THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: “Know Thy Enemy”
Read on for my recap & running commentary on The Vampire Diaries 2×17, “Know Thy Enemy,” aired Thursday, April 07, 2011:
After a six week absence, The Vampire Diaries finally returned with a new episode this week. Hiatus begone! And what an episode, right? There was deception, spirits of dead witches, some Jeremy and Bonnie lovin’, kidnappings, a vampire suicide, a tear-inducing father-daughter moment, and THE SOAP DISH. Also, drumroll please … Klaus possessed Alaric. Yeah, Klaus has taken over Alaaaaaric’s body. Um, the first actor to portray Klaus on this crazy show is Matt Davis. Seriously. Hellooooooo, Klaus! (But we are all still super excited to see your debut, Joseph Morgan. I promise.) I find it so awesomely funny (and some other adjective that fails me at the moment) that after a severe lack of screen time, Alaric has ended up being the first one to kill an Original, and now the first one to introduce us to Klaus. Well done, Mr. Saltzman. Well done. When scruff is your super power, there are no limits. Anyway, on to the recap …
We open on the scene where we last left off in February: Isobel’s surprise visit to the Gilbert home. The long-absent mother greets her daughter: “Hello, Elena. It’s nice to see you again.” Um … okay. Jenna picks up on one word in particular: “Again?” Oops. Isobel: “So you’re the woman who’s dating my husband?” Awkward. Jenna is shocked speechless, but Isobel continues: “I need to speak to Elena. May I come in?” Thankfully, Elena intercedes here and tells Jenna not to invite her in. Elena shuts the door on her birth-mom and turns to her aunt. Jenna: “You knew she was still alive? Ric, John, do they know?” Elena: “I can explain everything.” Well, that would be a loooooong conversation. But before Elena can start, Jenna runs upstairs to her room and shuts the door. She sobs, while Elena, on the other side of the door, begs Jenna to let her explain. You know, in the past I’ve given the character of Jenna short shrift because, well, that’s what the show does. But bravo, Sarah Canning. A great performance this week. When she is actually given something to do, she does it well. Title card.
Cut to Stefan and Damon at Casa Salvatore, discussing Isobel’s arrival. Sometimes the phone tree works, people. Katherine interjects: “I don’t think you should tell her that I’m here.” Stefan ask why, and Katherine replies (i.e. lies), “It’s better if she and John not know that I stayed in town after I got out of the tomb.” Damon: “You’re the one in cahoots with them. You made a deal with John that almost got me killed.” Katherine: “I did what I had to do to get out of the tomb. Now I’m reconsidering my alliance.” As she turns around, we see her smile/ smirk, which would make me question her sincerity (if I didn’t already ALWAYS question Katherine’s sincerity). She seems to expect Stefan’s response: “What do you know?” Katherine: “I know that I want Klaus dead, which puts me squarely on ‘Team You.’ Besides, if you two ever need me to swap places with Elena again, the less people who know that I’m here, the better. Think about it, Stefan, c’mon. Be smart.” Stefan doesn’t respond to her, but to prevent any further Damon-Katherine conflict, he tells his brother: “How ‘bout you call Alaric and let him know that his wife showed up on his girlfriend’s doorstep.” Oooh, snarky Stefan. Kind of cold. I like it.
Damon must have done as Stefan instructed (oh, how I wish we got to see/ hear that phone conversation), because we then cut to Alaric arriving at the Gilbert house. He asks Elena if Jenna is up, but Elena says that she won’t come out of her room. Elena hasn’t told her anything because Jenna won’t talk to her. However, at this point Jenna comes downstairs. Jenna makes it clear that she doesn’t want Alaric there. Alaric: “I can’t begin to imagine what you must be feeling right now …” Jenna: “Rage and betrayal would pretty much cover it.” Fair. Elena asks where she’s going, and Jenna explains that she’s going to campus, as she has a thesis to write and doesn’t want to be in the house. Alaric wants to explain, but Jenna ignores him and tells Elena to go to the Lockwood’s to accept a check that the Historical Society is giving to her mom’s foundation. Elena and Alaric try again to get through to Jenna, but she replies: “I don’t have it in me to hear any more lies from you.” Ouch. I totally feel for Jenna here, and her anger is more than warranted, but if it were me, I would be asking oh so many questions. Like, until my voice was hoarse. NOT running out without any answers at all beyond, “Hey, my ex-boyfriend’s dead ex-wife is actually alive!”
After Jenna leaves, John comes in from the other room: “Let her go. It’s better that she’s not here, what with everything that’s going on. But, maybe had you been a little more honest with her from the beginning …” Alaric punches John before he can finish his sentence. Hee. Malcom Reynolds was right: hitting a man with a closed fist is on occasion hilarious. Alaric apologizes to Elena, and then leaves. Everything John has done since he returned to Mystic Falls seems to have been calculated to receive just such a response from Alaric, so I can’t really blame Alaric for snapping. Elena agrees, because she then tells her father: “You know this is your fault, right?” John: “Right.” Oh, Elena, I agree that John is partly responsible, but you and Alaric are not off scot-free here. John was merely a catalyst. Siiiiigh.
