'The Secret Circle' Recap: Magic Medallions
'The Secret Circle' Recap: Magic Medallions
On tonight's Secret Circle, Adam gets another year older (don't ask how old he is) as the Circle faces: threats of the witch hunter, drug dealing, jealousy and betrayal. A regular week, an above average episode.

Adam, the Good One

"Did you dig up your father's grave?" Beat. "With Jake?" Wow. Where are your priorities, Adam? Clearly hiding in one of the show's many plot holes.

It is a simple, direct Adam question to Cassie. What's great about this right here is that Cassie is all, 'So? They were just dog bones.' Like she doesn't understand that she is acting like a psycho right now.

It extends to her hanging out with Jake again, getting to the bottom of this medallion business. In this week's 'magic is bad' segment, Cassie starts to magic up the medallion, quite literally shaking the house down. And because it was necessary for Adam to be weirdly jealous (for plot purposes), Cassie and Jake are caught in a compromising position.

Adam: retract claws, girlfriend. All you need to do is bring up that Jake kills people. And harass Cassie about the medallion. Enjoy your birthday bash thrown by Ethan and Diana (but mostly Diana).

Later, the two agree on this: Adam doesn't have any right to make decisions for Cassie without consulting her. Truth. Here is the irony: doesn't Cassie make decisions for everyone else without consulting them? Adam sees her through googley eyes, so where is Faye to call her out on this? Oh, right. Getting high on some magical drug. More on that below.

'X' Amount of Candles

I'm just going to go out there and say it: Diana is my absolute favorite character on this show. She is just a warm, sweet person (so... how great/terrible would it be if she was the second Blackwell child? Comment away!). How great a person can you be to plan your ex-boyfriend/oldest friend a birthday party when you are still in love with him? And when he is falling for your best friend?

Truthfully, Adam's birthday party is thriving (putting a smile on brooding Adam's face is a win) until Ethan's speech and the awkward aftermath. Diana gives a great speech, near tears and such. If Cassie's the lead of this show, Diana is clearly the heart.

Speaking of hearts, this show remembered that Faye and Jake used to be a romantic thing and that they know each other. How odd? I wonder what will happen at the end of the episode then. Spoilers: they try and swallow each other's tonsils.

Pretty soon, they show will remember that Jake and Melissa have had no scenes together because they were together before even Jake and Faye--that their love is too painful to even speak of.

But seriously, don't doubt for a second that the show would pull something like that and rewrite history. They practically rewrote Melissa after a week's absence by getting her hooked on that magic drug. Faye and Melissa--bored, rich kids--call extra creepy Caleb--pronounced Kal-ub-- guy for drugs; that is what they function for this week. I guess we'll see the fallout of that next week.

Integrate the Adults

The adults are clearly the best part of this show. Like, so suspenseful and B.A. (urban dictionary that phrase if you don't know it). But I wish they interacted with their kids more.

Example A: Dawn attempts to manipulate that fake-wimp Lucy. Dawn's cut on her hand works as like an activation thing. Kind of like the medallion in Pirates of the Caribbean. Sorry folks: pop culture is how I need to make sense of this show. If they aren't going to explain in a special Secret Circle-logic way, then I'll make sense of it in a pop culture-logic way. But as revealed here, Lucy is working with the witch hunters. Then she guts Dawn!

And then you have Ethan and Charles, with their power struggle for the crystal. Charles drugs an unsuspecting Ethan (which really, shame on him) and gains the upperhand. Then Charles uses the crystal to revive Dawn. For realz, the action and motivations and hidden awesomeness is all in the adults. If only it could spread to the kids more.

Actual Relevant Plot Stuff

Lucy Gibbons is a psychic; didn't know they were different from witches, but I'm glad the show took time to clarify this fact. Not how magic works or why Grandma Jane is MIA, but this they focus on. I have to say, I saw the duplicitous switch of meek Lucy to betrayer Lucy because I know the actress is capable (Community and Burn Notice shout-out!).

But the meek Lucy is not there to help the circle. And, why after being repeatedly screwed over, is Cassie so trusting of her? Luckily, Cassie's gained some brains (and lost a heart) this episode, and quickly deduces that she has betrayed them. The medallion is stealing the powers of the witches. So Cassie magically (ha!) remembers the spell to produce fire, and Lucy is scared. Very scared. Cassie is turning to the dark side. But, did Britt Robertson have a cold or something? Why was she so stiff and emotionless this episode? If it is to show the character's dark descent, it didn't show until the fire Circle scene.

Man do I miss the demons part of this show. The witch hunter aspect of this show is dragging it down. I can only hope that the witch hunters and dropped demon storyline are actually the same one: that somehow the two are connected.

Emily E. Steck
Contributing Writer

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