Written by: Cameron Litvack
Transcribed by: Janelle Hackbarth
Season 7, Episode 18
Episode Number: 152
[Scene: Alley. A woman runs in with a small box. She looks behind her, but is kicked to the ground. The box falls. She gets up and groans. A female demon jumps down.]
Female Demon: Itï¿½s Nina, right?
Nina: Youï¿½ll never get it. I wonï¿½t let you.
Female Demon: I didnï¿½t ask for your permission. (Nina stands up. Female demon chuckles.) Itï¿½s only a matter of time before I get the box.
Nina: Over my dead body.
Female Demon: Now thatï¿½s the thing with you Guardians. Youï¿½re always dying for that damn box.
Nina: Not always.
(Nina blasts the demon, but she hovers and lands. She takes out a dagger.)
Female Demon: Oh, come on, you can do better than that.
(She throws the dagger at Nina, and she catches it. Female Demon smirks. They fight and grab each other. One of them is stabbed. The box disappears.)
[Scene: Manor. Living room. Paige sits on the couch. She squints and covers her ears. A whine is heard. She opens her eyes.]
Phoebeï¿½s Voice: Coming! (She walks in with a cup.) Coming. I used castor root this time. It should dull all the senses.
(The whine fades out.)
Paige: I donï¿½t care. Just give it to me. (Phoebe sits down. Paige takes the cup and a drink. Phoebe watches.) Thank you. (Phoebe smiles.) Do you mind?
Phoebe: Do I mind what?
(The whine starts up again.)
Paige: Looking so psychotically perkyï¿½ (The whining stops.) While Iï¿½m so miserable?
(The whining starts.)
Phoebe: You know, maybe itï¿½s psychosomatic. I mean, the inner ear has to do with balance, so maybe youï¿½re feeling imbalance because the whole magic school thing.
(The whining stops.)
Paige: Phoebe, come here.
(Phoebe leans forward. Paige slaps her.)
Phoebe: Ow! (She chuckles.) What was that for?
Paige: Does that seem psychomatic to you?
(Wyatt orbs in, dressed in a bathrobe.)
Phoebe: Hey, big boy. I thought it was bath time.
Leoï¿½s Voice: Uh, it is. (Leo walks in. He kneels down next to Wyatt. Paige puts the cup down.) Uh, hey, buddy. That was, uh, pretty funny, but I donï¿½t think mommyï¿½s going to think so.
Phoebe: Whatï¿½s going on?
Leo: Uh, I think the terrible twos have begun.
Phoebe: Oh, well, magical boys will be magical boys.
Leo: Yeah, well, try explaining that to his magical mama. (To Wyatt) Listen, I think you better orb back upstairs before mommy turns you into a toad.
(Wyatt orbs out. The whining starts with pounding. Paige groans.)
Leo: Whatï¿½s the matter?
Phoebe: She has a ringing in her ears.
Paige: No. Itï¿½s more like a jackhammer.
Leo: Really? Is it kind of like a dentistï¿½s drill that kind of goes in and out?
(The whining stops.)
Phoebe: Why, you know what it is?
Leo: Well, it could be your Whitelighter powers coming on. (The whining starts. Leo kneels down.) You know, you could be hearing the call from the Elders. (The whining stops.) Before I learned to control my powers, it used to drive me nuts.
Paige: No. Thatï¿½s unacceptable.
(The whining starts.)
Leo: Okay. Well, youï¿½re half-Whitelighter. (The sound stops.) You canï¿½t deny that.
Paige: Yes, I can. I want nothing to do with the Elders, okay?
Leo: All right, well, if it is what I think it is, youï¿½re not going to have a choice. The only way to find out is to actually talk to an Elder.
(Paige rolls her eyes.)
Phoebe: Well, you canï¿½t bring one over here. Piper will freak out.
Leo: All right, well, then maybe you should meet at Magic School. Look, do you want it to stop or donï¿½t you? Come on. Iï¿½ll go with you.
(Leo holds out his hand. Paige sighs, grabs it, and orbs out with him. Nina appears, gasping for breath.)
Phoebe: Who are you?
Nina: Please, you have to help me find it before itï¿½s too late.
Phoebe: Find what?
Nina: Pandoraï¿½s box!
[Scene: Manor. Attic. Wyatt plays with his toys. Piper looks through the Book with Nina.]
Piper: Well, I guess since Excalibur is real, I donï¿½t know why itï¿½d be a surprise that Pandoraï¿½s Box isnï¿½t as well.
(Phoebe walks in and hands Nina a cup.)
Nina: Oh, thank you.
Piper: How did you know to come to us?
Nina: Youï¿½re the Charmed Ones. (She dabs at the bruise with a tissue.) Everyone in the magical community knows about you.
Piper: Yeah. Thatï¿½s becoming a problem. (The Book orbs to Wyatt.) Hey! Um, mister? Excuse me. (She kneels down.) Listen, what did I tell you about the orbing? Okay? Only when I say so. Thank you very much.
(She takes the Book and puts it on the stand.)
Phoebe: Piper, you canï¿½t deny who he is, through the good, the bad, and the annoying.
Piper: Ah, I see youï¿½ve been talking to Leo, havenï¿½t you?
