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Love Hurts
Season 1, episode 21
Piper realizes love is the trigger to heal Leo.
Episode Information

May 19, 1999

Written by

Chris Levinson
Zack Estrin
Javier Grillo-Marxuach

Directed by

James Whitmore

Production Code


Episode Guide

The Power of Two


Déjà Vu All Over Again


Love Hurts is the 21st episode of the first season and the 21st episode of Charmed.


For a complete plot of Love Hurts go here.

Piper finally learns the supernatural truth about her lost love, Leo, when he returns to San Francisco to ask the Halliwell sisters to protect an innocent woman who is being stalked by a demonic suitor. Piper evokes a spell to switch powers with Leo, when he is gravely injured by a poison arrow of a darklighter, in order to use his gift of healing to save his life. However, the spell also switches Prue and Phoebe’s powers. With the mixed up powers, the Charmed Ones are weak against their enemies, but the Power of Three prevails. Piper must say goodbye to Leo because he is a Whitelighter.


Main CastEdit

Guest StarsEdit



Daisy is startled entering her car, drops a bag and cuts her hand on broken glass. Leo appears behind her. Daisy is relieved to see him; she had thought he was Alec, a Darklighter who has been chasing her for some time. Leo heals her hand, much to Daisy's amazement. Leo tells Daisy that he brought her to San Francisco, because he has "powerful friends" who can help protect her. He also tells her that he's made her invisible to Alec. At that moment, Alec appears, looking for Daisy. Daisy flees. Alec conjures a crossbow and shoots Leo in the shoulder. Injured, Leo orbs to the manor.

Prue and Phoebe are planning a vacation in Cabo San Lucas. Piper calls from the attic; she has found Leo with an arrow in his shoulder. Leo admits that he is really their Whitelighter. Leo warns Phoebe and Piper that the arrow is poison-tipped. Prue returns to the attic with several bandages, and uses her telekinetic power to remove the arrow. Leo tells the sisters about Alec and Daisy. He was protecting Daisy, because she has been identified as a future Whitelighter. Alec was originally after Daisy to seduce her and produce Darklighter spawn. However,

Phoebe using Telekinesis

they fell in love, until she found out what he was. After finding out about his true nature, Daisy rejects Alec continuously, much to his frustration and fury. Alec, like most Darklighters, has the Touch of Death.

Andy and Darryl are together at their desk when Prue calls Andy. Andy can't talk now, as Darryl knows he's hiding something, so Prue offers to meet at Quake. Andy tells Prue to be careful, as Internal Affairs is after him. Prue tells Andy about Daisy; he offers to review security cameras to find her. Leo is bandaged up, but the arrow's poison is slowly killing him, and he can't use his healing power on himself. With his powers fading, he is losing his ability to cloak Daisy.

Alec orbs into Daisy's hotel room and won't leave her alone. The Motel Manager knocks, and then unlocks the door. Alec kills the manager as Daisy flees through the fire escape. Andy and Prue arrive, and Prue flings Alec across the room. Alec orbs out – but, unlike Leo's orbs, his orbs are black.

Piper has found a power-switching spell in the Book of Shadows and thinks she can use it to switch her powers with Leo's so she can heal him. With Prue and Phoebe all present, Piper casts the spell. Kit walks in and Piper tries to freeze her, but can't. Suddenly, Prue touches Phoebe and has a premonition of Kit apparently knocking over a lamp. Kit walks up to the lamp and Phoebe tries to shoo her away, and in the process, flings the lamp into the wall, shattering it. Piper must have Leo's healing power, but she doesn't know how to use it. Prue tells Piper that she has to figure out how to trigger Leo's power, just like they had to find their triggers when their own powers were unbound.

Andy calls and says that Daisy has bought a bus ticket.

Inspectors Rodriguez and Anderson grill Andy about the scene in the hotel, and how Prue is involved in the unsolved cases (and why he is covering for her). Rather than answer, Andy turns in his badge and his gun, resigning.

