Season 1 Episode 16

Which Prue Is It Anyway?

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 03, 1999 on The WB
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Episode Summary

When Phoebe has a premonition of Prue being stabbed to death, it coincides with a warrior coming to town in order to steal the abilities of a first born witch.

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  • Which Prue Is It Anyway?

    "Which Prue Is It Anyway?" was a perfect episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because the story was awesome and there was a lot of drama, action and intrigue along with Magic, coincidence, and suspense. I thought it was great how Prue used a spell from the Book of Shadows to produce two clones as decoys. Andy of course gets caught up in the mess and finds the most mysterious and intriguing clue surrounding Prue and her secret. This was a fun and engaging episode. I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • 3 Prues are better than 1.

    This is a fun episode that is pretty average for Season 1. Once again a premonition by Phoebe is the catalyst of the story, except this time it is Prue who is killed in the vision. Strangely to combat this possibility, instead of relying on the Power of 3, they decide to go with the power of 3 Prues, as Prue casts a multiplicity spell for obvious results to anyone who has seen the movie. I enjoyed the interplay of the 3 Prues and Shannen certainly did a great job. I especially liked chipper Prue and wish she was around more often. The seductive Prue was less original and had less to do. I feel bad for Andy here. Apparently, Prue is fine with just driving this guy crazy. I mean, how much more can he take? Just tell him already. I think he has already proven open to the supernatural. That bad guy is once again a warlock, which seems to be Season 1's special. In fact, as far as I can tell so far, we've only seen two demons- Javna and Barbas, so far this season. I am fine with the acting here. I like the idea of a crystal sword, but the actual sword they used looked like a plastic child's toy. Good vanquish at the end with the sisters working together. This episode was the introduction of Phoebe's martial arts skills, which would become a character staple. Apparently she is a fast learner since she already uses her skills in the final scene.moreless
  • Go Prue!!!! You Rock!

    As pure Prue's fan, this episode is definitely at top of my fave episodes. Shannen's actings are great and awesome. There are many scenes that can make u laugh out loud. This episode opened by Phoebe gets a premonition of Prue being killed. Instead of relying to the power of three, Prue, supported by Phoebe, casted a spell that can magnify her power to separate Gabriel with his sword. Unfortunately, when Prue tries to multiply her powers three-fold in order to make herself stronger, she gets it wrong and ends up making two extra Prues instead! It's hilarious to see how the three Prues end up annoying Piper and Phoebe. Definitely an excellent acting skill by Shannen. Those who really need to laugh, you better see this episode. The story is original, the actings are great, and the moments are hilarious. Perfect for me, therefore i give 10/10.moreless
  • After 3 extremely enjoyable episodes this suffers a little of a dip in quality, but only just

    I've really enjoyed the last 3 episodes between Wendigo and this but although something that might be pivotal happens here, the rest of the episode isn't quite as enjoyable once Pink lady Prue is killed. The idea of multiple Prues is an enjoyable one but only one stands out and she's killed first (I liked her hair better than normal Prue and although a little bit bimbo her attitude was more enjoyable to watch). This was a shame, however her death does lead to a very good performance from T.W. King as Andy as he is clearly disturbed at seeing Prue alive and well after he has just saw her at the morgue. I don't know where this will lead his character but my guess is that we may have a witch hunt on our hands and that is an interesting prospect.moreless
  • At Least There Isn't Three Phoebe's...

    A really good episode which could have been extremely boring with a clichéd "gimmick storyline" featured but which actually ends up being one of the best episodes from the first season.

    Which Prue Is It, Anyway? has Phoebe getting a premonition of Prue being stabbed to death. In order to battle the Lord of War who plans to kill the firstborn witch, Prue casts a spell to multiply her powers. However, the spell goes awry and causes two duplicate versions of Prue to appear.

