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THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: “Klaus”

2011 April 27

Katerina Petrova: dividing hot brothers since 1492. Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CW.

Read on for my recap & review of The Vampire Diaries 2×19, aired Thursday, April 21, 2011:

 
How much did I love “Klaus”?  Well, it was definitely the best episode since “Masquerade.”  And “Masquerade” was up there with “The Return,” so that’s high praise.  As someone once wisely said, “I like my Sketchers, but I love my Prada backpack.”  This latest episode is sooooo a Prada backpack.  (Yes, you came to the right place for analysis based on teen movies from 1999.  You’re welcome.)  But seriously, all those problems we were having with the curse mythology?  All fixed!  I’m impressed.  A round of applause for the writers, for coming up with this elegant and surprising twist.  So, let’s discuss.

 

Klaus, Klaus, Klaus, Klaus!  That’s all everybody in Mystic Falls ever talks about.  But what about Eliiiiiiiijah?  Well, as this latest episode of The Vampire Diaries proved, Elijah is older, wiser, and waaaaay cooler than his brother.  Oh yeah, Elijah and Klaus are brothers.  I believe the word you’re looking for is OMFG.  But back to Elijah … no, I’m not done yet.  I’ll admit that when Elijah first appeared on our screens, I wasn’t so sure about his hair and I didn’t think that knocking Trevor’s head off was that impressive.  Silly silly silly me, I know.  I have since come to realize his superiority in every way to everyone (Caroline and Katherine excepted, of course).  Duh.  When podcasting with Melissa, Vee, and Lee about “The Last Dance” last week, we discussed whether Elijah would make it through the season alive.  We decided that while on paper Elijah’s death scene might be written, they wouldn’t be able to go through with it.  They would have to deposit his death scene on the cutting room floor, and from henceforth this would be called “Pulling a Gillies.”  I mean, am I right?

 

Photo Credit: Quantrell Colbert/The CW.

Exactly.  So, now that the Elijah worship is taken care of (spoiler alert: it’s really not), let’s discuss Klaus-in-Alaric.  Mr. Klauzman, we had a time.  You were new and fun and exciting … but I want my Alaaaaaric back.  Thanks!  Of course, there are really just two important things to take from this episode: 1) Elijah is perfect (already covered—see above); 2) being kidnapped by Klaus is a par-tay.  I mean, Katherine dancing with the lamp and swigging bourbon was pretty much the best thing ever.  Clearly, Klaus needs to go back to villain training camp.  Leaving Kat in a swanky apartment with booze and a stereo is really not helping her “pay.”  I’m available for kidnapping, Klaus.  Anytime.  So, on to the recap …  

 

We open where we last left off.  Elena has pulled the dagger out of Elijah, and is sitting by his body, waiting for him to come back to life.  To be honest, she looks a little bored.  She’s all like, “How long does it take a frakin’ Original to stop looking so grey and crusty?  I have a hot boyfriend to kiss.  And homework!”  (Okay, she was probably not thinking about homework.  That whole Watergate thing last week was a fluke.)  Anyway, Elijah finally awakes, and says “Katerina.”  Before Elena can say, “Not this again!” we cut to a flashback.

 

England, 1492.  Columbus sailed the ocean blue?  Nope.  Klaus had a birthday party!  I wonder how old he is turning.  Take guesses in the comments section.  Trevor and Elijah are there, sporting old-timey wigs.  Do you think Elijah’s hair is naturally curly?  Does he straighten it for his 2011 side-part do?  Or did he have his servants curl it back in the day?  These are the important questions that get to the heart of the show, people.  Anyway, Trevor brought Klaus a gift, and her name is Katerina Petrova.  Awww, hello, human Katerina.  You’re so oddly sweet and innocent seeming.  However, your hair remains awesome throughout the centuries.  It’s nice to see that throughout years of war and revolution, one thing has always remained the same since the fifteenth century.  Yes, Katherine’s hair is my Constant.   Moving on … when Elijah is introduced to Katerina, his jaw drops.  He is in shock.  Clearly he knew the original person, of whom the doppelgäänger is a copy.  Right?  I mean, clearly.

 

Cut back to the present.  Elena assures Elijah that she is in fact Elena, not Katerina.  And to Elena’s credit she is not annoyed by having to do this.  I guess if you are Elena, you just have to accept this as a fact of life.  Elijah says, “Oh my god!” and then we cut back to the flashback.  1492-Elijah tells Katerina, “Forgive me, you remind me of someone.”  Also of note: Elijah is introduced as “the Lord Elijah.”  Obvs.  He kisses her hand, and he is really amazed and enthralled.  Katerina Petrova just has that effect on people.

 

Back in the present, Elijah struggles.  Elena tries to help, but he can’t breathe.  Finally he says, “I can’t be in this house.”  Elena realizes that this is because he’s not invited in.  An elegant solution, I must say, to the conundrum of “What happens to a vampire in a house if the owner’s change the deed?”  Thanks, Show!  So, poor thing can’t breathe, and finally makes it outside.  Then, when he tries to enter again, he can’t.  Elena meets him at the door, and he asks her what happened.  She shushes him.  Nosy vampire brothers may be afoot, after all.  She whispers: “I’ll tell you, but not here.  Can I trust you?”  Elijah remembers who killed whom, so he asks, “Can I trust you?”  She hands over the magical Original-killing dagger to him as a sign that he can.  Title card.

 

We then cut to Stefan waking up.  Elena isn’t there so he’s alarmed.  He probably assumes that she’s been kidnapped, per usual.  As he rushes through the house looking for her, he sees Andie (yes, she still exists), and asks her if she’s seen Elena, but no.  Then Damon’s all “I don’t know, Stefan, she’s your girlfriend.  Mine’s right here.”  Only when it’s convenient, Damon.  I mean, no one likes searching for a frequently kidnapped girlfriend, but c’mon.  Damon then asks Andie how her shoulder is, because he’s hungry.  Ewww.   Andie: “It’s really messy, can you just use a blood bag today.  I’m already late for work.”  Watching this twisted relationship, Stefan snarks: “What are you doing?  She’s not a wind-up toy.”  Word.  (Spoiler alert: I’m going to agree with Stefan a lot in this episode.  Remember in season one when I only rolled my eyes or yelled at him?  Progress.)  Andie and Damon, however, don’t think it’s any of Stefan’s business.  Honestly, dear readers, I wish it weren’t any of our business either, because ewww.  Anyway, Damon was totally lying about not caring where Elena is, because he follows Stefan down to the basement and they both see that Elijah’s body is gone.  Damon: “No, she didn’t.”  Yes, she did.

 

Meanwhile, Klalaric sends Maddox off to retrieve his body—as in the actual body of Klaus, as played by Joseph Morgan.  And you know, as much as I have loved having Klalaric around, this made me happy because I was starting to miss Genuine Formula Alaric.  Anyway, Klalaric says that he wants to get out of this body and this bad hair do.  How rude!  (Only those who love Alaric are allowed to make fun of his hair.  Hmph.)  Katherine wonders if that’s such a good idea.  Klaus tells her: “Well, the full moon is almost upon us, I’ve killed the witch, I have the moonstone, and the doppelgänger is waiting in the wings.  Ooooh, I am ready to break this curse.”  Katherine: “And why would you do that here?  There’s so many people who will try to stop you.”  Klaus, in dire need of Villain Training Camp, spills: “Because I have to.  It’s the birthplace of the doppelgänger.”  Oh, Klaus … you are like Dr. Evil or something.  Yes, keep your enemy around so you can spill all your secrets to her, just in time for her to make a daring escape, and then tell the rest of your enemies.  Nice.  Katherine: “I didn’t realize that was a requirement.”  See?  This is brand new information, casually tossed into Katherine’s hands.  Klaus: “Well how could you?  You betrayed me and fled England before I could give you details, Katerina.”  He adds, “But, I did find your birthplace and I slaughtered your family, so I guess we’re cool.”  Ha!  So I guess if Kat hadn’t turned herself back in 1492, then Klaus would have performed the sacrifice in her hometown in Bulgaria.  Klaus then says, “Let’s just hope Elena isn’t as stupid as you were.”  Katherine: “She won’t run.  She’ll die before she lets anyone that she loves get hurt.”  Klaus: “And that’s exactly what I’m counting on.”  He then compels her before leaving: “You can’t leave until I tell you to.”  No stabbings this week, Klaus?  Nothing more creative?  Just, “Don’t leave”?  You know, you really don’t seem to have your heart in this whole payback thing.  Back to Villain Training Camp with you, I say, and find some motivation.

