Loved Me Once? Shame on YOU! – A Recap of The Vampire Diaries “Memory Lane”

“Tell me something, Katherine!  What products do you use on your skin?  I’m going to tell Elena get them.  Because you, my dear, don’t look a day over 150.”

He is a Vampire with a Heart of Gold . . . and some SERIOUS rage issues . . .

Welcome back tight Hoodie of Hedonism.  We sure have missed you!

She is a Vampire with a Heart of Coal, with a serious aversion to wearing sensible shoes .  . .

“Flats?  Who the hell wears flats?  I don’t even know what those ARE!”

As a couple, they enjoy past-times such as: staking one another . . .

. . . playing dress-up . . .

. . .  invading eachother’s personal space . . .

 . . . lying / manipulation . . .

. . . and, most importantly, hard core S & M . . .

In short, they are just like YOU and YOUR boyfriend!

So, while the promos for this episode tauted it as being the hour that, once and for all, pitted Katherine against Elena . . .

. . . I would prefer to refer to it as the episode that created TEAM KEFAN!

So, without further adieu, let’s take a nice stroll down “Memory Lane.”

“A Dream is a Wish your heart makes . . .”

The Year is 1864.  It is the night of the Founders’ Day Ball, which is being celebrated in the Lockwood Mansion.  Katherine has chosen Stefan to be her escort to the Ball, over Damon, because Little Salvatore is “the better dancer.” 

(That should have been your FIRST clue that this was a Dream Sequence.  Stefan?  The better dancer?   Need I remind you of a little episode I like to call “Miss Mystic Falls?”

 . . . Oh, and let’s not forget about this . . .

Sorry, Stefan!  I love you.  But you are NEVER going to beat your brother in Dancing with the Vampire Stars.)

So, anyway, Stefan and Katherine are at the Founders’ Day Ball, engaging in some serious eye f*cking, when Stefan begins to express some concern for his “poor older brother,” who has been faced with the ignominious fate of going to the Ball STAG!

But WAIT!  Damon isn’t alone, after all.  SOMEONE is there with him.

It’s Elena!

And she’s RIDICULOUSLY under-dressed for a ball . . .

Unlike Katherine, Elena is not in the mood to dance.  In fact, she would much rather play with Damon’s balls . . .

 . . . his pool balls that is!

“It hurts, doesn’t it?”  Katherine inquires, pointing the smoochy couple out to a very Broody Stefan.  “Don’t fight it.  You’ve loved me once.  You will love me again.”

Stefan awakens with a start — his “girlfriend” nuzzled into his chest, still fast asleep.  She stirs.  “What’s wrong, Stefan?” She inquires sleepily.

Stefan tries to ease himself back to sleep, but something is still bugging him.  And that “something” has nothing to do with his Bad Dream.  Stefan dashes across the bedroom, and looks in horror at the girl with whom he was sharing a sleepy cuddle, just moments before. 

“I am getting better and better at this.   It is EASY to get in your head,” says . . . wait for it . . . VAMPIRE KATHERINE!

 Dammit!  I knew I shouldn’t have drank that Easter Bunny before bed.  Those cotton tails ALWAYS cloud my judgment!

Stefan tries to scare Katherine away with threats.  But this is NOT a girl who scares easily.  “We both know I could rip you to shreds, and do my nails at the same time,” the Vampiress remarks casually, examining her well-groomed, but old fogey, fingers, for affect.

Painted with the blood of high school girls who tried to date my ex boyfriend . . .

Unnerved, Stefan insists that Katherine tell him the REAL reason she has returned to Mystic Falls.  But Katherine can do better than just ONE reason.  “I came back for three reasons, Stefan.  You, you, and you,” she replies.

Ummmm, Katherine?  Not to be nitpicky here.  But . . . isn’t that just the same reason, three times?

“I love you.  You love me.  We’re an effed up family.”

The Power of Peach Cobbler

“Elena Gilbert, I am going to bring baked goods to your house.   And there is absolutely NOTHING you can do about it!”

Over at Mystic Falls’ ONLY bar / social establishment, Elena is “studying,” when Damon magically appears . . .