Phoebe: Look, just because you guys have completely different parenting styles doesnï¿½t mean you can take it out on me. Iï¿½m just the sister.
Piper: And whose side are you on, exactly?
Nina: Back to the box?
Piper: Right. Okay. Let me guess. A demon took it.
Nina: No. But we better find the next Guardian before one does.
Nina: Like you, weï¿½re chosen beings, part of a magical lineage, one in which every generation a girl is born, meant to guard Pandoraï¿½s Box.
Piper: Right, hence the name ï¿½Guardianï¿½. Got it.
Nina: Only, each girl is trained by the previous Guardian, instructed carefully about the dangers and powers of the box, except the next one hasnï¿½t been.
Phoebe: Iï¿½m not following.
Nina: When Katya the demon attacked me, the box, perhaps sensing the danger, disappeared on its own, moving on to its next Guardian.
Piper: And you donï¿½t know who that is.
Nina: No. I guess I wasnï¿½t expected to survive.
Phoebe: So, what does Katya want with the box?
Nina: She wants to open it and release the worldï¿½s ills: Sorrow, famine, plagues, all the evil inside.
Piper: So, whatï¿½s to keep the new Guardian from accidentally doing the same, especially if she doesnï¿½t know whatï¿½s in the box?
[Scene: UC Berkeley. College dorm. Two girls walk through the hallway.]
Blonde Girl: Seriously, Darcy, itï¿½s all good. Stop stressing about him.
Darcy: I know, but how can I not? Weï¿½re supposed to have this big talk. I mean, what does that mean, anyway? I was stupid to fall for him.
Blonde Girl: Oh, come on, donï¿½t say that. I mean it. Heï¿½s so not worth it. We got too much in life to be happy about than to let Adam Bice get you down.
Darcy: Youï¿½re right.
Blonde Girl: Mm-hmm.
Darcy: As always.
Blonde Girl: Oh, not always. You should check my French Lit grades.
Darcy: Ohh, that reminds me. (She looks at her cell phone.) Oh, Iï¿½m totally missing my chem lecture. I gotta go.
(Blonde Girl waves to her.)
Blonde Girl: Okay.
(Darcy starts to leave, but her phone rings. She turns back.)
Darcy: Wait! Oh, this is him. What do I do?
Blonde Girl: Just be strong. Donï¿½t let him get to you, no matter what he says. Call me later.
(Darcy nods and starts to leave.)
Darcy: (to phone) Hello?
(Blonde Girl goes into her room. She closes the door and puts her books down. Pandoraï¿½s box sits on her bed and whispers come from it. She picks it up and opens the lid a crack. A screeching starts and black dust escapes. Blonde Girl quickly shuts it and starts coughing, dropping the box on the bed.)
Blonde Girl: What the heck?
(The black cloud goes through the air vent.)
[Scene: Magic School. Paige hears the whine and covers her ears. She sighs. The whine fades out. Leo and Female Elder are there.]
Female Elder: This is the global alert, Paige, one that only a Whitelighter can hear. You should be looking at this as if it was a gift rather than a problem.
Paige: A problem, for me, is when Leo rearranges my books here. I would classify this as a root canal?
(The whining starts.)
Female Elder: Nevertheless, this is who you are, who you have become.
(The whining stops.)
Paige: Well, I donï¿½t want to become it, so fix it already!
Female Elder: Fix it?
Leo: Yeah, I donï¿½t think she wants to hear the call, ever.
Female Elder: Well, thatï¿½s impossible. She doesnï¿½t have a choice. (The whining starts.) It would be as if you wished to no longer breathe.
Paige: If this ringing doesnï¿½t stop, maybe I donï¿½t want to. (The whining stops.) Look, I just left magic school, okay? The last thing I want to deal with is you Elders.
Female Elder: I know, Paige, that in the past we have had our differences, but becoming a Whitelighter is as natural a part of your unfolding destiny as becoming a charmed one.
Leo: Perhaps if you explained to her why you called the alert.
Female Elder: We sensed a great threat, one which we have not yet been able to isolate. That is why we need every Whitelighter to be vigilant.
(The whining starts.)
Paige: Well, not this Whitelighter. Okay, just make it stop already.
(The whining stops.)
Leo: You know, maybe if Paigeï¿½helped a Whitelighter-to-be instead?
(The whining starts and stops.)
Female Elder: Thatï¿½s a possibility.
Paige: Why? What would that do?
Female Elder: Helping others helps yourselfï¿½to find some clarity.
(Paige winces. The whining starts.)
Paige: Well, if clarityï¿½makes this noise stop, whatever. Iï¿½ll try it.
(Female Elder smiles.)
[Scene: Manor. Attic. Piper, Phoebe, and Nina stand around the table as Piper scries.]
Phoebe: Come on, come on. Whatï¿½s taking so long?
Piper: Relax, or Iï¿½ll give you a time-out.
Nina: Here. Maybe thisï¿½ll help.
(Nina gives her a necklace. Piper continues to scry. An alphabet block orbs in, knocking the crystal down.)
Piper: Wyatt! Time-out means no magic!
Phoebe: Scry now, parent later.
Piper: Well, you know, it would help if I wasnï¿½t the only one around here who had to discipline him.
