'The Vampire Diaries' recap: Damon went down to Georgia

I suppose this isn’t a surprising statement, but I love it when shows actually give you some answers. And this episode was like Jeopardy!.

So we picked up with Damon swooping in to save Elena from the mysterious/freaky figure she’d hit with her car after fleeing Stefan’s house in a post-coital rage when she found a picture of Katherine and realized that she resembles her. I was sorta hoping we’d have found out that Damon had licked her head wound or something when she woke up on their drive to Georgia, but it was more of a scratch than a gash, so I guess he was able to resist (or, maybe he was just full). Pity. Elena wanted to turn around, of course — “Oh, you were so much more fun when you were asleep,” Damon quipped — but she agreed to take a “timeout from her life” and trust Damon not to use his mind compulsion trick on her now that she was sans necklace. And on they went to a bar where Gina Torres from Firefly was the bartender, Bree.

Upon seeing Torres, I wrote “Don’t let her die!” in my notes because she plays strong women and occasionally, you like to see them make it. Well, at least Damon punching his fist through her stomach was an interesting death… At first, they played nicely. She raised a toast to him: “Here’s to the man that broke my heart, crushed my soul, destroyed my life, and ruined any and all chances of happiness. Drink up!” She told Elena that she’d fallen for Damon when she was a freshman in college and learning his secret allowed her to reveal hers — she’s a witch. Damon was now visiting to ask (again) for her help in opening the tomb that houses Katherine and the other vampires Mystic Falls had tried to burn. Without Emily’s crystal, there was no way, she said. She, however, changed her tune when Damon got a little pissy after he realized Bree had set him up. She’d phoned a friend (standing by the blender so Damon couldn’t overhear — smart!) to tell him that Damon was in the bar. That friend — the boyfriend of Stefan’s vampire pal Lexie, who Damon killed — used Elena as bait to lure Damon outside. He beat Damon, who’s a lightweight when it comes to alcohol as opposed to Elena, with a baseball bat, then doused him with kerosene. I find it hard to believe that Elena’s little “Lexie was good, so you’re good, be better than Damon” speech actually stopped him from dropping the match, but it did. And now Elena can play the “I saved your life” card whenever she wants. Damon confronted Bree, who was a friend of Lexie’s. She tried to save herself by telling Damon he could free Katherine if he found Emily’s spell book — it would tell him how she closed the tomb and give the reversal spell. Only problem: she didn’t know where the book was, so she was of no further use. Punch!

In addition to revealing that Damon considers Elena not the worst company in the world, and that Elena is one of those loud, jumpy drunk girls you hate unless you know her, the trip also served to give Elena some insight into Katherine. Damon told her that vampires can’t have children (“but we’d love to try”), so the only way she could be related to Katherine is if Katherine had a daughter before she was turned. Presumably, that is exactly what happened. BIG REVEAL! Elena went straight to see Stefan when she got home to ask him who she was to him, was she just Katherine 2.0? Stefan — who, had I written this episode, would have just unbuttoned his shirt because he was getting ready for bed when she barged in — said she’s the opposite of Katherine. He knew it from before they met. Gasp! Turns out, he was on one of his occasional visits to town last spring when Elena’s parents’ car went off the bridge. He was in the woods nearby and got to the accident quickly, but not before the car was submerged. He was able to reach her father who was still conscious, but he wouldn’t let Stefan help him until he saved Elena. I totally teared up at that and had to pause the DVR, I’m not gonna lie. Stefan rescued Elena, and went back for her parents, but it was too late. He noticed her resemblance to Katherine, obviously, and spent the next few months watching her to make sure she wasn’t Katherine.

So why do they look alike? BIGGER REVEAL! Stefan poked around and found out that while Elena’s birth certificate says she’s a Gilbert, there’s no record of her mother ever having been pregnant at that time. So she’s adopted! She must be a Pierce like Katherine. Elena wanted to know more, but Stefan said asking around about Katherine would raise suspicions. The only identification she needs anyway, in his eyes, is The Woman Stefan Loves. They kissed and made up. Elena went back to her house to useless Aunt Jenna, who said Elena’s parents never wanted her to know. I guess we have to keep Jenna around so Alaric can use her, but she’s just a waste of screentime in this episode.

