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Now Watching: You 1×2| “The Last Nice Guy in New York” | Recap

After last week‘s little “meet cute”, Joe is quite excited for his date with his latest obsession, Beck. The mysterious book keeper is found dancing around his apartment before watching Beck through the window yet again. To much of Joe’s dismay, Beck’s mind is still a little preoccupied with the fact that her so-called boyfriend, Benji, dropped off the face of the earth.

Because of this little dilemma, Joe decides to have a heart to heart with the trust fund baby living in the bookstore basement. Joe didn’t succeed in killing Benji the first time and now he has no idea what to do with him. It’s quite funny when Joe offers Benji breakfast, but alas he’s allergic to gluten. Sushi works, but it’s really not that type of situation.

After Benji denies having a girlfriend, he finally has an epiphany, realizing that Joe was the man in the cab. Benji could care less about Beck and practically gives Joe his blessing. That only really proves that Benji doesn’t deserve the girl at all.

Later in the day, the date finally happens. Beck goes into why she started writing and Joe goes into why he loves to read. But it’s interrupted when Peach calls Beck in regards to Benji. Joe takes this as a push to finish the job he started. Some may think that means kill the guy, but really Joe utilizes his social media skills to make it seem that Benji is off somewhere hooking up with other girls and getting high – which is what he usually does anyway.

Beck spends time with her girls agonizing over Benji and her perverted thesis advisor. The topic of sleeping with said professor comes up, and let’s just say that Joe isn’t the only one who has an obsession with Beck. From the way Peach squashed the “sleep with prof” idea,  it seems there’s a little more to it. But maybe not, especially when Peach brings up her anniversary of her parents’ divorce party.

Back in the basement, Joe is still prepping Benji’s social media. Benji can’t seem to believe that Joe is falling for Beck’s “hardworking writer” act. He’s still not winning any points in Joe’s book. Everyone perceives people differently. Benji tries to paint a picture in Joe’s head about Beck’s meeting with her advisor and Beck’s advisor has the same idea. But they are both far from the truth and Professor Pervy (yes, I’m calling him that) takes away the one thing Beck has been working for because of this.

But Joe comes to the rescue again. After Beck calls him to meet up, Joe steps up his flirting game as the two of them people watch. Beck starts talking about her day saying, “I’m starting to think I’m some kind of magnet for like dudes with serious issues.” I rolled my eyes as Joe smiled. And then Beck invites him to Peach’s party.

Remember Paco, Joe’s little prodigy? Well as he reads Joe’s latest recommendation, Frankenstein, I can’t help but think Joe is trying to justify himself as a hero. “He’s bad, but not all bad…”, Paco describes the monster, that is until Joe goes all bat shit crazy when Paco makes his way down to the basement.

Beck decides to spend a little time with Peach and complains about her financial woes. But the great Peach Salinger tries to save the day. Her intentions are nice, but Beck doesn’t want Peach to save her.

Before the party, Joe plays a little mind game with Benji and his artisanal soda. If he guesses which one is his soda, he gets to leave. But like Joe said earlier, Benji is a fraud and knows nothing about his own brand. After failing, Benji tries to get into Joe’s head again about Beck. Beck doesn’t want Joe. She wants to fit in, blah blah blah.

At the party, Joe is very quick to judge. This isn’t his type of party, nor are these people. “Brown people don’t bite,” Peach cracks a joke about Brown University students and both Joe and I raise our eyebrows. As Joe explores the great Salinger house, he finds a book that takes him back to his younger years working at the book store. And this is where we find out why Joe may have turned out the way he did. As a young teenager, it seems he didn’t read as much and it’s very clear to Mr. Mooney, the old owner. Mr. Mooney locks him in the basement box and it must be satisfying for Joe now to be in the position of the captor.

Peach interrupts his thoughts and I adore how inquisitive she is. She knows that Joseph is hiding something and that 2nd Joe/Beck meeting was not a coincidence. She tries to make it clear that Joe isn’t good enough and succeeds a little when Joe sees Beck with Benji 2.0. It’s quite sad, if you ask me. Here Joe is, trying to see past the surface and what Benji sees. But here’s Beck and everyone in her life sending him mixed signals. That is until Beck pays Joe a little visit on the balcony. He’s quite inspiring when Beck reveals that she’s trying so hard to fit in. And then she leans in right before pushing Joe right into the friendzone, “I’m glad we’re friends.”

