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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.


(as Derek Johansen)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecca Balding ...
Armando Valdes-Kennedy ...
Officer Garcia (as Armando Valdes)
Health Inspector
Bail Bondsman
Garry Guerrier ...
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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Drama | Fantasy | Mystery


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12 January 2003 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


During the porch scene with actors David Figlioli and Alyssa Milano, Alyssa had to stand on an apple box due to her height so that she and David's screen shot could be filmed properly. See more »


When Paige is arrested and is at the precinct having her mugshot taken, the left sleeve of her yellow top repeatedly changes positions from up to down as the angle alternates from a close up to a wide shot. See more »


Brute Demon: Kaia, you still playing good witch?
Phoebe: It's how the big guy likes it.
Brute Demon: Sick.
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References The Importance of Being Earnest (2002) See more »

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The One Where Cole Steals The Manor...
21 May 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I love this episode. It's one of my all-time favorite episodes, not just from Season 5, but from the entire series.

In this episode, Cole comes up with multiple plans to inconvenience the sisters, all leading up to Paige needing a bail bondsman and to put their house up for collateral. He gets a demon stripper to morph into Phoebe, then he locks Phoebe up, and Kia plays her instead. Eventually, after Paige is freed from jail after Cole put her there, they go back to the manor where demons are everything. It's there that Piper, Paige and Leo realize that Phoebe wasn't Phoebe. Cole then kicks them out of the house, while he tries to get the Nexus. But everything back fires against him when Phoebe escapes, gets in the house and gets the Nexus out of him, which vanquishes all the other demons.

Overall, I give this episode a 9 out of 10, which in my ratings book is: Amazing.

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