Season 3 Episode 1

The Honeymoon's Over

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 05, 2000 on The WB
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While Piper and Leo are away, Prue and Phoebe must face a series of demons known as Guardians, who protect mortal murderers in exchange for the souls of innocents. After saving Darryl from a Guardian, Prue and Phoebe must testify in court, where they stumble upon an evil conspiracy. Meanwhile, Phoebe falls in love with the new district attorney, Cole Turner.moreless

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  • Not a bad episode, not the best. Few good lines. Intro of Cole

    Well I'm back I couldn't even bring myself to finish season 2, Prue's storylines get so ridiculous that it's almost unbearable to watch the episodes.

    I must agree with most people here. It is not the best as far as season openers go. And like usual, I'm not going to just write what the episode was about, I love the show, I'm just letting off steam about things that nag at me because if I had a friend who currently watched this show I could talk to them.

    I thought it was semi interesting that Piper had been away for so long, although I don't get why time moves differently up there, and it's never explained why either.

    I actually like the court setting, it's different from usual, and actually shows how dangerous their job can be. Although Darryl's arrogance about 'I'm a cop I can handle it" is as annoying as Prue's arrogance every episode. Darryl - you're human, against a demon. You got lucky that you lived.

    I love the Cole and Phoebe relationship and I'll bring my hatred about how it ends later in season 5 but, at the start they're sweet. And I thought Cole's 'human' behaviour was very believable, wanting serious answers opposed to vague lines that everyone else seems content with.

    Guardians are interesting demons, and I like that they come back again in season 7 (I think, maybe 6). I liked the Judge, thought he was cool and evil, but honestly if someone just kept letting people go free other judges and higher powers would start questioning that (I'd believe).

    Prue's judgmental look when Phoebe gets all giddy when she sees Cole (yeah it's pathetic but hell, she's young and has a crush - understandable). But no, Prue when you fall in love with people at first site who you KNOW are bad, that's not pathetic.

    Is it just me or does Emilio (however it's spelt) have one of those faces you just really want to punch the smug off! He definitely suited his role.

    Loved when Piper orbed back in and said 'just a second', the look on Phoebe's face was perfect. But I'm sorry the way Prue handled Phoebe yelling at him was quite rude. She's upset, been extremely worried and was quite condescending and not letting her say anything she wants - to Leo or Piper.

    Have to say though, the first Phoebe scene I thought was ridiculous was when she kicks Cole when he taps her shoulder. I get you're a jumpy person with demons coming out the wood work, but you're in public, and the whole 'hee-yah' was a bit unnecessary.

    The iconic bathroom proposal :') and Piper bursting in wondering who he's talking to. It's a bathroom, people often practice things in the mirror so doesn't seem that stupid. And it is Piper's fault for not letting him do this not in the bathroom.

    One thing I noticed watching this episode for the 1000th time, is that they didn't really seem to care about the guardians after Piper gets back. Like it's there, but not.. When they're in the bedroom with Piper, and just chilling out, you'd think it was completely out of their mind. And I'm sure if they read the book again they'd have been able to get all these answers themselves.

    I don't really get Piper's whole 'oh he's immune now', that's never come up, never explained either really. And them constantly telling her 'do it now, do it now' seemed pointless - just let her control her it.

    I don't get when they all became Martial Art experts as well. I liked Phoebe training in it for a long time, and slowly becoming an expert, especially being such a tiny person with passive powers (come on, levitation is hardly active). But randomly in season 3, Prue is better at it than Phoebe (who's been training more full on and a lot longer than Prue) and Piper is proficient I suppose, so I guess I could believe her taking a few classes.

    I liked Cole's line "it's not in my nature" (to accept something good). It's a hint at him being a demon I guess, but being a prosecutor you'd see bad things daily so it works with that job too. And I like them having someone who's actually trained in Law and I thought he was a smart plant.moreless
  • The Honeymoon Is Over

    The Honeymoon Is Over was a perfect episode and season three premiere of Charmed. I really enjoyed watching because we meet a new character named Cole who is apparently more than he seems. The story was awesome and fun as Phoebe and Prue realize a courtroom is overrun by demons while Piper finally returns with Leo who ask her to marry him. There was a lot of character and plot development and seeing Cole's true nature was great. I certainly look forward to watching more episodes, especially after the upbeat ending with good news for Leo!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Cole Turner appears, and Phoebe and the stakes immediately rise...

    Charmed is not known for its season openers. It basically has two distinguished ones- the series' opener, and the series' changer- Charmed Again. Considering that, this is probably above average when compared to the other 5 openers.

