'The Vampire Diaries' recap: Episode 18, 'The Murder of One'

  • Claire Holt as Rebekah (left) and Ian Somerhalder as Damon on "The Murder of One."
Claire Holt as Rebekah (left) and Ian Somerhalder as Damon on… (Bob Mahoney, The CW )
March 30, 2012|By Lindsey McPherson

Another episode, another plan to kill Klaus gone awry.
The gang (Stefan, Damon, Alaric, Elena, Caroline and even Matt is a part of the group in this episode) turns the Wickery Bridge sign made of wood from an old white oak tree into stakes so they can try to kill Klaus. Because the originals are all linked from the spell their mother put on them (i.e. if one dies, they all die), they the plan is "if you see an original, kill an original."
Amazingly the plan works, and they are able to kill Finn. But little did they know as they were plotting to kill an original, Klaus was blackmailing Bonnie (using threats to kill Jeremy and her mom as bait) to do a spell that would break the link.
Of course Bonnie’s spell works and the link is broken, seemingly just seconds (but it’s TV time, so it could have been minutes or even hours) before one of the white oak stakes hits Finn’s chest.
To complicate matters further, the gang learns — as Sage (who was turned into a vampire by her lover Finn) and one of her own vampire creations suddenly die as they come to seek revenge for Finn’s death — that if an original dies, so does his/her bloodline of vampires.
So if all vampires can be traced back to an original, then the entire vampire species could be killed off just by killing the originals, and there’s only four left — Klaus, Rebekah, Elijah and Kol. Yikes!
Well unfortunately for the gang, they don’t know who turned Rose, who was the vampire who turned Katherine, who turned Stefan and Damon, who turned Caroline. Elena says they could take their chances and hope they are not a part of Klaus’ bloodline, but Caroline reminds her that Tyler was turned by Klaus.
Given all the uncertainties, it’s unlikely they’ll be attacking any originals soon. But there’s just one problem. Alaric’s crazy, murderer alter ego hid one of the stakes.
Oh, and tonight Rebekah kidnapped Damon and tortured him because she was angry because he led her on and slept with her just to get something he wanted (Hello honey, he’s a man! What do you expect? But way to be a woman and show him you won’t be used like that!)
Other highlights from the episode:
Best Damon Quote
He asks Alaric: “Are you telling me that your vampire hating alter ego has a stake that could kill an entire line of vampires, possibly mine?”
Best Words Used to Stick it to Someone
“The Salvatores may fight like dogs, but in the end they would die for each other. At least they know what family means. You destroyed us,” Rebecca says to Klaus.
Best Moment of Insight
After Alaric apologizes to Caroline for killing her father, Caroline tries to make him feel better by saying she’s killed someone too. Alaric reminds her that it’s worse because he killed her father, and Caroline says: “Maybe the guy I killed was someone’s father too. Look, all I know is I’m no better than you, so I’m going to take a page from the Elena Gilbert handbook and choose to believe that you can be saved.”
Most (Awkward But) Romantic Moment
"I never stopped loving you," Elena tells Stefan.
He says: “I know that. I know you didn’t, even though I did everything possible to push you away. It’s my fault, it’s all my fault.”
She asks what he is talking about, and he says, “I’m talking about the fact that you’re also in love with Damon.”
She starts to deny it, but he cuts her off and says, “I love you. I will always love you. I just want you to look me in the eye and tell me that you don’t feel something for him.”
She says: “I don’t know what I feel.”
And then Stefan looks crushed, heartbroken, even though he already knew the truth.
Best Quote to Summarize the Series
"None of you asked for this, but who would I be if I turned my back on any of you," Elena tells Caroline about everyone who’s been turned into a vampire or otherwise been affected by the supernatural craziness in Mystic Falls.
Caroline’s response: "Oh Elena Gilbert, savior of the cursed and the damned."

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