Season 7 Episode 8

Charmed Noir

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 14, 2004 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Paige and Agent Brody, are drawn into an unfinished novel that takes place in the 1930s, and they must elude the gangsters in pursuit of the famed Burmese Falcon. Meanwhile, Phoebe, Piper and Leo work to re-write the novel to help get Paige and Brody out of it, before they're killed.moreless

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  • Charmed Noir

    Charmed Noir was a superb and very entertaining episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because the story was fun, different and full of intrigue. It was great to see Paige and Brody working together as she opens up the magical world to him more. Piper decides to ask Leo for help despite every thing else and he gets help from the other Avatars. The fictional world inside the book was great and well done by all production staff and the actors. I liked the way every thing ended, like a truly good story should. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • The 30s Are Alright

    Charmed Noir-Paige and Agent Brody, are drawn into an unfinished novel that takes place in the 1930s, and they must elude the gangsters in pursuit of the famed Burmese Falcon. Meanwhile, Phoebe, Piper and Leo work to re-write the novel to help get Paige and Brody out of it, before they're killed.

    Well, this is somethingyou can't really say enoughabout Charmed during these years of the series: What an awesome episode! I have to say, when I first watch Charmed Noir back when it aired, I was bored out of mine. But since then, I come to appreciate and love film noirs, there's just something about that era of Hollywood that is legendary and mesmerising. I've even wrote a film noir fan fic! So upon re-watch, it's no wonder I fell in love with this episode. Sure it starts off in a non-surprisingly bad fashion, with a garden gnome (thank God only for the teaser!) gets shot! Now if all someone would kill all those fairies, nymphs and other magical creatures thatruin this show with their sweetness were killed, I'd be in heaven! Anyway, after that, the! I have to say, I haven't seen an episode of Charmed this fun since the early years. The script had some snappy dialogue and great characters, not to mention once Paige and Kyle are sucked into a book, it really does feel like a film noir! Also, for the first time in a while, Rose McGowan is taking her lines seriously as well as having fun throughout the episode. Which isn't surprising considering Rose is a major fan of the 1930s and 40s style as well as film and has said numerous times that this was her favorite episode of Charmed.

    The noir lingo was also pretty hilarious like Paige and Kyle being called "Lana and the Fed" and one of the gangtsers telling Paige "don't get smart with me legs!" Once again, I loved the guest stars like Bug Hall as Eddie and especiallyAl Sapienza as Johnny the Gent who is perfect in the classic sleazeball villain role of the noir. We also get some nice moments with Phoebe, Piper and Leo trying to save Paige and Kyle. I loved that whatever Phobe wrote, it happened in the story yet they couldn't write them out. It's great way to get the sisters and Leo to help without being completely sidelined by Paige and Kyle's adventure. I especially loved the part where Phoeb writes the corrupt cop to make Piage flirt with him. The direction in the episode is really top notch, which is rare for Charmed. Not just the use of the black and white film, but the awesome camera angles and shots like when Phoebe writes in the flashback about Eddie's borther being murdered and the way it fades into the background behind Eddie was a brilliant effect. Even the rather cheesy ending with Paige and Kyle's kiss was great and ture to the noir style. All and All, while it's probably the most underrated episode of the seires, "Charmed Noir" works in all levels giving the audience both style and substance. More episodes like this, please!moreless
  • Absolutely classic! Read on for details..

    Charmed Noir is reputably Rose McGowans favorite episode, which is obvious after watching and seeing the excellent acting and chemistry by her and Kerr Smith (Agent Brody). A grumpy gnome, after an argument with the librarian of magic school, gets sucked into a book entitled 'Crossed and Double Crossed', which is set in the 1930's. Upon finding his body, which has been shot, Paige gets in "Kyle" to help her investigate, when they both unwittingly get sucked into the book, but manage to excape the corrupt detectives who shot the gnome. They dress up in old fashioned clothes and along with the music and black and white picture, it is very effective!

    Phoebe find she can add to the book but not change their desicions, and it is cool to see how what Phoebe writes goes into the book, eg the piano. A few funny remarks made as well, even as simple as Piper-" Why is the G silent" at an odd moment. Even Phoebe's matchmaking attempts are funny. Indeed all three sisters act very well, especially Paige.

