Charmed

Season 3 Episode 15

Just Harried

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 22, 2001 on The WB
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On the day of Piper's wedding to Leo, Prue's astrally-projected-self adopts an uninhibited, wild personality that threatens to ruin the wedding and place Prue in jail for murder.

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  • Just Harried

    9.5
    Just Harried was a superb and very entertaining episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because it was Piper's wedding! It was fun to see the sisters preparing for the big day and also to see the trouble that ensued. Prue's astral self took on a life of her own and was a bad girl causing all sorts of chaos. Poor Piper had to deal with a lot on her big day. It was awesome to see Grams and Patty again. The ceremony was beautiful and I'm glad to finally see Piper and Leo make things official. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Piper, the heart of the family, and this episode, the heart of the series...

    9.5
    This is a tragically underrated episode. This is pure entertainment throughout, and one of the best episodes of the entire series.



    This episode proves that though there are great episodes that are dark, see Centennial Charmed and Awakened, an episode does not have to be dark in order to be great. In fact, an episode can be fun and uplifting and be just as great.



    This episode is strong from the beginning, and there are many, many great parts. One of my favorites is Phoebe yelling at Prue as she rides away on a motorcycle, "Prue, get your astral @ss back here!" Or when Victor tells Leo he could be fine with a whitelighter as a son-in-law (good idea, that), and Cole comes downstairs, causing Leo to ask Victor- "What is your stance on demons?" Hahaha... Or when Victor reacts to Patti showing up- "Okay, who brought my ex back from the dead?" and Grams responds- "We know you two have issues, but that is what the reception is for." Hahaha... Or when Cole talks to the killer outside the bar- "I am a fortune teller. I predict you are going to give me a full confession." Great stuff!!



    Cole is awesome throughout the bar scene. I love it when he and Leo work together.



    I love it when Leo takes charge for a rare time and gives everyone orders and says, "We have a wedding to save."



    The scene where Patti appears to Piper is one of the most emotional scenes of the series, and Holly gives arguably her best performance of all in this scene. If you hadn't figured it out that Piper is the heart of the series, then Patti says it outright in this scene. The extended scene when Patti talks to Prue and Phoebe is equally well written and just tremendous.



    The brief conflict involves more neurotic issues for Prue, who is quickly turning into a head case that I'm not going to be overly sad to say goodbye to at season's end. Her unresolved issues have now sprung into her astral world and result in some Hell's Angel wannabe riding his motorcycle right through the manor's front door in the middle of Piper's wedding. Some have complained that Prue got too much focus, but actually, her subplot is rather quickly and efficiently handled and doesn't detract from the focus of the episode, which is the wedding.



    Phoebe got to flex some muscle in this episode. I loved how she brought Prue's astral self back and told her- "Nice spell, huh?" I imagine both actresses appreciated their brief throw down, and so do we. The wedding is an iconic scene, a seminal moment for the series, and one of the few absolutely perfect scenes. It was perfect that Grams, Patti, Victor, Cole and Darryl were all there. It was perfect that Leo lit the room with magic light, and that it cascaded down upon the wedding party as Leo and Piper kissed. Major kudos to the writers for the vows, which were incredibly concise, direct, and so true for both characters. This is such a great scene that I'm going to even give Prue her due and not wish that Paige was there instead.



    I only give this episode a 9.5 because of Prue's issues being the only conflict, but it is as close to a 10 as you can get without getting there.moreless
  • Prue is clearly sick of always being the responsible one, and it shows as she becomes 'Prue the Wedding Crasher' as Piper and Leo keep trying to tie the knot.

    8.0
    Finally, it appears as though Piper and Leo are headed for the altar. This event seems to have been a long time coming and Piper is very, very nervous that some demon or or other will arrive and ruin everything. Little does she know that the 'demon' will, in fact, be her own eldest sister who keeps astral projecting out of the Manor and into a more wild and carefree life before the nuptials can taqke place.



    Prue isn't deliberately trying to ruin the wedding, she just obviously wants a life where she is not 'in charge' all the time. She certainly gets her wish in this episode, but at what cost?moreless
  • Just Get Married Already!

    8.1
    Another episode which improves with repeated viewings, the landmark occasion of Piper and Leo getting married finally happens, after, what seems like, 699 pit-stops.



    Just Harried sees Piper and Leo preparing for their wedding day whilst Prue's astral self suddenly has a life of its own and is framed for the murder of a biker.



    Piper and Leo's wedding day makes for some fun marriage clichés and Holly Marie Combs and Brian Krause are both believable in the episode. But, it's a shame that what should be their episode is taken up with Prue and her dramas. They're not interesting and the setting of the biker bar is kinda lame. Despite some problems, it's nice to see Shannen get to act out-of-character and the reasoning behind Astral-Prue's determination to escape is intriguing and slightly sad. She craves the love and normal life that Piper and Phoebe have and it's sad that she never got to experience that before her death.



