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Written by: Alison Schapker & Monica Breen

Season 5, Episode 09

Episode No. 97

[Scene: P3. Piper and Phoebe are watching a band play. Paige is sitting on a couch near by and a cute guy walks over and kisses her on the cheek.]

Guy: You're mad, I'm late, I know.

Paige: Oh, god, no, not at all, don't worry about it.

Guy: Good, 'cause I'd hate to spend the weekend in Big Sur arguing.

Paige: What?

Guy: You and me, driving down the coast. Radio on, top down. All you have to do is say yes.

Paige: That sounds really great, but...

Guy: But that's not a yes.

Paige: It's just that's this isn't really going to work.

Guy: Okay, we can reschedule.

Paige: Not the weekend, us. I'm really sorry.

Guy: Yeah, me too.

(He leaves.)

[Cut to Piper and Phoebe watching from across the room.]

Phoebe: Oh.

Piper: Uh, there he goes. I really thought that one was a keeper.

Phoebe: Why, because he was cute and funny and oh, yeah, don't let me forget, deliciously yummy.

Piper: That's the second guy in a row she's dumped.

Phoebe: Uh, third, but who's counting. So you think she has commitment issues? Or you think she's just too picky?

Piper: I don't know, I'd love to speculate but I've gotta go.

Phoebe: Piper, if you haven't noticed, the Flaming Lips are playing at your club. My-my favourite group.

Piper: I know and that's why you're not going to scare them when you go back stage, okay.

Phoebe: Okay.

Piper: I've gotta go home because I've gotta interview magical nannies tomorrow and I gotta prepare.

Phoebe: Wait, magical nannies? You mean like Mary Poppins?

Piper: Oh, one can only hope, but no. Leo has arranged for us to meet supernatural creatures that have child care experience.

Phoebe: Creatures?

Piper: It's not like I can call a service and ask for a nanny to watch over my little Charmed One while I go off and slay slimy demons.

Phoebe: That's a good point. But don't you think it's a little early to be looking for nannies? I mean, you're not even showing yet, except for your boobies.

Piper: I'm telling you, they are large and they are definitely in charge but at least something is normal about this pregnancy. Okay, I'll see you.

(She gets up.)

Phoebe: I just... Can I...

(Piper leaves. Paige walks over to Phoebe and sits down beside her.)

Paige: Breaking up is such a downer.

Phoebe: Yeah, honey, well, practice makes perfect. Well, you know, I mean, if it's not right, it's not right. Why wasn't it right?

Paige: I don't know, I could kinda just tell it wasn't really going anywhere so I thought I'm gonna cut this one off at the pass before it gets messy and he likes me too much.

Phoebe: Okay, if you say so. At least you don't have to worry about if he's gonna attack again.

Paige: Is that some sort of Cole segue?

Phoebe: Yeah, well, now that you mention him, um, he hasn't contacted me in a while.

Paige: That's a good thing, right?

Phoebe: Yeah, it is for me, I'm just worried about the rest of humanity, you know. Cole doesn't just do nothing, which means he's up to something. And now that he knows that we're definitely not together anymore, I'm afraid that something might be evil.

[Scene: A bar. Cole is sitting at the bar, unshaven, drinking a shot of whiskey. Two thugs with shotguns walk in.]

Thug #1: Get out of the way! (He pushes someone to the ground. People try to escape out the door.) Where do you think you're going? You're not going anywhere. Get down! (He pushes another person on the ground. He fires his gun at the roof.) Nobody move! Everybody keep their hands where I can see them. Let's go! All your valuables, all your money! Hurry up! Watches, wallets. (Cole ignores the noise surrounding him and pours himself another shot of whiskey. The bartender reaches behind the bar and pulls out a gun. He points it at the thugs and before he can shoot, is shot down by Thug #1.) Come on, nothing's changed. Give me the money. Hurry up!

(A biker makes a run for the exit and Thug #2 shoots continually trying to hit the biker. The biker runs past Cole and a bullet shoots straight through his chest, breaking the glass of whiskey in his hand. The thug looks at his gun, wondering how Cole is still alive. The bullet wound in Cole magically heals. He turns to the thugs and telekinetically sends the thugs crashing against the wall. Everyone runs for the exit. Thug #1 reaches for his gun and Cole throws an energy ball, incinerating him. Thug #2 heads for the exit but before he can escape, Cole throws another energy ball at him, incinerating him. Cole roars, he can't believe what he's done. Two Avatars dressed in black suits magically appear in the room.)

Avatar #1: We've been waiting for this moment, Cole.