Because this is Episode 4, and we haven’t had a Shirtless Salvatore scene since Episode 1, let’s just pretend Damon showed up at the bar looking like THIS . . .

“So this is where you spend your time, when you aren’t busy stabbing people in the back,” offers Damon, conversationally.

Elena, ever the stickler for proper, dictionary-approved, insults, quibbles with Damon’s terminology.  “I tricked you into telling the truth.  That is not the same as stabbing you in the back.  That’s using your own tactics against you.”

“Well, EXCUUUUUUUUSE MEEEE!”

“I thought I made myself clear that I want nothing to do with you,” sneers Elena.

“OK.  See you at Useless Aunt Jenna’s barbecue!”  Damon sing-songs.

That’s right, Elena!  When Damon Salvatore isn’t getting laid, he becomes very Sherlock Holmes-y.   So, this  is ALL YOUR FAULT!  Apparently, Damon had casually suggested to Alaric that he and his new Useless Girlfriend, Aunt Jenna . . .

 . . .  hold a barbecue at Jenna’s house, and invite all of Jenna’s old high school friends.  However, Useless as Aunt Jenna is, she only actually had one friend in high school (well . . . two . . . really . . . but that Logan guy is dead, so . . .).  Of course, I’m talking about THIS GUY . . .

Geez!  The boys sure didn’t look like that in MY high school!

Contrary to what Alaric might have been led to believe, Damon’s reason behind suggesting the barbecue, had nothing to do with getting back into Aunt Jenna’s good graces, by using peach cobbler . . .

Rather, it had EVERYTHING to do with getting into Elena’s pants “silvering” Mason Lockwood — thereby exposing him as the “Wolf in Stud’s Clothing” he really is!

Meanwhile, back at the Lockwood Mansion, Mason is still refusing to tell Tyler how the “werewolf curse” is activated . . .

Curse?  That looks more like a BLESSING to me!

. . . and Tyler is still hiding Mason’s “family jewels.”

Somehow I always imagined Mason’s “jewel” being . . . bigger.  Didn’t you?

Raising the stakes . . .

Back at La Casa de Rich and Awesome, Stefan and Katherine are still engaged in an intense game of Slap the Salami Cat and Mouse.  Katherine, who is clearly the Houseguest from Hell, has already made herself at home, reading Stefan’s diary, drinking Damon’s blood, and fondling the Salvatore Brothers’ personal belongings.  In her reading, Katherine couldn’t help but notice that the Salvatore Detective Agency had recently encountered werewolves in Mystic Falls.  “What do you know about werewolves?”  Stefan inquires, defensively.

“I know enough not to pet one,” jokes Katherine.

“Awwww!  You’re a sweet puppy, aren’t you?  Yes you are!  Yes you are . . . Hey . . . Owwwwww!  I needed that arm!”

Through a series of flashbacks, Vampire Katherine explains Mystic Falls’ long history with werewolves — specifically, the role the Lockwood Werewolves had in the destruction of the Hidey Hole Vamps back in 1864.  Coincidentally, it was the Lockwood Werewolves who “outed” the Mystic Falls vampires, in order to cover up their own messy lupine-esque murders.  The werewolves in question were led by, pillar of the community, and Civil War veteran, George Lockwood (played by the INSANELY sexy, Simon Miller).

But before Katherine will reveal any more information about George and the werewolves, she has some questions for Stefan.  “Why did you keep this picture?”  She inquires, holding up the very same grainy photo that so TOTALLY creeped out Elena, the first time she and Stefan “did the deed.”

“You didn’t come back for, Elena.  You came back here to fall in love with me all over again, didn’t you?”  Katherine coos.

Stefan moves toward her slowly, as TVD fans collectively hold their breaths.  He then runs his hand across her cheek, and looks deeply into her eyes.  “What is it about you  . . . that makes me still care?”  Stefan whispers.

The two start making out hard core!

And it is HOT, with a capital “H”.  But you know what’s hotter?  When he STAKES HER ASS!

And, as if all of this wasn’t kinky enough?   Stefan then chains Katherine up in his basement.  He then angrily knocks over a chair, and tosses it across the room, as he rushes toward her — growling and groaning, just inches from her face, while he torturously tickles her with vervain plants.

