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Written by: Peter Hume

Season 3, Episode 08

Episode Number: 52

[Scene: Manor. Kitchen. Prue and Piper are making a potion. There are ingredients everywhere. Piper puts something in a pot and a flame shoots up.]

Piper: Ugh!

(flame shoots up)

Piper: Okay, even if this works, we still have to find Belthazor.

Prue: Well, I have an idea how to do that but first things first. Cockles.

Piper: Cockles?

Prue: They're over by the crickets.

Piper: And what exactly are they?

Prue: Small leaping insects that chirp.

Piper: That's funny. I meant the cockle shells, not the crickets.

Prue: I'm not really sure but as long as they help vanquish Belthazor that's all I really care about.

Piper: It would be nice to get back to our lives such as they were.

Prue: Pigs feet.

Piper: Yecchh.

Prue: Yecchh?

Piper: Yecchh.

Prue: So you can slice up a chunk of demon flesh but you can't touch pigs foot.

Piper: I'm a vegetarian.

Prue: Since when?

Piper: Since now.

Prue: Now is not the time to get squeamish, okay. This recipe is very important. We have to follow it to a T. (Prue puts a pigs foot in the pot and another flame shoots up.) Ooh!

Piper: Poor piggy.

Prue: Uh, everything's in there, we just need to get the slice of Belthazor flesh and we're good to go. Let's test it. Pheebs?

Piper: Something tells me she's not in a vanquishing mood.

Prue: Why not?

Piper: She's worried about Cole. She hasn't heard from him in over a week.

Prue: And that's a bad thing?

Piper: Prue.

Prue: You know what? I don't like him and I don't trust him. And it has nothing to do with him being a greasy lawyer either.

(Phoebe walks in.)

Phoebe: Greasy what?

Piper: Uh, greasy layer. There's a greasy layer on this potion.

Prue: Too much mandrake.

Piper: Okay, uh, what do you say we do this incantation.

Phoebe: Anything to get rid of Belthazor before Cole gets back. And he is coming back.

Piper: Okay.

Prue/Piper/Phoebe: "Spirits of air, forests and sea, set us of this demon free; beasts of hoof and beasts of shell, drive this evil back to hell."

(The potion bubbles.)

Phoebe: Uh-oh, didn't work.

Prue: No, you forgot the Belthazor flesh.

Piper: Oh yes.

Phoebe: How can we forget the Belthazor flesh?

(Piper gets the flesh out of the fridge.)

Prue: Such a slacker.

Piper: Give me a second, lady. All right, ready? (She puts the flesh in the pot and it explodes. Piper falls to the ground.)

Phoebe: Piper!?

(They help her up.)

Prue: Are you all right?

Piper: Attack of the killer pigs feet. Remind me to step back next time.

[Scene: Cemetery. People are there attending a funeral.]

[Cut to a grave. Belthazor falls to the ground and leans against a headstone. He is hurt. He gets up and stumbles over to a mausoleum. He leaves a spot of blood on the headstone.]

[Cut back to the grave. A demon (Krell) appears and wipes the blood off of the headstone. He smells it and looks around. He sees the door of the mausoleum close.]

[Cut inside the mausoleum. Belthazor is hiding in there. Krell walks in.]

Krell: You know what I am, Belthazor. You know you can't escape from me now that you can't shimmer anymore. You'd be pleased, the bounty on you was determined by the source himself. A reflection no doubt of your triumphs and your betrayal. You're wounded, powerless, think of your legacy, Belthazor. Die as a legend, not a coward.

(Belthazor runs towards the door. Krell sees him and tries to zap him. Belthazor zaps a column and it falls near the demon. Belthazor runs outside. He changes back into Cole, then back to Belthazor, then back into Cole. Cole walks over to the people who attended the funeral. Krell walks out of the mausoleum.)

Cole: (to a woman) Mind if I hitch a ride?

Woman: Are you going to the wake?

Cole: Yeah, yeah, sure.

Woman: Come on.

Opening Credits

[Scene: Manor. Prue comes down the stairs. Phoebe walks into the foyer.]

Prue: Hey.

Phoebe: I'll be back.

Prue: Um, where you going?

Phoebe: I am going to school (they go into the living room) and then I'm going to Cole's.

