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Season 01, Episode 02:

I've Got You Under My Skin

As Piper worries about the nature of their powers and Prue prepares for a job interview, Phoebe sympathizes with a photographer who turns out to be a youth-stealing demon.

Chef Moore has hired Piper at Quake ("Something Wicca This Way Comes") and then quit to open his own restaurant, leaving Piper as Quake's manager with more responsibilities than she bargained for. She and Phoebe meet with their friend Brittany Reynolds and admire a tattoo of an angel on her right hand; she got it on a trip to Tahiti. Phoebe tells Piper that she got a premonition of a guy, Alec, buying her a martini. Piper doesn't like this; the sisters agreed not to use their powers in public. Phoebe claims she couldn't control it — and in any case, she can't control when she gets premonitions yet. As she predicted, Alec shows up and buys Phoebe a martini. Brittany goes to her car, and is frightened by someone sitting in it.

Prue has slept with Andy and quietly slips out of his apartment, but not before telekinetically flinging his alarm clock out the window. The next morning, Piper watches a documentary about the Salem witch trials. The documentary says that a Mary Estes was struck by lightning while trying to enter a church, and this was held to be God's judgment. Prue tells Piper that she and Andy had sex, and thinks their relationship is going too fast. Phoebe comes down; she and Alec stayed out until 3 am. Prue isn't happy that Phoebe used her powers to find out about the date. Prue mentions that someone is abducting young women in their neighborhood.

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A man, Max, of uncertain relation to Brittany, brings her picture to Andy and Darryl; Brittany never came back home last night. He last heard from her at 10 pm, when she called to say she was coming home.

Piper is outside the church the Halliwells once attended. Pastor Williams suggests that she's early for bringing unused food from Quake. Piper asks if evil beings can enter a church. The pastor doesn't quite take her seriously. After he leaves, Piper approaches the church door, but hears a thunderclap as she takes hold of the handle.

Prue has a job interview at Buckland Auction House. She's running late, and more people crowd into the elevator. Andy calls her to apologize for last night. Someone's about to get out, but Prue closes the elevator door and sends it all the way to the twelfth floor, where she has her interview with Rex Buckland, the company president.

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Phoebe bumps into Stefan, a popular photographer, at Quake. He gives her an address on a napkin and suggests she come over to do a shoot.

A woman who was with Stefan earlier is seen tied down and surrounded by candles. She begs Stefan not to hurt her. An old man, Javna, steps out from the shadows. He shoots rays from his eyes into the woman's, and she turns into an old woman while Javna turns into Stefan.

Piper returns to the church with Phoebe to drop off the unused food. The pastor returns and Phoebe leaves him alone with Piper. The pastor mentions Exodus 22:18 — "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live." Phoebe meets an elderly couple who are playing Lotto, and in danger of losing their house. She picks up a Lotto ticket and has a premonition of the winning numbers. She tells the couple the winning numbers, and then buys a ticket. As she and Piper leave the church, an old woman is visible at the door — with Brittany's angel tattoo on her hand.

Andy and Darryl are staking out Quake, where Brittany was last seen. Prue drives up and Andy leaves to flag her down. Prue finds Phoebe inside with Stefan. Prue notices Phoebe is wearing an expensive dress and pulls Phoebe into the kitchen. Stefan's youthful appearance is starting to fade. Phoebe owns up to her premonition about the lottery. Prue isn't happy; they aren't allowed to use their powers for personal gain. Just as Piper tries to shoo them away, Andy walks in and bumps into a guy holding plates. Piper instinctively freezes the room and notices Prue and Phoebe are still moving. Prue notices that the dining area isn't frozen either. Darryl comes in after them and Prue stalls him until the kitchen unfreezes. Piper then whispers in Phoebe's ear about hating being a witch.

The next day, Phoebe finds Piper leafing through the Book of Shadows. Piper is nervous about their new powers; she's worried they come from evil and wants to be normal again. Phoebe reassures her that they're good witches and are meant to protect the innocent.

Prue has lunch with Andy. She regrets having slept with him and convinces him to go slower. She gets a call from Rex; he wants her to come in for a second interview.

Piper returns to the church and this time opens the door. She is at last convinced that she has not become evil. As she leaves, she meets the old woman and recognizes Brittany's tattoo.