    The episode marks the first time that Grams, Patty and Victor all appear together and the reunion between Patty and her daughters is heartbreaking. It's a scene which is classic Charmed and portrays real sisterly bonding that hasn't been seen on the show in years. The closing moments, where Piper and Leo are finally married, are really emotional too.



    A really good episode which skilfully balances two interesting storylines.moreless
  • Prue Steals Piper's Thunder!

    8.7
    Just Harried-On the day of Piper's wedding to Leo, Prue's astrally-projected-self adopts an uninhibited, wild personality that threatens to ruin the wedding and place Prue in jail for murder.



    A great episode that marks one of the most pivotal moments of the series: Piper and Leo finally get married. It's a touching occassion played well by all the cast, especially Holly Marie Combs and Brian Krause who make Piper and Leo's pre-marital jitters seem so real. Both were so convincing as Piper plays the worried bride who is afriad her wedding might ruined and wants it too be perfect as well as Leo being so nervous yet confident in the life changing experience as his about to marry the woman he loves with all his heart. The highlight of the episode is surprisingly not the wedding, but when the sisters' mom return on Piepr's wedding day to be with them. It's a beautiful, over-whelming scene with some touching writting and great performance by all 4 actresses in the scene. It's great to see the whole Haliwell family together in one episode with James Read, Finola Hughes, and Jennifer Rhodes all returning and giving fine performances in their respected roles. I especially loved the scene where Victor gives Piper some great support about her marriage with Leo and helps her to rethink whether she should give up on her wedding or not.



    Lastly, on the writers' part, it was rather selfish of them also have a storyline where Prue's astral form wrecks havock in the same where Piper gets married, but both storylines are actually interwine quite nicely. The scene where Prue takes off with her new motorcycle driving boyfriend during Piper's wedding is an excellent scene. Also, Shannen and Alyssa really worked well together (What a surprise as at this point, I'm guessing that were at each others' necks!) in the scene where Phoebe tries to understand why Prue's astral form is trying to become free of Prue. It's a quite sad development as Prue is trying to live out her dreams while her sisters are leaving there's. Prue has always been just as much of a mother to her sisters as a sister, and her inner demons are very well written. The episode ends brilliantly as Piper and Leo finally tie the knot which made for one of the most memorable moments of the series. All and All, "Just Harried" is such a great episode with 2 wonderful storylines, which feature the unforgettable wedding of Piper and Leo.moreless
Dana Ashbrook

Dana Ashbrook

T.J.

Guest Star

Whip Hubley

Whip Hubley

Inspector Krutchen

Guest Star

Douglas Bennett

Douglas Bennett

Ray

Guest Star

Michael Bailey Smith

Michael Bailey Smith

Belthazor

Recurring Role

Finola Hughes

Finola Hughes

Patty Halliwell

Recurring Role

James Read

James Read

Victor Bennett

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (14)

    • TRIVIA: There is no magical enemy in this episode.

    • TRIVIA: The music played during Piper and Leo's wedding is Johann Pachelbel's Canon (in D major).

    • When T.J drove through the door of the manor during the wedding he obviously noticed a ceremony was going on since he mentioned it in the following scene. So why didn't he notice that there was a spirit conducting the ceremony and that Prue was wearing a bridal gown one moment and then jumped on his bike in jeans and t-shirt the next?

    • TRIVIA: This is the first time Finola Hughes and James Read have appeared togethor in the roles of Patty and Victor. Previously, in the first season episode Thank You For Not Morphing, the characters appeared togethor (albeit breifly and in a video) played by Anthony Dennison and Alyssa Milano.

    • TRIVIA: The same music is used for the wedding of Piper and Leo as when they tried to get married the first time.

    • TRIVIA: Piper is the first sister to have her wedding interrupted and call it off, but still get married the same day.

    • TRIVIA: Piper is the second sister to have a wedding and get married. Previously Prue (albeit against her will) was married to Zile in a dark wedding in the episode Bride and Gloom.

    • Why would Leo want Cole to go to the bar with him? In the episode The Good, The Bad, And The Cursed, Leo said that whitelighters were not supposed to work together with demons.

    • TRIVIA: This is the first episode that one of the sisters rides a motorcycle. This time it was Prue, but later Paige does in the season 4 episode "Size Matters", Piper in the season 6 episode "Valhalley of the Dolls (2)", and Phoebe in the season 7 episode "Carpe Demon".

    • TRIVIA: In this episode, after a lot of trouble, Piper and Leo finally get married.

    • TRIVIA: This is the first time the family, consisting of Prue, Piper, Phoebe, Grams, Patty, Victor, and Leo, have all been together at one time.

    • Why didn't Piper freeze TJ after riding into the manor? It caused her to become shocked and startled, and also why didn't she freeze the cake when it came tumbling down to the ground?

    • Melinda's blessing cup changes position on the table during Prue and Phoebe's conversation in the kitchen.

    • Even though it was only Prue's astral form who was seeing T.J., wouldn't he and Prue have talked after she was cleared of the charges against her?

