Season 3 Episode 10

We All Scream for Ice Cream

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 18, 2001 on The WB
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Episode Summary

The sisters trace a mysterious Ice Cream Van who abducts children, but the evil may not be who they initially suspect. Meanwhile, the girls' dad Victor comes for a visit.

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  • We All Scream for Ice Cream

    We All Scream for Ice Cream was a perfect and very entertaining episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because the story was good, guest star Robert Clendenin was perfect as the Ice Cream Man, and the sisters see their father again. It was intriguing to learn the true nature of the Ice Cream Truck and it's occupants. The sisters had some more bonding with their father even if reluctant at first. This was a feel good classic type of episode for the series. I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Prue's mommy and daddy issues and the demonic dangers of the SpongeBob popsicle.

    One might think that an episode with children and an ice cream truck would be lighthearted, but this is actually borderline demented, yet in a mostly good way. It is quite the surprising twist that the little wonderful children end up being the demons while the scary looking ice cream man ends up the innocent. The kids are effectively nasty little demons that you'll be cheering for a well-deserved spanking before the final face off.

    The highlight of the episode is the appearance of James Reed, who does for the sisters' father Victor what lithium batteries did for the cellphone. He is tremendous all throughout the series, and it is a great development that he is going to be around more often now. It is another episode centered on Prue's neurotic issues. How many does this girl have? It is getting old, frankly. Fortunately, the episode is creative enough and acted well enough to be entertaining. Season 3 maintains its quality here, even after the end of the Cole story.moreless
  • The Kids in the Hell

    Okay, this episode probably sounds like absolute garbage when you read the storyline but, in fact, it's anything but. I never expected many shows to be able to pull off demon kids and killer ice cream men... in the same episode! But, somehow, it works and Charmed actually produces a decent episode out of some dumb ideas.

    We All Scream for Ice Cream has the sisters investigating an Ice Cream Man who abducts children and keeps them in a large snow dimension housed inside his ice cream van. Prue and visiting Victor go into the van and release the kids, only then realising that the Ice Cream Man is a good guy who was storing the kids... who have slightly homicidal demonic tendencies.

    James Read makes his debut as Halliwell dad Victor and he's much better in the role than Tony Denison, who has all the acting range of an expired milk carton. Read does well with the character and the scenes between him and his daughters (especially Prue) are well done.

    The actors playing the demon kids in this episode were, surprisingly, quite good. Compared to the other kid actors on this show (most notably fire-boy in Lost and Bound... gag!), they actually convince and don't have either sickly voices or Aaron Carter-style haircuts.

    There's a neat twist in this episode as I genuinely thought that the Ice Cream Man would be the bad guy. It's something that actually made Charmed surprising and compared to the newer seasons, there is actually a sense of danger whenever the sisters go into battle.

    This whole episode is entertaining and features some interesting family problems as well as a fun demon story.moreless
  • The way this episode started reminded me of something out of a Stephen King Book or Movie. An evil Ice-cream man abducting children by hipnotizing them with a tune and trapping them in his van.moreless

    I only have one thing to say about We All Scream for Ice Cream, WOW!

    The way this episode started reminded me of something out of a Stephen King Book or Movie. An evil Ice-cream man abducting children by hipnotizing them with a tune and trapping them in his van.

    That's what I thought in the beginning but when Prue & Pheobe saved the children from the cold park dimention in the van it turns out that they are evil demon children.

    Prue & Pheobe with the help of Piper & thier dad, who is back in town, set off to right thier wrong and get the demon children back into the ice-cream truck.

    The children were great actors & actually freaked me out a bit.

    Out of all 8 seasons, the third is the best.moreless
  • We see the relationship between Prue and Victor really calm down

    This is a series classic because it has a storyline with an unexpected twist on who the bad guy is and we get to see prue finally get along with her father more witch just brings more depth into the whole halliwell family storyline example if this episode had never existed prue and her dad may never had gotten along which would have made a more memerable charmed again funeral with victor feeling bad about not ever getting along with prue and then he would be guilty but that is just me overall this is defenitly one of my fav episodes and a must see for new charmed fanatics

    PS i am so sorry if i got a little off topic but that is just me and there are other peoplr out there that are just like that toomoreless
Emmalee Thompson

Emmalee Thompson

Young Prue Halliwell

Guest Star

Erica Mer

Erica Mer


Guest Star

Robert Clendenin

Robert Clendenin

Ice Cream Man

Guest Star

James Read

James Read

Victor Bennett

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • When the sisters are reading about the demonic children in the Book of Shadows, Phoebe reads out the words, "The Nothing is the only thing that can vanquish them". But when the page they are reading from is shown in the next shot, those words don't appear anywhere.

    • When Prue throws the little girl demon up against the fence, you can see the back of her shirt pull up where the wires are.

    • TRIVIA: This is the second time that Prue helped someone that she thought was an innocent, but was really a bad guy.

    • When Prue, Piper, Phoebe and Victor face off against the demon children in the alley, the demon child Freckles uses her power to blow all four off their feet. When this stunt happens the wires for Prue and Piper can clearly be seen.

