White Powder, Bricks and Nicholas Cage Day 3 NOLA

Third day in New Orleans  1st trip June 2014

This morning I went on the Cemetery Tour of the oldest cemetery in New Orleans,  Louis no. 1.  I got to see up close the graves of Marie Laveau the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans and the actor Nicholas Cage. Yes Nicholas is still alive but he purchased his grave already and since he went bankrupt they say it is now the only property he owns in NOLA as they call it.

Next I headed to the Cafe Dumond and finally had those amazing beignets. It was amusing looking around the cafe at everyone from every walk of life covered in the thick white powdery sugar they smother these fabulous doughnuts in.

From there I went to the National World War II museum, where I sat through an emotionally overwhelming interactive film narrated by Tom Hanks. The special effects were beyond 3D, it must have been 4D if that exists. At one point it actually snowed real snow on us all in the theater.

After that I started exploring the museum and noticed the brick floor right away. It had the names and military titles of many that have served. I inquired about how to get my grandfather on one of those bricks, he served in the South Pacific. Apparently you can donate as little at $200 to make it happen on the sidewalk outside  On Magazine Street and $500 for the floor on the inside of the museum. So I will find out his rank, title etc. and handle that when I get home.

As I was starting to leave it began to pour a beautiful cooling rain, which was much-needed. I had a good dinner at Cafe Maximo on Ducater near the French Market. I am debating getting more beignets, is that wrong to want more world-famous French Doughnuts, it feels oh so right!

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Day 2 New Orleans Adventure, The LaLaurie Mansion and why is Nicholas Cage a part of every tour I go on?

Day 2 New Orleans June 2014

This morning I went on the Garden District tour where my group saw the homes of Sondra Bullock, John Goodman, former homes of Anne Rice and Nicholas Cage, who already purchased his burial plot in NOLA and a large pyramid-shaped grave at St Louis Cemetery no. 1.  One of my tour guides the day before joked that the grave is the only real estate Cage still owns in New Orleans. Ouch!

My next excursion was to Mardi Gras World where they build and design a large number of the floats in the multiple Mardi Gras parades. Apparently there are several groups or krewes “crews” as they call them here that put on parades and parties, such as Rex the King, Zulu and Orpheus. It was interesting to learn so much about what is behind one of the biggest parties in the world.

After a quick dip in the hotel pool I headed to the Haunted History Tour in the French Quarter.  The tour once again stopped at Lafitte’s Black Smith shop, one of the oldest bars in America for drinks, they like to keep the tourists liquered up. Get a “Hurricane” if you stop by there.

The ghost stories were interesting but nothing exceptional, until we got to the LaLaurie Mansion at 1140 Royal Street. I knew of the horror that occurred there since I had watched Coven on FX this past year where Kathy Bates did a great job, playing the evil Delphine LaLaurie who tortured her slaves in the attic of the mansion while sneaking out of her famous society dinner parties.

I thought the show over exaggerated for gruesome effect and ratings until our tour guide told us the true story of Madame LaLaurie which was in some cases more ghastly than what the show even portrayed. The creepiest part is that her and her husband Dr. Leonard Louis Nicholas LaLaurie escaped and were never found! Many others have tried to own the property and left claiming it was haunted by the poor tortured souls who perished there. Even Nicholas Cage owned the house for a time but lost it to foreclosure in 2009. Many say that many of the owners had fallen into great misfortunes, how ironic that Cage went bankrupt while owning it.

The tour ended in the back of St. Louis Cathedral at Jackson Square. We were all a bit startled and amused by the huge shadow of Jesus bigger than King Kong reflecting on the building from the small statue in the courtyard.  I headed back down Pirates Alley which is also haunted and ended up with a weird photo probably of a ghost pirate that I cannot explain on my camera. I think I will tell people it’s Nicholas Cage, since so far he has been mentioned in every tour I have been on.

 

 

 

 

 

Day 1 of New Orleans Adventure: I cannot keep my pants on and I met a psychic!

