TV REVIEW: The Vampire Diaries Season 4, Episode 16 – “Bring It On”

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Damon’s plan to have Elena turn off her emotions backfires spectacularly, and everyone spends most of the episode doing damage control. Klaus and Hayley get a little bit closer as he tries to find out where Katherine is.


While Stefan and Damon argue over what to do with Elena, she is out luring innocent people to their death. Deciding that normality is the way to go, they send her back to school while Damon goes to look for Katherine. Damon tells her not to eat anyone and sends her off with Caroline. It doesn’t take long before Elena attacks someone, and then she purposely lets Caroline get hurt during the cheerleading competition. Stefan figures out that the sire bond no longer works, since it was based on her feelings for Damon. He manages to get her back to the house, but she just brings the party to casa Salvatore. Sheriff Forbes shows up to break things up, and she and Elena have a bit of a disagreement before Elena escapes into the woods. The others manage to track her down, and she and Caroline have an epic bitch fight.

Hayley (Tyler’s werewolf friend played by Phoebe Tonkin) is back, and it’s not long before she’s attacked by a vampire. Klaus shows up and saves her by biting the vamp, and he reveals that Katherine sent the vamp because she wants Hayley dead. They go back to the Originals mansion, where Hayley tries unsuccessfully to convince Klaus to stop chasing Tyler. Klaus refuses, and then tries to get her to reveal some information about Katherine. She reveals that she helped Katherine steal the cure because Katherine promised to give her information about her real family. She and Klaus wind up getting…further acquainted, and Klaus finds that he has the information she seeks.

For most of the episode, Damon is looking for Katherine. He runs into Rebekah, who joins him in his quest. She’s got a vial of Klaus’s blood, which they will need to heal the vampire who attacked Hayley. When they find him, though, Damon recognizes him, and is visibly thrown. Rather than question him, Damon sees how sick he is and kills him. When Rebekah accuses him of sabotage, he tells her it’s for her own good – that if she took the cure, she would cease being someone special. She would just be ordinary. He goes to his room and digs up a photo of him and the vampire he killed while Elena whines about people interfering with her. Damon decides on the spot to take her to New York.

After a rough night dealing with Elena, Caroline receives a text from Matt to meet him at Tyler’s. When she gets there, she discovers that Tyler has left Matt the deed to his house, and that he’s written her a note telling her that to keep her safe, he can never return to Mystic Falls.

There were some parts of this episode I liked, and some parts I absolutely hated. Overall, I thought it was pretty mediocre.

I never thought I’d say it, but I want pre-kill switch Elena back. While she was just annoying as a newborn vampire, she is intolerable now with her “I can do whatever I want, I have no feelings” attitude. I spent most of the episode wishing someone would just stake her already. Damon seems pleased, and he’s whisked her off for a wild trip to New York – he does like her better this way. But still, I can’t help but feel like this is going to be one of those “careful what you wish for” things. No matter how bad he gets, he always eventually comes to his senses. Can’t say I see that happening with Elena.

I did enjoy Stefan and Caroline trying to play the voice of reason, though. I’ve said before how much I enjoy their relationship, and I’ll say it again. I love it that they’re so close. It reminds me of his relationship with Lexi – she was there to see him through his darkest moments, and now Caroline is here to help give him perspective. In return, he keeps her focused on what’s really important. It’s a lovely relationship, and clearly very important to both of them.

Klaus was his usual charming self – it’s no wonder Hayley fell into bed with him. You can definitely sense that they’re starting to build up to the pilot for the new show about the Originals. They keep mentioning New Orleans, and now with Hayley finding out that’s where her family is from, it opens the door for them to visit. I cannot wait to see where they take it.

Again, a mediocre episode, certainly disappointing after two weeks off. It’s difficult to build up steam when they keep having these short breaks, but there’s still plenty of time left for them to pull it off.


Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewer: Mirjana

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One comment

  1. I hate the new Elena.

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