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The Vampire Diaries

Filtering by Tag: 1994

"Black Hole Sun" (Aired October 23, 2014)

Samantha Wessel

Weirdo Mystic Falls, 1994

 After bumping in to Kai, Damon is determined to get out of Kai’s prison. Kai explains to Damon there is a reason they are Groundhog Daying May 10, 1994. Kai explains that Bonnie’s magic is part of the equation to get out, Kai’s knowledge is another part, and now Damon needs to explain what he did on May 10, 1994.


Damon confesses May 10, 1994 is the day he did the worst thing ever: he killed the attendees of an Eclipse Party at Salvatore Manor, including his descendant, Zach Salvatore’s pregnant girlfriend Gail. Kai tells Damon they’re going to use the power of the eclipse (BOOM CALLED IT!) to help them get home. They’re going to use an ascendant to harness the eclipse’s power, but Kai tells Bonnie she needs to perform a locator spell to find an ascendant.


Bonnie performs the locator spell to find that Kai has the ascendant on him already. He claims that he wanted to make sure Bonnie had the magical capabilities to be able to get them out of the repeating day.


Kai is outside using the ascendant, and Bonnie notices a headline in the paper reporting the massacre of a family in Portland, Oregon. Kai confesses that he committed the murder of his siblings. Kai tells them the people he killed were members of his coven, the Gemini coven. After these murders, the Gemini coven banished Kai to this prison. It isn’t Damon’s hell that they’re trapped in; it is Kai’s.


After learning this information, Bonnie does not want to let Kai out of the prison. Damon insists, saying he needs to go back not only for Elena, but for Stefan as well. Bonnie realizes that Gail must have had a thing for pancakes. Damon makes them everyday which means he has remorse and pain. Kai tells them he doesn’t have magic himself, but he can consume it from others. He grabs Bonnie and takes some of Damon’s magic. He’s straight up crazy pants. Kai tells them that if he consumes all of Bonnie’s magic, he can kill her. He’s going home with or without them.


Present Day

Jeremy is puking his guts out at the hospital in Mystic Falls, with Alaric with him. The cute doctor, Jo, shows up and tells Jeremy he’s going to get the full work-up. She and Alaric are so flirty, it’s cute. Alaric explains to Dr. Jo that Jeremy has had a rough couple of months. Jo tells Alaric that if Jeremy and Elena are similar, then Jeremy will be ok. As the two are talking, a patient walks in with blood on his face, distracting Alaric with the scent.


Following his visit to the hospital, Alaric tries to train with Jeremy to try and get Jeremy to pull himself together. Jeremy tells Alaric he’s mad that no one thinks he should have a problem. He’s mad that Bonnie told him she was dying over the phone to save everyone but herself. Really, Jeremy? You’re mad that your girlfriend sacrificed herself for your sister and other friends? Selfish, bro. Alaric says he has just as much resentment: Isabella died. Jenna died. Then Damon died and he was sad even though Damon turned Isabella. Alaric tells Jeremy he’s had resentment for years, but they have to find a way to keep going. 


Stefan, Elena, and Caroline are still looking for Sarah considering her compulsion is now gone. Stefan is getting ready to leave town, but Elena arrives to stop him. She tries to tell him that Georgia is not his home. Stefan says he’s going to start over again and he tells Elena it’s easy to forget the past. Stefan tells Elena he has a system to move on, and Elena says he needs to show her, then she will let him go. IT’S HAPPENING YOU GUYS! THEY’RE GONNA REUNITE


Turns out, Stefan brought Elena to Georgia. Elena points out that besides Stefan’s claims to start a new life, he brought along his old car, and that Damon loved to torture people with nick names, and just plain torture people. Stefan tells Elena all she has to do is pick what she wants to be for the next 30 years, and she’s it. They’re flirting, and I love it.


At a bar, Stefan asks if Elena is ready to see the “feel better” system in action. She hands over her daylight ring. Stefan then gets down on one knee and proposes. They’re so silly, making a scene for everyone in the bar. They’re having so much fun and it’s so adorable. At one point in the fake proposal, Stefan says that Elena brought him back from the edge, which is 100% true. Elena accepts the proposal, and the bar erupts in excitement.


