The ORIGINAL Vampire Threesome – A Recap of The Vampire Diaries’ “The End of the Affair”

-Dating Profile for Klaus, The Original Hybrid-

Aliases: Nicklaus, Nick, Hybrid Dick

Age: Pretty F*&king Old

Turn Offs: People who don’t worship me, plans that have gone awry, prohibition raids, Vampire Slayers with wooden bullets, Were Zombies

Turn Ons: World Domination, Eating People, Rippers, Blood, Destruction, Sharp-Dressed Men, Silly Hair, Stefan Salvatore 

Greetings Fangbangers!  This installment of The Vampire Diaries transported us to a different time and place than we have ever visited before in the series — namely, Chicago, during the 1920’s.  It was an Age of Decadence and Excess in America.  A time when it was just as illegal to drink a glass of wine, as it was to drink blood from someone’s neck, in public.  And yet neither “law” was enforced particularly well  . . . Not surprisingly, the 1920’s was a time when the underworld was ruled by criminals, witches, and, of course, vampires . . .

So fill your glass up to the brim with your lovers’ blood (Mmm . . . yummy!), and raise your glass high.  Because my Lovelies, I daresay Klaus and the Ripper have arrived, which means its probably time to DIE . . .

(Special thanks, as always, go out to Andre for the spectacular screencaps, and the insolentgilbert tumblr for the majority of the fun little gifs you see here.)

“Damon . . . Can You Hear Me Now?”

The episode begins with Damon, looking sexy as ever, as he pours himself a bourbon breakfast of champions in his living room.  The phone rings.  It’s Katherine.

“I’m back, B*tches!”

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She appears to be calling Damon from a payphone, a strange archaic device I didn’t know still existed.  She wonders whether everyone has missed her while she was gone.  And Damon announces, “Nah, haven’t you heard?  I’m head over heels in love with your doppelganger now.  I am SOOOO over you that I don’t even remember your name.  What letter does it start with, again?” that, truthfully, no one has really thought about her since she was gone.

“What are you wearing?” 

Katherine undoubtedly seems a bit hurt by this revelation, but she brushes it off, instead, asking Damon why he hasn’t taken advantage of his current situation, by making a move on Elena in Stefan’s Ripper absence.  (Ahh . ..  Katherine, I always knew you were on Team Delena.  Thanks for feeding some fire to the flame, here.)  Damon brushes off the question, even though we KNOW he’s thinking about it (and will see a little evidence of that later).

Never one to beat around the bush, Katherine then reveals the REAL reason for her call, to give Damon information about Stefan’s whereabouts.  Katherine correctly tells Damon that Stefan is in Chicago with Klaus, who is seeking out his old pal, the witch to try and figure out, why the heck his Hybrid Spell made nothing but loser zombie’s with shorter lifespans than fruit flies.  She also reminds Damon, in a clever little spot of foreshadowing, that one doesn’t live on Earth for as many years as Klaus has, without developing SOME enemies.

It seems EVERYONE on this show is running from something, or someone . . .

This prompts Damon, of course, to wonder WHY Katherine is suddenly being so helpful, and possibly tailing Stefan.  What’s in it for her?

Something always seems to be . . .

Katherine admits that she is “conflicted,” as to whether she wants to help rescue Stefan, and hangs up the phone before Damon can get any additional information about HER whereabouts, or how she knows what she knows.

“I came back for YOU, Stefan.”

Of course, my Kefan / Stetharine heart tells me that Katherine, whether she wants to admit it or not, is doing all this out of love for the younger Salvatore brother. But, of course, I’ve been proven wrong before on this show . . . . many times.  So, who knows?

Meanwhile, in Chicago, Klaus is visiting one of his favorite watering holes, to talk to the resident witch there.  He also secretly hopes that, since Damon used to frequent this bar, himself, back in the 1920’s, seeing the place again, might help to bring back his “Ripper” Roots . . .

The BEST Wake-up Call EVER!

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Given the staunch Delena fan that I am, it should come as ABSOLUTELY no surprise to you that my absolute FAVORITE scene in this episode, was the one where a still-asleep Elena rolled over in bed, and smilingly cuddled into Damon’s chest, her small fist, clutching at the fabric of his shirt, as he stared down at her, mesmerized by her beauty and innocence.

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*insert porn music here*  Come on, Elena, RIP THAT PESKY SHIRT OFF THOSE DELICIOUS ABS.  You can do it!

Of course, then she wakes up, and pretends to be pissed at her future boyfriend for (1) sneaking into her bedroom at 6 am, and (2) pulling such a fast one on her.  (I told you he took Katherine’s advice to heart.)  But that didn’t make what he did any more hilarious or adorable.

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“You must have been dreaming about me.  That would explain the drool,” Damon jokes, delivering his first of MANY great one liners in this episode.

While the bedroom cuddle scene served as a direct inverse to the one in which Elena coddled a dying Damon, in “As I Lay Dying” . . .

  . . .  the scene that followed — in which Damon explains to Elena, that Klaus and Stefan are in Chicago, and they need to leave ASAP, in order to find him, reminded me of “Children of the Damned,” back in Season 1.  You know, the part where Damon barged into Stefan’s bedroom, where Stefan was clutching a post-coitus Elena, in order to tell the pair that it was time for the three of them to retrieve Katherine from the tomb.

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“If I see something I haven’t seen before, I’ll throw a dollar at it.” 

The fact that Damon can now find Elena sleeping ALONE is telling of the future of this love triangle.

Elena, of course, wants to know what brings Stefan to the Windy City.  “Well, he’s not there to visit Oprah,” Damon responds.  (But honestly, wouldn’t it be kind of awesome if he was?  I’ve always secretly suspected Oprah of being a vampire.  I mean, how else would she be able to get everything done that she does?  Clearly, she must not sleep.)

She also wants to know how Damon suddenly has this information.  Not quite ready to reveal that he got it from Katherine, after all, Elena might get jealous, Damon takes the opportunity to deliver, yet another flirtatious zinger, “It came to me in a dream.  I was naked, you would have loved it.”

Oohh Damon, we all would have loved your dream.  But something tells me, Elena would have loved it, especially . . .

Anywhoo . . . more hilarity ensues, as Damon begins rifling through Elena’s underwear drawer (which was also something he seemed to enjoy doing very much, back in Season 1), and pulls out a sexy pair of lacy red underwear, ” Ohhh, put these in the yes, pile, he jokes.”

“Are these mine?  I have a pair just like these at home.” 

Meanwhile, somewhere in Downtown Chicago . . .

Vampire Road Trip – Part 26 (a.k.a. the “Wake up, and SMELL the Ripper, Elena,” World Tour)

We all know that when it comes to Elena, Denial, may very well be an alternate spelling for a River in Egypt, but it tends to run directly through Elena’s bedroom, where Stefan is concerned.  And so, in order to prepare Elena for their next Sure to Fail (They always DO!) plan to save Stefan, he begins by offering her Stefan’s diary for a little “light” reading.  (I hope she’s not one of those girls who get carsick.)

Stefan has girly handwriting. 

It’s ONE book.  And Stefan seems like the kind of guy who writes in his journal everyday, which makes me wonder if Stefan has an organizational format for how he keeps his diaries.  I certainly wouldn’t put it past Mr.  “I Rip Up Bodies” and Put Them Back Together, Because it’s Neat” . . .

Damon cracks me up, by launching into “Stefan” voice, as he reads to Elena about Stefan’s RIPPER RAGE blackouts, and how he wakes up in the morning with women he who he doesn’t recognize (I guess these sexual partners aren’t his victims, because . . . well, more on that later).  Of course, you can count on Damon to comment about Stefan’s SEXUAL escapades to Elena, in order to dig the knife in just a little deeper . . .

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This is not to say that Elena didn’t manage to get her fair share of digs in Damon’s direction, as well . . .

 

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Next stop Stefan’s old bachelor pad, which is a TOTAL dump, as Bachelor Pads tend to be.  That being said, I kind of like the idea of Stefan as a Single Vampire, spending his time in this apartment, getting wasted on booze, eating chicks, and pouring out his heart and soul to his great big WALL Diary.

That’s right, boys and girls.  Apparently, putting his Humpty Dumpty victims back together again, isn’t Stefan’s only serial killer trademark, he also WRITES THE VICTIMS NAMES ON A WALL so that he can remember all the kills.

You know, because Stefan isn’t a “Wham Bam, thanks for being lunch kind of guy,” unlike when he f*&ks you, if Stefan EATS you, you can be damn sure, that he will ask your name first.  I just wonder, how he does this, if he claims to black out, and continuously “lose time,” when he kills, just saying.

Elena huffily wonders what DAMON was doing back in the 1920’s, that he can be so judgy of Saint Serial Killer Stefan.  She suggests snarkily that he helped pave the way for Women’s Lib.  And I actually think that’s TRUE, just not necessarily in the way Elena envisioned it, if you catch my drift . . . 😉

Damon informs Elena that Stefan was a “Cocky Ripper Douche,” (another great phrase to print on a t-shirt, by the way), who Damon had no trouble avoiding while HE traversed the windy city, pretending to be a character in an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel . . .

I also can’t help but wonder how NO ONE HAS EVER thought to search Stefan’s APARTMENT, particularly, when all the high school coeds started dying in his neighborhood.  I mean, think about it, this could have been the start of the shortest Law and Order, SVU episode EVER!

“Amateur!”

Another thing I thought about, when I saw the Not-So-Secret Wall of Weird, was that DAMON had one just like it, back when he was tracking Stefan in “The Birthday.”  I’m starting to think Wall Fetishes is a Salvatore genetic trait . . . after all, they do both seem to like WALL SLAMS .  . .

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(For those keeping score, remember the secret compartment containing the Wall of Weird in Stefan’s apartment, because it’s going to come in real handy later.)

A lot of people (myself included) have begun to get frustrated with Elena these past few episodes, due to her seeming total denial of Stefan’s Ripper Self, and the seeming double standard she holds for both the brothers.

“Are you REALLY going to bring that up again?  Do you have any idea what kind of episode I’ve had?” 

Having given this more thought, I think we can attribute this, at least, somewhat to the Jekyll and Hyde aspect of Stefan’s Ripperism.  While Damon tends to be an all or nothing, show all your cards, kind of ruthless vampire, Stefan exhibits a complete separation of those two parts of himself, partly so that he HIMSELF, can remain in denial of whichever one he currently ISN’T.

This allows Elena to discount how evil Ripper Stefan is, because, as far as SHE is concerned, Ripper Stefan is just some other guy who inhabits Stefan’s body on occasion.  He’s not her actual boyfriend.  Convenient, isn’t it?  Fortunately, by the end of this episode, Elena will be forced to recognize that Ripper Stefan and Boyfriend Stefan ARE in fact just two sides of the same person . . .

Anywhoo, Damon (WHO I LOVE) certainly doesn’t win any intelligence points this week when he (1) leaves Elena alone in Stefan’s apartment, while he searches for clues, knowing that there’s a good chance Klaus and Stefan might return there to get something; (2) tells Elena to come up with a plan on how to Save Stefan, when Elena’s plans always seem to involve (A) failing miserably and (B) almost getting everyone involved KILLED.

But, hey, we get it Damon, love can blind you to the obvious .  . .

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Speaking of love . . . or a SUBSTANTIAL LACK THEREOF .  . .

Here Comes the Sun (and it’s NOT all right with me) . . .

Ummm . . . you know, vampire still DO go to the bathroom. So, I hope you have a chamber pot somewhere in this dungeon of yours  .  . .” 

When we last left our favorite Vampire Barbie, she was shackled to a chair, in a strange, underground dungeon, and coming to grips with the fact that her OWN FATHER put her there!  To be honest, I haven’t decided yet whether the EEEEEVVVVIL Papa Forbes is one of those Wackadoo Religious Zealots, or if he’s just a TOTAL moron.

Listen, can we hurry this behavioral modification thing up?  I’ve got a date to see the new Jennifer Aniston movie, in about twenty minutes.” 

Because, SERIOUSLY, what kind of idiot thinks that vampirism can be cured through torture methods and behavioral modification techniques?

Oh, and  when Papa Forbes told Caroline that he wanted to “Fix Her,” did anybody else, aside from me, hear that Coldplay song in their heads? Anybody?  Anybody?

I guess not . . . 

Speaking of fixing, I know the “vampires are like homosexuals with different eating habits,” concept has always been more of True Blood’s fortay than The Vampire Diaries, but I couldn’t help but get a whiff of it, when Papa Forbes’ notoriously GAY daddy, was trying out his Blood Aversion techniques on his daughter.  Have you guys ever seen the movie “But I Am a Cheerleader?”  Just sayin?

Hypocrite much, Daddy-o?

Sure, there are plenty of vampires out there who feed on humans, because it’s fun to play with your food.  But, when it comes down to it, vampires drink blood because they NEED IT TO LIVE.  They are bloodivores.

“I’m not a DOG, daddy!  I’m not going to PLAY FETCH with you like all your loser boyfriends do.” 

And if they don’t feed, eventually they will weaken, dessicate, and quite possibly, DIE!  So, Papa F (short for F*&KER’S) little “game” of  pouring sun down on a ring-less Caroline’s head for minutes at a time, and then shoving a blood bag in her face, to see if it turned vampy, did NOTHING to curb her cravings, all it did was PISS HER OFF.

“This isn’t what I meant, when I said I’ve always dreamed of being in the spotlight . . . or what I meant when I said I wanted a tan.” 

And trust me, Daddy Dearest, if that was any OTHER vampire, aside from the calm and NON VIOLENT Caroline, he or she would have EATEN YOUR FACE so fast, it would have made your chewed up head fall off.  Now, THAT would have been good television!

Aside from the fact that this WAS her own father doing this to her, part of what made this scene so emotional was how docile Vampire Caroline was the WHOLE time it was happening.  It was almost as if she was accepting and understanding why her father was doing this to her, which was so sad, and so wrong, on so many levels.  She kept tearfully apologizing to her dad for NO GOOD REASON . . .

She was also pleading with him . . . explaining to him that he cannot fix her, and doesn’t NEED to fix her, in between bouts of excruciatingly painful sun exposure.

Kudos to Candice Accola for pulling off such a mixture of fear, frustration, angst, and depression, in these undoubtedly extremely difficult scenes to shoot.

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“I know.  I’m awesome.”

As bad as things got for Caroline, she needn’t have worried, little did she know that just as she was entering her darkest hour, her soon-to-be boyfriend was busy rallying the troops, bravely confronting Lizard Lizard Liza . . . dammit . . . I can’t call her that anymore, in light of how this episode went down!

I literally raised my first in triumph, when Papa Forbes emerged from Caroline’s dungeon at night fall, only to find himself staring down the barrel of his ex-wife’s gun.  “She’s our daughter,” Liz explains.  (I’m glad SOMEBODY noticed).  “Let’s not do this .  . . not because she’s our daughter, but because we love her.”

Liz promptly disarmed Bill, by shooting him, I believe in the leg.  Then out popped the red-shirted Tyler, who at Liz’s prompting used his werewolf-strength to easily break down the dungeon door, rush in, and break apart the shackles confining Caroline’s hands and feet.  And we all know how much Caroline and Tyler like S&M right?

Too soon?

Caroline is so weak from having spent the entire emotional day in a room where vervain seeps through the walls, and don’t even get me started on the whole SUN THING.  And so, she barely registers Tyler’s rescue of her at first, except to call out his name.

“We really have to stop meeting like this.” 

That said, there’s this really adorable moment, where Tyler is about to lift up Caroline to carry her out of the dungeon, and she instructs him to recollect her sunscreen ring, which her father had thrown across the room.  This puts Tyler in the position of having to KNEEL before a seated Caroline, and slide the Sunscreen Ring on her finger.  A goofy embarrassed look is exchanged between these two new lovers, upon realizing what they have done.  But then Tyler snaps out of it, carefully scoops up the wounded Caroline, and delicately carries her back OVER the threshhold toward the comforts of home  . . .

