Humanity-free Elena was becoming tedious. So, it’s a relief when, in this week’s episode of “The Vampire Diaries,” “She’s Come Undone,” the Elena we know and love finally returns. Though, of course, because this is TVD, there’s a juicy twist. Unfortunately, there was about ten minutes worth of actual plot in this episode. The rest was treading water so the writers can save the sure-to-be amazing showdown with Silas for the final two episodes of the season. Here are the highlights.
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It Takes a Human to Bring Back Elena’s Humanity
Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan’s (Paul Wesley) plan to torture the humanity back into Elena (Nina Dobrev) is not working. After both Caroline’s (Candice Accola) attempt to kill her with kindness, and burning Elena with sunlight, fail to transform her, they send in Katherine to practice her unique brand of torture. Katherine’s real agenda is to find out what Elena said to Elijah that turned him against her. Elena claims she didn’t have to do anything. Nobody would want Katherine. In retaliation, Katherine leaves her cell door unlocked so she can escape.
Elena wanders through the woods, near starvation. She lies down in front of a car, planning to attack the driver. But the car belongs to poor, human Matt (Zach Roerig). He says he knows she doesn’t want to hurt him. They are still each other’s first loves. Unmoved, she drinks from him and is about to kill him when the Salvatores arrive. Damon warns that if she doesn’t turn on her emotions, he will kill Matt. She thinks he’s bluffing. So he snaps Matt’s neck. Elena is devastated until Damon reveals he is wearing Jeremy’s old ring. They were working together all along. She allows herself to feel relieved and all of her human emotions return. She sobs about the waitress that she killed. Stefan advises her to find the thing inside of her that makes her want to live. Stefan should have been a little more specific. She decides that since she blames Katherine for all their problems, dating back to her turning the Salvatores into vampires, she has decided to make it her mission in life to kill Katherine.
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Bonnie Strikes a Deal With Katherine
Bonnie (Kat Graham) offers Katherine a deal: If Katherine brings her the tombstone so that she can cast the spell to life, the barrier between life and death, like Silas wants — except that she plans to double-cross him. In return, she promises to persuade her witch ancestor, who made Silas immortal, to make Katherine equally omnipotent. Katherine thinks that, since the tombstone is a source of power, Bonnie does not need to wait for the full moon. Bonnie tells Silas she will perform the spell if he doesn’t hurt her friends.
Will Yet Another Mystic Falls Parent Die?
Few Mystic Falls residents survive beyond age 35. That's part of what makes Sheriff Forbes such a refreshing presence on the show. So when she ended up in jeopardy during this episode, I was genuinely scared. Caroline spends most of the episode being chased by Silas, who impersonates both Klaus and Matt in an attempt to persuade her to bring Bonnie to him. When she gets home, she's paranoid that her mother is Silas. She seems like the real deal, but it turns out that Silas sneaked inside the house and attacked her mother before assuming her identity. Caroline feeds her mom her blood to save her, but she doesn't wake up. She gets creative, injecting her mom in the heart with her blood, "Pulp Fiction"-style, as she begs her mom to wake up so she can see her graduate. She promises to take her away from Mystic Falls so she can be safe. Just when it seems like it's hopeless, she wakes up. Bonnie and Caroline are now the only teens on this show with living, present parents.
Matt Finally Has Some Good Luck
All the time that he has spent helping his vampire friends has taken a toll on Matt’s grades. He might not graduate. Rebekah (Claire Holt) offers to compel the necessary parties so that he will not only pass his classes but also get a college scholarship. That seems like an offer worth taking to me, but Matt is too ethical. So Rebekah volunteers to tutor him. I was surprised that Mystic Falls High offers Italian classes, and that practical Matt would choose that as his foreign language, but it was amusing when Rebekah realized she was fluent in the version of the language spoken a thousand years ago. When Matt revives after Elena snaps his neck, Rebekah apologizes for sending Matt’s truck off the bridge last season. She vows to do whatever she can to make up for it.
“The Vampire Diaries” airs Thursdays at 8/7c on The CW.