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'The Originals' recap: 'When the Levee Breaks'

Dahlia’s plan to turn the Mikaelsons against one another begins to work, but only after she takes the life of a loved one.

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The Originals

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
run date:
Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt
The CW
Drama, Fantasy

If you guys read these recaps every week, you know how this is going to start: Elijah’s face. When Michael Narducci praised Daniel Gillies for that final look, he was oh so right. That man can portray so much with so little, and his final moment on screen tonight perfectly summed up both what had just happened and what’s to come. So yes, obviously that’s our Elijah Moment of the Week (though there were a few contenders).

But that face wasn’t the only powerful moment of the episode. Need I mention Aiden? Let’s get to it.

Act One: When Originals brunch

So Klaus kills his father—again—and then what does he do? Throws a celebratory brunch, complete with top-of-the-line pastries and mimosas. I’m in … however, Elijah’s not. Looking yummier than the mimosa in Klaus’ hand, Elijah would rather discuss strategy than eat a pastry. Most importantly, he wants to know what Klaus did with Mikael’s ashes.

Within moments, Rebekah and Elijah have killed Klaus’ good mood by blaming him for ruining everything with Freya, but Klaus claims that he plans to deal with Dahlia personally. Just then, Josephine makes an appearance at brunch.

I know what you’re thinking: Didn’t Josephine get her neck slit open by Dahlia last week? And the simple answer is: Yes, yes she did. That’s why she’s wearing that hideous choker and talking like she’s 1,000 years old. Long story short, Dahlia has possessed Josephine’s body—which somehow is still bleeding—and is using it to threaten Klaus. He has until nightfall tomorrow to hand over Hope. His response? He decapitates Josephine. Needless to say, Klaus is a fan of killing the messenger. But to be fair, she was already dead.

Out at the safe house, Hayley comes up with a plan: If Dahlia can only find Hope by sensing her magic, then they need to find a way to stop Hope from using magic. But because potty training a baby is hard enough, they can’t imagine what magic training must be like. So they decide they need some help.

Aiden agrees to sneak into Klaus’ home and steal those magical cuffs/chains that prevent their wearer from doing magic. Surprisingly, Aiden gets in and out unscathed. Well, Klaus does threaten his life, but that’s just a typical Monday.

However, Josh doesn’t feel so good about what just went down. As he calls him, “Klaus color-me-paranoid Mikaelson” is not someone Aiden wants to be stealing from. But at this point, it’s done. And Davina agrees to transfer the magic from the chains to something more infant-sized. That way, Jackson and Hayley can finally run away.

Act Two: Your brother, your sister

After Freya gives Rebekah an ultimatum—#TeamFreya or #TeamKlaus—Elijah once again asks about the whereabouts of MIkael’s ashes, but Klaus is too paranoid to trust anyone right now. So trying a new strategy, Elijah goes to Freya and gives her one of Mikael’s old knives that Klaus stole to carve figurines as a child. Thankfully, Elijah’s gesture works, and so long as he promises Freya that Klaus will not be their undoing, she agrees to sort of work together.

But here’s the thing: They might want to work fast because Dahlia just whistled her way into Hayley’s safe house.

Sidenote: Dahlia’s whistle or Katniss’ whistle?

Okay sorry, back to it: Dahlia explains to Hayley that she’s simply following up on a bargain that Esther made. And after taking Freya so late in life—and allowing her to remember her family—Dahlia is convinced that Hope will do better because she’s too young to remember her family. (Yes, because THAT was Freya’s problem.)

Unable to use magic in the safe house, Dahlia leaves … for now.

Back at the compound, Cami manages to pull Klaus away from his art for a walk and a therapy session. She tries to teach him to have compassion for Freya, but his thinking is simply that, if he is the son of Mikael, than she is the daughter of Dahlia, and therefore, Dahlia has rubbed off on her in some way. And to be honest, it’s not the craziest thing I’ve ever heard.

Moving to the topic of Mikael, Klaus shuts down all of Cami’s overly emotional questions. According to him, killing Mikael had nothing to do with Mikael’s confession of love for Freya. But the bigger question here: Does Cami have surveillance videos all over town or do people give her play-by-play updates? Or is she secretly omnipresent?

Leaving Cami behind, Klaus runs into Elijah with just enough time to once again shut down the idea of teaming up with Freya. Klaus reminds his brother that the options remain #TeamFreya or #TeamKlaus.

NEXT: Dahlia strikes again