Rex tests Prue's abilities. He points out a piece that his assistant, Hannah Webster, is restoring and asks Prue to tell him about it. Prue recognizes it as a copy. Rex shows her another, and she recognizes it as a Degas piece. Hannah accidentally knocks over a ladder with a can of paint on top. Prue raises her hands and diverts it away from her; only a few spots of paint end up on her pants. Rex tells Prue she's hired. After Prue heads out, Hannah tells Rex that Prue might be a witch.

Piper has brought Brittany to the manor. Prue comes home and Piper points out the tattoo. Meanwhile, Phoebe goes to the address that Stefan gave. She has a premonition of Javna attacking her and flees, but Javna has sneaked into her van.

Piper finds Javna in the Book. He feeds on the life forces of young people for one week every year. He can only be vanquished with The Hand of Fatima, which Muhammad used on him centuries earlier. Brittany finds the address Stefan wrote down for Phoebe and faints, alerting Piper and Prue. Piper finds the address and Brittany mentions Javna.

Andy and Darryl are reviewing the tapes from an ATM across from Quake. They see the first victim walking out arm-in-arm with Stefan. Realizing they just found their prime suspect, they rush to Stefan's place.

Javna has Phoebe tied down. He gets ready to blast her just as Prue and Piper pull up in Prue's car. Piper thinks they may need to call the police, but Prue points out that they're the only ones who can stop Javna. They hear Phoebe's scream. Prue blows the door open, and she and Piper storm in. Prue flings Javna across the room. Javna turns his eye-rays on Prue while Piper frees Phoebe. Prue uses a mirror to deflect the eye-rays back into Javna's face. Javna ends up on the same table where he had Phoebe tied up. The sisters speak the Hand of Fatima incantation. A beam appears out of Prue's hand, and reduces Javna to dust. Brittany turns back to a young woman again.

The sisters head outside and find Andy and Darryl there with several cops. Prue claims that Phoebe's van stalled, but Andy easily starts it up.

The Lotto numbers come up, but Phoebe's ticket fades away. Prue tells her it was a personal gain backfire.


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  • Attack Reflector: Javna's eye beams are reflected back to him, stunning him long enough for the three sisters to recite a power of three spell.
  • Chaos Architecture: The Quake is a completely different restaurant, both from the outside as well from the inside, from the one where Piper was interviewed in the pilot, but is strongly implied to be the same place.
  • Didn't Think This Through: The scenes with Piper hesitating to enter the church are meant to take place on different days - before and after the defeat of Javna. It is, however, apparent that those scenes were shot at the same time, because Piper wears the same outfit, shoes, pants and jacket (she has other clothes in the evening). Obviously, Holly Marie Coombs forgot to change between takes.
  • Distinguishing Mark: The tattoo on the hand of the old woman is what allows Piper to identify her as Brittany.
  • Eye Beams: How Javna sucks life from his victims.
  • Hand Blast: The Hand of Fatima is a ray of light that Prue blasts out of her palm.
  • Holy Burns Evil: Piper is scared that this is the case when she slowly approaches a church. When she is about to open the door, thunder rumbles overhead, and she flees to her car. Later, she tries again, and is ecstatic when she steps into the church and nothing happens, affirming that she really is a good witch.
  • I Have This Friend...: After seeing a documentary on witch hunts, Piper broaches the subject of her "friend's" witchcraft to a priest.
  • Life Drinker: Javna. He maintains his own youthful appearance by stealing the youth of women.
  • Mirrors Reflect Everything: There is a convenient hand mirror Phoebe tells Prue to use to reflect Javna's powers back to him.
  • No Ontological Inertia: Once Javna is defeated, Brittany reverts to her younger self.
  • Power Palms: When the Hand of Fatima is cast, the mark appears on Prue's palm.
  • Rapid Aging: What Javna does to women he steals their youth from.
  • Personal Gain Hurts: Downplayed. Since this is Phoebe's first "offense", the lottery ticket with the winning numbers she saw in her premonition simply gets wiped clean.
  • Snakes Are Sinister: Inverted. When Prue uses the Hand of Fatima to defeat Javna, a small snake can be seen curled around her fingers. The Hand of Fatima is explicitly a good spell.
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