Written by: Natalie Antoci & Scott Lipsey
Transcribed by: Shay Fitzpatrick
Season 7, Episode 09
Episode Number: 143
[Scene: Manor. Attic. 5:05am. Piper is sitting at a table drawing lines on a map. Leo walks in. Piper pricks her finger on a thumbtack.]
Leo: What happened? Are you okay?
Piper: Yeah. Nothing a little sleep can’t fix.
Leo: Here, let me heal that.
Leo: Come on.
Piper: I said no.
Leo: Piper, this is ridiculous. We have to talk about this.
Piper: Actually, what we need to do is find where the next demon attack is gonna be. And I think I just did. A pentagram, naturally.
Leo: What do you want from me? What do I have to do to prove that I’ve changed, that I’m okay?
(Piper walks towards the door.)
Piper: Did Phoebe and Paige finish making the dye?
Leo: You didn’t answer my question.
Piper: Oh, I have to answer your questions, but you don’t have to answer mine?
Leo: What question?
Piper: The same question I’ve been asking you for several days now. What aren’t you telling me?
Leo: I don’t know what you’re talking about.
Piper: Oh, right. Excuse me. (Piper leaves the attic. Leo follows. They walk down the stairs.) I can’t get into this right now with you, okay? I’ve got an invisible demon killing innocents and for all we know they could be working with the Avatars.
Leo: They’re not working with the Avatars.
Piper: Oh, yeah? How do you know?
Leo: I don’t. I mean, I just, I don’t think they’re the threat everyone thinks they are.
(Phoebe and Paige walk out of the kitchen.)
Leo: Because if they’re so powerful, wouldn’t they have attacked by now?
Piper: Oh, sending a demon to possess you doesn’t count?
Leo: Still, I think that was their way of communicating with me, with us.
Paige: Why didn’t they just try calling you, Leo?
Phoebe: Are you hiding something?
Piper: Yes. (to Phoebe and Paige) Are you sure those are gonna work?
Paige: Yeah. As sure as I can be at 5am.
Leo: Before you go…
Phoebe: Do you know where the demon’s gonna attack?
Piper: They’re making a pentagram and there’s only one point left, so we need to get there before sunrise.
Leo: Piper, you can’t walk out on this.
Piper: You’re right. We should orb. 16th and Mission.
Paige: Got it.
(Paige orbs Piper and Phoebe out.)
Leo: Damn it. I said no!
(Suddenly, the day is rewound and Leo ends up back in the attic with Piper at 5:05am.)
Leo: What happened?
Piper: Nothing a little sleep won’t fix. It’s fine.
Leo: Didn’t you just say that?
Piper: I think I found where the next demon attack is gonna be. A pentagram, naturally. (Piper heads for the door.) Did Phoebe and Paige finish that dye yet?
Leo: I don’t know.
Piper: Excuse me.
(Piper walks out of the attic. Alpha and Beta appear.)
Leo: Why did you do this?
Beta: We didn’t. You did.
Alpha: You need to be more careful about your new powers, Leo. Reversing time can be very dangerous.
[Scene: Manor. Attic. Continued from before.]
Alpha: Our powers are not meant to be used for personal reasons, Leo. You know that.
Leo: I know. I didn’t mean to, it just happened.
Alpha: Yes, because you wanted it to happen.
Beta: You must be more careful in the future, learn to control your emotions.
Alpha: Control is the first discipline of an Avatar. Otherwise, our powers can become dangerous to others as well as to ourselves.
Leo: What do you mean?
Beta: Reversing time the way you did requires great power. It drains the Collective and it puts us at risk.
Alpha: And we must remain at full strength if we are to defeat the forces of evil, if we are to implement the change.
Leo: I get that but Piper’s my wife. She knows something’s up. I can’t keep lying to her.
Alpha: We understand your position, Leo.
Beta: But to tell her outright might cause her to overreact and mistakenly view us as a threat.
Alpha: As might her sisters as well.
Beta: They must come to the truth in their own time and in their own way, just as you did.
Leo: What if they don’t? What if Piper never sees the future you promised?
Alpha: You must help her to see it, Leo. You must gently guide her to it.
Beta: This is the burden that you took upon becoming an Avatar.
Leo: I’m not just an Avatar. I’m a husband and I’m a father, and I joined you to get that back.
Alpha: And you will get it back, Leo. You will once we have ended this perpetual battle between good and evil, once we have brought forth a better way.
