Well, I did what we talked about in the last review and re-watched the earlier episodes of 'The Vampire Diaries' leading up to this one. I think it helped, so I appreciate the discussion we had.
The big thing to me this week was the storyline revolving around Elena's mother -- who she is, what happened to her, and the mystery surrounding whether she's alive or dead. More after the jump.
The connection between Elena, her mother, Alaric, and Damon is intriguing. From what we know from last night's episode, it appears that Elena's mother is Isobel, who's also Alaric's wife, but who at first glance is dead, having perished at the teeth of Damon in North Carolina years earlier. But then the mystery guy who appeared outside Trudy's house -- and killed her -- told Elena later in the episode not to seek out any info on Isobel.
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