They’ve done it again. Week 2 brings us another thrilling, drama-packed episode of The Vampire Diaries. But we’re going to fight the urge to go on and on about every single little detail. Instead we’ll get to the nitty gritty and give you ten things you absolutely, positively need to know about the “Brave New World.”
1. Caroline takes to vampirism like a fish to water. Remember how Vicki Donovan needed, like, a week to make the dark transition? Yeah, well, Car needs no training wheels whatsover. Girlfriend wakes up just before dawn starvin’ like Marvin and looking for a snack. “What is that smell?” she asks the night nurse as if she’s caught a whiff of an unidentifiable foreign cuisine. Within minutes she’s identified the scent and sucking on a plasma bag like it’s a sippy cup. Sure, Caroline is disgusted at first. But what can she do? Personally we would’ve demanded to see a doc because craving blood is just not right.
But Caroline’s not like us — anymore, at least. And, say what you will about Blondie, but you’ve gotta admit, she’s a quick study. By lunchtime she’s discovered that the sun hurts, silver burns, she’s got fangs, and, uh, she just might be dead. Now that’s what you call a full day. She’s also figured how to use the power of compulsion like the A student that she is. “You can’t tell anyone,” she says, glamouring the nurse before biting her neck. (Unlike the teen vamp Jessica on that other show, True Blood, Caroline somehow knows when to stop. So the nurse lives to blame the bite marks on her husband’s kinkiness.) Then later, right before she "checks out" of the hospital, Caroline says, “If you could just forget that I bit you that would be great.” “What?” the nurse replies. Apparently that incident is already forgotten. “I don’t know how that works but it’s brilliant,” Caroline quips.
Meanwhile, over at the Mystic Falls Carnival, Elena and Bonnie are working their designer jeans off because, as Bonnie said, “We have to make Caroline proud or she will kill us.” Little did they know their friend would take out a carnie by night’s end.
2. Katherine is nowhere to be found. She my be MIA, but the evil Miss Pierce’s vicious handiwork is all over Mystic Falls — namely in the form of the town’s newest bloodsucker, freshly-fanged Caroline. “Why did Katherine do this to me?” Caroline asks Elena and Stefan after she makes her first kill. (More on that in a bit.) “I don’t know,” Stefan lies. Guess he thought the truth — that Kat turned her to get back at him and his brother — was more than Caroline could handle.
3. The new mayor asks Damon to head the town’s vamp-hunting council. Like Bonnie said last week, Damon has got the folks of Mystic Falls fooled. Not long after Sheriff Forbes asked the elder Salvatore vampire to look into why John Gilbert suddenly left town, Mrs. Lockwood, who has stepped up to be the interim mayor, taps him to head the slayer’s council. (Our title, not theirs.) “I would be honored to help keep this town safe from vampires,” Damon said. Irony, anyone?
4. Damon is item No. 1 on Caroline’s to-do list. As she makes the transition, the memories of the scarf-wearing months Damon made her forget come trickling back. So the first thing Caroline does when she leaves the hospital is track him down. “I remember how you manipulated me,” she tells her former bed buddy after cornering him in an empty hallway. “You pushed me around, abused me. Erased my memories. Fed on me.” Then Car takes the cocky girl, hip-to-the-side stance. (What is it with vamp chicks and that attitude?) “I have a message from Katherine,” she says. “‘Game on.” Then she knocks Damon to the ground. Girl may be new at this, but she’s not messing around!
5. Elena defends Caroline. Now that she’s a vampire, Caroline’s got a target on her head. And Damon’s dead set, literally, on playing bounty hunter. After the incident in the hallway he tells Stefan and Elena that they need to kill Caroline because she is a liability. (We hate to admit it, but he’s got a point.) But Stefalena is having none of that. Not that the couple could keep Damon from trying. After she takes out the carnie, Damon tries to stake her in the back, but Stefan grabs his hand a moment before Damon skewers her. Never one to leave well enough alone, Damon tries again a few minutes later, only to be blocked by Elena and her death glare. “She’s my friend,” Elena says. Awww.
7. A carnie can’t get a break in Mystic Falls. When Elena and Bonnie go looking for help with the karaoke machine, they find the finest carnival worker we’ve ever seen. Ever. His name is Carter. And he’s a tall drink of chocolate goodness who instantly locks in on Bon-bon. (Lucky witch!) “What do you need beautiful?” he asks her, totally ignoring Elena. Normally, we’d say let the fun times begin. But apparently a carnie's a marked target in Mystic Falls. Shortly after Carter helps the girls, Damon pulls him aside and compels him to pick a fight with Tyler. Carter does as he is told. And he promptly got his butt kicked when, as Damon had hoped, a suspiciously strong Mason shows up to help his nephew out. “Why did I just do that?” Carter asks as Stefan helps him up post-fight. A better question would have been: Will I live to see dawn? And the answer would be: hell to the nah. Minutes after Damon uses him as Mason bait, Caroline turns him into the main course. Dang. Just when we thought Bonnie would finally have a real love interet, Caroline drinks him. Dude didn’t even get to finish wiping the blood off his busted lip!
8. Bonnie tries to cook Damon. Literally. Before Stefan can take Caroline away to clean herself up, Bonnie happens across their murder scene. She sees Carter’s dead body and Caroline’s blood-smeared face, and loses it. Note to self: Do NOT make the witch mad. Bonnie uses her telekinetic powers to give Damon a crippling migraine and to crack open a nearby fuel line. Elena begs her to stop as gas puddles around Damon. But Bonnie isn’t having it. “Everything that happens is his fault,” she says. Then, just like that, she ignites a flame, and Damon’s hot self catches fire. “This isn’t us. This can’t be us!” Elena cries, snapping Bonnie back to sanity. She squashed the flames. But the damage is done.
10. Jeremy and Damon bond. Weird, right? But they do. Minutes after Jer fails to go through with his impromptu plan to poison Damon with vervain so he could stake him, he turns to the fanger for guidance. “[My father and uncle] they knew exactly what they stood for. I figure maybe I should too — stand for something,” he says. “But killing you: What’s that going to do?” Damon’s response (minus all the snark): “My father hated vampires too.” So will Jeremy go down the path of his (and Damon’s) vampire-stalking family?
Bonus thing you should know: Matt Donovan still doesn’t have a clue. His girlfriend miraculously heals. Then she suddenly has super strength, crazy speed, and bipolarish mood swings. Yet he doesn’t suspect any darkness. In fact, he thinks she’s mad at him. “She’s been like that all day. Cool one minute. Crazy neurotic the next,” he tells Bonnie. Poor guy. Later that night he crawls through her window (nearly getting himself bit, if you ask us) to declare his love for her. It’s a touching moment, made more so by the fact that Caroline uses what she's just learned to squash her vamp face and neck-biting desire as she hugs him. Will these two ever be the same? We think not.