(The Avatars disappear.)
[Scene: 16th and Mission. Alley. Piper, Phoebe and Paige are there. Phoebe and Paige are sitting in an old car with no roof or doors.]
Phoebe: Okay, it’s almost dawn and nothing’s happening. Can we go home and go to sleep now?
Piper: Shh. Just stay focused.
Paige: Right, focused.
Phoebe: Maybe you drew the pentagram wrong.
Piper: I know how to draw a pentagram, thank you.
Phoebe: Yeah, but did you use a felt marker? ‘Cause maybe the thickness of the tip led us astray a couple of blocks, huh?
Piper: We are not going home. What’s the matter with you guys? Do you wanna save an innocent or not?
Paige: Of course we do. It’s just, uh…
Piper: What? It’s just what? Now you’re not telling me something?
Paige: Leo’s what.
Phoebe: We just think that you may have been so eager to avoid Leo that you miscalculated the demon attack.
Paige: What she said.
Piper: All right, fine. I admit it. I may be avoiding Leo but that does not mean I am wrong about this.
Paige: Why? Why are you so upset with him? He’s been an Angel lately.
Piper: Yeah, well, that’s the problem. He’s been too perfect, even for him, and I just keep waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Phoebe: Why don’t you just talk to him about it?
Piper: I have, about a dozen times and he just thinks I’m crazy or something, which is why I am channelling my frustration into something useful.
Paige: I just want this demon to attack soon, so I can make my breakfast date with Kyle.
Phoebe: Yeah, see, breakfast is not a date. Dinner’s a date, lunch is definitely maybe a date. Breakfast? Always just breakfast.
Paige: As long as he doesn’t talk about the Avatars, it can be breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and I will consider it a date. (Phoebe’s phone rings.) Who is calling you at this hour?
(Phoebe looks at the caller ID and ignores the call.)
Phoebe: No one.
Piper: Avoiding someone?
(A car pulls up near by and a man gets out.)
Paige: Is that our innocent?
Piper: We’re about to find out. Get the dye. They have to become visible to attack. Let’s go.
(The man opens the door to a warehouse and Malvoc the demon is standing inside.)
Man: Who the hell are you?
Malvoc: It won’t matter.
(Malvoc punches the man in the chest and the man flies backwards. Piper, Phoebe and Paige arrive.)
(Piper tries to blow him up and sparks fly off his arm. He yells in pain.)
Malvoc: Kill them.
Phoebe: Throw the dye.
(Phoebe and Paige throw vials of dye into the air. Piper blows up the vials and it falls onto three demons making them visible. One of the demons throws an energy ball towards them.)
Paige: Energy ball!
(The energy ball is deflected back at the demon, vanquishing him.)
Phoebe: Heads up, guys.
(Another one of the demons throws an energy ball at them. Phoebe grabs a piece of pipe and hits the energy ball back to the demon, vanquishing him. Piper tries to blow up the third demon and he disappears.)
Piper: Well, that didn’t go too well. They were a lot more powerful than I thought.
Paige: He’s still alive.
Piper: Okay, let’s get him to magic school, and we’ll find out who they are.
Phoebe: And make more potions.
(Paige orbs out with the man.)
[Scene: Underworld. Cave. Demons are there.]
Malvoc: The innocent has been marked and territory staked. Soon, every mortal within the pentagram will be ours alone to prey upon.
Vassen: But the innocent lives. Our rivals…
Malvoc: Can no more easily kill than we can, now that the Charmed Ones are protecting him.
Vassen: Then how is the territory staked? As long as he lives, the Sokols could still try to claim it for themselves.
Malvoc: And we want them to try or, at least, make it look like they did. Witches don’t know who we are, right?
Malvoc: So we’ll put them on our rivals’ trail by making them think the Sokols attacked them.
[Scene: Cafe. Paige and Brody are there having breakfast.]
Paige: So, this place is great.
Brody: Yeah? You sure? I mean, you like the place?
Paige: Well, I’ve never had breakfast here but I’m sure it’s terrific. Yeah.
Brody: I guess I should’ve asked you out to dinner, huh?
Paige: It’s fine. I’m up this early anyway.
Brody: Well, you know, I figured since we got the first kiss out of the way and everything.
Paige: Out of the way?
Brody: Sorry. I didn’t mean that. I did not mean that. I-I just, you know, I’m rusty.
Paige: All Avatars all the time?
