Charmed

Season 3 Episode 21

Look Who's Barking

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 10, 2001 on The WB
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Phoebe has a premonition of a murderous banshee while adding on to the Belthazar section of the Book of Shadows, thus causing her to think Cole is responsible. The sisters then cast a spell to track the banshee which turns Prue into a dog, but when Prue gets hit by a car, Phoebe's remorse causes the banshee to attack her and turn her into a banshee, too.moreless

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  • Look Who's Barking

    10
    Look Who's Barking was a perfect episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because the story was awesome and I liked the type of dog Prue turned into. It was interesting to see the Banshee and hear her scream or wail. I liked the background story of the Banshee and how they come to be. Phoebe believed Cole was behind a few unsolved attacks and later learns it wasn't him. There was a lot of character development. I liked seeing Piper wrestle with her new powers and have to take matters into her own hands when she was the only sister left around to continue fighting. Every thing ended well and I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Look who's blowing stuff up...

    8.0
    Season 3 has been Phoebe's season in many ways, perhaps leading to Shannen's exit, and though at first glance this would appear to be a continuation of that, this episode is actually more about Piper.



    This episode prepares Piper for the start of Season 4, when she will be the head of the Charmed Ones and the most powerful witch. At the beginning, she is still paralyzed with fear of her new power with Leo trying to coax her out and build her confidence. By the end, she will take on the responsibility of finding the banshee and saving her sisters.



    The pre-intro scene with the first appearance of the banshee is one of the darker and more chilling scenes in the series. In usual Charmed fashion, much of the darkness surrounding the Banshee is juxtaposed against a more lighthearted subplot involving Prue being a dog. Like many reviewers, I was not taken with the whole dog thing, but I can get over it. It mostly kept Prue out of the picture so we could focus on Piper and Phoebe. The entire Phoebe/Cole story line is just getting tired at this point. Obviously, Phoebe needs a job so she can have something else to think about. The story line will reach the apex of tedium in the next episode before getting a miraculous and much needed revamp in Charmed Again.



    The highlight of the episode is clearly Piper and Leo's facedown with Cole, with Cole edging closer and closer and finally resorting to outright threats. Very tense scene with Piper showing her courage and determination before Phoebe arrives for her throwdown with Cole.



    Solid penultimate episode that sets up Piper, Phoebe and Cole for the finale.moreless
  • Look Who's Getting Fired Soon and the Battle of the Bitter Exes

    8.6
    This episode definitely had a good degree of darkness for an episode where the Charmed Ones get turned into things; which are usually lighter.



    Banshees: I liked the concept of the Banshee (though as usual I'm sure the writers took previous mythology and changed or added on to it). The pre-credits sequence was one that was genuinely scary and really threw you into the theme song (the first time I saw this episode anyway). The banshees have been the darkest demons on Charmed since the Grimlocks in season 1 and I liked that.



    Prue: It's probably unfortunate she spent most of her penultimate episode as a dog, but she looked absolutely beautiful during her human scenes. I really miss Prue's sophisticated manner and wished she had stuck around to yell more at Phoebe for defacing the Book of Shadows with her self pity scribbles about Cole. Prue seems a lot more mild mannered in this episode, though probably because she knew Phoebe was in pain so she let her off more easily.



    Phoebe: When I first watched this episode I thought the concept of turning Phoebe into a Banshee to work out her intense pain was a well executed idea. The banshee was played well by Phoebe though I didn't like Phoebe in general in this episode. I know I have to separate Alyssa from her character, but she gives Prue/Shannen all of these dirty looks and attitude throughout the episode that is just hard to dismiss. Prue lets her off the hook too easily and goes along with her dumb "Belthazor is behind this" theory about the next victim; so Phoebe has no right to take it out on her.



    Piper: Piper features some of the funnier and snippier lines in this episode ("huh, shut her up!") that really carried this somewhat dark episode. Still dealing with her witchy inadequacies ("I just tag along and freeze things"), Leo encourages her into believing she's just as powerful as Prue and Phoebe. I don't know why she ever thought she was less powerful than a premonition crap witch who can fly with strings, but ok, maybe it was a reference to her obscurity behind the Shannen/Alyssa diva scenes (sorry, I'm biased).



    Cole: Cole's another funny character and you have to love his face when he sees Prue-dog and Piper's botched vanquish. The fight scene between him and banshee Phoebe make the episode as well.



