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The Importance of Being Phoebe 

Cole uses nonmagical legal means to manipulate the sisters in giving him ownership of the manor and access to the Nexus. Paige is arrested, P3 fails a health inspection and Phoebe is replaced by a shape-shifter.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecca Balding ...
Armando Valdes-Kennedy ...
Officer Garcia (as Armando Valdes)
Health Inspector
Bail Bondsman
Guard (as Garry G.)
Natasha Aiello ...
Dawn Lewis ...
Demon Dancer


Cole, who is getting a grip on the underworld, sees to it that Phoebe is sued, likely to get her fired; further he makes demon Dex cause Paige to have a car accident and be arrested for hit and run, while he wants only demonic stripper Kaya (a 'Kiran') as entertainment, because she can change her appearance into Phoebe's. A health inspector is to shut P3 down; a rat means the best deal is closing down for weeks. When the real Phoebe caches Cole kissing transformed Kaia, she's locked up and replaced by Kaia, who convinces Piper to take (the real) Phoebe's powers away "while she's under Cole's influence". Cole explains to Phoebe his plan is to get to the Shadow in the nexus under the Halliwell manor, as security for Paige's bond... Written by KGF Vissers

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12 January 2003 (USA)  »

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Title is based on Oscar Wilde's play "The Importance of Being Earnest". See more »


Cole picks up an unconscious Phoebe from the floor, but she quite clearly reaches to hold onto his neck. See more »


Paige: [after seeing Phoebe making out with Cole] Okay, we need a plan.
Piper: Okay, here it is... we go home, we vomit.
Paige: And...?
Piper: That's all I got.
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References The Importance of Being Earnest (2002) See more »


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Someone is ruining their lives
29 September 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The importance of being Phoebe has her locked away in the pent house powerless and fighting for her life against Kira. Cole ruins each sister's life so he can get them out of the house and steal the nexus. Kira fighting Phoebe feels like a feud over one man like an old girlfriend desperately wanting her boyfriend back even though they haven't dated. The nexus seems to be confused as the woogyman without any clarification on If they are the same being or what happened to him and I felt like this episode should've came after another to build up all these themes. Otherwise it feels like a total mess and inconsistent with everything that lead up to it.

Another aspect is Paige being charmed for a murder she didn't commit. I know Darryl could've pulled strings but to cover up an investigation from a major law form seems like sloppy writing and wrapped up to quickly.

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