Tonight’s episode of The Vampire Diaries (3×18, “The Murder of One”) took the plan formulated at the end of last week’s show and turned it right on its head.
While the gang started off with what seemed like the right tools and a promising team, a few new developments came along which definitely changed the course of the episode.
Here’s a recap.
The episode began with Elena (Nina Dobrev) bringing Alaric (Matthew Davis) some coffee – an effort to check in on his murderous alterego-crushing progress. Damon (Ian Somerhalder) intercepts her visit and promises to pass along the message. He sends her away, and after he shuts the door, we see that Stefan (Paul Wesley) is also in the room and that the three are working on whittling those stakes out of the white oak wood Damon found last episode.
Alaric threatens to turn himself in for his crimes, but Damon talks him out of it. They need a vampire-hunter on their side for their mission anyway, right? He also convinces him to put his ring back on.
Meanwhile, Elena catches up with Caroline (Candice Accola) and reveals that Alaric was her father’s killer. Cleverly, and perhaps a bit insensitively, Elena reminds her that she’s had her own supernaturally-induced indiscretions in the past. The Salvatore boys join, along with Matt (Zach Roerig) to explain the plan and share the stakes.
The would-be victims of their plan, Finn and Klaus, are then shown walking down the street somewhere. Rebekah (Claire Holt)’s there, too. They strong-arm him into helping them return to Mystic Falls to undo what he helped to do – the curse that binds their fates.
Back in the woods, the brothers explain that they only need to kill one Original to end them all. The come up with a detailed plan about how to make that happen, with the perceivedly weak Rebekah at the center. She’ll be Damon’s target, it seems.
Great – or at least mean – minds must think alike, though, because she’s got revenge against Damon on her agenda, too. After they persuade Finn to help, with the assistance of his once-lover Sage (Cassidy Freeman), she surprises Damon after he stashes away his stake and puts a knife in his gut. She took out Alaric too, though we don’t know whether she killed him or just incapacitated him.
Elena runs across Sage and Finn in the town square. She alerts Stefan to their presence, but he tells her to steer clear for now. Sage is telling Finn she doesn’t want him to die, by the way. Stefan, in the meantime, finds Alaric injured and realizes there’s a problem.
Yep, Damon’s all strung up at the Originals manor, and she’s trying to bleed the vervain from his system. She shoos Klaus (Joseph Morgan) away, telling him that she’s got the situation under control, and he goes off to threaten Bonnie (Kat Graham) into un-doing the binding spell she has on them. He convinces her by promising harm to her mother and Jeremy.
Caroline comes in to check on Alaric and see whether he’s still him. She forces him to drink some of Bonnie’s healing tea, and he apologizes to her for what he did to her father. She forgives him, remembering Elena’s note about the guy she killed when she first turned.
Caroline: I have blood on my hands too.
Alaric: But the blood on my hands is your father’s.
Caroline: Yeah. It is. And maybe the guy I killed was someone’s father too. Look, all I know is I’m no better than you, so I’m going to take a page from the Elena Gilbert handbook and choose to believe you can be saved.
Stefan catches up to Elena and urges her to move forward with the plan, despite Damon’s condition. She disagrees and they go their separate ways.
Damon, meanwhile, dreams of Elena coming in to rescue him. Seductively, she releases him from his bindings and offers up her blood. He moves in for the kiss when, bam, he wakes up to find that Rebekah’s been in his head.
Rebekah: It’s not fun with someone messing with your thoughts, is it?
He confronts her on her motivation, asking whether she really thought he had the hots for her. He also makes the bold mistake of calling her out on being attention-starved, and he takes a nice one in the middle for that little comment.
Sage and Finn, meanwhile, are catching up on old times at the bar, with Matt watching and Stefan listening in. A new vampire walks in, and Sage explains that he’s her progeny. There are enemies afoot in Mystic Falls, and she needed some back-up.
As Bonnie works furiously to undo the spell and rid herself of Klaus’ threats to her loved ones, Stefan makes his move on Finn. He gets Matt to spike their next shot of tequila with some vervain, and they quickly realize who the poisoner was.
The blood separates under Bonnie’s Latin chanting, and although Elena is able to get Finn in the heart with stake and a crossbow, the spell’s worked because Klaus is still with us. Rebekah too.
Klaus lets her go, and when she sees Damon all mangled up, she opts to let him suffer for his sins. He did turn her mother into a vampire after all. She does, however, alert Elena as to what’s happened as soon as she gets outside. She’s a wreck, really.
As Elena and Stefan prepare to leave and help Stefan, Sage comes in with a vengeance. She attacks Caroline at first but then announces that her real target is Stefan. She’d probably win, too, if not for the fact that both she and her vampire partner from the bar drop dead in a beat. Turns out, killing an Original kills everyone he or she’s ever turned. Uh oh. That means that if all the Originals die, there goes the vampire species.
Stefan shows up and offers the stakes in exchange for Damon. Through a little compulsion, though, Klaus comes to find out Stefan’s not given them all up. Elena tells Caroline the plan was to evacuate all the necessary Originals without killing whoever turned Stefan and Damon. Only problem is: they don’t know who turned Katherine, their creator. She just hopes it’s not Klaus’ lineage who did it, so they can get rid of him once and for all. This doesn’t sit well with Caroline, though, because one person who was turned by Klaus was Tyler, her beau. Uh oh.
Rebekah lets Stefan and Damon leave to go retrieve the other stakes. A sign of good faith. Klaus wants some reassurances that they’ll do it, though, and goes for his usual threat to everyone they love rant.
Rebekah and Klaus are left alone to discuss Finn’s demise. Klaus cares none for the loss, but to Rebekah, he was still their brother. She is not happy with his attitude.
Rebekah: The Salvatores may fight like dogs, but in the end they would die for each other. At least they know what family means. You destroyed us.
Klaus promises he’ll skip town once he’s gotten the stakes. Rebekah wants to stay. If she does so, to him she’ll be “just as pathetic as Finn.”
Stefan and Elena talk about the day . . . and a bit more. She declares that she never stopped loving him, and he says he knows. That’s not what Klaus took away from him, though. What it took away was the exclusivity of her love.
Stefan: I love you. I will always love you. I just want you to look me in the eyes and tell me that you don’t feel something for him.
Elena: I don’t know what I feel.
The episode closes with Damon going to retrieve the final stake from Alaric. Problem is, he can’t find it. His alterego has returned and has stolen the stake that could kill an entire line of vampires, including his. Dun dun dun!
‘Til next time!
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