The Vampire Diaries: Empathy for Mr. Vengeance (PHOTO RECAP)

Excuse me, but the Great Episode Store called and it wants last night's Vampire Diaries back! It is a weird store, true, but it has a great selection and you'd do best to visit and put "Our Town" on layaway, you will not regret it. Because "Our Town" was a great episode! Holy jeez, I'm still kind of weak in the knees from it.

When TVD Executive Producer Julie Plec declared Season 3 to be the season of the Originals, I really had no idea just how true that would be. Another thing I never imagined: The absolute and thorough devastation of Elena and Stefan's relationship. I honestly thought his Ripper stint would be limited to a two-part episode and they'd be back to mouthing "I love yous" in no time. Instead this season has been a thrilling (and slightly depressing!) dismantling of their love and the entire thing has been stewarded by Klaus's machinations. But that's a good thing because his character is just incredible. A great, well-written villain who is portrayed by a brilliant actor, and as he's increasing ceded power to Stefan he's becoming more sympathetic by the minute. That's saying something for a one thousand year old jerk whose main hobby is petty revenge. I think I might even be on his side now? Life is confusing!

Anyway, I dug the heck out of this thing. Want to talk about it? Blink twice for yes. For no, just keep your eyes closed for about an hour.

So, like most good episodes of TV shows, great films, or classic literature, we started with a shower scene:

Damon was clearly loving living in a post-kissing-Elena world, regardless of the fact that she didn't seem quite as into it as he did.

As far as he was concerned, everything was coming up Damon!

On the other hand, Elena didn't seem quite so enthused. You could tell because once again she was starting her day off with some strenuous, psychologically motivated exercise:

Oh, Elena. There are definitely worse problems to have. And you will have those problems later in this episode!

Meanwhile at the ghost house, Bonnie was just chillin', doin' some spells.

Much like in her dream last week, she suddenly found herself being stalked from the shadows. What was going on??

It didn't take long before the Salvatore bros sussed out the intruder: one of Klaus's hybrids.

But, as is the case with hybrids (and what I've been saying for, like, ever now), hybrids are insanely easy to kill.

Hybrids are basically the Puttys to Klaus's Lord Zedd. Just punch those big Z-buttons on their chests! Anyway, the ease with which the Salvatores (and Jeremy, for Pete's sake!) kill the hybrids has severely undercut Stefan and Katherine's reasoning for preventing Klaus's murder that one time. Oh well. Who can think about things like that when Stefan was doing stuff like this:

Meanwhile at school (LOL), Elena and Bonnie were busting out the big guns for Caroline's birthday.

Elena decided it would be a good time to alert Bonnie to the fact that Jeremy had been brainwashed into leaving town.

To Bonnie's credit, she immediately called Elena out for this terrible decision. And what a seriously terrible decision it was! As we talked about in the comments last week, just because Jeremy's leaving town doesn't mean he'll forget about what's going on back in Mystic Falls (and the danger his sister will be in). Furthermore, it's not like Klaus couldn't track Jeremy down in Denver if he wanted to. And Denver might just have its own mythological creature problems! Obviously this was just some production decision to thin out the cast of characters for a stretch, but still, Elena's reasoning for sending Jeremy away just straight up did not make sense.

Hilariously Bonnie immediately went over to Jeremy and practically told him upfront what was going on.

Oh, Jeremy. He didn't pick up on Bonnie's subtleties. Personally I was disappointed by the confirmation that Jeremy had indeed been compelled (and did eventually get on his plane to Denver). I guess I was hoping he'd been pretending all in the service of executing some rad scheme later on. Oh well.

Then the star of the show arrived and she was NOT having a good birthday so far. Boy troubles. You know how it goes.

Fortunately Tyler had had a change of heart about his siring since last he'd seen Caroline, and immediately admitted that he'd been wrong. But he also added that there wasn't anything he could do about the Klaus situation, and he was sorry. It was very heartbreaking! Tyler's back to being likable again, and because Caroline is the best, it was just a tough scene between two kids who can't make it work. And then he gave her an adorable charm bracelet.

Poor Caroline. Also this was the first of what would be many scenes in which Candice Accola wins all of the Oscars for acting because this lady was DOING IT. Crazy perfect.

Did you guys catch this part? I laughed so hard at it:

I bet being Klaus's personal assistant would be super annoying, wheeling caskets all around the house all the time. Roll your own caskets, you undead dandy. Just kidding Klaus, you're the best. Too bad this guy doesn't think so:

Stefan was FED UP with Klaus's hybrids following him around all the time and he was putting his foot down! So then this happened:

Haha! Firstly, that is probably one of the best and juiciest decapitations I've ever seen on network television. Credit where credit's due! But secondly, I hesitate to say this because Stefan is rotten to the core these days, but is he completely awesome now? I think Stefan might be completely awesome now.

Elsewhere, Caroline decided she couldn't face the day, so she decided to go home instead.

This face pretty much sums it up:

See, while she was touched that her three friends remembered her special day, she actually had a pretty poignant speech about how she didn't really earn her 18th birthday because she's dead now and the passage of time is meaningless. Whoa, The Vampire Diaries, things just got heavy! I guess that's why this episode's called "Our Town," because it's all about lamentations of wasted lives, etc. But this was some surprisingly sophisticated stuff, and Caroline's philosophy was as meaningful as it was depressing. This guy knows what I'm talking about:

Meanwhile Klaus had a bit of an errand for Tyler to run:

Knowing that a hybrid's bite would kill a vampire, Tyler understandably did not want to bite Caroline. At this point it was unclear why exactly Klaus wanted to jeopardize Caroline's life except for just general mayhem purposes, and [spoiler alert] it's still not clear. However, this exchange would lead to the best payoff possible later on.