    Conclusion: One of the best "turning into things" episode mainly because of the dark back story behind banshees and Piper being on her own to figure stuff out. It also sets up the stage for All Hell Breaks Loose since by the end of the episode a concerned Piper at P3 looks on with a thoughtful and concerned gaze as Phoebe joyfully becomes determined to save Cole. Unfortunately that quest may cost both her sisters lives in the pivotal episode that follows.moreless
  • Prue's a dog and Phoebe's a banshee

    8.9
    I really have no idea why I like this episode so much because there was a lot of junk in here.



    I really enjoyed watching Piper struggle over her new power in the beginning. It was cool to see that she had destroyed the Christmas decorations and that she was afraid she would hurt someone if she left the basement. I loved how angry she was getting with being told to relax too.



    I hated the Phoebe/Cole plot to the story which coming from me is nothing new. I've hated almost all of their relationship, but that's not really the point. Phoebe being all blah over Cole was just complete crap and so incredibly annoying. I felt the urge to hit her in the beginning because Cole was all that she cared about and she was just way too mopey about it. And then she just assumed that the demon was Cole because she couldn't stop writing about him for 2 seconds and she just wanted it to be him.



    I liked the tracking spell turning Prue into a dog, because it really wasn't what you were expecting it to do. Prue the dog was great though I loved that she was hiding under the bed after the spell and Phoebe was great and almost cute when trying to get her out. It was funny when Leo insulted the kind of dog that Prue turned out to be and it was even funnier when he orbed out just because he was afraid of Prue.



    I loved that Leo came back and told Piper that witches turn into banshees at the worst moment. It was so amusing to see Piper after Phoebe turned into a banshee. It was nice to see that Piper was trying to find a way to deal with Prue being a dog and Phoebe being a banshee. And seeing Piper arguing with Leo as she was having a crisis was also amusing. I loved that when Piper wanted to get Phoebe back she automatically thought of Cole. I really loved Cole's "Surprise" when the potion didn't kill him



    This was a really good episode but a not so good episode all at the same time and I didn't like that Phoebe decided to give Cole another chance either.moreless
  • It's a Doggy, Dog World Out There

    8.0
    Look Who's Barking-Phoebe has a premonition of a murderous banshee while adding on to the Belthazar section of the Book of Shadows, thus causing her to think Cole is responsible. The sisters then cast a spell to track the banshee which turns Prue into a dog, but when Prue gets hit by a car, Phoebe's remorse causes the banshee to attack her and turn her into a banshee, too.



    An dark, emotional yet light hearted episode at times where each sister has their own issues in this episode. The biggest and most obvious one being Phoebe, who feels hurt and betrayed by Cole after the events of last episode. Alyssa pulls off Phoebe's hidden pain throughout and her breakdown scene was heartbreaking. I like the portrayal of the Banshees and it was no surprise that Phoebe would become one once we found out they use to be former witches. Alyssa actually look pretty frightening in her Banshee make-up and outfit.



    Then there's Piper, whose still dealing her new power of mass destruction and it's still hilarious watching random things explode with her having no control. Holly makes Piper's situation seem almost non-fictional and you really feel bad that Piper thinks she unable to save the day in the end. Lastly of course, is Prue, who becomes a dog for most of the episode. I always found it hilarious with Prue being a dog as Shannen is always called a b!%@# by the media and here she is being turned into a dog, lol. I also always found it weird that for Prue's penultimate episode of the series that she would be almost M.I.A the whole episode, but that's mostly because of Shannen preparing for her next direction job for the season finale.



    The episode is filled with some disturbing and tense scenes like the opening teaser with the first Banshee attack as with glass shattering everywhere. I also loved Cole finally revealing the truth to Phoebe and it would have been a drag if the writers tragged out Cole's faux betrayal for too long. Again, Julian and Alyssa are great together in their scenes and it's nice to see Phoebe doesn't want to give up on Cole anymore. All and All, a fun and very good episode with solid storyline and all 3 sisters getting a lot to do here.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (18)

    • When Piper is talking to Phoebe about not being the first Halliwell to fall for a demon she is of course referring to herself. Jeremy was Piper's fiance and a warlock she helped vanquish in the first episode of the series.

    • TRIVIA: The grieving widower is shown holding his deceased wife's photo and crying just before the Banshee kills him. The actor playing the widower is Newell Alexander and the woman in the photo is actually his real-life wife, Rosemary Alexander.

    • In this episode a Banshee is someone who feeds on the pain of others and kills with it's scream. However, in true Irish folklore a Banshee's scream, is to either foretell or let it be known that a death has or is about to occur.

    • TRIVIA: This is the 5th time that one of the sisters turned into something evil.

    • When Piper and Leo are talking on the bed in their bedroom, Piper's hair keeps going from over her shoulder to behind her back.

