The Secret Circle: Family Trouble Dare (PHOTO RECAP)

We're eight episodes in and it's becoming clear that The Secret Circle is not so much about magic itself, but rather what magic attracts. In the case of this circle, it's MIND-NUMBING HORROR. Whether it's dealing with teens in pig masks toting chloroform hankies or demonic slugs crawling in your orifices, it's starting to look like being a witch isn't exactly the hottest scenario. This subtle shift in intention makes sense from a writing standpoint as it's probably more thrilling to watch our heroes run from danger than study books and easily solve problems with a quick chant. So basically The Secret Circle has doubled down on its horror elements, and that's something I definitely approve of. Horror is the best!

After last week's Halloween-themed boogeyman terror, this week's episode, "Beneath," was more of a traditional ghost story. No alarming intruders or stalkers, just an unraveling mystery mixed with intrigue, hard liquor, and the world's worst game of Truth or Dare. Let's jump right in!

We began the morning after Cassie's Halloween party, or maybe it was a couple of days later? All I know is, the house looked impeccable but Jane still wasn't home. Plus none of the circle had compared notes about their abduction yet? So it must have been the next day and I guess Cassie's just a super quick cleaner. Whatever, I realize I'm not really supposed to dwell on the timeline here, but that is ALL I think about sometimes?

Just because Jane was missing didn't mean there wouldn't be a kitchen exposition scene!

Melissa had the right idea by sitting this episode OUT. Apparently her mom decided that a dead boyfriend and a violent abduction were probably more than a teenager can handle during the course of a week, so they went on a Carnival Cruise or something (I made that up). But yeah, no Melissa.

The rest of the circle, however, had suddenly realized what happened to Luke, the world's most wholesome-looking witch hunter.

To her credit, Cassie was relatively forthcoming about her ability to work magic on her own. Obviously this didn't sit well with Faye, who said one of the meanest things she's ever said, "If I had my own magic I wouldn't be here." "BURN!" - Luke (because he got burnt up.)

Sad Adam (Sadam?) ended up having the best instincts when he straight-up questioned Jake's story about how he'd somehow eluded the ritualistic sacrifice of their supposed circle. And then Jake was a hilariously bad liar. None of his excuses ever made sense and he just didn't do a good job of playing it off at all. On the other hand, just look at him. He looks like he's made of brown sugar and butter! Who could possibly be suspicious of him? Cassie definitely wasn't.

At this point Faye's Cheekbones of Jealousy made an appearance and suddenly she started flying off the handle, accusing Cassie of having been the source of all their ills. It was true that tons of terrible things had happened to these kids ever since Cassie arrived, but as Diana pointed out it had more to do with their binding of the circle than anything. (Also, low blow, Faye, it's not like Cassie WANTED to move here.)

Luckily Cassie did some quick thinking and shut down Faye's drama by distracting everyone with the mystical pages that antiques dealer had left her.

Jake was VERY interested in it obviously, but the most anyone could surmise was that the signed "JB" stood for Jane Blake and not "John Blackwell," the presumably certain-to-appear evil warlock who fathered Cassie. Anyway, at this point the entire gang decided they needed to be more pro-active in locating Jane, so Cassie volunteered to go visit Faye's family's cabin, and where Cassie goes, Jake goes. And Faye. Suddenly it was a road trip!

Now, we already knew Faye's grandpa was dead because Dawn had straight up murdered him with a crystal that one time. So it was pretty funny how cagey Dawn got when Faye mentioned she was on her way to visit him.

So then we found out that it was CHARLES who'd bludgeoned Jane in the head and stolen the crystal at the end of last week's episode. Honestly, why keep that a mystery, The Secret Circle? This seemed like kind of a let down. I don't know, I don't run the world. Anyway, Charles had the situation handled.

Hi Jane! Jane was chillin' in the back of Charles' car just catching up on some sleep. Additionally, he'd hidden Charles' body where NOBODY would EVER find it.

Anyway, the kids drove up to "Pine Lake" which was only 3 hours away, despite the fact that it had taken like 17 hours for Jane to get there. I'm guessing she just stopped at Wendy's a few times along the way or whatever?

Cassie and Jake's ride up was filled with the usual amount of exposition and sexual tension and character insight. Jake was already kind of on thin ice with his witch hunter boss for becoming "too intrigued" by Cassie, so his main goal on this trip was to simply learn more about the extent of Cassie's dark magic. Which meant that he basically grilled her about her family tree or merely pouted when she didn't want to talk about it.

The spookiness began right after the kids arrived and Faye spotted a ghostly little girl running around the lake.

How scary was that childrens' laughter she heard? Very Blair Witch!

So, obviously neither Jane nor Henry were there, but Cassie DID find Jane's scarf:

Way to go Charles! Jeez, that's like Grandma Clobbering 101: DON'T leave the scarf behind!

Also the power was out, so the kids set about starting up the generator and/or breaking into the liquor cabinet. Faye continued to investigate mysterious happenings around the house, including the sudden appearance of tiny wet footprints on the hardwood.

Aaahhh! Disappearing galoshes!

Meanwhile after a very refreshing glass of Chardonnay, Dawn conferred with Charles about what to do with Jane. That's when he revealed that he'd found a new crystal.

Dawn could barely contain herself she was so power hungry! It was immediately obvious that she hated Charles having the upper hand, so we knew we were headed into tense waters with that one.

Back at the cabin the boys had turned on the generator while the girls did their thing. Later, Jake starting showing some intense interest in Cassie's powers, including getting her to light the fireplace without chanting.

The fire actually lit so powerfully that Jake just straight-up stared at her in silent concern. Or was it <3??

I think we've all been here:

But what began as a luxurious bath in her grandfather's soaking tub quickly took a turn for the disgusting!

To be fair, that bath looked like something a lot of people would pay tons of money for at a fancy health spa, but on the other hand it looked like it smelled terrible. Needless to say, Faye immediately blamed Cassie.

Because the old "bathtub full of weeds" prank is basically the oldest witch prank in the witch book.

Elsewhere Charles and Dawn snuck into the kids' abandoned house headquarters.

It was weird how they sort of pretended they'd never been there before, even though it had been THEIR hangout originally? Like remember when Faye found all those old pages in the wall from the previous circle? I don't know, I'm sure I missed something here. But yeah, it was sort of cool how proud Charles and Dawn seemed of their little fledgling witch children.

After finding Diana's Book of Shadows, Dawn decided to make her move by requesting she become the crystal's protectress.

But Charles totally stood up for himself! Who knows, maybe the fearsome version of him featured in the original pilot might be making a comeback? Either way, it's nice to see some tension between these two characters. Power struggles are always fun!

Then came the episode's centerpiece element: the most passive-aggressive game of Truth or Dare in history! For the characters it looked like just a bunch of bad times, but we the viewers reaped the benefits.

Truth or Dare is just a great way to reveal things about our favorite characters. Like for instance what they look like with their shirts off!

Did you know that Diana could probably play a female lead in a Michael Bay film? I didn't! By the way, I love how it was Faye who dared Diana to take her shirt off. Is it safe to start the countdown clock until Faye's kissing girls? Make it happen, CW!

Jake faced even more questioning from Adam about the whole witch hunter thing. And then I guess everyone forgot the rules of Truth or Dare and just started randomly throwing out truths and/or dares at their startled friends. For example, Faye started demanding ultra-personal truths of Cassie before she'd even said anything. Luckily Cassie's lady-wingman Diana swooped in and dared Cassie to mash faces with Jake, which ended up being a hilarious test of Faye's resolve.

Then Faye unloaded on Cassie once again, but this time Cassie stood up for herself!

