The Secret Circle: Dead Man's Party (PHOTO RECAP)

Halloween is basically just Christmas for witches. Everybody knows this. Witches get to bust out all of the best Halloween decorations, which have been on sale in witch supply stores since March ("Ugh, Halloween Creep!" —Witches). Plus witches generally walk around with a pep in their step because witchcraft is the reason for the season!

For the increasingly witch-filled town of Chance Harbor (at last count 100 percent of the citizens are witches now, right?), Halloween also means transforming your home into an elaborate horror maze on par with Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights, and no one took that to heart more than young Cassie Blake, queen of the denim miniskirt, mistress of the reaction shot. And so began this week's QUITE GREAT (seriously!) Halloween-themed episode of The Secret Circle, "Masked," with Cassie and Faye out shopping for supplies at one of the (I'm assuming) hundreds of witchcraft stores in town.

First of all, in a surprise twist, Faye spent the entire cold open wearing nothing but beads!

I gotta say, it was actually pretty refreshing to see something like that; it's as though The CW hasn't completely given up on getting straight guys to tune in? It also provided a nice counterbalance to the rest of the episode, which would do for the deep-V what Marlon Brando did for the plain white tee. What I'm trying to say is, this episode was THE BEST.

As it turned out, Faye is a NERD. She spent a lot of the episode geeking out over Halloween in the same way a male geek might be into Dungeons & Dragons. It was really charming. I mean, WHAT:

Anyway, while at the store, Faye urged Cassie to ask Luke out again. Remember the super vanilla jock dude that Cassie kept neglecting at the school dance?

Yeah, so he was back.

Mr. Wilson the shopkeeper was VERY interested in Cassie's mom, etc. I love this town. Is that the only conversation anyone ever has? Should people just carry around business card-sized family trees just to make everything easier?

That credit card is NOT gonna go through. Just look at it! Also, Cassie's totally a thumb-toucher. Gross, right?

Whoops! Cassie and Mr. Wilson's powers zapped each other! I wonder how many times a day that happens in this store.

Oh, THIS will give me nightmares:

I have no idea what the thought-process was that led to this appearing in the final edit of the episode, but I LOVE it. I really hope The Secret Circle incorporates this kind of Lynchian non-sequitur even after Halloween's over. It's so unsettling!

Sure enough, all days must now start with a morning magic de-briefing. In this case Jane attempted to explain that Mr. Wilson was most likely a witch and that his powers had clashed with Cassie's. But wasn't it ridiculous when she claimed she didn't know how many other witches there were in town because people keep that sort of thing private? I mean, come on, lady! That's absurd. Listen to me, if you're a witch then you'll probably have a damn map to every witch's house and maybe even a special Rolodex with everybody's phone numbers. Don't tell me you wouldn't spend all your spare time sussing people out!

Jane was headed out to the countryside to go visit Old Man Chamberlain who we already knew was dead. But you know what that means: WITCH HOUSE PARTY!

You knew this would happen at least ONCE during the course of this episode, right? It's kind of a rite of passage. Bonnie dressed as a witch during TVD's Halloween episode, so this was just continuing the tradition of on-the-nose corniness.

Faye was such a nerd! Did I mention that already?

Things got kinda serious when Cassie discovered a fragment of her most recent attacker's knife under the kitchen island. It had some super rudimentary symbols carved into it, and whatever they were, they didn't look good. OTHER things in this episode did look good, however.

Um, quick question. Does The Secret Circle wardrobe department accept fan mail? I might have to get out my good stationery. ANYWAY, Cassie showed the shard to Jake, who both pretended to not know anything about it and also acted super curious about what Cassie was going to do with it.

After she mentioned she was headed back to the witch store to ask Mr. Wilson about it, Jake pulled a sneaky witch maneuver.

I guess I thought Cassie's car got set on fire a few weeks back? Is this a new car, or did she just find a really good body shop in town? Anyway, hope it wasn't too expensive because the engine was suddenly broken again. Meanwhile Jake raced on ahead to harass Mr. Wilson a ton.

Uh-oh! Jake was a real jerk! Last episode he was super ambiguous, so it was hard to tell whether he really WAS an evil hunter of witches or whether he was just pretending in order to infiltrate the witch hunters. But this episode gave us a pretty big clue that Jake is a messed up dude.

Exhibit A:

Something about those dimples makes it even scarier! Chris Zylka really busted out some Somerhalder-esque mannerisms in this episode, and it was pretty awesome. Also, in this particular scene he gave us a pretty clear tutorial on how to murder witches. It involves gathering a root, blood, and a trinket into a vial and then dropping a match into it.

He didn't actually murder Mr. Wilson here, but he demanded the guy to zip it should Cassie come around with questions. And then she DID come around with questions, and sure enough he kept his mouth shut. Good thinking!

Meanwhile, for being a "guest star," Jake sure did get a lot of character moments in this episode. This was a pretty great one with Melissa at the shoreline (?) cemetery, where she questioned why he wouldn't even look at Nick's grave.

It turned out Jake had a pretty big grudge against Nick! For me the biggest conundrum about this scene was that I suddenly realized Jake's parents must have been even YOUNGER when they had him than they were when they had Nick, which I had assumed was when they were seniors in high school? Boy, I just don't know what to tell you about this timeline, but a downloadable PDF or TXT file sure would be appreciated, The CW. I can't keep doing all this math on my own.

Meanwhile at the abandoned house, Cassie and Adam researched the symbols from that knife.

Check out this software he was using:

ALL the best witchcraft symbology apps have no words whatsoever, I'm surprised you didn't know that. Anyway, obviously the symbols immediately came up with links to ancient witch hunters, so suddenly Cassie and Adam were fully aware they had witch hunters in their midst.

Meanwhile Jake was meeting with Boss Man and setting up the respective death-vials of our beloved circle.

We definitely got a better sense for what the witch hunters were about and yep, they are just as horrible as we'd imagined. First and foremost, they're definitely religious. They use words like "true believers" and "sinners," and I'll be honest with you, this was AWESOME. How gutsy is it for a show in 2011 to posit that its villains a devout sect of pious murderers? That's just straight-up edgy and I'm pretty thrilled about it. ANYWAY, it's still unclear what Jake's role in this all is... Is he merely teaming up with the hunters because of his hatred of witches, or has he been indoctrinated somehow? Either way, his powers come in handy for the hunters, as they can now murder witches using witchcraft rather than the more archaic medieval methods we've all come to know and love.

We also got to meet two more young hunters in the group. The kid from The Killing...

And THIS turncoat:

This was a pretty awesome way to make Luke interesting while also giving us a few more options for characters to kill off. I mean, the second Luke turned around we knew he was dead meat, right?

Soon after that, Jake slipped up a bit while talking to Cassie and suddenly gave her reason to doubt his intentions.

Come to think of it, Jake was extraordinarily bad about his cover stories, but it seemed like he could just more or less stand there in his deep-V, staring dreamily, and that was enough to skate by.

What followed was probably my favorite scene of the series so far, just a tiny incidental scene that pretty much summed up the inherent joy of this premise. First off, Faye used magic to transform her dummies into MOVING ANIMATRONICS for no real reason except that hello that is AWESOME. But then, just due to sheer boredom she and Melissa decided to make one of the rubber bat decorations COME TO LIFE.

