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The Vampire Diaries Recap "The House Guest"

The Vampire Diaries "The House Guest": The Good, the Bad, and the Bloody

This week Katherine crashes at the Salvatore brothers' place on The Vampire Diaries, and she's not exactly greeted with the greatest hospitality. But she actually turns out not to be the villain of the episode — that honor goes to another character whose ruthlessness I wasn't expecting.

There are also two big deaths this week, and more than one shocking turn (I watched the episode with my own constant soundtrack of gasps). I don't want to give anything away, but I'm dying (hehe) to discuss the good, the bad, and the bloody when you read more.

The Good

  • Katherine surprises Elena and Stefan with her escape from the tomb, but they're not particularly impressed with her trick of dressing up just like Elena, stick-straight hair and all. She reveals some interesting info about Elijah, like that he was looking for the burial ground of a witch massacre, because there would be enough power there to defeat Klaus. She also lets Damon know that John had offered Katherine a deal; to get out of the tomb, she had to choose whether Stefan or Damon would die, and she chose to let Stefan live. Still carrying that torch, I see.
  • Caroline is so cute jumping on stage to dedicate a song to Matt and get him back (plus, "Eternal Flame" is an awesomely cheesy ballad), and her "rock star moment" totally works. Matt joins her on stage and plants one on her. With Tyler out of the picture, I find this adorable, but once he comes back, I don't know if I'll be as supportive.
  • Stefan meets with Luka and Jonas to negotiate getting their help against Klaus, and in exchange, they'll help him get his daughter back. Jonas agrees, but he's definitely not to be trusted. He and Luka perform a spell that lets Luka transport into the Salvatore house. As he attempts to pull the dagger from Elijah's corpse, Katherine tries to push it back in, and when Jonas instructs Luka to stake Katherine, he does. But it's Luka's undoing that he ultimately causes — Damon busts in with a flame-thrower and incinerates the young warlock. Luka, we hardly knew ye.
  • Out for revenge, Jonas goes after Stefan, but he knows that what he needs to really get even is Elena. He storms into the Mystic Grill, exploding the lights and setting the place on fire. Bonnie and Caroline are no match for him, and then he takes a human victim: Matt. True confession: while watching this scene, I had to gasp and cover my mouth to avoid disturbing my neighbors. However, he survives because Caroline feeds Matt some of her blood. Upon waking, she feels comfortable enough to tell him that she's a vampire. It's too much for Matt, as he puts together the pieces of what happened to Vicky (and the whole vampires-exist thing too) and bursts out. Understandable; I think I would have a similar reaction.
  • Jonas's next stop is Elena's, and finally, Katherine's disguise pays off. Thinking she's Elena, Jonas attacks, and Kat attacks back, killing him (well, not before one jump scare). Katherine has done good for once, but Elena is unmoved. I have to say, the catty Elena-Katherine showdown is pretty fun (what can I say, I love seeing Nina Dobrev argue with Nina Dobrev).
  • In other romance news, Bonnie asks Elena for permission to date Jeremy, and Elena joyfully gives her approval. That's not the only good news: she realizes that when Jonas grabbed her earlier, he restored her power, and mysteriously transferred a mission to her: to kill Klaus. Good luck with that, Bonnie.
  • Alaric and Jenna have a tender moment after the Mystic Grill maelstrom when he tells her that he loves her, but she's obviously still thinking about the mystery surrounding Isobel. That mystery, though, comes to a head when someone rings the doorbell at the Gilbert house: Isobel herself. It's a crazy way to close the episode, with Jenna coming face to face with her ex's ex, and Elena coming face to face with her mother.

The Bad

  • We still haven't met Klaus. I'm sighing with frustration.

The Bloody

  • That broken bottle induced neck wound on Matt is pretty graphic, but at least it doesn't kill him. On the same grossness level is a fried-skin Luka, who doesn't fare as well as Matt.

Were you shocked by the deaths and the near-deaths this week? I had a feeling that Jonas and Luka were expendable (thus, rife to be killed off), but I didn't think they'd both bite the dust in the same episode. And what did you think about Isobel's surprise appearance? Weigh in with your thoughts, and then make sure you join the Hooked on Vampire Diaries group in the Buzz Community to chat with other fans!

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