(Phoebe puts some books in her bag.)

Prue: Okay, aren't you forgetting a little something? Like vanquishing Belthazor?

Phoebe: Wait, I though you had to write a spell to summon him first.

Prue: Yes, and it's done. I'm using the one that we called Melinda from the past with, just re-wrote it a little bit.

Phoebe: Really? Think it'll work?

Prue: Well, yeah, I mean, it should. It's magic calling magic. Although in this case dark magic. Phoebe, why are you going to Cole's again? I mean, what do you really expect to find?

Phoebe: Mmm, actually, I was gonna go to his office. And how do you know I've already been to Cole's?

Prue: Well, you got a parking ticket there yesterday when you borrowed my car.

Phoebe: Oops, sorry, I'll pay for it.

Prue: Phoebe, that's not the point. Look, please, don't take this out on me, all right. I'm not the bad guy.

Phoebe: I know, I would just like some understanding, you know, some support here.

Prue: Look, I can't support you when I think you're just setting yourself up to get hurt. I have to be honest with you, we have to be honest with each other. That's the promise we made when Belthazor tried to split us apart, remember?

Phoebe: Yeah, it just doesn't help that you never really liked Cole from the beginning.

Prue: Yeah, well, I mean, you never really like any of my boyfriends either.

Phoebe: That's very true.

Prue: I'm sorry, all right. This is your call and not mine.

(Piper walks in.)

Phoebe: Thank you.

Piper: Okay, are we gonna do this or what?

Prue: Uh, we are, Phoebe's not.

Phoebe: Are you sure?

Prue: Yeah, yeah, go to Cole's. It's fine. Uh, we don't need the power of three to vanquish, just the potion.

Piper: Okay, well, why don't you take this in case.

(She hands Phoebe the potion.)

Phoebe: Okay, just you guys no more whispering, okay. It's hard enough for me to know that Cole's keeping secrets from me. I can't take it from you too.

(She leaves.)

[Scene: An alley. Cole is there. He has his hand pressed against his wound. He leans against the wall and takes of his coat. He unbuttons his shirt and pulls a rag off his wound. He takes off his shirt and tries to rip it in half. He can't so he changes into Belthazor and rips the shirt in half. He holds part of the shirt against his wound. A homeless man walks around the corner and Belthazor runs away. The homeless man walks over to where Cole dropped his coat and picks it up.]

[Scene: Manor. Dining room. Prue and Piper are there. They tip the dining table onto its side.]

Piper: This is gonna be messy.

Prue: That's why we Scotchguard. (Prue hands Piper the potion.) You ready?

Piper: I'm ready as I'll ever be.

Prue: All right.

(They crouch down behind the table.)

Prue, Piper: "Magic forces black and white, reaching out through space and light, be he far or be he near, bring us the demon Belthazor here."

(It gets windy.)

Piper: It's working.

Prue: All right, you ready?

Piper: Uh-huh.

Prue: On three.

Prue, Piper: 1, 2, 3.

(Krell appears and they throw the potion at him.)

Piper: There's no boom. Why is there no boom?

Prue: I don't know.

Krell: Stupid witches.

Prue: He's not... (He tries to zap them and puts a huge hold in the table.) Ooh, you know what? That is an antique!

(Prue uses her power and he flies towards the grandfather clock. Piper freezes him in mid-air.)

Piper: Not the clock! We can't afford to keep fixing that thing. (They walk over to him.) Unless Belthazor can morph, that is definitely not him.

Prue: All right, that doesn't make sense. How did we get the wrong demon? Hey, do you think that you could just unfreeze his head? That way we could ask.

Piper: His head?

Prue: Yeah, his head.

Piper: Why not? (Piper unfreezes his head.) That's different.

Prue: That's cool.

(They giggle.)

Krell: What did you do to me?

Prue: Uh, hi, you know what? You're sort of frozen in mid-air therefore we'll be asking the questions, okay? Who are you?

Krell: Someone who's gonna butcher you if you don't unfreeze me right now.

Piper: Okay. (Piper unfreezes him and he crashes into the grandfather clock. Prue gives her a look.) What? It was worth it.

(They go over to him and Prue puts her foot on his chest.)

Prue: All right, you start talking or we start the bonus round.

Krell: I am Krell, a Zotar.

