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Written by: Sheryl J. Anderson

Season 2, Episode 07

[Scene: A museum. A tour guide is there talking to a bunch of people.]

Tour Guide: Legends hold it buried somewhere near a rocky desert, is a fable book, penned by ancient mystics, known as the Akashic Records. Believed to be a written account of all significant events throughout time. Powerful stuff. If someone were to get their hands on that, they could win the lottery or at least get tender. To know the future brings, obviously, ultimate power. Which is why everyone from Hera to Hitler has been looking for the records. But to find them, to find them, one needs a map. This tablet found in the Ivory Colls last year, is believed to be the very map. Although the engravings are of a lost language so far and undecipherable, even for scholars like myself but we're close. Whoever can decipher them first will know the exact latitude and longitude of the Akashic Records.

(You see a guy standing in front of it, writing something down on a notepad.)

Guy: Oh my God, that's it.

Tour Guide: Uh, excuse me?

Guy: Uh, no, no. Excuse me.

(He leaves.)

Tour Guide: If you follow me this way, I'll show you the next exhibit which is quite interesting.

[Scene: Bay Ridge Convalescent Hospital. The guy that was at the museum is there talking to his father.]

Guy: I cracked it, dad. The rest of the map. It was a transposition sequence just like you said and it's all in here. (He points to his head.) The location of the Akashic Records. Now, they're gonna come after me, just like they came after you, and I'm gonna be ready for them, dad.

(Phoebe enters holding a vase of flowers.)

Phoebe: Hey.

Guy: Hey.

(She puts the flowers on a table.)

Phoebe: How's he doing today?

Guy: The same. Thanks for always keeping his room so cheerful, Phoebe. I really appreciate it.

Phoebe: Oh, don't mention it. I mean, for all we know he knows they're here too, right? Isn't that why you keep talking to him?

(A doctor enters.)

Doctor: Eric, can I speak to you alone please?

Phoebe: Oh, uh, yeah. (She goes outside.)

Eric: I'm not moving him, Dr. Stone.

Dr. Stone: Eric, it's been six weeks. This faculty is not designed for long term maintenance.

Eric: Maintenance? This is my father we're talking about and he's gonna get better and he's gonna stay here.

[Cut to the hallway. Eric bumps into Phoebe.]

Eric: Sorry. (Phoebe has a premonition.)

Phoebe: Eric, wait.

[Scene: Manor. Piper's bedroom. She's putting clothes in a bag. Prue runs in.]

Prue: Ooh, ooh, ooh! I think Jack's a warlock.

Piper: Who?

Prue: Jack, uh, Jack Sheridan. The internet auction guy I met remember. I went to go get coffee, he was standing in front of me and then I went straight to the news stand and 'wham!' he was right there reading a magazine.

Piper: So he went from one place to another in a blink of an eye. So, you think he blinked?

Prue: Well, yeah, that's what warlocks do, right? Where's Phoebe?

Piper: She's volunteering at the convalescent hospital.

Prue: Great. Wait, you have to know if there's a warlock test.

Piper: How would I know?

Prue: I mean, well, you are a warlock magnet.

Piper: Am I never gonna live Jeremy down? You know, you had that Rex and Hannah thing at work.

Prue: Okay, fine. You get them in your love life, I've got them at the water cooler. What's up with the suitcase?

Piper: A little overnighter. Dan's friend is getting married in Tahowan. Dan invited me to come along.

Prue: In the same hotel, in the same bed type of thing?

Piper: That is yet to be decided.

Prue: Oh, so then this is just ... Tennis?

(She gets lingerie out of Piper's bag.)

Piper: Give it. (Prue gives it back.) Thank you.

Prue: I mean, you did test him though, right? You know, he's not a warlock?

Piper: He's not a warlock. No cats have hissed at him, he has not blinked, he has not tried to kill me or my sisters and steal our powers as which you know is a key indicator.

Prue: I need the Book Of Shadows.

(She grabs Piper's lingerie and runs out of her room giggling.)

Piper: Aahh. (The doorbell rings.) Oh, I'll get it.

[Cut to downstairs. Piper opens the door.]

Piper: Hello, you.

Dan: Hi, um, I was wondering if maybe we could get an early start. You know, miss traffic, get there quicker so we have enough time to ...

Piper: Relax?

Dan: Relax is a good word. (They laugh.) Any chance you could be ready in an hour?

Piper: Yes, every chance.

(Kit growls and hisses at Dan.)

Dan: I wonder what her problem is?

Piper: I gotta go now. Bye. (She closes the door and walks over to the bottom of the stairs.) Prue, did you find that warlock test yet?

Opening Credits

[Scene: Manor. Living room. Prue and Phoebe are sitting on the couch looking through the Book of Shadows.]

Prue: Nineteen warlock specific death spells and not one test.