After the excitement, Elena asks why Stefan came back to Mystic Falls after 15 years, ahead of his 30 year schedule. He tells her it’s because he met her. Awwww. Elena says it must have been hard without a constant presence in his life. Elena says they should talk about “your brother,” and Stefan comments it’s weird to hear Elena call Damon only his brother, but this doesn’t make sense to her.


Elena is headed home, and Stefan tells her he’s avoiding Mystic Falls, not her. They’re goodbye is kind of sad. Then, one of the bar patrons slides the bartender a slip of paper. Earlier, he was eyeing Stefan and Elena during their engagement. The Aaron Paul look alike is still pissed that Stefan apparently put his brothers in the hospital. The guy then starts kicking the shit out of Stefan. As fake Aaron Paul goes to hit Stefan again, Elena comes back in and compels the guy to go home.


Elena is furious that the next step of Stefan’s plan is to get in a fight in order to feel something. Stefan, tired of being lectured by someone who couldn’t cope either, tells Elena that she had her memories of Damon compelled away. Stefan then tells Elena that she was in love with Damon and that when Damon died, part of her died. Elena says she couldn’t have loved Damon, but Stefan says he couldn’t believe it at first either. But Damon inspired her, pushed her to own the darkest parts of herself. When she died, he was the only one who could make her feel alive again. Both Stefan and Elena loved Damon for the same reasons: in spite of everything they couldn’t live without him. Now Elena doesn’t have to, but Stefan does and he’s gong to do it his way  


After hearing this from Stefan, Elena pays a visit to Alaric to ask why she agreed to compel away her memories of Damon. He says he’s tired of acting like why he knows what is best for everyone. So he gives Elena her diary with pictures of her and Damon and the journal detailing her life with Damon. The journal tells Elena that she did love Damon and that she compelled him out because she couldn’t face an eternity without her soulmate. Alaric can restore the memories, but old Elena asks that she doesn’t because she cant see the end to the pain. Elena then has the decision to make. She asks Alaric to hold on to the diary in case she needs to read it again, and decides to keep the memories of Damon away.


After Elena leaves Georgia, Stefan is back at the car repair shop, restoring Damon’s old car. As he’s working, Ivy comes back. It turns out, Enzo fed her his blood before he killed her, and now she’s a vampire. And also, WHO THE FUCK CARES ABOUT YOU IVY?! Answer: NO. ONE.


Meanwhile, back at Salvatore Mansion, Sarah is back. She shows Jeremy a picture of her parents. It turns out, it is Zach Salvatore and his girlfriend Gail. It turns out, Damon didn’t kill the baby. Stefan took Gail to the hospital, and the doctor performed an emergency C-Section and saved her. Jeremy tells her that Zach is her daddy.


Elsewhere, Matt pays a visit to Tripp to explain that Jay got drunk at the swimming hole party and insisted on driving home by himself. Matt then expresses some faux concern to Tripp about how Jay died. Tripp agrees to show Matt something. Tripp takes Matt to a building. He tells Matt that when he came back to check on his grandmother after the gas leak, he remembered a bunch of things. His wife was murdered, she didn’t die in a car accident. The vampire made Tripp believe he killed her. Tripp takes Matt into the building, and he has Enzo chained up. Tripp wants to get Enzo to give up other vampires.

"Yellow Ledbetter" (Aired October 9, 2014)

Samantha Wessel

Following the premiere of Season 6, I was none too happy about Elena’s decision to erase Damon from her mind. I mean, it just seems lazy. We all go through grief, and I know that Elena has gone through a lot, but for goodness sakes, deal with it. It makes you stronger in the end. And though I’m an Elena/Stefan supporter, this episode brought me over a little more to the Elena/Damon team. Anyway, enough with my complaints. Let’s get into the episode.


Weird 1994 Universe

The episode opens seconds after the bright light encompasses Bonnie and Damon. After the bright light fades away, Bonnie and Damon are left standing in the woods, seemingly fine. They're in Mystic Falls, but no one is there. Creepy. It feels like some parallel universe where Bonnie and Damon are the only two inhabitants.


As Damon and Bonnie walk through Mystic Falls, Damon notices that all the cars are 20 years old, but they look brand new. They come across Elena's old house that is still standing which is interesting since humanity-less vampire Elena burned that sucker down. Damon finds a paper showing the date of May 10, 1994. Whaa? Did this just turn into an episode of "Doctor Who?" The paper announces a solar eclipse will happen that day, and right as Bonnie and Damon are realizing when they are, that very solar eclipse occurs. I have a feeling this eclipse is going to be very important to helping them escape whenever/wherever they are.


