The Vampire Diaries "O Come, All Ye Faithful" Review: A Hello to Arms (PHOTO RECAP)

The Vampire Diaries S04E09: "O Come, All Ye Faithful"

Years ago, after several decades of research and untold billions in funding, scientists concluded beyond a shadow of doubt that holiday-themed TV episodes are the best. The scientists' report was published far and wide and holds up to this day, because let's face it, even crummy holiday episodes are STILL more fun than technically "better" non-holiday themed ones, am I right? (I'm right, because scientists.) But it doesn't take a brainiac to know why we get all these warm fuzzies toward our holiday entertainment; who DOESN'T inherently love a holiday? (Relax, Jevohah's Witnesses, I mean no offense. P.S. why didn't u come to my bday party??) As much as we love to complain about mall parking lots or holiday stress or being forced to hang out with our families, deep down we're just trying to act cool because we know a string of colored lights will bring us more warmth and joy than nearly anything else all year. It's like, any number of terrible things could happen on a Friday but it'll still be our favorite day of the week, you know? (Generally speaking of course, because f*ck this past Friday H8 U.) Anyway, what was I even talking about? Something something fruitcake.

Listen: I love holiday episodes of anything, and that definitely held true for this season's long-awaited (by me at least!) holiday-themed episode of The Vampire Diaries! Sure, the holiday stuff was as tacked on as possible, but I will be gosh-darned if TVD Santa didn't leave some pretty stellar gifts under the non-denominational tree this year! "O Come, All Ye Faithful" was jam-packed with good stuff, including some of my favorite Christmas music ever. Plus a Klaus rampage! And major death! And one truly memorable tank top. But why talk about these things when I can SHOW you!

So the day after Damon declined to 'un-sire' Elena (which, I still can't believe how dumb the un-siring process is... "You're not sired anymore." "Okay.") they were lying in bed together looking like they were so committed to each other that they'd skipped to the part of the relationship where they were middle-aged and bored.

Things got slightly more interesting when Damon changed his shirt for no reason!

Then they close-breathed on each other's faces while Elena made a big show of inviting Damon to hang out that day. Riveting, basically!

Meanwhile Klaus was slapping paint onto a canvas for some kind of local art show later that day (way to procrastinate, you oldest living being in the world!) and Stefan rolled by to hassle him about the typical junk Stefan's always hassling Klaus about. In this case, he needed more info about the special sword that Klaus retrieved from "Italy."

Love these guys. Anyway, yeah, more MacGuffin talk.

Okay, we need to talk about Mystic Falls' "Winter Wonderland" event.

So, of course it was non-denominational even though it was definitely Christmas-specific. That's because we're all LOSING THE WAR ON CHRISTMAS!!! #foxnews

No but seriously, this was by far the WEIRDEST town-wide event I've ever seen on this show. People were walking around in what looked like summer weather while this dude sprayed everyone with snow.

But my favorite part was that this show was intentionally cagey about whether this was ACTUALLY in December or not. Which, fine, I understand why the writers would be hesitant about getting locked into an already mind-numbing chronology. But the very notion that the citizens of Mystic Falls might be having a Christmas party NOT around the holidays is just so insane that I am LOLing all day about it. What is WITH these people?? A mid-day, warm weather, town-wide Christmas party is weird enough but if it's not even calendar-appropriate? At this point Twin Peaks is sharing an order of fries with Sunnydale and Neptune and they're all talking about how psycho Mystic Falls is. Like there's fun crazy and there's crazy-crazy, and Mystic Falls is definitely starting to make me nervous. Love it.

So then Tyler let Caroline on his master plan involving the hybrids. It was this: He was going to get a witch to force Klaus' soul into his own body, then imprison his own body so that Klaus would be trapped, and then the hybrids would scatter to the winds where they'd be forever safe from an immortal vampire who holds undying grudges. It would be the final stop for Tyler's Hybrid Underground Railroad and it was the perfect plan.

Caroline clearly didn't see it that way, though. Because let's face it, Tyler might be a great leader (seriously, his character has gotten way more awesome this season) but he's never really been a thinker. Just being honest! Sorry T.

Meanwhile in the woods, something MUCH more interesting was happening. Jeremy was chopping all the wood!

So first he was, like, looking at the wood.

Just, you know, thinking about which log he'd chop up next.

At one point there was a smaller piece of wood just chillin' on a tree stump, so Jeremy took a second to look at it.

Then Jeremy chopped some more wood.

Gotta chop that wood.

But then something got his attention.

It was Elena and Damon! Two vampires who were bound to initiate Jeremy's vampire blood lust!

Jeremy really had to think about what he was going to do next.

I mean, because, it's like, do you kill your sister or what? Jeremy wasn't sure.

Then Bonnie came out and stood there.

Just giving Jeremy some moral support, you know? Or maybe she just wanted to see how the wood was coming along.

Bonnie could tell that Jeremy was confused, so she took him inside where his confusion continued.

The cabin was legit his now, so he had to invite Elena inside in order for her to come inside. Because vampire laws.

Jeremy had to think about it though.

He invited her in! When Elena entered she touched Jeremy's arm.

Then Jeremy looked at his arm.

Then he tried to murder Elena with a big splinter!

But she is a vampire so she spun him around into submission.

She didn't mention it at the time, but he probably smelled like firewood.

This is technically a promotional photo and wasn't on the show, but I felt it was necessary to give you the picture of this series of events. So yeah! Big drama at the lake house. BIG. Sorry I couldn't provide more pictures, but time constraints and all that, you know?

I did not understand what the F was happening inside Mystic Grill:

Some kind of art show? Typical Winter Wonderland activities! Anyway, here was Klaus' still-wet contribution:

This was definitely the kind of painting that only has merit if the artist (especially when that artist resembles Joseph Morgan) stands beside it and explains that its meaning involves mortality and darkness, etc. Otherwise it looks like a piece of motel room art defaced by the Joker while a nearby thug blares Prince on a boombox.