Talk about deja vu!  Once again, we have a depressed Caroline, recovering from a day of vampire-directed torture.(Girlfriend NEEDS a self-defense class, stat!)  Last time this happened, Caroline had Stefan and her girlfriends to help her cope with the pain.  This time, her mother is there, sitting on the edge of her bed, and feeding her a blood bag to help her regain her strength.  OK . . . so Lizard (I’m going to use it here.  But only for this one sentence) loses MAJOR points in my book for trying to justify her ex-husband’s painfully abusive actions to his having been “raised that way,” i.e. to believe vampires are evil.

Aside from the fact that violence toward your kid, should NEVER be condoned, no matter what.  I find it confusing that, assuming both Lizard, Carol and Bill were raised to believe that vampires were monsters who POSSESSED human bodies, once the REAL human soul died, what made Bill think he could HELP CURE Caroline in the first place?  It just doesn’t make sense.  Nevermind the fact that Caroline’s non-violent actions in this awful situation were proof positive that she does not pose a danger to Mystic Falls . . .

At least Liz fesses up to her own formerly murderous feelings toward her daughter here, noting that Caroline taught her an entirely new way to view vampires, and that, one day, her father would come around to this way of thinking as well . . . hopefully . .

Speaking of danger, Liz (see?) gets back in my good graces, by letting Tyler visit Caroline alone in her bedroom, despite the fact that its quite obvious from looking at these two, that they have had sex together.  I love Tyler’s facial expression as he enters the room.  It’s a perfect mixture of sadness, upon seeing Caroline’s depression and pain, up close, relief at her safety, and pure unadulterated love.  Kudos to him for lightening up a dark moment (and taking the words right out of our mouth), by teasing Caroline for the Walk of Shame that, when you think about it, got her into this mess to begin with.

“Would now be a good time to give you crap about sneaking out on me, yesterday morning?” He snarks cutely, before crawling into her bed, and cradling her as she finally allows her true emotions to come to the surface, an aspect of the Forwood relationship I’ve enjoyed since the Coed Naked Couch Cuddle, back in the Season 2 finale.

As Tyler hugs Caroline close, and runs his fingers through her hair, Caroline cries, “My father hates me.”  (Oh man, did I start bawling during this scene.)

Tyler, who, himself, is no stranger to paternal abuse, doesn’t say anything in response to this comment.  He doesn’t need to.  Instead he just continues to hold Caroline . . . silently reminding her that she is not alone.  And that HE will continue to stick by her, no matter what.

All together now . . . “Awwwwww.”  Meanwhile, in other “couples, news . . .”

Klaus and Stefan .  . . The RED Hot Love Affair Begins . . .

Over at the bar called Gloria’s a witch (NOT A VAMPIRE), who was a alive in the 1920’s, and is miraculously no older than 40 today . . . you know . . . because of a crapload of plastic surgery spells and stuff, tells Klaus that the only way he can figure out what went wrong in his little Hybrid spell is to “contact” the ORIGINAL WITCH who cursed him in the first place.  Fortunately (well . . . actually UNFORTUNATELY, since we all already have a pretty good idea as to why the spell didn’t work), Gloria agrees to help Klaus contact the “Original Witch,” provided Klaus get her The Necklace, last seen around “Rebekah’s” neck.

“Rebekah’s a little preoccupied,” Klaus notes causually, in, what we learn later, will be the understatement of the century.

Meanwhile, Stefan is making drinkings behind the bar, when he finds a picture of himself in 1920, with his arm around his current boyfriend Klaus, who he doesn’t remember meeting before Season 2.  Well, isn’t that weird .  . . (Then again, as we learned from Stefan’s diary, heDID have a habit of not asking the names of his sexual conquests.)

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Perhaps, he should have kept a separate Sex List on his Wall of Weird, so that he could relive THESE experiences as well . .  .

Uh oh . . . I sense a FLASHBACK coming on . . .

We’re in the 1920’s now.  And I have to say that the production values on this episode are rather impressive, especially considering that all of it was done on a CW budget, as opposed to say a Boardwalk Empire one . . .

Stefan’s snacking on a flapper chick in the backseat of a car, and manages to take her rose as a souvenir before entering Gloria’s bar.

“Was it as good for you, as it was for me? ANSWER ME!  Oh . .. wait . .  . nevermind.”

Apparently, Gloria not only makes a mean blood cocktail for the vampires who frequent her establishment, she also, apparently sings.  This, of course, is a slightly younger version of the Gloria we meet in present day.  Most notably, she lacks the Sinead O’Connor haircut, and take-no-sh*t attitude of her 21st century counterpart.

“Eat your heart out Beyonce . . . whoever the hell that is.” 

Anywhoo .  . . Stefan apparently rules this bar, like its his dominion.  (I suspect he might even sleep here on occasion, since his apartment is such a dump.)  Gloria even stops her singing to say hello to the Cocky Ripper Douche, who seems, in the 1920’s at least, to be acting a bit like . . . well . . . like Damon.

Love is in the air at Gloria’s and Stefan literally walks into an attractive blonde, who in alternate universes was known for both being a mermaid, and one of Emily’s MANY lesbian girlfriends on PLL.  The attraction is obvious and immediate, most notably because this woman is a vampire.   Her face gets all veiny, as she smells Dead Lady on Stefan’s breath, and you just KNOW it turns her on.

“I love the smell of chewed intestines in the morning.”

As most spectacular relationships on this show do *cough Delena cough,* Stefan’s and Rebekah’s (yes, that’s her name), and even Stefan’s and Klaus’ (as we will see in just a bit) begin with flirtatious love/hate banter.  We see Rebekah bitching at Stefan and his buddies for being TOO LOUD in the bar.  (Really, Rebekah?  How prissy ARE YOU?)  She also refuses to tell the Cocky Ripper Douche her name, until he EARNS it.

Wanna know how he earns it, by eating off the same PLATE as Rebekah.  And by “same plate,” I actually mean THIS . . .

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That’s right, Fangbangers, you’ve heard of Public Displays of Affection, but Public Displays of Cannibalism take romance to a WHOLE OTHER LEVEL apparently . . .

We notice immediately that Rebekah appears to be wearing the prized vervain necklace that Elena is perpetually losing so that Damon can sexily put it back on her neck . . .

At first, I thought it was SUPER CREEPY that Stefan gave his OLD girlfriend’s prized necklace to his NEW girlfriend, no matter how many decades apart they were.  (Then again, this is the guy who dates two women who SHARE THE SAME FACE.  So, what do you expect?)  However, later we will learn that Stefan’s accumulation of that necklace is much more innocent than one would initially think.

Oh, and did I mention that Elena’s necklace has MAGICAL POWERS and that all these witches and original vampires want it back for some reason?   I didn’t?  Well . . . consider it mentioned.  Man, if Elena wasn’t in trouble before . . . She’s sure up Sh*t’s Creek, without a paddle now.

Anywhoo . . .  now that Stefan and Rebekah are in luuuuuuuuuve, it’s time for Stefan to meet The Family, or, more accurately, the BROTHER.

Yep . . . Rebekah just so happens to be Klaus’ little sister . . . an ORIGINAL.  And so, now we’ve met three members of the Original family .  . . possibly four . .  . but more on that later.  Klaus is sizing up Stefan and he CLEARLY HAS A BIG GAY CRUSH ON HIM ALREADY AND IS TOTALLY JEALOUS OF HIS SISTER FOR SNAGGING SUCH A HOTTIE isn’t sure he likes what he sees . . .

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“You are right, Little Sister, he does have funny hair,” Klaus remarks, which is TOTALLY true, by the way.

Ahh, see, I’m going to keep calling him Klaus, for the rest of this recap for ease of reference.  However, have you noticed that Klaus seems to change his name every century or so?  Back in 1492 Columbus sailed the Ocean Blue  everyone referred to Klaus as the Lord Nicklaus (pronounced NEE-KLAUS).  In present day, he’s just plain, “Klaus.”  And, in the 1920’s, he appears to be “Nick.”

Talk about an identity crisis?  Who the hell are you, DUDE?  No wonder Klaus and Stefan get along so well, they both have Multiple Personality Disorder . . .

But, I digress . . .

During a dinner table conversation, we learn some interesting tidbits about Klaus’ Big Happy Coffin family.  I for one, had always assumed that Klaus was the Black Sheep of the family, due to his “illegitamate child” status, and that he drags his brothers and sisters coffins around with him, as a big ole F*&k You to them for rejecting him.  But according to Rebekah and Klaus, this isn’t the case.  Apparently, there was some in-fighting among the Originals Family (possibly, about whether Klaus should break the curse, and become a hybrid?).  Those who sided with Klaus (like Elijah, and apparently, Rebekah, got to live a little bit longer, and those who didn’t were immediately staked.

Interesting . . .

Back at the interrogation, Klaus wonders what so sexy about Stefan that he deems himself worthy to date an Original.  Though he’s probably hoping Stefan will take this as an opportunity to give him and “Beks” a lap dance at the table, Stefan, instead, does something ruthless.  He compels a couple over to his table, and forces the male of the couple to drink the female’s blood for fun, before ultimately killing him, and, quite possibly, her too.

This, apparently, gives Klaus such a big boner that he immediately wants Stefan for a lover brother-in-law.

You know what else makes Klaus want Stefan as part of his family?  Well, for all his cocky doucheness, Stefan just so happens to be a SPECTACULAR kiss ass.   We see him and Klaus, all buddy/ buddy at the bar table, as Klaus confides in him about how his family all wanted him dead.  “They just don’t want you to be who you are . . . a KING,” slurs Stefan, the brown dripping off his nose, as he speaks.

Feeling bolstered by the compliments, and generous, Klaus takes this opportunity to give Stefan some brotherly advice about dating his sister (which, actually is creepy, on a whole lot of levels).  Klaus basically tells Stefan that eventually Rebekah always leaves her boyfriends, so he shouldn’t get to attached . . . you know . . . “Chicks, man!”

Once again, we get an inkling that Klaus once had his heart broken by a woman, possibly, the Original Doppelganger,  Charlotte Petrova.

Back in present day, Klaus shows Stefan Rebekah’s corpse, and he STILL doesn’t remember this woman, who he supposedly loved so deeply, back in the day.  He also doesn’t remember being such butt-buddies with Klaus, “Why do I only know you as the Hybrid Dick who sacrificed my girlfriend on a Ring of Fire?”  Stefan inquires, as the two have drinks later in the day . . .

Well, there’s more to the flashback, of course . . .

Back in the 1920’s there was a Prohibition-Fueled RAID on Gloria’s bar.  Gunshots ripped through the place . . . but the bullets in those guns were WOODEN.  This causes Klaus and Beks to realize that they’ve been found . . . but by WHO?  Who the heck would be powerful enough to cause TWO supposedly invincible Original Vampires to run scared?  Is this just a vampire slayer, or is it, an ORIGINAL Vampire Slayer? Like . . . say . . . Klaus and Rebekah’s FATHER?  Of course, I’m just speculating here . . .

Whoever it is . . . Klaus decides that he and Rebekah should not just LEAVE the bar, they should skip town completely.  At some point during the melee, Klaus finds Stefan and sadly compels him to forget ever knowing him and Beks (A-HA!)  “I’d forgotten what it was like to have a brother,” he says sweetly, before finishing the job.

(But WAIT . . . what about ELIJAH?  Wasn’t he around during this time?  I’m confused . . .)

Stefan’s compulsion aside, when the time comes for Klaus and Beks to go, Rebekah refuses, claiming that she wants to stay with STEFAN.  (Seriously, this guy must have the BIGGEST WEINER EVER?   How else does he keep getting EVERY SINGLE GIRL, even vicious vampires like Katherine and Beks to drop everything for him?)

I’M HUGE!”

Klaus doesn’t take too kindly to this, and stakes her with that White Oak Ash Dagger, that’s starting to seem less and less RARE the further we get into the story.

Well, THIS picture looks a little incest-y. 

Moments later, Stefan is in a now empty bar, where he picks up Beks necklace, which calls to him somehow, even though he no longer has any memory of its wearer.  And THAT’S how ELENA got her vervain necklace.

So, remember how Katherine said that she used to stalk Stefan throughout the decades?  Well, we see her here, in the shadows, wearing what looks like DAMON’S hair, undoubtedly jealous of the woman who briefly stole Stefan’s heart from her . . .

But wait . . . there’s more to this flashback.  SOMEONE comes to Stefan, and shows him pictures of Klaus and Rebekah, asking for information as to their whereabouts.  Fortunately, for Stefan, he can now truthfully be of no help to this man.  But, clearly, THIS guy is pretty scary, if KLAUS is afraid of him.  He may even be the reason Klaus wants to build a hybrid army to begin with . . .

Stefan questions Klaus about this Mystery Man, but Klaus is all moody, and doesn’t want to talk.  “Storytime’s over,” he says.

He then de-stakes Rebecca, compels the guard to tell her to meet him at Glorias, when she wakes up, and to allow her to feed on him, until he dies.  Such a generous Big Bro!  That Klaus!

Meanwhile, in present day . . .

Klaus Temporarily Loses His Vampire Sense of Smell, and it Saves Elena’s Life

Here’s  some irony for you.  Or, perhaps, it’s just another example of how TERRIBLE Damon and Elena are at Rescue Plans. So, Damon arrives at Gloria’s about the time that Stefan and Klaus, head back to STEFAN’S OLD APARTMENT, where ELENA is, so that  Kaus can give Stefan the same Magical Memory Tour Damon gave Elena earlier in the episode.

STEFAN: “I didn’t realize you and I were close enough, back in the day that I would invite you back to my room.”

KLAUS: *whistles uncomfortably* 

So, while Gloria flirts with Damon, “I always liked you better,” she tells him . . .  (AT LEAST SOMEONE ON THIS SHOW DOES!  I mean, seriously, look at him!  What is wrong with these women?) . . . Elena sits on Stefan’s bed (where undoubtedly, 1,000s of women died / and or got laid) reading in Stefan’s diary about how Lexie pulled Stefan back from Ripperdom in the 30’s.

This makes her hopeful .  . . but the language in Stefan’s diary makes ME a little nauseous.  “Lexie taught me how to LAUGH again.” GAG!

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Fortunately, this installment of Deep Thoughts with Non-Ripper Stefan is interrupted by the arrival of Klaus and Ripper Stefan at Stefan’s old place.  And, of course, you guessed it, Klaus wants Stefan to see his Wall of Weird.  And, you guessed it again, that’s exactly where ELENA is hiding!

“It’s not an episode of TVD, if my life isn’t in danger at least once per episode, right?  It’s a good thing I’m the star, otherwise, I’d be crapping in my pants here . . .” 

Now, we all know how SCREWED Elena is, if Klaus finds out that her LIVING is the reason that Klaus can’t convert his hybrid army, right?

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“Pssst . . . get rid of the old guy, and you and I can have a quickly up against your Murder Victim List.  Now THAT would be hot.”

So, we all hold our breaths, as Stefan locks eyes with Elena, and the two of them share a MOMENT.  Meanwhile, Klaus is . . .  I don’t know jerking off . . . or doing something else plot convenient, so that he doesn’t find Elena YET . . .  Then Stefan, calls to Klaus, and says, “Look what I found,” and that’s the moment I want to REACH INTO THE TELEVISION AND RING HIS RIPPER NECK!

But not to worry, he was just talking about booze.  Stefan let Elena live.  There’s still some humanity left inside him . . . for a few more minutes, anyway. 😉

The Grand (but once again ineffective) Plan

When Damon finally arrives home, Elena rightfully gives him some grief for leaving her alone in Stefan’s apartment, and almost getting her killed AGAIN by Klaus.  In Damon’s defense, he does seem to feel incredibly guilty about this.  But there isn’t really any time to discuss how this makes both of them “feel.”  After all, they have a Freaking Hungry Ripper to catch!

Elena’s Grand Plan is remarkably similar to the one she and Damon enacted, back in Season 1’s “Blood Brothers,” and it worked back then, surprisingly enough.  Elena will get Stefan alone, vervain stake him, and bring him back home.  Of course, unlike last time, there’s a new Wild Card in this situation, and his name starts with a “K” and ends with a “laus.”

That’s right!  Damon has to distract Klaus, while Elena is busy doing her thing with Stefan, and . . . you know . . . not get killed.   So, Elena puts on a sexy purple dress she packed for the occasion, and the two head to Gloria’s, since Gloria said Klaus and Stefan would be returning there that night.

