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Posted by | October 24, 2010, 13:54 (EST) | 95 Comments
Category: In Review, The Vampire Diaries TV

If Plan B is the kind of intense, shocking, emotional episode we get on a regular week in the season, consider me gleefully terrified for what the writers will deliver for the finale. After weeks of wondering what the moonstone does, it looks like we have the answer — but its mystery took a backseat to the consequences of retrieving it from Mason’s ingenious hiding place. While still pushing the mythology forward, The Vampire Diaries never puts its plot points ahead of its emotional impact, and this show terrorizes me and breaks my heart and I love that torture. It’s way more enjoyable than a hot poker in the chest.

Look Before You Leap: Both Stefan’s and Damon’s impetuous decisions have dire consequences in Plan B. Stefan ends up sizzling halfway to oblivion in a well full of vervain, while Damon’s decision to kill Mason and then taunt Katherine lands Jenna in the hospital and Matt in the brain-washing chair.

It’s been a while since Damon’s allowed himself to kill anyone and he seemed to relish ripping out Mason’s heart. Not unlike his comments before (temporarily) killing Alaric in A Few Good Men, Damon sees himself in Mason — a guy who’s fallen for Katherine, is willing to do anything for her, and believes that she wants to live happily ever after at his side. Damon kills Mason not just to get rid of a sworn enemy but also to hurt Katherine by getting rid of her boy toy and minion (is he motivated by jealousy or vengeance or both?), and to destroy that part of himself that was made a fool by falling for Katherine’s charms back in 1864. And just like Damon 150 years ago, Mason is neither a good guy or a bad guy — he did some shady things (other than setting up the Salvatore brothers to be killed, threatening to snap Elena’s neck comes to mind) but he truly loved Katherine and in his last words he begs Jeremy to protect Tyler from sharing his curse and fate. I, for one, will miss the always-smiling (except when being tortured) surfer-turned-werewolf. RIP Mason Lockwood.

As a Gilbert who can’t help but involve himself, Jeremy’s resolve to be a member of Team Badass is only strengthened by the end of the episode. Like his big sister who can’t stand being out of the loop (have we ever seen Elena as impatient and frustrated as she is in Plan B?), Jeremy doesn’t listen when he’s told to stay out of it. He may be comfortable in research mode and doing recon — was anyone else reminded of Anna trying to get the Gilbert journal in Jer’s attempt to get Tyler to show him the moonstone? — but he’s clearly troubled by the gruesome torture scene he stumbles upon and unwittingly participates in by bringing the wolfsbane. Will Jeremy adopt Damon’s kill or be killed philosophy? With his decision to walk away and leave Damon to kill Mason, he’s now in an unenviable position: he’s a friend to Tyler and (presumably) wants to protect him from turning into a werewolf, but he also knows that Mason hasn’t returned to Florida, he’s been murdered. While Jeremy’s not responsible for that, he certainly is complicit.

On a less morally sticky note, I love seeing Jeremy’s regained closeness with Elena. —Though he defies her order to stay away from Damon, it’s a disagreement rather than a divide between them, like we saw last season. He’s there for her at the hospital, providing comfort to her — and a chilling vow to make Katherine pay.

The Morality Police: Did Bonnie actually manage to “get over herself,” as Damon puts it? At first, she’s standoffish with the Salvatore brothers but consider her actions in the episode: she helps them kidnap Mason, she discovers the moonstone’s in the well, she spends time with Caroline for the first time since she turned (and isn’t mean to her!), and, after helping with the drop cloth, she walks away without asking what Damon’s about to do to Mason. What pushed her to cooperate with the Salvatore brothers seems to have been Damon’s point that Katherine and Mason, the “bad guys,” posed a threat to Elena. Bonnie’s firm anti-vampire stance softens when her best friend is at risk, and she trusts what Stefan and Damon tell her to be the truth. Could this be the beginning of a tentative alliance between the Salvatores and Bonnie? She’s been estranged from her best friends because of her position on vampires and, with no Grams, she’s all alone with no one she can confide in about supernatural stuff. In Plan B, she not only helps Damon and Stefan but she makes an effort to reach out to Caroline too, inviting her along on the moonstone-in-the-well adventure. It was refreshing to finally see Bonnie be something other than judgey and closed off, to get a glimpse of her struggle she’s having between what she believes is right and her friendships.

