Piper: "They think I'm somebody else."
Phoebe: "Well, you are somebody else."
Piper: "I know, but I'm not a fugitive. That's not the alias that I picked, at least not intentionally."
— Piper and Phoebe talking.

Run, Piper, Run is the 3rd episode of the eighth season and the 159th overall episode of Charmed.


For a complete plot of Run, Piper, Run, go here.
To read the full script of Run, Piper, Run, go here.

When Piper's adopted appearance as a woman wanted for murder gets her arrested, the sisters and Billie set out to clear the woman's name.


Main Cast[]

Guest Stars[]



  • Unknown actor as Carl

Magical Notes[]

Book of Shadows[]

The Demon of Fear []

Also known as Barbas, appears on earth once every 1300 years on a Friday the 13th for twenty four hours.
His appearance is attributed to the universal convergence of negative energies as derived from astrological charts.
He derives his life force by feeding off the fears of witches. If he
can kill 13 unmarried female witches before the stroke of midnight on the 13th he will be able to break free from his eternal bonds and walk the earth for eternity. A witch's only defense is to identify and then release her greatest fears. Do not rely on your wicca powers for defense, for in the face of your greatest fear, those powers are paralyzed.

Ex Libris Entry[]

Billie read an entry, written by the sisters, which talks about the events from Ex Libris. It says that they used a ghost to scare someone into confessing a murder.


  • The sisters and Billie cast a spell (offscreen) to show Nance's biggest fear; him aging.


  • Paige makes a Scrying Potion, including the photo of Maya Holmes from 415 magazine.


  • Premonition: Phoebe has a premonition of Dex's art show being ruined by an earthquake.
  • Orbing: Type of Teleportation used by Paige.
  • Telekinetic Orbing: Used by Paige to orb a lamp against Maya's head and to orb a mattress under Maya.
  • Molecular Immobilization: Used by Piper to freeze her cell-mate, Carl, Maya and Walter Nance.
  • Remote Orbing: Used by Paige to orb Piper out of jail and to orb Maya into jail.
  • Glamouring: Used by Billie, Paige and Phoebe to glamour into Maya. Also, presumably used to make Walter Nance see his reflection as an elderly man.
  • Telekinesis: Used by Billie to fling Walter Nance through his apartment.


  • Book of Shadows - The Halliwell Family's magical tome. In addition to spells and potion recipes, The Book of Shadows contains information on warlocks, demons, and other supernatural beings. It was created by their ancestor, Melinda Warren, and was passed down every generation.

Notes and Trivia[]

Paige reading from 415 mag.

Paige reading from the 415 magazine

  • This is the second and last episode with "Piper" in the title. The other episode is "Coyote Piper". There is also one comic with the title: Piper's Place.
  • Phoebe mentions that Darryl is on the East Coast now. Dorian Gregory left the show because The WB cut the budget for this season. However the storyline of his character was closed in "Something Wicca This Way Goes...?".
  • Paige finds the photo of Maya Holmes in 415 Magazine, which is where Prue used to work.
  • This is the last time one of the sisters goes to jail. They have all been in jail at least once. Piper is in jail for the fourth time this episode.
  1. Prue in Wicca Envy and Just Harried
  2. All three of them in That '70s Episode
  3. Phoebe in Morality Bites
  4. Paige in The Importance of Being Phoebe
  5. Piper and Phoebe in Witchstock
  6. All three of them in The Bare Witch Project
  • It is revealed that the sisters write down some of their experiences in the Book of Shadows, as Billie mentioned events from "Ex Libris".
  • This is one of the few episodes where there is no threat from a supernatural evil. The other times were in "Dream Sorcerer," "Secrets and Guys," "Morality Bites," "Awakened" and "Just Harried".
  • This is the second time that there is an earthquake on the show. The first time was in "Is There a Woogy in the House?".
  • Piper appears to break the fourth wall at the beginning of this episode when she asks Leo: "Who writes your stuff?"
  • Piper freezes Carl before he punches Leo, the same way she did when Dan Gordon was going to punch him in "Ex Libris". Only this time, Leo allows himself to be punched, whereas last time he dodged.
  • Piper does not use her Molecular Combustion power.
  • When Maya, then Walter, fall from the balcony, the shot of the street below is reused from "Dream Sorcerer" but without the red filter.

Cultural References[]

  • The title is likely a reference to the movie "Run, Lola, Run" , the famous phrase "Run, Forrest, run" from the movie "Forest Gump" or the song title "Run, Joey, Run".
  • Piper, Paige and Leo talk about "All About Eve", one of them says it's a movie.

Continuity Errors[]

  • When Piper hits her frozen cellmate, cancelling the freeze, the sound effect isn't heard.
  • When Maya and later Walter fall from the balcony, the shot below is one of a busy street. However, they land in an alley.


Episode Stills[]

Behind the Scenes[]

International Titles[]

  • French: Au-delà des apparences (Beyond Appearances)
  • Slovak: Piper beží o život (Piper Runs for Her Life)
  • Russian: Беги, Пайпер, беги! [Begi, Pajper, begi!] (Run, Piper, Run!)
  • Spanish (Spain and Latin America): Corre, Piper, corre (Run, Piper, Run)
  • Czech: Piper na útěku (Piper On The Run)
  • Italian: Corri, Piper, corri! (Run, Piper, Run!)
  • German: Lauf Piper, lauf (Run Piper, Run)
  • Serbian: Beži Pajper, beži (Run Piper, Run)
  • Hungarian: Fuss, Piper, Fuss (Run, Piper, Run)
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