'The Vampire Diaries' recap: Episode 7

'Ghost World'

October 27, 2011|By Lindsey McPherson

“Oh, you got to be kidding me” — that’s what Damon said at the start of the show when he found himself chained to a chair with a dagger stabbed through his chest.
It’s also what I said to myself when I realized that tonight’s "Vampire Diaries" involved a bunch of ghosts coming back to Mystic Falls.
And I’m talking about more than just Anna and Vicki. Grams (Shelia Bennett), Bonnie’s grandmother, died from over-exertion of her powers; Mason Lockwood, Tyler’s werewolf uncle, killed by Damon; Lexi, Stefan’s vampire best friend, also killed by Damon; Frederick and the other tomb vampire friends, killed by Stefan and Damon — all became visible once Bonnie did a manifestation spell, used to reveal “veiled matter” (i.e., ghosts).
With the exception of the tomb vampires who were out to kill the founding families, most of the ghosts were not back for revenge, despite what Damon thought about Mason Lockwood’s return (how typically self-centered of him).  The other ghosts were back to help loved ones they left behind. And frankly, it just made for a pretty boring and sappy show.
But here’s the quick rundown, nonetheless:
Lexi shows Elena how to get Stefan to return to his humanity by depriving him of blood (somehow she made time go by quickly, so he was feeling years of deprivation). At the end of the episode, Stefan remains chained in a chair. Elena still has hope for him (no surprise there).
Mason recruits Damon to help him help Tyler, which involves finding a way to kill Klaus, so of course Damon is on board. They set off to find the Lockwood family secret to killing original vampires. It turns out to be drawings on an underground wall. (This was the cliffhanger — another tanker. If you ask me, this season’s really been lacking in good ones.)
Grams helped Bonnie figure out how to send the ghosts all back to “the other side” as they kept calling it — the place where people with unfinished business go after they die. She had to burn Elena’s necklace, the talisman that was connected to the original witch. At the end of the episode, the necklace appears whole again in the fire. (Probably would have been a better final scene than the actual cliffhanger.)
Other highlights:

Most Romantic Moment: Jeremy tells Anna that their weird ghost-human relationship and all-of-a-sudden unexplained ability to touch “is not OK.”
Anna responds: “Then send me away. I’m only here because you want to be with me as much as I want to with you. Send me away Jeremy. It’s that easy.”
“I don’t know why this is happening or when it’s going to stop, but before it’s done, I have to do this,” Jeremy says and passionately kisses Anna.
(He later tells Elena that he loves Anna)
Best Drama Queen Quote: “You need to disappear or evaporate or whatever you ghosts do,” Elena says to Anna after finding her kissing Jeremy

Best Wake-Up Call for the Drama Queen:
“Let’s find it first, and then we’ll choose between boyfriend ghost dramas,” Caroline says to Elena about finding the necklace.
Best Bipolar Moment: “I love you. I love you so much,” Stefan tells Elena, trying to get her to help him as Lexi has him going through blood detox. Then two seconds later he says: “I wish I never met you. Every single moment that I’ve spent with you has been a complete and total waste.”
Best Words Used to Stick it to Someone:  Stefan to Lexi: “You wasted your whole life taking care of me. Now you’re dead and you still have nothing better to do.”
Best Quote(s) to Summarize the Series: Several lines Mason said to Damon:
“I know you’ll do anything for your brother.”
“You won’t screw me over as long as we have the same agenda”
“You have trust issues, anyone ever tell you that?”
(Considering they are supernatural enemies, Mason sure knows Damon well.)
Most Well-Meaning Ghost: Mason wins it. He says: “I can’t change what happened to me, but maybe I can change what happens to Tyler. I don’t need revenge, Damon. I need redemption.”

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