When Life Gives You Lemons: Oh Caroline, you break my heart. Since the pilot episode, she’s always tried so hard to be loved and admired, and here she tries to make things right with Bonnie and with her mother, even though she’s the one who’s been rejected for being something she didn’t chose. With her mother, Caroline puts on her smile and tries to take care of her. When Liz finally gives her the opportunity, Caroline shares what she’s been going through in a frankly honest way — she wants to kill but she’s fighting against being a killer. (And she seems proud of herself for the control she’s built.) Just as love and trust turned out to be mutually exclusive concepts for Mason with Katherine, the final scene between Caroline and Liz reveals how complicated their situation is — how far can Liz’s love and trust extend? Liz (finally) sees how amazing Caroline is and acknowledges that, even if she is a vampire, her daughter is still alive. What a huge moment for Caroline: better than winning Miss Mystic, better than Matt falling in love with her, this love and recognition could go a long way to bringing Caroline peace. Of course, since this show is terribly cruel, the breakthrough in the relationship between the Forbes women is one only Caroline will remember. As with her choice to end things with Matt to keep from harming him, Caroline makes the choice here (to wipe her mom’s memory) that she believes will best protect those she cares about — the Salvatore brothers as well as her mother. Compelling her mother through tears with a cover story about making salty soup and bickering so that “all is right in the world,” Caroline proves once again to be so much more than she’s given credit for. There’s been some debate as to whether Liz meant what she said to Caroline or if she was just trying to avoid a memory wipe. My personal feeling is that whether or not Liz had some self-interest behind her words (who wouldn’t want to protect their memories especially when they’re this significant?), Liz truly does love her daughter and wants her safe, and Caroline’s decision remains a noble one that puts the greater good over her personal happiness.

Katherine Won: Speaking of selflessness and sacrifice… Elena and Stefan have always known that their relationship is dangerous: it puts the two of them and those they care about at risk from whatever destructive force is in town. In You’re Undead to Me, Elena pushed Stefan away for that very reason; in History Repeating, he made the same choice. But neither one could hold their resolve for long; they believed that together they could overcome whatever dangers arose. But Katherine is relentless and focused, and her punishments are swift and brutal.

That breakup scene is one of the saddest I’ve ever seen (even sadder than some real-life breakups!): Stefan knew what Elena was there to say, and he knew there was no argument he could make to save their relationship. When their being together means that others are likely to pay for that happiness with their lives, Elena and Stefan have no moral choice but to be apart, no matter how deeply they love each other. They feel responsible for what happened to Jenna; their first reaction isn’t anger at Katherine, but with themselves. If they hadn’t persisted in seeing each other, Jenna wouldn’t be in the hospital. While Katherine is obviously ultimately to blame for Jenna stabbing herself, it would be hard for anyone not to feel the culpability Stefan and Elena do in this situation.

So far this season, we’ve seen so much more in Stefan than the brooding worried vampire Damon mocked last season; he’s been everything from more ruthless and violent to playful, funny, brotherly, and passionate. This more nuanced Stefan still stays faithful to Stefan of last season, thanks to a consistently strong performance from Paul Wesley. I bring this up now because of what he gave us in Plan B: Paul Wesley, I do not ever want to see you cry again; that was too heartbreaking for words. (It’s also an excellent reminder that we should all be writing him in for the People’s Choice TV Drama Actor category;. Let’s get both Salvatore brothers on that ballot.)

Compelling Moment: The jaw-dropping shock of Jenna stabbing herself.

The Rules: Since Katherine appears to enjoy licking blood off Mason’s neck (ahem), it seems a vampire can drink the blood of a werewolf. According to the Aztec legend, the shaman tied the werewolf’s shifting to the moon by sealing it with moonstone, which makes the stone a likely candidate for unsealing it. With the lunar tie lifted, a werewolf could turn whenever he wanted to, or never at all (according to Mason). Wolfsbane is to werewolves as vervain is to vampires, at least in so far as it burns and sizzles the skin and consuming it leads to unpleasantness. Damon confirms what we assumed after Mason’s quick recovery from the knife in the gut in Memory Lane: werewolves heal quickly. According to Damon (though it’s unclear how he knows this for certain), a vampire cannot compel another supernatural creature (e.g., Katherine could not compel Mason). One surefire way to kill a werewolf and pretty much any other living creature: tear out his heart.

With just a touch, Bonnie is able to sense more than just whether someone is a vampire — she gets visions but isn’t able to get direct answers to specific questions. Bonnie explains that when she disables a vampire with the “brain pain” spell, she’s actually causing aneurysms.

Foggy Moments:

  • Let’s assume that Caroline also compelled her mother to forget that Damon and Stefan are vampires.