 

Cut to Elena and Elijah in the car together.  She pulls over, as Elijah sips some blood from a blood bag.  Elena says that he looks better, you know, now that he’s no longer corpsified and gross.  He wonders where she got the dagger.  Oh, he really is out of the loop.  Elena assures him “I’ll tell you everything, but we have to work together, Elijah.  I need your word.”  Elijah remembers who broke whose word, and retorts, “Your ability to make demands is long past.”  Elena: “No demands.  I’m offering you my help.  And in return, I want yours.”  Elijah: “And why should I even consider this?”  Elena: “The same reason that you haven’t killed me.  You need my help to kill Klaus.  And I need you.”  They are then interrupted when Stefan calls.  He asks where Elena is and if she’s okay.  She says she is, and she’s with Elijah.  Stefan: “Where?  I’m on my way.”  Elena: “No, Stefan, Elijah and I need some time alone.”  Ha!  Funniest line in the episode.  Did she have to phrase it like that?  Sorry, Stefan.  Stefan protests: “He can’t be trusted.  He’ll use you to get to Klaus.”  Elena replies very pointedly (while staring at Elijah, I might add): “Elijah is a noble man, Stefan.  He lives by a code of honor.  I can trust him.  He knows that I’d be incredibly stupid to betray him again.  By removing the dagger, I have proven myself.”  Stefan: “You can’t do this alone.”  Me: “Duh, that’s what Elijah’s for.”  Elena: “It’s my decision, Stefan.  Please respect it.  And make sure that Damon doesn’t do anything stupid.  I’ll be in touch.”  Ha!  After she hangs up, Elijah holds out his hand, and she passes him the phone.  He oh-so casually puts it in his breast pocket, as if he were his usual impeccably groomed self, and not wearing tattered rags.  As if it were just an ordinary everyday occurrence that he was brought back to life by the teenage girl who killed him.  This man.  You guys, this was the moment when I fell in love with Elijah.  Please rewatch that scene and take in the utter perfection.

 

Back at The Bermuda Triangle (currently sans Bermuda), Damon sputters, “Did she just hang up on you?”  Stefan: “She did.”  Damon: “She’s lost it.”  Ha!  Such gold.  Sorry, Salvatores, but Elena has a new vampire to plot and plan with.  Ouch.  Damon and Stefan then proceed to argue about stuff.  Damon wants to go after her, but Stefan wants to trust her.  Damon thinks his plan is better—you know, the plan to go off chasing an Original without any plan whatsoever.  Stefan tells him to back off.  In that voice.  I have to say, I’m pretty impressed that Stefan is willing to actually adhere to Elena’s wishes, and that he is able to restrain himself from chasing after her.  He may be transitioning from Vampire Stalker Boyfriend to Actual Boyfriend.  I didn’t know he had it in him.  There’s an exchange later between Damon and Stefan involving whom Elena respects, but regardless of whether that’s true, this particular scene shows that at least Stefan respects Elena.  And I like that.

 

Back in the car, Elena proceeds to fill Elijah in about what he’s missed.  She explains that Klaus is here in Mystic Falls, and that he’s taken over Alaric’s body.  Elijah: “Of course he has.  One of his favorite tricks.”  Elena: “Well, what are his other tricks?  What is he gonna do next?  You’re the only one who knows him.”  Elijah: “Yes I do.”  Cue Flashback!  Klaus is fashionably late, but finally arrives to his birthday party.  Hello, Joseph Morgan!  You’re finally here.  [Side note: I would like to award Joseph Morgan (@_josephmorgan) the Most Adorable Twitter Award.  He may be playing a vicious vampire, but the guy’s twitter is the cutest.  He’s always calling everyone sweethearts, tweeting cryptic things about Klaus, uses lots of emoticons, quoting vampire literature and music, and he waits to tweet plot-related stuff until the show has aired in the U.K.  Most importantly, he’s clearly having so much fun with his character.  I mean, it’s all just too adorable.  Hence the award.  Now, carry on with the recap.]  Klaus catches sight of Katerina.  His reaction is not as slack-jawed as Elijah’s, but clearly he knows that she is the doppelgänger on sight.  Elijah to Katerina: “May I introduce to you the Lord Niklaus.”  He kisses her hand, and says, “Niklaus is the name my father gave me.  Please, call me Klaus.”  Oooh, this line takes on even more significance once we have seen the end of the episode.  The father who named him was not his biological father, and the two didn’t get along.  Also, do you think anyone ever called him Nicky?

 

Cut to Elijah and Elena show up at the Lockwood mansion.  Why there, you ask?  Elijah is a LORD, people.  He’s not going to go to just any house to clean up and suit up.  He’s going to the biggest mansion in town.  Carol greets them at the door, in a hurry to get to a meeting, but she invites him in after he compels her.  Elijah’s first order of business is to ask for a change of clothing.  You can’t reveal important mythology if you’re not looking your best after all.  Carol: “Well, we can try one of my husband’s suits.  I haven’t boxed them up yet.”  Me: “Thank God!  Can you imagine if there weren’t any suits around for Elijah to wear?  Unacceptable.”  Elena wonders how he knew that Carol wasn’t on vervain.  Elijah: “Because I’m the one who got her off it.  Right before you and your friends killed me.  Twice.  If you’ll excuse me, I’ll be down the hall.”  Love love love love.  And really, Elijah has been killed by her friends three times, counting the incident in “Rose.”  He is really a very understanding man.

 

Meanwhile, Aunt Jenna is back from campus, and home in her kitchen.  Uh oh.  The Gilbert kitchen is a place of violence.  She calls Stefan, looking for Elena and Jeremy because they’re not answering their phones.  We know what’s keeping Elena busy, but I guess the witch safe house doesn’t get good reception.  Or Jeremy is too busy doing sex spells with Bonnie.  Anyway, Jenna tells Stefan that Elena left her a bunch of weird messages about staying away from “Ric.”  She then reveals that she’s home, and Stefan gets worried.  She’s supposed to meet “Ric” at the Grill to talk, but Stefan tells her not to do that.  He’ll come over to explain things.

 

When Stefan gets off the phone, there is some tension between him and Damon.  Damon pretends to back off, but then as soon and Stefan leaves, he tells Andie to c’mon.  They’re “splitting from the team” and “going rogue.” Must be Tuesday.  Also, wasn’t Andie late for work earlier?  Good thing she’s sacrificing her career for a vampire boyfriend who treats her like crap.  This whole storyline just kind of makes me sad, no matter how funny it’s supposed to be.  (And yes, it does get funny.)

 

We then return to Elena and Elijah.  Fiiiiiinally!  We were away too long.  Elijah: “So I assume that the Martin witches are no longer with us.”  Elena: “No, I’m sorry.”  You know, looking back it seems like such a waste that Damon killed Luka for trying to do what Elena actually just did.  I mean, I was no fan of the Martins, but it’s all kind of tragic and pointless.  Anyway, then Elijah asks, “And Katerina?  She would have been released from my compulsion when she died.”  Elena says they think he may have killed her, but Elijah doubts that: “Not Klaus’s style.  Death would be too easy for her after what she did.”  Elena: “I don’t understand.  You say that you want Klaus dead, but you still made Katherine pay for betraying him.”  Elijah: “I have my own reasons for wanting Katerina to pay.  There was a time I’d have done anything for Klaus.”

 

Flashback!  Katerina is charmed by Klaus.  I guess she didn’t see Elijah STANDING RIGHT THERE.  Elijah tells Klaus, with a significant glance, “Katerina is from Bulgaria.”  Klaus, in a Bulgarian accent, says, “Zradevei, Katerina.”  (I got the spelling from the closed captions on the CW video site, so pardon me if that’s incorrect.)  Katerina giggles, “Very good.”  A very nice counterpoint to the end of “Know Thy Enemy,” when “Zradevei, Katerina” received a very different response.  I love this show.  Klaus: “Do you mind, brother?  I would like to have a moment alone with her.”  Elijah: “No, not at all.  Happy birthday, brother.”   Back in the present, Elijah confirms, “Klaus is my brother!”  Elena echoes the sentiments of the audience: “I heard that.  I’m still processing.”  Elijah: “I’m a little behind on the times, but I believe the term that you’re searching for is ‘OMG.’”  Yes it is.  (My reaction in my notes was more like two lines of exclamation points, but I decided to spare you.)

 

Cut to Katherine home alone.  The music blasts as she finds Alaric’s bourbon stash.  Makin’ the best of captivity.  Love her! She sips some bourbon, but then hears Andie and Damon outside.  Unfortunately, she can’t open the door or call to them because of the compulsion.  They hear the music however, and Damon breaks the lock and then has Andie open the door.  Damon however, cannot enter.  1) How can that be true?  Does Team Blood and Beer mean NOTHING?  2) Alaric is officially the smartest person in Mystic Falls.  Nice.  Katherine is happy to see them, and Andie is fascinated by how much she looks like Elena.  Damon: “Yeah.  I thought you might be dead.”  Katherine: “Unfortunately not.”  I don’t know, Katherine, I’m a little disappointed in this defeatist attitude.  You’re a survivor.  One day of some knife torture can’t be the worst you’ve suffered.