“I am so turned on right now.  You have NO IDEA!”

As Stefan tries to get to the heart of the REAL reason behind Katherine’s return, Katherine continues to fill in the blanks from that fateful night in 1864, when (1) the Salvatore Brothers were turned vamps; (2) the Hidey Hole Vampires first were entombed, and (3) Katherine escaped Mystic Falls.  According to Katherine, she had struck a deal with George the Werewolf Lockwood.  Katherine gave up all of her vampire friends and family, in exchange for safe passage out of Mystic Falls on the night of the raid.  She also gave George the same precious moonstone that Mason has been so intent on getting from Tyler this Season.

You know what that means, don’t you?  Remember that whole Big Brave Effort the Salvatore Brothers made to rescue Vampire Katherine from the clutches of the evil townspeople?  You know, the one that resulted in their DEATHS at the hands of their own FATHER, as well as their subsequent rebirths, as a result of Stefan EATING THEIR FATHER?

Yeah, that was all a TOTAL WASTE OF TIME!

But here’s the kicker . . .  lies and manipulations aside, Katherine and Stefan (those two crazy old fogeys), really did seem to be in love, back in the day!

Stefan was definitely NOT under compulsion, when he first told Katherine that he loved her, on the night of the Founders’ Day Ball.  “I’ve never met a woman quite like you.  You are an angel.  (Katherine?  An ANGEL?  HAHAHAHA) When I touch your skin my body ignites.  I kiss you, and I know that I am falling in love.”

(Sappy . . . but sweet.  Who knew our Little Stefan was so poetic?  Then again, Dude does keep a DIARY!)

“Hey!  There is nothing wrong with a sexy man who’s in touch with his feminine side!”

And I’ll be darned if our Evil Vampiress didn’t look like quite the smitten kitten, while a 1864 Stefan deftly pawed at her face.

In fact, Katherine was so shocked by the extent of her feelings, that she blew off Damon’s advances later that night — going as far as to COMPEL him to LEAVE HER ALONE!

Who does THAT to boys that look like THIS?

“Seriously?”

Oh, and when the towns people were about to burn her ass to a crisp, if she didn’t leave town IMMEDIATELY, you know what Katherine did?  She WENT BACK .  . .

 . . . and fondled / made out with Stefan’s CORPSE, telling it that they would one day be “together again.”

Yes!  I know it was a hot corpse!  But COME ON people!  A hot Dead Guy is still a Dead Guy!

Question: If a Dead Girl makes out with a Corpse, would she be considered a Necrophiliac, or just an Equal Opportunist?

I’m not trying to be judgmental Katherine.  Every girl has a “type.”  Yours just happen to be ancient, sleep in coffins and be maggot-infested.  Different strokes, for different folks, I guess.  PLEASE don’t eat me . . .

Lamest Barbecue EVER!

Useless Aunt Jenna?  Can we talk?  You just had a barbecue at your house with THREE HOT MEN — two of whom had superhuman strength . . .

 . . . the other one was Alaric.

You could have done ANYTHING you wanted!  Fun things!  X-rated things!  Things that did not require clothing!  And you chose . . . PICTIONARY?

ARE YOU INSANE??????????

I love how the writers try to make Useless Aunt Jenna out to be this Uber Slutty Former Rebel. And yet, every time, she appears on screen, she does moronically dull things like this.  But while Useless Aunt Jenna proceeds to get wasted at her own party, and, thereby, increasingly more useless, Damon entertains himself, by trying to see how many “wolf” puns he can make at Mason’s expense, before the dog bites him in the nuts.

“Lone wolf, Dances with Wolves, Hungry like the Wolf, the wolf in Little Red Riding Hood, the wolf in the Three Little Pigs.  Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf? . . . I’m going to take a shot every time I come up with one of these.  Hopefully, being inebriated will make this party more interesting.”

Things between “the Wolf” and “the Vampire” start out friendly enough, with Mason telling Damon, that he has “heard great things about him.”

“That’s weird, because I have a really big  ‘m a dick,” replies Damon.  (Oh COME ON!  Like I was REALLY only girl who “went there” with that comment . .  .)

