Bad Santa Klaus – A Recap of The Vampire Diaries’ Mid Season Finale “O Come All Ye Faithful”

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“Oh, you better watch out.  You better not cry.  You better not pout.  I’m telling you why.  Santa Klaus is coming to kill your hybrids . . . and your mom . . . and your romantic relationship . . . and your favorite boots . . . which are now covered in blood . . . because you stepped on some decapitated hybrid . . . while walking through the forest . . . on the way out of town.  Anybody have a napkin I could borrow?”

It’s Christmas, Fangbangers!  Christmas is a time for time for GIVING, LOVING, and SPENDING TIME WITH PEOPLE YOU CARE ABOUT.  Unless you live in Mystic Falls.  In which case, Christmas is a time for MURDER, MAYHEM, BETRAYAL, DISAPPOINTMENT, AND SENDING THE PEOPLE YOU CARE ABOUT AWAY IN A CAR WITH BONNIE FOR NO F*CKING LOGICAL REASON WHATSOEVER . . .

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Let’s recap, shall we?

[As always, special thanks to Andre for all the screencaps you see here.  Even though he still thinks I write too much about Delena in my recaps.  And it still makes me cry . . .]

“Wanna Come?”

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I concur Damon.  I suspect a lot of the problems I have with this show would cease to exist, if you and your male cast mates spent the entire hour naked . . .  Or, rather, they would still exist, but I wouldn’t remember them.  Because I’d be too busy staring at your . . .

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Yes, I went there.  I titled this section “Wanna Come?”  And I meant it to mean exactly what YOU think it means.

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In my defense, it’s an actual quote from the scene.  Also in my defense . . . hey . . . at least SOMEONE should be having fun, because it sure as heck isn’t Damon and Elena . . . at least not in this episode . . .

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Yes, boys and girls, we open this hour, just as we opened the last one, with Damon and Elena . . . sort of SPOONING . . . in Damon’s bed.  Except, this time, they are fully dressed, and both looking pretty miserable because of it.  Let that be a lesson to you, kiddies.  Clothes are BAAAAAAAD!

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Sleeping in your jeans is really uncomfortable . . . as is sleeping that close to someone who looks like Ian Somerhalder, without jumping his bones . . . or, at least, I imagine it would be uncomfortable.  I can’t really say I know from personal experience . . . yet.

Whereas, in the previous episode,  we saw Damon wake up HAPPY . . .

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Now, he’s kind of broody about the whole “not breaking the sire bond / lying to Stefan” thing.  You know what I say to that?  “BAH HUMBUG,” that’s what.  Hey Damon, do you think all those times Stefan slept with Elena, he spent all his post-coital mornings worried about how crappy it would make YOU feel?

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Here’s an idea, Damon.  You already did the “wrong” thing, by not breaking the sire bond, when you told Stefan you would.  You already FEEL guilty.  So, why not take your own advice from a previous episode, and just own your guilt?

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It would be more fun for you and Elena, for sure.  It also might be more fun for us to watch.  But hey, at least we get to see you take your shirt off again . . .

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“Just do it,” Elena says, when Damon makes this deliciously naughty overture toward the love of his life . . .

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Nike would be so proud!

Unfortunately, almost immediately after, Elena  puts the kibosh on any and all possibilities of morning sex, by saying she has to go to the lake house with Bonnie, so that the two of them could help Jeremy, you know, not want to murder Elena and Stuff.

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“Wanna come?” Elena asks hopefully . . .

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WE DO!  WE DO!  Except you two aren’t letting us!  Such teases!

Klaus Mikaelson . . . He’s one Special Snowflake

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It’s nice to see that Klaus’ plans for World Domination haven’t adversely impacted his passion for Arts and Crafts.

Ponies . . . globs of goo that vaguely resemble poop .  . . a cartoonesque picture of the girl he likes . . . a snowflake.  Klaus may be over 1,000 years old, but in terms of art appreciation, he still seems to prefer painting a range of subjects that would look right at home on the wall at an Elementary School art fair . . .  Maybe that’s why Klaus so much prefers hanging out with teenagers, than with people closer to his own age.  You know, like them . . .

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Stefan pops by the Klaus House, because there is important Mythology Stuff that must be relayed to the viewers.  And the writers secretly hope that the homoerotic allure of seeing Klaus and Stefan eyef*&k one another will help us to forget that this particular part of the show sometimes feels like homework . . .

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It totally works, by the way.

Blah blah blah, vampire cure . . . blah blah blah hunter’s mark on Jeremy’s arm equals map to cure . . . blah blah blah sword “owned” by Klaus equals legend for map to cure.  It’s really nothing we haven’t heard before.  But I guess we all need a little refresher course, every once in a while.  And like I said, it’s fun to watch these two flirt with one another, even though we know they’ll never really bone, because this isn’t HBO or Showtime . . .

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you and me

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Klaus and Stefan – Frenemies with benefits?

Later on in the episode, Klaus and Stefan share even more warm and fuzzies with one another, as they bond over the fact that they both maintain a Murder Victim Keepsake collection.  Stefan writes his victims name on a wall, and Klaus breaks into their homes and steals their letters  . . . you know . . . if they ever actually write any . . . and forget to send them.

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“Dear Lover.  If you are reading this, it means you killed me.  So, take this letter and shove it up your ass, you MURDEROUS BASTARD!”

Klaus views this as a sign of shared loneliness.

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I view it as a sign of shared psychosis . . .  Except, unlike Saint Stefan, at least Klaus doesn’t glue people’s heads back onto their bodies, after he’s chewed off their necks . . .

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Same difference I guess.  But hey, it could be worse.  Klaus could draw ponies for all of his victims.

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Meanwhile at Mystic Falls’ Weekly Town Event Where Everyone Dies . . .

The Tale of the Dumbass Martyr

After you’ve been dating someone for awhile,  you begin to develop little tricks to coping with his or her . . . idiosyncrasies.  Tyler has been dating Caroline long enough to realize that she has a bit of a Freak Out Problem . . .

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“I’m not angry!  What would make you think I’m angry?”

And this is probably the reason he chooses a VERY public place (i.e. right in the middle of town square) to drop the bombshell on her, that he’s LITERALLY planning on donating his body to Operation Kill Klaus.

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“First you go off and live in the mountains for six months, and now this?  I’m beginning to think you’re trying to avoid me.”

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*whistles uncomfortably*

I don’t know.  I mean, if they were planning on dumping Tyler’s body, along with Klaus’ “essence” (whatever that means”), into a vat of concrete, anyway, why not just push Klaus into the vat and be done with it?  (It worked on True Blood with Russell Edgington. . . for a half a season, anyway.)  Why must the Scooby Gang always needlessly over complicate things?  This is why their FAILURE RATE is so high . . .

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Just saying . . .

Nonetheless, the fact that Tyler is willing to do this for the hybrids that just last week tried to kidnap and kill his girlfriend, just because he believes it’s the “right thing to do,” shows just how far he’s come as a character, since his Season 1 douchebag days.  Tyler’s plan is admirable . . . idiotic, but admirable, which is why Caroline’s nickname for her boyfriend is entirely accurate.  Yes, fangbangers.  Tyler Lockwood is a Martyr.  But he’s also a DUMBASS . . .

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Speaking of dumbasses . . .

Have wood, will thrust . . .

OK, so let me get this straight.  You have this guy Jeremy, who has basically been converted into this supernatural serial killer.

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You’re inviting his sister over, who he’s once tried to kill,  so you can see if you can get him to STOP trying to kill her.  While he’s waiting for his sister, he’s at this lame lakehouse, where there’s pretty much nothing to do, but sit around and count the tiles on the floor.  And he’s bored.

