In flashbacks, we watch Nadia's centuries-long search for her mother. In the present, Nadia truly is dying from werewolf venom poisoning, so I guess Ty really did nip her during their tussle. Am I supposed to feel sorry for Nadia and Katherine? I feel nothing for them at all. I'm not even particularly moved when Katherine gives her dying daughter a vision of their perfect day together.
To do that, of course, Katherine has to come to Mossy Manse, where the Fellowship of the Falls is ready to gank her with the Traveler's knife that will kill her and free Elena from being imprisoned in a Katherine-controlled body. It's Stefan, naturally, who does the deed. Meanwhile, Matt decides Nadia -- the girl who stole his ring, helped her boyfriend hijack his body, helped Katherine hijack Elena's body and compelled him to pieces -- deserves a proper burial. That's when I check out.
When Elena finally wakes, she finds a toy surprise tucked inside her jacket. It's an empty vial of what I believe is Vampire-Ripper juice, now with added werewolf venom. No, I know that makes no sense. Let's save that for the recap, though. Meanwhile, Katherine tries to pass through Bonnie to the Other Side, but can't. She gets dragged off to wherever by a violent wind.
Some viewers are a bit miffed, because it seems Katherine is dragged off to Hell while other beasties like Kol got a free pass to Other Sidedom. I'm not sure that's what's going on. Qetsiyah/Tessa created the Other Side, where dead supernaturals go. I'm pretty sure she didn't want any of What's Her Name's doppelgängers camping in her afterlife neighborhood. Since Q was powerful enough to create the Other Side, I bet she was powerful enough to set the rules of admittance.
In other news, Caroline tells Tyler to get over it or get out of her life. Good luck with that, Care Bear. I've been saying it to the lot of you for months and you refuse to do either. I do appreciate the coming week off, though.
I'll be back with the recap, ASAP. In the meantime, please grade the episode at the top of the page, and then come on over to the forum, where we're trying to talk some sense into Matty Blue.
Northern Europe, 1520. Nadia Petrova approaches a Tudor Revival style home, during the actual Tudor architectural period, because this show had Vikings and horses in Virginia a thousand years ago, so why the hell not. She tells the man who answers the door that she's looking for "Katrina" Petrova, who was last seen outside London in 1492. In the present day, Nadia dreams about that night and talks in her sleep.
Nadia: I need to know why she abandoned me.
Katherine: Hey, I did not abandon you. You were ripped from my arms, which is a whole different vibe. I won't let you die, kiddo. You can take that to the bank. I promise and everything.
Nadia: So you're going to ask Klaus for some of his blood.
Katherine: Let's not get crazy, here. Have you met my good friend, Dr. Wes Maxfield? He'll study your blood.
Nadia: Get away from me.
Katherine: Let the creepy, torture doc take care of you.
Wes: Listen to your mother. I'll study your blood, identify the werewolf toxin and use it to make my vampire-eating ripper serum even more cracktastic. Oh, and I'll totally create an antidote to cure your problem, because as everyone knows, I live to serve vampire-kind.
Nadia: If I'd known dying would drag your attention from Stefan, I'd have done this a long time ago.
Katherine: I'm going to be a better mother, starting right now, for the 35 minutes you have left.
Damon (locked up in the Mossy Manse dungeon): Katherine is brilliant.
Stefan: For weeks, we thought Katherine was Elena. You blew up your entire life, in reaction to Katherine's shenanigans, and that's all you're going to say?
Damon: I'm trying to figure out why you'd tell a starving vampire eating ripper that his nemesis is walking around, alive and well, while I'm chained up in the dungeon.
Stefan: I've got everything under control
Audience: That should end well.
Mossy Manse Parlor
Matt: Wait, so Katherine is walking around in Elena's hot little bod? How did I not know this?
Audience: Thanks to over-compulsion, calling your brain mashed potatoes is an insult to mashed potatoes. Stay pretty, Pudding Pop.
Caroline: Hey, I have a whole lot of exposition to spew.
Recapper: The audience is shrinking, not growing. Those of us who are left don't need your recap inside of my recap.
Caroline: But we're on speaker phone with Bonnie, and Jeremy, who spends more time at Whitmore College than he does at Mystic Falls High. Do you want their exposition?