However, after the umpteeth time Damon calls Mason “wolf-something” and tries to “silver” him, our favorite lycanthrope starts to wonder whether something is up.  “Listen, I’m not your enemy,” offers Mason, conciliatorily.

“You tried to kill my brother,” notes Damon matter-of-factly.  “I mean, granted, I tried to do kill him too a few times during Season 1.  But we’re related.  So, it’s OK.  But for you, it’s unacceptable.  The only one allowed to kill Stefan is ME!”  (OK, he didn’t say that last part.  But he SHOULD have!)

Mason then makes some lame excuse for the attempted murder of Stefan — something about not being able to control himself, after shifting and blah blah blah.  “Let’s not spark an age old feud that doesn’t apply to us,” insists Mason, ever the Serene Surfer Dude.

A slightly Drunk Damon reluctantly extends his arm for a manly handshake . . . and then . . . STAKES MASON WITH A SILVER KNIFE!

 

“That was so totally NOT COOL, dude!  You just like need to catch a wave, and CHILL man.  Spark a doobie or something!”

Mason is not really so mad at Damon for the whole “trying to kill him thing” as he is about the whole “ruining his buzz” thing.  “I was really looking forward to Last Call,” whines Mason.  “Now you’ve made an enemy.”

“Well, DUH!”

Back at home, Mason gets up in Tyler’s grill, about  the teens refusal to give him his “family jewels.”  Then, the Lone Wolf / Silver Surfer FINALLY reveals what it is that activates the Lockwood curse.  You have to .  . . KILL SOMEONE!

Me-thinks Mason Lockwood just got a WHOLE LOT more interesting . . .

Team Mean Girls Strikes Out

From the moment Vampire Katherine stole into Vampire Caroline’s room and told her that they were going to have “so much fun together,” we all knew it would be only a matter of time, before the pair were up to no good.  This week, we got to see exactly what “so much fun together” meant.  Apparently, Team Mean Girls’ mission, should they choose to accept it, is to “Break Up Stefan and Elena” — a task that is easier SAID than DONE.

“Tell me about it!  I couldn’t even manage it, and I . . . look like ME!”

For Katherine’s part, she appeals to the “self-sacrificing” side of Stefan, which is, coincidentally, the same trait that convinced Caroline to get Matt to dump her, once she turned vamp.  Katherine, who had only pretended to be trapped by Stefan because chains are SEXY so that he would be forced listen to her story (Apparently, she’s built up some immunity to vervain), eventually, frees herself from her chains and attacks Stefan.  The vixen even goes so far as to stake Little Salvatore in his Hoo-Ha, after he finds himself morally unable to finish her off.

“You’re kidding, right?”

“I will snap her [Elena’s] neck like a twig, and you know it,” threatens Katherine.

Elena’s neck.

“I will kill everyone she loves, while she watches.  And then I will kill her, while YOU watch,” Katherine continues.

(Awwww!  How sweet!)

Meanwhile, Caroline is busy engaging Elena in what I like to call the Twilight Talk.

With a whiny-ness that would make Bella Swan proud, Caroline fills Elena’s head with fears of wearing diapers, “while your boyfriend is still ridiculously hot” . . .

. . . never being able to have Baby Vamps . . .

. . . and always having to worry about your boyfriend eating you.  When Elena gets worried about Stefan not picking up his phone, Caroline offers to “drive Elena to Stefan’s house, to make sure he’s OK.”  Caroline then proceeds to let the air out of her tires, while Elena isn’t looking, so the pair will have to wait for the tow truck driver.  Eventually, an Angry Elena ditches Caroline’s Mischievous Butt and escapes to La Casa de Rich and Awesome.

It is there that she runs into Katherine.

The two size eachother up a bit, like a couple of kids playing “Steal the Bacon.”  I’m pretty sure, Katherine even went as far as to sniff Elena’s face.   Weird.  

“How is this possible?  How do we look exactly alike?”  Elena inquires.

Easy.  We are both played by Nina Dobrev.  You are asking the wrong question,” replies Katherine tauntingly, before disappearing into thin air.

