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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@Samid I did not think that the cure automatically kills someone - I know that it is used to turn someone human. My thoughts went along with what the show has been shoving down our throats for the greater part of a season in that what happens to an Original happens to it's entire bloodline. By that way of thinking if Klaus turns human then his entire bloodline will as well (and humans all eventually die - my reasonings with what I said). Now I know that this whole season has been full of plot holes so I'm sure they'll just write a quick easy fix. Still questioning my reasoning? Last season, Esther came back and linked all her children together. Then she was going to turn them human to kill them and that was her way of ridding vampires all together. So why would turning Klaus human now have any different of a result? (in that his bloodline wouldn't turn and die as well?)


I liked this episode. My favorite scene was Klaus carrying Caoline near the end. After last weeks episode a lot of people were babbling on about how Stefan and Caroline are the only moral ones on the show. This week proved those folks wrong. Caroline killed 12 people. The point I'm trying to make is that even the moral characters aren't moral. They are vampires, which are predatory species. Even the good ones will constantly battle with their humanity. That's what the show is about. I think Elijah is the most honorable of them all and even he's done horrific things he wasn't proud of. People really need to stop bad mouthing Elena, Damon and Klaus because Stefan and Caroline are cut from the same cloth.


Katherine doesn't want the cure to "kill" Klaus. Do some of you even really watch the show? Or do you just not think when you speak/type. The cure doesn't kill anyone. It makes them human. If Katherine uses the cure on Klaus, he becomes human. Then she can kill him if she wants to - however, I wouldn't see the point because what would little ol human Klaus do to 600 year old Katherine? So in response to "M" - No one was suggesting Katherine was a "martyr". And just as a reference, CURES don't generally kill people. LMAO

Avatar I thought. People didn't like the episode because Elena put the screws to Damon. 'Why can't they just be together'! Boo-ho. No emotions Elena means NO emotions for ANYONE.
And I'm sorry but of course Damon would just kill Lexie like that. Just because he fell in love with Elena (who looked like his long lost love Katherine) doesn't mean he wouldn't just go and kill someone. Have you been watching the same show as the rest of us?


dumb episode, dumb season and becoming a very dumb show. Just spent yesterday going over the first two seasons. That was way better than this crap. I mean come on.


Lexie sleeping with Damon so OOC. These last two seasons can also go under OOC. No integrity in storytelling just ploy's and girls.
A wtf to TVD from a casual viewer. ty Dish. jk tupid trolls. /


It was a "meh" episode. I wanted to stab Caroline when he completed the with murder but towards the end of the episode I feel bad for her when he realize she just murdered 12 people. I think next week is a better episode because Katherine will be back and Rebecca and Elena seems to be bullying her.


How many flashbacks is too many?
What happens now with the witches dead?


Elena's hair looked really pretty.


I like how you tell Klaus to check his grammar when you needed to do that when you wrote "Damon and Stefan was the cure for Elena." when you were trying to say they want the cure for Elena. Yea probably should have proofread that.

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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.


The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 17 Music

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