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The Originals recap: 'Red Door'

Esther forces Elijah to remember what really happened to Tatia, and someone is stabbed with the White Oak Stake.

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The Originals

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

Since he first arrived on The Vampire Diaries, Elijah Mikaelson has been pitched as the noble Original sibling. When he was turned into a vampire, you know what aspect of his personality was heightened? His morality. There’s a reason that he gives people his word and keeps it every time. And there’s a reason we’d only seen his vampire face in one episode before tonight. Elijah isn’t just the best-dressed Original, but he’s a man of honor. However, tonight we learned that his suit has a greater purpose. It’s a disguise, a way for Elijah to hide… from himself and from this curse that was forced upon him. (And to think I loved it enough when it was just a really pretty suit.)

And tonight was all about the undoing of the Elijah we know and love, which just so happened to feature a flawless crossover with TVD‘s Nina Dobrev. Honestly, this entire episode was our Elijah Moment of the Week and proved to be another very strong hour from the sophomore drama.

Act One: Shirtless Elijah

We start off with a shirtless, bloody Elijah—pause to let that sink in—chasing after who we assume to be Tatia only to bite her neck. Confession: My first thought was “Hey, that’s not a bad way to die.” But it turns out that it’s just a dream that chained-up Elijah is having in the midst of his mother and her wicked ways. According to Esther, she’s brought Elijah here to listen to her and to convince him to let her move him into a mortal body so that the moral son she raised will no longer be a “mask worn to hide ancient demons.” Yeah, I love this show.

Esther continues on her rant, mentioning a number of “butterflies” that she claims Elijah destroyed. Example A: Tatia, the original Petrova doppelgänger that both he and Klaus loved in their human days. Cue the flashback in which we find a dancing Tatia kissing Klaus, all the while looking for Elijah. And when the young hair goddess finds her proper hair god, Tatia informs Elijah that she doesn’t let fate tell her how to live. She might be fated for Klaus, but she chooses Elijah. It’s a sweet memory—and a first kiss that made me swoon, pig or no pig—but it’s only the beginning of Esther’s story time, which I feel is giving us a good glimpse into the stories she’d read her kids before putting them to bed back in the day. (And if it is, no wonder they’re so twisted.)

So with Elijah off with Esther, and Hayley and Marcel beginning their search for the moral Original, Klaus is left to deal with his father alone. Well, by alone, I mean with Cami, Davina, and Kaleb, whose sharp tongue reveals him to be Kol in about two minutes flat. It was the Big Bad Wolf reference, right? Had to be.

Anyway, once Klaus discovers that Mikael is no longer unconscious and has taken Cami hostage, he leaves Kol and Davina behind to once again face off with his father. Around and around we go.

Act Two: The showdown

After a quick reminder to get the White Oak Stake from voicemail-hating Finn, Kol makes his way back into the cabin to try and figure out more about Davina’s spell. But when the young witch wakes and realizes her bracelet no longer works, she enlists Kol to help her unlink her friends from Klaus. That is until she channels him and thereby discovers his real identity, which ends in a witchy bar fight of sorts. But thanks solely to that accent of his—I’m guessing—Davina decides to let Kol help her. When he fesses up about ending her bracelet spell, Kol says he knows a thing or two about dark objects. Hint: The White Oak Stake is a dark object.

Speaking of the White Oak Stake, it’s currently in the possession of Mikael, who’s found himself a HillBilly Halloween—a.k.a. a bonfire—to use as a distraction. Although it seems as though he’s going to feed on everyone at the party, Mikael has another idea: He compels them all so that when Klaus shows up, they talk to him as one big collective Mikael. It’s kind of awesome. Mikael: 1, Klaus: 0 (only in this hour).

Once they’re away from the party, Mikael finally gives Cami, the therapist who can never seem to turn it off, a piece of his mind. He loved baby Klaus and his warrior eyes. It wasn’t until Klaus’ obsession with the wolves got Henrik killed that Mikael was through with him. And then tack on that whole thing where Klaus killed Esther and you might have a better idea of why Mikael hates Klaus (though to be fair, we’ve seen him treat toddler Klaus like crap, too).

After Cami, who has some serious balls, decides to tell Mikael that his violence is pointless, he decides he will feed on her after all. His wounds need help healing and as he puts it, “In times of need, even the devil eats flies.” Mikael: 1, Cami: 0 (in life).

NEXT: We need to talk about Tatia