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'The Vampire Diaries': 'All My Children' recap

Author: barsaat from United Kingdom
17 February 2012

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Just when you think The Vampire Diaries can't shock you anymore, it goes and pulls an ending like that. And of course, it came after another episode full of danger, intrigue and emotion.

While last week's episode was focused largely on the show's central love triangle, 'All My Children' pulled much more from the mythology of the series - it was all about the revelation that Esther was planning to kill her sons and daughter.

The hints of guilt Elena felt by betraying Elijah really came to the fore, much to the scorn of Stefan and Damon, who want to kill the Originals in any way possible. And actually, the guilt does not serve Elena well - she spills the beans to Elijah, only for him to kidnap her and leave her in the charge of Rebekah.

We already know that things aren't exactly warm between Rebekah and Elena, and Elena's discovery that Rebekah spent the night with Damon isn't helping the tenseness of the situation (amplified, as The Vampire Diaries does brilliantly, by the gloomy setting of the tunnels where Elena is being held hostage).

Elijah has discovered that Esther is channelling the Bennett bloodline, and Abby and Bonnie in particular. So he gives Damon and Stefan an ultimatum - stop Bonnie and Abby (in other words, kill them), or Rebekah will be given the order to slay Elena. And let's add a sense of urgency - it's a full moon tonight, so that's when Esther will murder her family. The clock is ticking...

Damon and Stefan are understandably reluctant to kill Bonnie - it wouldn't exactly endear Elena to them. They try to dagger Kol to kill the rest of the Originals as well, and it does work initially - enough for Elena to run from Rebekah as far as the vampire-proof cave. But Klaus realises that something is wrong and pulls the dagger from Kol in the nick of time.

There's no other option - Damon and Stefan have to stop the Bennetts. So they toss a coin to decide who will be the one to do the deed (and then, of course, be hated by Elena). We're not privy to the result, but we enter the witch house - Stefan distracts Bonnie, while Damon turns Abby into a vampire. Job done, and Elena can be released.

That's the bare bones, but of course there was so much more to the episode than that. We got a flicker of the burgeoning relationship between Caroline and Klaus, though their scene only came as Caroline was distracting Klaus so that Kol could be daggered. Still, any scene between the two is sizzling at the moment.

We also saw regret from Elijah - before Esther realises that her plans have been thwarted, she tells him that he thinks he is so moral and yet he will murder and maim if he deems it necessary. The words seem to have a real effect on Elijah, who writes a beautiful note of apology to Elena and tells Rebekah that their mother didn't make them monsters - they did that to themselves The relationship between Damon and Stefan also continues to be fascinating, especially as we learn that Stefan has not drunk human blood since he threatened to drive Elena off the bridge. And we find out that Damon won the toss... but turned Abby so that Stefan wouldn't have to.

There's a great sadness to Damon as he admits that he thought he could win Elena "fair and square"... but she doesn't want him. His stiff upper lip as he murmurs, "I'm better being the bad guy anyway" is heartbreaking.

There's also a horribly sad moment for Elena, as Bonnie refuses to see her, devastated that her reunion with her mother has come to this. As Caroline says, everything that happened was to save Elena... and Bonnie's always the one that ends up getting hurt. It's awful, but another interesting exploration of the girls' friendship.

And all of that without mentioning the double cliffhangers - from the cave paintings Rebekah saw, there's another tree out there which could kill the Originals (there must have been a sapling from the first tree, which the Originals destroyed.) I don't suppose it'll be long before Elena and the Salvatores discover this...

That would be enough, but there's more to come in the saga of Alaric and Meredith. Waking up in her apartment, he seems to find the knife that's been used in the recent spate of stabbings... just as Meredith returns. "You weren't supposed to see that," she snarls. And then shoots him. Alaric! Surely he can't die... right? I can't wait to find out!

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It's getting tiring.

Author: Grace Marks
8 March 2012

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I love the series, I really do. I couldn't wait for the next episode, but this path,

- Good guys have plan

- Bad guys take Elena

- Everybody screws everything- EVERY SINGLE TIME-to save Elena...

Enough already!!!!!

I really like Elena, but is the only story arc they can come up with???

She is the leading actress, and she is lovely and all that, but the writers insisting to include the "damsel in distress" in every plot just ruins it for me.

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Elena… Always Elena

Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
24 November 2013

Elena discloses Esther's plan to Elijah and he abducts Elena to force Stephan and Damon to abort the connection of his mother with the Bennett witches. Rebekah imprisons Elena in a tunnel while Damon transforms Abby into a vampire, avoiding that Esther's family dies. Alaric discloses a secret about Dr. Fell.

"All My Children" is the worst episode of this show so far. Elena as usual destroys the plan to kill Klaus and his brothers to save Elijah. For me, this series is exhausted and it is hard to see the attitudes of this annoying and spoiled Elena destroying every plan to vanquish evil. Honestly, I am tired of Elena and this show. My vote is one (awful).

Title (Brazil)"All My Children"

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