Almost immediately, Stefan appears, and gives Elena a much deserved hug.

Outside La Casa de Rich and Awesome, Katherine encounters Damon, and warns him that, if he messes with the werewolves and tries to play hero, he will get himself killed.

“Been there, done that,” remarks Damon boredly.  (He’s got a point!)

Later that night, at the only bar / social establishment in Mystic Falls, Elena and Stefan get into a “fight” over how big of a threat Katherine is to Elena.  Elena pouts a bit and acts jealous, while Stefan admits that Katherine had “already come between them.”  The last remark causes Elena to stalk off.  Then, both Caroline and Damon, who are eavesdropping nearby, with their FABULOUS vampire ears, sprout identical sh*t-eating grins on their faces. 

Honestly, the fight seemed TOTALLY fake to me, from the moment it started.  I didn’t believe it was real for a second, and have a lot of trouble believing that Damon would fall for a poor showing like that.  Nevertheless, later, back at Elena’s house, Stefan and Elena hug again, and vow to keep their continued relationship a secret, in order to protect Elena from the wrath of Katherine, and her new minion, Caroline.

You know what that means don’t you?  Lots of SUPER HOT SECRET SEX!

There you have it folks — a trip down “Memory Lane.”  So, what did you think?  Have you become a Team Kefan convert?  How long do you think Stefan and Elena will be able to keep up their “breakup charade?”  How far will Caroline fall into Katherine’s clutches to protect herself from harm?  Who do you think Tyler will eventually kill to become a full-fledged werewolf?  And, finally . . . and most importantly . . . in a fight between Mason Lockwood and Damon Salvatore . . . who do you think would look better naked? 😉

See you next week!

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9 responses to “Loved Me Once? Shame on YOU! – A Recap of The Vampire Diaries “Memory Lane”

  1. Cherie

    I love this recap so much I don’t know where to begin… it is definitely my favourite one you have done so far!!

    I choked on the smoothie I was drinking at the Mason’s “jewel” part, love you forever for the Team Mean Girls reference, and hadn’t realised the extent of Aunt Jenna’s uselessness in this ep until you pointed it out so strongly. Sheesh, three insanely hot men like that are definitely wasted on Pictionary – at least play Twister or something so you could see their muscles move in interesting ways or you have the chance of some bodily contact!

    This ep was awesome in so many ways.

    I love the typical sibling perspective Damon showed where he could do whatever he wanted to Stefan, but it wasn’t okay for Mason to do anything. I’m definitely the same with my brother… it is my sisterly right to drive him up the wall, but I become as protective as a mother lion when anyone even hints at being nasty towards him.

    Kefan chemistry has reached the molten volcanic levels of Delena in my eyes. Only Paul Wesley (or Ian Somerhalder!) could have pulled off a potentially cheesy line like “What is it about you that makes me still care?” and instead make it a total panty dropper comment!!! Damon is still the fairest vampire of them all, but I love that Paul Wesley is a close contender in the sexy beast stakes. I tell you what, there had better be full-on Kefan sexytimes at some point – that little interlude was not enough to satisfy my inner fangirl!

    This ep also showed that Stefan and Damon are lying to themselves. Stefan is so convinced his love for Katherine was completely out of compulsion, yet it was obvious he had feelings for her before she revealed that she is a monster. Considering the closure for this relationship is 150 years in the making, I am betting there is more sparkage on the horizon between the pair. Katherine is right, love and hate are a very fine line. Also, I was ridiculously excited that we have canon proof that DAMON was also compelled by Katherine at least once (and probably other times), contrary to what he has claimed. This brings into question his unequivocal passion for Katherine until recent events unfolded.

    The only thing that bugged a little is that if Katherine was so indifferent and even annoyed by Damon, what made her want to keep him around forever? I think virtually every other hot blooded or cold blooded female would want to do so, but Katherine seemed very single-minded in her flashbacks about Stefan and seemed to view Damon as almost a pest. I would love to hear your thoughts, Julie or Amy, on this, and have you help me make sense of this quibble.

