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The Secret Circle: Heart-Shaped Mistakes

In the final scene of "Balcoin," The Secret Circle's Fall season finale, the five surviving members of the original coven stood in tableau as a sad tugboat full of failed witch hunters motored off into darkness. It should have been a victorious moment, but then why did everyone look so sad? The biggest reason was the departure of Jake, the complicated and inscrutable witch who'd set out to murder the circle but ultimately ended up saving them.

It's hard to overstate just how important Jake (and by extension Chris Zylka) have been to The Secret Circle so far. For one thing, the character's only appeared in four episodes but already feels so integral to the story and relationships that it feels like he's been on it since the beginning. It was a stroke of genius introducing a character with such a baffling and sinister agenda, if only for all the story potential it brought. But the casting of Chris Zylka was just an extension of that good decision making. A cynical viewer might assume he was added to the show merely because he resembles a stack of gold river stones dressed in a Deep-V. But that would be missing the weird energy Zylka brings to every scene he's in: That measured tone of voice, the way he stares at people like he can see into their bones, or even the way he seems to look physically different just by holding his head at a different angle. (Seriously, I've been doing these photorecaps for a year now and haven't seen so much facial diversity from one person since Ian Somerhalder's weekly rollercoaster of crazyfaces). In Zylka The Secret Circle has found that fine line between sinister and earnest, and that combination perfectly sums up the show itself.

I guess this was all just a long way of saying I really hope Jake isn't gone for good! Because this episode was basically the Jake show. His scenes with Cassie were all pretty terrific and we also got my absolute favorite storytelling convention: A villain becoming a hero. This was a fantastic episode, in other words. Let's talk about it!

We picked up where last week's episode left off: Jane's struggling with memory loss. First she couldn't answer basic questions about what she'd been up to over the weekend, and now Cassie was pestering her for info about that witchcraft parchment she'd been given.

I mean, take a hint, Cassie! This lady needed help! And this was only what we saw; I can only imagine the grilling Cassie gave her earlier in the morning. Was there also a fruitless hourlong conversation about who'd eaten all the Apple Jacks, or, you know, where Jane's car was? Seriously, didn't she drive it to the lake? But Charles drove her back? Who knows. Look at this poor woman:

Anyway, later on at school Melissa was surprised to see her cousin Holden paying her a visit. For one thing he's a UCLA student? Visiting her in the hallways of her high school? This made no sense, but hey, it made her happy!

But then, wouldn't you know it, a newly on-the-market and empowered Diana moseyed on over to rekindle a longstanding crush on Holden:

This was another episode where Melissa only got like 25 seconds of screentime, but she was cutting people the side-eye in every scene. Melissa was the best, basically.

Meanwhile, I hadn't realized this, but Jake had never visited the witches' lair before! So Cassie brought him there after school and he immediately set about pocketing stuff. Oh, Jake.

But whoops! Faye saw him do it and she was NOT about to let it slide.

Jake gave some lame excuse about wanting his "family stone" to lay on Nick's grave, but Faye just rolled her eyes at that idea, which was brutal but hilarious.

This episode went a long way toward establishing that Faye has a sort of mutant power in being able to read people, especially if they're Jake. She'd been more or less calling him out since he'd arrived in town but now we knew it wasn't just because she's petty. It's because he actually was up to no good!

Cassie didn't seem to mind though! Especially when Jake helped her explore her family roots by discovering some hidden text in the parchment.

Immediately upon discovering that the initials "JB" stood for John Blackwell and not her grandmother's, Cassie then found out that her father was a descendant of a man named Balcoin, the progenitor of all Dark Magic.

Jake did NOT handle this discovery well and essentially ran out of there. It seemed very suspicious! That's definitely something that's pretty charming about him, he's the worst liar. I mean, he somehow got mixed up in all this sinister junk with the witch hunters but can't even keep his cover straight? It suggests that he's probably a pretty decent guy just in over his head. Heck, even his bossman can see that Jake's gone romantically AWOL.

Jake claimed he didn't have feelings for Cassie, which worked out because it was apparently time for the witch hunters to pack up and leave town. This obviously meant Jake would have to break things off with the circle, and Cassie in particular. So he went about it in just about the most callous way possible, and right after she'd spent all day working up the courage to ask him to a charity dance.

It went like this, basically, but even more awkward and heartbreaking:

Poor Cassie!

Meanwhile at the Boat House, Adam was waiting tables and enjoying the flirtations of the 100% single-and-willing female clientele? It looked like it was going to be a big tip day for him. But then came Faye hoping to enlist him in her quest to bring Jake down.

Don't have to ask Adam twice!

Oh, but look what other pair were enjoying each other's awkward company? For her part Dawn was doing her best to get on Charles' good side.

It was a VERY smooth attempt, but strangely it didn't work! Better luck, next time, Dawn!

Trouper that she is, Cassie decided she'd go to the fundraiser gala alone.

But look what happened when she started getting all primped in full view of Jake's bedroom! Next thing we knew the doorbell was ringing!

First of all, can you imagine seeing THIS standing on your doorstep? Second of all, it's a good thing Jake brought his cool suit with him on this witch murdering trip! But anyway, Jake had said some fairly harsh things to Cassie earlier in the day, but offered a pretty weak apology in my opinion. I would have been so mad still! As it turned out he didn't have to try too hard to win Cassie over because again, it was Jake in a suit holding a bouquet of flowers and admitting he had feelings for her. What, was she NOT going to fall in love all over again??

The most notable aspect of the fundraiser party was that it took place at Melissa's house (I think?). We definitely didn't get to meet her parent(s), but from the looks of the joint she's pretty well off.

Adam and Faye were there for basically only one purpose: To keep an eye on Jake. But that didn't mean Faye wasn't about to go finagle some drinks from the open bar. Teens, am I right?

At this point Jake turned to Cassie and said, "We're gonna dance." Not even a question. And so began the best scene of the episode (and possibly the series so far). First of all, it was set to an M83 song, which represented a convergence of things I enjoy that was borderline unsettling. But also, the writing and acting! So good.

Cassie's speech about creating an imaginary father for herself when she was little was just about the most heartbreaking thing I've heard in a while. She'd sit around imagining what he was like, and how proud he was of her. Seriously devastating stuff.

The conversation was just very well realized. Music and emotions built up until they were basically just gazing at each other like this:

Chills! It was just really rather good. So obviously Jake's phone buzzed and he had to go answer to some Witch Hunter jerk. But this got me... Before leaving the room, Jake hesitated, looked back at Cassie one more time and she gave him another one of those secret smiles she's so good at:

Credit where credit's due: The Secret Circle is awesome at showing us emotional connections rather than simply telling us about them. Neither of these characters are the types to speak openly about their feelings, so it's glances and gestures like these that tell the story here. I just think it's really good stuff and I regret that these photorecaps never do these moments justice.

