The Secret Circle: DEMONS!! (PHOTO RECAP)

Now we're talking! Up until last night's episode, The Secret Circle had, frankly, been coasting on the natural charms of its cast and its new-kid underdog status, seemingly bashful about giving us anything even remotely shocking or watercooler-worthy to latch onto. Why so shy, The Secret Circle? But finally things just got serious this week when the show went full-horror and expanded its supernatural universe to include demonic possession! And I was scared, you guys!

Anyway, because it's still The Secret Circle, we began the show in Nick's bedroom, where he and Melissa were testing out some sexxxy magic.

I mean, these are teen witches, so in a way this scene made the most sense of any scene on The Secret Circle to date.

Cassie was trying to figure out the backstory of the dude who'd tried to kill her a few nights prior. Everything came down to some lady who used to be friends with her mom but suddenly dropped off the radar after the accident that killed everybody's folks.

After Diana weirdly volunteered her boyfriend to accompany Cassie, they quickly arrived at a horrifying-looking fisherman ghost village? Whatever this place was, it inspired Cassie to say my very favorite line of dialogue in any TV show or movie ever: "What is this place?" In fact, Cassie loves that line so much she said it in the PILOT, too. Basically if there is an opportunity to say "What is this place" and/or run out of the room, Cassie is ALL ABOUT IT.

And the actual HOUSE they visited was almost comically nightmarish. You're telling me they live in the Pacific Northwest and don't have an insulated roof or walls? How does that work, exactly?

Anyway: Chick's been in a coma for 16 years. Obviously.

But, you know, not for long:

Yikes!! No offense to the actress (and really this is going to be most offensive thing I could possibly say), but did she kind of remind you of Zelda from Pet Sematary? (Again, I am SORRY, actress, you don't deserve that, but seriously you guys, Zelda? Y/Y?)

Anyway, for some reason Cassie was not sufficiently frightened by this experience so she decided she should up and use magic to bring the woman back to lucidity. But first, she had to show Adam her Book of Shadows.

The kid basically got such a Book of Shadows boner, am I right?

The best was how he took this centuries-old, ancient text and then absolutely manhandled it:

Be careful with that, guy! I don't see anybody rough-housing with YOUR Book of Shadows. Oh, wait, nevermind, you don't HAVE one.

So later they were at that witch clubhouse and decided to make potions out of Cassie's blood and a heaping helping of sexual tension (LOL, sure). Diana was NOT happy.

Cassie tried to be friendly and show Diana that she too had a Book of Shadows and that Diana wasn't the only one anymore.

If you've ever wanted to know what pure teenage jealousy and heartbreak looks like, here you go:

Shelley Hennig is really good in my opinion! I'm serious, it's weird how I'm totally on her character's side on the basis of a facial expression.

Speaking of people I like: FAYE. First of all, early in the episode she talked about The Craft. I just can't believe that a show about witches produced by Kevin Williamson took FOUR episodes to mention The Craft. Second of all, I AGREE with Faye. These witches need to be more like the "first part" of The Craft—you know, before the snakes. (Quick question: Now that The Craft has finally been addressed, how soon can we reasonably expect to hear a Mazzy Star song?)

Faye was hilariously quick to agree to Cassie's plan. But, you know, breaking and entering + magic = good times. Faye is the smartest.

For real, the set designers were on mushrooms or something. What was going ON here?

They broke in and tried to use magic to unfreeze the lady but it didn't seem to have an effect. And then UH-OH. The dude who lived there came back.

Phew! The girls got away.

But UH-OH again! The lady had a wriggly thing under her skin. That was NOT what I'd call a vacation.

So then the lady jumped up, which was impressive considering she hadn't moved a muscle in 16 years? Maybe the brother was doing calisthenics to her like Sally Field did to Julia Roberts in Steel Magnolias? I don't know. I can't answer all of the questions. All I know is this lady pushed her brother through a wall.

I love that Faye was just chillin' at Cassie's house. Like Faye said, they really ought to be friends! I also love that Cassie's grandmother is a nurse. That is a great way to ensure a parent-free environment. Just ask Teen Wolf!

