Season 1 Episode 20

The Power Of Two

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 12, 1999 on The WB
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While taking a tour of Alcatraz, Phoebe sees the ghost of a killer take possession of a guard's body so he can cross the waters surrounding the prison, and must stop him before it's too late. Meanwhile Piper worries about leaving Prue and Phoebe alone as she leaves on a business trip.moreless

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  • Stab me baby, one more time.

    The Power of Two is another one of those Season One classics, featuring a scary villain and some really good writing and acting. The main plot about the ghost is really good, and everything that happens makes sense. The vanquish is original, for once, and you're actually worried about Prue's dying.

    Andy and Prue are wonderful in the episode, and all of their scenes are just heartbreaking. After Andy found out about their secret, he became so much more enjoyable. I love the rivalry and incapability to get along between Prue and Phoebe, and Piper's scenes in Hawaii, few as they are, are always funny.

    The ghost is well portrayed by guest star Jeff Kober, who is brilliant at playing psychotic men, as he has proven before in two different roles on Buffy. The guest star of the fiery lady was also good, even though her appearance feels kind of unnecessary.

    All in all, The Power of Two is a powerful episode, filled with great lines and good emotions.moreless
  • The Power of Two

    The Power of Two was a perfect episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because there was a lot of action, drama, and intrigue. It was fun to see Phoebe and Prue alone for a weekend as Piper took a trip for work. There was a lot of great character development and plot progression as Andy became more entwined with the sisters and their secret. The acting was awesome and engaging. I liked how Andy helped save Prue's job in the end. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • The power of 2 witches and a cop...

    This is pretty normal Charmed fair for the episode prior to the last two episodes of the season. Good entertainment for one hour but nothing spectacular.

    Piper is gone to Hawaii on business, which is a big loss, but it does give the writers the opportunity to focus on the relationship between Phoebe and Prue. The script could have actually did more to set up an antagonist relationship between the two, like it did in the premier, but we do end up with progress from a fairly typical sisterly relationship, frankly, to a closer, more trusting bond between the two. Like others, I also regret that Andy wasn't let in on their secret earlier. The sisters working with him, hand-in-hand, to track down a killer ghost is an excellent progression and reminiscent of the sisters having Leo and Cole around later on to help them out, not to mention the relationship they eventually have with Darryl. This episode introduces Investigator Rodriguez and the beginning of IA heat on Andy. That whole subplot is a little lame, but I'll let it pass rather than tear it apart. This episode only sets up that subplot for bigger payoffs in the next two episodes.

    The guest actor who served as the killer ghost was very effective, and I liked the sassy, long-legged, somewhat overdramatic Soul Collector even more. I hope she comes back. This is the first time a sister has to die in order to vanquish a bad. Prue gets to be the honorary first, and the entire scene is suspenseful and well-handled. Not sure why the ghost is invisible to mortals since it is obviously entering the physical plane to be able to do the things it does, but whatever... minor point.

    Lastly, similar to last episode, Alyssa looks absolutely fantastic. She has changed so much from the premier, and though she looks good throughout the entire series, of course, she might be at her best at the end of this first season.moreless
  • Dead Like Prue

    An original and well-written episode which shows that Brad Kern had a lot of talent before Connie Burge left and he decided to make Charmed all about sex, sexual gags and babies.

    The Power of Two is all about the relationship between Prue and Phoebe, who are forced to work together despite their differences to destroy an evil ghost, Jackson Ward, from killing those responsible for his execution in Alcatraz. With Piper on a business trip, Prue has to make a giant sacrifice in order to kill Jackson.

    This is one of the best examples of the Connie Burge seasons, which spend as much time on demons as they do on the sisterly relationships between our three lead women. Shannen Doherty and Alyssa Milano do some great work with their material and you really sympathise with both Prue and Phoebe, who are both annoyed at the actions of the other sister.

    I thought Jackson was an interesting villain and was played with a lot of menace by Jeff Kober. The soul collector demon who works with Jackson is also intriguing and it's a shame that her last minute promise of vengeance on Prue was never expanded on in any future episodes. Andy gets his most interesting subplot of the season and his being investigated by Internal Affairs promises a lot of drama for the next two episodes. It's nice to see his character get to do something else besides scenes with Prue and his unbelievable gullibility over the course of the first season.

