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'The Vampire Diaries' Season 2, Episode 2 Recap

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 17th 2010 1:00AM
'The Vampire Diaries'['The Vampire Diaries' - 'Brave New World']

Pity we can't all be as witty as Damon Salvatore. On Thursday's episode of 'The Vampire Diaries,' Caroline finally had some choice words for Damon after remembering all the times he had used and manipulated her then erased her memory. Those words? "You suck."

Most people would've chosen a few stronger words, but that's part of Caroline's charm. Besides, the not-so-harsh insult worked on two levels -- Damon's kind of a d-bag, and he drinks human blood.

Caroline didn't regain her memories and confront Damon by coincidence -- she died after Katherine smothered her with a pillow. But since Damon's blood was in her system, she turned into a vampire and her erased thoughts came rushing back.

Apparently, when people turn into vampires, they also get sassy and adopt a penchant for leather goods. So when Caroline went to find Damon, she squeezed into her most vengeful-looking leather stiletto boots and put on her best "don't mess with me" face, then shoved the jerk down the hallway and spat her scathing insult in his face.

As amazing as it was to see Caroline show a little backbone, Caroline turning into a vampire was still not a good thing. "Need I remind you of a tragic little story of a girl named Vicki Donovan?" Damon asked Stefan and Elena. Oh yeah, that. "Wasn't there a school carnival the night you staked Vicki?" Though he wanted to introduce Caroline to the wrong side of a pointed wooden stick, Stefan and Elena wouldn't let him do it.

Stefan comforted Caroline after she accidentally killed a carnival worker (out of politeness, we will not refer to him as a carny, although that term is hilarious and probably completely appropriate in this case). He then taught her how to temper her vampire urges -- a good start if she wants to readapt to life with humans. It came in handy when Matt snuck into her room later and confessed that he was in love with her. Instead of literally devouring him, Caroline kissed him passionately and didn't let her vampire urge take over.

'The Vampire Diaries' As much as writers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec should get credit for writing such exciting material for their actors, Candice Accola should be praised for her performance in 'Brave New World.' The actress stepped up her game, and was able to portray the pure torment Caroline endured as she transformed, all alone, into a vampire with such skill that, frankly, we hadn't really seen in her before. This was Accola's greatest episode yet.

Another side character who shined tonight: Katerina Graham as Bonnie. Girlfriend was fierce as she unleashed her witchy powers onto Damon, the vampire who was responsible for turning her friend into the undead. After taking him down with one of those Bennett family vampire migraines, Bonnie used her mind to spray gasoline on Damon and light him on fire.

Yes, you read that right. Bonnie is angry as hell, and she is most definitely not going to take it anymore. Plus, she was getting her flirt on earlier with the carny who Caroline accidentally killed. The poor guy was just trying to help a Bonnie out. Of course, we already knew that Bonnie won't be getting a serious love interest in the near future so he wasn't going to stick around for long. Naturally his death was also Damon's fault, albeit indirectly.

Jeremy also spent the episode trying to get revenge on Damon. (Not for nothing -- if anyone deserves such rage directed toward him, it's Damon.) He spent the episode trying to kill the elder Salvatore, and finally wound up lacing Damon's precious booze with vervain and whittling a wooden stake. But before Damon took a sip, Jeremy confessed the scheme to his victim. Uh, Jer? There's a fatal flaw in your plan there, sport. "So you came here to kill me?" Damon asked. "It's only fair. You killed me first," Jeremy replied. But no murder actually occurred -- the two bonded over their fathers' mutual hatred of vampires. Whatever works.

Now for the non-vampire portion of the evening: Damon realized there was something fishy about Tyler's hot uncle Mason -- and no, it wasn't that he finally had a worthy adversary for a smirking competition -- and made it his mission to find out what it was. He didn't succeed, but the audience finally got a peek at Mason using some of his powers -- his eyes got all yellow and glowy and he jumped really high. Sounds lame written out, but looked cool on-screen. Judging from the previews for next week, we'll be delving much deeper into the werewolf mythology then. Can't wait!

What did you think of tonight's episode? Were you more impressed by the badassery of Caroline or Bonnie?

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alek

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September 20 2010 at 9:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Karen K

Considering Bonnie didn't uncast the spell on the device that caused Tyler to crash,seriously injuring Caroline,told Damon to give Caroline his blood to help her get better and Katherine (who is in town by the way for Stephen) is the one who smothered Caroline, tell me how is it Damon's fault Caroline was turned into a vampire and then killed the carnival worker? Seems to me it was Bonnie betrayal that set everything in motion. Didn't care for her character to begin with, like the sanctimonious witch even less now.

September 17 2010 at 12:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dave

That dude deserves some reparations.

September 17 2010 at 1:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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