by Dianna Berrian
What’s a better cause for celebration than surviving a near death experience and being free from the person hunting you down to kill you? Pretty much nothing. And with a little – well, a lot of breakfast, Katherine is doing just that. In a horrifying turn of events, her celebration is short lived when a waitress points out the distinct streak of grey in her hair. Curious Case of Katerina Petrova? Let’s hope not.
Another form of celebration is shacking up with your main squeeze and kanoolding romantically in front of the fire. Damon and Elena are getting comfortable and enjoying the happy moment, until it’s interrupted by a now mortal and ready to die Silas. Elena doesn’t trust him to bring Bonnie back so he relays his plan for the umteenth time – before he destroys other side, he’ll bring Bonnie back. He just has to find anchor and destroy it. And of all places for it to be hiding, it just so happens to be in a warehouse in New Jersey. Yeah, yeah. Get your digs in, Damon. I will remain a proud Jersey girl, nevertheless. A wild Jeremy appears. He threatens with his crossbow but it is not effective. Silas uses the five finger flames effect. It is super effective. Just before the troupe is off to find the anchor, Silas assures Elena she won’t be coming along. And just for good measure, he shoots an arrow into her leg. I always knew there was a reason I liked him.
Stefan, on the other hand, seems to have shacked up with Qetsiyah and a bottle of tequila. (I’m going to continue to call her Qetsiyah because I just can’t get with the Tessa thing. Sorry.) She informs him on Silas’ new mortal witch status and that they’re in a competition to find the magical anchor. He begs the question, why would the Travelers hide the anchor from him? Well, the Travelers don’t want him to be at peace with Amara either. Trying to get a jump on finding it, she attempts to leave but finds herself stuck behind an invisible shield magically put in place by Silas that won’t drop until sundown. Good. You stay there Qetsiyah, and think about what you’ve done! Or…are going to do. You know what, just stay there, okay?
Over at Whitmore, Katherine has successfully dyed her grey streak brown again but her sigh of relief is cut short when Caroline bursts in, all business and all packed up. When Katherine doesn’t follow the baby vamp’s train of thought, the jig is up and she’s thrust against the wall. Relax, Caroline. She just needed a place to stay. When she discovers they’re having trouble with Dr. Maxfield, she quickly persuades Caroline to let her help in exchange for a place to stay and Elena’s meal card. Who better to teach Villainy 101 than Professor Pierce? Am I right?
Going a little stircrazy, Elena calls up Stefan only to get the shock of her life when Qetsiyah answers. The psycho witch makes a naughty insinuation about her night with Stefan and asks if she can take a message. Elena says, “Remind him you’re a crazy bitch.” But Qetsiyah wins this round with her response: “I would but I think that’s maybe his type.” Ouch. Switching brothers again, Elena dials Damon, wondering why Stefan would be with Qetsiyah. Oops. Damon didn’t tell Elena that he had to break Stefan’s neck a couple times in order to make Silas’ plan work last week. And since Elena is reigning Queen of stupidity, she makes the decision to go to the cabin to try to talk some sense into Stefan. I guess it beats an all boys road trip with Silas’ horrible knock knock jokes: “Knock knock. Who’s there? Mayor. Mayor who? No one. That’s the joke. No one’s there because I killed the mayor.” Oh you!
Dr. Maxfield seems to still be playing mad scientist with Jesse. Or, well, his blood. He’s doing his recorder thing as he examines some slides under a microscope, but gets interrupted by Caroline. And Katherine. They seal his tape recorder and inject him with an unknown substance that just so happens to knock him out. But don’t worry, it’s not a “needle of sorrows”.
Elena does as she said she would and takes a trip to Qetsiyah’s cabin where she hits a brick wall with Stefan who just doesn’t care what she has to say because she’s Damon’s lapdog. So her attempt at making amends falls flat. So does her attempt to leave. And Stefan even warned her before she came in not to walk through the door. Oh, Elena. That’s why you’re the queen, baby. Meanwhile, Damon and Silas discuss the doppleganger prophecy as they walk up to the warehouse, because Silas truly gets a kick out of playing up everyone’s insecurities. But Damon just thinks “moving Heaven & Earth for his true love” – AKA destroying the “Other Side” – isn’t fate, he’s just a crazy person. Agreeing to disagree, they break into the warehouse and begin the search for the anchor, having no idea where it is or what it looks like.
Dr. Maxfield comes to and Team Caroline/Katherine are at their best, taunting him with the fact that they’re going to drain his blood so that he is vervain-free and open to compulsion. And once they do, the interrogation begins. Who else knows about them? Remember that secret society that Jesse mentioned a few episodes ago? (Speaking of which, where is Jesse?) They’re the ones who are onto her and Elena. They’ve been seeking out potential candidates to join them and were even going to invite Elena until they got suspicious of her. So, all they have to do to get them off their back is convince them Elena Gilbert is not a vampire? What a perfect time for human Katherine to be around.
Bonnie makes a ghostly visit to the warehouse while they’re searching for the cure and confesses to Jeremy that she doesn’t quite believe the resurrection plan will work. But she humors his hope and quite possibly the cheesiest line ever while he touches her cheek: “Before today is over, you’re gonna know what that feels like.” Dreamy sighs abound. Jeremy, you sure know how to make a dead girl feel special.
