'Vampire Diaries' Recap: Stefan Takes a Step in the Right Direction (VIDEO)

The race for the cure is on as the younger Salvatore makes a decision about his feelings for Elena.

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On the midseason return of The CW’s The Vampire Diaries, we saw Elena (Nina Dobrev) give it to Stefan (Paul Wesley) straight -- she isn’t in love with him anymore. Though the confession came while she under Rebekah’s (Claire Holt) compulsion, it was absolutely true. She loves Damon (Ian Somerhalder), sire bond or not.

And now it looks like the younger Salvatore is ready to move on as well. He’s gone long enough being a slave to his feelings for Elena, and Thursday’s episode showed he is more than ready to take a big leap away from the Petrova doppelganger.

Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen “Catch Me if you Can.”

“You don’t know what I look like when I’m not in love you.” BAM. Stefan Salvatore for the win. Hands down, the MVP of this episode of TVD was Wesley, who is simply fantastic when he’s playing a Stefan that doesn’t care for Elena. The truth is Stefan is a much more interesting and charismatic character when he’s not pining over Elena. Rebekah hit it on the nose when she described the baby vamp as a “child who only thinks about herself.” And damn, it was nice to see Stefan put her in her place for once. Is it just me or does it seem like Elena is getting more aggravating and annoying each week? Regardless, this exchange between the two exes brought us to…

“Crazy sex is always good.” After two scenes filled to the brim with sexual tension, Team Rebekah – Stefan and the original sister – got it on. The pair said there were “no feelings and no attachments,” but who are they kidding? Those agreements never really work. The former lovers went back to their fun ways from the 20s and I, for one, couldn’t be happier about this development and have fast it took place.

The Amazing Race. With the now retrieved headstone of Silas, Team Rebekah pulled ahead of Team Shane and Team Klaus during “Catch Me If You Can.” Let’s see if they can remain the top contender as the season progresses.

Elena’s plan. At the same time, Kol (Nathaniel Bulzoic), spent the episode vehemently against the gang finding the cure and therefore extending Jeremy's (Steven R. McQueen) mark because of Silas. Apparently a group of Silas worshippers once told him his resurrection would bring forth the end of time and for an immortal this is just no good. Kol’s unsuccessful plan to kill Jeremy via a compelled Damon pissed Elena off so much that she’s decided her brother should go after the Original effectively killing off his entire sire line and thus leading to a full blown hunter’s mark. Two birds, one stone – plans like that never work in Mystic Falls. So just when exactly should we expect it to blow up? Meanwhile, Damon looks to be out of commission in the race as Kol’s compulsion is still active. He ended the episode locked in one of the cells.

The all mighty powerful Bonnie (Kat Graham). Team Shane attempts to recruit Bonnie by using the death of her Grams into helping him on his mission. The witchy Bonnie has more magic than ever at her hands now and loses control shortly after learning Shane’s (David Alpay) truth. And, of course, the good professor is the only one who can bring her back from the ledge. He tells Bonnie’s worried dad that without his guidance, his little girl is going to go off like a time bomb.

Some other moments I though were worth noting – Rebekah and Kol each threatening to dagger each other; Matt telling Elena the “old her” would never have trusted Damon; Klaus offering to keep Jeremy safe (for his own good of course); Stefan snapping Damon’s neck and saying, “You’re welcome,” to Elena.

Buzz Moments:

OMG: While no scenes on Thursday’s episode made me really gasp, I'll have to go with the Stefan and Rebekah hook up. While I was expecting it to happen, I did not think it was going to happen so soon.

Thank you, TV gods.: Oh hey, Matt’s (Zach Roerig) still around! I feel like every episode he’s still alive is a good one since he’s technically our last non-supernatural human.

Awk-ward: Stefan’s smackdown of Elena. Awkward, necessary and so great.

Hotness: I can’t tell what was hotter – Stefan and Rebekah’s scenes leading up to the hookup or their tryst itself? Ah well, both were fantastic.

Fab-u-lous: While I don’t have any info about where it's from, I really enjoyed Rebekah’s outfit in the episode. Cute and comfy.

Can. Not. Wait.: What will Elena think when she learns more details (ahem... the sex) about Stefan and Rebekah? THIS is going to be good.

Celebuzz (1-10): 8. This rating brought to you by the new and improved Stefan – let’s keep him around.

What do you think about Rebekah and Stefan hooking up? Do you agree with Rebekah’s assessment of Elena? What do you think will happen with Kol? Let us know in the comments below!

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