Cut to Caroline on the phone with Stefan, discussing Matt. She has filled her vampire sponsor in about her ill-fated attempt to reveal her undead status to Matt. Now she can’t find him anywhere because he took off last night when her mom walked in. NOT NOW, LIZ! Caroline adds, “He knows about me, and he’s freaking out about Vicki.” I have to wonder how much Caroline actually knows about Vicki’s death. Seems super unfair that she’s receiving all of Matt’s Vicki-related blame when Caroline was actually a fellow victim of Damon back then, much like Vicki. I mean, if only Caroline could have put the circumstances of her turning in context, in terms of time, etc. I mean, we all know that the timeline is fuzzy on this show, but she could at least establish that certain things happened before certain other things, right? Of course, there’s still that pesky issue of how she’s been lying for Matt for months. Oops. Anyway, Stefan says that she has to find him and calm him down—compel him if she has to. Duh. She explains that she usually slips vervain in his drink when he’s not looking, but she didn’t last night, so it is out of his system. (In case any mythology sticklers were paying attention.) Caroline then tries to call Matt from her phone, but gets his voicemail. She takes off in her car to go look for him.
Cut to Elena and Stefan in Elena’s room, discussing how bad everything is. Word. In the Mystic Falls universe, life sucks and then you die … and then undead life sucks all over again. This supernatural stuff is the pits. At least they’re all hot though. I say when life hands you death and destruction … make death and destruction look pretty. Anyway, John enters and he asks them to come downstairs. When they do, Isobel is there waiting. Bad John! No more vampire invitations allowed! He’s worse than Jenna, and he actually knows stuff. Siiiigh.
Isobel: “I asked John for a do-over.” Elena angrily asks/ yells at John: “You invited her in?!” Gaaaah! John is such a soapdish. (That will make sense later.) John: “She has information about Klaus. Please, just listen to her.” Hmmm … and this information couldn’t be gleaned … I don’t know … ANYWHERE ELSE? Whatever, this ridiculous invitation doesn’t actually become important plot-wise, so let’s move on. Stefan asks what she knows. Isobel: “Since I was last here, I’ve been doing everything possible to find Klaus. We knew our best chance was to find him before he could find you.” Stefan: “Best chance of what?” John: “Keeping Elena alive.” Elena is still annoyed with her uncle/ father: “You don’t get to talk, okay. Not after everything you’ve done.” Hee. Stefan: “Were you able to find Klaus?” Isobel: “No. Nobody knows where he is. But there are these rumors that are flying around that a doppelgänger exists.” John: “Which means any vampire that wants to get in favor with Klaus will be lining up to capture you.” Elena: “I’m not buying any of this. The last time that you were here, you made it clear that you didn’t give a damn about me. Now all of a sudden I’m supposed to believe that you want to help?” John: “Isobel’s been helping all along. Klaus has been obsessed with finding Katherine for centuries. All it would take was any one of those 1864 tomb vampires to spread the word around that Katherine was still alive, and it would bring him straight here to Mystic Falls, where you were bound to be discovered. So we killed them.” Elena: “And almost killed Stefan and Damon in the process.” John: “Yeah.” Hmmm. Interesting reveal. We knew that John and Isobel had been in cahoots with Katherine in season one, and in “Isobel,” it was revealed that they were doing so to help Elena, but I hadn’t really put two and two together. I thought that killing the tomb vamps was to help Katherine in a sort of quid pro quo deal—they were helping Katherine, and in turn she would help them protect Elena. But now we learn that killing the tomb vamps helped Elena too. (Still mad about Anna and Pearl’s deaths though.) But back to the present, Isobel explains that she has a safe house that she can take Elena to: “The deed is in your name. No vampires can get in without your permission. Not even me. Let me help you.” Elena: “You wanna help? Then get the hell out of my house.” Elena has that Petrova fire, all right. Hee. Now, we don’t actually ever see this safe house, or find out if it even really exists, but at least it gives Stefan and Damon a good idea later. Thanks, Isobel!
