Charmed

Season 6 Episode 16

The Courtship of Wyatt's Father

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 22, 2004 on The WB
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Gideon makes a deal with the Darklighters to get rid of Leo, but they accidentally send Leo and Piper to the Ghostly plane, leaving Phoebe and Paige to believe that they are both dead. Meanwhile, Chris begins to disappear and reveals that he must be conceived before the night is over or he will vanish forever.moreless

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  • The Courtship of Wyatt's Father

    9.5
    The Courtship of Wyatt's Father was a very entertaining and informative episode of Charmed. I really enjoyed watching because there was a lot of character and plot development along with action, drama and plenty of intrigue. It was great to learn more about Chris, Leo, Piper and Gideon. I liked watching Piper and Leo reconnect and to learn just how important it is. Darklighters were dying by the handful as they tried to kill Leo and Piper and it was nice to find out why in the end. I certainly look forward to watching what happens next now that the stakes have been raised!!!!!!!moreless
  • Making Love In The Ghostly Plane

    7.0
    The Courtship of Wyatt's Father-Gideon makes a deal with the Darklighters to get rid of Leo, but they accidentally send Leo and Piper to the Ghostly plane, leaving Phoebe and Paige to believe that they are both dead. Meanwhile, Chris begins to disappear and reveals that he must be conceived before the night is over or he will vanish forever.

    Finally, an episode to be taken seriously! Like I said before, Piper and Leo seem to be the only thing that makes sense on this series anymore and which is good for this episode which sees both taking up a good portion of the episode. It's rare seeing an episode that has one of the sisters and Leo in actually danger, seeing as how every demon that they sisters' face now a days vanquished with some potion or Piper blowing them up. I liked the Ghostly plane....okay, I loved it! The black and blue tint was brilliantly used, not to mention the lack of any human being being there gave the world an empty, errie...dare I say, dark feel for the episode. Sure we've seen darklighters go after Leo and the sistersbefore but fact that their trapped in another world, powerless and being hunted no less made it different and intriguing. I also just loved just watching the scenes between Piper and Leo, Holly and Brian still got it in the chemistry department and I like them slowly rekindling the flame they thought that was gone. This was a much better way of getting Piper and Leo back together instead that focred "I gonna wish my parents to sleep together" crap from last episode. Piper and Leo deserved more than that and for once, the writers see that too.

    Meanwhile, Chris is slowing fading away....AWESOME! He even disappears for a good portion of the episode...almost like he was gone for good! Sigh. He returned moments later. The reveal of Gideon being behind the whole operation with the darklighters was a nice surprise....but I got to wonder, an Elder going bad and working with demons is BIG! How is it that Leo and the other Elders can't sense that one of them is evil? Or at least working behind their backs? Anyway, the episode ends with Piper finding out she's knocked up and Holly makes the best face when she sees Chris at the doorway. All and All, "The Courtship of Wyatt's Father" is a pretty good episode that has a dark(ish_ atmosphere with some nice performances from Holly and Brian.moreless
  • Existense of Chris!

    10
    We found out that day is Chris to disappear forever and will not exist anymore unless his parents do it. Chris felt really weird and cant felt his body lot. Phoebe and Piper tried to help Chris, Leo, and Piper in this episode. Later, Chris are disappearing and can walk throught walls and needed help fast! Next morning, Piper and Leo did it, then Chris is back and his existense is good! Ending of this episode, Leo left his family behind to be full time elder. Leo took very hard! Also Phoebe and Paige had to tell Piper that she is pregnant and Chris is her second son. Great episode!moreless
  • Finally, Leo and Piper are together again, except only for a night, and not even on this plane, but beggars can't be choosers.

    9.5
    Chris-Crossed, I Dream of Phoebe, and this episode make Season 6 before the finale. I am surprised this episode is not rated among the best episodes of Charmed. It should be. Once again we have a darklighter after Leo. Except this time, with the help of a certain elder, the darklighter has teleported Leo and Piper into the ethereal plane where they don't have their powers. At the same time, we have the ticking clock winding down on Chris; Leo and Piper must renew their love for each other and consummate it, or Chris ceases to exist. No pressure.



    The climactic scene between Piper and Leo is well-written and wonderfully acted. Holly and Brian have always had a fabulous chemistry between them. Frankly, it is about as moving a scene as you will find on Charmed, and it never feels contrived. More like, it is affirmation of what you already know; you know these characters love each other, and their separation is a sham.



    That is not the only great scene in this episode. We have the final scene, which reveals Gideon as the central antagonist for the remainder of the season. Very effective.