Thinking fast, Elena, Bonnie, and Matt decided to whisk Caroline to a more festive location for her celebration: The Fell Tomb, obviously. (BTW how weird is the Fell family shaping up to be?)

Rather than celebrate a proper birthday party, the kids decided they'd have a funeral for Caroline's old life. It was a pretty poignant idea, as it was clear she was having a lot of trouble reconciling being an ordinary teenage girl with the immortality she was now facing. To her credit, Caroline liked the idea and it even sort of helped her cheer up. And there was cake!

Over at Lockwood Manor there was some kind of cocktail party, fundraiser, and/or meeting of the Founders Society or the Historical Society or I don't even know. Important people, basically. And look who'd become the Mayor's new best friend!

In a surprise turn of events, the Mayor had befriended Klaus with full knowledge of who he was and what he was!

Same story with the Sheriff! They are now at the point where the oldest living vampire walks their streets and they're cool with it so long as there aren't any tussles. Both the Mayor and the Sheriff have kids caught in the middle of it, so it was actually sort of cool the way they were being so practical about it. Credit where credit's due.

Okay, so remember last week when a fan-favorite character from the books was introduced as a love interest for Alaric? Did anybody expect her plotline to take this turn?

What was going on here? First of all, that tall dude was the town's Medical Examiner. So that should say something about his credibility right there. "Another animal attack." - Medical Examiner. But didn't Dr. Fell have a bit of a crazy-lady affect to her? Sure she's pretty and Alaric seemed to like her, but I definitely found it easy to believe when her overprotective "friend" the Medical Examiner just straight-up told Alaric that she's mentally unstable.

Then Stefan arrived at the party with a one-track mind: Killing Klaus's hybrid.

But then Damon stopped him and pointed out how fruitless it was to murder hybrids when Klaus could just sire more of them. At this point Damon gave him a pretty good pep talk, telling him his plans are all wrong. If he wanted to defeat Klaus he'd have to make a bigger move and to quote-unquote "Be a better villain" than him. [Edit: I got this part way wrong! What actually happened is that Damon just wanted Stefan to chill out and stop doing mayhem in public, but Stefan countered that he needed to "Be a better villain" than Klaus. Or something. Look, all I know is he decided a change of plans were in order and he needed hit Klaus harder. Damon's job was to convince Klaus that Stefan was serious.]

Meanwhile back in the tomb, Bonnie told Elena off for sending her sweet dreamboat to Denver, then just high-tailed it out of there. (Didn't they carpool?) Anyway, then Tyler arrived to see Caroline again and Matt and Elena had a rare heart-to-heart. I laughed out loud when he informed her that her life seems awful to him. Dang, Matt!

He really had a point, though he claimed it was the booze speaking. Trouble has followed her around for at least a year now, and she is definitely much worse off in almost every respect. It's just funny that it took a character as peripheral as Matt to point it out to her.

So yeah, Tyler and Caroline were off in the woods where he excitedly told her that he's indeed capable of contradicting Klaus's wishes, and that he's now a free man, and he definitely wants to be with her and he even said the "I LOVE YOU" phrase.

I don't know if you'll believe this, but Caroline took him back!

Briefly. Because then this happened:

He bit her! Without meaning to! Dang, that sire stuff is no joke. Caroline was not happy about it, but she immediately started falling ill. Then my face twisted up and all around because CAROLINE NO!!!

I was really upset you guys. So then I got all mad when only a few feet away Elena and Matt were horsin' off with a flashlight.

So then I cheered when an unseen presence threw Matt against a wall and then kidnapped Elena. Serves you right!

Oh, but then it just turned out to be this guy:

Haha in retrospect, why did he approach the Matt/Elena situation that way? What a weirdo! I guess Stefan still thought he was Blade or whatever. Anyway, they were in his tiny red car and they were SPEEDING.

Then Stefan got Klaus on the speakerphone and threatened to kill his only provider of doppelganger blood (with which Klaus makes hybrids).

At least Stefan had the decency of killing her with vampire blood in her system. This was a scary scene, you guys!

But phew! Klaus relented and promised to remove all his hybrids, so Stefan did not crash his car on the same bridge Elena's parents drove off of. (Which, tasteful choice, Stefan!)

Incidentally, Elena was upset about this incident:

First off, this scene was as painful as any I've ever seen on this show. But also it addressed the biggest nagging question of this whole season: Why Stefan was behaving like he'd been dumped even though Elena would've willingly had him back the whole time. It turned out it was a pretty deep psychological thing on his part: Once he decided to become a Ripper he convinced himself that Elena would never have him back, regardless of her protestations to the contrary. It was a weird bit of pretzel logic, but it was more than enough to baffle, frustrate, and devastate poor Elena.

And THEN he had the audacity to just LEAVE HER THERE.

Man, that was rotten, you guys. Just rotten! But then we went from one upsetting scene to another: Remember, Caroline was dying!

Seriously, the four of them had to have car-pooled to the tomb right? And then Bonnie drove home? All I'm saying is, good thing Matt has powerful legs.

I felt bad for Sheriff Forbes because she really had no idea what to do. She'd only just discovered her daughter was a vampire a few months back, and now she had to deal with hybrid venom? Whoa, that is advanced monster stuff. Luckily there just happened to be an advanced monster in the neighborhood.

Now, obviously Caroline was only in this situation because Klaus intended her to be. It was in question whether he'd somehow changed his mind about having her bitten, or if this exact scenario was what he'd been hoping for all along. Either way, it ended up being a thoroughly and truly beautiful scene. Seriously! (These photocaps won't reflect that, however).

See? I'm a fraud. The actual scene was a brilliant piece of writing in which Klaus recognized Caroline's existentialist dilemma and assured her he'd felt the same way during various stages of his life, up to and including considering suicide. He gave her a choice: Life or death. And then he informed her that if she chose life, the entire world awaited her, an eternity of art, culture, and general splendor that she couldn't even fathom in this small terrible town she called home. Who among us hasn't wondered if we were meant for bigger things? Which of us hasn't wished we could escape our surroundings and join the ranks of an elite class? Klaus managed to elegantly sum up in a few sentences what any gifted teenager needs to hear. It was no wonder Caroline chose that option.

