The Vampire Diaries Review: Mystic Falls Apart

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Almost every plot was thickened on The Vampire Diaries this week.

More than any episode in memory, "Disturbing Behavior" gave each vital character a chance to shine. Or connive. Or ponder her feelings for her blood-thirsty boyfriend's brother. Or temporarily murder his best friend in town because everyone was getting on his nerves.

Oh yes, Stefan is about to re-enter a Mystic Falls with a whole lot going on. Let's run it all down, shall we?

Delena Argument

In Katherine, we... trust? Is that even the proper question to be asking these days, whether or not we trust Katherine? As we debated at length in last week's Vampire Diaries Round Table, it's impossible to keep track of this Nina Dobrev-portrayed character these days. What has she been up to? Why was in Chicago? What plot is she hatching this time around? Will it come together in a more sensible manner than her season two storyline?

There's still a fear that Katherine is being used more as a plot device than anything - appearing when convenient to shake things up and move characters around - but now that she's an integral part of ongoing arcs again? I'll believe, Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec. You must have a coherent plan in mind. Don't let me down.

I'm just a girl, looking for a partner in crime. Katherine, dear, you are so much more than that.

Crossing a Caro-line. First off, how freaking awesome has Caroline become?!? Painted as little more than a bubbly blonde when human, her confidence and swagger has grown every week as a blood sucker. She's still super sweet (see scenes with Tyler, and then worry about what might happen if these two have a baby...), but she can also get angry and, forget The Hulk, you do not want to see Caroline when she's angry.

Damon discovered that fact this week via a scene that still has me cheering. What fun it was to see Caroline go after this Salvatore, partly due to her reasoning: yes, Bill Forbes tortured his daughter - but she's still his daughter. There's still love there. She still bought him that expensive shirt. Bravo to The Vampire Diaries for creating a complicated, layered relationship between parent and sibling here, although I must disagree with Bill's final assessment: Caroline and her new attitude will be just fine.

Bil Forbes

Poor Anna. That's almost all I have to say about this storyline. It was heartbreaking to watch her cry and utter about how she's "all alone" when Jeremy told Bonnie about his little ghosts-of-ex-girlfriends-past problem. Still, I doubt forcing me to admit that I teared up over a dead vampire is the sole purpose for this development.

Anna feels a "darkness" when Vicki is around? And when Bonnie tried to summon a necklace-related spell? What the...?!? I typically enjoy trying to make predictions, but I'm at a loss on this one. I can't imagine what ghost Vicki is up to. Guess I'll be forced to keep tuning in every week to find out. Oh well. That's a tad bit less painful than what Gloria did to Stefan. Speaking of which...

Silly Stefan. He may wanna leave all future scheming up to the other Salvatore sibling. Stefan was a bit too trusting of Gloria and Rebekah here, not taking enough time to feel them out and see if he really could hint that he isn't on board with Klaus' master plan. Granted, Elena was in trouble and it's hard to think rationally when trying to save your one true love, which was another development from the episode:

Yes, that would be Elena, not Rebekah. Stefan's memory is intact and he is still putting Elena above all else. Romantic? Absolutely. Dangerous to both? Clearly. Impressive, considering how Claire Holt looked in this dress? Yes, very.

Councilman Alaric. I love it as much as I still hate how everyone has shortened his name to "Ric." The guy has a ready-made tagline already if he ever needs to campaign (A Man for the People. Literally!) and a perfectly understandable reason for joining the Council: his girlfriend was killed by a vampire, his wife was obsessed by vampires, his BFF of a vampire has a tendency to briefly murder him... can you blame Alaric for realizing that someone in Mystic Falls has to look out for its actual citizens?

Those citizens will be in even more danger next week, although the official preview for "The Reckoning" makes it clear that only one of them will truly be threatened by Klaus and Stefan.

All around, a fantastic episode of The Vampire Diaries that included almost every character and left me with just four questions:

  1. Where the heck was Matt while everything was happening? Must have been a busy day at The Grill.
  2. Why doesn't Klaus just compel Stefan in order to learn his true intentions?
  3. What kind of boring name is Michael for a vampire hunter than even leaves Klaus quaking?
  4. Bill must be the first person to ever refer to Damon's technique as "lazy," right? I don't recall any women complaining.


