Season 4 Episode 13

Charmed and Dangerous

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 07, 2002 on The WB
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Episode Summary

The Source breaks an age-old agreement between good and evil by stealing The Hollow, an ancient vapor which he uses to absorb Piper & Paige's powers. Meanwhile, Phoebe must allow Cole to help them, despite her having a premonition involving Cole sacrificing his life to save her from evil, but there may be more to the premonition that Phoebe just can't see.moreless

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  • Charmed and Dangerous

    Charmed and Dangerous was a perfect episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because the story was awesome and full of great surprises and character development. I liked watching The Source plot to use the Hollow to destroy the Charmed Ones. The Seer was a very cool character and I liked seeing her dark wisdom in action. I loved the way the episode turned out with Cole hiding a huge secret! The bad guys were given lots of screen time and had lots of development and progression in their story lines. This is one of the best episodes of the series! I certainly look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Now why couldn't every episode of Charmed be like this?

    WOW! this has to be the best episode of season four. the action is immense and special FX are amazing. it appears the writers and the directors and the make up artists have gone all out on this one - why couldn't they all be like this?

    i reckon this is why piper had trouble concieiving - that smack into the wall was quite painful and i actually felt it at home! Piper was great in this episode and had an unusually positive attitude all the way through.

    Paige was delving into her whitelighter side in this one too. her helping that poor woman and her courtcase was a nice thing to do.

    but the episode belongs to Cole who's character changed from good to evil in one easy stroke. poor phoebe!moreless
  • What seems like the Ultimate Battle...The Charmed Ones vs The Source..amazing...well yeaa just amazing.

    The Source taps into the Hollow, (which we only see one other time in the series' end) which he absorbs and puts into demons to steal Piper and Paige's powers. A darklighter shoots Leo, so they have no in-house healer as Paige said. So with the source having two of three charmed powers...he comes to attack. The sisters use the power of three to say the summon their powers using the call a lost witch/ powers spell..but the source is summoned instead. he blasts piper into a wall using a fireball. they meet in the attic and cole saves phoebe from a fireball and he has the hollow in him so he gets the sources powers.. and the sisters use the powers of their ancestors to vanquish the source.

    excited episode..the beginning of season 4 part 2moreless
  • the Charmed ones take on the source in one of the 5 most perfect Charmed episodes ever!!!

    All Hell Breaks Loose is and always will be the definitive episode of Charmed ever!!!in the history of the shows 8 year run.

    Prues loss was a difficult affair amongst severe fans of the show.

    But it isn't until now tht the 4th season of the show has kicked up several gears after the greats episodes of the year that have been - Charmed Again, Hell Hath No Fury and Brain Drain...Charmed & Dangerous has now continued the trend of improving on the previous pretty sturdy episodes and proves to be one of the most perfect episodes of the shows run.

    i have throughly enjoyed this episodes all tghe way through and have watched this the most out of any episode of the shows is incredibly intenese in many areas of the episode and there are plenty of key scenes through the episode that will change the course of the shows history and add much needed character building.

    this and Long Live the Queen are the best episodes of the season and are two of my favourite top 5 episodes of the shows entire run.

    it is massive,action packed,well scripted intense fun and with a massiv cliff hanger that will change the course of the show and Phoebe forever.

    its shocks abound and all to the power and complexityof the episode as this is one of the best episodes the show has ever made,and the writers are defiately at their best,as are the cast.

    and the direction this episode has rtaken is fierce and very very detailed in its execution.

    a genuinly fantastic and perfect episode,only matched by All Hell Breaks Loose and Long Live The Queen.moreless
  • The Hollow victory...

    So, here is the famous episode where the original Source is vanquished. For the most part, it lives up to its billing.

    It is tense and dark from the beginning with one of the grimmest opening scenes in the history of Charmed. The Source proceeds to go the route traveled later by Zankou in taking the sisters' powers en route to trying to kill them. The Hollow is introduced here with the proper amount of awe, ritual, and excellent special effects throughout. We also meet one of Charmed's all time great evil beings in the Seer. Debbie Morgan plays her with fantastic gravity and intelligence. The episode builds in intensity as first Piper and then Paige lose their powers, becoming desperate after Leo is struck by the one thing that can kill him, a darklighter's arrow. This is the first time, of several, that we see the sisters just give in to despair as the final showdown looms. The end is fittingly explosive for the vanquish of the Source. Great idea on the vanquishing spell. The Seer's welcome interference with the Source's plans is surprising, and repeated viewings only highlight how well she manipulated events and Cole to her own ends. It is always slightly disappointing when a 3rd party saves the day, and that is clearly done by Cole here, something he never gets the proper credit or sympathy for. Cole's possession by the Source proves this is indeed a hollow victory, with more trouble from the Source yet to come.