(Phoebe picks up the crystal and necklace.)
Phoebe: Let me do this.
Nina: Please, we have to hurry. If the box has been opened or if a demonï¿½s found itï¿½
Phoebe: We wonï¿½t let that happen. I promise. Look, we do this all the time.
(She starts to scry.)
Piper: Maybe we need a stronger connection.
Nina: I donï¿½t know what else to try.
(The scrying crystal hits the map.)
Piper: UC Berkeley. Itï¿½s on the campus. (Nina starts to leave.) Whoa! Where are you going?
Nina: Youï¿½ve done your jobs. Now I have to go do mine.
Piper: Wait; you saw where that got you last time. Why donï¿½t you let us go with you?
Nina: I canï¿½t let you risk it.
Piper: Well, we canï¿½t let you risk it, either, not as long as thereï¿½s a demon after that box.
Nina: All right, but Iï¿½ll transport us there. Itï¿½ll be faster.
Phoebe: What about the Elders?
Piper: What about them?
Phoebe: Well, I mean, itï¿½s Pandoraï¿½s Box. We should probably tell them something.
Piper: All right, you tell them. Mommy needs a time-out.
(Nina takes her and they disappear.)
[Scene: UC Berkeley. College dorm. Arguing is heard. Piper and Nina walk in.]
Piper: Whatï¿½s going on around here? Somethingï¿½s not right.
Nina: She mustï¿½ve opened the box. Itï¿½s the first wave of sorrow. (Crying is heard.) We have to hurryï¿½before you become affected, too.
(She walks to the door and holds her hand above a door.)
Blonde Girl: (through the door) No, Darcy, we talked about this!
Nina: In there.
[Cut inside the room. Sheï¿½s on the phone.]
Blonde Girl: (to phone) Heï¿½s not worth it! (Someone knocks at the door.) Uh, just a minute! (To phone) Donï¿½t do anything stupid, okay? Promise? Iï¿½ll be right there. (The knocking continues.) (To phone) Okay. Okay! (She hangs up and opens the door to find Nina and Piper.) Can I help you?
Piper: Hi! My name is Piper, and this is-this is Nina, and we wanted to talk to you about something youï¿½received, I guess, would be a good word for it.
Blonde Girl: Uh, look, whatever youï¿½re selling, Iï¿½m not interested. My friendï¿½s in trouble and if I donï¿½tï¿½
Nina: You have come into possession of something more powerful than anything you have ever known.
Piper: Yeah, okay, see, I was going to go with the less intimidating tactic, butï¿½
Blonde Girl: What are you talking about?
Nina: The box. Where is it?
Blonde Girl: Uhï¿½
(Nina walks over and picks up the box. Piper comes in and closes the door.)
Nina: How did it come to you?
Blonde Girl: I donï¿½t know. It was just there. What is going on? What is theï¿½
Piper: You havenï¿½t by any chance been taking some Greek mythology classes, have ya?
Nina: Pandoraï¿½s box, a gift the Gods gave to Prometheus, one that contained all of the evils of the world, until Pandora unleashed it on an unsuspecting people. (In Kaytaï¿½s voice) I hope to do the same.
Piper: Aw, crap. (Nina shapeshifts into Kayata. Blonde Girl steps back.) Oh yeah, this is not good. This is not good at all.
[Scene: Manor. Attic. The Female Elder is there with Phoebe.]
Female Elder: This explains the global alert.
Phoebe: Alert? What are you talking about?
Female Elder: The one that Paige heard and every other Whitelighter. Pandoraï¿½s Box exists solely to tempt. Itï¿½s part of the grand design. If mankind chooses to open it again, so be it, but Guardians are supposed to protect it from being opened by demons.
Phoebe: So, then we should be fine. Piper and Ninaï¿½
Female Elder: Nina never shouldï¿½ve let it out of her sight.
Phoebe: Well, apparently, she didnï¿½t have a choice. Uh, the box moved on to its next Guardian by itself.
Female Elder: Oh, thatï¿½s not possible. It canï¿½t move on unless the prior Guardian was already dead.
Phoebe: Okay, you need to orb me to Piper immediately.
[Scene: UC Berkley. Dorm room. Phoebe orbs in. The room is a mess.]
Phoebe: Piper? Where are you?! (Piper peers around an overturned desk. Phoebe sighs.) Oh, thank god youï¿½re okay. (Blonde Girl peers out.) Who is she?
Piper: Meet Hope, the real Guardian of the box. Too bad she doesnï¿½t have anything left to guard.
[Scene: UC Berkeley. Hopeï¿½s room.]
Hope: Who-who are you people?
Phoebe: Okay, Hope, can you just try to calm down a little bit? Weï¿½re the good guys, I swear.
Hope: Oh, good guys. (She laughs.) Oh, then what was she?
Piper: She was aï¿½
Phoebe: A demon pretending to beï¿½
Piper: A guardian, just like you.
Phoebe: Yeah, uh, Ninaï¿½s dead, by the way.
Piper: Yeah, I figured. Not now.
Hope: (to Piper) You! You blew up my dormï¿½with your hands!
Piper: Yes, and I am very sorry about that.
Hope: Oh. Ha. Now youï¿½re both calm, like this kind of stuff happens every day!