 

Meanwhile, Stefan goes to see Jenna, but before he can explain he sees that Klalaric is there.  Uh oh.

 

Cut to Elena and Elijah in the Lockwood drawing room.  Elena asks, “There’s a whole family of Originals?”  Elijah: “My father was a wealthy land owner in a village in eastern Europe.  Our mother bore seven children.”  Magic number!  Elena: “So, your parents were human?”  Elijah: “My whole family was.  Our origin as vampires is a very long story, Elena.  Just know, we’re the oldest vampires in the world.  We are the original family, and from us all vampires were created.”  Elena: “Right, but Klaus is your brother.  And you want him dead?”  Elijah: “I need some air.  Still feeling a tad … dead.”  ZOMG.  Thoughts?  Theories?  Who do you want cast as the remaining siblings and two parents?  So much potential awesomeness in store.  It feels like Christmas.

 

We then return to Alaric’s apartment (which is super nice, by the way).  Katherine asks Damon and Andie what they’re doing there.  Andie tells Katherine that they’re there to rescue her.  Damon: “No, Sweetie.  We are here to see if she deserves to be rescued.”  Andie: “Right.”  Damon: “I figured you still might be kicking.  Alaric-Klaus was blending waaaay too easily.  I figured he had probably had some coaching.”  Good job with the thoughts, Damon!  Impressed.  He then holds up some vervain, touting it as her “salvation.”  Ah, this is where being immune to vervain is going to come in handy.  Katherine: “It’s not gonna undo anything.”  While that’s true, Damon asks a couple questions, and is able to figure out that she can’t say that she was compelled to do, but she was also not compelled “to do absolutely everything he says until the end of time?”  Loophole!  He tells her to drink the vervain to prevent any further compulsion.  However, before he will give it to her, he has one question: “You double-crossed us with Isobel.  Why?”  Katherine: “I didn’t think you’d stand a chance against Klaus.  I was looking out for myself.”  Damon: “And where’d that get you.”  Also a factor: trusting Isobel.  Damon then warns: “Be careful with that.  He finds out you have that, and you’re never getting out of here.”  Geez, Damon, care more about Katherine’s welfare, I dare you.  #stillobsessed  Katherine drinks the vervain, and Damon says, “You owe me … and I will collect.”  He is so casual about it, with no excess drama, and yet you know he really means it.  This is my favorite Damon.  As they leave, Andie tells Katherine that it was nice to meet her.  Hee.  What a loon.  Did Damon compel her to be cheerful all the time?  Or is that her personality?

 

Meanwhile, Klalaric is chopping vegetables in the Gilbert kitchen.  Uh oh, there are knives involved.  This never ends well.  He creepily says: “I find chopping calming.  The feel of the blade in my hand, maybe.”  Jenna wants to know what’s going on.  Klalaric: “Do you want to tell her, Stefan?  Or should I?”  Jenna: “Tell me what?”  Klalaric: “Do you believe in vampires, Jenna?  No?  Well who does?  Believe it or not, they do have a place in our history.  And as a history teacher, I find them fascinating.”  Jenna: “Why are we talking about this?”  Klalaric: “Well, you’ve been angry with me about keeping secrets.  And this is one of my secrets.  I’m obsessed with vampires.  There.  I said it.  [Laughs.]”  Jenna: “Are you joking?”  Klalaric: “Not at all.  What about you, Stefan?  Are you a fan of vampires?”  Stefan: “The literature.  Bram Stoker.  It’s dense, but I appreciate it.”  Klalaric: “Did you know that vampires are the oldest creatures of the night.  Except for werewolves, of course.”  Jenna: “Werewolves.  Werewolves.  Now I know you’re joking.”  Klalaric continues: “You know, I’ve read that there’s an Aztec curse on both species that keeps werewolves slaves to the moon and vampires bound by the sun.  Isn’t that right, Stefan?  You know, they say these creatures would do anything to have this curse broken, and that they wouldn’t care who they had to kill to do it.”  I have no idea what Klaus is trying to do here, but kudos for freaking people out … I guess.

 

Cut to Elijah and Elena on the Lockwood grounds, mid conversation.  Best setting for mythological exposition ever!  Elijah: “So as you’ve seen, nothing can kill an Original.  Not sun, not fire, not even a werewolf bite.  Only the wood from one tree—a tree my family made sure burned.”  Elena: “That’s where the white ash for the dagger comes from.”  Elijah: “Yes.  The witches won’t allow anything truly immortal to walk the earth.  Every creature needs to have a weakness in order to maintain balance.”  Aha!  Elena asks the question I’ve been wondering all along: “So, if the sun can’t kill an Original, why is Klaus so obsessed with breaking the sun and the moon curse?” Exactly.  Elijah amusedly says, “The curse of the sun and the moon … it’s all so biblical sounding, don’t you think?”  Elena asks, “What’s so funny?”

 

Cut to another Flashback.  Elijah brings a Roman parchment to Klaus.  Klaus: “I remember etching this scroll.  Well, I was quite blistered from drink.”  Elijah: “Your finest work remains your Aztec drawings.”  Klaus: “Not the African carvings? ‘Cause I was quite proud of those.”  Elijah: “The Aztec.  Who can resist a shaman?”  Ha!  Klaus laughs, “Yes …”  Cut back to the present.  Elena: “I don’t understand.  So Klaus drew the Aztec sketches about the curse?”  Elijah: “Roman scrolls, African tribal etchings, and any other culture or continent we felt like planting it in.”  Elena: “But why?”  Elijah: “The easiest way to discover the existence of a doppelganger or to get your hands on some long lost moonstone is to have every single member of two warring species on the lookout.”  Elena: “So it’s not Aztec at all?”  Elijah: “The curse of the sun and the moon is fake.  It doesn’t exist.” @#$!&*@!  The curse is made up!  Best thing I’ve ever heard.  I love this show so much right now.  Elena’s all, “What?”  Me: “Pay attention, Elena!”  Question: Do you think this means that Klaus created all these artifacts and planted them to be discovered by later people, or do you think this means Klaus is older than the Roman Empire, and planted these objects contemporaneously?  Second question: If Klaus and Elijah are old enough to have been alive during ancient Roman times, when do we get those flashbacks?  Did they hang out with Caligula?  Have an affair with Agrippina?  And related question: If this happens, will any of you attend the funeral for my inevitable death by swoonpocalypse?

 

We then return to the Gilbert house, which by the way no longer has any Gilberts living in it … oh, wait, there’s John.  I guess we can still call it the Gilbert house.  Klalaric is still talking: “Oh, I know this all sounds so crazy, but vampires are real.  Would you care for some more wine?”  Jenna is fed up, and tells him to get out.  Stefan: “You heard her.”  Klalaric: “I’m afraid I don’t want to.”  Jenna: “Fine, I’ll go.”  Klalaric begs to differ, and picks up the knife.  Stefan grabs it away from him, and pins Klalaric to the wall.  He then tells Jenna to get out of there, but she hesitates.  Klalaric: “You can’t kill me.”  Stefan: “Watch me.”  Me: “Don’t you dare, Stefan, or all the good favor you’ve gained will be out the window!  I’ll start liking Damon way more, I promise!”  Klalaric: “I may not have a witch protecting me today, but if you kill this body, what’s to stop me from choosing Jenna as my next one.” Tricksy.  Stefan sees the logic in that, but also sees that Jenna is STILL there, so he yells really scarily, “I SAID GOOOOO!”  His eyes get all veiny, and now she knows that he’s a vampire so she runs.  Klalaric: “Kill me.  Just remind Elena how easy it will be for me to get revenge if she tries to stop me from breaking this curse.”  Stefan punches and kicks Klalaric for awhile to get out his anger, but he doesn’t kill him.  Thanks for the favor, Stefan.  I owe you.

 

Meanwhile, Elena and Elijah are still strolling the Lockwood grounds and talking about awesome stuff.  Elijah explains, “Klaus and I faked the sun and the moon curse dating back over a thousand years.”  Again, I find this wording slightly confusing.  They faked it so that the curse seemed as old as over a thousand years ago?  Or they started faking it over a thousand years ago?  (Sorry if I’m reading too much into this.  Just curious.  The line about wealthy landowners in eastern Europe earlier made me start to think that the Originals are younger than we might thing.)  Elena: “But if there’s no curse …”  Elijah: “There’s a curse.  Just not that one.  The real one’s much worse.  It’s a curse placed on Klaus.”  I.  Love.  This.  Show.  Elena: “What are you talking about?”  Elijah: “Klaus has been trying to break it for the last thousand years and you are his only hope.”  Elena: “Well what is this curse?”  Unfortunately, they are interrupted by the “incessant buzzing” of Elena’s phone.  Yes, I’m sure Jenna’s problems are very important, Stefan, but c’mon!  We want more Lockwood-grounds-strolling!  Is that too much to ask for?  Sadly, it is for now, and Elena picks up the phone.  She gets upset immediately, and says she’ll be right there.  She then explains to Elijah: “Klaus went after Jenna.  I have to go to her.”  Elijah: “I’m afraid that wasn’t part of today’s arrangement.”  Elena: “She’s my family, Elijah.  I have to.  I’ll be back.  You have my word.”  Elijah is a big softie when it comes to doppelgängers that look like Nina Dobrev, so he just says, “That doesn’t mean anything to me unless you live up to it.”  Agreed.  She thanks him and runs off.

