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Season 5 Episode 3

Happily Ever After

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 29, 2002 on The WB
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Episode Summary

An evil witch traps the Halliwell sisters in distorted versions of classic fairy tales, where Phoebe attends a ball as Cinderella and meets Prince Charming, Paige has a taste of Snow White's poisoned apple, and Piper encounters a big, bad wolf, as Little Red Riding Hood.

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  • Another good one.

    For once, I actually hated Phoebe in this episode!

    I liked the storyline, thought it was interesting and I'm glad Charmed doesn't try and stick to one 'genre', they're happy to have light stories and dark stories and embrace ALL supernatural beings.

    I liked Cole in this one too.
  • Happily Ever After

    Happily Ever After was a perfect and very awesome episode Charmed. I really enjoyed watching this episode at this time because I've been watching Once Upon a Time and I think Charmed give that series a good reference and run for their money, and I only mean that as a compliment to Charmed because it really did a great job in bringing their version of Fairy Tales to television. The story was engaging, intriguing and full of magic. There was a lot of character development and it was neat to see Paige finally meet Grams. It was also interesting to see Phoebe and Cole talking as he tries to win her back. I certainly look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the most powerful witch of them all?

    How far we've come from Something Wicca This Way Comes. In this episode, Piper gets all of her confidence back. The final faceoff between Piper, a very good Little Red Riding Hood by the way, and the evil witch, and the screen-grabbing presence of Grams, are good enough on their own to make this a strong episode of Charmed.

    Fairy tales are somewhat dark and morbid themselves, and so this episode is hardly the silly fluff that most might expect. The sisters find themselves in some serious trouble, and the danger continues to escalate until only Cole and Piper's blow-up power stand between them and the brink.

    Grams improves any episode she is in, and Jennifer Rhodes is at her best here. The scenes between her and Paige are especially well done and well-written. Paige continues to be the most interesting sister on the show, and it is unfortunate that an apple knocks her out of action for a while.

    Phoebe's subplot is about as bad as in the first 2 episodes. Her paranoia towards Cole is still mostly unexplained though at least she tells us about a nightmare she had that she is afraid may be a premonition. I didn't care that they tried to bring another guy into the mix. The entire subplot was onerous to me, but Julian, of course, tried his best to save it. The subplot of Phoebe ranting against Cole and then Cole saving her in the end is getting old. Once again, the final two scenes are the best scenes. Cole back in the manor, leaning on the stairs? That is like old times. Strange to think that the last time that was the case he was the Source.

    Piper goes from losing nearly all her confidence to getting that back and her mojo by the end. The confident Piper has some great lines, including "Back off, Grams, I just saved your ass." And the even better, "I saw the wolf eat you."- "Yeah, I didn't agree with him." I really dug that when the evil witch walked towards the mirror, you could see the empty dias with the table in the background. Then, when she turned around, Piper was standing on the dias leaning against the table. Excellent. After the clunker to start, Season 5 has turned it around and will continue to get better, climaxing in Centennial Charmed.moreless
  • Not Fairy Good

    Happily Ever After-An evil witch traps the Halliwell sisters in distorted versions of classic fairy tales, where Phoebe attends a ball as Cinderella and meets Prince Charming, Paige has a taste of Snow White's poisoned apple, and Piper encounters a big, bad wolf, as Little Red Riding Hood. I get it, the writers were trying to have fun with this one but sigh, the only kind of fairytales that appeal to both adults and children are the ones done by Disney! Brad Kern and his team of delinquent writers just get it wrong. I sure this "could" have been a fun ride down fairytale lane but it just comes off as a joke, one. BIG. childish. joke. It doesn't help that the Phoebe/Cole arc rears it's ugly head and it's almost like the writers forgot that both characters came to some sort of an agreement last episode. Suddenly, Phoebe's back "Cole is evil this, you b@stard that!" Calm down woman! You have a nightmare about your exit and suddenly, he's public enemy #1 again? Not to mention, she punches him when he does nothing to call for it! *headdesk* If anything, Phoebe is the one looking like the obsessed ex, not Cole. Poor guy, poor Julian in fact. He basically just stands around while his character gets insulted by everyone for yet another episode. Also, throwing in the character of Adam just seemed like an attempt to add to the drama by making a brief triangle...*yawn*

    Once again, the small character detail/sub-plots are the only redeeming facotr. It's always great to see Grams back (Jennifer Rhodes just a class act!) As silly as the storyline is, Jennifer's delivery makes it a little less silly. It's also nice to see Grams and Paige meet for the first time, even if Paige is hesitant at first to bond with her real grandmother. It's a small, but well written plot for Paige, bringing her closer to the family and showing that while Paige has been through a lot with her sisters, she's still relatively new to the family. Nut a las, for every bit of character development we got glass slippers, pumpkins, poison apples, carages, a axe weilding woodsman and...dwarfs....*headdesk*. Not to mention, the sight of watching Piper vanquish the evil witch in her Little Red Riding Hood get up was pretty laughable no matter how awesome Holly was in that scene. Once again, the episode ends with Phoebe and Cole leaving each other on good terms. I mean Cole actually tries to let Phoebe move on and trust herself again. What's so evil about Cole again? Geeze.... "Happily Ever After" is Charmed at it's fluffy best. Nothing more to see here.moreless
  • This one was actually fun and quite an interesting romp through the land of children's fairytales.

