We say it all the time, but we’re gonna say it again: Most shows would have ended this hour with Isobel setting herself ablaze in the sun in front of Elena. But believe it or not, there is a way to top a vampire mother committing suicide in front of the daughter she gave up and was now prepared to turn over to be sacrificed. And that is by having Alaric be possessed by Klaus. But let’s back up.
We picked up where we left off six weeks ago with Isobel standing at Aunt Vanilla’s door. “Hello, Elena, it’s nice to see you again,” she said, driving an invisible stake through Jenna’s heart. Isobel wanted to come in but Elena shut the door in her face. Not that it was a competition, but I would have to give the Best Tears trophy to Sara Canning, who managed a single tear out of BOTH eyes, while Nina Dobrev just did one. Jenna didn’t want to talk about the betrayal, not even when Alaric came over. She said she was going to stay on campus (translation: the writers can’t deal with her this week) and John thought that was the best plan, all considering. But maybe if Alaric had been more honest with her from the start…. And punch. It’s nice to see a good old-fashioned smackdown every now and then on a supernatural show. Alaric apologized to Elena but I’m pretty sure she was fine with him making John bleed.
Separately, Katherine and Isobel claimed to be a part of Operation Save Elena. Katherine told the Salvatore Brothers she was on Team Them because she wanted Klaus dead, and John invited Isobel into the Gilbert home so she could tell Stefan and Elena that she’d been trying to find Klaus ever since she left town. Rumors had begun circulating that a doppelgänger exists, and she and John knew that any vampire who wanted to suck up to Klaus may try to capture her. Isobel and John said they burnt the tomb vampires because they didn’t want any of them to share the news that Katherine was alive because Klaus would come for her and find out about Elena in the process. That made sense. Isobel said she wanted to take Elena to a safe house that had Elena’s name on the deed, so she could decide which vampires entered. Elena wasn’t buying it: “You want to help? Then get the hell out of my house.”
The next time we saw Isobel, she was making herself comfortable in the nicest foreclosure in town when Katherine showed up wearing some black skinny jeans that made even me rewind. They slammed each other into the wall, and for a second, I was as giddy as Bridget Jones’ friend Tom — “Fight! Well quick, it’s a real fight!” — but it wasn’t, actually. They hugged, and Isobel said she had been away trying to make a deal with Klaus to save Katherine’s life. At this point, I thought Isobel might just be playing Katherine, and she was. But not because she was on Team Salvatore. I’m assuming Klaus had already compelled her.
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