Up until this point, Marcel has kept Klaus at arm’s length — and can you really blame him? Since the Originals arrived in the French Quarter, they’ve left a trail of bodies in their wake (10 dead vampires, to be exact). So in Episode 3 (“Tangled Up in Blue”), Klaus takes the next step in his plan for global domination, um, we mean for gaining Marcel’s trust.

It becomes apparent to the Original hybrid that they only way he can break into Marcel’s inner circle is to eliminate the king’s closest confidante, Thierry. He’s a good-looking Day Walker Marcel turned in the 1940s — and he can rock one heck of a Newsboy cap. Oh, and he’s a really good trumpet player! Because everyone is just one step away from joining the Easy Street band in N’awlins.

Klaus is planning on war, and the only way he can win this war is to gain Marcel’s trust. So away you go, Thierry. But eliminating Thierry from Marcel’s inner circle is going to be hard — Marcel loves Thierry like a brother. Luckily, he finds out Thierry has a dirty little secret: he’s in love with a witch, and she’s not just any witch — she’s the witch who gave Hayley the wolfsbane in Episode 2. (Rebekah managed to get the dirt out of Katie after she made a threat to her aorta with her high heel. Have I mentioned how much I absolutely adore Rebekah?)

Now that Klaus has a bargaining chip, he sets his plan in motion. The only way for the Original siblings to find their dear older brother Elijah, who currently locked up in an attic with a teenaged psychopath, is for Sophie to perform a locator spell. But how can Sophie do the spell without getting caught by Davina? It’s simple, really. Katie needs to be doing a stronger spell at the same time.

At first, Sophie refuses to let Katie be killed, but after a few words from Klaus — “You can’t win a war without a few strategic loses” — she’s all in. After all, Rebekah wants her brother, the witches want Daviana, and Klaus, well, he just wants to be king.

However, their plan is thwarted when Marcel tells Klaus he knows all about Thierry’s secret love life. When Klaus asks Marcel how he can be OK with the fact his right hand vamp is fraternizing with the enemy, Marcel says Thierry’s loyalty will always lie with the vampires. To prove his point to Klaus, Marcel sends his vamps on a mission to go rile up the witches.  

Thierry and Katie’s romance is obviously doomed, which is sad because Thierry was pretty cute. So with his new intel, Klaus relays the new plan to Rebekah. Klaus has instructed his baby vampire minion Joshua and his other newly compelled recruit to go after Katie. This, of course, does not sit well with Thierry.

Blinded with rage, Thierry commits a heinous act in the name of love: he kills another vampire. Apparently, this is Marcel’s biggest no-no. In an effort to save her love from 100 years in “the garden,” Katie, with a little encouragement from Sophie, knows she has to use magic.

“What’s worth dying for, if not love?” Klaus tells Rebekah as he narrates the scene over the phone — which is one step away from “Love is a many splendored thing! Love lifts us up where we belong! All you need is love!”

But Klaus isn’t the only one doing the work in this scheme. In order to ensure Marcel is distracted during his bourgeois masquerade ball, she convinces bartender Cami to be her date. But Klaus wasn’t so keen on Rebekah’s plan. In fact, he looked downright upset to see her there. Wait, is Klaus starting to like Cami?

Love triangle alert! We’re not quite sure where this is going. Obviously, Marcel is smitten over Cami. He likes that she’s a human, that she’s oblivious to this supernatural business. As for Klaus, I’m not quite sure what he sees in her. Does she remind him of Caroline Forbes, the girl that stole his heart back in Mystic Falls? Or is he also captivated by her humanity? Perhaps he senses a kinship. She’s been hurt before, she doesn’t trust easily… sound familiar? I’m not quite sure where this is headed, but I’m intrigued. (And come on, do you really think he and this human are going to be endgame? You can be Camille the brave bartender, but we all know who Klaus’s last love is…)

So far, most of the alone time Klaus and Cami have shared they’ve spent talking about Marcel. After Marcel makes a scene at the masquerade ball (he hastily leaves his dance with Cami to go shove Thierry’s head into a wall), Cami is pretty sure Marcel isn’t the guy he says he is as she sulks at the bar. It’s obvious Cami doesn’t trust men easily. However, she is attracted to Klaus — how could you not be? Unfortunately for her, Klaus had another idea: he compelled her to forget Marcel’s temper and instead remember her “perfect” night. (Side note: There's also some serious unresolved sexual tension between Rebekah and Marcel.) 

