3×14 picks up on the same night that 3×13 left off. Elena and Matt are chillin’ at MF Hospital. To make things easier for the writers of TVD and their cast of many (awesome) characters we are nicely told that 1. Alaric is going to be chillin’ in the hospital for a few days (I guess his ring is still at 90%) and 2. Bonnie and Abby are okay (aka, they were still passed out in cave). People are upset over Bonnie not being at the ball later on but LBR, she would not have gone even if she was invited.
Elena apologized for dragging him into everything but Matt subtly pointed out that he has the better end of things, saying he doesn’t really have much to worry about as opposed to everyone else in town. Go Matt.
Elena showed off her driving skills she learned at Mystic Falls Driving School (apparently it was just as well attended as Mystic Falls High School) and guess who showed up?
Elena did literally stab Rebekah in the back. Rebekah put her trust in Elena and she pulled a Katherine (something tells me it isn’t the last time…)
King Elijah showed up to save the day!
(Fair warning: I will be ranting about this later)
Cut to the next day at the Saltzbert residence: Stelamon discussing Elena’s nice night out with Elijah (why didn’t they show this instead?) A sudden knock at the door brings this
The Original family is throwing a fancy ball!
History lesson brought to you by Google: Let me clarify for some people that Mikaelson would have been an accurate last name for the Original siblings…kind of. Vikings often took the name of their fathers and added ‘son’ or ‘dottir’ to the end to infer they were the ‘son of’ or ‘daughter of.’ There go my theories that I would be playing spin the dreidel with the Originals…
Back at Mikaelson Mansion
Kol is new so I forgive him for not understanding that this isn’t HBO. The CW hates gay characters so I’m not sure why he would think they would love incestuous ones?
Isn’t he the best?
Unfortunately, Mommy showed up to break up the impending battle
Esther tried to get Klaus to see that it would take time for them to all be “AS ONE” (get what they were trying to do here? Grrr) and quickly changed conversations
Stelamon argued whether to go to the ball or not. Over at the Forbes residence someone else was about to get an invite
Michael Trevino was phoning his part in (he took tips from Kat Graham on that one). I would argue that TVD has way too many characters to handle at once but it may come back to bite me in the butt by Thursday.
A knock at the door brought Caroline’s invitation from…you guessed it, Klaus! And look what he sent
Caroline and Elena met at
Red Lobster The Grill to discuss the fancy ball. Caroline called Elena out for not telling her about the Delena kiss and Rebekah showed up to invite Matt to the dance. I’m happy they didn’t spend 549 scenes leading up to the ball.
Damon AGAIN forgot about CW Rule #1: NO GAY CHARACTERS and decided that since Elijah shot down his advances he would give it a shot with his equally attractive brother
Kol wasn’t having it.
Side note: They were supposed to do an episode where Kol and Damon knew each other in flashbacks similar to Klefan and I’m SUPER UPSET they did not go this route.
Cheesy is the best way to describe Elena’s arrival. She decided that the best way to get in the Katherine mood would be the curl her hair.
After much lamenting (20 seconds worth) Caroline decided to attend the ball in the dress Klaus sent
Finn took the time to introduce himself and tell Elena that Esther wanted to talk, alone
It would have to wait until after the dance off
I like how Elijah referred to dancing as some old tradition within his family. Did they regularly hold dances with the Vikings and werewolves in the town square 1,000 years ago?
Elena agreed to dance with Damon and Stefan seemed kind of hurt…
Stelena snuck away for a quick chat. Stelena fans everywhere swooned and made Tumblr gifs.
Rebekah enlisted Kol to help her kill Matt in order to make Elena suffer
Like others, I was upset to learn Kol and Rebekah were not twins (AND I’M NOT TALKING GAME OF THRONES STYLE). It would have been a cute detail.
Elena had Stefan break Damon’s neck so he wouldn’t interfere with her meeting with Esther.
Esther explained to Elena that before she died her body was preserved by the Original Bennett. The other side had better coffee but she decided it was time to come back to be with her family.
In an effort to connect with Caroline, Klaus told her a story about horses and how Mikael killed his favorite one.
Do you not love Caroline and her “no1curr” attitude towards Klaus? I know people are either in love with Klaroline or vomit at the thought of them but their scenes together are the best of the episode. The way Caroline shuts Klaus down and tells it like it is to him is awesome and I can’t wait to see more.
