“A Few Good Men”
Original Air Date 3/25/2010 on The CW
The Vampire Diaries Pictured: Paul Wesley as Stefan, Nina Dobrev as Elena Photo Credit: Andrew Eccles / The CW © 2009 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Harper, one of the vampires locked in the tomb…the one rejuventated by the blood Damon brought for Katherine, finds a man walking through the forest. He asks a few odd questions about what day and year it is and then apologizes, and takes the man’s life…and then his clothes.
Jenna has done some research on Elena’s birth mother. It appears that her mother’s name was Isobel and she has a friend named Trudy. Jenna was able to use the wonders of the internet to find Trudy’s address. Jenna decides to share the weird coincidence regarding Alaric Saltzman’s wife, who was also named Isobel. On a side note, why Isobel? Is that a common way to spell the name and I am just lost? I would spell it Isabelle….but that is me.
Elena shares the information with Stefan and promises him that she will take him along when she goes to see Isobel’s friend Trudy.
Stefan goes off to deal with Damon who is wallowing in self-pity by fraternizing with some sorority girls in a drunken bite fest. Damon admits to the partying, but says he hasn’t killed anyone in a long time and promises the Tri Deltas will end up back in their dorm room with no recollection of the events that transpired. Stefan tries to ask Damon about Isobel and tries to see if he remembers anything about her. Damon doesn’t have a clue.
Pictured (L-R) Melinda Clarke as Kelly and Dax Griffin as Bachelor #3 in The Vampire Diaries on The CW. Photo: Quantrell Colbert / The CW ©2010 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved
Matt and Caroline are watching tv at Matt’s house. They are bored and begin to make out, topless. Of course, you know someone is bound to walk in, and it happens to be Matt’s estranged mother.
Jenna is putting up banners for the towns bachelor auction with the help of Alaric. He leans in an sweetly kisses her and she points out that she is ruining the moment, and yet still continues to pick THAT moment to tell him about Elena’s birth mother. She shows him a picture of teenage Isobel, and he confirms that it is his dead wife. To no one’s surprise, he is disturbed and leaves right away.
Elena has decided to make the trip to Trudy’s house without Stefan. Trudy acts a bit weird as she invites Elena in, without actually inviting her in. Watching Elena step through the threshold of the door intently. Me thinks Trudy knows something about vampires. The last time Trudy saw Isobel, it was right before she had Elena. Trudy tells her a bit about her mother. Including how she went to Duke. The kettle whistles and she excuses herself and sends a mystery text “she’s here” to someone.
Matt’s mom is not impressed with his choice in girlfriends. The odd role reversal explains a lot about Matt.
Stefan and Alaric meet to talk about Isobel. Stefan tells him that Elena doesn’t know about Damon and Isobel. Alaric pushes him for more information. Stefan says that Damon isn’t stable, but he will try to get more information. He has a picture of Isobel he gives to Stefan.
Flashback to Alaric and Isobel. She is writing some sort of research on vampire legends. She is explaining the legends to Alaric who takes it lightly. It obviously means more to her.
Trudy takes note that Elena hasn’t touched her tea. Elena takes a sip and is surprised to find that the tea has vervain. She confronts Trudy, who kicks her out immediately. A strange man is standing in the road while Elena gets in her car.
Alaric is drowning his sorrows and Damon pulls up a bar stool next to him. They have an odd, hostile exchange when the sheriff comes up to ask Damon a favor. She asks him to be an eligible bachelor in the raffle fundraiser. He agrees but asks the sheriff to look into Alaric’s past.
Weird man is at Trudy’s door. She says that she didn’t tell Elena anything. She goes to close the door and the man blocks her way. She screams, “I don’t invite you in” to which he replies, “I’m not a vampire”. He comes in and slams her down, killing her.
Harper is wandering around the town in bewilderment after killing the man in the woods at the opening of the show. I’m guessing Mystic Falls might have changed a bit since 1864. He seems to see someone he recognizes, who nods at him.
Elena comes to the boarding house to find Stefan but finds Damon instead. She helps him button up his shirt and tells him a bit about finding her birth mother. He says, “Who cares” to which Elena has a very hurt look but then redeems himself by saying, “She left you. She sucks”. Damon goes off to the other room. Elena tells Stefan about her visit to Trudy’s and then Stefan tells Elena about Alaric and Isobel, but not about Damon.
Jenna apologizes for “dropping the ball” with Alaric. He is still a bit uncomfortable about the situation.
Pictured Mia Kirshner as Isobel in The Vampire Diaries on The CW. Photo: Bob Mahoney / The CW ©2010 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved
Stefan tries again to press more information out of Damon about Isobel and shows him a picture and tells him she was from North Carolina.
