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Written by: Jeannine Renshaw

Season 7, Episode 16

Episode Number: 150

[Scene: Alley. Paige and Piper orb in.]

Paige: Weren’t we here before? Doesn’t that mattress look strangely familiar?

Piper: It’s probably because we saw one just like it in the last alley and the hundred and fifty before that. They all start to look the same after a while. Now, where is this paragon of good we’re supposed to protect?

Paige: Hey, slow down. We gotta be careful, okay?

Piper: Okay. I just need to get home before Leo is sentenced.

Paige: Don’t worry. When the Elders hand down their punishment, you’re gonna know.

Piper: Well, this waiting business sucks. I mean, Leo was an Avatar for less time than it’s taking them to make up their minds.

Paige: Hey, it’s gonna be okay. You’re not gonna lose Leo again. The Elders still need him. They’re not gonna do anything rash. Besides…it’s Phoebe we should be worrying about. Her man’s disappearing tonight.

Piper: Her what? She didn’t tell me she had a thing for Drake!

Paige: Well, I mean, she didn’t tell me either, but, come on, he’s cute, he’s funny, he’s smart, and he’s destined to leave. I don’t know, that kind of sounds like her type to a ‘T’. I mean, really, how many times does a girl have to get hurt before she just kind of wakes up?

(A woman walks in behind Paige, carrying flyers.)

Piper: So you think she’s…the innocent.

Paige: No, I don’t think she’s the innocent. I think she definitely has a part in this and she absolutely…

(The woman walks up to them. Paige is startled.)

Piper: Behind you, the innocent.

Woman: If you women need a hot meal and a place to crash, there’s a…

Paige: Okay, hi. I’m wearing lip-gloss. Do I look homeless?

Piper: For god’s sakes. (Piper freezes her. A demon shimmers in. Piper blows the demon up.) I think Phoebe’s just been…unlucky in love lately.

Paige: Do ya think?! Hey! (Three more demons shimmer in. Piper gets the woman out of the way. Two demons throw fireballs. The woman falls to the ground, unconscious. Piper and Paige take cover behind a dumpster.) Uh, ugly metal…thing!

(She orbs a metal pipe. It vanquishes them. Another one blows a thorns. Piper blows her up, but one thorn hits her hand.)

Piper: Ah! Ah… (Paige pulls the thorn out.) Did we know that the female spits thorns?

[Scene: Manor. Paige and Piper orb in.]

Paige: Okay, we really need to have Leo look at this.

Piper: It’s fine, really. Leo! (Leo comes down the stairs, wearing his Elder robes.) Why are you wearing those?

Leo: The Elders made their decision. I have to go.

Piper: Right now? You can’t go right now. The boys are in school. We won’t be able to see… (Leo walks down the stairs.)

Leo: Honey, this isn’t goodbye. I’m just going up there to find out what my punishment is.

Piper: What do you mean ‘just’? You make it sound like it’s no big deal. What if it’s bad?

Leo: Well, then we’ll deal with it. Come on. You’re the one who said the Elders couldn’t yak me away, remember?

Piper: Well, that was before I had all this time to stress out about it.

Leo: Well, at least now we’re finally gonna know. I mean, that’s a good thing, right? The waiting’s been killing us.

(Piper sighs.)

Piper: Yeah, I know. It’s just…I have a bad feeling.

Leo: Me too. (He sighs.) But we’ve been through worse. You just have to have faith, okay? (They kiss.) I love you.

Piper: I love you, too.

Paige: Good luck.

(Leo orbs out.)

[Scene: Golden Gate Bridge. Leo is there with two Elders (Female Elder and Male Elder).]

Female Elder: Unfortunately, the council has been unable to decide your fate, Leo.

Leo: So, that’s good, right? I’m not going to be punished?

Male Elder: We didn’t say that.

Female Elder: We understand and we fully accept how being betrayed by an Elder, by Gideon, led you to the Avatars.

Male Elder: Still, that doesn’t excuse your betraying us.

Female Elder: The council has come to realize that the central problem is your effort to balance two distinctly different worlds – yours with us and yours with Piper.

Male Elder: So the only solution is to find out which world you truly belong in once and for all.

Leo: How?

Male Elder: A test, if you will.

Female Elder: You’ll be made mortal, stripped of your powers and your memories, and then you’ll be relocated.

Male Elder: If the love you share for Piper is so strong that you’re drawn back to her despite all odds, then you will live with her forever.

Female Elder: To live fully as a human without any interference from us ever again.

Leo: But what if I never find her, then what?

Male Elder: Then it means that your destiny is with us and we will welcome you, although you’ll never see your family again.

Leo: Are you out of your mind? I won’t do that.

Male Elder: You have no choice.

Female Elder: You have to know, Leo, this is not about punishing you. This is about helping you to find your way.

Leo: Okay, but if I end up with Piper, how do I know you won’t eventually butt in again? Or if I wind up with you as an Elder, how do you know I’m not gonna leave…by falling from grace?

Male Elder: No Elder has ever done that before.

Leo: You take away my family and I will.

