Charmed

Season 2 Episode 10

Heartbreak City

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 20, 2000 on The WB
8.1
out of 10
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Episode Summary

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A demon named Drasi steals Cupid's ring, which he uses to bring couples together. Now Cupid must convince the Halliwells to help him get it back before Drasi breaks all of the relationships, thus killing Cupid.

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  • A shoot and miss episode

    6.5
    A rather bland and boring episode, which is to corny to be taken seriously 'Heartbreak City' has the sisters helping a Cupid reclaim his stolen ring from a Demon of Hate who is destroying the love connections he made with the ring.



    I dont know what the writers hoped to accomplish with this episode, its certainly not imaginative or intriguing as many of the other episodes this underatted season has offered, the Cupid irritated me with his drippy dialogue, the main leads looked fed up with the material with only Alyssa Milano putting any given effort into her role, but even she came off sounding like a complete loony tune at times with the immensely bad dialogue. Also where the heck is Leo he is sorely missed, at this point we need him to tear apart Piper and dense, dreary drudge Dan. Mind you one great scene is seeing Piper and Prue yelling at Jack and Dan curtesy of the demon so you know, it ain't all bad i guess



    Overall an episode that is draining to watch and could have fared better with a more gripping storyline and decent dialogue 6/10moreless
  • Heartbreak City

    10
    Heartbreak City was another perfect episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because the story was intriguing and full of great character and plot development. It was interesting to see the relationship development for Prue and Piper as Phoebe tried to help Cupid regain his ring of power from Drasi a demon of hate who was causing all types of problems. Phoebe was awesome as she took action and her self confidence is steadily building up. I liked how Cupid reconnected Piper and Dan, Prue and Jack at the end. I certainly look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Hate has the truth, and the truth HURTS!

    8.5
    In what seems to be shaping up as a not uncommon occurrence for Season 2, I seem to disagree with many of the other reviewers. I rather enjoyed this episode, and it was primarily due to the central magical figures in Cupid and Drasi. Yes, Drasi was probably the highlight of the episode. Charmed snared a near perfect actor for this role. There is nothing special about the guy other than what he does. I love how he jumps into lover's thoughts and turns love into hate; I found it quite hilarious. The best thing he does is momentarily break up Piper and Dan and Prue and Jack, which proves as easy as telling Dan and Jack the truth. I'm sorry but Prue and Jack have no chemistry and make no sense together. And Piper and Dan, ugh... First of all, as I would repeat later in the series, it is completely unfair to Dan that he is falling for Piper without knowing what she is, and that is besides the fact that everything Drasi said about her loving Leo was true. Really we should feel bad for Dan if the guy wasn't so sickeningly perfect. Way to go Drasi!



    Unlike many reviewers, I thought the actor who played Cupid did an outstanding job. Maybe he wasn't attractive enough for some people, but the guy was very believable as a Cupid and had good chemistry with Phoebe. I also enjoyed how similar the guy was in manner and speech with Coop later on. Watch episodes and compare the two once. They are strikingly similar for being separated by years of episodes. Very cool.



    Okay, Phoebe basically becoming her own Cupid at the end is almost painful to watch, and the whole Max and Cindy relationship was just idiotic. So, the last 15 minutes of the episode are actually the worst minutes, but the journey getting there was good enough to make an above average episode. At least the two main couples being put back together isn't TOO painful, short and sweet, mostly. And like I said, the relationship between Phoebe and Cupid helps carry us through the drudgery. Since most relationships end in break ups, I'm not sure why Drasi breaking some up would hurt Cupid. Also, don't know why Cupid repairing the damage would hurt Drasi. I guess it was allegorical for the whole battle of love versus hate. Seriously, we already know who wins that battle. Oh, by the way, Phoebe likes Cupids, and they like her.moreless
  • Cupid. Stupid.

    1.9
    Probably one of the worst episodes from season two, Heartbreak City is melodramatic, corny, nonsensical garbage which seems to drag on for hours and do nothing but annoy.



    The episode sees the sisters protecting Cupid (minus bow, arrows and, y'know, baby-ness) from a demon who has stolen his magical "love-ring" or something. Meanwhile, Phoebe feels lonely.



    One of the worst things about this episode is the bad, soap opera-style acting. Michael Reilly Burke isn't convincing as Cupid whilst the actors playing Cupid's latest love match are simpering, annoying morons. Even the regulars seem to be bored throughout the episode, probably as the material they've been given is so bad.



    Phoebe's descent into "fifth wheel" status is handled badly. Unlike Paige's "fifth wheel" issues in season four, Phoebe almost sets out to become a fifth wheel during this episode. I mean, c'mon, you don't go to a movie with your two sisters and their respective boyfriends and not expect to feel like a tag-along. It's just moronic!



    Despite the lameness of the episode, Alyssa Milano at least puts her all into it, but even that can't save Heartbreak City from ending up a melodramatic mess.



    Director: Michael Zinberg

    Writer: David Simkins

    Rating: Fmoreless
  • Somebody Shot Cupid...NOW!

    2.2
    Heartbreak City-A demon named Drasi steals Cupid's ring, which he uses to bring couples together. Now Cupid must convince the Halliwells to help him get it back before Drasi breaks all of the relationships, thus killing Cupid.



