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The Secret Circle recap: Zach Attack. Friends Forever?

A stranger with a deadly agenda finally brings the feuding Circle together

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The Secret Circle

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
Pending
seasons:
1
run date:
09/15/11
broadcaster:
The CW
genre:
Drama

Tonight’s Secret Circle left me feeling torn. Torn to pieces, I tell you — absolute pieces! On the one hand, we saw the ever-feuding Circle finally realize that they will need each other to face the growing threats popping up all over Chance Harbor. It’s not like they’re going to hug it out and start doing that ‘we’re walking down the hallway arm-in-arm in unison because we’re BEST FRIENDS’ thing. There are deep-seated, multi-generational rivalries here, and the show certainly needs that dynamic. But tonight’s events made it necessary for the gang to put aside their egos and their self-made loner identities to fight for a common purpose, and this new group dynamic should be a fun adventure in the coming weeks.

But on the other hand (probably the left one), I’m a bit frustrated with the pacing. Zachary’s arrival and his shocking revelation planted the seeds for what looks to be a really fun episode next week, but how long did it take for us to get there? Don’t get me wrong — I’m a huge fan of a good old-fashioned set-up episode. I’m just hoping for fewer Lost-esque cryptic conversations with little payoff next week. That’s all. Let’s get to it.

First and foremost — it’s time for a school dance! Fans of paranormal television programs that are marketed to teens know that this will inevitably result in a supernatural showdown that nobody will notice except for the lead characters involved. Like the fate of Cassie and Adam, it was written in the stars. But in the midst of all of the streamer-hanging and punch-mixing, our witches had to deal with the fact that after last week’s binding spell, their powers were no longer their own. Faye in particular had a hard time with hers. The poor girl couldn’t even open her locker without having to put the combination in! “Imagine me realizing the only way to get something to move is with my actual hands,” she said. Ugh, I know the feeling.

Diana was still pleased as punch that the binding spell limited their individual powers while strengthening their collective ones. She reached out to Cassie and flat-out propositioned her for friendship, but Cassie declined. Cassie still wanted an identity outside of the Circle, and apparently she was going to find said identity through extracurricular activities and helping out with the school dance. To each her own, I guess. As for a date to the dance — well, Adam (hesitantly) made that one easy. Adam apparently has a cute athlete friend named Luke, and Luke took an immediate interest in Cassie. He asked Adam if he should go for it, and Adam was very obviously jealous. “She’s going through a hard time right now,” he protested.

So we get it — Adam likes Cassie. But tonight we learned via Freudian slip that Cassie might have some feelings brewing there, too. When Luke strutted his stuff down the hall all athlete-like with Adam at his side, Sally Student President turned to Cassie and said, “He’s so cute!”

“…but taken,” Cassie replied. Sally Student President’s disdainful look said it all. She meant Luke, sister. Cassie was embarrassed, but she still accepted Luke’s invite. A dance is a dance, and what good is a dance with no date? Heck, even Melissa was getting in the spirit. After yet another roll in the hay with Nick, which I distinctly remember telling her not to do last week, she pulled a Sadie Hawkins and asked him. “Because I’m feeling kind of slutty!” And just like that, I officially love Melissa. Unfortunately, Nick did not share my sentiment. “We’re not dating, Melissa,” he said. “If that’s where this is going, we’re done.”

NEXT: The stranger arrives. 

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