The Secret Circle: Jackpot (PHOTO RECAP)

Somebody got a tan over spring break! See, while most people get bummed when shows go on hiatus, I personally appreciate being able to step back and take a breather. Not just because I need to devote more time to my side career as the saddest clown at the pony rodeo, but because hiatuses give us a chance to relax our expectations about a show. We can digest what's come before, and in certain cases, a show can go and get that proverbial spring break tan. If "Lucky" is any indication, The Secret Circle got a tan AND did some sit-ups and also took out that crusty eyebrow ring. Looking good, The Secret Circle!

Specifically, I remember the last episode left me feeling pretty bummed with regard to The Great Blackwell Letdown of 2012. I get that making him so weaksauce was an attempt to subvert audience expectation, but I still question the wisdom of promoting abject disappointment in viewers. Fortunately "Lucky" went a long way toward righting this error... Not so much in giving Blackwell any degree of badassery, but in upping the emotional impact he's having on Cassie. She has a dad again, you guys! And just in time too, seeing as she almost turned into a stone-cold murderer in this episode.

But there were a lot of other reasons "Lucky" put a smile on my face. Let's talk about 'em!

We began in Faye's bedroom where she was arranging her ponytail while listening to her new favorite jam...

Lee's splash intro! Clearly that was a web design decision that really paid off for Lee. Then Dawn arrived for their daily A.M. exchange of mother-daughter sassery before Faye dropped a bombshell.

From the way Faye threw it in her face, was it totally out in the open, then, that Dawn and Blackwell were a thing back in the day? I don't know, seems kinda strange that Faye wouldn't have mixed feelings about that seeing as Dawn would've been stepping out on her real dad. (Maybe her real dad. It's complicated.)

Meanwhile at Cassie's joint, she was having some quality time with her dad. He seemed eager to prove to her that he was not the devil.

Despite the fact that we didn't learn a whole lot more about him (he loved his wife, that's why he left her!), this was a great scene. First of all, the casual use of magic was awesome, but also we learned a lot more about dark magic's effects on people. When Cassie pointed out that dark magic is pretty cool because she's been able to protect her circle on a daily basis, Blackwell said that HE'D been trying to protect his circle before dark magic broke his brain. So this was a very "Do as I say, not as I do" conversation, but it really raised the stakes for the struggle Cassie's about to endure. Also, you know, it's always awesome seeing a teen character having a meaningful conversation about magic with an elder.

And I still love this dynamic:

I liked that Blackwell recognized how seriously Jake takes Cassie's well-being and asked him to keep watching out for her. I don't know, it just seems like a cool thing for a dad to do.

Oh and THIS! See, this episode had a lot of scenes I just plum enjoyed. How rare is it to see the entire circle just hanging out? And not only that, but cracking jokes! Faye was in rare form, openly teasing Jake and Adam about fighting over Cassie.

Yeah Faye was definitely in top form this episode, it's so nice when she can be both bitchy AND likeable. (Remember how she was just randomly hostile to everyone in the Valentine's Day episode yet people still hung out with her?) Funny Faye is my favorite. She's almost as good as Sad Diana.

Haha, oh Diana. See, you can give someone a glamazon makeover but deep down she's still just a sad, sensitive nerd. And she brought up a room-silencing truth here: Cassie's lucky to have Blackwell back because they'll never get to see their dead parents again. I know that the characters' broken families are part of the premise, but I appreciate whenever the show recognizes just how sad that is for them.

This also marked the first episode where Adam and Cassie were in a full-blown, kissing-in-public romance!

And it also was the first episode where I became immediately annoyed by it! Fortunately, that seemed to be intentional. (More on that later!)

Oh look who was awake?

So it shouldn't come as any surprise that Eva was crazy. Cute and sorta low-key, sure, but we immediately knew she was was trouble when she greeted Lee with "Hi, baby." The psycho girlfriend archetype always skirts the edges of misogyny (their entire existence revolves around one dude?), but I think it was handled pretty well here. Eva's instability was as sad as it was threatening.

Meanwhile over at the Boat House (which presumably saw a huge drop-off in customers once that coffee house opened), Melissa and Diana had a run-in with a WEALTHY AUSTRALIAN HUNK who SAILS and knows about CHAMPAGNE. Because she's just smooth like that, Diana kinda blew him off and walked outside, most likely because she doesn't think she can date someone outside the Circle or whatever. And that's when my favorite new version of Melissa arrived: DR. MELISSA, love expert.

After a quick pep talk from Dr. Melissa, Diana was better able to face the guy when he followed them outside. And what a face:

This is Grant. He does for the overbite what Jason Statham does for receding hairlines. Also the accent didn't hurt. This lady knows what I'm talking about:

Meanwhile at the witch house Blackwell was secretly searching for something and NOT finding it.

And when he couldn't, he got so mad he knocked over a whole table of junk!

Claiming that she refused to go to that night's high school casino-themed fundraiser alone, Faye decided to go pay Lee a visit to invite him. Because nobody has phones in Chance Harbor, just FYI. Immediately upon walking in, though, she found a certain pair of tattered Pay Less lady moccasins.

The best was when Faye just threw them in the garbage and carried on. As any woman will tell you, throwing another woman's shoes in the trash is basically the "Yo Momma" joke of the female world. GET READY TO FIGHT.

Unfortunately Lee declined Faye's offer to attend a high school casino night party. She seemed kind of shocked, and with good reason. I mean, how many girls who look like Faye are gonna just walk into Lee's awful voodoo garage with such an appealing proposition?

After Cassie reported to Adam what she'd seen her father doing, he and she did something amazing: They broke into Jake's house!

As Adam explained, back in the day he and Nick (remember him?) had found a witch item in that particular compartment and discovered that it was used for draining a witch's powers, so Nick hid it in his things.

Meanwhile back at the coffee shop (caffeine withdrawal is a bitch), Dr. Melissa was in full effect.

Melissa told Faye to get back in the game, and so she did:

And that's when she had a close encounter of the mousy kind:

Whoops! Lee decided to pretend he barely knew Faye and instead mouth-attacked Eva. Poor Faye!

Meanwhile at Casino night, Diana found herself once again on the receiving end of a charm offensive.

For someone who tries to impress a girl by throwing down a bunch of Benjamins, Grant was surprisingly non-sleazy! Good on'im.

After confronting her father with the whole "witch draining" thing, Cassie learned she had it all wrong: The item was meant to tether a human (like, say, Eben) to a witch (like, say, Ethan). In Blackwell's opinion, someone from his circle had betrayed them by lending Eben magic in order to kill Blackwell. Because she spotted Ethan on the scene during her timewarp flashback, Cassie deduced that Ethan must've been the prime suspect.

But bringing it up with Adam was probably not the best idea.

Haha! I laughed at this scene so much. Adam was MAAAAD. Honestly, would it shock any of these kids to find out that their parents did bad things in the past? I figured that was already common knowledge in this town. Anyway, Adam was perfectly cool with viewing Cassie's dad as a villain but when it came to his own dewy-eyed daddy that accusation was OUT OF BOUNDS.

So they enjoyed their first-ever shouting match (important in any romance), and Adam stormed out. That's when she, of course, went to Jake for his advice. But when she made the mistake of sympathizing with Adam's feelings, HE shouted at her too.

Poor Cassie!

Back at the world's most inappropriate high school fundraiser (Teen gambling! Mocktails! Sixteen-year-old waitresses with tons of cleavage!), Faye was NOT having a good time.

Fortunately she turned to the right Love Doctor.

To be fair, she didn't just jump back into Lee's arms immediately. First she fired off a pretty great line about not being the kind of girl who will sit and wait for a guy to choose. YES! Take this message to heart, ladies. But anyway, that was beside the point because Lee made his choice then and there.