Piper: Well, it kind of does.
Phoebe: You see, uhï¿½weï¿½re witches.
Piper: We can explain all of this in great detail much later, but right now, we need to get you goinï¿½.
Phoebe: And fast. Iï¿½m feeling a littleï¿½
Piper: Bummed? Yeah, I know. Nina, or Katya Iï¿½m assuming, said that it was the first wave of sorrow from the box.
Phoebe: Great, so like a little appetizer? And sheï¿½s obviously immune to it, cause she seems more freaked than bummed.
Piper: Well, can you blame her?
Hope: What are you two talking about?
Piper: We just need to know one thing thatï¿½sï¿½kind of important. Did you open the box?
Hope: Only for a second. Some sort of dust came out, and then I shut it.
Piper: Well, from the sounds of the dorm out there, Iï¿½d say it was long enough. Shall we go?
Hope: Oh, I am not going anywhere with you people. You burst in here talking about Pandoraï¿½s Box and guardians and witches and god knows what else. (She begins to leave.) Now you expect me to leave with you.
Phoebe: Okay, look; I know exactly how you feel. When we first found out we were witches, it was really scary because, well, we didnï¿½t have anyone to guide us, but we can help you. You just have to come with us.
[Scene: Building. A father stands with his daughter in front of an elevator. The bell dings and the doors open. Paige, a man, and woman stand in there. Daughter goes into the elevator.]
Father: Are you sure you donï¿½t want me to go down there with you?
Daughter: Iï¿½m fine, dad.
Father: Now, remember; go straight to mommy, okay? Sheï¿½s waiting for you in the lobby.
(The whine starts. The doors start to close. A businessman runs over.)
Businessman: Hey, hold the doors! (The whining stops. The businessman sticks his briefcase into the elevator doors and they open. He steps in.) Thanks a lot.
(He pushes a button. The whining starts.)
Daughter: I saw you on my way up, like an hour ago.
Paige: Yeah. Iï¿½ve been looking for someone.
(The elevator starts going down. The lights flicker and the elevator jerks.)
Woman: Whatï¿½s happening?
(The elevator lights go out and it stops.)
Businessman: Oh, youï¿½ve gotta be kidding me.
(The lights go on. The woman turns to the man.)
Man: What? Youï¿½re going to blame me for this, too?
Woman: How dare you even imply thatï¿½s part of my agenda?
Man: Iï¿½m not having anything to do with your agenda.
Woman: Iï¿½m just standing here! I had nothing to do with it.
(Daughter hugs Paige.)
Daughter: Iï¿½m scared.
Paige: Itï¿½s okay. Oh, my god, the ringing stopped. That meansï¿½ (They stare back at her.) Itï¿½s one of you. Itï¿½youï¿½ (She nods.) It stopped.
[Scene: Underworld. An energy ball is thrown at Pandoraï¿½s box. Nothing happens. Katya and a demon are there.]
Katya: If my powers couldnï¿½t open the box, what would make you think you could?
Demon: Hey, at least I didnï¿½t let the Guardian go.
Katya: There must be a way.
Demon: Well, at least now that weï¿½ve got it, she canï¿½t put the sorrow she let out back in.
Katya: Yeah, but she didnï¿½t let out enough. Within lies the power to destroy cities, crumble empires, devastate all that is good in the world.
Demon: All this just to impress Zankou? Hey, just asking.
Katya: Oh, for too long Iï¿½ve had to watch lesser demons rewarded, been denied my proper place in the forefront. No. Zankou will no longer be able to deny me after this.
Demon: Why donï¿½t you just shape shift into a Guardian?
Katya: Mmm. Taking the physical form of a Guardian doesnï¿½t make me one. No. It will know.
Demon: Then what are you going to do?
Katya: Iï¿½ll make her open it for me.
(The demon and Katya smile.)
[Scene: Manor. Living room. Piper and Leo enter. Phoebe sits with Hope.]
Piper: There was nothing in the book on Katya, and scrying for the box did not work.
Phoebe: Well, maybe we should try magic school.
Hope: Whï¿½wait. Magic school? What is that?
Leo: Itï¿½s a place where you can learn more about your gifts.
Hope: Are you a witch, too?
Piper: No, heï¿½s a-heï¿½s-heï¿½s a long story.
Leo: One that worked out well.
Hope: This is all so complicated.
Phoebe: Look, I know this is really hard to understand, but this is what youï¿½re meant to do.
Hope: No. Iï¿½m meant to finish school, party, have fun. I donï¿½t even know if I believe in magic. (Wyatt orbs in with his teddy bear. Hope gasps.) Oh! Where did he come from?
Piper: Ahï¿½ (She chuckles and pulls Wyatt toward her.) Uh, sorry. Heï¿½s not supposed to do that without permission. Donï¿½t scare the pretty girl, okay?
(Leo kneels down.)
Leo: Okay, pal, listen, why donï¿½t you take Wubby upstairs for a little nap, ï¿½kay?
(Wyatt orbs out. Hope stands up.)
Hope: Oh! Iï¿½m getting out of here.
(Phoebe stands up.)
Phoebe: Hope, wait. Look, thereï¿½s nothing that I can say thatï¿½s going to make this any better.
