Monthly Archives: March 2012
By Tegan O’Rourke,
Is she good, bad or both? Dr. Meredith Fell is still an intriguing character. It’s looking like she is good at least in this episode. She is giving Ric a cat scan, hoping to find a tumor, no such luck. It’s the crazy magic ring of death after all. Ric seemed pretty disappointed too.
As soon as Elena finds out she just working on plans to cure Ric. Since the ring was spelled by a witch she believes Bonnie can fix things with another spell. However Bonnie is out-of-town helping her estranged mom Abby be the best vampire she can be–oh and she still isn’t speaking to Elena.
Caroline arrives at Abby’s place baring a basket of blood bags, but Abby seems depressed by her immortality because she has lost her connection to nature now that she is no longer a witch.
Back in Mystic Falls Damon and Alaric head to Mayor Lockwood’s Wickery Bridge renovation party. Rebekah arrives looking for the infamous White Oak tree and Sage the new bad ass female vamp of all our dreams, joins the festivities.
I hope she is a permanent addition to the cast. This shows needs a naughty female vamp. Rebekah is bad but she also has a soft side, she is crying out for Damon’s love even when she is insulting him. Fans crave another all out Bitch like Katherine to round out the cast of characters.
Sage is looking for her sire and lost love Finn. Damon tries to set her straight about the fact that Finn isn’t exactly pining away for her. Unfortunately poor Sage has waited 900 years to be reunited with him and you thought Damon was possessive! Luckily Sage and Rebekah hate each other, which should make for some good vampire drama. Sage refers to her as the “Ugliest Original Bitch.”
Damon who is never one to miss an opportunity, signs up Sage to help him find out what Rebekah is up to. Sage explains to him that she can indeed get into Rebekah’s Original head, if Damon distracts her, after all she is just a girl.
Damon invites Rebekah to a party at his place, she acts like she doesn’t want to go but it’s so obvious she wants to have rough vampire sex with him again.
Back at Abby’s, Jamie is not relieving his stress by chopping wood and almost chopping up Caroline. She tries to talk some sense into him about what Abby is going through but in Matt Donavon style, Jamie doesn’t think any of this is normal. Wow another sensible hot guy, Jamie and Matt should hang out.
He eventually changes his mind after all Abby raised him. So he goes into the house and hugs her, unfortunately Abby isn’t ready for human contact and goes all Mina Harker on his jugular.
Caroline calls Elena to let her know how Bonnie and Abby are doing. Elena tells her she needs Bonnie’s help for Ric. Bonnie coldly agrees to help, telling Elena that she will need something Ric used to wear before he was given the ring. Ric tells Elena they can use his wedding band which is back at his apartment in a medicine bottle. Elena rushes over there, leaving the good Dr. Fell alone with Ric.
Rebekah arrives just in time at Salvatore Manor to see Damon and Sage as the only party guests. Damon provocatively dances with Sage and the look on Rebekah’s face is almost heartbreaking. She takes a seat near a piano player who is obviously there for dinner. Damon comes over to her and pretends he only wants her. He seems sweet and Rebekah buys it. They have hot vampire sex and Rebekah falls asleep. Sage takers her chance to read Rebekah’s thought while she dreams of Damon and white oak trees.
Damon follows Sage into a hot shower where they strip down and kiss so Sage can show him the thoughts she stole from Rebekah’s mind. Damon feels victorious and runs to his family study to pull the logging records from the 1900s he isn’t going to let Rebekah find the only tree left that can kill an Orignal.
It turns out the tree was used to build the infamous Wickery Bridge. Sage is upset she doesn’t want Damon to get the wood that can kill her soul mate, Finn. Damon tries to make a deal with her and says he’ll spare Finn if he can kill Rebekah. She seems to agree. However, Damon loses track of her in his McMansion and realizes she may destroy the bridge after all. He gets there too late, Rebekah and Sage have brunt down Wickery Bridge. Sage confronts Damon with the news that she knows he lied to her. If one of the Originals die they all die.
