The Vampire Diaries: My Mourning Racket

Most fans of The Vampire Diaries are well-aware of the passionate, frequently unsettling divisions within the fan base that have to do with which particular romantic relationship you're most into. These fans are called 'shippers (duh no doy), and the fact that this particular show is essentially based around a love triangle just encourages a nonstop civil war between the die-hards. A lot of these very intense fans frequently ask ME where I stand in this imaginary competition consisting of imaginary characters, and I always answer that I want everyone to do everyone and call it a day. I really don't care who hooks up! But if I HAD to 'ship one relationship on this show, it would be for a couple I'd refer to as Katheredemption. Katherine plus Redemption! Haha, fooled you, only one of those is a character. But still, I love me a villain redemption and seeing as Katherine is the best, I've been pulling for her to go full-hero for a while now. And guess what? It finally happened! Sort of. But still!

Come to think of it, at least FIVE characters of varying degrees of villainy all had their positive turns in "Homecoming." Damon continued his steady ascent into good-guy territory, and Rebekah, Klaus, and Mikael all showed surprisingly sensitive sides. But most of all, Katherine really wowed us with her good intentions tonight, and that led me to find this episode one of my favorites of the season. Which is saying something, seeing as I was confused by its plot most of the time. But still. Team Katheredemption!

We left off last week with Stefan promising Mikael he'd summon Klaus to Mystic Falls, and I don't know about you, but my imagination ran wild with just how he'd accomplish that. Telepathy? Witchcraft? Free mobile-to-mobile minutes? Yes, it was the third thing. Stefan just sort of called Klaus:

Was it just me or was this cold open sort of complicated? It included flashbacks to earlier in the day! Apparently Stefan's compulsion prevented him from being able to lie to Klaus, so in order for him to convincingly claim that Mikael had been murdered, someone would have to murder Mikael. Temporarily. Luckily Mikael was cool with this and just happened to have a spare dagger (Elena did the honors). Even more luckily, Rebekah's anger toward Klaus was still strong enough that she agreed to lie to him also, and convinced him it was due time to return to Mystic Falls. It was a pretty good scene overall, but complicated!

Anyway, later on Elena was chillin' with Bonnie, trying to figure out what to wear to that night's Homecoming dance.

They shared a pretty decent scene in which Elena attempted to comfort Bonnie over having her heart broken by Jeremy, but then in a surprise turn of events, Bonnie acted relatively cool and reasonable about the whole thing? She pointed out that Elena can't really help her, seeing as Jeremy's her brother and no matter what happens, Elena will always love him. Bonnie probably could have extended that sort of mature, rational thinking to the fact that Jeremy's original girlfriend had been murdered about a month before Bonnie and Jeremy had gotten together, and so he naturally still had feelings for her, and life is messy like that. But one step at a time, you know? Bonnie's still hurting, but she handled it like a champ, for the most part.

Later, at a very brown, underlit mansion, Elena and Damon spent some quality time together making Wolfsbane grenades.

Stefan was hanging around trying to be in on the plan, but it was awkward because nobody trusted him. Fair enough! The best part of this current version of Stefan is that he's totally been giving voice to things viewers have been laughing at for a while now. Like last week when he made fun of Elena's planning skills, and then this week he joked about being a 168-year-old man who hangs out with teenagers. Also, when Elena tried to convince him to skip Homecoming, he brought up one very good point about Elena's track record at school dances.

So, maybe now's a good time to address Mystic Falls' Homecoming traditions. First of all, there was not one single detail about this thing that made sense to me AT ALL. No football game? Just a dance? But with formal attire? And why does every theme dance involve vandalizing this poor VW Bus?

Anyway, who knows. All we knew was, Caroline was VERY involved with planning the dance, so that was reason enough to support it. It was also looking like Hybrid Tyler was starting to get on her nerves a bit.

Tyler was antsy to feed, and he claimed to even know a group of people who enjoyed being fed upon. That's some kinky True Blood stuff right there! But also Caroline was not thrilled that (A) Tyler had been hanging out with Rebekah, and (B) he'd set Rebekah up with Matt as her Homecoming date.

Caroline didn't approve of anything to do with Rebekah, whom she charmingly referred to as "Blood Slut." Oh come on, Caroline, you're better than that!

But then maybe Caroline wasn't aware that the show's BEST scene was about to happen, and it starred Rebekah Original herself? Somewhere back at the mansion, Elena walked in on Rebekah, who was trying on the $10 frock Elena had picked out last week.

Rebekah's pathos was at an all-time high, and her explanation for why she wanted to do high school stuff like normal people was just straight-up heartbreaking. Earlier in the episode we'd watched as she finally spoke to Mikael, and we discovered that as much as Klaus had lied to her, she remained even more furious with Mikael for having turned them into abominations against their will. Fair enough! I mean, to you or I, Rebekah turned out pretty great, but it was a good reminder that at the root of Rebekah's existence is a victimization she'll never forgive him for.

So yeah, Rebekah was definitely on the borderline between Mikael and Klaus, and it was pretty moving to see her try and rationalize killing Klaus even though she didn't want to. For her part, Elena was pretty awesome in this scene. Many of Elena's best moments happen when she openly empathizes with people who are worse off than her. While I think Elena has a pretty awful martyrdom complex, she does seem like a pretty chill, understanding friend to have, so I totally bought that Rebekah was opening up to her. Giving back Rebekah's necklace was a pretty nice gesture also:

But WHOOPS! Elena was a rascal!

It was such a nasty little twist, but I can't really fault Elena for doing it. Rebekah was a loose cannon in the scheme of things, so this was merely a temporary measure to keep her out of everyone's beez that night. Still though, I can't imagine she'll forgive Elena very easily when she wakes. Poor lady!

As Damon had mentioned earlier, he had a "secret" plan. And while he didn't explicitly say anything about Katherine (and we STILL hadn't learned her fate after her run-in with Mikael), roughly 80 percent of all Damon's plans involve doppelganger switcheroos, so it was a pretty safe bet at this point.

But then wuh-oh! The school gym flooded! And check out all the first-responders!

Seriously, have you ever seen Mystic Falls so organized and hard-working over any other traumatic incident? Nevermind the fact that several teenagers had been brutally murdered in that gym the previous week, LEAKING PIPES were the real emergency. The word of the day was "Priorities." Bing it.

Even Caroline took the dance cancellation hard:

Tyler seemed pretty comfortable with the whole situation. A little TOO comfortable, if you ask me. But fortunately for everyone, one of Tyler's greatest strengths is throwing last-minute, elaborately staged parties complete with professional rock bands and full stage set-ups in his own backyard. Hopefully that strength would be put to use in this episode!

Meanwhile back at the mansion, Matt showed up looking for his 1,000-year-old date.

Using some quick thinking, Elena offered herself as his replacement date. She hadn't gotten ready yet or anything, but...

So yeah, ladies and gentleman, here's your Mystic Falls High Homecoming celebration, set to the soulful, Pitchfork-approved strains of My Morning Jacket!

WHOA! It turned out Tyler had SET THE WHOLE THING UP so that Klaus could celebrate his father's death in style! What a hybrid rascal. (Related: Do you think the neighbors were thrilled to have a full-on music festival happening behind their home?)

At this point "Elena" arrived with Matt, but it was kindasorta obviously not her, right? And not just because of the slightly wavy hair. For me the big giveaway came when she was like, "I need to find Bonnie." No you don't, whoever you are. Elena would never need to find Bonnie. Bonnie's off somewhere lighting candles with her brain and frowning at shadows. You are BUSTED, Katherine! However: YAY! KATHERINE'S ALIVE! Welcome back to the party!