Brody: Yeah, something like that. It’s just that I’ve been chasing them for so long, you know? It hasn’t left much time for a social life.
Paige: Well, um, maybe it’s time you start changing that, don’t you think?
Brody: Yes, I think. It’s just that they’re so close, Paige. I mean, I know it, you know? I can feel it.
Paige: Ah! You promised.
Brody: You’re right. You’re right. That’s it. No more Avatar talk, I swear. (His phone rings and he stops it.) Hm?
Paige: Good. That’s a good start. (He smiles.) What?
Brody: It’s, uh, it’s vibrating. It just tickles a little, that’s all. (He turns the phone off.) It’s off. I promise. No more distractions. (Another phone rings.) That’s my emergency line. I gotta take this. Sorry. (He answers it.) What? All right, as soon as you get those numbers, you call me, all right? (He hangs up.) Intel just detected another unusual power spike in the area. Paige, this could mean some serious Avatar activity. Don’t you know what this means?
Paige: Yeah, yeah, I do. It means that you eat alone. I’m sorry.
Brody: Paige, come on. I… (to himself) Idiot!
[Scene: Manor. Kitchen. Piper is there making a potion. Phoebe walks in.]
Phoebe: You know, the good thing about getting up so early is how much you could get done. I mean, already today, I’ve made demon dye. I’ve saved an innocent. I e-mailed in my column, plucked my eyebrows. If it wasn’t for sleep deprivation, I would be okay.
Piper: What about the demons?
Phoebe: Yeah, I couldn’t find anything in the book to help identify them. But I did get to read up on the family history. Did you know that Beatrice Warren only had one leg? What is this? You making spaghetti sauce?
Piper: No. That’s, uh, demon blood. I got it from the salvage yard. I was gonna use it to scry for them after I make the vanquishing potion.
Phoebe: Wow, jacklebeet. So, exactly which state are you trying to blow off the map?
Piper: I don’t wanna take any chances.
Phoebe: We need two kitchens.
Piper: Do you know where the beetle toe is?
Phoebe: I think it’s up in the attic. Boy, when you’re avoiding something, you really do a number, don’t you?
Piper: I seem to remember someone doing some avoiding a little while back.
Phoebe: Yeah, if you’re talking about Leslie, you’re absolutely right. But my big sister gave me some advice that I’m gonna give back to you. Stop dodging. Just talk to Leo.
Piper: On the subject of dodging, who called this morning? Yeah. See, your “I’m covering something” look hasn’t worked since the sixth grade, so spill.
Phoebe: Okay, but you can’t tell Paige, because I don’t want her to get all paranoid.
Piper: Why would she get all paranoid?
Phoebe: Darryl actually thinks Brody had something to do with Sheridan’s disappearance. Yeah. That’s why I’m keeping it low-key. Darryl’s on his way over. We’re gonna talk about it while Paige is on her date.
Piper: Oh, he’s talking to us again?
Phoebe: Kinda. Baby steps.
(Leo orbs in.)
Piper: Hi. I’ll be in the attic.
(Piper leaves the kitchen.)
Phoebe: Well, go talk to her, would you? Hurry up. Go.
(Leo follows Piper. The doorbell rings.)
[Cut to the foyer. Phoebe opens the door.]
Darryl: Is this a good time to talk?
Phoebe: Uh, actually, yeah. Paige is out on a date. What did you find out?
Phoebe: Nothing. Okay, well, nothing is good, right?
Darryl: No. I mean, I can’t find anything. It’s like Sheridan’s disappeared off the face of the earth.
Phoebe: What are you saying?
Darryl: I think that maybe Brody did something to make Sheridan disappear. Something bad, maybe.
Phoebe: No. I don’t believe that.
Darryl: That’s because you don’t want to believe that. Brody may have saved your butts, I get that, but if he did something to hurt Sheridan, wrong is wrong.
Phoebe: Okay. Well, maybe I can get a premonition and see where she is.
Darryl: No. No magic. I told you. I’ve done some soul-searching. I wanna help again, but I don’t wanna go there anymore.
Phoebe: Darryl, you gotta get over this. I mean, really, one bad experience with magic can’t outweigh six years of good, can it?
(Paige walks in.)
Darryl: Hey. Hey, Paige.
Paige: Hey, Darryl.
Phoebe: Uh, I thought you were on your date.
Paige: Yeah. So did I.
Darryl: Look, um, tell Piper I said hello, okay? Take care.
Phoebe: Take care.