He tells Sage the harsh truth that her beloved Finn is not looking for her, he volunteered to kill himself so Mommie Esther can have her revenge on her children and kill all of the Originals. Sage is visibly shaken. Damn it, just when I thought we had another vicious female vamp, Sage has feelings too. Why do all these vamps love so hard?
Speaking of hard love Stefan is following Elena around in attempt to show her he’s not a monster. He shows up at Ric’s apartment and tells her “I just can’t be who you want me to be right now. I’m not in control.” This leaves a definite opening for them to get back together eventually.
He then tells her how her ancestor, Sarah Gilbert ended up in a mental hospital where she still killed people even after the ring was taken away from her. Elena realizes she left Meredith alone with Ric so they rush to find his wedding band, but first they open a drawer full of the hair of Ric’s victims and a letter to Jeremy, the other ring wearer explaining that he must carry on his plans, “The council must be cleansed before the work can begin.” With that they rush to find the ring and dash back to her house.
Ric wake’s up on the Gilbert couch and goes full on serial killer on an unsuspecting Meredith. He grabs a large knife and asks Meredith if she ever feels remorse about not living up to her responsibilities and letting vamps roam free. She puts up a good fight, throwing hot coffee at him and running upstairs to the bathroom, but alas he stabs her.
Elena and Stefan show up at the house and see the broken coffee cup and blood on the kitchen floor. Stefan hides in the kitchen while Alaric comes downstairs pretending not to be a serial killer, but poor Elena knows better. She lies to him about finding his ring and being alone.
They rush upstairs to find Dr. Fell on the bathroom floor all bloody and delicious looking. Stefan almost hesitates but pulls himself together and gives Meredith his healing blood, proving he can be the loveable broody vamp Elena fell in love with. He quickly flees afraid he will attack someone.
Next morning all is well again in Mystic Falls. Bonnie as usual forgives Elena and gives her some herbs for Ric. I’m beginning to think Bonnie is a bigger martyr than Elena. I wonder how she’s going to handle her mom ditching her again!
Caroline tried to stop Abby but she was set on leaving not just Bonnie but Jamie too. She realizes she can’t control herself yet and doesn’t want to hurt anyone, again.
Ric awakens to Damon telling him Meredith is okay and he is now on house arrest at his old apartment. He then goes back home to give Stefan some good news.
Damon had a new sign built for the renovated bridge with original wood from the old bridge. He faked his rage at Sage over the burning bridge. I didn’t see that coming.
“I sold my rage. You should have seen me,” he tells Stefan. “Game’s back on brother. Let’s go kills some Originals.” Close to credits. The Salvatore Brothers score 1, Originals 0. At least until next week.
Predictions: Sage and Damon will make up or become brutal enemies either way there should be some hot sex involved. Elena and Stefan move closer toward reuniting. Rebekah tortures Damon as all the promos show, but someone will save his hot ass at the last-minute. Elijah or Esther, or Sage I presume.
By Tegan O’Rourke,
The Magic Ring is actually the serial killer! Loved that plot twist. Poor Ric, oh well I guess they needed a good segway for (Matt Davis) to leave the show. He will be on the New CW Series Cult coming soon. However, they will almost likely clear him of the murders so he can come back in cameos to help out when needed.
Ric will probably be so distraught over what he did while under the influence of the ring he will need to leave Mystic Falls at least long enough to see if his new show gets off the ground. Is it evil to hope it doesn’t? I Love Alaric Saltzman.
The only thing that will make up for Alaric’s departure is the permanent addition of that hot vampiress Sage, (Cassidy Freeman, Tess of Smallville). I think her and Damon are a much better match than Damon and Elena.
Anyway the show opened in 1912 with Zachariah Salvatore not taking the wise advice of a then male Sheriff Forbes and attempted to walk home alone from a Council meeting. Anyone familiar with the horror genre saw this murder coming a mile away. He gets a good shanking in the middle of the then dirt street outside the Town Hall. I loved the look of it. It was so 1912! Since I wasn’t there I’m assuming that’s what 1912 looked like.
Back in modern-day Mystic Falls, Alaric has survived the gunshot to the head via Dr. Fell’s vampire blood and is sitting in jail? Sheriff Forbes tells him and Damon about all the evidence against him and that Dr. Fell said Alaric was present for the argument her and the medical examiner had. It looks likes Alaric is screwed.
