Vampire Diaries Episode 2.14
Written By: Brian Young
Directed By: David Von Ancken
Original Airdate: 10 February 2011
In This Episode...
Elena and Stefan escape for a romantic weekend getaway at her family lake house, so naturally shit is going to hit the fan. Things are obnoxiously romantic at first, but as night falls, the werewolves attack. Brady has talked Tyler on to their side, telling him that if werewolves break the moonstone's curse, they can change at will - or not at all. The two of them catch Stefan outside while he is gathering firewood. Brady shoots Stefan in the chest with a wooden bullet, and leaves Tyler there to guard him. Stefan begs for help which Tyler denies, until Stefan explains that Elena must die to break the curse. Brady, meanwhile, is in the house, stalking Elena in proper slasher film style. She does a damn good job avoiding him, but Stefan swoops in for the kill at the last minute. Tyler apologizes to Elena - he didn't know they were going to kill her.
Back in Mystic Falls, Jules, a scrawny kid named Stevie, and a couple other random werewolves set upon Salvatore Manor. Ric is there having a drink with Damon; he is stabbed through the stomach by a lackey, then plays dead while Damon is bound and tortured for the moonstone. Damon isn't talking. Elijah comes in with the moonstone, and sets it on the table, offering it freely to the werewolves. Of course, the lackeys are instantly killed when they try for it. Jules runs away, and Elijah frees Damon. Meanwhile, Bonnie, Caroline, and Jeremy drug Luka and drag him back to Caroline's house, where Bonnie performs some kind of witchy mind meld on him. Luka reveals that the only way to kill Klaus is after he sacrifices the doppelganger. He will be weak and vulnerable - but Elena will have to die. A telephone tree from Bonnie to Damon to Stefan and Elena completes the picture. Elena knew she would have to die to keep her friends safe, and Stefan is furious at her for playing the martyr.
Also: Jeremy and Bonnie finally hookup, and Tyler leaves town with Jules.
Dig It or Bury It?
This show goes to such extremes. On the one hand, some of the Elena/Stefan were some of the most revoltingly romantic scenes I have ever had to suffer through. On the other hand, some of the torture, stalking, and killing scenes were some of the most revolting I have ever had the pleasure of watching. I really enjoyed Brady stalking Elena through the cabin. It was a throwback to the classic 1980s slasher flicks that I watched as a kid. Very well done, with the stalking and the hiding and the near hits and near misses.
Bonus: the episode opened with Elena, Caroline, and Bonnie in bed together - no joke. They had a slumber party and slept in the same bed.
I think that with this episode, Vampire Diaries has a lock on the world record for Most Hearts Removed With a Bare Hand. It seems to be the murder of choice for vengeful vampires. Elijah ripped the hearts out of three werewolves tonight. The last two he double-fisted at the same time. It was rather impressive. Also of note was the torture contraption that Stevie created for Damon. Based on "some torture porn" he saw, it was a collar with wooden nails. When he pulled the heavy attached chains, it tightened excruciatingly around Damon's neck.
Ric and Damon are shooting the shit over a couple drinks back at Damon's place. They casually discuss Andi, the reporter that Damon is screwing - er, dating. "She's Jenna's friend. Please don't kill her." "Of course not. If I did, who would report it?"
I sense another emotionally divisive episode on the horizon. On the one hand, Stefan flashes back to all the kills from his "evil days." On the other, they were Elena's ancestors, so she's probably going to be pissy about it.