The Vampire Diaries recap: View to a Kill

Elena and Jeremy face off against Kol, as Stefan and Rebekah have a dance and a heart-to-heart
Ep. 12 | Aired Jan 31, 2013

WANTED DAGGERED OR ALIVE Stefan (Paul Wesley) took Rebekah (Claire Holt) to the canceled '80s decade dance. Awesome.

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Elena phoned Kol and told him she wanted to call a truce in the name of Silas. She said she’d come to him, but he said he’d come to her. The doorbell rang. He was there. Elena wrote on a handy blackboard for Matt to go help Stefan find the dagger, and for Jeremy to go get Bonnie. Jeremy was the one who had to invite Kol in, so Elena said he’d do it and leave. Smart call: Kol had just got done talking about ripping Jeremy’s arms off, which would spare Kol the Hunter's curse. Kol said he’d heard vervain was back in town, so he couldn’t compel Elena. Wait, why not? Does washing her hands in it earlier count? Kol entered, and Elena saw the white oak stake in his jacket pocket as he put away his iPod and asked for a drink.

We caught up to Stefan, who was back at Rebekah’s place watching her complain about ‘80s fashion as she tried to select an outfit for the dance from racks of clothing. A cover of “Maneater” was a nice song choice. Stefan had to break the news that the dance was canceled. She guessed that he’d come to talk about her giving up the dagger. When the subject turned to him trying to sneak out that morning, he said he was just trying to get used to their new situation. She asked him if he regretted it. He said no. She asked if he wanted it to happen again. He smiled (well, smiling for Stefan) and said maybe. SWOON. Would Stefan sleep with her just to get the dagger, she wondered. She knows he’s not Mr. Innocent. The conversation turned back to her missing yet another high school dance, and Stefan suggested they still go. This was almost as sweet as Zack setting up that "prom picnic" outside the school gymnasium when Kelly couldn't afford a dress on Saved By the Bell. (It's streaming on Netflix, y'all.)Though, let the record show that if we’re supposed to think security guards and teachers had been compelled before to let kids roam the school at all hours, that won’t work any longer now that vervain is in the water supply.


Back at Salvatore Mansion, Klaus was inside the cellar with Damon villain-bonding. I actually said, “Ahhh,” when Klaus asked Damon how he gets Elena to overlook every horrible thing he’s done: “What is it you say to her?” As much as I enjoyed Joseph Morgan during Klaus' holiday hybrid killing spree, it’s these surprisingly tender moments of Klaus’ that I love most. Damon knew what this was about: Klaus is afraid Caroline won’t forgive him for killing Carol Lockwood. Damon gave him a real answer: Damon is the bad guy so things get done, Klaus is a bad guy just to be a dick. “If you’re gonna be bad, be bad with purpose; otherwise, you’re just not worth forgiving.”

Over at Pi Beta Gilbert, Kol dropped a mention of the Originals all living in New Orleans at the turn of the century -- until Klaus shoved a dagger in his heart -- so we won’t be surprised when Klaus heads to New Orleans in the April 25 episode. That’s the one serving as the backdoor pilot for the Originals spinoff. Elena asked what Kol had done to get daggered, and Kol told her Klaus doesn’t need a reason. She said she’s willing to give up finding the cure if Kol agrees to leave Jeremy alone. Since Jeremy couldn’t find Bonnie, and the only thing Matt found at Rebekah’s was a random hair pick, Elena had to stall by talking cocktails and Silas with Kol.


Kol said he ran with witches in Africa in the 14th Century, in Haiti in the 17th Century, and New Orleans in the 1900s, and they all knew about Silas. He holds witches in high regard (when he’s not trying to kill one). Silas would unleash hell on earth if risen, they told him. Kol likes the earth as is (thanks, iTunes). Kol is a pretty good conversationalist. I hope we see him again in flashbacks.

Jeremy couldn’t reach Bonnie because her dad had taken her car keys and phone so they could have their first ever family meeting. He’s worried about her being a ticking power bomb. Jeremy showed up at her house and told Bonnie that Kol was in his house. Her dad still didn’t want her to leave, so she made a lightbulb break. She tried to exit, and WHOA, her mother was at the door. Did not see that coming! Honestly, part of me wants Abby to turn Bonnie into a vampire so she’ll lose her powers and we can stop with all the witch stuff on this show. But we’re too far down that path.

Bonnie’s dad, whose first name I still don’t know, had called Abby. Abby wanted to know what lies Professor Shane had told Bonnie and said that Bonnie was done helping Elena. Jeremy tried to stake Abby, but Bonnie stopped him. Jeremy left, and back at Elena’s, Kol did as well. It was unclear whether he believed Elena about being willing to give up looking for the cure.

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