Pre-Witched is the 17th episode of the third season and the 61st overall episode of Charmed.


For a complete plot of Pre-Witched, go here.
To read the full script of Pre-Witched, go here.

The Charmed Ones battle a warlock that gets stronger every time it is vanquished, as Piper wrestles with her decision to move out of the manor.


Main Cast

Guest Stars


Magical Notes

Book of Shadows

How to Perform a Seance

A Ceremony to Contact the Dead
To perform this ritual, you will need six candles,
White and Purple in color and a white cloth.
In addition, you will need to sweeten the air by
burning cinnamon, frankincense, and sandlewood. As the fire burns, concentrate on contact
ing the Spirit and Chant the Spell that follows.
If you know the mortal name of the deceased,
adjust the Chant accordingly.
Beloved Unknown Spirit,
We Seek Your Guidance.
We ask that You Commune
with Us and move among Us.


To Vanquish a Familiar Warlock

Power of Three Spell
Nine times this evil's cheated death
Felt no pain and kept it's breath
This warlock standing in our midst
Let him feel what he has missed.

How to Perform a Seance

Beloved Unknown Spirit,
We Seek your Guidance.
We ask that You Commune
with Us and move among Us.


  • Grams brewed a potion in attempt to permanently bind the sisters' powers. Ingredients include a white rose, mustard seed, and sea salt.
  • The Charmed Ones create a potion to magnify pain by nine times and use it on Shadow.


  • Projective Levitation: Used by Ariel to float candles, and by Shadow to levitate the sisters.
  • Levitation: Used by Phoebe to cancel out of Shadow's projective levitation power.
  • Fading: used by Shadow as a means of transportation.
  • Molecular Immobilization: Used by Piper to freeze Shadow.
  • Adjusting: Used by Shadow to fight through the freeze.
  • Telekinesis: Used by Prue to stab Shadow with a letter opener and by Grams to open a trunk.
  • Orbing: Used by Leo as a means of transportation.

Notes and Trivia


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  • Darryl and Cole do not appear in this episode.
  • Prue doesn't use her Astral Projection power.
  • Phoebe doesn't use her Premonition power in this episode.
  • This is the fourth episode to have the word 'witch' in the title.
  • This is the last episode where the photo of Prue, Piper and Phoebe is seen on the show.
  • When Piper and Leo tell Phoebe and Prue that they have managed things without Piper, they mention Hawaii, which refers to "The Power of Two", and when she went away with Leo.
  • W. Earl Brown who portrays Shadow in this episode, starred in the movie, Scream with Rose McGowan who plays Paige.
  • It is revealed that Piper used to be a banker before she applied to be a chef at Quake.
  • Ariel's monologue in the attic can be seen as foreshadowing the end of the season, "be careful not to lose each other" and "when someone is taken from you suddenly - there are no goodbyes".
  • We learn that Piper bumped into Leo before she became a witch. Oddly enough, Leo orbs in the middle of the street right after meeting them. This is one of some instances where Leo orbs in public, as seen in Love hurts, after being wounded by Alec, and in the season 5 finale, where he orbs after talking to Chris in the manor's front lawn, at the very end of the episode.
  • The spell the sisters use to contact Ariel will be used again in season 4 by Phoebe to prove the innocence of a man being framed for the murder of his wife.
  • It was roughly six months after the flashbacks when Grams died, that the sisters gained their powers.
  • Piper wonders if the sisters are listed in the "Warlock's Guide to San Francisco".
  • The bathroom scene in the beginning of the episode will be repeated again in "Cat House", except that it will be a future Phoebe instead of the Phoebe in this episode.
  • When Prue and Piper go on a walk during a flashback, Prue asks Piper to be her maid of honor and says “It's not like I'd actually ask Phoebe.” Ironically, Phoebe later goes on to have an advice column called “Ask Phoebe.”
  • Prue's interest in photography is evident from the flashbacks in this episode when she is still working at the museum.
  • It is shown in this episode that Piper actually helped to make the power stripping potion that Gram's was planning to use on them.
  • The moment that Prue and Phoebe leave Piper standing alone in the flashback, is reminiscent of the episode "Something Wicca This Way Comes", when the two girls once again leave her alone, after she offers to cook dinner for them.
  • In the last flashback Phoebe wears the same T-shirt she wore at the beginning of "Once Upon a Time".
  • We find out that Prue's bedroom is twice as large as Piper's.
  • This is the second episode where all three actresses wear wigs, the first was "All Halliwell's Eve", though that was as part of the sisters' Halloween costumes.
  • This is the last episode where Prue, Piper, and Phoebe say a Power of Three spell together.

Cultural References

  • This is one of two episode titles to refer to the 1960s show Bewitched. The second is "Rewitched".
  • Shadow says "I love the smell of defeated witch in the evening". He is paraphrasing the famous line "I love the smell of napalm in the morning" from the 1979 movie Apocalypse Now.
  • Phoebe sings "I've been working on a vanquish!", in the classical tune I've Been Working on a Railroad (All the live long day).


  • The bottom of Piper and Phoebe on the picture was badly cut (so they could move closer to each other). Near the end of the magical photo transformation, Prue's right hand shifts into a slightly different position.
  • Just before Grams dies, she places the Book of Shadows in a trunk which is to the right of the attic door. In the first episode, Phoebe finds the trunk in front of the window. There are also white curtains on the windows in the attic in this episode, but in the first episode, the windows are bare.
  • When Phoebe kicks Shadow in the shoe shop, it's obvious that it was a stuntman as his hair looks darker than the actual Shadow.
  • It's obvious that the "Grams" who falls down the stairs is a male stunt person.
  • Penny didn't light the last candle to summon Patty, but in the next shot, it's lit.

Continuity Errors

  • Phoebe refers to Kit as "him" whereas we learn in "Cat House" that he is in fact a she.


Piper: Leo and I are moving . . . thinking of moving out of the Manor. Umm, milk?
Prue: Excuse me?
Phoebe: W-w-wait a minute! Life altering plans cannot be squeezed in between pass the newspaper and who ate the Special K.
Phoebe: Oooh, saved by the 'meow'.
Shadow: You've got something up your sleeve.
Phoebe: Hello? Sleeveless.
Piper: So what is our level of confidence in this plan?
Phoebe: Well on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being we whoop ass, 1 being he laughs at us while we're on fire and naked...
Piper: Maybe you should lie to me.

International Titles

  • French: Nos plus belles années (The Way We Were) (Our Most Beautiful Years)
  • Czech: Jak to bylo (The Way It Was)
  • Slovak: Návraty (Comebacks)
  • Russian: До Зачарованных [Do Začarovannyh] (Before Charmed)
  • Russian: Боль девяти погибелей [Bol′ devjati pogibelej] (Pain of Nine Deaths)
  • Spanish (Spain): Pre-embrujadas (Pre-Witches/'Charmed')
  • Spanish (Syfy): Pre embrujadas (Pre Witches/'Charmed')
  • Spanish (Latin America): Había una vez (Once Upon a Time)
  • Portuguese (Brazil): Pré-bruxas (Pre-Witches)
  • Serbian: Pre nego što smo postale veštice (Before We Became Witches)
  • Italian: Le Nove Vite del Gatto (The Nine Lives of The Cat)
  • German: Aller guten Dinge sind neun (All Good Things Come in Nines)
  • Hungarian: Boldog békeidők (Happy Old Times)
  • Finnish: Yhdeksän henkeä (Nine Lives)
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