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The Secret Circle: Tether Ball (PHOTO RECAP)

Quick tip for those of you teens who are dealing with supernatural situations in your small towns: Don't go to school dances, ever. That is where all the bad stuff happens! Next time you see a poster for an awkwardly themed dance, just book a room at the Travelodge for that night and just wait it out. Trust me.

Unfortunately the teens of Chance Harbor don't have that kind of foresight. Fortunately for us, "Fire/Ice" was a pretty fun and solid episode, especially those of you nostalgic for the heady days of last September, as this seemed to be sort of a remake/mashup of Episodes 2 and 3. There was a school dance gone wrong; there were magic-related accidents; Faye acted a fool, people got hurt, and she immediately regretted it; Adam and Cassie were love interests again; Adam's dad appeared; Melissa had lines; Faye couldn't open her locker; kids were discovering things they should've known from the get-go, like the witch house's address or the fact it has a basement; Cassie ran all over the place. Sure there were some important new details added, like Cassie's ability to perform solo magic, an exploration of voodoo, and the presence of Jake in the shadows, but part of me couldn't help but wonder if this episode with these storylines shouldn't have happened right after the pilot? That would be the kind of storytelling pace that would've really kicked things into gear. Of course, if it were up to me we would've met John Blackwell in episode six and discovered that Amelia was still alive in episode 9, but that's because this show's main hobby is forcing my brain to fantasize about things that could happen (which I think is a compliment?). Speaking of which, I still refuse to believe that Adam isn't Cassie's brother. I mean, I have no evidence, but still. Let's talk about that later.

Right now we have sexier things to discuss!

Cassie was still crashing at Diana's place while Jane's brain was in the shop for repairs. I enjoyed the fact that even though Diana's grandmother had tried to murder Cassie recently, Cassie still felt comfortable enough to stay at the family's house. Diana is just THAT fun to share a bed with I guess. Fair enough.

Ooh and also, I sort of got my wish? Last week I complained about the show's lack of foundational magic, the sort of harmless everyday spells that teen witches would do just for kicks. You know, at the very least it would provide an illustration of the circle's ordinary powers to which we could contrast Cassie's burgeoning dark magic. While we didn't necessarily get a successful attempt, we DID get this:

Okay, that was hilarious! But honestly, Cassie probably shouldn't be too hard on herself. Dark magic might not have even been involved... That dress looked like it was from Forever 21 and it's a known fact they make most of their clothes out of gasoline and bad ideas. That sort of thing probably happens all the time!

Oh, hey Adam's crazy-attractive father! We hadn't seen this dreamy drunk hunk in a long time, and apparently Adam hadn't either since he was unaware of the fact that Ethan was a few weeks sober now. Okay so Ethan's plotline in this episode could be subtitled "Natasha Henstridge Wants To Take Advantage of Her Timeshare" because he really didn't do much except fill in for a missing Charles and Dawn. (And honestly, it was a big relief not having to endure yet another secret car meetup.) The important thing was, he was going to chaperone the school dance and also Adam admitted to him that he likes Cassie. Like-likes.

Now, obviously Ethan's way into the written-in-the-stars junk, but in my opinion he only thinks it applies to Adam and Cassie because it had once applied to himself and Amelia. But what if deep down Ethan suspects that he is not actually Adam's father and he's overcompensating with this destiny stuff as a form of denial? I realize I'm reverse-engineering this theory of Adam and Cassie sharing the same father mostly because their romance is a D.O.A. and also Faye is too obvious a choice for half-sister. But hear me out: maybe Ethan's drinking might be due to the fact that he has to live with the knowledge that his wife had cheated on him and he's now raising another dude's kid? I don't know. See what I'm saying, I think about stuff.

Oh, look who wanted to hang out?

After Melissa got tired of Faye's antics last episode she made the effort to hang out with the other girls. This actually struck me as really true. Flitting between circles of friends is such a teenage thing to do, so I thought this was really charming.

Anyway, at that moment Cassie thought she recognized a familiar bone structure.

Now, we already KNEW Jake was in town due to last week's (awesome) final shot, so this particular running gag kind of fell flat. It would've been one thing if we really had to wonder whether Cassie was imagining things or not, but yeah, no, Jake's around. No suspense there. He'll show up later, don't worry, girl.

Meanwhile, Chance Harbor High received another too-old-for-high-school visitor. (And not Melissa's cousin, he's probably off chillin' with Sally in the Chance Harbor elephant graveyard of obsolete characters.) It was Lee!

Lee had sussed out that Faye was part of a coven and he'd even spotted the individual members using his basic stalker skills. At first Faye tried to pretend he wasn't welcome in her life, but one thing gave her away:

Yeah, say whatever you want Faye, but we know the truth. Also, this look on her face as she walked off:

Whoops! Someone was easily won over by a fraudulent voodoo stalker with a Black Mustang. They were back in business.

Later on Cassie told Adam she wanted to learn more about her father and next thing we knew she was at County Records jumping on the receptionists' computer while Adam distracted her.

But then she couldn't find John Blackwell's birth or death certificates (WHAT DOES IT MEAN??) and the only document that came up with his name on it was this deed of ownership.

Which house could it possibly be referring to??

First of all, I love that Adam had to actually take Cassie to the house rather than just say, "You know that witch house we all chill in all the time?" But also it made me laugh that Cassie didn't know the address of the place. Like, they drive here right? On roads? With street names? You don't think she saw the word "Briar Hill" and immediately knew where it was? On the other hand, I complained that this series should show-not-tell, so it serves me right. A for effort?

Anyway, it's now becoming a running joke about how incurious these teenagers are about very important things. Like how they always seem surprised to find new things in their books of shadows (I would've had that thing memorized on day 1), or the fact that Cassie didn't know the witch house had a basement?

Haha sorry, maybe I'm just a creepy old house enthusiast, but I would've combed every inch of that joint on my FIRST visit. This show is definitely at a point where the characters being informed and motivated just does not factor into its storytelling. It's okay, they've only had ELEVEN episodes to learn about their basic surroundings. Babysteps, you know?

Anyway Adam is super smooth, so he decided that this trip to the the hepatitis dungeon was a good place to ask Cassie out. And it was awkward!

To the show's credit, the main source of awkwardness in the scene was Cassie's reluctance to hurt Diana's feelings. That is just a nice, thoughtful response. Cassie is such a decent person! But also, her romantic chemistry with Adam can be measured on a negative scale, so really any reason for her to say no would've been fine with me. But ultimately though Cassie was sort of into it. Who knows why. Perhaps the Jake-shaped hole in her heart?

Oh, also the witch house had a tramp stamp:

Cassie's dad had carved this symbol into the ceiling and it had something to do with channeling dark magic into or out of something else. It also just happened to match a symbol in Cassie's Book of Shadows, on the same page that Faye had ripped out and given to Lee! Uh-oh, it seemed Faye was looking to "tether" herself to Cassie's dark magic!

In a perfectly great moment, Melissa and Diana reconnected while getting ready for the "Fire and Ice Dance" (LOL) by reliving some childhood memories together.

It's sometimes easy to forget that these kids basically grew up together. It's a small town, for one thing, but also their parents died together at the same time? But then, of course, you outgrow friendship, or you get boyfriends (romantic) and girlfriends (platonic) and suddenly you aren't besties anymore. So yeah, this was a nice acknowledgement that these kids are human beings and growing up is hard.

Anyway, then it was finally time to attend the "Fire and Ice Dance" (LOL).

