You guys, this is the penultimate episode of the season, and we don’t know yet if it’s coming back next year! And to be honest I’m kind of bummed out because TSC has really and truly stepped up its game in the last part of the season. I know I sound like a broken record, but for real – ever since Adam became a real boy instead of a depressing and crotchety Cassie superfan and the show’s focus has turned to the witchy stuff rather than relationship melodrama, it’s been almost…pretty damn good?
This week we got a story that was both witchy AND relationshippy – it was definitely Nick that everyone saw at the amusement park last week. Yep, Melissa’s boyfriend’s back and there’s gonna be trouble:
I honestly don’t really get what the deal with Nick was. Did he not die when Charles drowned him and he’s just been roaming the countryside since then getting weaker because he doesn’t have his little demon snake (not a euphamism) anymore? Or did he die and come back? Whatever – he’s officially dead-dead now, so it doesn’t really matter. Goodbye Nick – I can’t say I’ll miss you but I’m glad that the people who will got a chance to see you again. Oh, and I think it’s pretty clear from his zombie-style personality disorder that he is not the one helping the witch hunters, right? It’s got to be someone else? So I’m back to my assumption that it’s Ethan for now. What do you guys think?
This episode was called ‘Prom’, but like all episodes of this show that venture to the school, all of the action took place in hallways and empty classrooms. I think we saw the actual dance for about five seconds. These guys are so insanely separated from their school lives that they only discussed the idea of going to prom for the first time the DAY BEFORE it happened, and even then it was only as a cover for their time-traveling blood spells. I was really hoping that at the prom, nobody recognized any of them and they would have to keep introducing themselves to people all night, because seriously.
I really love that we still don’t know the true intentions of any of the parents at this point. Blackwell is obviously up to something, but we don’t really know what. Charles is the most sympathetic and it’s easy to see why he’d hate Blackwell so much, but at the same time we don’t know much about his plans – from the start he kind of seemed almost like Dawn’s second-in-command, but now that we know him better he seems far too intelligent for that. And Dawn has seemed like such the smitten kitten around Blackwell that it felt like she’d follow him to the ends of the earth, but then she turns around and plots with Charles behind his back. Is she playing Blackwell, Charles or both? Oh and Ethan? Mysteriously absent for the last few weeks. Yep, I’m betting he figures prominently in the finale.
Back in teen land, there was much going on. Melissa and Jake were obviously preoccupied with Zombie Nick. Melissa was like Hershell from The Walking Dead in her refusal to admit that Zombie Nick was not who he once was. If she had had a barn handy, he’d be in there right now awaiting his daily feedings with Sophia. Jake and Melissa’s opposing views really played out nicely in the junkyard scene – I loved that Jake allowed himself to try to see his little brother inside the monster he was fighting and that it almost got him killed. And then Melissa’s ability to finally see Nick clearly for what he was and take him out, saving Jake’s life. They both did a great job of playing those shifts in perspective gracefully and with subtlety. But Melissa needs to work on her ‘dropping her knife in disgust and terror’ act, because that was a little over the top.
Nick, like everyone else, had been after the last crystal that was hidden somewhere in the school (the last place the witches would think to look, because they don’t go to school). I loved how the kids smoking pot outside the dance were all, ‘yo, you want to get in on this?’ to Zombie Nick as he power-walked past them. Do you guys do that? Do you offer to share your joints freely with random passerby in an attempt to bond or something? Because a) germs, b) waste of pot and c) GERMS.
The group split into pairs while Cassie and Diana relived 90′s high school fashions with holograms of their moms (more on that in a minute). Of course, Jake and Faye hung out while Adam and Melissa wandered the halls together. So here’s where I start gushing about things that I am really loving about the show. Omg, the scene with Adam and Melissa in the hallway was SO SWEET and adorable. I love them together so much, but I am almost actively rooting for them not to get together. I just really like their friendship and I don’t really need to see it be more than that, and I almost fear that it would ruin everything. Once they were a thing, there would inevitably be DRAMA and ugh. Things are perfect right now, with the two of them bonding over the loss of their high school experience (Melissa finally addressed the truant elephant in the room, which was kind of awesome) and then trying to pretend they were just normal kids dancing at their prom. So cute.
