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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Prue's refusal to give up the pastor's location in exchange for having Pride removed from her. While it's in character for her to want to protect an innocent, what if subconsciously the sin knows that Lucas removing it is the only way it can be expunged from Prue? Or else is Prue's refusal to give up the pastor's location itself another form of Pride - to show off that she's so selfless that she wouldn't give up even one innocent to save herself? If you think about it, Prue could have pragmatically done a number of things to ensure the pastor's safety once the sin was removed - and without the sin, she would be in more control of her powers as well as having her sisters to help.
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  • Do Not Do This Cool Thing: Piper's use of Gluttony is admittedly very appealing; ordering countless luxuries and using the Book of Shadows to avoid having to wait for them.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Each of the Halliwells displays a good counterpart of their sin to expel it:
    • Piper expels gluttony by insisting that Leo help Phoebe instead of her. She displays temperance by not thinking of her own injuries or her destroyed stuff.
    • Phoebe expels lust by throwing herself in front of a bullet meant for someone else. Rather than thinking with her lust, she shows love and compassion for her family members.
    • Leo expels sloth by helping Piper when he sees her in trouble. He's being diligent by healing her wounds.
    • Prue has to be saved by someone else to have her pride removed. Pride's good counterpart is humility.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Prue believes she's invincible as a result of the pride and risks her life recklessly just for one innocent. Darryl even asks her if she has a death wish. She's Killed Off for Real for those very reasons in the season finale.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
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    • Leo claims that Pandora's Box is a myth only inspired by the sins. In Season 7 the sisters have to deal with the actual Pandora's Box.
    • Phoebe's behaviour in this episode rather reflects the Ron the Death Eater attitude many fans had towards her in later seasons (Flanderising her desire to find love into being someone who Really Gets Around).
  • Narm: Prue's line to "charm the pants off your professor" is so obviously there to set up Phoebe doing so literally once influenced by Lust.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: The cop who gets suspended and then infected with Wrath. Basically he was pressured by Phoebe (herself under the influence of Lust), so it's hard not to feel bad for him losing his job because of her.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: A lot of fans feel that Prue's treatment in this episode is a thinly veiled Take That! by the show's writers at Shannen Doherty's infamous diva behaviour on set. Note that a few episodes later she also gets turned into a dog in another obvious Take That, Scrappy!.
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