Oh, and the we got THIS long-awaited reunion:

So it didn't come to much. Dawn quickly presented the idea that they team up and, you guessed it, get their powers back. But Blackwell was like, "I've changed," and "Where's Ethan?" and Dawn got all frowney-faced. Oh well, better luck next time, Dawn.

Then Adam and Cassie had their very first post-argument apology session.:

And a couple of teen witches cheated at blackjack:

Haha, that is several thousand dollars worth of skee ball tickets right there! How many sock monkeys does Faye need, exactly?

Unfortunately the good times couldn't last forever.

Eva arrived, made this really huge emotional display about how much she loves Lee and he still broke up with her. But before you go and assume she got a raw deal, please keep in mind that her sad pathos seriously got under your skin. No good was going to come of this.

Speaking of pathetic, somebody had busted out his best black outfit only to forlornly watch Cassie from across the room.

Aw, Jake. Dr. Melissa may have just prescribed you a big dose of reality, but I'm still on your side, big guy!

Outside, Blackwell's night was just about to take a turn for the irritating:

Cassie walked out JUST as some guy had run up and stabbed her father, prison yard-style. She may have only known Blackwell for two days, but NOBODY was about to be runnin' up stabbing her daddy!

And in another of The Secret Circle's out-of-nowhere bursts of awesomeness, THIS was how she finally took him down:

He got BLEACHER'D! Honestly, it was perfect. And the stunt itself was nothing short of amazing. Like that sick car crash from a few episodes back, when The Secret Circle gets serious about stunts it does them better than most other shows.

And guess who the stabber was?

Ethan! But that wasn't even the most shocking part of this scene. THIS was:

No joke, Cassie was legitimately about to FINISH HIM, Mortal Kombat-style, with a piece of busted bleacher seat.

Fortunately Blackwell caught up and stopped her because WOW. Among the things this show has done right, it's Cassie's progression toward the dark side and not only did this prove just how dangerous she's becoming, but Ethan is the father of her boyfriend. She may not have gone through with it, but I'm guessing their interactions will be slightly awkward from this point onward.

Meanwhile, after he'd won a stuffed monkey for her, Grant finally got some facetime with Diana:

There's a running joke that anytime someone new arrives in town, the kids immediately trust that person only to discover they're evil and/or dangerous. It's happened in basically every episode so far, right? So one cool thing about this episode? That never happened with Grant. From start to finish, he and Diana's interactions were just grade-A teen wish fulfillment, a thread of funtimes woven through an otherwise tense or sad episode. Who knows, maybe next week we'll find out he has an evil mutant conjoined twin hidden under his expensive coat, but for now at least I dug that at least one character was allowed a kernel of happiness.

Because Lee sure wasn't:

The only thing worse than an emotionally fragile, jealous girl with entitlement issues is when that girl ALSO suddenly has magical powers.

Whoops! Now, to me it looked pretty definitively like Lee was dead, but I'm not a doctor of witchcraft. He's dead right? Oh, well. Bye, Lee!

Later, Blackwell confronted Ethan.

Ethan talked some junk to Blackwell, including the fact that he had indeed sort of betrayed the circle (in order to kill Blackwell) but also, apparently Amelia had wanted Blackwell dead too, thus implicating her in the whole betraying-the-circle thing. Now, I just wanted to point out that this episode made overt references to both Nick and Amelia. On the surface the writers could just be making references to their own mythology, but if The Vampire Diaries has taught me anything, it's that out-of-nowhere references like that usually have a purpose for later. What I'm saying is, do you think we'll be seeing Nick or Amelia again at some point?

Anyway, their conversation concluded with Ethan gloating over the fact that Cassie and Adam were finally completing their families' written-in-the-stars B.S. And that's when Blackwell dropped this awesome piece of info. That written-in-the-stars thing is actually a CURSE! Dun-dun-dunnn!

That revelation, coupled with another important first in our heroes' romance, led to The Secret Circle's best ending yet.

After the bummer news from her father that she'd never be able to control her dark magic and should give up magic entirely, Cassie attempted to push Adam away. You know, for his safety. Needless to say it didn't work and suddenly they were shirtless hugging!

And then this happened:

This screengrab does no justice to how beautifully eerie this crane-shot + CGI were. While this show hasn't necessarly mastered the art of the cliffhanger, it's definitely begun to make strong closing images one of its best trademarks. These swarming crows were just so cool to me. Also, there's the added meaning that one of the series' central themes (Cassie and Adam's romance being destined) has now been inverted! Their slightly boring romance is a HARBINGER OF DOOM, you guys!

Good tease. Great episode. Excellent tan. Welcome back, show.

 

QUESTIONS:

... Is Lee fully dead or just getting some Z's?

... Do you trust the Aussie sailor dude?

... Is Cassie becoming one of the most complex lady protagonists on television?

... Should Dr. Melissa start a cable access call-in show?

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So that scene where Cassie was like 'I don't wanna hurt you boo' and Adam was like 'Naw, gurl. Shirtless Hug' completely mirrored the similar scene between Stefan and Elena during the first season of TVD. I don't know if anyone else felt that, but it was just screaming at me.
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Mr Peterson (or anyone else), so hopefully someone is still readying blog 3weeks old :P

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so on the closing scene, as the crows flight above the house on the top right window you can see a image that to me look like the shape of someone, the upper body of someone. m I the only one seeing this? I don`t seems to find any discussion about it...

thx
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SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER (a GOOD spoiler, but a spoiler nonetheless) SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER

I just read confirmation that a certain deceased brother of a certain Armstrong charmer is most certainly the person Eben will be resurrecting.

I KNEW it.

END SPOILER SPOILER...SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER
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I appreciate the warning. It saved me from reading this. I do hate the minefields.
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btw..BREAK THIS CIRCLE UP ALREADY!!!!..UNBIND THEM PLS..its getting boring when they cant do individual magic except cassie,even jake can do somtin,but he NEVER uses it...and speaking of magic...they had cool magic in the books,while on the show..its like they are so tamed/lame to the point that i almost cry for them..DO COOL MAGIC...can you hear me..COOL MAGIC any1??..
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i love grey damon,but i also like the fact that lee is DEAD as in DEAD..cos it would be pointless for him not to be,cos their are LOTS of characters on this show that needs development esp the main ones,so having him will hold some development down a bit and bsides i hear nick is coming back which i love so killin lee is good and i hope they are nt planin on bringin himback..cos if they do that,they'll have to bring all the dead pple on TSC back which doesn't make sense at all..

With that said,i would like to trust the aussie guy,but sadly i dont cos his random appearance is questionable bsides i tot they cant date outside their circle thou....i couldnt careless about cassie..she has easily bcome my least fave character on the show..she doesnt fail to impress me on how foolish she can be just like elena so i like her for been foolish...and melissa...she's just the perfect wing-girl i think faye/diana is lucky to have her as a friend even thou she makes some pretty wrong choices in her love-life but thats neither here nor there,cos she makes up for it by been an awesome friend..

This show has started picking up a little tiny bit with the magic and storyline..cos i wasnt expecting lee's death..so yh...hope they keep up with it and more cliffhanger comes in...



I hope this show doesnt disappoint me in the finale cos i was HEAVILY disappointed b4 the hiatus,i hope to see a surprising twist in the remainin part of the season..either with faye/diana,nicki coming back or betrayal from some1 in the circle...
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ugh, put some clothes on, Adam.. then move to NYC with your dad since he was on this week's Castle...



I liked Lee, so him dying sucks. and I laughed so hard when Cassied screamed when her dad got stabbed.. like she didn't run to him or anything at first, she just stood there and screamed.
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Anybody else think Eva's Blackwell's daughter? Just sayin' the girl's got issues
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Just read an article that confirmed Lee is a goner.