Speaking of Alaric, let’s hand it to Matthew Davis, who proved he’s already mastered The CW Close-Up of Smokin’ Hot Pain. He earned his stripes when Damon came into the bar Alaric was grading papers at, and Alaric flashed back to walking in on Damon feeding on his wife. I’m assuming Damon killed her, though at first, it kinda looked like she was drinking from him, so maybe he changed her… Not sure why Alaric has what I assume is a vampire ring on if he’s not a vampire. (Could it have been his wife’s?) We know from his journaling voiceover (groan) that Logan was the first vampire he knowingly came across after years of research and study. Note: Just because your show title has the word “Diaries” in it doesn’t mean everyone needs to journal. Anyway, I bought Davis’ Angry Hand Shaking close-up less. Curious to see what he does next.

Jeremy and Anna (Malese Jow), the home-schooled friend he had a meet-cute/scary with in the library, are going to go into super sleuth mode, which should be fun. I already like Anna tons more than I did Vicki. She appreciates Jeremy for his mind rather than his mind-altering drugs, and thought his Dawson’s Creek-level of difficulty explanation of how a country at war doesn’t want realism, it wants fantasy, and that’s why the vampire folklore was popular in Mystic Falls in the 1860s, was brilliant. She also has an ancestor who kept a journal filled with vampire tales, and a mind of her own — she Googled and found a string of “animal attacks” periodically in and around town for the past 75 years. So looking forward to watching Jeremy and Anna pal around. She asked him if he wanted to have a Fright Night of vampire flicks, which she has seen none of apparently. Jeremy told her he was just getting over someone, and it was too soon to be dating. She backtracked and said she meant “as friends” (which, of course, she didn’t). So smart to introduce that tension. If Elena and Stefan are officially back together, we’d be lacking that kind of teen angst. But now, we have it. I, for one, really am that easy. Jeremy is totally crush-worthy when he’s not high and fighting for the love of a girl I can’t stand.

Lastly, we get to the future love triangle that is Stefan, Bonnie, and her grandmother. What? Maybe Paul Wesley’s mysterious, soft eyes could look adoringly at any woman, but I detected chemistry with both Bonnie and Sheila, who we found out met Stefan in 1969 when he attended her anti-war sit-in rally. He went to see Sheila after Bonnie lost her powers and couldn’t help him get a read on Elena through her necklace. Gran told Bonnie she had to clear her mind of whatever was scaring her for her powers to return, so Stefan knew Bonnie had gone to the site of the old church, where Damon had attacked her after Emily took over her body and destroyed the crystal. She fell through the ground and saw the door of the tomb. Stefan swooped in and saved her by telling her to close her eyes, then holding her close to him and leaping to the surface. Totally effing hot. Bonnie said she heard the vampires in the tomb, and Stefan promised they wouldn’t get out. She was safe. He returned her to Gran, and we found out about their (platonic, boo) history. Gran made it clear that like those in her family before her, she would keep Stefan’s secret, but she protects her own first, so if she has to sell him out to keep the existence of witches secret, she’ll do it. How many episodes until that happens?

Your turn. What did you think of Damon and Elena’s most excellent adventure? How do you feel about Alaric and the new duo of Jeremy and Anna? Is there any woman Paul Wesley couldn’t charm?

Photo credit: Guy D’Alema/The CW

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  • Codi

    I’m not sure that I trust Anna all that much. I love that Jeremy has moved on from nasty Vicki, but something tells me there is more to Anna than meets the eye.

    • Mandi Bierly

      I got that vibe, too, at first. But then I relaxed. Time will tell.

    • Karolina

      Well, she’s wearing a ring with a blue stone on it. I’m quite sure she’s a vampire ;p

      • cw

        OOH I didn’t notice the ring. But why would she want to give Jeremy all this info about vampires if she was one?

    • Zoe

      When Stefan brought up the last name of “Pierce,” I had to rewind to see if Anna mentioned her last name to Jeremy. She didn’t. My guess is she’s related to Elena. (Doubtful if all these people with rings are all vampires though; Lexie mentioned those rings are few and far between, so we can’t assume everyone with a big ring is a vamp.) On another note, I’m always surprised by how much I enjoy this show. It’s really getting much better than I thought it would be in the beginning. (And, IMO, far more complex and interesting than the books are!)

    • mishka

      i got that weird feeling 2. And remember shes home schooled. Maybe because she dosent want to draw attention to herself by going to high school. And the ring got me wondering if shes a vampire. And rly y do characters have rings like stefan’s and damions is it so that they can throw us off or sumething. Well i guess i have 2 tune into the next few episodes to find out :).

