The Vampire Diaries recap: Bound

The Miss Mystic Falls pageant proves to be a serious turning point for the show
Ep. 07 | Aired Nov 29, 2012

LET'S GET IT ON Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) did the deed.

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Back to Caroline: she and Klaus took a walk as the band played "Falling Slowly" (nice touch) so she could cool down and show us that slit in her tiny yet sophisticated dress. He opened champagne (ANY ADULTS SEE THAT?), and they talked about whether he'd ever take the cure (no). Then, he teased her about her Miss Mystic Falls application. Tyler watched as she genuinely laughed. Klaus does put in effort. Damon called Tyler over to ask how Shane knew Hayley, with whom he was chatting and pouring champagne (hope she's 21!). Tyler said she didn't.

Jeremy suited up for the party in his finest slaying weaponry, and what could have been another sweet moment -- him telling April how many times he'd watched the dance online to practice -- was over too quickly because he'd zeroed in on Elena. Damon was off targeting Shane and threatened to kill him if he didn't give him the name of another hunter. He didn't have one for him, but Shane told him that the map in the mark leads to something that is sealed by a spell that only a Bennett witch can handle. So Shane gets to live so he can help Bonnie.

April won Miss Mystic Falls. Again, Elena stole her moment as she chased after Jeremy. He doesn't want to stake her, only everything in his body tells him that he does. Eventually, he went for it. She thought she knocked him out, only she hadn't. He stabbed her in the neck using his stake rail-gun. Matt arrived to try to talk Jeremy out of finishing the job, but it was Stefan who finally saved Elena.

Tyler and Hayley found a spot totally out in the open to drink champagne, and she said she didn't know Shane. We also learned that Hayley never knew her parents and triggered her werewolf curse by killing someone in a drunken boating accident. (Do we buy that?) Tyler could hear Klaus telling Caroline about the one time he thought about being human again -- when he heard the tiny heart of a hummingbird and thought how great every day must be when you appreciate it because you had to work that hard to live it. Nice story. Tyler wants him gone.

Elena wanted to do the worst possible thing she could -- go find Jeremy. Stefan stopped her and told her that he's beginning to think when a hunter kills, the urge just gets stronger. Duh! Elena told him she didn't want her humanity back if it meant stripping Jeremy of his, but Stefan said this was the only to "fix" her. Oh, yeah, that should push her into Damon's arms. Elena told him he doesn't have to love the new her, he just has to let the old one go. And Damon walked up, putting Elena literally in the middle of the two brothers.

NEXT: Sex! But wait...

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