The Vampire Diaries Recap "Isobel"

The Vampire Diaries "Isobel": The Good, the Bad, and the Bloody

You know how sometimes we complain that some shows (who shall remain nameless) have too many filler episodes? Yeah, The Vampire Diaries isn't that show.

With an episode titled as modestly as "Isobel," I was expecting some reveals about Elena's birth mother, but I wasn't expecting the onslaught of revelations that this week had to offer.

There's way too much to cover without giving away spoilers, so to start talking details, just read more.

    The Good

  • So, we finally meet Isobel, Alaric's ex-wife and Elena's biological mother. Cold hard b*tch, I mean, ice queen, is what I'd call her. Alaric is none too pleased at their reunion, but she presses on, demanding that he arrange a meeting between her and Elena — or she'll kill the townspeople.
  • Stefan is, as Damon says, "back to boring," but he and Elena agree to have her meet Isobel at the Mystic Grill. Isobel doesn't want to embrace and exchange photos, though — she just wants the device that Jonathan Gilbert invented and Damon currently has. It's quite the Mother's Day present, but somehow Elena resists. Isobel's a great conversationalist, however, mentioning that it's inevitable that Elena will want to be a vampire (happened for Bella. Why not Elena?) and that she's well-acquainted with Katherine. She refuses, however, to say who Elena's father is. Dad alert! It's John, which I thought was obvious a couple weeks ago.
  • The dialogue on this show has always been good, but this week, it's seriously great. During their big vampires and humanity debate, Alaric tells Damon "You're a dick and you kill people but I still see something in you," just before Damon quips that Stefan "wants to feel every episode of How I Met Your Mother." Classic.
  • Hot, shirtless Damon invades Isobel's place and learns that Izzie is just acting on Katherine's orders. That doesn't sit well with him, and rather than engage in dirty dirty vampire sex, he turns the tables on Isobel and demands that she leave Elena alone — with some not so very kind words about his former paramour, Katherine. Oh, my!
  • So daddy John, in cahoots with Isobel to get the storied device, shows his good side (I know, I didn't know he had one either) when Jeremy gets kidnapped. He gets the snot kicked out of him and his ring taken away in the process. He confides that it was Jeremy's dad who educated him on family history, and later, Jeremy acts like nothing happened. Then grieving Anna shows up and tells Jeremy that Pearl died — which can't be good for his bonding with John.
  • Bonnie's still acting like she's Bethenny and Elena is Jill, but she folds when Elena spills everything about meeting her birth mom. She even agrees to help with foiling Isobel's plan to get the device after finding that it's actually a weapon to kill vampires. Although Damon says she may be "no Emily Bennett," she removes the spell. Oh, um, I mean, she pretends to remove the spell.
  • Isobel lays bare the elephant in the room: at the final outdoor meeting to exchange the device, she says that Damon gave it to her so willingly "'cause he's in love with you." Oh that's right, she said it! It makes things a little bit awkward at Stefan/Elena hug-time afterward. Stefan is justifiably all freaked out at Isobel's blurt-out that Damon is in lurve with Elena and makes the declaration that history won't be repeating itself. Or as Isobel so charmingly put it, that Elena won't be "enjoying them both." Um . . . I sure hope that's not true.
  • There was a teeny bit of mushiness in all the intensity: Alaric ditches his magic ring and tells Isobel to kill him. She does finally show her humanity by confessing how much she loved him — but compels him to forget it. Fantastic scene.
  • Whoa, whoa, whoa: are Isobel and John not really evil? It sounds like they're only looking for the device because they want to protect Elena, while only seeming sinister. So does this mean Katherine also may not be evil, and is now looking out for Elena too — or are John and Isobel double-crossing Katherine out of parental love?
    The Bad

  • Someone Binged something. Again.
    The Bloody

  • When John first shows up, there's a scene of teeth-scarred legs during a voyeuristic moment that's so very True Blood, am I wrong?
  • Isobel orchestrates an accident where Matt is hurt. This makes me hate Isobel. She's not fun, she's a meanie.

Honestly, I don't know how the finale (which, according to next week's promos, include Damon's line that he's at the Founder's Day party to "eat some cotton candy and steal your girl") could be better than this week. This was such an amazing, climactic episode, and I'm ready to talk. What did you think? And if you really can't get enough, just join the Hooked on Vampire Diaries group in the Buzz Community to chat more!

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