 

Cut to another flashback.  Elijah and Katerina are playing tag.  They are adorable.  When she notes that he’s supposed to catch her, he replies, “Well if I catch you, the game would be over.”  Katerina: “Thank you for entertaining me.”  Elijah: “Well you looked lonely inside, so I took pity on you.”  Katerina: “Klaus promised to spend the day with me, but he never returned home from the night.”  Elijah: “Klaus does not live by any rules but his own.”  Katerina: “He is a very charming man.  Hard for any woman to resist, I suppose.”  Elijah: “And yet?”  Katerina looks kind of sad and says: “I know not why he called me.  He seems to not care about me at all.”  Elijah: “Many a union has been built on much less.”  Katerina: “Is it wrong to want more?”  Elijah: “Do you have more with Trevor?”  Katerina: “Trevor believes that he loves me, but true love is not real unless it is returned.  Do you agree?”  Elijah: “I do not believe in love, Katerina.”  Katerina: “That is too sad for me to accept, my lord.  Life is too cruel.  If we cease to believe in love, why would we want to live?” Elijah gives a sad smile.  Loved this exchange!  Human Katerina was a big romantic, which totally makes sense to me.  That’s probably why she ended up pregnant out-of-wedlock.  And that aspect of her original personality is still left in her, I think, just twisted.  See: the final scene in “Memory Lane.”

 

Anyway, then Klaus arrives in a bloody shirt and studded leather jacket.  Katherine asks what happened, and he lies, “The wrong villager picked a fight at the tavern.”  He then smiles creepily and proprietarily leads Katerina away.  Elijah does not look happy.  Cut to present Elijah gauging his clothing and surroundings.  As if he was really lost in the moment, remembering that scene.  Nice choice there to really make it seem like we were entering Elijah’s memory.  Okay, and question: Do you think that it is possible that Katerina was the doppelgänger of an actual Original—the sister of Klaus and Elijah?  I mean, it could totally be that she is just the doppelgänger of a human girl that Elijah and/or Klaus loved romantically back in the day.  (And the latter is probably more likely).  I think the scene could be interpreted either way, but my theory is sister.  *Waits impatiently to find out if one of my theories will ever be right.*

 

Cut to Jenna and Elena at the Bermuda Triangle.  Jenna is freaked.  (Understatement.)  Elena apologizes and says that she never meant for any of this to happen.  Jenna: “When I was little, your mom used to tell me bedtime stories.  Stories about vampires.  I never thought that what she said could be true.”  1) Who tells children vampire stories at bedtime?  2) Was Miranda reading her sister stories from Founders’ journals?  She would have already been with Grayson during Jenna’s childhood, since Jenna is probably only supposed to be about seven years older than Elena.  So, ‘tis possible.  Just wondering if Jenna may have some useful info hidden up in that head of hers.  Hmmm.  Anyway, Elena says that it is true and that she should have told her.  She explains: “I thought that if you didn’t know, you’d be safe.  But then things got so out of control, and everything that I’d done to keep you out of it … it just blew up in my face.”  Nice recap of the Jenna-Elena dynamic for the past season.  Jenna asks who else knows, and Elena confirms that both Jeremy and John do.   Elena: “We were just trying to protect you.”  Jenna: “Protect me?”  Elena: “I am so sorry.  I will tell you everything.”  Jenna: “No, Elena, I am the one who’s supposed to be protecting you.  And Jeremy.”  I like this aspect of Jenna’s reaction.  See, Jenna cares about more than herself and her relationship with Alaric.  And it totally makes sense that she would feel guilty that she wasn’t able to protect her niece and nephew from these things.  Elena: “There’s nothing you could have done.  There’s so much more to it …”  There’s some upset garbling, and I must say that once again, when Sara Canning is given emotional stuff to do, she really knocks it out of the park.  The two sit on the couch as Jenna cries and Elena comforts her, repeating how sorry she is.  We then see Stefan on the other side of the wall.  He has clearly been crying too, or else he’s about to cry.  This is what happens when you want to feel every episode of How I Met Your Mother, I guess.

 

Cut to Elena and Stefan discussing Jenna.  Stefan apologizes, but she assures him that it’s not his fault.  It’s her own.  She then says that she has to go back to Elijah.  At first he tries to talk her out of it, but she explains, “Stefan, I promised him that I would return.  I can’t break that promise.”  He nods.  This easy acceptance and understanding is wigging me out.  But I like it.  She assures him that she’ll be okay.”  However, nothing is that easy, because then Damon comes in and is all, “Where do you think you’re going?”  He doesn’t want to let her, and gets tough.  Andie steps in and says, “Easy.”  Stefan says to let her go.  Damon: “Are you kidding me?  We just got her back.”  Stefan uses that voice: “You heard me.  I said let her go.”  Damon: “That’s twice today you stood in my way.  I wouldn’t try a third.”  Me: “[Eye-roll.]  Can you stop being such a drama queen, Damon?”

 

We then cut to my favorite scene of the episode: Katherine’s dance party!  This is my favorite thing ever.  Her dance partner is a lamp!  She has the music blasting and is swigging bourbon.  Best captivity evah!  Unfortunately, her fun is ruined when Klalaric comes home.  He tells her to turn the music down, and she wonders why he’s so grumpy.  Klalaric: “This body has outlived its usefulness.”  Katherine: “You want a drink?”  Klalaric: “Katerina, I don’t want a drink.”  Katherine: “C’mon, it might loosen you up.”  He snaps at this point, throws the bottle against the wall and grabs her.  He then compels her: “What I want is for you to sit down and shut up.”  She does so, but she is so not compelled.  Thanks, Damon!  Then Maddox returns with Klaus’s luggage and Greta Martin.  Greta greets Klaus as “my love.”  Hmmm.  She then says: “Nice body.  You ready to get out of it.”  Oh, witches and their pick-up lines.  And then we see a really big trunk, in which his actual body lies.  Vampire luggage is so much more exciting than regular luggage.

 

Meanwhile, Elena returns to the Lockwood mansion.  Elijah is clearly happy to see her.  Awww.  He wasn’t betrayed … this week.  But Elena has no time for pleasantries and wants to get down to business: “Tell me.  What is Klaus’s curse?”  He gestures for her to sit and she does.  He begins his story: “My family was quite close.  But Klaus and my father did not get on too well.  When we became vampires, we discovered the truth.  Klaus was not his father’s son.  My mother had been unfaithful many years before.  This was her darkest secret.  Klaus was from a different bloodline.  Of course, when my father discovered this, he hunted down and he killed my mother’s lover and his entire family.  Not realizing, of course, that he was igniting a war between the species that rages until this day.”  Elena: “A war between the species?”  Elijah: “The vampires … and the werewolves.”  Elena: “So, Klaus’s real father was from a werewolf bloodline?  What does that make Klaus?  A werewolf or a vampire?”  Elijah: “He’s both.”  He explains further: “A hybrid would be deadlier than any werewolf or vampire.  Nature would not stand for such an imbalance of power.  Therefore the witches, servants of nature, saw to it that my brother’s werewolf side would become dormant.”  Elena: “That’s the curse that Klaus is trying to break?”  Elijah: “He wants to trigger that part of him that’s a werewolf.  If allowed, Klaus would sire his own bloodline—he’d build his own race, endangering not just vampires, but everyone.”  Okay, hold up, wait a minute.  Klaus is a werepire!  That was too much power for one man to have, so the witches fixed it!  He then made up the curse of the sun and the moon to cover the curse placed on him!  Heroine TV reader Candy figured out about 90% of this craziness back in February.  Back then I thought her theory was waaaay out there, but she was eerily right about SO MUCH.  Round of applause for Candy.