So then Cassie had to go off and investigate a strange noise downstairs. Sure, good idea. Definitely don't ask your friend to join you despite the fact you've recently dabbled in black magic out at the haunted lagoon.

Obviously this broad was downstairs, but she was in a non-possessed state of mind so she was sobbing all kinds about Cassie's mom protecting everyone from evil and OH NO, Cassie made a terrible mistake by freeing her!

Yikes, this was scary! I realize that a higher-profile horror show just started, but The Secret Circle honestly had me more frightened. Something to do with mounting tension and likable characters? I don't know, I'm not a scientist.

Poor Cassie! This whole thing just went on and on. And that tiny little snake thing just crawled right up into this lady's brain like it owned the joint! And then THIS happened:

Faye might be deaf because the whole time this was happening, she was upstairs answering Cassie's calls and sexually harassing the callers.

Anyway, finally she went down to check on Cassie and found basically a tiny ragdoll in a jean skirt.

Gotta say, Faye seemed SCARED. I mean, wouldn't you be scared if you saw this:

Actually the part that really disturbed me was how she was knocking on the bedroom window to get Melissa and Nick's attention.

I think it scared me because it's just good horror: You can wave for help, but it won't necessarily save you.

I got so mad at this demon. Leave Faye alone!!

But then, how GANGSTER was Cassie? All running in and grabbing this lady by the hair.

It was hardcore!

Eventually Nick and Melissa came over and tussled with the demon lady, but then she just randomly ran out of the house.

Classic Cassie move! But then this:

I love how the six kids stood in tableau for about an hour just watching the coroners in silence. Definitely inconspicuous.

But OH-OH. The demon crawled out of the lady's body and onto Nick's jacket! (Because always grab a jacket when your friend is being murdered next door.) First of all, I have to say, that is an adorable demon. It's a little baby snake! Second of all, I love that The Secret Circle turned demonic possession into a physical thing. No invisible Catholic B.S. I think it's really clever, and scarier in my opinion. Credit where credit's due!

Then Adam came over to help Cassie clean up the debris and told her he agreed with her about her decision to free the demon. WHAT? Get real, Adam, that makes no sense. Even Cassie was like, "Yeah that was an a-hole move on my part."

ANYWAY, the cool part about the demon crawling onto Nick's jacket was that I was like, "Whoa, Nick might finally become interesting! Way to go, The Secret Circle!"

But then WHOOPS, The Secret Circle! That was the wrong witch! Oh well, the previews allude to the fact that she might murder Nick, so that works too! Team Melissa (have I complimented Melissa yet?)!!

All in all, I really enjoyed this episode. It had a handful of great WTF moments, and still brought the character work that's so lacking in a certain other sister show. (Yeah, I said it.)


QUESTIONS:
... What did YOU think of this episode?
... Is one of these witches about to bite the dust?
... Did you miss the parents this week?
... How much do you want to live in a brokedown Applebee's?

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Some of u people are ridiculous I posted this very new in this very comment section on OCT 8th!!
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Price, I am disappoint! Usually your stellar photo recaps (like VD) catch the subtle-yet-hilariously-bad production choices of the CW - like the voice overs and dramatic fogging in the first few season 1 Vampire Diaries episode recaps, and yet you said nothing of the RIDICULOUS blue/grey cinematographic erm... "grittifying" of the footage of the abandoned fishing town scene in this ep. I was hoping you would make a .gif of them in this alternate universe! The DOP was definitely a low-rent Steven Soderbergh for hire. Actually, based on his career trajectory since Traffic, it probably WAS Mr. Soderbergh.