Cassie didn't say anything TOO horrible, mostly just accusing Faye of being kind of pathetic, but it was enough to make the tipsy Faye run out of the house and attempt to drive off.

Fortunately for everyone's safety, the rain slicker-clad girl ghost grabbed Faye's attention before disappearing into the woods.

Elsewhere, Jake interrupted Cassie as she rifled through Henry's things and they shared some pretty fun dialogue.

But Jake started insulting Faye by claiming she'd overblown their relationship and he never liked her that much, etc. Because Cassie's decent to the core (and an actual friend to Faye, despite Faye's ideas to the contrary), she actually seemed to get annoyed at him on Faye's behalf. And when he attempted that "you're cute when you're angry" routine she called him a cheeseball and walked off. It was pretty great, I don't know, maybe you had to be there. THEN he randomly tried to start tutoring her to take her emotions and funnel them into her magic? It was weird.

Ultimately though, Cassie just got sick and tired of not getting with Jake, so she finally took some initiative.

And then he rebuffed her! It was really weird and awkward, and Cassie handled it the best way she knew how:

Cassie <3s running out of rooms so much!

Meanwhile out in the barn, Adam and Diana were screaming at each other and it mostly had to do with whether Adam did or did not cringe when Cassie kissed Jake. Here's how it went:

Whoops!

Meanwhile Charles found a spell that would not only wipe away Jane's memories of her attack, but would also allow him to control her thoughts and actions? It sounded creepy!

So then Cassie spotted the ghost girl by the lake, and Faye informed her that it wasn't just any girl, it was FAYE as a young girl. For some reason this caused Faye to wade into the lake and thrash about.

Which meant it was up to Cassie to take care of business.

And boom! Without really know what she was doing or why, Cassie ended up releasing Henry's dead body from the lake! It turned out that when he was murdered, his energy remained in the atmosphere and manifested itself in the form of a memory that Faye would recognize and interpret as a sign. All in all, a fairly elegant explanation for a haunting.

Oh, but you know, still traumatic for Faye:

In the morning Faye still seemed pretty shaken up by the sight of her grandfather's corpse, not to mention her lingering anger toward Cassie for stealing her slab of badboy. But luckily Dawn swooped in to demonstrate that despite her predilection for villainy, she's really a pretty great mom.

I mean, obviously Dawn was the ACTUAL murderer of Faye's grandfather, but throughout the episode she'd been really concerned about exposing Faye to the resulting trauma. It just seems rare that a TV parent would be so good about protecting their kids emotionally as much as physically. I don't know. It's late.

Cassie and Jake enjoyed a weird drive back, though neither one of them mentioned their abortive makeout session. It seemed like Cassie was over it, though, because it didn't take much for her to seem kinda into him again.

He seemed way nicer on the drive back. And this tiny moment was just the best:

Quick question: Has Cassie ever smiled like this at Adam? Just askin'! Anyway, it did seem like Jake was starting to genuinely like Cassie, but then again, who can tell? Maybe I just imagined it. This show is kind of a Rorschach test like that.

Meanwhile the other car contained a different flavor of awkward:

This conversation actually reflected really well on both of these kids. Adam didn't want to let Diana go (understandable!), but she was definitely making an argument for sowing their wild oats or whatever. Personally, I think society (and especially teen soaps) put way too much value in the high school sweetheart story, so I think it's awesome and refreshing that Diana's broadening her horizons a bit. I mean, sure, sucks for Adam, but ultimately if they'll end up together it should be for the right reasons. Right?

Anyway, guess who was chillin' in Jake's bedroom!

Sorry, but this was kinda ho yay right? Some dude just hanging out in your dark bedroom all day? Count your deep-Vs, Jake. Anyway, Witch Hunter bossman basically called Jake out for getting too close to the other witches, and declared this a now-or-never situation. Which side will Jake choose, you guys???

Then, in what I'm assuming was SUPPOSED to be a cliffhanger, Cassie was reunited with a strangely blank Jane.

The reason I'm saying it wasn't really a big deal was that Cassie immediately knew that Jane's story didn't add up, and then Jane also seemed to realize that she'd been zapped. So, okay. Cool. It's not a mystery for us, and it's not really a mystery for them either. See you next week!

All in all, an effective if not as action-packed hour. But sometimes good old-fashioned teen drama can be just as stressful as monster attacks or home invasions, so I admire The Secret Circle for continuing to switch things up.

Next week is the mideason finale! I'm sad already!

 

QUESTIONS

... How stoked is Melissa to have missed that whole thing?

... Will Charles fully return to his badass ways?

... Do these friends ever actually have GOOD times together?

... So Jake's totally going full-hero in the next episode right?

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I'm finally watching these now and going through the recaps. I can tell that I'm already bummed that there's only one season! Can we just call Charles Brian? I started watching these last week, but then I had to stop and watch a few episodes of QAF, and then come back to this, 'cause QAF is the best thing, ever. EVER. It's weird to see Gale Harold playing this guy. It's not as bad when he's all strong and evil, but when he's just letting what's her butt boss him around, it really throws me off. Quit telling Brian what to do!
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I know that this is kind of late, but anyway love your TSC recaps they are the only ones I've found so far that have enough humor for me.

1) The scene where Cassie and Jake were starting the fire was just awesome. When he grabbed her wrist, Cassie's reaction to their magic connecting was just awesome.

2) I like that Cassie stood up for herself with Faye.

3) Jake is a cheese ball. LOL

4) I like the mythology in this show, with the proper way to kill a witch among other things.

5) I think that Diana stopped keeping her book at home, because she didn't want to know that she was practicing. Part of me wonders if he purposely let her find the book so that her and the others would start practcing magic, because from what I've gathered somehow the parents needed the circle bound in order to do a spell that would give them their powers back.
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Is the Boss witchhunter guy the Boss werewolf hunter guy from MTvs Teenwolf?
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yup, just waiting to see if he gets the boss vampire hunter guy on the vampire diaries. but frankly he sucks they probably wouldnt take him, they'd rather have meredith.
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Ahhh... Great Job on the Secret Circle !! :)it was super hilarious!!! Do you agree with me on the case of that Vampire Diaries and Secret Circle shouldn't cross over?

Love the effort you out into your work! And it'll be a twist if Faye really did like Cassie... It would explain a lot....

And Cassie's mom didn't follow this supposed "destiny" thing... So would Cassie do the same? And Adam is a poor love sick puppy...

But anyway, great job!!!!! Love it <3
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I just re watched the episode and at the part where Cassie runs out of the room after kissing Jake again, I immediately thought of your comment "Cassie <3s running out of rooms so much!" and I realized how true it was. x)
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"By the way, I love how it was Faye who dared Diana to take her shirt off. Is it safe to start the countdown clock until Faye's kissing girls? Make it happen, CW!"



Totally agree! Most of the time I can't tell if she's jealous of Cassie because she likes Jake or jealous of Jake because she likes Cassie.

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Ooh I hadn't even thought of that! It would be super poignant if Faye had a crush on Cassie.
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Still on the fence about Jake.

I will say this though, I really hop Charles is a badass again! He was so awesome when he was!

These people seem like really good friends, even they always seem to be in some sort of Drama/Trauma
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Yeah they do seem like good friends. I like rooting for nice kids (even Faye is ultimately pretty nice).
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Thanks, dude, I love spam. LOVE it. This was great news.
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"The Secret Cleavage" is inconsistent and all over the place! Along with an amateurish plot.



I watch it because of the girls ..especially Diana!
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Team Diana!!



