The events of “All My Children” pick up the morning after the ball chez Les Originaux. After Elena and Stefan’s will-they-or-won’t-they moment Elena calls to check up on him, but alas, Stefan, bruised soul that he is, is busy self-flagellating as he journals.
In trusted Elena fashion, she tries Damon next. He answers with Rebekah next to him in bed. A conversation with Deadpan Damon ensues leaving Elena no choice but to go and see him, obvi. As she arrives, Rebekah leaves. It’s all very awkward, except for Rebekah, who is kind of delightfully smug. Oh and Damon’s not wearing a shirt. So that’s good. Elena informs Damon of Esther’s plans to kill her whole family and confesses she feels bad about it. Oh Elena. Stupid heart of gold, that girl. Damon thinks she’s an idiot. Stefan thinks so too. Later while with Bonnie and Caroline (I love when they are girls together), Bonnie tells them that Esther has enlisted her and Abbie’s help for the take down and it’s happening that night. Only Elena has doubts. And Caroline calls Damon the vampire gigolo. Because she rules.
Back at the Bad Guys house, Kol (no seriously, this is how it’s spelled, what?) slut shames Rebekah because Kol is a first class D-Bag. I can see why Klaus daggered him. Also, are vampires subject to mystical arrested development? Because aside from Finn and Elijah, they all act like hormonal teenagers, and even mama’s boy Finn is arguable. Elijah tells Rebekah that he’s worried about their mother, Esther is up to something. Being the problem solver that he is, he takes the situation into his own hands. After giving Elena a nice history lesson in the woods (that is as contrived as all of the Mystic Falls history), Elena guiltily reveals Esther’s plan. So he chucks her in a hole in the underground cavern system and holds her hostage with Rebekah as her guard. As you do.
At the Grill, Alaric is having a nice time with Sexy Psycho Doctor. She informs him it’s impossible to determine who his attacker was, but maybe it was a vampire and he was compelled to forget. Klaus, out for a night of brother bonding with Kol, shows up at that exact moment and dismisses the idea. And really, as if it could be one of the Mikaelsons. They have way too much style for those kinds of stunts.
Everyone starts to worry a bit about Elena. No one has heard from her, which is pretty odd. Elijah surprises the Salvatore brothers at their house and reveals what’s up. If they don’t disrupt Esther’s ritual by whatever means necessary (which might mean killing Bonnie or Abbie) before it’s complete, Elena is a goner. With little choice they concede to do it, though Damon has a different plan. Instead of killing one of the witches, why not kill an Original? One Original down means all of them dead. Problem solved.
They set up the play to get Kol. Caroline heads to the grill to distract Klaus. She lures him outside with her fuck-off attitude that Klaus can’t resist. He asks her about her hopes and dreams. Man, Klaus has no game. Meanwhile, as Kol is busy aggressively pursuing Sexy Psycho Doctor, Alaric sneaks in and daggers him. All of the Originals feel it and start to go all veiny and weird. The jig is up and Klaus realizes he’s been played. Sad face. It can be hard to not sympathize with Klaus at times. But then you remember he’s selfish and psychotic, so there’s that. Klaus finds Kol and undaggers him while knocking a few Good Guys to the ground. Elijah shows up in time to stop the massacre and reminds everyone of the bigger picture. Stop the ritual or Elena dies.
The Salvatores know what they have to do. They assume shit is going down at the old witch house. It’s a good guess. They know that one of them is going to have to kill Bonnie or her mother and that this will cause Elena a great deal of pain. But what choice? They flip a coin for it.
In the yard, Esther and her cohorts have a big ol’ pentagram salted into the earth and torches burning. Kol, Elijah and Klaus show up. Bonnie and her mother run into the house for protection against the Originals but they get separated. Stefan is waiting for her. He explains the situation to Bonnie’s horror. As this is happening, Damon attacks Abbie. He makes her into a vampire thus breaking the Bennett witch line and screwing up Esther’s plan. Outside, Esther knows something has gone wrong and after she exchanges some bitter words with her sons, she and Finn, her would-be sacrifice, disappear.
“All of you. You’re a curse on this earth.” Ouch.
There’s a lot of wrap up in this episode. Bonnie is understandably upset – Abbie is transitioning and it’s too hard and even though Elena (who is fine after her evening with Rebekah) wants to help, Bonnie doesn’t want to see her. Because Bonnie is always the one to get hurt. Which, on the one hand, fair enough. She’s lost Gran, that dude from the fair, that other witch dude, Jeremy, and now this thing with Abbie. But I can’t help but think she’s kind of being a baby. I mean, she knows where she lives. It’s not as though any of it is really that surprising. And they’ve all lost a lot. All of them. I guess I just feel like Bonnie is blaming Elena and that’s lame. Elijah, meanwhile, is going on about being a monster and using people and feeling guilty and all that. He leaves a note of apology to Elena. I’d say he and Stefan are the most self-aware of all the vamps.
“She didn’t make us monsters. We did that to ourselves.”
Monsters aren’t born that way. They make themselves through their choices. Though I suppose Gaga might have something to say about that. Rebekah and a heart-broken Klaus, decidedly unmonsterish in this moment, bond a bit over feelings of betrayal and abandonment. Maybe it’ll be like old times for the two of them. And while all this has happened, it has been insinuated that Stefan isn’t drinking human blood. Damon needles him a bit and finds out that since the bridge incident Stefan hasn’t touched a drop. That’s what rock bottom looks like. It makes sense, Stefan has gradually become more and more reasonable and less and less stormy angry guy. So that’s nice. Damon is going to be the bad guy again and Stefan will work towards some kind of greyish redemption. Each wearing the role that suits them best.
But what of Alaric and Dr. Fell? In the tussle with Klaus, Alaric took a hit and bowed out of the action. Dr.Fell took him home for some tending to. All seems well enough and they fall asleep. But Alaric wakes up, in pain from a cracked rib. He looks for some drugs and finds some serious evidence against Sexy Psycho Doctor. Just then she shows up, gun in hand.
“I wish you hadn’t seen those.”
And then she fires.
Images from vampirediariesonline.com and vampirediariesweb.com.