Hope: Canï¿½t you just make up a spell or something?
Phoebe: Sometimes I wish I could, but then I realize all of this, you know, the good and the bad, makes me who I am, you know?
(Hopeï¿½s cell phone rings.)
Hope: Itï¿½s my friend Darcy. I have to help her.
Piper: You know, you could help a lot of people by finding that box.
Hope: You donï¿½t understand. Sheï¿½s like my sister. I have to go.
(She heads for the door.)
Phoebe: Hope, wait.
Hope: No! (She turns around and sends a blast to Phoebe, sending her across the room.) Ohhï¿½my god.
(Leo goes over to Phoebe.)
Leo: Phoebe, you all right?
(Hope runs out of the house.)
Piper: Phoebe? You okay?
(Phoebe stands up.)
Phoebe: God, arenï¿½t you tired of asking me that?
Piper: It does get a little repetitive. Weï¿½ve got to go get her.
Phoebe: Itï¿½s okay. You canï¿½t force her to stay. Besides, she could obviously protect herself.
Piper: Well, what are we going to do?
Leo: Well, youï¿½ve got to get the box back before Katya opens it.
[Scene: Elevator. The woman is arguing with someone on the other end of the elevator box.]
Woman: How are we supposed to stay calm? Weï¿½re stuck!
Man: Linda, please.
(Businessman loosens his tie.)
Female Voice: Maï¿½am, all I can say is weï¿½re doing everything we can.
Linda: Well, itï¿½s not good enough.
(Paige is on her cell phone.)
Paige: No, I said Iï¿½m trapped. Thereï¿½s people all around.
[Cut to Manor. Conservatory. Leoï¿½s on the phone.]
Leo: What did you say? I canï¿½t hear you.
Paige: I said, Iï¿½m trapped in an elevator. I canï¿½t just up and go. Besides, I donï¿½t want this ringing in my ears to come back.
Leo: Wait, it stopped? When?
Paige: Right when we got stuck.
Leo: All right, then never mind. You need to stay there.
Paige: No, wait, what about, uhï¿½
Leo: No. Your sisters can handle it. To help, and thatï¿½s what you need to do.
Paige: Okay. Who am I supposed to help?
(The phone gets disconnected. Leo hangs up.)
[Cut to Paige.]
Paige: (to phone) Leo! Leo? (She hangs up.) Ohh! Damn these phones.
Businessman: Yeah, mineï¿½s dead, too. (He sighs.) Looks like weï¿½re going to be here for a while, huh?
(Linda tries the voice box again.)
Linda: Are you still there? Hello?! Answer me!
Man: Honey, why donï¿½t you just let them do their job?
Linda: Donï¿½t ï¿½honeyï¿½ me. If it werenï¿½t for you, we wouldnï¿½t even be here.
Man: Oh, so now this is my fault?
(Businessman rolls his eyes.)
Man: You know, you were the one who wanted to go into counseling, not me.
Businessman: I think the natives are getting restless, huh?
(Daughter huddles by Paige.)
Paige: Hmm. Yeah. Looks like.
Businessman: So, whatï¿½s your name?
Paige: Iï¿½m Paige. (Mutters) Please donï¿½t let this be the person I have to help.
(Businessman steps away.)
Businessman: Oh, all right.
Paige: (To daughter) Itï¿½s kind of nuts weï¿½re being stuck here like this, right?
Daughter: I want my mommy.
Paige: Oh, sweetheart, I know you do, but you know what? Weï¿½re going to be just fine, I promise.
Daughter: How do you know?
Paige: Well, because I know things like that. (Daughter coughs.) Honey, y-you okay?
Daughter: I have asthma.
Paige: Fantastic. But I bet you have an inhaler in that pretty little purse of yours, right?
Daughter: My mommy has it.
Paige: Of course she does. (Businessman climbs up to check the roof.) What are you doing?
Businessman: Iï¿½m trying to get us the hell out of here.
(He starts hitting the ceiling.)
Paige: Brilliant idea.
Businessman: Well, at least itï¿½s an idea.
Man: No, sheï¿½s right, you know. You could get hurt.
Linda: At least heï¿½s doing something, Roger.
Roger: What is that supposed to mean?
Linda: Youï¿½re acting like a little girl, Roger.
(Daughter huddles closer to Paige.)
Roger: I am not acting like a little girl.
Linda: Weï¿½re stuck in this elevator, and what are we supposed to do? Do you need your mother, Roger?
Roger: Good luck. Youï¿½ll have better luck with her, you know?
[Scene: UC Berkeley. Hopeï¿½s room. Hope enters.]
Hope: Okay, Darcy? Iï¿½m here.
(Kayta, from behind the door, closes it.)
Katya: Mm-hmmm. (She holds Darcyï¿½s cell phone.) Wonderful devices these things. It makes luring someone into a trap soï¿½twenty-first century.
Hope: Whereï¿½s Darcy?
Katya: Ohï¿½ (She plays with Hopeï¿½s hair.) Youï¿½ll see.
[Scene: Magic School. Piper looks through books. Phoebe walks in with scrolls.]
Phoebe: Youï¿½d think thereï¿½d be something about Pandoraï¿½s box in a place called Magic School.
Piper: Leoï¿½s been reorganizing.
