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Recap and Review of The Vampire Diaries Episode "There Goes the Neighborhood"

The Vampire Diaries "There Goes the Neighborhood": The Good, The Bad and The Bloody

There goes the neighborhood, indeed! The sharp-toothed residents of Mystic Falls get some company in this week's episode of The Vampire Diaries.

Things definitely picked up steam, with some sauciness thrown in with a lot of goriness. Still, it was a fantastic installment and I'm dying to chat, so to sink your teeth into the episode (spoilers ahead!) just


    The Good

  • Oh, cuss: We see where Anna and a rehabilitated Pearl (and then some) have been hiding: a farmhouse outside of town they've converted into some kind of weird vampire halfway house. They're getting everyone up to speed with technology and modern times, like texting. So who are these other vamps? Residents of the tomb — seems Bonnie and her grandma screwed up and didn't seal them all in. BTW, Harper is kind of adorable.
  • It's double date time, ex-files edition: Matt and Caroline and Elena and Stefan go out to the only bar in town to cut down the awkwardness. No luck: it's already awkward, but things really go south when Matt and Elena rehash the good old times, while Caroline fumes. Surprisingly, Stefan is ultra-cool with the whole situation, conceding that he seems like a dick to Matt and bonding with him over cars.
  • Pearl is one commanding she-monster. She and Anna drop in on Damon, revealing that she wants all the info Damon has on the families involved in the Secret Council. Pearl wants to take back Mystic Falls and "rebuild" and uses her bargaining chip: Katherine. Damon denies he wants to see her again, but you can tell there's a little part of him that totally wants to see her again.
  • Damon "visits Cougartown," downing shots with Jenna and Kelly, who happen to be old friends. Predictably, Damon brings Kelly home to his lair, but it doesn't go that far — Matt and Caroline walk in on them (wasn't it funny when Caroline vaguely remembers being there?).
  • Jeremy has a suspicion that Anna's a vampire, but she insists she made all her prior knowledge up. Well, she can't hide it any longer when Jeremy deliberately slices open his hand (ugh, WHY), and temps Anna with it. "Go for it," he says, and that she does, slurping to her little heart's content. When she angrily confronts him for letting him suck his blood, he points out that she didn't kill him. It's also kind of sad and sweet that he wants to know more to resolve what happened to Vicky. Biggest OMG moment? The very last one when Jeremy tells Anna that he wants her to turn him. The appropriate reaction to this is "Whaaaaat!"
  • Random Buffy allusion? Jenna's last name is Summers.
    The Bad

  • The Bad: Where's Bonnie? She got one name-drop this episode but no screen-time?! Bring her back! They need her powers now more than ever.
    The Bloody

  • Pearl sticks her fingers in Damon's eyes! Gag.
  • Did Jeremy really have to dice open his hand like that? I think it needed stitches. Couldn't a paper cut have sufficed?
  • Pretty sure this was the bloodiest episode ever! Frederick and his lady minion literally crash into Damon and Stefan's place, and Stefan stabs the lady minion with the broken glass. Then, Pearl, angry they went out, stabs Frederick with a wooden spoon in the gut. I said it before, and I'll say it again: Gaaag.

So, what did you think of the show this week? Chat about it below, and if you really want to show your love, join the Hooked on Vampire Diaries group in the Buzz Community!

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xlightningboltx xlightningboltx 7 years
Gah, this show never disappoints. I also was very surprised about Jeremy's last line! Where do you think he was inspired to become a vampire? I reckon he's been reading his father's diaries and wants to imitate his dad. So far I have been very happy with this show.
sexymotherfakir sexymotherfakir 7 years
Wearing vervain simply stops vampires from using their powers of suggestion. It is only digesting vervain that prevents a vampire from feasting on you.
flowergirl flowergirl 7 years
Good call about Jeremy & vervain - I totally forgot about that!! The writers should work on avoiding those types of inconsistencies or the storylines will start to feel forced.
cheechee524 cheechee524 7 years
i enjoyed the episode, pearl's viciousness really surprised me at first. all the second half of the episode i kept waiting for people to be attacked. all these extra vampires running around really keeps me on edge, eek.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
This episode was so good! Pearl is one tough bitch! Bonnie needs to be back, I love her character. I agree that Harper is adorable (so far... he might end up a scary vampire). I was not at all surprised about the Damon/Kelly hookup. I was just waiting for that to happen. Kelly is like the female/human version of Damon with her saucy attitude. I can't wait for next week's episode. I love seeing Damon's soft side and I think that'll happen with him trying to rescue his brother from Frederick.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 7 years
Fantastic episode!! This show just keeps getting better and better.
popculture-whore popculture-whore 7 years
SUCH an entertaining show. i thought pearl was gonna gouge out damon's eyes, i was so scared! lol side note, i really like matt and caroline's storyline. it doesn't exactly fit in with the rest of the show, but it feels genuine
demarco11 demarco11 7 years
Yay! So glad its back. This is great entertainment. I love the chemistry between Anna and Jeremy, i think this is one of the first times, I've actually enjoyed Jeremy scenes. Pearl is one tough mama! I'm hoping that since the other vamps werent doing anything outside in the day time that that means they dont have the special rings. Obviously some do, but if all of them do I think it'd be kinda lame! I'm hoping for an ep to have Stefan drink from Elena to strengthen him... he'll need it for any battles that may come against other vamps.
sexymotherfakir sexymotherfakir 7 years
I'm thinking that Bonnie's absence is going be used to explain her being more in control of her powers when she comes back. It wouldn't be crazy to assume that her grandmother wasn't the only person in her family to accept their witch bloodline.
flowergirl flowergirl 7 years
Yeah the eye gouging was disgusting. Pearl is not to be messed with!!
khameel khameel 7 years
Great episode. I nearly fell off of my bed when Jeremy asked Anna to change him! And I completely agree that Bonnie needs to come back!!! Her ancestor was friends with Pearl and Katherine, so couldn't she help stop the crazy/evil vampires with the spell book? Just a side note, Matt is so adorable as the responsible son and boyfriend!
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