So apparently after Isaac reported back to "the Council" that Cassie had dark magic in her, they'd decided to kidnap her and turn HER into a witch hunter alongside Jake. One would think Jake would be stoked about that, but it was pretty clear he'd had a fairly major change of heart about doing anything to Cassie. So he claimed he'd grab her and meet them at the harbor. But whoops, LOOK who was spying on them!

Adam rounded up the rest of the circle just after Jake and Cassie had taken off.

Elsewhere, in Jake's bedroom, he decided it was finally the right time to show her his Book of Shadows. In it were tons of mentions of Balcoin, in addition to some pretty awesome illustrations:

Dang! That Balcoin was intense! If we ever even remotely see anything like that creature walking down the stairs, this could become my favorite TV show of all time! But rather than be grateful for this out-of-nowhere revelation that her ancestors were evil, Cassie instead became infuriated with Jake. WHY had he been so obsessed with her family tree?

Whoops! The cat was officially out of the bag. But the sad irony was it happened just at the moment Jake had clearly decided to turn his back on the witch hunters. It was pretty safe to assume that he DID intend to take Cassie to a safer location, but by that point she was just looking to get away from Jake as quickly as possible. Fair enough!

This part made me laugh because WHERE could Isaac have been possibly standing so that she couldn't see him immediately to her left? Beside the fern? Anyway, it was still pretty spooky up until that point when they looked at each other pleadingly through their bedroom windows. Jake had never looked so tragic!

So yeah, Cassie was knocked out and thrown into the back of a black sedan.

When he tried to run after her, Jake got clocked in the head by a goon and left on the sidewalk.

This was funny: One of Jane's biggest symptoms of her weird magic-induced Alzheimers was that it folded together several different timelines in her head, so she kept thinking it was 15 years earlier. In this case, she dropped the bombshell that Dawn had been romantically involved with John Blackwell!

Hm, I wonder if that information would be important in the future?

Meanwhile Jake came to in his driveway only to face the wrath of Adam.

And in the biggest pay-off yet that Faye can read people well, she verified that for the first time ever, Jake was being real with everyone: He truly did like Cassie and wanted to help save her before that ship had sailed. Literally. She was tied up on a boat somewhere:

Adam busted out a KNIFE and Jake busted out some witchcraft, and suddenly a team of teen witches was infiltrating the harbor!

Unfortunately, upon freeing Cassie, the tables turned a few times.

Jake finally stood up to his own boss! It gave his friends just enough time to flee (and set the dock on fire while doing so).

It was unclear how Isaac would react to Jake's betrayal. It always seemed like a strained matchup, seeing as the Witch Hunters probably weren't thrilled at their own hypocrisy for hiring witches to kill witches. So it seemed like Jake might've been about to face some pretty serious wrath for ruining Isaac's plans.

But apparently Jake and Isaac were friendlier than we thought! Rather than being enraged and vengeful, Isaac was more just a disappointed dad. Jake had F'ed him over but that didn't mean they wouldn't work it out.

Just as their tugboat was pulling away, Isaac dropped a major bombshell: Cassie wasn't the only child of Blackwell in their circle! Didn't see that one coming! I mean, actually we sorta DID see that coming in the earlier scene when we found out about Dawn's relationship with Blackwell. But maybe Faye is too obvious a choice for this particular twist? But then again, The Secret Circle hasn't quite mastered the blindsiding twist just yet, so it very well could be true that Faye is Cassie's half-sister. Who knows? I don't. That's why it's a cliffhanger!

Not just a cliffhanger, but straight up tragic: It appeared that with Jake's departure he and Cassie were dunzo for the time being. Any last-minute wishes that he'd jump off the boat and swim to Cassie never came to fruition either. He simply disappeared into the hazy, smoke-filled night as the two gazed at each other from afar:

Aw, poor kids.

And with that, The Secret Circle concluded its first 9 episodes. No more until 2012! That is such a long amount of time it doesn't even make sense! I miss it already!

 

QUESTIONS

... So who's Cassie's half-sibling?

... According to the previews Jake will be back. But will it be as a "guest star" or something more full-time?

... Should Diana go after Holden or should she return to Adam?

... Will Jane recover or do you think she's a goner? And where IS her car?

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I think Cassie's half sibling should be Diana, because I'd love to see that actress go evil when she can't control the darkness.

I don't want Diana to go after Holden, just because it seems too soon. But at some point, sure. For me, at this moment, I'd vote for she and Adam, endgame. I just don't feel the Adam/Cassie thing, though I'm usually a sap for destiny and whatnot. Just, he and Diana have great chemistry, and Cassie's is great with Jake, too. Forget destiny!

I hope grandma recovers! But a teen drama in which the guardians are fully involved is rare, so maybe they're trying to remove her as a support system for Cassie. . .
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It would be a huge twist if it was Jake then Adam and Cassie would have to get together:(. Or it could be Melissa since we haven't seen her family and maybe her dad looks nothing like her....

Hope Jake is back- he would be a hella good addition to their circle - knowing cool witchy tricks and all.

Diana and Holden <3.

And Jane has to recover for the story lines about her circle to happen, unless some more grandparents come back to town/ this part of the town- doesn't seem like anyone leaves the town- like you think Heather's brother would have been all " this town sucks, hate all these ppl for what they did to my sis, totes should move away but let's just stay for 16 years instead!",
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I immediately thought it was Jake. They look a lot alike. And they have chemistry, maybe their love is really sibling love? It would be super gross since they kissed though, but they didn't know.
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I'm kinda sure it's Faye... it was pretty obvious lol... :D

you know that makes even more sense... Faye and Cassie always seemed the most powerful, at least the most powerful thing was done by them

1) Faye started that storm in pilot

2) Cassie stopped it

none of others seemed like they were capable of doing THAT...
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The absolute best thing ever would be if they were ALL decendants of Blackwells. Like all the original women were complete hussies and couldnt resist the charms of the bad boy. Now that would be a good story.
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I don't think it could be Diana, even though that's awesome, because I doubt Charles would be so protective of a daughter of Blackwell, who he clearly hated a LOT, and I also doubt he's would think she's his own. There's just too much to that father-daugther relationship for her to end up being Blackwell's.

