The Legend of Sleepy Halliwell-The Charmed Ones help out Leo's mentor, Gideon, when he wants to find out who cast the spell of darkness over a magic school and conjured the Headless Horseman who has been beheading the teachers. Meanwhile, Phoebe goes on a vision quest and discovers who Chris really is.
It's officially, the writers have completely run out of ideas as this episode introduces us to Magic School aka acomplete rip-off of Harry Potter from the Howgrats-like sets to the teacher's costumes. It's like Brad Kern and his team have no shame, Magic School is not only a boringdevelopment for the series, appearing until the end of the series but it's a boring set.I never liked Magic School and it was just a terrible way for the writers to captalize on the Harry Potter craze. Despite that, "The Legend ofSleep Halliwell" (....remember when these pun titles werecute? sigh) is a pretty dcent hour considering most of the cast gets something to do. Paige becomes a temporary teacher atMagic School, Phoebegoes on a vision quest and Piper comtemplates whetherWyatt should go to Magic Schoolsince he is anti-social around other children as of late. Even the guest stars are solid likeBetsy Randle as Mrs. Winterbourne, Christopher Neiman as Sigmund and especially Gildart Jackson as Gideon. He's first appearence is mysterious and makes you want to see more of him.
The Headless Horseman plot is pretty silly as Charmed can be at this point, but at least the mystery behind who unleashed him is played out seriously with little hijinks or cheap laughs. Phoebe's vision quest was eerie, intriguing and when we get to see the possible future, we see she'll have a child of her own. The bad thing is that this starts Phoebe on her tiresome arc of finding "the one" so she can have a baby. Anyway, at least Phoebe manages to find out the identity of the Horseman's conjouror adn while Zachary's motive was your typical "adolescent teen crying out for help", it was a nice reveal and the actor was decent enough. The episode ends with a hugh twist, turns out Chris is...Wyatt's brother!! Talk about pulling a plot point like that out your a$$ writers!! All and All, a watchable hour of Charmed to say the least.