First of all, Katherine as Elena is fabulous. It should come as no surprise to anyone that the cast of The Vampire Diaries loves to play bad — and frankly, they’re better at it. (See: Paul Wesley as The Ripper and Silas, Ian Somerhalder as Damon, and Nina Dobrev as Katherine.) Nina is magnetic as Katherine, and watching her revel in Elena’s life is wickedly delightful.
But, while Katherine is journaling in her diary about how much she loves her new life as Elena Gilbert, Stefan is dealing with the hot mess that is Damon Salvatore. After Stefan discovers Aaron’s lifeless body in the driveway, he confronts his big bro about the ghastly discovery. There, he finds Enzo and Damon hungover from their all-night bender and totally unapologetic for their actions. Typical.
Now that Damon and Enzo have killed Aaron, they have their killer sights set out on the man behind it all — Dr. Wes. But they have no idea where Wes moved his creepy lab, so they go to Bonnie. She may not be a witch anymore (seriously, though, way to make her completely useless), but she knows where she can find one. Whitmore just so happens to be full of vampires and witches now! In order to get Bonnie to help their cause, however, they take collateral — Jeremy. Elena broke Damon’s heart, so now he could care less about breaking her’s, even if that means killing Jeremy.
And he nearly does. Well, Enzo nearly does. It seems teaching an unstable newbie witch how to do a locator spell takes longer than expected. (Does anyone else sense that this is going to be Bonnie’s new storyline? Since she can’t practice magic anymore, she might as well teach it.) And when Bonnie doesn’t meet Denzo’s demands, Enzo takes matters into his own hands, asphyxiating Jeremy. (And no, he wasn’t wearing his Gilbert ring. We don’t know who needs it more — Matt or Jeremy!) Poor Jer. He can’t catch a break, especially when it comes to Damon’s mood swings.
Thankfully, Stefan and Katherine (after some sensitivity coaching from Nadia) rush to Whitmore House to save Jeremy just in time. Watching Katherine try and give Jeremy mouth-to-mouth while Stefan and Enzo pummeled each other in the background was the balance of humor and drama. Katherine saves Jeremy, but it looks like no one can save Damon. When he and Enzo leave to go find Dr. Wes, Stefan tells him he’s not welcome back. Aw, the Salvatore bros are fighting again.
Now, this is where Elena would be in tears and running after Damon, but Katherine is not that kind of girl. Getting Damon out of her hair was her goal from day one, and now that that’s been accomplished, she’s putting the moves on Stefan. [Cue “Say Something” by A Great Big World.] Katherine may not like Damon, but she has to convince Stefan she had feelings for him. It turns out Stefan is the perfect shoulder to cry on , but the younger Salvatore seems to have truly moved on from Elena. He sees how happy she made Damon — and how much she changed his brother’s life. And because of that, he accepted Delena. Um, could this scene be any more awkward? If Katherine gets her way, she’ll have Stefan in her bed soon enough. She just needs to get Caroline out of the way.
One of the things that made “Total Eclipse of the Heart” such a standout hour is Caroline. After losing Tyler and beating herself up over her tryst with Klaus, she’s back to her Type A, spunky self. Caroline has her spark back — even though she had to shred Klaus’s heart drawing to get it. (It’s OK Klaroline fans. If Caroline kept the drawing for so long, it obviously meant something to her.) But this is Caroline 2.0; she doesn’t need a man to define her. Also, Caroline calling Bonnie "single adjacent" was so perfect.
Another enjoyable subplot? Watching Tyler put the moves on Nadia. Sure, he wasn’t quite drunk enough to not notice Nadia was compelling Matt, but they had a nice moment. (Plus, Tyler, Nadia, and Matt lamenting their mama drama was pretty hilarious.) Matt has been severely underused this season — he’s pretty much Katherine’s “Elena cheatsheet” right now — but we’re intrigued to see where this storyline with Nadia goes. Now that he knows what Nadia and Katherine did to Elena, Nadia needs to find a way to get the vervain out of his system. This sounds likes some prime bonding time for these two. And her Traveler knowledge is probably going to come in handy once they find out that Dr. Wes’s new benefactor is a Traveler with an obvious agenda.
Remember when Dr. Wes turned Jesse into a vampire who lusts after vampire blood? Well, he managed to do that to Damon with a little help from the Travelers (and that’s what we call Karma, Damon). After Damon kills one of Wes’s vampire experimentees, the odds are against his bestie Enzo. And honestly, we’re OK with that. We’re getting a little tired of Enzo. He’s done nothing but destroyed Damon’s character and he nearly killed Jeremy (not cool, bro!) — is there really a point to having him stick around?
“I’m young, healthy, gorgeous, and everyone loves me.
“Bonnie’s best friends are single, which means she’s single adjacent.”
“So Elena breaks up with you, and your first instinct is to go on out and murder someone — can you be any more predictable?”
“The psycho doesn’t fall far from the tree.”
“Cool. And then me and all her doppelgangers can start a baseball team on the Other Side.”
“Don’t bother coming back.”
“Karma is happening to me.”
Catch the next episode of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, February 27 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+!