Previously, on The Vampire Diaries
Picture it. Northern Europe. 1520. Nadia conducts a house to house search for Katarina Petrova, last seen in England in 1492. This could take a while. She tells the villager that she needs to know why Katerina abandoned her.
It’s a flashback/hallucination that Nadia’s having as a result of being bitten by Tyler last episode. She rouses to find Katherine at her side, reminding her that Nadia was taken from her at birth; she didn’t abandon her. Nadia’s like, same diff and the camera pans down to the truly nasty bite on her arm.
Katherine tells her not to worry, that she isn’t going to die. Nadia wonders if Katherine asked Klaus for his blood. That’s a negative, since one, Klaus would like nothing better than to watch Katherine watch Nadia die and two, contacting Klaus would out her as Katherine. Instead she’s called in the B team, Doctor Evil, who takes a sample of Nadia’s blood in hopes of isolating the *sigh* “werewolf venom” and formulating an antidote.
He departs and Katherine swears to be a better mother, starting with saving Nadia’s life. Title card!
Down in the Salvatore family cell, Stefan breaks the news about Katherine’s Passenger status to a chained-up Damon, whose only comment is, “She’s brilliant.” Compared to this gang of backward children she plays tricks upon? Yup. Stefan pours a little salt in Damon’s wounds, pointing out that all the killings and whatnots he’s done have been because of his reaction to Katherine, not Elena. Damon wonders why Stefan’s even telling him all of this and Stefan’s all, it’s handled bro.
Meanwhile upstairs Caroline is filling in the rest of the group on the Katherine situation. They’re all flummoxed that Katherine’s been passing for so long and Caroline insists it’s because Katherine is an evil genius. Left unspoken is that they’re all kind of dumb. Bonnie and Jeremy are teleconferenced in and Stefan joins from downstairs. Tyler realizes that Katherine is who spilled about Caroline and Klaus and asks, “How do we kill the bitch?”
By stabbing her with the Traveler knife, which Matt still has in his night stand. Caroline points out that Katherine is too smart to fall for a sneak attack and Tyler adds that she’s unlikely to show up today anyway what with the whole he bit Nadia thing. Caroline twigs that the only way to lure Katherine out is by extending an invitation that she can’t refuse for fear of compromising her identity.
So Caroline invites her to a surprise party. For Bonnie’s birthday which isn’t until next week. Katherine begs off, claiming she’s arranging the funeral for Aaron Whitmore. Next up is Bonnie, whose attempt is even weaker, inviting “Elena” for coffee. Katherine says she’s off at the day spa buying a package for Bonnie’s birthday and hangs up, wondering aloud why everyone is suddenly so clingy.
Down in the cell Stefan bites his wrist and bleeds into a cup for Damon. Based on draining one vampire staving off the cravings for eight hours, Caroline has calculated that four ounces of vampire blood three times a day will hold Damon. I can’t even, how wrong that math is. Damon downs the blood and asks to be released so he can find Doctor Evil and get the cure. Stefan is not down with that plan since part two is probably “skip town and leave Stefan to clean up his mess” and calls Katherine to make his attempt to lure her in. Instead, Damon’s phone rings; it’s “Elena” calling for him. Damon answers and Katherine asks if they can meet to talk about what happened at the farm house. Damon invites her to the house and she accepts. They hang up and Katherine deduces from the invitation that she’s been outed. To his credit, Damon knows she knows that they know.
Picture it. France. 1720. Nadia approaches a man at a campfire, offering money for information about Katerina Petrova. Nadia rouses in the present to realize that Katherine has relocated them to a church. Nadia encourages her to run but Katherine swears never to abandon her.
Outside Damon’s cell Caroline rants about how they’ve lost their only advantage. From inside Damon calls out, “Nothing a locator spell can’t fix!” This prompts Jeremy and Bonnie to track down Liv, the witch who helped them find and save Jeremy during the Bitter Ball. Liv is clearly warm for Jeremy’s form and parlays his desire to find Katherine into some gratuitous palm caressing. Jeremy seems more than a little OK with that and Bonnie stares a few daggers at the both of them. Liv tracks Katherine to the church.
Damon asks baby sitter Tyler for a couple of swigs of his sweet hybrid juice so he can go after Doctor Evil; request denied. Damon starts turning several of Tyler’s screws, including his dead family, his failed relationship and his general lack of a future to manipulate Tyler into getting all up in Damon’s face. Damon grabs him and sinks in his fangs.
You best be thanking God every day you’re pretty, because honey are you dumb
He tosses Tyler away without draining him completely, snaps his chains and departs. Caroline and Stefan finds a recovering Tyler, who informs them that Damon’s off in search of Doctor Evil.
Who is currently in his storage locker laboratory, fiddling with *sigh* “werewolf venom”. He hears a suspicious noise which is of course Damon, who’s located him with the help of a tip from Enzo. He notes the doc’s lesser surroundings and wonders if Augustine has suffered a financial setback. Doctor Evil says there is no Augustine any more; it’s just him. Damon demands the cure as his first step to winning back Elena. Doctor Evil, fumbling behind him for the *sigh* “werewolf venom”, says that even if he were to cure Damon he’d never win back Elena Gilbert. Damon apparently decides that’s true and gives up on the cure, instead punching partway through Doctor Evil’s abdomen and body slamming him onto a nearby table. He straddles the doctor and grabs up a scalpel, beginning the evisceration with Doctor Evil’s eye.
Picture it. Europe. Season 5, episode 1. Nadia and Matt roll around in bed after their threeway with Rebekah. Nadia comments that Matt must trust Rebekah a great deal, citing his not being on vervain (which allows her to steal first Rebekah’s earrings and then Matt’s protecto-ring) despite traveling with an Original Vampire.
