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The Vampire Diaries Recap "Isobel"

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

You know how sometimes we complain that some shows (who shall remain nameless) have too many filler episodes? Yeah, The Vampire Diaries isn't that show.

With an episode titled as modestly as "Isobel," I was expecting some reveals about Elena's birth mother, but I wasn't expecting the onslaught of revelations that this week had to offer.

There's way too much to cover without giving away spoilers, so to start talking details, just


    The Good

  • So, we finally meet Isobel, Alaric's ex-wife and Elena's biological mother. Cold hard b*tch, I mean, ice queen, is what I'd call her. Alaric is none too pleased at their reunion, but she presses on, demanding that he arrange a meeting between her and Elena — or she'll kill the townspeople.
  • Stefan is, as Damon says, "back to boring," but he and Elena agree to have her meet Isobel at the Mystic Grill. Isobel doesn't want to embrace and exchange photos, though — she just wants the device that Jonathan Gilbert invented and Damon currently has. It's quite the Mother's Day present, but somehow Elena resists. Isobel's a great conversationalist, however, mentioning that it's inevitable that Elena will want to be a vampire (happened for Bella. Why not Elena?) and that she's well-acquainted with Katherine. She refuses, however, to say who Elena's father is. Dad alert! It's John, which I thought was obvious a couple weeks ago.
  • The dialogue on this show has always been good, but this week, it's seriously great. During their big vampires and humanity debate, Alaric tells Damon "You're a dick and you kill people but I still see something in you," just before Damon quips that Stefan "wants to feel every episode of How I Met Your Mother." Classic.
  • Hot, shirtless Damon invades Isobel's place and learns that Izzie is just acting on Katherine's orders. That doesn't sit well with him, and rather than engage in dirty dirty vampire sex, he turns the tables on Isobel and demands that she leave Elena alone — with some not so very kind words about his former paramour, Katherine. Oh, my!
  • So daddy John, in cahoots with Isobel to get the storied device, shows his good side (I know, I didn't know he had one either) when Jeremy gets kidnapped. He gets the snot kicked out of him and his ring taken away in the process. He confides that it was Jeremy's dad who educated him on family history, and later, Jeremy acts like nothing happened. Then grieving Anna shows up and tells Jeremy that Pearl died — which can't be good for his bonding with John.
  • Bonnie's still acting like she's Bethenny and Elena is Jill, but she folds when Elena spills everything about meeting her birth mom. She even agrees to help with foiling Isobel's plan to get the device after finding that it's actually a weapon to kill vampires. Although Damon says she may be "no Emily Bennett," she removes the spell. Oh, um, I mean, she pretends to remove the spell.
  • Isobel lays bare the elephant in the room: at the final outdoor meeting to exchange the device, she says that Damon gave it to her so willingly "'cause he's in love with you." Oh that's right, she said it! It makes things a little bit awkward at Stefan/Elena hug-time afterward. Stefan is justifiably all freaked out at Isobel's blurt-out that Damon is in lurve with Elena and makes the declaration that history won't be repeating itself. Or as Isobel so charmingly put it, that Elena won't be "enjoying them both." Um . . . I sure hope that's not true.
  • There was a teeny bit of mushiness in all the intensity: Alaric ditches his magic ring and tells Isobel to kill him. She does finally show her humanity by confessing how much she loved him — but compels him to forget it. Fantastic scene.
  • Whoa, whoa, whoa: are Isobel and John not really evil? It sounds like they're only looking for the device because they want to protect Elena, while only seeming sinister. So does this mean Katherine also may not be evil, and is now looking out for Elena too — or are John and Isobel double-crossing Katherine out of parental love?
    The Bad

  • Someone Binged something. Again.
    The Bloody

  • When John first shows up, there's a scene of teeth-scarred legs during a voyeuristic moment that's so very True Blood, am I wrong?
  • Isobel orchestrates an accident where Matt is hurt. This makes me hate Isobel. She's not fun, she's a meanie.

Honestly, I don't know how the finale (which, according to next week's promos, include Damon's line that he's at the Founder's Day party to "eat some cotton candy and steal your girl") could be better than this week. This was such an amazing, climactic episode, and I'm ready to talk. What did you think? And if you really can't get enough, just join the Hooked on Vampire Diaries group in the Buzz Community to chat more!

