The Vampire Diaries recap: The Switch

As the boys work on No Humanity Elena, Silas does a number on Caroline and Bonnie strikes a deal
Ep. 21 | Aired May 2, 2013

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Back at Caroline's house, she took my advice -- in a way. Using a syringe, she took her own blood and stabbed her mother in the torso with the needle. "Mom, mom, open your eyes. Come on, wake up. You have to wake up," she pleaded. "You have to see me graduate. I swear I'll get you out of this town. And find you a nice man. Mom." Caroline's emotional scenes with her parents have always destroyed me. It wasn't Buffy and "The Body," but it was damn close. Just when I accepted that she was gone, Liz gasped. Caroline cried and embraced her.

Matt also gasped, and Rebekah was there to greet him, marveling at seeing the ring in action. She told him he'd succeeded: Elena's emotional floodgates were open. Rebekah's right: What he did was brave. Matt said he has to pay Elena back for saving him at the bottom of that river. (That's when I thought maybe Stefan had been involved in a conversation about snapping Matt's neck, since Stefan was the one who'd told Matt he'd have to find a way to earn Elena's sacrifice at the start of the season.) And oh right, Matt was talking about the night REBEKAH TRIED TO KILL HIM, TOO. She said she couldn't apologize enough (another understatement), and if she couldn't cheat him into college, she'd help him study to pay him back for convincing her to save April and be good for a change. Apology accepted, I guess?

Katherine met back up with Bonnie. Katherine said Silas' tombstone is filled with Qetsiyah's blood, so maybe since Bonnie has Qetsiyah's blood in her, she's powerful enough to do the spell to drop the veil at any time. (Sure?) But why does Bonnie want to drop the veil at all? She has her reasons. I don't like cryptic Bonnie. Katherine again asked what's in it for her? We got an answer this time: Her freedom. Bonnie said if the veil is down, she can talk to Qetsiyah, who created the spell that made Silas truly immortal. Bonnie can give that to Katherine. Katherine said they had a deal. (Wait, why are we so sure Qetsiyah will play ball?)

Elena was back at Salvatore Mansion. She got it now: shutting off your emotions is a cheat. Things have happened that can't be undone, she said. And she needs to do something about that. Stefan wanted her to rest for, like, a couple of years. I wasn't sure what Elena was talking about: Was she going to find the family of the waitress she'd killed? No. Turns out, the reason she had to live was to kill Katherine, who she blames for everything -- ruining their lives, bringing Klaus to Mystic Falls, killing Jeremy. This is going to be an epic battle. I now understand why Nina Dobrev needed that vacation with Julianne Hough.

Your turn. What did you think of the episode? How do you think this is all going to play out? And here, watch part of "The Body."

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