As they leave the party, someone from Joe’s past happens to be in attendance. She brings up Candice and the way she supposedly left. Joe plays the victim card insinuating that the girl in question broke things off with him to run away with someone new. But with the way Joe has been mentioning Candice, it seems like Beck may be a Candice 2.0.

But Joe’s not all bad. His little balcony pep talk inspired Beck to stand up to the people bringing her down. First on that list, Professor Pervy. A part of me thought that Beck was going to give in to Prof Pervy, but she stood right up to him, revealing that she and 6 other girls are ready to come forward. He tried to threaten Beck back, but she stood her ground. Joe isn’t all bad, right?

I mean, Joe woke up and remembered to go feed Benji. He rushed to Benji’s side only to find him getting a little frantic and making a mess. But after he calms down, Benji makes a little deal, “I’ll know your biggest secret, and you’ll know mine.” Joe takes it. Turns out Benji was involved in a hazing incident that led to a death and it was caught all on camera.

But Joe has too much to lose especially since Beck decided the friendzone may not be right for her new friend – things turned around after she brings him a donut and a kiss. He can’t risk Benji ruining Beck again, ruining her character and typecasting her into something she isn’t. Benji was wrong about Joe not being a killer. And I bet he regretted that thought as he gulped down his coffee order, falling to the ground due to that damn peanut allergy.

TLDR version because I wrote too much:

Joe starts dating Beck, slowly pushing Benji out of the picture.
Beck introduces Joe to her so-called world.
Peach doesn’t like Joe. The feeling is mutual.
Joe convinces Beck to stand up for herself.
Joe’s not all bad. or something like that.
Joe kills Benji with peanut sauce.

So far, I’m intrigued. What are your thoughts?

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Adele

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Now Watching: You “Pilot” | A Recap

When you put three actors from three of my favorite shows ever, you better believe I’ll be watching. And with the tagline, “Not everyone wants to be followed,” one is lead to believe this is Gossip Girl x 100, which I am 100% okay with.

The series starts with a voice over by Joe (Penn Badgley) and I got major Gossip Girl vibes. Here Joe is, watching and recounting a girl’s every move right up until she approaches him. It’s creepy if you ask me, especially as he analyzes everything about her. You see, Joe’s a literary type. He’s a bookstore manager and seems to read people that he does books. When Joe and Beck (Elizabeth Lail) first interact, it’s oddly cute because they connect on the fact that people suck. Let’s face it…people are disappointing.  But as a viewer, the moment is ruined when Joe starts having pervy thoughts.

As Beck smiles and turns to leave the bookstore, Joe can’t keep his thoughts at bay. He feels like he needs to protect her from the world at all costs, but mainly from getting her heart broken like he did. How does he start? He Googles her. People do it all the time. But we all know Joe may go a little too far. “And there you were, every account set to public. You want to be seen, heard…known. Of course, I obliged,” Joe says to himself as a matter of fact. As Joe finds himself outside of Beck’s home staring at her in her towel through the window, I realize he’s that character that reminds us all to put all of our social media on private.

Joe memorizes Beck’s schedule, and I’m wondering when he’s going to “accidentally” run into her and have another so-called cute meeting. He even shows up at the bar where her and her friends celebrate a birthday. He hates them because they’re rich, snobby brats, especially that Peach (Shay Mitchell) – Beck’s nothing like them. “Your social media is a liar. It says you’re a happy go-lucky dilettante. But underneath it all, you seem like the genuine article,” Joe has a way of words. But when he gets jealous of booty call Benji, the on/off boyfriend, it’s a bit alarming. Benji leaves Beck unsatisfied. Moral of the story? Beck needs curtains. Ultimately, Joe needs to stop masturbating to Beck masturbating through the window.

Now, Joe doesn’t seem to have many friends, just like “Lonely boy”. But he seems to take on a big brother role for one of his neighbors’ child, Paco. It’s almost as if he wants to mold Paco to grow up just like him. It’s almost endearing. But when he brings up chivalry, I’m not sure Joe really knows what that is considering how he’s been stalking Beck. I almost spit out my water at the fact that Paco’s alcoholic stepfather sees right through Joe, calling him a freak.

The little interaction with the stepfather triggers something in Joe. He takes the stalking one notch higher, reporting a gas leak and simply walking in like it’s nothing. While Beck meets with her Professor, Joe goes directly to Beck’s laptop to get more dirt. Much to Joe’s dismay, Beck comes home earlier than expected and finds himself hiding in the shower. Luckily, Beck’s friends have perfect timing.

