The Vampire Diaries: Mother Bother (PHOTO RECAP)

I don't know if you guys remember last week, but if you're ever in the mood, just kick up your feet and really cast your memory back to last Thursday-ish. That was when a truly great episode of The Vampire Diaries aired. In a third season that has been basically ON FIRE, that episode in particular has to be a high point.

I'm not sure if anybody looked at this week's episode synopsis, noted that it was Bonnie-centric, and was like, "Yep, that's gonna be a classic." Because this week's episode, "The Ties That Bind," was was not a classic. It was about medium-okay. But saying a Season 3 episode is only medium-okay is like saying, "We only hit twelve home runs instead of the usual baker's dozen." You know? Still very good compared to other shows, but not amazing for a team that usually wins the World Series every week. Question: What is baseball? I've been hearing a lot about it lately. I know that the men wear equestrian pants and the women take over whenever our boys have to go overseas and show the Krauts what's what. Oh well, the point is: Sports analogies are the perfect way to describe The Vampire Diaries!

You know what, forget it. Let's take a walk through a Styrofoam graveyard, shall we?

We began in medias witchmare with Bonnie dreaming of walking around yet again.

Suddenly Bonnie found herself locked in a casket! She did NOT seem happy about it.

And just before she woke up, an angelic beauty opened the casket and drenched Bonnie in a wonderful heavenly light.

Then we cut to the witch house, where Bonnie was recounting the whole thing to Elena, who for some reason she'd decided to show the coffins to.

After Stefan walked in and got mad at everybody for spilling his secrets, Bonnie decided that the locked casket was the #1 most important thing in her life, and the only way she could think to solve the problem would be to locate the pretty lady from her dream, of whom she always carried around a photo in her back pocket.

Well obviously, come on, Stefan. But most importantly, look at Baby Bonnie! Dang, I'd really like to see her go back to that hairstyle. #TVD4

Back at Elena's house, the ladies pored through tons of profiles of every Abby Bennett in the nation (Sheriff Forbes' little inkjet printer must've been at it for hours!). Luckily they had a vampire out pounding the pavement as well.

Bingo! We had a match, and that match had a need for speed and incredible taste in earrings.

Then Damon took the opportunity to openly flirt with Elena right in front of Bonnie:

Elsewhere Caroline arrived home probably in the hopes of just kickin' back and watching Dance Moms or something.

But whoops! Tyler wanted to apologize for having bitten her almost to death, and the way he decided to do that was to enlist a man who recently attempted to scramble Caroline's brain via torture to hopefully somehow help him break his sire bond to Klaus. Now, Bill Forbes is in my opinion the biggest storytelling blunder of Season 3. I hated that plotline so very much. I don't care how many homosexuals are involved behind the scenes of this show, to take TVD's only gay character and turn him into a hypocritical bigot just rubbed me all wrong, let's put it that way. I appreciated that Bill was brought back for a decidedly more positive purpose this time, but it still didn't make sense. Suddenly he was totally cool with the existence of monsters and somehow wanted to get Caroline's forgiveness? Um, didn't he basically tell her off last time they spoke? Oh well, those complaints aside, this B-story was still the best part of the episode.

Over at Mystic Grill Alaric had just concluded a weird lunch date with Meredith only to have Damon walk in and spill the beans about Meredith's dead ex-boyfriend the Medical Examiner.

While Alaric was slightly concerned that Meredith might be a psycho killer, I'm sure he's seen worse. Not a deal-breaker.

And then over at the Salvatore joint, Klaus was just chillin' in the den listening to rock and roll jams and being a real pain in the neck.

After having gotten rid of the hybrids like Stefan demanded, Klaus now wanted to know the next step for getting his family back. Hilariously enough Stefan was like, "Not gonna happen." Klaus needed to move away for a few years and then, I don't know, write a super polite letter on nice stationery requesting his family back and only then would Stefan consider it. I don't know, that didn't seem like a good idea to me. But Stefan didn't care because his main concern was hassling Elena a ton for some reason.

Elena and Bonnie were driving out of state (in Bonnie's rarely seen white Prius!) to visit this Abby Bennett lady. Unfortunately Klaus was one step ahead of them and sent his newest hybrid bestie to make mischief before they arrived.

Later on after Elena and Bonnie arrived they had a run-in with a new hunky dude who seemed to be living with Abby.

