The Courtship of Wyatt’s Father

Written by: Brad Kern
Transcribed by: Shay Fitzpatrick

Season 6, Episode 16
Episode Number: 127

[Scene: Manor. Foyer. Piper, Leo and Wyatt are there. Parents and their kids are leaving the manor. Piper is handing goodie bags to them as they leave.]

Piper: Here you go. Thanks for coming.

Woman: Thanks for inviting us, it was a fun party. I still can’t believe that Wyatt is one already.

Piper: Oh, I know, you can’t.

Man: Nice to finally meet you, Leo.

Leo: Yeah, you too.

Woman: You know, Frank and some of the other dads get the kids together on Saturdays if you’re interested.

Leo: Uh, yeah. Thanks.

Frank: Excellent.

Woman: Bye.

Frank: I’ll call you.

Leo: Okay, great.

(They all leave.)

Piper: Phew. (Piper closes the front door.) I am exhausted.

Leo: (to Wyatt) Did you have fun? Did you like it?

Piper: Yeah, he was a really good boy and only made mummy freeze the room once.

Leo: He was excited. It’s his birthday.

Piper: He was excited to see you. He misses you.

Leo: I know. I miss him too.

(Paige walks in.)

Paige: Hey, you guys want anymore champagne? Come on, we don’t want it to go to waste. How about it, dad?

Leo: Elders aren’t allowed to drink.

Paige: Oh, come on. When on earth you should do as earthlings do.

Leo: Sorry.

Piper: Not that I’m complaining or anything because you guys did such great work. But champagne? Chocolate covered strawberries? Oysters? Aren’t the kids a little young for the aphrodisiacs?

Paige: They’re aphrodisiacs? Heh, who knew. Bubbly?

Piper: Paige.

Paige: What? Oh, come on, there were milk and cookies here too. You know, maybe if-if there were more kids living in this house, I would know what to get. Did you ever stop to think about that? Excuse me.

(Paige heads for the kitchen.)

Piper: She’s been weird since she changed her hair colour. She’ll probably change it back.

[Cut to the kitchen. Phoebe is there. Paige walks in.]

Paige: Okay, forget about the strawberries, she’s onto us.

Phoebe: What do you mean? She knows about Chris?

Paige: No. She knows we’re up to something. I can’t believe how hard it is to get two people laid.

Phoebe: Paige, that is disgusting.

Paige: Well, it’s what we’re trying to do, right?

Phoebe: No, we are trying to romance Piper and Leo together so they can conceive Chris, our nephew.

Paige: And that’s different how?

Phoebe: Well, because what you said is very Springer, what I said is very Oprah.

Paige: Oh. Well, whatever show we’re watching, we’re running out of time. At least Chris is. We should probably tell him.

Phoebe: Yes. Chris!

(Chris orbs in.)

Chris: Hey. So how’s it going?

Paige: Not so good.

Chris: What do you mean? What does she mean?

Phoebe: We’re running out of ideas.

Chris: Well, that’s too bad because it has to happen today or I don’t happen.

Phoebe: Wait, today?

Chris: Yeah. I did the math. And if I’m not conceived by midnight tonight, that’s it. I won’t be born, which means I won’t be coming back from the future to warn you about Wyatt turning evil.

Phoebe: Yeah, see that time travel thing. Ooh.

Chris: Hey, what about making a love potion and just, like, slipping it to them.

Paige: No, we’re not tricking your parents.

Chris: Why not? I’m desperate.

Phoebe: Hey, look, I have an idea. Call me crazy, but why don’t we just tell them the truth?

Paige: Sure, let’s give them a massive case of performance anxiety.

Phoebe: We’re already out of options.

Chris: And time.

(They hear a crash coming from the other room.)

[Cut to the stairs. A darklighter is running down the stairs and Piper is trying to blow him up. Leo runs towards Wyatt who is sitting in the foyer.]

Leo: Wyatt!

(The darklighter disappears and reappears beside Wyatt. He points his crossbow at Leo and shoots. Leo orbs out and the arrow flies past Piper. Chris walks in and the arrow heads straight for him. Phoebe and Paige walk in and Phoebe pushes Chris out of the way of the arrow.)

Paige: Arrow!

(The arrow orbs out and orbs back in the darklighter’s chest. Leo orbs in and picks up Wyatt.)

Leo: I got you, I got you.

(The darklighter disappears. Piper walks over to Leo and Wyatt.)