Piper: What if it’s a conspiracy? Jack and Dan working together, sweet talking and the whole time they’re figuring out how to kill us.

Prue: Okay, now you’re being paranoid.

Piper: Well, how can we not, with warlocks and demons coming out of the woodwork all the time, it’s a wonder we trust anybody.

Prue: We don’t. (They find a spell.) Here it is.

Piper: To hear secret thoughts?

Prue: Yeah, we can hear Jack and Dan’s thoughts just long enough to confirm and deny our suspicions.

Piper: No personal gain.

Prue: Purely for protection. (Prue lights two candles.) Okay.

Prue/Piper: "As flame lights shadow as truth ends fear, open locked thoughts to my minds willing ear, may the smoke from this candle into everywhere creep, bring inner most voices to my mind in speech."

Piper: (thinking) Hey, she’s wearing my lipstick.

Prue: What, I can’t borrow your lipstick?

Piper: I didn’t say that, Prue, I thought it.

Prue: (thinking) Whatever, just learn to share.

Piper: I heard that. This could be dangerous.

(Phoebe enters.)

Phoebe: (thinking) Stay calm, calm down. Book of Shadows, needles and warlocks, and Eric’s in trouble, find out who, find out what.

Piper: The hospital hottie?

Phoebe: What?

Prue: Uh, how’s Eric? Did you see him today?

Phoebe: Why’s the Book of Shadows down here, girls?

Prue: Jack blinked.

Piper: And Kit hissed at Dan.

Prue: Right, and we think that they may be warlocks, so we were looking for a test so we could test them.

Phoebe: Hello, paranoid.

Piper: We are not.

Prue: Able to find a spell in the Book of Shadows.

Phoebe: Well, just prick him. Warlocks don’t bleed, so if there’s no blood you’ve got your answer.

Piper: (thinking) Who knew?

Prue: (thinking) Phoebe did. The spell, don’t tell her.

Piper: Shouldn’t we reverse it?

Prue: Not until we really…

Phoebe: Are you two okay?

Piper: So how’s Eric? Has he asked you out yet?

Phoebe: No, but he’s in trouble. I had a premonition today. A demon or warlock maybe, with a needle thingy on his finger and he was sticking it into Eric’s head. So, I came home to see what we were up against. You guys go deal with Jack and Dan, and I’ll go look on the Internet. I’ll tell you if I find anything.

Prue: (thinking) Great, we’re surrounded by warlocks.

Piper: (thinking) Yeah, next time get your own damn lip stick.

Prue: I heard that.

Piper: I love you.

Prue: (thinking) Bite me.

[Scene: Bucklands. Prue’s office. Jack enters wearing a bright shirt.]

Jack: Prue!

Prue: Jack, you actually wear that to work?

Jack: (thinking) Ohh, feisty, feisty. (Out loud.) Well, when work puts me in front of an online server, handling 5 million online awesome hits a day, yeah I do. What’s the emergency?

Prue: Fersuang.

Jack: (thinking) My what?

Prue: Fersuang Publications, the German conglomerate. You handled their C.E.O. Bronze ----- Collection for the internet auction, right?

Jack: (thinking) Be careful, she suspects. (out loud) Yeah, of course.

Prue: Well, I need some bronzes checked out. Who did your validation?

Jack: Validation?

Prue: You do have people’s collections validated don’t you?

Jack: (thinking) Mostly I put people in graves or incinerate them. (out loud) Oh, yeah. It was Walt Potarg at Berkley School and design. He was the best. (thinking) If she finds out that I’m lying, she’s gonna die. (out loud) Well, you know what? I’m a little late, gotta go. Good to see you again. (He leaves.)

Prue: Your dying first.

[Scene: Manor. The doorbell rings. Piper answers it.]

Dan: You ready?

Piper: Um, can you come in?

(He comes in and Piper closes the door.)

Dan: Where’s your suitcase?

Piper: Upstairs.

Dan: I see. (thinking) Uh-oh, cold feet, she’s backing out. It’s okay, don’t push it, don’t push it.

Piper: Look, don’t move. (She freezes him.) Okay, um, this is gonna hurt me a lot more than it gonna hurt you. (She pricks his arm with a needle. Phoebe runs down the stairs)

Phoebe: Piper, we have to get to Eric. What’s the matter?

Piper: He didn’t bleed, he’s not bleeding, there’s no blood, there’s nothing.

Phoebe: Yeah, of course he’s not bleeding, he’s frozen.

Piper: Yeah, right. Okay go back upstairs.

(Phoebe runs back up the stairs.)

Piper: Okay. (Dan unfreezes and he bleeds.)

Dan: Ow! What the hell was that?

Piper: You’re bleeding. (She touches his hand.)

