Charmed

Season 4 Episode 3

Hell Hath No Fury

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 11, 2001 on The WB
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Paige takes the Book of Shadows into her work to cast spells which help her co-workers. Meanwhile, Piper, who is filled with anger over the death of Prue and the recent actions of Paige, is turned into a member of a supernatural band of vigilantes known as the Furies.moreless

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  • Hell Hath No Fury

    9.0
    Hell Hath No Fury was a superb and very entertaining episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because the story was good, there was character and plot development along with the sisters bonding. Paige caused some chaos after taking the Book of Shadows and using it to cast spells around the workplace. I liked how everything worked out and I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!
  • Piper gets furious and Paige gets betty-booped.

    9.0
    This is another very strong episode for the stellar Season 4 of Charmed. Piper is tiring both Phoebe and Cole out with her drive to vanquish demons. She is being openly hostile to Paige and won't listen to Leo. This is another role switch from the last episode, where Piper seemed somewhat recovered from her grief and Phoebe was the troubled one. Here Phoebe is back to being the sane sister and mediator between Piper and Paige. Fulfilling her role as the spirited sister, Paige borrows the Book of Shadows so she can cast some spells for personal gain. As usual when spells are cast, this leads to some unexpected consequences. Her subplot is mostly of the lighthearted variety. It is understandable that she is still grappling with the idea of being a witch.



    Piper's grief issues are the primary plot of the episode. I really appreciate how this season spent the first 3 episodes dealing with Piper's grief over her sister. It shows how seriously the writers take the characters and the realism of the show. As they are throughout the season, Cole and Leo remain strong participators in the events. Perhaps my favorite moment in the episode is when Cole prepares an energy ball to blast Piper when she is attacking her sisters. Phoebe shows off some of her own strength in her fight with Piper, and Paige fittingly saves the day by guessing at Piper's hidden fury. Leo also plays a key role when he shows up in the nick of time to orb Piper and Paige to the mausoleum. Holly Marie is amazing once again in that emotional scene.



    The final scene between Piper and Paige is very well done and enjoyable to watch, and the episode comes to a satisfying end with Piper referring to Paige as her sister.



    Great episode all around. Season 4 continues to satisfy all expectations.



    BTW, this is also the first episode where Paige uses what will come to be HER spell- Let the object of objection become but a dream as I cause the scene to be unseen.moreless
  • Good riddance Prue.

    8.4
    Paige seems to be better. It tends to be lame show at best but Shannon what's her name made it all the more pathetic, so good riddance to her. Maybe it will go up from here with this new witch. Seems like the Phoebe character will get a chance to be less ditzy. Hopefully the new one will play her role with innocence instead of stupidity. I gave up after season one and caught the opening of season four by accident, maybe I'll give a few more episodes a chance and see where it goes. I hope it's not downhill again.moreless
  • Paige breaks the Golden Rule and removes the Book of Shadows from the house. Meanwhile, Piper's internal grief at the loss of Prue has alarming effects.

    7.5
    Paige, new to witchcraft, decides that she will take The Book of Shadows to work and cast some spells to help people in need of a hand. This works out in a variety of ways and Paige may have bitten off more than she can chew.



    Meanwhile, Piper, grieving terribly at the loss of her big sister, Prue, is internalising her grief and becomes a Furie, a nasty demon, hell-bent on revenge, and she doesn't really care who gets in the way.



    Funnily enough, it is her new half-sister who is able to understand what she is feeling as she too felt lost and abandoned when both of her adoptive parents died and left her alone. Nice piece of acting from Rose McGowan in this one.moreless
  • Betty Paige. Arf.

    7.0
    An irritable subplot mars an otherwise confident hour from this witchly series. It's such a shame the writers were afraid to dedicate an entire episode to Piper's bereavement over her sister's death, it would have benefited greatly from it. Unfortunately, a subplot that's supposed to flesh out Betty Paige makes a mockery of the hour and the audience.



    The subplot doesn't even take up that much screen time, but it certainly throws every boob gag, and then some, at the screen, hoping some of them pay off. None of them do, the boobs who wrote this script approached it in such a puerile fashion, it's embarrassing rather than entertaining. >>



    Piper and Phoebe have their moments, though. Phoebe has made the transition to middle-sister mode quite nicely, and she kicks a lot of ass in this one. It's fun seeing her otherwise pointless ability come into play with some impressively choreographed fight scenes. Meanwhile, Piper's breakdown at Prue's grave once again highlights how talented Holly is, tapping every emotional beat without ever overdoing it. >>



    Overall, it's another strong hour from season four. There are some nice, quiet character moments (Phoebe confiding in Leo) as well as a few entertaining tiffs (Cole attacking Leo) and Piper's derailment, of course, being the highlight. It was a risk giving Rose such a silly subplot so early in the game, one that unfortunately doesn't work in her favour.moreless
Becky Wahlstrom

Becky Wahlstrom

Lila

Guest Star

Ben Tolpin

Ben Tolpin

Billy

Guest Star

Ken Feinberg

Ken Feinberg

Demon in Black

Guest Star

David Reivers

David Reivers

Bob Cowan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (21)

    • TRIVIA: The Vanishing Spell is used for the first time in this episode. Paige uses it to clear up the skin of a friend. It is used in later episodes by each sister. Let the Object of Objection Become but a Dream As I cause the Seen To be Unseen.


