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A Witch in Time 

By continually saving the life of her boyfriend Phoebe opens up a portal from the future allowing a warlock to pass into the present on a mission from future Cole.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Phoebe Halliwell
Paige Matthews
Leo Wyatt
Joseph Paneno ...
Driver (as Maurice Smith)
Police Officer
Tosh Ayers ...


Pregnant Piper is irritated by everything, especially her sisters having 'unsuitable' hot lovers, in Paige's case Max. Alas Phoebe gets a premonition that her Miles, a divorced computer programmer, will be shot in the chest in a police shootout. After the sisters save Miles, Phoebe immediately gets a vision of him getting stabbed. Meanwhile warlock Bacarra passes a time-portal and proves to Cole to be a messenger from and councilor at the throne of the future Cole, then the greatest Source ever, sent to prevent Phoebe getting killed after continuing for six months to save Miles, who is inevitably destined for the Angel of Death. When Cole refuses to kill Miles and thus incur Phoebe's hatred, Bacarra says he'll do it himself, but has his own evil agenda: he teams up with his own present, still measly persona, making their own bid for power at the Sisters' expense... Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | Fantasy | Mystery


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Release Date:

10 November 2002 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Title is based upon the expression "A stitch in time saves nine". See more »


When the warlock comes from the future to talk to Cole, Cole has a beard. Later when Cole goes and talks to Piper in the kitchen, he's shaved. When Cole later goes to talk to Phoebe at Mile's apartment, his beard is back again. See more »


Bacarra: I'm Bacarra, I've come here from the future.
Cole: ... Well, I can't say I've heard that before.
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


How Soon Is Now?
Written by Johnny Marr and Morrissey
Performed by The Smiths
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The One Where Phoebe's Boyfriend Is Going To Die...
28 March 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I love this episode. It's so good. I really enjoy it, every time I watch it. It's just so interesting. And I love Cole in it, he's just awesome.

In this episode, Phoebe has a premonition of her new boyfriend dying in a police shootout. So obviously, she and Piper save him from being shot and all is well. Until she has another premonition. It turns out that this man is destined to die. Cole gets a visit from a man from the future, who is his adviser, when he is once again, The Source. Cole tells Phoebe that if she continues to save her boyfriend, that she will eventually die. But she still continues to save him. And when the future adviser warlock goes and finds his younger self, and they steal the book of shadows and kill Phoebe and Paige, things get serious. But don't worry, Piper and Leo fix it like they always do. Piper finds the time portal that the warlock used, and she goes back to the day where Miles, the boyfriend, was originally meant to die. Piper tells her past-self that she must let him die, or things will just continue to get worse. In the end, past-Piper lets Miles die and everything is alright again. And future-Piper disappears, because she wasn't real anymore, because her present was erased. If that makes any sense to you.

Overall, I give this episode a 10 out of 10.

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