Season 3 Episode 22

All Hell Breaks Loose

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 17, 2001 on The WB
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Episode Summary

When the Halliwell sisters are exposed as witches on nation-wide television, they form a pact with The Source to reverse time and undo the damage. However, in the process, one of the sisters makes the ultimate sacrifice, placing the Power of Three in mortal danger.

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  • plot holes

    While i always love this episode it has one major plothole in it that i just noticed while rewatching the series.

    In season one love hurts, when Leo is shot with the dark lighter arrow and Piper switches powers the try and heal him this at first doesn't work and Leo dies. Quite some time goes by and then Piper figures out the trigger and brings him back from the dead.

    So by this logic Leo should be able to bring Prue back as well!

    I know that they had to write her out but then try to do it so it makes more sense!moreless
  • Not a bad farewell but way too many plot holes.

    Ok I don't get the people saying they don't get what happens at the end? I mean it's a cliffhanger sure but not that great of one. We see Piper and Prue lying there, we don't know if they're dead or alive and Phoebe is in the underworld. The source promised to warn Piper and Prue about the attack and Phoebe would stay in the underworld. He broke his promise and never warned them and decided to kill Phoebe anyway so Phoebe left the underworld because he broke his promise so she could as well and Leo healed Piper because she was still alive and Prue was dead? WHERE IS THE QUESTION. And on top of that, at the start when they first get hit and get healed straight away you can see from the blood that Prue is bleeding out quite a lot where Piper just has a bloody nose and hand that is more drizzling if anything so it makes sense that if Leo took even 10 minutes to arrive that he could probably only have healed Piper because Prue would've bled out.

    Yes I agree, while I may hate Shannen, it shouldn't have ended on a cliffhanger, but I thought where it ended and where Season 4 kicks off with a saddened Piper and a mothering Phoebe is perfect. I wouldn't change it.

    I didn't like how Prue-centric it was, even if it's her final episode, the audience isn't supposed to know that so I'm writing this pretending I don't know, I feel it should've been spread evenly between them for a season finale. I thought Piper's death scene was done so well, just the heartbreak on Leo's face in that snap second he realises Piper is dead, and the snap second it took Phoebe to realise it was Piper from Leo's face. I thought it was as good a finale as any to farewell Prue.

    But I HAVE to agree Ilatrion. It was just so flawed. If I saw that video, my first thought is 'hoax' or it's a stunt to make this nobody get famous and I'm surprised her bosses didn't try and verify it, as if they'd just air that. IF I did believe it was real, I'd still be trying to find the blue guy not the women in it because they did nothing while he vanished. And as if a woman climbs onto a car, gets a gun aim, stands there and aims it and then fires it without anybody noticing. It's not exactly like she was covert, and to fire that precisely when you're emotional requires good aim and the gun isn't conspicuous. And my god, watching that scene, us as the audience, can see the big, red, TV van in the background it is directly in front of their eye site and they both look directly at it when they glance around so I have to agree that is the worst of the flaws in this episode next to journalists just publishing anything without checking facts. Opens them up to lawsuits. And like the others said - where are the cleaners! The show may not know they exist yet but when they do exist the least they could do is somehow reference back to give a reason why... Like in season 8, Coop, starts with a 'C' and to me they did that to reference back to the start of this season when they could've named him anything (yes he's a cupid, but with all the cupid's out there I'm sure some of them have alternate names), that was smart, and the cleaners I thought were cool too just could've referenced back here.

    And not to mention but this time a season ago, there was a demon that killed a human because she was about to prove demons exist and now this demon goes into the street to allow himself to be exposed and prove demons exist... so really every single human that watched this show should be killed by whatever he was called too.

    And Leo can change his appearance like he did when pretending to be Balthazor so why did they not think "just change our appearance to be able to walk around in public safely".

    And the crowd forming I thought was a bit over the top for a story with no proof.

    And people saying that the elders have control over time. They don't actually, they sent the sisters back in time, for a lesson and only to be a part of history. Not the power to reverse time. Like Clyde later on, all he could do is send people to the past not outright reverse time.

    Although I do like the theory that the Source planned this exposure from the start because for his personal assassin Shax was kind of pathetic. And going into the street? That breaks every rule they have and is hardly conspicuous. So the theory that he planned the entire exposure knowing that humans can be the worst kind of killers and could kill them for him. And as a last resort go to tempus which means he'd make the deal he made keeping Phoebe in the underworld so to him it's win-win. And he did win in the end. Not his fault he didn't know about Paige yet.


