Season 3 Episode 7

Power Outage

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 16, 2000 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • TRIVIA: The two songs featured in this episode were You're An Ocean and This Is Not My Life by Fastball.

    • When Piper and Phoebe are arguing, Phoebe says that Piper is jealous that she didn't have the courage to go away to college (which is implying what we've always believed that Phoebe had gone away to school in New York). However, in the episode Pre-witched, it is said that Phoebe dropped out of college and moved to New York after Grams died.

    • When the homeowner's meeting is first shown, the four neighbors are arguing about the fence, but there are also other people in the background. Piper also makes enough appetizers for more than 4 people, yet when she gets angry and yells at them, she only kicks out the 4 neighbors and no one else is there anymore.

    • TRIVIA: This is the third time that the Charmed Ones lost their powers.

    • When the girls are practicing the "earthquake drill" and Phoebe levitates, the harness used is visible under her pants.

    • At the end of this episode Fastball performs the song You're an Ocean from their album The Harsh Light of Day. Throughout the episode, we can also hear their song This Is Not My Life.

    • Why does Piper own clip-on earings? She has pierced ears.

    • In the scene with the fight, Piper rips the right earring off of Phoebe's ear at the begining of the scene. Then, when the camera changes angles, and Phoebe throws the camera at Prue, the earring is back on her ear.

    • When Cole and Phoebe go out on their date, the scene of the club they visit looks just like Ricky Martin's video "Living la Vida loca".

  • Quotes

    • Prue (to Piper): Maybe you should handle all of the Homeowners Meetings.
      Piper: No. Absolutely not.
      Phoebe: Wow, you're getting good at saying no.
      Piper: Thank you.

    • Piper (picking up Belthazor's flesh): Ewww I got a slice!
      Prue: Mmm the other white meat!

    • Prue: (to Piper) I don't think I'm the one who's taken for granted around here...

    • (Leo tells the girls they have to work on their bond as sisters to get their powers back)
      Piper: A potion would be easier.
      Prue: Oh, yeah.

    • Piper: I'm sorry, the world doesn't revolve around Phoebe!

    • Leo: We have to get to the bottom of this, let's start with your 'little tiff'
      Prue: Well... it was more than a 'little' tiff. It was... big.
      Leo: How big?
      Piper: Remember Pearl Harbor? (makes an exploding motion with her hands)

    • Andras: So the rumors are true. You've fallen for a witch.
      Cole: What are you doing here? Get out!
      Andras: The great Belthazor. Who would've ever thought. I can hardly wait to see what the Triad will do when I tell them you failed.
      Cole: I will kill you before you ever get the chance.
      Andras: Then you really are a traitor, aren't you?

    • Andras: Don't you need me to enrage all three of the sisters for your plan to work?
      Cole: You infect Piper and Prue, I'll bring Phoebe back home. They'll blame her for everything.
      Andras: Your legend is well deserved, Belthazor. You know, for someone about to score one of the biggest victories in centuries, you don't seem very happy about it.
      Cole: Just do your job.

    • Cole: They are sisters first and foremost, and that, I believe, is their
      Achilles' heel. Break that bond, and we break the very foundation of their powers.

    • Phoebe: What's the matter, Prue, jealous? All work and no play making you even more boring?

    • Phoebe: Hey guys what's going on?
      Prue & Piper (under Andras's spell): Shut up!

    • The girls are arguing while infected by Andras.
      Prue: Oh, well I see that you inherited Dad's talent for bailing!
      Phoebe: That's because the two of us couldn't deal with living with the two of you!

    • Phoebe: I'm sorry, is it 'gang up on Phoebe day' and nobody told me?

    • Phoebe (about Cole): This is important, he wants to have the talk. You know, are we a couple, are we a one-nighter, are we friends, are we friends that had a one-nighter...?

    • Piper: I already rescheduled my doctor's appointment twice.
      Phoebe: Well, Leo was a doctor... before he died.
      Piper (annoyed): That's really not the point.

    • Prue (about Belthazor): We need to practice our counter-attacks so the next time he shows up, we can get some demon flesh.
      Piper: White meat or dark meat?

