This review may contain spoilers
A lot happens in this episode, but for the main event, the only thing that comes to mind is "Why?"
What's the point of breaking up Cassie (Britt Robertson) and Adam (Thomas Dekker)? How does that make the kids better able to defend themselves from witch hunters? John (Joe Lando) used the powers he claimed that he no longer had to fake a curse in order to kill Cassie and Adam's love. The only motive that makes sense is the unspoken one of spite in memory of Amelia choosing Ethan over him.
Dawn (Natasha Henstridge) is still running from one man to another trying to get back her lost magic. Charles (Gale Harold), wisely, is still not listening to her for the most part. He does go with her to find out what Jane (Ashley Crow) said to John. Later, though, he goes back to make Jane whole so that she can help destroy John. It was Dawn's fear of Jane knowing they had killed Henry that caused them to disable her. Now Dawn fears Jane and/or John figuring out that they killed Amelia.
Faye (Phoebe Tonkin) confronts Eva (Alexia Fast) over Lee (Grey Damon). Digging through the obfuscation, she eventually determines that Eva's newfound powers are not Devil's Spirit based, but stolen from Faye through the power transfer totem. Also, Eva killed Lee. Breaking the totem seems to remove Eva's powers and restore some semblance of rationality.
Adam and Cassie both expressed their distress over the impending loss of their love quite nicely, but they don't use their brains at all. Adam says that he loves her so much, it must survive the curse's cure. Don't just say that, plan for it. Plan to woo each other again. When Cassie finds herself the only one still in love, she should be busy planning to remind Adam how good they are together after having a good cry. Don't be such victims.
Points Of Interest
1. John's, presumably, dark magic can gather and kill crows, mind control the already mind controlled Jane, and cause a slow creeping death in Jake.
2. An important ingredient in the love-amnesia potion is a root that grows locally inside of hollow trees claimed by rot.
3. Jake's (Chris Zylka) "curse" induced death involved a dark branching structure growing across his skin.
Calvin's (Hiro Kanagawa) death is finally addressed, in part, and a new hottie (Shannon Chan-Kent) is added to the cast in the form of Calvin's niece. We didn't see it happen, but Calvin's "ghost" said that his body was ash; so the fact that Calvin was killed so near Cassie's house and no body was found for months is not unreasonable in that light.
Faye is particularly witty and resourceful, this episode. It is only sad that she is willing to let Lee's murder go unremarked.
Poor Jake nearly dies in an exercise of parental manipulation and inadvertently exposes the fact that he murdered Calvin to archenemy Adam and beloved Cassie. Excellent.
What Didn't Work
Adam can remember the butterflies he felt when he was around his beloved Cassie but can't remember the actual love?
When John is talking to Jake, it seems to actually be important to him that redemption following heinous acts be possible. If so, how is this fake curse the act of a redeemed man?
John fakes his death and hides for 16 years. When he first appears to Cassie, he tells her she must keep his continued existence a secret, but then goes wandering around the town announcing his presence to all and sundry. Now, he has executed this diabolical fake curse and then immediately tells the details to "Dawn the untrustworthy." What's the point of even trying to be sneaky?
Diana (Shelley Hennig) and Melissa (Jessica Parker Kennedy) are sidelined into particularly dopey sidekicks to Faye in the B storyline.
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
"The Secret Circle" stars Britt Robertson, Thomas Dekker, Joe Lando, Chris Zylka, Phoebe Tonkin, Shelley Hennig, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Ashley Crow, Gale Harold, Natasha Henstridge, Hiro Kanagawa, Alexia Fast, Shannon Chan-Kent, Tobias Slezak, Grey Damon. "Curse" was written by Don Whitehead and Holly Henderson, and it was directed by John Fawcett.
"The Secret Circle" airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW
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