And it DID come to life, and it flew around the house, thwacked Cassie in the face, and then flew directly into the fire. It was so fun and random and exciting that even Cassie seemed pretty stoked about it. More than anything it showed how fun magic can be and that we really aren't seeing enough of that on the show. I mean come on, these are TEENAGERS who KNOW MAGIC. I think one persistent mistake this show keeps making is that these witches talk about being witches more often than they actually behave like them. Little moments like this, plus Faye's outrageous statement of "I pity the normals," just sums up why this show is so fun. More please!

Anyway, it turns out Cassie is QUITE the Halloween party planner:

Not bad for one day of setup!

In the midst of all the festivities, however, was just a touch of pathos:

Okay so Diana was nicer about it than THAT, but I really dug the followup of this plotline. She'd dumped Adam for pretty understandable reasons, and even though everyone's on good terms she was level-headed enough to stick with her decision. Even AFTER the trauma to come later in the episode, she still declined to fall back into Adam's arms, and if that's not an instantly likable personality trait, I don't know what is. Diana's pretty awesome, definitely more so than I originally gave her credit for..

Over at the harbor, Mr. Wilson showed up wanting to discuss some important matters with Adam's dad. We learned a few hot tidbits: First, Mr. Wilson was in a different circle, and the casual way he mentioned it made it seem like there may be many circles in this town. Also, they spent some time on the topic of Cassie's father. Though Blackwell continues to be cloaked in mystery, Mr. Wilson did express concern that the magic running through Cassie was half dark, and was anybody certain she wouldn't turn evil? So yeah, it goes without saying that that's an awesome story element to introduce. Cassie may have to face a pretty serious struggle in the days ahead. Finally, the sheer number of times they've mentioned her father, even though he was apparently killed a long time ago, virtually guarantees his reappearance. This unseen villain is kind of turning into the Katherine of The Secret Circle.

Back at the party, a suspicious Cassie had enlisted Faye to "distract" Jake.

Who could possibly resist Faye, though? Like always, Faye struck a nice balance between pragmatic and pathetic, so it was fun to see her attempt to keep her cool around a guy who'd clearly hurt her in the past. Also, who lit this scene, because look at how they look! Phoebe Tonkin and Chris Zylka are perfect for this show because they look like they were possibly MADE using witchcraft.

Oh, this scared me:

Obviously a man in a pig mask chloroforming Melissa was terrifying enough, but the absolute worst part was that he picked her up and carried her through a crowd a trick-or-treaters and NOBODY noticed? Seriously, that kind of thing is the basis of actual nightmares I've had—bad things happening to you in plain sight of others and nobody noticing. Horrible!

Meanwhile Faye and Jake had retired to Cassie's room for some heavy petting and there was a nice beat where Faye knew something was up with him.

He attempted to tell her that she's crazy, so it was nice how Faye stood her ground and didn't let him manipulate her. I don't know about you guys, but I definitely prefer my characters to be of sound mind and competence, and I love when they have good judgment. I'm weird like that!

Meanwhile Cassie was next door busting into Nick's old bedroom, which seemed to now be where Jake was sleeping although we have NOT seen evidence that Cassie and Jake gaze at each other through their bedroom windows while undressed. (Sweeps??)

Oh, and look what she found! An expensive-looking ceremonial dagger encased in an an ornamental box. But we ALL have one of those, right?

Whoops! Cassie did a bad job of listening for footsteps.

Weirdly, Jake's next tactic was to blame Nick for owning all the witch-hunting weaponry? If anything it just made him seem even more suspicious for claiming that, but to her credit Cassie seemed onto him. Or, maybe she was just lost in his collarbones again. Either way.

Fortunately Faye broke the tension and whisked Cassie back to her house, where she received a frantic phone call from Mr. Wilson. Unlike when he'd blown her off earlier, he was now ready to spill his guts!

Except, whoops!

Yup, pretty definitive evidence of Jake's bad attitude. He definitely wasn't fooling around about killing witches! I know the show had to demonstrate a witch death in order to raise the stakes for later, but still: Jake's a murderer for real. It'll be interesting to see whether he'll somehow redeem himself later. Personally, I'm guessing he'll be redeemed shortly before that pesky "guest star" title drops away.

Anyway, back at the party, things were REALLY taking a turn for the hellish. Diana fell for the OLDEST trick in the book. You know, the old "You've got something on your face" chloroform trick.

Cassie too found herself tricked when she accidentally left herself vulnerable to a masked person she assumed was Adam.

And it was Luke! I'm sure Cassie was bummed for the half-second she remained conscious after that.

They awoke in that spooky boathouse, surrounded by a ring of iron sulfide that would allegedly prevent them from using their powers. Luke was yammering on about how witches "bleed just like us even though your not" (he'd totally misspell "you're," don't you think?) and finished setting up their little murder jars.

It was all very tense!

Cassie really did have good reasoning: They aren't evil witches. But the main witch hunter dude was like, "There's no such thing as magic that isn't evil." Dang, I love so much that the villains are religious zealots. So scary!

Meanwhile, outside Jake tried to stop the proceedings, allegedly because Cassie had dark magic in her (which Mr. Wilson helpfully mentioned before Jake murdered him). According to Jake, Cassie probably couldn't be killed by traditional means and it would put everyone in danger who tried to hurt her.

But boss dude did NOT want to listen. At this point it wasn't clear whether Jake was being honest or if he was just fudging to save Cassie's life because, you know, he's going to turn heroic someday.

But either way, Diana was up first in the murder ceremony and it was truly painful to watch!

How heartbreaking was it when she looked around at her friends with that look on her face, and then just basically closed her eyes and waited to die? That was some harsh stuff! I really had no idea The Secret Circle would be getting THIS dark so soon after its one comparatively tame death a few weeks back.

But anyway, you do NOT want to mess with Cassie's friends!

So much for not being able to practice magic inside that circle. But Luke just did not learn his lesson, so he turned to Cassie's murder jar instead.

And it was AWESOME! Cassie burned a man alive with HER BRAIN!

The boss man saw this sight and took off, and Jake faked an injury and showed up "late." Fortunately these kids are not idiots. They all gave Jake the side-eye, especially since it made no sense for the ceremony to only include everyone but Jake. So yeah, Jake quickly fell out of favor with the rest of the gang.

That is, of course, except for the ONE member who you'd think would be the last person to fall for those kinds of things.

Oh, Cassie. To her credit, she did tell him she didn't trust him, but you could tell by her face that she was REALLY looking forward to trusting him in the near future. Over and over again.

After Jake took off, Cassie discovered an envelope that Mr. Wilson had left for her before he'd been killed.

Inside was some kind of important-looking document initialed by her own father. But what did it mean??

Meanwhile, "up at the cabin," Jane was FINALLY arriving?

Unfortunately Henry's body was just where Dawn and Charles had left it: Dead on the floor. Jane quickly recovered Henry's crystal from its hiding place, but before it could somehow transform a decomposing corpse into a crabby old man, something terrible happened!

Poor Jane! SOMEBODY set her up in order to steal Henry's crystal! Obviously we're probably meant to think it was Charles, but who else could it have been? Adam's dad? One of the witch hunters? I guess we'll find out during next week's Truth or Dare-themed episode (!).

