Oh, aren’t you a sight for sore eyes? Have you missed me? I’ve missed you, my fellow TVD fanatics. Let us all rejoice, the winter hiatus is finally over, and now we can get back to what really matters: fictional vampires, hybrids, and Originals. Plus, their myriad of issues – romantic and just plain absurd – that travel with them wherever they go. You know what I’m talking about. Take a look back at the previous episode, Homecoming, and see what I mean. Wow. Is every vampire’s – who fell in love with a human – life so messed up? This weeks all new episode of The Vampire Diaries sure made it seem that way. Didn’t it? Violence, death, and romance. It’s just another day in Mystic Falls. Now, I know you all want to get to your favorite part of the night; the jaw-dropping, long-awaited scene we’ll be talking about for a long time (Giggle), but we have some business to take care of first. Please proceed to the recap closest to you. This is a SPOILER ALERT!
Bonnie Bennett, what are you up to? Traipsing through a deserted home, located on the spot where one-hundred witches burned, listening to their mixed distorted voices lead you to four unopened caskets? Okay. Bonnie Bennett’s curiosity spikes as she quickly opens the dusty coffin to find . . . Klaus. Klaus? Klaus, his dead fingers clutching Rebecca’s magical necklace. Huh. CREEK. Gasp! Bonnie Bennett awakens to find that it was all a dream. Phew. Cue the awesome running music!
Left. Right. Left. Right. Elena is running laps across the streets Mystic Falls on a rather sunny day. She stops, clocks her time, and smiles. It might be a good day, after all. Not so fast there, missy. Elena finds herself trying to out run a fellow jogger. Though her paranoia in this situation is acceptable, is he really following her? No, guess not.
Some time later, at The Grill, Bonnie and Elena bond over their mutual uneasiness they seem to have lately. Plus, the fact that big-bad Klaus has been MIA for a some time. That’s probably not a good thing. Over at the bar, Damon (in his typical fashion) is trying to get his bromantic buddy, Alaric, to do some early afternoon drinking. Unfortunately, for Damon, Alaric is too worried about a distant Jeremy to feed into Damon’s vodka soaked hands. Jeremy’s lost his job and his grade point average is steadily slipping. What is going on with that kid?
Though we were all hoping this wouldn’t happen, it seems that both Jeremy and Tyler are returning to their old selves. The former foes turned friends take turns playing with Alaric’s crossbow – Tyler demonstrating his super hybrid speed – but in actuality, it is a lesson on how to kill a hybrid: chop of the head or rip out the heart. Words to live by.
Alaric isn’t the only one worried about Jeremy. Elena frantically tries to get in contact with her brother, but fails in her attempt. As is usual (and we wouldn’t have it any other way), Damon is there to reassure her in his own unique way. He’s also there to do some harmless flirting. Oh, the UST! “Don’t mind me.” Huh? Oh, Klaus. You’re here; how very anti-climatic of you and your new lackey (Jogger Dude). With Damon on the defense, The Original makes his motives known. He’s got a file of missing persons that needs to be dealt with immediately. Rebecca. Stefan. Four family members in coffins. Klaus promises to be good and keep the death toll to a minimum, if the duo proceed to give him their help.
Here we go, once again. We find ourselves walking with Bonnie to the magical mansion in the woods, listening to the voices from beyond. Though, this time we know better.
What time is it? It’s time to play everyone’s favorite game, Dream or No Dream. What will it be? She’s going down to the basement. She’s opening the door. She’s walking through the door and . . . No! There are not four coffins with four semi-dead Original vampires in them. Only Stefan. No Dream!
Oh, damn. He’s back; sexy, confidant Stefan. He’s back, just when we finally pledged our full allegiance to Damon (bad haircut and all). This isn’t surprising. The real surprise is still-soulless Stefan asking Bonnie to help hide the four Klaus family Originals.
At the Gilbert Home, Elena and Alaric are confronting Jeremy on his recent behavior. Jeremy wants nothing to do with their quasi intervention, insisting on leaving, since Tyler is waiting for him. That’s okay, bring him in. With the invitation for Tyler to enter the Gilbert Home, the hybrid now has a non-restrictive free pass to come and go as he pleases. At this point, Elena could probably start a profitable bed and breakfast for all the unwanted guests with access to the home. I’d say, it’s time for a change of scenery.
Disappointed in Jeremy’s new choice of friends – Let’s face it, a sired hybrid is not the best of company to keep – Elena and Alaric try to understand what is going . . . with Tyler. Wait, I thought this was about Jeremy. Me too, yet the gang talk to Tyler about the differences between being sired and being compelled. Tyler distinguishes the two between mind control and faith – believing that serving your overlord is the right thing to do. Um . . . really? The conversation takes on a darker tone when Tyler admitted he would rip his own heart out if Klaus asked him to. Even Jeremy is surprised at his answer.
Meanwhile, Damon and Klaus bond over drinks and their mutual appreciation for Stefan’s stupidity: signing up to be a lackey for an unstable vampire Original, drinking human blood and living as a Ripper, and stealing an entire family from an unstable vampire Original. You know, those types of things. Klaus wants to make sure that Damon does exactly what he says (Find Stefan. Arg!), so he sets up a little demonstration. The smirky, arrogant, charming bastard makes a call. Hello? Do that thing I told you to do. Now. Sure thing. Jeremy Gilbert hits End on his smart phone. Gasp! Could it be? Jer- Oh, no. As one magic ring sits alone at the dining room table, Alaric and Elena rush outside to find Jeremy. He stands in the middle of the road, waiting. A car picks up speed. Alaric runs, yelling at Jeremy to move out-of-the-way. BAM! He falls. Alaric tumbles to the ground. Jeremy is safe, but our favorite hunter is not. Thank goodness for magic rings!