She pumps him for information about Katherine. Nadia awakens from yet another hallucination.
Katherine arrives at Doctor Evil’s storage lab and discovers his rapidly cooling corpse. As she reels from this setback she gets a call from Nadia. Except it’s really Stefan, who’s removed Nadia to Casa Salvatore. Katherine makes a final attempt to maintain the Elena ID but Stefan’s not having it. Katherine demands proof that he has Nadia and he puts her on the phone. She tells Katherine to run. Stefan takes the phone back and tells Katherine that running is an option but the other oprion is seeing her daughter one last time before Nadia dies.
Matt attends to Nadia but in her delirium she thinks he’s Gregor. She apologizes for betraying him, saying it was all for her mother. She asks for Gregor’s forgiveness and Matt gives it. She returns to clarity and cries that she doesn’t want to die. Bonnie takes her hand and explains that when she does die Bonnie will help her get to The Other Side. There will be no pain.
Katherine arrives, brushing past the assemblage to Nadia’s side. She takes Nadia’s hand and promises not to leave her again. Nadia slips into another delusion and says that she’s looking for her mother, Katherine. “She’s a liar and a murderer. She manipulates. She betrays. She’ll do anything to survive.” Katherine tries to bring her back but can’t. Declaring that the life Nadia had, 500 years searching for a mother who turned out to be her, is not the life she should have had. Katherine mentally projects a perfect day for her. Katerina tucks little Nadia into her bed after a long day at play. Nadia describes the fort she built and Katerina asks to visit. Nadia promises to take her when the sun comes up and Katerina tells her she loves her and bids her good night.
Nadia dies and re-appears behind Bonnie. Bonnie takes her hand and Nadia crosses to The Other Side.
Grief-stricken but still defiant, Katherine breaks for the door only to be blocked by Damon. She asks the assembly who’ll be the one to finally kill her. She goes to each of them in turn, saying a few words to each since she couldn’t say them on her deathbed. Of course she saves the Salvatores for last. To Damon she apologizes, for turning him and giving him a pretty incredible life instead of leaving him to die in obscurity on some Civil War battlefield. Stefan she tells she loves him and always has. She kisses him goodbye and he plunges the knife into her. She collapses next to Nadia and her eyes go black before closing forever.
As Matt sits with Nadia’s body Jeremy enters and relays Stefan’s suggestion that they bury Nadia in the woods. Matt declares that she deserves better and gathers her in his arms.
The brothers watch over Elena. waiting for her to revive. Damon’s got his hunger under control and plans to tell Elena everything when she wakes up. Katherine spent her whole life running from her problems only to die alone and he won’t be another Katherine.
Outside, Caroline wonders if it’s wrong for her to feel a little…Tyler guesses “victorious” but Caroline goes with “sad”. Tyler suggests she sees the good in “people” which Caroline interprets as meaning “Klaus”. Caroline gets all up in his business, telling him that she is tired of his constant shaming of her. Yes, she made a mistake sleeping with Klaus but she’s a vampire and she struggles with all the same impulses that he does so she’s allowed to make those mistakes. He can either get over it or he can get gone.
Bonnie gathers up Nadia and Katherine’s belongings at the church. She pauses to light a candle in memory of her father. Katherine mocks her belief in a supreme being and to unspool her final power play. She explains that she discovered that Doctor Evil had no intention of helping Nadia and flashes back to his storage lab. She plays Doctor Evil’s last recorded notes, in which he explains that combining the Ripper virus with the *sigh* “werewolf venom” he made the virus more lethal. Since Nadia was dying, Stefan would never love her and she was thoroughly sick of Elena getting everything that she, Katherine, ever wanted, Katherine injected herself with the enhanced virus.
Elena awakens and confirms that it’s really her, then discovers the empty syringe in her jacket.
Katherine’s ready to cross over and claps her hands on Bonnie’s shoulders. Nothing happens. She hilariously tries clapping Bonnie’s shoulders a few more times in rapid succession with no result. She demands to know what Bonnie is doing but Bonnie insists she can’t control it. Katherine demands to know who does and as if in response a winds whips up in the church. Katherine is knocked to the floor and dragged backward down the aisle by an unseen force.
The force pulls Katherine up into the darkness and she vanishes, screaming.
Wow. An amazing farewell, if farewell it is, and you never know with this show, to Katherine Pierce. It has been a blast over the last three and a half seasons watching Nina Dobrev find the subtleties and shadings of this character in all of her incarnations and permutations. I understand that Dobrev finds it physically exhausting to play both characters so I can understand if Katherine goes away for a while but I do hope she finds a way to return. Her goodbye scene with everyone felt like something of a retread since she had just died not that long ago, but as always, she and the rest of the cast, especially Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley, found a way to inject life into the scene.
Also leaving us were Nadia and Doctor Evil, and I’m not sorry really to see either of them go. Nadia I will miss mostly in terms of her relationship with Matt, but Doctor Evil I won’t miss at all. He was a poorly defined character carrying out a plot that made little sense internally or externally, and he wasn’t an interesting brand of crazy at all.
So next week it looks like we’ll be getting our gay character finally. His name is Luke and he’ll be played by Chris Brochu. According to IMdB Brochu is probably best known for a TV movie called Lemonade Mouth and that surfing shark attack movie Soul Surfer. Despite being in a surfing movie I could find no shirtless pics of him. So here’s a CW publicity still instead.
He’s supposed to have a sister of whom he’s fiercely protective, and I’ve been predicting that she’s our new witch Liv. I’m looking forward to seeing what the show does with a gay character.