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The Vampire Diaries Recap "The Descent"

The Vampire Diaries "The Descent": The Good, the Bad, and the Bloody

The Vampire Diaries is back, guys! Even though there's not much Stefan this week, there is plenty of Damon, and he's feeling. It seems so long since the last episode was on, but we're picking up after Rose has been bitten by a werewolf, and Elena is still number one on Klaus's most wanted list.

Also, my favorite new couple, Caroline and Tyler, are heating up, though there are complications in the form of Matt and ancient curses (of course). Enough of the background — let's talk about the episode and the good, the bad, and the bloody! Get to it when you


The Good

  • I rarely start off this section of the recap with what's going on with secondary characters, but Caroline and Tyler's storyline is my current favorite. Amidst eye flirting at school, Caroline has to break it to Tyler that maybe being buds isn't so great for her, since werewolf bites can kill vampires and all. That dating downer aside, Tyler is still interested, but when it rains it pours: Matt wants her too, and he lays an unwanted smooch on her. Later, Tyler confronts Caroline at her house, wanting to know why she'd risk death to help him. When she tries to say she simply cares, Tyler doesn't buy it, and we all know what he's getting at — and then he gets at it, kissing Caroline for the first time.
  • With Katherine (sort of) safely locked in the tomb, Elena and Stefan take some time together again. However, Stefan is mostly MIA this week, on the trail of Isobel, who can help with info on Klaus. It leaves Elena to take care of the werewolf-bitten Rose in Damon's elegantly appointed bedroom (he's a fan of Gone With the Wind). Unfortunately, Rose's gnarly infected wound on her shoulder causes her hallucinations like confusing Elena with Katherine. After terrorizing Elena in the house, the rabid vampire escapes and goes on a bloody rampage at the school until Damon finds her.
  • Even though Damon claims "humanity's not all it's cracked up to be," he's never shown more than he does this week. Soothing Rose while she hovers near death, Damon is oddly sweet, trying to console her even as she accepts that she's headed toward expiration. He's still himself though, telling Elena "Death happens. We come, we go, the sooner she dies, the better. It's gloomy as hell in here."
  • Normally I'd think that Damon and Rose's shared pastoral fantasy is cheesy, but there's something very tragic and bittersweet about it. Realizing that the only way out is a mercy killing, he stakes Rose and puts her out of her misery. When he cries at the end — real Damon tears — my heart broke for him.
  • Encountering Elena right afterward, she ends up needling him to make him say how he's really feeling (geez, girl, he just killed a friend. Let him have a minute to grieve in his way). Admitting, "I feel and it sucks," they hug, but it doesn't solve Damon's problem. Lost, he runs off and tricks a pretty young thing into stopping her car, but he doesn't kill her right away. That's what the old Damon would have done; this Damon pours his heart out to her. The unconventional therapy session yields Damon's big secret: that he misses being human. "I miss it more than anything in the world!" he cries. Don't think he's totally changed, though; he sinks his teeth into the girl's neck flesh before letting her go.
  • Uncle John is back! Stefan didn't necessarily have luck producing Isobel, but he did manage to dig up John Gilbert. Wonder what he'll be stirring up next week?

The Bad

  • I've had enough of the Jules character. Aside from offending me with her terrible eating habits (see The Bloody section below), she's trying to turn Tyler against Caroline. Sure, Caroline lied to Tyler that there were no other vampires in Mystic Falls, but she was trying to protect him (also: that's a dumb thing to believe, Tyler). If Jules throws a wrench in the Caroline/Tyler coupling, I'll root that much harder for Damon to pick her off.

The Bloody

  • In what I believe to be one the grossest scenes in The Vampire Diaries history, Jules wakes up after her night as a werewolf to find that she'd gone on a human buffet bender. Ugh: there are bitten-off limbs strewn about the campsite willy-nilly. I should not have been eating dinner during that scene.
  • Elena gets in on the violence this week when rabid Rose comes after her. Yes, the woman does look like a zombie, but I don't know if digging my fingers into Rose's wound would have been my first instinct. Gooey flesh . . . fingers . . . blech.

What did you think of the first episode back since the break? Was it enough for you? Let's talk about it in the comments, and if you're a big fan, make sure you also join the Hooked on Vampire Diaries group in the Buzz community.

