Charmed (1998–2006)
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Exit Strategy 

Phoebe is worried when her love, Cole stays undercover in a demon Brotherhood, but the danger turns dire when Cole's old mentor plots to bring out his evil side and turn his massive powers against the Charmed Ones.


Joel J. Feigenbaum


Constance M. Burge (created by), Peter Hume (teleplay) | 4 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Shannen Doherty ... Prue Halliwell
Holly Marie Combs ... Piper Halliwell
Alyssa Milano ... Phoebe Halliwell
Brian Krause ... Leo Wyatt
Julian McMahon ... Cole Turner
Ian Buchanan ... Raynor
Joseph D. Reitman ... Tarkin (as Joseph Reitman)
Rachel Luttrell ... Janna, Second Witch
Michael Bailey Smith ... Belthazor
Amy Moon ... Leeza, First Witch


When the evil leader Raynor knocks Cole out by surprise at the brotherhood's, he scans his humans half's 'infection' with Love. Brother Tarkin wants too kill him, but Raynor decides to use his unique knowledge about the sisters, they just need to turn him back into evil Balthazor and break his love connection. Therefore he orders Cole to get the two halves of a protective amulet and kills the witches himself to make the sisters doubt him; and he has more tricks up his sleeve, in fact no price is too high... Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | Fantasy | Mystery


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Release Date:

3 May 2001 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the first time that Piper's power of "Molecular Combustion" is used. She blows up a clock waiting in line at the courthouse. Leo explains this as, "Piper's powers work by slowing down molecules, and apparently now she can speed them up as well." See more »


From 22:30 to 23:00, different characters are thrown against a large rock in a fight. The "rock" visibly moves, as if its not really a rock. See more »


Piper: Leo!
Prue: Uh, he's our whitelighter
Phoebe: And our brother-in-law
Piper: I don't know what is up with me. Every time I freeze, I flame!
Prue: Uh. Leo!
Phoebe: I'm fine really it's no big deal
Piper: Phoebe it is a huge deal! Cole tried to kill you!
Prue: He's the demon
Piper: And her boyfriend
Phoebe: We have very complicated lives
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References Carrie (1976) See more »


How Soon Is Now?
Written by Johnny Marr and Morrissey
Performed by The Smiths
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Welcome Home, Belthazor
27 April 2007 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

While in the line waiting to have their passports, Leo and Piper argue and Piper realizes that her paralyzing power changed to an explosive one. Meanwhile Phoebe is worried with Cole, since he has disappeared for one week. In the Brotherhood of Thorn, Raynor has already disclosed the true love of Cole for Phoebe and he decides to turn him back in Belthazor, killing the love of Phoebe and bringing back his evil side. He assigns Cole to steal two halves of a powerful protective amulet and kill their owners. Cole gets the first half but spares the witch. However, Raynor kills the witch, making the sisters suspicious of Cole. When they rescue the second witch, Cole is followed by Tarkin and Raynor with a tragic conclusion.

"Exit Strategy" is a good episode, but the writer could have found a better way to end the love of Phoebe. The unfair and full of prejudice judgment of the Halliwell sisters regarding the behavior of Cole was not the best solution. The unexplained new power of Piper was also very weird. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Poder Explosivo" ("Explosive Power")

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