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The Vampire Diaries

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"The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get" (Aired November 6, 2014)

Samantha Wessel

Why can nothing on this show ever go to plan? I mean I get it, without problems there’s no show. But I mean really, could they not restore Elena’s memory and then still have her be uncertain about Damon? Instead, now we have to repeat Seasons 1-5 where she plays the will she or won’t se game with Damon, Stefan, and Liam? I don’t want to go through that emotional turmoil again.

 

After their joyful reunion, Damon and Stefan begin to fill each other in on the events of the past few months. Damon tells Stefan that Bonnie got stuck on the other side, but he’s going to tell everyone else she wasn’t with him. He knows the rest of the group won’t be able to deal with the fact that Bonnie died…again. Stefan then tells Damon that Elena had her memories compelled away by Alaric.

 

After Elena finds out about Damon’s return, she goes to see Alaric about reversing the compulsion. Elena tells Alaric not to give her back her memories until she’s ready. Alaric agrees, and before Elena leaves, he tells Elena he unsuccessfully tried to compel Jo, and he asks Elena to take a look in to it.

 

Despite what Stefan told him about Elena’s memories, Damon pays a visit to Elena’s dorm and begs her to open the door. He tries to tell her that on some level she knows the compulsion is just a way to cover the truth. At first she refuses to open the door, but finally she unlocks it. When Damon opens the door, Elena escaped through the window.

 

Elena calls Stefan and tells him that she panicked when Damon stopped by. She’s worried looking at Damon will break the compulsion and her happiness. She tells Stefan that she started over and made a smart decision for her future. She tells Stefan that she kissed Liam the night before, but Stefan suggests Elena not mention that to Damon.

 

Damon stops by Alaric’s office to pay him a visit. Damon is frustrated that he can’t go in to Mystic Falls and that Alaric, his best friend, compelled Elena to forget him. Alaric tells Damon that Elena loved Damon too much and it was killing her. Damon is ready to get the compulsion erased, but Alaric refuses to reverse it without Elena’s consent. Damon says he wants Elena to be happy, but to be happy with him.

 

Matt informs Caroline that Tripp is holding Enzo hostage. When Caroline finds out Stefan handed Enzo over to Tripp, she is pissed. Caroline also accuses Stefan of telling Tripp about Ivy, which resulted in Ivy being driven into Mystic Falls and killed. Caroline tells Stefan he needs to help save Enzo to make it up to Damon. So, they’re off to investigate the cabin when the door opens and two people leave. Caroline and Stefan go inside to find that Enzo is no longer inside.

 

At the hospital, Elena does her best to figure out what Jo knows. But Jo catches on to her, and Jo tells Elena she knows she’s a vampire and knows that Alaric is one as well. Elena asks Jo how she knew that she and Alaric were vampires. Jo tells Elena the fact that Elena healed the girl who was critically hurt at the Corn Maze was a big hing. She also saw Elena test her coffee for vervain. Elena realizes that Jo is a witch, and Jo tells Elena to tell Alaric he can avoid a complicated relationship without compulsion.

 

 

Damon is in Elena’s room and upset that all of the pictures of him are gone. He starts to draw stick figures in to the pictures where he should be. Jeremy shows up and asks why Bonnie didn’t come back with Damon. Damon tells Jeremy that Bonnie wasn’t there. Jeremy tells Damon that he kept calling Bonnie’s voicemail. Damon tells Jeremy that Bonnie is in a better place and at peace.

 

Matt is in Tripp’s office looking up information on vampires to see what Tripp knows. Sarah sneaks into the office as well and she tells Matt that she’s looking for information on her parent’s death. So, the two begin to scour Tripp’s office. They find a locked drawer, and in it they find Ivy’s phone with Caroline’s number as the most recent. This means Tripp knows what Caroline is, and is looking for her.


Damon calls Bonnie’s phone to thank her for sacrificing herself so he could see Elena. He apologizes and says he doesn’t know what to say or what he’s supposed to say and that he misses her. As he’s leaving the message, Elena calls and tells Damon she wants to see him and talk to him. He’s looking in the mirror when Tripp enters the room. He draws his vervain gun, and when Damon shows he’s a vampire he shoots. Damon stops the dart, then goes to attack Tripp. However, two other hunters are with Damon and shoot him with the vervain darts.

