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'Vampire Diaries' Recap: 'Good' Stefan Returns & Elena Tells Damon To 'Get Over It'

Thu, February 16, 2012 9:43pm EDT by Andy Swift 102 Comments
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There was a major shift in power on this week’s episode — and I’m not just talking about those wacky Originals!

I’m glad Damon (Ian Somerhalder) had his fun with Rebekah (Claire Holt) last week, because their little romp in the sack — while it was, no doubt, super hot — had some serious repercussions on the Feb. 16 episode of The Vampire Diaries. For starters, Elena (Nina Dobrev) literally watched Rebekah do her walk of shame, and even though Damon claimed the hookup had “nothing to do with” Elena, I think we can all agree he just needs to cut the crap.

Stefan (Paul Wesley) certainly agrees, as he also confronted Damon — again — about his feelings for Mystic Falls’ most eligible doppelganger. “She’s better off without me,” Stefan told his broody bro. “And she’s sure as hell better off without you.” Granted, that was all said before Damon realized that Stefan hasn’t had human blood since the night he threatened to drive Elena off the same bridge where her parents died. So, hey, maybe Stefan’s back in the game after all!

But beyond the usual romantic angst, there was also some serious vampire drama going down this week. While Bonnie (Kat Graham) and Abby (Persia White) agreed to help Esther (Alice Evans) with her spell to kill all of her children — seriously, she’s worse than that lady who drowned her kids in a car — the rest of the Originals threatened to kill Elena if Damon and his crew didn’t help them stop her.

And because Elena is permanently in the way of everyone, a new plan was devised to stop Esther’s spell. And it involved Damon snapping Bonnie’s mom’s neck and — you guessed it — turning her into a vampire. It’s a shame Bill Forbes (Jack Coleman) is dead now, because he and Abby could have had some fun with compulsion at the next Mystic Falls High School PTA meeting.

Meanwhile, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) moved forward with Operation Get-In-Caroline’s-Pants this week — and, believe it or not, it almost worked. He managed to woo Caroline (Candice Accola) with his thick accent and fancy British lingo (only the finest of gentleman can get away with calling a girl “love”), but it all fell apart when he caught wind of Damon’s little plan to dagger all of the Originals at once.

And then there’s Elijah (Daniel Gillies). Esther may have accused him of not being noble, but screw that. He’s the most noble vampire this show has ever introduced us to. He even left Elena a touching goodbye note before splitting town at the end of the episode! Speaking of Elena, those two actually seem to have some burgeoning chemistry. If he didn’t look so much older than her, I’d say they should pull a Damon-and-Rebekah.

Oh, did I forget to mention that Meredith (Torrey DeVitto) totally shot Alaric (Matt Davis) at the end of the episode? Because she totally shot Alaric at the end of the episode. I love Torrey, but she is doomed to play a gun-toting psycho for the rest of her career. Good thing she does it so well!

OK, let’s talk about what went down this week: Are you excited for the return of “good” Stefan? Do you still want to see Klaus and Caroline get together? And on a scale of 1 to 10, how worried are you about Alaric? See you in the comments section!

— Andy Swift

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