Season 1 Episode 18

When Bad Warlocks Turn Good

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 28, 1999 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • When Paul is stabbed, blood can be seen on his shirt, but when he pulls out the knife, there is no blood on the knife.

    • TRIVIA: Although it is previously established that Andy believes or is open to belief in witchcraft and the supernatural, this episode tells us Andy was raised Catholic.

    • TRIVIA: The spell that Brendan's brothers use to awaken his warlock side is - "Fratrem nostrum reconciliate, conventum nostrum consummate". This can be tranlated as - "Brother our to restore, coming together our completion".

    • TRIVIA: Featured music in this episode -
      -A Charming Spell by Splashdown

    • Piper is still wearing casual clothes at night to save the victim of the warlocks. She was supposed to be at work so wouldn't she be dressed more nicely?

    • TRIVIA: This episode marks the first time that the concept of evil Charmed Ones has been used. Other evil groupings that are analogous with the Charmed Ones were The Triad, the Stillman sisters, Pilar, Patra and Phoenix, and the sisters Billie and Christy Jenkins.

    • When Prue comes to the church to find Brendan knelt over Father Austin (in warlock form) she later asked if he found the priest like that before or after he turned into a warlock. Brendan said after, and that he turned into a warlock because he saw what his brothers did to Father Austin. The way he answered the question, Brendan actually said he found Father Austin after turning into a warlock, which contradicts what he said to Prue.

    • The woman claims that the knife was felt on her skin. The knife never came close to her skin. It was always a few millimeters away.

    • When Prue and Brandon are going to kiss, Prue's arms are down. As they kiss, Prue's right hand is on her head, but one scene later, Prue's hands are still down.

    • When Piper leaves after rock-climbing with Josh, we can see that she is leaving with the harness that the rope was attached to - wouldn't the rock-climbing people want it back?

  • Quotes

    • Paul: He should've been here by now. I told you the spell wouldn't work.
      Greg: We still got time.
      Paul: I'm telling you he can't be taken. His mother's blood is too strong in him.
      Greg: Then we will have to kill him.
      Paul: I won't let that happen.
      Greg: You won't have a choice.
      (Brendan enters the room.)
      Paul: Brendan.
      Greg: The spell brought you here. But the rest you have to do on your own, little brother.
      Brendan: I understand.
      Greg: Do you really?
      Brendan: I feel only my power reaching out to yours and yours. To complete our triangle.
      Paul: All it takes is the life of a mortal. And then your initiation is complete.
      Greg: I'm afraid it's gonna take a bit more. We need proof that you have truly turned. To complete the Rowe coven you need to sacrifice a witch. Prue.

    • Piper: Where'd he go?
      Prue: Um, probably to the rectory to get ready.
      Piper: But you're not sure.
      Prue: No, I'm not.
      Piper: What are you gonna do?
      Prue: I'm gonna find him. Wake up Pheebs, okay?
      (Phoebe stands at the doorway.)
      Phoebe: I'm up. Do you want to know what the Book of Shadows says about the Rowe coven?
      Prue: Go.
      Phoebe: It's not good. Ever since the tenth century each generation has grown stronger. Nobody can find a spell or a weapon that can stop them.
      Piper: Some days you just shouldn't get out of bed.
      Prue: Let's just hope the power of three can beat them.
      Phoebe: Unless it's already three against three.

    • Paul: Amazing reflexes. Check it out.
      Greg: Should've kept a closer watch on Brendan over the years. Shouldn't have left him alone.
      Paul: Seriously, you gotta see this, watch.
      Greg: I'm sick and tired of you and this freakin' lizard.
      Paul: Yeah? Too bad. (Greg goes to hit him.) No! (Paul puts up a force field around the chameleon.) I'm sorry, okay. Just stay away from my pet. That's all I ask. Maybe we should let Brendan go. I mean, we don't really need him. It's not like we don't already have our powers.
      Greg: Without his powers we can't complete our triangle. Paul, the prophecy of the Rowe Coven. He must accept his heritage. He must be initiated as a warlock.
      Paul: Initiated how? We can't force him to kill an innocent.
      Greg: Well, maybe not, but we can stir his inner nature. The part he thinks he's suppressed. Make him wanna kill.
      Paul: By tomorrow? Not a chance. Once he's been ordained, he's safe. He can never become a warlock.
      Greg: In which case, we will have to kill him.

