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Previously on The Vampire Diaries...
- Elena is sired to Damon, but can now drink Capri Suns O'Blood.
- Salvatore Road Trip.
- Hayley betrayed Tyler for her Zombie parents.
- Tyler is Alpha dog now. Can't wait to see what Klaus thinks of this.
- Elena shocked Caroline and Bonnie with her true (sex) confession.
- Flashback Lexi and wigs.
While Tyler and his hybrid posse plotted Klaus' demise, Caroline and Stefan tried to thwart the gang's plan in all things 'Save Elena.' Meanwhile, Bonnie, Shane, Damon, and Elena were up at the Gilbert cabin to attempt to "cure" Jeremy of his homicidal tendencies towards Elena. Basically, everything was about saving Elena is some capacity. For everyone except Tyler's crew. They didn't really give a shit.
"I thought Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves..."
Stefan deluded himself into believing Damon had followed through with his plan to release Elena from her sire bond, and bought the lies both of them were selling him. To their credit (Damon's at least) they weren't trying to hurt him. Elena was still trying to prove her love to Damon, and I guess didn't want an angry Stefan getting in the way. Damon, on the other hand, felt guilty. Guilty he didn't follow through. Guilty he didn't kick Elena out the house (and his bed). Guilty he lied to his brother about Elena's whereabouts so Stefan wouldn't know the two were spending the weekend together at the cabin. Stefan was happy to live in this delusion until Caroline pulled him into action.
"Here to steal Tiny Tim's crutches?"
Tyler wanted to use Caroline's feminine wiles to distract Klaus while they put their plan into action. So of course this meant Tyler had to tell her EVERYTHING. Which she immediately turned around to tell Stefan. Now that Caroline knows about Elena and Damon's carnal relations, she's afraid her ex will use the sire bond to (continue) to take advantage of poor, defenseless Elena. Damon hasn't done this, but that's how Caroline sees it, so they must get the cure no matter what.
Things go as you would expect. Stefan and Tyler butt heads. Caroline looks like a traitor. Then guess what? Damon has a solution to all their problems. Shane confesses to Damon he actually knows where the curse is, so they don't need the sword to read the map. This puts the Klaus plot back in motion. Until Hayley tells him. She needs Klaus alive for their plan, and can't allow him to be taken out. Something she confesses to Tyler just as Klaus is killing all his hybrid defectors. Hayley may have spared Tyler as the 12th sacrificial hybrid, but Klaus hasn't. In the end, Klaus decides the best revenge is to take the one thing Tyler has left. His mom. RIP Carol Lockwood.
This episode was confusing as hell. So confusing, I'm still digesting it. What I do know is Klaus should be allowed to travel between networks slaying folks to Christmas music. He's been a pony drawing , toothless vamp for so long, I forgot he also had claws. You, sir, may hold Katherine's BAMF trophy until she gets back. The other things I loved about this episode was Bonnie and Jeremy reconnecting, Damon choosing Stefan over Elena (for the time being), and snarky Stefan.
Bonnie and Jeremy had such a brief, and heartbreaking end that it was nice to see there was still love and respect there. Enough to get Jeremy to hand over his stake to Damon, and not in his sister's heart. I hope we see more of this. Too bad we didn't see what they were getting on off camera.
"You can't keep telling me this isn't real."
In episode 4x08, Elena asked Damon to hold off on releasing her because what she feels for him isn't wrong. He listened, because he woke up (fully clothed) next to her in his bed. At one point it looked like he might cave in and sex her up, but then Cockblock Bonnie called. The whole time at the cabin when Elena would try to spend time with him, Damon kept pulling away. For one, he didn't like lying to his brother, and he also didn't like Elena's comment that she wasn't sure if the sire bond made her happy to spending time at the cabin with him. I truly think she was asking because she didn't know, but that just creeped out an already creeped out Damon. The whole episode all he could think about was his brother, and it was for Stefan (and Elena, of course) that he finally released her. Too bad Caroline spilled the beans that Damon and Elena have been together-together.
Even though I'm a Damon fan, I'm also a Stefan fan. Especially when he's Snarky Stefan. This guy is a lot of fun, and surprisingly gets things done. When it's not about Elena, anyway. Something about even saying her name weakens him. What I loved most about Stef this week was him asking "What makes any of us any better than Klaus?" All season long the gang have been treating death and murder like first choice options, and anyone who's not part of the circle is expendable. It was nice to see them question this logic.
The Vampire Diaries won't be back until Thursday, January 17, 2013, so this gives us all plenty of times to take another look at all the Shane scenes. Was it just me, or did his Silas story change? Hmm... Glad Damon called him out on his B.S. Right now, he seems to be the only one paying attention. I just hope he and Stefan can get their Salvatore Smackdown over Elena's gold-plated vagina out the way so they can activate their Wonder Twin powers to take down the bad guy. Until next time...