|Book of Shadows >||Season 8|
|Title:||8x01 Still Charmed and kicking|
to change appearance:
I call upon the ancient powers
To mask us now and in future hours -
Hide us well and thoroughly,
But not from those we call family
At the Halliwell manor, Victor is holding the reception for the
Halliwell sisters’ funeral. Piper and Phoebe are there in new forms while Agent
Case of Homeland Security is keeping an eye on things. When Janice Dickinson
shows up, it becomes clear it’s Paige in an assumed form and her sisters bust
her on it.
Paige is unhappy no one cares that she was dead except for leprechauns but they’re interrupted by the arrival of a mysterious man – Leo in a disguise of his own. Paige is interrupted by a signal from her charge, even though the Elders don’t know she’s alive. There are demons nearby making sure they’re dead and the Sisters refuse to encounter them. Phoebe notices a guy from the paper that she was attracted to, even though she never knew his name. Victor is approached by Haas, who pries into the Sisters’ cause of death and Leo’s disappearance, then offers to buy the house. Victor tells him to get lost and he leaves, only to meet with his demon minions and announce he’s sure the Sisters are dead. Haas plans to establish a foothold in the mortal world after Zankou’s defeat and Haas plans to rise to power and acquire the Manor after killing Victor.
Agent Case is calling off the case over the protestations of his younger partner Murphy – Case admits he’s faking calling off the case so that the Halliwells resurface, and Murphy will spot them. Phoebe in her other form approaches the guy from the office but Piper gets him out before Phoebe blows their cover. Wyatt is concerned about the fact he can’t recognize his mother, so Phoebe comes up with a plan to use the Book of Shadows to cast a spell to fix themselves each in one look but they will look like themselves to their family. They’re interrupted by Paige’s “jingle” Meanwhile, a leather-clad woman dons a black wig and weaponry, and goes out on some mission.
The Sisters come up with their new identities’ histories and cast a spell to “create” them, and Phoebe decides to go shopping now that they’re relieved of demon-hunting demons. Paige suspects Haas of being a demon and Phoebe hauls Piper along while Paige remains behind to “relax.” Piper is reluctant about the “big change” even though she now has the normal life she always wanted. Piper goes to check up on P3 and the guy running it, while Phoebe contemplates the loss of her column. Paige is griping to Grams about her lack of any real life and that she doesn’t know where to start. Grams isn’t thrilled about the fact no one consulted her about abandoning the Halliwell legacy. Grams basically tells Paige to live with her choice and go out and “find her thrill.”
Paige is having a cup of coffee when a guy hits on her but they’re interrupted by a purse-snatcher. Paige goes after him but loses the guy because she didn’t orb, then gets more “jingling.” The black-clad woman goes into a theater where a patron is having is energy sucked by a demon-type. Paige orbs in, following the Whitelighter “jingle,” and the demon attacks and stuns her. They’re interrupted by the black-clad woman who does some acrobatic moves and then redirects his fireballs back at him. She flees just as Paige wakes up, wondering who it was.
Victor and Leo are doing household chores and Victor expresses his concerns. After Leo leaves, an Elder arrives to console Victor about the loss of his daughters, and tell Victor that the Elders are considering raising the boys. Leo overhears them as Victor refuses and the Elder reluctantly accepts his decision. An injured Paige returns and the guys notice her, while Haas confronts the demon who failed. Piper is at P3 and notices Victor has been changing the club music and the place isn’t doing well. She covers by saying she’s Victor’s “niece” which is why she has the passwords for the club computers. Leo calls Piper to come back and deal with the situation, while Phoebe drops in at the paper and gets to hear them say nice things about her. Then she introduces herself as Phoebe’s “cousin” and doesn’t cover very well, then leaves. When she heads out, she runs into the hot guy in the elevator and gets his name – Dex Lawson. When they shake she gets a premonition of them marrying and going into the manor.
Back at the manor, the sisters get together as Paige is trying to locate the demon, much to her sisters’ dismay. Paige is feeling bad that she can’t respond to the calls for help, and talks about the woman who attacked the demon. Victor is putting the boys to bed when Haas arrives with two demons to kill Victor. Grams arrives to help Paige out , and Paige gets another signal. Haas confronts Victor but the black-clad woman arrives and the sisters hear the resulting battle downstairs. The woman disposes of the two underling demons but Haas makes his escape. It’s clear the woman has some kind of telekinetic powers, and she takes off after thanking the sisters.
The sisters suspect the woman knows who they are, or may have a way to home in on the calls that Paige has been getting. They figure they have to make a statement so the demons don’t keep coming after Victor and the boys, but wonder how to do it without alerting the demons to their secret IDs. At his home, Victor is confronted by Haas and more underling demons. Haas wonders who the women are and promises a painless death if Victor tells him. Victor identifies the sisters as “cousins” and then Wyatt orbs in. Wyatt blows up all the demons except Haas and Victor tells him to spread the word. Haas suspects that it wasn’t really Wyatt and the Charmed Ones are still alive. Piper was disguised as Wyatt and Phoebe as Victor, and they think their plan worked. They figure the mysterious woman is Paige’s charge and she’ll have to deal with it. At her home, the woman takes off her black wig and weaponry and reveals she’s a girl, Billie, who heads off to class.
|Director:||James L. Conway|
The scene when Billie crashes into the manor wearing a
black wig and a leather outfit is inspired by the ABC spy series
The sisters's and Leo's new identities are
Jo Bennett (Paige)
Jenny Bennett (Piper)
Julie Bennett (Phoebe)
Leo: "You know, like Louis Armstrong .. "
Leo's name choice Louis refers to Louis Armstrong, the American jazz musician
The actor who portrays the character of Haas, Mykel Shannon Jenkins, won the contest on "I Wanna be a Soap Star".
|Title reference:||The title is a reference to the phrase "alive and kicking".|
Jason Lewis (Dex Lawson)
Rebecca Balding (Elise Rothman)
Jennifer Rhodes (Penny 'Grams' Halliwell)
James Read (Victor Bennett)
David Levine (Middle Aged Man)
Keith Mackechnie (Leon)
Mandy McMillian (Front Row Patron)
Marisa Lauren (Taylor)
Amanda Sickler (Sophie)
Andrew McGinnis (Louis)
Christina Ulloa (Jo Bennett)
Dorian Brown (Brown-Haired Woman)
Harry Dhillon (Gregg)
Darion Basco (Dominique)
Todd Cahoon (Dominic)
Nigel Gibbs (Jonas)
Adrienne Wilkinson (Fake Phoebe Halliwell)
Glenn Morshower (Agent Keyes)
Derek Magyar (Elkin)
Mykel Shannon Jenkins (Haas)
Beatrice Rosen (Jenny Bennett)
Janice Dickinson (Herself)
Brandon Quinn (Agent Murphy)
Piper: What are you doing here?
Grams (about Paige): Trying to stop you from ganging up on your sister.
Piper: Well you're sort of dead...so this doesn't concern you!
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