Avatar #2: Yes, welcome.

Opening Credits

[Scene: Manor. Kitchen. Piper and Paige are there. Piper is cleaning. Paige spills crumbs over the counter while eating some cake.]

Piper: Hey! Lady, I'm trying to make a good impression here, put it down, put it down, put it down!

(Paige drops the cake in its packet and Piper moves it over to the sink.)

Paige: On the nannies?

Piper: Yeah. I want the best and the best don't work for slobs.

Paige: We're not slobs!

Piper: Oh, yeah? How come I spent all night cleaning potions stains off of the ceiling?

Paige: That's gespacio, not potion.

Piper: Well, you know what? Blenders have lids.

Paige: Piper, you need to relax, okay?

Piper: I will relax when Leo gets here. We haven't had a chance to prepare.

Paige: What's to prepare? You're a Charmed One, your reputation precedes you.

Piper: Oh, you mean how evil barges in here all hours of the day and night hell bent on killing us? Not exactly an ideal working environment. (Leo orbs in beside Piper.) Oh, finally. I was afraid that the Elders drummed up one of their it can't wait assignments. (Leo gives her a look.) Can't it wait?

Leo: No, it can't wait. , But the assignment's not for me, it's for Paige. You're getting your first charge.

Paige: Are you serious?

Leo: Well, the Elders aren't exactly known for their sense of humour.

Paige: That is so great! I am now Paige Matthews, Whitelighter-Witch. I'm a hyphenate.

Piper: Wait a minute, since when are you psyched about Whitelighter duty?

Paige: Well, it is half of who I am. Who's my charge gonna be? Is it a Whitelighter-to-be? A philanthropist? A doctor?

Leo: Not exactly.

Paige: Oh, wait, don't tell me. It's a young girl, a witch, she's just coming into her powers, oh my god, I can totally relate to that.

Piper: You ramble when you're excited.

Paige: Sorry.

Leo: All I can tell you about your charge is that he is a good man who's lost his way.

Piper: And why is that all you can tell her?

Leo: Because the Elders want Paige to figure the rest out for herself.

Piper: Yeah, see, you're being vague.

Leo: You're charge's name is Samuel.

Paige: Samuel. Good strong biblical name. Okay, where do I find him?

Leo: The Elders aren't sure but they think that you should be able to sense his location.

Piper: So wait a minute, if the Elders have lost track of him, why did they suddenly think Paige can find him?

Leo: Well, the Elders have complete faith in Paige's ability, so do I. All we have to do is trust that they know what they're doing.

Piper: How are you supposed to trust people that don't answer your questions?

Paige: Okay, enough, Negative Nancy, you just scurry back to your tidying, I don't want anybody to rain on my Whitelighter parade.

Phoebe: Paige! Piper! (Piper, Paige and Leo walk into the parlor where Phoebe is coming down the stairs.) Hey.

Piper: What is it?

Phoebe: We have a demon to vanquish. Paige, what did you do with the vanquishing potion that you made for Cole?

Leo: Cole?

Paige: I tossed it.

Phoebe: You tossed it?

Paige: Well, yeah, it wasn't strong enough. I tried it on that letter opener that had Cole's blood on it but it barely even dented it.

Phoebe: Okay, well, you have to figure out a way to make another one that's strong enough, and fast.

Piper: Hang on a second, lady, what are you talking about?

Phoebe: Last night, two guys held up a bar and a vigilante killed them.

Paige: Sounds more like you need an arrest warrant, not a potion.

Phoebe: Not when the vigilante is talk, dark and handsome and can send people flying with the wave of a hand.

Piper: Well, that doesn't mean it's Cole.

Phoebe: Did I forget to mention the scorch marks?

Piper: That means it's Cole.

Leo: Why don't you, uh...

Paige: Let me handle this. Phoebe, being that I'm also a Whitelighter, I just want to warn you that, you know, maybe you shouldn't jump to conclusions and you should have all the facts before you act.

Phoebe: Actually, you're right.

Paige: I am good at this.

Phoebe: Well, you better start working on the potion because if I'm right about Cole, our truce with him is over.

[Scene: Cole's apartment. Cole is there. He opens the doors to the balcony and looks out. The two Avatars appear in the room. Cole turns around.]

Cole: I told you last night, leave me alone.

Avatar #1: Last night you crossed a line. The power inside you has grown.

Avatar #2: You have nowhere else to turn except to us.

Cole: I won't turn to you.

Avatar #2: Good and evil are such useless categories. Endlessly in battle, neither side ever winning. Gets rather boring don't you think?

