by Dianna Berrian
Tonight’s “The Originals” forecast calls for earthquakes, flooding rain, gusts of wind, and – at rare times – fire.
In casa de Original, the occupants are trying to decipher the meaning behind Davina’s sketches of Celeste. The witch in question is tucked away upstairs in isolation until Marcel checks in on her with some food, trying to make amends. But after his so-called BFF murdered the love of her life, she’s not having it. And to reinforce her stance, she inadvertently starts an earthquake and starts coughing up dirt. Anyone got some Orbit?
When Rebekah drops in to visit Davina, she learns that she didn’t cause the earthquake on purpose. She has no idea what’s wrong with her, so Elijah decides to ask someone who does know. A certain Sophie Devereaux. He’s stopped on his way out by Hayley who confesses her wrongdoings in the case of Celeste. It’s funny how she admits she was stupid, and snoopy, and should’ve asked him instead of raiding his journals, and yet she still didn’t. Elijah is beside himself with shock, utterly silent, and when he finally does respond, he’s more hurt than anything:
Elijah: “She wanted to be left in peace. When a witch’s remains are consecrated, that power fuels the rest of the community. Celeste did not want her remains to be found. She made me promise to bury her where she would not be found. You not only violated my privacy, you have broken my promise to her.”
Ouch! Good going, Hayley. Now maybe Elijah can stop lusting after a teenager like an idiot. What? I’m just saying…
Sophie, in the interim, has found a way to complete the Harvest by becoming an elder. Sabine is skeptical as the power to be an elder has to be bestowed by other elders, but Sophie has a loophole. Celeste. If they consecrate her bones, all of the power she retained would go into Sophie and make her an elder. Perfect timing for Elijah to crash the party. He brings her back to the compound to show her the drawings but Sophie had no idea. When another Davina earthquake hits, Sophie realizes they have to do the Harvest now or the whole city will go down with Davina. Isn’t that always how it goes? She tells them there are 4 stages, each representing an element. The earthquakes are self explanatory, then comes rampaging winds, followed by flooding rain, and finally, the most destructive, fire.
She tries to convince Marcel and Elijah that they cannot fix her and Rebekah takes it into her own hands to sedate Davina as to postpone the stages and keep her alive. Marcel, however, is super stressed about the situation. He refuses to let any of them sacrifice her, let alone touch her. Klaus argues he doesn’t want to see the city destroyed, again. And Marcel backs off for now, begrudgingly so.
Elijah: “Not a people person, are you Niklaus?”
Klaus: “Nonsense, I love people.”
Really, Klaus? Really?? I mean, if by ‘people’ you mean, Caroline Forbes, then sure. But in walks Hayley, hoping to try to reconcile with Elijah. Still upset, he keeps it short – “on my way out” – and brushes past her.
Klaus: “Which one of us is the people person again?”
Teasing brotherly moments are my favorite kind. Later, Rebekah stops by to talk Sophie into joining forces once the whole Harvest thing is said and done. In order to keep Marcel and Klaus from their tyrannical leadership of the Quarter, she’ll need a witch on her side, and Sophie will need an Original. And when Sophie questions her trust, Rebekah comes back with an answer you really just can’t refuse:
Rebekah: “Sometimes it’s not important who you’re siding with, but who you’re siding against.”
Marcel is still struggling to accept what has to be done to Davina, and memories of rescuing her haunt him. Taking matters into his own hands, he rips the IV out of her and carries her off against Klaus’ orders. And you guys were doing so well! Meanwhile, Elijah attends the consecration of Celeste’s bones and has to walk away when it starts to hit too close to home. Sabine reassures him he doesn’t have to be there, but he says he owes it to Celeste. Their conversation of love is cut short by a call from Rebekah to alert him Marcel made off with Davina. He and Sabine try a locator spell to find her while Rebekah and Klaus divide and conquer.
Hayley, on the other hand, is still crying over spilled milk. Honey, you made your bed. Of course you have to sleep in it! Klaus catches her packing goods for the wolves in the Bayou and gets a little miffed that she’d risk her (well, moreso the baby’s) life but takes the box and instructs her to follow. They stop by the church to talk Father Kieran into helping find Davina and Marcel. That’s when Hayley realizes all the people in the church are wolves, and Kieran had just said Klaus had been donating food and helping them.
Klaus: “They’re not your werewolves. They’re my clan. From very far back. They’ve fallen upon hard times, their plight has brought out the philanthropist in me. What can I say? Must be Elijah’s influence.”
