The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 3 “The Rager” Recap
By Tegan O’Rourke
What is going on in Mystic Falls? I understand Tyler had to go the hospital to avoid suspicion, but what was with the weird look on his face as he listened to his security guard get knocked out by Bad Ass Connor. And by the way Tyler is the mayor’s son, why wasn’t there more security for him? And where was his pose? Everyone has now witnessed how dangerous this new Vamp Hunter in town is, so where was the backup? Connor flew into his room, Tyler tried to surprise him and still got thrown down and venom jacked. Other than the fact that Michael Trevino’s contract probably isn’t up why didn’t Connor kill him?
Tyler comes home to find a bunch of hybrid bodyguards. Klaus has returned and isn’t going to let any hunter kill his first-born hybrid. Even though he is still pissed about the gang almost killing him. Tyler has quite a few visitor’s, a new hottie named Hayley played by Phoebe Tonkin, shows up. I love it already. Good casting.
Haley apparently helped Tyler through all those long lonely nights when he was trying to break his sire bond to Klaus, oh and that’s something Tyler forgot to tell Caroline about. But don’t worry she’ll find out because Klaus knows all about it. It took him one look at the girl and five minutes with Tyler to get to the bottom of it. The big giveaway was when Tyler tried to get rid of Caroline while Hayley waited in the study.
Over at Salvatore Manor Damon and Stefan have words. Damon is back to being his bitter first season self and Stefan is still pissed that Elena drank from Damon. When is Stefan going to get it. Elena and him are pretty much over in my opinion. Elena needs a vamp who can handle a good drink open vein style and that’s not Stefan, that’s Damon. Damon being the great anti-hero that he is decides to focus his anger on killing the new vampire hunter in town. Thank God someone is on the case. It didn’t seem like anyone else was up for the challenge.
Next Elena meets Matt in the school parking lot at their old make out spot. Really? Matt is quick to offer up a vein especially since he still feels guilty about Elena becoming a vamp. I think Matt also likes being needed by Elena and may be looking for way back to romantic bliss with her. He hates vampires unless his hot ex girlfriend becomes one. He is just your typical dude. Where was Stefan during Elena’s early morning snack? He is supposed to be schooling her in proper vampire decorum. Does he know Elena’s feeding on civilians, probably not!
Where was Bonnie the whole episode? She didn’t show up at school at all.
Stefan shows up in time for Ric’s history class, but sadly Ric is no longer with us, we don’t get to find out who the new history teacher is yet because Sexy Beks shows up and Elena for the first time in four seasons acts like a real high school girl and they get into a nasty high school girl argument reminiscent of a Lindsey Lohan movie,which no one in class seems to hear or see. I especially thought it was odd that no one saw Rebekah stake Elena with the pencil and even odder that Stefan didn’t jump to Elena’s defense and take it in the chest. Maybe he’s still bitter over her blood lust with Damon.
Connor shows up at school and tries to persuade Jeremy to out a vamp and he’ll train him as a hunter. What is up with Jeremy. His older sis is on team vamp now and doesn’t warn any of the vamps who saved their asses so many times that Conner is going to spike the keg at Rebekah’s party with Tyler’s werewolf venom. What if Elena had showed up at the part and drank it. Oh what she did! Jeremy also decides to tell Connor that Dr. Fell has the big vamp hook up in town.
Connor also tries to get Matt to fess up on who the vamps are. He throws Rebekah under the bus since he has no plans to go to her party and she is mega bitch for making him drive off the road and kill Elena, even though she gave him a heart-felt apology. Wow does he hold a grudge.
Elena is also a grudger, she can’t let it go, that Beks killed her and now she gets to spend all of her eternity with two of the hottest vampires around. She hates that she hates Rebekah and acts like she has never hated anyone before. Really, she never hated Klaus? What about after he killed Aunt Jenna? Did she hate him then, I did. She resolves to go to Rebekah’s party, that’ll show her.
Damon somehow figures out where Connor’s trailer is and breaks in and gets arrowed which is rigged to a bomb. He calls Dr. Meredith Fell who rescues him and tells him what a good guy he is but don’t worry her opinion changes later when he blows up part of the hospital.
Before the party Elena rummages through Damon’s closets. He catches her and she tells him she needs some of his Bourbon. Stefan’s just isn’t good enough. What is that code for? Damon tells her to look in one of his drawers which of course is his underwear drawer as he starts to undress. He accuses her of looking for the White Oak Dagger, she leaves with the dagger in a huff at the first thought of getting a good look and what’s in those tight pants.
For some bad reason, Stefan takes Elena to the party. At the party Elena and April’s chat is interrupted in the kitchen by Beks who throws Elena’s daylight ring into the garbage disposal, Elena starts to burn and hides in the dark corner, but her rage propels her to show her arm down the garbage disposal and pull her ring out. Elena gets so enraged she pulls the dagger out of her stylish handbag, luckily Stefan stops her by telling her that she is not just killing Rebekah, she is killing every vampire she ever created.
Elena agrees and does a keg stand to show Rebekah up then leaves to do tricks on Stefan’s motorcycle, that scene was not one of the better ones I’ve seen on the show. I understand Elena needs to enjoy coming into her new powers, it just seemed trite and reminded me of Bella riding motorcycles in Twilight.
Rebekah falls ill at the party after drinking the spiked beer and hallucinates that she kills Matt. She falls asleep and April cleans up the house. Rebekah feeling a camaraderie with April’s loneliness offers to help her find out what really happened to her father, the good Pastor Young.
When Stefan and Elena get back to Salvatore Manor it gets heated, but Elena starts visualizing Damon not her lover Stefan and realizes she is ill. Stefan somehow guesses right that she was infected with Tyler’s werewolf venom. He calls Klaus and begs for help, surprisingly Klaus gives it and tells Elena she is still useful to him. He’s a real team player this episode. I’m guessing he may not be the big bad anymore.
Jeremy leads Connor to the hospital. And he follows a bandaged on the neck Dr. Fell into the storage room where is he trapped by Damon and Klaus, an unlikely duo. Klaus notices a mark on his weapon which tells him Conner is one of the Five. Then everything goes boom. Damon flies out into the hall. Dr. Fell gives him hell for blowing up part of the hospital and refuses to have drinks with him. It may take some time for her to become his new sidekick.
Somehow unknown to Damon, the hunter Connor survives. Klaus grills him on the Five. Connor has no clue what he is talking about. Klaus takes great joy in his ignorance of his heritage and tells him he just may be the most well protected vampire hunter in town.
Meanwhile back at the Gilbert House, Matt comes over to give Elena an evening snack and she loses control and almost kills him until Damon shows up and pushes her off of him. He quickly compels Matt to forget and he leaves. He then tells Elena he will help her. Finally Elena will get some real vampire training.
Predictions: Damon will eventually charm the pants off of Dr. Fell, maybe literally. Conner will be the most protected Vampire Hunter in town, I just don’t see him getting killed off anytime soon if ever. Stefan and Elena are going to grow further apart, yet Stefan and Caroline will get closer, maybe even become a couple. Hayley will seduce Tyler and other man she wants in Mystic Falls. Rebekah and April might actually become real friends. After all Rebekah is lonely and desperately wants one. Damon now has a new reason to stay in town help Elena this is going to get heated.