    The story itself is pretty good. The demons involved, Guardians, are nothing special and are easily disposed of. Piper is a confusing mess throughout the episode. She coldly rebuffs Leo's famous attempt to propose to her, and it seemed to me that the writers really struggled to give Piper a comprehensible reason as to why. Ultimately, we know it was just to drag it out, though they managed to do that only until the end of the episode. Season 3 wasted no time getting Cole Turner in the mix, and Julian McMahon is good from the get go and great in the scenes with Alyssa. We went all Season 2 without a long term antagonist, and not only has that been addressed, but in Cole we have something new- a long term bad and love interest simultaneously. It was a great scene when Cole vanquished the judge, and I do believe that Cole is the first demon to shimmer on the show, which is definitely the coolest way to travel. It was also a well-done transition from the end of Season 2 to give Phoebe the power to levitate. We don't see it much here, and unfortunately, we don't see it at all after Season 6, but it was still a great idea to add something new to the series in the first episode of the season.

    The big courtroom fight was clearly the main action set of the show, and though it was well-choreographed, I thought the whole scene was ridiculous. Prue could have take care of all those guys with her power and never needed to go hand-to-hand. When since did Prue and Piper become martial artists? Whatever. It was all about girl power, I guess. And, of course, at the end Piper sees the error of her ways and agrees with Leo, which is always a good idea. I would like to go through the entire series once and count the number of times the sisters foolishly refuse to listen to Leo only to have it bite them on the butt.moreless
  • What a difference a month makes...

    Season three gets off to a lackluster start with The Honeymoon's Over, a season premiere that fails to seperate itself from any old episode. While certain elements work in favour of the hour, particularly the scenes involving the sisters bickering and/or Piper and Leo's post "honeymoon" troubles, it's business as usual in an unlikely setting - order in the courtroom please!

    So Piper has been gone for a month and Phoebe and Prue are having difficulties keeping things under control, not to mention being a Charmed One down and so any demonic attack could prove fatal, what's a witch to do? One credit sequence later and Piper arrives under the belief she's been gone a day and Leo asks her to marry him. Oh and there's some boring trial going on in the midst of this already wafer thin intro and Phoebe gets a new power. ~~

    There's an attempt at some drama, calling morality into question through Phoebe's inability to hide the truth from the law. Only it's never fully realised and simply amounts to overly simplified spouts between Phoebe and Prue - "I don't feel right about this." "Do you want us to get exposed?" "Uhm, no." "Good". "Oh Ok". The entire demonic storyline is about as compelling as your typical Care Bear Countdown, although it does provide one of the more entertaining action set-pieces from the show, even Piper gets a few decent moves. ~~

    Final Vanquish: An underwhelming premiere that has some strong moments where Piper and Leo is concerned, but much like Julian McMahon's performance throughout, this episode fails to convince.moreless
  • Law & Order: Special Wiccan's Unit

    As the season premiere, I was expecting something a little better. This episode's main objective is to introduce the character of Cole Turner, the lawyer who wins Phoebe's heart but is later revealed to be a demon working for the Triad.

    The Honeymoon's Over has Phoebe and Prue dealing with the absence of Piper (who's up with Leo in Whitelighter Central) and investigating demons called The Guardians, who protect murderers and collect up the souls of innocent people. Phoebe and Prue have to testify in court against a murderer who tried to kill Darryl and meet lawyer Cole, who Phoebe is immediately attracted to, and discover that the Judge himself is a demon.

    I found the main plot really boring. It seemed like the writers tried to mash together Charmed and Law & Order, which didn't work to their advantage. Cole eventually becomes a very interesting character but he doesn't have much to do of interest in this episode and I think the revelation that he is evil should have come a little later in the season. Again, Holly Marie Combs keeps the show together and her performances get better and better each week.

    Rating: Cmoreless
Anthony Montgomery

Anthony Montgomery


Guest Star

Harry Danner

Harry Danner

Judge William Harrison

Guest Star

Stoney Jackson

Stoney Jackson

P.D. Alan Sloan

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (18)

    • When Phoebe kicks at Cole, he grabs her leg and holds it, then Phoebe's leg changes elevation, depending on who's talking.

    • When Phoebe is in the living room discussing the Emilio situation, she says that Cole was wonderful in court yesterday. However, a little while later when Cole is talking to Darryl, he says that he let a killer go today. He also mentions that Darryl had called the sisters last night, confirming that it was all the same day. So which was it?