(For those of you keeping score, they also attended a dance only 2 episodes ago.) There were the usual dance politics of people in romances versus the singletons, plus Adam looking darling in a tiny suit.

In a promising moment Cassie actually confronted Ethan to ask him about her parents. Yes! All of the kids should be talking to their parents about witchcraft! But even just inquiring about dead parents is a good thing to do also, so good call Cassie.

Unfortunately YET AGAIN Cassie got informationally cockblocked by Adam's dad. He just told her to not ask so many questions, it would lead her down a dark road. Um, dude, this is episode 11, not the pilot. Feel free to open up anytime. Cassie can handle the truth now. Trust.

Didn't it look like Adam's dad would start crying at any moment? Cut back on the Visine, guy!

Also it appeared that Diana was suddenly sad over having dumped Adam. Anytime she saw him spending time with Cassie she'd get all bummed.

Luckily Melissa gave her a pep talk and she was able to go ask a dude to dance (RUN, dude!). Again, I'd like to bring up the problem with Diana being so hot 'n sexy now... She's less relatable and certainly less believable as a fragile sad sack. Fortunately Shelley Hennig has some A+ skills so she sold every moment.

As part of her plan to tether herself to Cassie's dark magic, Faye and Lee broke into Cassie's house to steal a necklace.

How much did you love the creepy silhouette across the way in Jake's room? That's just some good horror movie stuff right there. But I also laughed when Faye looked again and there was nothing there. Um, except that HIS LIGHT IS ON. In a supposed-to-be-empty house! Oh well, I guess Faye had other stuff on her mind.

LIKE VOODOO!

So yeah, there they were in a classroom at school standing in a red triangle. Lee was like, "Let me get out this sabre-tooth tiger necklace and cut your back up a ton" and Faye was all turned on or whatever. It was definitely weird. Cool but weird.

Also weird but way less cool was Adam getting "permission" from Diana to date Cassie. And not just permission, but he actually asked her to talk to Cassie about it.

And even though she was visibly troubled by it, he just kissed her cheek and walked off.

Aw, poor Diana. Well, not really because she dumped him. But still, hers was an honest emotional response. I just hope it was fleeting because you had made the right choice! See what I'm saying? Look at her. Isn't it sort of hard to feel bad for her when she's probably the #1 hot babe in Washington State? Install a turnstile and TAKE YOUR PICK, DIANA.

So then Faye's spell got underway. It involved just your typical flaming classroom triangle:

The effect of Faye's spell were seen immediately as the (non-dark-magic-having) members of the circle immediately began to fall ill.

But, true to form, even with access to individual powers, Faye still didn't have the best imagination as to what she'd use magic for.

So yeah. Hope that was worth it, Faye!

But then, oh no! A visibly weakened Melissa fell and hit her head in the bathroom!

You done messed up, Faye. Melissa does NOT deserve to lie on the bathroom floor, especially not a public bathroom!

Anyway, it didn't take long before Cassie sussed out what was going on.

Faye owned up to her spell right away, but it was funny how Cassie seemed more annoyed that Faye had stolen her necklace than she did about Faye stealing her powers. Anyway, then Faye realized that she'd accidentally tethered herself to the circle's (weak) powers instead of Cassie's and immediately felt bad for having hurt her friends (who were passing out all over the place).

But by this point all of the flaming centerpieces had started causing the DANGEROUS GLASS ICICLES to crash down on partygoers?

Only after everyone had escaped did the group realize they were one short.

Melissa! Because Cassie is sort of a BAMF, she didn't even think twice before running back into the flames. In heels!

But WHOOPS! The only doorway to access the bathroom was ON FIRE. (Note to painters: Please don't mix kerosene into the paint next time.)

Luckily Cassie had an excellent trick up her sleeve.

She finally came upon Melissa in the smoky bathroom:

But then she passed out herself!

Fortunately a pair of black mystery boots who were clearly being worn by an attractive man appeared just before she passed out.

Then she and Melissa woke up on the lawn, which raised so many questions. If Jake saved them, why did he try to still keep his presence a secret after that? Was a heroic fire rescue not a good enough entrance? Was he holding out to interrupt an awkward basement kiss or something?

Anyway, the group was pretty miffed at Faye.

And surprisingly, a typically remorseful Faye ended up turning on them, pointing out that they'd more or less been cool about all of Cassie's accidental mayhem. Obviously Faye's stuff was way worse, but she brought up a good point about double standards. Or something. I don't know, it was just interesting that this time Faye seemed much less remorseful than usual. Character growth! And to her credit, it seemed like Melissa (and even Diana) sort of agreed with her. To me, Faye's abortive magic and Cassie's useful dark magic just point out what a major mistake it's been to restrict everybody's powers. Just a fundamental, no-brainer disaster. Give ALL OF THEM their full powers back and allow them to be misused at dances! Handcuffing everybody just doesn't make sense, dramatically speaking.

I loved how Ethan and Adam both pretended that witchcraft wasn't involved in the fire.

Meanwhile Cassie was just chillin' in the background eating a potato. Ethan's definitely onto her for being her father's daughter.

Quick question: Why is it episode 11 and the importance of intra-family magic remains unspoken between parent and child? Isn't there a birds-and-bees talk but about magic? The griffins-and-scarabs talk? I don't know. TALK TO YO KIDS WITCHES.

So yeah, just to emphasize, Faye's desire to gain magic may have hit a road block but was definitely not over.

As for Lee, this episode suggested he's up to no good. For one thing he put a ton of effort into assisting Faye while claiming he didn't want anything in return. Also there was a creepy moment where he saved some of her blood in a tissue he then carried around in his pocket. So I'm guessing he wants to re-tether her to Cassie's dark magic and then either siphon it for himself or at least control Faye like a puppet? Who knows, I really don't know what's in their future besides shirtless hugs.

Finally, Adam and Cassie went back to the witch house to chill in the basement again.

She'd guessed that maybe John Blackwell had been using the channeling spell to rid himself of dark magic. I'm not sure how she made the leap to that, but it seems nice to think that her dad wasn't the villain everyone expects him to be. The problem is that clearly Cassie's dark magic has been a HUGE ADVANTAGE TO HER LIFE. Seriously, chill out, Cassie. Your dark magic is really just "regular magic" that you can't control. (Again, very episode 2). It's also saved lives. Keep it. Use it.

Oh, but Adam and Cassie kissed.

And I mean, Cassie was REALLY going for it:

Which, fine. They kissed. I still think they're half-siblings! They just don't know it yet. Luke and Leia know what I'm talking about.

Hey Jake! He's officially back now. I can't promise you he was in any way jealous of Cassie and Adam's kiss seeing as his romance with her happened in the 15 minutes before he ran off with the witch hunters. But still: Love triangle time! (Is there a version of a triangle where only two corners of it are interesting? I'm not a geometrist.)

Good enough, The Secret Circle. Can't wait to see what happens in Episode Four Twelve!

 

QUESTIONS:

... Do you feel bad for Diana?

... Have you ever accidentally set a $9 dress on fire?

... When Faye was tethering the circle, was Jake rolling around in the driveway outside?

... Are you still haunted by the delicate clomping noises of Cassie's full-throttle prance?