 
Other Thoughts and Questions before it’s time for the Masquerade (EP207):

  • Neither happy couple rolling around in bed at the beginning of the episode knew that those were their final moments together. By the end of Plan B, Mason is dead and Elena and Stefan are over. Knowing that on a re-watch of the episode makes that sequence bittersweet. (But still totally hot.)
  • Mrs. Flowers! Stefan in a well! Loved the references to the book series in this episode.
  • Whether or not the insults are followed by compliments as Tyler’s assessment of Caroline’s character was in this episode, I’m officially tired of people outlining all of her flaws. As Jennifer Lynn Barnes argues in her essay, “Sweet Caroline,” in A Visitor’s Guide to Mystic Falls, even in season 1 Caroline was never that awful.
  • The way Elena describes Damon’s M.O. to Jeremy — he uses people and those people end up dead — is just how Damon thinks of Katherine.
  • “Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?” Damon calls Jeremy “Indiana Jones” for involving himself in their adventures and research, but it’s Elena who has the true Indy moment: searching for a hidden artifact down a well full of vicious snakes.
  • Wolfsbane in the mouth of a werewolf or a vampire sizzling in a well full of vervain? Which wins out as the grossest moment on TVD since the Eye-Gouging Incident in There Goes the Neighborhood?
  • In Memory Lane, Katherine’s skin sizzled when Stefan touched it with vervain; how would she have fared in Mason’s vervain well? How far does her immunity extend?
  • Notice how Stefan just tosses the hard-won moonstone to his brother, who pockets it. Their relationship is markedly different from last season, where Stefan would never willingly hand over to Damon an object of supernatural significance that Katherine was after. With a common enemy, the boys have regained so much of their brotherly bond. It warms the heart.
  • The phone conversation between Damon and Katherine? Genius. Loved every word in that exchange, especially how she got one last jab in there: “Give my love to Stefan.” She can out-Damon Damon any day of the week.
  • Matt’s clearly in peril as a pawn in Katherine’s plan B and this show always gives us unexpected plot twists, ergo Matt’s actually safe from being pummeled to death by Tyler, right? Right?
  • What does Katherine need a werewolf for? (I mean, other than bed sport.) If she releases a werewolf from being tied to the full moon, she’ll have a powerful killing machine on her hands.
  • Will Elena and company finally tell Jenna what’s really going on in Mystic Falls? It seems like the best way to protect Jenna is to tell her about Katherine and what she’s capable of. Either that, or keep the secret and kill Katherine…

 
Any favorite moments from Plan B — Damon’s apology to Elena at the end? Stefan being adorable with Elena in the opening scene? Jenna and Alaric getting more kissing scenes? Comment below! And please keep it spoiler-free and respectful of other people’s opinions. I’m off to find a mask for Thursday’s ball…

Crissy Calhoun is the author of Love You to Death: The Unofficial Companion to The Vampire Diaries. When not obsessively re-watching CW shows, she works as managing editor at ECW Press in Toronto. She blogs on TVD, Gossip Girl, and other random things she falls in love with at crissycalhoun.com and tweets @crissycalhoun.

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  • jelly

    Most epic episode other than first episode this season. Everything about it and especially the cliffhanger at the end. EPIC!!

    Beginning, meh to the love scenes. I’m not a Stelena fan but they were cute but I didn’t feel the Katherine and Mason scene just because there hasn’t been enough development in their relationship to make me convinced that Mason loved Katherine.

    FINALLY! I think Bonnie is tolerable. She was so annoying and self-righteous and annoying and frustrating. She was so much better this episode and her and Caroline making up, mostly due to Caroline’s excitement at being friends again, made my heart warm up.

    Caroline and her mum’s first scene wasn’t really my cup of tea. But when her mum told her how much she loved her and Caroline realising she had to wipe her mum’s memories to protect both her mum and her friends…it was amazing. I almost cried. One of the best scenes this season and I’m always on an on again off again boat with Caroline. About the compulsion, I don’t remember exactly but I assumed that she said to forget everything that happened because she told her mum that she was sick with the flu or something right? So she was never there.

    Totally on the Jeremy train. I love how he’s stepping up and I hope he becomes as awesome as Alaric seeing as he is just a human and therefore not as powerful. I can’t wait to see where they go with his character and I hope him and Damon become good friends (even though Damon did break his neck but I still think it was to turn Jeremy into a vampire). His protectiveness over his sister was awesome.

