Too late! HA! Suck it, Feebs! Down in the kitchen, Zankou informs Craven of Phoebe and Raige's recent arrival. Craven strokes his chin, smiles a bit, and shrugs that it doesn't matter: "We may have already found Piper."
Meanwhile, Phoebe's busily swinging from the bedroom door's upper casing to nail the second floor's henchdemon in the head with a two-heeled kick that knocks him unconscious to the carpeting. Phoebe and Raige immediately race to the nonexistent attic to abuse the Book of Shadows, physically rendering the attic guards comatose off-screen along their way, but when Phoebe calls out for her missing sister, she's answered by Zankou. He mischievously emerges from behind the attic's door, cradling a small wooden box in his arms. "Looking for these?" he smirks, easing open the lid. Raige and Phoebe get a glance at the box's contents before stonily eyeing Zankou, as the shot cuts to tiny Piper glaring at the wee Dolt before everyone disappears into the final commercial break.
Nonexistent Attic. Aftermath. Long story short, Zankou threatens to off Phoebe and Raige until they rather smugly note that he'll need the Power of Three to summon The New New And Improved Non-Dread Non-Woogy successfully. For a moment, he thinks they're bluffing, but soon enough concedes their point over Craven's strenuous objections. Meanwhile, Piper and the Dolt engage in a heated exchange wherein Piper asserts that Zankou absorbing The New New And Improved Non-Dread Non-Woogy will prove disastrous, while the Dolt assures her that The New New And Improved Non-Dread Non-Woogy "won't know where to go." Some on the forums have raged about this, because it seems to imply that The New New And Improved Non-Dread Non-Woogy is now just as neutral as the Nexus itself, despite earlier evidence that entity is, in fact, supremely evil. Point taken, but I think what the Dolt means is that, as Zankou and the Charmed Ones possess roughly equal amounts of power, The New New And Improved Non-Dread Non-Woogy, in seeking to fuse itself with the strongest entity present, won't be able to make a choice. Works for me, anyway. Not that I particularly care one way or the other, mind you. Yawn. Zankou plucks tiny Piper from the box and, over her tinny little protests, threatens, "You try anything, and you will lose the love of your life." The lid of the box lowers ominously over the Dolt, plunging him into darkness.