Day 1 New Orleans June 2014

My day started off with a beautiful walk down Esplanade Avenue to the French Market area where I had breakfast. Next I rush off to hit my 10am tour of the French Quarter, which I booked two months ago. The lady at the Blue Line Lighthouse told me she couldn’t find my reservation because the tour was cancelled since I was the only one who booked it. And I need to call Viator to get a refund.  Thanks Blue Line and Viator for not notifying me of the cancelled tour!

So I head to the Hop on Hop Off Tour Instead, I booked that all week, it stops at all major attractions for $39 for the whole week. This tour was fabulous. The tour guide was a native who knew everything about the city.

After that awesome ninety minutes, I am back in the French Quarter sweating my ass off, trying to keep my jean shorts from falling off.  I think they are so God awful low rise  type. They just wouldn’t stay on my hips, of course I had no belts with me.

Next I had my fortune read by a “psychic” at Jackson Square right outside the St. Louis Cathedral. She told me how stressed out I am all the time, I need to take better care of myself and I am afraid to have a relationship and this is why I am still single. She was correct on all counts so I got my $40 bucks worth.  Then she tried to convince me I needed to have my aura cleansed, that cost extra of course. I took a pass on that one, the psychics in San Francisco play the same game. It often shocks me that they do not get that I will not fall for that nonsense, since I am always upfront about the fact that I myself am I medium!

I took the long steamy walk back to my hotel holding up my shorts the whole way. I took the psychics advice, decided to relax and jumped into the pool.  Then headed back to the Quarter to Landrys where I had an awesome shrimp platter.  After this I was off to the Vampire Tour which I called to confirm was actually happening. The Vampire Tour was amazing. I will discuss that more in a future post.
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What the Hell is in the Attic at Ursuline Convent?

Day 1 New Orleans June 2014

My first night in New Orleans I took the Vampire Tour, since I mainly write about vampires I thought it would be interesting to hear the stories they tell in NOLA. Our  hot male tour guide told the most fascinating story about the Ursuline Convent on Chartres and Ursuline Streets built in 1752. Today, it houses the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Anyway the real story is about what the hell they keep in that attic which has five windows covered by wooden shutters. It all started with what they call the “casket girls” young women whose families were tricked into sending their daughters to New Orleans by a propaganda campaign claiming  wealthy husbands awaited in this new, safe, just like Paris colony.  These women mainly ended up in prostitution or were assaulted by the men who were not wealthy landowners, but criminals released from prison in France to come and build the colony on top of a swamp. Well one of the ships bringing these women got diverted and landed in Mobile, Alabama.  But some of their crates that looked like caskets landed at New Orleans.

When the men waiting for wives saw the caskets they started a riot, and began beating up the priests.  The men thought that  the Church had brought vampires to kill them. Other legends say that some of the women did arrive but they looked so bad after the five month journey that the men thought they were vampires or brought vampires in their caskets. Anyway one of the head priests calmed down the men by placing the caskets on the third floor attic at Ursuline Convent.

After this the shutters were put on. People claim that the screws that hold the closed shutters must be blessed by the Pope. And that sometimes at night the shutters which are closed all day, open so the vampires can come out. Most of the locals believe there is some kind of evil in that attic. To this day locals do not know what is really in the attic, as the archdiocese will not allow anyone into the attic. However a few years back the caskets were opened and found to be empty, which did not quell anyone’s curiosity.

Our guide said that 13 days before Katrina he was doing a tour and saw that one of the shutters had fallen off. What was so weird was that a strobe light was hitting the area where the shutter fell off. All he could see inside was black as if the darkness in the room stopped the light! He believes some kind of evil or darkness escaped that night.

 

 

Sinful Pastic Bags

By Tegan O’Rourke

Plastic bags, they were everywhere. Florida was a den of sin and plastic bags. We vacationed there for only seven days but will never forget the reckless abandon of the Red State. No matter where we were, no matter what we bought we were carelessly and gleefully handed a plastic bag with it, sometimes two and we were not charged ten cents like we are in San Francisco for the paper bags.