Female Elder: We are not taking away anything from you, Leo. This is about you making a choice, not us. Don’t you see? This is the only way. Your heart will guide you to your true destiny, be it love or the greater good. Whatever way it turns out, we will honor it…as you also must.

Leo: Fine. I’ll do it. But first I’m going to say bye to Piper.

Male Elder: It doesn’t work that way.

Leo: Look…I said I’d take your damn test. I’m going to say goodbye to my family.

Male Elder: No. The test begins now! (He smacks Leo on the chest and Leo disappears in white orbs.)

[Scene: Road in Texas. Leo is standing there. A truck horn beeps and swerves to avoid him. The truck flips off the road and over. Leo runs over.]

Leo: Come on, we got to get you out of here.

(The driver groans as Leo helps him away from the truck. The truck explodes.)

Driver: Oh god…oh.

(He groans in pain. Leo has a flashback)

[Flashback: War Zone. Bombs fall and explode. Leo grabs a soldier and issues him orders as he runs.]

[Present. Leo picks up a small stick.]

Driver: Oh, hey, what the hell are you…you got any idea what you’re doing?

(Leo hands the stick to the driver.)

Leo: Bite down. (The driver puts the stick in his mouth. Leo grabs his arm.) Get in there.

(He resets the driver’s shoulder. The driver spits the stick out and smiles.)

Driver: How’d the hell you know how to do that?

(Leo checks the driver’s leg. He takes a piece of cloth and ties it around the driver’s leg.)

Leo: Doesn’t look too bad. They should be able to sew that up.

Driver: Finally got lucky for once, almost running over a doctor. You are a doctor…right?

Leo: I don’t know.

[Scene: Manor. Piper is watering the plants in the dining room. Phoebe, Drake, and Paige are there.]

Phoebe: What do you mean you don’t know?

Paige: Leo went to speak to the Elders this morning. Haven’t seen or heard from him since.

Phoebe: Well, that’s crazy. We’ve been to the Alps and back. How long does it take to hand down a sentence?

Drake: Well, in defense of the Elders, when you live for an eternity, time does get a little skewed.

Piper: Yeah, well, we’re human, so this is torture.

Phoebe: Well, this is ridiculous. (To ceiling) Hey! Listen, what the hell did you do to Leo?

Paige: I tried that already. Didn’t work so much.

Phoebe: Well, you know what? I’m not saving another innocent until I find out what happened. (To ceiling) You hear me? I’m not saving another innocent until you tell us what’s going on here.

(Female Elder orbs in.)

Female Elder: Don’t worry. Leo’s fine.

Piper: So then where is he?

Female Elder: Piper, the Elders came to the consensus that Leo has lost his way, so we’ve sent him on the path towards following his destiny.

Drake: Like the prodigal son out to find his way in the world?

Piper: Uh, you know what? This Elder-speak is not working for me. I need some straight answers. What exactly did you do to him?

Female Elder: We erased his memories and put him back on Earth as a mortal, somewhere you’ll never find him.

Phoebe: What? He doesn’t remember anything? He doesn’t remember Piper or his sons – nothing?

Female Elder: Not even having been an Elder.

Piper: That’s crazy. You don’t have the right to wipe out someone’s mind, an entire life, my life!

Female Elder: Leo was not just someone, Piper. He was an Elder, by his own choice. He knew all that that entailed.

Piper: Yeah, he was also a husband and a father by choice, and he would never abandon his family.

Female Elder: This was not an easy decision for us. We love Leo up there as much as you do down here. He wasn’t killed or recycled. I hope that you can find comfort in that.

(Piper walks toward her.)

Piper: I’m sorry. You just lobotomized the love of my life, and you want me to take comfort in what? You’ve got a lot of nerve, lady. Now, I don’t want to see you again or any of your kind ever again. We’re done with all of you. Now, please…go.

Female Elder: Don’t give up hope.

Piper: You really need to stop talking now. Please get out of my house. (She orbs out.) That’s ridiculous.

(She walks into the parlor. Phoebe follows. Piper sits on the couch.)

Phoebe: Okay, Piper, I know this seems really bad, but we can’t give up hope. Leo is out there somewhere, and I’m sure there’s lots of ways we can find him.

Piper: How?

Phoebe: Uh, I don’t know. We can scry for him, although he doesn’t have his powers, so that might b-be difficult. We could – I don’t know. I just, I don’t know.

Paige: This is your idea of a rah-rah speech? You’re supposed to be cheering her up, not pushing her off the ledge!

(Phoebe sits.)

Phoebe: Well, you know what, Paige? Maybe I’m just all rah-rah’ed out.

Paige: Huh?

(She sits on the coffee table.)

Phoebe: Maybe it’s time we face the fact that, you know, perhaps we’re not meant to find love.

Paige: That is ridiculous!

Phoebe: Okay, think about it. How many Halliwell women have actually been able to hold onto their men?

Piper: Name one.

Paige: Okay, uh…oh my God, you’re right. That’s so depressing.

Phoebe: Exactly. We’re destined to be spinsters, all for the greater good.

Piper: Might as well be nuns, with better outfits.

Drake: Now, we, all right, let’s… (He throws his gloves down.) Eighty-six that kinda talk, people. We will not give up on love. Repeat: Not give up on love. Love is everything. It’s the only thing. It’s why you’re here. It’s why I’m here.