    Despite a lack of Piper, The Power of Two is one of the best episodes from season one with some brilliant interaction between the leads.

    Rating: B-moreless
  • This is a test episode...

    In the scheme of things, this episode was just to see if two acting divas (Alyssa Miano and Shannen Doherty) were able to get along without a buffer between them known as Holly Marie Combs.

    The part where Prue yells at Phoebe for slacking off and not doing anything around the house was almost scary as it was really Shannen yelling at Alyssa (the two were not thought of as being buddy-buddy at the time).

    But speaking about the episode, it did have its high point with Andy discovering the magical book and fully accepting the fact that he was dating a witch.

    Prue's suicide was most impressive and Andy came along just in time to save the day.

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

Jeff Kober

Jeff Kober

Jackson Ward

Guest Star

Brenda Bakke

Brenda Bakke

Soul Collector

Guest Star

Carlos Gomez

Carlos Gomez

Inspector Rodriguez

Guest Star

Cristine Rose

Cristine Rose

Claire Pryce

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (14)

    • After the argument scene between Prue and Phoebe, there is a shot with the front of the police station. You can briefly see a pick up truck drive by the station with blue neon lights under it. It is illegal to have these lights on in the state of California while driving, especially with the color blue since only emergency vehicles are allowed to have them.

    • TRIVIA: Featured music in this episode -
      -Stolen Car by Beth Orton

    • TRIVIA: When rerun on TNT, this episode showed the opening credits with the cast of season 5. Alyssa, Rose, Holly, Brian, and Dorian were all shown in the opening credits for this episode. Shannen Doherty was not included.

    • TRIVIA: This is the first episode in which Piper doesn't use her freezing power.

    • The ghost consistedly strikes his victims 13 times. Only 13 deaths are defined by the guide in the tour.

    • Piper wears the same outfit for all three scenes that she is in, even though the scenes occur on three different days.

    • During and just after the attack on the tour guide, the only one who reacted is Phoebe. This is not realistic. Others would have tried to open the door or at least back away.

    • During the tour Phoebe is not paying attention to the tour guide. She is fussing with her nails and ignoring her friend. Why did she go on the tour if she really was not interested in the tour or being with her friend?

    • When Jackson smacks Phoebe she ends up out cold, but she caught herself as she fell down. If she were truly out cold, she wouldn't have been able to do that.

    • About halfway through the episode, Phoebe tries to call a premonition based on the psychic energy from the weapon Jackson used to kill the judge. Why would she take it out of the bag without wearing gloves? She'd leave fingerprint evidence.

    • When Jackson stabs the judge he removes the knife before the Soul Collector comes in and starts stabbing him time after time. Yet in the gap between his first stab and the stab after the stab assault, there is no blood on the knife.

    • The Alcatraz guide says that 28 people died at Alcatraz, but only gives the reasons of death for 13 of them.

    • When Jackson grabs the candle stick holder, the candle is on the table, but when he attacks Andy, there is no candle on the table.

    • Prue tells Andy that she gave him a minute or two to react to her being a witch but in the earlier season 1 episode "The Truth Is Out There...And It Hurts" she actually told him long before the spell was due to end, so he had at least a couple of hours (if not more) to digest the news, she only pressed him to give an answer with a minute or two to spare. Are we expected to believe that Andy hadn't been thinking about it at all in those few hours until Prue asked him?

  • QUOTES (18)

    • (Claire stares at Prue, who's on the phone to Phoebe)
      Prue: I am really sorry that the furnace exploded, but you're just going to have to handle it on your own. Okay?
      Phoebe: Okay, Prue, but if this ghost is on the mainland--
      Prue (whispering): Don't forget to buy tampons at the market.

