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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The Avatars first appear to Cole right after he kills the would-be-robbers. As it will be uncovered in season 7, The Avatars take a direct approach in dealing with whom they deem as "bad guys." They were likely drawn to Cole for his immense power but waited for him to make a move that they would have done themselves. 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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The One With Paige's Father...
10 April 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I really like this episode. I really liked seeing Sam again, three seasons later. I remember watching it and I was like, "I know that guy, don't I? Who is he again, oh yeah, that's right."

In this episode, Paige is assigned her first charge, and it turns out to be her whitelighter father, Sam. Sam is almost killed by a demon and Paige saves him. Piper and Phoebe recognize him and they send Paige up to the attic to get the Book Of Shadows. Whilst she's doing that, Piper, Phoebe, Leo and Sam all have a conversation, about the daughter that Sam had to give him. He finds out that Paige is his daughter and he leaves. Cole, wanting to die, finds a way to get the sisters to vanquish him. He helps the demon try to kill Sam, gets him to shoot Leo and Paige with darklighter arrows, that kill whitelighters, and then impersonates Sam. In the end, Sam finds the strength to be a whitelighter again and heals Paige and Leo. Piper, Paige and Phoebe all go to try and vanquish Cole, but then they realize that he wants to die, so they don't. But Cole being determined, tries to vanquish himself with their potions, but it doesn't work. He is still standing there, strong as ever.

Fun Fact: This is the first appearance of the Avatars, which will become a major component in Season 7.

Fun Fact: This is the first time that Piper's baby uses his forcefield.

Overall, I give this episode an 8 out of 10.

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