Coronation Central. Dane paces the pentagram as Prior Pock waits patiently before The Grimoire with his hands clasped. Dane finally stalks over to Pock and screams, "Give me the oath! I want my power!" Not so fast, screamy-boy. D'Eartha blazes in, the promise of a world of pain in her eyes. Said eyes flip beetle-black as she announces that she carries The Source within her. I'd start calling her The D'Ource, but it's so not worth it at this point. Prior Pock bows his head in obeisance, followed by the various members of The Council arrayed on tiers around the pentagram. Dane blusters that it's all some dirty D'Eartha trick. D'Eartha ignores him to announce that she's brought The Council a gift. She turns and conjures up Lurch's cage, with both Phoebe and Raige now imprisoned therein. Dane starts bitching up a storm about the Charmed Ones invading Hell's sanctuary and otherwise harshing all over D'Eartha's buzz, so she fries his ass with the death ray. Prior Pock approaches Phoebe and Raige and inquires of D'Eartha if they are to be the "human sacrifice" associated with her coronation. "Human sacrifice?" Raige blurts. "I didn't know that was part of the plan -- did you?" she asks, turning to Feebs. The Feebs remains strangely silent on the topic. Either they foolishly cut Phoebe's response in the editing room, or they're setting her up for a fall of enormous proportions once Piper finds out that her sister participated in a human sacrifice when she received the title of Queen Of All Evil. Something tells me the bong monkeys in the editing bay blew it this time, because I doubt Kern & Ko. would have Phoebe knowingly participate in something like that. It would piss off the hardcore fans too much, and God knows they already want Phoebe dead for, oh, everything she's done since Alyssa had Shannen fired. It would be one transgression too many.
D'Eartha speechifies that her plan all along was to achieve this particular goal. Every action of hers for the past several months -- the destruction of the previous Source, infecting Cole with The Source's power, finagling the dark marriage between The Source and a Charmed One, having those two conceive an heir, and then absorbing that heir into her own body -- was all to vanquish the Charmed Ones once and for all, thereby ushering a new order of evil into Hell. How...convenient. The Phoetus does not approve of his host organism wasting precious oxygen on half-assed justifications for a season's worth of plotlines, and pummels D'Eartha from inside. Prior Pock leads her to The Grimoire to begin the coronation ceremony as Raige snarks, "Doesn't look like she's having any more luck with that thing inside of her than you were." Raige realizes the cruelty of that statement almost as soon as it's flown from her mouth, and apologizes once more to Phoebe. Phoebe tells her it's okay -- the baby was never Phoebe's to begin with. Raige asks for clarification. Yes, Feeble One. Please clarify. Phoebe claims that from the moment it first invaded her body, she knew the Phoetus was "a black hole of evil" and "soulless." How...even more convenient than D'Eartha's revelation. Unfortunately, there is no longer a beast dwelling within Phoebe to pummel her insides as well. Raige giggles, "Phoebe? Told ya so." Phoebe giggles right along with her, drawing the evil eye of Prior Pock. The gals calm down and brainstorm for options. Okay, so for Phoebe it's more of a misty drizzle than a storm, but let's get this over with, shall we? Phoebe realizes that even though magic cannot escape from the cage, magic certainly can enter the cage from an external source. After all, didn't D'Eartha shoot a death ray through the bars in Phoebe's premonition? Raige notes that they could certainly use the Power of Three right about now. Phoebe begins to recite the "To Call A Lost Witch" spell from memory. Of course, she's not grinding up rosemary and taro root in a silver mortar with a couple of drops of her blood while chanting the spell over a lit candle, but I so could not care any less by this point.