    • Greg: Give it up, little brother. You're praying to the wrong deity. Aren't you, Brendan? I mean after all, we can't deny who we are.
      Brendan: You don't scare me, Greg.
      Greg: Sure I do. (He turns into a warlock.) We've come a long way to find you. We're not leaving until you join us.
      Paul: Please, Brendan, we don't want to hurt you.
      (Greg hits Brendan and he falls to the floor.)
      Greg: Did you really think that the church could save you?
      (Greg picks up Brendan up off the floor. He goes to hit him again but Prue enters the church.)
      Prue: Hey! (She uses her power and Greg flies across the room.) Piper! Phoebe!
      Greg: We'll come back for you.
      (They run off.)
      Phoebe: Prue?
      Prue: You guys, over here! (to Brendan) Are you all right?
      Brendan: Yeah, thanks.
      (He runs off.)
      Prue: Wait, where...?
      Piper: Hey!
      Phoebe: What happened?
      Prue: I don't know, but uh, I'm gonna go find out.

    • Brendan: I wake up at night. My heart pounding, a voice whispering in my head: "You're a fraud. You can't fool God."
      Priest: These are not new fears, Brendan. I've watched you grow, wept for you, rejoiced in you, you are not a fraud. I know your heart.
      Brendan: You don't know my family, Father. Generations of evil. Evil that's in my blood.
      Priest: The blood of the sacrament washes it clean.
      (Brendan's brothers arrive.)
      Greg: Hello, Brendan.
      Paul: Long time, no see.
      Brendan: How'd you find me?
      Greg: Yeah, good to see you too. Didn't mean to interrupt your conversation. We'll wait outside for you so we can have a family reunion.

    • Piper: It seems like every guy I've liked lately has been either a warlock, a ghost or otherwise unavailable, like Leo. I was just trying to save myself some grief with Josh.
      Phoebe: But Josh is available. And human too, I think.

    • (As nuns walk past, talking excitedly)
      Piper: Now they've got the right idea.
      Phoebe: Who - the nuns?
      Piper: Yep, nice, safe environment.
      Phoebe: Yeah if you like monks.

    • (Piper is climbing up the wall but slips and falls, Josh catches her right before she hits the ground)
      Piper: Wow, talk about falling for a guy.
      (He puts her down and she freezes him)
      Piper: I can't believe I said that!

    • Prue: I'm just following my instincts, and they've never led me wrong before, at least not when I was really listening to them

    • Phoebe: If you're gonna lose a guy, you might as well lose him to the Big Guy.

    • Phoebe: You know, maybe I didn't do such a bad thing after all.
      Prue: I'd say helping her get over always falling for the wrong guy is a pretty good thing. Now maybe you can help me with it.
      Phoebe: Yeah, that's not fair, losing such a catch like Brendan to the priesthood. God's got all the studs.
      Prue: Well, at least he's not a warlock anymore.
      Phoebe: And at least Piper's not a nun.
      Prue: Oh.
      Phoebe: Right?
      Prue: Right.

    • Prue: Hey, um, you can sleep in my room and I'll sleep with Piper.
      Brendan: Why?
      Prue: Because Phoebe kicks.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Když se zlo mění v dobro (When Evil Turns Into Good) France: Le triangle maléfique (The unholy triangle) Italy: Il demone buono (The good warlock) Germany: Wenn das Böse erwacht (When evil rises)

    • Guest star David Kreigel (Paul the warlock) and Shannen Doherty have previously worked together on the TV series Beverly Hills 90210 when he guest-starred in the second season episode "Meeting Mr. Pony" as a 17-year-old robber who holds her character, Brenda, at gun point.

    • This episode scored 5.6 million viewers.

    • This episode is also known as "When Bad Warlocks Go Good".

  • Allusions

    • Title: When Bad Warlocks Turn Good

      This is a reference to the common saying "when (blank) go bad" - where you can fill in whatever you want in the blank section (i.e. animals).