Damon was back from 1994, and you guessed it: Things were not to his liking! Meanwhile the gang tried to rescue Enzo!
Matt Bomer as an underwear-clad hooker! Gabourey Sidibe as Patti LaBelle's daughter! Just two reasons why "Pink Cupcakes" was an excellent episode.
Tyler ran over a corn maze, Elena force-fed blood to everybody, plus Bonnie pulled a Bonnie. Just another successful Homecoming celebration!
At least one person suspects foul play.
Two major deaths! A German snuff film! The thrilling conclusion to the Edward Mordrake saga more than made up for last week's slow build.
Stefan started over, Kai is not what he seems, and Jeremy wrestled with Alaric. Just another day in Mystic Falls-adjacent.
The ghost of a literally two-faced rascal paid the Freak Show a visit this week and spooky times ensued! (Somebody sang a Lana Del Rey song.)
Esther finally made her intentions clear via some juicy flashbacks and a jump into a much better body. Also she is rude as h*ck, pardon my French.
The gang met down at the swimming hole for some Jell-O shots and puncture wounds! Meanwhile Bonnie and Damon's two-person purgatory suddenly became a three-way. "Welcome to Paradise" was just a good episode in general.
Angela Bassett is back! Michael Chiklis has arrived! Episode 2 did a bit more world-building while demonstrating just how messed up some of these people are.
Fathers, brothers, flashbacks, and feathered wigs! "Alive and Kicking" took us back in time to reveal that the Mikaelson family's dysfunction runs deep.
Bonnie and Damon were trapped in the '90s! Elena damaged her brain! Jeremy had more sex! "Yellow Ledbetter" was an all-time great episode of The Vampire Diaries.
Humanity's greatest achievement is back for a fourth season, and the "Monsters Among Us" was as terrifying as it was brilliant.
And just like that, a near-perfect episode reclaimed our hearts and minds like an immortal monster reclaiming a popular tourist destination.