Season 5 Episode 11

The Importance of Being Phoebe

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 12, 2003 on The WB
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Episode Summary

After kidnapping Phoebe, Cole sends a shapeshifter to assume Phoebe's identity to help him manipulate Piper and Paige into giving him ownership of the manor, allowing him access to the powerful Nexus located beneath the house. Meanwhile, Phoebe plans her escape, while Cole gets Paige arrested and ensures that Piper's club fails to pass health inspections in order to keep them distracted.moreless

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  • The Importance of Being Phoebe

    The Importance of Being Phoebe was a perfect and very entertaining episode of Charmed. I really enjoyed watching this episode because there was a lot of significant character and plot development. The action, drama, intrigue and humor were all excellent! This episode had lots of magic and it was great to see Cole and the shape shifting girl who turned into Phoebe. It was also cool to learn more about the Nexus on the Halliwell property. Morris and Paige had some great scenes. Piper has definitely filled the shoes of Prue as the oldest, and protective sister. I certainly look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • The Importance of Being Slutty

    The Importance of Being Phoebe-After kidnapping Phoebe, Cole sends a shapeshifter to assume Phoebe's identity to help him manipulate Piper and Paige into giving him ownership of the manor, allowing him access to the powerful Nexus located beneath the house. Meanwhile, Phoebe plans her escape, while Cole gets Paige arrested and ensures that Piper's club fails to pass health inspections in order to keep them distracted. Demonic strippers? Really!? Season 5 returns to the ridiculousness with this absurd and insulting episode. I swear this Phoebe/Cole arc has reach a dead end. Cole should have stayed dead after "Long Live The Queen"! The writers have now sucked the life out of both characters and each episode centered around their relationship just plain sucks now. Cole....sigh...what have they down to you? Suddenly, Cole is back to being a lover boy but without all the menace and presence that made him cool. Why are the writers determined to make Cole so obsessed with Phoebe? Why is now Cole concerned with the Underworld? Why is he trying to turn Phoebe evil with the Nexus? I thought he was trying to prove to her he was good before, now all of sudden he's acting like the Source again when last week he was have out of his mind. Talk about inconsistency at it's worst! Make. up. your. minds. writers!!! If that wasn't bad enough, we have Kaia, probably the dumbest demons to appear on screen with one of the worst actresses playing her. No wonder Kaia appeared as Phoebe most of the time, the actress was horrid (not bad to looka though!) I find it funny how the sisters are so quick to realize Cole is behind their financial problems yet couldn't realize that Phoebe wasn't really Phoebe when Kaia was pretending to be her, especially Piper and Leo. Considering how many times the sisters have been possessed at this point, you'd think it would hit her by now. It's a poor plot development that made Piper and Leo seem dense, I mean she was even talking differently than Phoebe usually speaks. *headddesk* Oh and Alyssa doing the baby voice again. *double headdesk* In the end, when Cole survived being sucked into the Nexus, Phoebe says she felt nothing when she thought he died. Well, so did I. This love/hate relationship between these two has become exhausting to watch. Why should we care about two people who have become untolerable to watch when their on the screen together or when they talk about each other? The last scene has Cole killing a stripper who becomes Phoebe. Huh? Yeah, that he would really go that far, he'll be back to "Phoebe is my world" next week! What a waste of an hour!moreless
  • Who is nexus?

    It was refreshing to see the girls realise quite early on into the episode that evil was afoot. Less impressive, however, is that after five years, Piper still can't tell when her sister isn't really her sister. They get possessed ALL of the time, so it's not exactly outside of the box to ponder whether or not that is a demon in front of you. Still, it's a decidedly focused episode of Charmed, perhaps lacking in any sense of urgency, but with enough obstacles for the girls to overcome to keep things interesting. I particularly enjoyed Phoebe telling Cole how she thought he was dead and felt nothing. Nada. Zilch. It will hopefully push Cole to full on dark-side, as we've only been teased about it this season so far. What was Paige wearing in this episode? And did anyone else notice the guy playing Dex played Doax on Dexter? (trying saying that three-times fast.) All in all, a standard episode of Charmed; here's to the 100th episode!moreless
  • The Importance of Cole Being Evil...

    This is a solid episode that maintains the momentum to Centennial Charmed without being quite as good as prior installments.

    The writers must have liked this plot because they copy large parts of it for Something Wicca This Way Goes. Cole is pure evil now. He was about 20% evil and 80% crazy last episode. This episode he is just evil. If that isn't established with his assertion that he is going to "torture and kill" Piper and Paige after Phoebe has been turned evil, then it certainly is when he kills an innocent at the hospital. Anyone still trying to hold out hope for Cole have to just let it go after that. It is actually a brilliant plan to hope to infect Phoebe with the Shadow, which turned her evil before, and also kudos to the writers for remembering it. What is the opposite of brilliant is the whole idea of the bail bondsman. With all of his powers and help, why didn't Cole just take the manor by force? As if he needed to go the whole law route. Basically, the entire first half of the show is a waste of time.