Sorry, Lee fans.

Sorry, Faye.

Sorry, female to male ratio on this show.
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This was one of the best episodes so far. Especially the end with the crows was awesome.

1) Eva seems to have sucked the life out of Lee, so for now he is definitely dead. Good riddance, I found the Faye-Lee storyline till this episode kind of useless anyway. The Eva character is giving me conflicting thoughts. On the one hand she (mostly her face expression) annoys the hell out of me, on the other hand I really look forward learning how she got black magic (from Faye?) and seeing where her being completely nuts + black magic will lead.

2) I have mixed feeling about his character. He seems to good to be true. I get the feeling his initial meeting with Diana was not as random as it seems. He is most definitely hiding a secret.

3) Cassie seems to be very complex, a little bit schizophrenic actually ;).

4) Melissa finally got some screen time. I can see her having a cable access call-in show. If she is the way she was in this episode, than she will be great.

But still to me her character is underused and will not be missed if she got killed off. I do wonder what happened with Callum, I have the feeling he will return in the near future.

Great recap btw: funny as always!!

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I hope Nick comes back, that would be awesome. I still miss him. And I really hope Lee isn't dead, that would suck.

Loved the written in the stars crap being turned on its head. Pretty good episode overall.
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Haha, 'the public circle'! Lovely, Price.

1) We need Lee! Eye candy! Plus, Faye just needs a guy who's alive, you know. Because she was even more awesome this episode! Ugh, I knew Eva would hurt him, stupid instabile person.

2) Well, don't really care yet.

3) I think it's great! I do want her to control her dark magic and use it, because she can shrink cups and all, but hey, I'll wait. She does not have to murder Ethan, that would be very wrong. Fine eyes and all. Plus, Adam wouldn't dig that.

4) I loved Melissa in this episode, giving everyone peptalks and making them better. She's shiny and new Melissa.
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When you said shiny, my thoughts shifted from Melissa [don't remember her last name] to Meredith Grey (This makes me think that Melissa needs a plot, perhaps accordingly, the TSC writers will have Melissa be the other Blackwell)

Also, I actually kinda don't want Cassie to control her Dark Magic, I want her to go into the dark side for some reason, probably it's either because the dark side has cookies or I simply like a dark heroine (I love evil characters)
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I know this guess is a little bit out there but here it goes: Does anyone else think Eva might be Blackwells' other kid/Cassie's sister? It looks like she has a lot of (possibly dark) magic and is clearly unstable from using too much of it. Just wanted throw that out there
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I am SO tired of this spam. Please flag the previous post.
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Right there with you. Quick question: What determine how/when tv.com removes spam posts? Does it have to reach a certain # of "flagged's" first or is it just a time issue?
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Cassie may not be as witty or snarky as I prefer my teen heroines to be (will anyone ever surpass Buffy Summers in that respect?), but she is a serious badass. Her dark magic is obviously a component into why she has no qualms whatsoever about following people who have harmed her and/or her father into uknown areas at night, but, still, for a sixteen/seventeen year old girl, that is awesome. I like that the writers have created a completely new character for Cassie. She's not like any other female lead, and I appreciate that a lot.



JAKE. Oh, Jake. I don't know what he's playing at, and I don't think it's going to work out as well for him as he hopes (does he even want it to work out well?), but damn if I'm not rooting for him. I think it's Chris Zylka's jaw line that makes him so interesting. Because at this point it's kind of embarrassing for him to even still be in Chance Harbor. His underage, unrequited love interest chose a high school boy with no personality over him, and I'm pretty sure he has no job. All he's got is a leather jacket and a surly attitude. It's just too bad for him. Although he and Melissa had some great interaction in this episode. Have they had exchanges before? It needs to happen a lot more.



In the books Diana was a strong, confident woman. I love Diana on the show, but I wish she could be a little more like the book version of her. Diana seems like she'd be really fierce when you piss her off, and the writers should show more of that in her everyday life. Melissa obviously got a revamp over spring break; Diana needs one too.
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1. Lee is just zzzzzzzzzz .... if he is dead, they killed him way too soon.

2. Hot wealthy Aussie will bring some troubles for suuuuure.

3. still not.

4. Dr. Melissa is the best. She should :D :D

5. LOVE ur recaps
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Some of the scenes felt rushed but overall an ok episode
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I'm rooting for this show 100%. This episode was A+ and I'm very excited about what's to come (some very interesting tidbits over on imdb). Thanks for making me laugh and uplifting my day Price!
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Lately TSC has been getting boring with the last few episodes, but this episode KILLED IT!! And I love the promo for the next episode, it looks AMAZING!



1. I HOPE he is getting some zees come on FAYLEE!

2. I'm a bit wary of him, he seems nice and like a good guy but they always do..

3. IDK

4. haha YES



I <3 Dr. Melissa her personality has completely come alive! I also love Faye's new personality, ever since she got with Lee her personality has become more bubbly and snarky, not as aggressive bitchy. I want to see Faye and Cassie become buddies, also when is the other Blackwell child going to finally be revealed (?). I would like to see Blackwell be good and his relationship with Cassie develop (she literally has NO ONE).



Was a CADAM shipper before, but honestly their kissing scenes are SO awkward.. I'm more of a Jassie fan now.. It will be interesting to see how the cursed thing plays out..
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LMAO, Price! At some point, you need to do a clip-clop endless gif (like the Matt Bomer pics). It's gotten to whenever I see her outside I hear "clip-clop, clip-clop."
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If a gathering of crows isn't a harbinger of doom, I don't know what is. My money is on Lee being dead. Chick was angry, woman scorned or what not. Aussie dude seems nice but looks can be deceiving. I love the whole Dr.Melissa theme, well she doesn't have nothing else better do anyway. And are we going to get to the other Blackwell child? Gotta know.
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Can I just asked who liked this?

I mean, sure, spamming is an art I guess, but I gotsta say LOL. It's SPAM! Don't support it!

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(RIP Spam 2012-2012)
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I'm sure it's part of the script. Either you can like your own comments or they log in with a second account to like it.
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Ah.

Well played, spammer. Well played.
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I swear Lee's ex was hotter when she was unconscious. Did they recast her? Is it the effect of gravity? Her character's personality? Ehh..



Lee's Ex: *Vader Choke* "I find your lack of faith displeasing..."



Bah, you even covered Immediately Awesome Aussie and how he'll most certainly be dark and shady the second he gets Diana into bed--er, second base. I'm hoping for a mysterious phone call with inappropriate code words.



Awesome Aussie: "Honeypot, in position. Operation Drain Diana Dry, proceeding as planned."



Diana's Gram-Gram: "That's highly inappropriate, but good work."



At least they went for realism. Loaded Australian sailors and emotionally wounded high school girls flock like moths to flames. Maybe at next week's unsupervised high school party, Melissa can pick up a pro football player.



I guess I overthought Blackwell and Ethan. I expected Blackwell to meet up with Ethan later and brohug him for stabbing him just enough to get Cassie to feel sorry for him. I mean, why else would he halfass a gank move so horribly...?



Melissa doing things is always going to be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, she does...something, anything, but then it's a tidy reason to shoo her off into Expendable Minority Limbo, where one simple nudge could push her in for good. She might end up with a booming Love Doc show...provided that it's far, far, away.
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not to troll but it's "I find your lack of faith DISTURBING" not displeasing but I disgress....



not really understand the Grant-Diana thing. I mean, I get why they cast him but she didn't appear that into him and then all his jokes sucked and you kiss at the end of the night? They didn't even show them hanging out at the Casino Night, makes no sense....



