This week’s entire episode centered around the idea that we all arrive in this world as innocents, as small children our parents are supposed to nurture and protect. And I couldn’t help but think: Thank goodness that Esther and Mikael’s idea of “nurture and protect” involved so many traumatizing experiences, because how boring would things be if the Originals were even remotely normal? But the good news is that these siblings are anything but normal, and they’re also willing to do whatever it takes to protect Hope’s innocence.
Act One: Brotherly love
With Kol and Finn both at the compound, Klaus and Elijah don’t waste any time before they begin their pitch, listing off the many reasons why the witchy brothers should turn on their mother, which include: Eating all the pastries they want and keeping all of their limbs. It’s a solid argument, but when Finn takes things a bit too far by asking where Rebekah is, a less-than-controlled Eljiah does something we rarely get to see: He pulls out his fangs and bites Finn.
And in an even more rare display, Klaus pulls Elijah aside to talk some restraint into his older brother. But when Rebekah calls saying that she’s back on the run now that Esther’s starlings found her, Klaus sends Elijah off to deal with their sister. Meanwhile, he invites Marcel to help with Kol and Finn.
With that, Marcel takes Kol off for a little torture while Klaus stays with Finn. Not surprisingly, Finn’s loyalty to Esther seems to be harder to crack. It doesn’t take long for Marcel to get to the heart of what’s bothering Kol—he doesn’t think his family cares about him—but Finn isn’t buying Klaus’ “You’re a man now, you don’t have to do what mom says” speech. Instead, Finn lets Klaus in on the Dalia secret of it all. Essentially, if Dalia doesn’t get her hands on Hope, she will come to town and kill them all.
And Klaus thought having a magical mom was annoying.
Act Two: A very hairy proposal
With the Originals neck deep in their own family drama, Hayley keeps her focus on the wolves. Jackson, who spends his days drinking and using volumizing shampoo, calls for a pack meeting to try and get a grip on all of the tension. And it turns out, Ansel had an answer for the pack’s problems. The twist? It involves Hayley forcing herself to stop picturing Elijah naked.
See, there’s something called a unification ceremony in the werewolf history. Back in the day, wolf lines were distinct—different bloodlines had different strengths. And if two alphas from different lines were married, the strengths of both packs were combined, making every pack member stronger. So how does that affect Hayley and Jackson? Well, now that Hayley’s a hybrid, her ability to control her shift could solve the pack’s whole ring/Esther problem.
But here’s the thing: In order for the ritual to work, Hayley and Jackson can’t just get married. They have to uphold their vows in every way … forever. So, like, really no more dreams of Elijah. With that weighing on her mind, Hayley tries to call Elijah, but he finds himself a bit too preoccupied to pick up. And apparently that’s all she needs to know, because by the time the pack meeting rolls around, she can’t wait to tell them all about the unification ceremony. Aiden, for one, is in, though he probably shouldn’t have gotten rid of his moonlight ring so quickly. They’re not married yet, dude.
And from ditching a ring to, well, not getting one, Jackson ends the episode with a sweet proposal to Hayley. He doesn’t have a ring, but maybe he’ll share his hair secrets?
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