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xlightningboltx xlightningboltx 6 years
That little dream sequence with Damon and Rose was so adorable. I agree with everyone else, that bit with Elena digging her nails into Rose's wound was NOT COOL. Ew. Still, great to have VD back.
Burkina Burkina 6 years
OMG ANON THANK YOU. That flaring the eyes and then squinting thing is SO ANNOYING. Me thinks he watches too much ANTM.
popculture-whore popculture-whore 6 years
ian somerhalder is really such a talented actor. he makes damon that much more interesting, complex and layered. the best part of an amazing show, imho
Burkina Burkina 6 years
I love Matt. They need to get him outta that dumb blonde role.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
Dr G and Becky... didn't Rose say that thing about loving both of them in the last episode before the midseason break? I recall her saying that, not in last night's episode, but at some other point during her run on the show. I might be wrong though!
Mandi-Villa Mandi-Villa 6 years
Ahhh! I'm so happy VDiaries is back! I was having Damon withdrawls and that doesn't make for a very happy Mandi. Here are my thoughts on last night's episode. . . - I liked that Tyler went in for the kiss with Caroline, although it was really sad that her and Matt confessed their love for each other but can't be together. - When Damon said that he missed being human I felt so bad for him. I know his bad boy act is all a front but it was nice to see him have actual emotions. Maybe he just needs a hug or five from a certain MV? - Uncle John reappearing can only mean bad things. I'm excited to see where the writers go with this one. - I agree that Jules needs to hit the road. She is about to stir up some major drama. - When Elena dug her fingers into Rose's bloody, oozing flesh I almost passed out. I wanted to clean my finger nails after watching that part. Is that weird? Overall I thought it was a good episode and I'm stoked for the rest of the season!
imlookinatanangel imlookinatanangel 6 years
i really liked this episode, but i agree with everyone i hate Jules i really hope she goes to dog hell or she chokes on a bone or something, really soo annoying!!!! can't wait till damon kills her :D anyways now to the sweet part of last night's episode i love damon!! he's sooo sweet and i feel awful that nobody understands him but you know what damon i love you always have always will!! and for real does anyone else notice that elena and stefan never act like a couple! i mean this whole season they've kissed like what 3 or 4 times? i hate that i mean they are the show's main couple and they NEVER act like such! but w/e i want damon and elena together anyways ... now a couple i do enjoy watching is tyler and caroline i think they are soo cute hope that relationship goes somewhere...but yes great episode soo looking forward to the rest of this season!!
Angelica-Marden Angelica-Marden 6 years
Hilarious recap! Can't wait to watch it.
redchick152 redchick152 6 years
1. as much as i like the caroline/tyler idea, i feel a bit cheated. they had SUCH a good thing going on as friends, but now i feel they may have rushed the kissing. now she has to pick which one! 2. poor dopey matt. i soooo want him to catch up on whats going on! 3. elena bugs me too. blocking that door w/ a dresser would not keep out a rapid vampire...especially if a 95lb girl can move it!
Becky-Kirsch Becky-Kirsch 6 years
DR G, I DEFINITELY noticed that! I was waiting all night for them to get to that moment. What a tease!
sydneyalias sydneyalias 6 years
I liked this episode a lot and agree with the recap above. My question this week is how many more people can Mystic Falls lose? I mean three people at the party, however many campers - in like a day and a half. How long before it's just the main characters in a ghost town?
Dr-G Dr-G 6 years
Did anyone else notice that in the preview for last night's episode, Rose says to Elena "Its okay to love them both", but I never saw her say it in the actual episode. Did I miss it?
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
werewolves*, oops! It's early.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
Ah, Damon broke my heart in this episode! It was so sad that he had to take Rose out of her misery :( It was sweet that he tried to make it as peaceful and happy as he could for her, though. I'd also like to see Matt get up-to-date with what's going on his town. I am undecided if I'd like to see Caroline pair up with Tyler or go back to Matt. Caroline/Tyler is really interesting and they can connect on the fact that she's a new vampire and he's a new werewolf, but Chris#21 has a point that Matt's the one who helped mellow Caroline out a little and we never got to see them peak as a couple. I'm interested to see how far this vampire/werewolf war is going to go now that Jules implied that she's rounding up a bunch of werewolfs to go on a vampire killing spree.
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