The Secret Circle: Total Recall (PHOTO RECAP)

Sometime over the holidays my dad and I were discussing our shared fondness for Natasha Henstridge—my family saw Species and Species II (!) in theaters—so I brought to his attention that she currently had a new gig on the CW called The Secret Circle and his eyes lit up. He hadn't heard of TSC (or, let's be honest, the CW) and asked whether he'd like it or not, and I frankly didn't know what to say. This is a problem I've run into with other people who ask whether this very CW show about teenage witches is worth their time, and if so, what episode should they jump in on? I never know how to respond. "Well, the pilot is great even though the show is totally different now. There was an episode with a demon? Ooh, no wait, the Halloween episode, they brought a bat toy to life and also the main girl set a dude on fire with her brain. One episode had an M83 song. I don't know. Hey I'm hungry let's go get some pizza." It's a tricky show to recommend, is what I'm trying to say.

So it is with clear eyes and a full heart that I can now say I believe we finally got that episode, one which we can show to friends and family as an example of just how good and unique The Secret Circle can be. "Witness" was the long-awaited flashback episode in which we finally discovered the circumstances in which many of the characters' parents were killed, but it went much further and deeper than a simple information dump. While the show has generally shied away from putting these teens through the sorts of devastating, life-altering catastrophes that the characters of The Vampire Diaries deal with on the daily, this episode's reveals were casually brutal and genuinely disturbing. Plus, you know, awesome.

If you've read my recaps of The Vampire Diaries you probably know that I constantly complain about flashbacks. I just don't care for them too much, in the same way that I resent the entire notion of a prequel. If it happened in the past, we know the stakes don't matter so it's an academic exercise at best and a cosplay activity at worst. I never expected The Secret Circle to reinvent the flashback episode as thoroughly and excitingly as it did in "Witness," which presented memory recall as a form of time travel like something straight out of a Phillip K. Dick story. In this world memory isn't just an imaginary place that exists from one person's perspective; when mixed with magic it becomes its own realm, a physical place that can be experienced by anyone powerful enough to tap into it. PLUS the experience can harm you for real and there's a suggestion that you can perhaps alter things in the past if you try hard enough. In other words, you're not just some passive observer of past events. You're involved in a very real situation.

That was just a long-winded way of saying I adored this episode.

Okay bye.

 

Haha just kidding, here's a recap:

We picked up immediately where last week's episode left off: Shortly after Faye's school dance meltdown, Cassie and Adam kissing like a pair of starving baby birds, and Jake's perfectly timed interruption.

While Cassie more or less instantly seemed super relieved to have him back (or was that just me projecting?), she and Adam were understandably dubious about all the in-hindsight sucky stuff Jake had done. Attempting to murder them all? He had A LOT of explaining to do.

Jake merely touched on the subject of why he'd aligned himself to witch hunters in the first place, but the main insight here was that he was now freely willing to rat them out completely. Their motives, their inner workings, just how dangerous they were, and especially how much capital-D Danger Cassie was now in.

Adam, obviously, wasn't having it.

Yeah, it was a pretty tragic situation for Adam. He'd just gotten to mack out with his newly realized "soul mate" and in walked the only guy who could make Thomas Dekker seem average-looking. Plus it didn't help that Adam's personality has generally defaulted to pursed-lip disapproval whenever anything interesting happens. It made me laugh when he was driving Cassie home and right away when he criticized Jake (remember, a known murderer) she was like, "You don't know him." Boom! Game over, Adam.

Meanwhile Charles had an awkward run-in with his fake-Ex.

Dawn was just chillin' with Diana! Also, this is dumb, but the reflection on the glass made me laugh here:

Anyway, it was clear Dawn was just using Diana to get back in Charles' good graces, but he saw through her plan immediately.

I loved the look on Dawn's face after Charles took off. Yup, she and Faye are definitely related!

Speaking of which, Faye's subplot was a bit of a snoozefest, so I'll just sum it up real quick.

One of Lee's ne'er-do-well former associates swung by his dimestore haunted house to buy witch drugs. Apparently Lee used to deal witch drugs and his former girlfriend may or may not have O.D.'ed on them? Obviously Faye was interested in taking drugs that boosted her powers. I mean, come on. It's Faye. She'd been doing witch drugs from the get-go. Anyway, the main thing to know is this dude was also on American Horror Story, and it makes me laugh to pretend he's the same character and after giving Faye drugs he's gonna go have a kitchen argument with Jessica Lange. But really this plotline wasn't super eventful, it was more just a thing to cut back to whenever we needed to remember how attractive Phoebe Tonkin and Grey Damon are.

Meanwhile after Jake walked into his bedroom but notably BEFORE he'd slipped into something more comfortable, he sensed he had company.

I loved that Cassie was chillin' in his bedroom waiting for him to come home. She lives literally ten feet away! What was she doing in there, exactly?

Anyway, Jake then informed Cassie that, oh yeah, as a toddler he'd basically WITNESSED the mass murder of their parents and with Cassie's dark magic skillz he could unblock those memories.

Adam did not think it was a good idea:

Now, Jake's explanation that as a toddler he'd snuck into his parents' car and then onto the ship where they'd been murdered was highly ludicrous. What was he, a toddler James Bond? It didn't matter though, what mattered was that because he'd been there, he was the point of entry for a scenario that continues to exist in the ether. This show had already set up that magic+memory=reality when Faye's memories had come out to play during the lake house episode. Basically this episode was already headed in a cool direction.

How hilarious was it when Adam attempted to get Diana on his side and she immediately not only sided with Cassie, but expressed interest in helping? I mean, it was crazy for Adam to have been so incurious. His mom had died that day! The deaths of their parents had been a defining moment in each of their lives, so it was straight-up touching when Diana immediately recognized the emotional opportunity here. She misses her mom!

Oh, you want to see an incredible location?

THIS was awesome. Even if they just found these ships this way, images like this are what help make The Secret Circle so compelling. I might occasionally nitpick or make fun of this show's narrative shortcomings, but I will never disparage how great and perfect this show's world looks. Chance Harbor has this unique and immersive vibe that makes it seem not only like a fully realized place, but one I'd love to hang out in for a while. Contrast that to Mystic Falls, which has an atmosphere largely defined by the town's reluctance to change lightbulbs.

Anyway, yeah. This was apparently the location of the 15-years-prior boat fire that claimed the life of a gaggle of hot parents. Jake and Cassie decided to pay it a visit in order get some boat dirt (?) for their memory spell.

Meanwhile at the Boat House, Dawn was putting into action her newest scheme, this one involving Adam's distractingly dreamy, perpetually near-tears father Ethan.

Haha it always makes me laugh whenever Dawn gets intense about Crystals. Typical Dawn.

This was sad. The only picture Jake has of his parents (and lil' baby bro Nick).

Until this point the only thing we knew about Jake's parents were that they were part-time hunk manufacturers, but seeing an image of their happy family really kicked off how deep this episode was going with regard to its characters shattered families.

Anyway, it was time for a trip:

So, already I was like WHAT? The boat was ALREADY ruined and decayed when the disaster happened? I don't know if it's because I have problems retaining information or if the show was intentionally cryptic, but my impression of this disaster (as hinted by the previous 11 episodes) was that it involved witches out on the open water having a booze cruise and then demons showing up and then everybody exploding? A spell gone wrong at the very least. But the main thing this episode did right was pull the rug out from under me right away. Everything was different from what I expected!

Not only different, but casually devastating. For instance, Jake immediately saw his parents, young, alive and headed for doom:

This got me:

I mean, how would YOU react in this situation? I would've gasped also! While this episode was all-business when it came to matter-of-factly showing what happened on that day, even pausing for a second to really imagine the emotions these kids must've felt just added to the weight of the story, so it was super easy to look past any logical flaws and just completely embrace the pathos. This wasn't just an informational flashback, this was life-changing.

Oh, and for the record, these were definitely people who could create a Jake:

His parents were arguing about whether they should even be there, so it was clear some very serious and important meeting was about to happen, not the booze cruise I'd imagined.

But then Jake realized he couldn't follow them anymore.

