Season 4 Episode 20

Long Live the Queen

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 02, 2002 on The WB
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Phoebe accepts her new role in Cole's life, but she still sets out to save an innocent after she has a premonition and even seeks her sisters' help in protecting the man. Meanwhile, Piper's heart doesn't seem to be in it as she prepares to defend her family against any new threats from the underworld.moreless

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  • Long Live the Queen

    Long Live the Queen was a perfect and wildly entertaining episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because Phoebe really takes on the Mantle of Queen of the Underworld. It was awesome to watch her lose her patience with all the demon business going on and Cole always being busy. I liked the conflict between the sisters since Phoebe had made her choice. It was great to see Phoebe challenge the Seer and Cole. The magic was awesome, the action was engaging and the intrigue was suspenseful. It was touching to watch Phoebe come to terms with herself and finally make a decision one way or the other. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Long live Queen Phoebe!!!

    I love to see one of Charmed Ones to turn to evil side!!! However, sometime you have to pick ONE side to be in!! EVIL or GOOD Side!! I could have both, but it will not work that way, that Phoebe wants! She chose evil because she don't want to lose her unborn baby and her husband, Cole who are source.. Piper need to chill out and she acts like mother of this family. She cant control everybody's decision.. I dislike Piper, and her character in this show. I can't imagine Phoebe have to pick ONE SIDE, it is very hard decision. I am so surprised for this episode!! Way to go!moreless
  • Total, waste of my time.

    Long Live the Queen, Season 4, Episode 20.

    This season of Charmed has been a real good season. But this episode just puts all the good episodes down the drain. I am so so sick of this Cole/Phoebe/Source storyline, it was good at the start but now it's just a snooze-fest. I actually dread watching this episode. Two things I did however like about this episode was that Cole got vanquished and the special FX, were pretty amazing. Overall, I would have to say this is probably the worst episode of Charmed ever produced, and I will NEVER EVER watch this episode again.moreless
  • Fantastic episode. One of my personal favourites as Phoebe makes a tough choice and Piper struggles with emotional demons of her own.

    An excellent hour (almost) of television with some fantastic work by all the actors involved. After much consideration, Phoebe decides that she will do as Cole wishes and take her place at his side. This is a very tough choice for her to make but she loves him and wants to be with him, truly unaware of exactly what it is going to be like. Meanwhile, Piper seems to have a bad case of the blues as she feels as though enough is enough and she is just not sure if she can cope with the whole thing anymore. She seems listless and depressed, and even the idea of helping to save an innocent does not seem to do the trick.

    Great episode, watch it soon!moreless
  • Down with the King...

    This is Julian McMahon's tour de force. His performance alone makes this one of the best episodes of Charmed. If Shannen blazed a mark above all others in her final performance, Julian tried to set his star even higher. The scene at The Bay Mirror where he pleads with Phoebe to stick with her decision is perhaps the best acted and finest written scene thus far in the series. Of course, no one is more familiar with the contest of good versus evil within than Cole, and Julian's intensity in this scene conveys the pain of that battle completely.

    Alyssa, of course, is fabulous as the evil Queen, and Phoebe takes no time in acting like a powerful demon by torching other demons at a blazing pace. Unfortunately, this breeds mistrust among her minions since, as a Charmed One, not everyone is convinced she has completely turned from her demon vanquishing days. In fact, even Paige immediately thinks it is a good sign. Regardless, the scene where Phoebe has all the demons on edge, much to Cole's displeasure, is great fun.

    It was a surprising and dark turn when Cole brilliantly fools the sisters into bringing their innocent to him to be vanquished. This act, of course, brings the entire situation to a head, and once the choice is between Cole or her sisters, Phoebe makes the only choice she can. The writers got the maximum drama and emotional pull out of the vanquish by having it all come down to Phoebe making the final move. This is certainly one of Charmed's most emotionally powerful moments and toughest vanquish. The entire thing was masterfully handled.

    As well-reviewed as this episode is, I am not going to place it among the absolute top tier of Charmed episodes, meaning it is a Top 10 episode but probably not a Top 5. In fact, Cole's final vanquish in Centennial Charmed is a more entertaining episode, I believe, in its entirety. The stakes are even higher there, and we say a REAL final farewell. Whereas again, like in Charmed and Dangerous, this is almost more of a faux climax to the story. The Source is gone and Phoebe will never embrace evil like this again, but the whisper of Cole comes back as soon as the very next episode. I also don't like how the Underworld is so quick to rise against the Source. The Source can destroy them all with a wave of his hand. He has to kill an innocent himself to prove himself? Nonsense. It is also a small detraction that Piper and Leo are basically lost in space here. They have so little to do that the writers actually get Piper drunk and Leo frozen to keep them out of the action for a bit. And yes, Phoebe's actions don't make any sense. She can't rule over demons and save innocents at the same time; they are contrary occupations. I also feel that as quick as Charmed is with its storylines, it actually would have helped to take more time with this one. Phoebe is too quick in bouncing from one side to another.

    Still, small complaints with an otherwise near perfect episode, featuring a perhaps perfect performance by Julian McMahon.moreless
Aldis Hodge

Aldis Hodge


Guest Star

Susan Balboni

Susan Balboni


Guest Star

David Heckel

David Heckel

Seedy Demon

Guest Star

Debbi Morgan

Debbi Morgan

The Seer

Recurring Role

Rebecca Balding

Rebecca Balding

Elise Rothman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • TRIVIA: The song played at the end of this episode is Courage by Sarah Polley.

