The Vampire Diaries is back, and we're definitely starting a new chapter in the show if Stefan is teaming with Rebekah. To hear what showrunner Julie Plec has to say about that partnership, and Elena's "I love you" to Damon, read our postmortem. Let's dig in.
I suppose it made sense that the candlelight vigil for Mayor Carol Lockwood would take place at the high school -- as opposed to the town square, where she was murdered by Klaus (or, official report: head trauma from a fall), or at the church, where her son had recently been shot by Connor during another public memorial. Tyler bolted Sheriff Forbes' speech early and missed the introduction of the interim mayor, who we'd later learn is Bonnie's dad, a traveling pharmaceutical rep and the seventh person who was offered the job. Elena left, too, because she saw Rebekah. She found a crying April in the hallway, who distracted Elena by telling her she knows she's a vampire while Rebekah snuck up and snapped Elena's neck. "Was that necessary?" April asked. "No, but it was fun," Rebekah answered, smiling. It's good to have Rebekah back, and, perhaps, time for April to leave. Meanwhile, Stefan called Caroline from the Grill, where he was having a one-man-multiple-bourbon pity party now that he knows Damon slept with Elena. Caroline told him Tyler is spiraling and he takes priority now. Ha!
After we saw Elena wake up in the library, where Rebekah compelled her to stay, we cut to cocky Jeremy and Matt sparring lakeside in tank tops while Damon listened to a voicemail from Elena for presumably the 100th time. Jeremy wanted Damon to teach him something new -- and what we learned was that Jeremy is still no match for a vampire. A pizza delivery girl arrived, for the third day in a row. Damon told her not to return, no matter how much the boys begged. I couldn't tell if he was holding this pizza hostage or going to throw it in the garbage, so Jeremy would have to practice hunting on animals or starve. The latter isn't a bad idea. Either way, Damon wanted to finish that message from Elena, who misses him and wishes he'd let her come to him, so he told Jeremy and Matt to run around the lake twice.
Rebekah called Stefan and told him she was holding Elena hostage at the high school (STILL NO SECURITY), and he phoned Caroline. I always love when they text, so other vamps can't hear them. The plan was for Stefan to distract Rebekah while Caroline used the white oak stake on her, but Rebekah had already disarmed Caroline by the time Stefan found her. Rebekah escorted him to the library, where he joined Caroline and Elena. (April was quickly dismissed.) They'd all been compelled. The rules: they answer her questions honestly, no disobedience, and no one leaves. Doesn't it seem like the Originals should be using this compulsion interrogation technique in EVERY EPISODE? Then, of course, we wouldn't have a series. And, you could argue, it would be less fun for them. They have all the time in the world to kill.
Rebekah needed a quick update on what she's missed. She couldn't understand why, if Stefan would do anything to save Elena, even take the cure himself so he could grow old and die with her, they were still vampires. Rebekah sensed that the reminder of Stefan's devotion to Elena made everyone comfortable, and Caroline finally blurted out that they'd broken up. This situation had to be perpetual teen Rebekah's dream. She demanded to know what had happened. "She slept with Damon," Stefan said. Elena glared at Caroline. Caroline could barely look at her.
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