Vampire Diaries Recap: S0302: The Hybrid
The Master Plan
Stefan: So is this your master plan? Build an army of hybrid slaves?
Klaus: No, not slaves. Soldiers. Comrades.
Stefan: “For what war?” might I ask.
Klaus: Well you don’t arm yourself after war has been declared, Stefan. You build your army so big that no one ever dares pick a fight.
Stefan: What makes you so sure that they’ll be loyal?
Klaus: Well it’s not difficult to be loyal once you’re on the winning team. That’s something you’ll learn once you shake that horrible, depressive chip off your shoulder.
In "The Hybrid," Klaus and Stefan move on with their plan to create a hybrid race and Elena makes some serious progress in her plan to save Stefan from himself. Before we get to that, however, let's address a few other issues.
Jeremy, Matt, and Vicki
Jeremy goes to work to tell Matt about the additional ghost sightings. Matt, understandably, feels uncomfortable with the idea of contacting his dead sister. He asks why Jeremy doesn't just call up his girlfriend, Bonnie, who happens to be a witch. “We don’t need a witch, okay, there’s examples all over the internet. We need… personal items. And it works best when a family member tries to make contact,” Jeremy explains. Jeremy heard Vicki ask for help, and now he wants to contact her to get more information, and he needs Matt to do it.
Jeremy and Matt go through Vicki’s things to “help build a stronger connection.” Matt decides he can’t do it and tells Jeremy to leave. Later, however, Matt comes knocking on Jeremy’s door. He brings the ultimate peace offering: beer (if you are a fan of The Big Bang Theory, you would know that the ultimate peace offering is Milk Duds, but that's another story). Jeremy tells Matt that he doesn’t remember his last moment with Vicki because it was taken away from him. Matt doesn’t remember the last moment with her when she was human. There is much bonding. But then Vicki reappears and asks Jeremy to help her come back. Then the window explodes. Anna appears and tells Jer not to trust Vicki. Ruh-roh. Which dead vampiric girlfriend should he trust?
Carol Lockwood: You can’t be with her! She’s a monster.
Tyler: You don’t know about me, do you?
Tyler and Caroline
After incapacitating Caroline the night before, Carol Lockwood has some questions she needs answered about her son Tyler, since she now knows him to associate with vampires. She uses a leftover vervaine dart to spike the morning coffee and then watches apprehensively as Tyler takes a sip. He notices something off about the coffee but does not start to shriek in pain, so Carol knows her son is not a vampire. Of course, that should be the least of her worries...
Tyler is looking for Caroline since it is the night of the full moon and she usually helps him with the transformation. He most likely thinks she freaked out after they had sex. Matt kind of offers to help Tyler with the transformation in her place, which is a really sweet thing to do. Luckily, Tyler declines. Tyler tastes the coffee at the Grill and decides there must be something wrong with his taste buds. Matt tells him the Sheriff has him dose the coffee with vervaine every now and then as a preventative measure. And now Tyler knows his mom dosed him.
Carol calls for help in dealing with the Caroline problem. “I’ve gotten myself into a bit of a vampire situation,” she explains. Apparently her friendship with the Sheriff is keeping her from “getting her hands dirty.” She was also there when Caroline was born. Her friend seems to have no such moral qualms.
Tyler confronts his mother and finds out that she knows about Caroline. He also realizes that she has no idea that he is a werewolf. He decides to show her up close and personal how he can be "a monster" as well.
Seeing Tyler transform convinces Carol to help. “I’ll take care of it. I’ll make sure nothing happens to her.” Problem is, it may all be out of her hands now. The man she called is devoted to the fight. He also happens to be Caroline’s dad. What's with the Caroline-centric cliffhangers? As a fan of that girl, I am no amused!
Alaric: Aren’t you a sucker for a lost cause, or what?
Elena: You’re not a lost cause, Ric. You’re just… lost. But so is Jeremy. And so am I. Our family is gone. We don’t have anybody. And I’m sorry, but you don’t have anybody either, so... we’re kind of it for each other.
Alaric: I’m keeping the ring, then.
Elena and Alaric
Remember last week, when Alaric decided he couldn't take it anymore? Elena draws him back in, asking him to give her more information about what he and Damon saw in Tennessee and then roping him into her trip to the Smoky Mountains to find a pack of werewolves on the night of the full moon. “I’d feel bad if I got you killed before happy hour," she tells him when she requests that he wear her father's ring.
Despite his helping attitude, Alaric is still apprehensive about jumping back into the fight. He feels that after everything that has happened with Jenna, he is no longer capable of protecting anyone. Luckily, Elena, as always, manages to change his mind.
