The Vampire Diaries recap: The Rise and Fall

The race for the cure takes a tragic turn as Silas is reached
Ep. 14 | Aired Feb 14, 2013

LOOSE END Shocker: Seeing Damon (Ian Somerhalder) like this wasn't the most exciting moment in the episode.

In the well, Shane realized they were standing on top of the magical passageway Bonnie had to open to lead them to Silas' crypt. Bonnie had to hold Jeremy’s hand, touch his bare chest, breathe, and pull the power of the mark into her. So it’s tantric magic. Sexy! The more Bonnie “pulled,” the more Jeremy shook, though he didn’t seem to be in pain. The well began to crumble around them. Awkward commercial break!

Rebekah had sent Elena jumping first off a cliff so she could tell Stefan there was only one dose of the cure. She knew even if she gave it to him, he’d just give it to Elena. She couldn't handle two against one, so she snapped his neck.

After the magicquake stopped, Bonnie and Jeremy were fine. They’d succeeded in opening the passage. Jeremy put back on his shirt. Boo! And Bonnie refused to help Shane, who’d broken his leg. A little convenient, perhaps? She told Shane it was best if he stayed off the leg, which meant she and Jeremy moved ahead on their own.

The Hunter and Damon officially entered the playing field. Since Vaughn no longer needed Damon because Bonnie had done her part already, they were ready to kill each other. Damon said he was going to do away with Vaughn and get the cure for the girl he loves. Vaughn said Damon’s attachment to his friends would be the end of him. We heard a noise. “You don’t know my friends,” Damon said. Enter Rebekah. “Or my enemies,” he finished.

Elena had made her way back to the top of the cliff to sit beside Stefan. As he drank from a blood bag, he told Elena about there only be one cure, and she said she couldn’t take it above everyone else who deserved it just as much as her. (Maybe Stefan and Rebekah deserve it more, since they’ve been vampires longer, Elena?) She said maybe it was for the best: Even if she could be human again, she’d never be the same girl she was before Matt’s truck went off the Wickery bridge. She’d have to learn to embrace the new her and live her life. Sired to Damon, Stefan said. She’d deal with that when they got home. HOME. They realized Bonnie’s spell holding Klaus would soon wear off, and after what they did to Kol, Klaus would kill them all. They had to get the cure and ram it down his throat. At Elena’s house, Tyler had realized that, too. He wanted to get out of town, knowing Klaus would start with him. Caroline begged him to let her try to fix things with Klaus because she didn’t want to say goodbye to him again.

We cut back to the well, where Vaughn proved he’s the James Bond of The Five. He knocked Rebekah out with some kind of stake grenade he buried in her chest and fired some kind of vervain yo-yo around Damon’s neck. Stefan and Elena caught up, and Vaughn fled through the passage. Stefan sent Elena on, and he stayed behind to try to help Damon.

NEXT: Oh, I keep forgetting Silas was a witch

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