The Ties That Bind was a great episode of The Vampire Diaries but by no means the best for the stories engaged. I did enjoy watching this episode because it did have some good character and plot development, I suppose it just felt like a lot of filler and fluffing for future episodes which is still a good thing in this case. It was interesting to meet Bonnie's mother and to see the return of a great character! There were some emotional and touching moments as well as a little action, and some new questions. I look forward to watching the next episode of The Vampire diaries!!!!!!!!!