Season 1 Episode 6

Bonfire and Betrayal

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 28, 2009 on ABC
Bonfire and Betrayal
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Episode Summary

During Eastwick's Halloween festivities, Roxie envisions an ill fate for her loved-ones and tries to prevent it from happening. Kat attempts to reunite Will and Joanna, who continues to encounter misfortunes after having trouble with her career and love life.

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  • I loved Bun's involvement in things. And Im glad that Penny is starting to have a major role in things. This is the only show that I like thats on now. Vampire Diaries is dreadful. True Blood isn't on, and Dexter has Rita. So this is keeping me going!moreless

    I got teary eyed at the ending. I sort of knew something like that was going to happen. But I liked him. Roxy is strong tho. And this will show her strength. Besides, I want to see her with Derryl. I think I shouldn't, but I do. So, what does Jaimie have to do with the first set of witches? I usually don't like coming here, cos its mostly kids. But I thought this show might be different. I don't think that Jaimie is Bun's son. I think that he is the son of one of the other two women. What is that symbol? I wish I could figure out a way to look it up. but I can't even describe it.moreless
  • Bonfire and Betrayal

    Bonfire and Betrayal was a superb and entertaining episode of Eastwick. I really enjoyed watching this episode because it had good story and character development. The town's festivities were interesting. There are a few surprises and more of the girls powers come to fruition. Bun was awesome to watch. The ending was sad and I look forward to watching the next episode to see what happens!!!!!!!!!

  • Joanna is smoking hot in this episode. Geddit? Arf.

    Its' your typical Eastwick outing until its big finish, which admittedly, is an impressive few minutes, however, much like the show itself, is unable to set the right tone, and so only half works. **

    I didn't review the last episode, even though it was certainly the highlight of the season so far. I think I'll give this one more episode and if things don't change, I'm afraid I'll be bidding adieu to this witchly series. **

    Joanna is thrown into all kinds of crazy this week, and it's a refreshing change of pace for her character. It's good to see some repercussions from her journalistic assault that affected quite a number of 'innocents' in the process. It's unfortunate, then, that in light of all that happens to her, she's still trying to make funny quips, which was jarring to say the least. It undermined any sense of danger she might have been in. She also gets a new power, bizarrely enough. Will this sort of thing occur often, developing a new power for when the script demands it? Her efforts proved to be worth feck all anyways, so why give her a power now?


    Roxie and Kat don't get to do very much this week. Kat is really starting to frustrate me – she's still the skeptic of the bunch. The writers have dragged this nonsense out long enough, and while it did seem as though she finally realized she conjured that rain-storm, it wasn't conveyed convincingly enough, so we may get several more episodes of her disassociation with all things supernatural. **

    Penny and Bun kept this episode afloat. Penny's little side-story with 'Johnny Depp' was a hoot, although some of her dialogue was painstakingly clichéd; this kind of pg-13 dialogue often works against this series – Desperate Housewives/Sex and the City, this aint. There was a sense of genuine history between Bun and Van Horne, and for the first time since the pilot, he comes across as truly menacing. **

    The big finish worked well. Watching Kat climb that mountain of coffins was a very unusual sight and there's some tense drama to be milked from the proceedings. It all ends so 'in the movies,' mind you, with everyone one-by-obe walking away until Kat and Joanna are allowed to have their 'oh-so-hilarious-yet-heartfelt conversation' ahem.


    Overall, it's an episode of two halves, two tones, and only two interesting storylines. On any other TV show they would have covered what this series has done in 6 episodes quite effortlessly in two, and still manage to maintain the character development. There are two many fatty parts, they've taken the first step and sliced a bit off in the name of Chad.moreless
  • Jumped the shark already?!?

    So we are really supposed to believe that a disgraced clergyman would so easily resort to murder? And that Joanne's powers would be completely ineffective in trying to escape from his clutches?

    Her powers are completely useless when the script writers decide it's good for the plot. Why did they bother showing us that she could levitate/manipulate objects if they weren't going to let her use that power later in the episode to save herself?

    More lazy writing had Kat and Roxie arriving at the bonfire well after Bun and Mia had arrived, despite Bun having dozed off in the armchair after Kat and Roxie had dashed off to save Joanne. Obviously they weren't in too much of a hurry to save their friend.

    And was the music really too loud for the firemen to hear anything Roxie was saying?

    Finally of course in TV-land little things like smoke inhalation and being burnt alive are just trivial annoyances that can't be allowed to get in the way of a happy ending. They showed Joanne's coffin engulfed in flames, but Joanne came out completely unharmed.

    I enjoyed the previous episodes but the lazy writing in this one just annoyed me.moreless
  • Things suddenly turn colder and more violent in Eastwick. First Darryl fires Chad after Roxie supposedly saves him. Then Joanna finds out about Kat and Will. Finally something terrible happens to Joanna and something even worse happens to Chad.moreless

    Eastwick turns even more violent under the Halloween sky. In the original book and the movie adaptation things got a little strange and violent at times. In this incarnation things are getting downright menacing as accidents are occurring of one kind or another left and right.

