The Vampire Diaries "Growing Pains" Review: Forever's Gonna Start Tonight (PHOTO RECAP)

The Vampire Diaries S04E01: "Growing Pains"

Hi, I'm Price, do you remember me? We used to be in geometry together! You signed my yearbook and wrote "Keep in touch". And I did! I emailed you, I wrote you a postcard, I tried to add you on Friendster (you probably didn't get the notification). Oh well, at least we're in the same class again THIS year too! Want to be homework buddies? I do most of my homework during lunch period when I'm hanging out in the debate room by myself, but— Ugh, I can't keep this up, it's too real. Anyway HEY GUYS! How was your summer? If you were anything like me, you spent most of the summer months lying on the side of the road with barely any energy or will to live (besides watching Teen Wolf obvs). But on the whole it was just a hot, messy, pointless few months without The Vampire Diaries, you know? You do know.

Since the future is F-ING NOW, The Vampire Diaries returned this week! "Growing Pains" was its fourth season premiere, and while it was no "The Return" (WHAT IS?), it was still just straight-up fantastic! I loved this episode a lot; whether it's because it was truly good or because I was simply just so starved for m'vampires is a good question. But who even cares? "Growing Pains" had all the main ingredients: Scares, twists, surprises, emotions, shotgun barrel impalings, Jasmine Guy. It had everything! Just call me Chatty Cathy because I want to talk about it a bunch!

It all started in an artsy way: A white screen with just loud sound effects typical of the Mystic Falls suburbs.

And that's when a newly transitioning Elena woke up in bed!

If you were like me you called shenanigans right away. Um, didn't she wake up in a morgue earlier? Did that not happen? I guess there's a chance she was just like, "Nope, too sleepy" and hit the snooze button for a few more hours. In which case I can relate to that! But yeah, now she was awake and surrounded by a pair of handsome "Italians."

They broke the news to Elena the best they could, but she was NOT happy about getting turned into a vampire.

Poor Elena! At this point there was a certain amount of bickering over who was to blame for her death and whatnot, but I was glad the show didn't dwell TOO hard on it. It was a pretty freakish series of events, right? (Honestly a lot of the latter half of Season 3 could be described that way.) But yeah, it was just nice to see all our favorite characters back and doing what they do best:

Cool that even admidst all the life-or-death drama Jeremy still found time to work in a few sets of deadlifts! Unfortunately he still probably needed to work on his tactless-questions issues.

Elena was super jumpy and sensitive to stimuli, so it was actually pretty nice to see Jeremy being so chill about everything. He had a few tips on converting to vampirisim that he'd picked up from Vicki. (LOL a million years ago back when Jeremy was a goth.)

Oh hey, in this episode we learned who the new Big Bad is. LAMPS!

Yeah Elena was definitely having a hard time adapting. I mean it seemed like a slightly easier situation than what Caroline went through, but still. I guess in number of ways Elena had been kind of preparing for this moment for the past few years. But the old expression remains true: "You don't truly know how loud a lamp is until you're in the beginning stages of becoming a vampire."

In the beginning of what would become a major theme for the episode, things that we THOUGHT would happen based off the finale were either immediately reversed or easily solved. So for example last season it sort of appeared as though Klaus' body would be disposed of or thrown into the ocean or whatever, yet here it was, chillin' in Bonnie's ghost house looking super comfortable in that coffin. Didn't that coffin look so cozy? Like you just want to curl up in there, nestle under those chains, and just eat a sleeve of Ritz crackers while watching a Revenge marathon.

Anyway, Klaus was still in Tyler's body and he was SUPER crabby toward Bonnie.

They did at least come to an agreement that it was probably worth a shot trying to convert Elena back into a human. So that was some nice common ground right there. (And just FYI, Michael Trevino was surprisingly good! No English accent because that might've been too lulz-y to handle, but I still totally bought that it was a different person inside Tyler.)

Anyway, like I was saying, whereas the season finale hinted that the anti-vampire council would be resurgent this season, this episode immediately made that the case in a BIG way. Temporarily, at least. Meet this Pastor dude, the clear leader of the anti-vampire league. It was hecka interesting to me that this show brought in an overtly religious component to the vampire lore. Anyway, the big shocker was that not only was the anti-vampire council not a complete joke, they apparently had the resources and the legal ability to arrest the whole damn town?

Yeah, I couldn't believe it either, but these people were serious! They even handcuffed the mayor!

And they took Sheriff Forbes' badge! I'm seriously not even sure how that works from a legal standpoint, but I'm also sure that Sheriff Forbes didn't either.

Anyway, after Tyler and Caroline were supposed to have left town, at some point Caroline came to believe that Tyler had been killed? Is my brain broken forever, or was this a new revelation? Am I misremembering something? I suppose I could bust out the Season 3 finale again for reference, but I'm lazy. For right now I seriously do not know how Caroline came to believe this. May was a LONG time ago, friends. Anyway, I'm sure you can fill me in in the comments. So yeah, Caroline didn't leave town after Tyler was "killed." And unfortunately she was too distracted by a phone call to use her ultra-powerful vampire sensory skills to detect that the council was about to jump out and vervain her. We're not all perfect, and that includes perfect lady vampires.

