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The Vampire Diaries Recap "The Hybrid"

The Vampire Diaries "The Hybrid": The Good, the Bad, and the Bloody

This week's episode of The Vampire Diaries takes us on a little field trip to the Tennessee mountains, as Elena pursues her boyfriend-gone-bad Stefan. He's on a hybrid-making mission with Klaus, who may be a little closer to finding out that he never killed Elena after all.

Tyler comes clean to his mother about what he really is, but it's not enough to keep Caroline safe, who's in an interesting pickle with a shady new character. We also get to see more of Jeremy's dead girlfriend problem and a nice Damon/Elena scene. There's a lot going on, and so much to say, so let's get to the good, the bad, and the bloody when you keep reading.

The Good

  • Elena keeps up her pursuit of Stefan by asking Alaric for help. She then seeks out Tyler, who tells her about how werewolves like to chill out in the woods and enjoy themselves, and gives her a lead to the Smoky Mountains. The lead is correct — it's where Stefan and Klaus bring Ray's lifeless body to a pack of werewolves. Elena gets Alaric to come with her, and once they're on their hike, Elena gives Alaric his ring back. To Elena's surprise, Damon has come along, and he tosses Elena into the water. A simple hello would have worked, but I think Damon just wants to see Elena in a one-woman wet t-shirt contest. They argue about going home, but Damon bends to Elena's stubbornness and agrees to help.
  • The weres are terrified of Klaus, who wants to start building his hybrid army, and goes about biting, killing, and turning. First recruit Ray is having a rough transition, and he takes off through the woods. When Stefan goes after him, he sustains a deadly werewolf bite. Ray's next target is Damon, and he pounces, but Alaric disarms him. He, Damon, and Elena tie Ray up, but they're shocked to witness him turn into a werewolf — in broad daylight.
  • Ray almost gets the best of Damon, until Stefan helpfully catches up to them and plucks Ray's heart out of his chest from behind. Stefan reiterates what he said last week about letting him be, and heads back to Klaus, who's surrounded by dead hybrids. Klaus racks his brain to figure out what he did wrong, and he hesitates when he says that he killed the doppelganger. Still, he hasn't figured out that Elena is still alive, then saves Stefan from his werewolf bite by handing him a bottle of his blood.
  • Jeremy brings up his visions of Vicki again with Matt, enlisting him to help contact her since he's a family member. Matt brings Vicki's old things to Jeremy's, and Vicki appears to beg for help coming back, then shatters a window. The ghosts of girlfriends past parade keeps up, and Anna's there next to warn Jeremy not to trust Vicki. I don't know what's going on here, but I can't wait to find out.
  • After having Caroline carted off by a mystery man, Mrs. Lockwood slips Tyler some vervain in his coffee, and later, Matt gives it away when he mentions that the Mystic Grill puts vervain in its coffee too. Tyler confronts his mom, and she admits that she was trying to figure out if he's a vampire. When she tells Tyler she doesn't want him to be with the "monster" Caroline, Tyler realizes she has no idea he's a werewolf. Rather than just saying, "Hey mom, I'm a werewolf," he gives her a live show, and makes her watch him transition. It makes an impression on her, and Mrs. Lockwood says she'll make sure Caroline is OK. She tries to call off the unknown vampire hit man she put on Caroline, but he refuses to let it go. We see Caroline chained to a chair, and when the man enters the room, we find out who he is when Caroline calls him "daddy."

The Bad:

  • I find myself caring less and less about Stefan and Elena's love, especially since we get a nice little moment with Damon and Elena at the end. Damon sneaks into Elena's bedroom and tells her that he won't give up on Stefan because he saved his life, even in his darkest moment. Then he presses Elena about why she gave up at the mountains, and when she admits it's because she didn't want to see Damon hurt, Damon says he doesn't want her to forget that feeling. Don't forget it, Elena, because it's inevitable that "good" Stefan will come back, and I don't want to lose hope for Delena.

The Bloody

  • The failed hybrids endure a weird side effect: bleeding from their eyes. Number one: totally reminiscent of True Blood; number two: it's creepy on that show too.
  • I've said it before about this show: what's with all the heart-pulling-out? There are so many ways to kill someone when you're a super strong vampire! Why the heart-out-of-the-chest technique? It's gross!

What did you guys think of this week's episode? We still haven't seen Bonnie, but I'm hoping that the Vicki/Anna story line will be explored next week, and I'd think she'd be involved in that. Also, I can't wait to find out what's up with Caroline and her dad, and what his true intentions are. Tell me what you thought of the episode below!

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xlightningboltx xlightningboltx 5 years
This show continues to start slowly, just like it does every season. I thought this was an okay episode, but the last 15 minutes put it on its head. Wow. I loved the part where Stefan ONCE AGAIN saved Damon's life, and Damon acknowledged it at the end of the episode. Their relationship is one of the strongest parts of this whole show. It's subtle, but full of affection and they never say out loud why they do it (can you imagine Damon saying "I love you bro!" haha). I can't believe that man is Caroline's dad, and he's completely heartless. Caroline's "daddy" put a lump in my throat. That story-line is going to be messy. Delena <3 I heart this ship. I may get bored of it later, but I'm loving the simmering tension build up.
pragya pragya 5 years
yup me too...i don't want stefan to come back for a very long time...i want elena n damon to get close...but i know stefan is going to come back when elena starts loving damon...n that is going to be sad coz she will choose stefan
LovelyLiLKatie LovelyLiLKatie 5 years
ugh i could care less about stefen. Klaus could just keep him forever. I cannot wait for the moment when Elena feels genuine love for Damon ... which will of course conveniently be when good stefan comes back... and she'll have to choose.
cheechee524 cheechee524 5 years
I liked how Stefan came out of nowhere and implemented Damon's patented rip-your-heart-out move. I find it amusing, and of course yucky. I didn't at the time but wonder now if Tyler's mom is going to pull a sheriff Forbes and turn against her beastly offspring. I also really am interested in Jeremy's storyline currently. I found it completely creepy when Anna showed up and said no to trust Vicky, since I'm pretty sure Anna never knew Vicky in life. I might be mistaken, though. Makes you wonder what their spirits have been up to. I fully appreciate pop's analysis of Damon's motives for pushing Elena into the river. 'a one woman wet t-shirt contest.' nice.
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 5 years
I am still enjoying bad boy Stefan. Of course, while Klaus saved Stefan this time, once Klaus figures out that Elena is still alive, he'll probably try to kill everyone again. I loved that scene with Damon and Elena at the end. I also liked that when Alaric asked her if she knew what she was doing, she said no. At least she's not trying to pretend anymore that she feels nothing for Damon but friendly concern. That gives me some Delena hope for the future!
care0531 care0531 5 years
I feel like Caroline's dad will actually help her and not hurt her. I am also super intrested in this ghost of girlfriend past that is happening to Jeremy. Can't wait to see what happens there. I'm still waiting for another long lost family member to come along and have some weird ties to the past now that Elena and Jeremy are guardian-less. I love the romance between Elena and Stefan and I love how you see how strong their love is even though they can't be together. I love that and seeing them hold on to their love (it's cause I am such a hopeless romantic) BUT....there is something about Damon and Elena that I want to see as well. I think the only reason why I want to see them get together is because I think they are an incredible hot couple in real life. :) With that said I think Damon knows that he is only filling a void right now that will be replaced as soon as Stefan returns. He could have had his way with her already if he really wanted to but he doesn't because he knows he will be the one getting hurt in the end.
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