I bet if you waited a season before getting into The Secret Circle, your recaps of these first episodes of season 1 would be making wayyy more fun of it's stupidity instead of being earnestly in love with it. But it was still a cool story, bro.
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You guys, the CW has released a new poster for The Secret Circle and the cast is different. Just sayin'!
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thank you!! finally someone else noticed...i think the guy that plays nick is a different guy in the poster right?
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There's some new guy called "Jake" in promo pictures, maybe it's him? I haven't seen the new posters though so I don't know..
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Do you think if one of the six dies the binding spell is broken? Because how difficult would it be to convince Faye to join again?! Also, I know it's early in the show, but does everyone else expect Cassie to step up (and get more interesting) by being the only witch who can do spells on her own?
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The weirdest part of this episode was how Heather had been in a "coma" for SIXTEEN years but looked clean, had fresh clothes on and was sitting in a chair? Wtf. I don't get it, why isn't she in some kind of hospital or home? Did her brother wash her and change her clothes all alone for 16 years, and carry her and put her in a sitting position every day, then carry her back to bed... or does she live in the chair? The worm-demon-thing was more believable and realistic than Heather's story.
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magic coma + lame tv show = don't care
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I had the blankets up to my chin. Totally got into it, and I swear, I had dreams about slithering snakes and demon possession. So high five to The Secret Circle. Probably their most interesting/fun episode yet :P
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Still think this show lacks anything remotely interesting.
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LOL liked the we weren't involved caption
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some ppl are confuse nick isnt possesed with the demon melissa is.the demon went into melissa ear on this ep and the promo for next ep shows nick and others trying to help melissa...and something else ppl are confused about if one member dies their powers wont disappear theyll go back having induvual powers.(the bound thing is to help the circle from losing control of their power)the reason faye mom and diana dad powers are gone b/c another generation strip their powers away.
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Jack u are right in saying that nick isn't the one with the demon In him but his girlfriend is. How is he not in danger when a villainous demon is controlling the very woman that he is knocking boots with. I'm pretty sure my sources are right about the whole nick is not long for this world. A. He is very replaceable and b. Kevin is known for killing off main characters quickly and without regret (except for lexie on vd am I right guys lol. We will see in under a week. All I know is I'm excited either way!!!!
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The second Faye gave that line about The Craft, I started laughing, thinking about how much Price was gonna love it.



This ep was good. By no means was it fantastic but it was a massive step in the right direction. It looks like we're heading for great things ahead.
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I am surprised people are pleased so easily. This episode was far from great and while it was better than the crap before doesn't suddenly make it great. Oh look there's a spell on that person, let's remove it, it's a great idea! What can possibly happen. The way this show is written is a recipe to get cancelled.
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Now that there are demons on this show, it could do a crossover with Supernatural. That would be interesting!!
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While I enjoy the plot starting to flesh out a little bit, adding some more depth to the characters (particularly the boys) would really help! They're just very mashed potato-y at the moment.
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"Bet the snake goes after the black gir--oh, wait. They're actually gonna--oh, wait again; there it goes." Is this really the only way to make Melissa un-pathetic? Okay, the magic bra scene helped...



Unbind them, plz. Also, let's be more specific. "RIP This Lady (Episode 4 - Episode 4)"
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i agree with faye it's completely stupid that they need to stick together before they can use magic yet in tvd bonnie could set a car on fire aswell as being able to do other stuff! plus they're pretty much vunerable and screwed if they're on their own.
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Loved the recap, really liked the the episode, very dark and fun, yes, nick is on the death train and it's left the station, I missed the parents, a lot, especially Gale Harold, and I think the Applebee's comparison is perfect! I guess he was too busy caring for a zombie sister to clean up the place.
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I hope Melissa kills what's-his-face because then the circle is broken so they (probably) get their individual powers back. Because this "we-have-to-be-together"-hippie-crap is so BORING! Kill what's-his-face and give them their powers back. Because maybe THEN something interesting might happen. Plus I don't really like what's-his-face, but that's just a side note.
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The first "great" episodes of the show! I love that show.. really amazing! Williamason is a genius.
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Still don't watch the show, sometimes follow the recaps to see if it gets interesting, but not really...



You totally made my day by knowing Steel Magnolias!
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1. Thought it was the best so far. Really was disappointed in the third, so this was had me pleasantly surprised.

2. Doubtful. I think that'd be a mistake, especially this early.

3. Nope.

4. So much it keeps me up at night.
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I doubt they'll kill off any of the witches this early, too, but if they did, it would make the show just that much more unsettling, since we'd know that even main characters can die at any time.
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Good episode this week. Why do I think that Diana dad and Faye's mom made a deal with some demons when that boat went up in flames years back. They also reference The Craft in the show, I wondered when they were going to do that.
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It took VD a whole season(Season 1) to become epic



Within 4 episodes, Secret circle is great! Love it!
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thats the same thing i said.the secret circle is so good.
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Bahaha Adam + Book of Shadows had me rolling. Also his face when he picked Cassie for blood was amazing.



