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Paige breaks the Golden Rule and removes the Book of Shadows from the house. Meanwhile, Piper's internal grief at the loss of Prue has alarming effects.
Paige, new to witchcraft, decides that she will take The Book of Shadows to work and cast some spells to help people in need of a hand. This works out in a variety of ways and Paige may have bitten off more than she can chew.
Meanwhile, Piper, grieving terribly at the loss of her big sister, Prue, is internalising her grief and becomes a Furie, a nasty demon, hell-bent on revenge, and she doesn't really care who gets in the way.
Funnily enough, it is her new half-sister who is able to understand what she is feeling as she too felt lost and abandoned when both of her adoptive parents died and left her alone. Nice piece of acting from Rose McGowan in this one.moreless
Good ending to the Prue angst.
See one thing I want to say/ask. In the season 3 premier, she freezes 'only the innocents' which is why Cole doesn't freeze - makes sense. She then says she can't freeze the other people/demons because once they're immune then they're immune. But cole wasn't frozen then so by that logic he should be immune now too but he freezes still.. So unless she could freeze the people back then and thought she couldn't so she didn't try which also makes no sense.
I did love Piper's acting/reaction to the book being gone and Phoebe trying to explain that Paige may have taken it. And Cole not wanting to go along to 'vanquish' her ha. I'd go along just to watch.
Overall I do love this episode, I feel it closes up the Prue angst, gets Piper to deal with it and gives them a way to let the sisters and Paige relate to each other (family deaths). I like the little smile at the end with Piper calls her her sister.
On a side note Paige has to be the worst worker there, she gets over the top emotional and would probably get sued a lot for making unlawful judgements, she leaves work often and apparently never does paperwork... Just saying.moreless
Hell Hath No Fury
Hell Hath No Fury was a superb and very entertaining episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because the story was good, there was character and plot development along with the sisters bonding. Paige caused some chaos after taking the Book of Shadows and using it to cast spells around the workplace. I liked how everything worked out and I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!
Piper gets furious and Paige gets betty-booped.
This is another very strong episode for the stellar Season 4 of Charmed. Piper is tiring both Phoebe and Cole out with her drive to vanquish demons. She is being openly hostile to Paige and won't listen to Leo. This is another role switch from the last episode, where Piper seemed somewhat recovered from her grief and Phoebe was the troubled one. Here Phoebe is back to being the sane sister and mediator between Piper and Paige. Fulfilling her role as the spirited sister, Paige borrows the Book of Shadows so she can cast some spells for personal gain. As usual when spells are cast, this leads to some unexpected consequences. Her subplot is mostly of the lighthearted variety. It is understandable that she is still grappling with the idea of being a witch.
Piper's grief issues are the primary plot of the episode. I really appreciate how this season spent the first 3 episodes dealing with Piper's grief over her sister. It shows how seriously the writers take the characters and the realism of the show. As they are throughout the season, Cole and Leo remain strong participators in the events. Perhaps my favorite moment in the episode is when Cole prepares an energy ball to blast Piper when she is attacking her sisters. Phoebe shows off some of her own strength in her fight with Piper, and Paige fittingly saves the day by guessing at Piper's hidden fury. Leo also plays a key role when he shows up in the nick of time to orb Piper and Paige to the mausoleum. Holly Marie is amazing once again in that emotional scene.
The final scene between Piper and Paige is very well done and enjoyable to watch, and the episode comes to a satisfying end with Piper referring to Paige as her sister.
Great episode all around. Season 4 continues to satisfy all expectations.
BTW, this is also the first episode where Paige uses what will come to be HER spell- Let the object of objection become but a dream as I cause the scene to be unseen.moreless
Good riddance Prue.
Paige seems to be better. It tends to be lame show at best but Shannon what's her name made it all the more pathetic, so good riddance to her. Maybe it will go up from here with this new witch. Seems like the Phoebe character will get a chance to be less ditzy. Hopefully the new one will play her role with innocence instead of stupidity. I gave up after season one and caught the opening of season four by accident, maybe I'll give a few more episodes a chance and see where it goes. I hope it's not downhill again.moreless
Betty Paige. Arf.
An irritable subplot mars an otherwise confident hour from this witchly series. It's such a shame the writers were afraid to dedicate an entire episode to Piper's bereavement over her sister's death, it would have benefited greatly from it. Unfortunately, a subplot that's supposed to flesh out Betty Paige makes a mockery of the hour and the audience.
