by Dianna Berrian
There’s only one rule in Fight Club – never talk about Fight Club. …But I guess that doesn’t really hold as strongly with a massive group of vampires conducting their own supernatural “fight night”. In Marcel’s vampiric version of fight club, the rules are simple: the vampire left standing at the end of the night is one step closer to the inner circle and a daylight ring. And the fighters are fierce, holding nothing back. But when you forget to invite the Originals to a party, don’t think they won’t take the opportunity to crash. Klaus and Elijah shortly bring the event to a halt to demand the return of Hayley from Marcel, but it turns out he doesn’t even have her. He just stopped by to say “hey girl, hey” and took off into the night. But since he’s such an accommodating king, he’ll even help find her. His only question is, “If Hayley isn’t here, then where is she?”
Apparently she’s riding in the back of Tyler Lockwood’s truck, all tied up. See, they were friends a while back when she was the girl who once helped wolves in the Appalachian mountains. And you know, I love how there’s an implication of how they know one another, but it’s so vague you barely know what he’s referring to. I mean, if you’re going to cross a character over from “The Vampire Diaries” you can at least give him his proper history with these characters. Right? So he brings her to a cabin in the woods in the Bayou where he’s been running around asking questions. Lo and behold, he’s found out her crescent shaped birthmark means she comes from a big shot family, some kind of royalty to the wolves of this region. All that’s left of them now are a few lone wolves hiding in the woods for decades because they were persecuted by vampires.
Speaking of, Marcel graciously grants the Originals the liberty of a locator spell to find the missing wolf and brings Sabine, of all witches, out to do it while he goes to round up his night walkers before the sun comes up. Sabine attempts it – with no explanation to how exactly the spell works, thanks writers – and says Hayley is deep in the Bayou. Magic! They think she ran off to find more of her werewolf kind. Just like that, they head off for a stroll in the woods to find her, but Elijah is more hasty than his brother and Klaus questions it, picking up on his brother’s attraction to Hayley. Before they can finish their minor tiff, Klaus catches a whiff of Tyler’s scent and they find his abandoned truck. Cue flashbacks to when he sired Tyler – AKA when he turned him into a hybrid – so that the audience knows who he is. (Okay, writers, I forgive you.) And why would he want Hayley, Elijah wonders? Well, Klaus may have ticked him off by hitting on his girlfriend, killing the backstabbing hybrids who Tyler helped break their sire bonds to Klaus, and, oh yeah, killing his mom. No biggie. He just needed to be taught a lesson. Elijah wonders, “what lesson would that teach you, Klaus, if he harms Hayley?” Aha, Elijah does care and Klaus goes kind of douchey when he taunts his brother with the fact of how “exquisite” she was in bed. Excuse me while I gag.
Josh, in the interim, looks to be brooding about his being stuck in the dark. Literally, not figuratively. Marcel is all buddy buddy for a few seconds with the kid, but with what ulterior motives? Ah. He’s here to punish Josh for lying when he said Klaus stayed at the Palace Hotel when Marcel clearly saw Josh at the plantation where Klaus is actually staying. As far as payback goes, Marcel is a little extreme, carrying Josh in a sack up to Davina’s attic to have her make him forget what Klaus compelled him to do. But it might hurt a little. Okay…a lot.
Meanwhile, at Chateau Bayou, a tied up Hayley confides in Tyler about the wolf who’s been watching her protectively. It wasn’t him, but only hybrids can control when they change and he’s the only one left besides Klaus. So…does this mean there’s another? She tells him he’ll be killed by the Originals if he hurts her. He doesn’t really care and he whips out a syringe, jabs her unforgivingly and extracts some of her hybrid baby’s blood to inject into Dwayne. And then he snaps his neck. Well what’d you go and do that for? Tyler begins to tell Hayley about how he’s been running with wolf packs all across the country. He ran into one who was close with a witch who had a nightmare vision that Klaus would be able to make an army of hybrids from the baby’s blood. So Dwayne is a test case to see if he can be made a hybrid. And the best line of the night goes to Tyler Lockwood in response to his suspicions of Klaus’ interest in her and the baby: “Klaus Mikaelson, killer of men, women and puppies all of a sudden wants to be a daddy?” Yeah, I guess he’s right. It makes more sense for him to want to wield the demon spawn as a weapon rather than, you know, a baby. He doesn’t want the hybrids to be sired to Klaus because once the baby is born and he uses its blood for hybrids, nothing will stop him. ( Tyler also clears up a few things for those who didn’t already know: Hybrids can walk in the sun. Their bite is lethal to vampires.) Shortly thereafter, Dwayne wakes up all disoriented and, under Tyler’s direction, feeds on Hayley. He starts to go a little rampant and runs outside but Tyler gets him to calm down and they find the transition worked. He’s a hybrid. Just…one teeny tiny question. Are we going to ignore the mythology already laid out that the doppleganger’s blood must be used or are we just going to blindly accept that Hayley’s blood is now a substitute? Sigh. Whatever.