(Phoebe opens a book.)
Phoebe: Well, maybe we should get him to help us.
Piper: No, heï¿½s busy.
Phoebe: Busy doing what? What could be more important than this?
Piper: Globally, nothing. Personally, I need him to wrangle Wyatt for a day so he can see what Iï¿½m talking about.
Phoebe: Piper, you know what Wyatt is going through is completely normal.
Piper: No, temper tantrums are normal. Uncontrollable crying is normal. Orbing all over town is not normal.
Phoebe: Heï¿½s not orbing all over town.
Piper: Not yet. Look, itï¿½s not that I have a problem with him being magical, because if I did I wouldï¿½ve bound his powers at birth. Itï¿½s just that he needs to learn that he canï¿½t use his powers whenever he wants to, and Leo needs to understand that, too.
Phoebe: I think he does. I just think he deals with it differently.
Piper: Well, weï¿½ll see how Mr. Mom deals with it after heï¿½s been chasing around the kid now that Leo canï¿½t orb.
Phoebe: You guys will figure it out.
Piper: You know, you have been much more optimistic lately.
Phoebe: Yeah, I guess I have hope. I mean, we lost Hope the person, but I have, you knowï¿½
Piper: I got it. I found something.
Phoebe: About the box?
Piper: No, the demon. Nothing new. Says sheï¿½s a shape-shifter.
Phoebe: Yeah, we found out about that the hard way. Wonï¿½t happen again.
Piper: She used to work for Demonic Dark Lords, then she went rogue. How very enterprising of her.
Phoebe: She probably just wants to make a name for herself.
Piper: Why is it that every demon who is trying to make a name for themself has to go and try to end the world?
Phoebe: Why donï¿½t we ponder that fact while we scry for her?
(She starts scrying.)
Piper: Well, even if we find her, we have no way of getting there. Weï¿½re short an orber.
Phoebe: Well, weï¿½ll have to come up with something. I mean, this place is called magic school for a reason, right?
[Scene: Underworld. Hope and Kayta are there. Kayta smiles.]
Katya: I wonï¿½t hurt you, Hope. I promise. I know youï¿½re new to all this, and I know all this can be very scary.
Hope: Whereï¿½s Darcy? Sheï¿½s not a part of this.
Katya: Isnï¿½t she? I mean, sheï¿½s merely a pawn in all this. A pawn like you are. Whatever they told you, I know it was a lot to handle. You know, Iï¿½ve been told that Iï¿½m part of something. A greater purpose I think they called it. But you know what? It was all a lie. I mean, who the hell do they think they are, ruining your life like this, telling you that youï¿½re meant to watch after Pandoraï¿½s box?
Hope: I donï¿½t even know what it really is.
Katya: You shouldnï¿½t have to know. You didnï¿½t ask for this. You donï¿½t want it. Itï¿½s unfair.
Hope: I just want my life back.
Katya: And I can help you get it back. All you have to do is help me. Open the box and youï¿½ll be free from itï¿½forever.
Hope: But wonï¿½t thatï¿½
Katya: End all this craziness? Well, thatï¿½s what you want, isnï¿½t it? To go homeï¿½with your friend? Go ahead. Open the box.
(Whispers are heard. Hope hesitates.)
Hope: Noï¿½I canï¿½t. I wonï¿½t.
Katya: Fine. I tried asking you nicely. Now Iï¿½ll have to make you do it. Lucius!
(Kaytaï¿½s demon appears in the doorway with Darcy. Sheï¿½s crying.)
Darcy: Iï¿½m scared! (They disappear. Darcy screams.) Iï¿½m scared!
Hope: Donï¿½t hurt her.
Katya: You know what I want.
[Scene: Elevator. Businessman tries to find a way out.]
Paige: What are you doing? Are you out of your mind? What if the elevator starts?
Businessman: Relax, sweetheart. I know what Iï¿½m doing.
(He opens a panel. Roger tries to open the doors. Linda is still arguing.)
Linda: Hello! Is anybody there? Whatï¿½s going on? (Daughter struggles to breathe.) What is taking so long?
(Paige goes to her.)
Paige: Okay, honey, I need you to breathe. Just breathe.
(Roger hits the doors.)
Roger: Damn it!
Linda: Big man.
Paige: Can you two get along for two seconds?
Linda: Hasnï¿½t happened in three years. Why do you think weï¿½re in marriage counseling?
Roger: Do you have to air out all our problems?
Linda: Oh, airing out our problems is your biggest concern? (Businessman gets zapped and falls unconscious. Roger pulls Linda aside.) Oh, my god!
(Paige goes and checks on Businessman.)
Paige: Uhï¿½okay. (She kneels down.) Heï¿½s not breathing.
Roger: Oh, god.
(Paige checks his pulse.)
Paige: Thereï¿½s no pulse.
(Daughter starts coughing and falls to the ground.)
Linda: Oh, my god. (She rushes over to daughter.) Come on, sweetie.
(She sits her up.)
Roger: What are we going to do?
Paige: (To Roger) Do you know CPR?
Paige: Well, I need you to get down here and help me. Youï¿½re going to learn.
Roger: All right.
(Roger kneels down.)
Paige: (To Linda) I need you to sing to her.