I DID enjoy the sweet banter between Klaus and Caroline though, especially when he made a disdainful reference toward her high school status. That's what I like about Klaus, he actually makes the prospect of immortality seem really rich and fun instead of the utterly boring lives that the Salvatores seemed to be enjoying in their bizarre go-nowhere small town.

Unfortunately this was once again a situation in which Caroline was using Klaus' feelings for her against him, and she was just causing a distraction so that Stefan could try and go gank Klaus' sword. The metal one.

But the sword was missing from Klaus' safe! But Stefan DID discover a treasure trove of love letters that Klaus had collected over the years but hadn't written himself. I don't know who Alphonso was, but he needed to do a better job at not being boring. Also, he grossly described himself as "your forever man" and misspelled "tolerable." I really hope this lady ended up deleting his number from her phone because ugh.

In perhaps this episode's nastiest twist, Jeremy put a baggy shirt on.

Professor Shane had decided to join Elena, Damon, and Bonnie at the lake house where he was going to attempt to subdue Jeremy's killer instinct using hypnotism.

But it didn't work! He still wanted to kill Elena so hard.

So while Tyler and his hybrids were busy planning their escape from Mystic Falls, they ran head-on into Stefan and Caroline, who themselves were plotting to keep Klaus SAFE so that they could find a cure for vampirism.

Caroline felt pretty awkward at being torn between all these parties, but even more so when they were suddenly surrounded by hybrids and chained up in some kind of basement. Harsh, Tyler! Kind of safe to say they're officially broken up right?

Ugh, sorry, this next scene was the worst. I don't usually call out bad acting, but yikes, Somerhalder. But anyway, it had to do with Damon suggesting that Jeremy dust-off his crush on Bonnie in order to fight his killer instinct.

So Jeremy and Bonnie are back on! Which is cool, they're good kids. (R.I.P. Jamie?) But it seemed out of nowhere and totally unearned. So great, their romance is only happening due to a casual suggestion by a vampire who didn't really care that much. Epic! (Whatever, GET IT GIRL.)

Out on the dock Elena (who is an immortal vampire) was keeping warm in a blankie and grilling Shane about what exactly he's up to.

Yeah, it turned out he had lost his wife and kid somehow, but Elena was in no mood for follow-up questions. So that's all we knew. But that's why Shane was sympathetic to her need to 'un-sire' herself, because he was also trying to 'un-sire' himself from his grief. Which just proved that siring is nothing more than strong, normal emotions. Ugh, is siring the moonstone of Season 4? Get out of here, siring.

Meanwhile at the Winter Wonderland festival, the sitting Mayor of the town openly offered alcohol to her underage son. But then it all turned into a bummer when what unfolded next was basically a break-up scene!

Tyler was informing his mother that he'd be "leaving town" for a while and also dropping out of high school (LOL). I truly felt bad for Carol Lockwood here. Who would she gaze at longingly NOW? (Where you at Sheriff Forbes?)

Poor lady. (Her day would later get even worse, unfortunately.)

So at this point Tyler and Hayley confronted Caroline in the ladies' room. Something about messing up their plan, but I will just quite frankly admit that I COULD NOT follow what was happening at this point. But you know what, life is short, if I'm going to love this show then I just need to accept it as the roller coaster it is. My brain is just not cutting the mustard these days. (Can mustard be cut?) Also I guess nobody needed the sword anymore? (The metal one.)

So yeah, Caroline suggested that instead of trapping Klaus in Tyler's bod they should trap him in Rebekah's. Something like that. Still not a fool-proof plan, but definitely better than semi-permanently desiccating Tyler.

Tyler loved the idea and went to go tell everybody, but that's when Hayley got Caroline alone and SNAPPED HER NECK!

Whoops, it turned out she was working with Shane and AGAINST Tyler and Caroline's change of plans jeopardized THEIR plans. Or something. I'm not great at this. But it was definitely not a good moment for Hayley's likability.

Temporarily murdering Caroline DOES NOT get you far in this world. Unless you're Stephen Amell in which case you get your own show so long as you agree to be naked a lot. (This reminds me: Hey how's the Wonder Woman casting going so far, The CW?)

A plotline that had begun so STRONG then ended with a bit of whimper when Jeremy decided that his off-screen crush on Bonnie meant that he no longer wanted to murder his sister.

Oh well. But at least now we know Jeremy has the proper attire with which to show off an ostentatious tattoo, am I right?

Part of Hayley's plan involved straight-up TELLING Klaus that all of the hybrids had been un-sired. I mean, I'm pretty sure that's what was happening. I don't think she was working with Klaus all along, I think she and Shane just needed the hybrids to be killed and the best way to do that would be to make Klaus mad at them for betraying him. But then he didn't seem all that mad at Hayley for being directly responsible for all the un-sirings? Look, I don't know.

Just before he stormed off to go heart-snatchin' Klaus and Stefan shared a truly nice moment when Stefan asked Klaus about his trove of letters.

Klaus admitted that he kept them as souvenirs of his victims (in the same way that Ripper Stefan wrote down his victims' name in a closet) because of the crushing loneliness of being an immortal murderer. Or something. It sounded sweeter when Klaus said it, mostly because it was the biggest acknowledgment to date that Klaus does not go untroubled by his own wicked ways. (Is now a good time to once again say how amazing Joseph Morgan is on this show? Feels like a pretty good time to say it again. This guy is one of the best actors on TV.) Anyway, I liked this moment, particularly in light of what was about to happen.

But first: April finally got a brief moment in the sun in her first ever INTERESTING plotline!

