'The Vampire Diaries' recap: Dead, dead, dead

vampire-diaries_dlFor a moment — when Vicki had her hand around Elena’s throat and threatened to rip her little head off if she tried to keep her away from Jeremy, to be precise — I thought Vicki might actually be worth keeping around on the show. Later, however, when it didn’t occur to her to have sex with Damon as she complained about being bored (I thought Stefan said all the urges meld together, so why couldn’t she think about blood and sex when Damon was giving her those eyes?), I was ready to kill her myself. I know she couldn’t bed him if we were supposed to feel sorry for her when she couldn’t control her fangs around Jeremy at the school Halloween party and got staked by Stefan after she attacked Elena. (You go for the neck, not the shoulder, Vick!) But if she wasn’t going to be Damon’s love slave, then I’m fine with her exit. She did manage to get the Salvatore brothers into the same room without them threatening to kill each other — instead, they argued over the proper way to raise young vampire Vicki, with Stefan pushing his no-humans philosophy and Damon his “Snatch, eat, erase” motto. But that was gonna get old. Having a vampire with an addict mentality and impulsive personality is interesting in theory, but not when it makes her behave as stupidly and selfishly as she did when she was human. Are you sorry Vicki is gone? Let’s take it to a vote in the poll at the end of the post, friends.

More thoughts on the episode:

• If you haven’t read Michael Ausiello’s interview with Kayla Ewell, head there when you’re done here. She tells him that they reshot her death scene. Originally, it was Jeremy who staked her to save Elena. But they decided they wanted Stefan to do it because it makes him look more like a hero. I’m confused about where Stefan and Elena stand now. Are they back together, or was she just telling him how hard it will be for her to keep being apart from him when she said she can’t lose her feelings for him? I thought the former, until the use of “vampire rebound” in the promo for next week’s episode, when Stefan gets a visit from an old female friend, made me think it has to be the latter. “Stefan smiles. Alert the media!” Consider me alerted. And psyched!

• Tyler took the shirtless bullet this hour, and yet I still agreed with Damon when he said, “Oh, come on, who’s gonna miss this idiot?” after apparently getting so upset with Ty for using the word “dude” that he wanted to kill him in the opening scene. Sadly, Damon just glamoured him into forgetting that Vicki had vamped out (though not with Logan’s blood still on her face, psych!) and talked about how hungry she was in a way that was supposed to be sexually charged but did absolutely nothing for me. The first time I watched the scene, I thought Vicki was referring to Damon when she said, “Don’t you hurt him.” But on repeat viewing, I realized I’ve just watched the Godric episodes of True Blood too many times. Did Vicki feel any kind of special loyalty to her maker? Did Damon actually feel sad when he saw Vicki’s slightly shriveled body? You want to believe Elena’s “it matters” speech got to him, and that’s why he showed up at her house and offered to do what Stefan couldn’t: Glamour away Jeremy’s memory of Vicki’s semi-sexy lipsucking and staking, so he thinks she’s just left town like poor Matt will now. But I don’t believe Damon did it just because he realized if his cold heart felt a tinge of remorse, imagine what Jeremy was experiencing after losing the only person who made his parentless life bearable. I think Damon knew it was better for him if Jeremy didn’t remember. No way you trust someone that fragile with a secret.

• Elena takes a lot for granted when it comes to Damon. Vervain just protects her from Damon’s mind games, right? Not from him biting and draining her? Yes, her slapping Damon for not caring about Vicki’s death was badass and good TV, but HE’S A VAMPIRE. YOU HAVE AN OPEN WOUND. HE’S TOLD YOU REPEATEDLY THAT HE HASN’T KILLED YOU — “YET.” Do not make the man say you should leave twice.