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Let’s brainstorm some things you could do with Latent Serial Killer Boy to keep him occupied, while he waits for his sister.  You could . . . break out some board games . . . like Scrabble, or Jenga . . . maybe even Pictionary.

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You could play Twister, or have a dance party . . .

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“Ooh what a feeling!  When we’re dancing on the ceiling .  . .”

You could . . . I don’t know . . . have sex with him.

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I mean, you could really do anything.  The world is your proverbial oyster.  But, you know what I wouldn’t do?  I wouldn’t GIVE HIM A MASSIVELY LARGE AXE, AND LET HIM GO OUTSIDE ALONE TO CHOP WOOD THAT CAN BE USED TO MAKE STAKES . . .

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All logic reasoning aside . . . Jer Bear is looking gooooooood . . .

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Oh hey, so remember last week, when I complained that the whole “a vampire needs to be invited into your home” rule has been totally abandoned by the show?  Well, they used it this week!  Jeremy had to invite ELENA into her own lake house . . . and then he tried to stake her . . . with the stake he made . . . while chopping the wood, with the massive axe, that Dumbos 1 and 2, i.e. Bonnie and Professor  Numb Nuts, GAVE HIM . . .

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Is it weird that I was kind of jealous of Elena, while she was getting almost butchered by her own brother, because having his big burly arms wrapped pressed up against her chest looked like a lot of fun?

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ELENA: “Your skin is so baby soft.  What kind of lotion do you use?”

JEREMY: “Vampire Death of Olay”

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“Considering we’re siblings and all, it’s probably a little inappropriate that you’re squeezing my ass.”

Doctor Do Nothing’s plan to hypnotize Jeremy into loving Elena again seemed like a bad idea, right off the bat.  And I think I’d be saying that, even if we hadn’t been reminded about 85,000 times since he first appeared that he’s Up to No Good.  Put it this way, they say that if you lose something while you’re drunk, the best way to find it is to get drunk again, because it puts you in the same frame of mind that you were in when you lost it?

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Well, that’s kind of how I feel about Jeremy’s hunter tendencies.  He always seems like he’s in a trance, when he’s murdering vampires.  So, putting him in a trance seems like the exact WRONG thing to do, which, I suspect, might have been Stupid Hair, Phd’s plan all along.

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Nevertheless, I did find Jeremy’s entranced admission that he “hates” Elena, because she’s indirectly brought about the death of everyone he’s ever loved to be kind of intriguing.  After all, there’s always a sort of truth to the things you do or say in an uninhibited state like trance.  So, even though Jeremy’s murderous tendencies are about 98% due to his hunter’s mark, there seems to be at least 2% that are a result of his unresolved subconscious anger at his sister for all that she’s inadvertently cost him.  That actually adds a surprisingly complex layer to Jeremy Gilbert’s personality that I would like to see explored more deeply in the weeks to come . . .

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And here is another “layer” of Jeremy’s character that I’d like explored.  Thank you very much.

Also, I hate to say it, but Zombie Jer kind of has a point.  I mean, think about it: Jeremy’s biological parents, his uncle, Aunt Jenna,  Vicki, Anna, Alaric, almost all the people he’s ever cared about have died in service to the Save Elena Games.  Not that any of these deaths are necessarily Elena’s fault.  But you can’t blame Jeremy’s subconscious for making that very real connection . . .

And now that I’ve said all these nice, warm, fuzzy things about this particular storyline, I feel like I’ve earned the right to be a little bitchy.  Because yeah, I AUDIBLY gagged when it was revealed that BONNIE was Jer Bear’s one link to sanity, because he LOOOOOOOVES her so much.

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Oh gross!  I’ve seen paperclips that have more chemistry together than these two . . .

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“There’s no place like home.  There’s no place like home.  There’s no place like . . . It didn’t work.  You’re still here.”

But hey!  Now, Jeremy can hug Elena, without snapping her neck.  So, progress?

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JEREMY:  *think about Bonnie . .  . think about Bonnie . . . think about Bonnie*

ELENA: “Jeremy get that stake away from my crotch.  I thought they cured you of trying to kill me!”

JEREMY:  “Ummm . . . that’s not a stake.  Maybe this thinking about the girl I want to have sex with, while hugging my sister thing, isn’t such a good idea, after all.”

But you know who ISN’T making progress?

BLOW ME . . . one last kiss.

Outside of the lake house, Elena admits to Damon that she logically knows that she was in love with Stefan, when she spent time with him this same location, last year.  But now she barely remembers it, nor relates to the feelings she supposedly felt so strongly, during that time.  That’s OK Elena, I often try to forget . . . and have difficulty relating to . . . your past relationship with Stefan too!

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Damon, of course, is still feeling guilty . . . about the existence of the sire bond . . . about lying to his brother about breaking the sire bond . . . about having the best sex of his life, while Stefan had to listen to Caroline babble for hours . . . about not telling Stefan that he had the best sex of his life . . . and, of course, about not telling Stefan that he was spending the day with Elena at the same lakehouse where Stefan may or may not have had the best sex of his life . . .

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That’s a whole lotta guilt for one guy!  And that guilt cup overflows, as Damon watches Elena bond with her brother over Christmas ornaments.

It’s at this moment that Damon makes the Heartbreaking Decision hinted at, by all the promos and episode synopses.  He tells Elena he’s setting her free.

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He sends her away with Boring Bonnie (talk about the punishment not fitting the crime!) in a scene that evoked memories of his compelling Jeremy to leave town a couple seasons back.

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And that’s what it feels like to me . . . compulsion.  I didn’t like it when it happened to Jeremy.  And I didn’t like it happening here.  In both situations, Damon was doing something ostensibly, for the good of the compelled.  He felt he was setting them free.  But in doing that, he was actually taking AWAY their choice, and forcing them to do something they ordinarily wouldn’t have chosen to do.  We saw it in Jeremy’s confusion, when he decided to selfishly leave his entire family in the middle of the school year, but couldn’t quite figure out why he was doing it.

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We see it in Elena, as her body pulls her toward the car, but her heart seems to pull her back, causing her to lean in for one last kiss.

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I know that Damon BELIEVES he’s doing the Right Thing.  And I respect that he loves Elena enough to be willing to give her up for the umpteenth time.  I’m just so tired of seeing this guy play the martyr, when it comes to Elena and Stefan.  And I wish the show would FINALLY let him catch a break.  He deserves it . . .

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Meanwhile, back home . . .

Mama Don’t Preach . . .

Now, I know Carol Lockwood croaked this week.  So, we’re supposed to be nice to her.  But I’ll admit I had to laugh a little bit, when Tyler told his mommy he was going to allow some random witch to dump his body into a vat of cement for a few decades, AFTER she enabled him to become possessed by Klaus.  And then, Mommy Dearest, more or less said, “Whatever makes you happy, dear?”

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“I also totaled your Mercedes . . .”

REALLY?  Because if I ever said something like that to my mom, first she would CRY HYSTERICALLY . . . then she would take me to have my head examined . . . then she probably wouldn’t let me out of my room until I was about 55 years old.

Again . . . yes . . . this is a “Heroic Act.”  Yes, one could even say it’s the “Right Thing to Do,” but it’s also CATACLYSMICALLY STUPID!

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What’s worse?  Mama Lockwood then has the NERVE to tell Tyler that his FATHER would be proud of him, because, apparently, taking a two decade long nap, a la Rip Van Winkle, is a sign of GREAT LEADERSHIP.  Let’s not forget that this is also the guy who physically, mentally, and emotionally abused Tyler for years.  With parental role models like these, is it any wonder that Tyler thinks it’s a good idea to spend a significant portion of his perpetual late teens as a statue?