Paige: Uh, I thought you were here to teach at Magic School.

Drake: There’s that, but the point is, you’re young, you’re hot, you got magic powers. Come on, the whole life’s ahead of you!

Phoebe: That’s really sweet, and we appreciate you trying, but you die tonight at midnight, and we have to keep fighting.

Drake: Yeah, I may be toast, but love never dies. You might as well die with me if you’re gonna give up on it. The point is, Leo and Piper’s love, it’s epic, it’s massive. It’s Romeo and Juliet, Anthony and Cleopatra, Brad and Jennifer.

Piper: All tragedies, I might add.

Drake: Better to have loved and lost and…yadda, yadda, yadda. But the point is, it’s not lost. I mean, he’s lost, but he’s not lost, you know? All you gotta do is find Leo.

Paige: Well, either way, if the Elders don’t want us to find him, we’re not gonna be able to.

Drake: They didn’t say that. They’re gonna leave it up to him. Come on, precious time is a-wasting. The longer you take to look for Leo, the harder he’s gonna be to find. Or we stay here and feel sorry for ourselves if you like.

Piper: My husband just developed a serious case of amnesia, okay? Give me a moment.

Drake: Phoebe? (He takes her hand and pulls her up. They dances her around.) If love isn’t worth fighting fore then… (He dips her.) What is?

(Phoebe laughs.)

Phoebe: Okay. This is what we’re gonna do. We’ll look in the Book of Shadows and see if there’s another way to find Leo.

Drake: Amen.

Paige: Okay. I guess I could check at magic school.

Drake: Now we’re talking.

Phoebe: Piper, call Darryl. Now that Leo’s mortal, he might be able to track him.

Drake: Amen! Can we go upstairs?

Phoebe: Wha…?

Drake: The B-Book of Shadows.

Phoebe: Yes!

(Drake and Phoebe rush upstairs. Paige orbs out. Piper gets up, but wobbles.)

[Scene: Texas Sheriff’s department. Sheriff takes Leo’s fingerprints.]

Sheriff: Well, that ought to do it. Once we get you into the system, we’ll be on the road to finding out who you really are.

(He puts the fingerprint card aside.)

Leo: Thanks.

Sheriff: Are you sure you don’t remember anything? I mean, normally, a person with amnesia remembers something.

Leo: I wish I did. Believe me.

Sheriff: Yeah. Well, at least we know you’re one of the good guys. Saved old Clyde’s life. (He chuckles.) You know, son, the paramedics told me that the way you fixed up his leg looked professional.

Leo: Instinct, I guess.

Sheriff: Seems to me that…you could be a doctor or medic or something. Anything ring a bell?

Leo: No. Nothing.

Sheriff: Well, okay. It’s okay. It’ll come to you. Just gonna take some time. You see that? Old Glen’s got you in the database already.

(The door slams. Leo is startled.)

[Flashback: Leo is blasting a demon with a bolt of electricity.]

[Present. Leo stares at the man.]

Sheriff: Son, you’re bound to be a bit jumpy. I’m guessing you went through some kind of hell to get here.

Leo: Yeah. Yeah, maybe.

(Sheriff picks up his hat.)

Sheriff: Come on. Let me take you over to Nadine’s, get you something to eat while we sift through the computer.

Leo: I’d rather stay here.

Sheriff: A man can’t think straight on an empty stomach. Besides, chances are you got some loved ones out there looking for you, and once we get the word out…well, they’ll find you soon enough. (He slaps Leo on the arm.) Come on.

(He and Leo leave.)

[Scene: Manor. Attic. Phoebe is scrying. Drake sits.]

Phoebe: We’ll never find him, not scrying anyway, and I don’t think we’re gonna make it to the Taj Mahal by sunset. I feel terrible about…ruining your last day here.

Drake: Hey, don’t scry for me, Argentina. (Phoebe chuckles.) I’m exactly where I want to be.

Phoebe: In a dingy attic?

Drake: Helping those I’m leaving behind, yeah.

Phoebe: Yeah, see, that’s the other really irritating thing… (Phoebe sits down.) You’re hell bent on helping Piper and Leo, and yet you won’t let us help you.

Drake: Phoebe, I made a deal. I got to be human for a whole year. Time’s up.

Phoebe: I know, but you made a deal with a demon. We’re the good guys, the Charmed Ones. Why won’t you let us help you?

Drake: Because I’ve done all I need to do to die a happy man, all except for one thing.

Phoebe: See Niagara Falls?

Drake: Make sure you don’t give up on love.

Phoebe: Please. Not that again. (She goes back to scrying.) Look, I’m just being realistic, okay? I have been heartbroken so many times by love that I’m just beginning to think that I’m supposed to live my life without it.

Drake: What…that is ridiculous. Nobody is. I’ve been demonic without love, so I know what I’m talking about. Love is transcendent. It’s miraculous. It’s also what can save Piper and Leo.

Phoebe: Yeah, well, I hope so, because if it can’t, I’m joining the convent.

(Phoebe puts the crystal down. Paige orbs in.)

Paige: Hey.

Drake: Hi.