Off to Greenpoint we go! Beck has finally decided to participate in open mic night and let’s just say it was a train wreck. Her friends showed up for support, but hate the fact that they’re even there (Peach is a far cry from Shay Mitchell’s PLL character). Even Joe felt so bad, he had to leave. But fate brings the two together in a strange way. As Joe waits for his train, Beck and the drunk mess that she is, shows up too. In a flash, Beck falls over into the train tracks and Joe finally stops lurking in the shadows and becomes her knight in shining armor. But something tells me, this is exactly what Joe wanted.

As Beck sobers up she realizes how familiar Joe is. “I don’t want to sound like a stalker, but I think I know you,” she says, while I internally scream, “he’s the stalker!” Joe hails for a taxi and the naive Beck offers that he gets in on the ride. As Joe listens to Beck talk, we all know he already knows everything about her. Joe makes a rookie mistake when he mentions her poetry, but is quick enough to generalize that every young writer in New York writes poetry. Smooth, Joe, smooth.

Joe finally asks for Beck’s number as he drops her off at her apartment into Benji’s arms. But apparently she lost her phone at the subway, so email is the best communication. That doesn’t make sense because we saw she grabbed her phone, but she wasn’t sober enough to realize that and sadly, Joe just got to it first. As he leaves, he comes to a conclusion: Benji is not worthy of Beck’s time and he’s on a mission to make sure no more time is wasted.

And now comes the end of the Pilot episode? Remember when I mentioned that Joe and Paco’s relationship is a bit endearing? I’m not sure this relationship should continue. As Joe cheers the young boy up and shows him how to mend a ruined book spine in the private downstairs dungeon of the bookstore, he seems to reveal his plan for Benji. Lure him downstairs and hit him over the head with the right force, just like the spine of a book. And he succeeds. If only Benji got his head out of his ass, he’d realize that Joe is the guy that dropped off his girlfriend the other day. Serves him right, I guess. Joe has his chance and takes it, by asking Beck out via email of course.

TLDR version:

Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love with girl. Boy stalks girl. Boy saves girl from train. Boy kidnaps girl’s on/off boyfriend and hits him over the head. Boy scores a date with girl.

So far, I’m intrigued. What are your thoughts?

xoxo,

Adele

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Looks I Love: 90th Academy Awards

Tonight marked the 90th year of the Academy Awards also known as the 2018 Oscars. The ceremony took place at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles’ iconic Hollywood and Highland Center, across the street and a few doors down from the 1st ceremony’s location back in 1929, The Roosevelt Theater.

90 years of film was celebrated tonight and I loved all of the montages of movies through the years. However, if I were to be honest, out of this year’s nominated movies, I only watched one (Coco). And if I were to continue to be honest, I watch mainly for the red carpet fashion. But you already knew that! So without further ado…

Taraji P. Henson was one of the first actresses I saw on the red carpet tonight and I instantly loved her look. The Empire star was styled in a black custom Vera Wang gown. The tulle gown featured an extremely high front slit, but Taraji worked the red carpet like it was nothing. I also loved the sheer sleeve attachments. I feel like she always pushes the limits on the red carpet and she does a great job each time. | Photo Source: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America via Zimbio |

Gina Rodriguez sparkled in a nude Zuhair Murad gown. As soon as I saw this dress, it seemed so familiar to me and I still can’t shake that feeling. But nonetheless, this dress was gorgeous. I loved the low cut neckline, the silver embellishment, and the train. As she walked the red carpet with her beau, she looked like a beautiful princess in love! | Photo Source:  Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America via Zimbio |

Zendaya will always appear on my “Looks I Love” series. She’s the fashion inspiration of her generation. Tonight, the Greatest Showman star kept it neutral in a brown Giambattista Valli Haute Couture dress. The chiffon dress showcased an off the shoulder look and she looked like a chic goddess. Zendaya dresses her age and doesn’t try to conform to any specific look or expectation, and that’s what I absolutely love about her. | Photo Source: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America via Zimbio |