I mean, er...intelligent character progression!
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There's always one...
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Hilarious! I am going to look forward to these recaps just as much as I do the show! These were made of awesome.
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I don't watch the show but love these recaps. I think they are stand alone entertainment on their own.



(I just have to look up a lot of the slang cos I'm old.)
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You should really give the show a try! It's really fun to watch, it's very easy to relate to, and its got magic! As you get deeper into it, you start becoming quite addicted. For me, though, I was addicted from the start.
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Yeah I totally second this. I don't think my recaps make a ton of sense outside of the show. But it's flattering!
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Sorry, came late to this one (just finished watching). First, since I haven't said it yet, great reviews, funny, and whatnot, and that's that for the time being.



-Melissa will be fine, I think. Also, she might be protective of Faye for reasons that I can't describe, but that seems like the right thing to my brain.

-Charles is going to kick butt and I intend to see it happen.

-Sure, but they're off camera. Can't show even a short five minute period of good times because that might actually help with a simple and common storytelling device like tension and release (not possible without, you guessed it, both sections building tension, and sections with release or ease of character).

-If your wish to see more of those Deep-Vs is granted, you better hope that he does.



Also, has it occurred to anyone else that if, say Adam and Diana hook up and have kids, that the circle drops to five in the next generation? Or do their boys get daddy's stuff and their girls get mommy's stuff and how inbred are these families anyway? Especially if Adam's line is "destined" for Cassie's line and these lines are hundreds (thousands?) of years old. Once again, though, I applaud Diana's determination to remain separated from Adam. A very un-teenager, yet very coming-of-age move that gives her all kinds of points in my book (though you can't blame the last night of fun, especially from Adam's view, with that Truth or Dare exposure going on? No blame).
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What confused me is that Adam's dad said that him and Cassie's family were destined.

He said, him and Cassie's mother...Cassie and Adam...now assuming, by some miracle, Cassie and Adam's mother and father HAD become a couple and married and had children, who would have been Adam and Cassie, despite DNA differences with the respective other halves in the alternate-universe in which they do NOT get married and have children (ie, the world that is being portrayed in the show), then were Cassie and Adam - now brother and sister - STILL supposed to get together, or is this Adam's dads way of saying, look, Amelia and I didn't work out, so now it;s up to you and Cassie...if so, is that not a whole lot of pressure to put on your son? I'm confused by that whole storyline, but I'm sure I'm just overlooking something blatantly obvious.
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The families were destined to be together. It supposed to be Cassie's mom and Adam's dad, which means Cassie and Adam shouldn't have been born. Their would've been a Cassie/Adam hybrid (Addie?) containing the star-blessed glory of both awesome houses.



Since Cassie's mom and Adam's dad screwed all that up (bringing misery and misfortune to all), the families are still meant to be together, which means it now falls to Cassie and Adam.



So if Cassie and Adam screw that up (fairly likely, imo), it'll be destined that their children hook up. That's the thing with poorly-written destiny plotlines, they're useful until they, y'know, stop being useful.
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Very true. They need to either just drop the storyline while they're ahead or cement it's necessity. It's not working out right now.
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I kind of stopped tuning that plotline out a long time ago.
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Very funny! liked the episode too.
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Good episode, some forced scenes and dialogue. I hope the show finds its footing soon!
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It's definitely on the right track. I'm really enjoying its evolution so far.
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This series is really annoying me now. One episode is good then the next is crap. And then this one was a bit of both. I don't understand why they kept it a 'secret' that Charles was the one who knocked out Jane, I can't be the only one that guessed. I guessed that the kid was trying to lead them to Faye's Grandfather when Faye was getting back in the car to leave. The truth-or-dare game was obviously going to end that way, although the start was a pleasent suprise. But the worst part was the Cassie/Jake thing. It seemed to be very forced and I'm a bit tired of the will-they-won't-they story lines in these types of shows. As one half breaks up the other just happens to start seeing someone? Give me a break.

I guess the problem with this show is the lack of originality with regards to the social aspects of the group (although Faye is sometimes an exception). What the show has going for it is the originality of the supernatural aspects, although they seem to be introducing more chanting, which is annoying.

I'm going to give it a couple more episodes and hope that it improves. Right now, I really don't care too much about any of the characters, which is not a good thing.
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Totally agree about keeping Charles a secret. He was the #1 choice for being the intruder, so why make us think it WASN'T him? Just seemed like a lazy way to create a cliffhanger. I disagree with the unoriginality point, I actually am pretty impressed with the Diana/Adam relationship. I don't know if I've ever seen teens portrayed as reasonably as those two. Chanting... Yeah, I loved how Jake told Cassie to light the fire without chanting. I got excited that they'll ALL stop doing it someday!
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Me: "Bah, this Jake is such a d-bag. I'm sure he'll get Cassie, but not even she deserves this walking pile of cheekbones--"



Jake: "...No Chanting. Just picture it. No words."



Me: "Jake is officially my second favorite character. Team Diana!!"

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That's true! We've never actually heard the parents do chanting like they do, have we? The only chanting they've done was in Latin, and that always sounds 100x better than the ones in English. So, hopefully this is a sign that they'll stop with the chanting and run their powers with thought, emotion, drive, and Latin spells!
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whats with all the walls of texts O.o
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Im not reading all 50+ comments to see if others mentioned this, but: If I had one of the only books of shadows known to exist. Where would I keep it? In my Locked house where i live with other people. Or in the abandoned, broken house that any shlub off the street could walk into at any time and swipe. Uh DUH, Diana really is supposed to be the smart one?
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I'm great at finding hiding places no one would think to look (or at least, I think I am, but I've never put the theory into practice - however, hiding a book in the cover of another book and sliding it into a shelf amongst other non-suspect books is a clever idea I think. People would skip right past the 'Twilight' cover, would they not?) Diana should contact me.
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LOL
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seriously how am i supposed to go for like two months without your photo recaps? i'll just have to go through every old one you've ever done, i guess.
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I know right? I live for Friday's. Although, with time difference between the USA and Ireland, I've had to wait till Saturday a couple of times, but even after all the dripping-by-slower-and-more-ominously-than-the-blood-the-woman-can-hear-dripping-from-a-dead-carcass-from-her-bathroom-in-a-horror-movie time, it's always worth it. Two whole months waiting for more is just...I can't even fathom how I'll make it through. I just found you, Price! You made me laugh for a whole two hours with all your awards and TVD recaps...*sobbing* *sad-face* *shaky thumbs up and unconvincing smile-of-reassurance* It's okay. I'll make it through.
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Aw shucks. I just hope I remember how to do them come January.
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me too. Ireland just doesnt have anything like this!!! Then again, it also doesnt have midseason breaks! Is there anything on between now and january that you could review, just for lulz???
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Secret Circle is honestly truly stepping up their game. I mean, Vampire Diaries was sort of kinda horrible for the first couple episodes. But Secret Circle's definitely found their groove, which is nice.



Completely support Cassie/Jake. THEY HAVE ACTUAL CHEMISTRY. Gah, now we gotta come up with a name for them. Jassie? Cake? LOL I'M GOING WITH CAKE. "Yeah, I ship Cake." I'm pretty happy cos Cassie's not as boring as Elena since she's pretty kickass with her witchy magic. Could change as the series goes on, but I hope not.



I'm pretty much liking all these characters. Diana is especially one of my favorites because, well, she's rational and not all lovey-dovey and judgment impaired. The girl who plays her is a REALLY convincing actress. And Faye is just the best. Adam ... I dunno, I think he needs to step up his game a little. Jake is totally overshadowing him. (Even though Jake is the worst liar in history...) Melissa is more appealing after being possessed and losing Nick, but I feel like I've sort of forgotten her since she wasn't in this episode.