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One of my favorite parts of this episode was when Cassie burned Diana's dress. When Cassie said it was her fault, immediately Diana stares at her with alarmed eyes. AWESOME!! She was even scared.
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C'mon Price no RECAP of the 1/19 episode? It was hands down the best one yet!
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This is funny. :) I do feel bad for Diana, but Cassie and Adam are 'written in the stars'. <3 They're meant for each other! Do you see the look they give each other? a-dorable. But I don't think it can be Adam be her half brother cause they've already kissed and would just be awk. And Jake can't be the half either cause they kissed and that would be awk. SO, I think it's Diana, or Faye. Either will do :)
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I do feel bad for Diana but I'm all for Cassie & Adam. They are meant to be and I <3 them! I definitely don't think they're half siblings, I really hope its Faye & Cassie that are the Blackwell kids. And Jake's got nothing on Adam, there should be no triangle situation.
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agreed with the Jake part! not cool brah! Hahaha it's pretty obvious who she's gonna be with, so why waste the time? :P
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Wait, you're reviewing this? Now, I'm gonna have to watch it... It's too bad though because I' ve already missed the other ones... (and this one, obviously)
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Honestly, if you haven't fallen in already...just stick to the recaps. Save yourself.
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"Wait! May I see your clavicles?"



"Oh, thank GOD."



LOL dude those comments were hilarious! Keep it coming!
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Haha, has anyone mentioned yet about the Dance colour codes?? Pretty sure Diana said you can only wear white or red, yet adam, cassie and pretty much errybody else was wearing black. Seemed like just Faye, Diana and Melissa kept to the colour theme. I thought that was kinda funny. Also, seeing as we dont have school dances here in Ireland, I was wondering could anyone tell me.... Really? Are they real? They actually happen, and have themes and committees and drama where students get killed/almost killed/psycholically damaged????!
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Very real. Now what about those leprechauns?
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I am thinking you are correct about Blackwell seeing as they have cast an actor to play him whether it is in the present or for flashbacks we will have to see!
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1) Diana should not be wasting her time on Adam, she's way to good for him and like you said probably the hottest girl in Washington (besides Faye but it seems like she is taken).

2)I have set my $9 dress on fire.... on PURPOSE!

3)Seems to me that our buddy Jake here wants to play spy and that's fine by me. He was there when faye was tethering the circle, probably behind the fake blood at the voodoo shop, under Diana's bed, on top of the toilets in the girls' bathroom, and obviously hiding in the trunk of Adam's car when he went to find Cassie at the house.

4)Someone please tell Cassie that heels were not made for running, next time she could fall (hint hint*)!
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So these are my thoughts thus far:

The other Blackwell/ancient/dark magic person is likely not Faye. I say this because Faye is ambitious to say the least and has shown immense desire to have independent magic; if she had the dark magic she would have found out she has and she would be using it a lot.



I do not believe Adam and Cassie are in anyway related. Ethan seems as though he truly believes in fate, and if Adam and Cassie are related he would stop anything from happening. I am not even sure where this crap came from because it hasn't been mentioned in any of the episodes.



It is not by accident or lack of backstory that the viewers know nothing of the deceased parents. It is not just Cassie's history we have yet to understand. Their are lineages that have yet to be explored for each of them.



Ethan, not Jake saved Cassie and Melissa. Ethan seems to feel he has to protect Cassie from something; the shoes didn't match if it was Jake that saved the girls.



I think the relationship between Cassie and Diana is a bid odd. The two seem to feel like they are bound to their friendship against all odds. It kind of seems like they are drawn to each other by obligation or blood. With that, when the head witch hunter exposed the second witch with dark magic to Jake, of course Faye seemed obvious, but as I stated I don't think she does. Cassie and Diana are the only two that have their book of magic, besides Jake but that has already been explained why with him being older than Nick. Diana's book specfically at length talks about dark magic; and Diana would have plenty of time to master and understand magic given how long she has had her book.. Diana seems to have quite a bit of control with her magic, even before the binding of the circle. Diana also seems not to want to openly display magic or find any power in it, she also seemed very determined to have the circle bound to control the magic. This seems a good choice given the circle would be the one to challenge her, take away their individual power and they cannot defeat the dark magic. It seems that the one thing that could destroy Cassie and Diana is Adam, love seems to be the root of most quarrels, and what else could make a person choose to use dark magic. Diana and Cassie are equals, and Cassie may be the one deterrent keeping Diana from stepping through the threshold of turning to dark magic.



It has been shown their is a reason for Cassie understanding the possibility of a way to remove the dark magic from within her, what is not so clear is if it was successfully removed from her father, and if it was where did the dark energy go?



On a side note, which I have yet to fully understand, it would take a lot of hatred for Charles to kill Amelia the way he did. There are some definite hostility issues needing to be resolved. It seems odd he would have any resentment for killing Nick if almost by accident, but none for murdering Amelia with no hesitation on any level.
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You know...I'm liking both the Adam/Cassie and Jake/Cassie thing they have going. I have to wonder, however, if that attraction spell is what's going to cause problems on Cassie's end. She'll obviously want both boys but Adam's her secret brother and she won't know if Jake's feelings for her are real or not because of her spell.



1. I do and don't. She made her bed, so she should lie in it, but everytime Shelley Hennig tears up my overemotional heart makes me cry

2.Everytime I was invited to a dance! It's really the only way to get out of going :D

3.Probably. It's really the only convenient reason he followed Cassie into the bathroom after her parking lot epiphany of "Melissa!"

4. Not really. I wish I was that awesome when I run in heels. Mostly you only hear my yowls of pain
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Cassie didn't do the attraction spell, right as she was about to start Diana walked in on her. Besides she wasn't trying to attract Jake to her, she just wanted to bring him back to town to ask him some questions about her dark magic. And Chris Zyllka(the guy that plays Jake) says that Adam is definately not Cassie's other sibling.
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It better not be Adam that's Cassie's sibling that has weird written all over it. My money is still on Faye though. Speaking of said crazy girl she should've known something might go wrong. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. And Jake is back, whoppie -_-.
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It still worth following, but more because I find Diana, Cassie and Faye really hot. The show itself could better and I expected more of it after 11 episodes.



Don't feel too bad for Diana... she rocked that white dress that (almost) left nothing to the imagination. And also, what was up with her very short and sexy dressing gown. Wasn't the slightest bit interested what was going to happen with the 9$ dress.



Kinda liked the romantic scenes between Cassie and Adam... even though Jake is more interesting at the moment.



Liking the set-up that Faye's new buddy has in stored. Keeping her blood and all... hmm, who knows.



Cassie's run and (almost) rescue was hilarious!! Was she running or stumbling across the dance floor??



Curious about next week's, but they definitely have to step it up a gear if the wanna be a TVD contender.



Grz

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SPECULATION ON MYSTERY SIBLING - skip to next message if you don't want to read any theorizing :D













I've been thinking about the powerdrain and why it affected everyone *except* Cassie, and I'm wondering if Lee isn't a lot better at voodoo than he's let on, and has a plan to use Faye for some nefarious purpose that he can't accomplish with his voodoo but that she could do if she had individual magic.



You said that dark magic is just magic you can't control, but the way they're setting things up, I don't think that's right. They talk about how dark magic as something that can "overtake" someone, like it has some kind of consciousness to it that pushes the person who possesses it further towards evil whenever they use it. Dark magic also seems to be considerably stronger than "normal" magic. That combination - pushing the person towards evil and being incredibly strong - would make it something very dangerous to mess with and could get out of control VERY easily.



So, back to Lee and Faye. I think he wants to help her get individual power so that he can control her and achieve whatever aims it is he has, but he knows that if she gets it from dark magic, she could gain so much power that he wouldn't be able to have the control over her he wants, and that she could turn into a very dangerous person.