    When the three sisters find themselves trapped in some very 'different' versions of classic fairytales, it has an eeriness to it but also, it is, in its way, very amusing as the girls try to separate reality from fiction and make sense of everything.

    Paige finds herself eating a poisoned apple. (Sound familiar?) Phoebe is Cinderella going to a very fancy ball and, of course, meeting up with the appropriate Prince Charming, while Piper, as Little Red Riding Hood, has to deal with a rather unpleasant wolf.

    The story, of course, was a serious one, but the sidebar of the fairytales was a piece of good fun!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (19)

    • Why is The Wonderful Wizard of Oz even included in an episode about fairy tales? Fairy tales are a subcategory of folklore. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a piece of 20th century fiction written by L. Frank Baum; it's not folklore in the slightest, so it should not be included as one of the fairy tales.

    • When Piper and Grams are talking before they go up to the attic, we can see clearly after Grams that the coffin where Paige lies is over a trolley. You can clearly see the wheels on the bottom of the table!

    • TRIVIA: When Leo talks about The Evil Enchantress he is talking about the season 4 episode A Knight to Remember where Paige realizes that a fairy tale about an evil enchantress is in fact a memory of her past life.

    • When Phoebe gets into the vehicle in the street, she and Paige continue talking rather loudly, talking about orbing and other witch things. Seconds later it's shown that the whole street is filled with a lot of people. So no one saw the blue field that threw Paige to the ground? And they both didn't care about people hearing what they said?

    • When the axeman is summoned by the evil witch, he left the room walking. Later he appears walking in the manor too. If the fairy tales' place is in a mountain as we see in the very fist image, it doesn't make any sense that he left walking? He should have been teleported by the Evil Enchantress.

    • In the first scene Piper and Paige are talking and Piper has the fairy tales' book in her hands. When the camera shows Paige, Piper's hand is not in the book, but when Piper is shown, her hand is in the book.

    • Phoebe mentions how her favourite fairy tale is Cinderella, we learn this in "The Three Faces of Phoebe", which may be where Cole knows it from as Phoebe mentions "Cole knows it's my favourite".

    • When Phoebe first shows the glass slippers to Piper and Grams in the shoebox, the shoes are completely clear and have no label. As Phoebe is putting the shoes on, a designer label and a silver lining can be seen.

    • Piper puts on the red hood before entering the portal, but it can still be seen under the storybook as she enters.

    • TRIVIA: The Keeper's apprentice is played by Charlie Shanian, who later married producer Aaron Spelling's daughter, Tori Spelling.

    • When Phoebe can't get the slippers off why doesn't Paige orb them to her?

    • TRIVIA: In this episode Piper was turned into Little Red Riding Hood, Paige was Snow White, and Phoebe was Cinderella.

    • When the keeper presents the ruby slippers to Piper, they appear to be red satin with red sparkles at the toe, but when she appears in them at the manor, they are completely covered in sparkles and have a strap across the front of her foot.

    • TRIVIA: When Piper is to return home from the fortress, the apprentice reveals a pair of ruby slippers - a reference to the Wizard of Oz film. However in the original book series the slippers were silver - the movie studio, MGM changed them from silver to ruby only to bring the color out more.

    • TRIVIA: After being attacked by the axeman, Piper's baby heals her again.

    • After Paige turns into Snow White and drops down to the floor dead, you can hear her let out a heavy breath, whilst on the floor.

    • Didn't the woodsman decide that he couldn't attack Snow White, at the last minute, and give a pig heart to the evil witch? If they're supposed to act like the way they're written, shouldn't he have changed his mind about attacking Paige also?

    • When Phoebe bumped into Adam at the Bay Mirror, she spilled coffee on her shirt but in the different shots of the scene, the coffee stain kept disappearing.

    • When Paige and Grams are in the kitchen together doing that potion, look at Paige's left shoulder, her top is on her shoulder, then when she moves over towards the glass cabinet, her top is below her left shoulder, then when she goes and stands next to Grams, it's on her left shoulder, then it changes again, and there was no sign of Paige pulling her top up or down, on or below her shoulder.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • The Evil Witch: Why won't you answer my question? Why won't you tell me what I want to hear?
      The Apprentice: You know as well as I, that I cannot tell a lie.
      The Evil Witch: Dammit. Well then if I'm not the most powerful witch in the land, who is?
      (Piper magically appears)
      Piper: Take a wild guess.