At first we felt awful, like sinners. But after awhile we succumbed to the decadence, we became plastic bag whores. It was liberating, an orgasmic tinkling of freedom swept over me.  This is what it means to be an American!

We also didn’t notice any compost bins anywhere either. It was like the old days (just three years ago) when you just threw trash in a garbage can. Once again we were at first conflicted but since deep down we are evil, and we had tourist crap to do, we got over it and threw our trash into garbage cans.

Upon arriving back in San Francisco I headed to the Trader Joes and carried my tote to put my groceries in, my Sodom and Gomorrah vacation was over.  I was back in Blue California where if the rules weren’t followed I would face the snarky glares of my fellow yuppie peeps.

The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 9 “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” Thoughts and Ramblings

Ok let’s just get to it, Mayor Lockwood is dead! There I said it. Merry Christmas!  I myself had the surprise ruined by some tool on Twitter who just couldn’t wait to tell the world that Carol Lockwood bit it after four faithful seasons. But before all the mayhem ensued Klaus found time to paint snowflakes. He truly is a Renaissance Vampire.

I was still shocked, but the shock would have been more meaningful if I hadn’t seen it coming. I completely understand why Klaus did it. Killing Ty’s mom is worse than killing him.  I just hope Alpha Ty gets the point.

Klaus was rightfully pissed after Ty and the gang tried to have him killed. Hopefully no one will ever find out that Klaus is the killer so Caroline and the OV can have a chance. Yes, I am looking forward to a twisted Klaus/Caroline love affair. We need something to pine for now that Elena and Damon are finally kind of together.

Damon did try to send her away after they made a breakthrough with Jer not wanting to kill her anymore, but I don’t recall him telling her to stop loving him, so I have the feeling things will get heated again and hopefully soon.

The lake house scenes were innocent enough, Jer tries to kill Elena upon entering, but she counters with a sisterly head lock. Luckily Bonnie is there with the creepy cute Professor Shane, he’ll fix everything!

During  “The Jer loves Elena reprogramming,” Dr. Shane tells Damon and Elena that they do not need the sword to cure Elena. You see once upon a time there was witch of course who spelled someone with immortality. But there was some kind of love triangle involved and Silas got buried alive. But Dr. Shane somehow knows where to dig him up and if they do then he has the cure for vampirism or something like that, Damon and Elena seemed to believe it. I was like, eh, maybe. I was having a hard time following it.  And why didn’t Klaus know about this?

Back in town Haley and Ty are determined to go through with their crazy plan to kill Klaus, well at least Ty is. Stefan and Caroline want him to wait for Elena’s cure before killing Klaus and when Stefan tries to go all vamp on him, the wolf pack shows up and kidnaps them.  However, there is no plan to really kill Klaus because then half the cast of the show would be dead. They just need to put his soul into Tyler’s body and dagger him to keep him out of commission for a while.

Luckily Damon finds out in the nic of time that they do not need Klaus alive to find Elena’s cure.  He calls Stefan who was not tied up or de cell phoned during the kidnapping. These wolves are not pros at it yet. Stefan tells everyone the good news Klaus can be killed, yeah they are all on the same team again and the wolves let them go.

Caroline remembers that Rebekah has been daggered so why don’t they use her body instead of Tyler’s to stick Klaus in. Haley has bigger plans like knocking out Caroline in the ladies room at the Grille and sending the 12 hybrids off to their death at the hands of Klaus.

April finds Caroline in the ladies room dead from Haley’s neck snap. She awakens jumps on her cell phone and gives away all kinds of juicy vamp gossip right in front of shocked April.  She then tries to compel April, who walks out of the ladies room not compelled thanks to her vervain bracelet and heads  off to the tunnels to undagger her new BFF Rebekah.

