Season 4 Episode 15


Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 14, 2002 on The WB
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As Phoebe prepares for her wedding day, she is completely unaware that the Source has taken over Cole's body, a plot that will likely ruin the big event. Meanwhile, when the Seer tells the Source that if he can marry Phoebe in the "dark way", it will insure that their future son will be the most powerful, evil being ever.moreless

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  • Marry-Go-Round

    Marry-Go-Round was another spectacular episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because the story was engaging, full of character development and action. There was a lot of magical intrigue and some great battle scenes. It was fun watching Cole play both sides of the fence. The Seer was awesome as usual. It was crazy to see Phoebe unknowingly get married to Cole by a dark priest. The show has really developed a great mythology and I love every minute of it that I can get. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • The dark wedding no one noticed...

    So, we get another big wedding, and this is a quality episode, though not near the awesomeness of Just Harried. Strangely, even though she is no adherent to any religion that I know of and she is marrying a former demon, Phoebe apparently still wants a full ceremony in a big church. Quite strange. An evil Cole is a good Cole, and Cole and Seer continue to be great entertainment here. It is always nice to see Victor, who improves any episode he is in.

    Besides them, the highlight of the episode is the wedding itself; it is hilarious as first Paige, and then Piper and Leo, and finally Phoebe and Cole are sucked into the battle with the Lazarus demon mid-ceremony. I'm not sure why Paige or Piper would need help in vanquishing the demon, but I also don't get why the Source is able to attend a church ceremony in the first place. So, I guess there is a lot going on here that I'm not sure about.

    I agree that Cole's reaction to being outed by the Lazarus demon is great, and his ruse as the Seer is brilliant. However, the ending of this episode is completely contrived. A chapel with a priest available just happens to be there so they can get married, and everything just happens to go as the Source and Seer planned. I am assuming that being married in the dark way has more differences than simply who is performing the ritual. I would assume the ritual is entirely different and would absolutely be recognizable to Leo at the least. This is a good beginning for the dark storyline to follow and I appreciate the similarities to Just Harried, but the ending is extremely contrived and hard to believe.moreless
  • A rare episode where Evil comes out on top.

    An awful lot happens in this episode: Phoebe is preparing for her wedding; The Seer is conspiring to be the mother of Phoebe's unborn child; Cole is scheming to sabotage the wedding so he can lure Phoebe into a dark ceremony; and Paige's growing suspicions of her soon to be brother-in-law escalate further with some fantastic results.

    This being Charmed, there are a few candyfloss sub-plots thrown in to appease the younger audience. These slap-stick elements are far from the worst comedy attempts from this series, but we certainly could have done without them (although Cole as Piper was a highlight, and that in part is due to an eerily laconic Piper hexing Paige and Phoebe).

    Again, the crux of the episode's success lies heavily on the Source's attempts to prevent the marriage from going ahead, and Paige's persistence in communicating to her sisters that there's something not quite right with Cole. Rose McGowan is in top form here – she looks absolutely stunning throughout, and she really conveys Paige's conflicting emotions laudably.

    Likewise, Julian is having a blast playing the villain again. The Source's efforts may come across as contrived at times, but for the most part, it's genuinely exciting watching him be one step ahead of the sisters. And the reveal in the cemetery was a definite highlight: his blasé reaction when Coolio outs him is fantastically underplayed and a magnificent WTF moment.

    All in all, 'Marry Go-Round' pushes the arc into overdrive and mostly works because of that. It's great to see Darryl and Victor again, and for once, the girls do not come out on top. In fact, it's a rare Charmed episode where everything works against them. That montage sequence at the end was bittersweet; Phoebe gets her dream wedding, yet little does she know she's been tricked into a dark wedding, blood ritual and all.moreless
  • Wedding Bust

    Marry-Go-Round-As Phoebe prepares for her wedding day, she is completely unaware that the Source has taken over Cole's body, a plot that will likely ruin the big event. Meanwhile, when the Seer tells the Source that if he can marry Phoebe in the "dark way", it will insure that their future son will be the most powerful, evil being ever.

    While not nearly as emotional as Piper and Leo's wedding in "Just Harried", "Marry-Go-Round" is surprising more entertaining with all the wedding and demonic hijinks throughout on the day of Phoebe and Cole's wedding. The whole cast is great throughout when dealing with the unexpected twists that come about when Cole and Seer plan to stop the wedding. Cole and the Seer are already making for an incredible due of villains with their evil plans against the Charmed. It's great to see Julian playing evil again as his always stronger when Cole is menacing. Debbit Morgan also continues to shine as the Seer bringing such class and presence to Charmed not yet seen before.

