'The Vampire Diaries' Recap: Isobel Reveals Her Many Secrets
'The Vampire Diaries' Recap: Isobel Reveals Her Many Secrets
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
After a six-week hiatus, The Vampire Diaries is back, and I was scared I'd be confused. There's a lot going on, and this episode includes plenty of lies, betrayals and more convoluted alliances. Yet, somehow, it all made perfect sense.

It doesn't hurt that this episode features two majorly shocking twists that change the whole game and the death of a major character.

First, with Isobel on the Gilbert's doorstep, Jenna has a total meltdown over the fact that everyone lied to her, so she runs away without hearing any explanations and is gone for the rest of the episode. Elena and Stefan meet with her biological parents, Isobel and John, who claim that everything they did (killing the Tomb vampires) was designed to stop Klaus from learning about Elena's existence. Hey, maybe they're good parents after all.

Or maybe not, because in the next scene, Isobel meets up with Katherine (who told the Salvatores not to tell Isobel she was in town), and Isobel reveals that she made a deal with Klaus to keep Katherine safe if they give him the doppelganger and the moonstone. At least John is proven to be a genuinely good guy, who is actually trying to help Elena. You just can't trust anything either of these women say.

Katherine is in charge of finding the moonstone, and after looking everywhere in the Salvatore mansion, she washes her hands and discovers Damon hid it in plain sight, mixed in with the decorative soaps. I guess he was hoping Katherine was a dirty girl who never washed up.

Then it's time for the master plan. First Isobel meets up with Alaric, says she really loved him, then has her man witch take him down (don't worry, he's not dead ... yet). Isobel then goes to the Lockwood mansion where she bites and kills John as a distraction so Katherine can kidnap Elena! But, of course, John has his magic ring, so he's not really dead.

But nothing is what it seems. After Damon discovers that Katherine took the moonstone (in a scene where he gratuitously takes off his shirt), Isobel, driving away with Elena, calls Katherine and reveals that it's actually a triple-cross, because what Klaus really wanted was the moonstone and Katherine. Just then the man witch (who's actually Klaus' man witch) shows up to take Katherine down while Isobel kidnaps Elena to keep her safe.

As I see it, that's a triple or maybe a quadruple-cross already, but the story isn't over. Isobel wasn't really doing all of this out of a sense of love, she did it because Klaus compelled her to do it. She's freed from her compulsion since Klaus doesn't seem to want Elena yet, and Isobel, saddened by the fact that she would betray her own daughter, rips off her magic ring and lets the daytime sun kill her.

Isobel is dead! After being bad, then good, then bad, then good, then bad, then good, it's finally over. Now that it's over, I'm willing to give her the benefit of the doubt and assume that Isobel killed herself to make sure she wasn't compelled to hurt Elena anymore.

Back at the Salvatore mansion, Damon and Stefan have a brilliant way to keep Elena safe: give her their house, so no vampire can enter without her permission. John wakes up and has a heart-to-heart with his daughter where he apologizes and Elena decides that, since he's the only parent she has left, she might as well give him another chance. I'm glad the show is finally letting them move on and grow.

Witch Stuff

The unlikely trio of Damon, Bonnie and Jeremy teams up to clean out the Martins' apartment before going to the ancient witch burial ground so Bonnie can harness their power to defeat Klaus. They get to an old house where Jeremy is scared like a little girl over the creaking floors, but Damon has more to worry about since the dead witch's seemingly cursed the house to be very unwelcoming to vampires.

Bonnie gets the powers which allow her to create storms, but Jeremy does some more research to find out that if she uses all the new power she has to kill Klaus, it will kill her too. First Elena was willing to sacrifice herself, now Bonnie is too. Let's hope it doesn't come to that, because it would seriously suck if Jeremy had a third girlfriend who died.

Shocking Twist #1: Matt and Sheriff Forbes

Following his discovery that Caroline is a vampire, Matt goes missing, but he shows up to confront Sheriff Forbes about Vicki's murder. She takes him back to her house where he sees Caroline and makes her tell her everything. But then he doesn't want to know it and begs her to compel him to forget, which she does.

Or does she? Matt actually took a lot of vervain and only pretended to forget, because he's working with Sheriff Forbes now and tells her everything about what Caroline said, including the fact that she's a vampire! In one move Matt went from a useless, expendable character into having a genuinely fascinating storyline.

Shocking Twist #2: Alaric and Klaus

Katherine eventually wakes up in the custody of Klaus' man witch, who is performing a spell on Alaric. When he's done, Alaric wakes up, only now he's being possessed by Klaus!

I know this is eerily similar to what Fringe is doing with Olivia being possessed by William Bell, but I actually love this twist because it puts Alaric front and center. The only problem is that I don't see any way that he will survive after the real Klaus comes to town, so I'm going to enjoy evil, possessed Alaric while I still can.

Thus far I'm 1/3 in my death predictions, and if Alaric goes, my score will improve. But I really hope I'm not right.

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