Meanwhile Elena still hadn't drank up some blood to complete her transformation and she was gagging over a sandwich Stefan had made for her:

OR it could be that a person who hasn't needed to eat food for over a century maybe isn't the best cook? I bet that sandwich was just like a glop of horse radish over some old baloney. Ugh, vampire cooks.

Anyway, at this point Stefan was doing his best to hold Elena's hand through all her puzzling new sensations, but in my opinion he was being a bit of a know it all. Back up, guy, and let her experience things! Like in this moment when Elena cracked herself up over the least funny joke in human history and then started crying:

Emotions are hard! Especially for vampires. I guess that whole "turn it off" lesson is for advanced users only.

This was cool though: As has been long speculated, Elena started to remember all the moments that Damon had compelled her to forget, and the show made a super artsy decision to have Elena experience them in a 3D, out-of-body type of way.

This particular scene was when Damon basically told her that he loved her, kissed her forehead, compelled her to forget (complete with a single manly tear) and then returned the vervain necklace that everybody had stolen from everybody else. (Man, I bet Ayanna's still all mad that her necklace got ganked.)

Meanwhile present-day Damon was still making his blame rounds, and the next stop was Rebekah's pad:

NO HE DID NOT! Damon brought the White Oak stake and tried to murder Rebekah with it! They tussled and then she got shot/staked through the window!

Because oh yeah! The Council was still on their A-game.

They even got Stefan and Elena! The main goon was this handsome, super worked-out bro, so how long do you think it'll be before he's the lead on some show about hunky heroes? Two months? Three?

So apparently the Mayor didn't get thrown in the slammer like would've been hilarious. Pretty soon she was drinking everything in sight and drunk-dialing her son.

Klaus did a pretty good job of playing it off! In my head I imagined that the more he got to know Tyler's life the faster he wanted outta there. Just as an aside, how horrible would it be to switch bodies with someone. Like, who cares if they're in better shape than you, it takes a whole lifetime to get used to your OWN body, now you have to deal with someone else's weirdness? "Ugh, this dude's jaw clicks when I chew. And what is that smell?" Count me out.

Anyway, both Caroline and Rebekah came to in the back of a van. And I got pretty excited because I want them to be friends or at least buds, you know? So I was hoping they'd bond a little bit over their shared incarceration:

But nope! The van crashed! (The special effect was simply incredible. So good.) Tyler's mom had alerted him/Klaus that Caroline had been abducted so he had no choice but to leap into action! Quick question though, how does a teenage hybrid go about crashing three cars in one fell swoop? My theory is he simply sent a text message to the front driver and a pile-up immediately ensued. Clever Klaus!

Anyway, he saved Caroline and then left Rebekah with nothing but a hint that he was actually Klaus. Thanks?

Meanwhile Matt was still in BIG trouble with Damon for having driven off the Wickery Bridge and then not even having the decency to drown.

Poor Matt! Except, I don't know, just swerve next time? No need to drive off a bridge. To his credit, Matt seemed pretty eager to die the whole episode. "Lord, take me," was written across his face basically the whole time.

Another thing I feared would last an uncomfortably long time? Klaus impersonating Tyler in order too hook up with Caroline.

Except nope! It was totally awesome that this plotline not only wasn't dragged out, but Caroline was onto him right quick. I'm so relieved we're not going to have a psychological rape subplot on our hands, but I'm even more relieved that this was a huge reason to like Klaus. Sure he's a murderous villain prone to reprehensible actions, but it's the moments where he seems to have a modicum of self-respect where I really like him. Why on earth would Klaus need to impersonate some rando werewolf in order to win over a girl? He wouldn't! So I appreciated his boast that he planned to win her over anyway.

So Bonnie's big plotline (and it was a good one!) involved her conscious decision to get involved in some dark arts in order to hopefully keep Elena from going full vampire. It was clear right away that this magic was probably not safe for Bonnie's health:

She passed out! That's because Bonnie's plan basically involved astral projection, which she used to somehow lure Elena's soul (which is now a separate entity from Vampire Elena) back from the Other Side and into Elena's old body. Or something. It was a confusing plan that not even Bonnie seemed clear on.

EXCEPT WHOOPS! JASMINE GUY WAS BACK AND BOY WAS SHE PISSED! Hey Grams! Grams was NOT happy about Bonnie using dark magic. That's why she cock-blocked this astral projection nonsense and made Bonnie give it up. Typical Grams!

I have to say, I sat up and clapped with glee when Grams showed up. I am not even ashamed to admit that.

Anyway, Elena and Stefan and Rebekah were all taken to some kind of barn prison and locked up in separate cages so that they could be hot-boxed with vervain. Elena and Stefan ended up having a very heartfelt conversation, finally putting it out there that they both <3ed each other so much and Elena chose him, etc.