    I am dying to find out what are the RIGHT questions to ask about why Elena and Katherine are one another’s doppelganger! 🙂

    • Awww, thanks so much, Cherie! I can always count on you to understand my, admittedly sometimes strange, sense of humor! I’m so glad you liked the recap! This episode DEFINITELY brought the fun and sexiness hard core, didn’t it? Granted, I would have liked to see a bit more Delena in it. But I guess we can’t have everything, can we? 🙂

      LOL. Sorry to make you choke on your smoothie. For what it’s worth, I nearly choked on my energy drink this morning reading THAT. I’m starting to believe that Kevin W. and Julie P. intentionally make Aunt Jenna useless. Because that much vapid stupidity, and egregious waste of hot men, simply CAN’T be an accident, right?

      It is definitely nice to see Damon and Stefan really coming together as brothers this season. Because together, these guys are UNSTOPPABLE. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I LOVED their hot-boy-on-hot-boy knock down, drag-out fights from early Season 1. But their quiet way of looking out for one another this season is subtly alluring, and sexy in its own way.

      Oh, there is ABSOLUTELY going to be a KEFAN hookup sometime this season! Stefan’s Dream Sequence (BTW How cool is it that Katherine can dream walk?) seemed to foreshadow that. Just like Elena with Damon, I think that Stefan “doth protest too much” when it comes to his feelings for Katherine. Plus, this week, we definitely got to see that vicious side of Stefan, Katherine seems to love so much, not to mention a softer side of Katherine. Yes, selling out her vampire friends for safe passage out of Mystic Falls was pretty evil (though I think there was more to that story than Katherine told), but Katherine’s treatment of Stefan in those early months of their meeting, was surprisingly sweet and protective.

      Oh, I definitely think Katherine compelled Damon more than just that one time. Plus, given Caroline’s post-vamp reaction to Damon, we can be pretty sure that once the transition was made, Damon REMEMBERED that she did it. So, yes, there is definitely some denial going on in that gorgeous brain of his, just as Stefan continually denies HIS feelings for Katherine, as well as the dark side of his nature.

      Ahhh, I sort of felt the same way you did about Katherine’s treatment of Damon this episode. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Damon, because he was portrayed like the “annoying older brother,” as opposed to a potential love interest. And yet, as we saw in the flashback, Katherine started hooking up with Damon BEFORE she started hooking up with Stefan, so there was definitely something between them. Plus, did you notice the maternal stance Katherine took toward Damon in present day? How she seemed genuinely concerned that he would get himself killed if he pitted himself against the werewolves? And you are right. Katherine would not have taken the time to “turn” Damon, if she didn’t have some feelings for him.

      Here are my thoughts on this discrepancy. I think Katherine wasn’t telling the whole truth in her story this week. The parts pertaining to her feelings for Stefan seemed real, as evidenced by that final flashback scene, which she NEVER told him about – the one where she fondled his corpse. However, I sensed that Katherine left certain things out of the story because (1) she didn’t want Stefan to see her soft / vulnerable side – i.e. the real reason behind her abandonment of the other vampires; and (2) she wanted it to look like she ONLY loved Stefan and never had feelings for Damon, so that he would take her back. While I think that everything Katherine said happened, actually did happen, I got the feeling she was purposefully leaving out crucial information, that will be revealed much later. For example, there was definitely more to her relationship with George, and the rest of the weres than meets the eye.

      And yes, I can’t wait to find out the secret to this doppelganger mystery as well. Could Elena be a long lost ancestor to Katherine? Is it possible that Katherine is NOT killing Elena because she has an interest in protecting her own bloodline.

      I guess we will have to wait and see! Thanks for your fabulously smart and funny comments, as always Cherie! It’s always fun talking TVD with you!

      • Cherie

        Thanks so much for your amazingly well thought out insights (as usual!) and answers to my quibble. It does make you wonder whether Katherine’s initial Damon passion later became a twisted mix of maternal love and “Mommy LIKE” love (like her occasional attempts to have sexytimes with him ala the season two premiere)!

        You know, your comment has also made me wonder whether TVD flashbacks are completely whole and intact memories, like those viewed in a Pensieve, or if we are viewing an edited version as told by the storyteller. It would be awesome if different versions of Katherine’s flashbacks end up being shown later on as new information comes to light!