Cole: And what are you?

Avatar #2: The Avatars.

Cole: Avatars of what?

Avatar #2: Force and power. And we don't have to limit ourselves to choosing between good and evil, we can drive them both.

Cole: What's that got to do with me?

Avatar #2: There are only a few but we are preparing to wield the power the likes of which this world has never seen.

Avatar #1: And we want you to be apart of it.

Cole: Let me make myself clear. I want nothing to do with you.

(He throws two energy balls at the Avatars but has no effect.)

Avatar #2: You can't fight us, Cole. It is futile to try. Sooner or later you will join us. It is inevitable.

(The elevator dings. The Avatars disappear. The elevator doors open and Phoebe walks in.)

Phoebe: Back to your old self again, huh?

Cole: Get outta here.

Phoebe: Did you kill two people last night?

Cole: I don't have time for this.

Phoebe: Well, you better make time for this.

Cole: I can't be good, I won't be evil. What do you want from me?

Phoebe: I want an answer.

Cole: Yes. I killed those two criminals. And you wanna know something else? It was easy, it felt very natural. Is that what you wanted to hear?

Phoebe: You just don't get it do you? They weren't only two criminals, they were two human beings, Cole.

Cole: Spare me the judgmental crap. You have no idea what I'm going through right now.

Phoebe: No, I don't and I don't wanna know.

Cole: Then why are you still here?

Phoebe: I'm here to warn you. If you kill another person, good or evil, I will vanquish you.

(She heads back to the elevator.)

Cole: You really think you have the power to vanquish me?

Phoebe: Try me.

(She walks into the elevator and the doors shut.)

Cole: I might just do that.

Commercial Break

[Scene: An alley. Paige and Leo are there. Paige steps over a large puddle.]

Paige: If this is where I'm supposed to find my charge you might've told me not to wear my Jimmy Choos.

Leo: Jimmy who?

Paige: My shoes. Ugh, men. So I'm guessing my wealthy philanthropist theory was wrong.

Leo: I told you he is a lost soul in need of saving.

Paige: Yeah, this definitely looks like a place where lost souls would hang out. Probably also some rats, some roaches, and human waste. Ugh. At least my cover will work.

Leo: Cover?

Paige: Social worker. Well, I have to tell Samuel something.

Leo: Well, in this case I don't think you're gonna need a cover.

Paige: In this case?

Leo: Well, every case is different.

Paige: Piper's right, you are being evasive. (Paige suddenly senses her charge.) I feel something, I think he's close.

Leo: You're sensing him?

Paige: No, it's more like a-a magnetic pull.

(They walk further down the alley and reach the back of a Tavern. The door opens and a drunk Samuel is thrown out, landing at Paige's feet.)

Bartender: And stay out!

Leo: Good luck.

Paige: Where are you going?

Leo: Nanny interviews.

(Leo orbs out. Samuel coughs and vomits on Paige's shoes. She pulls a face.)

Paige: Aww, great, this is just great.

[Time lapse. Samuel's apartment. Paige helps Samuel in, trying her best to keep him on his feet.]

Samuel: You're strong, for a girl.

(He sits on the bed.)

Paige: Thanks, I think. Ugh, well, here we are. Home sweet home.

Samuel: It's a dump.

Paige: No! It's... shabby sheik.

Samuel: It's a shabby dump.

Paige: Well, how about some coffee?

Samuel: How about you leave me alone?

Paige: Maybe you just wanna talk, you know, I am a really good listener.

Samuel: What part of alone don't you understand?

Paige: Okay, maybe some other time. But if you need help of any variety, just call this number and I'll be there, okay? (She pulls out a pad and a pen and writes her number down.) I'll be right there to help you.

Samuel: I can't believe the Elders finally tracked me down, with a novice no less.

Paige: Wait a second, you know?

Samuel: A little advice, you need to work up a cover. Didn't you read the Whitelighter manual?

Paige: There's a manual?

Samuel: I can't believe the Elders sent a newbie out after me.

Paige: Well, I can't believe the Elders saddled me with a cranky old drunk as my first charge.

(He stumbles off the bed and laughs.)

Samuel: You got spunk, I like that. Now go away.

Paige: No, I will not go away. I may be new at this but I was sent here to guide and protect you and that is exactly what I'm going to do. Like it or not! (A Darklighter appears and points his crossbow at Samuel.) No! (Paige pushes the Darklighter to the floor. The Darklighter gets back up and points the crossbow at Sam. Sam backs against a cupboard.) Duck!