    • Why does Prue sound so surprised when she says it is the judge, after Piper freezes the room? They were already pretty sure about that, having suspected him in the previous scene.

    • If Balthazor is such an almighty, well-known demon, who has been recognized in his human form by other demons on multiple occasions, why didn't The Demon Judge (a.k.a Free Willy) know who he was when he sent Emilio after him?

    • In this episode, Phoebe has a premonition of Cole being attacked by Emilio. Why is it that considering all the contact the two have in the following couple months, she never has another premonition indicating his true identity? This episode clearly shows that neither Cole nor the Triad has done anything to shield him from her premonitions?

    • When Prue accidentally attacks Phoebe in the attic, she apologizes and says that she is on edge because of the Triad being after them. How would Prue even know that? In the previous episode Be Careful What You Witch For, the Genie referred to them as "the Council". Not to mention, that there were more than three of them, which would make it a little hard for Prue to connect them to being the Triad, since that in itself means three!

    • How come Cole knew to freeze in the courtroom? He had no previous knowledge of the plan so he should have been confused by everyone else continuing to talk, not to mention that he did not know evil was granted immunity from the freezing so why would it occur to him that in the brief second that he may have noticed she was trying to freeze the room, that he should act frozen? Wouldn't he think he would freeze naturally?

    • Even though time moves differently up there, why wouldn't Leo be paying closer attention? He is a Whitelighter to all of the sisters, isn't he? Seems a little irresponsible that since Piper was with him that he completely forgot about Prue and Phoebe! Could that have been the Elders' problem with him doing his job and what impact his relationship with Piper would have on it?

    • TRIVIA: This is not the first time Phoebe has been attracted to the enemy. She dated Rex an undercover Warlock in season one and Anton the Warlock in her past life.

    • The fourth earring on Phoebe's left ear keeps disappearing and reappearing between scenes.

    • Why didn't Prue and Phoebe just call for Leo like they had in the past when they wanted him?

    • TRIVIA: In this episode, Piper reveals that a month has passed since the season 2 finale Be Careful What You Witch For and that it is now October.

    • TRIVIA: The Barenaked Ladies play the song Pinch Me from their album Maroon.

    • TRIVIA: In this episode Piper and Leo get engaged.

    • TRIVIA: Phoebe now has the power of levitation. This was foreseen in the season 2 episode Morality Bites when the girls traveled into the future.

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Julian McMahon as Cole and he has been added to the opening credits.

    • When Cole gives Phoebe his number, he puts it in her book. You can see it come out of it. At the next shot you don't see the card and at the next you see it again.

    • When Piper freezes the courtroom, Leo's head is turned to the side, but when the girls come back from the judge's chambers, his head is facing forward.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • (Prue attempts to move a wooden stick through the Guardian's chest, it passes through him)
      Phoebe: I thought you said Guardians were like Vampires?
      Prue: I may have misinterpreted that...

    • Cole: Why did you call the Halliwells last night?
      Darryl: What?
      Cole: While you were on stakeout, at 2:17 a.m., according to the phone company.
      Darryl: You checked up on me?
      Cole: Standard procedure, inspector.
      Darryl: Gee, and here I thought we were on the same side...

    • (Cole sneaks up behind Phoebe and she almost kicks him)
      Phoebe: Cole.
      Cole: Hi. How's it going?
      Phoebe: Wow, is this embarrassing... I'm...
      Cole: It's okay. I'm okay. Nice calf.
      Phoebe: Thanks. Can I have it back?

    • Cole: Ladies, my name's Cole Turner. I'm the assistant district attorney assigned to this case. I was wondering if either of you saw what happened here?
      Phoebe (raising her arm, to answer): I did.

    • Cole: I think we're in good shape except for the... what'd you call the murder weapon? Aah-THEM-ee?
      Phoebe: Athame. It's a ceremonial knife used by... um, lots of different crazy people.

    • Phoebe (to Piper): I didn't even really notice that you were gone, actually.
      Prue: Liar.

    • Phoebe: This was all your idea, you know.
      Prue: Okay, well, so sue me.

    • Phoebe: What do we do?
      Prue: We run.

    • Piper: Okay. So why'd you do that to your hair?
      Phoebe: Because I wanted to change my luck. Scoot!

    • Leo: You hate the idea.
      Piper:'s not exactly Cinderella, is it?

    • Piper: I guess time moves a little bit differently up there.
      Prue: Yeah, well, it doesn't keep your head from being bitten off down here.
      Piper: Are you talking about demons?
      Prue: Oh, no. Something so much worse than demons. Sisters.

