Season 2 Episode 4

The Devil's Music

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 14, 1999 on The WB
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Leo lures the manager of Dishwalla to P3, aware that the manager has made a pact with a demon that grants him fame and fortune in exchange for innocent souls. Meanwhile, Darryl soon becomes involved when he investigates the mysterious disappearance of young women from many of Dishwalla's past concerts, and suspects that more will disappear when they next perform.moreless

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  • Darryl the Man!

    I do understand Pipers anger in this episode. I mean she lost a loan because of a demon showing up, and every time they fight demons at the manor it requires costly labour to fix some sort of issue AND it's her new baby, why wouldn't she be upset when someone just goes and does something behind her back that brings another demon to her business.

    Which on that note makes me annoyed about Prue and Phoebe going behind her back. Yes they are partners in the business, but realistically it is Pipers business, and no decisions should be made without her involvement at the least. And while I don't believe Barker could just go to the bank and now own this place without Piper signing something over (I don't know much about banks though), they still shouldn't have approached him.

    Jenny was annoying in this episode (as usual), but she is old enough to not act like such a brat, and she isn't even old enough looking to pull off a 21year old. But all that aside, if I was Piper I'd just say "I'll get you an autograph" or something. Make up for it. But urgh. But I'm sorry, I've been clubbing besides the fact you can't just sneak behind a bouncer! You can't just be pushing in saying 'excuse me' and have nobody care about that fact.

    I liked Darryl here! Guessing they work with the CIA actually seemed kind of cool, and really confronting them about working together and not having to hide things from him was nice. All he needed to hear was 'We're working on it'. And at the end "I guess that's all I need to know", I like he isn't as nosy and intrusive as Andy, he knows he'll get the truth in time.

    I like the addition of P3, realistically girls their age don't spend all day every day at the house in their free time, so I liked for the next few seasons how the end of most episodes has them at P3. They needed a good money source to pay for all the things they need to fix around the manor, for the future and it's still her dream to own a place. She did say how it's easier to own a club than restaurant so I have no issue with her opening a club. All in all I liked this episode because it was a realistic way for the club to kick off and be on the map.

    Fashion: I liked Piper in this one, she looked natural but pretty, seemed to have to a glow to her. And the blue top she had was nice.

    Phoebe I like her hair, while the colour is kind of mousy and I like the dark brown she gets later, but this style is definitely better than the weird ass bob she had going on in S1. Her club outfit was definitely something! I know she was going for skanky titbit to get in with the manager but damn ha. Although it was kind of inconsistent, when she kicked the door down her skirt was barely stained, but when she was standing again it was a dark green stain again.

    Prue - I liked her cream cardigan type thing she was wearing about 20 minutes in. I am sick of her wearing the exact same black tight clothes and chokers and looking depressed, but it suits her I guess.

  • The Devil's Music

    The Devil's Music was a perfect and very entertaining episode of Charmed. I really enjoyed watching because the story was well written and had some interesting parallels to modern conspiracy theories regarding the music industry and its connection to other worldly beings of some sort. In any case the character and plot development was excellent for Piper mostly but also for Prue and Phoebe along with Dan and Leo. It was great to see Piper caught between both men. It was great at the end how Piper was watching Dan from the shrubbery. P3 is now open and thanks to Leo it will continue on after its first success and the sisters saves some innocents. Be careful what you wish for was a great theme and it was well done! I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Season 2 = Bigger and uglier demons

    So P3 gets off the ground with the help of Dishwalla in this episode that actually I found very entertaining. This is actually another Piper-centric episode, which is once again a good thing. Yes, the infamous, soap opera, manufactured conflict of Leo doing something for Piper and her actually being upset about it, for no good reason I may add, is somewhat annoying. BUT, I give the writers and Holly credit because this is the same snapping turtle Piper that becomes part of the charm of her character. She doesn't need a good reason to say something cutting, and that will remain constant through 8 seasons, coincidently, another good reason why she had better marry an angel. She does have an understandable reason to be frustrated with her relationship with Leo, however; as obviously, he hasn't been around much. I still don't buy how she can really love Leo if she is lusting after the next door neighbor, but I'll get over it, eventually. Piper looked great in the black dress at P3s, and the last scene with her and Leo was at least some direct talk about the state of their relationship.