Similarly, I doubt it's Adam, even though that's the one I hate the most. I mean, the casting directors did a great job casting Adam and his father, they just honestly look like a father and son, and all that 'destined' stuff is a bit too specific to be made up. Also, again, I like the potential in the relationship between Adam and his dad, I really think it could be a great thing for both characters.

Faye is too obvious. I mean, I'd LOVE it to be her, the sisterly bond would be an interesting thing to explore, and I love the dynamic between her and Cassie anyway. But too obvious. Too many hints. Again, I have no problem with this being a predictable storyline, but I just thing that Williamson is too used to the whole twisty-turny game by now to LET this be one of those predictable storylines (like Jake going good-guy).

It can't be Jake. I would hate that. His ability to do magic outside the circle could have something to do with the fact that he never actually said the word with everyone else - apart from putting out the fire at the start of his first episode and killing the witch, I can't think of any more magic he's done on his lonesome. And Cassie was there when he put the fire out, and the witch-killing incident was pretty much burning s**t in a jar. I just don't want it to be Jake. At all.



You know who I REALLY want it to be? Melissa. She deserves a good storyline already. Her first few episodes showcased some good character moments, before they turned her into a frequent background prop. I think it would be a cool end-of-Season reveal. They could get the ball rolling, make us think it's Adam - so no destiny? - or Faye - some cat fights to come - or Diana - Diana gone bad would be cool! - or Jake - uh oh, I spot an overused plot twist - but then hit us with a big shock in the form of Melissa being the half-sibling. I just want to get to know her character more. If they come up with explanations for Jake's out-of-the-circle magic, then all will be well.



Also, despite Faye being too obvious a choice, I really do think it could be her. Dawn seems to have ulterior motives, if her boss-complex is anything to go by. If Blackwell were still alive, and her hinted past romance with him was still an ongoing thing, would it not mean that she might want to get all that magic back for him? She treats Charles like a lapdog. Maybe that's exactly how she sees him.



Maybe this whole thing is just between Dawn and Blackwell.
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First of all, I know you hear this to the point of exhaustion, but these recaps are fantastic! Even if the show is in a lull, we can surely count on Price to make fun of some (every)one and make our days...

I have this idea that has been bugging me for a few episodes now, so much so that I stopped being the one that comes to reads the recaps and comments and leave, and I have decided to register so I could post.

Bear with me: in the first episode, they talked about how the circle was formed of 6 witches, each one representing a family line, right? But Cassie comes from a Blake and a Blackwell, Faye comes from Dawn Whatever-her-maiden-name-was (who we know is a witch) and from the Chamberlains (if Henry the dead grandfather is a witch, I think it is safe to assume so was his son), and so on so forth. If each of the kids come from 1 or 2 parents who are witches, how many family lines were there? How many circles are we talking about? If each line has a book of shadows, how many books are out there? Is it just me or this plot makes no sense? Is this city one big coven?
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I'm confused about that as well. So if Cassie and Adam are "meant to be", does that mean there will be only five witches in the next circle? And since Melissa and Holden are blood relatives, is he a witch too?
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When Jake was outside speaking to the big witch hunter cahuna guy and Adam was spying on them; how is it possible for Jake to arrive back at the house before Adam?

Did Adam sneak up on them only to keep walking and then listen in on them from the other side? Why, oh why would anyone do that?

And if that is not the case, then Adam is the slowest walker of all time and shouldn't really be allowed on such missions at the risk of complete and total failure...
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PRICE I ALREADY MISS YOUR RECAPS.

Also, this was a YAY/OH NO/YAY/WHOA OH episode. Basically, it was great.

Now...

1). Hoping for either Faye or Diana. Faye, so I can have guessed about that particular half-sisterhood before it was ever even revealed that Cassie had a half sibling, and Diana because it would just bring an even more interesting dynamic to their relationship. It can't be Adam, unless the writers find some weird loopholes, in which case the 'destined' storyline will be gone and I will be a Very Happy Campre. There's a chance it's Melissa, which would be a great arc for her charcter, and there's a chance it's Jake, but I'm really hoping not. I'm going to go with Melissa, Diana or Faye. Any of them would be great. Neither of the guys. Of course, it's possible it was all lie (cryptic "Ooooooh"), and I kinda am up for that twist, as it will bring an interesting dynamic to the already-interesting relationship between Jake and his boss. So to summarise, any of the girls, none of the guys, and maybe even a lie?



2). Chris Zylka MUST be made a full time cast member. He's been doing great. Anc Jake obviously needs to get Cassie back on her rocker (according to the previews.)



3). Holden and Diana seem like a sweet couple, but I hope they spend some time with Holden and Melissa, and don't just use a potential Melissa Storyline to further Diana's storyline. I think Diana and Holden have great potential, but Melissa needs that arc like a hole in the head.



4). Jane has to recover. I love Ashley Crow too much to see her go this way. They did this with her character in Heroes, funnily enough, but she was fine. I forget why. I think it was only temporary because The Haitian erased her mind so many times so she'd have no horrid memories...ANYway, Cassie needs her grandma. Kevin best not make her a Jenna.



NOW...I called a siblinghood! Well, I called a sisterhood between Faye and Cassie, but I'm kinda proud I saw something like that coming. Kevin and I are thinking on the same wavelength, people, I might be an Unintentional Spoiler Guru! (I'm not, but still...)



I LOVED this recap. It was great! It makes it even harder to know I have to wait for January...TV is just sad recently. No more Community indefinitely, no more TSC for a couple of months...what's a TV obsessive to do? What I'm asking is...what would Abed do?



Chris and Britt did a great job in this episode. Kudos to them both!



Until next time (lol, jk, I'll be back.)
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The other child of Balcoin is probably Faye, because Faye is pretty much the best and has awesome villain eyebrows. BUT I am also thinking it could be Diana, via Charles. Maybe Charles is a Balcoin descendant? He is definitely at least a little bit evil. It would be kind of cool if Diana becomes evil, because she is so awesomely nice and no one would expect it!
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it makes sense making faye cassia's sister after all in the beginning faye did seem like even on her own she was stronger than the rest.

don't like diana with adam

would love is jake comes back him and cassie are great together. (at least until cassie and adam get together)
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I hope Cassie's half sibling is Faye. I really wanna see how Faye handles it :)

I don't know why, but I'm completely indifferent to Jake's existence.

Diana is better off without Adam. Don't get me wrong, I like Adam, but he's a bit of a cry baby, and he whines a bit too much. Diana would just be held back.

