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'The Vampire Diaries' Season 2, Episode 3 Recap

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 24th 2010 12:30AM
['The Vampire Diaries' - 'Bad Moon Rising']'The Vampire Diaries'

"If werewolves exist, where are they?"

Why, they're in Mystic Falls, Va., where all supernatural creatures go to wreak havoc, of course!

The question posed by Damon on last night's episode of 'The Vampire Diaries' could just as easily have been asked about vampires or witches -- any number of mythological beings, really. Since Mystic Falls seems to be some sort of magnet for supernatural activity, everything spooky winds up there eventually. Thankfully, there are folklore experts hanging out at universities to help explain the phenomena. But more on that in a bit.

Last night's episode saw the return of Alaric and Aunt Jenna, the evolution of Caroline into a vampire and the continued shirtlessness of Uncle Mason. All of those are good things.

Ric, as everyone so affectionately calls him, turned up to help Damon find out what, exactly, was going on with the Lockwoods. Why was Uncle M. so freakishly strong, and why did he squint so intensely whenever a Salvatore brother was around? That's Stefan's schtick.

Damon needed access to Isobel's research from her folklore-studying days at Duke, and Ric was the only one who could give it to him. Something fishy was going on with the Lockwoods, and, since Ric knew all about his wife's research, he knew exactly what it was: lycanthropy.

"What, like werewolves?" Elena asked? Really, Elena? You just knew what that word meant? Elena tagged along with the two boys to Isobel's office at Duke, though she pouted her way through the car ride since she was still mad at Damon for killing her brother -- you know, just something petty like murder getting between two old friends.

'The Vampire Diaries'When they got to the office, helpful research assistant Vanessa Monroe showed them where Isobel's box o' Mystic Falls info was located, then retreated to her office to grab her crossbow so she could SHOOT ELENA WITH IT. Damon did his super-speed thing to stop the arrow, because he totally still loves her. Adorable.

Elena convinced Damon not to kill Vanessa, who explained that she had read all the Mystic Falls info and was kinda freaked out that Katherine and Damon were standing in front of her. Elena explained who she was, and all was forgiven. Man, you could probably do a lot of crazy, awful things to Elena and she would forgive you. Apparently not murder her brother, though, because once Damon confessed that he didn't know Jeremy was wearing the ring -- "I don't know what I would've done if he wasn't wearing it" -- and sincerely apologized, Elena told him that he had lost her forever. Consequences for his actions -- what a novel concept!

Vanessa explained everything she knew about werewolves -- apparently, they come from an Aztec origin myth and one bite is deadly for vampires.

Tyler was doing his own snooping into his family tree by creepily following his uncle around, peering around corners in a hilariously pervy manner. He followed Mason to a dungeon-esque basement below the old Lockwood residence and found rusty chains and claw marks on the stone wall. But since he is either not so bright or apparently has never seen a werewolf movie in his life, he didn't put two and two together and took a girl there that night -- way romantic, Tyler, nothing gets a girl in the mood like dripping rocks and layers of dust -- forcing Mason, who had chained himself inside, to relocate as he turned into a werewolf.

Later, when Mason was in werewolf form (He transformed offscreen. Small FX budget much?), Tyler broke up a tussle with some vampires with the power of his broody stare, but didn't realize it was his uncle until he found his pants in the back of his car. Mason confirmed Tyler's suspicions with a stoic nod when he showed up naked and covered in dirt to collect his clothing. Wonder what the explanation would've been if Mason hadn't decided to reveal his true form to his nephew?

'The Vampire Diaries'Meanwhile, Stefan was in Mystic Falls babysitting newbie vampire Caroline. She needed a magical ring that would allow her to go out in the sunlight, so Bonnie reluctantly spelled one for her. It was kind of anticlimactic -- Bonnie just kinda closed her eyes, then opened them again. Caroline was a little disappointed: "So that's it? Nothing wichy happened. No flickering lights, no gust of wind."

Stefan took her out into the 'Twilight'-iest woods ever to hunt bunnies, and explained that personality traits pre-undeadification become magnified once someone is a vampire. "So you're saying that now I'm basically an insecure, neurotic control freak on crack," Caroline spat at Stefan. "Well I wasn't going to say it like that, but..." Look at Stefan, being all witty and stuff! The stress was too much, however, because Caroline was acting too crazily dramatic for Matt and he dumped her.

It's probably the fact that Caroline's getting more actual material to work with instead of just being a device to help propel the plot forward, but Candice Accola once again shined in this episode. Turning her into a vampire was the best thing that could've happened -- we can only hope she sticks around longer than poor Vicki did.

What did you think of the episode? How will the dynamic in Mystic Falls change now that Tyler knows he comes from a family of werewolves?

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September 27 2010 at 2:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i love ian

September 27 2010 at 2:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think she acted like that to GET him to break up with her - I was really proud of her for doing something that Stefan wasn't strong enough to do.

September 24 2010 at 12:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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