When the powerdrain occurred, both Adam and Diana seemed to get weak to about the same degree, but it seemed like Melissa was much more badly affected by it. I didn't recall seeing her hit her head on anything as she fell, and as soon as Faye undid the spell, Adam and Diana recovered and were able to get out of the school. Melissa, however, was still incapacitated. I'm thinking that while the necklace prevented Faye from being able to tap into any of Cassie's power, it seemed like she tapped into *more* of Melissa's powers, which could indicate Melissa has additional power of her own - say, dark magic? It'd be a LOT less icky if *she* wound up being Blackwell's other child than if it turned out to be Adam, and it would still be unexpected - especially since Cassie is white and Melissa is black (or, if I'm right, mixed race.)



So that's my theory on that :D
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Melissa hit her head on the bathroom counter as she was falling down if I recall correctly, but I'm not completely sure. It is possible that she is the other Blackwell child though because she does look to be of mixed race.
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The slow pace isn't doing TSC any favours right now. My problem with KW shows at this point is the whole confined-to-one-town, super-priveleged-kids-at-the-center-of-it-alll thing. He seems to have issues, in his shows, with diversifying his characters to an extent that they become more than 'The smart one', 'The brooding one', 'The new one' etc. Even in TVD, his best character to date has been Klaus. A bad guy. It's like the writers for his shows don't care enough aout making the audience care about their characters. People who love TVD love Caroline, and Damon - people who have been antagonists at one time or another. Similarly with TSC, we love Faye. Thanks to Shelley Henning, we also love 'The Smart One', Diana, for being so darn nice, but really, I have an issue with the characterisation on both shows. I wouldn't mind Meliss'as absence so much if there were someone else from the circle who were absent as much, and the writers spent the time they had developing a couple of characters at a time. The pace they're using is a great pace with which to develop the world, establish relationships etc, but these relationships are ones we've all seen before, with the exception of maybe Diana and Cassie, and they don't seem all the interested in introducing us to the world, or making us care. I have a respect for Cassie at this point, but in TVD, despite all Elena goes through, I fail to give a crap about her as a character.



Likewise, the bad guys in KW shows seem to be a big issue. With the exception of Klaus, all the 'villans' in TVD have been either too boring to keep around, or were just downsized to recurring characters. Even Klaus is rather lack luster. He shows up anywhere and everywhere. I get no sense of danger from him, mainly because I know he'll never kill Damon or Stefan, who are the main characters, or Elena, who annoys me to death anyway so it doesn't really matter. He might kill Bonnie, or Tyler, or any of the background characters, but unless it's Caroline or Matt, I don't CARE. There's no sense of danger. It's the same with TSC. The stakes aren't high enough. We know that, apart from the Nick incident, they'll probably never kill of any of the rest of the circle. And currently there's no specific bad guy. It annoys me. I can see the pull of a show like TVD or TSC, with the KW mark, but for me, it can be a LITTLE off putting.
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I think Ethan (Adam's dad) is John Blackwell and that's why there isn't any record of him, so I do think Adam and Cassie could be siblings.
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They've JUST cast John Blackwell actually haha, but that was a cool theory. However, despite the whole idea that John Blackwell was eeevil, I think pushing his two children into a relationship with one another is taking that arc a LITTLE too far. For me, anyway.
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haha yes that would be some pretty messed up incestuous plotline
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For a character that pretty much transitions from being bitchy to snarky the entire time, why is it that I like Faye so much? Maybe it's because I realize how boring this show would be without her. Seriously, imagine The Secret Circle WITHOUT Faye. You can't do it can you? She's the antagonistic firecracker that keeps things interesting. It's possible I could just be mesmerized by the sheer power of her beauty (I am a guy after all), but I don't think so. She's simply awesome. TEAM FAYE!
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Agreed. Faye gets on my nerves most of the time but can't imagine the show w/o her.
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Oh, believe me, sir, I could...not imagine this show without Faye, but only with the rest of the cast being who they are now. Faye is over-the-top stupid and reckless, but she's needed because the rest of them are over-the-top nothing. What the hell happened to the other Not-Cassies wanting to understand and cultivate their powers?



They couldn't *wait* for Clopclop to come to town so they could finally get their circle up and running...so they could do...what? Faye broke their new hookup immediately with her idiocy and scared the rest of them into binding their powers.



*Even* then, the point of the horribly-written binding was to get them to work together, which they could only do when someone was trying to kill them. All they had to do was sit together in their magic shack after school and work on their powers. With just a little work and cooperation, anything could've happened at this point. They wouldn't have even needed Cassie after she clopclopped out of the room for the x-teenth time; all they needed was each other.



But noo. Adam had to obsess about a girl with a permanent look of confusion on her face, Diana had to forget that she's the hottest girl on the show (TEAM DIANA!!) and obsess about Adam's obsession, Faye had to be so bitchy about losing the powers she had, she couldn't work on the powers she could gain, Nick had to be a drug-pushing mingehound, and Melissa...yeah.



It's brilliant writing, isn't it? Cassie, the character that can do everything, is the one that doesn't want to do anything.



*So,* Faye is currently a needed hootchie of character (with awesome cheekbones), but it's only because her over-the-top failure fills the gaps left by characters who aren't doing their share. Diana could easily fill the powerful evil bitch role once Adam limped into Cassie's bed, and Adam could've been more interested in his own powers...and not Cassie's bed. Melissa could...yeah.
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I cannot say enough (okay I have said it more than necessary but I don't care) the other characters need development. It cannot just be solely about Cassie, and thanks to Faye's character she can't not be a scene stealer but if she weren't so "Faye" she'd come off just as lackluster as the others, which is a shame, because you have decent actors, with potentially great characters if they were given some more depth.
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Faye works fine for what she is, but there's also something to be said for subdued bitchy, which is no more valid than over-the-top bitchy, but no less. The one who schemes with a cooler head, and actually gets more results and less consequences. It's just another unexplored avenue...along with most other avenues this show doesn't explore.



Watching this show is often like watching a rainbow with two colors.
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Damn straight. I'm a girl with an itsy bitsy girl crush on Britt Robertson (I decided she was awesome when I found out she'd dressed as Luigi for Halloween), yet despite the fact that I think she's awesome, and Cassie is far better main character than most teen shows have..without the Faye character, we have a main character that doesn't no what to do unless in danger, two sensible circle members, a heartbroken circle member, and Jake, who isn't yet as prominent as he should be. It would be very boring indeed.
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This show is ridiculous but it keeps me entertained. I am happy that Jake is back though since I love looking at him! He's sooo prettiful!
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Omigod! Now that Adam and Clopclop are starting to get----ZZZZZZZZZZZZ



I *totally* feel bad for Diana. I guess it's true what imaginary people say: brains, beauty, and a killer bod just don't buy you happiness.



I think I like episodes better when they don't involve the parents. Adam's dad was around, but he didn't actually do anything, which is always better than having Adam take care of him. I also liked that Dawn, the Principal of the school, had absolutely nothing to do with a dance at her school that involved her witch daughter and her four witch frenemies. That part wasn't sarcastic; I really like not having her around...it was just stupid that she wasn't.



I do hope they're done with dances for a few weeks, though.



I kinda liked the episode overall. Melissa went and did her Irrelevance Shuffle in the bathroom, but not before taking her Robin act over to Green Lantern instead of Batman. Baby steps...I can accept that.
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First of all, let me just say how much I enjoy your photo recaps!! I wish I would have found them sooner! I have been watching The Secret Circle and the Vampire Diaries since the beginning and I just discovered these recaps this week. Your captions crack me up! Too funny and so true!



