Previously on The Vampire Diaries we saw Stefan try to go cold turkey on blood. He didn’t succeed. Alaric blacked out and went all Poltergiest killer. Maybe. Damon and Stefan went out for drinks and Rebekkah tagged along. Bonnie’s mom became a vampire.
This week’s episode had zero flashbacks and lots of shirtless Ian Somerhalder. So, you know, reason to watch it right there. It also had relationship progress for Stefan and Elena and Alaric looking creepy as hell.
Creepy Alaric. Some of this facial expressions when he’s possessed remind me of when we first met Klaus. Creepy and malicious. Love it.
As Creepy Alaric he’s out to cleanse the Founder’s Council. They’ve been sitting by while vampires live and he plans to take care of things by killing them off. This means he does his damnedest to murder his love interest Meredith while she tries to make him some coffee.
CAROLINE, WE MISSED YOU
Caroline! Arrives in normal hostess mode at the Bennett place, bringing plenty of bagged blood for Bonnie’s newly-turned mother. Abby isn’t handling the transition from witch to vampire well. We get to see once flighty Caroline be the voice of reason. I love her character progression.
DAMON AND…UH… REBEKKAH ’SHIP UPDATE
Damon tries to get into Rebekkah’s head after Sage’s advice. His method is suggesting a threesome with him and Sage. Really, I think most of us would rather a Salvatore sandwich. At least I would.
I may hate Rebekkah, but she brings the hottest scenes with Damon. After Sage/Damon Dance Party, Damon gives Rebekkah the predatory look and tempers it with an “I want you” kiss. Damn.
SHIRTLESS DAMON FTW!
Not just shirtless, but in a bed, then in a shower (with Sage) and then walking around in a towel. Oh, thank you, Julie Plec.
STEFAN AND ELENA ’SHIP UPDATE
Stefan and Elena continue their awkward standoff. She tries to be helpful; he remains cold. And everyone is frustrated. But it’s interesting frustration.
Stefan stops by Alaric’s place to meet up with Elena and tell her he can’t be who she wants him to be right now. It may make for good drama, but it’s one of the reasons I’m Team Damon. Stefan is just so damn emo.
That said, watching him struggle to give blood and not take it when they find a wounded Meredith was damn good. His struggle to be the good one isn’t going to be clichéd, and I want to watch more.
The spitfire vampire we saw in Damon’s flashbacks last week returns to Mystic Falls present day. She distracts me from my constant Damon/Elena quest, because I really love her with Damon. What makes it more interesting is she is in love (and was turned by) one of the originals, Finn. Rebekkah has always hated her and seeing the original sister go after someone new is entertaining.
Sage has been waiting for him to be freed from Klaus. More love divided by the originals. *gasp*
Damon agrees to let Sage ride off into the sunset with Finn, if she helps him murder Rebekkah. They make the deal to find the second Ash tree together to kill the other originals. Sage makes it there first and burns it down. She knows that if you kill one original, you kill them all. She will not risk her Finn. In fairness, the girl has been waiting 900 years for him.
AND FOR THE DISAPPOINTMENT FACTORS
1. Elena blamed Damon for Stefan drinking blood. While, yes, he did actually force it (which he admitted). Really, Elena? It’s not like she didn’t know they were vampires. She was fine with Stefan drinking her blood before. This seems like just a reason to be mad at Damon because she can’t handle her feelings for him. (Or I’m projecting.)
2. Alaric is being incredibly trusting of Meredith. She already thinks he’s killing people (and he probably is), but he goes ahead and fills her in on how he killed her cousin Logan after he turned vamp. And that Damon killed him once. Really? Ric’s puppy love trust thing makes me queasy.
3. No Tyler. Again. Boo.
4. The whole Abby storyline. I still just don’t care.
Elena to Damon: “How could you go out feeding with Stefan like some vampire pub crawl?”
Damon: “Ric, the world can’t stop because you’re an accidental psycho killer.”
Sage: “Please tell me you’re not friends with Rebekkah.”
Damon: “Only if you count hate sex.”
Damon to Rebekkah (on why she likes him): “You like mean.”
Alaric: “Everyone needs to find a way to deal with their dark side. Some people meditate. I became a vampire hunter.”
While Chelsea Mueller runs Vampire Book Club, she won’t turn down a sexy werewolf, demon or faerie. (Her husband often reminds her that she’s taken.)