Elena and Matt are out jogging when Matt tells her Abby Bennet has decided to transition to a vampire. Just another normal day in Mystic Falls. Elena gets a call about Ric and heads over to the jail, but while there runs into Damon and he is snarky as ever. They get into a passive aggressive lovers chat, where he pretends not to care about anything especially turning Bonnie’s mom into a vampire. He tells her now that he’s mean again and Elena hates him the world can start spinning on its axis again. She tells him as always he will end up alone. Which we all know is never going to happen he’s too good-looking to ever be alone. She then leaves without visiting Ric! Wasn’t he the reason she went over there.
Back at Salvatore Manor, Damon walks in on Stefan having the jitters due to his blood withdrawal while trying to journal. “Dear Diary a chipmunk asked me my name today, I told him it was Joe. That lie will haunt me forever.” Damon joked. He then asked Stefan what year their descendent Zachariah was murdered. Stefan recalled 1912 and handed Damon the journal and the flashbacks started again.
Zachariah’s death causes both Salvatore Brothers to come back for the funeral, why I was unclear on. And where were all the other Salvatore relatives at the funeral? Stefan finds out from Mariana Lockwood and Samantha Gilbert that Zachariah was murdered and the council members are not safe.
Damon shows up and is a bitter brooding uptight… I’m not mixing them up this is how Damon was in 1912. He’s still miffed because Stefan convinced him to turn even though Katherine was supposedly trapped in the tome so now he is alone. After fifty years he couldn’t find another woman? Stefan tries to reach out to him and takes him out for drinks. Then the scene flashes to modern-day Mystic Falls where Damon asks Stefan to go to the Grill to help him figure out who is behind the murders after all it can’t be alcoholic history teaching vampire hunting Ric.
Rebekah is already there with Mayor Lockwood trying to get information on the infamous White Oak tree. The Mayor tells her the Salvatore Family had a logging company back in the early 1900s and probably cut it down when the town was built. So Rebekah pushes her way into the Brothers conversation at the bar which Damon thinks is a signal she wants more sex. She assures him there isn’t enough liquor in the world for that to happen again. But underneath her hostility you can see she’s up for another roll with him. Stefan mentions there was only one other vampire in town at that time.
Back in 1912, Sassy Sage is kicking the crap out of some unlikely man in the boxing ring. No one seems to think this is inappropriate for the time which seemed interesting, even the uptight ladies of Mystic Falls are enjoying the fight. Damon takes immediate notice of Sage. She offers $100 to any man who can beat her and winks at Damon. Then awkward timing Stefan offers to help Damon get off of human blood, Damon of course isn’t interested.
Sage tries to get Damon to fight her but he refuses, she even gives him $100 just for the allure of it. She catches him outside later having a snack. She tells him women aren’t just for food they are for pleasure. This flips his switch and all of a sudden he’s the naughty Damon we now know. Wow, didn’t take much. He just needed to meet a woman as hot as Katherine. She convinces him to go for one of the uptight ladies who secretly want to be seduced like Sarah Gilbert.
Back at the Grill Rebekah tries to get the conversation back to their descendants and the trees of Mystic Falls, but Damon isn’t interested in talking to her. He takes his bottle of bourbon and leaves, Stefan knowing the bro code follows.
At the hospital Elena tries to talk some sense into Dr. Fell but she is unconvinced or at least pretends to be. She tells Elena that Isobel had a restraining order against Alaric before they got married. She also accuses Ric of being an alcoholic, well come to think of it that may be true.
Elena isn’t deterred she knows Ric is a good guy so she enlists sweet Matt Donavon to break into Meredith’s apartment with her and look for evidence that will free Ric. They find a secret room in her closet just like Elena’s family has for their vampire hunting equipment and hello evidence! Meredith has a coroner’s report that has altered the time of death and one of the Gilbert family journals.
They hear Meredith coming back and get cozy in the closet. Great foreshadowing since they may get back together at some point. Meredith opens the closet door on them and off they go to Sheriff Forbes who of course lets them go and tells them that Meredith has already had Alaric cleared of all charges with the infamous coroner’s report they found.