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“I wish Michaelangelo’s David was my son, instead of you.  At least he never gives his father any lip.”

I’m still on your side . . . except, not really.

Unlike Mama Lockwood, Caroline Forbes isn’t quite so chill about the idea of her boyfriend turning himself into a Tyler-cicle.  So, she rats him out to Papa Stefan . . . something she’s been doing A LOT, lately.  (More on that later.)

Of course, Stefan seems a lot less concerned with how the Tyler-cicle plan will impact the Forwood relationship, and more concerned with its impact on Klaus.

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That’s right, Fangbangers.  It appears that dear old Saint Stefan has, ONCE AGAIN, found himself in the seemingly once-in-a-lifetime predicament of NEEDING TO KEEP HIS MORTAL ENEMY ALIVE.  You know . . . so he can save Elena from loving Damon A LOT MORE than she loves him vampirism.

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In Stefan’s defense, he does at least TRY to find the cure, in a way that won’t ultimately involve his Princess Elena becoming a lifelong bloodbag / hybrid baby maker to the “Most Evil Vampire On the Planet.”  While Caroline’s flirtations at the Winter Wonderland Carnival keep Klaus occupied with Champagne Wishes and Vampire Barbie Sex Dreams . . .

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 .  . . Stefan ransacks his erstwhile boyfriend’s home, in search of the sword that is the key to the drawing on Jeremy’s arm, which is actually a map to . . . yeah, yeah, you know the rest.

Of course, Stefan can’t find it.  This I suspect, is only because he hasn’t looked in the SOAPDISH, where Klaus keeps his moonstones, or in the sock drawer, where Damon says people keep kinky stuff.  Something tells me the sword is probably in one of those two places.

So, Stefan confronts Tyler to tell him he can’t kill Klaus because . . . wait for it . . . ELENA NEEDS HIM.  And, of course, I have to laugh when Stefan gets all up in Tyler’s grill and says all menacingly, “I’m afraid I can’t let you do that to Klaus,” possibly forgetting (as the writers of this show often do) that Tyler, as a hybrid, is actually supposed to be a much stronger supernatural creature than Stefan.

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Then again, maybe not . . .

Unfortunately, we never actually get to test that theory.  Because Tyler’s Hybrid Homebodys (and girls) appear on the scene, proving this to be not-at-all a fair fight.  Having won by default, Tyler turns his attention to CAROLINE THE BETRAYER, whose got this “I burped in Church” look on her face, like she knows she screwed up.

“I needed you to be on my side today,” Tyler says solemnly.

Except lately, the only person’s side who Caroline ever seems to be on is Stefan’s.  Could there possibly be something brewing between these two of which neither is yet consciously aware?  I wonder . . .

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News gets slightly better when Shady Shane announces himself to Damon as someone who KNOWS where the cure is hiding, which will enable the Scooby Gang to get to it without Klaus OR the sword.  Now, that Klaus is allowed to die again, Caroline comes up with the idea to put him in his sister’s Rebekah’s body.  Tyler agrees, and everyone is happy .  . . well . . . almost everyone.

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Now, this is where things get confusing.  You see, I’m still not entirely sure what Professor Boobs Radley and Hayley are plotting.  On one hand, Dr. Snorefest agreed to help Damon and Co. find the cure WITHOUT Klaus, which seemed to suggest they wanted Klaus dead.  But then, the pair foiled the Scooby Gang’s plan to kill Klaus, implying that they wanted him ALIVE.  Also, Hayley seemed weirdly intent on Klaus’s “essence” possessing Tyler instead of Rebekah, which just made no sense whatsoever . . .

You re-killed Caroline!  You bastard!

I like how whenever vampires get “murdered” on this show, it’s nothing more than a “fun” opportunity to lie down for a quick cat nap.  Unfortunately, for Caroline, Hayley “murdered” her in a dirty public restroom.  RUDE!  She could have at least put down some paper towels on the floor, or something . . .

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Clueless April Young finds Caroline that way and is clearly traumatized . . . so much so that, when Caroline un-dies, the “mere human,” almost seems a bit disappointed.  “But you were dead.  You had no pulse,” she whines. 

Maybe next time, April . . .

Oh, did I mention that Caroline tries to compel April to forget what she saw, but she can’t because the girl is wearing Jeremy’s vervain ring?  OOPS!

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In addition to NOT forgetting that Caroline came back from the dead, April also overheard her mention vampires, werewolves, hybrids and an UNDAGGERED REBEKAH, who, if you recall, is April Young’s only friend, who, just so happens to have spent the past few epsiodes “playing dead.”

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Now, most of us, upon hearing someone babbling on like that in a public bathroom, would assume the babbler suffers from a disease common among teens known as “reading too much Twilight fanfiction.”

However, April lives in the Wackadoo Town of Mystic Falls.  And this prompts her to believe what she’s heard enough to investigate the tomb where a daggered Rebekah is supposedly buried.

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“This is like a life-sized version of those Stars without Makeup articles I read on the supermarket checkout aisle . . .”

As my dear friend Yoda would say, “Thickening . . . the plot is.”

Back at La Casa de Rich and Awesome . . .

Caroline and Stefan engage in a little heart-to-heart about what awful people they actually are, and how, they aren’t really all that different from Klaus, aside from the fact that they have “family” to keep them from becoming super villains.  (Of course, Klaus has family too. He just keeps staking them.)

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Then, Caroline proceeds to PROVE herself to be awful by not-so-subtly insinuating that Damon and Elena did the deed, even though it was 100% not her place to give out that information.

To say Stefan took it poorly is the understatement of the century.

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But, in his defense, maybe he was just cranky, because he hadn’t eaten all day . . .

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Have yourself a bloody little Klausmas . . .

Back in Winter Wonderland, Hayley rats out Tyler’s plan to Klaus, and Stefan doesn’t hear her do it, despite the fact that he has vampire hearing, and is standing only about 5 feet away.  Klaus then dashes out to the forest and systematically exterminates each and every one of his so-called precious hybrids to punish them for trying to kill him.  As Christmas Carols play eerily in the background, Klaus yanks out hearts, chops off heads, twists necks, punctures carotid arteries, and slams his boots into people’s brains.

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But, in his defense, he looks kind of sad while he’s doing it . . .   So, it’s totally justified.

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Yes, I AM kidding.  But honestly, the choreography, special affects, and directing on this scene are pretty much as masterful as TVD gets.  It was equal parts disgusting, poignant, disturbing, sad, and yet, oddly mesmerizing.

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“Klaus Mikaelson: Wearing YOUR heart on his sleeve since B.C.”

Kung Fu Hybrid 2 .  . . coming soon to a theater near you . . .

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P.S. I wonder if, after he finished his dastardly mass murder, Klaus went back to hybrid headquarters and stole all those dead kids iPhones.  After all, it’s probably the closest thing we have nowadays to letters.”

Hayley comes clean to Tyler about her betrayal.  And the poor guy barely has time to process the loss of this friendship, when he finds himself ankle deep in hybrid guts, and is forced to live with the fact that, had it not been for him, all of these folks (lame as they were) would probably still be alive today.

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Bummer . . .

Speaking of bummers . . .

Off to that Cougartown in the Sky . . .

I wonder what the average life expectancy is in Mystic Falls.  On one hand, it seems like every character over the age of 30 croaks after about three episodes.  On the other hand, the place is CRAWLING WITH VAMPIRES and other immortalesque creatures.  This means that everyone in town is either about 18-years old, or 372.  Weird . . .

