Vampire Diaries: The Truth Comes Out
|Written by April Yorke|
|Saturday, 27 March 2010 16:37|
In Thursday's episode, "A Few Good Men," the truth came out. What truth? Whose truth? Pretty much everyone's truth unless the character wasn't in the episode (so, no truth for grieving Bonnie, Jeremy the adopted-sister-having soon-to-be vampire hunter, or probable-werewolf Tyler, though his classist mom is out and about (sidebar: being classist is useless enough, but being classist in a small town? There's probably, like, one other family "good enough" to associate with)). Anyway, despite stone cold liar Stefan's best efforts to manage the situation, the truth round up:
Isobel Fleming is Elena's Mother
We all already figured out that Alaric's dead wife Isobel is Elena's bio-mom, but now everyone and their brother knows it. Jenna tells Elena her suspicions and does research to confirm her theory, Elena tracks down one of Isobel's high school friends for further confirmation, Jenna also tells Alaric (he didn't know that Isobel ever had a child, but he does recognize her poorly photoshopped yearbook pic), Elena tells Stefan and Damon. In short, all the major players associated with this plot (Elena, Stefan, Damon, Alaric, Jenna) have key pieces of information in one (!) episode.
Damon killed Isobel
Stefan tries to get a drunken, grieving Damon (whose grieving basically adds up to serial rape, but I don't think we're supposed to notice that) to remember this particular kill on the off chance that Alaric (who apparently goes by Ric, but it's too late for that now, IMO) misidentified his wife's killer, but it's all for naught: Damon remembers alright, and he remembers it well enough to rub it in Alaric's face at the Founder's Council bachelor raffle (I don't know. Apparently this is something that happens in small, fictional towns like Mystic Falls and Stars Hollow). Unfortunately, he also manages to rub it in Elena's face, whose pain he takes pretty seriously. So, Elena, Stefan, Damon, and Alaric all know that Damon killed Isobel.
Isobel is a Vampire
Another development we all saw coming a mile off and are still pleased to see confirmed: Damon didn't run off with Isobel's body because Alaric interrupted his late night snack but because Isobel wanted to be made vampyre (Damon also shagged her, but that's neither here nor there). He confesses this to Alaric when Alaric shows up at the Salvatore rez to kill Damon. As Stefan warned him (both previously and in this episode with some very excellent badassery because Stefan just does not back down), things don't go well for Alaric: Damon shoves a stake in him and then sits down to watch him die. Stefan shows up and considers over Alaric's rapidly cooling corpse good a place as any to discuss Damon's emotional state (for reals). Damon bounces, then Alaric comes back to life. Even more magical: he's not even a vampire. His stupid ugly ring that Isobel gave him lo these many years apparently protects him from such violence as getting staked. Also, Isobel's friend's intentional non-invitation inside and vervain tea combined with an under-someone's-thrall minion who walks into oncoming traffic (which, way to ruin someone's life with guilt) make it pretty clear to Stefan and Elena that Isobel isn't so much dead as she is undead. Plus, you know, Elena snags dead guy's cell and gives Mommy a call. So, Elena, Damon, Stefan, and Alaric all know that Isobel is a vampire. Given what a stone cold bitch Isobel is shaping up to be, I'm guessing dear great grandmother Katherine is her mentor.
Can you believe this shit? How quickly can one show move? All of this is to say nothing of Julie Cooper rolling up into Zombie House* as Matt's missing mom, and the vampires (all daywalkers, potentially) wandering out of the open tomb and into some place Pearl has taken over to plan her revenge on Mystic Falls. This shit is on.
*They used blue lighting/lenses that gave everyone the grossest zombie faces. They looked worse than the vampires. Actually, Stefan looked downright tan in this episode.