Here was another incredible element to this episode's flashback concept: Jake's brain was actively preventing him from witnessing his parents' death and it manifested in physical pain. It was a nod to basic psychology and how our brains often block traumatic memories in order to allow us to carry on healthier lives, but I don't ever think I've seen it rendered in physical terms. I don't know. I just found this really clever and kind of powerful I guess.

And then there was this moment which was ostensibly pretty small but I just keep thinking about it. Cassie didn't listen to Jake's attempts to call off the mind-meld and instead just disappeared into the blur without him.

Who would do this?? She's gotten caught up in a bizarre, baffling, potentially dangerous scenario and she made a split-decision to press onward alone. That's hero stuff. Obviously Cassie had her own agenda: Discovering what happened to HER father. But this one little moment just completely summed up why she is the hero of this series and the image of her walking off into blurry, unknown territory just really got to me. Chills.

Back in reality, Jake awoke and Cassie was still locked away in his memory. It was such a strange concept: WHERE exactly was she? And did I mention Zylka was doing some A+ emoting in this thing? It's weird how invested you can get when it seems like characters are genuinely frightened. And frightened for good reason: In addition to witnessing their parents' murders, they were playing with a magic they didn't truly understand.

So yeah. Anyway, 15 years ago:

Guess who Cassie spotted acting super suspicious?

Hey Ethan! You look 40-something! Anyway, the main thing we learned from listening to Jake's parents was apparently they were all gathering for a "truce" summit between witches and WITCH HUNTERS. Apparently most of the witches had agreed to stop practicing magic in exchange for the witch hunters leaving them alone, but Jake's mother didn't seem convinced that the witch hunters could be trusted. Some of the circle already didn't approve of this truce (including Charles, Dawn, and Amelia) so they weren't there at all.

And then a witch hunter came out and slashed Jake's dad's throat! Right in front of Cassie! Then she went further into the ship where there was more commotion and came across TONS of dead witches with slashed throats.

Again, this was completely unexpected. We were led to believe the parents had died in some kind of accidental fire, but it was actually in some Manson-esque massacre. Truly disturbing stuff.

It was no wonder Toddler Jake blocked most of it out.

Aw poor Jake.

Anyway, as Cassie drew nearer to the witch hunters, it still wasn't clear whether she was an unseen ghost a la It's a Wonderful Life or what, but she immediately recognized a man without even seeing his face.

And his death promised to be more elaborate than the rest, possibly due to his dark magic issues.

And then another amazing thing happened: Someone IN the memory SAW Cassie and warned her to run.

First of all, WHAT? Holy moly. The girl's name was Lucy and I expect there's more to this story, but still. WOW. What was going on here? See what I'm saying, this wasn't just an information dump. This thing was interactive!

So interactive that Cassie began choking on all the smoke, which meant she was choking in real life too.

And then in one of my all-time favorite Secret Circle moments ever, Diana, Adam and Jake came together to help her breathe!

Again, just a simple moment, but I loved it so much. The Circle performed magic! In a competent and clever way! To save their friend! These ten seconds were what this show is about, if you ask me.

So then Jake went back in, the whole time fighting against his mental block. Meanwhile a BAMF moment was brewing:

John Blackwell removed a medallion from his pocket and BURNED THOSE MFers ALIVE.

And THEN he went so far as to drop the medallion and peace out like a rapper walking off stage. Truly great. And Cassie saw the whole thing:

Then as the fire got worse, Jake whisked Cassie away, but not before he had another devastating encounter. His own mother pleading for help on the other side of the jammed door.

I mean. Wow. That's heavy. This lady knows what I'm talking about:

A+.

So, in the post mind-meld breakdown, Cassie recounted what she saw, but kept things super vague. I like to think it's because she possibly witnessed one of the more devastating scenarios she'll ever face in her entire life? Not sure.

But the heartbreaking moments kept coming:

Perfectly understandable questions and perfectly devastating. But in short, Cassie declined to mention all the dead bodies she'd seen.

It's not clear why Cassie didn't tell them specifically what she'd seen ("One lady who definitely looked like you had a slashed throat"), but I prefer to think it's because she's protecting her friends somehow. Like there's no going back, innocence-wise, when you've seen what Cassie's seen. I don't know, I'm not a doctor.

So, recalling that her dad had definitely dropped his mystical medallion, Cassie visited the wreckage and FOUND IT.

Dang, girl. Be careful.

In the very much less compelling B-story, Ethan called up Charles and told him he knew all about the crystals and murder, etc. But it was all a trap!

Ethan ended up getting his revenge on Charles for the pilot episode water barfing incident.

Oh, also Charles implied that Ethan was a villain who'd made bad choices in the past (like one time on a boat, for instance), so that's an interesting idea. Otherwise, this was definitely just another plotline about bickering over a crystal.

At least Ethan wasn't no chump!

Another classic TSC plotline was revisited as well, this time the mounting tension between Diana and Adam.

I don't know, Adam didn't seem that into Diana anymore. Or maybe he was just all shell-shocked about losing his lady to Jake again. Either way, I'm not sure how much Diana-Adam stuff I can handle. (Not Diana's fault).

Anyway, a subtle but important moment happened later when Jake more or less confirmed to Cassie that he <3s her so much. Unfortunately it was couched within a statement like, "Oh well, I got here too late I guess," to which I'm sure Cassie was violently disagreeing with inside. Also, I'd been wondering how exactly Witch Hunter Jake would convert to Hero Jake, and this episode totally did it with flying colors. He admitted that he'd grown up blaming his parents' death on dark magic (and other witches) so it slightly explained why he'd fall in with the witch hunters. But now that he knows they were not only lying, but also the ACTUAL murderers of his parents, I have to imagine his perspective (and therefore entire life) has just experienced a tectonic shift. I definitely buy that. I wouldn't even be surprised if we now got a revenge plotline out of it.

But the episode wasn't done yet. We then concluded with ANOTHER great moment, in which Jake suggested they find out once and for all who was buried in John Blackwell's grave.

I just loved how ordinary that decision seemed. "Well, let's dig up his grave." "Sounds good." At the actual cemetery, there was another nice little beat where Jake was just about to open the casket and Cassie paused to brush off his tombstone, as if to enjoy one last moment before her life will change dramatically yet again.

And then dog bones.

HAHA WHAT? I have GOT to meet this Blackwell dude. What a weirdo!

This episode had a lot to live up to, and I truly think it beat my expectations at every turn. I don't know what else to say about it except this is the one I want to show people. "It's a show about teenage witches and it's cleverer and more emotionally complicated than you'd expect." I can't wait to show this episode to my dad. Hey I'm hungry let's go get some pizza.

 

QUESTIONS:

... Did Ethan sell them all out?

... Do you attend lots of important meetings on decrepit ships?

... Can we just all agree that Dark Magic is the best? How many lives has it saved now?

... Was going to Seattle a pretty good idea on Melissa's part?

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Am trying to think of reasons why or how Ethan (had he really) sold the circle out.

1. Cassie's mom dump him for Blackwell.

2. Blackwell got jiggy with the wifey (wouldn;t it be fun if Cassie and Adam turned out to be sibs. Incestfull, I know, but magical connection, as to what i've seen on tv, confuses people)



If either of those be the reason, well, that's gotta be the lamest most overused plot on backstabbing-plot-lines history, EVER!.



Conclusions:

1.) Charles is not bad news, (and possibly Dawn as well, she's just annoying)

2.) It's either Diana, or possibly Faye who's Blackwell's other kid (I vote for Faye coz she's drifting off from the plot. And judging by who parented this two, Faye got more chances as her mom was revealed (a couple of episodes back) to have a thing for Blackwell

3.) The circle's trust on Jake won't be sealed til season 2

4.) The elder has got something to do with the killing spree of this circle (or at least someone from the elders-yeah, remember when Gideon plotted against Wyatt - congratulations if you can still remember who am talkin' about)



Observation:

1.) ADAM IS ANNOYING (Why the heck is he always tense, and mother frik off with his over protective instincts for Cassie, not a sweet move, but nauseating.)

2.) Why are they wasting Faye with stupid plots?

3.) I thought the whole circle thing concept won't function if they aren't together, then why do Melissa seems like more of a deadload than a supporting role.?

