The Vampire Diaries has returned, and with episode 4.16, Elena Gilbert doesn’t care, and she wants everybody to know it.
In fact she says it: “I don’t care.”
Elena with her emotions turned off is more honest and wittier than when she is thinking of others, but it’s all a cry for help that’s going to get her in big trouble if there isn’t an intervention. And, Elena isn’t soulless, this isn’t BTVS, she just isn’t thinking of others – it’s life- or unlife without those pesky feelings.
Amusingly, Damon is the one telling vampires not to kill people – you know, because it interferes with his lounging and drinking bourbon at the Grill.
Klaus and Hayley have a chat, and Klaus wants to know what’s up with her and Katherine – because knowing what she’s up to will probably keep him alive.
Elena is back to wanting to be a cheerleader – remember how that was a bust in season 1? Well, the first warning signs of Elena being different are hard to miss: she doesn’t catch Caroline during a routine. Basically, she doesn’t care, okay, we get it.
Damon is still looking for the cure, and Rebekah would like to know why. Meanwhile, Stefan gets Elena back to the boardinghouse (remember, she burned the Gilbert residence) by dosing her with vervain. Elena copes by stripping, and also throwing a party.
Caroline and Elena have a fight, after Elena attacks Liz – more proof that she really isn’t the best person like this – and it’s nasty. She accuses Caroline of meddling in everyone’s business and fighting like a girl.
There’s a bit of reflection of why Elena is the way she is- and if she even wants to go back to being ‘the old Elena.’ She tells Damon that she likes him better as she is- without feelings, and his own behavior matters less.
And, Damon and Elena are going to go on a road trip to NYC.
In the meantime, Caroline has been trying to get a hold of Tyler. But then she finds Matt at his house, and isn’t coming back. To seal the deal, Tyler has given Matt the deed to his house.
Another bit of buildup to ‘the Originals’ spinoff, Klaus finds a mark on Hayley’s back that originates in a group of powerful werewolves in Louisiana.
And it appears that Klaus really does like to do artistic things in his spare time. At least this time he’s not painting anything in blood and driving down real estate values. Mystic Falls has enough problems.
The evidence for the sire bond existing this episode is that when Elena isn’t feeling things, it gets canceled out and she won’t do what she’s told. Or, she could be going through the equivalent of vampiric adolescence.
Stefan and Damon are at least united in finding the cure, although their reasons may be somewhat different. Whereas Stefan wants to ‘fix’ Elena, Damon just wants her to get what she wants.
One of the best quotes of the episode goes to Damon: “I know it’s controversial, Stefan, that people actually want to have fun.”