Stefan’s done a lot this season to make Elena get over him/hate him/move on, and while *she* still may not be there yet, I’m pretty sure after his actions tonight that *I* am. “Our Town” picks up the day after last week’s episode and follows the path of most avoidance as Elena and Damon share no scenes until the very end of the hour. And I don’t know what the hell to make of Klaus’s latest move. Heads up: this is going to be really very long.
We start with Damon showering, satisfied, happy, and as Stefan points out, even “chipper.” Elena works out on the bag with Alaric and says nothing about the night before but does ask Alaric if he’s talked to Damon, which raises his radar a little.
Bonnie is working her mojo at the Witchy Manor when she’s beset upon by a nosy hybrid (in a neat trick, the coffins disappear while she’s mid-spell because the hybrid has come down to the basement). The Salvatores arrive and dispatch him but we oddly see no aftermath chat between them and Bonnie.
Later, at school, Elena and Bonnie ready Carolineâ€™s locker for her (should’ve been) 18th birthday but she’s stopped in the parking lot by a chat with Tyler where he admits his siredom is always going to be in the way. They agree it sucks and they’re sorry and he leaves her with a silver charm bracelet as her birthday gift. Inside, Elena and Bonnie disagree about Damon compelling Jeremy and when Bonnie goes to say goodbye to him she drops just enough of a hint that his idea might not have been all his own that she almost joins Stefan on my sh-t list.
Stefan goes to see Klaus toÂ demand that the hybrids back off and beheads one of them to make his point. Klaus retaliates by commanding Tyler to bite Caroline and Tyler essentially tells him â€œbite meâ€ (or so he thinks).
At the latest founders dayÂ shindig, where Alaric hilariously calls BS that every council meeting has to masquerade asÂ something else, he and Damon find Klaus in cahoots with Carol Lockwood, seemingly agreeing to keepÂ Mystic FallsÂ safe if Stefan will stand down. Stefan meanwhile tries to ginsu a hybrid until Damon tells him to snap the hell out of it and they discuss how to be a better villain. Downstairs, Alaric reconnects with Dr. Fell, who is a founder descendant (I thought weâ€™d had another Fell) and would seem to be up to something because her ex-boyfriend from high school has an argument with her that causes Alaric to intervene andÂ is later found dead at the end of the episode.
Elena, Matt, and Bonnie take the party to Carolineâ€™s and she tells them sheâ€™s not feeling it but Elena tells her too bad and they reboot it as a funeral after Caroline finally admits that she hates that she got stuck at 17â€”a filler yearâ€”and never made it to 18. They have a genuinely sweet crypt party and get ripped on tequila and cake and laugh like the teenagers they are. Bonnieâ€™s a bitchy drunk andÂ she makes another dig about Jeremy and then goes home. Tyler shows up because Caroline drunk texted him and then they take it outside, he takes backÂ everything he said that morning, and tells her he loves her. Things heat up andÂ before he realizes what heâ€™s done, Tyler bites her.
Caroline freaks the hell out and Tyler runs away (but doesnâ€™t go get Elena or Matt). Elena and Matt have a heart to heart about being in Mystic Falls and Matt suggests gently that theyâ€™ve all gotten stuck with their respective lots. They head out to find Caroline when they finish the tequila and Stefan zooms in and knocks Matt out (with more force than necessary) and whisks Elena off to make his next threat to Klaus.
HeÂ drives themÂ out to the bridge and calls Klaus and threatens to kill Elena, whoâ€™s screaming and weeping and begging him to stop and he really couldnâ€™t care less. Klaus listens to all of that and realizes Stefan is serious and backs down. Stefan stops the car and Elena bails out and gives it to Stefan with both barrels and he tells her all of this leads to Klausâ€™s destruction and thatâ€™s job #1 and she STILL doesnâ€™t tell him she canâ€™t love him and will never be with him and he tells her he lost her when he left with Klaus (and Iâ€™m all “honey what else do you need to have this bastard do to you?”). Damon is looped on all this because Stefan answers Elenaâ€™s phone but he doesnâ€™t arrive to pick her up until after their throwdown.
