Apocalypse Not
Episode 21 of 22 within Season Two. Item 43 of 178 overall.
Production number 4399042.
Sheryl J. Anderson - Writer
Sanford Golden - Writer
Michael Zinberg - Director
62 votes

Prue, Piper and Phoebe try to relax and enjoy singer Paula Cole's performance at P3, but they soon find themselves back in action against the legendary Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse who are causing violent fights and "road rage" incidents all over San Francisco. When Prue and one of the Horsemen are sucked into a vortex between good and evil, Phoebe and Piper are forced to choose between saving their sister and saving the world.

Meanwhile, Leo infiltrates the "war room" of the Horsemen where he encounters organized evil.

original airdate--May 11,2000           rating-- 3.1 million

network: WB

Songs: Charmed Theme song--How Soon is Now by Love Spit Love


  1. "Amen" by Paula Cole Band 
  2. "Be Somebody" by Paula Cole Band 
  3. "Compression" by Everything But The Girl 


Spells: Demon of Anarchy / Demon of Anarchy Vanquishing Spell Reversal


Molecular Immobilization: Piper froze an entire crowd after a victim of Strife's threw a watermelon at her jeep.

Conjuration: Strife conjures his horse.

Fading: Used by the horseman throughout the episode

Telekinesis: Prue attempted to fling War away from her, but the Horseman are immune to witches powers.

Orbing: A type of teleportation used by Leo throughout the episode.

Magical Beings:


  • Demon of Cruelty
  • Demon of Anarchy
  • The Source of All Evil
  • The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse


Goof: When Phoebe and Piper are working with the horsemen trying to find their friend and Prue the objects on the table move frequently while everyone is standing around not touching them.

Trivia: Each of the 4 horsemen have a different color tie: Green - Strife Red - War Yellow - Famine Black - Death


  • When discussing how to vanquish a type of demon, Phoebe says that the chant is in iambic pentameter, which is ten syllables per line with the stress on the even-numbered syllables. When she later recites the spell, the spell is in the correct meter, including the stress being on the correct syllables.
  • According to Phoebe’s research there are 11 planes of existence. An 11-planar existence is one mirrored by current theories in physics, which have suggested that the universe exists in eleven dimensions, only four of which we perceive.
  • The Horsemen's symbol is Omega, the last letter of the Greek alphabet. This letter symbolically indicates the end of everything.
  • The Source is referred to as the Horsemen's boss and it is said The Source and the Elders communicate with one another.
  • It is said that the Source opened the vortex and vanquished the Horsemen because there was still too much good in the world to make the Apocalypse successful. This also allowed Phoebe and Piper to rescue Prue when the vortex was open.



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Previous episode :
042 Astral Monkey
Next episode :
044 Be Careful What You Witch For (season finale)

regional titles

Niet apocalyps
Apocalypse Not
Les chevaliers de l'apocalypse
Die Reiter der Apokalypse
Gan Apocalypse
I quattro dell'Apocalisse
Apocalipsis, no