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postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
^ I totally noticed the feet on the lap, LovelyLilKatie, and I thought it was adorable haha
LovelyLiLKatie LovelyLiLKatie 7 years
omigosh whattta good episode! i loveeee damon. When he was all like dont touch elana and called katherine a bitch i gasped. Is anyone else just dieing for elana and damon to be together. DId you notice when he came from his errand he picked her legs up and put them on his lap!
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
I loved it when Damon called Katherine and little bitch too, Datura! I was seriously clutching my pillow this entire episode. It was so juicy. And the promo for the next episode when Damon says "here to eat some cotton candy and steal your girl" had me cracking up. They seriously could not have chosen a better actor to play Damon. Not just the hot factor, but he's so damn hilarious. I didn't expect Bonnie to pull that kind of lie off & I cannot imagine that going well for her friendship with Elena. And my jaw dropped a little when Isobel blurted out that Damon is in love with Elena. I can't wait for the season finale, but at the same time I'm sad that I'll have to wait for the television highlight of my week to come back :(
marcied23 marcied23 7 years
yeah, i thought tyler had some type of magical something or the other (with the mood swings and what not) but, i don't know why they haven't delved more into the character. bonnie is awesome, i didn't believe that she had gotten over it either and if she had lifted the spell, that would've been just wrong, though i still don't get why katherine would want to get rid of other vampires, or why she even cares since she isn't even there.
jhilly123 jhilly123 7 years
Yes, the only good thing about Isobel was that she says that Damon has feelings for Elena. Other than that I couldn't stand her, even if at the end we find out she has maternal instincts lol. I love the preview for next week the scene between Stefan and Damon-can't wait for it! And I really cannot believe (though I didn't believe Bonnie had gotten over losing Grams) that she didn't remove the spell. Elena will be pissed...I wonder what all the scenes with Matt and Tyler mean... I haven't read the books, so I wonder if they'll play larger parts later on. Right now it just seems like they're recurring characters.
mannylove mannylove 7 years
Damon + Elena = YES!!
fleurfairy fleurfairy 7 years
I missed this last night because of the Penguins game. Grrrr it annoys me that it takes the CW four days to get the episodes onto their website.
popculture-whore popculture-whore 7 years
seriously. one of the best episodes. ever. i don't know how i could love this show anymore. it's one of the highlights of my week hah. damon is so damn sexy. that scene where he threatens jenny - er- i mean, isobel, was HOT. and i literally gasped when isobel declared that damon was in love with elena. wow. i'm starting to think that it is damon's fate to lose the love of his life to his own brother. i feel like maybe katherine loved stefan a little more than damon? now damon's falling hard for elena, but ultimately, i think she'll choose stefan and break damon's heart. aahhh i'm definitely too invested in damon lol so many twists and turns. can't wait to see how the season ends!
claudinemurphy claudinemurphy 7 years
love the vampire diares!
claudinemurphy claudinemurphy 7 years
Haha! 'Someone Binged something. Again' That has been really annoying me on all the CW shows lately! We get it, you are promoting microsoft. There really is no need to be so obvious. Other than that - i <3 Vampire Diaries!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 7 years
I love all episodes but I found this one kinda boring?! Was it just me?
khameel khameel 7 years
I don't even know what to say! So many great things happened this episode. I loved that Isobel called out Damon's love for Elena. So awkward, but should make the finale (and next season) very interesting! I hate Bonnie now. I also am not of fan of John being Elena's father. I cannot wait until next week. I'll be sad that I have to wait months for the new season.
Datura2112 Datura2112 7 years
Loved when Damon called Katherine "That lil Bitch", I cracked up laughing. So many good, good things about this episode! Bonnie deserves to have her butted kicked! How could she of all people hurt Elena like that! Shame on Bonnie, hope Elena is the one to hand it to her too! Damon and Stefan talking at the end was a standout too! Stefan is going to have a hard time now that the cards are more or less layed out on the table. Will Stefan turn on the jealous boyfriend act and drive Elena straight into Damon's waiting arms? Ought to be juicy! Alaric and Damon talking was funny, these two are turning out to be quite the duo! Liked to see Ana take John out, she deserves her retribution but I don't think she has what it takes. All John and Isobel are going to do is hurt Elena, there is nothing so far redeeming about them. They have their own reasons and I doubt it has much to do with Elena. Hopefully next season we'll get Katherine and Elena, now that ought to be fun!
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