Charmed (1998–2006)
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The Witch Is Back 

Prue is attacked by a warlock from the past, but Phoebe calls on an ancestor to help protect the sisters, and Piper works up her courage to ask Leo out.


Richard Denault




Episode complete credited cast:
Shannen Doherty ... Prue Halliwell
Holly Marie Combs ... Piper Halliwell
Alyssa Milano ... Phoebe Halliwell
Ted King ... Inspector Andy Trudeau (as T.W. King)
Dorian Gregory ... Darryl Morris
Billy Wirth ... Matthew Tate
Tyler Layton ... Melinda Warren
Brian Krause ... Leo Wyatt
Neil Roberts ... Rex Buckland
Leigh-Allyn Baker ... Hannah Webster
Terry Bozeman ... Arnold Halliwell
Michael Mitz Michael Mitz ... Cafe Patron
Catherine Kwong ... Waitress
Jodi Fung Jodi Fung ... T.V. Reporter


Matthew Tate, a warlock cursed by the sisters' ancestor, Melinda Warren, in the 17th century in colonial New England, is inadvertently released by Prue from a cursed locket which will open only to a Warren descendant. Aware of the situation, the sisters resurrect Melinda to combat him. Together they trap him back in the locket, but their secret is revealed to Prue's boss, Rex, and coworker, Hannah, who are warlocks.

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When Prue leaves for the museum, she drives a car that was totaled back in the episode "Dream Sorcerer" when she crashed into a pole. See more »


Melinda Warren makes the comment about the book of shadows having gotten so thick. But she was burned at the stake in 1692 and, according to its first page, the book of shadows wasn't started until 1693, so there's no way she could have known if the book was always that thick or not. However, just because the first page of the Book of Shadows says 1693, doesn't mean that the original spells weren't from before that date. There is the possibility that Melinda's daughter, or other descendants, added that page to the book at a later date. Not to mention that the Book of Shadows would never have been in such an ostentatious binding when it was first put together. See more »


Piper: But aren't we, like, raising the dead? What if she's all...
Phoebe: I read The Book of Shadows very carefully. She will come back as a real live person, flesh and blood. She will have her powers too. Our powers.
[picks up a knife]
Piper: What's that for?
Phoebe: Well, the spell works by blood calling blood, so it shouldn't hurt... much.
[Phoebe cuts her finger with the knife]
Phoebe: I lied, I lied. Okay, come on guys. It'll be just like the summer by the lake. Remember when we made a oath blood to be friends forever, not just ...
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In the Air Tonight
Written by Phil Collins
Performed by Holly McNarland
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The Ancestor and the Warlock from the XVII Century
18 January 2007 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1692, in Salem, Massachusetts, the evil warlock Matthew Tate (Billy Wirth) is trapped in a locket by Melinda Warren (Tyler Layton) before she is being burnt at stake. In the present days, the also evil Rex Buckland (Neil Roberts) and Hannah Webster (Leigh Allyn Baker) give the locket to Prue as a piece to be cataloged, and Prue accidentally releases Matthew, the real intention of the wicked double. Matthew steals Prue's power and while chasing Piper and Phoebe to get their powers, the trio resurrects Melinda to help them to curse the powerful Matthew and imprison him again.

"The Witch Is Back" is another good episode of "Charmed", where the evilness and malice of Rex and Hannah are disclosed a little bit more, but not their master. The romance between Piper and Leo seems to have finally started. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Bruxa Está de Volta" ("The Witch Is Back")

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16 December 1998 (USA) See more »

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