[ Brief Note: Recaps for Gossip Girl’s “The Jewel of Denial” and a Boardwalk Empire’s “A Dangerous Maid” should both be up on this site before Midnight, U.S. Eastern Standard Time. This is what I get for trying to write two recaps at the same time, as opposed to being
smart PATIENT, and just choosing one . . . I blame Chuck Bass and his adorable new puppy, Monkey, of course. ;)]
Damon . . . you’ve got a little something on your face. I’m just going to lick it off, OK? You don’t mind, do you?
Reverse psychology . . . it’s the notion that the best way to get someone to do ONE thing is to make him THINK that you want him to do something else. Parents have been using this strategy to manipulate their teens for CENTURIES. Why? Because it works. Simply put: teens like to rebel. It makes them feel more grown-up, independent, and, of course, BAD ASS . . .
Now, THAT’S what I call Bad Ass. I miss you, Elijah!
This week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries was all about rebellion. There wasn’t a single character on the show, who wasn’t trying to rebel against SOMEONE’S unreasonable expectations of them. It’s just too bad more characters aren’t adept in the use of reverse psychology. If they were, I suspect things would have gone a lot smoother for our friends from Mystic Falls . . .
“Sure, NOW you tell me . . .”
Let’s recap, shall we?
(P.S. Special thanks, as always, go out to screencapping genius that is my good pal, Andre.)
Wake up! Time to Shop!
“If I don’t see tents in your pants, I’m not buying it . . . Well, actually, I only want a tent in Stefan’s pants. If my brother gets a tent, I might puke up that security guard I just ate.”
Original Vampire Rebekah has been napping for ninety years. So, of course, as soon as she wakes up, she wants to go shopping. (I would probably prefer to catch up on all the good television I missed. But that’s just me . . .) In a scene that’s mildly reminiscent of the Shopping Sequence from Pretty Woman, Rebekah tries on dresses from some swanky Chicago store, while Klaus and Stefan get Day Drunk on champagne, and take turns patronizing her, for sh*ts and giggles.
“These champagne glasses are AWESOME!”
Rebekah is a bit of a “fish out of water” here, having missed out on the modern day joys of trance techno music and short slutty dresses. It’s a bit ironic to watch a girl who likes to eat people in public for fun exhibit moral indignation at the concept of wearng a dress that lands above the knee.
Klaus glibly remarks that people wore pant suits in Rebekah’s day, so that women could dress like prostitutes today. But, honestly, the dress she had on was NOT that short . . . In fact, considering that Rebekah’s last memories stem from the Age of the Flapper, you would think that she’d have seen much shorter dresses in her first life time . . .
But hey, what do I know?
The last time Rebekah saw Stefan, the pair were LOVERS. They were SUCH MAJOR LOVERS, in fact, that the Original Vamp was willing to defy her psychopath older brother to stay with Stefan. So, understandably, she’s confused and a bit hurt by Stefan’s seeming indifference toward her.
Hey Rebekah . . . I have some reading material I think you might enjoy . . .
“I can always tell when you’re lying, Stefan,” Rebekah pouts, when Stefan boredly informs her that the dress she is wearing (which is AWESOME by the way . . . seriously, where can I get myself one of those?) is simply “nice.”
“I’m sorry. I’m currently only capable of being turned on by women who look like Nina Dobrev. Perhaps if you put on a brunette wig.”
Ummm . . . actually Rebekah, EVERYONE can always tell when Stefan is lying, because he’s an AWFUL LIAR.
The only one who can’t seem to tell is Klaus. And I’m pretty sure that this is because Klaus is secretly madly in love with Stefan, and, therefore, fully incapable of seeing his faults
kind of like Elena.
Stefan’s Fan Club the Original Vampire Brother/Sister Duo, currently, neither of them seem to have any idea, that Stefan regifted Rebekah’s much-coveted Magical Necklace to his last girlfriend, the decidedly not dead Elena. And Elena, despite having been told, in no uncertain terms to F*&K OFF by Stefan, is still, at this very moment, wearing the damn thing . . .
Coincidentally, I’m pretty sure I saw the exact same necklace selling for $10 at Target, this week.
Having already undoubtedly been forced by Elena to watch Pretty Woman about 85 times (He says he loves the Cinderella story, but secretly he just likes to ogle a 20-year old Julia Robert’s rack), since they started dating, an EXTREMELY unimpressed Stefan rushes outside for some “fresh air.” It is there that he runs into a VERY familiar face . . .
“Stefipoo, I see you!”
“Oh, I forgot, you’re ‘bad’ now . . .
I’m pretty sure that the only difference between Ripper Stefan and Good Stefan is that Ripper Stefan uses more gel in his hair . . .
