Coyote Piper is the 9th episode of the third season and the 53rd overall episode of Charmed.


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When a life essence takes possession of Piper, her soul is at risk of dying if Prue and Phoebe don't kill her body.


Main Cast

Guest Stars




Magical Notes

The Book of Shadows

Alchemist's Tools

Essence Bearer
An Alchemist would use a bottle such as this
to capture and/or store a Life essence. A
Life Essence is comparable to a human soul, but
made in a mixing lab. A well made Life Essence
can possess any living being but would prove toxic
and eventually lethal to the being's pre-existing Soul
Crimson Scalpel
This ceremonial instrument is used by an Alchemist to open
an incision in a body. The Demon then performs an
incantation on the blood and lets it drip into the
Essence Bearer, where it is mixed with
other ingredients and
transformed into a
Life Essence.
Blazing Alembic
This apparatus transforms matter into energy.
The Alchemist deposits matter in this device
and heats it over a ritualistic flame.
After the Alchemist invokes Dark
Spirits, the matter distills into energy
which can be manipulated for evil purposes.
This contraption transforms one type
of matter into another. An Alchemist
places the initial substance inside the
first cylinder. Then, as the Alchemist
chants, the substance magically
materializes in the second cylinder
in an entirely different form.


is the most powerful Alchemist known
to exist and he has often used his
expertise to disrupt the natural order
for his own destructive missions.
Even though many Witches are
capable of defeating Alchemist
demons, only the Power of Three
has the might to eliminate Kierkan.
When seeking to Vanquish an Alchemist
Demon use the following Spell:
Let Flesh be Flesh, and Bone be Bone
the Alchemist shall transform none.
Cruel Scientist of Evil Born
with these words face the Fire's Scorn.


Using metaphysical tools and
Dark Magic, Alchemists can
transform any substance into
For example, an Alchemist's
evil Powers can turn Water
into Gold and Energy into
Similarly, these demons also
have the innate ability to
transform the Dead into the
Living by calling the Souls
back into corpses.


Alchemist Vanquishing Spell

Let flesh be flesh
And bone be bone
The Alchemist shall transform none.
Cruel scientist of evil born,
With these words face the fire scorn.
—Result vanquishes Keirkan

To Expel a Life Essence

Host soul reject the poison essence
Let love's light end this cruel possession.
Result vanquishes Terra

Resurrection Spell

Caducas Exanimas Vita Ethos Anima.
—Result resurrected Piper and Businessman.


  • Premonition: Phoebe got a premonition in which she saw the death of Cole's Father.
  • Energy Ball (premonition): Used by Cole's mother to kill Cole's Father.
  • Possession: Used by Terra to posses the Businessman, Piper and Leo.
  • Resurrection: Used by Kierken to resurrect the businessman and by Terra to resurrect Piper.
  • Telekinesis: Used by Prue to annoy Missy and later to attack Terra (who was possessing Piper), to direct a knife into Piper's chest, and reflect Terra's (in Leo's body) energy beam.
  • Orbing: Type of Teleportation used by Leo.
  • Molecular Immobilization: Used by Terra (possessing Piper) to freeze Kierkan.
  • Energy Beam: Used by Terra to knock out Leo, and to attack Prue in an attempt to her from saying the expulsion spell.
  • Healing: Used by Leo to heal Piper's stab wound.

Notes and Trivia

Behind the scenes 3X09

Shannen and Holly, behind the scenes, with a fan.

  • Darryl and Cole don't appear in this episode.
  • Prue doesn't use her Astral Projection power.
  • Phoebe doesn't use her Levitation power.
  • Piper doesn't use her power, but Terra does while in her body.
  • Phoebe received a premonition while leaning against a coffin, instead of touching it with her hands.
  • Piper dies for the third time in this episode.
  • Piper's dance was choreographed by Shannen Doherty.
  • We see in this episode that Piper had braces when she was younger, similar to both Prue and later Paige.
  • This is the first of two episodes with "Piper" in the title, the other episode is Run, Piper, Run. Also there is a comic with the title: Piper's Place.
  • It is stated in this episode that Prue was both head cheerleader and class president while in high school.
  • This episode scored 5.1 million viewers.
  • While possessing Piper, Terra complains about how she can't kill a demon without her sisters. Interestingly, Piper does gain Molecular Combustion in "Exit Strategy", which does allow her to vanquish demons by herself.

Cultural References

  • The title is a reference to the title of the movie Coyote Ugly. One of the lead actresses was Piper Perabo.
  • Cindy is referring to the famous anti acne drug "Accutane", that is only used in severe acne patients and it carries a lot of side effects.


  • When Terra (in Piper's body) freezes Kirkan, his mouth changes from open to closed between shots.

Continuity Errors

  • Prue tells Leo how Piper was in high school. As their Whitelighter, he has been watching over them since they were children. Hence, he should remember what Piper was like in high school.


Episode Stills


Leo: Come on Piper, isn't this supposed to be a fun thing, you know, going back and seeing all your old friends?
Piper: You weren't by any chance popular in high school were you?
Leo: Well I was... I mean... is there a right answer to this question?

Prue: Did you put a lot of hairspray on that hair?
Piper: No.
Prue: Well, then all is not lost. By the time I'm done with you, you are going to be the hottest chick at the reunion.
Piper: Really?
Prue: Who do you think helped Phoebe go blond?

Piper: I was nobody in high school.
Prue: Piper, you were not a nobody.
Piper: Prue, you were class president. You have no idea what it's like on the other side.
Prue: Yeah, you're right. I'm sorry.

Terra (as Piper): Hey! Bitch! Move the trays yourself!
(Missy gives a somewhat humbled look and walks away, Prue gives an astonished space)
Prue: Well... that was great! Though the... bitch part of it was a little much.

International Titles

  • French: Le diable au corps (The Devil to the Body)
  • Polish: Rycząca Piper (Coyote Piper)
  • Czech: Nevděčná Piper (Thankless Piper)
  • Slovak: Kde je Piper? (Where is Piper?)
  • Russian: Пайпер—гадкий коуот [Pajper—gadkij kouot] (Piper is a Disgusting Coyote)
  • Russian: Одичавшая сестра [Odičavšaja sestra] (Feral Sister)
  • Spanish (Spain and Latin America): Coyote Piper
  • Portuguese (Brazil): Terra (Terra)
  • Serbian: Kojot Pajper (Coyote Piper)
  • Italian: Festa di Liceo (High School Party)
  • German: Besessen (Possessed)
  • Hungarian: Palackba zárt szellem (Bottled Spirit)
  • Finnish: Villi ilta (The Wild Night)
Previous Episode:
Sleuthing with the Enemy
Next Episode:
We All Scream for Ice Cream
Episodes: Season 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8
Comics: 9 - 10
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