Charmed

Season 3 Episode 9

Coyote Piper

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 11, 2001 on The WB
9.2
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Prue and Phoebe have their hands full when Piper is possessed by the evil life essence, Terra, on the day of her high school reunion.

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  • Coyote Piper

    9.0
    Coyote Piper was a superbly fun and entertaining episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching as Piper had anxiety over her looming 10 year High School Reunion, Phoebe continued feeling guilty over Cole, and Prue played her role of big sister. There was a lot of character and plot development along with some funny and also some serious scenes. The story of the life essence was interesting and it was fun to watch it possess Piper. I liked how every thing turned out and look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!moreless
  • Piper bar dancing? UGH!!!!

    8.0
    So far Season 3 has ripped Ladyhawk, The Cat's Eye, and The Matrix. At least all three are pretty good movies. Why the writers then decided to take a scene from the likes of Coyote Ugly, I have no idea. It resulted in a very predictably bad scene.



    Otherwise, this is a pretty solid episode, not much of a let down after the end of the Cole story arc. It was unfortunate that the sorceror played by the guy from The Office was killed off so quickly because he was a fun bad guy. It is also unfortunate that the original Terra was dispatched so quickly; she was gorgeous. Holly is an amazing actress but playing evil is not one of her strong suits. Her Terra comes off more as a byotch than an evil spirit. Is bar dancing and giving shots to guys what every evil spirit longs for? Whatever.



    It was also very hard to believe that Prue would be willing to kill Piper on the mere hope that Terra would take her offer and revive her. That is an amazingly courageous move for a woman who still struggles with her mother's death, among other things.



    One solid positive for the episode is that for all the sister-gets-possessed stories this one is probably the most realistically handled. We didn't have to suffer through half an episode of no one figuring out the obvious. In fact, Prue figured it out in about 5 minutes and Leo was never fooled. Surprisingly dark episode after the end of the Cole story line would have made you think that something more lighthearted was coming.moreless
  • Piper Lets Loose!

    8.8
    Coyote Piper-Prue and Phoebe have their hands full when Piper is possessed by the evil life essence, Terra, on the day of her high school reunion.



    Featuring an excellent storyline that's both dark yet at times also hilarious, "Coyote Piper" sees Piper getting possessed by an evil essence just in time for her high school reunion. Holly Marie Combs really carries this episode as she showcases Piper's doubts and fears as she's about to got to her high school reunion. Then, at the same time, she's effectively evil when she plays under the possession of Terra, the evil essence. Piper's possession bring some tense scenes like Terra attacking Leo and hilarious scenes with the higlight being after the fact they fpund out she's possessed, Prue and Phoebe run into P3 to be shocked at the sight of Piper doing some serious stripper moves at the bar and bring the club to it's knees...literally.



    Prue's resolution for saving Piper was a great moment as your shocked Prue would ever kill her sister, but the scene plays off so well and your at the edge of your seat the whole time. I also love the sub-plots in the episode, especially Phoebe's as she looks into Cole's past and ancestry. The premontion Phoebe has of Cole's parents is well directed and stunning sequence. There's Prue and Piper's old classmate, Justin, beginning to build a relationship as both Shannen Doherty and Chad Willett have some genuine chemistry. All and All, "Coyote Piper" is another great episode with a well written possession storyline, solid suspense and thrilling developments.moreless
  • Piper's high school reunion, which is being held at P3, could turn out to have a nasty ending for her and many others.

    8.0
    Piper is very nervous about her upcoming high school reunion. She can't decide on her outfit or her hair and she is terrified that something willgo wrong and that the whole night will be a fiasco. I don't, somehow, think she was thinking about herself being possessed by an evil life essence and turning into ... well ... quite the 'party girl' as she dances on the bar in a figure-hugging outfit that she would normally throw out in the trash. Thank goodness Prue and Phoebe are there to save the day.



    I have always felt that Piper is, for want of a better word, the most 'dull' of the sisters, so it was excellent to see Holly Marie Combs able to strut her stuff in a Piper-centric episode that was very enjoyable and entertaining throughout.moreless
  • Great episode!