    We know Van Horne is evil, but where Nicholson was likable and playful until he was crossed this Van Horne is not likable and downright satanic. We have people dieing, people being seriously hurt, and even a few main characters threatened with an untimely end.

    I must say I have enjoyed this show more than most up to this point, but the true measure of this show had been the whimsy and light touch to even the really bad things that happen. Tonight that all changed.

    We see true bonding between Joanna and Kat finally, but Roxie seems to be out on an island. Also we know that at least two of the witches from the prior coven are still around. Based on what has happened so far I feel we can expect some untimely things to occur from that standpoint as well.

    I am surprised by the ending this week and it should be interesting to see where the show goes from here. As Bun said, "there is no changing destiny!" Thanks for reading...moreless
Tom Amandes

Tom Amandes

Pastor Dunn

Guest Star

Bonnie Hellman

Bonnie Hellman

Weird Shorts Lady

Guest Star

Drake Kemper

Drake Kemper


Guest Star

Matt Dallas

Matt Dallas


Recurring Role

Jack Huston

Jack Huston


Recurring Role

Darren Criss

Darren Criss


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The song "Perhaps, Perhaps" that is heard in this episode is the theme song for Coupling, the UK sitcom. Lindsay Price starred in the US remake as Jane Honda.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Weird Shorts Lady: Are those coffins?
      Roxie: You bet your ass those are coffins. Would anyone like to guess what's inside them?
      Weird Shorts Lady: Corpses?
      Roxie: Eww. No. Demons. Metaphorical demons.

    • Roxie: You here for the tour, Darryl? 'Cause it's ten bucks without pie.
      Darryl: Oh no, don't mind me. I'm just here to participate in the festivities. Although I'm sure your pie would be delicious.
      Roxie: It's like you've stepped out of a seventies porno movie and into my life.

    • Roxie: Men don't hold grudges the way women do, especially if there's a chance they might get sex out of it.

    • Jamie: Why haven't you called me back?
      Penny: Because I don't want to speak to you anymore? How does dissing work in your country?

    • Joanna: I'm gonna win Will's heart. (turns to look at Will) I predict that there will be some begging involved and... perhaps a lap dance.

    • Roxie: (after she saves Darryl's life) Screw you, destiny! You're no match for Roxie Torcoletti!

    • Josh: Usually, people are most honest when they're not thinking about what they're about to say. I know this because I'm a blurter, like when I saw your feet, I noticed how much I like your toe ring. And if I wasn't mad at you, I'd probably wouldn't have mentioned it.
      Mia: You just mentioned it.
      Josh: My anger remains.

    • Kat: I am not the type of person to betray a girlfriend like that. There is a code, Will. Chicks before sticks.
      Will: I thought it was 'bros before hoes.'

    • Kat: Penny, right?
      Penny: Backstabbing slutbag, right?!

    • (after Joanna goes missing)
      Roxie: Let's call the police.
      Kat: I already did! You think I would choose psychic vision over cops?!
      Roxie: Are you always this bitchy when you're freaking out?
      Kat: Sometimes.

    • Penny: (to Jamie) You confuse me... with your musky man smell and your accent that makes me want to throw you down on a bed and eat you like a crumpet. And I don't even know what a crumpet is.

    • Roxie: I guess the lesson is I need to figure out how to understand these visions more specifically if I'm going to change the future.
      Bun: You can't change the future. There are things that have been set in motion which cannot be undone. We can't change destiny... no matter how hard we try.

    • Will: Kat's the one who tried to walk through fire to get to you.
      Joanna: You tried to walk through fire?
      Kat: I never really had girlfriends before. I'm still figuring out boundaries.

    • Joanna: Oh! if my life is a doughnut, Kat, you would be the creamy filling. You know, if it was a pizza, you'd be the cheese. If it was a roast beef sandwich--
      Kat: You are really hungry, aren't you?

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Airdates:
      United Kingdom: December 8, 2009 on Hallmark Channel
      Czech Republic: September 17, 2012 on TV Nova

    • Featured Music:
      • "Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps" by Juanita Rosa & the Peer Players
      • "Heart In A Cage" by The Tommy Smith Band
      • "Disco Inferno" by Earl Young's Trammp
      • "Young Men Dead" by The Black Angels


    • Pastor Dunn: The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.

      This is a line from the Gospel of Matthew 26:40-42, which reads: "What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."

    • Chad: Whatever happened to standing by your man?
      Roxie: I don't know. Are we suddenly in a country western song?

      "Stand by Your Man" is a 1968 country song by Tammy Wynette and Billy Sherrill.