Lei Chao is the mother of Mark Chao.
She displays vast knowledge of Chinese legends and is constantly warning Mark of the dangers from her legends but, being a careless youth, he never listens. On his twenty-third birthday, this becomes his poison: while his mother warns him of dangers and pleads with him to stay home, he ignores her warnings and is attacked and killed later that morning. Lei is seen again later when Piper comes to talk to her, where Mark teaches Piper some Chinese so she can gain Lei's trust. After a few short sentences, they switch to English. Piper asks some questions to Lei who is very worried and looking for her son. She may have also sensed him due to the way she keeps looking over in the direction that Mark was standing. We then see Lei at her son's funeral where he tells her that she was always "right". He then kisses her cheek and she seems to feel it. Mark has a short conversation with Prue, Piper, and Phoebe by telling Prue to always celebrate her birthday. He then walks away and meets with his deceased father, departing for the afterlife together.
Notes and Trivia Edit
- Mark compares her to actress Shirley McClaine.
- She tries to get Mark to wear a necklace that later keeps him from entering the house as a ghost, which would probably mean that he would not have been able to leave his body, though Mark slides out of his body without difficulty.
- Her father or father-in-law was a chef (revealed by Mark, when he gives Piper his grandfather's recipe box).
- Her husband was in the Military and most likely died in battle.
Lei Chao appeared in a total of 1 episode throughout the course of the series:
- Season 1
- Dead Man Dating