    The best part of the episode is between Kya and Phoebe. No surprise that Kya wants to replace Phoebe. I like that the underling had a plan of her own, looking out for her own self-interests. Some reviewers seem overly uptight over the strip club scenes. Please... I give them thumbs up. Cole's obsession with Phoebe is quite odd. Cole said in Season 3 that there is no evil love. However, here he refuses to accept Kya who can even morph into Phoebe, demanding Phoebe instead. Quite odd. Anyway, definitely the best part of the episode was Phoebe getting her powers back and disposing of Kya. Perhaps a reflection of her darkside, no one seems to get more pleasure from vanquishing demons than Phoebe.

    The end is well done and makes sense. The only problem is that it is also extremely easy. Phoebe simply chants the spell from "There is a Woogeyman in the House" and then talks Cole into leaving. Too easy. Anticlimactic, really.moreless
  • Beware of cheap imitations

    A classic Cole / Phoebe episode with all the intensity of late Season Four. It may not quite reach the heights of "We're off to see the Wizard" but it's not far off.

    Cole seems to have pulled himself together since last week and is now using his knowledge of the law to take hold of the Manor. It's a clever storyline which makes good use of everyone's circumstances. It also sees some good continuity in the shape of the shadow (aka the woogyman).

    There's plenty of action. The best is when Phoebe is trapped in Cole's flat and temporarily loses her powers. Totally love the way she zooms up through the air vent at the end. Interestingly, this is the first time anyone has admitted her powers make her hard to kill (same presumably goes for her sisters). We also see that her levitation power gives her a degree of superstrength (look at the kicks before and after getting her powers back). There's a decent vanquish too, with a load of demons getting sucked into the Nexus. One question though: what happened to the demons in the other rooms? Only five 'fingers' came out of the Nexus yet the house was full in the previous scene.

    The shapeshifter was great fun and Alyssa played her well. I know some folk didn't like the lap dancing club but I actually thought it was pretty true to life. That's what blokes do when they're lonely! What was going on with Paige's outfit btw? She looked like a shopping basket!

    Cole's increasingly freakish obsession with Phoebe is only going to end one way and this episode sets up next week's finale brilliantly. Although I knew it wouldn't happen I was willing Phoebe to kiss him at the end.

    So here we are halfway through Season Five. And I thought it was all about fairy tales and magical creatures. Don't believe the hype!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (19)

    • TRIVIA: As of this episode, Cole has returned to work and has dramatically cleaned up his appearance.

    • Cole states to Kaia that Phoebe doesn't drink, but in the season 1 episode I've Got You Under My Skin, Alec buys Phoebe a martini at Quake.

    • In the season 1 episode Is There a Woogy in the House?, the Shadow entered its victims through the mouth and nostrils and appeared as a black cloud. In this episode, it enters Cole through his stomach and looks exactly like the Hollow.

    • When Paige orbs back in to her cell, there is no sign of pillows on the bed like she claims. Also, her shoes are clearly seen under the blanket before she orbed (watch when she gets up).

    • What happened to "keeping up appearances" when Dex just disappeared with Phoebe in the middle of the hall?

    • How it is possible that Phoebe knows just the same exact place where Kaia played with her hair when she is gonna act as Kaia and get into the manor?

    • When Leo comes with Phoebe, he is shown healing her while they are still orbing. That doesn't make sense at all, it's been said that when they are orbing they are not corporeal, so if there is not a body how can there be any healing?

    • When Cole throws Piper, Paige and Leo out, Cole and Kaia are shown standing in the middle of the room (just behind of the table) while the door is being closed. But seconds before they were closer to the stairs and not there.

    • When the sisters and Leo orb back to the Manor and Cole is waiting there, Leo appears to have no reaction after seeing the demons for the first time. When he looks a second time he notices that three demons are there in the room. Why doesn't Leo see them the first time he looks there?

    • TRIVIA: The "Rat Demon" (the two demons in the club) has appeared before in season 4 episode Trial by Magic.

    • When Kaia's in the penthouse with Cole Phoebe is unconscious on the ground. Kaia shimmers out and when Cole picks Phoebe up she throws her arms around him. How is that possible when she unconscious?

    • When Paige is about to have her picture taken at the police staion, while she is talking to Darryl, close shots show her yellow top hanging off her left shoulder, whereas distant shots show her top on both shoulders.

    • TRIVIA: This is one of four episodes with "Phoebe" in the title. However, there is only one episode with "Paige" in the title, one with "Prue" and two with "Piper".

    • For a bail of $50,000, you'd only have to put up 10% collateral with a bondsman. It seems nuts to believe that the sisters don't have $5,000 in collateral - either the Grand Cherokee or Phoebe's recently purchased new sports car would be more than sufficient.

