Here’s a recap of The Vampire Diaries Season 4, Episode 4 (“The Five”)!
The episode begins with a flashback to 1100 A.D. A chanting ceremony is taking place with brandished swords for five, and the holders are being embellished with tattoos just like Connor’s. They look fierce and happy about their new power wields.
Flash to Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) rummaging through Connor’s effects. They still think he’s dead, and they want to find a supernatural handbook of some sort among his stuff to find out what Klaus (Joseph Morgan) meant about him being “one of the five.” Sheriff Forbes gives Damon a shout about something interesting but won’t spill to Stefan because they’re “in a fight.” Stefan’s over it, though, so Damon explains that they didn’t find Connor’s remains at the site of the explosion. He wants Stefan to handle it because he’s got a full day of teaching Elena (Nina Dobrev) how to “snack, eat, erase” like a real vampire. Stefan’s stunned to silence.
He approaches Elena about it, and she explains that she just can’t drink animal blood – doppelganger curse, maybe. As they have a little lesson on vampire hunter defense, Stefan brings up the idea of Caroline teaching Elena how to use self control instead of Damon. Not going to work, though. She’s too good at handling it and wouldn’t understand the difficulty. Stefan can’t do it, since he’s got that little ripper alter ego problem, so that leaves Damon. Elena instructs him to not be jealous about it. Oh, and they’re crashing Bonnie (Kat Graham)’s trip to see a college professor for some reason.
Matt (Zach Roerig) gets a little visit from Rebekah (Claire Holt) at the Mystic Grille. As a penance for her oh-so-bad behavior, she’s delivering him a brand new truck. If it’s an apology, he says, it should go to Elena since she is the one who died. Oh, look who heard it all? Klaus. “You’re trying too hard,” he tells her. She wants to know why he’s still around and/or speaking to her. The Brotherhood of the Five is still around, he informs her. This is not good news for either of them, but she doesn’t want to play with big brother today.
The campus courtyard is hopping as Bonnie, Elena and Damon drive up and park in the middle of it. Hot teacher is hot as he gives a lesson about the normalcy of witches’ appearances and their place as the architect of the supernatural. Damon and Elena are on a food scouting mission, though, and she’s concerned she’ll go to the bad side. They spot a self-absorbed blonde – after Damon rules out stoners and geeky girls for their inherent suspiciousness – and the teacher calls them out for interrupting his class. Damon deflects with a comment about loving witches (which the teacher responds to with “you and me both, brother”).
Back at Klaus’, poor Connor the vampire slayer is strung up on an old Spanish Inquisition instrument as he informs Stefan he’s not learned enough from him. Connor claims he doesn’t know anything, but Klaus isn’t buying. He and Stefan step aside; Stefan wants answers. Klaus believes Stefan might be helpful in bringing Rebekah into the fold, so he spills.
Flash to Italy in 1114 where a bunch of highly skilled vampire hunters are scattered about. Klaus and his siblings watch as a vampire is burned to death in the middle of town square by way of sun exposure. Finn and Klaus watch, and Finn is wary of their lack of discretion. Stories about them are spreading, but Klaus does “welcome such infamy.” Rebekah’s consorting with a member of the Five. Actually, she was in love with him.
Back in real time, Klaus will share the things they learned back then with Stefan if he’ll help him get Rebekah back in his favor. Vaguely, Klaus promises Stefan that in return the hunter holds the answer to his prayers.
April sits alone in a booth, and Matt pays her a visit. She’s waiting on a friend who turns out to be Rebekah coming away from some family drama. Matt sticks in a cruel jab about being surprised she has friends and how he’s keeping the truck. As he walks away, April gives his backside a glance, but Rebekah calls dibs. Stefan arrives to glamor April into forgetting the conversation that’s about to go down. He then turns to Rebekah and updates him on what Klaus wants. He offers a clean slate and to chat with Matt for her if she’ll help him instead.
Elena and Damon pursue blondie. Elena makes a move with an excuse about homework, but when she sees a picture of the girl and her sister, she sends the lucky non-victim away. Damon’s not impressed. Bonnie arrives and tells them what teacher dearest wanted: he’s got some of Gram’s stuff to give her. Also, Bonnie’s got a frat party flyer, which Damon thinks is the perfect place for Elena to find a good guilt-free snack.
Damon brings Rebekah home to Klaus’, and he serves up some real food dinner. Beka wants an apology for the little neck-breaking incident, but Klaus is still reeling over her throwing away Elena’s blood. He gives in, and she’ll take it under consideration, so they set into telling Stefan about this Alexander character of the former Five. They were able to get over on him with their daylight rings since he was searching for “creatures of the night” and discovered his secret: he’s got the ultimate vampire-killing weapon. The tattoos are a map, which only Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) can see on the newest crop of Five. They pull him in and take away his protection ring, so he’ll have to comply.
