The Vampire Diaries Review: Bites in The Big Apple

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Hey, Damon, do you like The Big Apple?

Well, Elena and Rebekah just totally broke your neck and foiled your plan to track down Katherine and force feed the cure to your quasi girlfriend.

How do you like them Big Apples?!?

1970s Damon

"Because the Night" took Damon, Elena and Rebekah to New York City and if Frank Sinatra was correct, then the rest of world is in serious trouble. These two most definitely made it there. Can they make it... wherever the heck Katherine is located?

It was a fun twist to see this blonde bombshell and this newly pink-streaked siren team up for a change. We've grown so accustomed to Elena doing something with Stefan and defying Damon. Or hanging out with Damon and irritating Stefan.

Or just always being mixed up in some way with the brothers - getting in between them, deciding between them, prompting peace between them - that it's refreshing to have her basically show them both the back of her hand. Girlfriend now has herself her very own girlfriend and the two of them have a plan:

Find Katherine. Get the cure. Feed it to Rebekah. Be done with this game.

Elena told Damon to face the facts last week: he likes her better this way. But while that may not be the case - he still wants to make her human, after all - I like her better this way, at least temporarily. The character has so often been hated on by fans for being the typical damsel in constant distress. But no one can make that assertion right now, can they?

(As for that pink hair, vote on it now, TVD Fanatics.)

The action in modern day New York was far more intriguing than the flashbacks, even if they did involve everyone's favorite fixer, Lexi. Not a great deal of insight was offered by this visit to 1977. Damon turned his humanity off for a bit. Lexi tried to save him. They drank a lot. He fooled her into having sex with him on a rooftop and then left her to burn a little.

Eh, whatever. What woman out there would not trade some scars for rooftop sex with Damon Salvatore?!?

As for the action in modern day Mystic Falls, it was more of a mess than anything else.

We were simply dropped into a rather important conversation between Shane and Bonnie, in which she casually mentioned that he was really Silas in Shane's body. So okay. That secret was revealed. And yet even after all she's witnessed, after all the ways in which Shane deceived her, Bonnie got really angry at her dad and simply agreed to help with the Expression Triangle?!?

Come on, Bon Bon. There was talk later on about how Bonnie was "brainwashed" by Silas, but she only went over the witchy deep end after she was tied up and the cleansing process failed so miserably. She appeared to be very much in control of her decision-making before that.

And finally we come to Klaus and Caroline. Or "terrible" Klaus and "killer" Caroline, I should say. Some pointed words were expressed between these two, as the show is doing a solid job of evolving their relationship. What once seemed like a random pairing makes more and more sense as the weeks go on and as Caroline perhaps learns that one can't simply be defined by one's actions. Circumstances are always a factor. She learned that the hard way tonight.

Other thoughts:

  • One is FEWER than 12, Klaus. Fewer. Not less than. You may win the geometry game, but check yourself because your grammar wrecks yourself.
  • So Silas wants the cure to destroy The Other Side and live forever. Stefan and Damon wants the cure to feed it to Elena. Rebekah wants the cure to start a family. Katherine wants the cure to kill Klaus. And Matt is pulling a double at The Grill.
  • Right? Just want to make sure everyone's motivations and plans are clear.
  • We've posted the PROMO for next week's "American Gothic."
  • And we've posted PHOTOS from that episode as well.

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The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 17 Quotes

Stefan: Where is she now?
Damon: Maybe eating a hot dog... vendor.

You wanted to feed? I brought you to a city-sized buffet.

Damon

The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 17 Music

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