Klaus and Stefan are sitting together at the bar, when Damon appears, and motions for Stefan to come chat with him.  Stefan gets away from Klaus, by saying he needs to drink a human.  Once outside, the Salvatore Brothers engage in their usual family greeting, a Wall Slam.  Once again, Stefan repeats what has become his Broken Record Monologue of “Damon stop following me.  You need to protect Elena, blah, blah, blah.”

“You are the biggest COCKBLOCK ever, and most of the time you aren’t even in the same STATE I’m in.  How do you MANAGE to you manage to do that?” 

Except this time he actually EXPLAINS TO HIM the whole Hybrid business, and why it’s extremely important that Klaus not know that Elena has foiled his 500 years in the making, plan.

That’s what we’d like to know . . . 

Then Damon leaves Stefan to chat with Elena, while he goes inside to distract Klaus.

Stefan Abjures Elena, Damon Develops a Distaste for Girly Alcohol Drinks with Umbrellas in Them

Inside the bar, Klaus cleverly remarks that Gloria’s has opened the doors to all the Riff-Raff.  To this, Damon smirks his trademark smile, does his Eye Thing for Klaus, and tells him that he’s been called much worse.  Klaus is clearly getting annoyed with Damon for not leaving him to play with his new Surrogate Brother / Playtoy Stefan.  But Damon just wants his brother back.

DAMON: “I know you LOVE Stefan.  And that it’s always going to BE Stefan.  But don’t you find me the least bit attractive?” 

Klaus than remarks that Damon seems to have some sort of a Death Wish (which is totally TRUE by the way), before grabbing him by his neck and raising him off the ground.  Klaus then proceeds to prod Damon with those cute little umbrellas bars put in Margaritas and Pina Coladas.  The problem, of course, is that THESE umbrellas are tipped with vervain, and they hurt like a B*TCH!

Despite being in pain, Damon continues to work his angle, offering Klaus to take him as sex slave wing man instead, since he is so much more fun than his brother.  Normally, I’d concur with this statement.  But since I NEED more alone time between Damon and Elena in my life, I’d have to say NOOOOOOOOOOOO to this suggestion of Damon’s.  Klaus then remarks that by the time he’s through with Stefan, Stefan will NEVER want to return to his own life.  And, as viewers, we can’t help but wonder whether Klaus might have a point there . . .

“Bibbity Bobbity BOO!” 

Then Klaus moves on from umbrella stick torture to WOODEN STAKE MADE FROM A CHAIR TORTURE, which, if successful could mean the END OF DAMON . . . and I’m not just talking about an Originals Taking a Nap Type End.  I’m talking about the REAL DEAL.  Fortunately, our Witch Woman Gloria is there to save Damon from certain death . ..  not really because she cares about him all that much, but simply because she doesn’t want to get blood on her recently washed bar floors . . .

Meanwhile, outside, Elena has what at least BEGINS as a heartfelt reunion with Stefan.  ‘You shouldn’t be here,” he says.

“Where else would I be?” She inquires.

“You smell different.  In fact, you smell like Klaus.  Have you been cheating on me?  I really hope not.  I can take your killing thousands of innocent people, while we’re separated, but not your having sex with some dude.” 

Then she rushes to hug him, and he lets her.  For a few moments, they share a gentle embrace, until we see he vervain needle in Elena’s hand.  It’s poised on Stefan’s back.  You ever hear the phrase, “Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me?”  Well, Stefan isn’t about to play the fool here.  So, he grabs Elena’s hand, which is carrying the dart, and twists it so hard he nearly breaks it.

And it’s a BIG DEAL, because it’s the first time Stefan has lashed out at Elena, while being “in control.”  Though he lunged at her in “Blood Brothers,” that was more out of bloodlust than anything else.   This was calculated to SCARE Elena, and it did, but probably not as much as Stefan had hoped.

So, Stefan is forced to be completely honest with Elena, forcing her to hear the things she’s been denying all this time.  He tells her about the bodies he’s left across the East Coast. 

It’s nice sometimes . . . being remembered.

He tells her how last time he fell off the wagon like this, it took him THIRTY YEARS to get back onto it . . . roughly half Elena’s life.  And then, he DUMPS HER, in a practiced way that reminded me a heck of a lot of the WEREWOLF ABJURE we saw in this Season’s True Blood.  Fans of that show can corroborate that for me, I think.

“It’s done,” he says.  “That part of my life is done.  I don’t want to see you.  I don’t want to be with you.  I just want you to go.”

And then Stefan walks away, leaving a tearful Elena to FINALLY face the fact that her first true love may be gone forever.

Poor Damon and Elena.  They both look pretty beaten up, both physically and emotionally, by the time they get back in their car, and prepare to head back home.  Damon might have imagined this day in his head, in the past, and thought he would be elated to have a REAL SHOT at romantic bliss.  But now, he just seems sad that the woman he loves more than life itself is in so very much pain.  “Are you OK?”  He asks Elena, knowing, of course, that the answer is definitely no.

“Just drive,” says Elena stoically, the firm tenor of her voice, belying the tears in her eyes.

And so, Damon does . . .

Back, inside Gloria’s . . .

“Oh, so THAT’S REBEKAH!  Now, I remember!  I think I’ll turn full on EVIL now, thank you very much . . .”

“I just had the strangest dream.  And you were there .  . . and you . . .” 

While Stefan is abjuring Elena, Klaus enters the room where Rebekah’s coffin was to find it empty, and the security guard dead.  Then Rebekah jumps out of nowhere, and surprises Klaus by stabbing HIM with the White Oak Dagger, which would be REALLY COOL and shocking, except for the fact that he’s IMMUNE to it now, being a Big Bad Hybrid and all.

“You knew it wouldn’t kill me,” remarks Klaus.

“I just thought it would hurt more,” responds Rebekah petulantly, like brother, like sister, I guess.

Then Stefan arrives, and Klaus compels him to remember both his love for Rebekah, and his friendship / gay love brotherhood with Klaus.  Stefan’s eyes get all twinkly and starry eyed, and you can tell a MAJOR change has taken place within him.

That there is SOME POWERFUL COMPULSION.

Now, comes the funny part.  Just like a big brother, Klaus asks Rebekah where her necklace is, and scolds her for losing it before he, you know, KILLED HER and stuff.  Then Stefan remembers EXACTLY where the necklace is.  And we can just hope that he’s not far gone enough to sell out his ex-girlfriend . . .

Back at home Katherine and Damon have another flirty phone conversation, where Damon tries to guess where she is, and Katherine doesn’t tell him.  At the end of the episode, we find out exactly where she is and its totally expected shocking.  She’s in CHICAGO, just like her Boy Toy Stefan, of course.

The question IS .  . . what exactly is she planning to do there?

I guess we will have to tune in next week to find out.  So, tell me, what did you think of Cocky Ripper Douche Stefan, his girlfriend Original Rebekah, Hybrid Dick Klaus, and their wild and wonderful journey to the Ripping Twenties?  How about Delena’s morning after bedroom cuddle?  And Tyler’s rescue / wedding foreshadowing scenes with Caroline?  Feel free to sound off in the comment section below.

Until next time . . .

Oh, and P.S.,, here’s the promo for next week’s episode, “Disturbing Behavior,” and I have just one thing to say about it, well, THREE actually (1) Bondage Stefan returns; (2) GO Team Kefan; and, of course, (3) What is wrong with YOU, Elena?  Give the poor guy a break and have sex with him already.

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  1. Lauren Knott

    Last night’s episode was all that. I loved it so much. It’s definitely one of my favorite episodes.

    Now that Klaus has compelled Stefan, I’m hoping that we’ll all get to see the TRUE Rippah Stefan, the Stefan that doesn’t feel guilty and all that stupid stuff. I’m very intrigued and excited. I can’t wait to see Stefan go completely bad!

    I ❤ Klaus so much. I was spoiled about Rebekah being his sister (Thank you, IMDb message boards! Ugh.), but it wasn't all that bad and I was still a little bit shocked. I don't know how I feel about Rebekah yet. Like, I don't know if I like her or not yet. Her love for Stefan seems genuine, so I guess I can appreciate that. It's going to be a LOT of fun seeing how they get that necklace out of Elena, because I definitely don't see Elena letting it go easily.

    Also, I ❤ Damon again. His scenes with Klaus were just great. I'm hoping to see much more out of those two.

    It made me laugh/annoyed me when Elena tried to vervain Stefan into coming back to Mystic Falls with her. That shit might have worked in Season 1, but this is way different, girl. Her denial is annoying the hell out of me. I almost want Stefan to do something bad to her just so that she can get it through her THICK head that Stefan isn't coming back. She might want Stefan to be good and boring again, but I don't and I don't think the rest of us do, either.

    I bet the Original Witch is a Bennett Witch. I think that will cause some trouble for Bonnie, as if that girl needed anymore problems.

    Oh, Sebastian Roche! I love that dude. He's so elegant and scary. I wonder why Klaus and his little sister were so scared of that guy? I think the easy answer would be that he's their father, and he's hunting them because Klaus murdered most of their family. But I think that's too easy. I think there's something more to that. I mean, if it did turn out that he was their father, then that still makes good story telling and everything, but I think it would be too easy to assume that he's their father. Maybe he's someone else.

    Poor Caroline. She deserves all the hugs. HRG was awful. Now, I do think that he thought that conditioning her was the best way. He probably couldn't handle her being a vampire. To him, she was a monster, and he wanted his little girl back. But you can look at her and tell that she's no monster, and that she didn't need to be fixed and that she was just perfect the way she was. It was sad seeing that he didn't see that, and it's sadder when you realize the possibility that he'll never see that. I thought it was amazing how Liz was there for her. When you think about it, Liz has always been the one there for her. Liz Forbes is redeemed in my eyes!

    This was an amazing episode. I'm so in love with it. I love Klaus! I hope we get to keep him forever. Or at least until Season 4.

    • Hey Lauren! I had a feeling this episode would be right up your alley. 😉 Last week, Team Ripper shared the episode with Alaric and Delena. But this week was definitely The Klefan Show. 🙂

      I’m really intrigued by the dynamic Klaus, Stefan and Rebekah will have, now that they are together, and all working toward the same goal (well . . . sort of . . . presumably Stefan doesn’t want Klaus to KILL Elena to start his army). I wonder if Klaus will start to feel a bit like the third wheel, with Rebekah and Stefan hooking up all the time. I wonder if Rebekah really is as loyal to Klaus, as she claims to be, or if Stefan and Rebekah will both eventually turn on him. I wonder if Rebekah misses Elijah as much as I do. 😦

      You bring up a great point about the necklace. When you think about it, Stefan can get that necklace back from Elena SOOOOO easily. All he would have to do is pretend he’s coming back to her, seduce her, take it from her during sex, and compel her to forget he was there. But that would pretty much be the most awful thing Stefan could do to Elena, and I’m not sure he’s ever going to be far gone enough to betray her in that way. Plus, Stefan recognizes that there is a good chance that once the Original Witch gets the necklace, she will tell Klaus that the reason he can’t make the hybrid army is because Elena is alive. And that would be bad news for EVERYONE in Mystic Falls, Stefan included.

      Personally, I would love if the Original Witch was a Bennett witch, specifically LUCY Bennett. Remember her from the Masquerade episode? I always really liked her, and hoped that we’d get to see her again. *cough She’s way cooler than Bonnie cough*

      For Original Vampires to be running from ANYBODY for thousands of years, the person they are running from HAS to be more powerful than them, and he HAS to be immortal. Rebekah’s biological father is the only person I could think of, who would fit that profile. So, that’s my guess. But you are right. It would be really cool if Sebastian Roche played another type of supernatural creature entirely, one with the power to kick Originals’ asses. After all, we’ve already learned that vampires aren’t the only creatures in this universe that are immortal . . . at least ONE witch managed to significantly forestall the aging process (Gloria), and if the ORIGINAL WITCH is still alive, she must be immortal too.

      Lots of great food for thought. I can’t wait until next Thursday to see where it all goes . . .

  2. serendipity

    Hi Julie!

    First of all, thanks for your shout-out last week on my little fic… You rock!

    Then on to this weeks’ episode: it might have disappointed me a little bit there… 😦

    After last weeks’ great Delena-interaction, things fell slightly flat this week… Sometimes I hate it when I’m right, and I just KNEW the writers were going to leave us hanging again! 😦 Just one cutesy little Delena scene at the beginning: that was quite funny though 😀 But they totally missed a great opportunity for Damon to comfort Elena (no double meanings intended 😉 ) after Klaus’ little visit to the apartment (yes, yes, I felt the awkwardness in that scene, and yes, it’s understandable and all BUT STILL…). I guess I was just getting my hopes up….

    Something does seem to have addled Damon’s wits, like you said: last week he was all about: “Klaus doesn’t know that you’re dead. That makes you safe”, and NOW he decides to just drop her off at ripper Stefan’s 1920 apartment and leave her there all by herself? (which begs the question why Stefan kept that apartment all along…) It was an uncommonly silly thing for Damon to do… when he knew Stefan and Klaus were in the same city. And did Klaus honestly not know there was a human nearby? One might imagine the senses of an Original to be at least as keen as regular vampire senses, and even if he didn’t smell her, then her heart must still have been louder than the military tattoo. The secret of the living doppelganger will not be secret much longer, I think… and then we’ll definitely be back to regular TVD fare: Elena’s life will once more be on the line… how tiresome 😉

    As if her very presence preventing Klaus’ dream for world domination isn’t enough, she also wears the Most Wanted Necklace in History: there had to be a reason why Damon kept giving it back to her… I still think it kind of freaky that Stefan actually gave his girlfriend a trinket that came from a previous girlfriend (only he didn’t remember that, of course, which begs the question why he even kept it around?) … but I guess that’s recycling for you LOL

    I don’t know if the Lexi-passages in Stefan’s diary gave Elena much hope… the way he wrote it, I had the feeling that years passed before he even BEGAN to get off the human blood, which seemed to indicate that Damon was right about Stefan not getting out of vampire rehab in her lifetime… and Stefan later confirms that to Elena… BTW you are absolutely right that that conversation did sound a lot like Alcide’s werewolf-abjuration in True Blood, though I don’t think Stefan will succeed very well at not SEEING Elena after this… What I didn’t know was why Elena had to wear the dress though… she didn’t even get to see the inside of the bar! And it’s not like she needs it for Stefan: after all, he fell in love with a jeans and sneakers kind of gal… It can hardly have been Damon’s intention to take her in there with Klaus running around (see above)…

    Oh, yes, and Stefan’s big secret is… wait for it… he keeps a list of his victims, his very own Wall of Weird. Wow. That’s so… well, nothing, in fact. It’s lame, if you ask me. If that’s the worst they can come up with… then I guess I’ve got a twisted mind, because I can imagine a LOT worse… I was at least (at the very least, mind you) expecting a genuine ossuary (think lots of pinkie fingers on twine, tickling together like one of those zen-chime-thingies), or dust coated vials of dried up blood from every victim (neatly arranged on a shelf, tagged and numbered for future reference), or one of those freaky serial killer photo walls with pictures of before/after stuff (this is where she had a head, and oops, now it’s gone)…

    And so Klaus was very well acquainted with Rippah Stefan once upon a time, and even ADMIRED him? Seems a bit farfetched for a 1000+-year-old vampire to do, and all this just because Stefan feels like compelling a guy to drink his wife’s blood? … It did make me wonder though… Stefan writes diaries, yes? And even kept writing diaries when he was off the wagon, apparently. But if he and Klaus were BFF’s some time during the prohibition, wouldn’t he have written something about ‘his brother Klaus’ then, before being made to forget? Only Klaus was going by ‘Nick’ apparently… Okay, so I just answered my own question I guess. If he was made to forget what ‘Nick’ looked like, he wouldn’t have recognised him as ‘Klaus’ of course, or made any ties to the Nick he wrote about in his diaries…

    On why Klaus was going by Nick… I thought it was maybe because he was on the run and going incognito? Which means there’s actually someone who’s scarier than an Original, unkillable, werewolf-vampire hybrid with a superiority complex? We’re only at the third episode of season 3, and already Klaus has lost his status as the ultimate Evil… Not only is he scared enough to actually run away, but also because he occasionally feels alone (‘you’re the only companion I have left’ to Stefan… aww), gets frustrated when things don’t go according to plan (like making a hybrid army: I guess we now know why he wants that…) and has actual family feeling (hanging out with his sister?). Who knew? Big bad Klaus is turning sappy in his dotage… a bit like Damon 😉

    Though I like your supposition that they are running from his father… And about why Elijah wasn’t around: I guess they fell out after Elijah’s supposed help to Katherine in running away from that same ‘altar of fire’ Elena eventually got sacrificed on? So Klaus at this time doesn’t feel like he still has a brother worthy of the title…

    And Rebecca or Rebekah (no idea)… I was surprised to find that baby Salvatore has quite a track record with the ladies, apparently. Making an Original fall in love with him, to the extent that Klaus had to stake his own sister over him…(if we learn something here, it’s that there ARE more of those daggers than just the one, and that the rule about ‘kill and be killed’ apparently does not apply to original vampires, just to regular ones).