Maybe after brainwashing her they brought her back to the Lakehouse and Jane drove herself home. That would explain why it took her so long to get back :)
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super funny recap. loved it. n e way i think that the other Balcoin is Jake because he is bound to the circle because nick died. So he shouldnt be able to use his individual powers like the rest of the circle. yet he still uses his power. so he must have dark magic in him. Faye cant use her powers so its not her.
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Another great/funny recap, Price. :)



I agree with Fay being a ruse, but judging by the books (I mean, they have to keep SOME of the story, right?) Adam and Cassie are meant to be, and I don't think it's Diana, though that would bring additional spice to the Cassie/Adam/Diana triangle... I honestly think it's Jake, solely based on Isaac's reaction. It wasn't just "you can't be with her, because she has bad mojo", it was more... Like, "I just received additional (shocking) info and you REALLY have to stay away from her, like, 4 REALZ" It would also explain why the connection between Cassie and Jake is so strong, blood runs thicker than water. And I think we've all seen that Jake has a fair amount of darkness in him. Also, I think Isaac and Jake may be somehow related, he might be his uncle or something, Isaac's forgiveness was too quick, and their emotional bond is stronger than that of pupil and mentor, I think.

Also, Jake has full-time written all over him.

Diana and Holden and her crush on him pre-Adam sort of has a destined vibe all over it, maybe some sort of a Adam/Cassie thing? It would make sense to have more than just two families connected...

Jane will recover with vengeance I think. Cassie just needs some sort of a legal guardian. Unless they have an Alric lying around in wait. Plus I think the reason she's so confused is that she's trying to resurface.



I think I may be spending too much time thinking about this show. :) But it's just so awesome... Between missing this show and the VD I'll be bored senseless before January.
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haha great review!!

I also laughed SO HARD when Cassie was attacked and Jake watched LOL I mean,,,WHAT? How come she didn't see the dude standing right there?? He didn't come from behind he came from her right side! LOL LOL LOL

But other than that this was absolutely my fave TSC episode. It was really good.

jake's awesome basically! (and I used to hate him...) And you're right. Villains that become heros are the best!!! (coughDamonfromTVDcough LOL) Because if you really think about it, there's a thin line between those who became heros and those who became villains...usually they all ahve traumatic pasts and impossble dreams or bleak present lives...what makes them different is their actions towards people around them-obviously :P- and a villan can always change their mind once...they sometimes act the way they do for especific and mutable reasons (And there are no 100% good or bad people so...those guys who are just heros, randomly and with no apparent reason tend to be quite shallow )

(1) I wish it was Faye (cause she's awesome!) but maybe it will be too obvious? I really hope it isnt jake,...

Maybe Adam? THAT would be the coolest twist.

(2) Please let him be a regular...

(3) HOLDEN, or whoever she likes. Serious Adam/Diana was cute but...bleh.(and he didn't really love her, because let's face it...he was dying to be with Cassie)

Cassie and Adam are also bleh.... My new ship now shall be Adam/Faye,cause they were hilarious during this episode (and Adam is NEVER hilarious...so that should mean something XD)

(4) I think she'll recover...is too soon for Cassie to lose another relative. Hum..who knows? Knowing Charles awesome scheming skills, it is probably still at faye's grandpa's house.

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Faye is surely the strongest candidate within the story-line, based on what we know so far about their characters and backgrounds. In fact she seems such a natural fit that I'm guessing she is indeed a child of Blackwell. But more of that below. First I suspect we'll get a twist that proves Dawn didn't have a relationship with Blackwell, and therefore that John isn't Faye's father. That will open the way for one of the more unlikely candidates.



Melissa is certainly possible, and she definitely needs a boost into the story. But I suspect she's unlikely precisely because she's been so peripheral to date. She'd have shock value at the reveal, but limited impact in terms of ongoing storylines. There'd be a big impact on her relationship with Faye. But Melissa doesn't really have existing connections to any of the others, nor visible parents, so there's little scope to explore changes.On the other hand the revelation that either Diana or Adam is Cassie's half-sister would affect multiple relationships within the group, and with their surviving parents.



I don't think we can rule out Jake. But he does seem the most obvious choice after Faye, so I'm guessing he's a second red herring.



I'm inclined to go with Diana, who definitely has a hidden darker side. The point Aidan (I think) made below about her book containing a lot of dark material also seems relevant. Charles clearly believes that Diana is his daughter, but I don't think we can assume he's right. (As an aside, I'm not sure we can assume that anyone's memory is complete, even if they think they are telling the whole truth. We've been told that a spell exists to make people forget things, and the fact that Charles appears to have messed it up on Jane doesn't mean that other witches haven't used it properly in the past. I suppose it's also possible that either Charles or Jane were already under the influence of such a spell, and it was this that complicated Charles's attempt and made it go wrong).



Where does this leave Faye? Well I reckon Isaac's comment was very carefully worded. "Cassie Blake is not the only child of Blackwell in the circle" leaves open the possibility that there's more than one. I'm going to guess that Cassie and Diana are his children, but we'll discover later that Faye is John Blackwell's grand-child via Dawn.



According to the family tree, John Blackwell's father was Samuel Blackwell, whose parents were James Blackwell and Emma (?)Warrina(?). The tree doesn't show any dates of birth or death for John or Samuel, but does show 1880-1924 for James and 1915-1986 for Emma. I guess that raises some pretty uncomfortable questions, since it suggests Emma was only 9 years old when James died, but perhaps that's another twist to the whole High School marriage/children issue.



Whatever, if James died in 1924, Samuel must have been born in or before 1925. That suggests John Blackwell could have been born anytime from about 1942 onwards. If so, he could have been a father himself by 1960. So it's entirely possible that he's had relationships not only with Amelia's generation in the 1990s, but also with their parents (the Elders).



This makes me wonder whether Jane's revelation about Dawn is both a red herring (to be rapidly disproved) and an important revelation (hidden for later): perhaps Dawn "worshipped" Blackwell not because she was having a relationship with him, but because he was her father?



Natasha Henstridge has mentioned several times in interviews that "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree" when talking about Faye, and it may be that the same is true of Dawn?



I'm not quite sure how the whole family bloodline issue is meant to work. Does it follow the family name through the male line? Do people become part of the six families when they marry into one of them, or what? I haven't figured that logic out, and I get the impression nobody else has, either. But whatever - if Dawn was Blackwell's daughter, it would mean that Faye is indeed a Chamberlain, with a Chamberlain bloodline via her Grand-father Henry Chamberlain and his son.



I suppose this would also make Cassie and Dawn half-sisters, which might be interesting to say the least. So would Faye's reaction, when she discovers that Cassie is her aunt...



Those are my current guesses anyway - no doubt I'll be proved completely wrong in 2012, if not before!



