Wasn’t feeling so great this week so no real recap… instead here are some of my thoughts on this episode:
I like how from the beginning Bonnie doesn’t like Stefan because her intuition is telling her there’s something off about him. Even if she doesn’t know what it is, she knows it isn‘t good. And the prediction of the numbers 8, 14, 22… This little witch is finding her powers whether she wants to or not. Also love how she sticks with Elena regardless of what is going on and is supportive of her unlike someone else who is really annoying at this point. That would be Caroline of course. In the beginning of this series, Caroline is so bubbly and fake cheery and that was all very present in this episode. Pay attention everyone because if they follow the books at all with her (even just a teeny tiny bit) this is a glimpse of the real Caroline. Poor girl though doesn’t even realize that she is just a toy to Damon. As she tries to show him off to Elena she has no clue that Elena is who he is really after. (That can be added to a pile of things that just might possibly lead to her going completely crazy at some point in the future.) Damon seems to have his eye on Elena throughout the episode and I have lost count on all of the “looks” that he gives her.
And so the "eye thing" really begins... lol we all know Elena notices, it just takes her awhile to acknowledge it.
There seems to be a lot going on in his head perhaps pertaining to his “master plan”. Stefan is not having the best of luck running interference but throwing in the vervain necklace he gave to Elena helps. I bet it isn’t too often that Damon gets slapped. He didn’t seem to mind Elena has some fire in her. If anything by the end of this one he seems even more fascinated by her. Standing over her bed and watching her sleep (stalkerish yes I know) he looked less like animal rage Damon and more like a Damon who cares about something. The way he was looking at her and gently stroking her cheek before disappearing makes it look like another Damon is hiding inside him and Elena is what’s bringing it out. I have to say at this point is when I would say he really starts to care a little about her as more than just another play thing. From one brother to the next, Stefan is having a harder time covering his vampire tracks. The finger breaking no one saw but the hand cut Elena clearly saw and she might act like she is going along with his story but is she really? She looks like that one is going to be at the back of her mind until something else happens to trigger it to the forefront of things. You can tell without ever seeing the series before that it is getting really close to the time for Stefan to spill his not so little secret. In the background of all of this, the minor characters Jeremy, Vickie, and Tyler are all still in their horrible triangle. Vickie as messed up as ever stands by while Tyler constantly goes after Jeremy. Jeremy is left on the sidelines falling apart. Thankfully though, Vickie finally does something good and tells Jeremy she didn’t have sex with him just for the drugs. The user has a heart somewhere in there under the screwed up mess that she is. Ah but it is still Vickie so the good will no doubt be followed by some bad soon enough. And then there is Matt. Matt is the not so lucky one watching all of this happen in front of him. Having to admit his sister is screwed up and awful to Jeremy, seeing his friend as the jerk he really is, watching his ex move on while he still loves her, and to top it all of he gets to see that the guy he wants to dislike so much isn’t so bad after all. With all of that and who knows what other shit he gets to deal with, Matt always ends up being a friend and a true gentleman in the end. I’ve never been big on Matt but seeing him now, I have to admit his character is pretty good. Now to see how he handles things the seasons to come and all of the secrets/drama they bring.
Cute moment but does Stefan really think that the necklace mojo will work forever?
Bottom line, this was another good episode as the series continues on. I am noticing a lot more things watching it a second time and now that I am paying more attention to the details perhaps some foreshadowing for the second season is present this early in the first. So many little details that can easily carry over to something much bigger next season. Looking at both Stefan and Damon now after seeing the whole first season it can be easier to see more of the big picture with them. You can see that Stefan is a bit unstable underneath and admits Katherine is still there in his heart/mind. Damon on the other hand, is growing in subtle ways towards giving a damn about someone else besides her – even moving away from Katherine though he is actually supposed to be trying to get her back. The brothers roles look like they are reversing in various aspects while they both end up yet again loving and wanting the same girl. The season 2 love “square” is looking more and more interesting.
Ok, so this was my favorite scene and not just because it was more Damon. love how the episode ended with a glimpse at a possibly gentle and caring Damon… maybe somebody really isn’t as hard as he tries to come off… maybe that somebody is starting to care – perhaps to care about a certain ex-cheerleader.
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