The Secret Circle Round Table: "Witness"

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The Secret Circle viewers bore "Witness" to an especially interesting episode of this CW drama last Thursday, as Cassie and Jake went back in time to discover the truth behind a certain infamous fire.

What surprised our Round Table panelists about all this duo discovered? What should we expect from Ethan going forward? Matt Richenthal, Carla Day, Eric Hochberger, Carissa Pavlica tackle these issues and more in the following Q&A. Won't you join them?


What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: The final one, but not because I was surprised Cassie's father wasn't in his burial plot. Because a dog was placed there instead. Huh?!? Why? Why not just leave the casket empty? It was bizarrely hilarious.

Carla: As horrible as it was to watch, I have to go with the burning at the stake scene with Cassie's father. It was emotional, but highly revealing. Where is her father?!?

Eric: Less of a scene and more of the entire storyline taking us down memory lane. Especially when you consider my other choices were hanging with the adults or in the creepy druggy voodoo den.

Carissa: I was looking at Jake's face, and wondering if anyone but him could possibly have such a dramatically cartoonish chiseled featured... when his parents walked by. His father's face was even more cartoonish and sharp and I really enjoyed that moment.

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What was the most surprising revelation from our visit to the pier 16 years ago?
Matt: That Cassie's father betrayed Cassie's mother? Anyone else catch that, courtesy of Jake's parents' discussion? This could mean any number of things - the guy was seriously dark, after all - but it has me intrigued.

Carla: Unfortunately, nothing was really surprising. I stay away from spoilers, but some announcements are difficult to avoid. I guess that the boat fire wasn't caused by the circle's parents, but instead the witch hunters, was a surprise. It added some depth and intrigue to the story. And, of course, that Cassie's dad is alive, but ... that was spoiled for me with the casting announcement.

Eric: That, man, those parents looked young. Even by CW standards. I know I'm supposed to go with Cassie's father being alive, but come on, as Carissa said: that was ruined for me awhile ago. Or I could go with the witch hunters being responsible for the fire. Hmmm... See, when I have to make real decisions I go with mocking the casting. Much easier.

Carissa: That being a witch is sort of boring, all things considered. It seems that generation after generation they all tramp around with delusions of grandeur but nothing ever happens. I understand Faye wanting to have fun and get free things with her magic. Otherwise, what's the point? I don't know if it counts, but the boats made me crave oysters and crab legs.

Should Faye take the Devil's Spirit herbal enhancement?
Matt: No way. She should turn around and sell it! Let's be real here: the economy isn't improving that much and the job market remains scarce. Why not make a quick few bucks now and make a smart investment or two?

Carla: Absolutely not. That is just trouble, but that is Faye. She will take it and cause problems for the circle. I'm a bit disappointed in the direction of this storyline right now.

Eric: Absolutely. You gotta get that stuff out of your system before you head to college, or worse, real life. Nothing worse than a grown up Devil Spirit junkie. Which I assume ends up acting a lot like Sheriff Andy Bellefleur.

Carissa: Absolutely. All teenagers like Faye experiment with drugs. I've already determined their lives are fairly boring, bring out the fun stuff and get this party started!

Can we trust Ethan?
Matt: Yes... to make the elders more interesting! I want the crystal! No, I want the crystal! Devious plan this, mysterious scheme that. Stop talking in circle and take whatever action you intend to, old people.

Carla: Not yet. But I trust him more than Charles or Dawn at this point. I'm loving this sober Ethan. Plus, he is kinda hot all cleaned up and confident.

Eric: I'm with Carla here. It's all relative and so far, out of that generation, he's the least evil. Making him both trustworthy and my least favorite adult.  Now, on the opposite end of the trust, I am loving the manipulative Dawn.

Carissa: As much as we can trust any of them, which is not at all. It appears to be in the witches handbook, that feeds all their little family books, that backstabbing and self-preservation is the most important quality in a witch. Any selfless acts have been fleeting and therefore suspect. Trust no one.