Meanwhile, Marcel is too busy sentencing his former bestie to 100 years in the garden — aka a place where vampires are buried alive — to think about the blond bartender. But as they were walking Thierry to his final (un)resting place, Katie comes barrelling down the street wielding some serious magic. Elsewhere, Davina awakens and senses magic. (She then does that creepy thing children in The Ring do before they die.) Just when it looks like Marcel is dunzo, Klaus, knowing all along how this would play out, runs to rescue and kills Katie.

Back at the sacred cemetery, Sophie is racing against the clock to complete the locator spell. But when Katie is killed, Rebekah deems the spell too risky to continue. She’s not about to get Hayley and baby killed with a simple spell.

Now that Klaus has proven his loyalty to Marcel, the king of the French Quarter decides that the only way he can repay Klaus for saving him is to give him Elijah’s body back. (Does this mean we can finally see Daniel Gillies’s handsome face again?!) Rebekah, however, is less than pleased. In the end, Klaus wasn’t working to save Elijah — he was trying to win the war. Cue Rebekah’s dramatic exit.

Klaus then goes to tell Hayley about Elijah’s imminent return because at this point poor Phoebe Tonkin has been reduced to a background character. I get that she has to stay hidden from the Big Bad, but she needs more screentime! If The Originals expects us to care about Hayley, then we need to get to know her. So far, her sweetest moments have been the ones she’s shared with Klaus. This one is no exception.

The hybrid asks Hayley why she cares about Elijah so much. “Because he was nice to me,” she says. I like seeing Hayley’s vulnerable side. It makes her more endearing to the viewers (especially to someone like me who worships flawless queen Caroline Forbes). Hayley also tells Klaus another bit of info. While he was out parading around with Marcel and Co., a witch told Hayley that her “truly special” magical hybrid baby is a girl. And then Klaus has the cutest reaction ever! Did you see that smirk? This is what makes Joseph Morgan’s performance so brilliant. It’s those subtle actions that make a world of difference.

Of course, Hayley didn’t tell him about the babble that came spilling out of the witches mouth as she was telling Hayley about her hybrid baby. Hayley tries — and fails — multiple times to look the phrase up in different languages, but she forgets the most obvious choice: Latin. (No one said werewolves were the brightest crayons in the box.)  

Back in Davina’s creepy room, Marcel tells the teenaged witch about the deal he made with Klaus, but she still doesn’t trust “The Old Ones” and she refuses to give Elijah back.

“I won’t give him back until I know how to kill them.” Good luck with that, Davina. They spent two seasons on The Vampire Diaries trying to do that.

$#*! The Originals Say

 “I cannot believe you disposed of those vampires without me. You know how I like to set things on fire.” — Rebekah and her signature sass.

“My plan for global domination or Rebekah’s plan to find love in a cruel, cruel world?” — Klaus and his signature snark.

“Damn, I do look good in a suit.” — He’s just being Marcel.

“Sorry, I’m not Medieval torture expert guy.” — Joshua, being taught the ways of compulsion.

“You can’t win a war without a few strategic loses.” — Klaus, explaining chess to Sophie

“He’s wooing me. Sort of. I don’t know. He’s charming, which means I should run for the hills.” — I can’t wait until Cami tells us all about her crappy ex...

“You two should chat. I need booze.” — Rebekah FTW!

“I’m beginning to think your sister is a bit of a bitch.” — OK, I like that Cami gets straight to the point.

What did you think of Episode 3, Originals fans? Are you loving this new series? Sound off in the comments!

Catch the next episode of The Originals on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at 8 p.m. ET on The CW, followed by Supernatural.

Crystal Bell is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident fangirl for all things The Vampire Diaries. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!