Charmed

Season 3 Episode 8

Sleuthing With the Enemy

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 14, 2000 on The WB
9.4
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When the sisters discover that Cole is Belthazor, Phoebe must make one of the toughest decisions of her life: either vanquish her boyfriend or keep one of the most dangerous demons known to exist alive.

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  • Sleuthing With the Enemy

    10
    Sleuthing With the Enemy was a perfect and very entertaining episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because of all the character and plot development. It was touching to see Phoebe realize who Cole really was and in the end what she did for him. Piper and Prue work with a demon bounty hunter who is after Belthazor which was fun to see. This episode had action, drama, intrigue, magic and some surprises and definitely a lot of emotion. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Cole unmasked and on the run...

    9.0
    This episode brings a very temporary conclusion to the Cole vs. the Charmed Ones story arc.



    The acting and script carry an episode that is actually light on action. In fact, the only thing that gets resolved is that all the sisters and Leo learn that Cole and Belthazor are one in the same. Yeah. we also find out that Phoebe can't vanquish Cole, but that is only fair since he couldn't kill her when he had the chance.



    The Zoltar is well played and a good character throughout, though it is maybe a little questionable that Leo would automatically be fine with him considering the absolute reservations he had in Apocalypse Not. The fact that the Zoltar would have killed Phoebe if not for Cole gave Phoebe plenty of justification in not vanquishing Cole. She should have been able to explain this to her sisters. Instead, sort of like when Leo becomes an Avatar in Season 7, this key information is never told to the other sisters, leaving them understandably upset that Phoebe lied to them about Cole's vanquish, when they likely would have been more empathetic if they knew the whole story. No, instead we have the common soap opera subplot of the secret kept. Since it is Phoebe's secret, we know it will not stay a secret for long.



    I especially liked the scene where Phoebe asked Leo to heal Cole. This once again shows the relationship that they have, sort of like when Leo helps her in Pardon my Past, and illustrates Leo's self-sacrificing character. Julian as Cole is magnificent throughout and the main strength of the episode. The end was well thought out, but again, not necessary. Phoebe could hardly be expected to vanquish Cole after he just saved her life.



    With the dramatically contrived lie and the fact that little is actually resolved here, this episode just misses being an all time Charmed best. It is still high quality Charmed episode probably among the 20 best. BTW, anyone else notice that Alyssa put on a substantial amount of weight throughout the Cole story line? i wonder if that had anything to do with her and Shannen's fights. Anyway, Alyssa would begin dropping weight again after this episode, returning to her normal sexy self by Prewitched.moreless
  • One of the best epiosdes of Charmed.

    10
    This episode was so well written, that it ranked for me one of the best episodes of Charmed. What Cole did, saving Phoebe, was the most heroic thing I've seen in him. I felt that emotion pouring out to Phoebe. Cole made this episode wonderful. PERFECT 10! Oh, once again, Prue was right.
  • Sleeping With the Demon

    8.9
    Sleuthing With The Enemy-When the sisters discover that Cole is Belthazor, Phoebe must make one of the toughest decisions of her life: either vanquish her boyfriend or keep one of the most dangerous demons known to exist alive.



    Prue: We're gonna vanquish him.

    Piper: We're gonna vanquish Phoebe's boyfriend? That's going to cause some problems.



    A dark, emotional episode that sees the sisters finally finding out Cole is Belthazar and Phoebe going through the most overwhelming moments of her life as she finds out the love her life is a demon. Alyssa Milano is great throughout as Phoebe tries to uncover the mystery of Cole and desperately trying to save his life. Julian McMahon is also very good as Cole is forced to reveal his true feelings for Phoebe as both lovers become face to face with the truth. The cementary scene is such a moving moment for the forbidden lovers with both actors putting on beautiful performances. You feel truly bad for Phoebe as she feels betrayed by Cole and well as you believe Cole when he says he loves her.



