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Stefan and Klaus toast the good ol' days
Original air date: 29 September 2011
Written by: Caroline Dries
Directed by: Chris Grismer
Stefan: Elena was sleeping with this psychopath?Never have I ever voted for Stefan in a ‘Favourite Character by Episode’ poll–until today. God, he was amazing in this episode! 1920s Ripper!Stefan was creepy and awesome in equal measure. The way he made Liam Grant drink his wife’s blood? As a human? Gah! If we can have more of that Stefan this season, I will be a very happy little TVD fangirl indeed. I love his total disregard for anything that doesn’t bring him pleasure. Also, his ability to drain a woman and maintain a crisp, white dress shirt is truly impressive. The fact that’s he virtually the one who egged Klaus on is so perfect considering the current state of events. His little apartment in Chicago interested me greatly. When Damon and Elena first entered it, I turned to my brother and said, “It’s looks like an institution.” He laughed, I think because he agreed. But I was really interested in his hidden compartment in the back, shelves stacked with alcohol (and blood?), and a list of all his victims on the wall like something out of a horror movie. This apartment is void of anything but the bare necessities: bed, table, chairs, etc. It’s in stark contrast to his room back at the Boarding House which, in Season 1, he told Elena holds every good memory (or every memory worth keeping, something like that anyway). For me, it’s a bit like Stefan has a split personality. I’m pretty sure Ripper!Stefan would find all regular Stefan’s human mementoes pointless, but that list of names on the wall is definitely something worth keeping, a sentiment regular Stefan probably disagrees with. Another thing Stefan has mentioned a couple of times in the last two seasons: what you become as a vampire is simply an amped up version of what you were as a human (see Caroline’s “insecure, neurotic freak. On crack” in 2×03). So what can we take from that in light of this 1920s Stefan? Did he sneak out of the house as a preteen and torture cute woodland creatures? Or is it like some sort of…bad reaction? Like a food allergy? Vampirism turned him into a Ripper (the Ripper? I’ve read some people speculate that the context has changed a little, so that it sounds more like Stefan is the only one. Like Jack the Ripper, although I wouldn’t be surprised if that was Stefan too. The timeline works), which he would never have been if he’d stayed human.
I feel it’s only right to touch on the Stefan/Elena “It’s over” moment at the end of the episode. This is good for them. Really. Elena needs to understand that she can try and save Stefan, but that it shouldn’t be the focus of her life. She has friends and family relying on her. Plus school soon. Remember that? School? Yeah, I’d almost forgotten too. I have to say, though, that I feel like, yes, Stefan wants to make sure Klaus keeps believing Elena is dead, but I got the impression there’s more curiosity on his part now too. Like, he’s just learned about his history with Klaus. Sure, the guys a psycho, but so is Stefan. If I were him, I’d want to stick around and learn more too.
