Charmed (1998–2006)
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The Importance of Being Phoebe 

Cole uses nonmagical legal means to manipulate the sisters in giving him ownership of the manor and access to the Nexus. Paige is arrested, P3 fails a health inspection and Phoebe is replaced by a shape-shifter.


Derek E. Johansen (as Derek Johansen)


Constance M. Burge (created by), Krista Vernoff




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alyssa Milano ... Phoebe Halliwell
Rose McGowan ... Paige Matthews
Holly Marie Combs ... Piper Halliwell
Brian Krause ... Leo Wyatt
Julian McMahon ... Cole Turner
Dorian Gregory ... Darryl Morris
Erik King ... Dex
Angela Little ... Kaia
Rebecca Balding ... Elise Rothman
Armando Valdes-Kennedy ... Officer Garcia (as Armando Valdes)
Steven M. Porter ... Health Inspector
Christopher Darga ... Bail Bondsman
Garry Guerrier Garry Guerrier ... Guard (as Garry G.)
Natasha Aiello Natasha Aiello ... Driver
Dawn Lewis Dawn Lewis ... Demon Dancer


Cole, who is getting a grip on the underworld, sees to it that Phoebe is sued, likely to get her fired; further he makes demon Dex cause Paige to have a car accident and be arrested for hit and run, while he wants only demonic stripper Kaya (a 'Kiran') as entertainment, because she can change her appearance into Phoebe's. A health inspector is to shut P3 down; a rat means the best deal is closing down for weeks. When the real Phoebe caches Cole kissing transformed Kaia, she's locked up and replaced by Kaia, who convinces Piper to take (the real) Phoebe's powers away "while she's under Cole's influence". Cole explains to Phoebe his plan is to get to the Shadow in the nexus under the Halliwell manor, as security for Paige's bond... Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | Fantasy | Mystery


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Release Date:

12 January 2003 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the porch scene with actors David Figlioli and Alyssa Milano, Alyssa had to stand on an apple box due to her height so that she and David's screen shot could be filmed properly. See more »


Paige is charged with a "felony hit and run". This charge is for when there is an injured (or dead) person and the person at fault leaves the scene. Paige clearly was in no condition to leave the scene and is next shown in a hospital under guard. There is no evidence shown that would have supported this charge. See more »


Darryl: [after Paige orbs out of jail] You just disappeared!
Paige: No! I put pillows in the bed first.
[Darryl stares in disbelief]
Paige: It always worked at my parent's house.
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References The Importance of Being Earnest (2002) See more »


How Soon is Now?
(opening credits theme)
Written by Morrissey and Johnny Marr
Performed by Love Spit Love
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Missing storyline ties
23 August 2018 | by rdh-36107See all my reviews

I enjoy this show very much but the more I watch the episodes the more questions I have like....How did Paige and Piper get out of their ordeal? Did I overlook it? Did everything go back to normal once they got the house back? This episode didn't tie up loose ends for me. But I still enjoyed it (mostly).

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