Piper: You’re okay, you’re okay.

Chris: Thanks for saving my life. Hope it wasn’t for nothing.

Opening Credits

[Scene: Manor. Living room. Piper, Paige, Leo, Chris and Wyatt are there. Phoebe is in the foyer collecting some blood on the floor with an eyedropper. She joins the others.]

Paige: Is that enough to scry with?

Phoebe: Only one way to find out.

Piper: At least he waited until after the party to attack. That was nice of him.

Chris: You know what I don’t understand is why would the darklighter attack at all? I mean, with all of us here at the same time. It’s suicide.

Piper: All the more reason to find him and stop him before he tries again.

Leo: I don’t think he was after a Whitelighter, I think he was after me. Or Wyatt.

Paige: Well, then why don’t you take Piper up there and take Wyatt too.

Piper: Yeah, I’ll go with you.

Leo: But you’re not allowed.

Piper: Alright, so then we’ll go to the magic school. You’ll be safe there, you can’t be hurt, right?

Paige: That’s great. One big happy family.

Piper: You change him, I’ll pack him.

(Piper and Leo, holding Wyatt, leaves the room.)

Chris: Think now’s a good time to tell them?

Paige: No. The sooner we take care of the darklighter, the sooner we make you.

Phoebe: I’m gonna start scrying.

(Phoebe leaves the room.)

Paige: And I will go start the love potion.

Chris: Wait, I thought you were against making the love potion?

Paige: Not if it’s gonna save one of my two favourite nephews.

(Chris looks at the clock – 3:00.)

[Scene: Underground. Cave. Demons are there making weapons. A demon is pulling the arrow out of the darklighter’s chest. The darklighter yells in pain.]

Demon: Nice plan, my friend.

Darklighter: It worked, didn’t it?

Demon: Not yet it hasn’t. Not until the witches come after you.

Darklighter: How come? They always do.

Demon: But will the Elder? I mean, now that he knows you’re after him, won’t he think it’s too dangerous?

Darklighter: Not this Elder. He’s blinded by fatherhood, by his unwavering desire to protect his son. He can’t be sure I’m not after the boy too. He’ll come. But he won’t be immune to the poison. I’ll need a dozen more for later.

Demon #2: They’re being forged as we speak.

Demon: You sure you’re still alright to go through with this, Damien?

Damien: A deal was struck, I was chosen. Besides, he deserves to get what he paid for, doesn’t he? Leo out of the way. Just make sure the coat’s properly prepared. We only get one shot of this.

Demon #1: Alright, arm up. But remember we’re only supposed to distract the witches, not harm them. They’re not the target this time. The Elder is.

[Scene: Magic School. A student is there putting books on a shelf using telekinesis. Gideon appears in front of her and catches one of the books.]

Gideon: These aren’t just books, Sarah. They’re legacies. Handed down over the ages by other magical beings, and worthy of your great care. (He puts the book on the shelf.) Understand?

Sarah: Yes, sir.

Gideon: Good.

(Leo walks up to Gideon.)

Leo: Gideon.

Gideon: Leo, what a pleasant surprise. How are you, my boy?

Leo: I’ve been better. A darklighter attacked, I think he’s after me.

(They walk away from Sarah.)

Gideon: Are you certain?

Leo: I don’t know, he may be trying to get me out of the way to get to Wyatt. I dropped Piper and Wyatt off at the nursery, I hope that’s alright.

Gideon: Of course, absolutely.

Leo: Alright, I better get back to Phoebe and Paige, see if I can help.

Gideon: No, you shouldn’t, you should go back up with the other Elders where you’ll be safe.

Leo: What about the darklighter?

Gideon: It’s not your responsibility, that’s for the sisters to handle, it’s what they do.

Leo: Alright, well, I can’t just sit around while someone is after my son, I’m a father now.

Gideon: No, you’re an Elder now and it’s time to start acting like one. Don’t you see? You don’t just put yourself at risk by staying here on earth, you put all Elders at risk too. If they catch you, they get access to us all.

Leo: I know, but…

Gideon: You can’t justify staying here any longer, not with this, not anymore. Stand to fully accept your calling, and the necessary transcends the sins of the flesh. Family, even fatherhood. One that requires you to cut the ties that bind for everyone’s sake.

Leo: I can’t. At least not until I know my son is safe. I’m sorry.

(Leo orbs out.)

Commercial Break

[Scene: P3. Back room. Chris is there. Clarence the cleaner stands at the doorway.]

