Threats to the Heart
“What time is it? Time for a recap! Time for a recap!” Stops singing. Sorry. If you were watching this weeks all-new episode of The Vampire Diaries – and if you didn’t, why not? – you would know that there is nothing greater than the element of surprise. Am I right? Last night, several surprises were dropped at our feet: Stelena? Back on or still off? We don’t know, but one Salvatore brother should watch out. Dr. Fell? Crazy or utterly delightful? Theories as to who she really is came into some light, but we’re still skeptical about this one. Has Tyler seen the errors of his ways? Maybe, but you’ll never guess what he’s done this time. Klaus? Still evil. Actually, that isn’t much of a surprise. His new housemate is, though. Want to know all the juicy secrets and surprises from this weeks Vampire Diaries? Well, follow me. This is a SPOILER ALERT!
Again with the Bonnie . . . in the forest . . . with the coffins . . . dreaming. This is really getting old, TVD writers. This time, Dream Klaus tells Boring Bonnie that he’s found a way to open the mysterious Fourth Coffin, challenging her to beat him to it. Then he bites her and she wakes up in a coffin. It’s very Ryan Reynolds-ish (i.e. Buried: a movie hardly anyone saw. Including me). Fighting her way out of the nightmare, the coffin lid rises, and a face appears. Who is it? We shall find out . . . now. After Bonnie, to Sexy Stefan’s dismay, let’s Elena in on the location of the Klaus Family Coffins, Boring Bonnie recognizes that the nameless face she saw in her dream, is actually the face of her absentee mother. Gasp! Not really. Bonnie believes that finding her mother will help lead her to a solution for opening the closed Fourth Coffin. Enter, Damon. Besides gloating on the fact that he kissed Elena – “We kissed. Now it’s weird.” – the vampire and his sweet pout, give Bonnie and Elena the coordinates to B’s mommy’s house. What does this mean? Road trip! Sorry, Damon. You can’t come. Drat!
At Casa de Caroline, Tyler surprises the vamp with a visit. She doesn’t want to see him, of course, but he wants to apologize for his previous actions. Tyler also reveals that he wants to take control of his life, a.k.a. rid himself of his sire bond. To do that, he’s going to need some help. In a bold move, Tyler calls up Caroline’s father. This can not be good. The human will try to cure Tyler of his sire bond, or at least, help him resist it. Told ya. Hopefully, this will go much better than the time he tried to cure Caroline of her vampirism, but probably not.
The nonnegotiable agreement between Stefan and Klaus continues at a stalemate. Stefan won’t give up the coffins and Klaus won’t leave town. It seems, my friends, we are at an impasse. In hopes of gaining the upper hand – But when has that actually worked out? – Elena and Bonnie set out to find B’s witch mom. Only, someone already beat them to it. Klaus Hybrid Lackey #2 shows up on the witch’s doorstep. Ding-dong. Yes? FADE TO BLACK. What?
Though we do not know what happened in this encounter, I’m thinking that it’s probably not a good thing. You girls better watch your back. There is no telling what might happen. Tying to up the suspense and failing, the duo meet Abby Bennett’s makeshift son, Jamie. When Abby comes home, the reunion of mother and daughter goes as smoothly as possible. Questions regarding the past are brought up and buried. Interesting fact: Fifteen years ago, Michael (the Original) came to Mystic Falls looking for the doppelgänger. No one was able to defeat him, so Abby lured him out-of-town and trapped him in the mausoleum. Because of that, Abby lost her powers.
Taking a quiet walk, while her best friend and her mom get reacquainted, Elena stumbles upon a familiar face. Stefan. Howdy. The vampire is downright mad learning of Elena’s deception. She didn’t tell him what she was doing or where she was going. Jeez. Possessive much. We’re just going to believe his snarky attitude is out of concern for Elena, and not because he needs to be included in everything. Hearing the fighting between the former lovers, Jamie takes it upon his compelled self – after Stefan’s threats – to shoot Stefan with a shotgun. Damn. That has to hurt. Abby drugs her daughter and drags her unconscious body to the nearest motor vehicle. What is going on here?