As Marcel is leaving the church, he discovers by ambush that Rebekah hasn’t left town like she said. She attacks him, looking for Hayley, and my girl really kicks his ass. He explains he doesn’t have her, smoothed it out with her brothers, and to calm down. She’s still pissed though because she doesn’t want Klaus to find out she’s the one who led Marcel to the plantation. But he promises he wouldn’t rat her out, or do anything to hurt her. She doesn’t buy his charms and dares him to prove her wrong. So he obliges, taking her to see “The Garden”. Why, Marcel, would a dingy underground collection of dead guys prove you wouldn’t hurt her? Well, because a long time ago it used to be something else. He pulls out a hidden tube holding a drawing inside of a mansion he designed for her. It was going to be their home. “The Garden” was supposed to be their “happily ever after” but she took off with Klaus and he got tired of waiting so he halted the construction and now it’s where he puts people who betray him. But he gives her a choice now between himself and Klaus. But she argues Klaus will kill him in front of her eyes out of spite. “Not if we get rid of him first.” Ooh, I don’t like where this is going but I totally sort of predicted it last week! When she calls him out for his foolishness, he says he has Davina the teenage witch to take him down. That’s when she reveals, if you kill an Original their entire line dies with them. As seen with Finn and Kol. (Hey, remember those guys?) But Marcel has a Plan B – he wants to bury Klaus in “The Garden”. Isn’t this almost EXACTLY what Tyler wanted to do to Klaus last season in “The Vampire Diaries”? Recycled plotlines… *smacks head*
Back up in the attic, Josh is in some excruciating pain while Davina works her magic. Feeling a little sympathetic, she gives him a break and offers him a tip, that he should take his mind off the pain. And in an effort to help, she starts asking him about music. He likes house music. But she doesn’t know any because she’s only 16 and never been to clubs. There’s a cute little moment of bonding when he says he just wants to be normal, meet boys, and go to clubs. She confides in him how Marcel is keeping her safe from the witches who want to sacrifice her. And a little while later in the episode, when she’s finally finished frying his brain, he’s free of Klaus’ binds. She looks wistful when she tells him Marcel wants her to make him forget about her. So he says he’ll keep her secret and pinky swears on it. Why do I get the feeling this is going to backfire on Davina? On the other hand, their friendship is adorable.
In the meantime, Tyler heads back in to the cabin where Hayley secretly snatched a stake-like slab of wood behind her back. She fakes asking him for help to hide the baby, help her run from Klaus. But he’s not buying it. He wants to exact his revenge and as he walks closer and closer, a blade in his hand, she finally stabs him with the wood. It throws him for about 2.5 seconds and then he pulls it out and starts to go after her when Dwayne the newly made hybrid runs in to her defense. Sensing he’s on her side, she eggs Dwayne on so he’ll attack Tyler and she manages to run just before Tyler rips out Dwayne’s heart. Well, that was short lived. BA-DUM-SHH!
Hayley does what she does best and runs away through the woods. While she’s stopped to catch her breath, she hears a branch snap in the leaves and turns around, stolen knife poised at…Elijah. Go figure. She thrusts herself into his arms all relieved and he’s all strokey stroke your hair, squeezey squeeze your body, and I. Am. Ready. To. Vomit. Cue dramatic camera zoom when she just desperately has to tell him, “There’s something you need to know about the baby.” And she does, she tells him all about the stunt Tyler pulled and the baby’s blood making hybrids, etc. But she just couldn’t help feeling like Dwayne was sired to her. Honey, I think it’s more sired to the demon spawn than you. Don’t let it go to your air head.
Tyler is out in the woods looking for the runaway preggo when it just so happens Klaus stumbles upon him. They exchange a tiny bit of witty repertoire, a short game of hide and seek and stab, and then this happens:
Sidenote: THERE’S FINALLY A MENTION OF CAROLINE! “What do you think Caroline would say if she saw what you’ve become? Perhaps I’ll ask her when I call her to tell her of your demise.” But Tyler says Caroline will never stop hating Klaus. Uh, Tyler, you’re a little behind buddy. Does this look like the face of hatred to you:
Or how about this:
I could do this all day!