Oh Bonnie. Anyway, upon finding out Bonnie was Abby's daughter, the guy (Jamie) invited her in.

But they didn't have to wait long. Almost immediately a suspiciously young looking woman walked in the back door and a surprising and emotional reunion took place.

Haha look at Elena's face right there. She might as well have been sitting there eating a potato. Anyway, the pictures don't capture it but this was a pretty moving moment. It wasn't just a long-awaited reunion, there was clearly some anger on Bonnie's part so the whole thing was heartwarming but super awkward. Kat Graham had some A+ reactions shots though.

Meanwhile in some underground dungeon (the secret jail cell? the Lockwood slave quarters? Applebee's?) Tyler was suddenly shirtless and chained up.

The idea was that for Tyler to sever his sire bond to Klaus, he'd have to stop being grateful to Klaus for breaking his werewolf curse and instead learn to manage the pain of transmogrification on his own. (I don't know.)

Ugh, it seemed like such a drag. Oh well, that's not an MP, that's an HB (hybrid problem).

First off, Jamie is the son of Abby's former husband, so it's not like they're dating or anything, let's just clear that up right now. But more importantly Abby told Bonnie the reason she'd abandoned her in Mystic Falls and it bizarrely centered around Elena. Apparently when Elena and Bonnie were toddlers Mikael had come searching for the doppelganger and Abby used all of her witch strength to desiccate him and lock him in that one tomb where Katherine found him. Unfortunately this act of heroism had side effects:

Haha Bonnie was so quick to be sick of Abby! Fortunately she stayed long enough for more drama to unfold.

Stefan had followed them there, for some reason. I don't know. Maybe Klaus had eaten all his Any'tizers or something and he just wanted to get out of the house.

Over at the hospital (hey they turned their lights on!) Damon was still out investigating everything and he finally confronted Meredith about her involvement in the ME's murder and cover-up.

Whoops! Bad vampire! Never turn your back on a fidgety lady. Where are your vampire instincts? "Sorry so sloppy." - Damon

Anyway, this was kind of horrifying:

Meredith just straight up stole his blood and then left him to sleep it off on the cold hospital floor. Harsh!

Speaking of harsh:

Tyler had begun to have second thoughts about this whole thing. That's when Bill Forbes picked up AN AXE.

Poor Tyler! It's gotta be hard when your ex-girlfriend's gay dad chops you with an axe all kinds.

Back at Abby's place, Bonnie was demanding answers from her mother.

As it turned out Abby had intentionally left Bonnie behind because she was mostly just sick of Mystic Falls? You know something, I am still not exactly sure what happened with this woman. First she said she lost her powers fighting off an Original vampire, now she's saying she lost her powers because the earth got pissed at her for abandoning her daughter. Either way, she felt like Bonnie would be fine chilling with Jasmine Guy instead. And that's when Bonnie dropped the bombshell that Grams wasn't around anymore.

Well, let's say this about Abby Bennett: She was definitely Bonnie's mother. Because sorry folks, this lady was a walking snoozefest. It's a bummer to say this, but I kind of thought this Bonnie-centric episode would finally cause Bonnie to be the dynamic character I'm told people believe her to be, but instead we now had TWO sad witches frowning at everybody. Oh well, I guess we can still cross our fingers that Bonnie goes evil, right?

Then Jamie came out and tried to get Stefan to scram, but Stefan had other ideas.

It turned out Jamie had been compelled by the hybrid to shoot Stefan with wooden shotgun shot. Oh, and look who else got compelled?

Poor Bonnie! And also poor Abby, her lower back was gonna be sore in the morning:

Oh, and then THIS happened:

Alaric was lifting all the weights in his home gym when Damon stopped by to inform him that Meredith had knocked him out and stolen his blood.

And Alaric STILL wasn't completely turned off by her.

Back in the cave Tyler was NOT having a good time. Still. But he did finally start making progress on that whole 'turning into a werewolf' thing.

Oh no! Tyler got loose and bit Bill Forbes ALL UP. Sorry Bill Forbes.

Then Abby reported back to the hybrid and he insisted she finish her mission by finding out where Klaus' coffins were.

Luckily Abby was able to bypass her compulsion by telling Bonnie to warn Damon that Klaus was gonna come looking for the coffins. Also, Elena was using mind tricks of her own, by convincing Jamie that he'd violated his compulsion to "not hurt her" by tying her ropes too tight.

And then she grabbed his shotgun and BUSTED HIM OVER THE HEAD WITH IT.