Now, again, Klaus's intentions are definitely up for debate. We know we's a world class schemer and at this particular point in time he'd do anything to regain leverage over Stefan. But we also know that for a thousand years Klaus has done all he could to stave off loneliness. Between carting his family around in caskets or forcing near-strangers to be his travel companions to siring an army of new friends, Klaus's psychology is totally consistent with the idea that he perhaps just simply saw something in Caroline that moved him. Youth, potential, goodness. It doesn't matter. All I know is he possibly gave the show's best character one of the best gifts she could've ever hoped for: A tiny dose of enlightenment.

Or, you know, he just wanted to sire her. I don't know, I'm not a doctor! Either way. Good scene. That'll do, show.

Back on Elena's porch, we did NOT get a repeat of the previous episode's kiss. Instead Damon attempted to defend Stefan's despicable actions to Elena. She wasn't having it, but this exchange did raise the question: Did Damon encourage Stefan to become a better villain so that Elena would get over him faster? Who knows! On the surface of things, though, he was pretty sweet to her:

And in the long run, his willingness to not push things further might just pay off.

The next day Elena wished Jeremy farewell.

But look who stopped by for a last-minute lingering hug!

Another thing about this episode: Bonnie was pretty awesome. First of all, she was 100% correct that Elena shouldn't have sent Jeremy away. Free will, in general, is not something anybody has any right to destroy. But also Bonnie was able to get over her anger about the Anna situation and seemed to be genuinely sad to see Jeremy go. We know the feeling!

Later Caroline awoke from her hybrid venom hangover and realized she'd been fully cured.

Now, I'm not saying Caroline was in any way won over by Klaus's generosity, and it's still not 100% clear what his intentions are, but still: This is a great turn of events. Part of me wishes Klaus could somehow be normalized, made more sympathetic. What better character than Caroline could bring that out in him? But also, wouldn't this make for a particularly interesting love triangle? The fact that both Tyler and Klaus gave Caroline bracelets must mean they're romantic rivals now, right?

At this point the episode was already filled to the brim with great moments, but it wasn't done yet. In another really well-written and moving scene, Matt and Elena met on the bridge where her parents died and threw an impromptu funeral for Elena's past life also.

I don't necessarily think Elena and Matt's bonding time was meant to imply a rekindling of their romance, but I DID really dig the full-circle nature of Elena returning to human friendships again. Matt is one of the least-changed things from her old life, and I dug how happy she looked to be around him. Aw, these kids.

Oh okay, and then Meredith walked up to Alaric at the bar and they joked about being drunks?

And then Sheriff Forbes randomly took Damon on a crime scene tour:

And Meredith's "friend" the Medical Examiner had been murdered, probably during an animal attack. Ten bucks says his job remains vacant forever. But that's the cliffhanger: Is Meredith a psycho killer?? Probably, you know how this show frowns upon misdirection!

I don't know what to tell you, you guys. I loved this episode. It made me want to think deep thoughts! Klaus rules, Stefan drools. (Except when he's awesome). Bonnie was great. Nina Dobrev remains a championship sobber. Caroline 4-ever. So good!

Okay bye.

 

QUESTIONS:

... Explain why Klaus reached out to Caroline like he did.

... What will be Stefan's turning point back to the good side?

... Does Meredith sit in her apartment yelling at her shoes?

... Will Bonnie continue Skype-ing with Jeremy via MiFi?

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Oh and btw - what the hell is up with Matt? Someone unknown slams him up against a wall and takes off with Elena - and the next we see of him he's carrying Caroline into her house and makes no mention of the little fact that Elena's been abducted? I know Caroline being wounded, technically fatally, was important and I adore Caroline, so I wouldn't have wanted him to ignore her, but, what the hell?
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Oh yeah, and for some reason I cannot stand Fell. Just one of those hate at first sight things - hated her from the moment I laid eyes on her and she makes my skin crawl every scene she's in.
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Really? I was bored rigid during this one. The birthday funeral was lame. Bad Stefan is boring the heck out of me and the whole back and forth with him and Klaus is just a yawn fest. I'm completely over the whole Klaus/Originals thing - it really needed to be sewn up in last season's finale. It seems to me they have nothing left to say with this plot, so week after week, we go through the same dance. Klaus tries to get one over on Stefan. Stefan tries to get one over on Klaus. The rest of the characters are just pawns in this game. Yadda yadda. Same old, same old. And I waited the entire episode for Jeremy to tell Elena he knew Damon had tried to compel him, but what did they take him for, of course he was loaded up to the eyeballs with verain - but he figured he might as well head out to Denver anyway, so he'd been happy enough to go along with their little plan...but, nope. Turned out Jeremy really was dumb as a bunch of bricks after all. Shame.



I'm getting to the point where I can't wait to get to the end of this season. It's turning out to be one big bore-fest.
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It is really weird how I now watch the episodes with the recap and these comments in my head, so thank you all very much. Was I the only one who was like "what???" when they explained the Originals family tree? We have been especulating on it for weeks now and the solve it in a 30 second scene. Totally anticlimatic. Fell is not crazy... One bat shit crazy in her resume is enough. I believe you might be right about the writers turning Klaus nto a more simpathetic character and also "vilifying" (is that a word?) Stefan in turn. Imagine when they open the locked casket and his mommy comes out of it alon with all his mommy issues? Oh god, I should just go buy all those kleenex now...

PS: I do not believe they are actively trying to make Stefan bad, specially with all this "You

deserve better than a ripper, that is why I'm bad" crap.

