Stefan tells Elena this isn't her. He's right, but that would tick me off to no end. Elena tells Stefan it is her, now. "And you two really need to accept it, because if you don't, there will be consequences." Stefan says that when he was in the same situation, Elena refused to accept it. She didn't give up on him. She didn't stop 'til she pulled him back. The poor waitress picks that moment to top off Elena's coffee. Elena thanks her, then grabs her and breaks the woman's neck. As her body hits the floor, Damon cries out, "Oh!" Elena faces them. "Like I said, consequences. That's one body you're responsible for. If you keep trying to fix me, there will be a second, a twentieth, and a hundredth." With a fake smile she adds, "It's your choice." She steps over the dead waitress and out into the night. Damon turns to Stefan. "Are you still ready to ride off into the sunset?" Title card.
"American Gothic" is exactly the oasis, this parched fan needed. It is funny, surprising, suspenseful, and emotionally and otherwise satisfying. From a recapper's perspective, the prospect of a mini-hiatus doesn't hurt, either. I'll be back with coverage of April 18th's "Pictures Of You." In the meantime, please grade the episode at the top of the page and then come on over to the forum, where we're throwing a welcome back party for Kiki and EM.