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Sin Francisco
Season 3, episode 18
Sin Fransisco - 3 infected
Prue, Leo and Piper are infected with sin
Episode Information

April 19, 2001

Written by

Nell Scovell

Directed by

Joel J. Feigenbaum

Production Code


Episode Guide



The Demon Who Came in From the Cold


Sin Francisco is the eigteenth episode of the third season and the 62nd overall episode of Charmed.


For a complete plot of Sin Francisco, go here.

When the sisters fight a demon cursing people with the seven deadly sins, they must first save themselves and Leo from succumbing to the powers of their own sins.


Main CastEdit

Guest StarsEdit

Special Musical GuestEdit



Magical NotesEdit

Book of ShadowsEdit

Seven Deadly SinsEdit

Demonic Infectors keep Crystal Boxes
that contain balls of each of the Seven
Deadly Sins, bottled at The Source and
by The Source. These Demons, who were
once human and consumed by Sin in Life,
use Sin balls to corrupt paragons of Good.
Infectors target a victim's predisposition
to Sin and magnify it with a Sin ball,
leading to the victim's Self-destruction
within hours. The Sin balls can only be
disempowered by destroying the Infector.

Identifying the Seven Deadly SinsEdit

an excessive Belief in Oneself
the Desire for what Others have
the Desire to Overly Indulge
a craving for pleasures of the body
uncontrollable fury
a Craving for Material Wealth or Gain
the Avoidance of Work


  • Telekinesis: Used by Prue to fling the Demon Courier, to throw the Seven Deadly Sins box to the other side of the road, attempt to make the priest let go of his gun and to throw various objects at Officer Dean. Lukas used it to untie Prue.
  • Energy Balls: Used by a Demon Courier to attack Robert Pike. 
  • Fading: Type of teleportation used by the Demonic Courier and Lukas.
  • Super Strength: Used by Lukas to lift the courier.
  • Energy Beam: Used by Lukas to vanquish the courier.
  • Orbing: Type of Teleportation used by Leo.
  • Premonition: Used by Phoebe for her own personal gain by getting visions of Officer Dean with his stray button.
  • Molecular Immobilization: Used by Piper to freeze Officer Dean, though to no avail.
  • Healing: Used by Leo to heal Piper and Phoebe.


  • Scrying Crystal - A magical pendant used for scrying. Used by Prue to scry for unnatural evil. (Unseen)
  • Sin Balls - Seven balls containing the seven deadly sins.

Notes and TriviaEdit

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  • Cole does not appear in this episode.
  • Prue doesn't use her Astral Projection power.
  • Phoebe doesn't use her Levitation power and her Premonitions weren't seen.
  • Prue and Piper's powers didn't work properly because they were infected by the sins.
  • The 7 Deadly Sins infected:
    • Pride: Prue Halliwell.
    • Gluttony: Piper Halliwell.
    • Lust: Phoebe Halliwell.
    • Sloth: Leo Wyatt.
    • Anger: Officer Dean.
    • Envy: Pastor Roger.
    • Greed: Robert Pike.
  • Lukas said Pride is the one Sin you can't beat, it's the only one that can't be beaten by a selfless act. While outwardly, it looks like Prue is commiting selfless acts while in her prideful state, such as saving the hostage and the pastor , she isn't doing it for the sake of helping but for her own glory.
  • Leo noted that he'd been doing constant vigilance for 60 years.
  • Leo is watching the John Wayne movie Rio Grande.
  • This is the only time that Leo orbs with only Prue.  The only other occasion that he orbed with Prue, he orbed with all of the sisters "up there" to stop Eames (Blinded by the Whitelighter).
  • Along with Sand Francisco Dreamin', this is one of two episode titles that refer to the Charmed Ones hometown of San Francisco.
  • Holly and Roark Critchlow, who plays Robert in this episode, would later star together as a married couple in the movie "Point of Entry".
  • Darryl says to Prue "what have you got a death wish or something?" possibly foreshadowing her upcoming death. Prue also ironically states when infected with Pride, "Nothing can destory me". 
  • Roark Critchlow later appears in Pretty Little Liars as Tom Marin. PLL also stars Holly Marie Combs.


  • When the first innocent was attacked by the demon, Prue telekinetically moves the sin box to the other side of the street where it bumps into the sidewalk. In the next scene, the innocent runs out to get the box, which is now lying in the middle of the street.
  • When Piper freezes Lukas, the belt of his coat can be seen flapping in the wind of the vortex.
  • When Lukas is going to infect officer Dean, you can see two balls, but when he closes the box, there are none.
  • In the Book of Shadows, the entry uncontrollable is spelt without an "r" and disempowered misses the "s".
  • Leo claims that the sin box was probably the inspiration for Pandora's box. However, in "Little Box of Horrors" it is revealed that the legend about Pandora's box is real.


Episode StillsEdit


Darryl: (to Prue) You know I've never seen you run away from danger, but I've never seen you run toward it either!
Darryl: ( to Prue) What do you have some kind of death wish or something?

Prue: I'm doing it again, aren't I?
Prue:You're right, I'm sorry.
Piper: Drop the humility crap and give me my sister back.

Prue: I don't get it, you, Leo and Phoebe committed selfless acts and got rid of your sins, but I committed many selfless acts and had to wait for Lucas to be vanquished to get rid of mine.
Piper: Well Lucas said that Pride was the only sin that could not be beat. Anything you did while under the influence of the sin was for the greater glory of Prue. I guess what he meant was that there is no selfless act to Pride.
Prue: But I jumped into a bottomless pit to save the pastor.
Piper: Yes, but you did that to win.

Prue: What did the Elders have to say?
Leo: I don't know...
Prue: What do you mean you don't know?
Leo: Well I got tired halfway up there so I came back.

Phoebe: Guess what? My Ethics Professor kicked me out of class.
Prue: What? Why, what happened?
Phoebe: I don't know, I don't know. One minute I was telling him why my paper was late, and the next thing, I knew I was . . . unzipping his pants with my teeth.
Prue: Oh! Oh, Phoebe you do know that charming the pants off someone is just a figure of speech, don't you?

International TitlesEdit

  • French: Les sept péchés capitaux (The Seven Deadly Sins)
  • Czech: Hříšné San Francisco (Sinful San Francisco)
  • Slovak: San Francisco, mesto hriechu  (San Francisco, a City of Sin)
  • Russian: Сан-Франциско—город грехов [San-Francisko—gorod grehov] (San Francisco is a City of Sins)
  • Spanish (Spain): Pecado en San Francisco (Sin in San Francisco)
  • Spanish (Latin America): Los pecados (The Sins)
  • Serbian: Greh Francisco (Sin Francisco)
  • Italian: La Scatola dei Peccati (The Sins' Box)
  • German: Die sieben Todsünden (The Seven Deadly Sins)
  • Hungarian: Bűnös város (City of Sins)
  • Finnish: Seitsemän kuolemansyntiä (The Seven Deadly Sins)
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