    Another big positive in this episode is Darryl in both his first scene with Carlson and his second scene with Prue. I loved the writing in both scenes, and I thought Dorian was excellent. I very much appreciate his straightforward approach with Prue versus the frustration of her and Andy's relationship. I thought the demon was very creepy, and I liked the idea around it. I also liked that there was another layer of bad guys with Carlson and Barker also being in the mix. There are contractual agreements attached to any loan, and usually a bank doesn't have the right to sell a commercial loan to someone else, but whatever. Unusual that Prue of all people was being made to look pretty naive by getting help from a guy who was trying to date her.

    I hate to be unoriginal by agreeing with most other reviewers, but the best moment of the episode was probably when Jenny was swallowed by the demon. The vanquish was kinda lame, similar to the first potion vanquish in Out of Sight, but that is a minor complaint.moreless
  • Piper's new club, P3, is not doing very well, so Leo steps in to help by luring a well known band to play there, however, he also has reasons of his own.moreless

    From the time Piper opened P3, it felt as though the sisters spent most of their free time there and I found that just a tad boring because it went on and on and on ...

    In this episode, aware that the club is doing badly, Leo arranges for the band 'Dishwalla' to play there to attract customers. Leo, however, has another reason for wanting to do this. He has learned that the band's manager has made a pact with a demon whereby he will supply him with the souls of innocent young girls in exchange for wealth and success and, of course, neither Leo nor the girls can allow this to happen.

    The band themselves weren't much more than average but the story was fairly solid. I would have enjoyed it more though if it hadn't signalled the start of the girls spending so much time at P3.moreless
  • Piper's new club P3 is floundering. Leo gets the group Dishwalla to play as their manager has a pact with a demon and Leo figures the sisters can defeat him and free the innocents he holds. Darryl takes over where Andy did and wants to help the sisters.moreless

    Almost too much going on in this episode but it certainly was action packed. The demon was pretty cool but what a torturous demon it was. We were dealing with an investor who seemed really nice until he realized P3 could be a gold mine and then he turned into a turd. That line at the end about "Piper you can stay on a diminished capacity?" You wondered how long the sisters would really put up with that. You have to wonder about some people. Leo actually seems to be using the sisters so he can spend time with Piper. I'm not sure that is the best way to her heart but hopefully they'll find a way to make things work in the long run.

    Then we had to worry about Jenny who somehow ended up in the middle of the mayhem.

    Darryl's relationship with the sisters will obviously change. Hopefully the girls will handle this better than they did with Andy and work with him and at least keep him in the loop.

    The manager really was optimized as the standard music business smarmy personality. Who would really be able to live with themselves for what he was doing to innocent people. How can you feel like anyone deserves that kind of destiny and you put them there?

    I think this episode could have been a two parter as things seemed rushed. We assumed a lot and sort of went with the flow. It was very entertaining and nothing was really negative but I think it was a little busy. It was nice to see all of the women safe at the end. Sometimes you feel that things are setup in some of these episodes and for once I didn't feel that way at all. Really they needed more time with this story.

    An exciting episode with a lot of action. Thanks for reading...moreless
Larry Holden

Larry Holden

Jeff Carlton

Guest Star

Alexandra Picatto

Alexandra Picatto

Tina Hitchens/Tina Hutchins

Guest Star

Chris Nelson

Chris Nelson


Guest Star

Brian Krause (I)

Brian Krause (I)

Leo Wyatt

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (13)

    • When Piper runs into the kitchen to inform Prue and Phoebe that she has signed Dishwalla for P3, you can clearly see the boom mic in the cabinet window.

