The Vampire Diaries recap: The Devil Inside

Fights for Elena's body and Damon's soul are waged as Caroline's secret comes out
Ep. 12 | Aired Jan 30, 2014

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Drunk Tyler tried to win us back with some sweet male bonding with Matt. On the upside, Tyler finally noticed that he lives in a freakin' mansion. On the downside, his parents are dead, his ex-girlfriend slept with this nemesis, and he has no idea what he's doing with his life, which will last forever. Matt was ready to leave town for another adventure, but Tyler wasn't. He said Klaus had destroyed him in New Orleans, and he thought there was nothing more Klaus could do to hurt him (except Caroline). Matt comforted him. Ah, Matty.

Now that Katherine allegedly has permanent control of Elena's body, Mia wanted her payment. Instead, Katherine ripped out her heart from behind. Nadia was okay with that. "Cold, manipulative, good hair. You really are my daughter," Katherine quipped. Now Nadia was ready to leave town, but Katherine wasn't. For the first time, no one's after her, she said. She told Nadia she could do what she wanted, but she'd like her to stay, too.

Nadia knew Katherine wanted something. Katherine said she wants it all: her daughter, her immortality, and Stefan. "He's my one true love." If they were to run, that would draw attention, but still, I think Nadia should've been pissed that she wasn't enough for Katherine for a bit. Nadia said she'd hate to be the person that stands between Katherine and Stefan -- cut to Caroline waiting in front of the fireplace at Salvatore Mansion. That was enough to get the shippers going, but really, this moment was all about friendship. Again, she wanted a friend to tell her that she was a horrible person for sleeping with Klaus. Stefan asked her what her first thought had been when she'd found out about him hooking up with Katherine. "Honestly, I thought ewww," she admitted. But she didn't hold it against him, Stefan noted. Then, he did the best thing: He told her what she wanted to hear, in a way that made them both laugh because they knew neither of them really believed it. "Caroline, you are a horrible person, okay... You are thoughtless, you are shallow, you are completely undependable.... Now that I think about it, I have no idea what Klaus saw in you. What was he thinking?" I squealed. I love when platonic friendship moments can make you do that. And man, smiling and laughing Stefan is such a rare, beautiful sight.

The final scene of the night: Damon was lying in the road. Correction: It was Enzo. Aaron stopped his car to ask if he was okay. Then Damon was there, too. Enzo said Damon was teaching him a game. Aaron asked Damon if Elena knew he was there, and Damon said Elena was the reason he was there -- then he took it back, presumably taking responsibility for his own actions. "Elena was too good for you," Aaron told him. Damon said he used to be conflicted about all that, but right now, he's crystal clear: Elena thinks he's a monster, and she's right. He viciously drank from Aaron's neck, and when Aaron dropped, blood oozed from Damon's mouth. When he smiled, it was all over his teeth. Enzo was happy. That's the Damon he remembers.

My colleague Samantha Highfill and I were happy because that scene was a perfect reference to Damon's existential crisis and spiral after the death of Rose, who'd rooted for him to be with Elena. Again, there's only so much hurt a man can take.

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