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Run, Piper, Run
Season 8, episode 3
Piper is caught by the police.
Episode Information

October 09, 2005

Written by

Cameron Litvack

Directed by

Derek Johansen

Production Code


Episode Guide

Malice in Wonderland


Desperate Housewitches

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.

Piper's alias looks like Maya Holmes, a model who is sought for killing her lover. Piper gets caught instead, and is put in jail. In prison, Piper meets Walter Nance, Maya's ex and an ADA. She discovers Walter is the real killer, and when Paige switches Piper with the real Maya, the sisters try to let Walter confess the crime by preying on his biggest fear.


  • Phoebe Halliwell
  • Paige Matthews
  • Piper Halliwell
  • Leo Wyatt
  • Billie Jenkins
  • Dex Lawson
  • Maya Holmes
  • Walter Nance
  • Seth Perra
  • Gregg
  • Eve
  • Harper Jennings
  • Julie Bennett
  • Jenny and Jo Bennett
  • Tommy
  • Female Cop
  • Security Tech
  • Inspector Parker
  • Jax
  • Vivian
  • Kate
  • Walter Nance's Aide

Main CastEdit

Guest StarsEdit


Magical NotesEdit

Book of ShadowsEdit

The Demon of Fear Edit

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 EntryEdit

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 matras 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.
  • Phoebe has a Premonition of Dex's art show being ruined by an earthquake.
  • Paige orbing in with Billie.
  • Paige orbs a lamp against Maya's head to knock her unconscious.
  • Piper freezes her cell mate.
  • Piper is orbed to the Manor by Paige.
  • Maya is orbed into jail by Paige.
  • Piper freezes Carl.
  • Paige orbing in with Piper.
  • Paige orbing out with Piper.
  • Piper freezes Maya.
  • Paige orbs a mattress under Maya.
  • Walter Nance is flung by Billie.
  • Billie, Paige and Phoebe stop their glamour.
  • Piper freezes Walter Nance.


  • The 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.



  • Maya Holmes - A model. She left Walter Nance for a photographer who is younger. She was sought for killing the photographer, but Walter Nance was the real killer. After Piper (as Maya) said she had evidance that he was the killer, Walter tried to kill Maya but she was saved by the Charmed Ones.
  • Walter Nance - An ADA. He killed Maya's new boyfriend and after he thought she had evidance that he did it, he tried to kill her but she survived, thanks to the Charmed Ones. He was afraid of aging, and the Charmed Ones used it to force him to confess he was the real murderer.

Notes and TriviaEdit

Charmed 8x0300:20

Charmed 8x03

Run, Piper, Run WB Trailer

Paige reading from 415 mag.

Paige reading from the 415 magazine

  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
  • Billie takes inspiration from Barbas' powers to defeat Nance.
  • It is revealed that the sisters write down some of their experiences in The Book of Shadows.
  • A new page for the Demon of Fear is revealed, though the text remains the same.
  • The sisters and Billie talk about the events of "Ex Libris", when a ghost, Charlene Hughes, helped them to make a pawn shop owner confess a crime.
  • 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 we see 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?"
  • Billie questions how dumb demons must be if they cannot figure out the sisters are alive, considering three women moved into the manor.
  • On Piper's résumé as Jenny Bennett, her listed skills include "Nunchucks, Bowhunting, Computer Hacking". It also lists her education history as having an MA in the Culinary School of Newark, a BA in the Miami College of the Arts and a Diploma in the New Winchester High.


  • When Piper hits her frozen cellmate, cancelling the freeze, the sound effect isn't heard.
  • Both Maya and Carl (Eve's husband) see Piper/ Maya yet neither of them freak out even though she should be in jail.

References to other movies, books, mythology etc.Edit

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

Photo GalleryEdit

Episode StillsEdit

Behind the ScenesEdit

International TitlesEdit

  • 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)
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