Charmed (1998–2006)
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Morality Bites 

Phoebe has a vivid premonition foretelling her own death - burned at the stake for killing a man with her powers - in the year 2009. To prevent her execution, the sisters travel to the future.


John Behring


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Shannen Doherty ... Prue Halliwell
Holly Marie Combs ... Piper Halliwell
Alyssa Milano ... Phoebe Halliwell
Brian Krause ... Leo Wyatt
Pat Skipper ... Nathaniel Pratt
Clara Thomas Clara Thomas ... Melinda Halliwell-Wyatt
Lisa Connaughton Lisa Connaughton ... Anne
Jennifer Hale ... Carpool Neighbor
Sibila Vargas Sibila Vargas ... Sierra Stone
Dan Horton Dan Horton ... Cal Greene
Michael Brownlee Michael Brownlee ... Sports Reporter
Richard Saxton ... 2009 Anchor
Claudia Gold Claudia Gold ... Screaming Woman
Darron Johnson Darron Johnson ... Hallway Guard
Tina Thomas Tina Thomas ... Assistant #1


Phoebe has a vision of herself being burnt to death, the sisters travel ten years into the future to learn what happened. Only to discover that she used her powers to kill Cal Greene, causing a local D.A. named Nathanial Pratt to begin modern day witch trials as a platform for political office. Written by Arturo Domínguez

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Drama | Fantasy | Mystery


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Release Date:

7 October 1999 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place in October 1999 and on February 26, 2009. See more »


Future Prue and Piper are flicking through the book of shadows looking for the Return Spell to get back to there current time. They say its not in there, but Prue Actually flicks past the spell clearly written in the book twice in the episode. See more »


Leo Wyatt: She hurt him because he murdered someone. Someone Phoebe cared about very much. A dear friend who he brutalized. But a technicality set him free. Phoebe was furious, outraged. And that's when she crossed the line from protecting the innocent to punishing the guilty. She used her power to kill Greene, got caught, and her magic exposed by Nathaniel Pratt.
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The opening credits for this episode is unique, featuring only the Charmed Ones and no other actor or actress. See more »


References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »


How Soon Is Now?
Written by Johnny Marr and Morrissey
Performed by The Smiths
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The Importance of Ethics
4 February 2007 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The Halliwell sisters play a prank with their neighbor Nathanial Pratt because his dog always defecates in their sidewalk. Phoebe has a premonition of her death in 2009 executed by burning at stake and the sisters cast a spell to travel to the future. They see the destiny of each one: Prue is a wealthy workaholic businesswoman without a mate; Piper is divorced with a daughter; and Phoebe will be executed for killing a man. This incident with Phoebe provoked a witch hunting leaded by Nathanial Pratt. In the end, the sisters acknowledge the importance of ethics.

In spite of giving an important message about ethics and morality, since the sisters are not allowed to use their powers for personal advantage, this episode is only reasonable. The story is absolutely inconsistent with the fate of Prue. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Questão de Ética" ("Matter of Ethics")

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