We love those moments on The Vampire Diaries that make us gasp, pause, and rewind — and Season 4, Episode 12, “A View to a Kill” is chock full of them. Here are the scenes that left our jaws agape.
5. Bonnie’s family reunion
Only in Mystic Falls could one family meeting include an attempted murder, a roofie incident, and a temporary maiming. But that’s precisely what happened when Mayor Rudy Hopkins demanded that Bonnie (Kat Graham) come home for a family sit-down. The mayor was concerned about Bonnie’s use of Expression magic. Predicting that Bon-Bon wouldn’t stay willingly, Papa Hopkins called in his witch-turned-vampire ex-wife, Abby, for backup. Just as Bonnie attempted to storm out, Mama Vamp-Witch showed up. (Surprise!)
That reunion was then interrupted by Jeremy Gilbert (Steven R. McQueen), who burst in to tell Bonnie that she needed to come solve his latest family prob. “My daughter is done helping Elena Gilbert!” Abby barked. The hunter in Jeremy smelled the vamp in Abby and instinctively tried to stake her. His attack was easily thwarted. Later, when Bonnie attempted to follow Jer back to the Gilbert house so that she could help kill Kol (Nathaniel Buzolic), Abby had to drug her daughter to get her to stay. “I’m not the one who needs to be saved,” the vampire said. “You are.” When Bonnie came to, she retaliated by crippling her mother’s hand and wrist. Apparently, it ain’t a family meeting until somebody gets hurt.
4. Jeremy and Elena kill Kol
The siblings fought the vampire all through the house. They hit him with an arrow here and shot him with some wooden bullets there. Still Kol managed to get the upper hand. He knocked Jeremy down the stairs and screwed Elena (Nina Dobrev) to the wall with a piece of the banister. Then he moved to dismember Jeremy with a meat cleaver. But, unfortunately for him, Elena swooped in. She pushed the cleaver back into Kol’s arm. Jer doused him with vervain water then stuck the vamp with his own white oak stake. Together he and Elena watched as the Original brother burst into flames.
3. Damon decks Stefan
Once again, the Salvatores fight over Elena. This round started when Damon (Ian Somerhalder) spilled the beans about Stefan’s (Paul Wesley) romantic rendezvous with Rebekah (Claire Holt). Then the younger Salvatore accused his brother of being all too eager to let that secret out. “Stop it both of you!” Elena yelled. “Why don’t you tell her to calm down, Damon,” Stefan replied. “You’ve managed to use that sire bond pretty well so far, haven’t you?” That final dig went too far and… pow! Damon clocked his lil’ brother.
2. Bonnie traps Klaus
Furious that Jeremy and Elena had killed Kol, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) stood on the Gilberts’ front porch, announcing his intentions to burn down their house and kill them as they escaped. Enter the witch Bonnie. “Invite him in. Do it,” she commanded. Jeremy did as he was told. The second the Original vampire entered the house, he attacked, chasing Jer and Elena into the living room. But just as Klaus was about to pounce, he hit an invisible wall. Literally. Using a spell she’d first tried at the Lockwood mansion, Bonnie drew on the power of the moon to trap the OV inside. “Witch, you can’t do this to me,” Klaus growled. Bonnie glared back and replied, “You have no idea what I can do.”
1. Rebekah confesses that she wants to be human
Not that it was hard to guess. The Original sister’s earnest desire to participate in the silly high school events was the biggest giveaway. “You’re right. I do care,” Rebekah said after she handed her white ash-dipped dagger to Stefan. The two had just spent the evening as the only two guests at the cancelled ‘80s-themed dance. Stefan explained the draw of the Me decade to Bekah. She soaked it all in greedily — the Say Anything, Breakfast Club, and Princess Bride references; the hair metal; the fashion — well, maybe not the fashion. ”I want stupid Koala corsages and a prom,” she continued. “I want to have kids with someone who loves me enough to stand outside with a stupid boombox. I want to be human.”