The Originals Recap: Season 1, Episode 12 — Marcel and Rebekah’s Dirty Little Secret Revealed
Another day, another threat — that’s just the way Klaus & Co. roll down in New Orleans. On Season 1, Episode 12 (“Dance Back From the Grave”) of The Originals, a former foe, a powerful warlock armed with voodoo magic, gave the Mikaelsons a run for their money, and for a second, we thought we were watching American Horror Story: Coven.
When Celeste stole Davina’s magic, she revived four powerful witches, and one of those elders happened to be Papa Tunde, a warlock with the ability to steal his opponent’s power. This meant trouble for Rebekah, who happened to be at the receiving end of Papa Tunde’s spell. It turns out Papa Tunde had an axe to grind with Klaus. Back in 1919, Tunde threatened Klaus and his vampires, and in return, the Original hybrid not only killed him, but he also murdered his twin boys. Now, Tunde is back and more hellbent than ever on taking Klaus down.
After Diego discovers two of the daywalkers dead (and not from being staked) after a rousting in the Cauldron, he alerts Klaus and Marcel. The latter recognizes the dark magic, but he wants nothing to do with it. He’s still not over Davina’s death, so instead, he chooses to go drown his sorrows with Cami, who is now on vervain and taking this whole vampire thing extremely well.
Meanwhile, Rebekah decides to follow her own lead, thanks to her new ally Thierry, who Klaus has so graciously pardoned from the Garden. (After his trip to Mystic Falls, we know exactly why Klaus is in such a good mood!) She’s on the hunt for the powerful witch who hijacked The Harvest. And when she finds that witch, she wants to have him/her join her alliance against Klaus. Needless to say, Elijah doesn’t take her plan so well. He’s convinced Klaus is making an effort to put their family back together, and while we wish we could agree with him, when it comes to Klaus, you never know what’s going on inside his head. Although, we do think Rebekah is taking things to the extreme. Protecting yourself is one thing, but staging an all-out war with your older brother is another.
When Rebekah gets to the docks, she gets an unexpected visit from Papa Tunde, who dessicates her using a magical ivory dagger. (And her “ally” Thierry runs off like a little coward.) Papa Tunde then takes Rebekah’s power. Back at base, however, Elijah senses that something is wrong, especially when he sees Thierry cowering in the corner. At first Thierry was too frightened to tell Elijah what happened at the docks — after all, it probably wouldn’t sit well with the elder Originals that he left their baby sister in the hands of a psycho — but Elijah drags it out of him (and throws him against a wall). Elijah and Hayley go to find Rebekah, but they don’t like what they find when they arrive.
Meanwhile, Klaus is on his own witchhunt for Sophie. She tells him that the kind of magic that killed his daywalkers is old. It’s tied to “bad mojo.” Obviously, Klaus knows it’s Papa Tunde’s magic, but seeing how he killed him nearly 100 years ago, he’s a little confused about his sudden reappearance in NOLA.
Back at Sophie’s bar, Marcel is telling Cami the story of how Klaus defeated Papa Tunde. It sounds like Marcel is lamenting Klaus’s immortality, and in a way, he is. Because it turns out that Marcel is the reason Papa Tunde came to New Orleans in the first place. In 1919, Marcel returned to the Quarter after World War I, and he had one thing on his mind: Rebekah. But, she wouldn’t give him the time of day — not after he left her dessicated for over 50 years. However, Marcel had a plan. He wanted to lure Papa Tunde to New Orleans, so that he could run Klaus out of town. Sure, it was a foolish plan that backfired when Klaus killed Tunde — but it gave Rebekah an idea. The only person Klaus has ever been afraid of was their father Mikael. So, what if Marcel found Mikael and told him Klaus was in New Orleans? All they needed was a with to perform a locator spell.
While we’re not particularly surprised by this turn of events — we did speculate it back in December — it is surprising that Rebekah was the mastermind behind the plan. Seeing how she’s been acting like a victim in these past few episodes, we have to wonder if this is all stemming from guilt. Does seeing Marcel again make her think about when she betrayed her brothers? And, what happened during that fire that separated Rebekah and Marcel? Did she decide to flea NOLA with Klaus, or was she forced out against her will?
Or, maybe what Rebekah told Elijah in tonight’s episode is all true. Maybe she truly is tired of her brother’s antics. We can see both sides of this argument: Klaus has destroyed her happiness time and time again, but he did so out of fear — fear of losing his baby sister, fear of losing his family. But, seeing how Klaus gave Hayley advice on how to handle Elijah’s temper last week, we’re thinking Rebekah is underestimating her brother.
But we digress. Papa Tunde puts a damper on Marcel’s little pity party, and he probably would have succeeded in killing him if it weren’t for Cami, who really lived up to her moniker of the brave bartender tonight. She called Klaus and told him Marcel was in trouble, and when Klaus got to the scene, he found himself face-to-face with Papa Tunde. Luckily, Elijah and Hayley figured out a way to break Tunde’s spell on Rebekah (because the hybrid baby is also a quarter witch!) just in time for Klaus to overpower him. Papa Tunde ran off, but his killing spree wasn’t done. He broke into Marcel’s Garden, and killed every single vampire down there for their strength.
But, for as fun as Papa Tunde was, he was merely a pawn in Celeste’s game. (Seriously, Celeste is one bad witch.) Tunde sacrificed himself for the cause, and now that dagger is a seriously powerful weapon that can wreak havoc on Klaus & Co — and Klaus’s army is growing weaker by the second.
If Klaus is going to fight Celeste, he’s going to need all the help he can get. Unfortunately, some of his vamps, led by Thierry, high-tailed it out of the compound. (At least Diego stayed. We’re really starting to like Diego. He needs more screentime. And, where is Josh?! Is he still mourning Davina’s death?)
“Dance Back From the Grave” may not have been as strong as last week’s episode, but it did do several things well. One, it revealed Marcel and Rebekah’s big secret — and we cannot wait until Klaus finds out who really brought Mikeal to town. He is going to flip out. Two, it added even more sexual tension to Elijah and Hayley’s relationship. We’re still not 100 percent impressed with Hayley as a character, but her chemistry with Elijah is electric. When he bit into her risk, we could see the sparks between these two. But will Elijah ever let himself fall for her? And finally, this episode brought everyone together. Yes, there are still mini alliances being formed and Klaus is most likely going to go rogue at some point, but at the end of the day, they all need to work together to take down this new evil. We can’t wait to see what danger lie ahead.
“Well, I suppose we’ll need a new mayor.”
“You’re in a good mood. You should visit Mystic Falls more often.”
“If you want to stop a bully, you need the power to stand up to them.”
“There’s nothing enviable about what Klaus does. He’s just a monster.”
“I will hurt Klaus Mikaelson just as he hurt me. When I am done, he will wish that he could die.”
“Strange. She’s not particularly drawn to unremarkable men.”
“Anything up to, and including, eye of newt.”
“You always talk about Nik’s happiness, but what about my own?”
“You would choose love over family and then condemn me for doing the same.
Catch the next episode of The Originals on Tuesday, February 4 at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.
Crystal Bell is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident fangirl for all things The Vampire Diaries. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!