Paige: Just sing. Get her breathing in order. (Daughter gasps for breathe.) Anything. Just sing. (Linda holds daughter and starts singing ï¿½Hush Little Babyï¿½.) I need you to put two fingers above the xyphoid process.
(Paige puts Rogerï¿½s hands on Businessmanï¿½s chest.)
Roger: The what?
Linda: Honeyï¿½you can do this, honey.
Roger: All right.
Linda: Come on.
(She starts singing again.)
Paige: Push down five times for every breath.
Roger: One, two, three, four, fiveï¿½
Linda: Come on. Sing with me.
(Daughter starts singing with her.)
Paige: Good. Good job.
(Daughterï¿½s breathing calms down. Linda smiles.)
(Roger compresses on Businessmanï¿½s chest. He starts coughing.)
Roger: Heï¿½s alive. Okay. Heï¿½s alive.
Paige: Good job.
(The elevator jolts. The lights shut off.)
Linda: Oh, god!
(The elevator shakes. The lights go on and the elevator door opens. Father is there.)
(She goes and gives her parents a hug.)
Paige: (to Businessman) You okay? (The EMTs peer into the elevator.) He was electrocuted. We gave him CPR.
(Roger gets up. He and Linda hug.)
Businessman: (To Paige) Thanks.
[Scene: Underworld. The box whispers to Hope.]
Katya: Open itï¿½or your friend dies. (Hope opens the box. Black dust rises up and gives an explosion, sending Hope to the floor. The black cloud leaves. Katya smiles, laughs, and pulls out a dagger.) Itï¿½s done.
Hope: But you saidï¿½
Katya: That I wasnï¿½t going to hurt you? Yeah. I lied. (The demon appears in the doorway.) Since the next Guardian hasnï¿½t been born yet and with you dead, there wonï¿½t be anyone around to put everything back.
(She throws the dagger. Hope blasts the dagger away and stands up. Piper and Phoebe appear.)
Piper: Weï¿½re too late. (She blows the demon up. Hope gasps. Katya takes the box and disappears.) Minions!
Phoebe: Hope, what are you doing here?
Hope: She forced me to open the box. She took my friend Darcy.
Piper: Where is she?
Hope: That way.
(They go in that direction.)
[Cut to Darcy. She sits in a cave crying. Katya appears and kneels down. She throws Darcy in the back. Katya smiles.]
Hope: (from other room) Darcy! Where are you!
(Katya sits down.)
Phoebe: (from other room) Darcy? (Katya takes a deep breath.) Darcy!
(Katya starts crying.)
Hope: (from other room) Darcy, where are you?
(She shape shifts into Darcy. Phoebe and Hope run up with Piper.)
Katya: Get me out of here.
[Scene: Manor. Attic. The sisters, Hope, and Katya (disguised as Darcy) are there.]
Paige: Okay, well, I guess your day trumps my day. Thanks for bringing me home to clean up the mess, though. Is anybody else feeling blue?
Phoebe: Itï¿½s the effects of the box being opened.
Piper: Okay, thereï¿½s still a demon on the loose, and the longer he is, the more weï¿½re all going to be affected.
Katya: Yeah, exactly. Um, this is crazy. We need to leave.
Phoebe: Youï¿½re safer here.
(Katya shakes her head.)
Hope: Itï¿½s okay, Darcy. They can protect us.
Katya: Hope, that thing was trying to kill us. She wants to kill them. Weï¿½re sitting ducks here.
Piper: Not as much as you are out there. As long as Katya knows that Hope can put all the evils back in the box, she is a very large target.
Phoebe: Which means you are, too.
Katya: No, not if she doesnï¿½t go along with it. Look, no one says that you even have to care about this stupid box anymore.
Paige: Actually, she does. You see, because itï¿½s her birthright.
Katya: Says you. (Paige rolls her eyes.) Hope, listen to me, okay? We donï¿½t even know these people. For all we know, they could be the demon.
Piper: Ah! Thatï¿½s ridiculous.
Katya: Is it? Sheï¿½s done it before. Thatï¿½s what she does, right? (To sisters) Right? Hope, we can only trust each other.
Hope: Youï¿½re right.
Phoebe: No, actually, I think she is right.
Phoebe: We canï¿½t make her do something she doesnï¿½t want to do. This is her path to either follow or not. But before you leave, Hope; let Paige show you how to contact us, god forbid anything. (To Piper and Katya) Weï¿½ll see you downstairs.
(Piper takes Katya and leaves.)
[Cut downstairs. Leo holds Chris.]
Leo: Wyatt? (Piper and Katya come down. Piper smiles.) Whatï¿½s going on?
Piper: Iï¿½m not sure. Whereï¿½s Wyatt?
Leo: Umï¿½he, uhï¿½ (A noise comes from the kitchen. Wyatt giggles. Piper smiles.) Excuse me.
Katya: Whatï¿½s taking them so long up there?
Piper: I donï¿½t know. Whatï¿½s your hurry?
Katya: I just want to get out of here as soon as possible.
(Hope and Phoebe come downstairs.)
Hope: Okay, letï¿½s go.
(Hope and Katya start to leave.)
Piper: I hope you know what youï¿½re doing.
