Scry Hard-In an attempt to lure the sisters out of the manor, Zankou sends his underlings to attack Leo, in order for him to search the house for the Nexus and release the Shadow, the ultimate power. Meanwhile, in order to protect his parents Wyatt magically shrinks them and traps them inside a dollhouse, and Phoebe is left in charge of the newspaper.
For an episode dealing Zankou's next move on the Charmed Ones, this was sadly a disappointment. Which is sad cause, Zankou is the first real BIG villain of a season since the Source. It's not that Zankou himself was the problem, cause Oded Fehr is superb as always, it's just the whole "after the spiritual nexus" thing feels like "been there, done that", especially when this episode feels like a rehash of "The Importance of Being Phoebe". Zankou and his demons taking over the manor felt a little too similar to Cole's same strategy. Also, I thought the who ever takes over the house had to officially take over it legally. I mean if all Zankou has to do is through the sisters out of the house to take over the Nexus than how come other demons haven't tried it before? Oh Charmed and it's inconsistent writing! Anyway, it doesn't help when Wyatt....for some reason, traps his parents inside an dollhouse replica in the manor. It's areallyweak side story with no real point or resolution. Wyatt didn't learn anything from his magical mistake and all we got from the scenes in the dollhouse was Leo bleeding everywhere while Piper gave him a hard time. I'm sure this was a way to try to show how dangerous life is gonna be with Leo human and how he would deal with it, but it just didn't work for me. The only real great moment is when the shadow comes out of the Nexus and is so torn between going to Zankou or the sisters, that he goes into Leo. The shadow effects have really come a long way since the dodgy, black smoke effect from Season 1's "Is There A Woogy In The House?" Leo unleashing the shadow's powers on Zankou and the other demons was awesome! It was also cool getting to here to Woogyman spell again! Nice to know some of the more classic spells from the series haven't changed!
Surprisingly, Phoebe's sub-plot was more entertaining than Zankou's takeover and Piper and Leo playing house. It was pretty funny watching Phoebe run the place, not to mention breaking the news to one of male co-workers has a crush on another male co-worker! It was also fun seeingElisegetting out and having a good time on her own. It's rare seeing her so loose and the fact she lied to Phoebe about it was priceless. But I have to wonder, why would Elise show up as P3 knowing that Phoebe's sister runs the place and that the chances of Phoebe being there are high!? O_0 Anyway, "Scry Hard" is a missed opportunity of giving a dark, suspenseful episode showing just how great of avillainZankou is, but it mostly fails.