Still on the redeeming Klaus line of thought, it they have been building it for some time, if you think about it. I remember the flashback episode when Stefan met Rebekah and Klaus, how Klaus was this friendless lonely guy and found someone to count on in Stefan. Hun.

Caroline is the greatest way to turn him into a nice guy. See what happened to Damon? He used to be bad too, but now his love for Elena turned him into a softie.

Besides, the Klaus/Caroline/Tyler love triangle is so gonna rock. Mark my words. Besides, the parellel with the bracelets was really subtle and the perfect way to establish a future romantic interest. I usually have a ton of respect for show writters, but this just doubled my respect. Why don't TDV loan some writers to TSC? There was so much going on

this episode, they could loan some of these plot developments to them and still keep TVD the the greatest ever.

You asked in a comment below what would they invent after the plot of Original vampire, and all I have to say is that this is a prime time soap! There is always someone that can find out they have an evil twin who is in love with their brother or whatever. As long as they keep us in the edge of our seats, I'm fine with it.
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Stefan's trip down villain lane is AWESOME!!! Keeping him and Elena apart all this time has been wonder... Love them together in the books, but hate them together on the TV show. Not sure why Klaus is interested in Caroline because she's not important to Stefan now, so he can't use her to get to Stefan. Maybe Klaus is going to start liking Caroline. Hope Stefan stays the way he is. If he has to turn good again, give him a new girlfriend. Don't know about Meredith yet. Meredith in the book is very smart and grown up, not crazy at all, so I'll have to see this one in a couple more episodes. I think they'll move Bonnie on to other things that aren't Jeremy. This was another GREAT episode.....
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Klaus is an evil creeper... but he makes me so sad!!! I totally feel his pain. Which sucks because he inflicts so much pain. To me, Klaus' villianry is far more understandable than Stefan's. Klaus is the way he is because he found out he was an unwanted son, his dad hated him, he killed his mom and in turn, staked the rest of his family and now lives a sad and depressing life trying to find friends. It really sucks for him. There have been so many moments where I just want to cry for him.
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BAHAHAHAHA XD love this summary of the episode XD
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Klaus needs a new assistant/companion, clearly why he's so interested in Caroline all of a sudden. And i like periphery bad guy Stefan. I hope jeremy get his own villans/gets to behead a couple more people i like the whole taking after aleric thing. Also meredith clearly has more going on--but this is mustic falls, who doesn't?

(well, i mean, besides matt...)
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i prefer Stefan the Ripper than Stefan the lost and lonely soul... The brooding works much better with Angel and his soul having dilemma..
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Is that hemp? Bahahaha. Brilliant!
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"I burned my mattress for heat" haha that's awesome and probably true. The Klaus and Caroline scene was so creepy that I didn't enjoy it one bit. There's definitely a catch to saving her life...nothing is free with Klaus. Side note: Why didn't her mom follow Klaus to her room? I'm sorry but if the baddest vampire on earth wanted to heal my daughter for nothing in return I wouldn't believe him. WORST SHERIFF EVER award goes to Liz.



I love love love badass Stefan. It's ironic that now Elena looks like she might be falling for Damon and I always wanted that to happen...but I want her and Stefan to work it out. That scene was so heartbreaking!
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I think Stephan is already back on the good side, he's just pretending not to care because , as he said, he knows he's alredy lost Elena.

Joseph Morgan is the best!!!!!
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I've said it before and I'll say it again.... the show is running at it's peak right about now!

Another wonderful episode with a lot happening.



Btw, Price, What do you mean with "FML" ? Didn't quite get that.





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Eff my life
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Oh, I think Alcholaric or Mer killed the ME.
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"Alcholaric" LOL
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lol!
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I figured I should comment here since you don't reply to my comments on twitter.



1. Klaus is lonely. Klaus is a Manipulative Bastard. Klaus was curious. Caroline is the best (see below)

2. There's no good side and bad side really but Stefan will become more human/good at some point.

3. I don't know about her yet but she's at least a little unbalanced.

4 .Plot Device Bennet will continue to be misused and boring.



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Caroline (to Damon): "You suck!"

Caroline (to Stefan): "Now you want me to eat bunnies and I'm kinda freaking out...and now you're laughing at me... so you're saying I'm basically an insecure, neurotic, control freak on crack?"

Caroline: "Goodbye, Katherine"

Stefan (to Caroline):" Listen, if you're my friend like you've been pretending to be all day, you'll tell me where Elena is."

Caroline (to Stefan): Stefan, I am your friend but I'm also Elena's friend and I'm sorry but I'm not going to tell you where she is"

Stefan (to Tyler): Look, about Caroline, despite her flaws, you want that girl on your side"

Damon (to Bill): "Well, if there's anyone that doesn't need help, it's your annoying control freak of a daughter"

Bill (to Damon): "I know you think I'm the bad guy, but I would never expose my daughter to those morons"

Caroline (to Bill) "You can't fix me. Why are you trying to fix me?

Bill (to Caroline): "So I don't have to kill you"

Caroline (to Tyler): "You help your friend"... "We aren't friends anymore"

Caroline (to Tyler): "I could never hate you, Tyler"

Damon (to Caroline): "I'm stronger than you little girl"

Caroline (to Damon): "Yeah, well I'm angrier"

Tyler (to Caroline): "Don't hate me. Everything I love is you."

Tyler (to Caroline): "I love you"

Caroline (to Tyler): "You're sired to Klaus. He's your master."

Tyler (to Caroline): "If I'm sired to anyone, it's you."

Caroline (to Klaus): Are you going to kill me?|

Klaus (to Caroline): On your birthday? Do you really think so low of me?

Caroline (to Klaus): "Yes!"

