Return of The (Witch) King?!

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The day we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived: John Blackwell is back in Chance Harbor. Sure, he’s rumored to be the most evil wizard this side of Hogwarts, but…

This time on The Secret Circle, Cassie is stunned when a notoriously evil figure from her past shows up on her doorstep. However, her surprise quickly turns to suspicion when, he asks her to return the medallion she found in the wreckage of the fire that killed her parents. Cassie storms off but is captured by Eben and his gang of witch hunters. Jake offers to trade himself for Cassie’s freedom and when Adam realises they’re in trouble, he calls the Circle. Meanwhile, Faye and Diana are concerned when Melissa starts spending more time with Callum!

I’ve got to say, John Blackwell looks pretty good for a guy who’s been presumed dead for more than a decade. Cassie’s old man finally showed his face on “Return“, 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: After last week’s run-in with ghosts and possessed demons, Cassie needs some well-deserved alone time. She tells Diana that Grandma Jane is coming back from her “zen retreat” (read. yeah, right!), but when Cassie gets home from Diana’s house, she has a studly surprise waiting for her: Jake Armstrong. Jake warns Cassie that witch-hunters have sprinkled her house with ash and salt, but despite the warning signs, Cassie 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 Cassie proceeds to open the front door with her mind (Atta Girl). After a few moody pleasantries and studly gazes, he tells Cassie that she’s in danger, asks her to keep quiet about his reappearance, and goes back from wherever he came. 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 worried Blackwell has ulterior motives, and for once, we agree.

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 and Melissa, who get an unwelcome surprise when Callum wanders in and asks them to a party. 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 (what’s up with that?). Lee tells Faye and Diana 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. 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. Grossly Creepy!!

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 spell-gasms. 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. 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 (Hello, Ethan!), they wander into the middle of the forest to make the trade. The catch? Eben wants to take Jake prisoner instead of Blackwell!

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! After the night’s events, Blackwell and Cassie bond over the fact that his magical powers were stripped, 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…

Finally, the ad interim 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 JMSN’s Fallin playing with our emotions.

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? Yeah, that’s right, no guilty wicked treats till March 15…*sigh*!

Addict Verdict: The warlock might have returned, but, why did he come back?! There could have been more fire, not we didn’t witness enough, just saying’!

Fix-Your-Eyes-On-Me Scene: Finally, Melissa stood up for herself! It was really good to see Melissa having some principles, one that involved spell-gasms with Callum, and then, threatening him! Oh My, Jessica Parker Kennedy, what did you say to the writers?!!

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