Outside, Stefan and Klaus had a nice little reunion.

In exchange for bringing 'round Mikael's body, Klaus agreed to un-compel Stefan. The slave part, not the emotion-free one.

Then Mikael showed Damon his special White Oak stake (note: NOT a sexual innuendo) which was apparently the one and only weapon in the world that could kill an Original. But there was only ONE? Uh-oh, use it wisely, Mikael!

Mikael also explained why he feeds on vampires, and it was a pretty great explanation. Basically, he felt kinda bad for having caused vampirism and spent a few centuries training himself to feed only on predators and not the innocent. Pretty cool, right? As much as Rebekah warned that Mikael couldn't be trusted, he did seem to have a pretty decent moral code.

Stefan got real bit and passed out. It happens. Deal with it, Stefan.

Meanwhile outside, a new bromance was blossoming.

First of all, it was pretty funny when Klaus told Tyler that he'd compelled Mrs. Lockwood to go to church and pray for Tyler's friends. Because, in what could be considered a pretty serious party foul, Klaus had brought an ARMY of hybrids with him. He told Tyler that if anybody tried to harm Klaus, they'd been programmed to immediately attack and kill Tyler's friends. So then Tyler got a terrible idea in his head and unfortunately saw it to fruition:

Haha this show. Nobody ever wants to peacefully explain why another character should stay away, they just stab first and ask questions later. Anyway, Caroline got knocked out so that Tyler could whisk her away and keep her safe from the hybrids.

Except, answer me this, readers: WHY are the hybrids so feared? Can their bites kill vampires? Has that been established? Because Damon had a seriously easy time simply ripping out a hybrid's heart on his way inside the house. Are we to believe Caroline wouldn't have been able to defend herself? Either way, sort of a jerk move on Tyler's part, especially since he then told MATT to deal with Caroline. Poor Matt!

Also, for some reason Damon and Tyler got in a scuffle. Tyler immediately got very bitey, so Damon got out the White Oak stake.

But then BOTH their brains got fried by some kind of sorcery. WHAT ON EARTH was going on??

Oh:

Talk about a grand entrance! Anyway, this scene went nowhere except that it showed how out-of-the-loop Bonnie had been kept regarding the entire plan. Quick question: Why would our heroes not want to involve a supposedly powerful witch in their plot to kill Klaus? It's a trick question, there were no powerful witches at this party. No but seriously WHY was Bonnie being kept in the dark?

This was charming:

Man, I just find it so endearing when Klaus and Rebekah have urges to be normal people. It's so heartbreaking! Anyway, in this part his hybrid assistant informed him that his definitely not-dead father was at the front door and wishing to speak with him.

At this point Klaus suddenly knew that everyone had conspired against him. And the ensuing conversation didn't go too well either:

The posse of hybrids standing behind Mikael SEEMED to be the all the backup Klaus needed to destroy Mikael once and for all.

Except, whoops! Mikael simply compelled them to be on Team Mikael instead. Oh, and here was "Elena" as a bargaining chip to be used against Klaus. Even worse, Mikael just unloaded on Klaus with some of the most devastating statements a father could make against a son. It was heart-wrenching when Klaus couldn't hold back his tears.

Mikael assumed Klaus wouldn't want to kill Elena since she was the key to his creation of hybrids. But apparently Klaus was so upset that he didn't care about hybrids anymore and wanted to just kill Mikael instead.

So then Mikael stabbed Elena!

And the whole thing served to distract Klaus because behind him Damon rushed in and stabbed him real good!

Except, that was definitely not Klaus's heart, so there was some floor struggling that went on for a bit. But who cares, because LOOKIT:

At this point I was slightly confused about what was happening because, while I already knew that Katherine was the gal getting stabbed, I thought Mikael knew it too and they'd planned this together. Except apparently he really did believe he was murdering Elena! Boo hiss boo.

But then! Stefan rushed in and tackled Damon, sparing Klaus's life.

And then Klaus drove the stake into Mikael! And Mikael burst into flames!

Apparently because Klaus was so stoked that Mikael was finally dead, he overlooked Stefan's earlier betrayal and granted him freedom from compulsion. Congratulations, Stefan! Don't spend it all in one place.

Elsewhere, Caroline woke up from her forced, drug-induced blackout only to face a super smug, self-congratulatory Tyler.

After a surprisingly thoughtful argument in which Caroline expressed reservations about dating a "sired" hybrid and Tyler explained how being a hybrid is actually more liberating than being a normal werewolf (he can control his transmogrifications now), he laid out an ultimatum for her.

And she didn't even properly answer! I mean, she definitely sounded apprehensive about declaring her love for him, but he definitely stormed off before she had a chance to complete her sentence.

Aw, poor kids. It's okay, Caroline, Tyler's just a low-down dirty dog (kind of literally?)

Back at the mansion, Damon seemed pretty upset that they'd screwed up their plan so badly. Of all the things that could've gone wrong, he did NOT anticipate getting bum-rushed by his own brother.

This led to another pretty touching moment between Damon and Elena. This season <3s touching Damon-Elena moments so much! This one even had the DOUBLE FACE CARESS.

It was just plain nice. Also, Katherine called on her way out of town and even SHE had some nice things to say.

Honestly, Katherine was amazing in this episode and she got even better:

She even defended the merits of being human and had the audacity to tell Stefan she liked him better as a nice guy. I mean, I don't agree with her, but now I kind of do? Katherine is awesome! She reiterated that she genuinely loved both Stefan and Damon (which is the same path Elena is headed down) and that she still has moments of goodness in her. Like THIS scene, for example? I mean, it's a hell of a thing when KATHERINE is pep-talking Stefan about getting his humanity back.

Anyway, this was just a long way of saying that Katherine and Stefan had colluded to make Damon fail at killing Klaus. The reason? Klaus had told her that if he died, his hybrids would murder Damon. So basically Katherine was trying to prevent Damon's death above all else, and in doing so would preserve Stefan's humanity. Interesting! Except, what? Why? Damon had easily dispatched a hybrid like it was no big deal. We're supposed to believe he couldn't have handled himself (with Mikael, Stefan, and Katherine's help) against those newborn vampires? I didn't understand. Still, I guess their hearts were in the right place.

But because she's Katherine, she still had a scheme up her sleeve. And it was an EXCELLENT scheme.

DAMN! Stefan turned the table, he turned all the tables like they were just lazy susans. I mean, the big obstacle is that Klaus is now officially immortal? I don't know, maybe they can figure out a new method of killing him, but right now he's just one pissed-off Original. But there might also be TWO pissed off Originals. Let's check in on Rebekah.

Peaceful as a lamb. Face down in the dirt with a dagger in her back. Poor Rebekah!

I really enjoyed this episode. It was surprising and action-packed, but more than anything I liked the villains' assorted pathos and their various redemptive moments. Katherine for president!

Okay, that's enough. See you in seven weeks!

 

QUESTIONS

... Will Rebekah be angry when she wakes up, or will she just be grateful to have gotten some good quality Zs?

... Are Caroline and Tyler officially dunzo?

... Do you kinda-sorta feel bad for Klaus now?

... How long do you think Carol Lockwood will stay at church praying for Tyler's friends?

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Hey Price, have you seen Honey 2, Katerina Graham says "word" alot, I thought you'd find it hilarious, I did after reading your updates lol
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1) She'll be screaming mad if that dagger ripped a hole in her 10$ dress !

