Warning: This post contains spoilers for The Circle Season 2, Episodes 1 through 4. Don’t read any further if you don’t want to know!
Who would have thought The Circle could be as strategic and devious as Survivor?
We saw a much more breakneck style of gameplay in the first four episodes of season two (which debuted this Wednesday) compared to Season One’s Love Festival. One feud in particular tore the group apart, with nasty accusations flying back and forth, forcing players to choose which side to side. Let’s take a quick look at the highlights from Week 1 … and then you will have the opportunity to make your voice heard in our polls.
Episode 1 introduces us to the first eight players, including five real people – Savannah, Bryant, Terilisha, Chloe, and Courtney – and three catfish: “Emily,” played by Jack; “Trevor” played by his wife Deleesa; and “River” played by the much older Lee. Everyone gets along pretty well from the start, and Chloe (a veteran of Netflix’s Too Hot to Handle) likes Trevor right away. There are some suspicions, however, and when the first reviews are in, Savannah and Terilisha will be labeled “influencers” with the option to decide who will be “blocked”. (A full recap of the season two premiere can be found here.)
The influencers also have an option to save a player, and Episode 2 begins with Terilisha saving Emily and Savannah Trevor. That leaves Chloe, Courtney, Bryant and River on the chopping block, and after a poetry slam where those in danger of running counter to the influencers (gag), Savannah and Terilisha go to the rendezvous to decide who is leaving. Both agree that Courtney and River should stay, so it’s up to Chloe or Bryant. Savannah is ready to drop Chloe … which makes Terilisha question her # GirlGang loyalties. The two are clearly not on the same page, and the discussion gets borderline hostile before reaching a final decision.
Savannah holds on to deliver the bad news to Terilisha: It’s Bryant. He just takes a deep breath – as he always does – while Lee sobs over the news. (It’s only the first elimination, buddy!) Bryant is blocked now, but he can see another player on the way out and he chooses River … who is really Lee, of course. But he doesn’t even seem to mind? (“We all play a character.”) They hug him and Bryant says he’s already a winner anyway. Oh what a nice guy. He didn’t stand a chance. The episode ends with a shocking revelation: Tomorrow a new player arrives … and it’s Lance Bass from * NSYNC?!?!? Chloe clearly doesn’t know who he is because she says, “Maybe Trevor has a little competition.” (No, it doesn’t. And it doesn’t exist at all.)
In Episode 3 we learn that it’s not really Lance: it’s his personal assistant Lisa, who has worked with Lance for 14 years. (So now half the players are catfish? Who can we trust in this crazy world?) But some other players don’t recognize Lance either, and others are turned off if he says he’ll use the prize money to fund a new * NSYNC tour. (Um, we don’t think tours work that way?) But the big story is the impact of Bryant’s elimination: Terilisha blames Savannah in a group chat while Savannah insists it was “a mutual decision.” Terilisha then pulls Chloe and Emily aside for a “True Colors” chat, telling them that Savannah wanted to get rid of one of them. Woo, the claws are out!
It gets really ugly during a game of truth or dare: when Terilisha is asked who the greatest player is, she says Savannah, and when Savannah asks if she sees her as a threat, Terilisha fires back, “You definitely didn’t keep it a promise. “(Oooh!) Then Savannah is asked who she least trusts in the game. Hmmm … we’re sticking to a cliffhanger, but Episode 4 reveals her answer,” Terilisha. “She adds,” She’ll be anything say to make you like her, but if she’s an influencer she won’t save you. ”(Ouch!) Terilisha replies with“ #Pathetic ”and the two exchange sharp barbs while the other horrifies and Courtney cheers for his girl (“Savannah, collect that wig!”) while Jack, aka “Emily,” remarks, “Terilisha may be vegan, but tonight it’s beef for dinner.”
The next day, the lines of battle are clearly drawn: Trevor tells Savannah he got them back while Terilisha tries to reach Courtney, but they are only fooled by a hearty conversation. Savannah tries to get Chloe and Emily on their side with a private chat “Real Talk” and bluntly tells them, “I DO NOT trust Terilisha.” Emily will not take sides, which infuriates Chloe, but they both eventually tell Savannah that she is they will support against Terilisha. However, Chloe notes, “I’ll be thrilled if you believe anything I just said.”
Well, she was right: it’s time to re-evaluate each other and Chloe and Emily are being labeled influencers, with Terilisha and Savannah now at the bottom. Chloe and Emily – who are already besties – go through the contestants, and it comes down to the two troublemakers … and they block Savannah. (They’re probably #TeamTerilisha after all.) On the way out, Savannah is asked to visit the person she thinks should win. She selects Courtney, warns him about Terilisha and Emily and tells him “You have to be sneaky bitch” to win. But! In one final twist, because Savannah picked him, Courtney is told he now has access to “The Inner Circle” (??) and he is called into a spaceship-like room with a series of large monitors. (His reaction is perfect, “What in the intergalactic flawlessness is this, honey?”) We’ll find out the answer to that question … next week!
So which side are you on with the Savannah / Terilisha litter? Who is your pick to win so far? And what the hell is “the inner circle” ??? Vote on our polls and share your thoughts on Week 1 in a comment below.