I don't even want to write this up. Right now, I want to stop watching, so the pain will go away. And? I say that as someone who is decidedly not an Elena/Damon 'shipper. No, really. I truly believe Elena and Stefan should (barring future developments) be end-game. The thing is, here's the thing: if I'm watching a story about a love triangle, all three sides of the triangle need to exist and matter in their own right. In "My Brother's Keeper," the closing sentiment seems to be that the Damon/Elena side is nothing more than a mystical nuisance. So for me, right now? So is this show. Yes, my lovelies, right now, I'm doing my job, rather than living my passion. Caveat lector.
It's time for the next Miss Mystic Falls pageant. The ceremony takes place at the Lockwood Mansion, and as reigning Miss Mystic, Caroline is in charge. She and Tyler appear to be on the outs, which makes sense in wake of the prior episode, but since we have had no private scenes between them, I'll wait to see it before I believe it. Professor Shane is on hand to award scholarships, because later, Damon will need to link him to werewolf Hayley (see upcoming full recap). Meanwhile, Hayley and Tyler are helping Hybrid Kim break her sire bond. If I'm not mistaken, they're using the now abandoned Pastor Young Ranch to do so.
Stefan tells Damon about breaking up with Elena. To give him his due, because EXACTLY NO ONE else in this episode will do so, Damon is ready to abandon ho for bro, and go guzzle down some Tri-Delts with Stefan if that's what baby brother needs. Stefan is still in Shady Stefan mode though, and still working with Klaus to find the cure. Klaus's latest orders are for Stefan to procure some vampires in need of a good staking, bring them to the Germ, let nature take its course, such that Jeremy's Hunter's Mark will grow.
After Jeremy kills an admitted and unrepentant murderer Stefan has procured for him (because of course, the vampire who rips people apart and then puts them back together cannot lose his head and choose a less deserving victim), Jeremy's vampire-killing lust grows. Next, Jeremy tries to kill Elena, who is saved in the nick of time by only Matt, with an assist from Stefan. By episode's end, Elena realizes Jeremy can't live with her. She sets Matt up as Jeremy's roommate and decamps to Mossy Manse. Stefan tells Elena to choose a room and then takes his leave. Elena and Damon booze it up, talk it up, kiss it up, and then do it up, which would all be well and good, except for what comes next.
Stefan gives Caroline a post-mortem, and once she pieces together all the elements of the story, she decides Elena is only into Damon because she is sire bound to him. I know it's been a long time since we discussed the sire bond story, so a lot of fans understandably think of it as something that only occurs between Klaus and his hybrids, but that's not so. Last season, Damon, of all people, did explain that it occurred, albeit rarely, among vamps and those who turned them. Don't get me wrong. I think Elena's feelings for Damon predate her vampirism (and hence, any sire bond), but this whole storyline smells like the set up to an easy out, and I'm so not interested in watching a story with easy outs.
So, yes, we have these lovely, hot scenes between Elena and Damon, intercut with Caroline completely peeing on the passion parade. I've lost my will to care about this show. I hope it returns, but right now, were there a mid-season cancellation, I'd probably be mostly okay with that in all ways that aren't financial. If the stories aren't real, if the choices characters make don't matter, if everyone is set up with an easy out for their actions, then there's no sense in watching this show.
Yes, I know there are a million reasons to think that Elena's feelings for Damon aren't only dependent on the sire bond. That said, the show has changed in the last half a season or perhaps full season. I no longer have faith that they're telling me a story worth hearing. I hope I'm wrong and end up fully ashamed of my pessimism. If I am, I will confess it with vigor and vim. Right now though, I'm just going to have a glass of wine, put on some classic Buffy and go to bed.
I'll be back with the whole story, in the full recap. In the meantime, please grade the episode at the top of the page and then come on over to the forum, where we always keep it real.
After my ranty "My Brother's Keeper" recaplet was published, I received a tweet reading: "@CindyMcLennan ur ovrrctng 2 TVD E/D srbnd has 2 b bs-2 mch hstry. C is prjctng (feelngs 4 K)--S? crzy agn Solid ep-Nice plot dev-No mopes!" How can I argue with that? Let's ignore the part in the recaplet where I acknowledge Elena's feelings for Damon predate any of the sire bond nonsense, consider me told, and move on with the recap. Are you with me? Excellent.
Previously, on The Vampire Diaries, Stefan jumped off a roof, I think because he was born in Mystic Falls, and really, that's a reasonable response. Other stuff happened too, but I don't really care about it, right now.
Currently, on The Vampire Diaries, once again, Stefan seems to have survived jumping off the roof. Aw, I shouldn't let my reaction to this episode spoil my fondness for the Stefan character, so let's forget I said that. Anyhow, Stef is in the woods, doing pushups (not a euphemism). He's got his cell phone with him and set on speaker, so Caroline can nag him while he continues working out. He just has to come to the Miss Mystic Falls pageant! He's a Founding Family member. Plus, Caroline says so.
Stefan is not up to it. He'd rather tear into someone's artery. Caroline calls herself his "sober sponsor" and insists he sublimate his feelings, which of course he will. Then Stefan confesses that Elena has feelings for Damon. I don't really like using "feelings" twice like that so close together... and now I've used it a third time. Does it seem like I'm having trouble getting into this recap? You betcha.
Caroline reacts to the Elena news just about how you'd imagine she would, but I don't want to get ranty (again) this early, and truthfully, since Damon used Caroline as his personal chew toy, Caroline's reaction rings perfectly true. The call ends with Caroline reminding Stefan that there's a difference between sublimating and insanity. Yeah, okay. Whatever. I'm still having trouble willing up the ability to care. Let's move on.
Klaus jumps Stefan, gets him in a headlock, and gives him hell for telling everyone about the elusive Vampire Cure. Stefan points out that no one who knows about the cure will endanger them, and that he wants to find it more than anything else, because he completely hates that Elena is already better at being a vampire than he'll ever be. That might be a paraphrase. Klaus orders Stefan to find some more vampires for Jeremy to kill, so his map will grow, but to do so on the QT.