However, the kill Klaus plan is still on, Klaus is lured from the town fundraiser to the woods where he catches on quick and starts ripping out hearts and tossing wolf heads.  Not even twelve hybrids could take on one Original.

Meanwhile Haley tells Ty the truth, that Klaus isn’t the target. She tells him to run, he decides to run right in to the battlefield where his pack has been slaughtered.

Caroline and Stefan are back at Salvatore Manor where Caroline spills the beans that Damon and Elena did the nasty all with her sad looks and silence. Stefan apparently reads sad looks and silence and starts throwing heirlooms around the room.

However, Damon is trying to do the right thing at the lake house and finally releases Elena. He tells her “You’re going to go home. I’m setting you free Elena. This is what I want. This is what will make me happy.”   Elena is clearly not happy and I do not think it worked since she had feelings for him before she was turned. Damon stays behind to help Jeremy with what I am unsure. It appears he will still be growing the mark, which makes no sense if Dr. Shane knows where Silas can be found.

Klaus arrives back at the Winter Wonderland Charity event all bloody and moody. Mayor Lockwood is there all by herself which was odd based on all this town has been through and how much she knows of it all.  Still with drink in head, she pleads with the Original, ”Klaus, please. Don’t hurt him. He’s my son. He’s all I have.” Klaus thinks for a bit then replies, “And you’re all he has. There’s a beautiful symmetry to that. Don’t you think?” Then he grabs Mrs. Lockwood by the throat and drowns her in the town fountain and just leaves her there, hanging in the fountain like a holiday decoration.

Then the Original stumbles off, he probably needed to finish painting his snowflake.

The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 8 “We’ll Always Have Bourbon Street” Recap

Lexi’s back, Tyler goes Alpha and Elena really is sired to Damon, kind of.  Even if it’s only in flashback we will take Lexi anyway we can get her and she looked fabulous in those 1940s duds. Lexi was once again the guiding light and voice of reason this time for Damon in this episode.

But before we get to the cool Bourbon Street flashbacks it turns out that after hot, hot vampire sex twice, Elena may be just a tad sired to Damon and Kim the hybrid that Haley and Tyler just unsired from Klaus  is taking her new freedom very seriously and starts going all Alpha on the wolf pack. She thinks Adrian has had enough of the unsiring for one day and against Tyler‘s wishes she takes him away.

And yes, these kids still have time for school.  Elena heads off to Mystic Falls High with her hair up which the girlfriends thought was odd. She apparently hadn’t showered after hours of sex with the evil Damon. Her best buds get over her bad hair day after she invites them to raid the Salvatore liquor cabinet. I did think it was odd that Vampire Caroline did not smell Damon all over Elena and puke in the hall.

Meanwhile Stefan comes back home to tell Damon the great news that Elena is sired to him and that’s the only reason she currently loves him which I‘m sure made Stefan feel better about the situation.

Damon denies it, because on the surface it’s ridiculous, Elena had feelings for Damon before she was turned. So Stefan being a vampire of facts, not just feelings tells him to convince Elena it’s okay for her to drink out of a blood bag. Damon isn’t buying it; he tells his little brother, “When her body rejects this blood, which it will, your apology had better be epic.”

So Damon heads off to Mystic Falls High, to convince Elena to drink out of the blood bag, she does, she likes it after he told her she would.  She remarks it tastes good as opposed to the hot garbage it tasted like the first time she tried it. Damon realizes it may be true and he rushes back home to find a cure which leads him and Stefan to a witch in New Orleans who helped him unsire a lady friend once before, and thus the cool 1940s Bourbon Street flashbacks ensue.

Stefan dressed in an American Service Uniform shows up in New Orleans with Lexi.  Damon and Stefan somehow pick the same bar in New Orleans and a mini reunion begins. Stefan is going to join the war effort because he thinks it will help him kick the blood habit by being surrounded by it constantly and normally sane Lexi seems to agree. The reunion is cut short by Damon’s crazy girlfriend Charlotte.

