Season 8 Episode 10

Vaya Con Leos

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 27, 2005 on The WB
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The Angel of Death returns to visit the Charmed Ones but they're shocked to learn that he's there for Leo. To try to stop him from taking Leo, Piper casts a spell that backfires, making every man a Leo lookalike, forcing Piper to take drastic measures and ask the Elders and the Avatars for help. Meanwhile, Billie continues her search for the truth behind her sister's disappearance.moreless

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  • Vaya Con Leos

    Vaya Con Leos was a perfect and very entertaining episode of Charmed. I really enjoyed watching because the story was exciting and full of drama and intrigue. I liked how all guys were turned into Leo clones to buy him more time from the Angel of Death. There was a lot of magic along with powerful beings in this episode and I always enjoy seeing how they are portrayed and orchestrated. It was sad to see what happened to Leo. I liked seeing Billie get closer to the truth and it seems there is a mysterious big bad out there pulling some strings. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • The Angel of Death comes for Leo. Piper pulls nearly every supernatural string to save him.

    This is indeed a great episode of Charmed, and it certainly has a place among the most gut-wrenching and emotional episodes of the series.

    The entire episode is carried by quite possibly Holly Combs' best performance. She progresses from joy, to dread, to determination, to sorrow so flawlessly and powerfully that one has to wonder if Brian's departure from the cast was somewhat emotionally painful for her personally, off camera. Her fearlessness in confronting all the higher powers that stand in her way is inspirational and strongly conveys Piper's desperate love for her husband. The viewer is easily reminded of everything Piper and Leo have fought through to stay together and feels the frustration and anger at the injustice of losing Leo right with Piper.

    The several emotional scenes between Holly and Brian are wonderfully written and acted. These two telling each other they love each other is almost superfluous as the viewers know by now that these two characters embody true love and belong together as much as any couple that has ever graced the TV, which of course adds to the power of this episode.

    Phoebe and Paige are both adequately shaken and upset by events as well. I almost snicker at Paige's tears at the end, recalling that she didn't seem that upset at all when it was her boyfriend Kyle trying to kill Leo. But I suppose I can let bygones be bygones. Paige's separate story with Henry didn't make a lot of sense, but at least their relationship continues to move along. Paige greeting Henry/Leo at the door was a good scene and well-acted by Rose and Brian. Alyssa channels some of Holly's sorrow and frustration well, though it is undoubtable that Billie's introduction has hurt her character more than any other.

    Billie's storyline is almost annoying; since in the viewers' eyes, it is incredibly unimportant compared to what is going on with Piper and Leo. It is of course TOO convenient that the exact demon Billie runs into ends up being the saving grace for Leo.

    It is because of that storyline and the writing for Leo's character after he got the news that I rate this great episode below a 10. Leo, as usual, is fantastic before he finds out Death is after him, but once he knows, the writers seemed to struggle for words for him. Personally, though he is ENTIRELY justified to complain about the injustice of his fate, I would have preferred that he be a little more heroic about it. Maybe that is asking too much, like I said, he IS justified, but considering the guy has been dead before...

    Great episode ended with fabulous and emotional closing scenes. I doubt the show can maintain a high level without one of its best characters and certainly its best male character. However, this twist does add some urgency to the finale, as the ante on the impending battle just went up.moreless
  • Could this be the best episode of Charmed ever?! Finally they are back to the standards of season 1-5, and with a bang! (WARNING MAJOR SPOILERS!!)

    I dont know what to say. This is one of the best episodes of Charmed ever!

    Starting off happy and simple with Leo picking out his vintage car, and Piper giving into the price playfully, this episode takes a sudden sickening lurch into darkness when the Angel of Death comes to Piper and tells her Leo is to die. That is perhaps one of the most shocking things you can expect to hear on Charmed. You cant kill Leo! He was always the one to avert death and save everyone else.

    This episode was heartbreaking in so many ways. Leo's character does not deserve to die in the slightest and his plight about already having had a life cut short was harrowing. His fear over dying was so upsetting, and seeing Piper's determination was just as sad. This episode evoked tears throughout the entirety of the hour, as it was so upsetting to see a character we have loved for so long depart. It just felt so wrong and unfair.