Very happy about Lee's death, because it means Faye can stop dating people who take advantage of her and lie to her face....And Lee is dead as dead. that's not coma dead, or zombie dead, he's dead.
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Got me there. I think I've seen the Star Wars movies a total of 2x each, and that's only because I just wanted to see the new content versions a while back. Not a fan. Terrible, terrible movies. The books are good, though.



I don't really understand the Anyone-Anyone thing on this show. Melissa and the sleasebag,



Sleasebag: "Smell that, babe? It's Eau de Loser."



Melissa: "Yes, plz! Anything to keep me on camera."



Lee and Faye,



Faye: "So, your spells suck, and I'm no better off than when I started. I'm Audi."



Lee: "But I still have...my mouth!"



Faye: "Might as well! Worked for Jake."



Cassie and Adam,



Adam: "We've cooled off since Cheekbones showed up, so I'm gonna stalk you and father you until Blackwell shows up. I know how hot chicks find it when guys hover over them and tell them what not to do."



Cassie: "Ehh...but then again, Jake is a bad guy. I wish someone had warned me about him. I'm totally into you, now! That's how things work."



I'm glad Lee's dead, too, but let's not rewrite Faye as some sweet, honest girl who's just misunderstood. What's Faye gonna do with a nice guy? Lee was about as nice as she's gonna get, and she used him for what little she could get out him (I know he tried to use her, too) until his magic CW kiss turned her onto him.



Faye is a selfish train wreck of awful, and doesn't deserve any good guy until she turns herself into another Diana.
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i have mistakes cuz Im not from the us or any other english speaking area sorry for spaming too. lol
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no way*
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first i want to say that was a great episode compared to the last one this was intersting.

now to the questions:

1.Lee is dead ,now way Eva did her voodoo thing and just put him to sleep when he looked like a zombie. hell maybe he is a zombie (do you think tvd would add that too).

2.no. as we all know every character has a secret or gets killed off/moves away.

3.yes to spell or not to spell or spell auccationally? that is the question.cassie is the best protagonist in the ew( i think. sorry elana youre just annoing)

4.i belive she is the next dr.phil for girls,with love problems,on community chanel.



price i love your recaps cant wait for the next 1. XD
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i <3 elena..
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...Really?

I mean nothing against anyone right now other then the character in question, but...REALLY?
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Price, I have to completely agree with that final visual - it was beautiful, haunting and the implications were horrific - so all around awesome.

... Is Lee fully dead or just getting some Z's? I think he's been mummified, and I'm really hoping we'll see him again. Since Eva is supposed to start stalking Faye, there simply wouldn't be any point in the stalking unless Lee could be brought back.

... Do you trust the Aussie sailor dude? Yep, someone on the show has to be normal - let him be the Matt Donovan (TVD) of Chance Harbor. Besides, Adam and Cassie are going to have a lot of crap to deal with with this curse thing, Faye's boy toy has been mummified, Jake is pining for Cassie and poor Melissa is still grieving - shouldn't someone get to have a normal and happy relationship?

... Is Cassie becoming one of the most complex lady protagonists on television? The dark magic aspect of the show and how it affects Cassie has definitely created this complicated character, and it's been fun to watch it change her - but, we need to see littler things happening to her to help me be more convinced that this isn't just some aspect of her temper flaring up. When she gets angry, she gets really angry, the dark magic gives her the power to hurt people, but that doesn't mean she doesn't have the desire inside of her. People with violent tempers can act on them, and she's always had a chip on her shoulder and displayed her attitude for the whole world to see. If dark magic is going to really change her, wouldn't we see it manifest in other ways as well? It's given her power to act on her base desires, but what about actually changing things about her - maybe dreams or weird ticks, personality or goals. Why hasn't it started affecting relationships? Obviously it happened with her dad - Amelia wanted him dead - yet all of Cassie's relationships are so far intact with little to no damage.

... Should Dr. Melissa start a cable access call-in show? I'd call her. She's been through a lot in a short time and has some nice words of wisdom. I'm sure there is more in store, but it's nice to see her not completely falling apart and able to help those who love her.
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you got in out brains Price, I swear I saw "clip clop"s written on sides of the screen while I was watching:D other than that it was a great episode and I can't wait for the next one, as the promo promises so much good stuff.. Eva added up some nice spice to the whole deal, and her looks screamed crazy the moment she woke up (I mean, seriously, how could one wake up so "rise and shine" after a comatosal state, as if nothing has happened?) and crazy is going really good with this show..



and coming to the questions: I think Lee is not dead yet, he is just in a sort witch-coma (or this is wishful thinking cos I love him with Faye, plus the idea of him having another secret agenda)..

I waited for the whole episode for the funny accented guy turn into an evilish thing but he didn't.. yet, I still dont find him trustworthy, he is just too sweet to be true:)

Cassie is acting just like a teen in the last couple of episodes, and while it is very very annoying from time to time, it makes the whole deal more realistic

Melissa was really great in this episode and her maturing, growing up, adds a lovely perspective..
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Clip-Clop! LOL! I'll never get enough of those!! And Forgot about Faye...golden.



TSC came back with a bit of a bang...not just the ending.LOL I couldn't complain too much. C. Harbor got it's very own Central Perk! I mean it's so Seattle in the 90's which made me think of the 90's exclusively...which brought me to the whole "Friends" vibe that they had sitting around in the coffee shop with one another, being more than just witches tied to each other but actually being friends. I started humming the theme song and everything while watching those scenes.



- The weird thing is, if this was TVD I'd say Lee wasn't dead at all...but because it's this show I'm starting to wonder if he really is dead. If so...good riddance. I wasn't a huge fan of his. My only disappointment is that he didn't take his Glenn Close Fatal Attraction, Borderline Personality Disorder girlfriend with him. Mixed feelings on busting out the cliched crazy female with low self esteem. I mean on one hand she'll definitely make things interesting, on the other hand, she's the cliched female who can't be a full person w/o her bf. And killing? What happened to going on Carrie Underwood on the guy's car or something?! She even bypassed boiling bunnies and went straight to first degree murder! She came back with this power though which again makes me wonder if that means Faye's power is even more diminished or dormant than it was before...or if maybe Faye really is the sibling with the dark magic and psycho gf totally sucked up all the evil juices. Where the gf sucked at being a bit too stereotypical...Faye made up for by saying she'd refuse to sit around waiting for Lee and for just being awesome. Faye was awesome in this episode. Bitchy, funny, and likeable. That's how I like her.



-No. First rule of supernatural...Trust no one. It's hard not to buy into this guy having other motives...however a few weeks ago I did say that this show needs that human friend being kept in the dark. Maybe this is it.



-Oh Cassie! I never can figure this girl out. I still wasn't buying into the fact that she was genuinely into Adam (or Jake for that matter) so all this affectionate stuff was practically nauseating. She just didn't strike me as the kissy-face type of girl. I've been supporting this star-crossed romance but found myself annoyed by the pair of them this episode. And then the curse stuff. I wanted to like it...I possibly will down the road but my initial reaction was irritation. Why did NO ONE tell these kids about this curse?! I mean Jane had to have known (where is she anyways?!) Amelia didn't think to put that in the Book of Shadows or into that letter she wrote for Cassie? Amelia only told John but not Ethan? It just seemed like they tried a little too hard to make sure these kids won't have a blissful relationship. But if it leads to circling crows become scattered crow corpses on the lawn the moment they consummate their...whatever the hell they are,then I'm game. That was the coolest shot of the night...along with the flying bench.



But when Cassie wasn't annoying me on that front she was totally fantastic with the other stuff! When she ran after Ethan and took him down with the bleacher I was ecstatic...and I admit when she was about to beat the life out of him I was on the edge of my seat in sadistic glee. Then I remembered that killing is wrong and I still kind of like Ethan.