    One thing I didn’t like was Elena at the beginning of this episode. I totally get why she had to be out of the loop but she felt so damsel in distress and I just have this unrealistic expectation for her to be strong all the time. But then she went into the vervain well to save Stefan and that really made me go WOW and like her all over again.

    Damon killing scene. OMG Another epic scene. From the whole torturing and how it really didn’t have any effect on Damon to the killing of Mason…wow it was powerful. Loved it. I’m sad Mason died but he had to. He tried to kill the Salvatores and he’s on the enemy side. But what I loved even more was his declaration of love to Katherine (this was where I really felt his love) at the face of imminent death. What I loved even more than that was Damon’s expression at his declaration. I don’t think it was jealousy at all (okay may be a little) and if it was, it was not jealousy that Katherine has another lover but more jealousy at the fact that Mason can love so whole-heartedly but Damon can’t anymore because he’s jaded. I personally think it was pity and empathy for Mason which made his killing almost merciful because he’s sparing Mason’s definite heartbreak later on.

    Finally (its like this long epic essay LOL), the breakup scene. I felt for Stelena…They’ve been through so much but honestly, they had it coming. They knew how crazy Katherine can get but they still stayed together knowing that the people close to them will get killed. I’m glad Elena got a wake-up call. But, even if I’m not a fan of them, I still think they’ll be together at least for a bit longer because they have so much love for each other that even if they break up, its not the end.

    What was more powerful for me, was Damon’s apology at the end. The fact that he placed all the blame on himself and the fact that instead of being happy that Stefan and Elena broke up, he was devastated because he could feel the devastation coming from both of them, really propelled Damon for me (Okay I’m a Damon fan) because it shows how much he cares for Elena and Stefan. Honestly, it was bound to happen regardless of Damon’s interference, its just happening sooner.

    About next week. Don’t care much for the moonstone. I’m a bit meh about it but what I am excited about is Tyler becoming a werewolf. It seems like its going to happen and whether or not Matt will be the victim…only time will tell :D I personally think it won’t be because I’m bracing for a Tyler, Matt and Caroline love triangle. What I think is that Tyler will become a werewolf but Katherine won’t get to him like she got to Mason because Tyler is acquainted with Caroline who is with the Salvatores. Hehe…I’m actually REALLY excited for a werewolf vampire romance. EPICLY EXCITED FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON!!

  • right

    I was heartbroken at the end of the episode… but this breakup, with so much love, it can only lead to them getting back together! They break up because they were made to not because they don’t love each other anymore.

  • dorkus

    The scene where Elena and Stefan ended their relationship destroyed me. This show has affected me in so many ways that other ones just haven’t. I felt the same heart break as if it was happening in my own relationship rather then on television. I still can’t bring myself to watch the episode I recorded because knowing the ending is just to painful. I’m looking forward to the next episode, but then again, I’m not.  (Quote)

    Hi Lauren, I feel your pain. Just imagine we Delena fans feel like this almost every episode. I am a huge Delena fan but the break up scene really touched me. Paula and Nina were amazing. Do not worry, they will get together soon, they cannot be happy couple all the time. It is apparent, at least to me that they need to have some drama to make their relationship more real. But hate to say this to you considering you are Stelena fan, to me nobody bits Delena, their build up, chemistry, feistiness, drama, I hope all of that will be worth waiting to see them in their arms and confess their love to each other. This is what is making me to hold on and stay sane.

  • dorkus

    If it makes you feel any better, Bonnie will be getting a love interest soon, as a matter of fact, she will have her own triangle. I’m hoping, if she can find a measure of happiness with one of the guys lined up for her, she will once again become the sweet Bonnie I used to know.  (Quote)

    If I may add, Bonnie just does not get to me, now even worse: she gets on my nerves….I am really trying to give her a chance. I do think she is pretty and sexy but there is something about her that annoys me…Like Damon said, she needs to get over herself and not be the mortar of the show. Sorry Kat, I think you are nice person and all but your character needs some serious “facelift”. Hopefully her new love interest will make her softer and more compassionate.

