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Which Prue is It, Anyway?
Season 1, episode 16
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Prue is cloned.
Episode Information
Airdate

March 3, 1999

Written by

Javier Grillo-Marxuach

Directed by

John Behring

Production Code

4398015

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Which Prue is It, Anyway? is the 16th episode of the first season and the 16th overall episode of Charmed.

SummaryEdit

For a complete plot of Which Prue is It, Anyway? go here.

When Phoebe has a terrifying premonition of Prue being stabbed to death, Prue takes the drastic step of saying an incantation to multiply her strength by three. The spell surprisingly results in the creation of two additional Prues to fight the enemy, an ancient Lord of War. Meanwhile, Piper and Phoebe try to wean Prue from her selfish and headstrong habit of always taking matters into her own hands, while Phoebe vents her aggression with a martial arts training program. Meanwhile, a suspicious medical examiner drops a bombshell on Andy.

CastEdit

Main CastEdit

Guest StarsEdit

Co-StarsEdit

Magical NotesEdit

Book of ShadowsEdit

Lord of WarEdit

And thus the Lord of War, his
army invincible, swept through the
Crimea leaving nothing but ashes in his
wake. The cause would have been lost
had it not been for the appearance of an
unlikely savior in the form of a woman.
Her face lined with years of wisdom,
her hands the fountainhead of a power
beyond belief, the Warren witch.
Brianna appeared unarmed before the
conquering army. Underestimating his
foe, the Lord of War ordered her
summary execution, but his plan was
not to be.

Holding aloft her hands the channel
and source of her tremendous energy,
her mind focused and her will strong,
Brianna did what no man, no army
could: she sent the Crystal Sword of
the Lord of War high into the Sky, and
hundreds of miles away.
Separated from the weapon that was
the source of all his power, the Lord of
War was quickly defeated, his armies
crushed and his campaign ruined.
Moreover, the fall from grace of this
Lord of War was made even worse in
the eyes of those who stood in judgment
by the instrument of his destruction, a
simple witch.

SpellsEdit

Charm of MultiplicityEdit

To multiply your strength, recite these words at length.

Take my powers,
Blessed be.
Multiply their
strength by
Three.

PowersEdit

  • Telekinesis: Used by Prue several times.
  • Molecular Immobilization: Used by Piper to freeze Gabriel.
  • Premonition: Used by Phoebe to see Gabriel attacking twice.
  • Calling:Gabriel called for his sword thrice. First when he attacked Prue at his estate, second after he killed his sister, and thirdly after his sword had pierced Phoebe's training dummy. 
  • Power Absorption: Gabriel absorbed the powers of those he stabbed through his sword
  • Soul Absorption: Used by Gabriel to absorb the soul of Luther Stubbs.
  • Immunity: The Lord of War possessed immunity against all weapons of mankind.

ArtifactsEdit

BeingsEdit

Magical BeingsEdit

MortalsEdit

GalleryEdit

The Three PruesEdit

Episode StillsEdit

MusicEdit

  • Teardrop by Massive Attack.

Notes and TriviaEdit

Charmed Trailers - 116 Which Prue Is It, Anyway?00:32

Charmed Trailers - 116 Which Prue Is It, Anyway?

British trailer "Which Prue Is It Anyway?"

  • Darryl does not appear in this episode.
  • The title is the second consecutive title in the first season to have a question (and a question mark) in the title.
  • The song used after the opening, Teardrop by Massive Attack, is the main theme used for the television serie House M.D. 
  • This is the only episode with Prue's name on the title.
  • This episode shows the first reference to Phoebe learning martial arts.
  • Alex McArthur starred alongside Rose McGowan on the 1998's thriller "Devil in the Flesh".
  • Gabriel wanted to kill Prue because he needs the power of a firstborn witch and to take revenge for being humiliated by Brianna Bowen, another Warren witch.
  • Andy becomes suspicious of Prue, due to seeing her dead body (Pink) and forgetting about the concert (Blue).
  • The Pink-Prue represents her super ego while the Blue-Prue represents Prue's id or her inner desires. Her ego and id were separated once more in "Just Harried" when Prue's astral self, representing Prue's id, separated from Prue because she was suppressing her inner desires.
  • This episode is the first to mention that firstborn witches are the most powerful.
  • This episode foreshadows Prue's growth in powers: Gabriel remarks on how Brianna could channel her power through her hands while right now Prue can only channels with her eyes. A few episodes later, Prue inadvertently channels with her hands.
  • This episode scored 5.1 million viewers.
  • This episodes is one of only three occasions where Phoebe has a premonition triggered by touching one of her sisters. The second is "Charmed Again, Part 1" and the third is in "Styx Feet Under".
  • This is one of Shannen Doherty's favorite episodes.
  • The roman urn Prue finds in between the Statler's possessions is reused in "Oh My Goddess! Part 1" as the vase which contains the essences of the Greek Goddesses.