    • Phoebe: So did you burn Andy's file like he suggested?
      Prue: Yeah, you should have seen it. It turns out he knew a lot more about us then he was letting on.
      Phoebe: Still doesn't explain how he could hear a ghost.
      Prue: What do you mean?
      Phoebe: Well, when you were a spirit you said you yelled out to him and that's what made him turn around in time. How could he hear you?
      Prue: I don't know.
      (Piper enters the room.)
      Piper: Hi.
      Phoebe: Piper, yay, I thought you weren't coming back until tomorrow.
      Piper: I took an earlier flight. I had this terrible feeling you guys were um...
      Prue: What?
      Piper: Oh, I don't know, at each other's throats maybe.
      Prue: Us?
      Phoebe: Are you kidding?
      Prue: Never.
      Piper: So nothing happened while I was gone?
      Phoebe: No, just the same old boring stuff. Hey, you need a hand?
      Prue: Uh, yeah, that would be great, thanks, Pheebs.
      (They start putting the groceries away.)

    • Jackson: You again.
      Prue: You again? What, you two have met?
      Andy: Where is he? Is he still here?
      Prue: Yeah, he's right there.
      Andy: Point him out, Prue.
      Jackson: You can't keep saving her forever.
      Andy: Prue, what's going on?
      Jackson: Or the others. Or yourselves.
      Andy: Prue. (Jackson leaves.)

    • Andy: Okay, I got it. That's what Ward used to kill the judge. (He hands Phoebe the letter opener.) How exactly is this going to work again?
      Phoebe: Well, I've been practicing calling my power, and if the psychic energy is strong enough on this, I should be able to see a future event.
      Prue: Hopefully Jackson Ward's next victim.
      Phoebe: Hopefully. If we're lucky. It doesn't always work. (She holds the letter opener and has a premonition.) Oh my God.
      Prue: Are you all right?
      Phoebe: I, uh, I didn't just see it, Prue, I felt it. Her pain, her terror.
      Andy: Anyone of these look familiar? (He hands her some pictures. She looks through them and picks one out.) Iris Beiderman. The foreperson on the jury that convicted him.

    • Andy: Did you get that list of potential victims yet?
      Morris: Still working on it. It's a lot of names. Especially when you add in the descendants. Where you been?
      Andy: You don't wanna know.
      Morris: Really? Try me.
      Andy: Maybe later, okay? Look, I gotta go. I'll take what you've got so far, I'll check back with you later.
      Morris: We're partners, Andy. That means we work together.
      Andy: I know. But this is an exception.
      (He leaves.)
      Inspector Rodriguez: Inspector Morris. Inspector Rodriguez and Anderson, Internal Affairs. We need to talk to you about your partner.

    • Andy: Excuse me. Inspector Andrew Trudeau. I need the murder weapon for case R-13658.
      Officer: Sign that. I'll go get it.
      (He gets it.)
      Andy: Thanks.
      (He leaves. The officer calls someone on the phone.)
      Officer: Yeah, you told me to call if Trudeau showed. Yeah, he just left.

    • Jackson: Judge Renault. Long time, no see. You could've shown me some mercy giving me life in prison. But you wanted me put to death.
      (Jackson picks up the name plate.)
      Judge: What's going on? Who's there?
      (Jackson pulls his tie so it chokes him.)
      Jackson: Do you have any idea how long it takes to die in a gas chamber? How much you suffer, what a cruel and horrible death it is?
      (He gets a letter opener and stabs the judge. The Soul Collector appears.)
      Soul collector: I helped you get your revenge. Now it's your turn to help me get a witch.
      Jackson: Are you kidding, lady? I'm just getting started.
      (Jackson continues to stab the judge.)

    • Claire: In all honesty, Prue, if it weren't for you, I'm not sure the auction house would've been able to stave off bankruptcy.
      Prue: Thank you.
      Claire: No, don't thank me yet. Now, I have tolerated your unexplained absences and the endless family emergencies but no more. Buyers interested in purchasing Bucklands will be visiting in the next two days and it's important that we make a big impression. It's important that you make a big impression if you expect to keep your job. Do I make myself clear?
      Prue: Perfectly.

    • (after Prue got rid of the ghost)
      Phoebe: What happened? Is the ghost toast?

