Season 8 Episode 18

The Torn Identity

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 23, 2006 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • Billie was at Phoebe's apartment with Phoebewhen Christy came to tell her about what Piper had done. The two of them talked outside for about a minute, and Billie went to the manor, yet Phoebe beat her there, and had time to change her clothes as well.

    • TRIVIA: The demon who dies on the volcano vent is the 600th evil being to be vanquished on the show.

    • Why would Coop assist Michael Cyrano style? In the season 2 episode Heartbreak City, Cupid uses the ring to psychically project to the people he is setting up. So why would Coop go through all of 'dating service' cover story and hiding in the bushes, when he had the power to do that? However, this suggests that different cupids have different powers.

    • TRIVIA: In this episode when Billie and Christy combine their powers to vanquish an unvanquishable demon, the Charmed Ones realize they've found the Ultimate Power -Christy is the Key to the Ulitimate Power, Billie.

    • TRIVIA: In this episode it's shown that Christy has the ability to listen in on other people telepathetically - including the Charmed Ones, which helps her to be one step ahead of them.

  • Quotes

    • Coop: O lift me from the grass, I fail, I die, but thy loved kisses rain on my lips.
      Phoebe: What are you doing?
      Coop: I'm just reciting what Michael wrote. He left this for you at the door.
      Phoebe: Really?
      Piper: Yeah, never mind that, we...
      (Phoebe waves her off, reads from the card)
      Phoebe: My heart beats loud and fast, O press it to thine own again where it shall break at last. Michael didn't write this.
      Coop: What...Yeah, you're right. I wrote it down, a couple hundred years ago or so. Some of my best work.

    • Coop: I'm telling you, I've found you a match. he could be the man of your dreams.
      (Phoebe is listening to music and doesn't hear him)
      Coop: (taking off her headphones) Phoebe, hello. Am I making myself clear?
      Phoebe: Hello, I'm working. Do you see me working?
      Coop: Yeah, yeah, so am I. How about...Michael?
      Phoebe: Coop.
      Coop: Also happens to be the style editor at your paper no less.
      Phoebe: Which probably makes him gay, okay? I know who he is, and no thank you.
      Coop: He's not gay. Trust me, I wouldn't be setting you up with him. So why don't you go out with him, huh?
      Phoebe: Well, maybe because I don't like to date people at the work place. Did you ever think of that?
      Coop: Mm, yeah, yeah, of course I've thought about that. I think about everything when it comes to matchmaking. Besides, you met Jason at work, and Leslie, and Dex.
      Phoebe: Yeah, and those didn't go to well for me did they.
      Coop: Yeah, but not because you worked with them. It's because know, reasons. Anyway, I'm not asking you to marry the guy, just go out with him. Let me see how close I am to figuring you out. What have you got to lose, huh? Take a risk.
      Phoebe: It's just the whole process, you know? Like dating, and then opening up to someone, and then having to tell them I'm a witch, them fainting. It's just not fun.
      Coop: Ah, you are so confusing to me. I don't get it, first you tell me you don't want to date magical beings and then you don't want to date mortals. Who's left?
      (Phoebe laughs at him)
      Coop: Yeah, yeah, it's not funny. Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a match for you, Phoebe? You are a smart, successful, gorgeous woman with a great sense of humor and amazing strength. I mean look at you, you're lounging around in a tracksuit with a pencil in your hair and glasses and you're so beautiful.
      Phoebe: Really?
      (Coop gets uncomfortable)
      Coop: Yeah, yeah, you know I'm trying to see what Michael sees in you, or would see in you, if you'd go out with the guy.
      Phoebe: Okay, but what about my column, and everything Piper's going through. I mean, doesn't love pale in comparison to all of that?
      Coop: No, you don't get it, I don't know how many times I need to tell you. Love, doesn't pale in comparison to anything. It makes the world turn, and the flowers grow...Okay smart-aleck, do me a favor, just be open the next time love comes knocking, okay?

    • Henry (on the phone with Paige): What is going on? Talk to me.
      Paige: Nothing. It's nothing. It's really nothing. It''re completely perfect. You are. Could I call you later? That would really be the best thing. Okay. I'll do that. Bye. (she pushes a button on her cell phone) Phoebe?
      Phoebe: Yeah?
      Paige: I need professional help. Can I borrow your Cupid?

    • Paige (on the phone with Henry): Hold on a second. (She pushes a button on her cell phone) Phoebe, forget about Christy. What I really need your help with is Henry. Phoebe?
      Henry: Still me, Paige.

    • Paige (referring to Billie & Christy): They've just vanquished a demon that cannot be vanquished!
      Phoebe: What does that mean?!
      Piper: I think that means we've just found the ultimate power.

    • Henry: Paige, are you mad at me? Did I do something that I don't know I did?
      Paige: No, I'm not mad at you. Not at all. It's just...
      Henry: What, what, what, what?

    • Phoebe (on the phone): Any luck with Leo?
      Paige: Oh no, but we did manage successfully to get Christy to hate us.

    • Paige (to Henry): Awww, you gush about me?

    • Christy (to Billie): It's just you and me now, sis. And it always will be...

    • Paige (in Henry's head): Hold out your hand and call for the vial.
      Henry (holds out hand): Vial! (The vial orbs to him and he laughs) That was cool.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles: Italy: A caccia della verità (Hunting Truth) Germany: Identitätskrise (Identity Breakdown) France: Trahison (Betrayal)

    • On its original airdate this episode got 3.25 million viewers.

  • Allusions

    • Story line: Coop & the balcony scene

      The evolving story of how Coop is playing cupid for Phoebe while he is, in fact, falling for her himself is a direct homage to the story of Cyrano de Bergerac (a play by Edmond Rostand).

      In that story, Cyrano is obliged to aid his less silver-tongued but more handsome friend Christian in wooing Roxane, a woman who he falls in love with. In one of the best known scenes in the play, Cyrano stands under the balcony of Roxane, secretly prompting Christian with words of romance.

      In this episode, Coop stands under Phoebe's balcony, and similarly feeds Michael the romantic lines he uses to convince Phoebe to go out with him.

    • Title: The Torn Identity

      This is a reference to the best selling book "The Bourne Identity" by Robert Ludlum, which was adapted into a 2002 film "The Bourne Identity" starring Matt Damon about a man recovering from amnesia only to discover he is an assassin.