The Vampire Diaries recap: The New Deal

As Caroline helped Klaus recover, Elijah returned and got himself hurt
Ep. 18 | Aired Mar 28, 2013

GOT WOOD? Caroline (Candice Accola) realized before Klaus (Joseph Morgan) the answer was no.

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Back at Klaus’, he was sweaty (and still shirtless) and cowering on the floor when Caroline came in again. He started to think it was the real her when she quipped about how she should be running three prom committees at that moment. (That episode airs April 18.) He told her about the white oak stake, and since he was hurt, she was the person to call. She found that hard to follow: He ran Tyler out-of-town and killed his mother. But, Klaus reminded her/us, if he dies, Caroline and everyone she knows dies. She had to help. He told her she’d need to cut the stake out of him.

The boys showed up in the PA town, and Damon again insisted that he’s over vampire Elena and wants to do whatever it takes to get her home and to take the cure.

Back at the diner, Elena prepared to impersonate Katherine. She needed her jewelry, her jacket and (gasp!) her shoes. While Elena waited impatiently (Katherine would’ve been fashionably late, right?), Rebekah and Katherine taunted each other some more as Rebekah revealed that Elena doesn’t want the cure but she does. The boys sat down, and after Damon gloated about Katherine’s predicament, Stefan asked where Elena was. The answer: Off getting kissed by Elijah, who believed she was Katerina. And that’s why Rebekah was reminding us how Katerina had come between Elijah and Klaus.

I’d like to think the kiss lasted the full length of the commercial break. I wanted it to be hotter, but 1.) Elena’s emotions are turned off and 2.) she’s not sure how Katherine would play it. “I missed you,” she said. “And I missed you,” he answered. He was there to get the cure from her. She told him it was in a safe place, and when she tried to say she’d go get it and bring it back, he grabbed her --- he knew it was Elena, apparently by the gentle way she’d touched his chest.

At the diner, Katherine came clean about her being “friends” with Elijah. Ewwwww! That hurts me a bit that Elijah would go there, but remember how lovely he and Katerina were in flashbacks. Rebekah told Stefan where Elena was meeting “em,” and Katherine agreed to take Rebekah and Damon to get the cure.

Caroline was having a difficult time getting the stake out of Klaus. Whoever did the sound for that scene had a good ol' time making the noises for her digging around in Klaus’ back. Caroline finally smartened up: If Klaus wants her help, he’s gonna have to let Tyler come back and promise not to kill him.

Stefan called Elijah on Katherine’s phone, and hearing how concerned Elijah was about Katherine -- whom he was convinced Rebekah would kill the moment she ceased to be of use -- almost made me okay with him hooking up with her. Elena said what we were all thinking: Why is he doing that? Elijah said he always had a connection with her, and she phoned him when she heard about the cure and he thought they could be of mutual use to one another. No Humanity Elena is annoying, but she does speak the truth, which is that Elijah is just another man Katherine has fooled. Elijah could tell Elena wasn’t herself, and it wasn’t just her being a vamp now. He asked her why she’d turned off her emotions, and she told him it was because his girlfriend had killed her brother. Elijah hadn’t know that. Katherine hadn’t told him.

Katherine took Rebekah and Damon to a home that I also refused to believe was Katherine’s. She tried to pretend the cure was stolen from her safe, but they weren’t buying it. Rebekah took upstairs and Damon looked downstairs. I really expected Damon to make a soap dish joke when he was expounding on hiding techniques, but he didn’t. He noticed the fish tank had no fish in it but a large treasure chest. When the water had vervain in it, he knew he’d hit the jackpot. Katherine dunked his head in the tank as he went to fish out the cure, and she almost got out the door before Rebekah stopped her. To save her life, Katherine gave Rebekah the cure and bolted.

Rebekah took the cure right as Stefan showed up, and really, if that was it, it would’ve been a major letdown. She collapsed on the couch like sleeping beauty.

Klaus could feel the splinters moving toward his heart and begged Caroline to help him, but she wouldn’t until he promised not to hurt Tyler. He wouldn’t do that because Tyler tried to kill him, but yeah, Caroline’s right, Klaus has tried to kill most of them. This turned into a conversation about trust being the foundation of friendship, and Caroline angrily yelling that she should’ve turned her back on Klaus ages ago. That was a punch to the gut, but silver lining, Klaus’ pain was gone. Silas had gotten into his head and made him think he was dying. Caroline had taken Klaus’ mind off of it enough to break the spell, apparently. Seriously, if Silas can make Klaus think he’s croaking, then what can he do to the rest of them?

Stefan went at Damon, assuming he didn’t really want to stop Rebekah from taking the cure, but Rebekah gasping for air interrupted that. Also cut short: Elijah and Elena’s conversation about whether men are fools to think the nice, innocent girls they fell in love with are still inside Katerina (for Elijah) and her (for the Salvatore Brothers). Katherine appeared and snapped Elena’s neck. I'm okay with that as punishment for Elena burning Elijah’s letter along with her house and Jeremy’s body. Elijah had looked so cute when he smiled about Elena quoting his letter, which said her compassion was a gift that she should carry with her always and forever. (Always and forever, swoon.)

Rebekah came to and felt alive. Damon’s consolation prize was that now he could kill her. He threw a letter opener at her head, and she caught it. Her hand was cut, but it healed. She was still a vampire. Stefan was relieved, and part of me wanted to believe it was because Rebekah hadn’t just been killed, but I think it was all because that meant the cure was still out there. Katherine had just given them a decoy with a vervain shot. Well done!

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