    Oh God why? is all I could say trying to get through this ridiculously poor hour of television. I don't know what the hell the writers were thinking when thought they should bring Cupid as a character on the show as it's makes for one of the silliest storylines Charmed has ever done. The writers try to put a modern, 21st century spin of the Cupid mythology but it's just pathetic and more lame than the original tale. I mean, who cares about Cupid and his dumb ring that makes people fall in love? Who cares if a demon is going around breaking people up? Was that the best plot the writers could come up with, how awful! Don't even get me started on atrocious lines, especially this line:



    Alyssa: "What is it?"

    Cupid: "It's Drowsy...his killing love."



    Wow, just...wow, like who cares! Shannen and Holly seem obviously bored with their material and pretty much walk through their peformances! Who can blame them, really! Alyssa Milano is the only one who tries to put some energy into the storyline but it's just so bad beyond words she just can't pull off. Also, Phoebe and Cupid's hinted romance was forced, the couple playing Cupid's latest match up were some of the worst actors I've ever see and Phoebe's whole fifth wheel/closed heart storyline was pointless. The only good scene is when Cupid says all the names of Prue, Piper and Phoebe's last love interests, with Phoebe's list being very extended. It actually gave me a good laugh and almost made me forget I was watching an episode devoid of any substance what so ever. All and All, "Heartbreak City" is one of the worst episodes from Charmed with a storyline so corny that I wouldn't be surpised if the writers served the script with butter!moreless

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  • TRIVIA (9)

    • It's learned in this episode that Prue is unable to move objects while in her Astral Projection form because her power is currently being used to project herself though this fact is not directly stated in the episode.

    • When Cupid tells Phoebe about his breaking apart Drasi's relationship with a mortal woman, Phoebe is surprised to learn that a Demon can love. Why? She already knows that evil can love. She helped to battle Alec the Darklighter the previous season when he was trying to kill Leo for the exact same reason!

    • When Drasi initially begins to "kill love" between Cindy and Max,he plants a number of fears about her being a gold digger and him still loving his ex-wife. However, Cupid later tells Phoebe he set them up the night before! Seems a little quick for those issues to even be an issue for Drasi to feed on!

    • TRIVIA: This episode features Ginny Owens' song I Wanna Be Moved and Melanie C's song Ga Ga.

    • When the girls where chasing after Drasi, Prue told Piper to freeze him. Since they where in public, wouldn't they be worried about getting exposed?

    • When the Charmed Ones are about to vanquish Drasi for the 2nd time Piper freezes them, Phoebe takes the ring off Drasi and puts it on Cupid. Yet when they unfreeze the ring has switched hands.

    • Halfway through the episode when Prue and Piper are at P3 with Dan and Jack, Prue suggests a bathroom break to Piper, but she calls her Pipper, which her and Phoebe have both called her jokingly in other episodes.

    • When Piper and Prue are talking outside the ladies room of P3, Piper is holding her necklace, she then puts her hands down. Close-ups of this shot, still show her touching the necklace, while long shots show her arms still down.

    • Halfway through the episode Prue and Piper go to the bathroom in P3 and stand outside it for awhile talking, but as Piper owns the club, wouldn't she and Prue be able to use the employees' restroom? Unless there is only one restroom in the club.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Piper: So does that mean you matched up me and Leo?
      Cupid: No, its against the rules to match a witch and a whitelighter, you did that on your own.

    • Piper (about Drasi): What do we do with him now?
      Phoebe: Same thing, only different.
      Prue: Been there, blew that.

    • (Policeman is talking to Cindy, after Max is hit by a car)
      Cindy: He just... walked into traffic. Dumb ass. Is he gonna die?
      Policeman: I can't answer that.
      Cindy: Because he should, you know. I don't think I've ever known anyone who deserves to be hit by a car more than that guy.

    • (Prue, Piper, Phoebe, and Cupid are chasing Drasi)
      Phoebe: We're not gonna catch him.
      Prue: Piper, freeze him.
      Piper: He's too far away.
      Phoebe: Hit him with the trolley.
      Prue: I can't move a trolley!
      Cupid: Well, somebody better do something fast.
      (Prue astral projects to where Drasi is)
      Prue (to Drasi): Surprise.

    • Piper: Nothing like a night out on the town after a hard day of demon killing.

    • Phoebe: Love means never having to say you're sorry.

    • Prue: Jack's scum.
      Piper: So is Dan.
      Prue: Are you scum?
      Piper: No, I'm not scum.
      Prue: I knew you weren't.

    • Piper: You're still gonna have to back up the Cupid claim.
      Cupid: Okay, fine. (he points to Piper) Dan, (points to Prue) Jack, (points to Phoebe) Clay (points to Prue) Andy. My sincerest condolences. Eric in London, Alec in college, (points to Piper) Not Jeremy the warlock, Joe in college, Barry in high school, Tim in eighth grade, (points to Phoebe) Ken, Kyle, Steve, Mike, Ken again, Brian, Joel, (Prue and Piper look at Phoebe surprised) Martin, Peter, Paul, Tony.

    • Prue: So we're actually supposed to believe that you're Cupid?
      Cupid: You believe in warlocks and demons but you can't believe in me?
      Piper: Where's the chubby baby?
      Phoebe: Guys.
      Prue: And the bow and arrow?
      Cupid: Where's the warty chins, hooked noses and pointy hats?

    • Phoebe: It seems to be an epidemic lately. Guys cancelling on me.
      Piper: You know what happens when they cancel.
      Prue: Oooh, back to square one.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Město zlomených srdcí (City of Broken Hearts)
      France: De l'amour à la haine (From love to hatred)

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