Bonnie rationalizes that her Gran helped them get to wherever they are as a way to protect them, so there may be a way out. After her failed attempts to do magic, the duo head to the Salvatore Mansion. Here, Damon begins the daily routine of dancing around to ‘90s music, drinking, and making pancakes for Bonnie. Aaaaa-dorable. Bonnie arrives to tell Damon she went to her old house and found her old teddy bear and her Gran’s grimoire. She hopes the grimoire may be able to teach her how to use magic again. Damon gives Bonnie pancakes and a crossword puzzle. Considering they’ve already focused on the newspaper twice in this episode, like the solar eclipse, it is going to help them escape this parallel world.  Bonnie gets to work on the crossword puzzle, and just as she does, another solar eclipse happens. Bonnie looks at the date of May 10, 1994. Damon concludes they're in hell, but I'm pretty sure it's just Groundhog Day.


Two months later, Damon is still making Bonnie pancakes (they must have stocked up on Bisquick in the Salvatore Mansion), and Bonnie is still hard at work on the crossword puzzle. Even after two months, she can’t figure out 27 across. Well damn – guess that’s going to be a clue to getting you two the fuck out of there. As they’re talking, Bonnie hears something, but Damon reminds her that they are the only two people in this freaky, empty Mystic Falls.


Later on (I’m not entirely sure when in the timeline), Bonnie and Damon sit down to dinner. Bonnie finally confesses to Damon that she also misses their family and friends. It’s a brief bonding moment for the two of them. But Damon being Damon can’t take the emotional sharing too much, and so he turns his attention to the crossword puzzle. He notices that 27 across has finally been completed. Bonnie tells Damon she didn’t do it, and neither did he. OH SHIT! Guess Bonnie was right when she heard something- they’re not alone!


“Normal” Mystic Falls-verse


Matt is on the hunt to try and get Jeremy out of the house. When he heads downstairs, he finds that Sarah, the girl Elena attacked last episode has been staying in his house. None to pleased with this information, he tells Sarah to leave. Jeremy, apparently deeply attached to Sarah already, is upset with Matt and doesn’t understand why it is a problem since Caroline compelled her to forget. Umm...maybe it’s a problem cause you’re the worst houseguest of all time Jeremy.


Meanwhile, Elena is busy packing up things that will remind her of Damon. She’s decided to go forward with erasing Damon from her memory. She tells Matt and Jeremy they are going to need to act like she and Damon weren’t a couple. Damn, Elena. You’re asking a lot of your friends and people who love you to pretend like a major event in your life never happened. She says if Damon somehow does come back, she’ll get Alaric to put the memories back (something tells me it won’t be that easy). But as always, Elena gets her way and Jeremy and Matt reluctantly agree.  They aren't happy about it, but they agree. 


Caroline meets up with Alaric and is furious that Stefan hasn’t been following up on the leads Alaric has been giving him. She thinks this means that no one has been pursuing the leads that may help Bonnie and Damon. But oh wait, there is someone on the case….


ENZO! He’s back and charming as ever. The first appearance of everyone’s psychotic vampire bestie is Enzo doing what he does best – seducing a hotel coat check woman for information about a coven in Oregon who may be able to help. When Caroline shows up, she and Enzo decide to work together on the lead, so it’s frenemy road trip time!


It’s time for Alaric to compel Damon out of Elena’s memory. Alaric is nervous because he has to go so deep into Elena’s brain. He tells her they will go through her memories and modify them so that Damon on longer plays a large role in them. He has to find the moment where Elena fell in love with Damon, and once he finds that, he’ll be able to completely change her memories of him. After modifying a few memories, Alaric isn’t able to find the moment where Elena realized she loved Damon.


They take a break and Elena calls Caroline to let her know what Alaric is doing. Though Caroline briefly objects, she seems to understand why Elena needs to do this (I certainly don’t!). Caroline tells Elena that she and Enzo are hunting down a lead. Enzo tells Caroline they aren’t actually going to visit the coven in Oregon, not just yet anyway. MYSTERIOUS.