Holy moly! Go Elena! Meanwhile Stefan was still rolling around on the ground with a chest full of splinters.

Uh-oh. Would fingering Stefan's chest wounds be the way to his heart? (Aside from literally?)

Back at the witch house, Damon was just doing his thing.

Klaus had been tipped off about the coffins and he was there to collect! But first he had to make fun of the witch ghosts, obviously.

How hilarious was it when he threatened the ghosts with killing the Bennett family?

And it worked!

Except, crafty bro that he is, Damon had already whisked the locked casket to a secret location. Klaus was NOT happy, but Damon was definitely loving it, and you could tell Klaus kinda was too.

Speaking of loving it, yup, it was clear Stefan was definitely getting all tingly for the thin brunette currently jamming her thumb into his ribcage.

That's just called good timing, Elena. Well done! Stefan reacted appropriately:

Oh please, get over it, guy. You did this.

So finally Alaric went to the hospital and confronted Meredith about all the weird stuff he'd been hearing about her.

It turned out she'd been healing her patients with vampire blood! That was her secret!

Obviously, the healing properties of vampire blood was old news to you and I, but Meredith was pretending she was about to win a Nobel Prize or something. Cool it, lady, you're late to the vampire blood party. But anyway this whole thing seemed hilarious because with the death rate in this town, Meredith's basically a one-woman vampire factory. Now anyone who dies chances are will have vampire blood in them. This town.

So then Abby Bennett told Bonnie that although she didn't have magic of her own, perhaps if they hung out a bit more her magic would come back and she'd be able to help with the locked casket.

So, fine. This is what's called a disappointing plotline. Bonnie had a reunion with her mother but it was ruined by a dumb hybrid compelling everybody. Then Abby doesn't even have powers so now we probably have to have a whole 'nother episode where she finds them somewhere, and neither mother nor daughter will so much as utter an interesting line of dialogue the entire time. Oh well. At least we can stop wondering what amazing backstory Bonnie's family has.

It was definitely pretty nice of Tyler to go visit Bill Forbes at the hospital (Caroline was probably at home watching Dance Moms finally).

But then he got the bad news: Tyler's sire curse wouldn't be broken until he learned to transmogrify painlessly. And also Bill wasn't going to let Tyler near Caroline again until that happened. SUX 2 B TYLER.

After Meredith had revealed her secrets, it was Alaric's turn. This included showing her his backpack full of slayer weaponry plus his favorite piece of jewelry.

HAHA. Elena walked in on these people totally macking out in her vestibule. But then she made it clear to Alaric that it was fine.

Oh and then Stefan arrived back home and he was super ticked at Damon for having kissed Elena that one time.

Fortunately Damon recovered quickly.

Damon had undaggered an Original! But which one??

Back at Klaus' mansion (which was shaping up nicely, thank you very much), he and his hybrid were organizing caskets.

And then something interesting happened!

HI ELIJAH!!

He'll probably be so bummed when he finds out he was only asleep for like four months. He was probably hoping he'd wake up in a world of self-driving cars and blood in pill form. Oh well, WELCOME BACK ELIJAH!

This episode was just fine in my book. I liked it. A for effort. B for Bonnie. C for CIAO!!

 

QUESTIONS:

... Will Elijah be pretty sore at Klaus?

... Does Stefan's punch prove he still <3s Elena soooo much?

... Do you think Abby Bennett is secretly interesting deep down?

... Should Tyler and Bill Forbes get their own spin-off?

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Oh, and, sorry, but still not buying the mean Stefan. That guy simply cannot act evil. He has about as much of an evil vibe coming off of him as my hamster. He just looks either constipated or like some kid being mean by pinching the kid next to him. Seriously, it's pathetic.
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I actually enjoyed this more than last week's, but I still basically feel the same about this latter half of S3. Still bored to death with whole tug of war between Stefan and Klaus, which mostly consists of them growling threats at one another that each knows they can't keep. Still loathe and despise Meredith. And I'm becoming bored enough now that the silly plot holes and dumb character motivation are beginning to bug me when they never did before.



The vampire blood thing was just dumb. If it was supposed to make me think Meredith was a heroine - sorry, fail. Just makes me think she's dumb as two short planks and seriously deficient on the ethics of putting her patients first and 'first do no harm'.