 

Elena arrives to her dorm room and realizes that Damon has been taken. She calls Alaric to let him know, and he tells her to find Caroline and they’ll go save Damon. As he’s leaving his office, Jo shows up and says they need to talk. Alaric tells Jo that his best friend is back from the dead but is about to be killed again, and suggest staying as far away as possible.

 

Caroline and Elena are at the border of Mystic Falls to try and prevent Tripp from driving Damon and Enzo over the Mystic Falls line. As they’re waiting, Elena tells Caroline she wants her memories back. She can’t ignore the parts of her life she doesn’t like. She can’t make decisions if she only knows half the story.

 

Stefan and Alaric block another route into Mystic Falls. Alaric tries to tell Stefan it isn’t his fault about Damon. He’s been thinking about blood, when he’s going to hurt someone, and how he can live as a vampire. Searching for Damon was a respite for his mind. He acknowledges that he had given up on Damon as well. Then, Tripp’s van shows up. Alaric tells Stefan to let Elena know he’s there.

 

Alaric approaches the van, and Damon recognizes Alaric’s voice and knows that Alaric is there to save him. Alaric punches through the window, and Tripp steps on the gas, sending the van slamming into the Jeep Stefan is in, flipping it over and over the border into Mystic Falls. Stefan runs across the border to free Damon and Enzo. He then walks them back over the border where they’re able to heal. During the chaos, Tripp is able to escape.

 

Meanwhile, Alaric is still on the wrong side of the Mystic Falls line. Jo shows up, telling Alaric she followed him. He’s bleeding from the wound he suffered when he died and became a vampire. Jo is able to stop the bleeding and save his life, BUT it means that Alaric didn’t die in the first place which means he’s no longer a vampire. WHICH MEANS HE CAN’T REVERSE THE COMPULSION ON ELENA. GRRRRRRRR

 

Elena calls Alaric after everything to see how he’s doing. She tells him that Jo is a keeper. Alaric tells Elena he’s sorry, but she tells him she’s glad he’s ok. She tells him up until an hour ago she didn’t want her memories back, and now she has to live with the fact that she can’t have them back. She’s happy he’s no longer a vampire. She tells Elena that she wants to look Damon in the eye, knowing all she knows, and all she doesn’t, and see how she feels about him. Alaric wishes her good luck.

 

At the bar, Damon tells Stefan he was so close to having Elena back. Stefan says he’s sorry, but Damon is frustrated that everyone is sorry. Damon says it was hard for him to be away from Elena. But Stefan reminds Damon that Damon knew he had a home to return to, but as far as Elena knew, Damon was gone.  Stefan tells Damon to go see Elena, but Damon is worried their love won’t break the compulsion. Stefan sees Caroline walking and chases after her. He asks Caroline what she wants him to do, but Caroline tells him she’s not sure they can be friends after everything.

 

Damon goes to Elena’s dorm. She’s unpacking her box of Damon things when he gets there. He knocks on the door and Elena takes a deep breath. She opens the door, and you can see the love in Damon’s eyes and the fear in Elena’s. AND THAT IS HOW IT EFFING ENDS. Are you kidding me? I have to wait a week for this shit? Ugh. 

"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.

"Welcome to Paradise" (Aired October 16, 2014)

Samantha Wessel

Here’s the thing about “The Vampire Diaries,” the writers really enjoy their love shapes. Triangles. Squares. Pentagons. Whatever the case may be. Me on the other hand, I don’t particularly care for it. Just as I was starting to come around a LITTLE bit on the Elena/Damon relationship, they bring Stefan and Elena back together for an episode, and my loyalties to them return. And now adding this Liam character into the mix. DIS. LIKE.

 

 Following her return from the worst dinner party of all time, Caroline spent the night in Elena’s dorm room and even toyed with the idea of reenrolling at college. The next morning though, Caroline has changed her mind. The newly compelled and oddly happy Elena convinces Caroline to attend a party with all of their friends at the swimming hole that afternoon.