Paige: Well, it looks as if the Elders had an original thought for once, because there’s no precedence for what they’ve done to Leo.

Phoebe: Yeah. We can’t find anything here either.

Paige: Okay, well, maybe I should try scrying for him. Maybe my Whitelighter side can tap into something in him? (Phoebe hands Paige the crystal.) It would be great to be able to tell Piper something good for once.

(Paige starts to scry.)

[Cut to downstairs. Piper’s pacing on the phone.]

Piper: Darryl, you have to do something, anything.

Darryl: Look Piper, I’m doing the best that I can, but the only fingerprints that I have on Leo are from World War II, and I can’t use them because they don’t match his photograph. He’s…too young.

Piper: Okay, Darryl, but you have to find him.

Darryl: I will. I promise. It just might take a little time.

Piper: Well, how long? Long enough that he has a whole new life, a new wife and new kids? That is not okay. That is not acceptable!

Darryl: Piper, just take a breath.

Piper: Okay look, I don’t need to take a breath. I need to find my husband! (She hangs up. She breathes heavily and starts going upstairs.) Oh god. Someone please help me. (She collapses on the floor. She stands up and starts walking up the stairs. She looks down to see her body.) Oh no. Am I dead again?

(Cole is standing nearby.)

Cole: No. Well, not yet anyway.

(He smiles. Piper goes over to Cole.)

Piper: I don’t know which is worse – the fact that I’m dying or that, apparently, I’m gonna be spending my last dying moments with you.

Cole: I’d say that’s what you should be worried about. You’re not looking so hot. (He smiles.) What?

Piper: What? Don’t what me, Cole. What are you doing here?

Cole: You called for me.

(Piper chuckles.)

Piper: I didn’t call for you.

Cole: You asked for help. Here I am.

Piper: Like hell. You’re the answer to my prayers? I don’t think so. That’s just plain…

(Phoebe and Paige rush downstairs. Drake follows.)

Phoebe: Piper?

Paige: Oh my god!

(They shake her.)

Phoebe: Piper! Piper, wake up!

Paige: Piper!

(Piper waves her arms.)

Piper: Yoo-hoo guys. Hi. Over here.

Cole: They can’t hear you.

Paige: Oh my god.

Cole: Or see you.

Paige: The thorn demon. I know I should have had Leo heal her.

Phoebe: Or maybe it’s the shock of losing Leo?

Drake: Or maybe both.

(Piper waves her arms.)

Piper: Guys, yoo-hoo! Look, really, over here. Watch.

(She tries to knock over the lamp, but her hand goes through.)

Cole: Nice try.

Piper: Shut up.

Drake: Ran into a few of these thorn demons myself. (He snaps his fingers and Piper’s body appears in his arms.) Those pricks can be vicious. Pun intended. The poison works slowly, but it’s also fatal.

(He puts Piper’s body on the couch.)

Phoebe: Wait. Fatal? Okay, I don’t see any other choice. We’re gonna have to call the Elders to heal her.

Piper: Over my dead body!

Paige: Are you kidding? Piper will kill us!

Phoebe: At least she’ll be alive!

Paige: But if it’s slow working, that’ll give us time. Maybe we can have some sort of options or something.

Phoebe: You know what? I hate this. I feel so out of control, like there’s nothing that we can do.

Drake: There’s something we can do. All right? We gotta find Leo.

Paige: Except he can’t help us anymore.

Drake: Actually, he’s the only one who can. You weren’t paying attention to my little love rant. That’s exactly what we’re dealing with here.

Phoebe: Are you saying she’s lovesick?

Piper: That’s ridiculous!

Drake: Yeah. And it could kill her. Happens all the time to the bereaved after they lose a loved one. Even if we heal Piper, she still needs Leo.

Cole: Pay attention. He could be onto something.

Piper: What do you know?

Paige: Okay, uh, maybe you and I should go down to see Darryl and help speed this whole thing up.

Piper: Unh, people, come on. It’s a poison thorn. Could somebody please go check the book?

Drake: I think I’m going to check the, uh, book upstairs, see what I can do for Piper down here.

Phoebe: Call us if she gets worse.

(Drake runs upstairs.)

Drake: Don’t worry. Love will conquer all!

(Phoebe and Paige begin to leave.)

Cole: What beauty. She doth teach the torches to burn bright.

(Phoebe walks back and looks.)

Paige: What?

(They see nothing.)

Phoebe: Nothing.

(They leave.)

Piper: Since when do you quote Shakespeare?

Cole: It’s a recent affliction, actually. But the demon is right, you know. It is all about love.

Piper: What are you exactly? Ghost, demon, poltergeist, nightmare?

Cole: None of the above. We’re caught in a cosmic void…between life and death.

Piper: I’m stuck with you?

Cole: No. If you play your cards right, you can get out of this nasty limbo. I’m the one who’s here for all eternity.

Piper: Paying penance for your evil past.

Cole: You always were the smart one.

Piper: Cut the crap.

Cole: And direct. I miss that. Actually no, I don’t.

Piper: Can you please just tell me what you’re doing here?

Cole: Simple. I’m here to help keep you and Leo together.

Piper: Right.