    9.4
    The alchemist demon Kierkan tries to capture the essence of life of his creation, Terra, and trap her in a bottle. However, the evil spirit escapes, possesses a human and tries to find and possess one of the Charmed sisters to become powerful and vanquish Kierkan. Meanwhile, Piper is nervous, preparing for the celebration of her 10-year high school graduation, with the reunion of her schoolmates in P3. Phoebe is missing Cole, and researching his family. Terra possesses Piper, and when Prue discloses, she plots a mortal plan to save the life of Piper and vanquish the fiend.



    "Coyote Piper" is a good episode of "Charmed", with humorous and dramatic moments. The picture of Piper with sixteen years old is very funny, and the modification of her behavior after her possession is great, dancing in the counter of P3 like a striper. Phoebe has also a minor but important participation, feeling ashamed because she was easily seduced by Belthazor, while Piper resisted the possession of her body by Terra.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (16)

    • Justin Harper wasn't in Cupid's list of Piper or Prue's boyfriends in the episode Heartbreak City, which proves that neither really loved him.

    • In the scene where Prue is helping Piper get ready for the reunion,a mauve shirt can be seen with the "Hollywood" wardrobe tag - it's a small rectangular brown piece of paper with a metal grommet.

    • TRIVIA: This is the first time that one sister kills another - this time Prue kills Piper.

    • TRIVIA: The role of Terra is played by four different actors in this episode. Paige Rowland, Andrew Bowen (business man), Holly Marie Combs and Brian Krause.

    • TRIVIA: It's stated in this episode that Prue was both head cheerleader and class president while in high school.

    • When Terra throws Leo against the bedroom wall, the wall is shown to wobble as he hits it.

    • When Piper (Terra) takes the knife out of the body in the alley, only the tip of the blade has blood on it. Wouldn't the whole knife be covered in blood?

    • TRIVIA: This is the 3rd time that one of the sisters has been possessed by evil.

    • Terra insisted on making Piper tell her which were her powers, even though she said that she could use Kierkan's powers.

    • TRIVIA: In this episode Piper is shown as a teen with braces. All the Halliwell sisters have been shown to have bangs and braces. Prue in the season 2 episode "Be Careful What You Witch For", Phoebe in the season 6 episode "Hyde School Reunion", and Paige in the season 4 episode "A Paige from the Past".

    • TRIVIA: The music played in the background, when Piper is dancing on the counter, is You're Unbelievable by EMF, which is also featured on the Coyote Ugly film soundtrack. This episode also features Collective Soul's song 10 Yrs Later and INXS's song New Sensation.

    • TRIVIA: When the demon takes possession of Leo's body, the spell that he uses to reanimate Piper is "Vita aetas anima", which is Latin and can be translated as "Life be animated".

    • TRIVIA: In this episode Cole is revealed to be 115 years old.

    • TRIVIA: This is one of only two episodes with "Piper" in the title. There is one episode with "Paige" in the title, one with "Prue" and four with "Phoebe".

    • When Piper was knocked unconscious by Prue in the cat fight (after the Coyote Dance), and was asked to be carried to the car so they could go home... when this guy was lifting Piper up from the floor, we see Piper standing up by herself, when she is supposedly unconscious.

    • After Phoebe has her premonition in the mausoleum, she wipes away the dust from the crypt to reveal Cole's father's name. Just BEFORE they show her wiping the dust away, you can see the letters in the shot of her leaning against the crypt.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Businessman: (Seeing the knife in his chest) Oh my God! She sta-abed me! (Starts to panic, Kirken grabs him by the throat)
      Kirken: FOCUS!

    • Leo: Come on Piper, isn't this supposed to be a fun thing, you know, going back and seeing all your old friends?
      Piper: You weren't by any chance popular in high school were you?
      Leo: Well I was... I mean... Is there a right answer to this question?

    • Piper: Look, I can't explain it, but being around these people makes me feel exactly like I did when I was 16. Invisible and inferior.
      Prue: You want me to beat them up? Because I'll beat them up one by one...

