“Witness” (112)

Recap Round-Up for “Witness” + Ratings

Finally the week long hiatus is over Secret Circle fans, back to business as usual. “Witness” was a very intense episode, here’s what some of the critics had to say. Click on the links to read full recaps.


Science Fiction

Memory is a tricky thing. Jake was young, and the trauma he experience might have created gaps in his memory. Also, when he left, was Cassie still in Jake’s mind or did she unconsciously spin her own take on events? There is another possibility. If John is alive (and I am 99% sure he is), did he take over and share his memories with Cassie? Why did the door close? The door shut suddenly, as though someone wanted Cassie to stay and see what happened. The memory could be fake; if he is alive, he could have planted the medallion there for Cassie to find, or he could have shared the memory with the daughter he knows he has so she would find it.

The A.V. Club

While we’re there, let me throw something at you: Adam is The Secret Circle’s Bonnie. He’s more or less an old school ghost with two holes cut out of a sheet, except instead of a sheet, it’s a wet blanket. And he looms in whatever plot he’s in, dragging it down with his clammy blanket hands, telling it things are too dangerous. Can we trust Jake? Can you trust Jake? In a box? With a fox? I can tell you who y’all can’t trust — your goddamn parents. Fortunately, finally, the story seems like it’s going to start shifting that way, now that we know Ethan was on the boat that day. Conveniently, Ethan has turned sober and not let Natasha Henstridge play him into giving up his newly acquired crystal. Worth noting (though much like Cassie turning into Malificent, it’s tough to believe our gentle town drunk is a villain): Ethan came from the direction of the room in which the others were murdered.

MTV Hollywood Crush

The big boat fire from 16 years ago that we’ve been hearing about since the teen witch series began finally had a bit of a big reveal, as well. It turns out that the fire wasn’t set by the Circle’s predecessors at all, but rather, witch hunters! Jake was instrumental in Cassie uncovering these revelations (and was with her when she discovered the animal bones buried in Blackwell’s phony grave) in a magical way.

Bonnie J Preston

Jake, who’s grown up hating witches because he’s always believed they caused the death of his parents, now knows the truth – that the witch hunters he’d been trusting were actually responsible for murdering his parents. He finds Cassie on the boat, and she is obsessed with knowing if her father is alive. She can’t understand why he would let people think he was dead. (Maybe to hide from the witch hunters?) So naturally, they go to the cemetery to dig up his body! When they do, Jake hesitates for a moment before opening the coffin, to make sure this is really what Cassie wants to do. She does, but when the coffin is opened, there are only animal bones inside.

Did anyone else think IMMEDIATELY of the graveyard scene in “The Omen”??? Yikes!

Thomas C Galvin

Diana Meade: Hi daddy! Dawn told me I could skip school today which is funny because I wasn’t going to go anyway and then she said I could drive her car and then she said we should get coffee and then she told me I wasn’t fat so go ahead and get the caramel mochachino frap with extra whip and sure let’s get the one with all the sugar in it and then she said we should have some girl time and I’m so glad you two are dating but now I have to go and not do magic with my odd assortment of friends who are in no way a circle of witches okay thank bye!




Price Peterson

So, already I was like WHAT? The boat was ALREADY ruined and decayed when the disaster happened? I don’t know if it’s because I have problems retaining information or if the show was intentionally cryptic, but my impression of this disaster (as hinted by the previous 11 episodes) was that it involved witches out on the open water having a booze cruise and then demons showing up and then everybody exploding? A spell gone wrong at the very least. But the main thing this episode did right was pull the rug out from under me right away. Everything was different from what I expected!

This week’s episod garnered 1.6 million viewers according to TV By The Numbers. WATCH AN ALL NEW EPISODE TONIGHT AT 9/8C ON The CW

“Witness” Preview Clip

In the preview clip below, Jake and Cassie talk about the fire that happened 16 yrs ago and more. Any speculation on what’s going to happen tonight? Leave your thoughts in the comment section.

Executive Producer Andrew Miller Previews “Witness”

Executive Producer Andrew Miller previews tonight’s flashback episode titled “Witness”.

The Insider Talks with Britt Robertson about Tonight’s Flashback Episode “We go back in time to answer all these fan questions. “

Britt Robertson (Cassie Blake) talked with Jarett Wieselman from The Insider. They spoke extensively about fate being on Cassie and Adam’s side, who the other Blackwell sibling could be, John Blackwell, and more. Read full article here.

Insider: Who do you prefer Cassie with?

Britt: I kind of love the idea of destiny and love at first sight. That whole connection you saw with them in the pilot was so great. I’m kind of on Team Adam, but I think Jake brings out a really cool side of Cassie, so from an actor side, I like how dangerous he makes her.

Insider: A few episodes ago, it was hinted at that Blackwell also fathered another member of the circle. Do you know who Cassie’s sibling is yet?

Britt: I don’t know, I still have no clue. I don’t think that even when they reveal it, they’ll tell us – we’ll probably shoot multiple takes of it being different names so we can’t crack and tell anyone [laughs].

Extended Promo for “Witness” (112)

Here’s the extended promo for next week’s episode titled “Witness”.

Short Promo for “Witness” (112)

Here’s the short promo for next week’s episode titled “Witness”. Thanks to Television Promos for uploading.

Episode Stills for “Witness” (112)

It looks like Jake returns in episode 12 to educate the coven about dark magic…check out some stills from “Witness”. Full gallery can be viewed at TV Overmind.

Official Synposis for “Witness” (112)

The CW has released the official synopsis for episode 12 titled “Witness”. *HIGHLIGHT TO REVEAL*  Thanks to KSite TV.

JAKE RETURNS AND OFFERS CASSIE THE CHANCE TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED 16 YEARS AGO — Jake (Chris Zylka) returns to Chance Harbor to warn Cassie (Britt Robertson) that unless they find out how her father was killed in the boat fire 16 years ago, she’ll meet with the same death. He suggests an extremely dangerous method to finally uncover what happened on that fateful day, but Adam (Thomas Dekker) and Diana (Shelley Hennig) suspect he has ulterior motives. In an effort to usurp the other, both Charles (Gale Harold) and Dawn (Natasha Henstridge) try to get Ethan (Adam Harrington) on board as an ally. Faye (Phoebe Tonkin) gets trapped in a dangerous situation when one of Lee’s (guest star Grey Damon) friends, Callum (guest star Michael Graziadei) stops by the shop. Jessica Parker Kennedy also stars. Eagle Egilsson directed the episode written by Dana Baratta (#112).


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