Dan: Just a little bit. (thinking) Love her touch. If she doesn’t wanna go, it’s okay, don’t force it.

Piper: Dan, I really want to go.

Dan: But…

(Phoebe comes down the stairs.)

Piper: He’s bleeding.

Phoebe: He’s lucky. Hi, listen Dan, I have to borrow Piper for just a little while but I’ll have her back soon, okay. (Phoebe stares at his butt.) (thinking) Nice butt.

Piper: Hey! Hey, you hang in there and I’ll be back in time.

Dan: Yeah, I hope so. (Piper opens the door and Kit growls.) Oh, that’s what’s scaring Kit. You got hornets. That’s probably what stung me too.

Piper: Yeah, um, probably. Okay, gotta go, don’t leave without me. (Dan leaves.)

Phoebe: Okay, gotta go, gotta go.

(They put on their coats.)

Piper: Uh huh, uh huh.

[Scene: Eric’s apartment building. Phoebe and Piper are walking down the hallway.]

Phoebe: They’re called Collectors. They’re a warlock… (Someone walks past them.) They are a warlock breed that drains knowledge out of peoples brains with that weird finger I saw.

Piper: The book didn’t say how to vanquish them?

Phoebe: No, it just said their hunger for knowledge is your all.

Piper: Okay, whatever that means. Are you sure this is where he lives?

Phoebe: The hospital record said 5D.Here it is.

[Cut to inside Eric’s room. Two Collectors are there and are holding Eric down on a table. One Collector’s finger turns into a needle. Piper and Phoebe walk in and Piper freezes them.]

Piper: Okey-dokey.

Phoebe: Oh my God, that is Dr. Stone. Eric’s dad’s doctor.

Piper: Alright, let’s get him outta here. We’ll figure out what they want later. Are you ready? Do your little thingy.

Phoebe: Okay.

(They unfreeze and Phoebe starts doing karate on them. Eric gets a gun out of a drawer.)

Eric: Get back.

(Eric shoots them.)

Phoebe: Oh my God. (They stand back up.) Okay, let’s go, let’s go. (They run outside.)

Commercial Break

[Scene: Manor. Kitchen.]

Eric: They’re the one’s who put my father in the hospital. They took his mind.

Piper: Who do you think they are?

Eric: (thinking) NCA, CIA, who knows? (out loud) Somebody in bullet proof vests. The question is- who are you?

Phoebe: Friends.

Eric: (thinking) Yeah, right. They’re after the Akashic Records too.

Piper: What are the Akashic Records?

Eric: I knew it.

Phoebe: Wait, what did you just say.

Piper: The Akashic Records, what are they?

Eric: You tell me.

Phoebe: I’ll tell you. They’re a book of ancient prophecies. The future of the world down to the smallest detail hidden away and lost for centuries. But it’s just a legend. How did you…

Eric: You’re well informed.

Phoebe: I read a lot. Piper, how did you know that?

Piper: I’ll tell you later. So, they want those records and they want Eric because he knows how to find them, right?

Eric: Who are you people?

Piper: What if it’s not a legend? Say they’re real. What happens if the bad guys get these records

Phoebe: And they use the future against us? No more us. The bad guys win.

Eric: I gotta get my father outta there.

Phoebe: No, wait, Eric.

Eric: He’s stuck in the hospital and Dr. Stone’s in on it.

Phoebe: Eric, it is not about your father anymore. It’s about you. Especially if they think you know how to find the Akashic Records.

Eric: Try and stop me. (Phoebe grabs his arm and she flips him and he lands on his back on the floor. She sits on top of him.) How?

(Prue enters.)

Prue: Entertaining guests I see.

Phoebe: Hi! (Eric tries to get up.) Piper, could you help me out a little?

(Piper freezes Eric.)

Prue: Who’s the cute boy?

Phoebe: He’s Eric, from the hospital. Two warlocks called Collectors wants what’s in his brain. The location of the Akashic Records. (Phoebe gets off Eric.)

Piper: (thinking) The lost text that predicts all future events. Collectors get it, the world’s a goner.

Phoebe: It’s a …

Prue: It’s a lost text that predicts all future events. The collectors get it, the worlds a goner. I know.

Phoebe: Okay, does someone wanna tell me what’s going on here?

Piper: (thinking) Have to tell her now.

Prue: Okay, um, Phoebe. See Piper and I didn’t really know about the whole pricking thing to expose a warlock. So, we sort of cast a little hearing thoughts spell, just to find things out.

Phoebe: Oh, a hearing thoughts spell.

Piper: (thinking) Dan’s clean by the way.

Prue: (thinking) Glad to hear it. Jack’s not.

Phoebe: Wait, are you guys thinking something about me right now?

Prue: No. Does Eric know witches and warlocks?

Piper: No, he thinks it’s a government conspiracy. How do you know Jack’s a warlock?

