The last 'high school reunion' episode was the considerably better Coyote Piper, an hour that had fun with the usual reunion clichés as well as a campy (but interesting) demon plot given to an actress who can always sell the material she's given. Hyde School Reunion, from that weirdly weak title to the horrifying ending, is filler junk driven into the ground by annoying guest stars and bad girl clichés. Kill it with fire.
The episode doesn't actually open that terribly, even if it is an exact remake of Coyote Piper, right down to the awkward yearbook photograph that opens both episodes. I don't understand why Paige is attending with her sister, but Phoebe is pretty funny with her reunion jitters. But as soon as the event starts up, we hit poop central. From the horrible butch gym teacher and the contrived ex-boyfriend to the randomly still-bitter and still-bitchy high school rival, it all spins rapidly downhill.
Alyssa looks great in her early-90s leather look, but the rest of the hour is ridiculously flat as she and her magically-brainwashed friends spring some ex-classmate out of jail, only to discover that he's unsurprisingly nuts. Worse still, the sisters solve this particular mess by allowing the perfectly-insane but also perfectly-human Rod Rowland to be melted to death by acid-spewing demons. Because that's not entirely wrong and against everything this show has stated when it comes to the morality of the sisters... Ugh.
There are some cute moments in the episode's subplot between Chris and his grandfather, but that isn't enough to save the entire hour, which is far too bogged down by irritating hag-itude. One of the most skippable Charmed episodes in history. D-
Crimes of Fashion Paige's hideous fur jacket, notable for being where Muppets go to die.
Guest stars James Read (Victor Bennett); Rod Rowland (Rick Gittridge); Lesli Margherita (Ramona Shaw); Claire Rankin (Paula Marks); Jeffrey Pierce (Todd Marks)
Writer David Simkins Director Jonathan West