Oh, btw, I never got the impression Abbey had been compelled. I thought it was made fairly clear that she was acting as she was because of the threat to Jamie's life.
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LOOL the Nunya part made me cry with laughter
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1. A given...no?

2. Of course! It's all in his eyes, can't you tell? In case you didn't know, the show's all about the "eye acting"

3. One can only hope

4. My vote is on an Originals spin-off (I know a lot of talk has been going around the fan base about one). I still don't completely understand the character of Bill Forbes (and I like to think I'm smart) so a whole series revolving around him may be close to torture, or at least on par with watching the Secret Circle



Question: Is Grams Bonnie's Mom's Mom? Or her Dad's? Cause this episode had me all confused.
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omg this episode was awesome!!! Elijah may be pissed but i have a terrible feeling Klaus will somehow convince him to team with him but i hope not b/c i thing Elijah teaming with our boys would be amazing. Also Stefan has NO reason to be upset and not just b/c i want her with Damon. he's been the one telling her it's over and she needs to move on. so even if he is faking his apathy, he has no room to throw stones. I'm looking forward to the next ep so much I'm shaking...lol
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I seriously LOVE your photo recaps just as much as I love TVD!! They are hilarious and the one thing I look forward to at work on Fridays! Haha. I'm still team Stelena but adding that I love that guy's reference to DC down there! :) Forever a Pacey fan! I hope he does make a cameo on TVD sometime like he joked about!



Til next week!
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One thing I don't understand: how come Bonnie's mom knew about the doppelgnger, and Grams didn't?! And how could the doppelgnger be identified as a baby?!
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Absolutely killer recap. In stitches mate. Love it.



I really want the Elena/Damon story to go somewhere decent as my fav epi ever is the one where he tells her he loves her and then compels her to forget. That was some tasty acting considering how frivolous this show is.
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Price, I'm very new to both the Vampire Diaries and your amazing recaps of them. I just wanted to let you know that these things have been the highlight of my week. They are extremely funny! I can't wait for the next one...and for you to do season 2 episodes 1-3!
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Hilarious !! I'm so glad I discovered you today. I was pretty excited for this episode. I was hoping they would finally shed some light on Bonnie, giver an awesome story and more lines. I mean if they could develop Tyler's character from a self- absorbed douche to what he is now... Im sure they could make Bonnie Interesting seeing as how she's a witch and they're integral to the whole supernatural TVD storyline. Alas, it was dismal- kat graham is probably like why am i here... TOKEN! I'm actually a huge fan of what Bonnie COULD be. Outside of TVD Kat graham is wonderful and the most lively person and spunky. So maybe I keep thinking they'll let the actress come out to play. I keep hearing people say the writers don't want to give her a storyline because it will detract from the main trio blah blah blah. But they really developed Caroline's character, give her awesome plots and lines, and showcase the actresses talent to the point where she's now probably the most popular character. If you remember she sucked in the beginning of the show. So I think them not developing Bonnie's character has some other reason. I think they have too many characters, they focus on and they now have to come up with crazy interesting material for klaus and Caroline because of popular demand. Soooooo they give them the more interesting roles and dramatic situations and leave peripheral characters out to dry. Sort of pisses me off because of the waste and then I have to sit through episodes like this where they throw crap together to appease people and say "hey,we did an episode for her." ..... You know they kind of treat Bonnie's character like Melissa In The secret circle...Unimportant.lol. All the other secret circle ladies are interesting, relationship drama, etc... Annnnnd theres melissa.Do they have anything obvious in common... Hmmmmmmmm, think so!
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1VkK7dLI48&list=LLTPneqg9ibwFS0MMyDb88ww&feature=mh_lolz

HE'S ALIVE. HE'S ALIIVE! Elijah returns ;P..
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http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ly98xu8KmO1r6k43po1_500.jpg
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THANK YOU for pointing out my two big beefs: The failed s/l with Bill and the inconsistencies with Abby "magically" snapping out of compulsion to warn Bonnie! BUT I do agree with you that this episode was still filled with awesome. This epi confirms that Stefan will slowly snap out of his lunacy and Elena will be the impetus for this change - but I still want Damon and Elena to come to grips with their feelings.....I LOL'd the MOST at your comments when Alaric was showing Meredith Elena's house!!!! Thank you for making me laugh so hard! It's so true and awkward that Alaric STILL lives there, but the dialogue helped to address some of the awkwardness, but I think it's time for Alaric to return to his house.
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I don't think Abbey was compelled at all. She was acting as she was because of the threat to Jamie's life. That seemed to be made clear in the conversation she had with Bonnie at the car:



(Paraphrasing):



Bonnie: Why are you doing this?