 

QUESTIONS:

... Who stole the crystal?

... How long will it take Cassie to dismantle the haunted house she set up?

... Would Jake have let Cassie die if she didn't have dark magic in her? Or do you think he sabotaged the glass containers so they'd be safe?

... Should Diana and Adam stay broken up?

... Deep-Vs. (Really more of a statement than a question.)

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im the number one fan of course
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awsome am the number one fan ! :)
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am I the only one who is really interested in Faye and Jake's relationship. let's face it, they're hot together. and since it's "written in the stars" for Cassie to be with Adam I really don't see the point of Jake and Cassie at all. Plus 'unpopular opinion' I really don't like Cassie.
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ok, i'm confused. The circle is supposed to have 6 members from the 6 families. But, if each of the children got one parent killed, and one survived (expect for Nick), so the circle had to be at leat 11 members. And, if there's only 6 families, the kids are blood related somehow. Maybe I'm just dumb or I missed something.
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In the book it's like 12 members, so I guess the numbers work out better. But in the next episode they explain that there are actually a TON of witches in town, or something along those lines (because there are references to multiple circles), maybe the other parents were witches from different families, and they have some explanation for why they were at the fire.

I guess we just have to wait until the writers explain exactly how everything happened, which will probably take a while.
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Okay, can anyone explain to me how Jake can use magic outside the circle if he's somehow replaced Nick in the circle? Isn't he supposed to be bound too? Or will there be a mini-binding ceremony for him when he turns good?

This show really is confusing.
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That pig-face costume? Terrifying!



And this episode was great! I'm glad that they're letting Cassie be suspicious. It's refreshing from the Elena's of the world that just accept everything and hope for the best.



Also, sorry to the Adam fans, but he is really not that interesting at all. Team Jake.



And some people can't pull off the deep V, but in this case: Yes.
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Great review!

I'm not such a TSC fan but I'm watching the episodes anyway until this season is over so I'll figure out if I like it or not.

Anyway, am I the only one who thought that Jake was a terrible killer? Seriously, why didn't that guy just snatch that bottle out of his hands or tossed it on the street?? Jake was super slow!!! Mr.Wilson could have definitely done all that while Jake was slowly threatening him and trying to lit up the match....



And finaly, Diana should find someone other than Adam, she shouldn't have to worry about a guy not loving her enough...

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It's called bad writing. Just like the witch hunter posing for a painting before she tried to stab Jake.



All killers become terrible when TSC doesn't want someone to die. All victims become terrible when TSC does want them to die.
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Totally, I would've slapped that thing out of his hand so fast.
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I think the 'evil dimples' are one of Joseph Morgan's tricks not Ian Somerhalder's. ;)

Faye is the best!!

To answer your questions:

1)I think Faye's mom took the crystal, since killing the Elders is her thing,not to mention she seems to be more obsessed with finding the crystals than Charles who was having second thoughts about their plan after killing Nick.

2)Duh!She's a witch!It will take 2 seconds!

3)I think it was Cassie who broke the jars.Anyway, maybe Jake didn't want Cassie to die no matter if she has dark magic in her or not b/c he' starting to feel sth for her..In my opinion,he'll take his time in order to find a way to kill her but even then I'm not sure he will try to.He killed a man in cold blood,so you never know with this guy!

4)I like Diana so I think she and Adam have a good chance to be together again,as long as Adam stops whatever he has going on with Cassie,b/c Diana deserves better and she knows it!

5)Yes,Jake,aside from having evil dimples, looks really good in the deep-Vs.I think Klaus' evil dimples and henleys have met their match!
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Haha nice name! I love all these points. We are definitely on the same page.
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I'd go with Faye's beads over the deep v any day!
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I think a lot of people would agree with this. This show gives us some great options though.
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Deep-Vs. I agree :P

Also it doesn't matter how long it takes Cassie to clean up, its not like Jane's coming anytime soon. Also, whoever stole the crystal was a little sloppy in not killing Jane. Like I know she didn't see anything, but still. Or maybe they just don't care because they got the crystal, idk.... the deep Vs distracted me most of the episode :P
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Haha yes.
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Okay, this thought just came to mind and I'm probably totally wrong as it doesn't seem to make a lot of sense to me right now, but could it possibly be Zach Larson from the 3rd episode that followed Grandma Jane to Henry's house and knocked her out? I know, it doesn't make any sense at all, but I haven't lost this feeling that Zach Larson's character will be back. After all, he was never killed, just marked. There must be a reason why he didn't die like so many others!
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Oh dang! That's an interesting theory. I was probably just trying to forget about that episode altogether, but it definitely would be pretty clever to keep him involved somehow.
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It could have been one of the parents we know so far, who is aware of Jane being away to check up on Henry.. or it could be -more excitedly- a whole new character who knew the death of the guy and waited.. could even be a hired person from the past, someone dawn and charles know, as dawn was getting tired of charles's meekness recently; she could have called someone else for back up and we can find charles to be dead next.. it could also be a way to put back adam and diana together: loss of another parent.. yet that would require appearence of another elderly for diana (so that no social-services would be involved:D) and that could add a new member to team good-witches:)



I think jake did not sabotage anything, I really dont think he has any feelings for any of them, including cassie.. he is just aware that she is the one that can be persuaded / decived most easily..



I would love it if diana and adam stood broken up, but I dont think the writer will do that, that storyline needs tension.. only way out of that tension is to bring an alternative guy to the picture which would lead adam to move on to cassie..
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Yes, I want to meet more parents/grandparents!
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Well, we know Charles's mother is coming in Episode 10. We also know that Melissa's cousin, Holden, is coming in episode 9 and Diana has her eyes on him. And Faye is going to possibly have a love interest with a new character named Lee in episode 10 as well. They say this will possibly be her spiral towards practicing dark magic as she seeks for individual power. So, I'm looking forward to it!



I really love the parent / grandparent aspect of this show. It's always so interesting!
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how do we know all of these, where on earth this information is written?
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CW releases episode summaries, and then there's online articles from places like Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, KSite TV, and so on that obtains and releases these tidbits of information. For instance, news was released that Grey Damon from Friday Night Lights was casted to play the character Lee and they gave a little bit about his character. It was released that Stepfanie Kramer ("Hunter") was casted to play Charles's mom and Arlen Escarpeta ("American Dreams") will play Melissa's cousin.
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I'm such a nerd for pointing this out, but I think Jake said that the root in the killing spell was mandrake root. Am I right? Anyway, they mentioned mandrake root in the Halloween episode of Buffy, season 6, when Buffy was sent to get some from the basement of the Magic Shop, and bumped into Spike there. Whew, got it off my chest. ;)
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Nerd alert! Yeah, I love it. There was that one Bing commercial where Kevin Williamson looked up witchcraft ideas on Bing, so maybe he got it from an old Buffy recap somewhere?
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Mandrake root has been associated with witchcraft for centuries. Just like in Harry Potter, there's lore that mandrake roots scream when pulled from the earth. And they're also incredibly poisonous.
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I'll go for the bait and say that it probably was Charles. Kinda missed seeing him though, last week he was looking a bit weak.



If the circle is around can't they clean it with magic? Ten minutes tops.