GlitchesEdit

  • Piper runs up the stairs with her hair down, but yet, when she enters the attic, it's in a pony-tail.

References to other movies, books, mythology etc.Edit

  • Phoebe: I think I might have just found a way to take some of the Disney out of our life. The Walt Disney Company is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world.
  • Blue Prue: Houston, we have a problem. This common misquote is a reference to the Apollo 13 space mission. An accident left the crew stranded in space with minimal power, cabin heat and drinkable water. The actual quote is "Okay, Houston, we've had a problem here", uttered by John L. Swigert, Command Module pilot to NASA ground control. Commanding officer James A. Lovell then uttered this similar phrase: "Houston, we've had a problem.
  • Piper: ...this is like "The Parent Trap" with a B cup. This is a reference to the 1961 movie "The Parent Trap" starring Hayley Mills. It is about two identical twins who were separated at birth. To get to know the parent that didn't raise them, the girls switch places with each other. A 1998 remake was done starring Lindsey Lohan as the twins.
  • Piper: Oooohh wah! Ah-h so, Daniel-san. This is a reference to the movie "The Karate Kid", where Mr. Miyagi referred to Daniel as Daniel-san while training him in martial arts.
  • The title of this episode is a reference to "Whose Life Is It Anyway?", a play by Brian Clark. The play title also inspired the title of the hit comedy sketch show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

QuotesEdit

Prue: Okay, but Piper, she's ugly. (Grams' statue)
Piper: Majority rules, sis. Unless, you can move her.
(Prue tries to move her with her power. She can't.)
Prue: Oohh... okay, okay, that didn't work.
Piper: It's solid marble. It took eight of Phoebe's bouncer friends to move it. It's too heavy for you.
Prue: You know, my powers are still growing and one day...
Piper: You can move it into the basement. But until then suffer.

Piper: I'm gonna have to wash my hair in the kitchen sink if I want to get to work on time. Do you know which is the real Prue yet?
Phoebe: Oh, I don't know. It could be the upstairs-bathroom-hogging Prue, or the downstairs-bathroom-hogging Prue, or the sitting-in-the-kitchen-drinking-all-the-coffee Prue.

Prue: Don't blame me, I didn't cast the spell.
Phoebe: Great, you're a clone.
Prue: Well, no, I'm not exactly a clone, I mean I do have all of Prue's memories up until the time she cast the spell, so, in a lot of ways I am Prue.
Piper: Then it is your fault.
Prue: No, it's not, and neither is the lack of hot water. (Prue walks away.)
Phoebe: Oh, you didn't. Geez.
Piper: This is ridiculous. This is like, this is like the "Parent Trap" with a B cup.
Phoebe: I think I might've just found a way to take some of the Disney out of our life.

Piper: Once you know where he lives, are you sure you have the power to do the job?
Prue: Observe. (to clones) Ladies, shall we?
(The 3 Prues hold hands and easily levitate Grams' statue)
Prue: Enough said?

Real Prue: Okay, alright, let us think, um, I got it. I will take Claire to the wrong address, pretend we've been stood up or something. You call the other one of us at Quake.
Pink Prue: I love it when I'm so decisive.
Real Prue: Okay, look, you go get the other Prue and take her to the manor. Okay, and we'll finish this. (She dials the phone.) Hey, yeah, Pheebs, it's me. No, the real one. I'm just checking in.
Pink Prue: We do that a lot don't we? Check in with our sisters, make sure they're okay. Don't you think if there were a problem, they would call us and let us know?
Real Prue: Phoebe, I'll call you back. I have to go yell at myself. (She hangs up.)

Phoebe: Do you have any idea what color sweater she was wearing when they found her? I know it sounds strange, Andy, but it's important.
Andy: I think the report said pink.
Phoebe: Thank God.
Andy: I just told you I saw your sister dead and you're relieved?
Phoebe: Andy, it's uh, no secret that we fought at times.
Andy: What the hell kind of answer is that, Phoebe?

International TitlesEdit

  • French: Clones en série (Clones in the Series)
  • Czech: Která Prue je ta pravá? (Which Prue is the Real One?)
  • Slovak: Ktorá je vlastne Prue? (Which is Actually Prue?)
  • Italian: Triplo incantesimo (Triple Spell)
  • Polish: Która z was to wiedźma Prue? (Which One of You is the Witch Prue?)
  • Spanish (Spain): ¿Quién es Prue? (Who is Prue?)
  • Spanish (Latin America): ¿Cuál Prue eres? (Which Prue are You?)
  • Hungarian: Az igazi Prue (The Real Prue)
  • Portuguese (Portugal & Brazil): Confusão de Prues (Confusion of Prues)
  • Russian: Kakaya Pryu u telefona? (Which Prue's on the Phone?)
  • Finnish: Kolme kertaa Prue (Three Times Prue)
  • German: Man stirbt nur dreimal (We Die Only Three Times)
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Is There A Woogy In The House?
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That '70s Episode
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