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'The Dinner Party' - 'Vampire Diaries' Episode 2.15

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Vampire Diaries Episode 2.15
"The Dinner Party"
Written By: Andrew Chambliss
Directed By: Marcos Siega
Original Airdate: 17 February 2011

In This Episode...

Elena and Stefan are still in seclusion at the lake house. Elena is absorbed in Jonathan Gilbert's journals, which describe Stefan's attack on him. Stefan shares his side of the story. When he first turned, Stefan was so filled with guilt that the only way he could turn it off was by vicious, psychopathic, and constant killing. He was like Damon, only worse, while Damon was the one trying not to give in to his baser instincts. With Civil War in his backyard, Stefan had an endless, anonymous supply of victims. It is at this time he meets Lexi - then called Alexia - when he mistakes her for a human. Lexi helps Stefan rediscover his human side, and this is what bonds them as BFF.

Damon and Andi host a dinner party for Jenna, Ric, and Elijah, where Damon plans on killing Elijah. He pays Katherine a visit to get confirmation that the dagger in ash will kill an original. Her fear that Elijah will die, leaving her trapped in the crypt forever is answer enough for Damon. She promises to stay in town and help kill Klaus if Damon just gets her out. Though he brought her blood and clothing (what more could a girl want?) Damon refuses.

The dinner party is uneventful until the men adjourn to the library for after dinner drinks while the womenfolk clean up. In the Gilbert diaries, Elena discovers that the tale of the dagger in the ash is true. But what John Gilbert didn't tell Damon was that if a vampire uses the dagger to kill another vampire, both will die. It is some kind of honor system. When Stefan realizes that John was setting up Damon, he calls Ric who interrupts Damon by inviting everyone for dessert. When the room empties, Ric writes this new info on a note. While Jenna fixes dessert, Ric helps Andi find her notebook in the other room. He returns - with the dagger. A violent thrust in the back seals the deal on Elijah's fate. The guys put Elijah in the cellar before Jenna (the only one in the room not privy to the undead hi jinx in her town) returns. But Elena is still reading, and the dagger must remain in the original for the vamp to remain dead. Sure enough, Elijah has escaped the cellar and pays an angry visit to Jonas, demanding Elena's location.

Stefan and Elena are waiting for Elijah. He cannot enter the house, but promises Elena he can out-wait her. Finally ready for a fight, Elena appears in the doorway, and insists that Elijah maintain his oath of protection for her and her friends. She produces a kitchen knife and says that if he doesn't, she will stab herself and have Stefan turn her. Then no one gets to break the curse. Elijah calls her bluff, so she stabs herself. Elijah panics, gives in to her demands, and she collapses into his arms, ready to be healed. Damon stabs Elijah while Stefan heals Elena.

Also: In a rage over what Bonnie did to his son, and the fury she and her friends raised within Elijah, Jonas takes her powers from her. When Ric refuses to reveal the truth about Isobel, Jenna breaks up with him. And Katherine shows up in Damon's shower. She knew that Damon would do the opposite of whatever she told him, so she lied. A vampire's compulsion dies along with the vampire.

Dig It or Bury It?

Did I miss something? Are Jonathan Gilbert, the ancestor, and John Gilbert, Elena's daddy, the same person? I feel like the show is all but saying that they are the same person. Besides the name, John seems to have far too much knowledge of ye olden days for it to be second-hand information. He is awfully obsessed with getting that ring back from Ric. And off the top of my head, I cannot remember seeing him in the daylight without the ring. It is one of those things that seems too obvious to ignore, yet none of the characters have caught on, which makes me wonder if I am reading too much into this. Is it supposed to be a "big reveal" at the end of the season?

Devilishly Charming

Damon gives Stefan a call to let him know that he is about to put the "kill Elijah" plan into motion, and to keep Elena safe. "Yes Stefan, I have become you. How tragic for both of us. Now excuse me, I have a murder to plan."

Blood Lust

The violence was at a minimum this week. Now, for Vampire Diaries, that is still a pretty decent amount of violence. Elena wins Ballsiest of the Week for her vicious self-inflicted abdominal stabbing. She hesitates a moment, goading Elijah to stop her. He doesn't, and she goes all-in, sinking the knife into her belly up to the hilt. I think she even twisted it a little bit.

Prophecies?

Katherine is out and about, wrecking havoc in a very Parent Trap way. Apparently she is getting good at impersonating Elena. She finally figured out the secret: straightened hair.

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