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The Good, the Bad and the Cursed
Season 3, episode 14
Prue and Cole in the Wild West.
Episode Information

February 15, 2001

Written by

Monica Breen and Alison Schapker

Directed by

Shannen Doherty

Production Code


Episode Guide

Bride and Gloom


Just Harried


The Good, the Bad and the Cursed is the fourteenth episode of the third season and the 58th overall episode of Charmed.


For a complete plot of The Good, the Bad and the Cursed, go here.

When Victor takes Phoebe to visit a deserted town, she gets the same injures as an American-Indian trapped in a time loop of that town. Prue enters the time loop with Cole (which is stuck in the mid-1800s) to save the man, and Phoebe, from death at the hands of a local thug.


Main CastEdit

Guest StarsEdit


Magical NotesEdit

Book of ShadowsEdit

Time LoopsEdit


Time Loops entry.

A Time Loop is a Period of Time that repeats itself over
and over again ad infinitum. Sometimes a Loop is
localized to a specific place or group, but at other
times a Loop's effects can be felt globally. A few magical
beings are powerful enough to create Time Loops, such as
Tempus, the Devil's Sorcerer. But the causes of a Loop can
also be more Cosmic. For Example, certain spiritual
traditions believe that a great Evil or great Injustice can be
cursed into a Time Loop until righted. Once the evil has been
eliminated or the injustice has been corrected, Time will
stop repeating itself and again move forward for those
who were trapped in the Loop.


  • Orbing: Type of teleportation used by Leo
  • Telekinesis: Used by Prue to fling Cole, to take out a bullet from Bo's body and to fling Sutter.
  • Premonition: Used by Phoebe and Bo.
  • Healing: Used by Leo to try to heal Phoebe.
  • Shimmering: Type of teleportation used by Cole.
  • Energy Balls: Used by Cole.

Notes and TriviaEdit

Charmed 3x1400:22

Charmed 3x14


WB's promo

  • Darryl does not appear in this episode.
  • Cole stakes his claim in Phoebe's life and in the family's as well.
  • Bo Lightfeather has premonitions, but he has them through his dreams, this will happen to Phoebe on occasion.
  • Piper doesn't use her powers
  • When the Charmed Ones time-traveled to Colonial Virginia in "All Halliwell's Eve", they didn't have access to their individual powers because technically they hadn't been born yet; nevertheless, in this episode, as it wasn't really a time travel to the past, but to a parallel physical plane of existence, Prue and Cole could use their powers.
  • This is the second episode that Shannen Doherty directed, the first was "Be Careful What You Witch For". The next episode was All Hell Breaks Loose.
  • This is the second time that Phoebe channels her premonition power through someone else, this happened once before with a Succubus.
  • This is the first time that Phoebe has been shot, directly or indirectly. She gets shot again, in "It's a Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World, Part 1".
  • The title of this episode is a reference to the film The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (1966).
  • The black crow could be a reference to Bo's father, whose name was Soaring Crow. Soaring Crow died when Bo and Isabel were young. The black crow at the end of the episode is also possibly a reference to Prue's future death, as crows are most notably associated with death. The crow follows the girls throughout the episode, possibly symbolizing their impending touch with death.
  • Victor finds out that Leo is a Whitelighter.
  • Prue mentions the events of "Deja Vu All Over Again" where they encountered a time loop before. Phoebe also incorrectly claims they vanquished the demon Tempus. The Charmed Ones will learn of Tempus' survival in "All Hell Breaks Loose".
  • This episode scored 5.2 million viewers.


  • When Phoebe and Victor are walking through the ghost town in the background on the porch, there is a water bottle, left there by either a cast or crew member.
  • When Cole first shows up at the manor, he has a slight beard and mustache. But once he and Prue shimmer to the town, he's clean shaven and then has the beard and mustache again.
  • In the living room after Phoebe was shot, Prue's arms are crossed, then when in the next cut, her arms are at her sides.
  • While in the town, Prue picks up the clothes of a guy, but she is clearly wearing a modern woman's shirt.
  • When Sutter's men go to find Bo, as they're on their way riding their horses, you can see "Prue" awaiting on her horse outside the building, and then the scene changes to Prue playing with the revolver inside the church.
  • When Sutter falls from the horse after Prue shoots, and runs, you can clearly see that it's not actor Ed Lauter, but a stuntman, and then it's Lauter again.
  • When Leo and Victor are in the cafe, Leo orbs out in front of everyone, clearly not worried about exposure.


Episode StillsEdit

Behind the ScenesEdit


Leo: Piper, he's gonna kill me when he finds out.
Piper: Oh, don't be ridiculous, you're already dead.

Victor: Don't get me wrong, Leo. I want this marriage to succeed, that's why I'm warning you. But there are dangers out there worse than demons and warlocks. You do know about them, don't you?
Leo: Well, yeah, sure.
Victor: Well, the dangers I'm talking about you're not even gonna see coming. The thing I'm talking about will just sneak up on you and destroy your marriage if you're not careful. Leo, do you know what a Whitelighter is?

Victor: You can't trust the Whitelighters, Leo. They're sneaky little bastards.

Phoebe: Well, don't get mad at me, I've been shot.

Cole: Gotta hold my hand.
Prue: This already sucks.
(Prue holds his hand and they shimmer out.)

Prue: Hi. What am I? A potted plant?

International TitlesEdit

  • French: La ville fantôme (The Ghost Town)
  • Russian: Хороший, плохой и проклятый [Horošij, ploxoj i prokljatyj] (The Good, the Bad and the Cursed)
  • Serbian: Dobar, los i proklet (The Good, the Bad and the Cursed)
  • Czech: Dobro, zlo a nemrtví (The Good, the Bad and the Undead)
  • Slovak: Dobrý, zlý a polomŕtvy (The Good, the Bad and the Half-dead)
  • Spanish (Spain): El bueno, el malo y el no muerto (The Good, the Evil and the Undead)
  • Spanish (Latin America): El bueno, el malo y el fantasma (The good, the evil and the ghost)
  • Italian: I Fantasmi del West (West's Ghost)
  • German: Stadt der Geister (City of Ghosts)
  • Hungarian: Feltámad a vadnyugat (Ressurection of the Westworld)
  • Finnish: Hyvät, pahat ja ne muut (The Good, the Bad and the Others)
Previous Episode:
Bride and Gloom
Next Episode:
Just Harried
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Comics: Season 9 - 10

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