I actually think Jake would have. Last week I loved that Jake was ambiguous, couldn't tell if he actually would be bad or not. But now...he's evil, and they went out of their way to prove that he is a true villian for now (and I love that about this show because they aren't afraid to go there) There was no copping out, he brutally murdered someone almost for the hell of it and seemed to enjoy it the entire time.Damn. He's dedicated to his mission. I love that this show avoids some of the mistakes that TVD made (and continue to make at times). I love how dark it can get. It attracts more than just the teens...I mean they do the unthinkable and continuely push you out of anything being safe or sacred on here. I'm a sucker for those abiguous complex characters...like on TVD. Katherine was a villian but she wasn't really bad, Damon was a villian but he wasn't really bad, Klaus is a villian but he's kind of pathetic too....they somehow make their villians less villainous but I don't think the villians on here will be like that, and it's scary and awesome at the same time. It keeps me in suspenseand kudos to them for that!



I kinda think Diana and Adam should stay broken up.I love how they handle their relationship with such maturity. All of them are very mature and not too teenage cliche like in most series. I really believed their relationship the most in this episode and it made both the characters look good and more likeable then ever. I can say that I genuinely like Diana for sure now, and same with Adam. They have to work on some things.



Deep V was too much. It wasn't sexy it was cheesy and reminded me of an SNL skit. I hope Jake has some special witch brew because with his chest all exposed like that he's just asking for a cold.
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You are amazing. Haha these are all awesome points.
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One of the better episodes IMO. You really get the feeling that the show is becoming more stable and actually going somewhere. Here's what I think:

- Faye looked REALLY hot in the opening scene -> More nudity pls??

- Love the "Dark Magic" twist w/ cassie and the father connection

- Wouldn't you just love it, if baby Cassie was the main subject of the ritual that her father was trying to do ?? Maybe he wanted to raise a devil or Balrog or something :-D

- Love how these chars (antique shop guy) show up with some info and get killed right after.

- What was up with Cassie's costume?? Killer Bee?? Gimme a break. She's hot though, so she can get away with it.

- Didn't you love the reaction of Jake when Faye mentioned his lack of costume. Eh, I'm not like you, I'm an adult!

- And of course you knew Cassie was gonna do something cool in the chair scene. When I saw those chairs before, I was thinking of that old game where we'd all dance around until the music stopped and than sat down reall quick.... wow childhood flashbacks.

- I really loved that you mentioned Jane's travel schedule... I was thinking exactly the same thing!!



Q&A

- I'm thinking Cassie's father

- Maybe she can borrow a M. Poppins spell.

- Yeah, I think so... he's evil and too afraid of Mr. "can only get hunter acting jobs" big bad hunter.

- IMO, yes. Wanna see the Adassie happen. Or is it the Cadam?? Nah, that's even lamer.

- Deep-Vs ?? What u mean??



C U NXT Week!!
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Oh man, that's such a good thought about Baby Cassie! Good call!
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I'm quite confused in some part.

There was a part where Adam's dad keep repeating he was supposed to end up with Amelia (Cassie's Mom) and Adam and Cassie should be together.

They'd be brother and sister.. !!!! Am I missing something?
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Ha I laughed at that also. I'm starting to think he might be possibly crazy?
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I thought it was pretty self explanatory. It was Ethan and Amelia's destiny to be together. However, they went against fate and chose or ended up with other people. So had they been together like they were destined to be, then Cassie and Adam might not have been born. It would have been different kids.



Unfortunately, Amelia ran from fate even further and like according to Ethan, "bad things happen when you mess with fate" and Amelia ended up dying. (Omg, I feel so sad reading this as I type).



So, what was once Ethan and Amelia's fate ended up being passed down to Adam and Cassie. So if they embrace fate later down the line (we all know they will, right?) then destiny would have been fulfilled and it wouldn't have to be passed on to anyone else.



That makes sense, yeah?
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I thought the same thing. Because Ethan and Amelia defied fate it somehow got passed down to their kids. So then the question becomes...do Adam and Cassie throw in the towel and end up together just to avoid this cyclical fated thing or not? It's like a mystical arranged marriage.
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So they passed their destinies to their children? So what does destiny even mean then, if it changes. You're definitely right, but I'm just saying the whole thing is pretty vague.
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The whole thing is pretty Cheesy. It wasn't the same in the book, and it didn't sound cheesy.

Anyway.. Thanks a bunch for the feedback :)
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So I saw the pilot for this a few weeks back, it was aight, nothing much, I totally wrote it off and vowed never to watch it again but I'll just keep reading your recaps to see what happens.
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Yeah, the show definitely improves as you get deeper into further episodes. I usually never base my decision on a pilot alone. I normally tend to watch out its entire first season before making a choice on whether I'd stick with it or not. Needless to say, I'm definitely sticking with this show. But as each episode goes along, you get to learn more about the mythology of the show, the characters, and it gets darker like Price said. It's really fun to watch and it's a good show too!



You'd actually enjoy Price's recaps even more if you follow the show and then come on to read his recaps afterward. It just seems funnier, because you know from the show how the characters really reacted and what went on in the middle. Price hits those things really well!
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It's a really great show. You should really check it out!
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Thanks! One thing that probably doesn't come across in my recaps is how good this show is getting at horror. There's been some really tense, scary stuff lately! It's definitely a good show to watch with the lights off.
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-I think that Charles or Diana stole the crystal

-Cassie probably took forever. That was the halloween party of the year!

-If Jake sabotaged anyone's bottle my bet would be that it was Cassie's. He seems to be drawn to her. Jake is really tricky though. I can't quite place him.

-I think Diana and Adam should stay together. Idgaf about Adam and Cassie

-Deep-Vsare sexy AF

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Diana? Or Faye's mom?
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the guy fighting fate and choosing to love the current gf more than the destined one is way more interesting.



And the Vneck only reminded me of the Ben Stiller SNL joke. Way to deep for a guy rocking the baby smoothness.
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Haha yeah. Usually deep-Vs look bad on people.
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I like Diana and Adam together more than Adam and Cassie. So far anyway.
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Word.
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1)I assumed it was mom/principal of doom

2)3 hours because she'll be like Bonnie and forget how to magic.

3)I don't think he'd sabotaged the containers, but I'm not sure whether he'd had a change of heart and was co-magic'ing with Cassie to break them or whether it was all Cassie.

4)IDK? I like Adam a lot better trying to get Diana back than when he was being all googly eyed over Cassie, it makes him much more likeable and sympathetic as a character. And I really respect Diana for telling him 'no'. Basically, so long as he's not off chasing Cassie, I'll be happy.
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Totally agree about Adam/Diana. I don't really buy Adam and Cassie together, I think they'd be better as more of a brother-sister friendship.
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Awesome and unsuspecting episode full of delights! I don't know who stole the crystal but doubt it was Charles. I think Jake is conflicted as he saved her blood from that girl, but he did kill someone. Diana and Adam should get back together and she seems like she should be more powerful and not easy to take down, maybe its just her name. I wouldn't call the episode or series Deep yet, but it is good and thought provoking at times but mostly just eye candy.
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Yeah everyone's easy on the eyes, but I totally wouldn't keep watching if it wasn't also interesting in other ways. I agree though, we're definitely seeing an early version of the show. I bet things will be totally different by the end of the season.
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If the old witch guy wouldnt have said that Cassie has dark magic then Jake wouldnt have said anything. He would've let her die. Adam and Diana should get back together too.
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Yeah that's definitely possible.
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great episode and something is diffently upp with cassie watch out everyone
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Oh yeah, I don't exactly think Cassie burned Luke (with her brain or whatever), I just think the spell Luke tried backfired on him. He tried to burn her, so that's what happened to him.