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I have been thinking about the whole thing with Jake being able to use solo magic. Cassie's grandmother told her that the circle was meant to last, so it would not be broken because Jake was alive. They were still bound by the circle. But since Jake had not yet participated in the binding ritual, HE was not yet bound to the circle, and was therefore still able to do solo magic. As an aside, I really dislike the whole no solo magic angle. It's sort of a tiring plot device. As soon as I saw it I realized each week would bring a newly minted situation where a circle member is alone and faces terrible personal harm. Meh.
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I agree. When Cassie says she thinks Nick's death broke the circle, Jane says: "It's not. The circle is still bound. The ceremony you did doesn't just bind you to each other, it binds you to each other's bloodlines". Cassie then cuts Jane off before she can explain further. Later Cassie tells the others that Jake is part of the circle by virtue of his bloodline, and also that: "if we let him leave he takes his power with him. It's either bring Jake into the circle, or leave ourselves vulnerable."



I'm wondering whether Cassie has jumped to a few conclusions here? I'd take Jane's comment to mean that only the participants in the ritual are bound by it, but they remain bound so long as there is at least one living descendent from each of the six families. Hence the circle is bound so long as Jake is alive, but he is not bound within it because he didn't take part in the ceremony. He therefore retains his individual powers.



If Jake were bound automatically by their ritual simply by virtue of his bloodline, then surely all other members of those bloodlines would be similarly bound? We know that can't be the case because we were told that Jane's generation once held a binding ceremony. All six families have existed continuously since then, so logically the surviving Elders are still bound. But if their ceremony bound everyone else in the bloodlines, then Faye, Diana, etc would never have been able to perform magic alone (nor would Dawn and Charles's generation, when they were teenagers, before the Elders removed their power for them).
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Is Jake going to be a regular soon? Surely Adam isn't going to be the only male member of the circle among 4 girls.
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I think the show needs more witch dudes
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1. Maybe [Spoiler] Damon Grey? Hes supposed to bring trouble and be dangerous, isnt he? And I think hell join the circle. Id also love to see Faye as the other Blackwell child, maybe they can turn the whole destined-to-be-with-story into a Faye/Adam story. I dont remember if it was explicitly Adam and Cassie that are supposed to be destined or just their families? And with being Cassies half-sister shed be part of the family and thus could be also a match for Adam? Somebody please help me here, cant really remember how this destiny-thing works. My third choice would be Diana, it would be cool to see that all goody-good character gone bad.

2. Please something full-time, hes the best.

3. Holden for a couple of episodes, Let her try someone/-thing else than Adam for a couple of episodes

4. Shell recover when she finds her car, bringing back the memories of her trip to the lake house....I dont know, just want her to recover, I miss the kitchen talks.
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If I remember correctly, Adam's and Cassie's families were destined on the BLAKE side, because it was Adam's father and Cassie's MOTHER that were written in the stars, and that was obstructed by Cassie's mom Amelia being in love with John Blackwell...so the Blackwell side (Faye or Diana or whomever else is a Blackwell/Balcoin) would have nothing to do with it...it's only Adam and Cassie.
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Dude.



Jake can do solo magic. How TRAGIC would it be if he were her half sibling?! But in a way....too perfect... If Adam and Cassie really are "destined" for each other then what better way to break Cassie and perfect Jake apart than to reveal that they're half siblings....yuck.



That would suck.



I hope I'm wrong.
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So, the search for the other Blackwell child begins. Here are my two cents: As much as I would love Faye to be the other Blackwell child (how cool would that be?!) I think it would be little too obvious (I know better from watching 3 seasons of TVD). It's not Melissa either because that would mean actualy GIVING a her a good storyline. It could be Jake since he is technically part of the circle, but he and Cassie kissed and have a whole lot of sexual tension! That'd be gross! Finally, they wouldn't make Cassie related to Adam because, well, they're supposed to be fated. Then again fated doesn't necessarily mean romantically, right? That'd be one heck of a twist! But that theory might be a little too far-fatched for the show. So that leaves Diana. But i'm still hoping it's Faye!



Ps: sorry abt my english, french is my first language.
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Well Luke kissed Leah in Star Wars. j/k, I know different story here........but Diana would be an interesting choice, cuz she seems the most vanilla at the moment; and if she went all dark side, that would be scarier than anyone I think...



Plus, (ooh and I just thought of this thanks to you) you have to figure at some point, she and Cassie will but heads over the whole breaking up her relationship with Adam thing....yeah, that!
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It totally makes sense for Faye to be one who might explore dark magic. But she can do that with or without being a Blackwell. I'm definitely hoping for it to be Adam.
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for those of you who remember dawson's creek - since the secret circle started, i always thought adam was the poor man's pacey - same boyish chubby cheeks, big blue eyes, just very similar. i blame kevin williamson, typecasting!

but this episode i really liked him for the first time, and his funny bickering with faye actually reminded me of the joey / pacey relationship in the first seasons, you know, pre-hooking up.

THAT got me thinking that faye and adam would make a wonderfully interesting couple. as someone here pointed out last week, it was nice to see then how adam cares for faye even though they might mock each other most of the time.



on a completely different note: my head hurts from trying to figure out the backstory / counting the "witch" parents in the previous circle. some kids have two witch parents, some just one?

for those who had two, why was only one of their parents on the boat? didn't that fire happen because of magic / to kill all the witches? but why were there more than 6 witches back in the day, when a full circle only consists of 6? someone draw a mind map, please.
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Although I never got into Dawson's Creek, (from the first time I saw him) I thought Adam looked like a poor man's Pacey...ha, I was wondering if anyone else thought that...
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haha I said the exact thing last week about TSC being kind like Dawson's Creek. They even have the poor family owns boathouse restaurant thing.
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Yes, I need flowcharts. Maybe a PowerPoint presentation, SOMETHING. Because I'm also very confused.
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I can't see the Pacey vibe just yet. Maybe if Adam ever uses a big word.
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dude, your posts make me literally lol. It's so much fun reading this stuff over here. Price cracks me up and so do all of his commenters! LOL
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Ohhh love the DC ref...and yeah, Adam does have that Pacey vibe. Maybe that's part of why I love him no matter what.