The subplot doesn't even take up that much screen time, but it certainly throws every boob gag, and then some, at the screen, hoping some of them pay off. None of them do, the boobs who wrote this script approached it in such a puerile fashion, it's embarrassing rather than entertaining. >>
Piper and Phoebe have their moments, though. Phoebe has made the transition to middle-sister mode quite nicely, and she kicks a lot of ass in this one. It's fun seeing her otherwise pointless ability come into play with some impressively choreographed fight scenes. Meanwhile, Piper's breakdown at Prue's grave once again highlights how talented Holly is, tapping every emotional beat without ever overdoing it. >>
Overall, it's another strong hour from season four. There are some nice, quiet character moments (Phoebe confiding in Leo) as well as a few entertaining tiffs (Cole attacking Leo) and Piper's derailment, of course, being the highlight. It was a risk giving Rose such a silly subplot so early in the game, one that unfortunately doesn't work in her favour.moreless
"Not to be awkward but your married to our whitelighter and Phoebe is shacking up with a demon. on balance, do you think my friend could stay cute?" - Paige Matthews
This is an awesome episode! Piper really expresses her anger at Prue dying (which is how most of the audience felt) whilst Phoebe and Paige try to help her from destroying herself and everyone around her.
Holly Marie Combs deserves an award of this episode - her emotion was really strong and painful to watch in places. i especially liked the bit where she pounded Prue's grave screaming "How dare you! how dare leave me all alone!" very emotional. also the bit where she wrote on the book and Phoebe's comment "Is it necessary to disfigure the book?" was very funny. but the episode belongs to Pagie. she really shone in this episode and helped Possesed Piper show her fears and in return for this, Piper called her a sister. Good stuff.moreless
The Furious One
Hell Hath No Fury-Paige takes the Book of Shadows into her work to cast spells which help her co-workers. Meanwhile, Piper, who is filled with anger over the death of Prue and the recent actions of Paige, is turned into a member of a supernatural band of vigilantes known as the Furies.
Another solid episode that sees the sisters continuing to live their lives without Prue, while Paige has a little too much fun trying to understand her new powers. While it would be expected that Paige would first us her powers for personal gain, the magical hijinks kinda got over-the-top when Paige's boobs become the size of melons! It's funny for like 5 seconds, then you just wish they would just get rid of them already.
The real story is Piper once again, and it's great that the writers still have her grieving. Her one woman mission against the demon world is done well throughout raging from hilarious to painful as Piper is letting her pain get to her so much that it's getting other people hurt in the process. Piper's transformation into a Fury is entertianing and the Furies themselves are decent modernized version of the Greek mythology. The scene where they attack the manor is suspenseful as Phoebe tries to be honest with Piper and confesses any problems they might have between them. Then of course, Paige is trying to use her power, but is still incompetent when using them. Surprisingly, Paige does save the day in the end as she reveals what the source of Piper's pain. It's a heartbreaking revelation that Piper hates Prue for leaving her and Holly Marie Combs gives yet another powerful performance as well as Rose McGowan who is also superb in that scene. The scene at the end where Piper and Paige finally find common ground is well done, especiallyt Piper finally accepting Paige as her sister when she reveals to Paige's boss they are sisters. All and All, "Hell Hath No Fury" is a furiously good episode with more great performances and a solid plot despite the lame hijinks of Paige's sub-plot.moreless
Backfire or bust
Another cracking installment! This is one of those rare episodes in which the demon plot and the sister plot are equally good, with a near perfect balance of humour and drama.
The demon plot sees Piper on a baddie-bashing bender, only to meet her match in the shape of three furies. Unfortunately for Piper, her anger causes her to become one herself. This may sound like merely another 'sister turns into something' episode but it actually links perfectly to the ongoing theme of Piper's grief. I love the idea that Piper's way of coping is to go on a revenge mission; it's not the Piper we know but grief works in strange ways. The sequence of freezing and blasting outside the garage is wonderful and the scene at the mausoleum brings the saga of Prue's death to a sad but satisfying end.
The sister plot is comical but also highly believable. Who wouldn't want to cast a few spells if they were given the chance? Unlike some on here, I thought having Paige's boobs swell up when her spell backfired was hilarious. It was totally unexpected and led to some very funny moments. Much like Phoebe at the start of the series, she is clearly keen to have some fun with her witchcraft. It's really refreshing!
Piper is still struggling to accept Paige and Phoebe is doing a great job of smoothing things over. I'm not sure simply moving each sister one rung up the ladder is the right thing to do. It's a bit of a cop out by the producers and I definitely preferred Piper as she was. Just because she is mourning Prue doesn't mean she has to become her.
Lastly, it's nice to see Phoebe's levitation power being used so effectively. It's not used half as much as it should be IMO.moreless
Great episode, That Holly Marie Combs can really act!!
New to the witchy world of The Charmed Ones, Paige is learning to control her new telekinetic powers and steals the Book of Shadows from Phoebe and Piper to use the spells for personal gain. Meanwhile, Piper's inability to deal with her sister's recent death makes her vulnerable to the Furies, female demon vigilantes who lure her into their fold, which makes her turn in to a fury.