      This would effectively become "Paige's spell" as she uses it again in Charmed and Dangerous, Womb Raider, and Sand Francisco Dreamin.

    • When Phoebe levitates and kicks two furies at once, the shot has a stunt double performing instead of Alyssa Milano, and she looks nothing like Alyssa Milano.

    • When Phoebe is trying to reverse Paige's backfired spell she asks Paige what word she switched demon with, but a glance at the book, the word demon is not in the karma spell, which is the spell she used.

    • When Leo and Cole are discussing Piper's irrationality, Cole compares her to Charles Bronson, who Phoebe than asks who Charles Bronson is. However, she should know since in season 2, while on a triple date with her sisters, they went to see a Bronson film, which we know because they talk about going to see his next film Death Wish.

    • When Phoebe is lecturing Piper about her reckless need to seek out evil, she says that they have a system for fighting evil that has worked for many years. However, she seems to forget the multiple occasions that Prue sought out evil in similar ways (Sight Unseen, Sin Francisco)

    • TRIVIA: This is the 6th time that one of the sisters has turned evil.

    • When Billy turns around after Paige says the spell, you can see that he still has a hint of lipstick on his cheek from previous takes.

    • If the Book of Shadows was written by witches that fought the demons, and they have learned that demons come back, why was Piper marking off the demons that they fought? Didn't she think that they would come back?

    • Why does Phoebe tell Piper to unfreeze Cole? She should know that if she moves Cole, he will unfreeze. We have seen it clearly in some episodes, for example Coyote Piper, and Paige does it in the episode when Piper is drunk and she freezes Leo.

    • TRIVIA: This is the first time shown that Piper blows up Leo. In the future she will do it again several times - in the episode House Call and The Bare Witch Project.

    • After Paige throws the Book of Shadows out the window, she goes downstairs with Phoebe, says goodbye and leaves. The next scene is one with Piper and Leo in their bedroom fighting. Despite the fact that we see that the door is open and the room is next to the stairs, we cannot see them fight or talk in Paige and Phoebe's scene.

    • When Phoebe was talking to Paige and Cole at the table, she mentioned when she was possessed by the Woogy and Cole seemed suprised. Yet in the episode Sight Unseen, when Cole is talking to the Triad, they mention that they had given him 2 years of information to use against the sisters. If they had given him that much information on them, wouldn't he have know about her being possessed by the Woogy?

    • When Paige drops the Book of Shadows out of the attic window, she leaves it open but when Phoebe and Cole rush into the attic to join Piper, the window is now closed. However, when Phoebe points at the window, it is again open.

    • TRIVIA: Paige uses the Book of Shadows for personal gain and finds out that there are consequences.

    • When Piper freezes the mob of women harassing the guy outside the Social Services building in broad daylight, shouldn't they have been worried about exposure? Especially since they saw what happened last time they were careless and exposed.

    • TRIVIA: Cole first learns about the Woogyman and Nexus from the season 1 episode "Is There A Woogy In The House?" in this episode, and he uses this information against Phoebe in the season 5 episode"The Importance of Being Phoebe".

    • TRIVIA: This is the first time that Piper refers to Paige as her sister.

    • When Paige and Phoebe are driving back to the manor from the Social Services building, the book Phoebe is flipping through is supposed to be the Book of Shadows, and yet it's blank.

    • The South Bay Social Services building looks an awful lot like the dating service building from the season 2 episode "She's a Man Baby, A Man".

    • When Piper grabs Paige at the end (just before Leo orbs them to the mausoleum), Piper has her hand on Paige's throat. As Leo starts to orb them, her hand in on Paige's face.

    • When Phoebe and Piper find Paige in the parking lot of the Social Services building, Phoebe's hair is wavy and bouncy. Then when she and Paige are in the car, it's straight and flat. Once they get back to the house, it's wavy and bouncy again.

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Paige: I'm not the one you're mad at. I'm not the one who abandoned you. It's Prue. (Piper ties to leave the mosoleum) When my parents died, I hated them for it! It's okay to hate Prue!

    • Phoebe (describing a Banshee): Kinda trampy, feeds on pain.

    • Fury Piper (hearing her sisters' call with Cole as bait): I know where evil dwells.

    • Phoebe: If its anything like the time she became a Wendigo...
      Paige: A Wendi-what?
      Phoebe: A Wendigo... it's... kind of like a werewolf, only meaner.

    • Paige: Let the object of objection become but a dream, as I cause the seen to become unseen.

    • Paige (to Piper): Well... not to be difficult, but you're married to our Whitelighter and Phoebe's shacking up with a demon, so on balanace, do you think my friend could stay cute?

