And, holy crap, another great episode. We learned a lot this week (sort of). Kathi manipulates Caroline again, Damon tries to out UM — and stabs him!, Stefan gets all scary with his vervain torture (and we TOTES love it!), and we didn’t have to look at Bonnie at all! STELLAR. We are so hitting you with more details in the full recap, but first, here’s the SBH’s morning after table discussion.
Main Players: Cin and Christina
The Lockwoods & Their Long History of Douchery
Cin: I’d like to start by saying a big THANK YOU to TVD gods for an entire episode without Bonnie or Jermy. It was almost like Christmas, only with Magically Delicious zingers & vervain & mystical paperweights.
Christina: For the actual plot, God, I don’t even know where to start. How about with the Lockwoods, to get it over with. It seems they were just as big douches back in 1864 as they are in present day. George, was that his name? So opinionated, so easily manipulated.
Cin: Georgie sure was a easy tool. But I’m compelled by what I’ve read in interviews this week. These are KATHI’s memories/stories. It doesn’t make it the gospel. The girl is bad news. And also, she doesn’t seem interested in the Lockwood were’ness at all. I mean, you would think she would care a little considering they are a threat to vampires & more directly Stefan – her reason for living – who is, in fact a vampire.
Christina: Seriously, first person accounts can def be unreliable sometimes. I don’t trust them. Especially not hers, which I’ll get to in a minute.
Cin: Besides Flashback Lockwoods, it was an hour of TOO much UM douchery to be sure. I thought I might kinda like the guy a smidge in the scenes with Damon at the completely indoors BBQ — Hold up. Why is it called a “BBQ”? Because you can’t have a dinner party in the middle of the day? Because adults don’t just come & hang out & drink shots for no reason? Does there have to be charcoal (allegedly) involved? I mean, who does Jenna think she’s foolin’? Just call the dude up & say “Hey, the ‘rents are out of town, BYOB your ass over to my place!” — Anyway… but then he had to go and ruin it with bad manners, looking stupid & threatening my Damon. Bad dog indeed.
Christina: Uncle Mason might as well be Uncle Douchenozzle. He annoys me more and more every week. There was no need to be such a jerk to Tyler when all he wanted were some answers. I mean, TOTES a legitimate request. And the huge secret that he’s been hiding from him? He’s killed a man. YAWN.
Cin: ROFL! Seriously! I sometimes start to feel a little bad for Tyler but then I remember that he’s a tool & a jerk. So I get over it. Plus, why can’t these Lockwoods have a conversation without yelling? Oh, yeah, the ‘rage’. Whateva.
Christina: Oh, and you do NOT threaten Damon. He held his own this week, and wasn’t in as desperate need of my Woobie services, but still…
Cin: Threatening Damon is the final straw. It was bad enough that when UM smiles he looks like a demented chipmunk or that he is a total pig with pie (which, I’ll admit was SO worth it just for Alaric/Damon bromancy glances. I could watch those two eye converse ALL. DAY. LONG!).
Christina: The pie thing was disgusting. Did he think that was charming? I mean… is this the kind of guy Jenna went for in high school (I know, she was dating Logan Fell, a.k.a. The Cheesy Chicken Flatbread guy, but if not? Oh, Jenna, you just got knocked down a peg in my book — not to mention your self-proclaimed role model status. *sigh*). But yes, The Damon/Alaric Bromance was worth my uncomfortable “USE THE GD KNIFE!” screaming at the TV. The two of them together are magnificent.
Cin: I mean, it speaks a lot to the strength of a bromance when they don’t even share a dozen words but the eyeball conversation is the most compelling thing in the room. Matt Davis might have the least lines in the episode, but that eyeball acting cannot go ignored. Meow! Don’t even get me started on fucking Jenna though. I don’t know why people like them together. She’s a child! Honestly I think fans just want to see Alaric naked. Hey, I can get behind that, but come on. Who REALLY likes Jenna?
Christina: I’m sorry, did you ask a question? All I heard was “Alaric naked.”
Cin: I think I made my point.
