It’s a Monster’s Ball without a monster mash? Yeah, and no one-eyed, one-horned, flying, purple people eater either. Instead, this ball is full of beheading jokes, breakups, and impersonations. Sounds juicy.
Dr. Maxfield, the professor and also mad scientist, studies his homemade vampire. Did anyone else think it was strange that we never went back to his lab this episode?
“Dear diary, do you ever get sick of me writing about death?” Elena, I know I’myou’re your diary, but the answer is yes. Elena investigates her roommate’s death. It seems like it’s a way to make up for not saving Bonnie. She misses Bonnie. Don’t we all? Oh, wait, we still get to see Bonnie.
Elena wants Damon to be her date to the ball tonight, where everyone dresses up as historical figures. They go as Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. She feels guilty about having a summer of love with Damon when Bonnie was dead. She dances with Dr. Maxfield, dressed as Dr. Jekyll. Are there no “professor-student” rules at this university? Is this a community college? He tells her to move back to Mystic Falls. She knows that he knows about her. Elena, this should send up a huge red flag.
Elena meets her roommate’s hometown friend, Aaron. Mr. Maxfield is Aaron’s guardian. Interesting. I’m guessing these are two guys we will get to know very well.
Caroline and Tyler are back together. They go to the ball as Bonnie and Clyde. Tyler tells her that he isn’t interested in the college life, but doesn’t he look like a frat guy? He says goodbye to Caroline. I should mention that this heated argument is done in costume. Hilarious. Tyler leaves, and I think it’s for good this time. Caroline does her best “I’m not an ugly crier” face. But really, it was quite sad.
Stefan dresses as James Dean. Surprise. There’s still the possibility of something between Stefan and Caroline, or at least, it feels that way.
Katherine will die if Silas gets her blood, and Katherine’s mysterious kidnapper is out for revenge because Katherine killed her mother in 1645 in Paris. Apparently, it’s very hard to lose a French-buts-sounds-Slavic accent, folks. Katherine stabs the kidnapper, and she finds out that she lied about the whole Mom dead in Paris thing. No, this kidnapper, Nadia, is Elena’s daughter! What?! Shocker. Explains the Bulgarian accent. Mother and daughter share a moment.
Damon wants to exchange Silas’s life with Bonnie’s, since he wants to die and Bonnie wants to live. Bonnie thinks that it’s a bad idea: “magic comes at a price.” Bonnie likes Once Upon A Time?! They have to destroy Tessa’s mysterious magical “anchor” so that Tessa’s curse on Silas’s brain will go away before he dies, or something like that. Honestly, the logistics of supernatural objects confuses me, especially since the show seems to always find loopholes in the rules. It’s kind of like watching the Killer Bunnies Board Game; just when you think you understand the rules, someone gets an expansion pack, and you’re back to square one.
Damon breaks Stefan’s neck. When Stefan is dead, Silas’s powers return. Silas impersonates Stefan to get close to Tessa. Tessa finds out it’s Silas and puts some sort of rotting spell on him, but Damon basically feeds Katherine to him. Gross. But she lives. What does this mean? I ask myself that question every week.
Hilary Miller is currently an MFA student in Screenwriting at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. When not not watching, writing, or talking about movies and television shows, she can usually be found making crock-pot creations, laughing, talking too loud, running, devouring a good book, eating, racking up cellular bills chatting with her bomb family, sticking her toes in the sand, or wishing she were Hermione Granger, sometimes all at once. And while part of her heart is still in Indiana, the rest of it belongs to her puppy, Estelle Getty.