  • Paige and Brody get sucked into a book that is based in the 1930s. Starring: Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan, and Holly Marie Combs as "Piper", Brian Krause

    Rose McGowan loves the 1920s, the 1930s, and the 1940s and such, and the writers gave her the episode so that she could get the experience, i guess. Well, for several shows that have episodes in the past like this, like Smallville and One Tree Hill, they seem to turn out disastrous, and Charmed turned in a good episode, one that i really enjoyed. I liked the feuding between the staff for Magic School, and i thought it really showed some of the experiences that Paige (Rose McGowan) could go through. I liked how Piper (Holly Marie Combs) and Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) could throw in plot twists. I really loved that Phoebe began to call Brody, Kyle, i thought that it was funny. I was really shocked on the content of the episode as i expected it to be worse, and enjoyed the episode.moreless

    Paperback Writer

    After a very weak start, this turns out to be one of the most novel (pun intended) episodes of the whole series, with Paige and Kyle getting sucked into a very cool black and white world inside a book.

    The first fifteen minutes are very slow, with the writers bizarrely thinking we'll be interested in who has shot a garden gnome.! Far too much time is spent faffing around at the crime scene when it's obvious the book is the answer. Phoebe's little lecture about finding love is incredibly annoying - I'm not sure what Curtis Kheel was thinking here.

    The moment Paige and Kyle enter the book, however, the episode changes completely. Inside, the set designers have created a very faithful reproduction of an old detective movie, with classy costumes and stacks of clever references. It's beautifully filmed and Rose gives an excellent performance throughout - it's clear she's really enjoying the role. I'm not a fan of black and white films myself but I can see why those who are would absolutely love this episode.

    The story inside the novel is non-existent but that hardly matters. The clever part is that Phoebe is able to change the plot by writing in the book - but only up to a point. She can add single events (the piano crashing down is hilarious) but the book always finds a way to cross her. I guess it's in the title.

    By way of a sub plot, Leo is trying to get Piper to go on a date but Piper is suspicious of his sudden change of mood. She's right, of course, but I still feel for Leo - he only became an avatar to save her life. Liked his trick with the roses btw.

    So we've now had the Charmed Ones inside a painting, a film and a book. Better stay away from that Xbox, girls!

    Score: 9.2moreless
Chris Diamantopoulos

Chris Diamantopoulos


Guest Star

Bug Hall

Bug Hall

Eddie Mullen

Guest Star

Ann Cusack

Ann Cusack

Miss Donovan

Guest Star

Kerr Smith

Kerr Smith

Agent Kyle Brody

Recurring Role

Joel Swetow

Joel Swetow

Avatar Alpha

Recurring Role

Patrice Fisher

Patrice Fisher

Avatar Beta

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • TRIVIA: This is the first episode in which Paige orbed someone by hand, without going with them.

    • TRIVIA: The classic car used in this episode by Paige and Brody formerly belonged to Joe Kennedy, father of famous US President John F. Kennedy.

    • TRIVIA: This is the third time Nancy Drew's name is mentioned in the show. The first time it was used was in the first episode Something Wicca This Way Comes and the second time it was used was in the season 4 episode Trial By Magic.

    • When Paige and Kyle are talking to Ms. Donavan, Paige isn't wearing her teaching robes, but when she and Kyle walk into the next room Paige is wearing them.

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

    • Isn't it intersting how even though Kyle's back is facing the door that when he is shot back by the crystal cage he veers to the right and goes through the door?

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Paige (talking about the Mullen brothers): They're dicks.
      Kyle: Haha, dicks.
      Paige: No, like private eyes, detectives, they wrote themselves in.

    • Piper: You be creative and just keep Paige and Brody alive.
      Phoebe: Oh, okay, right. No pressure!

    • Leo: He's setting them up.
      Phoebe: What do you expect? It's called Crossed, Double Crossed!

    • Piper: Lana and the Fed?
      Phoebe: At least he's not calling him Kyle. Know what I mean?

    • Piper: I was talking about the gnome, not the husband.
      Phoebe: Oh, right. Of course. Um well according to the book they don't have any natural enemies, but as a species they tend to piss people off.
      Piper: But you said he was shot. Who would shoot a gnome? And why is the 'G' silent?
      Phoebe: That's a really good question. I think the fact that he was shot in Magic School is what worries Paige the most.
      Piper: I don't blame her. The boys aren't still there, are they?
      Phoebe: No, she brought them back. They're taking their naps.
      Piper: I'm just getting really tired of this.
      Phoebe: Oh, don't worry we'll find out who killed him.
      Piper: No, not the gnome, the husband.
      Phoebe: Oh, I can't keep up.