Prue: I heard his thoughts and they are bad, really bad. You know graves, dead people, burnt bodies.

Phoebe: Did you prick him?

Prue: No, that’s why I need Piper. Freeze him, prick him and then vanquish him if necessary.

(Piper sees a dagger on the table.)

Piper: Where’d you get that?

Prue: Oh, remember the troubled priest with the warlock brothers? Well, they left this behind and I’ve sort of hung on to it just in case we needed it for future warlock use.

Phoebe: Wow, it’s been a while but it seems like they’re everywhere. Okay, you two go to it, I’ll stay here.

Piper: What if the collector’s show up?

Phoebe: Well, just get back before they do. Don’t lose that dagger.

(Phoebe sits back on Eric.)

Prue: (thinking) We have to go kill a warlock while she gets to sit on some guys…

Phoebe: Hey, hey, hey.

Prue: You heard that?

Phoebe: Like I need a hearing thoughts spell to know what you’re thinking. (Piper unfreezes Eric.) Now, are you gonna behave?

Eric: Do I have a choice?

[Scene: Outside the museum. Dr Stone is there. The other Collector walks up to him.]

Dr. Stone: Did you find Eric.

Collector: No.

Dr. Stone: Not good. He’s been protected by a time freezing witch.

Collector: And Bruce Lee’s little sister.

Dr. Stone: The Akashic Records are within our reach.

Collector: It’s going to be very difficult to drain his brain if they know what we’re after.

Dr. Stone: Not to worry. We’ll get in his mind. To his heart.

Collector: Oh, very nice.

(Dr. Stone blinks and he disappears.)

Commercial Break

[Scene: Bucklands. Prue’s office. Jack stands at the doorway.]

Jack: Ah, there she is. Hard at work. Look, I’m glad you called. Can I come in?

Prue: Sure.

Jack: (thinking) Stay focused, get it over with.

(Piper enters.)

Prue: (thinking) Freeze him.

(Piper freezes him.)

Piper: The dagger, his hand. Just cut him, poke him.

(Prue gets the dagger and cuts him.)

Prue: He’s not bleeding.

Piper: He’s frozen.

Prue: Ugh, yeah, okay, okay, okay. Wait a minute. (She hides the dagger.) Okay.

(The door opens and hits Piper.)

Piper: Oh!

(Another Jack enters.)

Jack #2: Hey! Any survivors?

(Jack #2 walks next to Jack #1. Piper freezes him.)

Prue: Okay, there’s two of them.

Piper: Twin warlocks?

Prue: Or, maybe they’re just twins. Okay you unfreeze them, if that prick doesn’t bleed, then that one’s dead too.

Piper: Alright.

Prue: Right, let ‘em go.

(Piper unfreezes them.)

Jack #1: Ow!

Jack #2: What’s the matter? She bite you?

Jack #1: Your shouldn’t be here.

Jack #2: Come on man. I couldn’t let you take all the blame.

Piper: He’s bleeding.

Prue: Alright, this is my sister, Piper, which one of you jerks is Jack?

Jack #1: Uh, I’m the jerk. This is my twin brother, Jeff.

Jeff: Nice to meet you. Look, sorry for the little tap dance earlier.

Prue: So, what exactly was it that you guys were trying to prove?

Jack: It’s just a little something we used to do growing Up.

Jeff: Yeah, so, you know when one of us would take an interest in someone…

Jack: Don’t get the wrong idea.

Piper: So, you’d send the other one to check out the merchandise, sort of kick the tyres?

Jeff: Crude but accurate.

Prue: (thinking) Still doesn’t explain why he wanted to kill me.

Piper: So, uh, Jeff, what is it that you do for a living?

Jack: Oh, great, this should be a conversation stopper.

Jeff: I own a mortuary. Actually, a whole chain of them.

Piper: (to Prue) Mortuaries.

Prue: (to Piper) Put ‘em in graves, set ‘em on fire.

Piper: Mmm hmm.

Prue: You know, you two should be ashamed of yourselves. (She walks up to Jack and slaps him across the face.) That’s for thinking you could get away with it. (Jeff laughs. Prue slaps him too.) And that’s for thinking you wouldn’t get slapped. Piper. (They leave.)

Jeff: I approve.

[Scene: Manor. Eric is sitting at a table. Phoebe brings out some tea and pours it in two cups.]

Eric: How did you know to be there to help me.

Phoebe: Uh, it’s a long story.

Eric: Shorten it.

Phoebe: I have this gift. I sort of know when things are gonna happen. If there’s gonna be trouble.

Eric: How?

Phoebe: Just something I was born with.

Eric: So, you don’t work for some government agency?

Phoebe: No, I’m just a girl. Now, let me ask you a question. This thing that you did, translating this ancient code or whatever. Why did you do it?