After discovering Caroline's lifeless body on the bathroom floor, she finally got a sense for just what a hornets' nest of a town she'd relocated into.

Because just as April began to call for help (btw I'm still LOLing that April was wearing her tiara and sash the whole time) Caroline sprung up, blocked the door, and then placed a phone call to Stefan in which she said SO MANY incriminating supernatural things. Like, you know, confirming the existence of werewolves, vampires, and that Rebekah was currently a corpse in a specific basement.

And then Caroline nonchalantly tried to compel April into "forgetting" everything she'd overheard, but of course we knew April was wearing that vervain string that Jeremy found on the ground that one time. That made April's delivery of the "Okaaay" even better because she didn't even know compelling was a thing and was just sort of agreeing to stay mum on everything Caroline had just said. I don't know, but I liked April a lot in this moment, and I hate to admit it, but it was a particularly dumb one for Caroline. Get it together, Caroline! You're not as sloppy as this.

At this point Hayley broke the news to Tyler that she had betrayed him a million percent and it was all over for those 12 hybrids. Then, set to a haunting acoustic version of a beloved Christmas carol, Klaus went all Beatrix Kiddo on almost all of the world's remaining hybrids. You know, the priceless army of easily killable redshirts that so much of Klaus' plotlines have centered around.

Even Kim. Bye, Kim! You had your moments. Best of luck on whatever higher-profile TV show you'll be cast on next.

Poor Tyler!

Meanwhile, Damon's shame over failing to un-sire Elena (and also lying to Stefan about it) drove him to finally "freeing" her from the feelings that she'd more or less had for him since Season 1.

So yeah, that was sad I guess? Who knows/cares?

I enjoyed this highly ironic moment between Stefan and Caroline in which he expressed remorse over being so judgmental toward's Klaus murderous ways. He finally put into words what this show would have us believe all along: All these vampires are repeat murderers (including Caroline, who once took out a fleet of Sheriff's deputies in 4 seconds flat) so maybe they should all just exist in the present and hope that things can change for the better. But that's when, of course, Caroline decided to drop the exact wrong bombshell:

Ooh, Stefan was MADDD. I guess I didn't understand why he was so surprised though? Mad, sure, because that's awkward. But surprised? Don't adults get it on all the time, especially when they're mutually in love? I don't know.

So then April snuck into a dungeon basement and discovered not only a pool of blood where Kim had been killed, but also a casket containing a very hot corpse.

Yay Rebekah!! I don't know about you guys but I need Rebekah back in my life STAT. Also yay for getting April finally involved in the main story! Sorry, but we are WAY past the point when we can tolerate characters that are out of the loop. We've come too far for that, you guys. Now I've got my fingers crossed that April will develop a personality! Sorry so greedy.

Finally... Uh oh:

Generally when the world's oldest vampire approaches you covered in blood and holding a bottle of champagne, you should probably get your prayers in order. In this case Mayor Lockwood's inability to see the writing on the wall was incredibly poignant: She thought the only threat was against Tyler and that Klaus would leave her alone. Alas!

She forgot to account, however, for Klaus' propensity for petty brutality.

Aw, poor lady. Carol Lockwood was by far the town's worst mayor in history but she still seemed like a great mom (her scenes in which Tyler "came out" were some of the series' best). And Susan Walters is straight-up fantastic (at least there's still Teen Wolf, girl!), so she'll be missed for sure. But look on the bright side, now Mrs. Lockwood spy on her son from the Other Side ALL THE TIME!

As shocking and feel-bad as that moment was, I did love the nasty sense of humor that came along with it. Not only the grim tableau above, but the slightly hilarious alt-title card:

Haha, this show! Only TVD would feature an FCC-baiting massacre and the drowning of a kind, middle-aged mom, then try to get cutesy with a CGI snowflake. And THAT'S why this show is so incredible.

So story-wise, a major thing that's nagging at me is the notion of 12 sacrifices on this show. It's clear Shane needed 12 hybrids to be murdered to carry out his plan, much in the same way that Damon's murder of 12 New Orleans residents helped a witch turn evil. But what exactly qualifies as a "sacrifice" now? Did the pastor's flock count? Does it not even matter who does the actual murdering, and do the victims have to be mortal humans? Like, hadn't there been far more than 12 murders in this town up until that point? Why 12 hybrids all of the sudden? Lotta loose ends here. But putting that aside, I'm excited about the prospect of either (1) Bonnie suddenly activating an evil persona, or (2) the re-emergence of Silas from that same tomb where the cure is being held. (I forgot to mention Shane's explanation of the cure, mostly because it was boring: Something to do with making people not need blood anymore? I don't know and/or forgot.) But yeah, like I said, this year's main plotline is so jam-packed with complicated schemes and MacGuffins that I've more or less stopped trying to keep it all straight in my head. At this point it's just a roller coaster and regardless of my confusion it's still a thrill ride. I for one can't wait to see (and not comprehend) what happens next!

HAPPY WINTER WONDERLAND DAY!!


QUESTIONS:

... I guess if you understand Shane's plan, could you please explain it to me?

... Who are you madder at, Hayley or Klaus?

... Have you stopped caring about the main love triangle yet?

... Hi Jeremy.