 

Elena asks, “But you helped him?”  Elijah: “I helped him because I loved him.  That’s changed now.  He must die.”  Oooh, do we believe him?  I really do.  Of course this show does like its plot twists, so we can never be sure.  Elena points out: “We have the dagger now.  We can stop him.”  Elijah: “When a werewolf is wounded by silver, it heals.  An Original can’t be killed by anything except white ash on a silver dagger.  So, you see the conundrum.  The dagger does not work.”  Oooooh, nice.  Elena: “So, you’re saying that Klaus cannot be killed?”  Elijah: “There’s one way to kill any supernatural species: at the hands of the servants of nature themselves.”  It dawns on Elena: “A witch.  If they can channel that much power … [sigh] but it would kill them.”  Elijah: “The curse must be broken during the full moon, when Klaus is in transition.  That’s when he’ll be at his most vulnerable.  A witch with enough power can kill Klaus.”  Elena: “What if I told you that I knew a witch who could channel that much power?”  Me: “Elena, he said that a witch could kill Klaus.  You already knew that.  He never said that killing Klaus wouldn’t in turn kill that witch.  Why are you jumping back on the use-Bonnie bandwagon?  I’m confused.  Was a line or a scene cut?”  Elijah: “Then I would tell you that there’s one more thing that you should know.”  Cue another flashback …

 

1492.  Klaus: “The full moon is tomorrow, brother.  After all these centuries it is finally time.”  Elijah: “I have been to see the witches.  They believe they have found a way to spare the doppelgänger.”  Ooooh, the plot thickens.  Klaus: “What does it matter if she lives or not?  She is a means to an end.  That is all.”  Elijah: “And she should die for your gain?”  Klaus: “She is human.  Her life means nothing.”  Elijah:“I beg you to consider this.”  Klaus: “Are you so foolish as to care for her?”  Elijah lies, “Of course not.”  Oh, poor Elijah.  Klaus: “Love is a vampire’s greatest weakness.  And we are not weak, Elijah.  We do not feel and we do not care.”  Elijah says wistfully, “We did once.”  Awww.  Klaus: “Too many lifetimes ago to matter.  Tell the witches not to bother.  The sacrifice will happen as planned.”

 

Back in the present, Elena asks, “You found a way to save the life of the doppelgänger?”  Brand new information!  Elijah: “Yes, Elena, I did.  Unfortunately, Katerina took matters into her own hands first.  I believe you already know how that played out.”  Me: “Yeah, awesomely!  I mean, um … sorry, Elijah.  Sucks for you.”  Elena: “You cared about her, didn’t you?”  Elijah: “It’s a common mistake I’m told.  It’s one I won’t make again.”  Oooooh.  So, IF MY SISTER THEORY IS WRONG, and Elijah loved Kat romantically, should Elijah, Damon, and Stefan form a He-Man Katherine Haters Club?  If Trevor were still around, he could join too.  Or should Elijah just transfer his affections to Elena, because that’s what all of Katherine’s exes do?  A conundrum.  I vote both!

 

We then cut to Andie and Damon.  She tries to make peace: “You don’t have to be so mad at your brother.  He’s worried about Elena.”  Damon: “Just go, please.”  Andie: “I know you’re worried about her too.”  Damon orders her to leave, as Stefan enters.  Stefan smirks: “Tired of your little plaything already?”  Stefan, it’s not funny, okay.  These are not cute things you’re your brother does.  Sigh.  Damon: “Don’t start with me, Stefan.  She’s just my distraction.”  Stefan: “She’s a person.  You’re victimizing her.”  Word.  Damon: “You should be thankful she’s here.  It keeps me from going for what I really want.”  Ewww.  Put that way it just sounds gross.  Poor Andie.  Stefan: “You’re right.  Thank you … for being in love with my girlfriend.”  Awkward.  Damon: “And there it is.”  Stefan: “There it is.  You know, you can be in love with Elena all you want, if it means that you’ll protect her.  But I have one thing that you never will.”  Damon: “Oh yeah?  What’s that?”  Stefan: “Her respect.”  And then the boys are all ready for a vampire rumble, but before it can get too heated, Elena comes in with Elijah and yells for them to stop.  Close one.

 

Cut to another flashback.  Klaus enters the room angrily, and asks Elijah, “What have you done?”  It seems that Katerina has fled and Klaus thinks his brother told her something.  Elijah says that he told her nothing, but Klaus is not appeased.  Elijah promises, “I will find her.  You have my word.”  Klaus: “If you do not, you have my word you will be dead.”  Well, I guess we now know why the two brothers are estranged.

 

Back in the present, Damon sees Elijah and asks Elena disbelievingly, “You invited him in?”  He’s probably rethinking that whole giving-Elena-his-house thing.  Oops.  Elena announces, “Elijah and I have renewed the terms of our deal.”  Elijah: “The two of you will come to no harm at my hands.  I only ask for one thing in return.”  Damon: “What?”  Elijah: “An apology.”  OMG, I love Elijah just too much.  Damon: “A what?”  Aw, life is so hard for Damon.  Stefan, however, apologizes immediately: “I’m sorry for the part that I played in your death.  I was protecting Elena.  I will always protect Elena.”  Elijah: “I understand.”  He then looks at Damon.  Silence.  Elena tells him: “The sacrifice is going to happen, Damon.  Bonnie will be able to kill Klaus without hurting herself.  [Again, how do we know this?]  And Elijah knows how to save my life.  I told you I’d find another way, and I did.”  Damon: “Is that true?”  Elijah: “It is.”  Damon: “And you’re trusting him?”  Elena: “I am.”  Damon: “You can all go to hell.”  He stalks off.  Stefan, per usual, makes excuses for his brother: “He’s angry with me right now.  But he’ll come around.”  I really love that aspect of Damon and Stefan’s relationship.  No matter how much the brothers are fighting, Stefan will always make excuses for his brother.  Awww.  Elijah is not so sure: “Perhaps.”

 

When Damon returns to his room, Andie is there, standing in her bra and panties and heels.  Well then.  Damon: “I thought I told you to leave.”  Andie: “You didn’t compel me.  I want to be here.  Please let me be here.”  Damon: “I’m upset.  And you know what happens when I’m upset.  You have to leave.”  Andie: “No.  You need to know that somebody cares about you.  I care about you, Damon.”  Damon can’t handle anyone caring about him at the moment—probably related to his existential crisis or something—so he snaps and chokes her and then feeds on her.  Eww.  She screams, and then when he finally lets her go, she falls to the floor sobbing.  It’s just all so sad and pathetic, and made even more so with her in her underwear.  He then compels her: “Get out before I kill you.  Just go.  GO!  NOW!”  At least he didn’t kill her … for now.  Then Damon falls to the floor himself, all upset.  Ugh.

 

Cut to Alaric’s apartment.  There are candles all around and then the witches begin mumbling a spell.  Abracadabra!  Alaric is back in his body.  Phew!  Welcome back, Alaaaaaric.  He sees Katherine and says, “Elena?” before collapsing.  Then Klaus (in the body of Joseph Morgan) steps out of his luggage.  “Now that’s more like it,” he declares WITH ACCENT.  He gives a wicked smile.  The end.

 

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27 comments
Molly
Molly

If we ever get to see the ole boys in Rome, I will not be attending your funeral as mine will be happening around then, since my head will have exploded. I think maybe the original doppleganger was a werewolf- after all they had to bind his werewolf side, right? Makes sense that they would need a werewolf. Or a witch maybe? It seems odd to me that a random human sacrifice would do for such an important and powerful ceremony. There had to have been something special about the original sacrifice. On the subject of witches: first impresson of Greta is that she sucks. Hard. Seriously, you couldn't convince your brother and father you were fine? This is kinda SPOILER, so beware!**Last week's episode she doesn't even ask about her family. I don't know whether this is Kevin and Julie's intention but it really makes her come off as an ass who doesn't care about her family. Really not liking her. I am a huge Damon fan, and have been since the beginning, but it is pretty hard to like him during this ep. Bleeergh. Stefan is just looking better and better these days. Renew my faith Damon! I'm sorry, but if Elijah were into me, I would drop the brothers Salvatore in a second ( unless I could have both at once).

KM
KM

Why did Stefan respecting Elena's decisions wig you out? He has ALWAYS done that. It has just never been a blatant storyline. & About Andie caring for Damon. I think very few people realize that he compelled her to love him. It's that gross.

