Charmed/How to Make a Quilt Out of Americans

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How to Make a Quilt Out of Americans
Season 2, Episode 17
Airdate April 6, 2000
Production Number 4399038
Written by Teleplay:
Javier Grillo-Marxuach &
Robert Masello
Javier Grillo-Marxuach
Directed by Kevin Inch
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How to Make a Quilt Out of Americans is the seventeenth episode of the second season of Charmed, and the thirty-ninth episode overall.

Starring: Shannen Doherty (Prue), Holly Marie Combs (Piper), Alyssa Milano (Phoebe), Greg Vaughan (Dan)

Guest Starring: (in credits order) Anne Haney (Aunt Gail), Pamela Gordon (Amanda), Lucy Lee Flippin (Helen), Cameron Bancroft (Cryto)

Co-Starring: Julia Lee (Young Gail), John Gowans (Mr. York), Bill Wiley (Caddie Guy #1), Charles C. Stevenson, Jr. (Caddie Guy #2)


Plot Overview

An old family friend of the Halliwells poisons them to extract their powers and offer them to the demon Cryto in exchange for youth.


Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

  • The episode title is a play on words of the 1995 film, How to Make an American Quilt.

Memorable Moments



  • Overall Grade: A- after 1 review.
  • Review Breakdown: A+: 0 A: 0 A-: 1 B+: 0 B: 0 B-: 0 C+: 0 C: 0 C-: 0 D: 0 F: 0
  • This was good episode that was nicely sewn together, pun intended. It was refreshing to see that the Halliwells didn't forgive their Aunt Gail for selling out their powers and Piper's desire for a normal life was an obstacle that was realistic for them and not contrived in the slightest bit. It's a shame that this whining doesn't stop for the remaining 139 episodes of this show. The best part of this episode? Piper dumping Dan at the very end. Grade: A- --Contrivance 21:07, 7 February 2007 (EST)