Clarence: What are you still doing here? I thought you’d be out and about by now.

Chris: Clarence, hey. Didn’t hear you come up.

Clarence: You mind?

Chris: Please, come in.

(Clarence picks up a bucket.)

Clarence: Beautiful day outside, isn’t it?

Chris: Is it? I never really noticed. I’ve been too busy, uh, rechecking something.

Clarence: Whole world seems to be too busy now days. Nobody’s got time to just enjoy their day anymore.

Chris: Well, it doesn’t get any better in the future, either. I mean, I imagine.

Clarence: Future don’t mean squat to me. I’m too old to worry about it. Shouldn’t to you either. You’re too young.

Chris: Unfortunately, I’m kind of obsessed with it.

Clarence: You alright?

Chris: Yeah, yeah, I just probably need to eat.

Clarence: What you need is to get out of this hole. Get some sun, live a little.

Chris: Believe me, I’m trying.

Clarence: Do that.

(Clarence leaves.)

[Scene: Manor. Attic. Phoebe and Paige are there. Phoebe is scrying while Paige is making a potion. The potion explodes.]

Phoebe: I thought you were making a love potion?

Paige: I am.

Phoebe: Then why did it blow up?

Paige: Maybe I’m trying too hard.

Phoebe: Or maybe it just wasn’t meant to be.

Paige: Phoebe.

Phoebe: Come on, you weren’t thinking the exact same thing?

Paige: No. Okay, fine, but for like a second. The point is Chris is meant to be.

Phoebe: But not if he changed too much by coming here. You know, messed up his own timeline.

Paige: We’re talking about his very existence.

Phoebe: Paige, I know, but there’s only so much we can do. Especially now with that Darklighter out there. I just think that we have to face the reality that Chris’s destiny might have been just to come here and warn us about Wyatt, and that’s all.

(Chris walks in.)

Paige: Hey.

Phoebe: Oh my god, Chris, I’m so sorry.

Chris: No, it’s okay. I’ve actually been wondering the same thing.

Paige: You have?

Chris: Yeah. I’ve had the strangest feeling, like, I don’t know, it’s really hard to explain. But it feels like I’m, I’m floating, like I’m not really here, you know?

Phoebe: Well, that doesn’t sound good.

Paige: Well, you have to fight it, we still have time.

Chris: Not much.

(The scrying crystal stops at a point on the map and spins around on the spot.)

Paige: I’ve never seen it do that before.

Phoebe: Maybe that means there’s more than one? I’ll go get Piper.

(Phoebe leaves the room.)

Chris: I’ll go too.

Paige: No, you stay here, okay. Finish the potion, when we come back your parents will be in the mood.

[Scene: Street. Piper’s car pulls up and Piper, Phoebe, Paige and Leo get out.]

Piper: You sure this is the place?

Phoebe: Yeah, down that alley.

Paige: Thank god we didn’t orb in.

Leo: Well, we couldn’t. They would’ve know we were coming.

Piper: Maybe they know already.

Phoebe: What do you mean?

Piper: I mean, since when to darklighters hang out in broad daylight like this? It could be a trap, maybe you should stay here.

Leo: No, I’m the bait, remember? Besides, if it is a trap, you might need me to help you orb back.

Paige: Well, I’ve got Phoebe, you get Piper out of here for Chris’s… for Wyatt’s sake.

Phoebe: Let’s just do this. (They all walk down the alley.) I don’t see anything.

(A darklighter appears on the top of a building and points his crossbow at them. Piper sees him and blows him up. Two more appear on top of the building.)

Paige: You take Piper.

(Paige orbs out with Phoebe and they orb back in on top of the building. They each throw a potion at the darklighters, vanquishing them. Damien appears behind Phoebe.)

Leo: Phoebe, watch out!

(Phoebe turns around and Damien hits her across the face with his crossbow. She falls off the roof and lands on a dumpster. Piper gasps. Damien disappears and reappears behind Piper and Leo.)

Paige: Behind you! (Piper and Leo turn around. Damien points his crossbow at them an Piper blows him up. He causes a huge explosion which engulfs Piper and Leo. The explosion disappears and so has Piper and Leo.) Piper! (Paige orbs out and orbs back in beside Phoebe.) Phoebe? Oh my god, you’re bleeding.

Phoebe: Yeah. Uh, maybe we should get me to a hospital.

Paige: Yeah. (Paige helps Phoebe up.) I got you.