(She walks away. Cole appears.)

Cole: I’m trying to do a good deed here, make sure that you don’t end up like me, and this is the thanks I get.

Piper: I know what you’re doing. This is just a ploy to break out of your ungodly plane and back into our lives. See? I’m right.

Cole: I’ll be the first to admit I’m not above having an ulterior motive.

Piper: Exactly.

Cole: But I’m here for one reason and one reason only: To help you find your love while you still can.

[Scene: Diner. Nadine’s. Leo is finishing up a piece of pie at the counter. Waitress (Nadine) walks up and takes his plate.]

Nadine: Well, looks like you worked up an appetite being the big hero this morning. You know what? Since it’s on the house, why don’t you try something a bit more substantial?

(Nadine pulls out the menu.)

Leo: No, this is amazing. I think it was the best pie I’ve ever had.

Nadine: Oh, you know what? I’d take that as a compliment except that you can’t remember tying your own shoelaces. You know what? I bet you have someone somewhere who cooks for you just fine, when it all comes back to you. Hmm? Oh, I’m sorry. I tend to stick my foot in it.

Leo: No, it’s-it’s okay. I just wish I could remember

(He wipes his mouth with a napkin.)

Nadine: It looks like you had a wedding ring on, huh?

Leo: Yeah, I-I guess.

[Flashback: Leo gets on his knees. He slips an engagement ring on Piper’s finger.]


Nadine: Maybe she dumped you.

Leo: What? No.

Nadine: Yeah, maybe she smacked you on the head with some cast iron for cheating on her and knocked you out. Wish I’d done that when I found my husband cheating on me.

(She chuckles.)

Leo: She didn’t dump me.

Nadine: Are you remembering something?

Leo: It’s just…a feeling.

(He hears a woman giggling. Leo sees a young couple in a booth. He turns to the TV to see a man and woman kissing.)

[Scene: Police Department. Paige is sitting behind the desk, talking on the phone. Phoebe is writing across from her.]

Paige: (To phone) Yes. Amnesia. He doesn’t remember a thing. His family’s getting desperate. Yeah, we’ll send a photo right over. Thank you. (She hangs up.) Well, a hundred and fifty police stations down and another ba-jillion to go. It’s like searching for the proverbial needle in a haystack.

Phoebe: I know it’s daunting, but we can’t give up hope.

Paige: I’m thinking maybe that Elder didn’t want us to.

Phoebe: What are you saying?

Paige: I think she was trying to say something to us or at least tell Piper something. Why would she tell Piper not to give up hope if all hope is already lost?

Phoebe: So you think it’s some kind of test?

Paige: Well, if it is, it’s one we’d better pass.

(Darryl walks over with a file.)

Phoebe: Hey. Any luck?

Darryl: Well, besides the John Doe that you two found matching Leo’s description, you know, my guys have come up with two more so far.

Phoebe: Is there any way we could speed this up?

Darryl: I have as many men as I can on it without drawing suspicion from Sheridan.

(An officer walks over, handing Darryl a file.)

Officer: This looks like something you might want to see. John Doe just saved some guy’s life in Texas.

[Scene: Nadie’s. Leo steps out. He sees a big rig. It has a California sign on the front. The driver steps out. It’s the Male Elder.]

Male Elder: Can I help you?

Leo: I don’t know. Maybe. Are-are you going to San Francisco?

Male Elder: Want a ride?

Leo: Sure.

Male Elder: Well, hop in.

Leo: Thanks.

(He and Male Elder gets in.)

[Time lapse. The big rig drives out.]

[Scene: Manor. Attic. Drake is looking through the Book of Shadows.]

Drake: You got to have a remedy in here somewhere. Now, come on, damn it! (He hits the book. It flies to the floor.) Sorry. Sorry. Let a little bit of the old demon slip out there. Won’t happen again. (He reaches for the book, but it flies away. Drake crawls toward the book.) Come on, would you? I… (He notices the page and pulls the book onto his lap.) Tips for future Whitelighters? (Drake sits and puts the book in his lap.) “To my sons Wyatt and Chris.” Future Whitelighters, eh?

(He reads the page.)

[Cut to living room. Cole sits on a chair.]

Cole: Stubbornness is definitely a family trait. (He picks up a photo of Phoebe.) You’ve tried going upstairs twice, out the front door four times, and through the wall five… (Piper gets thrown out of the wall and across the room.) Make that six times. But hey, you haven’t tried the chimney yet.

(Piper gets up.)

Piper: I thought ghosts could go any damn place they pleased.

Cole: You’re still attached to your body. You’re not a ghost. But you will be if you don’t start trusting me. There is only one way out of here.

Piper: The last Halliwell that trusted you ended up burying your demonic spawn.

Cole: Not one of my finer moments, but Phoebe’ll make a great mom. Can you blame me for wanting to be the dad?

Piper: You’re wasting your time.

Cole: Now is that any way to treat family?

Piper: And you’re really starting to get on my nerves.

Cole: Why? (He stands up.) Because I know you so well? Remember, I go all the way back to Prue. I was actually at your wedding. The fact is, Leo and I are a lot alike. We both tried to change the world to save our marriages.