Meanwhile, Damon arrives at the Martin warlocks’ apartment with Bonnie and Jeremy. Luka’s body still there. Ewww. Damon: “Yeeeep, everybody’s dead.” Bonnie is smart and makes a comment about keeping the massive grimoire collection safe. Good idea. Damon looks at Luka’s body: “You know, we could just get another match and cremate him.” Bonnie: “Don’t be disrespectful. Not to him.” Whatever, Bonnie. Damon actually listens, and covers Luka’s body with a blanket: “Fine. I’ll bury him.” It seems that Damon has finally realized Bonnie’s importance, and she gets to call some shots now. Jeremy asks what they’re looking for. Good question, Jer. Glad you’re here to help with the necessary exposition. Bonnie: “According to Luka’s dad, one of these [grimoires] contains a spell that will let me harness the energy that’s left behind when a witch dies violently.” Damon: “I didn’t know you and Father Witch were so close.” Bonnie: “We weren’t. But, when he gave me my powers back, he gave me a message. If I can find the spot in town where the old Salem witches were burned, I can harness their energy to use when I need it.” Hmmm. It’s too bad that the Salvatores already figured this out, so Bonnie’s message from the dying Jonas is actually old news. Oh well. I guess the location-of-the-spell part is helpful though? Damon: “Great, we’ll have to put that on our list of things to do today: harness ancient dead witch power.” Hee. Bonnie realizes that Damon is not surprised by this: “You know where the witches were burned?” Damon: “Did I forget to mention that?” Hee. Jeremy: “Are we gonna have to read through every one of these books until we find the right spell?” Bonnie: “Not exactly.” She then does magic to find the right book—like she did back in the Salvatore library last season. Again, I say that her powers would be invaluable to graduate school research. Jealous!
Cut to Isobel, who shows up at a foreclosed house. I think that it is the same one that she used the last time she was in town, but in any case, it is the same deal: no owner, so vampires are free to enter. Also, she arrives with some guy—a silent type, dressed in all black. A minion? Or a witch? Hmmm. Soon Katherine shows up, and at first it seems like things will get violent between them, but soon the two hug. Awww. Besties! Katherine: “I hear you’ve been busy.” Isobel: “Yes, I have. I have been busy making a deal with Klaus to save your life.” Hmmm. Isobel then passes Katherine a bottle of wine, and there is just something awesome about these two sipping wine together. Hee. Love it! Katherine: “So, what was with the surprise visit to the Gilbert house, hmmm?” Isobel: “John told me Ric was dating Auntie Vanilla. I got jealous.” Ha! Oh, Auntie Vanilla—poor Jenna. Katherine: “You’ve obviously got John wrapped around your finger, if he invited you in the house.” Isobel: “He thinks I’m helping him protect Elena, so he’s been very useful in keeping me informed about everything that’s going on.” Katherine: “So tell me what you know.” Isobel: “You were right. I couldn’t get anywhere near Klaus. But I found my way to someone in his trusted circle—one of his witches.” Ooooooh. Katherine comments, knowingly and a bit derisively, “Klaus and his witches.” Isobel: “He said that Klaus is willing to grant you your freedom if we deliver the moonstone and the doppelgänger.” I don’t buy that one bit. And Katherine shouldn’t either. Alas, she seems to: “I can get the moonstone.” Isobel: “You know, Katherine, you’d be betraying your Salvatore boys again.” Katherine: “I was more than willing to play it their way if I had too, but … they’re floundering. Their witch has lost her powers and they’ve used their only weapon to kill Elijah. If I stick with them, I’m dead. You showing up changes everything.” The two vamps clink glasses. Salut, ladies! But Klaus isn’t just going to let bygones be bygones, right?
Cut to Casa Salvatore, where Elena, Stefan, and Damon discuss whether Isobel is telling the truth about word of the doppelgänger getting out. Maaaaaybe, but not about much else, I’d bet. It seems like Isobel learned from Katherine, which makes her D-A-N-G-E-R-O-U-S. Damon proposed that Elena should stay with him and Stefan. Stefan: “What? In the house that any vampire can enter? No! Her house is safer.” Well, as long as Jenna and John aren’t inviting every vampire in the entire world into the house, that is. Sigh. Damon: “Well then we’ll stay there.” Elena: “So, is that the plan? Neither of you let me out of your sight ever again?” Damon: “Let me know when you come up with a better one.” Elena: “Fine. Then one of you two bodyguards is going to have to come with me to the Lockwood luncheon.” Stefan: “That would be me.” Damon: “Not me. I’ve got witch stuff to attend to with Bonnie.” Elena: “Does that mean that you’re taking her to the …” Damon quickly shushes her, just as Katherine enters. Kat: “Don’t get quiet on my account. If you have a plan to combat the impending vampire doom, please do tell. [Silence.] Seriously, what is the plan to get us out of this mess, hmmm? I delivered you a moonstone, a werewolf, and a dagger to lure and kill Klaus. And right now, all you have is a moonstone. Or so you tell me.” Damon: “No, we have it.” Katherine: “Where is it?” Damon: “It’s in a verrrry safe place.” (Oh, Damon! And why did anyone allow Damon to have custody of the moonstone after he tossed it into the tomb with Katherine last time he had it, anyway? They’re all soapdishes. Sigh.) Katherine: “I’ve been honest with you. Time to return the favor.” Damon: “Let me be honest with you. Don’t mistake the fact that we haven’t set you on fire in your sleep for trust.” Hee. I love it when Damon stands up to Katherine! He’s really learning. (Except for the impending SOAP DISH DISASTER. But I’ll try not think about that right now.) Katherine is annoyed: “Fine, be that way.” She leaves, and Damon wiggles his eyebrows. The man just can’t help himself.
