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Recap of The Vampire Diaries Episode "Memory Lane" 2010-10-01 04:00:50

The Vampire Diaries "Memory Lane": The Good, the Bad, and the Bloody

As if the title didn't tip you off already, this week's The Vampire Diaries is all about digging up the past. Katherine gives us a closer peek at her back-story (and that of Mystic Falls) and her romance with Stefan — but could it be the two still have some rekindling to do? There are definitely old feelings left to explore, even if most are fueled by hatred. During the hour, they try to stick each other with a stake at least once.

Between all of the flashbacks, sexual tension, and one tricky twist I didn't see coming, it's an incredibly satisfying episode. Let's get to it when you


The Good

  • The episode kicks off with Stefan's dream — or rather, nightmare — as he imagines Katherine back in 1864, before evolving into present day as he watches Damon and Elena kiss over a game of pool. Stefan wakes up in a panic, only to be further alarmed: Katherine is in bed with him! She uses her powers to get inside his head and terrify him. As for me, I actually liked the glimpse of Dalena, even if it is fantasy.
  • Flashbacks! As Katherine and Stefan get to it with the usual cutting remarks, Katherine reveals what went down the night of the 1864 Founder's Ball. What we learn: not only was George Lockwood a werewolf, but Katherine struck a deal with him to capture her vampire buddies in return for saving her own hide. Stefan also told Katherine that he loved her that same evening — and she didn't even have to compel him. Looks like their relationship goes deeper than I thought (watching his old self gush over her is kind of adorable). Perhaps Katherine did come back for him after all? Well, not so fast. She has a secret, and she's not telling. One thing we do find out, though — she did genuinely love him.
  • A rivalry between Mason and Damon fires up, as Damon revels in teasing him with a Dancing With Wolves reference and endless puns over a game of Pictionary with Jenna and Alaric. Damon tries to out him with silverware, a common — though it turns out, futile — werewolf deterrent. Once outside, Damon stabs Mason with a silver knife, and it essentially does nothing, except tick off the handsome Lockwood. "Now, you made an enemy," he warns Damon. Oooooooo.
  • Revealing werewolf fact: Mason tells Tyler that you receive the family curse when you kill someone. Um, so the Lockwoods are murderers too?
  • Katherine has a new lackey in Caroline. At Katherine's threat request, Caroline tries to keep Elena away from Stefan while his ex spends time with him. Then to make sure Katherine's happy, she goes on a negative tirade to her BFF, telling Elena that her relationship is doomed. Nope, it's not the Matt fallout that's getting to the girl; it's Katherine. When she's still not satisfied, she warns Caroline: "I killed you once; I can do it again." But Elena and Stefan are already one step ahead. They have a fight in front of Caroline at Mystic Grill to convince Katherine and everyone else that they're split (even I was momentarily convinced!). Damon overhears, too, which could well complicate their plan. Now that he thinks Elena's free, will he make another move?
  • In one of the big moments we've been waiting for, Katherine and Elena come face to face. Elena remains relatively composed, but I kept thinking back on Vanessa's comments last week about how the living torment their dopplegangers. It seems strange that Katherine would rely on Caroline to do her dirty work when she could, in theory, just snap Elena's neck. Plus, I was intrigued by her comment that Elena is "asking the wrong questions." What are the right questions?!
  • While we're talking questions, what's the deal with the Lockwood moonstone? Tyler has it, Mason wants it, and judging by the flashbacks, Katherine may be in Mystic Falls to get it back. What special powers does it hold? I'm dying to find out.

The Bad

  • I know it's the 1800s, but do we really need the antiquated, romance-novelish dialogue? I nearly snorted when past Stefan tells Katherine, "I touch your skin and my entire body ignites." Same goes for the hazy flashback camera effects.
  • The runner-up for cheesiest moment: Katherine touching her lips at the memory of kissing Stefan in the past.

The Bloody

  • What blood? This episode was surprisingly devoid of gore (save for one useless werewolf-stabbing), though with Katherine still around (and a Damon-Mason fight brewing), I'm sure there's bloodshed to come. It looks like a full moon is on its way too!

What did you think of this episode? Too much flashback? Not enough blood? Or did you eat up every minute of it? Share your thoughts in the comments, and then head over to the Hooked on Vampire Diaries community group!

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postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
This is one of Damon's best episodes for the sheer reason that he delivered one hilarious line after another. Obviously, Stefan is still feeling a little somethin' for Katherine. If she's such a sadistic bitch that he doesn't love, why doesn't he just kill her? He had a good opportunity to do so. I agree with KACIEJPC... I like that Katherine is finally in the series and Nina Dobrev is doing really good at playing sweet Elena and mean Katherine, but Katherine just needs to get her ass handed to her already!
Katherine needs to get her head rocked! I like her added element to the show, but I also can't stand it.
popculture-whore popculture-whore 6 years
i loved the flashbacks and all the little reveals throughout the night... to find out that stefan and katherine truly loved each other is interesting. stefan always asserted that katherine compelled his love, but she didn't... could it be that they're meant to be? (i doubt it... just hopeful thinking because i love elena and damon together lol) can't wait to see the inevitable werewolf/vampire showdown!
care0531 care0531 6 years
When Elena asked Katherine why she looks so much like her and her response was "your asking the wrong questions" I felt like she was trying to say you should be asking why Stefan returned and why he had to be with her. (which reminds me a little too much of the Bill and Sookie thing). I don't see how Elena and Stefan can keep this secret from Damon...unless they never see each other. Both Damon and Katherine have access into Elena's house they have all been invited so where is their "safe place"....that secret won't last for long. I am very interested to find out what this moon stone is. As for Cheesy moments- I totally agree with you Buzz. When Katherine touch her lips after thinking back to kissing Stefan last...come long ago was that? lol.
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 6 years
I have mixed feelings about last night's episode. I like that Elena and Katherine finally came face to face and I definitely think that Nina Dorbev kicks butt at making Katherine and Elena so distinct. However, I'm actually a little bothered by the fact that Katherine genuinely loved Stefan. While I agree that it makes her character more interesting, I like her as the cold-hearted vixen, and I'm not sure how I feel about this softer side. I also don't like that Elena and Stefan are not going to let Damon in on their game. I feel like Damon's heart has been through the ringer enough with both Katherine and Elena, and by not telling him the truth Stefan and Elena are continuing to mess with his head. Caroline as Katherine's little minion is interesting, but I wonder how long it will last. I think Katherine will try to kill her when she's served her purpose.
jultritz jultritz 6 years
I loved watching Damon make pun after pun - hilarious. I was pretty convinced by the fight that Stefan and Elena had also and was ridiculously relieved to learn it was all part of the plan. It's interesting, though, to see that he actually loved Katherine without being compelled. And seeing her really love him has made her character more dimensional and interesting too. But poor Damon! Always the second suitor...
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