The Vampire Diaries Logic Fails: Season 5, Episode 4 — “For Whom the Bell Tolls”
We sobbingly adored Season 5, Episode 4 (“For Whom The Bell Tolls”) of The Vampire Diaries, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t have its share of logic fails. From Matt’s not-so-secret self-surveillance to Delena’s terrible strategies at keeping Stefan away from potential snacks, we outline the biggest lapses in sense from this week’s episode.
Bringing hungry Stefan to a town party?
When Stefan goes for the delicious bartender, Damon decides bringing bloodlusty Stefan to a bar wasn’t, perhaps, the greatest idea. So, instead, he and Elena decide to bring Stefan to the family crypt... in a graveyard soon to be filled with tempting victims. Sure, there were some other Elena/Stefan stops along the way, but did we even need to tell Stefan there were a bunch of inebriated potential dinners hanging in the cemetery? Because that seems like a bad idea.
Has Matt never heard of a nanny cam?
We appreciated Matt’s ingenuity in setting up cameras to try to find the explanation for his blackouts, but couldn’t he have hidden his cameras a bit better? Normally, we’d argue that this is a bit paranoid, but on a show where blackouts sometimes mean you have been supernaturally revived one too many times and are embarking on secret killing sprees, we think Matt would know to keep the surveillance from the person possessing his body.
Sure, the vamps on this show can compel any non-vervain-drinking residents into forgetting anything they see, but is it really a good idea to play leap frog on the school building in broad daylight? Elena saw the football team hanging around, like, three seconds before she decided flirting with Stefan by falling off of the school rooftop was a good idea. How is everyone in this town not yet aware of vampires? Because the main cast has more-or-less seemed to have given up on keeping their supernaturally enhanced existences a secret.
Stefan didn’t catch the Delena vibes?
Maybe this was just Stefan playing dumb, but did he really not pick up on the fact that Delena was dating before Elena spelled it out for him? After all, he was bragging about obviously piecing together that he and Elena used to date in, like, the previous scene. We know he has amnesia, but he seems pretty insightful. Clues he could have used to piece this mystery together: 1) Waking up from amnesia-coma to see Delena almost kissing, 2) Elena living at the Salvatore residence, 3) Elena presumably sleeping in Damon’s bed the night before. Feel free to add your own potential Delena clues in the comments below.
We know Caroline is a super powerful vampire who can take care of her own, but did she really think it was a good idea to bring Jesse to Mystic Falls? Maybe this is one of those “hindsight is 20/20” deals, but bringing the guy you like to a town where your amnesiac vamp best friend is discovering his bloodlust again might not be the best idea - no matter how much you need to study. We thought Caroline’s confession that she just wanted to spend the day with Jesse was really sweet, but couldn’t they have hooked up the next day for a light Sunday brunch?
Why was Stefan such a jerk?
OK, we get that Stefan has lost his memory and everything, but why is his default setting tool bag? He spent this episode more-or-less toying with the emotions of the people who obviously care about him. He claimed to trust BFF Caroline (which, yay!), but then proceeded to chow down on her date? Couldn’t he have chosen some stranger to mow down on? We suppose this isn’t a logic fail if, deep down, Stefan is actually a douche, but we’ve always gotten a good guy vibe from him. He’s not The Ripper. He’s not been changed by some sort of terrible experience. He’s been freed from the memories of over a century of suffering. What’s with the ‘tude, bro?
What logic fails bothered you in Episode 4? Share your insights in the comments below!
The Vampire Diaries airs at 8 p.m. Thursday nights on The CW.