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Why Damon Returned to Mystic Falls: Vampire Diaries Review, Recap

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Sit back and get comfortable, Vampire Diaries fans. A whole lot went down on this week's episode!

Those that missed the action, or wish to relive it, should read our recap of "History Repeating" before going any futher. All caught up? Let's get to the review...

Bring on the vampires! Matt Davis debuted as Alaric Saltzman, a beloved figure from the book series. Call us crazy, but we're not buying his line about having just moved to Mystic Falls because his wife passed away. We've seen that type of ring before, we know why he remained at the door following his date with Jenna.

The only question that now remains: is he a good vampire or a bad vampire? We'd ask the same about Logan, but we think we already know the answer. Did anyone expect him to show up at the end? We didn't.

A Seance

Sound off on this week's episode in our Vampire Diaries forum!

Bravo, Bonnie! Oops, our bad. We've complained for most of the season that the Bonnie storyline had been dragging on, as we demanded a pay-off to all this witch business. Safe to say we got it. The series took time-worn, cliched concepts like a seance and a haunted necklace and turned them into a great deal more.

We understand why Caroline freaked out and left, but we weren't going anywhere. We were glued to our TV screens as Bonnie transformed into Emily. Who knew that ghosts could actually be so well-meaning? Way to stand up to Damon, Em!

Solid storytelling! There's nothing sweeter to a television critic that sensible storylines, plots that actually take awhile to develop and come together perfectly when they do.

For weeks, we've been wondering why Damon returned to Mystic Falls and now we get a creepy, albeit rational, answer: for love... and revenge. It all made sense when he referenced the comet, which took viewers back to the show's second episode. Everything has been building from there, and even small details such as why Damon couldn't just use his powers on Bonnie to take her necklace were answered.

We almost felt bad for Damon at the end, too, which says a lot about Ian Somerhalder's performance, considering what a murdering jerk Damon actually is.

Great stuff all around. Did we leave anything out? Below, we've listed a few of our favorite Vampire Diaries quotes from the episode:

Elena: You don't have to push me away. I can do this.
Stefan: I can't. | permalink
Damon: I could rip your heart out and not think twice about it.
Stefan: I've heard that before. | permalink
Caroline: Let's summon some spirits. This Emily chick has some serious explaining to do. | permalink
Bonnie: I'm gonna scream.
Damon: No. Don't do that. Let's stay on point. | permalink
Elena: A simple 'I didn't kill my brother text would have sufficed.'
Stefan: I didn't kill my brother. | permalink

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was up ya'll my looks to this are that logan was changed by the guy who made Elana wreck(whoever that is), and that Alaric is a vampire slayer, but at first i thought he was an actual vampire cuz of the ring but now i think the ring is filled with Vervain...thats my thoughts on the whole thing....

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Maybe some of Logan's blood leaked down to Catherine and awoken her, kind of like if you've see underworld when the vampire's sleep for a long time they kinda cocoon and then blood drops on them and they awaken, maybe that happen to Catherine or Alric or one of the other vampires and then they arose and got up and turned Logan.

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I was shocked that Logan turned up!
As for Alaric, I liked the idea that another people who commented had - that he's wearing the ring of his dead vampire wife..it felt a little unnecessary to bring her up and the fact that her death is a 'cold case' unless they plan on exposing some more on it later on. Mark played him so well, he's terrific!

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OMFG! I LOVED THIS SHOW!!! GO BONNIE! I think that ring on alaric's hand was like elenas it stops the powers from being used on him like he could be a vampire hunter! thatd be coool! also logan couldve been turned by katherine... maybe emily accidently brought katherine out or... katherine already got out of the tomb and no one knows.... I FELT SO BAD FOR DAMON!! BUT I LOOOVE HIM SOOOO MUCH!

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Alaric is a vampire hunter according to the books.

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Remember when Logan shot Stefan and Damon bit him? Then Vicki fed on him? It all goes full circle! Thats prob how Logan turned.
just my opinion..............

Picazo

I AGREE I LOVED THIS EPISODE. I THINK LOGAN IS DEAD AND THAT IS THE TEACHER BEEN A SHAPE SHIFTER..BUT WHO KNOW...GREAT, GREAT EPISODE...

Damonknowshow2party

This was the best episode EVER!! GO BONNIE!!!

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Yeah, who the hell turned Logan?! :o

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ios alaric a vampire? i thought i was a vampire slayer or something... and who the hell turned logan? i thought he was dead... and there wasn't other vamps around beside damon and stefan... i'm so confused... this show is way to good....

The Vampire Diaries Season 1 Episode 9 Quotes

I'll adopt the Stefan diet, only nothing with feathers.

Damon

It does dead flesh good.

Damon [on coffee]