Exit Strategy

Season 3, Ep 20, Aired 5/3/01
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  • Episode Description
  • The evil Brotherhood plots to sabotage Cole's relationship with Phoebe in an attempt to turn him back to evil. Meanwhile, Piper's power develops with some explosive results.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Shannen Doherty

    Prudence 'Prue' Halliwell

  • Holly Marie Combs

    Piper Halliwell

  • Alyssa Milano

    Phoebe Halliwell

  • Dorian Gregory

    Darryl Morris

  • Brian Krause (I)

    Leo Wyatt

  • Fan Reviews (12)
  • Not the worst

    By bbch25, Jul 02, 2015

  • Exit Strategy

    By TrueTvWatcher, Apr 14, 2012

  • Cole blows it...

    By iltarion, Mar 05, 2011

  • Hands of Death

    By lenzinoH20, Jun 17, 2008

  • Cole goes back to The Dark Side and Piper has a few surprises of her own.

    By Lady_Lancaster, Feb 26, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • (Leo gets a call from the Elders and has to go) Piper: Pretend you're not in. Leo: I can't do that!

    • Piper: No, no, no you can't leave! We've been in this line for two freaking hours! (Piper points violently at the clock on the wall and it suddenly explodes)

    • Phoebe: Okay, Piper, slowly put your hands down, and no one will get hurt.

    • Leo (to Piper): There's nothing wrong with your powers. They're advancing. It turns out your powers work by slowing down molecules, and now you can speed them up as well.

    • Leo: Où est le Tour Eiffel? That is 'Where is the Eiffel Tower?' Piper: In my dreams if we don't get you a passport.

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    Notes (2)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Uniková strategie (Escape Strategy) France: Le retour de Balthazar (The return of Belthazor) Italy: Strategia finale (Final strategy) Germany: Freund oder Feind? (Friend or foe?)

    • This episode scored 4.1 million viewers.

    Trivia (15)

    • In this episode, Leo is learning French. Shouldn't he know it since it's revealed in Siren Song that he speaks whatever language his charges are?

    • When Janna makes the salve for Phoebe she spreads a thick layer on her arm. The scene goes on and Phoebe's arm goes from the thick amount of salve to no salve (when she hugs Janna) to a thin layer when she goes to grab her keys to leave.

    • When Phoebe is telling Cole that she can't save him, she smashes the power-stripping potion on the floor. It's dramatic and all, but why would she break a really nice goblet and make a big mess on their attic floor? Why not pour it down the drain?

    • It is finally revealed that it is his father's soul that Cole has been seeking to regain since he first arrived to try and kill the sisters. Why, if the almighty and evil demon Balthezor was so driven to obtain his father's soul with the intention of freeing it, would The Source, Triad or anyone else be surprised that his humanity won out? It would seem that any demon wanting to set the soul of his father free, would have to be pretty in touch with his human half!

    • TRIVIA: When Piper vanquishes Tarkin at the Manor, he becomes both the first victim of her new power and the one hundredth evil being to be vanquished on the show.

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    Allusions (3)

    • Prue: Piper, you should be happy. You finally got a new power. I mean, you've been bitching about it long enough. Piper: Yeah, well, be careful what you bitch for.
      What Piper says "Be careful what you bitch for" this could be either a reference to the phrase "Be careful what you wish for" or a reference to the title of the season 2 finale "Be Careful What You Witch For".

    • Piper: By next week I'll be walking around like Carrie at the prom.
      Carrie is a novel by Stephen King about a not so popular girl that has telekinetic abilities. When she's humiliated at her prom she snaps and starts killing everyone present, including herself. It was made into a movie in 1976 by director Brian de Palma, starring Sissy Spacek.

    • Title: Exit Strategy
      A military term referring to the plan for evacuating a location once a mission has been accomplished.

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