This may be way off but maybe Issac was insinuating that Nick was the other child of Blackwell. I mean, he was a part of the circle and Jake did say in the Masked episode that when oa witch is killed (if not done right, which drowing is not the way to kill a witch correctly, apparently) their magic can be transferred to the rest of a circle. Sogic maybe if Nick were the other Blackwell child, his "dark" magic was given to the rest of the circle, so maybe they all have a little dark magic in them. Not as much as Cassie of course. Its possible. Its probably a long shot but you never know! I am just trying to think of anything that eliminates Jake. I will be so effing pissed if he turns out to be her brother. I dont think I could watch it anymore if thats where they are going. First off, thats gross. Secondly, I love me some Cake. I cant stand to see Adam and Cassie together. I cant ship them AT ALL. Adam gives off a creeper vibe.



And I dont blame Cassie, I would have kept my shoes on too. I mean, did you see all of that glass/ice that fell. I wouldnt want to be running on that. Ouch! I cant wait for next week and the one after that! Have you seen pictures from 1x13 "Medallion" Looks good! I think they are initiating Jake into the circle, or binding him in? Thats what it looks like anyways!
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did you realize you said sister instead of brother in "Speaking of which, I still refuse to believe that Adam isn't Cassie's sister."



Man, Grey Damon finds work fast. From Friday Night Lights to Chloe King to The Secret Circle in a year.. other male actors must hate him. I don't think that unusual that they didn't know the address, Cassie didn't drive there, Adam took her the first time then the whole running away and making raindrops float thing happened so they probably have to walk through woods to get there. makes it more magical or something? so they probably just drive and walk from memory. Diana said that you had to wear white or red, so why are so many peolpe wearing different colors than the dress codes states? and to be fair, the first dress did turn a different color.. with the flames and whatnot.
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So if Lee's voodoo thing only affected non-black magic holders, does this mean that the second dark child is not one of them?

blah blah, Adam, blah blah... I am such an Adam h8tr!!

Melissa is pathetic, Faye treats her like garbage!
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Also, I don't think Cassie's expression when Ethan looked at her after the fire did her any favours. It was almost like she was thinking "Yeah, I'm evil, what of it?"
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Great recap!! I think my favorite part was when Cassie was talking to Ethan, "Are you crying?" No! Too funny!

1) I'm not sure I trust Diana! I remember in the beginning it was like "hey, my bf has the hots for you, do you want to be besties?" And she is obviously still hiding her true feelings, but if she were the other sibling, I think Grandma Kate would have noticed by now!

2) Think the $9 dress was way better than Cassie's outfit!

3) So for like a second, I started thinking what if they are all Blackwells children? They were dropping like flies! Don't know where Jake was!

4) I would have kicked those things off!

I think it's weird that Ethan keeps saying all of that stuff about the stars because if he and Amelia had followed their "destiny" then Adam and Cassie would be siblings, then what would the stars say?

Luke and Leia know what I'm talking about!" Loved it!
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Also, last comment, but can I point out that TVD was as bad - if not worse - as TSC is now in it's run? I think Kevin's shows just take a while to get going. They hint at what's to come, but in a rather misguiged move, he seems to make the writers introduce the world in - as you said - a procedural-esque manner, up until a certain point. Now, the writing is still awful. I hope they fire whatever person thought Melissa's first question after waking up on the grass - assuming her last memory is of hurtling towards a bathroom floor - would be if Cassie or a fireman had brought her out. Melissa wasn't even consious during the fire. And the whole "Let's briefly discuss what happened in previous episodes that are relevant to this episode" thing they got going at the start of every episode annoys me. Can't they just do the 'previously on' thing and then jump right in, instead of doing both?
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Oh, wow. I'm sorry. That comment was way too long. To anyone who suffers through it, I'm sorry. They felt like valid points that had to be made. So I made them. By writing a damn novel. *Le sigh*
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No worries, luv. I tend to do the same thing myself. Something I keep trying to work on. But I read through it all and you made some really good points. I agree with most of it. I too am one of those fans who wants to see more from Adam because he has potential as a character but its just lacking right now. And yeah...I just want to see more stuff going on...it does seem more like stuff is happening to them rather than them actually doing anything. And the pace is positively glacial.
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Haha. It's a slow pace, but I'm holding a firm grip on my hope that they've simply mastered the art of mini-hints. I keep hoping one of the episodes will suddenly explode with ideas they had planted since the pilot, character arcs you don't see coming, danger that actually makes you fear for the characters...it's, as I've said, a Kevin Williamson show. It will always take a whole to get to where it's going. But I hope that once TSC gets there, it'll hit the ground running.
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I'm hoping along with you!
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Wasn't bad, really. I'd say Adam's character has dropped down to Jacob levels, and I'd say we don't miss the parents half because they're parents, and the other half because they're as puny as everyone else. Everyone's puny and no one's awesome.



Again, I ask where would TVD be if Stefan and Damian showed up in town and lost all their powers in a couple weeks?



Damian: "If we work together in everything we do, we can kinda be Vampires again!"



Stefan: "Except that I hate you."



Damian: "Yeah...there is that, isn't there? I wonder if Obama ever feels this way."
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I think, at one point, the whole 'Let the circle be unbroken' approach was good for setting up a sense of sensebility in the circle. Now, though, that illusion has been a little shattered, and I think it's smothering a few exciting possibilitied for the direction they could take this show. However, I hold out hope that they have some interesting twists up their sleves - they showed promise in the first few episodes, and it seems they might be building to something. But they're building a bit too high at this point, and that's a wall they won't be able to get over if they don't hurry the hell up. So, yeah. I agree, is what I guess I'm trying to say.
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Exactly. We just want them to dooo something. People doing things are a lot more interesting than people who just have things done around them.



It's like the great poet, Stone Cold Steve Austin, once said, "Do Unto Others." And hell, it doesn't even have to be others. They could go out on a boat and...part the sea, or something. Can't cost more than burning an auditorium down.
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Something about the promo for next weeks episode tells me that a boat features. Quite prominently, in fact.



The show TSC could learn some lessons from is Supernatural. In it's first Season, Supernatural wasn't exactly stellar, but it had the right idea: introduce us to the world, the characters, the relationships, and show them doing what they do best. It had a good enough pace, considering it wasn't aq great first Seasons (especially weighing it against some later Seasons). TSC could really learn a thing or two. These witches are doing littler or nothing. Cassie's looking, but not that far. Adam's lurking, but for what? Melissa's hurting, but for how much longer? Diana continues to grow with each episode, and Faye is fun, but these characters need to be more human. No one can sit on their hands or twiddle their thumbs or wait for revelations for that long.

Luckily, the next episode seems to be taking a big leap in the right direction.
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1). I feel bad for her in so far as the guy she loves is destined to be with her best friend. But she stopped fighting for him, so that takes some of the sympathy away. I don't want to sound cruel, I just think she made her decision, and now she'll have to learn to live with it. (Until the writers want to bring Adam back to her for a while.)

2). I recently poured a lot of ketchup and tobasco on a white dress that cost maybe twenty euro? But that wasn't accidental, I was trying to zombify it. So the answer is, no, however, I have an irrelevant story to compensate.

3). I don't know what Jake was doing at all here. This episode takes place in one day, right? So...he appears ominously outside a window. He was in his bedroom at some point, too. (question: that was originally Nick's house, correct? I'm assuming Nick was neither old enough nor rich enough to be able to live home alone, so my question is, what the hell happened to the people who had been looking after him? And how can Jake afford that house?) And then he shows up at the dance, only to disappear and reappear soon after at the woodshack (I'm just gonna call it that from now on. A shack beside the woods. The witches woodshack.) So, I have NO IDEA what else Jake could have been doing besides arranging is deep-V's from his regular V's.