    • Phoebe: Okay, let's make this fast. I got a city of lonely people and I'm playing Cupid! Oh Ms Donovan, why are you crying?
      Paige: It's one of our teachers. He...
      Phoebe: Oh, did he break your heart? Well you called the right person. I can handle this.
      Paige: No...
      Phoebe: Shh! Cupid works alone. Now did he hurt you? I know, I know, it hurts. But you can't give up on love. It could be the biggest mistake you ever made. Now I could fix you up with one of my readers, because I'm doing a series in my newspaper where I'm playing matchmaker and I actually have one in mind for you.
      Paige: Wait! He didn't break her heart. He was murdered.
      Phoebe: Oh.
      Ms Donovan: It was awful.
      Phoebe(to Paige): Why didn't you tell me that?
      Paige: I tried to, but Cupid shushed me!

    • Kyle: Whoa, whoa. Where you goin'?
      Eddie: Well, it's just up around the corner. We can get there on foot.
      Kyle: Oh, come on. You're lying.
      Paige: Ease up.
      Kyle: He's lying. Eddie, I want some answers and I want 'em now.

    • Kyle: You turned me into a felon, you know that, right? Breaking and entering, vandalism, theft.
      Paige: It's a fiction story in a fiction world. I highly doubt we're breaking any laws.
      Kyle: It may be a fiction world but those bullets seemed pretty damn real to me.
      Paige: Yeah, well, that's precisely why we need to blend in before those goons come to get us again.

    • (After the gnome professor mentions the Lady Godiva incident)
      Ms. Donovan: He's just using it to push his own agenda, which is to stifle freedom of speech!
      Gnome Professor (he magically removes Ms. Donovan's mouth): That's what I call stifling.
      Paige: You give her back her mouth right now!

    • Brody: Remember our deal, right?
      Paige: I remember there being talk of a deal.
      Brody: So suppose that you'll find time to help me with the Avatars?
      Paige: I suppose you'll want to look at the books at the Magic School?
      Brody: Suppose I'm not thinking about those books right now?
      Paige: Suppose I'm hoping you're not thinking of those books?
      Brody: I wonder if I know what you mean.
      Paige: I wonder if I... Oh, shut up and kiss me.

    • Eddie Mullen: Of all the books in all the libraries in all the world, you gotta get sucked into this one.

    • Paige: Well I'm thinking as long as we're down here, we might as well have some fun.
      Brody: Yeah, Well, you have fun. I'm gonna just survive.

    • Piper: But you said he was shot. Who would shoot a gnome? And why is the "g" silent?

    • Ms. Donovan: Lord of the Rings?
      Gnome Professor: Historically inaccurate!
      Ms. Donovan: Harry Potter?
      Gnome Professor: Filled with juvenile delinquents.
      Ms. Donovan: Even the Wizard of Oz?!
      Gnome Professor: Diparaging to little people. Munchkins being persecuted. Filth!

    • Phoebe: You guys are such a great team.
      Piper: Matchmake later, save sister now.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Paige: The falcon, as in the Maltese Falcon?

      This is a reference to the famous 1930 detective novel The Maltese Falcon, written by Dashiell Hammett. The story has been adapted several times for film.

    • Eddie: Of all the books in all the libraries in all the world... you gotta get sucked into this one?

      This is a play on the famous quote from the film Casablanca, "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine". The film starred Humphrey Bogart.

    • Paige: I need him to do the CSI part of this, can you please get Piper, check the book, and you do the magical part!

      CSI is a popular crime and forensics show that airs on CBS and spun-off into two more CSI shows.

    • (When Paige and Brody are changing clothes in Bogey's Apparel, Paige asks if she looks like Lana Turner)
      Brody: Right outta The Postman Rings Twice.

      Lana Turner was a famous noir actress from the 1930s movies. "The Postman Rings Twice" is one of her more well-known movies fom the time period this show is set in.

    • re: the sign that says Bogey's Apparel

      "Bogey" was the nickname of Humphrey Bogart, a famous actor in many film noir movies.

    • Title: Charmed Noir

      The term "noir" refers to a genre of film - usually black and white, with use of shadow and light to represent the concealing and revealing of truths, etc. Guy Noir is a fictional private detective played by Garrison Keillor, regularly featured on the public radio show "A Prairie Home Companion". The skit parodies the conventions of the pulp fiction novel and the noir movie genre.