    • The Foley effect of the candlestick (that Phoebe throws to break out of Cole's apartment) doesn't match the apparent size and weight of the candlestick - it sounds more like a tin can - far lighter and tinnier.

    • After Phoebe has been knocked unconscious, Cole picks her up and puts her on the bed. When he goes to pick her up, Phoebe wraps her arms around his neck, but if she were really unconscious, her arms would have fallen limp by her side.

    • Cole's claim on the house can't be based solely on having the physical deed. A valid claim needs to be signed over (not just held) and recorded with the jurisdiction. As a matter of law, they should be able to call Darryl and get Cole out immediately. Cole is bluffing to gain time to take the Nexus.

    • While Cole and Kaia are in the Penthouse with Phoebe unconscious on the floor, Phoebe's face is turned up, or at least sideways. When Cole goes to pick her up, her face is down towards the floor.

    • The basement in the season 1 episode "Is there a Woogy in the House?" is dramatically different than the ones shown in seasons 3 & 4, presumably because they fixed it. In this episode the basement is back in its original state.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • (Kaia kisses Cole disguised as Phoebe)
      Cole: Kaia.
      Kaia: (turns back into herself) How did you know it was me?
      Cole: First of all, Phoebe hates me... and she also uses less tongue.

    • Kaia (disguised as Phoebe, after Piper goes to get her some tea): Tea. Who drinks tea?

    • Cole: I'm so sorry I had to involve your work. I just needed you distracted while I ruined Piper's club and put Paige in jail.
      Phoebe: Paige is in jail?

    • (The Health Inspector stamps "Condemned" on the paperwork for Piper's club)
      Piper: Oh no, no, no. Don't do that. Come on, you've gotta give me another chance.
      Health Inspector: And why is that?
      Piper (she looks up while not knowing what to say): Because…because…because…
      Leo: Because we've been in business nearly four years, and we haven't failed an inspection yet.
      Health Inspector: Well, I'd have to disagree with that Mr. Wyatt. You failed two this week.
      Piper: Yeah, but this week has been bad, like, strangely bad, and we'll have the plumbing fixed tomorrow, so…can you just come back then?
      Health Inspector: Well, your record has been impeccable until now… (he looks down and sees a rat) Whoa! Hello! (Piper gasps) Rats too.
      Piper: No! no, we don't have rats. We… they don't live hear! They're just… they're just trying to ruin my life!

    • Paige (to Phoebe, about Kaia): Wait a second. So you're gonna pretend to be her pretending to be you?

    • (Leo orbs Phoebe in front of their house where Piper and Paige are standing)
      Piper: Hi.
      Paige: We're really sorry.
      Piper: Yeah. We're sorry.
      Paige: Sorry.
      Piper: Are you ok?
      Phoebe: It's ok. It's ok. I'm ok. I'm not mad. Well, maybe I'm a little bit mad. I mean, what took you guys so long? And what happened to my powers?
      Leo: Uh, well, she looked like you.
      Paige: And at the hospital you said you were tempted and that you didn't want us to vanquish him.
      Piper: Then we saw you making out with Cole and we all got a little panicky.
      Phoebe: Excuse me. Did you really think I was making out with Cole?
      Paige (with a guilty face): We mentioned we were sorry?

    • (After Piper removed Phoebe's powers)
      Leo: So, you can't levitate?
      Kaia (as Phoebe): No. Apparently not. That means the spell worked, right?
      Piper: I don't know. You're still kinda weird. Maybe the spell had a side effect?
      Kaia (as Phoebe): Or maybe I just feel sick because I had to kiss Cole.
      Piper: Ah. That's my girl.

    • Paige: Ok. Where are they? Where are the demons?
      Phoebe: Sorry my sweeties, but they're all dead.
      Piper: You didn't even leave us one?
      Phoebe: There's one left, believe me, there is one left.

    • Phoebe: You just don't get it Cole, do ya? I thought you were dead and I felt nothing. No pain, no love, nothing. I'm free. And when we do vanquish you and...we will, I'll never look back.

    • Cole: You know Kaia, I haven't killed you yet because I find you mildly entertaining, but soon the real Phoebe will be by my side. I'm not so sure she'll feel the same way. So, in interest of survival, I suggest you make yourself scarce.

    • Phoebe: Do you think eye of newt would work on the woman who's trying to sue me?
      Paige: Is she demonic?
      Phoebe: Well, she's demonically stupid.