• Damon needs to flirt with more cougars. “Well, are you happy with your husband?” he asked Tyler’s cocktail-loving mother after she said her husband wasn’t going to he happy with her for running so late. Damon can be a good listener when he wants to be: He now knows that she has Vervain, that there is a council behind the vampire hunt, and that they have no idea that vampires with a special ring can go out in daylight. (I bet they also don’t know about vamps using coffee to send caffeine through their veins to warm their bodies to the touch.)

• Jasmine Guy as a grandmother still makes me uncomfortable. But I’m ready to see more of her. After Damon tried to take back the crystal necklace Caroline had given Bonnie to wear with her witch costume — and his hand burned — grandma informed Bonnie that it had belonged to one of her ancestors. How soon do you want to kick this witch storyline into high gear? Gram says magic’s meant to be real and serious. Pull the trigger, and let’s get Bonnie some screen time. I think the actress could handle a serious scene (read: doing magic not at a carwash) and more childish bickering with Damon.

• Was my favorite line Damon’s response to Stefan questioning why he was letting Vicki leave the house — “She’s been cooped up in your room all day. She’s not Anne Frank” — or his “Uh… my bad” after he encouraged Vicki to try out her superspeed and she bolted to her house? Did Damon and Stefan have the same level of tracking ability when it came to Vicki, even though Damon was the one who turned her? And Damon simply never cared enough to go after her, so that’s how Stefan always found her first?

Photo credit: Quantrell Colbert/The CW

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  • lex

    Definitely enjoyed vampire Vicki, but didn’t see her being able to do much else on the show. Hopefully they bring her back from the dead because Kayla Ewell is easy on the eyes and her acting isn’t bad either.

  • gael

    hated vicki. glad she’s gone; hope it lasts.

    • PapaGanoush

      i just think your jealous

  • Valley Girl

    After seeing Vamp Vicki, I think she would have had more potential than, let’s say, Caroline, as far as survival rate/longevity on the show.

    Agree with you, Mandi, that seeing Jasmine Guy as a grandmother is kind of disturbing. If going by JG’s actual age (47), then grandma would have had given birth around age 15, and then that kid would have also had a kid at 15, that kid being Bonnie, who is supposed to be about 17? Um, okay.

    All in all, thought it was good episode, good recap.

    • Mary Q. Contrary

      Jasmine Guy might actually be 47, but she could pass for mid 50′s. The girl playing Bonnie is older than she’s playing, and it’s always harder to make someone older appear younger than vice versa.

    • mels

      that was not a recap at all!

    • Codi

      Maybe witches don’t age much either, but not to the extreme of vampires. Maybe she is really older but looks fairly young.

  • Bex

    My fav line from Damon was totally the “My bad…” one, made me laugh out loud

    • Katie R

      my fave was when Bonnie wasnt giving the necklace to him because it was Carolines and he was like “Aww, Loyal”

  • Shaz

    Love this show! Haven’t seen this episode yet but it sounds awesome. I definitely want Bonnie to get some more screen time,she has great potential as a character. And more Bonnie/Damon scenes!

    • aisha

      why are you reading this page if you havn’t watched it yet?
      you’ve ruined a brilliant episode for youself!

      • Shaz

        Because I like to be spoiled. And its a free Country!

    • Becky

      Don’t feel bad, I get in trouble all the time for looking at the back of my book!

  • Jo Groenewoud

    Have just started watching the show don’t know exactly what to think of it. Not bad really but I wouldn’t stay home for it.

    Vampire High and Vampires in History, Geography, Anatomy, and Poetry

  • Kim

    So glad she’s gone. Someone had to put that girl out of her misery.

  • cloe

    I am so angry and disappointed that they killed her off. That storyline had so much potential!! And Kayla Ewell is a terrific actress, I can’t believe they let her go! :( I loved the idea of a bad-girl vamp, especially one that Damon created. Hot stuff. And they just totally killed it. Sigh.