They have another heart to heart on the porch where Damon tells her Stefan was not all wrong in how he behaved. She tells him they canâ€™t kiss again because itâ€™s not right. He responds simply. â€œItâ€™s right, just not right now.â€ And she lets that sink in.
Matt takes Caroline home and Klaus arrives to save her and hereâ€™s where my mind flipped over because I really have no clue what the hell he was doing here. Matt cuts him off with a “you did this” and then Liz lets him in because Caroline comes first. He enters Caroline’s room and sits on the edge ofÂ her bed and she rouses enough to ask him if heâ€™s going to kill her.
He tells her, somewhatÂ sadly, thatÂ it wasnâ€™t personal, that she was collateral damage. He offers her a choiceâ€”to potentially live another millennium and see and do everything she ever wanted or to do or die there in her room on her birthday. She tells him she doesn’t want to die and he offers her his arm and cradles her while she feeds and wishes her a happy birthday. If he wasnâ€™t such a raging sociopath, itâ€™d have been sort of sweet. When she wakes the next morning, heâ€™s left her with a beautiful silver bracelet that seriously one-ups the trinket Tyler gave her. Sheâ€™s smartly both awed and immediately suspicious.
Over at the Gilberts, Elena says goodbye to Jeremy and Bonnie arrives to do the same and keeps her mouth shut about anything else while she and Elena exchange uneasy glances. Alaric meets up with Dr. Fell at the Grill and tells him a patient died. They chat over beers.
Out at the bridge, Elena meets Matt and tells him that she’s not unlike Caroline in having moved on from the person sheâ€™d been prior to going off the bridge the night she should have died and Stefan saved her. He tells her that the girl she was then would be proud of the girl she is now. He starts a eulogy of sorts, proclaiming her an amazing friend, and then tosses flowers into the water below.
Out in the woods, Liz takes Damon to a crime scene where the medical examiner (and former flame of Dr. Fell) has been staked and Liz says it was â€œMURDER!â€
So, I get it that Stefan has a master plan but he crossed so many lines tonight taking Elena back to the bridgeâ€”which Iâ€™m pretty sure weâ€™ve not actually been on before (comment me if I biffed that). This was the spot of her near-death, rebirth, and his rebirth of sorts when he saved her. To threaten to kill her there, even if he hadnâ€™t gone through with it, was a punk ass, hateful move.
At one point earlier in the episode, Damon worries that, worse than an on/off switch, Stefan has a humanity dimmer which renders him wildly unpredictable, so much so that he sort of begs Klaus to acquiesce because he can’t be sure Stefan won’t get someone (or Elena) killed. I keep thinking there is something else we havenâ€™t tapped yet about why Stefan is so balls out to vanquish Klaus. Weâ€™ve gone past the point of reason now for the current Klaus mindwipe. Iâ€™m thinking this is vengeance for something *before*.
I get Bonnieâ€™s point about Jeremy but I also see that as a pot/kettle setup because she used witchcraft to save him rather than let him die and Elenaâ€™s using compulsion to save him. Tomato/Tomahto.
I hate that Tyler really had no free will left at all and that Klaus really, truly seems to be making a play for his girl. Thatâ€™s the way it looked to me, anyway. Those are some seriously manipulative shenanigans, yâ€™all. I hope that Caroline doesnâ€™t find herself enthralled with himâ€”I donâ€™t think thereâ€™s any bond there because Damon was saved by the blood and he’s not Klausâ€™s bitch, but weâ€™ll see. Caroline is younger.
As for Elena putting a pin in it with Damon, I hope she gets over that soon because Damon is going above and beyond chivalry here, and I know he too can flip into sociopathic on a dime, but, for now, his immediate actions, and his proclamation to Alaric that he has a short list of people heâ€™s concerned about, have me thinking Damonâ€™s reverted back to who he was pre-vamping but without the naivetÃ©.
So very much going on. This was another one we could used 90 minutes on. I liked that the whole gang was here–and that Matt was well used–even though the trade off was that we had a Jeremy-light episode for his (hopefully temporary) departure. I liked that we seem to be spinning up more and more new character combos and revisiting old relationships in a new way (I adored that Matt and Elena could really talk to each other like the old friends they are). Now I’m compelled.
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