'The Descent' - 'Vampire Diaries' Episode 2.12

The Vampire Diaries Episode 2.12
"The Descent"
Written By: Sarah Fain & Elizabeth Craft
Directed By: Marcos Siega
Original Airdate: 27 January 2011

In This Episode...

Rose's werewolf bite is swollen and infected. Looks like a werewolf bite is indeed lethal to vampires - a slow, painful death. Damon leaves Elena to look after Rose while he goes looking for Jules. Rose is deteriorating quickly. She gets dementia and rage, and begins to hallucinate that Elena is Katherine and attacks her. Elena hides and when she emerges, Rose has escaped. Damon finds her at the high school's booster club BBQ, eating people. He calms her down and brings her home. She is in agonizing pain, but he holds her until she is calm and drowsy, then stakes her - with tears in his eyes. Damon tries to fight back the emotion, which makes him drunk, unstable, and deadly.

Elsewhere: Stefan goes searching for Isobel, but instead finds Uncle John. Jules befriends Tyler and tells him that, despite his belief, Caroline isn't the only vampire in Mystic Falls - and she killed Mason.

Dig It or Bury It?

This episode was definitely geared towards the Twilight set. There was too much emotion. Damon is hurting and it makes him self-destructive, and not in a good way. Stefan is gone for most of the episode, and when he is not, he is smooching Elena and telling her how he never wants to be apart. It was angsty, weepy, emotional, and just generally trying. On the upside, this episode had the highest body count of any episode in the series six killed on screen, plus a pile of body parts belonging to at least two campers.

Blood Lust

The episode opens with Jules trying to clean up the pieces of campers she killed in werewolf mode. When a cop comes by, she bludgeons him to death. While Rose is suffering delirium, she kills the school janitor, a teen boy, and his girlfriend. Damon kills Rose - it may be a mercy killing, but it still counts. In a drunken Charlie Sheen-like stupor, Damon toys with a young motorist before killing her.

Despite all this, the bloody win of the evening goes to Elena. In one of her fever-induced rages, Rose attacks Elena. In order to free herself, Elena sticks her fingers deep into the open wounds on Rose's back.

Devilishly Charming

When Damon tucks Rose into bed after her BBQ slaughter, she apologizes profusely. "You went on a murderous rampage. It happens," Damon assures her.

Caroline has a good line, too. Matt kisses her at the beginning of the episode; later, Tyler kisses her. Flustered, she blurts out, "Everyone needs to stop kissing me!" and runs into her house, leaving behind a very confused Tyler.


It's Caroline vs. Tyler in a war of of the creatures.