Season 3 Episode 13

Bride and Gloom

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 08, 2001 on The WB
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Episode Summary

When a shapeshifting warlock tricks Prue into a shot-gun wedding in order to steal the Book of Shadows, Phoebe and Piper are lured to the dark side and begin to enjoy their new evil powers.

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  • Mehhh

    All I can say is I hate that they took away Piper being the first wed JUST to give Prue another episode where she gets to be the center of attention.

    While yes, the sub-plot of the wedding planners only suited an episode pre-wedding (obviously) I would rather have had a different sub-plot and at least had this episode after the wedding. But the entire story was just so Prue could be called the prettiest and so she could get married first - because apparently you're supposed to get married by age.

    I loved the priestess though, thought she was cool and as usual, Piper does heart break well when she thinks Leo is dead.moreless
  • Bride and Gloom

    Bride and Gloom was another perfectly entertaining episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because there was a lot of character depth and development. It was awesome to see the sisters turn evil after a high priestess of evil casts a spell on Prue. Phoebe connects with Cole and their relationship takes some interesting turns. Watching Piper and Phoebe as evil witches was fun as they didn't hold back from using their new powers. In the end every thing is set right and Phoebe tells Cole she can't see him anymore, but we know how that goes. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Evil witches have more fun...

    In this highly unique episode evil witches have more fun, and why wouldn't they? Since they are apparently gifted with a myriad of fun powers.

    Not one, but all three sisters get a turn at being evil here, and it is all great fun once the blinking starts. Leo does his best to try to talk the sisters out of it, but only gets morphed into a stick and then frozen and shattered for his troubles. I'm not sure why Prue's marriage to a demon would turn her sisters evil. After all, Phoebe marries the Source of all evil, and Piper and Paige remain completely unfazed. The idea of the Book of Shadows turning evil is also somewhat ridiculous, but I can let it slide for the most part. The writers wanted to do something different here, and they managed that. The evil priestess is very effective in her role. I actually liked her enough to feel bad for her when the sisters decided to torture her. Holly gets another what seems monthly scene of heartbreak once she realizes what she has done. She is fabulous in it, as usual, but she has had a lot of practice and will get more. I especially love how mad she is at herself after Leo comes back. As I have said before, this is part of why we love Piper. She is quick to anger, and for little reason, but she never hesitates to turn that anger on herself.

    The scene where evil Phoebe takes it to Cole to force Belthazor out is a personal favorite of mine. Great stuff! This is also the first time that Cole helps the sisters with something in the Underworld, sort of the demonic equivalent of Leo.

    All around, very fun and original episode. Perhaps resolved a little too easily, but not every battle can be Gettysburg.moreless
  • My Best Friend's Wedding of Evil

    It seemed that season three had some major obsession with episodes which featured the sisters turning evil somehow. But every one of the "possessed sister" storylines were great in this year, compared to the awful "possessed-Phoebe" hours that cropped up all the time in seasons five and six.

    Bride and Gloom (great title) has Prue being abducted by a high priestess and forced to marry a warlock in a Black Wedding, which will turn both Prue and her sisters evil, meaning the priestess can get to the Book of Shadows.

    This is a hidden gem in a season full up of brilliant episodes featuring some excellent story developments. Alyssa and Holly look like they are having a blast being all evil for an hour and I loved how surprisingly violent this episode was! The evil double act take no prisoners in their rampage and first literally freeze priestess Dantalian's hand before smashing it to pieces and also destroying Leo. It's great seeing all the sisters taking on different personas and guest star Una Devon gave Dantalian an extremely mysterious and seductive side to her character, making her far more interesting than the usual demons on Charmed.

    The whole episode is absolutely brilliant, with some excellent characterization and some good interplay between the sisters. With a season full of up of so many classics, this episode is hardly noted as one of the best but I definitely encourage you to watch it.moreless
  • Poor Prue. Not a good week for her at all.

    Right from the very word 'go', the sisters have had to battle evil on a weekly basis, usually a warlock, but sometimes there have been other 'nasties' coming after them. This week's 'monster' is a shape-shifting warlock who is hell bent on stealing The Book of Shadows for himself, but must first convince Prue to marry him in a Dark ceremony so that he can take possession of it.