    • (Phoebe opens Cole's office door angrily)
      Phoebe: You slimy son of a bitch!
      Cole: Phoebe, is that you?
      Phoebe: What? Are you evil and blind? Yeah, it's me. Look. Why don't you admit that you're behind this? Admit it so that I can to use magic to fight you!
      Cole: I don't know what you're talking about.
      (Phoebe shuts the door and goes closer to Cole's desk)
      Phoebe: Look, Cole. My career is the most important thing to me. So is that your plan to take it away from me so that I come running to you for comfort?
      Cole: Phoebe, I love you, and I don't know what's going on, but maybe I could help. Would you like me to kill someone for you. Your boss, perhaps?
      (Phoebe scoffs, gets very angry, and starts shoving the papers on his desk all over the place)
      Cole: Hey. Hey. Hey. Hey. Hey. Hey. Hey!
      (Phoebe stops shoving)
      Phoebe: I might not be able to use magic, but-
      Cole: You're sexy when you're mad, you know that? I can't wait until I get to kiss you again.
      Phoebe: Cole, I will never be with you again. I hate you. I hate you. You get that?
      Cole: Hate is good. It's passionate. Intense. It'''s a breath away from love!
      (Phoebe laughs and Cole smiles back. There is a brief pause, then Phoebe stops laughing and shoves a little more of Cole's papers. She then storms out of Cole's office.)
      Cole: Ah. She's great.
      (Phoebe slams the door shut)

    • Piper: Darryl, have you heard from Paige? Because she was supposed to come straight home from the hospital but-
      Darryl: Paige is in jail. We tried to call you, but-
      Piper: What? What for? What for?!
      Darryl: Reckless endangerment and felony hit-and-run.
      Piper: What?
      (Paige suddenly orbs in)
      Paige: (notices Darryl) Oops.
      Darryl: You have got to be kidding me.
      Piper: Paige, Darryl said you were in jail.
      Paige: Oh, I am. I mean, I was-I will be, just as soon as I figure out what demon is doing this to me.
      Darryl: You just disappered from jail?
      Paige: No. I put pillows in the bed first. It always worked at my parents' house.
      Darryl: Paige!
      Paige: What? You weren't gonna help me so I had to help myself. Whether you believe it or not, there is a demon behind this.
      Darryl: At two o'clock, they're gonna come get you for your bail hearing. If you're not there, that's my ass. Everybody knows we're friends. They're gonna think I just let you go.
      Paige: I will be there at two o'clock.
      (Darryl leaves)
      Piper: See ya.
      Paige: Okay. He hates me.

    • Kaia (disguised as Phoebe): You don't deserve him.
      Phoebe: How many times do I have to tell you I don't want him.
      (Phoebe attacks Kaia/Phoebe and she blocks Phoebe's kicks and punches)
      Kaia (mocking Cole): I want the real Phoebe, I love the real Phoebe. You'll never be as good as the real Phoebe. (They continue to fight and Kaia/Phoebe throws Phoebe against a mirror. Phoebe falls to the floor) What do you think, witch? Am I as good as you? (She pulls out a knife) Or better?
      (Phoebe gets up)
      Phoebe: Okay, alright, look, I'm sure we can talk about this.
      Kaia/Phoebe: I don't think so. See... (she morphs into Kaia) I'm more of a looker than a talker.
      Phoebe: Oh, you're blonde. I should've known.

    • Piper: Hello! He had you mummified!
      Kaia (as Phoebe): Whoa, seriously?

    • Piper (trying to figure out why Phoebe was making out with Cole): Now Phoebe, try and focus. Does Cole have you under some kind of spell?
      Kaia (pretending to be Phoebe): Maybe.
      Piper: Maybe? Maybe is good! Because magic we can fight. Lust, desperation, insanity we cannot fight, but magic we can fight!

    • Cole: Please, sweetie, just trust me on this one, I don't want you getting hurt trying to escape.
      Phoebe: All right, don't call me sweetie. You can't hold a person prisoner and then call them sweetie.

    • Piper (about Phoebe): I say we go in there and pull her out by her hair!

    • Paige: Leo, we saw Phoebe and Cole's tongues locked, hands groping all over each other.
      Leo: Okay, didn't need the visual.

    • Leo: (about Phoebe kissing Cole) Maybe she's under a spell. Or…maybe there was some information that she wanted and she was using sex as a tool.
      Piper: I like the sound of that. Slutty and manipulative. Better than evil any day.

    • Kaia (as Phoebe, as she searches through Phoebe's room): Knife in the panty kind of girl!

    • (After seeing Kaia, disguised as Phoebe, making out with Cole)
      Paige: Okay, we need a plan.
      Piper: Okay, here it is. We go home...we vomit...
      Paige: And?
      Piper: That's all I got so far.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Jak je důležité míti Phoebe (How Important It Is to Have Phoebe) France: Néxus (Nexus) Italy: L'importanza di chiamarsi Phoebe (The importance of being Phoebe) Germany: Der Nexus (The nexus)


    • Title: The Importance of Being Phoebe

      This is a reference to the play "The Importance of Being Earnest", written by Oscar Wilde.