Prue: Hi, I'm Prue, a Scorpio. Where's Belthazor?

(He pushes Prue's leg off his chest and Prue and Piper back away. Krell stands up.)

Krell: Wait, don't. I won't attack if you don't. I'm a bounty hunter. I track fugitive demons and it looks like we're after the same one.

Commercial Break

[Scene: Outside Cole's office. Phoebe walks up to the door, looks around and then walks inside. She sees someone sitting in Cole's chair facing the wall.]

Phoebe: Cole? (The chair spins around and a man is sitting in it.) Oh, I'm so sorry, I was just looking for Cole Turner.

Man: Well, that's all right, so am I. (He gets out of the chair and walks over to Phoebe.) Reese Davidson. DA Bureau of Investigations. (He shows her his badge.) And you are?

Phoebe: Phoebe.

Reese: Phoebe? Is that like Cher or Madonna, or do you have a last name?

Phoebe: No, of-of course. Uh, Halliwell. Phoebe Halliwell. Is Cole okay?

Reese: How do you know him?

Phoebe: You didn't answer my question.

Reese: I know. Look, I have no idea if he's all right or not. That's what I'm trying to figure out. Nobody's heard from his since Monday. Are you his girl?

Phoebe: Yeah, I'm his girl.

Reese: Well, did he mention anything to you about what he was doing? Where he was going?

Phoebe: No. A couple of weeks ago he had a suitcase packed but he said his plans had changed.

Reese: What plan?

Phoebe: I don't know. Uh, something about a big case that he was working on.

Reese: Hmm... (He picks up a folder.) Now, according to his filing he hasn't been working on a case, big or small. Not for a couple of months. All he's done is file extensions. Makes you wonder what he's been doing with himself. Well, if you happen to hear from him or if you think of anything that might help, (he hands her his card) call me okay. Okay?

Phoebe: Yeah.

(She leaves.)

[Scene: Manor. Conservatory. Prue, Piper and Krell are there.]

Krell: I should've known better than to underestimate him. I thought that because Belthazor couldn't shimmer, his other powers were useless as well.

Piper: So you don't have the power to vanquish him?

Krell: Obviously not. Otherwise I wouldn't have needed to intercept your little calling card, now would I?

Piper: Hey, you know what? How about next time I just freeze your head and then maybe I could kick you in the--

Prue: Alright, uh, so Belthazor was sent by the triad to kill us. How do we know that you weren't sent by them too?

Krell: You're joking, right? I don't believe this. You really don't know? You're Whitelighter must really be sleeping on the job.

Piper: Hey, now wait a minute, pal.

Prue: Piper. What don't we know?

Krell: Belthazor killed the triad. That's why he's on the run, that's why I'm here.

Prue: Why would he do that?

Krell: Probably because they were going to kill him. For failing to kill you. Ironically his inability to shimmer saved him from you killing him.

Prue: So instead we got you.

Krell: Believe me, just the thought of working with you turns my stomachs.

Piper: Stomachs?

Krell: But right now I'm more interested in killing Belthazor than witches.

Piper: Hm.

Krell: Like it or not, we need each other. You can't find him without me, I can't vanquish him without your potion.

Prue: So then you know where he is?

Piper: Prue, you can't be seriously considering this.

Prue: Answer the question.

Krell: I can track his scent, his blood, when he's in his demonic form not his human one. Fortunately, he can't maintain his human self for long, especially wounded. It drains him.

Piper: Uh, hi, could you come here, over here, please? (Prue goes over to Piper.) We’ve tried working with demons before, it was a bad idea then. And it’s definitely a bad idea now.

Prue: (to Krell) We’ll let you know.

Krell: No, you’ll let me know now. (silence) Think fast. Belthazor won’t stop trying to kill you. Only the heads of the Charmed Ones will convince the source to spare him.

(He disappears)

Prue/Piper: Leo!

[Scene: Outside Cole’s apartment. Phoebe knocks on the door.]

Phoebe: Cole? Cole, are you in there? ( A neighbour pokes her head out of her apartment.) Oh, sorry. (The neighbour goes back inside. Phoebe sees drops of blood on the carpet leading to Cole’s apartment. She opens his door.) Cole? Hello?