    • When the little girl is being pulled into the ice cream truck, a harness attached to her feet is clearly visible.

    • TRIVIA: The song playing in the beginning of this episode is "Tonight & The Rest Of My Life" by Nina Gordon. In this episode it can also be heard "Skin" by Collective Soul.

    • TRIVIA: When Piper goes to the Bay building looking for her father, she shows a picture of him to the receptionist at the front desk, and this photo is actually from 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 James Read played Jimmy Olsen's father.

    • TRIVIA: James Read replaces Tony Denison as Victor for this and all following appearances.

    • TRIVIA: Emmalee Thompson is the only actress to reprise her role as the child form of one of the Halliwell sisters. She previously appeared in the season 1 episode "That 70's Episode" and the season 2 episode "P3 H20".

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Caleb: You've got sisters? Really? Maybe we could all get together sometime. Does your fiancé like to hang out with your sisters, too?
      Piper: Okay... You know what? I don't know what kind of kinky stuff you're into, but there's a club down the street you might be more comfortable in. They've got cages and rubber floors and a three for two special on Fridays.

    • Piper (about the demons): Why don't they ever run into a well-lit room with nowhere to hide?

    • Prue: I really appreciate your concern. You know what I would appreciate even more? Five minutes with your DJ.

    • Piper: Sounds like fun.
      Prue: For who?

    • Phoebe: I'm thinking if you tried it again with a little more oomph, maybe some choreography, and Piper could back you up with some old-school beatbox.
      Prue: Why did I know I would get absolutely no help out of you crazy people?

    • Prue: All right, well, nothing usually means something, and something usually means a boy, so...

    • Prue: No. Like I said before, I've come to terms with our lack of parental involvement. You know, some people just weren't meant to have the Rockwellian Portrait, the house, the two car garage, the picket fence, the Golden Retriever, and the doting mom and dad.

    • Piper (about the demon kids laughing): Do they do that because they think it's funny or just to freak us out?

    • Piper (to Prue and Phoebe): Alright, I don't know what you guys are talking about, but what I've got is better... at least bizarre-er.
      Prue: Bizarre-er?
      Piper: Mmm hmm.
      Prue: Is that even a word, Piper?
      Piper: Whatever.

    • Phoebe: What's with the hide-and-go-peek?
      Piper: He's still staring at me.
      Phoebe: Who?
      Piper: That guy at the end of the bar.
      Phoebe: Oh, no, honey, that's not staring. That's flirting.
      Piper: You say tomato...
      Phoebe: No, I say relax-o.

    • Piper: Wait a minute, is this demon or sibling-related?
      Phoebe: A little bit of both. We thought the good guys were bad guys, and in trying to vanquish them, we helped the real bad guys, which were dead ringers for good guys.
      Leo: Was that English?

    • Prue (to Phoebe): Morning sunshine. (No response from Phoebe) Ok, how about cloudy with chance of showers?

    • (Prue starts to get sucked up by the Nothing.)
      Prue: Aah! Daddy!
      Victor: Hold on, Prue!
      (Victor grabs Prue's arms.)
      Prue: Daddy, I need you.
      Victor: I've got you. I'm not leaving without you.

    • Prue: Hey, alright I need some professional help.
      Phoebe: No arguments here.

    • Prue: Oh! Those kids so need to be grounded.

    • Phoebe: Prue, if you keep ignoring me, my feelings might actually implode.

    • Phoebe: Why couldn't you get a boy band song stuck in your head like everybody else?

    • Phoebe: Oh my God.
      Demon Kid: Actually, quite the opposite...
      Prue: Okay, we need to keep him away from the other kids.
      Demon Kid: I don't think they'll listen to you. You're not the boss of them.
      Demon Girl: Did you do it?
      Demon Kid: Say thank you to the witches.
      Other Demon Kids: Thank you.

    • Phoebe: The Nothing doesn't discriminate good-evil...tastes the same.

    • Prue (to demon child): Oooh, you need a little time out, missy.

    • Caleb: I couldn't just come out and say 'Hey are you a Charmed One? Cause I need you to take me to my demon catching truck.'

    • Prue (to Victor): I'm not saying goodbye.
      Phoebe & Piper: Prue!
      Prue: I'm saying... See you soon, dad.

    • Piper: When I decide that I want to have kids you remind me of this day.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Všichni jdeme po zmrzlině (We All Go After Ice Cream) France: Au service du Mal (At Evil's service) Italy: Il gelataio (The ice-cream man) Germany: Wenn der Eismann kommt (When the ice-cream man comes around)

    • For this episode, Bobby Edner (Ari) was nominated for the 2002 Young Artist Award for "Best Performance in a TV Drama Series-Guest Starring Young Actor".

    • This episode scored 5.4 million viewers.


    • Title: We All Scream for Ice Cream

      This is a line from a traditional children's rhyme and is also the title of a book written by Lee Wardlaw about a trip to an ice cream factory.