    • TRIVIA: This is the last episode to feature Kit, the Charmed Ones' cat. However, she does appear again for the official final time in the season 5 episode Cat House, when her sudden unexplained disappearance is finally answered.

    • At the beginning of the episode Phoebe is writing in the book and the page is shown. The title says "Cole's human form", but it doesn't make sense - there's Cole (the human form) and Belthazor (the Demon) so Cole would be the Belthazor's human form not Cole's human form.

    • When the Alchemist cuts Cole's arm, a drop of blood is visible on the end of the knife even before he cuts him. This is probably "stage" blood on the underside of the knife meant to give the appearance of a cut when the Alchemist draws the knife along Cole's arm.

    • TRIVIA: This episode marks the final time Prue, Piper and Phoebe are shown together at P3.

    • TRIVIA: This is the second time that Prue gets transformed into something by her own spell, the first time was in the season 2 episode "She's A Man Baby, A Man!".

    • TRIVIA: In this episode the sisters face a demon that has no vanquishing spell in the Book of Shadows but Piper manages to use her new power and blow it up instead.

    • TRIVIA: The song played at the end of the episode is "Breathless" by The Corrs.

    • TRIVIA: The song played during the opening credits is Give Me A Reason by The Corrs, featured on their CD In Blue.

    • After the commercial break right after Cole shimmers out with Banshee Phoebe, Piper has her coat on, but it's clear that time hasn't passed enough for her to want or need it.

    • When Phoebe throws Belthazor in the mausoleum, his bare leg is seen for an instant. It is not red like the rest of his skin, but rather the natural tone of the actor's.

    • When Phoebe is writing in the book about Cole being the human form of Belthazor, she is actually writing with what looks like a "Sharpie" marker. Later, when she is downstairs and says she's writing about his demon side, she is moving the pen, but it is clearly an inch or so above the book.

    • When Piper is in her room relaxing to the tape and Leo orbs in she blows it up with damage to the right tape deck but right after that she puts the fire out with the extinguisher the right tape deck has no damage.

    • When the dog version of Prue runs to the front door to get out, it's quite visible that the animal is in fact a male dog.

  • QUOTES (34)

    • Piper: Leo! Don't orb in! Knock first!
      Leo: But I live here!

    • Piper (to Leo while gesturing to her radio): Honey, you made me blow up my guru!

    • (A runaway teenage girl is inside a phone booth with the sounds of dogs barking around her)
      Runaway Teen (crying): Dad, are you there? Pick up, please. It's me. (pause) Mom! Oh, thank god. I'm so sorry; I never should've run away. I wanna come home. (looks around, having evidently been asked her current location) I don't know. Somewhere in San Francisco.

    • (Off camera, Phoebe as the banshee screams)
      Piper: Phoebe's home!
      (Phoebe jumps on Cole and they start to fight)

    • Phoebe: He hits you, you hit on him. It's only fair.
      Prue: Hey, how could I resist a guy who put up fliers to find me?

    • Prue: What are you doing?
      Piper: I think you got fleas.
      Prue: You know what, that's so not funny, because I think I do.
      Piper: I think you do.
      Prue: Okay, you have no idea how hard it was being a dog. Okay? I mean peeing outside, eating everything and anything, and just smelling everything.
      Piper: Must have been rough, no pun intended.
      Prue: Well, at least I got to meet a really cute guy.
      Piper: You met a guy?
      Prue: Mh...
      Piper: As a dog?
      Prue: Mh...
      Piper: How?
      Prue: Well, he ran me over.

    • Prue: Hey, Leo, not that I'm complaining, but why am I human again?

    • Piper: Okay, could you give me all the bad news at once? Do you have to keep doling it out for dramatic effect?

    • Piper: Prue is walking around on all fours and barking. If that's not a backfire, then what is?

    • Phoebe: Actually, inspector, we're witches. Okay? We actually think a demon might have done this, probably my ex-boyfriend. And if he did do this, then we have to find him and vanquish him. Satisfied?
      Inspector: That's very funny.

    • Phoebe: Do you see any scorch marks by where the body was?
      Prue: I don't think that there would have been a body...if that particular weapon had been used.

    • Prue: Why? Is she still locked in the basement?
      Phoebe: No, she's locked herself in her bedroom now.
      Prue: Well, at least somebody's improving.

    • Prue: And two sisters who need you to cook for them and fight evil with them.
      Phoebe: Okay, do you want her to come up, or do you want her to stay down there?

    • Prue: Jeez, who let the dogs out?