Don't get me wrong. I'd love it if that was one of her new Dark Daddy blood powers, but I just didn't see it that way.
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Well, Luke wasn't a witch, so technically he didn't do any magic at all. He was just the hired hand who dropped a match. That he went up in flames was probably just some kind of brain-explosion on Cassie's part, similar to the uncontrolled magic she'd accidentally do in the days before the circle was bound.
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Er...I'm confused how you didn't see it that way. As Luke was about to light Diana's bottle, Casey lost it screaming "NO!" and it broke. It happened again when he was about to light Cassie's bottle. However, as the match fell in it blew out as Cassie lost it and set him ablaze.



I personally couldn't see it any other way. Especially with everything being revealed about Casey's dad, and her having dark magic, and saying how she was stronger than a normal witch. Plus for the fact that they couldn't do magic within the iron sulfide, yet Casey did.
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You are exactly right. I was able to watch it again and Cassie did set Luke on fire with her Dark Daddy blood powers. And as promised, I do love it.
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I don't know how I feel about Cassie and Jake. When she caught that he said three symbols when she had shown him only two, I thought, "excellent, a character who is picking up on this deep-v deceit" but then she just buys into him saying that stuff is Nick's. Okay, sure. I think that she is smart, but really this guy shows up only because his brother is dead, is completely untrustworthy, and who knows the chick who tried to kill you last week, and wasn't with you when you were about to be killed this week, but let's blame it on the dead brother. I'm sure your reasoning doesn't belong with the collarbones, golden hair, and deep-v's.

I just think Cassie is a better character than one who would believe him but....
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Okay those are totally good points, but in my mind Cassie didn't believe him about the knives/Nick and definitely thinks he's up to something. But what are her options? I think she's just not saying anything to him but probably DOES suspect him. Yeah, I'm going with Cassie kind of being wary of him but wanting to get in some more collarbone time before everything goes to hell.
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I wait for your post every week !! man ur awesome

i actually quit watching the show and started keeping up with your posts instead!

keep it up
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Aw shucks. Thanks!
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Jake is an interesting character alright. He sort of gives a Cole (from Charmed) vibe, the early S3 Cole when he was primarily interested in killing the sisters, ruthless, but still a bit ambiguous. Wonder if Jake would get a similar arc (maybe not the later crazy immortal all-powerful demon bits), or at least get a redemptive moment.
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I'm pretty much counting on it.
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I have a crush on Jake/Chris :)



Anyway, Secret Circle always feels like it is lacking something.

Each episode gets better and better but seriously...These witches

are weak.



They need some kind of defining factor.

None of them can protect themselves on their own...Cassie has a crystal

for a few episodes and she can't defend herself.



Then they have to chant a spell to actually do something?

GIve them Powers....Show me some Charmed like stuff.

Even Phoebee with her weak powers could at least do martial arts lol.



That said, i loved the episode. I just am tired of it constantly lacking....
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I think the witches just need to practice more. They're young and they need help in the form of hidden books...all the cryptic background to their families must be a bit of a headache, and people keep dying in front of them.

And to be fair, nearly every situation they've been in has come out of nowhere. But they always manage to find a way out, even in the midst of panic. I think people forget they are still so young. Realistically, they shouldn't be great. It's more impulse than pure power that drives them through each situation.

And I saw Cassie defend herself quite a few times so far, even if it never ends well when she's confronted in her own house.

They all have some power, but they're too new at it to use it that well.
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Totally. More power and more defined talents. I'd love it if the witches had differentiated abilities. More than anything I just want to see them DOING stuff. The rubber bat thing was a start!
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Rarely have I seen a character in a TV show that I hate as much as this Jake guy. I genuinely despise him. He is a complete douche without any redeeming qualities. If he died in the next episode, and his powers transferred within his family to an 80-year-old senile granny who would take his place in the circle, I would be happy.



Most shows have antagonists, but usually they are interesting characters despite being evil. I might wait eagerly for the episode when they die or are caught, but they are still worthy opponents and interesting to watch. Jake on the other hand doesn't seem to have that complexity that might give him a softer side. He isn't battling with remorse or feelings of having to do the right thing. He could be a guy who has just taken a wrong turn in life, trying to move back on the right track. But no, he is just a dick. A big, massive dick. It's like he has the potential to be good, but he chooses to be an idiot, like some immature pre-teen trying to rebel against his parents. The only thing I admire about him is how perfect his face is for being smashed with a baseball bat. Naturally, they will move the character in a nicer direction. But I doubt I can learn to like him. It's so hard to get over what a massive tool he is right now.
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Whoa, please don't use the phrase "big, massive dick" in relation to Jake. It makes me VERY uncomfortable over here.
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As a dude (who has a troublingly obsessive crush on Faye), I totally understand your argument. However, I'm pretty sure most girls (and a few guys) will have a different opinion on the matter. Jake is the quintessential Badboy. They find him intriguing. It doesn't matter how many despicable things he does, or how many people he kills. On the contrary, it is this very douchinness which makes him so appealing. Subconsciously they think their love can change him into someone who enjoys late night strolls on the beach, and cuddling beside a fireplace. It also doesn't hurt that his face could have been sculpted by Michelangelo himself. Personally, I hate the guy, but the redeeming qualities will come.
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Yeah, I get your point. I left out the fact that I recognize that my feelings probably have a lot to do with the fact that I'm male. I also completely understand that many others will like him. Sure, the "redeeming qualities", whatever they may be, will come. Otherwise the character cannot become a part of the circle. But it still is quite unsettling how much I despise him. I'm waiting, quite eagerly actually, how the writers will turn this character into something more likeable. I want to see how a miracle like that is done.



I would also have something to say about Faye, but I'm not going to step on your turf. You can keep her all to yourself. By the way, the actress playing her is from Australia. Quite peculiar that somehow all people coming from a Commonwealth realm seem so perfect.
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Have you seen this H20 show she was on with Rebekah from Vampire Diaries? I'm thinking of possibly doing special edition recaps of it during the hiatus. (The Aussie thing works for both genders, btw)
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As a chick who liked Jake last week but can't stand him now, I don't see him as the quintessential badboy. Nick was a pathetic but kind of endearing attempt at the quintessential badboy. Jake is just a jackass. They went from making him kind of intriguing and ambiguous last week to making him a hardcore sociopath this week. I wasn't fond of the change myself. I didn't find him intriguing or appealing, last week he was, this week not so much, by next week I'll be able to get an accurate feel for him as a character, but no badboy appeal to make the ladies swoon. At least not this lady. I do think the redemption will come in due time as it's almost inevitable from a writer's standpoint but at this point I don't know whathe can do to make himself actually likeable now, or redeemable. If I compare this show to it's sister show....Damon is the quintessential badboy with redeeming qualities that make ladies all hot and bothered, the same goes for all of TVD's villians though, even though you hate them you love them. Jake actually isn't written that way which I like because it's a different spin on it, but as for him as a character. I hate because I don't like him...find him capable of truly redeeming himself, or find him actually hot for that matter. I think the quintessential "badboy" character as of now may actually go to Faye, the ultimate badgirl with a heart of gold.
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I thought that he was creepy last week. Something was just off about him. I was tryin to like him and it just wasn't happening. I have serious doubts about him redeeming himself. I can really see him staying evil.
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Oooh burn! Honestly I didn't care for Damon during S1, he made me mad a lot, but obviously he's awesome now. It seems like Jake is probably supposed to be a Damon type, so I'm guessing his changing likability is totally intentional. So yeah, you're totally right to not like him.
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more burning from Cassie, please. thanks. cassie is only tolerable when she does dark magic. other than that, she's the least interesting character among the young witches. Fayne is still the best <3