But the best thing (aside from the terrific dialogue and acting) was that Rebekah, an on-the-record Stelena hater, was just chillin' in her cell listening to them talk and having this seemingly profound, silent change of heart not only about them, but maybe about love itself? I can't quite put my finger on it, but it was this aspect of the scene that truly got to me. Because Rebekah's a newish character and her arc is still ripe for the unfolding, she has a ton of potential to become kind of the heart of the show. A jaded cynic that deep down just wants what the simpletons around her have. Just a really nice touch.

Anyway, Damon and Matt put their brains together and realized that the evil pastor had a ranch and so that's probably where their friends had been taken to. Their plan involved Damon biting the F out of Matt's neck and then taunting the pastor all kinds.

Honestly, this might seem weird, but don't you think that vampires probably like drinking Matt's blood anyway? I bet it's all buttery. And kinda starchy. And with a hint of white pepper.

Anyway, Damon got shot.

So then, just after Bonnie had sworn off dark magic for good, Klaus forced her to put his soul back into his chained-up charcoal body.

Bonnie did not WANT to, but when Klaus/Tyler started ripping at his own beach bod, Bonnie finally relented.

Unfortunately, just as Grams had predicted, this was the final straw as far as the witch ancestors were concerned. But the twist was, they took it out on GRAMS!

I can't believe Grams got killed AGAIN? Who would have guessed that being a ghost wasn't the worst thing that could happen to you? I'm starting to think that maybe ghost on ghost violence is becoming a serious problem in Mystic Falls. Anyway, sorry, Bonnie, that was a bummer.

Meanwhile at the barn jail, Rebekah had decided to put her manipulation skills to work in trying to get them out of there. It started with her hilarious attempt to bribe the guard with jewels and castles and whatever.

But it ended with Elena FINALLY getting a sweet taste of blood! And boy did she have to earn it!

So there you have it folks! Elena's first human victim would be the dead guard whose head was leaking like a busted water balloon. Not very glamorous but it got the job done.

Meanwhile out on the lawn, Damon jumped up from his temporary death and proceeded to beat up some goons. The high point was probably when he stabbed a man through the heart WITH A SHOTGUN.

Unfortunately Damon's rage didn't stop there and he turned on Matt for some unfinished business.

But Vampire Elena intervened! (I guess the guard had conveniently unlocked her cage before getting real killed.) But anyway, yeah, its official: Elena be vampin'!

At this point she and Damon had a heart to heart about all that no-longer-compelled stuff. Another moving conversation, but this one significantly sadder.

He owned up to all the stuff he'd said and stood by it. But she just doubled-down on how much she wants Stefan instead. Stuff like that.

Oh speaking of situations that didn't last very long: Klaus was officially back and non-charred! I clapped here as well.

Rebekah was super mad at him though. Not only had he treated her real bad, but he basically told her to her face that he didn't need her as a family member, he just needed his sweet, sweet doppelganger blood so that he could make a boy army for himself. Needless to say, Rebekah's little act of rebellion didn't go over so well.

Oh Klaus. Welcome back! But oh, Klaus.

I am not the biggest fan of the central romance, but I'm also a human being so it was hard not to be moved by this rooftop scene:

They both pretty much made it official that they are back in love, and Elena even expressed excitement about getting to be immortal. See, maybe things won't change very much now that she's a vampire. Still seems like the same old girl to me!

But this stinger of an ending was pretty terrific. The anti-vampire council gathered at the pastor's house for a morning meeting:

AND HE BURNT THEM ALL UP!!!

What ON EARTH? That was incredible! But see what I'm saying? I thought the council would be a prominent nemesis for the season, but apparently not! Yeah, he implied something along the lines of them being ghosts and fighting from the other side, but come on, that's silly. Ghosts are gonna be fighting ghosts now? To me I interpreted this as, last season the writers were like, "We gotta have SOME kind of cliffhanger," and then over the summer they realized that those cliffhangers promised stories that weren't all that great, so here they're just cleaning house so they can move onto even better villains. That's my theory! I'm not smart. But I do love this show and it constantly impresses me how surprising it can be. I'm holding out hope that this episode's inclusion of religion, angry witch ghosts, and alternate realms might have bigger implications for the story down the line, but either way, I am intrigued AS HECK. Boom. TVD is back, you guys.


QUESTIONS:

... Are the council going to turn into angry fire demons?

... Is Bonnie done with dark magic for good?

... Will Rebekah ever catch a break?

... Tyler or Klaus? Be honest.

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great rev as always...
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1. Something is definately going to happen with the dead council



2. I hope not, I hope she turns into a real baddass, I hope she hardens up.



3. I hope there's a romance between her and Matt, so she has a tie to her human self that is dying to come out. And I hope that her and elena become friends.



4. TYLER! The birthday episode when they have sex to Ron Pope's 'A Drop in the Ocean' is one of my favourite TVD scenes
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Klaus klaus klaus! Klaus all the way!!!!! It's sooooooooo cute how much he cares for Caroline. And maybe somewhere down the line he'll learn some respect for his own sister Rebekah too ~.~ Poor girl.

