“The Vampire Diaries” season 4 continued Thursday, Nov. 1, with episode 4, “The Five,” which saw more flashbacks to the Originals’ past, more about vampire hunters, and Damon teaching Elena how to feed.
The Brotherhood of the Five. This “Vampire Diaries” episode began with a flashback of a witch casting a spell surrounded by five vampire hunters. That was when the tattoos appeared on their bodies and design on their swords. Klaus clued Rebekah into the fact that the Brotherhood still existed, but she told him she didn’t care about the Five or him, clearly lying. Meanwhile, Klaus had Connor chained up in his “Red Room of Pain” (yes, “TVD”—and Stefan—went there). Stefan wanted answers, and Klaus explained the Brotherhood were highly skilled hunters the Originals met in 1114 Italy. Rebekah fell in love with one—Alexander—who wasn’t suspicious of them because he was looking for creatures of the night. And so they learned they had to solve a puzzle, but that disappeared—Connor’s tattoo. Klaus knew Jeremy could see it and captured him, taking his ring so he had no choice but to cooperate.
As Jeremy sketched the tattoo, Connor explained that he met someone with the mark who had the desire to kill vampires and told him if he could see it, he was a potential. One day, it showed up on him. The more vampires he killed, the more the tattoo spread. Klaus told Stefan that Rebekah “investigated,” and she found out from Alexander in bed that the sword was the key to reading it. She agreed to go with him to follow the map, but as they were kissing, he stabbed her with the dagger. He and his brothers put them all down, but it didn’t work on Klaus because of his werewolf side, and he took care of the hunters. He yelled at Rebekah for trusting Alexander and asked what he promised her. It turned out the tattoo led to the cure.
Klaus and Rebekah once again argued (and those scenes are becoming among the best of the show) because she knew he wanted the cure for Elena so he could make more hybrids. Once she left, Klaus told Stefan that he knew she would never tell him what he needed to know. But she would tell Stefan—the location of the sword. Klaus was none-too-pleased to learn that Connor’s tattoo was incomplete because of how it spread, and after he sent Jeremy home, Connor began loosening his restraints and got the piercing out of a hybrid’s ear.
Rebekah did go to Stefan and told him she wanted the cure back then so badly she was willing to leave her family behind. He knew Elena would kill and would turn off her humanity. Because she was driven by love, they’d never get her back if that happened. He’d do anything to save her. She envied their love, but she couldn’t do anything that would give Klaus what he wanted. As she was leaving, Stefan said that if it meant that he and Elena could grow old together, die together, be buried together, he’d take the cure. Rebekah buried Alexander where they were to be married, and she realized that was what he wanted to know because she buried him with the sword. Klaus joined them, and Rebekah told him she would rather live like she did than like he did and told him to look her in the eye and do it. He daggered her.
Klaus was leaving on a plane and told Stefan to make sure Jeremy forgot what he heard. He warned him not to tell anyone about the cure. Meanwhile, his hybrid Nate was checking on Connor when the hunter got off the rack and killed him. More of the tattoo appeared, including the same design Shane was staring at on his wall. Connor joined him and asked why he sent him to Mystic Falls. Uh-oh, we’re not liking Professor Shane anymore.
Elena learning to feed. To teach Elena how to feed, Damon was taking her to college. As she explained to Stefan, she knew what being around blood did to him and she didn’t want to put him through it. Caroline had too much self-control, so Damon was her only choice, though she wanted it to be her boyfriend. He warned her it was easy to get caught up in the blood—which she did. First, she couldn’t go through with it once she chose her victim in a college class after she saw a photo of the girl on her phone with her sister. Her compassion got in her way. But fortunately, there was the Murder House frat party.
Elena’s first victim was a guy who roofied a girl’s drink, and Damon was behind her to remind her not to kill him. But after that, she was hooked, and she felt good. She wanted more. And so she and Damon took the dance floor for victims and to dance together. However, it was under Bonnie’s disproving eye that Elena realized what she was doing, and she quickly left. She realized she should be there with Stefan, not Damon, who argued she was having fun and was already like him. When he walked her to her door, she apologized for letting things get heated at the party and admitted she believed him deep down regarding what a vampire should be, but she hated that. She didn’t want to be like him. Of course there had to be a moment for the love triangle, as Stefan opened the door to find them on the porch. Once Damon left, Elena admitted she got caught up in feeding. She didn’t want to be the person she was becoming, but he told her she’d survive it. Damon may have been with her all day, but it was Stefan who comforted her at the end of it.
Bonnie’s magic. Though Shane is the guy that we feel we can’t trust, he may be useful for Bonnie to have around since he suggested there were other ways to practice magic. But now we can’t help but think he may be trying to lead her down a path to help him and Connor and turn against her friends.
Rebekah loves too much. Rebekah was not giving up and gave him a truck to replace his, to which Klaus told her she was trying too hard. But she clearly cared about Matt, and he was why she agreed to help Stefan; he offered to talk to him about a clean slate. We liked Rebekah telling April to keep her hands off Matt, but now that Rebekah’s once again daggered, anything can happen.
Best moments. We absolutely love when there’s brotherly conflict, and while the events of this episode promised more to come since Stefan is keeping secrets, we can’t forget about Damon and Stefan being “in a fight.” And if we’re going to mention favorite moments, how can we forget Klaus telling his sister, “Rebekah, love, eat your veggies,” at the dinner table? Klaus may not be the type of guy we’d bring home to our parents, but he is the kind of guy (er, hybrid) we want to see sticking around.
“The Vampire Diaries” season 4 continues Thursdays at 8 p.m. on the CW 11 in Queens. What did you think of “The Five”?
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