    Prue and Piper's team-up with the the bounty hunter just added to the episode wonderfully as it brought some hilarious scenes and dialogue like this scene in particular:



    Krell: What did you do to me?

    Prue: Uh, hi, you know what? You're sort of frozen in mid-air, therefore, we'll be asking the questions, okay? Who are you?

    Krell: Someone who's gonna butcher you if you don't unfreeze me right now.

    Piper: Okay. (She unfreezes him, and he slams into the grandfather clock. Prue scowls at her.) What? It was worth it.

    (Prue kicks him as he lies on the ground.)

    Prue: Alright, you start talking or we start the bonus round.

    Krell: I am Krell, a Zotar.

    Prue: Hi, I'm Prue, a Scorpio. Shannen Doherty and Holly Marie Combs were beyond entertaining throughout with the witty sister banter between Prue and Piper. Also, Scott MacDonald gives a fine performance as Krell, the demonic bounty hunter and works quite well with the 2 leads. There are also distrubing scenes to found throughout like Phoebe following a trail of blood in Cole's apartment to the bizarre scar left after Leo heals Cole's human half. But the best scene is the last as Phoebe and Cole say their goodbyes after Phoebe choses to fake Cole's death and lie to her sisters. It's slightly dark development for Phoebe as choices a deadly decision that might effect the lives of her sisters in the future and one she struggle to deal with for the next couple of episodes. All and All, "Sleuthing With The Enemy" is a great episode which truly starts the wonderful tragic love story between Cole and Phoebe.moreless
  • The sisters finally find out who Cole really is. What will they do now?

    9.0
    It looks as though Phoebe's rocky road to romance just got that little bit rockier as the three find out, to Phoebe's horror, that her boyfriend is not just successful District Attorney Cole Turner but is, in fact the notorious demon, Belthazor.



    Needless to say, poor Phoebe is horror struck as the reality sinks in that she is going to have to choose between a boyfriend she has grown to love or an evil demon who can (and will) unleash all kinds of havoc upon the earth if The Charmed Ones don't stop him.



    I felt such sympathy for Phoebe in this episode and I have been very impressed with the way Julian McMahon plays the evil Cole right from his very first appearance. One thing is for sure, he makes life very interesting!



    A terrific episode and plenty to tug at the heart strings.moreless
Scott MacDonald

Scott MacDonald

Krell

Guest Star

Keith Diamond

Keith Diamond

Reece Davidson

Guest Star

Mike Rad

Mike Rad

Homeless Man

Guest Star

Michael Bailey Smith

Michael Bailey Smith

Belthazor

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (11)

    • When Cole is at the cematary he continues to morph back and forth between his human/demonic half. Each time he does, his suit is different (all black as Belthezor and navy blue jacket/white dress shirt as Cole). However, when at Cole's apartment, once Phoebe leaves to get Leo, Cole begins to do it again, only this time his shirt stays the same while morphing back and forth. A shirt by the way, that was different than both shirts worn by his human and demonic halves at the cematary!

    • At the cemetary when a weakened Cole is morphing back and forth between his human and demon self, his suit keeps changing. Since Cole/Belthezor is still only one person, wouldn't he only get dressed once?

    • In this episode, Leo encourages the girls to work with Krell. However, in the season two episode, Apocolypse Not, Leo, even before learning that they were the Horsemen, was adamant that they should never work with evil!

    • TRIVIA: Cole is not the first evil being to fall in love with a witch/mortal while on the job. Prior to Cole the Charmed Ones had battled Anton the warlock, Drasi, Alec the darklighter and the Necromancer, all of whom fell in love with good woman while initially using them for something else! Cole, however is the only one to ever attempt to turn good as a result.

    • Why did Leo have to take off Cole's bandage to heal him? He never had to before.

    • The reason Piper froze the bounty hunter demon was because she didn't want to have to repair the clock again. But when she unfreezes the demon he crashes into the clock and Piper says, "It was worth it". Why couldn't Prue have moved the clock instead?