We then shift to the Lockwood mansion, where Sheriff Forbes and Carol Lockwood discuss last night’s disaster at the Mystic Grill. Liz explains that they don’t know what caused the fire, and they found blood but no body. Carol: “You think vampires were involved?” Liz: “I’m starting to assume the answer to that is always a ‘Yes’.” Well said. Caroline comes in and asks Carol about Matt. She thought he was working a catering shift at today’s luncheon. Carol hasn’t seen Matt, but she asks Caroline to ask Matt if he’s heard from Tyler, when she finds him. Caroline: “Yeah, of course. Um, still no word from him?” Carol: “No, the note he left said he needed time to figure some things out, but I wish I knew where he was.” Hmmm.
Then Elena and Stefan enter, and Caroline goes over to talk to them. It is established that Caroline hasn’t had any luck finding Matt. Stefan asks Elena if she has any idea where he might be. Elena: “I wish I did, but he wasn’t really one to run.” Caroline: “You know, this wasn’t how it was supposed to happen. I was supposed to tell him at the right moment, in the right way, and he was supposed to be okay with it because he loves me.” So sad. Elena: “We’ll help you find him. I just have to accept this thing for Jenna.” Caroline tells them to call her when they’re done, and then leaves to continue looking. Stefan tells Elena: “Maybe he’ll come around. You did.”
Meanwhile, Damon, Bonnie, and Jeremy walk towards an old abandoned house. Is this the old Lockwood house? Or the old Salvatore house? Is it nearby where Emily did all that witchy mojo in “History Repeating”? Because I thought that was at the remains of the old Fell’s Church. I feel extremely rusty on my locales, so if you have it figured out, please share in the comments. Jeremy asks, “Is this the spot that Emily Bennett was killed too?” Damon: “The founders thought it was poetic—burning her where the other witches were burned.” Bad founders! Bonnie: “How do you know where the witches were burned?” Damon: “Because I tried to save her. Emily was just my key to getting Katherine back, before I knew what a nasty little bitch Katherine was.” Jeremy laughs at this, while also looking like he was trying not to laugh, which I found absolutely hilarious for some reason. It seemed like maybe this was just impromptu on McQueen’s part, and not actually in the script. Hee.
Finally, they arrive directly in front of the abandoned house. Jeremy: “You sure it’s the right place?” They enter. There are creaky noises all around, and Jeremy is nervous. Then Damon gets stuck. Literally. He can’t move. He tells Bonnie: “Whatever witchy prank you’re playing, don’t. It’s not funny.” Bonnie: “I’m not doing anything.” Damon: “I can’t move.” Then the sun starts streaming on his face, and he begins to burn: “Aghhh! My ring’s not working. Do something!” Bonnie takes care of it, but then she says very matter-of-factly, “I don’t think the witches like you being here.” Ha! Jeremy: “I guess this is the right place.” Damon: “I’m gonna go wait outside.” Good idea.
Meanwhile, Katherine searches Casa Salvatore for the moonstone. She also steals some cash in the process, which is just perfection. Oh, Katherine, never change. After looking in the fireplace, she gets a little dirty, so she goes into the bathroom to wash her hands. Aaaaaand … there she finds the moonstone. Hidden in plain sight, in THE SOAP DISH. Oh, Damon. It’s like you are trying to be an idiot. I mean, I get the whole “hide it in plain sight” thing as a concept, but this does not work when Katherine knows exactly what she’s looking for. Or when Katherine is actually living in the Salvatore house. Also not helping: the fact that we already know Katherine enjoys spending time in Damon’s bathroom—see the final scene of “The Dinner Party.” Sigh. I think Melissa (@thetelevixen) summed it up perfectly on Twitter:
For real, people. Sometimes Damon is a total soapdish. Of course, this is on the heels of previous soapdish behavior where the moonstone is concerned: when Damon tossed the stone into the tomb with Katherine at the end of “Masquerade”; when Jeremy almost got himself killed in the “The Sacrifice”, trying to get the moonstone; and when Bonnie handed the darn thing over to Luka in “By the Light of the Moon.” At least Damon isn’t the only soapdish, right? Of course this latest bout of soapdishery actually lands the stone in Klaus’s lap, so it’s extra special.
