Charmed/Something Wicca This Way Comes

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Something Wicca This Way Comes
Season 1, Episode 1
Airdate October 7, 1998
Production Number 1498704
Written by Constance M. Burge
Directed by John T. Kretchmer
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Something Wicca This Way Comes is the first episode of the first season of Charmed, and the first episode overall.

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

Guest Starring: (in credits order) Eric Scott Woods (Jeremy Burns), Matthew Ashford (Roger), Chris Flanders (Chef Moore)

Co-Starring: Lonnie Partridge (Woman), Charmaine Cruz (Admitting Nurse), Hugh Holub (Pharmacist), Francesca Cappucci (News Reporter)


Plot Overview

Six months after the death of their grandmother, the Halliwell sisters are reunited at their childhood home. One night, Phoebe finds a magical tome hidden in the attic and reads and incantation, unlocking each of their individual and collective powers and in the process, making them targets to the forces of darkness.


Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes


When exactly...

  • ...does Phoebe have time to read all that stuff about "timing, feeling, and the phases of the moon"? She opens the book to the first page, reads the title, turns to the second page, reads the incantation, and the other two sisters arrive! Is she speed-reading the index in the four seconds it takes for the sparkly special effect in the chandelier?
  • ...does the tree in front of the Halliwell Manor have time to bloom? The night the sisters receive their powers, Jeremy walks under the tree, which is absolutely bare of bloom or leaf. Yet the next morning, a scant six or seven hours later, the same tree is in full leaf!
  • ...does Piper impale her poppet with the rose—before or after reciting the verbal component of the spell? If you watch carefully, it seems she does it twice, both before and after the spell.

For your further consideration:

  • If the Halliwells are burning those candles in the attic, why aren't the wicks burned when they clean up?
  • If the elevator is going up while Jeremy attacks Piper, how does she end up crawling over the same stack of wooden pallets, to leave by a doorway that should have been many floors below them?

Allusions and References

  • The title is a pun to a line in William Shakespeare's Macbeth, wherein Macbeth confronts a trio of witches who inform him of his destiny and demise. The second witch specifically says, "From the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes", inferring that Macbeth is the "wicked thing".

Memorable Moments


  • Phoebe Halliwell: We're the protectors of the innocent. We're known as the Charmed Ones.


  • 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 episode is strong beginning to what eventually becomes a weaker show for the next eight years of its run. The sisterly interactions and tension among Prue, Piper and Phoebe is truly worth watching as it gives us a nice, clear perceptive of their relationships. Additionally, there are some parts of the episode that were generally creepy, particularly under this show's standards as we see with Piper's warlock boyfriend, who proved to be a genuine threat to them at the time. If only the later seasons of this show had good episodes as this one. Grade: A- --Contrivance 22:22, 8 February 2007 (EST)