My daughter suggested that we re-watch episode 2-16, to drag our brains out of hiatus mode, but between her and her brothers, there were two doctor appointments, a baseball scrimmage, a practice and cheerleading registration (that would be for her) and no time for such preparation. So my first foggy thoughts about the action-packed "Know Thy Enemy" ended up being along the lines of: "I'm really not sure what just happened there, but I do know I don't like the wording of that title. Shouldn't it be thine instead of thy. Isn't this like the an versus a choice?" And I'm kind of stuck there, mostly because my head is still spinning from last night's events. So this is a quick and dirty recaplet to hold you over until the weecap is published. You ready? Okay.
Isobel is back in Mystic Falls. She makes her presence known to Elena and Jenna, discloses that Elena already knew she was alive (a betrayal that devastates Jenna so that she will not talk to either Elena or Alaric, and in fact leaves Gilbert Gables), gets Uncle John to invite her in the house, teams up with Katherine to supposedly turn Elena over to Satan Klaus, double-crosses Katherine to secret Elena away, turns Alaric over to one of Satan Klaus's manwitches and finally self-immolates (right in front of a horrified Elena) while standing on the empty grave her parents bought when Isobel supposedly died. It appears she is under the compulsion of an Original when she does all this, but since she's now ashes, what does it matter? That, my darlings, is that for Mommy Highest.
Meanwhile, Matt is at first avoiding Caroline, but then shows up at her house and demands she tell him everything about Vicki's death. Once she finally complies, Matt claims the knowledge is too much for him and insists she compel him to forget. Caroline resists for as long as she can, but Matt is so upset, she finally agrees. And then -- when he leaves -- he walks right out and climbs into Sheriff Forbes' cruiser. It seems that when he went to the Sheriff about Vicki's death, talk of vampires and the claim that Caroline was one, the Sheriff believed him, so she dosed him with Vervain and together, they set up Caroline, so that they could bring down the whole Fangy Fellowship of the Falls. This is HUGE. Now the Council knows/will know about Damon, Stefan, Caroline, et al, but our Fellowship won't know the Council knows. See? HUGE.
In other news, Damon and Stefan ask Elena to sign the deed to Mossy Manse, which had been in the late Zack's name. Once Elena is the rightful owner, no vampire will be able to enter without her permission. Of course Damon snarks that if she refuses to invite him in, he'll be pissed. It's a cute moment, but I'm still too stunned to fully enjoy it right now. And I'm stunned, because, because...
Remember how I said Isobel gave Alaric over to one of Satan Klaus's manwitches? Yeah, well that manwitch also captured Katherine. He's got them both (and I think the moonstone, too) at some undisclosed location. When Katherine wakes on the floor, she looks up to find the manwitch doing some weird blood spell on Alaric. Once the deed is done, Alaric channels Satan Klaus, or is possessed by Klaus or OMGWTFANGS!!!
Oh and meanwhile, with Damon's help, Jeremy and Bonnie locate the site where 100 witches were massacred back in the bad old days. Bonnie raided Senior Manwitch's grimoire collection and found the spell to suck up the power so she can defeat Klaus. And guess what? She'll have to expend all that power and give her life in the process. She tries to make it sound like her sacrificing herself is different from Elena sacrificing herself, but I'm going to have to give that some thought.
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Welcome back, everyone! That long hiatus was of the suck, yes? I was ready to be all, "Yeah, the show is back, whatever..." but then it came roaring back with a vengeance leaving me but putty in its hands. If it had hands, which is doesn't, on account of being a show. I mean the characters aren't handless, but...oh who even knows where I was going with that.
Show, you've knocked my socks off yet again. I know, I know. You're looking at that B+ grade up there and wondering why it's not an A. I'll get to that, I promise, but a B+ on this show is not a B+ in sixth grade remedial reading; it's a B+ in a high school honors class. My expectations are high; my curriculum is demanding. I know how I've jumped from hands to socks to grades, so I'll continue in this non-sequitur-ial manner, and take a moment to note that I mentioned in the recaplet, my first foggy thoughts about the action-packed "Know Thy Enemy" ended up being along the lines of: "I'm really not sure what just happened there, but I do know I don't like the wording of that title. Shouldn't it be thine instead of thy? Isn't this like the an versus a choice?"
Now that I've watched the episode about a half dozen times since, I'm no longer foggy, but that still bothers me, so there. You know what else is bothering me? Well, real life family stuff, but really, you don't want to know. Believe me. What's bothering me that is of concern to you -- is writing this weecap. I've struggled with my approach to this episode, so I've asked some very special people to help me with the weecap. And the three of you who have read my No Ordinary Family weecaps now know what to expect next. I hope you enjoy it, or at least tolerate it. I'm pretty sure things will be back to normal next week. You ready?
Readers: Oh just get on with it already.
Jenna: Sniff. Yep, I just need to find the tissues.
Elena: I've got them, Jenna. Here. I'm so, so sorry. If you'll just let me explain.
Isobel: Damn. Where's my lighter? My joint went out.
Recapper: Ladies, can we get on with it please?
Evening, at Gilbert Gables...
Isobel: [Tokes] Sure. Whatever. Knock knock.
Jenna: Um hi?
Elena: Shit shit shit shit shit shit shit.
Isobel: [Exhales] Elena, my bio-daughter. so good to see you. Again. And Jenna, the woman who is dating my HUSBAND, did you notice how pointedly I said again to Elena, who -- clearly -- already knew I was less than dead and didn't bother to tell you, even when you were boinking my husband in the next room?