The Secret Circle: A Dirty Shame (PHOTO RECAP)

Uhhhhhhhhhmmmm YES. Yes, please. This episode. All of it.

I don't know if there was a single thing I didn't love about "Curse." Hold up, let me put on my thinking cap real quick. I'm sure I can think of something. Okay, this thinking cap isn't working, needs more stickers. Anyway, nope, can't think of a single thing I didn't love about this episode! "Curse" was The Secret Circle firing on all cylinders and while it might be TEMPTING to say, "Oh, it finally changed course," the reality is that each and every thing this episode did right was foreshadowed and set up earlier in the season. Credit where credit's due! I mean, again, it wouldn't have killed this show to have hinted that Blackwell had powers when he first appeared, but now we know his initial lameness wasn't so much a broken promise as it was delayed gratification. That gratification may have been delayed, but boy did it arrive this week.

Here's a quick rundown of the important things that happened in "Curse": John Blackwell does indeed still have magic and he used it to cockblock his own daughter in the most brutal way imaginable. Adam and Cassie are dunzo; Cassie seems destroyed over it; Adam is suddenly 200% more likeable. Everyone now knows about Jake's murderous past. Amelia and Ethan were definitely a thing back in the day. Jane is back in play. Dawn now knows about the witch hunters. For a show that's been relatively pokey about getting everyone on the same page, these were A LOT of elements to dump onto the table and as a viewer it felt straight-up exhilarating. And there are still FIVE episodes left!

Okay, let's do this.

We began in the aftermath of last week's spooky, sex-birdemic incident. There were casualties!

Meanwhile some soft-lit and maddeningly gross pillow-talk was under way.

I mean, fine. People were probably rooting for Cassie and Adam. But for me I felt like their relationship made them each much, much lamer. Over the past few weeks they'd both became dead-eyed and boring, and frankly I'd begun to like Cassie less and less. It might've had a little to do with her becoming a humorless vessel for black magic, but there's definitely been a spark missing from our plucky heroine ever since she gave in to this inevitable, chemistry-free pairing. Anyway, call me heartless, but all this soft-whispered "Let's make love all day" junk really tickled my gag reflex. (But in retrospect, maybe that was intentional?)

When Blackwell informed the two of them that (A) he knew they had sex and (B) it activated a deadly curse, thus began the episode's strongest recurring theme: SEX IS AWKWARD. Seriously, I don't know that I've ever seen a teen drama so correctly represent the inherent awkwardness of sex between teenagers before. The rest of the episode was basically an endless series of humiliations for them and I can't deny that I didn't take some satisfaction in the schadenfreude of it all.

Meanwhile Faye was dealing with some awkwardness of her own:

Eva was NOT happy to see Faye, especially when Faye didn't believe her that Lee had skipped town. What was especially funny about this scene was how quickly Faye sussed out the situation: Eva had leeched Faye's powers via that piece of garbage Lee had given her and also Lee was probably not in good health. I also loved when Faye expressed skepticism that Lee was intelligent. She had a good point!

In order to convince Cassie that the curse between her and Adam was, in fact, real, Blackwell took her for a visit to grandma's facility.

Hey, Grandma Jane! It was seriously nice to see her again, but a genuine bummer when it became clear that her witch-Alzheimer's was so serious. In a clever (and heartbreaking) bit of writing, for the entire scene Cassie had to pretend she was Amelia in order to have a conversation with Jane. But she did confirm that the curse was indeed real: Once activated, someone in the circle would die!

So then it was time to break the news to the others, and the awkwardness just kept heightening.

Faye's reaction was priceless, obviously:

In addition to laughing at Cassie and Adam to their faces, Faye mostly just expressed skepticism about the curse, claiming it was probably just some form of witch-abstinence lesson.

But the awkward comedy of the scene slightly overshadowed the reactions of Melissa and Diana. I loved how Melissa looked like she desperately wanted to un-hear the news about Cassie's sex life, but look at Diana: She now knows her ex is sleeping with her friend. It doesn't even matter what kind of Vegemite-smeared nookie she's getting down at the marina, this was her LIFETIME boyfriend we're talking about. So this was just a quick, subtle reaction shot, that reminded us how truly weird this scene was for everyone involved.

Oh, the funniest moment of the episode: After Cassie told them that one of the circle might die, Melissa casually responded, "Well, I have been feeling kinda tired lately." I laughed so hard at this! It wasn't clear if she was joking or being earnest (probably both) and that's what made it so funny. Definitely a Jessica Parker Kennedy MVP moment (the first of two, actually).

Anyway, that's when Cassie noticed that Jake wasn't in attendance. That's because he was busy lounging around in his underwear listening to evil whispers.

Then Cassie hilariously just busted right into his bedroom.

After it was clear that Jake was definitely under the weather (the spidery black veins on his arm were a bit of a giveaway), Cassie broke the news to him:

Again: So much going on in just one tiny moment! Can you imagine getting that kind of news? You are going to die and the reason is that the lady you love slept with someone else. That is just a good metaphor right there.

So then Blackwell announced that he had an elixir that might reverse the curse (revurse?), but they'd need to visit that old witch shop in town for the ingredients.

Perfectly capitalizing on a loose end from earlier in the season, the particular witch in question had been BRUTALLY MURDERED by Jake for no real reason back on Halloween night. Obviously since then Jake had turned his back on the witch hunters and is in most other ways a good guy, but it's always bugged me that he had this murder in his past. Fortunately it looked like that was the only one, but also this show was not about to let him off the hook:

By the way, the makeup people did a killer job of making Chris Zylka seem marginally less attractive than usual. Props!

Speaking of props:

Haha WHAT? JUST LOOK AT THIS JUNK. This was what Lee kept in his trunk on a day-to-day basis! In retrospect, was he not the most ridiculous character on television? Seriously.

Anyway, just as the ladies were breaking into his car in order to figure out where he'd gone (I don't get it either), THE FUZZ arrived!

In a classic "fun 'n games" moment (of which there haven't been nearly enough on this show), Faye and Melissa decided that Diana needed to do a better job of flirting with the cop. So they did this:

OH LORD. First of all, how is that not just frightening? It reminded me of that 'peek-a-boo' dress that the overweight madame wears in Showgirls. So yeah, this was 100% ridiculous, but I loved it anyway. And the best was the smash-cut to all three of them in the back of the cop car!

Good times. They ended up getting off when Eva came out and lied to the cop, thus setting them free. That was nice of her! But Faye was still not convinced Lee was out of town. That is because Faye is smart.

After being told that their elixir required one more, highly rare ingredient found only in the woods, our central love triangle suddenly found themselves slogging through one of the coolest-looking forests ever. (Congrats, Vancouver!)

Another great thing about this episode was that the stress from guilt (and dying) brought out the best in Jake. He was seriously such a fun bastard, routinely antagonizing Adam and Cassie about having done the dirty. I loved when Cassie called him out on why he was behaving that way:

And even better, how he immediately confirmed it:

Seriously, with a simple "It should've been you and me," this show finally started getting real. The time for being coy and leaving things unspoken is definitely passed... The more these characters learn about each other, the more entertaining it'll be.

Anyway, that's when Jake started hallucinating up some incriminating things:

And the stakes were REALLY raised when it appeared that his t-shirt collection might be in danger:

Back at Jane's facility (which, didn't that place look AWESOME? I would seriously love to spend a few days/weeks/months there!), her busy schedule of classic movies and solitaire was rudely interrupted.

Dawn and Charles (whose haircut and leather jacket suggested a return to badassery) had finally mobilized in figuring out the Blackwell situation, and that included investigating what exactly he'd talked to Jane about. The downside was it involved a crystal. Man, if these things aren't destroyed by the end of the season, it might ruin my summer.

Back in the woods it was nighttime and Jake finally went off the deep-end.

After mistaking Adam for the witch he'd killed, he basically started shouting about having murdered him and then he BODY-SLAMMED Adam!

Seriously, Jake looked like something out of a horror film:

That's when Cassie got that look in her eye and it seemed like something bad was about to happen. Luckily Adam had just enough composure to keep her from doing it.

Then they joined forces to use REGULAR magic and threw Jake across the forest where he came to rest on a nice pile of moss.

But the cat was out of the bag: Ladies and gentleman, Jake was now a known murderer.

And keep in mind this is NOT Mystic Falls where murder is not only not a problem, it's kind of an aphrodisiac. Nope, in Chance Harbor it's still pretty rare and SERIOUS. I approve.

Another thing I approve of? This tiny moment:

A very quick exchange, but also maaaaybe my favorite moment in the whole episode? Another killer moment from JPK whose expression in that last shot was a bit of a stunner. Some of you guys had posited last week that Melissa might just be the other Blackwell child, and personally I'm rooting for that so much now.

Anyway, Faye returned to Lee's voodoo garage for one more confrontation with Eva and it didn't take long for Eva to admit her lie and then ask Faye for some witch-CPR.

Personally I think Faye was more shocked by the fact that Lee now resembled a completely different, clean-shaven dude.

Under the threat of witchcraft (Eva had briefly de-moisturized Faye's hand), Faye agreed to help resurrect Lee.

