S04xE04 – We start out with a brief flashback to the 12th century where there are five people standing in a circle, and a witch is repeating an incantation. We then see these five people develop a tattoo in different areas of their bodies. The Five are born. Whoever they are.
Damon and Elena are crashing Bonnie’s trip to Whitmore College. Bonnie is planning to speak with a Professor Shane, who has taken over the Occult Studies class for Bonnie’s deceased grandmother. Elena and Damon have other plans for their attendance. Elena needs to learn how to feed. Stefan isn’t comfortable with Damon taking her, but allows it. While at the college, there’s a frat Halloween party, which is a perfect place to feed. No one is going to notice a little blood there. Elena’s first feed is nearly unsuccessful, but with a little coaching from Damon, she starts to get the hang of it, and the two go on a feeding rampage through the party. It takes Bonnie’s look of disgust to bring Elena back to Earth and realize that’s not who she wants to be. She’s got a serious dilemma.
Bonnie has met with Professor Shane who has some information about Bonnie’s grandmother, but also expresses his knowledge that Bonnie is a real witch. When he asks her if she’s practicing, she says no. She’s had way too many consequences from her actions. Shane tells Bonnie there are other ways to learn magic, and she seems intrigued by this.
Rebekah tries to make amends with Matt by buying him a new truck, but Matt isn’t very accepting. Until he sees Rebekah has chosen to be friends with April, to where Matt decides he will take the truck after all. I’m not sure why that made him change his mind, but we’ll go with it.
Klaus has Connor tied up and has summoned Stefan to his place. There he explains that Rebekah has a vital piece of information about the Five, but because Rebekah isn’t on the best of speaking terms with Klaus, he has required Stefan to get her to provide this information. So to fill Stefan in before this requirement is asked of him, Klaus holds a dinner for his sister and Stefan, and there they explain the origins of the Five and their personal encounter with them. The Five are vampire hunters and Rebekah had fallen in love with one of them. This jeopardized and nearly wiped out the entire family, but before Klaus killed her lover for trying to kill them, Rebekah was able to learn that there may be a cure for vampirism. So Klaus has required of Stefan to acquire the knowledge that Rebekah has of the missing talisman that would possibly hold the cure. Stefan does his job, and does it well. He gets Rebekah to accidentally divulge the information that it’s a sword that she buried with her lover when he was killed by Klaus. Unfortunately for Rebekah, Klaus overhears this information, and with Stefan’s help, Klaus stakes Rebekah. I’m not sure if she’s really dead, or just sleeping. They didn’t really show.
So now Klaus has a new task of locating the sword. And with the map that he’s working to acquire from the tattoo on Connor, which he forced Jeremy to replicate in a drawing, Klaus nearly has all the puzzle pieces toward the cure. Klaus’ plan is to apply the cure if it exists upon Elena, so he can continue to make his hybrids. Stefan is helping Klaus because he too would like to cure Elena, but also possibly cure himself, so that they can grow old together. It’s a sweet idea.
Elena returns home to find Stefan at her house. He was having a chat with Jeremy or wiping his memory of the map drawing, whichever way you want to look at it. Elena admits to Stefan, that she shouldn’t have gone with Damon, that she should be learning how to be a vampire with Stefan, but at the same time she doesn’t want to be what she is. It seems like the cure is coming to light at the right time.
In the end we watch Connor break free, kill another vampire, which adds more of the map tattoo to his body, and then meet up with Professor Shane, who we find out was the one who sent Connor to Mystic Falls in the first place. Hmmm.
Best of the episode: More flashbacks! I love when they go back in time and we get more of the history of the vampires.
Worst of the episode: Stefan working with Klaus, it’s never a good thing when that happens.
Where did this episode leave us: Stefan hiding information from Damon and Elena. Elena hating herself, and having hurt Damon in the process. Connor is free to kill some more and Klaus is determined to cure Elena for his own selfish reasons.
Best one-liner: Damon about Elena – “She is a different person. She’s a vampire. We’re a predatory species.”
What this episode ruined for us: Frat Parties
– a la Chryshele