Out of Scythe
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Charmed -- "The Replacement" -- Image Number: CMD118b_0367.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Melonie Diaz as Mel, Madeleine Mantock as Macy and Sarah Jeffery as Maggie -- Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW -- © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Is it a surprise to anyone that hidden deep below Hilltowne is a hellish prison for evil magical beings? Given the amount of magical shenanigans occuring in the Michigan college town, what’s most shocking about the revelation in “Out of Scythe” is that it took us a full seven episodes to find out.

“Out of Scythe” may as well be an episode dedicated to major revelations. While Charmed has been very slow to introduce us to the magical world the Vera-Vaughn sisters are now a part of, the episode finally introduces us to other magical beings and thankfully Maggie has begun attending World Lit regularly because Greek mythology is a major part of it. However, the revelations aren’t all good as we learn that someone very close to the sisters isn’t who they’re pretending to be.

The episode opens with Mel and Maggie each at a crossroads in the non-witch elements of their lives. Due to the personal consequences of erasing her relationship with Niko, Mel is working as a bartender at The Haunt and has been avoiding her already late thesis proposal. Maggie now appears to be regularly attending her classes but is putting off registering for classes as she doesn’t really know what she wants to do and is even toying with the idea of dropping out of school altogether. The one thing she is sure about is that she still really likes Parker.

As for Macy, Morningstar Biotech has now fully taken over the lab and her job may be on the line. Despite preparing for the worst during her meeting with the new lab manager, Julia, Macy instead gets promoted to lab supervisor. However, the good news fades fast when, due to budgeting issues, Macy’s first assignment is to fire Galvin. While Macy has to figure out a way to break some devastating news to her crush, Maggie has some good news for her: Lucy has officially moved on and has given Parker and Maggie the all-clear to begin dating.

Meanwhile, a man named Leon arrives at the Vera house in need of some serious help from the Charmed Ones. He not only reveals himself to be a Satyr — a woodland God with a penchant for good wine — but also a sworn protector of a shard of the Scythe of Tartarus, which was stolen from him by a shadow demon. Long thought to be lost, Leon tells the sisters that the scythe is the key to Tartarus, a prison located practically in the depths of hell, housing the most evil of magical beings. And it appears someone is on a mission to open this portal to hell and only needs the two remaining missing shards and the beacon that binds the shards together.

While Leon is filling in Team Charmed Ones on the mythology — and showering them in wine — we learn the shadow demon is working for Alastair, who believes a demon locked up in Tartarus will be able to break the protection spell keeping the Harbinger of Hell trapped in the paint can.

Threat of a portal to hell opening or not, Maggie has a date with Parker and she’s not willing to miss it. They meet over tofu in a secluded garden and while Maggie swoons over his remembering she’s a vegan — he’s a details guy, apparently — the conversation quickly devolves into one about their families, especially Parker’s seemingly fraught relationship with his dad. For a couple who’ve had maybe a handful of conversations in total, these two are very intense.

The pair open up about their fears about living up to family expectations, with Parker sharing that despite seeing many therapists over the years, nobody seems to get him like Maggie. While certainly not a compliment many expect to hear on a first date, the words strike a chord with Maggie and the two have a moment. However, their secluded garden makeout session is interrupted by Parker’s inner thoughts, which reveal he’s keeping a major secret from Maggie. Later, at his fraternity house, she walks in on him injecting something into his arm, and believing to have discovered that his dark secret is that he does drugs, she swiftly leaves without waiting for an explanation.

However, Maggie has other things to worry about as there’s another blackout in town and a second shard of the scythe is stolen from Sela, a Tawaret — an Egyptian fertility goddess — working at a local fertility clinic. After Sela reveals that prior to being stolen, the shard seemed to be reaching out to the other pieces, Macy deduces the shards might be magnetically drawn together. Macy’s theory is confirmed as thousands of bees swarm the house, attracted to something magnetic inside. Yep, their mom was keeping another secret as the protector of the final shard. Using the bees, the Charmed Ones find the third missing piece of the scythe hidden in their attic. The sisters also learn they possess the final piece of the scythe as the key Macy’s been secretly wearing around her neck is actually the missing beacon, which she secretly activated when she uncovered it at the end of “Kappa Spirit.”

Possessing the final shard, the Charmed Ones and Harry prepare for the arrival of the shadow demon. They come close to defeating it but their spell is interrupted, and after a fight with Maggie — during which she is able to momentarily read its thoughts — the shadow demon is able to get away. However the shadow demon and Team Charmed Ones leave the fight empty-handed as a mysterious woman, who earlier in the episode hit on Mel at The Haunt, shows up at the house and steals the Scythe of Tartarus, injuring Mel’s shoulder with a burst of electricity in the process.

Later examining her shoulder wound, Mel discovers the mark the mysterious woman left on her was the same one that was on their mother’s body. After the key fiasco, the sisters, once again, decide to stop keeping secrets from one another and Mel and Maggie tell Macy what they heard their mother say during their trip to the ‘80s.

This gives Macy a newfound confidence and having earlier failed to successfully lay Galvin off, she informs Julia that she can’t do it, vouching for how important Galvin is to the productivity to the lab. Vowing to solve the budgeting issues in other ways, she’s able to save his job. At the house, Maggie tells Mel that she’s not only decided against dropping out of college, but she finally found a very logical area of focus for an empath: psychology. However, Mel surprises Maggie by revealing that she may be dropping out of school, as she’s starting to question whether she wanted to actually continue on in the field of women’s studies or if she was just trying to follow in their mother’s footsteps.

From the get-go, something about the Parker seemed just a bit off — and not just because he came across as very bland. Nevertheless, he pops up at the Vera house to explain himself to Maggie. He’s not a drug addict, he tells her, but was administering medicine as he has an autoimmune disorder that’ll probably kill him before he turns 40. He adds that his illness is a secret nobody outside of his family knows about and his explanation is good enough because before you know it, Maggie’s forgiven him and the two are making out on the porch.

However, fellow Parker skeptics, it appears we had good reason to be wary of the frat bro — it turns out he’s the shadow demon and Alastair’s other son. Oh no, Maggie!

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