We knew she wouldn't be able to do anything outside of her circle—Which, come to think of it, how was Eva using Faye's powers again? You know what, nevermind. Anyway, it was definitely just a ploy to destroy this thing:

Unfortunately Eva snatched it out of her hands and a brief but highly satisfying cat fight transpired!

Anyway, Faye finally finished off the garbage prop and things took a really interesting turn.

Eva pulled such a total 180 and was immediately just a sad, confused girl again. I didn't see that coming! I really respected that this show did that... It gave us the inevitable cat fight but still brought things home in an emotional way. So that was cool. Now have fun disposing of Lee's body, lady!

Back at the witch house (who knew it had a bed??), Jake was not looking so hot. Well he looked hot fever-wise maybe. But yeah, it was time to do something about saving his life. Blackwell mixed up the elixir but he had one tiny piece of information to share: Cassie and Adam were the ones who had to drink it and it would basically make them fall out of love! I've honestly never once in my life seen a movie or TV show where characters dealt with this particular dilemma. It was seriously refreshing to see The Secret Circle invent a brand-new way to destroy a romance!

Because Jake was a known murderer, that muddied things a bit, but it was still slightly outrageous when Adam legit suggested they let Jake DIE in order to preserve their romance. That's some harsh stuff right there! And that's also a big reminder of how much Adam kinda sucks. Fortunately Cassie didn't entertain that option and they opted to drink the anti-love potion.

It was an emotional scene and possibly the first time I've ever actually rooted for Cassie and Adam (a fleeting impulse to be sure), but a proper send-off for a plotline that was more important to the premise than it ever was entertaining.

The next day Jake was feeling slightly better, but even he had reservations about whether they should have allowed him to die or not.

And again, Blackwell came through with a highly awesome paternal moment. He assured Jake that people CAN change and Jake basically lit up at that. I seriously love these scenes because as cool and assured and attractive as these kids are most of the time, all they really want is their dead parents back. That Blackwell can sort of offer that to them is as touching as it is crowd-pleasing. It was a truly nice moment and I continue to believe it even in light of the impending revelation about Blackwell (more on that in a sec).

After a long night of, I guess, cuddling during Game of Thrones, Cassie and Adam woke up in a fresh state.

Right off the bat things were already different. For one thing...

Adam was immediately cooler. As he'd explained, his previous love for Cassie left him permanently nervous and fearful, but he no longer felt that way. In fact, he now seemed like an energetic, dynamic go-getter and it was awesome! (I guess their love truly WAS a curse?) Seriously, I suddenly have high hopes for this character.

Unfortunately it was clear that Cassie was only pretending to feel the same way. Because right after Adam gave her the dreaded cheek-kiss and took off for work, her panicked heartache took over:

So sad. This was nice though:

Faye came away from her situation with Eva (and, remember, a DEAD boyfriend) filled with empathy of all things. Strange, right? A surprising and sophisticated choice, but it worked. And it was really nice seeing these three bonding during this episode. Don't get me wrong, I love Faye's mean one-liners like everyone else, but she can be just as funny and snarky without resorting to abject hostility. I'm liking this arc a lot.

Later that night, Blackwell arrived to see how his daughter was doing.

Devastatingly enough, the elixir only affected Adam. Apparently Cassie's dark magic made her immune, so now their mutually assured breakup is an unrequited love situation. Harsh! But again, so clever. I didn't see that coming at all. Poor Cassie!

Back at Jane's facility, Charles was up to some freelance, after-hours schemin':

It wasn't 100% clear if he was restoring Jane to her previous self or if he was simply using more mind control on her in order to defeat Blackwell, but defeating Blackwell was definitely tops on his agenda. I felt bad for Jane, though. She probably just wanted to sit the whole thing out.

Then the shocker:

Dawn called out Blackwell: He'd used MAGIC to invent the "curse" whole cloth, even compelling Jane and nearly killing Jake in the process. All because he bore some kind of grudge against Ethan and Amelia's 'written-in-the-stars' love affair. What a reveal!

BUT! And this is important, I think: Despite doing these reprehensible things, it's still not clear he did them for EVIL reasons. Sure, it sucks to break your own daughter's heart, but (A) he didn't seem to know her feelings would remain that strong, and (B) he implied that their romance was a threat to the circle, much in the way that Ethan and Amelia's love destroyed THEIR circle. If I'm reading this scene correctly, he felt that the only way Cassie would remain safe (and uncorrupted by dark magic) would be to keep her in a circle and at a platonic distance from Adam. So while I think we're supposed to believe this was a big twist and that Blackwell is evil, I didn't see it that way. It shows he makes tough decisions that can certainly hurt people, but his interactions with the kids and his main scheme only prove he's legitimately looking out for their safety. Particularly now that the witch hunters are back.

Oh and he was NOT having Dawn's threats:

Although, did it seem like she was kind of on his side anyway? I definitely got a vibe that she and Charles had gone separate ways in this episode. Whereas Charles wanted to destroy Blackwell, it seemed like Dawn was eager to team up with him. She definitely didn't disagree with his assessment that Ethan and Amelia destroyed their circle. But anyway, the moral of THIS story is that the parents' interactions just got SO COMPLICATED. In the best way. I suddenly care way, way more about them, and I'm excited to see how this all pans out. (The fact that Dawn now knows about the witch hunters' return was just icing on the cake.)

Then we got this final scene which, again, set off all kinds of fireworks in my brain.

Note the picture.

Note the fact that Cassie hummed the show's theme song, which we learned in the pilot was the lullaby Amelia used to sing to her.

And note the moving ceiling stars and the bright one right in the middle. Guys, Amelia is coming back, isn't she? It could be foolhardy to make predictions like this, but I feel like there might just be a Blackwell vs. Amelia showdown and half the kids will choose one side over the other. Does that sound crazy?

THIS SHOW!

Seriously, this was a great episode. I'm not sure if it's appropriate for me to say this, but I feel like now it's time to start making some noise about how much we like The Secret Circle. I have no idea what its odds for renewal are, but based on all the promise displayed in this episode, I feel like not getting a second season would be a true tragedy. It's almost like this whole SEASON has been about setting the table for an even better Season 2. Make it happen, CW!

Super excited about next week. Will this be the episode a certain drowned hunk returns? Who even knows!

BYEEEE.

 

QUESTIONS:

... Is Blackwell evil or just misunderstood?

... Isn't Adam so much better now?

... Amelia is totally coming back, isn't she?

... Who changes the sheets of the witch house bed?

 

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I don't know if I have been tainted by The Vampire Diaries, but I have a feeling that if Amelia is going to show up, it will be in the season finale, the same way Katherine did in the first season finale of TVD.

"Hi Cassie." "Mom?" then "da da da da daaaa".
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Also what was up with Dawn actually CARING about Cassie? Weird. And when she said Amelia would have told me.. That indicates that they were ACTUALLY close... And then she goes off and has her killed in the pilot..



I liked the Dawn-Faye interaction, how Dawn was actually being a mother..



In an earlier episode it was said that John betrayed Amelia, so maybe it was with Melissa's mother. I was hoping Faye was the other Blackwell child, but Melissa makes sense with how she was when she was possessed by the demon.



I still hope Cassie is number 1 for Blackwell whenever child #2 pops out. Also I want to see a Faye-Cassie friendship. I feel like Cassie doesn't have a real friend on the show, just Adam and Jake who were after her heart. Right now Blackwell is the only one who truly seems to care about Cassie, I hope that continues...
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Yeah, about Dawn, she was ticking me off for a while there, but this episode did have those two scenes you mentioned that made me think there's hope for her.



And I think Cassie deserves that right now. As does Jake. I'd like to see Blackwell continue to support him, not in a paternal way exactly, but like he did this week, a bit of guidance...Adam still has his dad, Faye Melissa and Diana have eachother, but Cassie and Jake are pretty much alone, and I'd rather not see them together quite yet, so soon after this episode and all that happened - so hopefully Cassie will still be #1 like you said, but some time spent helping Jake will surely be nice.
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i think cassie is like blackwell also in that she was willing to throw away her relationship to save jake aka the circle..
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But Cassie didn't do it for selfish/silly reasons.

With Blackwell, he did have his reasons, but he couldn't be sure Adam and Cassie would turn out like Amelie and Ethan.

But in the end, I guess I'm glad it's over between them. Maybe by the time they bring that romance back round (it will happen, sadly) he'll just be SO chill and SO cool that not even being madly in love with someone can change it. *Crosses fingers*
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1. Blackwell is misunderstood.. You can see he really loves Cassie and will do anything to protect her!!

2. Adam is just a dick.

3. I would LOVE to see Amelia in flashbacks or I guess come back to life.. then she could torture Charles!!

4. The ghosts
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blackwell is just misunderstood. I think jake is like a mini-blackwell. As for adam, nothing could make that boy better. And I would love to see amelia come back, give the show a lil more drama. ooh, and i totally suspected that melissa was the 2nd blackwell kid....

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great Episode. Erm am i the only one still wondering who the other blackwell sibling in the circle could be . Faye? or not. because the witch hunter told jake a few episodes ago that cassie was not the only blackwell kid in the circle.
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I think Nick.