(Paige helps Phoebe to Piper’s car and they drive off.)

[Cut to the ghostly plane. Street. The street is completely deserted. No cars, no people, only empty buildings. Piper and Leo walk out of the alley.]

Piper: Phoebe? Paige? Where’s my car? What’s going on? Where’d everybody go?

Leo: That’s a good question.

Piper: We’ll, they gotta be here somewhere.

Leo: I think we should get out of here.

Piper: No, not without Phoebe, she’s hurt. Didn’t you see her fall?

Leo: Yeah, but at least she’s alive.

Piper: What is that supposed to mean?

Leo: I don’t know, but I think need to get off the street while we figure this out.

Piper: The hospital. If Paige couldn’t get to you, she’d take Phoebe to the hospital. Memorial’s just down the street.

Leo: But Piper, you don’t understand, we can’t worry about them right now. We need to worry about us.

(Damien walks out of the alley.)

Piper: Leo.

Damien: Piper, you’re not supposed to be here.

Piper: Yeah, well, you’re not supposed to be here either. At least not in one piece.

(Piper tries to blow him up but her powers don’t work.)

Leo: Come on.

(Leo tries to orb out but can’t.)

Piper: What’s wrong with your powers?

(Damien loads his crossbow.)

Leo: I don’t know. Run. Go, go, go.

(Piper and Leo run off.)

Damien: You can run but you can’t hide! You’re in my world now!

Commercial Break

[Scene: Underground. Cave. A demon is yelling at a darklighter.]

Demon: What part of don’t hurt the witches didn’t you understand?

Darklighter: What was I supposed to do? They’d already killed three of us.

Demon: So what? You’re expendable. We all are for this. It’s bad enough one’s wounded now but none of them were supposed to end up there, none of them. We were only meant to separate the Elder from his protectors, to make the witches fear he’d died so they wouldn’t try look for him.

Darklighter: Still, just because she’s with him doesn’t mean she can protect him. No one has powers in the ghostly plane, that’s why Damien wanted him sent there.

Demon: But that’s not the point now, is it? Damien may be forced to kill her now too, and that was specifically not what he was hired to do. Worse, the other witches may be less inclined to accept the death of a sister than of a brother-in-law. Especially with their history.

Darklighter: All the more reason for us to keep them distracted. At all cost now.

[Scene: Hospital. Room. Phoebe and a doctor are there. The doctor is looking at Phoebe’s x-rays.]

Doctor: No broken bones, no internal bleeding, other than a mild concussion, I’d say you are a very lucky woman.

Phoebe: Great! Does that mean I can go home now?

Doctor: Actually, I think I’d like to keep you here overnight just for observation.

Phoebe: Oh, no, that’s not possible.

Doctor: Ms Halliwell, I don’t have to remind you, you took quite a fall. It’s possible you might have more than just a concussion. Sometimes other symptoms don’t develop for twenty-fours hours.

Phoebe: Yeah, well, I don’t have twenty-four hours. I gotta go, gotta go.

Doctor: You’ll have to sign a release.

Phoebe: That’s fine.

Doctor: If you feel any dizziness or light headedness, call me. Otherwise I’ll see you in a week to remove the stitches.

Phoebe: Thanks.

(The doctor leaves.)

[Cut to the hallway. Paige is waiting there. The place is crowded with doctors and nurses running from place to place. Paige walks into Phoebe’s room.]

Paige: Phoebe. Hey. What’d he say? Are you alright?

Phoebe: Yeah, well, he’s releasing me, isn’t he? Okay, don’t worry about this, Paige, we’re gonna figure something out.

Paige: Okay, but what about Chris?

Phoebe: What about Chris?

Paige: Well, what if he doesn’t exist anymore because his mum and dad don’t exist anymore.

Phoebe: No, if Piper were gone, I would sense it, I know it. (They walk out of the room into the busy hallway.) Oh my god, what happened?

Paige: A truck hit a bus.

[Scene: Ghostly plane. Hospital. Piper walks in to find nobody around.]

Piper: Phoebe? Paige?

(Leo runs in.)

Leo: They’re not here, I’m telling you.

Piper: They have to be here. Phoebe’s hurt.

Leo: Not in this plane, she’s not. The blast, when you blew up the darklighter, must have knocked us into this other place. One that co-exists with our world but not with our lives.

Piper: What are you talking about? What world?

Leo: I don’t know. I don’t think we’re here by accident, I think this is part of the darklighter’s plan. To have us here without our powers and without your sisters.