I’ve come to the conclusion that, despite Klaus’ assertions to the contrary, Stefan’s great LOVE of Rebekah wasn’t nearly as EPIC as Klaus or Rebekah would like to think it was. After all, there’s really no love, like your first love . . . or like the love of the girl who looks just like your first love.
The minute Stefan encounters Katherine on a busy street corner, sparks begin to fly. Katherine is doing that smirky thingy she always does when she’s being extra special flirtatious. And Stefan is grinning from ear-to-ear, and has suddenly, and mysteriously, become a VERY CLOSE TALKER.
This time around Katherine actually seems kind of worried for Stefan’s well-being. (My, the tables sure have turned, haven’t they?) She knows all about the Tale of the Phantom Necklace, and hopes Stefan has a more devious plan for getting it back, than merely playing hard to get with Rebekah, so that Rebekah will become insecure of Stefan’s love for her, and sell out her brother, so that Stefan will “like her better.” Here comes that reverse psychology . . .
(By the way, judging by the turn of events at the end of the episode, did anybody else wonder whether Katherine’s and Stefan’s surefire “plan” to attract members of the opposite sex was something that Katherine used on Damon, back when she rejected him during “The Return?” If so, the only thing she got out of it was the Jeremy Neck Snap Incident . . . just sayin.’)
Stefan cockily claims to actually have a more advanced plan. But, since he is a Salvatore, it seems genetically predetermined that whatever his plan is, it will almost undoubtedly suck royally.
Sorry, Damon. But you’ve got to admit that I have a point.
Not that this matters. After all, the mere hint of a diabolical plan to defeat Klaus, once and for all, is enough to practically give Katherine an orgasm. She wants IN and she wants in NOW! But Stefan’s not having it . . . at all. Talk about playing hard to get!
A clearly jealous, and now, pouty, Katherine has some parting messages to leave wth Stefan. “Watch out for that sister [Rebekah]. She’ll RUIN YOU,” the first Petrova Doppelganger tells the younger Salvatore Brother. (It’s funny you mention that, Katherine, because Klaus said the same thing to Stefan, back in 1920.) Could this possibly be an example of FORESHADOWING?
But you know Stefan, he’s “bad” now. And, Bad Guys don’t listen to reason. “I’m glad to know you still care,” Stefan says with a smile, throwing Katherine’s own words, from the beginning of the conversation right back in her face.
Oh yes, Stefan, she DOES care. And in about 30 minutes, you are going to be VERY relieved about that fact . . .
Meanwhile, back in Mystic Falls . . .
Sexy Kitchen Times with Delena, Part II: Electric Boogaloo
Who knew talking about “chili” could get you so hot?
Back in Season 1 of The Vampire Diaries, one of my first, and fondest, memories of Delena flirting was a now-iconic kitchen scene, in which Damon was joking with, teasing, and just generally rubbing all up on Elena, as the pair did dishes, following a Gilbert Family Dinner.
We got another taste of that this week. And, if I’m not mistaken, it’s probably the FIRST TIME we’ve seen Elena smile ALL SEASON!
You see, this episode’s Mystic Falls’ Event of the Week, is nothing more than a LAME party at Tyler Lockwood’s house. Seriously? Couldn’t they be a bit more creative than that, like holding a Mystic Falls Bacchanal, or something of that nature. I suspect Damon Salvatore is the kind of guy that could really be down for a Bacchanal . . .
Despite the fact that the ENTIRE TOWN seems to be invited to this damn thing, it’s also apparently a Pot Luck Lunch event. So, Elena has decided to bake chili, in its honor. And because all vampires (despite not having the need to eat) generally have manificent culinary skills, Damon is at her house, helping her
find her G-spot do it. . .
“EVERYONE brings chili to these things,” gripes Damon.
But Elena is insistent on her choice of “pot” for the pot luck. “It’s a Gilbert family recipe,”Elena retorts with pride.
“I’ve known the Gilberts for years. And your family has sucky, chili!” Damon replies.
In response to this “devastating insult” to her family’s chili, Elena giggles like a little school girl (a very un-Elena thing to do, mind you), and then proceeds to hip bump / fondle Damon, as the two regard one another with a mixture of amusement and sheer animal passion.
Now, THAT’S the Delena I remember . . . the one that consists of a smarky Damon, and a good-humored, non-judgmental, Elena. Keep it up, Writers!
Of course, now that Elena is being a less judgmental version of herself, new guardian Alaric has to step in and give Damon the STINK EYE for having the audacity to flirt wth Stefan’s girl. (That’s funny, because I never considered Alaric and Stefan to be particularly close. Did you?)
