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Three sisters, Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs and Alyssa Milano (who looks remarkably like Roxxan Dawson from Star Trek: Voyager ), discover they are witches and have Sabrina type powers. Their ancestor had three powers (telekinesis, stopping time, visions of the future) and they each get one power.
A serial killer is killing all the witches in San Francisco and absorbing their powers - and the three sisters are next!
The show is remarkably glossy and soulless - this reviewer was not surprised to discover it is an Aaron Spelling Production.
Background music for the episode is Torn by Natalie Imbruglia.
Piper (Ms Combs) watched a (totally inaccurate?) TV show about the Salem witch trials, which stated that a witch who tried to enter a church was struck by lightning. Ms Combs asks her local preacher, who gives the King James Version line Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. A pity nobody told him that the KJV line is a deliberate mistranslation, and the original Hebrew text states poisoner instead of witch.
Phoebe ( Alyssa Milano ) uses her power at every opportunity, even cheating in the State Lottery. She also dates a photographer, who is more than he appears to be ...
The only notable dialogue is the use of the familiar online abreviation FYI, for your interest.
The three sisters have a visitor - their estranged father. Hmm, yes, that is a completely original idea for a television episode.
Strangely, in this ep he is not played by James Read (who was also Jimmy's dad in Lois & Clark).
Phoebe ( Alyssa Milano ), the Precog, gets a job as a hotel Psychic. The middle sister is followed around by a Chinese-American ghost, because only the three witches can see him.
Phoebe ( Alyssa Milano ) casts a spell to help her to get laid. As if Alyssa Milano would ever have trouble getting action. The spell works, getting her safe sex ... a LOT of safe sex!. And her sisters get the magical overflow!
Cops Andy (T.W. King - Timecop ) and his partner investigate a series of mysterious deaths. Women who spurned a crippled genius are found driven insane through their dreams ...
Piper is hired to cater a wedding. She and Phoebe ( Alyssa Milano ) suspect the Bride-to-be is a demon.
Apparently Hekate must marry and get pregnant by a mortal. Normally nobody would care, but she is usurped a mortal woman who was meant to be getting hitched!
Pru's bosses at the Buckland Auction House sent the bride a gift.
There is a secret cabal of Vatican Priests who kill demons!
Phoebe ( Alyssa Milano ) befriends a young Goth chick. And as you can guess, an Evil Entity (tm) pops up and the three babes have to use their powers and make it go away.
Pru ( Shannen Doherty ) casts a truth spell over herself and her two sisters - everyone they question must tell them the truth, but they themselves must always tell the truth when questioned.
The main plot concerns a Demon from the future who, Terminator -like, comes back to kill off everyone who will cause his destruction. He uses his third eye to fire a laser beam into his victim's skull. Well, the SPFX are okay ...
Pru ( Shannen Doherty ) is examining a locket when she accidentally frees Matthew Tate, a 17th Century Warlock. He knew the sisters' ancestor - she put him in the locket - and is after their skills!
Yes, this is more or less a steal from the film Warlock - the villain even looks not unlike Julian Sands! The girls call up their ancestor, and raise her from the dead.
It is revealed that Pru's employers themselves answer to a higher power - but apart from this minor piece of Arc exposition, the reset button gets pressed at the end of the episode as per usual.
Phoebe's ex-BF, Clay, arrives in town. He gives her an ancient Egyptian urn, for Pru to sell at the antiques auction.
Surprise, surprise - the urn is cursed. Stacey Haiduk appears (in cleavage-enhancing Cleopatra garb) as the urn's mystical guardian.
Barbas the Fear Demon (Billy Drago - Vamp ) is on the loose. But unfortunately the three sisters are not getting along as well as they should.
Piper is trying the trade up, netting an eligible (ie rich and powerful) bachelor.
Pru has visions of their mother. Her ghost, actually.
An earthquake unleashes a shadow-spirit trapped under the sisters' basement. It unleashes Phoebe's evil side. Foreshadowing, of course, the fact that Phoebe has a stronger evil side than the others. Though her actions, while evil, are illogical rather than selfish.
Pru's boss almost sees her use telekinesis to adjust a picture-frame. Does she know about the Chosen ones?
The villain of the week is Alex McArthur, last seen as one of Mel Gibson's taxi passengers in Conspiracy Theory. He needs to steal a boxer's killer instinct - so he kills him!
Phoebe ( Alyssa Milano ) takes up kick-boxing, and proves she can get her legs really wide apart. Hmm, I can see where that would come in useful.
The trio are attacked by a Warlock who is immune to their powers, because he wears a ring blessed by their mother. They cast a spell to undo the blessing, and find themselves in the 1970s just before the ring was blessed.
This is the perfect excuse to make references to other Aaron Spelling shows - specifically The Mod Squad, his early 1970s hit. It is also a chance for character development. Phoebe ( Alyssa Milano ) tries to bond with the mother she never knew.
Pru's BF is Michael Weatherly ( Dark Angel ). He wants to become a priest, to avoid becoming one of the Evil Charmed Ones. He faces his pair of evil brothers.
A couple of young boys are kidnapped by albino demons, who steal the kids' power of sight. The demons can then identify the auras of good people, and murder them by supernatural means.
Pru ( Shannen Doherty ) tries to stop the abduction, but fails. Worse, she is spotted by a journalist. The journo's interference means that Pru's cop BF (T.W. King - Timecop ) gets a greater idea of what her secret is.
Phoebe ( Alyssa Milano ) interviews a survivor who had been kidnapped by the demons 20 years previously. Is he a future love interest?
Meanwhile, Doherty's police detective BF is being investigated by IAB.
Dialogue of the week: kick-boxer Milano asks Where's Buffy when you need her?
Piper's BF is a supernatural creature with healing power. Unfortunately he cannot use it on himself. She is angry at him because he never told her his true nature, though the cop (T.W. King - Timecop ) must accept Pru's deceptions.
The three babes discover a spell that makes them swop powers. Pru ( Shannen Doherty ) has to make Phoebe ( Alyssa Milano ) angry to make her use the telekinesis. She reminds her sister of the time at school everyone thought she was a slut, and called her Phreebee!
The point of the episode is that the babes must cold-bloodedly assassinate the poor bastard who works for the other team. His weakness is that he has fallen in love with a bimbo ( Lisa Robin Kelly ).
A Warlock goes after the sisters - and every time he messes it up, his demon pal (David Carradine - Alias ) turns time back so he can do it all over again. Of course, Phoebe ( Alyssa Milano ) is a precog so she knows what is going to happen ...
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