I think this show needs Spark Notes.
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I think it would be a fantastic twist if Cassie and Adam were in fact related. All throughout there have been hints that they are destined for one another - but instead of it being a romantic thing, maybe it's a genetic sort of destiny. That would throw people for a loop - and maybe help us as watchers not to always assume that destiny is for romance, which is a little too fairy-tale for me. That's the stuff for "Once Upon a Time", not "Secret Circle."
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Awesome! I actually like Cassie and Adam...maybe sometime in the future if they so choose, but as someone who gets annoyed when people misconstrue the term "soulmates" as carrying a romantic connotation rather than meaning what it truly is....I love that idea. I think people get too caught up in the idea of a romance, they ignore the fact that there are other possibilties for relationships. "Destiny", "fate", "soulmates" don't have to be romantic at all. So I agree that would be awesome!
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Agree 100%. I never bought their romance, and this would be a good way to (A) nip that in the bud and (B) make Adam interesting.
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Cassie: "You're turning me down? Me?? You know I'm the star of the show, right?



five minutes pass... Cassie: "That's what I thought. Cake is back. What."



Diana: "Noo, don't make me split up with Melissa; irrelevance is contagious, noo..."



Director: "Okay, Melissa, we want you furthest in the back--" Melissa: "I KNOW!"



Holden is whack. At least Luke had the Nigh-Invincible Smirk. Holden's a step down from Early-Season Smallville guy.



Buut, I'm still watching, and I'll be back when they are. gg
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Haha "Early-Season Smallville guy." I actually checked to see if it was the same actor!
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1. The obvious choice would be Faye. But if you look at the only people who seem to be able to use magic on their own I'd say Jake. There have been a few instances where he's done magic on his own. But that would mean Cassie and Jake ( Cake :D) wouldn't work :(. And that would be sad.

2. I would like him to be on the show full time but if that happens, I don't think it will be acknowledged until the second season starts.

3.Whatever works for her.

4. I think that Jane will recover. I hope her mind is fighting the "amnesia/compulsion" spell and that's why she's acting this way. She is an older (and hopefully stronger) witch after all.
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Yeah you're right... Jake might make sense as the sibling, but it would be a bummer for Cake shippers. I'm really hoping more elders arrive in town and sort things out, especially fixing Jane.
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I don't think Faye is Cassie's sister because that would be too obvious but someone else who will be introduced later in the series. Diana should go back to Adam because Holden will be pretty much like a rebound and Melissa will block her everytime. I hope Jane returns soon because now she is usless like a vegetable. Even though I dont like Jake, I have a feeling he's going to join the circle.
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I kinda miss Jane too. It sort of bums me out to see an elderly woman losing her memories like this. Like, can she even go to work now?
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OMG, Adam's face when he's teaming up with Faye. It's hilarious.

And how great is that they have those celebrations - reminds me of Mystic Falls :D
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I liked Adam much better when he was hanging out with Faye. Wouldn't THAT be a pretty cool pairing? And yeah, those townwide events. Lord.
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i think its faye because the gradmother mother said remeber when u were in love with jonh blackweel or wat ever his name was an d





adam and cassies needs to date
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Yeah, but the question is if that clue was TOO obvious or not. At this point it's pretty much up in the air.
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It not faye *SPOILER ALERT* theres a new witch played by Grey Damon
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That...doesn't mean it's not Faye.

Unless you were just making two different points in a row, in which case, oh...
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1)I think it's probably Faye but I SO WANT IT TO BE ADAM. Just picture the awkward!

2)I think he'll be back-back but they'll probably bill him as a guest star just to keep up the ambiguity.

3)Neither. Fayana all the way (though I'd be cool with Dassie or Delissa). Otherwise Adam.

4)She'll recover but not without something else really bad happening. Also her car is on the roof.
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Adam would be a delightful twist. I'd just be glad for them to nip that 'ship in the bud. Jane is going to have a hard time getting that car down.
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No new ones until 2012?! Apparently I missed that one. Sad. This show actually has a lot of good actors. I hope Faye is Cassie's half-sibling!
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Only 7 more weeks!
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1. If not Faye, then I'm going with Melissa.

2. He'll be back. and the writers succeeded--cuz I don't hate him as much I used to....

3. Adam. Why is she being so damn difficult??!?!

4. She's in serious trouble..... but her car is definitely at Bobby's (CW crossover style!)



Random observations:

-Cassie needs to spring for some curtains or blinds...

-Those 'Balcoin' pics were creepy as all hell.

-At the end, why did Melissa and Diana show up like 20 minutes later? Did they stop for Jujy Fruits or something?
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Oh come on, would YOU get curtains if your neighbors looked like that? And yeah I was laughing at how useless Diana and Melissa were in the end.
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I think Cassie's a real cutie, so if she was my neighbor I wouldn't mind--but in this day and age, people don't do that!
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I am almost sure that the other balcoin child is Jake.. the clue came when they were talking outside at the fund raising, when the boss said sth like "we can use her powers for our purpose like you, fire against fire".. and also that would explain why jake is able to do magic on his own, why they were so intense when they built fire in the previous episode, and why at that very leaving moment the boss decided to tell this to jake (probably to take her out of his mind by implying that they are related).. yet they dont have to be brothers-sisters, they could be cousins too..
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While you make a good case for Jake, I'm not sure they would snuff out their (J+C) budding romance so soon....plus every show needs a love triangle, and this one was just getting good. but if nothing else, TSC has been unpredictable.....
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Great points. He is a strong candidate, but it could be anyone at this point. Ugh, I hate having to wait to find out.
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when exactly will the show be back?
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January 5th
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When the evil witch-hunter guy said that Cassie isn't the only Balcoin witch in the circle I thought he was talking about Jake. We see Jake doing magic by himself all the time, like with the lights on the dock in this episode.
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He wasn't directly bound by the Circle though.
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I'm so confused by this too.
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I think that Faye is the red herring and that Diana is actually Cassie's half-sister. There is more story potential there especially with Diana/Adam/Cassie triangle. Although I wish Jake would come back permanently.
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Yes, yes, and heck yes.
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1.Jake. Kidding...sort of. Why does Jake and Nick's Book of Shadows speak of the Blackwell/Balcoin line so much and in so much detail? Anyhoo, Well they seem to be implying it's Faye, which isn't all that interesting because even w/o the implications earlier in the episode Faye would have been the most obvious/predictable/likely choice. So as much as I hate it my obvious choice is Faye. My outrageous choice is Adam, because that would just be unexpected. But my dark horse choice is Diana. Think about it....clearly none of these parents ended up with who they wanted/should have been with. Charles seems so into Dawn what if that was always the case? Amelia was never with Ethan, what if Diana's mom was into Blackwell because Charles was into Dawn who was into Blackwell who was with Amelia? Too much? I just think it ... more ... more would be really cool and kind of resolve the whole how does someone as "evil" as Charles have a good daughter like Diana...and why is Diana so good all the time?! Because she isn't! there is darkness in there!LOL My other "semi outrageous" choice would have been Nick, they were right next door, Jake could be his half brother, explain some friction there, and Nick's inexplicable fascination with Cassie.And the very informative book of shadows on ..the Blackwells. I doubt it though. So le sigh, its obviously Faye.