Eric: I did it for my father.

Phoebe: To finish his work?

Eric: People hurt him and I wanted to find out who and I want to get even.

Phoebe: Even out the risk of them hurting you?

Eric: He’s my dad. I love him and if I can’t have him back, I want justice.

Phoebe: I envy you.

Eric: You’re not close to your folks?

Phoebe: My mum is dead.

Eric: I’m sorry.

Phoebe: And my dad is gone.

Eric: You don’t know where he is?

Phoebe: I’m not really that interested.

Eric: I don’t understand that.

Phoebe: You don’t know my dad.

Eric: Do you?

Phoebe: No, I never got the chance to unfortunately. Okay, I’m a sucker for family. Follow me.

(They walk out the room.)

[Cut to the foyer. Prue and Piper enter.]

Piper: (Calling out to Phoebe) Jack’s not a warlock.

Prue: He’s a jerk.

(Phoebe and Eric enter the foyer.)

Phoebe: We’re going to the hospital. We’ve got to get Eric’s dad out of there and keep him someplace safe. Come on.

[Scene: Hospital. Prue, Piper and Phoebe enter it. The place is deserted. The phone rings at the reception desk.]

Piper: Where is everybody? Did you bring that dagger?

Prue: Yep.

(Eric walks up to the desk and sees the receptionist lying on the floor. Eric runs down the hallway.)

Phoebe: Eric, wait.

[Cut to Eric’s dad’s room.]

Eric: Dad, we gotta get you outta here.

(Prue, Piper and Phoebe enter.)

Phoebe: Eric…

Eric: I’m getting him outta here, Phoebe. (Dr. Stone and the collector blink in the room. Prue uses her power and they fly up against the wall. The two collectors disappear.) What’s going on?

Prue: Later.

Phoebe: Get him. We gotta get outta here.

Eric: Where’d they go.

Dr. Stone: Looking for that? (He holds up the dagger. He disappears.)

Prue: He's got the dagger.

[Cut back in the room. Prue walks outside and gets a wheelchair Dr. Stone appears behind Piper, grabs her hair and puts the dagger near her neck. The other Collector appears behind Eric and grabs him.]

Phoebe: Piper!

(Prue comes back in the room.)

Dr. Stone: Move and she dies.

(Phoebe grabs a vase of flowers and hits Dr. Stone over the head. He lets go of Piper and falls to the ground. Prue uses her powers and releases Eric from the Collectors grip. Dr. Stone blinks and appears next to Eric’s dad. Prue gets ready to throw the dagger at them and they hold onto Eric’s dad and blinks out of the room.)

Eric: Dad?

Commercial Break

[Scene: Outside the Hospital. Eric’s running down the stairs. Prue, Piper and Phoebe are chasing him.]

Phoebe: Eric! Eric, we still want to help you. Nothing has changed. (Eric stops running.)

Eric: No, everything has changed. Some kind of monster’s just took my dad.

Phoebe: They’re called warlocks.

Eric: Warlocks? What does that make the three of you?

Phoebe: Witches.

Eric: Forgive me, but what you’re saying is insane.

Prue: Eric, you believe in the Akashic Records and all the power they represent, right?

Eric: Yeah, I guess.

Piper: Well, most people think that’s a myth.

Prue: But you now know that it isn’t, so isn’t it possible that other things like witches and warlocks actually do exist?

Eric: Maybe, but why would warlocks want my dad?

Prue: They’re probably gonna offer you a trade. Your dad for what’s in your head.

Piper: And they can appear anytime, any place, which is why we need to get you back to the manor and you’ll be safer than anywhere else.

Phoebe: Okay, look, Eric. I am the same girl you met at the hospital a few weeks ago. The only thing that’s changed is now you know our secret.

Eric: It’s one hell of a secret.

Phoebe: Yeah, and I trust you with it. So please, trust me in return. Look, if we’re gonna save your father, we have to keep you safe until we figure out what we’re gonna do.

Eric: You do that. I have another idea.

(He walks off.)

Phoebe: Okay, I’m gonna go get him, you two get home.

(She runs off.)

Prue: Do we have to protect him?

Piper: He is pissing me off.

[Cut to the museum. Eric is getting a fire extinguisher.]

Phoebe: Eric, what are you doing?

Eric: You’ll see.

(They start walking through the museum.)

Phoebe: We shouldn’t be out in the open like this. It’s not safe.

Eric: Then go. I have something I have to do.

Phoebe: What? What do you have to do? Get busted, Eric. (They walk up to the map stone.) Wow, that’s the map stone isn’t it?

Eric: You know, my father thought it would be so wonderful translating it. A gift of knowledge, to usher the world into the new millennium.

(He gets ready to break the glass. Phoebe stops him.)