I do hope Charles goes badass again. I do like the parent plotline - they are interesting villains.



Can't wait for the next episode - and of course, the next photo recap. Seriously, these are HILARIOUS
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I'm REALLY hoping that Jake becomes a main character. After the previous epsiode, I was all "No way, die, douche, die," but NOW I want him as a main character, and if I get my way, by the end of the series, Adam and Cassie will have defied their destiny, somehow avoided the consequences, and Jake and Cassie will be together. Sadly, as much as I love the show, I don't think that will happen, as TV has a habit of disappointing me with relationships, but maybe - just maybe - I'll get my way.
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Haha, yeah - I mean, Jake's INTERESTING. Please please pleaaasseee let him become a main character. Adam and Cassie... I mean, they're okay together, but... I think it could be much more interesting if they were to, like you said, defy their destiny. Besides... it's Cake... who doesn't love Cake... :D
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Exactly.

I'd like to see the relationship between Adam and Cassie evolve, but only so they can justifiably lay the romance to rest haha.
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Team Cake!
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I'm starting to enjoy the secret circle more than TVD, the characters actually have some range of human emotions. This show really reminds me alot of Dawson's Creek, you can understand the angst and their motives which TVD is missing thats probably why Bonnie comes off as daft most of the time.
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This comment is the best.
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-How stoked is Melissa to have missed that whole thing? I somehow didn't even notice that she was gone. That weirds me out because I actually do like Melissa.



Charles fully return to his badass ways? Possibly. I'm kind of over the parent plot line. It seems like they are just bumbling about killing people and fighting over rocks.



Do these friends ever actually have GOOD times together? They have so much drama!! I like it though. They make me have a good time watching them.



So Jake's totally going full-hero in the next episode right? I think he fallin for Cassie. He wants to fight it though. So yea he will most likely be her hero.
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Yeah, Melissa's a good character, but people probably didn't notice she was gone because there are so many other characters to track. No offense, Melissa!
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Why is it always the black witches who are conspicuously absent for entire episodes?
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I don't mean to be all controversial, but for one thing, TV shows hate having single characters. Everyone's gotta be paired up. Another thing TV shows hate? Interracial relationships. Obviously it's getting better, but I'm just saying this is one major theory why minority characters aren't given as much screentime. Let's not even bring up gay characters.
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I was (and still am) hoping TSC would go against the grain with all three of these things. The characters - especially the girls - are interesting and badass enough on their own so I hope the show doesn't continually throw random love interests their way. I really liked the Nick/ Melissa pairing and am disappointed with what happened, but as long as Melissa gets to grow and shine as a character I'll be happy. As for gay characters... even if the show tries to convince me that Faye is straight I won't believe it :P
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So true. Melissa's in a logic loop that doesn't look good for her.



"Melissa, sorry, but this relationship's a little too swirly, so..."

"Melissa, sorry, but now that Nick's dead, you're a little too single, so..."

"Melissa, sorry, but we don't really like the swirl, so..."
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(Subs "witches" with "parents", and "episodes" with "shows")
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Brilliant review Price! I must say I stuck with this show for the reviews... and finally the last couple of eps it feels like it was worth it.... The relationships and dialogues between the different cast members do go beyond the usual teenage drama cliches and it is more and more fun....



Your take on Jake's being a bad liar and not even trying is so spot on.... he's like a passive/aggressive version of Damon Salvatore...
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Thanks! I like it more and more each week too and that has mostly to do with how much affection I'm having for the characters. They do seem real, and even better, they're smart and make good decisions. What other show would have such a reasonable break-up between characters?
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I missed the gorgeous Melissa....



Faye was great this ep, superbitchy and sexy in the bath...
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The bath scene remind me of Wes Craven's films especially A Nightmare on Elm Street and Deadly Blessing. Anyway this episode was great.
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Totally! Every bathtub scene in horror movies is now officially a nod to Nancy's bath in the original Nightmare. Check out this week's American Horror Story for an even more blatant reference.
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Fully on board with Jake/Cassie. They are the best. And I gotta say I think Britt is doing a great job portraying Cassie's darker side.



I really enjoy Faye but STOP. BEING. HUNGUP. OVER. JAKE. Girl.
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As a fan of Life Unexpected (RIP that show, I thought it was a surprisingly good familial dramedy), and Britt Robertson (I've forgiven her for Avalon High, although she was never my problem with that movie, it was that gender-bender twist at the end...was Disney high or something? The book did it right, Disney, stop trying to be unpredictable, you only succeeded in being creepy), I have to say that I agree. She plays those darker moments really well. I found her angry-pout-face when she was walking down the boardwalk a LITTLE overdone, but man can she portray darkness, even with just her eyes. It's impressive also, because before this, what she has done mostly has been drama, playing the nice girl with some issues. She's doing a pretty great job.
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Yes! It makes Faye look kinda bad to be all bummed about him. We're not morons, we all know that Faye's probably considered the hottest girl in her school. It would be rad to see her playing the field more.
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I thought this was a great episode. I find that all the relationships in this show are treated quite realistically, and I love how Diana handles everything. I think Jake is definitely going to try and do the right thing in the next episode, it's pretty obvious he's going to be a series regular.
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Yes, it's the thoughtfulness of the teens that I like best. And duh, it would be nuts to get rid of Jake.
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I realized half way through that horrifying game of truth or dare that Melissa wasn't there. I think her character has potential though
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Agreed, she's had a ton of character growth already. She could definitely use a solo plotline (couldn't they all?)
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I didn't even realize Melissa was missing. She is useless. Good episode though!
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'I didn't even realize Melissa was missing'

Exactly.
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Haha, fingers crossed they'll make us care more in the future!
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I don't know if it's a testament to the writing or the actress but I am repeatedly impressed with how they can make me cringe at, like, 90% of the things that Faye says but then turn it around immediately and make me want to hug her and tell her its all gonna be ok.



Great recap, as always.
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The actress is pretty magnetic, but it's definitely in the writing too. I think Faye could stand to be a LITTLE smarter, but it's pretty awesome how they've kept her mostly sympathetic despite her awful attitude sometimes. But yeah, Tonkin's on fire.
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Thanks for making me laugh once again, Price! The line about Jane stopping at Wendy's a few times on the way to the lake house had me cracking up so hard! Do you drink lots of coffee/deprive yourself of sleep before writing these? Or are you just naturally hilarious? :)
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Aw thanks. And yes coffee/sleep deprivation are definitely parts of my Thursday/Friday routine.
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Charles needs to seriously watch his back because Dawn is a little too power hungry. He should watch his back for Jane to if she ever figures out whats happening to her. Cassie and Jake, I don't like them as a couple at all, that's if its happens anyway. I hope we get more info on Cassie dad because must of had some serious dark magic if Cassie this strong using her individual magic while her circle is bind.
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Charles needs to watch Species basically. Be careful, dude!
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Wait, who? Melissa! 4got, totes. I'm sure that's what they're counting on. Or I'm sure it's that on which they're counting? Wutev's.



"This is not my loofah.." - lolgud1



Seriously, this is Diana's show; she's just letting Cassie hold on to it for a while.
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What?! LOL.
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Wishful thinking about Diana. If I say it, pray for it, and eat my vegetables over it, maybe it'll come true.
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She is pretty great. I was worried she'd turn into some kind of shrieking harpy when Cassie started chilling with Adam so much, but it's like the opposite. If anything she's cooler and hotter than ever now.
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Team Diana! That's probably just me, but I'll just have to cheer louder, is all.
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Price this was an awesome recap (as always!). I was laughing sooo much in the screenshot with Cassie running out of the room. Believe it or not, when I was watching the episode, when Cassie ran out of the room, I thought to myself "Price is so going to include that in his recap!" And you did!



