Charmed recap: What does Macy learn about Galvin’s symbol?

Charmed -- Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW -- Acquired via CW TV PR
Charmed -- Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW -- Acquired via CW TV PR /

Charmed Season 1, Episode 6 wastes no time getting straight into the episode. Why do the Vera sisters end up in the past and can Macy figure out what’s going on with Galvin?

It doesn’t take long for Charmed Season 1, Episode 6 to get into the main focus of the episode. Mel, who is still mourning the loss of her relationship with Niko (by the way, I realize I’ve been spelling her name Nico for a while, so I’ll remember the proper spelling now), is woken by her sisters. It’s time for mojito night at a club, where Maggie runs into her sorority.

While there, Maggie sees a new pledge, Brenda. The 80s gear should be a big surprise that she’s slightly out of time, but why? That’s something the Vera sisters need to figure out. Meanwhile, Macy invites herself to Galvin’s birthday party to figure out what’s going on with that mark.

A trip to the 80s

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It doesn’t take too long for the sisters to realize that something is up with Brenda Mancini, the 80s-dressed pledge. She died years ago and Maggie and Mel cast a spell to figure out why this spirit is around now. They’re taken to Hilltowne University 30 years ago, where Brenda is humiliated by Kappa sister, Jenna Gordonson.

As I expected, they also run into their mother, Marisol, who is currently pregnant with Macy and extremely worried. That’s not really the main plot of the episode, but it sets a few things up for the future. And not really being a focus is something I dislike but more on that later this week.

The real plot is why Brenda is haunting in the future. When Mel and Maggie get back to their own time, they go to find Jenna, who says that Brenda was the bully and not the bullied. One night, Brenda hung a sign to humiliate the Kappas. She was drunk and fell to her death accidentally.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that Brenda is forcing others to repeat her death, especially when the sisters realize that there’s been a string of similar deaths over the years. Off they go to the roof where Brenda died, where her spirit is encouraging Lucy to jump.

Charmed — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR
Charmed — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR /

Stopping the spirit

Just as Lucy jumps, Mel freezes her and the sisters are able to get Lucy safely to the ground. Mel realizes one thing in all this: she hasn’t given Lucy the space she needs to deal with everything. Mel has only been thinking of herself.

With Lucy accepting Maggie’s apology and accepting the space Maggie is willing to offer, Brenda is gone. But does this actually deal with the spirit? After years of watching Supernatural, I’m not entirely convinced. Nor am I completely convinced of the storyline that Brenda was the bully. Why would she get her revenge by going after other sorority bullies? Maybe I need to watch the episode again.

I’ll get into my likes and dislikes later this week, but here’s a hint: I love the sisterly initiation ceremony in the episode and that Mel just accepts her younger sister’s need to be accepted by the Kappas. Mel stops trying to figure out why Maggie needs this and just accepts that the two are different.

Harry is also initiating into the sisterhood, but he’s also moving out of the Vera-Vaughn household. It’s time for him to go back to life as normal, although he’s always going to be part of this family.

Charmed Season 1, Episode 6 recap
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The meaning behind Galvin’s symbol

Meanwhile, Macy is busy figuring out what the symbol is on Galvin. After learning more about his past — more specifically, the fact that his grandmother was from Haiti — she figures out that the symbol she found on Galvin is one of protection from the Yoruba religion. These marks were often put on infants and it looks like Galvin has had one for a long time.

When Macy visits Mama Roz, a Yoruba priestess, she learns that this particular symbol is to protect Galvin from Ibi (although known as darkness). Since Macy can see the symbol, Mama Roz says that she has darkness within her.

Darkness? What darkness? Apparently, Macy needs to find a key hidden in the pillar of the Vera house. Yeah, not cryptic at all, but is this somehow linked to Marisol’s reasons for giving up her daughter?

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Charmed — Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR
Charmed — Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR /

Hunter gets Macy’s blood

We may find out more about this with the villain storyline. Charmed Season 1, Episode 6 opened with Dr. Gregorian telling Macy that all employees needed to submit a blood sample for drug testing. It’s part of the new ownership and Macy didn’t question it. To be honest, it was a sort of viable excuse, although a urine sample is most standard.

Anyway, Macy gives over her blood. It shouldn’t be surprising to learn that Hunter the Shapeshifter stole the blood. Alastair did make it clear that he wanted a witch’s DNA and this would be the quickest way of doing things. Oh, and Dr. Gregorian isn’t alive anymore. Surprise, surprise.

Next. Charmed Season 1, Episode 5 recap: Other Women. dark

What did you think of Charmed Season 1, Episode 6? Did the monster-of-the-week storyline work? What do you think is the darkness in Macy? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Charmed airs Sundays at 9/8c on The CW.