2.We know Jake's a main. Maybe they'll be like Glee and continue to make semi main characters recurring characters instead of just giving them the bloody title. Jake's a mystery, wrapped in an enigma, dropped in a puzzle...they'll keep him at guest star just to toy with us.



3.Tough. I like Diana. I like Adam. I like Holden (yay finally some more colors in this crayola box). I think Diana should cool her jets for a bit, or date someone who isn't close to her friends...because either she'll be rebounding, or she'll fall into another serious relationship which defeats the purpose of her exploring her options. Either way it's not good dating someone so close to somebody she's close to. But again I like Holden...and go for it diana. Hopefully Adam can find someone so it won't be so awkward.Or maybe not, they handle things so maturely...maybe it won't be too big or too bad of an issue. However, "Diana" and "Holden" would need to work on their chemistry...it was a bit forced. I wonder if Holden will have a bigger role...ohh is he a warlock? wishful thinkin.



4. I hope she recovers. Badass grandma was awesome to watch. It's almost painfully touching to watch this though, too similar to Alzheimers, kind of scary and tragic. Poor Jane, and Cassie, and Charles because he always feels bad. Her car is in her garage...we all know Charles is reckless with that crystal. He probably wished it there and sucked out more of the magic juice for no good reason.



I loved how badass Adam tried to be. He wasn't impressive or necessairly effective but his attempts were adorable and I give him an A for effort. He and faye working together...kinda awesome! diana and Melissa working together...sucked because they weren't even shown and showed up late to everything. But I loved seeing that Melissa can hold her own up against another character outside of faye.



Intro of a half sibling may have been a wee bit too soon because we still haven't figured out what dark magic means for cassie yet...now we have to think about two people.Although Faye with dark magic is going to be scary....good!



I love how Charles has his balls again now that he has the crystal in hand. And dawn hates it! Control issues much lady? Not a huge fan of hers most of the time and this episode was one of them...she tried to charm him into handing it over and then guilt him into thinking he screwed stuff up. Emotional/Mind turmoil with that lady...I cant decide if I'm impressed or disgusted by it. but then again I can't decide if I'm intrigued by Charles as badass villian or protective of Charles the hapless lovesick sap. I love him either way. Dawn not so much.But the layered villians who aren't really villians...I can never resist that stuff.



Awesome chuckleworthy recap Price!



yikes. There goes my effort to condense my statements. I can never do it. I write novels...or tv scripts if you will.It's horrible. One of these days I'll be able to answer each question with a simple statement and leave it at that. : )
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These are all great. We're definitely on the same page. I would love the sibling to be Diana or Adam, but Faye makes sense for story purposes. And yeah I didn't say this in the recap, but how refreshing was it to see a darker skin tone on this show? Diversity!
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Enjoying show very much! Will miss it... till 2012? Frakk! :-(
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Word.
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Price: Reading your recpas gives a total new twist to every ep. Love 'em! Thx! I don't like Jake that much, too perfect. Hope Jane returns, apparently this actress is meant for memory loss, the same happened to her back on heroes!! Looking forward to reading you again in 2012. Great holidays, everyone!
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Haha good catch about Ashley Crow's character on Heroes. She does a good job of being forgetful?
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Great episode with many character revelations!
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1. Faye and Adam should hook up. And Jake and Cassie :P



2. How long was that recap in the beginning of TSC? Lol



3. Who let Cassie into Jake's house? She just entered it lol.



4. WHY? WHY every moment has to be ruined by a stupid phone?



5. Did anyone else find it weird the way Jake was falling on the ground? It was almost like he was afraid he'd hurt himself so he did it slowly lol.



6. When I saw JB, I remembered Justin Bieber. That can't be good.



7. Jake storms out of the rooms like Cassie.



Faye might be Cassie's half sister. It's the only thing that makes sense. I would love that Adam was her half-brother so they would never hook up hahaha, but that's impossible :P



Your love for Chris Zylka is so cute <3

Another great recap. :)

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I love how Jake's house is just a bedroom and that people barge into it. And the windows just have NOT been properly utilized since Nick lived there.
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I thought that too. hahaha
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to answer your questions, I'll have to recap elements from past eps first!

-Adam & Cassie are meant for each other it's written in the stars(it isn't what I think but what several characters said).

-the Blacwkwell offspring can mean a cousin, not necessarily a sis or a bro, ain't it?

thus, Jake'd be my immediate answer rather than Faye, who was 2 obvious in this episode.

Jake & Cassie seem attracted to one another, like "long-lost" cousins sometimes are...

this provides us w/ a Cassie/jake/adam love triangle rather than a sis/sis feud or a bro/sis incestuous s....

no doubt Jake'll be back since Zylka brought edge to the show, that was already great.

don't gas about diana sorry :(

Jane hasn't served her purpose, yet: she'll die later, in s1 finale without a doubt :)
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Part of me agrees that Cassie and Jake's attraction might have been non-romantic. It kind of seems like they should've had a one night stand or something, but the writers didn't go there. Wonder why?
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I hope Jane doesn't die in season 1. Season 2, maybe, but we'll see! More deaths are definitely coming. ;~;
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Definitely think faye is the half sibling!
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Personally, I like Melissa the most. Her performance is somehow touching and - for the lack of a better word - subtle. And that makes her character the most believable. I just cannot understand why they use her so little. In the last episode she was conveniently "away" from town. And this week she was on screen for like a minute. And what about her parents? Her mother was one of the witches who died, but what about her dad? Why isn't he involved and telling Melissa about the past? He is a with too, right? What about her family's book? The fact that they keep her character under wraps is annoying.



By the way, if anyone here has read the books, could you shortly describe (without spoilers) how well this show is following the books.
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Melissa is very underrated... I'm also hoping she'll get more to do.
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I have read the books, and so far the series has not followed them terribly closely. The series has the spirit of the books, but not the letter. Book Faye is far far nastier in the books than in the series, for one thing. The idea of witch hunters is in the books, but not the character Jake. And the storyline with Cassie and her father being a powerful dark magic user is in the books, although it remains to be seen how closely this series will follow the books. It's hard to really say much without spoiling the books.
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I actually like them all, well the original people...verdict isn't out on Jake. But I agree about Melissa. She's fantastic but isn't used as much. It wasn't until her stellar performance with the worm stuff did I notice just how good she is and how much potential the character has. I hope they use her a lot more in the future episodes.



