|Stefan won’t leave her alone
Hard to believe that in story time it’s just been a year since Elena met the Salvatores for the first time. It’s been a hell of a year with something like fifty episodes of danger, action, adventure, love, passion, loss and mayhem.
And vampires and witches and werewolves, oh my. Smells Like Teen Spirit is hardly a departure for the series that takes the action and keeps ratcheting it up until sitting back in your seat is damn near impossible.
The episode opens at 5:15 in the morning with Elena turning
off her alarm clock, then it’s off for some Buffy the Vampire Slaying lessons
with Alaric. I love that she is
not a natural. Alaric tells her
she has to build up her upper body strength to do it, but reminds her that she
got out of bed this morning, she is putting one foot in front of the other and
that makes her one of the strongest people he knows.
Meanwhile back at the Salvatore mansion, Damon has to step
over the corpses to come down the stairs.
The boys also have a new houseguest as Rebecca moves herself in. Seems like Klaus left his baby sister
behind when he skedaddled. Rebecca
also enrolls in Mystic Falls High and has her sights set firmly on Tyler, much
to Caroline’s chagrin. Seems like
she wants her Stefan back, but she doesn’t like the dark, emotionless Stefan
Damon and Stefan have completely reversed their first season
roles. Damon calls to tell Elena to avoid the Salvatore manse for a time. He doesn’t tell her why, but
considering Stefan’s rip-roaring appetites, Damon doesn’t want Elena to have to
deal with that. At school, Stefan
stalks around behind Elena like a psychopathic bodyguard, which is essentially
what he is. He haunts her in
class, follows her on the track and even knocks down a kid who ‘bumps’
Elena is sick with worry over it, because this Stefan scares
the crap out of her.
Ghosts of Girlfriends
Bonnie is finally having an issue with Jeremy seeing his
ghostly exes. She points out that
Jeremy is only seeing Anna because he wants to (which is true), particularly
since he’s been able to keep Vicki out.
Matt, meanwhile, is enjoying having his sister back, even if it’s
leaving him ripped up inside.
Since his deep swimming escapade, he can still see her.
I have to admit though, I loved Jeremy cruising the stoner
pit and not even acknowledging Vicki, but revealing to Anna that he saw Matt
talking to her. Way to go
Jere. Unfortunately, Matt’s lonely
as hell and when Vicki talks him into doing a spell, he agrees to do it.
Turns out Vicki has help from a witch on the other side, she
tells Matt all the things to do (including a really bloody handcut ow) and for
Matt to call Vicki home. It works. But Vicki now has to keep up her end of
the bargain. Matt is surprised
when Vicki says the balance has to be restored, Klaus can’t make hybrids. He starts to defend Tyler, but Vicki
says no, she’s going to kill Elena and knocks big bro out.
Note to Matt: always read the fine print when dealing with
Elena can’t handle Stefan’s behavior, she plots with Alaric,
Damon and Caroline to trap Stefan and put him in the Forbes family torture
chamber until they can figure out a way to free him from Klaus’
compulsion. Tyler refuses to help
because Klaus wouldn’t be happy.
Ut-Oh, it seems that when Klaus turned Tyler, he ‘sired’ him which means
Tyler’s first loyalty is to Klaus.
Damon pumps him full of vervain to drop him and Caroline takes him home
until they can figure out what to do.
The three set their plan in motion for the welcome back to
school bonfire. Elena starts drinking and drunk Elena is awesome. She’s got sass, tart and loses some of
her wounded angel air. She
tells Stefan to stuff it when he tells her she’s drinking too much, bodyguard
boy doesn’t like it, particularly as Elena keeps knocking them back. Meanwhile, Damon heads over to romance
Rebecca with some marshmellows to distract her.
And Elena gets jealous watching. Body guard boy teases her, but tells her she should tell
Damon she’s jealous, it would make his day. Elena disses him again. She wanders off alone to the bleachers at the football
field, far away from the fire and sure enough, here comes Stefan, the bodyguard
boy. Elena does drunk great. She finally lets herself fall off the
bleachers, hoping that Stefan will catch her and when he does, Alaric drops him
with two darts of vervain.
Brilliant, but risky.
Vicki Screws It Up
Alive or dead, Vicki is a screw up. Elena and Alaric load the drugged up
Stefan into the car and are hurrying to get him to lockup when ghost with the
not so most drops her lit cigarette into the gasoline trap she’s laid all over
the car. Elena is trapped
inside the burning vehicle with Stefan and Vicki keeps the doors locked. The fire rages and Elena has to wake
Stefan up to kick out the back door, they make it, but the whole thing blows
Meanwhile, Bonnie works a spell to send Vicki back and Matt
says goodbye, but we’ve already got problems, because Anna and Jeremy are
touching. Cue the Twilight Zone
Damon Tends Elena
Damon is cleaning Elena’s burned cheek, which reminds me, I
totally forgot the hot moment earlier in the episode when Damon finds Elena
training with weights. He puts pressure on the weight to show her what she
really is up against and calls her Buffy affectionately. Then he gives her a very sweet and sexy
demonstration of where to hit the heart.
Elena also takes up Damon’s cause with Alaric, because she
is sure Damon misses him.
Elena tell Damon he looked cozy with Rebecca. He smiles slightly and said he thought
she was too drunk to notice. She
retorts that she had to drink some, but she had to act her part. Damon meets her eyes and reassures her,
he was acting too. The relief
Elena experiences is palpable until Alaric interrupts the moment and it’s time
for Elena to go.
Tyler Takes a Walk on
the Wild Side
|Tyler isn’t above compelling his coach
Despite making up and out with Caroline, Caroline leaves
teasing Tyler that he has to earn an overnighter. That’s okay, because as soon as she’s gone, Rebecca shows up
with a human for Tyler to feast on.
Poor Tyler, he’s drunk on the blood and he goes for it. I know he dosen’t want to go back to
being that jerk from his pre-werewolf days, but I sense a difficult road in his
Katherine spent the whole episode trying to wake up Michael and I had to wonder
from our first meeting if he wasn’t a vampire who hunted other vampires because
he drank from them.
Katherine was his rejuvenating snack. Hard to feel any sympathy for the witch
with the heart of narcissistic ice.
But I can’t wait to see where this goes.
Honey, He’s Home
Speaking of difficult futures, remember the ghost spell Matt
did? I knew the small print needed closer examination. A force roves around the Salvatore
manse, destroying vases and breaking dishes. Damon’s still cleaning the blood up from Stefan’s last party
when he gets knocked a dozen feet back into the wall.
Mason Lockwood is back and he’s pissed.
And yes, I know he’s a ghost.
So who’s next? Grams?
Jenna? Isobel? Pearl? Who would you pick?
Side Note: Kudos to the writers for all the Buffy references
in this episode, anyone who watched that series will remember Angelus haunting
Buffy and how his cruel, coldness broke her heart. Emotion Off Stefan is definitely taking a page from that