    "Miss Halliwell what is going on"

    You just effing saw a gunshot, saw her being dragged out of the house bleeding out! HOW STUPID ARE YOU.moreless
  • all hell breaks loose prue dies

    i loved this episode actually this was my fave of all the series mainly for the fact that Prue (Shannen Doherty) was still there. Not only was the magic spectacular the acting was terrific seeing Michel Bailey Smith again was exciting and great because he has an amazing face for evil. Another thing which i personally felt the best thing was the emotional bond with the audience (when piper dies) and also (the last time you see prue) and to me that was really heart warming. No offence to Rose Mcgowen but i did not like Paige's character as much as Prue and i felt i enjoyed the episodes with Shannen in moremoreless
  • All Hell Breaks Loose

    All Hell Breaks Loose was a perfect episode and season three finale of Charmed. I really enjoyed watching because there was a lot of awesome magic, action and intrigue. There was also a lot of great character and plot development. It was neat to see The Source. I liked the story lines and how they unfolded. It was great to see what happens when the sisters are caught on camera using magic to vanquish a demon. Phoebe was still down below with Cole and they had some good scenes. The ending was kind of surprising and I certainly look forward to watching next season!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • the charmed ones deal wit ha docter being hunted by shax.but saving him meant tha tthey got exposed .piper gets shot and phoebbee goes down to the underworld t osave her.time turns back and prue dies.moreless

    this eposiode is pure tragic,magic,and exicting!

    the epoisode is i will review.

    the charmed ones deal wit ha docter being hunted by shax.but saving him meant tha tthey got exposed .piper gets shot and phoebbee goes down to the underworld t osave her.time turns back and prue dies.well thats basacally it.

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (22)

    • When Leo first heals Piper and Prue he heals them at the same time. So why couldn't he have saved both of them the second time?

    • TRIVIA: This episode marks the first and only time Prue ever attacks innocents with her powers. First, there is Alice Hicks (although later she wasn't so innocent) and then there were the people standing in front of the manor after Piper is shot.

    • TRIVIA: This is the first of two season finales in the shows' eight years that ends in a cliffhanger.

    • TRIVIA: This is the second time Piper's life is spared at the expense of a loved one when Tempest resets the day. The first time was in the season one finale Deja Vu All Over Again. In that episode, Rodriguez originally kills Piper (as well as Phoebe) when Tempest resets the day hoping that Rodriguez will be able to successfully kill all three sisters, instead it is Andy (Prue's on/off boyriend) who is killed trying to save them.

    • TRIVIA: During season 3, the Charmed Ones vanquished 22 demons, five trolls, three warlocks, one darklighter, one priestess, one banshee and one life essence. In addition, Cole vanquishes seven demons and one mortal, while three demons and two darklighters vanquish each other - a total of 47 evil beings.

    • TRIVIA: This is the 8th time one of the sisters dies, but this time it's two of them that die. First Piper and then Prue at the end.

    • When Prue uses her powers against an innocent - the crazy witch wannabe Alice Hicks - she sets into motion a series of events that culminate in her own death: Alice kills Piper; to save Piper, Phoebe agrees to the Source's demand that she stay in the Underworld while Tempus reverses time; and because Phoebe isn't there to save Prue and Piper when Shax attacks, Prue dies.

    • When Piper is brought into the emergency room, the red EKG lead is put on her left shoulder area. But when Prue starts removing the EKG leads after Piper has died, the lead is now black (which is the correct lead for that location).

    • TRIVIA: The song Dream On by Depeche Mode was played in this episode.

    • If the Cleaners had been assigned to watch the Charmed Ones since they became witches, where were they to clean up this 'little' magical mess?

    • When Piper was thrown through the wall, her stomach was above the floor, but she landed on her back.

    • After Prue and Piper are healed, they leave to go fight Shax but they didn't ask Phoebe for the spell. How would they know the spell if they had never heard it before?

    • TRIVIA: This the third and final death of Prue.She was first killed in the season 1 episode Power of Two and the season 2 finale Be Careful What You Witch For.

    • Prue has Leo check with the Elders to see if Shax was actually vanquished. Since when do the Elders know if a demon has been vanquished or not? They didn't know that Belthazor wasn't really vanquished earlier that season.