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I just started reading your recaps like 2 weeks ago and spent entire nights just laughing at your "tingle", "<3 U PLS <3 me back" and other "LOL" ;)
But what happened with the end of this season, why give up ? there were so much to say about the last episodes, your recaps would have been, like, awesome ! It is maybe too late now but if you feel brave enough to go through this end of season for us, it would be the awesomest thing EVER (Yes, I do tend to overreact sometimes)
Anyway, thank you for all your recaps of TVD, I sometimes feel like you find the words to express exactly what I'm thinking while watching the show (such as "That particular scene is so ridiculous AND cute at the same time, I like it")
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Hey bro? What's wrong w/ U?? 20 pics of JerHulk and his tank top (so purty, BTW) is NOT enough 4 me bro. Gotta give a girl more pics of those purty purty arms! =D

PS MISS U SO BAD RIGHT NOW, PRICE!!!!!!!!!!!! >(
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god i miss these recaps. and price! heh
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yeah i agree i feel like WAY too many things are happening, but this show is still amazing and i love it. First, the whole silias/ shane story isnt really THAT hard to figure out, were still supposed to be in the dark if shane is evil.. just pay attention to what hes saying and then itll make sense lol.. like shane killed 11 innocents, that pastor went to shane for his dead wife about teh cure, he killed twelve hybrids. And that his wife and son died and he spent time trying to alleviate the pain. Silias is a witch who wanted immortality, so he & his witch BFF created it. Silias became immortal, & wanted to give immortality to his lover but his witch BFF was jealous and killed her & he created a cure for death but before he could give it to his lover the witch BFF buried him with the cure.
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im not mad at klaus. for some reason, whatever he does i cant be mad at him any more. i just wish he ends up with caroline. that would be interesting. FAR more interesting than elena running back to lame stefan. (team delena <3)
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TVD COME BAAAAACKK! Only just now catching up on the recaps because I have to use some serious time management skills when it comes to dealing with mid-season finales and such. But I will say this, no matter how much I try, I will never figure this show out. If you really think about the number of plot lines we've has gone through (but I mean honestly, who does? Ain't nobody got time for that!) it's a wonder there's still a fan base. BUT I LOVE IT SOO MUCCHH. And maybe it's just the underdog-bad-boy-bandwagoner in me, but Team Klaus over everything. All other characters can die (esp. Bonnie! byyeee) but Klaus makes my world go round. The only ship I want to set sail is the T.V.D. Klaroline! I am completely impressed with how tremendously great these episodes have been. I mean Season 3 was an all time high for TVD and I'm only getting higher (witch weed only plz).
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I could never be mad at Klaus he is perfect.
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So who else is excited for TVD to come back in a few short weeks!?
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Professor Shane wants to bring his dead family back to life. He mentioned something to Hayley about her parents not having to stay dead or something. Probably needs Bonnie to do Expression and somehow through Silas he will try to resurrect the dead.
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I have a question...does L.J.Smith have any say in what is done with the show that is based off her book or did she really get fired? Also I have come across people that are Delena fans and they seem to always put Stefan down and make the one brother seem better then the other, why is that? I am still holding out hope that Klaus and Caroline will get together and be happy, because I am sick of Tyler and Caroline, they are going to graduate and Klaus can offer her so much more in a worldly aspect....I also ship, Elijah and Katherine now and I still ship the Salvatore brothers and maybe Matt and Rebecca..Tyler can just be by himself for a while...Oh and any normal person would have the reaction that Stefan did when he found out that his brother and ex had boned, unless you wanted an unfeeling person so that people can say neg things about his reaction then also. People pick on Stefan too much....But I actually just wanted my questions answered, sorry for other stuff
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Delena foreva! :(
Stupid sire bond. Here I was thinking Elena actually loved Damon back the way he loved her. What now, she's going to run back to boring ass Stefan?
And somebody kill April already. I don't want her in on all this.
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i am more mad at klaus because he killed those hybrids and tylers mom. i haven't stopped caring about the love triangle because it's one of the best parts.
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I was actually expecting you to screen cap Caroline in the scene where Stefan and Caroline were surrounded by the hybrids. She was so pretty there!!!!
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1. I'm still trying to figure out his angle. I don't think we're supposed to understand yet, but he's a shady fuck for sure. Sacrifice aside he's teaching that dark devilry witch stuff to Bonnie that the old witch in new orleans said they don't even call magic. And then there's the deal with Silas... He wants something clearly but I don't know if it's just seeking power or if he actually wants power for something specific. The only thing I've figured out is the sacrifices must be carried out in sets of 12, and I'm sure it is tied in to this "Expression" thing that he's pulling Bonnie in to. 12 humans, 12 hybrids (or maybe just the werewolf part is important) 12 Vampires? Maybe each sacrifice gives access to a different aspect of Expression... or something shady. Really professor shady is an excellent nickname I'll give props to Damon on that one.

2. I must be the only person in the TVD fandom who actually loves Hayley and was satisfied when she snapped Caroline's neck. Temporary murder not withstanding, I mean, what she did was despicable but at the same time I /get/ her. Klaus didn't actually gain anything from mass slaughter, it was purely spiteful and vengeful both towards the hybrids and Tyler. (That being said I don't hate him, but I am mad at him just a little bit, esp after killing mama Lockwood)

3. I don't even know what you're talking about. ZzZZzzzZz

4. The kid is alright.
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Thursdays without TVD confuse me...
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*sigh* I miss Neptune.
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so, my question is : since when do vampires sleep? pretty sure elena/damon/stefan have slept like 5 times this season. unless they just all lie next to each other with their eyes closed until the sunrises and then yawn and smile
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... I guess if you understand Shane's plan, could you please explain it to me?

I usually keep up with the twists and turns of this show pretty well even when most others don't but I'm Thinking that Shane’s explanation is BS because it didn't really make much sense to me either.

... Who are you madder at, Hayley or Klaus?

Really Hayley I know that is wrong to because Klaus straight up bloody murdered 13 people this episode and Yes I'm still madder at Hayley how could she betray Tyler and mess with Caroline. (I love Phoebe and I see her not lasting out the season.)

... Have you stopped caring about the main love triangle yet?

Are you kidding While I love the whole show I wouldn't love it as much without the triangle and For the record I'm with Katherine I chose them both so therefore I'm just as happy with Stelena as Delena people it really is the way to be ship them both. I guess I'm saying NO I haven't stopped caring. : )

... Hi Jeremy.

