Be Careful What You Witch For (season finale)
Episode 22 of 22 within Season Two. Item 44 of 178 overall.
Production number 4399043.
Zack Estrin - Writer
Brad Kern - Writer
Chris Levinson - Writer
Shannen Doherty - Director
67 votes

Tired of losing countless warlocks and demons to the powerful Charmed Ones, an Infernal Council sends a fast-talking genie to destroy the Power of Three by granting each sister a wish.

Prue's wish for the thrill of first love turns her into a rebellious 17-year-old; Phoebe's wish for an active power gives her the ability to fly; while Piper's wish that Dan get over her turns him into an old man.

original airdate--May 18,2000       rating--4.5 million

network: WB

Songs: Charmed Theme song--How Soon is Now by Love Spit Love

  1. "Delicious Surprise" by Beth Hart 
  2. "I'm Not The Only One" by Filter
  3. "Melt With You" by Modern English 


Book of Shadows: Dragon Warlock

Spell: Warlock Spell


Smoke-Whirling: A type of Teleportation used by the Genie. 

Shrinking: Used by the Genie to shrink himself into the bottle.

Projection: Used by the Genie to grant the Charmed Ones' wishes.

Flight: Used by Phoebe to inadvertedly float after unintentionally stealing the power from the Dragon Warlock, to carry the frozen Warlock out of the Manor, to look Prue over an area and used by the Dragon Warlock to attempt to escape from a Power of Three spell.

Premonition: Used by Phoebe to see where the Genie's bottle is.

Fire Breathing: Used by the Dragon Warlock to attack the Charmed Ones.

Molecular Immobilization: Used by Piper to freeze the interior of the Café Le Blue.

Healing: Used by Leo (unsuccessfully) to heal a dying, teenaged Prue.

Orbing: A type of Teleportation used by Leo.

Telekinesis: Used by Prue to shut the Manor door.

Magical Beings: Genie / Dragon Warlock / The Infernal Council

Goofs: At the end of the "Be Careful What You Witch For" when Prue magically closes the door, there is a wall and staircase behind her, yet the front door of the Manor has been repeatedly shown to open on a long hallway.


  • When Phoebe is stuck floating in the attic and Leo levitates to bring her down, her harness hook on the left side of her jeans are clearly seen.
  • When Piper finds the genie at the restaurant, she freezes the place. Behind her there is a woman in a green sweater and a man in a blue shirt. The women is talking to another man making eye contact, and the man is looking at a menu. When she goes up to the genie and is about to unfreeze only him, the women's face is in a different position and is now covered by her hair. Also, the man is no longer looking at the menu, he is now looking at the man the woman was originally looking at.
  • When seventeen-year-old Prue phones Piper from the Golden Gate Park, it is night-time, and Piper and Phoebe leave immediately to go and rescue her. When they both arrive at the park, however, it is day-time.


Trivia: The title is based upon the warning to be wary of magical gifts, "Be careful what you wish for".


  • First appearance of The Triad which appears throughout the rest of the series.
  • In this episode Prue is shown as a teen with bangs and braces. All the Halliwell sisters have been shown to have bangs and braces as teens. Piper in the season 3 episode "Coyote Piper", Phoebe in the season 6 episode "Hyde School Reunion" and Paige in the season 4 episode "A Paige from the Past".






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