Charmed (season 2)
|Charmed (season 2)|
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|No. of episodes||22|
|Original network||The WB|
|Original release||September 30, 1999– May 18, 2000|
The second season of Charmed, an American supernatural drama television series, began airing on September 30, 1999 on The WB. Airing on Thursdays at 9:00 pm, the season consisted of 22 episodes and concluded its airing on May 18, 2000. Paramount Home Entertainment released the complete second season in a six-disc box set on September 6, 2005.
Like the first season, the sisters fight different forces of evil each episode, and the show continues to focus on how such things impact the sisters' attempt to live normal lives, as far as such is possible.
Darryl Morris becomes a more prominent character as he begins to learn about the sisters' secret lives and helps them out in certain situations. The season also introduces two characters: neighbours Dan Gordon and his niece Jenny.
Piper, becoming frustrated with the limitations of her relationship with Whitelighter Leo Wyatt, is drawn to Dan, creating a love triangle. She opens a nightclub 'P3' which takes over from Quake as a place for the sisters to meet when not at the manor. Phoebe decides to return to school to complete a degree in Psychology and Prue leaves her job mid-season to follow her dream of becoming a photographer. She also has a brief relationship with Jack Sheridan whom she meets at Bucklands before leaving.
This season sees the sisters' powers growing as they begin to gain more control over them. Phoebe learns to command premonitions, Piper selectively freezes objects, and Prue gains the power of astral projection. They also begin to learn how to write and cast their own spells and create their own vanquishing potions.
Cast and characters
- Shannen Doherty as Prue Halliwell
- Holly Marie Combs as Piper Halliwell
- Alyssa Milano as Phoebe Halliwell
- Greg Vaughan as Dan Gordon[a]
- Dorian Gregory as Darryl Morris[b]
- Karis Paige Bryant as Jenny Gordon[c]
- Brian Krause as Leo Wyatt[d]
- Lochlyn Munro as Jack Sheridan
Special Musical Guest
Special Appearance By
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.
|23||1||"Witch Trial"||Craig Zisk||Brad Kern||September 30, 1999||4399022||5.1|
|The sisters face a demon named Abraxas, who steals the Book of Shadows and undoes some of the spells they've cast (in reverse order), releasing old vanquished enemies of the Charmed Ones and forcing them to remember the vanquishing spells from memory alone. The sisters have one chance to recapture the Book of Shadows or they will lose their powers forever. The sisters also meet their new neighbors, Jenny and her uncle Dan Gordon. Phoebe and Piper learn through the Wiccan community that because their anniversary of receiving their powers falls on an equinox, a wiccan holy day, their abilities will be temporarily augmented and their powers permanently so.|
|24||2||"Morality Bites"||John Behring||Chris Levinson & Zack Estrin||October 7, 1999||4399025||N/A|
|Prue and Piper use their powers to stop a man from repeatedly allowing his dog to defecate on their entry walk, even though this counts as magic for personal gain. When Phoebe has a vision of herself being burnt to death, the sisters travel ten years into the future to February 12, 2009 to learn what happened and why. In the future, Prue finds herself as a blond with a ruthless business reputation, Phoebe is in prison facing an imminent execution appointment, and Piper discovers that Leo is her ex-husband, and they have a daughter named Melinda. The girls discover that Phoebe used her powers to kill a murderer, causing a local D.A. named Nathaniel Pratt to begin modern day witch trials as a platform for political office. Prue and Piper want to save Phoebe at any cost, but Leo feels that using their powers to save Phoebe will be a tipping point causing rhetoric to become legislation outlawing magic.|
|25||3||"The Painted World"||Kevin Inch||Constance M. Burge||October 14, 1999||4399023||N/A|
|Prue finds some mysterious words on an unusual painting at the auction house, which, when said aloud, send her into another dimension within the painting of a castle. There the supposed innocent she finds and is determined to save is actually a warlock cursed into the painting by a witch, and he is hoping to get out of the painting to reunite with his fellow warlock lover, Jane. When Piper accidentally becomes trapped in the painting while trying to find Prue, it's up to Phoebe, who has cast a knowledge boosting spell for a job interview, to save them.|
|26||4||"The Devil's Music"||Richard Compton||David Simkins||October 21, 1999||4399024||N/A|
|Worried about cash flow in the struggling new P3 club, Phoebe and Prue conspire to take on a zero interest loan behind Piper's back, trusting that she will be able to make the club successful. Leo gets the manager of Dishwalla, Carlton, to bring the band to the club, fully aware that the manager has made a pact with the demon Masselin, who grants him fame and fortune in exchange for innocent souls. Detective Darryl Morris does not know this, but suspects that Carlton is involved in a string of mysterious disappearances of young women from Dishwalla's past concerts. On the night of the concert, Phoebe acts as bait for Masselin, and the sisters manage to feed him a potion which kills him, releasing all his victims.|
