...the next commercial break? Well, that certainly was stupid, wasn't it? I hate this goddamned show.
Manor. Aftermath. Lengthy round of expository blather short, the potion hurled the Manor Morons into "a deep sleep, so all they do is dream, and since dreams provide insight, [Maggot Neck] will be able to see what they really care about." The hell? First of all, the dream stage of sleep...oh, fuck it. CANCELLED! Mikelle haplessly wanders onto the scene, quickly takes stock of the situation, and flees, correctly realizing that Ssssecretly Evil Chrissssty and The Ultimate Retard are evil and must be destroyed. Poor, doomed Mikelle's barely made it onto the front porch, however, when Skakel or Skeletor or Scudworth or whatever the hell Methos's goddamned name is supposed to be this evening black-orbs in, sneers something about her Whitelighter leaving her unprotected, latches onto her neck, and black-orbs back out with her. DUN! Meanwhile, back on the sun porch, there's more barely intelligible psychobabble from Ssssecretly Evil Chrissssty before she hands Maggot Neck a red crystal that allows the latter to enter "Dream World" and move from sister to sister. In a nice little effects shot, the moment she accepts the crystal from Ssssecretly Evil Chrissssty, The Ultimate Retard flares crimson and constricts into a fist-sized ball of red light that presently breaks apart into three glittery, glowing tendrils wafting through the air. After circling above the unconscious Ps for a moment, the tendrils shoot down into their heads. The camera plows down towards the floor to follow the one that wormed its way into Piper's skull, and the screen washes out for an instant before it clears and we find ourselves in the Dream World version of the center parlor.
Dream World Manor is pretty much the same as Real World Manor, save for the softer focus in the camera's lens and the saturated blue tint to the lighting. Incidentally, the Glamorous Ladies remain self-aware during all that follows, for whatever reason. I'd go back to the previous scene and transcribe Ssssecretly Evil Chrissssty's explanation for that, but, you know. Why bother? It won't make any sort of rational sense anyway, and besides: CANCELLED! In any event, the gals, who had apparently split up upon arriving in Dream World to investigate, now regroup in the center parlor to process through what they know, which is nothing. "[Maggot Neck] obviously did something to us," Piper grunts. "Yeah, but what?" Raige wonders. "I don't know," Piper replies, "but this is weird, and that's never good." Piper then most awesomely smacks Phoebe hard on the arm and grumbles, "I told you it was a trap!" Just then, Phoebe spots The Ultimate Retard lurking in the foyer. Maggot Neck babbles some lie about being late for class because she's supposed to pretend to be a part of their dreams, or whatever, and bolts for the door. The second she crosses the threshold to the porch, however, a shimmery blue portal erupts in the doorframe and sucks her in. The Manor Morons, who'd been hot on The Retard's heels, brace themselves against the wood, but are eventually sucked through the portal themselves.