On the other side of the warehouse, Damon starts to question Silas about the Travelers and why they hid the anchor. Seems they hate Silas for creating the immortality spell. But before he can get any further, Qetsiyah calls Damon and demands he kills Silas or she’ll hurt Elena. To reinforce her threat, she lets him hear as she magically gives Elena an aneurysm and her cries make Damon’s bleeding heart ache. She gives him until sundown to kill Silas or she’ll kill Elena. But what about Bonnie?
Katherine shows up to the meeting at Whitmore House, dressed as Elena. Or what she thinks Elena would dress like. It’s always funny to see Katherine pretend to be her doppleganger. Since Maxfield divulged the truth about the threshold that wards off vampires, she steps right through with her human self and proves the society leader wrong and goes right for the snack table, jamming as much food as she can fit into her mouth and her purse. Aaron, (sorry, I called him Harry last week) turns around and laughs at her a little, reminding her they met last week. Katherine plays along and tries asking him about the secret society but he’s as clueless as Matt Donovan usually is in supernatural situations. And instead of giving her the heimlich or anything, he just stands there as she chokes on her own tooth falling out. Yikes! Katherine, baby, what is going on with you?! No me gusta.
Interlude for a brief moment of Stefan and Qetsiyah flirting to make Elena jealous. And it works. When Stefan votes against pizza and says he’ll cook, it must have stirred a memory because she’s so jealous she’s repressing angry tears. Come on, Elena. Let Stefan have a little fun. You did rip his heart out. Back to the warehouse, Jeremy and Damon are arguing outside about how he has to kill Silas before he can bring Bonnie back. He’s not forfeiting Elena for Bonnie, so the plan’s off. When he disappears, Bonnie reappears and says it’s okay. Maybe she’s supposed to accept she’s dead. Now get your butt in there and go help kill Silas. Before he can, Damon is ambushed by some gibberish chanters known as Travelers. Whatever they’re saying causes his daylight ring to wear off and his skin begins to burn. They don’t want Silas dead yet either. So take it up with Qetsiyah, not Damon!
Dr. Maxfield is now officially drained and ready to be compelled. Thus, Caroline learns the name of the secret society – Augustine. Most recruits are legacy, some chosen for extraordinary talents. His is that he’s brilliant. Pfft. Ego much? He covered up Megan’s death because it was the Augustine vampire that killed her. Whoa. They have their own vampire? Before she can get more, the society leader lady comes a’knocking and Caroline quickly compels him to forget everything, that he’s lightheaded from giving blood this morning, and that he was wrong and Caroline and Elena aren’t vampires. Then, whoosh! She’s gone.
Chef Stefan is cooking, like he said, while still flirting with Qetsiyah which is annoying the heck out of Elena. She tries to tell Stefan that with his memories, she isn’t the kind of person he’d like. But he looks skeptical. While Qetsiyah goes to make a call, he whispers so the witch can’t here but vampy Elena can: “Don’t say a word. I got this. I know you think that I hate you but I don’t. I won’t let her hurt you.” Tessa is busy calling Damon to see if Silas is dead yet when he mentions the Traveler ambush. Oh, well by the way, Silas’ blood is the cure now. So they’re just after that. Why, you ask? Because. The anchor that Qetsiyah bound the other side to something indestructible, 2000 years old, and immortal. And it’s a who, not a what. Got any guesses yet? When she hangs up, Stefan stabs her in the stomach and he and Elena run away. Don’t you just hate it when history repeats itself?
As Damon comes to the realization of who the anchor is, Silas just so happens to be opening the crate that holds it. And, you guessed right, the anchor is Amara. She isn’t dead, just dessicated the way that Silas was. He uses the dead Traveler’s blood to feed her and wake her up. As he’s carrying her outside, she keeps muttering, “Go away, leave me alone.” But seeing Silas brings her comfort. Enough to stab him in the back and drink his blood to be cured. A short while later she’s wandering aimlessly in a panic, talking to voices that aren’t there. She keeps on muttering “leave me alone” and stop when she runs into Damon. “Are you real?” she asks. Um, are you? I mean, really. How many more dopplegangers will we have to endure? So far we’ve got Elena, Katherine, Tatia, and, now, Amara. I sure hope Nina Dobrev is getting 4 paychecks!
Dr. Maxfield is back to his slides when Katherine walks back in and gives him back the recorder, albeit, after listening to it. She asks about subject, 62547, wondering if that’s the Augustine vampire. When he doesn’t say, she threatens to expose his vampire secrets. She also reveals she’s Katherine and Elena is her doppleganger. And while he mulls that over, she pulls out her tooth in a desperate plea for help. She thinks she’s dying and needs him to save her life.
Stefan and Elena arrive back at the boarding house where she thanks him and is dumfounded by the fact that even without his memory he’s still him because his instincts were always to protect her. While he takes off for his room, she joins Damon and Jeremy in the parlor where they are drinking away their failed mission at bringing Bonnie back. But Elena is hopeful that they’ll find another way. But Damon isn’t too sure and he tells her why – Silas is MIA, Amara’s been cured which makes her easy to kill. So the fate of the other side rests on her. They need to protect her. At her confused expression, he takes Elena to meet the captured “crazypants”.
And speaking of crazy, just when Stefan thought he was safe, Qetsiyah is there waiting for him in his room, still bleeding from his betrayal. But she wants the pain as a memory. As payback, she gives him his memories back. And all the pain of his memories, his kills, his love and loss of Elena and the drowning in the quarry weigh down on him leaving us to wonder, which Stefan are we getting next week? I’m excited. Are you?