4.) For a supernatural witchcraft show, this one lacks magic (and i don't just mean figuratively.) I think the kids are all "Blackwell, Clack Magic blah blah blah.", and the older generation was all "oooh, crydtal=magic" stuff.. tweleve epi and still hasn't pick up.
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Ethan prob did sell them out and then turned into a drunk out of guilt.

Dark Magic is the best! I can't wait 'til we meet Blackwell, it's gonna be awesome!

I also want Jake to not ruin Adam and Cassie *finally* getting together :)
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I just have to say price that i'v recently started reading your recaps, and i LOVE THEM!!!! They're hysterical, and overall Great. You've ruined all television for me because now i photorecap every show i watch in my head lmao. I TOTALLY Agree with u about this episode and couldnt wait to read how excited it made u lool. I love how we both clearly have a crush on Chris Zylka (Though my heart belongs to Damon, i def have a case of Lust for Jake, hehe), Has he just saved the shows ass or what? lol. Im excited to see what the show brings, it feels like its getting some great momentum. Keep up the recaps! seriously ive kept watching this show because i know i get to read ur recaps (ok, Chris helped too :P)

P.S. Do u do anyother recaps besides TVD & TSC? I couldn't find any, if so how come?
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I think Ethan totally sold everyone out. I think it was so he could have Amelia all to himself. I mean, she wasn't there, but Blackwell was. With Blackwell gone, Amelia is free for her "written in the stars" destiny with Ethan. I want to know the rest of the story!!
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LOL "Watch out for sea hobos" xD
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1. Yeah, I think he probably did.

2. Oh yeah, tons.

3. Yes. Why did Cassie want to get rid of it again?

4. Yeah probably. They tend to only give her zzz storylines anyway.
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Ethan is shady. He definitely posses homewrecking potential. I could see him being behind the attack on Blackwell to have Cassie's mom to himself. Him and all his star-crossed lovers BS. And the reason he's so teary-eyed all the time is because he had no idea that all the other witches would die that night and he feels remorse every time he looks at the kids? He might resurrect Cassie's mom with that crystal too, who knows. I wonder if I'm on the money
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good episode, finally there is more action. what bothers me is that Faye and Lee are there only for being attractive. cant they get MORE ACTIONS?! poor Melissa, cant she has a proper storyline as well? Also who is another half sibling of Cassie, i wanna knooooow.

ps: ur recaps are my highlights, gotta love it :]] <3
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I don't know about you guys, but in the first two shots showing Jake's mom's face, Cassie is the spitting image of her. Kinda funny how Jake decides to fall for a girl that resembles his mom so much.
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I loved this episode!

I also need to know how many people were on the last circle and who?

About the character of Lucy, I read that the actress Lauren Stamile was cast for a character named Lucy who had ties with Amelia and the past circle members and is going to appear in episode 13 or 14. If this is the same Lucy we saw last episode, that means she didn't die in the fire and perhaps she saved baby Jake (because is totally insane that a 3 year old could escape by himself from that fire).
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it makes a perfect sense. plus maaaaybe lucy is someone's mum. maybe adams? that would be interesting!!
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Am I the only one who thought that the guy that Melissa is kissing in the next episode looks like Adam.
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I liked this ep, except one think confused me. Well a number of things:

Why did the witch hunters kill the witches that wanted to stop practicing and co-operate?

Why did the witch hunters kill Jakes Dad straight off the block but drag Jakes Mum round for a bit? (Same goes for Lucy: not related to the kids)

If there were 12 parents maybe there was 2 circles? Is that how the witch hunters did their picking and choosing?



Oh well. Hopefully we'll find out a bit more next week! (Also, I swear there was more than 8 dead people in that boat....)

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1) Who knows? I'm excited that they've put him on the boat, but his part could be anything. He may have joined with the hunters (sacrificing Adam's mom to either get her out of the way with Blackwell and cut a clear path to Amelia or to prove his loyalty), may have escaped the massacre and be living with the guilt of not rescuing Adam's mom (an various others), may have had some other plan in the works (with Amelia, Dawn, and Charles) and thereby just missed knowing anything (I hope he is not the johnny-come-lately though, that he had an active part to play in whatever happened).



2. I wish! ... Not.

3. Agreed.

4. Melissa needs to get out more and come back with a personality (and hotter cousin or half-brother). Maybe Seattle can help.
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In the next episode her and Faye are supposed to try some of the "Devil's Spirit" that Faye got from Callum.
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1) Maybe Ethan was in shock??

2) Where else would you have a secret witch meeting?

3) Definitely

4) Still upset that the demon took Nick instead of her!



I was so intrigued by the Lucy character talking to Cassie, I really hope we find out who she is, there was something similar about this and the way Cassie interacted with Faye's memory, could Lucy be Blackwell's sister??



Maybe Jake had some little baby witch powers already, like opening car doors?



I have always felt like Charles killing Amelia was inconsistent with his character, and it was never really addressed, maybe Blackwell can look like anybody, I mean who knows what his powers are?
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But if Nick never dies then we would never have met the amazing Jake and then where would the show be?!
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The idea behind Charles killing Amelia was that Cassie would have to move to Chance Harbor, and then the teens would bind the circle. The parents that want their powers back needed the current circle to be bound before they could get their powers back, and they knew that there was no way Amelia would move back to Chance Harbor with Cassie.
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Was I the only one a bit creeped out by the fact that Jake looks a bit like his dad and Cassie is the spitting image of his mom? Hello abandonment issues.
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I really thought Jake looked like his dad, too. I thought his mom wasn't a Cassie lookalike, but she could definitely be the reason Jake feels comfy with Cassie; the two have a superficial resemblance (hair, fashion sense). I think that's sort of sweet in a Freudian kind of way (that she might remind him of his mother on an unconscious level).
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I was thinking last week that Cassie, Jake, and Nick ALL look like siblings...
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But producers have said that there will NOT be any incest on the show, which I take to mean the Jake and Adam cannot be her half brothers
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I did read that somewhere too. I think Cassie and Jake have too much chemistry anyway so It would be a bad move regardless but it's strange how easily they could pass for siblings.
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Oh yeah. I forgot about the 2nd Blackwell child. Good point.



The point I was making was that Jake has abandonment issues from losing his parents so young and fell in love with a girl that looks like his mom as a result.
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No you weren't the only one the idea did pop into my head for a minute. If it does turn out that they are siblings them kissing in episodes 11 would be totally creepy. Highly doubt its Jake though seeing how in his memories his parents look so much in love.
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Thoughts:

1.What kind of town/county would leave the health hazard/hobo jungle of a couple of decrepit ships completely untouched for 16 yrs?

2. Hang on, they were decrepit BEFORE the fire? Ugh, baby show make up your mind.

3. Ethan is definitely more interesting when he's Zero Wasted.

4. Why were Charles and Dawn "up on deck" with John, if they were on the boat they should be dead.

5. Ghost!Lucy interacting with Cassie's spirit is kinda cool.

6. Dead parents = sad. But, that scene would have more of an impact if we knew the names/faces of dead parents. Were all the bodies on the boat definitely parents of the current circle? Were there extra folks around? Why, specifically, should I care for these particular corpses as relevant to the plot?

7. Toddler Jake opening car doors, navigating boats, and then getting out after the fire started? There better be another flashback down the line that shows how some grownup gave him a boost back to dry land. Otherwise, THIS IS NOT BELIEVABLE.

8. John Blackwell being alive could be cool. Again, I would have liked to SEE him (even if Cassie didn't). Maybe they haven't cast an actor for him yet??

9. Dog bones. Really? The baddest witch/warlock of all time and that's the best he could do? Dog bones?!?!

10. How is Dark!Magic any different than any other magic portrayed on any tv show, ever?

11. I think neither Adam or Jake are the other Blackwell kid. The promos for next week

make Jake/Cassie seem together *physically* and she's already made out with Adam. So unless Baby Show has decided to go the "pro incest" route, then neither of the boys is her half-sibling

12. Melissa is always missing when the big stuff goes down. IS THIS FOR A REASON?!?! Maybe she's the other Blackwell kid. Maybe Melissa is up to some serious magical shenanigans whenever her parents ship her off to "Seattle" for the weekend. Or she has great witch-dar/ mystical warning system/whatever.