I have always said that Jeremy is an awesome Gem that has been hiding in the background he has GROWN so much from season 1 it is incredible.

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Somehow even in that last scene, I still felt bad for Klaus. Poor guy. He looked so miserable. I couldn't even stay mad at him for killing Carol Lockwood. I don't even know how I feel about Haley right now. Or Tyler. Or Caroline! Or Stefan!!!!! I'm kind of annoyed at all of them. The only people I'm not annoyed at are Elena and Damon (go figure) Sorta... I mean Damon did the right thing in the end. Elena is sort of helpless in this situation so you can't really blame her for anything.

The bonnie jeremy thing was way sudden.

Overall, this was a really difficult episode to follow!!! I got so confused so many times! Definitely not midseason finale material. Come on VD, I know you can do better!
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1) I think Shane either wants to acquire the necessary power to resurrect Silas, or he wants Bonnie to get it - hence trying to turn her into an "expression" witch. He needed 12 sacrifices for that, not 12 random murders or deaths. Which is where the script stops making sense because in that case either a) Klaus would be in on it from the beginning, and Hayley wouldn't have had to tell him anything or b) Klaus is dumb and can be manipulated by kids. I suppose if option A applies then Klaus would get the cure out of Shane in return. But why kill Tyler's mom in the end? Imo it's just bad writing.
2) Hayley, I can't be mad at Klaus, I like the guy too much
3) Yes yes yes!! Elena make a choice girl and get it over with!!
4) Jeremy's working out still doesn't save the Bonnie romance thing, when did that happen and why?
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1.) Absolutely don't get Shane's. plan. My theory is he doesn't even know and he's just pulling crap from old episodes of Buffy.
2.) So mad @ Hayley. Don't know why. Just incapable of being mad at Klaus.
3.) Elena needs to go to college, sans Salvatores.
4.) Feeling very sorry for Jeremy's tanktop. Cause, ow.
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Oh I forgot...WE FINALLY SAW SOME KIDS IN MYSTIC FALLS!

Really I can't remember the last time they showed children going about in that town...maybe they never had.

"Mystic Falls? God, I've got to visit this place...it sounds awesome..." - Slater
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"QUESTIONS:

... I guess if you understand Shane's plan, could you please explain it to me?"

Well what I understand at least (or well I think I understand) is why he killed they hybrids or well engineered so that Klaus kills them. Sacrifice. If you remember from a previous episode that witch lied to Damon that killing 12 people would break sire bond but it just gave her some kind of dark magic or access to dark magic or something. I think Shane is after something similar.
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Yes, but what I think Price was trying to say was that weren't the twelve people that died at the start of the season enough of a sacrifice? Why does there have to now be twelve more sacrifices?
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yeah and i agree with the bad acting comment LOL he needs to keep his eyes in his head and learn how to act....... yeesh.
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Jeremy may not be on Vampire Blood like True Blood, but his bod clearly suggests he's on the juice in real. Hmm...nice but dun go overboard or you'll end up like Rebekah with a needle up your butt! LOL!
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So does this spell the end for Caroline and Klaus because that's the only ship that I was sailing on. The main triangle annoys me mainly because Elena is as irritating and boring as mass on Christmas Day.
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i am afraid of it too,... i loved the way their relationship has evolved,... from no-emotions-attached-seduction to i-fanca-you-seduction to i-want-you-anyway-i-can-have-you ,... i hope it does not stop there ,...
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I've kinda lost interest now that Damon and Elena went all the way, and the whole cure subplot is so convoluted, I'm too lazy to try to even begin to figure it out. And, yeah, me, too, I was hoping for Klaroline to happen. Why do the writers always have to have Klaus do all their dirty work? Who even cares about the hybrids anyway? Klaus is still sympathetic even after all the murders.
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I don't know. Caroline really isn't all for mass slaughter. But I am happy about the possibility of Rebekah re-entering the fun.
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I didn't expect Caroline to be all flirty with Klaus to begin with, considering he killed Jenna and Elena just a few months ago, but she seemed to be over that...You can never tell with this show and its moral ambiguity.
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That's true. Murder in Mystic Falls is something that is often brushed off with a casual 'Whoopsie daisy.'
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After Klaus and Tyler, the "sword" was probably the third most important character of this episode (either one ;) I'm serious...using the sword was genius.
I did like that moment too..between Klaus and Stefan. I think Klaus is the only one who can understand what Stefan goes through (as the Ripper)...he has tried to lure him out of it..."Do it like I do.." and when Stefan's off the wagon, it's the same but this time, he shared the ground and addressed the very heart of the matter. Anyways, I absolutely love all the scenes Joseph Morgan and Paul Wesley share...everything else, whatever crazy plot's going on just forgets itself.

- I didn't get why Shane wanted "unsired" hybrids...what difference does it make anyways? Sure it was to pull Tyler in and to later pit him against Klaus himself (how twisted of Shane/Hayley) but I remember Hayley saying something in the likes of..."Adrian broke the sire bond. You got your 12..so leave Tyler out of this"
And the fact that he's actually been to Silas' resting place and also THAT he isn't looking for the Cure makes the whole thing even muddier. He wants to resurrect his lost ones but somehow it's connected to Silas and the only way to get to him is to get the MF gang's mutual will and support.
And when he spoke of the cure to Elena..it felt as if the Cure was something that would cure all the vampires in the world in one go. I'll hate that but anyways, I have always had this feeling that either Damon or Rebekah or both would turn human at the end of this season.

