Nov. 11 Vampire Diaries Recap: Katherine’s origin is revealed!

Katerina discovered the price she paid for her freedom from Klaus.

November 11 – This flashback episode gives Nina Dobrev quite a workout playing three roles: good girl Elena, modern-day psychotic vampire Katherine and her human self Katerina Petrova in 1400s Bulgaria, who wasn’t so naïve and sweet to begin with. The trip down Katherine’s memory lane is provoked by Elena, who, determined to find a way to stop the convoluted curse involving big bad Original vampire Klaus and practically everyone in Mystic Falls, confronts Kat in the tomb and sends Caroline to distract Stefan while she grills her ancestor. Elena feeds a ravenous Kat small amounts of bottled blood in exchange for bits of information. We learn that Katerina shamed her family by birthing a daughter out of wedlock. No warm and fuzzy “Papa Don’t Preach” endings here, folks. The Bulgarians played rough in the 1400s. Kat’s papa swiped the baby and banished her from the village to protect the family’s reputation. Ending up in England, Katerina fell into the clutches of the mysterious Klaus and split as soon as she discovered his horrible plot to drain her — a Petrova family doppelganger — to break the curse. Although Kat looked like an innocent waif, all cinched waist, tumbling curls and heaving bosom, she was actually pretty crafty and, realizing she wouldn’t be valuable to Klaus if she lost her humanity, she tricked Trevor and Rosemarie into helping her become a vampire by first drinking some of Rosemarie’s blood, then hanging herself to finish the transformation. Unfortunately for her family, she had underestimated Klaus’ appetite for revenge and Kat returned to Bulgaria only to find them all slaughtered. While Elena plays This is Your Life with Katherine, Damon launches his own investigation into finding a way to solve the curse and teams up with Rosemarie, who teases him about his unrequited love for Elena. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m not likin’ Rose. She’s about as sexy as a grilled cheese sandwich, so she better not get any ideas about replacing Elena in Damon’s heart. In any case, the two head to a café to meet up with Slater, an old vampire pal of Rosemarie’s who has a million degrees and provides fresh clues about ways to beat Klaus’ diabolical plans for Elena & Co.

Rosemarie turned to Damon in her pain over losing Trevor.

 Just as Slater is about to reveal a juicy tidbit, Elijah literally crashes the party by tossing loose change through the café’s windows with such force that the coins shatter the windows, sending deadly sunlight into the cafe, leaving Slater and Rose writhing in pain. Slater escapes in a panic while Damon tends to Rose. The experience temporarily bonds the two vamps, who hook up in an effort to forget their respective lost loves. The scene is more bland than sexy. In other developments, Bonnie and Jeremy meet a new student at school named Luka Martin who has instant chemistry with the pretty young witch, to Mr. Gilbert’s dismay. When Luka’s dad Jonas quizzes a spooked Bonnie about having Salem relatives, Luka confesses that they are practitioners of magic, too. Their common bond leaves Jeremy further out in the cold.  Both Jeremy and Bonnie have more to worry about. When Stefan wises up to Caroline’s diversionary tactics about revealing her secret to Tyler, he shows up at the tomb in time for Katherine to reveal that she was cooking up a recipe to break the curse just before she was trapped by Team Mystic Falls.  Breaking the curse would require not only sacrificing Elena, but the participation of a werewolf (Tyler), a vampire (Caroline), a witch (Bonnie) and the moonstone. The guilt of putting her friends in danger is too much for Elena to bear. Rose gets a call from Slater, who, compelled by Elijah, tells her to get the moonstone back. He then stakes himself at Elijah’s command. Luka’s dad is present to witness the ancient vamp’s latest kill. What role does the warlock play in this convoluted mystery? More importantly, whatever happened to Katerina’s baby?

Screen images copyright 2010 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

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