The Vampire Diaries gave viewers a pitch-perfect episode to open up 2012, with a New Years’ gift that certainly made several fans swoon.
After Stefan (Paul Wesley) botched Damon’s (Ian Somerhalder) plan to kill Klaus (Joseph Morgan) in “Homecoming”, viewers were left wondering what would become of Stefan now that he was in possession of the four Original coffins.
In “The New Deal”, Klaus showed up to let Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Damon know that he was moving back into Mystic Falls on a more permanent basis and that Stefan was his number one target. We’ve come along way since the first half of the season where we learned that Stefan and Klaus used to share a bromance.
“The New Deal” seemed to start off with a new bromance between Tyler (Michael Trevino) and Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen). With Tyler pissed at Caroline (Candice Accola) and Jeremy dumped by Bonnie, the two were hanging out like best buds in the woods, shooting crossbows. Needless to say, Jeremy’s doting surrogate parents – Alaric (Matthew Davis) and Elena – weren’t having it. When they tried to warn Jeremy that Klaus had sired Tyler, he decided to have a teen rebel moment and “invite” Klaus’ ace hybrid into the Gilbert household.
Tyler showed off his true colors when he admitted that he would rip out his own heart if Klaus asked for it. Yet, Klaus’ first hybrid believes that he can make his own decision. Not.
So why was he really hanging out with Jer?
After Damon refused to help Klaus find Stefan, Klaus placed a mysterious phone call. We then saw Jeremy hang up his cell phone and walk outside. When Alaric discovered Jeremy had taken off his ring viewers instantly knew that Klaus had compelled Jeremy. The young Gilbert went into the street and stood perfectly still while a speeding SUV, driven by another Hybrid named Tony, came racing towards him. Alaric pushed Jeremy out of the way, but was killed in the collision.
So, the bromance that could have been Jeremy and Tyler was never real. Tyler was only hanging out with Jeremy so that Elena’s brother would take off his vervain bracelet to allow Klaus to compel him.
One of the best dynamics on TVD is the tumultuous, but loving relationship between Damon and Stefan. We got a superb display of where their relationship now stands when Damon confronted Stefan about the coffins.
Damon staked Stefan to show his younger brother just how pissed he was that Stefan had prevented them from killing Klaus. Stefan rips out the stake and lets Damon know that he saved Klaus so that the hybrids wouldn’t kill his big bro. In a “normal” relationship, you may expect a sigh, followed by a thank you. In the Salvatore family, the just made Damon even more upset with his brother. Instead of a thank you, Damon restaked Stefan. It was one of the three best scenes in “The New Deal” (numbers two and three coming shortly).
Thanks to Alaric’s ring, he was able to come back from the dead once again. Unfortunately, this time, he came back to life coughing up blood. Uh oh, it looks like the either the ring’s power is wearing off or it doesn’t work so well on hybrid attacks. Elena had to call the EMTs to check him out. Just as the EMTs were about to take Alaric to the hospital, Hybrid Tony showed up to compel them to leave.
What happened next was the second best scene of “Our Town.” Tony falls to the floor with a crossbow in his back. We then see Jeremy standing on the street corner with crossbow in hand like an action hero. Jeremy epically says, “He’s not dead yet.” He walks straight to the kitchen, grabs a meat cleaver and chops off the hybrid’s head. Then he finishes his statement, “Now, he’s dead.” In that moment, Jeremy looked like Daryl (Norman Reedus) from The Walking Dead.
If you didn’t stand up and do some kind of celebratory dance or scream out a victory cry, then something is most definitely wrong with you (just kidding, but seriously you should get that checked out). It was great to see Jeremy rise up and show that he can be a bigger part in the ever-changing supernatural war in Mystic Falls.
Torrey DeVitto (Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill) made her first appearance as Dr. Meredith Fell (bonus points for anyone who remembers the Fell family). She was treating Alaric’s internal bleeding and concussion in the hospital, but with a little of Damon’s blood (we didn’t see Alaric drink Damon’s blood but it was later mentioned) he was fine.
Dr. Fell asked Alaric, “What is your secret, guardian angel or did you sell your soul to the devil?”
Alaric responds, “A little of both…”
Statements like this is one of the things that makes TVD stand apart from other undead sci-fi shows and movies. Not only is the dialogue gritty, but the characters also have a gritty look. Sure off camera they may be your typical actor or model, but they don’t come off as pretty guys or gals in the show. You always feel their internal pain and strife.
Despite Jeremy’s action-hero metamorphosis, Elena still looks at him like the baby brother he was in Season 1, complete with emotional issues.
He thought he had the ability to talk freely, when he said, “None of us are going to make it out of this town alive.” But, Elena and Alaric took it a different way.
Elena decided to bargain for Jeremy’s life by giving Klaus back Rebekah (Claire Holt). In Klaus fashion, he agrees to spare Jeremy and then threatens the lives of Caroline and Damon if Elena doesn’t help him find Stefan.
“He doesn’t care about me any more, you made sure of that. You turned him into a monster. Now, he’s your problem.” – Elena to Klaus
Although the dagger is removed from Rebekah’s body, Klaus later brings her body home and redaggers her just as she is coming back to life. Needless to say, he’s not ready for his sister to come back to life with the knowledge that he killed their mother.
Damon and Stefan had come to a mutual agreement in regards to the coffins. They would take on Klaus and the Originals without telling Elena.
For a moment, it looked as though Damon was about to let Elena in on the coffin secret. Then there was an interesting sound effect that played in the background and Damon instead says, “My brother’s sort of running his own show right now.” Although the sound effect was more or less an internal signal in Damon’s mind for the audience, it did briefly make me wonder if the witches were putting a spell on Damon to keep him quiet.
Later on, Alaric and Elena decide to play god once again with Jeremy’s brain. The two ask Damon to compel Jeremy to move out of Mystic Falls and never look back. But don’t expect Jeremy to be written out of the script, McQueen appears throughout the remainder of the season. So hopefully Jeremy was wearing his bracelet this time or, if he does move away briefly, something else will bring Jeremy back into the main story so that he can have another action-hero moment. Needless to say, he’ll bear some animosity towards Alaric and Elena for tampering with his brain yet again.
So, then the episode ended. Nothing more.
Damon revealed the truth about his brother’s double-cross to Elena. He walks away from her, stating that he feels guilty that he has feelings for his brother’s girl when Stefan saved his life.
As he walked away, he said, “If I’m going to feel guilty about something, I’m going to feel guilty about this.”
Then the fireworks went off as Damon kissed Elena and she savored every moment. It was the third best scene of “Our Town” and perhaps the most satisfying one. Anyone agree? What were your favorite moments?
What’s the deal with the fourth coffin? Stefan tells Bonnie (Kat Graham) that it can’t be opened.