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The Originals recap: A Walk on the Wild Side

Marcel is initiated into The Strix just in time for Aurora’s arrival in New Orleans.

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The Originals

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

Now it’s in third season, The Originals really feels like its settled into its rhythm. Each episode is balanced. The pace is well-executed — neither too fast nor too slow. And when you put Elijah in a tux, there’s literally nothing to complain about.

Let’s get to it, shall we?

Act One: You’re cordially invited…

After Marcel returns home from his morning jog to find a tuxedo, a mask — that doesn’t look too different than this one — and a phone call from Tristan, he discovers that he’s officially invited to a gathering of The Strix. After all, how often do you get to celebrate your status as the most elite creatures in the world? (I know I’ve only done it twice.)

Also invited to the party is Elijah, who’s currently letting out his rage at Marcel’s boxing gym when Hayley shows up equally furious. She’s sick of being left out of the loop, and now’s the perfect time to fill her in. So, killing two birds with one stone, Elijah heads home to update Hayley, Freya, and Klaus on the situation. But as soon as Hayley hears about this deadly prophecy, she decides she not only wants to meet Alexis, but she’s going to do it tonight. Well, that’s one way to invite yourself to a party. (If only getting a date with Elijah were always that easy, amirite?)

Brief pause for the sound bite of the night, courtesy of Klaus: “Oh good, it’s my not-so-loving elder brother and my former one-night stand. What a nice, normal family gathering.”

But The Strix aren’t the only ones celebrating tonight. For one thing, this is New Orleans, so there are people celebrating literally all the time, but furthermore, it’s Halloween, which means Lucien is out on the town enjoying all the drinks the city has to offer (both bottled and from the vein).

However, Klaus quickly catches up with his progeny and convinces him that they should pay another visit to Lucien’s dear Alexis to see if her visions have become any more distinct. The problem is that she’s been taken.

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So while Klaus gets Freya to perform a locator spell on dear Alexis, Elijah helps Hayley pick out one of Rebekah’s dresses for the gala. And when Elijah asks if Jackson is okay with tonight, Hayley says he knows she can handle herself.

Elijah: “That’s not what I meant.”

Hayley: “I know.”

You could cut the sexual tension in this room with a knife… But instead, let’s follow it to the party!

NEXT: Our Elijah Moment of the Week