    • Phoebe: Paige, we are not using the love of my life as bait.
      Cole (gleefully): Oh, yes we are. It's perfect.
      Phoebe: Cole, you have been a demon for over a century. That is a lot of victims. The pain of their cries alone can kill you.
      Cole: Yes, but as you said, I'm not the demon who did those things anymore. And if facing my crimes helps save your sister …
      Phoebe: Cole, I ...
      Cole: Phoebe, I would do almost anything for you, you know that. But I will not be a coward for you. Please don't ask me to be.
      (Phoebe gazes at Cole tenderly and caresses his face)
      Phoebe: We'll need some of your blood.
      Cole: Right.

    • Piper (starts towards Paige but turns to Prue's grave): How dare you! How dare you leave me! How dare you go and die and leave me here all alone. Please come back. I need you, please come back. (she screams)

    • Phoebe: Powers that be, annul this magic. Let it be.
      Paige: Please, please let it be...
      (Paige's chest shrinks back to normal, she looks at it)
      Paige: You think that worked a little too well?

    • Piper (to Paige): You are so (Piper pulls Paige's jacket over to revel Paige's new chest size) busted!
      Phoebe: Hello!
      Piper: You stole our secret book so you perform magical plastic surgery on yourself!

    • Paige: He's cute isn't he? Should have seen him yesterday!

    • Piper: It's hard to imagine opening up to someone else. With everything that's happening in our lives, love just feels like an invitation for more pain.
      Phoebe: Maybe you don't start with love. Maybe you just start with thanks.

    • Paige: Lamp! (She orbs the lamp to her, throws it at the furie and the furie turns around) Really sorry! Sorry! Really sorry!

    • Phoebe (reading from the Book of Shadows): Demons, oh my God.
      Paige: What? You can't say demons followed by "oh my God" - I'm new at this, I'm likely to panic.

    • Cole: Do you have a plan, or are you still freezing and blowing up at random?
      Piper: Random, but you know what they say there's nothing like field practice!

    • Slimeball Lawyer (in a seductive voice): You know Paige, as a lawyer, I could get those nasty creditors off your back so easily; and if you can't afford to pay me, I could always take it out in trade...
      Paige: Or I could just sue your ass for sexual harassment and pay you with my big, fat, punitive settlement.

    • (Piper storms off after finding out that Paige has stolen the Book of Shadows)
      Phoebe: Are you coming?
      Cole (sarcastically): To vanquish your sister? I think I'll sit this one out.

    • Piper: Phoebe, the demon is not waiting around for us to come and vanquish him.

    • Piper, Phoebe and Cole are in the car. Cole's driving.
      Piper (to Cole): Okay, turn left up here. And can you step on the gas a little?
      Cole screeches around the corner, nearly hitting a taxi. Phoebe lets out a yelp, and the taxi driver honks his horn.
      Phoebe: Off the gas! Off the gas!
      She pats him on the shoulder.
      Cole: Does somebody else want to drive here?

    • Mr. Cowan (to Paige): My, my, my. That pile looks about the same size as it did about an hour ago.
      Piper: Oh, that was my fault. I distracted her with muffins.
      Mr. Cowan: And you are?
      Piper: I'm her sister.

    • Piper: Paige, there are rules to being a witch, rules that you will have to learn and follow.
      Paige: Well, not to be difficult, but... you're married to our Whitelighter and Phoebe's shacking up with a demon. So, on balance, maybe my friend could stay cute?

    • Piper: So, how scary was I?
      Phoebe: Heck, I've seen worse. I've been worse.

    • Cole (about Piper): She's Charles Bronson cubed.
      Leo: I said I'd talk to her.
      Phoebe stands in between the two.
      Phoebe: Guys, guys. Who's Charles Bronson?

    • Cole (about whoever's at the door): If it's the Source, I'll just ask him to come back later.

    • Cole: I'm good at a lot of things. Waiting is not one of them.

    • Phoebe: Piper, Cole's right. We have a system for fighting demons and it's worked pretty well for the last three years.
      Piper: I think, uh, Prue being killed counts as a pretty big glitch in the system.

    • Phoebe: Did you cast any spells?
      Paige: One...five...

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Cole: She has no regard for her own life or anyone else's. She's Charles Bronson cubed.

      Charles Bronson is an American actor most known for his tough guy roles. In most of his roles he starred as a brutal police detective, a western gunfighter, vigilante, boxer or a Mafia hitman. He was blunt, physically powerful, and had a look of danger well-suited to such roles.

    • Phoebe: Every Tom, Dick, and Beelzebub.

      Beelzebub is another name for the devil and the phrase "Every Tom, Dick and Harry" is used as a way to say "Every guy".

    • Phoebe: Okay, what did you do just before you turned into Betty Boop?

      This is a reference to the famous cartoon character
      "Betty Boop"
      , known for her sexy appearance.

    • Title: Hell Hath No Fury

      "Hell Hath no fury like a woman scorned" is a famous line from William Congreve's play, The Mourning Bride. Ironically the line is used in Kevin Smith's film Mallrats, Brodie says "Hell hath no fury like a woman's scorn for Sega" to explain why he was dumped by Renee, played by Shannen Doherty.

    • Title: Hell Hath No Fury

      The title is from a poem, "The Mourning Bride" by William Congreve:
      "Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned,
      Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned."

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