Prue triggers Phoebe's newfound telekinesis by calling her "Freebie"

Daisy reaches the bus station and finds Alec everywhere she turns. Prue and Phoebe walk in. Prue tries to goad Phoebe into getting angry; she knows that her telekinesis was originally triggered by anger. Finally, Prue remembers that during high school, several guys called Phoebe "Freebie", after they caught her making out under the bleachers; the insult causes Phoebe to knock some magazines off a rack. Prue has a vision of Daisy cowering in the ladies' room. Prue and Phoebe confront Alec in the ladies' room. Alec conjures his crossbow. Phoebe tries to fling it out of his hand, but only causes all of the taps to come on and all of the soap to squirt out of the dispensers. Prue admits that she hit Grams' car several years ago – an accident for which Phoebe took the heat. Phoebe flings Alec into a stall. Alec drops the crossbow. Prue picks it up, takes aim and

Prue aiming at Alec with his crossbow.

shoots, but Alec black-orbs away. The two sisters bring Daisy to the manor.

Andy has sent flowers to Prue and the card says he needs to see her. Prue leaves to meet with Andy, while Daisy and Phoebe go to the attic. They find Leo almost dead and Piper crying. Daisy tries to leave, but Piper convinces her to stay.


Phoebe tries using telekinesis on Alec but she hits the chandelier instead

Andy tells Prue that he has turned in his badge and is suspended. He warns her to be careful, and that it's best that they not be seen together, lest Rodriguez find out that Prue is his source. Andy adds that Prue and her sisters are doing the very thing that made him want to become a cop. Piper, upset, cries over Leo's body. She has tried to heal him several times, but can't figure out his trigger. She collapses on his body and tells him that she loves him.
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Piper heals Leo.

Suddenly, her hands start to glow, and Leo is healed. He tells her that love triggers his healing power, but he couldn't tell her that because she had to find that out for herself. They come downstairs and prepare to call Prue, when Alec black-orbs in. Phoebe tries to blow him out the door, but knocks the chandelier down instead. Alec grabs Piper and offers to spare her life, if the sisters let him have Daisy. Prue comes in behind him. Alec tosses Piper aside, grabs Daisy and black-orbs out. Leo feels too weak to use his powers, so the four leave their powers switched. Leo coaches Piper on how to sense a charge. Piper finds Daisy and Phoebe and Prue go after her while Piper stays with Leo. They find Daisy and Alec in a cemetery, where Alec is about to sacrifice Daisy. Phoebe flings Alec aside. Prue casts the power-switching spell, just as Alec is about to use his touch of death on Daisy. Suddenly, Prue's hand starts glowing red-hot; she has Alec's touch of death and realizes hate is the trigger for it. Phoebe draws Alec toward
Prue TouchofDeath2

Prue switches powers with Alec

Prue. Prue incinerates Alec with his own power and switches their powers back just before he dies. Prue says that she never had to feel so much hate before – and doesn't want to ever feel it again.

The sisters and Leo switch their powers back. Leo, himself, had been an Army medic in World War II. He died in the war and was offered the chance to become a Whitelighter. He accepted, but would give it all up for life with Piper. However, Piper thinks that would be too much of a loss for him, and that he should follow his calling.

Andy and Darryl meet at a noisy construction site. Rodriguez and Anderson are watching and using a long-range microphone, but the noise makes the microphone useless. Rodriguez, however, hears Andy mention Prue. Anderson wonders how that's possible. Suddenly, Rodriguez's eyes turn fiery red and he sonic screams. The sound penetrates Anderson's earphones, and he falls dead on the steering column.

Piper puts on Leo's dogtags, while Prue and Phoebe mix tropical drinks to make up for not making it to Cabo.

Magical NotesEdit

Spells Edit

To Exchange PowerEdit

What's mine is yours,
What's yours is mine,
Let our powers cross the line.
I offer up this gift to share,
Switch our powers through the air.

Powers Edit

  • Telekinesis: Used by Prue to remove a Darklighter's arrow from Leo's body and to throw Alec against the wall. Phoebe gained this when switching powers with Prue, she used it to accidentally throw a flower vase, spin a magazine rack, push Alec, accidentally break a chandelier and later pull him towards Prue.
  • Molecular Immobilization: Leo gained this when switching powers with Piper, but never used it.
  • Premonition
  • CloakingLeo used this to cloak Daisy.
  • HealingPiper used this to heal Leo.
  • OrbingType of teleportation used by Leo.
  • Black Orbing: Type of teleportation used by Alec.
  • Apportation: Alec used this power to summon a crossbow to his hand through a puff of smoke.
  • Touch of Death: Alec used this power to kill a victim with a touch, by burning them alive. Prue used this to kill him by briefly switching it with Phoebe's premontions.
  • Pyrokinesis: When Alec kidnapped Daisy, he made fire to appear on the rock behind them as he threw her on the ground.
  • Illusion Casting: Alec used this to appear before Daisy at several places at the same time in different clothes without anyone else noticing.
  • Sensing: Alec used this to track Daisy when she became uncloaked, and Piper used this to track Daisy when she was kidnapped by Alec.
  • Voice Manipulation: Alec mimicked Daisy's voice.
  • Sonic Scream: Used by Rodriguez to kill Anderson.


