"Witch Trial"
Series Charmed
Season 2, Episode 1
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Air date September 30th, 1999
Writers Brad Kern
Director Craig Zisk
Producers Jonathan Levin; Sheryl J. Anderson; Betty Reardon; Jon Paré; David Simkins; Constance M. Burge; Brad Kern; Aaron Spelling; E. Duke Vincent; Javier Grillo-Marxuach; Vivian Mayhew; Valerie Mayhew; Peter Chomsky
Starring Shannen Doherty; Holly Marie Combs; Alyssa Milano; Greg Vaughan; Dorian Gregory; Karis Paige Bryant
Episode guide
"Déjà Vu All Over Again"
"Morality Bites"

"Witch Trial" is the first episode of season two of the supernatural fantasy series Charmed and the twenty-third episode of the series overall. It was directed by Craig Zisk and written by Brad Kern. It first aired on the WB Network on Thursday, September 30th, 1999. It is the one-year anniversary of the day that the Halliwell sisters first became witches. Phoebe wants to celebrate by attending a mystical congregation. Things heat up when a demon known as Abraxas emerges and steals the Book of Shadows. Reciting passages from the book backwards, he resurrects several of the Charmed Ones' former vanquished foes, such as serial killer warlock Jeremy Burns, the Woogeyman shadow creature and Nichlas. A disembodied voice warns the Charmed Ones that only the Power of One can defeat Abraxas.

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  • Production code number: 4399022
  • This is the second episode of Charmed directed by Craig Zisk. He previously directed "Out of Sight". His next episode is "Ms. Hellfire".
  • First appearance of Dan Gordon. Actor Greg Vaughan becomes a regular series cast member beginning with this episode.
  • Third appearance of Penny Halliwell. She appeared last in the season one episode "That '70s Episode". She appears next in "Magic Hour".
  • Actress Amanda Wyss is beter known for playing the role of Tina Gray, first victim of Freddy Krueger in the original A Nightmare on Elm Street.
  • First episode with Javier Grillo-Marxuach as co-producer. He will remain on the show in this capacity throughout the remainder of season 2.
  • This is the first television acting work for Matt Entriken. He previously played a character named Marco in the 1997 science fiction film Starship Troopers. That film spun-off into two direct-to-video sequels as well as an animated television series.
  • Actor/stuntman Walter Phelan, who plays Abraxas, usually plays monstrous characters in film and television. He has also appeared in episodes of the horror anthology programs, Fear Itself and Masters of Horror.
  • First and only appearance of Rob.
  • This is the first credited television work for actor Mark Nearing, who plays a paramedic. Mark is a stunt performer and coordinator as well as an actor.
  • Mrs. Milton's late husband's name is John. John Milton was also the name of a 17th century English poet, famous for writing the epic Paradise Lost. It is also the assumed name of Al Pacino's character from the 1997 film The Devil's Advocate.

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  • The name Abraxas is taken from a word relating to Gnosticism. Also referred to as Abrasax, it is a word of mystic meaning in the system of the Gnostic Basilides, being there applied to the 365 spheres. In Gnostic cosmology, the 7 letters spelling its name represent each of the 7 classic planets—Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.

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  • Piper Halliwell: What are we doing here?
  • Phoebe Halliwell: Celebrating the Equinox. Can’t you just feel it? The energy in this place? It’s a convergence.
  • Piper Halliwell: It’s a crock. I thought we were supposed to meet your witch friend.
  • Phoebe Halliwell: We are. This is where she told us to meet her. Now, please just relax.
  • Piper Halliwell: Relax? My life was a mess before our little wake-up call this morning, remember?


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