    Once again, the wedding hijinks was hilarious with Phoebe nearly killing Paige at every turn when something went wrong, with her dress being too big, the wrong name tag, and of course, the horrific sores on his face. The sisterly banter was so too funny with Paige and Phoebe going at it about her wedding day, making the situation feeling a bit surreal. Then when Phoebe becomes invisible thanks to Paige trying to use a spell to help Phoebe was priceless. The only downside is rapper Coolio as the Lazarus demon. I'm glad the writers game him only a few lines, as watching him attempt to act was painful to watch. I really loved the climax of the episode when Cole's identity is almost revealed to everyone but he cleverly makes himself out to be the Seer all this time and tricks everyone to believe Cole was captured by the Seer. Cole and Phoebe's wedding ceremony provide some the darkest moments from Charmed as now Phoebe is unknowingly married to the Source of all evil. All and All, "Marry-Go-Round" is a stellar episode full of both humorous moments as well as dark.moreless
  • The Wedding Stinger

    Another season, another wedding. To be fair, writer Daniel Cerone has gone out of his way to make this as different as possible to Piper's wedding in "Just Harried" (although it's interesting that he wrote both). Instead of a private affair at the Manor, we have a proper church wedding complete with vicar and non-magical guests.

    For all the planning, however, there's only so much that can go right when the groom is possessed by the Source of All Evil. The Seer tells the Source that he and Phoebe will have a child which will grow up on the side of good unless he can thwart the wedding and trick his bride into marrying him in a dark ceremony, which he duly does.

    Through Cole, the Source sets up one disaster after another, some of which are very amusing. The invisibility spell works surprisingly well on screen, and I had to laugh at Phoebe wallowing around in that huge dress. Paige gets the blame for everything but you always have the feeling there'll be no grudges by the end. As an aside, it would have been nice to see Patty and Penny at some point but I guess the actresses weren't available.

    It's a cleverly plotted and action filled episode but I can't help thinking things are moving too swiftly. I was really looking forward to seeing Cole struggling against his possession for a few weeks longer but instead the Source seems to have him over a barrel. I just hope we get to see the real Cole again.

    Once again, the Seer is in the thick of things. The lazarus demon she summons isn't the most exciting but he does give us plenty of vanquishes. Not sure how any of the baddies manage to get into the church - in "Charmed Again" the Source is unable to get onto hallowed ground while possessing Shane.

    The ending is wonderfully dark and, for once, evil comes out on top. What now for Phoebe and Cole?moreless


Lazarus Demon

Guest Star

Tony Amendola

Tony Amendola

Dark Priest

Guest Star

David Doty

David Doty


Guest Star

Debbi Morgan

Debbi Morgan

The Seer

Recurring Role

James Read

James Read

Victor Bennett

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (15)

    • The first church used in Phoebe and Cole's white wedding in this church is the exact same church used on Buffy The Vampire Slayer on the episode "Who Are You?" when Buffy switches her body back with Faith.

    • When Cole/Source posed as the Seer, he showed powers of fire throwing, and morphing. It was shown that the Seer did throw fire but there's no evidence she actually could morph.

    • During the ceremony at the end of the episode when Cole places the wedding ring on Phoebe's finger she is wearing the engagement ring. This is technically incorrect - during a wedding ceremony, the bride wears the engagement ring on her right hand so that wedding ring can go on first. The engagement ring then sits outside the wedding ring to protect it.

    • When Cole morphs into Piper and goes into her room, why wouldn't Leo be in the room with Piper? He sleeps with her, and Cole left the bachelor's party. There would have been no reason to be with the Elders. So where was he?

    • TRIVIA: This is the second time one of the sisters is married to evil in a dark wedding. In the season three episode Bride and Gloom, Prue marries Zile in a dark wedding conducted by a Dark Priestess.

    • Victor, the girls' dad, walked Phoebe down the isle the first time. When they decided to get married at the chapel in the cemetery, Victor wasn't there. Wouldn't Phoebe have wanted her father there to see her get married?

    • TRIVIA: Phoebe is the second sister to call off her wedding and then still get married later the same day.

    • When Phoebe is invisible in her bedroom she starts clapping and jumping, yet visible in the mirror behind her is her image that is not moving at all.

    • Since Phoebe was married in a dark way wouldn't it affect Piper and Paige too?Like in season 3 episode "Bride and Gloom", when Prue was married in a dark way it turned Piper and Phoebe evil too.

