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The Vampire Diaries Recap "Daddy Issues"

The Vampire Diaries "Daddy Issues": The Good, the Bad, and the Bloody

The complicated relationship between the vampires and werewolves on The Vampire Diaries explodes this week with a battle and a devastating hostage situation. In the midst of the melee, several old faces are back, even if it's just for a moment or two. But since many of them were missing from last week's triumphant return, it really made this week feel like the show is back in full swing.

Besides the usual drama in Mystic Falls, we also get a peek at a topless Ian Somerhalder — twice! But onto important things: let's talk about the good, the bad, and the bloody when you


The Good

  • The gang's back together! So many characters show their faces again this week: Jenna, Bonnie, Jeremy, and John Gilbert. Jenna makes a brief appearance to have her mind blown re: Elena's parentage, while Bonnie and Jeremy have a couple moments to show they're well on their way to inevitable couplehood. John's return is more ominous, though he's been brought back by Stefan because he has info on Isobel, and Stefan thinks he can help. Jeremy and Elena don't trust him at all, though, and nor do I.
  • The vampire/werewolf conflict reaches a boiling point this week. Now that Tyler knows Damon and Stefan are vampires, he's vulnerable to siding with Jules, and when Damon finds out Tyler's a werewolf, he's ready to eliminate him as a rival ("He needs to die. I'm willing to kill him. It's win-win!"). When Stefan breaks into Tyler's to try his hand at diplomacy, they learn that Caroline has been kidnapped by Jules and is being held hostage until she gets Tyler.
  • Speaking of Caroline, things are rough for her this week: first, she gets sprayed in the face with vervain, then shot in the face with a wooden bullet. The situation is pretty grim; Jules's were-minion Brady repeatedly shoots her, then sadistically finds different ways of torturing her to keep her in agony. But on the bright side, I was impressed with Candice Accola in those scenes.
  • Rumble in the woods! Stefan and Damon battle the werewolves to get to Caroline, but they're outnumbered. Just when they appear to be bested, Jonas comes in and puts a spell on the werewolves, upholding Elijah's deal with Elena to keep everyone safe. It's obviously not over, though: Tyler tells Brady that Mason was after the moonstone, piquing his interest (moonstones: so hot in Mystic Falls right now).
  • John's not just back, he comes bearing gifts. John gives Damon a new weapon and reveals that Isobel is working on something to keep Klaus out of Mystic Falls. Then he gives Elena a piece of jewelry from the mother who raised her, Miranda. It's followed by an emotional (and dare I say sympathetic) speech from John about how he knows he's nothing to Elena, but he will still protect her and the family. And yet: he sneaks into Katherine's tomb at the end and tells her he's going to get her out.
  • Damon is naked a lot this week, first in the opening shower scene, then in the bathtub with "sexy reporter girl" Andy Starr (by the way, I didn't know that bubble baths were a first date option. Fascinating). And just like last week, he uses a beautiful human woman to confess his feelings to, then sinks his teeth in. That's weird therapy, Damon, but I think I get it.
  • In an episode with a lot of violence, there's a couple of very sweet moments, and they happen between Stefan and Caroline. When he first checks on her after her horrific ordeal, she tries to be strong and insists that she's "not girly little Caroline anymore." She's not, but I love that Stefan tells her that she doesn't have to pretend with him. And when he returns a little later to check on her again? I melted. And even though he brought her girlfriends over to help, I'm telling you, there's a spark there.

The Bad

  • I'm bummed about Tyler and Caroline, you guys. I understand why he hesitates at letting Caroline out of her cell, but I was surprised that he makes no move to help her at all when Jules has a gun to her head. After she had been so there for him during his recent transition, she deserves more than the sheepish apology he gives her at her house later. Caroline rightfully tells him off, angrily declaring that they're not friends anymore. Boo. Not friends, not lovers, nothing? Fix it, Tyler.
  • I stand by my conceit last week that Jules is the worst. Let me count the ways she annoys me: she can't stop calling Caroline "your little vampire friend," her speech about being a lycanthrope and that it's her "duty and honor to help you" is weak and sounds like a lie, but her most offensive act is with her boy toy Brady. They have a gross makeout when they meet in the woods, and Jules delivers the line, "I know, baby, but I want the boy more than I want vengeance." Why is she still alive?

The Bloody

  • Damon is into ripping hearts out lately. He gets his chance during the woods showdown, but Stefan also sees some action, spearing someone in the neck. Fun times.
  • Damon's sexy time in the bath also gets a bloody honorable mention, not because it was that bad, but because it was just so very Bill and Sookie.

What did you think of the episode? Are you sad about Caroline and Matt too, and how do you think the vampire/werewolf conflict will end? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below, and as always, join the Hooked on Vampire Diaries group in the Buzz Community to chat with other fans!