  • Jay Marie

    I have to say that break up scene was very well performed, but didn’t touch me at all. Maybe because I think that was the only right thing to do, since episode 19 – Season 1. So called Golden Boy Stefan Salvatore is/was annoying to me for a long time, with his arrogancy and that attitude “I am always right” or “Everything I do is pure goodness and everything what Damon does or did is pure evil” And, at the end of the day, they all didn’t mind Damon doing the dirty work for their purpose. His own arrogancy made all mess, and it was directed to the “Damon fault” again. Not to mentioned that he wasn’t right at all,/ or better to say not even close, many times in the past! He got more than he ever deserved, and I hope that’s going to change in this show. Not because I like Damon, just because characters like his are not even close good as they want us to believe, and sending a messege that guys like him should be a teen dream is scary!  (Quote)

    Wow so you are basically saying that Damon is 100% innocent? Come on the three of them(Stefan,Elena,Damon) all have some blame for what went down. And the breakup scene was probably the BEST acting so far in the series btw

  • Jay Marie

    has eneybody noticed the bonnie+damon=bamon relationship there’s some eye-sex going on! i don’t know maybe its just me.  (Quote)

    I HAVE!!! Aww it warmed my heart because I loved them in the Book I want some more Damon&Bonnie! It’s amazing to see their relationship evolve over time

  • Jay Marie

    Amazing Recap seriosly AMAZING!!! I completly agree with what you said about the breakup scene and Paul Wesley’s amazing performance. I’m still heartbroken :(

  • Georgia Peach

    Wow so you are basically saying that Damon is 100% innocent? Come on the three of them(Stefan,Elena,Damon) all have some blame for what went down. And the breakup scene was probably the BEST acting so far in the series btw  (Quote)

    Actually the main culprit in all this is Katherine. She takes 100% full blame for what happened between Stefan and Elena. Katherine’s demand, threat, and making good on her threat rests soley on her.

    Damon is 100% innocent regarding the ‘forced break up”. Stefan and Elena are the victims of Katherine and are also 100% innocent.

    The only way to lay blame on Damon, Stefan and Elena are to stay they should have no free will and should be manipulated by Katherine and do as they are told. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter what they do, Katherine is out to get them. The only thing Damon, Stefan and Elena can do is fight back, but they need to stay united, because divided they will fail.

  • Mus1c_

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  • VampDiariesF

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  • SafiTaffy99

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  • amanda

    Great recap as usual! Looking back on the episode I am thinking they finally gave us a LITTLE romantic scene with Stefan and Elena. Now we know why, the break up. Jeremys attitude, as much as he wants to help out and that’s great. It annoys me the way he talks to Elena. I think he is a little to overconfident because of the ring. Bonnie was fantastic. Bonnie is such a strong woman and I love that. Caroline was great this episode. She has come the rescue again.lol The moments between she and her mother were so touching. Stefan in the well, his screams and yelling for Elena to help, terrifying. Love how Elena just jumps into action to try and save Stefan. Damon and the torture and killing of Mason. As much as I liked Mason. Loved the good old Damon who, well, just kills. No hesitation just does it. Jenna getting stabbed, not quite sure about the whole compelling thing. I mean Katherine says vervain has no affect on her. Then why did she need to have Jenna and Matt off the vervain to compell them. . Don’t get that at all. The ending between Stefan and Elena was heartbreaking,horrible, the worst thing that could happen. I love the romantic story between Stefan and Elena. As fun as it is to have scary episodes. I really looked more forward to there love, there epic love story. I do sympathize with Damon fans who want to see him in a romance. I just don’t understand when they say to us Stefan and Elena fans, now you know how we feel all the time. We Stelena fans have watched since the first episode Elena and Stefan exchanging looks at each other, then becoming friends, having long and beautiful talks getting to know each other, then dating. Then finally making love and telling one another they loved each other. Each episode since the beginning has been to us this beautiful build up to an incredible and sexy romance between two sexy and in love people. As for Damon, they haven’t been together so the old savying, you can’t miss what you never had, applies. Anyways, the break up was a huge blow to me. I’m one of those people who love romance. Hope things get better.

  • crissycalhoun

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  • James Merlin

    With every episode getting murkier, I wouldn’t be surprised if Katherine evolves with multiple supernatural abilities. Why maybe, with the moonstone, she could be a werewolf too (sort of a hybrid), or a zombie, or wonder-woman all at the same time. Then Elena et al will really have a problem. But who cares, just bring on the handsome face of Ms. Dobrev.
    Why is it that when Caroline turns into a vampire, she’s scary, whereas when Katherine does, she’s even sexier?

  • iheartvamps

    I think Paul NAILED the brake-up scene. Best acting so far on the show. I think Elena didn’t show as much emotion cause she was on a mission to brake-up and she was ‘trying’ to be strong. But then she starts to loose it when she exits the house and Damon catches her to apologize.
    My question – if Vampires have such good hearing, (sometimes knowing who is in the room before they see them), then why didn’t Stefan hear Elena in the woods coming up behind him when he first got to the well??? He should have been on high alert knowing Katherine could be around. Why was elena able to sneak up on him?
    I’ve always been a Damon fan, but Paul won my heart in that last scene. Ugh!