 

Caroline, following her conversation with Elena, makes a call to Matt. The two lament over this new Elena, saying she doesn’t seem like herself. Matt then runs into Tripp who is washing out his van after killing all of those vampires at the end of last week’s episode. (Though he tells Matt it was red mulch). When Matt tells Tripp he’s going to a party, Tripp asks Matt to take his fellow fitness class buddy, Jay to the party as well.

 

Tyler pays a visit to Live and Luke, asking if Liv may be able to help stock the better with some beer. Liv is hesitant at first, but Tyler reassures her that he won’t be drinking so he can keep his anger in check. Luke also tells Liv that Tyler apologized for choking him, and Liv seems placated. After Tyler walks away, Luke tells Liv (AKA alternate Caroline) it is obvious she likes Tyler.

 

Elena catches up with Liam, her cute classmate from the first episode. She invites him to the party as well, telling him she has a friend she wants to introduce him too. After Liam agrees to go, Elena spots Stefan, fresh from Georgia. He’s there to kill Enzo, though he tells Elena he’s there to see her and to apologize to Caroline.

 

Stefan and Elena then catch up on the last four months. She tells Stefan that she enjoys volunteering at the hospital, and he comments on how happy she seems. Elena then asks about Stefan’s life and his new girlfriend, promising him it isn’t weird for her to hear about. Stefan knows Elena compelled Damon away, but it still seems to amaze him how effectively it was done. She mourns the loss of Bonnie, and then apologizes to Stefan since she knows he lost his brother. Elena then invites Stefan to the party, telling him that both Caroline and Enzo will be there. The words Stefan definitely wants to hear.

 

At breakfast, Caroline fills Enzo in on the fact that he is forbidden to talk about Damon around Elena. Caroline isn’t happy Elena got rid of her memories of Damon, but understands her logic, though now she feels as if Elena is a bit of a zombie. When Enzo goes to leave, Caroline notices blood on his shirt. Turns out, Enzo is still a wee bit murderous, which displeases Caroline greatly.

 

On the way to the party, Stefan and Elena fill Liam in on Caroline. Liam then asks about Stefan and Elena’s relationship, and the two realize they’ve been broken up for two years already. At the party, Elena impresses Liam by swinging off a rope and back flipping into the lake. Liam is totally crushing on Elena. On her way back to shore, Elena spots Jeremy making out with Sarah. This greatly displeases Elena, but Jeremy is so beyond giving a shit that their conversation leads nowhere.

 

Tyler arrives to the party right as Sarah walks by Jay, Matt’s training co-hort. Jay makes it clear he doesn’t believe a dog attacked her. For some reason that makes no sense, Jay tries to start a fight with Tyler, but Matt steps in before things can get too aggressive.

 

Elena, Caroline, Matt, and Tyler all meet in the woods. Elena is trying to keep them all from drifting apart, but they are. Caroline tells Elena she doesn’t want to pretend that it isn’t happening. She also tells Elena that she’s lonely. Bonnie is gone, Stefan is gone, and Enzo is a murderous friend. Elena reminds Caroline that she’s there, but it’s not the friend Caroline knows.

 

After this conversation, Elena escorts Liam from the party, apologizing saying Caroline is going through some stuff. He doesn’t seem to mind, since he likes Elena, and kisses her. Elena makes a comment about this being a red flag, since she was trying to set him up with Caroline, but Liam says he thinks that’s her type.

 

Enzo is walking through the woods with Caroline’s ice, when Stefan tries to stake him. Enzo takes the stake and throws it killing, Jay, who was coming after Stefan to kill him. Stefan then picks up Jay’s weapons to kill Enzo. Caroline arrives to stop Stefan from killing Enzo, and Stefan storms off telling Caroline to talk to Enzo.

 

Tyler and Matt are loading up the truck after the party when Enzo shows up with the body of Jay. Enzo informs Matt that his friend was a vampire hunter, which seems to greatly upset Matt. He’s known Jay since he was 10-years-old, and somehow became a vampire hunter. Matt fees like an idiot because he was training with a vampire hunter team. Liv shows up and Tyler loads up the kegs. Tyler is upset, but Liv starts using her magic to mess with him. She tells him that if he stays angry, then she doesn’t have to worry about falling for him. Ugh, how much do I NOT care about Liv.