this show is on the right track here.
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Yeah we're definitely getting into addiction-TV territory. I think more and more people are gonna start getting hooked.
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Cassie burned a man with her brain. Take THAT, Bonnie!
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Haha watch out, the Bonnie fans are already so mad at me lately.
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Bonnie would have brought Nick back from the dead like that! (snaps fingers briskly) And Bonnie sets main characters on fire too. She's a one woman public domain circle.
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What is it with witches and setting cars on fire??
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Haha! I know Kevin Williamson says the two worlds of TVD and Secret Circle are completely separate, so there is no possibility of crossover episodes, but damn I think these witches would kick Bonnie's magical ass, if need be!
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LOL! So true! Everytime I watch this I can't help but think why can't they do this for Bonnie? I want to love her character but I can't bring myself too because she's probably the worst written character on the show, along with matt...and jenna.
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An improvement over the last few episodes but still needs a lot of work
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Price, u should do ur own TV show and earn money from being awesome. Seriously!! anyway Secret Circle is getting just better and better. I start to love it!!! I even can stand the lead role Cassie, she is cool! (Fay is still the coolest thou) .. btw did u know actress playing Melissa is 28?! she looks younger. anyway questions:

1] Charles ofc ... or Cassie's father? Then the intro of her father would begin

2] not a long time. magiiiic or CW super speed things like their parents have super quickly kids in early ages.

3] Yeah he would. Handsome jerk :D .. hopefully Jake and Fay will have more scenes together, they both re hot and awesome.

4] Yes they should, at least for a while. I like how Adam is fighting for Diana because Diana is amazing!!
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And THANKS!
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WOW. Did not know that about Melissa. That's nuts. And yeah I loved the Jake and Faye scenes, especially when she called him out for being a weirdo.
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1) Either someone we have neither met nor heard of yet, Cassie's dad, Adam's dad, or Charles. Or Dawn.

2) How many witches does it take to...dismantle a haunted house? I don't think we'll ever know.

3) I think Jake could have let Cassie die. He might have felt a bit guilty, I'm sure there's humanity in him somewhere, but I really think that for now, he's all about avenging his family.

4) Diana and Adam should stay broken up. And Adam should stay single until such a time as he develops into someone interesting.

5) I hate to say it, but guys in v-necks don't do it for me. I like Chris though, in all his interviews her seems to take a second to commend a fellow cast member on their talent, and he just seems really awesome. Sadly, v-necks ain't. Even if I do see the appeal.
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Haha I love how conflicted you seem in #5. It's okay, this is a safe place to work things out.
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Haha...he just seems so cool. I should be able to make an aexception for him.
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See, this is why Cassie is my favorite character. In every episode she proves to be a pretty cool main character. She remains cool, frequently saves peoples asses, isn't dumb enough to full trust Jake (although we can all see there's a little crushy wushy), and now, despite the obvious attraction to Adam, she tells him to fight for Diana, and in my favorite part of the episode, she has proven INSANELY protective of her circle and friends. I mean, she looked PI**ED when that guy went to kill Diana - and for the record, I'm not much of a Diana/Adam shipper, but when she was about to die, the looks they gave one another? Yeah, pretty devestating.

Melissa wasn't in this episode much, so I have little or nothing to say about her. Actually, there's nothing.

Jake...I dunno. The guy confuses me. And Chris recently said in an interview that he'd like to do 'something' - I forget what it was - before he leaves, so now I'm thinking he might not become a main character, so I'm worried he's just all-evil.

Faye was funny. Again, she was all nerve when it came to witch-craft and mystery, and then totally vulnerable when in danger. Layered characters rock my mismatched socks right off my feet.

Adam was okay I guess. If there's any problem with this show, it's that they are underusing the talents of Thomas Dekker. The guy can do more than just look hearbroken and/or smitten, writer, give the guy something to work with! I want more between Adam and his father, actually. I'm a sucker for good father-son relationships, and Adam's best scene in this episode was with his father. I just think Thomas Dekker deserves more depth for his character - he broods, he reasons, he broods, he reasons. Let's change this around. Maybe, he fights, he wins, he laughs in the face of evil, he feels stuff, he deserves Cassie or Diana. Did I mention how bad I feel for them? One has spent their lives with that guy, the other is destined to...so for the love of Zod, fix that.

Diana was great. She was just great. I mean, she fell for a stupid trick ("YES, stranger, clean my face, please and thank you and OH MY GOD I FAIL"), but she seems to have backbone. Which is great.

So, basically, love all the characters, even if Melissa didn't have much part and Adam needs some mean character arcs. But Cassie is my favorite. She may not be as funny as Faye, but she fits in a few quips each epsiode - *in responce to if she has a broom* "Sure. I AM a wtich..." "Really Faye? In my bedroom?" - and c'mon, if this episode doesn't cement her badassedness, what will?
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Oh man, I love all this. SUPER good point about Adam. I always say this, but I wish Adam was more like Thomas Dekker seems to be in real life. Artsy and brooding and funny. Leave the broseph stuff to Jake. And yeah I'm so with you on Cassie. It's probably tough being a lead character because you're basically an audience surrogate, but Britt Robertson conveys more in one reaction shot than most actors could in a monologue.
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She's really great, and so is he. See, that whole destined romance would work GREAT if Adam was like Thomas. Then I wouldn't feel bad for Cassie. I'd still feel bad for Diana, because she'd be lookig at 'Cool Adam' wondering why she always got 'Serious Adam', but still, I think Diana will be ifne either way.
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This episode was AWESOME! I found a whole new level of love for Cassie when she started freaking out in that chair and went all "NOOOO!" and started breaking the glass and burning Luke. That was my favorite scene in this episode! Not going to lie, but I sort of prefer Cassie to Elena. Good thing Nina plays Katherine too.



I also loved the scene where Diana asked Faye "What is that?" and Faye (with the perfect facial expression and her way of saying it made it hilarious) said "Uh...zombie" LOL.



I loved this episode. Definitely my favorite thus far, and I hope the show keeps up its momentum, keeps going at a fast pace, and keeps those twists as each episode goes along. That is what keeps people interested! If they can make shocking twists and revelations each episode while still giving explanations so people aren't confused throughout episodes, then it will be sooo good. For instance, Cassie being part evil, did not see that coming, nor did I see her going all epic on us that night. Also, Luke being a witch hunter, that was a great twist! All along they had us thinking he was this boring guy we'd never see again after Ep. 3, but nope there he was again and he was bad! I loved it. HOWEVER, we need more Sally (and more normal humans in general). I liked Sally's character, so bring her around more often, give her some sort of story to make her character interesting, and bring in new humans too. That way this won't seem like a witch-filled town where the human population is 0. I do think that when Jane mentioned there were other families of witches and we know there were other circles, it's a foreshadowing of what can come though.