  • Chelsea

    This episode was really good. Maybe I’m alone in this, but I feeling NOTHING for Stefan/Elena. They are like wallpaper. I know they’re supposed to be soulmates or whatever, but they are oh so boring.

    Now Damon and Elena? At least there’s some fire there. Admittedly, I’ve always been into them from the books. I love that Damon is a kind of anti-hero but we see shades of something good every now and then.

    Here’s hoping Damon/Elena are the Pacey/Joey to Stefan/Elena’s boring-ass “soulmates” Dawson/Joey.

    Oh, and bring on Stefan and Bonnie, please.

    • Erin

      I have to agree with Chelsea. it makes more sense for Damon/Elena than Elena/Stefan

    • jc

      I agree w/ you. I defin saw some spark between Damon/Elena, and would love to see Stehan/Bonnie. I think Jeremy is adorable.

    • Nikki

      I TOTALLY got the Stefan/Bonnie vibe, last night too. It was nice. I’d like to see more of that. I don’t mind Stefan/Elena but they can be on the boring side and I’m a Damon/Elena shipper. D/E have great chemistry and I loved that they got to see a different side of each other. Here’s to many more Damon/Elena adventures!

    • Ashley

      Eh, I think Damon is more keeping Elena alive for some sinister purpose than anything else. Maybe he thinks he can use her in a future spell to open the tomb, since she may be in Katherine’s bloodline? That’s my current theory.

      • Carrie

        Yeah, I definitely think the only reason Damon hasn’t killed Elena is because of her resemblance to Katherine. I’m not a big Elena fan, though. I think she’s kind of boring and predictable. Plus, she keeps dumping Stefan and then going right back to him. I definitely see sparks between her and Damon, but Damon is a manipulative murderer. I wouldn’t trust him for a second.

  • Sparky

    Really liked the explanation for how Elena and katherine could be related but at the same time is nt there something wrong with the fact that Stefan slept with Katherine and now possibly with her great great grandaughter??? Glad they used the explanation of how Stefan saved her from the car crash, the two of them as a couple is alot more believable now. Plus she has some chemistry with Damon too…

    • Ashley

      Similar thoughts went through my head too, when I saw that part. I guess it could have been Damon, but that would still be creepy.

      I’m guessing that it’s neither, and we’ll find out more to the story soon enough.

      • Emily

        Neither brother is her father, since Katherine was turned before she slept with them. So, it’s not incest, just creepy. :)

    • karen

      not great great grand daughter, Katherin couldn’t have children, so maybe related just to the bloodline, from one of Katherine’s relatives. Not really creepy. Elena is just a descendant, just like she is in the books.

  • Via

    I’m confused about something; was Alaric actually in the room calmly watching Damon feed from his wife? If so, why/how is he still alive? And wouldn’t Damon have remembered him when their paths crossed at the bar? Still don’t know what’s up with his ring but I hope it explains away all those questions I just posed. I’m definitely seeing the potential in Jeremy and Anna becoming the Scooby Gang of this show, but it all felt too heavy handed to me. So I’m guessing their ancestors had their own gang going on by the extreme coincidence that they both kept identical creepy journals (and yes, having a diary is a prerequisite for living in this town). And I’m glad I wasn’t the only one picking up on the vibe between Grams and Stephan. I still think it’s crazy to have her playing a grandmother when she was famous for playing a teenager herself like 15-20 years ago. Btw, is it also a show prerequisite that all Black women on this show must be witches? Anyway, it was good to see this show putting Gina Torres’ talent to better use than Gossip Girl.

    • jc

      Yes, I was thinking the samem thing. If he witnessed it, wouldn’t Damons strong senses tell him that Alaric was in the room, some loop holes there.

      • K

        …Unless the ring protects him in the same way Elena’s necklace does, sort of. Maybe it keeps his thoughts closed to Damon, or anything of the supernatural.

    • Ashley

      There’s definitely more to the Alaric story, that’s for sure.

      Also, to address one of your other points, I thought Bree was related to Bonnie, possibly her mother.

      • Emily

        Me too!! I thought she was related to Bonnie–she was a witch AND knew so much about Emily. Maybe she was her aunt?

