The Vampire Diaries gave viewers a flashback episode of sorts in “Ghost World”. However, instead of the typical voyage back in time, we got to see all of the great season one and two guest-stars that helped make TVD what it is today. Characters like Mason Lockwood (Taylor Kinney), Pearl (Kelly Hu), Lexi (Arielle Kebbel) and Sheila Bennett (Jasmine Guy) all made their presence known in Mystic Falls to help their supernatural counterparts.
“Ghost World” started off with Mason torturing Damon (Ian Somerhalder). Although Damon thought it was Stefan (Paul Wesley), the older brother quickly realized that he was being tortured very similarly to how he tortured Mason.
Back in town, Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) was ghost cheating on Bonnie with (Kat Graham) Anna (Malese Jow). The two exchanged private giggles, while Ric (Matthew Davis) and Elena (Nina Dobrev) eyed Jeremy suspiciously. Then, Damon showed up to tell Bonnie and Caroline (Candice Accola) that Bonnie’s spell to send back Vicki (Kayla Ewell) to the other side didn’t work out correctly since Mason was back.
There was no real explanation about how Damon freed himself from Mason’s clutches, but there seemed to be a few missing segments to this episode which were probably were left on the cutting room floor of editing due to time. The minor moments of explanation didn’t take away from the overall feel, but it did leave the viewer to make more assumptions.
While Caroline and Bonnie debated over whether Mason had really returned, Bonnie’s spell book magically opened up to a manifestation spell that revealed veiled matter. Bonnie then used the spell, which made all the wandering ghosts in Mystic Falls materialize for all to see. Unfortunately, this didn’t work out to Jeremy’s benefit since he was kissing Anna at the time. Of course, Elena walked in on her brother and later spilled the beans to Caroline who in turn told Bonnie.
On a positive note, Grandma Bennett was back. She died helping Bonnie and Elena. Now, Sheila had returned to tell her granddaughter how much she messed things up by bringing Jeremy back to life. One of the witches on the other side was using Elena’s locket (which is really the original witches locket) and the door Bonnie had opened to wreak havoc in Mystic Falls.
Surprisingly, Mason actually was back to help Damon instead of hurt the vampire that killed him. Mason wanted to help get rid of Klaus (Joseph Morgan) so that Tyler (Michael Trevino) could be free of Klaus’ influence. But first, Damon had to apologize to Mason in order to get the ghost werewolf’s help. It was great seeing Damon apologize to Mason. It was even better seeing Damon renege on that apology later on when he apologized to Ric – using the same apologetic words.
Damon and Mason went underground to find a possible Lockwood family heirloom that could stop an Original. As they ventured through the depths of Mystic Falls, beneath the Lockwood property, Damon was caught in a trap that thrusted several wooden stakes into his body. Surprisingly, Mason helped Damon get free.
“There’s no way this whole buddy trust act is real,” Damon said as Mason ripped the stakes out of his body
“I don’t need revenge, Damon. I need redemption.” – Mason
Lexi returned for ripper detox. She made Stefan hallucinate so that he believed that he had gone several days, months and then years without blood. After that, she forced Stefan to dive into his buried emotions – starting with hate. Lexi repeatedly buried wooden stakes into Stefan’s body while Elena watched.
Bonnie and her grandma closed down the door to the other side, much to Anna’s chagrin. Apparently, Anna tried to hide the Original witch’s locket so that the door wouldn’t be close. Then a poignant speech from Elena – about letting Jeremy live his life – pushed Anna to give in and hand over the witchly bauble.
Sadly, all of the great guest stars were sent back, including a few of the evil vampires from the Pearl era.
Although Anna was eventually reunited with her mother – and no longer “alone” on the other side – Jeremy is kind of royally “screwed.” Now, he doesn’t have his ghost girlfriend or his real one.
As for Stefan, Lexi was sent back before she got a chance to finish the detox job, leaving Elena in charge.
“Fight for it, feel something, anything Stefan, cause if you don’t you’re going to lose me forever. I won’t love a ghost for the rest of my life.” – Elena
“Ghost World” didn’t have a major cliffhanger. Sometimes its nice to not have a major shock at the end of every episode so that viewers have a chance to breath and savor the characters. Instead of a big shock, we received some new information. Apparently, beneath the Lockwood property are some old drawings that seem to be from pre-written history. Now, Alaric must decipher these findings and see if he can use them to take down Klaus.
It’s going to be a great month of The Vampire Diaries in November. The Original family will be reunited so get ready for some major thrills (see TVD plot descriptions for November).