(She walks inside. She sees more drops of blood leading into his bathroom.)

[Cut inside the bathroom. Belthazor is there standing behind the door.]

[Cut back to Phoebe.]

Phoebe: Cole? (She walks into the bathroom and sees Cole putting on a shirt. She gets a fright. She sees his wound.) Cole.

Cole: You really shouldn’t be here.

Commercial Break

[Scene: Cole’s apartment. His bedroom.]

Phoebe: Okay, Cole. Come on, lay down. (He lays down on the bed.) Lay down. Easy. Are you okay?

Cole: Do I look okay?

Phoebe: I’m sorry. Okay, let’s see how bad this is.

Cole: No, no, don’t.

Phoebe: Believe me, I’ve seen worse, Cole.

(She goes to take off the bandage but he grabs her wrist.)

Cole: I said don’t. Please.

Phoebe: We’ve got to get you to the hospital.

Cole: It’s not safe there, they’ll find me.

Phoebe: Who will find you? What’s going on? Who’s after you. There was somebody looking for you today at your office. An investigator.

(He sits up.)

Cole: You didn’t tell him anything did you?

Phoebe: I don’t know anything.

Cole: What did he look like? You sure he wasn’t a de-- A?

Phoebe: He said that he was. And he also said that he needed to… (Cole groans.) Okay, come on, back down, back down. (He lays back down.) I’m gonna go get some help, okay. (whispers) Leo?

Cole: Phoebe, come on.

Phoebe: Cole, I am not just gonna sit back and watch you die, okay. (whispers) Leo? (to Cole) Um, I am gonna go back to the house, okay, and I'm gonna get Leo. He's a doctor, he can heal you.

Cole: Okay.

Phoebe: Are you sure it’s safe for you here?

Cole: They’ve already looked for me here, they won’t be back. Not for a while anyway.

(She kisses him.)

Phoebe: You’d better be here when I get back.

(She leaves. Cole changes into Belthazar and then back to himself again.)

[Scene: Manor. Attic. Prue, Piper and Leo are there.]

Piper: I don’t understand. How can you not know the triad is dead? Don’t you think that’s kind of important? Especially since, oh, I don’t know. They’ve been trying to kill us for the past two years.

Leo: They’re heard rumours, talk, nothing substantiated.

Piper: Well, I guess you can substantiate it now can’t you? Geez, have you been sleeping on the job or what?

Prue: So, Leo, don’t mind her, she’s just a little cranky.

Piper: Well, you know what? I get that way when demons are trying to kill us.

Prue: Piper, I really don’t think that Krell is trying to kill us otherwise he probably would’ve tried by now.

Piper: Oh, yeah? Tell that to the dining room table.

Leo: Is there anything in there on Zotars?

Prue: Yeah, everything that he said about them which makes me think that everything else he has said might be true too.

Piper: Including the part about how he likes to kill witches?

Prue: Including the part about all of us working together.

Piper: Are you willing to bet our lives on it?

Prue: Are you willing not to? Look, Piper, if we do nothing and Belthazor somehow gets all of his powers back then we are going to be looking back over our shoulders. Again. Personally I’m tired of that.

Piper: I know, I know, okay. I-I know you think she’s right and…

Leo: If you don’t vanquish him now you may not get another chance.

[Time Lapse. Prue and Piper are in the conservatory saying a spell.]

Prue/Piper: “Magic forces black and white, reaching out through space and light, be he far or be he near, bring us the demon Belthazor here.”

(Krell appears in the foyer. Phoebe walks in the house and sees him.)

Phoebe: Demon!

(She runs over to him.)

Piper: Phoebe, no, no, no, Phoebe!

(Phoebe jumps up, hangs onto a beam, and kicks Krell in the head.)

Phoebe: What-what is going on? Who is that?

(Prue, Piper and Leo walk into the foyer.)

Prue: He is a demonic bounty hunter who is here to help us find Belthazor.

Piper: Why don’t you go sniff something while we fill her in.

Krell: There’s no time. I just picked up Belthazor’s scent again.

Prue: Alright, gives us a minute. (to Phoebe) Come here. All right, listen, here’s the deal. Belthazor killed the triad, now the source wants him dead. Krell is trying to suck up to the source so he wants to kill Belthazor.

