'Daddy Issues' - 'Vampire Diaries' Episode 2.13


The Vampire Diaries Episode 2.13
"Daddy Issues"
Written By: Kevin Williamson & Julie Plec
Directed By: Joshua Butler
Original Airdate: 3 February 2011

In This Episode...

Jules kidnaps Caroline and brings her back to a cell in Brady's trailer. She offers a trade to Stefan - Tyler for Caroline. She believes it is a werewolf's duty to look after their own. Brady wants vengeance on the vamps that killed Mason, and is adamant that they can have both. Stefan brings Tyler to the woods and insists on a peaceful "hostage" trade. Damon shows up, so that when Stefan's way doesn't work, they try it the "fun" way. The boys are almost licked by Jules's werewolf army, but Dr. Martin comes in the nick o' time and gives the wolves a brain pain. He is working with Elijah and believes he plans to hold up his end of the deal to keep Elena safe, so he tells the Salvatores and Caroline to leave and tells the werewolves to get the hell out of town.

"Uncle" John is back, and no one trusts him, least of all Jenna, who now finally knows that he is Elena's biological father. Stefan brought John back in lieu of Isobel, and assures Damon that where Elena is concerned, they are on the same side. He comes bearing presents for Damon, and a way to kill an original vampire: dip the dagger into a vial white oak ash from an ancient tree from the time of the originals.

Also: Tyler apologizes to Caroline for her kidnap and torture, she does not forgive and de-friends him. Outcast, Tyler goes back to Jules and Brady - who become very interested to find out Mason was in town looking for the moonstone. Damon has a new booty call. John visits Katherine in the tombs and promises that "this is between you, me, and Isobel" and he is "working on getting her out."

Dig It or Bury It?

The storyline of this episode was great; the composition was not. There was some good action and the episode really carried the plot forward. However, it was weirdly choppy. A few seconds with a character showing up at one house, then a few seconds at the Grill, then back to the first setting, then to a third. It felt choppy. I think the feel they were going for was that all this stuff was happening concurrently, but it came across as sloppy and amateurish.

Also, I am getting really annoyed with the CW. They have had a number of transmission errors throughout the last few months. Not just with The Vampire Diaries; it is a broadcasting problem. Similar problems have occurred with Smallville and Supernatural (the only other CW shows I watch). Usually I suffer through frequent video blips and audio cut-outs, but last night the audio was virtually incomprehensible. CW, I know you are kind of the bastard stepchild of the broadcast networks, but you will stay that way with these continued technical problems.

Blood Lust

There was no one specific act of violence that stood out more than the other; this episode was littered with violence. Caroline's kidnap lead into torture at the hands of Brady, who shoots her in the head and legs with wooden bullets and shoots her with vervane from a green squirt gun. The vamps vs. weres fight was fun. The standout move was one werewolf firing a crossbow with wooden stakes at Stefan, Stefan catching the stake midair, and using it to stab his assailant in the jugular.

Sibling Rivalry

Damon is taking a bubble bath with his new booty call, Andi (she's a reporter, which you know will soon become relevant). He admits that he is in love with a woman he can't have, and is upset because it is making him a better person. He likes killing.

Dear Diary

Jenna laments to Ric: "Elena is my sister's husband's brother's daughter, and her mother is my boyfriend's deceased wife. You can't make this stuff up." Okay, maybe that is more "Dear Jerry Springer" than "Dear Diary."


Elena and Stefan go away for a romantic weekend at a remote lake house. Luckily, this is Vampire Diaries, not Twilight, so werewolves are on the hunt, Damon is getting tortured, and Stefan is getting shot.