Margot Robbie was part of one of the biggest fashion trends of the night. Many actresses showed up in neutral colors, specifically white. The Best Actress nominee was stunning in a white Chanel dress. The off the shoulder dress featured some detail draped across the neckline before going off to form sleeves. The corset bodice clung perfectly to her, making her a vision in white. Out of all the white dresses, this was definitely my favorite. | Photo Source: Source: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images North America via Zimbio |

Emma Stone was absolutely stunning tonight. And she wasn’t even wearing a lavish gown. She went a complete 180 from last year’s golden and glamorous Givenchy gown. She walked the red carpet and presented in a Louis Vuitton pantsuit. She wore a maroon colored, satin blazer belted with pink. She kept it simple on the bottom with some black slacks and black heels. I liked how she went against the norm tonight. Emma’s one of those actresses that keeps it real. I wish I could be BFFs with Emma [and Jennifer Lawrence]. | Photo Source: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America via Zimbio |

While the above looks were my favorites, those weren’t the only looks I loved! Here are a few other looks that caught my eye tonight:

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Let me know who your favorites were in the comments!

xoxo,

Adele

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Looks I Love: 24th Annual Screen Actor’s Guild Awards

The 2018 red carpet season continued tonight with the 24th Annual Screen Actor’s Guild Awards. Kristen Bell served as the very first host of the award show. Morgan Freeman took home the Lifetime Achievement Award. And of course the audience was full of beautiful people. Here were some of my favorite looks of the night:

Natalia Dyer – The Stranger Things actress walked the red carpet alongside co-stars Dacre Montgomery and Joe Keery in a two tone Christian Dior Haute Couture dress. The dress started with a sheer black top and continued on with a white printed skirt. The recently turned 21-year-old finished off the look with a bun and looked as elegant as ever. | Photo Source: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America via Zimbio |

Halle Berry – The former Catwoman graced the red carpet in a custom Pamella Roland gown. The nude gown had sequined detail from head to toe, while the black tulle train amplified the look. She confidently showed off her assets and honestly does not look her age at all! | Photo Source: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images North America via Zimbio |

Mandy Moore – The This Is Us star shimmered in a  Ralph Lauren dress. Her and her fellow female cast mates all decided to walk the carpet in royal blue proving that this cast/family is truly deserving of the the Best Ensemble award. The neckline is somewhat conservative, but she kept it low cut in the back. I loved the soft curls she paired along with the look. | Photo Source: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America via Zimbio |

Yara Shahidi – Yara Shahidi proves to be a force to reckon with in her generation. The Grown-ish star chose to wear a black Ralph Lauren jumpsuit. She definitely stood out in the crowd. But this wasn’t just an ordinary strapless jumpsuit. What made it elegant and perfect for the SAG awards was the flowy train. | Photo Source: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America via Zimbio |

Millie Bobby Brown – The young fashion icon of her generation decided to continue on with Calvin Klein by Appointment  just like she did at the 2018 Golden Globes. She kept it young with a blush colored high-low dress, but my favorite part of the look was the fact that she chose to wear white Converse. Walking the red carpet in heels isn’t always comfortable, so she said screw it. And it’s absolutely cute on her. | Photo Source: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America via Zimbio |

Kristen Bell – The host of the night decided to walk the carpet in a pink J. Mendel gown. The strapless gown had floral detail from the top to bottom. The gown was tight fitting at the top but the skirt flared out and to me she looked like a Disney princess. The low bun and subtle makeup completed the look. Throughout the show, she let her hair down and opted for black gowns and she looked great! I’ve loved Kristen Bell ever since she was that investigative high school student who pretty much broke the rules all the time (Veronica Mars)So I think she was the perfect person to host the SAGs for the first time. | Photo Source: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America via Zimbio |

Let me know who your favorites were in the comments!

xoxo,

Adele

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Rewatch & Recap: The Secret Circle 1×02 “Bound”

Hi friends!

Did you think I was joking when I said I’d be recapping The Secret Circle each week? Last week, we saw the main heroine, Cassie Blake, go back to her roots in Chance Harbor. Five other teenagers revealed her connection to magic and left her in a state of shock. During high school, teenagers question their identity and the news of a “secret circle” confuses Cassie even more.

On episode two, the episode starts off with Cassie reading a letter from her deceased mother. She finds this letter in her family book, which showcases the history of their magic. She warns Cassie to be careful of who she trusts, especially because of the strong power she possesses. Her power is supposed to keep her safe from those trying to wrong her. At this point, siding with the rest of the circle is far from Cassie’s mind.

