The Vampire Diaries recap: An Army of One

Elena's on a mission to find Stefan, Tyler confronts his mom about Caroline, and Jeremy's still chasing ghosts
Ep. 02 | Aired Sep 22, 2011

TIME FOR A DIP Elena (Nina Dobrev) jumps into a lake

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Before you start wondering why Mandi Bierly changed her name to something virtually unpronounceable, let me explain. For the next few weeks, I'll be filling in for your regular and totally awesome recapper. I'm fully aware that I've got some fabulous shoes to fill and trust me when I tell you, I'll be missing her just as much as you will. She'll be back soon. But in the meantime, we can obsess over The Vampire Diaries together (and trust me when I tell you, I am obsessed). That being said, let's dig in!

Last week, Jeremy got all "I see dead people" with Matt, Caroline did the walk of shame until she got vervained by Tyler's mom, Stefan killed Damon's girlfriend (R.I.P. Andie Starr), and Elena realized that while her boyfriend may be lost, he's not actually lost. In other words, a lot happened. And if you (like me) thought things were going to slow down this week, take a step back and remind yourself that this is TVD. Far from taking things down a notch, the second episode into the season starts just hours before a full moon, and if you recall from the last few, that never seems to bode well for the residents of Mystic Falls.

This week's episode kicks off as it always should: in Damon's bedroom. Unlike last time though, Damon doesn't have the company of his compelled girlfriend. Instead, he's listening to a news report about her death while getting dressed, with shirt and sans bubbles (wasted opportunity, I know). He doesn't get much alone time though because Elena drops in without notice, or knocking (you'd think after last time...), to fill Damon in on her silent call with Stefan and to try and convince him yet again to help rescue her boyfriend from Klaus. But Damon (who has apparently been ignoring all her calls) is too busy burning the notes he kept to track his younger brother to notice.

Realizing that Damon's not about to budge, Elena heads to another bedroom (I mean really, can early morning conversations not take place anywhere else?). — this time Alaric's (who is shirtless!), where she tries to get more info on Stefan's whereabouts.

Her boyfriend, it turns out, is taking a not-so-leisurely stroll through the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee with Klaus and a lifeless Ray resting on his shoulders. As they're trailing through, Klaus tries to make convo with Stefan, who let's it be known that he's not interested. Seems like the younger Salvatore has realized that just because he has to listen to Klaus (and carry his baggage) doesn't mean he needs to pretend to like him. Let the back-talking begin! The two of them (plus Ray, who is still out of it) arrive at a spot where they find a pack of werewolves who look like they're the type to hold hands and sing songs around a campfire. Unfortunately, Klaus has bigger plans for them.

NEXT: Caroline's not a prostitute, she's just a vampire!


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