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3. The warlock took our witch’s powers.
Last week Bonnie played with fire. This week she got burned. When Doc Martin found out what she did to his son Luka he went ballistic. He stormed into the Gilbert’s house, slammed Jeremy up against a wall, grabbed Bon-Bon by the neck, and proceeded to chant the magic out of her. He claimed it was for her own good. And we would have believed him if he hadn’t followed it with a menacing, “If any harm comes to my son because of what you did, you will answer to me.” With that he dropped her on the floor. Powerless.

2. Aunt Jenna broke up with Alaric.
Darn it: Uncle John got to her. The evil Gilbert planted the seed of doubt in Aunt Jenna’s ear about Alaric and his wife Isobel and she fell for it. When she asked Ric to fess up about his late ex and the teach stammered, Aunt J. called it off. Not that they’d even had a chance to define “it,” mind you. When Jenna introduced Alaric to Elijah earlier that day she called Ric her “friend.” Was that a bit of foreshadowing? Hmm.

1. Elena saved the day — again.
How many times does our girl have to face off against Elijah for the sake of everyone she knows and loves? Hopefully just this one last time. After Elijah recovered from his staking incident, he headed out to the lake where Elena was still playing house with Stefan. “The deal’s off,” he said when he got there. But he couldn’t enter the house so he threatened to wait Elena out. In turn, she threatened to kill herself so that Stefan would be forced to turn her and Elijah would lose his human doppelganger. “I’m going to have to call your bluff,” Elijah said. Wrong move. E pulled out a knife and stabbed herself in the gut. When she stumbled out onto the porch, bleeding, the Original rushed to her aid. But then, get this, she took out the magic ash-dipped dagger (don’t ask us where she hid it) and shoved it into him. Elena: 2; Elijah 0.

BONUS BIT: Katherine goes free at last.
Knowing that Damon would do everything in his power to keep her imprisoned in the tomb, the Lady Pierce begged the elder Salvatore not to kill Elijah and doom her to that dreadful life sentence. So you know that’s exactly what he did (with Elena’s help). The catch, of course, is that the reverse is true and the minute the O.V. bit the big one, Katherine was free to go. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: She’s a smart one.
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7. Lexi was a blast from the past.
Yes, Stefan’s late best friend made an appearance. Turns out, 100 and some years before Damon killed her, Lexi was the winch that reeled Stefan back in from the darkest depths of vampiredom. When they met outside a medical tent for Civil War soldiers (where they were both feeding on dying men), he was a homicidal beast. And she was appalled. “My God you’re a ripper,” she said when she saw the bodies scattered around his living room. “There are good parts to being a vampire and there are bad parts. You’re the bad parts.” From that point on, as Stef told Elena, Lexi showed him how to flip his humanity switch back on. And before you know it, he was a sort of nice-guy vamp vegan and they were B.V.Fs (best vampire friends).

6. The journals blew Uncle John’s secret.
See, we knew Elena’s uncle-daddy John was up something! Now, thanks to her maniacally scribbling great-great gran Jonathan, we know what. Long story short: The real reason John gave Damon the ammo to kill an Original was because he knew that if Damon broke a major vampire law and stuck the dagger in O.V. Elijah’s heart he would die too. Sneaky little bastard.

5. So Alaric did the dirty deed.

No, we’re not talking about telling Jenna the supernatural truth about Isobel. (Though item No. 2 could be avoided if he’d ixfayed that ages ago.) When push came to shove the history teacher took it upon himself to stick the knife through Elijah’s back. “I took the shot because I saw an opening, not because I planned to do this with Jenna in the house,” He told Damon, exasperated. Together they quickly dumped the O.V.’s body in the basement. That was the good thing. The bad thing was that, in addition to not leaving the dagger in Elijah’s body (which it turns out they were supposed to do), Ric and D didn’t cut off Elijah’s head. They also didn’t chop him up into manageable pieces, burn the parts, and scatter the ashes on separate continents like we would have done. Heck, they didn’t even bury him. Not that we’ve given killing a vampire much thought or anything. For reals.

4. But it didn’t work.
Apparently, you need to leave the ash-covered dagger in the Original Vampire when you stake him or the whole death thing doesn’t take. Ric and Damon didn’t know this when they put the knife on the table and stashed Elijah’s body in the basement because, it seems, our girl Elena is the slowest reader ever. If only she’d gotten to that part a little sooner…
Credit: Annette Brown/The CW © 2011 The CW Network, LLC Photo: Stefan Leaves a Woman Dead in Season 2, Episode 15: "The Dinner Party"
Those Gilberts sure are note-taking folk. The proof: Jonathan Gilbert left many volumes of vampire-hunting chronicles. Apparently Elena’s great-great grandfather wrote down every single moment of his life, triple-crisscrossing references when it came to all things bloodsucker-related. The secret to killing the Originals? Check Great-Gran’s journal. It’s in there. Ditto for the deets on which Salvatore killed and drank your ancestors. (Geez, thanks for the happy memories Jonathan Gilbert.) Odds are the guts of the next five episodes lay in J.G.’s journos too. But that’s still to come. Here are 10 things you need to know about “The Dinner Party” — an excellent, rewind-worthy ep if we do say so ourselves.

10. We take another stroll down Memory Lane.
And boy was it a bloody road. Just when we started to forget, “Dinner Party” reminded us that back in the Antebellum day, Stefan was the Bad Boy Salvatore who took lives all willy-nilly — not Damon. Dude literally littered the family property with his casually discarded dinner corpses — er, courses.  But the shocker was that Stef’s fave take-out spots included the homes of all Mystic Falls’ founding families, especially the Gilbert household. Imagine learning your boo ate some of your ancestors. Ugh.

9. Damon hosted one heck of a dinner party.
And you know killing Elijah was tops on that menu. But there was also actual food. Oh, and polite dinner conversation. And only one staking! (More on that in a sec.) Not bad for a last-minute din-din shindig.

8. Jeremy tried to step things up with Bonnie.
When Bon-Bon showed up for a post-kidnap-and-interrogate recap session, she found that lil’ Jeremy had lit up his place with a room full of candles. (What’s with these two and the fire hazards?) “Oh, this is a date,” she said. A tad embarrassed, Jer tried to back down. “It’s not like a date-date,” he replied. “It’s more of a hey-I-kissed-you-and-I-thought-you-liked-it hang thing.” Rather than let the awkward moment get out of hand, Bonnie laid it all out on the table, saying that she needed an all-clear from Elena before she starts dating him. Jer wasn’t happy to hear that. “But you did like it [meaning the kiss], right?” he asked. “Yeah, I like it,” Bonnie replied. And we couldn’t help but smile.