Piper: Belthazor wants to kill us so the source won’t kill him.

Leo: And if you work with Krell you can vanquish Belthazor before he kills you.

Phoebe: Works for me. Leo, I have to talk to you for a minute.

Krell: How do you witches ever get anything done? If we’re working together we need to move now.

Prue: All right, we’re ready.

Krell: Do you have the potion?

Piper: Do you have the scent?

Krell: I said I did didn’t I? You two come with me. The others should go to the old cemetery.

Leo: Wait, split up? Why?

Krell: Because he might be hiding there, that’s why. Evil frequent cemeteries. Makes it difficult for me to track a demon’s scent there. Belthazor knows that.

Phoebe: Okay, so why don’t Leo and I go to the cemetery and you guys go with him.

Piper: Are you sure?

Phoebe: Positive.

Prue: Alright, let’s go, we’re ready. Oh, hey, I almost forgot to ask. Did you find out anything about Cole?

Phoebe: Uh, no, nothing at all about Cole. (Prue and Piper leave.) We need to go.

[Scene: Outside Cole’s apartment. Phoebe and Leo are walking down the hallway.]

Leo: Phoebe, we shouldn’t even be here. Belthazor…

Phoebe: Can wait. Cole can’t. Leo, he will die without your help.

Leo: Then he should be in a hospital.

Phoebe: He won’t go.

Leo: Phoebe, I can not heal mortals, you know that. Not unless they were hurt by evil. It’s against the rules.

Phoebe: So break the rules. You’ve done it before. I’m sorry, that wasn’t fair. I just, I can’t let him die, Leo.

Leo: You shouldn’t be asking me to do this.

Phoebe: I know, but I am. (They go inside. Cole is sitting on the floor.) Cole. (She runs over to him.) Cole. Come here. (She lays him on the floor. Leo kneels down beside him and takes off the bandage. He starts to heal him and sparks come out of his hands.) Leo, what’s the matter.

Leo: Something’s not right.

(Leo flies back into a chair.)

Phoebe: Leo, are you okay?

Leo: Yeah, I think so.

Phoebe: Cole.

Cole: Phoebe.

Phoebe: It’s okay. You’re okay now.

Commercial Break

[Scene: Cole’s apartment. Phoebe walks into Cole’s room carrying a glass of water.]

Phoebe: Here you go, baby.

(He drinks some water.)

Cole: Thanks. I feel like I’ve been hit by a truck.

Phoebe: You’re lucky to be feeling anything right now.

Cole: Yeah, I know. (to Leo) You must be one hell of a doctor.

Phoebe: He is. He’s the best.

Cole: I owe you one.

Leo: Forget it. Phoebe, can I talk to you out here?

Cole: Go ahead. I’m fine.

Phoebe: Okay, I’ll be right back. (She kisses his forehead and she and Leo go out in the hallway.) What’s the matter?

Leo: Phoebe, listen to me, I think we should get of here now.

Phoebe: I agree. Whoever’s after him could come back.

Leo: That is not what I’m talking about. You saw what happened in there.

Phoebe: Yeah, you healed him.

Leo: No, Phoebe, I only healed part of him. That has never happened before.

Phoebe: Well, maybe it’s just because he’s weak.

Leo: That is not the reason. I can heal mortals completely. There is no other explanation. He is not who you think he is.

Phoebe: No. I don’t understand.

Leo: He is a demon, Phoebe. For all we know he could be the demon that you are trying to vanquish.

Phoebe: That’s ridiculous.

Leo: Think about it. Okay, they’re both hurt, they’re both on the run. You saw where Cole’s wound is. It is the same place where Piper cut the flesh from Belthazor.

Phoebe: No, I don’t believe it.

Leo: You have to believe it.

Phoebe: No, I don’t, Leo. I don’t. Maybe you should just go.

Leo: No way I’m leaving you here alone with him.

Phoebe: I have the potion don’t I? Just go.

(Leo orbs out. Phoebe walks back inside. She looks around for Cole. She closed the door and Cole is standing behind it. She gets a fright.)

Cole: Everything all right?

Phoebe: Yeah, everything’s fine.

[Scene: An alley. Prue, Piper and Krell are there.]

Krell: I can smell his blood, he’s close.

Prue: Where?

