When I reached the end of this episode, I kept thinking that the writers probably saw this episode as a real game changer, and then proceeded to laugh my ever lovin' ass off. I don't even know where to begin talking about it.
Last episode, Damon finally got smart and pulled the dagger from Elijah's body, and sent him back to Klaus, with a note in his pocket informing him that they needed to have a chat. This is exactly what Elena should have done when she returned the vampire cheerleader known as Rebekah to Klaus. Elijah comes out of his coffin swinging, but then Klaus promises to tell him everything, and reminds him of his oath of loyalty to him.
Before going off to meet with Klaus, Damon and Stefan have yet another spat, in which they both agree that they don't trust each other. This of course has everything to do with Elena, because clearly they have both acted numerous times to protect each other from the threat of other vampires. Beyond being a beautiful young woman, I simply don't understand the fascination with her.
This week, sheriff Liz got pulled out of the plot box long enough to tell Elena that the dagger they found in the dead man, only has her fingerprints on it. Suspicion is immediately placed on Meredith, but Elena casts that aside, simply stating that she does not believe that Alaric can have that kind of bad luck with women. Yeah logic, she has none.
In the meantime, it seems that Bill Forbes was attacked and killed when he was in the hospital, but because Dr. Fell had injected him with vampire blood to cure his wounds, he is now essentially a vampire. All he needs to do to complete the process is to consume human blood. The ever so noble Bill decides that he would rather die than become a vampire. Don't you love how self preservation instincts just flew out the window there. I have never liked Bill and his aversion therapy, but he is the only gay character on the show, and I am disgusted that the writers so easily killed him off. I am further disgusted that he choose suicide, because he couldn't live with what he had become, in a culture in which gay teens are committing suicide. Is anyone who isn't a minority ever going to be in threat of dying on The Vampire Diaries?
Caroline decides that she is going to force Bill to drink blood, but Elena intervenes to lecture her about respecting Bill's choices. Really? Is this woman for real? Since when does she support a policy of non interference? This is a woman who has had Jeremy's mind cleared out, and his memories erased on more than one occasion, though she knows that he is specifically against this. All of a sudden she is advocating for the bodily autonomy of another. I suppose that because this didn't effect her, and the people that she supposedly loves, allowing them to choose is no big deal. Hypocrisy much? Elena does take care to point out that she knows what Caroline is feeling, because her father is also dead. Funny, I don't remember Elena having to watch as her father chose to die, but yeah, she can empathize with everyone.
Caroline stays with Bill and he comforts her by saying that no parent is supposed to outlive a child, and that this is what it means to be human. Oh Bill, so noble until the very end. He dies as Caroline holds his hand, and Liz watches with tears in her eyes.
In the meantime, who should show up but Matt. They really need to give his character his own storyline or get rid of him. What purpose does he serve? At Elena's house they walk in and find that Alaric has been attacked and there is blood all over the house. Elena begins to cry and is upset because she can't lose anymore family. She asks Matt to wait with her for Alaric to wake up. Question, how come the magical ring worked this time, but the last time it failed and Alaric had to have some of Damon's blood to live? I suppose consistency is not something the writers are big on. It turns out that the good doctor was in surgery at the time of Alaric's assault, and is now officially cleared of attempting to murder the council members. Ooooh the smell of more mystery and yet another bad guy.