Recap Charmed: Season 4, Episode 8 - Black As Cole

A demon, Psyches, has taken on the characteristics of Cole's demonic form, Balthazar. Psyches is a demon who likes to kill witches. Psyches wants to impress the Source and move up quickly through the ranks, and heads for Balthazar. Before he can get to them, he has to make them aware of what he is. He begins to kill the covenant of witches, and when the Charmed Ones intervene, Psyches goes after Phoebe, the one thing that will bring Cole/Balthazar to him. To kill his legendary self, says Psyches, "would be an honor."

Psyches, a follower of Cole, has picked up most of what made Cole Balthazar. When the Charmed Ones go to the murder scene of a witch, they notice the scorch marks on the wall, which is Balthazar's mark. Also at the scene is a DA who has the power to shimmer. It is mentioned that Cole has pretended to be a DA to gain access to murder scenes to help in the past. It seems his "alter ego" has decided to do the same. When Emma (a girl whose fiancée is killed by a demon who looks like Psyches/Balthazar) confronts Cole with the murder of her fiancée, Cole admits to Phoebe that he did indeed kill him, as the knife she has is his, although he doesn't remember doing it nor what he looked like. Phoebe reminds Cole that he is good now. Seeing as Psyches emulates Balthazar, Cole thinks like him and figures out what it is he is planning and where he will go next. In the end, Balthazar is killed for good, leaving Cole with no powers, no ability to shimmer, no demons trailing him and the Source's radar on him off. He now must learn what to do with himself, and just who he is now.

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