“Shock and Aw” is one way to describe last nights all new episode of The Vampire Diaries. The follow-up to one of the most exciting episodes of the series did not disappoint. In fact, it delivered a heaping plateful of surprise flavored awesomeness. Of course, the night wouldn’t be complete if there wasn’t a moment that totally knocked us out of out seats and maybe had us clutching onto our super-sized Damon throw blankets (Oh, Matt!). I actually believe we hit that point a couple of times within the hour. On the other hand, there were moments that made us shed a few happy tears. Those sweet acts of love made us clap for our favorite couples Caroline & Matt (Do we have a cute combined name for them yet?) and Jeremy and Bonnie (Beremy!). It was a great episode, don’t you think? So for all of those who have seen last nights episode, Damon and Stefan will escort you onwards and downwards (We’re trying to teach them how to properly take care of their humans). The rest of you will have to wait at The Grill, because this is a SPOILER ALERT! P.S. Don’t let Doctor Martin catch you.
The Salvatore Mansion. Figuring on how many times we actually visit here, I think we can just call it The Mansion. Elena is trying to make it to school (Yes, they actually remembered that they do go to school) on-time, after her sleepover with Stefan. Though, I highly doubt any actual sleeping was going on. Flirty Stefan makes an appearance and convinces Elena (With his tongue) that staying in a few more minutes wouldn’t hurt. Meanwhile downstairs, Damon takes a sip from his glass and politely speaks a “good morning” to Elena. Wait a minute . . . something isn’t right. Can you sense it, Damon? He can, because he sends “Elena” flying into a wall. He thinks it’s Katherine. Only, she’s making a pretty good case that she is indeed the human that was attempting to pry herself out of Stefan’s arms a second ago. Enter Stefan. He see’s Damon about to neck crunch “Elena” and put’s two and two together. Could it be Katherine upstairs? Let’s see, shall we? With vampire speed, Stefan Salvatore replicates Damon’s stance with “Elena.” Wait. Hold on. All this weird doppelgänger stuff is confusing me. We need to sort this out.
So, which one is Katherine? Okay. I see. Yes, as we all suspected (Didn’t we?) the vampire bitch was the one who gave a morning hello to Damon. Conversing in Stefan’s bedroom, Elena makes it clear she really, really doesn’t want Katherine anywhere near her or Mystic Falls. Yet, Katherine is set on staying. She wants to help kill Klaus (I knew it!). Egotistical vampire that she is, Katherine feels as if she is the only one who can actually help and get the job done. Everyone else, disagrees.
At school, Matt tells an eager Caroline that she better make up her mind. It’s her move. Seriously, if you don’t grab Matt and kiss him by the end of this episode, I will be severely disappointed, Caroline. In the meantime, Stefan and Elena finally come back to school and I continue to make fun of Stefan’s car. Why? I don’t know. Maybe it’s the fact that a stupid shiny Volvo has ruined me for all other vampire cars. I can’t decide. Once again, Stefan takes Katherine side, claiming that they need her to divulge whatever information she has on Klaus. Elena just wants her gone. From that crooked smile (attempt) on Stefan’s face, I really believe that Stefan thinks Elena is jealous of Katherine. Why is that so funny, Stefan?
Hey, it’s Alaric! I missed you. He proceeds to tell Elena that he really wants to stop lying and tell Aunt Jenna what is going. It’s the only way they can be together. Yet, he believes it’s Elena’s call to make on whether Aunt Jenna knows the truth or not. The human wants more time. How do you tell someone that vampires, werewolves, and witch’s exist? Well, at least we know Alaric won’t drag her behind the school and make her say it . . . out loud. I hope.
Wow. School ended fast. Stefan and Bonnie make an appointment to speak to the Martin’s at The Grill. Stefan tells them that Elijah’s dead, but that doesn’t mean that the two party’s shouldn’t work together and take down Klaus. It is what they both want.
Back at The Mansion, Damon is using his favorite flame thrower to make Elijah barbecue (Would you like that Original, or extra crispy?). Katherine finds him and admits that she knew Damon would die if he used the dagger (Why do you continue to hurt that poor man?). Later, Damon starts glancing through the Johnathan Gilbert journals. He’s trying to find the location of the Mystic Falls Witch Massacre (See last week’s episode). He asks Katherine if she knows anything, but once again, she lies and says she doesn’t. Then she starts to tell the truth a few minutes later (What?). When a witch dies violently, they release a magical energy, marking the place of their death with power. Stefan conveniently returns from his meeting with the man-witch’s to tell the two vamp’s Elijah’s plan to kill Klaus. There is no special weapon (At least, not another one) to kill an Original, but if you had enough power, you wouldn’t need one. Okay. Now everything is starting to come together.