 

Meanwhile, Caroline confronts Stefan about Enzo, telling Stefan that killing Enzo won’t fix things. Stefan tells Caroline if he kills Enzo, he can move on from Mystic Falls and start a new life. Caroline doesn’t believe him otherwise he wouldn’t have come to see her and Elena. She tells Stefan that they need him there in Mystic Falls. She says if even a small part of him came back to check on her, then he should stay. Stefan doesn’t respond, but just walks away. Elena overheard everything and she and Caroline hug.

 

Jeremy runs into a girl Caroline had compelled earlier to go get ice. The girl informs Jeremy that once she got into Mystic Falls, she realized Caroline was mean to her, and she decided not to listen to Caroline’s orders. Jeremy realizes that Sarah has been in to Mystic Falls, and her compelling has probably faded as well. He tells Elena and Caroline, and they realize Sarah knows Elena is a vampire.

 

Caroline tells Elena that she’s moving back in to their dorm. She also apologizes to Elena for being upset earlier, saying she seems like she has a secret way of moving on. Caroline then finds a shirt of Bonnie’s and Elena tells her that she doesn’t move on. Elena then asks Caroline if she has feelings for Stefan, and Caroline confesses that she thinks she may have.

 

Enzo enters the diner from earlier, where he killed the wait staff. Tripp is there and stabs Enzo with a vervain needle. Since he’s a super vampire, he is able to resist it. He attacks Tripp, but Stefan shows up and shoots Enzo. Tripp realizes that he and Stefan are both members of founding families, and Stefan hands over custody of Enzo to Tripp. Real cool, Stefan. Real. Cool.

 

Weirdo Mystic Falls, 1994

Damon and Bonnie are shopping in a grocery store, with Ace of Base playing. The store seems amazingly well stocked considering they’re the only people in town. Damon questions Bonnie’s ability to do magic, but Bonnie remains hopeful. She is excited that they’re not alone, but Damon tries to convince her she must have completed the crossword in her sleep. Bonnie thinks Damon doesn’t want to be hopeful in case things don’t work out and he never sees Elena again. As they’re walking through the store, Bonnie notices the pork rinds that are normally on the grocery store self are all gone. She then hears the Merry-go-Round going outside the store. She’s excited they aren’t alone. I think Bonnie forgets that they are in Mystic Falls, and just because someone else is there doesn’t mean it is a good thing.

 

Damon, refusing to believe someone else is there, begins to investigate the Merry-go-Round, seeing if a coin was placed in it. As they’re leaving the parking lot, Damon tells Bonnie he doesn’t believe in her magic, and then she points out his car. Bonnie gets Damon to admit that it is unlikely that he left his car at the grocery store, and Damon admits that someone may have put it there. He flashes back to when he and Elena died in the car.

 

They both then see some movement and go to check it out. But it turns out, it was only a tarp catching in the wind. The Merry-go-Round then turns back on, and Damon’s hope is once again gone. Bonnie, out of frustration, tries to take Damon’s daylight ring on, saying that if he thinks this is hell and he hates living in it, then to end his life once and for all.

 

Back in the grocery store, Damon is stocking up on whiskey when he hears someone. (Ummm…side note: As someone from Virginia, I can tell you that alcohol cannot be sold in grocery stores, but rather only in state-owned ABC stores. I’ll try not to let this bother me too much in a television show about vampires.) He walks over and meets someone named Kai, eating pork rinds. Kai tells Damon he has been following Bonnie and Damon since they’re arrival. Damon goes to take a sip of his bourbon, and he starts sputtering and coughing. Turns out, Kai laced Damon’s bourbon with vervain. Told you just because someone was there doesn’t mean it is good, Bonnie!

 

Kai breaks a wooden umbrella and stakes Damon’s hands. Kai hits the bourbon bottles and breaks them, causing Damon pain. Bonnie arrives and tells Kai to stay away from Damon, but Bonnie doesn’t threaten Kai. As Kai once again raises the large stake, her magic comes back. She tells Damon to run, and sets fire in the store. Damon shows up and knocks Kai out.

 

Kai awakens to find himself tied up in Salvatore Manor. Damon and Bonnie are pissed off, but Kai tells them that he did everything on purpose in order to have Bonnie access her magic. He says they need Bonnie’s magic to get out. 

"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.

 

Georgia

 

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.