Meanwhile, Isobel approaches Alaric, when he is outside by his car. He asks what she wants and she says, “Just cleaning up some loose ends.” I guess she learned that from Katherine too. Alaric: “Yeah, we don’t have any loose ends.” Isobel: “You may not. I do. I need to apologize to you.” Alaric: “It’s a little late for that.” Agreed. Isobel: “No, not for what I’ve done in the past. We’re beyond that. Although I am sorry for outing you to your girlfriend. That was petty of me.” Hee. Alaric: “Look, whatever jacked up vampire amends that you’re trying to make with me right now, I’m not interested.” Isobel: “Of course not, because I compelled you to let me go. I realize that I don’t want to do what I have to do without you knowing how much I loved you. And I did. I loved you so much. [Long pause. Then she shrugs.] He’s all yours.” This last bit was addressed to a witch standing behind Alaric, who then gives Alaric one of those magic aneurysms. Isobel walks away. Wow. I love the callback to that great scene in “Isobel,” when she compelled Alaric to let her go. And while she was clearly distracting Alaric so that the witch could kidnap him, I also think that she was being sincere. Also, I pretty much knew at this point that Isobel was going to die. Those were some majorly death-foreshadowing words, right?
Cut to Damon waiting outside the old house. He yells in to Bonnie, “You wanna hurry it up in there?” Then he starts to walk towards the door, but it shuts in his face. “Screw you too, Emily,” he says. Ha! I think that was my favorite line in the episode. Perfection. He calls to Bonnie and Jeremy, “You know, you’re all on your own in there,” and walks off.
Inside the house, Jeremy hands Bonnie the grimoire. He asks if she’s sure—about the spell, I guess. Bonnie: “You’re worried about me?” Jeremy: “Of course I am.” They kiss. Wait, haven’t we seen this scene before? She says that she’s sure, but then we begin to hear whispers. What? Is this Lost? Jeremy asks what they are, and Bonnie explains: “The spirits of the witches who died here. I can feel them.” Jeremy wonders what they’re saying, but Bonnie says that she can’t tell. She follows whatever she’s hearing or feeling though, and starts walking to another room. Jeremy follows too, and the whispers get louder. Bonnie says that this is it, and asks Jeremy to set up the candles. Because what would magic be without candles, right? Jeremy: “What the hell are they saying? What is it?” Bonnie: “Nothing.” (Lies!!!) She then notes, “They’re ready.” Hmmm.
Meanwhile, at the modern-day Lockwood mansion, Elena accepts the donation for the Miranda Sommers Gilbert Scholarship Fund. The crowd claps, while upstairs John runs into Isobel. He asks what she’s doing there. Isobel replies, “I’m creating a distraction.” With that, she vamps out and bites him. He falls down the stairs, and chaos erupts. Katherine enters amidst the shuffle, and tells Elena: “Nice dress. Mind if I borrow it?” Uh oh. Looks like Elena is going to be kidnapped again. Must be Tuesday.
As the crowd rushes to John, the sheriff comes forward and sees the bite marks. She immediately begins a cover-up, telling everyone to back off, and that he just needs some air.
Stefan finds “Elena” and asks if she’s all right. It’s really Katherine, of course, but she provides a good cover, saying that she’s calling Damon. Stefan: “Let’s get out of here.” Cut to the real Elena in the back of Isobel’s car, knocked out. Then back to Stefan and Katherine outside the Lockwood mansion. While Stefan still hasn’t figured out a secret code with Elena to tell her apart from her doppelgänger, he soon wises up, for whatever reason. “Where the hell is she?” he demands. Katherine stabs Stefan with a vervain (I assume) needle, and tosses him in the bushes. “I’m sorry, Stef, but I can’t have you following me.” Well, at least since he’s been working on a vervain immunity he shouldn’t be knocked out too long.
Cut to Jeremy and Bonnie and the whispers. Bonnie looks like she is in pain, and Jeremy is scared. He starts to move closer when Bonnie screams, but he is thrown back by an invisible force and temporarily can’t move. Finally it stops, and he can get up again. She says, “I did it.” He holds her.
Meanwhile, Carol Lockwood ushers all her guests out, saying that it was just a bad scare. Damon arrives (because I guess Kat really called him when she was pretending to be Elena) and asks how John is. Carol: He’s dead.” Damon sees the ring, and says, “He’ll be fine in a couple hours.” Carol: “What are you talking about? Damon, he’s dead.” Damon: “Well, here’s the thing … John’s ring, it’s an old Gilbert family heirloom that protects its owner from death by a supernatural entity.” Carol: “But he’s not breathing. He has no pulse.” Damon: “He will be. Trust me. [He starts to drag the body away.] We’re gonna need a covers story: epileptic fit, alcohol binge, banana peel … whatever works. But right now, I just have to get him out of here.”
When the sheriff leaves, she sees Matt standing by her car, visibly upset. She asks what’s wrong. He is very agitated and demands to see Vicki’s file. He reveals that he knows about vampires, and accuses the sheriff of covering up his sister’s death. Liz has to pin him to the car to make him keep quiet: “Matt, you need to calm down now.” Uh oh.
