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'The Vampire Diaries': Trouble brewing at the sock-hop

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Happy Thursday, Show Trackers!  "The Vampire Diaries" is back, and in this episode, we're reminded that these characters are still in high school, and sometimes, they do actually go to school... well, for dances, at least.

8:01 - It's confirmed, it seems, that the man in the road is a vampire.  Now that Damon isn't the only immediate threat, Stefan gets doubly worried.  He gives Elena a box of Vervain goodies -- and he even made Jeremy a bracelet! Cute. Can someone please give some to Caroline?

8:02 - Along with giving him the vervain bracelet, Elena should tell Jeremy never to let anyone through their door. Ever. Unless you've seen them stripped naked standing in sunlight without any jewelry on them, and not burning up, don't invite them into your home!  Who is this strange hoodie-wearing vampire pizza boy?

8:03 - "You're just bitter because one of us gets to be with the person that we love, and poor Katherine is just out of reach."  In my interview with Paul Wesley this week, he mentioned the natural chemistry between himself and Ian Somerhalder -- and scenes like this one, with the brothers taunting each other, really utilize that.


8:04 - Just last week Alaric off-handedly told Jeremy how important it is to hang on to family heirlooms... and now Jeremy is handing Jonathan Gilbert's Vampires for Dummies man-diary off to Alaric.  I don't care if it is "porn for history teachers." Make a photocopy or something!

8:05 - Finally, someone gave Caroline some vervain!  Her mother should be charged with neglect for not getting that into her sooner. I mean, I'm not sure who would charge her, since she's the sheriff, but still.

8:05 - MATT! I missed him last week! And with him, we meet the hot new bartender. I'm excited to see Sean Faris back on TV. He's been in two short-lived TV shows -- one that was canceled too soon ("Life as We Know It") and one that probably never should've made it to air ("Reunion"). 

I won't hold my breath for his character, Ben, to stick around long on "The Vampire Diaries," though.  New characters I like tend to end up dead, with their blood all over Damon's hands.  I hope that before his inevitable demise, he and Bonnie get together.  Bonnie's been through a lot lately... falling into tombs and sprouting witch powers in new places.  She could use a few fun dates!

8:11 - "We're predators, Elena. We hunt. We stalk. It's often as exciting as the kill."  It's interesting that Stefan uses the word 'we' here. No matter how long he goes without killing a human being, he's still hyper-aware of his darker side and its potential consequences.

8:13 - Caroline and Matt are sweet together, but it's clear that he's still a little hung up on his old notions of her. He's so quick to assume she's passing judgment about his job as a busboy, when she seemed to just be genuinely bummed that she wouldn't see him at the dance. 

8:14 - Speaking of passing judgment, I'm still struggling to make up my mind about Jeremy's new friend Anna.  There's something a little weird about how she keeps pressing the vampire subject. I can't wait to find out her angle.56663

8:16 - Jenna finally gives us a little bit of insight into Elena's heritage.  Her biological mother was a 16-year-old named Isobel who showed up late one night at the Gilberts' door.  After she ran out on baby Elena, the Gilberts forged documents so that they could keep her.

8:18 - Damon is making a list of the original Secret Society of Vampire Hunters, it seems.  Benjamin Lockwood, John Gilbert, and a couple of others obscured by his hand. It's all part of his "diabolical plan, the sequel." 

The way that Damon and Stefan talk about their father is interesting.  Stefan asks about "posthumous bonding," which suggests that Daddy Salvatore and Damon might not have been too close in life.  Damon responds with, "the man could barely spell his own name."  Not a whole lot of love lost for their long-dead father.

Stefan tells Damon he'd help him release Katherine -- not the rest of the vampires, but Katherine.  I don't believe him at all.  It's true that Stefan isn't the brother you'd expect to lie, but he's just as good at manipulating Damon as Damon is at manipulating... well, everyone.

8:19 - Jonathan Gilbert's watch is seriously unreliable, flicking around like crazy trying to find the hooded vampire pizza boy in the house.  Can't Bonnie's Grams whip up a slightly more modern vampire-seeker?  There should be an app for that.

8:25 - "I'll be with the two of you. I'll be safe," Elena says after Damon suggests that they go to the dance in order to bait the hooded vampire pizza boy.  Stefan looks a little bit uneasy.  Could he be wary of Elena's newfound trust in Damon?

Then again, Stefan did call Damon to come over to Elena's in the first place.  Maybe he's hoping to be able to rely on his brother a bit, too.

8:27 - I love school dance episodes. This one in particular must have been great fun for not only the costume designer, but also the music supervisor!  Following up 1950s classic "This Magic Moment" with Rogue Wave's cover of James Taylor's "Everyday" is brilliant. 