    This is Shannen's episode and she gives brilliant performances as Prue and her two duplicates, one being extremely annoying and confident, the other sassy and sex-obsessed. This episode also features a brilliant demon plotline, with the Lord of War Gabriel having a decent back-story and there being a neat twist with Helena being revealed as his sister. The only annoyance in this episode is that Andy surely deserves the Most Gullible Cop in the World Award 1999 for his stupidity throughout this hour as he blatantly sees one Prue duplicate dead on a mortuary slab and he completely accepts the real Prue's explanation. There's also a lot of violence in this episode. I love episodes which aren't all family-friendly.

    A brilliant episode which takes an overused idea but makes it genuinely exciting and entertaining.

    Rating: A-moreless
Shannen Doherty

Shannen Doherty

Prudence 'Prue' Halliwell

Holly Marie Combs

Holly Marie Combs

Piper Halliwell

Alyssa Milano

Alyssa Milano

Phoebe Halliwell

Ted King

Ted King

Inspector Andy Trudeau

Shannon Sturges

Shannon Sturges

Helena Statler

Guest Star

Mongo Brownlee

Mongo Brownlee

Luther Stubbs

Guest Star

Susan Chuang

Susan Chuang


Guest Star

Cristine Rose

Cristine Rose

Claire Pryce

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (13)

    • When Phoebe asks Andy what color sweater the 1st dead Prue was wearing, Andy says, "I think the report said pink." Why would he say this if he saw the body himself?

    • TRIVIA: When Andy goes through Prue's file, an article cut out of a newspaper refers to what happened in the episode "Wicca Envy" - "Auction House Mystery Remains Unsolved, Impostor Heirs Suspected of Grand Larceny and Murder".

    • TRIVIA: When talking about their plan Pink Prue refers to Piper's restaurant as The Quake. This is not the only time that Prue added "The" in front of Quake.

    • Blue Prue has huge problems with the blue sweater. In scenes when she is first incarnated and when Andy comes to deliver the news of Pink Prue's death, the left shoulder is sometimes off the shoulder, sometimes all the way covered and sometimes in between.

    • When Phoebe and Piper are downstairs, Piper's hair is down but when they make their way up to the attic when Prue casts the spell Piper's hair is in a ponytail.

    • TRIVIA: Featured music in this episode -
      -Teardrop by Massive Attack

    • TRIVIA: The sisters learn about their great-great-great aunt Brianna Warren, who had telekinetic powers.

    • When Phoebe is in her workout clothes, in several instances, you can see Alyssa Milano's tattoo on her right shoulder peaking out.

    • TRIVIA: This is the only episode with "Prue" in the title. There is one episode with "Paige" in the title, two with "Piper" and four with "Phoebe".

    • Piper initially touches Prue's head with the boxing glove with her left hand, but in the next shot she's touching Prue's head with her right hand.

    • When Prue and her "pink" clone are standing in her office at Buckland's, the "pink" Prue has bangs but when the camera turns to another angle, she doesn't have bangs anymore.

    • When Andy was looking at Prue's file at the end wouldn't the name of the file say: Halliwell, Prudence instead of Halliwell, Prue since she was born Prudence?

    • When Andy takes Prue to the morgue to identify "pink Prue's" body, the tray has the sweater and the dress lying in it, but when Prue reads the article about "blue Prue's" death, she says the only thing found next to Gabriel's sister's body was the blue sweater. What happened to the dress she was wearing?

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Claire: You're sure you can get that account back?
      Pink Prue: I'd stake my job on it.
      Claire: Good, because you just did.

    • Phoebe: "Curiously, the only item found by the slain body of Helena Statler was a blue sweater."
      Prue: That's a shame because I kinda liked that sweater.
      Phoebe: What's with the gift basket?
      Prue: Oh, it's a thank you for my assistant. Believe me, she earned it.
      Piper: Tumbler number 345, 46 and 47. And that ladies is the end of Quake's yearly inventory.
      Phoebe: And the end of crowded bathrooms, the end of no hot water and the end of three Prues hogging all the good clothes.
      Prue: You know one day you might actually hear what you sound like when you say stuff like that.
      Phoebe: And I will find myself sassy and delightful.
      Prue: I won't count on it. All right, to me, myself and I, and to you guys. I couldn't have done it without you, thank you.
      Phoebe: And to me for kicking some serious demon butt.
      Prue: And to clones who vanished without a trace.
      Piper: Poor Andy, do you think he'll ever figure it out?
      Prue: I don't know but uh, I wouldn't underestimate him. After what happened this morning we're gonna have to be extra careful.