We then see Damon bring John’s body back to Casa Salvatore. He looks at his hands and jacket, so he goes to wash up (and take off his shirt for good measure) to remove the blood … or the John Gilbert cooties. Whatever. As he is in the bathroom, he gets a phone call, presumably from Stefan, letting him know about Katherine’s inevitable betrayal. Oh, these Salvatore boys. Damon is all like, “What?” He starts furiously looking though his “very safe” hiding place—a.k.a., THE SOAP DISH—for the moonstone. Upon seeing that it’s gone, he yells, “No, noooooo!” and knocks the soap dish off the counter in anger. Hey, it’s not the soap dish’s fault that you’re such a soapdish, Damon. I mean, how did you not see this coming after everything Katherine has pulled over on you? Siiiiiigh.
However, Katherine will get a taste of her own medicine soon, as we shall see. She shows up at the foreclosed house, on the phone with Isobel. Isobel: “Are we good to go?” Katherine: “I’m at your house, but we have to hurry. Damon knows your lodging tricks. It will take him all of twenty minutes to find out where you’re staying.” Isobel: “We’ll be long gone before that.” Katherine: “Good. How far are you?” Isobel: “I’m sorry, Katherine. I had to do what I was told. He wanted the moonstone, and he wanted you.” Yep. Katherine: “He? He who?” She turns around and the guy witch who kidnapped Alaric is there. He gives her an aneurysm that she’s not immune to—I guess he’s more powerful than Bonnie (before her dead-witch-spirit-channeling, that is).
Meanwhile, Caroline arrives at her house. As she stands on her porch, she calls Matt again, leaving another message. She then goes towards her front door, deflated … but then she sees through the window that Matt is waiting for her. Uh oh. I have a bad feeling about this. When she enters, he says that her mom brought him there. Matt: “I accused her of covering up Vicki’s death, and she threatened to arrest me.” Caroline: “Did you tell her anything else?” Matt: “Nothing about you. I got the feeling that she wasn’t going to believe anything I said, so I shut up. Then she brought me to cool down, and she got called away.” Hmmm. Caroline moves towards him, but he flinches and moves back. Tragic. Caroline: “Why’d you stick around if you’re still scared of me?” Matt: “Because I need to know more … about Vicki … about you.” Caroline: “I’ll tell you anything you want to know.” Just heartbreaking, knowing what happens later.
Cut to Bonnie and Jeremy leaving the old house. Jeremy says that there has to be something in the grimoire to translate the chant. Bonnie: “It was just a warning.” Jeremy: “What kind of warning?” Bonnie lies: “It’s not important.” Jeremy: “Look, it is important to me, okay.” Bonnie: “It’s a lot of power to have access to. They’re just telling me to be careful with it.” Jeremy: “Exactly how much power can you draw from a hundred dead witches?” She then demonstrates. First she goes all Pocahontas “Colors of the Wind” x1000, and then shifts to Storm. She can totally control the weather, people. (Also, I hear that she wrote the screenplay to Glitter.) After the show is over, Bonnie says, “The answer to your question is ‘a lot.’” Let’s just hope that she doesn’t start skinning people alive, getting all veiny, or shooting lightening from her hands. Those are always bad signs.
Meanwhile, Stefan and Damon arrive at Isobel’s foreclosure. They see Isobel’s stuff, so they know that they’re in the right place. However, no one is there. Uh oh.
We then see where Isobel is: Grove Hill Cemetery. Isobel and Elena get out of the car, while the minion or witch drives off. Isobel: “Just because you can’t be compelled, doesn’t mean I can’t force you to come with me.” Um, I think you made that clear with the whole kidnapping thing, but thanks for the info. Elena: “So is that what happened? You were compelled to betray Katherine?” Isobel: “If I was, I couldn’t tell you.” Elena: “So you lied. You did find Klaus, didn’t you? He knows where I am now. Are you taking me to him? What is this?” We then see that Isobel has brought Elena to her own grave: Isobel Flemming’s grave. Her parents—Elena’s grandparents—set it up when it became clear Isobel’s body wouldn’t be found. They visit every week and bring flowers, even though there’s no one buried here. So sad. Isobel continues: “The Isobel they knew is dead. So maybe there’s a part that’s buried here—the human part. The part that I abandoned when I chose to become a vampire. The part that used to dream about the day that she’d know her daughter. Instead you got to meet the other part. The part that would betray her own flesh and blood.” At this point, Isobel’s phone rings. The man-witch who kidnapped Katherine and Alaric is on the other end: “I have Katherine and the moonstone. Is the doppelgänger safe?” Isobel: “Yes.” Witch: “Then let her go.” Isobel: “Let her go?” Witch: “Klaus has everything he needs for now. Your part is finished now. You did what he compelled you to do.” Isobel: “I’m done?” Witch: “You’re done.” She hangs up and turns to Elena: “I am so sorry, Elena. I was such a disappointment to you.” Isobel then fingers her necklace, and we start to get an idea of what is coming. She rips off her necklace and bursts into flames, while screaming.