Klaus: known aliases include “Niklaus,” “Nik,” and “Honey“
This might sound crazy, but Klaus is one of my favourite characters. I love his general calm, especially contrasted with Stefan’s tendency to lose control. There was a hint of vulnerabiliy from Klaus at the end of last episode, but that came through more in this episode during the flashbacks, at least for me. He seemed a little lost, like he wasn’t quite sure what to do with himself, just watching out for Rebecca and drinking. Until Stefan came around. I’ll be honest, the first thing I did when the episode had finished was turn to my brother and say, “I love this Klaus/Stefan buddy-buddy thing.” There’s something…appealing about them. Like a connection. Plus, I love how Joseph Morgan and Paul Wesley work off each other. I got some early S2 parallels from Stefan, though. The “Who are you running from?” line took me back to when he said the same thing to Katherine in 2×04. As far as I’m concerned, if Klaus is running from someone, there’s definite reason to be scared. Because isn’t Klaus supposed to be the biggest, baddest Big Bad that ever roamed the earth? Initially I thought it might be Daddy Original (and the same person who held up the drawing of Klaus and Bec at the end of the episode), but if so, surely he wouldn’t bother with wooden bullets because he’d know they wouldn’t work? So I threw that theory out the window quickly enough. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.Rebecca: you can’t choose your family
I’m a regular reader of TVD news sites, so I knew that Bec was coming but I didn’t know she would be Klaus’s sister until he pulled her up during the episode. I’m not sure if that was common knowledge, but I hope it wasn’t because all I knew was that she was from Stefan’s past and the surprise was great. Watching Stefan with her made me smile. His chemistry with her is different to that which he has with Katherine, which I’ve always felt was more in the realm of devotion (I won’t mention chemstry with Elena, because I don’t feel there is any). With Bec, his chemistry goes back to what I said before: he doesn’t waste time with things that don’t please him. Bec is spunky but I’m interested in finding out how much of her staying with Klaus was loyalty and love and how much was self-preservation. Plus, she’s the original (LoL. No pun intended) owner of Elena’s necklace. Which is screwed up, but what isn’t with these characters? And Damon seems to know at least some of that necklace’s history, judging by his comments to Elena in the car on their way to Chicago (a curiously short drive, considering they were coming from Middle-of-Nowhere, Virginia). I’d like to see how Elena reacts to that news.Damon: hobbies include antagonising Klaus at every opportunity and Elena: might finally throw this denial schtick out the window now
Damon had all the best lines this episode. My favourite? “I’m shocked! Stefan’s not a virgin?” I love the return of the Delena roadtrip. It’s been too long. Plus, he seems to be keeping his word at letting her help (in her way), though a small part of me wonders how much of that comes down to Damon giving her things to do so she doesn’t go off and do her own stupid thing (see 3×02′s werewolf spotting hike). That will probably change again soon, given Stefan’s news that Klaus needs Elena dead to create more hybrids. It’s like Damon said in S2: He’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe, even if she ends up hating him for it. As for Elena, well, as I mentioned earlier, this break up with Stefan is good for her. She needs to get her life back on track. Plus, that much denial isn’t good for a person and her double standards are starting to piss me off. Stefan’s got a three column list of dead people on his wall, but Damon occasionally indulging is The Greatest Sin of All Time. Really? *eyeroll*
Caroline: being tortured by her gay father in order to change who she is. Irony, much?
Poor Caroline. Things don’t stay rosy in Caroline’s world for very long, do they? Her dad is a prick of the highest order. Sure, I get that he wants to help, but even he must know this isn’t the way to go about it? The worst thing? Now he knows the secret to vampires walking in the sun, and I’ll be damned if he’s going to keep that info to himself for long, especially with Liz clearly siding with the other team and Carol backing out. But did anyone else get serious marriage overtones from Tyler and Caroline this episode. Tyler was clearly bobbing down to slip the ring back on her finger, and there was the carry-her-over-the-threshold moment. I take this as serious Forwood foreshadow. Sorry Matt.Alaric: probably off boozing somewhere
No Ric this episode.Bonnie: still out of town
Yay! But she’s due back in Mystic Falls next week soKatherine: sharpen your claws–the Kat is back
So excited. I love me some Katherine.Final thoughts: in which my inner Damon fangirl trembles
Overall, the best episode this season, in my opinion. The Birthday was a bit lacklustre, and The Hybrid was a vast improvement, but The End of the Affair is some serious business…and I’m inclined to say it was all down to Stefan. But if Stefan continues in this vein (again with the unintended puns. Sorry) I think S3 will put the previous two seasons to shame.
Questions: to leave you with
- Who is Klaus running from and why is he running?
- Will Elena take Stefan at his word or continue paddling up that river in Egypt?
- What will be Bill’s next move?
- How will Klaus and Bec get her necklace back…and how long until they figure out it’s in Mystic Falls?
- Katherine. Just in general. What’s she up to now and what can we expect from her this season?