Also, unfortunately, Bonnie seems pretty done with dark magic.

And also! How do dark magic folk DO magic without the help of the spirits? Maybe there are dark spirits who give them a hand? Why aren't these dark spirits giving Bonnie a hand? I don't understand this stuff. Oh well.
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Agh! I wish I had time to do a Notes from Mystic Falls comment, but I don't so here's the quickies!



1. I think Jeremy (and maybe Matt) will tie into this coucil-mass-suicide-murder thing. Seeing as how he sees ghosts. And they are angry ghosts now on the Other Side. Also, there was some unfinished-ness with the Alaric/ring storyline....remember Alaric's notes for Jeremy to continue his work?



2. I LOVE angry, frustrated, helpless Damon! Did I hope for a little softer heart to heart with him/Elena? Sure. It'll show up some episode. But for this one, where all the action of the season finale (drowning/Stefan/Matt, etc) happened when he was away, his impotent anger is perfect. Because as he did tell Elena, he DOES finally get how important her mortal life was. In S1-2 he would have happily had her as a vampire, now he has grown that he wanted her to get to have HER first choice, HER own life. And the fact that was taken from her after all and there is NOTHING he can do is making him terribly unhappy.



3. Rebekah finally gets it. Stefan/Elena. And she has wanted a love like that for her whole life. She puts aside (at least for a few minutes) her grudge against Elena and helps Stefan kill the guard so that Elena can have blood and transition.



4. I enjoy so much that Klaus didn't just screw Caroline in Tyler's body. It may have been partly ego (he wants her as himself), but still, it shows that there is a boundary inside of him SOMEWHERE....and we didn't have to have any icky Caroline-psychological-rape troubles. Also, I think Trevino did a pretty decent job inhabiting Klaus...and while it was pretty anticlimatic that they switched back in the first episode, I also see that it would be silly to draw it out...after all, Tyler would have to stay away from everyone because he was supposed to be dead dead dead if Klaus were dead, so he couldn't show up without everyone knowing Klaus was alive....which what's the point of being in Tyler's body then?



And please send Katherine back! Oh, and does anyone else think there should be some good Elijah/Elena scenes now??
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I burst out laughing when I read, "Get that trash outta my yard"! I don't know why, but there's something hilarious about that line. And it's embarrassing that I LOL'd since everyone around me is giving me weird looks now...
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I am re watching some of season three because I didn't have time to do it before season four. I just saw the episode where Stefan almost runs the car off the bridge with Elena and I still can't believe she forgave him for that! As she said: no matter what she felt for Damon she never unfell for Stefan. But how can she not unfall for him when he tried to kill her? I'm not saying this because I'm team Damon, I'm saying this because I keep getting frustrated over Elena's stupidity! I mean Damon KILLED her brother and like three episodes later she's like "okay I forgive you!". On the other hand the show might have bin kind of boring if she just hated the Salvatore bros for all eternety... Anyway, we all know it but I just have to say it again. Elena sucks :)



Angry post over haha ;)
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What is happening with the comment section here? Now I can't load more comments, reply to comments or like them :( It took me several times just to post this one. Earlier some people had problem even seeing the comments at all! Tv.com... what are you doing? Tv.com... stahp!
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Comment overload! We've officially reached over 500 comments in just a couple of days!
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We broke the system. ;)
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OK now that we're back to the often 500+ comments for these recaps (and sometimes >1,000) could you guys please add in a "show ALL comments" button? I know I'm just whinging but scrolling down to hit "show more comments" 15 times does get old when all you want to do is see if anyone has responded to anything you've posted. Thanks :)
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What I think is... In the opening sequence they made sure to include doppelgangers in the list of supernatural beings and at the final scene Stefan just had to give Elena's her sun ring but it was still nightfall. I might over think this too much, but my guess is that Elena will not be a proper vampire, cause she's a doppelganger. She'll probably have all the vampire perks obviously but not the vampire problems eg walking in the sun without a ring. But anyway... this episode was excellent in every retrospect and I cannot wait for the next one!
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Did you forget that Katherine is a Doppelganger as well? And she is not a special vampire...
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I just realized that one of the captions that always makes me laugh is "Yammering." Seriously, Bonnie sounds so idiotic when she does that haha.



Also, since I never answered your weekly questions:



-I kinda had that feeling..

-Hard to say. I'm leaning toward no.