-Melissa is just the best. Seriously love that girl. I had such a girl crush on her in this episode because she was just that awesome! I mean she made sense! She was being the voice of reasoon and this group kind of needs one of those so I was so happy to see her being it. She was so full of kernels of advice and truth and was so sweet while delivering it. I think thse finally found her niche and I hope they stick to that. It's official that she's my favorite character.



Learning more about Chris and how sweet and charming he is made me actually not mind Jake's presence in the show. I can't not like Jake now. I HATE it when that happens! Anyways...the stalking arrangement with John is interesting. I still don't know if I'm impressed enough with Blackwell though. He was more interesting when he was an unknown. I kinda miss Jane though...and Gale Harold. I feel like now that Blackwell is back there shoud be more epic stuff going on with the other generations.

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I SO wanted Cassie to beat the shizz out of Ethan! I no longer like Ethan after he sold out his circle.. I KNEW it was him! I want him to be revealed to the younger generation!
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Oh! I was thinking about this while watching the episode! Although it seems only me, bluemystique and a couple more people are pro-Dekker in this comment section and not leaning towards Chris (although everyone admits he looks good in the V necks), during that scene where Blackwell meets outside with Jake, "You look after her, don't you? Good", pops up his coat collar and walks away, all I could think of was: The mistery is over! I know where the idea of Cassie and Jake came from - DADDY ISSUES! Just go back and watch it again, please. Both with the collars up, hands in their pocket, looking around all the time suspiciously. I was the silly idiot laghing by myself at 3am. Or, on the other hand, they could both just be cold.
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There is a strange parallel between John and Jake. Great observation. I'll avoid getting all psychoanalytical...but yea...something to be said about the Daddy Issues and the initial draw to Jake...and why she's still drawn to him now. I mean it's interesting...torn between the nurturing/protective Adam and the protective, enigmatic, bad-boy Jake. The childlike idea of her father versus the more realistic and true, evolved version of her father. I always feel bad for Adam and I like Thomas Dekker. I'm one of those types who is drawn to my perception of an underdog. Adam is kind of that for me. He has so much potential dammit!
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Ehh, I like Dekker, but Adam sucks. It just doesn't work that you stalk a girl who's no longer into you for months, only to have her to take you only after she finds out the other guy is evil.



And now Jake sucks in almost the same way. Now, *he's* stalking her (to keep her safe...), and not looking at any other girls, and they're not looking at him. Riiight. "Adam'd" indeed, but Adam got CW'd.



The bitchy/clueless range of a lot of the girls on this show is sad, but the douchebag/sad-stalker range of the guys is just as bad.



What happened to lost art of self-respect? What happened to "Y'know what? F'get you, then!"

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Is it bad that I love "CW'd" being a thing? BTW, "The bitchy/clueless range of a lot of the girls on this show is sad, but the douchebag/sad-stalker range of the guys is just as bad" is like a perfect tagline/summary for TVD (and a LOT of CW shows). Don't get me wrong, TVD/TSC are two of my top shows (on any channel) but your comment summed up the crux of what is colossally wrong with both of 'em. Excellent points.
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It's bad that CW'd is a thing, but not bad that it's been given a name (patent pending).



"Hate the reflection, not the mirror." (patent pending)
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Oh...you didn't get the newsletter? We held a funeral for Self-Respect...it died along with Dignity, Common Sense, and a host of other values that have since been long gone. I miss them everyday man. *sniffles*



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LOL! Don't we all weep for that poor soul? Been there...I'm still washing spitballs out of my hair for being the voice of reason.
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Sometimes I picture one of the writers (maybe a new guy/girl) stepping out of bounds during a writing session and asking something like, "But why would he do that? Anyone with any self-respect--"



And then I picture them getting pelted with a bunch of crumpled-up balls of paper. And then I sigh (in a manly way) in sympathy for my imaginary hero.
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I remember that funeral. It was a mass one, together with the whole poputalion of Mistic Falls.
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You're not a huge fan of Lee!? Well, colour me whatever the colour of shocked is . . . Purple, I guess. No, Orange! Definitely Orange. I'm a guy, so I can't really have an objective opinion on the matter, but many of you're fellow female commenters are lamenting his possible demise. I actually think it's refreshing you don't like him.



I'm not really liking the cliched crazy female, either. And for a girl that is supposedly dependent on her man, she went to murder pretty darn quick. I was expecting more leveled and playful torturing for a while. You know, kind of like The Craft. Maybe some hair loss and lesions, but nope, straight to murder. Now that I think about it, maybe Lee is just in a magic coma (the worst kind of coma). But either way, Faye will be fine with or without him. Her awesomeness can't be quelled!



When are they going to address what happened to Faye's powers? She seemed to be involved in the magical blackjack cheating without any problems. Does she have no magic, reduced magic, black magic? What's the deal?



"Why did NO ONE tell these kids about this curse?" - Damn good question! I guess Ethan didn't know, but one of the other parents could have dropped a hint. The old circle and the elders seem intent on keeping these kids in the dark, even when withholding information endangers them. Whenever Cassie asked Jane, or when Adam asked his Dad, they are always so frustratingly cryptic! It's like: "I'd love to tell you but then you wouldn't be put into a life threatening situation, and really, where the fun in that?".



This is the type of show I had a hard time picking a favorite character, but now it's a two-way race between Faye and Melissa.



Anyway, great comment! You and CiaraGlynn know your TSC stuff!
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I'm special like that!LOL! while I'm appreciative of the hotness of most of the males on the show I have the bloody curse of being too objective for my own good so hot or not...if I don't like you...it don't fly. I just never felt like Lee was relevant. Grey Damon is easy on the eyes...with a shave, but Lee as a character never interested me.



I know the curse stuff is killing me! I mean...I keep wanting the two..well three circles to sort of interact a bit more. Some generational mayhem or something. It just seems like they spend a heck of a lot of time keeping these kids in the dark when they know darn well it's life or death. I never understand how not telling people things protects them. It just seems questionable that in the event of her death Amelia knew Cassie would be shipped off to Grandma's but never in the letter or the book of shadows does she mention not canoodling with the spawn of Ethan.



Aw, thanks dude! : )
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I know what you mean about Chris...it's like watching bloopers for a show ypu don't really like. The cast is adorable and cracks you up, and suddenly, LOVE. It ALWAYS happens to m.
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I wish I liked this show as much as you do. But I love the recaps! Anyway, I do agree that every once in a while there are some good lines, such as Faye telling what's his name that she doesn't wait around for guys to choose. That was refreshing. I am hoping that guy isn't dead - I like him.



There is no way the sailor dude is a random hottie. He is obvs up to no good. If he is NOT up to no good, that would be the biggest twist on the show yet.
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Hmm, I don't know... my expectations didn't waver in the hiatus and maybe I was expecting too much. Just didn't really like this episode. Too much lovey dovey scenes, not going anywhere. This series lacks a cold hearted villain that's just eager for power that stays that way longer for one episode. First we had the pilot which was pretty bad-ass, than he turned out to be a loser longing for crystals. Than we have blackwell which, as you say, was the biggest dissappointment of this series so far. Now we have this crazy bitch that's back from the dead. Pfff, no idea where this is going but they need to get their storylines lined up, because it's always one plot or curse or romance after another.

P.S.: loved faye and marissa!!

