Season 3 Episode 2

Magic Hour

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 12, 2000 on The WB
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Episode Summary

The sisters must find a way to break a curse which turns a man into an Owl by day and his girlfriend into a Wolf by night. Meanwhile, Prue discovers a way to hold Piper and Leo's wedding without "The Powers That Be" finding out.

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  • Yeah kinda a lame one I guess.

    Must say I agree completely with the other negative reviews. I found both Phoebe and Piper completely out of character.

    I mean I get being scared of 'unspeakable wrath', but she isn't talking about that at the start anyway, she's just talking about 'breaking rules', and yeah it was a bit out of character.

    I found the library scene kind of cute. Cole trying to flirt, and giving him such stupid lines because he hasn't been around for so long was funny. He's charismatic but still a bit out of it.

    I don't like that this is the second time that they have denied a darklighter a lover. Yes ok, in this one he was kinda rude about it and put a curse on them. But he didn't actually kill him which I don't get why he didn't do that in the first place. But he dies because he sees them kiss? To me that means he actually loved her .. so who's the real demon here? He just wanted his love, maybe went about it badly and was a creep, but he still cared for her.

    I don't get why she had to write 'handfasting', to tell them what it's called, I mean they could've just stood up and looked themselves.

    I also found the whole 'eclipse' thing pretty predictable and surprised nobody else figured it out. Especially if you really want the curse broken, surely you would've spent ages trying to figure it out?

    And Piper feeling 'sick' when they get to the building... I'm sorry 'when the time is right you'll know' is just a saying. You don't actually get a physical change in your body telling you. And why do you need to do all these things? If this is supposed to be a small affair to keep it a secret, having a florist and dresses and this and that kinda makes it obvious. Have the ceremony small and have an actual wedding later?

    Sorry my reviews got so long, but guess this one is shorter. Mostly because I did other things and had it playing in the background. But I thought the couple were pathetically annoying, the death scene was lame, and Phoebe acting weird about the eclipse, looking all confused and feeling weird..moreless
  • Magic Hour

    Magic Hour was a perfect and very entertaining episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because the story was awesome and well written. True Love was a major theme as Piper and Leo considered getting married and then when the sisters find two star crossed lovers who have been separated by a curse. There was some great character development and it was interesting to see Cole making moves to get closer to the sisters through Phoebe. The end of the episode where Cole is reporting to his bosses was a great scene and what happened to Leo was shocking. It was also good to see Grams again. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Unfortunately, there is nothing magical about this hour...

    I have to agree with other reviewers that this is a disappointing installment after a promising start in the season opener. This is a rare instance where watching this a second or third time actually made it worse in my mind. There is just a lot wrong with this episode.

    A norm of Charmed is that the demon story mirrors the personal lives of the sisters. This episode basically follows the structure of the imminently better P3 H2O where Piper and Leo's relationship is paralleled with another, seemingly doomed, couple and ultimately leads to lessons being learned. Combine that plot thread with a rather ridiculous rip off of Ladyhawk, and you have this episode. I actually got kind of a kick out of the sorcerer/warlock/darklighter in this episode. He is more comical than he is menacing. Why he would lay such an extravagant curse on the young couple instead of using his myriad of magical powers to get his way will forever remain in mystery. The foolishness reaches its zenith when the owl flies into the path of an arrow to save the damsel. Come on. Phoebe is also out of character here. Always close to Leo, she suddenly becomes so afraid of the wrath of the absentee landlord Elders that she reverses course and counsels Piper against marrying him, even going so far as to call Piper selfish. Well, sure, but that is like the pot calling the kettle black, is it not?

    The fact that the eclipse would break the curse should have been obvious from the first seconds the curse was mentioned. And why again did the sorcerer/warlock/darklighter self-immolate? Huh.

    Of course, Phoebe retrieves her sanity for the end, and we get the shortest wedding in TV history where Piper once again is left in tears, which must have been akin to a cliffhanger ending when it first aired. For Cole's brief scenes and that final scene, I at least rate this a 6.5, but no higher.moreless
  • This episode was a hooooot, hooooot! Geddit? Oh, I'll be here all night!

