'The Secret Circle' Recap: This Curse is Berserk
'The Secret Circle' Recap: This Curse is Berserk
Cassie and Adam's fornication leads to eminent death since it is a curse; Faye and friends fight off the crazed Eva; the adults plot each other's destruction. A normal-ish episode of The Secret Circle.

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After a night of magical lovemaking, Cassie and Adam talk about the first time they did magic together. Wasn't that, you know, last night? Oh, they mean literal magic--because they are witches and stuff. Sometimes I forget because I've seen Adam do magic all of three times. And because of this next scene: where Blackwell reveals he knows about the sexing.

First of all, awkward; this revelation for Adam, Cassie and Blackwell is one of the more normal aspects of this episode. The birds Cassie and Adam summoned and then killed because they are a harbinger of the curse? Not so much.

To learn more about this curse, Cassie and Blackwell visit Grandma Jane. Now this is also normal; a grandmother with dementia. I feel for Cassie here when she has to explain who she is to her grandmother. But then I remember it is spell dementia so I just tsk and wait for an exposition dump for the ramifications of the curse.

The stakes: someone in the circle will die. This is a horror show! Whenever a virgin has sex someone dies (which is a weird message to send to this demographic). Adam and Cassie are really damned ever since their love will actually KILL.

Unfortunately, my girl Diana just got stabbed with that information; therein ends mostly what she does this episode. Melissa and Faye don't seem fazed by this curse. Logically, Jake is the one who will die. That is the best part of this little curse setback; the love triangle is amped up! Cassie and Adam doin' it = Jake literally dying.

Cassie pulls a "We need to talk" to Jake to inform him of this. Though, that is a breakup line, not an 'I had a sex with my other boyfriend' line. Just rip it off like a band aid (or hopefully a condom wrapper; protection girl!).

And in a convoluted twist, the gang needs the help of Calvin, the dead shopkeeper, to gather necessary herbs. The problem, of course, is that Jake killed way back in like November. I'm all for this show trying at continuity, but like eight episodes later? All this guilt is eating him up now?

That's not the only weirdness Jake has tonight. Firstly, Jake's attempt at slut shaming is coolly dismissed by Cassie; but later, not so much about Adam (which is consistent characterization for this complete good guy). Weirdness #2: does anyone feel like Jake's more upset about Cassie and Adam then his own survival?

Luckily for Jake, Adam and Cassie care about his survival, enough to drink an elixir that will eliminate their sex drives; like that book The Giver. Adam and Cassie take their love away because the circle is what matters.

But here is the thing: it doesn't work. The greatest high school supernatural drama Buffy the Vampire Slayer did this way better back in the day because Angel and Buffy weren't dating for two episodes like Adam and Cassie. Sure, it hurts that the elixir didn't work for Cassie (who still loves Adam) but it does for Adam (who no longer loves her.) It breaks Cassie down and it should mean something, but I feel nothing at this. I think Britt Robertson cries well, she's trying to sell it. I feel not invested in this at all because there was no build-up of a happy relationship for these kids and it just doesn't work until this is revealed: there isn't any curse.

Blackwell manipulated this curse out of a deep need to protect the circle because of the catastrophic effects Ethan and Amelia faced. It sounds more like jealousy. Whatever the case, Blackwell has some magic and just got interesting for the first time. And now I feel for Cassie a little more since she has a dad who prevented her any happiness. Bad Single White Female

Let's make this quick: Eva is crazy. She killed Lee and acts like she just put him to sleep while she pushes Faye to believe he just took off. Luckily, Faye is not dumb. So she and Melissa and Diana work to investigate.

In a funny scene, the trio is caught breaking into a car by a cop. When Diana tries to play up that they weren't doing anything wrong, Melissa and Faye are dumbfounded: "Why isn't she using the sexy card?" And then they open her blouse up with magic because they are awesome. Of course it backfires. Eva sets the girls free, but Faye is still suspicious.

Later, the psycho wants Faye to bring Lee back to life. Faye can't, but she uses Eva's desperation and her own false bravado to make it work and break the totem. Eva loses any power she had. Faye remains awesome. My favorite aspect about Faye is probably that she is in no way an idiot. She isn't. Because most girls would be sighing and complaining about their boyfriend leaving them, but Faye figures it out quickly because she understands people. She reads them well.


Melissa and Blackwell spend time together. So I guess Melissa is a possibility of Blackwell's kid. There is some clarification over who Melissa lost (her mother). Charles and Dawn are at work together again. Charles visits Jane and together, with that fancy crystal, they plot against Blackwell.

Emily E. Steck
Contributing Writer

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