    • (Phoebe, with Paige following her and unable to stop walking due to the spell of the glass slippers, nearly gets hit by a taxi. The taxi stops and honks at Phoebe)
      Phoebe: Hey! I'm walking here!
      Taxi driver: Get out of the street!
      Paige: Don't you have any way of controlling those things?
      Phoebe: They didn't exactly come with an instruction manual, Paige.
      Paige: Ugh. God.

    • Cole: Am I up to something again?

    • (Phoebe is suddenly put under a spell of the glass slippers and cannot stop walking)
      Phoebe: Whoa!
      Piper: Where are you going?
      Phoebe: Whoa!
      Piper: Where are you going?
      Phoebe: I don't know! I can't stop!
      (Piper and Paige grab hold of Phoebe)
      Piper: Well, get out of them!
      Phoebe: I can't! The door. The door!
      (Grams gasps)
      Piper: Grams, what do we do?!
      Grams: Just let her go. We'll never be able to get to the bottom of this if you don't.
      (Piper and Paige let go of Phoebe)
      Grams: Paige, follow her. Orb her out if she gets in trouble.
      Paige: She's already in trouble!

    • Cole (to Adam about Phoebe): Keep your hands off my pumpkin.

    • Piper (to Grams after Piper's unborn baby summoned her): Didn't you come on your own power?
      Grams: Honey, I'm good, but I'm not that good.

    • Piper (picking up the red cape): I knew I'd end up putting on this stupid thing sooner or later.

    • Paige: You expect me to believe that there are giant beanstalks and gingerbread houses that actually existed?

    • Head Dwarf: When's her prince getting here?
      Piper: She doesn't have a prince.
      Head Dwarf: No prince? So then who's going to kiss her?
      Dwarf#1: I'll do it.
      Dwarf#2: In your dreams Stinky. I'll do it.
      Dwarf#1: I told you not to call me that.
      Head Dwarf: People. A little professional decorum here please. (to Piper) Forgive them, it's been a while.

    • Phoebe (about Paige): Dead? What do you mean she's dead?
      Leo: Don't worry. The dwarves are all over it.
      Phoebe: The dwarves?
      Leo: Piper cast a spell that wound up summoning the descendents of the seven dwarves. Actually, they prefer to be called little people now.
      Phoebe: Snow White and the little people.

    • Cole: Leo, he's evil.
      Leo: Oh really. Then what are you?

    • (Grams is on her way to the nursery with Piper and Leo when Paige enters)
      Paige: Oh, my goodness, don't tell me you're already interviewing nannies.
      Grams: Paige. You're even more beautiful than I imagined.
      Paige: And you are?
      Grams: Why, I'm your Grams of course. Come here. (hugs Paige)
      Piper: (aside to Leo) Quick, go clean up the nursery. (Leo rushes off.)
      Paige: No offense, but, uh, aren't you supposed to be dead?
      Grams: Oh, I'm over that.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: A pak žili šťastně... (And Then They Lived Happily Ever After) France: Miroir, gentil miroir (Mirror, good mirror) Italy: E vissero felici e contenti (And they lived happily ever after) Germany: Und wenn sie nicht gestorben sind... (And if they're not dead yet...)

    • This episode scored 5.1 million viewers.

    • Guest star Sean Patrick Flanery and star Alyssa Milano appeared together in the film The Dimond Hunters.

    • The WB used the promo title Fairy Tale for this episode.


    • To get home from the fairy tale land, the new Keeper gives Piper a set of ruby slippers. This is another reference to the story of the Wizard of Oz. In the story and film, Dorothy just has to click the heels of her ruby slippers together to return home.

    • Phoebe: These boots maybe are made for walking...

      This is a reference to the famous song These Boots Are made For Walking by Nancy Sinatra.

    • Title: Happily Ever After

      This phrase commonly ends fairy tales, it is usually used in the context that the good characters in the tale lived happily for the remainder of their lives.

    • Evil Witch: I'm melting... I'm melting... I'm melting

      This is a reference to the 1939 MGM movie from Warner Brothers The Wizard of Oz. The Wicked Witch of the West screams and moans, "I'm melting...I'm melting...I'm melting!" after Dorothy throws water on her.

    • Phoebe: Hey, I'm walking here!

      Phoebe is forced to walk in front of a cab because of the glass slippers she is wearing. A taxi cab stops short of hitting her and Paige. She slams her hand on the hood of the car and yells, "Hey, I'm walking here!" This is the memorable line that Dustin Hoffman (as Enrico Salvatore 'Ratso' Rizzo) used in the 1969 film Midnight Cowboy. This was also parodied in the film Back to the Future, Part II, where Marty McFly's son does the same thing but in the year 2015. In the 1994 movie Forrest Gump, the line is also used when the character Lieutenant Dan, interestingly enough sitting in a wheelchair (and thus not walking), yells it at a cab driver.