‘Vampire Diaries’ Recap: Teams Collide as They Get Closer to the Cure (VIDEO)

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While we know that Elena (Nina Dobrev) and company are looking for the cure so that she can return to life as a human, Thursday’s episode of The CW’s The Vampire Diaries gave us a peek into the varying motivations of the Originals in finding the cure for vampirism.

Meanwhile, Rebekah (Claire Holt) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) continued their flirtation as she finally got to attend a school dance (sort of) and Kol (Nathaniel Buzolic) unsuccessfully set out to kill Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) and stop the search for the cure.

Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen Thursday’s episode, “A View to a Kill.”

“I don’t belong to the spirits anymore, I belong to myself.” Bonnie’s (Kat Graham) dad, Mayor Hopkins (Rick Worthy), went full force in trying to protect his daughter and Mystic Falls during this episode. Not only did he dump vervain in the water and set a curfew (thus canceling all town events), he also enlisted the big guns – Bonnie’s undead mother – to help save her from the magic Shane (David Alpay) says she can’t control. His only problem is that Bonnie’s use of Expression has far surpassed anything that either of them can do and from what we saw, she can MOSTLY control it. As Shane said, she is the key to everything when it comes to the cure. And I’m sure we’ll soon find out what that really means.

“You would have loved it.” The offset of all the action on Thursday’s episode was a pop culture-ridden 80s dance for two. Rebekah and Stefan were adorable as they danced to The Cure (of course) and talked about love and The Breakfast Club. It was upsetting that for most of the episode, it seemed Stefan was sort of playing her for access to the dagger, but luckily she isn’t stupid. When she handed over the dagger and told Stefan, “You’re right, I do care. I want stupid koala corsages. I want someone who stands outside my window with a boom box… I want to be human,” I really wanted that for her too.

“Be bad with purpose, otherwise, you’re not worth forgiving.” While babysitting the compelled Damon (Ian Somerhalder), Klaus (Joseph Morgan) took it upon himself to ask for some advice about love (Aw!). Pondering how Elena could possibly love Damon after all the vile things he’s done, the original vamp inquired as to whether there is more than the sire bond at work in his romance? Otherwise, how could he be forgiven? Damon’s advice – don’t be bad to be a dick, be bad for a reason.

The death of an original. While Elena’s plan may have been crazy, it worked, sort of. Jeremy killed Kol. And by episode’s end, his tattoo began to grow. Next stop on the “Amazing Race” – Nova Scotia.

Team Rebekah joins Team Shane. Stefan telling Rebekah that she has to “take a leap” and trust him, while somewhat far fetched after she’s been screwed over so many times, was exactly what I wanted to happen. I also really enjoyed Elena’s obvious reaction to their tryst. Now, while the Salvatores may still be at war with each other, their teams have seemingly joined forces or are at least “on the same side” to find the cure as Stefan brought Silas’ headstone to the house.

Team Klaus in a box. The teams better start looking fast as they will have an angry Klaus to deal with when all is said and done. To me, an angry Klaus is the best Klaus. Upon seeing his brother dead, a visibly upset Klaus revealed his true motive for finding the cure – to destroy it – and then promised revenge. He’s currently trapped in the Gilbert cabin thanks to Bonnie but with three days, possibly four to find the cure, they better get on it now. Hell hath no fury like Klaus scorned.

Buzz Moments:

OMG: Another episode where I didn’t find myself gasping, but I was surprised when Kol pierced Elena through the stomach with wood. I knew she’d somehow find her way out at some point, but it was surprising nonetheless.

Thank you, TV gods.: For an angry Klaus and more Rebekah and Stefan goodness. Morgan is fantastic when playing the character angry. And I enjoy the chemistry between Holt and Wesley immensely.

Awk-ward: Klaus asking Damon for love advice – I’ll file that under awkward, but cute.

Hotness: Ah! The tattoo is growing and Jeremy is ripping his shirt off like the Hulk!

Fab-u-lous: Rebekah’s 80’s dress was extremely cute. I haven’t been able to find any info on the where you can buy it yet, but am sure Possessionista will be on the case soon!

Can. Not. Wait.: To see what’s actually going to come of this cure storyline. Will it be enough for one? Will it not be there? Is Silas real? Lots of questions and I’m ready for some answers.

Celebuzz (1-10): 7. An overall good episode moving everyone another step closer to the cure. Could we move five steps next episode?

What are your thoughts on Thursday’s episode? And the cure in general? What did you think about Rebekah and Stefan? Sound off in the comments below!

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