    • Prue: Phoebe! Hi. I hate to interrupt your whole 'staring off into space aimlessly' thing that you've got going on right now, but in case you forgot, evil Triad agent.
      Phoebe: Like you would ever let me forget, Prue.

    • Phoebe (about Cole): I still can't figure out that guy. But I will.

    • Piper: Are you okay?
      Leo: Yeah. Good thing I'm already dead.

    • Prue (about the three sisters resolving their own issues): Who needs Oprah when we can do it ourselves?

    • Phoebe (returning to the manor from Cole's place): Has the tribal council spoken? Am I booted off the island?

    • Phoebe: I am so sick of the two of you ganging up on me and judging me.
      Prue: I am so sick of saving your asses.
      Piper: I'm sick of being taken for granted and those are mine.
      Piper rips off Phoebe's earrings.
      Phoebe: Ouch! Bitch!

    • Piper: Oh, right, without the mighty Prue Halliwell we'd all be dead. Get over yourself, Prue.

    • Prue: What is your problem?
      Piper: You are. Get your own damn club and keep your paws off of mine.
      Prue: Okay, whoa, obviously somebody needs a Midol.

    • Neighbour #3: Perhaps we should build a fence to keep you in.
      Piper: Good idea.
      Neighbour #3: I'll speak to your sister about the way you behave.
      Piper: Better idea! Move it! Move it! Move it! (everyone leaves) And stay out!

    • Piper: Phoebe, Phoebe, Phoebe! Those are my earrings. (Phoebe leaves.) Hey! (Andras is standing outside looking in. A ball of light comes out of his hand and hits Piper) Okay, everybody shut up! I have had it with your petty problems and your stupid fence and your stupid flower beds. There are bigger problems in the world to worry about. Just get a life and grow up!
      Neighbour #3: Ugh, you can't speak to us like that.
      Piper: Oh yeah? (She throws a plate of food at them.) Everybody out of my house! Get out of my house before I throw you out.
      Neighbour #4: With pleasure.

    • Neighbour #4: Your fence will block the sun for my flowers.
      Neighbour #1: Well, then I suggest you take it up with the sun.
      Neighbour #4: Oh, great, great idea.

    • Phoebe: Hey, Leo, do you think you can make yourself look like Brad Pitt?

    • Phoebe: Cole is 45 minutes late. You would think he would be on time after he sleeps with a girl, you know.

    • Leo (to Piper): Ever planning on unfreezing the neighbours?

    • Phoebe: I hate you.
      Prue: No, you don't. You love me.

    • Cole (to himself about Phoebe): I'm sorry but we have to stop seeing each other, okay. Why? Because, because I have to kill you that's why. Smooth.

    • Piper: Leo, I was a chef. I can't make chips and dip.

    • Prue deflects Belthazor's energy ball back at him, which knocks Andras out.
      Prue: Okay, that's new.
      Phoebe: Demon with...demon filling.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Výpadek sil (Outage of Powers) France: Querelles de sorcières (Fights among witches) Italy: Punizione esemplare (Exemplar punishment) Germany: Alle oder keine (All or none)

    • This episode reunites Shannen Doherty and Jason Carter from the TV series Beverly Hills 90210, where he was a guest-star several times & she was a star of the series.

  • Allusions

    • Prue refers to the flesh of Balthazar as "the other white meat", which is a reference to the popular pork industry commercials that use that slogan.

    • Title: Power Outage

      This is a reference to the common phrase to describe a blackout of electricity.

    • Upon her arrival from Cole's apartment, Phoebe asks her sisters, "Has the tribal council spoken? Am I booted off the island?"

      Her questions allude directly to the CBS reality-competition series Survivor, which was just beginning to come to be a national phenomenon when this episode aired. On Survivor, 16 castaways begin an adventure on an island to win $1 million. Each week, the losing "tribe" goes to tribal council to vote one of their members out.

    • Prue tells Piper and Phoebe, "Who needs Oprah when we can do it ourselves?"

      She is referring to Oprah Winfrey and the syndicated talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, where family members often go to resolve issues with each other.