    • Piper: And since it's time for Quake's yearly inventory, I have to count everything in the restaurant down to the last swizzle stick. It's gonna take days.
      Prue: I guess that's why you get paid the medium- bucks.
      Piper: And which bucks would those be exactly?
      (Prue notices a statue standing in the living room.)
      Prue: Okay, okay, what's wrong with this picture?
      Piper: Aside from me not getting paid enough?
      Prue: No. What is Grams' statue still doing in the living room?
      Piper: We talked about it last night remember?
      Prue: Yes, I do remember, and I thought that we agreed that it was an eyesore and she was going back to storage.
      Piper: That is before I learned that storage down town is now 90 bucks a month and storage here is free. So, I called Phoebe and we decided that she can stay here and last I checked we were still living in a democracy.
      Prue: Okay, but Piper, she's ugly.
      Piper: Majority rules, sis. Unless, you can move her.
      (Prue tries to move her with her power. She can't.)
      Prue: Oohh... okay, okay, that didn't work.
      Piper: It's solid marble. It took eight of Phoebe's bouncer friends to move it. It's too heavy for you.
      Prue: You know, my powers are still growing and one day...
      Piper: You can move it into the basement. But until then suffer.

    • Gabriel: Luther Stubbs.
      Stubbs: Yeah, who wants to know?
      Gabriel: I'm a fan. I saw your bout in St. Louis three years ago. Bloodiest fight I've ever seen. The other boxer didn't even make it to the hospital. Died in the ring.
      Stubbs: Yeah, well, you know. Everybody gotta go sometime.
      Gabriel: I wanna know what it felt like to take another life with your own hands.
      Stubbs: The guy didn't even cut me, man. Now move.
      Gabriel: Not till I get what I came for.
      Stubbs: And what might that be?
      Gabriel: Your killer instinct.
      (Gabriel gets his crystal sword out stabs him. A bright light shines out of Luther's body and into Gabriel's sword.)

    • Piper; Hey, check out G.I. Joe.

    • Piper: Can we have a word with Prue?
      Both Prues: Sure.
      Piper: The real Prue.
      Real Prue: Yeah, what's up?
      Piper: Um, in private please. If you don't mind.
      Phoebe: It's important. Sister stuff. Uh, no offence.
      Blue Prue: None taken. I'll wait out in the hall.

    • Real Prue: Don't worry I'm never casting that spell again, I won't risk anymore mes.
      Blue Prue: What about our plan?
      Real Prue: We will still use our powers to sneak into Gabriel's estate. Except we won't be alone when we find him.
      Blue Prue: Prue, we're geniuses.
      Phoebe: What are you people thinking?
      Real Prue: Gabriel Statler is a flesh and blood person with a flesh and blood sister. The only thing that protects him, that makes him invulnerable is that sword.
      Blue Prue: And Gabriel has this weird binding passion for Helena. So, if we grab her we can use her as leverage. A sword for his sister.

    • Prue: What was that?
      Pink Prue: Hail Mary pass.
      Prue: Okay, alright, let us think, um, I got it. I will take Claire to the wrong address, pretend we've been stood up or something. You call the other one of us at Quake.
      Pink Prue: I love it when I'm so decisive.
      Prue: Okay, look, you go get the other Prue and take her to the manor. Okay, and we'll finish this. (She dials the phone) Hey, yeah, Pheebs, it's me. No, the real one. I'm just checking in.
      Pink Prue: We do that a lot don't we? Check in with our sisters, make sure they're okay. Don't you think if there were a problem, they would call us and let us know?
      Prue: Phoebe, I'll call you back. I have to go yell at myself.