    I did like the way Liz Forbes seems to have changed sides for good now… and by what she said, I deduced that she too was raised with the vampy mythology: I do wonder which founder’s family she belongs to then, and what would be her maiden name. Tyler and Caroline: okay, so she got in trouble by being with Tyler in the first place, but you got to admit he succeeded very well in getting her out of it again 😉

    So… Thanks for again providing me with a lot of laughs this week: your picture captions were hilarious as usual. And yes, thanks as well for inserting an Eric gif…

    • Hey serendipity! Ahh, my fellow staunch Delena fan. 😉 It certainly makes sense that the two of us would prefer last week’s Delena-palooza episode, to this week’s Klefan centric one. And I too was disappointed by some missed Delena opportunities here. In the first scene, where Damon comes home to find that Elena was almost murdered by Klaus, and he’s clearly beating himself up over it, I understood his reticence.

      However, I REALLY wanted Damon to give Elena a hug, when she re-entered the car, upon being “abjured” by Stefan. I mean, when you think about it, this scene was VERY similar to the scene where Katherine rejected Damon in “The Return.” So, Damon, of all people should know how it feels to be in denial, and blinded by love, until the person you love unequivocally tells you “It’s over.” As upset and as cold as Elena was throughout most of this episode, I really think she needed, and would have gladly accepted some tenderness from Damon in this moment. Shame on the writers, for not throwing us that little bone, which would have been a great parallel to the Delena hug scene at the end of “The Descent.” And we all know how TVD writers love their parallels!

      You know, the more I think about it, the more I think that Klaus actually DID smell Elena in that apartment, and that he DOES know that Elena is alive, just as he knew that Katherine was on vervain last season, and kept “compelling” her anyway, just to torture her. I wonder if Klaus’ ultimate plan is to get Stefan SO FAR TURNED to the darkside that he turns Elena over, himself. I’m also skeptical of the whole, “I went through all this trouble to keep Stefan around, because he is my only friend,” crap. It does seem a little “nice” for a Big Bad Villain, doesn’t it? After all, this wouldn’t be the first time Klaus faked a motive to secure help from unwitting allies. Remember the Fake Moonstone story? 🙂

      LOL about the whole necklace thing. Damon did mention that Stefan is a bit of a pack rat, and he did keep Katherine’s picture for 165 years. 😉 If this is the case, I really hope the Salvatore Boarding house has a lot of storage space. Then again, no one is a bigger pack rat than Klaus, Mister I Carry Around My Family Members Coffins for Fun . . .

      You know, it’s funny you mentioned Stefan’s Wall of Weird being a disappointment for you, because, when they showed that webclip, I TOTALLY thought that we were about to learn that all those “liquor bottles,” really contained severed body parts from Stefan’s victims. It would definitely be a “souvenir-keeping” “pack rat” sort of thing to do. I guess great minds think alike.

      Haha, maybe Damon just wanted an excuse to get Elena into a slutty purple dress . . . kind of like the slutty black dress he got her to wear in your fanfiction. 😉
      http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6941538/1/Shadowdancing

      You’ve cleared up a few things for me in your comment. The first is how Stefan wouldn’t have evidence of Klaus in his diary (this is assuming he periodically re-reads it, and maybe he doesn’t). I guess Stefan merely has references to “Nick” in his diary, that, as a result of his compulsion, didn’t trigger anything in his psyche. (Though I AM wondering why Elena conveniently skimmed over the “sex with Rebekah,” “good times with Nic” passages, and went straight to the “therapy with Lexie” portion. Talk about selective reading.) You’ve also explained to me, why Elijah wasn’t hanging out with Klaus and Rebekah in the 20’s, since Klaus had already shunned Elijah, back in 1492.

      I do have to wonder why Klaus didn’t STAKE Elijah for his betrayal. After all, Klaus was willing to keep Rebekah staked for 100’s of years, and all SHE said was that she’d rather continue to screw Stefan than go traipsing around after him. Though undoubtedly, this hurt Klaus’ ego, it probably doesn’t rise to the level of Klaus’ inadvertently spoiling the Were Vamp Trials of 1492 . . .

      I’m going to guess, by process of elimination, that Liz is a Fell, since she probably isn’t a Gilbert, Salvatore, Lockwood, or Forbes. We haven’t met many fells on this show, have we? Aside from Logan, and that one slutty Miss Mystic Forbes pageant member who WASN’T Amber, Caroline or Elena.

      As always, I LOVE talking TVD with you, serendipity. You always manage to get me thinking about aspects of this show in new and different ways. Plus, your memory of the first two seasons is pretty much unparalleled. 🙂

      • serendipity

        You know, I agree that Klaus might know Elena’s alive… Even in last week’s episode, he seemed to be taunting Stefan a little, as if waiting for him to ‘fess up… Or at least he should be having doubts: it’s the only part of the sacrifice that he missed the ending to, since it was the last bit that had to happen: first kill a werewolf, then kill a vampire, finally kill the doppelganger. I imagine that he might not care whether Elena lives or dies, but he will if her very existence doesn’t allow him to create more hybrids ‘in his image’ (what a religious image in fact). Besides, he does keep spies around, who seem to be keeping him posted about Damon’s activities (remember The Birthday?), so somebody might have clued him in on Elena being there too… unless of course he thinks it’s Katherine LOL

        And I agree: he must have an ulterior motive for keeping Stefan around. He does keep telling Stefan that he will explain it all in due time, so I guess we’ll have to wait right along Stefan… because it can hardly be just to secure his sister’s help, since he didn’t even know he’d need that to contact the Original Witch. To me that sounds like another ghost summoning (because even if witches can slow their ageing, they DO age, and she can’t possibly have survived up until now). Hopefully Gloria will be able to perform without Bonnie’s compulsory nosebleeds…

        And the necklace will undoubtedly prove to belong to that original witch, and since it keeps returning to Elena like a jojo, it would not surprise me if that original witch would prove to be a Petrova as well. That necklace just wants to be around, just like that blasted Ring in The Lord of the Rings LOL

        And you already know how Elena can be very selective about stuff she hears, reads, sees, … It was just the same with the diary fragments she read concerning Stefan’s killing of the founders back in 1864, including her own family (well, John Gilbert didn’t die, but it wasn’t for lack of trying on Stefan’s part ;): I always thought she didn’t give him much trouble over that… I guess it’s the same here, but of course, you have to keep in mind that she doesn’t yet know about Nick being Klaus, and about Rebekah still being around: did Stefan even write that she was a vampire (let alone Klaus’ sister)? She can just gloss over his past flings and bromances at the moment because she doesn’t see their importance yet… Stefan does seem very much into Rebekah, just as she seems very much into him… so I’m wondering if They (you know, the Writers) will be so bold as to imply that there is actually someone around that Stefan loved more than Elena???

        About Klaus not staking Elijah: didn’t Elijah say he would make it up to Klaus by getting Katherina back? That might be a reason for Klaus to let him live as long as he did… and Elijah did keep his word to Klaus. Granted, it took him half a millennium, but in the end he did get Katherine locked up in the tomb for Klaus to collect, I guess.

        And of course, thanks for the lovely shout-out, yet again 😉 And I’m not sure whether to thank you for mentioning my knowledge of the first two seasons… because yes, I already knew I was pathetic, but can we just chalk it up to the fact that I have a decent memory and forget that I compulsively revisited some of those episodes more than once?

  3. East Coast Captain

    Great episode as usual. Papa Forbes trying to cure Caroline of what she is with a good old batch of sunlight really irked me, she can´t cure what she is, she can´t go back to being human. But the irony, its like Gay issues that the parent finds out their child is gay and they try to change him or her but she or he cannot change that its just who they are they didn´t ask for it like Caroline didn´t ask to be a vampire and blood is her food source the only food source of her species, she cannot live without it but he expects her to kick it? He really is ignorant, I´d like to see him try that on Katherine or Ripper Stefan no in fact on Elijah. If it was any of those three powerful vampires since Caroline is just a baby vamp, he´d be dead already and no to mention those older vamps are more resistant to Vervain. So Papa Forbes try that on an older vampire like Stefan, Kat or Elijah and see how fast your head is on the other side of the torture chamber while your body is on the other. Kinda hope Elijah or Klaus or even Ripper Stefan puts the fear of god into him. I squealed when Liz came in guns blazing.

    I think Stefan does have a diary format, I remember in Season 1. He has several diaries I saw one from 1881 another from 1905, the next one 1975 and the last one that I saw was in 2003.

    Now getting to Rippah Stefan. That whole Chicago reminds me almost of Bill and Lorena except Klefan actually liked each other and weren´t as angsty and self loathing. My heart swelled, Klaus called Stefan his brother, I think he might actually save his life eventually. I too detect the whole Jekyll and Hyde to Stefan, its two sides of him.

    Getting to Delena, I actually liked that whole bed thing. Funny but Elena is a naive little girl, Stefan is a vampire, he can´t help it its just who he is so why is she naive to think that he´s a saint? Damon has told her and Stefan himself has told her over and over but bad move on trying to vervain him again. But again its the whole drug addict thing for Stefan´s own vampirism. Lexi was like his sponsor who got him off from the human blood, his drug. Becky…hmm…It might take a while for me to get behind Stefan/Becky pairing but I love Stefarine first and foremost.

    But Stefan finally told her, its different for him. It took him 30 years to get back on the Wagon and told her that she should not waste time on him. He´s being a hero again but I hear Stefan will embrace his Ripper said soon enough I kinda hope he gets control of it and harnesses it for the good guys.

    Elena and Damon are terrible at it, why leave her alone unprotected in Stefan´s bachelor pad. Klaus could have discovered her or another vampire curious about the legendary Ripper of Monterrey.

    • Hey East Coast Captain! Yep, I suspect a lot of people will be cheering when Papa Forbes / HRG meets his inevitable demise this season. (I’m going to guess he bites it around episode 6 or 7, Uncle Mason-style.) 😉

      I love the parallel between Klefan and Bill and Lorena. There must be something about the 1920’s that makes good vampires go bad, and bad vampires get WORSE. It must be the whole Prohibition thing . . .

      As for Elena, I think the fact that Stefan was her first love, and that she idealizes him so much, given how many times he’s saved her life in the past, are what have prevented her from understanding that the Stefan she loved is gone, for all intents and purposes, at least for now. She also has no concept of time. And why would she? She hasn’t been around nearly as long as Stefan has. So, when she read that diary, all she thought was, “He can be saved. I’ve saved him before. I can save him again.” She didn’t think about the fact that it took Lexie 30 years to save Stefan. (Talk about a patient woman!) And in 30 years, Elena will be 48 YEARS OLD!

      You know what I found interesting about Beks? She seems a lot like Katherine in many ways. This makes me wonder (1) whether Stefan has a “type,” and (2) whether Elena, who doesn’t fit into this type at all, attracted him more initially because she looks like Katherine than because of her winning personality. Sure, Katherine, for now at least, seems to be a bit more manipulative, and independent than Beks. But both women are smart, strong, ruthless, seductive, have the tendency to be petulant and childish, sexually adventurous, and blood thirsty. Coincidence? I think not . . . 😉

      Say, what you will about Damon, but he likes ladies of ALL kinds . . . Katherine, Elena, Rose, Isobel, Mama Donovan, Caroline, Andie. I don’t see any common thread between them, at all, do you? 🙂

  4. Nina in Anchorage

    Remember that Klaus wasn’t a hybrid when he was running from whomever he’s running from. Totally did not recognize Sebastian Roche, nor did I catch his name in the credits (tho I wasn’t paying complete attention). Good point about the kill and be killed evidently not applying to Originals; I’d forgotten that. Or is just because he’s got werewolf genes? So, my guess is that wherever he kills them is where he stores them . . . Rebecca was in Chicago, Elijah is still in Mystic Falls, the rest of them are wherever. And yes, I agree with whoever noted he and Elijah were on the outs in the 20’s — Elijah and Katherine had both been running from him for 500 years when we met them.
    I’ve never been a Stelena fan because I don’t see the chemistry, but I thought there was *plenty* of chemistry between him and Rebecca. I saw an article on TVGuide.com that indicated Stefan would become full on ripper in episode 3; guess we know now how that occurs. A more recent article quoted Julie Plec as saying that Elena truly believes that all she has to do is get Stefan out of that environment and he’ll be fine. Perhaps now, between the diary entries (you’re right about the time passage, Serendipty — Lexie found him and started hounding him around 1922 or 1924; the entry about her finally getting him to laugh was dated 1935), his pointing out that it took him 30 years after that to get past it (half her lifetime), *and* Damon’s comment about his not coming back in her lifetime, it’ll finally begin to sink in.

    • Hey Nina! Good point about Klaus not being a hybrid until very recently. On the other hand, he and Rebekah were still, at least as far as they were concerned, the biggest baddest supernatural creatures of them all, as Original Vampires. So, in order for Sebastian Roche to be someone capable of evoking fear in Klaus’ eyes, and causing him to be on the run, at least since 1920, he must either be an Original, just like them (Rebekah’s biological father), or something more powerful about which we have yet to learn. We definitely know he at least must be immortal.

      It’s interesting that every time we meet a big baddie, it never seems to take long for them to be eclipsed by a big wors-ie! First there was Damon, then there were he Tomb Vamps, then came Katherine, then came Rose and Trevor, next was Elijah, then Klaus, and now this NEW GUY. Does it ever end? Isn’t there any supernatural creature on this show who doesn’t spend his or her days running from someone more powerful? I wonder . . .

      You also bring up a great point about Klaus’ coffins. I always wondered how he was dragging them all around, all this time. But you are right. Rebekah’s coffin definitely seemed to have been waiting for Klaus in Chicago, right where he staked her (unless he had it delivered there, precisely for this purpose). On one hand, the Seven Coffins, Seven States concept is a pretty intriguing one. On the other hand, isn’t that going to be a bit inconvenient, when he decides he wants to wake everybody up?

      Then again, I suspect that MOST of the family was against Klaus’ bid for hybrid, which would mean that Klaus staked them all in a similar location. So, perhaps, the rest of the family is buried mainly in the same place.

      I guess we will just have to wait and see . . . 😉

      Thanks again for your insights, Nina. You definitely helped to clarify a few things about this episode for me. 🙂

  5. Awesome as usual; I really liked that episode. Why does that original Rebecca look like Lexie? Did she change her name? Gee I feel slow. So many good shows on this season its so hard to keep up with recaps and stuff except the ones I am doing. Oh shameless promotion time http://www.randomrecaps.wordpress.com I am still up to it; thanks to your encouragement I even did supernatural; so that makes three I am doing full time. Hugs Hun talk soon 🙂

    • Hey there, sassyfran! Lexi and Rebekah DO look a bit alike, don’t they? This just goes toward my theory about Stefan having a type. 😉

      Actually, Rebekah is played by Claire Holt, a.k.a. Samara / Emily’s ex girlfriend on PLL, a.k.a one of the mermaids from H20 (along with Phoebe Tonkin). So, you might have recognized her from there.

      http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2322853/

      Lexi was played by Arielle Kebbel, who starred in a number of teen movies, back in the early 00’s. Interestingly enough, she also played That Girl in True Blood Who Sam Went Postal and Shot, When He Found Out She was Conning Him, and Secretly Dating Another Guy. And I bet you can’t guess who played the other guy? It was DANIEL GILLIES (a.k.a. Elijah).

      http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0444223/

      Talk about a small world. 😉 Oh, and I’m thrilled to hear that you are keeping up a full fall recap schedule. I’ll definitely be stopping by regularly to talk TV with you!

