Season 3 Episode 19

The Demon Who Came In from the Cold

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 26, 2001 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Cole poses as Belthazar to infiltrate an internet organization run by evil, that plans on controlling the world's information flow on the internet. Meanwhile, the sisters must vanquish the warlock posing as the company's manager without exposing Cole's role in the situation.

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  • The Demon Who Came In from the Cold

    The Demon Who Came In from the Cold was a superb episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because the story was entertaining and full of action, magic, and intrigue. It was awesome to see Cole infiltrate the Brotherhood. There were many awesome scenes, some suspenseful moments, and character development. I certainly look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!
  • Cole is working to assist The Charmed Ones ... Or is he?

    One of the continuous storylines througout Cole Turner's tenure on the show is the burning question - is he a good guy, a bad guy, a truly evil guy, or perhaps, all three?

    In this episode, he is definitely playing the good guy as he goes undercover as his alter-ego, Belthazor, to mix with a group of unsavoury demons whom, it would seem, answer directly to 'The Source'. He does a mighty good job of convincing the nasty underworld brotherhood that he is one of them (perhaps too good?) and his is, we hope, helping the girls with this deed rather than making life tougher for them.

    In an almost secondary storyline, Phoebe graduates. THAT certainly didn't take long! She must be a super genius to have gotten through all of her required classes that quickly. I'm impressed!

    Watching the Good Guy/Bad Guy Cole is very interesting and again, I will say how well I think Julian McMahon plays him; both his evil and his vulnerabilities. There is a lot more to come yet.moreless
  • Undercover Demon...

    There is a lot going on in this episode, but only the acting of Julian McMahon keeps this a good episode, which is actually below average for Season 3.

    In this episode we find that, though Cole has helped Season 3 stay consistently good as first an antagonist and then as an ally, Cole as a central protagonist does not work quite as well. This episode uses the familiar story arc of a character going undercover in an evil organization and being tempted into losing himself to his undercover persona. Since this is a demon we are talking about, that danger is very real, though I don't believe the screenplay ever sold it. The Brotherhood of the Thorn is interesting enough, and it is made up of some decent enough actors. The problem is that they are overly forgiving and trusting for a group of demons. Belthazor merely steps back into their presence, and not only should he have been vanquished upon sight, but though a lot of mistrust is suggested, he is immediately given important tasks to do. The worst part of the episode is the by now well-worn mistrust that the sisters have of Cole coupled with Phoebe's annoying over-protectiveness. Yeah, she loves the guy, but they are all used to dangerous situations and he freely chose his role. He is not a child.

    We get a different ending here with a rare mid-season cliff-hanger. It works well to raise the interest for next episode.moreless
  • Undercover Demon

    The Demon Who Came In From the Cold-Cole poses as Belthazar to infiltrate an internet organization run by evil, that plans on controlling the world's information flow on the internet. Meanwhile, the sisters must vanquish the warlock posing as the company's manager without exposing Cole's role in the situation.

    A solid episode that puts Cole right back into center stage and sees his loyalty being tested. The dynamic between Cole and Phoebe grows stronger each week as Alyssa and Julian play off each other so well. It's great to see Cole trying to commit to his path his taking to be good as well as Phoebe desperately trying to protect Cole. Both characters at the point are very dependent of one another and their relationship is becoming very surreal, despite a supernatural twist.

    The Brotherhood make for an impressive group of villains and their master plan throughout the episode was well done, even intelligent. The cast that make up the Brotherhood are all good in their roles and the way they act along side Julian makes you really believe these characters have history. Seeing Cole get pushed back into his old ways is great to watch as you don't whether he really enjoys being back with evil or if he feels unbelieveablly guilty about the horrific acts his doing. Julian plays that off very well and there are times where you think Cole has really turned. Luckily, in the end it was all an act with the nice twist and Cole does help save the day in the end. But his sudden capture by Raynor, the Brotherhood was a suspenseful little cliffhanger as it leaves you waiting eagerly for next episode. All and All, "The Demon That Came In From The Cold" (God who comes up with these long titles?) is a great episode giving us some insight on Cole's past and some dark storytelling.moreless
  • Children of the Thorn

    This is different. Kind of like a cross between "Sleuthing with the Enemy" and "Apocalypse Not".

    As the title suggests, this one is all about Cole. Specifically, it's about whether the sisters can trust him. When Phoebe knifes a demon in (surprise!) a dark alley, Cole confesses he knows him from his days in a demonic brotherhood. To destroy the brotherhood, he must infiltrate them and convince them he is still evil. But that may not be as hard as it sounds....

