I’m very happy to say that this episode was not as dark as last weeks’, though that’s not to say that terrible things didn’t happen this time. They did. Unfortunately, there is a week break after this episode and as usual, they left it on a horrific cliff-hanger so I have no doubt that everyone will be returning to see how one of our favourite characters gets out of this sticky situation.
My prediction from last week was correct. Bonnie is still dead which means that she is also no longer a witch, something that she does miss. An old woman keeps popping up around Bonnie and eventually manages to catch up to her and pass through to the other side, causing Bonnie immense pain.
Elena and Caroline are throwing Bonnie a welcome back party. While on the phone to Damon, Elena invites Aaron to the party. Damon sees the green eyed monster and suddenly decides to attend the party. Stefan refuses to go as he is still suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from drowning repeatedly over summer.
Caroline receives a call from a panicked Jesse. She walks in on Jesse feeding on his roommate: Aaron. She manages to save Aaron and begins teaching Jesse how to be a vampire, starting with healing and wiping the mind of Dr Maxfield.
Nadia is introduced to Stefan by Katherine as her daughter, a fact she has kept a secret up until now. I wonder if there’s any significance to Stefan being the one she tells? They seem to have bonded in this episode over both have traumatic times in their lives and Katherine even tries to help Stefan through this. Nadia calls out the passenger in Matt and Katherine uses Gregor’s knife to expel Gregor from Matt. The reason the knife is important is that it’s the only way to kill a passenger. Nadia hates Katherine for killing her love.
Damon is enjoying himself, torturing Dr Maxfield to get answers about Jesse. Maxfield reveals that he was trying to create a new type of vampire: one that survived on vampire blood and so would no longer be a threat to human kind. Caroline and Jesse kiss passionately at the party until he bites her lip and gets upset.
Katherine is good on her word to help Stefan when he has another episode. He grips her throat and tries to kill her but she keeps talking to him, making him focus on the names of those he killed in an effort to keep him in control and on land, not under the water in his mind. Afterwards, Katherine writes a suicide note to Nadia which Stefan reads as Katherine jumps off the clock tower. After everything she’s been through, she commits suicide! Except everyone’s knight in shining armour, Stefan, catches her at the bottom and reminds her of who she is and her famous Katherine Pierce attitude re-emerges.
Cocky Damon tries to overpower frenzied Jesse as he tries to bite him. Maxfield casually tells him that being older doesn’t make him stronger in this case and Jesse pins Damon against a wall and feeds on him. Damon is close to death so Elena stakes Jesse while a devastated Caroline watches. She yells at Elena for being like Damon as the old Elena would have done everything possible to save Jesse and find a way for him to function normally without killing them all.
Elena didn’t want Maxfield dead so Damon waits for the vervain to leave his system so he can compel him. To pass the time, he roots through his belongings and finds blood samples in bags with numbers on. Maxfield won’t answer when Damon asks what the numbers mean but wants to know why he’s interested. Damon used to be one of these numbers; he used to be an Augustine Vampire. It sounds like this is a society, so to speak, of people who use vampires as lab rats to practice experiments on. Throughout the episode, Caroline has been trying to convince Elena that Damon is still dangerous and will kill Maxfield, but Elena trusts him for the most part. When Damon hears the Augustine experiments still occur (he thought it had closed down sixty years previously), he tries to kill Maxfield. The Doctor is not an idiot; he sprays Damon a vervain mist and returns him to Augustine.
Why did they kill Jesse off so soon? He was a great character, and I realise that they’ve introduced an intriguing storyline through him, I want him back! Like Caroline said this week, ‘He was one of the good ones’. I guess they do say that nice guys finish last. Caroline was finally moving on from Tyler and with a decent guy for them to kill him after one shared kiss. I don’t know why anyone from Mystic Falls bothers to care about anyone as they always die.
I agree with Caroline; Elena has changed since being Damon. I’ve noticed it since the end of season four when her emotions returned. She lets go more and tries to have fun, despite the consequences; she’s somewhere between the old Elena and Katherine. I wasn’t keen on this because, although original Elena was rather boring, this one seems like she’s trying too hard. A lot of this, to me, is through Damon’s influence. Damon wants her to have fun and she wants to make him happy so she tries to be more like him in some ways, even though it goes against everything that she is. This is partly why I like her with Stefan more. She’s free to be who she wants and feel how she wants. Saying that, Damon and Elena have been a cute couple this season, if you ignore how this effected everyone else around them.
Speaking of Stefan, he’s changed too. Like Elena, he seems to be somewhere between original, broody Stefan and memory-less Stefan. He’s got more attitude and fire than he did before this happened but he’s still broody. It looks good and it’s nice to see Stefan with more fight in him! It used to be infuriating how he would let people walk all over him and put their happiness first but he’s finally fighting for himself. Look after yourself first, Stefan, as you know the others are doing the same, even the formerly selfless Elena.
I hate how there are so many breaks in TV but that’s life. We won’t be getting our fill of The Vampire Diaries next week so watch the season up to here again in anticipation of its return on December fifth. The countdown to episode one hundred is getting closer! That episode will be shown after the winter break in January and it sounds like a lot of familiar dead faces will be showing up.