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'The Vampire Diaries' Season 3, Episode 3 Recap

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 30th 2011 1:15AM
Stefan, Vampire Diaries['The Vampire Diaries' - 'The End of the Affair']

I'm not one to pick favorites. Some people can name their top five favorite movies/songs/shows/etc. upon request, and some are doomed to a life of indecision. I'm one of the latter -- honestly, choosing five episodes of 'The Vampire Diaries' for our "Essential Episodes" series took about two weeks. But there is one thing I'm absolutely certain of: 'The End of the Affair' is my number one favorite 'TVD' episode of all time.

Alternately heartbreaking, hilarious, beautiful, engrossing and 100 percent enjoyable -- what more could you ask for in a high-school-set teen drama?

Later, I'll get to the crazy-ass plot twists that smacked me in the face like a Mystic Grill coffee mug full of vervain, but first I want to address the scenes I can't shake. Despite the fact that Caroline was being cruelly tortured by her own father ("My father hates me!"), my heart was just as heavy watching the moving, smoldering, poignant (insert 1,000 other appropriate adjectives here) look that Stefan and Elena shared as she hid in his secret blood/booze closet. And then the breakup? "That part of my life is done! I don't want to see you; I don't want you to be with you. I just want you to go." Ugh. Forget it. Tears.



Which scenes were more heartbreaking for you? Caroline or Stefan/Elena? I think the Stelena scenes were more affecting for me simply because I was so engrossed in the "When Stefan Met Klaus" story. But as usual Candice Accola brought immense depth to what could've been such a one-dimensional role that it was hard to ignore. (Should I still be surprised by that? Because I'm not anymore.)

Vampire DiariesObviously, the "vampires as allegory for homosexuality" has been done before (have you seen 'True Blood'?), but I don't recall 'The Vampire Diaries' attacking the topic so blatantly. Not that the show isn't socially conscious, but this is the first time I can remember that 'TVD' has really laid on the self-acceptance thing thick. (That's not a bad thing.)

If we were watching 'Glee,' Caroline's plot would've been front and center (and she would've belted some epic showtunes, too). But since this is a far more well-written, consistent show, we understood how confusing and hurtful the situation was for everyone involved. We were horrified at how Caroline's dad was treating her, but we got that he was reacting based on social mores he's heard his whole life. It was a misguided quest to make life better for his daughter. If only he understood that Caroline was Born This Way (sort of). Not all vampires are created equal, and not all of them vant to suck your bloooood.

But you know who does? Klaus. He brought Stefan back to a Chicago speakeasy (which, due to the 21st amendment and some anti-aging spells, is being run by the same witch as a now-fully legal drinking establishment) that he used to haunt in the 1920s. Why? Well -- gasp alert! -- they were totally bros in the '20s when they met through Rebekah, who -- gasp alert! -- is TOTALLY KLAUS' SISTER.

Klaus had compelled Stefan to forget their past until he deemed it the right moment, so we learned of their connection via deliciously retro flashbacks to the '20s. The Rippah and Rebekah struck up a flirtation -- well, I don't know what else you call it when you greet a stranger by licking their face. Don't you always do that? (Get me a sit-down interview with Ian Somerhalder and that could quite possibly happen.) Though Bex's protective older brother, Klaus (or Nick, as Stefan knew him), didn't like the younger Salvatore at first (really, would you want to like your sister's vampire threesome partner?), they soon became friends. Klaus admired Stefan's savagery, Stefan admired Klaus' lineage.

Vampire DiariesBut the reason of their return to the Windy City wasn't just to relive the good old days -- Klaus needed the witch who runs the bar, Gloria, to conjure the original witch and help him find out why his hybrid army plan wasn't working. All Gloria needed was Rebekah's silver necklace -- the one currently hanging around the neck of Stefan's secretly not-dead girlfriend.

Coincidentally, Elena was in the middle of one of her suicide phases and thought that if she could just talk to Stefan, he'd come back. She read it in his vampire diary! (Remember those?!) Of course, that didn't work out how she planned.

Klaus went back to the room that holds his family's caskets and removed the dagger from Rebekah's chest. (Side note: Does that mean Elijah is there too?! Just show us the hair to confirm...) But instead of being happy to be alive again, she was incredibly pissed -- DUH -- and was even more upset when she found out her necklace was missing.

We also found out two more key points that will surely come back to haunt us later. One, Rebekah chose Stefan over Klaus. Klaus is the type of half-vampire, half-werewolf dude who holds grudges. Not good. And two, Klaus and Rebekah were running from a mysterious, intimidating man played by Sebastian Roche whom I'm inclined to believe is the Originals' father, but that would be too easy, right?

Finally, at the end of the episode, Klaus decided to un-compel Stefan and his old memories came rushing back -- he loved Rebekah. This triangle just got a lot more square-shaped!

Oh! Also, Katherine is back (yay!) and she knows Stefan picked up Rebekah's necklace at the speakeasy the night it was raided. Of course she does.

Vampire DiariesOther thoughts:

--As much as I'd love to wake up next to Ian Somerhalder, it was way creepy of him surprise Elena in bed like that.

--Damon line of the night, part 1: "I was around. Chicago is a big city. Stefan was a cocky ripper douche."

--Damon line of the night, part 2: "I had an hour to realize what a bad idea it was to leave you here alone, process it, and move on. [Pause] Are you ok?"

--Oh, also: KATHERINE! So glad the bitch is back. Only two episodes gone and I totally missed her. More than I missed Bonnie! (Oh snap, I said it!)

--"It came to me in a dream. I was naked. You would've loved it." Indeed I would've, Damon. Indeed I would've.

'The Vampire Diaries' airs Thursdays, 8PM on The CW

So, what did you think of 'The End of the Affair'? Best 'TVD' ever? Or were you not as wowed as I was?

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marley7213

I am sad I missed most of this episode, but after reading that sweet re-cap I feel caught up and can't wait till next week where like normal i will have an un interrupted night to sit and watch VD!!!

October 02 2011 at 5:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nidesola

I love the Caroline/daddy emotional story line more. Like nkount, I don't really ship Stefan & Elena's relationship that much.

September 30 2011 at 1:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Monah

Wow. This is one of the best TVD recaps I've read in a while. I'm definitely coming back for more.

September 30 2011 at 1:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nkount

I dont care about Stefan and Elena's relationship. Never did, never will

September 30 2011 at 12:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jmmerlin6

Best TVD ever is "Bad Moon Rising" in episode 2. Elena is at her handsomest and most captivating.
Stefan and Nick were lovers?
Katherine was running away from Elijah/Klaus. Rebecca/Klaus are running away from their Dad? This running around could go on forever.
Damon still needs a haircut.
Where the heck do you find a payphone nowadays, let alone a phone booth?

September 30 2011 at 11:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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