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Anywhoo, a winsomely tipsy Mama Lockwood is lounging by the fountain, waiting to meet up with her son, when Klaus pops by to say hi.  His face is covered in hybrid blood, and he’s got this crazy “I just killed twelve people” look in his eye.  So, you could imagine Mama Lockwood is a bit  . . . concerned about the whole situation.

I’m just wondering why she didn’t run . . . like immediately.  Wouldn’t you, if someone came at you looking like this?

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I don’t know.  Maybe she was too drunk, or something.  Whatever the reason, Mama Lockwood takes this opportunity to plead for her SON’S life.  “He’s all I have left,” she says tearfully.

As it turns out, that was EXACTLY the wrong to say, as it gives Klaus an idea . . . a way of hurting Tyler the way Tyler hurt him, by taking away his “family.”  Poor Mama Lockwood gets a nice free facial in the fountain, courtesy of Klaus, and never lives to see the results.

Drowning in a 2 foot deep pool of water . . . it’s a pretty crappy way to go.  But, of course, not quite as crappy as having your heart literally ripped out of your chest by your  “maker.”  R.I.P. Mama Lockwood.  We barely knew ye.   But hey, look on the bright side!  At least you’ll have a very clean corpse!

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“Dammit!  I left my Gucci Swimmies at home.”

On that lovely note, Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Good Fangbanging Night!

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9 responses to “Bad Santa Klaus – A Recap of The Vampire Diaries’ Mid Season Finale “O Come All Ye Faithful”

  1. East Coast Captain

    I really hope they don´t throw Stefan under the bus like really under the bus to prop DE, they don´t have to do that. But the writers need drama as always. There is a theory going on that Stefan cures Damon for revenge that would UnStefan of him after all this time I think Stefan would remember his mistakes of the past and determined not to repeat them. That would make him the most hated character which I have no idea why because all the characters have done something unlike themselves in the past.

    • Hey East Coast Captain. I know you’ve always been a Stefan fan. So, I appreciate your being such a good sport, whenever I tease him like I do in my recaps. 🙂

      For what it’s worth, I don’t think the writers would ever intentionally throw Stefan under the bus to prop up the DE relationship. (After all, a significant portion of the fandom supported DE, even back when Stefan was pre-Ripper “perfect.” So, it probably wouldn’t be necessary.)

      Also, and here’s something you might not expect to come from me, I LIKE that Stefan isn’t taking this breakup all that well. I like that he’s acting out, like a jealous ex-boyfriend. I like that he’s losing his temper, gossiping with Caroline, acting impulsively, and making mistakes. Does it make him more likeable? Not necessarily. But it does make him more real and interesting.

      I would say the same thing about Jeremy. I mean, certainly Jeremy is less “likeable” as the vampire hunter, who wants to murder his sister, than he was as the whipping boy, who saw dead people, and got beat up a lot. But the character has never been more complex and intriguing than he is now.

      Interesting theory about Stefan curing Damon out of revenge. While I do predict that Damon could very well end up being vampire “cured” against his will (It happened in the book), I can’t imagine that Stefan would ever risk giving the cure to Damon over Elena, or over himself.

      I guess you never know, though.

  2. There was WAY to much “Essence of Klaus” wafting through Mystic Falls this week–snort that! At least it gave him the opportunity to break badass like his character was supposed to do, instead of the emasculated eunuch he’s been turned into! (I’ve already chastised myself, so don’t jump on me this time!). You are SO right–Damon wore the guilty brow-frown the entire episode, much to our chagrin! Yes, the vamp sire-bond breaking does seem a tad like reverse twisted compulsion to me, too. Can we talk about the pointless plot twists this time? I mean, The Concrete Overcoat Plan was a complete ruse just to get Rebekah in clean clothes and fresh makeup–Airhead April wasn’t gonna leave her girlcrush just laying there–she’s been hunting her for weeks! The screencap captions are, again, worth their weight in gold, frankincense, and myrrh (excuse me–I used one too many Christmas cliches in my recap to stop for the moment)! OMG–dancing on the ceiling and squeezin Jer’s ass?! Bwahaaa! But I missed my weekly dose of Dancing Damon, even though there was nothin to dance about this week. Not even a sprig of used wilted Logan Fell mistletoe could get him up (yeah, my mind went right to the “Wanna Come” literal translation the minute I saw it, too). And we’ve gotten to the point that it’s now the SAVE KLAUSENA bus! Have to admit, until I read this, I didn’t see why Klaus went off with YoAdrian to Woods Hole, but it makes perfect sense that Hayley was ratting out Tyler’s plan! And how GENIUS was it of Professor Shady Pants to 1) Get Pastor Young to off himself and 11 innocents to tap into “Expression”, the 2) Set Hayley up to get the 12 unsired hybrids AND have Klaus be the one doing the sacrificing! WTH has he tapped into NOW? If I was Bonnie, I’d be taking a LONG vacay away from Shane, but that would require her to actually be paying attention and not all drug-induced infatuated with Shane and OMG back in love with Jer. Last words: WTH did Stefan think Damon and Elena had been DOING alone for 2 days, knitting booties? It didn’t take NUTCRACKER Caroline to out them! Happy Follydays!

    • Haha. I would never jump on you mak! 🙂 Your “essence of klaus” comment cracked me up. And you call Tyler “Yo Adrienne!” LOVE IT! Best Tyler Nickname ever!

      I’m with you. It was frustrating seeing Damon looking so mopey all episode. He didn’t even get to take part in all the fun carnage back home! And we all know how much Damon loves him some carnage. Here’s hoping if Damon can’t get Elena back next episode, at least we’ll get to see him act out by getting drunk, dancing with some ladies, and murdering some bad guys, all while wearing that delicious smirk back on his face.

      And April does seem to have a bit of an obsession with / girlcrush on Rebekah. But it’s almost more of a “Are you my mommy?” kind of thing, than anything sexual. (After all, girlfriend does seem to have the mental maturity of a five-year old.) A commenter here once suggested that April Young will ultimately end up being the BIG BAD of the season, and that we will ultimately find out that her dumb act was nothing more than the perfect ruse. Man, I hope so. Because otherwise, I see no purpose for her, other than to bug the heck out of me as a viewer. 🙂

      She’s very Dawn from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, isn’t she? (I just a marathon of the show on Logo. So, I’ve got Buffy on the Brain.)

      In that vein, I hope Damon pushes both her and Shane into the Hellmouth, never to be seen again. A girl can dream, can’t she?

      The HELLMOUTH. Now, that would have been a good place to send Klaus. Just put him in a box, and Fedex him to Sunnydale. Problem solved. 🙂

  3. Andre

    Wow, I am the third to comment? That hasn’t happened in a long time.

    Well this recap came much faster than I anticipated. The episode must have hit some mark.
    And I think your Scar gif hits the mark when it comes to the writers. You know this episode finally convinced me that to really enjoy this show you need to have three characteristics:
    1) Have a memory that never goes back for more than 3-4 episodes
    2) Never care about realism and background
    3) Be totally shallow

    If all these three criteria apply to someone, and the way I see it they don’t apply to anyone on this blog, that person will be totally happy with this series. All others are sooner or later gonna be in trouble.
    And either willingly or unwillingly you addressed some of the examples in your recap.

    PS. It would also help to blame characters for the shit the writers cook up.