    • Phoebe: What exactly is that?
      (Prue picks up the glass with the bright red potion inside)
      Prue: One killer cocktail ... literally. Little bit of oleander, some jimsonweed, bloodroot, among other things. Stops the heart immediately.
      Phoebe: Okay, you're scaring me. Where did you learn to do that?
      Prue: Book of Shadows.
      Phoebe: Where - under Dr. Kevorkian?

    • Andy: I've always believed there was a world behind or beyond this one. I even sort of believe in demons. But I have never in my wildest dreams... I could never have imagined that this existed.
      Prue: Yeah, neither did we. But we've come to believe that there's a reason for why that world was opened up to us. Which means there's probably a very good reason why it was opened up to you too.
      Phoebe: Welcome, to our little shop of horrors.

    • Prue (finding Jackson Ward's grave): Jackson Ward. Do you have the picture?
      (Phoebe digs into her pocket and pulls out a picture)
      Prue (reading the note on the picture): Hey Jackson, let's party?

    • Phoebe: I'm not even married, and already I'm a housewife.

    • (Prue enters the attic, with Andy behind her)
      Andy: I always wondered what was up here.
      Phoebe: Prue, the Book of Shad-a-ba-bows.
      (She tries to hide the book)

    • Piper: Alright, what about demon stuff, what if something happens and you need the power of three?
      Prue: Well, then the power of two will just have to do.
      Phoebe: Good one.

    • Andy: And just out of curiosity. How much time did you give me to react anyway?
      Prue: Why, what difference does it make?
      Andy: How much time?
      Prue: A minute... or two.
      Andy: A minute?!
      Prue: Or two! It... it was a twenty-four hour spell alright, I was against the clock.

    • Phoebe: Hey, you guys, since we don't know how to vanquish the ghost we have to stop him from killing his I interrupting something?
      Andy: No, we're done. What do you mean stop him killing his next victim? How do we do that?
      Phoebe: I have a power too, you know.

    • Prue: I hate cemeteries at night.
      Phoebe: I hate cemeteries at day. (She hears a noise) What was that?
      Prue: Probably a zombie or vampire.
      Phoebe: Great, where's Buffy when you need her?

  • NOTES (3)

    • Phoebe says in the mausoleum, "Where's Buffy when you need her?" when summoning Jackson Ward. Funny enough, Jeff Kober (who plays Ward) also plays Kralik (season 3 "Helpless) and Rack (season 6 "Wrecked", "Villains", "Two to Go") in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series.

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Síla dvou (Power of Two) France: Le pouvoir des deux (The power of two) Italy: Il fantasma assassino (The killer ghost) Germany: Ein Geist, zwei Schwestern (One ghost, two sisters)

    • This episode scored 5.7 million viewers.


    • Phoebe says "Ubbi Dubbi" in this episode, which is commonly used on the kid's show, ZOOM.

    • Phoebe: What exactly is that?
      (Prue picks up the glass with the bright red potion inside)
      Prue: One killer cocktail ... literally. Little bit of oleander, some jimsonweed, bloodroot, among other things. Stops the heart immediately.
      Phoebe: Okay, you're scaring me. Where did you learn to do that?
      Prue: Book of Shadows.
      Phoebe: Where - under Dr. Kevorkian?

      Dr. James Kevorkian is a pathologist who publicly campaigned a terminal patient's "right to die" and claimed to have assisted over 130 people in killing themselves. He is serving a 10-25 year prison sentence for second-degree murder.

    • Title: The Power of Two
      This is a reference to the Charmed term "power of three", which is the magic that makes the Charmed Ones so powerful. Most of this episode only has Phoebe and Prue working together, with the power of two.

    • Phoebe: Welcome, to our little shop of horrors.
      This is a reference to the 1960 movie, Little Shop of Horrors, which is a musical that follows Seymour Krelbourn a florist who makes a pact with a plant that he devised. This plant, however needs blood to survive and in the end the majority of the main characters have been devoured. This was also later remade into another film starring Steve Martin and Rick Moranis.

    • Phoebe: Where's Buffy when you need her?
      In response to Prue's comment about zombies and vampires in the cemetery. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is another hit show on the WB. She is the 'chosen one' to hunt vampires and other forces of darkness.