I WANT it to be Melissa, but I think Nick. I always bring it back to the episode Fire/Ice, which I think gave us a big bad clue as to who ISN'T the other Blackwell....which is practically the entire circle, except Nick, who wasn't present due to his death (what a diva, eh?)

Faye has had oppertunities to do magic on her own - it stands to reason she'd have 'tapped' into her dark magic by the time Fire/Ice rolled along, but she didn't. It's possible that, like with Cassie when Diana nearly got killed, Faye would hae to be EXTREMEMLY ANGRY to tap into the dark magic, but I don't think so. And then there's the fact that the spell didn't work on Cassie because her magic is too strong to steal - the rest of the circle, in it's entirety, minus Dead Nick, got effected by the spell, and it stole all of their magic.

So I wonder how it's possible for any of them to have dark magic? With Melissa, it's possible that because she hadn't accessed the dark magic, that's why the spell hit her quite so hard - to the point that she fainted within seconds.

But I really do think it's Nick. All signs are pointing to the guy, both his parents are dead so he has no emotional ties to any family members that we could examine, and frankly, he LOOKS like Cassie (a little bit).

So based on quite few things, I'm calling Nick. It's gotta be him.
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What if its Jake...?! :O
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Wow, nice assessment! It would be hard not to agree with you... lol.
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One might say I think about these things too much.

And one would be absolutely right.
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I wouldn't find it cheap. It would be a bit of a shock...everyone rallying around Melissa, Diana, Faye...some around Adam and Jake though that would be awkward...and then suddenly, it's Nick, back from the dead.
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I just hope not because that would feel cheap. He wasn't in the running when they made that reveal by virtue of his non-life. Also, that would mean the witch hunters knew he was undying or they'd not have mentioned a 2nd Blackwell.
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Another great episode!
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I'm just going to throw this out there. When I saw Faye do the whole reaction thing, my first instinct (ok second, because my first instinct was, "I gotta see that again") was, "Price is going to do a gif of that." It was too good not to. Her smile and shock/laughter was so on point of that of a 12 year old hearing the "P" word for the first time. So so so good.
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I think this may be the first time the number of comments on TSC recap has outnumbered the number of comments on VD recap :D



On a slight side shot, for reasons beyond my comprehension, everyone seems to be think that TSC is gonna get cancelled, despite the fact that it's well within the CW's top 3 most viewed shows on a weekly basis. THIS. CANNOT. HAPPEN.



This week's ep looks like it's gonna be both hilarious and brilliant so I beseech you all to grab everyone and your mother and get them to watch this week's ep. This show needs, and deserves more fans and I can assure you allI will be gutted if it gets cancelled.



FIGHT THE POWER!!!!!!!!!! TSC FTW :D
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Was it just me or have the last few episodes of TSC been way better than the last few episodes than TVD? How did that happen??? I loved this episode of TSC, I thought loads happened, and if its nor renewed for S2 then its a crying shame. Especially if when compared to TVD, which has completely stagnated ever since Klaus let Stefan go. Its been yawn central. TSC is so much more interesting!
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Completely agree here!! Although I like last weeks TVD the one before was weak..

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This show has definitely become more interesting lately, while TVD feels like it's stalling at the moment. I still prefer TVD overall, but this show has definitely picked up. I'm really hopeful that, should TSC be renewed for a second season, it will continue to improve and will get even better!
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I think ur right, Blackwell's just misunderstood.

Nooo I loved Adam already, and you might hate me but I wanted the Adam-Cassie thing to work.

I don't realy care abut Amelia returning, but I really do want Nick to come back!!

Hmm... I do :P!
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I'd like to add that while I'm looking forward to seeing what a free Adam can accomplish (stay strong, Diana!), he *does not get points* for this breakup. It's really just another Possessed Adam, but with a Sap-B-Gone potion instead of a ghost witch.



That said, if he's cool from now on, I'll like him, but I'll always know he was juicing.
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this episode was ok,however i feel the circle has been divided in the sense that adam/cassie/jake are a group while diana/faye/melissa is another where the two storylines doesn't have a endpoint connecting them together to further the main plot of the show...Anyways..CAN THEY PLS GET THEIR INDIVIDUAL MAGIC ALREADY!!,am tired of them binding it and doing lame ones together,what happened to the fire/ice/water/earth/air.. thingy,why cant any member see/paint the future,make prophesy, telepath,read minds??..am i watching a supernatural show at all or just another teen show..i dont get it,why is it so difficult for them to do COOL magic,why dnt they have individual abilities..

Am i watching the wrong show or what??..i dunno how i feel about adam/cassie..mayb with them apart they will have more chemistry..lol..cos its just nt working for them atm..this show SERIOUSLY needs creative writers,cos most times no consistency...but i wont be too hard on them cos its their 1st season..hope they get it together real quick.

I hope blackwell stays evil,no redemption for him pls...cos we need a villain that doesnt suck ass...i dont care how much he hurts cassie..he needs to remain evil without redeeming him atleast nt for a longtime...finally am starting to like adam now that he doesnt suck after cassie,mayb they can give him somtin creative like being a painter...it so much fit with his personality IMHO.No more coming back from dead cos it gets lame when presumably dead characters start coming alive..no more except nick..so he can be with meilssa...i approve.
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I'd personally just be okay with more group magic (and not lame stuff). They don't seem at all curious about what they're capable of as a group. They have this awesome huge house with which they can use to practice magic as a group, and yet when do we see the whole circle there practicing magic together? Never. I'd like to see more episodes featuring the entire circle, in the house, going "Let's try this!" Like, weekly group meetings or something. I mean, they have all those books and herbs and stuff. If I were a teenage witch, I'd be going crazy with that stuff.
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I'd like more of Melissa, Diana, and Faye...more so the first two than the latter.
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On the contrary, it makes the show better. Imagine all six of them running around gathering the herbs or whatever. I absolutely love the fact that the group is not focused on the so-called 'leader' aka Cassie.
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Unbinding the circle now would just be silly. They're teenagers, they make misakes, but all of them - even Faye - are a bit too sensible to say "Hey, a lot of s**t has gone down recently and we've all nearly died at some point in the past few weeks, so now would be a GOOD time to make ourselves less powerful, and thus, easier to target."

If the circle accidentally unbinds, then I'm all for it, but I'm not seeing anyone in this circle making such an irrational decision regarding the entire circle...you could pu Cassie in a forest and she'd STILL be against it.
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Binding the circle was never meant to make them stronger, it was meant to keep their powers in check, and to keep them from abusing their powers without another member's cooperation...and to make sure everyone but Cassie (who cheats with Dark Daddy Magic) is completely helpless whenever they get picked off one-by-one.



I'm with rumplestilkin; they need their early stuff back. Their best magic was their own. Currently, it's Cassie and the other five, who, together are almost as powerful as Shannon Doherty in Charmed.



Yeah, I watched it. That show was waay better.
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But the idea was that they would be stronger together once the circle was bound. They're not weak when they're UNbound, but the binding means that, as a collective group, they can kick a lot more ass. So I don't think anyone will be deciding quite yet that they want to unbind.

Like I said, though, if the writers have something happen that will make the circle accidentally unbind...go for it! But perhaps the stupidest thing the characters could do themselves is choose to undo something that makes them more able to defend themselves.
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I'm not saying their power is weak unbound, it's just that it was stated earlier on that that binding the circle would make them stronger as a unit. As in, unbound, they could stand in a field and try to make a tree grow out of the ground, all of them focusing in on that one task, and it would surely work, but bound they could do the same thing, and it would be easier - they're in tune with one another.

What I grasp from the binding thing is that, when together, their magic connects - it's all of their powers coming together for one megapowerspell thing. The show hasn't shown much by way of a 'megapowerspell', the most we got is Faye, Melissa and Diana making a lot of pages fly around the hall while locker doors slammed open, but still. If the kids could get their s**t together long enough to concentrate on being a badass circle - I'm sure it would be awesome.
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Alone, Faye makes thunderstorms. What is more powerful than 6 thunderstorms? Will they make the continents reform Pangea?
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what i meant was that,we need them to start doin solo magic without help from each other..bcos as i see it..they only person doin magic is cassie,even thou jake has individual power..he doesnt use it..so whats the point of him been a witch when the only one that uses magic is cassie..their are lots of inconsistent stories..
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I personally don't think Nick will be back for too long. Especially if he's the other Blackwell child - he'll most likely be used to show how bad using dark magic can be.



I'm hoping he stays, there's potential for that character, but I can't help thinking he'll become a beacon of the-opposite-of-hope...as in, it will just make everyone more wearu of Cassie. This show HAS surprised me though, so hopefully not.



With regards the binding...hopefully they can switch that up. I'd love to see them unbound, and each of the characters have their own adventures...although with Faye, I think it's less a thing of needing power to be able to protect herself, and more a thing of responding badly to conflict. Even Cassie, without dark magic, would be more equipped to NOT get herself killed, and she's not always the sharpest branch in the forest. Faye talks big. But she's just as scared as the next person.



