Charmed/Thank You for Not Morphing

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Thank You for Not Morphing
Season 1, Episode 3
Airdate October 21, 1998
Production Number 4398003
Written by Zack Estrin,
Chris Levinson
Directed by Ellen S. Pressman
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Thank You for Not Morphing is the third episode of the first season of Charmed, and the third episode overall.

Starring: Shannen Doherty (Prue), Holly Marie Combs (Piper), T.W. King (Andy), Dorian Gregory (Darryl), Alyssa Milano (Phoebe)

Guest Starring: (in credits order) Tony Denison (Victor Bennet), Brian Krause (Leo Wyatt), Markus Flanagan (Marshall), Eric Matheny (Fritz), Mariah O'Brien (Cynda)


Plot Overview

When Victor Bennet, the Charmed Ones' long-lost father, shows up at Buckland's, Prue identifies a family heirloom as a protection ring, but she rejects his attempt to make amends. Piper and Phoebe opt to give their father a chance. But when Phoebe hugs him, she gets a premonition of Victor stealing the Book of Shadows. At the same time, a shape-shifting neighbor is breaking into the manor to steal the Book but the Book won't leave the house. Prue confronts Victor, who admits he wanted to steal the Book of Shadows to protect his daughters from the evil; that it attracts the evil that killed their mother. Victor never wanted his girls to have their powers, and he objected when Grams arranged to restore them but Grams was too strong for Victor to fight her.

When another premonition shows Marshall, a neighbor, shape-shifting into Victor, Phoebe knows who's really after the book and locates a spell to vanquish the shapeshifters. Trying to throw off the Charmed Ones, one of the neighbors shape-shifts into Victor, but he doesn't count on Victor being willing to deal with the demons if it means saving his daughters. As one of the Victors instruct Phoebe to say the spell, Prue determines which is her real father. She uses her power to give him the family protection ring, and although he is momentarily stunned when the demons are vanquished, the ring saves him. Victor finally understands that his little girls have grown up and can handle their powers. It is their duty to fight evil.

A warm and fuzzy family reunion is still not meant to be, as Victor leaves town again. The sting of his unexpected departure is softened by a family video of Christmas past, found on the doorstep by the attractive new handyman, Leo Wyatt.


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The Show

Behind the Scenes


When confronted by the dog in her house, why doesn't Prue (a) physically close the door between her and the dog as she was leaving; or (b) mentally "move" the dog out of the open door? for that matter, when Phoebe locks Prue on the far side of the door, why doesn't she just turn the knob with her mind? She doesn't hesitate to use her power to "push" the book under the table, but wouldn't use it when threatened by all that drool and teeth?

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Memorable Moments



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