Putting the pieces of the puzzle together, it seems Klaus’ hybrid lackey compelled Jamie to kill himself, if Bonnie did not give-up the location of the Klaus Family Coffins. Bonnie refuses to tell her mom where they are, but finally agrees, after hearing of the threat to Jamie. What? That was nice, but seriously? What?! Abby helps Bonnie get a warning to Damon, proving that she is not all bad. When Klaus comes looking for the coffins, Damon is waiting for him. Sneaky bastard that he is, Damon reveals he stashed the Fourth Coffin, for leverage and all. The 100 Dead Witches like this, giving Klaus a few painful jolts to show their support. What they don’t like, is Klaus threatening to kill the last of the Bennett line. They back off. Klaus gets his coffins and we are left pondering why in the world is the Fourth Coffin so damn important?
Meanwhile, Elena desperately tries to get free after Jamie ties her up (and not in a good way). The human lures Jamie to loosen her bindings, effectively hitting him hard enough with the shotgun to render him immobile. Way to go, Elena! Elena races to Stefan’s side. She must dig-out the bullet-fragments, so Stefan can heal himself. Ew. Of course, this is the perfect time for Stefan to notice something’s different. Elena is different. She’s stronger, tougher. He likes it. This is also the perfect time (or so she thinks) for Elena to reveal a secret. She kissed Damon. Yes, we know! She feels guilty; not for the kiss itself, but for failing to tell Stefan. The vampire looks at his former love, seemingly heartbroken by this revelation. Didn’t it look that way? Slowly healing, the speechless Stefan walks away. At the Salvatore home, Stefan punches Damon in the jaw. I wonder, why? It’s all good, though. Why? See, Damon’s a sly one. Yes, we know. He might have done something incredibly smart or incredibly stupid. It’s a fine line, really. “What have you done?” Damon Salvatore pulls a familiar dagger out from behind his back . . .
Oh goody, more torture. Caroline’s Daddy takes the necessary precautions and chains Shirtless Tyler to the cave walls for his first treatment. The theory is, if Tyler can transform into his wolf-self by choice, then the sire bond will break. Uh, huh. Can you believe this guy? Tyler tries and tries, failing in his attempts. That is, until Caroline’s Dad brings the crazy. He slices Tyler’s skin with an ax (Yeah, I told you he was crazy), trying to provoke Tyler into changing. Though his methods are unorthodox, it works – maybe a little too well. Tyler is able to break his chains. The Old Man needs to go . . . now! SNARL. SCRATCH. BITE. Oops. Too late. I’m pretty sure that’s not a flesh wound.
The red flags keep flying into view as Alaric (and Damon) try to figure out Dr. Fell. Damon takes it upon himself to interrogate the good doctor about Mystic’s latest murder victim – which happens to be her ex – but that doesn’t go too well. Damon’s suspicions of the doctor are well-earned after discovering that Dr. Fell is the one who signed the death certificate for her worm-bait ex. Dr. Fell protests any accusations that she was the one to kill the man, like any psychopath would. Which explains why she stabbed Damon with a vervain dart in an attempt to draw his blood. Yep, she’s crazy. When Alaric strolls in to find out what really happened, Dr. Fell confesses. She confesses everything. She cheats. Huh? The good doctor hates to see anyone die, so she cheats, stealing vampire blood when she can, curing the ill. Also, Caroline’s dad. Dr. Fells gives the wolf-bitten man a shot of Damon’s blood. He’s all healed . . . except he was bitten by a werewolf! Despite Damon’s blood, wouldn’t he turn? Right? Right?
Nevertheless, I still think she’s crazy. Alaric should think so too. After revealing his secret magic ring to the doctor, she tries to rip (I may be exaggerating, but this little action is highly suspicious) the ring off his finger. To make up for it, she smiles and kisses the lonely hunter. Elena walks in. It’s all very awkward. Think what you want about Dr. Fell, but I’m still listing her as a Frequent Visitor to Crazy Town.
The final scene of the night (and the best, in my opinion), finds Klaus reuniting his Family. Well . . . their dead lifeless bodies, at least. Everything is working out for the evil hybrid, but he still has some unfinished business. What business? I’m glad you asked, Hybrid Lackey. Well . . . HOLY CRAP! “So, Niklaus. What did I miss?” ELIJAH!
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What did you think of the episode? What was your favorite scene? Favorite line? Have you finalized your theories on who is in the mysterious Fourth Coffin? Will Stelena get back together? Will Damon fight for his girl? How excited are you for Elijah’s return? Can Tyler overcome his sire bond? Can Caroline forgive him? How will Klaus retaliate? Tell me in the comments!