    • Real Prue: Did you have to make her copy all the files?
      Pink Prue: You wanted her to see us together?
      Real Prue: No but you didn't even thank her and you were so bossy.
      Pink Prue: That's why we are called bosses. All right well now that we have Gabriel Statler's address...
      Real Prue: No. Alright you stay here and I will talk to Claire first.
      Pink Prue: Why do you get to talk to Claire?
      Real Prue: Because I still have to work here when all this is over.
      Claire (off screen): Prue are you there?
      Real & Pink Prue: Claire!

    • Prue: You look great.
      Pink Prue: No you look great.
      Blue Prue: Is my skirt tight enough?
      Pink Prue: Yeah.
      Prue: It's perfect.

    • Phoebe: Prue.
      Prue: What?
      Pink Prue: What?
      Blue Prue: What?

    • Piper (to the chefs at Quake, whom Blue Prue is flirting with): Come on you guys, get to work…yeah I know, it's thrilling...
      Blue Prue: I guess I shouldn't pet the help.

    • Phoebe: It could be the upstairs-bathroom-hogging Prue or the downstairs-bathroom-hogging Prue or the sitting-in-the-kitchen-drinking-all-the-coffee Prue.

    • Andy: I just told you I saw your sister dead and you're relieved?
      Phoebe: Well Andy, it's no secret that we fought at times.

    • Phoebe: I think I might have just found a way to take some of the Disney out of our life.

    • Piper: This is ridiculous. This is like...this is like The Parent Trap with a B cup.

    • Phoebe (from the living room): Eeyah!
      Prue: Phoebe. Cut to the living room.
      (Phoebe is kicking and punching a dummy.)
      Prue: Phoebe?
      Phoebe: Ooh, hi. I uh... I was just, uh...
      Piper: Opening up a can of whoop ass.

    • Pink Prue: Hello, Piper? It's me, Prue.
      Piper: Which one?
      Pink Prue (bubbly): The pink one!

    • Prue: Great, so some guy couldn't keep it in his sheath and now I'm marked for death.
      Piper: Well, some men can be very sensitive about their weapons.

    • Phoebe: Do you think Gabriel knew he didn't get the real Prue?
      Blue Prue: I bet on it. We're gonna need more us'es to fight him.
      Piper: More Prues?
      Prue: Don't worry I'm never casting that spell again, I won't risk anymore mes.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Která Prue je ta pravá? (Which Prue Is the Right One?) France: Clones en série (A series of clones) Italy: Triplo incantesimo (Triple spell) Germany: Man stirbt nur dreimal (We only die three times)

    • This episode scored 5.1 million viewers.


    • Phoebe: I think I might have just found a way to take some of the Disney out of our life.

      The Walt Disney Company is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. Founded on October 16, 1923 by brothers Walt and Roy Disney as a small animation studio, it became one of the biggest Hollywood studios and owner of eleven theme parks and several television networks, including the American Broadcasting Company (ABC). Disney's corporate headquarters and primary production facilities are located in California at the Walt Disney Studios (Burbank).

    • Blue Prue: Houston, we have a problem.

      This common misquote is a reference to the Apollo 13 space mission. An accident left the crew stranded in space with minimal power, cabin heat and drinkable water. The actual quote is "Okay, Houston, we've had a problem here", uttered by John L. Swigert, Command Module pilot to NASA ground control. Commanding officer James A. Lovell then uttered this similar phrase: "Houston, we've had a problem."

    • Piper: ...this is like The Parent Trap with a B cup.
      This is a reference to the 1961 movie The Parent Trap starring Hayley Mills and it is about two identical twins who were separated at birth. To get to know the parent that didn't raise them, the girls switch places with each other. A 1998 remake was done starring Lindsey Lohan as the twins.

    • Piper: Oooohh wah! Ah-h so, Daniel-san.
      This is a reference to the movie The Karate Kid, where Mr. Miyagi referred to Daniel as Daniel-san while training him in martial arts.

    • Title: "Which Prue Is It Anyway?"
      This is a reference to Whose Life Is It Anyway? a play by Brian Clark. The play title also inspired the title of the hit comedy sketch show Whose Line Is It Anyway?.