“How come neither of you wants any Chunky Monkey? I’m starting to feel left out.”
This, of course, prompts Damon to FLIRT EVEN HARDER, by cleverly remarking that the reason he has not left Elena’s side since the Big Bad Chicago Vacation, is because
he’s very much hoping to make sweet, sweet love to her, on top of her kitchen table he fears she will eventually”crack” from Stefan’s recent dumping of her, and eventually come to need sexual psychological help from Dr. Damon. As proof of this, Damon notes the fact that Elena is still wearing the vervain necklace Stefan gave to her.
“What do you say, you and me ditch Papa Ric here, and go up to my room, where I can show you all the different places you can, ahem, put my necklace?”
(I mean, sure, she DOES need a steady supply vervain to prevent vampire compulsion, given all the undead baddies she finds herself face-to-face with, on a nearly weekly basis. But she can get that by drinking the lousy coffee from the Only Bar / Social Establishment in Mystic Falls. So, the Necklace Filled with Weepy Now-Possibly Evil Ex-Boyfriend Memories is technically unnecessary.)
jealous angry eyes on him, Damon whirls Elena toward him and tugs on the vervain necklace, so that the pair only have the thin piece of silver between them. The move is a GOOD one. And it, clearly, has an effect on Elena, who can’t seems to stop staring at Damon’s mouth (which she REALLY wants to kiss), or his chest, (because she REALLY wants to rip off his clothing.)
Nicely played, Damon, my man . . .
Speaking of males and females that not-so-secretly want to bone one another . . .
What, no Ghost Sex? I feel robbed . . .
“He looks so peaceful. I wonder what he is dreaming about?”
Jeremy Gilbert is lounging around in bed, having a wet dream about his dead girlfriend Anna, when POOF, she appears in bed next to him. Now THAT is the coolest super power EVER! Unlike the past few episodes where Ghost Anna merely stares at Jeremy moonily, utters some words of warning about Vicki, and blinks out of existence, this time, Anna actually TALKS to Jeremy.
“You have no idea how glad I am to see you. Heaven has NO hot guys, whatsoever. I guess they all end up in Hell.”
Jeremy subsequently responds, and the two actually have an EXTENDED conversation . . . one that probably makes Jeremy sound TOTALLY schizophrenic to anyone happening by his room, at the time. It turns out, Heaven, or wherever the heck it is that Anna ended up, is TOTALLY lame and boring. And so, my personal favorite of all of Jeremy’s girlfriends, both alive AND dead (The chemistry between these two is really smokin’) is thrilled to have a lover on Earth, who can hear her, and possibly even satisfy OTHER needs she might have . . . ahem.
So, everything is going absolutely great . . . until Bonnie has to return from her Summer Away from Mystic Falls, thereby ruining Ghost Sex for the rest of us. Gee thanks, Bonnie . . . or should I say, the Wicked Witch of the Cockblock.
“That man-stealing, B*tch! I am so going to haunt her ass.”
On their second meeting Jeremy gets a bit more information, both about why Anna keeps stalking Vicki. (“Everytime she appears, I sense a darkess in her. I’m worried for you” . . .)
Umm . . . I think I know where that “darkness” came from . . .
. . . what causes her to appear, (“I can only appear when you are
having sexual thoughts thinking about me, and are open to it.”) . . .
“You know what they say about guys with big hands . . .”
. . . and what sort of fun things they can do together, now that she’s back. (Despite the fact that Anna is a ghost, Jeremy finds that he can FEEL her touch — OH HELL YES!)
Unfortunately, Jeremy starts to feel slightly guilty, when Anna keeps popping up, every single time, he’s with Bonne (who’s relationship reminds me more of brother / sister than boyfriend / girlfriend, for whatever reason). And so, after a freak incident, in which, the ghost who Anna claims is Vicki, set fire to a few Bennett spellbooks, putting both Bonnie and Jeremy in danger, Jeremy decides to FINALLY come clean to Bonnie about the whole, “I see dead people,” thingy.
“Actually, I just lent her my copy of The Sixth Sense, and sent her home, so that I could go back to ghost f*&king Anna.”
This causes Poor Anna to begin to fade away, or more accurately, melt, a la the Wicked Witch of the West. She calls out to Jeremy in tears, begging him not to shut her out of his life, so soon after they both found one another again. But alas, either he can’t hear her, or pretends not to do so.
“Jeremy! You have to talk to me! I can’t go back there! I keep getting hit on by this creepy witch named Luka.”
No matter . . . something tells me Anna won’t stay “dead to Jeremy” for long. And when she DOES reawaken, my Big Dreams for TVD Season 3 Ghost Sex will be promptly renewed . . .