Piper: Phoebe!

[Cut to the hospital. Phoebe and Paige are walking down the hallway.]

Phoebe: Excuse us.

Paige: Coming through.

(Phoebe hears Piper calling.)

Phoebe: Do you hear something?

Paige: Hear what?

Phoebe: I could have sworn I heard someone call out my name.

Doctor: We’re losing him. Two hundred and fifty CCs of lido. Flat lining. Come on, come on. Did anyone call the driver’s family? Still got no pulse. Paddles. Two hundred jules.

Nurse: Charging.

Doctor: Clear!

[Cut to the ghostly plane. Piper walks down the hallway of the hospital. Leo runs up behind her.]

Leo: Piper, we’ve gotta keep moving, we can’t stay here. Damn it, Piper. I don’t want you to get hurt too.

Piper: Okay.

(They turn to see the bus driver standing there.)

Driver: Am I dead?

Piper: Leo, what’s going on?

Driver: Leo. Are you an angel?

(The driver disappears.)

Leo: I know what plane we’re on. The ghostly plane.

[Cut to the hospital.]

Doctor: He’s back. Stabilising. (The driver wakes up.) Sir, do you know who you are? Do you know your name?

Phoebe: Let’s go.

Driver: Leo. Leo. Must be an angel.

Paige: Leo? (Phoebe grabs her arm in pain.) What? What’s wrong?

Phoebe: Piper.

[Cut to the ghostly plane. Hospital. Piper has been hit in the arm with an arrow. Leo is fighting with Damien. He knocks Damien to the floor. He helps Piper up.]

Leo: Come on.

(Piper and Leo run outside.)

[Cut to the manor. Phoebe and Paige orb in.]

Phoebe: I’m telling you, I felt Piper, as if she were standing right next to me.

Paige: But she wasn’t.

Phoebe: I know, I’m still trying to figure that part out.

(Chris walks down the stairs.)

Chris: Uh, Phoebe, Paige?

Paige: Chris, you’re okay.

Phoebe: Which means Piper and Leo are okay.

Chris: Well, I don’t know about that but I’m, uh, definitely running out of time here.

(Chris holds up his arm which is slowly fading away.)

Commercial Break

[Scene: Manor. Attic. Phoebe and Paige are there. Phoebe slams the Book of Shadows shut and groans.]

Paige: What?

Phoebe: I don’t know what else to try.

Paige: What do you mean?

Phoebe: What do you mean, what do I mean? There’s nothing else to try.

Paige: Oh, great. Why don’t you try telling that to Chris as he fades away.

Phoebe: No, I can’t.

Paige: Right, well, here’s the deal. You felt Piper, so that means she’s gotta be out there somewhere, and if we can figure out where, then maybe we can figure out how to bring them back. You said we weren’t gonna lose her.

Phoebe: The bus driver.

Paige: The bus driver what?

Phoebe: Well, he was dead, right? I mean, at least for a little bit, so maybe that wasn’t a coincidence, maybe he actually did see Leo in limbo.

Paige: That’s good. No, that’s bad because that would make them dead.

Phoebe: Not if someone put them there. Like the darklighter.

Paige: The one Piper vanquished?

Phoebe: Unless it wasn’t really a vanquish, it was just made to look like a vanquish. (Phoebe flips through the Book of Shadows.) Okay, ghosts. Ghosts, ghosts.

[Scene: Ghostly plane. P3. Piper and Leo are there. Leo is dabbing Piper’s wound.]

Piper: Ow.

Leo: Sorry. Good thing you’re immune to the poison.

Piper: Yeah, too bad you’re not. (Leo rips apart his flannelette shirt.) Oh, my, my.

Leo: Impressed?

Piper: Very.

(Leo wraps part of the shirt around her arm, over the wound.)

Leo: This should stop the bleeding.

Piper: Thanks. Uh, I rather imagined meadows, waterfalls, maybe even a harp.

Leo: Well, this isn’t the afterlife. It’s a place before that to ease the transition.

Piper: Mm-hm. Lucky us we’re stuck here. That is until our friendly darklighter helps us move on permanently.

Leo: Well, we’re not gonna let that happen. We’ve been through a lot more than this.

Piper: Have we?

Leo: Are you kidding? Ever since we met it’s been one ordeal after the other.

Piper: Wow, you make it sound so romantic.

(He laughs.)

