Paige is given her first charge as a white lighter, her real father Sam.



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Paige keeps dumping perfectly good boy friends, even funny, charming, gorgeous hunk [Eric Winter!] Trevor; Leo announces the elders finally give her a charge: a lost good soul named Samuel, who she must find on her own, and soon they do- he's an unappetizing drunk. After Cole vanquishes two violent robbers who shoot at him in a bar, Phoebe tells him coldly she'll vanquish him if he kills another human, the Avatars of Force and Power tell him it's only a matter of time till he joins their rare kind, which is both good and evil, in establishing an inedited rule over earth. Piper auditions magical nannies, not easy during demonic attacks, such as a black lighter's arrow shooting Samuel. Piper and Phoebe recognize Sam: their mom's forbidden lover and Paige's father, white lighter Sam Wilder, who has however given up magic and is unwilling to have anything to do with the girls, still fearing he is bad news. The attacker, tracker demon Ronan, reports to Cole, who regenerates his arm and ... Written by KGF Vissers

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17 November 2002 (USA)  »

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The first appearance of The Avatars. See more »


Piper: How are we supposed to trust them when they don't answer our questions?
Leo: Leo says nothing
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References Dr. Seuss on the Loose (1973) See more »


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Family reunion
24 June 2008 | by (France) – See all my reviews

A very good episode, which might actually get you to like the Elders a bit. Paige receives her first mission as a (half) Whitelighter, but her new charge, a cranky drunkard, turns out to be a bit more than she expected : he's her biological father. Of course, the family reunion does not go smoothly as Sam doesn't want anything to do with the daughter he once abandoned. And, to make things even worse, enters our favorite on-and-off demon.

Indeed, Cole has been continuing his downward slide into complete wretchedness. Now he's being pestered by powerful demons, the Avatars, who want to enroll him into their ranks. When he finally comes up with a plan to solve his problems, a plan than involves Paige's newfound father, it isn't at all what we might expect -or maybe it is, since we know Cole better than that by now. Now I could spend hours repeating that, but Julian MacMahon's performance is really awesome. No matter what Cole does, now matter how blood-chilling he gets, you still feel for him --a lot more than the Charmed Ones, apparently. I don't know how they can walk out of the final, breathtaking scene in his lobby.

What keeps the episode from getting a 10 is, first of all and obviously, Sam's rather abrupt comeback. Obviously his case had to be addressed, but his explanation for how he got back is a bit quick and, frankly, what were the Elders thinking ??? Also, Cole's scheme is a mite too convoluted. There were so many simpler things he could have tried first.

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