Manor. Boudoir of Death. Piper enters from the hallway with the yellow pages to find Phoebe standing silently by a sofa, staring down at a slut top of Prue's she holds in her hands. "Do you remember the time I borrowed this without asking?" she asks. "The time my boyfriend's cat peed on it?" Overshare, table for one. This leads to the scene I shall entitle "Phoebe's Breakdown." For specific content, kindly reference the numerous examples of Piper breaking down in the last episode, but diminish the acting ability. Prue was the big sister and the strongest and the best and what are they gonna do without her and wah wah cry me a river. The result of all this blubbering is that Piper and Phoebe emerge with an even stronger resolve to protect Rose from The Source.
SOUTH BAY SOCIAL SERVICES. Rose paces impatiently outside the conference room. At last, her boss emerges to give her what she takes as bad news. No decision has been reached regarding the disposition of the case as of yet, and the child in question will return home with his parents for another evening. Rose blithers about the signs of abuse detailed in the police report and the counselor's recommendation to remove the child from the home, but her boss tells her to cram it. The Jource was "very persuasive" in the meeting, and while Rose is being overly strident in a manner that bespeaks a hastily and shoddily constructed contrivance of both character and plot, I do have to wonder why her moron of a boss is releasing the kid to his parents for another day. Anyway, Carol and The Jource pop out of the conference room. He turns to Rose, who's been giving him a bit of the old stink-eye, and snorts, "You gotta problem, lady?" "Yeah, I have a problem," she retorts. "I have a problem with people who beat their kids." The Jource leans into her and leers provocatively, "I can do whatever I want, and there's nothing you can do about it." He straightens up, still glaring icily at her, then turns to leave with the wife. Rose is so mad she could just spit! She spins on her heel, stomps over to her desk, snatches up her purse, and storms out of the office. When asked where she thinks she's going, she snarls, "Church."