. Okay, that would be great, bye, bye.
      Leo: I can't. The worst thing imaginable just happened.
      (The door opens and Dan and Piper walk in laughing. They see Leo. Leo looks upset.)

    • Phoebe: Isn't it sort of our business?
      Prue: Okay, Phoebe, Piper can not just sit around for the rest of her life waiting for Leo. She's trying to move on.

    • Phoebe: Prue, Dan's truck just pulled up outside.
      Prue: Dan's truck? So?
      Phoebe: So, Piper is with him and they're kissing. And I'm not talking about 'thanks for lunch' peck on the cheek kinda kiss. They mean business. (Phoebe turns away disgusted.)
      Prue: Okay, what is the problem? They like each other, this is a good thing.
      Phoebe: No, I know, I'm just worried that she's moving too fast. Like she's too in a hurry to get involved with someone else.

    • Leo: Snake!
      Piper: Oh, I'm the snake, but you're the one who...
      Leo (indicates Tuatha's pet snake): Snake!

    • Phoebe: Well, I did find one spell, but it requires a human heart and unfortunately, we're still using ours.
      Piper: Well, take mine. All it does is get me in trouble anyway.

    • Phoebe: You know what? Dan, Piper will call you back later. (to Jack) You, whoever you are, sorry no wand. Leo, keep working with Kyle just in case. Us, out the back door, out the back door!

    • Piper: Hi, Dan.
      (Leo appears in the foyer)
      Leo: Piper, wait.
      Dan: Is he still here?
      Leo: Never left actually.

    • Jack: Can I have my wand back please? See, Betty never called and I couldn't contact her because her address mysteriously fell out of my pocket somehow. You wouldn't know anything about that, would you?
      Prue: You're blaming me for something that you lost? Isn't that a little juvenile? I mean what's next? A shoving match under the jungle gym, a war over juice cups?

    • Phoebe: What was that crash? What happened in here?
      Leo: A little training, that's all.
      Prue: That's all? (looking at the broken window) Do you have any idea how much that's going to cost to fix?
      Piper: Well, I know who's going to be fixing it. Leo, what if somebody saw you?
      Leo: Someone like neighbor Dan?

    • Prue: I suppose you just have one thousand dollars cash in your pocket.
      Jack: Would you like to find out yourself?
      Prue: No need. I can tell there's not much there just by looking.

    • Leo: Two hundred years ago, a good witch turned evil, started using her craft against innocents. Fortunately, she was tricked into a cave and entombed. But unfortunately, this morning, Tuatha escaped.
      Phoebe: Tuatha? Who wouldn't go bad with a name like that?

    • Prue: Look, Piper's a big girl, and really, I mean, it's none of our business, right? Right?
      Phoebe (watching through the window at Piper and Dan kissing): Isn't it sort of our business?

    • Kyle: So, did you guys kick some butt or what?
      Phoebe: Or what.

    • Dan: Don't you have some other house to repair?
      Leo: No.

    • Piper (to Dan): Dan, it's over. Oh no, I don't mean you and me. I meant him and me.

    • Phoebe: Do we look like we should be the all-powerful Charmed Ones?

    • Leo (referring to Dan): He'll never understand. Your secret, what you're all about, not like I can.
      Piper: Maybe not, but at least I can count on him to be there for me when I need.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles: Spain: Esa Vieja Magia Negra Czech Republic: Černá magie (Black Magic) France: Un coup de baguette magique (With a magical wand) Italy: Quella vecchia bacchetta magica (That old magic wand) Germany: Der Auserwählte (The chosen one)

    • Brigid Brannagh later went on to star alongside Drew Fuller, another Charmed actor, in Lifetime's Army Wives.

    • This episode scored 5.6 million viewers.

  • Allusions

    • The wand that is sought by Tuatha and used by Kyle is surprisingly similar to the wand used by Marnie and her siblings in the first movie of the series Halloweentown.

    • Kyle: Look, give it up, Obi-Wan.

      This is a reference to the Star Wars series of films. Obi-Wan Kenobi was a Jedi Master who was desperately trying to train his 10-year-old Padawan Anakin.

    • Many musicians have performed "That Old Black Magic," which is where the episode title comes from. The song was written by Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen.

    • Tuatha: Looking for the Blair witch?

      This is a reference to the film "The Blair Witch Project".