  • 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.
  • Darklighter Arrows - An arrow, poisonous to Whitelighters, used by Darklighters to kill Whitelighters. The poison will slowly kill them, if not healed in time.
  • Darklighter Crossbow - Used by Alec and Prue to shoot Darklighter Arrows with.


Magical BeingsEdit


Notes and TriviaEdit

Charmed promo season 1 ep. 21 - Love Hurts

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  • Phoebe uses her hands and eyes when she has Prue’s power.
  • Leo doesn’t use Piper’s power.
  • Lisa Robin Kelly was in a movie called "Jawbreaker", which starred Rose McGowan, who would go on and play Paige Matthews in Season 4.
  • Prue mentions Piper’s men in the series so far: a Warlock (Jeremy), a Ghost (Mark), a geographically undesirable handyman (Leo) and a very dorky grad student (Josh).
  • "Love Hurts" is also the name of a House Episode that guest starred John Cho, who appeared as Mark Chao in the Season 1 episode, Dead Man Dating
  • In this episode is stated that Leo died, however, in The Devil's Music we find out he didn't.
  • The Exchanging Powers spell is used once more in the episode Ordinary Witches so that Piper can see Phoebe's premonition about Utopia. The spell, however, goes awry and two mortals end up with their powers instead.
  • Leo tells Piper that he was born in San Francisco, was involved in WWII, and that he was bandaging a mate’s head, when he felt a deep pain. When he woke up, he was surrounded by a group of elder Whitelighters, (The Elders) and they made him a Whitelighter.
  • Leo offers to clip his wings for Piper, but she doesn’t let him.
  • Prue reminds Phoebe of her nickname in high school “Freebie” to make her angry and trigger Prue’s power. The nickname will be mentioned again in Hyde School Reunion.
  • At the end of this episode, we know that Inspector Rodriguez is a demon who kills Inspector Anderson.
  • In this episode, Piper learns to heal and sense with Leo’s power, but in Season 5, Siren Song, she says that she doesn’t know how to sense, although, she is able to easily heal Phoebe after a little encouragement from Leo.
  • In this episode, Piper only displays healing and sensing, but when she switches powers with Leo again in Season 5, she displays orbing (which she masters after one time orbing with Paige), healing (which she seems to have no trouble using) and sensing, which takes Leo's help and meditation to use.
  • Inspector Rodriguez mentions that Prue is 5’3” and a brunette.
  • With their powers mixed up, Piper gains Whitelighter abilities, Leo can freeze things, Phoebe is telekinetic and Prue has premonitions. For a short time, Prue gains Alec's power: the Touch of Death and his other Darklighter powers.
  • This is the first time Piper and Leo admit that they love each other, which is the reason Piper was able to save Leo.
  • This episode scored 5.7 million viewers.
  • In this episode Phoebe says "It's supernatural freaky friday," referencing the movie Freaky Friday in which a mother and a daughter switch bodies.
  • This is the first time that the Charmed Ones go up against an evil being who has fallen in love with a good woman. This is repeated in future episodes with the warlock Anton, Drazi, Cole Turner and The Necromancer.
  • Prue calls Grams "Grandma" in this episode. This is the second time Prue has called her that, the first time being in "That '70s Episode".
  • Piper and Prue learn that Leo is a Whitelighter in this episode.
  • In this episode, Leo is able to orb after being hit by the darklighter's arrow. In other episodes, such as Blinded by the Whitelighter, it is stated or at least heavily implied that whitelighters cannot use their powers after being hit by a darklighter's arrow.


  • In all the other episodes concerning a Darklighter, his arrows are only lethal to Whitelighters but in this episode Leo clearly states that the sisters can't touch the arrow because it is poisoned.
  • Phoebe seemed surprised that Prue was deliberately trying to goad her. However, Phoebe was the one who initially noticed Prue's telekinesis was triggered by anger.
  • When Prue uses the Darklighter's (Alec) crossbow against him, he starts to black orb out, and the arrow gets stuck in the wall behind him, but seconds later, it shows the wall and the arrow is gone.
  • When Alec orbs into the Manor, Daisy's arm changes position.
  • When you see the lamp fly and smash the wall, it's lamp-shade has disappeared


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References to other movies, books, mythology etc.Edit

Phoebe: It's a supernatural Freaky Friday.