Who did you miss more this week, Melissa or Jane?
Matt: Melissa. She takes her shirt off a lot on the show. (It's okay for me to say that, Jessica Parker Kennedy is 27 in real life.)

Carla: Who? I didn't miss either until I read this and realized they weren't in the episode. Jane hasn't been around in a while, so I didn't miss her at all. But who is taking care of Cassie? Now that I realize Melissa wasn't in the episode, I did miss her. I wish she was involved more consistently. She is becoming the regularly missing circle member.

Eric: Definitely Jane. Like Carla, I did actually forget the we didn't see Melissa this week, but I've been wondering where grams has been. There's only so many times you can explain the disappearance of your legal guardian and owner of the home you live in. Even on a CW show.

Carissa: Neither of them. Jane hasn't been seen for weeks, has she? If so, then she's been in the daze she has suffered since Dawn killed her father-in-law, and Melissa is a little whiny. Plus, she was on the Syfy movie of the week on Saturday, so it was almost as if she was on the show.

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I prefer Jake and Cassie as a couple as opposed to Cassie and Adam.


I like the series so far


No, he was responsible in part for all those deaths and the power will get to his head. Missed Melissa and Jane. The writers should bring Jane back already! It would be really dumb if she is dead. I seriously do not know what they are doing with her character. They also need to introduce her parents already. They clearly were not on the boat so they should be telling us somethings.


The most surprising event was that Ethan was working with the hunters to kill John. But he clearly didn't care that he killed a dozen other people in the process. There was no reason for them to kill Jake's father or the other people. I finally understand why he became a drunk bum for all those years. He told the witch hunters that he will get John Blackwell and they can kill him as long as he got Amelia. Amelia probably couldn't stand him after what he had done and one of the reasons she left is because she couldn't stand him anymore after allowing so many people to be killed. This is just me theory. Yes, it will create more drama, which will be awesome.


I felt all the scenes with Jake, Cassie, Adam and Diana were good. But Witness didn't have that spark the other eps had even though this was the most revealing episode of the season.


1. Any part where Cassie was back in time it was nice seeing what really happened 16 years ago and having them go back and see it for themselves made it even better.
2. The the witch hunters were the ones that actually set the fire and not there parents.
3. No
4. Maybe he seems like he's on the elders side cause he said he was going to tell them about Charles having the crystal but then he was on the boat 16 years ago but he lied and said he wasn't even there so that seemed very suspicious.
5. I didn't even realize that Melissa wasn't even in this episode until I saw this question so I guess Jane cause we haven't seen her in a while and I want to know what's going on with her and her memory.


I honestly really lovethis show very much bit the only thing that really pissesme off is the magic is under used on the I mean their teen witches who whay can only make fire with Cassie.around like its really starting to piss me off like if me an my friends of.witches we would b having the most of fun I wo oukd b using my magic everyday like the only thing they mostly do is fire but like ok damn,im sick of fire I want more ab Cassie shouldnt be the only character with the biggest storyline give them alk one together whole circle involving Melissa like vampire diaries has done so much better magic with witches so sevret circle really needs to step it up like with the magic and the circle or idk if dare i.say can still watch it though I still very much love it it needs changes asap!!!!!!!!!!!


1. Blackwell. The guy is a badass and I now think he's my favorite character at the moment because I'm getting increasingly disappointed in the lack of development for some of the others. Also that scene with Ethan and Dawn because Ethan had more stones than Charles seemed to.
2.Nothing. Which kind of sucks because I like a little suspense.
4.Yes. I think he may be the only one with the kids' best interest at this point. He's freaking awesome. I loved drunk Ethan...I love Sober badass Ethan even more.
5.Melissa. I continue to be frustrated how neglected her character is. She needs development. Everyone but Cassie does. : (


1. Everything Blackwell
2. Carissa`s answer
3. Carissa`s answer
4. No
5. Jane


I don't like this show but I still watch it, because I still have faith that they well do something big and it well change my perspective about how bad the show is.

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