Elsewhere in town . . .
Douchey Daddy Strikes Again . . . Sort of
“Do you think it’s weird that the two of us have the exact same haircut?”
Renewed besties, Damon, and the artist formerly known as Lizard Forbes, walk together through town, as they make cheesy jokes about Papa Forbes, the Big Gay Right Wing Vampire Racist. Damon thinks it would be a great idea to kill this BASTARD, who, last week, thought it was a GREAT IDEA to try and BURN HIS OWN DAUGHTER to a crisp, in hopes of teaching her “discipline.”
“Stop it Dad, or I’m going to tell Mom you snuck out to that Celine Dion concert on the first night of your honeymoon.”
“Liz” is strongly against this idea. He’s still Caroline’s father, after all. Plus, she still sort-of / kind-of understands where the guy is coming from, considering, not-too-long ago, SHE was contemplating doing something similar.
“Thankfully, I negotiated a clause in my contract this year, which requires that my character NOT be an evil daughter-killing wench . . .”
“Just because you and are on good terms now, doesn’t mean I approve of your [vampire] lifestyle, Liz cautions.
“Is that what you told him, before you two got divorced?” Damon snarks.
Annnnd the vampires = gay people metaphor cheesy jokes just keep on coming . . .
Down in the same dungeon where Daddy-o was keeping Caroline last week, Liz Forbes is now storing the not-so-proud papa, himself. Damon does a quick taste test on him to see if he is on vervain.
“Now I can see the resemblance between you and Caroline. You TOTALLY taste like her.”
He isn’t. And so, he compels him to forget everything that happened last week, and simply leave town.
“Peekaboo! I see you!”
Sounds good, right? Well, it turns out . . . not so much. But more on that later . . .
Switching Salvatores and “Taking a Beat”
“Coincidentally, if you do plan on boning Damon, I have some GREAT six tips, I’d love to share with you.”
You know those sitcoms where, for an entire episode, all the supporting cast members tell the about-to-couple couple NOT to couple . . . and then they don’t listen, and decide to couple anyway? Well, that’s pretty much what this week’s episode of TVD felt like (Though, without the happy desired ending.)
It all started with Caroline wondering whether Elena was switching Salvatores, having noticed a generalized flirtiness and chumminess between Elena and Damon of late. It makes sense that Caroline, of all people, would be one of the first (aside from Alaric, of course) to notice this, given the equally sexually tense “friendship,” she and Tyler shared, before the pair started boning one another’s brains out. You can always count on Caroline, not to beat around the bush.
“Come ON, Elena! We all watched ‘The Hybrid’ episode . . .”
Elena isn’t quite ready to admit to herself how hard she is clearly falling for Damon (and has been for some time now). So, she merely continues DENYING, DENYING, and DENYING (at least at first) by claiming that Damon has just been “helping her, through the whole Stefan, thing . . .’
Yeah, here’s hoping he helps her with whole “celibate, since Stefan left,” thing too, sometime soon . . .
“See how this water runs down my chest and into my nether regions . . . that could be you, if you play your cards right.”
Elena’s wishy-washy initial response aside, Caroline, having not had the best dating experience with Damon in the past, herself, warns Elena about getting involved with him in that way. Meanwhile, the newly judgy Alaric is in DAMON’S ear, telling him how INAPPROPRIATE his recent coupleyness with Elena has become. And HE would know. He sleeps next door to Elena, and probably hears her call out to Damon in his sleep. (Dreams, don’t lie, after all!)
“Damon . . . try to remember all the good times we’ve had. Why would you possibly give up this Chunky Monkey for some girl?”
“I think you should take a beat,” Alaric tells Damon, regarding his buddy’s less than subtle pursuit of Elena. (Yeah, Alaric now uses phrases like “take a beat,” because apparently, he has temporarily switched personalities with a square guest star cop from some bad seventies sitcom.) Damon, of course, is super hurt that Alaric wouldn’t trust him to protect Elena, when that’s pretty much all he’s been doing for over the past two seasons.
Well . . . almost all he’s been doing . . .
Uh oh, Alaric! You may have just inadvertently sparked a Salvatore Brother Rebellion . . .
“I’ll show him! Elena, come have sex with me. NOW!”
When your necklace starts BURNING YOUR SKIN, and spontaneously combusting, that’s probably a good sign you should THROW IT AWAY!
“My boobs are killing me. If I didn’t know vampires couldn’t procreate, I’d be really worried I might be pregnant.”