  2. Cherie

    Oh, by the way, I don’t think Damon bought the fake break up for a second. I think he was just inwardly cheering because this gives him the perfect opportunity to get Elena back! Yippee!

  3. Carol

    TEAM KEFAN, YES!

    GOSH, THIS EPISODE MADE ME SO HAPPY. I WAS TALKING WITH MY FRIEND WHILE WE WATCHED IT AND ALL MY THOUGHTS WERE WRITTEN IN CAPS. SO MUCH FANGIRLISM.

    okay, now I’m calm. I think.

    Stefan, the best dancer? Oh yeah, right. Katherine, sometimes I don’t quite understand you.

    THE DREAM SEQUENCE = LOVE. Seriously, more Damon & Elena scenes? THANK YOU, writers! (Okay, just a dream, but you can see the chemistry)
    And Katherine & Stefan really has grown on me.

    ” Dammit! I knew I shouldn’t have drank that Easter Bunny before bed. Those cotton tails ALWAYS cloud my judgment!” NO, STEFAN, DRINK MORE BUNNIES PLEASE.

    ““We both know I could rip you to shreds, and do my nails at the same time,”” & ““I came back for three reasons, Stefan. You, you, and you,”” Katherine = Diva. I missed you last week, Katherine, seriously.

    “The two start making out hard core!
    And it is HOT, with a capital “H”. But you know what’s hotter? When he STAKES HER ASS!
    And, as if all of this wasn’t kinky enough? Stefan then chains Katherine up in his basement. He then angrily knocks over a chair, and tosses it across the room, as he rushes toward her – growling and groaning, just inches from her face, while he torturously tickles her with vervain plants.”
    Don’t. Don’t do that. You almost killed me. Never ever laughed so much over a recap. And that’s only the beginning.

    “But here’s the kicker . . . lies and manipulations aside, Katherine and Stefan (those two crazy old fogeys), really did seem to be in love, back in the day!
    Stefan was definitely NOT under compulsion, when he first told Katherine that he loved her, on the night of the Founders’ Day Ball. “I’ve never met a woman quite like you. You are an angel. (Katherine? An ANGEL? HAHAHAHA) When I touch your skin my body ignites. I kiss you, and I know that I am falling in love.”” There. It was there that I became Team Kefan. But yeah, Katherine.. Angel.. uhn.. doesn’t seem right.

    But compeling Damon to leave was stupid. Really.

    The whole kissing-the-dead-body-of-Stefan was.. wel… I was yelling “Necrophiliac!” while watching, so…

    Okay, now the lame-o-barbecue. PICTIONARY? Really, Useless Aunt Jenna? Even I could do better than this.
    Ahh, the wolf “puns”. Loved those so much.

    “Me-thinks Mason Lockwood just got a WHOLE LOT more interesting . . .” AGREED.

    “The two size eachother up a bit, like a couple of kids playing “Steal the Bacon.” I’m pretty sure, Katherine even went as far as to sniff Elena’s face. Weird.
    “How is this possible? How do we look exactly alike?” Elena inquires.
    Easy. We are both played by Nina Dobrev. You are asking the wrong question,” replies Katherine tauntingly, before disappearing into thin air.”
    This scene. I was waiting for it to happen. Finally. But Elena was so lame, as always. And the break up scene. Well, okay then.

    And no Bonnie this week! So happy.

    “in a fight between Mason Lockwood and Damon Salvatore . . . who do you think would look better naked?” Don’t make difficult questions, damn you!

    • Katherine ABSOLUTELY made this episode, didn’t she? So much so, that it makes me wonder how we got through most of Season 1 without her. And I say “Katherine” knowing that she, just like “Elena,” is played by Nina Dobrev. And yet, Nina does such a great job of differentiating the two, that, sometimes, I find myself forgetting that fact.

      I’ve always been Team Delena (as EVERYONE here knows). But now, I am totally Team Kefan too! And not just because Katherine can keep Stefan away from Elena, thereby freeing her to be with Damon. (Although, that certainly helps!) Nope, the thing is, I think both couples have the same thing going for them: good girl (or boy) paired with bad boy (or girl); INTENSE chemistry, witty banter, and, most importantly, over-the-top sexiness.