[Scene: Manor. Conservatory. Piper, Leo and a really short elf woman with pointy ears and green eyes are there.]

Elf Woman: Sorry, I don't cook.

Piper: Cooking, that's a no, okay, got it.

(Piper marks something off on her clipboard.)

Elf Woman: And only light house cleaning.

Leo: Oh, that's okay, because Piper's a neat freak.

Elf Woman: If you don't mind, I have a few questions of my own.

(A quill and some parchment magically appear in the Elf's hand.)

Piper: Oh, of course you do, well, yeah, please.

Elf Woman: Am I expected to protect the baby from the incessant demon attacks?

Piper: I'd say incessant is a bit of an over statement.

Elf Woman: You are a Charmed One, correct?

Piper: Yes, uh, but that won't affect your job here.

Leo: Won't it?

Piper: No, honey, it won't. Whitelighters, they're such pessimists. Demons, you see, demons rarely attack us in the house, so...

(Suddenly, Paige orbs in with Samuel.)

Paige: Darklighter, incoming!

(The Elf woman gives Piper a look.)

Piper: This is highly unusual.

(The Darklighter appears in the room and shoots his crossbow at Samuel. An arrow hits him in the shoulder.)

Paige: Samuel!

(Piper tries to blow the Darklighter up but only blows up his arm. He screams in pain. Phoebe walks in and panics when she sees what's going on. The Darklighter disappears.)

Phoebe: Wh-?

Elf Woman: Consider my application withdrawn.

(The Elf Woman grabs her purse and magically disappears.)

Piper: Damn it!

(They rush over to Samuel.)

Leo: (to Paige) Don't touch it. It's poisonous to you too.

Piper: (to Phoebe) Is that who I think it is?

Phoebe: Mum's Whitelighter.

Piper: And Paige's father.

Commercial Break

[Scene: Manor. Conservatory. Piper, Phoebe, Paige, Leo and Samuel are there. Phoebe leans Samuel against the chair.]

Phoebe: It's okay, you're gonna be okay.

Paige: This can't be happening. I can't be losing my first charge.

Phoebe: You're not. Everyone with Whitelighter blood, back up.

(Piper, Paige and Leo take a step back.)

Paige: Leo, I can't believe you didn't tell me he was a Whitelighter.

Leo: Paige, just try and stay calm.

(Phoebe breaks the tip of the arrow.)

Paige: Calm? The Elders sent me to protect someone without telling me who he was.

Piper: I'd say that's a bit of an understatement.

Paige: Is there something else I should know?

(Samuel screams as Phoebe pushes the arrow out.)

Phoebe: Okay.

(Leo goes over to Samuel and heals his wound.)

Piper: Paige, go get the Book of Shadows.

Paige: Why? We know it was a Darklighter.

Piper: No, there was something different about that guy. You just go get the book.

Paige: Fine.

(Paige leaves.)

Leo: You alright?

Samuel: I'm still alive aren't I?

Piper: Long time no see.

(He looks at Piper and Phoebe.)

Samuel: Piper, Phoebe, how you been?

Phoebe: Last time we saw you, you were riding into the afterlife with our mother. What happened?

Samuel: They made me a Whitelighter again. And I screwed up again. I guess I never got over...

Piper: Losing your daughter? Yeah, that's the one.

Samuel: I've gotta get out of here.

(He gets up. Cole appears in the living room. He hides behind the wall and listens in on their conversation.)

Leo: Don't. She's your Whitelighter for a reason, the Elders are trying to help you.

Samuel: By reuniting me with the child they forced me to give up?

Piper: You knew about this supernatural Jenny Jones reunion, didn't you?

Leo: I was sworn to secrecy.

Piper: Ugh.

Samuel: It doesn't matter.

(Samuel walks into the parlor. Piper, Phoebe and Leo follow.)

Phoebe: No, hey, wait a minute. Aren't you forgetting someone? Like that girl upstairs that's trying to save your life.

Samuel: She's better off without me.

Phoebe: This isn't right.

Samuel: I'll tell you what's not right. The Elders setting me up.

Leo: You forced them to. When you stopped using your powers, you feel off the radar. The only way to find you was through a blood relative.

Samuel: I never wanted to be found. At least of all by her.

Piper: Don't you think she at least deserves to know the truth?

Samuel: The truth? That her birth father, the Whitelighter, is a two-timing loser and a drunk? (Cole disappears from the living room.) She doesn't need to know that.

(Samuel orbs out. Paige comes down the stairs with the book.)

Paige: Where's Samuel?

Piper: He, uh, he orbed out.

Paige: What? You just let him?