  • Stella

    I don’t totally trust Anna either. What I didn’t get was why she did disclose who her ancestor was? Anna didn’t even tell us what her last name was so maybe she might be a Pierce too? She has all the colouring of Elena. And does that mean Jeremy is adopted too? I don’t think Stefan is the father of the baby because Katherine was already a vampire when they met, wasn’t she?

  • jay

    I think that having Damon around keeps the Elena/Stefan thing from being too boring because there’s that hint of chemistry between them. Not to mention that she kept Damon from being killed. Glad that Jeremy is no longer the whiny crackhead from before. Much more likeable in this state. Aunt Jenna..boring. Alaric/Damon/Retribution thing very interesting.

  • Dana

    I kinda got the impression that Anna might be a Pierce. That would makes things interesting…..

    • mom_of_2_kidz

      I had the same thought!

  • Carmen

    I’m very happy that TVD is back. Although I’m extremely disappointed that they introduce another kick-butt cool chick that Damon quickly dispatches of ( oh Gina Torres could you have been Bonnie’s mom or aunt) but other than that I love that TVD answers the questions that it raises then quickly introduces 10 new ones.

    • TheObserver

      Ditto…thought she could have been bonnies mom or something…hate that they dispatched of her so quickly….Damon is so evil and so heartless and so incredibly sexy I can’t help but think its not just because he loves Katherine he wants to free her. And all those in favor of a love interest for Bonnie say ‘aye’!

      P.S
      Hope to see more of Mira Kirshna….curious about this Alaric storyline…hmmmmm…….

      • Carmen

        Definite ‘Aye’ on Bonnie getting some love but I will at least stay content that she gets a storyline.

      • Ashley

        Yeah, I thought she was Bonnie’s mom, and she may very well be…

  • alex

    this was a GREAT episode. i love that this show could be dragging out so many story lines- let’s be honestly- a lot of other shows would have held out on elena figuring out stephan was a vampire until the end of the season. they’ve done such a great job of keeping the pace up with almost no “filler” episodes where we don’t learn anything. Such a great show!!

    • cindy

      Agreed. I like the show, but they better stop taking these long breaks; I can’t believe how long we had to wait for a new episode. It makes you lose interest and momentum.

      • Laurin

        I never lost interest.. Kept watching the repeats.

  • alex

    also- i thought that Damon ripped out Bree’s heart.. he just punched her in the stomach? that’s wierd.. isn’t it?

    • Sarah B

      You are right, he did rip out her heart. My husband walked into the room RIGHT at that moment and thought I was crazy for watching. :)

  • @Lindsay

    There is, surely, no woman that Paul Wesley couldn’t charm. Sigh.

    • Hmb

      Agreed.I was really happy to see stefan and bonnie spending time together. They are both pretty caring and kind characters. But it would be way more interesting for her to end up with Damon. Love all hilarious comments abt stefan- pw really does have “deep” and “soft” eyes! Most accurate desciption.

  • Annie

    LOVE Alaric. Maybe cause I’m 28 and he appeals to me as an “older viewer”. They better not kill him off.

    I agree with the previous poster: I feel nothing for Stefan and Elena. Actually, Elena has more chemistry with Damon and more chemistry even with Matt, her ex.

    • Maddie

      Alaric is cool but I keep on seeing him as Warner Huntington III from Legally Blonde. Also, who all thought it is hilarious that Paul Wesley is also Jack Bauer’s son-in-law on 24?

  • SloaneBueller

    I loved when Sheila stuck out her boobs before saying goodbye. Maybe Stefan and Sheila are just both denying their past sexy time.

    • manda

      i think its possible tht sheila had some more of a conection with Stefan…if you know what i mean…they seemed very amused by eachother. they couldnt look away and i couldnt either ;)

      • matthew

        you’re right, it’s possible. we’ll see

  • Elaine1442

    I thought it looked like Alaric’s ring was moving a bit and thought that was because he was close to Damon at the bar. Maybe it has the power to identify vampires?

    • wg

      LOL I kept thinking it looked like it wasn’t fitted properly and kept flopping over to the side. :D

  • frencht

    @alex…Damon did rip out Bree’s heart, I Tivo’d last night’s episode and watched it twice :) It was a little reminiscent of (SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED TRUE BLOOD SEASON 2) Sam ripping out and crushing MaryAnne’s heart. Of course it being the CW, the whole heart crushing thing was as cool as it could’ve been.

    • madsia

      ditto – Bree had potential to be a bold character like Mariann, too bad

      • TrueBlood Junkie

        I agree….

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