Worst apology ever. I mean killing yourself in front of your child is pretty awful. (And now that I’ve finally seen Hidden Palms, not the first time a Kevin Williamson series has presented such a thing.) However, it may not have been Isobel’s choice. When I first watched it, I thought it was. Like, Klaus’s compulsion had prevented her from doing this, but once she was free, she wanted to end her life—out of guilt, pain, loss, etc. But then I remembered how many compulsion victims killed themselves after phone calls. This could have just been part of the compulsion. So maaaaaaybe we shouldn’t blame Isobel for traumatizing her daughter. Tragic and nightmarish either way though.
Cut back to Matt and Caroline. Caroline is in the midst of explaining everything: “So after I hurt you in the woods, I made you forget. And I promised myself that I would stay away from you … but I couldn’t. Because I love you. I do. I love you, Matt. So much. God, I’m so sorry about what happened to Vicki. [Long pause.] And I really wish you’d say something.” Again, I wonder how much Caroline knows about Vicki, and what else she told Matt about her. Hmmm. Matt: “I’m all alone.” Oh, poor Matt! Caroline: “No you’re not.” Matt: “My mom doesn’t care, my sister’s dead, and all of my friends are liars. And you’re a …” Caroline interrupts: “I’m still me. I’m still me! I’m just …” Matt: “No. This is too much. All of this is too much. I don’t want to know this!” Caroline: “Tell me what I can do. Tell me what I can do! I want to help you.” Matt: “You can make me forget. You’ve done it to me before.” Caroline looks so sad: “I don’t think that’s …” Matt cuts in: “Please make me forget, Caroline. I don’t want to look at you and see what I’m seeing right now.” Tragic. Caroline softly says, “Maybe after a little while …” He yells, “Just make me forget, Caroline!” She says okay. And she does. SOB!!! This is just so heartbreaking. I just want to reach into my TV and explain everything to Matt. That said, his reaction here is pretty understandable. He has been lied to by everyone, has lost his only family, and is completely new to the supernatural world. I mean, this is a high school kid who lives all alone and works full time to pay all his own bills. His typical Monday is more than he should have to handle, let alone this crazy reveal.
Cut to Elena and Stefan at Casa Salvatore. Elena is holding Isobel’s necklace. “I never thought that I’d feel bad about her being dead, and yet …” Stefan: “She was her mother.” Elena: “Why did they let me go?” Stefan: “Anything that John told Isobel we have to assume that Klaus knows, right? So he knows that you’re not gonna turn yourself into a vampire. He knows that you have us keeping you safe.” Elena: “He knows I’m not gonna run.” Damon enters the room: “Which is why we have to take some precautions. Because we got played. All of us.” (He leaves out the part about hiding the moonstone in a SOAP DISH.) He hands over some papers, and Stefan and Damon reveal that they want to sign over their house to Elena. Stefan: “Isobel had the right idea about the safe house.” This way, Elena can control who gets invited in and who doesn’t. Damon adds: “Although I’ll be super pissed if you lock me out.” Hee. Then John starts to wake up, and Damon grabs him. John says he had no idea what Isobel was going to do. He apologizes. Elena: “Damon, let him go. He and I need to talk.”
Meanwhile, at the Gilbert house, Jeremy reads the grimoire, and it looks like he found a translation. He confronts Bonnie: “A warning? That’s all you felt like telling me? This is some kind of warning, Bonnie. It says that if you use too much of your powers at once, it will kill you. How much would it take to kill an Original?” Bonnie: “All of it.” Jeremy: “No. I’m not gonna let you do that.” Bonnie: “Jeremy, do you think I was born with these powers so I could float feathers and blow out candles? There’s a reason I was called to do this.” Jeremy: “No one’s called to get themselves killed. Plus, Elena’s not gonna let you die for her.” Bonnie: “That’s why you’re not gonna tell her.” Jeremy: “Do you even understand what you’re saying right now?” Bonnie: “It’s not just for Elena, Jeremy. It’s for you. It’s for everyone. If I am the only one who can put an end to this, then it’ll be my decision. No one else’s. Mine.”
What Bonnie expresses here is what I thought was beginning to be foreshadowed in “Masquerade.” In that episode, Bonnie was still dealing with the fact that she didn’t want to be in the middle of vampire drama. Lucy told her: “Unlike me, you’re one of the good ones. The middle of it is exactly where you need to be.” It seems like Bonnie has now realized this to be true. She has a destiny and a purpose. It goes far beyond saving Elena, and she knows this. Unfortunately, this also possibly seems to be foreshadowing her death. I’m the first to admit that I don’t love Bonnie’s character as much as I would like, but I would actually be really surprised if she were to die in the finale. She plays too important a role on show, as the gang’s connection to magic, etc. And she is a core character in the books, with a lot more potential storyline. Maybe Jeremy could lend her his ring? Or other witches could step in to help her in the battle against Klaus? We shall see …
Cut to Matt walking down the street. It is now dark. He gets into the Sheriff’s car. Uh oh. (But at the same time, kind of expected.) He tells her: “I did it. I drank that vervain stuff. I went over there, and I got her to tell me everything. And I asked her to take it away.” Liz: “Thank you, Matt. I know this isn’t easy, but I’m glad you told me what happened last night. I want you to tell me everything she said.” Matt: “I feel like she died.” A crying Liz says, “She did.” Wow. Matt lied to Caroline. He and her mom are in cahoots against her. It’s just heartbreaking. And it’s really doubly heartbreaking, because we can see both sides. We have been with Caroline every step of the way in this journey, and we know how and why she has done the things that she has done. In many ways she is the heart of the show, and we feel for her in this situation. Caroline Forbes Fan Club 4evah!
