We love those moments on The Vampire Diaries that make us gasp, pause, and rewind — and Season 4, Episode 9, “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” is chock full of them. Here are the scenes that left our jaws agape.

5. Jeremy hugs Elena
“Elena, don’t move,” Bonnie warned. “No matter what.” Usually only bad things follow such a statement. But this time was different. After spending the morning doing guided meditations and hypnosis with Professor Shane and Bonnie, Little Gilbert thought he was ready — that maybe he’d been deprogrammed. So he stood on one side of the room holding a crude stake. His big sister, Elena, perched cautiously on the other. Then he took a step. “Jeremy, remember the detour,” Shane coached. “Choose the right path.” Jer paused and handed the stake to Damon. Then he took another step. And another. Jeremy kept going until he, the hunter, was standing in front of his sister, the vampire. At this point Jeremy lowered his head, leaned in and hugged Elena. And he didn’t even try to stab her in the back!

4. Hayley snaps on Caroline
Hayley glared menacingly as Caroline confirmed with Bonnie that her new body-switching plan would work. Blondie was so happy to hear that Tyler would no longer need to sublease his bod to the hybrids’ Operation: Kill Klaus. The problem is that Tyler being part of the pack was an instrumental part of the Hayley-Shane Plan. And the professor told Hayley to “fix” the problem. So she did. Sort of. As Caroline happily walked by to go share the good news, the shewolf grabbed the vamp’s head and tried to twist it off her body. “My pleasure,” Hayley said, as Caroline’s limp body dropped to the bathroom floor.

3. Klaus goes redrum on Mayor Lockwood
We have said it before and we’ll say it again: Parties in Mystic Falls never end well. Enter Klaus. Bloody and ragged, the Original vampire had just taken out his entire hybrid pack and was on the hunt for Tyler. Klaus didn’t find his first hybrid born. But he did spot Ty’s mother. After spending a lovely fake-snow-filled evening at the Winter Wonderland fundraiser, the Mayor was sitting alone, more than a bit tipsy, by the fountain in the town square. The minute she spotted the OV, however, Mayor Lockwood sobered up. The second Klaus inquired about Tyler, she got scared. “Klaus, please. Don’t hurt him,” she begged. “He’s my son. He’s all I have.” The Big Bad paused to think about this. Then a new vengeance idea hit him. “And you’re all he has,” Klaus said. “There’s a beautiful symmetry to that. Don’t you think?” Before the mayor could respond, Klaus grabbed her head and shoved it under the water. He easily held it there until she stopped moving.

2. April makes a gruesome discovery
Poor April Young. During her first event as the reigning Miss Mystic Falls, the newly orphaned preacher’s kid took a potty break only to find Caroline laying on the bathroom floor. She felt her friend’s neck for a pulse. There was none. “Somebody help!” April screamed and ran for the door. But April’s suddenly alert friend beat her there. While she blocked April’s way, Caroline proceeded to nonchalantly call Stefan and tell him that a werewolf might be trying to steal Rebekah’s body from the tunnel where they’d hid it. After saying all this, Caroline looked into April’s eyes and told her she would forget everything she’d just heard. The problem: Thanks the power of the vervain bracelet April was wearing, Miss Mystic Falls didn’t forget. But she did think fast. Feigning submission, she agreed with Caroline then walked out the door and through the woods to the tunnels beneath the old Lockwood mansion. There she found Rebekah, daggered in a coffin. Talk about a crash course in the supernatural!

1. Damon bends, but doesn’t break, the bond
Technically, this breakup is only right for Stefalena fans. But still a full 24 hours after Damon told his little brother that he’d freed Elena from her sire bond, the vampire made good on his word. After spending the day worrying about what his little brother would think while trying not to be couple-y with Elena, the elder Salvatore finally had enough. He grabbed Elena and looked into her eyes. “I’m setting you free, Elena. This is what I want,” he said. “This is what will make me happy.”


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