The Vampire Diaries Review: Finding Her Hu-Matt-ity

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Matt Donovan proved one thing on "She's Come Undone," a Vampire Diaries episode that brought back the old Elena, nearly killed the Sheriff and featured Bonnie making a deal with the Devil:

You don't need to wear a varsity jacket to play hero.

Seriously, let's all give a slow clap to Matty D. The guy may not know his Pythagorean Theorem from his Periodic Table, but the busboy saved the day this week. Give that man a promotion, Grill!

Pain for Elena

Matt's quasi sacrifice finally broke down Elena's emotional floodgates at the perfect time.

This storyline has been a tremendous showcase for Nina Dobrev (she was especially strong in the climactic scene, believing her first high school sweetheart to be dead), while also taking focus away from the played-out Cure arc and from the tiresome love triangle.

But we all knew it would conclude at some point and I applaud Julie Plec and company for this creative solution: not only did it give Matt a chance to shine, it served as a callback - a call all the way back - to The Vampire Diaries Season 3 finale and this year's premiere, as Matt was able to repay his debt and Rebekah was able to come full circle with an apology for her role in that whole driving-Matt-and-Elena-off-the-bridge-and-prompting-the-latter-to-become-a-vampire thing.

(Pssst, Matt: forget Rebekah as your tutor. You should go ahead and toot her... if you know what I mean!)

Elsewhere... well, not a great deal happened. This was a tight, focused hour that mostly concerned itself with evil experiments on Elena. Not that I'm complaining. The Vampire Diaries can sometimes suffer from too many things happening at once, from going a million (sorry, Caroline, 90 million) miles an hour and relying more on shock and awe than sense and logic.

So I welcomed a respite. The episode was clean and tidy and we were left with some intriguing resolutions:

  • Bonnie has a scheme to bring down the Veil. Hey Bon-Bon, what's the French words for buzzkill?
  • She also has a deal in place with Katherine.
  • Silas has issued a threat that there will be consequences if Bonnie does not live up to her end of their dangerous bargain.
  • Elena wants to kill Katherine because she's responsible for everything that sucks.

That's where we are heading into "The Walking Dead" and then the Season 4 finale. What did you think of "She's Come Undone?"

Are you glad that the old Elena has returned? Is Rebekah on her way to being redeemed? What, exactly, is Bonnie planning? And who would make a better study partner, Caroline or Rebekah? Sound off now, TVD Fanatics!


Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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I've got some better questions like what happens if Elena really does kill kathrine,
Or what happens if Bonnie brings down the veilv? And what happen to the sheriff? I mean
Us she dead as in a vampire, or us she still human? We just don't know


I wnojoyed this episode. Just hoping the Salvatores find something more interesting to do now, really sick of them babysitting elena.


I thought this was the worst season ever until the writers gave us more Klaus (loved how he played the whole tortured with the stake in his back thing)When Caroline turned around and omg'd him this ep,I thought I'm so glad he showed up but then was annoyed to find he was actually the uninteresting Silas. Matt was wonderful(kudos to the acting) He's the human hero of the books.


Very good episode. TVD just keeps getting better. When this show first aired for season 1, I watched a few minutes and never watched again. Then during season 4 some co workers started talking about Damon and Elena, I thought they were talking about real Then they brought me up to speed on the show and told me how the show was moving to a more mature story line and was getting away from the teenage mind set. So I watched, got hooked on season 4, went back and watched every episode and I must say I really enjoy it. Of course I didn't like the way season 3 ended and I didn't like the sire bond of season 4 but I do like TVD... :) Great show CW... And through these blogs I learned that a "ship" doesn't always mean a big boat! lol (oh the generation gap)


Finally Elena has her humanity back that story line was really starting to get boring. Also I really think that Matt & Rebecca need to hook up, I they would be cute together and that he would make her into the "human" she wants to be.


Finally a kickass episode, please don't let Elena kill Katherine


That was the best episode I've seen for quite awhile!

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It never lets me vote but I give this episode 5/5.
It was fantastic.
I knew that Matt would not stay dead, but honestly I was not sure how they would ressurect him, I was so happy when they showed he was wearing the ring.
I am happy that Elena got her humanity back, that whole scene was fantastic.
Caroline was great too.
I still love this show and this was one of the best episodes of the season.


FINALLY. Elena is back. One more episode of human emotions and I would have PUKED, really.. the emotional switch: stefan, damon, elena, klaus.. TVD has to come up with something NEW and ORIGINAL (the originals for example). Not something like Silas. Why the hell does he look like a CREEP? That does NOT suit a show like TVD very well nor does it satisfy its audience. He probably is going to die anyway, so really what's his purpose? First the cure, now SILAS and what's next? Ketsia?


SERIOUSLY, I've NEVER had any big problems with TVD, but I do now. SILAS! Why does he have to be so CREEPY?! I'm freaked out! I can hardly watch it when he arrives. Ugh! Not okay, Julie Plec. Not okay at all.

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The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 21 Quotes

Rebekah: All hands on deck. That's the motto around here, right?
Caroline: We don't have a motto.

Damon: Is the old you read to come out and play?
Elena: Go to Hell.