Paige: We’re friends again?
Phoebe: Yeah. Weird. Bygones.
[Cut to the attic. Piper is making the potion.]
Piper: Leo, please, this is not the time or place.
Leo: I just want my family back, Piper. I just want you back.
Piper: I don’t wanna talk about this right now.
Leo: Why not?
Piper: Because this is a little dicey here, okay?
Leo: I know that and that’s why we need to talk.
Piper: No, not that, this. If I make one mistake, I can blow up the entire house, okay? So, this is a bad time.
Leo: I just wish you’d trust me.
Piper: Yeah, well, maybe you should try telling me the truth.
Leo: This is so frustrating.
(Piper suddenly freezes. The Avatars appear.)
Alpha: This can’t keep happening, Leo. We’ve had this conversation.
Leo: I can’t help it. I can’t keep doing this.
Beta: You must keep up pretences. There’s no other way.
Leo: There is another way. I could tell her the truth.
Beta: Leo, you don’t understand.
Leo: I know Piper. She doesn’t wanna live like this any more than I do. She hates hunting demons all the time. She wants nothing but the best for herself, for her family, for all of us. She can handle the truth. I know she can.
Alpha: But if she can’t, if she’s not open to our way, it would risk everything we hope to achieve, everything we covet.
Beta: And cause her to lose perspective in the process, ignore what shouldn’t be ignored.
Alpha: Which would put her at risk as well. There’s too much at stake, Leo.
Leo: She can handle it.
Alpha: He needs to see for himself.
Beta: But what of the risk?
Alpha: It’s no greater than that of him, tapping into the collective without intending to.
Beta: Very well, but if anything goes wrong, everything may be lost. Our powers are not inexhaustible.
(The Avatars disappear. Piper unfreezes.)
Piper: What is the matter?
Leo: I, uh, I need to tell you something.
Piper: I’m listening.
Leo: Well, the reason I know the demons aren’t working with the Avatars is because I’m an Avatar.
Piper: What? Oh, my god.
(Piper drops the bottle of beetletoe into the pot and it explodes, sending her flying across the room.)
(He rushes over to her.)
Piper: No! You stay away from me.
[Scene: Manor. Attic. Piper is picking up broken glass off the floor. Phoebe and Paige walk in.]
Phoebe: What happened?
Leo: Let me help.
Leo: Piper, please.
Paige: Can someone please just tell us what happened?
Piper: The potion blew up, and, uh, Leo’s an Avatar.
Piper: Oh, you know, the gathering storm, looming threat, that would be Leo.
Leo: We’re not a threat. We’re trying to save the world from itself.
Phoebe: Wait, did he just say we? I think he just said we.
Leo: You know, you wanted the truth, and I told you. They said you had to come to it on your own. I said you could handle it.
Piper: Handle what, that you’re what everybody is afraid of, even the Elders?
Leo: They’re afraid because they don’t understand. They can’t understand. The Avatars are beyond Good and Evil. They’re everything we’ve been searching for, a life without demons.
Paige: Okay, he’s cracked.
Leo: No. I have never been more clear about anything in my life. Piper, I beg you not to be closed to this. It’s everything we’ve been searching for, everything we wanted, I promise.
Piper: I think you need to take the boys to Magic School.
Piper: Please. I need time to think about all of this.
Paige: Are you sure you can trust him?
Piper: I can trust my husband with our children. Now, please, go.
Phoebe: Do you think he’s telling the truth?
Piper: It would be a really stupid lie if he wasn’t, don’t you think? Sorry.
Phoebe: It’s okay.
Paige: What are you gonna do?
Piper: I don’t know, but we have a demon to vanquish first and an innocent to protect, so…
Paige: Yeah, but…
Piper: Look, just remake the potion for me, and I’ll go get cleaned up, and be careful of the beetletoe.
Paige: Okay, we have bigger things to worry about than potions.
Phoebe: I agree. We have to save Leo.
Paige: Yeah, we’re gonna have to ask for Kyle’s help.
[Scene: Underworld. Cave. Malvoc and Vassen stab two Sokol Demons in the back. They remove their arm bands and are vanquished.]
Vassen: Now what?
Malvoc: Put them on.
(They put on the arm bands.)
Malvoc: Because we’re going to attack the Charmed Ones next.
Vassen: Malvoc, that’s suicide.
Malvoc: Only if we die, but I only plan to fight long enough for them to identify us as Sokols. Then our enemies becomes their enemies.