-Hayley.
I don't understand why she wants to meet her dead parents so badly? I mean, meddling with Klaus (I mean, IT'S Klaus...let's hope he finds out ASAP), pissing off Tyler/Caroline and who knows what she's getting herself into with Shane?! The only thing I like about this situation is that we got to see a different perspective...what with Tyler breaking off from the core group (I know he wasn't exactly in: poor Ty! they were all ready to kill Klaus if he didn't turn out to be their bloodline's creator and Tyler just accepted that!! The lengths everyone would go to save Elena...wow really, I don't get it but still, wow!) and Caroline, indecisively torn between them. I hope we get to see some of that in the future...it's fun when you can't tell who is on whose side!

-Long over it actually. I started liking Damon less and less when they started making everything about him, everything about her. Maybe Elena doesn't do her part well. But I do enjoy DE...they've reached such a great place together. Damon's been quiet so far...I bet the next story arc will actively involve him. I used to love SE...they gave off some wonderfully epic feels (when you can't help but break into a long smile watching them) but dunno, how can I root for them when I don't really like Elena. Plus Stefan's character has moved past to a point, where I can't see him with Elena again. It's cool..there's always Team Klefaroline! lol...


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1. I don't understand his plan but I'm thinking:
12 humans died in the fire; 12 hybrids (or maybe the werewolf part was important) killed by Klaus; the vampire hunter who needs to probably kill 12 vampires... I'd say we'll see more death! All these killing probably to bring somebody back.
2. I think Hayley. But that's just because I don't like her:)
3. I don't care about that since the middle of season 3. I'd prefere Klaroline now. And I'm all for Team Salvatore!
4. When I compare Jeremy to this weirdo with longer hair when he met Ana, he's back hunched... well, well. But his arms look too big for the rest of his body for me...
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This was a funny episode. I just love it when something terrible is happening (Klaus killing a pack of hybrids) and the music is ALL wrong!

But yeah, this show is in hyper-speed. So many things happening in so little time that some times it's just hard to keep track of everything. But I just go with it... Who cares? It's still awesome.

I have no idea about Professor Shadypant's plans. He's already killed 12 people (hybrid, human, whatever) twice. Wonder how many times he still needs to do that. Actually I was a bit surprised the killing of the counsil had a purpose. At the time it just seemed like a good way to end the difficult situation the main characters were in. But now he needs Jer's tattoo complete? Let's see if they keep making new vampires for him to kill. But seriously: Shane can do hypnosis over the phone? Or how did he get the pastor to kill them all?

I'm definitely madder at Hayley. Never liked her, never will... And I'm getting bored with Tyler. Yes it's nice he's taken a bigger role with the hybrids but still. Hybrids here, hybrids there... Thank you Klaus! Though now he's alone again - but hopefully not for long! Rebekah! YAY! I give her 3 episodes before she finds a dagger in her heart once again. Btw Caroline and Klaus: there's just something there even though Caroline tries to deny it even from herself.

Damon, damon, damon... What should we do with you? I simply cannot stand Stefan. He's all too goody good. Damn you writers for making up the whole siring thing! Where's the fun in that? Why couldn't Elena just have been different when turned to vampire? I was getting bored with her crying over everything and everyone. Yeah, I still care.

Well whatever. I can't get over the fact that people keep "killing" and hurting each other. It's funny how casually they just snap necks or stab with whatever happens to be nearest. I mean, who cares if I was immortal and could heal really fast. If my friends kept stabbing me when mad I would be pretty pissed off.
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Great review...always looking forward to it..! :)
1. I did not understand Shane's plane either..!
2. More mad at klaus...for killing off one of the longest running TVD characters.
4. How did Jeremy get all dat muscular and hot all of a sudden? I mean we knew he was Elena's cute baby bro...but this is different!
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You know what I would like after the winter break when we go back to Mystic Falls. We see Elena or someone else walk/drive through Mystic Falls and we see two or three house for sale, or a family in the process of moving in the background. No comments by anyone just an acknowledgment that not all human residents of MF are morons and that they are looking for greener pastures before they are gonna be hit in the crossfire.
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Also people Stefans reaction was NORMAL........ i dont think hed be stefan if he didnt get upset over damon and elena. ... he'll get over it soon enough.
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can we just talk about how great paul wesley and joesph morgan are ? I mean seriously stefans tears and joesphs range from serial killer to sadness and charming are just amazinngg
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totally agree. Love them.
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I could never be mad at Klaus, he had every right to be pissed off, they all plotted to kill him and that is not acceptable.
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I love the picture of Bonnie's face when the hypnotism thing didn't work, it's sorta like yeah everything he just said is totally accurate sorry. LOL LOVED IT! Also this is the lamest Mystic Falls party in history, I feel like the party planners really slacked on this one. But anyways.....
Absolutely madder at Hayley, I mean she hurt Caroline, and Klaus is just to awesome to stay mad at.
As for the love triangle between Stefan, Elena, and Damon, I have been bored with that since season 2 ..... who am I kidding, I never cared about it.
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your awesome
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Quick question: if Prof. Shane has already been to the place where Silas and the Cure are buried, do we even need Jeremy to kill a bunch of vampires anymore? Why are they still talking about this in the promo?

Sidenote: if Silas and the Cure are the same thing, I want Robert Smith to make a cameo as Silas.
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Shane explained that Jeremy needs to kill more vampires to finish his tattoo because the spell to free Silas is in the tattoo.
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I thought the tattoo was the map. Wasn't it the map at some point?
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It is, but Shane claims to know where Silas is so he doesn't really need the map he just needs the spell.
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1. St. Stefan, the patron saint of speakerphone conversations.
2. Huh. Confirmation 12 died in the Young farm explosion. Still bored.
3. Jeremy the Woodcutter = WIN
4. Once folks know all the supernatural crap they improve, or die. Either way, progress for Not-Anna.
5. Ugh. Just leave Rebecca in the box dammit.
6. How charming is Klaus’ grin? Seriously. Charming.
7. I’m confused. Hayley’s plan was?? Klaus slaughtering hybrids, or random Shane stupidity that Klaus may have (unknowingly?) thwarted?
8. Dead hybrids. Yay. (TVD writers, this is how you correct a plot mistake. Take notes.)
9. Pissed/throwing furniture Stefan = marginally improved Stefan (still fairly awful)
10. Geez Caroline. What's with your "Delena" hate? Let it go. Settle down.
11. How awesome was Trance-Jeremy listing all of Elena’s/TVD’s shit?? Heh.
12. Dead Mrs. Lockwood. A) Totally called that. B) Poor Liz, forever alone.