Melissa and Diana, though, I'd love to see them with a bit of solo juice. And Adam and Jake. And Nick, if he sticks around. I don't have high hopes for Faye at this point, but character development can change that I'm sure.
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Nah, stronger in the safer sense, where one of them (*ahem* Faye *ahem* all her fault) wouldn't nuke the town on a whim, because, let's face it, it's the minorities who would be the first to suffer. Melissa needs a chance to grow...and live.



Perhaps the idea was that they'd be stronger once they were bound, but now that we can look back, it seems more like another con made up by someone like Blackwell to better police them. A promise of greater power to trick them into handcuffing themselves.



And the way they dramatize everything, I don't see how they're better able to defend themselves when they're running off on their own just as often as not. Faye was completely helpless against Eva but for the fact that Eva was a dizzy moron. The witch hunters aren't going to be that stupid (they'll be stupid enough, but still).



Even in a practical sense, the group will still have to concentrate their powers on the same thing/goon, say the *same* magic words at the *same* time while their enemies never seem to. It's just ridiculous.



Still, I don't see it being unbound, since the title of the show is called Secret Circle. I just think they can change what being bound means. Maybe having Nick magically back can stretch the rules. Not like they'd kick Jake out.
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These recaps are funny!



The good news: Adam got what he wanted from Cassie he can go back to Diana ;)
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I loved this episode! I felt, however, that I would have been more affected by Adam and Cassie's "breakup" had they been together for more than a couple of weeks/episodes. I don't know, but I just wasn't sold on their relationship. Or maybe I felt the whole "I love you" declaration was a little fast. Maybe it's a teen thing. I was heartbroken for Cassie at the end - who wouldn't be? Unrequited love is the worst. But I think this Adam/Cassie storyline would have been more powerful had the writers had them get together earlier in the season. Wasn't Cassie just into Jake like, a few episodes ago? I don't know. End of ramble.
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I don't know.. i wanted CADAM and when we finally got it (I think it was rushed) I wanted Cake, only because the CADAM chemistry is horrible!!



Cassie plays a great job of being devestated though.. Someone mentioned the Salvatore brothers-Elena dynamic on here. I think that Elena-Stefan's relationship has MAJOR chemistry and was really molded into something sweet and beautiful, whereas Cassie-Adam was just rushed because they were "written in the stars"
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I agree with you that Cassie and Jake have much, much better chemistry. I just think that it was sort of cheap the way the writers got Cassie and Adam together and broke them up. Not that teen relationships aren't that way (or any relationships, really), but this was different. The whole "I'll always love you!" conversation felt really cheap considering how long they'd been together. If they had been anything (and I mean, anything) like Stefan/Elena, it would have been a much more powerful moment. Stefan/Elena were together for the majority of TVD (before this current season) and their relationship was/is essentially the foundation of the show.



But maybe the writers realized that Cassie and Adam had no chemistry as the season progressed (I liked Cassie/Adam in the beginning, too) and that's why their relationship was so rushed.
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Your novel photo is great! I have never seen the series but you make me laugh a lot! I love you so much right now !
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-Hes a morally gray character, like many others on this show. Good stuff indeed!~!



-Yep. I see it already.



-I don't know bout that one....



-Is this a trick question???
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One quick observation:



Blackwell said he barely has any power, saying all he could do is--

1.summon hundreds of crows to their death..

2. make Jake hallucinate and become deathly ill..

3. create elixirs that trump love (The Observers are jealous! ;)

4. make a mentally confused woman lie about memories she never had..



Did I miss anything? This guy is scary if this is him when he's at his weakest!!
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In short, the guy can f*** with brain chemistry.



Although it's worth mentioning that 3 came about through Cassie's book of shadows, not through John's magic.
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that also is another unbelivable thing! any teen instead of cassie, would have memorized the book already.. yet everytime someone else "discover" sth in the book and she gets surprised.. girl, read your own book and make your own elixir for god's sake! less "clip clop"ing more reading and learning!
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Word.
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As well as TVD and TSC go together, it would be nice to see them broken up so I wouldn't have to wait an extra day for the photo recap.

Hilarious as always Price.
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the episode was epic in many aspects expect one: for weeks I have been whining about where the hell the elderly are and how on earth they do not know what is going on with Jane and how could a grandma leaves her grandaughter for so long.. and this whole episode showed that the elderly are mostly a bunch of dysfunctioning clan with associated myth.. people can come and go and mess up with their brains as if Jane was a muppet.. Blackwell makes her say things, Charles makes her do things, even Dawn comes and goes and does stuff yet, Jane is there all alone, unprotected and dummy.. and btw, she has lent her crystal to Cassie and how conveniently that line of story is swept under the rugs.. I mean how come she never remembers possessing that, especially when she witnessed how that helped to leash the demons out of Melissa, like they lost a friend in that series of events! I also never belived that Blackwell was stripped of powers, so this "oh well he actually has powers" thing was kinda lame..



yet his cruelty against his daugthers' love made us understand what kind of a dark persona he is, and him scaring Dawn off made me giggle.. she so badly deserves a couple of slaps, very very annoying.. and this Dawn vs Ethan vs Charles vs Blackwell thing is getting to be way too complicated for a series of relationships..



I never understood how could Cassie all of a sudden became "sooooooo in love" with Adam as most of the time she also flirted with Jake too.. I liked them together but her devastation was slightly too much.. I was kinda hoping Lee could be brought back, but obviously he is way too dead.. now what's gonna happen to the "I stole your powers" little bitch, is another thing.. maybe she can sacrifice her life for Lee as she is the second most annoying member of the series after Dawn..



It was a great episode on many levels, and revelations (like Jake's murder and remorse for Calvin, Blackwell's confirmed powers, etc) but with each information another aspect begins to not add up.. I really wonder how much of these they will tie up within 5 more episodes.. so if Amelia will be the central point in this, please let her come back:) that would also be a great closure between her and Blackwell and Cassie and Jane, and who ever is involved..
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1) I kinda hope he's misunderstood, it's much more interesting I find. Or he could just string them along really long and then ka-BOOM. That would do it for me too. But I really like his methods, honestly. I like people who suprise me. Those moments with Melissa (I root for her being the other Blackwell child) and Jake were just... plainly nice.

2) Totally, he seemed really goofy and happy! I liked him instantly. He's a completely new person. I thought it was very sad (but a great storyline) that the potion didn't work on Cassie. I must admit, I had a little sympathy for the couple in that moment, just like you. It was impossible not to be touched by it somehow.

3) I hope so, it would create some fireworks. But please no more 'dead people' come back after her. It gets kinda old otherwise.

Well done baby show!

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First, the theme song is the creepiest one on TV. The fact that it was Cassie's lullaby as a child explains a lot.



Second, THANK GOD NO MORE CADAM!!! Something about that pairing (aside from their obvious lack of chemistry) felt so, so, so incestuous. Creeped me out when they were kissing or making gooey cheese eyes at each other. Bye bye.



Third, I heart Blackwell! And not just because he saved us from more Cadam nonsense. (Aside - duh he has magic! He blew the front door of Cassie's house open in his introductory scene a few weeks ago. Cassie sure didn't do that.)



Admittedly, I watched this episode and at the end of it, I seriously considered taking it off my supernatural viewing roster. It still feels like it's spinning its wheels as far as the main characters' story lines go - what have we learned about them so far? The most intense story line (aside from two episodes that focused on dark magic) is the dual-love triangle (does that make it a love rhombus?). But, I will continue to watch because the Blackwell story has my attention. The love parallelogram is nothing like the one in TVD and I'm not sure it can be. There is nothing better than two brothers who have a habit of falling in love with the same girl every hundred years. The love quadrilateral in this show is fit for high school. Oh wait, they are in high school! (with all the sex, lack of actual class attendance and parental absence, I sometimes forget).



Finally, props to Vancouver. I'm not at all biased.
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It's soooo creepy but kind of awesome too! Like EVERY single time I hear it I find myself humming it for like four days straight. I can't imagine it being a child's lullabye either but man I love it!
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Cassie was the one who threw the door open.
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Have you guys heard the opening song for Pretty Little Liars? Now that's a creepy children's song!
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OMG! I was not the only one to notice! I do not know who in their right minds would sing this song to a kid, unless the point was to keep them awake and with nightmares. Everytime the song comes on during the opening and at the end of the episode, my mind flashes to something creepy like "The Ring" with Samara entering the tv...*shudders*
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Haha cheese eyes, I totally agree they were so creepy together!
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I was just as happy as anyone to see the Adam/Cassie relationship end even though the way it was done did get me rooting for them (ever so slightly). I don't think that Blackwell's intention was to be a good parent; Dawn mentioned that he was scared of what Adam w/ Cassie could be together. Also, Adam said something in the forest about him and Cassie being stronger together than dark magic or "any of this", so maybe there's a hint of another storyline opening up there? Maybe that's what Blackwell is afraid of?
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This episode was awesome because yes Melissa is sooooooo getting her own story line, I knew she had to be the other balcoin i mean her an cassie are like the only short people on the show duh guys family resemblance? John Blackwell's bad assery finally came back, kudos for being such a cool dad and breaking up something so lame from the start-such a good dad. Faye well she's just awesome cause she is faye and her name is now a verb shes just that cool. Adam is like a real guy now...he's not like a made up tv version of what a guy should be... OK AND LETS FACE IT ANY SHOW THAT PAYS HOMAGE TO GAME OF THRONES IS OFFICIALLY AWESOME IN MY BOOK! :) And again I am way too excited that our Melissa is getting her own storyline :) ....ahem just a thought wouldn't it be awesome if there were three balcoin children...Melissa, Cassie, and Faye... John would definitley have alot of explaining but okay Dawn is so ughhhh (and kind of disgusting in a way? idk maybe its just me) and i could only imagine younger dawn being worse so hopefully John didn't go totally insane and hook up with her. But anyways three balcoin children instead of two would make some crazy circle magic but i hope its just melissa and cassie b/c then they are special and melissa will get some of the spotlight :)
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I wish TVD could come up with a way to move THEIR love triangle forward in as creative a way as TSC did with this episode, and the falling-out-of-love thing! Very good idea!