    • When Leo is telling the sisters about Masselin, Phoebe is wearing only one blue nacklace but then when they are at the book looking up Masselin she is wearing the same blue necklace and also another. Later in the kitchen when they are making the potion it switches back to only the blue.

    • Why if Leo was gonna use the dust to "suggest" to Carlton that he bring the band to P3, didn't he get to him sooner and try suggesting that he not take a woman that night?

    • Why would Prue be surprised that Barker tried to step in and take the club? What exactly did she expect? This man, who was not a friend and she was not even willing to date, loans her a large sum of money wanting no interest and she did not think that he had motives? Prue, while maybe not a business woman, has spent the last couple years handeling negotiations and pricing for an auction house. Wouldn't she at least be savvy enough th realize that no investor just gives you money wanting nothing in return?

    • At the end, when Piper is talking to Leo, Holly's tattoo (on her right shoulder) is covered with make-up.

    • When the guard breaks the balloon on Phoebe's skirt, it sizzles like acid or something. If it did that to her skirt why didn't the guard react to it spilling on his hands?

    • When Piper is at the club before booking Dishwalla, she has a blue bracelet on her right wrist, but when she got home to tell Prue and Phoebe about Dishwalla, she had a black bracelet on her right wrist. When her and Phoebe were in the attic, she has a blue bracelet on her right wrist again.

    • Prue used her eyes instead of her hand to move Dishwalla's manager away from the door.

    • TRIVIA: In this episode, Diswalla plays the songs <>Find You Way Back Home, <>Counting Blue Cars, Stay Awake and Until I Wake Up and also features Gordon's song Fortified Grapes.

    • None of the information that Phoebe reads about Masselin is printed on the pages that were open. The only things written were "The Demon Masselin" and "To Vanquish Masselin".

    • TRIVIA: Piper first opens her new club, P3, in this episode, which is around for the next six seasons. She names her club after herself, her sisters and also for the Power of Three.

    • When Leo tells the sisters about the demon, Prue's wearing a necklace, however one scene later it's gone.

    • After Piper tells her sisters about Dishwalla playing at P3, the doorbell rings and when she goes to open it her microphone box can be seen.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Prue: Mr. Barker... here's what you need to know. This place is ours. The ups, the downs, the good and especially the bad. It's all ours. Now if you ever bother us again, you won't have to ask if I'm threatening you. Are we clear?
      Barker: Yeah!
      Prue: Good.

    • Masselin: You brought witches to destroy me.
      Jeff: What are you talking about? No, I didn't. I swear.
      Masselin: To whom do you swear?
      Jeff: To you. Just you. I didn't know about witches.
      Masselin: Your most recent selection, she holds the key to my destruction. Take it from her.
      Jeff: But why? They know about you, they know about me.
      Masselin: Take it from her and bring the witches for me.
      Jeff: All right, all right. But how am I gonna get 'em back here? I mean, they're gonna be a little suspicious.
      Masselin: Tempt them with an innocent soul.

    • Phoebe: He's huge, and ugly and I really think we need a bigger balloon.
      Piper: Maybe we just came in too soon.
      Phoebe: Maybe he saw the poison.
      Piper: Well, in any case, the spook's spooked.
      Phoebe: And took the trapped souls with him. The ones that we have to save.
      Prue: Look, we don't know for sure if the demon is gone, is he is still here, then he's gonna feed again and Carlton's the one to feed him. Do you still have the poison pill?
      Phoebe: Yes, but I don't think it's gonna be enough.
      Prue: Phoebe, stop. All right, uh, we need to cover the exits, look for Carlton, if we see him grab anybody, Piper, you freeze the room and we'll get into positions.
      Piper: I wish we could just stuff his head in a toilet and make him cough up the demon.
      Phoebe: Oh, honey, still upset with Leo?
      Piper: I'm talking about Carlton.
      Phoebe: I can't keep up.