I too heard that it isn't even close to the books.
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I have not read the books, but based on comments I've seen around, the show is pretty different them. Nick doesn't die, Amelia doesn't die but she's in a coma, the parents don't have this big story line like they do in the show, Jane is actually ill, Melissa doesn't exist (although, she is a combination of two characters from the books, one who was a Glaser), Jake does not exist in the books, there is no half sibling for Cassie, and Faye and Diana are actually cousins.



However, Andrew Miller recently revealed that there are things that happened in the books, and in the next bunch of episodes to come, we're going to find them being very similar to the books and used in the show. For instance, the explanation on why the kids were all born at the same time. That was covered in the books and they are going to use that.
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You must've seen the video of the Q&A he just did! I was in the room for that and I asked him about why the kids were all the same age. And yeah, he definitely said that the latter part of the season would include more from the books. You know your stuff!
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Thanks to Aidan, bluemystique and iShivi for the information. Now I can sleep peacefully, without having to worry about this question.
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Thanks for the book info!
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Good but show needs less Cassie and more Melissa. Also more bitchiness from Faye. Mel or Faye is probably half-sister, hopefully Faye.
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More Melissa, definitely.
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This was another superb episode. I totally agree with what you said about the sibling twist, Price. Faye might be too obvious a choice, but then again, if she turned out to have dark magic in here as well, then they could have Cassie managing to hold it back, but Faye struggling and going COMPLETELY bonkers. There's so many ways they can explore this, I can't wait too see how its done. I actually wished there were more fireworks with the big Jake reveal though, but it was still handled so well. Looking forward to January already!
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Agreed... Faye might be a letdown in that it's too obvious, but it WOULD make for really interesting storylines.
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1)Faye.Definitely!

2)Please!Melissa is a guest star at this point not Jake.Jake will be back for many many episodes and hopefully always wearing his deep-Vs.Even at charity galas.

3)She definitely is not to return to Adam.Being single is good for her.And even if Diana won't go after Holden,Holden will go after Diana.I mean,he didn't seem to be blind or having mental problems.

4)I hope she recovers, but I don't think she will.I like the catfights between Dawn and Charles over the crystals and I think until they resolve their issues (which will be never) they can't help her.Don't worry about the car,Price.The writers have already forgotten about it.
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But I am VERY concerned about that car! What if she gets a ticket??
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I just realized something: how can the other Blackwell child possibly be Adam or Diana considering their dads are still alive, unless they were adopted (which I doubt)? And it can't be Nick because he's dead, or Jake because he's not a major part of the circle (yet) and Isaac wasn't trying to kill him. That really just leaves Melissa and Faye. The more obvious choice is Faye for many reasons, and that would be awesome, but I feel like because Melissa has a smaller plot, that she may be the other offspring.



One more thing: Jane's Alzheimer's may actually come in handy if we want to know more about the past of the witches and elders. Like the truth about Dawn and Blackwell? That was all Jane.
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Another secret in the secret circle. Someone call Maury because Ethan...Charles ya'll may not be the father. LOL
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Yeah totally. One of them might be raising someone else's baby without knowing it. OR, heck, maybe Adam's dad DOES know it and that's one reason why he's such a mess?
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That's why I have a strange delight in Adam's father. He's a drunk, but I'm willing to bet the most valuable info they could ever have, will more than likely come from him. I have faith that he'll be a major component to the kids learning more. A sober Ethan could be Dawn and Charles' force to be reckoned with in the future. Especially if Jane continues to decline, and he still knows more than she does.
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i don't understand how Adam turned to go back in the house while Jake was still like 50 feet away.. but yet Jake somehow beat Adam inside and managed to get Cassie out before Adam ever walked through the front door.. and they left the party like a minute after Jake and Cassie, but yet again, somehow they show up literally a second too late. wtf time!
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I noticed that too! Also the witch hunters had a huge head start to the harbor, but then Adam showed up right as they were getting out of their car? The timeline was pretty loose in this one.
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The other Blackwell kid is probably Faye, because that would also explain with Grandpa Chamberlain had such a strained relationship with Dawn, and those allegations of 'you never loved my son' would tie in with an affair with John Blackwell.
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Good call. I forgot about that conversation entirely.
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Maybe I missed something .. but is Jake able to do magic on his own? I know he was with Faye at the time he blew the lights, but ... for the spell to work, don't they have to think or chant the same thing?



When boss witch-hunter (the most forgiving boss of all time!) revealed there was another Blackwell in the circle, I immediately thought Jake was the one.

Did anyone else have that thought, or was it just me?
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This is also my biggest point of confusion. Jake's done a number of things without having other witches around. Like opening the locks of the antique store, for example. If Jane was right and he automatically joined the circle when Nick died, then wouldn't he have noticed his individual powers disappearing? There must be something up, because this could be a fairly major oversight if not.
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He did do individual magic. He created the witch cruets. He killed Calvin with one, remember? He actually argued that he needed to spell them or they'd just be fancy glass bottles.



Some folks speculate that he may not be bound to the circle the way the others were on bonfire night, but I'm guessing you're either part of the circle, and bound, or not, and the binding means nothing. I don't think the others would still be bound if there wasn't a true 6th member. But this is TV land, where logic often takes a vacation...
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I thought that too, but it seems to me Jake has done magic on his own before, and wouldn't he have suspected he had dark magic in him if there wasnt another rational explanation for it, like having a crystal or having practiced witchcraft longer? And if it is dark magic, wouldn't he know whether or not it's because he's from the Blackwell line?
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I thought that too, but it seems like Jake has done magic on his own before, and wouldn't he have suspected that was due to dark magic if there wasn't another rational explanation, like having a crystal or simply having practiced witchcraft longer? And if it is dark magic, wouldn't he know whether or not it comes from being a part of the Blackwell family line? Blonde hair and unnaturally good looks though, you can't deny the resemblance.
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Remember they all could do magic on their own before they bound the circle .. and Jake only became part of the circle 2 weeks ago, only after Nick died ... so, he may be just as clueless as Cassie was, about his dark side. Probably a long shot, but anything is possible :-)
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I think because Jake isn't directly bound to the circle, he can do magic on his own.
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Hm ... Is that your opinion or did I miss that explanation during the show?
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I seriously have no idea... Jane said that Jake was automatically in the circle. But it's not clear if he's a FULL member, or if being related to someone in the circle gives you a weaker link to it? Wish they'd clarify this.
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It's just opinion. Like mine is opposite. You are either BOUND to the circle or not. To be in the circle means to be bound by it. It's a defining principle. But I suppose logic doesn't always apply on a TV show.
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