Vassen: Fine. They’ll vanquish them, but others will still come to challenge us for the territory.
Malvoc: They won’t be able to after we kill the innocent. Those ancient rules are etched in brimstone. And after they vanquish our rivals, they’ll think the threat to the innocent has passed and then return him. We’ll need more of these.
[Scene: Magic School. Leo is there. A female Elder orbs in.]
Female Elder: Something’s happened, Leo.
Leo: Look, I don’t have time for this. I have to get back to Pi…
Female Elder: We’ve detected a power surge, a time shift. That could only mean one thing. The Avatars are making their move.
Leo: How do you know it’s them?
Female Elder: Because no demon has this kind of power, not since the Source.
Leo: So, what do you want from me?
Female Elder: We want you to alert The Charmed Ones. We expect that the Avatars will be coming after them first. What is it?
Leo: Nothing. I just don’t know how much we know about them, that’s all.
Female Elder: We know they’re a threat.
Leo: Why, because they have power?
Female Elder: Yes. The kind of power that in the wrong hands could be a danger to us all.
Leo: Okay, so, are we a threat?
Female Elder: I’m sorry.
Leo: Elders. I mean, we have a great power, but we’re only a threat to demons.
Female Elder: And your point is?
Leo: My point is is that we don’t know enough about them to fear them. How do we know they’re not a benevolent power I mean, who are we to judge them before even meeting them?
Female Elder: If they were benevolent, they wouldn’t lurk, insidiously waiting to make their move. They would show themselves. This is no time to lose your faith in all that we’re about, Leo, despite all that’s happened in the past. We need you on our side.
(She orbs out.)
[Scene: Manor. Piper walks into the dining room. Leo orbs in.]
Piper: Have you seen Phoebe and Paige?
Leo: Aren’t they upstairs making potions?
Piper: No. How are the boys?
Leo: They’re fine. Miss Donovan’s with them.
Piper: And the innocent?
Leo: Sleeping, still under the effects of the potions. How are you?
Piper: How am I?
Leo: I mean, with all this.
Piper: I don’t know. I have questions.
Leo: Well, you can ask me. I can answer them now.
Piper: What are they exactly? Or should I say, what are you exactly?
Leo: I’m the same man you married, Piper, someone who wants nothing but the best for his family.
Piper: And the Avatars are gonna give us that how?
Leo: By using their powers, our powers, to change what has always been, to remake what is.
Piper: That sounds like a load of crap.
Leo: I know it does, but it’s not.
Piper: You know, for all we know, they’re exactly like everything else we’ve been fighting.
Leo: They wanna end everything we’ve been fighting against, put an end to the struggle once and for all.
Piper: That’s impossible.
Leo: I know. I used to think it was, too, but now I know it’s not. They wanna make the world better for everybody.
Piper: And those floating heads that tormented you, they made your life better?
Leo: That was just a way to get my attention, make me open to a new idea.
Leo: Piper, think about it. A demon-free world? It’s everything we always dreamed about. Don’t you think we should at least consider that after everything we’ve been through?
(Three demons suddenly appear. One throws an energy ball and Leo dodges it. The second throws another one and Leo dives onto Piper, pushing her out of the way. Leo gets up and throws electricity at one, vanquishing him. The second demon throws another energy ball and it hits Piper on the arm. Leo throws electricity at them and vanquishes the third demon. The arm band slides along the floor towards the second demon. He looks up to see Vassen standing behind a wall out of sight.)
Piper: It’s just a graze. (Leo walks up to the demon and shoots electricity at him, vanquishing him. Vassen disappears. Leo walks back over to Piper and heals her wound.) They really want that innocent. I just wish I knew why.
Leo: There’ll be more of them.
Piper: Yeah, well, at least we have a way to find them now.
Leo: I don’t mean just them, Piper. I mean demons. And they’ll just keep coming back, over and over, just like they always have, unless we let the Avatars stop it forever.
[Scene: Brody’s Apartment. Hallway. Paige is about to knock on the door when it opens.]
Brody: Oh, Paige, I was, uh…
Brody: Okay. I’m sorry about breakfast. Okay, I didn’t handle it well. And-and, look, I know what you’re gonna say. I’m obsessed about the Avatars. I know.
Paige: That’s not it. It’s just that…
Brody: Look, it’s not gonna happen again, all right? I promise.
Paige: It’s not that. Leo’s an Avatar. He told us this morning.
