'The Originals' Recap: Rebekah Returns to New Orleans
'The Originals' Recap: Rebekah Returns to New Orleans
Jennifer Lind-Westbrook
Jennifer Lind-Westbrook
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
On this week's episode of The Originals, Klaus starts implementing his plan to regain everything he lost to Marcel. Rebekah arrives in New Orleans only to find Elijah missing. Hayley puts herself and the baby in jeopardy. And a series of flashbacks reveal how close Marcel was to Rebekah and Klaus.

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Learning the Ropes


After wiggling his way back into Marcel's good graces, Klaus is learning how things work under the "King of the Quarter's" rule. Marcel owns a club called The Abattoir, and he gets his followers to lure in unsuspecting tourists. Once their hands are stamped with what I'm certain is going to be a mystical design of some sort, they get down Big Easy style. That is, until midnight, when vamps feed on the crowd. It's very reminiscent of the beginning of the first Blade movie. A tad unoriginal for a show titled The Originals.

Marcel explains that it keeps his guys happy. The nightwalkers (vamps without a daylight ring) like to blow off steam since it sounds as if they are the lowest of the low in terms of power or influence. Marcel's faves are the daywalkers, and they enjoy the all-you-can-eat buffet because they simply love to party. Klaus questions how Marcel disposes of so many bodies. Marcel has it covered. Even he realizes that if too many tourists mysteriously disappear, eventually there could be a food shortage. So some are healed, their minds erased and sent on their merry way.

The B***h is Back

Rebekah, who was hell bent on not relocating to New Orleans, shows up after she is unable to reach Elijah. I'm still seething that Klaus pulled the tired dagger-on-your-sibling bit, so I can only imagine how Rebekah will react once she finds out.

Rebekah enters Klaus' home and is met by Hayley. She informs Rebekah that Elijah is gone. She tells his sister that after promising her and the baby protection, he just took off, according to Klaus. Rebekah immediately knows her brother has done something to Elijah and starts shouting insults -- "wanker" being my favorite -- until he appears from behind a closed door. The reunion between brother and sister is hostile but not violent. Klaus tells her she's free to take a look around the rambling southern mansion that apparently belonged to an influential family friend, the governor.

Rebekah is transported back to a party in 1820. We learn that the governor was aware of the vampires residing in his city but kept their secret in return for gold. She was in love with the governor and wanted to change him so he could be her eternal mate. She asks for Elijah's permission, but he denies her, saying that it wouldn't be wise to turn the governor's only son into a vamp when the man has hidden so many of their indiscretions. Klaus, as usual, is more cruel in his denial, basically calling his sister a tramp. The poor governor's son tries to be chivalrous and come to Rebekah's aid, and gets thrown over a balcony by Klaus and falls to his death for his trouble.

After this unpleasant stroll down memory lane, Klaus receives a call from Marcel and tells his sister he's off for a drink. Rebekah tells Klaus she's aware of his plan to take apart Marcel's empire piece by piece. She's a bit confused as to why the two are so chummy. Klaus tells her Marcel has learned how to control all of the witches in the quarter, and he plans to find out how.

Rebekah recruits Hayley to search the house. It doesn't take them long to locate the family coffins Klaus drags around like a cumbersome security blanket. Rebekah explains to Hayley Klaus' habit of torturing his siblings on a whim or whenever they disappoint him. Elijah's coffin is missing. Hayley feels sickened by this news, and Rebekah tells her she should have run the minute Elijah went missing. Hayley fills her in on the witches' spell that keeps her bound to the city. Rebekah tells Hayley that Klaus will probably have a box ready and waiting for her the minute she gives birth. She suggests Hayley find a way to break the hex the witches put on her and get out of town. That's what she plans to do as soon as she finds Elijah.

Like Father, Like Son

Rebekah tracks down Sophie and tells her to do a locator spell on the dagger so she can find Elijah. Sophie refuses, telling Rebekah that doing magic is punishable by death -- Marcel's rules. Rebekah makes her own threats but finds out that anything she does to Sophie also befalls Hayley. Out of respect for Elijah, she has to come up with an alternative plan.

Rebekah asks Sophie why the witches don't just leave; Sophie explains that they practice ancestral magic. She points out that the cemetery they are standing in houses the remains of their witch ancestors, and without access to them, they're powerless. But Marcel knows when they practice magic, so they might as well take off and figure out a way to do their mojo. Heck, dig up the old bones and bring them along.