Becca (@mylobster27)
Becca (@mylobster27)

I LOVE how our re-caps are longer than the show itself. Credit to the writers for giving us so much to say :) Here's my novel: -Why hello Klaus! Joseph Morgan did not disappoint me in the flesh. He is charming & almost sweet looking (that dimple!) which belies his obvious deadliness. I think it was genius to write him with humor & not in your face horror. The “looks can be deceiving” angle is much more interesting to me & I cannot wait to see the havoc he wreaks. -Elijah is back! I have to say I was ambivalent about Elijah in past episodes but he got my attention this week. Not only did he gives us our “WTF” moments with his revelations about a) he & Klaus being brothers (nice tie in to the current Salvatore bro relationship) & b)said crazy ass half brother is a…Say WHAT?!…Hybrid? Nice Kevin & Julie! Very nice indeed. My little brain did not remotely predict either one of those scenarios. I so love being surprised, *satisfied sigh* & writers of TVD never disappoint me. -Elena was especially strong in this episode “I am woman here me ROAR” & I love this. Most likely some of her decisions will come back to haunt her but that is not the point. She is just as capable at coming up with plans as the sexy vamp brothers are, flawed as they may be. I love that she is taking control & not simply being the damsel in distress, and really when has Stefan or Damon’s plans worked 100%? Yep, not so much as that is the TVD way, bless them. -Hallelujah Aunt Jenna is finally in the know! Loved that she saw it 1st hand via “Angry Stefan’s” face. Oh angry Stefan how I’ve missed you…Sarah is an amazing actress & her tears are the bomb. I squealed with delight when I saw the preview of her holding a crossbow. I like the idea of Mr. & Mrs. Saltzman Vampire Hunters! -And Damon, ahhh Damon. I try not to love you EVERY week but Ian you’re just too damn good in this role. I was nearly giddy when I saw the Salvatore Bro Smackdown preview from last week & I love the storyline leading up to it. It’s about damn time the brothers hash their issues out a bit out loud. Good for Stefan for calling Damon out on his Andie slaving and Damon coming back with she keeps me from going after your girl who I really love, BOOM! Punch in the face, is it creepy that Stefan & Damon fighting is sexy? Hmmm…blame Ian & Paul, not me I say. -Reason #323 I love Damon: he makes up his own mind no matter what! He doesn’t care if it’s him against the world, as shown clearly in this episode. With Elena, Elijah & Stefan seemingly all together as a unit to kill Klaus, save Elena & Bonnie…what does Damon do? Tells them all to go hell! I. Love. Him. Will Damon’s rogue act blow up in his face? Or will it be the only saving grace when the master plan runs in to some very likely kinks? I can’t wait to find out…I love Elijah but Damon’s instincts are usually spot on so I’d have to go with he’s not telling us all something important. As usual one my favorite scenes involves Damon’s internal emotional conflict. We can all see his impending explosion brewing & it finally does right in Andie’s face/neck. Although she’s his compel-a-girl rental of the month, she’s strong in her own way. I love the fact that she didn’t leave “you didn’t compel me” & tells Damon that he needs to know she cares. Pretty balsey! In the non-supernatural world Andie might just be a good fit for Damon. Not surprisingly Damon takes his emotional turmoil out on Andie in a very frightening, chomping way. But what is surprising is how he stops, begging & compelling her to leave “before he kills her” Anyone remember frozen Jessica? My very favorite tortured Damon scene…yeah well he killed her but he let Andie go…very telling on how his character arc has evolved. The grief in his eyes as he makes Andie leave levels me. He is obviously not enjoying his monstrous side in this moment. How does this bad boy vampire continue to break my heart so completely? Well done Ian Somerhalder, well done. This show deserves awards for writing & acting as it’s all stellar. Favorite lines: Klaus to Elijah “Love is a vampire’s greatest weakness” Katherine to Elijah “true love is not real unless it’s returned” I missed my favorite supporting cast so I look forward to everyone’s return next week. Let the mayhem begin!

livvy
livvy

“Klaus has been trying to break it for the last thousand years and you are his only hope.” My roommates deleted the ep off our DVR after my second viewing (they know they have to because I won't do it) so I can't go back and check...are those Elijah's exact words? Because if so, then they've been faking it for over a thousand years, they didn't fake it to make it look a thousand years old. Or, at the very least, they've been looking for a thousand years and decided to fake it somewhere along the way. Damon...as you know I love, love, LOVE him and even I couldn't justify 90% of what he did in this episode. Going to see Katherine was the only redeeming/intelligent thing he did. On a purely entertainment level, though, I have to disagree with you, I am having a great time watching him interact with Andi. Ian Somerhalder is so much fun to love/hate simultaneously. This Damon is far more palatable than the wet rag from the beginning of the season. I also find their relationship fascinating in that, even thought Andi is being compelled, she gets to say "No, not today, my neck hurts." I don't approve of what he's doing, but I love it as a plot line. Agreed on Elijah!! This was the first episode I actually LOVED him in. Now I'm hoping he doesn't die and we get to see more Katherine-Elijah interaction. Was she falling in love with him in 1492? Or just playing him like she did EVERYONE else?

Lee MacOdrum
Lee MacOdrum

Great recap, Lucia! :) "Too Gillies To Die!" - Omfgrotf! "Damon however, cannot enter. 1) How can that be true? Does Team Blood and Beer mean NOTHING? 2) Alaric is officially the smartest person in Mystic Falls. "- LOL! So. true.

Nisha
Nisha

Forget to add that when Elijah woke up he believed to see Katherine, not the original Petrova which could be taken as a hint that she was much older.