    The writers really pulled out all the stops with this episode, and proved once and for all that Charmed can still be stunning. The acting was spectacular all round and reminded us of how good this show can actually be and how talented the cast is. I think in every way, this must have been the hardest episode for the crew to make, and this shows in all the performances making it all the more real and believable.

    Being Charmed, you always expect them to save the day in the end, but the seriousness with which the episode was approached instilled a real sense of fear in the audience, and a clear message that there was no getting out of this one.

    Piper's anguish in the scene where she finds out why Leo must die is perfectly played and her frustration and anger comes across greatly. The revelation of the big battle coming soon, that is greater than anything they have come across before, is excellently ominous and I'm sure is the beginning of a fabulous final arc to the series.

    The only criticism I have about this episode is perhaps Billie's character. I feel that she pulled the episode down somewhat, and without her, this episode could have been so much more. She made the episode seem a little less meaningful with all the details about her sister. I guess it was good how they resolved it and had both of the stories intertwine at the end, but I feel without her there, we could have had much more time to explore and see the sisters' struggle to try and save Leo. This episode should have been about the Charmed Ones and Leo, and with Billie there, she took away from this. I especially didnt like her reaction to Phoebe not helping her search for her sister. She should understand what it is like to lose someone, and where it is clear the writers are trying to show her determination to get her sister back, she just came across as insensitive and nasty, and her comment about Leo being 'almost family' to her just seemed so fake and cliche, and didnt feel right in the slightest as she has far from bonded with him.

    I liked the fact that Leo isnt completely gone and now the Charmed Ones have something to work towards getting back. I can see Leo coming back in the final episode, which we now know will be the last ever one, and think this is a fantastic arc to set up. I never thought I would say this about the lack of Leo, but I think Charmed will really start to get good now, as things will be a lot more serious and even though there will be a great gaping hole in the show left by Leo, this will just add to the drama and emotion which I hope continues after this stellar episode.moreless

    The big freeze

    Ok, so we all know Leo was written out because Brad didn't want to pay Brian's wages but the plot is so good that hardly matters. This is a brilliant send off for our favourite whitelighter.

    When the Angel of Death appears you know something big is going down. Simon Templeman is excellent once again in the role and Piper's spell to hide Leo is hilarious, despite some slightly dodgy effects in the street scene. Brian is great as he plays one character after another turning up at the door. Particularly liked the pizza boy.

    I love episodes featuring higher powers and this is the best of the lot. Bringing an elder and an avatar together was quality and summoning the Angel of Destiny was inspired. For the first time, it really seems this season is going somewhere.

    There's an interesting subplot for Phoebe and Billie as they try to uncover what happened to Christy. Demon-of-the-week Burke is great fun and the way he winds up in the main plot is nicely done. He's far too likeable for a demon though - I felt bad when he died. By contrast, Billie is fast becoming a wonderful hate figure. Even with Leo dying in hospital she tries to send Phoebe on a guilt trip for not helping find her sister. It's been fifteen years for heaven's sake - why does it have to be today? What a selfish and uncaring cow!

    One other subplot - Paige goes for lunch with Henry and storms off because she has to pay her half of the bill. Not very impressive behaviour.

    But this week is all about Brian and Holly, both of whom give heartfelt performances. The freezing scene is brilliant and Rose produces some very believable tears. So long, dude. See you in the finale.

    Score: 9.5moreless
  • One was beginning to lose hope, to suspect that Charmed had been drained of all excitement and passion now that we're in season 8. One was wrong.

    In this tearjerker episode, Piper realises the Angel of Death is after Leo, and pulls every possible string to save him. Meanwhile, Billie stubbornly persists to try to find her lost sister.

    This episode is beautiful. Charmed at its best. One of the like only five episodes of Charmed that actually had me cry. All Hell Breaks Loose and Long Live the Queen come to mind.