      • Well that explains about the girls; thanks hun. Yeah I knew that girl had to have played Samara which totally confused me since I knew also knew about Arielle I had checked her out before because she reminded me of a shorter Adrianne Palicki LOL Glad you cleared the fog for me LOL Wow its four in the morning almost………talk to you soon.

  6. Tricus

    I surprisingly liked this heavy flahback epi. Usually I don’t like them.
    Damon had a LOT of funny one liners. Loved it. Especially the drooling joke in the beginning.
    At first I was like Stefan, you regifted, when I saw the necklace on Rebecca. No girl likes that. Elena will be pissed when she finds out but then he was compelled to forget so he gets a pass. TVD writers sure don’t want to mess up too bad the potential for SE to come back together.
    Loved the Stefan/Klaus flasbacks. Gloria also.
    I also wonder WHAT is soo fascinatiing or exciting that the ladies go gaga for Stefan. Sure he was more exciting and fun loving back in the day so i understand back then but in this Elena time frame, I don’t get Elena/Kats love for him. Now Rebecca is back so add her to the list. I guess those girls like the Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde personality with a strong dash of old world gentlemany behavior. . You don’t know who your getting.
    Damon is hotter, upfront and sexier but he is really NOT a gentleman.LOL
    I wish Stefan had told Damon where the Originals bodies were and told him about Elijah. I want Elijah waken up again.
    Stefan in the flashbacks seem more to be like a serial killer gentleman vampire gorging himself on blood. He was more into sadistic and psychological warfare on his victims before he killed them.
    I actually expected to SEE more physical violence like they do with Damon BUT TVD don’t want to go there YET with Stefan. I wonder if they will ever do. They just allude to it.
    Rebecca seems to be a strong woman. It will be interesting to see her around Elena or Kat which you know they will eventually meet up in Mystic Falls. I actually do wonder if Rebecca would have fallen for Damon if they had met first. She would seem to be more of a match for Damon. Though Kat seem to be a better match for Damon so I don’t know either. It would be SOOOO funny if present day Rebecca flirts with Damon, once they meet up, and is all like “where have you been all my life”. Like she is bored or she looses interest in present day ripper but still subdued ( not suave, funloving 20’s Stefan) and is trying to liven up her days with Damon.
    I actually like Rebecca and Stefan together in the 20’s. THEY at least have more chemistry and heat between them than SE.
    Seriously when Elena andSstefan was meeting outside the bar and they only hugged I was like “Really”? Elena you haven’t seen this guy ALL summer, you supposedly have this epic love and all you do is hug? I get she was anxious to vervain him quickly but not even a kiss? He probably would have been easier to vervain IF she had kissed him. A hug is not going to cut it.
    Anyway it was good Stefan finally told her that yes it IS him killing people all summer. I truly think secretly Elena was thinking Damon was telling her lies or not the whole truth with that.
    Well not anymore.
    Don’t get me started on Caro and her dad. What idiot think burning a vampire is going to cure them? And he has been in the council for awhile right?
    Liz and Tyler was great. Caro did her scenes VERY well. Love her acting.
    Damon getting beaten by Klaus so Elena could do her thing was sweet and stupid. That guy need to stop letting his love for her cloud his judgement. Elena plans never work. Stop being Stefan all summer Damon. You were not like this before Stefan left.
    So I say in conclusion Elena need to let Stefan do what HE feels he needs to do and get on with her life. She can’t save someone who doesn’t wan’t to be saved right now, plus she does not have time on her side. Let Damon deal with Stefan in his way.
    I hope that Damon also let Elena do her thing and get on with his life. Though I am a HUGE DE fan I feel he needs to let her come to terms with Stefan stuff on her own, get her feelings for Damon settled in her mind and have her coming to him.
    He needs to have her see him with other women, having somewhat of a normal life so that she will come to realize her love for him FASTER. Can’t miss or want someone if they are ALWAYS there hanging around.
    I hope they go that route hopefully with next epi.
    Single Elena is ON.

    • I’m with you Tricus. The Damon we saw in the first few scenes, was Old School, Quippy, Snarky, Shamelessly Seductive Damon. And I loved every second of it. Then that Damon went away, and was replaced by “I Listen to Elena’s Dumb Plans, Even Though I Know They Are Dumb, Because I Loooooooove Her So Much,” Damon, and that made me sad. I’m looking forward to the return of Old School Damon, and Old School / Less Whiny Elena, so that the two of them can go back to sparring, flirting, and eyef*&king one another, like they SHOULD be doing. 🙂 Is that too much to ask?

      Haha, I thought the same thing about Stefan and his “regifting!” 🙂 Then again, I don’t know what else we can expect from a guy who continues to date girls with the same FACES . . .

      Gloria WAS very cool. How come I love every female witch on this show, except Bonnie! I even liked b*tchy EMILY better than Bonnie!

      I do find it really frustrating that Stefan seems to get all the ladies (heck, he even got KLAUS), when Damon is . . . well . . . Damon. 🙂 I think it has something to do with Stefan being such a chameleon. Damon is ALWAYS Damon. He never really makes any bones or apologies about who he is. But Stefan was sweet and innocent for Katherine, back in 1864. Ruthless, cocky, and bloodthirsty, for Klaus and Rebekah in the early 1920’s, and brooding and soulful for Elena in 2008-2010. In short, Stefan seems to make himself (whether purposefully or not) into the ideal boyfriend for whatever girl (or boy) he happens to be wooing at the time.

      Ooh, I LOVE your idea of Stefan telling Damon about Elijah and the rest of the Originals. For SURE, Elijah would help Damon and Elena NOW, especially considering how his brother STAKED HIM. Again, this makes me wonder how serious Stefan is about preventing Klaus from accomplishing his mission. But hey, considering Elijah is buried right in Mystic Falls, there’s a good chance Team Delena and Alaric will stumble upon him on their own, right?

      Oh, and I absolutely think Elena would have had a better chance of distracting Stefan, if she made out with him (or flashed him, for that matter). That hug thing was SOOOOO Season 1!

      And I think you will get your wish regarding Single Elena. Julie Plec has said that what happened to Elena in this episode will make her a warrior, an independent woman who doesn’t define herself by a relationship. Well, it’s about damn time! (I still want her to hook up with Damon, though.) 😉

  7. imaginarymen

    I’ve decided that Stefan is the Joey Potter of Mystic Falls. Everybody lurrrrvvvves him and fights over him and declares undying soulmating love for him ;-00

    I think YOU might call him “King Cockblock of Mystic Falls” given this recap though ;-0

    And Elena is really asking for me to reach through the TV and smack her in her pretty face. Her annoyingness knows no bounds so far this season. I hope Stefan’s ice cold dumping got through to her. Although next week it looks like she’s mooning around and pissing Damon off – so – SIGH. More annoyingness.

    I wonder if Alaric was pissed he missed a Team Badass (and Elena) road trip.

    Poor Carolyn 😦 Cherie will be happy to hear that VictiMom and I both agreed that Tyler earned some points for his rescue mission. BUT 😉 we expect so little from Tyler that anything helpful he does is a nice surprise for us ;-pp Also – dude, it is not very manly and heroic to rescue your girl while wearing GYM SHORTS #justsayin’

    Damon was so full of awesome lines and attitude that I’d have to watch the ep again to even start listing the best ones. I did love his “make up your mind!” to Stefan (YES PLEASE! Stefan’s weekly end of ep mournful stares/silent calls were becoming the Joey/Pacey 8:53PM make-up of TVD 😉 And his “I’m more fun” to Klaus. Plus the whole bed/red lacy undies scene was priceless. That was a little more S1 SassyDamon than we’ve seen in awhile. Mommy like!!

    Oh how much do I love Hybrid Dick and Cocky Ripper Douche? SO MUCH!!!! Stefan seeing that pic of him and “Nick” was one of those classic TVD “HOLY SH*T WTF??!?!?!?!!?!!” moments. I love King SexyTux Stefan in his 20’s party life and Klaus all boy crushing on him – awwwww!! Although Klaus had already been around for centuries – he’d never EVER met a vampire who did anything worse than compel a guy to drink his wife’s blood? What kind of LAME vampires was he hanging out with all those years???

    And weren’t Bill Compton’s flashbacks to his most violent vampire enjoying moments in the 20’s too? Those Civil War Vampires really let ‘er rip in the Prohibition Era apparently ;-0 Oh and I wish I could have felt sorry for Damon being tortured by Klaus – but the fact that it was with COCKTAIL UMBRELLAS was so hilariously demented that I couldn’t stop laughing! I’m sorry Damon!!

    Anyway – the twist that they knew each other was brilliant. And that there’s a girl in the mix – oh dear. I totally thought at first that Rebekah was Klaus’ girlfriend and that he was maybe on a REVENGE trip because of it! Much better to have her be a sister embroiled in Original Family Dysfunction.

    I hope Stefan is on the dark side finally. Stop pussyfooting around and commit! I’m with Lauren – I love Klaus and don’t want him to leave. EVER. If Stefan won’t commit to him, I sure as hell will!

    Oh and Bonnie is back :-((((((

    • André

      “Oh and Bonnie is back”
      You have our sympathies sister.
      He should dump Bonnie, find some hot warlock if he needs a caster and give us some of that:

      It’s not like he has no bi-vibe so…

    • So, Stefan is Joey Potter . . . and to think, I always thought of him as a less whiny version of Dawson Leery. 😉 (Paul Wesley has a much more attractive Cry Face, though.)

      And yes, I DO think of Stefan as King Cockblock when it comes to Delena. However, I would be perfectly happy to see him hook up with Katherine . . . or Rebekah . . . or Klaus . . . or Matt . . . or Elijah. He just needs to leave my Delena ALONE! It’s THAT simple. I’m very easy to please, in that way. 😉

      What is it with Elena, lately? I hate to use the lady card here, but doesn’t it seem like she’s been “Riding the Crimson Wave” all season? And I ADORE Elena as a female heroine. She’s usually WAY less whiny and judgy than Joey Potter. So, here’s hoping a couple of weeks without Stefan, and some more “accidental” nude Damon sightings, chill her out a bit . . . preferably, while she’s inside Damon’s pants. 😉

      Oh, you just KNOW Alaric has been sending Damon passive aggressive text messages throughout his trip to Chicago. EXAMPLES: 9:52 – Alaric: Having fun in the Windy City . .. without ME? // 9:55 – Alaric: “Have you checked out the bar scene in Chicago, yet. I hear it’s great. Oh . . . that’s right. You can’t go, because you don’t have a WING MAN. // 10:08 – Alaric: “Drinking at the Only Bar / Social Establishment in Mystic Falls. Lots of pretty single ladies there. Guess who’s about to get laid? Not YOU! // 10:22 – Alaric: “So, still pining over Elena, while she pines over Stefan, and comes up with ridiculous plans that will undoubtedly almost get you both killed? Sounds SUPER!

      Yes, you are absolutely right about the return of Sassy Damon, Amy. I was just watching that clip Andre sent of some of Damon’s best Season 1 moments. And it reminded me of how much CRAZY FUN this character can be, and why I fell so deeply in love with him in the first place. Here’s hoping the beginning of this episode was a sign that there is more of that to come this season.

      In fact, let’s put an end to ALL Salvatore Broodiness for a little while, shall we? Let’s let Stefan be BAD, and Damon be deliciously SNARKY. I’ll definitely be happy to see them both chomping on humans next week. It will be refreshing after all the abstinence, and off-camera killings of weeks past. 🙂

      I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, either Klaus is bisexual, or he’s lying through his teeth about why he’s so interested in Stefan. Because you are right. Growing up in a family of Originals, Klaus should have been playing tricks like the one Stefan played on that poor unfortunate couple SINCE BIRTH! I personally am looking forward to the scene where Klaus reveals his true motive for keeping Stefan around, and says to him. “REALLY, you thought I wanted you as part of the team, because you were so gosh darn charming, back in the day? GET OVER YOURSELF! Who do you think I am, Elena?”

      Excellent parallel between TB and TVD, in that both Bill and Stefan were turned during the Civil War (in the South, no less), and had crazy killing flashbacks from the 20’s. I wonder if Alan Ball, Julie Plec, and Kevin Williamson ever meet for beers to compare notes.

      I did sense a bit of “too close for comfort” between Klaus and Beks. They are only HALF-siblings, after all. 😉 Maybe it’s just the natural sexual tension Joseph Morgan has with EVERY ACTOR with whom he’s on screen. I am very intrigued by this family dynamic, however, particularly this whole “choosing sides” thing. Are we supposed to believe that there are Originals out there, who are more MORAL than Elijah, and were simply “appalled” by the notion of Klaus rocking the Originals boat by becoming Were Vamp. I wonder . . . 😉

      As for Bonnie . . . yeah, she’s back . . . but there’s always the chance that Vampire Ghost Vicki will kill her. 😉 Hey, it could happen!

  8. tina

    GREAT RECAP!! so funny!!!. i agree with everything, just wanted to point sth out (sorry if it was mentioned in the comments before, no time to read them all)
    Daddy Original is Beks father, but not Klaus father. I’m quite sure they are running from him. sure he wants his family members back. And it must be a vamp they are running from over the years.
    Elijah is Klaus brother, but Elijah mentioned before that they hated each other after what happened in the 14hundreds. i think they dont consider each other as brothers in anymore.
    And last thing i noticed was that Elena got her dress bought from Damon when he left her alone in Stefs appartment. He gave it to her when he came back. actuallyi liked it, Damon seems to have a good taste.
    KLEFAN FTW!!!
    xo tina

    • Hey tina! Great point. Klaus’ biological father would be a full werewolf, not a hybrid or vampire, which means he probably would be long dead by the 20’s. But Rebekah’s and Elijah’s father (and Klaus’, I guess, adoptive father) WOULD be an Original. And, considering that Klaus has been running from him all this time, and, most likely wanted to develop a hybrid army to defeat him, it makes the most sense for the “officer” we met in this episode to be Daddy Original. Of course, he could be some other supernatural creature entirely. 🙂

      I also agree with you about Elijah. Klaus may very well have “disowned” his brother back in 1492, for his betrayal regarding Katherine. Now, maybe it’s just the Elijah fan in me, but I still think that Klaus loves Elijah, and considers him part of his family. We saw an inkling of that when Klaus made that comment to Stefan at the end of The Birthday about always loving your “brothers.” This makes me a bit skeptical of Klaus’ motives regarding Stefan, and whether he genuinely just wanted him around, because he was “lonely” and needed a friend. Presumably, he’s got a whole houseload of dead relatives to unstake, and can pretty much compel anybody, vampire or human, to do whatever he wants, and be his best buddy. So, why stress? 😉

      Maybe I’m overthinking this . . . 🙂

      Oooh, I love that Damon bought Elena that dress! After all, between dating Katherine, and spending so much time in Elena’s underwear drawer, he certainly has her size and measurements memorized. 🙂

  9. Amelia

    Hey Julie!
    This episode was great on the Klefan and Forwood front. I immediately thought of a T/C wedding as well! Tyler has matured so much, and Caroline being a major part of his life has been a HUGE part of his maturation. Tyler and Caroline have the build-up, the angst, the passion, the obstacles,the chemistry, plus they know each other so well at this point,so now can they just say those “3 letters, 8 syllables”?!( Why yes,I just had to make a GG reference!)

    It’s interesting that Klefan, although not a “romantic ship” has had way more build-up than S/E. lol.

    As far as Delena is concerned, I’m getting increasingly annoyed with Elena as the season progresses, and Damon is as well, but who can blame him? I remember commenting on one of your earlier recaps that Elena will stop going after and trying to change Ripper! Stefan when she sees first hand the graveness of his actions. Well, this episode certainly disproved that theory! I think Elena needed to hear Stefan tell her off harshly, because now she can (hopefully) focus on other issues in her life..