At the end of the episode, we see Alaric returning to the Gilbert house, ready to be there for his "family." I understand that Jenna's death damaged Alaric, and that he felt useless for awhile, but I am glad that appears to be over. He is a good man and a good person to turn to when trouble arrives.
Klaus and Stefan
Now let's get on to the main course of the evening. Somewhere in the Smoky Mountains:
“So much brooding. Your self-loathing is suffocating you, my friend.”
Klaus and Stefan search for the pack’s location, dead Ray in tow (or on Stefan’s shoulders as it were). When they arrive at the secret location, it appears that word of Klaus has already spread. The werewolves know who is, what he is doing there, and they look scared.
Elena continues her quest for information by going to Tyler for info on werewolves and werewolf gatherings. He points the way to one such gathering in the Smoky Mountains. No wonder Klaus and Stefan were having so much trouble finding werewolves; apparently packs are few and far between if Tyler is able to point to the correct one right away.
Damon: Okay. Okay, but we are out here before the moon’s full and I’m werewolf bait.
Elena: I promise.
Damon: Unless you want to relive that whole deathbed kissy thing.
Elena: I said I promise!
Meanwhile, back at the wolf pack, Ray comes back to life and Klaus starts to turn the others. Everything is fun and games until something goes wrong with Ray’s transformation. He starts to bleed from his eyes. That is never a good sign.
Elena and Alaric are hiking in the woods when Damon catches up with them. Alaric told Damon everything about Elena's plan, so Damon is there to provide back-up. For no good reason, Damon pushes Elena into the water (for those who are interested, I am counting a dripping wet Nina Dobrev as the "+" in my partial nudity count. The other three go to shirtless Alaric, shirtless Matt, and naked Tyler). Damon argues with Elena about taking this trip in the first place and makes a good point: Elena finding Stefan will mean that Klaus knows she is alive. Elena begs Damon to let her continue. He, being a sucker, caves. Look! Elena is running head first into danger and Damon is following her to protect her (and most likely get himself in trouble instead).
Ray is hurting. Now he runs. Stefan jumps him and gets bit. Klaus won’t heal Stefan until he finds Ray. Joy! Klaus returns to the camp to find all of his creations waking up as Stefan chases his prey.
Unfortunately, Elena and co. find Ray first, and Ray's first act is to attack poor Damon (what did I tell ya?) A wolfsbane bomb takes care of that threat. This is the reason you want Alaric on your side; he has awesome weaponry. They tie Ray up, but he starts to turn. Elena yells at Damon to get him to leave. Why does he stay even for that second? The three run away from the rapid hybrid. When Elena trips during their frantic escape, she finds herself with a face full of werewolf. Damon distracts it and runs off as… bait. Damon gets stalked by Ray the hybrid. Stefan saves him by ripping out Ray’s heart.
When Stefan returns to camp, it is to find that every new hybrid went rabid. Everyone died or was killed. Klaus is angry.
“I did everything I was told!" he exclaims, "I should be able to turn them. I broke the curse. I killed a werewolf. I killed a vampire. I killed the doppelganger.”
Looks like Elena had to stay dead for Klaus’ evil plan to work. Luckily Klaus still gives Stefan his cure. Even if he has doubts about Stefan, having one “ally” might be useful given that his infant army is dead. “It appears you are the only comrade I have left.”
Damon: She’s not going to give up on you.
Stefan: Well she has to, because I’m never coming back. Why don’t you get her home? See if you can keep her there this time.
Elena: Yes, I worry about you. Why do you even have to hear me say it?
Damon: Because when I drag my brother from the edge and deliver him back to you, I want you to remember the things you felt while he was gone.
In the end, Damon realizes that Stefan can be saved, given that Stefan saved him. Cue another touching moment where Damon shows some self-restraint where Elena is concerned, all why exuding intense sexuality:
“No, he’s not okay, Elena. He’s an insufferable martyr who needs his ass kicked, but he can be saved…I changed my mind because even in his darkest place, my brother still can’t let me die. So I figure I owe him the same in return. I’ll help you bring him back."
That being said, Damon wants Elena to remember everything she goes through without Stefan, which includes any positive feelings she might have for Damon, of course. Will that sexual tension ever find relief? With Stefan playing bad boy, this might be the season for it. Usually I have a clear favorite (Team Jacob!), but I can understand Katherine's fascination with the Salvatore brothers. I imagine Elena will slip with Damon at some point, and I do not know how I will feel when that happens...