    Again, another mind-numbingly average episode of Charmed that has a main plot that rarely manages to be anything other than a mild form of television torture - with a mix of vomit inducing dialogue brought to you by two actors carved out of wood, the episode hit rock bottom from the get go. ~~

    Again, however, just like the previous episode, there are some moments that do, rather shockingly, manage to work! Piper's little selfish act shows a rare time that Piper doesn't think of the bigger picture and it was unusual to see the often reckless Phoebe become the voice of reason for once. Although I did notice Alyssa dropping the ball on occasion, especially when she's trying to explain to Piper why she didn't inform her sister about the spell in the book.

    The demons this week, much like the other guest stars in this hour, are bloody awful! A Jim-Carey knock off, the main demon had the comedic timing of a door knob and although there was effort made in adding humour to the proceedings there wasn't a guest star in sight that could pull off any of the quips. And lookithere, it's Elisabeth Harnois, star of that god-awful show "Point Pleasant" showing off her be fair, though, she's brilliant in "Pretty Persuasion" a movie I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a deliciously dark comedy. ~~

    Final Vanquish: The ending, if anything, saves this one from becoming a complete joke. And so Leo is whisked away and we're given another great performance from Holly, not to mention the arc finally kicking off with Cole's plans being finally revealed! Hurrah!...pity it's in such a boring episode!moreless
  • A couple cursed to be animals at opposite times of the day. On teh day of the eclipse. and, ho yeah, an attempted marriage.

    Well, at lease they were willing to admit they'd ripped something off! As Piper said "I swear I've seen this in a movie somewhere" and you may have, it's called Ladyhawke.

    The couple storyline felt like a footnote only put there to drum up some "drama" around the attempt to get married. The demon was a bit OTT but the couple were very bland, I couldn't see either of them fighting for anything and some of the dialogue from those two was far too corny.

    It did seem a bit strange having prue go along with Leo and Piper's plan and Phoebe being the one who isn't sure considering what Phoebe does end up going through for Cole but it was a nioce way to turn things around. And this episode had one great thing going for it; Prue doesn't save the day! A rarity, esepcially in series 3 I've noticed.moreless
Elisabeth Harnois

Elisabeth Harnois


Guest Star

Amir Aboulela

Amir Aboulela

Evil Triad Member #1

Guest Star

Michael Dietz

Michael Dietz


Guest Star

Jennifer Rhodes

Jennifer Rhodes

Penny 'Grams' Halliwell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (13)

    • TRIVIA: In the book store, the green book Phoebe is holding is The Giving Tree, a children's book written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein 1964.

    • At the beginning of the episode, when Piper is at the salon, there are two women reading bridal magazines while their hair dries. They are actresses Sara Rose Peterson (right) and Deeny Dakota (left) who portrayed Jade D'Mon/Hecate and Kirsten respectively in the Season 1 episode The Wedding from Hell. This could possibly be a hidden reference to both this and the aformentioned episode sharing a similar theme of magic getting in the way of love.

    • TRIVIA: This episode features Beth Hart's song Delicious Surprise and Bach's song Pachelbel's Cannon in D.

    • At the beginning when Piper walks in the door of the Manor, a boom mike can be seen briefly popping in at the top of the screen.

    • TRIVIA: This is the first time that Leo has been taken away from Piper.

    • Piper directed Christopher to Leo's freshly laundered clothes, but where did he get the shoes that he was wearing after he left the manor?

    • This will not be the last time the Sisters mention Grams' number of marriages. In fact the number changes very much in future episodes.

    • In the penultimate scene, in the demon bosses' office, the view outside the window shows a bright sunny day. However as there is an eclipse it should be dark outside.

    • TRIVIA: Phoebe states that Grams was married 4 times in this episode.

    • Prue said that when Phoebe was born she was three and Piper was one, but in the season 1 episode "That 70's Episode" Prue and Piper were clearly older than that.

    • When the boss (the demon who cast the curse) waves his hand at the computer monitor to magically change the display (the first time, after magically signing a document) from the business data into what looks like a sort of screensaver, the superimposed images of the screensaver exceed the monitor boundaries and can be seen superimposed on the plastic edges of the monitor too.

    • When the Charmed Ones are searching the forest for where Christoper encounters the wolf or coyote, there is a full moon in the sky. Later that day there is a solar eclipse. This is astronomically impossible. Solar eclipses occur only at new moons, and lunar eclipses only at full moons. It would be a matter of two weeks rather than a few hours between the full moon in the forest and the solar eclipse.

    • In the beginning of the episode, Piper closes the door of the car, but when the car with the new-married couple drives by, she closes the door again!

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Grams: Don't worry, Piper, we will fix this!
      Piper: (Sobbing uncontrollably) We-we have to!