    And I stay with my statement that your recap has too much Delena. I think this basically for three reasons:
    a) It takes time from being snarky and sarcastic about the other crap
    b) It clouds your judgment in my eyes
    c) Its totally repetitive

    Especially the last two points are important and connected. Basically it always comes down to this:
    It’s against Delena -> BAD!!! It has to go, no justification to exist. No justification why it is bad is provided by you, except that it is against Delena.
    It is for Delena -> GOOD!!! Always, no matter how stupid, cheesy or lame it is. If it is for Delena it is always good.
    Damon is always the good guy -> no matter what the guy does it is always something good for you now. Never anything different and you seem to have no shortage of excuses for the guy.

    This recap was no exception.

    The first part of your Delena recap fits under the making excuses section. You put the word ‘wrong’ in quotes and make the excuse that Stefan didn’t think about how Damon felt when Stefan had sex with Elena. Thereby showing in my eyes that your judgment is clouded and making Damon look better.
    First, while Elena was with Stefan, Damon didn’t sit at home doing nothing, he screwed and killed around. Also Elena chose to be with Stefan on her own full accord. Even with all the talk of true feelings and the like, you said yourself that the whole heightened emotions stuff makes no sense here and that the sire bond was portrayed differently at the first with Tyler. Due to the whole sire thing, there is no saying how much of Elena is her and how much the siring.
    But still you defend it now and the answer in my eyes is: because it gives you Delena.

    And quite frankly, you never explained what exactly is so great about this relationship.

    But back to that scene and the like. What Damon did was wrong, plain and simple. All these whiney talk the writers gave him was there to feed you Delenas and make non—Delenas soft for him. Well it doesn’t work with me, since that tactic is so cheesy and obvious. And because I have an actual memory and do not forget what has happened.
    And speaking about his shirtlessness. You know I think TVD goes too far, when you do that all the time the characters are reduced to that, and it loses its appeal.
    Actually I think scenes like that and his talk, as well as the deaths of the hybrids, are evidence that this show is rather like some superhero kids show in having no true character development and basically doing the same thing over and over. They don’t really want people to follow the plot for long; they seem to want to add new viewers time and again.
    And speaking of that, the new intro seems to serve that purpose. It shows who has the main spotlight and is important by the viewers account. Did you notice that Trevino’s voice was added but McQueen’s not? Clearly showing: Tyler is now important, but Jeremy is not. Basically it is the same as “previously in The Vampire Diaries” in the previous seasons.

    Seeing Klaus paint, I just asked myself what the heck that was about. And then I realized that it was another attempt to make him likeable again. Yeah, my mood wasn’t exactly good after that.
    But your comment on his artist skills made up for that, well a little.
    Maybe they chose to have Klaus call it “postmodernism” because that is not clearly defined and so they could hide their ignorance:

    And speaking of that scene: Isn’t it astounding that Klaus cannot tell on which hybrid is sired and which not? And speaking of that, if the attitude of the hybrid (I forgot his name) is so normal, man than the hybrids must have mutated because in season 3 they simply did what Klaus told them to, never having any trouble with it or even so much as raising a voice.
    Also the whole comment on slavery by Stefan… I don’t know… sounds pretty hypocritical to me on a show that basically does so much to romanticize and white wash the American past. Doesn’t it?

    Now these letters… at first I thought “great now Klaus had a love interest.” Perhaps it isn’t but I am sure that this is another step in making him more likeable. You know to not let it appear to sick that he is a love interest.
    And his talk about being alone probably served the same purpose. Never mind that in Stefan’s case it was portrayed as close to split personality while in Klaus there was never such a thing. Seriously all this stuff apparently was just there to make the character seem good somehow. In a really sick and psychotic way. Do people really fall for that?

    And wow, the town has such a budget for all those events doesn’t it. And apparently in Mystic Falls there are 8 seasons per year and school years are twice as long, the winters are also incredibly mild. Correct me if I am mistaken, but doesn’t it usually freeze in Virginia winter?

    ” , that he’s LITERALLY planning on donating his body to Operation Kill Klaus.”
    Don’t forget super vampire hearing that could easily detect that. After all this is the winter dance in Mystic Falls and not a million people football game.
    Really, what reason is there to have them talk about that there? It’s not even cheaper in terms of budget.

    ” Why not just push Klaus into the vat and be done with it?”
    Exactly, I thought the same time and again. What is it with these writers that they make these stupidly elaborate schemes who will fail anyway?
    I see really no point here. It doesn’t serve the three lamers, nor does it serve Forewood. It serves nothing as it seems. Apart maybe making Klaus angry and kill a bunch of people but for that we wouldn’t need this stupid plan.
    ” … Why must the Scooby Gang always needlessly over complicate things? ”
    For me that shows just what crap the writers cook up. That would be the easiest solution to all of it, but no, never such an easy way out. Why? I guess because it would be in the way of Klaroline and the three lamers. No idea why that would be bad, but I guess… No, the writers are just morons. Plain and simple. Or maybe not just morons, I think morons who try to look smart by making things stupidly and unnecessarily elaborate. You know just like the hunter’s curse. The werewolf venom already gave Elena and Rebekah hallucinations, so why not simply have Connor temper with the venom and use that? Well… I have no idea. Like I said morons, who try to looks smart.

    ” shows just how far he’s come as a character, since his Season 1″
    Yeah, I have to disagree on that. I think it just shows that the writers have no concept on character development. Not really, they simply have characters act like this and that because it suits their whims, they don’t really think about whether something is in character. That is pretty obvious in this rushed and unbelievable “development” of characters on the show.

    ” But, you know what I wouldn’t do? I wouldn’t GIVE HIM A MASSIVELY LARGE AXE, AND LET HIM GO OUTSIDE ALONE TO CHOP WOOD THAT CAN BE USED TO MAKE STAKES . . .”
    Not only that. His sister is now boning the guy who killed him just because he was upset, something loyal Delenas have forgiven him (I am pointing at all Delenas here), and his dumbass sister (or does anybody here think Elena is smart?) brings exactly that guy to the lakehouse. But since this is the Plec-verse this detail of their relationship is not mention, hinted or anything. Seriously, is it just me or is this show as though all of season 1 and the first half of season 2 didn’t happen? All is just about Elena again. Where are bloodthirsty aliens when you need them?

    Ps. As for him looking good… Yeah he does. But seriously… a 16 year old? Please, even Danny didn’t look that ripped.
    Speaking of that show, look what I found:

    Normally this routine annoys me, but this was really funny.:D

    PSS. Don’t drool on your keybord. 😉

    ” Jeremy had to invite ELENA into her own lake house . . . and then he tried to stake her”
    Shouldn’t the Salvatore mansion also be … well … in Jeremy’s possession then? Seriously, can the writers do …. Ok that would have been a stupid question. Of course they can’t do anything right.

    ” Is it weird that I was kind of jealous of Elena, while she was getting almost butchered by her own brother, because having his big burly arms wrapped pressed up against her chest looked like a lot of fun?”
    No, you just outed yourself as a non-lesbian. And I am so proud of you, and you know? In secret I always knew. 😀

    ” Doctor Do Nothing’s plan to hypnotize Jeremy into loving Elena again seemed like a bad idea, right off the bat. ”
    Amen sister. And damn this makes them look stupid. They don’t know the guy and they just trust him?

    “He always seems like he’s in a trance, when he’s murdering vampires.”
    Another example of the writers moronity (is that even a word?) and that they don’t care about storytelling, they only care about selling a product. Would they care about storytelling they would have never done this, because quite frankly, Connor did not seem to be in a trance:

    Seeing that scene for the first time, I have to say that they really have no idea about making a scene. That needle should have bent due to hitting bone or going through Tyler’s gums.