  • QUOTES (26)

    • (Piper suspects Prue and Phoebe are going up to the attic to investigate something in the Book of Shadows)
      Phoebe: Prue she's onto us. Yes we were going to the attic. To find something old, something new...
      Prue: (catching on) Uhh... something borrowed and something blue... but you caught us.

    • Phoebe: (To Astral Prue) This is Psychology 101. You're the ID, Prue's inner desires. Which means, she's the ego; the control factor.

    • Piper: As Halliwells, we are blessed as witches but we are cursed as women. Sometimes I think we're all destined to be alone.

    • Cole (about the biker bar): Interesting place to dream about.
      Leo: Especially for Prue.

    • Piper: A demon I could have handled. But my big sister ruining my wedding, I cannot handle that.

    • Prue: But we have to get through the wedding first for Piper.
      Phoebe: For Piper. (to Darryl) You're supposed to say "For Piper".
      Darryl: Yeah, all right.

    • Prue: It's going to be a demon-free day. (Cole shimmers in) Hey!
      Cole: Sorry, I'm late.
      Piper: You were saying?

    • Phoebe: Prue. Okay, we've got everyone convinced that we have things under control. Now you have to convince me.

    • Piper: It is bad luck to see the bride's dress before the wedding.
      Leo: But you're not even wearing your dress.
      Piper: The same rule applies to the bride's curlers. Go away.

    • Prue: Yeah, and the only thing I need to vanquish him is a potion called coffee.

    • Prue: I was still in that biker bar, but this time I was attacked by a big galoot.
      Piper: A galoot? You fought a demon in your sleep? If I'm gonna have to vanquish a demon in my wedding dress, just tell me, because if so, then--
      Prue: All right? He was not a demon, right? He was just a big, rude guy.

    • Phoebe: Was that just giggling I heard?
      Piper: Yes, I am guilty of giggling, and I am guilty of being happier than any previous moment in my life.

    • Biker: Hey. You got my money?
      Prue: Hey, you have a good memory.

    • Prue: Don't talk to me about being responsible, Phoebe. You weren't very responsible when you fell in love with a demon.

    • Victor: Patty.
      Patty: Hello, Victor, how are you?
      Victor: Good. I mean, I was good. Alright, who brought my ex-wife back from the dead?
      Grams: Not now, Victor. I know you two have issues but that's what the reception is for.

    • Phoebe: Piper, you have to stay positive. You know what? I have Celine Dion Behind The Music on video cassette. Would you like to watch that?
      Piper: Would you like to get slapped?

    • Inspector: Ah, you stick your tongue down her throat but you don't know her name?
      TJ: That against the law?

    • Prue: Better listen to Grams Pheobe, I mean you could always calculate her age by the number of rings on her fingers.

    • Piper (to Prue & Phoebe who are on the way to the attic): Hold it right there! What's wrong?
      Phoebe: Oh, boy bands, there's just far too many of them don't you think?

    • (The doorbell rings)
      Prue: Don't get that.
      Piper: Will somebody get that?
      Prue: Ooooh, I'll get it.

    • Leo: Piper, through all the tears and struggles, I always knew in my heart that we'd make it here. I promise to love and respect you from this point forward as your husband, as my wife, my lover, my friend, and my soul mate. All I am is yours.
      Piper: Leo, you are the best thing that has ever happened to me. I was afraid that you were too good to be true, that maybe I didn't deserve someone so pure and beautiful and loving as you are. But here we are surrounded by the people that I love the most and I feel so proud, and so blessed to be your wife. Leo, I was born to love you and I always will.

    • (Phoebe finishes putting the wedding arch up for Piper's wedding)
      Phoebe: Okay, that should do it.
      Grams: I'm thinking more to the left. Uh, is this the biggest arch you could get?
      Phoebe: Ugh.
      Prue: Without opening a fast food franchise, yeah.

    • Leo: All I need is what's inside of me to know that Piper and I are meant to be together. What happened here today...
      Phoebe: Piper and Leo's love has touched us all.

    • Phoebe (to Prue): Huh, wow, so you're relinquishing control to your little sister. You must really be tired.

    • Victor: I could get used to having a whitelighter for a son-in-law.
      Cole: Everyone having fun down here?
      Leo (to Victor): Where do you stand on demons?

    • (Prue leaves on a motorcycle during Piper's wedding)
      Piper: Prue! What the hell is going on?
      Phoebe: Prue! Get your astral ass back here!

  • NOTES (5)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Grams: I'm thinking more to the left. Uh, is this the biggest arch you could get?
      Prue: Without opening a fast food franchise, yeah.

      Without actually saying it, this is a reference to McDonald's, a fast food restaurant with a golden arch as a symbol.

    • Prue: The harder I play the luckier I become.

      This is a reference to the Thomas Jefferson quote "the harder I work the luckier I become".

    • Title: Just Harried

      This is a reference to the phrase "just married".

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