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Vampire Diaries "You're Undead to Me" Episode Recap and Review

The Vampire Diaries "You're Undead to Me": The Good, the Bad, and the Bloody

We're on the brink of big stuff on The Vampire Diaries, and it's definitely become a reason to stay home on Thursdays nights. Everything just got real — from Damon's nature to the Big Secret. I love dissecting the show almost as much as I love seeing a strapping young vampire in a black v-neck shirt, so let's talk about this week's good, bad, and bloody!

To see them (warning — spoilers ahead!) and chat, just


    The Good:

  • I'm really starting to care for people outside the threesome, particularly Bonnie. Her Carrie-like setting the car on fire is chilling (seriously, no one but Stefan saw that?) and her seeking out her grandma to find out what's going on with her has me really interested. Even if the casting of 47-year-old Jasmine Guy (Whitley from A Different World) is sort of unbelievable.
  • I'm also intrigued by this ragtag antivampire squad, which includes Caroline's mother, Tyler's mother, and Logan. Last week, they seemed to know exactly what's been haunting Mystic Falls, and I got the ominous feeling that these "regular" townsfolk may not be what they seem. I also want to know more about why they're assembling certain objects, like the necklace and pocket watch (Horcruxes?!)
    The Bad:

  • The newsreel, you guys. The newsreel is so silly — while I balked at that footage being so easy to find and so clear, it's worse that the newsman exclaims "Is that the nephew?!" and have the camera swing to Stefan in the shadows.
  • My other big problem with this week's episode is the Uncle Zach situation. I can't remember them explaining if Uncle Zach was a vampire, but he really seems to be dead. I assumed he was also a vampire until this week, when he tells Damon that he could have had a real family. So what was he? Human? Vampire? And was the crow Zach's familiar, or a crow that Damon found and killed for sustenance? There are larger implications for the unanswered questions, so I hope they're tied up next week.
  • Can we also know exactly what the deal is with vervain? K thanks.
    The Bloody:

  • I wasn't expecting Uncle Zach to meet his end so quickly, even if the show had made him pretty inconsequential.
  • Poor Vickie became another victim of Damon's — she can't have any blood left, right?
  • We also saw what happens when vampires go out in the sun without their protective jewelry on. Scab city!

It seems like we've reached a pretty big climax in the show: Damon has just asserted himself as a pretty evil villain, while Elena had that oh-so-important realization of every young vampire's love interest: The Epiphany. That scene is not too terribly dissimilar from Bella's (here's a reminder!) and Elena wants answers next week. Also next week? The Civil War-era flashback! I can't wait. What did you think of this week's Vampire Diaries?

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pillsbury pillsbury 7 years
LOVE this show.. So addicting
felicityporter felicityporter 7 years
I think Vicky becomes a vampire so she is dead but not done...
kaykayelle kaykayelle 7 years
The crow died? That's what I get for doing other things during the show. Next week I am holing myself up with no distractions.
JulieJean JulieJean 7 years
I was disappointed when Stefan didn't take off his shirt for the car wash too!! Everyone was in bikinis and trunks, only Elena and him were dressed. I never had any doubt Uncle Zach was human and the crow at the end was really confusing.
ktc71 ktc71 7 years
This show is quickly becoming one of my new favorites!
JLMac JLMac 7 years
The dead crow definitely confused me? I really can't wait for this show to grow more and learn more about the "horcruxes" or whatever these pieces are. As much as I LOVE Damon (Stefan isn't bad at all either) and his amazing one liners (as qtpie put it) writing and good acting makes this show looking forward to the rest of the season. On another note - I my mind I always compare this show and Twilight to each other. For some reason True Blood is like it's on separate crazy entity.
LovlyRita LovlyRita 7 years
I was expecting to hate this show too, but it has became my new guilty pleasure.I even started reading the books. Damon and Stefan are total V.I.L.F.'s. LOL!!!! Can't wait till next week!
DCAT DCAT 7 years
Even though Uncle Zach was pretty inconsequential, and I knew he was dead meat from the moment he showed Stefan his collection of vervain, I was really sad when Damon killed him. His scene with Damon in the dungeon was really powerful, and in the last two episodes he had been given a lot more to do. And I'm still curious about the whole Salvatore family history!
flowergirl flowergirl 7 years
I'm getting more and more interested in Bonnie's story too. Hope we learn more in the next ep! Also, kind of disappointed that they didn't explain about why Zach was (seemingly) their only living relative. I guess his role was to maintain the Salvatore house and all but I was hoping there would be more to it. So excited for the Civil War era flashbacks!!
totonlaura totonlaura 7 years
I love love this show!!!
qtpie qtpie 7 years
(potential spoiler?!) I don't think Vicky's gone yet, there was a webclip for the next episode where Damon said "she'll thank me", or something like that. Next week's episode looks soo good! Cannot wait. Love Damon, his smirk, and his awesome one-liners.
Angelica Angelica 7 years
I hope Vicky isn't a goner! This was a cute episode for Stephan and Elena (Taylor Swift reference made me lol), but whatever is happening with the newscaster and the pocketwatch and clues is just odd and should have more build up.

Also, Re: "Can we also know exactly what the deal is with vervain? K thanks." Seriously!
bchicgrl bchicgrl 7 years
same here Piper, the crow was annoying me. I'm loving this show more and more each week.
aeryn aeryn 7 years
Vicky isn't dead. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one blown away by casting Jasmine Guy's casting as a grandmother... of a high schooler! Although I'm sure she'll be amazing, love her!
jennaboa jennaboa 7 years
Zach was the last living Salvatorre. I think Damon mentioned Uncle Zach being their descendant in the first episode, and I know Zach and Stefan talked about it, too, in passing. It was never really expounded on. The novels had the Salvatorre bros living in Renaissance Italy, so the Civil War angle intriguing (although, frankly, ancient Italian vamps are a lot sexier than Civil War-era American soldiers, sorry, CW). This show is growing on me. I liked Bonnie in the books (where she was a bubbly redhead), so I'm not surprised to like her character on the show. I do wish they had the Meredith character on the show -- she's the smart chick. But I suppose they felt the need for a blond bimbo over a brunette genius, stupid CW. They make for better attack scenes. I read these books ages ago, so the details are really murky to me, but there was a teacher/vampire "hunter" also. I have to wonder if they are going to use the anti-vamps in that regard. So, the show is interesting, if only because it is making me wonder where I put those old books at ... if only because the Damon in them is a lot more redeemable than the show's Damon. Stefan is still the same boring boy scout though.
khameel khameel 7 years
Casting Jasmine Guy as Bonnie's grandmother caught me off guard, but I'm really interested to see how she'll be in future episodes. On a side note, am I the only one who was disappointed that Stefan didn't take off his shirt at the car wash? LOL!!!
piper23 piper23 7 years
I'm so glad that crow is dead.
JLMac JLMac 7 years
Btw Buzz... I definitely checked in about 100x today waiting for the episode summary. I just can't get enough.
JLMac JLMac 7 years
I really almost didn't want to like this show with thinking they were just jumping on the bandwagon - and I try not to let myself fall into the tweeny romance fluff, but I found myself giving it a chance. It's so anti-twilight, Elena isn't nearly as annoying as Bella, I like how strong-willed she is and Stefan isn't as nearly as creepy as Edward. This show is now one of my favorites.
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