'Vampire Diaries' Recap: Elena Finds a Shoulder to Bite On

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Elena (Nina Dobrev) was having a difficult time on the second episode of Season 4 of The CW’s The Vampire Diaries.

Not wanting to feed from a human, the baby vamp was unable to keep any blood down no matter what the source. Mystic Falls also had to deal with the arrival of a new vampire hunter and the Pastor’s daughter. We also got a surprise appearance from an old face, which made us smile.

Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen Thursday’s episode, “Memorial.”

“Her compassion is her Achilles heel.” Part of being a vampire means all of your emotions are heightened and for Elena that could severely cripple her food source. She cares so much about others, especially in her time of need, that hurting someone could probably kill her. Stefan (Paul Wesley) is so worried that she’ll want to turn off her humanity if she kills someone that he has her try a “bunny diet.” Damon (Ian Somerhalder) of course doesn’t agree. "Vampires eat people. It's part of the natural food pyramid," he says. Seems like he might be right since she can't seem to keep any source of blood down until the end of the episode.

The Pastor’s Daughter. Elena has a history with Pastor Young’s daughter April (Grace Phipps) as she used to be her babysitter. April's big TVD debut has her almost becoming Elena’s first victim. With the help of Caroline (Candice Accola), the new vampire was able to regroup and compel April to forget what happened at the memorial. How awesome is Caroline in this scene by the way? Or all the time actually?

Connor Jordan is trouble. There’s a new vampire hunter in town and he is going to give our favorite vamps a run for their money. Connor comes strolling into Mystic Falls with vervain-laced gloves and special tattooed bullets. After a run in with Tyler (Michael Trevino), he attacks April and uses her as bait for the vampires during the memorial for the council. Connor also has some interesting tattoos that only Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) can see.

Matt makes a sacrifice for Elena. With Connor’s trap set, Elena has to feed on something or she just might lose it. Matt, full of guilt from Elena’s “death” offers up his neck to help her. Sneakily, she appeared to grieve into his shoulder at the church while actually getting her first taste of real human blood from the vein as Connor watched from afar.

Stefan vs. Damon.When it comes to Elena, we all know that Stefan and Damon will never see eye to eye. Tension came to a head on Thursday as Damon let his brother know that Elena had drank from him. Apparently, blood sharing is a huge deal between vampires and it had Stefan pissed, not just at Damon but Elena as well. The best part of their continual fight..when Stefan saved his brother and then punched him. When Damon asked, “What?” he responded, “You know what?”

Damon is missing Alaric (Matt Davis) and I am too. Damon’s statements that someone was sitting in the Grill with him was most definitely a nod to our favorite ex-history teacher. And much to our surprise, we actually got to see him! When the rest of the gang were lighting lanterns in a beautiful scene to honor of their dearly departed friends and family, Damon was at the cemetery talking to his old pal with a bottle of booze. How perfect was the use of the Fray’s “Ungodly Hour” in this scene? It killed me.

Damon gets the best lines. Seriously, this sexy Salvatore brother had some gem one-liners during “Memorial.” My favorite was, “Am I wearing my ‘I blew up the council t shirt!?' Why is everyone asking me that?”

Buzz Moments:

OMG!: I uttered a few gasps during the episode, but I’d have to say I was most shocked by Connor stabbing April and Tyler getting shot by him in front of the whole town.

Awk-ward: In an awkward but awesome moment, Connor introduces himself to Damon and Damon says he’s a germaphobe.

Hotness: Elena and Stefan were heading into unbelievably hot territory when he was helping her learn how to be a vampire. Too bad it was stopped short by some bloody vomit.

Fab-u-lous: Unfortunately, Elena’s initial dress at the memorial was also ruined by some bloody vomit. But before that happened, she looked adorable in her lace peach dress from Anthropologie. Though it’s not available in stores anymore, you can scour eBay to find it.

Can. Not. Wait.: The arrival of Phoebe Tonkin as werewolf Hayley! We loved her on The Secret Circle and think she’ll fit right into the TVD crew. We can’t wait to see what drama she might stir up between Tyler and Caroline.

Celebuzz Meter (1-10): 9. Another stellar episode for Season 4 with some tense, funny and emotional moments littered throughout. Keep it coming TVD!

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