All Hell Breaks Loose is the twenty-second episode of the third season and the 66th overall episode of Charmed.
For a complete plot of All Hell Breaks Loose, go here.
After saving a doctor from the attack of the Source's Personal Hitman, Shax, the sisters are exposed as witches to the entire world. Phoebe and Cole are in the Underworld and are forced to strike a deal with Tempus to travel back in time to before it was revealed that magic existed. They travel back successfully but the episode ends with Phoebe, Cole and Leo trapped in the Underworld and Prue and Piper lying unconscious on the floor from when Shax blasted them in his initial attack, neither of them moving, one or both of them possibly dead.
Reconstitution: Used by Shax (off-screen) to reform after being blown up by Piper.
Flaming: Type of teleportation used by The Source.
Telekinesis: Used by Prue to deviate Shax's aerokinetic blast, to fling Alice Hicks, to close the conservatory door, to fling the reporter and the cameraman, to fling innocents to make way for her car, to fling a SWAT member and to enhance her strength to push a SWAT member.
Michael Bailey Smith appears as both Shax and the Source in this episode.
The CW's Supernatural also has a two-part episode titled All Hell Breaks Loose, which was also a season finale. It also shares another element, the death of a main character though events orchastrated by the main villain at the time. Prue is killed after the Source sends his assassin to kill the Charmed Ones, to stop their interferences, Sam Winchester is killed after being placed in a situation where only one person out of a group of chosen individuals was meant to survive, to help the demon Azazel to bring his plans to fruition.
Although being mentioned, Tempus does not appear in this episode. He is revealed to still be alive, but reversing time again results in him being vanquished.
Shannen Doherty posted in her Twitter feed that this was her favorite episode of Charmed.
This episode is the highest ranked episode of Charmed on TV.com. It currently holds a 9.7 rating.
During season 3, the Charmed Ones vanquished 22 demons, five trolls, three warlocks, one darklighter, one priestess, one banshee and one life essence. In addition, Cole vanquishes seven demons and one mortal, while three demons and two darklighters vanquish each other - a total of 47 evil beings.
The consequences of exposure were stated by Prue and Phoebe in the episode Out of Sight. Specific examples of what they imagined were confirmed during this episode:
"If we're exposed we're gonna have every crazy hounding us day and night."
During a panel at Supanova in 2016, Shannen revealed that at the time of filming this episode, she, the cast, and the crew, did not know this would be her final episode. This was decided in between filming of Season 3 and Season 4.
The saying "All Hell Breaks Loose" is commonly used when a situation spirals out of control and becomes chaotic/violent.
When going through the list of interviewers interested in the girls, Piper reveals that watching Barbara Walters makes Prue cry. She also mentions Oprah Winfrey.
After watching Dr. Griffith on TV, Prue and Piper walk to the conservatory you can see a person from the window standing wearing a brown long-sleeve shirt and black slacks.
There is no blood on Prue's hands when she leaves the house with Piper after she'd been shot. Inside the house, Prue held Piper and looked at her hand full of blood.
When time resets, Prue says she felt a chill and the camera shoots to the stairs. If you look closely half a second before the camera cuts to Piper, you can see a hand moving at the top corner of the stairs.
When Piper is blasted by Shax, she is standing in front of the archway, though when she is hit, her position changes and she is blasted through the wall.
After opening credits: Depeche Mode, "Dream On"
Behind the Scenes
Charmed - 3x22 - Piper Dies
To read the full script of All Hell Breaks Loose, go here.
Piper: Hello Leo, nice of you to orb in. Where've you been?!
Darryl: Whoa, Prue, Prue. Even if you can save your innocent, that still doesn't save yourselves.
Prue: Yeah, I—I know that, Darryl, but first things first, all right? Try and buy us as much time as possible with your captain as you can. (to Leo) And you, why don't you get back up there and whitelight a fire underneath your bosses' butts?