    The wedding from Hell would probably be the best way to describe it as the-not-so-pleasant ceremony means that Phoebe and Piper must cross to the Dark Side to save their sister. Unfortunately, they find that they are enjoying some newly-acquired Dark powers a little more than they should which, in itself causes a problem aside from what they are already dealing with.moreless
Chad Willett

Chad Willett

Justin Harper

Guest Star

Una Damon

Una Damon


Guest Star

Tom O'Brien

Tom O'Brien


Guest Star

Michael Bailey Smith

Michael Bailey Smith


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (13)

    • Cole tells Phoebe that evil can not love, that it is only lust/self gratification. However, that is contradicted by not only the countless evil being (including Cole) who have fallen in love but by Cupid himself in the season 2 episode Heartbreak City when he tells Phoebe that evil can sometimes love frighteningly so!

    • At the restaurant, Justin leans over the table to kiss Prue, and she didn't stand up completely but in the next shot they are shown both standing.

    • In the beginning of the episode, Phoebe is watching the ending of Kill It Before It Dies, but her bowl of popcorn is just about completely full. Did she really not eat any popcorn during the movie or did she pause it and get more during the movie?

    • The restaurant that Prue has lunch with Justin, is the same one featured in the episode Careful What You Witch For on Prue's date with Dick, and again in the episode Pre-Witched when the warlock kills the girl when the sisters refuse to kill him.

    • TRIVIA: Prue decides to end her relationship with Justin, indicating that the two have been seeing one another since Coyote Piper. She has however, only mentioned him in one other episode We All Scream for Ice Cream. By episode count(five) this is the longest relationship Prue has had since Jack during season two. Some could argue that the relationship was actually longer considering that Prue did not accept her first date with Jack until the end of his third episode and then ended it with him during his seventh and final episode.

    • When Leo returns at the end he says it is because Piper had reversed the evil deeds by vanquishing Zile and therefore he was now alive again. Actually he survived becauce he is immortal and the only thing that can end his immortality is a darklighters arrow or being recycled by the elders.

    • TRIVIA: This is the fourth time that one of the sisters is evil but this time it was all of them at once.

    • When Prue asks Piper for her lipstick back, Prue's already wearing lipstick - in the same shade as the tube that Zile (disguised as Piper) had borrowed from Prue the night before.

    • TRIVIA: In the beginning of this episode, Phoebe is watching "Kill It Before It Dies" which was established as her favorite movie in the season 2 episode "Chick Flick". It was also mentioned by Cole in an earlier season 3 episode.

    • When Piper and Phoebe learn how to blink in the kitchen, Phoebe blinks into the other room first, then Piper. If they left at different times, then why did they blink into the other room at the same time?

    • When Piper blinks Leo says it is a warlock's power, but in the season 1 episode "The Witch Is Back" Melinda says that Matthew stole the blinking power from a good witch - so they could have obtained the power.

    • Assuming the sisters cast a spell from the BoS to return from the underworld, the spell should have returned them inside the manor, but instead they are shown running in through the front door.

    • In the scene where the High Priestess steals the Book of Shadows, she falls on the floor right before Piper and Phoebe torture her. If you look at the soles of her footwear, at first they are those of black workboots, then when the camera changes angles, they change to pointy toed boots.

  • QUOTES (30)

    • Prue: I guess I was the first to get married after all.

    • Piper: I'm thinking I want Pigs in Blankets.
      (The Wedding Planners start laughing)
      Female Planner: And who says you don't have a sense of humor!
      Piper: No. I said. I want Pigs. In. Blankets! (Transforms the male wedding planner into a pig.)

    • Piper (after they turn into warlocks): So what are we supposed to do now?
      Phoebe: I don't know. Kill innocents?

    • Cole: There's no such thing as evil love. It's just gratification, lust.
      Phoebe: You know what, Cole? Your human half is kind of preachy. I think I want Belthazor back.

    • Phoebe: You aren't upset about losing Leo?
      Piper: I should be... but now we are free!

    • Phoebe (referring to Leo): What are we gonna do with the stick in the mud?
      Piper: Wait... I think we can have some fun with it!

    • Phoebe: Oh yeah, Leo, sorry we killed you.

    • Prue #1: I love you.
      Prue #2: You too.
      Piper: Welcome to Planet Narcissist.

    • Piper: Whoa, Prue. Hey, hi. You don't look so good.
      Phoebe: Oh, but that's a great dress.

    • Piper: Where are you going?
      Phoebe: Well I can't wreak havoc dressed like this.
      Piper: Oh.

    • Piper freezes one of the wedding planners, literally.
      Piper: Now there's a freezing power with kick!

    • Phoebe: I really like this whole 'think it and it happens' deal. I mean, just think of the time we could save not chanting.

    • Leo: The book is changing because of you. It is an extension of you.
      Piper: Huh. I should care about that. But I don't.

