Do Elena and Damon take the cure? That’s the big question going in to the Thursday, April 30 episode of “The Vampire Diaries,” 620, “I’d Leave My Happy Home for You,” and by the end of it, it’s a pretty bad time to be a human.
First things first, with an actual “TVD” wedding coming up, that means it’s time for bachelor and bachelorette parties, and really, Jo’s is much better than Alaric’s. Elena compels them and Bonnie the diner to themselves for the evening (after Jo gets surprised by a stripper at work) and Jo gets to forget about her wedding plans for the time being to weigh in on the decision Elena has to make about the cure. As for Alaric, the guys throw a big party at the Salvatore house, and it’s filled with drunk people, including Matt, who continues to be very anti-vampires/anti-his friends, really, and tries to provoke Tyler (who has realized what a bad decision it was to go into law enforcement with his curse) into learning “self-control” and suggests to Alaric that the only right move for him is to take Jo, leave and never look back. Oh, and Enzo gets Alaric drunk until he tells him about the cure and then tells Damon he won’t take it because he’s selfish and being human isn’t what he really wants. So, yes, Jo’s party clearly wins (at least until the end).
Once Elena leaves to go meet up with Damon, Lily, fresh off leaving a mess for Stefan to clean up, shows up at the diner and goes after Bonnie for ruining her life. Bonnie uses her magic on her, but a sharp object to the neck takes her down. When Lily goes to feed from Jo, Jo tells her she’s pregnant, and upon listening, the vampire tells her she’s having twins. (Did anyone actually think she wouldn’t be having twins?) Fortunately, Jo gets Bonnie to the hospital and Damon gives her some of his blood, so she’s going to be fine, but when Alaric joins Jo and finds out about the twins, he tells her that they’re leaving after the wedding and going somewhere her family can’t find them.
Meanwhile, it turns out that Elena kind of ran off as soon as Damon offered to take the cure with her, as Bonnie reiterates to her best friend, thanks to a call from the vampire following that conversation. Bonnie calls Elena out on what she’s really worried about – that human Elena won’t love Damon anymore – but Jo argues that being supernatural doesn’t change who you are deep down, citing herself (an ex-witch) and Alaric (an ex-vampire) as proof. Elena and Damon then talk to each other instead of other people about the cure, with Damon admitting that he said he’d take the cure because he meant it and is afraid he’d lose her, but she’s worried that he’ll resent her for the rest of their lives if he takes it because he’ll be losing something else he loves: being a vampire.
Following a conversation about their favorite things about being a vampire (for Elena, it’s healing people, and for Damon, it’s everything – the speed, heightened senses, eternally looking great in a leather jacket), Damon gets inside her head and makes her see her old house. He loves her and taking the cure won’t change that, he promises, and so she takes the cure – and the memories Alaric compelled away start coming back. When she pricks her finger, it doesn’t heal. It worked, and Elena is obviously very, very happy about that. Stefan, having found out the cure’s back in play and his brother’s planning to take it from Enzo of all people, calls Damon to tell him not to take it because it’s a really bad time to be human. Why? Well, Lily’s on the loose and hungry.
See, Enzo turns to Stefan for help with Ripper Lily, and Stefan finds her as she’s about to feed on a busboy whose only crime is being in the same restaurant as her. “I think it’s time you and I have a talk,” he tells his mother. Cue mother and son bonding over their appetites. Or not. Stefan argues that deep down, she still feels something for him, even though she had to feed him the lies Damon told her to say to flip his humanity switch, but she tells him that when she looks at her sons, she’s just reminded of the weak woman she was living under the hand of her cheating, abusive husband (a.k.a. their father), and that’s a woman she wants to forget ever existed. She feeds from a waitress and leaves him to clean up the mess.
When Lily tracks down Damon and Elena, she breaks her son’s neck and realizes that Elena took the cure and is human, but Elena manages to get away from her, despite running into a couple of problems now-human (like more memories of her life with Damon coming back and moving the racks in the pantry and opening up the vent). Stefan and Damon manage to subdue her and put her in the cell in the basement, and while Stefan tells her that one day, she’ll see him as her son again, she just tells him that he’ll know what devastation like she felt feels like because she’ll find a way to get her people back, whatever it takes. Well, it definitely helps that in the 1903 prison world, they’re up and walking, thanks to Kai feeding them. Oh, and yes, Kai is still alive and ready to get out of there.
When Stefan finds Damon, he too tells him that being human is the last thing he wants and calls him out on not telling him himself about his plan to take the cure. But will Damon take the cure? Even Elena isn’t sure it’s a good idea because now that she has all her memories back, she remembers how he reacted on the island. He didn’t want the cure then, and while she loves him, she can’t let him take it now until he’s let everyone, including himself, try to talk him out of it.
“The Vampire Diaries” season 6 airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on the CW. What did you think of episode 20 “I’d Leave My Happy Home for You”?