And great recap.
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Maybe John could make Elena a falling-out-of-vampire elixir?
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'Falling-out-of-vampire' just sounds uncomfortable.
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Haha because Bonnie could not do it because she is basically incompetent as witches go!
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I guess I'm kind of surprised it hasn't been renewed already. I must have just thought that it was sharing the viewership with TVD since they're kind of sister shows that this show's future was already relatively safe.



-I had initially thought that Blackwell was evil, but I'm starting to come around to the misunderstood idea. Good parenting this time through Blackwell!

-I hope he does go less nervous-like. Also, I'm hoping we get a mention or two of the personality change due to this and the temp-possession in the church.

-Faye. She uses them most often. Or one might suppose.



This show has been a delight, and much darker and more intense than I had ever anticipated it would be. Awesomeness all around. Looking forward to more.
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OMG this episode sucked so hard. It would almost certainly be at the bottom if I remembered things better.



I did appreciate that Diana got sproink'd (Team Diana!), and I'll give them credit for the cutest Melissa moment ever with Blackwell. Contrary to many, I did *not* like that "voice of reason" angle they did with her last week. The person that knows everything is the person that has nothing happen in their own lives, because as we know, the show only progresses when someone does something evil or stupid. Wisdom is only useful for avoiding pitfalls and life lessons, which on a show like this, equals avoiding story.



There wasn't a real need to reveal that Jake killed his second one-show Asian (no relation); no one cared about Calvin, and no one's going to turn Jake in for it. Everyone already knew Jake was a murdering dick, and everyone already disliked him. It would be one thing if it had been the reason Cassie stopped crushing on him, but they already had that one out the way. It would've been one thing if it had actually been Calvin attacking Jake from the grave.



All it really did was give Jake a new reason to be a pouty little bitch the entire episode, and now, he'll be a whiny, remorseful, self-loathing one next episode. I don't even like the guy....but he's all I got!



For me, it's a sad week when Faye's my favorite character of the episode. I am impressed that this show actually resolved an issue with a psychotic extra without killing her. Would not have bet against it. And I liked when she rambled about how lame her powers have been lately. But something let me down here indirectly: now that Faye got her power back (that hadn't affected her own powers one way or another), it told me that damn Devil's Coke still hadn't done one. damn. thing. magically. I really couldn't accept that, even on this show.



Not to mention the fact that normals use witches' powers way better than the witches ever do. Someone can take a small, unnoticeable amount of one of their powers and do more with it than the group can together. Loooving this bound circle.



I'm hoping that Faye will not only be fired up to get her own powers to do something for her after this, but actually succeed without almost killing a random minority in the process. There's still room in the show for firsts.



And I did LOL at Lee's trunk. That guy was seriously a tool, and even Faye deserved better. I get that cops don't do anything (ignoring their magical here-in-60-seconds appearance this week), but the worst part is that Lee didn't actually use the stuff for anything. Apparently, the voodoo-knockoffs business was so booming, he had to restock his garage on a daily basis?



I did predict that Cassie would be immune to spell once I found out they had to use it on themselves (you can't have a show with the lead having no emotional plot), but I didn't think the show would actually go through with it. Because now...for the first time...Cassie is interested in someone...that isn't into her. I looked outside, and not only is the world not ending, it's raining. Would not have bet against it, but really, what's Adam gonna do now? Work? His did isn't even a drunk anymore.



Parents...I think I care even less after this week. If Jake can get hated on for killing another extra, Charles and Dawn still haven't paid for Amelia, Nick or Henry.



Finally, I guess if we're making predictions:



- Melissa is Blackwell's daughter. Her fake dad will show up next season for approximately one episode, despise Blackwell with a few words, apologize to Melissa for lying to her all her life, and subsequently die.



- While Adam recovers from CW suckage, Jake will continue his tour. "One man interesting, one man sucks." - CW credo, true story.



- The witch hunters will continue to have more magic than the witches, or at the very least, better magic.
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Loved reading your comments! I can actually get your perspective on some of the stuff! I mean I still think it was easily the best episode of the series thus far...but after weeks worth of drought and relatively weak episodes I admit my expectations are starting to lessen.



I am still waiting for Charles and Dawn to pay for the many deaths that happened at their hand! And I do agree that it's great to see them handle a psychotic character w/o killing her off!
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You've been starved, is all. Don't let them sell you on the cheap stuff. Maintain!
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We have totally different viewpoints on this episode. Still love that other viewers care/hate enough to write epic-comments. The CW Credo you pointed out would certainly explain a lot of TVD.
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"It gets better" LMAO
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Can season 2 please happen?

1) I kinda am hoping that Blackwell is semi evil but that deep down he really does care for Cassie

2) Thank the lord!!! Oh my god can Adam please date someone from outside the circle, would that be too much to ask? He really has the potential to be a great character... just not with Cassie

3) MY DREAM!!! forget the Blackwell showdown, I want to see the Charles showdown (since he did kill her). With Diana and Cassie being be sties, what would that put on their relationship

4) They probably have like witch ghosts maids who haunt the house; they also water the plants

This show has come along way since the pilot and I can only hope that it will be renewed!!!
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I'm surprised at this very positive recap and reviews. I thought the episode didn't really go anywhere, if anything it took the story backwards.



In fairness, I enjoyed it for what it was, but...... we are back to not knowing if we an trust Blackwell, Jake is still a mixed bag, Cassie still is in the dark about her potential / dark magic, her grandmother is still spelled, the other adults are still trying to get powers, the girls still have no men, Faye has no powers, Adam and Cassie are once again not together.



An earlier reviewer said they enjoyed the episode because it tied up loose ends. I can't see a single one.



It's a good show.... a bit too teensy sometimes, Adam's character needs more development, but overall it needs to start going forwards, otherwise we'll end up finishing the season with an all out finale that has to tie every loose that has existed since before and after black magic arrived, all in one go.
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Or you can look at it this way: We know we can't trust Blackwell (though we don't know in which direction he can't be trusted). Everyone knows Jake is a murderer. Cassie's grandmother is cured. Faye has exactly the amount of powers she's supposed to as does Ava. Adam and Cassie are not together because he doesn't love her anymore, triangle resolved. Tons of loose ends tied up. Subjective reality is an awesome thing.
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"Subjective reality is an awesome thing." - Indeed.



Did anyone trust Blackwell before?



Did anyone not know Jake was a murderer? And is that even an end? Jake killed a good guy and he gets frowny faces next week?



We don't know exactly if Cassie's grandmother is cured; it's only what Charles told her he was doing. If anything, she's likely just been put in play as a turned spy. Since Charles is the one who clubbed her over the head and mindwiped her in the first place, it's possible he might have done his own subjective reality on her.



Faye has some of her power back...to do...what? She still can't do anything without the group, and she wasn't even missing it. The main question here is what did this really change/achieve?



The Cassie/Adam/Jake triangle isn't revolved if two of them are still in love. That's been the triangle's entire existence. You could say the triangle's been spun 60 degrees, but the same broody, mopey pining is still on course.
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I can answer one of your questions. What was achieved is ending the garage voodoo storyline, and I'm happy to see it go.
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Fair, but I'd say that was ended the week before. Did any viewers think he was still alive? And does this mean that Faye's learned her lesson and will stop looking for ways to get more power? Heh, Faye?



And Eva and the sleasebag dealer are still out there for the witch hunters to interrogate.



To me, tying up a loose end is something like Melissa dropping the dealer and magically walking away from a coke addiction. Does it really count as tying up loose ends if they're likely to start up the same stuff?
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loved this episode but i was missing some action (thinking cap totally works btw)

anyway the questions:

1.I think that blackwell is misunderstood as U said the way he interact w/ this kids and care he puts their lives first then their feelings and I can understand alive and heartbroben (for a while not for ever is better then dead .

2.Adam is Adam , I just didnt realy connected to the charcter but I guess its better then lovey dovey A+C forever....

3.nha ,shes dead and if not then you can say i told you so ,lol.

4.bored out of her mind dawn,she cant help herself.
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Ugh!