P.P.S.: also loved Cassie's underwear scene... more off that pls.
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I agree with the "TSC needs a villain" point you made. Or even a bona fide anti-hero. It gives us more of a moral compass and gives us the chance to relate more to the characters. Dawn and Charles were looking up, but then kinda faded out. Ethan is just too good looking and wimpy. You know who looked very bad ass? Diana's grandma. Or anyone else, please. Although I agree this was a nice episode, I still think we are in need of some spice.
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"I still think we are in need of some spice." We would probably just be let down. I mean, John was supposed to be the evil/anti-hero/thrill/spice and he was a bit of a disappointment. He's still good for plot movement and to give Jake a stalking/lurking buddy. But he's not that evil. Why is it so hard for villains to stay villains!?!?! Just turn dark already. *end rant*
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Exactly. Just stay bad for a while, at least then. You can search for redemption after ratings get stable on season 3.
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I always feel the need to reference Supernatural when people make a case like this.

Regardless of whether or not you watch, or like, SPN, the first Season was pretty much filler episodes with a couple of episodes actually geared toward plot development - TSC thus far has been very filler episode-like in that same way. The thing is, SPN went on to introduce this massive, tragic storyline, which had been plotted from the start. I can't tell you for sure that the writers have some five-year plan - if it's like TVD, then the writers are just making it up as they go along (as Julie Plec has stated), but I don't think we can assume just yet that there isn't something big coming - or already there, in the shadows. TV can surprise you. This show has already surprised us. Which is probably why I'm so lenient with this first Season - because I know there's the possibility that they are about to blow our minds when and if Season 2 rolls along.
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Next week's trailer was awesome btw ... Can't wait
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Aaaaaaaand we're back.

We're back.

We're so back, we're almost front, which makes no sense, but that's exactly how back we are.



1). I'd like to think Lee could be brought back. Lee and Faye weren't very well developed, but this episode showcased a wonderfully playful relationship between them before Eva showed up at the casion themed party, and I'd like to see more of it. Plus, this show needs more guys, you guys! But I'd say he's most likely done. A goner. Gone the way of Nick, but ironically, I miss Lee more already.



2). I sure do trust Aussie sailor dude! And I sure do think it would be just typical for him to turn out evil! But the fact his he's a nice guy, free of angst, and why he's not exactly the type I'd say 'Hey, sailor!' to (irnoically, anyway), him and Diana were perfectly sweet. So I want to trust Grant.



3). I think so! I've always been a Cassie fan (shocker, I know, I'm sure I've never made a point of that during any of my previous comments for any of this shows photocaps, none at all, not ever have I eluded to it, no sir), although I'd be stupid to say she hasn't made some bad decisions (usually involving forests). But she's got a lot going on. Diana may be the most 'serious' character, and her sensebilities restrict her from being 'the fun one' (unless you got some devils spirit), but Cassie's thus far had rotten luck, rude awakenings, cruel revelations, and a generally awful time. But just LOOK at how she handles it. She started out quietly taking it all in, and now, the second anyone hurts someone she cares for, BAM, you're dead man/woman/witch hunter/witch. And especially considering how she has thus far regarded killing people, and how se reacted to what she nearly did to Ethan, AND the fact that we all know Cassie Blake won't go an episode without using dark magic, because Cassie Blake won't go an episode without feeling the need to protect someone, then we can all assume she's going to get a lot more complex as time goes on.



4). I love Dr. Melissa. I do just wish, however, that she'd had more to do than than inform people of what they're doing wrong in their love lives. I NEED a Melissa-centric episode. She's gold, she really is. JPK may be one of the most talented out of the bunch in this show, they need to showcase her talents more. A LOT more.



I'm SO glad about that curse. I mean, look what it could mean for Adam's character: he realizes he and Cassie don't belong together, then maybe that he doesn't love her, but he goes a bit off the rails, as it's all very confusing to him, and he has to re-evaluate his life, and his PERSONALITY, and then he basically morphs into Thomas Dekker, and everyone wins.



A lot of people seem to think Eva must be the other Blackwell child...I feel inclined to point out that whatever weird voodoo creeper of a doll Lee gave Faye must have harnessed some of her power to cure Eva, unbeknownst to him, and now she's got herself a little hocus pocus.



I have to agree about the stunt work...a lot of shows have such clumsy stunt work, nothing really blends together right, but like with the scen in Heather in which she's hit by a car, my gut literally clenched watching Ethan get hit with that bench. Because it didn't look like a stunt...they have some great people coreographing this, I mist say. Along with the fact that the show has some very beautiful scnes (the birds at the end, even the forest Cassie ran through before reaching the church in Valentine was almost masterful in it's eerieness), TSC looks fantastic. It really does.



I have to say, as much of a Cassie fan as I am (that sentence construction seems a little strange to me, but I'l carry on), I can't wait for Season 2 (if the show is picked up) so we can see them focusing on the circle a bit more. All these characters are ripe for development, but I do think the show has been right so far with it's choice to focus on Cassie - her story is pretty big so far. I'm hoping that they can tie up most of it by the Seaon's end. Realistically, it will spawn an even bigger story, but if they trim the edges a bit, they'll have more time to spend developing the rest of the circle, and maybe even give the parents something other than a crystal to obsess over



I find there's a lot of a potential for Ethan and Blackwell to team up. I've read that Charles will become the real bane of Blackwell's existence, as opposed to Ethan, as everyone believes, and considering Charles is the man who killed the woman they both loved...it would be awesome to see those two characters, who are at such odds, team up.



But is anyone else getting tired of Dawn? We've seen Charles conflicted, and take action, but Dawn is either in 'Oh, that's right, I'm a parent' mode, or 'It's time to orbit Planet Crystal' mode. I want to see more of the former, and also, a few other modes. I want to see badass Dawn, because even though you could argue that she's already a badass, the fact of the matter is, she frequently turns to men to help her. First Charles killed Amelia AND Nick for her, then when he turned from her she turned to Ethan for assistance, but now Ethan isn't having any of her BS and she tracks down Blackwell...this woman is just reeling in all the men, and you can offer any arguement you want, the fact of the matter is she has done NOTHING independantly up until this point, and personally it's starting to grind my gears. I find it hard to appreciate her character at this moment.



On the plus side, I can say that Adam isn't ticking me off as much as usual. I think I've just convinced myself they're going to do a compelte overhaul of his character soon, so I'm content to sit back and watch him be every so slightly irritating. Because surely the writers know that they have an extremely capable actor on their hands...maybe I'm delusional, but I'm going to keep telling myself this: Adam's in for a personality check.



To conclude...Price, I THINK this is my favorite recap. So many quotables in here:

"And that's when she had a close encounter of the mousy kind."

"To which unstable mousy weirdo do these belong?"

THANK YOU FOR LAUGHTER, DUDE. I thought my Sunday would be awful, but nope!
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You are AWESOME-ER! And that is not all. Usually epic posts like this scare me away, but you had so many good points and hilarious comments I couldn't stop reading. Price Peterson better watch his back . . . er . . . or front, or whatever.



I'm completely with you on the curse issue. It makes Adam and Cassie's relationship so much more interesting. I think/hope the writers are aware of their total lack of chemistry and are going to use this curse to seriously shake things up. I really want to see emotionally distraught, brooding and downright hostile Adam as opposed to the blah badger (eyeliner joke . . . I've been told he doesn't wear any but you could've fooled me) we've seen so far.



I am soooooo tired of Dawn. She just seems really one-dimensional to me, which is slightly ironic because crystals are arranged in an orderly, repeating pattern extending in all three spatial dimensions. I was talking about the show with a friend the other day and I mistakenly called her crystal. We got a good laugh out of that, but can you blame me?



What the heck happened to Charles? He saves Crystal's life, excuse me, DAWN's life and we don't see him again for like 3 episodes. I'm sure he'd be very interested by Blackwell's return. What is he up to?



To conclude...CiaraGlynn, I THINK this is my favorite comment. So many quotables in here:



"although I'd be stupid to say she hasn't made some bad decisions (usually involving forests)."