  • PapaGanoush

    I like Vikki she showed style… I hope somehow they bring her back maybe as a zombie lol… I don’t like Elena she is too much of a drama queen…

  • mom_of_2_kidz

    Loved it! I’m so glad that the media didn’t ruin the surprise of Vicki getting staked. I wish they wouldn’t make Elena so whinny – she kinda sounds like Bella at times ;0}

    • cindy

      You are so right – I think she is venturing into Bella territory. I liked her for most of the episodes, but during these last two, she has been very whiny.

      • lalala

        Let’s see, she just found out her new boyfriend was a vampire, his brother was the one responsible for all the deaths around town, Vicki was turned into a vampire because of Damon, Jeremy is still a mess and now in danger because of Vicki but she can’t tell him why, and she has to lie to everyone else about not knowing about what is going on, so she’s carrying a lot of guilt. I think she has a few good reasons or two to “whine” about it…

    • Madisa

      Too true. Good call. She has been a bit of an annoyance to watch. Keeping secrets and carrying guilt around are not good reasons to be whiney.

      • lalala

        I’m having the opposite effect. She was pretty bland in the beginning, but since she realized they were vampires, she’s really stepped it up for me. It’s not just some small secret or guilt about something trivial, it’s people’s lives we are talking about. All those innocent people’s lives. Her brother’s life. She was shown to be fiercely protective, I mean, going after a vampire to protect her brother. I was glad she slapped Damon, she was just disgusted about his nonchalance about all the deaths he’s caused. Should she have just said “oh, you’re vampires. Oh well, I’ll just keep my mouth shut and let you guys do your thing?” Even though Damon is my favorite (’cause he’s the most interesting), I’m just tired of everyone giving him a pass for all the deaths and hurt he’s caused because he’s funny and hot but then complain that Elena is “too whiny.”

  • Katq

    New fan to the show-last night’s ep was only the 2nd I’ve seen but I LOVE Damon and enjoy watching Ian have so much fun playing him. I enjoy the Damon-Elena scenes more than Stefan-Elena scenes. Stefan is kind of a drag but I do need to see the eps I’ve missed as they’ll probably give me more insight into the character.

  • Heather2

    Since Elena and Stefan bore me to tears, more so the actors that play them, not the characters, I wanted Vicki to hang around. She creates needed conflict and distraction away from the Dawson’s Creek vibe I get from Stefena. And words cannot describe how much I love Damon’s character, and the fact that he showed a weak side at the end of the episode. Of course, it is all for his benefit, but still. Loved the episode, and I am so glad that they have veered away from the high school setting and shenanigans.

  • Indy

    I loved the episode. Even though I liked the ending where Damon showed some compassion, a part of me can’t help but feel that he somehow added his own mischievous memory into Jeremy.

    • mom_of_2_kidz

      I thought that also!

  • Maisy

    I am sure Damon took into consideration that wiping Jeremy’s memory was in his best interests but I am also certain that he really wanted to do something for Elena that Stefan couldn’t do. I think we’ll see a bit of a change in his character, not softening necessarily but more directly interested in Elena especially in light of next week’s previews of the visiting female vampire who draws Stefan’s attention. I am curious to see what Damon does with the information he gathered on the council, whether he shares it with Stefan and they work out something together or tries to settle things himself.

  • lulu

    ok, damon being sensitive does not fit the mold of his character — what was in it for him? what was the motive? maybe he didn’t really do the mind game that he told everyone else he was doing on elena’s brother… they didn’t show that part.
    so shocked when vicki died.
    i love damon – he’s sexy – i still miss him from LOST.

    • Courtney

      BOOK

      Well, in the book, Damon is not black and white. He’s got a bad side but also a good side. He wants Elena’s affections and is jealous of Stefan. Even in the show, Damon didn’t start out bad…he and Stefan were close and friends as well as brothers. His character has layers, which makes him a much more compelling character.

      • j

        So far courtney I think that is true on the show too. I certainly didn’t believe him last night when he gave his whole speech about not caring that vicki died and it doesnt matter. And I agree, he is far more compelling than stefan…snoozer.

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