Elena, Damon and Bonnie arrive as Jack the Ripper and his victims, and they find Professor Shane partying with the rest of ’em. Bonnie goes to chat with teacher teacher while Elena scouts her first victim. Roofie guy it is. She pulls him aside, glamors him, then goes to town. She pulls away just in time to spare the sucker and then glamors him to leave and forget. She’s feeling pretty good about right now but wants more. Damon looks pleased.
Jer draws out the tattoo and tells Connor he’s just protecting people he loves. Connor explains that he got the mark after meeting someone with one like himself. The more vamps he killed, the more it spread.
Flash back to Rebekah coaxing Alexander for information. He wants her to go with him to follow the map, which is readable with the sword. Beks notices Alex’s special little stake. He changes the subject but ultimately stabs her in the gut with it. Alex’s fellow Fivers get the rest of the originals too and put them down with the daggers. It doesn’t work on Klaus, though, who’s got werewolf blood. He wakes up Rebekah and the rest of his fam after taking out Alexander and the rest. Klaus blames Rebekah for her idiocy and demands to know what he promised her.
It was a cure, she reveals in present day. Which explains why Klaus said it’s what Stefan’s been dreaming of. Stefan doesn’t buy it. Why wouldn’t they have searched for it by now? Turns out, when the hunters died, the maps disappeared from their bodies, and there was thusly no lead to follow. Now that Connor’s showed up 900 years later with the tattoos, game’s back on. Klaus doesn’t want Rebekah in on it, though, since she hasn’t learned to stop getting her heart tied up with every guy who calls her pretty. Rebekah calls him out for wanting Elena turned back into a human for her hybrid-producing blood and notes that’s why he’s brought Stefan into the picture. She storms off, and Klaus tells Stefan he needs him to find out where that sword is to complete the map.
Bonnie’s looking fierce in her little French maid outfit as she visits with Dr. Weird. She’s impressed with his little collection of stuff and finds a picture of Gram and herself. Shane asks Bonnie if she practices – he’s a true believer – and she tells him no, she’s dealt with some consequences. Shane’s got the scoop on some other ways to practice if she’s interested. Um, yeah she is!
Elena makes her way through the party and has a ball taking bite after bite. Damon’s doing the same, apparently, and they share a hot dance in the middle of the floor. Bonnie comes in to see the scene and is not impressed. Elena sees her across the room and realizes what she’s become. She leaves Damon on the dance floor as Bonnie shoots him a scowl.
Back at Klaus’, Jeremy’s finished with his drawing, but Klaus insists it’s not finished. Jer shares the news that it spreads with each vampire kill. As they leave the room, Connor tries to free himself. Klaus’ assistant comes in and tries to tighten the bounds, but Connor bites him. In doing so, he’s retrieved the key to his cuffs. Whoops.
Elena walks out pouting and wondering why she’s acted so badly. “Because you listened to Damon, and Damon makes everything he wants sound like a bad idea,” Bonnie informs. Elena declares she should be doing all of this with Stefan, not Damon, and of course Damon over hears. Bonnie says he shouldn’t have let her get out of control, but Damon insists she was just having fun. This is who she is now, and she should get with it.
Stefan sips on a cocktail at the fireplace, and Rebekah comes in. She’s sorry she didn’t help. She wanted the cure way back when. Stefan wants it now to save who Elena is. Rebekah says she envies the love between them and that she believed Alexander when he promised her things, too. But she can’t help because she won’t let Klaus get his way. Before she leaves, Stefan answers her question as to whether he’d take the cure if he could with a yes. For a life with Elena. Rebekah says she buried Mr. Alexander at the place they were supposed to be married. Then she realizes her mistake. That’s what Stefan wanted to know in the first place since he was buried with the sword. Klaus walks in and confirms her fear. He douses a stake with liquid, and Stefan stops her from leaving. Rebekah dares Klaus to look her in the eyes and be the guy who could never love. He takes her up on that offer, and Rebekah fades away.
Klaus heads out to get the sword and leaves Stefan with instructions to glamor Jer, hide Rebekah’s body and keep his secret. He returns Jer’s protection ring and says, “It’s just you and me in this Stefan. Some secrets are stronger than family.”
Elena apologizes to Damon for going overboard … and she doesn’t want to be like him. Stefan steps outside and reports no news on the hunter. Once Damon steps away, Elena admits she hated becoming the huntress and says she won’t survive it. Stefan asks her to hold on, and it’s clear he’s keeping his promise to stay mum on the cure because otherwise he’d have spilled the beans right then and there.
Connor breaks free of the bounds by snapping his hybrid guard’s neck, and his tattoo grows. The symbol added to his shoulder is a star – the same star drawn and framed on Professor Shane’s little wall of mementos.
Shane, studying alone, gets a visit from Connor. Turns out, it was Shane who sent Connor to Mystic Falls. Dun dun dun!
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