    Besides the fact this is only a faux climax, I believe this episode, as great as it is, is held below the greatest of the series by several disappointing factors. First and foremost, Peter Woodward as the Source is a grand miscalculation in my mind. He has a whiny voice and comes no where near the Luciferic presence of the Source from All Hell Breaks Loose nor the slightly diminished but still adequate Source from Charmed Again. Altogether, I was disappointed that the writers turned the Source into just another upper level demon in this season. The Source even needs to disempower the sisters before he can defeat them, when without Leo, the sisters would have died multiple times by now. Great celebratory ending with the toast to Prue. Finally avenged. But the darkest of storylines for Season 4 is just beginning.moreless
Peter Woodward

Peter Woodward

The Source

Guest Star

Camilla Rantson

Camilla Rantson


Guest Star

Caprice Benedetti

Caprice Benedetti

Angel Guardian

Guest Star

Debbi Morgan

Debbi Morgan

The Seer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (26)

    • In this episode, Piper pulls the darklighter's arrow out of Leo. The first time he is shot by the arrow, Prue must use her powers to pull it out because Leo tells them they cannot touch the arrow because of the poison.

    • TRIVIA: This is the second time that Leo is shot with a darklighter's arrow, the first time being in the Season 1 episode Love Hurts. This time he is healed by Paige, who was channeling his own healing power, when last time it was Piper, after she switched powers with him.

    • TRIVIA: The Seer said she helped the Charmed Ones for her own future. This seems to be foreshadowing her manipulation of Cole and Phoebe in future episodes in order to intricately have herself become The Source in the episode Womb Raider.

    • TRIVIA: The spell the girls use to vanquish the Source is - "Prudence, Patricia, Penelope, Melinda, Astrid, Helena, Laura and Grace, Halliwell witches stand strong beside us Vanquish this evil from time and space". They will also use this spell to vanquish Cole (who has become the Source) in the later season 4 episode called Long Live the Queen.

    • TRIVIA: The Source calls the Hollow "the ultimate power", but later, in season 8, the powers of Billie & Christy will be called the same thing.

    • TRIVIA: This is the second time that Pandora's box has been mentioned, and it is mentioned again in a later episode.

    • When Leo came back and everyone was in the kitchen, Piper told him that the Source took her power. Leo already knew that because he was in the attic when Piper showed him that she didn't have her powers.

    • TRIVIA: This is the fourth time that the sisters have lost their powers.

    • TRIVIA: In the incantation to vanquish the Source, three very familiar names are read aloud aside from their first ancestor Melinda; Prudence (Prue), Penelope (Penny/Grams) and Patricia (Patty) as women in the Haliwell line.

    • During the scene when Paige is talking to Darryl, when the camera is on Paige, her red handbag is clearly on her shoulder, but when the camera switches to Darryl, Paige's shoulder is still visible but the bag isn't there.

    • When the source grabs Paige and throws her into the mattress behind him, the sleeves of a shirt under the shirt she is wearing is visible. Yet when she gets up, the long sleeved shirt is gone.

    • TRIVIA: In this episode the Source is vanquished by the Charmed Ones although his powers start to possess Cole instead.

    • TRIVIA: At the end of this episode, this is the first time that Cole's eyes changed to show that he was the Source.

    • At the end of the episode when the Seer leaves the manor the camera focuses on Piper, but when it flashes back to Cole, the Seer's hair is still visible.

    • TRIVIA: This is one of nine episodes with the series title, "Charmed", in it.

    • Compared to the beginning of the season, the Source's voice has become considerably higher in tone.

    • After Phoebe, Leo, and Piper discover that the Hollow has been unleashed, Phoebe tells Piper to look for the demon with half a face in the Book, but barely 2 minutes ago, Phoebe looked through the book and said that the demon with half a face wasn't in there.

    • TRIVIA: Peter Woodward later appears (as a different character) in the season 7 episode "Someone to Witch Over Me".

    • TRIVIA: Paige uses the spell "Let the object of objection become but a dream, as I cause the seen to be unseen" on Carolyn, and it's the same spell she used on her friend at her job earlier in the season.

    • TRIVIA: When Cole comes in at the end of the episode to stop the Source, he runs in shimmering just the way Leo did in season 2 episode "Murphy's Luck".

    • TRIVIA: As of the end of this episode, Cole's human half is suppressed by the evil of the Source now inhabiting his demon half.

    • TRIVIA: This is the first time the Source shows his real face.

    • In "All Hell Breaks Loose" the Source had red hands, then in "Brain Drain" he had black hands, now all of a sudden in this episode, he has white hands!

    • When the Source opens the Hollow for the first time, a bunch of black wires are visible.

    • How could the Source control the Hollow if he was weaker than the Charmed Ones?