Price's Questions:

1. Not sure yet, but he sure is getting more interesting. I'm glad he's not dumb enough to let Dawn have the crystal.

2. Decrepit ships are the WORST.

3. Dark Magic is absolutely the best! Lots of lives saved, no apparent consequences.

4. I'm seriously hoping that Melissa turns out to be mega awesome. Like an Anti-Bonnie.
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I do believe Ethan sold their asses out. Was it to save his own ass or to get Blackwell out of the way so he can have a shot Cassie's mom? Maybe both. I did like the scene where Ethan got his little revenge on Charles. Also when Dawn came strolling in after thinking Ethan was going to give her the crystal. HA, take that witch! Now Ethan has the crystal and Dawn & Charles got none. Way to go! Blackwell, I seriously love this dude, I can't wait until he officially arrives on the scene. Don't get me wrong past Blackwell was the s*** but you know he's even badder now. And how much you want to bet he's already in town just observing everybody covertly. Would have liked more clues as to who the other Blackwell child is and surprised that Jake didn't tell Cassie that she has sibling in the group. My money's still on Faye though for obvious reasons.
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Its been hinted that lee is cassie half brother .... if so a family of hot witches :D
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...Lee doesn't have magic his granparents were voodoo priest/priestest and Cassie's half sibling is in the circle, also it's a half-sister
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Lee? I don't think it will be him besides didn't that witch hunter say the other Blackwell child was within the circle? So it can't be Lee.
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1. I don't know. Yes. No. Maybe? This guy is still strange to me. Half the episode I was thinking what an idiot he was for letting Dawn manipulating him, but he didn't give her the crystal! So he's not that dumb. I don't know about selling them out, but he could have tried getting Blackwell's dark magic, kinda like Faye tried in the last ep.

2. No. I wish. [But not if they end like this one, with mass murder and fire.]

3. Absolutely agree. Cassie just needs to accept it and work on controlling it. It's the best.

4. I think so. And not only because she is a boring character.
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What I want to know is who was in the previous circle? Were there two? I'm thinking there must've been several but I'm very confused. Henry said, "you know this circle is different. You know what could be unleashed." Is that because the entire circle comes from two witch parents? I always assumed dawn, Charles, Amelia, ðan were in the same circle. However on the boat when Richard & Sarah Armstrong were talking it sounded like it was them, Amelia, John Blackwell, And then they said "Tom (Chamberlin) & Sophie Ann (Melissa's mom) were already inside". That would make 6. Sara also mentioned that "dawn & charles were on the deck talking to John." It has also been said that Diana's book of Shadows came from her mother, not her father. Am I the only one that's confused by this?? Hopefully it'll be explained.Also who is Lucy ? I'm sure we will learn.
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in the book it was 12 members in the circle maybe its like dat except since there are 1 child per pair it became 6
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Oh, my it was so incredible this episoe. I was on the werge of dropping it entirely but this episode got me thoroughly back on board (no pun intended, okay maybe a little).

Looking so much forward to meeting John Blackwell, he seems like a real BAMF. But how on earth did he manage to get a dog buried in his place? I mean what kind of corrupt funeral home does this town have? Even if people assumed he died in the fire, wouldn't there be an urn with ashes instead of a freaking dog skeleton?

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Wait...rereading...did your dad actually like this episode? I'd've sooner expected him to cry manly tears (manly, so it's okay) over Natasha ending up on this show.
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Poor Jacob--er, Adam. Bella--er, Cassie's just not that into him. At least Jacob didn't have a Diana walking around in the background. Adam fails.



I give Cassie points for running off on her own after Jake couldn't follow her in his memory. The single-mindedness of it was well built up, but it took a decent weight of stones to actually do.



Jake: "OW OW OW!! Head Pains!!"

Cassie: "Yeah, you'll be fine, rite? Imma go check something out. All about me, back in 20. GL, babe."



I also like that half the time spent with Jake is half the time Cassie spends without a confused look on her face.



The boat was indeed awesome. I thought it was lame that it had already been wrecked in the past, but I understand budgets. It's the economy.



What I found stupid (particular to this episode) was that Cassie was having a chokefest in the boat, but apparently, her dad and the hunters were just chillin' five feet away in the same room. Pret-ty selective smoke, but at least the hunters didn't just walk away Dr. Evil style after setting the ash (gunpowder and gasoline) on fire.



And sure, Dark Magic kicks ass...compared to No Magic.



My actual favorite part of the story was freshly-sober, suddenly-badass Ethan. Sweet, drippy revenge on Charles, and the spine to shoo Dawn to the curb. I'd rather not have the parents around at all, but he'll do. Crystals...it's so sad.



When Melissa's 'Again-wth-am-I-doing-on-this-show?' cousin showed up, I half expected him to yoink her back to wherever he came from with an irrelevant distant family emergency...when he immediately went back. Maybe they figured we'd be grateful for a couple more weeks of irrelevance, I dunno. Then again, every week she's in Seattle is a week she won't walk up and fall on someone's knife, soo...there's that. She doesn't have to go die, but she can't stay here.
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You have to remember the spell was specially designed to affect anyone with dark Magic.ccassies dad had the medallion to protect himself, the witch hunters are magic free and cassie had no medallion.
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So the...*smoke* was magic. They light a fire in a closed boat cabin, things burn, smoke rises, but the *magic smoke* only affects witches...who aren't protected by witch bling.



That sounded ridiculous...until I considered this is TSC. You're likely absolutely correct. Invisible hat.



Sometimes I think this show corrects mistakes like Conan does when someone finds an error on his show.
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Well the hunters couldn't have been choking on the smoke because they were burning to death. Cassie choked on the smoke, Jake's mom (Sara) was choking on the smoke that killed her, and it makes some sense that Blackwell wasn't actually [seen] choking because he was covered in the black cloak and got out of there as soon as possible.
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Yeah, but Cassie was choking on the smoke long before Blackwell even started any magic. The circle even O2'd her back to life and sent Jake back to get her before Blackwell reversed the spell on the hunters. That's more than a bit of time in between.



And it's one thing for Blackwell to be badass and not be bothered by the smoke, but having a cloak over your head wouldn't keep all that smoke out without some kind of power. It's not like he even rushed out; it was more "Blackwell...out," and then a casual exit.



It also takes more than a hood to hide when someone's choking on smoke. It's at least a half-body thing.
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Good stuff. I agree about Ethan...dude was hella badass, and for once I was thrilled to see somebody seemingly stand up to Dawn. I've always liked him but he reminded me of how awesome I thought Charles was in the pilot.



Yeah the selective smoke was an issue for me and my rational brain. Along with 3yr old ninja Jake escaping his playpen with the lockpick he had hidden in his diaper, and the fact that he must have been able to crawl his unsinged Osh Kosh B'Gosh lad self back to wherever he came from on his own?! Or the fact that their parents still looked like Seniors in HS at best, but others looked like they were pushing thirty (I'm looking at you Ethan!) I also wasn't so certain if the occasionally interactive memory thing was actually intentional. Lucy seeing Cassie maybe was...but I don' t know. Some people seen them but others didn't?
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I have to say, Gale Harold is one of my favs. I used to watch Queer as folk back in the day (not sure it is appropriate for the age group that watches TSC) and he was this fantastic leading character that just demanded attention. I know he is a supporting role in here, but there is still all these acting skills that could be put to good use...
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Gale Harold is fantastic. I also enjoyed his little time spent on DH.
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Okay what really confused me about this episode was how did Jake get off the boat and how come Jakes mom didn't get off the boat. Then when I rewatched it I realized that Lily was with Jake's mom, so Jake's mom had time to get off the boat, but then remember that Jake was like mommy. So, my guess is that instead of getting off the boat with Lily which would mean that she would have lived Jake's mom saw Jake and chose to help him/ put some spell up to protect him, which would have closed her window of opportunity for getting off the boat.

I really hate how jealous boyfriend-like Adam is when Cassie is around Jake. I was halfway expecting Jake to say that that was Cassie's choice, but I think that he knew that she would come find him.

