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Posted Thu, February 3, 2011 11:29pm EDT

Andy's 'Vampire Diaries' Recap: Damon Laments His Love For Elena & Caroline Dances With Wolves

The Feb. 3 episode was an hour of wolves, wars and WTF moments. Body count: at least 5.

You’re not a real Mystic Falls vampire until you’ve been shot, kidnapped and mercilessly tortured — and this week was Caroline’s (Candice Accola) official initiation into the club. Even though she turned him down earlier, Tyler (Michael Trevino) still tried to save her from Jules’ (Michaela McManus) wolf pack. But it was the magical mystery machine himself, Dr. Martin, who crippled the wolves and helped our fanged friends get away alive.

Speaking of being ‘alive,’ Damon (Ian Somerhalder) continued to lament over his love for Elena (Nina Dobrev) and the struggle against his own humanity this week — and he managed to do it with absolutely no clothing on. But he also didn’t do it alone. He got himself a new bathtime snack, both literally and sexually, in the form of a reporter named Andie Star (Dawn Olivieri.)

Damon’s humanity is really coming to life quickly, and even as a full-time Delena shipper, I’m kind of unsettled. Not only is it weird just to see him exhibiting emotions, but it’s even more bizarre to see him admit he’s feeling them to Stefan (Paul Wesley.) How do you feel about the “new Damon?”

Amidst all the supernatural shenanigans, Elena had her own little struggle with papa John (David Anders), who put on his responsible dad hat and kept her from getting involved in any of it. He, however, is knee-deep in the situation: Not only did he hand Damon the key to killing the Originals, but he’s also in cahootz with Katherine — and he told her it’s only a matter of time before she’s out of the tomb!

But more than anything, this week’s episode reminded me just how blissfully ignorant Matt (Zach Roerig) and Aunt Jenna (Sara Canning) are to the world around them. Alaric (Matt Davis) had to play dumb while Jenna “informed him” about Elena’s real parents, and Matt delivered a terrific line (“Hey, did something happen?”) to Caroline.

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