Unfortunately Damon turned her and because she had feelings for him prior to being turned she unintentionally became sired to him. He realized this after he told her to give no mercy to anyone who touched his drink while he stepped away. Being sired she took this literally and killed a guy for moving Damon’s drink at the bar. That’s when Damon looked up a powerful New Orleans witch to break the sire bond.

In modern day New Orleans the brothers try to find the same witch and along the way they realize that poor Charlotte may still be counting every brick in New Orleans as Damon told her when he left her in 1942. They go to the corner of Bourbon and Dumant where as luck would have Charlotte is there. It was hard to tell if she was really still sired after all she did count every brick and even loves the song “Counting Bricks.”

Back in Mystic Falls Hayley warns Tyler that he needs to assert his authority and be the Alpha. She is right. After Ty attempts to assert his authority, Kim decides to pick a fight.

Over at the Salvatore House, Elena, Caroline and Bonnie are having a party of alcohol and witchy tea, they dance, they laugh; they end up in Damon’s bathroom. Caroline makes a snarky comment about Damon being a man whore and Elena finally throws it down and tells them she and Damon had sex and she liked it.  Bonnie seems to take it better than Caroline.  And Bonnie is normally the acting president of the I hate Damon Club. I did like how Elena called Caroline on the fact that she once dated Damon. And Caroline did not have much of comeback. Elena gets more upset and kicks her best buds out. But before they leave Kim and Adrian bust in and kidnap Caroline.

Meanwhile Damon and Stefan find the witch shop in New Orleans, but she is long dead and her great granddaughter lies to them and says all of Grandma’s spells got washed away with Katrina and no one practices magic like that anymore, she’s not even a practicing witch.  It turns out she is lying she is not the witch’s great granddaughter she is her daughter and a practicing witch. The guys find this out when they pay her a second mildly violent visit.

She tells them the only way to break the sire bond is to tell the sire not to think about him anymore and set them free. She also tells them the spell that Damon helped her great grandma with by killing twelve vampires is part of a form of dark magic called Expression. Which just happens to be the form of magic Bonnie is learning from the mysterious Dr. Shane.

Back in Mystic Falls Elena and Tyler are looking for Caroline and have a chat about sires. Ty tells her that being sired doesn’t change how you feel about someone, it just affects how you act. So Elena’s feelings are real!

Poor Caroline is being tortured by Kim, when Tyler and Elena bust in. Elena tells Kim to take her instead since she means more to Klaus than Caroline. Well time will tell on that one. But Ty has had enough and he goes all Alpha and pushes his fist into Kim’s chest and threatens to rip out her heart unless she submits to him. She takes him seriously and submits her will to him. Ty is now the new Alpha of a fierce wolf pack.

Back on Bourbon Street Damon releases Charlotte from the sire bond, which she is not happy about. And I do not think it worked. We may see Charlotte again. Damon also promises to let Elena go. Stefan doesn’t believe him until he tells him how back in 1942 he also was ready to join the war effort to be with his little bro, but Lexi stepped him and talked him out of it, since he wasn’t the best influence at the time.

The girls make up as well. Caroline and Elena hug and all seems well in hot chick Vampireland. Stefan even tells Caroline that he believes Damon will do the right thing and release Elena, because he loves her as much as he does.

Damon comes home and tries his hardest to break the news to Elena that he has to unsire her but she will not hear it. He tells her he is not the good guy, but he has to do right by her. Elena moves forward and grabs his face and the credits roll.

 

 

The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 7, Thoughts, Questions and Snarkiness”

By Tegan O’Rourke,

Elena and Damon finally consummate the relationship after four seasons of fans begging for it. Don’t worry Stefan fans; it most likely will not last. Since Stefan believes Caroline’s theory that Elena is sired to Damon. So the relationship isn’t real? Bunk, I say! Elena had feelings for Damon before she flew off Wickery Bridge and woke up dead, I mean undead.