maya
maya

I think Mason and John(because she betrayed him) could also join the Katherine hater club! I took some notes of the episode, here is my opinion on what I saw. "Althought the rhythm of this episode wasn’t as fast paced than last week’s, we still learnt more in this single episode than in a whole season of some TV shows… And the dialogs were awesome, we missed the genius of Kevin Williamson an Julie Plec together. I missed Bonnie and Jeremy this week. Now I know Bonnie has to keep a low profile, but totally MIA?? That’s a little too much. Is there even any accomodation in the house they live in? Also, no Matt and Caroline. I want to know how they’re all dealing with her being a vamp and awesome and the definition of fabulous while she’s blissfully unaware of her mom and boyfriend’s plan. They’d better not touch one hair or Vampire Barbie. She and Kat are the best and most consistent characters on this show! Speaking of Bonnie, I just notice that the opening credits listed Kat Graham and not Katerina Graham anymore. When did they cut her name? I guess I was usually to busy with understanding what was going on in the show to notice the names on the bottom. Back to the episode: the story exposition this week got my head completely messed up! I needed to watch the episode two times to understand, and a third one to take my 4 pages notes. I thought Know Thee Enemy was very confusing with all the double crossings (I had to watched it twice in a row to figure out most of it…Or at least to sort what I think I understood of it!) but the history and legend parts in this episode were a MESS! (especially for a non native speaker catching up the episode a 4am because she’s too obsessed with the show to wait to be fully awake in the morning…) After watching it once I couldn’t decide whether I liked it or not, which is pretty bad cause most of the time I just LOVE this show…But this episode, I don’t know, there were some good parts, and some very confusing parts and in between it wasn’t that great. However the dialogs were better than the last two episodes. But still… I hope the end of the season won’t disappoint, we’ve been waiting for it since September!!! SO... Elijah seeing Kat in 1491 instead of Elena when he wakes up reminded me of Stefan seeing, well Kat in 1864 in Season 1’s Blood Brothers. Random question, but does Klaus feed Katherine? She seemed in very good shape! And I love that even when kept someplace against her will, she still finds leggings and heels which fit. And a curling iron. Does Alaric have a triple life then? By day school teacher, by night vampire hunter and ... well you know, since he seems to have everything to be a sexy pretty girl in his bachelor pad. Elena has a new car? She still had Jenna’s when she got kidnapped by Isobel and Jenna had already left for the college campus if I recall... Elijah is the size of Dead Mayor lockwood so his suits fit the Original perfectly. How lucky is that? And btw, Elijah could totally date Mrs Lockwood! Jenna who is the “guardian” (I have hard times using this word to describe her) of Elena AND Jeremy is more worried to know why she can’t see Alaric right now than where are the kids under her supervision? Stefan tells her nothing about Jeremy and she doesn’t ask ANYMORE questions? I wish I had a guardian like Jenna when I was in High school. It’d have spared me some fake sleepovers and excuses! Of course 1490’s Kat is intrigued by Klaus. Mysterious bad guys... and a new game for her! How long has Elijah been dead? To us it was like a month and a half- two months, but since the show has the best timeline ever it has been what? Like a week ago? Bored Kat in Rick’s appartment is cooler than bored Kat in the tomb. Why doesn’t she throw something at the door or make some noise to show that there is someone inside instead of just waiting? So... 7 originals, huh? Or is it 9 ? Do the parents counts or where there only the fratry that got turned into Vampires? Still, 2 more or 2 less, there is still only 1 dagger and a handful of white oak ashes. Mystic Falls’d better be on the good side of all the other Originals. How were the first vampires created? I’m thinking of a witches spell going wrong. Or the family started eating people to keep from starving and slowly turned into something different, always craving more and more blood. We also learned the werewolves were there first, so the vamps might have been created by the witches to balance. But then how did men start to become wolves? Or wolves started to become men? Just a thought: if they had all worked in the same direction from the beggining without secrets with and from Elijah, they’d still have both warlocks to help Bonnie witht he spell... Whan was the point of Andie wandering around in Alaric’s apartment? Was she looking for something? Is she that much compelled that she didn’t realized Damon and Kat were flirting in front of her eyes? Why does Damon go help Katherine? Stefan doesn’t want him to help save Elena so he is going to save Katherine instead? Ok, I understand why he assumes that someone well informed had to tell Klausaric everything he needed to blend. The guy knew every details. But I thought he was way over Kat now, so why would he help her? The second she breaks free I’m pretty sure she’ll run to save her skin (once again...). But for know, having a spy inside Klaus close circle and a witc the big bad assumes is dead seems like an advantage. Points for Damon. And at least he got the truth from her out of it. She tried to cross them to save HERSELF! I don’t even know why he bothered to ask! Kat learnt from the best of the best! Klaus the vampire/werewolf: only me, myself and I! So until Klaus dies Katherine will have to tell him everything she knows everytime he asks even though she’s on vervain unless he uncompell? Sucks to be her! Why is Klausaric telling the sun and moon curse to Jenna? I’m kinda lost with all the legends that exist or not. Please, don’t let TVD become like Smallville after its 4th season. I felt like Jenna at some points! I love Jenna boilin inside. She just needed a little persuasion to understand that she was in danger. At least for once she was acting as a responsible guardian by not wanting her teenage niece’s boyfriend to face the danger alone. She’s just bad at watching those whom she’s in charge of. And who are way more vulnerable than the Vampire boyfriend... Oh come on, Klaus! You don’t threaten Elena’s life in front of a Salvatore! Haven’t you followed everything that happend in MF these past months? So basically Katerina is a middle ages version of Elena. Innocent, but still liked by both brothers. Or was she? Seems like Klaus just needed her while Elijah actually cared about her. Do the Petrova doppelganger have something more than makes them irresistible to men? ‘Klaus doesn’t live by any rule but his own”. Katherine totally remembered that and made it her motto in her undead life! But for now she was this big romantic girl... “life is too cruel, if we cease to believe in love, why would we want to live?” I hardly can imagine XXIst century Kat say something like that. She’s seen too much. Elena on the other hand... Hang on a second: Stefan scared the hell out of Jenna to get her out of the Gilbert house and she fled to the Salvatore Boarding House?? Out of all the places in Mystic Falls? Well the Grill has burnt but still! Why not going back on campus? The ‘Jenna situation’ blew up in Elena’s face, just like it did with Jeremy. Good thing she doesn’t have other family members left in the dark! Also, good thing that Jenna still remembers she’s supposed to protect Elena and Jeremy. It’s not like she had just abandonned them to live ‘on campus’... jenna: “i’m scared” well I guess that’s why they didn’t tell you! You were blissfully happy before you started to ask questions! The big thing is how, as a 17y.o, do you announce something like that to someone? Is there a good way to do it? I wish the conversation Elena had with Jenna about the surnatural sourrounding her didn’t happen off camera. Elena said she barely scratched the surface, I’m really curious to know how much she actually told her and how she explained her way out of this mess! I can’t decide whether it’s Matt, Sheriff Forbes or Jenna who took the big news about the Vampires the best.... Although we have yet to see Jenna’s reaction after the revealtion has sunk in. Stefan is crying (again) because Jenna discovered the truth? Or because he thinks this all those lies Elena had to tell were because of him? I’m thinking it’s because since Jenna was being dumb again and not listening to his friendly advices while threatening Klausaric with a huge knife, he had to scare the hell out of her to finally make her understand that the Gilbert house wasn’t the safest place at the moment... I also think he feels guilty about Elena lying over and over again, but the thing is, even though he hadn’t stayed in Mystic Falls and they hadn’t been together, well first Damon would have eventually give a try at seducing her, and second it wouldn’t have kept her from being the doppelganger. She was born this way, so Salvatores or not she was doomed from the beginning! With him, she gained two body guards. Not the best ones, seeing how many times she has already been kidnapped, butstill, two guys who would die for her. Stefan and Elena are martyrs. They always want to be the one to blame or the one that’ll get sacrificed to save the rest of the world... Made for each other! Kat was home alone, and she had a BLAST! Party for one to celebrate the fact that she was back on vervain? She takes captivity pretty well... As long as she doesn’t have to face an original. Everytime she FREEZES when she sees one! Klausaric coming home is a buzzkill! Klaus is being violent with Kat: it might turn her on, soon she’ll run after him, especially now that he can’t use her blood for the sacrifice! Still does he need a Vampire to break the curse (since it’s not the same one anymore)? Cause that could be a way to have his revenge on her...in addition to killing all her family! Where was Klaus’ real body before ending in Alaric’s living room? Why do they have all these suitcases? How did they transport all of this (Huge coffin included)? Wasn’t the witch guy gone for only half a day or so? I’m kinda disturbed with MF timeline, but Klaus is REALLY impatient! Also, I’m not liking the new witch very much. For someone captive, she seemed pretty happy to see Klausaric. Maybe she developped a Stockholm syndrom... Wait until she finds out the Salvatore killed her family! Elijah is surprised to see elena back. Curiosity and loyalty brought her back to the Lockwoods’. Did Elena really take the dagger out for nothing since it can’t be used against Klaus? Apart from some history exposition, that is. But what is Elijah going to do with it now? Klaus’ goal is to freed his werewolf part that the witches brided to create an army of Klaus. How’d he do that? Vampire can’t procreate if I remember correctly, carriers of the werewolf gene can but what about those who have triggered the curs? What happens if a Werewolf bite a human? Can he turn him just like that? What is the deal with the blood of first Petrova sealing Klaus’s curse? I’d say he was in love with her, he or she did something bad and to punished them the witches used her. And they created the doppelganger so that every so often the Originals’d remember why they got punished. Elena sells bonnie out to Elijah pretty fast! She doesn’t even know Elijah’s plan or his motives. Elijah wants to kill Klaus so that he doesn’t kill him for letting Kat go? That seems a little weak to me. And just so Klaus knows, Kat didn’t wait for someone to tell her to go, she took the decision to save her skin before she was sacrificed on her own! Damon’s provoking Stefan, Stefan’s provoking Damon. That was one hell of a punch! I wish Stefan would’ve defended himself better! The was is open between the brothers to have Elena. So far Stefan has a huge head off. Still, when he said he had something that Damon didn’t I thought a romantic guy like him’d say ‘her heart’. It’d have pissed off Damon too! Still, Elena fears Damon more than she respects him. She knows he gets out of control when he snaps so she tries to put up with everything he does to not send him off the edge. Two weeks ago we saw that Stefan on vervain was still weak enough for Kat to toss him in the bushes like he was a feather. I thought Stefan on animal diet was weaker but not to far from Damon, so I assumed that Stefan on blood would easily have the upper hand on his brother. Well it didn’t seem like it! I’d say maybe equal. Elena came in too soon to really tell though,she should have let them fight a little while longer. Anyway, is Stefan even still drinking a drop of Elena’s blood every day? And a question I have since he first started drinking from her istead of a Vamp caprisun: does the fact that it’s the doppelganger’s blood have any importance in the blood? Like giving him some kind of extra powers or something. Maybe that since he has her blood in his system he can be used instead of Elena for the sacrifice. Elijah: “An appology” “A what?” The boys are like two kids who fought over a toy, were discovered by their mom and have been grounded. Except that here, the toy and the mom are Elena. I think Elijah knows that Damon’s nature is similar to Klaus’ : stubborn and determinded. Damon doesn’t trust Elena enough, all he wants is to save her HIS way. Stefan hears her out but fixed the rules with Elijah. He’ll always protect Elena. Even if that means killing Elijah. Again. Why is Andie nacked? Can she only do things when compelled? Why does she stay around? Does she care about Damon because he told her to or is it genuine? And 5 steps back again, Damon is angry and bites! Don’t Elena and Stefan hear Andie scream? Super hearing works only when it’s needed doesn’t it? How convenient... But he is getting better at anger management! This time he kicks her out instead of killing he all the way. Will she come back? Wait. Is Andie gonna do the walk of shame up to her car or will she get dressed on her way out? What if she runs into Elena or Stefan? I wanted a last Stelena scene. Good thing we’re supposed to have plenty of them next week! Why did Klaus need blood transfusion to get into Alaric’s body, but just two witches and a spell to get back into his own? Alaric’s back! Or not... Kat is even more terrified to see Klaus in person when he walks out of the coffin. I’m sorry but Klaus looks like a psychopath at the end. Still Elijah lost at the genetic lottery, I guess Klaus is his father’s portrait!"

Nisha
Nisha

Loved this episode and the curse twist, totaly back in TVD mojo. One of the best episodes ever. Loved Elijah, but can we trust him? His plan seems too perfect and why didn't he include Elena in the first place? Considering all the parallels between Damon/Stefan ad Klaus/Elijah -Stefan could never kill Damon, so can Elijah really kill Klaus?? Are Damon and Stefan are also just half-brothers? Why could't Elijah be in the SBH, but Klaus and Katherine had no problems to be in Ric's apartement? Does the werewolf part mean he doesn't need an invitation? Elijah had a real emotional reaction when he saw Katherine for the first time and he told her “ You remind me of someone.” The curse has been place on Klaus to punish him, so the original Petrova had to be someone both had a connection to….might it be the unfaithful mother who could have known about the werewolf gene??? We have never seen a physical relationship between KatKlaus or KatElijah which surprised me. Or a lover, maybe his wife who had children and Elena is an descendant. Is there maybe a dormant werewolf gene in the Petrova line?