8:28 - I have to say, Nina's hair is reaching great heights.  This episode is a great ad for the Bumpit.

8:33 - "You're doing that thing again," Jeremy tells Anna.  "That thing where you pretend we're dating, even though we're not."  Ouch!  Still, Anna is coming on a little strong.  She keeps showing up wherever he is! She definitely wants something from him... I'm not sure if it's just a date, though. Mark me down as highly, highly suspicious.

8:34 - The idea of Damon as Stefan's legal guardian is kind of hilarious.  The other way around, perhaps.  Alaric is really good about hiding his discomfort around Damon. He's playing it very, very cool.

8:35 - You go, Bonnie!  She's such a rock star. I guess once you learn to set fires with your mind, talking to a hot older guy is child's play.

8:37 - I knew Anna was a vampire!  Just what Jeremy needs in his life... another girl who is probably going to end up on the wrong end of a stake.

8:38 - Please excuse my inner 12-year-old, but Stefan swinging Elena around on the dance floor and kissing her was... soooooo cute!  I can't stress enough how nice it is to see Stefan have a little bit of fun once in a while.  "Now you remember that," he teases, "because it's never gonna happen again."  Did Edward Sullen just crack a smile?

8:39 - Hoodie pizza vampire boy's name is Noah, and he and Anna apparently go way back.  Way back -- they knew Katherine.  How did they escape the tomb? How did the Salvatores escape from the tomb, for that matter.

8:44 - And the showdown begins. The creepy vampire pulls the old hoodie switcheroo, leaving Elena without Stefan to protect her. I have to say, I'm pretty impressed with Elena's pencil-staking skills, even if she is missing all the vital organs.56646

8:48 - Right now, it seems like Stefan really does want to help Damon get into the tomb, otherwise he probably would've just killed Noah, instead of wasting all that time intentionally missing his heart with the stake.  He could just be playing the game for Damon, but it seems like a pretty gruesome show in front of Elena.

8:52 - Stefan makes a good point when he draws a connection between Noah and Damon.  After all, Damon has also been invited into the Gilbert home, and Damon is also known to feast on humans. 

It reminds us just what Stefan is sacrificing for Damon.  He could have killed his brother and put an end to everything a long time ago. Instead, he's going to great lengths, playing along with the tomb game, to get Damon out of his hair but keep him alive.  Stefan still maintains a low level of faith in Damon.

8:54 - Could it be Alaric's wife was Elena's mother? Obviously, she's not the only woman named Isobel in the world, but it could explain why Damon wanted to kill her in the first place.

8:56 - Matt and Caroline's first kiss is epic! Awww, my inner 12-year-old is all mushy again. They're adorable together! They've both been through a hard year, even if Caroline's memories of Damon's abuse are mostly fuzzy.  They deserve a little happiness.

8:59 - Oh, God. Don't kill Ben before he goes on his date with Bonnie! I wanted to see that.

Or... not. Ben's a vampire, too!?  Everyone seems to have known him for years, so how long has he been hanging out in town? Was he just waiting for the Salvatores?

I wasn't expecting all of the new characters to turn out to be vampires.  This could be really, really bad news for Mystic Falls.  Unpredictable characters like these make Damon seem a little bit more human, a little bit more safe.  Uniting against a common enemy is sure to do some interesting things to the Salvatore brothers' relationship.  They might have to -- dare I say it? -- trust each other.

Let me know your thoughts on this episode in the comments below!  What do you think is going to happen with the tomb, now that we know Stefan was lying to Damon about helping? What do you think of Anna and Ben, the new vamps in town? Why do you think Anna wants Jeremy to know about the vampires? Where do you think Tyler is currently vacationing?

Don't forget to come back next week for the new episode recap, and if you haven't yet, check out my exclusive interview with Paul Wesley!

--Carina Mackenzie (let's chat on Twitter @cadlymack)

Photos (Credit: CW): Top: "The Vampire Diaries" cast in their '50s finest. Middle: Guest star Malese Jow as Anna. Bottom: Katerina Graham as Bonnie and Sean Faris as Ben.

 
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To you note at 8:39, remember in Ep. 4 when Damon tells Elena that the Salvatore brothers went to rescue the woman they loved from being burned inside old Fell's Church and the townsfolk killed them when they tried to stop it. That kind of implies Damon and Stefan were still alive, but with vampire blood inside their system, when were killed either during or after the church burning and it was at burning of old Fell's Church that the tomb was created and the 27 vampires, including Katherine, were sealed inside.