Caroline (to Klaus): "Yeah, you're like a billion or something"

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1) Of course there will be scheming, but every character in the show is always more than just evil. Maybe because he needs a love interest ? I see it written here somewhere, but to be honest, for me "Caroline & Klaus" would be a stretch. Not because of her, since she's vibracious and although she's a young vamp with normally a big craving, she's also still very human, even more so than some humans in a sense that she has a very big heart and lots of love to give around. I simply wouldn't believe it could work because of who Klaus is. Although it is very obvious that he must be about the loniest person ever to walk on this earth, I don't see him finding any consolation with Caroline. Simply because he's also extremely paranoid and he could never trust another being. So although I don't see a happy ending for such a couple, of course their personal qualities would be the perfect recipe for at least some dramatic tearjerking episodes !

2) Stefan will turn good again the moment Damon changes his mullet-haircut !! Cause in my eyes only then Damon can be a true competitor for the love of Elena (jk, but seriously his hair, yikes) !

3) Knowing the books a little... let's just say I wouldn't be surprised if Meredith would be at least a tiny bit tormented and complex !

4) Doesn't really interest me.
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1. I really think that Klaus had motives for helping Caroline like that, I mean, he was the one who told Tyler to bite her in the first place, and when is Klaus not planning something? It all just seemed a little too sudden for me. It didn't really make sense honestly.

2. I have no clue. What they're doing with Stefan's character right now is just kind of completely throwing me for a loop.

3. I think so. I thought there was something off about her from the moment she confronted Alaric about his quick healing. Girl seems cray cray. She's nothing like book Meredith.

4. Oh MiFi. Haha. And Jeremy will probably just be like "Sorry girl, can't talk. Being compelled to enjoy the exciting state that is Denver and live with people I don't really know. But I should be back in a couple of episodes."

Hilarious recap as always. :)
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These recaps are so funny. "I burned my mattress for heat" was the best! I love the Klaus Caroline thing about as much as I like to see any bad guy show a good side, kinda like Damon was, which is why there is appeal there. The writers know what peaks our attentions. Feel sorry for Matt, I think they are saving him for something super supernatural. Loved how Bonnie called Elena out on this one. it's possible Jeremy took some more vervain after he found out he didnt have the bracelet on. Looking forward to scooting Stefan out of the triangle more and more. Caroline has been with teh most men in this show, first Damon, then Matt, then Tyler and now Klaus. Wow
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GREAT recap, Price! I look forward to these EVERY week! Thanks for the laughs that go on and on! Questions: 1) I have read somewhere that Klaus will have a love interest, so I would LOVE to see it be Caroline, but Klaus probably always has a sinister plan of one kind. 2) I think it will be Damon and Elena finally admitting their love and getting together. 3) Yes she does, great image. Then she plans who her next victim will be. 4) Yes, until he finds a new gf and she gets her heart broken AGAIN! Then she will curse him, lol. Keep up the good work!
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Thanks! Yeah, this Caroline thing has completely reinvigorated the Klaus plotline for me. No matter what happens I'm 100% interested.
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Hey Price! I agree, this episode was definitely one of the great ones, but this entire season has been incredible! There has not been one boring, off, or bad episode yet; not even the flashback eps were bad! The jerky Stefan and the scorned Elena, though the demise of their relationship is really sad, make for much more interesting and dynamic characters than the lovebirds. Hopefully, when they reconcile, they will stay that way...hopefully. Anywho, I agree with comments by SaraLarsson1 that Klaus is using Caroline as a part of his scheme to gain Tyler's loyalty and leverage from Sheriff Ford. Also with the comment by JudyRestall about Caroline as a replacement Rebecca. Plus, having a member of Elena's crew on his side is not a bad route either. Caroline is probably the first step in building a new circle since he's running out of options (no more family or hybrids). I wont be surprised to see him somehow manipulates others to join his side in the future. Either way, Klaus is turning out to be one of my favorite tv villians. Can't wait to see what happens next...
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As other commenters have pointed out, there's a good chance Klaus is just laying the infrastructure for a townwide takeover (hobnobbing with the mayor and sheriff, buying a mansion in town, etc.) But I still think he sees something in Caroline that brought out his own humanity. I'm hoping that's the case anyway.
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Price, i love these recaps, you should definitely recap more shows!
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Thanks, but I prefer sleeping.
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"Oh, Jeremy. He didn't pick up on Bonnie's subtleties. Personally I was disappointed by the confirmation that Jeremy had indeed been compelled (and did eventually get on his plane to Denver)."

I think exactly the opposite, Jeremy told Bonnie the exact words of Elena, so I think he was trying to make Bonnie think that he was compelled. I think he's got a plan :D, and the scene when he was with Tyler was a presage that Jeremy will become: a hunter!
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Good point! I hope you're right.
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I kind of agree, I think the comment from Bill Forbes about Damon's technique being lazy might come into play with Jeremy! At least I hope so!
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Ooh good catch.
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"What a thoughtful murderer." LOL!!
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"Did Damon encourage Stefan to become a better villain so that Elena would get over him faster? Who knows! " I don't think Damon new what Stefan was doing till the very end. That's why he called Elena when she was in the car with Stefan -likely to make sure she was ok. It seemed a bit weird to me that he praised Stefan at the end, but at the same time the scheming side of Damon would total thing what Stefan did is good. The real question is was Stefan going to stop if Klaus said no? Because even after Klaus relented he still continued a bit.
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Yeah I got that wrong. Sleep deprivation tends to make me mix up Salvatores.
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My only problem with this episode was that the Stefan/Elena scene should have left more of an impact. It was this big emotional thing, but I barely felt it because the characters themselves had already seemingly brushed it off by the end of the episode like it was no big thing.
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Characters brushing off important things? On THIS show?
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I completely agree with you. Also, didn't the promo for this episode contain a slap? Did they not air a scene where Elena slaps anyone or did I imagine it in the promo? (I'm not sure if I'm forgetting TVD scenes or just making up my own, at this point.)
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Elena slapped Stefan last week, but there was a combined promo of the two episodes!
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1) He's up to something for sure. But it was a strangely tender and emotional moment too. I liked that a lot. I have been feeling sorry for Klaus since the beginning, because he's kinda pathetic sometimes and mostly because he is so effing HUMAN.