Leo: It’s not what I meant. I mean, look at everything we’ve been through, everything we’ve overcome. This is just one more thing. This isn’t where it ends. I promise.

Piper: Alright, so how do we get out of here?

Leo: I don’t know. I gotta figure the darklighter has a way, maybe a portal.

Piper: Masked by the explosion?

Leo: Maybe. Although somebody’s gotta be helping him with a hell of a lot more powers than a darklighter.

Piper: Do you think the portal’s still there?

Leo: Probably. Question is, how do we access it without our powers?

Piper: We make Phoebe and Paige use theirs. I’m serious. We’re on the ghostly plane, so why can’t we, you know, haunt them? Make contact like other normal ghosts do.

Leo: Because not all other ghosts do. It takes years to learn how to cross over. Besides, you need a connection.

Piper: A bond? You mean like sisters? Come on, I know them, I know they’re looking for us, and I know they were at the hospital. I can’t explain exactly…

Leo: You don’t have to. Far be it for me to question the power of three after all these years.

Piper: Okay, so let’s go. They’ll be at the house at the Book of Shadows.

Leo: It’s probably where the darklighter will be waiting for us. He knows us, he’s studied us.

[Scene: Ghostly plane. Across the road from the Manor. The darklighter is on the roof of the house. He loads his crossbow.]

[Scene: Manor. Living room. Chris, now transparent, walks through the wall.]

Chris: Whoa, not good.

(Clarence is standing there.)

Clarence: It’s almost time, Chris.

Chris: Clarence. What are you doing here?

Clarence: Actually, I’ve come for you. It’s okay, son, I know.

Chris: Who are you?

Clarence: Someone who was sent to make this easier for you.

Chris: This? What do you mean this?

Clarence: I think you know.

Chris: You’re an angel of death.

Clarence: Yours is an unique situation, Chris. One which requires special handling. That’s why I wanted to meet you early. So you could get to know me, trust me. There’s really nothing to be afraid of.

Chris: Yeah, that’s easy for you to say.

Clarence: Don’t fight it, Chris. It’ll only make it more difficult for you.

Chris: No. Forget that, alright? I still got time. You stay away from me.

(Chris goes upstairs.)

[Cut to the attic. Phoebe and Paige are there. Phoebe lights a circle of candles sitting on the floor.]

Paige: Are you sure a s�ance is the right move?

Phoebe: Well, if they are stuck in the spirit realm, then they’re ghosts, right?

Paige: Hopefully.

Phoebe: What, now you’re a pessimist?

Paige: Hey. A girl’s allowed to vacillate, it’s not like this is an exact science, right? Okay, the spell is done.

Phoebe: Okay, let’s do this.

(Chris walks in.)

Chris: Sorry, I don’t mean to be pushy but…

Phoebe: Yeah, we’re working on it, we’re working on it.

Paige: You don’t look so good. Okay. “Sister’s spirit I call to thee, cross on over so we may see.”

(Chris disappears.)

Phoebe: Wait, that wasn’t supposed to happen, was it?

Paige: I’m thinking no.

[Cut to the ghostly plane. Manor. Attic. Piper and Leo walk in.]

Leo: Okay, now what?

Piper: I don’t know, I guess we try to make contact.

(Piper closes her eyes. Chris appears.)

Leo: Chris?

Piper: Not exactly who I was going for but I guess it’ll work.

Leo: What are you doing here?

Chris: Ceasing to exist I think.

(Chris disappears.)

[Cut to the attic. Chris appears.]

Phoebe: What happened? Where’d you go?

Chris: I just say Piper and Leo.

[Cut to the ghostly plane. Attic.]

Piper: Where’d he go?

Leo: I don’t know. (Chris appears again.) Ask him.

Piper: What are you talking about? What do you mean ceasing to exist?

Chris: No time to explain. I’m a connection to your sisters and they wanna know how to get you guys back.

[Cut to the attic. Chris appears.]

Chris: They think somebody made a portal for the darklighter to pass through.

Paige: Somebody who?

(Two darklighters appear.)

Chris: Darklighters!

[Cut to the ghostly plane.]

Piper: Chris, where are you?

Leo: Shh, not so loud.

(Leo looks around. An arrow flies through the window and hits Leo in the shoulder. It goes through his shoulder and comes out the other side.)

Piper: Leo? Come on, come on.

(Piper helps Leo out of the room.)

[Cut to the attic. Phoebe and Paige throw potions at the darklighters, vanquishing them.]