Back in Chicago, Stefan looks on with his incredibly bad POKER FACE, as Witch Gloria tries to spell the location of “
Elena’s Rebekah’s missing necklace.” As she chants, back in Mystic Falls, said necklace starts doing weird crap, like BURNING ELENA’S skin, and floating in the air, and temporarily bursting into flames. Elena reluctantly agrees to give the necklace to Bonnie, so that she can do a magical witch autopsy on it, and trace it for EVIL BUGS.
“It’s just a hickey guys. I really don’t know why you are getting so upset over this.”
Meanwhile, Gloria claims to KNOW where the necklace is, or at least, who has it. And yet, for whatever reason, she decides to stall for time, telling Klaus and Co., she’ll have the necklace whereabouts for him shortly. But, for now, they must leave . . . “You guys are harshing my juju,” Gloria complains.
“Who are you calling a juju? I was raised Protestant.”
Neither Rebekah or Klaus appreciate being told what to do by a mere witch. However, Stefan who suspects Gloria might be purposefully holding something back, something that could be useful to HIM, convinces the brother/sister duo to exit stage left. “Come on. I’ll let you choose who we eat,” he says.
“And by that, what I really mean is that I will let you stick it anywhere.”
Apparently, when it comes to bringing people (and vampires) together . . . there’s no tool quite as powerful as
drained corpses food . . . aside from sex, of course.
Speaking of sex . . .
Bondage Stefan . . . He’s BAAACK!
“First the Tomb Vamps and now THIS! What did I do to deserve this terrible treatment? Oh, that’s right, I’ve MURDERED over 1,000 people.”
When Stefan excuses himself from eating some chick, Klaus assumes he’s off to “brood” or “write on a wall” or something. But, really, Stefan wants to see Gloria about the necklace. This is fitting, because Gloria wants to see Stefan too.
“So many hair care questions to ask . . . so little time.”
In case it hasn’t been made clear up to this point, Gloria REALLY wants that necklace back. And she knows that Stefan knows where it is. And if Stefan won’t give up that information voluntarily, well, she’s just going to have to extract it from him . . . literally . . .
“When the director described this scene to me, I really thought I would enjoy it more.”
Cut to the next scene, where Stefan is all oiled up and nakey and strapped down to a table. (Did a woman or gay man, write this episode? I THINK SO!) You know when we first met Gloria, I thought she was going to be on “our team,” because she had flirty conversations with Damon, and cool hair. Well, I GUESS NOT!
Now, she’s slitting Stefan’s wrist to “collect his essence,” clamping his arms with weird bracelets, to prevent him from healing, giving him headaches, Bonnie Bennett-style, and lathering vervain all up on his naked chest, porno movie-style. Yet, despite it all, Stefan refuses to talk . . . And it REALLY sucks that he’s such a terrible liar. Because such a skill would inevitably come in handy, in this instance.
Plus, as it turns out, Gloria doesn’t actually NEED Stefan to talk, because his “essence” is doing it for him. (Seriously? What kind of hippy bullsh*t is that?) Cue the Stelena MONTAGE! Now, it’s as if Gloria just watched all the “previously on” parts of The Vampire Diaries episodes, from Seasons 1 and 2. She knows EVERYTHING . . . from the fact that Elena is the Petrova Doppelganger. To the fact that Stefan is pretty much FAKING his friendship with Klaus to protect Elena, to how much Stefan luuuuuuuuuuuves Elena.
“My essence really needs to shut the f*ck up!”
Well, this is annoying! So, of course, I cheered when BAMF Katherine STAKED GLORIA’S ASS, and killed her dead.
(Actually, I cheered the fact that Katherine saved Stefan. I actually felt like Gloria and her bad juju should have stuck around a little while longer. She was COOL!) My only complaint, to this effect, was that Katherine didn’t then decide to jump his bones, considering he was all naked and waiting. But, hey, we can’t always get what we want. Right?
Well, THAT was kind of anti-climactic!
Speaking of not getting what you want, Katherine finds just this out, when, after all that, Stefan STILL refuses to let Katherine in on his big bad Klaus killing plans. He does give her some crucial information, however, As it turns out, part of Stefan’s “plan” involves locating the Big Bad Vampire Hunter Klaus seems so very afraid of, and getting HIM to do the dirty work for him.
Now, Katherine has what she needs to start her OWN mission. So, THERE, Stefan!
Speaking of couples I ship . . .
Forwood Sex Revisited . . . for about two seconds.
“Why are you wearing red? I thought we decided we both hated the color red?”
Perhaps, to apologize to us for the blatant lack of Delena, Kefan, and Jeranna sex we got in this episode, we do get one kind of random, but still adorable Forwood scene, amidst all the vervaining, and necklace grabbing, and hot-chili making. Tyler comes home all hot and sweaty and red tank toppy from running or football practice or whatever, to find a perfectly coiffed Caroline lying on his bed, patiently awaiting his return. As it turns out, she’s hiding from her father, who just so happens to be conveniently immune to vampire compulsion, and therefore, hasn’t left town as Damon instructed. (More on that later.)
