BWW Recap: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Sets Its Eyes on the Eclipse
I'm constantly trying to reinvent myself in different ways. Whether it's my hair color, style, clothing, last name, first name...oops, I've said too much. Just know that one time I tried to reinvent myself as a witch named Gertrude and things didn't work out so well for a guy that now has purple hair, one eyebrow, and a lizard for a left hand. I quickly reinvented myself as a 20-something New Yorker that watches and writes about shows on some network called The CW.
This week's episode of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, entitled "Black Hole Sun," was all about reinvention, discovery, and May 10, 1994 as Kai harassed Damon to confess to one of the most heinous crimes he had ever committed. In order to leave their TWILIGHT ZONE version of Hell, Damon had to come clean as to why they were specifically stuck in 1994. Apparently the answer to Damon's misdeeds in the past were way more important than getting answers from the literal stranger that was stuck with the two.
It turned out Damon had taken a trip back to Mystic Falls on May 10, 1994. Depressed over Kurt Cobain's death, Damon wanted to reconcile with his brother and move back home to the Salvatore Boarding House, now owned by human Zach Salvatore (welcome back, Uncle Zach!) and his pregnant girlfriend.
Back in the present, Elena was too busy "Enzo-size" harassing Stefan into staying in Mystic Falls while everyone else tried to find out where Jeremy's uncompelled girlfriend Sarah had run off to. While Alaric slut-shamed Jeremy to get an STD screening at the hospital, Matt appealed to Tripp for answers and to subtly push him into revealing the truth about his knowledge of vampires.
Stefan decided the best way to get Elena to leave him alone would be to take her on a short trip to Georgia to his favorite dive bar where he showed her that changing your identity, profession, and life were super easy. Stefan Cooper took Elena William's daylight ring and proposed to her in front of the entire bar. Now Elena just had to be pregnant and married to Stefan for the next thirty years.
Back at the hospital, Jeremy was getting his hangover physical while Alaric flirted with Jo. Only problem was the hospital was teeming with blood and Alaric couldn't keep his eyes fixated on the pretty doctor long enough to hold a conversation, which seemed to irritate her.
In 1994 Hell, Damon was being dodgy on the details of his flashback and Kai was growing restless. He explained that with Bonnie's magic, the eclipse, and some weird device he had hidden in his coat pocket (which he made Bonnie do a spell to locate just to be a jerk), they would be able to leave their plane and return home to their loved ones.
Damon finally came clean that on May 10, 1994 the Salvatore's had thrown an eclipse party where Damon flirted with Liz Forbes and looked at pictures of baby Caroline. Stefan quickly discovered Damon was feeding off of Zach's pregnant girlfriend and Damon compelled Liz to go home and forget him (hence why Liz never recognized him in Season One). Stefan locked Damon in the shed and snagged his daylight ring, but it was futile. Damon escaped, killed everyone at the party, and demanded his ring back. Stefan obliged, but it didn't matter. Damon killed Zach's girlfriend and compelled Zach to forget everything.
In the midst of Damon's rehashing of the past, Bonnie eyed a new story in the daily newspaper of a boy from Oregon that had murdered his entire family, including a gaggle of young siblings. Kai laughed at Bonnie, impressed she was tying everything together so quickly, and excitedly recounted the sick and twisted ways he had murdered his family. Kai had been a powerless boy in a family of witches belonging to the mysterious Gemini Coven. It wasn't Damon and Bonnie's version of Hell they had been sent to, it was Kai's.