4). I don't get why the writers don't realize that people with the same kind of logic Cassie has wouldn't toss her shows off. It's not that hard to take of shoes. It doesn't take the same amount of time to take off your shoes as it would to, say, run through a burning school to find a passed-out witch in the bathrooms. She's have had time, writers.



I absolutely believe, without a doubt, that the sibling will NOT be Jake, nor will it be Adam. Only because it has been stated that the writers are steering clear of incest. I'm happy about that. I don't mind this love triangle too much. I just want them to explore Adam and Jake's relationship a little. As with Diana and Cassie, I think it would work to the shows advantage to develop something of a friendship, or a mutual respect, between those characters. I don't want them to be besties. However, I do believe that once the love triangle is resolved - and I'm hoping this one isn't dragged out too long, for more than two Season's at least - that they have a basis for a friendship. As I said last week, TSC needs bromance.



However. It says that Cassie's magic is too powerful to steal. As we all know, she isn't the only child of Blackwell. Assuming Faye isn't the sibling, it strikes me that Melissa, Diana, and Adam were each effected by that spell. If one of them had dark magic, then surely they would have been fine, right? So...Jake? I hope not. I really hope not. He's still a part of the circle. We can be sure he was close enough when this took place (rolling around in the driveway), but we didn't see him at all. He HAS preformed solo magic. Unless these are some major plotholes, I'm fearing it may be Jake. If not, then I'm going to say it's Faye, and she just hasn't tapped into her abilities yet. Personally, I want it to be Diana or Melissa. But, logically, following the eventes of this episode, it HAS to be either Jake of Faye.



A major issue I have is Adam's character. Thomas Dekker - who I love - is stuck with a ever so slightly creepy character. Only because he's so damn intense. They need to lighten him him. He needs to be more Thomas Dekker-y. Likewise with Cassie, they need to revisit her humourous side. I know for a fact Britt Robertson herself is pretty funny (alright, I'm basing this on Life Unexpexted bloopers, but still). Faye has her anti-hero thing down. Melissa is awesome when she has screentime. Diana is a good nice-girl, and isn't boring me yet. Jake is the best. I love Cassie's character, but if they make her too humorless, it'll ruin everything. Adam, though, is the one they need to work on.



I didn't miss Dawn and Charles at all in this episode. My hopes for their return is that they have an appropriate relationship shift. According to the description for the coming episode, they will be at war, with each character attempting to get Ethan (yay!) on side. I predict he won't want part in either of their schemes, but this may spell trouble for him, especially where Dawn is concerned. She's not someone you can count on to worry about anyone besides herself or her daughter, so I'd say pretty much anyone from Chance Harbour will be at risk if Dawn doesn't get her way. Charles did half-drown Ethan in the pilot, he killed Cassies's mom, and has since killed Nick, a kid. The difference between him and Dawn is that I think Charles has a chance at redeeming himself - or, at least, becomming a better person. You can't fix taking someone's mother from them. You can't fix killing a child (I hope to see Jake find out about that, by the way, and see what happens). But we've seen him be remorseful, so I'm not as worried about him as I am Dawn. I hope Ethan lives past this Season. The multi-generational arc will work well if they make him a bit more of a regular on the show. His character contrasts well with those of the schemeing Dawn and the conflicted Charles.



I hope we'll see Holden again. He offered an interesting insight into Melissa's charatcer. Who, by the way, I hope stays single for a while. I've been warming to TVD recently, but I remain extremely incsulted by the number of characters who have lost romantic interests and, yet, are back in the loveshack again within two, three episodes. It does my head in. It's not even JUST TVD, it's teen shows in general, and it would be insanely insulting to Melissa AND Nick's characters for the writers to bring on a romantic interest for Melissa so soon. However, she does need an arc soon. If my theory is correct, she is not the sibling. If my hopes pull through for me, she'll stay single until at LEAST the end of this Season. So they need to do something creative with that character, and soon, that doesn't involve magic. I'm hoping we meet some of her family soon, that might open up a few doors, both for her, and the multigenerational aspect of the show.



Now...the promo. It looks liek we'll be making some headway story-line wise next week. Cassie looking into Jake's memories? Yes please! However, it makes it look like he's a baby there, doesn't it? Maybe a year? Isn't he about two years older than Nick? If Jake was a one year old baby the time his parents died, then Nick wasn't his brother. Further evidence that Jake must be the sibling. But then, who was Nick's parents? I don't know, I probably just need to watch the promo again. Also, it was awesome. Old, ominous boats don't feature in teen shows enough.
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Actually, I think that at the time of the fire Jake was 2/3. Jake can perform solo magic because only his bloodline is tied to the circle, in order for him to officially become part of the circle they would need to redo the whole circle binding process, that's when he'd lose his individual magic.

Oh and as far as Nick's house goes he lived with his aunt and uncle, but I assume that they most go out of town a lot or something because Melissa has a key, and Cassie most know where the spare key is, because she was able to get in.
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Either that, or people don't like locking their doors in this show. Bad idea for anyone outsied of Canada. That;s the only place in the world you can get away with that.
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So, I went back and watched Wake. Nick lived with his aunt, and Jake said that she went out of town when Nick died. Guess she couldn't handle it. Point being with all his awesome solo witchy powers you'd think that Jake would at least know the basic normal human thing of locking his front door.
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I wonder if Dawn might try a little dark magic "extraction" process herself (she seems desperate enough, or at least when I re-watch the first few episodes). Enjoyed the recap and the episode! Oh, does anyone know the name of that pretty piano/violin song (towards the end with them in the car, and then continues with faye)? Thanks!
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Some say that Faye using the extraction could possibly be history repeating itself. Dawn did summon a demon during the fire 16 years ago, and maybe she might have needed dark magic to do it. Which ended up causing the fire. i guess we'll know more about that in this week's new episode.
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1)Of course!I can't believe Adam asked her to do sth like that!I hope Diana realizes she can do a lot better than that guy very soon!!

2)This comment is on a public web page so yeah,it was a total accident!!;)

3)He looked pretty okay to me!He actually went inside and rescued 2 girls!Unless he had sth to do with Cassie passing out!How come he didn't faint too when he went in the gym,grabbed them and got them out?!

4)The neighbours are still haunted by my laughter when I read this part of the recap!

I don't wanna say 'I told you so' but we still don't know what happened to C's grandmother's car!And I hate to rain on your parade,but I don't think Adam is Cassie's brother.I think it's either Diana or Faye!Don't forget that Dawn had a thing for Blackwell,too.I adore Faye but she took it too far this time!Cheers!
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Yeah, I also don't think there's a Luke/Leah thing going on here. but then again, the surprise sibling/parent storyline is a favorite amongst writers...
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Ok really 1 last thing this time, I promise.

-No, SHE broke up with him. He tried for weeks to get her back. So what is he supposed to do? Pine over her forever?? The asking permission thing was kinda douchy, but it shows he's human, and not a perfect goody 2 shoes.

-No, but I burnt a $7 Ninja Turtle action figure when I younger (Rocksteady)..

-Lol. I didn't even think of that. Probably!

-Hahaha--what?!!?
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Oh, one last thought. Why is it that all of Lee's rituals involve Faye disrobing?? Next week on TSC:



Lee: I know how you can get your individual powers back.



Faye: Really, HOW? Tell me!



Lee: Get half naked, and I'll show you.