I love how Caroline has become the new Lexi.  However, did Vampire Barbie forget she was Damon’s first blood bag/friend with benefits in Mystic Falls? Oh and Caroline seemed to be having fun on her make-believe date with Klaus. Did anyone else notice that? Tyler did.

This episode once again showed Stefan’s dark side, but this time his real dark side even when he isn’t on a Ripper binge.  He’s so obsessed with Elena that he is now turning people into vamps that Jeremy can kill to find the mystery of Jeremy’s hunter tattoos in order to save Elena.

At first Jeremy didn’t want to kill the vampire, then Stefan carelessly threatens to unleash the vamper on Elena’s little bro.  So basically he’s going to win back the girl of his dreams by possibly getting her brother killed.  I really thought Stefan was off the rails in this episode and maybe he’s the brother Elena needs protecting from not Damon.

Jeremy mans up and kills the blood sucker but he’s no fool he refuses to tell Stefan how his hunter’s mark has grown with that kill. Stefan even tries to compel him but now that Jer is growing stronger as a hunter he can’t be compelled and sweet Jeremy stakes him in the stomach and heads the Miss Mystic Falls Pageant because nothing bad ever happens over there at the Lockwood Mansion and he has escort duties. A Vampire Hunter’s work is never done.

Back at the Lockwood Mansion Elena spent most of her time barely even able to speak full sentences when talking  to Damon while she eye banged him. I don’t recall her being this tongue-tied around Stefan. It was kind of annoying.  Elena has all the power in this relationship, why doesn’t she know it.

This year’s Miss Mystic Falls Pageant was just as exciting as the prior.  April almost didn’t have an escort just like Elena and both times it was Stefan’s fault. Does he not appreciate great pageantry? Damon out right accuses Cute and Creepy Professor Shane of convincing the Pastor to kill the council and Professor Shane’s response was epic, “Did you just accuse me of mass murder in the middle of a high school pageant?”  One question, why is he judging a high school pageant? For a college professor he hangs around high school girls a lot.

Damon catches up with him in one of the awesome Lockwood Mansion rooms and the shady professor says, “You again? I must be the least intimidating mass murderer ever.”  His lack of fear of Damon was apparent even after Damon tried the look at what I can do I’m a vampire be scared move. This Professor Shane is cute and shady, I want to know more.  Does he like long walks on the beach? One thing is for sure, I think he is the last guy who should be hypnotizing Bonnie. Especially since he told Damon that only a Bennet Witch can decipher the Hunter’s Mark.

Jeremy finally shows up but all he can think about is killing Elena. Luckily Matt is onto him and tries to stop him from finishing her off after he stakes her in the neck.  Stefan also comes in at the last moment to play the hero even though Jeremy’s current downfall is his entire fault. Luckily the old Stefan reappears and admits what he did.

Elena tells him, “If getting my humanity back means stripping Jeremy of his, then I don’t want that. This is who I am now. The old Elena died when she went off that bridge. Let her go.”  Good stuff.  The confused not herself Elena seemed to have a lot of clarity on the situation.

Jeremy realizing he can’t live in the same house with his sister if he wants to kill her tries to move out. But Matt shows up and tells him Elena has left and he is moving in to keep a watch over all this Hunter business. Matt is turning into the new Ric, always looking out for everyone. I really like it. Maybe he can stop Jer from whittling stakes in the middle of the night.

Elena shows up with luggage at Salvatore Manor, what a bad idea!  The brothers let her in, Stefan tells her to pick a room and then announces he’s leaving.  What a bad idea!

Damon and Elena get some alone time to dance and start making out and finally do the deed while Stefan is getting drunk and whining like a school girl over at Caroline’s.  Oh and Caroline just can’t seem to stop thinking about Klaus, it was something he said, oh yes it looks like Elena may be sired to Damon because she liked the red dress on April too. The red dress that was the clincher, maybe I’m sired to Damon too, because I thought April looked hot in that dress as well.

