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Shaunna Murphy
October 07, 2011 AT 09:55 AM EDT

Oh dear. Things aren’t looking good for sweet Melissa right now, are they? This week’s installment of The Secret Circle dove right into the cliffhanger mystery we were left with at the end of last week — what did Amelia do to Heather the night of the infamously fatal fire? Well, we were given our answer (sort of), but the members of the Circle are still as lost and confused as ever. More than anything, this week’s episode dealt with the hellish emotional aftermath of the painful event that took out most of their parents. Yes, we also had a Cassie/Faye Hardy Boys style mystery, and a new demonic plot to boot. But when you get down to the nuts and bolts of it, these kids are nothing but a group of sad quasi-orphans trying to fill some sort of emotional void, be it with sex or magic or some good old-fashioned mystery-solvin’. As Faye put it, they’re “a boat full of sad witches.”

Last night, Cassie and Faye tried their best to fill the void with answers. Cassie still couldn’t believe that her sweet-as-pie mother, her life-long support and constant companion, was capable of doing the things she (maybe?) did. And even though I’m getting a bit tired of Cassie’s “you knew my mother?” wide-eyed shock face, it’s hard to blame her for that. Picture your mother for a second. She’s great, right? Now try to picture how you would react if you found out she had a super-shady past filled with fire and magic and murder and a catatonic friend named Heather. Yeah, you might develop a permanent Britt Robertson-style shock face, too. Is anyone else starting to think that she only has three faces? There’s the shock face, the normal face, and the dramatic eye-roll face. This third face is most commonly seen in interactions with Faye, and any time the Adam love triangle situation is mentioned. But I digress.

I thought it was interesting that this week’s episode was the first to leave out the remaining parents. Interesting and also a little disappointing, since they are the strongest actors on the show. But just like when Dumbledore died, leaving Harry to find all of those Horcruxes without his support, it heightened the intensity of the ultimate showdown. Their fates rested on their own shoulders tonight. Also, the Circle clearly couldn’t turn to Charles or Dawn for help with this particular predicament. Not because they’re eeeevil — the kids don’t know that yet — but because Charles and Dawn were intricately involved in the mystery they’re investigating (and in their naïve little minds, they think their folks don’t know that the kids are practicing witchcraft). This will inevitably lead to some (possibly) good drama down the line. I was really hoping to see some of that drama unfold tonight, but I guess we’ll have to wait longer for that.

The episode opened with yet another morning-after scene between Nick and Melissa. These sleepovers are becoming rather frequent, no? Their legal guardians should be ashamed. Nick seemed to be opening up a little to Melissa, both emotionally and sartorially. “Open,” he said, as he lustfully stared at the chest hiding under her pretty blouse. The spell worked because they were both into it, but as Nick said (very sexily), “some things should be done without magic.”

Cassie’s morning was not nearly as fun or magical. Still reeling from the news that her mother may have hurt her old friend Heather, she turned to an unknown Internet search engine for answers. At this point I’m so used to The Vampire Diaries’ Bing sponsorship that I was waiting for Cassie to excitedly say, “I Binged it!” She didn’t, but she found what she needed anyway — the location of Heather’s brother. Heather’s brother, Wade, resides in a place called Finn Creek. Finn Creek is, as Adam said, “a sketchy area.” What I learned tonight is that “a sketchy area” is a dilapidated fishing village where people inexplicably throw their tires on their roofs. Lock your doors, children!

NEXT: It’s time for a meet cute with Heather!

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