Across town, Bonnie, Elena, and Caroline are starting their girls night in. We’ll just ignore the obvious product placement here, and say that the trio are trying to deal with their issues with pizza and ice cream. Hey, it’s Aunt Jenna. Pssst . . . Elena. Invite her to join you. Don’t be rude. She needs cheering up. Yeah, that awkward conversation telling Jenna that there’s probably a good reason why Alaric is lying to her didn’t help, girls. Why don’t you all go out and hear that new band down at The Grill. Good. Get out of here.
Cut to Doc Martin and Son. They’ve looked for the witch burial ground, but came up empty. Doc Martin knows the Salvatore brothers won’t be able to find it either, and tells his son that they are the enemies, not their would-be helpers. The two of them will get Britta (Daughter/Sister) back with some help; Elijah’s help (Say, what?).
Lighting the power candles, the father channels his powers into his man-witch son. Using some weird psychic spell, Luca finds part of himself looking for a dead Elijah in the Salvatore home. Damon looks around, feeling something off, but see’s nothing. Luca makes his way to the basement and finds Elijah . . . and Katherine. It was the perfect time for her to pour herself some blood. She looks around and see’s nothing out of the ordinary, until the dagger in Elijah’s heart starts to pull out. That shouldn’t happen. The vampire bitch immediately pushes herself onto the dead Original and tries to keep the dagger down. Using all his power, Luca fights back against the vamp, but it’s no use, she’s too strong. Taking his father’s advice, Luca – mentally – shoves a stake into Katherine. This is getting good. She calls out to Damon for help. Seconds later, he pulls out his favorite flame thrower and sets fire to the assumed empty basement and Luca. Yes, you heard right. He also sets fire to Luca. That man-witch is dead. It’s time for some vengeance. Dun. Dun. Dun!
Girls night out has just started at The Grill. Alaric spots Jenna at the bar. She goes off. Whatever he is keeping from her, she is sure that she can handle. He needs to trust her. Meanwhile, Matt starts to ignore Caroline. Her friends try to convince her to make the first move, but she’s afraid that all those secrets are too much to hide. Thankfully, Elena ponders that maybe the best thing to do is to tell everyone the truth. Lying to them to keep them safe is actually hurting them. It’s about time you figured this out. Even though Elena has this new-found wisdom, she doesn’t tell Alaric to confess to Jenna. She see’s how much lying is hurting their relationship, yet she still does nothing. Why?
Instead, Elena’s new wisdom kicks some life into Caroline. The new vamp takes the stage and decides the best way to tell Matt her feelings is to sing (Awww). Who knew Caroline could sing? I didn’t. Look at those two stare at each other. So sweet. Hey there, Matt. What are you doing? Okay. Just go ahead and make out with Caroline. Forget we’re even here. Awww. I love these two together.
Slowly, Katherine begins to heal after her close call with that wooden stake. Damon brings her some blood and another wooden stake. What is going on today? Just a little payback for Katherine’s lies about the dagger and how it would kill him! He wants the truth. Oh, and she’s willing to give it now. Uncle John and Isobel want Stefan and Damon out of Elena’s life. No surprise there. Uncle John also gave Katherine a deal (So that’s why he was in the tomb). He knew Elijah’s death would get her out of the tomb, so he gave the vampire bitch a choice. Either she stays in Mystic Falls and help with Klaus, or he would kill Stefan. Wait. There’s more. John told Katherine she could only save one Salvatore brother. She choose Stefan, giving Damon (And us) another reason to hate the bitch.
Ooh! Matt and Caroline make-out session in the ladies bathroom! Yeah, Bonnie. This would be the perfect time to ask Elena if she approves of you dating her brother. Why not blurt it out? Oh, you did. Looking rather confused at the situation, Elena finally gives Beremy her blessing. Yay!
Doctor Martin? What are you doing here? Okay girls, maybe tonight wasn’t the best night to have a girls night out at The Grill. I suggest you leave. What? No, Bonnie. Don’t confront Doc Martin. Stupid, powerless witch. He needs to find Elena. Bonnie refuses to tell him where she is. Ooh. No need to cut off all the lights. Ooh. Please, don’t do that. Please, don’t set the bar on fire! Don’t hurt Bonnie! Doc Martin, you are giving doctors with supernatural powers a bad name. What would Carlisle say? Matt go help put the fire out. The rest of you scream and run. Elena, you talk to the bad doctor while Caroline tries to kill the man-witch. Well, that didn’t work. Come on. Do you have to use that stupid vampire mind meld on Caroline too? Matt! Yes. Wait. No. Doc Martin did you just shove a broken bottle into Matt’s neck, while I screamed out in horror. Yes, you did. Seriously, I don’t think I can breathe. That’s it, Caroline. Give Matt your blood. This is not the way I saw this night going.
