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Recap / Charmed S7E20 Imaginary Fiends

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Since Piper and Leo put Wyatt in a normal preschool, he seems to have made himself an imaginary friend. To understand him better, Phoebe goes to see her psychology professor and Piper accidentally conjures future Wyatt. The imaginary friend turns out to be a demon who wants to corrupt Wyatt by cursing his teddy bear.


  • Adult Fear: Wyatt keeps talking to imaginary friends and not actual people, including family. Piper worries this could be another magical threat, but she also dreads it being a mundane part of a child's development (something she can do very little about and could even be a commentary on her abilities as a parent). In the end, Future Wyatt says she really shouldn't worry so much, but Piper says that will never change.
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  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Leo bets on this during the climax. Future Wyatt warns him to back off, but he just doesn't have it in him to kill his father. Also, for all his bluster, he avoids attacking Piper, even after she blasts him.
  • Foreshadowing: After being turned evil, Future Wyatt wants the Book of Shadows, due to its power and the spell that can get him back to his own time. He can't touch it now that he's evil, but Phoebe is certain he'll eventually figure out a way around that. Zankou proves such a fear is very justified.
  • Irony: Leo reflects on how Vicus made an effort to interact with Wyatt instead of taking magical shortcuts.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Future Wyatt after being returned to normal.
  • Noodle Incident: Future Wyatt references an occasion where Chris swallowed a marble. This horrifies Piper.
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  • Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Vicus appears only to Wyatt, so the adults think it's just an imaginary friend and that he's only talking to himself. They realize they've got a demon on their hands when Future Wyatt sees him.
  • Out-Gambitted: Phoebe notes how easy it was for Piper to scry for Future Wyatt's location. They know he wants the Book of Shadows, so they expect this to be a diversion to leave it unprotected. Leo suggests playing to that: the sisters leave the manor, while he stays in the attic with the book and waits for both Wyatts to arrive. He knows he won't be considered a physical threat and will thus have a better shot at talking things out.
  • The Power of Love: How Leo gets Wyatt (present and future) to be good again.
  • Power of Trust: Vicus actively tries to exploit this to turn Wyatt evil. Leo figures it out afterwards and says that they can do the same to make him good again.
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  • Shout-Out to Shakespeare: After Leo muses that his son would never harm him.
    Phoebe: No? Ever read Hamlet?
    Leo: Hamlet killed his stepfather.
    Phoebe: Close enough.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Future Wyatt is constantly optimistic about any and all things. Much to Paige's disbelief, he says he got that from Piper.
  • You Don't Want to Know: After Future Wyatt remarks that he can tell the sisters all about the future:
    Piper: We don't want to risk changing it again.
    Wyatt: Again?
    Paige: Don't ask.

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