2) IMO yes... Tyler gonna go frenzy with the other sired hybrids.

3) Nah, he's a jerk... what kind of man kills his own mother ??

4) Hopefully indefinitely...



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1) She gonna' be MAD!!!

2) naw' , tyler just has to stop being a tool and they'll be back togeva's b4 u can say "Hybrid".

3) Yes, I <3 Klaus sooooo muchies

4) 4 a while, they got a lot 2 b prayin' 4
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Rebekah is going to be irate when she wakes. Not only at Elena for stabbing her in the back (literally and metaphoricaly..shizam!), but also at Stefan for the number he pulled stealing the caskets!



I've felt like Tyler and Caroline were done for a while now..



And yeah, surprisingly, I'm staring to empathize with Klaus a little bit. Kinda makes me angry at Stefan for that stunt. Maybe Rebekah can help him see the error in his way.



Carol who? haha
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Have you noticed how Originals tend to say "I'm sorry, I'm gonna have to call your bluff." a lot?



Google it. haha
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... Yes. I think the previous 50 years of sleep may have been enough.

... Hopefully - she can do better.

... No. Screw him.

... ??? Can't say I care much to be honest.



Where the hell was Alaric during all this? Sat at home with a ready meal watching Fringe? The guy used to be a vampire hunter, what the hell is going on with him?



Also, Damon easily ripped out the hybrids heart and Katherine threw a couple of the wolfsbane grenades and the pack went scampering. The hybrids are pathetic, between Damon, Stefan, Katerine, Michael, Caroline, hopefully Rebekah, maybe Elaina, Alaric (when he gets his ass out of bed) and, dare I say it, Bonnie - they could easily have defeated about a couple dozen hybrids. Also, if Klaus really did have an army of them, why didn't he post some to guard his family? I love this show, and this episode in particular was great, but the writers are dumb as posts when it comes to writing anything except the emotional high-school stuff. (Although, I didn't see the doppleganger switcheroo coming - I was assuming that Elaina was wearing one of the 'Rise From The Dead' rings.)



I hope they don't wait too long to bring Rebekah back. She's now one of my top three characters just behind Katherine and, obviously, Caroline - who's first. Is it a coincidence do you think that all three are vampires - and hot?
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Loved this episode! Loved it!



Loved these two: "Our town's first ever emergency" and matt's "maybe I should move", literally laughed out loud.



Hmmm... I think Rebekah will probably be angry but who will she be angry at? It'd be nice if she was understanding and then went and undaggered Elijah.



Caroline and Tyler... well this was the first episode in awhile that brought back some feelings between Caroline and Matt, (at least I thought so anyway), so I'm thinking more of an exploration on that triangle maybe?



I definitely feel sorry for Klaus... the scene with him and Mikael? Heartbreaking, love him to bits! That being said I don't think he's justified in anything he does... I just love the character. I really hope he sticks around, and I don't fear for him becoming too sappy or anything either, he is an incredibly emotional character and because of that he does crazy, terrible things, like straight up murdering his mother. But I definitely felt for him in that scene, I mean emotions are emotions and Klaus has them. I really want a love interest for him!



LOL I hope not long, Carol Lockwood is fun sometimes. Also when will they do a re-election for Mayor? I thought her position was temporary? Or maybe there was an election but everyone is dead so she won by default... that's proabably it.



Oh and Rebekah completely won me over this episode, the moment that I was like "I really like her", I knew she was going to die. At least it's dagger dead and not flaming-stake-of-doom dead.



Also on the character of Mikael, I loved what they did with him. I mean they could have been predictible and made him the next big bad but instead they used him to make Klaus bigger and badder which I am thrilled for. I also think it's nice because Klaus was built up so much last season. I'm grateful that there wasn't all that hype for him to cause mayham for a bit and then just be defeated. They're going to have to work really hard to get him.



Also Katherine is back! I'm all for katheredemption. She is just super lovely! She loves her Salvatore brothers. And I am down for Stefan and Katherine together, like seriously. That's all I've wanted since the beginning of season 2, Stefan and Katherine and Damon and Elena... and it's kind of happening? I mean I will be satisfied if things continue on this way, I'm not too greedy.



Damon and Elena are so in love it's ridiculous! And exciting... I am definitely a Delena fan but I never thought that there would be this much development in their relationship, and not even in a romantic way (though that is definitely there) they get each other and they both love Stefan... I've always thought that they would have some sort of realization of their relationship but I thought it would be sort of quick but their whole relationship is just building and progressing into something that's almost more complex than Stefan and Elena's relationship (not saying that Stef/Elena don't love eachother as much but their relationship was their rock that sort of never faltered, not always so but it seemed a little more natural and easier than Damon and Elena)... So I need a legit payoff cause that is just not fair. ;)



Man, I cannot wait until the new year! And where is Elijah? I want him now...



Also. Team Salvatore, FTW. I love those guys. Brotherly love is the best, I mean through everything they've had each other. Oh! I love them.



Thanks for the awesome recap! Enjoy the hiatus... :(
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Wow, you're totally right about Mikael being used just for the purpose of proving Klaus is the ultimate threat to anyone, anywhere, ever. Also, I'm glad there is so much hype to killing Klaus; it just gives the show so much intensity and substance. I knew the one-episode planning of Klaus' death wouldn't follow through and that Mikael would die; a short-lived character that I am okay to see gone.
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PRICE for President!
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A truly awesome season so far, though I was disappointed by the whole Mikael ordeal. His death just wasn't "earned" in my opinion. I did love Katherine showing her "human" side at the end of the episode...

Rebekah will go after Elena something rabid when she wakes up. Hell hath no fury... Especially when female bonding gone bloody wrong is involved.

Tyler needs to wash the brainwash off his respective jelly parts, but even when he does so, I'm thinking Caroline is taking a drama-free break. Ok, ok, it's Caroline. There should at least be some Shakespeare involved. I'm thinking Ophelia with a twist (of tequila) and a better ending.

I think Klaus is good for the current plot. but when the time is right, I wanna see him burn. Ok, not burn. Just an end-scene-fade-to-black-and-stay-there would do.

Carol... she's in for the long haul. I'm thinking at least six weeks. :P



And now the break... *sigh* I sure will miss Damon...
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Hello Price!

A little late this week, I must admit I have spent the weekend thinking about how Good the epi was. Mostly cos of two Awesome carachters: KAtherine and Klaus. The K-Team ttlly stole the show, for the heart-breaking moment when Klaus shows his entire human side and simply lets us know without words that all he ever wanted was to be loved by his father. since that was pretty much out the window he just went and killed him. A-mazing!

And Katherine well... "ba-boom" is THE scene for me LMAO. That smirk kills me everytime.

The other thing was that it took me a while but then I realised how much VD changed in the course of one single year (in the tv. time that is). we went from protecting Elena and Stefan being in danger and being rescued from his brother to , and this is what made my weekend. EVERYONE in this epi was keen on saving Damon's life. we all went from

"gah I hate this guy but he's hot and kinda good in his tortured way" to everyone reaching for some humanity that was sleeping off and saving Damon. Without him even suspecting he was ever in danger or Elena for that matter.

That to me is the true beauty of a show, when everyone keeps complaining on how little these carachters are developed, we have everyone pulling their most amazing moves to keep Damon safe and alive, being to me the most mind-blowing twist Katherine that pretty much shocked the hell out of me when she saved him.