Elena and Stefan return home to find a guilty Bonnie (There’s no reason you should feel guilty about Luca’s death) and a reassuring Jeremy. Stefan asks, “Did you check the house?” Of course, they did. No, you didn’t? Idiots. Seriously, all of you are in need of an intervention. You have no concern for safety. That’s it. I have no other choice. We need Edward. Yes, we’re all going to sit down and discuss what it means to be a vampire/witch/and or little brother and to protect your human. This ends here.
Elena goes upstairs to splash some water on her face. Oh, hey Doc Martin. I didn’t see you there. What? That’s okay Elena just go all vampire on him and take a bite out his neck. Wait. What? That wasn’t Elena. It was Katherine. Finally, this confusing doppelgänger thing comes in handy! Good thinking. Bonnie bends down and looks at the dead man-witch. Surprise! He’s not dead. He grabs Bonnie. Stefan snaps his neck and we are officially down two man-witch enemies. Wait. Does that mean Bonnie won’t be getting her powers back? That’s not good then, is it?
Is all the drama over? I don’t think I can take much more. Okay. Maybe just a tiny bit more. Katherine is expecting a thank you for all her hard work, but Elena refuses. She still wants the vampire bitch out of Mystic Falls. No deal. They need to kill Klaus, and the only way that’s going to happen, is if Katherine helps. She wants to reassure the human that until Klaus is out-of-the-way, Elena has no reason to fear her. Yeah, right.
Alaric and Jenna. Jenna and Alaric. We’ve seen so much of you two the past couple weeks, it would be a shame if you two broke up. Alaric tells his her that Isobel is dead, but he can’t tell her all of the details. He. Just. Can’t. However, he can tell her “I love you.” Yes, he said those lovely words Jenna. What are you going to do about it? “Goodnight, Ric.” What? No. You march right back to his side and kiss him like your life depends on it. No? Fine. You won’t. I will. Gosh, you make me so mad. He loves you. That’s the only thing that matters. Gah!
Beremy! Please, take that sad scene out of my mind. Distract me. Okay, Bonnie. I didn’t tell you to shove your tongue down Jeremy’s throat. Touching. I can handle some light touching. Wow. Did the lights just flicker? Yeah, they did. Bonnie! You have your powers back! Yay! Wait. That was a little too easy. There has to be a catch. I was right. When Doc Martin grabbed Bonnie he gave her powers back, but he also gave her a message; a message on how to kill Klaus.
Cut to Damon (Wait. Why won’t you tell us how to kill Klaus?! We need to know) on his big fluffy bed reading the Johnathan Gilbert journals (Don’t ignore me!). Katherine plants herself next to him and spills another secret. She turned Emily Bennett (See season 1) into Johnathan Gilbert. Why are we not surprised? In return, Katherine asks Damon to spill a secret of his own. Where is the witch burial ground? He won’t answer her. Good. Don’t. Oh, no. She’s likes the rough, strong Damon. She moves in for a kiss. No! Closer and closer. “Katherine there are six other bedrooms in this house. Go find one.” Burn! Take that. He has eyes for only one woman . . . who looks exactly like you.
Matt. Oh, Matt. You’re awake and alive. Caroline tells him that by drinking her blood, it healed him. Yes, I would look disgusted and confused too. “I’m a vampire, Matt.” Thank goodness. The lies for this couple are over. Maybe they can finally be together now. See, Caroline agrees with me. No, Matt. Don’t freak out. Yes, your sister was a vampire, but Caroline didn’t kill her. She didn’t. You have to believe her! Hey, don’t cut to another scene. Not. Fair.
Ding-dong. Someone is at the Gilbert home. This isn’t going to be good. Who can it be? Maybe it’s Stefan in need for a quick “visit.” Or maybe it’s Alaric. He’s finally ready to confess everything to Aunt Jenna. Heck, it could even be Elijah. That wouldn’t surprise me. Okay, just open the door Aunt Jenna. Isobel. Isobel?! What the hell?
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How I hate cliffhangers! What did you think of last nights episode? Did you like all the crazy doppelgänger hijinks? Will you miss Luca and Doctor Martin? What will happen with Caroline and Matt? Will she turn him? Now that Isobel is back, will Alaric tell Jenna everything? Why is Isobel in town? What kind of trouble will she make for our favorite Mystic Falls residents? Tell me in the comments!
Is it April 7th yet? What did you just say? Yes, I said April 7th. We have to wait until April 7th to see the next all new episode of The Vampire Diaries?! Yep. I don’t think I’m going to last. Tell me TVD fans, what are we going to do to past the time?