    Also, based on Elena yelling at Damon in the preview, I was instantly reminded of when Logan told Veronica in season three of VM, “[…}You have a thing for bad boys, but you don’t want to reform them, you just get off on judging them.” It’s a stark contrast to how she was so willing to help Stefan get out of ripper mode, but she’s yelling at Damon for his killings.

    Lovely recap as always;thanks so much for taking the time to make them!

    • Amelia

      LOL I meant, “3 words, 8 letters”!

    • Hey Amelia! You are SO right about Tyler and Caroline. It’s amazing how these two individuals have developed together from shallow, selfish, and self-centered humans, to caring mature, and loving supernatural beings. And their relationship has become one of the most HEALTHY romantic ones on the show! I also agree that the exchange of “I love you’s” cannot be too far along the horizon. It’s only a matter of time. Chuck and Blair TAKE NOTE! You can learn a lot from these two . . .

      (I also agree about Klefan. Sometimes it’s hard to believe those two AREN’T a romantic ship. There is definitely more sexual chemistry between Klaus and Stefan than other couples on the show, who shall remain nameless by me, but only so I don’t get attacked by CERTAIN rival fanbases. I think you know to whom I’m referring though. ;))

      I do think we will start to see a more independent Elena in the coming episodes. And I HOPE that after Damon explains to her that he is NOT Stefan (STEFAN ISN”T EVEN STEFAN ANYMORE), and is not about to be a saint, just because that’s what she wants him to be, she will back off. I mean, she DID say she loved him just the way he was, right? How soon she forgets!

      But, if Stefan really wanted to prove to Elena he was gone for good, he should have ate someone in front of her. That’s how he handled it in my fanfiction, anyway. 😉

      And THIS: “[…}You have a thing for bad boys, but you don’t want to reform them, you just get off on judging them.”

      First of all, I LOVE that you made a LoVe reference here! Have I told you lately that you are my TV Shipper twin? *rushes to watch LoVe moments on YouTube*

      I think you are absolutely right. Elena seems as though she is perpetually trying to “judge” and “fix” Damon (just as Veronica used to do with Logan) while the morally ambiguous acts of supposed good boys Stefan (and Duncan) get swept under the carpet. I think part of this has to do with the fact that both Duncan and Stefan have Jekyll and Hyde complexes. They are either all good or all bad, all the time. So, it’s easy for Veronica and Elena to separate the two, and be in denial that the bad aspects of these individuals exist.

      But when it comes to the bad boys, Veronica and Elena may kick and scream all they want about their wanting their respective love/hate relationship partners to “be better men,” but deep down they are attracted to the darkness in these individuals. In the final scene of Veronica Mars, Veronica wasn’t smiling at Logan, after he beat the crap out of the guy who made that sex tape, because she thought she had something in her teeth, she was doing it because she was TURNED ON! 😉

      I think we will find that Elena will eventually act the same way . . . once she has a few more episodes apart from Saint Stefan, of course. 🙂

  10. André

    Ok, the episode was average in my eyes. Again it left me with a lot of questions. Forewood was about as lovefilled as my stinky socks and man Klaus is a whiner baby. A psycho just like his sister, but a whiner baby nonetheless. But you will see a full picture of my thoughts when you keep reading.
    I think this comment has the highest number of videos so far, and of the highest number of snarky comments. Now I just have to find out how to include visible pictures.

    Ok, the short stuff first:

    I blame you for showing the Promo, I couldn’t resist the temptation.

    There is bad news however; Bonnie will be back next episode. Oh well, maybe she will mess up a spell and make Jeremy gay so we can have some of that:

    Who here wouldn’t want to see that?

    Nice profile of Klaus. Kinda fitting. But I think you forgot two things among the turn offs:
    Family members and good hairstyles

    Too bad that you don’t have a gif of Rebecca’s hissy fit (they seem to run in the family, nature vs. nurture I say ;)).

    I am not sure if vampires go to the bathroom. The only reference was in season 1 with Vicky when she thought that she would have to pee but didn’t. Nothing more, except maybe for Damon’s healthy diet and blood statement in Bree’s bar.

    You misspelled something again. Stefan frequented the bar in the twenties, not Damon. Although he was there as well as it seems, but apparently not as frequent.

    No, your favorite moment really wasn’t a surprise. 😉 And I will probably never get what you see about Delena. Seriously, they are boring.

    I was wondering why Damon would start rifling through underpants. Does he have a fetish? Supposedly 1/3 of all guys have one.
    Maybe he has an itch:

    What do you think how Damon paved the way for women’s liberation? By
    a) Killing all the prude old ladies and men holding the free-loving women back
    b) By eating many, many women out and showing them their G-spots
    What do you think? 😀

    You have that Charlotte Petrova from an interview with Plec don’t you? She mentioned that once and I think that idea is so lame. What’s next, that she was the witch who cast the curse on Klaus and Elena is some sort of “dormant witch”? Hopefully not.

    And I read somewhere that most women actually don’t want really big weiners (it was in one of Jared Diamond’s books I think) but rather moderate ones. And big weiners are rather to impress other males. Was that wrong?

    “DAMON: “I know you LOVE Stefan. And that it’s always going to BE Stefan. But don’t you find me the least bit attractive?”
    I think this joke would have even been better if you had included Katherine in it. You know kinda like: “First Katherine and now you. Why do you want Stefan, I am older, have more experience, I fucked every pussy and ass from east to west. I have experience. Is it Stefan’s baby face?”

    I haven’t seen True Blood in a while as you know. What “werewolf abjure” were you referring to?

    I don’t think that Caroline’s dad really meant, making Caroline human or anything, but rather conditioning her against the urge to kill. Although this whole stuff reeks of reparative therapy to me, due to him being gay and so, albeit in this scene he could just as well be some random straight guy. I wonder whether TVD will make it like Will & Grace, you know the gay guys being pretty much asexual.
    You know why the show doesn’t give us lesbian characters? Because then they would have to do this:

    In the two possibilities you provided I think he would fall into the zealot category. He thinks that he is right and actually does love her, and although people might hate me for it, there is a point to it. And actually it did work to a degree, Caroline was able to hold back, for a few seconds but nonetheless.
    Basically Caroline’s blood-drinking is forgiven by viewers because she is not “human” anymore and doesn’t kill anybody for it. Albeit it is weird that no one seems to notice in the show that she buys so many blood bags, or Damon if he provides her with it. However considered that she still basically functions the way a human does and probably thinks of herself in that way, you could say that she is a cannibal (you referred to vampirism as cannibalism as well in your recap).
    Well the cannibalism comparison is probably not the reason why her father wants to “fix her”, too deep for the show if you ask me. In his eyes her condition is probably some sort of disease where you only have the choice between the bigger and lesser evil. Based on his actions he probably has the same attitude Klaus had with Ray when feeding him his blood. You know “he hates me now but he will thank me later”. So far I wonder what this was all about actually, what purpose does this little torture episode and the appearance of Caroline’s dad serve in the bigger picture. What connection will it have to the main three? Maybe none but regarding the last two seasons this seems rather unlikely.

    By the way, I feel a bit offended by comparing vampirism with being gay (I am not offended by you just by this comparison in the shows). Especially in the case of this show and True Blood. In both shows vampirism is defined by the urge to kill and devour not by being sexually attracted to your own gender. So vampirism is a direct threat to all non-vampires while being gay or bi is simply a variant in many species of this planet.

    And I can’t remember Bill or anyone stating that vampires inhabit human bodies; that was the Buffyverse. So, are you sure that was stated?

    Maybe this scene showed us something important about Caroline. We never really saw how she actually thinks about her status as a vampire now and based on this she seemed not too happy about it. That she goes with the treatment might mean that she thinks just like he does about her status. She said that she doesn’t need to be fixed, but after she said that she adapted and before she said that she can’t be fixed. That is not really a statement of someone thinking that everything is ok; but rather of someone who wishes it were different but knows that she has to deal with it nonetheless if she doesn’t want to die. So yeah, I think she actually agrees with her father about her status as a vampire.

    And don’t worry, you are a Forwooder and as such you will probably hate sheriff Forbes with unjustified passion once she stands in the way of Forwood again. 😉
    And you messed something up again. I guess it was wishful thinking, but the sheriff didn’t shoot Bill in the leg; when he tried to stop Tyler she gave a warning shoot in the wall, although I asked myself whether the bullet wouldn’t have been reflected from the wall since this was hard stone and not cement.

    At least Charoline won’t have an episode of my Gay Dad won’t she?

    Then again…

    And Tyler didn’t use his werewolf strength, if Bill could open the door than Tyler could as well. He also doesn’t kneel before here (wishful thinking again?) it’s actually more of a crouched stance and he was rather on alert. Furthermore that scene didn’t really come over as adorable to me. Considered that we are supposed to believe – that these two have romantic feelings for each other – Tyler’s face was significantly devoid of emotions. The way he looked, Caroline might just as well have been a stranger or having a nasty case of cold.
    Although I agree with you on the torturing part, I think you fail to recognize what it means when you are brought up to believe about vampires what Caroline’s dad was probably brought up, and I say it again the show sugarcoats vampirism. Considered that he regards vampires as bloodthirsty and perverse monsters and let’s face it, this is what many on this show are, it is a wonder that he tries to fix her instead of just staking her.
    And where the heck did you see “a perfect mixture of sadness, upon seeing Caroline’s depression and pain, up close, relief at her safety, and pure unadulterated love” on Tyler’s face?
    The scenes were no different than any friendship scene, nothing special at all.
    Tyler’s face wasn’t completely emotionless but also not what you would expect from somebody who sees his “love” chained. Not to mention Caroline’s face. You can’t attribute that lack of movement to the vervain in the air, not when only minutes ago she was able to move her head without effort and could speak with a clear voice and no new vervain had been pumped into the room. And that vervain in the air was actually pretty smart, why do these idiot writers come up with good ideas when they are no longer necessary? And shouldn’t vervain smoke actually sear Caroline’s skin instead of weakening her? I mean so far in the show when vervain was applied to the skin no matter whether in solid or liquid form it seared the vampire, only when injected it weakened them (which is already inconsistent in itself as I pointed out in a previous comment).
    And in the bed scene his face was more like “what the hell are we going to do now?” kind of thing.
    Tyler and Caroline still seem like friends and nowhere like lovers. Of course I would prefer friendship for several reasons, one of them that this is what the show lacks: a female-male friendship, a strong one. Of course they had to have them have sex. So not cliché right? *rolleyes*

    I wanted so say some other stuff, but sadly I am not that mean. Damn!

    “I can take your killing thousands of innocent people, while we’re separated, but not you having sex with some dude.”
    I think this might be the truest sentence about Elena ever. And you are so right with your joke regarding Elena and Danger. If she weren’t the main character she would be dead by now.
    But don’t straight women love to see two men go animal on each other? Oh, she is probably afraid of being the reason Stefan turned gay. I mean before her he didn’t have trendy cloths, tight pants, styled hair. Wait a minute…. 😀

    And you are not the only one being annoyed by Elena. Well I am not really, but that is because I didn’t expect anything different from her. But let’s be realistic, would anybody have actually believed that she would just carry on after Stefan? That girl forgave/repressed stuff over the process of days a normal person would go Hulk about.

    And I think you are probably right. Elena could just as well be synonymous with denial in this show, either that or repressing (maybe she is related to Joyce Summers, no she is not there yet I think :D). And considered Jeremy’s behavior that might run in the family; although we can cut him some slack due to being massively compelled I think. And Caroline shows a big deal of that as well, so maybe it is founding families only on this show.
    Your assessment of her attitude towards Stefan’s ripperism is backed up by evidence in my eyes. She thinks that it’s not him and all this stuff. This way he stays that perfect boyfriend. And I wouldn’t be so sure that she actually got it at the end of the episode. Don’t underestimate her capability of repressing. And Elena wasn’t really tearful, only her eyes got wet. If she dealt with all the other shit, she can deal with that as well.
    I guess Stefan has to do a Ripper version of this for her to get it:

    Stefan kinda reminds me of Angel back in Buffy. And I thought about when the First Evil showed us how Angelus really was as a human. You know this is I think how the show should deal with the Salvatores. Their dad was being portrayed as pretty unforgiving and unnecessarily harsh, especially towards Damon. But what do we truly know about that? Who says that they were such good guys? Both of them I mean. Damon himself said that Elena wouldn’t have liked him as a human and we all know how quickly he jumped on the vampire ship just to be with Katherine, would she have been with him when he transitioned, I am sure he would have ripped throats out in seconds. And Stefan; you don’t just turn into a ripper so suddenly. Something must have been inside of him from the start to make him go vamp so fast. I know currently the show attributes this to his father’s blood and vampirism as it seems but this can’t be the reason. And Katherine surely didn’t just choose them for looks alone.
    So both being pure and nice guys:

    Oh, so Stefan seemingly brought Klaus to his plans and Klaus just turned into a whiner-baby with family issues. Oh boy, like we never had that in a villain. What’s next, the characters put on fancy costumes and become superheroes?
    And I knew Stefan would be compelled the moment Klaus put his hand on his chest after the shooting incident. And why didn’t Stefan think of compulsion before? I mean we did, didn’t we? And yes, compulsion really is a far too convenient tool in my eyes, especially after this episode. But maybe this is a further tool by Klaus to let Stefan join the Dark side. Why does he bother with Stefan anyway, because they were friends? Barf. He is probably Madonna and Stefan is his Britney:

    The age difference would be right. 😀

    Seriously what good has it to be some age old vampire (seemingly he doesn’t have that much of power as it seems) if he can’t just put up an advertisement? Darth Vader did it:

    And Klaus definitely came out as a patriarch in this episode with his, you are my sister and have to do what I say statement. That is kinda consistent with his whiner-baby attitude. What’s next? Klaus has daddy issues? Bekka and Klaus are still monsters in my eyes; this episode only cemented that with their careless attitude towards torture despite the fact that they should know better.
    Klaus was introduced as this big and scary dark uberlord before he appeared. But based on what was shown so far of him (including season 2) he is rather this superpowered loner with family and confidence issues and barely any support. Think about it, how many vampire servants have we seen so far since the middle Ages flashback? Any? He seems to rely on some witches and compelled humans and what else? Only Stefan at the moment, not more.
    And why is Klaus all off a sudden giving up his secrets in the 1920s to a guy he barely knew? All his behavior really makes me think that he only survived so long because he is so strong. And invincible my ass I say. Did none of his enemies ever think of ripping him to shreds?
    And didn’t Klaus put all his siblings in one room in season 2 (I don’t think that Elijah was actually on Klaus’ side. However I wouldn’t be surprised if Elijah was the most harmless and therefore not originally considered a threat by Klaus [considered how easily he got killed three times]), so why is Rebecca in Chicago, especially in such an open warehouse? Did no one ever discover the body?

    And why should Rebecca have known that the dagger wouldn’t kill Klaus? Wasn’t his werewolf side dormant all these centuries?
    If he already had this special benefit, what was the point in lifting the curse anyway? His master-race?
    And being a Hybrid is the same as being a king. *rolleyes*
    If the writers would have any knowledge of mythology or could come up with really original ideas in that regard the current supernatural inhabitants of this world would be laughingstock at most. Oh, well I have to calm down and exercise patients.

    And you are right about these special daggers. And considered that Klaus could use them even back then, makes me wonder whether he wasn’t the one who ordered those weapons to be made in the first place. Of course that makes me, again, question why these stupid witches were able to create a magical weapon to kill an Original but not to kill them right away and permanently. Is there such a thing as an idiocy disorder?
    I admit that I hoped at the staking scene that Klaus would be out of the picture at least for a while, but sadly no, we won’t get a break from the big baby.

    At least he had better hair in the 1920s.

    And there is that “word got out” stuff again; seriously, shouldn’t the vampires, werewolves and witches communities be a little bit more active about this? This is about as realistic as in Supernatural when practically no one of the various supernatural beings tried to stop those demons from escaping from hell. Or the god slaughter. :/ Or the design of the Death Star in Star Wars:

    And am I the only one who thinks it’s weird that a millennia old eastern European vampire has a British accent?