I feel like squealing like a little girl LOL. oh how proud I have become of my fav show!!!

is it January yet?????????
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So, now that you won't have anything to recap till January, can you continue the season 1 rewind? :P and that recap on EMAs? Selena was the host, and we all know how not-funny she is when she isn't playing Alex Russo :(
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I gotta a quick question that has nothing to do with this ep:

How the hell do the remaining of the Gilbert family get money? And how come nobody in that town noticed that the lovely aunt that took care of those "children" for about a year simply disapeared, leaving the "kids" under the care of a teacher ?! (obviously I'm not talking about the scheriff or the mayor - and, by the way, how does elections work in the USA? I mean, if the mayor dies or has to leave the job, the wife/husband simply take the office? Isn't there any vice-mayor or something? Or maybe, I don't know, new elections? Cause, believe it or not, that's how things happens in Brazil... )

And some other thing: I know they're vampires and all, but I've seen them with money (quite a lot, actually). How do they get the money? Are they stealing banks, or people in general?

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Great recap, as always ;)

1. Rebekah will be really mad once she wakes up. And who could blame her? All the cheerleading practice and highschool dances she'll miss while being in a dagger coma.

2. I don't think they are done forever. They will get back together eventually.

3. Don't feel bad for Klaus, he's still a psychopath. I like him being on the show, but I wouldn't be his friend.

4. Probably till January 5th.



I'm so thrilled that Katherine is back. Even though EVERYONE saw the doppelganger switch coming, it's still great that she's alive and fabulous as always.

Also, I liked the fact that Elena tried to get Stefan to turn his humanity back on for weeks (or days? you never know with that timeline) and failed miserably, but Katherine managed to do so in 5 seconds because she knew all along that Damon is Stefans weak spot - I really love their brotherly bond and how they literally do anything for each other - and not Elena.
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Why is Damon still doing that troll face? he needs to stop doing that, is not cool! lol
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I swear, every vampire in this show turns in to an oxymoron; it's kind of annoying. Why can't we just have a bad vamp come along and STAY bad?! Like..... Frederick!?! LOVE Klaus, and I definitely do not want to see him crying and all vulnerable. Is it weird that I was ecstatic during the whole doppleganger-blood-altar-sacrifice scene last season? I guess I just love a good, conniving villain. Katherine, for instance, was great last season every time she fooled somebody, had ulterior motives, and was only looking out for herself.



Speaking of Kat, how about that last scene in the car with Stefan? I tell you what, if there is any team (or 'ship?) I'm rooting for, it is Stefan+Katherine. Seriously, wouldn't it be great to see those 1864 feelings resurface?!



How about Klaus+Elena? I know it is kind of morbid, but think about it: Elena DOES have a habit of going for the tortured guys. Plus, Joseph Morgan is strikingly good-looking... I just want to see him get some on-screen action. IDK, just a thought...



The hybrids standing behind Mikael in this episode totally reminded me of that time the tomb vamps surprised Damon and Alaric outside of their home in S1 (think that was after D+A went all Batman and Robin on the few vampires in the house in their effort to free Stefan.) Anyway, the hybrids just seem useless and not frightening at all. Over them.



What I loved MOST about this mid-season finale was the use of the word "trust" between Damon+Elena. I adore their friendship; I really think it is the only genuine, untainted aspect of the show, right now. Their honesty with one another is amazing; and, come to think of it, they are completely aware that they WILL inevitably disappoint one another, but that does not keep them from expressing how they feel. Also, I believe they have officially formed an unconditional love for one another, which makes this duo my fave on TVD at present!



THX for the recap, Price! Always entertaining :)



P.S. I'm leaving for Air Force basic training mid- Dec and won't be back until mid- Feb! Excited, but so sad (seriously, NOT EVEN KIDDING) that I will be missing the first few epis of the 2nd half of the season :*(
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and I was really hoping that Rebekah would join the club cuz she's still sort of mysterious and really hot. :)

Klaus is hot, too so I'm glad he's still around for now. I bet they'll have a hard time coming up with another interesting big bad once the originals are gone. They did top Katherine though...
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your reviews are pretty much play-by-play.. summarize it dude! anyway, I really don't like Bonnie. she's a boring character with no real use other than to be Elena's "best friend" (even though they're barely together) and to do some witchy stuff here and there. Caroline's obviously the cooler more interesting side character. but I guess Elena has to be sad with someone and that someone is.. Bonnie! *yawn*

btw, this was one of my fave episodes so far.. nice twist at the end.. they really fooled me.
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I thought breaking Stefan's plans to kill Klaus because his hybrids would retaliate was weak and came off as stall tactics to me. If they went through with the plans it would have set up a nice war between the hybrids and Salvatores, and it would further explore where Tyler's loyalties lie after his creator has been killed. Or maybe I just Klaus dead and over with. Yeah, that's it. :)
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Yeah it was pretty weak for sure. On the other hand, Klaus is a pretty great character, so it's not like I'll mind having him back on the TV come 2012.
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1. Rebekah will be majorly pissed off!!

2. I don;t think that Tyler and Caro are over. But then, that depends on what happens in the episodes to come.

3. I don't feel very sorry for Klaus. I did for about a minute, but, he is just a big bully. He is doing what he is supposed to do. Be the big bad. Nope, don't feel sorry for him.

4. I think that Carol Lockwood stayed at church until the party was over, only to come home to deal with the after party mess...

LOVED the recap, Price!! See you again next year!!
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Thanks! I'll be here!
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Great recap as usual! Awesome episode. I like the idea that now is Stefan and Katherine who are pulling the strings. Good to see that Klaus wasn't 'one step ahead' for once. And I don't care about the plot holes ...this is not supposed to be the next Shakespeare or something. Just enjoying the show !
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Yeah, while it's fun to try and figure out the plotholes, ultimately it's about the bigger themes. So I agree, it's not important what exactly Stefan/Katherine were doing, just that they had good intentions.
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I always felt bad for Klaus and if they wanted to kill Klaus so Stefan could be un-compelled couldn't they just get Rebekah or maybe even Mikael to un-compel him or give him some new compulsion that cancels it out? I felt like taking out Klaus was unnecessary and a way to end Mikael's story-line. I didn't understand the urgency to kill Klaus during the episode.
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I wondered that too! I guess vampires can't undo the compulsions of other vampires? If they could, I'm sure Rebekah would have uncompelled Stefan pretty quickly, seeing as she was in love with him at one point.
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I kind of assumed it was because of Elena, ok, I can already see the raised eyebrows LMAO. But I assumed they really wanted Klaus dead, at least Damon did, cos he was trying to assure Elena was Klaus-free. I guess with all going on we kinda put the blood bag strory line in the back for a while but at least to me I could see why Damon wanted all this over. he is like the last standing Elena protector now.

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SERIOUSLY??? Spending all those episodes and airtime building up how scary Michael is, he's been alive for one epi and poof his dead. What is this? Breaking Dawn?(where about 80% of the entire book is about talking how scary this suppposedly villains are and they all end up talking and voila, problem solved)

And OH, the hybrids... Aren't they suppose to be scarier than vamps or werewolves, hell, the Tomb Vamps poses more threat than they did.

A great epi for Elena, less whining, less martyrdom moments.

Heartless Stefan is much cooler than the oh-so-righteous-I-eat-rabbits kind of vamp.

Klaus, SERIOUSLY??? A thousand-year-old Daddy issue??? dude, move one, you're growing to be a lame ass villain. HE'S NOT YOUR FATHER!, I think Rebekah would be scarier and more artistic villain, (like a soul-less Angel or a much saner Drucilla).