Krell: Get your potions.

Prue: You know, it’s too bad that he’s such a bad guy ‘cause he could really come in handy.

Piper: Don’t push it.

(They walk down the alley. Krell removes some boxes where a homeless person is sleeping.)

Krell: Vanquish him.

Homeless Man: Hey, what's going on? Who are you?

Krell: It's a trick. He's in his human form. Throw the potion.

Prue: I don't know, Krell. Don't you think he would've picked a better human? Oh, no offence, honey.

Homeless Man: Oh, none taken.

(Krell snatches the potion off of Piper.)

Piper: Hey, easy! (Krell throws the potion at the homeless man.) And you call yourself a Zotar.

(Krell picks up Cole's coat and smells it.)

Krell: Where did you get this coat?

Homeless Man: I didn't do anything.

(Krell picks up the guy and pushes him against a fence.)

Krell: Tell me.

Homeless Man: I just found it.

Prue: Leave him alone, he doesn't know anything.

Homeless Man: Yeah.

(Krell starts zapping him and Prue trips him to stop him.)

Homeless Man: Thanks, lady.

Krell: Touch me again, witch, and I'll kill you.

Prue: You had no reason to hurt that man.

Krell: I'm a demon, it's my nature to hurt people.

Prue: Yeah, and it's in our nature to protect them.

Krell: He's a pathetic wretch. His life means nothing. If you'd let me torture him we'd know where he found the coat.

Prue: Whatever it takes.

Krell: That's right.

Prue: Well, from here on out, it's gonna take doing this our way.

Krell: Ha, then we will fail. Because your morality cripples you. It blinds you from doing what must be done.

Prue: There are better ways of getting answers out of people, Krell. (She picks up the coat.) Maybe Phoebe can get a premonition off this thing.

Piper: Well, at least we know Belthazor has very expensive taste. (Prue looks at the coat.) What? What is it?

Prue: How long ago did the triad send Belthazor?

Krell: Two months ago. Why?

Prue: Does this look familiar to you?

Piper: I don't know. Why?

Prue: Because Cole has one exactly like it.

Piper: Cole? You think Cole is...

Prue: Belthazor's human form.

[Scene: Cole's apartment. Cole is in the bathroom. Phoebe is waiting out in the living room.]

Cole: Too bad Leo had to leave like that. I didn't really get a chance to thank him properly.

Phoebe: He knows.

(Cole comes out.)

Cole: He knows what?

Phoebe: He knows how grateful you are.

Cole: Oh. Good. (Cole goes back in the bathroom. Phoebe looks in his briefcase. It's empty.) Still, I don't know how he did it. I'd sure like to know what his secret is.

Phoebe: (to herself) I'll bet.

Cole: Sorry?

Phoebe: Uh, nothing, never mind. Hey, don't you think you should lay down and rest? I mean, you are still hurt.

Cole: I can't. I've still got those people that did this to me to deal with.

Phoebe: Yeah, and you won't tell me who they are, huh?

(She looks in his drawers and they are empty too.)

Cole: I really can't.

Phoebe: They don't have anything to do with that case you're working on? The reason I ask is because when that DA investigator came by today, he was asking me about it and I realised that I really didn't know anything.

(Cole comes out of the bathroom.)

Cole: Looking for something?

(She holds up a pencil.)

Phoebe: A piece of paper. I wanted to write myself a little note.

Cole: It's right in front of you by the phone.

(Phoebe laughs.)

Phoebe: Thanks. (She picks up the notepad. Cole goes back in the bathroom. Phoebe gets the potion out of her bag.)

[Cut to downstairs. Prue, Piper and Krell walk inside the building.]

Piper: What are we gonna do?

Prue: We're gonna vanquish him.

Piper: We're gonna vanquish Phoebe's boyfriend? That's gonna cause some problems.

Krell: If you hesitate he'll kill us all.

Piper: Excuse me, I'm having a private conversation over here.

Prue: You know, I can not believe I let him out of that demon trap when I caught him. What was I thinking?

Piper: Prue, we don't know anything for sure yet. (Leo orbs in.) Leo, what are you doing here?

Leo: I didn't wanna get in between you guys but I didn't know what to do.

Prue: About what?

Leo: I think Cole is...

