Charmed (season 3)

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Charmed Season 3
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No. of episodes 22
Broadcast
Original channel The WB
Original run September 5, 2000 (2000-09-05) – May 17, 2001 (2001-05-17)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 November 15, 2005 (2005-11-15)[1]
Region 2 October 3, 2005 (2005-10-03)[2]
Region 4 September 6, 2005 (2005-09-06)
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List of Charmed episodes

The third season of Charmed, an American supernatural drama television series, began airing on October 5, 2000 on The WB. Airing on Thursdays at 9 P.M., the season consisted of 22 episodes and concluded its airing on May 17, 2001.

The third season is the last season to feature original cast member Shannen Doherty, as she left the series in the end of the season.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment released the complete third season in a six-disc box set on November 15, 2005.

Synopsis[edit]

The third season of Charmed sees many dramatic changes in the sisters' lives. Prue is looking for balance in her life, juggling her photography, her role as a Charmed one, and her love life. Piper and Leo's relationship becomes serious as they plan to get married against the wishes of The Elders. Phoebe gains the 'active' power of levitation and starts a new romance with the assistant district attorney Cole Turner/Belthazor - a half human/half demon sent by The Triad to destroy the sisters.

Most of the first half of the season centers on Cole/Belthazor forcing his way into The Charmed Ones' lives by initiating a romance with Phoebe. However, over time he becomes conflicted between his duty and his love for her. Prue is extremely suspicious of Cole from the beginning, causing a rift between her and her youngest sister. The girls' father also comes back into their lives, this time in a more permanent role as he heals his relationship with Prue and attends Piper's wedding.

The Charmed Ones begin to discover and understand the hierarchy of the underworld, as they learn of The Triad who are responsible for sending Belthazor and various other demons after them.

Cast and characters[edit]

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Episode list[edit]

