The Secret Circle Recap of Season 1, Episode 15, “Return”: Daddy's Back
by Mehera Bonner
The day we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived: John Blackwell is back in Chance Harbor after years spent living in a tee-pee with Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman! Sure, he’s rumored to be the most evil man-witch this side of Hogwarts, but that hair coif. Oh, that hair coif.
Find out why the source of all evil is back in town, and what he wants withCassie (Britt Robertson), in this week’s episode of The Secret Circle.
The Boys Are Back in Town
After last week’s run-in with ghosts and possessed demons, Cassie needs some well-deserved alone time. She tells Diana (Shelley Hennig) that Grandma Jane is coming back from her “zen retreat” (a.k.a. insane asylum), but when Cassie gets home from Dirty Di’s house, she has a studly surprise waiting for her: Jake Armstrong (Chris Zylka).
Jake warns Cassie that witch-hunters have sprinkled her house with ash and salt (delish!), but despite the warning signs, Cass ignores his advice. After all, there are more important things at hand – like John Blackwell.
If you thought Cassie’s reunion with daddy dearest would be magical, you were right on. Blackwell shows up at Cassie’s house and proceeds to open the front door with his mind. After a few moody pleasantries and studly gazes, he tells Cassie that she’s in danger, asks her keep quiet about his reappearance, and goes back from whence he came [insert obligatoryDawson’s Creek joke here].
But why is Blackwell in Chance Harbor, anyway? Sure, his hand erupted in a crazy blister the second Cassie activated his man jewelry, but Adam’s (Thomas Dekker) worried Blackwell has ulterior motives, and for once, we agree.
Father of Mine, Where Have You Been?
Apparently when Cassie isn’t busy being a teenage witch, she spends her time waitressing at “Java Brew,” Chance Harbor’s trendiest coffee shop. Cassie’s most popular clientele consist of Faye(Phoebe Tonkin) andMelissa (Jessica Parker Kennedy), who get an unwelcome surprise when Callum wanders in and asks them to a party. How can they even think about resisting his grifter charm? Now, quick – to the nearest thrift store for a fix of flannel!
Faye has no interest in Callum’s coffee shop come-ons, but Melissa heads to his soiree despite her besties’ misgivings. Faye and Diana decide to run an intervention on Melissa, so they visit Lee, who’s doing what he does best: hangin’ with his creepy comatose girlfriend. Lee tells Fayana that Callum practices “evil left juju” (his words), and the three of them head to the party before he can cause any trouble.
Meanwhile, Cassie heads down to the docks to meet up with her dad, and he makes the mistake of asking for the medallion (sigh, boyfriend just wants to conjure himself a new black cape).
Despite being witch-napped and held hostage on multiple occasions, Cassie storms off in a tearful huff and – surprise, surprise – gets herself captured by Eben. He and his witch-hunter cronies tie Cassie to a chair, cover her with some ashy salt, and drip weird fluid into her eyes and mouth. Just a typical day!
So, Callum’s party can only be described as a ‘90s rave – complete with hookahs, crazy dancing, pits of fire, and greasy hair. But Melissa’s having a great time, especially when she and Callum cuddle up on some cushy couches and proceed to give each other voodoo doll spellgasms. Yep, you read that right. Just slap a voodoo doll between your hands until you feel that “surge.”
Sadly, the fun stops there. Callum locks Melissa in a private room after he discovers that she’s a witch, but she escapes the clutches of his power-stealing voodoo doll in the nick of time. Luckily, Melissa meets up with Faye and Diana and the three of them book it out of the party before things get too creepy – but not before Melissa warns Faye not to trust Lee’s voodoo Valentine!
Meanwhile, John Blackwell is hanging in the clubhouse when Jack runs in screaming Cassie’s name at the top of his lungs. They have a brief-yet-studly bonding moment, and then Jake sneaks off to Eben’s boat in the hopes that he can trade Cassie for her pops!
Blackwell falls right into Jake’s trap, and after a quick pit-stop at the Boathouse (hi, Ethan!), they wander into the middle of the forest to make the trade. The catch? Eben wants to take Jake prisoner instead of Blackwell!
Into the Woods
Over at the boathouse, Adam gathers the Circle to save Cassie, and they rush to the forest only to find Jake – about to be murdered by Eben. The Circle use their collective power to impale Eben on a tree branch, but then his body disappears and in a creepy and mysterious display of magic.
Meanwhile, Cassie accidentally ignites her dad on fire because she’s been “hypnotized” to kill him, but the Circle save the day once again with a spontaneous slam poetry session. Phew, not only is John Blackwell alive – not one hair on his coif is singed!
After the night’s events, Blackwell and Cassie bond over the fact that his magical powers were stripped (wait, didn’t he open Cassie’s front door with his mind?), and she tells him that the medallion is destroyed. Blackwell vows to stay in Chance Harbor to protect Cassie, but we have a feeling he has other reasons for sticking around....
Without further ado, it’s time for our favorite part of The Secret Circle: the weekly montage. First, Lee sneaks into Faye’s window to makeout while his creepy comatose girlfriend wakes up across town; then John Blackwell visits Jake to strike a deal about keeping Cassie safe; and finally Adam and Cass snuggle at the Boathouse. It’s all so beautiful! But that might just be Adam’s emo mix-tape playing with our emotions.
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Here's some extra pics from the episode and an interview with Gale (his advice to Charles)... thanks to kinnetiks.net for these screencaps.
Gale's scenes, thanks to Mytears Inheaven and Vimeo:
<iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/36961363?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0" width="400" height="300" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/36961363">Gale Harold's scene in TSC episode 15</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user7116066">Mytears Inheaven</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>