Also to the 8:59 note, Ben the Bartender never mentions that he knew Katherine. Remember how "Scum" Fell aka Mystic Falls' own Ryan Seacrest was turned into vampire because when Damon killed him, he had vampire blood inside him that wasn't from Damon or Stefan. So Anna and/or Noah and/or some more vampires are turning townsfolk into vampires and guessing "Scum" Fell aka Mystic Falls' Ryan Seacrest and Ben the Bartender was among them.

I still hope they explain why Katherine and Elena are identical. Family resemblance is one thing, but they are identical and I don't get why all the characters' mind only go to family resemblance as the only reason. Mine went to Damon asking Bree 17 years ago for a magical Katherine clone. Plus Katherine is age 17 (although who knows yet how long she has been 17) in 1864 when the comet came and she was killed (but not really) and now there's a girl who is in the same town and also 17 when the same comet comes back into orbit over Mystic Falls. Something is up. The adoption stuff (which not going to prejudge until more is relieved) doesn't explain it.

Carina Mackenzie- I love your play by play! Rather...queue by queue.. Before tonight, "History Repeating" was my favorite episode. But tonight I can't recall how many times I said, "Oh my God, I love this show!" There were a few things that I made special note of, however. First, there was no mention of Tyler (Michael Trevino). It's obvious he's off somewhere dealing with his "transition" but none of the students mentioned him-not even Matt.

You're right about Alaric. He's so calm considering the situations, but he does look like he could be going into heart arrest following each encounter with Damon. I wonder what he'll make of the Gilbert students now- seeing as they run with the vamps.

Also, I was beginning to feel sorry for Caroline- she's continuously getting the shaft- but the ending w/ her and Matt...(12 yr old girl moment allowed. And I love how he calls her Car[e]!!). Now that just leaves Bonnie (falling for an unavailable un-dead man) and Damon (vulnerable because no one likes him).

Hmmm.....


Best,
Danielle
@msdanielley

I love your reviews, they are always fantastic! A vampire compass app would be so super handy!
It would be very interesting indeed if Alarics' wife is Elena's mother
Caroline and Matt were so cute especially when they kissed, awww!

Dear Carina in my life I read the chapters in the series as closely as I waved to you with Vampire Diaries, because they always give me something new to think about, never close the options nor the close williamson and plec, two incredible writers that week after week give us lessons in good dialogue. And this incredible music. Just great. Now, what can happen in Vampire Diaries, do not know what to think, I want little Anna and Alaric play for our team (Stefan), Tyler went to secure a break to understand who he is and his destiny (uuu) Katherine vs. Elena is the confrontation I most look forward ... and Bonnie and Damon, the couple will be safe. Thanks for a great moment to moment. Until next .. From Argentina, Marijó.

I love your reviews! Pacing out the show minute by minute like this shows how jam-packed it really it!

I really liked this episode and the new butt-kicking Elena! I also loved how the show doesn't flinch from kitschy elements - like the the blow dryer drowning out the vampire warning and the call that comes from *inside the house*...all so much fun!

I blog about Vampire Diaries at http://themothchase.wordpress.com - Check us out!

So many great surprises in this episode. Mind-boggling, how the writers keep increasing the intensity of the plot lines every week! I did not suspect Anna of being a vampire - just a nerdy home schooled kid with a big crush on Jeremy. But when she showed up at the dance...a bit of a stalker alert went off. And I was so happy that Bonnie finally found someone she liked - until he turned into an evil manipulating blood sucker! Looks like there's a whole new posse' of them in town, a counter to Damon's plans. But as always, no matter how dangerous they seem (like Noah boasting that he wasn't "afraid of the Salvatores"), we all know that Damon won't play nice so they better not cross him too much. Remember the gun with the wooden bullets and Logan Scumfell...
Loved how Bonnie stepped up with the "I can start fires with my mind" comment. Is she wearing vervain? She is certainly very confident around the brothers now. I really like how Matt Davis is playing Alaric - very complicated, brave and afraid at the same time. And Caroline and Matt - sweet scene with him getting out of the truck to kiss her.
Bit of a shock that Stefan was the one doing the torturing and staking while Damon just stood by, actually looking very proud of his little brother - not a side of him we usually see.
And Isobel...hmmmm, never a coincidence in Mystic Falls. Just wonder how much Alaric knows about his late wife's past.

The show gets better ever time - Twilight is lame in comparison. I can't wait for the whole Katherine - Isabel - Elena connection to unfold.

"Jonathan Gilbert's watch is seriously unreliable, flicking around like crazy trying to find the hooded vampire pizza boy in the house. Can't Bonnie's Grams whip up a slightly more modern vampire-seeker? There should be an app for that."

Hilarious.