Piper: You are nothing alike and just because we have history doesn’t mean you know anything about me or love.

Cole: Like it or not, Phoebe and I were very much in love.

Piper: Yeah, that is until she suddenly fell out of love with you rather quickly, remember?

Cole: I’ll never forget. That’s why we’re doomed. But you and Leo aren’t. What you have is powerful, enduring.

Piper: Yeah, a lot of good it’s done us. He’s wandering around aimlessly with no idea who he is, and I’m in a coma.

Cole: Look, you have someone out there who needs you as much as you need him. Now, if you don’t have faith in that love, it’s not the only thing that’ll die.

[Scene: Nadie’s diner. Phoebe and Paige are there.]

Phoebe: Okay, if Leo’s not here, we’ve got nothing.

Paige: Maybe we should have come here first instead of traipsing all over the map.

Phoebe: Well, he can’t be far. The sheriff said that he just saw him here not too long ago. (Nadine comes our.) Hi. Uh, maybe you could help us. Look, uh, we’re looking for somebody, this guy right here. (Phoebe shows the photo of Leo and Piper at their wedding.) Have you seen him?

Nadine: Ah, yeah. Didn’t think a fellow like that would stay lost for long. Yeah, he left about an hour ago, hitched a ride on a big rig.

Paige: A big rig?

Phoebe: Any idea where they were headed?

Nadine: West, I think. Had some kind of California sign on the side.

Paige: Okay, I’m gonna call Darryl, have him get in touch with the highway patrol.

Phoebe: Okay, uh, look, we really need to find him and we’re running out of time. We need a car.

[Scene: Road. Phoebe drives a blue truck. Paige is with her.]

Phoebe: What was that intersection?

Paige: I don’t know. Just keep going west.

[Cut to the big rig.]

Male Elder: It’s a bumpy ride. I’m sorry about that. Newer rigs have better shocks. But, uh, hey, maybe it’ll jog your memory.

Leo: It does feel like it’s starting to come back some. I know somebody needs me.

Male Elder: I’m not surprised. I heard how you saved that man’s life back there.

Leo: Anybody else would have done the same thing.

(Male Elder chuckles.)

Male Elder: There. You are wrong there. Not everybody’s got the calling. Say, maybe this means there are a whole bunch of somebody’s out there that need you. Maybe it’s your love of helping others that you’re really looking for. You obviously have the healing touch.

Leo: I don’t know about that. Although it did seem familiar, like I had a purpose.

Male Elder: Perhaps you were working for the greater good – you know, helping people when you lost your memory. Maybe deep down, you sensed that the people that you were helping still need you.

Leo: I guess I have to hang in there till my memory comes back, huh?

Male Elder: Yep. Listen to that inner voice.

Leo: You know, you sound more like a man of the cloth than a truck driver.

Male Elder: In a way, maybe I am. You learn a lot about life on the road. I mean, sure, it’s lonely sometimes. But I take heart in knowing that whatever sacrifices I make personally, I’m still bringing people what they need, and to me, that’s what it’s all about. Say, I’m gonna be heading north here soon. You’re welcome to join us if you want.

Leo: Us?

Male Elder: O-Others who, uh, who think like I do. You know, who want to help. Of course, if you think that you’re meant to be somewhere else, I mean, that’s okay, too. Because, I mean, look, it’s up to you.

[Scene: Manor. Living room. Cole and Piper are there.]

Cole: I’m not quite sure what’s so hard to grasp. Love transcends every plane of existence. All you need to do is believe in it with every fiber of your being and just send it out to Leo.

Piper: What does that mean? I don’t understand.

Cole: I could never get through to you. I could always sense when there was something wrong with Phoebe.

Piper: Well, clearly Leo is not sensing that something is horribly wrong with me.

Cole: That’s because he doesn’t know who you are, which means it’s gonna take a bigger jolt from you to jog his memory.

Piper: You know, it’s odd how invested you are in all of this, considering I’m the one who helped vanquish you.

Cole: Well, you know, bygones and all, but you’re changing the subject.

Piper: Yes, I am. (She stands up.) And this is not gonna go any further until you tell me what you’re getting out of this.

Cole: Me? (Piper nods.) I don’t know what you’re talking about.

Piper: Come on, Cole. I know you just as well as you think you know me. So if you want me to trust you, then you need to come clean first.

Cole: I don’t want Phoebe to give up on love.

Piper: What?

Cole: She hasn’t been able to find love since me or at least hold onto it. And I know that’s my fault.

Piper: Well, maybe you should have thought of that before you decided to become the source of all things evil.

Cole: Look, I already feel guilty enough, all right?

Piper: Then why aren’t you talking to Phoebe about this instead of me?

Cole: Because you’re my only hope. I’m cursed to live in eternity without love for what I’ve done, and I accept that. But I don’t want Phoebe to be cursed, too. She needs love. She-she deserves it. But she’s not going to keep looking for it unless you give her a reason to. Now, you and Leo are that reason.

Piper: Okay. All right. So how do I do this love beacon thing?

Cole: All you need to do is let go so that you can move onto the next cosmic plane.

Piper: Oh, I see. You mean the one where I’m dead.