    • The reporter and cameraman had a very good shot angle of Piper and Prue, as they were in a direct line of vision. After vanquishing Shax, Prue took a good look around to make sure nobody saw them. It's hard to believe that Prue couldn't see the cameraman and reporter who were directly in her line of sight.

    • The blood mark on Piper's shirt decreases from when she was first shot in the living room, to when Prue puts her in the car to take her to the hospital.

    • TRIVIA: Carrying on a season ending tradition, at the end of this episode the door of the Halliwell manor was closed, but this time it was by Shax.

    • TRIVIA: Michael Bailey Smith has now played four characters on Charmed - The Source, Shax, Belthazor, and a Grimlock in the season 3 episode: "All Halliwell's Eve".

    • TRIVIA: This episode marks the final appearance of Shannen Doherty as Prue Halliwell when Prue is killed by the demon Shax. Shannen also directed this episode, much like John Rhys-Davies. John, from the series "Sliders", conjured up the story for the episode of his departure and like Charmed, the plot of "Sliders" mostly took place in San Francisco.

    • If there are police everywhere and police tape to keep people back, how was the girl able to get on top of her van and shoot Piper before the police do anything?

    • After Alice shoots Piper, Darryl runs over there to help handcuff her but he really doesn't do anything, he just stands there. Why doesn't he run inside to help Prue and Piper?

    • When the soldiers are about to shoot Prue, she is standing facing the front of the room but when the camera switches the angle to inside the room, she is facing the side wall. Her position continues to change a few more times.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • (Piper and Prue successfully vanquish Shax in a public place)
      Prue: Oh, this is bad... (notices people standing around them start applauding)
      Piper: (notices the News van) Ooooh, News at eleven...

    • Leo (after he finds out that Piper is dead): I don't understand.

    • (After breaking into the Halliwell Manor)
      Alice Hicks: Cool! I finally made it!
      Piper (Shocked): Who the hell are you?
      Alice Hicks: I'm Alice, Alice Hicks. I've been trying to contact you! I want to join your coven!
      Prue: Are you nuts? This is our home! Get outta here!
      (Prue uses magic to throw Alice out of the house)

    • Alice Hicks (about Piper): I killed the wicked witch! The wicked witch is dead! I killed the wicked witch!

    • Piper: Prue, I'm cold. I can't--I can't--I can't feel my legs. Don't go. I love you.

    • Darryl: Whoa, Prue, Prue. Even if you can save your innocent, that still doesn't save yourselves.
      Prue: Yeah, I know that, Darryl, but first things first, alright? Try and buy us as much time as possible with your captain as you can. (to Leo) And you, why don't you get back up there and whitelight a fire underneath your bosses' butts.

    • Piper: Hello Leo, nice of you to orb in...where've you been?!

    • Prue: They killed her Leo...they think we're the demons now.

    • Piper: We're gonna do talk shows and book signings and movie deals and then be taken by the C.I.A. and be dissected.
      Prue: How can you be joking about this?
      Piper: Who's joking?

    • Dr. Griffiths: What are you?
      Shax: The end.

    • Piper: If you ask me, I think you're being paranoid. We kicked Shax's ass. We bad.

    • Piper: Which one? Oprah or Barbara?
      Prue smiles.
      Piper: Barbara makes you cry. We go with Oprah.

    • Piper: Ahh, what happened?
      Leo: You almost died, that's what happened.
      Piper: Yeah, what else is new.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Rozpoutalo se peklo (All Hell Broke Loose) France: Adieux (Farewell) Germany: Das Ende (The End) Italy: Il segreto svelato (The secret gets unsealed)

    • This episode scored 5.3 million viewers.

    • This episode marks the third & final time Shannen Doherty has directed an episode. The first was Be Careful What You Witch For and the second was The Good, The Bad and The Cursed.


    • Title: All Hell Breaks Loose

      The title of this episode is an expression that describes when there is confusion or violence surrounding an event. It comes from the John Milton poem Paradise Lost, in which the line read, "Wherefore with thee came not all hell broke loose?..."

    • Alice: I killed the wicked witch. The wicked witch is dead.

      This is a reference to the famous line from the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz".

    • Piper: So what do you think, Oprah or Barbara?
      Piper: Barbara makes you cry. We'll go with Oprah.

      Piper is referring to the daytime talk show hosts, Oprah Winfrey and Barbara Walters. They both deal with really sad topics which in turn, sometimes cause their viewers to break out in tears.