This straddles that annoying line between demon vanquishing hijinks and Touched by an Angel sentimentality, something I had assumed the show got over way back in season one. Little Monsters is a thin depiction of the whole 'nature vs. nurture' debate, with the sisters taking in a demon baby and figuring out what the hell to do with the little thing. Paige is all for keeping him safe and making sure he grows into a sane (if lizard-tongued) adult, Piper couldn't care less, and Chris wants him dead. Because he's gross and weirdly psychotic.
The story eventually descends into overlong scenes of exposition and corn, with the Manticore demon explaining his plight while Piper looks on all sympathetic. Maybe I'm just dead inside, but this storyline bored me to tears -- although Seth Peterson and Holly Marie Combs did have a ton of chemistry in those last scenes, more so than she has with Leo. They really should have ran with these two. Plus, making them a couple would have fit into Piper's whole 'attracted to supernatural creatures' thing. But it wasn't to be. Blah.
Darryl's subplot was pretty lame. The concept of an 'invincibility spell' is ridiculous, pulled out of the writers' butts and in the process stomping all over the corpse of continuity. Then there's Darryl striding up to the gun-crazed criminal, satisfied that he'll be unharmed but seemingly unconcerned about all the terrified hostages with their mushy parts in the firing line -- so dumb.
Finally, Phoebe has another problem this week. Because she can't go thirty seconds without stumbling upon something new to whine about. Her wacky (and not at all annoying) new power made her tell Jason that she loves him, and what follows is tired sitcom schtick with Phoebe more obnoxious than ever. Drop the hag, Jason. It's good advice. Filler episode, generally. And one of the most forgettable Charmed episodes in its history. D
Guest stars Seth Peterson (Derek); Eric Dane (Jason Dean)
Writer Julie Hess Director James L. Conway