It’s Halloween on “The Vampire Diaries” in the Thursday, Oct. 29 episode, “I Carry Your Heart With Me,” and what better way to celebrate than with a Heaven & Hell Ball at Whitmore College and ghost tours through Mystic Falls? In other words, it’s a heretic’s dream feeding ground in both places. Oh, and when better to bring the dead back to life?
The “Three Years From Now” in this “TVD” episode shows Alaric trying (and failing) to fix a doll for his twin daughters. Yes, Alaric has daughters, though their mother isn’t seen. But even though time has passed and he seems to be living a normal life, he still has weapons stored where he can easily grab one when he grows suspicious when he no longer hears the girls laughing. That would be because Damon’s standing right outside, and no, no one has died yet, but that could change, his old bestie warns him, so invite him in? These quick looks into the future are just frustrating enough to work, but it’s impossible not to want to beg for more sooner rather than later.
As for what’s going on in the present, it’s basically blood, magic, death and a ball. In other words, nothing’s really changed. Damon’s plan to exchange Oscar for Elena’s body hits a snag when he finds the heretic’s dead body, and to make it even worse, Mary-Louise and Nora show up when he fails to meet Lily, and he and Stefan hang Oscar’s body out the window to hide him. (It’s a good thing it’s Halloween, otherwise those Whitmore students might have something else supernatural to completely ignore/explain away somehow.) However, the heretics don’t leave quietly; they send a student in with a message, that for every hour Oscar is not returned, a Whitmore student will die, this one at her own hand. (Oh, the joys of compulsion. Makes things so much easier for a vampire/heretic’s job.)
In order to keep an eye on the heretics, Caroline and Stefan trick them into thinking that attending the college’s Heaven & Hell Ball is their idea, even going so far as to help Mary-Louise with a dress (and try to convince one of them to de-spell Caroline so she and Stefan can touch), but that backfires when Nora tries to sexify it and her girlfriend throws a pair of scissors into a random student walking by. And so begins the cleanup, a.k.a. “feed a Whitmore student some vampire blood to heal him/her.”
Problems arise for both couples at the ball, with Mary-Louise lashing out and killing the bartender after Nora and her gab about Pinterest and she finds her girlfriend feeding from her. Mary-Louise accuses Nora of being desperate for attention, while Nora argues that she’s the one struggling to adapt, and Mary-Louise walks away. As for Stefan and Caroline, Caroline is convinced that Stefan hasn’t talked to Valerie about removing the spell from her because she’s scared his feelings will come back for her, and he calls her out on being the one who’s scared of that happening.
It’s when Stefan finds Mary-Louise upset after her fight with Nora that he makes his move and lures Nora in to try to get her to remove the spell from Caroline in exchange for him not killing her girlfriend. When Nora refuses, tossing Stefan’s stake aside easily, Caroline grabs her and she has no choice: either siphon the spell from her or burn. Once she does, Caroline snaps her neck, and Stefan and Caroline are finally free to touch and kiss, but Caroline doesn’t let her distract that from trying to bring up Valerie yet again, even though they have her dorm room to themselves. But he knows she has a tendency to overthink and explains that he’s not thinking about Valerie – he’s just thinking about Caroline – and they have more history in the last five years than most people do in a lifetime. It works to quiet Caroline’s concerns. Well put, Stefan.
As for Nora and Mary-Louise, when Nora’s angry enough to want to violently kill Stefan and Caroline for what they did, her girlfriend only smiles and tells her, “You’re adorable.” Both apologize, with Mary-Louise explaining that being on their own, scorned, abused and imprisoned made her forget that the world is meant to be enjoyed, not feared. She just needs Nora to help her remember. The ball may be over at that point, but it doesn’t stop them from sharing a dance. (Anyone else find these two much more likeable after this?)
As for Oscar, Damon brings his dead body to Bonnie to resurrect just as she’s negotiating extra credit points from Alaric for being willing to bring back Jo (only on “The Vampire Diaries” is extra credit even part of that conversation). It’s not so easy, however, with Bonnie running through spells to make the bridge the phoenix stone creates between the body and spirit permanent, Stefan calling Damon to put pressure on him with the number of people they’ve had to save from the heretics (“Did you just call to brag?” Damon asks his brother) and at one point Bonnie actually setting Oscar on fire, but she does succeed. “You are officially the most terrifying person I know,” Damon tells/compliments her.
It seems that the only consequence that comes with the resurrection is Oscar being really hungry for blood, with him going so far as to break out of Damon’s car on the way to the hostage swap and killing an entire tour bus of people in the woods. Yes, there are ghost tours going through Mystic Falls, and since there’s really nothing else for Matt to do as a member of law enforcement in Mystic Falls – as Damon reminds him, “that badge does not take away the fact that you are human,” meaning he can’t help round up a ravenous, formerly dead heretic – he has to deal with those people who believe there’s no real danger in the town. Lily finds Oscar just as he’s finished feeding from the tourists, and as she reminds him that he’s not himself when he feeds (the opposite of a Snickers commercial?), Damon intervenes and puts him out of commission for a bit. “Your favorite sons are the ones with the ripper problem,” he notes, ready for that hostage swap.
Though he gets Elena’s body back, however, it’s not for long. After he spends a bit of time writing in a diary and telling her the story of why he drinks bourbon, he and Tyler load her coffin into a van. “I don’t know who I am without you,” he admits in his writing. “But I do know as long as I am with you, time will stand still.”
Finally, despite Bonnie’s reservations about bringing Jo back to life – with no Other Side or prison world, her spirit is probably at peace – she just that. So, what are the consequences going to be?
“The Vampire Diaries” season 7 airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on the CW. What did you think of episode 4 “I Carry Your Heart With Me”?