Previously on The Vampire Diaries...
- Elena dealt with a horrible murder hangover.
- Stefan discovered he isn't Batman.
- Caroline made a deal with the devil.
- Matt began his new career as the local Mystic Falls P.I.
- Prof. Shane showed he can always be even more creepy.
- Jeremy added to his tattoo.
- Hybrids are friends, too.
- Stefan and Elena broke up for the millionth time.
What we learned:
- Katherine is awesome no matter what form she takes.
- Vampires hate to swim.
It's that time of year again. Time for the Miss Mystic Falls dance, and though we don't flash back to season 1's, the echoes reverberate through the entire episode. Now that Stefan and Elena are done (for now) the two try to move forward with their lives. Stefan works on a plan to "cure" Elena of her vampirism so he can get his girlfriend back, while Elena grapples with her increased feelings towards Damon. The man in the middle of all this, Damon, has no clue what has transpired until his baby bro blames him for the entire thing.
The entire episode we watch as Stefan carries out his plan to complete Jeremy's hunter's map. He begins by killing a prisoner at the hospital, turning him into a vampire, and forcing Jeremy to kill him. What Stefan didn't count on was the more the newbie hunter kills, the more of his humanity he loses. This is something Stefan learns after Jeremy almost murders his sister. The very person Stefan hopes to "save."
While Stefan is pulling International Man of Mystery and Intrigue duty, Damon and Elena metaphorically dance around each other at the Miss Mystic Falls Pageant. Elena gathers her courage to confess to Damon that her feelings for him are the reason she broke up with his brother, and surprisingly Damon shows restraint from grabbing her then and there. From her walking down the Lockwood staircase towards him, to them eye-sexing it up at the dance, it's hard not to think back to the initial sparks the two ignited at the first dance.
Damon and Elena aren't the only new couples at the dance. Caroline gave into Klaus by allowing him to be her escort per their previous agreement when he allowed Jeremy to murder one of his hybrids to save Elena. The date began awkwardly, but once Caroline saw how seriously Klaus is taking this date by showing up drop-dead gorgeous, she softens up to him, and the two actually begin to have a good time. Their scenes were so cute, and endearing that I almost forgot all the horrible things Klaus has done. One person who didn't forget was Tyler, who had to look at them from afar.
Tyler was there with his wolf pal Hayley, who is thrilled to be Tyler's date. Unlike Caroline and Klaus, though, the two rarely spent time together at the event. For the majority of the time, Hayley chatted up Prof. Shane, because that's not suspect at all. The entire time I couldn't help think about how Mason and Katherine showed up in MF at the same time, and were undercover lovers. Been there. Done that. Wish I was shocked that Hayley is using Tyler to break the sire bonds of Klaus' hybrids just to hand them over to Silas Prof. Shane, but I'm not. His ingredient list is also reminiscent of Katherine's from season 2.
The biggest thing to come out of tonight's episode was Elena being sire bound to Damon. Now that the two have finally hooked up this is a new complication to any possible relationship between them. If Damon learns of this aspect of their relationship, will he tell Elena? And if he does, will she still want to be with him? I hope he is honest with her. Still... if she decides to keep seeing him, she'll have to trust that he won't use their bond to take advantage of her. Where Stefan was safe, Damon could prove to be more dangerous than Elena has ever thought possible.
Things I loved:
- Crazy Stefan! (More please!)
- Psycho Hunter Jeremy (That's what we call bad-ass, Jer.)
- Hot Delena sex (More of that also!)
- Musical roommates. I've been saying for years Matt needed to move in with one of his friends. Can't believe all it took was Elena dying, and Jeremy becoming a hunter.
- Klaroline, Klaroline, & Klaroine.
Next week the Salvatores road trip to New Orleans, and we'll flashback to WWII. Elena, Bonnie, and Caroline have a slumber party. Shocking news and confessions to be had by all. At least "We'll Always Have Bourbon Street."