So, how does “The Vampire Diaries” do Thanksgiving in season 7? Well, there’s talk of cornbread and cranberries, but that’s as traditional as it gets. Instead, the Thursday, Nov. 19 episode, “Mommie Dearest,” sees Lily reveal something about the Salvatores’ past, Caroline take a pregnancy test and Bonnie spend more time with Enzo. They do have to get to a place in their relationship where that flashforward makes sense, you know.
Speaking of the flashforwards, three years from now in the “TVD” world, Damon and Alaric head to the news station to rescue Caroline, with Damon insisting Alaric stay outside and keep Stefan from going in since the person who did this wants his brother. If Stefan goes inside, he’s dead. However, when Damon enters the building, Caroline’s not there and he’s attacked.
In the present, Caroline takes a pregnancy test to see if there’s any truth to Valerie’s claim that Alaric and Jo’s babies are inside her, and while waiting the three minutes for the results, she and Alaric ponder the existence of a pregnant vampire. While she argues that she’s technically dead, he points out that her body functions normally, so it’s not entirely crazy. However, the test is negative, so while Alaric goes off to drown his sorrows in alcohol in the dark in his office, Caroline heads to Mystic Falls to help Matt with all the compelled people sitting around in town, essentially being fattened up for the heretics’ slaughter.
Caroline throws up and blames it on an expired blood bag, but Matt understandably has trouble believing that she’s a vampire with food poisoning. When Caroline calls Valier in to siphon the compulsion off the humans, Matt overhears the heretic say she’s pregnant, but Caroline again insists that she’s not. It is impossible and defies everything about the world, she reminds Matt. Caroline then questions if Valerie even knew what she was doing with that spell, and that’s when Valerie tells her about her pregnancy and Julian and admits that she used that spell herself.
As for that negative test, Caroline and Alaric give an ultrasound a try, but the doctor finds nothing. However, Valerie joins them when the doctor leaves the room and reveals that the coven used a cloaking spell to hide the twins. A bit of magic later, the ultrasound now reveals that Caroline is in fact pregnant with the twins.
Meanwhile, the Salvatores host Thanksgiving, but the only guest is Lily, as Stefan has decided to recruit her as an ally to kill Julian. When telling her what he did to Valerie only results in Lily essentially calling Valerie a big fat liar, Stefan turns to plan B: concentrated vervain in her drink and vervain ropes to tie her to a chair. Stefan and Damon then try to make Lily see the pattern in her life: men who manipulate her. Julian’s just like Giuseppe, they tell her. Cue flashback to Thanksgiving 1851, when Giuseppe made Damon behead and eat his pet turkey and Lily didn’t do anything. It was a time when Giuseppe refused to believe that Damon didn’t take his money, and to protect his brother, Damon eventually said he did and his father burned him with his cigar for it. Lily admits that she heard what her husband did, that she saw him run by her after. Memory lane is cut short when a cut appears on her neck seemingly out of nowhere.
Well, that cut comes from Enzo cutting Julian’s neck. See, Enzo went searching for what Oscar had in his trunk and found a sword. He figured he’d use it on Julian, so he stopped by the house, and after “blah, blah, blah” from Julian and an agreement to step outside, the two began fighting. As Lily reveals to her sons, they performed a linking spell, so that if Julian dies, so does she. While Damon interrupts Enzo and Julian’s fight, eventually stabbing the latter in the chest with that sword, Lily tells Stefan that she took the money that Thanksgiving. She was planning to take Stefan and Damon and leave Giuseppe, but he found the train tickets and warned her if she tried again, he’d take the boys and leave her alone, never to see her sons again. Everything she did back then was for them, she insists to Stefan.
There’s only one problem with the sword that Enzo found, however: the phoenix stone gives it power against immortal foes. Without it, the blade is merely a blade, meaning that stabbing Julian with it does nothing. Julian then takes the sword and throws it into Damon, with Stefan showing up in time to keep him from killing his brother. Upon finding out that Damon tried to kill him knowing that it would kill Lily, she asks Julian to take her home.
Upon returning to their new home, Damon argues that none of them are ever going to change, but Stefan tries to tell him he doesn’t know the whole story. All Damon sees is a mother who faked her own death, left them behind and started a new family. “She deserves what she gets,” he says as he walks away.
As for Lily, back home with Julian, it’s a chillingly very familiar scene for her. He is cavalier about risking her life in the sword fight with Enzo and insisting he didn’t know about Valerie’s pregnancy one moment and telling her it would destroy him if he ever hurt her the next. Forgive him? As she says “of course,” a flashback shows Giuseppe acting in a similar manner after attacking her over trying to leave and asking for her forgiveness.
This is where Lily steps up. She goes back to her sons and tells them they were right about Julian. She’s traded one monster for another, but she’s not going to let him hurt them anymore. She has a plan, and this time, they won’t get caught.
“The Vampire Diaries” season 7 airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on the CW. What did you think of episode 7 “Mommie Dearest”?