Cole: I know it sounds crazy, but it’s the only way to get through to Leo.

Piper: No. I can’t. I have a family. I have boys that need me. Besides, that doesn’t even make any sense.

Cole: Yes, it does. Think about how a person halfway across the world knows the instant their loved one is hit by a car. It’s because they’re struck with a sudden burst of love, a-a psychic shock, the kind of shock that can only come from the total loss of a loved one. You need to let go. You need to die.

Piper: And what happens when that doesn’t work? What happens when he doesn’t feel this psychic jolt? Then I’m just plain dead. I can’t take that chance. Besides, my sisters will figure out a way to save me. They always do.

Cole: But then you risk losing Leo and your boys for good. Can you take that chance?

[Scene: Big Rig. It stops where highway 40 meets highway 87.]

Male Elder: Well, this is where I head north. What’s it gonna be?

Leo: You know, I’ve been thinking a lot about that work you’re doing.

Male Elder: I can assure you, there is nothing more rewarding.

(Leo nods.)

Leo: It would be nice to have a sense of purpose.

(Male Elder sees a car stop behind him.)

Male Elder: You need to make a choice. Every man does.

Leo: I know.

[Cut to Paige and Phoebe. They unbuckle their seatbelts.]

Phoebe: This has to be it. I hope we’re not too late.

(They get out of the car.)

[Cut to Male Elder and Leo.]

Male Elder: Your destiny lies ahead of you. (He sees Phoebe coming towards them.) Which way is it gonna be?

Leo: Let’s go.

(Male Elder slaps Leo’s leg.)

Male Elder: You’ve made the right decision.

(Phoebe and Paige open the door.)

Paige: Oh, Leo. Thank god.

Leo: Sorry. Do I know you?

Phoebe: (To Male Elder) What are you doing here, and what did you do to Leo?

Male Elder: We let destiny run its course, and so should you.

(He grabs Leo and orbs out.)

[Scene: Manor. Parlor. Paige, Phoebe, and Drake orb in.]

Paige: Piper?

Drake: I got to you as soon as I could.

Phoebe: The damn Elders. None of this would be happening if they didn’t take Leo.

Paige: Okay, you know what? You’re right. We have to get the Elders down here. They’re the only ones who can help now.

Drake: That won’t do any good. Even if they heal her body, only Leo can heal her soul.

Paige: Well, unfortunately, Leo chose the Elders over Piper. It’s not like we can get him here and force him to remember his wife.

Cole: But you can. And you’d better do it fast. Trust me. It’s your only hope. And hers. Your destiny is with Leo. You need to learn to trust that.

(Piper turns into white orbs and moves back into her body.)

Phoebe: This can’t be a dead end.

Paige: You know what? Let me double-check the book.

Drake: I was very thorough. There’s nothing there.

(Piper gasps.)

Phoebe: What? What was that?

Piper: Leo.

Phoebe: Wait. I know what to do. Orb me to the bridge.

Paige: No, she just woke up. We can’t just leave her.

Drake: I’ll stay with her. You go work on her spirit.

Phoebe: Bridge, now!

(Phoebe and Paige orb out. Drake runs upstairs.)

Cole: You can do it, Piper.

[Scene: Golden Gate Bridge. Paige and Phoebe orb in.]

Phoebe: Look, we know you have Leo! Bring him down here now. (Male Elder and Leo orb in.) Leo, Piper’s dying. You have to come with us.

Leo: I’m sorry. Who?

Male Elder: He doesn’t know who she is or who you are.

Paige: You did this to him.

Male Elder: Leo has chosen his own path.

Phoebe: By you leading him there? How is this a fair test?

Male Elder: Some things are so important that they cannot be left to chance.

Paige: You need to come home now because Piper needs you.

Leo: Well, I’m there for all those in need.

Paige: Look, this is not a test.

Male Elder: He’s made his own decision. It’s done.

Phoebe: No, it’s not done. Leo and Piper are still in love. You can erase his memory, but you can’t erase that. It’ll seep into his consciousness until he remembers.

Male Elder: I know this is a great loss for you and that you’re going to need time to mourn.

Phoebe: No. We won’t. Because he’s not gonna leave. You can’t take him away from Piper. (Leo looks away.) Look, their love is true. It’s true love, and it’s bigger than you and—and the Elders and all of this.

[Cut to Manor. Piper gasps.]

Piper: Leo.

[Cut to Golden Gate Bridge. Leo hears Piper.]

[Cut to Piper. She gasps for breath.]

[Cut to Leo.]

[Cut to Piper. She falls unconsciousness and her hand falls.]

[Cut to Leo.]

Leo: (Whispers) Piper.

Phoebe: Leo? (Leo steps to the edge of the bridge.) Leo, what are you doing?

Paige: Leo?

(Leo spreads his arms out and falls off the edge. His Elder robes vanish. Paige and Phoebe orb to him.)

Phoebe: Oh my god. Leo.

(Phoebe kneels next to Leo. Male Elder orbs in.)

Leo: Phoebe.

(Side of Leo’s face is bruised.)

Paige: What the hell just happened?

Male Elder: He has fallen from grace.

Phoebe: Leo, are you okay?

