In the early days of New Orleans, young women were sent from France to find husbands. They arrived with only what they could carry in a small crate, and so they were called "casket girls." The episode opens with a trio of these girls being rescued by Rebekah after their coach is beset by bandits. In the present day, the city is having a casket girl street fair, with young ladies dressed in bridal gowns and veils, and Rebekah is still intent on rescuing them. Well, sort of. Her focus has shifted to Davina, who is on the run from Marcel and Klaus. Even Elijah joins the boys' club, much to Rebekah's consternation.
If you'll recall, Davina went to Cami for help. Well, once Davina has wiped away all of Klaus's compulsion, Cami is more than happy to give her any assistance she needs. But how to get away? Joshua volunteers his car, as long as they can get to it before Klaus and the Original brothers don't find them first. Oh, and remember boring Sophie and the witches? They still want to perform that whole Harvest ritual thing that requires killing Davina. Davina manages to kill most of them first, but she can't leave town just yet. See, Klaus has kidnapped her old boyfriend Tim and is holding him hostage.
Since Davina is in a killing mood already, she damned near implodes both Klaus and Elijah. Marcel begs her to trust him, but Rebekah stakes him before he can plead his case. It's not enough to kill him, but he's out of commission for a while. The ladies and Tim seek sanctuary in Marcel's garden of semi-dead vampire friends. Rebekah wanted Davina to see this so she'd know Marcel can't be trusted. In a very complicated plot turn, Tim ends up poisoning Davina as the result of Klaus's lingering compulsion. He bites the dust in the process, but Davina is spared because Marcel, anticipating his maker's evilness, preemptively made a deal with a witch to save her. Rebekah returns Davina to the compound, where the young witch will work on subverting the menfolk from the inside.
Meanwhile, Hayley makes a deal with boring Sophie. She helps Sophie find the burial place of Elijah's old girlfriend, Celeste, so that the living witch can draw power from the dead one. This will help Sophie finish the Harvest, and then she'll help Hayley find her family. However, Hayley realizes she's made a terrible mistake when a collection of Davina's old sketches point to Celeste as some major source of mayhem and doom. She tries to warn Sophie, but it's too late. Stay tuned for the full weecap.
Returning from the winter hiatus, we drop in on some dusty midnight road somewhere in the Louisiana Territory in 1751. Rebekah narrates the history of the Casket Girls, so called because the young maidens from France came looking for husbands with what they could carry in a small crate, or casket. Three girls on this night have been tricked by the man who brought them to New Orleans, for he has delivered them to a band of rowdy bandits and not to the gentlemen which they'd been promised. Luckily, Rebekah is there to kill the would-be rapists, as well as their supplier. "All the bad men have gone away," Rebekah tells them. "Us girls have got to stick together." The girls take everything but their wedding dresses, and follow their savior into the night.
In the modern day, the Casket Girls are celebrated with a raucous street fair, with women wearing creatively interpreted wedding gowns. "It's a yearly reminder of how women can be oppressed by selfish men," Rebekah goes on, "and how they can triumph when brave enough to fight for themselves."
Cami, in her apartment, is still trying to fight off Klaus's compulsion. To this end, teen witch Davina uses her powers to undo the vampire magic in Cami's mind. "Oh, God, it hurts!" Cami screams. Joshua, watching from across the room, winces in sympathy. Davina offers to stop, but Cami presses her to go on. It's the only way she can be free.
At Klaus's Kompound and Halfway House for Pregnant Werewolves, Hayley tries on a wedding dress and admires the results in a mirror. She can't quite get the zipper all the way up. Luckily, Elijah walks in with an offer of help. For some reason, he's dressed like Fonzie. Maybe it's for the street fair. Maybe his wardrobe change is a signal of bad things to come. He offers to take her out on the town, but Hayley declines because they have separate plotlines tonight. Also, she knows it will just piss off Klaus. Double also: Elijah needs to stop giving the girl mixed signals!
Rebekah is browsing through wedding gowns on the street when Marcel approaches her. He's giving her mixed signals, too, but she's not having it. "You made your choice," she says, reminding him that he chose Klaus over their relationship. Marcel wants to protest, but Klaus calls with impeccable timing to tell him Davina has left the Kompound.
Cami's brainwashing washing continues apace. Josh hands her a stack of her vampire research, accidentally burning himself in a spotlight of sunlight. Davina promises to make him a daylight ring as soon as she can. Cami looks over her notes as the memories come flooding back. "Klaus compelled me to go out with Marcel, to spy on him," she says. "That's what he said yesterday, before he told me to forget!" Davina takes Cami's face in her hands and strips back further into her memory. Flashes come back to her. She remembers Klaus telling her that her brother was ill, and telling her to leave town. Blood trickles from her nostrils.