Here's my thoughts:



First off, I really loved this episode! It fleshed out more of the characters and it was dark and creepy. The show does really well with that. Also, loved that Charles is taking charge once more. It's much better than him following Dawn around like he had been before. Nick's death really gave him a spin and it was believable in how they developed his character that way. Charles is messing with Grandma Jane though, and I don't like that! Leave Grandma alone, sir.



Does anyone notice how different Charles can be in character when he has power compared to when he doesn't? It's truly incredible how his character plays out like that. He may not be a big bad now (we actually haven't seen Mr. Big Bad yet as far as Andrew Miller says), but I can see him as one later on.



I'm officially on board with Cassie and Jake. I know he's trying to kill them, but I think in the next episode this Thursday, he's going to have to make a choice as it seems he's really falling for her. He literally had to push himself away in last night's episode when they kissed for a second time.



Diana and Adam's relationship is SO real and their chemistry has really progressed. When they first had their sex scene in Episode 5 ("Slither") I felt no chemistry and it felt out of place. This time though, for one, it caught me by surprise, but secondly it really had a lot of chemistry. The break up between Adam and Diana was a very good decision. It really allows for them to grow and when / if they do get back together, it'll be not only believable, but fans and viewers will know how much they had to go through to get there once more.



Phoebe Tonkin (Faye) was on her A-Game in this episode. Britt Robertson was right when she said this episode really showcased Phoebe's character. I felt like I got to know more about her, and although I've always liked her since the start, she grew onto me even more so than before. I also felt really sorry for her at the end. To know she shared such a strong relationship with her grandfather and that her own mother was the one that murdered him (and Faye doesn't know it yet) really makes me hate Dawn even more.



That leads me to another thing. I predict there will be a BIG blowout between the parents and the circle when all these secrets are revealed. Sure, Dawn and Charles are the only ones who actually know what they did, but this is television, and nothing is kept a secret forever.



Lastly, one thing I truly love about this show is how REAL everything is portrayed. The relationships, the characters, everything that goes on can be related to by real people who can say they've experienced the same situation or know how they feel. Some can actually say, "Yes, that has happened to me before!" You know? For a supernatural / fantasy show, it does an excellent job at keeping itself real. Nothing is ever overly exaggerated like how some other television shows make them out to be.



Alas, next week is the mid-season finale ("Balcoin") until the show returns on January 5th next year (Same day, same time) and it is looking to be GOOD. Who knows what sort of cliffhanger they're going to leave us with. To say the least, it will definitely be a must-see episode. Although, every episode is a must-see for me!

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Awesome points. I'm definitely with you on the "realness" of these teens and their relationships. Even the element of them having to hang out all the time without really having anything in common. That feels pretty accurate to my high school experience anyway.
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When you consider how non-existant Melissa was in the pilot, its really surprising how much I missed her. PLus, in a weird way, I think her absence was really getting to Faye. Melissa's her only real friend and, without her, Faye just sunk into a paranoia trip. And that was before her got haunted.



I'm not sure. I think maybe Charles blames Dawn for Nick's death and is taking it out on her by doing things his way. And I love how loyal he was to Diana when Dawn tried to take her book. The constant parent-child moments in this show really add a whole other layer to it that I love. Its like having villains that will do anything to achieve their aims but, at the same time, want to protect their targets as much as possible. I can't wait to see what Faye does when she finds out that Dawn killed Henry.



Good times are boring. Who wants that?



I think Jake will be conflicted. I told you we'd have to wait until at least mid-season for Jake to turn good. I think its Adam who'll rescue Cassie, not Jake. If Jake does, then Cadam is dead. They don't even have any character moments anymore. They haven't been alone together in almost 5 episodes. I think maybe Jake will betray Isaac some other way and the Circle will kill him before he can tell them who Jake really is.



I only know one thing. Remember what happened to Warren when Willow wigged out in Buffy? Cassie has to do that to Isaac. She really needs to go batshit nuts and tear him apart. Then Jake and Adam run screaming from the room. Now that is a mid-season finale I would enjoy.
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Oooh I got chills when you brought up that Buffy stuff. I think one reason why I missed Melissa is that her character has evolved more than the others. She went from a mousy nerd to a sexy diva to a sad cynic in the span of four episodes. As for the parents, it's downright REFRESHING to see parents in a teen supernatural drama at all, but especially because they're so grey-area with their intentions. Like they're the antagonists, but they are protecting the protagonists. It's really unusual.
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... How stoked is Melissa to have missed that whole thing?

I really don't think about Melissa. I'm guessing she'll come back from wherever with a personality adjustment or a vampire boyfriend or something.

... Will Charles fully return to his badass ways?

I think so. It's hard to miss that this guy feels like a nobody when he's powerless, that he's sort of sad-sacky, but he plays alpha when he's got a crystal in his hand (like the sort of people who only have courage when they've got some weapon stashed somewhere close by).

... Do these friends ever actually have GOOD times together?

Was your high school experience full of great times with friends? Must have been different from minethose times were few and far between. But mostly, it seems like they've been brought together by the wonder of magic, which seems to be the one thing they really share and exult in.

... So Jake's totally going full-hero in the next episode right?

I hope so. His boss is putting him in an awkward situation, wanting to rush things when, last time that happened, the flunky went up like a human tourch. At this point, I'd say switching sides is the smart decision for Jake. Else that maniac will get him killed.
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Haha good point about high school. I guess I'd just like to see more bonding than we've seen. Like that tiny moment where Faye and Melissa brought the bat to life. That was the first time I've see a group smile in a long time. And YES I'm sure Jake doesn't appreciate getting so hassled by his boss. I'd definitely switch sides too. That, and I don't really like murder very much.
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1. I loved that this episode covered every horror movie cliche w/o making it cheesy. Which brings me to Melissa. It's no secret that the minority always dies first in a horror movie...or are smart enough to not put themselves into a position to be a victim of a slasher movie to begin with. Therefore, Melissa was one smart girl. I kinda missed her though. And the lack of concern that was exhibited about her lack of presence after such a traumatic night was noted and not lost on me. Anyways, I did miss Melissa. All I want is for the one (seriously is there not more diversity in Washington because Greys Anatomy is a cultural fest?!) ethnic minority to be a great character that doesn't elicit hate or indifference from the viewer. (I'm looking at you Bonnie). Melissa has the potential since the Nick stuff. Plus she seems to keep Faye somewhat stable. She's the Marcie to Faye's Peppermint Patty.

2. Kind of sort of? I don't know. It was awesome to see though.

3. I don't know, sex, drinking, games, roadtrips...I thought that was the epitome of good times. I could be wrong though. I'm not a fun person.

4. In any other world? Yes, definitely. In TSC world...no idea!



OKay, this show is like watching a pendelum switch back and forth. Last week I was convinced that Jake exhibited some psych tendencies and would have no problem killing anybody, including Cassie. This week Jake went back to the ambiguous character we were introduced to, two weeks before. I'm delightfully confuzzled. He went from possibly not evil, to pure evil, to possibly not evil again. So does that mean next week he'll be pure evil orwhat? I'm back to not knowing where I stand with Jake. Or his chemistry with Cassie. I do however like that Adam consistently questions his weak excuses...although it would be cool if others seen the holes that a mac truck could plow through, so Adam who is justifiably suspicious doesn't come off as a jealous creep.



