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Andy's 'Vampire Diaries' Recap: Elena Tastes Her First KILL! Does This Mean She's Safe From Klaus?

Thu, February 17, 2011 10:05pm EDT by Andy Swift 9 Comments

…Of course not! But the Feb. 17 episode was still one of the most intense episodes yet.

Allow me to begin this week’s recap by declaring my love for Nina Dobrev. Not only does she do an epic job of portraying Elena and Katherine on a regular basis, but she really upped her game this week. (Move over, Buffy!) On a sadder note, this was the first episode in weeks that didn’t feature any progression in Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena’s so-close-yet-so-far-away romance. Still, the night was full of enough twists and turns to keep me otherwise entertained. Dinner was served at the Salvatore manor — and everyone enjoyed second helpings of dramatic irony.

Before I pour more of my feelings out to you, let’s get all those messy plot points out of the way first:

  • Alaric (Matt Davis) stabbed Elijah (Daniel Gillies) with the one dagger that can kill an Original. Unfortunately, he missed the part about not pulling the dagger out afterwards, so Elijah didn’t die.
  • But Elena succeeded where Alaric failed! She stabbed herself with “the dagger” to get Elijah to agree to leave her family/friends alone, then used his moment of weakness as a chance to STAB HIM! Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Elena Gilbert… vampire slayer.
  • Jonas (Randy J. Goodwin) stole Bonnie’s (Katerina Graham) powers and threatened to come after her if anything happened to Luka (Bryton James.) Ruh-roh!
  • When Elijah died, his compulsion over Katherine wore off. Now she’s out of the tomb, into the Salvatore’s shower, and totally naked! (Seriously, how about that robe, Damon?)
  • Jenna (Sara Canning) confronted Alaric about what really happened to Isobel (Mia Kirshner) and she was pissed when he wouldn’t give her a straight answer. My friends, this couple is DONEZO, just like Sara hinted to me in our interview!

And now, my deepest of thoughts:

This really should go without saying, but I. Love. Lexi (Arielle Kebbel!) I feared I would never see her again after Damon staked her last season — it’s OK, I’ve forgiven him — so to see her in so many flashbacks this week was a delight. And I love her even more now that I know she’s the one responsible for Stefan’s (Paul Wesley) humanity. Stelena fans, I think you all have a new favorite character.

Bonnie needs to stop this foolishness at once. It’s so painfully clear the universe (and fans) want her to be with Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), so why does she keep using Elena as an excuse? Jeremy’s “sister” has bigger problems on her mind — like how she’s about to be sacrificed to the oldest vampire of all time — so I’m pretty sure she’ll get over it. At least she admitted to enjoying their big kiss last week. In fact, her exact words were “Yeah, I liked it” (eyebrow raise and smirk included.)

And I leave you with the best line of the night, courtesy of Damon, which I am now officially adopting as my life motto: “There’s no such thing as a bad idea… just poorly executed awesome ones.”

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