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johnmikes johnmikes 4 years
Most stylish series ever
bethany0403 bethany0403 6 years
A quick thought - What if Uncle John is not bad? What if he is trying to find a way to convince/trick Klaus into thinking Katherine is Elena? I mean, how long will both Katherine and Elena be in Mystic Falls? I think that way you kill two birds with one moonstone!
xlightningboltx xlightningboltx 6 years
I am so bummed about Caroline and Tyler, okay so she lied to him (to protect them!) but I can't believe Tyler hesitated when Jules was about to kill her; Tyler needs to fix it and I think he will, but he'll need to gain Caroline's trust again - spy team for the Vamps? Also those Caroline and Stefan scenes were so adorable and when he bought Elena and Bonnie round? I died a little inside. Still, I wouldn't want them to hook up. I'm sorry but that coupling is just wrong. Friends, and no more than that. I feel for Matt though, especially when he knew Caroline was lying; he's so out of the loop it's almost painful. I hate Jules and Uncle John. Urgh. Damon, kill them already. And speaking of Damon, WOW, that shower and bath tub scene? My word! Yum. Ah, love VD.
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 6 years
I definitely want Tyler to fix things with Caroline. I love them together, and maybe because they are natural born enemies, I like the idea of a union with them. Plus, they have great chemistry. Jules is awful and needs to go. I don't trust John at all.
popculture-whore popculture-whore 6 years
great episode! i don't have much to add but i am very intrigued to see what john has up his sleeve jules, please die now. thanks.
differentthread differentthread 6 years
I understand Tyler's confusion. Jules can U skin your teeth back any farther? I am hoping they fix Tyler's and Caroline's trust situation. He should have gotten the message when Stefan said, Tyler can make up his own mind. What I don't get is Uncle John... If someone chopped my fingers off and stabbed me in the stomach, why would I care if they rot in a hole in the ground? Why would he want her out? Yeah that thing with Stefan and Caroline, it really comes across as tho there is something. What I did enjoy last week was Elena's reaction to Damon's bedroom, it is great that they are showing his part of the house. Elijah, Jonas or Damon pleases take out Jules, wait til she turns and skin her. The other animals and campers would greatly appreciate it!
cibele cibele 6 years
What a great episode. Jules needs to go, this actress is so annoying. She kinda ruined OTH too and now TVD. And I want Tyler and Caroline together NOW. They were so cute before and these are just roadblocks. I still see good chance they will get together. Matt is cute, but he's so out of place lately. And I understand you guys when you want Caroline and Stefan, he's so much more entertaining and natural with Caroline, but I don't see that happen. With Elena he's so one dimensional and robotic. And I loved Damon in this episode, his confession and his heart ripping session. Awesome.
imlookinatanangel imlookinatanangel 6 years
i personally enjoyed the whole show last night! it was great, i liked it way better than last week's episode. I loved the werewolf/vampire fight, shows who's really in charge (vampires) :D my personal favorite line was when they were about to fight and jules's boyfriend asked who killed mason and then damon ws like "That would be me" gotta love damon! and i agree with everybody jules needs to die a slow and painful death (damon take care of that) and i'm totally rooting for caroline/tyler. I also hated when Jules was telling tyler all the crap about being a wolf and how wonderful it was, i was thinking yeah and you also kill people! but whatever i just don't like her an di really hope they get rid of all the wolves soon
bethany0403 bethany0403 6 years
I am on board for either the Stefan/Caroline pairing OR the Caroline/Tyler pairing. I think she has incredible chemistry with both. I also find Stefan much more enjoyable and natural with Caroline, he's so Dudley Doo-Right with Elena. It's dullsville. I laughed when Damon said something along the lines of getting a heroic haircut like Stefan. I can't remember it now. Anyway, I like what Andie said to him in the tub about how love changes you. I hope she sticks around and he uses her as his compelled therapist. This show gets better and better. How did Uncy John hurt his hand? Is there a signifigance to that?
Datura2112 Datura2112 6 years
Stefan and Caroline, YES! They have so much chemistry. Caroline was on point when she told off Tyler. I do feel just a tiny bit sad for Tyler though. He literally is caught in the middle. Finding all that info out in such a short time must be hard He doesn't know what to do or who to trust. I am choosing to give him a break. Albeit a small one. Elena so doesn't want to be with Damon but she just can't stay away from him. She is in Denial big time. Damon is gonna rip Jules apart, hopefully it's soon. I have a feeling Brady will be a force to be reckoned with. We only saw a small sampling of him. John, John, John. Jenna is gonna end up killing you. Things are gonna get worse. I have a feeling Stefan is gonna lose it again real soon. Katherine is getting out of the tomb, Klaus is coming, he brought John to town and there's a bunch of Werewolves in town. Stefan is gonna go off the deep end.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
I'm glad Bonnie and Jeremy finally got together, I like them as a couple. However, it's strange that they never had a confrontation between Bonnie and Luka about him lying to her. It was just a sudden, "Elena told me about you and I don't trust you now" and she's all of a sudden with Jeremy? A little out of nowhere. I guess they couldn't figure out how to fit that into an episode? These werewolves are starting to piss me off. Stefan and Caroline's friendship is adorable :) I wouldn't mind them as a couple if Elena ever decides to finally get with Damon.
ellaella15 ellaella15 6 years
Yess!! Super bummed about Caroline and Tyler!! I hope they still end up together somehow..!.. or if not I'll probably won't have a reason to watch the show. Vampire/Wolfy love!! <33
brilliance13 brilliance13 6 years
bummed about Caroline and Tyler!! I was hoping that would develop more! I'm still for Elena and Stefan!
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