Phoebe: We couldn't stop him. Did you find anything in the book?

Paige: No.

(She slams down the book.)

Leo: Well, we're pretty sure that he's a tracker. They're stronger and more powerful than the Darklighters you've dealt with. They go after fallen Darklighters, especially those who are a step away from losing their wings.

Paige: Okay, if you knew all that, why did you send me for the book?

Piper: Because I didn't know that. Sorry. So we're gonna need a vanquishing potion. Why don't you two get started on that and Leo and I will go find Sam.

Paige: Wait a second, he's my charge, I'm gonna go look for him.

Leo: Well, he's been orbing a lot longer than you have, you might lose him. I have a better chance of finding him than you do.

Piper: Mm-hm, here, we're gonna go. We're going.

(Leo orbs out with Piper.)

[Scene: The Darklighter's Lair. The Darklighter is there holding onto his arm stump. He groans in pain. Cole appears near by.]

Cole: Get up. What's wrong? Lose your hearing along with your arm? I said get up!

Darklighter: I can't.

Cole: Stop feeling sorry for yourself. (He walks over to the Darklighter and pulls him up.) You're not the only one with problems.

Darklighter: What do you want?

Cole: A way out. And you're it. You are gonna help me destroy the Charmed Ones.

Darklighter: I'm not going anywhere near them.

Cole: Look at it as payback. (Cole waves his hand and the Darklighter's arm magically appears.) Okay, now you know where I'm from, I'm gonna tell you what I want. First, we go after the witches, then we go after that decrepit Whitelighter that you're looking for.

Darklighter: I want that Whitelighter dead now.

Cole: Patience. One of the witches is his long lost kid. Kill her and he'll be begging to die.

Darklighter: What now?

Cole: You're gonna need some extra fire power and I'm gonna give it to you.

(He waves his arm in front of the Darklighter.)

Darklighter: What do you get out of this?

Cole: Let's just say I'm looking for a show down.

[Scene: Samuel's apartment. Piper and Leo are waiting there. Samuel orbs in.]

Piper: Thought you'd lost us, did you?

Leo: We knew you'd be back sooner or later.

Samuel: What is with you people? Can't you take a hint?

Leo: We need to talk.

Samuel: I don't wanna talk. I wanna be left alone. Why else do you think I've been orbing all over creation?

Piper: Well, chickening out comes to mind.

Leo: Sam, I know it hurts.

Samuel: Oh, you know? How? How can you?

Leo: I-I know loss.

Samuel: Hubris of a Whitelighter. Thinking we know everything just because of who we are, well, that is crap.

Piper: Now you got a point there. So why don't you help us understand.

Samuel: You want to understand, do you? When you hold that precious little baby of yours in your arms and you love her more than anything in the world, and then you give her to someone else to raise and grow up with.

Piper: You and mum did that to protect Paige.

Samuel: I didn't work, did it? As soon as she found out who she was, a witch, a Charmed... (He starts to cry.) It was just a matter of time until I lost her again. And I couldn't handle that. Look, uh, it doesn't matter, just leave, please. Pretend you never found me.

Leo: It does matter, Sam. That Darklighter is not gonna stop until he kills you.

Samuel: Maybe that's my destiny, you ever think of that?

Leo: Look, come on, that is a cop out and you know it.

Piper: You really think the Elders brought you and Paige together so she could watch you die?

Samuel: Look at you, of all people, defending the Elders.

Piper: Hey, they may not be on my Christmas list but that doesn't mean they don't usually have a good reason for doing the things that they do.

Samuel: Like telling you you couldn't marry Leo?

Piper: I said usually. Look, if you don't want our help, that's fine. But maybe this isn't about you, maybe this is about helping Paige.

Samuel: Helping Paige with what?

Piper: Knowing where she comes from for starters.

[Scene: Manor. Kitchen. Phoebe and Paige are there. Phoebe is making a potion.]

Paige: So you don't know him at all?

Phoebe: You know, we run into a lot of people in our line or work.

Paige: Hey, once again, not an answer.

Phoebe: Can you pass me the cardamom please?

(Paige does so. Phoebe sprinkles some in the potion and starts humming.)

Paige: Okay, I'm just gonna take a guess now. Let's see, maybe the Elders gave him to me because he's a lost cause they couldn't pawn off on anyone else.

Phoebe: Toadflax.

(Paige hands her the toadflax.)

Paige: Just tell me if I'm hot or cold.

Phoebe: Um, okay, maybe the Elders thought you would actually learn something from working with him.

Paige: Like what? How to give up?