    We also have Leo and Gideon's talk on the bridge. Here we finally see all the sorrow and agony out of Leo that we didn't see at the end of Oh My Goddess. This is what we should have seen from the beginning. If the writers insist on Leo being away from Piper, I can understand why, but that doesn't mean Leo has to like it.



    Lastly, we have the fantastic scene between the sisters as Phoebe and Paige reveal to Piper that Chris is her son and she is now pregnant with him. Holly, Alyssa, and Rose are amazing here, as usual, especially Holly, who obviously is a little more pregnant than she should be but no one cares. That awesome scene ends with Chris showing up and Piper finally seeing him as her son. It is a top 10 Charmed moment, easy.



    Great stuff.moreless
  • No time like the present

    9.5
    After last week's fun and games, Charmed turns darker than it's been all season for this one. It's a bold decision but a good one. It would have been all too easy to fill the hour with smutty jokes but instead we have one of the most sombre and emotional episodes in ages.



    Rather cleverly, last week's subplot becomes this week's main plot, with poor Chris now having one day to get his parents together before he fades away completely. (I say "poor Chris", let's not forget he split them up in the first place.)



    This puts Piper and Leo centre stage and, for once, their fans have something to cheer about. When Piper tries to blow up a baddie she plunges the two of them into an strange world called the ghostly plane. I wasn't expecting this at all and I found it totally gripping. Charmed isn't known for its surreal stage sets but this one is beautifully filmed; the blue filter and wistful music are spot on. Having the two of them alone for so long really works and when they kiss it doesn't feel at all rushed. Great acting and great direction.



    The moment where Piper sees Chris as her son for the first time is very special. For once, there are no witty one liners or dodgy words of wisdom, just a long look between the two of them. All credit to Brad Kern for holding back on the script.



    It's nice to see a few darklighters again (the ginger one can shoot me anytime); I've always preferred them to demons. They do need to give them more effective weapons though; in six years we haven't seen one kill a single whitelighter.



    I guessed it was Gideon behind the plot but that shot of him walking out of the shadows still made me shiver. Can't wait to see how the season unfolds now.moreless
Lou Beatty Jr.

Lou Beatty Jr.

Darklighter #1

Guest Star

Bruno Gioiello

Bruno Gioiello

Darklighter #2

Guest Star

Derrick McMillon

Derrick McMillon

Darklighter #3

Guest Star

Gildart Jackson

Gildart Jackson

Gideon

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (24)

    • After Gideon talks to the girl putting the books away she's just standing there looking at him, but when it changes to Gideon and Leo she has a hand full of books and getting more.

    • Piper not only finds out Chris' true identity in this episode, she also finds out that she is pregnant. Of course, Holly Marie Combs was pregnant for most of this season.

    • If Chris is supposed to be transparent how is it possible that his shadow appears on the wall?

    • When Phoebe is hurt, Paige gets into Piper's car and takes her to the hospital. How is that she is the one with the keys? Piper should have the car keys.

    • Why would Paige and Phoebe stop to look at a man die? They didn't know that he was gonna say "Leo" besides they were standing there a long time without a reason.

    • TRIVIA: In this episode it is revealed that Gideon is the future threat that turns Wyatt evil (not his intention), not a demon, as Chris has always thought.

    • Phoebe said that maybe Chris was only meant to come to the past and warn them about Wyatt and that's all. Chris says he was wondering the exact same thing, but earlier in the episode he said that if he's not born he won't be coming back from the future to warn them about Wyatt turning evil.

    • TRIVIA: In this episode it's stated that there is more than one Angel of Death.

    • So amidst running from a darklight in Limbo, Piper & Leo had time to get it on? I mean I know they had to conceive Chris sometime but really, come on.

    • TRIVIA: From the fact that Wyatt's first birthday was the same day as Chris's conception date, we learn that Wyatt is 1 3/4 years older than Chris.

    • TRIVIA: Holly Marie Combs was actually pregnant during most of season 6 (beginning from the episode "The Sword in the City"). When she is handing out party favors to the departing guests she has the bag in front of her belly and when she moves it to the side it's obvious she is very pregnant.

    • In past episodes, when a Darklighter is struck by his own arrow it blows him up and kills him, so how come in this episode when the arrow hits the Darklighter attacking Leo he only bleeds?

    • TRIVIA: Chris is conceived in this episode.

    • TRIVIA: Piper & Leo celebrate Wyatt's first birthday in this episode.

    • In the first scene, when Paige's talking to Piper and Leo, her hair is a bit curly but when she enters the kitchen to talk with Pheobe, it's really straight.