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45 1 "The Honeymoon's Over" Jim Conway Brad Kern October 5, 2000 (2000-10-05) 4300045 7.7[3]
While Piper and Leo are away for a month seeing The Elders, Prue and Phoebe must face a series of demons known as Guardians, who help mortal murderers go free in exchange for the souls of their victims. After saving Darryl from a Guardian, Prue and Phoebe must testify in court, where it's later revealed that the judge and all the other people in the court room are demons. Phoebe falls in love with the District attorney Cole Turner (Julian McMahon), however she does not know he is a demon sent by The Triad to kill the Charmed Ones. Meanwhile, Piper and Leo return and reveal that The Elders want them to end their relationship or else the sisters get a new whitelighter. However, Leo decides to propose to Piper in secret.
46 2 "Magic Hour" John Behring Zack Estrin & Chris Levinson October 12, 2000 (2000-10-12) 4300046 5.1[4]
The sisters must help a young man who is turned into an owl by day and his girlfriend who is turned into a wolf at night. The two lovers have been cursed by the woman's warlock boss, who will lift the curse once she gives in to him. Meanwhile, Piper and Leo try to find a way to hide their wedding from The Elders. However, they eventually find out about the wedding and send Leo away during the ceremony.
47 3 "Once Upon a Time" Joel J. Feigenbaum Krista Vernoff October 19, 2000 (2000-10-19) 4300047 5.4[5]
While Piper worries that Leo will never return, Prue and Phoebe try to save a little girl named Kate and a Fairy Princess named Thistle from evil trolls who lurk in the "tweens" and want to capture the princess. When Prue and Phoebe need Piper's help, her concern with Leo causes a spell to backfire, placing Kate in more danger. Meanwhile, Cole, who appears in his demonic form Belthazor, tries to steal the Book of Shadows.
48 4 "All Halliwell's Eve" Anson Williams Sheryl J. Anderson October 26, 2000 (2000-10-26) 4300048 6.5[6]
On Halloween, a local coven leader from the 1600s named Eva (Clare Carey), summons the sisters back in time to save a witch named Charlotte (Sadie Stratton) and her soon-to-be born child from an evil witch named Ruth Cobb (Judy Geeson), who wants to raise the child evil. It is later revealed that the child in the womb is the sisters' ancestor Melinda Warren and Cole travels back in time to capture her at birth. Meanwhile, back in the present time, Leo and Darryl try to fight off two Grimlocks who were vanquished by the Charmed Ones in season one, but were brought back by the power of Halloween.
49 5 "Sight Unseen" Perry Lang William Schmidt November 2, 2000 (2000-11-02) 4300049 5.7[7]
Prue becomes obsessed with learning more about The Triad, and thinks that they are launching an attack when the manor is burglarized with her personal items missing. Piper can't concentrate whenever she's with Leo in a romantic setting because she fears that The Elders are always watching them. Meanwhile, Cole discovers that a demon named Troxa is trying to kill the sisters. This episode also features Phoebe and Cole's first kiss.
50 6 "Primrose Empath" Mel Damski Daniel Cerone November 9, 2000 (2000-11-09) 4300051 6.1[8]
Unwittingly following the signs laid out by Cole, Prue comes into contact with a seemingly innocent shut-in, Vinceres, who refuses to leave his apartment, which is about to be demolished. The man is faced with an unendurable pain caused by his ability of feeling all of the emotions of the city. After learning the man is an Empath, she casts a spell to relieve him of his power, but it is only transferred into her. Prue is later told he is a demon given this power to serve as a curse - now feeling for the first time - causing him the inability to prey on witches or innocents. She nearly goes insane from bearing this gift that she wasn't ever meant to have. But Prue eventually overcomes it, intensifying the pain Vinceres felt by finally astral-projecting into his body and destroying him.
51 7 "Power Outage" Craig Zisk Monica Breen & Alison Schapker November 16, 2000 (2000-11-16) 4300050 5.7[9]
In an attempt to destroy the Charmed Ones, Cole enlists the help of Andras, a demon who magnifies anger into rage. Meanwhile, when the sisters lose their magic after using their powers against each other, they are left defenseless against attacks from The Triad and Belthazor.
52 8 "Sleuthing with the Enemy" Noel Nosseck Peter Hume December 14, 2000 (2000-12-14) 4300052 5.5[10]
When the sisters discover that Cole is Belthazor, Phoebe must make one of the toughest decisions of her life: either vanquish her boyfriend or keep one of the most dangerous demons known to exist alive.
53 9 "Coyote Piper" Chris Long Krista Vernoff January 11, 2001 (2001-01-11) 4300053 5.1[11]
Prue and Phoebe have their hands full when Piper is possessed by the evil spirit named Terra, on the day of her high school reunion.
54 10 "We All Scream for Ice Cream" Allan Kroeker Chris Levinson & Zack Estrin January 18, 2001 (2001-01-18) 4300054 5.4[12]
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.
55 11 "Blinded by the Whitelighter" David Straiton Nell Scovell January 25, 2001 (2001-01-25) 4300055 5.4[13]
The sisters must stop a warlock from executing his plan to steal specific powers from witches in his attempt to kill every whitelighter in the world.