My theory on why the parents got stripped of thir powers is that the deaths on the ferry were just the straws that broke the camels back. I think that the whole summoning the demon thing had either already happened, and that the elders didn't find out about it until after the boatyard fire. Also, did you notice how much faith Jake's mom and other members of the circle put in John Blackwell? Kind of reminds me of how Jake is with Cassie. You know the whole Cassie can do things we can't thing.
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So if anybody can clear this up to me...am I the only one who thought there were more dead bodies on the ground then just Adam's Mom, Melissa's Mom, Faye's dad and Diana's Mom? I definitely saw a Black man dead on the floor but Melissa's dad is supposed to be alive right? Does this mean there were more witches in the circle then just their parents? And are we already supposed to know who Lucy is? It looked to me as if Lucy got out and didn't die...so is she possible Diana's Mom? Kind of confused.
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Back in the 7th episode "Masked" Jane mentioned that before the accident Chance Harbor had many resident witches. We also learned that Calvin Wilson was part of his own Circle, meaning there were more Circles than just the parents. So, I agree, the other dead witches on that boat must have been stray witches that were all friends with the parents who ended up meeting a deadly fate by the Witch Hunters.
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Yeah I was trying to count them and match them up with the other circle but I am assuming there may have just been some other random witches they managed to capture as well
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I missed Melissa. It's a shame when a group is established as the main characters of a show, in this case the young circle, and then one of them is basically turned into a secondary character.

Oh, and that Lucy girl confused me for a few seconds when I frantically tried to figure out whose mommy she was, until I realized she wasn't a parent at all. And also, Jakes mom must have been a real teen mom, because didn't he say that he was three years old when shit hit the fan on the boat?
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Umm quick questions ( I promise it isn't an epic long post..and I do apologize for those.lol ) But I didn't see previews for TSC after the episode...is there a new one next week? And if anyone else watches TVD is that new next week too or no?
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Yeah both will be back in 2 weeks, I don't know how I will survive but 2 weeks
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i am gonna die without them :(
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Muchas Gracias. : )
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I don't watch the Vampire Diaries, but I do know there was a preview for TSC, but the next new episode will be on February 2nd. Hope this helps!
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Grazie : )
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Thanks again for all the time and effort you put into these, Price.... the second best thing about watching TVD and TSC is reading your hilarious recaps soon after. Two things I do wish they'd change about this show, though... 1) Either make Melissa more relevant or kill her off, this 'conveniently out of town' silliness is annoying... and if her Dad is in Seattle, who does she live with in Chance Harbor? (Also, who was Nick/Jake living with if both parents are dead?) And 2) the show as an entity could do well to remember that Charles KILLED CASSIE'S MOTHER, lol It seems to have forgotten that fact in the midst of the whole Charles/Dawn mess of trying to outmanipulate each other. However, overall this episode took me from 'do I want to keep watching?' to 'This is one of my set shows' - along with TVD and Person of Interest, my Thursday TV nights are very busy and so good!
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Nick and Jake lived with their aunt. In Wake Jake says that after Nick's death his aunt went out of town, I'm guessing that she was having a hard time with it.
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They live (well, not so much Nick--lol) with an unseen "aunt". Pls watch TSC and DVR POI as TSC needs numbers! I know DVR counts too, but not sure how all that works. I think the death of Cassie's mom was a conspiracy with Dawn and Charles, not Charles alone. And from the looks of it Ethan may have been at least partially responsible for the (now non) death of Cassie's Dad, as well as many others, if he did in fact lead the W.H. to them.
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it was a conspiracy between charles and dawn to kill amelia they needed cassie to come to town to make the circle join. Amelia had left most likey because of the fire and had escaped with cassie tryin to keep her away frm magic an think at the beginning of every episode in the recpas amelia says that
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You are just genius with these recaps. The episode was the best since the pilot and yet you can give us such great humor while still respecting the tension of the show. I laugh out loud at your recaps of TSC and TVD. Plus I usually agree with your insights. I absolutely despise Ethan and find him to be a sniveling, drunken wimp and have high hopes that this will play out that he is also a traitor to his "friends" and at least partially responsible for their deaths. He has been a horrible father to his son and so disrespectful of his late wife. I just hope he gets his with pointed sticks and many demeaning words from Blackwell, or Charles, or someone soon. He of the watery eyes needs to go. I am on team Jake now, I think Zylka finally was freed to show range as well as pecs in this episode. Congratulations, Mr. Peterson, this was a brilliant and amusing recap.
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-If he did...AWESOME.Only because Ethan (who I've had high hopes for since the beginning) has become exponentially more badass and interesting than Charles at the moment. Plus...does it mean Adam has a shot at being awesomely badass too? I mean faye is like her mom, Cassie is like hers...

-Nah, I skype them from the safety of my own home. I wouldn't have a good shot if I followed the rules in place for horror films.

-It's intriguing in it's mystique.

- I'd say in theory but I still miss her having...something.

I was undecided about this episode. While I admit the various elements that you pointed out in regards to the memory stuff definitely spoke to the Psychologist in me (and yes...the mind's struggle to block out traumatic experiences..can manifest itself in physical pain...that was a nice touch I'll admit). It was gut wrenching that Cassie and Jake had to experience that...that Jake had to re-experience it (although whoever this adult is that they keep leaving their kids with is far from responsible...a 3 yr old managedd all of that really? And don't even get me started on the fact that (same "responsible adult") was in charge of Nick who was having anatomy sessions in his room...I digress.) The interactive memories were powerful. I felt even worse for Diana and Adam who were still left in the dark. But as long as Cassie and Jake have another secret to share to further bond them....I felt bad for Adam, though he was even getting on my nerves and I'm usually a fan of him. It was nice seeing Jake show facial expression range, but I'm still not interested in him. Faye's storyline was great for bathroom breaks. I think Ethan...he intrigued me the most. Team Ethan because finally somebody is stepping their game up, and even though he had his moments he didn't let Dawn fully punk him off. Now if only he and Charles would team up. Good stuff right there. And of course my favorite character right now is the one we haven't "seen" yet. The elusive John Blackwell BAMF dark magic extraordinaire.
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"Faye's storylinewas great for bathroom breaks."

I usually don't say/write/condone this, but LOL.
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Sad but true. I'm still struggling to see the purpose of Lee. I mean I know he has one...but I guess I'm not in support of bringing new characters when at least five of the main ones still need work of their own.
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I know, I wish Melissa and Adam would have some more work done with their characters instead of this Lee guy, howeverrr, I've heard his girlfriend that he mentioned in the episode will appear around episode 15 (same one in which Blackwell makes his grand entrance), after having been in a drug-induced coma. So hopefully that will lead to some interesting plot arcs for Lee and Faye. Hopefully.
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Sounds promising. I like....
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This was an awesome episode bringing the series into its true potential and own right. I dare say this episode was way better than this weeks Vampire Diaries episode.

There is definitely more to Ethan, at one point I thought he may be John Blackwell which would lead to Adam and Cassie being related!

Love the Magic and mystery around it.
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By the way, Blackwell is a crazy man! Dog bones in his coffin? Who does that!? I was expecting it to be empty when they opened it up, but to find dog bones in there was quite a GOOD surprise. I can't wait for him to arrive back into Chance Harbor!



Bring on Blackwell!
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Well, the Omen movies, for one.
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I second that. I'm all for some Blackwell action and I'll be impatiently watching until he arrives.
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He'll be coming our way in episode 15, I think :-)
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Awesome. I. Can't. Wait!
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By the way, credit to where credit is due, when it comes to casting people who are believable as relatives, The Secret Circle does it right!
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*Cough* Melissa's cousin *Cough*



*Cough* Looked nothing alike *Cough*
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I could say that they affirm Melissa's existence as a minority regular every week they don't do anything with her, but I'll yield on the cousins looking nothing alike. Though my clan's starting to get pretty diverse, we have yet to range that broadly.



Okay, *now* I'll yield.
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Well, generally cousins don't necessarily look that similar. From what I've seen any way. There's some exceptions, but unless Holden was Melissa's brother, I don't think they're lack of similarities is exactly a 'fault in the system', if you will.
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What Shivi said. I know from my own personal experience, my family reunions look like the cross between a cultural festival and a UN meeting. Although when the games start it's more like the Olympics... But yeah, it was believable and a nice affirmation that Melissa is in fact TSC's version of a minority regular character. Now if they said he was her brother I'd have been saying they didn't share both parents.
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They were cousins though, and not all cousins actually look alike or even similar. It was believable that they could be family though.
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When I watched this episode Thursday night, it left my head spinning after it ended. I don't know what it was, but I was all sorts of shocked from the story, from how deep it went, and how tragic and brilliant it was and how emotional it was. I watched it again yesterday, and I was finally able to process this incredible episode. Closed Captions came in handy too!