Great recap as always. My favorite scene was definitely the one where Stephan picks up Elena and they start dancing.. Ahh he's got great moves. I watched this episode wondering about Anna and I wasn't disappointed that she turned out to be a vampire considering all the pestering she was giving Jeremy. Now this new hottie Ben, (which I knew I remembered him from that show Reunion, I thought that was a good show too actually), is gonna be fun to watch, I just don't like that there's potential for Bonnie to get hurt, I hope she can figure things out before she does. I think they killed off Noah too soon, I'm sure he had more to tell. I wanted to also point out this line in your recap:
"Following up 1950s classic "This Magic Moment" with Rogue Wave's cover of James Taylor's "Everyday" is brilliant." The original singer of "Everyday" was Buddy Holly not James Taylor. I'm surprised no one else caught this. I hope it doesn't make me too old considering I'm grew up in the 80's. :) Thanks for your recap, can't wait for next week! Do we get to see Katherine??

"The original singer of 'Everyday' was Buddy Holly not James Taylor." My bf pointed that out too. As for the vamp-compass, maybe he was moving around a little eh? Was a bit surprised to see Elena a$$-kicking new moves. Is this a sign of something more to come? Really enjoying this show.

Any one else notice Caroline's hair was SERIOUSLY in trouble in this episode? I'm not talking about the dance updo, im talking about the day-to-day every scene disaster. It was so FLAT and not its usual perfect curly/wavy do. It was just horrible watching it, especially the scene with Matt where they are doing the painting? It just looked oily and lifeless. So not the usual. Obviously the hairstylist for the show was slacking LARGE on her this episode! Sad! Anyone else notice?
Otherwise, TERRIFIC episode and TERRIFIC episode Recap. Love them! Keep it up! :)

i have to admit, i was really disappointed with Anna being a vampire and all, but I'm so happy Jeremy knew better than to go crazy over her. I can't believe he's still hung over on Vicki, though. Poor kid had it rough.
I am so happy Matt and Caroline are together! Matt deserved someone better than Elena who can't stop thinking about her two bloodsuckers when he's just trying to make conversation. Although, I have to admit I was hoping Matt and Elena would have a chance at another go- it seemed so cute- just to make Stefan or Damon jealous. OR! Stefan and Elena split (again i was glad they didn't break up this episode, as I was getting bored of the tag-it's-your-turn-to-dump-me-then-kiss-and-make-up) and Matt comes and breaks up with Caroline, having her totally cause up some HUMAN drama going on! I can't wait for the show to get even better than it's already getting! Very impressive for a first season, I have to admit!
BTW, I love your play-by-plays! Keep up the hard work!

OMG!!! The turning point was my favorite episode before but now this one is. I kept thinking it couldn’t get any better and then wham! It got way much better. Here are some reasons I think why…
1- Matt and Caroline are finally together! AWWW!! And Caroline finally got some vervain!
2- We see some bonding (even if it is fake) between the Salvatore brothers. I just love when we get to see more than just the evil side of Damon (I heart Damon! Hes not just evil, his character is soo much more complex than that (read the books!)). Anyways… we tend to forget that Stefan and Damon are brothers. It was nice to see some bonding.
3- It was also super to see Stefan’s dark side. I was like no!! don’t do that Elena is right there she is ganna get freaked out by it, she won’t see you the same way, she’ll be scared of you!! But it was all a scam to get Damon to trust him. I was starting to think that he really was going to let Katherine out of the tomb for Damon. Nicely played Stefan!
4- Could Alaric be Elena’s father? Well Isabel was 16 so maybe not. But I think that Alaric’s dead wife is definitely Elena’s mother (I mean in tv the world is always a small place). And if so it would make sense that Damon killed her (in the book he goes for the Katherine looking girls). I also think Jenna is going to try to find out from Alaric.
5- That Ana vamp chick… why does she want to open the tomb? Why does she want Jeremy to know about vampires? I didn’t think she was a vampire because she was out in the sunlight and I saw no ring in the previous episode when she and Jeremy are in the library right?? I’m not so sure?? Anyways… who else is in that tomb? Are they worse than Damon or Katherine? Why is Ana so interested in opening the tomb!!
6- AHHH!! Ben is playing Bonnie! Ben is really a vampire trying to get bonnie to open the tomb. (Where do the writers come up with this stuff?? Keeps you on the edge of your seat!!!) He better not hurt Bonnie!
7- Way to go Elena!! She finally starts to fight back.

Anyways I could go on forever on how much I love this show (more than the books. I think) and yes it is much better than the twilight saga(but I do love twilight too! The books are way much better). I can’t wait for next Thursday!! In the review we see Stefan and Elena digging up the tomb?? I’m not sure.
-Izzy

I LOVE VAMPIRE DARIES!!!I MEAN LOVE IT,EXCPILLY DAMON,I JUST CAN LICK HIM UP.

best show on earth

i love this episode...stephan dace haha


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