Candy
Candy

How old are the Originals? Hmm? I have a feeling that the Originals will be revealed to be older than we think. So, I'm going to say no older than 5,000 years.

Mary
Mary

Eliiiiijah. Alaaaaaric. Uh oh. I am taking a stab at Klaus being 1500 and full of crazy.Originals are so much fun. Damon paying a visit to Katherine was the only thing that bugged me. Why? Katherine only looks out for herself. I don't see Katherine returning the favor unless it benefits her as well. I loved the recap. Much love for the Clueless quote.

Candy
Candy

Oh, it just came to me! If the original Petrova woman does turn out to be a blood relative, wouldn't Eliza Dushku be the perfect choice as an Original? She is the perfect blend of Elena and Isobel.

Candy
Candy

AMAZING recap! And I'm not just saying that because of your generous props. :) *Happy Dance by the Attention Whore* The curse of the Sun and the Moon had conspiracy theory written all over it! It made no freakin' sense! Thank God the writers got rid of it and replaced it with Klaus' Fourth Reich. He really is started to remind me of Hitler these days. A blonder, more handsome version of Hitler. I really like your theory about the original Petrova woman possibly being Klaus' sister. But which sister? A sister of Elijah's or Klaus'? Sacrificing the non-wolf half-sister doesn't make much sense to me. But sacrificing the half-sister that is a wolf makes total sense. My personal theory for who the original Petrova woman is that she was their mother. My main reasoning for this is because the ingredients needed for the sacrifice ritual are all elements that make up Klaus' being. The vampire represents the monster that Klaus became, the werewolf represents the werewolf gene passed on from his father, and maybe the doppelganger represents the blood of the mother. If it were not for these three elements, Klaus would not exist. I asked people about the possibility of the original Petrova woman being a blood relative, and they're not too in to it. Not because of the logistics, but because it hints at possible incest. But that makes sense to me too! I have a feeling, as we learn about the Originals, we're going to discover some CREEPY family secrets. Who knows, maybe Elijah has a Cesare/Lucrezia relationship with one of his sisters! LOL! :)

Heather
Heather

Awesome recap!!! (first time reader here!) I also fell completely under Elijah's spell this episode.

Danie
Danie

amazing recap to a awesome episode :) so am i the only one who now wants elena with elijah he is so much better then stefan and damon and her treats her like an equal , which for the most part can no be said for either of her primary suitors. i hope that elijah is not going to double cross them b/c i love whats going on with him and elena and really hope her is no a double of his sister. a romance between elena and him would be fabulous. ps i have been listening to your podcast and they are great i love her sister. she is so funny

emily
emily

Phew! It took me 20 minutes to read your recap! New record? lol I love Elijah so much too! I hope he stays! He could totally be Alaric's roomate! I agree, the Andie storyline is getting way too disgusting. I am a big Damon fan, but it's just SO disturbing. I hope there's a payoff soon, like maybe she's a secret Klaus spy or something...(yeah, i'm reaching!) because otherwise this storyline is so useless, I don't see the point. Can't wait for next week, especially for the scene in the promo where Klaus calls Damon a "good little vampire". Ha!

Lucia
Lucia

Oh, that was just my attempt to be humorous and tongue-and-cheek. (I guess I failed.) I LOVE this arc for Stefan--it really shows character growth. I don't think that Stefan has always done that. In season one he repeatedly kept things from Elena "for her own good" (including the fact that she looked exactly like Katherine), and broke up with her and planned to leave town "for her own good." He was often pretty patronizing in his quest to protect her. Even this season, the last time he found out about the terms of Elena's deal with Elijah, he freaked out and accused her of being suicidal (at the lake house) and proceeded to pout for quite some time. But I LOVE that he has decided to put his trust in Elena now. It seems that the relationship between Elena and Stefan has really matured. As for Andie caring for Damon, yes, soooo gross. Back in "Crying Wolf," he compelled her "And you're falling hard." So wrong.

Lucia
Lucia

“Klaus has been trying to break it for the last thousand years and you are his only hope.” Oh, wow, duh! Thank you! I guess that I should really read my own recaps more carefully so that I don't look like a soapdish. So, Klaus and Elijah were alive at least as early as 1011 CE. So they could have been alive as early as ancient Rome, if we add another 600-1700 years to their ages. Or they could have just been planting ancient artifacts for people to find back in the Middle Ages. Hmmm.

Hunter
Hunter

Nah, I think the whole point is that both Katherine and then Elena look exactly like the Original Petrova woman (who is NOT necessarily an Original vampire), otherwise they wouldn't be doppelgangers. As to the theory that the Original Petrova woman was a sister of Elijah I don't think so. I think there is a theme of history repeating. Given Elijah[s reaction when h first saw her and then the romantic overtones after I think Katerina looked exactly like the Original Petrova and was NOT (is?) Elijah's sister. Just like Stefan and Damon were shocked to meet Elena and that sparked the romance because of their Romance of Katherine (aka Katerina); Elijah was shocked because he was romantically involved with the Original Petrova (named according to rumor "Charlotte" IIRC) and it also sparked a romance with Katerina, which was cut short. All that said I would LOVE to see Eliza Dushku on the show! Hopefully she hasn't been turned off the genre given that "Tru Calling" and "Dollhouse" both failed. Isn't she currently committed to a sitcom pilot of some kind?

Lucia
Lucia

Thank you! That is my dream. I need the Dushku on this show.

Lucia
Lucia

Klaus’ Fourth Reich OMG, you kill me! I will think that every time anyone talks about Klaus creating his own werepire master race. Yikes. Oh, and I don't think that anything has happened between Elijah and Kat or Klaus and Kat onscreen that couldn't happen between siblings (I mean just picture the scene between 2 sisters or 2 brothers instead), but maybe I'm fighting a losing battle with this argument. I just want to see Nina Dobrev play an Original vampire, honestly. I just love that idea that the doppelgangers are copies of an actual Original.

Lucia
Lucia

Yeah, I am hoping that Elijah won't double cross them either. If Katherine and Elena aren't doppelgangers of an Original, then I'm down with some Elijah-Elena lovin' ... though Elena's life is complicated as is. Perhaps it's better for her to have an actual ally and friend who doesn't want anything more. As long as we get lots of Elijah ... whatever. Hurrah! So glad that you're enjoying the podcast. I will tell Frani you think she's funny. Sadly, she's been super busy so hasn't had time to record. Hopefully we'll get to record one soon.

Lucia
Lucia

I asked my sister earlier this week if she's been reading my TVD recaps and she said, "Um ... well I looked at one ... and then I saw how long it was." Hee. I thank you for making it to the end.

KM
KM

Haha no, I failed in catching that. & Sorry! I should have added 'ever since 1X10'. I loved that moment when Elena was like 'BITCH PLEASE, IF YOU ARE LEAVING IT'S BECAUSE OF YOUR ISSUES, OWN UP.' I don't agree with your second example though because that's the thing. You can't always appreciate others' decisions or condone them. But, I think it is respectful to tell that person that you are against their decisions and to try to explain your side without using force or coerce and Stefan did that.

livvy
livvy

lol, no worries, we all have soap dish moments. I heard the line both times I watched the episode and didn't catch the meaning either, I only realized it when reading your recap. Yayy recap! Solving TVD mysteries since 2011.

Candy
Candy

Oh, and it also doesn't help that Klaus has blonde hair and blue eyes. And, Klaus is an extremely German name! Obvious much, Kevin and Julie? Tisk, tisk. P.S. Hee, secretly I love it! I'm a political science major. Yes, I know. I pathetic.

Candy
Candy

I would love to see that too! And it would make sense. Elijah said that the only thing that can kill Klaus is a witch. So, maybe the same goes for the first Petrova woman. Maybe the only thing that could've killed her was a witch, via the sacrifice ritual. And besides, I just love the idea of a female Original! I can't wait to meet the remaining Originals!

Hunter
Hunter

Personnal I like how long I like the detail Don't change! :-) Many reviewers are so busy being snarky they don't actually say much that actually happened int eh show and more importantly get the details they do mention wrong. I think because unlike you they don't watch the episode twice or scenes that may seem strange and a plothole on the first viewing. and blame the writers before thinking that they the reviewer made the mistake. :-) However I think you did miss something subtle regarding what Elena meant when she said to Elijah: “What if I told you that I knew a witch who could channel that much power?” She said "knew", past tense, not "What if I told you I know..." present tense so she wasn't throwing Bonnie under the bus but feeling Elijah out. :-)

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