    This is truly Holly Marie Combs' episode, she owns it, and she does so brilliantly. She delivers a powerful, haunting Piper that draws you in emotionally in every scene. I will especially give them credit for the scene in which Leo is frozen down. Perfection. Easily the most moving scene (and episode) that Charmed has seen for several seasons. The reason behind it all is of course that budget cuts only allowed them to have Brian Krause in 12 episodes, this one being the tenth, and the 11th and 12th being the final ones. The brilliant script writer Cameron Litvack uses this to his utter advantage and creates this tearjerker. The foreshadowing of the big threat lurking in the horizon was very promising and I am looking more forward to it than I probably would have because of the promise of Leo's return in case the Charmed ones prevail. Now you're rooting for them again!

    Billie was irritating. She gets offended because Phoebe choose to give her beloved, dying brother-in-law higher priority than her sister who vanished 15 years ago and might very well be dead. Come on!

    That and the rather corny everybody-looking-like-Leo are the only things stopping this episode from getting a 10 score.

    Yes.. the experts at work.moreless
Simon Templeman

Simon Templeman

Angel of Death

Guest Star

Denise Dowse

Denise Dowse

Angel of Destiny

Guest Star

Darren Pettie

Darren Pettie


Guest Star

Ivan Sergei

Ivan Sergei

Henry Mitchell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (17)

    • Why couldn't Piper and Paige just switch powers so Piper could activate Paige's healing power?

    • Paige seems to change clothes halfway through the episode when she is in the attic with the truck driver.

    • The garage seen in this episode isn't seen nor mentioned ever again in any other episodes, and it doesn't appear in any of the exterior shots of the Manor either. It appears it only one other episode when Piper makes the house disappear.

    • It is said in this episode that Leo had to die to make Piper fight harder. However, wouldn't she just mope around and be depressed about losing him and she wouldn't be able to focus?

    • How exactly did Piper explain a near-death Leo's disappearance from the hospital? The hospital would likely have called the police and considering the history with the sisters, it is almost certain that an investigation would take place.

    • TRIVIA: This is the only episode in the series that the Angel of Death, the Elders, the Avatars and the Angel of Destiny appeared together.

    • TRIVIA: This is the last time an avatar appears on the series.

    • When Piper is in the waiting room at the hospital she gets upset and freezes the room. The guy in the chair behind them is supposed to be frozen but he is still chewing his gum.

    • TRIVIA: This is one of three episodes that has "Leo" in the title.

    • When Leo is frozen, all of his bruises and scratches seem to disappear.

    • TRIVIA: This is the second time that the Angel of Destiny has appeared, this time summoned by The Charmed Ones. The Angel's first appearence was in the season 4 episode "Witch Way Now?" but portrayed by a different actor.

    • TRIVIA: The sisters learn that there's a threat waiting for them unlike anything they have faced before - and therefore Leo must die, so that they have enough strength to face it. Instead the sisters find a way for their destiny to continue, without Leo having to die.

    • TRIVIA: As stated in this episode, the Charmed Ones have an enormous battle ahead, and it will most likely be their last.

    • TRIVIA: This is Brian Krause's last regular appearance on the series, until he returns for the final two episodes "Kill Billie Vol. 2" and "Forever Charmed"

    • TRIVIA: After the Angel of Death tell Piper that Leo's death is part of the "grand design", she calls an Elder, an Avatar and finally the Angel of Destiny who tells her the reason why Leo's time is up.

    • TRIVIA: Simon Templeman reprises his role as the Angel of Death. He previously appeared in the season 3 episode "Death Takes a Halliwell" and the season 7 episode "Styx Feet Under".

    • TRIVIA: This is Rose McGowan's 100th episode.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Piper (Calling for The Angel of Death): All right, mister. I know you're lurking somewhere, and if you want something, you need to get your grim reaping ass down here or stop bugging me!

    • After Piper told her that she saw The Angel of Death.
      Paige: I'm canceling my lunch date.
      Piper: No, no, no, you're not.
      Paige: Yes, I am.
      Piper: No. You can't use my neurosis to justify your own. You're just looking for an excuse to get out of the date.
      Paige: I am not. And that's besides the point.
      Piper: No, that's exactly the point. Now, Henry asked you out and you said yes, so you're going.
      Paige: I don't want to. I don't even like him that way.
      Piper: Which is clearly why you said yes. So you're gonna go, and if I see Death, I'll call ya.
      Paige: Fine. But if he gets you, I'm never talking to you again!