"Dawn is either in 'Oh, that's right, I'm a parent' mode, or 'It's time to orbit Planet Crystal' mode."



Thank YOU for the laughter! I didn't think my Sunday was going to be awful, but you made it definitely NOT awful.
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Haha, thank you!

My Sunday just got MORE awesome.

All this awesome is making my head spin in awesome circles!

And that's a good point about Charles, where the heck is he at? I know he had that one scene with Diana and Cassie, but...well, that was like one line, wasn't it? And then *POOF*, Charles disappears. Perhaps he's currently in orbit, too. He has the crystal, right? He stole it from Ethan? He's like a dormant volcano...so much potential to erupt (except instead of lava, he would burst with magic, which sets up some weird imagery in my head, but still), but nothing. Silence. Almost irritting silence. We know the s**t COULD hit the fan, but it's not even flying yet.
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ROFL! Oh you just want Dark Adam again! Or better yet you just want Adam to be Thomas playing himself!! LOL! I'm with you chica!LOL!



Melissa is a gem. I mean she's just simply awesome and I will fully support the Melissa centric episode. I'm writing letters as we speak!LOL! Seriously...I feel like she has become the voice of the viewer or something. She sort of says what the viewers are thinking, pokes fun at everything at the expense of the show itself. She's just awesome that girl.



Ugh Dawn...never was a fan of hers, but she's sort of I don't know off. It feels like things have evolved and have become so much bigger than what any of them thought, but she's still one-dimensional with her focus.It appears that the parents are more and more aware of the kids' witchy issues and all and they've all but come out to some of their kids and say "I know you're doing witch stuff!" but Dawn is still stuck on getting her magic back. There has to be more to it than that.



Recap was fab..although as president of the Vertically Challenged Mousy fanclub I resent the slandering of our people! ROFL!
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You know who Dawn and her one-dimensional-ness remind me of? The little critter 'Scratt' at the start of all the Ice Age movies. Always chasing after an acorn (crystal) but never quite succeeding.
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LOL! Love that!
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Good one. Price should've had a picture of Scratt after one of Dawn's a week or two ago.



Dawn: "Crystal? Crystal.."



Scratt: "Acorn?"



Dawn: "Crystal."
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I, too, am vertically challenged. But see, that's why short people are so awesome: we don't have as far to reach to pick back up our dignity!

(I don't know. Don't ask. I'm not sure what I just wrote made any sense. And I may have just offended tall people everywhere. Moving on.)



Dawn really never has been anything more, but I feel like, back in Beneath, when she was still about protecting her daughter, she was a good character. Maybe even great. Since then, there's been nothing - from what I've seen she hasn't even tried to look into what the woman told her about witch hunters. Wake up, Dawn!



And yes, Thomas Dekker needs to be a character on this show. Played by Thomas Dekker. Let's make a petition :-P
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All the knowledge in my head weighed me down and thus I am short ; ) LOL!



Dawn has moments...but yeah.
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*evil laugh*
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Short is a life choice...we WILL prevail :-P
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I never saw her as being a good mommy and protecting her kid in Beneath. I viewed the whole thing as she was acting the part while there were cops around.
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That could be true, but then again, she was afraid for her in episode two, also - in a more vocal way. I do think she wants to look out for Faye sometimes,and that's the main thing that has redeemed her up until this point. But now she's showing very little regard for her own daughter's well being. Crystal is like her substitute child or something.
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"it's time to orbit Planet Crystal mode" might be the best descriptor for Dawn, evar!
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Why THANK you.
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Thoughts:

1. John's "Dark Magic is Dangerous, it's not a parlor trick" speech would be easier to believe if BabyShow hadn't been portraying Dark Magic as the neatest-parlor-trick-ever for the past 7 months.

2. Was Jake's hair weird? Jake's hair seemed weird. In the first Jake scene after a torturously long hiatus, the weirdness of his hair is not what viewers should be focused on. First, no clavicles. Now this. Jake was sorta boring tonight. Congratulations, Jake; you've just been Adam'd.

3. So, was EVERYONE at the fundraiser drinking mock-tails, or did they have underage HS girls serving booze? (Then again, Dawn and Crystal are in charge. So, whatever.)

4. I don't know what they were going for with the birds, theme wise, but it came across as cheesy and weird. (And brought to mind a recent conversation about TVD S01 and the Damon-crow).

5. Bring back Jane already.

6. Where's Charles? Thought John's arrival would interest him (or the other living parents?).

7. Ethan "betraying" the group doesn't seem like that big of a deal, or that interesting to watch. Maybe there's more to it we'll see later? Maybe the John/Ethan conversation was a set-up/fake-out?

8. In "Witness," Jake's ghost-mom said, "Dawn's up on deck with Charles. They agree with John. There's no truce without the whole circle." I'm still waiting for that to come into play. Maybe that will be not-boring?



Price's Questions:

1. ZombieLee? Wouldn't voodoo just heal him? Did Eva steal Faye's power? Still waiting for that plot.

2. I'm a sucker for great accents. So, yes.

3. Don't know if she is the most complex. But at least TSC's leading lady actually DOES STUFF instead of whining and making everything about herself. (Take a hint TVD.)

4. Yes. Dawn, Charles, and Crystal could be her first guests.
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zombie lee is a great idea!
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I love how "Adam-d" has become a thing. Not to be confused with Charles-d which is similar but not exactly the same. Melissa got Charles-d this episode...but in reverse...and for the best.



I think they were going with symbolism with the crow. It tied in nicely with the crow intro with the awesome creepy and supremely catchy diddly at the beginning of the show. Things are bout to get darker...I can't wait!
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I think, for your number 1, the reason BabyShow as you refer to it (ace) has been portraying Dark Magic as a parlot trick is specifically so the audience will be shocked when they start to see it take it's toll. Cassie has already unintentionally killed someone because of it, although I'm not sure she's fully convinced it was her own doing, but now she - who is against murder, as we know - is ready to, what, behead Ethan? That was a pretty dark place to go.
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Also, anyone think John knows that he has another kid? IS it John's kid? Or does "Blackwell Child" mean that John has a sibling (unknown sibling?) who has a kid, ie. John's niece/nephew? OMG, soooo many questions!!

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LOL! "Adam'd"!

Sigh... my brain is frozen. I'll just come back later to write up a storm.
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Okay can someone remind me how we know Blackwell has another kid? I can't for the life of me remember... And you're right, where is Jane?
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End of Balcoin, I think. Whatshisface, the witch hunter who Jake worked alongside, told him that there was another Blackwell child in the circle.
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LOL I think you guys should write the show. That way we'd NEVER have to hear the word crystal again. gah.
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Every time Melissa isn't in an episode, she's out hunting witch hunters with her dark magic. True story.
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Front contenders: The producers have said they're avoiding incesty stuff w/ Cassie. Sine she's kissed both boys, they're out. That leaves Diana, Melissa, and Faye (unless there's some OTHER (7th) circle member for a six person circle out there (it's TSC, could happen)). Personally I think Faye is too obvious of a choice with the whole bad girl = dark magic. Diana is a "meh" choice. I've been rooting for Melissa to be the Blackwell kid for weeks. How awesome would Dr. Melissa + Dark Magic be. Answer, pretty awesome.
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great thanks! Now, being that he's the "bad guy", do we trust him? And who are the front contenders for this child?
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Eben said something about Cassie not being the only Blackwell child, in the winter finale I believe
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Thank you!
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i have a feeling that eva belongs to their circle and she's cassie's half sister... the other blackwell daughter
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I don't know why but I got the same thoughts cross my mind.
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Okay, I could go with this. We talking "gut feeling" here, or are there some well-hidden/subtle clues that I'm missing?
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I loved this episode! I'm not a fan of Cassie and Adam's romance so I don't mind it being cursed... ;)
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This is what I love about this show, there isn't a single character that I can call my favorite. I couldn't care less about them or their love lives, if I'm being honest, but I still like seeing them interact with each other and go on dates and be happy. Does that even make sense? I am not shipping anyone, just enjoying the ride. I think that at this point, I just like watching this show and how it will progress while when it comes to TVD I'm watching to see if my favorite character will go back to awesomeness again, for the hotness of male cast, occasional snarks and sex scenes but not so much for the story because I'm tired of it and it disappointed me so many times. But this is just season 1 of The Secret Circle but judging from their slow pacing they might still have a story to tell when they get to season 3 while still having character development. The main problem of TVD was that fast pacing, while it made for awesome episodes it also couldn't last forever, and now it seems like they ran out of ideas and that all we should care about is their hookups and constant bringing of new characters that die in the next episode. When Julie said that they're making each episode as a mini-movie it explained so much things (Elena's short term memory, out-of-character behavior of everyone, parties each episode etc). That is a show, Julie Plec, NOT a movie. There is something called continuity, you know?