And what the "ef" happened with Caroline, she's getting lamer and lamer by the minute.

Seriously why didn't they make a great deal of the fact that Tyler had just been turned to a hybrid a week ago and is sired by the enemy. Caroline talk about their team and Team-Klaus like they are about to challenge Team Edward and Team Jacob. This is suppose to be a war, or at least something of a great threat. They're all so cavalier and talking each step like a walk in the sun.

And Honestly??? VAMPS, and HYBRIDS? how can they not have smelled that it wasn't Elena? Do they all have colds or something??? BLOOD LUST remember, they feed on blood, they hear heart beats, THEY ARE ATTRACTED TO IT! That woman is dead! she doesn't pump blood unto her body, just drink'em... Serious plot hole that one is...
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Haha you are hilarious. The one thing I know (because I used to wonder this myself) is that in this world, the vampires do have heartbeats and functioning internal organs. But I do agree that vampires SHOULD be able to spot other vampires on sight.
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Good recaps for a good episode... sarcasm seems to be spreading all over MF! Love it. Having Katherine back was great. I had a feeling she was going to be back when I saw the spoilers, it wasn't so much her hair (Elena could curl her hair for homecoming) but the earrings that gave her away. Didn't foresee her turning all pep-talkish or stealing Klaus' family. Nice twist.

Bonnie didn't annoy me this episode as much as usual (except when she broke up Tyler and Damon), but her conversation with Elena about Jeremy was WAY too mature, something I'd expect a 38-year old to say, not a teenager. But I like her reasonable and stable, keep her that way.



1-Rebekah will be angry and revengeful I can't wait!

2-Hope so, the hybrid thing is seriously diminishing his brain capacity or maybe all the glitter glue is getting to him. What was up with that van?! 'The 70's show' was in town?

3-Not really, I'm sure Klaus will bounce back, whatever machiavellian scheme Katherine has planned for him better be well crafted.

4-Praying for MF is a full time job so I don't think we'll be seeing her any time soon.



The 7 weeks countdown has started...
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Yeah, Mature Bonnie is great. It reminded me of S1 where she went on vacation and then tried to avoid the vampires, just totally over it. I would do the same thing!
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Haha. I always <3 your recaps so much. Best TVD recapper ever :D



I know that people often ask your opinion about the triangle, but honestly, you personally prefer DE or SE? And you think Delena has a chance at being endgame?



Btw I have to agree that that scene w/ Bonnie was kinda useless. She wasn't even involved in the plan, so yeah pointless much..do you think it's because they want her to interact with Damon, and gradually bond? Don't ask me why but a lot of people seem to be rooting for them..which is pretty out of character and, uhm, horrible to think lol :\



Your thoughts about all this ^^? Haha. Xoxo.
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Delena fans really want me to endorse this relationship, huh? Look, the main idea behind this entire season so far is that the brother relationship might be the most important relationship of all. So maybe I'm team Defan? Or Stamon? If I were in charge, Elena would go off and have a human husband and kids and everyone would remain friends. But I'm not in charge, I just recap things!
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Word.
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Word. Elena isn't the type of girl to be destined with a vampire for the rest of her life. My ideal series end...Damon and Stefan lurking about and looking in on the woman they both love happily married with a family of her own. them coming to grips with spending an eternity together. It's all about the bro love to me.
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Okay, the screencaps make me want to watch the show now. I never did because the whole Twilight thing was not my cuppa tea, but people say TVD does vampires right, and well, the screencaps make it look fun.
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You're in for a treat. I'm jealous you get to watch it for the first time.
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Dont worry this is better than Twilight. It's got it's bad moments as well though, but OK on the whole.
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Greatest ep ever! and so much fun with the review - thanks price! i couldn't keep up with all the different twists and turns... i can't wait to see how pissed off klaus gets... and the hell he's going to raise... tyler seems to regress to his less nice jock persona now that he is sired to klaus... i worry he may get caught in the crossfires
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Is it 2012 yet?
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KATHERINE FOR PRESIDENT!
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She has my vote.
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After reading the most recent two pages of comments, I am going to try to focus on ideas that I have not seen expressed.



One thing that really strikes me is how Elena and Katherine are becoming so much more similar. Katherine is letting her humanity in, and Elena is becoming more cold and pragmatic, and far less naive. Interesting direction for character development to head in. This also parallels Elena following Katherine's footsteps in falling in love with both brothers. She's there now, it's just that she can't take that last step of admitting that she can love them both at once. I wonder if the writers will dare head in that direction...?



One scene that really resonated with me was Stefan telling Katherine he could not endure it if he let all of his humanity back in after the things he has done. This led me to wonder how on earth the writers will be able to come up with a twist that will allow Stefan's full humanity to return...or will they even go there? At the beginning of the season, I could only see things going full circle and Stefan going back to the person he was when Elena met him. But Elena will never be the person she was then...does it make sense for Stefan to go back there?



I really REALLY don't like Klaus. Am I the only person who hopes that he will not continue into another a season, and that the season finale will end with his permanent demise?



I loved the way the plotlines for this episode entailed one twist after another. When Stefan killed Mikail, my jaw literally dropped. I just couldn't believe he would have done that -- it seemed the betrayal to end all betrayals. And then we find out that he did it to save Damon.



So where is the show going when we come back in January? It's clear they have set up a big faceoff between Stefan and Klaus. Stefan has thrown down the gauntlet in a big BIG way, and challenged Klaus mano a mano. So where will it end? Klaus had just been waiting for his father to be killed before he revived his siblings -- if we are to believe him his reason for staking them had been that he didn't want them to know he killed their mother. And now the person he thought was his one true friend in the world has totally betrayed him. Methinks that when we come back we are in for a roller coaster ride as the battle between Stefan and Klaus goes full on!



Am I the only one who doesn't like Bonnie, and would much rather have seen Anna as Jeremy's girlfriend? With all the other weird stuff going on, it wouldn't be much stranger than Elena giving her love to a pair of vampires. After all, there is no moving on there, either, no normal life. It brings me back to Elena saying a few episodes ago that she didn't want to be a vampire because she wanted a normal life, kids, etc. So how does that fit in with her saying she will never stop loving Stefan?



Re: The Vampire Army thing. I got the feeling that this was indeed a real threat because (1) as others have pointed out, one bite from a hybrid and a vampire will die and (2) I got the feeling that the few hybrids we saw were only the tip of the iceberg, and there were a lot more where those came from.



I hate that Tyler has once more become a self-centered jerk. I really liked the way he has been with Caroline the last few episodes, and I loved them as a couple. Maybe they will get back together when Klaus is dead and Tyler is free? I can't see it happening any time before that. Caroline has way too much backbone. And speaking of which, I really admire the way her character has matured from the way she was when we first met her.



Now all that remains is to rewatch the episode. Thanks for the recap and all the comments here. They really gave me some things to watch for that I missed the first time around.
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These are some awesome points. I definitely agree with the Katherine/Elena theory. I like each of them better the more they become each other. Personally I like Klaus a lot, but I agree that he should die soon. If only because his awesomeness and legend will be even stronger if he dies. Otherwise he could become watered down and lame if he sticks around for a while. But then again Joseph Morgan is super good and I wouldn't mind seeing him on TV every week. Very conflicted here.
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I love your thoughts on Elena becoming like Katherine. I actually chuckled when Damon said as much. I love when even the characters are aware of themselves and there was a lot of that in this episode. I think it speaks to how much the characters have evolved and it's kind of awesome. Elena has become more like Katherine...and now she's actually embracing it and seeing that it's not necessairly bad, but the same can be said about the brothers...they've come to mirror each other in ways and it's served them both well. I know most people were caught up in the multiple twists and turns and developments in this episode, as was I, but mostly I was drawn to just how much the main characters seemed to have evolved...I would say it seems as though it's been overnight, but it hasn't...but for whatever reason it was more apparent in this particular episode and a wave of nostalgia and wistful thoughts came through as I had to think about just how far this series and it's characters have come in two and a half seasons (or in MF time...a year).