“Take me, you Big Bad Teen Wolf, you!”
I love the wide-eyed excitement on Tyler’s face, when he sees Caroline in his bed, and just KNOWS he’s about to get lucky.
*insert cartoon noise of eyes popping out of head*
Teenage hormones and lupine urges aside, Tyler manages to be the sensitive boyfriend, by listening to Caroline talk about how she STILL loves her dad, despite the fact that he pretty much abused her in the worst way possible, and is a TOTAL asshat. Tyler knows all about bad dads, and can relate.
He pulls Caroline’s head into his chest, affectionately. And she breaks the spell, by remarking on how skanky his workout clothing smells. (Hey! Nobody’s perfect right?) Fortunately, the stench isn’t enough to keep Caroline from ripping off Tyler’s tank top and beginning to have her way with him, right on his bed.
That’s one of the things I enjoy so much about this couple, put aside all the werewolf / vampire angst, and you’ve got two surprisingly normal, sometimes smelly, teenagers, who occasionally like to use one another’s bodies as scratching posts. It just doesn’t get much more relatable than that.
So, of course, Elena calls Caroline’s cell phone, and cockblocks the pair. “It’s an emergency,” she tells Caroline.
Poor Tyler, I suspect he’s got a really bad case of THESE right now . . .
It certainly wouldn’t be the first time. And, I suspect, it won’t be the last, either . . .
Welcome to my Poopy List, Elena Gilbert . . .
Kill Bill? Not if Alaric (or Caroline) have anything to say about it!
Damon had never been too keen on letting that Turd Bill Forbes live, in the first place. But NOW that he’s vervain immune, showing up at Anti-Vampire Council meetings Uncle/Father John style, and threatening to “out” Damon (and there are those gay metaphors again!), he’s REALLY dead set on eliminating him!
Cue, Judgy McJudgerson Alaric, and his oh-so-annoying pleas to spare Beeeeel’s life. Yeah, definitely not a fan of Alaric, this week,
though I’m glad to see him finally taking on some responsibilities in this town. More on that later. Damon, apparently, isn’t either, which is why he KILLS him . . . temporarily, of course. After all, Alaric still has his Ugly Ass Ring of Immortality, making him immune to supernatural murders, even those performed through natural means, like neck snapping.
To say Elena is not pleased with this recent turn of events, is the understatement of the century, “WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?” She exclaims frustratedly.
“You’ve been alone with me for practically four episodes and you haven’t once tried to jump my bones. It’s Alaric, isn’t it. Clearly, you’re in love with Alaric.”
Damon patiently (well, maybe not so patiently) explains to Elena that he is a VAMPIRE, and that this is the sort of thing that vampires do . . . well, the ones who aren’t Stefan and Caroline anyway.
“I may look really mad at you right now, but I still want to take you to my bedroom and give you the ride of your life.”
“That doesn’t mean that you have to act like one,” Elena pouts.
It seems that Elena somehow feels this need to prove to her friends that Damon isn’t the “monster” they claim him to be.
Possibly so that when she inevitably starts dating him, they won’t give her such a hard time. Say what, Elena? What happened to “I like you just the way you are?” (How soon we forget?)
Elena’s short-term memory loss aside. I actually think it’s a POSITIVE thing for this couple, that Elena obviously has strong enough feelings for Damon to constantly moan and b*tch about every little thing that he does. Sure, she might be going about things the wrong way, by trying to make Damon into a surrogate Stefan. But still, if she DIDN’T love him, she wouldn’t care how he behaved, right?
No? Well, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
“I am not Stefan! How about you stop trying to turn me into him?” Damon replies, before storming off.
As an aghast Elena glares at the space recently vacated by Damon, as she waits for her not-so-guardian to return to life, Damon enters the Lockwood house, and confronts Bill AGAIN. They each monologue a bit, not saying too much of interest, honestly, except for the part where Bill says that he’s immune to compulsion (particularly Damon’s “lazy” brand of it”), and that he knows Damon would never kill him, simply because he’s Caroline’s dad.
See what I mean about reverse psychology? The next thing you know, Damon is sucking on Bill’s neck, like its a tootsie pop. And part of me is REALLY hoping Damon turns him into a vampire. Because wouldn’t that be the WORST and MOST FITTING PUNISHMENT EVER! SERIOUSLY!
“DO IT! DO IT! DO IT! DO IT!”