    • Phoebe: I'm nervous.
      Prue: Oh, you know, witches and trials. It's that whole Salem thing.

    • Phoebe (to Prue about Piper): Then why hasn't she contacted us? I mean, she has to know that we're worried about her. She also has to know that she's left us one sister short in the power of three. (They walk downstairs) So, while she is up romping around the clouds with Leo, we've got our wiccan butts flapping around in the wind here. I mean, we are very lucky, Prue, that we have not been attacked yet.
      (Prue stops at the end of the stairs)
      Prue: No. It has absolutely nothing to do with luck. The triad is up to something. We just don't know what it is yet.
      Phoebe: That's exactly my point. Piper knows this. So where the hell is she?
      Prue: Well, that's why I've been studying the book.
      Phoebe: Prue, studying the book is not going to do it. We're screwed without Piper and you know this. Why aren't you worried?
      Prue: I am worried. Alright? I am scared that you're right, that we're never going to see her again, and not because she doesn't want to come back, but because they won't let her. Because she broke one too many rules. (The phone rings)
      Phoebe: Who's calling us at 2 in the morning? (Prue goes to answer it as Phoebe follows)

    • The girls are getting ready to blow out the door to vanquish the demons.
      Prue: Alright the best defence is a good offence. Are you ready?
      Piper: No.
      Prue: Yeah you're ready.
      Piper: No,no.
      Prue: On three. One, two. (Phoebe grabs her hand) Don't hold my hand. One, two, three.
      (She blows out the door.)

    • Prue (about the demons): Can't you just freeze them?
      Piper: No,once they're immune to it they stay that way. That's why it's called immunity.

    • Prue (as demons are attacking): Okay any mass vanquishing spells?
      Phoebe: You're the one who's been studying the book.
      Prue: Why are you picking on me?
      Phoebe: Because I'm scared and we're outnumbered.

    • (Phoebe is rushing down the stairs at P3 after seeing Cole die in a premonition)
      Phoebe: I have got to get a cell phone. Prue, I had a premonition of Emilio carving that rune into Cole's forehead.
      Prue: Did you see where it happens?
      Phoebe: No just some parking lot somewhere.
      Piper: Who's Cole? (to Phoebe) What did you do to your hair?
      Phoebe: I'm sorry do I know you?

    • After Piper leaves the house in a bad mood.
      Phoebe (about Piper): Okay what was that all about? I didn't even get to bitch at her.
      Prue: Yeah neither did I.

    • Phoebe: If Piper ever comes back, i'm going to kill her.

    • Piper: Leo, this isn't supposed to be this way. Marriage shouldn't be a solution to a problem or a band aid, it's supposed to be about love and about two people who love each other so much they want to spend the rest of their lives together.

    • Leo (talking to his mirror image): I look at you, and I think how lucky I am. I mean, I can't stop looking at you. You're my dream come true. You're my raison d'être. Every time I see you, I love you even more. You're so beautiful. You're so special. I can't imagine my life without you. (Piper comes in) Piper!
      Piper: Leo, who are you talking to?
      Leo: Me? Uh, nobody, just myself, you know.
      Piper: Yourself? You were telling yourself how much you love you?

    • Piper (talking about going up to Elderland): Just feelings mostly. Good ones. Peaceful and whole and then it all went to crap when they said Leo and I had to stop seeing each other. Or else.

    • Prue (talking about Cole): See something you like, sis?
      Phoebe: Maybe, or maybe it's just nice to run into someone that's not a college boy. More years, less hormones.
      Prue: Yeah, not a bad butt, either.

    • (Phoebe and Prue stop a crime with their powers and must be witnesses)
      Darryl: All you have to do is get your stories straight.
      Phoebe: You mean get our lies straight.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Po líbánkách (After Honeymoon) France: Faces cachées (Hidden faces) Italy: Proposta di matrimonio (Marriage proposal) Germany: Die Verschwörung des Bösen (The conspiracy of evil)

    • The Barenaked Ladies also appeared in the episode "Spring Breaktime" of "Beverly Hills 90210", another show with Shannen Doherty.

    • This episode scored 7.7 million viewers.


    • Title: The Honeymoon's Over

      This is a phrase used to note that the newlywed part of the marriage is over, and it is time to start facing day-to-day realities. It's also used to signify the ending of any period of ease. It's also the title of a 1939 film directed by Eugene Forde, as well as the titles of various TV shows.