    And all of a sudden Klaus has a witch? Interesting, if she is so powerful and he can go just into her establishment to demand stuff, then why didn’t he use her to track the werewolves? And that the doublegaenger might not be dead doesn’t seem to occur to him. Shouldn’t he know better than anyone else, that you don’t necessarily stay dead on this show? Klaus even knew that Elena had vampire blood in her system.
    Oooohhhh, and she is another POWERFUL witch. Hm, no matter how much power they have, these witches never seemed to have been capable of rooting out the vampires. Which again is further evidence for me that they are a deus ex machina and barely more so far. Kinda like Katherine in this episode except that in her case there might be more to it.
    And isn’t it interesting that this witch threatened Klaus? Correct me if I am mistaken but shouldn’t such a witch be either very dumb or very powerful (which she supposedly is)? And in the latter case: why doesn’t she simply kill Klaus, or let him sleep for eternity, imprison him in a magically enchanted coffin, etc. etc.?
    Heck, she could have sent him to Antarctica, it’s so cold down there he would have been frozen before reaching the shore. Even the penguins don’t like it:

    Looks like Gloria hasn’t seen the Salvatores in decades. And how come the witch liked Damon better? Wasn’t he supposedly some cold-blooded killer back then as well?
    And is Chicago big enough for these two to avoid each other? And wasn’t there this talk in season 1 that Damon had spent these 145 years to get revenge on Stefan time and again? Was he scared shitless of Ripper-Stefan or what? Wouldn’t that time have been the best one to spoil Stefan’s fun? You know telling the police that Stefan is drinking alcohol (and killing people).
    And you are totally right about searching Stefan’s apartment. Man the Chicago police back then seems to be as incompetent as the one in Sunny Dale.
    As for Stefan acting like Damon: they are brothers, so maybe it will make no difference which one of them will be in Elena’s pants at the end of the season.

    And maybe Damon suffers from temporary stupidity now that he is in Chicago and therefore came up with these ridiculous ideas of Elena actually coming up with a good plan. What people do for love don’t they? Last episode he let her talk him into taking her to the Mountains full of werewolves and sociopathic vampires and this episode she is practically on the menu for being eaten alive.
    Elena should go to Romania and find a new boyfriend and Damon should go gay. I heard it has some merits:

    Anyway, Damon is not the only one acting stupid in this episode. Lucky for him Klaus also had a moment of stupidity since he could have just ripped Damon’s heart out instead of staking him.

    You noticed the weirdness of the scene in Stefan’s apartment as well. All I have to say to that is:
    If vampire senses fail all off a sudden it is either another of the writers whims and disregard for what they themselves have created, or they really have no idea what they are doing in that regard.
    Shouldn’t a more than one thousand year old vampire be able to smell Elena? He drank her blood (and since she was so integral to his plan shouldn’t he know how she smells) and she had been in that apartment for hours, her scent should at least be on the bed. Fuck we probably would have smelled that someone was in the room. And wehy didn’t he notice Damon sooner? These sensitive vampire senses seem to have many glitches if you ask me. Maybe the vampires had an Unintelligent designer. 🙂
    And why was that apartment still there and untouched (and interestingly dust-less) after all?

    Considered the diary: shouldn’t a 145 year old vampire have more than one diary? I mean even considered these huge time lapses between the entries?
    I didn’t think of it when I took the picture but now that you said that Stefan had girly handwriting I think that the handwriting doesn’t quite fit the situation the letters are describing. As probably all here know, our writing changed depending on age and moods. However the writing in the diary is quite even and smooth, like someone who is totally calm. But the words are fitting to a person that is accelerated, a person that feels alive and therefore full of energy. The letters should be more askew (is that the right word in English?), more irregular, not so straight and all similar.
    And now that you speak about the Klaus/Stefan picture, shouldn’t Klaus be in Stefan’s diary? I mean did they only meet in that bar for one night or what? Very unlikely, both Originals changed wardrobe at least once in the flashback. Stefan mentioned Rebecca (at least I assume that he was referring to her when he talked about an intriguing woman in his dairy), weird that he doesn’t know who that is despite writing about her in her diary isn’t it, so why shouldn’t he have mentioned Klaus?

    At least we definitely know that Stefan is not an Edward right? To be honest, if I would meet a 109 years old guy who never had interest in any girls in all that time my conclusion wouldn’t be that he just hasn’t met the right one. I think this would be on his mind:

    But the signs were there I guess:

    (Could Stefan be a closeted cross-dresser and the rose was his small way of acknowledging that to himself?)

    But I guess you would be more interested in that:

    Anyway, at the scene of Elena reading Stefan’s diary I couldn’t help but think that the writers portray Stefan this way to either kill him off later or to make his redemption more wonderful. The chances are slim (now) but it is possible, albeit he might just go on another voyage, but mostly it is about the redemption stuff. And I guess the most likely scenario is that Stefan will be back with Elena even if only temporarily, we all know that. And I wouldn’t worry; Stefan probably won’t sell Elena so fast. It would be nice if he did but I doubt it.
    Albeit he obviously isn’t such a good guy. When you listen to the diary entries you see that it was Lexi who dragged him out if his ripper phase. And I think making Stefan smile is definitely an achievement.
    I hope the showing of Stefan’s sociopathic side will serve a bigger purpose than just highlighting his redemption. And what’s with the black outs? Wasn’t he portrayed as a sort of blood junkie in the last two seasons? Correct me if I am mistaken but wouldn’t black-outs in such a situation point towards multiple personality disorder (you know the memory loss)? And obviously you came to the same conclusion regarding Stefan’s personality state as I did.
    You are right. How on earth does Stefan remember all these names if he blacks out? Or are these only the names of the people he killed consciously?

    Wait…. there is of course this mysterious “He” all of a sudden. Interesting that no one knew about that one isn’t it? Shouldn’t someone who is feared by Klaus be known?
    And yeah Elijah was around and at first I thought of him as well before that other guy came into the bar. They wouldn’t have shown him the way he was if it wasn’t of importance in some way.
    The “Who/He” is probably another family member (the hair color would fit [if the guy with the picture is this “He”]). If not it would at least be a pleasant change. So whoever it was who said that in a comment to the last recap, let’s all hope that is what it will be. I hope it’s not a werewolf or another witch, please something actually original.
    And what enemies could be dangerous to Klaus and why didn’t they finish him off long ago? I mean, we barely saw him with any underlings before and judging by his behavior in the flashback he seems rather on the constant move and his only advantage is travelling with “light” luggage.
    And would these small wodden cones (these are not bullets) actually be strong enough to go through the walls? Especially so undamaged? And what can kill an Original all of a sudden? I mean Klaus was obviously afraid or are we supposed to believe he did it to protect his sister?
    And when Rebecca found that her necklace was missing I was thinking “This can’t be real”. So we have another reason for Elena to be in danger again. Yippie

    The link to Stalker Katherine was really funny. But what did she want in Chicago back then? Did she call the police? Did she want her Ripper? Was she in league with the mysterious “He”? If yes why did she do the whole thing in season 2?
    And I knew the moment the last flashback came that Katherine would be there in the bar and that she was in Chicago I guessed pretty soon as well (before the bus came). Again not surprised. Oh well, guess I have to deal with it.
    If Katherine really thinks that Damon hasn’t made a move on Elena, she is dumb as soup. Seriously it couldn’t be more obvious Rose noticed that after mere minuts. And why is Damon so damn bitchy about it? We all know he wants to nail Elena, so he should just say it. Really it’s easy and he can dance anyway, so why don’t do it like Britney?

    Or maybe sweeten it up a little bit:

    Or something more primal, like I said, he can dance:

    If a Gigantoraptor can do a fancy mating dance why can’t he?

    Of course Katherine will be up to something (does anybody here think she isn’t?), however, am I the only one to think that she couldn’t have pulled it off by herself? Let’s just say she does, that would be pretty inconsistent with her behavior in season 2. Maybe she is in league with the mysterious “He” from the twenties? It would make sense at least and be an explanation for why Katherine is all of a sudden so self-assured.
    Maybe there is some love involved in all this and she wants to save somebody, but unless the writers come up with something totally crazy we can be sure that Katherine will be true to her survivor nature. I think it’s likely that she is a tool for this mysterious figure in the background that or another one. And I’ll give Margaret Thatcher a tongue kiss if her sudden appearance was pure coincidence.

    • Hey there, Andre!

      First, let me say that your “video inclusion” this week was, by far, your best yet. I was particularly excited by your funniest Damon moments. As much as I LOVE him to pieces, I had forgotten how HILARIOUS he was, back in Season 1, before he became all “lovesick and stuff.” Elena seemed a bit more smiley in those clips too. 🙂 She was digging that snarky Damon, something fierce! 😉

      And that “Britney Spears” video was SO spot on! Now that I think about it, that was pretty much the theme of ALL of her early music videos. 😉 Oh, and the Sarcasm sign was back! You know how much I love my Sarcasm sign! 😉

      But you GROWLED at me! Come on! Promos are fun! And they are pretty much designed to tell you almost nothing about the episode you are about to watch. 🙂 So, they can’t really be considered spoilers. Can they?

      Since we are on the subject of videos, I present to you the True Blood Werewolf Abjure, starring Hot Pants Alcide Herveaux as the Abjurer and Trailer Trash Debbie as the Abjuree.

      Now, tell me that end part didn’t remind you of Stefan’s “dumping” speech to Elena? 😉

      You know, Amy (imaginary men) mentioned the same “typo” to me. And I’ve read that part of my recap over three times, and I STILL can’t find it! I give up. 🙂 Chalk it up to my glaring imperfection as a Recapper. 🙂

      Speaking of Damon, Delena is not boring! 😦 They are sexy, funny, frustrating, intriguing, and SUPER NOVA HOT! But, I guess we can agree to disagree. Just as you can’t understand my fascination with Delena, I will never understand your NOT finding Ian Somerhalder GORGEOUS. I mean . . . the eyes . . . that smile . . . the voice . . . the body . . . the butt . . . combined with Damon’s trademark wit, snark, and hidden heart of gold. What more could a fangirl or fanboy ask for? 🙂
      I’m loving your statistic about 1/3 of guys having a fetish. I guess we already know what STEFAN’S is . . . “the reattaching body parts” thing. So, I could handle Damon having a thing for the ladies’ panties. Actually, if you ever watch Degrassi: Next Generation, there were THREE episodes, dedicated to Connor’s panty fetish. It was . . . weird. By the way, are you part of that third? (You knew I would ask, didn’t you?)

      I think women’s weiner preference probably depends on the women, and a lot of technical things you REALLY don’t want to know about. 🙂 But, while size does not matter for ALL women, and some women DO prefer more medium-sized packages. I think the concept of a large weiner signifying masculinity and virility is pretty universal in pop culture, if not necessarily in life. Plus, deep down I’m a twelve-year old girl, who still thinks weiner jokes are hilarious. 🙂 What can I say?

      Yeah, the thing about Caroline’s dad, is that he didn’t seem to recognize the fact that, was he to successfully train Caroline to detest blood, it would KILL HER. Then again, maybe he did realize that, and figured if she was a vampire, her life wasn’t worthwhile.

      I do think that some of the Founding Families philosophy relating to vampires, is that once a person becomes a vampire they aren’t the same person anymore. So, while it’s not as though a vampire POSSESSES their body, they do feel as though the person turns into something else entirely . . . a being that is completely dark, with none of its former emotions, cares, or loyalties. This is the only way I can explain Caroline’s dad’s behavior, or her Mom’s behavior , last season. If they thought, for a second, that their daughter was still inside their somewhere, why would they ACT the way they did.

      Liz’s speech to Caroline toward the end of the episode pretty much confirmed that. Caroline’s kindness toward Liz, despite all she had done, proved to Liz that this really was the same Caroline, she just has a different diet. 🙂

      I can see why you find the analogy between gays and vampires, as used in True Blood, and now, more subtly, in TVD, offensive. On its face, the idea of comparing blood suckers and cannibals to homosexuals is pretty crude and insensitive. And yet, I don’t think the analogy is meant to be offensive. (Alan Ball is gay, after all, as are, I suspect quite a few of TVD’s staff writers.)

      In these shows, in most cases, the vampires are the “heroes” of our story. They are who you root for. And the small-minded townspeople who vilify them, and are prejudiced against them, are almost always portrayed as hicks, red necks and idiots (more so on True Blood, but on TVD, to some extent, as well). I suspect the concept is meant to be taken less literally (After all, Vampires are NOTHING like gays in any way), and more in terms of how people tend to be afraid of and denigrate that which they don’t understand, to their peril.
      Did that help at all? 🙂

      I think you bring up a great point about Caroline’s reaction to her father, possibly hinting at her not having completely come to terms with her vampirism. Sure, she explained to her father that she couldn’t be cured. And that this is who she was now.

      Yet, she never scolded him, or told him what he was doing was wrong. She appeared, embarrassed of her vampiric instincts, and seemed to feel as though she was disappointing her father in some way, even though the fact that she gets veiny at the sight of a blood bag is something she can’t control. It was heartbreaking to watch, actually. And I thought Candice Accola did a great job of showing Caroline’s vulnerability in this scene, as the one person she always looked up to, shunned and betrayed her.

      I don’t know how much Elena would like to see Stefan and Klaus go at it. 😉 She would take it too personally. In fact, I think Elena would react more strongly to that, than to the vision of Stefan murdering someone in front of her. This is not to say that Elena wouldn’t like to watch two OTHER men go at it. Like maybe Tyler and someone else, who’s NOT HER BROTHER. 🙂

      Suffice it to say that I disagree with you about the Forwood scene. Tyler is a guy who’s never been particularly good at showing his emotions. And I thought Trevino’s performance during both the dungeon scene and the bed scene was both riveting and appropriately understated. Now, if this was Stefan, or Damon, or KLAUS rescuing their loved one, of course they’d be more emotional.

      But Tyler is not Stefan, or Damon, or Klaus. He has been raised to hide his emotions. Plus, he’s probably a little afraid of scaring off Caroline . . . She did run off in the morning, after all.

      That’s all I’m going to say on that topic. We can agree to disagree on this one too. 🙂 I really can’t wait until you find a SHIP on this show. 😉 It WILL happen, I guarantee it!

      Baby Charlotte is adorable! “NO, NO, NO!” How did you find that video?

      As for Klaus and his family, originally, I thought he had them all together too. And it’s possible he did, and just brought out Rebekah for this purpose. Or, he could be keeping each coffin in the place where he staked the Original, as Nina suggested. (It would certainly save him money on baggage claim fees.)

      Regarding Rebekah, I think Klaus has been trying to go hybrid since he was in his twenties. That was the “family fight” mentioned in the episode, on which Rebekah ended up on the “right side.” So, when she was awakened, she probably suspected that there was a possibility that Klaus had succeeded in his goal. When she staked him with the White Oak Ash Dagger, and he remained unharmed, that only confirmed it for her.

      Oh, and great point about Stefan. He seemed VERY calm and collected, both in his diary writings, and in those bar scenes, for someone who was a BLOOD LUSTY FULL ON RIPPER. I do wonder where they will take Stefan in the next couple of episodes. Because right now, it seems as though the writers haven’t decided whether he is “good” or “bad” / a sociopath who loves to torture his victims, or a bloodaholic on a bender who just can’t control himself.

      I’m sure we’ll figure it out soon enough. 🙂

      Thanks again for your extensive, and always brilliant commentary and “video revue.” I had a blast reading it and replying to it. Thanks for the screencaps too. To the extent that this recap was at all decent, you are about 99.99 % responsible for that! 🙂

      • André

        I guessed you would like the Damon video best.

        I had to check what “spot on” means, now I know and I am glad you agree with me on that. Klaus really is Madonna. 😀

        The Promos are not spoilers, how could they, actually I only wonder why Stefan is screaming and what the witch is doing, well we will know in four days.
        But you tempted me nonetheless evil temptress. 😀

        Actually the werewolf abjure couldn’t remind me of the dumping speech because I never saw it. But TVD could have learned something from True Blood in that regard if you ask me.

        As far as I know I am not part of the 1/3 of men that have some sort of fetish, I never noticed one with me. Many gay guys seem to have one albeit I often ask myself whether that is really a fetish, because in the case of clothes, it seems rather like a fashion statement than a fetish.

