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

Thu, February 16, 2012 9:43pm EDT by 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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Angel

Posted at 8:24 AM on February 21, 2012  

I want Damon and Elena to get together he’s so sexy, or Elena
and Elijah he’s also a hot tie xxx

Stefan is to goo die two shoes, Damon is a bad boy sexy hot tie.
But then again Elena can’t expect both to run around her!!!!

x0x0

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Lena

Posted at 6:55 AM on February 20, 2012  

Damon and Elena need to get together ASAP. So much more interesting and generally better suited. I know I for one love badass tough independent Elena rather than begs for her emo boyfriend who tried to kill her Elena. Damon brings out awesome ponytail Elena.

Stefan and Elena are not only a snoozefest they are plain gross. Mouthing I love you and being all depressing and emo. No thanks. I’m not 13.

Klaus and Caroline need to have a super hot fling. But I still love Tyler <3 Forwood for endgame even if she has to go hybrid for a while.

Bonnie needs to get a real storyline and maybe make out with Elijah or Kol. Shake things up a bit for her.

I'm completely in love with the Originals. Please never kill them!

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team stedamaelena

Posted at 6:50 PM on February 19, 2012  

ilove both damon and stephan they are all so good together damon and elena and damon and stephan and elena i just cant pick i guess ill have to watch more of the season to decide but im leaning twords

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team stedamaelena

Posted at 6:50 PM on February 19, 2012  

team stephan

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kluas lover

Posted at 5:20 PM on February 19, 2012  

i hate elena! she acts all dumb & innocent but did you see her at the original’s ball entering with damen and stefan?! she’s such a slut. and why did she get all jealous when she saw damen with rebekah? wasn’t it just a kiss with damen according to her?! get your shit together and make your decision bitch! and come oooon all of us new there was something wrong with that doctor!i didn’t like this episode because the series is starting to get really cheesy, lame and stupid..the writers have run out of stories

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TeamSTELENA!!

Posted at 12:20 PM on February 19, 2012  

I LOVE Stelena! There amazing togther! Stefan so loves her! and she loves him just as much. I do think that while Stefan was gone she was believeing she was in love with Damon, but nahhh!! once stefan came all her feelins came back!!!!:D really want them together! bring my Kathreen for Horny Damon!! i want them together and Stelenaa!!!:D:D

whoever she saids up with theres goina b a twist to it!!

#TEAMSTELENA!!!:D

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team stedamaelena

Posted at 6:52 PM on February 19, 2012  

that is so true and damons horney self can be with katherine
and tell her to role play as elena duh

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Mira

Posted at 8:27 PM on February 18, 2012  

Nice recap but very immature and stupid joke about Esther being worse than the women who drowned her kids in her car. This is a tv show, that was a real life tragedy.

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ale

Posted at 8:34 PM on February 18, 2012  

so true come be more mature

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ale

Posted at 8:27 PM on February 18, 2012  

wow!!!!!!!! this is awesome too bad i didn’t get to watch it that doesn’t matter i’ll get it on DVD i so love damon he’s hot and stefan my god just love those legs any way can’t wait to watch this vampire diaries is the most awesome dramatic,romantic and horror series i’ve ever seen go vampires diaries!!!!!!!!!!

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leahh

Posted at 5:43 PM on February 18, 2012  

DELENA SUCKS ASS ! & DNT CARE WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT HOW I DISLIKE DELENA AND ELENA !!!!!! LOL BUT MY POOR BONNIE SO SAD !!!!!!!!!

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lynne

Posted at 2:08 PM on February 18, 2012  

Yay! Old stefan! Can’t wait for him to be back to his old self!!

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Delena Forever

Posted at 1:52 PM on February 18, 2012  

I´m really sad with last episode poor damon he always doing everything for elena including things that will make her hate him. I hope damon may have something he deserves stephan always have everything. I want delenaaaa!!

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Delena Forever

Posted at 1:50 PM on February 18, 2012  

I´m really sad with last episode poor damon he always doing everything for elena including things that will make her hate him. I hope damon may have something he deserves stephan always have everything. I want delenaaaa!! please.

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OVO

Posted at 12:04 PM on February 18, 2012  

Dimon always trying play hero with his brother Girl frined he done with Kathrine and nw with elena he don’t even know which one he love nd the best couples nw ‘s CARLOINE and Klaws

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karola

Posted at 9:39 AM on February 18, 2012  

DELENA ROCKS!!!

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carol

Posted at 3:10 AM on February 18, 2012  

i really want to see elena and stephen together…they are a perfect couple……damon doesnot deserve elena…..
stelena forever <3

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Stephanie

Posted at 1:09 AM on February 18, 2012  

I’m so worried about alaric the scale doesn’t cut it! What if that bitch takes off his ring and he dies! I won’t be able to stop thinking about it until the next episode almost a month away!!! ahh! and I just can’t pick sides with Stefan and Damon anymore. I’m so glad the good and empathetic stefan seems to be slowly returning, and him and Elena’s love is undeniably strong! But now Damon is so much more moral than he was at the beginning of season 1, and so in love with Elena! (I just re-watched the first episode where the crow follows him haha so funny!) It makes me sad to see that he probably won’t get her in the end (but hey, he has her in real life anyways haha). I’m just glad last week didn’t turn him into the old Damon, because I definitely like him best with a little bit of a conscience! And klaus and caroline will be perfect together! I’d like to think she’ll take Klaus down a notch. I’ve been noticing he’s been dialing it down the past few episodes, and I hope this continues and in the end both him and ELIJAH stay on the show next season! I love Kol too. Honestly the whole original family can stay (aside from esther) This season has been so suspenseful ahh!