    ” So, even though Jeremy’s murderous tendencies are about 98% due to his hunter’s mark, there seems to be at least 2% that are a result of his unresolved subconscious anger at his sister for all that she’s inadvertently cost him. That actually adds a surprisingly complex layer to Jeremy Gilbert’s personality that I would like to see explored more deeply in the weeks to come . . .”
    Not gonna happen. This is the Plec-verse, when they add realism like that it’s just a distraction and quickly discarded so the three lamers can be in the spotlight again.
    Why? Why are you still hoping for more? This stupid show has run the same course for three years and you still think that they will change? They will not explore anything. Because this show doesn’t explore anything. It doesn’t challenge, it won’t give you homoeroticism, it won’t give you suitable love interests, it won’t give you strong females. It won’t give you this:

    TVD is plain consumerism. Old, plain consumerism that uses the most stereotypical romance novel trash to sell itself.

    ” Also, I hate to say it, but Zombie Jer kind of has a point. I mean, think about it: Jeremy’s biological parents, his uncle, Aunt Jenna, Vicki, Anna, Alaric, almost all the people he’s ever cared about have died in service to the Save Elena Games. Not that any of these deaths are necessarily Elena’s fault. But you can’t blame Jeremy’s subconscious for making that very real connection . . .”
    Yes he has a point. But there will be no further consequences from this. Not on this show. The three main lamers are always forgiven. Another reason why I think the writers don’t care about storytelling

    ” Because yeah, I AUDIBLY gagged when it was revealed that BONNIE was Jer Bear’s one link to sanity, because he LOOOOOOOVES her so much.”
    I didn’t gag because I know it has nothing to do with the character but with the writers’ moronic minds and racism. All I thought was: sign that Bonnie will be used as a convenient tool again.

    ” That’s OK Elena, I often try to forget . . . and have difficulty relating to . . . your past relationship with Stefan too!”
    And your Delena speaks again. You are happy as long as you get it.
    This stuff Elena was talking about happened only a few months ago and it’s not normal to forget that so fast. By realism, she is sired. But this is the Plecverse so the reason today could be sire bond and tomorrow its “true love.”
    Well when I saw how Damon came up with the solution to cure Jeremy, the Professors praise of him and this whole scene with Elena bonding with Jeremy, all I was thinking was:
    The writers are trying to force upon the viewer the notion that Damon is actually good, does the right things and is the victim. And apparently it seems to have worked with you.
    This is Damon. That cup is not overflowing, it is barely even wet, considered what the serial killer has done. Or can you actually say that he is not one?
    Again, they are selling a product here, nothing more.

    ” He sends her away with Boring Bonnie (talk about the punishment not fitting the crime!) in a scene that evoked memories of his compelling Jeremy to leave town a couple seasons back.”
    That was last season. *rolleyes* Seriously, Elena (and Julie Plec) deserves this:

    ” And that’s what it feels like to me . . . compulsion. I didn’t like it when it happened to Jeremy. And I didn’t like it happening here. In both situations, Damon was doing something ostensibly, for the good of the compelled. He felt he was setting them free. But in doing that, he was actually taking AWAY their choice, and forcing them to do something they ordinarily wouldn’t have chosen to do. ”
    And here is something I don’t believe you. I don’t believe that the reason you didn’t like the scene was due to the similarities to Jeremy’s compulsion, but rather because it was against Delena. And let’s face it, you tend to demonize everything that goes against Delena. To me these words read as though you wanted Elena to be sired because it would give you Delena.
    What Damon did was the right thing and he had not delayed it because of “love” as you and the writers try to claim, but because out of his own selfishness. The writers are morons but that is still obvious.

    ” I’m just so tired of seeing this guy play the martyr, when it comes to Elena and Stefan.”
    Oh really? When did he play the martyr? You, or anyone else, should better provide evidence before making this claim. So where is it?

    ” And I wish the show would FINALLY let him catch a break. He deserves it . . .”
    What break? From what? The asshole hasn’t even started to make amends for all the shit he has done. Next to him Rachel Berry looks like the epitome of selflessness. So what break does he actually deserve?
    You really seem to fall for these lame attempts of the writers part to hook you on Damon permanently.
    How come you don’t see that?

    ” REALLY? Because if I ever said something like that to my mom, first she would CRY HYSTERICALLY . . . then she would take me to have my head examined . . . then she probably wouldn’t let me out of my room until I was about 55 years old.”
    Plec-verse remember? They are selling a product here and by this they can make the product Tyler look more desirable.

    ” What’s worse? Mama Lockwood then has the NERVE to tell Tyler that his FATHER would be proud of him, because, apparently, taking a two decade long nap, a la Rip Van Winkle, is a sign of GREAT LEADERSHIP. Let’s not forget that this is also the guy who physically, mentally, and emotionally abused Tyler for years. With parental role models like these, is it any wonder that Tyler thinks it’s a good idea to spend a significant portion of his perpetual late teens as a statue?”
    Like I said, product selling. And you fell for it, at least partially. So there seems to be some hope.
    Anyway, this whole “your daddy would be proud” is so lame and fits into whether they forgot season 1. Also Tyler was never ever shown to have leadership skills, he was always a follower and a tool. So this Alpha stuff now is clearly another attempt at selling him.
    And partially it worked with you. Because how do we know that Tyler was abused? What signs were there? When the mayor hit him (something apparently didn’t happening before since they had Tyler look shocked) Tyler had just gone rampage on Matt. It was the same with Pa Salvatore, with Sheriff Forbes and with Papa Original. They were always portrayed as supposedly the bad guys and their “perfect” children as the poor poor victims. Yeah right, let’s do a quick check of their behavior at the time that was claimed:
    Caroline – shallow, narcistic and dumb
    Tyler – aggressive douchebag and potential rapist
    Damon and Stefan – disrespectful, dumb, useless
    Klaus – do I really have to say what is wrong with him?
    But in each case the parents were the bad guys? The writers didn’t do a good job at selling this.

    ” You know . . . so he can save Elena from loving Damon A LOT MORE than she loves him vampirism.”
    Delena Alarm!!!

    ” While Caroline’s flirtations at the Winter Wonderland Carnival keep Klaus occupied with Champagne Wishes and Vampire Barbie Sex Dreams . . .”
    I felt nauseous when I saw that crap. Cheaper by the dozen doesn’t even cut that anymore. Such crap. Such a lame ass attempt at making Klaus likeable and viewers forget what a killer he is.

    ” Could there possibly be something brewing between these two of which neither is yet consciously aware? ”
    No, just product selling, for later when Tyler wants to kiss Caroline again.

    ” Unfortunately, for Caroline, Hayley “murdered” her in a dirty public restroom.”
    Again, no regard for rules, Haley should not have been strong and fast enough to do that.
    And April… are we supposed to believe that her reaction on Caroline’s resurrection was due to shock?
    And how long do you think Rebekah will be dedaggered this time?

    ” Caroline and Stefan engage in a little heart-to-heart about what awful people they actually are, and how, they aren’t really all that different from Klaus, aside from the fact that they have “family” to keep them from becoming super villains. (Of course, Klaus has family too. He just keeps staking them.)”
    Gosh that was horrible. It was all some lazy ass attempt to make the two look bad and Klaus better again. Even writing about this is so bad I needed a dose of this:

    and this:

    Hey, I guy can only take so much.

    And all this “Klaus is bad because he has no family.” So are they the bad guys all of a sudden? Apart from Kole they were pretty normal in the beginning and two of them supported Klaus for centuries and he daggered one after the other. And now it’s their fault?
    Seriously, Plec must be on some drugs or something, to sanction this BULLSHIT!!!