We’re then taken next door to Nick’s residence. He and Melissa are hooking up. Melissa pretends it’s just a hookup, but when Nick makes a douchebag comment, we can see it’s more than a hookup to her. As Melissa leaves, Nick sees Cassie again from his window. This time, Cassie tries to obstruct the view and goes a little overboard by breaking Nick’s window.

Faye’s grandfather, Henry, decides to pay a visit to his grand daughter and daughter-in-law. Faye looks like she absolutely adores him, but Dawn is clearly weary of his visit. Later on in the episode we find out that Ethan (Adam’s dad) called Henry after his little encounter with Charles Meade.

Throughout the episode, Sally Matthews, the class president, constantly tries to make Cassie feel welcome as the new student. At this point, she’s just a normal student without magical powers who constantly butts heads with Faye. While Sally invites Cassie to volunteer at the fair, Faye interrupts to bring up the topic of binding the circle yet again. Faye is still against it. And Cassie is still against all of it.

During Chemistry class, Faye provokes Cassie with some fun chemistry magic. Faye gets things boiling which causes Cassie’s glass beaker to break. Cassie’s pissed and ignites a fire before running out. Adam, the knight in shining armor, runs after her and offers to help her understand.

Diana’s pissed at Faye again after the stunt she pulled in class. The power struggle is real. Faye does NOT want to bind the circle, while Diana is standing her ground about binding the circle. Melissa is starting to lean towards Diana’s side of the spectrum, but Faye shut that down real quick.

We then see Cassie and Adam practicing their magic again. This time they play with electricity: battery –> Cassie –> Adam –>light bulb. Energy passes through them and Adam encourages Cassie to try herself. There’s too much energy and Cassie is scared of the connection she’s making with Adam again.

Cassie accepts Sally’s offer of normalcy and volunteers at the fair. Faye thinks it’s a perfect time to practice more magic. Winning fair games becomes so easy, but Henry catches her from afar. He reports this to his daughter-in-law who does a good job at acting like she has no idea and even offers to. Because of Henry’s suspicions, Dawn asks Charles to pass over the magic crystal so she can make sure another mess doesn’t happen.

Cassie and Ethan have another encounter. Like their past encounters, Ethan talks about Emilia and the energy and attraction they shared. Cassie knows exactly what he’s talking about because she feels the same thing with Adam. This scene is then followed by Adam and Cassie staring at the sunset.  Diana watches from afar and it’s almost heartbreaking, especially since Faye decides to be a brat and rub it in Diana’s face.

Fast forward to the night at the fair. Nick tries to make the moves on Faye while Melissa stands to the side. Faye would rather start another storm than hook up with Nick. While the storm is brewing,  Faye tries to provoke Cassie again. Sally attempts to save Cassie from Faye’s nonsense and Faye pushes the class president a little too hard. Her magical strength pushes Sally over the pier onto some rocks. The girl appears to be dead, but mama Chamberlain swoops in and discretely uses the crystal magic to resuscitate Sally. There is no way in hell she’s letting her daughter go away for killing another student. The incident with Sally is what pushes Faye to side with Diana’s request.

Henry saw Dawn use the crystal and finally puts it all together. He wants to stop the use of magic and possible binding of the circle and knows Dawn is involved with it somehow. He threatens to go to the Elders, but Dawn thinks the old man shouldn’t be around anymore. She induces a heart attack and tells Faye he’s at the lakehouse resting. It appears Charles and Dawn’s plans are going as planned.

Before the binding ceremony, Diana confesses that she’s nervous. She’s nervous about what happens after and what could happen between Adam and Cassie. Adam reassures Diana that he loves her, but Ethan’s “written in the stars” spiel is playing like a broken record in the back of my mind.

The final scene brings us to the beach. Diana leads in the chanting and questions, “Do you accept the circle?” The remaining 5 accept and the bonfire burns strongly. The circle is bound, now what are the parents up to?

xoxo,

Adele

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Rewatch & Recap: The Secret Circle – Pilot 

On September 15, 2011, the Pilot episode of The Secret Circle aired. At that time, I hadn’t watched The Vampire Diaries, but from what I gathered, this show was sort of a spin-off about witches. However, it wasn’t really a spin-off. It was based off the book series by L.J. Smith, who wrote the TVD series. TSC also shared some of the same creators and producer.