Esther explained to Elena she had plans to perform a ritual that would link her children “as one” so if one of them died, they all would die. She needed a drop of Elena’s blood to begin so she could put it in the champagne her children were drinking.
And Elena went along with it! Now I’m going to have more on this later but what angers me more then anything else is Elena’s willingness to trust Esther. The only thing Elena knows about Esther is that she tried to have her murdered from the other side (which she still didn’t apologize for!). Elena also didn’t choose to ask questions. How would she know if this ritual was going to take out just the Mikaelson children or all vampires? How about if it was going to take her out as well? Esther is 100% ready to take her children out, she lied to her children’s faces, how is she not lying to Elena who she has no emotional attachment to?
Kol and Rebekah chatted and Damon recovered from his broken neck. Stefan called Damon out for being too much like season 1!Stefan.
Outside, Rebekah was having 2nd thoughts on killing Matt. He was nice to her and she genuinely was starting to like him.
And there it was. Elena’s Katherine like betrayal of Elijah.
I touched on this before with Elena’s willingness to trust Esther but this is the 2nd thing that annoyed me. Elena straight up stabbed Elijah in the back. I get people’s arguments that she’s trying to destroy Klaus and the Mikaelson family has provided nothing but pain and that Elijah did betray her too in season 2. Elena and Elijah betrayed each other! Elena daggered him and he saved Klaus. But, Elijah found a way to save Elena (it was Damon that screwed that up). Elijah saved Klaus to save his family and without him there would be no Damon! Elena and Elijah came to an understanding, a friendship was built between the two after they both betrayed each other and this is how she repays him! I guess he shouldn’t have put trust into her but the reason Elijah likes Elena is because SHE’S NOT KATHERINE!
This ties into Elena trusting Esther over Elijah! Elijah saved Elena’s life and Esther tried to kill her and she chooses Esther because she has a plan to kill Klaus, which again, SHE KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT. I know this sounds long and crazy, especially as an Elijah stan but it breaks my heart that Elena did this.
Since no one actually attends Mystic Falls High School it was easy to see why no one noticed Klaus chillin’ in their Arts classes.
Also, this is another great scene. Caroline told Klaus off and accused him of not properly being able to connect with anyone. Caroline – 952, Klaus – 0.
Meanwhile, Kol confronted Rebekah and she called off the plans to kill Matt. Kol was not happy Rebekah had feelings.
Oh, and Elena still had some Katherine left over in her
Kol took the time to lovingly introduce himself to Matt and to break his hand, but was rudely interrupted by someone looking to flirt
Damon threw Kol off the balcony and snapped his neck. A lot of people have posed the question: how could Damon over power an Original? I asked that myself. Maybe Kol wasn’t as strong since he was snoozing for 100 years just 1 day ago?
Also, Stelena seemed more pressed about the neck snapping then any of the Original family. I think they wanted to thank Damon; Kol was kind of a jerk.
Caroline tried getting a hold of Tyler once again (Michael Trevino was only obligated to one phone in part that episode). She found another gift waiting for her from Klaus. I’m going to refer you guys over to Price Peterson’s recap because I laughed so hard I cried at his take on the scene.
Esther took time to compliment her son on his flawlessness, even though she was still planning on killing him. And yes, there is only a 5 year age difference between Daniel Gillies and the woman playing his mother.
Ugh, Finn, I had such high hopes for you. It turned out Finn was ready to martyr himself and take the rest of his siblings with him. Like father like son…sort of.
After realizing how flawless Elijah was, Esther seemed kind of conflicted. Only for a second though because she continued on with her ritual to bind her kids together.
This was actually kind of cool. Finn’s blood created a tree like pattern connecting all the names of the Mikaelson kids. Poor Heinrick and Aaron were missing out (RIP, BBs). I’m also hoping the spell accidentally binded them all with Finn from Glee instead of their brother Finn, I wouldn’t be sad to see him go.
Another Stelena Tumblr worthy scene took place. Elena was starting to feel somewhat remorseful for signing the Original siblings’ death certificates but Stefan made sure to steer her away from those feelings.
Back at The Grill
Burn! Matt was on point this episode. Don’t worry, someone else was there to comfort Rebekah…
Mmm, the taste of regret.
Hope you liked it! This episode was much better than last weeks, IMO. I just do not like what they are trying to do to my Elijah and his flawless family…Esther truly is a bigger villain than Klaus.