    • Prue: Did you put a lot of hairspray on that hair?
      Piper: No.
      Prue: Well, then all is not lost. By the time I'm done with you, you are going to be the hottest chick at the reunion.
      Piper: Really?
      Prue: Who do you think helped Phoebe go blond?

    • Piper: I was nobody in high school.
      Prue: Piper, you were not a nobody.
      Piper: Prue, you were class president. You have no idea what it's like on the other side.
      Prue: Yeah, you're right. I'm sorry.

    • Terra (as Piper): Hey! Bitch! Move the trays yourself!
      (Missy gives a somewhat humbled look and walks away, Prue gives an astonished space)
      Prue: Well... that was great! Though the... bitch part of it was a little much.

    • (One of Terra's victims is brought back to life by Kierkan's power, and notices the butcher knife plunged in his heart)
      Man: How? How am I still alive?
      Kierkan: No, no, no... not still - again.

    • Piper: I thought younger guys weren't on your list.
      Prue: What list?

    • Prue: Believing in the supernatural should be on my list.

    • Piper: Okay, ready or not, here I go.
      (Piper goes down for Prue and Leo to see what she looks like for her reunion)
      Prue: Wow, you look great.
      Leo: Really, really, really great.
      Piper: Leo, two "reallys" would have been plenty... I look ridiculous.
      Prue and Leo: No! Um...
      Prue: I mean the feathers and...
      Leo: Really... um...
      Prue: Yeah...
      Piper: Great! I'm gonna go to my 10 year reunion and win "Most Likely To Scare People Away At The Door"!

    • Terra (in Piper's body): What kind of witch can't vanquish a demon without her sisters?
      Piper's soul: What kind of demon has a meltdown everytime her boyfriend comes to visit?

    • Missy: Are you almost finished? Because I need you to help the DJ set up.
      (Prue scratches her nose to move the balloons and they all fall)
      Missy: That's the third time that's happened!
      Prue: That's too bad.

    • Prue: You know she was kinda like Jan Brady, the middle sister not quite sure where she fits in.
      Leo: Jan who?

    • Piper: Pheebs, are you sure you don't wanna come tonight? You can work the bar and make some yucky drinks for some ex-cheerleaders.
      (Prue shoves her)

    • Prue: Now, you are going and you are going to have a great time, young lady.
      Piper: You are not the boss of me.
      Prue: Oh, I am too.

    • Piper: What I mean is I'm this super powerful witch who's engaged to a whitelighter saving the world from evil on a daily freaking basis, and all these people are going to see is the same pitiful loser who still lives at home with her sisters and her unemployed boyfriend.

    • Drunk guy: Catfight, dude!

    • Phoebe: I'm not saying you're wrong, I'm saying I hope you're wrong (sees Piper table dancing). Ohh... hope, dashed.

    • Missy: Wow Piper, your face has really cleared up! What'd you use? Acutane?
      Piper: Well Missy it has been ten years.

    • Leo: Piper, what's my name?

    • Phoebe: I'm trying to jump on your thought train but you're moving a little too fast here.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • While Prue helps Piper select an outfit for the reunion party, Piper suggests that they go back to the Betsey Johnson dress.

      Betsey Johnson is a fashion designer best known for her feminine and whimsical designs. She also is known for doing a cartwheel at the end of her fashion shows.

    • When Prue and Phoebe take a possessed Piper from the club, Phoebe says to the party guests "talk amongst yourself".

      This is a reference to the Mike Myers' character Linda Richman on Saturday Night Live. Whenever Linda would get upset, she would put her hand on her chest and say "I'm all verklempt" or "I'm a little verklempt". Then she would say, "Talk amongst yourselves," sometimes waving her hand in a dismissive gesture toward the audience. She would often follow this with an example, by saying, "I'll give you a topic."

    • Prue refers to Piper being "like Jan Brady".

      Jan Brady was the middle sister in the TV series The Brady Bunch, that ran from 1969-1974.

    • Title: Coyote Piper

      This is a reference to the 2000 movie Coyote Ugly, which is emulated in the bar dance that is performed by Piper while possessed. It could also refer to the trickster spirit of the Western United States Coyote who often delighted in taking on the forms of different people and animals. It seems rather fitting as Terra does the same in this episode.

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