We begin with Cassie driving her car late at night, on an abandoned stretch of highway. Except it's not so abandoned. A car recklessly careens past her causing her to be all like, "Are you kidding?" That car's not kidding. A few seconds later, she gets a flat tire. Coincidence? Spooky music says no. Also, she gets out of the car and sees the fast car stopped on the road ahead of her. She waves for help but it speeds off. As she's trying to change her tire, she talks to her mother, who is cooking for her at home. She wants to come meet Cassie, though neither of them is very good at changing tires. Suddenly, the car that zoomed past Cassie is outside of her house, watching her mom. With what appears to be special powers, the guy from Queer as Folk kills Cassie's mom in a fire.
Next, teary Cassie is moving in with her grandma, into her mom's old room. She has never visited before because her mom was upset about Cassie's dad dying when she was just a baby. That night, as she's getting ready for bed, she sees some hot, creepy, shirtless dude staring in her window from next door. She closes her curtains and walks away but turns around and they're opened again!
At school, she meets Principal Chamberlain who says that she knew Cassie's mother. A bunch of the kids at school have apparently been waiting for Cassie and it's all very menacing. One dude, Adam, keeps giving her the eye and one amazing bitch, Faye, appears to unlock Cassie's locker for her. "Nice girl" Diana shows up and offers to introduce Cassie to everyone at the Boathouse after school. She goes and meets this grizzled drunk, Ethan, who happens to Adam's father. Ethan calls her "Amelia's girl" and tells her that their families are written in the stars. Faye and her tagalong, Melissa, show up and weirdly taunt her about hooking up with Adam. She decides to leave and Faye makes her car set on fire, in the hopes that she'll use some power to put the fire out. She doesn't, but Adam saves her. He and Diana, who is his girlfriend, realize that Faye was to blame. Later that night, Diana confronts Faye at her house (she's the Principal's daughter!). Faye says that she didn't intend to set the car on fire. It was Cassie's energy that made it happen. They argue and Faye says that she will approach Cassie (apparently she's necessary for the function of their own powers) any way she wants.
The next day, Cassie's grandma goes to Principal Chamberlain and questions if the kids in town are "practicing." She insists that they're not. Diana takes Cassie to this abandoned house in the middle of nowhere -- a room has been decked out with plants and stuff... and all of the witch kids, including Nick, the hot creepy guy from next door. They tell Cassie that she belongs to a circle with the rest of them. They're witches with a super old legacy from the town that goes back before TV even. Without a complete circle (one person from each of the six old-school witchy families), they don't have the full access to their powers. They tell Cassie that she can't tell anyone, but she dashes. Adam follows her into the woods and proves to her that she's a witch by holding her hand and making drops of water hang in mid-air. So cute.
That night, Cassie finds Ethan and asks him about her mother. The creepy guy who killed Cassie's mother AND IS ALSO DIANA'S FATHER, Charlie, interrupts and Cassie leaves, but not before he tells her that her father was a bad man. Then, Charlie almost kills Ethan by magically planting water in his lungs. He's good with the water and fire. Faye, feeling her oats, starts a giant thunderstorm and, as we've already seen with the burning car, is unable to stop it. Diana almost gets struck by lightning and it's getting pretty scary when Cassie arrives and stops that freaking storm. She goes home and finds a letter from her mother, planted when she was a baby, saying that she didn't want this life for Cassie, but it's hard to run away from destiny.
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Hello, Secret Circle, I've been waiting for you. Your ads have been sufficiently tantalizing, your cast is above-average hot and I like my autumns filled with supernatural shiz. Here's hoping this is the beginning of a bewitching relationship. We begin with a voiceover from a woman: "My sweet Cassie, I didn't want you to have this life, but destiny's not easy to run from." Underneath, we hear this creepy young voice singing like finger-playing on the piano. I love it. I will be singing it non-stop, whenever something weird happens. I know this about myself.
Cassie is driving along a quiet strip of highway at night (and listening to Passion Pit?) when a honking car passes her recklessly. She's like, "Come on!" Then, she has a blowout, which magically (?) turns off her radio too. She gets out and the car that sped past her is stopped a few yards ahead of her. She waves at the car for help, but then it speeds off like a jerk. Next, she's calling her mom as she's trying to change her tire and this girl has as much chance of getting a lug nut off of a tire as I do fitting my foot into one of Kristin Chenoweth's heels. Her mom insists that she's going to come to her, but we see the same car that passed Cassie show up outside of her house. They don't have curtains, really. Driving the car is a menacing looking guy. The Canadian who almost married Susan on Desperate Housewives. Suddenly, the signal gets static-y and Cassie can't hear her mom anymore. The guy gets out of his car and walks towards the house, while draining a bottle of water (?). Then, he drops the bottle. Suddenly, the sink bursts in the house -- water is everywhere. The dude then lights a match and the stove flames up. She turns off the stove but he lights another match then another. Fire everywhere. All over the kitchen. She slips in the water and hits her head. Then, she comes to, gasping, "Cassie." She tries to crawl out but this guy just keeps lighting match after match and the fire engulfs the home and the mom really quickly. She's a goner. He lights one more cluster of matches and the windows in the home burst. Bye, mom.
A month later, we see Cassie overlooking a beautiful northwestern vista while standing beside her car. She wipes a beautiful tear from her beautiful face and gets back into the car and drives into Chance Harbor, Washington. She drives through a gorgeous suburb and stops and a lovely old home. She is greeted by her grandmother at the door. She hugs her and says that she should never have let Cassie drive by herself, but she says that she didn't give her a choice. She brings her into the house, where her mother grew up, and apparently she'd never been there before. She moves into her mom's old room and asks her grandma why her mom never came home. She says that Cassie had just been born when her dad had his "accident." That's all they really know. Cassie looks at an old photo of kids from the early '90s.