Before the night is over, Hayley and Dr. Shane are together, Damon was right to be paranoid. They do know each other. Hayley tells him of the success her and Tyler are having breaking the sire bonds on Klaus’s hybrids and tells him Tyler is a good guy and she wants him spared of whatever their sinister plan is that is yet to be revealed. Dr. Shane gives her a cryptic maybe.

So basically it was just another boring party at the Lockwood Mansion. I like how they have the good sense to serve alcohol at these high school events.  Oh and if anyone cares, April won the Miss Mystic Falls Pageant.

Some things I would like to see going forward this season:   I would like to see Sexy Beks back, someone undagger her please! I would also like to see Katherine back in Mystic Falls. Now that Elena is a vampire her reaction should be rich. More of Hayley, she’s great.  More of Dr. Meredith Fell I’m sure she has more work to do in Mystic Falls. But most importantly, I want to see Elena and Damon have a real relationship like she did with Stefan with lots of drama of course! Oh and Damon needs a new BFF, maybe Matt or smart ass Hayley would work.

 

 

The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 6 The Most Important Parts of “We All Go A Little Mad Sometimes”

By Tegan O’Rourke,

Everyone has gone mad over Elena and Stefan breaking up on the sixth installment of the season. But a lot of people including Elena should have seen it coming.  And yes I am completely biased. I’ve been on Team Damon since before it became obvious he had feelings for Elena.

Just look at the history of the Salvatore Brothers, Damon was the one who pined for Katherine for over one hundred and fifty years not Stefan.  Oh and remember how Stefan was compelled to ignore Kat’s vamp side, but Damon wasn’t he just accepted her as a vampire.

Stefan just doesn’t do vamper chicks. And there’s nothing wrong with that, Bonnie doesn’t date vamps either, it’s just a preference. I like how Stefan has a lot of self loathing; Paul Wesley has made a very compelling character, a vampire who hates vampires, fabulous!

It was clear to me this couldn’t last due to innocent Elena now being the kind of vamp who can only take it from the vein. Maybe if she was able to eat bunnies like Caroline it could have worked, but I doubt it.

The one thing that does miff me about the relationship ending is how Elena stood by Stefan and still had hope for their love even when Klaus had compelled him back to his Ripper side. Oh and she never gave him shit about being a ripper to begin with. She knew he was a bloodoholic and stayed with him anyway.

I think Elena’s feelings for Damon are a convenient excuse for Stefan to end the relationship.  After all now he doesn’t have to admit to her that he just doesn’t love her unconditionally the way she loves or loved him. They grew apart, it happens.

And deep down Stefan knows the morbid truth about Elena, she is Katherine’s granddaughter and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Elena has the Petrova fire as they say and lets face it even as a mortal she was getting quite ballsy near the end, killing Ric to save him, that memory comes to mind.

I would like to see Stefan get hot and heavy with some of the other hotties on the show like Caroline, for some reason I think he doesn’t mind her being a vampire, because she can eat bunnies with him. But alas this may not work either since Caroline has a bit of the cunning in her as well.

Caroline was very convincing when her and Tyler had that spat at the Lockwood Mansion in front of Klaus. Then she met up with him at the Grille to keep him occupied while Stefan tried to rescue Elena. The best part of it which I think will put a real divide in her relationship with Tyler was her decision that it was ok to let Jeremy kill a hybrid to save Elena even though he was friends with Tyler.

Tyler made a good point Chris was their friend too why was it ok for him to die? Maybe Caroline needs a vamp that can make the hard decisions like oh I don’t know, Klaus!  Maybe she’ll figure that out on her date with him. I couldn’t tell what Tyler was more pissed about Chris being the latest sacrifice or Caroline dating Klaus.

As for Jeremy, it will be interesting to see how far he goes with his new calling as a Vampire Hunter, especially since his Big Sis is now the hottest new vamp in town.  And I thought the holidays with my family were rough. How are the Gilberts going to get through this one?