Phoebe: No, I think you pretty much got that down.

Paige: Okay, passive-aggressive, what does that mean?

Phoebe: Come on, Paige, you know you're pretty quick to judge people.

Paige: Like who?

Phoebe: Trevor.

Paige: Okay, Trevor is an orange, my charge would be an apple, I fail to see the connection.

Phoebe: Okay, take my word for it, you need to give Samuel another chance, it's important for you both.

Paige: Okay, enough with the cryptic. Tell me what you know and please don't change the subject.

Phoebe: Okay, you really wanna know?

Paige: Yeah.

Phoebe: Sam was mum's Whitelighter.

Paige: That would make him...

Phoebe: Your biological father. Honey, are you okay?

Paige: Great, I'm just great. I just don't quite see why the big secret. Why couldn't anybody tell me?

(Samuel walks in.)

Samuel: I should have told you. I'm sorry. I was hoping we could talk.

Phoebe: Go ahead, honey, I'll finish the potion.

Paige: Yeah, we can talk.

Phoebe: I'm here for you if you need me.

(Paige leaves the kitchen.)

[Cut to the conservatory. Paige and Samuel walk in.]

Samuel: You hate me, don't you?

Paige: Why should I? You're a stranger to me.

Samuel: That's a perfectly fair statement.

Paige: Spoken like a true Whitelighter.

Samuel: But not a father.

Paige: I had a father. One who made me proud to be his daughter, and it's not you.

Samuel: I haven't made you very proud have I?

Paige: No offence, but I don't know you. And I actually haven't spent a lot of time over the years thinking about you.

Samuel: Well, maybe you should. After all, I'm the one who gave you up at birth. That has to have caused you some pain.

[Cut to the kitchen. Piper and Leo orb in.]

Phoebe: Hey, nice job, you guys.

Leo: What do you mean?

Phoebe: Sam's in there talking to Paige.

Leo: What?

Piper: That's impossible. Sam refused to come back.

[Cut to the conservatory.]

Samuel: You can pretend all you want that it hasn't affected you, but we both know better than that.

Paige: How would you know? Who the hell do you think you are anyway?

(Piper, Phoebe and Leo run in.)

Leo: Paige.

Piper: That's not Sam.

Paige: What are you talking about?

Samuel: She's talking about this.

(Samuel morphs into Cole.)

Paige: You son of a bitch.

Cole: Wait, it gets better. Ronan!

(Ronan the Darklighter appears with his crossbow. Piper tries to blow him up but nothing happens.)

Piper: What happened?

Cole: He's immune.

Phoebe: Not to this.

(Phoebe throws the potion at Ronan but nothing happens. Ronan points his crossbow at them.)

Paige: Uh-oh.

(He shoots his crossbow and the arrow splits into three. An arrow hits Paige in the stomach, another hitting Leo's arm and when the third hits Piper's stomach, a blue force field appears and the arrow crumbles to the ground. Paige and Leo fall to the floor.)

Cole: Ooh. Let's go.

Commercial Break

[Scene: Manor. Conservatory. Piper, Phoebe, Paige and Leo are there. The arrows have been pulled out of Paige and Leo. Leo is lying on the floor with his head propped up on a pillow. Piper is kneeling beside him tying a cloth around his arm. Paige is lying on a chair while Phoebe dabs her wound with a towel. Paige groans.]

Paige: You can't stop the bleeding, can you?

Phoebe: Shh, just try and rest. (Piper walks over to Phoebe and Paige.) How's Leo doing?

Piper: He's been better.

Phoebe: I can't believe Cole would go this far.

Piper: Yeah, and why now? What's the occasion?

Phoebe: Because he's pure evil.

Piper: Yeah, but it's just not smart. And good or evil, Cole is usually smart.

Phoebe: Well, he's obviously lost his mind. I mean, he killed two people yesterday, in public.

Paige: I've been thinking about the vanquishing potion. Maybe if you mix three different ones...

Phoebe: No, you're gonna be able to make the vanquishing potion, just as soon as we figure out a way to heal you.

Piper: We've gotta find Sam. He's our only chance.

Paige: Then I'm screwed.

Phoebe: Don't think like that.

Paige: Why? Sam bails, that's what he does. This time it won't be any different.

Piper: It's different because now you're the one that's hurt. So you gotta find him and I will go get him and bring him back here and Phoebe will stay with you and Leo.

Phoebe: You can't go alone.

Piper: No, I'm not alone. Apparently the baby here prefers mummy to be indestructible.

Phoebe: That's a good point, you go.