As the story goes, Klaus ordered Tyler to aid in the plot to kill Jeremy. Though, Tyler believed Klaus was only going to send them a warning. So gullible. Later, Jeremy confronts the hybrid about his naivety. “It’s Klaus. What did you think was going to happen?”
With his near-death experience behind him, Jeremy listens to Damon ramble on about finding Stefan to prevent something else from happening to the list of Elena’s loved ones. Jeremy speaks up. He knows the cycle will repeat itself. They won’t make it out of Mystic alive if this continues. They should leave, leave it all behind. Elena disagrees. If they give Rebecca back, then everything will be fine. Yeah, right. Damon assures her that would be a bad idea. Duh. Elena conforms this time, but is finally putting the pieces together. She calls Bonnie.
Location: Magical Mansion in the woods, home to one-hundred dead witches. Damon is still unwelcome in the establishment (Witches, so fickle), so Elena soldiers on and searches the estate for Stefan. The vampire is less than cordial to his former human lover. Elena tells him to give Klaus back his family, but Stefan refuses. She pleads with him, telling the vampire about the mark on Jeremy’s life. Stefan doesn’t care. It’s not his problem. SLAP! Elena forcefully brings her hand to the stone-cold expression of her former flame and fights back.
Now, let’s stop it here. Whether you (a human) are hitting a vampire or a werewolf, the result is always (Always!) going to be the same. You’re not going to walk away injury free, watch your best friend turn into a werewolf, then live happily ever after with your vampire soul mate. It’s going to hurt. It’s probably going to break your hand. There are no exceptions. Got it? Good. Rant over.
Damon is displeased at the events that have taken place and decides to take matters into his own hands. Fighting the searing pain of the sun, Damon rushes throughout the house to seek out his brother. Stefan remains stagnant in his plans. He’s not giving up. This doesn’t sit well with Damon. In an oh-so-good brotherly fight, Stefan discloses his motives. Klaus took everything away from him, so he’s going to return the favor. Stefan also reveals the real reason behind his so-called betrayal: once again, he was trying to save his brother. Damon is in disbelief. He needs Stefan to stop saving him.
When night falls, Stefan re-assures Damon that there is a way to kill Klaus. There has to be. Fair enough. Of course, it would be beneficial to this cutthroat and devious plan if Damon helped. After some disagreement, Stefan concedes and reveals his secret weapon. Actually, more like an invisible weapon. With Bonnie’s witch help, all four coffins are discretely concealed, even from Klaus. Invisibility spell. Awesome.
Finally waking up from his short-lived death (How many times are they going to make him die?), Alaric questions Elena on Jeremy’s condition. He really should be more concerned with all the blood he’s spitting up. Something’s wrong. The medics arrive instantly to take Alaric to the hospital, but are stopped by Jogger Dude (a.k.a. Klaus’ new lackey). He compels the medics to leave, ordering Elena to let him into the home. She refuses and goes to Ric’s side. One arrow to the heart later, Jeremy Gilbert is chopping off Jogger Dude’s head with a meat cleaver. Now he’s dead. Sometime later, Alaric wakes up in the hospital fully recovered and ready to go (Thanks to Damon’s blood), despite his doctors protests. It seems this scene is just a filler to propose a new love interest for Ric. Though I wish him the best, I don’t think he should to be in another relationship so soon after losing Aunt Jenna. What do you think?
Knock. Knock. Ignoring Damon’s protest, Elena invites Klaus to the Salvatore Mansion. She has something for him. She hopes that by giving Klaus his currently semi-dead sister back, the two can form some kind of arrangement. An eye for an eye. Rebecca for Jeremy. Deal. Though the Original still needs Elena to search for Stefan, for the time being, her other friends and family are safe. Just don’t think this new deal is going to last long. Klaus removes the dagger from Rebecca’s back, and leaves Elena to think things over. Only, she has one more thing to say. Elena tells Klaus that Rebecca knows what he did to their mother and knowing Rebecca, she isn’t going to let that slide. This intentional slip of the tongue is most likely the reason why Klaus slides the dagger right back into Rebecca’s lifeless body. Oh, snap. So long, Rebecca.
In the most heartbreaking (and one of the most rushed) scenes of the night, we are forced to say goodbye to one of our favorite characters. With their best intentions, Elena asks Damon to compel Jeremy. Elena hates the life that has been forced upon her brother. He is so young, he needs to live without the threat of vampires or hybrids. He shouldn’t have to give up a normal life. Damon speaks with fervor. Jeremy will leave Mystic Falls behind forever, live his life to the fullest. He must forget. The question is, will it last?
Final Scene: Elena feels terrible about parting with Jeremy, but Damon enforces his belief that she did the right thing. Elena doesn’t know what she would do if Damon wasn’t with her, by her side, helping her through everything. She is grateful she has him in her life. A guilty face overlooks the longing in both their eyes. Damon confesses the real reason Stefan betrayed them. Elena wonders what it means. “It means, I’m an idiot. ‘Cause I thought, for one second, I wouldn’t have to feel guilty anymore.” Guilty for what? “For wanting what I want.” Gasp! Is he? Is he going to tell her how he feels? Please. Oh, please. Damon steps back. You’ve got to be kidding me! Well, maybe just a little. “No. If I’m going to feel guilty about something, I’m going to feel guilty about this.” KISS. KISS. KISS. *Does happy dance.* Hopefully, it will stick this time. Right, Damon? “Goodnight.” What? No. Get back here! We want more kissing!
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What did you think of the episode? What was your favorite scene? Favorite line? Are Damon and Elena finally going to be together? Will Stefan try to win her back? What will happen to Jeremy? Where was Caroline? How will Stefan use the Original Family in his evil plan? What side will they take? Will Elena find out Damon is helping Stefan? Tell me in the comments!