At the same time, it has been less than a day since Matt learned about vampires. He’s scared and he understandably feels betrayed and angry. Also, it has only been a few hours since Liz realized that her daughter is a vampire. (Yes, she found out before, but she’ll never remember that unless she gets turned.) Their reactions are raw and immediate, and there is still plenty of time for things to shift–for them to learn more about what Caroline has been through, and what happened to Vicki, etc. I really wish that it didn’t have to go down this way, but it makes sense that Matt would go to a trusted adult. It’s not like he’s betraying Caroline on the words of strangers–at the insistence of murderous werewolves. He’s working with the town’s sheriff and Caroline’s mother. And given what happened in “Kill Or Be Killed” and “Plan B,” we knew how Liz would react to her daughter becoming a vampire. Badly. However, we also know that Liz was capable of showing compassion and understanding in the end, and I think that the same is true for Matt. I think there’s still time for them to come around. But maybe I’m just too optimistic. Thoughts?
Meanwhile, John and Elena have that talk. John: “I always knew that she and Katherine were close, but I never realized that Isobel and her were working against me. Two of the world’s most uncaring and selfish vampires, and yet they were genuinely friends.” Elena: “If that’s what you thought of her, then why did you ever put your trust in her at all?” Good question. John: “Because I was there when she gave birth to you, Elena. I saw how heartbroken she was to give you up. And because she was the first girl I ever loved. And when she said she’d help keep you safe, I believed her. At this point, I will do whatever you want me to do. If you feel safer with me not around, then I’ll go.” I must admit that I cried when I watched this scene the first time. Uncle John made me cry. For serious. It’s a frakin’ TVD miracle. Afer a long silence, John gets up. But before he can leave, Elena speaks up: “You screw up everything, John. Everything you touch falls apart. But you’re the only parent I have left. So maybe I can learn not to hate you.” John: “Okay.” More tears. Now that we are starting not to hate John, does this mean he’s going to die? *Sob!*
Cut to Damon and Stefan having a drink. Yes, I would say alcohol is called for after this day. Bonus: Now that Katherine has been kidnapped, they can speak freely. Damon: “Bonnie said the spell worked. She’s locked and loaded.” Stefan: “At least something went right today. Hmmm… Katherine has no idea that Bonnie got her powers back. And Isobel had no idea what you and Jeremy took Bonnie to do today. We’re the only ones who know.” Ooooh, I sense a plan. Damon: “That literally makes Bonnie our secret weapon.” Glasses clink. Ah, a lack of soapdishery! Love it, Salvatores. Keep it up.
And now … drumroll again … we cut to the kidnapping victims: Alaric and Katherine. The creepy looking warlock male witch begins reciting a spell over and over. It sounded like: “Sum uitium paradox uitor.” Once again, it’s not really real Latin, but “sum” means “I am”; “uitium” is the nominative or accusative singular of “sin,” or the genitive plural of “vine”; paradox is the anglicized version of the Latin “paradoxus” or “paradoxum,” and could be used as an adjective meaning “strange” or “contrary to expectation,” or as a noun meaning what we normally consider “paradox” to mean in English; “uitor” is the first person present passive of “uito,” meaning “I am evaded/ shunned.” Yeah, I can’t get it all to make sense together either. I wish the show would use real and grammatically correct Latin, so that I could have a little translating fun. Anyway, that is not what is important here. Let’s get to the craziness.
An unconscious Alaric sits on a chair in front of the witch. Uh oh. Katherine begins to wake up, lying on the floor. Then Alaric wakes up too, and looks around. He had something on his wrists–perhaps a transfusion of Klaus’s blood took place? We know that something is fishy immediately because the witch bows to Alaric. Actually bows. Alaric turns to Katherine and walks slowly towards her, smiling. Creepy. Katherine tries to speed away, but some spell prevents her from leaving the room. Alaric, OR SHOULD I SAY KLAUS, greets her: “Strove [sp?], Katerina. I have missed you.” IN AN ACCENT. Um, what?!?! Katherine: “Klaus!?” Yep, Klaus has taken over Alaric’s body. Just another day in Mystic Falls. The End.
To mark this latest twist, Joseph Morgan, who will be playing Klaus in future episodes, changed his Twitter location to Alaric Saltzman.
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