  • http://www.vampire-diaries.net/tv-series/episode-stills-from-rose-ep208#comments vamp chick

    ep 206?

  • http://www.vampire-diaries.net Vee

    ep 206?  

    Production numbers – 206 = Season 2, Episode 6.

  • Anna

    Glad I’m not the only one who noticed that Caroline did not say anything about Stefan and Damon when she compelled her mother :/
    But maybe they wanted to put emphasis on the emotional level and just left that out, it didn’t seem too obvious though

    I LOVED Damon in the last scene (well I always do but) he realised that his actions led to Jenna being in the hospital and he witnessed the break up scene between Elena and his brother (it was so touching to see Stefan cry! ) and how much pain he caused the ones he loves

    And now the significance: he wants to kill Kat (his great love for about 140 years) so that Stefan end Elena can be together again, the ultimative sacrifice because HE ends up alone (again..)
    To see such selflessness from Damon was truly incredible – and it’s self punishment and finally revenge, too

    I don’t like how much torture there is (Mason, Katherine..) and I don’t want Damon to kill Katherine, it might be a good way to finally put an end to it and kill the one who made him so cruel but on the other hand it shows how much power she really has and he would give in to that, being as bad as she is and wants (wanted) him to be.. NOT killing her would change him much more and is a step towards more humanity in itsel
    I think Stefan should kill her, she really seems to care about him and it would fit into his change of character to do more and fight more and to stop all this self-pitying from season 1

  • Taja

    Wow so you are basically saying that Damon is 100% innocent? Come on the three of them(Stefan,Elena,Damon) all have some blame for what went down. And the breakup scene was probably the BEST acting so far in the series btw  (Quote)

    Nobody is innocent, I was taking about Stefan as a player, who made the biggest mistake in this part of the game with Katherine. As long as he knows her, he shouldn’t be so arrogant not to take her treats seriosly. And also I didn’t notice that he share all news by Katherine with Damon. Bad move. Damon’s need to call and provoke Katherine was very human and understandable, as much as was bad move too. He just needed to feel some kind of victory over her after everything he suffers because of her. And as the life habit he has taken the blame on himself, which I really liked it. And my, as you said – Best acting scene so far, was Damon and Katherine’s scene from episode 01 – Return. His pain and destroyed meaning of life touched me very deeply.

  • Vamp Lover

    Actually the main culprit in all this is Katherine. She takes 100% full blame for what happened between Stefan and Elena. Katherine’s demand, threat, and making good on her threat rests soley on her. Damon is 100% innocent regarding the ‘forced break up”. Stefan and Elena are the victims of Katherine and are also 100% innocent. The only way to lay blame on Damon, Stefan and Elena are to stay they should have no free will and should be manipulated by Katherine and do as they are told. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter what they do, Katherine is out to get them. The only thing Damon, Stefan and Elena can do is fight back, but they need to stay united, because divided they will fail.  (Quote)

    I agree with you GA Peach. To try to blame Damon, Elena &Stefan for Jenna stabbing herself and Kat’s Plan B regarding Matt is bizarre. Kat issued the threat in Memory Lane and followed through on it this episode with Elena & Stefan. Damon’s killing of Mason promped Kat to go to her Plan B, however, this was her back up plan all along. She always knew she had another wolf waiting in the wings in the form of Tyler. Mason was expendable.

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  • Missy

    Great recap! I’m still in shock, but it was a great episode. Can’t wait for Masquerade!

  • Vamp Lover

    Wow so you are basically saying that Damon is 100% innocent? Come on the three of them(Stefan,Elena,Damon) all have some blame for what went down. And the breakup scene was probably the BEST acting so far in the series btw  (Quote)

    I have to disagree…Damon, Stefan & Elena are all victims of Katherine’s. To blame those three for Katherine’s actions, who by the way is completely psychotic, is really not fair. The only thing they can do is stay united and continue to try and figure out what her game plan is. Then beat her at her own game.

  • Mia

    Well….at least we know now what trouble Katherine could cause being able to break into the house starting when she was invited in at the end of season 1 by Jenna. (Ironic isn’t it?) Though that was suprising when Jenna stabbed herself. I have no idea what Alaric is going to do about that now, and strangely enough I think people are freaking out more over the effect on Jeremy and Elena instead of Alaric. A relationship is quite difficult when one is in the hospital and doesn’t have control over herself. I hope the writer’s don’t kill this relationship to. It seems to me that it’s constantly rising in strength and then getting wrecked all over again. Which is sad because both Elena and Jeremy need a father figure in their lives.