Also experiencing the pendelum effect is Charles. I like it though. He was so badass in the premiere and got regaled to love struck pathetic sap by the second episode. I'm glad he finally magically extracted his cajones from Dawn's pocket and went all badass again. He kinda warlockhandled her and everything. I was convinced. I also love the concern and love he exhibits (that both exhibit) for their kids.



Diana & Adam's relationship: I like how mature they are. I just like them as characters. They could so easily be the boring ones because they're too mature for their own good (Yes...on TSC scale I clock in a solid Diana/Adam hybrid) but they aren't. I also like that in retrospect Diana knows that the fall of their relationship isn't so much about Cassie at all.They don't know who they are outside of each other, and she understandly thinks they should find out.And poor Adam...not wanting her to learn that she can be fine w/o him...because she's the only solid thing he's had. How do you not love and feel bad for both of these kids?I don't see adult relationships on tv this mature. Kudos.



One little thing though. I like Cassie. She's awesome. I know she's the lead. But can they spread around the awesome? She kind of gets everything. The special secret powers, the two guys fawning after her, the smarts to figure stuff out, the one who questions stuff, for someone who started off behind the ball she's almost too far ahead. Of course she seen the ghost of Faye jr, too, of course she was the one to figure out how to bring the body to surface, of course she possesses dark magic and can still do stuff on her own. I know she's "the special one" but I just don't want it to be at the expense of the other characters. I can see why Faye kind of flipped a bit. As much as I like Cassie it is kind of annoying to see. I know she's the lead but spread the love.
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Love everything you wrote. One huge reason why I think Diana is so awesome is that she essentially broke up with Adam due to her jealousy over Cassie BUT she doesn't hold it against Cassie at all. On any other show, there would've been a catfight, but in this case Diana recognizes that Cassie hasn't done anything to encourage Adam, and in fact Cassie probably just stares at Jake all day (as Diana probably noticed prior to Truth or Dare). So yeah, the Diana and Adam stuff is surprisingly sophisticated for a teen show! As for Cassie, I'm fine with her being the focal point for now, but hopefully the show won't pull a TVD and fail to develop certain characters well into Season 3 (won't name names).
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Thanks Price, my b-day wish came true, I wrote something that elicited a response from so many including the reviewer of Awesomeness. LOL! Yeah...how awesome is Diana?! Okay so I'm biased because I'd totally be a Diana but still? Finally teenagers on a show that aren't irrational or vapid. It truly is refreshing, which is why I have pretty high expectations and faith in this show despite it still being a pup. Probably why I feel okay pointing out that down the line the Cassie thing could be an issue...as you said TVD is in it's Awesome 3rd season but still a few characters that haven't progressed. Don't want that to happen to this little gem of a show. So far so good though.
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I completely agree with you about Cassie. I feel like instead of the show being "The Secret Circle", it's more like "Cassie and The Secret Circle" or something. Like what you said about how Cassie could also see Little Faye's Ghost...I felt like Cassie was intruding on a plot that was just supposed to focus on Faye. I like Cassie, I just don't like her hogging up the show. But other than that, I have nothing against the show :)
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I actually found it somewhat realistic that someone had to take charge...I mean, not Cassie specifically, any person in the circle really. But when you think about the trauma of seeing yourself, ten years ago, on a day you nearly drowned to death...I don't see how Faye could have been in a good head space to step up and take charge. And if they'd made that a badass moment for Faye, I think I'd have lost some respect for her character, as it would have made her seem almost emotionless. I want to see her take charge, but I think that the scenario in this episode kinda called for a freak-out on her part.
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I don't especially mind Cassie being "the chosen one" but I totally agree with Faye's spotlight being stolen in this episode. I would've really loved to see her handle things and maybe grow as a character? Cassie could have helped her, but Faye should've done something other than splash around in the water.
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Bonnie

T-Dawg and Mousey Asian Guy (TWD)

Shirley (Community)

Jade (Nikita)

Holder (The Killing...I guess he's technically White)

Bill (Alphas...kinda, at least?)

Renee (Desperate Housewives)

Masuka & LaGuerta (Dexter). Angel and Sam are cool, but the new detective's another dick.

Foreman (House)

I guess they're almost all dicks on Glee

Stanley (The Office)

Female Stanley (Parks and Rec)

and who could forget Tara (True Blood).



So bland or annoying and polarizing, half the audience begs for their deaths and the 1000-cuts death of diversity. Coincidence, haaas to be.
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There's a really good essay to be written here, for real. The racial politics of TVD alone are really something else.
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I think it's actually worse here on TSC (so far). At least on TVD, Bonnie--while a walking stick of suck--had a grandma, Kelly Hu lived longer than one episode, and Anna at least came back to haunt.



Not saying it's good, but still.
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But Melissa's cousin is coming to charm the pants off of Diana so maybe there is hope there. Potential hope..as long as they don't make him disappear as soon as he came like that black friend of Cassie's who got witchslapped by Faye. I thought she'd be the human friend...but nope. Again more than I can say for TVD, outside of Grams and dead Emily, Bonnie could very well be an orphan and we'd never know. Whose to say she really was staying with her father's family in nowheresville where paint doesn't dry?



Huh, if there weren't so many hot people, cool mysteries, and great writing I'd be really depressed right now.
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Haha I was just about to say, "What about the antiques dealer.... Oh. Right."
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Noted. It's truly frustrating to watch.
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Word.
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Shirley's awesome. So very very very very very very hooked on Community right now.
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Guess we know which half you're on ;)
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It's more that I'm eliminating Shirly from the list haha
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I think Charles cajones are back in his hand. It's no coincidence, imo, that hes got a new rock to play with.



Great comments about the other characters. I sort of agree that if they're going to take Cassie and make her "the one", the creators need to invest a bit more in her history. Is she the one who can figure things out because she used to be the outsider (when her mom was alive) and still has that observer-from-the-fringes mentality? As for being the most powerful, etc., it seems clear that TSC plans to tie her father in to that eventually. If it has more to do with Jane/Amelia's line, then, we need to have Jane explain their position among the practitioners of Chance Harbor a bit better. But I think that's coming. I don't have a problem with her being set apart if the shows goes into it and makes it a problem that the others have to deal with. Faye's already going there: "It's you they're here for! You're the problem!" and all that. If she's the main attraction for all the bad, i don't mind if she takes on her share (most) of the responsibility for clearing the bad stuff out of town.
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*g* Yeah that rock will serve him well.



I don't care how they choose to do it, and I suspect they'll work it out beautifully. I just don't want the other characters to not be fleshed out at Cassie and the Cassie storyline's expense. For the most part I'm content either way, fortunately for once I actually like all the main kids on this show. : ) It's a mere observation of that being problematic down the line if it's not done right.
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To Faye's accusations, a nice response would've been, "Well, if you'd left me the hell alone like I asked, none of this would've happened! Control your own s**t and stay outta mine!"



I would've liked that.
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Dude/dudette, I want to marry your comments. I don't agree specifically with everything, but that is nothing to me, to each their own, opinions will differ, who cares really. The point is, your comments rock.

Also, what you said about the pendelum effect with Charles and Jake is possibly the best dfinition of their current personalities. I'm thinking Charles however is going to sway towards evil whereas Jake is going to start evolving into a more understanding character, hopefully not at the expense of his awesomeness.

I think, about Cassie, I see where you're coming from, but I also think that it's sort of working right now. I'd hate for the show to eternally have her being the only one with cool storylines, and I have hope that Melissa and Adam specifically will begin reeling in some more storylines, but I think, for the sake of introducing the world and Cassie's place in it, it's doing what needs to be done.