2) No idea, but it will come. Maybe a couple of episodes after Klaus is defeated? He can postpone it for a while though.

3) She's weird. The only reason TVD introduces a new character is to cause mayhem or to die. Since she hasn't died yet, something bad will happen. Obviously!

4) Yes, but firstly she has to BING how to skype, of course.



2 remarks: firstly, kudos to the actors. Especially Candice Accola (broke my heart into tiny little pieces), Nina Dobrev (man, she's awesome in those emotional, crying scenes) and Paul Wesley (it's getting increasingly harder to understand him.)

Secondly: Stefan may have been exceedingly rude, but the other male characters never lacked humanity or compassion in this episode. Klaus was epic, Matt showed some sense and understanding (his moment with Elena was very nice and truthful - don't you just love that bridge? Such an emotional bridge!) and don't get me started about Damon: the way he analysed Stefan, tried to console Elena and keep the town safe whilst helping his brother.. Damn, he's going full-blown superhero. I don't agree with the suggestion that Damon might be defending villain-stefan to get Elena. He has been waiting for a very long time, and he wants her because of his own merits. I'm pretty sure he doesn't want to be a rebound. He needs her to need him for who he really is (how deep is that? ;)) He's handling it very well. And I think he was right about Stefan: his brain is fried.



Klaus' handwriting was disappointing though.
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Right, as much as Klaus is a monster, he's still the poor kid crying in the doorway as his father yelled at him. He's definitely capable of emotion. And I certainly agree with you about the quality of the acting on this show. I still can't believe the stuff these people can do with just a facial expression.
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does anyone else think the fell ghost had something to do with the death of elenas parents as it happened on the bridge?
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Now THAT is an episode I'd love to see.
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Oh man am I loving Stefan or what.

Badass!

And I absolutely love your recaps.

Hilarious.
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Thanks! And I didn't even behead anyone.
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I can't decide if Klaus sees Caroline as a love interest or if he's trying to create a replacement Rebbeca. In the flashback episode that gave the origin of the Originals we saw that they have a similar look and a similar story. . Both were basically happy with their lives, except for the part were they were being victimized. Also, both were converted against their will and had to deal with people they knew their whole lives suddenly distrusting and even hating them. Both have issues with their fathers, for very good reason. Both are now at a point where they realize that they have an eternity ahead of them and very few people able to share it. Klause being one of the few people they know will always be there, even if he is the kind to put you in time out for several decades every time you do something he doesn't like.
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Yeah I get the feeling Klaus is actually pretty loyal to the people he likes, so long as they don't cross him. There are probably worse friends to have.
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I will say it again.. Stefan makes an excellent bad/mean guy! I love the actor that plays Klaus and I'm glad they chose him for the role. This has been such a great season with so much nuttiness and I can't WAIT to find out what's in that mystery coffin.... the mom maybe? or the original witch?
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Yeah Joseph Morgan is perfect.
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The original witch is the mom. the cave drawings said so. remember? :)
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Explain why Klaus reached out to Caroline like he did. I think he's lonely, and honestly it's the ONLY storyline I'm interested in at the moment.
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Word.
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Meanwhile at school (LOL)
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OMG!! Fangtastic job with the funnies!! LOVE IT!! <3<3<3 ROFLMAO!!! <3<3<3
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THXX!!
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1) "surrogate" for Rebekah

2) Either Elena gets badly hurt or She hooks up with Damon and Stefan finds out....htat would turn most people's emotions back on would think...

3) Meredith is a wack job murderer.....

4)Bonnie will tell Jeremy via skype about the compulsion....Enter Jeremy stage left...
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It's weirdly grosser that he's trying to replace his own sister. That's effed up right there.
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given her history in previous roles (one tree hill - psycho nanny carrie , PLL - she killed A ) i think Meredith is prbly a psycho killer
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Or maybe that's too obvious?
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Wow just wow, I agree incredible episode.



1) I think that Klaus either a.)plans to use Caroline in some way. b.)Maybe she just reminds him of Rebekah. C.)This is the start of an epic love triangle that could Rival {Damon, Elena, & Stefan} <--- I'm voting for C



2) Somehow Stefan will save the town or something Magnanimous. Or maybe when Stefan graciously accepts Elena with Damon she will swoon for how awesome he is. PS I really want to see a Stefan/Rebekah hook up.



3)I think that Meredith isn't the one who killed the medical examiner guy it was probably Alaric. She definitely has a secret though.



4)One could only hope that Bonnie continues Skypeing with Jeremy, I seriously hope Jeremy comes back soon I already miss him.



By the way thank you so much for this line "I hesitate to say this because Stefan is rotten to the core these days, but is he completely awesome now? I think Stefan might be completely awesome now." Stefan is for sure Awesome now.



Thats my thoughts



--Crissy
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Yeah, Stefan is awesome in his badassery, but man he's pretty awful toward Elena now. Hopefully she'll move on faster now.
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Vampire diaries it's a great show with more than enough thrilling episodes in its run so far. On and all, this episode (i think) was the first mature episode of the series - which is good
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Guys, I will say something, it's not a spoiler per say because I m actually making guesses ... The person in the coffin , i think, it's a doppelganger of Kathrine and Elena (aka nina dobrev will have a third character in the show). If you ask why; well, it can't be another member of whom we don't know from Klaus family, his mother the original witch died - Klaus twin brother would have been too obvious - so I though, how did the original witch knew about the doppelganger to put her in the Klaus curse on the first place? Kathrine being the first dopple means there was a nina dobrev original
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Definitely could be the original Dobrev.
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I was thinking the same thing...perhaps the reason Bonnie dreamed of Klaus in the coffin unshrivelled and unveiny is that he loved the original doppelganger and therefore that's where his 'humanity' is?

