Sarcastic clapping emanates from an unseen source to echo through the office. Word, sarcastic clapping. Pismo turns a brow furrowed with confusion just as the sarcastic clapper himself materializes in the middle of Pismo's office. The clapper's manner of entry -- one frame, he's nowhere to be seen; the next frame, he's there -- along with the zinging bolt of noise that accompanies said entry, indicates the guy's a warlock. This method of demonic transportation is known amongst the Charmed cognoscenti as "blinking," and much as I would like to refer to it as "zinging" or "zipping" or "beating Chris Matthews with a spiked cudgel," I'll go with "blinking" for simplicity's sake. Anyway, the sarcastic warlock halts his sarcastic clapping to raise a sarcastic eyebrow as Pismo splutters the expected who-are-yous and what-do-you-wants. The warlock swaggers over to the desk with, "As you know, [Pismo], gathering a following requires inspiration." He then cocks his head towards the glowy virgin and adds, "I want your muse." The Muse Of Politically Expedient Generalized Gutless Yammering ("Peggy"), is shocked -- shocked -- that Cocky The Warlock can see her. Cocky puckers his lips to send smoochy noises in her direction, then wiggles his index finger to display a chunky silver mood ring. Peggy identifies this as "The Ring Of Inspiration" and wonders how Cocky acquired it. Cocky thinks a better point to ponder is how Peggy will escape from the ring once he's sucked her into it. Peggy has no time to react to this as Cocky commences with said sucking immediately. Peggy disappears into the ring's inset stone as the stone glows. Pismo decides that now is as good a time as any to ask Cocky, "Who the hell are you talking to?" Cocky just gives Pismo the wicked side-eye. Pismo stomps furiously towards the office door, but Cocky blinks over to block his path. Cocky claims to be doing Pismo a favor by refusing to allow him to leave. "There's nothing worse," he smarms, "than an uninspired politician." Oh, that one's way too easy. I'll toss out "Bloomberg" and let the chips fall where they may. ["You want to tell me about it?" -- Sars] Cocky places his hands on either side of Pismo's head and starts with the demonic frying. Pismo howls and screams and blazes off to Hell as we smash into the opening credits.
Am I alone in being mildly amused that Comedy Central has seen fit to purchase time during Charmed to advertise the new episodes of Absolutely Fabulous? It's good to know that someone somewhere appreciates the connection between the Glamorous Ladies and those gutter-mouthed drag queens.