My friend’s boyfriend recently posited that the entire Twilight saga was all about Alice, and Rob and Kristen just got in the way. Well, Caroline is my Alice. Delena fans waited over their turkey holiday, jonesing for some hot hot action. But I waited for Goddess Caroline to completely return to her element.
Oh yes, It’s Miss Mystic Falls pageant time again. Caroline is organizing everything meticulously and fully barfing over the idea of Damon and Elena together. Meanwhile, Stefan is angrily exercising his heartbreak away (yes, please!).
At Salvatore Mansion, Stefan tells Damon that he and Elena broke up. Damon tries to console his brother, but everyone knows what he’s really thinking.
No matter, Stefan’s mission this episode is to find vampires for Jeremy to kill. He goes to the hospital and looks at a few patients’ charts before settling on a convicted/guilty murderer. This made me think that vampires would be the best lawyers. Just saying. Stefan feeds the murderer his blood then snaps his neck. Can we all agree that Stefan gets 110% more interesting when he’s not with Elena?
Gabby Douglas shows up for her brief cameo, bringing flowers incorrectly to a unforgiving Caroline. Overall, great work Gabby! Klaus tells Caroline he wants her to be his date to Miss Mystic falls. Since she’s keeping up appearances (re: the fake breakup) she agrees.
Cut to “Things I Can’t Believe The Vampire Diaries Is Allowed To Show On TV: Every Bone In This Poor Hybrid’s Body Breaking.” Hayley is helping a hybrid break her sire bond, but still being really “mean girly.” I know I could think of a better word than that, but all I see when I look at Hayley is that girl in high school who was mean to you for straight-up zero reason. Don’t mess with Caroline, Hayley!
Although becoming a hunter has given Jeremy super strength (with OF COURSE he uses to pick up kegs! Remember long ago when his character had black fingernails? Is that gone forever?), it is also giving him dreams of killing his vampire sister. Hunters can’t always control their actions, and with each kill their lust for vampire murder grows stronger.
At the pageant, Caroline and Elena try to help April pick out a dress. At first they tell April to wear the blue dress. Then Damon comes in and says she should wear the red, right Elena? Then Elena totally changes her mind. Now, I thought at first that this was just another annoying scene to try to move us all to team Delena… but now I completely am in love with what it was setting up (you guys I’m teasing it, I’m teasing the ending). Elena runs after Damon and tells him he’s the reason she broke up with Stefan. They almost kiss! But of course Professor Ruin The Moment comes in.
We learn two things about Professor Shane this episode. The first is that he is helping Bonnie get her witch power back, because you need a Bennett witch to break the seal where the curse is hidden. The second is that he’s working with Hayley and needs the hybrids unsired for some reason. Thank goodness that Hayley is no good! I am so so happy!
At the Miss Mystic Falls pageant, Caroline wears a super short dress and Elena wears a beautiful dress (this episode was a lot about dresses to me). Jeremy is nowhere to be found so Matt steps in to be April’s escort (SWOOOONNN!!).
Elena wants to go looking for Jeremy, but Damon tells her not to worry. This prompts Caroline to remind Elena that Damon is never right. Elena responds, “Wow, Caroline.Thank you for making this very difficult time so much easier.” Elena, every moment of your life is a difficult time! Some people just want to perfectly plan events and not ruin the lives of everyone they love!
Caroline asks when she became the bad guy and Klaus offers to explain what being the bad guy is like. They have a romantic moment drinking champagne, away from the rest of the pageant. He makes fun of her Miss Mystic Falls Application from the year before. She asks him if he ever wanted to be human. The orchestra plays “Falling Slowly.” Later, he tells an endearing story about a hummingbird’s heart beating so fast and the treasure that being that alive must be. These precious moments are only broken up by Tyler’s menacing looks.
Jeremy is actually in Lockwood Cellar, responding to Stefan’s text. Stefan cuts Jeremy’s hand and feeds it to the murderer/vampire to make his vampire transformation complete After Jeremy kills the vampire, his mark grows. However, he says he can’t trust Stefan, so he stabs Stefan and runs away.
April wins Miss Mystic Falls. It’s an adorable moment no one gets to appreciate because Elena’s in trouble again. Jeremy has come to kill her (or at least stare at her intensely). Elena follows him into Lockwood Mansion and sees him sitting with a stake. He tells her he can’t help but want to kill vampires. Elena says she’d never hurt Jeremy. However, when she sees his cut hand (which he did himself) her eyes get all veiny. She pushes him away and then cries over him when she thinks she hurt him. He sneak attack stabs her in the neck. Stefan comes just in time to save Elena.
Outside, Stefan says that Jeremy’s condition is partially his fault. He just has to find the cure! Elena tells him for the seven hundredth time that she’s different now and Stefan needs to let the old her go. Of course, Damon is there, squinting and stuff.
Elena realizes she has to move out and decides to go live at Salvatore Mansion. Does this seem a little cruel? Break a guy’s heart then make him leave his own house so you can hook up with his brother? Look guys, I like Nina Dobrev. I’m just not feeling Elena this season.
So now we come to the ending! I am obsessed with the writers’ decision here! At first, I wasn’t sure if I wanted Elena and Damon to hook up right away. On the one hand, Delena fans have been waiting a while for this and they deserve some love. On the other hand, it is sort of a sudden thing to happen if the break-up was as difficult as Elena says it was. But the writers’ handled this love scene so perfectly/maybe a little meanly.
First, Damon tells Elena he’s never seen her more Elena (to which I wrote “Barf!” in my notes). Then they start dancing. I thought this might be enough for this episode; just a dance and a kiss. But no, the show juxtaposed a hot love scene between Damon and Elena with shots of Caroline putting the pieces together. Talking to a drinking Stefan, Caroline starts to wonder why Elena has picked Damon. The wheels start to turn. Elena always goes to Damon for help now that she’s turned … Damon told Elena she has to drink from the vein and now she does … Damon picked that dress out!
Meanwhile, Damon is passionately throwing Elena against the wall.
Oh yes, Elena is sired to Damon! YOU GUYS! This is brilliant. The writers are giving the people what they want, but not letting them fully enjoy it. You can’t have your cake and eat it too!
Judging by some angry tweets, fans do not agree with me in loving this twist. To be fair, I think that Elena does really love Damon. I even think that without the bond, vampire her might have still picked him. However, it is fully on now! What do you all think? Also, go watch the wedding episode of 30 Rock.
Catch up on past Vampire Diaries recaps:
Episode 6: We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes
Episode 5: The Killer
Episode 4: The Five
Episode 3: The Rager
Episode 2: Memorial