Faye: Shut up!



Lee. No, seriously.....I know these things--I'm a voodoo priest.
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If Diana was Cassie's half-sister whe wouldn't have been affected by the spell (like Cassie), right?
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Good point.
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....And this weeks mandatory bitchy comment from Faye to Melissa--Ok, I'm paraphrasing here, but basically Melissa was warning Faye (like a good friend would) about Lee (whose shadyness btw, makes Jake look like Lisa Simpson)>>



"And you know, cuz you have such great taste in guys..."



Zing! The ol' diss your bff's dead boyfriend! And Melissa is still loyal to her, even after SHE ALMOST DIED!!! Everyone needs a friend as loyal as Melissa. Damn, girl has a heart of gold. I'm just waiting for her to stand up for herself a little more.
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That specific scene right when Faye left off and they showed Melissa all angry and pressing the button and turning on the lamp by herself, I wonder if that's a foreshadowing of her being the second child. It seemed symbolic in a way. Hmm...
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Adam: How wasted r u right now?



Ethan: Zero wasted.



LOL!!
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I enjoyed the recap more than the episode. : ) Clip Clop...Oh cassie, who wears clamdiggers and pumps to a school dance?LOL! Shout out to Sally in the wasteland.



I'm glad Ethan's back. I still think he's interesting and could be the one adult to really further them along. The ignoring witchcraft thing is getting old quickly...It isn't even plausible for them to ignore such a huge Shadow book having elephant in the room. I mean it isn't obvious that all the kids of the last circle hang out everyday?Ethan appears as though he may venture into trying to mentor them...maybe, after he debates whether or not it's worth it to risk his life like that. But Dawn and Charles are even more disturbing because they know it's going on, are trying to benefit from it, but have left these kids virtually unprepared with powers they aren't sure about etc. That's kind of scary...and negligent. Is there a Witch Protective Services or something? I'd like to file a report.



I felt kinda bad for Diana but she broke up with him. And I feel bad for Adam because dude needs somebody. That kid's lost. His moments with Cassie were awkward and I just want him to have more fleshing out as a character because...ugh. He's become the running joke of TSC and I love him too much for that. I don't think they're related...and I still think they could have chemistry...down the line.But I do think this episode convinced me that Diana is the one half sib. She seems both intrigued and repulsed by the idea of Dark Magic. Her Book of Shadows had dark magic stuff in it too, I wouldn't put it past them to add another layer to the love quad by having Adam stuck between two "sisters", Charles' current rep and hints at the past suggest that he wasn't exactly the guy girls were drooling over (why?I have no idea) but he is the guy you can manipulate and possibly sucker into marrying you and taking care of an illegitimate love child. Plus..I still can't get past his reaction when he found Diana's Book of Shadows...as if it was his first time seeing it..which suggests it wasn't his and he didn't see his wife's?Ever? faye is too obvious.There was something else that I've since forgotten but definitely think it's Diana.



So is there hope that Faye's quest for dark magic lasts a bit longer? Because they wrapped up her power trip entirely too fast for my liking. I don't like Lee but if it means that Faye will be the one other character who won't drown in excessive Cassie-dom then I'm all for it. I like Cassie...but I also like the other characters and I want to see more from them, but we can't if they keep getting overshadowed by Cassie and her storylines. It's one thing to have the big things going on with her father and the dark magic, but at least give up the small moments...Cassie didn't have to be the only BAMF to run in and save Melissa just to lead to some vaguely useless rescue scene when they planned on using Jake to interrupt the Cadam kiss anyways.Faye's speech though...kinda awesome...and on point, I mean she gets on my nerves with her antics but can't disagree with her assessment on how tolerant they are of Cassie. The girl goes down fighting. I like it.



I think it was evident that this show was a filler episode and it was also circa episode four or something. I wasn't particularly moved and at some point started wondering if I finished the laundry and was making plans for tomorrow night's dinner.I think it may help if I don't watch it so soon after watching TVD...since that episode was awesome. I did like the interaction between Diana and Melissa though...and the fact that Ethan returned....or even that they tried using magic for everyday things again. I'm definitely looking forward to next week's episode though.That should give us some answers...hopefully.
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i totally think it diana is the best choice for the other blackwell kid, cuz i could totally see her entering into a downward spiral over cassie and adam and becoming the major antaganist... eispcally if she figures out her dark magic in secret and tries and starts using and gets currupted before anyone else even knows about it..... who doesn't love to watch a good charicter go bad
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By the way, whoever mentioned that Diana is the Caroline of this show, I completely agree. After Fire/Ice I was thinking the same thing, and there's going to be a lot that can be done with her character over time.
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I am actually now more then ever certain that Jake is Cassie's brother. When Fay drew on the circle magic, everyone - Melissa, Diana and Adam- except for Cassie were affected, because she has independent magic which saved her from feeling drained as well. Now, we can only assume that there are two people left who still possibly can have "dark", independent magic: Fay who was doing the "draining" and so couldn't be affected, and Jake, because we didn't see how he reacted. And Fay is way too obvious. I think that the connection Cassie and Jake feel is not about love, but the bond of family.
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Great job!



1) Yes, I do. After having a relationship with Adam for such a long time, it must hurt seeing him fall for her best friend. Altough, a best friend would go rather: 'Hey girl, I'm kind of freaked out by your dark magic' not 'aren't you scared of my best friend's dark majic?' to someone else;



2) No, but I almost burned the kitchen...twice. In my defence, I was 12 year-old;



3) Lol, don't think so, he was busy stalking Cassie. Every guy's stalking a girl in this movie;



4) Nope, never was really.

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price, a pure genious!!! :] love all ur recaps!!!!
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Good episode and funny recap!
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Um guys I'm getting a little tired of the comparisons to TVD. a) Because not all of us watch TVD so we have no idea wtf you are talking about, and more importantly b) they are different shows. If they weren't different TSC would be called The Witches Diaries. Let's all move on shall we.
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Different shows, similar premise, and writing and such. It's the sister show and all. I don't think the comparasions to it are necessairly a bad thing, and I can understand where it can be annoying if you don't watch it. I also know that they arent the same show but it's kinda of like comparing anything within the same genre..especially when they share a concept and creators. TVD often is compared to Twilight a great deal and for those mature viewers who watch TVD and True Blood...they make that comparasion too. It's kind of an inevitable comparasion...it's hard not to if you watch both. : )
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As for who is Cassie's half sibling .. i think you're right Fay would be way to obvious considering we already know her Mom once dated/had a crush on Blackwell. Diana just seems like a boring choice. Adam but would be kidn of an icky choice for the CW - maybe on cable but not so much on the CW considering how much time they spent developing Adam's feelings for Cassie. So it leaves me with either Nick and Jake are Cassie's half siblings (which again is kind of ick but at least they only relaly spent one episode with Cassie and Jake have a crush on eachother.) It kind of makes sense, they're all blond and light skinned and why else would the with hunter make it such a point to tell Jake Cassie's not the only child of blackwell as they slowly drifted away on their boat. That seems like the better choice to me. Or it could be Melissa (it could happen she has light skin.) We know nothing about her parents yet and it would give her a storyline. Might be kind of fun to see her turn evil one day - she did a good job on Smallville.
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I really liked this episode. Like a lot. But this Thursday's episode that's coming "Witness" is the episode I have been waiting for since the description was revealed and since the show started. We're finally going to witness (get it?) what happened 16 years ago, and not through just a traditional flashback, but through mind travel! Or in this case, going through Jake's memory as a child to what happened during that catastrophic day. And the promo for it just excites me every time I see it.



