The Secret Circle Review: All Bets Are Off

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While casino night may have been a feature of The Secret Circle this week, I'd say it was anything but "Lucky." This was an odd episode. While the previews made it seem like it would be full of excitement, it kind of felt like watching Jason Voorhees chase down his 50th victim, just lumbering along at a steady pace. I wanted things to happen faster and I wanted more to happen - period.

So what did we get? A lot more of John and Cassie. While the idea of was-he-good-or-was-he-bad got played out again, by the end it was quite clear he really was back in Chance Harbor to set things right and to look out for his daughter.

For some reason, I thought he was still keeping his presence low key, but showing up at casino night and slamming Dawn against a locker laid that to rest. Now that she and Ethan know he's returned, maybe the adults will get a little more play time.

Return of Eva

I thought it was pretty strange that Ethan, who hated John so much he tried to kill him in the high school parking lot, would work so diligently to keep Cassie and Adam together. Since things didn't work out as planned with Amelia, he was making it his mission that they would go right for his son and his love, as it was written in the stars.

Imagine his surprise when John told him even Amelia knew that what was in the stars actually pointed to a curse should they ever get together. That would be one good reason to choose John over Ethan!

Alas, it was too late for the two talking papas to make a difference. Their spawn had just done the dirty deed. If John was right, we get to look forward to things spiraling out of control from this act. Sounds naughty and fun, doesn't it? The biggest problem with the whole situation was John's bad news to Cassie. She cannot use her magic, because any magic would drag her deeper into the dark side. What will that mean for the circle?

The other big story of the night was Faye discovering Eva not wearing her "ex" garb in the appropriate fashion. When she finally woke up, she seemed like she was about 14. It turned out that mentally that was about right. Of course, he dug into Faye while Eva was "out." There wasn't much of a contest, as I'm sure Faye would be happy to point out. I was rather surprised to find out Lee had not been yanking Faye's chain. He was really into her. Sadly, Eva was really into Lee, too, to the point of sucking the life out of him to ensure he remained all hers.

What was that? Did she turn him into a raisin person?

Normally Faye would turn to her circle to help under those circumstances. I don't believe for a second she will let Eva take possession of Lee. But Cassie can't use her magic, and her strength would make a huge difference. Or all the difference. Can the rest of them do anything without her powers? I hope so. Faye and Lee were smokin' hot at Casino night and we need more of that.

If Eva did turn Lee into a raisin, can he live, or is he gone for good?

Other bits:

  • Ethan was the bad guy. He gave mortal Eben powers years ago - on the boat. Sweet faced Ethan. Tsk tsk.
  • Diana met a handsome Aussie passing through town, had a great night and he promised to return. Do you think he's too good to be true?
  • Melissa has become the voice of reason after saving herself from Lee's dorked out friend Callum. I'm really proud of her.
  • What's the hold up now? Why isn't Jane back yet? I can't even keep track any more.
  • Was anyone else cringing when Cassie and Adam decided to get nekkid in front of the open windows? Jake peers into them all the time! Geez.
  • Do we really know Jake's agenda yet? If you do, can you tell me?


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I loved this episode. Mostly because I am a a huge fan of Joe Lando's. I think he has really made the character of Blackwell very interesting. I thought he had some great chemistry with Natasha so I hope we see more scenes with them together. I was saddened with the ending - what Eva did to Lee and Cassie and Adam losing control like that without a care to who may be watching. I also thought Jake would be outside looking through the window. I was glad to see he wasn't. I think Jake truly has feelings for Cassie. I think Adam is in love with the notion of love. I have a feeling this new guy for Diana may be a witch hunter. Can't wait to see what next week's episode of Curse will bring.


was a pretty strong episode!Love how the dynamic changed all around the show!From scene to scene!
Diana and Grant!The chemistry is there!But who believes that he is just a HUMAN!no-oneeeeee!
Melissa!Nice to see her being there a lot!and talking to everyone!Being cute and charming!Bingo!Jack as well! Just sweat how he loves her!
Faye!I really started to love the chemistry between her and Lee! But EVA is kickasssssssssss!A season final Nemesis! Like it!
Cassie and Adam!They have the chemistry!The S scene was so much better than the scene between Adam and D!Ethan and Blackwell played it so well! So many secrets!U never know if JB is a bitch!
I like we are getting slowly and carefully in all these relationships!Strong as VD,for me even better!


