The Vampire Diaries 3.09 - Homecoming
The big homecoming dance has been moved from the school to Tyler's place due to a flood, but as it turns out, Tyler's not actually the one running the show. Meanwhile, Stefan, Elena, and Damon try to forge a plan with Mikael to get rid of Klaus once and for all. But as usual, not everything goes off without a hitch.
What I Liked
Matt. He didn't really do much except take Caroline home, but his comments and presence are grounding. Everyone else is a vampire or a hybrid or a witch or a doppleganger, and here he is just this average Joe.
Katherine. I always enjoy Katherine's quips and schemes, and here she was actually being helpful. Although she ended up foiling the big plan to kill Klaus, she woke up something in Stefan that caused him to care enough to want to save Damon's life.
What I Didn't Like
Tyler's attitude is a little annoying, and I don't blame Caroline for not wanting to stand by him unquestionably. He wants to help Klaus, and since Klaus is the bad-guy, it kind of puts a crimp on things.
I can't believe Elena stabbed Rebekah! She's probably lost her trust forever now, if/when she wakes up.
Twists and Turns
Elena daggered Rebekah to keep her from messing up the plan.
The gang sent Katherine to the homecoming dance in Elena's place.
Stefan stops Damon from killing Klaus, allowing Klaus to grab the stake and kill Mikael instead.
Katherine and Stefan were really working together to stop Damon from killing Klaus, since that would have resulted in Klaus' army killing Damon.
Stefan has his freedom, and uses it to kidnap all of Klaus' daggered family members.
Damon and Elena essentially are giving up on Stefan. They think he was trying to protect Klaus, when really he was trying to protect Damon. That could all be cleared up by Stefan talking to them, now that he's free of compulsion, but it looks like Stefan might just be embracing his darker side, fearing that there's no turning back after the things he's done.
Jeremy and Alaric are a little bit plotless right now (they didn't even appear in this episode), as is Bonnie. I hear there are a lot of casting rumors for when the show comes back in January, though, so hopefully we will pick up on their stories soon.
Overall it wasn't a bad way to end the fall season. I'm curious what Stefan has planned, and I did not see that twist with him and Katherine coming at all. I'm also curious if they're actually going to have Damon and Elena pursue anything together, given that they think Stefan is gone for good. Their scenes together are cute, and not that I think it's a very good idea, but it would be interesting to see where they'd go with that. In the end, though, I have a feeling that Elena is going to end up back with Matt. She and Matt (along with Bonnie, Jeremy, and Alaric) are the only humans left on the show. Caroline, Tyler, Damon, Stefan, Katherine, and pretty much everybody else are ageless vampires/hybrids, who will never grow up. Relationships between humans and vampires seem doomed to fail, and Elena does not seem interested in becoming a vampire.