Phoebe: Whoa, whoa, whoa. What are you doing?

Eric: If the Akashic Records are everything you say they are, they’re not a gift. I mean, the Warlocks shouldn’t have that knowledge and neither should the rest of us. With all the knowledge revealed, we could have no free will.

Phoebe: And no world as we know it.

Eric: Maybe no world at all. (Eric smashes the glass cabinet with the fire extinguisher. The alarm goes off. Eric gets the map stone out and throws it on the ground. It smashes. Everyone stands there shocked.) Now no one else will ever be able to translate the map. The only place of longitude as this is in my head. (They run off.)

A Guy: I’ll get security.

[Scene: Manor. Prue and Piper are walking up the stairs.]

Piper: Poor Eric.

Prue: He’ll be okay, we’ll figure this out.

Piper: Yeah, in the meantime warlocks have his father, I can’t imagine how helpless he must feel.

Prue: I can.

(They walk in the attic.)

Piper: Prue, a warlock didn’t take our father.

Prue: No, he left on his own.

Piper: Do you miss him?

Prue: I didn’t say that.

Piper: Do you think about him?

Prue: Why? (Prue starts looking through the Book of Shadows.)

Piper: Because I’m wondering if I’m the only one who does.

Prue: No, you’re not.

Piper: So you miss him.

Prue: I miss who he should’ve been and I miss who he never was but I don’t miss him.

Piper: I do.

Prue: Right, can we get to work.

Piper: Okay, let’s save someone else’s father instead.

Prue: The only way to protect Eric is to take the information out of his brain forever. The spell is right here.

Piper: Ah, but if we do that, Eric won’t have anything to offer the warlock and they’ll be furious and they’ll kill his dad.

Prue: Eric is innocent. Our priority is him.

Piper: Yeah, but they’re both innocents.

Prue: Piper, I hope it doesn’t come to this but we may have to make a choice.

Piper: Why? I mean, there’s gotta be another way with all the hocus pocus we have.

Prue: Still may not be enough. I mean, we’re talking about the future, everyone’s future.

Piper: So we have to sacrifice Eric’s dad?

Prue: For the greater food.

Piper: Man, you can dress it up anyway you want, it still stinks.

Prue: You know what? It sucks.

(The doorbell rings.)

Piper: Oh, that’s Dan. I gotta deal with him. You gotta figure out what we’re gonna say to Phoebe.

[Cut to the foyer. Piper opens the door.]

Dan: You ready to go? (thinking) Oh man, she’s not coming.

Piper: Dan, look, I wanna go, I really do, I’m just not quite ready yet!

(Phoebe enters the foyer.)

Phoebe: Piper, any word from the…(She sees Dan.) pizza guy? Hi Dan, we ordered pizza, would you like to stay for pizza?

Dan: (thinking) No, I wanna go with her. But what’s the point?

Piper: Okay, okay, I know what you’re thinking…

Phoebe: (thinking) Piper!

Piper: But I can be ready on time.

Dan: Okay, well, I have to leave in an hour or I’m gonna be late for the wedding rehearsals so the car’s gonna leave the driveway at six. Hope to see you then.

Piper: Okay. (She closed the door.)

Dan: (thinking) Someday, someway, somehow, I’m gonna make it through that damn door.

[Cut back to inside.]

Eric: Have the warlocks made contact yet?

Piper: Uh, no. Not yet. (Prue enters the foyer.) Where have you guys been?

Phoebe: Well, Eric destroyed the map stone so we’re covered there. Did you guys find anything in the book?

Piper: (thinking) You tell her. I’ve broken enough hearts this afternoon.

Prue: We’ll both tell her.

Piper: Uh, why don’t you check your messages at home. Maybe they’ve tried to contact you there.

Eric: Okay.

(He goes in the other room.)

Phoebe: What’s going on?

Piper: Can we talk?

[Cut to the living room. Eric’s checking his messages.]

Operator: You have no new messages.

[Cut to the kitchen.]

Phoebe: Wait, you’re willing to let Eric’s father die?

Piper: We can’t risk losing Eric and allow the warlocks to gain future knowledge.

Phoebe: But not at the expense of his father. We have to save him.

Prue: Phoebe, we have to save everyone’s dad. We have to protect the whole world from these warlocks and we can’t do it if they have the records.

Phoebe: So, what am I supposed to tell Eric? That we might have to sacrifice his father? I can’t do that, I promised him that we would save him.

(She starts to leave.)

Piper: Phoebe…

Phoebe: (thinking) You don’t even care. (She turns around.) I’m sorry, I didn’t mean that. I don’t know why I even thought it.

Prue: Do you want us to tell him?

Phoebe: No, it’s something I have to do.

[Cut to the living room. Eric’s phone rings. He answers it.]

Eric: Hello?