But I was excited and watching for two reasons:

1. Shelley Hennig was starring in it. At the time, the former Miss Teen USA was mostly known for her role as Stephanie Johnson on Days of Our Lives and TSC was her first role after leaving the daytime soap opera. I’ve seen a few of the other actors work on previous shows, like Britt Robertson in Life Unexpected and Phoebe Tonkin in H20: Just Add Water

2. Witches and magic. There was so much hype around vampires with the Twilight series, other supernatural beings were being shunned away. And as a fan of Charmed, I was ready to see a new generation of witches kick butt and defeat evil.

Sadly, while the show was picked up for a full first season, it was not renewed by the CW. This was one of the show cancellations that I actually cried about. I became too attached. I dreamed I was part of the circle! Over one season we saw 5 characters, with all different personalities, work together because together they were more powerful. They had to fix the mess their parents put them in. Personalities clashed, relationships formed, and there was a power struggle between all of them. The main goal was to defeat the evil beings of the world together, all the while surviving the drama that is high school. And of course there were four bad-ass female characters.

And I’m still bummed about the cancellation. I signed the petitions and I was all over Twitter trying to help the show get picked up after such a cliffhanger of a finale. With the majority of the actors having shows ending soon, one can’t help but hope some revival or reunion comes through soon.

Luckily, the 1st and only season of TSC was on Netflix for a while. It was recently taken off, but just became available on the CW Seed. You can watch it online or on the app for free!

So if you’re up to watching an old show about some new witches, feel free to join me each week as I rewatch The Secret Circle. 

The Pilot episode begins with the main heroine, Cassie Blake (Britt Robertson). It’s a dark night and she’s driving down a long road towards home. That is until a mysterious car cuts her off and causes her to get a flat tire. It’s definitely not an accident when we see the car stall from afar before driving off. While Cassie calls her mother to inform her of the situation, the same car happens to pull up to their house. A little bit of magic here and there and Cassie’s mother and home go up in flames.

After the tragedy that ensued, Cassie is forced to live with her grandmother in a small town named Chance Harbor, where her mother grew up. She starts school at Chance Harbor High School and the first person she meets is Principal Dawn Chamberlain, her mother’s old friend.

We then are taken to two other students expecting the arrival of the young blonde, Cassie’s brooding neighbor, Nick Armstrong (Louis Hunter) and other brooder, Adam Conant (Thomas Dekker). When Adam first sees Cassie down the hall, you can feel the chemistry between the two forming. But Adam isn’t the first person to introduce themself to Cassie. Resident bad girl, Faye Chamberlain (Phoebe Tonkin), the Principal’s daughter, oozes out some sarcasm before “helping” Cassie open her locker.

Then Diana Meade (Shelley Hennig), Chance Harbor’s girl next door, comes into the picture. As the unofficial welcome committee, Diana invites Cassie to hang out at the Boathouse Grill after school. Before seeing Diana, she’s awkwardly approached by Adam’s father Ethan, who reminisces about his love for Cassie’s mother, Amelia. “It was written in the stars,” he says before Adam stops him from continuing.

When Adam leaves Cassie alone for a moment, Faye swoops in along with Melissa Glaser (Jessica Parker Kennedy). Melissa is sort of Faye’s sidekick. They continue on with the sarcasm which causes Cassie to leave. Melissa tells Faye, “I don’t think she knows,” and Faye decides to put Cassie through a magic test. This test includes setting Cassie’s car on fire while she’s locked in. Cassie fails,  but luckily Adam is there to use his powers to save her.

Diana’s a few minutes late to the epic event, but when she sees Faye she knows exactly what happened. During this scene, we find out that Diana and Adam are dating. The look of disappointment falls on Cassie’s face.

Remember when I talked about power struggles? Well here goes one with Faye and Diana. Diana’s almost like the leader of the circle. She wants to take it slow and does not want to risk being discovered. Faye on the other hand is loving all the magical energy and wants to use her powers, especially since she saw what Cassie’s energy did with the fire.

At home, it seems Cassie’s power has awoken. But she has no idea what is happening. The next morning she walks into town looking for her grandmother and bumps into a familiar face. At least he’s familiar to viewers. He was the man outside the Blake residence in the beginning of the episode. Turns out he’s Diana’s father, Charles Meade. It makes you wonder if Diana’s aware of what he did considering how nice she’s being to Cassie.

