January 20th, 2012 by E. Reagan
E back again for this week’s TVD with “The Ties that Bind” – now with extra parent issues!
We start with another Bonnie dream. Coffin. Klaus. Traps her in the coffin. She panics like whoa. Someone opens it. (At first, I’m like who is this? Did I forget a character? But, I didn’t – I’m too awesome for that). She tells Elena about the dream (and shows her the coffin stash); turns out it’s her mom that popped open the coffin in her dream.
Back at the Gilbert Residence, Bonnie and Elena are doing some research trying to find Bonnie’s Mom, Abby Bennett Wilson, because Bonnie thinks that her mom can help them with opening the surprise coffin. Damon comes in, and he found her already. Nice work Damon. (P.S. She looks a little cracked out in the picture).
Over at Caroline’s, Tyler comes over to apologize for being addicted to his sire. And guess who’s behind Door Number 2? It’s Daddy, Caroline’s Daddy to be exact. Tyler wants him to help him get over his sire bond and be a free man (like how he tortures the vampire out of vampires).
Meanwhile, Alaric is getting is flirt on with sort of sketchy Dr. Fell at the Grill. Damon comes; she leaves. They discuss how she may or may not be a psycho, as Damon just tells Alaric how her ex died.
So, Klaus has let himself into the SHBP. And then Stefan gets home? (Is he living there again? I’m a little fuzzy on this). Anyway, there’s a little more banter about Klaus leaving town, returning bodies, etc etc.
So, Bonnie and Elena are taking a road trip to the Carolinas to find her mom. They talk about her ma and also discuss the Elena/Damon kissing situation. Also, Stefan calls. Elena lies to him about their whereabouts. But, he knows the deal because he’s at Elena’s house looking at the picture of Abby. Uh oh, someone’s in trouble.
Alright, so Klaus is talking to one of his hybrid minions on the phone and tells him to do whatever they discussed already. Uh oh, looks like hybrid dude is already at Abby’s place. Problem!
The girls get there shortly after and talk to some kid named Jaime. Turns out Abby’s taking care of him because she used to be with his old man who is also a deadbeat parent (sort of like Abby, but different. That must be a real blow to Bonnie’s esteem that she can raise this random kid, but not her own). Abby then gets there and it’s awkward.
Back in Mystic Falls, Daddy is chaining Tyler up and wants him to turn on his own, to try to break his bond that is relying on his thankfulness to Klaus for not having to turn. He starts to turn, and it’s painful as always.
So, we learn a little more from Abby. Turns out she was Elena’s mom’s best friend. She cast a spell to put Mikael the way he was when Katherine found him. It tuckered out her magic or something, and the further she got from Bonnie, the less her magic was. So, she took this as an opportunity to run and start a new life as a normal lady or whatever (She sucks, for real.) Bonnie also informs her of Grams demise. Elena goes to wait outside while this convo is taking place, and Stefan is there.
Damon visits Dr. Fell who promptly vervain sedates him and takes some of his blood after Damon tries to discuss Brian’s death with her.
Meanwhile, Tyler is still turning. They ask Caroline to leave because she can’t take it. Daddy takes an ax to him; it’s sort of awesome. It’s just small little ax marks though; nothing to call the authorities over.
So, Stefan and Elena are fighting and then Jaime comes out and shoots Stefan with a gun loaded with wooden bullets. Abby then takes some magic dust and puts her hand over Bonnie’s mouth. (See what I mean about the sucking?)
Damon gets to Alaric’s and starts looking for bunny heads in the pots, ha. He tells Alaric what happened with Dr. Fell. Okay, so Jaime is now tying Elena up, and Abby is dragging Bonnie to the car.
Back in Mystic Falls, Tyler breaks free of the chains and lunges for Daddy, uh oh. But Dr. Fell used the vamp blood to heal Caroline’s Daddy from what would have been fatal wolfy wounds.
Abby then meets with the hybrid from before; she doesn’t think Bonnie will give up the locale of the coffins at this point. She tells Bonnie through typing on her phone to warn her friends. She needs to know the location because Jaime has otherwise been compelled to kill himself. Bonnie is sort of pissed that she’s choosing this random kid over her.
Elena gets the wooden bullets out of Stefan after knocking Jaime out. [Ed. Note: Sort of sweet but gross moment here.]
Klaus shows up at the witch house. Damon is there also. The witches are torturing Klaus with some killer headaches. But, they end up letting up and showing him the coffins because he threatens that he will end the Bennett line tonight otherwise. Damon did get the special coffin out of there ahead of time though.
Okay, so Elena gets all the bullets out and Stefan tells her she’s all strong and stuff. She tells him about the kiss. He looks all sad and walks away. But then they talk again. He apologizes for the kidnapping and she apologizes for going to see Abby without telling him. He then tells her that she’s better than Damon and him. Then he leaves there for realz.
Bonnie and her mom chat some more about how pissed Bonnie is because she is treating Jaime better than her. She doesn’t trust her. But, Abby really wants to help Bonnie now and maybe Bonnie can help her get her magic back.
Tyler visits Daddy in the hospital; he’s okay because of the blood. Daddy is ready to do it all again the next day. (I like his spunk).
Alaric is having a convo with Dr. Fell; she explains what she does. He shows off his magic ring. They kiss. Elena comes home and sees these shenanigans. Dr. Fell leaves. Elena’s cool about it.
Our boys are chatting at the SHBP. Good job for dragging the right coffin out. Stefan punches Damon for kissing Elena, but then finds an original dagger and is like what did you do?
We end with Klaus chilling with his hybrid and then someone grabs the hybrid’s heart out from behind. It’s Elijah!!! [Ed. Note: I may have yelled "hell yes!" at the screen upon Elijah's return.]
Pretty good episode! But man alive these kids have some parent issues! Loved the Stefan/Elena stuff. I don’t know, maybe I am Team Stefan? I JUST DON’T KNOW WHO TO CHOOSE! I’m super interested to see what happens with Bonnie and her mom. And what’s the deal with that coffin? Also, I still don’t like Dr. Fell; I kinda think there’s something still weird about her.
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