    • Prue: All right. Where is she?
      Phoebe: In the bunker formerly known as the basement.
      Prue: I thought she was getting a handle on her new powers.
      Phoebe: Yeah, that was before her new powers got a handle on her.

    • Prue: I am not saving myself for Mr. Right. I mean Mr. Interesting would do, or Mr. Personality, or even Mr. Take-My-Breath-Away. I don't care.

    • Piper: It's good to see you out, it's been a while.
      Phoebe: Yeah, I guess we're both out of hiding. You know, I've been wanting to thank you.
      Piper: For?
      Phoebe: Calling Cole. I mean, if you hadn't I'd probably still be screaming.
      Piper: Yeah, well, nothing like trusting your instincts.
      Phoebe: I know what you mean, I think I'm gonna act on some of my own.
      Piper: Do I even wanna ask?
      Phoebe: I think I made a mistake giving up on Cole. I now know why he did what he did.
      Piper: Phoebe.
      Phoebe: He loves me, which means that there's still good in him. I can bring him back, I know I can.

    • Leo: You can do this, Piper.
      Piper: No, actually, I can't. See 'cause Prue and Phoebe are the super witches and I just tag along and freeze things, and now I can't even do that right.

    • Piper : Am I okay? Prue is a dog and Phoebe is a Banshee. I am not even in the vicinity of okay.

    • Leo: So, the Banshee's scream doesn't kill witches, it turns them into Banshees.

    • Cole (to Leo): I suggest you orb her out of here, whitelighter, before there's nothing left to orb.

    • Cole denies Piper for saving his beloved Phoebe.
      Piper: Not even for somebody you love?
      Cole: Loved. Past tense.

    • Piper (to Leo about Cole & Phoebe): Feelings like theirs don't go away. We should know. (Piper turns to the spell in the Book of Shadows) Magic forces black and white, reaching out through space and light, be he far or be he near, bring us the demon Belthazor here.
      A tunnel of wind appears in the room and Cole appears.
      Cole: You rang? Piper? Not the sister I was expecting.

    • Leo: Honey, just try and relax.
      Piper: Would you stop telling me to relax! (Piper blows up a sewing machine.) That was Grams' sewing machine!

    • Phoebe (about Prue changed into a dog.): Oh, she's such a pretty dog.
      Piper: What else did you expect?
      Leo: A Doberman?
      Prue growls and barks at Leo.

    • Piper (talking about the banshee): So what do we do, wear earplugs?

    • Prue (to Phoebe): I think that you're barking up the wrong demon.

    • Prue and Phoebe are talking to Piper, who's in the basement, through the closed door.
      Prue: Can we come down?
      Piper: No. Stay away from the door, it's not safe.
      Phoebe: Piper, that's ridiculous, we're your sisters. (to Prue) Maybe we should back up just a little.

    • Phoebe (to Prue): You can't keep saving yourself for Mr. Right. I need more vicarious thrills than that.

    • Phoebe: I'm single again, so I have no choice but to live vicariously through your love life.
      Prue: Wow, I'd forget about my love life if I were you, lately mine's been rated PG for pretty grim.

    • The banshee goes for Piper but Piper blows her up.
      Piper: Ha, shut her up.

    • Piper: We need your help. Phoebe's been turned into a Banshee.
      Cole: A Banshee? Huh...that's different.

    • Piper blows something up in the basement.
      Phoebe: Are you okay?
      Piper: I'm fine. The Christmas decorations are not.

    • (Prue, as a dog, is chasing the Halliwell's cat, Kit, up the stairs)
      Piper (to Prue as a dog): Prue, no! No-no-no-no, very bad, Prue. Very, very bad Prue.
      (Prue growls)
      Piper: Hey, Cujo, who you growling at?
      Leo: I'm gonna go check with the Elders.
      Phoebe: Wait a minute, don't tell me you're afraid of Prue.
      Leo: Yeah!

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Title: Look Who's Barking

      This is a reference to the film "Look Who's Talking".

    • Phoebe (to Piper, after she accuses Phoebe of being in denial about her feelings for Cole): Okay, well... If you'll forgive me, Dr. Laura, I have a different demon to worry about.

      This is a reference to Dr. Laura Schlessinger who hosts a syndicated radio call-in show and is a counselor specializing in marriage, family and children.

    • Prue: Geez, who let the dogs out?

      This is a reference to the song "Who Let the Dogs Out?" by the Baha Men.

    • Piper: Hi, Cujo, who you growling at?

      This is a reference to the 1983 movie "Cujo" about a St. Bernard that contracts rabies and goes crazy, terrorizing a small town in the US. It was based on the novel by Stephen King.

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