'Vampire Diaries' Recap: Elena Has Revelations and an Unlikely Partnership Forms

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Claire Holt’s Rebekah ruled the school during Thursday’s midseason return of The CW’s The Vampire Diaries.

In one of the most fun, entertaining and informative episodes of Season 4 thus far, the original sister did what she does best – be the ultimate mean girl and drop some awesome one-liners – while manipulating the love triangle and getting some of the answers she wanted.

Rebekah also brought Kol (Nathaniel Buzolic) back to town, making her return even more badass. My take on her return -- Welcome back girl! We missed you!

Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen Thursday's episode, “After School Special.”

#thebexfastclub. I think Rebekah may be a better mean girl then Regina George. The blond vamp gathered and compelled three of her least favorites – Elena (Nina Dobrev), Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Caroline (Candice Accola) -- for some answers in what’s gone down since she was daggered. The biggest, of course, were about Elena and Stefan. And how uncomfortable was it to watch Elena tell Stefan all of her feelings for Damon (Ian Somerhalder)? Heartbreaking. I felt horrible for the younger Salvatore as he listened to her say, “I think I make him sad and I can’t be with someone like that because when he looks at me all he sees is a broken toy.” Eh, gut wrenching.

Then for a second, I almost thought Rebekah may go through with erasing all of his memories of Elena later on the episode. Obviously this wouldn’t actually happen as the Original sister wants her revenge, but I was momentarily shocked and saddened by his and Rebekah’s pain.

Those three little words. After she dropped a truth bomb to Stefan while compelled by Rebekah, Elena went and dropped another bomb to Damon – the “L” bomb. When Elena uttered, “I love you,” to Damon over the phone, I think I imagined every Delena fan’s brain exploding. (Hope you’ve recovered since then!) But as a TVDfan who is team Switzerland when it comes to the Salvatores, I have to say Somerhalder absolutely slayed this scene. I’m pretty he sure he portrayed at least a half a dozen emotions with his look. It was a great Delena moment.

The professor’s plan. The writers wasted no time in giving us more details of the Shane’s (David Alpay) plan on this episode, which I sincerely appreciated. Now, we just need to know the why. Apparently the massacres of the 12 council members and the 12 hybrids are all a part of the ritual to bring back Silas, who will then raise the dead. Original brother Kol is definitely not OK with this plan, but thanks to Bonnie’s (Kat Graham) training in the magic of Expression, the protection spell she enacted kept him alive, while almost killing April (Grace Phipps). According to Shane, Bonnie is the key to everything, which we know from TVD history is never a good thing.

Partners? Holt had told us that Rebekah and Stefan’s relationship would definitely be changed after this episode and it seems the two have formed a partnership. Since both are left with nothing and no one, they decide to team up to find the cure. Of course, for Stefan, part of his reasoning for doing so resides in really knowing where Elena’s true heart lies. I, however, hope these two eventually end up taking a romantic route. Rebekah was once in love with him, and who knows what could have come of the pair had Klaus (Joseph Morgan) not made Stefan forget about his sister?

Jeremy the Vampire Slayer. When Klaus is unhappy with Jeremy’s (Steven R. McQueen) progress as a hunter under the tutelage of Damon and Matt (Zach Roerig), he decides to take matters in his own hands. And by episodes’ end, Damon agrees, as they walk into a bar full of people in transition to the undead. I’m sure Damon’s along with the plan, in part, because of his love for Elena and promise to get her the cure, but it should be interesting what she really thinks about the plan when it’s revealed?

April. At the very end we see April telling Sherriff Forbes (Margaret MacIntyre) and new mayor (and Bonnie’s dad), Rudy Hopkins (Rick Worthy), about Shane’s involvement in the council explosion. She tells them, “It’s time people in this town start telling the truth.” So, will they?

Buzz Moments:

OMG: I’ll admit I gasped for a second when Stefan told Rebekah to take all his memories of Elena away but I was even more shocked when Elena told Damon, "I love you." I wasn't expecting that so fast.

Thank you, TV gods.: For Rebekah and Kol coming back! I’d like Elijiah (Daniel Gillies), too, please!

Awk-ward: Rebekah’s sick and twisted mind games made us cringe as Elena essentially took Stefan’s heart and stomped on it repeatedly.

Hotness: Hey Jeremy! Keep rocking that tank top!

Fab-u-lous: I loved Rebekah’s white tank, which thanks to coolspotters I found out was from Anthropologie. Unfortunately, it’s no longer available through the store’s site.

Can. Not. Wait.: Looks like Jeremy is going full slayer mode next week! Maybe he can hang with Buffy?! I kid. But really, I’m looking forward to seeing how Stefan and Rebekah’s relationship will continue to evolve.

Celebuzz (1-10): 8. Fun, funny, sad, and great; I really enjoyed this episode!

What did you think about “After School Special”? Did you feel bad for Stefan? Do you want him and Rebekah to get together? How about Elena’s “L” Bomb? Give us all your thoughts in the comments below!

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