Oh, Nina Dobrev, we hope you enjoyed the normal workload (and trips to that lake house the cast rented together for the summer), because with Katherine teaming up with Damon at the end of this episode, we know we’re about to see a lot more of you. And we’re not complaining. Imagine how juicy this will be with Katherine (still hopefully) scheming as we learn more about the Originals and why Klaus is afraid of the mysterious vampire hunter Michael (future recurring guest star Sebastian Roche). How many loose cannons can we have firing at once?
Let’s dig in: I love that the show made time for something practical like Rebekah needing to shop for clothes since she hadn’t changed since the ’20s. As Klaus and Stefan sipped champagne, Rebekah lamented how little clothing women wear today. I can’t wait to hear what Rebekah says when she watches The Secret Circle and sees those necklines. I’d make her watch Burn Notice, too, for Fiona’s wardrobe, but also because I think she’d get a kick out of her always wanting to blow stuff up. Before I spend any more time programming the DVR of a fictional character – see: me getting Justified’s Timothy Olyphant to admit Raylan Givens would probably enjoy Magnum, P.I. repeats – let’s move on.
Katherine showed up outside the clothing store, and Stefan was able to sneak out to meet her because everyone knows male vampires hate shopping. She guessed Klaus was looking for the necklace Stefan gave Elena and wanted to know Stefan’s plan, so she could tell him it wouldn’t work. Stefan wasn’t about to trust her, so he walked away. She warned him Rebekah was dangerous. Foreshadowing! When Stefan reunited with Klaus and Rebekah, Gloria was using magic to try to locate the necklace. Elena was wearing it, of course, as she and Damon laughed at her family’s sucky chili recipe. They were making it for the potluck party at the Lockwoods. She insisted she was over Stefan, but Damon knew she wasn’t if she was still wearing that necklace that symbolized their unbreakable bond. Damon left, and Caroline arrived with Bonnie, who complained again about having to spend her summer with her dad’s boring family. The necklace burned Elena’s neck, and she took it off. When Bonnie touched it, it sparked. Gloria told Klaus she found it. It was with a girl and her friends. But that’s all she could see. She needed more time. Stefan was happy to help her stall. He convinced Klaus and Rebekah to go feed. “I’ll let you pick who we eat,” he tempted Klaus.
At the Lockwoods, Caroline worried that Elena was “switching Salvatores,” and Bonnie did a spell trying to reveal the magic done on the necklace. It began to float. It had its own magic. That magic apparently included being invisible to everyone but them, because even though Elena and Caroline were supposed to be lookouts, they had to have still been visible to someone outdoors. Anyway, Rebekah finished her meal too quickly. “My girl’s dead, I’m bored,” she said, leaving me to wonder if it would have been too much or awesome if she’d stolen vampire Willow’s “bored now” from Buffy. Stefan and Klaus are gentlemen who know how to take their time with a lady, so they were still feeding and looking kinda hot. Stefan played both siblings beautifully, making jokes at both their expense, then excused himself. Klaus knowing about Stefan’s wall of victim names gave him the alibi he needed to sneak back to Gloria.
NEXT: Stefan is shirtless.