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Charmed
Season 2, Episode 17
How to make American Quilt Infobox
Aunt Gail and her coven call forth Cryto
Episode Information
Air date April 6, 2000
Written by Javier Grillo-Marxuach and Robert Masello
Directed by Kevin Inch
Production Code 4399038
Credits
Anne Haney Gail Altman
Pamela Gordon Amanda
Lucy Lee Flippin Helen
Cameron Bancroft Cryto
Julia Lee Young Gail
John Gowans Mr. York
Bill Wiley Caddie Guy #1
Charles C. Stevenson Jr. Caddie Guy #2
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How To Make A Quilt Out Of Americans is the 17th episode of the second season and the 39th overall episode of Charmed.

SummaryEdit

For a complete plot of How to Make a Quilt Out of Americans, go here.

When an old family friend, Gail, asks the Charmed Ones to help stop a demon named Cryto (whom they summon by creating a human form made out of dead skin from stolen corpses), Prue, Piper and Phoebe find that Gail has betrayed them and traded their powers for eternal youth and beauty. As the Charmed Ones plot to get their powers back, Piper worries that she is missing out on her chance at a normal life due to her duties as a witch and announces to her sisters that she no longer wants to be a witch.

CharactersEdit

Characters in bold appear for the first time in the series.

Magical NotesEdit

Book of ShadowsEdit

CrytoEdit

In the sixteenth century,
Cryto traveled from
dukedom to dukedom,
preying on people's vanity,
bestowing youth and beauty
in exchange for their souls.
Cryto was found out and
skinned alive by a group of
witches who believed it
would keep his spirit from
ever being resurrected
again.

SpellsEdit

To Summon CrytoEdit

This spell requires one to have a "body" prepared for Cryto in order for him to return corporeally. For example, Gail and her friends made a body for him by taking pieces of dead skin from graves and clothing a mannequin with it. If there is no body to act as a vessel for the demon, then he will only appear as a gaseous spirit.

We call on the demon Cryto,
Reach back throughout the ages.
Humbled by his power,
We invite him into our circle.

To Vanquish CrytoEdit

A witch from the Halliwell line, at some point, discovered the witches had attempted Cryto's demise had been unsuccessful. As preparation for the day when his spirit might rise again, a spell was written in the Book of Shadows. Prue, Piper, and Phoebe were able to use this spell to send his spirit back again, banishing him for eternity.

What witches done and then undone,
Return this spirit back within,
and separate him from his skin.

To Separate a Witch from Her PowersEdit

In a boiling crucible of the blackest lead
combine gypsy blood with a mandrake's head
More of the nightshades will you boil
the henbane, datura and from nux an oil
With hemlock root complete the draught
foul and dark like the might and craft
Of the creator of this brew and her desire
to steal from another for vengeance, power or desire

To Call a Witch's PowerEdit

Powers of the witches rise
course unseen across the skies
Come to us who call you near
come to us and settle here

PotionsEdit

PowersEdit

  • Molecular Immobilization: Piper froze Dan and tried to freeze a rat (unsuccessfully). Used by Cryto in attempt to freeze the girls - unsuccessfully - good witches don't freeze. Piper freeze Cryto before vanquishing him.
  • Telekinesis: Used by Cryto to fling a lamp into a wall, to fling a crowbar into the passenger window of Piper's jeep, to fling Phoebe, to fling Young Gail through a window and to fling Piper & Prue across the basement. Prue attempted to use her power to move the rat (unsuccessfully).
  • Age Shifting: Used by Cryto to make Gail younger, to rapidly age Helen and Amanda, to make the two Caddie guys younger (off screen), to make Frank York younger and lastly to rapidly age Gail.
  • Premonition: Cryto had a premonition of the sisters vanquishing him.
  • Astral Projection: Cryto astral projected to Phoebe.