The name of the Witch Hunter that Richard (Jake's father) mentioned was Eben. The same man who slit his throat and attempted to burn Blackwell on the ship. When Jake was telling Cassie and Adam about the Council of Witch Hunters, he mentioned this same exact man's name. This tells us Eben is still alive and he's working on the same ritual he used on Blackwell to come after Cassie. The only thing that Jake didn't see was Eben killing his father. So I can only imagine the anger Jake's going to come across when this man shows up again and Jake finds out it was him who killed his father. Cassie is sure to recognize his face when he appears as she saw what Eben did on that day 16 years ago.



We definitely haven't heard the last of Lucy, that's for sure. However, Lucy seeing Cassie made me think about who else could have possibly seen Cassie. And then I thought, HER FATHER! I mean, if Cassie's dark magic allowed her to see all of this, who's to say John Blackwell's very own dark magic didn't allow him to see Cassie's presence there? Also, why else would he have dropped the same medallion that saved his life back on the boat? For Cassie to see it and go back in present day and get it! We almost got to see a glance of Blackwell though, because as he was walking out of the boat he pulled the hood over his head back.



I believe Ethan definitely had something to do with what happened that night. It's clear that he never liked Blackwell, and probably after he found out about Blackwell's betrayal to Amelia, he got angry and he contacted the Hunters in order to kill Blackwell and his Dark Magic. However, it's because of this that caused this tragic day and the death of so many lives. It would certainly explain why Ethan has kept himself closed up for so long with a bottle of alcohol by his side for so long.



If there's one thing this episode did, it changed everything! The Circle knows the truth, we know Blackwell is alive (and coming!), Ethan may have been involved with what happened 16 years ago, Faye is spiraling just to get her power back, the romance between Adam, Diana, Cassie, and Jake is shaping up and going somewhere, Dawn's plan to get her power back is moving forward, and everything is just coming together and developing.



I think we can all agree that the big bad for this season will be the Council of Witch Hunters. No matter what the Circle does, history is going to repeat itself. The Circle is falling apart just like Diana said and it turns out Sara (Jake's mother) felt the same way 16 years ago. The Witch Hunters are going to come after Cassie with their Super Dark Magic Killing Plan (I loved this line. It was so funny) and they are going to go after the Circle like they did 16 years ago with their parents. And people are going to wind up dead. Of course, with Cassie's father alive and we know he's been cast so he's coming very soon, his mere presence could change so much (can't wait to see Dawn, Charles', and Ethan's reaction)! Then again, we still don't know how good of person or bad of a person Blackwell will be today and what he means for the future.



The show is starting to shape up and heat up, and I'm looking forward to it more and more! Speaking of more, we only found out what happened 16 years ago, but didn't this leave you thinking that we only got half of the story? We knew that Blackwell and Ethan were there, both of which managed to get out alive, Richard and Sara Armstrong were both killed, Lucy seemed to get out safe, Sophie Anne (Melissa's mother) was there and she was killed and then of those dead bodies, I'm sure some of them were Tom Chamberlain, Catherine Conant, and Elizabeth Meade. That means Amelia, Dawn, and Charles were absent from what happened on this night. But we also know that Dawn stirred up some trouble when she summoned Abadon, the demon that got inside Heather. And Amelia tried to prevent it. I think while this Boat fire was going on, Amelia, Dawn, and Charles were up to something elsewhere or nearby.



Either was this episode was fantastic, and I simple loved how we got to experience what happened 16 years ago rather than just see it in the past. This is what makes witchcraft and dark magic so cool!! The only thing that sucks is that we have to wait until Feb. 2nd to see the next episode and that one looks really good too!

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I think it would be great if we were to discover that the demon summoning was intended as a counterstrike to exact vengeance on the witch hunters for killing half the coven/circle and it just went badly wrong (like magic seems often to do).
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Great comment! I actually learned a few new things reading your text, even though I've watched all the episodes.
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Price, for the record, I'd take Thomas Dekker over Chris Zylka any day, he's too plastic looking. The chemistry between him and Cassie is off the charts though, so he has to stay just for that.



I LOVED the flashbacks, they were done so well, but the character work with Dawn and Charles is starting to get ridiculous, all that war over that bloody crystal. Ugh. It's dragging down the rest of the episodes for me. And this whole back and forth with Jake (trusted or not) with Adam is getting to me too. I'm still happy that the pace has picked up though, hopefully it'll carry over in February.
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Ha ha good recap. As usual, one of my favorite parts didn't even go w/ a photo ("One lady who definitely looked like you had her throat slashed.")



This ep was great, but also made me very sad. All the parts w/ Toddler Jake, etc.



Speaking of Jake, his character doesn't do it for me that much. Idk, I just don't get a *tingle* about it, but oh well, still like the show.
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1. How old were all those people when they had kids?

2. If they went into Jake's memory, how is it possible that they were able to see what happened in the rooms Jake wasn't in that day?



I like Jake very much. But I think Adam is hilarious.

Jake should end up with Cassie. And Adam should end up with Faye. I love Adam/Faye bickering.

This is my favorite episode because it somehow reminded me of Harry Potter with the memory stuff. I want more cool magic.



Btw, here's something you maybe don't know. Joe Lando will play John Blackwell :)
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If TSC continues like this, you are right, i will probably look back at this episode and point it as the episode when it became even better than TVD.
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"OMG Him did not die" LOL!! Loves.

I can't wait to meet big daddy Blackwell!

And Dawn. Dawn, Dawn, Dawn, Dawn, Dawn. Girl what are we going to do with you, eh?

You even got creepy Ethan (constantly almost crying) because of your scheming now.

Thanks Price for the recap as always:D
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1)It would certainly explain his alcohol addiction,wouldn't it?

2)The most important meetings are the ones you have on decrepit ships.

3)Well,Cassie's black magic has saved the day many times.But Blackwell killed the witch hunters and he just took off.He didn't care about saving Lucy or Jake's mom.I guess the fire he started killed these two.

4)Did they say Melissa was out of town?Hm,I didn't even notice that part.

We know that you have to perform a ritual to kill witches with black or ...you know the other kind of magic.I also think that the blond girl on the floor was Dawn but she doesn't exactly look dead to me in present day.So,the witch hunters just took them out in order to kill Blackwell and then proceed to another ritual to kill the rest of the circle?Which would mean that a fire did in fact kill the kids' parents.A fire Blackwell started.This show is totally nuts!
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Okay... Loved this episode lots! But I have to talk about Adam. Really.

Thomas Dekker, specially on his tv.com profile photo, is a hunk. We all know that. He oozes charm and charisma and hunkyness.

So how on earth does Adam just suck it all away? I mean, at first I thought he was a great male lead, and I really didn't think much about the Diana-Adam lack of chemistry because, lets face it, Diana has enough chemistry to molotov-cocktail all witch-hunters in existence. But now, when Cassie needs a romantic counter-part, not only does Adam pale in comparison to Jake, but when Jake wasn't even around (and was possibly a major villain) Adam's obsession over Cassie just tasted bland. And their basement kiss just made me think about thirteen year olds all around having their first kiss and slobbering all over each other in a very gross, unappealing, scarring for life kind of way.

So, tell me, TSC, WHY??? Could you glam Adam's character up some, please? Even if just for the sake of having an interesting romantic polygon? Diana deserves to have an interesting ex-boo to pine over. Cassie deserves conflicting romantic emotions over two hunks. Jake deserves honest-to-god competition over Cassie's heart. And Adam just plain deserves to be a complex character, not a slight improvement over Justin Bieber's church lady, pursed lips act.