Brody: What? How?
Paige: We don’t know. He didn’t say. He just kind of dropped a bomb on us this morning. We don’t know exactly what it means. (Kyle walks over to a closet.) Where are you going?
(Phoebe walks in.)
Phoebe: Parking sucks in this city. How’s he taking it? (Phoebe’s phone rings. She answers it.) Hello? Yeah.
Darryl: It’s Darryl. I’m stumped. Maybe you could use a little hocus-pocus to find out what Brody did with Sheridan.
Phoebe: Okay, uh, but now’s not really a good time, so can I call you back in a little bit? All right. Bye.
(She hangs up.)
Paige: (to Brody) What are you looking for?
(Brody pulls out a suitcase.)
Brody: This. Does he know where the others are?
Paige: Others who?
Brody: The other Avatars.
(Brody opens the suitcase and pulls out a vial.)
Paige: No, he didn’t say. Why?
Phoebe: What is that?
Brody: It’s a potion.
Phoebe: For what?
Brody: For killing Avatars.
[Scene: Manor. Phoebe, Paige and Brody walk in through the front door.]
Brody: Where is he?
Paige: Kyle, would you stop, please?
Phoebe: We are not gonna let you kill Leo.
Brody: You don’t understand. He’s an Avatar now.
Paige: No, he’s actually our brother-in-law.
Phoebe: How can you be so sure the potion’s even gonna work?
Brody: Because they killed my parents over it, that’s why.
Paige: One potion. That’s all you have. You cannot get even with them all.
Brody: Oh, the hell I can’t. Their powers are all tied together. You kill one of them, it weakens them all. They become vulnerable.
Paige: This is ridiculous. Leo did not kill your parents.
Brody: If he’s one of them, he did.
Phoebe: He just became one of them. Look, we didn’t come to you so you can kill Leo. We came to you to help us get rid of them.
Brody: This is the only way to get rid of them. When my parents uncovered this, they didn’t just discover a potion. They discovered a battle that happened five thousand years ago over our very future. They fought the Avatars then, and we gotta fight them now.
(They walk into the dining room and see the mess.)
Phoebe: What happened in here?
Piper’s Voice: Upstairs.
Phoebe: At least we know she’s okay.
Paige: Well, looks like the demons didn’t wait for us to go after them. They came here first.
Brody: How do you know the Avatars didn’t do it, huh?
Phoebe: You know, he’ll kill you first. You won’t even be able to get that bottle out of your hand.
Brody: We’ll see.
Paige: Look, I get that this is about your parents. I do, really.
Brody: Yes. It is about my parents, and, no, you don’t get it.
Paige: The hell I don’t. My parents were killed too, remember?
Brody: Paige, my parents were murdered.
Paige: Look. Leo is not the bad guy here. For all we know, he was brainwashed or possessed or something. Just, please, give us a minute. Just wait down here. Please?
Brody: Just don’t let him go, all right? I’ve spent twenty years looking for the Avatars. I’m not about to lose them now.
(Phoebe and Paige go upstairs.)
[Cut to the attic. Piper and Leo are there. Phoebe and Paige walk in.]
Paige: Piper, what happened? Are you okay?
Piper: No thanks to you.
Paige: What is that supposed to mean?
Piper: What it means is it would’ve been nice to have a vanquishing potion when we were ambushed, a vanquishing potion that you were supposed to make, by the way.
Piper: Yeah, oops. Where the hell were you?
Paige: I was at Kyle’s.
Leo: What were you doing there?
Paige: Frankly? Trying to save you.
Leo: Trying to save me. I don’t need saving. I know what I’m doing.
Paige: Do you know Kyle’s parents were killed by the Avatars?
Leo: That’s impossible. It goes against everything they believe in.
Phoebe: Well, you’re gonna have to come up with a better argument than that if you go downstairs.
Leo: Why is that?
Piper: He’s downstairs? Why is he downstairs?
Paige: You don’t wanna know.
Phoebe: He thinks you’re a threat, Leo, to all of us.
Piper: Well, he’s wrong.
Phoebe: How do you know?
Piper: Because. Look, I know this is a shock to everyone, but he didn’t have to tell us the truth. He wouldn’t have if it was a bad thing.
Paige: Piper, everything, and I mean everything, points to them being bad. Even the Elders think so.
Leo: Because they don’t understand.
Phoebe: So, what, we’re just supposed to take your word for it? How do we know you’re not possessed or something right now?
