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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Elijah knelt by Elena’s lifeless body and confronted Katherine about her killing Jeremy and feeling nothing for Elena although their fates were similar. Katherine said she hadn’t enjoyed killing Jeremy, but she was doing what she needed to do to survive. Elijah wondered if that’s what he is to her -- a means to survive. She did her best to tell him no, he’s given her a second chance (again) and she loves him. He didn’t buy it. Her telling him that she can’t broker a deal with Klaus without him didn’t help her cause. Katherine went by the home of the woman Elena and Rebekah had first talked to when they got to town and retrieved her "package." It was the real cure, her freedom.

Katherine happened to run into Elijah on the street and told him that he was right: She’s told so many lies to survive for so long, she’s beginning to believe her own lies. She doesn’t rememer who she was when they met, but she’d like to. She said she could try to shove the cure down Klaus’ throat and kill him, but even if she'd manage to do it, she’d lose him. Elijah’s reaction was beautiful: Even a 1,000-year-old vampire can be surprised when someone says something oddly romantic (like, if I kill your brother I'd lose you). I like that Daniel Gillies took it to that place, where Elijah was almost crying when he asked Katherine how he could be sure she wasn’t just fooling another man and Katherine took his hand and placed the cure in it. She held his hand and told him she wanted him to trust her like she trusts him. She said he could choose to do with the cure what he will and where they go from there.

The love theme was playing, so maybe Katherine was telling the truth? Regardless, Rebekah was at the car, waiting for Elijah, and told him she thought he was the smart brother. He said she doesn’t have one of those, he’s just as stupid as the rest of them. She asked for the cure and told him she wants to be human again. He couldn’t understand why she always thinks of the family as a burden. "Always and forever" is still important to him.

Rebekah explained that she wants to live and die the way she chooses, not the way Elijah and Klaus want her to. The love theme was playing for them now, too, because the love between siblings, particularly ones who have lived 20 lifetimes together, is deep. Rebekah’s phone rang, and it was Klaus. Maybe don’t answer it, Rebekah??? He wanted an update on the cure hunt, and she told him to speak to one of the complications. “Complication speaking,” Elijah said. I’m confused: Was Elijah just putting on a brave face when he said someone had to take charge of getting the cure, or had he been playing Katherine all along to some degree? He’s bringing the cure to Mystic Falls with just a few demands.

Caroline was ready to call it a night after using all of Klaus’ bleach to clean up. He thanked her for her help. She poked his Henley when she told him if he needs anything else not to call her because she has a prom to plan. "Friends?" he asked, all smiley and adorable. She asked if he was letting Tyler come back to town. He didn’t answer, at first. But he did then say she might have noticed that he’s not exactly scouring the earth for Tyler. She smiled a bit. So did he. So sweet.

Damon admitted to Stefan that he had a moment of weakness and let Rebekah take the cure. But afterward, he realized what a mistake he'd made. He apologized! Big of him. Stefan said they can’t judge Katherine for repeating her past when they do it, too. Them falling for the same girl has to stop: Once they give Elena the cure, Stefan said, he wants to get her out of his life and get a new one of his own. Ding, ding, ding! Is that the next incarnation of the triangle: Elena trying to win him back when she’s herself again?

Elena had called a meeting in the diner with Damon and Stefan to ask them whether they were going to respect her decision not to take the cure and accept who she is now. If not, there would be consequences, she said. The boys didn’t seem to hear that part. Stefan reminded her how she never gave up on him, so he’s doing the same. She asked for another refill and snapped the waitress’ neck. If they don’t let her be, they’ll have more bodies on their hands. Elena becomes a serial killer? That would be a twist!

Your turn. What did you think of the episode?

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