    • Piper (to the Angel of Destiny): Listen lady, I've jumped through a lotta hoops to get you here and I want some answers, and I mean fast.
      Paige: Easy Piper.
      Piper: This was not any random accident, there is more to it than that, and I wanna know what?
      The Angel of Destiny: Who says there is more?
      Piper: The Angel of Death.
      Paige: And an Elder.
      Phoebe: And an Avatar.
      The Angel of Destiny: Looks like I'm going to have to have a little chat with them!

    • Angel of Destiny: You will find your sister, Billie. It's your destiny. (turns to the Charmed Ones) If you prevail, he will be returned. If not...

    • Piper: Remember when I told you you just had to trust me? This is the only way.
      Leo: The only way? Piper...
      Piper: I have to lose you to save you. It's just... how screwed up destiny is. You kind of got caught in the middle. I'm so sorry.
      Leo: It's all right. We have... been through worse...
      Piper: No. We haven't.
      Leo: We're gonna get through this.
      Piper: Of course we will.

    • Angel Of Destiny (to the Charmed Ones): There's one more battle on the horizon for you three. One unlike you've ever faced before, one you won't see coming, and one you may not survive.

    • Piper (to Leo): I need to lose you to save you.

    • (Phoebe's cell phone rings while they're at magic school looking for a demon)
      Billie: You're getting a call? Here?
      Phoebe: Yeah, great reception, huh?

    • Paige: Where are you going?
      Piper: To cheat Death.

    • Phoebe: Hey, Piper, can I call you back?
      Piper: Yeah, sure. No problem. I was just, you know, calling to see how are you doing, if you're okay. That's all.
      Phoebe: Why wouldn't I be?
      Piper: Aaaaaa... No reason, just checking.
      Piper: Piper, what's going on?
      Billie: Hello... Demon...
      Piper (listening to Billie): Wait, what, demon? What demon?
      Phoebe: Oh, we are trying to learn about the demon that took Billie's sister and see if we can find what happened to her.
      Piper: Oh no, no, no, no. You can't do that right now.
      Phoebe: Why Piper, what's happening?
      Billy: Phoebe!
      Phoebe: Would you please...
      Piper: Well, see, the thing is... I may have seen the Angel of Death today.
      Phoebe: What? When? Oh my goddess, are you okay?
      Piper: Yeah. I'm fine. I'm just calling to... Have you seen him?
      Phoebe: Who? Death? No.
      Piper: Okay. Well that's good. That's good.

    • Page: Where is Billie?
      Phoebe: She's upstairs trying to find the demon who took her demon.
      Piper: Why don't you go keep an eye on her, make sure she doesn't get herself killed.
      Phoebe: Wait, are you sure?
      Piper: Yeah, I mean we don't even know if the Angel of Death is looking for two people in this house?

    • The Angel of Destiny: Who are you to summon me?
      Paige: You don't look like the one that we've met before...
      The Angel of Destiny: There are many destinies and many angels.
      Piper: Do you know why we called you?
      The Angel of Destiny: Yes. But there is nothing I can do for you, this is Leo's destiny.
      Piper: Why? Who says?
      The Angel of Destiny: What do you think?

    • Elder: It's not that we won't Piper, we can't.
      Avatar: Using our powers to save Leo is a path neither Elder nor Avatar can travel.
      Piper: Hang on a second, are you telling me that the first time you two agree on anything is when you decide to let my husband die? I dont think so.

    • Piper: So you're gonna go, and if I see death, I'll call ya.
      Paige: Fine, but if he gets you, I am never talking to you again.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Episode Titles: Italy: Patto con il destino (Deal with Destiny) Germany: (Vaya Con Leos) France: La force du destin (The Power of Destiny)

    • This episode was nominated for the 2006 Image Award for "Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series".

    • Due to budget constraints, this episode was written to have the Leo character removed from the series for a time in order to cut actor Brian Krause's salary from the budget. The same thing was done at the beginning of the season with actor Dorian Gregory.

    • This episode got 4.34 million viewers.


    • Title: Vaya Con Leos

      This is a reference to the Spanish phrase "Vaya con Dios," which is a common farewell phrase which literally means "Go with God".