Prue shoots her a weary "Phoebe," and in a series of seeming non-sequiturs, Phoebe can't figure out why the relationship is forbidden, Prue notes that "rules are meant to be broken," Phoebe counters with, "Bodies aren't," and Piper interjects, "Neither are hearts." That wasn't a skillet or an anvil that just hit me, people. That was the entire foundry town of Ambridge, Pennsylvania, dropped directly onto my fragile little head. Vodka clearly will not be enough to help me through this episode, so I pull the big bottle of Jägermeister out of the liquor cabinet at Chez Demian.
More back and forth involving the secret wedding, Leo issues a final warning and orbs out, a bit of tender sisterly bonding, and Paula Cole stops by for a guest appearance. Oops. That was the caterwauling of an actual cat. Kit "Toxo" Halliwell shrieks from off-screen, and the sisters rush to the back of the house to investigate. They fling open the front door to find Kit, hackles up in attack mode, cornering an owl. On the front porch. When they originally ran to the back of the -- oh, the hell with it. I crack open the Jägermeister and toast the non-existent continuity editor. "Bad kitty!" Phoebe admonishes, as the eerie background music cranks up. The owl puffs up a bit, then flashes out into the form of a very naked and very well-built young man, curled in the same bidness-hiding crouch as Michael Biehn in the first Terminator movie. The Halliwell gals, however, can see all the way down this particular piece of eye candy, leading Piper to gasp and flutter her hands around in embarrassment, Phoebe to stare in slack-jawed astonishment, and Prue to leer and purr, "Good kitty." Hee.
Credits. Prue may be the sun and the air, but Piper is human and needs to be loved, just like everybody else does. I'm human, I have a brain, I get. It. ALREADY, and I down another Jäger shot. Of note this week: Darryl's been vanquished from the title sequence, but Cole is still with us. Thank God for small favors, I suppose.
Establishing shot of the Bay Bridge. At night. Halliwell Manor. Still nighttime. Manor parlor, immediately following the preceding scene, which took place in the middle of the day. Shot count this episode: three. Eye Candy wraps a towel around his naked self while asking, "Are you afraid of me?" Nope, hon, but I'm a bit worried about my liver at this point. Prue cautiously lobs back, "Are you planning on sprouting horns, growing fangs, and eating us?" Eye Candy replies, "If you work for him, I'll do worse than that." Piper tires of the "verbal ping-pong" about the same time I do, and tells them to get to the point so focus can shift back to her and her petty little problems. A bit of verbal sparring ensues, with the sisters attempting to get Eye Candy to explain his obviously odd situation and an impatient Eye Candy giving them little by way of backstory. The bit he does allow lets them know that he's been cursed by his boss to fly about during the daylight hours as an owl, this curse was placed on him a considerable time ago, he plans to end it this evening by killing the man who placed it on him, and he has no time for the sisters and their magic, having lost enough already due to their cat dragging him back to their house. Sorry, but I'm not buying that. That bird looked big enough to turn cuddly Kit into a series of little furry owl pellets. Prue gently asks for him for thirty more seconds so the sisters can "huddle," and Piper offers him some of Leo's clothes.