'The Vampire Diaries' recap: Family Ties

In an episode with so much to cheer about -- Stefan's reaction to the kiss Damon and Elena shared, Tyler hearing he'll have to put himself through hell to break the sire bond, Bonnie actually having something to do -- it's the return of Elijah that got me the most excited. As in: I screamed his name. Then chanted it. Then did some fist-pumping. "Are you Team Damon or Team Stefan?" "Team Stefan or Team Klaus?" At the end of the day, it doesn't really matter to me because I am, and always will be, Team Elijah. But let's back up.

The hour began with Bonnie having one of her dreams. The witch spirits had clearly grown impatient with her because this was not subtle. In the Bennett witch graveyard, she got bit by Klaus after he told her he had figured out how to open the coffin. Cut to her inside the coffin lit by the light of her cell phone (which reminded me of Ryan Reynolds in Buried), screaming and violently shaking her head (which made me think if she was Cassie on The Secret Circle, she would have been able to bust herself out of it). A woman opened the coffin. We all knew it was her mother -- but Bonnie didn't. How sad was it hearing Bonnie tell Elena that she hadn't recognized the woman's face at first? Read More...



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