"Don't be mad. I only want the Nexus so that you can come back to evil and we can be together."
Cole to Phoebe

The Importance of Being Phoebe is the 11th episode of the fifth season and the 99th overall episode of Charmed.


For a complete plot of The Importance of Being Phoebe, go here.
To read the full script of The Importance of Being Phoebe, go here.

After kidnapping Phoebe, Cole's scheming spells create mayhem for the remaining Charmed Ones as he tries to gain access to the powerful Nexus in the manor.


Main Cast[]

Guest Stars[]


Magical Notes[]


To Remove Phoebe's Powers []


Phoebe's powers are taken away.

After Kaia, shapeshifted into Phoebe, could convince Piper and Leo that Cole was playing some sort of Mind Control on Phoebe, and that that was the reason why Phoebe kissed Cole in front of Piper and Paige. When Leo asked her if she had used her power for Evil, Kaia (posing as Phoebe) said she hadn't, but that maybe Cole could make her do it. She then asked them to remove her powers, and after Piper agreed, saying that they could always restore them, created and cast a Spell to do so. The Spell worked, as it took away the real Phoebe's powers.

This Witch's power can not fight,
the lure of Evil's magic might,
before misuses lands her in hell,
remove the powers of Phoebe Halliwell.

Cole taking in the Nexus.

To Summon a Nexus []

Cole Turner cast this spell to summon the Nexus on which the Halliwell Manor is built. The Spell allowed Cole to take in the Nexus, but Phoebe banished it using the Woogyman Spell.

Natum Adai Necral,
Daya Intay Layok!

The Nexus is banished back into the Ground.

Woogyman Spell []

Phoebe cast this Spell to banish the Nexus back into the ground after Cole took it in. The Nexus took all Demons in the Manor with it, vanquishing them, except for Cole, who managed to escape.

I am light
I am one too strong to fight
Return to dark where shadows dwell
You can not have this Halliwell!
So go away and leave my sight
and take with you
this endless night!


  • Technopathy: Used by Dex to make Paige's car crash.
  • Fading: Type of Teleportation used by Dex, Cole and Kaia.
  • Shapeshifting: Used by Kaia to shapeshift into Phoebe and back into herself. Kaia's friend also shapeshifted into Phoebe. The Rat Demons used it to shapeshift into their rat forms and back into their human forms. Cole used it to shapeshift into a bail bondsman.
  • Molecular Combustion: Used by Piper to blow up a bar chair, while trying to blow up a rat.
  • Blinking: Type of Teleportation used by Rat Demons.
  • Orbing: Type of Teleportation used by Paige and Leo.
  • Energy Ball: Used by Cole to vanquish Dex.
  • Force Field: Cole created Force Fields around his penthouse so Phoebe couldn't get out. He later created one around the Manor so the sisters and Leo couldn't enter.
  • Remote Teleportation: Used by Cole to teleport Kaia to his penthouse.
  • Pressurization: Used by Cole to kill the young woman whose car had been in an "accident" with Paige's.
  • Levitation: Used by Phoebe to levitate to the air vent in the roof of Cole's penthouse. She later used it to dodge a dagger thrown by Kaia and to levitate though the opened air vent.
  • Telekinesis: Used by Cole to open and close the manor doors and move Piper, Paige and Leo out of the manor in a blurry motion.
  • Super Strength: Used by Kaia to throw Phoebe against a wall in Cole's penthouse.
  • Healing: Used by Leo to heal Phoebe's forehead.

Notes and Trivia[]

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Holly and Rose on Set

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Alyssa and Holly with a fan.

  • This is one of four episodes with "Phoebe" in the title.
  • This is the last time that Phoebe, Piper and Leo will see Cole alive in the normal timeline in the series. Paige will last see him in the alternate timeline in Centennial Charmed. Piper meets him in the cosmic void in The Seven Year Witch, though he is hovering between life and death. In the comics, all sisters eventually see Cole again.
  • Paige mentioned that before she orbed out of jail, she put pillows under the sheets, ironically, Prue did the same thing in "Wicca Envy", when she escaped from jail.
  • Phoebe loses her powers for the ninth time in this episode.
  • This is one of the many episodes in which an evil being attempts to gain access to the nexus. Zankou will attempt the same several times in season 7.
  • Along with "Power Outage" and "Hell Hath No Fury", this is one of three episodes in which Phoebe uses her Levitation power three times in the same episode.
  • Piper does not use her Molecular Immobilization power, Phoebe does not use her Premonition power and Paige does not use her Telekinetic Orbing power.
    • This one of the few episodes where the sisters don't use their primary wiccan powers.

Cultural References[]

  • The title of this episode is a reference to Oscar Wilde's comedy The Importance of Being Earnest (1895).  As it has two men claiming to be Earnest.
  • Early in the episode Paige mentions "eye of newt" as an ingredient Shakespeare's witches use in Macbeth . Eye of Newt was another name for mustard seeds.

Continuity Errors[]

  • When an unconscious Phoebe is lying on the ground, Cole picks her up. You can clearly see that Alyssa puts her arms around Julian's neck.
  • When Kaia throws the knife at Phoebe, if you watch in freeze-frame, you can see that for the shot from behind her, there's no knife in her hands and there wasn't a knife thrown at the wall. Even after the scene showing the knife hit the wall, when Phoebe gets down to the ground after levitating, there is no knife at the wall. The knife only appears after and shown more visibly as Phoebe charges up to kick Kaia to the ground after.
  • In the scene where Paige is talking to Darryl while having her mugshot taken, the sleeve of her yellow shirt is on her arm, but when she is next seen, it is on her shoulder, despite nobody having moved it.
  • Starting with this episode, the Woogyman, now called the Shadow, and the Nexus become intertwined, while they previously were separate entities.
  • Cole mentioned that Phoebe doesn't drink. However, she is seen and has mentioned drinking several times across the series.
  • The rat demons were mistaken to be "warlocks" due to them blinking out of the screen instead of shimmering.


Episode Stills[]


International Titles[]

  • Russian: Так трудно быть Фиби [Tak trudno byt′ Fibi] (So Hard to Be Phoebe)
  • French: Nexus (Nexus)
  • Czech: Jak je důležité míti Phoebe (How Important is to Have Phoebe)
  • Slovak: Dôležitá je PhoebeI (Important is Phoebe)
  • Spanish (Spain and Latin America): La importancia de ser Phoebe (The Importance of Being Phoebe)
  • Serbian: Koliko je Važno Biti Fibi (The Importance of Being Phoebe)
  • German: Der Nexus (The Nexus)
  • Italian: L'importanza di chiamarsi Phoebe (The Importance of Being Phoebe)
  • Hungarian: Phoebe az elérhetetlen (Phoebe the Unattainable)
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