Enter Caroline. She’s mad as hell, and not going to take it anymore. In a scene that’s highly reminiscent of the first time Caroline caught Damon off guard, and kicked his ass, after learning how he compelled her to be his sex slave, back before she became a vampire . . .
. . . Caroline literally throws Damon across the room, to get him away from her evil father.
“Did I miss something here?”
“I’m stronger than you are, Little Girl,” Damon retorts as the too battle it out, or as Damon would call it “girlfight” (There was no hair-pulling involved, unfortunately).
“Yeah, but I’m angrier,” Caroline responds, successfully keeping Damon at bay long enough to shove her bloody arm in her dad’s face to heel him,and get him out of harms way.
Many fans were frustrated by the lack of realism (Yes, we often DO talk about realism on a show about VAMPIRES. Got a problem with that?) inherent in Baby Vamp Caroline so easily disarming Not-So-Baby Vamp Damon, who’s about a century-and-a-half her junior. From my perspective, Caroline was able to take down Damon this time for the same reason she so easily took him down, back when she first turned. Simply put: She caught Damon by surprise. And he underestimated her strength.
Though I’m sure Caroline was VERY mad at Damon for chowing down on her sperm donor, I highly doubt this alone would have been enough to secure her victory. She still kicks ass, though. . .
In short thanks to the daughter he believes is SOOOO evil, Caroline’s AWFUL father got to live happily ever after. Ummm . . . yay?
Seriously, though, kudos to Caroline for having love in her heart, even for those who do not show her love in return. I doubt I could have been as mature as she was, if my dad locked me in a dungeon, strapped me to a chair, stole my jewelry, and tried to BURN me.
Original Rebekah – Vampire Snitch Extraordinaire
Now fully clothed (DARN!), and with Gloria out of the picture, Stefan sneaks off to Klaus’ Dead Family Member Museum, and undoubtedly, begins looking for Elijah, so that he can unstake him, and try to dig himself out of the massively deep hole into which he has dug himself, during the past four episodes.
However, before he can do this, Rebekah finds him. Stefan tries to charm the girl into giving up information about the vampire hunter. But, as it turns out, he hasn’t been all that charming since 1920. (Modern-day Stefan has always had more of an understated, broody kind of charm, anyway.)
It seems that our Cocky Ripper Douche has genuinely over-estimated the power of his weiner. No Stefan. Women you have not talked to in ninety years will NOT betray their brothers, and reveal their deepest, darkest secrets to you, simply because you asked nicely. I’m afraid most of us girls are a bit more complicated than that. And Rebekah, apparently, is no exception.
The poo REALLY hits the fan, when Rebekah and Stefan make out, and Beks asks Stefan if he will ever again love someone as much as he loves the supposedly dead Elena, “Eventually,” Stefan replies.
Remember when I said Stefan was a bad liar? Well, apparently, he’s also not so good at kissing people who he doesn’t believe are his soulmates. And, as you know, Rebekah can ALWAYS tell if Stefan is lying. The Bratty Original is crushed at having been played. So, when Klaus returns to the Dead People museum, Rebekah IMMEDIATELY rats Stefan out for being “against [them]” and asking questions about Big Bad Vampire Hunter Michael (Hallelujah! He has a NAME!)
“Oh! SH*T! Well that certainly didn’t go as planned.”
“Haha, fooled you!”
Now, Stefan is up sh*t’s creek without a paddle, because Klaus will most certainly believe his sister over his FAKE brother. Klaus lunges at Stefan, with murder in his eyes.
Annnnnnnd . . . then, we cut to commercial break . . .
The End of a Bromance
So, remember how I told you how Caroline became my HERO this week? Well, she did it AGAIN, by confronting Elena about her OBVIOUS romantic attraction to Damon, and seeming inability to admit it.
Elena woefully notes that “[If I do have feelings for him] (which she TOTALLY does), what kind of person does that make me.” It makes you human, Caroline responds, giving Elena a hug. OH HELL YEAH, CAROLINE!
Coming soon to a TVD episode near you . . . FOR REAL, this time.
You tell her it’s OK to love them both, because it TOTALLY IS! (Especially, if loving them both, involves regaling us Delena fans with a HOT (but prime time channel appropriate) sex scene some time in the future.
A girl can dream, can’t she? Then, Caroline says goodbye to her father, who’s FINALLY leaving Mystic Falls. Hopefully for good. (Good riddens! I HATE this douchebag!) Papa Forbes gets a VERY minimal amount of points for actually thanking his daughter for saving his life. But then, he loses them again, by telling Caroline that because she’s a vampire, she will [never be OK again.]
SERIOUSLY? Why didn’t Damon kill this douchebag, when he had a chance?
