'The Vampire Diaries' recap: Episode 15, 'All My Children'
Kol (Nathaniel Buzoliz) and Dr. Fell (Torrey DeVitto) give their meanest staredowns. (Quantrell D. Colbert/The CW)
That happened again in tonight’s episode. Let me explain.
Esther came to see Bonnie and Abby Bennett to ask them to help her with her ritual to kill her children. She needs to channel their energy.
Elena feels guilty that Elijah has to die for the latest plan to kill Klaus to work. She lied to him to keep in the dark, but he could hear her heart beating and knew she was being dishonest. Confronted, Elena tells Elijah the truth about Esther’s plan to kill them all.
Elena tells Elijah that she wishes she could help, and he locks her down in a tunnel under the earth. He uses Elena as blackmail to get Stefan and Damon to help him stop his mother. Elijah tells them that to do that, they’ll have to end the Bennett bloodline from which she’s drawing her power (i.e. kill Bonnie and Abby).
So Stefan and Damon seemed to be faced with an either-or situation. Either kill Bonnie and her mother or let Elena die.
But it doesn’t go down like that. Damon ends up turning Abby into a vampire, thus eliminating her witch power and breaking the connection between her and Esther. But in a way, letting her live. Love it!
Despite kidnapping Elena and using her as bait, Elijah truly is a good vampire. He writes Elena a letter apologizing and explaining the only reason he did what he did is to save his family, the one thing he values most.
A couple of things happen at the end of the episode. First, Rebecca discovers based on the native markings in the caves that there is a white oak tree that existed after her family burnt the original one to the ground 1,000 years ago. (An original vampire will die if they are staked with a branch from the white oak tree.)
Second, Alaric discovers evidence in Meredith’s apartment that links her to the murders of the council members. She finds him with the evidence and shoots him. (This is the cliffhanger, because we don’t know for sure if Alaric is dead. He has the ring, but that only brings him back to life when the murderer is a supernatural being. As far as we know, Meredith is not a supernatural being.)
Other highlights from the episode:
Best Lie: Caroline says to Klaus: “Just to be clear, I’m too smart to be seduced by you.” (Because she hasn’t fallen for every single guy to ever make a move on her during this series!)
Best Damon Quote(s): “I’m a little embarrassed to admit, but when it comes to killing 1000-year-old resurrect witches, I’m a little rusty.”
Best Words Used to Stick it to Someone: Lots of good ones tonight.
Rebecca says to Elena: “You know, I don’t know what I want more, to find out we’re saved or to find it’s alright to kill you.”
Esther says to her sons: “My only regret is I didn’t let you die 1,000 years ago. … You’re a curse on this earth.”
Best Moment of Insight: Also lots of good ones tonight.
“She’s better off without me. Certainly better off without you,” Stefan says to Damon about Elena.
Elijah says to Rebecca: “Mother made us vampires. She didn’t make us monsters. We did that to ourselves.”
Damon tells Stefan: “I thought I could win her from you fair and square. She didn’t want me. It’s for the best. I’m better at being the bad guy anyway.”
Most Romantic Moment: “Rest. Damon and Stefan are going to take care of Elena. I am going to take care of you,” Meredith says to Alaric after Klaus hurt him. (This could be retracted since she shoots him later that night)
Best Quote to Summarize the Series: Again, lots of good ones tonight.
Rebecca says to Elena: “For some reason everybody wants to seem to bend over backwards to save you’re life, which is incredibly annoying, but makes you the perfect hostage.”
Caroline says to Elena: “Put yourself in her (Bonnie’s) shoes. Everything that happened tonight was to save you. And that’s okay, because she loves you, so much. But some how, she’s always the one who gets hurt."