An irritable subplot mars an otherwise confident hour from this witchly series. It's such a shame the writers were afraid to dedicate an entire episode to Piper's bereavement over her sister's death, it would have benefited greatly from it. Unfortunately, a subplot that's supposed to flesh out Betty Paige makes a mockery of the hour and the audience.
The subplot doesn't even take up that much screen time, but it certainly throws every boob gag, and then some, at the screen, hoping some of them pay off. None of them do, the boobs who wrote this script approached it in such a puerile fashion, it's embarrassing rather than entertaining. >>
Piper and Phoebe have their moments, though. Phoebe has made the transition to middle-sister mode quite nicely, and she kicks a lot of ass in this one. It's fun seeing her otherwise pointless ability come into play with some impressively choreographed fight scenes. Meanwhile, Piper's breakdown at Prue's grave once again highlights how talented Holly is, tapping every emotional beat without ever overdoing it. >>
Overall, it's another strong hour from season four. There are some nice, quiet character moments (Phoebe confiding in Leo) as well as a few entertaining tiffs (Cole attacking Leo) and Piper's derailment, of course, being the highlight. It was a risk giving Rose such a silly subplot so early in the game, one that unfortunately doesn't work in her favour.