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.
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.