    • TRIVIA: This episode reunites Holly Marie Combs with Keith Diamond, they last worked together in the 1992 film "Dr. Giggles". In the horror movie, Holly played the part of Jennifer Campbell and Keith Diamond played Officer Rietz.

    • At the end when Phoebe reassured Prue that she was right about Cole, Prue said, "I didn't want to be right." Paige said the same thing in season 4, when Phoebe found out that Cole was the Source.

    • When Prue launches Krell across the room, Piper freezes him before he crashes into the clock. In his frozen state his legs are suspended in the air and his arms above his head. In the next shot when Prue and Piper approach his frozen body his legs are down vertical to his body and his arms are off to the side instead of in the air.

    • TRIVIA: Phoebe discovers that Cole is a demon in this episode.

    • When Cole is trying to leave the cemetery, he asks the woman at the funeral if he can bum a ride, and she asks him if he is going to the wake. Wakes are held before funerals, it is when the body is usually shown at the funeral home.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Cole: Wait. I won't hurt you.
      Phoebe: No? It's a little too late for that, don't you think?

    • Prue: All right, listen, here's the deal. Belthazor killed the Triad, now The Source wants him dead. Krell is trying to suck up to The Source, so he wants to kill Belthazor.
      Piper: Belthazor wants to kill us so The Source won't kill him.
      Leo: And if you work with Krell, you can vanquish Belthazor before he kills you.
      Phoebe: Works for me.

    • Piper: I don't understand. How can you not know that the Triad is dead? Don't you think that's kind of important? Especially since, I don't know, they've been trying to kill us for the past two years?
      Leo: We've heard rumours, talk, but that's it. Nothing substantiated.
      Piper: Well, I guess you can substantiate it now, can't you?

    • Phoebe: It just doesn't help that you never liked Cole from the beginning.
      Prue: Yeah, well... I mean, you never really liked any of my boyfriends either.
      Phoebe: That's very true.

    • Prue: We're gonna vanquish him.
      Piper: We're gonna vanquish Phoebe's boyfriend? That's going to cause some problems.

    • (Prue puts one of the pig's feet into the potion)
      Piper: Poor piggy.

    • Phoebe: How can we forget the Belthazar flesh?
      Prue: Such a slacker.
      Piper: Give me a second, lady...

    • Prue (about Krell): Alright, that doesn't make sense. How did we get the wrong demon? Hey, do you think that you could just unfreeze his head? That way we could ask.
      Piper: His head?
      Prue: Yeah his head.
      Piper: Why not? (she unfreezes his head only) That's different.
      Prue: That's cool.

    • Piper (after throwing a potion): There's no boom. Why is there no boom?
      Prue: I don't know.

    • Krell: What did you do to me?
      Prue: Uh, hi, you know what? You're sort of frozen in mid-air, therefore, we'll be asking the questions, okay? Who are you?
      Krell: Someone who's gonna butcher you if you don't unfreeze me right now.
      Piper: Okay. (She unfreezes him, and he slams into the grandfather clock. Prue scowls at her.) What? It was worth it.
      (Prue kicks him as he lies on the ground.)
      Prue: Alright, you start talking or we start the bonus round.
      Krell: I am Krell, a Zotar.
      Prue: Hi, I'm Prue, a Scorpio.

    • Piper: Attack of the killer pig's feet.

    • Prue: Pig's feet.
      Piper: Yecch.
      Prue: Ecch?
      Piper: Yecch.
      Prue: So you can slice off a chunk of demon flesh, but you can't touch a pig's foot?
      Piper: I'm a vegetarian.
      Prue: Since when?
      Piper: Since now.

    • Krell: Just the thought of working with you two turns my stomachs.
      Piper: Stomachs?

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Piper: Attack of the killer pig's feet.

      An allusion to the late 1970's to 1980's film series Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.

    • Title: Sleuthing With the Enemy

      This is a reference to the saying "sleeping with the enemy" and also a reference to the 1991 film Sleeping with the Enemy, starring Julia Roberts.

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