    • Piper: Are you all right?
      Prue: Did you get him?
      Phoebe: No.
      Piper: What?
      Phoebe: I think we need a bigger balloon
      Prue: Ok. We're gonna have to regroup. Come on, let's go.

    • Piper: Jenny, the state can shut me down.
      Jenny: How are they gonna find out? Are you gonna tell 'em? 'cause I'm not gonna tell 'em. Do you like the read or denim?
      DAN: Jenny ...
      Jenny: Yeah! Sure. Let's hear from uncle Dan. Who never in his life faked an I.D. or snuck into a bar. Who never did anything wrong. Ever.
      DAN: We're talking about you.
      Jenny: No, we're talking about Piper and she said I could go see the show.
      Piper: I never said that... Jenny, I'm sorry, but I can't let you in the club.
      DAN: Your man and dad, they put me in charge.
      Jenny: Right.. everybody's in charge... but not me. Not ever. Why is that?
      (Jenny starts to cry and leaves.)
      DAN: I'm sorry. She's just feeling, you know, a little...
      Piper: Betrayed... it's okay. I know the feeling.

    • JEFF: Cops are asking me questions. And you know what? They're not gonna catch you, no, sir. They're gonna catch me. All right, okay! I'm out. I'm done with it. No more souls. The pact, the agreement is now officially null and void.
      (Masselin sets Jeff on fire. Jeff starts screaming in pain. Masselin stops the fire.)
      MASSELIN: You will honor your agreement, Mr. Carlton. You'll bring me more souls.
      JEFF: Okay, okay.

    • Piper: I networked. Sent out feelers, sent off press releases and wouldn't you know it. Dishwalla decided to put P3 on their schedule. How's about that? P3 has officially been validated as the place to be. We're on the map (then, she hugs her sisters) I couldn't have done it without you, you patient (she kisses Prue) most generous (kisses Phoebe) sisters in the whole wide world. (Doorbells rings.) I'll get it. (She answers the door.) Leo... this day just keeping getting better. Hi.

    • DJ: Good morning, San Francisco. This is Ralph Garmend and that was Dishwalla's hit counting Blue Car's. Dishwalla and their manager, Jeff Carlton, are my in studio guests this morning talking about club dates and we'll let you know when you can see them.
      Jeff: Excuse me. (Leo shows up.) Jerk. (to Leo) You know where the bathroom is?
      Leo: Yeah, it's, uh, right over ... (Leo pushes him up against the wall.)
      Jeff: Hey what is this?
      Leo: An intervention.
      (He blows magic dust all over Jeff.)

    • Girl: So, you, like, produce their records or what?
      Jeff: No, no, nothing that creative. I'm their new manager. I take care of things, whatever needs to be done, I do.
      Girl: Man, I can't believe this. This is like the most unbelievable thing that has ever happened to me.
      Jeff: Ah, the night's young.
      Girl: I can't believe you picked me.
      Jeff: Well, you seemed like a good ... soul. Plus, you said the magic words. You said you'd do anything, remember?
      Girl: Yes, yes. I do.
      Jeff: All right, just wait inside. The band should be down any minute.
      Girl: Thank you, thank you so much.
      Jeff: Don't thank me yet.
      (She walks in some room.)
      Girl: Hello? Is somebody there? Hello?
      (Masselin appears and she screams. The manager walks in.)
      Jeff: Okay, that's it. No more. I can't keep doing this. It's got to stop.
      Masselin: We have a pact, you get what you want and I get what I want.

