Previously on The Vampire Diaries: Damon was The Good One, Stefan was The Bad One, Tyler attacked Caroline’s dad (oops), Klaus pouted over being outwitted by Stefan, Bonnie’s mom returned, and so did Elijah. Oh, and Elena was Elena.
This week in “Bringing Out the Dead”:
Klaus and Elijah threw a dinner party for Damon and Stefan during which threats were made over a fine meal and deals were shot down by beautifully dressed people. All in all a typical Mystic Falls gathering (or was it a double date?)...at least until...
...the rest of the Original gang showed up. Yep, Klaus’s whole family (minus dear Dad, of course, since Klaus killed him dead) is awake, including Mama, the Original Witch. Who’s apparently in town with the sole intention of forgiving Klaus for killing her, btw. (Yeah, right.)
Meanwhile, Bonnie and her mom spent the episode engaged in the ultimate team-building exercise: trying to open the coffin from which the Original Witch eventually emerged.
Caroline’s storyline was the most touching, as her dad was stabbed to death (in the hospital!!!!) hours after being saved from death by vampire blood in the previous episode, totally undoing Dr. Meredith Fell’s good deed. He woke up as a vampire in transition, of course, and immediately decided to die rather than drink human blood. Not even his beloved daughter, the best proof there is that vampires can retain their humanity, was able to change his mind, and after a teary convo (as in, they got teary and so did I), Mr. Forbes died for realz, Caroline by his side. D:
Elena and Matt both had individual Good Friend moments, but then blew them in their last scene when they clung together awaiting Alaric’s (poor, poooor Alaric, who just deserves to be happy, even though he’s totally into a murder suspect only a couple months after the death of his last serious girlfriend) return to the land of the living after explicitly stating that they knew Caroline’s dad had died, because ELENA (who just had her brother brainwashed into wanting to leave town) couldn’t bear to lose any more family. Great job, guys. (This is where Tyler should have shown up, but he was conspicuously absent from this ep.)
Some random observations:
Best line of the night goes, unsurprisingly, to Damon with: “Hey, Stef, remember when you killed Dad? Might want to dial down the judgment ’til dessert.”
Damon suggesting that he, Elena, and Stefan should be left alone was pretty epic. I have a theory that they’d be happiest as an Elena sandwich.
On the other hand...Damon and Stefan and Klaus discussing Elena like a piece of chattel made me feel like I had been transported to Victorian times or something. Not cool, dudes. Not. Cool.
The displays of brotherly love were definitely the best thing to come out of the dinner party. I do appreciate all that loyalty.
The Original Witch is just way too young, even for this show. Shouldn’t she at least look a dozen or so years older than her eldest child? Or should we assume this is a magic trick?
At one point, during one of Klaus’s emo moments, my roommate said: “What a petulant child.” I couldn’t agree more.
Shirtlessness watch: Stefan gave us an ab fix.
The relationship tracker:
Damon/Elena: Obviously continuing to grow closer (she called him rather than Stefan while waiting for Alaric to awaken), much to Stefan’s distress.
Stefan/Elena: Stefan confessed to Damon that he still loved Elena, aww. But methinks it’s too little, too late for the moment now that she has Damon.
Damon/Elena/Stefan: Going strong!
Tyler/Caroline: Probably not doing so hot (sob), considering Tyler’s (accidental) attack of Mr. Forbes is the reason he was in the hospital and full of vampire blood when he died. Also, he’s not returning Caroline’s calls. (Tyler, come baaaaack!)
Matt/Caroline: Matt was there for Caroline when she realized her dad wasn’t going to complete his transition, though then chose staying with Elena (despite the fact that she apparently spent most of their Alaric-less time together on the phone with the Salvatores) over being there for Caroline later in the ep.
Damon/Alaric: Not much (any?) interaction this week, sadly.
Alaric/Meredith: Gross. I can’t even talk about it.