BeingsEdit

Magical BeingsEdit

Featured MusicEdit

"17 Again" by Eurythmics
"Valerian" by Catatonia

Notes and TriviaEdit

Charmed 2x1700:22

Charmed 2x17

  • Darryl and Leo do not appear in this episode.
  • The title of the episode is a reference to the movie How To Make An American Quilt (1995).
  • Phoebe wears glasses for the first time in this episode.
  • This is the fourth episode in which the sisters lose their powers.
  • Piper decides she doesn't want to be a witch anymore until Prue and Phoebe change her mind. This happens again in "Brain Drain" and "Witch Way Now?", but in these episodes, it's Phoebe and Paige who change her mind.
  • Piper breaks up with Dan in order to have a relationship with Leo in this episode.
  • Both Piper and Cryto use her Molecular Immobilization power.
  • Phoebe doesn’t use her power, but Cryto does.
  • Prue doesn’t use her Astral Projection power, but Cryto does.
  • When Aunt Gail is flipping through the book while Prue, Phoebe, and Piper are talking about their suspicions of Aunt Gail, "The Hand of Fatima" spell can be seen briefly.
  • When Piper sees an elderly couple walking past them, Piper says "Cute, huh? Still holding hands." Prue then answers back with "That could be you and Leo in like fifty years." In Forever Charmed, Leo and Piper travel to 2050, which is exactly 50 years from when this episode takes place. It shows us that they're still in love.
  • When the Charmed Ones escape from Cryto, they stop by a building that has an ad for SWA Properties' where Phoebe worked in "From Fear to Eternity".
  • The shirt that Piper is wearing when she sees Dan at P3 after he returns, is the same shirt worn by Hannah Webster in "The Truth Is Out There... and It Hurts".

GlitchesEdit

  • When Cryto returns from the Astral Projection, there is no iced tea/potion on his face, whereas there had been some all over the lower half of his face when Prue and Piper were filling his mouth.

QuotesEdit

Piper: Hi. You're um, you're late.
Dan: Sorry, a little jet lag.
(He leans over the bar and kisses Piper on the cheek. He then puts a small box on the bar.)
Piper: Uhh...
Dan: I was walking by a store window on Fifth Avenue and I couldn't resist.
Piper: Oh, no. (Piper freezes him. She opens the box.) Please don't be a ring. (In it is a pair of earrings.) Okay. (She closes the box and unfreezes him.)
Dan: I hope you like them.
(She opens the box.)
Piper: They're beautiful. Thank you.

Prue: Phoebe, there is absolutely nothing wrong with wearing glasses. I mean, I wear them.
Phoebe: I know, but you're older. (Piper laughs.) Well, you are.
Prue: Right, well, you know, I really hope that demon of vanity isn't after you because your soul would be toast.
Phoebe: I'm just gonna ignore that comment and go ask for directions.
Prue: Okay.

Phoebe: Well, they were definitely making a potion. Hemlock root.
Piper: No wonder the tea tasted funny. How did we let her do this to us?
Prue: Because we trusted her.
Phoebe: Yeah, well, she just got crossed off my Christmas list.
Piper: Aunt Gail was Grams' best friend. She used to bake us cookies.
Phoebe: And now she's spiking our tea.

Piper: I still don't understand how we're gonna get him to drink this without having any powers.
Prue: We have to get him to use one of the powers he doesn't know how to use yet.
Piper: Astral projection?
Prue: Exactly. If we can distract him long enough to be in two places at the same time...
Phoebe: We might be able to trick him into thinking that I'm still looking for the potion.
Piper: All right, I'm only doing this for you guys and if I get killed, I'm gonna haunt the both of you forever.
Prue: Yeah, yeah. Got the spell?
Phoebe: Yes. I got it.

International TitlesEdit

  • French: Trois sorcières sans charme (Three Witches without Charm)
  • Polish: Z rodziną najlepiej wychodzi się na zdjęciu
  • Czech: Zrada (Betrayal)
  • Slovak: Ako ušiť Američana (How to Sew an American)
  • Italian: L'eterna giovinezza (The Eternal Youth)
  • Spanish (Spain): Como hacer una funda con americanos (How to Make a Quilt with Americans)
  • Spanish (Latin America): Eterna Juventud (The Eternal Youth)
  • Hungarian: A hiúság démona (The Demon of Vanity)
  • Portuguese (Portugal): Como Fazer uma Manta com Americanos (How to Make a Quilt with Americans)
  • Portuguese (Brazil): Juventude Eterna (Eternal Youth)
  • Russian: Kak sdelatʹ odyeyalo iz amerikantsev (How to Make a Quilt Out of Americans)
  • Finnish: Nuoruuden lähteillä (At the Fountains of Youth)
  • German: Ewige Jugend (The Eternal Youth)
  • Serbian: Kako zadovoljiti Amerikanca
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