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i loved this episode.i liked the part were gloria tortures stefan in to finding out who has the necklace.i felt so bad for anna cause she is all alone on the other side and jeremy finally can here her after days of her yelling his name and she finally has some one to talk to but then he just shuts her out because of bonnie and that made me feel bad for anna and then i felt worse as jeremy was telling bonnie about vicki and anna and anna was saying dont im all alone and she was crying i felt terrible it was sad.i cant wait till the next episode to see what klaus and stefan do it looks so good.i only have one question and that is were is rebacca because we saw her when she told klaus stefan wasn't on his side and he was betraying him but we didn't see her after that so that makes me wonder if klaus killed her again or if she's waiting back in chicago for klaus to return while he and stefan are in mystic falls.i also want to know were katherine and damon are going to go.


I liked that Damon lashed out. It was wrong of him to kill Alaric but he felt pressured and caged in. Damon's not a horrible person. Why does Stefan get a pass but Damon doesn't?


liked it enuff. suppose Klaus didnt compel stefan because he likes toying with people. I love klaus but each week he loses more of his badassness and brightness.It took his sister pointing out things to make him realize them.Speaking of not bright, I love Stefan but the dude sucked at being subtle,it was painful and comical to watch. still love the complexity of ripper stefan this season though. I still maintain that the everybody jumping on Damon out of the blue was poor writing.There was no buildup to itStefan goes off the deepend and its fine but Damon cant be redeemed?how so?hasnt he been doing good?why accuse him of being a dick at a time when he isnt acting like one, which led him to doin what damon does, acting like a dick because its expected of him?its redundant and at some point theyre just as responsible for his jackassery as he is.what was the purpose of caroline's dad and Gloria?I think Michael is an ark angel ref. After a villian being behind a villian itll probably end with Satan running stuff.


Caroline's gay father cannot accept her? Sure being supernatural murderer is different but surely he can empathise with her struggles or at the very least take the time to find out that: 1. she didn't ask to be a vampire
2. she's killed once (yes once is enough but still)
3. she saved his life and is clearly in control Greeat episode and I guess ignorance is blind


i tink even if klaus compel stefan to kill elena it wil nt work,his strong luv for her will overcome dat compulsion.Damn can't wait 4 d next episode.


That was a pretty awesome ep. I'm glad that the writers took a realistic turn with Damon's character. The guy has been used to some seriously bad habits and a villain state of mind for a really long time. He's been having a hard time of it lately with trying to figure out his feelings for Elena, who he is with and without Elena, and where his brother comes into all this. I can't believe the people on here commenting on how Damon is an ass, and that you hate him! Shame on you! The guy is under mounting pressure, and now that judgmental people are closing in on his relationship, he's lashing out under the stress of it all!!! Some TVD fans you are. This show is ABOUT complex characters, and they DO have backgrounds that make up who they are! You can't just flip a switch. That said, I'm curious if Damon is going to come to Elena's rescue next week. Maybe, maybe not. BUT-and stelena fans can whine about this all they want- the writers are building up for something big to happen between Damon and Elena... Probably this season, but definitely next season! Also... Who else is lovin' the originals? I want somebody to sneak into the coffin warehouse on wheels that Klaus has, and pull a few more daggers out. Especially Elijah. The guy had a short run last season, but we all came to love him by... The first or second time we saw him :)


How extremely BORING would it be to just COMPELL the truth out of someone? It is more fun just to see the other one suffer. If he's hidding something, that better way to find it and amuse yourself in the meantime that making the victim hunt it himself? I'm sure Klaus has no idea that Elena is still alive. I mean, who would? But still, is fun! Too bad that Klaus can't make Stefan kill Elena himself (he wouldn't do it either way)... but is she dies, I'm sure he'll make him watch. That's what I would do if I were a vampire.


Michael is a name that instills fear in anything supernatural. Michael the Arch Angel is no one to just cast aside.


Klaus didnt compel Stefan because i think he simply enjoyes discovering things by himself without using "cheating". Michael is not a name for a dangerous hunter!! It sounds like a hot young teen guy, lol. KAtherine is amazing, loving her


Is stefan getting a little more attractive (he's already very handsome) now that his conflict is showing more? Rebecca is kind of sexy but she actually has quite a funny face if you look precisely. Go Kathryn! Damon acted like a tool. But he started acting like that when Ric told him to back of Elena: My theory he is doing it to put off Elena. Both brothers were brought up well to be romantic heroes at heart despite having a jerk of a dad.

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The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 4 Quotes

So women in the 21st century dress like prostitutes, huh?


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