TVD: Season 1 Episode 18 – Recap and Reactions

Episode 18

Stefan does pullups on the mantle of his room and pushups. He’s trying to detox himself of human blood. Damon tries to convince Stefan it’s okay to drink human blood from the blood bank. No one dies or gets hurt from the blood at the blood bank. Stefan lies and says he has his bloodlust completely under control. Damon leaves his cup of blood in the room, then runs back to get it claiming he almost forgot it. I think he left it on purpose.

Uncle John Gilbert shows up at the front door as the kids are leaving for school. Apparently, none of them like him. John is there to not sign the papers to sell the apothecary. It belongs to Jeremy and Elena, but because they’re minors, John has to approve. He says he won’t. He tells Jeremy he and Jenna used to sleep together.

Elena talks about it with Matt. Matt doesn’t like John anymore than the family does.

Tyler and Jeremy talk about Vicki’s death and how it doesn’t make sense she would be buried if it was just a drug overdose.

At the founders meeting, John is present and the sheriff doesn’t like him anymore than anyone else. He informs them all of blood bank break ins and missing people within 75 miles of Mystic Falls.

Alaric talks to Elena about Jeremy’s paper on vampires. He also questions her relationship with Stefan. She tells Stefan about Jeremy’s paper. He suggests she ask him about it. she asks him he’s doing. They talk about missing each other the few days he’s been away. They start fooling around. He’s gonna vamp up on her. And he does! They both freak out. He goes home and starts drinking excessively.

Elena calls Damon. Damon teases her while Jeremy is sitting at the dinner table. She takes him to her room asking how long it will take Stefan to get better because she’s worried about him. He reminds her deep down Stefan is just like him. She acknowledges the truth without saying anything.

Elena tells Jeremy she’s adopted. He wonders why she was worried about telling him. It’s weird to grow up thinking someone’s blood related to you and then find out their not. No matter what. He’s her brother though. He tells her he wrote the vampire paper out of boredom and maybe just a little gilbert crazy. Elena tries to deny gilberts are crazy. He jokes its easy for her to say because she’s not a gilbert.

At the founder’s kick off,  Elena immediately notices something is off about him. He admits right off that he’s drinking to take the edge off. He asks Elena to dance. Then he says the music needs to change. Kelly walks up then and tells Elena it’s not going to work. Elena notices him compelling the DJ to change the music. He starts dancing with Kelly, so she agrees to dance with Matt when asked. When Stefan starts dancing with Elena, they bump into someone. The someone is a jerk and tells her to get off the dance floor. Stefan gets mad and compels the guy again. She asks Damon if she knows what his brother’s been up to. No, he’s been watching her brother. He’s been asking questions about Vicki Donavan and who might have buried her. He gives her a rose and walks off.

Tyler catches Kelly drinking and takes her to the bathroom. I think they’re about to have a cougar moment. Kelly admits she feels like she should be on her best behavior because of Vicki, but she doesn’t want to be. Tyler admits he feels like he doesn’t deserve to miss Vicki, because he was so horrible to her. Matt and Elena catch them making out when Matt asks her to walk outside with him to get some air. She hesitantly agrees. Matt punches him and Tyler starts choking Matt who is left a bloody pulp. His mom was knocked over in the scuffle. At home, Matt packs Kelly’s things and tells her to leave because he’s better of without her. She tries to refuse to leave. She apologizes for failing him and Vicki. He tells her to be out of the house and his life by morning

John comes up to Damon and tells him he knows he’s a vampire without actually saying he’s a vampire. Damon snaps his neck and knocks him off the ledge. I can’t decide if I think John’s a vampire himself or if he’s really dead now. Damon tells Stefan the council is back in full vampire mode and that he killed Uncle John Gilbert. Stefan starts to go after him, but stops when he hears and I think smells Kelly’s bleeding wounds. He starts messing with the blood on her forehead until she asks what he’s doing. He walks away and when he looks at the blood on his hand he starts to lose it. Then, he slurps the blood from his hand. Damon is shocked when he sees John Gilbert walk back inside. I knew he was a vampire! Or not… he’s got a ring. Damon suspects Isabelle gave John a ring just like she gave Damon one. John explains he and his brother inherited the rings. He says he wouldn’t have given Isabelle his if he knew she was going to give it Alaric. He also says he sent her to Damon when she wanted to become a vampire. He’s surprised. John knows he thought maybe it was Katherine who sent her to him.

Outside, the jerk starts pushing Stefan and tells him he’s making a mistake. Stefan vamps up on him when he goes to punch him. Elena goes outside looking for Stefan, but Stefan disappears. She notices the jerk on  the ground, asks him what happened, and he answers he fell and hurt his arm. When she’s in her room, Stefan nearly gives her a heart attack when he shows up behind her. He tells her he tasted Kelly’s blood, that he wanted to kill the jerk, that he has a pounding headache and a hunger in him he’s never had before, that he’s telling her because he promised her he wouldn’t keep things from her and that he doesn’t want her to see him like this. He doesn’t want her to know this side of him exists. She promises she’ll help him get through this. He’s afraid of what he might do to her. She’s not. She kisses him and they hug. The exchange, “I love you’s.”

Elena checks on Jeremy who thinks someone killed Vicki and buried her. Elena can’t look Jeremy in the eyes as he asks her what she thinks happened and he starts suspecting she knows more. He goes into Elena’s room, looking for something, anything to explain why she’s acting like she knows more than she does. Her diary. He finds her diary and starts reading it. He finds everything he suspected and more. Elena goes to check on Jeremy who claims he’s fine.

Damon tries to tell Stefan about John Gilbert, but all Stefan can do is think about the blood in Damon’s cup. Damon deliberately leaves the cup out for Stefan. He stares at it trying to resist but failing. All that time without human blood made the temptation so much worse this time. Part of me wonders if Damon and Stefan are going to have like a roll reversal or something. Damon is slowly becoming more and more… careful and caring, while Stefan is now slowly losing it. It also makes me wonder if this is going to be what really pushes the love triangle I’ve heard so much about.

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