Week after week we have commented on how disinvested we were in the forced love stories of Maggie and Macy – Maggie being cringe-inducingly naive and Macy obsessing over Gavin when she can 1) do better than a guy that flips back and forth so easily 2) is going against magic and endangering both of them by pursuing it. That being said we were really happy with how their stories finally connected and panned out in this episode!
First off, we should address last week’s cliffhanger– early in this episode Mel “infiltrates” the Sarcana and goes through an odd “initiation” where Jada and the other members chant around her but their misleading lines about being bound by blood end in the anticlimactic magic tattooing of their mark on Mel’s forearm. Then she just gets to leave and go home. No summer camp blood oaths, but she noticed their crows and ties them back to the crows that flew out of the manor when her mother died. INTRIGUE.
Back home things are extremely domestic with a full house on Christmas Eve, as both Parker and Galvin show up to celebrate with “their girls”, except Parker was actually invited and Galvin is crunched- up and awkward as hell. Things go from weird to weirder when Macy sees Galvin’s protection mark glow when he shakes Parker’s hand -and- sees Parker wince when it happens. Points to the eldest sisters for perception! Macy calls Mama Roz who confirms that such a strong reaction means that the person is far too evil to be trusted, but before Macy can report this to Mel she is knocked out by Parker’s brother who then ties her up in the garage and pulls a magical identity theft through shapeshifting.
“Why doesn’t Macy just use her powers to escape?” Anyone with a brain might ask, but there’s a simple explanation. At the intro to the episode we see Parker and his brother storm into a historic church and rob the displayed remains of Saint Dragos. It’s a great intro where they go head-to-head with a powerful WatchGuard holy man, who unfortunately falls to the demonic brothers, and they take both the Amulet of the Archangel and the priest’s powerful magical staff. The reason? They want to use the Amulet of the Archangel to siphon the power of the Charmed Ones for their own demonic purposes [remove threat/use their power to perform demonic gene therapy on Parker because SURPRISE his mother is Macy’s new boss].