By the way, "Whoops, never mind You look disgusting" had me cracking up! It was laugh out loud funny.



I liked this episode for a lot of things though. Cassie and Diana embracing their witch-selves and trying to do a fun spell on Diana's dress. Even though it went up in flames, it was still nice to see!



The Diana and Melissa reflecting back on what their friendship used to be like before Faye and Adam came in (very realistic) gave me more likeness for both of them. It was really nice seeing them talk to each other and even admit how they feel about Faye and Cassie. It was an honest moment.



I don't think Adam will turn out to be Cassie's half-sibling, but in this episode I actually felt the chemistry between the two of them in that last moment. I'm surprised you didn't mention how they sort of recreated the almost-kissing scene from the Pilot. It had the same background music and a light in between them just like when they almost kissed in the forest. Jake walking in was great though! It left me wanting more. (I mean did you see the promo for the next episode!?)



Faye opening her lock as soon as she got power back was just priceless! I loved it. It was just one of those lol moments, but it was still great execution. I definitely think that the Circle will be getting back their individual power soon, before the season is over. And knowing that SOMEONE is coming in episode 15 and not in a flashback tells me that this second half of the season is really picking up the story line now.



So far, this second half of the season is stronger than the first half, and I look forward to seeing how it ends up. I think the writers are really now delving into the story of the show, even though they should have done it from the start, I'm glad they are fixing their mistakes and getting into it now and fast. As for that engraving on the ceiling, I don't think that's the last we'll see of it.



Something I thought this episode reiterated is that the Circle is making the same mistakes their parents made 16 years ago, and Jake being the witness to that, he's finally decided to step out of the shadows and warn them about it.



OI! I can't wait for Thursday's episode. We finally get to find out what happened 16 years ago. And also, SOMEONE IS COMING! Price, you know what I'm talking about.
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Sorry Price, I forgot to mention what a great recap this was - again! I can say, with all honesty, your recaps are more entertaining than the show itself.



...Yes I do feel sorry for Diana, although she put herself in this situation, she needs to listern to Mellisa and move on (and hopefully introduce a new character).

...Surprisingly, no.

...LOL. Never even thought about him whilst the others were dropping (I bet the writers didn't either).

...LOL again! She really can't run, so to make her attempt it in 37 inch heels just seems cruel.
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This shows biggest problem was starting the pilot with a group of "friends" that all knew the collective secret and having thier parents as the ones "kept in the dark" despite the fact that most/all of the parents used to be witches themselves. What made The Vampire Diaries interesting in the beginning was the interaction between the friends that knew the secrets and those that didn't. The Secret Circle has completely screwed this up. All the characters know that the group are a circle of witches, so why continue with the pretense?



They also made some fundamental error's with the character creation and subsequent casting. Faye/Tonkin, Cassie/Robertson and Diana/Hennig all seem like perfect fits, but the others are either poorly writen characters (Mellisa, all of the parents, Jake to some extent) or they have the wrong actor (Thomas Dekker as Adam and some of the parents). Now, this isn't as black and white as I'm making it sound, for instance would Mellisa be a better character if someone else played the part? Possibly, but we'll never know, my point is that I think they made mistakes (possibly out of haste) at the very outset of this show.



With this in mind, the show is doing a good job just to stay interesting enough, from week to week, for me to keep watching. But I am getting tired of the sloppy mistakes and poor dialogue. Price raised some good examples when pointing out that the teenagers should know every single word of their books by now, and that house where they meet shouldn't hold any surprises what-so-ever. For the writers to keep using these in this fashion is very lazy. A good example of the poorly writen dialogue was when Mellisa woke up from her concusion/smoke inhalation (rather conveiniently at the same time as Cassie) and asked how she got outside and if it was a Fireman that helped them, rather than the more obvious question "what the heck happened". She was, afterall, knocked unconcious before the fire even started. The writers have a quite horrible habit of using dialogue to get to a point, even if that dialogue is completely unnatural in that situation or completely out of characters for the person saying it.



I could carry on in this way for some time, so I'll stop here. I'm considering giving up on this show (like I did once already) but I have to admit I'm becoming more invested in the fate of both Faye and Diana, and to a lesser extent Cassie. I hope the writing improves quickly and more characters are added to provide a buffer between the witchcraft (which is still strangely lacking) and the normal lives of the circle - and as a bonus, it could provide us with some more characters to be bothered about.
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I agree with the point about the circle trying to keep everything a secret. It bugs the hell out me that the interaction between the kids and their parents is so poor. Here we have a group of teens who have just figured out that they are witches, but not knowing what to do. And they know about the terrible past of the last circle, but the parents refuse to talk about it! WTF?! 90% of their problems right now could be solved if they just sat down with their parents and talked about it.



The parents, knowing what magic can do at its worst, should understand that sharing about the past is in their best interest, because they need to protect their children. And Adam's dad, who is supposed to be a good guy, completely refused to talk about the past even though Cassie straight out asked him. Doesn't the circle find it a little odd that the parents haven't taught them anything yet? If I really wanted some information from my parents and they refused to give it using some lame excuse like "I'm protecting you", I wouldn't just go "OK, let's leave it at that then". So many times when the circle has screwed around with some question they didn't know, a voice in my head has been screaming: "Just ask your fucking parents!!"



It's annoying how so often characters in shows which are aimed at a younger audience are so weak. They are too much like victims that react only when they are pushed. No one takes any precautions or prepare for what's to come. The circle has just learned that they f-ing witches! WITCHES! If I belonged to a group like that I would sit down with the others in a room over a weekend and decide about all the things that need to be done, what is off limits, and how to protect ourselves against enemies. But the circle has done nothing, everything comes as a surprise to them. They just look in their books and go "I don't understand what this means", and throw it aside.
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(Is there a version of a triangle where only two corners of it are interesting? I'm not a geometrist.) Lol there is. Matt/Caroline/Tyler but that's now over, and also there's a triangle that isn't interesting at all, and that's the main one in TVD lol.



I died at Clip-clop lol



And I thought the same thing about Faye. Like, you got individual powers and you open a locker? -.-



Hahah I like how when you first started writing TVD recaps, you couldn't remember which brother is Stefan and which one is Damon, and yet you remembered the name of some useless girl in TSC? I didn't even remember her name. But I guess it's Sally.





WHAT WAS CASSIE WEARING? o.O



I like Adam, he's so desperate and it's hilarious. And when he kissed Cassie, it looked so awkward and it was funny.



Although, you seem to think Adam and Cassie don't have chemistry and yet you ship Delena? Delena is so forced, I can't even.... At least you should've given Adam/Cassie some gifs :P



It was also funny when they couldn't even color a simple dress into another color lmao



Now your questions:



1. I don't feel bad for Diana. She broke up with Adam. What more does she want? He wanted to be with her but she refused, so move on girl.

2. I didn't set a dress on fire, but I set my hair on fire in a church once.



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If there is yet another boring ep ending with Jake appearing for 3 seconds, i am dropping this show...
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Didn't you see the promo for the next episode? Jake's in it alright, even little Jake!
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Good news - i missed the promo....
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clip clop clip clop. LOL
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They need a new male lead. Jake, Lee, anyone. Adam is just ... uh! What the hell? How creepy is his 'we are meant to be together' thing? How old are you, kid? Don't you think you are too young to stalk people with such ideas?

And yes, he and Cassie have no chemistry whatsoever. He was OK with Diana, mostly because she is awsome. But with Cassie it's is a disaster.
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