If I were a witch in that world, I would Janefy everybody, and keep Blackwell and Ethan as my sex slaves.
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I still think Adam's the weakest link - he is a pointless witless character and Ethan is pretty much the same... If I was a witch I'd be joining the Blackwell badass clan
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And this is why we have character development. Everyone wins! (Except Nick. Character development couln't save that guy.)
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still hope!
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Indeed we do :-)
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Oh Price, you did it again! Made this series seem better even though I already thought it was the best! :D Btw, I had the feeling Cassie would keep her emotions the moment they drank from the bottle. But I was clueless that it was all a hoax. Blackwell is certainly more interesting now! ;)
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The facial expressions in this episode were top-notch. I'm finding myself invested in these characters more than ever (even the minor ones), and that speaks volumes about the writing and direction. Thank you Andrew Miller and staff.



And thanks Price for the recap, I can't say I'd be nearly as invested if it wasn't for you.
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First of all, isn't this show the best or what???

Your review has barely been online for 15 hours(on a sunday moreover!!!) and my review's the 121st this shows that many of us at least like to write about th show.

I loved this episode just as much as I loved Jake's first appearance.

Zylka & Robertson'd make great babies.

Ok not the topic of your questions sorry :(

Blackwell is inbetween evil and good guy, think he might slip any moment, will probably pay th ultimate sacrifice in the finale.

Adam might become better, but it'l be long b4 I care bout him!!!

Isn't Amelia supposed to be like TOTALLY dead??? IF not, does Cassie know??? It might explain the singing at the end, which I loved but didn't get til reading your review!!!

I thought Faye was C's sis but it definitely looks like Melissa really IS judging the exchange implied with Blackwell.

Dawn changes the sheets of the witch house bed cuz she loves dressing like a maid and smelling dirty teen sheets(sorry but I could really SEE that happening, couldn't you???)
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Maybe Cassie DOES know about her mom. It might explain how she always came across so calm and chill about her mom being dead. I have no personal experience in this, but I think it would not be completely crazy if a newly orphaned teen was just a little bit more messed up. Kinda like EmoJeremy on TVD.
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If Amelia's hiding that might explain why it took 2 months to Cassie to get to her grandma's, it always bothered, now I'd feel better :)
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It only took a month after her mother's death for Cassie to move in with her grandmother in Chance Harbor.
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sorry for being one month wrong the pilot was looooooooooooooong ago and at 16 one month is still much too long IMO :(

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What was she doing that it took so long? Technically, she is a minor and couldn't live on her own that long.
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@Acrobit! Yes! Especially Nick's house...it's been one of the little annoyances that I can't get over. I mean the kid was seemingly living alone, then it was unrealistically vacant until Jake showed up and took over Nick's bedroom. These kids are all supposed to be 16 right?!
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Who was keeping Nick's house up so well? Who decorated Charles's house? Who's giving Cassie all these cars? CW...always the CW.
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Actually, I just realized that Adam is the typical "artsy" guy. He should be into drawing, or music, or something like that. It would fit with his personality and also make him a more unique character. Maybe that would make his relationship with Cassie more interesting. Just a thought.
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Meant to ask this earlier, but which witch do you guys think is helping the witch hunters? Blackwell wants to know!
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Well, since its Blackwell asking... Honestly, I've got no idea. I would love the idea of it being Melissa's living parent just because it would be someone "new" to us viewers. I would love it even more if it turned out to be Dawn. How cool would that be if we could go back and over-analyze all her past actions to judge whether she was really Crystal-Crazy of if it was a big set up for something else?!?! Just think of all the rants and sarcasm we could have!
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I think it's someone from the older generation. Possible Charles' mom?
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When the parents' powers were "stripped" where did that power go? IRL, any science teacher will tell you about how matter/energy can't be created/destroyed, just transferred to a different form/location. I know that we're talking about TSC here, but if you follow basic laws of nature EVEN A LITTLE BIT, then that stripped power had to "go" somewhere, right? Long-question-short: Could the hunters be tapping into some of that "stripped" power?
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Eh, this might be one where the show gets a pass. Magic and science don't get along. "Science is means of talking about the universe in words that bind it to a given reality. Magic is a method of talking *to* the universe in a way it cant ignore." - "Books of Magic" (give or take). DC Comic book (the miniseries). So good...



Anyway, matter being neither created or destroyed could apply, but it wouldn't necessarily mean their powers went anywhere relevant when they were stripped. Could've been like taking out an appendix and tossing it in a biowaste bag.



It could also just be locked within them, where they just can't access it anymore. It's really wherever TSC decides it went, and it'll unfortunately make sense whichever way they decide.
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Or it wont. This is the CW. Wouldn't be the first time that a plot was redacted or just plain confusing.
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didnt their power go into all the crystals?
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Now THAT is how you make a story...that would be so cool!
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Definite possibility. Could one of the parents be doing it, even without their powers?
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I did read she was coming back soon... I'd really enjoy that (mainly because she was so intense with Dawn/ trying to test Cassie).
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I was so happy with the amount of information we got in this episode. It seems that many loose ends are starting to be tied up. However, (and maybe I just missed the explanation here) we know six makes a circle, but each circle member had both parents in the previous circle, right? So that would mean either a circle of 12 or two separate circles joining up. Its interesting that the kids have never discussed this before.



Thinking back to one of the earliest episodes, I remember a brief shot of a picture frame in Cassie/Amelia's bedroom. The picture was clearly supposed to be of Amelia and her circle, and there were six in the photo. So did Amelia lead one circle and Blackwell lead another? Thoughts??
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I worte a post regarding this family tree thing a couple of months later... Why is no one thinking about this too?
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Right? I mean, why are all of the kids the same age. Did the circle have a pregnancy pact? Did they meet during lamaze classes? I mean, really!
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Lamaze classes/driver's ed.
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This episode was probably the most emotional and strongest episode of the season thus far. I mean, even if you didn't like Cassie and Adam together, you just had to feel for Cassie at the end. That was truly heartbreaking. Needless to say, I too loved every part of this episode, and there were just so many tiny moments to love as you pointed out in the recap.



To answer your questions first:



... I think Blackwell is simply misunderstood. However, the writers are playing with his character so brilliantly at this point that it's hard to say if what he's doing is to really protect the circle or if he wants to gain the circle's complete trust so he can use them for his own evil purposes in the future. Like you said, sure what he did to Cassie was pretty harsh, but he also did it so the circle would stay together and not fall apart like the parents did 16 years ago. Not to mention, he did look like he felt pretty guilty when he realized the elixir didn't work on Cassie like it did with Adam. Who knows!? All I know is that I love having Blackwell on the show, whether it is him as good or evil. If anything, his return has rapidly been pushing things forward. Also, I actually like that they didn't hint us toward Blackwell having power. Within the span of two episodes, I felt it safe to put my trust in him, and then they pull that twist at the end. It was very well played.



... That's the first thing that came to mind at the end! Adam was soooooo different and much cooler at the end after drinking the elixir. This change in character for him not only has so much potential for him, but for his relations with the other characters on the show, like Jake.



... You know what? I wouldn't totally rule out the possibility of Amelia coming back. And in a way, I can see it happening in the season finale if she were to come back as the big cliffhanger, if not, then in the distant future. All I know is that in that final scene in this episode, Cassie was feeling very much alone and she was desperately missing her mother's comfort. All of this got me thinking about something else that I'll come back to later.



... Must be the witch ghosts!



With those questions being answered, I shall now begin to ramble about the things I loved, and also some speculations/theories I have.
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- Who else is in love with the Diana-Faye-Melissa friendship? It brings me back the good, old Charmed days. Plus, it doesn't hurt that all three of them are brunettes too. That aside, their friendship is just so beautifully written and so well displayed on screen that it has become one of my top favorite aspects on this show.



- I'm getting this theory that by the end of this season, the writers are going to make Cassie full on dark / evil, like her father was in the past and that's going to be a leading factor into [hopefully] Season 2. If the ending of this episode made anything clear, it's that Cassie is now feeling desperately alone with Adam forgetting all the feelings he had for her and knowing she can't be with him, with her trust for Jake at arm's length, and with the other three girls becoming closer. She's become a loner (again) and this time she's got dark magic coursing through her veins just waiting to take over. Not to mention, it's only a matter of time before she finds out what really happened with Amelia, Nick, Jane, and what Blackwell did to prevent Cassie and Adam together.



- My other theory: This show has a way of making us think one thing and then completely spinning the story on us (i.e. what really happened 16 years ago). We know that Amelia and Ethan were together, but we also know that Blackwell and Amelia were together as well, and at some point he betrayed her. Now, at first I thought this betrayal was that he slept with one of the other Circle members, but now I'm thinking differently. What if out of jealousy (and perhaps a larger plan) Blackwell gave Amelia the same elixir we saw him give Cassie and Adam so she would forget about her love for Ethan and eventually fall for him instead. Until one day Amelia finally uncovers the truth about what he did to her and feels betrayed by Blackwell, resulting in her hatred for him. And we all know what happens after that given by what we were told (Ethan helps the hunters try to kill Blackwell, Ethan and Amelia planned to run off together, but were prevented in doing so due to the fire and deaths of the others, and Amelia finally decided to leave Chance Harbor on her own with Cassie).



