3×16 “1912”

We begin 100 years ago in the yellow toned 1912 (what did 1969 look like? Tye-dye?) as 2 council members discussed the death of a founding family member (PARALLELS!). Zacharia Salvatore decided it was as safe as any other night in Mystic Falls (truth) and continued on his way…

RIP Uncle Zach #1!

1912 quickly fades into 2012 (or is it still 2011? IDK ANYMORE)

Mayor Lockwood was not happy Sheriff Forbes wouldn’t reveal the suspect in custody for the council members murders out in public.

Unfortunately not. Alaric was the suspect in custody!

Alaric held firm that he was NOT the serial killer but Liz had to detain him. There was simply too much evidence against him. Damon was also randomly there? Backing up his BFF I guess. I like how only human murderers get arrested and no1curr about Damon, who’s killed hundreds of peeps by now.

A few miles, feet, centimeters? away, Elena and Matt were getting in their morning jog. I like how it had only been 2 days since the fancy ball and Matt’s hand seemed to have magically healed.

Matt confessed to Elena that he had spoken to Bonnie and that Abby was going to complete the transition into a vampire. Elena was upset that Bonnie didn’t call her instead. She did, however, receive another phone call informing her of Alaric’s imprisonment.

Elena quickly ran over to the police station to go see Alaric and bumped into Damon on the way in

Elena was not happy that Damon had decided to stay out of things for once.

Elena also tried to get Damon to care a little bit about what Bonnie was going through with Abby becoming a vampire and all. Damon didn’t really care and I didn’t really blame him.

Back at the dimly lit Salvatore mansion, Stefan was self loathing (writing in his journals) again. Damon interrupted his alone time though with one of the best (if not THE best) Damon line of the season.

Damon was trying to take some bro-tips from Klaus and Elijah and spend some bro-time with Stefan and reminisce about the yellow times.

We were taken back to 1912 to the funeral of Uncle/Nephew Zach #1. Stefan took a few seconds to talk with the town gossips about the murders and the TVD writers used a plot device to name drop.

Another season 1 throw back!

It had been 50 years, but apparently Damon was still pissed at Stefan for making him transition into a vampire. Stefan pointed out that he had been sober for a while after he attended Lexi-hab but Damon still harbored resentment.

Back in present, colorful time, Stefan agreed to get bro-wasted with Damon and help try to clear Alaric of the council member murders.

Getting back to what has seem to become the new “big bad” of season 3, Rebekah questioned Mayor Lockwood on the location of the new white oak

Carol was no help. She directed Rebekah towards a plot device Damon and Stefan.

Stamon was over at the bar, day drinking and discussing some murders. Stefan began fiending for blood and Damon was catching on quickly.

Back at jailhouse rock, Liz was getting super srs about the murders. She questioned Alaric on the evidence Meredith had handed over that implicated him.

At the Grill, Rebekah joined Damon and Stefan and began asking 348 questions about their family history.

It was revealed that Stamon’s father had been diddling the maids of the Salvatore mansion and ended up impregnating one of them, thus allowing the Salvatore name/bloodline to continue. I hope we get to meet more human Salvatores one day…

We were then escorted back to 1912 for the introduction of vampire Sage, a female boxer, and Damon’s Lexi

And nothing was really established in this scene other than Sage had red hair, boxed a ton, and she maybe liked Damon and he maybe was interested too.

Over in the Mystic Falls Hospital parking lot, Elena was stalking down Meredith

Elena tried to get Meredith to understand that Alaric was not the killer but Meredith kind of pwned Elena and asked her how much she actually knew about her guardian/teacher/future love interest. It turned out, not a lot. Meredith also told Elena that nothing she said mattered because she dates vampires. I don’t hate Meredith as much anymore.

Back at the Grill Stamon ousted Rebekah from their brotastic time out.

Elena and Matt then came up with the best idea in the whole entire world that would not backfire on them whatsoever: break into Meredith’s apartment and look for incriminating evidence against her! (They were still convinced she was the killer)

Apparently the #1 rule as a founding family member is to always have a secret closet full “skeletons.” I wonder how an episode of House Hunters would play out for a founding family…Must have: eat-in kitchen, 3 bedrooms, and secret closet for crossbows, stakes, diaries, and death wishes.

Elena and Matt came across a box in Meredith’s secret closet full of folders from the council member murders…DUN DUN DUN.

At the Grill, Stamon was trying to connect the 1912 murders to the present day murders

Rebekah decided to barge back into bro-time. Also, TVD now requires that one Original must be in every scene. This is a rule I could get used to. Dabekah read excerpts from Stefan’s Livejournal and flashed back to yellower times.

Sage awkwardly watched Damon feed and kill and instructed him that his “form was all wrong.” He should get pleasure out of it too. All this build up to Sage and her being Damon’s “mentor” and that’s basically all she had to say to get him to start compellin’ and rapin’.