Back at the Grill, Rebekah tells the brothers that Sage was obsessed with her brother Finn over 900 years ago. Funny, Sage didn’t seem like the type of gal who got obsessed with guys, but Rebekah does. Rebekah asks why Stefan is so grumpy and Damon tells her he’s got the blood withdrawals. Stefan finally admits he’s ready to eat the whole wait staff and they go outside where Damon tempts Stefan with a young girl.
Rebekah should have left at this point, Damon even tells her to again, but she stays. I think she wants more than the White Oak Tree. Stefan tries to fight it but can’t, he needs the blood.
Stefan finally takes the plunge and almost goes full on Ripper until Elena and Matt arrive and catch him in the act. Damon told Elena it was just an experiment, Matt quickly ushers her away. Stefan with blood still dripping from his face looked more broody and distraught than ever, and walked away. Damon told him this is going to take a little time. Even Damon seemed a little moved by the event.
Elena and Matt head back to her place where he tells her he just doesn’t get her thing with the Salvatores. She explains that after her parents died Stefan felt safe because as a vampire he could never die. But Damon just snuck up on her. I thought this was revealing. Now that Elena has encountered so much death and seems to be at peace with a lot of it, can she let Stefan go, was he just a crutch? Is Damon her true love because he wasn’t her crutch, as she said he just snuck up on her as love often does.
She asks Matt if the conversation is awkward for him and he says no and coyly adds “Once you fall in love with someone, I don’t know if you can ever shake ‘em,” he said. There is an awkward silence, but nothing happens. It’s obvious however, that if given the opportunity Matt would gladly take Elena back.
Matt then shows her the Gilbert Family Journal he stole at the Sheriff’s station, one of the items Meredith mysteriously had in her closet. Matt made a comment about being invisible in a town of vampires so it was easy for him to snatch. There was another hot moment, then Ric came home. Elena and Ric hugged which seemed a little creepy at first, he seemed to be too into it for being her guardian.
Cut to the Salvatore Mansion, Damon comes back and tells Stefan the woman is alright and he is on the road to moderation. Stefan doesn’t believe Damon really wants to help him. Damon reminds him of what happened in 1912, the year he became the Ripper. Flasback time.
Damon after being wooed by Sage tells Stefan to have a drink …of Mariana Lockwood. He does against his better judgement and bites her so hard he knocks her head off. All he can say is “I’m sorry,” continuously and yells at a calm Damon asking him what he had done to him and then runs off. Damon didn’t follow him, shortly after Stefan gained the reputation as the Ripper of Monterey. Thanks Damon!
Damon tells him he let run away and get out of control in 1912 but he won’t this time. “Whenever you go too far, I will be there to pull you back. Every second, every day, till you don’t need me.” Wow Damon actually took responsibility for something and seems to care all at the same time. It was just too overwhelming.
Meredith shows up at the Gilbert’s and Alaric isn’t happy to see her. She explains she cleared him by changing the coroner’s report but that doesn’t mean he’s really innocent. He lets her in and she begins to explain why he may really be the killer.
Meanwhile Elena is upstairs reading the lost Gilbert Journal that belonged to Sarah Gilbert, who just happened to have a ring like Alaric’s and wrote that she was losing time and thought she was going mad. Same time at the Salvatore’s they piece together that Damon may not have killed Sarah Gilbert in 1912 like he thought since she had a ring like Jeremy and Alaric’s.
Elena comes downstairs and tells Alaric that Meredith is right, he may really be the killer, due to the ring. Why are rings always evil? Remember Lord of the Rings? Oh well it’s a good excuse for Ric to be innocent kind of.
Predictions: Next week I hope to see Bonnie and Abby back, should be interesting to see how Abby handles being a vamp. More Sage, please. I love her already. She’s a great replacement for Katherine. I think Matt has a shot at interrupting the love triangle between Elena and the Salvatore Brothers. Sage may be the one to convince Finn to come to his sense and not kill himself. Bonnie may have a fling with Finn after all he’s a bigger downer than Stefan about being a vamp. These are just my hopes and dreams.