Abbey: Because Jamie's been compelled to kill himself if I don't.



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And isn't it a bit weird as it seems as though Alaric still sleeps on the couch? Surely he must have been promoted to a bedroom by now?
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Yeah, I noted that. I thought the whole conversation was tilted towards Alaric moving out. Elena said they'd needed him - past tense. Unfortunately, this means it was probably a way to get him out of there and back to his own flat so he can spend more time with Meredith. More screen time for Meredith - urgh.
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Well, hopefully Bill's storyline gets more interesting next week (per the promos).
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1. Yeah definitely.

2. It at least showed that he still really cares about her, but it also showed that he was hurt that his brother had done that to him. I really do think that he cares more about their relationship than Damon does.

3. She's a Bennett and not Grams, so probably not.

4. I don't know if I'd be able to tolerate seeing Tyler transform 5 billion times. And I'm still desperately hoping for an Originals spin-off featuring Stefan. <3
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I would watch that spin-off.
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All right Price. I don't even watch this show, but I have been debating it because every week that you do these, I read them. And I love them. And I laugh. Thank you.
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That is the best compliment ever. Thank you!
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Anyone else thinking that when Meredith kissed Alaric at the end of the episode it was a distraction so she could slip off his ring?
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Yeah, I thought he was about to discover the ring missing as she headed for the door. Also thought he was a dumb idiot to mention it at all!
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I think you need to rewatch because Abby Bennett wasn't compelled, she did what she did to protect her step son, because he was compelled!
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That's not why I need to rewatch.
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Important question - doesn't Elena still own the Salvatore Den of Dark Wood and Booze? How come Klaus just gets to hang out there all the time?
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I've been asking that question of months and noone answered me!



Thanks for finally clearing that up.
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She died in season 2 though.
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Vampire laws or something.
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Abby Bennett sucks. Is it too early to kill her off?
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It's TVD! It's never too early!
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1) As much as I like Elijah, I was sort of hoping for our introduction to a new original. They've already cast the actors so why wait? 2) I do believe that Stefan still loves Elena but the punch was more about jealousy than love. Stefan made it clear that protecting Elena was Damon's problem now so it's sort of his fault. He had to know this would happen. (P.S: Williamson has done this storyline before....Dawson telling Pacey to take care of Joey and then boom they fall in love and then Dawson blames Pacey.)
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I'm just sayin' jealousy is usually a symptom of something else.
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Yay for the DC reference! (my last obsession before TVD appeared). Yeah, what episode was it back in Season 2 when Stefan got himself stuck in the tomb with Katherine and he tells Damon to look after Elena? Katherine tells him that was the dumbest move he'd ever made. So true. So true. Love me some dumb hero!

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yeeeaaaahhhhh mr Elijaaaah is back!!!!!

nooooooooooooooo 2 more weeks for ur another recap :(
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Jack Coleman's character as Bill Forbes is identical to his character as Noah Bennett in Heroes weird, creepy, married to a weirdo and protecting his daughter who has super powers!!!
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Yeah, good call.
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Honestly for me, the Stefan punch kind of came out of left field. He has seemed indifferent about D/E all season even though he knew that Damon loves Elena and that Elena had at least more than friendshippy kind of feelings for Damon. I think on some level he expected them to get together. Stelena fans will kill me but, to me it has always appeared that more than love, Stefan just doesn't want to lose something to his brother. I thought his "You're better than him" line to Elena was very telling. Compare that to what Damon said to Elena in season 2 "I don't deserve you, but my brother does."
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that's exactly what i thought when i saw the episode. i mean, i hate that damon always believes the best of his brother, while stefan's always talking about him as though he's a monster. and i'm sorry, but i don't buy the "stefan's a better guy than damon" line anymore.
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Well said. I agree
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Awesome recap. It made the episode better. 1). I think Elijah will be kind of sore at Klaus for a quick second then get over it. Plus Yah Elijah is back. 2). I think Stefan's facial expression when Elena told Stefan that she kissed Damon proved that he still loves her. Plus, badass Elena is so cool. 3). No, I don't think Abby Bennett is secretly interesting deep down. I don't hate on Bonnie like everybody else, but deep down I kind of hope she kills her mom. 4). Maybe, I'm on the fence about Bill Forbes. Ekk
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Haha oh man, if Bonnie killed her mom that'd be super interesting right there.
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on a complete semi-unrelated side note... did anyone catch Uncle Werewolf (aka Mason, in case we forgot) on tonight's episode of Shameless, full on boning Emmy Rossum in the most UNsexy sex scene EVER?? it was gross and funny, thought i'd share.
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GREAT acting in that one, yes.
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1.) Like everyone else, Elijah will be mad at Klaus and his one-track mind . . . build more hybrids, carry around his family in coffins. (Is that two tracks??!!) and he kills and/or threatens anyone and everyone in his way! 2.) Stefan loves Elena, he just doesn't believe he can have her anymore. It was nice to see him softened a little bit. 3.) I think we are going to learn some more INTERESTING witch stories with Abby around. 4.) No, Bill Forbes is definitely NOT an interesting character! (But I wouldn't mind 10000 more scenes with Tyler shirtless, of course!) Thanks again for a truly fun review. I look forward to this every week. Oh, wait, I don't get to have one next week . . . we gotta wait TWO WEEKS! OH NOO!!! :-(
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Agreed. Tyler in Chains > Bill Forbes
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Your recaps are always HILARIOUS.