Dr. Stone: Eric, I assume you know who this is?

Eric: Where’s my father?

Dr. Stone: Oh, so you do know. Good.

[Cut to the collectors. Eric’s dad is in a wheelchair.]

Dr. Stone: Say hello to Eric, Ben.

(He puts the phone up to Ben’s ear.)

Ben: Son?

Eric: Dad?

Ben: I feel so odd.

Eric: Dad.

(The collector puts his needle finger in Ben’s head.)

Dr. Stone: Oh, he’s gone, Eric. But I can bring him back and give him to you. All I want in exchange is what’s in ;your head.

Eric: Where can I find you?

Dr. Stone: The Oak Grove, the west end of Golden Gate Park. Half an hour. Alone. Without the witches.

(Phoebe comes in.)

Phoebe: Eric? (Eric hangs up.) Any messages?

Eric: Uh, no, not yet.

Phoebe: Eric…

Eric: Listen, before you say another word, I just want to say thank you for everything that you’ve done for my father. For everything you’d tried to do. Are you sure you’re not an angel?

Phoebe: No, I’m no angel. I could probably introduce you to one though.

Eric: It’s a shame your father is not a part of your life. He would be so proud of you.

Phoebe: Uh, Eric, I-I need to talk to you about you and your dad.

Eric: Okay. Maybe we should have another cup of tea first.

Phoebe: Okay, I’ll go get it.

Eric: Thanks.

(She goes in the kitchen. Eric starts walking towards the door. Prue and Piper come in.)

Piper: Eric, where are you going?

Eric: Uh, I’m just gonna go out and get some air. (thinking) The Oak Grove, Golden Gate Park.

Prue: Phoebe!

(Eric leaves. Phoebe comes in.)

Phoebe: Where is he going?

Piper: He was thinking Golden Gate Park.

Phoebe: Oh my God, the warlocks must of contacted him.

Commercial Break

[Scene: Golden Gate park. Prue, Piper and Phoebe get out of the car.]

Prue: Alright, there are oak trees everywhere.

Phoebe: (thinking) What if we’re too late?

Piper: Phoebe, stop thinking that.

Phoebe: Will you get out of my head please.

Prue: Alright, the Book Of Shadows said that their hunger is their all, so there must be a way to use the knowledge that they require against them.

Piper: Or use their greed to trap them.

Prue: Yeah, well, if all else fails, then we’ll freeze them and move them long along for Eric to get away.

Phoebe: And save his father. Right? Look, it just seems to me that we should do everything we possibly can to reunite Eric with his father. I mean, imagine a dad who actually wants to be with his father.

Prue: Pheebs, we’ll do our best.

Phoebe: Okay, then we should split up. The first one that sees him hollers.

(They all walk of in different directions.)

[Cut to Prue. She’s walking along and then a peacock makes a noise and runs past her. It scares her, she screams and puts her fists up. She calms herself down and continues walking.]

[Cut to Eric. He sees the collectors with his dad.]

Eric: Dad!

Dr. Stone: That’s close enough, Eric. I can restore him or I can kill him, Eric. That choice is mine.

Eric: Restore him or you don’t get what you want. That choice is mine.

Dr. Stone: No, no, no. You can’t bargain, Eric. We’re in control here.

Eric: Let’s check again. (He lifts up his shirt and there’s a gun in his pants.) Who’s got the upper hand?

Collector: Haven’t you been paying attention? That gun won’t do anything to us.

Eric: No, but it’ll blow my head off and if I do that, you won’t get the second half of the map. Restore him. (He holds the gun up to his head.) Now! (The Collector puts his needle finger in Eric’s dad’s head and restores him.) Dad?

Ben: Son? Eric, what are you doing?

Eric: Dad. (Eric starts walking towards him. Dr. Stone disappears and reappears behind Eric. He grabs Eric and sticks the needle finger in Eric’s head.)

Dr. Stone: Goodbye now, Eric. Like I said, we’re in control.

(Phoebe sees them, runs up to Dr. Stone and kicks him. He falls to the ground. The other Collector walks up behind Phoebe and sticks his needle finger in her head. Prue finds them, uses her power and the Collector goes flying and hits the ground. Prue runs over to Phoebe.)

Prue: Phoebe. (Piper finds them. Dr. Stone disappears and the Collector stands up.)

Piper: Prue, watch out.

Collector: That’s right, witches, come and get me. (thinking) Don’t blink. Keep them focused on me. Let him surprise them from behind.

Prue: (thinking) Don’t freeze him.

Piper: (thinking) Why not?

Prue: (thinking) Didn’t you hear his thoughts? He’s playing decoy. Let him think that it’s working. (Dr. Stone appears behind Prue. Piper freezes them. Prue moves them closer together with their fingers near their heads. Piper unfreezes them and the Collectors’ fingers go inside each other’s heads. They disappear.)