    ” But, in his defense, maybe he was just cranky, because he hadn’t eaten all day . ..”
    No from a realistic point of view it would be because when it counts Damon once again thought of himself first. The actual reason is to create “drama” once more.

    ” Klaus then dashes out to the forest and systematically exterminates each and every one of his so-called precious hybrids to punish them for trying to kill him. As Christmas Carols play eerily in the background, Klaus yanks out hearts, chops off heads, twists necks, punctures carotid arteries, and slams his boots into people’s brains.

    But, in his defense, he looks kind of sad while he’s doing it . . . So, it’s totally justified.”
    You know what, the whole rampage and the murder of Carol Lockwood, seemed to me as though the writers wanted to bring home that point. That it is somewhat justified because Klaus is so alone (his nauseating speech to Stefan remember?) and now they betrayed his trust and therefore deserve it. That would fit the music in the background and his facial expression. Like I said in the e-mail, they could just as well hung a sign around his neck with the sentence “Pity me” on it while he murdered all these hybrids and Carol.
    Actually I saw “The Hobbit” yesterday (I recommend the film) and Klaus’ face reminded me of Gollum. Except that mercy with Gollum is somewhat justified because he is a junkie for the ring and not a blood-thirsty killer going on a rampage. Both have death on their hands but to a wholly different degree. Look:

    and now Klaus:

    In Gollum’s case you could say that he was thrown to an immensely powerful dark power, one rarely anybody can withstand. But Klaus… no way, he had much more opportunity to do different.
    And this whole slaughter and death of Kim seems to me to be another example of the show’s misogynistic nature. There was no reason for that scene except to drive it home that a woman like Kim who dares to challenge male superiority has to be punished and best eliminated. Klaus could have just taken another hybrid (the guy he killed first for example) instead of doing this charade. But no, Kim had to be punished for her transgression of heteronormative rules. You can see before the slaughter and the rest of the episode that she is still trying to be the leader and so she needs to be punished once more, after being punished by Tyler last episode. Her torture of Caroline, for no reason, last episode served ultimately the same purpose: to show that such a woman is abhorrent and needs to be at least punished. After all what reason was there to capture and torture Caroline?
    Seriously, why can’t all you female viewers here not see how this show treats you gender?
    And please not this “I try to look at single cases”, this is not single, the show treats all women as basically subordinate to men.

    PS. If that is a sacrifice wouldn’t it have to be smarter to go to some random war and wait there?

    PSS. Didn’t I predict that the hybrids would die this episode?

    So, thank god this is over for this year. And just in case that we have any “true believers here”:

    • Hey Andre! You know, I think in general every TV fan in general, and TVD fan specifically, brings specific biases to that show, and those biases would be viewed as redundant to others, who don’t share those biases. I’m an unapologetic Delena fan. I have been since Season 1. And I never felt the need to justify my personal preferences to you or anyone else. (Though, if you wanted an in-depth explanation, you could read the five or six Delena countdown posts I have on this blog.)

      Plus, it might surprise you to know that a sizeable portion of the readers of these recaps are also unapologetic Delena fans. You know how I know? After two years, my Delena countdown posts from Seasons 1 and 2, are still the ones that get the most hits and comments on this blog. (Actually, that’s not true. A couple years back, I wrote a tongue-in-cheek post about the perks of being a TV vampire, and I still get about 10 e-mails a day, from people who want me to “turn them.” Go figure! :))

      We all have our biases. Cherie was a hardcore Forwoody. My blogging pal Amy is a diehard Klaus fan. And you too have your biases, Andre. Take for example, the screencaps you sent me of the episode this week. 200 some odd pictures, and I’d say roughly half of them were of that one 2 minute scene of Jeremy chopping wood. 🙂 (Not that I’m complaining.) You also include at least 3 paragraphs in every comment you make about how you think the writers of this show are stupid, you hate Delena, you think Damon is evil, and you think everything on the show is racist, and or sexist. But I never call your comments redundant, because I accept all views on this blog, even the ones that differ from mine.

      You do bring up a good point about the differences between Jeremy as a Hunter and Connor. Jeremy’s hunter self seems more similar to Evil!Alaric last season, than he does to Connor. Connor’s murder of vampires always seemed calculated. He relished and enjoyed what he was doing. Ditto for the hunter in the Originals flashback.

      Jeremy always seems oddly divorced from his actions, almost as if he has no control over them. I suspect this is a way of “forgiving” Jeremy for his hunter acts, just as the writers wanted us to “forgive” Alaric, by blaming the existence of his evil Alter Ego, on the Original’s mom, and that stupid ring of his.

      That’s why I liked the scene where Jeremy expressed his rage against Elena, because it seemed to fly in the face of that hypothesis. It would also explain why Jeremy seemed so much more intent to kill his sister in this episode, than he did to kill Damon. You would think that a TRUE vampire hunter wouldn’t differentiate between vampires in that way.

      And yeah, I do think Tyler has been shown to be honorable this season, if not necessarily particularly bright. We saw him take a bullet for the Scooby Gang in the Memorial episode. We saw him take responsibility for the unsired hybrids. And we saw him be willing to sacrifice his own life, for the greater good of defeating Klaus. Yeah, his idea of how to do that was ridiculous and terrible. And the scene where he told his mom about it was unintentionally laughable. But that doesn’t make the intention behind his plan any less honorable, at least not in my eyes.

      As for Kim’s death, I don’t necessarily think her death was meant to be shown as a “punishment” for her acting out as a female. Rather, I think the reason her death was last, was that of all the hybrids that died in that scene, her demise had the most emotional impact, since she was really the only hybrid in that crowd that we knew. Aside from that last hybrid to be unsired and Kim, none of those other hybrids even had speaking parts. So, aside from a general feeling that it’s bad to see young people die, it was hard to feel sympathy for any of those hybrids individually.

      Yeah, Kim was a brat, who did bad and stupid things to Caroline and Elena. But she was also a hybrid, who we knew personally. She had a personality. She was strong, and didn’t want to be dominated by anyone, not Klaus, not Tyler and not Hayley. She was protective of her fellow hybrids, and didn’t want to see them in pain or enslaved.

      Because of that, despite her not being a particularly likeable character, her death had an emotional impact, because it was upsetting to see her reduced to terror and tears, in the face of death. Her death was not necessarily more painful than the deaths of her hybrid comrades, but it was more intense. In a way, Kim acted as a surrogate for Tyler in that scene, because she too felt responsibility for those hybrids. And while Tyler had to find all their dead bodies, after the fact, she had to watch as each and every one of them were slaughtered, and wonder whether she could have avoided that fate for them, by not submitting to Tyler. And then, in the end, she was left with nothing but her own survival instinct.

      It was a surprisingly tragic end to a scene that, for the most part, glorified violence and murder. It gave those twelve anonymous dead hybrids a name and a face.

      As for why the Lakehouse was passed to Jeremy and not the Salvatore house, I would say that’s because, unlike the Salvatore house, Elena inherited the Lakehouse, because she was a Gilbert. Though Jeremy and Elena are not biological siblings, both of their fathers are Gilberts. So, when Elena “died” that house passed to the last living Gilbert, Jeremy. The Salvatore house, on the hand, was never really in the Gilbert’s name, only Elena’s. So, when human Elena died, it reverted back to Salvatore ownership, like it always had been.

      At least, that’s how I saw it.

  4. Serendipity

    Sorry I’m so late… busy weekend and all 🙂 And Julie, just between you and me, I’m all for more Delena in your recaps. And more. And more… 😉 if that’s any comfort to you!

