I actually liked parts of this episode. Sure, there was some rehashing of the same thing as per usual with this show. But at least we got some new developments, some blood, death (just Alaric), Jeremy and Tyler, and shirtless Damon (hurray!).
If you’ll recall, Alaric’s evil side hid the remaining original-vampire-killing stake. This week, Klaus kills him and then Stefan beats the tar out of him (in that order) until the evil side shows up and confesses that the stake is in the cave where no vampire may enter. Don’t get too excited because if this show has taught us anything it’s that nothing good ever happens when our heroes get their way and their solutions never last.
Matt gets some screen time as he distracts Rebekah for Caroline and then takes blondie the former a ride home. After smiling happily at little Matty, Rebekah enters her home to find her murderous mother, Ester, waiting for her. She doesn’t ask for forgiveness, because she still believes her litter should die. Instead, she tells her only daughter that she is dying and then does just that, but not before holding Rebekah’s hands and having what looks like a seizure.
Damon and Elena go and find Jeremy in hopes he can talk to the dead vampire Rose to find out which original sired her. This way, they can hopefully, kill Klaus without killing themselves too. Guess they don’t care about any of the world’s other vampires and they fact that they’ll all get whipped out too. That’s pretty damn selfish of them.
Turns out that Rose wasn’t sired by an original, but she does lead them to who did. Only it’s too late, because Kol (one of the originals) staked her before Damon and Elena could question her.
Speaking of Damon and Elena, these two drive me nuts. She’s not sure if she has feelings for him yet makes out with him like they have mere moments to repopulate the planet. Maybe it’s the fact that he’d been walking around their motel room shirtless because I’ll give her that. Yet, she’s not sure how she feels about him? Really Elena. I’d say that you feel something for him or you wouldn’t be trying to climb into his mouth.
Damon confronts her and basically tells her that he’s not going to make things easy for her. Which means that he’s not going to get pissy and kill someone because he doesn’t get his way. Once again he’s going to try to be good because he’s in love. Or something.
Just like Stefan. Because he loves Elena, he’s fighting his addiction to human blood and trying to be the vampire that he knows he can be. There is a parallel between him and Alaric that isn’t subtle, but makes perfect sense and teaches Stefan a lesson about himself.
At first I was annoyed at Stefan…again. Because don’t we have to deal with Stefan’s angst about who he is once a week? Yes. Yes we do. But this week he seems to have decided that he can be a good little boy but still have a pair. He tells Klaus off, which was actually awesome. More people should tell Klaus off since he always threatens to kill everyone, but never really does.
Oh, Tyler’s back! Yay! He and Caroline do the nasty in the dirty old Lockwood dungeon. Ew. Caroline tells him about how everyone is still on the stake Klaus train despite the fact that Klaus sired Tyler. Poor Tyler, you have to realize that there always has to be a catch to all plans made in Mystic Falls. This season, you are the catch. But they are all (aside from Caroline) willing to pay the price of Klaus’s death with your life. Your friends suck and not just because they are mostly vampires.
The cliffhanger for the week occurs in the vampire-proof cave. Evil!Alaric is inside with the white oak stake and Rebekah is chatting him up. Only, it turns out that she can enter the cave. Why? Because Ester is possessing her dear daughter and wants Evil!Alaric’s help so that together they can find a way to kill all her children and in turn all the vampires.