Credit: Sergei Bachlakov/The CW ©2011 The CW Network, LLC Photo: Cassie Looks Skeptical in This Promo Shot From Secret Circle Season 1, Episode 9, "Balcoin"

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, and by that we mean Jake (Chris Zylka) is strolling around Chance Harbor in a tuxedo. The Secret Circle’s mid-season finale was an unmissable whirlwind of magic, exploding light bulbs, secret siblings, hair extensions, guyliner, and witch-napping, so prepare for the adventure of a lifetime, Gryffindors!

Black Magic Woman

Remember last week when Cassie (Britt Robertson) and Jake spent three man-motional hours in the car talking about their tragic lives as wayward orphans? Turns out their magical convo inspired Cassie to research her father’s side of the family.

This week, Cassie takes Jake to the clubhouse for the first time, but unfortunately their romantic tour is interrupted by Faye (Phoebe Tonkin) — who witnesses Jake stealing a piece of Jasper stone. Don’t worry, Cassie takes Jake’s side and shows him her map despite the fact that he’s a thief. He discovers John Blackwell’s family tree, and Cassie goes to Diana’s (Shelley Hennig) house for help deciphering it. Inspirational girl-talk ensues, and we believe the word “empowered” was thrown around more than once.

Meanwhile, Faye books it over to The Boulevard of Broken Dreams (a.k.a. The Boathouse) to tell Adam (Thomas Dekker) that something’s up with Jake — who’s currently off in the middle of the woods with Isaac and the gang. They’re are all standing around doing nothing and looking sulky, and one of them may or may not be fishing dramatically.

After a brief stare-off, Jake announces that Cassie’s line comes from Balcoin (changed to Blackwell), a name that’s the origin of black magic and far too powerful to kill. This situation calls for a good ol’ fashioned witch-napping, so Isaac decides to take Cassie to the “council,” and then he and Jake have the most bromantic faux father-son moment we’ve ever seen — complete with neck rubbing and motivational speeches.

Credit: Sergei Bachlakov/The CW ©2011 The CW Network, LLC Photo: Cassie and Jake Look Soulfully Into Each Others' Eyes in The Secret Circle Season 1, Episode 9, "Balcoin"

Date Night

After Jake escapes from the woods, Cassie heads over to his house and asks him to the Maritime fundraiser, only to be brutally rejected. Luckily, girlfriend doesn’t take no for an answer, so she tries again only to be even more rejected. Of course, once she storms out in a huff, Jake throws around a duffel bag in a fit of angst.

Later that night, Cassie struts around her room in a red dress and gets ready for the party as Jake pensively stares at her from his window. He must have had a change of heart, because less than five seconds later, Jake shows up at the door all dressed up with a rose! And not just any rose — a rose he stole from Cassie’s garden. Awww, only the best for this gal!  

Meanwhile, Melissa’s (Jessica Parker Kennedy) back and better than ever! Her sexy cousin Holden is in town for The Maritime Memorial Fundraiser, and she’s not the only one who’s happy to see him. Diana’s eager to move on from Adam so he can go make love to “the stars,” and Holden seems like the perfect rebound!

Credit: Sergei Bachlakov/The CW ©2011 The CW Network, LLC Photo: Charles Meade and Grandma Jane Chat in Secret Circle Season 1, Episode 9, "Balcoin"

Night Fever

It’s the night of the fundraiser, and Charles (Gale Harold) is doing what he does best: binge drinking. He and Dawn (Natasha Henstridge) are all glammed up (date night!), but Charles’s protegé, Grams, is still completely blazed on roofies and memory spells. In the midst of rambling about her past to Charles, she reveals that Dawn always “worshipped” John Blackwell. Did these two have an affair? Charles seems to think so, but Dawn shuts him up by blaming him for Grams’ addled mind.

Meanwhile, Cassie and Jake are dancing sweetly to some emo music that no adult planning a Maritime event would ever pick, as Adam lurks in the background (yes, we see you behind that plant!). Cassie tells Jake that she made up an “imaginary version” of her father when she was little, which explains a lot about the fact that she went through most of high school with no friends.

After that shocking revelation, Jake interrupts their romantic moment because his phone rings. He heads outside to meet Isaac, who announces that they’re about to kid-nap Cassie and turn her into a witch hunter. Adam follows and sees them chatting, and as Jake goes back inside to whisk Cassie away from the party, Adam gives Faye, Melissa, and Diana (who’s dirty dancing with Holden) an update. Will they save Cassie in time?

Credit: Sergei Bachlakov/The CW ©2011 The CW Network, LLC Photo: Adam and Faye Scheme at The School Dance in The Secret Circle Season 1, Episode 9, "Balcoin"

Sister-Sister

Jake takes Cassie back to his house, tells her all about the Balcoin family tree (you know — just how they’re all related to Lord Voldemort), and asks her to run away with him. Is he going along with Isaac’s plan, or is he trying to protect Cassie? As Cassie flips her ish about all the dark magic coursing through her veins, she gets a text from Adam saying that Jake’s a witch hunter. Uh oh!

Cassie thinks fast and agrees to go with Jake to throw him off the scent, and she runs to her house to “pack” (read: escape). Unfortunately, Isaac’s waiting in her bedroom and kidnaps her with some chloroform and a dagger. Jake cries out in despair and runs out of the house, but Isaac knocks him out and leaves him on the side of the road. Let’s just hope his leather jacket wasn’t scuffed.  

Cut to five minutes later. Who’s that spidery young boy who’s attacking Jake? Why, it’s just Adam, crazed by his love for Cassie. Jake manages to convince Adam that he’s on their side, so the whole gang drive down to the docks to save Cass. As Adam skips down the pier and sashays onto the boat, Jake grabs a light bulb and blows out all the electricity on the docks so Adam can scamper into Cassie’s room. After he frees her bonds, they rush outside, only to have Issac attack Adam from behind with a knife. No, not Adam’s delicate collarbone!  

Luckily, Jake appears just in the nick of time and knocks Issac out. As Adam, Faye, and Cassie run to safety, they use a spell to blow up the pier, leaving Jake and Isaac stranded. Obviously, Jake has some explaining to do, so he declares his feelings for Cassie and claims the Circle won’t do any harm. After all, there’s only one Blackwell up in it. Or is there? Isaac reveals that Cassie’s dad had another kid, which means Cass has a sibling!

Our heads are spinning, and it’s not just because the image of Jake in a suit is making us swoon! Who could Cassie’s brotha-from-anotha-motha be?