    Bad Santa Klaus indeed. Some Christmas episode. And I’m not even altogether sure if what happened actually went according to plan or not: did Shane intend for Klaus to kill all of his hybrids? I guess so, but why 12 hybrids instead of 12 humans? And what was with the complicated body-jump plan to “enable the hybrids to leave town”? Couldn’t they just have taken the next Greyhound out of there? Or was Tyler supposed to be buried forever? Why not use Klaus’ own body then? Also, I haven’t yet figured out the whole mythology thing this year. I agree with you that Shane is probably Silas, and that he wants the cure, for his dead wife and child perhaps? Although I’m not too clear on what that ‘cure’ does exactly. Does it turn vampires into humans, or does it resurrect the dead as well? If so, can we please have Alaric back?

    And suddenly the tattoo doesn’t just lead you to the cure (with the aid of the sword); it’s also necessary to ‘unlock’ it? Because even though Shane knows where it is, he still needs a hunter to complete his tattoo… Something Klaus no longer wants, if the preview is any indication. Unsired hybrids appear to be of no use to him (even if – back in season 3, when he was running around trying to make them – he never knew they’d be sired to him in the first place, right?). And why does Tyler say that they aren’t interested in the cure because it will mean returning to monthly painful transformations as a werewolf? Didn’t breaking the sirebond involve getting over that pain, hence the turning over and over again?

    I know. André has pointed out again and again that the consistency in this show is completely unexisting… But I just wanted to vent so you can completely disregard this 🙂

    Onto the silly sire-bond. It seems that’s all everybody’s talking about anyways. Did or didn’t Damon set Elena free? He never told her to stop thinking about him, just that she had to go home. So if it’s as literal as we saw with Charlotte and her bricks, Elena will just sit at home, thinking about him. No fun at all.

    BTW was it just me, or was there a scene from the preview that was not included in the actual episode? Right after Damon telling Elena he wanted to throw her back into his bed, there was an actual kiss between (I think) Damon and Elena… but they never kissed during this episode (except for the chaste peck when she’s leaving)… Or I missed that scene, but that seems unlikely considering the unapologetic Delena fan that I am 😉

    Of course Damon would feel guilty about lying to his brother… but someone who should feel a hell of a lot more guilty is Caroline. Now I’m usually a fan, but she’s really annoying me these last few weeks, and not just because of her vitriol concerning Damon (she has every right not to like him, even if she never gave any indication that she still hated him as much as she appears to now).

    NO. It’s not about that at all.

    “Trust is everything.” Really, Caroline? Then WTH are you spilling everybody’s secrets all over town? She blabs Tyler’s secrets to Stefan, Stefan asked her not to tell Elena she was sired, yet she does, and now she tells Stefan that Damon and Elena are very much ‘together’ (if she never actually spoke). Is it so hard to understand that Elena or Damon might want to break that news to Stefan themselves? And is it too much to grant them a little time, if breaking the sire bond means that they have to break off a relationship that neither really wants to end? Damon said he’d do it, and he did, not even 24 hours later. And they didn’t sleep together again once they found out about the sire bond. So IMO, the only one who has reason to feel guilty, is Caroline for betraying all the trust people put in her. I get where she’s coming from, but I don’t have to like her like this.

    And so, since we’re back on hiatus until 17 January, I will be wishing you a very merry christmas and lots of happy holiday cheer 😀 Till next year!

    • Hey there, Serendipity! Sorry for the late response. I guess it’s a busy time of year for everyone. You know, you are absolutely right about Tyler’s ridiculous hybrid plan! They never really explained why it was necessary for Klaus’ “essence” to embody Tyler for such a long time. If there is no psychic connection between the hybrids and Klaus (and there doesn’t seem to be one, considering he didn’t know they were all unsired until Hayley told them, then all they should need would be a few days to compel someone into giving them passports and plane tickets, and they could travel pretty much anywhere in the world.

      On the other hand, if there is a psychic connection, Klaus would always be able to find the hybrids. So, no matter how long Tyler stayed encased in cement, it wouldn’t make a difference.

      I suspect the writers didn’t put to much thought into the plan, as it was doomed to fail, pretty much on inception. But still, a little logic might be nice, right? 🙂

      I also like your thinking on the hybrid sire bond. Did Klaus know it existed, prior to Tyler? He certainly had nothing else to base it on. And that first batch of half-dead zombie hybrids he baked up, didn’t exactly come across as loyal. That said, since Klaus claimed to be making the hybrids as a cure for “loneliness” and lack of respect, I do think at least some part of him ASSUMED that the hybrids would be grateful to him for giving them immortality, compulsion power, the ability to turn at will, or not turn at all, and that this gratefulness would make them at least NORMALLY loyal, if not supernaturally so.

      The things is I think the hybrids still could have been useful to Klaus, despite their being unsired. After all, Klaus is a master manipulator, who seems expert at getting people who hate him to do what he wants them to do. I think Klaus knows that too. As to why he willingly killed all the hybrids, I think that was more an impulsive move on his part than a logically reasoned one. Just like when Klaus stakes his siblings, whenever they piss him off, I think Klaus was genuinely hurt by the hybrids revolting against him like that. And, as a result, he acted out, in a way that wasn’t necessarily in his best interest.

      Conversely, Klaus’ murder of Carol Lockwood was extremely calculated. I think Joseph Morgan did a nice job here. Because you could see the difference in his temperament between the two sets of murders. When Klaus killed the hybrids, he seemed out of control, unhinged, even a bit bereaved. As a result, the murders were messy and haphazard. (He almost let Kim get away.) When Klaus killed Carol, on the other hand, he was creepily cool, and even seemed to kind of be enjoying himself. Her death was clean (it happened in water, after all), and coldly efficient.

      I kind of like that it’s Damon, not Stefan who has taken responsibility for teaching Jeremy to kill vampires without turning psychotic in the process. (We all know Stefan did a crap job at that one.) Between his tutelage of Elena in “Snatch Eat Erase” a few episodes back, and now his being the Vampire Hunter Whisperer for Jeremy, Damon has become the voice of Supernatural Moderation in Mystic Falls. Who would have thought, right?

      It does seem like Jeremy’s and Damon’s plans regarding growing Jeremy’s hunter tattoo will once again diverge from Klaus’ and Stefan’s. I wonder how. Perhaps, it has something to do with the ever annoying Shane / Silas, who seems to have his finger in ever friggin plotline these days . . . (I wish they’d choose a more dynamic character for this role, assuming that’s the case. . . like say Elijah, or even Kol. Shane/ Silas is just BLAHHHHH to me at least . ..

      I agree with you about Caroline. The writers certainly haven’t been doing her any favors in the likeability department, of late. I mean, on one hand, she WAS on the verge of becoming a Mary Sue last season. So, making her Season 1 obnoxious again does give her depth. I just wish they found her a character flaw that was less annoying that perpetual and inexplicable Damon hating. 🙂 But hey, what do I know, I’m just a Delena fan ;).

      Happy Holidays to you too! And a happy (unfortunately fang free) New Year!

      • Karen

        Hey, it’s Karen and I just wanted to say that I too am an unapologetic Delena fan. I love your recaps and countdowns of all things delena for that very reason. You help me to understand the characters and see things that I didn’t initially. But I do hope your wrong about the prospect of curing Damon. I can’t imagine this show with Damon human. They can turn anyone else, just not Damon. Or Elena for that matter. After going through this whole season of watching her transition, that would be a total cop out and I possibly would then have to tune out. Happy New Year and I look forward to many more of your recaps to come in 2013.

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