    • TRIVIA: This is not the first time Phoebe has turned evil for love. In her past life she turns evil when she fell in love with the warlock Anton. Only in that life Prue and Piper (then her cousins in their past lives) had to kill her in order to break the alliance.

    • TRIVIA: Cole is vanquished by the Charmed Ones in this episode.

    • When Cole enters as Phoebe is writing the two letters at the end, she scratches her head with her right hand. In the next shot we see her left hand pulling away instead.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Cole: This is not a game, Phoebe. You walked through a one-way door. You try to turn around now, they will destroy us.
      Phoebe: Who, my sisters?
      Cole: The Underworld. If they think we're working both sides, they will revolt. If they do that, if they unite against us, I promise, we will pray for death.
      Phoebe: I'm sorry, I didn't…
      Cole: I get it, Phoebe, better than anyone. I know what you're going through. It'll rip you apart if you let it.
      Phoebe: How do I not let it?
      Cole: You make a choice. And you stick to it.

    • Phoebe: Can you do anything about this thunder, because it is making me nuts.
      Seer: I have no sway over the weather. I do have a friend who works with wind, but she's out of town.

    • Paige: You evil son of a bitch.
      Piper: Phoebe, get out here and help us, damn it!
      (Paige puts the crystals in an almost circle when Cole reappears)
      Piper: Paige.
      (Cole throws Paige against the wall)
      Piper: Phoebe, you heard what he said, he's gonna kill us, help us!
      Phoebe (whispers to herself): Forgive me.

    • (Phoebe comes in and Cole puts out a fireball that he was about to throw at the Charmed Ones)
      Cole (to Phoebe about his being about to kill her sisters): I'm sorry. It's for the best.
      Phoebe: I know it is. (kisses him then steps back and puts down a crystal trapping him in a forcefield) I'm sorry too.
      Cole (looks at the forcefield around him holding him in then at Phoebe): Phoebe, no. No!
      Phoebe (tearfully): I'm sorry baby. I'm so sorry.
      Piper: Prudence, Penelope, Patrica, Melinda... (fire appears near Cole's feet)
      Phoebe (tearfully): Astrid, Helena, Laura and Grace...
      Cole (to Phoebe): I'll always love you.
      Paige: Halliwell witches stand strong beside us...
      Phoebe (sadly): Vanquish this evil...
      Piper, Phoebe & Paige: From time and space.
      (Cole is consumed by flames and explodes)

    • Piper: I'm sorry Paige. I don't know what got into me. It's one thing when your sister has a husband that you can't stand. Its another when he's the source of all evil.

    • Cole: If you want to kill your boss we have people that can take care of that for you.
      Phoebe: Aren't you sweet!

    • Paige: How's she doing?
      Piper: I don't know; she hasn't come down yet.
      Paige: How long you been standing there?
      Piper: A while.
      Paige: Maybe we should go see her?
      Piper: Okay. (she starts to climb the stairs) What if she wants to be alone?
      Paige: She's gonna be alone a lot. Maybe right now she needs us.

    • Leo: Paige, wh…?
      Paige: You were frozen Leo and I'm guessing demons didn't get her.
      Leo: No, more like inner demons.

    • Piper: She is my baby sister and I let him destroy her. That is not human nature - that is the nature of failure.

    • Piper (while getting wasted): Paige could see that Cole clearly had turned evil, and she tried to tell me over and over and over and over and over... and over. (thinks a moment) That doesn't even sound like a word anymore.

    • Piper (as Leo orbs in): We're closed.

    • Elise (reading from Phoebe's column): Dear Betrayed, I suggest you beat your husband with his secretary's stapler. That way, he'll think twice about leaning her over his desk again.

    • Phoebe: Things are not as black and white as they used to be, okay? I can't just go around killing demons anymore.
      Paige: Why not? We heard you just killed two last night.
      Phoebe: Yeah, well, that was different. They were getting on my nerves. I promised Cole I wouldn't kill any more. And killing Malec would have been a huge betrayal.
      Piper: Malec? You're on a first name basis with the demons now?

    • Phoebe (to Cole): I said I promise, but if it'll make you feel better... (to a group of demons) Hi, um, I just want to say that I'm really sorry for killing your friends last night. Oh, and, um, the night before that.

    • Phoebe (to a group of demons): Relax boys. I'm here to cook, not kill.

    • Piper: This one duplicates my freezing power, plus it scalds the flesh, so it should only be used in dire emergencies.
      Paige: No! I will not scald Phoebe's flesh!

    • Cole (after Phoebe has killed two demons): I thought we talked about this.
      Phoebe: Sorry…hormones!

    • Phoebe (to the Seer): Do me a favor. Find something that strengthens me and doesn't taste like crap.

    • Paige: It's like Piper-lite. All the personality without any of those messy emotions.

    • Piper: Phoebe, you're evil. You're like the queen of all evil. Literally.
      Phoebe: That's beside the point.
      Piper: How can that be beside the point?

    • Paige (about Malec): He's gonna come back.
      Phoebe: You don't know that.
      Piper: That's what they do, Phoebe. They come back. They snarl, and come back.

    • Piper: This time, the Source is Cole. You think she's going to stand by and say a little spell with us?
      Paige: If she doesn't, we die.
      Piper: Is that supposed to be comforting?

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