56 12 "Wrestling with Demons" Joel J. Feigenbaum Sheryl J. Anderson February 1, 2001 (2001-02-01) 4300056 5.9[14]
Prue discovers that her former college boyfriend is being led down the path to becoming a demon, and the sisters must risk their lives in an underworld wrestling ring to save his soul.
57 13 "Bride and Gloom" Chris Long William Schmidt February 8, 2001 (2001-02-08) 4300057 5.4[15]
When a shapeshifting warlock tricks Prue into a shot-gun wedding in order to steal the Book of Shadows, Phoebe and Piper are lured to the dark side and begin to enjoy their new evil powers.
58 14 "The Good, the Bad and the Cursed" Shannen Doherty Monica Breen & Alison Schapker February 15, 2001 (2001-02-15) 4300058 5.1[16]
When Phoebe feels the pain of an injured American-Indian trapped in a time loop of a deserted town she visits, Prue and Cole enter the time loop (which is stuck in the mid-1800s) to save the man, and Phoebe, from death at the hands of a local thug.
59 15 "Just Harried" Mel Damski Daniel Cerone February 22, 2001 (2001-02-22) 4300059 5.8[17]
On the day of Piper's wedding to Leo, Prue's astrally-projected-self adopts an uninhibited, wild personality that threatens to ruin the wedding and place Prue in jail for murder.
60 16 "Death Takes a Halliwell" Jon Pare Krista Vernoff March 15, 2001 (2001-03-15) 4300060 5.4[18]
Prue, growing weary of her battles to save innocents and in fighting off the Angel of Death, is forced to turn her back on a dying soul, and must come to grips with her feelings towards fate and the death of her mother.
61 17 "Pre-Witched" David Straiton Chris Levinson & Zack Estrin March 22, 2001 (2001-03-22) 4300061 5.1[19]
While the sisters must deal with the possibility of being separated as Piper and Leo plan to move out on their own, they recall a time before they knew they were the Charmed Ones, when the girls were coming to grips with the death of Grams and Phoebe's departure to New York.
62 18 "Sin Francisco" Joel J. Feigenbaum Nell Scovell April 19, 2001 (2001-04-19) 4300062 4.0[20]
A demon Lucas wielding the Seven Deadly Sins uses his powers against The Charmed Ones, and after only a few hours exposed to Greed, Pride, Envy, Anger, Gluttony, Lust and Sloth, Phoebe (inflicted with Lust), Prue (inflicted with Pride), Piper (inflicted with Gluttony) and Leo (inflicted with Sloth) may self-destruct.
63 19 "The Demon Who Came in from the Cold" Anson Williams Sheryl J. Anderson April 26, 2001 (2001-04-26) 4300063 3.6[21]
Cole poses as Belthazor to infiltrate an internet organization run by evil, that plans on controlling the world's information flow on the internet. Meanwhile, the sisters must vanquish the warlock posing as the company's manager without exposing Cole's role in the situation.
64 20 "Exit Strategy" Joel J. Feigenbaum Peter Hume & Daniel Cerone May 3, 2001 (2001-05-03) 4300064 4.1[22]
The evil Brotherhood plots to sabotage Cole's relationship with Phoebe in an attempt to turn him back to evil. Meanwhile, Piper develops new powers.
65 21 "Look Who's Barking" John Behring Teleplay by: Curtis Kheel & Monica Breen & Alison Schapker
Story by: Curtis Kheel
May 10, 2001 (2001-05-10) 4300065 4.7[23]
Phoebe has a premonition of a young woman being killed by a demon in a phone booth whilst adding on to the Belthazor section of the Book of Shadows, thus causing her to think Cole is responsible. However, the sisters realize that this murder is not Cole's MO and therefore it must be the demon on the reverse page that's responsible; a banshee. The sisters then cast a spell to track down the banshee which turns Prue into a dog, but when Prue gets hit by a car, the driver takes her home to care for her, thus taking her out of the action. When the banshee attacks the Halliwell manor she surprised Phoebe in the attic and, sensing her immense pain (what the banshee feeds on) over Cole's betrayal, screams at her. It is later discovered that although this scream would kill mortals, it has a very different effect on witches: it turns them into a banshee too. Piper blows the Banshee up but it is too late, Phoebe has already turned into a banshee. Leo warns Piper that if Phoebe kills, she will stay a banshee forever.
66 22 "All Hell Breaks Loose" Shannen Doherty Brad Kern May 17, 2001 (2001-05-17) 4300066 5.3[24]
At the beginning of the episode, Prue and Piper bring a doctor to the manor, to protect him from a powerful demonic assassin named Shax, who was sent by The Source. When Shax breaks into the manor, he throws Prue and Piper through a wall, causing them to almost die, until Leo arrives with enough time to heal them. Phoebe uses a vanquishing spell on Shax but it does not kill him. While searching for Shax out in the streets, Prue and Piper are caught on live television using their powers, thus exposing themselves as witches. As a crowd forms around their house, a mentally unstable girl, claiming to want to join The Charmed Ones' coven, breaks in, only to be thrown out by Prue. Phoebe goes to the Underworld to find Cole and whilst there they are there, they are forced to strike a deal with Tempus to travel back in time to before it was revealed that magic existed. They travel back successfully but the episode ends with Phoebe, Cole and Leo trapped in the Underworld and Prue and Piper lying unconscious on the floor from when Shax blasted them in his initial attack, neither of them moving, one or both of them possibly dead.

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