Speaking of Damon, he’s back at the Salvatore Boarding House, trying to make amends with Alaric, by offering him a morning class of bourbon and OJ, from when he comes back to life. After all, nothing says, “I’m sorry I murdered you in cold blood,” like a Big Ole Glass a booze . . .
“You killed me,” Alaric exclaims.
“You pissed me off,” Damon replies matter-of-factly, as if this should adequately explain away everything.
“YOU KILLED ME!” Alaric exclaims again, clearly not quite sure whether Damon heard him the first time.
Clearly, Alaric doesn’t yet understand what it means to piss Damon off, despite the fact that Damon has killed him . . . what . . . 85 times, by now. (Yes, I’m exaggerating here. But, I think you get the idea). Oh, and also, Alaric’s ring is apparently on the fritz. It took him much longer to come back to life this time.
Perhaps, there are only so many times you can use this little Get-Out-of-Death Free card before it stops working entirely. Or, maybe the more times you die, the longer it takes you to come back. That sounds a bit like that “universe in balance hoo-ha the witches on this show are always, talking about, right? Whatever the reason is for this recent Ugly Ass Ring of Immortality Anomaly, if I was Alaric, I’d be more than a bit afraid, right now.
In other words, your Chunky Monkey not be able to get you out of a jam, next time around.
But apparently, Alaric, ISN’T afraid. He’s PISSED OFF. And he proves this, by wrangling a position on the Anti-vampire Council.
If someone invited THOSE guys, surely Alaric can come too . . .
But he’s not a Founding Family member, you say? Well, perhaps, not. But he IS Elena’s and Jeremy’s sole pseudo guardian / surrogate Gilbert. He’s also one of the few folks in Mystic Falls who doesn’t secretly have a supernatural child (at least not one that he knows about), making him a fairly non-biased representative of Team Human. Did I mention that he has a vampire killing weapons arsenal that would make Buffy the Vampire Slayer blush?
Now, don’t get me wrong, after watching Alaric drink himself stupid, and be depressed (with weird hair) for a couple of episodes, it really is nice to see him buck up and take a stand to help his town. I just REALLY hope Alaric doesn’t become the new vampire hating Uncle/Father John Gilbert. We all know how things turned out for him . . .
When One Road Trip Ends, Another Begins . . .
Elsewhere in Mystic Falls, Vampire Katherine (who must REALLY be wracking up those frequent flier miles), impersonates Elena again to get her precious MAGICAL vervain necklace from Bonnie. She then shows up at Damon’s door, giving the poor guy the impression that she’s Elena coming to apologize for all her Alaric-murdering judginess.
“Trouble-in-paradise already?” Katherine inquires with a smirk, when Damon makes moves to accept “Elena’s” apology.
Katherine wants Damon to go on a roadtrip with her, but she won’t tell him where. I suspect the destination has something to do with this Vampire Hunter Michael of whom Klaus is so petrified. Girlfriend is even willing to DRIVE, something, which I suspect she doesn’t offer very often.
Feeling a bit rejected by his Mystic Falls pals, of late (and with good reason, considering the episode he’s had) Damon readily agrees to road trip with the OTHER Petrova Doppelganger.
Rest assured, Vampire Hijinks
and probably some Car Sex will ensue!
Elsewhere, Stefan wakes up in a truck, to find Klaus homoerotically watching him sleep (No big surprise there.). Knowing he’s in BIIIIG trouble, Stefan starts yammering out a speedy apology / explanation / lie about the whole “Rebekah thinks I’m about to betray you” thing. But Klaus doesn’t seem mad at all. Just amused.
“You look so pretty, when you are petrified.”
He knows that Stefan is hiding a secret from him. And that secret is in Mystic Falls . . . which is where Klaus and Stefan are too now, once again . . . having arrived, quite fittingly, just minutes after Damon and Katherine, Stefan’s (and Elena’s) would be saviors have skipped town . . .
SLIGHT SPOILER ALERT:
Next weeks trailer looks juicy, and by juicy I mean bitey . . . specifically Stefan it seems to suggest that Stefan is being forced (possibly by compulsion?) to chow down on Elena’s neck? Is it to early to predict a DAMON-Y speedy return and subsequent Elena rescue? All fingers crossed!
You can check out the trailer for “The Reckoning” here:
END OF SPOILER
So, what did you all think of “Disturbing Behavior?” Was it sufficiently disturbing for you? Did either Alaric or Tattletale Rebekah get on your nerves this week? Are you Team Bonnie or Team Jeranna?
And, perhaps most importantly, are you as ready for Elena to FINALLY switch Salvatore Brothers as I am? Feel free to sound off in the comment section below.
Until next time . . .