Charmed

Season 8 Episode 15

The Last Temptation of Christy

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 19, 2006 on The WB
7.8
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Paige learns the difficulties of dating a mortal when Henry becomes too involved in the magical world and is torn when another suitor arrives hoping to convince her to marry him so they can become the ultimate magical couple. Meanwhile, Billie finally finds her missing sister, Christy; Piper faces a romantic decision when she runs into an old flame and begins to wonder if she should move on with her life.moreless

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  • The Last Temptation of Christy

    10
    The Last Temptation of Christy was a perfect and very entertaining episode of Charmed. I really enjoyed watching this episode because there was a lot of great character and plot development as Billie finds her sister, Piper continues holding on to hope for the return of Leo, and Paige gets a romantic proposal from Henry. There was a darker side as the Triad was summoned and it seems they have plans of their own. I liked how every thing played out and look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Surprise, Christy is back! But do we know how she got rescued? Of course not! We must have all missed episode 8x14.5, "Christy's Rescue!" That or Charmed just sucks!

    3.3
    I don't even know what to say, this episode was just so horrible. Right from the beginning it made no sense at all. We get NO explanation of Christy's rescue, we just have to deal with her randomly being rescued and in the manor (though that might be a good thing as an episode like that would just involve Christy and Billie anyway, which surely would equal pure suckage). Apparently Christy was just held in some room in the underworld for 15 years and is all traumatized and since she's been rescued she won't say anything and hides in corners. Whatever.



    We move on to Christy learning to control her new powers within a single episode, which is just ridiculous, especially since she was held captive for 15 years. And when she set Christy on fire - that was such a horrible effect it was disgusting. We'll just assume that the money saved by using that crap effect is going towards the "Leo comes back for the finale" fund.



    Christy and Billie's horrible plot, the main plot of the episode (gag me please) goes on and on, Billie trusts Christy even though she attacked her, blah blah boring.



    Paige's sideplot with the suitor was mildly funny, but pretty random so that made it sort of lame. And the marriage proposal? "Paige, since this show is ending in 3 months, will you marry me?" That really seemed a big forced. Overall though, I liked the way Paige acted throughout the sideplot.



    Piper's sideplot was pretty good, and she said some pretty funny things in this episode. And refusing Greg? Awesome. But the "Leo is..away" - not so awesome, just sort of weird.



    So this episode was really some filler junk (the suitor, Greg) used as something to bring about future plots (Paige's wedding, the Triad plot). There was 0 connection between this episode and last week's random Crap Staff of Retards episode, and to make it worse there was no explanation of Christy's rescue. The episode also seemed to not hold together too well. The sisters only came together briefly, with too much focus on Billie and her emotionless can't act reject sister. Horrible.moreless
  • Oh, by the way, Christie has been found, and she's HOT.

    8.5
    So, the final story arc for Charmed finally and mercifully gets underway after 4 brutal post-Leo filler episodes that presented some entertainment offset with much irritation. Christie has been found, somewhat anti-climactically as apparently she was crouching in Billie's room the whole time, and since she spends about half the episode huddled in a corner hissing portents of doom, there are about 3 other story lines to separate our focus. Let me first say that Marnette Patterson, as Christie, is a very welcome addition to the cast. As I have said in prior reviews, I always enjoyed when hot female bads opposed the sisters; so it was a great choice to end the series with this ultimate of female baddies. And the dozen or so of us who actually suffered through the horrific movie- Who's Your Daddy?- are well aware of how easily Marnette plays a bad girl.



    Paige and Henry's story line was mostly there for lighthearted comedy, and I was generally entertained by it. The suitor, for all of his obnoxious self-assuredness, did have a good point about Henry and the dangers of a sister dating a mortal. At least since Henry is a cop, he is used to danger. The whole duel part was quite funny, and Paige as usual is adorable. The suitor doesn't know the favor Henry did him since however adorable and sweet she might be I wouldn't wish a marriage to Paige on my worst enemy. Excellent proposal scene, as well, though I am not a huge fan of Paige and Henry hijacking Leo's spot.