But I won’t! Anyway, back to the fight. It’s a hell of a tussle, and works in Tyler’s favor at first but Klaus regains the upper hand and nearly pierces Tyler’s heart with something of the woody nature. But Tyler makes it back to his feet to taunt him about his failures, and how now he might even fail his own kid. In a fit of fury, Klaus thrusts his hand into his progeny’s chest and seizes his heart. It’s only when Tyler begins to beg him to kill him that Klaus realizes he actually wants to die. And, well, Klaus is really a charitable kind of guy, so, naturally, he lets him live. “Death offers more peace than you deserve”. Then, for good measure, he compels Tyler to go and to always remember he is nothing to Klaus.
He meets up with Elijah and Hayley at the cabin, having found the dead hybrid corpse of Dwayne and wants answers. They tell him that the blood of the baby can be used to sire hybrids but, according to Tyler, Klaus already knew about this and had these plans. It’s hard for most to see Klaus as anything but evil, but here’s an episode where you can actually feel the disappointment in his heart that his own brother has no faith in him whatsoever. Klaus never knew any of this, and he berates Elijah for being so eager to believe it, especially when it comes from Hayley. But he sees now what his family truly thinks of him: “a liar, a manipulator, and a bastard. That’s all I am to you and Rebekah. And clearly Hayley feels the same way. No doubt my child will as well.” Ouch, my heart. You know, it really does hurt though and I don’t know if those first time watchers truly understand all of the misery and self-loathing there is inside of Klaus just from these 7 episodes. So much character development is hidden in “The Vampire Diaries” and helps to make Klaus’ behaviors make more sense. The “bastard” comment, for example, is a real sting to himself because he’s the child that was never wanted, the accident that his mother made. And all of his life he paid for that. And when family is supposed to be the one thing you could always rely on, in Klaus’ case it’s become so hard for him to believe that. I don’t mean to rant, there’s just a lot of deeper layers to Klaus that we don’t get to see in “The Originals” that I wish and hope will be expanded on in episodes to come. With some references to “The Vampire Diaries”, of course.
Back to the recap, in retaliation for his doubts, Klaus bites Elijah which effectively injects his werewolf venom into his brother as “a parting gift to [them] both”. Since Originals can’t die from a wolf bite, the venom will only make Elijah go a little mad with dementia and hallucinations. Once Klaus leaves, Hayley and Elijah head into the cabin to look for clues to the lingering wolves. He’s starting to feel guilty about condemning Klaus so quickly when he and Rebekah have done bad things too. But she said not to compare himself to Klaus. (You’ve known him four months, and Elijah’s known him 1000 years! Don’t act like you’re Miss Know-It-All!) Suddenly they’re both sweaty and too close for comfort. Blegh! So she goes outside for some air and finds a book on the porch that someone left. How thoughtful. I wish someone left me books on my front steps… It turns out to be a “bible with a family tree” that goes back generations. And Hayley just so happens to find her birthday next to the name Andrea Lebonair. Great. I hope we don’t have to endure an identity crisis now from her.
Rebekah returns to the plantation to see Klaus who tells her he left Hayley and Elijah deserted in the Bayou. Oh and he bit Elijah. “Daggerings, biting, deserting, does your wickedness ever end?” Relax, Rebekah. It’s just self preservation. And since he now feels Elijah’s abandoned him he needs her in his plot against Marcel. Why should she help after what he did to Elijah? Well, a.) because you’re family and b.) because Marcel goes weak at the knees for you. Not to mention he pretty much knows she’s the one who led Marcel to the plantation. He also knows about her private chats and engineered meetings with Marcel. But instead of getting any angrier, he asks her one simple question: “Is he plotting against me?” And while I feel for Rebekah and all the crap she’s had to put up with from Klaus, she should not have said, “My poor brother, so paranoid. Marcel knows nothing. He is not plotting against you. He simply thinks you’re in a quarrel, in need of making up.” Oh, Bekah. Why?
As if that weren’t enough, the parting scene for this week’s episode is Marcel and Tyler making a deal to join forces against Klaus. Tyler even goes as far as telling Marcel Hayley is carrying Klaus’ child and if the baby is born, it’ll mean the end of the vampire species. Rebekah working with Marcel? Not okay. Tyler working with Marcel? Loving it! Too bad we have to wait until the 26th to see how they managed to get Klaus in chains in the next episode!