The Vampire Diaries recap: That '70s Show

Damon's trip down memory lane doesn't fool Elena, but Silas gets the better of everyone
Ep. 17 | Aired Mar 21, 2013

NEW ATTITUDE Elena (Nina Dobrev) was feeling good from her head to her shoes in New York.

As Caroline and Klaus flirted over geometry while trying to pinpoint where the third massacre would take place in the Expression Triangle, Stefan had tried to get a hold of Bonnie and got her dad instead. Stefan figured out Silas was with her.

In the woods, Bonnie was on her back, writhing in pain. She was fighting back, so the witches had to link. Her eyes glossed over white. That was freaky! I wish Bonnie’s magic would be more visually disturbing like that instead of so many candles.

In Will’s apartment, Damon phoned Stefan as he searched Will’s files. He thought the clients were filed under their birthdates, and he couldn’t remember Katherine’s. “June 5, 1473,” Stefan said immediately. “And that, brother, is why you are the better boyfriend,” Damon said. Ha! He discovered a sheet of addresses for Katherine, mostly post office boxes. Elena found him, and they went back downstairs. She wanted him to finish his story about Lexi.

Lexi had partied with Damon for months, and late every night, she’d torture him asking him to talk about Katherine. Love is the most powerful emotion, Lexi said, so she thought she could flip his switch if he’d just let himself remember what it was like to love Katherine. Lexi wasn’t giving up -- Damon had asked her to help Stefan back in 1864, and now Stefan had asked her to help him.

I really didn’t buy what happened next, but Lexi did: Damon told her that the person he cared about wasn’t Katherine, it was her. I was waiting for him to snap her neck while he kissed her. I knew he just wanted to shut her up. But he didn’t. They had one hot and heavy night together that ended on the rooftop.

Elena grabbed a bottle and wanted to hear the rest of the story on the roof. As Damon led her away, Elena smirked at Rebekah, and Rebekah took down a guy who dared to touch her. Hilarious.

Back in the woods, Stefan went in one direction and Klaus and Caroline went in the other. Shouldn’t they all have been using vamp speed instead of walking slowly? Klaus and Caroline went at it again, and Klaus articulated exactly why we love supernatural bad boys like himself: “So you’ve never felt the attraction that comes when someone who’s capable of doing terrible things, for some reason, cares only about you?”

Caroline said she did once, when she thought he was worth it. But it turns out some people can’t be fixed: “People who do terrible things are just terrible people.” Klaus looked so wounded, which is really what Joseph Morgan does best. And you knew Caroline would eat those words, but man, I didn’t know it would be that quickly.

They were in the wrong spot, which meant it was Stefan who showed up and told the witch working on Bonnie that Silas had brainwashed her to kill them. The witch took out a blade and prepared to stab Bonnie then, because if Silas has her she’s lost. Stefan tried to stop her, and she gave him a massive headache. Klaus and Caroline appeared, and Klaus said they couldn’t stop the witch now because she’s linked to the others. Caroline ran, even as Klaus shouted, “No!,” and made the witch stab herself. All the witches fell, one at a time. “The triangle is complete,” a white-eyed Bonnie said. Why did Caroline have to stab the woman in the heart? Why couldn’t she just go for the leg and grab Bonnie’s body and bolt?

NEXT: Silas is finally cool

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