    • Leo: Piper, did you mean what you said?
      Piper: When?
      Leo: A couple of months ago, when I almost died and you saved my life. I left and you said that you loved me?
      Piper: I thought you were gone.
      Leo: Well, sometimes I linger. Did you mean it?
      Piper: Yeah, I meant it. You linger?
      Leo: What about now?
      Piper (hesitates): I still mean it.
      Leo: But?
      Piper: But, we can't keep doing this, I can't keep doing this. I feel like all I do is wait around for you to show up and then when you do it's just...not quite right.
      Leo: Well, it's just. I'm doing what I thought you wanted me to do Piper. You're the one who didn't want me to clip my wings.
      Piper: And you shouldn't, not for me, but that doesn't make it any easier for us.
      Leo: What are we going to do?
      Piper: I don't know Leo.
      (Leo looks up and gets jingled)
      Piper: Go, it's ok I understand.
      (Piper and Leo kiss goodbye)
      Leo: I'll see ya.
      (Leo orbs out with Piper looking sad, she goes outside and sees Dan. They smile and wave and she goes back inside. But then takes another peek at Dan and smiles to herself)

    • Darryl: Ooh, right and that is where you say Darryl and I say Prue, then you say something like, what are you doing here?
      Prue: What are you talking about?
      Darryl: Look, Prue. Andy didn't have time to teach me all the steps to this dance, but I'm a quick study.
      Prue: I have to go.
      Darryl: To P3? As usual I bearly know what's going on, and I don't like it.

    • Darryl: Whenever you and your sisters get involved, the whole playing field gets a little crazy.
      Prue: Yeah. And a lot more dangerous.
      Darryl: I'm a cop. Stop protecting me, Prue.
      Prue: You have absolutely no idea.
      Darryl: I'm an imaginative guy. I have plenty of ideas... We're going to need to communicate or I'm going to become very unsociable.

    • Piper: What are you doing?
      Leo: My job.
      Piper: Your job? What are we, like, Leo's witches now?

    • Carlton: What's with the Gestapo routine?
      Darryl: It tends to follow the acting like a suspect routine.

    • Piper (to Leo): You have time for baseball, but you don't have time to tell me about you-know-what before you-know-who shows up for you-know-where?

    • Darryl: Look, Prue, Andy didn't teach me all the steps to this dance, but I'm a quick study.

    • Piper: I wish we could just stuff his head in a toilet and make him cough up the demon.
      Phoebe: Oh, honey, still upset with Leo?
      Piper: I'm talking about Carlton.
      Phoebe: I can't keep up.

    • Phoebe: Keep an eye on me.
      Prue: You're kind of hard to miss in that outfit.

    • Piper: And I saw the future too, you know. Leo and I get married. A marriage in the future imply some sort of relationship in the present...the question is: where's the relationship?
      Phoebe: Somewhere between confusing and complicated? Just talk to him, honey? It'll be okay.
      Piper: I'd rather just freeze him and kick him in the... (the doorbell rings). That better not be him.
      Phoebe: In the shins?
      Piper: Not exactly.

    • Leo: We have to talk.
      Piper: You bet your whitelighter ass, we do.

    • Leo: Look, I know you're upset.
      Piper: I skated past upset just after you came in the door. Right now, I'm at furious.

    • Piper: So, you guys, you do like the name of the club, right? P3. Little nod to the Power of Three, to us, partners.

    • Phoebe: This place couldn't be more dead if I was embalmed.

    • Phoebe: We're doing the right thing, aren't we?
      Prue: Well, we're helping out our sister. That's always the right thing, right?

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Ďábelská hudba (Devilish Music) France: Une musique d'enfer (Music from Hell) Italy: La musica del Diavolo (The Devil's music) Germany: Pakt mit dem Teufel (Pact with darkness)

    • This episode scored 5.3 million viewers.

    • Kent Nelson and Suzanne Kontonickas were nominated for the 2000 Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Award for "Best Contemporary Hair Styling - Television (for a Single Episode of a Regular Series - Sitcom, Drama or Daytime)" for this episode.


    • Piper: What are we, like Leo's witches now?

      This is a reference to the 1976-1981 television show Charlie's Angels. The show was about three woman who would get sent on missions by order of one man who was getting their orders from another man who remained mysterious.

    • Title: The Devil's Music

      Rock and roll music was originally referred to as "the devil's music".