Anyway, just wanted to say... I don't think Abby was compelled, because she states that her main motivation was that Jamie was the one that had been compelled to kill himself. Even though, technically, she doesn't have any magic, she's still supernatural because she can apparently reclaim it. Also, about her lost powers, she had exhausted all her powers when she locked Mikael up in his tomb -- but if she hadn't left Bonnie, she probably would have recovered her powers slowly over time. Instead, as she explains it, her powers never came back because nature didn't approve of her abandoning her daughter.
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She definitely said that. I gotta admit, I'm a little suspicious though.
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Boonie definitely needs to learn from Cassie (TSC) how witches get out of coffins!
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Haha yes.
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I think this crap up here is better than the actual show.
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1. It was about time he came back!

2. No, he's just pissed he didin't get the girl (even if in the end I'm pretty sure they won't give Damon and Elena their happy ending)

3. Absoluetly!

4. It seems pretty boring in my opinion and I think it will be over in a few episode.



More importantly: Where the F is KATHERINE!?

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GOOD question. GREAT question. I need to know as well!
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1. I love Elijah, but he wimped out on us before, so I doubt he'll stay mad at Klaus for long. I vote he'll be passive-aggressive about it. Like, tearing up some hybrids.

2. Yeah...but I hope we still get some more Delena action

3. No.

4. Um...I'd like more plot than two guys antagonizing each other with some bone-breaking, but that's just me.



I love these photo recaps!
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1.) Elijah is the best, he makes the show. I was counting down the days until his return.

2.) Stefan and Elena will end up together eventually, so the whole "love triangle" is pointless

3.) I love Bonnie, and I don't get all the hate she gets. Abby was kind of disappointing though, but I still think Bonnie is an awesome character. And yes douchebag commenters, she HAS fans :)

4.) Their plot line seemed really pointless in this episode.



"Dont you wish these were giant snickers bars?" "Everyday"

Oh my god, that one killed me.



Loved your recap.
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#3) Hey, not nice. There's a difference between us talking about a fictional character and you talking about real people.
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http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7710498/1/ this is worth reading, in my opinion.
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Haha did you write this? Be honest.
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no, a girl I know from ontd did :D
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YES! ELIJAH!!! FINALLY!
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Great episode but some of the dialogue seemed overly dramatic for what it was, but the ending was spectacular!

Elijah won't be mad at Klaus and will join him.

Stefan will always love Elena.

Abby Bennett is interesting and I look forward to seeing more of her!

Tyler and Bill, a very interesting relationship, haha.
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I just thought you should know that I look forward to reading your recaps every week (they're hilarious... "snicker bars" xD) - I always read yours first, then the one at EW. I was just doing that and it appears you have a fan! The recapper on EW specifically mentioned that "[she] look[s] forward to Price Peterson's annotated screen grab of Bonnie's 'Eh, don't care' face." :).