|27||5||"She's a Man, Baby, a Man!"||Martha Mitchell||Javier Grillo-Marxuach||November 4, 1999||4399026||N/A|
|As a heatwave descends on San Francisco, Phoebe begins to have erotic dreams that end in the killing of her dream lovers. The sisters find out that she is psychically linked, through her powers, to a man-killing sexual predator demon known as a 'Succubus' that drains men of their testosterone. When they cast a spell, hoping to find and then vanquish the succubus, it turns Prue into a man.|
|28||6||"That Old Black Magic"||James L. Conway||Valerie Mayhew & Vivian Mayhew||November 11, 1999||4399027||N/A|
|A trio of film students are the victims of a heart-stealing evil witch, who escapes from over two hundred years of entombment, hunting for her magical wand. Leo returns to help get the wand into the hands of the only person who can use the wand for good, the Chosen One, and bumps into Piper who has a new love interest: Dan. Trying to put the awkwardness aside, Leo, Piper, and Phoebe find the Chosen One, who turns out to be a reluctant teenager named Kyle, while Prue stumbles across the magical wand. Ignoring Leo's warnings, the sisters attempt to find and defeat the witch and barely escape with their lives. Protected only by a fake courage potion concocted by Prue, Kyle saves the day, destroying the evil witch by using the magical wand. The victory becomes bittersweet when Leo faces Piper's choice to end their difficult romance and begin a new one with Dan.|
|29||7||"They're Everywhere"||Mel Damski||Sheryl J. Anderson||November 18, 1999||4399028||N/A|
|A band of knowledge-stealing warlocks hunt down a young man named Eric (Misha Collins) who uncovered the location of one of the greatest sources of power in the world, the Akashic Records. Meanwhile, Prue has her hands full with Jack Sheridan (Lochlyn Munro).|
|30||8||"P3 H2O"||John Behring||Chris Levinson & Zack Estrin||December 9, 1999||4399029||N/A|
|Prue, traumatized by witnessing her mother's drowning as a child, must face her greatest fear so that the sisters can destroy a water demon when they revisit the youth camp where their mother mysteriously drowned. In the process, they meet a stranger from their mother's past, who turns out to be her former Whitelighter, Sam Wilder, whom they find out was also her secret lover.|
|31||9||"Ms. Hellfire"||Craig Zisk||Sheryl J. Anderson & Constance M. Burge||January 13, 2000||4399030||N/A|
|An assassination attempt on the sisters' lives forces Prue to go undercover as the woman who tried to kill them, known as Ms. Hellfire. While undercover, she becomes romantically involved with Bane Jessup (Antonio Sabato Jr.) who hired the original Ms. Hellfire.|
|32||10||"Heartbreak City"||Michael Zinberg||David Simkins||January 20, 2000||4399031||5.0|
|A demon named Drasi steals Cupid's ring, which he uses to bring couples together, to tear them apart. Now Cupid must convince the Halliwells to help him get it back before Drasi breaks all of the relationships, thus killing Cupid.|
|33||11||"Reckless Abandon"||Craig Zisk||Javier Grillo-Marxuach||January 27, 2000||4399032||N/A|
|The sisters must find a way to vanquish a ghost who is intent on killing all of the men in a family line, including the last male, a baby named Matthew.|
|34||12||"Awakened"||Anson Williams||Valerie Mayhew & Vivian Mayhew||February 3, 2000||4399033||N/A|
|When Piper contracts a life-threatening virus that sends her to intensive care, Prue and Phoebe cast an 'awakening' spell to save her life. Since the spell was used for personal gain, the sisters can no longer sleep, and Piper's sickness spreads into an epidemic as a direct consequence. Meanwhile, Prue quits her job at Buckland's and Phoebe enrolls in college. The sisters reverse the spell and Leo heals Piper against the wishes of his handlers who suspend him from his duties as a Whitelighter.|
|35||13||"Animal Pragmatism"||Don Kurt||Chris Levinson & Zack Estrin||February 10, 2000||4399034||N/A|
|A group of lonely mortal women in Phoebe's college class cast a spell that turns three animals (a snake, a pig, and a rabbit) into men who wreak havoc on the town. Meanwhile, Prue adjusts to life being unemployed by helping out at the club.|
|36||14||"Pardon My Past"||John Paré||Michael Gleason||February 17, 2000||4399035||N/A|
|Phoebe experiences flashes of one of her past lives when she and her sisters were cousins in the 1920s. However, in this past life, Phoebe was evil and power-mad and a curse was bestowed upon her that could affect future Phoebe's life.|
|37||15||"Give Me A Sign"||James A. Contner||Sheryl J. Anderson||February 24, 2000||4399036||N/A|
