The Vampire Diaries Review: Best. Prank. Night. Ever.

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Paging, Bonnie! Stat! After sitting slack-jawed and bug-eyed through the "The Reckoning," one thing is for certain: Matt was not the only one in need of CPR tonight.

What an incredible episode of The Vampire Diaries. Consider, Klaus apprehended Elena, compelled Stefan and snapped Tyler's neck; while Matt drowned himself, Katherine kidnapped Jeremy and the rising seniors took some serious TP to the school hallways.

And all that happened in the first 30 minutes.

Got Her Finally!

Were there a few plot holes? Yes. Let's get them out of the way now: Klaus created the hybrid he's been dreaming about for decades... and then just left him? Klaus discovered the key to building his own army of these creatures was Elena's blood... and then just left her? (Under newly non-human Stefan's creepy protection, I know. But still. Seems hard to believe Klaus would let the doppleganger out of his sight again.)

Moreover, despite all the action packed into the hour, the key points were all expository. They were just laid out to us. We were simply told that Klaus figured out the Original Witch lied to him; and it seemed awfully convenient that Pearl told Katherine that she knew about the vampire/vampire hunter... who told Anna... who told Jeremy via the great ghost beyond.

That's a lot of seemingly random telling and not a lot of showing or coherence.

But, man, when an episode takes you on that kind of ride, it's silly to pick at too many nits. Did any character's life not change tonight?!?

I'm still smiling over Damon and Stefan's role reversal, right down to the latter's drink-pouring and snarky one-liners. Oh, please, continue, Delena. Don't mind me and my utter lack of humanity hovering around the mansion. Creepy. Cool. Funny. Awesome.

I've also complained in the past about how VD was dragging out the longing looks between Damon and Elena, teasing a relationship that would never take place just because it knows how to get fans clamoring - but Damon's actions here spoke a lot louder than even his most heartfelt words ("I promise you. I will never leave you again."). The guy came back for her. He took on the oldest Original of them all for her. Bryan Adams really said it best: everything Damon does, he does it for Elena.

I actually believe there's a chance for these two now, and I'm actually rooting for one. Sorry, Stefan. I know you couldn't control it, but it's hard to maintain a relationship after killing two innocent students in front of your girlfriend in the high school gym, only to later drink the blood from her neck. It's almost never happened.

Forwood Photo

Elsewhere, it's great that Tyler is all happy and powerful and all, but, ummmm... Klaus just turned you into a hybrid, dude. Yes, you have a gorgeous, fun girl on your arm and, absolutely, senior year of high school is a blast, but you might wanna contemplate your next move against Klaus more than your next move with Caroline in bed.

As for Matt, I had completely forgotten he ever dated Elena. That feels like decades ago. Was I happy he got to see Vicki again? Sure. But when you compare his storyline to attacks from Klaus and stolen necklaces by Katherine and the resuscitation of Michael from his chained-up slumber... it's hard to be overly interested. Gotta admire the dedication to communicating with his sibling, though. I love my sister, but it's unclear if I'd risk suicide just to chat with her apparition.

Questions from the episode:

  • So Michael is a vampire and a vampire hunter (Vunter? Hampire? Hampire it is.). But what makes him so scary to Klaus? Wouldn't an Original still be stronger than any other vampire?
  • Unless Michael is also an Original?
  • Which was a more tense 20 minutes on the hardwood: the clock ticking down to Elena's death, or the second half of the Duke/Butler National Championship Game?
  • Super glue on Alaric's desk, Elena? Really? The best prank for this teacher would be to replace his name plate with one that reads "Ric."
  • Take away her thirst for blood and her lack of care over the human condition and Rebekah is pretty awesome, isn't she? Tyler is dead... ish. Loved it.
  • Is anyone else's heart still racing?
  • Can you handle a look at next week's episode? HERE IT IS.


Editor Rating: 4.8 / 5.0
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Typo correction: *show how stupid your post is.


Nichole Ford, NICE TRY, not. You have severe reading comprehension problems. Don't respond to me unless you can actually comprehend what I am posting. I stated that magic had nothing to do with Jeremy seeing ghosts, not that Bonnie did not bring him back with magic. He did get brought back to life by magic, but what matters is that he DIED FOR REAL, unlike Alaric and Elena, which is why Matt can also see ghosts now because he DIED. Your post doesn't even deserve a reponse but I might as well to do it to show some stupid your post is. It helps to actually go to school instead of partying all the time.


@Bill I agree with you in the real life sense. If a woman was sleeping with her ex's brother, she's not going to get a great reputation. HOWEVER- you have to distance yourself from real life when watching these shows. In shows- girls DO sleep with their ex (who's trying to save their lives)' brother because, well, it's fake. While I don't think Delena ever COULD happen because of Stefan, just like Stefan and Rebekah can't happen because of Elena, it doesn't mean that people can't get caught up in the moment and "hotness" that is Delena, lol.


OMG. I have so much to say, but right now, OMG.


I couldn't disagree with you more about the Stefan/Elena/Damon love triangle. Stefan has sacrificed everything for Elena AND Damon. Killing those two people in the gym was all part of protecting Elena. The only reason he is in such a horrible situation is because he didn't want his brother to die. So now you want Damon and Elena to be together? Why? To teach Stefan a lesson that he should be more selfish next time he is thinking about sacfificing everything for the people he loves?? And what does that say about Damon? He would be stone cold dead if it hadn't been for his brother and he is going to repay him by sleeping with Elena, knowing full well how much Stefan loves her? I guess I come from a different generation. When I was the age of most vieweres of this show, which I am guessing is mid-teens, someone who would do that was referred to as a sorry jerk, or worse. I guess times have changed.

L stefan

This episode was amazing, so sad, i love stefan and elena.. like klaus said: The only thing stronger than your craving for blood is you love for this girl.
they are made for eachother, and after everything thats happened there still love eachotherr. i think that proves everything.
also theres no doubt klaus will come back for tyler and elena, but not while michaels on his back.


THIS WAS ONE MASTER PIECE EPISODE. i saw it with my cousisn and we were on the edge.... great job writers,... keep on the hard work.


I don`t think Klaus leaving Elena and Tyler in Mystic Falls is a plothole.
Klaus wouldn`t want to draw Michaels attention to Tyler nor to Elena, and leaving them in Mystic under Stefan`s and Rebekah`s "protection" should be safer then dragging them with him when Michael is after him. If Michael is after all vampires, then he`d probably be after newly-vamp Ty as well, and if he doesn`t want Klaus to create his army of hybrids, killing Elena would be high on the hunter`s to-do-list.

Strawberry fields

My worries were completely unnecessary. I was afraid the hybrid fiasco will really be about Elena being alive. Which would not make any sense, because it would imply that you can partly break a curse. And curses are supposed to be yes or no deals. Either you break it or not. Klaus is a hybrid, so he did break the curse. That's it, done, over. Well done writers! Insted of not making any sanse, you made it brilliant. Proved that witches are smart as hell. I think Klaus should thank everyone in "Elena protection team" for not playing the game his way. Otherwise Elena would not be dagger-dead, but dead-dead. Along with his dreams of a hybrid army. I loved every single second of this episode. I wonder if it's even possible for the show to get any better than that. Top-notch work!


I don't know if it's mentioned before, but I still think that Michael is the Orignal Dad!! Why else would Klaus/Nik be so afraid?? His mom is coming back too. Esther, aaaah how delightful to hear my name in The Vampire Diaries xD

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The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 5 Quotes

Damon: Stop being cute.
Katherine: I can't help it.

Bonnie: Where are you going?
Elena: To super glue Alaric's desk shut. I'm making memories.