Questions:
1 – Sorry, I don’t get it either.
2 – Neither? Is neither a choice?
3 – Sort of. I like when folks go to extreme levels of emotion/reacting (Stefan throwing furniture, etc.).
4 – Jeremy’s arms, possibly giving Steven Amell’s torso a run for its money?

Hey Price - Thanks for hitting 4:4 on my "recap wishlist" this week! (free pottery lessons(more of the art department trolling us, right buddy?), snowflake-cannon guy, weirdo townsfolk, Jeremy).
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11. Very awesome! I like that the show has started to point out that Elena just isn't as perfect as they all like to believe.
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On number 7, my impression was that Prof Shane and Hailey had wanted Klaus to kill 12 hybrids for a sacrifice for some magical purpose. That's why Hailey got all upset when she thought they were going to lose that 12th hybrid or not get him un-sired, because then Tyler would have had to die too to be the 12th.
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Where the heck were Tyler's werewolf senses that he couldn't spot April hiding in the crypt? What, he couldn't hear her panicked breathing or smell her? Otherwise, loved this ep. The juxtaposition at the end of Christmas carols and extreme violence was inspired. Aside from all the good bits already mentioned, I loved Kim heroically refusing to rat out her Alpha, having failed to overthrow him the previous week. That's pack loyalty for you.
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I wondered about Tyler too. That really bothered me.
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I guess the plan involves the killing of twelve humans, twelve vampires and twelve werewolves. For killing twelve hybrids you get to for the price of one.
Does that sound plausible?
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hmm interesting, that would be a cool, kinda like the moonstone thing, honestly the whole cure storyline is starting to sound like just as much bullshit as the sun and the moon curse.
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I think that Prof. Shane did alot of research on Klaus and his hybrids and what it means to Klaus and he was counting on that kind of response from Klaus....and i think it ties in someway with Silas and Klaus and the whole immortal thing, but I havent even thought past that right now because i am still stuck on the sad look that was on Klaus' beautiful face as he slaughtered his pack. all i saw was pain and betrayl...I never liked Hayley, so her betraying Tyler wasn't a shock to me....i was kinda relieved because that meant that I was right when I figured she told Klaus what was going on and atleast she had the decentcy to tell Tyler to run, other then that I cant say I ever liked her. I felt so bad for Klaus, I know I said this before and probably in a different way, but I do...he can't get even a minute of happiness before someone is plotting against him or he has to kill off his unsired hybrids..Anyway, I dont care about the love triangle, haven't since season 2, so its whatever to me as long as somehow the brothers can come to some sort of peace. I do want Klaus and Caroline to get together and I am so excited about seeing Rebbeca again, I hope they bring Elijah back and Kol also...and not kill any of the originals off, they make the show more interesting to me. and Jeremy got kinda built rather fast, must be the power of the hunter or something but he is looking good...I do think that they need to find someone else for Stefan, he needs Katherine sorry if i am confusinfg, too many racing thoughts
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God bless Klaus (y)
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i love the bit with the shirtless Jeremy, we all needed to re-see that ;) HaHaHaH
but srsly is he juiced up or what !!??
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awesome recap! now here goes my rant:
- please please, put elena n damon together like properly n end damons misery or get him back 2 his awesome season 1 self! damon still has the best plans n his moments of awesomeness n i do love how he has evolved but Klaus's killing spree reminded me how much i miss the dicky, douchebag, murderous damon of season 1! its frustrating to watch watch damon n elenas longing looks at each other when all they wanna do is rip their clothes off each other n its incredibly painful watching the love sick damon. damons puppy dog face just kills me!
- seriously people just get over the fact that elena slept with both the brothers. there r wayyy more compelling issues on this show like mass murder n horrible parents who torture their own children. that puts whos sleeping with who at the bottom of the list especially since everyone knows this show is about 2 hot bros falling 4 the same chic n the same chic falling for 2 bros so it was kind of obvious she would sleep with both of them at one point whether sooner or later!
-my dear sweet caroline, u can hate damon all u want n be team stelena all u want but stop blabbing ur childhood friends secret to your new friend who happens to be her EX! let damon,stefan n elena deal with their own love lives n u concentrate on yours!( i dont see damon n elena meddling in ur tyler, klaus stuff) n stop trying 2 force ur best friend 2 go back 2 a man she clearly does NOT want 2 go bk 2! n stop being biased! we had Rose who was team delena ( n owed damon quite a bit) but i dont recall her saying anything like manslut damon is better than ripper stefan!
-seriously, stefan n caroline can feel bad for klaus but not 4 damon? i think everybody on the show lost their right 2 judge a long time ago except 4 poor matt (n he hardly ever judges) so stefan, caroline, shhhhh! just shhhhhhh!!!!
- ummm what was stefan thinking would happen when elena n him broke up cuz she had feelings 4 damon? that elena would hide in a corner till her feelings 4 damon disappeared? i know they got 2gether quickly (personally i admire elena 4 restraining herslef from shagging damon 4 3 seasons) but seriously didnt stefan think they would sleep at 1 point?
- enough of the love triangle! throw it in the back n bring the main storylines aka silas,shane jeremy stuff at the front. time 2 fill the increasing amount of loopholes that r in tvd storylines these days! personally i am a delena fan but really i could not care less if sucky elena went bk 2 stefan! elena gilbert!!! stop being such a wuss n start fighting 4 damon if u love him n wanna keep him (sire bond or no) instead of developing an amnesia like every1 else on the show about the very strong feelings u had 4 him before u turned in2 a vamp! cuz if u let damon salvatore get away from u now then u r the biggest dumb ass in the world!!!
-more of shirtless jeremy n his biceps please!
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- oh n damon needs a new bromance! wheres meredith???
-in fact, where is katherine, elijah, jamie,kol(looks like hes coming bk in next ep), abby(not tht i care abt her much), sheriff forbes???
-still hate them 4 killing alaric!!! *sniff sniff*
-i really like the stefan, klaus friendship but damon, klaus pairing up n torturing connor was 1 of the most fun scenes of season 4. am i the only 1 who thinks damon n klaus r more alike than stefan n klaus? anyway i want more klaus n damon scenes. 2 bad asses sharing snarky commentary is so much more fun!!!
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I know the writers kind of tend to keep them apart...seeing as they are such strong explosive characters. But Klaus doesn't like Damon at all. No reason given. He just doesn't.
I feel Klaus and Stefan are more alike...obviously. Klaus and Damon have nothing in common, except that they both have great instincts.
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"Want to see another sword which is also technically an antique?" LOL!!

