Episode: The Vampire Diaries 1.06 – “Lost Girls”
Original Air Date: October 15, 2009
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What a great episode to leave us with before a two-week hiatus — a little historical exposition to tide us over until the super awesome Halloween episode. Vampire Diaries does juicy Civil War-era teenage vampire drama just as well as it handles the contemporary world they created — you are just along for the ride.
This episode begins with a recap of Elena’s realization from last week. And, as you can well believe, she is freaked out. She confronts Stefan, demanding to know, from his mouth, what he really is.
Cut to 1864 Mystic Falls. Katherine shows up at the Salvatore estate. She is a dead ringer for Elena, so much so that Bonnie is with her as her servant. I just hope that this incarnation of Bonnie is a witch, too.
Of course, Elena doesn’t believe Stefan. Of course she is doubtful and reticent to hear his story, no matter how much she needs to, and of course she doesn’t trust him. She runs away, in fact.
Back to present, as this episode weaves in and out of time, blending flashbacks as adeptly as they did on Angel. Damon, still weak, totally killed the goths in cemetery, save for Vicki, who is drained to the point of near death. All he wants is his sun-shielding lapis ring, and calls Stefan to get it back as he starts burning the bodies of the kids in the cemetery. (He is so bad!)
Stefan mans up, and show up at the Gilbert house to explain what is going on, promising that he won’t hurt her, as he asks for a chance to explain himself. Stefan and Elena start talking vampires; he explains what’s true versus myth, what their weaknesses are, and how he can walk in sunlight. He takes Elena out to the woods, to the site of the former Salvatore estate.
Meanwhile, Vicki is on the verge of dying. Damon, in what appears to be a very kind (but very cruel) gesture, allows Vicki to drink his blood to heal her. Uh-oh.
Back to 1864, and we see how Stefan got so good at football. Katherine (secretly a vampire) shows up as a guest and is soon prancing around the estate, and that girl is a tease and a half. I don’t care what you say about contemporary flirting, that girl knew how to play the game. She is looking for an escort to the town’s upcoming Founders Ball, and has no qualms about letting each Salvatore brother duke it out between them.
Stefan wins her hand for the evening, but Damon follows them to the ball, where they also happen to sign the charter for the town. But Damon is Damon, and he does not take this insult from Katherine and Stefan lightly. After all, Damon doesn’t get mad; he gets even.
After the date, what with the dancing and the petticoats and the charter signing, Katherine and Stefan retire to enjoy an evening of each other’s company. In the course of things, she bites him and drains his blood. The next day he awakes, weak, and is promptly glamoured by Katherine. Turns out, she visited Damon as well, and wants to live as a sexy vampire triad. Both brothers want her all for themselves. That doesn’t end well, least of all for Katherine.
Back in the present, the Mystic Falls Secret Vamp Hunting Goon Squad (MFSVHGS) makes a vamp-hunting device out of the coveted Gilbert watch (an ode to steampunk, perhaps?) and go a-hunting. Damon and Vicki are in the same woods, and just as she recovers, he promptly breaks her neck and brings her back to the boarding house to hide out from the sun.
Double uh-oh. Vicki is thisclose to becoming a vampire — she has to feed or die. As many of the girls do on this show, she starts freaking out. She wants blood, and almost takes it from Jeremy. She hits the road, where Stefan catches up with her, in hopes to save her from himself. They run into the MFSVHGS, where Logan shoots Stefan with a wooden bullet. Stefan falls, only to be rescued by Damon. After all, if anyone is going to kill his brother, Damon wants the pleasure himself.
In saving his brother, Damon kills Logan. Vicki feeds. Vicki turns.
Elena dumps Stefan.