Jake was the best addition to this show. It has really upped up the interest and story for the show. I too can't wait till they remove that pesky little "Guest star" title from his name and make him a series regular on the show. Then later redeem himself, but still keep him bad-like (another Damon for people to love) in the show.



Really enjoyed this episode, really loved the twists and new information. This episode was sooo good! <3 Sorry had to say that again.



One thing they do need to explain (and soon) is the rules on reviving people with the crystal and giving us more information about how the crystals work. I don't know if Jane was going to revive Henry when she found him (she was knocked out before anything could happen), but if she was going to revive him, then they got to explain how this all works or else people will just keep bringing up "Well, why couldn't they revive Nick!?" and we don't want that to happen all over again.



Anyway, great recap! They're always so funny. Looking forward to next week's episode and your recap!
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Thanks! These are awesome thoughts. I'm seriously curious about the crystals too, they seem like a different form of magic than the chanting kind.
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Dear TSC Costume Designers -



As a straight man watching this show, I thank you.
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Such truth. Such simple truth. They do give us our moments.
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I'm glad we can all be on the same page about this issue.
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I wholeheartedly approve this message. If a thank you card is ever sent to the costume designers, I'm standing first in line to sign it.
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Gotta agree as well, Faye is so hot.
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I don't even swing that way and EVEN I think that. I don't mean to sound like a crazy person, but Tonkin could be the next Jolie.
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My main problem with this show is that Cassie has no personality, charisma, whatsoever. For example, I don't like Elena from TVD much, but at least she has those things. Cassie is just blah. Other characters are vivid and interesting though.
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I can see how someone might think that... She generally just listens and gives reaction shots to the craziness around her. But in my mind she's just super laid back (when she's not running out of rooms, of course). I dunno, I think she's pretty interesting and makes good decisions as long as she's not eye-level with Jake's deep-V.
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I thought they gave Jake the side-eye cos he asked what happened and they weren't sure how to tell him that Cassie just set the guy on fire.
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That's probably true too. In my mind I just felt like his story was so stupid that none of them really believed it.
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i think maybe it was cassie dad or one of the members from faye mom and diana dad circle.....i think it wont take cassie long to dismantle the house........jake wouldnt mess with cassie b/c he sees shes a bada** and i dont think jake gone have a heart.talking about witchcraft took his parents ,no, what took your parents are probbleys demons,or witch hunters.jake is a dumb a**,just like cassie said they were born this way they cant change that..........i dont like diana with adam she can do better than 2 b with a guy whos thinking about one of her friends......this was a great recape......can i say i hate jake and wont cassie to kill him..im glad cassie is doing what her grandothers says about being the strongest and being a leader to the circle.i think grandma knows about cassie dad b/c why else would she say your the strongest.she knows more..
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Ooh good point about Jane knowing that Cassie has strong magic in her. I'm guessing Jane and Cassie's dad didn't get along too well.
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Hey, it's the stock Asian dude from Smallville. I was starting to think they weren't gonna put any--OOH! OHH! That's...yeah. Well, at least that's out of the way. Diversity? Check.



It's odd. I just knew Luke's smirk made him invincible. Now, I have no reason to explain why he wore it every second of his life.



It was likely Cassie's dad that clubbed badass-but-consistenly-clueless grandma. If it had been anyone we knew, I think they would've shown them. We'll see.



I can't believe Cassie's falling for V-Neck's BS, I mean, she's always the been the most quick-witted--lol. Sorry, I fell into a pothole and it led to Complete-Opposite-of-Everything-We've-Seen-About-Cassie...ville. She's not bright. Her knocking over the bottle of eyes as a distraction in the shop was the most clever thing I've seen her do, and I almost blinked and missed it.



Cassie: "Jus walkin around with the thing from the chick who tried to kill mee~ Total conversation pieeece~" *whistles*



What actually bothered me beyond what I expect in this show was the 'Stand There and Guess What's on This Rag Game.' "What is this, Bounce? Snuggle? Malibu Rum? Heeey, wait...I don't know you, do I?"



Witch Hunters: "Truly, the best way to take down a witch is to walk up and chloroform them separately, and maybe slam them against a store counter."



Faye was onto something. What's the point of being a witch if EVERYONE sucks at it?



"do you think [Jake] sabotaged the glass containers so they'd be safe?" Really? That explains why he killed Doomed Asian Smallville guy when he tried to help her in front of Jake's house. That also explains why he warned Fanatical Witch Hunter (who also plays Fanatical Werewolf Hunter in Teen Wolf). Jake got the circle all captured so they could burn...Luke. The worst part is that it might actually be true. The writing might yet be that bad.



I don't get it. This was truly the stupidest episode yet. I'm trying to hold out for when Diana turns evil and begins her Rampage of Awesome, but the progression of this show is like some kind of slow waltz that never goes far from where it started.
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LOL @ The Rag Game
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I think you're seeing this the wrong way.

I really think Jake had bad intentions right now, and they did not involve Luke dying (I can't think for the life of my why not, he got on my nerves). I don't think Cassie is anywhere near as stupid as you think she is even if she HAS bade some bad decisions, grandma ain't clueless, she knew full well that Cassie knew about magic, and I'm wondering why Cassie trying to look into the weapon someone used to try to kill her makes her stupid? I'd like to know. If she hadn't looked into it at all, they'd no nothing about witch hunters, and would therefore be unprepared for any future attacks. Looking into it was simply good planning.

Anyway, that's my opnion, and you're entitled to yours, so maybe I should just sh'up now.
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No, don't sh'up!
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"I'm wondering why Cassie trying to look into the weapon someone used to try to kill her makes her stupid?" - It's not that she did it, it's how she did it. I should've specified that it was stupid to walk around with it in her hand instead of in those things called pockets or even bags. As she's beginning to realize, some people in town are out to hurt her. Plot and progression aside, a little discretion of her part would've put her miles ahead of where she is now. That's what I call good planning.



Grandma's not supposed to be clueless, but she's also not a badass witch, evidenced by the fact that someone just walked up and clubbed her in the back of the head. She could've been ambushed by a group, fought most of them off, and then get clubbed, but again, someone just walked up and clubbed her in the back of the head. Finding a dead maybe-circlemate on the floor might've put other people on alert...at least enough to turn their head and look around.



As far as Jake, that was honestly my fault. I know full well that sarcasm doesn't translate well into text, but I went and used it anyway. Jake killed the Asian guy for trying to help Cassie, took a real item from her room for the spell, and also tried to get the boss to kill her properly after he'd gotten better information. So yes, I do believe Jake's at least bad now, and he wants Cassie dead. I'd used sarcasm in an attempt to show how ridiculous it would be for Jake to go through everything he did this episode just to kill a weenie like Luke, especially when he's shown that if he wants a team member killed, he could just kill them himself. I then suggested that it might actually be true in an attempt to show how bad the writing gets sometimes.