As for your questions: 1) Yes, he did kill him after all. 2) Yup, was waiting for some kind of reaction from him even though I'm all for Delena. 3) LOL... no. 4) I'd watch it.
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RE: EW. Whoa, seriously?? That's awesome!
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I'd really love Elijah to turn against klaus and team up with the allied salvatores anti-hybrids rippers. That would be cool!!
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Elijah will feel betrayed and try to get revenge back at Klaus but I think Klaus will try to Elijah to turn Elijah back into his ally by getting to kill Stefan to reunite their family. The punch and his reaction did show that he still cares for Elena deeply. Abby is not interesting deep down. Bill helping Tyler was a good twist and hopefully they can get Tyler from being sired to Klaus.
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Yeah, I'm super interested to see what Elijah does to Klaus if anything
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"We kissed. Now it's weird."
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For every brilliant episode of our favorite series, there is always one that is really boring and has no useful information in it, so I am not too bummed. It is hard to be awesome all the time (except for Barney). Anyway, that leaves the photo recap to entertain us and a few scenes throughout the episode. About Bonnie: the writes keep worrying that if they give her some depth and foundation, that it will draw attention from the main triangle of protagonists. IT WON'T. WE PROMISE. There is plenty of space in our minds (and the story) for a nice and strong supporting character, people. Kevin Williamson has a history of creating teen drama for prime time TV (Dawson's Creek), and his supporting characters were also weak, but at least played by fantastic actors. Anyway... The return of Elijah! I do like the vibe of the older sibling (is he older??) returning to scold the younger and rascal brother who fooled him right before storing him with the rest of the family. And also, released by Damon from one big brother to another! Overall, so so episode, but the recap and this comment section makes up for it.
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Yeah, plus it was hard for this episode to stack up against the ones we've seen so far. It's been a REALLY strong season.
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Did you wish that when Abby opened the door for that hybrid, that she was going to be a real bad ass that instantly tore into that hybrid!!! Bonnie needs someone to teach her how to be cool
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Yeah, I was definitely hoping she was gonna be more like Grams than Bonnie.
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When she opened that door she ended up more like Jenna.
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My favorite line is Damon's "Psychopaths are very high maintenance."
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Well he would know... speaking of, where is Katherine? I miss her.
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I don't think that Bill Forbes is okay with the monsters or Caroline being a vampire. Bill only offered a vague apology for torturing Caroline and he was distant towards her at best. If I didn't know he was Caroline's dad I'm not sure I would have guessed. That said, I was impressed that Bill allowed Caroline at his back, I think that means that he knows, at least subconsciously, that she is trustworthy. From what Bill said to Tyler, while he may not be comfortable with her "lifestyle" he doesn't want Caroline dead. Also if Bill can help Tyler conquer his sire bond, he might think it would prove that he could help Caroline overcome her need for blood.
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I give it a B for blaaaaah. But as my friend pointed out, i got to watch the first 2 seasons all in one shot on DVD, so I'm used to things moving even faster than fast. So I'm less tolerant of plot-moving episodes.



The shining highlight of the episode was clearly Elijah and another heart rip. I mean, I'm pretty sure he invented it. And hahahahahhaaa about wishing he woke up in the future. Brilliant!! I'm ready for Elijah/Klaus smackdown. It seems like they're overtly de-big badifying Klaus and Elijah coming back is just one more way. So bring it on!



And Stefan and Elena. Sigh. I just don't even know what to say anymore. Lately I've been annoyed at the writers that they develop these two different brothers, we as fans choose between them based on qualities we only discuss in therapy, and then they switch their qualities entirely. At first I thought it was cool exploring gray areas and all). Now I'm just bitter because not only do we now not like really our favorite brother as much because he lost most qualities of his season 1 self, we clearly can't jump ship (hehe) to the other one because we liked them less to begin with. Good on paper, but not in practice for me.



And you didn't include the Stefan/elena scene where he said she was too good for either of them. I hope that's foreshadowing that even the characters now think this whole triangle has gotten ridiculous.



Abby. Boring. Still hiding something. blah, blah. I mean, I scoffed out loud when she said that she wanted back into Bonnie's life so she could help her get her powers back. Blah. Bonnie, however, was more interesting to me this ep. I'll give her a chance.



And Tyler. He just needs to give up and leave town. Which, speaking of...shouldn't he have left town? He is a hybrid, right?



Great recap as always. i (we) love you!
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These are great points, but I definitely prefer Damon as a more productive member of society. I hope Stefan retains some of his badassery while also cutting back on the dickishness. Who knows.
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-Elijah surprisingly acted pretty casual after de-hearting that hybrid. I'm sure he'll be angry but I'm hoping that Klaus let's him in on his schemes. Go team Klaus!