-I hope so. LOVE her. She's the best after Klaus :)

-Is that even a question!? Duh.! Klaus! Nothing against Tyler, though. I've actually come to like his character after he stopped being so douchy back in season 1.
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Is it Friday yet?
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I prefer Thursday :)
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Im guessing Anonymous_A lives in Australia. I prefer Friday too, cos its Thursday in the US.
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You're actually right, whatsername24! I do live in Australia! Although we have crap original shows over here...
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I prefer Wednesday. It's an awesome combo of SUPERNATURAL, AHS and Arrow!! :)
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do i seriously have to choose between klaus and tyler? that's gotta be impossible for caroline!
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Why would Caroline choose Klaus? He's a horrible person who always threatens to kill her friends when he doesn't get his way nearly on a daily basis!
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What happened to all the comments? They're all gone..
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There must be something wrong with your computer/internet system.
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Huh? No they're not? :S
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First i would like to point out, that the person who is adding the most lamest text on echt recap picture, should get FIRED....what a dumbass!!! There are maybe people who really enjoyed this episode and the whole feeling you had about this episode is gone like in seconds, when you go through this review and see the pics...!!!!



That said, i loved this episode.....of course i don't expect Elena to be a bad girl immediately, but i think that she will deffinetely have her moments this season...!!



I like the scene where Damon alsmost killed Mat. I loved Tyler playing the badass Klaus...too sad, he is back in his own body again....loved to watch Tyler being badd and all...



The only thing i just don't end is the end...why did the priest burn all of them..and why didn't he come out to see, if he still had Elena and the other vampires...he just told Damon, that he is not invited and closed the door. The next thing, his whole small living room is full with people ( who the hell are they) and they all got blown up/burned?????? Weird...



But my boyfriend who hate series, even watched it with excitment...so that says something..!!
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HOW DARE U! the recaps are the best part of watching VD
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I've been a part of Team Delena ever since "Heart of Darkness", but last spring I predicted a Damon/Rebekah relationship, which I think would make a lot of sense because 1) we already know they have chemistry 2) they are both naturally jaded and cyninical, but want to become better people, and 3) both have been repeatedly rejected by the person they most crave love and acceptance from.
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Laughed for about 5 minutes on STFU Electricity, and loved the Jessie Spano reference.

1. Think they might just have deaths to blame the vamps on.

2. Bonnie is lame, so who cares.

3. Is it Friday yet?? Hilarity

4. Klaus is the best, love.

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I kinda didn't like much this cap but I hope to get better , I was hoping 4 a crazy slutty elena but It's just the same stupid boring girl , and for the question definetly KLaus yummyyy he look kinda skinny or am I just crazy, looove your recaps :D
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Awesome recap to an awesome episode. It was a solid start to what I'm sure well be a great season.

- Probably. If they are, then I'd love to see it.

- God, I hope not. She has so much potential and I'm sick and tired of her being used as a plot device. And I'm not saying this because I'm a Bonnie fan.

- Probably not. She's an Original. They never catch breaks.

- Tyler.
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Katherine should come back and vampire fight with Elena
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I have a feeling that that'll blow the CGI budget. However, it would look cool.
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Haven't heard the last of the council....Bonnie won't be done til she's dead or stripped of her power....Rebekah will never catch a "break" lol....KLAUS!!!
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hahaha I missed this so much, great recap!

You're right, this was no The Return (men, what an episode) but I found it good... some little plot holes here and there but nothing too weird lol Can't wait to find out what on earth is going on and why the dude burned everyone down

can't wait to see Elena as a true vampire, it will be fun.
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What an entertaining recap! I was totally shocked at the end of the episode; I have a feeling that it was a hint at something bigger. After discussing it with a co-worker at DISH, she thought that the pastor had been compelled to kill everyone. But I think that the pastor knew what he was doing and he just created something even more evil. This season is off to a great start and with my late train ride; I have already programmed my Hopper to record the entire season. The 2,000 hours of recording space is more than enough room for all of the shows that I watch. I love coming home after a long day and catching up with all of the drama I missed. I can't wait to find out how the council dying will affect the people of Mystic Falls; I think it's possible that they are making way for a worse villain to step forward.
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"Like you just want to curl up in there, nestle under those chains, and just eat a sleeve of Ritz crackers while watching a Revenge marathon." -Yes to that.
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-Are the council going to turn into angry fire demons?

They'll probably be back in one way or another.

-Is Bonnie done with dark magic for good?

Probably. I hope they give her something interesting to do this season.

-Will Rebekah ever catch a break?

Don't see how but it would be fun to see her part of the main group.

-Tyler or Klaus? Be honest.

Klaus. I know that he has killed a lot of people but he def has a lot more chemistry with Caroline than Tyler.
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"Once upon a time there was light in my life, but now there's only love in the dark"



Price, I hate you for the number of times you've got that song stuck in my head in the last few days. Also, the original video is so much spookier than any episode of this show about vampires.



