Season

3, Episode 18

Sin
Francisco
Prue
and Phoebe head
downtown to check out some possible evil activity Prue found while
scrying. Phoebe doesn't like that this caused another delay in a late
ethics paper, and is also concerned Prue is going back to putting too
much time into her Charmed duties. Prue doesn't think that's the
case, and even adds that she doesn't think Piper
and Phoebe need her to watch over them now that they've both got
guys. Prue thinks the activity she found is in a dumpster. She pops
it open to reveal a giant box. Phoebe thinks it has a coffee maker
inside, but Prue tells her the box is empty. Phoebe mentions that
Cole hasn't been
around too often, but does manage to peek in on her occasionally. She
wonders if all he's interested in is sex, but Prue reminds her that
she got magical confirmation that Cole loves her.

A man in a suit wants
something that is in a box held by a demon. The demon tells her what
he wants, more greed, is no longer in the box. He throws a fireball
at the man, but misses just as Prue and Phoebe arrive. Prue flings
the demon aside. The man and the demon go for the box, but Prue swats
it into the street. The demon says the box belongs to another demon,
Lukas, and fades
out. The man runs into the street after the box, and is hit by a bus.
Darryl identifies
him as Robert Pike, a successful stockbroker and philanthropist.

Another cop, Officer
Dean, questions Phoebe and tries to hit on her, but Phoebe tells
him she's spoken for.

Lukas is angry with the
lesser demon; he got Pike's soul, but needs to deliver seven souls
for seven sins. He's even angrier that he has to get past the sisters
to get the box back, and vanquishes his henchman.

Prue slips the box into
her purse and takes it back to the manor. Phoebe goes to the kitchen
to brief Piper, and finds her making sushi for Leo.
She wants to start pampering him, like a normal wife. Phoebe and
Piper come into the living room to find Prue eyeballing the box. She
wants to open it, but Piper wants to call Leo first. At that moment,
Leo orbs in and suggests they check the Book
of Shadows. Phoebe offers to help, but Piper tells her her ethics
professor called and wants to meet with her at 2:00.

While Phoebe goes to
change, Prue, Piper, and Leo check the Book. They find that the box
contains glowing balls that represent the Seven
Deadly Sins. They're used to corrupt paragons of good with sin
magnified a thousand times. Prue suspects Pike was infected by Greed.
Apparently these sins are spread by infectors
who were human before being consumed by sin, such as Lukas. Piper
thinks that vanquishing Lukas will cause the sins to lose their
power.

Lukas fades into the
manor just as Phoebe comes downstairs. Lukas opens the box and throws
a sin ball at Phoebe. Prue, Piper, and Leo hear Phoebe's scream and
rush downstairs. Lukas throws sin balls at them as well, then fades
out. The sisters and Leo don't feel different at first, making Prue
think that only mortal paragons of good can be infected.

Phoebe meets with
Professor
Kass, her ethics professor. She's on the verge of getting an
incomplete; in addition to a late paper, magical emergencies have
caused her to miss several classes. Out of nowhere, Phoebe comes on
to the professor and then starts to make out with him.

Prue walks into the
kitchen to find Piper ordering thousands of dollars worth of stuff
over the phone. Prue cuts off the phone, and also discovers Piper
drinking a glass of wine in the middle of the day. Prue has done some
more digging on the sin balls; they infect people a lot faster than
expected, and then drive the victims to self-destruction. Piper
doesn't think they have anything to worry about since they apparently
weren't infected and then takes a bite of chocolate. Phoebe walks in;
her professor threw her out of class and she doesn't even remember
trying to come on to him. Prue realizes that Phoebe has been infected
with Lust, and Piper with Gluttony. Piper calls for Leo, but Prue
says that he's in the living room. The sisters find Leo laying on the
couch watching TV; he's been infected with Sloth. Piper, Phoebe and
Leo start to give in to their sins, but Prue tries to snap them back
to themselves. A delivery man arrives with flowers Piper ordered for
herself. Phoebe tries to hit on him, but Prue angrily shoos him out.

On the TV, a news
program reports that Pastor Roger Tremble has taken a hostage at Bay
City Motor Cars, and is demanding a Jaguar; the sisters suspect
he's been infected with Envy. Prue and Phoebe head out, but Piper
wants to stay and pamper Leo--and herself as well, as it turns out;
she sees some expensive goodies on a home shopping channel and wants
to order them.