Piper: It's up to you, you've gotta sense him. Concentrate.

(Paige closes her eyes.)

[Scene: Alley behind the Tavern. Samuel is asleep on some rubbish with an empty alcohol bottle in his hand. Ronan the Darklighter appears and points his crossbow at Samuel. Cole appears behind Ronan.]

Cole: I wouldn't do that if I were you.

(Ronan spins around to face Cole.)

Ronan: What are you doing here?

Cole: Protecting him from you.

Ronan: I kept up my end of the bargain. You said I could have him.

Cole: This isn't about you or about him for that matter, it's about me.

Ronan: What difference does it make to you whether the Whitelighter lives or dies?

Cole: I need him alive so he can heal the witch and their Whitelighter.

Ronan: Heal them? You wanted me to help you kill them.

Cole: Because I want them to come after me. You kill Sam, they'll come after you and I can't have that.

Ronan: You didn't have any intention of letting me kill him did you?

Cole: Walk away, Ronan.

Ronan: Why? So you can shoot me in the back?

Cole: You're smarter than I thought.

(Ronan points his crossbow at Cole and before he can shoot, Cole throws an energy ball at him, vanquishing him.)

Piper: Sam! (Cole hides behind a wall. Piper walks into the alley.) Sam! (She spots Sam.) Sam, wake up.

(She goes over and shakes him. He wakes up.)

Samuel: No, leave me alone.

Piper: Listen to me, Paige and Leo need you. The Darklighter shot them, you need to heal them.

(Piper helps him to his feet.)

Samuel: I don't know. It's been so long.

Piper: Well, there's no one else. You have to do it. Look, if you think you've screwed up in the past, now would be a good time to start making amends.

[Cut to the manor. Conservatory. Paige is shaking. Phoebe covers her with a blanket.]

Phoebe: He'll be here soon. He will, just hang on. (Sam orbs in with Piper. He sees Paige and rushes to her side. He holds his hands above Paige but nothing happens.) What's the problem?

Samuel: I can't.

Piper: What? Try again.

Samuel: It's no use. This is my punishment.

Piper: No, you will not sit there and drown in self-pity while Paige and my husband die.

Samuel: Don't you think I wanna save them? For god's sake, this is my daughter.

Phoebe: You can't heal her because you gave up.

Samuel: Everything I touch I hurt. All I wanted was a life for her free from magic and demons.

Piper: No, it was not. Paige saved us. She is the reason I am still standing here, she brought this family back together.

Phoebe: She has done so much good. All the pain and anger you've been hanging on for so many years, you've got to let it go. It's time to let it go.

Samuel: Paige, I am so sorry.

Paige: It's okay.

(Paige touches Sam and a blue orbing light surrounds him. The light vanishes to reveal a clean, shaven Sam.)

Samuel: What happened?

Phoebe: I think you just healed yourself. Now Paige.

(He holds his hands above Paige and heals her.)

Paige: Thank you.

Piper: Okay, thanks later. Leo now.

(Sam walks over to Leo and heals him. Leo sits up.)

Leo: Piper, are you okay? The baby.

Piper: Oh, she's fine. I don't think we have to worry about her at all. I'll explain later.

Phoebe: I'm gonna go get started on those potions. We have a Cole to vanquish.

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[Scene: Manor. Attic. Piper, Phoebe and Paige stand around a table. Three different coloured potions sit on the table.]

Piper: So you think this is gonna work?

Paige: These are at least as strong as the one we used on the Source, so yeah, I think.

Phoebe: But you can't be sure?

Paige: I can't be sure of anything until I try it.

Phoebe: That's not good enough.

Piper: Phoebe.

Phoebe: I want him dead. I want this over with. And if this doesn't work, we may not get a second chance.

Piper: Got it, kill him, dead.

Phoebe: Dead.

Paige: I have a thought. (Paige carries the letter opener with Cole's blood on it to the centre of the room.) No other potion has been able to destroy this since Cole's blood has been protecting it but if these potions are as strong as I think they are, then a little will go a long way.

(Paige fills three bottles with each of the different coloured potions. They each take one and stand near the letter opener.)

Piper: On three?

Paige: No. Me, then you, then Phoebe.

(Paige throws her bottle of potion at the letter opener. It sizzles. Piper throws her bottle at the letter opener and it makes a small explosion. Phoebe throws her bottle and the letter opener makes a large explosion and leaves nothing but a hole in the rug.)

Piper: Sure you wanna do this?

Phoebe: How can you even ask me that question?

[Scene: Cole's apartment. Cole is there writing a letter. He folds it up and places it in an envelope. The two Avatars appear in the room.]