    • If the elders know about the demons attacking the Charmed Ones, how come they haven't noticed that Cole is the Source or even know that there's another Source lurking around?

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Cole (referring to the demon in Phoebe's premonition): What'd he look like?
      Phoebe: Creepy half-face, and his good side has tribal markings, a little bit like...
      Cole: Belthazor.
      Phoebe: A little bit. Do you know who he is? Does he work for the Source?
      Cole: He doesn't work for the Source, Phoebe — he is the Source.

    • Source: What did you see?
      Seer: I saw... your demise.

    • Phoebe: Who are you?
      Seer: Someone who just saved your lives.
      (The Seer takes the Hollow from Cole and puts it back into the box)
      Seer: Quickly! Take my hand!
      Cole: Trust her, if you want your powers back.
      Seer: Say the inscription with me!
      (The Seer and Phoebe say the inscription on the box and it goes back to the place it belongs)

    • (The sisters put up a forcefield to block the Source from using his powers on them while they vanquish him)
      The Source: Crystal. (one of the crystals creating the forcefield orbs into his hand bringing the forcefield down) Now the moment we've all been waiting for! (forms a fireball and throws it at Phoebe but Cole shimmers in and takes the fireball absorbing the Source's powers) Belthazor!
      Phoebe (realizing): No. The Hollow... Cole (throws a fireball at the Source): Hurry, the spell (throws another fireball)
      Piper: Prudence, Patricia, Penelope, Melinda... Phoebe: Astrid, Helena, Laura and Grace... Paige: Halliwell witches stand strong beside us...
      Piper, Phoebe & Paige: vanquish this evil from time and space! (The Source screaming, catches on fire and explodes, vanquished)

    • Phoebe: I don't know who you are, but whoever you are, we thank you.
      Seer: Oh, I didn't do this for your future, I did it for mine.
      Paige: I don't understand, if we got our powers back, where did the Source's go?
      Seer: Into the void.

    • Paige: Hey, Cole, too bad you're not still evil.
      Cole: One step at a time. First we vanquish the Source, then we'll worry about putting Pandora back in its box.

    • Leo: The Source unleashed the Hollow.
      Piper: Already on that train, honey. It took my powers. Anything else?

    • Paige: Five magic crystals oriented east to west. Magic circle, check.
      Piper: Oh, purple good, purple equals exploding power. Exploding power, check.
      Phoebe: One fabulously written Source vanquishing spell, check.
      Cole: Don't get cocky.
      Phoebe: Not cocky, confident.
      Piper: We are talking about the Source of all evil, maybe measured optimism is best.

    • Phoebe: Okay, so if good and evil are seeing eye to eye on this one, who let it out?
      Piper: The Source.

    • Phoebe: So, we found a demon with half a body but no demon with half a face.
      Piper: Well, we do have a resident demonologist living in the house.
      Phoebe: Yeah, we've had that conversation.

    • Piper: A demon? What kind of demon?
      Phoebe: One with a half a face.
      Piper: Yuck!!

    • Piper (about the will): Prue did it, and thank God she did 'cause if she didn't we'd still be dealing with lawyers. (Cole glances up) No offense.
      Cole: Oh, none taken. I've come to terms with my evil past.

    • Phoebe: Oh honey, are you still on that Last Will and Testament kick? I gotta tell you, it's very very morbid.
      Piper: No, it's very very responsible.

    • After vanquishing the Source, the sisters and Leo raise their drinks in a toast.
      Phoebe: For Prue.
      Piper: For Prue.
      They all clink their drinks.

    • Source: Say hello to Prue for me.

    • Paige: Oh, my God!
      Source: Not quite.

    • Leo: What do you say we go home and get started on our future?
      Piper: What do you say we go home and sleep, then we work on the future tomorrow night.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Čerovné a nebezpečné (Magical and Dangerous)
      France: La Boîte de Pandore (Pandora's Box)

    • Peter Woodward takes over the role of the Source in this episode. Previously the role has been played by two other actors(not counting the actors playing characters he possessed or shapeshifted into), the first being Michael Bailey Smith in All Hell Breaks Loose and Bennett Guillory in Charmed Again (1), Charmed Again (2), and Brain Drain. He will again reprise the roll of The Source in the season eighth episode Desperate Housewitches, as well as appearing as the demon Aku in two episodes of the seventh season.

    • This episode scored 4.7 million viewers.


    • Title: Charmed and Dangerous

      A reference to the phrase "armed and dangerous" which is used when the police is pursuing a suspect who is considered armed and dangerous.

    • Cole: First we'll vanquish the Source, then we'll worry about putting Pandora back in her box.

      Pandora and her box is a famous Greek myth telling how all the world's problems came to be: when Pandora opened the box that Zeus gave her and told her to never open it.