Speaking of great pairings, Jake and Faye continue to be awesome, and there wasn’t even a hot sex scene in this episode. This time, Jake was lost in his own ‘my brother is back and is a zombie or something’ funk (understandable) and Faye saw what was going on and handled him soooo well. She’s perfect, they’re perfect, and I can tell you right now that if this show gets picked up I predict that Faye and Jake will become the Joey and Pacey of TSC. They will be the couple that everyone cares about, and Cassie will be the Dawson – flitting between significant others and acting like the most important person in the room while everyone else collectively rolls their eyes to the ceiling.
Okay, so…Cassie and Diana’s ‘time traveling’ – SIGNIFICANT! I mean, they now know for sure that Blackwell is super gross and weird and that he made everyone have babies in ’95 so that he’d have a future circle to do his bidding. Now the only question is what is he using them FOR? Since I was in high school at the same time as the parents (and can I just say that the actors playing them are definitely older than me, ahem), I was watching the fashions very closely. The only one that I thought was pretty accurate was Amelia, with her floral spaghetti strap sundress over a white t-shirt. That was THE LOOK for a while. Just watch any episode of 90210: The College Years. I couldn’t tell if she was wearing 8-hole Doc Martens and slouchy white socks with the dress, but that was pretty much a required pairing.
So Diana was all ‘Cassie, this is all your fault and you suck and you’re ruining our lives’, which, while true, is also kind of unfair. Cassie didn’t have any solid reason not to trust Blackwell until that point. And it’s not like she was defending him once she learned the truth – she knew that they had a huge problem on their hands. C’mon Diana – don’t be dumb. Don’t make me defend CASSIE. Unacceptable. But she got a taste of her own medicine soon after when she learned a bit of hard truth about her own dad, Charles.
Let’s back up for a a second and discuss the fact that when Blackwell messes with someone’s mind, he really doesn’t fuck around. That entire sequence with Charles reliving what he did to Amelia was seriously intense. I’m a little skeptical that it would make him basically go insane so quickly, but Blackwell IS a centuries-old witch with 5 out of 6 of the crystals (collect them all and build your own Crystal Skull!) – who am I to say what he could and couldn’t do? When Charles confessed to Diana that he killed Amelia, it was big. He can’t easily come back from that. Now both her bio dad and her father are guilty in different ways – it’s no wonder she collapsed into Grant’s arms afterward. And Grant is TOTALLY a witch hunter by the way. If he isn’t revealed as evil next week, I’ll dedicate a paragraph in the recap to discussing Cassie’s positive qualities. It will be hard, but I’ll do it. Because there is no way that he isn’t up to something.
So, Blackwell is evil and only Cassie and Diana know it. Charles did an evil thing and so far only Diana knows, but when the others find out it’s going to blow up. Dawn is hard to figure out. Ethan is MIA. The crystals have been assembled and Blackwell has all of them. OH, AND FAYE HAS BEEN KIDNAPPED BY EBAN OH MY GOD. Faye is one of the best things about this show and obviously she’s not in danger of facing death, but this is a great way to get everyone invested in the outcome. I just hope she’s not off-camera for a lot of the finale, or we’ll be lacking in her awesome Faye-isms, like the title line and the following:
- Oh no you don’t, Cursed Crusaders. First it’s a ride, then you’re slow-dancing and next thing you know my date is dead in my arms.
- There will be dancing.
- Keep playing with that knife in your pocket and people might get the wrong idea.
- Why is it always old, dirty places with him? Why can’t he hide in a mall or a nice hotel?
So…what did you think?? Can Charles ever come back from his admission to Diana? Will she keep his secret? What is Blackwell up to? WHERE IS FAYE?? Are you freaking out right now? What did you think of Adam’s hallway mini-prom for Melissa? Thoughts on Ethan and/or Dawn? Were you sad to see Nick die again? Hit the comments!!