Diana and Adam are great. I'd like to see them apart, but as a couple and as individuals, they're just so...unique. Teenagers in other shows are either boring or overly-naive, but I think the writers have struck a good balance with each character, in in the case of Adam and Diana, they've written characters I think everyone can at least admire.
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Dudette. : ) And thanks.



I don't necessairly have a huge issue with Cassie, I like the girl. I do. But if it's something they'll continue to stick with then yeah...going to get annoying down the road. I know she's important. I've just seen other shows where despite having an ensemble cast they focused and put too much energy into developing one character. In a truly great show they'll even adequately develop the guest star. Since we've reached the midseason point...I felt safe in pointing out where that could be an issue down the line.



Agree about Adam and Diana.
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Very true. There'll need to be a shift in the whole character dynamic soon. Faye is clearly growing more insecure, so I think we can assume there'll be a sort of struggle between her and Cassie. When Melissa returns, also, I like to think the writers have been paving way for a big change in her. I could be wrong, but if they've been doing what I think they've been doing, she's going to start becomming someone very independant, maybe even going a little dark, which would be a cool way to show the effects of Nick's death. I'm hoping there's a power shift withing the circle. And from what I've heard, there will be.
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1) I guess she'll thank her mom for the rest of her life for not being on that truth or dare game;



2) I certanly hope so;



3) Doesn't seem like it...;



4) I think he still needs a few episides. He kind of reminds me of Damon from season one. Comes in with an agenda, falls for the main girl and ends us saiving the day every few episodes;



Great recap!
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Thanks! Yes, he's totally a slightly more laid-back Damon but without the occasional crazyface.
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Am I the only one who was kind of annoyed that they took two cars? There were only five of them and they could have all fit in one car. I mean I know it was plot driven, but it still kind of bugs me lol. Anyways another great recap Price!
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Yeah I thought witches were supposed to be more concerned about the environment than normal folks?
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Certainly plot move, but it made it worse that Cassie was supposed to be getting suspicious of Jake, but decided to drive three hours alone with him in a car. If there was the slightest suspicion, she might've wanted backup. No need for logic to get in the way of plot.
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Totally. I also got the vibe that it's harder having five actors in the car when three aren't talking. Probably the same reason Melissa sat this one out, mostly just a production decision.
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Melissa aside, I do think they could've written in some tense and uncomfortable dialogue even with just the five of them.



They could've had a front row convo (with Faye and Adam angrily listening in, Diana angrily listening to Adam listening in, etc.), and Faye could've kept nudging the elephant in the car that would be Diana and Adam in the back seat. Could've been magic, I tell you.
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It screamed plot move and lacked in realism and practicality I agree. Especially when Adam rolls up in this jeep that's only really made for two, and Diana or was it Faye has to squeeze in the back.
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How can Jake do magic on his own? Isn't he bound to the circle by blood?
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It's totally vague, you're right. At least when he burned that witch hunter's eyes, he had Cassie there with him. But then how did he do the glass vial trick all by himself?
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The others have got bullocks though. If that emotion were the key for a regular witch (>_>), then Faye would already have been able to slip the confines of their circle. If it isn't because of the technicality of him not being there on circle night, I'm thinking he may have a bit of dark magic in him too...or his magic has turned dark, if that's possible...
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I'm guessing it's because he wasn't apart of the actual ritual itself when they did the binding spell. Or it's because he's been at this longer than them. He did say a bound witch can do individual magic (small, but still) if they have strong emotions to fuel their power.
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"Count your deep-Vs, Jake." hahaha best.

1. Melissa is lucky to have missed everything, but she was probs just canned cos they didn't have anything effective for her to do during truth or dare, who would she mack on and Diana already stole her usual topless role. Oh well.

2. Charles has been too much of a push-over, so I think he will be returning to his Old Ways. Question, when Charles murdered Cassie's mum, he didn't do it the cool Jake-witchhunterputhingsinajar-way, he just torched her place with her in it, so...wouldn't that mean she isn't "properly" dead, like the grandfather her spirit is just around...I dunno, its getting complicated.

3. No, they are not allowed to have a good time together, because if they start to have a truly good time then it will just end in something unbelievably tragic. I like the horror.

4. He will be conflicted for 99.95% of the episode, then Cassie will be in harm's way, and she will give him a doe-eyed look, and he will come to her rescue and kill some fellow witch hunters.



This show has gotten good, can't wait for next week!
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Oooh, NICE thought about Amelia possibly having some energy out there.
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I think he said when a bound witch is killed the wrong way, then their powers can be released like it was for the grandfather or another witch can harness them. The parents never bound their circle, but I believe the Elders did.
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Are you sure that the parents never did? I guess I assumed they had.
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Good point with number 2...perhaps Cassie's mom's spirit is still around? I was always half considering the idea that she didn't actually die. She could have gotten out and run away to find something to help Cassie, knowing that Charles had done it and that there was something big going down. I fancy the idea that she's still alive out there. She said "Cassie", it cut away (I think, that's how I remember it anyway), and then the house went buh-bye, but she COULD have gotten out.
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"Is your head real"? Oh man, so *awesome* No words, just ha-frking-ha!
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Not gonna lie, I suspect CGI.
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It's obvious that this isn't the Vampire Diaries more than ever now. If it was, Jake would have been found out ages ago! You have to give the writers credit for giving their stories a chance to develop, since that's something TVD's skips over sometimes, in a way to keep up their brake neck pace. Loved your recap, as always, am I the only one really loving this show?! People seem to be criticizing it left and right, yet my own reviews are always so positive!
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Obviously one of the ways I make my living is by recapping (and loving) TVD, but I must say I am so grateful that TSC has made some important decisions to differentiate itself from TVD. I absolutely love that TSC takes the time to give its characters moments of growth, and it also treats death and pain as serious things (ahem, TVD). Add to that the fact that Chance Harbor is probably the most beautiful town on television, I just can't get over how nice it is to watch this show without feeling exhausted/confused by the end. I mean, I love the ridiculousness of TVD, but I feel like in certain ways TSC has more soul.
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I love this show. For me, it's right on par with my love and interest for TVD. I do agree though, the writers for TSC has a great way of extending out a story. They still reveal new information every episode and give us more insight on the mythology of witches, while still keeping up a developing arc / story.



Also, I applause them for letting the kids find out about Henry's death and not just leaving it like it never happened. Last week on TVD we had a man pinned and bloody on a tree, and this week? "Oh, that never happened, haha!"



The show is on its first season and really developing well. It keeps improving each episode, and the writing is staying consistent and improving too. I have a feeling when it returns after next week on January 5th, it'll be TVD 2.0 where the story is just going to be so compelling to viewers.
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Totally. I love that they don't ignore death. Faye actually sobs for her grandfather, and even Dawn seems to sort of regret what she did. That scene would have been completely omitted from TVD.
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I agree with you. Especially about TVD. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE that show, but, for example, when Aunt Jenna died (I was crying my eyes out), by the next episode, it was like she didn't exist. And no one was crying even at the funeral. But on TSC everyone was crying over Nick when he died, at least for that episode, and Melissa still won't let him go.
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THANK you.

As someone who loves quality TV, I'm genuinely enjoying this. It's becomming less of a guity pleasure as time goes on. I still have some issues, but it's to do with the development of Melissa's and Adam's characters, and to be fair, there are a few characters to have to develop, so that I'll just give some time haha. But mostly I'm loving it. The teenagers are making mistakes and then paying the price and being effected by it, whereas in TVD, everyone just gets over everything like THAT *snaps fingers*. I'm enjoying it.
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Not to keep heaping praise on this baby show, but one rad thing is that it seems to be changing more or less in line with what people have said about it. Like Nick wasn't really working? Boom, new bad boy. It suggests that the writers have a self-awareness and a willingness to evolve the show for the better. It's not perfect right now, but it's truly exciting to watch the progression week to week. Can't wait to see how the rest of the season ends up.
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Also, last one, it was nice that Adam actually defended Faye. I know that he had it all wrong, and Jake was actually trying to stop Faye doing something stupid, but I don't think Adam knew that, so it's nice to know that despite the fact that we've never really seen any friendly moments between Adam and Faye (which come to think of it, would be a cool friendship, so long as there was no romance), Adam does in some small way care about Faye.

