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BIG DADDY Klaus (Joseph Morgan) is going to be a father. [Insert gasp.]
Klaus said vampires can't procreate, which is true. But Sophie said he was born a werewolf -- magic made him a vampire. So he's nature's loophole. That's some tricky reasoning, but I'm on board because it's AWESOME. I know not everyone likes Hayley, myself included. But if she's going to stick around, this makes her interesting. (And she only has to live nine months, right? Then she can have a dramatic death that will never compare to Darla staking herself on Angel to deliver Connor.) Klaus blew up at Hayley telling her to admit she'd been with someone else. I loved how Elijah instinctively took a step toward her. Such a gentleman. If there's ever sexual tension between those two, it started there. But really, I think he was just being a good man/uncle. Hayley said she definitely would have confessed to sleeping around if she had, because it would have gotten her out of being captive in an alligator bayou. The baby is his. Sophie said Jane-Anne died performing the spell to confirm the pregnancy, and because of her sacrifice, the lives of Hayley and the baby are now controlled by them. If Klaus doesn't help them take out Marcel, Hayley dies. Elijah offered to kill Marcel (how sweet), but Sophie said they have rules (and a timeline) that must be followed. Yes, Elijah, we're trying to make a series here!
Before Klaus could leave, Elijah told him to listen. Klaus could hear the baby's heartbeat -- after we panned down Hayley's breasts to her belly. Joseph Morgan was so good in that moment. I love to see him tear up. With a streak down his face, he finally said, "Kill her and the baby. What do I care?" Then, he stormed out. When Elijah caught up to him, Klaus insisted it was a trick. But Elijah saw it as a chance to take everything back. Here, now, is a chance for Klaus, Rebekah, and Elijah to have what they always wanted -- a family. "This is us. The Original family," Elijah said. "And we remain together, always and forever." Bringing it back to the Viking flashback. AHHHHHH. Elijah said he was asking Klaus to stay there. He'd help him, stand by his side. He'd be his brother and they'd build a home together. "Save this girl, save your child," he said. We should have known it was too early in the episode for Klaus to give in. His response: "No."
Elijah phoned Rebekah to tell her she was going to be an Aunt, and Rebekah said the baby was better without Klaus. She doesn't know why Elijah still believes Klaus can find redemption. Katherine was there, and she said Klaus and her are the same -- their actions are driven by the fact that they're alone and hate it. She was confident Klaus would stay in New Orleans. She told Rebekah to have Elijah call her when he got home. She'd be waiting. Still don't think you're worthy of him, Katherine.
Klaus went back to see Marcel, again wanting to know how he controls the witches. They had a pissing match during which Marcel called New Orleans HIS TOWN. He's the one who got rid of the wolves, silenced the witches, and made people look the other way. "I'm not the prince of the Quarter, friend... I'm the king!" he yelled. "Show me some respect." To establish his dominance, Klaus bit one of the inner circle. He told Marcel he'd broken one of his rules and guess what, he cannot be killed because he's truly immortal. Who has the power now? Klaus smiled and left. And yes, we're all rooting for Klaus. He is the underdog now: He's one badass hybrid, but Marcel has an entire community of vampires and, possibly, a magic contact that could help him immobilize Klaus (if not kill him).
Klaus walked to Jackson Square, where there was live music and painting. He spotted Cami, admiring the same artist. She doesn't paint, but she interprets art: Every artist has a story, she said. This one was angry, dark, doesn't feel safe, and doesn't know what to do about it. He wished he could control his demons instead of them controlling him. He was lost and alone. DO YOU THINK KLAUS RELATED TO THAT? It was a little heavy-handed, but you know what, Klaus was emotionally fragile enough from a truly confusing evening that he nearly burst into tears. What an interesting choice from Morgan, to take it that far. Cami explained she's an overzealous psych major, but before she could ask Klaus if he painted, he was gone. (Is she thinking vampires exist NOW?)
He'd gone to sit on a bench alone and think. So naturally, Elijah joined him. They talked about how they'd both hated leaving New Orleans -- it was one of the few places they'd ever been happy. "What is on your mind, brother?" Elijah asked. The walls were coming down. It was a different kind of scene than we've ever seen between them. Klaus said for 1,000 years, he lived in fear of settling in a town and having their father chase him out, which made him feel powerless. This town was his home, and in his absence, Marcel has gotten everything Klaus wanted -- power, loyalty, family. Klaus wants what he has. "I want to be king," he said. And what about Hayley and the baby? "Every king needs an heir," Klaus said. Then he smiled -- still more wickedly than fatherly, but it's a start. I teared up. That's the moment we saw a new show born.
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