Leo: Come on.
Phoebe: No, Leo, I’m serious. How do we know?
Leo: Because they haven’t threatened anything we believe in. It’s all good.
Piper: We at least need to think about it.
Paige: Since when did you jump on this Avatar train?
Piper: When I started thinking about what my kids’ lives would be like fighting the battles we’ve been fighting our entire lives.
Phoebe: But it’s what we do. It’s what we were born to do.
Piper: That does not mean we have to die doing it.
Paige: Yeah, maybe you should try to talk to Kyle, hear his side of the story.
Piper: I don’t need to. I need to vanquish demons again.
(Piper picks up the armband and Leo orbs her out.)
Phoebe: Now what?
[Scene: Underworld. Cave. The Sokol leader and other Sokol demons are there. The leader pushes a demon against a cage.]
Leader: How is it you’re the only one who still lives?
Demon: I wasn’t with them. I swear. I don’t know what happened to them.
(The leader puts a fireball inside the demon’s mouth and the demon explodes.)
Leader: Something is not right. Why would Malvoc attack only to retreat? How would that help him get to the innocent?
(Leo orbs in with Piper. Piper shows them the arm band.)
Piper: Lose something? (She throws it on the ground. She throws a potion and vanquishes two of the demons. Leo throws out a huge force of electricity and fire, vanquishing them all.) What was that?
Leo: All part of the package.
Piper: That was a lot of power.
Leo: Yeah, when it’s used wisely. See, the Avatars could destroy us or force us to change, but they don’t. Isn’t that enough reason to trust them?
[Scene: Manor. Conservatory. Phoebe, Paige and Brody are there.]
Brody: How could you let him go? How could you let the Avatar go?
Phoebe: Okay, he’s still Leo, so would you stop referring to him as the Avatar, please?
Brody: All right, we gotta fix this, and we gotta fix it fast. Now, where did he go?
Paige: I don’t know. He orbed out with Piper.
Brody: But how do you know he didn’t go to alert the others? How are we supposed to stop them?
Paige: He didn’t. I promise.
Brody: How do you know? Huh? How can you be so sure? I cannot believe you guys let him get away!
Paige: Okay, something is wrong. He’s not acting like himself.
Phoebe: I think you need to orb that potion away from him before he does something stupid.
Paige: What if he flips out?
Phoebe: I think he already has flipped out. (Kyle shoots Paige in the back with a tranquillizer gun. She falls to the floor.) What did you do?
Brody: It’s just a tranq. She’ll be fine.
(He pulls out his gun and points it at Phoebe.)
Phoebe: What are you doing?
Brody: I’m killing an Avatar, and nobody’s gonna stop me.
[Scene: 16th and Mission. Alley. Leo orbs in with Piper and the innocent.]
Piper: He should wake up in a couple minutes.
Leo: Thanks, Piper.
Leo: For believing in me.
Piper: I always have. I always will. It’s the only way…
Leo: I know.
(The innocent starts to wake up and Malvoc appears. He throws an energy ball at the innocent.)
Malvoc: Thanks for helping.
Piper: What just happened? We vanquished them.
Leo: No, we didn’t.
Piper: Yeah, we did.
Leo: No, we vanquished the wrong ones. He had different markings.
Piper: What do you mean?
Leo: We were tricked.
Piper: Yeah, well, we wouldn’t have been if Paige and Phoebe weren’t off chasing Avatars instead of helping me.
[Cut to the manor. Conservatory. Phoebe is sitting on a chair and Brody is standing beside her pointing the gun. Leo orbs in with Piper.]
Brody: She’s fine. You and I are gonna have a little chat.
[Scene: Manor. Conservatory. Continued from before.]
Leo: All right, let’s just take a deep breath here. We can talk this out.
(Leo steps forward.)
Brody: I don’t want to hurt her, but I will if I have to. Your kind is responsible for a nightmare that won’t go away, for all those nights waking up in a sweat begging that the flashbacks were just a dream.
Piper: Kyle, please.
Brody: It’s not a dream, though, is it, Leo? You Avatars are as real as the air that we breathe and just as vacant. My parents were viciously murdered by them. So if I were you, Leo, I’d do what I say.
Leo: The Avatars couldn’t have killed your parents, Kyle. They believe in peace.
Brody: I’m gonna give you three seconds to summon one of your buddies here, so I can kill them. If you don’t, I’m gonna kill you.
Leo: I can’t do that.