Rebekah explains that the witches' plan of convincing Klaus to go against Marcel was foolish given the men's history. She reveals that Klaus loved Marcel like a son. The two met the day of the governor's son's funeral. The politician had another son, whose mother was a slave. Klaus witnessed the boy being whipped and killed the man responsible. When Klaus asked the boy his name, he said he didn't have one. Klaus insisted that all survivors must have a name and suggested Marcellus, which means "little warrior." She tells Sophie all she's done is reunite two lost souls.

A Bad Break-Up

When you're a 1,000 year old vamp, you are destined to acquire a sizable number of notches on your bed post. Rebekah was a busy girl during her early days in New Orleans. Not only was there the ill-fated relationship with the governor's son, but a romance with Marcel as well. When the two finally meet again face to face, it becomes obvious things didn't end well. She tells him she's looking for Elijah, but he says he's learned not to get in the middle of their family feuds.

Family Forever and Always

Flashback a hundred years or so, and Marcel is forbidden by Klaus to pursue Rebekah. He tells Marcel that Rebekah lacks fortune when it comes to men (they come and go), but he's the constant. Kind of some creepy incestual undertones going on there. Klaus stresses that Rebekah is his family. Marcel is hurt because Klaus won't turn him, and Klaus says he'll do it when he thinks Marcel is ready. Klaus threatens him that if he goes near Rebekah, he'll never change him.

Best Laid Plans

Hayley takes Rebekah's advice and procures some Wolfsbane to kill the baby. Little does she know that the woman who sold it to her also sold her out to Marcel. Now he knows there is a werewolf in the quarter. Hayley gets cornered by some of Marcel's men in a park, but Rebekah swiftly and effectively comes to her aid.

It turns out the two women in Klaus' life have unknowingly derailed him on his journey to regain control of the quarter. Hayley was supposed to remain confined in the house since werewolves are banned from the quarter. Oops. Rebekah's also managed to kill a handful of Marcel's men, also a no-no. Rebekah calls him out, accusing him of lying about having a plan, and chastising him for not honoring the deal Elijah made. Klaus explains that Marcel hasn't trusted Klaus from the beginning. He's had all his crew swilling vervain, so they're impervious to his mind control.

Klaus saw a chance to recruit an insider the night he was at The Abattoir. He made sure that at least one newbie vampire emerged from the evening. When Marcel took one in, Klaus compelled him before he was given vervain. He also decided to use Marcel's crush on the bartender Cami against him. He compelled her into his service as well.

Now Klaus has to clean up after Rebekah's mess. Infuriated, he asks Hayley what she was doing in the Quarter, and when she tells him, he becomes enraged. Rebekah points out that for someone who claims to not want his child, his actions speak louder than his words. She tells him it is okay to care.

Klaus admits to Rebekah that he gave Elijah to Marcel. He and his crew were getting antsy with so many Originals in town, he did it as a peace offering. He says he plans to dismantle Marcel's empire and honor Elijah's wishes regarding the baby, and if Rebekah doesn't like how he does it, she's free to leave.

A Man Good Enough for Rebekah

Rebekah tells Hayley that for years Klaus killed any suitor she ever had because he didn't think any were good enough for her. Despite Klaus' warning, Marcel acted on his feelings for her. Just as Klaus was about to kill him, Rebekah reminded him of how he had saved him, raised him and protected him. He daggered Rebekah instead.

Partners-in-Crime

Hayley asks Rebekah why she doesn't just go confront Marcel about Elijah, and she tells her that Klaus will kill her. Hayley produces the infamous daggers; she found them underneath Rebekah's coffin.

So Close

Rebekah confronts Marcel, and he takes her to see her brother. He introduces her to Davina (Danielle Campbell), an incredibly powerful witch, who invites her in. Just as Rebekah is ready to pull the dagger out of her brother's chest, Davina warns her not to do it. Then without lifting a finger, she flings Rebekah around the apartment like a rag doll.

Before Rebekah comes to in the present, we see what happens when she awakens 52 years after Klaus killed her as punishment for her affection for Marcel. He tells her he gave Marcel the choice of undaggering her and living out his mortal life or giving her up in exchange for becoming a vampire.

Rebekah awakens to bad news this time as well. Marcel tells her the town, Davina and Elijah are all his. Everything that used to belong to her and Klaus now belongs to him.

Looks like if Rebekah wants her big brother back, she'll be sticking around for awhile. It also looks like Hayley and Klaus are finding common ground now that their parental instincts are kicking in. He even tells her what severed the familial bond between himself and Marcel. When their father chased the family from the city 100 years ago, they all believed he had been killed. They mourned him. Instead of seeking them out, Marcel chose to take everything the Mikaelsons built. Hence Klaus' determination to get it back.

The Originals airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on the CW.

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