But who knows, this show is so unpredictable that for all we know it could turn out to be a swarm of 1000 year old flesh-eating locusts.
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Great episode kinda somewhat like klaus too bad he cant last
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Who knows??
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i think that klaus character is the best! i mean the part where he was talking to the mayor and damon and actually said: "let's give peace a chance" was really funny... coming from the biggest villain all times...

1 - probably at 1st klaus just wanted to have sherif Forbes "on his side"... but then i think that the reasons developed.... cause it looked like he noticed the bracelet that tyler gave caroline.... and he gave her a bracelet as well...maybe he's pushing for some weird rivality with tyler....whatever will be, it will probably be awsome.

2 - i really hope that stefan won't turn boring again... but i am afraid that at some point, by the end of the season after unlocking the box he will reunite withe elena and become the good stefan as well...

3 - so, this meredith character then is probably the sister of logan fell... and probably she doesn't just sit in her appartment but goes out and does the yelling thing... i suspect that the reason why she's so interested in alaric is because of his supernatural healing process...she's definitely up to something...

4 - bonnie is too busy right now, she has to stay in that creepy old house all day, all night to open the box... and i am sure she'll not be able to open it alone...and in the 1st season we've been promised we'll see bonnie's cousin' again... probably now it will be a good time for that....







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Remember alaric killed logan fell after he was turned into a vampire.. maybe meredith is a relative seeking revenge..
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Yeah I'm looking forward to Bonnie's plotline next episode. It's about time she got something to do. And a house of her own.
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Fantastic episode! For a show that most non-watchers think is just teenage melodramatic, popcorn flavored fluff, the writers really busted out some philosophical inner-conflicts. Caroline and Elena both realized they've been trying to hold to the people they were one year ago (I still have difficulty wrapping my head around the timeline. These kids go through more in a week than I did in my entire adolescence), and needed to let go of the past. And let's not forget Klaus. Oh Klaus! I've been saying for a while that I don't hate the guy. I've never hated him. I get that he's supposed to be the big bad original, but I honestly think the writers want you to have sympathy for him. Here's a guy who has murdered his way across the world for over 1000 years and I still kind of like him. At the end of the day he doesn't want to be alone. Always keeping his family close (albeit in coffins), befriending Stefan, the hybrid fixation, all somber attempts to ward off the emptiness. And his heart-to-heart with Caroline was really touching. I just can't bring myself to hope for his decapitation, a la Stefan.

Don't give up on Jeremy, Price! He might surprise us. He could be playing the long game. I'm still holding out hope he'll be back from Denver in only 1or2 episodes with a brilliant scheme in mind (as long as he's not swept away in Tebow-mania). Also, is he not seeing ghosts anymore? Has that storyline kind of run its course and being quietly buried in the woods (along with half of the Mystic Falls population)? Maybe he'll meet a whole new crop of Supernaturals that could help with the cause (and a witch that can do more than light candles - I'm sorry Bonnie fans! Please don't hurt me telepathically).

So good to have Caroline back! But once again she goes through another harrowing ordeal. Why do they punish her so much? Is it because they how much we all love her and want to f with our heartstrings? Mission accomplished writers! Also, how does siring work again? Do you need to be made into a hybrid to be sired? Or just healed by Klaus's blood? I'm so confused! It'll certainly be interesting if Klaus begins to contend with Tyler for Caroline's affections.

A few final thoughts:

- Loving the role reversal between Stefan and Damon. And yes, Stefan is freakin' awesome now!

- Other people have said it and I completely agree - Meredith is super creepy.

- Where's Katherine!? I know she's probably cooking up something deliciously diabolical, but I miss that conniving B.

- I used to not like Matt as a character but he's alright. The show needs someone displaced form all the craziness to point it out from time to time.

Great episode. Great Recap. Wow! This comment is long. No one's going to read this whole thing, so I might as well end with an embarrassing tidbit about myself:

I love ABBA!
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You're awesome, obviously. Yeah Matt's important because he's one of the few remaining normals. I liked him reconnecting with Elena, just giving her a dose of reality for once. And I definitely haven't given up on Jeremy... Whether or not he's faking, I'm sure his return will be cool.
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About the siring wouldn't Damon and Stefan have a siring problem too since they both had a drink of Klaus' blood when they got bitten? I think it only works when people are turned into hybrids.
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You're right. I probably got the blood-drinking thing from True Blood. Oops.
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yay ABBA

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1. I think Klaus reached out to Caroline to be a nice(er) mentor to her AND to make Liz aka "This Dunce" join his side.

2. Stefan's turning point will have much more to do with Damon than Elena. There has been a lot of talk this season about how "family is the most important thing, evar" and we've already seen Stefan screw up one master plan in order to save his bro.

3. Meredith creeps me out.

4. Not sure what Bonnie will do, but Jer better get back to Mystic Falls soon. Any chance he figured out the whole compulsion thing after Bonnie's hint at school? Knowing you're compelled doesn't necessarily mean you can get out of it.



Every time we saw Caroline's shoulder bite, all I could think was "this smells bad" and then "smells even worse now."
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I thought that too. I hope she febrezed her sheets afterward.
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You amaze me! One of the best episodes ever, and I thought there's no way Price can make fun of this one, and I actually think this may be your funniest recap yet! Well done!

1) I think Klaus was intrigued by Tyler trying to resist his order to bite Caroline, sort of like he was amazed by Stefan stabbing himself to keep from biting Elena in "The Reckoning", and I think he wanted to see what was so great about her! I'm glad you put "I know we don't know each other very well", I think the only time they have been in the same episode is when he turned Tyler into a hybrid!