    • Phoebe: An eclipse! Look... wait... no, don't look.

    • (Cole is at the front door)
      Cole: 1329 Prescott Street. On the receipt. In the bag. It was there. That sounded much better in my head.
      Phoebe: They gave you our books, and you thought you'd drop them by.
      Cole: That wasn't so hard when you said it.
      Cole: I actually need the ones I bought, so if you don't mind, I...
      Phoebe: Of course you do...

    • Leo: They want an answer, Piper, about us. Either there isn't any us, or you guys get a new 'lighter. We have till tomorrow night to decide.
      Piper: Tomorrow night? That's insane.
      Leo: But there is door number three. We can try and pull this off
      by tomorrow night. If we do, it's binding. They can't even break that apart.
      Piper: Yeah, but if they find out, they can break us apart into a thousand little pieces.
      Phoebe: Excuse me?
      Piper: I believe the term he used was "Unspeakable wrath, the likes of which you can't even imagine".

    • Phoebe: Assistant District Attorney, we have to stop meeting like this.
      Cole: You better be careful, a guy might think he's being followed.
      Piper: You better be careful or a girl might think her sister is getting a really cheesy pick-up line.

    • Leo (about the wedding): Speak in code and especially avoid using words like, you know.
      Piper: Hmm.
      Leo: Dum, dum, da-dum.

    • Piper: Yes, but we have to find a way to hide the www... rutabaga before they catch on.
      Prue The rutabaga?
      Piper: It's a code word for the thing we're not supposed to talk about. (She hums the wedding march.)
      Prue: Oh, the rutabaga.

    • Phoebe (to Grams): That's no fair. You have afterlife advantage.

    • Phoebe: I think that this looks like the place. Sort of.
      Piper: That's funny, I remember it looking like the right place sort of three hours ago.

    • Phoebe: So we don't have to feel the (writes on chalkboard) unspeakable wrath!!!
      Piper: I think that we can say those words, Phoebe.
      Phoebe: I just thought that we would remember them more if I wrote them down!

    • Cole: I sort of got plans to accidentally bump into another eye witness over at the Gas 'N Sip's.

    • Piper (to Phoebe, using "rutabaga" instead of "wedding"): If you didn't think I should have a rutabaga, then you should have said so, maybe like a long time ago.

    • Piper: Hi. I don't want to interrupt the verbal ping-pong, but…

    • Piper: Kit leave that alone.
      Phoebe (while Kit is scratching at an owl): Bad kitty.
      The owl turns into a naked man.
      Prue: Good kitty!

    • Grams: Logic and reason go out the window when love gets involved.

    • Grams: The Charmed Ones are destined for greatness, but that fact doesn't keep a girl warm on a cold winter's night.
      Phoebe: So? Add a blanket.

    • Prue: Yeah, well, rules are meant to be broken.
      Phoebe: Yeah, but bodies weren't.
      Piper: And neither were hearts.

    • Prue: I know this isn't exactly how you wanted it.
      Piper: No, but it's exactly what I wanted.

    • Phoebe: I don't get it. If our ancient compilation of spells, witchcrafts and rituals can't help us, what makes you think Martha Stewart can?

    • Grams: You need guidance, some advice on a certain sister situation. Am I getting warm?
      Phoebe: Red hot. But wait a minute, if you know, that means that they know, and if they know then we are f...
      Grams: Fine.

    • Prue: Alright, maybe you're not getting your dream wedding but you are getting your dream guy.
      Piper sighs. Leo orbs in.
      Phoebe (shouting): Leo!
      Leo: Shh!
      Phoebe (whispering): Leo.

    • Phoebe: If I had a dollar for every time an owl turned into a hot guy on our porch, I'd be r... (Piper covers Phoebe's mouth)

  • NOTES (2)


    • Phoebe: ...or we could use the Wonder Twins powers.

      The Wonder Twins, Zan and Jayna, starred alongside Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Batman and Robin in the 1977-1978 cartoon The All New SuperFriends Hour. Zan had water powers and Jayna had shape-shifting powers that were activated when the two touched hands.

    • Title: Magic Hour

      Magic Hour is the supposedly magic times of twilight before dawn and after sunset.

    • Piper: I could swear I'd seen this in a movie before.

      This is a reference to the movie, "Ladyhawke", starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Rutger Hauer as cursed lovers. He is a man by day and a wolf by night, while she is a hawk by day and a woman by night so they can never be together as humans.