And before they leave, he offers a word of advice and tells her to stop pining and just apologize to Elijah as he’s a “master in forgiveness”. Really Klaus? You’re trying to help her get with your brother? Who the hell even are you? Folks, I would like to just apologize on behalf of Klaus Mikaelson. He is clearly not himself right now. Excuse me while I go ransack the writers’ room…
While Sophie continues consecrating, Sabine’s locator spell is a bust. It’s not that she can’t find Davina, it’s that her power is everywhere. Regardless, Davina wakes up to what looks like a storage unit and a groveling Marcel. He tells her he had the protection spell put on her and would have saved Tim if he had known Klaus’ plan. He tells her he let the power over the city mean too much but it’s over now, and all he wants to do is keep her alive. I’m really not sure how to feel about their relationship. Lots of devotion and love, but…it feels a little off.
The second time Sabine tries the locator spell, the most they learn is that Davina is near the river. Sophie walks in with the bad news that the consecration didn’t work because someone else already did it and took the power. So unless there’s another dead super powerful witch lying around, needing to be consecrated… Wait. Isn’t Esther Mikaelson one of those? Elijah runs to tell Rebekah and Klaus and concocts a plan to bury her on land owned by one of her living descendants – aka the demon spawn baby now that they signed the land over to Hayley’s name (watch how that backfires…) – so that they can channel her power to Sophie. The only catch is that they have to participate in the Harvest. Klaus is all for saving his precious city, but Rebekah’s harder to sway. But eventually, with their whole family above all guilt trip, she caves.
Rebekah: “Kill a demon today, face the devil tomorrow. Count me in.”
Rebekah visits Thierry in the Garden to tell him of what’s been happening and try to coax out of him where Marcel might hide something precious to him. And I’m telling you, I’m already shipping them. Moving on, Davina is still withering in the storage unit place. She tells Marcel of a dream she had where Tim wasn’t dead and he played a song he wrote for her, then kissed her. Regrettably ruining the moment, Rebekah appears to collect her for the Harvest. Marcel refuses and Davina starts puking up water, to which Rebekah argues her point that he owes it to her to fight for her to live by doing the ritual so she can come back as opposed to staying dead for good.
Outside, it’s raining, it’s pouring, lightning makes Klaus alluring. Sorry. The three siblings and Hayley are all gathered with Father Kieran around the grave they dug for Esther’s body. I have to say, I’m sad that this is basically ending any and all chances of her ever returning in the series, apart from flashbacks. But what can you do?
Father Kieran: “Are you ready to do this?”
Klaus: “Always and forever.”
Klaus, you’re so sassy this evening! The three Originals and Hayley all slice their hands with the ritual dagger, then they return it to Sophie who has all of the girls sacrificed lined up on an altar. She slices her own hand with the same dagger and passes the blade through the fire. Marcel carries in a barely conscious Davina, flames following their every step with the last stage of her deterioration. Once Davina says she believes in the Harvest, Sophie slits her throat. They lay her beside the rest of the girls and “the reaping” is finally complete. Sophie calls upon the elders to resurrect them but nothing happens, even after begging. Marcel is beside himself with grief, breaking everything he can when he gets back to the compound. Klaus tries to comfort him and they end up in a brotherly hug. Aw the feels!
As they walk back, Hayley asks if Elijah is ready to forgive her yet. Jeez, girl. Needy much? It hasn’t even been a day! It’s not that simple for Elijah, and she should know from the visions she saw during his fever in the Bayou. But Hayley is a simpleton, so what do you expect?
Elijah: “Do you have any idea how rare love is? In a thousand years I have found it but twice. And when I have I have honored it.”
Twice. He found love twice. *cough* Katherine. *cough* Sorry, had some TVD stuck in my throat. So blah blah blah, Hayley knows what promises mean to him but he should let it go because it was 200 years ago and she lives in the now and so should he, and basically she’s sorry. Newsflash, it’s not okay!
Rebekah and Klaus, meanwhile, begin to wonder where all the power from their mother went to if not into resurrecting the girls. Somewhere off yonder, a voodoo doll with pins in it drips with blood as a spell is cast and we see three individuals walk out into the Quarter, seemingly unaware – a man and two women. As it turns out, Sabine is the one who called them forth. But Sabine is just a pseudonym. Her real name…is Celeste.
Now if she could just go and stir up the Hayley/Elijah pot a little, that would be lovely, because that almost kiss was vomit inducing. Am I right?