Charmed: Season 6, Episode 16

The Courtship of Wyatt's Father (22 Feb. 2004)

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A darklighter accidentally sends Leo and Piper to another plane of existence.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Lieutenant Darklighter (as Bruno Gioiello)
ER Doctor (as Derrick McMillon)
Linda Tran ...
Ellis Williams ...
Bus Driver (as Ellis E. Williams)
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A darklighter accidentally sends Leo and Piper to another plane of existence.

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The title refers to the television series and movie entitled The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963). See more »


Clarence: What you need is to get out of this hole. Get some sun, live a little.
Chris Halliwell: Believe me, I'm trying.
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He's dying to be born
8 August 2008 | by (France) – See all my reviews

This is a good, solid episode with huge stakes, a lot of action, an eerie trip to another plane and a major revelation at the end, so what could I complain about ? Chris has been increasingly (and understandably) worried about being conceived and he's gotten his two aunts to help him -none too subtly and none too efficiently. As the deadline (isn't that word apt ?) approaches, he starts to fade away and even meets an Angel of Death -though that part feels a bit like a filler.

However, logically enough, we mostly focus on Leo and Piper and on the big question : will do it or not ? Unfortunately, someone wants Leo killed and Darklighters start popping out all over the place, so romance is a bit low on everybody's priorities... until Leo and Piper find themselves stranded in the ghostly plane : an empty, greyish, magic-less place which only dying people can reach. And by an extraordinary coincidence, they've got one at hand ! The transitions from one plane to the other are well done and the hints that allow the sisters to be reunited create a very tight plot. The atmosphere in the ghostly plane is nicely eerie, with the added tension of having a persistent crossbowman hunt Leo.

The episode's conclusion also offers a lot of great moments : Chris's triumphant "YES!" when he reappears, Leo's painful decision to leave his family, Piper's look of astonished wonder when she discovers that Chris is her son (by the way, is it me or is the camera very carefully avoiding her stomach?). And finally, the big revelation that the Big Bad is actually good old Gideon. The thing is, technically he's not really evil. Just very pragmatic, sacrificing people like pawns for what he considers as "a greater good". So the season's stakes go up one big notch as poor little Wyatt is now targeted by the Underworld AND an Elder. It's becoming very difficult to draw a line between good and evil, and over the next years, the words "for the Greater Good" are going to become a very, very dubious motto.

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