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After the final battle between the Charmed Ones and the Jenkins sisters has been fought with disastrous results, Piper and Leo go back in time to change its outcome.

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  • Actor Allusion: Patty says "how do I look?" when she arrives at Victor's apartment. Finola Hughes was presenter of a TV show called How Do I Look?
  • Babies Ever After: The epilogue shows that Piper had another child, while Phoebe and Paige both had three children as well. And the presence of lots of grandchildren in the last scene confirms that those children had plenty of their own.
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  • Back for the Finale: Pretty much the entire Halliwell family, except for Prue. Other former main characters (Andy, Darryl, the Gordons, Cole) don't appear and aren't even mentioned.
  • Break the Cutie: Patty from the 70s brought to the present can't catch a break when it comes to bad news. She finds out, in order, that she will soon die, that Victor will soon divorce her, and (in an off screen moment) that her eldest daughter will die as well.
  • Cain and Abel: Billie and Christy officially go their separate ways, and Christy in fact tries to kill Billie.
  • Call-Forward: Grams tells the younger Piper that she has gifts that will make her even more special than she is now.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: Billie had previously used her projection power to go into the past in "12 Angry Zen". She at first uses it in a failed attempt to warn her and Christy not to fight the Charmed Ones. Later when Christy and Dumain get Coop's ring, Billie is able to project the sisters back with her.
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  • Chekhov's Skill: Coop's ability to travel back in time from "Generation Hex" comes into play here.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • In "Cheaper By the Coven" Penny asks the teenage Piper if she remembers being given a talk about how special she is. In this episode when they find Penny in her timeline, she's seen giving Piper this talk.
    • Just as in "Imaginary Fiends", older Wyatt cannot stop from letting slip details about the future.
  • Darkest Hour: Continuing from the previous episode, this one starts with Phoebe and Paige being dead, and the Manor being blown up.
  • Demoted to Extra: Henry (who didn't appear in the previous episode) just gets one scene before the final battle, and a non-speaking part in the epilogue.
  • Dope Slap: After Coop arrives in the manor, a future item is blurted out.
    Future Wyatt: Uncle Coop. [realizes what he just said]
    [Future Chris smacks him]
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  • Downer Beginning: See Darkest Hour.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The point of the trip to the future is to hint at what the Charmed Ones can have if they succeed in the present.
  • Easily Forgiven: Downplayed. The epilogue shows that Phoebe at least forgave Billie for what she did. However she's shown as a babysitter by the time Phoebe is about to have her third child, which allows for several years to forgive her.
  • Exact Words: Piper uses Coop's ring to move through time in order to save Phoebe and Paige. The first attempt is to go to Phoebe, which ends up taking her and Leo to when Patty was pregnant. They then try to go to move ahead to Grams, but they overshoot to a point when Piper is a grandmother.
  • Foreshadowing: The older Piper notes how she lost Leo soon after getting him back, but still got him back in the end.
  • Generation Xerox: One of the epilogue scenes shows that Wyatt and Chris will indeed take over for the Charmed Ones.
  • Hairstyle Inertia: Piper still has her waist-length hair in the future when she's a grandmother.
  • The Hecate Sisters: The trio used to get rid of the Hollow has Piper as the Maiden, Patty as the Matron and Penny as the Crone.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Christy is offered the chance to give up her villainy (though it's not said whether the Halliwells would have allowed it). She responds by trying to kill them one last time, and Billie is forced to kill her.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Billie comes back to her senses after Dumain asks her to go back in time and save the Triad.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Billie is left a sobbing mess after having to kill Christy.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: When vanquishing the Triad, Piper first blows up Dumain's future self and then his past self. Essentially killing him twice and making him watch.
  • Last Minute Hook Up: Phoebe and Coop don't officially get together until the denouement.
  • Loophole Abuse: The older Leo cheats at Scrabble by asking his younger self for help with a spelling challenge.
  • Ominous Message from the Future: Billie runs into her and her sister's past selves and tries to warn them about how the battle will end. Past Billie knocks her out and her message is ignored.
  • Pet the Dog: It's revealed that the Elders arranged for Phoebe and Coop to meet in order to make up for years of relationship troubles that they contributed to.
  • The Power of Love: The older Piper explains that use of Coop's ring requires using the heart instead of the mind.
  • Reset Button: After Piper and Leo pick up Patty and Penny from the past and change the outcome of the battle between the Charmed Ones and the Jenkins sisters. Both timelines feature the exact same scene where Victor burns himself with his tea when someone knocks on the door.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Everyone seems to have it when Wyatt gets his power back.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Two cases in this episode: first to change the outcome of the final battle, then to restore Wyatt's powers.
  • Silver Fox: Patty squees that Victor still looks great in the future.
  • Stable Time Loop: The older Piper and Leo are aware of everything their younger counterparts are going to say and doing during this visit because they remember being on the other side of the encounter.
  • The Unfought: In the revised timeline, the Jenkins sisters. Billie makes a Heel–Face Turn and she's the one to kill Christy.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Christy has one once she realises that Billie projected the Halliwells back in time to stop her.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The final scenes, complete with Babies Ever After.
  • Worth It: The older Piper and Leo say that every struggle they endured was worth the happy life they have together.
  • You Already Changed the Past: Piper and Leo travel to the future and see their older selves resting in the Manor, despite it having been blown up in the present. It is explained as the final battle ending not as it was meant to be.
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