Okay back to reading the recap haha just needed to comment on this first and foremost.
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1. Well, part of the issue is that he is partially lying (I actually think the version he told Elena and Damon is closer to the truth), he is actually trying to release Silas, the fact that he has the cure to vampirism and other immortal conditions seems to be two fold 1) it seems to get rid of vampires, but, and I am guessing here, it gets rid of Klaus in a way that doesn't kill his entire vampire line (so no other vampires who don't take the cure would stand in the way). I am not sure if this is because Shane is somehow connected to the five or simply a victim of Klaus' because of something Klaus did at some point in time. I have a feeling what he either is lying about or really hasn't considered is the fact that Silas might have been a solid type at some point in time, but more than a millenia stuck in a tomb? He's likely insane by now and if his type of immortality is something worse than a hybrid or a vampire...probably the something bad that April's father was trying to warn her about.

2. I am more mad at Hayley because I really thought she got what she could from Shane last week when he gave her the zip drive. So, when Caroline proposes a plan that seems both reasonable and prevents the guy she kind of likes from being entombed (and likely would be as insane as I anticipate Silas being) but keeps her buddies around and she has her own info available...she can say screw Shane. Klaus, and this is a tribute to Joseph Morgan, I kind of felt sort of bad for. I actually was kind of hoping that he had been able to overheard the first part of Caroline and Stephan's conversation, that is the chance he is really looking for.

3. Yes, basically because I kind of like single Stephan better. I like he has a total platonic friendship with Caroline and he needs someone who would bring out his snarky side (hell, Katherine made the right choice).

4. I know, right? He just seriously can't be the victim of this season....
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You know I hadn't even thought of the Pastor's warning to April about the bigger evil coming to Mystic Falls...I'm sure you're right about that being Silas..this is gunna end up going pretty badly I think for our peeps in Mystic Falls...
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sorry maybe I misread something, but if Klaus is given the cure than wouldn't all his bloodline be cured, just like if he dies they all die? I feel like this is a lose, lose situation. Silas is clearly gonna be evil, if you eliminate all the supernaturals that have the strength to oppose him we are stuck with relying on the continuously useless witches. I mean honestly I don't think we have met a really good witch yet, which means we are going to have to rely on Bonnie, I feel like the Mystic Falls gang should just put an add in the paper for a witch who knows what they are doing and is powerful, AND willing to "get involved". All the witches we have met are always going on about how they don't want to "get involved" so we get stuck with Bonnie.
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I actually really wonder how deep they will go with this Silas issue...like they give Klaus the issue of loneliness and how he was always treated as the outsider in his family because of his paternity. Silas may have simply gone insane, but the more we learn, we may start feeling bad for him. Like, he is this crazy guy who does horrible things but the real evil is the witch/warlock or whatever who locked him in the tomb in the first place. Can't be too confident that person, who I think also took the immortality thing, will be too keen on Silas being released.
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Does anyone have a link to every instance of Klaus saying "Ripper" on the show? It's my favorite word that he utters.

Thanks, Price, you da bomb.
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Not really the issue in this episode, but I always wondered the whole werewolf bite and Klaus' blood thing. If it's hybrid blood that cures it, why no one ever tried these new hybrids, won't their blood work? If it's about being an original does the original vampire blood have any special qualities? I could try tasting Elijah.
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Aww, you guys, didn't you feel Christmas spirit while watchin this episode? Massacre, drowning woman, lots of blood. That's everyone wish for a perfect Christmas day!! Btw, such a fantastic episode.
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"In perhaps this episode's nastiest twist, Jeremy put a baggy shirt on. "

*dead*
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I agree with Price on the last bit, slaughter of hybrids, drowning of a middle aged woman and happy holidays, CW you know your audience! :). Another good episode and of course Damon and Stefan will have their showdown in 2013 and I'm happy for Rebekah coming back but hopefully this time she won't get daggered yet again by her brother. It's getting a little tiring.
As for Jeremy, we would all like to know what Jeremy's gym routine is or more importantly where he does this said Gym routine. I have vacation coming up and i could enjoy some sight seeing.

Ps. Price you really should write a book on the compilation of all your Vampire Diaries recaps. I can smell a Amazon best seller!
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i would buy that ,... re-watching TVD and reading the recaps in a book ,... <>
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