We're certainly both entitled to our opinions, but you didn't seem to fully understand mine, aside from the fact that I think Cassie's a moron. Like I said, it didn't translate well. I will honestly try to do better next time.
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I totally get your point about Jake being bad. But think back to him killing the witch hunter in the previous episode. Didn't that seem weird? He seemed to definitely be protecting Cassie, then lied to his boss that he did it to protect the hunters. I don't know. It's vague, and I'm kind of glad that it could go either way.
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Nah. Jake killed the witch hunter because she tried to kill him first...with the 'Ultra-Bionic Kick in the Pants' followed by the 'G.I Joe Overhead Eventual Stabbing Pose.' She might've switched the order on those action moves..



Jake was just fighting for his life. Neither one of them even knew Cassie was there until it was over. Jake then lied to his boss because he didn't want to tell them why the fight really began, which was the witch hunters doubts about his loyalty. I'd skip that part, too.
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Haha, it probably did translate well and I just didn't cop it.



I see exactly where you're coming from - and I see what you mean about Cassie. I feel the need to defend that character for some reason, because often times female leads in teen movies or TV shows are portrayed as being specifically a damsel in distress, and so the times in which Cassie is proven to be strong and protective sort of makes me feel like saying "Look, world! Not all teenage girls are insensetive hypocrites!" if you know what I mean. But you're absolutely right, she went about it the wrong way.



With regards the grandma thing, I thought she might just have assumed he'd had a heart attack haha. Also, he was so deathly pale, that I at least would have assumed he'd been out for a few days - I wouldn't be looking for the person responsible in that case, but I tend to make bad assumptions and guesses in TV shows, so I'm most likely wrong.
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It was cool that Cassie saved the group, but it wasn't with anything about her as a character, she just screamed in desperation twice and did something awesome involuntarily. When she starts to work on it and learn how to do it...i'm sure they'll find a way to seal her powers so her dad can't take them or something.



I can at least say that Cassie's stepped up a few times, but I just have way too many "Ohhh my god...really? really?" moments with her. I don't count the beginning episode moments, so I try to give characters a learning curve based on what they should know at the time.



Another thing (there often aren't enough spaces to reply on these pages) is Cassie in Nick/Jake's room. How much time did she really expect? "Okaay, you found something. Now get out!" And how about getting a little backup? Melissa was standing right there BEGGING for a chance to become relevant (even though she still would've played The Bag Game), Adam hates Nick, and Diana would help for the circle. Was it too hard to say five words to one of them and ask for a lookout? Planning, that's all. I just want some real planning.



This is why so many more people I know watch Revenge but not TSC. Emily isn't perfect, and I know she's older, but she's badass, and when she sets out to do something, she thinks it through and goes about it as best as can be expected. Characters gain a lot more respect when they do something the best way they can even if it doesn't work out.



As for grandma, assuming he'd had a heart attack would make sense if they hadn't been witches for last 40+ years. I just say she should've been careful first, thoughtful second. I'm just tired of every single witch on the show (besides V-neck) being clueless.

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Super good point about damsels in distress. Cassie's probably a tiny bit naive, but at least she's not dumb. And I definitely loved that she was the one who took care of business when her friends were in danger.
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I also agree the cast is excellent! I think the girls are just brilliant all three of them! And Adam just looks cute (Thomas Deker?) but maybe he'll get better dialogue...



BTW: Shouldn't Henry, the dead guy, be like in advanced state of decomp? Don't witches' corpses attract flies & stuff? Didn't he basically... like reek of death? How may episodes ago was he whacked?
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It totally stinks in there I bet. And yeah the quality of the acting is super good, something I did not expect.
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Great episode, but gotto say it was extremly silly how the witch hunters carried 5 people away from the house, and not one person even looked at them. And they are also pretty stupid if they can't figure out Jake is evil and working with the Witch hunters. 5 of them in a perfect circle, with 5 jars containing their blood. And the 6th member just happens to be "wounded" outside the door after they escape.

But i guess thats television, as it wouldn't be interesting if the main characters actually was smart.



Otherwise i really enjoyed Phoebe in this episode.

And smiled abit that the Witch Hunter leader is the same actor who played the Werewolf Hunter leader in Teen Wolf.

Talk about typecasting ;)
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It was totally crazy, but that's why I found it so scary! It's pretty much my worst nightmare to have someone attack me in public and nobody does anything or notices. Like the opening scene in Scream 2, that is the worst.
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I remember JR Bourne from SG1 as Martouf / Lantash. He used to play a very mild man... guess he got bored LOL
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His resume is getting so badass.
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Awesome episode, this show has gotten much darker than I thought it would, and I am loving it. Go darker still, and I'll be a happy man.



1. I like Adam's dad for it, just because it looks like Charles did it.

2. No time at all, the next episode will probably begin the next day with the house completely back to normal. Especially given that someone has to find Cassie's grandmother, and when everyone gets back to town the house will be back to normal again, just like magic....

3. I think he would have let her die. I like him for a good villain, and want to see him as the bad guy.

4. Yes, good for her, especially after that life and death situation, not always easy (for teenagers no less) to control emotions/hormones.

5. I can't pull off the Deep-V myself. Have to lose weight....
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Oooh I'd love it if Adam's dad got in on the action more. And yeah, I agree about Diana, I'm really glad she's not pathetic.
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Great recap! I love the "Clavicles" picture.



Questions:

1. I think it was Charles.

2. Lol, obviously one week until the next episode.

3. Yes, I think at this point he's just evil, but he'll change.

4. No, I like them together.

5. Statement!
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I'm guessing Charles too, but if that's the case, why bother making it a mystery? It'll just lead to letdown.
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Gotta say, this ep was AWESOME!!!!!! Can someone explain to me how Twilight can have such mediocre young actors and TSC can find 5 younger, more talented ones so easily?



Given the fact that we see Charles with a crystal in the next ep, I'm gonna take a guess and say it was him. Unless he broke into the Blake house and Stole Cassie's or something.



Faye'll be hauling that stuff out of the house for a long time.



I'm confused. He really set up the bottles to kill them. The only reason it didn't work is cos Cassie's dark magic screwed with it. Jake did nothing.



Yes. Diana's awesome. Adam's boring. The should stay apart until I actually start caring about his character.



OK, the CW. EIther make him wear a normal top, or make him go shirtless. Teasing people with the deep V's is just mean.
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I was thinking maybe he created the vials improperly so that they wouldn't work. Maybe that's just wishful thinking though because I'd rather see him be a good guy.
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maybe that one that killed grandma is Cassie's dad? But it would make more sense if it was Charles because he is working with Faye's mom and she killed that old man? IDK.
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Ooh I hope Jane wasn't killed!
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I hope so too though xD
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The whole idea that Cassie has dark magic in her makes this whole thing even more interesting because if she can harness that (without turning evil) she's going to be one bad a** witch, Am guessing the one who hit Jane over the head has to be Charles or a wild card Cassie Dad.
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Yeah, I hope more people accidentally get set on fire. My favorite element of this show (that they dropped) was that inexperienced witches couldn't always control their magic. I'd love to see Cassie do more crazy stuff on accident.
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Adam looked like a Hobbit in that costume.
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