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'Secret Circle' Recap: John Blackwell Returns — And He's Totally Team Jake

Thu, February 16, 2012 11:00pm EDT by Andy Swift 11 Comments
Courtesy of The CW

The family reunion we’ve all been waiting for finally came this week!

I’ve got to say, John Blackwell (Joe Lando) looks pretty good for a guy who’s been presumed dead for more than a decade. Cassie’s (Britt Robertson) old man finally showed his face on the Feb. 16 episode of The Secret Circle, and it took less than an hour for her to try to kill him. (Is it just me, or does every girl on The CW have crippling daddy issues?)

But let’s back up a wee bit: John urged Cassie not to tell anyone about his return to Chance Harbor, but since she’s pretty much the worst at keeping secrets, she went straight to Adam (Thomas Dekker) with the big news. This led to an extreme act of shadiness, in which John told Cassie to stay away from those no-good Conants. Sounds like Cassie’s dad is totally Team Jake (Chris Zylka)!

And speaking of Jake, his witch-hunter buddies kidnapped Cassie and only agreed to let her go if he gave himself up for trade. The catch? Cassie was put under a spell that forced her to trap John in a fiery circle of love — as if he hasn’t been in that position enough already. Had the circle not showed up to suppress Cassie’s darkness, she’d have an extra-crispy dad on her hands. Or, more likely, no dad at all.

So what had the ladies of the circle been up to while all this Cassie kidnapping drama was going down? Why, partying with their scrubby voodoo boy toys of course! Melissa (Jessica Parker Kennedy) and Callum played a game of fun-with-totems, while Faye (Phoebe Tonkin) was off playing a little game of her own with Lee (Grey Damon.) Melissa suspected the voodoo boys were actually trying to steal their powers, but Lee insisted that wasn’t the case. Then he and Faye got down to biznass.

And remember when I said John was clearly Team Jake? He proved my point by thanking Jake for saving Cassie’s life, then saying it was obvious he cared for her very much. “Tonight was only the beginning,” he promised.

Ooh, chilling!

All right, let’s talk about this episode: Do you think Lee and his scruffy buddies are up to no good, like Melissa suspected? How much longer can John survive in Chance Harbor? And what will you do between now and March 15 to occupy your witch-less Thursdays? See you in the comments section!

— Andy Swift

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