It’s prom at Mystic Falls High and all the mean girls – and guys – are out to play!
Tonight’s episode revolved around jabs and insults and harsh truths that you think about people you know, but never say. Except Elena said them to everyone. She stole Caroline’s dress. Mocked Matt’s job. Told Bonnie she’s a walking reminder of all the horrible things that have happened to her. Shrugged off her non-existent heart to Stefan. And threw the sire bond in Damon’s face. The only person she was nice to was Rebekah – and were not even talking really nice there.
Most people have been to prom and expect it to be wonderful, but it’s awful, so the depiction of the pouting over having no one to dance with, sipping flasks, and leaving early is so accurate. Oh, and the King and Queen are always awful. Case in point: Bonnie and Matt. Now Matt is the QB, but Bonnie?! I blame April. She’s so awful. The only one who had a truly good night was Caroline and that was just because Klaus replaced her stolen dress with one from his prized collection (swoon) and then
stupid Tyler crept back to town to squeeze in a slow dance. That moment was trumped by Klaus seeing him and allowing him to leave without killing him – hello, Klaroline feels!
And now that the basic prom shenanigans have been covered, let’s get on to the rest of the episode.
5. Silas is basically the Beast and he just needs someone to be his Belle.
Cursed by a jilted lover, Silas is forced to be extremely ugly forever. I can see why he’d take on the faces of the pretty people in Mystic Falls. The last episode it was Caroline (remember those epic scenes between Klaus and Caroline – THE BEST!). This week he took the form of a dead Jeremy to get under Bonnie’s skin, then Stefan to torture Damon, and lastly Rebekah.
At the end of the episode, he revealed he’d been cursed and is just hideous and unloved, which means he has a lot in common with the paranormal folks of Mystic Falls – looks aside because face it they are prettier than most people will ever be. It’s so unfair.
4. Bonnie’s witchy powers turned into the Mystic Falls version of Carrie – but did it help Elena find some humanity?
Stefan and Damon plotted to stir up Elena’s emotions at the prom (see #3). Their efforts did little to faze Elena. In fact, she was so upset with their desire to get the cure and Bonnie’s tie to helping Silas that she decided she’d kill Bonnie – except Bonnie is like really, really powerful now. So powerful that she took Elena down twice, busted a bunch of lights at the prom, and sent Silas running from her mind. Her second round with Elena went so far that she nearly killed her and had the Salvatore brothers not intercepted, she might have. Elena’s cries of, “Please, Bonnie,” went unheard by her.
However, they didn’t go unnoticed by Stefan and Damon, who realized that Elena was aware that Bonnie was going to kill her and she was scared. Fear is a totally human feeling, so there’s still a chance. Damon staked Elena and they threw her into the Salvatore dungeon while Bonnie met with Silas to discuss his ugly face.
Whoa. That was a lot to go through. Deep breaths, you guys. Deep breaths.
(Sidenote: I guess this means there is hope for Elena, but I prefer this Regina George, spewing lines from the Burn Book Elena over the emotions heightened vampire she used to be. I could write an entire article on the insults Elena delivered alone – another top 5 or ten list perhaps?)
3. The moment in which we all wonder why Stefan is still single.
During another round of let’s help Elena remember her humanity, Stefan pulled her into a slow dance, hands all over her body, hot breath on her ear, and reminded her that they used to mean something to one another. She maintained that she felt nothing, but his hands were everywhere and his words were sexy and I felt things in places I shouldn’t when watching TV that’s not NC-17 (not that I do that on a regular basis or like at all – you pervs!) and I just died. Over and over. Thinking about it now, I die again. It is one of the hottest things I’ve ever seen and everyone has clothes on. Sweet mother of God the fandom gifs that will come from this moment.
As if that wasn’t enough, when Caroline arrived at the dance and confronted Elena about stealing her dress, Stefan intercepted because he could tell Caroline was probably going to try and eat Elena. That would totally ruin prom. So he took her on the dance floor and admitted he still had feelings for Elena to which she replied that was fine and understandable BUT – and this is a very important but – one day he’d meet someone new and fall in love and it would be perfect.
You can beat me over the head with Caroline and Stefan anvils any day of the week, writers. I highly approve.
2. Rebekah finally made it to a high school dance – and it cost her everything!
Since Rebekah came to Mystic Falls all she’s wanted is a normal, humanized life revolving around Mystic Falls High. Her efforts were thwarted by either people staking her or trying to stake her. Here’s looking at you Elena, Klaus, and Stefan. I’m on the fence about whose was the worst – Stefan? Klaus? Getting staked by the vampire you once loved, who won your trust and completely broke it? Or by your brother who has basically made your entire existence a living hell, but randomly comes through when you’re desperate so you feel love him despite his flaws?
In short, Rebekah’s had it rough (and no, that’s not a reference to sleeping with Damon, you guys!). I just couldn’t let her getting dolled up in beautiful gown and going to the high school dance she’s always dreamed of pass by. She can’t get the cure. She can’t be human. She can’t have babies. She can’t be normal, but she can go to prom.
Proms are supposed to be magical though, right? …which leads into the No. 1 moment of the night.
1. Silas stole the cure from Rebekah (even though she kind-of-sort-of lost it by breaking the rules).
After Elijah challenged Rebekah to a day of being human, she tossed it all aside to save April’s life (after Elena tried to kill her for not making Rebekah prom queen – take that Regina George!) and I wept. Rebekah will never be normal and that’s all she’s ever wanted and life is just never fair. Klaus showed up in time to mock Rebekah for doing such a thing and told her that she would lose the cure once she confessed to Elijah.
Meanwhile, Rebekah is confessing that she followed through wonderfully on acting human all day and Elijah gives her the cure. She runs off giddily while Elijah gets a phone call from her and tells her not to do anything with the cure and they suddenly realize that Silas was just playing another round of changed faces. That’s right, Elijah and Rebekah, Silas just pulled a fast one on you and has the cure.
My poor Rebekah. I’m going to need some time to deal with these feelings, so I’ll see you back here next week for the episode that launches The Originals spinoff. That letter Katherine wrote Klaus about the witch in New Orleans – well, it’s about to present the CW’s best new show of fall 2013. See you next week!