Prue and Phoebe meet
Darryl at the scene. Prue runs into the dealership over Darryl's
objections and tries to talk Tremble down. She tries to fling the gun
out of Tremble's hand, but to her shock nothing happens. Tremble
shoots. Darryl nervously calls for her. A moment later, Prue comes
out with the hostage and is mobbed by reporters. Just as Prue is
about to out herself as a witch, Darryl drags her away and tries to
talk some sense into her. Darryl sees Prue's hand is bleeding and her
jacket is scorched; apparently the bullet grazed her, but she didn't
even feel it. Prue realizes she's been infected after all. Realizing
that Lukas might come after the pastor's soul, Prue asks Darryl to
hide the pastor in a psychiatric hospital. Prue and Darryl then
notice Phoebe's missing and find her making out in a SWAT van with
Officer Dean. Prue and Darryl pull them out of the van. Prue realizes
she's been infected with Pride; it explains why she initially didn't
think she was infected. She drags Phoebe back home. Darryl chews out
Dean before suspending him. Lukas fades in and throws the Anger ball
at Dean.

Prue and Phoebe go back
to the manor and find it full of stuff. Piper ordered it all, and
used magic to bring it there rather than wait six to eight weeks for
delivery. Phoebe tries to hit on Leo, and an enraged Piper nearly
throws a bust at her before Prue takes it away. Prue asks Leo to
check with the Elders,
but Leo would rather orb upstairs for a nap.

Lukas runs into Dean,
who hasn't been able to find out anything about the pastor. Dean
suddenly doubles over in pain from the anger raging in him, and Lukas
suggests he focus it on the sisters.

Prue is leafing through
the Book, but her sisters aren't helping; Piper is getting a foot
massage while Phoebe is having dreams about Dean. Prue angrily vows
to vanquish Lukas herself. Piper knocks a lamp into the foot spa and
is badly shocked. The doorbell rings-- it's Dean. Phoebe is delighted
to see him, but nearly falls out of the attic window before Prue
pulls her back in. Phoebe runs downstairs, but Dean isn't in a cheery
mood. Blaming Phoebe for his suspension, he grabs her, shoves her to
the ground and pulls his gun on her before demanding to know where
they hid the pastor.

He smashes much of
Piper's stuff, and she comes down and freezes him; but her power only
works for a moment. He shoots and misses. Dean demands to know where
the pastor is. Piper feigns ignorance, and Dean shoots again.
However, just as he pulls the trigger, Phoebe knocks him down,
sending the bullet into the air. Piper falls down, knocking a huge
box on top of her. She notices Phoebe unconscious on the floor and
tries to get up, but collapses. Dean nearly turns the gun on himself,
but Prue flings objects at him and knocks him out. Lukas shimmers in,
grabs Prue, and shimmers away.

Piper, one side
paralyzed, hobbles upstairs to get Leo. She finds him passed out on
the bed. Piper collapses, knocking some stuff off the dresser. Leo
comes to and rushes toward Piper. Suddenly, the Sloth ball flies out
of him. He starts to heal Piper, but Piper says that Phoebe needs
healing more. At that moment, the Gluttony ball flies out of Piper.
Piper and Leo realize that the sin balls can be removed with a
selfless act. Piper thinks that this means Phoebe is back to herself
again; she risked her life to save Piper. Piper and Leo find Phoebe
barely alive, but Leo is able to heal her.

Lukas has tied Prue up.
She can't break free because Pride has corrupted her powers. Lukas
offers to remove the sin ball if Prue tells him where the pastor is.
Prue brusquely refuses, prompting Lukas to open up a pit-- it
represents everlasting torment. Prue demands to be untied before she
will tell Lukas where the pastor is, and when Lukas unties her, she
jumps into the pit. Just in time, Leo, Phoebe and Piper find her, and
Leo orbs into the pit to bring Prue back. Piper freezes Lukas just as
Leo pulls Prue out. Prue doesn't even realize she almost died. Piper
thinks the only way to snap Prue back to herself is to vanquish
Lukas. Phoebe throws Lukas' own sin balls at him. He falls into the
pit. The Pride ball leaves Prue, and the Envy and Anger balls return
to the box as well. Piper finds the crystal bearing Robert Pike's
soul. Leo orbs "up there" to release him.

The sisters meet at P3,
where Orgy is playing. Prue doesn't understand how she couldn't get
rid of her sin by acting selfless, but Piper tells her there's no
such thing as a selfless act when one is in a prideful state. Phoebe
has written a paper about her indiscretion with the professor; her
grade of B-minus is enough to ensure her graduation.

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