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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

.

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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mannylove mannylove 5 years
I just wished Jenna was the one who found out the truth and not Matt. Will Caroline wipe out his memory of her telling him? I hope so. I really want Jenna to be in on everything by now though, it's kind of ridiculous not to tell her! Her entire family knows!
cheechee524 cheechee524 5 years
I thought that Elena and Alaric were going to tell Jenna about everything at the end of the episode, but apparently I was wrong. When Isobel came to their door at the end of the episode, I was sitting here thinking that Elena needs to say to Jenna " Don't invite her inside!" before anything else. Which, of course, she didn't do, and, of course, in the previews for next week it looks like Isobel will be invited in the house. I also won't be surprised if Caroline reconsiders telling Matt about herself after his little freak-out and compel him to forget. Which would be the end of Caroline and Matt, eventually.
cheechee524 cheechee524 5 years
I thought that Elena and Alaric were going to tell Jenna about everything at the end of the episode, but apparently I was wrong.When Isobel came to their door at the end of the episode, I was sitting here thinking that Elena needs to say to Jenna " Don't invite her inside!" before anything else. Which, of course, she didn't do, and, of course, in the previews for next week it looks like Isobel will be invited in the house.I also won't be surprised if Caroline reconsiders telling Matt about herself after his little freak-out and compel him to forget. Which would be the end of Caroline and Matt, eventually.
differentthread differentthread 5 years
Hopefully Bonnie did not take on Jonas's bad spirit.Bonnie may take on Kat once she finds out from Damon that she turn over Emily Bennett as a witch. With Isobel back what is Alaric going to do or say? Did Uncle John go and get her where they could be one big happy family...ha ha?
care0531 care0531 5 years
It continues to amaze me how this show keeps it's momentum and sucks you in every week and always manages to drop my jaw at some point in the show! I love it!
care0531 care0531 5 years
It continues to amaze me how this show keeps it's momentum and sucks you in every week and always manages to drop my jaw at some point in the show!I love it!
imlookinatanangel imlookinatanangel 5 years
Well personally I loved this episode just like I love all episodes of VD, well the katharine trying to be elena was very classic, I was really impressed when both luka and his dad died, and I agree with a comment above that says that the way bonnie said that she had to kill klaus made me think that someone else is going to die and about isobel what can I say... Mommy's back!
Shannon-Vestal Shannon-Vestal 5 years
Yep, it was John Gilbert. My bad!
demarco11 demarco11 5 years
Definitely a great ep, but something that bothers me is the fact that Katherine is able to trick Stefan and Damon as being human. How can they not hear her heart or lack of one? Or you know.. sense that she's a vampire like the Werewolves are able to? In all these other situations they have enhanced senses except when it comes to her pretending to be Elena? I find that annoying. YAY for Bonnie and Jeremy (officially)!
demarco11 demarco11 5 years
Definitely a great ep, but something that bothers me is the fact that Katherine is able to trick Stefan and Damon as being human. How can they not hear her heart or lack of one? Or you know.. sense that she's a vampire like the Werewolves are able to? In all these other situations they have enhanced senses except when it comes to her pretending to be Elena? I find that annoying.YAY for Bonnie and Jeremy (officially)!
redchick152 redchick152 5 years
i've been iffy on Nina Dobrev from the start, but i must say, i love it when she is b*tchy Katherine. much much better than wimpy Elena! haha. can't wait to see how Isobel shakes things up. she seems to know everything about everything, so we'll finally get some answers.
redchick152 redchick152 5 years
i've been iffy on Nina Dobrev from the start, but i must say, i love it when she is b*tchy Katherine. much much better than wimpy Elena! haha.can't wait to see how Isobel shakes things up. she seems to know everything about everything, so we'll finally get some answers.
cibele cibele 5 years
I want Tyler back. I hope Matt and Caroline are over.
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 5 years
Honestly, I am disappointed that Matt now knows the truth. I liked that he was one of the few normal characters on the show who was just a regular kid with no knowledge of all the supernatural stuff going on around him. I'm glad Jonas is dead, because he always seemed a little untrustworthy to me, but I kind of liked Luka and I was shocked to see both of these characters killed off so soon. Now I just want John and Isobel to disappear. I like Alaric and Jenna together and I hate that as soon as Alaric somewhat redeemed himself to her, Isobel shows up and screws all that up again. I'm curious about the mysterious way Bonnie supposed to kill Klaus. The look on her face makes me think that someone else will have to die.
ellaella15 ellaella15 5 years
This whole freaking out of Matt hopefully means he'll be out of the picture for good!...That's where Tyler will come in!! Yay! <33
ellaella15 ellaella15 5 years
This whole freaking out of Matt hopefully means he'll be out of the picture for good!...That's where Tyler will come in!! Yay! <33
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
Such a good episode! I'm glad that Matt is finally in the loop on what an insanely weird town Mystic Falls actually is. Really, how are any of these kids getting their homework done? I'm curious to see how this Isobel thing plays out with Jenna... Now that Matt's in the loop, it's Jenna's turn to get the skinny on what's going on. That little preview of the next episode when Katherine says that Isobel being there changes everything gets me thinking the two of them are going to cause some major problems. Side note: I love Damon's rejection of Katherine and how much it makes her squirm.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
Such a good episode! I'm glad that Matt is finally in the loop on what an insanely weird town Mystic Falls actually is. Really, how are any of these kids getting their homework done? I'm curious to see how this Isobel thing plays out with Jenna... Now that Matt's in the loop, it's Jenna's turn to get the skinny on what's going on.That little preview of the next episode when Katherine says that Isobel being there changes everything gets me thinking the two of them are going to cause some major problems. Side note: I love Damon's rejection of Katherine and how much it makes her squirm.
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