- Whatever Charles did to Jane, I have a feeling it has to do with her gathering the other Elders to come to town and stop Blackwell [SPOILER ALERT: Jake's grandfather and Melissa's grandmother are said to be coming, plus Kate will be returning]. If there's anything Blackwell made clear in "Lucky" it's that he doesn't want the Elders knowing anything, and if Charles brings what's happening to the Elder's attention that Blackwell is alive and back, then that's going to cause some noise. I look forward to the Charles vs. Blackwell face off. However, I also look forward to all of Charles' actions coming out. If Jake's murderous deed has finally been revealed to everyone, then it's only a matter of time for Charles.



- [BIG SPOILER ALERT] Nick is said to be coming back, although he's going to be acting differently, and if there's ever a time for it, then this week's episode "Sacrifice" would be it, since it appears as though Eben is resurrecting demons and Nick just so happened to be murdered because there was a demon within him. This also brings up my other point I made earlier, with Nick back, if he remembers what happened to him then Charles is probably going to be sweating. But oh gosh, my heart is going to melt for Melissa (who I too think is other Blackwell child, and would love for it to happen!) when she sees Nick back. She has finally moved on from him, only for him to come back from the dead. Also, I am really looking forward to Jake's confrontation with Nick. We finally get to see what these two brothers are like when together!

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I love reading the theories!
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Your theories. So, much. I don't even have a good response to them. It's like you were in the CW part of my brain.
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hahaha, laughed so hard at "Oh no now he can't wear V-necks". Thing is, I don't get why people are all like dissing Cadam and rooting for Jassie. Srsly, ever since their first scene together when they did magic and kissed while the water drops were hanging still and glittering in the air (such a beautiful scene) I've been all for the whole "written in the stars"-concept. Adam isn't perfect, but that's what makes him human. Besides, Jake is a murderer. Adam's the soft sensitive type, a brooding boy with dark eyes, while Jake is just a bad boy clich. To me, Jassie was never believable since Cassie and Jake have nothing in common. I'm all for Cadam, and the whole tragic love story-thing makes for an interesting plot device. But let's not kid ourselves it's gonna be Cadam in the end.
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They got me at the water drops too.
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Total side tangent: I love your user name! Reminds me (in a round about way) of one of my favorite shows. :)
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thanks :) which show is that?
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Republic of Doyle. Fantastic Canadian show. Your screen name, specifically, makes me think of 'The Special Detective' plot.
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sounds awesome, gotta check that out :) Actually my screen name is inspired by Kvothe in Patrick Rothfuss' novel "The Name of the Wind" (also profile pic). Love that book!
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Hmmm...without wanting to linger on the romantic aspects of this show for two long, lest I myself become a romantic (LOL, JK, I'm totally there already) I found Jake and Cassie believeable BECAUSE they were so unlike one another. Opposites attract. Not always, but in some cases, that happens.

Also, I'm starting to realize that progressed the storyline far more than I think anyone knew while it was happening. Jake's a bad boy. He sort of awakened the 'bad girl' in Cassie, and she's made a lot of decisions since his arrival that she might not have made prior to Nick's death. Him, combined with the dark magic, is ultimately what pushed her character in the direction it went. And then, I think, Adam and Cassie made sense because he sort of balances the good and the bad.

Even if he can be annoying.
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Diana totally changes the sheets. I would love to see her go a little dark! This show hasn't been renewed yet???
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Holy shizz! I can't lie...that was easily the best episode of the season so far. It had like everything that I possibly could have wanted! I mean the return of badass Charles! Charles got De-Charlsed! Thank you stars above! John Blackwell FINALLY was revealed to be every bit as awesome of a character as I had initially imagined! Yes! Melissa is easily my favorite scene stealer! Yes she is and I'm so on board with Melissa being the other Blackwell kid! That scene with John was just out of this world. Adam. Got. Dekkerized!!! I fell off of my couch,let out a mirthful squeal, giggled in freaking glee! And Jake...I'll be damned, I might actually like the kid now, or at the very least tolerate him a bit more.



-Here's the thing about Blackwell, I'm still not ruling out that the guy is evil, but to be perfectly honest I don't give a shizz as long as he's awesome! And he was awesome in this! I think Blackwell is a bit too tapped into his dark magic, and I think that Adam and Cassie's romance like balances out the magical universe or something...there love must be epic and life altering for witches around the globe. I think them being together is almost inevitable and that it's something that must happen to make things better or something, but John doesn't want to happen, he has incentives, like being the dark magic dude and of course being spiteful because of Ethan and Amelia. I mean if the circle is bound what difference does it make if two of it's members do the deed? I do believe that he loves and cares about Cassie too though. I just can't wait to see it all unfold! Thank you John for becoming the gamechanger I had hoped and prayed for you to be! The stuff with him and Dawn was just...wow. I couldn't even be agitated with the woman for her crystal diatribe, because now it looks like the parents may start playing a bigger role and I'm all for it. And Charles...Hark? Is that badass Charles back?! Finally!!! Haircuts and leather jackets are always an indicator! I can see him reluctantly pairing up with Ethan against Dawn and Blackwell. I'm practically bouncing in excitement. Oh and Blackwell...he had to have had a little thing with Melissa's mom right?! Man I hope so!



-Even as an Adam fan I have to say a resounding YES! I spent most of the episode gagging over the romantic crap...and it isn't because I don't truly believe that Adam and Cassie could have chemistry and be this great couple and all that...but because I haven't seen where she's had romantic chemistry where she should have been paired up with either Jake or Adam! Unpopular opinion I know but she should have spent this whole season single and focusing on her mother and witchcraft. I never bought that she was madly in love with either guy...she never really seemed like that gushy type anyways. But honestly besides a few awkward little moments of both did it ever seem like she was into either guy like that?! Never seen it myself so the love triangle stuff was a bit too forced and annoying. Like the post-coital moments between Adam and Cassie were just awkward...not because I don't like the two of them together but because I never really figured out when Cassie found herself into Adam like that. I got why Adam was into Cassie, the initial spark, the written in the stars stuff ingrained in his head from Ethan, and the fact that any normal guy his age who found themselves with the same person for the amount of time he was with Diana would naturally have those vibes with someone like Cassie, especially given the first couple of reasons. So I was gagging because I was trying to figure out when the two of them got that freaking mushy and gushy. Just like I was trying to figure out when Jake found himself so irrevocably in love with Cassie. A little lust...maybe but love? C'mon. So the whole curse thing annoyed me intially...because it seemed stupid, but then the twist of it all had me jumping for joy! So it isn't legitimate..which is cool with me....but now Adam isn't mooning over some chick who I never bought was into him to begin with! Yes! And now Cassie is sort of in Adam's shoes except a bit more awesome...therefore making the role reversal an epic piece of writing! And then there is Jake...as much as I wanted to feel bad for all the dissing on Adam and Cassie and how awkward it was having their sex life so open to everyone...I was laughing hysterically every single time he made a sarcastic quip about the two of them. Jake had some good lines. And I kinda liked him all hallucinogenic. For some reason he reminded me of Nick and even resembled him a bit when he wasn't resembling some zombie out of a Thriller video. Jake was...I hate to say it..but kind of amazing in this episode. Damn I hate that I'm starting to like this kid! This non-existant curse, curse has rocked my TSC world. I've been dying for awesome Adam shining outside of his drooling over Cassie...now I won't feel so compelled to defend the kid so damn much!



- Only if she's coming back in Nick's body. LOL! I hope so though. That would be amazing. I won't even pretend to act as if I know what's going to happen next. I'm just hoping that I didn't get too excited over this episode to have my happy bubble burst.



-It's a group effort that involves handholding and mumbling.



I got so wrapped up in gushing over just how stellar this episode was that I forgot to do my usual commending of Price for another fantabolous recap! Made me smile! For the record, I currenlty use "Mistakes were made" as a substitute for an actual apology. Oh yeah.
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Any chance one/both of the boys were so in love with Cassie because of the dark magic? Like it has some sort of pull? There's almost a correlation between an increase in the use Cassie's dark magic and the amount of affection/"love" they have for her. Thoughts?
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Nice theory!
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Ooooooh, theory!
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'Adam. Got. Dekkerized.'

Oh, Zod, I LIVE for your comments. You just get it.

I agree. As 'into' the romantic triangle as I'm getting (it doesn't grate on my nerves as much anymore), I fiurmly believe it was a bit soon to focus on Cassie's romantic entanglements. She came to Chance Harbour with a facefull of folklore-y facts and the need to get over the death of her mother, she's had so much to go through...but like I say, despite how rushed and slightly unlikely the whole thing has been, they are, for the most part, handling the situation pretty damn well. I still want to see single Cassie, though it looks like that's what we're about to get.

And the world best accept it. Jake's gonna grow on you like a very attractive plant that grows very fast.
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I will fight hard for Jake to still remain just outside of my lovefest.I really am hating the fact that he's gotten under my skin a bit. Yeah the romantic aspect of it is so cliche. It's like every show thinks it's an essential component of a great show and that isn't necessairly true. Cassie came with a truckload of stuff that could have been focused on more than any romantic evolvement...but hopefully they're on the right track now.
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I was really admiring how she wasn't getting into any real 'romance' up until episode 10. Even in Beneath, it was all the result of a night in which she felt daring and wanted to throw it all in Faye's face, so for that to become so central in Balcoin, up until now, was a bit strange.