I mean, this was the guy who went from designated male role model to considering cheating on Diana (perfect-gorgeous-amazing-understanding-everyone's-BFF-wanna-marry-and-have-babies-with-girlfriend) with Cassie (written-in-the-stars) because of the intense attraction all in episode 1. Then he went through the whole guilt vs. attraction bit and his character just got caught in a whole vortex of downward spirals. He went from hunk, to cheater, to teen angst/ hormonal confusion, to pursed-lip-church-lady-disapproval (all-the-goddamn-time). However, Hunk to cheater lasted 1 episode, angst/hormones lasted like 8, and it seems his church lady reenactment is gonna last the rest of the show. It's like TSC is thinning his character out, even if he did take the opportunity to press his hands to Cassie's chest to help her breathe. It is just killing me. There. I just had to say it.
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Not everyone agrees that Adam/Cassie has potential. When I think about the pilot and the forest scene with the raidrops, I think that even the V necks don't buid it up like that. I honestly believe they are "underwriting" Adam to boost Jake as a character, as every story has this kind of manipulation regarding characters we identify with. I think Thomas Dekker is really hot and a good actor, so all see all this potential on his character being wasted.
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1) Yeee.. Ethan is pretty creepy, to be honest. Me likey. It made the Dawn/Charles-storyline more bearable. Dawn playing the doe-eyed damsel in distress was a little over the top, but hey, the lady works with what she's got.

2) Oh damn, awesome shipyard! I have one right here! Seriously, great scene! I was also surprised to see that the boats already looked so sad in the 'memory' Btw, the memory thing was absolutely brilliant.

3) Gold stars for Dark Magic, I say.

4) Yes, one less person for Cassie to lie to.

One remark: I am SO glad TSC finally got it after a couple of disturbingly snoozeworthy-episodes! The connection between Cassie and Jake, Cassie's faith in Jake, Cassie's hero-move and that girl Lucy on the boat.. Perfect.

If you'll excuse me now, I'm going to rewatch the scene of Cassie's choking and subsequent emotional stare with Jake afterwards.
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Good call! Yeah I loved that Cassie almost immediately had Jake's back. He'd saved her life twice by that point (he tried to save her life on Halloween also) so he'd SORT OF earned her trust. But I like that he's now got some major flaws for her to have to deal with. But it also made me really happy when she told him about the medallion and he said 'cool, you can keep it safe.' THAT's trust. And when he offered to help her dig up the grave? That's just good friendship right there.
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Your last sentence makes me all sorts of happy about this show, because it's true. They really do seem to be basing romance on friendship. Cassie and Adam had good friendship moments last week, which led to a sweet kiss. And Cassie's kisses with Jake weren't necessarily based on romance at all, instead a dare and Cassie feeling a little daring. Either way, whichever romance they choose to revisit (in terms of coupling the characters for a while as boyfriend and girlfriend), it seems like they'll build toward it. I also loved that Cassie is more focused on her father and the mystery surrounding him than romance. Her determination to prove that he is innocent is a strong sign that she really, really, REALLY needs that to be true, so she can maybe find him and learn how to control her powers. That's what I call good character development. If nothing else, this show is good at anchoring itself to reality via character arcs.
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I agree with earlier comments that mentioned reasons Cassie's dad face was hidden: it's either someone we've already seen, or someone they're going to bring in soon and don't want us to know for sure if it's her dad or not. Very good episode!
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They only cast the father about a week ago, and THIS episode was probably filmed in December or November, so I think it has to do with time.
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Agreed. It was a production decision, I'm guessing. I loved it though, having a hooded man just made things even more nightmarish.
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Thanks for the awesome recap Price! Having read this TSC has now moved way up on my list of shows I might try out.
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Thanks. For real though, this is a good episode to jump in on if you don't want to start from the beginning.
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I was soo waiting for this recap after watching the episode, I knew you would shine like the sun, and you did:) Price, this was by far the the best recap and probably the funniest wittiest thing I read in TV.com, or lets say on TV:)) I literally laughed at some lines, and we should have a seperate page for Price-isms:)



"Adam's personality has generally defaulted to pursed-lip disapproval whenever anything interesting happens."

"cassie (re-cap): I was hiding behind a boot"

"Contrast that to Mystic Falls, which has an atmosphere largely defined by the town's reluctance to change lightbulbs."

"part-time hunk manufacturers"

"for the record, these were definitely people who could create a Jake"

"my daddy wasnt no doggie"



I agree with someone commented below: you should write scripts not critcs:)



coming to the questions:



- Ethan brought a great dimension to the story and I loved him becoming power-striken.. he had been the meek, belittled, weak guy all this time and charles was a bully (and dawn was the queen of mean girls? probably yes..) so this time he had his chance to take revenge.. dawn, just like any other "I am so wiser than anyone" villain, forgot the impact of the crystal and how that changes anyone holding it.. I LOVED it when he simply said "tomorrow.." to Dawn, which sounded more like "in your dreams..":) how stupid they must be to place a crystal in an other witch.. I mean was she really thinking, that ethan would be like "oh btw here is your crystal":) also, I am sure Ethan also knew who killed the elderly witch, but he liked to play with charles.. now we will have to understand how he survived blackwell, the fire and how much part he played in the past events..



-well the ships did not surprise me at all, the teens are meeting in an abandoned house right? it is not that witchcraft is an open public entertainment event, so gathering in spots where people normally would not want to go makes a much better sense..



-dark magic saves lives and is cool but all those snakes and demons and heather thing.. I'd take the grandma magic perfectly fine.. btw where the hell is she! I mean if this were a cop procedural, the social services would have already placed Cassie in a foster home, like how long can you leave a minor alone, all by herself (also considering that witchy bitchy stuff going around?) I mean yeah she has some memory problems but it is not like she forgot she had a grand daughter or that they were both witches.. and I also need to mention that eeeevery episode there is a threat about elderly.. and yet all we saw a dead one, an amnesiac one and a maniac one (charles mom obviously).. who are these people, where do they live, and what kind of witches are they if they cannot sense that some weird stuff is happening in charles harbor.. we need some cool elderly action now, if they are that much of a threat/impact.. plus the reason why they ripped the remaining witches off their powers is still a mystery to me.. to prevent them being hunted by the witchhunters or to punish them for their collaboration with blackwell (or for being alive basically while the others were dead, which would look suspicious to me too)..

- I feel like Melissa is about to face Nick's destiny.. the writers seem not to know what to do with her character.. when she was a sidekick of Faye, there were some purposes for her to serve.. right now, while I love that her personality grew up, she became useless..



lastly, up until this episode I was on team Cassie and Adam.. but obviously Jake is much more promising.. the moment when he show his parents pictures, the way his eyes got misty, the panic he had when cassie could not return.. he is much more passionate than Adam, who still seems undecided about his feelings..



This is a very long comment, sorry, but this sudden pacing up in the show, got me really excited:)
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I'm with you, this show got me so thrilled about where things are headed, and how good of a character Jake's become. I thought Cassie was pretty great too. She definitely has her weak moments but I definitely trust her and I like the decisions she makes. And I 100% agree that this show truly rocks when the older witches get involved. Yeah that moment where Jane used magic against the demons was just a classic TSC scene. I'm really worried about Melissa, I hope you're wrong about her getting killed off! There's definitely still time for her to get her own plotline, but I agree that after 12 episodes she should've had more to do than screw Nick and then mourn him.
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AWESOME recap. I feel like I owe you somnething significant and awesome, Price. However, I'm not sure how to buy you pizza from another country, so maybe I'll just give you an unneccessarily long comment to hurt your eyes? Because I really can't help myself sometimes. Sorry, dude.



1). I don't know yet about Ethan. I like to think he's just a character who is as tempted by magic as, say, Faye, when he's near it. He's power hungry, but I think that maybe he's aware of this, until he GETS power, at which point it takes over. That's what I'm getting from this episode. He's been a drunk all these years so he didn't have to suffer the guilt, but also because he didn't want to be tempted by magic? That's what I get from it. I'm seeing a redemption arc in his future.

2). All the time, Price, all the time.

3). They'll really have to start showing the implications of Dark Magic a bit more, if they're building it up to be some big inner villain as it would appear they have been. If not, then yes, I love Dark Magic, it rocks. But again, if it's supposed to be a thing that Cassie and her sibling have to over come? They need to start showing the bad side of that. However, I believe that - and hope that - that's not the case.

4). I miss Melissa. the last episode reminded me how cool she is, but the promo for next weeks episode makes it look like she's a hooker? (Not in terms of what she's wearing...it's a quick flash, but it looks like she walks over to a car and hand the driver some money. WHY show, WHY?)