Mixed feelings on the fated stars curse thing. You'd think the parents would try harder to not have those two dating if that were the case. Why wouldn't Amelia put that in the diary? Or warn Ethan? Its just another way to fuel the unnecessary love triangle involving two boys she shouldn't even be with. I don't like Eva but maybe she'll make things more interesting. Love Melissa.


A 5/5 for the faye-lee-eva , hot blackwell and the birds in the last scene! finally some prospective in the show!

Strawberry fields

I feel kind of bad for Ethan. His hatred of John and obsession over Amelia led him to being personally responsible for half of the circle dying. Honestly (apart from the whole curse thing), no wonder Amelia chose John. Ethan is just weak. Speaking of the whole curse thing. Yeah, it's awesome. Nothing gets people more turned on, than a forbidden love. And that final shot of birds circling over Cassie's house was really great. But… John knows about the curse, Amelia knew, Jane clearly knows too… and none of them ever felt like they should, oh I don't know, maybe TELL Cassie and Adam? If I was Amelia, I would have write about it in the book of shadows or something, to warn future generations of Blake’s and Conant’s. Come on, people! I still want Cake, I’m sorry. That guy stays around when everyone treats him not very nice, just because he cares about the girl who pushed him awal. That sort of thing gets to me. She really should thank him every once in a while.

Strawberry fields

I have to say this episode was good. John Blackwell is really growing on me. Joe Lando helps a lot in that department. Btw, I think he didn’t really lose his power. The fact that whatever the Elders did affected him is just stupid. Dark magic is different than circle magic, you can’t just take it away. No, I think there still is juice in him, he just doesn’t want to use it anymore. Of course the fact that Cassie shouldn't use her magic is totally ridiculous. Yeah, I get it, she might lose herself. But letting someone die is better how? If I was her and someone close to me got hurt because I chose not to use my power to prevent that from happening, I would never forgive myself. Besides, her dark magic moments are usually the highlights of the show. Like in this episode, when she was chasing Ethan and knocked him over with her super powers. That was extremely cool. I love it how whenever she's about to do some dark magic stuff, everything gets quiet and we hear her heartbeat. Awesome.


cassie/adam sex scene was so akward. there is no chemistry between them. also the storyline of faye/lee/eva just started to b interesting ... and lee died? did he die or didnt he??? i dont get it


Since when can you have your stomach sliced open, slap a bandage on it and you're good to go. I little realism in the story line would be appreciated.

Rhianna speranzo

i thought for sure Jake was gonna see Cassie and Adam having sex. Also so sad that Lee died! I mean he died in 9 lives and now he dies here too. Poor guy cant catch a break

Sarah silva

SO I guess Jake and Cassie are meant to be as her and Adam are not.
I like Ethan and was sad to find out helped put Eben. However it seems like it was because he knew John was evil and wanted to give Eben the power to take him down. Then it all went wrong and Eben became to powerful and is coming after everyone. I hope Ethan now helps out in the eventual fight against Eben. I like Ethan so I want him to redeem himself, you can tell he feels bad as he was going to drink again.
I like Diana and hot aussie
I can not recall if they had told us that the other Blackwell daughter was a member of the circle or not. If that was never revealed then I think it is Eva, I know that may not make 100% sense at this time but that would be a good twist.
We are lead to believe it is Faye as per the conversation Dawn and John had in the hallway
So where was Charles.....he should have been at casino night

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The Secret Circle Season 1 Episode 16 Quotes

Once dark magic takes a hold of you, it's impossible to get free.


I have dark magic up to my eyeballs, thanks to you, and I haven't changed.