Matt’s mom comes to the raffle where she meets Matt, Elena, and Caroline. She runs up to Elena and hugs her, but gives Caroline the cold shoulder despite Caroline’s best efforts to be kind to her.
The Sheriff catches up to Damon and tells him that Alaric checks out, but shares information about Alaric’s wife going missing. Damon puts it all together and realizes the woman Stefan is asking about, was actually Alaric’s wife.
The auction is going on (do people really have these things? I’ve never seen one other than on TV) and Mrs. Lockwood is introducing the men. Damon has to make a comment regarding how he has been to North Carolina and met his wife. Says he had a drink with her and she was….delicious. Then ELENA makes the connection and realizes that Damon may have killed her birth mother. As she runs outside, she notices the strange man from outside Trudy’s house.
Matt’s mom goes to turn in her tickets to Caroline who congratulates her. She is very blunt and downright rude to her. She tells her that she may be pulling the wool over Matt’s eyes with her fake nice act, but it isn’t going to work with her.
Elena confronts Damon and mentions to him that her birth mother’s name was Isobel. Damon makes ANOTHER connection and realizes what has happened. Weird man confronts Elena outside fo the grill and tells her to stop looking. It appears that Isobel is alive, but not wanting or not able to meet Elena. The man says, “I’m done now” and steps into traffic, killing himself. Stefan says the man is under compulsion. Stefan and Elena grab his cell phone from his pocket and then run off.
Jenna has won Alaric at the auction. Mrs. Lockwood has rigged the auction so that she has won Damon. Alaric apologizes to Jenna and says he will call her later and walks off.
Flashback to Alaric and Isobel. They are arguing about the vampire research she has been doing. She is consumed by it, and he wants some answers. She says she wants more.
Matt is taking care of his mom who has had a few too many. Her boyfriend she ran off with is gone, which is why she is back.
Alaric has a stake and comes to the boarding house to attack Damon. Damon says, “Are you really this stupid?” Damon admits to feeding on her and that she was, in fact, delicious. He tells Alaric that he turned her, because she begged him to. He tells Alaric that he knew this deep down. Alaric is angry and goes for Damon, who turns the stake around on Alaric. Alaric has been stabbed through the chest with the stake and now appears tobe dead. Hrm…I liked Alaric. I am not ready for him to be written off the show yet!
Stefan comes home and finds Alaric’s dead body on the floor. Damon tells Stefan that maybe if Elena was related to Isobel, and Elena is related to Katherine, that maybe Isobel was related to Katherine and Katherine sent her to him. Damon choses to see it as Katherine seeking him out.
Stefan is pondering what to do with the body when Alaric gasps and comes back to life. (Ah ha! I knew we weren’t ready for no more Alaric yet!) Stefan is confused, along with me. Alaric explains Isobel gave him a ring to protect him. He has a mini flashback about when she gave him the ring and he promised to wear it always.
Pictured: Sterling Sulieman as Harper in The Vampire Diaries on The CW. Photo: Bob Mahoney/ The CW ©2010 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved
Elena is sad by the events that have happened. She takes out the phone that she pulled out of the dead weirdos pocket and calls the last number. It appears to be Isobel on the phone. When she finds out it isn’t the man, and rather Elena, she hangs up promptly.
The episode closes with Harper joining several other vampires from the cave in a large farmhouse. It appears there is a female human living there who is possibly under compulsion. Pearl asks her to allow Harper in, and she obliges. I’m slightly confused that there are that many vampires there when it appeared that only Pearl and Harper were saved. Pearl through Anna and Harper through the blood Damon threw at the wall when he couldn’t find Katherine.
My other Vampire Diaries Reviews:
Season One, Episode One ”Pilot”
Book One~The Awakening and Season One, Episode Two ”The Night of the Comet”
Book Two~ The Struggle
Season One, Episode Three ”Friday Night Bites”
Season One, Episode Four ”Family Ties”
Season One, Episode Five ”You’re Undead to Me”
Season One, Episode Six “Lost Girls”
Season One, Episode Seven “Haunted”
Season One, Episode Eight “162 Candles”
Book Three, The Fury
Season One, Episode Nine “History Repeating”
Season One, Episode Ten “The Turning Point”
Season One, Episode Eleven “Bloodlines”
Season One, Episode Twelve “Unpleasantville” Part 1
Season One, Episode Twelve “Unpleasantville” Part 2
Season One, Episode Thirteen “Children of the Damned”
Book 4, Dark Reunion
Season One, Episode Fourteen “Fool Me Once”
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