http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xhfmg_bonnie-tyler-total-eclipse-of-the-h_news
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PRICE!! I'm glad you're back. While watching the episode, I was like, wow, I'm gonna get to read another Price review. AWESOME. One thing though, I MISSED the video clip?! Where's you're traditional clip of a scene that we get to watch over and over again because its just THAT ridiculous!? Was there no scene that you felt was worthy, or are you just getting lazy? ;-) Questions: 1.) The council are going to become angry ghosts who will contact Bonnie somehow, I think! 2.) Bonnie will embrace dark magic to "get back" at whomever hurt her grams, obvs. (and this will likely do WONDERS for her characters audience appeal) 3.) I think Rebecca's jail scene with Stefan & Elena was PART of the motivation for her destroying the blood.... she will become a likable character or at least an ally....perhaps. 4.) Klaus all the way. That scene where he refused to "take advantage" of the situation did WONDERS for his likability - narcissism and evil murder aside.
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Oh, and so nice to have you back in my weekly life Price. I missed your TVD recaps almost as much as I missed Caroline.
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I thought the roof scene at the end was really beautiful. More importantly though, I think it was making a point. As a human Elena's romantic interactions usually happen in her bedroom. The guys use their supernatural ability to show up in her room. In this case, she is supernatural too now, so being on the roof seems fitting.
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I like Mey's idea about the chatroom extension, unfortunately tinychat hates me right now so I can't be there. The comment sectione here is so unpractical. It should be like on facebook where you get a notification everytime someone replies or likes your comment! But is it just me or can't we do the extention every week? (a) Anyway I'll try to be there at 5pm (GMT+1) on sundays from now on and if you're intrested, please show up!
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Still no answer? I guess it was just me. I feel sad now :(
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I'm up for a chat. I haven't been around lately because I've recently moved but I will try to show up on Sundays! :)
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I think they're going to introduce a new supernatural big bad - zombies! yes! the council are going to turn into angry zombies for one looooooong episode until Elena the angry vampire will cut all their heads off. fun for all!
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I'm hoping that they introduce demons as a new creature but no show will do zombies as well as The Walking Dead.
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TVD TVD needs some humour, the show is just so melodramatic all of the time that it often becomes difficult to watch, specially when majority of the characters say the same thing every episode.



Stefan: 'It's hard to be a vampire'

Damon: 'That's a stupid decision'

Bonnie: 'I can do this'

Jeremy: 'You don't have to do this'



Argh, it's becoming annoying.

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Humor yes. I never shy away from some good humor. I think the humor of this show has always been what's not intentionally funny but what we can all make fun at. Oh and Damon's snarky one liners.
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... Are the council going to turn into angry fire demons? no

... Is Bonnie done with dark magic for good? yes, but klaus will make her use it against her will

... Will Rebekah ever catch a break? mmm II dont know how I feel about her

... Tyler or Klaus? Be honest. klaus,
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loved the episode, and loved ur review even more. first off, ur questions:

i think the pastor was nuts, and probably thought that they'd all be better off dead than stuck in a town with supernatural creatures. either that, or this season's story could get BEYOND intricate, if they do start going into even more ghost stuff (aka ghost fights and the-like). i think bonnie could be all *stefan-y* (stephanie, get it? *wink, wink*) and be consumed by guilt over the consequences of her actions, OR she could decide to get revenge on the spirits who "killed" Grams again. Rebekah is a character that when everything is going her way, u end up hating her for all the hurt being felt by those around her BECAUSE of her and her actions, and when she's down in the dumps u feel bad for her becuase she's like a spoilt child or kitten that doesn't know ne better. BIG klaus fan, but i LOVED the way michael trevino played klaus-as-possessing-tyler's-body, which was unexpected because i HATED alaric-klaus (altho that probably had more to do with the lack of material they had for klaus' character and personality when that was done due to their not having cast Joseph Morgan at that point than nething to do with matt davis' performance). but if it comes down to who should get to be with caroline, tyler wins hands down, because, quite frankly, caroline needs a slightly more innocent, well-meaning guy and not a guy who, as much as i love klaus, will probably never get over his SERIOUS issues. lol. newayz, looking forward to next week :D
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"Get that trash off my lawn!" LOL. And am I mistaken, or did you imply that Matt tasted like mashed potatoes? O.o
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It's an old joke from his previous recaps, but yes, Price has often implied that Matt looks like mashed potatoes (and if you really think about it...).
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It was weird though, how in this episode Elena went in the sunlight whilst she was still in transition and nothing happened to her except the light bothering her eyes, whereas when Caroline was turned (Katherine suffocated her with a pillow in the hospital) the sunlight burned her *WHICH ITS SUPPOSED TO! like seriously TVD, get your facts straight.
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Elena and Stefan on the rooftop felt way too much like Twilight, they really reminded me of Bella and Edward, and that was NOT a good thing. Blah, hated it.



The rest of the episode was pretty solid though, really liked the scene when Elena was struggling to reach the blood on the floor.
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I thought the same thing!! It's like when Stefan took her up a tree once. Blah twilight!
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Loved the episode and it was full of surprises! I thought maybe the Pastor turned into a vampire or was compelled by Damon to do away with the council. Bonnie is not done with the dark magic, hello did you see how difficult it was for Willow to get off the stuff in Buffy?

Tyler all the way!
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loked the episode, loved the recap: hillarious, hated the rooftop scene...

delana shipper 4 life although it wont happen and this episode proves it :(

anyway:\

1.12 angry ghosts

2. nope

3.i realy hope so, i like her but she had a crappy life so far she deserves some good stuff aswell =)

4.tyler xp
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Wow, this show ... It was a great summer with Teen Wolf, but now I'm ready to dive into the pool of Handsomeness that is TVD. Loved the opening and the end. Oh, and awesome as always, Price. "Why do you taste like fish n' chips?" was my favourite.