Prue: Belthazor's human form. Yeah, that's why we're here.

Leo: How did you know?

Piper: Where's Phoebe?

Leo: She's upstairs with Cole, apartment seven.

Krell: Tell me you didn't heal him.

Leo: Well, not completely.

Krell: You idiot.

Piper: Leo!

Leo: Phoebe begged me. I didn't know what to do.

Piper: You stay here, we'll fix it.

[Cut to Cole's apartment.]

Cole: Is there something wrong, Phoebe? Something you're not telling me?

Phoebe: Don't you think you think you have that backwards?

Cole: Meaning?

Phoebe: You're the one with all the secrets, right?

Cole: Am I? You sure about that?

Phoebe: I don't really know what I'm sure about anymore.

Cole: Yeah, I know how you feel.

Phoebe: I doubt that.

Cole: I think I know what's going on here, Phoebe, and I'm sorry it's come to this. But I'm not sorry about us. You need to know that.

Phoebe: You never told me where you were from.

Cole: You never asked.

Phoebe: I'm asking now.

Cole: Why don't you ask me what you really want to know, Phoebe. I won't lie to you.

Phoebe: Who are you?

(Prue, Piper and Krell burst in.)

Cole: Krell.

(Cole changes into Belthazor. Phoebe looks shocked. A knife appears in his hand and he grabs Phoebe. Krell tries to zap Belthazor but Prue pushes his hand out of the way.)

Prue: No!

(Belthazor shimmers out of the room taking Phoebe with him.)

Piper: Phoebe.

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[Scene: Cole's apartment. Continued from before.]

Krell: You let Belthazor escape.

Prue: You almost killed our sister.

Krell: Your sister is dead anyway. He only needed her to get away.

Piper: I don't think Cole will hurt Phoebe.

Prue: No, but maybe Belthazor would.

Piper: Then why hasn't he? He's had so many chances.

Krell: He just used her until he could get all three of you. The Charmed Ones. Why he couldn't follow through I'll never understand.

Piper: Maybe he fell in love.

Prue: Yeah, or maybe that was just a trick. I mean, demons will do whatever it takes, remember?

Krell: Glad to see I've had a positive influence on you. I can save your sister if it's not too late.

Prue: Why would you want to?

Krell: I wouldn't. But I'll do it if it's the only was to kill Belthazor. Give me the potion. I can find him and get to him faster alone.

Piper: Nice try. Forget it.

Prue: You already said that you can't track him if can shimmer.

Krell: But he can't shimmer well. He needs time to recharge. Your Whitelighter only healed his human half.

Piper: I'm sorry, his human half?

Krell: That's why the triad sent him. He understands you. He can blend in. A full-blooded demon could never have gotten so close. Give me the potion.

Prue: If you hurt her, we'll track you down.

(Prue hands Krell the potion. He disappears.)

Piper: Do you really trust him?

Prue: No. Come on.

Piper: Where are we going?

Prue: Oh, to where demons hide.

[Scene: Cemetery. Belthazor and Phoebe shimmer in.]

Phoebe: Can we stop with the shimmering all over the place? I'm gonna vomit.

Belthazor: I had to lose Krell.

(Phoebe elbows him in the stomach and flips him over onto the ground. She gets the potion.)

Phoebe: And now it's time to vanquish you. (Belthazor changes back into Cole.) Don't even think that's gonna save you.

Cole: I don't. I just wanted you to see who I really am, Phoebe.

Phoebe: I've seen who you really are... Belthazor.

(She gets ready to throw the potion.)

Cole: Wait, wait, I won't hurt you.

Phoebe: No? It's a little too late for that don't you think? Why? Why didn't you just kill me? Why did you have to put me through all this? Was it some sick twisted demonic thrill? Was that what it was?

Cole: No, that's not it.

Phoebe: Then what was it?

Cole: I couldn't kill you. I tried. I was supposed to. I mean, at first you and your sisters thwarted my attempts. Even when I went back in time to destroy your line on All Hallow's Eve.

Phoebe: That was you?

Cole: Then Troxa, Andras. I got him to strip your powers, to make you vulnerable. I had you too, right where I wanted you. All I had to do was finish the job. But I couldn't. Because I realised I loved you.

Phoebe: You bastard.