Alaric and Elena are back it. Elena tells Alaric about a few more memories involving Damon, but none of them are the one that creates the domino effect needed to rid Damon from her memory. After a few more attempts, Elena becomes exasperated and says they should forget the whole thing. Elena then calls Luke to ask for more herbs because the whole compel-my-boyfriend-away thing isn’t working. Real good, Elena. You either need to forget him completely or take drugs to imagine he’s there. Seems completely healthy.


After a phone call with Caroline, Alaric tries again with Elena. Caroline told Alaric that Elena fell in love with Damon while she was still with Stefan, but that Elena doesn’t want to admit this to herself. Elena argues with Alaric at first, then concedes, telling him the story of when Stefan gave her the lost necklace from Stefan for her birthday. Even though Damon was in love with her, he gave her something that symbolized the love she shared with his brother, and in that moment she loved him. This is the memory Alaric needed. He changes the memory, and Elena then remembers Damon as Stefan’s monstrous brother who died. So. Freaking. Sad. But this leaves me with a question – does this mean that Elena will now once again love Stefan? Or is there going to be another love interest for Elena? Perhaps her cute fellow pre-med student we saw in the first episode?


Meanwhile, we get a brief check-in with Matt’s situation. While on a run, Sheriff Forbes informs Matt that the car Sarah came to town with was reported stolen. When Matt confronts Jeremy and Sarah with the information, Sarah says that she stole her boss’s car cause he was douche to her – you know, what everybody with a shitty boss does. She also explains that her father allegedly lives in Mystic Falls. Considering she hasn’t yet found him, could she by chance be a half-sister of a little witch we know trapped in 1994?


Matt calls Tripp to let him know what he’s found out about Sarah. Tripp tells Matt he’s actually a Fell, and thus a member of a founding family. This means he hates vampires. Sure enough, we see that he’s got a van full of vampires that he drives over the Mystic Falls line to kill them. Seems like a sane dude.




In Savannah, Stefan comes downstairs to find Ivy making him breakfast. After insulting her with his surprise to find her there, he offers to make dinner for her that night.  As he’s cooking dinner, Ivy arrives and tells Stefan that she ran into a couple of his friends.  It’s two of the people Stefan least wants to see: Caroline and Enzo. While he loves Caroline, it’s too painful for him to see her, and he just despises Enzo.


Caroline is not pleased with Stefan considering he’s been ignoring all of her calls. So the most rationale thing to do is for the four of them to have dinner together. After sharing some of Stefan’s past with Ivy, Enzo compliments her clavicle and questions her beliefs in the supernatural. Ivy isn’t quite sure how to handle all of this so she tries to laugh it off. Poor Ivy – you’re not long for this world.


Ivy ends up spilling the beans that Stefan has been living in the house for over tow months. This information pisses Caroline off because he was supposed to be helping Damon and Bonnie. Caroline yells at him, and after Enzo tells her to calm down, he stabs Stefan’s hand with a fork. Caroline takes Ivy out of the room, leaving Enzo and Stefan to have it out. Enzo calls Stefan a coward for giving up on Damon. After Stefan snaps Enzo’s neck, Caroline takes a call from Alaric who is trying to get some insight on the moment Elena fell in love with Damon. Caroline says Elena just doesn't want to admit that it happened when she was still with Stefan. And of course Stefan overhears – he’s a freaking vampire, dude! You could be outside and he’d still hear that shit. C’mon!


Caroline apologizes for Stefan overhearing what she said, but Stefan says he doesn't care. He doesn’t seem to care about anything. He tells Caroline that every lead was a dead end and that Bonnie and Damon are dead. He couldn’t go back to Mystic Falls and be near Elena. Caroline is hurt that Stefan couldn’t do it for her. She then realizes he never listened to any of the voicemails he left her and she leaves in tears. Way to go, Stefan.


Enzo is awake again and finds Caroline crying in the car. He realizes that Stefan has upset Caroline and heads back into the house. He grabs Ivy and kills her in front of Stefan. Sorry, Ivy – I tried to warn you! Enzo then tells Stefan he is hurting Caroline and that he’s not a true brother to Damon because he gave up looking for him. He leaves Stefan with a threat; every time Stefan tries to start his live over, Enzo will be there destroying it. I’d believe him, Stefan. Enzo loved Damon about as much as you did, and at this point, he’s definitely more committed to bringing Damon back than Stefan.