    Piper's short story line involves a chance collision, literally, with fireman Greg. Greg apparently is eternally single and interested in Piper, regardless of the fact that she has been married the entire time he has known her. Unfortunately the actor has his hair cut, which judging on the reviews has made it difficult for many viewers to recognize him. Anyway, the concise story line is merely another reminder of Piper's determination to get Leo back, and though I enjoyed it for the most part, the writing at the end could have been a little better. How about Greg shouldn't be kissing Piper because she is married and loves her husband, regardless of whether he is coming back or not? Of course, this was my problem with them two dating back in Season 6. Paige has the best line here, when Piper is reluctant to go anywhere with Greg because she says they used to sleep together (rewriting series history here? they were never clearly said to be sleeping together in Season 6 and Chris in fact made it his personal mission to make sure they never did sleep together), Paige says, "So, don't sleep with him. Simple solution."



    Phoebe has given up, yeah right, on love. Otherwise, she has very little to do here. Coop shows up next episode, which invigorates her story for the rest of the season.



    Once Christie is done babbling and lighting couches on fire, her and Billie combine to destroy the hapless and apparently relatively harmless demons who held Christie captive. Anyone seeing this vanquish after Christie's "mistake" of setting Billie afire has to already know that Christie is the big bad we've been waiting for.moreless
  • At last Charmed is going up!!! A good episode that is not all about Billie and we some new demons to fight...

    8.5
    A "strange" episode but a good one! We have two original stories by two of the sisters (I don't know why, but Phoebe is not shown a lot in the episode, anyway she only does anoying comments in this episode) We have Piper with the fireman and Paige with the "england" boy. Two stories are great! Enjoyable to watch. The camera job in the episode is fantastic! I loved the scene with Piper and the car and the boy orbing at the same. Cool job by the camera. The story of the demons, and the effects are great! When they summon the triad for exemple or when the fireball is orb and gets Henry. The fights are great aswell, specially the last one with Billie and Christie. And the demons were different at least!



    So a great episode that has a good puntuation... 8.5moreless
  • IT'S ALL FALLING INTO PLACE

    8.5
    It's all falling into place



    The season arc kicks off at last! After four dismal filler episodes, the countdown to the last big battle seems finally to have begun. As the name suggests, the big story this week is Christy. I don't really see how this can be her last temptation as she's barely been in the house five minutes but hey-ho. And, speaking of which, is my DVD missing an episode? I don't recall seeing her being rescued. Shades of Prue's death there. Despite this, I do like her firestarter power and I'm glad the writers have chosen not to reveal she's evil just yet.



    So there's a new triad in town? At least, I'm presuming it's a new one, since Cole reduced the last one to ashes. It's fitting that the Charmed Ones should square up to another evil threesome to end the series but all that talk of 'the most powerful evil ever known' is insulting. Some of us did watch Season Four, you know.



    Sadly, the Charmed Ones are reduced to subplots yet again. Piper's is surprisingly touching. When she bumps into an obscure ex-boyfriend, the stage looks set for a pointless ten minutes of mush but it ends up reaffirming her search for Leo, which is nice.



    By contrast, Paige's subplot is awful. The world's most annoying bloke decides he wants to marry her and won't take no for an answer. Ok, there are a few funny lines, and the sword fight looks good, but the bloke is just so unlikeable. Then, after a whole three weeks of dating, Henry proposes to her. Utterly ridiculous. I hope not everything about him is that premature.



    Once again, Phoebe barely features this week. It's such a shame the way they're treating her character this season. This may not be a classic, but it is on the right track. And did I hear Wyatt speak?!?!