2) I think he will turn back to the good side right about the same time that Elena admits she has feelings for Damon and then Damon will get mad and kill Matt or something, then maybe Jeremy can come back!

3) yes

4) Don't really care as long as he comes back, or after seeing him shoot thar crossbow, maybe he can be The Green Arrow!

Ok, even though you didn't ask for it, the mention of the Sage character gave me a new theory on the coffin, maybe she is another Original, a more powerful Original, I got to thinking about the episode Ordinary People, Rebekah said that her mother bore seven children, but maybe Mikael already had a child when he met Esther, a daughter, Sage, and maybe Klaus was afraid of her! She might even be the one who wrote the story on the cave wall! I don't know, it's just an idea!
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Aw shucks. This was a fun one to write, for sure. Good episodes really energize me for some reason. And yeah I agree... Klaus didn't know much about Caroline but he must've been intrigued by the fact that Tyler loved her and that she was willing to date a hybrid.
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One question remains: Where the heck is Katherine!?
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Maybe she'll meet Jeremy in Denver?

........Hmmm, Yes to this. This is a good idea.
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Yes please!
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Love your photocaps!



1. It could be his intention all along to get her bitten and cure her. This way he has created a soft spot for him with her especially with the nearly teary-eyed scene about thinking of killing him self and the beauty of the world, etc. He could be planning to divide and conquer! He has got the council and now he is aiming for the teens! one set of friends against the others!



or he could just like her. That's too simple an explanation!



2. I hope it's not for a long while cos he is amazing as he is atm! loved the car scene with him and him beheading that hybrid.



3. Na probably at pics of her past dates!



4. Who cares! He would be too busy smooching up other girls now that she isn't around nose bleeding on everything!
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Haha I LOL'd at #4.
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Thank you for this recap!!!! I'm new to reading your weekly insights and I appreciate the mixture of humor within your analysis! As to answering your questions: 1. I think that Klaus is using Caroline, personally (although to discover he actually has feelings for her would be an intriguing twist). I think he will end up using Caroline as leverage against Tyler. Wouldn't it be super cool to see Tyler and Klaus go head to head over Caroline? MUST SEE TV. 2. Since I'm a Dalena fan, I'm hoping Stefan stays away from Elena for a few more epis so that we Dalena fans can finally see something between our favorite duo. What will bring back Stefan? Part of me (the romantic) wants it to be Elena (well, duh, right?). However, I think it is more befitting for it to be Damon who brings him back. 3. I don't have an answer here, but I can tell you that Meredith's character is a disappointment thus far. I don't know it if's the storyline or the acting (or a combination of both). I hope that we see some definite refining of the plot concerning her character, especially considering she is a much beloved character from the book series. 4. Oh, Bonnie is Bonnie, right? While I understand your point about Bonnie giving Elena a reality check about sending Jeremy away (and he'll be back folks - he HAS to be back), I don't understand where Bonnie feels so entitled to be the judge.
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Well, didn't they say that witches are basically just mother nature's referees? That's probably why Bonnie's so judgmental. But I definitely agree that a Tyler vs. Klaus thing could be super interesting.
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I don't think that the bracelet was meant to be a romantic gesture . Maybe it was Klaus showing Caroline "genuine beauty", because when he said that line he touched the charm bracelet.
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Oooh, that does make sense.
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I like Stefan but OMG he was such a jerk in this episode,if i were Elena i dont think i d ever forgive him and i would have made out with Damon just to get back at him!
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Forget Elena, I'm not sure *I* can forgive him at this point.
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I would like to see more of Matt and Elena acting like actual friends. In the pilot and on, they made it seem like they had a long lasting friendship that turned into a romance so it'd be nice to see them actually act like they care about eachother. And it would give Matt something to do
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Yes! I love their friendship also.
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First of all, great re-cap Price, i don't think you were this thorough in the past so that speaks volumes for this episode.



For your questions:

1- I would definitely go with your explanation. But I add here a layer to Klaus' character. He searches for compassion and love, but can't really do it on his own. Tyler stood up to him for Caroline's sake and I believe that's the main reason why he gave her a second look and a chance. And who wouldn't fall for Caroline?

2- I hope he doesn't turn to the good side. He so much more awesome now that turning back would be a buzzkill.

3- Meredith's insane. Or maybe they are making her blatantly crazy to divert the focus of attention. The showrunners are probably even crazier. I wouldn't be surprised if it was in fact Alaric the killer.

4- I hate Bonnie but she made a couple of good and sensible points in this episode. Having her stay and Jeremy go, especially when he was starting to buzz my badass barometer like locos makes me sad inside. Cold bloodedly decapitating hybrids trumps lighting 17 candles with a frown EVERY SINGLE TIME.



Other notes:

On Damon: He's recurrently IMO the most solid character in the show. He had his bad moments and handled them on his own as his character evolved. He stopped bitching about his life and handled everything like a man. He's got common sense and is the only one who time and time again crosses over to reality and points out how blatantly stupid some things in Mystic Falls really are. Like how big a dunce sheriff Forbes is, how bad Elena's plans are, etc. Plus he's got this set of eyes that I, as a man, would totes kill for. Last but not the least, since the beginning, he's the one who has ALWAYS been there for Elena. This serves to say she doesn't deserve him.



On Matt:

Dear god, mashed potatoes and completely friendzoned? Someone give this guy a mister congeniality consolation prize :S



Speaking on Matt and prizes: I'm instituting as of now the "That's Price-Less" awards every week for the best panel on your TVD recaps: This week it goes to Matt's "I burned my mattress for heat"! You can't get much lower than that!
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Aw thanks. You're right, Matt got totally friend-zoned. Poor guy. Also the fact that this episode really wanted us to believe Meredith is insane is probably a big clue that she's not insane. It couldn't be that easy right? I think the ME only said that because she was thinking about doing something that would put her career at risk.
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