A Triangle of Love, Lies and Deceit!
Christina: Okay, now for the interesting part. KATHERINE! HOLY SCHNIKES! So I’m pretty sure she caused that dream. But… how? I have a feeling Katherine is something more than we originally thought she was.
Cin: She totes caused the dream. She even gave him a poke about the non-human blood & being unable to block out mind control. But I definitely think you’re right. Girl has kept herself busy becoming some uber vampy-witch hybrid thingy. I kinda wish Damon would get off his streak of nice & pick up a few of these tricks too. Actually, he HAS used the dream thing on Elena back at the very beginning of S1 – pre-vervain necklace.
Christina: It’s the human blood. It totes makes them stronger. YOU HEAR THIS, STEFAN! Get back on the stuff, Pronto. Though, if the SFNW are any indication… Christina=happy.
Cin: I have also been waiting for this day to come. Stefan, do it for us. You NEED to be strong. It’s a matter of survival after all! *bats eyelashes* And another thing: Kathi is soooooo lying about not sleeping with Damon after the original Founder’s Day ball. I’m sorry, but she’s cray cray. Damon might lie about a good many things to get a reaction out of people but what he hit & when? Nope. Why would he even bring the whole “after the ball” thing up last season if it really happened the way SHE says it did? He wouldn’t. He hit that shit enough to use any number of other sexcapades to make Stefan squirm. Duh.
Christina: I’m a little nervous about believing that Katherine ACTUALLY loves Stefan. I mean, I don’t know if I believe that Katherine is totally evil. She’s got to have some sort of vulnerability, right? She’s old, but I don’t think she’s so old that her humanity switch is PERMANENTLY in the off position. But… I don’t trust her. Even after we see that last flashback where she goes back to say goodbye to Stefan’s lifeless body. There seemed to be so much pure affection, but… I don’t know…
Cin: I think she has told herself in coming back to Mystic Falls now that she loves Stefan – but no way has he been her reason for existing. Cause HELLO, 145 years! He’s not very hard to find. She’s a bucket of lies though & I definitely think there is NO humanity switch on her at all. I think that is the scariest thing about her – even when she seems sincere, it’s really just part of her plan. And the fact that she would tell Stefan, of all vamps, about betraying her ‘family’ of vamps in 1964… well, that just proves she doesn’t know Stefan at all. Not a way to a do-gooders heart – like ever. Stefan COULD have still had feelings for her deep down, but knowing that. No way. She doesn’t stand a chance with him.
Christina: Def not. But I don’t know if she has NO humanity switch. She’s crazy. That much is clear. So many her switch just doesn’t work the same way Stefan or Damon’s does. This is actually very frightening…
Caroline, you silly, easily manipulated baby vamp…
Cin: I wouldn’t say I’m disappointed in Caroline, because she is terrified of pretty much everything in this new life – but I just don’t want her to be Kathi’s puppet. That said, she didn’t really act totally out of her human character in anything she said or did in trying to occupy Elena. She didn’t hurt her. She didn’t lie to her outright. She was just being Caroline on crack. LOL So I’m not totally mad at her. She’s scared & lost & I get that.
Christina: Exactly. In life she was easily manipulated, and I guess that’s one of her qualities that’s amplified too, haha. I mean, I understand that Kathi is a scary, scary vamp. I’m not saying that I would have acted any differently than Caroline did. I’m more just worried about her than disappointed in her. She’s been so awesome up until now. Then again, I don’t know if breaking the valve on the tire was something Human Caroline would have done. So for that, she gets awesome points, haha.
Cin: The brothers need to bring her closer instead of letting her drift in the wind. Caroline can be a huge asset to them – I just hope she has the chance to prove it. I’m VERY excited/scared for next week because if something happens to Caroline I might just lose my shit.
Christina: Totally agree. I think she has the potential to be a great asset to them, but right now, being the plaything for Katherine, I’m just scared for her.
Kathi: Demystified!! Or… maybe not?