    Jeremy is badass. And Steven’s acting has gotten progressively better over the season now that he’s in the show more and has more freedom with the character.

    Sadly to say, I think Damon has retreated back to being selfish. Sure, he saw a bit of himself in Mason, and he felt pity, but he also felt the burning desire to purge himself of it. I mean, just because you regret something doesn’t mean you have to take it out on someone else. And he was making so much progress too. Though he did redeem himself a bit to me at the end of the episode with the apology. I’m just getting annoyed of homicidal Damon. Personally I think it’s better to have kick ass sometimes sweet Damon without the whole I’m going to rip your heart out bit.

    And with Matt, I have a feeling the writer’s are going to hold true to what they wrote. I feel like the cliffhanger was just to get people to think they weren’t going to kill him, but in the end it’s all about reverse psychology that’s the way it usually is with these shows anyway.

    Paul has finally redeemed himself to me as an actor. He had spots of doubt in me (more or less all the first season) but gradually I’m glad the writer’s are making him more of a character. I totally believed his pain.

    Highly enjoyed the opening.
    I still have no clue on what Katherine is going to use the moonstone for. But maybe, just like back in 1864, she’s going to use it for some type of favor or compromise or agreement with someone else (maybe Lucy who’s coming in this week) for something in return.

    Sad to say Bonnie has gone from an awesome character to a lame one to just mediocre for me. I hope once they get the love triangle going (my guess is with Jeremy and the new guy) she’s going to get better. Maybe that’s all she needs to erase some of the hard edges in her personality.

    Though overall I’m really happy with this episode, especially with all the plot boiling around and some loose knots tied like an actual explanation for Bonnie’s magical drop-dead voodoo.

    Thanks for the amazing review Crissy. It helps me recap so much when I don’t have time to rewatch the episode.

  • Cire

    Loved Thursday show, been awhile since I’ve enjoyed TVD this much.

    I love how some posters dislike Bonnie because she not head over heels in love with Damon.

    Damon fans sometimes just give themselves away with their Damon bias. When you think about it, Bonnie has only been mean to Damon on the show and most people who dislike Bonnie are Damon fans.

  • Mikki

    Can I just say great post Crissy! I totally agree with you.
    I loved this episode and i am dying to see the next one. Then again i’m kinda worried because in keeping true to the TVD format something tragic is going to happen. I really hope they don’t kill anyone.I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
    (I’m Italian forgive me for my English)

  • http://www.vampire-diaries.net/tv-series/episode-stills-from-rose-ep208#comments vamp chick

    thank u vee

  • http://vampire-diaries.net Katherine Fan

    Could totally see some hot makeup sex between Bonnie and Damon. Doubt it would last, but it fits with the characters.

    Am I the only Katherine fan? Would be awesome if it turns out her desire for the moonstone wasn’t selfish at all. It was never really explained why Katherine wanted all of the vamps from 1865 dead. She does use people and is selfish, but might she just be misunderstood rather than completely evil? Isabella turned out to complex rather than evil by trying to protect Elena from the Salvatore clan.

    Someone asked how Matt has any income, but actually he’s the only one on the show besides Alaric and Caroline’s mom who has a job. How do the others get money? Easy enough for the Salvatore’s to compel rich people to give them money, but is this what they do, and how would that square with Steffan’s moral code?

  • Vamp Lover

    Could totally see some hot makeup sex between Bonnie and Damon. Doubt it would last, but it fits with the characters. Am I the only Katherine fan? Would be awesome if it turns out her desire for the moonstone wasn’t selfish at all. It was never really explained why Katherine wanted all of the vamps from 1865 dead. She does use people and is selfish, but might she just be misunderstood rather than completely evil? Isabella turned out to complex rather than evil by trying to protect Elena from the Salvatore clan. Someone asked how Matt has any income, but actually he’s the only one on the show besides Alaric and Caroline’s mom who has a job. How do the others get money? Easy enough for the Salvatore’s to compel rich people to give them money, but is this what they do, and how would that square with Steffan’s moral code?  (Quote)

    Ouch- don’t agree with the Damon/ Bonnie thing (I see ZERO chemistry there) but I was interested in what you said about income & the Salvatore’s…another possibility besides the boys getting their money via complutsion…it was their’s to begin with and they have made wise investments…after all, with their father dead, all of his money probably reverted to the boys.