    Score: 8.7moreless
Jason Shaw

Jason Shaw

Greg

Guest Star

Warren Derosa

Warren Derosa

Simon Thaddeus Reginald Marks

Guest Star

Allan Louis

Allan Louis

Dreylock

Guest Star

Ivan Sergei

Ivan Sergei

Henry Mitchell

Recurring Role

Marnette Patterson

Marnette Patterson

Christy Jenkins

Recurring Role

Kristopher Simmons

Kristopher Simmons

Wyatt Halliwell #1

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (11)

    • While chatting to Phoebe and Paige in the kitchen, Billie states that she does not know where the demons had been keeping Christy. Yet in the previous episode not only did she see Christy's cell she was able to project into it.

    • The sisters say that because the demon that took Christy isn't telepathic that she must have called him. But in the episode Lost and Bound, the demons where able to track Tyler whenever he used his power of Firestarter - which Christy did. So why would the sisters automatically rule that out?

    • Why, if witches and whitelighters being together is "unheard of" before Piper and Leo got married and had Wyatt, is is possible that Simon even exists? Before Piper and Leo, Patty and Sam had Paige, but she had to be kept secret. How did Simon's parents get away with it?

    • TRIVIA: The Jenkins sisters destroy the demons that were guarding Christy by combining their powers: Christy's Pyrokinesis and Billie's Projection.

    • Why does Sir Simon quite cockily continues to use his magic in public? He may be of royal magical lineage but he is only from a different country not a different world! Wouldn't he also answer to the Elders and their insistence that magic be protected?

    • TRIVIA: This episode marks the first appearance of Marnette Patterson as Christy Jenkins, Billie's sister.

    • TRIVIA: Paige uses her healing power on Henry for the second time.

    • When Piper is talking to Simon and gets in the car, there is a warning sticker visible on the outside of the window. After Piper hits Greg's car and gets out again, the sticker is no longer there.

    • TRIVIA: At the end of the episode, Henry proposes to Paige on top of the Golden Gate Bridge, "their place", and she accepts.

    • TRIVIA: When demons attack & attempt to kidnap Christy, in the heat of the battle Christy accidently reveals one of her powers that was unknown to her: Firestarter.

    • TRIVIA: Jason Shaw reprises his role from season 6, as Greg, Piper's former fireman boyfriend.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Henry: I'm getting pretty tired of you insinuating that I'm not good enough for Paige.
      Simon: I'm not insinuating it, I'm saying it!

    • Henry (to Paige): I mean I've faced demons, fireballs, magical suitors and I think I've passed the test...right?

    • (Greg tries to kiss Piper but she backs away)
      Greg: I'm sorry.
      Piper: No, it's okay. I mean, no it's not okay. It's definitely not okay!

    • Paige (about Simon): I mean, who's this guy think he is? He just shows up and announces that we're destined to be together?
      Phoebe: Well, according to 40 oracles and a sooth sayer...your future husband.
      Paige: That is really not funny.
      Phoebe: I'm sorry. (She chuckles)

    • Phoebe comes running downstairs from the attic, after the fight and hears Christy scream.
      Phoebe (as she sees the burnt couch): What happened?
      Piper: Ask the Firestarter.
      Phoebe looks over at the Jenkins sisters, particularly a sheepish-looking Christy.

    • Henry & Paige are on the top of the Golden Gate Bridge at night.
      Henry (gets down on one knee): Paige, will you marry me?
      Paige: Yes!
      Henry stands up, and Paige runs into his arms and they kiss.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Billie: That is a John Stamos T-shirt. You were totally obsessed with Mr. Full House.

      This is a reference to John Stamos which is most famous for his role as Uncle Jesse on the family hit show Full House that ran from 1987-1995.

    • Christy: Well you wanted to marry Pee-wee!

      This is a reference to the famous character created by Paul Reubens in the 80's. Pee-wee Herman was an eccentric child-man who always wore a grey suit that was a size too small with a red bow tie and was wildly known for his TV series Pee-Wee's Playhouse.

    • Piper: Ask the Firestarter.

      This is a reference to the 1984 film "Firestarter" starring Drew Barrymore as a girl who had the power to start fires with her mind. It was based on the Stephen King novel of the same name.

    • Title: The Last Temptation of Christy

      This is a reference to the 1988 Martin Scorsese film "The Last Temptation of Christ".

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