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Recap and Review of Vampire Diaries Episode "Unpleasantville" 2010-01-29 06:30:00

The Vampire Diaries "Unpleasantville": The Good, The Bad and The Bloody

The Vampire Diaries hit us with its second episode since it came back from Winter hiatus, and I'm just as impressed with "Unpleasantville" as I was with last week's "Bloodlines."

We had already had a peek at the '50s-themed dance that the ep revolves around, but the real excitement happens in the cafeteria, the Gilbert household, and out on the streets of Mystic Falls.

I'm champing at the bit to talk about this week's episodes and all the gory details, so to break it down (spoilers ahead!), just



    The Good
  • My spine tingles each time someone gets invited in, and the pizza guy — AKA hooded vampire creep Elena hit with her car — finds a new creative way to get inside the Gilbert house. I'm glad that Noah wasn't a one-off villain either; he's just the tip off that there's a new vampire gang in town, and they're not as sweet as Stefan. Which leads me to . . .
  • Anna's a vampire! And hot bartender/former football star Ben (Sean Faris) is too! I was kind of expecting Ben to be somehow shady, but I'd just thought Anna was creepy, maybe annoyingly into Jeremy, but I so did not suspect that she was also a vampire. Like Damon, she has a plan to get into the tomb where Katherine is as well — but what's her motivation? The race is on for the coveted journal of Jonathan Gilbert, which is now in the hands of Alaric Saltzman.
  • Elena's adoption plot thickens, and the new detail's a doozy: her birth mother's name is Isobel — which is also the name of Alaric's late wife. I figured it out when Jenna first reveals her name to Elena (how many Isobels can one show have?), but it's Jenna herself who connects the dots when Alaric mentions his wife's name while asking Jenna out on a date. That's going to make for some awkward dinner convo.
  • So Matt and Caroline's story doesn't add much to the overall interwoven mystery of the show, but I admit it, I like them now. Plus, their cute, blossoming relationship is a welcome diversion from all that tomb talk.
  • Um, I watched that sweet '50s dance move that Stefan busted on Elena at the dance at least three times.
    The Bad
  • I'm kind of annoyed with Stefan and his handling of the whole Damon/Katherine/tomb situation. What's the point of lying to Damon about helping? Either help or don't help — we all know Damon's getting into that tomb. I just hate how Stefan acts so self-righteous about everything.
    The Bloody
  • I was so psyched when Elena gets all Buffy on Noah in the cafeteria — well, almost. She still wields that makeshift wooden stake like a champ, breaking a broom handle over her knee. At least she did get in some good pencil stabs. Not terribly effective, but a defense move just the same. I somehow doubt that this is the last time we'll see her playing slayer.
  • Vampire torture by broom handle! Ouch. Stefan and Damon get all the details out of Noah they could by jabbing him, and learn what's needed to open the tomb: a belonging of Emily's, the whereabouts of which is in Jonathan Gilbert's journal.

This is another fantastic, layered episode — as usual, with as many questions that were answered, we got as many new questions that we hope to see answered next week. Among them: when will Damon and Alaric face off? Who will get to Jonathan Gilbert's journal first? Is Jenna going to look into Isobel being Elena's mother? And speaking of Isobel, since she's likely related to Katherine's family, I'm doubting that Damon's attack on her was random. Deconstruct the episode below, and you can always join the Hooked on Vampire Diaries group in the Buzz Community to chat about the show further!

Photos courtesy of The CW

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fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 7 years
my thoughts: - i'm still very intrigued by alaric - WHAT is he? - didn't catch alaric mentioning "isobel" as his late wife's name. oops. now it all makes sense. - want to know why those 2 new vamps are looking for a way to open the tomb
nygurl nygurl 7 years
damon = hot ... but he's soooo bad
Pampire Pampire 7 years
@sweetanomaly- it's definitely possible! That's why I like this series,always expect the unexpected!
slikkback slikkback 7 years
amazing ep! My favourite by far.
Pampire Pampire 7 years
OMG! Damon killed Elena's mom! I wonder how she will react when she finds that out! This episode was so good, they keep getting better and better. I also had a feeling that Anna was a vamp but I had no idea about the bartender! Can't wait til next week, I'll be counting down the days for sure!
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
Oh mah Gahd! This show makes me almost fall off my seat every episode. It's so good! I was shocked when Anna's vampire side came out, and double shocked when Ben was revealed! And now I'm anxious to see what kind of dangers Bonnie is about to get in with him. Eeeeee, it just gets better and better.
greyfan810 greyfan810 7 years
I loved this week's episode! I love how there are constant surprises every week. Did NOT see Anna being a vampire coming or Alaric's wife possibly being Elena's birth mother!! Can't wait until next week! Katherine's backkk
mannylove mannylove 7 years
I love this show, it is so good!
fleurfairy fleurfairy 7 years
I love this show. I had a feeling that creepy stalker girl was a vampire. I'm hoping Elena and Damon get together soon. I think they have stronger chemistry that Elena/Stefan. But I do love Paul Wesley as Stefan. He's a hottie. My one gripe is that CW takes about 5 days to post their episodes online. Usually I'm busy Thursday nights and can't stay home to watch. I'd like to be able to watch the episode the next day. Get with the program, CW!
nessa17 nessa17 7 years
I am loving this show more and more. Last night was full of surprises. I so did not expect Anna to be a vampire. Matt and Caroline were cute together but I couldn't really focus on them as right before we found out that Isobel is Elayna's mom. Can't wait for next week's blast from the past episode! I loved the ending last night!
popculture-whore popculture-whore 7 years
i'm hooked on this show. i keep coming back week after week. it's so entertaining and intrigue is great
khameel khameel 7 years
This show just gets better and better! When Alaric revealed his wife's name was Isobel, I almost fell off of my bed! LOL!
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