    It's a well written episode, and Sheryl Anderson builds in plenty of tension. Were this happening to any other character, it would probably fall flat but Cole is the one grey area in the show and the tension is real. When even Phoebe starts to doubt him, you do begin to wonder. It's not Julian's best performance but it's still brilliant. When Cole is with the Charmed Ones he is tight-lipped and sinister but as soon as he joins his fellow demons it's as if butter wouldn't melt in his mouth. I particularly love the latter.

    Involving demons in human business is fine in theory but it never works well in practice on this show. This week, the demons are trying to take over an internet firm and, once again, it just isn't convincing. I think it's more the fault of the director than the guest actors. He needs to let the baddies act a little more human.

    There's a great twist at the end when head demon, Vornac, poses as Cole to avoid being vanquished. I didn't clock him until Phoebe was actually throwing the potion. And we even end with a cliffhanger. Bring on part two!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Why were 3 demons sent to distract the sisters? Even without the distraction if the sisters attacked the demons they wouldn't have been able to destroy them without the potion, as when the demons first appeared it took time Leo to get the potion to the girls. The demons could have just shimmer in the basement and took Pirelli for like 5 seconds. Which brings the next question - why two upper-level demons will go to retrieve a mere mortal who is unconscious? There was no need for both Cole and Tarkin to take him and shimmer out with him.

    • Prue tells Phoebe that she saved the Belthezor flesh because in the back of her mind she felt they may need it(implying she never fully trusted Cole)However, that doesn't really make sense since she believed he was dead for the first month and had no reason to be concerned about him attacking them!

    • The piece of "Belthazor flesh" Prue takes from the freezer is supposed to have been there for months yet it is clearly not frozen when she drops it on the table.

    • If Piper can't freeze anything that's not in the same room or area, then how could Frank Perelli be frozen when he was in the car?

    • Piper is surprised when Prue opens the freezer door to reveal the Belthazor flesh, but as she is the cook in the family she should have seen it since it was right in front of the freezer.

    • In this episode, Cole says that demons can't track his shimmer if he ends up in the mausoleum, but the Seekers were able to track him in the season 3 episode "Death Takes a Halliwell".

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Cole: Where's the prophet?
      Phoebe: In the safest place you know.
      Cole: The mausoleum...
      Phoebe: Wrong. (Throws the potion down and destroys Cole who turns out to be Vornac)

    • Piper: Just when we're about to find out who the real killer was, the pager goes off, so this better be an emergency.
      Phoebe: Well, I'm the real killer, I just vanquished Cole's brother.

    • Phoebe: Shouldn't I get to protect one part of my life, and say this magic doesn't screw with - this I get to keep?

    • Cole: You just vanquished my brother.

    • Phoebe: Some poor street prophet, he was ranting about the Brotherhood—
      Leo: Brotherhood? Of the Thorn?
      Cole: Yeah. I was a member…am a member.
      Piper: What does that mean? What does he mean?
      Leo: You should've told us.
      Cole: I've done a lot in the last hundred years. It's going to take a while to catch you up.

    • Phoebe: I just vanquished Cole's brother.
      Prue: Whoa, this is so much better than the movie.

    • Piper: Can't we ever save the world at a decent hour?

    • Prue: You know, the voting together thing would be very cute, if it wasn't so annoying. I think from now on your votes should count as one.
      Piper: I bet you would think differently if we were voting with you.

    • Piper: Wait, so Cole is risking his life for stock portfolios?

    • Piper: Well, since plan A is going so well, I would like to hear about plan B...assuming that you have one.
      Prue: I've got part of it in the freezer.
      Piper: In the freezer?

    • Cole (about the mausoleum): That's the second safest place I know.
      Phoebe: What's the safest?
      Cole: With you.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Démon, který přišel z chladu (The Demon Who Came In from the Cold) France: La confrérie (The brotherhood) Italy: Doppio gioco (Double cross) Germany: Die Bruderschaft (The brotherhood)

    • This episode scored 3.5 million viewers.


    • Title: The Demon Who Came In from the Cold

      This is a reference to the 1965 movie The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, that was based on the 1963 novel of the same name by John Le Carre.
      This could alo be a reference to the the season 3 episode The Dad Who Came In From The Cold of the TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman in which actor, James Read (Victor Bennett) played Jimmy Olsen's father.