Previously on The Vampire Diaries...
- Elena finally grew some fangs.
- Damon's balls returned.
- Stefan thought he was qualified to give drinking advice to newbie vamps o_O
- Kyler was Batman, and saved the town... or at least Caroline.
- Blondie Bex had to fend for herself.
- Stefan and Elena made cute.
- Bonnie crossed over into the dark side.
- Bonnie &/or Kyler killed Grams ;(
- Crazy Pastor rounded up Liz & Carol, then blew up the Founder's Council.
"I was a cheerleader. I suck at track."
There's a new hunter in town, and he's kind of a cutie. He's also kind of a bad-ass. The Scoobies need to watch out! While Tyler and Caroline are having "grief sex" upstairs, Mayor(?) Lockwood is entertaining the new hunter, Connor. Sadly, when Tyler introduces himself, Connor shakes hands with gloves laced with vervain. Oops! Once Tyler gets outed, Connor shoots Ty, but the hybrid escapes. By the time Caroline gets downstairs, both Tyler and Connor are gone.
"I've known some of the Council since they were kids."
"Well, the Council just tried to kill your daughter."
Sheriff(?) Forbes begins the "Damon blew up the council" train by accusing her vamp friend of doing just that. Damon makes it clear that a gas leak wouldn't have been his style. Later, Elena also accuses him of the same thing. Instead of being pissy about it, Damon decided to help Elena once she confided to him what happen in the woods by feeding her his blood.
"But if I don't say anything... Then... what if nobody does?"
"So what brings you to Mystic Falls? Bible salesman?"
Since every supe could smell April's blood, the gang knows the girl's life is in danger. Since Connor is in the wind, Elena take the opportunity to save her friend. Except the bloodlust is too strong. Luckily, Caroline catches Elena before she can attack the wounded girl. After calming Elena down, Caroline teachers the baby vamp how to use compulsion on April. That works too! The Scoobies are now 2-2. Things are really looking up for them. If you forget about the gazillion friends and loved ones who've died...
"You're in hell which means I'm in hell."
Anywho... after teaching his lady love the benefits of booze, Stefan begins to get all mopey about her vamp infidelity. Whatev! Like she was supposed to know that feeding on another vamp in the ladies restroom while you rub on each other was a form of vamp sex. Stefan really needs to make a 'Do's and Don't" list. Just saying.
"Japanese lanterns are for letting go of the past. Well, newsflash: we aren't Japanese."
After Elena breaks down, and
manipulates tells Stefan, "I feel like I've been crying ever since my parents died. Life: is like a never ending funeral," he calls a Scooby meeting. The crew assembles, and Stefan declares they all need to grieve for their loved ones. Since a gang of folks have dies in the past year, they've never had the opportunity to adequately do that. He's right. These folks can't even have a memorial service without some yahoo shooting it up. The each take turns lighting a lantern in the name of someone they've lost. Stefan started by listing everyone close to him that Damon has killed, and Jeremy reminds everyone that he's lost the most. Of course Elena had to add the whole town to her list. Show off! While they all shared, Damon just rolled his eyes, hopped in his car and drove off. Right to Alaric's grave.
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This episode really knocked it out of the park. You could see the new paths each character is now on, and the new danger they will face this season. Though Connor is a hunter, he's not a good guy. In fact, based on Pastor Young's letter to April, and next week's promo, I believe he may be the 'New Evil,' the pastor was warning his daughter about. Last week, many fans were wondering what happened to Jaime. I loved how the show brought him up by letting us know that he and Bonnie are still an item, though she hasn't been seeing him since Grams died again. The other thing that struck me as foreshadowing was Damon's comment to Elena that she may be rejecting the transition since she is a doppelganger. I guess that this season will probably end up being about saving Elena again, even though she's now a vampire who should be able to take care of herself. I hope not.
Next week on The Vampire Diaries, Connor will try to train Jeremy. Damon will try to kill Connor. Matt will get choked out. Oy! Tune in next Thursday for episode 4x03, "The Rager."