      That dream sequence? Pure perfection. Damon and Elena snuggling up against eachother during a sexy and sweet game of pool? The infamous cheek kiss? One word: YUM! Even though it was a dream, I feel like that’s how those two will really be, once they’ve put aside their personal issues, and become a couple.

      And as for Katherine and Stefan? Well, let’s just say when La Casa de Rich and Awesome is ROCKIN’, don’t come a-knockin. Because those two are KINKY!

      I’m glad I’m not the only one unnerved by the sheer Uselessness of Aunt Jenna. She’s like that character in horror movies who is in one scene, does something really dumb and/or annoying, and is killed, before anyone really notices her presence in the first place. Except . . . it’s been TWO SEASONS . . . and she’s still here! I’d hate to blame the actress for this, so I have to think the writers have made her this way on purpose, just like they have purposely chosen to keep Matt Donovan in the dark about ALL HIS FRIENDS BEING SUPERNATURAL!

      As always, thanks for making me laugh and smile, with your kind words and color commentary, Carol! You rule!

  4. I couldn’t stop laughing at this recap and how Katherine and Stefan are, “In short, they are just like YOU and YOUR boyfriend!” Also priceless, Damon’s dastardly threat: “Elena Gilbert, I am going to bring baked goods to your house. And there is absolutely NOTHING you can do about it!” Unfortunately, “Mystic Falls’ ONLY bar / social establishment” reminds me of my college and “the pub.”

    “And, as if all of this wasn’t kinky enough? Stefan then chains Katherine up in his basement.” Elena is the most understanding girlfriend in the world. “Yes I tied up and tortured my ex-girlfriend… but for YOU, baby!” I’m a bit surprised no one has commented on Katherine’s line about Stefan’s “gorgeous body.” Maybe because there’s nothing to say.

    I actually loved barbecue, possibly because it was so lame. It just seemed appropriate for them. Or maybe I sympathize with being unable to throw a party.

    I may be one of the only ones who actually believed the fight, which meant I was extremely concerned when Stefan was loitering in Elena’s bedroom. Regarding Katherine turning Damon: she always goes back to him after Stefan. Perhaps she didn’t want Stefan to be lonely, so she planned to bring along his brother for the immortality ride. Now that would be some unforeseen consideration on Katherine’s part.

    • Well, I guess there is ONE benefit to having only one “bar / social establishment” in your town . . . You always know where the party’s a.t 😉 (It would also make the task of avoiding your exes / other assorted folks you had no desire to see, that much easier.)

      You are right, Noelle. Based on what we’ve come to know about Useless Aunt Jenna and Boring Unless He’s Bromancing with Damon, Alaric, a Pictionary Sausage Barbecue would seem consistent with the couples particular “party” style. But I have to say, I was a bit disappointed in Damon.

      What, he couldn’t compel the group to dance to Depeche Mode in their undies? Or play a rousing game of Strip Poker? Or 35 Minutes in Heaven? (Yes, I know it’s usually 7, but vampires and werewolves have STAMINA!) I’ll cut Big Bro Salvatore some slack, seeing as he was on a mission to (1) Silver Mason; and (2) get back on Aunt Jenna’s good side, after the whole Katherine / Elena kiss fiasco, and was, therefore, likely, a bit distracted. But still . . . DAMON is guy who should KNOW how to throw a party. He’s had 160 plus years to PRACTICE!

      I like your idea of Katherine possibly turning Damon as a potential “Vampire Playmate” for Stefan. After all, Damon and Stefan didn’t really start hating one another until AFTER they were turned, despite their both being in love with the same woman. So, as far as Katherine was concerned, they were BFFs. Also, in the books, Katherine turned the brothers, hoping they would eventually become part of some sort of weird Eternal Vampire Threesome with her. So, your suggestion would be consistent with that. And yet, maybe it’s just because I am such a staunch Damon Supporter, but I truly believe a part of Katherine really cares about him, in her own effed up way . . .

      Brilliant commentary, as always, Noelle! Off to read your recap! 🙂

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