Another good episode? I think it was! There were a lot of things that I really liked here – mostly because of what they portend for the future of TSC should it continue for another season and for my own sanity while I recap the remainder of season one. There were some logic leaps, but whatever – I’m willing to let that slide (to a degree) if the show is entertaining me, which it did last night.
Let’s get the Lee situation out of the way first, because it was a smaller component of the story and a lot of it didn’t make a whole lot of sense (although it definitely provided most of the night’s laughs). Faye hounded Ava and committed petty crimes until she finally found what she was looking for: Lee. Unfortunately, when she found him he was still dead. And old. Ava confessed what she did and begged for help to reanimate him (she obviously hasn’t read Pet Semetery or watched any zombie movies), but Faye explained that she had just recently mastered the art of opening her locker, and even in that case she still needed her gang to help her out (memorizing combinations is for losers). But Ava was determined, and also armed with Faye’s power (which she could use freely – I guess the use restrictions don’t apply to non-circle members? We’ll go with that), so Faye went along, sort of.
Luckily, one of Lee’s one-eyed monsters (heh) was under the mattress so Faye used it to get her power back from Ava, and left Ava to deal with the rotting 20-year-old senior citizen corpse in the bedroom. My issues with this plot were mostly just that it felt sort of rushed and pointless and didn’t make a whole lot of sense. Like, Faye got over Lee’s murder pretty easily, it seemed – and I know that Tonkin is capable of the emotions, so it was clearly a writing or editing issue. Also, nobody seems concerned that there is this dead body lying around and what that might mean for everyone. And, is Ava just like, gone now? Is she done? Because if so, I don’t really see the whole point of her coma, Lee’s murder, and the transfer of power – that’s a lot to go through for a two episode arc, you know?
But there was a lot of fun in this plot too – mostly because we got a lot of Faye, Diana and Melissa just hanging out and being goofy. Noticeably absent from this group was Cassie, because she has MORE IMPORTANT SHIT to deal with, like her FEELINGS and CURSED SEXTINIES and DEAD SEX BIRDS. She’s totally that girl who you’re friends with only when she’s single, because as soon as she’s not, she bails on everyone. And did the other three seem to miss her at all? Nope! Because even when she is around, she’s all ‘woe is me’ and doesn’t shut up about herself and you know the rest of them are thinking ‘can we just talk about The Hunger Games for FIVE GODDAMN MINUTES please?????’. So yeah, Cassie is not one of the girls. She’s THAT GIRL. And she’s missing out on all kinds of shenanigans, like Faye and Melissa helping Diana distract a cop who catches them breaking into Lee’s ‘Stang:
So, moving on from Lee as quickly as Faye seems to have done, let’s get into the rest of the episode, which was all about S-E-X-T-I-N-Y. And guess who was back? Grandma Jane!!! But she’s not really back, she’s just at some institution and her brain is still kind of broken. Looks like Cassie will have the house to herself for a while (conveniently next door to Hot Jake, who ALSO has a whole house to himself).
But, so, Cassie and SADam were sooooo happy the morning after their sexfest, until they went outside:
BUSTED! But Blackwell had some more bad news: by having sex, they activated the curse and now bad things would happen, but he didn’t know what, so off to Grandma Jane’s Nuthouse they went. After finding out the consequences of the curse (‘someone in your circle will DIE’), they had to break the news to the rest of the group, which was awkward on many levels.
Poor Diana – SADam and Cassie just never seem to give a shit that they are constantly rubbing their relationship in her face, and now it might kill her. I literally can’t believe that she hasn’t killed one of them herself yet.
Alas, Diana was fine and Jake was the one who took the hit. He came down hard with the world’s worst STD:
At least with most STDs, you get to enjoy yourself before you contract it, you know? This is just maddening – someone ELSE has sex and you get stuck with clammy skin, crazy-eyes and hallucinations. That is just NOT RIGHT. But luckily (*WINK*), Blackwell ‘finds’ a spell that will cure him – they just have to track down a magical forest mold first. So Cassie, SADam and rapidly-deteriorating Jake head off on a funventure together. The early scenes of the three of them in the woods were another high point in the episode for me, because we saw a glimpse of what the group dynamic could be if SADam let himself be more ‘snarky bro’ with Jake instead of ‘sniveling little bitch’. Since Jake was about to drop dead, SADam was feeling a little less threatened and let himself be humorous instead of UGH. I liked it – and given the end of the episode, I think we might get many more fun Jake/SADam interactions in the future.
But first of course, SADam and Cassie had to take some time while on an EMERGENCY LIFE-SAVING MISSION to discuss the state of their relationship:
So, they gathered all the stuff, made the special brew, and then Cassie sprung the news on SADam that it wasn’t Jake who was supposed to drink it – it was them. And not only would it make Jake better, it would also make them forget why they loved each other so much, and allow them to just be normal around each other instead of insufferable (SPECIAL AUDIENCE BONUS: no more awkward kissing!). SADam cried. Cassie cried. But they needed to do it to save Jake. But there was SO MUCH CRYING.
So they drank their drank, Jake recovered, and best, most exciting of all, we met a new character for the first time – one who I immediately warmed to and who filled my heart with hope and dreams for the future of the series. Ladies and gentlemen, please say hello to:
I mean, FINALLY. Finally, Thomas Dekker gets to be a normal boy instead of a tear-streaked angst machine, amirite? Sadly, Cassie is still Cassie (her DARK MAGIC prevented her from forgetting her goddam love, ugh of course), but you know what? I almost don’t care, because a normal, happy Adam (yep, I’m using his real boy name going forward unless I’m given a reason to rescind it) is exactly what this show needs. We need Jake and Adam bonding, hanging out and they don’t have to be best buddies – I’m cool with snark (obviously), but glowering at each other from opposite sides of the room was getting very old very quickly.
The parents were harder to figure out. Blackwell, it turned out, concocted the entire curse story to split up SADam and Cassie because Amelia and Ethan’s star-written-love is what broke their circle apart. So…okay – does that automatically mean the same would happen here? Don’t get me wrong – I couldn’t be happier that they are done, but the logic doesn’t gel for me. He clearly seemed to view Cassie/SADam/Jake as Amelia/Ethan/John and was very clearly rooting for Jake to sweep Cassie off her feet. He even gave him a little pep talk:
And yes, he effed with Jane’s mind in order to get her to tell the story of the curse. Ohhh, bad Blackwell. Her mind is already fucked enough. But then MORE MINDFUCKING happened because guess who else was back? Who is angry as hell and isn’t going to get pushed around any more? That’s right:
Welcome back Charles, you have been missed. But, why you gotta keep scrambling Jane’s brain? He made her forget everything, AGAIN, and then he went back to see her under the cover of darkness and did something else to her that will help him take out Blackwell. What? I don’t know. Why? Don’t know, don’t care. Gale Harold on my tv screen is enough for me for now.
So…what did you guys think? Are you as excited as I am about the SADam/Adam transformation and what it means going forward? Were you surprised at the resolution of the Lee storyline? Check out the promo for next week, and then hit the comments with your thoughts!!
Promo: (OMG, they’re going to go to SCHOOL???? Is this episode called ‘Opposite Day’?)