Phoebe: Trust me.
[Cut to front porch. Hope and Katya exit. Katya glares at Hope.]
Hope: What? Whatï¿½s the matter?
(Katya grabs Hopeï¿½s hair.)
Katya: This is getting to be way too easy.
(She shape shifts back into herself, laughs, and disappears.)
[Cut to cave. Darcy is asleep. Katya and Hope appear. She tosses her away. Darcy opens her eyes.]
Hope: Iï¿½m okay.
Katya: Actually, not for long.
Hope: Okay, you heard me say it, and I meant it. I do not want anything to do with that box. I swear!
Katya: But you willï¿½in time. Youï¿½ll come to believe in yourself, your powers, just like Pandora did. And then youï¿½ll want to get the box back, put the sorrows backï¿½but, see, I canï¿½t let that happen.
(She takes out a dagger. Hope stands up.)
Hope: You wonï¿½t have a choice.
(Katya laughs. Darcy stands up.)
Katya: What? You think you can stop me?
(She throws the dagger.)
(The dagger orbs and hits the wall.)
Katya: Butï¿½Guardians canï¿½t orb!
Hope: No, but Whitelighters can, and into anything they want, tooï¿½or anybody.
(She orbs into Paige.)
Paige: Sorry we havenï¿½t met before, but Iï¿½ve been otherwise engaged!
(She throws a potion at Katya. She is vanquished.)
Darcy: What-what is going on here?!
Paige: Itï¿½s okay. Itï¿½s okay. Iï¿½m here to get you home, all right? Pandoraï¿½s box! (It orbs to Paige.) I need you to give this to Hope for me. Iï¿½d give it to her myself, but thereï¿½s somebody I have to see. (She waves her hand.) Home!
(Darcy orbs out.)
[Cut to Manor. Attic. Piper, Phoebe, and Hope are there. Darcy orbs in.]
Darcy: Will someone tell me what the hell is going on here?
Hope: Thatï¿½s her.
(Phoebe takes the box and smiles.)
Phoebe: Just didnï¿½t want to make the same mistake twice. Okay, Hope, we need your help. Youï¿½re the only person that can do this.
(She gives the box to Hope.)
Hope: I donï¿½tï¿½
Phoebe: Listen to me. This is your destiny.
Piper: Just like becoming witches was ours.
Hope: I justï¿½uh, donï¿½t know if I can do this.
Darcy: Youï¿½re forgetting something about Pandoraï¿½s box. According to myth, when all the sorrows are released, there was one thing left at the bottom of the boxï¿½hope.
Phoebe: You can do it. (Hope opens the box. The black dust comes and swirls around, then goes back into the box. It closes.) Told you you could do it.
Hope: Thank you.
[Scene: Golden Gate Bridge. Paige is there. Female Elder orbs in.]
Female Elder: How are the ears?
Paige: Better, thank you. It was pretty risky of you, sending me off to help a future Whitelighter.
Female Elder: Was it?
Paige: Yes. We almost didnï¿½t get Pandoraï¿½s box.
Female Elder: But you did get it back.
Female Elder: Which proves that you can handle both your Charmed and your Whitelighter responsibilities.
Paige: I donï¿½t see what that has to do withï¿½
Female Elder: Didnï¿½t it make you feel so proud, accomplishing what you did in that elevator?
Paige: Of course, I did.
Female Elder: And you did it all by yourself, without your sisters. Maybe this is what you have been searching for, Paige, your separate identity. Being a Whitelighter can give you that and much more.
Paige: Like what?
Female Elder: Fulfillment. Youï¿½re a natural, Paige. Everything you’ve been and done in your life has been preparing you to be a Whitelighter. Everything you needed to help those people has been inside of you all along.
Paige: Well, it did feel good to save them.
Female Elder: Then donï¿½t fight that. Embrace it, not for me, not for the Elders, but for yourself. Think about it?
(Female Elder smiles.)
Paige: Wait. Just out of curiosity, who was the future Whitelighter I was supposed to save?
Female Elder: You were.
(Paige chuckles. Female Elder orbs out.)
[Scene: Manor. Conservatory. Leo holds Chris. He gives Wyatt, whoï¿½s on the floor, a ball. Piper walks in.]
Piper: So how was your day?
Leo: Very funny. Actually, it was all right. It calmed down a bit once Wyatt tried to orb a toy to himself and hit himself in the head.
Piper: Oh, no.
Leo: Itï¿½s okay. It was just a little bump, but it was enough to teach him that he shouldnï¿½t do it again.
Piper: Is that your way of telling me that magical boys will be magical boys again?
Leo: No. You know, we both need to teach him when and where to use his powers, though itï¿½s not going to be easy.
Piper: And on the other hand, we do need to realize that he is who he is, and even though I want a normal family. (She sits down.) I donï¿½t want it at the expense of them finding their own identities.
Leo: Well, uh, Chris here is going to be coming into his powers shortly. It could get a little nuts around here.
Piper: As opposed to what?
Piper: Weï¿½ll deal with it as it comes, together. And until thenï¿½ (To Wyatt) Why donï¿½t you show mommy all those cool tricks youï¿½ve been learning? Go ahead. Itï¿½s okay.
(Wyatt uses his power to move his toys.)