I think Stefan is ever going to completely go back. He's changed, they all have, and the health dose of in limbo with partial humanity will probably work best for him. Not as much of a burden, not weighted down by his own self depracating.I think we'll still have to Stefan we love but with a bit more edge and not nearly as broody and it will serve them well. I mean if they can change Damon so much and still make him inherently the Damon most love than they certainly can do it with Stefan.
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- Angry Rebekah would be nice

- Don't think so

- Well... everybody loves a villain :) I don't feel that bad for him, I just like it when he's angry, everyone can die x)

- Forever, let's hope.



About the weak hybrid thingy, they were werewolves not long ago, so they are pretty young vamps, even younger than Caroline so... they can't do anything about Damon/Stefan/Katherine except bite them but they aren't strong enough



And yeah, I also thought, why didn't they just kill all of the hybrids before & then kill Klaus?
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This hybrid thing was a huge misstep for the episode, but ultimately it's more important that Katherine and Stefan teamed up to do something good. I can dig that, for sure. I just wish their scheme wasn't so flimsy.
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Hybrids shown in this episodes are SO lame. Damon ripping a heart out so easily didn't really work for the plot.



Klaus as a hybrid is extremely powerful because it neutralized the one weakness of original vampires to the dagger. But the hybrids he created are really just vampires with more weaknesses. They are now allergic to both vervain and wolfsbane for instance. The sire thing is a very weak substitute, and still inferior to vampiric compulsion. A werewolf bit is fatal to a vampire, but then even though they turn at will, they can't turn into wolves quickly enough to bite. Even if they did, the vampire need only to drink their blood and be healed!



Sure its good for the werewolves because they don't have to turn, but as an all-powerful army, they are pretty lame.
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Haha you are so right. I don't know why this didn't occur to me sooner: hybrids are just worse vampires. Klaus already had the power to compel vampires... Wasn't that enough to create an army? There was that one line about him wanting to create hybrids because he was lonely. I don't know that just seems kind of dumb to me. Hybrids' only new skill is that they can bite vampires so that they die in 6 hours, and can occasionally turn into angry dogs. I'm not sure that's a huge improvement over a normal vampire. But again, I'm sure I just missed something.
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Hi Price! It is going to be a LONG seven weeks. Rebekah will be really angry when she wakes up. She will probably go back to Klaus so he won't kill her. Caroline and Tyler are done UNLESS Klaus does finally get killed. We'll see where they are with each other by that time. I don't feel bad for Klaus AT ALL, he's creating an army of sired hybrids. EEWW!! Carol Lockwood will stay at the church until the next meeting of the secret society that are trying to protect Mystic Falls from vampires, lol! Notice Jeremy and Alaric conspicuously absent from this episode?? I miss them! And, I have now come over to team Delena, even though I still think it will never happen!
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Totally, I think "Delena" is already happening right now, at least to the extent that it ever will. I love them being so chill with each other. To me that's even more heartfelt than if they were just making out or whatever. I kind of don't need it to go any further.
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I feel so bad for Klaus. I don't want him to die!
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He's done some horrible stuff, but I am such a sucker for crying.
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LOLING forever at Damon! He only had to do one thing and he missed Klaus's heart! It was the dumbest scene I've ever seen OMG!!



I hate how the writers are making Tyler be a jerk again, I was starting to like him.
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Yeah Damon should be better at staking people. On the other hand, I like Klaus as a character, so I'm happy he'll be around longer.
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IKR? He's pretty precise with pulling the hearts out of vampires, and werewolves.
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I am going to have TVD withdrawals these coming weeks... This episode was awesome!



First, I have to say that I am SO GLAD that Katherine isn't dead! Whew! That was stressful. Also, Caroline and Tyler can't be over! They are perfect! :( So sad!



And I'm glad Klaus is back! I've never been able to really dislike him, even though he's supposed to be the Big Bad. He's always got great lines and is a very good villain... Can't hate him. And now, with all this back-story I DO feel sorry for him!



Finally, your pic with Matt and the "Maybe I should move away" had me cracking up for a very long time! Thanks! :)
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I definitely agree about Katherine. I was worried! And then she made an awesome reappearance. So maybe I shouldn't worry about her.
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I love this episode... Stefan had to deceive the ones he love to protect them. We can all see that now Stefan's away, Damon will play.
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We'll see! He's been kind of mellow lately though.
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I liked this episode very much... except for the part where Kat and Stef where 'saving' Damon... Really? hybrids are so bad that they couldnt 'defend' Damon? I mean Mikael compelled them just like that... I guess they where more afraid of what Michael would do after killing Niklaus than worried about D's security. And that I can uderstand.



1. Plz bring Rebekah back! I hope she's really pissed at Elena... hahah poor girl had open her heart and Bang! She dead.



2. I hope so! I love Carol but that sired hybrid is an A*hole.



3. No!... I love his villaness... keep it that way.



4. Lol... poor thing is so oblivious... Maybe she'll remain there until the end of the season.



I want more girl power... I miss Katherine and Rebekah... and Caroline... she's been missing all the action latetely. 3 fav characters right there... In no particular order... LOL
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Yeah, the reasons Katherine and Stefan did what they did continue to confuse me. But if it's the thought that counts, I can get behind that. They were TRYING to do good, at least!
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Has Price died or something? Where's his Secret Circle review?
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Dude, give him a break! I'm sure it takes time to screencap all the teen drama that happens in these shows and write super hilarious and witty things to accompany said screenshots. You know its gonna be worth the wait.
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Thanks. Yeah, sorry for the delay. Each photorecap takes like 10-14 hours to do, and I do two of them now, so I don't tend to go to bed at all from Thurs-Sat. After 9 weeks it really took its toll, so these ones were pretty tough. But I got them done! Now I can sleep more.
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1. She'll probably angry but I think she's used to getting stabbed in the back now, so she'll just move on.

2.Nah... they'll hate each other for a little while or rather Caroline will hate Tyler and then something will happen that brings them back together. Just give it a few episodes.

3.Until Tyler remembers he has a mom and decides to go get her.
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You're right, Rebekah's no stranger to getting stabbed into comas. It's probably no big deal really.
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Awesome episode! I loved how things flipped and flopped for the various characters! Can't wait to see what happens next!
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2012 seems forever away.
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YAY IT'S THE RETURN OF THE "IS IT FRIDAY YET?!"



-Loved this episode. I dunno what I'm gonna do in the seven weeks to come. Curl up in a corner and cry, maybe. XD

-It's great that all the characters have really been developed. There's not a person who's just the villain, or the hero, everyone's starting to become much more realistic and multi-faceted.

-Glad Klaus is still around, because he's just awesome. I've always felt bad for Klaus and this episode just further cemented that fact. Wish they hadn't killed Michael off so quickly, though, since there was quite a lot of hype and now it's just like ... okay, bye.

-Can't believe Elena stabbed Rebekkah. I mean, I sort of saw it coming, but still, that was just cruel to watch. I got a lot more respect for Elena, though, but Rebekkah going to be unbelievably angry if they ever wake her.