Leo: Take me to Piper. She needs me.

Male Elder: Destiny has spoken. He’s made his choice. He’s mortal now. You should hurry.

[Cut to Manor. Drake is kneeled in front of Piper. Paige, Phoebe, and Leo orb in behind them.]

Drake: You’re too late. (He stands up to show Wyatt healing Piper.) Wyatt already healed her.

Paige: Wyatt?

Phoebe: Thank god.

(Piper sits up and smiles.)

Piper: Good job, baby.

(Phoebe sits. Leo kneels in front of Piper.)

Paige: Ah, okay. How did you know he could do that?

Drake: I didn’t. He did. He even put it in the book. (Piper smiles.) Looks like you got a second-generation Whitelighter on your hands.

Phoebe: Did you heal your mommy? You’re such a big boy. I’m so proud of you.

(Phoebe kisses Wyatt’s hands.)

Piper: I thought you were never gonna find your way home.

Leo: It was your faith that brought me back. I could hear you calling me, like you were right there next to me.

Piper: I had a good coach, an old friend. I’ll explain later. (She looks at Leo’s bruises.) That looks like it hurts.

Leo: Yeah. It doesn’t matter. All that matters is that we’re together again. I’m never leaving you again.

(Piper picks up Wyatt.)

Piper: Come here buddy. Come here. (She sets him on her lap.) Look who it is. Can you give daddy a hug? Hug, hug, hug.

(They share a hug.)

[Scene: Magic School. Drake is reading a book.]

Drake: ‘Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore, so do our minutes hasten to their end’.

Phoebe: I’m gonna miss Shakespeare.

Drake: Mm, that’s why I left you this. (He gives her the book.) The complete works to peruse at your leisure.

Phoebe: Thank you. I can’t believe it’s been three weeks already. I mean, so much has happened.

Drake: I know. It’s been such a whirlwind. The burlesque, huh? Big fan. Sherwood Forest. I mean, come on. Hold the tights. Thank you very much, and a real life Romeo and Juliet.

Phoebe: That’s just a typical week for us.

Drake: What do you expect? Come on. You’re Charmed.

Phoebe: Mm, you really helped me move on. Thank you.

Drake: Are you kidding? Thank you. I couldn’t think of a better day to die.

Phoebe: Mm.

Drake: Sorry. I also helped you find love, didn’t I?

Phoebe: Mm.

Drake: Come on. I did, didn’t I? (She shrugs.) Come on. I did. I did.

(She smiles.)

Phoebe: Yeah. You did.

Drake: Whoo, close one. If that doesn’t get me in heaven, I don’t know what will.

Phoebe: I’ll never forget what you did for me. I guess I fell for the right guy this time.

Drake: ‘Parting is such sweet sorrow’. He was right. I never knew what that meant till right now.

Phoebe: I just, I have to ask you one question, okay? How is it that you came into my life at the exact right time?

Drake: Oh, a little bird told me. Come on. What’s magic without a little mystery? Right. Travel checklist. Uh, leave reference books for next instructor, bring a little wisdom to some young minds, save epic love…bask in your loving gaze. Yeah, that about covers it. (He sighs.) Alas, pumpkin time. No need you watching my messy demise. (Drake gets up. Phoebe pulls him back down. They kiss.) (Whispers) Think of me when you dance.

(He gets up and leaves. The door closes behind him.)

Phoebe: I’ll miss you.

[Cut to Drake. He walks in, rubbing his neck.]

Cole: You did good.

(Cole appears.)

Drake: Thanks. So did you. I couldn’t have tasted life unless you set me up with that sorcerer. I just wish I could save you, too.

Cole: I’ve come to terms with my fate, especially now that I know it won’t be Phoebe’s, too.

Drake: So that was a pretty bold move sending in those thorn demons.

Cole: Well, I had to risk everything for this one.

Drake: Understandably. (The clock chimes midnight.) Oh well. Here I go. (Drake collapses on the floor. His spirit rises. His body turns into dust. Drake’s spirit stands up.) Okay, that was interesting. Ashes to ashes, huh?

Cole: If it’s any consolation, you did all that I asked for. You saved Phoebe.

Drake: I did more than that, buddy. I fell in love with her.

Cole: Understandably.

Drake: Farewell, my friend.

(Drake disappears in orbs. Cole vanishes.)

[Scene: Manor. Piper’s bedroom. Morning. Leo sits by the window. Piper gets up.]

Piper: Leo, are you okay?

Leo: I just can’t believe it. I don’t have powers anymore. I don’t hear jingling. I can’t orb.

(Piper sits up and sighs.)

Piper: Is that bad?

Leo: Are you kidding? (He smiles.) It’s great. It’s everything I’ve wanted ever since the day I met you.

(He and Piper stand up.)

Piper: Me, too.

(They kiss. Chris cries.)

Leo: Hey, you wanted a normal life.

(Piper smiles.)

Piper: Yeah. Uh, you take Wyatt. I’ll get Chris.

(Piper starts leaving, but Leo pulls her back.)

Leo: Um, I was thinking maybe pancakes and eggs. (Piper giggles.) How about you?

Piper: Sounds normal.

(They kiss and leave.)


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