Prue: You know, they really shouldn’t of given us the finger.

Piper: You read my mind.

(Phoebe wakes up. Prue and Piper walk over to her.)

Phoebe: Prue. Piper.

Piper: Are you okay?

Phoebe: I think so. What are we doing in the park? (Eric and his dad start waking up.) Who are those people?

Prue: You don’t recognise Eric?

Phoebe: No. Why? Should I? Should I?

Piper: What’s the last thing you remember?

Phoebe: The Halloween party.

(They help her up.)

Piper: That was three weeks ago.

Phoebe: Oh.

Prue: (to Eric) Are you alright?

(She helps him up.)

Eric: Yeah, I’m fine. I’m just a little confused. What am I doing here?

Piper: You don’t recognize her?

Eric: No (to Phoebe) I think I’ve seen you at the hospital.

Phoebe: Who’s the cute guy?

Piper: Shh…

(Prue helps his dad up.)

Eric: Dad?

Ben: Eric.

Eric: Oh my God, you’re better.

Ben: What’s going on? What’s happening?

Eric: I don’t know.

Phoebe: Did we do something good?

Prue: You did something incredible.

(Eric and his dad hug.)

[Scene: Manor. Prue and Piper are running down the stairs. Piper’s carrying a bag.]

Prue: Okay, what am I thinking?

Piper: That Dan’s gonna leave without me.

Prue: Nope. Good, the spell’s reversed.

Piper: What a relief. (They walk in the foyer.) I think we’ve proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, that man and especially woman, aren’t meant to hear each other's thoughts. (She puts on her coat.)

Prue: Definitely. Too much knowledge whether it comes from the Akashic Records or other peoples heads is just dangerous stuff.

Piper: So, what were you thinking?

Prue: I was thinking what a shame it was that Phoebe finally met a nice guy and she’s not even gonna remember it.

(The door opens and Phoebe walks in carrying a bunch of flowers.)

Phoebe: Hi!

Prue: Hi. Ah, they’re gorgeous.

Phoebe: They’re for you. The florist left them on the porch but there’s no card.

Prue: They’re huge.

Piper: They’re expensive.

(A phone rings.)

Prue: And they’re ringing. (She finds a phone in the flowers.) Hello? (She walks into the living room.)

Piper: Dan! He’s leaving without me.

Phoebe: Well, don’t just stand there. Freeze him.

Piper: Oh, right. (Piper freezes him.) I gotta go. (She leaves.)

Phoebe: That’s such a nifty little power.

(She walks into the living room. Prue’s there trying to answer the phone. Phoebe sits on the same couch as Prue.) Oh, honey. (She takes the phone and flips it open. Prue laughs.)

Prue: Hello?

(Phoebe puts her ear up against the phone as well to try and listen.)

Jack: At last. I’ve been calling you every twenty minutes for the last hour. Do you like the flowers?

Prue: Jack, what do you want?

Jack: You know, you are a very suspicious woman.

Prue: No, I just like to think of it as careful.

Jack: Oh, come on, Prue. Are you saying you’ve been totally honest with me?

(Phoebe starts making noises into the phone.)

Prue: Jack, I can’t hear you. The phones breaking up.

Jack: I just, I wanted to apologize. Can I take you to dinner?

(Phoebe shakes her head.)

Prue: I don’t think so.

Jack: Come on, let me buy you a drink.

(Phoebe shakes her head.)

Prue: I don’t think so.

Jack: Well, can I at least get my phone back?

(Prue and Phoebe look at each other.)

Prue: I don’t think so. (Prue hangs up. They start laughing.)

Phoebe: Ooh, I like it.

(Phoebe takes the phone and starts dialing a number.)

Prue: What are you doing?

Phoebe: I’m calling Tokyo. Konnichi wa.

Commercial Break

[Scene: Hospital. A room. Phoebe’s there putting magazines and flowers on a table. Eric enters.]

Eric: Excuse me. I’m looking for a doctor Swinsley. I need him to sigh some insurance papers. I was told he would be in here.

Phoebe: Uh, yeah, he actually just took Mrs. Bruhn to the sun room. You could probably catch him there.

Eric: Great. Thanks. You’re Phoebe, right? I’m Eric Bragg. I think I saw you the other day at the park.

Phoebe: Right, right, how’s your father?

Eric: Oh, he’s better thanks. He’s almost back to his old self. I remember, you were really sweet to him when he was in here. Not many people would of bothered. You must be an angel.

Phoebe: No, I’m no angel. But I could probably introduce you to one if you like.

(They smile.)

Eric: You know, I just realized I have no idea where the sun room is.

Phoebe: Uh, it’s kind of complicated, maybe I should draw you a map.

(They look at each other as though the word map, rings a bell.)

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