-Sadly, I have to say probably.. Ugh that was the worst part of the entire episode!

-All of the Bennetts are boring in my opinion.

-lol, No, but if something happens where Klaus and co. leave the show, THEY should do a spin-off. But I'd way rather have them stay on the show.



You forgot to ask one question: Is Meredith Fell full of crap still? I think she is.. I think the stunt she pulled with Damon and the whole blood healing thing was just a diversion.
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Hybrid's mean basically nothing to Klaus. I bet by now he knows it was a totally stupid quest on his part. And yeah I hope there's more to Meredith than the blood thing. We STILL haven't found out who killed the ME
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this was absolutly brilliant. ITA w/ you about how Stefan reacted to when Elena told him she kissed Damon. i mean, he DID practically leave her and he hurt her so much! and the phone convo between Stefan and Elena was amazingly summarized xD and the whole Bonnie-Bobbie thing was brilliant. god, i laughed so much there were tears in my eyes! another brilliant recap!
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Thanks!
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LOL great review! yeah.. this episode was okay considering the whole season 3. Considering the other seasons (and shows) I'd say it was pretty good.

I don't know why but it was pretty hilarious too! Like when Jamie said he and Bonnie weren't related and Elena said "Good!" as if they could date LOL I don't know if anyone noticed but I started laughing so hard at that(seriously, with all the freaking drama going on and Jeremy and bonnie's recent relationship, Elena-from all people- is thinking about that?).

Not to mention Damon trying to protect Alaric, he "waving to newborns"(WThelen???LOL this shall be my new catch phrase) and his scene with Klaus in the witch house (that scene was so hilarious, I don't even know why... I love Klaus and Damon together, I guess that's why I couldn't stop laughing).

(1) Yes. But not to much. I mean, can you look at Klaus' face? Who can hate him? We were all supposed to but it's impossible.

Can we just take a moment to dance and drink over the fact that ELIJAH IS BACk???

ahh I can't explain how happy I was when I saw Damon with that dagger... elijah is FINALY back. Thank you TVD.

(2) yes, sure. Let's take 5 seconds to pretend I actually care about the snoozefest that was their relationship.

[I love Stefan, I love Elena and I love analyzing how their new situation is affecting them, I actually thought that last episode was PERFECT when it came to Stefan's feelings, his relationship with Damon and elena...but, men, can't he find another girl? Elena and Stefan fell in love like two regular teenagers and I'm sorry If I refuse to find their love "epic" or even "interesting")

That's all IMHO, *please,people, don't kill me*

(3) Nah. Boring. But I still see hope for Bonnie, I really do.

(Kat graham's acting was great, wasn't it?? I really loved it. It wasn't so clich, like most parents-abandoned children reunions)

(4) They can go to Denver, meet Jeremy, make Lexi come back to life and their show is good to go.
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Good point about Kat Graham... Despite Bonnie/Abby's blah reunion, KG brought her A game and did the best with what was on the page.
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I actually enjoyed this one, even if there was WAY too much Bonnie to handle. And Meredith has to have taken Alaric's ring right, he just didn't notice yet? Right?!
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I thought she started to take it but he took it back? I don't know, I might have missed that. BTW I think a Bonnie fan must've gone through and flagged all the anti-Bonnie comments. Don't worry everyone, flagged doesn't mean deleted.
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'But why' by Stefan, and

'Here's the house I share w. teenage student' by Alaric

hiiiiilarious
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Yah Stefan totally still <3's Elena. He hasn't earned her forgiveness yet by a longshot but hey. He's getting there! That apology was most certainly a start. And I loved how after that wood incident you could just visibly see Stefan soften a bit, all of the bitterness gone, if only for a few moments. But come on bro! You've gotta fight for her! Man up! Quit being such a wimp!
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Earning forgiveness + Elena is kinda a murky concept. I mean, how many times has she written off Damon now? At the beginning of S2 he KILLED Jeremy and he was supposedly out of her life and affections forever.....that lasted all of 2 episodes or so. And nothing even really happened to get her to "forgive" him....they just got all bundled up in anti-Katherine-ness and she just forgot about hating him again. Sigh. Let's face it, earning forgiveness is not really necessary to get back in Elena's good graces....just help save her from whatever situation she's in next and it doesn't matter the degree of hell you may have just put her through yourself.
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