    • Phoebe (about blinking): Have you tried it yet, Leo? It's a real head rush.

    • Leo: Hemlock killing spell? That doesn't belong in here.
      Piper: But it does have possibilities.

    • Cole (about whoever has Prue): They may want your book. We all want your book.

    • Dantalia: Death alone will not suffice, my dear bride. Not anymore, not after this. (She finds a page in the BoS on a dark priestess.) Yes! Welcome to my hell.

    • Piper: Where's Prue?
      Dantalian: Kill me and you'll never see her again.
      Piper: Hmm, so maybe we should just torture you instead.

    • Dantalian (standing over the BoS): That was easy.
      Piper: Too easy.

    • Cole is telling Phoebe about the high priestess when Piper approaches and Cole shimmers out.
      Piper (suspicious): What's going on in here?
      Phoebe: Nothing, unfortunately.
      Piper: I heard voices.
      Phoebe: Oh, did you? Um, I had a premonition. Must have gotten pretty loud.
      Piper: I guess.
      Phoebe: We gotta go. The high priestess that has Prue, supposedly she's coming here.
      Phoebe walks out of her room.
      Piper: High prie-- Must have been a hell of a premonition.

    • Phoebe: The big bad Belthazor strikes again.

    • Male Wedding Planner: I'm sorry, (snorts) what were you saying?
      Piper: You're fired!
      Using telekinesis, Phoebe opens the front door and the planners get pushed outside. She closes the door.

    • Phoebe: Prue, great dress.

    • Phoebe: It was kind of fun, doing whatever we wanted, with no consequences.
      Piper: You wouldn't call my fiance ending up dead on the floor a consequence?

    • Prue (to Piper): Looks like I ended up getting married first after all.

    • Piper: Leo, the wedding planner is coming at 2:00. You can't get out of it, and you can't orb out of it.

    • Female Wedding Planner: So, no flower girl?
      Piper: Uh, I don't know. Do I?
      Prue: Well, unless you want to ask Kate down the street.
      Leo: Great idea. Maybe she can bring some of her fairy friends. Or trolls, even better.

    • Leo (speaking to Prue about his and Piper's upcoming wedding): I don't know. I just don't want to set her up for a big disappointment. I mean, how do you have a normal wedding when a ghost'll be presiding and the groom's dead?

    • Prue: Can I have my lipstick back, Piper?
      Piper: What lipstick?
      Prue: The lipstick you borrowed last night.
      Piper: Wasn't me.
      Prue: Oh, I'm sorry. I must have gotten you confused with another Piper!

    • Cole: If what I heard is true, Prue is in danger, she is being married to a high level warlock.
      Phoebe: Figures that bitch would steal Piper's thunder!

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Nevěsta v temnotách (Bride in Darkness) France: Le côté obscur (The dark side) Italy: La sposa e le tenebre (The bride and the darkness) Germany: Das Böse in mir (Evil inside me)

    • This episode scored 5.4 million viewers.


    • Prue: Unless you want to ask Kate down the street.
      Leo: Great idea, maybe she can bring some of her fairy friends, or trolls, even better.

      Kate was a little girl who was involved with a battle between fairies and trolls that the Charmed Ones helped earlier in season 3.

    • Piper: Gee, Prue, it's only 8:00 and your date's already over? How very Disney of you.

      Disney is famous throughout the world. It's mostly known for its animated films, but it has also produced several other types of movies, which are mostly also for the younger or family audience. Piper compares the movies about dating teens with Prue's life, because it's as innocent at the moment.

    • Prue: Well, that was a wedding from hell.

      This could be a reference to the season 1 episode "The Wedding From Hell".

    • Justin: Come on, what's the worst that could happen?

      This is the line from the Dr Pepper advertisement after which the worst or even more embarrassing things imaginable would happen.

    • Prue #1: I love you.
      Prue #2: You too.
      Piper: Welcome to Planet Narcissus.

      Narcissus is a psycological definition for an incredibly self-involved person, who's love for themselves goes beyond a healthy self worth and into self obsession. It was also a character in Ovid's Metamorphoses who fell in love with his own reflection and his vanity eventually turned him into a little yellow flower.

    • The movie that Phoebe is watching at the beginning of this episode is the fictional "Kill It Before It Dies" from the season 2 episode "Chick Flick". The Demon of Illusion that Cole mentions is also from that same episode.

    • Title: Bride and Gloom

      When a heterosexual couple gets married they are referred to as the bride and groom.