Phoebe: Piper’s not here anymore, I can’t sense her.

Chris: It’s too late, and not just for Piper and Leo. Take care.

(Chris vanishes.)

Paige: Chris?

[Cut to the ghostly plane. Piper and Leo are walking down the street.]

Leo: If there is a portal it’s gotta be near by.

Piper: No, what are you doing?

Leo: I’m trying to save you.

Piper: You mean, you’re trying to save us, don’t you? Look, you need to sit down. (They sit down.) Maybe since the arrow went straight through…

Leo: It’ll just take longer. They’ll find a way.

Piper: How? We never even had a chance to tell them where to meet us.

Leo: They’ll figure it out. I know them.

Piper: In time?

Leo: Look, Piper, no matter what happens…

Piper: No.

Leo: You have to keep trying to make contact.

Piper: I don’t wanna hear it.

Leo: He’s not after you, he’s after me.

Piper: Would you please stop trying to save me?

Leo: I’m sorry I got you into this.

Piper: Yeah, just one ordeal after another, right?

(Leo touches her face.)

Leo: I never stopped loving you.

(They kiss.)

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[Scene: Magic School. Great hall. Phoebe and Paige are there. Gideon walks in.]

Gideon: Phoebe, Paige.

Paige: Gideon, we need your help.

Gideon: What’s wrong?

Phoebe: Well, we think we may have lost Chris.

Gideon: What?

Paige: And Piper and Leo, and us too if we’re not careful.

Phoebe: Somebody’s got a bunch of darklighters after us and one of them’s got Piper and Leo trapped.

Paige: In the ghostly plane.

Phoebe: Or the spirit realm.

Gideon: Same thing.

Phoebe: Right. We made contact with them but then we lost them.

Paige: And we lost Chris too, although we’re not sure why because she can tell if Piper’s dead.

Phoebe: Yeah, and I can’t.

Paige: So she must still be around somewhere, we just don’t know where.

Phoebe: So we need to figure out how to use the darklighter’s portal to get them out.

Paige: And if you follow all that you’re really are a very powerful Elder.

Gideon: But darklighters don’t have the power to make portals, let alone use them.

Phoebe: Right, we have to figure out who can.

Gideon: I warned Leo. I told him something like this might happen. What do you need?

Paige: Well, we know where to find the portal, we just don’t know how to reverse it.

(Gideon picks up a book and opens it up to a page.)

Gideon: There.

Paige: Handy.

[Scene: Ghostly plane. Alley. Piper and Leo are there. Piper is asleep sitting against a wall. Leo is standing up near by. Piper wakes up.]

Piper: Leo?

Leo: Morning.

Piper: What are you doing?

Leo: Just trying to sense them.

Piper: Any luck? (He shakes his head.) You don’t look so good.

Leo: I know. Listen, about last night.

Piper: I don’t have any regrets if that’s where this is going.

Leo: It’s not. But I’m glad you said that. Because I don’t either. I just want you to know that I don’t have any expectations. Because I know everything that you went through when I became an Elder. And it just, it wouldn’t be fair to put you through that again.

Piper: I’m not sure I understand.

Leo: Well, neither one of us wanted me to become an Elder. (He sits down beside her.) But I did anyway. I was supposed to go up there right away but I didn’t.

Piper: Because you wanted to find out who Chris was and to protect Wyatt.

Leo: They’re not the only reasons I didn’t go up there, Piper. I was holding onto you. And because of that I put you at risk and I put my son at risk. I can’t let that happen anymore, I won’t let that happen.

(Damien walks around the corner.)

Damien: Well, fortunately you won’t have to worry about that for much longer. I’m a little surprised actually. Didn’t really think you’d come back here. Thought I knew you better than that. Oh, well.

(He points his crossbow at them.)

Leo: Let her go, you don’t want her.

Damien: No, but I can’t pass up my opportunity can I? It’s in my nature. Besides, I wouldn’t want a Charmed One coming after me when this is over.

(They hear traffic noises and suddenly they are back in the alley. Phoebe and Paige are there.)

Paige: I wouldn’t do that if I were you because this time I’ll vanquish you for real.

Piper: Well, it’s about time.

Phoebe: Who sent you?

(A darklighter on the roof shoots his crossbow and hits Damien in the chest. Damien screams and is vanquished. Chris appears.)

Chris: Yes! I’m back!

Phoebe: Wait. What? How is that possible?