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beatriz

Posted at 12:55 AM on February 18, 2012  

eu adoro diarios do vampiro,eu acho que a Elena devia ficar com Damon ele é muito lindo,e ele é apaixonado por ela , mais eu tambem adoro o o Stefan….

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Maria

Posted at 11:51 PM on February 17, 2012  

Omega I really want for klaus and Caroline to et it on and all in love he likes her so much but she is just an idiot and thinks he just bad !!! They need to fall in love Mann god lord!!!!

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Maria

Posted at 11:49 PM on February 17, 2012  

Omgggg!!!!:):):)) I am in love with Ian somerhalder he is my number on idol and Nina dobrev and Paul Wesley , Steven McQueen , Candice accola!!!!! But Ian is hot as f#%* !!!! But omg I have see every episode except for season 3 episode 1- 8 I just wish I knew the timing and dyes better but now I know them and I watch it everyday omgg I so want to become a actress and have my dream come true!!! But these episodes were so FRICKEN amazing!!!!:D

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ruby

Posted at 11:25 PM on February 17, 2012  

ok, first of all caroline and klaus shld get it on and stefan shld b good at being good and damon shld b good at being bad and stop pinning after elena.

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JELENA

Posted at 10:17 PM on February 17, 2012  

YES! GOOD STEFAN!!!!!!
ELENA AND STEFAN!!!!!!
AND BAD DAMON YES – NO WITH ELENA!
CLAUS AND CAROLINE- YES!!!
ALARIC WILL SURVIVE…

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Sarah

Posted at 8:11 PM on February 17, 2012  

So biased! Everything I read of Andy’s is biased!

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sarah

Posted at 7:43 PM on February 17, 2012  

Damon is so boring. If he’s not crying, whimpering or chasing his brothers girlfriend he’s bossing Elena around. Hope Katherine comes back and puts Damon in his place.

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ale

Posted at 8:33 PM on February 18, 2012  

yeah!!!!!!!! really that would be turn around but i would like to know whats with tyler and caroline,and whats this i hear with klaus??????!!!!!!

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Maria

Posted at 9:54 PM on February 19, 2012  

girl you can go suck a winner because damon is Damon and if you have a problem with that deal with it by yourself and dont go brining damon into this!!! this is maria’s friend talking!!!

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TEAMDAMON

Posted at 5:56 PM on February 17, 2012  

Just gotta say i still hate elena. Use to be team delena but now that Elena’s such a bitch, I’m just team Damon.

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Sammie (=

Posted at 4:51 PM on February 17, 2012  

Ok , stefan just playing hard to get as can be seen in the last episode . . . i dont know if its because he knows his brother is in love with elena but remember he pull a similar stunt in season one and won elena. “Good” stefan is just a sweetheart, “ripper” stefan just doesn’t suit him but if he returns to being good he could still have a thin line of bad not ripper. on the other hand , damon’s a darling too, but he just has a different way of letting out steam. along side that he is what stefan should be in his return which is willing to bend a few rules for a girl but be himself as well , S/E they make a great couple D/E them being together satisfies viewers hopes and she’s always in a predicament on whom she loves! ( sometimes i wonder if she’s fooling herself in believing she loves stefan more ). Bonnie always whines up getting hurt and losing someone , that hurts and yes elena is to blame because someone always risking their life for her!
Klaus and Caroline , would be an amazingly adorable couple but it’s wrong for klaus to steal his only sired person(tyler) girl plus klaus can make a change for her n bring out the humanly side then too he changes back in a snap while Tyler is making such a big sacrifice to be with caroline.
Also torrey reli need to go she spoiling everything , they need to get Ric a person to make him happy he’s always left heart broken and i don’t think he should die nor Elijah should leave he’s noble despite what his mother said i think she’ll be back at the next full moon or something and now i really don’t think bonnie will wanna have anything to do with damon and stefan!

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Ir

Posted at 4:28 PM on February 17, 2012  

#TEAMDALENA

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MizzMarie

Posted at 5:25 AM on February 21, 2012  

I think that Damon is the one making all the sacrifices. He was as much hurt by Klause as Stefan, Elena more then all of them. Yet Stefan felt he needed revenge, instead of making ammends for what he did. Damon on the other hand, although keeping a bit of his charm and smart ass comments, always is there for her in the end. Esther could have easily killed Elena, that was not a smart move on her part… and Damon was right to request she not do it alone. Stefan proved who far he has fallen by letting her take it on alone.

There is just an amazing chemsitry between Elena and Damon, I honestly get so board watching Stefan and Elena together and I am a romance-aholic! LOL. There is no spark, no real passion… rewatching it all… it seems so forced, so unnatural. Where as their more romance and chemistry between Elena and Damon and they aren’t even in a relationship. Sure, she wil prolly end up with Stefan in the end… but atleast give the Delena fans a little satisfcation by giving their romance a try for atleast a season. Then maybe he screws up, maybe she screws up… I would actually like to see Katherine and Stephan together… that would make for a INTERESTING mix lol.

I would love to see Klause and Caroline for a short while, they make a cute couple. I LOVE Tyler and her together LOVE LOVE LOVE them together, but its a interesting mix with Klause while Tyler is gone, he may never even come back no one but the writers know.

I am super worried for Alaric, because unless she is a Vampire in disguise or some crazy siren or something she is human… and he wont survive a HUMAN or NATURAL attack. DON’T KILL HIM, and bring back some more Alaric Damon Bromance =D

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