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'Witches of East End' recap: Under a spell

Season 2 | Episode 7 | “Art of Darkness” | Aired Aug. 24, 2014

Spells were pretty much running rampant in “Art of Darkness” and that made for a very informative hour! Holy guest stars, we got a nice dose of good-looking men, don’t you think? Old lovers and friends return to the Beauchamp women and new ones attempt to make their mark. Not all of them are to be trusted.

Most of the stories are intertwined, except Killian’s. Off by himself, literally talking to himself, Killian faces dire circumstances. The only person he can trust is himself—even if it’s by way of video texts.

What is Eva trying to do, exactly? Admittedly, I’m grasping at straws, but they seem to be fairly fruitful. Eva has done something to Killian to wrap him so tightly around her finger, but it’s not permanent. Somehow, Killian starts to break free of her grasp.


How incredibly awful would it be to wake up in bed to find your lover to be about 90 years old? That’s exactly what happens to Killian as the veil around Eva’s spell starts to drop. At some point he sent to himself a video (that he has since forgotten that he recorded) telling himself he can’t trust Eva and he’s under a spell. Unfortunately, Eva gets to Killian before he has time to process what he just told himself. From what I can tell, she’s trying to bring back a former lover through Killian. She must be a really old and he must be really dead. Killian loses himself again; for now.


Brother Dash remains very lost, as well. He appears to want something more than friendship with Ingrid because of the close bond they’ve formed from experiencing a bit of hell together, but he’s lying to her. One minute he buys her couture (the same as he did for Freya on their second date) and whispers sweet nothings in her ear. The next, he’s off dealing with Kyle Hutton’s father.

Why did I think the spell with the little man in the Mason jar would eradicate all suspicion toward Dash and Ingrid? It didn’t. Hutton tells Dash he has all the resources he has available trying to discover why Kyle’s car was found near the Gardiner place. How did he even know the two were acquainted? Oh well. It doesn’t matter. Dash’s fear takes him on a dark path and he kills the guy with his hand lighting. That’s what he lies to Ingrid about. He must realize Ingrid will only accept so much darkness before she turns her back on him. He’s probably right.


Freya clearly states she’s unhappy about Ingrid stepping out with Dash, but it doesn’t stop Ingrid. While at the art gala, Freya makes sure to send the stink eye their way more than once. She’s right that Dash is bad news, but is that a permanent thing or will he find his way back to light again? I want to think it’s right for Ingrid to wait, but she could end up in a heap of trouble.


The most stunning creature of the night is Wendy. At 43, Mädchen Amick wipes the floor with her younger (also gorgeous) co-stars. She looks that amazing. Even better, Wendy’s story receives great attention. Her ex-husband, Ronan (hunky guest star Eddie McClintock), is the artist they’re all there to celebrate. Wendy has no idea but notices something eerily familiar about the paintings—they all seem to carry a bit of her.

It’s no coincidence. Ronan has spent 20 years thinking about Wendy and changing (he claims) to become a better man than he was when they were together. While I like paramedic Tommy (who Wendy is in love with), it was fun to see her with Ronan. She lit up like she hasn’t yet with Tommy. Perhaps that’s what we have to look forward to as their relationship progresses. It’s a little bit creepy to learn the reason Ronan’s artwork sells for millions–a strand of Wendy’s hair creates each piece of art and he needs a bunch of it to tide him over.


Ronan says the work brings in millions per piece, so hopefully he’s consulted a good financial planner. Something tells me if he did that, he wouldn’t be asking for another stalk of hair. Wendy wishes him the best, but will not be a part of his future not matter how he lights her up nor will she be parting with her locks to finance more artistic endeavors.

Just after I brought up the fact that Frederick hasn’t shown an interest in friends or lovers since his arrival in East End, he sneaks a girl into his room, a girl who Joanna sees naked when she walks in on them. Awkward! Caroline’s concern about being seen in her birthday suit seems justified; after all, who wants her boyfriend’s mom to see her boobs? Joanna’s so cool she just laughs it off, the real excitement coming from the news Frederick has someone in his life.


Frederick has more than just Caroline. He has Tarkoff, too. Who? A dear old friend of mom and dad’s from Asgard played by none other than (still smokin’) James Marsters (Spike, to you Buffy the Vampire Slayer aficionados)! Gosh, he never wears thin. Can he guest star in every supernatural drama on television? Please and thank you. Once more, with feeling… Please and thank you!

Although the friendship between Tarkoff and Joanna predates the Beauchamp women being exiled from Asgard, Tarkoff now sides with the king. He’s in town to check in on Frederick’s progress carrying out the king’s orders. Another impression I had was the impossibility of maintaining communications from Asgard to our side. Am I missing a detail? Tarkoff wonders if  Frederick still wants his sisters to return to Asgard with him, per their big plan. Frederick says he does, but killing Joanna, a necessary to evil to achieve that objective, doesn’t come as easily to him as it should.


Were you surprised to learn the pulsating scar on Frederick’s chest is the soul of the king? Who saw that coming?

As the living vessel of the king, Frederick cannot be harmed. If he dies, so dies the king. Tarkoff might be put off by this little development, but he’ll stick around to see how it plays out. That works for me. Joanna brought Frederick around to her side (I think); maybe she can do the same with Tarkoff.

Your turn! If you were happy to see the flood of guest stars and breathtaking beauty displayed by Wendy, Ingrid and Freya—raise your hand!

Witches of East End airs on Lifetime Sundays at 9/8c.