1. The council: whoa, did not expect him to burn them all up. But the important question is: did the reverend feed them some vampire blood before he killed them? Why would he otherwise ask for it at the hospital?

2. I hope not. I am still wishing for a badass Bonnie!

3. Rebekah deserved everything that happened to her in this episode. Nobody hurts my dear Mashed potatoes and gets away with it (damn it, Price, now I have started to call him that!). But that doesn't mean that I don't feel sorry for her sometimes.

4. I like both of them, but Klaus is the ultimate villain so ... :)
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I'll be back for more....but just quickly:



I love how in the end,it was NEVER a choice between death and vampirism for Elena. Only between the possibility for human life or vampirism. Death was never EVER an actual choice she was considering once she was in transition.
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I just heart Rebekah forever.
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Caroline believed Tyler was dead because Klaus was killed (he is the original who turned Tyler) and she thought she watched him die in front of her.
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Klaus to Bonnie: It's a secret to everyone!

Klaus to Rebekah in the next scene he shares with someone: i bet you wouldn't have guessed I'm Klaus

Klaus to Caroline in the NEXT scene he shares with someone: I want to touch you with my original equipment (because I'm Klaus)

Klaus, between scenes, walking up to every stranger: Hi, my name is Klaus
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Right? I like Price's forest-almost-psychological-rape point, because yes, now that you mention it, it *is* cooler that Klaus has limits and isn't interested in just a quick deceptive bang. (What I don't like is Price gettin' all serious and ruining the silly). But other than that, COME ON Klaus, a 13 year old girl can keep a secret better than you.
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I agree that the conversation between Damon and Elena was just really sad. I was hoping when Elena transformed her feelings for Stefan would diminish because they were somewhat a result of Damon compelling her to get everything she wants out of life and after her parents died what she wanted was security more than passion.



I will never understand Elena's anger at Damon for wanting to save her first or the view of the writers that this somehow makes him more selfish than Stefan. That seems like a really twisted view of love. Honestly Elena's constant death wish when others need and rely on her seems pretty selfish.
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I totally agree, I really thought she would want Damon once she remembered she met him first :(
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As NailaRashid said earlier, you just spoke my mind! So true. TVD hates Damon.
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Not as much as it hates Caroline. Sorry.
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There really is no end to Elena's flaws. I agree, it's not that she chose Stefan, it's she she completely DISCARDED Damon! Even after those memories coming back she didn't even bat an eye before kicking him to the curb again..
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BOOM. Yes. I expected Vamp Elena to have a more nuanced view of love - more like what Rose suggested to Jeremy, about Damon challenging her, forcing her to question things. Honey, you're immortal now, nice opportunity to re-examine your life, you know? Heck, I was at least hoping for a temporary "I choose me" plotline.



completely agree with the death wish/who is really selfish point. There is a line, but friends don't let friends do jackassery things like constantly try and martyr themselves. And on other occasions Stefan has been the leader of the "don't let Elena do what she wants" brigade - remember when she just wanted to offer herself up to Klaus?
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thankyou! u just spoke my mind!
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Oh, and they really have to stop making Caroline a nympho or whatever. I know, they are teen-agers, been there. But in the cave, in the woods, etc. Does she even love Tyler or she is with him just because of sex?
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Purely sex. Look at the kid's abs. Everyone says that her emotions and neurotic ways were heightend with her vampirism but to me, I've just seen her become more sexual. That must be a Katherine thing.
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I just watched webclip from e2. Now Elena and Stefan are getting naked in the woods. Is it even possible in Mystic falls to go by and not see supernatural creatures having sex under a tree? :D
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"You don't truly know how loud a lamp is until you're in the beginning stages of becoming a vampire." LOVE IT I am so going to use it all the time





Caroline thought tyler was dead because she thought the Klaus was dead and because he turned him he dead, but Klaus not dead so tyler no dead

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Yay! Price and the TVD recap is back! It's like Peanut Butter and Jelly, or tea and scones, or me and the colour Blue. Or...something. I smiled reading this. Good times. The new previously on...wicked awesome peeps!

