Cassie and Diana try to change the color of Diana's dress for the big winter school dance, but instead they set it on fire. Damn dark magic. Adam confesses to his DWILF that he has feelings for Cassie. At school, Diana looks a little uncomfortable seeing Adam and Cassie chatting. Cassie and Adam start researching her father and find out that he lived at the abandoned house that they use for their witchy pow-wows. She also finds out that Faye stole a page from her family's Book of Shadows.
Lee tells Faye that he can help her get her solo powers back. He proposes that they steal Cassie's powers in order to do that. They steal this necklace from Cassie's house, then go to school (where the dance is taking place) and perform this weird ritual that involves a giant red star on the floor of a classroom and Faye taking her dress off. Cassie tries to talk to Ethan (who is allowed to chaperone the dance after maybe two weeks on the wagon -- Chance Harbor does not know how to care for its children) about her father, but he tells her not to go there. He says her mother wouldn't approve of her digging for info, but she replies that she doesn't get a say anymore. Touché. She gets Cassie's power, which makes Diana, Adam and Melissa start passing out. Then, she accidentally sets the gym on fire. When she sees that she's making the others sick, she demands that Lee tell her how to reverse the spell. Melissa passed out in the bathroom before the fire started and Cassie tries to save her but she passes out in the smoke. She and Melissa both wake up on the school lawn. The Circle confronts Faye and she has the nerve to actually get defensive. Why does Cassie get to almost kill people and it's OK but it's a big deal when she does it? Faye goes to Lee's and tells him that she is done with the Circle. It looks like there might be some sexy time happening soon with those two.
Cassie sees a phantom Jake hanging around, but it keeps turning out to not be him. After the fire, Adam and Cassie are at the abandoned house where Cassie has found, in the basement, an etching of the same sign that Faye had used to draw out her dark magic. She wonders if maybe her father was trying to get rid of his own dark stuff. After a little tug of war with her Book of Shadows, Adam and Cassie finally kiss, only to be interrupted by some boots clomping down the stairs. It's Jake. For real.
Most interesting development? Melissa and Diana grow closer as friends. Melissa is out of her funk and lets Diana draw her out further. But also, Melissa still has a soft spot for Faye and feels bad for her when it's all gone down. That said, she tells Diana that she's scared of Faye. Diana says she's actually scared of Cassie.
Dear People Who Run This Show: Do you really think we need the entire premise of the series laid out for us before every episode? I understand the desire to pick up new viewers, but I would think you would try to make what happened inside of the show engaging enough to pull people along. Just hearing Cassie's stupid dead mom tell her she's a witch is not enough.
And we begin with Cassie and Diana in Diana's bedroom. I'm assuming all of the empty bedrooms in the house are being used to house Charlie's shoe and beanie baby collections and that's why the two of them are sharing a bed. Diana's just out of the shower and Cassie's still in bed looking at her Book of Shadows, which she thinks will tell her about her father. Why would she think that? It is it a memoir or a book of spells? Wasn't it her mother's family's book? Why would her mother -- who took great pains to keep her far away from Chance Harbor and any memory of her father -- leave her a book that told her about dark magic? You could argue that it's a "More You Know..." scenario, but then why wouldn't she have just taught her this shiz from the beginning if it was as easy as Charlie setting her damn house on fire to thwart her plans of keeping Cassie in the dark... no pun intended. And, why did they kill her? Couldn't they have used her help? Ugh. They leap from random idea to random idea on this show without ever digging into the logic (or lack thereof) of the crap they've already given to us. Anyway, Diana wonders if it's a great idea for her to learn about her father. And, seriously, those pages are so old -- how are they still writing on them? Is it laminated? Jake told her that knowing where it comes from can help her control it, but Diana doesn't think they should take his advice. Cassie reminds her that Jake is still a part of the Circle, with that weird inheritance clause about Nick dying and passing on his Circlehood to Jake. She wonders what will happen if he never comes back and Diana says that they won't be as strong (who cares? You people hardly ever do magic.), but they'll be better off. Now, it's fun time. Diana says that she's running the Fire/Ice Winter dance at school and they're only supposed to wear red or white, but she has this black dress. Why don't they try to change it to red? Fun! This could be fun! So, they hold the dress and start chanting about threads and yarn and stuff turning to red and, wouldn't you know it, the dress catches on fire. Wear natural fibers, folks. Cassie's like, "That was me."