As would be expected, the reappearance of Nick creates a lot of conversation. Melissa is eager to look at the development as a positive thing, but everyone reminds her that he's probably just a demon in a Nick shell at this point.
Cassie has to go to the high school alone to look for Adam's family's crystal. Security there is really weak. She's performing this blood trick thing when she sees a vision of her mother calling out for Elizabeth. Charlie gives Diana a necklace that belonged to her mother. But, enough with all that fluff -- it's prom night!
Nick shows up at 7 Briar Hill and tells Melissa that he wants the crystals -- he says he's dying. Then, Adam gets there and Nick throws Melissa to the ground and runs away. Diana sees Grant at the coffee shop and asks him to meet her at her house later. Charles gets this weird phone call (with some magic help from John) that replays the fire in the kitchen scene that happened to Amelia. He's being haunted.
Diana and Cassie do the blood spell thing and see their mothers in high school. They were all still in high school with babies? They see an argument that their mothers had -- Elizabeth blamed Amelia for bringing John in the Circle.
Adam and Melissa share a dance in the hallway of prom. On the floor, Jake and Faye have a slow dance. Jake blames himself for Nick's death but Faye tries to convince him that he wasn't at fault.
Diana and Cassie see another scene, this one with Amelia talking to Adam's grandfather. It becomes clear that John had manipulated all of them in order to create his own Circle. He made sure that all of their parents conceived when they did. When they come out of the vision, Diana's all judgmental about how Cassie is to blame for John being in their lives.
Meanwhile, Nick had busted into prom by killing a security guard. He finds the crystal and almost kills Adam in the process. Diana goes home to find Charlie huddled in the corner of the kitchen. While he's mumbling, it becomes clear to her that he killed Amelia. She wanders onto the street while it's raining and is comforted by Grant, just as John was about to pounce. Not sure what he had in mind.
The Circle follows Nick to some junkyard. He's there to give the crystal to Eben, though Eben is more interested in the demon that's propping up Nick's bones. Cassie uses magic to knock the crystal away from Nick's hand, but then Eben tosses her over several cars. John shows up to stand off against Eben, while Nick struggles with Jake over the crystal. Nick is about to choke Jake to death when poor Melissa comes along and stabs him in the back. I think he's really dead this time. John shows up and says that Eben is gone... and he has taken FAYE!
Previously on The Secret Circle, the whole show happened. Lots of hairstyle changes in one short year. We start the show proper at 7 Briar Hill. Jake is trying to convince Melissa that they saw Jake. She doesn't believe it's possible but Blackwell pops up and says that the demon may have kept Jake's body alive. Well, that was really just not offered as a possibility. And, if the way to kill a demon is to kill its host, what EXACTLY does it take to kill a demon? In any case, Melissa is kind of excited now, though Cassie warns her that he might be the Nick that they know. He might be dangerous and anti-social... which, is actually the Nick that we know. Is he still cute? That's what's really important here. Let's just keep it to witchy brass tacks. Faye says, bone dry, that Nick definitely seems more into massacring people than he used to. Melissa points out that he was killing witch hunters. Jake says that he acted like an animal and Melissa counters that he's probably scared and freaked out. Now Jake's the one freaking out. He screams that whatever that thing was, it wasn't Nick. Melissa says that it's not that black and white. Poor thing. He really screamed at her. She leaves the room and Adam reminds Jake that Melissa loved Jake. Diana moves to follow her and John tries to talk to her and she's not having it. She tells Cassie that she doesn't trust Blackwell any more than she did before. She leaves and John reminds Cassie that they need Diana to create the crystal school. He tells her that her blood (Balcoin) will help her find the last remaining crystal at the high school. He reassures her that he wants what is best for her and her Circle.
Next, she's at the high school, just walking through the halls. Great security they have there. She cuts her finger and the accompanying sound effect seems a little exaggerated, like maybe she wouldn't have had a finger afterwards. She starts to make the sign on the floor the way John instructed, when suddenly a girl in a sun dress comes stomping down the hall. Cassie looks at her. "Mom?" She has a crystal in her hand and she's looking for Elizabeth, Diana's mom. Then she disappears. Cassie tells Diana about the scene a bit later. She thinks that maybe together they could see more of their mothers. That just seems like SUCH a stretch to me. Something happened out of the ordinary, so you immediately leap to doing this other specific thing to make more unordinary stuff happen? Diana says that she doesn't want anything to do with dark magic and Cassie tells her that they only need her blood. In that case! She agrees. They'll do it the next night at the prom.