Sage informed Damon to go after the girls who don’t really want to be seduced because deep down they really want it, more so than the prostitutes apparently. (Oy, this show sometimes…)

Rebekah once again made a remark about once knowing Sage, leading to Damon questioning her on their past relationship

Apparently Sage and Finn were once together. This also meant that Sage was over 900 years young.

Also, Damon finally got Stefan to admit he was about to kill the entire Mystic Grill waitstaff, aka Matt.

Back over at casa de Fell, Elena and Matt continued their Scooby gang snooping.

They stumbled across an old Gilbert journal. They didn’t have too much time to keep looking (MAYBE YOU SHOULD HAVE GRABBED THE BOX AND PEACED OUT IF YOU WERE GOING TO TAMPER WITH EVIDENCE IN THE FIRST PLACE) because Meredith unexpectedly came home. Matt and Elena jumped into the closet.

I’m sorry, I know Stelena fans love Stefan because he lets Elena make her own (dumb) decisions but sometimes Damon isn’t completely wrong in trying to stop her before she sets any plans into fruition…

Elena and Matt were quickly apprehended by Sheriff Forbes.

Since MF jailhouse rock only could afford one prisoner at a time, Liz let Elena and Matt go. Not before Elena could tell her about the tampered with evidence though. Apparently Meredith had a document for the coroner’s office that would clear Alaric of the murders!

Outside of the Grill, Stefan had had enough of bro-time and was about to kill errbody. Damon decided he should. It was better to drink blood in moderation than go cold turkey.

Stefan couldn’t hold back.

Damon also decided Rebekah had bro-blocked enough that night and sent her on her way

(sorry, but I wouldn’t mind a Dabekah endgame)

Oh, and Elena and Matt just happened to pass by to see Stefan covered in blood and the unconscious girl. ZzzZzz. Stefan was mad at Damon again.

Elena and Matt sauntered back to the Saltzbert residence and Matt point blank asked Elena why she liked vampires so much. Elena then came to the realization that she had loved Stefan so much because he couldn’t die (unlike all 3 of her human parents, Aunt Jenna, and probably Matt one day). This scene was mainly to establish that there was still a connection between Matt and Elena (Melena? Elatt? Donobert?)

Matt also confessed he had stolen the Gilbert journal while Meredith and the “idiot” (way to talk about your friend/ex’s mother so nicely) weren’t looking. Elena again didn’t get a chance to open it up and try to read because Alaric had been released and was home!

Alaric and Elena embraced in a totally normal guardian/teacher/dead aunts bf/dead vampire mothers ex-husband hug

I’m also kind of surprised Alaric wasn’t shaking like Stefan was…from his alcohol withdrawals.

Back at Stamon mansion, Damon tried once again to get Stefan to take after Klaus and Elijah

We were taken back to 1912 where Damon had convinced Stefan to relapse. Stefan showed he couldn’t control himself and hilariously whacked the head off of a Lockwood and tried to put it back on (this was apparently the start of his second ripper binge).

Damon admitted that he felt bad for not going after Stefan and stopping him. He was determined to do it this time around because he bro-loved him. It was probably the best scene of the episode, tbh.

At the Saltzbert residence, Elena was finally getting a chance to read up on the journal Matt had stolen for her. Apparently it had belonged to Samantha Gilbert (the girl Damon “killed” in 1912)

At Stamon mansion, Stefan decided to give the bromance thing a try. Stefan had found a confession for the 1912 council members’ murders. It was none other than thought to be dead at the time: Samantha Gilbert!

Back to the Saltzbert residence: Meredith decided to stop by. Alaric was not happy to see the woman who had shot him and then put him in jail.

Elena was deciphering the scribble scrabble of Samantha’s journal when everything began to click (it took them 41 minutes…it took me 2 weeks ago)

One more stroll over to the Salvatore’s and the boys were starting to figure out the murders. If Samantha wasn’t a vampire she must have worn a Gilbert death-saving ring. They connected the rings to the murders

Meredith was also starting to connect the dots. She called Alaric out on him “blacking out.” She tried to get him to see that a ring that cheats death wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. The longer you wore it/more times you cheated death, the more likely you were to kill a member of Mystic Falls’ founding family. This is where the shocking twist came in because we were all suppose to believe that Alaric’s black outs were from his alcoholism!

LOL, don’t you like how Alaric didn’t take the ring off?

And last and least, Elena also figured out Alaric was the murderer!

A flashback in a flashback then revealed that everyone was right: the death cheat ring made you cray cray!

So, there you have it! A boring episode that was just…boring. The “big twist” was not really that big and the flashbacks were lacking (as per usual). Also, why do you only kill council members!? WHATEVER, I can’t wait to see Alaric go batshit cray though!

Source: Caps