        Actually I do want to know the technical details. Ever since I started Teen Wolf, I widened my repertoire to straight smut and I need information. By the way the next chapter is published today and it is my first ever attempt at straight smut. It is the second chapter of the “Derek’s pack” trilogy. After that we will have a bit of that crazy stuff Kate mentioned to Derek. You don’t happen to have pictures of Hoechlin in his teens don’t you?

        And weiner jokes are hilarious no matter how old you are. Or don’t you know of the sentences that can insult naked men? 🙂

        Your argumentation makes sense regarding the Forbes. Man that really makes me wish the show would go deeper with that. During second season I wished for supporting material, you know books and such, but after taking a quick glance at the books brought out since the show started (you know the three diaries) I quickly gave up hope in that regard. Even with the little I read of the books I already found inconsistencies with the show.
        It wouldn’t surprise me if your statement regarding Caroline and her diet is the same the writers have. And that is what I meant with sugar-coating. It is clear that it’s not so vanilla but they always do it and it never bites the characters in the ass. It was the same with magic. They let Bonnie’s grandma say that it’s not fun but have they really shown it, apart from the energy stuff and now Jeremy’s resurrection? They only do it when it suits their whims as it seems. And I am, clearly, not one of the people who think that authors can do what they please. If not I would have enjoyed the ending of Breaking Dawn. By the way:

        The analogy might not be meant to be offensive but I think when such a thing is made it is overlooked what defines a vampire. Sure since they are not human they can be used to explore new possibilities. But I think that other supernatural beings might be better for that. Albeit in TVD only the witches would be anything close to that. Werewolves like the one in Blood & Chocolate (regarding their shapeshifting powers) might be suitable for that but not the ones in TVD. Well that and you know the werewolf is usually the embodiment of the stereotypical male.
        By the way, you will probably like this video. If you don’t know it already:

        I know what you are saying with vampires and heroes and all that, but that ignores what defines a vampire simple as that. And although you are probably right with TVD in that regard, it is a fact that what defines a vampire and a werewolf in the show (the witches don’t count so far, due to the deus ex machine stuff) is essentially a danger to those around them that don’t belong to their groups. The writers would probably say that it shouldn’t be taken literally but I think it is a bit sad that you have to use vampires for something like that simply because so many other creatures are no longer “cool”. You know Elves might have been better but they are seen as uncool, mostly. Also these characters in the show are not liked because, but despite of what they are and that basically says that something is wrong with them. They are not just a variant, like simple shapeshifting (like in Stephani Hecht’s series) would be, they are definitely an element of danger and therefore fear is very justifiable. Think about it, having sex with a vampire means having sex with someone/thing to whom you are basically food. In case of a TVD werewolf you have someone with super strength and anger management issues that turns into a ravaging blood-thirsty beast. No wait they have heightened emotions.

        Exactly, Caroline said that she can’t be cured not that there really is nothing to be cured. I guess she can be lucky that she is friends with Elena, that girl seems to be able to repress very much so Caroline’s vampiric urges will always be forgiven.
        You know what would make a great storyline in that regard I think? If they would introduce beings that really are just different; and that the cast would react totally intolerant despite accepting, so to say, “bloodthirsty monsters”.
        Anyway, let’s see whether the writers make something out of the whole situation with Caroline. Hopefully something more than just knocking her up with Tyler again.
        All in all I think these supernatural shows don’t really use the potential of playing other species. Some do it on some level but never really. True Blood came close to it in the video you showed as well as in season 2 when Jason asked what it would be if Sam in dog form would mate with a she-dog. But apart from some different rules that’s mostly it. Too bad. You wouldn’t even need special effects for that. I mean different lifestyles or perceptions of gender and social roles could be explored without that. It wouldn’t even be unnatural. I recommend this book:
        http://www.amazon.com/Evolutions-Rainbow-Diversity-Sexuality-Preface/dp/0520260120/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1317650350&sr=1-1
        You would probably find it interesting. I don’t agree with the author on everything, especially here criteria for a genetic disease is in my eyes a bit too naïve but many of her arguments have merit. Especially her disagreement with the theory of sexual selection (not natural selection, she fully agrees with that) would have far reaching consequences.
        To use the dancing raptor video again:

        This was based on birds and that therapod dinosaurs are very similar to them. However, in some bird species it is the female that makes the mating dance and the male breeds and raises the young. Rheas for instance: several females lay eggs in one nest and the male breeds and raises the young. You could also say that reindeer females are masculine because they have antlers while all other deer females have none. Bluegill sunfish have three male and one female gender. White throated sparrows have two genders for each sex. Then there are of course the different genders of different human societies which many people don’t like to see on television. With a non-human species such things could be safely explored.

        Your comment makes me wonder:
        Will Stefan ever kill someone in front of Elena?

        But I think Elena is too prude and probably American to assess violence as worse as sex. No offense to you in that regard, but as far as I know that is considered typical American. Whether that is really true I don’t know of course but it is carried over by Cinema, TV and video games.

        I think we might be able to settle the whole Tyler thing if we really knew his background. No offense to Forwooders but I have my doubts that this would be an element ever explored via a Forwood plotline.

        Ok, as for Baby Charlotte, I have no idea how I found her. I think I just searched for a video that said “NO”. The rest I forgot.

        And you mean Elijah´s coffin is in Mystic Falls? 😉

        You could be right, regarding your theory of Klaus and his hybrid status. However there is still my doubt that the writers think this deep. I mean all these flaws we both noticed suggests rather otherwise. They rarely have introduced flat characters but in regard of realism and deep thinking they are seriously lacking.

        You are right; currently Stefan’s status is unassessed. I just hope it has logic this time and is not another example of the writers’ whims.

  11. Kangababy

    Hi Kjewls,

    There’s not much to say about this great and thought provoking episode that hasn’t been eloquently covered by all the previous comments, other than to say that I found this episode painful in many instances.

    Aside from the obvious pain stemming from the Caroline torture scenes (which really got to me because I am admittedly a Daddy’s girl and the idea of my dad torturing me and hating me, as Caroline put it, is just unfathomable), I found the following difficult to watch:

    1. The ongoing naivity of Elena Gilbert. You have kindly attributed her silliness to her viewing Stefan as two completely separate personailities (I would have used some different choice words… 😉 ) but enough is enough. It is time for Elena to wake up and smell the “My boyfriend has a list of all his victims” roses. She frustrated me when she hardly acknowledged Andie’s death, but the snide comments to Damon after seeing the list and the silly notion that she could save Stefan because that is what Lexi did, really got to me. I can’t wait to see a return to a more feisty Elena, or as you so brilliantly call her Ponytail Elena 🙂

    2. Damon’s stupidity. I never thought I would ever have a reason to resort to write that sentence, but here it is. Damon’s always been an impulsive thinker, but going to Chicago with no plan, or better yet leaving it up to a love struck and, pardon me for being harsh, slightly delusional 18 year old teenage girl was not the way to go.

    3. And finally, what hurt the most was seeing Stefan form a brotherhood with Klaus. I guess this episode showed that I really do love the brotherly bond between Stefan and Damon, because seeing Stefan be so Klaus really, really hurt. I know that the Salvatore brothers have a lot of history, that Damon swore to give Stefan a lifetime of misery, but when it comes down to it, there’s nothing Damon wouldn’t do to prevent anyone else from hurting Stefan, and I really hope that when it comes down to it, Stefan will chose Damon over Klaus.

    The next few episodes will be critical to trying to understand exactly who Stefan is. Because finding out that Stefan was compelled by Klaus highlights that maybe he wouldn’t have recovered from his blood lust if that didn’t happen. Maybe he would have stayed in love with Becca.

    Furthermore, if the compulsion doesn’t impact on feelings and Stefan got over his feelings for her over the last 90 years (though how likely is that given how much of a brooder he is 😉 ), will Stefan still be in love within Becca now that he remembers her. If so, how will he feel about Elena now, having the full knowledge that he’s in love with two people at the same time (possibly three if we count Katherine).

    Who is the real uncompelled Stefan now?? I can’t wait to find out…

    • Hey Kangababy! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I’m sure I’ve said this before, but you really do have such a remarkable way with words. I must say, I’m a bit jealous. 🙂

      You are right. We’ve seen all these different, and conflicting sides of Stefan, lately, even in the context of his Ripper self. And all of this really does beg the question: Who actually IS Stefan Salvatore? Is he a “nice guy with a blood problem,” a crazed killer with NO control over his impulses, a charming sociopath, or someone who is simply playing these parts for now, in order to accomplish what he wants? I’m not sure we are going to get an entirely clear answer to that question over the next few episodes. But perhaps, we can come closer to the truth.

      As I’ve always questioned Stefan’s honesty — both with himself, and with Elena — about the possibility of his having ongoing feelings for Katherine, I really do wonder how Stefan’s memories of Rebekah are going to affect his feelings toward her, and the other two loves of his life. We’ve seen both Katherine and Elena grapple with the concept of loving two men at once, can Stefan love THREE women, each of whom fell in love with an entirely different version of Stefan Salvatore than the one we are presumably seeing now? It remains to be seen . . .

      I think a lot of fans share your frustration with Damon and Elena during this past episode. Usually the writers of this show are fairly savvy in drawing complex motivations for the characters on the show, and each of the various choices they make throughout the hour. But, honestly, this time, I did feel a bit like Damon and Elena were sort of slaves to the plotline, more than anything else. The writers NEEDED for Damon and Elena to come to Chicago, so that (1) Elena could see the Wall of Weird, and read Stefan’s diaries; (2) Stefan and Elena could “breakup,” and (3) Damon could converse with Klaus in a way that is sure to come up again later on in the series. I’d like to think that THIS, more than anything else, dictated their frustrating actions this week.

      Here’s hoping. 🙂 And yes, I think most of us agree that it’s HIGHTIME we got some Sassy Ponytail Elena and Snarky Badass Damon Salvatore back on our television screens. Perhaps, next week is the week? 😉

      Speaking of Klaus, I agree A couple of “fun” conversations over booze, and the exchange of relationship advice, does not a brotherhood make. This, of course, makes me all the more skeptical of Klaus’ motives for bringing Stefan along. Does he really just want a “brother” or something more sinister? Considering he has a whole slew of “brothers” across the country waiting for him with stakes in their tummy, I suspect the latter. 🙂

      • Kangababy

        To receive a compliment on the way I write from an incredible writer such as yourself, is the highest form of flattery. 🙂

        Every week, I wait with bated breathe in anticipation for updates to your blog.

        Until Friday…….. 😉 Have a great day.

      • (Mildly) Important Note About the The Vampire Diaries Recap for “Disturbing Behavior:” Hey Folks! I suspect some of you might be scouring the home page in search of my most recent TVD recap. All I can say is, IT’S COMING! I was feeling a bit under the weather last night, and decided it would be best to publish a thorough recap a bit late, rather than publish a shoddy recap on time. I promise to make it up to you, by adding plenty of extra yummy pics and GIFS into the mix! 😉 I hope you can forgive me. The recap should be up by early this evening (probably 8 or 9ish) Eastern Standard time. See you then, Fangbangers!

  12. Unfortunately I’ve had to go through the numerous comments rather quickly, and they are all fun. I can’t choose my favorite parts of the recap (including the Beyonce of the future reference), because they are too numerous, but this was a rather amusing and done up episode. Again, people were on their most stupid behavior.

    I didn’t dislike the episode; the production was impressive. But why do they keep trying to make Klaus and Stefan seem like brothers instead of lovers? And why is Klaus so incestuous? Somehow, it makes sense. Incest is nothing in comparison to killing countless innocents.

    Also, Stefan’s wall is just so ridiculously creepy, I unexpectedly like Rebekah, and Stefan is the new Elena/Katherine: caught between two much more powerful siblings. I can’t say very much this time, since everyone has been doing great analysis up the wazoo! Can’t wait until tomorrow’s episode and Friday’s recap.

    http://thecountchronicles.blogspot.com/

    • Hey Noelle! I agree, while I adore Joseph Morgan, and think he’s doing an AMAZING job in his portrayal of Klaus, sometimes I feel like the writers aren’t sure yet what they want him to BE. Is he this evil big scary vampire . . . or just another lonely character, who’s secretly in love with Stefan?;)

      So, many characters have started off as The Big Bad, and ended up as one of the Scooby Gang on this show (Damon, Katherine, and, to some extent, Tyler, immediately come to mind). And a part of me can’t help but wonder, whether this time next season, we will see Klaus and Elijah hanging out at La Casa de Rich and Awesome helping the crew figure out how to vanquish the next baddie. I mean, already I’ve seen clips of Becks enrolling in Mystic Falls High. Heck, Elena barely attends, and now the Original is going? 🙂

      It’s still by far my favorite show on television, right now. What can I say? 😉

      Oh, by the way, I’m still having some trouble posting on your blog. So, either I posted the same comment about three times (and, if so, I promise I am not a stalker), or blogspot just doesn’t like me. (Maybe it’s a WordPress thing? They are rivals, aren’t they?.) Anywhoo . . . here’s MY comment to YOUR brilliant recap of this episode (I’ll leave a link so others can read your witty and insightful take.) :

      “Um, no she hasn’t. She saw Stefan almost kill a girl, and Stefan pushed her into a wall. She hasn’t seen him rip bodies apart and massacre villages.” –This quote was perfection. 🙂 (And so on point, in terms of Elena’s Massive Case of Denial)

      I also love the way you were able to paint all the flashback scenes from the twenties, using your words as a brush. That was very cool. The way the production company managed to evoke the 1920’s so perfectly in this episode on their limited budget (at least it’s limited in comparison to other networks, and especially in comparison to HBO’s Boardwalk Empire) was extremely impressive, and probably the thing I’ll remember most about this episode.

      I too think Becks (or Bexs?) is a fun addition to the cast. (Though I know, after the Disturbing Behavior Episode a whole lot less people are fans of hers, than were after this one, because of what she did to Stefan.) I think the writers did a nice job of characterizing her, and making her three-dimensional in only a few scenes. She kind of reminds me of Katherine, only she’s a bit brattier, more dependent, and her manipulations are a bit more subtle.

      Everytime Katherine opens her mouth, her tart tongue tells you she’s toying with you, and up to no good. Beks doesn’t come off initially, as quite as devious. But that makes her more dangerous, because I suspect she is perpetually underestimated.

      Speaking of manipulation, I’m with you on not quite buying this whole Brotherhood between Klaus and Stefan. After all, we already know what Klaus did to his REAL brothers. 🙂 I’m just waiting for the other shoe to drop. And it seems like in Episode 5, it finally will . . .

      Excellent recap. 🙂 I can’t wait to read the next installment.

      http://thecountchronicles.blogspot.com/2011/10/vampire-diaries-end-of-affair-season-2.html

      • Well, I’m way late on commenting on your last week’s recap and on putting up my own recap. But I just wanted to apologize on behalf of my stupid blog! I am so annoyed that it is inconveniencing you like this. I will contact customer service or something or other and hand them their ass if they don’t help. (Not really but I will be very assertive.) Thanks again for your comments and self-esteem boosting, hehe.

      • Hey Noelle! No worries. I love reading your recaps. And I have so much fun talking TVD with you on both our blogs.

        Blog software can be sooo tempermental sometimes. (Trust me, I’ve given WordPress many the middle finger, late at night, when it’s being uncooperative.) I’ve actually heard the commenting problem is fairly common with Blogger Blogs, so you are definitely not alone.

        Now, I have TWO of your recaps to read in one sitting. I’m so psyched! I’m particularly interested in hearing what you have to say about this, most recent, episode, since it was both super intense and “logically challenging,” to say the least. 🙂

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  14. Hypa.kitty

    Totally ONLY JUST seen This episode! and as I can’t wait to watch the rest.. as in NOW! I will be leaving a veeeeery small comment here!

    Dear Elena, you WAKE up with Damon in bed, ON DAMON’S CHEST and all you can say is: Get out! Seriously? pfft.. you disappoint me!
    Love Kitty!

    Finally got it off my chest! lmfao xD

    Love the recapp! Going to check the rest out as I watch the rest of VD! ❤

    • Hey Hypa Kitty . . . Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. LOL re: Delena in bed. Don’t you worry. Having “seen the future,” I can definitely tell you that there is plenty more where that came from! 🙂 And with a much better result, too!

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