I am not yet sold on Diana. But the actress is great.
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If anyone has read a certain other site nick is most likely dunzo as the cw has released a new poster sans nick, with a new guy who use to date Faye apparently and has ties to the circle. 20 bucks says Melissa (the demon) kills nick, the circle is broken and magically (lol) a new more interesting guy gets the upgrade. Yay! It's a Williamson show so a major charachter death is already pretty late if u ask me. Price would never spoil this if he even knows anything about it but it's all still speculation at this point but hey at least the circle has enough fans to have speculation after four episodes am I right?
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the first episodes were pretty meh but they really kicked it into gear with this one, pretty good. and the demon jumped freaked me out a tad.. but come on, who wouldn't wake up if a demon worm was crawling on you? i'd jump out of bed and start rolling around or something..
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I loved this episode, i like the horror element they are adding to the show it really works for them. Now i am more than interested in the fire 16 years ago because it seems like the demons were using the parent's circle to do something big. Cant wait for next week's episode what to know whats in the bag. Also it seems like Cassie's grandmother will be getting into the mix, hopefully she teaches the kids how to use they're power because they seem clueless as to how fight evil with there power yet.
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I actually liked this recap more than the show, but it was better than the last one;

yeah but it might take two or three episodes;

Nope;

Thanks bu no thanks
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Highly doubt that any of the witches are dying anytime soon based on that fact that their powers are bound to one another, in other words one of them dies and none of them can do magic - at least that's what the guy who tried to kill Cassie was alluding to when he said he just had to kill one of them (not to mention that's why their parents had to use a crystal because they didn't have their powers anymore). So if one of them dies, they have no powers, and a show about witches with no powers would be boring and cancelled.
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It was really good. I got kinda scared too haha. I just Faye. She's so awesome. I can't get over it. I'm not really into the Cassie and Adam tragic love story they got going on. It was good without the parents. I hope we still get to see the kids go to school though! Let's not become the vampire diaries ok? Nick and Melissa are definitely the weak/boring characters. Hopefully the next episode will help them out.
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I'm glad I wasn't the only one who got freaked out (in a good way)! (1) I LOVED this episode! (2) I don't want any of the witches to die (at least not yet, no one is supremely annoying yet lol) (3)I kind of did miss the parents this week...I don't know why (4) I want to hang out in the broke down Applebee's on Halloween, but that's it.
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I really hope they don't kill Nick. I like him. And I like Melissa and him as a couple. They are a lot more interesting than Adam and Cassie.
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nick isnt in danger.i keep seeing this alot.the demon went into melissa.the next promo shows nick trying to find a way to get the demon out.
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Loved the episode - way scary. But what happened to the sex appeal? All of sudden Nick owns shirts? WHO GAVE NICK SHIRTS? That needs to not happen anymore. Also, no Gale Harold, the hottest guy on the show.

And Faye + Cassie is amusing, but Faye + Diana = awesome chemistry whether they are arguing or making out. Okay, that last one may be only in my head SO FAR, but it's really hot.

If they can only do scary OR sex appeal, I'd rather have sex appeal.
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cool episode
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So you say this episode was actually interesting? I guess I'll give this show another shot, seems like there was some action.
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1. love this episode

2. i think so...

3. no way,

4. no more than u lol
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love the ep it had so much horror i couldnt believe it,now this is a show that got on a right start and hasnt stop yet.this is a hit show.....i dont think melissa or any of them will die.this generation is alot smarter and more respopnsible then other generations.....i didnt not miss the parents b/c all they do is scheme and kill,i do miss them as villian tho....i dont want to live in no applebees ever:)
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loved it.if ever ep was like this one i would love to see 8 seasons of this show.the demons on here are more badass then on supernatural.
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THis episode was amazing!!!! Last night's episode of TVD was MEH. This episode of Secret Circle was hella epic. Good recap.
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