Season 3 Episode 20

Exit Strategy

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 03, 2001 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • In this episode, Leo is learning French. Shouldn't he know it since it's revealed in Siren Song that he speaks whatever language his charges are?

    • When Janna makes the salve for Phoebe she spreads a thick layer on her arm. The scene goes on and Phoebe's arm goes from the thick amount of salve to no salve (when she hugs Janna) to a thin layer when she goes to grab her keys to leave.

    • When Phoebe is telling Cole that she can't save him, she smashes the power-stripping potion on the floor. It's dramatic and all, but why would she break a really nice goblet and make a big mess on their attic floor? Why not pour it down the drain?

    • It is finally revealed that it is his father's soul that Cole has been seeking to regain since he first arrived to try and kill the sisters. Why, if the almighty and evil demon Balthezor was so driven to obtain his father's soul with the intention of freeing it, would The Source, Triad or anyone else be surprised that his humanity won out? It would seem that any demon wanting to set the soul of his father free, would have to be pretty in touch with his human half!

    • TRIVIA: When Piper vanquishes Tarkin at the Manor, he becomes both the first victim of her new power and the one hundredth evil being to be vanquished on the show.

    • The demon Raynor addresses Belthazor as "Balthazar" throughout the episode. Balthazar was, of course, the name of one of the three wise men in the nativity story.

    • At the end of the episode Leo shows Piper he has a passport, yet in order to get one the birth certificate and legal papers need to be sent out and checked. This process takes 6-8 weeks and after that the passport is available. Leo couldn't get it in a matter of one day.

    • TRIVIA: In this episode Piper vanquishes the demon Tarkin with her new power but by accident - she was aiming to freeze him, but instead blew him up.

    • TRIVIA: This episode accidently aired on Brazil TV before the previous episode "The Demon Who Came In From The Cold".

    • Leo said that he didn't need a passport to honeymoon in Paris since he could orb, but due to the Interpol system in Europe a passport is required to check into a hotel.

    • TRIVIA: Piper's powers advance in this episode allowing her to not only slow down molecules (freeze things) but also accelerate them (blow things up). This is the second time this season one of the Charmed Ones has received a new power - the first being Phoebe's levitation in the first episode of the season.

    • Piper wants to go to Paris by plane (not by orbing) but in the season 1 episode "From Fear To Eternity" flying was Piper's greatest fear.

    • When Prue falls down, after Piper blew up a cabinet, she falls on her side (her back is facing Piper). When the camera returns, she is lying on her stomach.

    • After Piper blows up the watermelon in the kitchen, watch Phoebe. The towel she's holding keeps bouncing back and forth between being over her head and not.

    • Whatever happened to Cole's father's soul after he got it?

  • Quotes

    • (Leo gets a call from the Elders and has to go)
      Piper: Pretend you're not in.
      Leo: I can't do that!

    • Piper: No, no, no you can't leave! We've been in this line for two freaking hours! (Piper points violently at the clock on the wall and it suddenly explodes)

    • Phoebe: Okay, Piper, slowly put your hands down, and no one will get hurt.

    • Leo (to Piper): There's nothing wrong with your powers. They're advancing. It turns out your powers work by slowing down molecules, and now you can speed them up as well.

    • Leo: Où est le Tour Eiffel? That is 'Where is the Eiffel Tower?'
      Piper: In my dreams if we don't get you a passport.

    • Piper: I don't know what is up with me everytime I try to freeze, I flame!

    • Piper: I would rather fly Air France than Air Leo!

    • Leo: Well, I don't have news but I do have a passport.
      Piper: Are you sure?
      Leo: Anything that it takes to get you on a plane to Paris.
      Piper: Ah, you know what? I think we should wait on that. I wouldn't want to sneeze at 40,000 feet and have a whole bunch of people explode, that would be bad.

    • (Piper is repotting a plant, when Prue walks in)
      Piper: Sorry about knocking you out. Nothing personal.
      (Prue picks up some books)
      Prue: Yeah, well, at least you didn't blow me up.

    • Phoebe and Cole walk in.
      Phoebe: Hey.
      Cole sits in a chair.
      Prue: You look like hell.
      Cole: You have no idea.

    • (Prue and Phoebe walk into the kitchen. Jenna is mixing ingredients in a bowl)
      Piper: Check her out. Whipping it up like it's Tollhouse Cookies. Maybe after she fixes Phoebe she can fix me.
      Prue: Piper, you don't need fixing.
      Piper: Uh, if it's taking the Elders this long to tell Leo what's wrong with me, then I definitely need fixing.

    • Jenna: I'm just thrilled to meet you. I mean, I've heard of the Charmed Ones, of course, but I just thought I'd never dream I'd...
      Prue: Nearly die with us? Yes, well, welcome to our lives.

    • They hear a loud noise coming from the kitchen. Cut to the kitchen. Piper is there covered in pieces of watermelon. Prue, Phoebe and Leo walk in.
      Phoebe: Piper?
      Prue: Uh, okay, was it a demon?
      Piper: No, it was watermelon!
      Phoebe: Honey, why did you vanquish watermelon?
      Piper: I didn't vanquish watermelon. I threw it up in the air and I tried to freeze it and it exploded.

    • Piper: Leo should have been back by now. It must mean my powers are screwed forever. They're punishing me.
      Jenna: You're a fulfillment of a great prophecy. Why punish you?
      Piper: Oh, forgery. Wanting to have a normal life. Getting pissed off. By next week I'll be walking around like Carrie at the prom.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Uniková strategie (Escape Strategy) France: Le retour de Balthazar (The return of Belthazor) Italy: Strategia finale (Final strategy) Germany: Freund oder Feind? (Friend or foe?)

    • This episode scored 4.1 million viewers.

  • Allusions

    • Prue: Piper, you should be happy. You finally got a new power. I mean, you've been bitching about it long enough.
      Piper: Yeah, well, be careful what you bitch for.

      What Piper says "Be careful what you bitch for" this could be either a reference to the phrase "Be careful what you wish for" or a reference to the title of the season 2 finale "Be Careful What You Witch For".

    • Piper: By next week I'll be walking around like Carrie at the prom.

      Carrie is a novel by Stephen King about a not so popular girl that has telekinetic abilities. When she's humiliated at her prom she snaps and starts killing everyone present, including herself. It was made into a movie in 1976 by director Brian de Palma, starring Sissy Spacek.

    • Title: Exit Strategy

      A military term referring to the plan for evacuating a location once a mission has been accomplished.