I think that magic in TSC is improving and I'm hoping it will get even better. And I like that even though they have parties, it isn't the central event of every episode, it's just like a stop along the way, unlike in TVD.



I started to like Lee, sad that he's dead. Kinda hoping he isn't really dead though.

That girlfriend of his is creepy looking, like some fish or something, she scares me.

I don't get the point of Aussie sailor dude and he's not that good looking for me, he's just so random.



I like Cassie and the fact that they're not trying to make her look like Mary Sue while also making her do bad stuff. (Elena, take notes again! I hope you remember how to write.)



That ending was awesome! Kinda wanted that scene to last a little longer lol.



Melissa is really cute, she's something like a fairy godmother of the group now.
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LOL at "I hope you remember how to write."

For someone who's reading skills are in question, I wouldn't bet on it.
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I remember she knew how to write in season 1 (diary and all) or those were just something like hieroglyphics that only she and Jeremy understood, everything is possible.
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Good episode indeed,, great ending,, and funny captions Price!

I think that Amelia is still alive, cause she didn't die (i think) in the books,,and cause I don't think Diana's father (from what we saw until now) that he s a killer,, So she ll probably return ,,,and they'll probably bring Nick back in a flashback or something. Also,,, I like how the whole Cassie with dark magic thing is going,,, but I don't want her to stop, cause lets face it,,, she s the only one who does some magic in a witch related show..
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I've thought from episode 1 that she could return. We saw her wake up, and say Cassie's name. We saw the house burn. We DIDN'T see her die.
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Or a corpse. More dog bones, anyone?
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Dog bones are perfectly eerie.
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Fanaticism . . . Am I right?
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The "written in the stars" thing being turned into a curse is actually either a great way to either create a sort of Romeo and Juliet mood or a way out of the Cassie and Adam pairing seeing how the two of them have absolutely ZERO chemistry!! Which ever it is, it's a great call!
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WARNING: For safety purposes, DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT eat or drink anything while reading Price Peterson's reviews.



Side Effects include:

- Choking

- Heaving

- Spewing

- (In severe cases) Loss of bodily functions



"MFers act like they forgot about Faye" -



Price, this caption nearly killed me! Seriously! I was enjoying your review while eating a delicious bowl of Honey Combs cereal, and then WHAM! I read this hilarious caption (I never pegged you as a Dr.Dre/Eminem fan) and I immediately start choking on a Honey Comb. My friend was about to perform the Heimlich Maneuver (or is it called abdominal thrusts now?) when I finally choked the dastardly cereal up. Imagine that on an obituary: Friend, Brother, Son, killed by choking on a Honey Comb while reading Price Peterson's TSC review.



Ah well, my throat might be a little hoarse, but reading your reviews is soooooooooo worth it!
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I second what Ciara said. And yea...we've all been there.
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You are awesome.

That is all.
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... Badassery from him (continued from last post, accidentally hit submit!)

That's all! Great recap, Price. Till next time. :)

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Loved the episode!

- Hope Lee isn't dead, gorgeous guys are lacking in numbers vs gorgeous girls!

- He is very charming, he could be a prince or something :) (Cinderella's Prince Thomas in Once!) im hoping he's a nice guy but everyone in chance harbor seems to have an agenda so who knows?! Maybe he's the other Blackwell sibling?!

- luv Cassie, I still have high hopes Cake, I think her chemistry is better with jake. Luv protagonists that can kick ass!

- Melissa was great in this episode. She went from a person who had all these troubles, to someone who's all seeing and able to dish out advice. Go girl!

Still confused about Blackwell, he's supposed to be all badass but we haven't seen any
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... Is Lee fully dead or just getting some Z's?



Shocking that he had to go, but nothing a good dose of Dark Magic can't fix!



... Do you trust the Aussie sailor dude?



So far all dudes introduced in the show are dangerous/psycho in some way. Every one of them!



... Is Cassie becoming one of the most complex lady protagonists on television?



Complex? No. Annoying, yes. Annoying because she's just being pushed as leader of the group when she clearly doesn't have so much leadership skills, and leading by cuteness worked well in the beginning, but after a while it gets, erm...annoying.





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I don't get why people find cassie annoying. She's basicly the best .

And the promo for next week looks very promising.
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Love your reviews! While I was watching the episode as soon as I saw Cassie running I immediately thought 'clip clop, clip clop'!!

I'm hoping Lee isn't dead but he looked like he had gone for the big sleep and we all know - you don't wake up from the big sleep!! Unless you are a witch or vampire or ..........

Cute Aussie sailor dude: there must be more to him than a nice smile, nice accent and butterfly kisses but I have no idea if he's good or evil!

I don't think Cassie is very complex but I sure liked it when she 'bleachered' Ethan! That was awesome!

Dr Melissa is great. I like that she is no longer the mopey, my-boyfriend-just-died-and-I'm-going-off-the-rails girl. She is a way better character now!
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- I hope Lee is not dead, just a spell or something.

- No idea about the Australian dude, he was leaving anyway, wasn't he?

- Cassie is becoming more annoying. But I'm glad that she is with Adam. He is boring as hell, so it's good to see two least interesting characters being dull together, not with someone awesome.

- Melissa was cool in this episode, but I hope they won't reduce her part to being a witch shrink.
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I hope Lee's not dead. Yep, the Aussie's so cute, let him stay plz :D! Haha yeah I can barely keep up, or predict even to teh slightest, what direction Cassie's charcter's going in. If Dr Melissa goes full time, I'm watching!
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Great review as usual!

This episode should be called "the return of the clip clops" looool

- I dont want Lee to be dead.. him and Faye look hot together!

- Of course Aussie dude has an agenda. dont trust him. dont like him!

- Cassie is as annoying as ever. character and actrress

-Dr. Melissa should have her own blog now! hahaha
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There is a lot of focus on Cassie because she is the main character. The others are support. they should spend a little time fleshing out the regular cast. The focus is and should be on Cassie and her life. This thing about not being able to use magic at all is an interesting set. I doubt she'll be able to do it
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Oh Cassie Cassie Cassie, "Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering." Listen to the wise words of our little green friend (Relationship Yoda Melissa).
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And in answer to your questions:



1) I wouldn't mind if Lee were not dead, but I always respect shows more when they aren't afraid to kill people. (TVD shoutout)



2) I want to trust the Aussie sailor dude for Diana's sake. But we shall see.



3) I'm definitely enjoying Cassie's dark-side issues. And I always love a lady protagonist! (Buffy shoutout)



4) Absolutely. I could use her advice.
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