The Vampire Diaries Review: Plan B... Ware of Katherine!

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Before delving into this week's review of The Vampire Diaries, we have a message for readers: send condolences to Nina Dobrev ASAP.

In a dueling montage to open "Plan B," the actress was stuck making out with half-naked versions of both Paul Wesley and Taylor Kinney. The poor girl. It's a living, we guess.

Those sexy scenes were a couple of the only light moments in an especially dark, shocking, exciting episode of the show. We witnessed Damon go all Jack Bauer on Mason, Jenna plunge a knife into her gut and Katherine provide us with a likely answer to this question. Just great stuff all around.

Going Jack Bauer

Let's start with my one complaint: the reveal of Mason and Katherine's relationship was a bit lame. Bonnie simply bumped into the werewolf and saw a vision of him kissing the evil doppleganger. Had we even seen her use this power before? It always seemed like she simply sensed whether or not someone was human, but that was the extent of the ability.

A show about supernatural beings always has to be careful about making up rules/powers as it goes along.

Still, that's a small issue because the discovery of this partnership set in motion a string of exhilarating events that changed the fortunes of almost everyone we know in Mystic Falls. To wit:

Welcome to the war, Jeremy. This character has sat on the sidelines for over a season, often just whining about his difficult life and serving as someone Elena needs to protect. But he wants to be a major player now, even if it means joining forces with the guy who snapped his neck a couple weeks ago. Hey, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

Caroline proved her mom right. She really is a stronger, more confident teenager now. Unfortunately for the relationship between this pair, that meant she had to go through with the mind compulsion, even against her mother's wishes. Major props to Candice Accola for her acting in this scene. She killed it (pun... intended!).

Heartache turns into heartbreak... literally! Wow. Did anyone actually expect Damon to kill Mason?!? Shades of this vampire's humanity appeared to be coming out after he realized Mason was just like him (only less dashing and intelligent), seduced by Katherine's charms and being manipulated. But that's what makes Damon such an intriguing character.

He can sympathize, he can feel pain, but he can also do what needs to be done. In this case, for the sake of everyone he cares about, that meant ending Mason's life in a manner that would make Jack Bauer nauseous. Damon can also be a smart ass, of course, and that contributed to Katherine putting her back-up plan into motion. As always, Ian Somerhalder was amazing in the scene where Damon apologized to Elena for his actions.

Other thoughts/questions:

  • So the moonstone enables a werewolf to turn any time he wants. But why does someone as powerful as Katherine want to take advantage of this? What is her agenda?
  • What was the sound you made when Jenna stabbed herself? I'm not too ashamed to admit mine came out as jipes!
  • Note to writers: can everyone stop referring to Alaric as "Ric" please? I used to love when Damon did this just to be snarky, but now the show clearly wants to change the guy's actual name.
  • I'm not going to stop... until he kills me. Will Matt actually be the one to die? Or will the show throw us yet another curveball and have someone intervene in an upcoming fight between him and Tyler and take the fall?
  • Katherine didn't win, Elena! This battle isn't over just yet.
  • The tension between Damon and Bonnie dissipated a bit this week. Might we have seen the seeds for Bamon Donnie planted?

We say it every Friday morning, but another fantastic episode. Did we miss anything? What was your favorite/least favorite/most shocking moment? Did Elena and Stefan really need to break up? Sound off now!


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What a epic episode Mason getting killed and the breakup!!! so many OMG moments and DAMON hes a surfer quote cant wait till next week


He would never, ever go against the two people he loves the most - Stefan and Elena - to be happy himself. In fact, he's as much in pain by their break-up as they themselves are. ^^^^^
so true. I was stating this exact point with my sister. I'm a huge Stelena fan but Damon's scene with Elena spoke volumes for the pain he felt for her being hurt, her brother being hurt and himself being hurt for not being able to be there for her(or the one for her).


No mention of the extremely heartfelt and tear-jerking scene between Stefan and Elena? This was no fake break-up, and watching it, it's amazing to think that any of the other 'break-ups' were supposed to be realistic. THIS was as real and tragic as it could possibly be between the two and props to both Pual and Nina for pulling it off beautifully.


I think one of the most powerful scenes I've seen so far in TVD would be the breakup scene. It definitely broke my heart and left me in tears as well.
Nina and Paul's acting was amazing, and this episode was probably one of the most brilliant.


I was like "WHOA!!!" when Jenna stabbed herself. That shocked the hell out of me! When Elena and Stefan broke up, I literally shed a tear. Heartbreaking stuff.


god the stelena scene!!!! WOW!!!! I cried like a little little little baby!!!!!!!! but they'll be together again!!!! they have to!!!!!! paul wesley really killed this scene!!! he was amazing!!!!


even though I am totally delena the breakup scene between stefan and elena was so heart breaking that I really said "no elena you fool don't say it don't break up with him!!!!" me!!! that I have spent weeks praying for their breakup!!!! I don't know if the writer of this review is team delena or stelena but you cannot review this episode and not even referring to the breakup!!!


Honestly, one of the most powerful scenes I've ever seen in TVD was the breakup seen at the end. Paul and Nina are such amazing actors, and it shows. It literally broke my heart and left me crying as well.


It was a very powerful episode, by far perhaps one of the best we've seen so far. In terms of performances and storyline, but also in terms of shocking content and suspense and thrill, which in my opinion, should be the very basis of a supernatural show. Katherine was amazing, she stole two of the best scenes of the episodes with Matt and Jenna in her trap. But then, didn't we all know she was going to? That's Katherine: evil at it's best, or is it worst? Bonnie is starting to grow on me again. It wasn't her story as much that I hated as much as her reactions to happenings. Graham is a powerful actress, and they were wasting her potential. Nice to see her back with a bang. That's the least she could do to help around. Caroline's amazing, as she's been to date this season and so was Alaric. Steven's looking hotter than ever, and his character Jeremy's really gearing up. That's what I want to see for a brother for Elena. Smart, responsible and definitely not a cry-baby. Damon's right, his purpose for life is tragic. But then, tragic in Vampire Diaries is exciting for us viewers. Stefan really got to me. I had moist tears in that last scene. Paul steps up and shows that he's as great an actor as Nina and Ian are, you just have to let him portray it. Kuddos to him there. Ian takes my heart away every time, I guess that's never going to change. From scenes with Taylor to Nina at the end, the guy's amazing. Damon really loves Elena, and the last scene shows why he's always loved few people, but deeply. He would never, ever go against the two people he loves the most - Stefan and Elena - to be happy himself. In fact, he's as much in pain by their break-up as they themselves are. The show doesn't stop to excite me with each passing episode. Kevin and Julie are doing an amazing work! Hope it goes on for a long time. Definitely one of the best on television right now! :)


i get annoyed with the bonnie bashing. i find her reactions realistic to the fact that her town is filled with charming (sometimes really good) yet murderous blood-sucking fiends and her best friend is dating one of them.

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The Vampire Diaries Season 2 Episode 6 Quotes

Stefan: Elena and I are taking a pause.
Jenna: That's not what it sounded like this morning.

Your search for life's purpose is as obvious as it is tragic.