Cole: That's the truth, Phoebe. I admit everything else is a lie, but not that. I know you know that too. In your heart. This isn't a mask, Phoebe. It's who I am. Who I really am. I'm half human. My father was mortal.

Phoebe: You're lying.

Cole: How else would I bleed red? Even as my demon self. You have to believe me, Phoebe. I forgot what it was like to be human. To feel, to care. Then I met you.

Phoebe: No, it doesn't change anything. Because you're still a demon.

Cole: One who's done unspeakable things. (Krell appears near by.) But you've awakened something in me, Phoebe. Something I thought had died a long time ago. My humanity, my ability to love.

Phoebe: I wanna believe you.

Cole: Then let me prove it to you. (Cole spreads out his arms.) Vanquish me.

(Krell zaps him. He flies through the air and lands hard on the ground.)

Phoebe: Cole! (She runs over to him.) Cole, you've gotta get up. Cole, get up! (She helps him up.) Come on, come on! (She helps him into a mausoleum. Krell zaps near them. Cole coughs and leans on a coffin.) Cole, no, don't do this. Come on.

(She helps him walk over to a corner of the mausoleum. He sits down. Krell walks in.)

Krell: I should've known you'd come back here.

Cole: Don't hurt her.

Krell: You disappoint, Belthazor. You've changed, you let your weaker human side affect your better judgment. It's going to cost you your life. (He holds up the potion. Phoebe kicks it out of his hand and then kicks him. She blocks his punches and kicks him again. He falls over a coffin. Phoebe jumps on top of the coffin and as she jumps back off to kick him, he disappears. He reappears behind her.) Witch.

(She turns around. He holds up his hand ready to zap her.)

Cole: Nooo! (Cole zaps Krell and vanquishes him. Cole stands up.) Do you believe me now?

(Phoebe walks over and kisses him.)

[Cut to outside. Prue and Piper are there.]

Prue: Phoebe?

Piper: Phoebe!

[Cut back in the mausoleum. Cole and Phoebe are still kissing.]

Piper: (from outside) Phoebe!

(They stop kissing.)

Cole: I better go.

Phoebe: They'll keep looking for you until they find you.

Cole: Your sisters?

Phoebe: Them too.

Piper: (from outside) Phoebe?

Phoebe: Give me your shirt.

(She starts taking off his shirt.)

Cole: My shirt?

Phoebe: Hurry up. (He takes off his shirt and Phoebe drops it on the ground. She picks up the potion and gets out the dagger.) Give me your hand. Trust me.

(Phoebe cuts Cole's hand with the dagger and squeezes the blood onto his shirt. She drops the potion onto his shirt and it burns and makes a loud noise.)

[Cut to outside. Prue and Piper hear the noise.]

Prue: Phoebe.

Piper: There.

(They run towards the mausoleum.)

[Cut back inside.]

Phoebe: Nobody will look for you anymore. You're dead.

Piper: (from outside) Phoebe!

Phoebe: Down here. (to Cole) You have to go. Please.

(They kiss and Cole shimmers out. Prue and Piper run in.)

Prue: Pheebs?

Piper: Phoebe, thank god you're okay.

(They see the burning pile.)

Phoebe: He killed Krell.

Prue: And you did what you had to do.

(Prue hugs her.)

Phoebe: I know.

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[Scene: Manor. Living room. Phoebe is lying on the couch holding Cole's dagger. Prue and Piper walk in. Piper's holding a tray of food.]

Piper: We brought you some comfort food.

Phoebe: Thanks, I'm not really that hungry.

Prue: You wanna talk?

Phoebe: I don't know what there is to talk about. You were right as usual.

Prue: I didn't wanna be right.

Phoebe: I know. Believe me, Prue, you have nothing to apologise for. But I do. What I did was...

Piper: Phoebe, he fooled us all, not just you.

Phoebe: That's not what I mean. I don't know, I just, I feel so... ashamed.

Piper: You can't be so hard on yourself.

Prue: You didn't do anything wrong, you know.

Phoebe: Didn't I?

Prue: Well, the important thing is that it's over. We can get on with our lives now.

Piper: At least until the next Belthazor attacks. We'll leave you alone.

Prue: Let us know if you need anything.

Phoebe: Thanks.

(They walk out of the room.)


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