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The Vampire Diaries Recap "By the Light of the Moon"

The Vampire Diaries "By the Light of the Moon": The Good, the Bad, and the Bloody

The moon is full on this week's episode of The Vampire Diaries, and as Tyler goes full werewolf, a new lady lycan comes to town to look for Mason. Katherine and Stefan continue their time together in the tomb, while Elena finds herself similarly trapped. There's still no sign of Klaus, and considering the show won't come back until January (I know, let's keep it together), we won't see him for a while.

So before we say goodbye to the series for its Winter hiatus, let's go over this episode. I've separated it into the good, the bad, and the bloody bits, so read up when you


The Good

  • Mason's death by Damon's hand resurfaces when a mystery woman comes to town. She's Jules, and has traced her missing friend Mason to Mystic Falls. She quickly deduces that Tyler is also a werewolf, and similarly, Damon suspects that she may be one too. My favorite duo, Alaric and Damon, team up to figure out Jules's deal. Alaric adds a wolfsbane roofie to her drink, but after Damon un-smoothly prods her to down it (because a girl wouldn't be suspicious about that), the jig is up. Jules angrily outs herself as a werewolf lady, threatening Damon that it's a full moon and he's been "marked."
  • To keep Elena from sacrificing herself, Bonnie creates a force field at her home. Her house arrest is fun for Damon at least, who has endless jokes for her, but it proves to actually be dangerous. Jenna takes on a project for the historical society. and has brought along a helper: Elijah! (Confession: I find him kind of dashing when he's pretending to be a regular dude). Once invited inside the house, he fills Elena in on his real motivations. He doesn't want to break the curse, and he wants to kill Klaus.
  • Operation Werewolf Transition! On the night of the full moon, Caroline and Tyler prep for his transformation, which includes heavy-duty chains, wolfsbane, and nudity (I love how hilariously uncomfortable Caroline is when Tyler drops trou). And then it happens: amid crying and surprisingly sad wails of "it hurts," Tyler's body starts to change. His eyes go yellow, his teeth sharpen, and he becomes so strong that Caroline has to run away for her own safety. Hours later, it's all over, and when Caroline returns to Tyler's side, he's human but changed in a different way. Caroline is tender, and Tyler is vulnerable — this relationship is so poignant that it's currently my favorite plotline.
  • Double double, toil and trouble, indeed. When Bonnie visits Luka's house to apologize for channeling him and nearly killing him, she notices multiple grimoires. She solicits Luka to help her destroy the moonstone, and her new ally complies; they invoke the prettiest spell ever and blow up the moonstone in a fireworks explosion. It's oddly romantic. That is, until we realize it's all a sham, with Luka telling his dad that Bonnie bought everything and the moonstone is still intact.
  • Elijah offers Elena a deal: if she doesn't do anything, and then helps Elijah draw out Klaus so he can kill him, he'll keep her friends safe. Elena agrees, but asks for one condition: for Elijah to release Stefan from the tomb, which he does, before any Katherine/Stefan Sexy Time can take place. In fact, Stefan goes very cold on her, saying "Goodbye Katherine," when she whimpers that he can't leave her in the tomb. Unscathed, he retreats back into Elena's arms, which is surely disappointing to those of you who love Damon and Elena's sexual tension.

The Bad

  • As much as I love this show, it deserves a big come on this week. After a week of titillating previews of Stefan and Katherine mauling each other, it all turns out to be just a dream. What a letdown.

The Bloody

  • Jules makes good on her promise to Damon and attacks him and Rose at the Salvatore homestead, sinking her teeth into Rose's neck. But contrary to what we've been hearing, the bite doesn't kill vampire Rose . . . not right away, anyway. Her wound heals, but not before some gnarly-looking boil appears where she was bitten. The bite Rose sustains may not be fatal, but it's definitely gross.

So neither Damon and Elena nor Stefan and Katherine crossed a romantic line this week, but it's still a pretty entertaining episode. I was a little disappointed that we didn't see Tyler as a full wolf, but other than that, I was pretty pleased with the emotional substance of his transition. What did you think? Start the chat below and then head over to the Hooked on Vampire Diaries group in the community!

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