Christina: Oh, and WTF is this “that’s just the way Katherine is” or whatever that Stefan was spouting? I know it’s all a ploy, but for someone who takes a while to catch on sometimes (i.e., me), I thought he was totes being serious at first. Then again, Elena’s heart wasn’t really in it, which seemed odd, though I suppose it was enough for Caroline to buy it. But the interesting thing here is, if Stefan is playing this game with Kathi, what is it going to ACTUALLY do to his relationship with Elena? I mean… Elena was halfway civil to Damon during the phantom BBQ. Could her hate be waning?
Cin: Stef definitely knew. I think that entire conversation was planned & rehearsed between he & Elena to try to see if Caroline was a rat OR if Kathi was maybe eavesdropping too (which she was outside the Mystic Grill, she might have been). And true, Elena wasn’t as mean to Damon as she has been. She’s on probation. Still, even if the whole mock-breakup wasn’t an act, valid points were made all around. I think Stefan & Elena are fine though, well as fine as a vampire & his human girlfriend with daily threats against their lives & such can be. Relationship-wise – rock solid.
Christina: We better get more insight into what Katherine said — that Stefan came to MF to fall in love with her again. I always knew there was some sort of reason Stefan continues to return. He’s a vampire FFS; he can travel the world. Why does he keep coming back to a small, rural VA town? TO FALL IN LOVE WITH KATHERINE? That sounds off, but maybe that’s part of what Kathi meant when she told Elena that she was asking the wrong question.
Cin: This whole thing just has me confuzzled. I don’t think it had to do with falling in love with Kathi all over again exactly, but seeing that Elena WAS her dopplegänger more than intrigued him. I’m just interested in seeing how this all plays out.
Christina: Elena asked why they were doppelgängers, and Kathi told her she was asking the wrong question. Is the right question how are they doppelgängers? Ooh… do you think Katherine could be a vampire AND a witch?
Cin: I’ve been saying I thought she was a vamp/witch since before the season started. She has definitely been working on her skills. The whole “wrong question” thing really throws me for a loop though. What in the world can the right question be? This is like Smoke Monster type of fuckery if you ask me. Also, the scene at the end with her flashing back to her escape & giving Georgie Lockwood the stone – the whole Stefan kiss thing? She didn’t even bother to STEP ON MY DAMON! I fucking hate that whore.
Christina: The more I think about this, the wilder my thoughts become. Is Elena some sort of clone? Is she even REALLY Isobel and John’s daughter? Or maybe Kathi is just fucking with all of us and was just trying to be cryptic.
Cin: I have no f-ing idea. And honestly, it’s like stuff on Lost – I don’t even want to try to figure it out because it makes my head hurt. Honestly, I just kinda want to see what Williamson/Plec have up their sleeves on this one. Also, ELENA IS THE DOPPLEGÄNGER. :-p
Christina: Or is she? Hahaha
Cin: Here is another thing I don’t get. I kinda see where in 1864, while ALWAYS superior looking, Damon was a bit of a putz. It’s OK; it happens to the best of vamps (Hello, William the Bloody, how was your humanity?). But now? Why does Kathi not see that it would have taken VERY little effort on her part to swing Damon to her side & not only is he the better vamp – but would make a terrific partner for whatever it is she has cooking. That’s a huge reason why I can’t understand what the fuck she has going on. If she were smart & not just crazy she would have thought whatever plan this is through. Honestly, that alone kinda makes me think that SHE at least thinks she’s only back for Stefan. Jeez, I think that paragraph even confused me.
Christina: She’s totes batshit. I don’t think Kathi’s totally aware of anything that exists outside of herself. She doesn’t care for Damon, and therefore, she doesn’t see Damon as anything useful to her, even when he so would be. This UNawareness grouped with her strength, power, and potential permanent inhumanity is a VERY dangerous combination for Mystic Falls.
Cin: Exactly. Wow. I feel like we had a Kathi revelation. LOL
Christina: And I feel like my brain is spinning. Well played, writers. Well played 😀
So, what do YOU think? Is Kathi big trouble in little MF? What’s going to happen to Stefan and Elena? Will Alaric ever take his shirt off?? Comment below!