Cassie’s grandma seeks out Dawn Chamberlain and suspects that the kids are practicing after Cassie’s car caught on fire. Dawn’s feigns disbelief claiming that she knows the kids and what they do in their spare time. Practicing magic is not it.

But as we know, they are practicing. And when Cassie is suspicious of weird activity, Diana finally decides to introduce Cassie to the whole gang, aka the secret circle. They have a secret hideout in an abandoned house and it’s finally confirmed who’s in the circle: Faye, Melissa, Nick, and Adam. Cassie completes the circle of six and while Diana tries to lay it on her softly, Faye is blunt AF. “You’re a full blooded, 100% witch.”

Cassie thinks they’re all loony, which is completely understandable. Mr. Conant’s “written in the stars” comment is starting to make sense when the members of the circle explain the existence of each families’ books and the loss of a parent. But for proof, Adam convinces Cassie to chant, “A drop of water as light as air,” and again with their strong chemistry, they produce magic around them.

For a moment, Adam forgets he has a girlfriend. Cassie leaves in search for more answers from the people that knew her mother. She doesn’t get anywhere and appears to be convinced when Diana recalls what she knows about the last circle. 16 years ago there was an accident and all the people that died were members of the circle and happened to be their parents.

What’s more convincing is Faye putting her newfound power to the test again. This time she messes with mother nature and makes it rain. She’s on a high, that is until Diana interrupts and gets hurt. Faye can’t stop it on her own and Cassie intervenes. Faye’s little display for attention has convinced Cassie…convinced her that she doesn’t want to be involved with any of them.

Charles Meade continues to be sketchy. He visits Adam’s dad and gives him a warning to shut his mouth after seeing him speak to Cassie earlier that night. If witchcraft was banned since the last circle, how does Charles have magic?! In a major plot twist, Dawn and Charles are in cahoots with each other. They planned for Cassie to come to town and everything is going as expected.

The episode ends with Cassie finding her families’ book and a letter from her Mother. Looks like Cassie might be siding on Diana with this one.

See you next week with the recap of episode 2, “Bound”.

xoxo,

Adele

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Rewatch Recap: Gossip Girl Pilot Episode

Today, Sept 19th, marks the 10th year since Gossip Girl aired it’s Pilot episode. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was starting my first year of college. I was excited for this new show based off the book series even though I didn’t read them. I knew about them & my friend was an avid reader of the series.

Ultimately, I was in it for the teen drama and the eye candy. The OC ended a few months before and here was a new show revolving around teenagers in New York, coming from the same creator Josh Schwartz. Also, correct me if I’m wrong, it was one of the first series that helped with the launch on The CW.

It became one of my favorite shows of all time. Before Glee and Pretty Little Liars, I had Gossip Girl. I fell in love with the drama, the cast, the fashion, the set locations, the web of lies, and of course, the “ships”.

I started watching the Pilot episode again a few weeks ago to kick off some GG binge watching and for some reason it gave me so many feels seeing them all practically  babies. It was also proof that I’m old.

Anyways, to commemorate this momentous event, here’s a recap of the Gossip Girl “Pilot”.

“Hey upper east siders. Gossip Girl here and I have the biggest news ever…” the narrator starts. Kristen Bell as the voice of Gossip Girl will always go down as one of the most iconic roles in television. But the star of this first scene isn’t Gossip Girl, it’s Serena Van Der Woodsen (Blake Lively). The queen bee has returned to the Upper East Side after a year at boarding school. She’s spotted at the Grand Central Terminal and it’s definitely a spot for a Gossip Girl fan to visit. It’s where it all started!

We’re then graced by the presence of the Humphreys, with Rufus Humphrey (Matthew Settle) picking up his son and daughter after their vacation with their estranged mother.

But back to Serena. Melanie91, one of Gossip Girl’s trusty sources, isn’t the only that spotted the teenage socialite. Mr. Daniel Humphrey (Penn Badgley), aka lonely boy, spotted the blonde haired beauty and couldn’t take his eyes off her. The Derena ship has started to sail…

What exactly did Serena leave behind? We’re introduced to Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), Serena’s so called BFF. While Serena was away, Blair got to play the lead role. With news going around that Serena was back, Blair rushed to her boyfriend Nathaniel “Nate” Archibald (Chace Crawford) to make sure he was not distracted by the news considering the rumors surrounding the BFF and BF’s past hook up. What does that mean for Blair? It means it’s time to give up her virginity to the boy she loves even though he cheated.