Avatar #1: If this doesn't work, you'll have nowhere else to turn.

Cole: It'll work.

Avatar #2: But what a waste. Especially when you could have so much more.

Cole: I don't want anymore.

Avatar #1: You're not even curious?

(The Avatars disappear. Cole places the letter next to a photo of him and Phoebe. Piper, Phoebe and Paige orb in.)

Phoebe: Stand up. I said stand up!

(Cole takes off his wedding ring and places it on the table. He stands up and faces the girls.)

Cole: Come to vanquish me, have you?

Piper: Where's you hit man?

Cole: Oh, you know those Darklighters, they're just so difficult to work with. Can't even kill a lousy Whitelighter, let alone you.

Phoebe: But you could have.

Paige: You bastard.

(Paige throws her potion at Cole's feet. Piper throws her potion at his feet.)

Piper: Phoebe, come on.

Phoebe: I know what you're doing.

Paige: Phoebe, throw the potion.

Phoebe: You never really wanted to kill us, did you?

Paige: What are you talking about?

Phoebe: He could've killed you back at the manor, he had you alone. But you needed all of us to survive for your plan to work, including Sam.

Piper: Phoebe, have you lost your mind?

Phoebe: No, you said it yourself. It wasn't a smart plan. Unless you didn't really wanted to kill us. You wanted us to be so blinded by hate that we couldn't see what you were really up to.

Cole: Well, it's the only way out for me. And you want it too, so...

Phoebe: Yeah, but on our terms, not yours. We won't help you commit suicide.

Cole: You already have.

(He telekinetically pulls the potion out of Phoebe's hand and it lands at his feet. It causes a massive explosion, sending the girls to the floor. The windows and doors smash. The girls get up.)

Phoebe: Oh my god!

(The smoke clears and Cole stands there, breathing heavily.)

Paige: I don't understand, that should've worked.

Piper: Why didn't it?

Cole: They knew it wouldn't work.

Phoebe: Who knew? What are you talking about?

Cole: You can't vanquish me. Nobody can.

[Scene: Manor. Living room. Paige and Sam are sitting on the couches.]

Samuel: So, what are gonna do now? I mean, about Cole?

Paige: I don't know, it's a little scary being that he's basically indestructible now.

Samuel: Well, I'm sure you girls will handle it. Paige, I want you to know that giving you up was the hardest decision I ever had to make. Your mother too. If we could've done it over, we wouldn't have done it. But we weren't supposed to be together. A baby, we were afraid the Elders would find out.

Paige: It's okay, I understand, I really, I do.

Samuel: It still has to have hurt you.

Paige: I used to think that you did not matter to me at all. If I never met you, my life would be perfectly fine. I guess, uh, the Elders knew better after all. When you gave me up, you made a choice that gave me the most amazing gift. See, I got to have these tremendous parents and we, we loved each other fiercely. And now I have this whole new life with my sisters.

Samuel: What about everything that goes with it?

Paige: I choose to be a witch. I could've walked away but I didn't. And now I'm a Whitelighter to boot.

Samuel: That's my girl.

[Cut to the kitchen. Piper and Phoebe are there. Phoebe is looking through the Boook of Shadows. Leo orbs in.]

Piper: Any luck?

Leo: That little Elf, got a big mouth. All the nannies cancelled their interviews.

Piper: Oh, great. Well, if magical nannies won't work for us, then regular ones are out of the question. What are we gonna do?

Leo: Well, it's a good thing we have a few months.

Piper: Ugh.

Leo: We'll figure it out.

(Paige walks in.)

Piper: Hey, how did it go?

Paige: Good. Difficult but good.

Leo: He's a good man, it'll be good for you guys to get to know each other.

Paige: Yeah, I think I'm a little burnt out on the whole emotional roller coaster thing right now. Maybe I deserve a nice drive down the coast. I think I'll call Trevor.

Piper: Oh, that guy, yeah, that guy you just dumped.

Paige: Well, maybe I'll rethink that whole dumping perfectly nice guys before I give them a chance thing. I guess meeting Sam made me realise I kinda still have some abandonment issues I might wanna work through. (Phoebe puts her head down on the book.) Anything from you over there in the peanut gallery?

Phoebe: I'm sorry, I'm just freaking out. Having an invincible ex-husband is making me really nervous.

Paige: Well, the good thing is we've got someone invincible of our own.

Piper: I got you covered.

Phoebe: For now.

[Scene: Cole's apartment. Cole walks out onto the balcony and takes a deep breath.]

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