Katherine Pierce is dead. And presumably in hell. I’ll admit there was a part of me that thought she might actually sacrifice herself for her daughter. You could argue she did. But since she tried to bolt for the door as soon as Nadia died, I don’t think she deserves full credit for coming back so Nadia wouldn’t die without thinking her mother loved her more than she loved her own freedom. If I were Nadia, I’d be a little annoyed that Katherine didn’t think about getting to join her on the other side as a positive. Maybe that’s why she went to hell in the end. Well, that and injecting Elena’s body with the super vampire-eating hybrid-fied venom. Let’s dig in.
We opened with feverish Nadia having a dream about searching door-to-door for Katherine in Northern Europe in 1520. When she came to, Katherine told her she couldn’t ask Klaus for his blood because he wouldn’t help her anyway, plus it would out “Elena” as Katherine. Instead, she’d called Wes, who allegedly was willing to study Nadia’s blood and create the antidote. He took some blood, and Katherine vowed to be a better mother, which meant saving her daughter’s life.
Stefan broke the news to Damon about Katherine being a passenger in Elena, and that meant he’d gone off the deep end for nothing, essentially. They weren’t ready to let him loose to take care of his nemesis (Wes), instead there was a meeting of the minds in the Salvatore living room – with Jeremy and Bonnie on the phone. Caroline berated herself for letting Katherine pick out her Bitter Ball gown and use her toothpaste. When they realized she was behind everything bad that had happened recently, Tyler spoke for everyone when he said, “How do we kill the bitch?” All they had to do is stab her with the Traveler’s knife, which Matt still had.
The problem, of course, was Katherine would see a sneak attack coming, so they had to get her to come to them by inviting her to something that Elena could never miss. Caroline tried to get her to come help set up for a surprise birthday party for Bonnie, but nope, Katherine said she had to make arrangements for Aaron’s funeral, which trumps a birthday. Exhausted anchor Bonnie tried to get her to meet her for coffee, but Katherine said she was at the spa buying Bonnie a gift certificate for her birthday. Well played, Katherine. She smelled a rat: Why were they being so clingy today? Yes, having Bonnie in an episode IS suspicious!
Down in the cellar, Stefan cut himself to make Damon a 4 oz. shot of vampire blood. According to Caroline’s calculations – don’t worry, she had a calculator (ha!) – that’s what he needs three times a day to keep the hunger at bay. THAT is a good brother. Damon wanted free to go find Wes and the antidote, but Stefan was afraid he’d bolt town afterward and leave him to tell the real Elena what all Damon had done when he thought she’d broken up with him. Just as Stefan prepared to call Katherine, she phoned Damon, who told her to come on over and talk about what happened at the farmhouse. Katherine knew Damon would never put Elena in that danger again, so they must know she’s Katherine. And Stefan and Damon figured out that Katherine had been testing Damon to see if her secret was out.
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