  • http://deleted dominque

    if damon can’t have elena for the sake of his brother and there new found relationship=he might as well have bonnie!!!!btw i’am a delena fan/bamon fan

  • Georgia Peach

    Actually could see Bonnie with Stefan before Damon. At least with Stefan, Bonnie has a trust and good rapport. Damon and Bonnie have zero chemistry, with no basis for a relationship (my opinion only). Doesn’t really matter though since Bonnie is getting her own triangle with Luka (new guy) and Jeremy. I also really like the interaction between Caroline and Stefan, but I don’t think the writers are going that direction. Too bad, they were funny together. Caroline really lightened Stefan up, not to mention what a fantastic character (fan favorite) she has become.

  • Vamp Lover

    Actually could see Bonnie with Stefan before Damon. At least with Stefan, Bonnie has a trust and good rapport. Damon and Bonnie have zero chemistry, with no basis for a relationship (my opinion only). Doesn’t really matter though since Bonnie is getting her own triangle with Luka (new guy) and Jeremy. I also really like the interaction between Caroline and Stefan, but I don’t think the writers are going that direction. Too bad, they were funny together. Caroline really lightened Stefan up, not to mention what a fantastic character (fan favorite) she has become.  (Quote)

    Hi GA Peach- The only concern I have regarding Bonnie’s triangle with Jer is that I truly hope her judgey attitude doesn’t rub off on Jer. Can you imagine what kind of headache we’ll get if we have two characters running around Mystic Falls acting like that? Eeeks!
    You’re right, Bonnie seems to trust Stefan even though she witnessed what he did to poor Amber in Miss Mystic Falls. She can actually have a conversation with him without acting sanctimonious, which is wierd to me since he is a vampire. That is one of the reason’s I’m not a Bonnie fan..how can she say she hates the vampires but be nice to Stefan? I find that very contradictory.
    As to Stefan/Caroline, I don’t think the writers are going down that path which is a shame…those two were so funny with their scenes together in Bad Moon Rising, but with Caroline, who wouldn’t be lightened up? She’s actually my favorite female character on the show!

  • stormy

    6 episode shook me intrigued and made a huge looking forward to the next episode. Stefan – great in your game. I trust him implicitly and I love him with every episode ever stronger. Damon – again showed his true colors … Although, maybe his actions were motivated by love to his brother, hidden somewhere in the depths of his nature.
    Caroline – very glad that she is still on the show and helps his friends. It is a pity that her mother does not understand how Caroline has become better, stronger and more loyal, turning into a vampire!
    Mason – a colorful character. But as far as he is naive! Wanted, of course, to teach him a lesson … But still, I think that by killing this character Damon was cruel.

  • http://none Geraldine Frost

    Not sure if anyone has already mentioned it, but had a thought- What will Stefan do about drinking human blood now that he has really broken up with Elena and she was his only source of people blood?

  • Brenda

    Oh God!!! I cant believe that Stelena broken up. Bring back this couple please!!

  • Linds

    does anyone know damons exact words when he was apologizing to elena at the very end? i’ve literally gone back on my DVR 234359 times!
    -all i got from it was, “i didnt think”

  • Vamp Lover

    Not sure if anyone has already mentioned it, but had a thought- What will Stefan do about drinking human blood now that he has really broken up with Elena and she was his only source of people blood?  (Quote)

    I have been discussing this with a friend of mine since Stefan decided to try the human blood thing again…I undersand he was between a rock and a hard place, but this can’t be good. Because he has issues drinking human blood, see Miss Mystic Falls through Blood Brothers, I highly doubt he’s going to be able to control it. This season, the writers seem to want us to believe that all of a sudden, Elena is his anchor and he can do this. I have a very hard time believing this because Stefan & Elena’s bond hasn’t changed, it was still the same through those episodes mentioned above till the one just aired…Elena being Stefan’s anchor doesn’t make sense. In the timeline of the show, one month, maybe two had passed from the time he “detoxed” until now, but he is supposedly going to be ok? I think he is going to become a blood junkie again, but this time, I think it’s going to be much worse. I could be wrong, that’s why I’m hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst.

  • Vamp Lover

    does anyone know damons exact words when he was apologizing to elena at the very end? i’ve literally gone back on my DVR 234359 times!-all i got from it was, “i didnt think”  (Quote)

    Damon said, “I riled Katherine up, I wasn’t thinking. I didn’t think”.

    Of course, this wasn’t his fault, but he is blaming himself anyway.





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