But they brought it to a pretty interesting place, and like you say, hopefully they're on the right track.
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THIS EPISODE WAS AWESOME! I'm so proud that I belong to the 1% of the fans of TSC in my country lol.



1. I like Blackwell and I think that the way he was introduced was unexpected and kinda nice. I wouldn't mind if he was evil but I also wouldn't mind if he wasn't.

2. I heard that Nick will come back and damn I don't want to see that footface again.

3. I can't wait to see what will happen to Adam.

4. More naked Jake please.

5. I didn't see that hint that Amelia will come back but I guess you're more invested in this show than me lol.

6. I must admit that your TSC recaps have been funnier than TVD ones 2 weeks in a row. You prefer TSC now, I see. :D

7. I like Cassie, but I don't give a single EFF about her love life.

8. I was scared when Diana's shirt started unbuttoning I didn't want her boob to fall out.



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I'm a little worried for your country. How can there only be 1% fans of TSC when it's getting THIS GOOD?!?! Can we have a CW-tervention or something?



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We don't have CW here lol and no one even watches online xD
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Well, I'm glad you found the awesomeness that is TVD/TSC. Maybe you can spread the awesome to the rest of your country? (I have no idea how big Serbia is. I got my geography skills from Mystic Falls HS.)
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where are you from?
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Serbia lol
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"Footface."

Word.
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Melissa's interaction with Blackwell was very interesting in relation to the books. Like another comment mentioned, Blackwell's plan in the books was to make his own circle so that he could rule it. Perhaps he's playing to the kids in order to get them to officially trust him, and once they do he'll have them so brainwashed by his nonsense that he can get them to do anything he wants. Like kill the remaining members of his circle, or resurrect Amelia. Or both.
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Thoughts:

1. A week later and Cassie's "Oh, God." Line is STILL funny.

2. So is "it's abstinence education in action."

3. Oh, Jake. Sarcasm in the face of death. That's my guy.

4. Dark Magic is still awesome. I love the whole no sound/heart beats/almost-but-not-quite slow-mo thing, even if it's cheesy,

5. Maybe Jane's brain isn't totally gone. Maybe Amelia WILL brb.

6. Awww. The girls crowding around John to help make elixir. It's like a couple of preschoolers clamoring for attention. Poor kids.

7. That John/Melissa exchange only serves to fuel my "Melissa is the other Blackwell kid" rant that I've been on for weeks.

8. That Junk-on-a-Stick doesn't look any better than last time. Waste of a googly-eye and crafting yarn. So glad Faye had the logic to break it. (That wouldn't have happened on TVD.)

9. Now they have chemistry? Really, Adam and Cassie?!?! Really, NOW? Lame-sauce plot device. Make them a good/believable couple literally the MINUTE before destroying them?

10. John having magic is no surprise. Still not exciting. Just NBD. Would be more interesting if the curse was real and he got Dawn to his lie.

11. I don't even care anymore, plot wise, who is telling the truth about events on the boat. Ethan betrayed them. Ethan left to run away with Amelia. John wasn't there. John was there. The circle could have fought off the witch hunters. The circle could have surrendered to the witch hunters to live in peace. An unattended preschooler boarded a ship. Charles and John stayed on shore. Charles and Dawn were already up on deck. This is no longer holding my interest. Has moved into annoyance territory. Just pick something and stick with it already BabyShow!

12. "The witch hunters are back?" Duh-doy! I don't think Dawn could possibly get any dumber than this statement.

13. Think about it. How did John know when to kill birds and spell Jake? Gross, dude. Let the kids 'activate' in private. Also, if THAT is the main reason he came back to town, spying on them? Super gross.

14. NOW who's going to bring Cassie back "from the edge"? Do platonic-soul-mates do that?

15. Any chance Adam remembers too, but is faking thinking that she doesn't remember. Meanwhile she is faking thinking that he doesn't remember?

16. So, was Charlie-boy FIXING-fixing Jane, or was he "fixing"-fixing her? Healed Jane is good. Pseudo-puppet Jane is not good.

17. Anybody know anything about astronomy? Are Amelia's ceiling-stars special for some reason (besides being a neat CGI effect?)? Do they fly like that w/o the theme-song? Does the theme song have any power/significance (magically, I mean)?

18. Still don't trust Eva. Even if she doesn't 'feel the power' anymore. There was a split second after that line where she almost gave US the side eye.

19. Britt might not be a magical unicorn of a crier like Nina, but that whole meltdown scene was damn realistic, down to the snot-sniffles and smeared makeup. Always bugs me when characters have these huge emotional scenes and the actors still look perfect and unsmudged. Good job make-up folks!

20. Cassie's hair took an odd turn this time. I thought the edgier/bad-ass hair was A THING, but this time around it just seemed odd and undone(?), or something. Hair people, get a consult from the make-up/tears folks.

21. Promo looks hella cool/confusing. Who is evil, again? Mini-CW rant: Stop with all the intentionally misleading promos, already. Couldn't pinpoint what they were trying to mislead in this promo, might be a reflection of my exhaustion/fatigue addled brain.

Price's Questions:

"needs more stickers" lol, I SO want to make this my response for all broken things.

Not to be THAT commenter, but some of us have been on the Melissa/Blackwell bandwagon for months, not just since last week. (Sorry, if someone else already mentioned this. Today I am posting my epic list/rant before heading out to read the Awesome Comment Parade.)

Price were you unfamiliar with Buffy/Angel? (Not judging, just curious.) That whole break-your-own heart plot really reminded me of Angel 1x08 "I Will Remember You" which has this big destroy our relationship to save someone else thing and ultimately ends with one of them remembering EVERYTHING and the other one not remembering much at all. (Yes, I know it's more complex than that, looking at you Other Commenters, but I just went for a general comparison here.)

On to the questions,

1. Evilly misunderstood? Still better than Dawn.

2. So much better.

3. Absolutely! (See number 5, above.)

4. They have probably been there since John lived in it. (Technically, it's still his house, right?) Still looks more comfortable than Zombie-Lee's barbie princess bed.
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Those poor girls needed attention! The irony of that scene was sooo not lost on me!LOL!



Cracked me up!
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9 and 14 - I could not agree more even if I tried.
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'Magical unicorn of a crier'. This is my new favorite term.
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Haha, it's pretty great. Credit should be directed towards MeftihePhoen, I just canibalized one of her old postings.
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That sounds unpleasent! I hope there was no blood splatter.
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LOL this made my morning. Thanks for the credit Montana! I feel famous :)
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Nope, no blood splatter. Just the quite (yet noble) death of some sarcasm font.
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i was dying when they were at the forest with Jake and him going crazy. i thought it was hilarious!!! =]
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I tend to automatically skip over these, so all I saw was get blessed and laid.
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LOL! Which fits so wonderfully with the current predicament on TSC of getting laid and cursed! ; )
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Any episode that features Shelly Hennig's cleavage has at least two things going for it. Diana and Melissa are the underdogs of the show, but they're also two of my favorite characters. My favorite character is Cassie's middle part; it's so unflattering, and her life has only gone downhill since it came to town. Read the clues, girl. Middle part = dark magic + Adam as your boyfriend. HOW ARE YOU MISSING THIS?



Phoebe Tonkin's inability to hide her Australian accent is somehow a plus for her, which doesn't even make sense, but that's just Faye. Deal with it.



Chris Zylka was kind of incredible in this episode. It was mostly due to the makeup department, but I actually thought he did a good job of letting his surliness evolve into outright anger and bitter jealousy over Adam - ADAM - getting to hook up with Cassie. When he went balls to the wall crazy and was about to kill Adam, part of me wanted him to because wouldn't that make for an insane soap opera twist? Jake kills Cassie's loser boyfriend, and at first she hates him for it, but eventually she falls for him. How Luke and Laura. But, alas, he didn't kill Adam. I would've liked to see some kind of boy-witch face off between Jake and Adam though, using real magic instead of just Jake's crazy eyes. Seems like a waste that that didn't happen.



I'm so glad they gave Gale Harold a new haircut too, because now we know that not only is Charles a murderer, but also he's attractive. (Anyone who's seen Queer as Folk knows just how attractive.) He's rechanneled his inner badass and hopefully will learn more dialogue besides CRYSTAL CRYSTAL. Can't wait to have some sort of face off between Charles and Blackwell. Battle of the DILF murderers 2k12!
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Let me just go ahead and agree with the whole final paragraph. Gale Harold without a shirt is inappropriate for the time slot. Battle of the DILF? I'll have tickets for that too.
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Awesome points. Two things: First, my brain read your first line as saying that the two (cleavage related) things going for it were Diana and Melissa and I was confused. (Don't worry, I get it now.) Second, Charles' haircut is great. Just as I was thinking that now I could finally, FINALLY stop confusing Charles w/ the guy who plays Elijah on TVD......I remembered Elijah also had a a classy new-do the last time we saw him. Crap.
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Chris was kind of incredible...the kid actually showed some range for a change and I couldn't hate it!
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"Any episode that features Shelly Hennig's cleavage has at least two things going for it."

Awesome.

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Price, your recaps are the truth. I hope others do as I do and pass them along to as many people possible so you can gain more attention.
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