    • Wouldn't the Charmed Ones remember how the Seer "orbed" the last time they saw her? Because before she turned white and her silhouette faded out, and this time she left in flames (which is the Source's "orb" by the way). Wouldn't they know that that wasn't the Seer?

    • Paige, on her new tarot deck, tries to see Phoebe and Cole's future. She panics when she deals the death and despair cards but if she knew anything about tarot she would know that no tarot card should be taken literally. The death card would be natural to draw in reference to a wedding as it represents new beginnings.

    • TRIVIA: Unbeknownst to Phoebe, she and Cole get married in a dark wedding ceremony.

    • In a previous episode a minister said evil couldn't enter a church but in this episode both Cole, the Lazarus demon and the Seer enter a church. Also in the previous episode there were gargoyles who were supposed to fend off evil, but they were not in this episode either. As well as the warlock Brendan that Prue helps in Season 1-"When Bad Warlocks Go Good". Until he was excepted into the priesthood his core was evil and his brothers who tried to stop him by coming in the church to get him were evil too.

    • When Paige fell asleep because of the Source she was still repairing Phoebe's dress, but when she woke up it was ready. Did the fairies fix it magically?

    • After Paige and Piper have run out of the church, Leo runs outside after them and is heard out there with them - however, when Phoebe runs back into the room, Leo just walks in.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • (Paige casts a spell attempting to cover-up one that went wrong.)
      Paige: Let the object of objection become but a dream as I cause the seen to be unseen.
      Phoebe: Magic! She just did magic on me!
      Piper: And it's working.
      Phoebe: It is?
      (Phoebe suddenly becomes invisible)
      Phoebe: My zits are gone?.
      Piper (trying to hide her dismay): Yeah. I can, I can honestly say that your face is completely clear.

    • Leo: Phoebe needs to talk to you in the dressing room.
      Cole: It's bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the wedding.
      Leo: (referring to Phoebe's invisibility) I don't think that's going to be a problem.

    • Phoebe (to Piper, about Paige): She's rambling. Should I yell at her again?

    • (While Phoebe is invisible, Victor comes up to the attic.)
      Victor: Hey, what's going on up here? You guys aren't even dressed yet. Where's Phoebe?
      Piper: She is still putting on her face.
      Victor: What? I can't keep stalling this photographer forever. He's done portraits in every room of the house.
      Phoebe: Send him out to the church.
      Victor: Phoebe?
      Piper: That was me. I'm working on my impressions.

    • Paige: This is so great - Tarot cards. My deck is totally trashed…this is perfect.
      Phoebe: Yeah, that's just in case you need psychic services while me and my new husband are busy gettin' busy.

    • Seer: How will you get her to marry you in a dark way?
      Cole: What do I need for that?
      Seer: A dark priest to perform the ceremony, at night, in a cemetery. And of
      course the groom will have to drink her blood. What are the chances of that?
      Cole: Good. Very good.

    • Paige (trying to turn Phoebe visible again): Okay, this one's got to work. It's the spell that reversed my enhanced breasts. (She hands Piper a sheet of paper) Here.
      Piper (reading): Guiding spirits hear our plea, annul this magic, let it be.
      Phoebe: Can you see me?
      Piper: Not even your breasts.

    • Phoebe: Do I look like Millie Platt to you?

    • Lazarus Demon (to Cole): Liar! You ordered me to attack them in the church! Is this how you reward your loyal servants?
      Phoebe: Okay Cole, what is going on? Because I've got to tell you right now I am freaking out!
      Cole (thinks a moment, then says to himself) Ah, what's the point, you already figured it out.
      (He throws a fireball at the Lazarus Demon, destroying it)

    • Paige: Listen, we're not fighting each other here, we're fighting evil. We kick evil's ass every day.
      Piper: Sometimes twice a day.

    • Paige: This is Phoebe and Cole's tarot reading. They were lovers in the past, despair fills their present, but this is their future.
      She pulls out the Death card.
      Piper: Oh, please, this looks nothing like Death. Prue met him, I know.

    • Leo: What is a wedding without a bachelor party? I've got poker chips, corn chips...I have chips!

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Svatební kolotoč (Wedding Merry-Go-Round) France: Un couple d'Enfer (Devilish couple) Israel: S'kharkharat khatuna (Merry-Go-Round of wedding) Italy: Le nozze di Phoebe (Phoebe's wedding) Germany: Die Braut trägt schwarz (The bride wears black)

    • This episode scored 4.5 million viewers.

    • The WB used the promo title "Phoebe's Wedding" for this episode.