Something Wicca This Way Comes
Season One
Episode One
The charmed ones
First broadcast Wednesday, the 7th October 1998
Previous Pilot
Next I've Got You Under My Skin
Behind the scenes
Written by
Constance M. Burge
Directed by
John T. Kretchmer

Something Wicca This Way Comes is the title of the series premiere episode.


Reunited in the grand Victorian home of their childhood, a trio of sisters, Prue (Shannen Doherty), Phoebe (Alyssa Milano), and Piper (Holly Marie Combs) discovers they are gifted Wicca witches. Little do they know that their newfound powers mean that they are now prey to evil forces.

Magical Forces of GoodEdit

Serena FredrickEdit

A solitary witch with the power of pyrokinesis. She was murdered by a warlock and her power was stolen.

Piper HalliwellEdit

The middle sister and often mediator between the other two. She has the power to freeze time.

Prue HalliwellEdit

The oldest and strongest sister of the three. She has the power to move objects with her mind.

Phoebe HalliwellEdit

The youngest and most free-spirited sister of the three. She has the power of to see the future.

Magical Forces of EvilEdit

Jeremy BurnsEdit

Jeremy smiles

Jeremy smiling.

A warlock who dated Piper to get close to the Halliwell sisters for he knew they would be coming into their powers soon. He was vanquished by the Charmed Ones.


  • Roger
  • Chef Moore
  • News Reporter
  • Phoebe saving two innocent roller-bladers.
  • Admitting nurse talking to Andy and Prue.
  • Pharmacist talking to Phoebe.

Andy TrudeauEdit

An inspector working on the San Francisco Police Department. A former love interest of Prue's.

Darryl MorrisEdit

Andy's partner on the police force. A disbeliever in magic.


Prue's former boss at the American National Museum.

Chef MooreEdit

Chef Moore gave Piper two chances to work as a chef in his restaurant. He hires her after she discovers her powers.

Power usagesEdit

  1. Serena Fredrick lights nine candles with her finger in her apartment.
  2. (see above)
  3. (see above)
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  10. Prue Halliwell causes Roger's pen to explode at the museum.
  11. Piper Halliwell freezes Chef Moore in the kitchen of the Ristorante.
  12. Prue uses her telekinesis to make Roger's tie constrict around his neck outside his office. (uses hands)
  13. Phoebe Halliwell receives three premonitions about two kids getting hit by a car in the street.
  14. (see above)
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  16. Prue moves the cream across the bar at the bar.
  17. Prue somehow teleports the cream from the container into her cup at the bar.
  18. Prue calls a bottle of Asprin to her hands in the pharmacy.
  19. Prue knocks three bottles of Asprin off the shelves in the pharmacy.
  20. Prue gets so angry that her power knocks everything off the shelves in Aisle 3 in the pharmacy.
  21. Jeremy Burns lights each fingertip in the elevator of the Bowing building.
  22. Piper freezes Jeremy in the elevator.
  23. Phoebe gets a premonition from the pot in the attic.
  24. Prue throws Jeremy into the foyer wall twice.
  25. (see above)
  26. Jeremy uses psychokinesis on various objects (chair, dresser, ski)
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  29. Jeremy blows up the attic door.
  30. Jeremy throws a ring of fire around the Charmed Ones by means of his athame.
  31. Jeremy turns the fire into wind with the athame.
  32. Prue closes the front door.


  1. Serena Fredrick casts a Protection spell, which doesn't seem to work.
  2. Phoebe Halliwell casts the Dominus Trinus incantation, which grants the Charmed Ones their powers.
  3. Piper Halliwell and her sisters cast the To Rid an Unwanted Lover spell, which doesn't vanquish Jeremy Burns but curses him to have rose thorns burst out all over his body.
  4. The Charmed Ones cast the Power of Three spell and after thirteen times it successfully vanquishes Jeremy.

Protection SpellEdit

Serena casts a protection spell
Auger de Gomay, Auger de Gomay
Ancient one of the Earth so deep,
Master of moon and sun.
I shield you in my Wiccan way,
Here in my circle round.
Asking you protect this space,
And offer your sun force down.

Dominus TrinusEdit

Phoebe reads the dominus trinus incantation from the bos
Hear now the words
of the witches.
The secrets we hid
in the night.
The oldest of Gods
are invoked here,
The great work of
Magic is sought.
In this night and
in this hour,
I call upon the
Ancient Power.
Bring your powers
to we sisters three!
We want the power!
Give us the power!

To Rid an Unwanted LoverEdit

The charmed ones cast the spell to rid an unwanted lover
  • Place nine candles anointed with oils and spices in a circle.
  • Make the poppet stronger by sticking a thorn into it from a flower given by the lover.
Your love will wither and depart
From my life and my heart.
Let me be Jeremy,
And go away forever!

Power of ThreeEdit

The charmed ones cast the power of three spell
The Power of Three will set us free!

Book of ShadowsEdit

  1. Book of Shadows title page.
  2. Dominus Trinus incantation.
  3. Phoebe tells her sisters about The Essentials of Magic, page not seen.
  4. Phoebe tells Piper Halliwell about Melinda Warren, page not seen.
  5. Phoebe tells Prue Halliwell about certain wood carvings, pages not seen.
  6. Phoebe tells Prue about information regarding witches and warlocks, page not seen.
  7. The Charmed Ones read the To Rid an Unwanted Lover spell, page not seen.
===The Essentials of Magic===
  1. Timing
  2. Feeling
  3. Phases of the moon

Melinda WarrenEdit

"[ Melinda Warren is an ancestor witch. ] She practiced powers, three powers. She could move objects with her mind, see the future, and stop time. Before Melinda was burned at the stake she vowed that each generation of Warren witches would become stronger and stronger culminating in the arrival of three sisters. Now these sisters would be the most powerful witches the world has ever known...the protectors of the innocent...known as the Charmed Ones."

Wood carvingsEdit

"They looked like something out of a Bosch painting...Terrifying images of three women battling different incarnations of the first, [the women] were in slumber, but in the second one they were battling some kind of warlock."

Witches and WarlocksEdit

"A witch can be either good or evil. A good witch follows the Wiccan Rede--'An it harm none, do what ye will.' A bad witch or a warlock has but one goal: to kill good witches and retain their powers...they look like regular people. They could be anyone, anywhere...Powers will grow."


Behind the ScenesEdit


Guest StarsEdit



Music featured...Edit

Charmed soundtrack 2003

Love Spit Love - How Soon is Now?

Theme song

Notes and triviaEdit

  • This episode received the highest ratings for a WB show, beating out Dawson's Creek and Felicity ("The Book of Shadows: The Unofficial 'Charmed' Companion")
  • When Piper Halliwell is running up to the front of the manor with an umbrella (in the beginning of the episode), the umbrella she hangs up is different.
  • Andy insinuates that Serena Fredrick was preparing for a Sabbat.
  • The theme song is a version of "How Soon Is Now?" performed by Love Spit Love.

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