-Psh, Tyler and Caroline were born to be together. They'll end up together eventually.

-KATHERINE WAS SO AWESOME THIS EPISODE. That's all that can be said.

-I liked Stefan stealing Klaus's family, but seriously?! That's so ... it's just weird. How did he get them out? Did he like stack them on top of each other one by one and carry them with his super strength? Did he compel people to do it for him? Can't Klaus just track him down through, I dunno, locating where Stefan called him from, and take his family back? Just WTF? It was a badass move, but I had to laugh. Too funny.
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The main thing about Klaus' family is, he didn't really like them very much. So they're only valuable to Stefan if he WAKES them up. Otherwise why would Klaus care? As for Rebekah, I kind of feel like she'll understand why Elena did it. I mean, she'll be pissed, but she's pretty smart and would have to agree that Elena did have a pretty good reason for keeping Rebekah out of it.
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Yeah, but the thing is, it's probably likely that the Originals would turn on Stefan if he woke them up. I don't think it'd be a smart thing for him to do.

And I suppose Rebekkah would, but I'd still look forward seeing her have a bit of a tantrum... I bet she could throw a huge one...
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i'm clarifying for you the damon plan, it wasnt because the hybrids would kill damon if he died. damon was going to stake klaus, but it was revealed in 2x15 a vampire can't do the staking for they will die. so she was making sure he didn't stake klaus so he didnt die by doing it
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I watched that part again, and Klaus definitely warns Katherine that the hybrids will kill everyone should Klaus die. So that's what caused her to change the plan. Additionally, I think only the steel daggers are cursed in that way... The witches made them, but they didn't want vampires to be able to use them.
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But the stake Damon was going to use on Klaus is different from the dagger that Elena used on Rebekka. I don't think it has the same connotations as the dagger.
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While that is true, a regular vampire can't stake an original without dying, apparently that didn't occur to anyone, not even Damon. Katherine actually sabotaged the plan along with Stefan because Klaus told her he had ordered the hybrids to kill Damon if he ended up dead. If you think about it, it doesn't make any sense for all the characters involved to forget that Damon would die if he killed Klaus. Or maybe Michael remembered but he just didn't care.
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Yeah, I was seriously confused the first time I saw this part, so I had to rewind it a couple times.
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IF Rebekah wakes up, which honestly im not too sure about, im sure shes gonna be pissed. maybe she will kidnap elena or jeremy or even bonnie!



i think Tyler is gonna join Klaus so yes, at least for a little while. maybe Rebekah will get what she wants with him and Klaus will use him as a pawn to get his family back.



I do but i dont feel bad for Klaus. there is a sympathy factor there now, but it still doesnt change what an evil bastard he is lol. he still killed Jenna and elena and all those other people that he tried to turn into hybrids.



as far as Carol goes. . . .i think it will be a week before she realizes what an idiot she is :)



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Great point about Klaus. But I love how conflicted I feel about him.
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You know why this episode was so good? You do...Katherine! If they would have Kat in more often...hhmm...that would make me a really happy fan.



1) I think she'll be mad, wouldn't you?



2) They probably are and Caroline/Matt and Bonnie might start a new triangle...hope not;



3) Kinda-sorta, in a way I feel a little bad for him...;



4) Haha, that's great! Don't know probabky until Klaus finds some time to go there and de-compel her.



In this long and painful 7 weeks you should do the episodes you missed...like the last episodes of season 2...if will be great to still have something to look forward to every Thursday.

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I will try to fill in the gaps, don't worry!
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1. Beks will be angry but in the coolest of ways. I think she'll be a wildcard though.

2.Tyler and Caroline are like Supernatural Ken and Barbie, they're stuck for life.

3.I always felt bad for Klaus because he's all lonely, pathetic, and feels unlovable, he doesn't know what loyalty is. oh Klaus...if you would just be yourself somebody would love you w/o you killing them or compelling them or threatening them. I think Klaus needs a girlfriend...get laid bro. It'll help. Verbally abused as a youth? The bastard child?Most of his family turned on him? C'mon they were just asking for him to become a psychopathic killer.

4.Speaking of women who need to get laid...I mean she couldn't resist the charm or compulsion of Elijah, she couldn't resist it with Klaus...last we seen she was bleeding in the front seat of her vehicle watching Caroline kick ghost butt...I think she needs to be praying for herself more than the kids, which is probably what she's doing.



No elijah. I missed him! : (

Hardcore shippers on both sides. I like both ships and all, but to me personally...this entire series is a love story about two brothers dealing with an eternity with one another. Elena's an afterthought/sidestory imo. I love that they've been showing that more.Stefan breaking through and saving his brother...because it's his brother. Common theme with family this season especially. Its all about the family in the end.



Bonnie was kind of awesome. That's the Bonnie I like...I wish they'd use her that way more often. She was rational (though I agree she could take that a step further and realize that Jeremy never stopped loving his dead gf so he didn't fall in love with a ghost he always was in love with said ghost). She was the mature, rational Bonnie that she can be. Please keep her around that way.



I love Damon's plans, but once again he was planning on dying because he would have died if he successfully killed klaus...no wonder he didn't tell Elena. Yeah....I love Damon so he really needs to stop with the self sacrificing stuff. Stop trying to die dude...we kinda need you too much.I love how the majority of the time his plans are foolproof if it weren't for one person. Loved seeing Katherine even though it was predictable. Hate that Matt is merely a plot device rather than a useful character, but I love how chill he is about the supernatural stuff.



Also a highlight. How the characters have evolved. the relationships have evolved. You can cast the shipping aside, and just look at the beauty of how the relationships have developed if you so choose. Damon and Elena are true friends...they trust each other and have each other's backs...it's just great to see them get to that point where they just allow themselves to be close bordering on best friends, elena stopped fighting it and is just letting him be and Damon still loves her but he doesn't push her butttons or self destruct because of her. Also Katherine and her relationship with both boys. She finally allows herself to be human and mature enough to admit that she does care about their well being. When Damon could finally say "Take care of yourself" it was pleasant and mature and so evolved from merely hating her guts. Her scenes with Stefan were fascinating and made the viewer think of how we've come full circle in this series.It was awesome. It was full of redemption and character growth and just evolution in general. Kat was wrong about Stefan though...he should remain this edgy, they can make him care again but as long as he keeps the edge. He's hilarious and fun to watch and while I've always loved his character ( I love both bros) he's just more fun this way. I love that he was making fun of the fallacies of the show itself with cracks about the dance and Elena's sucky plans.



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Dang, this was just perfectly written. Such good points. I completely agree about how great the main relationships are right now. I like where Damon and Elena are, as friends. It feels very intimate and good for both of them. I still can't get over that bed scene from the week before... Seriously, only true friends can be so at ease with each other that they can fall asleep in front of one another.
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this I agree with. I wouldn't have a problem with Damon and Elena being friends, but that ~potential relationship~ is what's bugging me because it will ruin my number one OTP - the Salvatore Bromance. Because Stefan is there sacrificing himself for Damon and then Damon steals his girl? That's what I don't like.
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I don't know. Can Damon steal what isn't technically Stefan's? And is it much different than Stefan "stealing" Katherine from Damon? I don't think it really would impact the bromance nearly as much at this point in time. I think it's lingered for so long that it wouldn't be catastrophic if it happened...because of how everything is slowly playing out. Not saying that they'll ever pair Damon and Elena. I don't know. It's so fascinating to watch though.
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Yes luv, we're watching the same show. : ) I think some differences just alter things. For starters men operate differently. That's just fact. As a chick...we don't get down with stuff like that and it'd be WWIII...as guys...and brothers the reactions are a bit different. Also we're talking about two brothers who've lived for over a century. Time just changes things. Also their vampires...and if they stay true to the host of vampiric folklore they tend to be sexual beings that aren't known for monogamy...relationships, romantic, sexual or otherwise are just on a different realm. Sharing of bedmates and blood sources in human form..not out of the ordinary.



