Cassie's still reading the letter her mother left for her, as well has thumbing through her family's book of spells. Everybody's hair has grown longer since the pilot was filmed. Like, say, Melissa, who wakes up in bed at Nick's house. Cassie has been playing around with her powers and the results have been surprising. She asks for a candle to light and the sun gets brighter. She tries to close shirtless Nick's curtains and ends up slamming shut his window and breaking it. She's still not talking to Grandma about any of it. Faye's granddad, Dawn's father-in-law, drops by for a visit and it feels like there's unfinished business.
Mortal girls try to make friends with Cassie at school and Faye tries to tell her that all of the non-magic people are boring, but Cassie doesn't want to be friends with anyone in the Circle. Most of these bitches are in Chemistry class together, which is terrifying. Faye makes the beaker at Cassie's work station explode and she does the same right back, but bigger. Awesome. She meets Adam at the creepy old house later and reminds her that no one can know that they're witches. He tells her they found out they were witches because Diana had access to her family's book. A whole bunch of the old Circle died when they were trying to have their Binding Ceremony, which will apparently diminish individual powers but make them stronger as a whole.
Ethan meets with Henry, Faye's granddad, and tells him that Charlie almost drowned him on dry land. Henry reminds him that his Circle was stripped of their powers. Charlie didn't get the memo! Diana tried to talk Faye into the idea of the Binding Circle, but she doesn't want to harness her power. Cassie and Adam power a light bulb together, but she can also do it by herself. Then, she gets hot and bothered with Adam and his eyes that are CONSTANTLY trying to do bad things to her and the light bulb explodes.
At the local fair, Cassie helps sell tickets and becomes friends with normal Sally. Faye and Melissa compete at some ring-tossing game and it looks like Henry catches them doing magic. Diana catches up with Cassie and tells her that, if they bind the Circle, she'll be able to stop making things explode.
Henry tells Dawn that the new Circle is practicing and she later yells at Charlie that they have to be careful. A crystal holds all the power that that Circle has and he returns it to her. Diana is starting to get a little concerned about the amount of time that Adam and Cassie spend together. Likewise, Melissa's feeling jealous about Faye and Nick flirting with each other, then embarrassed with Faye tells her that she wouldn't touch Nick with a 10-foot magic wand.
At a dance on the water, Faye and Cassie get into an argument and Sally, the girl with no magic, comes Cassie's defense and Faye (accidentally, girl doesn't know WHAT she can do) pushes poor Sally through a guardrail and onto rocks. Dawn sees the accident and runs to the girl and puts the crystal on her skin, which makes her alive again. Faye feels horrible about it. Cassie agrees to bind the Circle, so that they won't hurt anyone else. Henry is onto Dawn and confronts her about having a crystal. He demands the crystal from her, but instead she makes him have a heart attack. Presumably dead grandpa.
Diana asks Adam if she should worry about him and Cassie. He kisses her and is all, NO! Then, he drives beside Cassie as she walks and commends her decision help with the binding. Then, he drives her to the beach. Unfortunately, their magic teenage heat makes the overhead streetlight burst. They all meet at the beach and try to bind this shiz. Each family represents one of the four elements, including blood and metal. Metal is interesting. Diana leads a spell as they all stand in a circle. They begin around a campfire and start to get nervous when the fire leaps as Diana reads the binding literature. Spooky teenagers!
We see Cassie rereading the letter that she found from her mother, along with her family's book of spells, which looks like it was edited and illustrated by the team at McSweeney's. Nice job there. And, the ink and pictures and binding have held up remarkably well all these hundreds of years. The letter says that Cassie has great powers and people are going to come for her. Her mother hoped that keeping the secret about her reality would keep her safe, but she has only left her alone. She tells Cassie be wary of people, even those who claim to be friends (Looking at you, Grandma) and that her power is the only thing that can keep her safe. Cassie looks across the room at an unlit candle and gets an idea. She walks up to it and says, "Give me light," just like God did that one time. It doesn't seem to work, but she thinks real hard and says it louder. No fire on the candle, but the sun starts to shine brightly. She smiles but the smile fades as she begins to see how complicated this all might get.
Nick wakes up naked and tells the person he's with that she needs to leave. It's Melissa and her hair has grown tremendously since the pilot. I like the change. Magic is awesome. She tries to get some morning lovin' going on but he reminds her that his aunt is a Jesus freak. She feels dejected. He asks if things worked out with Cassie and the girls, but she reminds him that he's part of this too. She thinks that Faye's monsoon scared the crap out of her. Melissa says that Faye doesn't want to do the Binding Ceremony -- which I've capped because they talk it like that and I respect these witches. She asks him to keep their fling private and he asks if she thinks he'd want to brag about her. RUDE! What is that supposed to mean? That witch is hot! Anyway, she reacts accordingly and it's sad because she's still just wearing her bra and her jeans. He throws her shirt to her and seems a little embarrassed for her.
Melissa leaves and he starts shirtlessly staring at Cassie from across the way. She sees him and wonders aloud if he owns a shirt. She obviously knows he owns a shirt. Better question would be if the house across the way has a no shirt policy. That's an actual question. Cassie decides to try to close his curtains as she's apparently already comfortable using magic in her daily life. Instead, she shatters his window. Focus, Cassie. She runs downstairs and tells her Grandma (hair also longer) that she doesn't need to talk about anything. Granny KNOWS.