    • When Phoebe is checking herself out of the hospital, she jumps up onto the table to change her clothes. You can see that she's still wearing her pants under her hospital gown. That would not happen in a true emergency checkup.

    • In the first scene in magic school, Sarah is standing still with nothing in her hands but after Gideon tells Sarah something Leo walks in, and Sarah has a handful of books in her arms stacked up towards her face. She had no time between the two seconds to grab that amount of books in time.

    • When Chris turns completely see-through, he runs up the stairs without making a sound, meaning that because he isn't solid form he can't make any sounds, yet his shadow is reflected on the wall while he runs up.

    • Leo mentions the darklighter might be at the manor, and might also attack if they show up. Now he is in clear shot of the manor, and then later Piper and Leo walk into the attic. Why didn't the darklighter attack when they entered?

    • Shouldn't Phoebe care a lot more if Chris fades away? If he never existed, then Paige would have died at the end of the last season when she was attacked by the female titan.

    • Leo claims that elders aren't allowed to drink, but he wasn't worried about it when he was drinking beer at Piper's bar in the episode "Soul Survivor".

    • When Phoebe and Paige are in the hospital the same blonde woman in a wheelchair approaches twice from the same direction, doing exactly the same thing!

    • This is minor, but as the guests and their babies are leaving Wyatt's birthday party, Piper only gives a few of them a bag of party favors.

    • How come Wyatt didn't bring up his force field when the darklighter was next to him? Doesn't Wyatt see a man threatening his father as a threat?

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Piper: What's going on?
      Phoebe: Maybe you should sit down.
      Piper: That doesn't sound good.
      Phoebe: I think it's good, how about you, Paige?
      Paige: I think it's good, I mean it's not bad.
      Piper: Oh, that sounds worse.
      Paige: It's just complicated, you know.

    • Leo: Um about last night...
      Piper: I don't regret it, if that's where it's going.
      Leo: No it's not, and I'm glad.

    • Leo: I never stopped loving you.
      Piper, full of emotion, kisses Leo passionately.

    • Piper (about the darklighter): Well at least he decided to attack after the party. That was nice of him.

    • Chris: Yes! I'm back!

    • (Paige is looking at Gideon's book he had handed to her entitled "Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Portals, But Were Afraid To Ask")
      Paige: Handy.

    • Piper (about Paige): She's being weird since she changed her hair color. She'll probably change it back.

    • Piper: Talk to me about what?
      Paige: Is this my turn?
      Phoebe: Yeah.
      Paige: Yeah. Chris... is your son.
      Phoebe: Wyatt's brother...Look, I know this is huge...
      Piper: No, it's not huge because it's not possible. It's crazy, 'cause I'm not pregnant.
      Phoebe and Paige shake their heads.
      Paige: Yeah.
      Phoebe: Yeah.
      Piper: No I'm not, I mean how could that happen? I mean, I know how that could happen. But... it... what am I going to do?
      Phoebe: Maybe you should talk to Leo about it.
      Piper: No, I can't.
      Phoebe: Why?
      Piper: Well because...because, because I can't.
      Chris knocks on the door.
      Chris: Is this a bad time?
      Piper turns and looks at Chris like she's seeing him for the first time.

    • Leo tears a bit of his shirt for Piper's wound.
      Piper: Whoa, oh my.
      Leo: Impressed?
      Piper: Very.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • At Magic School, Gideon hands Phoebe and Paige a book with the chapter Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Portals, But Were Afraid To Ask.

      This is a reference to Woody Allen's popular 1972 movie Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask.

    • Paige: When on Earth, you should do as Earthlings do.

      This is a reference to the phrase "When in Rome, do as the Romans do."

    • Phoebe: Yours is more Springer, mine is more Oprah.

      Phoebe was referring to two famous talk shows - The Jerry Springer Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Jerry Springer is more aggressive whereas Oprah is more calm.

    • Clarence: Just in case I wasn't leaving with you. You've been given a second chance, Chris. Don't waste it.

      This is an allusion to the 1946 film "It's a Wonderful Life" where the angel who helps George Bailey and teaches him to appreciate what he has in life is named Clarence.

    • Title: The Courtship of Wyatt's Father

      This is a reference to the 1960's movie and 1970's TV series, The Courtship of Eddie's Father. The movie starred Glenn Ford and Ron Howard, while the TV series was a starring vehicle for Bill Bixby and Brandon Cruz. This is also a vague reference to the Longfellow poem "The Courtship of Miles Standish".

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