Wow. TSC has well and truly hit the ground running with this one! I knew the little baby show (is it a toddler now, or is that only in year two?) had it in her! I was waiting for this. I hope they continue with this next week, this general direction. And Blackwell is showing up pretty soon, so we can be assured that there will be some more plot development. Oh, TSC, I knew you had it in you!



Now, as always, I have issues with Adam and his NOT being Thomas Dekker-y. I'm sorry. But did you see him in this episode? He was more like a dad then a love interest. "Cassie I disapprove of your need for freedom, stay away from that boy Cassie, Cassie don't do that, Cassie listen to me now Cassie!" It was a little irritating, and I really am hoping Adam's character goes through something that turns him into someone a bit more laid back, and Thomas Dekker-y. That said, TD REALLY sold the scene when Cassie was choking. Did you see that? Good work, Thomas! And Adam was really the only one who took action there. I love Jake and all, but after everything Cassie and him fought through, to just give up and say "I don't think I can help here..." seemed a little bit like a cop out. I still love him, poor guy went through the ringer, but I can't help thinking if Adam hadn't stepepd up and made him and Diana help, Cassie may have been a goner.



Faye's storyline was okay. They best not turn this into a generic drug-addiction issue. I'm hoping for a little bit more of an imaginitve arc for Faye. There's a cop out, and then there's utter laziness, so for the sake of this viewer, and the shows credebility, I hope they do something with a lot of twisty turny plot devices for Faye.



I hope Diana and Adam don't happen again, but at this point I think it's inevitable. Oh well. I'll get over it. I'm still hoping Diana finds someone new or get's a good arc, and Adam's storyline gets turned on it's head so he can become a more suitable male hero in this show, but as it is, I don't see that happening.



Now...the dog. THE DOG. I thought the casket might be empty, or that there'd be bones that made what Cassie saw make no sense, but no, a DOG? This show! What was that all about, I wonder? Was it just the easiest thing anyone could find, or will that play into the storyline in a more cryptic way? Oooh, the possibilities!



I hope this show stops forgetting how AWESOME Jessica Parker Kennedy is. So angry right now. I mean, clearly this episode was filled to the brilm with other storylines, but she could have at least made an appearance at one point or another. And is it me, or are hers the only parents we haven't met at this point, both in the past and present?



I can't wait to see what this show has in store for us, if it continues along this route. This episode was the best. Up there with Heather, the boat house episode, the Halloween episode, and Balcoin, which ws pretty fun.
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You just...yeah..you summed up my sentiments exactly. Especially about Adam/TD and Melissa/ JPK. Love the Ethan theory too. Yeah. Ditto on all the above.
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Why thank you :-)
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ALL OF THIS. So good. You are a genius. So many good thoughts, I agree with every single thing.
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Is it weird that this made my day? If so, then I guess I'll have to resign myself to being weird. I'll take one for the team (of one).
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I didnt watch this episode live because i was besy watching the amazing POI but this episode was by far one of the best episode it reached the level of the demon and pilot episodes that i love.
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Word.
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So I got a crazy idea. You never saw Blackwell's face. This makes me curious. Is he someone we've seen before in the show and they Hooded him to keep us in the dark. That got me to thinking, What Adult male characters have been in the show that arent already the kids parents. Not alot. SO i'm thinking Head witch hunter, teen wolf huntin dude may be Blackwell on the down lo trying to get vengeance on the hunters or something.
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That's a totally valid thought, and if this was a cable series I'd be all over that. Unfortunately it's a network series and they don't typically cast big parts until like the week before they roll cameras, so in this case Blackwell just hadn't been cast yet. But if you read the blogs you'll know a relatively known TV actor just got the part, so he'll be arriving shortly. In the meantime I thought it was genius having Blackwell wear a hood... It was just so creepy and awesome.
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good episode. I also assumed the ship graveyard was supposed to be all neat and tidy 15 years ago and that the present one is the aftermath of a magic bomb but nope.. apparently it's always been janky. I find it funny that Melissa's probably like hey I'm leaving town don't do anything without me but then that's the only time anything important and/or interesting happens..



Chris/Jake the ONLY guy who could make him Thomas Dekker/Adam seem average-lookin? doubtful lol maybe it's because i'm a straight guy but I just don't see TD's appeal. sorry
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I'm not trying to be all defensive fan-girl, but Thomas Dekker in any role OTHER than Adam is a handsome guy. Something about the brooding detracts from it. Thomas Dekker is a pretty chill dude (from what I've seen of him in interviews), and as with most guys, I think personality has a lot to do with how attractive a guy is. So it could just be the brooding, tight-ass sort of character Adam is haha. That character would make Donald Glover look bad (and I love me some Donald Glover).
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also the amount of eyeliner would make some difference.. there is just too much eye make up on dekker..
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My God, I know. They try to 'darken' him too much. The character doesn't at all compliment...anything. In any way. And then they plaster him with make up. It can be disconcerting. He stops being Thomas Dekker when he pulls the Adam bitchface haha.
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Thomas Dekker's cool overall (I liked him in the Terminator show, not his character, though), but let's face it: He's a small guy. He's Cassie-sized, which is great if she wanted to go the snug-and comfortable--ZZZZZZ, but Jake is the guy on the Harley. V-Necks and clavicles. Sorry, but Thomas Dekker got CW'd, big time.
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Hey now...ain't nothing wrong with short people. We are proud race. We will prevail. Also, V-Necks just ain't my thang. (Though I do love me some Jake.)
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In the world of CW, you people are doomed. Dooooomed~ *wiggly fingers*



Also, as a straight guy, I like V-Necks only in the ironic sense, as in I think they suck and are only worn by D-bags, but I'm also a guy who watches TSC, so I can only keep so many battles going.
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Haha fair enough! I was just trying to say it in the most polite way possible.
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When I first saw the ship graveyard, I assumed the equivalent of a magical nuke had gone off in the accident 15 years ago. I was super excited for an anime level ship-killing, tidal-wave-causing, sky-scorching explosion of deadly magic.



Understandably, the episode quite missed that mark, but it was still a fine misdirect and probably a bit more satisfying than the plain ol' shock and awe that would have been. It also made a kind of sense that the tragedy would have happened in/around the parents' magical clubhouse, which itself would have been in an abandoned and decrepit place. The interactive flashbacking was also a pretty novel device.



Prior to this episode, I had also imagined an open water booze cruise, although mine was inexplicably set in what was essentially the boat from the pilot episode of Ringer. I didn't give the logistics of that a lot of thought.
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Honestly, I think even the producers thought it was a booze cruise gone wrong, but changed their minds. I'm glad they did. This scenario is less epic and more nightmarish than I thought, and it definitely strengthens the conflict between witches and witch hunters. I guess most of all I'm just grateful to be surprised.
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I have always liked Adam, and when Chris Zylka first came on the show I vowed to hate him, but gosh darnit if he hasn't won me over that sly fox. I'd like to know more about this written in the stars business. Maybe it'll be Cassie and Jake's daughter and Adam and Diana's son that are destined for each other!!
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Well, I think by now we know that this show changes its mind about things. The destiny thing was mentioned in the PILOT, you know, back when Charles was a villain and Nick was the resident hunk. So the written-in-the-stars thing could be retrofitted or forgotten entirely. Personally I'm pulling for written-in-the-stars-as-brother-and-sister but who knows?
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Lol. I always laugh when i hear the excuse they give for Melissa not being in an episode. I wonder what Jessica Parker Kennedy was up to?
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They probably just didn't have a good plot for her that episode
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Yeah, or they can only afford to have a certain number of actors in each episode, which is an actual production decision every show makes. It's just slightly a bummer because how much cooler would that group magic scene have been if Faye and Melissa were there? I love group magic!
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Wow, i didn't know that. That explains a lot, thanks :)

And i think we can expect some group magic next episode (based on what I saw in the promo) :D YAY! So excited!
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They likely would've had Diana and Melissa 'split up' and look for Cassie...'elsewhere.'



Diana: "Darn it, she's not at her house."



Melissa: "Guess she must be at the other place. The place we're not."



Diana: "Must be. Yeah..."
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