An episode seemingly entirely constructed around Stephanie "Aaron Spelling's bestest favorite-ist actress ever!" Beacham, Reckless Abandon is also memorable for seeing our three leads taking care of a tiny baby so it's unsurprising that there are a ton of scenes centering around diapers, pee, cutesy biological clock crap and the like.
The episode sees Phoebe getting a premonition of a ghost killing a man when she holds an abandoned baby. Taking the baby home, she and her sisters discover that the baby is the last in the line of Van Lewen men, all of which are being killed by an evil ghost. Whilst Prue takes care of baby Van Lewen, Piper and Phoebe consult Martha Van Lewen, the matriarch of the family, for answers.
Strangely, the baby plot is the most successful storyline of the episode. Seeing the sisters struggling to deal with everything is fun to watch and the scene where Piper freezes baby Matthew's pee in mid-air is completely ridiculous but undeniably funny. The only annoying aspect of the storyline is the Baby Boom-esque score which accompanies the baby humor. It's used to death throughout the episode and just really grates on you.
The ghost storyline is completely tedious. As well as featuring really bad performances from most of the guest stars, including the aforementioned Beacham (who appears like she still thinks she's on Dynasty), the script drags on and on and the writers don't seem to have realized that stories centered on other families never work. Look at The Wedding From Hell, for instance.
Reckless Abandon is a slightly average episode where the subplots easily overshadow the main demonic storyline. One you could easily skip over whilst watching it on DVD.
Director: Craig Zisk
Writer: Javier Grillo-Marxuach