'Making her love him" well...I don't think you can make someone love you...it wouldn't fall on just Damon if she loved him. It'd be of her doing to. My main point was that...at this point in all of their lives after all of their experiences..if Damon did end up with Elena...I don't think it would be catastrophic. I didn't say Stefan would give his blessing (though Awesomely Jerk Stefan might in a snarky way), emphasis on "catastrophic" as in...after everything that's happened it wouldn't be the end of Damon and Stefan's brotherhood as we know it...it wouldn't mean they'd stop speaking, wouldn't mean they'd be at each other throats or trying to kill one another, it wouldn't be apocalyptic. They've been through too much and dealt with too much for it to be something that was being dwelled on. Now me personally? If I was inhumane, .lived for over a century, almost died a million times, almost lost the people I loved a million times, always had someone after me, and could barely find time to change my shirt...and my sister who was along with me for most of my unnaturally long life somehow fell in love with the underaged dude I found myself in love with, befriend him, and over time they actually ended up liking each other and after I broke up with him to protect them both they naturally gravitated to one another out of similarites, a common tie, and grief and attempts to rescue me (because Stefan sacrificed himself for Damon, but Damon has sacrificied himself to save Stefan as well) and ended up happy together...no. I wouldn't mind. It isn't worth losing my sister over. Especially if I didn't bother to rid myself of her after she killed my best friend or did a host of other things I didn't agree with. Actually a decent question, because as someone who probably identifies with Stefan more than Damon despite loving them both to pieces, I have a self sacrificing streak, maybe a tad maschistic at times...but family is family. He hasn't turned his back on Damon before...why start now. And if he did end up with Elena it would be mutual for both of them, and Stefan's mature enough to know that. Again, not saying Delena will happen and not saying that Damon is a saint. I just don't think even Elena could truly come between the Salvatore brothers at this point. This entire show is about their brotherhood and how they cope with each other, the one thing that's consistent is the "nobody messes with my brother but me vibe". That will never change no matter what the circumstances.



The relationships on here are complex but no matter what, everyone manages to at least tolerate or move on from things. Damon slept with Caroline...she isn't crazy about him but they work together, he still protects her when he finds it necessary, Elena doesn't hold it against him, neither does Tyler. It's almost forgotten about because so much bigger and worse things have gone on that it isn't something they dwell on. Damon...well I can dedicate another paragraph to all the things damon has done to everyone, that should be unforgiveable and yet it rarely impacts the nature of things because they are all coming to the realization that there are bigger problems out there to deal with, bigger issues to dwell on, things that make what we percieve as massive like possibly stealing your bro's gf or killing your bro's best friend, seem trivial. It's the world of TVD. In the world of TVD it just wouldn't really matter.
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Oh God, you know what I mean. Not literally Stefan's.

But look at it this way, idk if you're male or female but let's assume you're female.



If you had a sister, and you had a boyfriend that you really love and you've been in a relationship for so long, and then your sister comes in, does awful stuff to your boyfriend but later decides that your boyfriend isn't so bad and falls in love with him and starts flirting with him and making him love her, how would you feel? Don't tell me you'd be okay with it and go on like nothing is happening while all you did was help your sister all that time? Stefan even sacrificed his freedom, and he could've been killed so his brother could live.



I'm a Damon stan, but I'm not delusional.



And Stefan wasn't "stealing" Katherine from Damon because Katherine was officially with Stefan and Damon was her secret lover. At first, neither of them knew that Katherine was doing it with both of them. Also, Katherine compelled Stefan, so I don't think he'd try to get with her if he knew that Damon was in love with her first. When Stefan started seeing Katherine, he didn't know that Damon had his eye on her.







Are we even watching the same show? -.-
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Aw, thanks. I think I overdo it, Analytical person that I am. LOL! I love Delena as it is now too...it is probably the most intimate and honest that they can ever make them, and you're right...that scene of them falling asleep together is probably my favorite because it carries more weight than any traditional romance scene could ever hold.
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rebekah - trying to break the record for longest planking ever?





oh and price, why don't you use those 7 weeks to recap the episodes of season 1 & 2 you haven't written about yet? didn't you say you'd use the next hiatus?

please say yes. 7 weeks without your recaps would just not be excellent.

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Yes.
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I just have one question .. aren't vampires supposed to be able to sense other vampires and know if the person standing in front of them is a vampire or a living human being .. it's just mind boggling .. sometimes they can other times they can't
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You'd think! Also their super-hearing and super-eyesight tends to come and go.
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you missed out the part about the stake killing both the staker and stakee

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Only with the daggers, I believe. Witches made those.
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marry me?
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LOL
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I hope: 1. Rebekah is never waking up; 2. Caroline and Tyler will get back together, because they are the most adorable couple in this show; 3. I don't feel bad for Klaus, because it's hard for me to believe that he is THAT disappointed that his precious coffins were stollen (IDK, he never talked about his relatives and now he needs them badly?) 4. I'm afraid Carol can be praying for several episodes, I don't expext the writers to remember about her.



And the main question: what are we supposed to do till January?!
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Good point about Klaus suddenly caring about his family. Was he seriously about to go wake them up?
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1 - I think Rebekah will be PO'd when she wakes up but will get over it. Peeps on this show always forgive and forget in like 10 minutes so her rage won't last long. I think she'll be happy that she wasn't involved in killing Mikael but I really think it will upset her that he's gone. His death removes the entire purpose of her life up until now. Her existence, up until Mikael's death, has been purely to survive. Now she has no purpose. She will need to decide which way she's going to go, either with Klaus or with SKED team and until then I think she will lash out. I <3 Rebekah so much so I hope she stays put.



2 - Dunzo for now. I think Caroline will try to explain herself to him but since he's being an ass he won't get it. He has to get it through his sired head what it must look like to everyone else. Yeah, he can't control his loyalty to Klaus but step out of your own shoes for a bit Tyler and see what Caroline is seeing. That being said, Caroline has to see it from Tyler's view. He's sired. Klaus's blood is in him, Klaus made him. He is going to be loyal. And he is grateful to Klaus because he NEVER has to shift unless he wants to. That's HUGE! He's in control more so than ever. He was right when he said that his life was not his before but at least now he has a bit more control. Also, he's able to choose whether or not to follow what Klaus says, so he's not a total robot. He got Caroline and Matt out of there and wasn't fighting off Damon when he staked Klaus. I think Tyler will be able to come out of all this and be ok.



3 - I dunno how I feel about him. I like him being bad ass but he's a bit of a whiny d-bag now. It was heartbreaking to see him cry because Mikael is a shit head. Klaus, to a certain extent, can't control who he is and it's all Mikael's fault. Rebekah was brilliant when she stuck it to Mikael saying that it was his fault for turning them against their will. All that being said, he's still a total jag. I think how he reacts to Stefan taking his family will determine on whether I want him to live or not.



4 - Carol's got A LOT of praying to do. This town is fucked.
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Four awesome points, especially that last one!
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