1. WTH was that?! When they all gathered around I was totally whispering to ...well myself since nobody was around, I really need to find a companion to watch TVD with because on the outside it looks like I'm talking to myself, which I kinda am, but I can't help it, my self is pretty awesome most of the time. Was totally whispering "Don't drink the Kool-Aid" but darn they didn't even get offered refreshments before getting blown to hell. I don't know, I'm pretty sure that God would frown upon such acts Rev Crazy Eyes! The Council taking over was kind of awesome though. I mean sure it was implausible the way they overtook the town and arrested folks and removed badges, but the legal system of MF was already implausible even for a small town so I'll overlook that. It was pretty darn awesome though. Outrageous reform taking matters into their own hands the way it probably should have been. I'm game for the human vampire league fighting back. Makes sense. I'm not game for them becoming supernatural beings in order to do it. 2 ).*cackle* No. I sure as heck hope not. I squealed when the awesome Jasmine Guy appeared again. LOVE.HER, But did they HAVE to kill her again?!! How many times can you kill an old broad?! Ugh I loved that woman! It's the final thing to push Bonnie over the edge and I look forward to every last glorious second of it. I was so excited about the prospect of this storyline that I didn't even care that we got the return of bleeding Bonnie. 3).Nah. She shouldn't. It's like asking will Caroline ever not be captured, attacked, or held captive?! I loved Klaus/Tyler busting all into the paddywagon and rescuing Sweet Caroline while sticking his tongue out at his sister. I wanted to dislike Bek a few times but she's so vulnerable that you can't help but feel for her. 4) Umm Klaus. All the way. No contest. I"m glad the whole Klaus in Tyler's body was resolved quickly and I loved the fact that Klaus didn't make a show of hiding it. He was almost actively telling Caroline that he wasn't Tyler when she was mouthattacking him. Classy man. Plus he threw another hissy fit and went off on his sister and that man has a way of making his pathetic two yr old tantrums kind of adorable! I want to know about the mystical coffins that allow these folks to have kickass new haircuts and clothes upon emergence! Stylists be damned! I want one of those!

-Oh right, Elena and the Salvatores. Eh. Yes great acting and great scenes all around. I especially loved the three dimensional memory things. Awesome. I love when the boys bicker as it is their way. Elena finally being a vamp should be interesting and she actually had a decent journey getting there. She didn't annoy me more than five times in the premiere but that could mostly be due to my excitement of having the show back. I'm not a romantic...okay I'm a closet romantic...I didn't admit that, but Stelena at the end didn't move me. I mean yeah it was sweet and all that but I didn't really care. A lifetime of impossibly dense Elena and broody Stefan. It isn't because of the whole Delena thing either, because at this point my boy Damon needs to find a gal that can appreciate him. A new girl, who isn't in MF because MF chicas are either dense or unhinged. Until then he should form a new bromance with the (former) Sheriff, which is kinda like rekindling an old bromance since they were friendly before Alarick came around.

-As usual my favorite Stefan moment had nothing to do with Elena. It was all about Matt. When he told Matt to stop squandering Elena's sacrifice I wanted to reach through the screen high five him, and totally ruffle his overly coif hair do. Schooled by Stefan. Yes. Matt I found a bit annoying and honestly Damon could have killed him and I probably wouldn't have blinked at that point. And Jeremy has become one of my fave characters over the past couple of years. The kid is all chill and cool and definitely more sensible than his sister. I forget who is supposed to be taking care of whom.
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I also yell at the TV whilst watching TVD. My housemates are often like: 'Why were you talking to no-one???' and 'What were you laughing at, at 4 in the morning?'
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Hahaha yeah it is impossible to be quiet during an episode of tvd! Luckily I watched it with a friend and we just couldn't shut up, we talked about it for like half an hour after finishing it ;)
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Haha! My little furry friends usually bark at me and cant their heads to the side. By now they know I'm a mad woman!LOL!
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"A lifetime of impossibly dense Elena and broody Stefan"

This, ugh. I'm not sure my gag reflex can take it. I am all for relationships between characters but theirs is just so drab and dull in my opinion. Like watching paint dry.
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Yes luv. I'm with you on that. I would say I like them separately but Elena still bugs me. I like Stefan on his own but them together...ugh. It didn't always used to be that way either.
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Watching paint is more exciting. Maybe that's just me?
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It is not chica!
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Too many comments already...I cannot succeed in reading them all!!!

I was really surprised when all the storylines from last season were dropped....there wasn't anything that I was waiting for, so it's ok, but it's also weird...anyway, the questions:

1) I'm sure something will happen...maybe the priest is a vampire himself and will blame everything on the vampires so the city will hate them even more...

2) Bonnie is boring even when she uses dark magic so I don't care...

3)Poor Rebekah...she should become friend with Caroline...

4) Klaus, always Klaus...
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I feel you Meba. I didn't even try to read them all. I already have a bloody headache, but I skimmed through here and there. It's just nice to have the recap back and see everyone so excited. : )
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I'm confused. So when a human becomes a vampire, their soul is gone? It's a separate entity? TVD has never been clear about this.
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As I understand it, some part of your humanity has to die in oder for you to become a vampire. Not your soul, per se, but something dies. It's like setting off a bomb that blos up 1 side of a house and then building on an extension in re-construction. The same basic house is still there and part of it is gone but a whole load fo extra shit has been added on.
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Ok....i know this has nothing to do with TVD, but Colton Haynes is not coming back to Teen Wolf.....Price! What the hell!
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Maybe Dylan O'Brien in his new found popularity demanded it. He was like 'I want Holland Roden all to myself!'
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Whaaaaaat? Sigh :'(
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