Chris: Don’t ask me, ask… (Leo falls backwards.) Them.

Piper: Paige, come on, quick, we’ve got to get him to Gideon.

(Paige orbs out with Piper and Leo.)

[Scene: Golden Gate Bridge. Leo is standing on the very top of it. Gideon orbs in beside him.]

Gideon: I thought I’d find you here. How are you doing?

Leo: The wound is healed if that’s what you mean.

Gideon: No, it’s not.

Leo: You were right, I know that now. I can’t justify staying here any longer.

Gideon: Good.

Leo: Still, it’s not easy. And not just as a father.

Gideon: I know.

Leo: Do you? Does any Elder? Sometimes I wish you wouldn’t have let us break the rules, you wouldn’t have let us get married.

Gideon: No, you don’t. Love and loss forms you Leo. It’s who you are and who you always will be. It’s a life you’ll treasure and an experience you will share. One that helps us better appreciate those we are intrusted to watch over.

Leo: It’s not fair.

Gideon: Sacrifice never is. It’s time.

(Leo orbs out.)

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[Scene: P3. Back room. Chris is there all dressed up, looking into a mirror. Clarence walks in.]

Clarence: Looking good.

Chris: Whoa. Wait, what are you still doing here?

Clarence: Don’t worry, you’re fine. I just wanted to say good luck.

Chris: Thanks. Hey, just out of curiosity, why did you tell me all that stuff about living life and enjoying my day if you were coming for me all along?

Clarence: Just in case I wasn’t leaving with you. You’ve been given a second chance, Chris. Don’t waste it.

(Clarence disappears.)

[Scene: Manor. Wyatt’s room. Piper is there watching Wyatt sleep in his crib. She walks out and closes the door. She walks into her room where Phoebe and Paige are waiting.]

Piper: Hi.

Phoebe: Hi.

Piper: What’s going on?

Phoebe: Maybe you should sit down for a second.

Piper: Oh, that doesn’t sound good.

Phoebe: No, no, it’s good, it’s good. I mean, it’s, you know, it’s not bad. It’s a really good thing, it’s not a bad thing. I think it’s a really good thing, don’t you think?

Paige: Yeah. I mean, it depends.

Piper: Uh-huh, that sounds worse.

Paige: No, it’s-it’s just complicated.

Piper: Okay, so why don’t you guys just tell me what’s going on.

Phoebe: Alright. Uh, Paige and I know what happened between you and Leo last night.

(Piper chuckles.)

Piper: What? Excuse me?

Paige: Not because anybody told us or anything, it’s just because of Chris.

Piper: Chris? Wh-why would Chris know what happened last night?

Phoebe: Well, because he wouldn’t be here if it didn’t. Yeah, see we’ve known for a while, we just didn’t know how to talk to you and Leo about it.

Piper: Talk to us about what?

Paige: Is this my turn?

Phoebe: Yeah.

Paige: Yeah. Uh, Chris is your son.

Phoebe: Wyatt’s brother. Look, I know this is huge…

Piper: No, it’s, it’s not huge because it’s not possible, it’s crazy because I’m not pregnant.

Phoebe: Yeah.

Paige: Yeah.

Piper: No, I’m not. I mean, how could that happen? I mean, I know how that could happen but it… What am I gonna do?

Phoebe: Maybe you should talk to Leo about it.

Piper: No, I can’t.

Phoebe: Why?

Piper: Well, because, because, because I can’t.

(There’s a knock at the door and Chris walks in.)

Chris: Is this a bad time?

(Piper looks at Chris, speechless.)

[Scene: Underground. Cave. Gideon and a darklighter are there.]

Darklighter: I’m still not quite sure what this was all about. Why somebody of my kind had to die. Why my friend had to die.

Gideon: All in good time.

Darklighter: We still didn’t even accomplish what you wanted. We didn’t get the Elder.

Gideon: Ah, but in a way you did. Leo’s gone. Perhaps not in the way I originally intended, but gone, nonetheless.

Darklighter: Well, wasn’t he your friend too?

Gideon: Yes, he was. We all have to make sacrifices for the greater good.

Darklighter: I’m evil. What do I care about the greater good?

Gideon: Leo’s son is just as much a threat to your kind as he is to mine. We made a mistake in allowing Wyatt to be born. And allowing such a concentration of power to be brought into this world in one being. But now that Leo is gone and the Charmed Ones are unaware, I’m one step closer to being able to correct that mistake, for good.