Or else he just REALLY hates Jake. But I'm gonna say it's because he was concerned for Faye. See? Chivalry ain't ALL dead. It's just MOSTLY dead. Let's get Miracle Max on that right away.
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I think he cares about her. I personally feel that Adam catchs a lot of flack from the fans that is somewhat underserving. He's an old soul. He's also a protector..maybe not in the sense that he can pummel guys to a pulp, but he does what he can to protect the people he cares about or just people in general. Faye is bratty etc. but she's like the attention seeking kid sister...no matter what everyone still looks out for her even if they can't always tolerate her.



To me it's probably a more realistic portrayal of friendships among teens to me andthat part of why I like it. Everyone plays a role.Adam and Diana are the mature ones that tend to be more responsible, express more concern, take on a parental role. I was that way with my friends. Still am. Faye is more wild and carefree, she goes too far, everything operates in extremes...she doesn't go to the edge she falls over the edge, so she needs other people to pick up where she leaves off. Melissa is kind of like that too. She has a codependent relationship with Faye, she's mature but so insecure that it hampers things at times. She keeps Faye a bit grounded whenever she can and Faye is protective of her. They all have these roles where each of them offer what the others don't always have but need.
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Absolutely. One thing I love is that these people clearly grew up together. So even though they SEEM like they shouldn't be friends, they stick together like siblings. There's bickering and jealousy but they all seem to be genuinely concerned for each other (even Faye) and I find it really touching. This show has a lot of heart, and I think that's a major reason why I love it so much.
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That's an extremely good point. I guess my only problem with Adam is that he hasn't so far had a lot of development. Outside of his scenes with his father and Diana, he's pretty much just kinda there. But it;s early in the series and there are quite a few characters, so I don' think I can judge his character just yet. I'd just like to see more of him. is all.



What you said about everyone's roles and the group dynamic was spot on. Couldn't have said it better myself.
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Also, Cassie seemed to give Faye a pretty nice hug to comfort her. Despite everything, Cassie's a good friend. I think Diana tried to lend a comforting pat-on-the-back also, which was nice. Adam and Jake just kinda stood there awkwardly, but to be fair, seconds ago they WERE having a pretty intense hug-war with Faye (okay, it wasn't a hug-war, but I think those three were pretty much done with embracing one another for the time being.)
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Yeah, totally. Cassie and Faye have had tons of friendship moments so far, so it's strange to see Faye always go against her so hard. Even after Faye collapsed into Cassie's arms in this episode, she still cut her a total side-eye the next morning. I'm sure that's just Faye being weird, because who wouldn't want to be Cassie's friend. She seems like such a cool chick (and loyal).
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Exactly. I want a friend like Cassie. And a Faye hug.
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1). I didn't even miss Melissa. I hope she's okay and all, but her and Adam are currently the only two in the circle whose absence would not bare huge implications. I'm sure she'll be glad she missed it, but writers, there's a TEENY problem when a viewer doesn't miss HER.

2). I hope Charles returns to badass ways. Dawn and Charles are sweet parents, but Charles seems to be the more human of the two. To see that humanity make a steep descent after murdering a child is not only realistic, to make him seem otherwise fine would be insulting to the viewer. So, for the sake of viewer-respect, yessum. Charles should return to evilness. And as much as I like Faye, he should take. Dawn. Down. (Not too soon though, the actress is pretty great).

3). They have very brief moments. Then again, that's usually between Melissa and Faye. And there's magic involved.

4). Jake is absolutely gonna be a hero. Did you see the promo? The boss-dude was the one that grabbed Cassie. Now, I'm not saying TSC writers aren't capable of be unpredictable, but in this case, I want them to be predictable. After the banter between Cassie and Jake in this episode, I want more, and I don't care if it takes a pretty predictable 'game-changer' to get it. He'll save Cassie. Or try. Hopefully Cassie can save herself again, and still see good intentions on Jake's side. Thene everyone wins. Not Adam, but I'm still waiting for his character to be like Thomas Dekker. Also, he had about one funny line thise episode, and he actualyl delivered it well, but then teen angst buried it so fast you could barely notice it. (Anyone hear him say "We made light"? And that smirk? Give Thomas some more funny lines writers, he can DO this s**t.)



Cassie is proving to be a pretty great main character. Still my favorite character. I think Faye is awesome and a well-structured character, Diana isn't the cliched spineless-yet-nice girl I feared she would be, and Melissa, when she's in a scene, continues to grow into someone admirable, but seeing as it's taking a while for her character to develop I'm still undecided. The writers DO have six characters to develop at any one time however, so I understand. But all this just means that Cassie is my favorite female character. She has been funny, strong, protective, she stood up to Faye in a BIG way in this episode (although she also did with the 'delicate' comment in the pilot, so that' always been there kinda), and she's just generally laid back and non-judgemental. Unless Faye is IN HER FACE. In which case, that's fine. Faye's awesome, but she CAN be too much.



Speaking of Faye, I think Faye needed a Faye Hug. Dawn seemed to do an okay job but have you SEEN Faye Hugs, Dawn? You could learn a thing or too about comforting hugs from Faye. I still want a Faye Hug. Also, Pheobe was GREAT in this episode! Seriously great. She continues to portray Faye as a vulnerable girl with the potential to be very very powerful.



Is anyone wondering, though, why Cassie and Faye had that 'bond' Cassie was talking about, that allowed Cassie to see Youn Faye? I may have jumped to a far-fetched conclusion, but all the same, I want to get this theory out there: Ameilia (I think that's Cassie's moms name?) and Dawn clearly had some 'issues' back in the day. Is it at all possible John Blackwell had something to do with it? Was there a love-triangle there? Or am I reading into it too much? Where else would that bond come from? Tell me if I'm being ridiculous here, but could Faye and Cassie be half-sisters? And wouldn't it make for an interesting storyline, as now Faye would also have dark magic? Maybe her father all along has also been Blackwell...again, though, I know this could just be over-the-top analysis of that one short clip, but it really made me think...



Thanks for the recap Price! Worth waiting for.
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Oh man, this is the best. So many good thoughts. Where do I even begin? I agree with everything, first of all. I love the idea of Faye and Cassie being related by blood, but the way I interpreted the shared vision was that Cassie's just simply more powerful due to her dark magic and that includes psychic powers? It wasn't just in Faye's head, it was the energy of a dead witch, so theoretically anybody could have seen it if they were properly attuned. I really hope Melissa can become slightly more dynamic so she doesn't fall into a Bonnie-like rut (hopefully no Bonnie fans get mad at me for saying that). And I totally agree about HOPING for predictability. It has a lot to do with wanting to see Chris Zylka on my TV every week, but also I just love when villains go good or vice versa. I love that kind of thing.
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I watched the episode after posting this comment and realized Jake basically explained to Cassie that it was 'big time magic' that had her seeing Young Faye, but even now that I know that I'm sort of clinging to the idea haha.
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I love the pic "Because I'm Awesome?" !
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Haha, yeah. I would've gone with "Two Words: Cheek Bones."
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What kind of monster would distrust a face like that??
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