This is a reference to the 1976 movie "Freaky Friday" in which a mother and daughter with many conflicts gets to see how the other lives for a day when they switch bodies. It was later remade into a 1995 TV movie and a 2003 feature film.

TItle: Love Hurts

This is a reference to a common saying, that basically states the obvious

Phoebe: Stella, we are getting our groove back.

This is a reference to the 1998 movie "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" starring Angela Bassett.

Phoebe compares whitelighters to Tinkerbell from "Peter Pan", but "minus the tutu and wings".

Tinkerbell is a fairy from the popular children's book "Peter Pan", which has many movie and book adaptations. She watches over Peter, much like whitelighters watch over their charges.

Behind the ScenesEdit

Episode StillsEdit


Leo: (to Daisy) Don't worry, Daisy. He can't see you. Don't say a word, just leave quickly.
Alec: Don't listen to him sweetie, don't do it. (She runs off.)
Leo: She's already gone.
Alec: I love her, Leo. Much like you love your little witch. What's her name? Piper?
Leo: Darklighters aren't capable of love, Alec.
Alec: This one is. I love Daisy and you are keeping me from her. It's only a couple of days ago all I had to do was think about her and bang! I'd be there with her. Then suddenly she vanishes from my radar. Cloaked by a Whitelighter. By you.
Leo: Then if you know I cloaked her, then you also know that you won't find her as long as I live.
Alec: Yes, well, I have a solution for that. (He gets out his crossbow and shoots Leo.)

Phoebe: We have to get the arrow out.
Leo: No, don't touch it, it's tipped with poison.
Phoebe: How are we suppose to get it out if we can't touch it? (Prue enters the attic.)
Prue: You came to the right girl. You ready? (Prue uses her powers to push the arrow out.) Okay, I brought everything that I could find, I just didn't know what to use on a ... what is he again?
Piper: A Whitelighter.
Phoebe: Yeah, they're sorta like, you know how Peter Pan has Tinkerbell? They're sorta like that minus the tutu and the wings. He guides witches.

Phoebe: Leo, I brought you some food in case you're ... you do eat right?
Leo: Yes, Phoebe, I eat. How's Piper?
Phoebe: Oh, you know, she's dealing. I mean, it's not everyday that you find out that the guy you're seeing isn't human. Although, in Piper's case.

Prue: This is a good sign. The spell must have worked. That means Phoebe and... (She touches Phoebe and has a premonition.) Oh, I think I just had one of Phoebe's premonition thingies.
Phoebe: Really? What did you see?
Prue: (She points to a lamp.) That shattering. (Kit jumps on the table where the lamp is.)
Phoebe: Kit, no! (Phoebe puts her hand up and she makes the lamp fly against the wall and smash.) Did I just do that?
Prue: Uh huh, and I saw it. So, okay, you're moving things, I'm having premonitions and Piper can't freeze which means...
Piper: Am I gonna get yelled at?
Prue: It switched all of our powers?
Phoebe: It's a supernatural freaky Friday.

Prue: Remember when I said that you had no vision?
Phoebe: Which time?
Prue: Oh, you will never hear it again. Takes a lot of strength to see what you see.

Leo: Being with her broke the rules, but not being with her breaks my heart.

International TitlesEdit

  • French: L'ultime combat (The Ultimate Fight)
  • Czech: Láska je zlá (Love is Bad)
  • Slovak: Útrapy z lásky (Suffering from Love)
  • Serbian: Ljubav Boli (Love Hurts)
  • Italian: Tra bene e male (Between Good and Evil)
  • Polish: Miłość rani (Love Hurts)
  • Spanish (Spain): El Amor duele (Love Hurts)
  • Spanish (Latin America): Amar es doloroso (Love is Painful)
  • Hungarian: A szerelem fáj (Love Hurts)
  • Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil): O Amor Dói (Love Hurts)
  • Russian: Lyubovʹ zla (For Love Evil)
  • Finnish: Rakkauden tuskaa (Pain of Love)
  • German: Wächter der Dunkelheit (Darklighter)

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The Power of Two
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Déjà Vu All Over Again
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