|A demon known as Litvack orders his henchmen to kill Bane Jessup, who Prue helped put behind bars when he tried to have the Charmed Ones killed. Bane kidnaps Prue but all he wants is help from her. Meanwhile, Phoebe casts a spell that will give Piper a sign when it comes to choice of her true love.|
|38||16||"Murphy's Luck"||John Behring||David Simkins||March 30, 2000||4399037||N/A|
|After Prue prevents a woman named Maggie Murphy (Amy Adams) from committing suicide, a Darklighter (Arnold Vosloo) puts a curse on her that throws her into a depression that could cost her life.|
|39||17||"How to Make a Quilt Out of Americans"||Kevin Inch||Javier Grillo-Marxuach & Robert Masello||April 6, 2000||4399038||N/A|
|A group of three elderly witches, one of them close friends of the sisters' grandmother, summon a demon named Kryto to restore their youth. However, in return, the Kryto wants the powers of the Charmed Ones.|
|40||18||"Chick Flick"||Michael Schultz||Zack Estrin & Chris Levinson||April 20, 2000||4399039||N/A|
|Piper and Leo attempt to have a normal date, but find it difficult because of Leo being a Whitelighter and Piper being a witch. Meanwhile, when the Demon of Illusion brings to life characters from horror movies, including Bloody Mary), in an attempt to kill the Charmed Ones. Their greatest ally is Phoebe's child-hood crush; an old movie character named Billy (Chris Payne Gilbert).|
|41||19||"Ex Libris"||Joel J. Feigenbaum||Peter Chomsky & Brad Kern||April 27, 2000||4399040||N/A|
|The sisters must find the demon Libris who is responsible for the murder of one of Phoebe's classmates, Charlene (Rebecca Cross), because she was getting close to proving that demons exist. Meanwhile, Dan discovers that Leo was previously married, and decides to take matters into his own hands, while Prue attempts to help a man who is looking for a witness to his daughter's murder.|
|42||20||"Astral Monkey"||Craig Zisk||David Simkins & Constance M. Burge||May 4, 2000||4399041||N/A|
|Prue gets her face on TV, because pictures taken by the paparazzi make people believe that she is dating a popular actor. Meanwhile, the doctor that treated Piper when she was critically ill, discovers and gains the sisters' powers. After being twisted by the magic now within him, he goes on a sadistic organ-harvesting spree, targeting criminals in the streets.|
|43||21||"Apocalypse, Not"||Michael Zinberg||Sanford Golden & Sheryl J. Anderson||May 11, 2000||4399042||N/A|
|When a vanquishing spell goes awry while the Halliwell's try to destroy the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Prue and one of the Horsemen become trapped in a vortex. Piper and Phoebe enlist the help of the three remaining Horsemen to free Prue and the fourth Horseman before the vortex closes.|
|44||22||"Be Careful What You Witch For"||Shannen Doherty||Chris Levinson & Zack Estrin & Brad Kern||May 18, 2000||4399043||4.5|
|A Genie, employed by the Triad to steal the sisters' powers, offers to grant each sister one wish for whatever they most desire. But when they refuse, the genie tricks them into wishing, resulting in an uncontrollable power for Phoebe, Prue's death, and the rapid ageing of Dan, who finally learns Piper's secret.|
In 2016, Gavin Hetherington of SpoilerTV ran a series of Charmed articles in the run-up to the 10th anniversary of the series finale. The second was a complete season review of season two, in which Gavin comments that the season takes things further than season one. On the show's tone, he wrote "I found scenes to be brighter and the show's comical side being more prominent. I loved this season for the tone, and it managed to balance out the lighter episodes with the darker ones." He also noted the chemistry between the leads, saying that "there was also electric chemistry between the three sisters. Before there were bitter fallings-out, Shannen, Holly and Alyssa all demonstrated their sisterly bond authentically, and it really carried through in their performances. They always seemed like sisters, from the very beginning, right up to the end of the original Charmed One era, but for this season, it was probably their absolute best as a trio." He ended the article by saying season two was an "amazing season, and it will always be one of my favourites."
- Vaughan is only credited for the episodes he appears in.
- Gregory is only credited for the episodes he appears in.
- Only credited in the episodes she appears in.
- Krause originally appeared in a recurring role before he was promoted to series regular for the episodes he's in.
- "Charmed: Witch Trial Episode Trivia". TV.com. Archived from the original on March 30, 2014.
- Some sources quotes that this episode was aired at 21. Oct. 1999
- Some sources quotes that this episode was aired at 14. Oct. 1999
- "Charmed – Episode List (Season 2)". TV Tango. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
- "Charmed – Season 2, Episode 22: Be Careful What You Witch For". TV.com. Archived from the original on March 30, 2014.
- Hetherington, Gavin (April 9, 2016). "Charmed – 10th Anniversary Special – Season 2 Review: "The Woman's Job to Save the Day"". SpoilerTV. Retrieved April 9, 2016.