The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 5 “The Killer” Recap

By Tegan O’Rourke,

This episode really hit me in the heart.  It’s beautiful how a mutual hatred can bring enemies together.

Stefan and Klaus are working together again almost like best buds except that Stefan still really hates him and all Klaus really wants his human blood bag Elena back, yet still it was fun to watch Stefan betray and lie to Elena even if it was for her own good.

The fun starts when Connor takes Matt, Jeremy and April hostage at the Grille. After four seasons I can’t believe this place is still standing and none of the customers seem to complain about the onslaught of violence that occurs on the premises. I guess the food must be killer.

Connor seems to think that a brigade of vampires is going to come running in like idiots to save the trio and if Damon were in charge he’d be right. However Klaus and Stefan are running this mission and Klaus has a better idea. Elena is over emotional about her brother being kidnapped and she wants to storm in there. But Stefan tries to talk her down and then vervains Damon to show he means business.

Meanwhile Caroline finds hot Haley at the Lockwood Mansion. However, they don’t have time for a cat fight due to the hostage crisis at the Grille.  Besides Caroline doesn’t know yet about Haley’s relationship with Tyler.

Klaus breaks up an argument between Tyler and Hybrid Dean and decides that Dean will go alone to the Grille to rescue Jer and the gang.

Damon awakens and Elena is still adamant about rescuing Jeremy and the gang. Damon tells her she has to kill Connor if given the chance. My first thought was, Ya right. Oh and Stefan took Damon’s daylight ring, what a Dic move!

At the Grille Jeremy realizes he was compelled to forget seeing Connor under chains at the Mikelson Mansion and he is not happy about it.

Dean comes through the front door of the Grille as Stefan sneaks in through a tunnel under the Grille. Luckily Matt and April were in the storage room alone trying to break into the same tunnel. Why Connor let them out of his sight was a question.

Of course Connor kills the hybrid the second he walks in. This hunter is one tough SOB, a lot tougher than, sweet serial killer Ric, may he rest in peace, never speak badly of the dead. Surprise, Elena walks in next and begs Connor to let Jer go. Connor refuses and Big Sis jumps him setting off another vampire killer explosion that misses her but hits little bro hard in the chest.  She saves Jeremy with her blood while Connor runs for it.

They all end up in the tunnel under the Grille, where Damon and Stefan get into it and Stefan finally admits why he is working with Klaus. It’s all to save Elena, stupid! But oh snap it’s too late

The hated, Vampire Hunter Connor finally got what was coming to him and at the hands of the sweet Elena. I must admit I went WTF when she snapped his neck so quickly and easily. I almost didn’t believe he was really dead.  But luckily I saw the next episode so I know he really is capute.  I think it was the line about Elena being the biggest monster that Jeremy would ever meet that put her over the top.

Elena feels terrible about being a killer and tries to bury Connor; she’s so distraught she forgets to wash the blood off of her face. You could tell Stefan didn’t find it attractive.

The whole time all of this going on Bonnie is with Professor Shane trying to get her witch on again. She was with him for seven hours of hypnosis and lighting candles. She seems to trust this guy a little too much too soon in my opinion, especially since he was the one who sent Connor to Mystic Falls. But Bonnie doesn’t know that, yet.

Back at Salvatore Manor, Damon and Stefan chit chat about why it’s so important to find this cure for Elena. It becomes obvious the cure is more for Stefan than Elena. He secretly can’t handle the thought of his sweet Elena being a vampire. He likes innocent high school girls and this dangerous vamp just doesn’t rev his motor.  Thankfully evil Damon announces he likes her either way.

Elena back at home in her bedroom left to her own devices after killing someone for the first time, this was questionable. Starts having hallucinations of seeing blood on her mirror that says, “Killer.” I don’t get why she is left alone with Jeremy after being turned let alone after her first kill. Shouldn’t Caroline at least being staying over for a few weeks?