Run, Piper, Run-When Piper goes for a job interview with a corporate recruiter, she's shocked to learn that the background check of her assumed identity was that of a woman wanted for murder. Meanwhile, Phoebe has a premonition of Dex being in an earthquake.
Finally, Season 8's first (and very rare)good episode. It's the first Charmed episode in years that is completely demon free. The only other one I can remember is Season 1's "Secrets and Guys". It's really refreshing considering the demon plots of late have been..well.....awful! This basic murder mystery really works for Charmed and the fact that Piper's new identity was a real identity she mistakenly stole was a pretty neat twist. But it's not surprising Cameron Litvack is behind such a solid script that really utilizes the cast well....at least for most of the episode anyway. Holly Marie Combs is great here, dealing with the sudden revelation she took the identity of a fugitive. The scene between Piper and Nance was a great setup between them with Piper playing along as Maya as He continues to antagonize her.
I have to admit, some scenes of genuinely funny moments throughout the episode like Paige continuing joking about Piper and how awful "orange" is on her, Phoebe pestering her co-workers as they recognize aseerily her personality mirrors Phoebe, Piper letting Leo get his by Eve's husband (seriously Leo, you had it coming!) I also love thegratuitoususe of the sisters' powers, even Billie gets a chance to use hers during the pretty awesome conclusion where the sisters' scare Nance into telling the truth. Paige is orbing lamps into people, Phoebe gets another premonition (though pointless, once again!) and Piper using her freezing power more than she did in Season 6 and 7 combined! I especially loved seeing Piper's old "head unfreezing" trick, the SFX used during that scene was probably the best freezing moment we've seen in a while. The only downside is Phoebe and Dex's continuing non-chemistry. Seriously, is it even possible for two people to have so little chemistry because every time these two are on screen together, I wish the screen would go lack. Jason Lewis has absolutely no energy or sense of charisma. The writers are forcing the hell out of these two, the wedding vision, the earthquake, the quote on quote moment Phoebe and Dex share at the end, it's all so contrived and tired already. Yet we have 3 more episodes of this crap! Ehw! Luckily, "Run, Piper, Run" is a worth a watch and has at least a decent plot for once than the usual garbage Charmed produced.
"Run Piper, Run" wasn't a terrible episode by any means but sometimes the events and story line can become rediculous even for a show such as Charmed. When Maya fell from God knows how many stories up but survived the fall without a scratch because she landed on a mattress killed this episode for me all together. It's just so implausible it defies explanation. I still enjoy the show and plan to watch the next episode, but "Run Piper, Run" is definitely one of the forgettable episodes of Charmed. I certainly hope that the season improves as it moves forward.