Leo: Avatars aren’t the enemy, Kyle.
Piper: No! (Leo shoots electricity at Kyle and Kyle drops the vial as he is knocked backwards. The vial breaks on the floor and a thick grey cloud of smoke enters Leo’s body. Leo falls to the floor.) Leo?
Leo: Piper, wasn’t supposed to happen like this.
Piper: No, it’s okay. It’s okay. (She starts to cry.) No, no, no, no, not now, please. (Leo groans.) Leo? Leo, come on.
(She cries. Time suddenly freezes. Alpha and Beta appear.)
Leo: I don’t understand, how did this happen?
Alpha: The potion is real, Leo. It kills Avatars.
Beta: The Collective weakens with every last breath you take. We told you, the truth must come to them in their own time, not yours.
Leo: But, Piper, she…
Alpha: Understood, yes, but the others were not able to, and so we became the enemy out of fear and ignorance.
Beta: And an innocent was lost because of it.
Alpha: Everything was lost.
Leo: I was just trying to make things right with Piper.
Alpha: Of course. But you’ve learned, and now you can save yourself. You have it in you to rewind time to just before you told Piper the truth, if you hurry.
Beta: If we all hurry.
(They close their eyes and time rewinds.)
[Scene: Manor. Attic. Piper and Leo are there. Piper is making the potion but is still frozen.]
Leo: It worked.
Alpha: Yes, but at a price. All that’s happened has taken a great toll on our power. As it is, we may not have enough to implement our plan.
Beta: To rid the world of demons, to end the duality requires all that we had.
Leo: But if the sisters come to the truth, won’t their powers add to the collective?
Beta: Yes, but it may not be enough.
Alpha: You must not try this ever again, Leo. You can never tell Piper about us, not until she’s truly ready.
(The Avatars disappear. Piper unfreezes.)
Piper: Leo, please, this is not the time or place, okay? I don’t want to get into this right now. This is a little dicey.
Piper: Thank you.
Leo: You’re distracted.
Piper: Please, don’t tell me how to demon hunt.
Leo: I’m not. I didn’t mean to. Let’s just focus on getting the demons. Not too much beetletoe. You don’t want to blow up the place, do you?
Piper: No. Why are you being so nice all of a sudden?
Leo: I don’t know. I guess I just realized I can’t force things on you. If you’re gonna trust me, you’re gonna come to it in your own time.
Piper: Hmm. There may be hope for you yet.
Leo: Bottle up the potions. I think I know where the demons are gonna attack next.
[Time lapse. Piper and Leo are standing in the dining room. The three demons appear.]
(Piper throws the potions and Leo shoots electricity at them, vanquishing them.)
Piper: That was easy.
Leo: Wait. (Malvoc appears behind the wall. Leo walks over and sees him.) Hey. (Leo shoots electricity at him, vanquishing him.) All right, now all we have to do is get rid of the other gang and we can bring the innocent back.
Piper: All right, I give up. How did you figure all this out?
Leo: You don’t want to know, believe me.
[Scene: Rooftop. Paige and Brody are sitting at a table having a romantic dinner.]
Brody: Nothing. Just, uh, glad you gave me another shot, that’s all.
Paige: You didn’t think I would?
Brody: Well, I didn’t hear from you after I botched breakfast.
Paige: Well, breakfast isn’t really a date anyway, right? And dinner, much better.
Brody: And dessert?
Paige: Dessert, too. Dessert is good. You know, Agent Brody, you are a damn fine cook. Any other secrets I should know about you?
Brody: Other than my crazed obsession with Avatars.
Paige: Oh, you’re not so crazed.
Brody: No? Wait till I meet one. Forget that. Let’s, uh, rewind, and you can ask me the secrets question again, okay?
Paige: Do you, Kyle Brody, have any secrets?
[Scene: Manor. Bedroom. Piper is standing near the doorway watching the boys sleep. Leo walks up to the door.]
Leo: They asleep?
Piper: Yeah. Finally.
Leo: Look, I know you think there’s something I haven’t been telling you.
Piper: Leo, not now.
Leo: Just hear me out. There actually is something I’m not telling you, but not because I don’t want to. It’s because I can’t.
Piper: What do you mean you can’t? The Elders won’t let you?
Leo: Well, I can’t even tell you that. I can tell you you’re gonna find out soon. (She looks at him.) You’re gonna be okay with it.
Piper: Oh, yeah? How do you know?
Leo: I know you.