But to Blair’s dismay, Serena crashes the party just in time to end that charade. Nate’s happy to see Serena and even resident bad boy, Charles “Chuck” Bass (Ed Westwick) is happy, happy to see more drame enfold. Blair’s happy too. Fake happy. She didn’t even know her BFF was coming home.

After leaving the Waldorf party very abruptly, Serena visits the person she’s really back for, her younger brother, Eric (Connor Paolo). While Serena was away, Eric attempted to take his own life, an event their mother, Lily Van Der Woodsen (Kelly Rutherford) hid from the public eye.

Amidst the personal drama, these teens still have to attend private school. Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen) is seen working on invitations for the Blair’s annual “Kiss On the Lips” party. It’s her way into the cool crowd.

Nate and his puppy dog eyes thought it was a good idea to visit Serena before heading off to school. As soon as Serena said, “I didn’t come back for you,” it looks like Nate’s world came crashing down on him. I almost forgot how in love he was with Serena.

Nate, Chuck, and Dan are on their way to school. Dan lingers behind as Chuck is  completely misogynistic talking about Serena. As the bus stops, Chuck thinks Dan is following them and Dan points out the uniform indicating he’s in their class, a line you need to pay attention to as it’s repeated again later in the episode.

We’re then taken to the iconic steps of the MET. This is where the popular girls hang out. Blair and her little minions are admiring Jenny’s hand crafted invitations before Serena interrupts. Blair bluntly tells her she’s not invited & it’s weird to think they’re supposed BFFs. Just like Gossip Girl mentions, S & B are going through a power struggle.

Jenny texts Dan for an emergency, a fashion emergency. But Dan finds himself in a pickle when Serena and her brother end up at the same store! It’s quite adorable knowing how he admires Serena from afar. Jenny ends up giving Serena an invite to the party and gets the fashion advice she wanted.

Cut to Chuck and Nate. Nate expresses his concern with sleeping with Blair. In true Chuck fashion, fashion drops jokes and tells him to go for it. At this point, Chuck is the worst.

Serena and Blair finally have time to catch up. Blair finally says what she wants and expresses the lack of trust she has for the other girl. But when Serena pours her heart out wanting things to go back to the way they were and half explains why she left, Blair seems to give in. And all is well between S & B at the Palace.

At the Humphrey residence, Jenny teases Dan about his crush on Serena. She hints at where Serena is and Dan is very quick to leave his sister all alone. Too bad Chuck gets to Serena first and tries to make a move. He thinks that recalling her rendez vous with Nate would convince her to sleep with him. Boy, was he wrong. After Serena runs out, she mauls over lonely boy leaving her phone behind. It’s a Motorola Sidekick!

While Blair is focused on having sex with Nate, Nate thinks it’s finally the right time to tell his girlfriend of his infidelity involving her BFF. He wants space and is starting to think on his own. Mr. Archibald is having none of it, especially since he wants to close a business deal with Blair’s mother. To make his father proud, Nate later apologizes to Blair and fixes the problem. That’s what you get when you have a rich family, I guess.

Dan returns to the Palace to return Serena’s sidekick. He describes himself as Prince Charming to the concierge and when Serena recognizes him, he gets nervous. Turns out he is Serena’s Prince Charming, saving her from her mother and going to the “Kiss on the Lips” party. In an interesting turn of events, Lily doesn’t question why her daughter is hanging with some hoodlum watching Lincoln Hawk, Rufus Humphrey’s band.

But it turns out that Lily knows exactly who Lincoln Hawk is. She visits Rufus and thinks it’s a ploy to get Lily back. I didn’t notice before, but Rufus Humphrey is super sexy. I guess I didn’t notice dads at the time. I was only 18 at the time.

While Dan introduces Serena to his father on their “date”,  Jenny’s at the “Kiss on the Lips” party getting wooed by Chuck. Unbeknownst to Chuck, Jenny sends an SOS to her older brother. Serena tags along and Blair is not happy to see her. She glares at Serena from afar, before Serena runs upstairs with lonely boy. They are able to save Jenny from Chuck and the three leave the party hand in hand. This is the start of their love story. But while a new relationship is starting, a war has begun between S. and B. & C. . Also, Chuck is the absolute worst.

And so begins the drama that is Gossip Girl. I will continue to watch GG and maybe next week another recap will come.

You know you love me.

xoxo,

Adele

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