Last night, The Vampire Diaries concluded its second season with one of my favorite episodes thus far in the series, and thankfully this season’s cliffhanger didn’t involve a possible death for Caroline. Here’s your Friday dose of an episode recap – Caroline Forbes style.
Previously on The Vampire Diaries, the sacrifice happened and two main characters died, but Caroline was busy juggling her relationships with Matt and Tyler.
This week, we first see Caroline when she crashes Jeremy and Elena’s picnic at another Mystic Falls community gathering. The Gilberts are mourning not one, but two additional family deaths, and Caroline is there to lift their spirits with delicious food and her cheerful self. I’ve never seen Gone With The Wind (I know, I know), but the banner in the backdrop tells me that Caroline is referencing the movie and attempting to relate it to real life. Okay, this totally reminds me of the scene with Bonnie and Caroline in “Isobel” where they’re planning the Miss Mystic float and Bonnie says that Caroline “channels Scarlett daily.” Props to the writers for making a reference to that a full season later and rocking it – love! Anyway, back current day… Caroline’s optimism is so contagious that even Jeremy lets a small grin slip.
Caroline: “And yet, in spite of everything, we persevere!”
(Psst. If you don’t love Caroline already, you might want to re-evaluate your life choices.)
Later on, Caroline, Bonnie, and Jeremy are watching Gone With The Wind along with the rest of the town as they wait for news, and Caroline’s impatience is ruining her movie watching experience. Caroline eavesdrops on Jeremy’s phone call with Alaric, who says that Elena is in danger and Damon has escaped from his holding cell. Uh oh! Jeremy is sick of his lack of involvement when it comes to the many dangerous activities these kids embark on, so nothing’s going to stop him from searching for his sister.
…except getting shot by Sheriff Forbes at the grill. Yeah, that happened. Liz aims at Damon, but accidentally shoots Jeremy instead when Damon gets away. Bonnie and Caroline rush in to find Jeremy on the ground and Liz towering over him in hysterics. Caroline tries to feed Jeremy her blood, but it must be too late because he’s too busy being unconscious to drink it. This is not good! The sheriff is traumatized now; not only has she shot Jeremy Gilbert, but her daughter just tried to feed him blood right in front of her face with Bonnie’s encouragement. I wonder if Liz knows that Bonnie is a witch?
By this time, Alaric has arrived at the grill and Bonnie has a plan to save Jeremy, but she needs help. The sheriff panics when Alaric tries to pick Jeremy’s body up because they’re taking him from a crime scene. Caroline jumps in and tells her to let them go and her mom quickly backs off. I can’t tell if Liz is afraid of Caroline or if she’s not ready to give up on Jeremy’s survival quite yet either – maybe it’s a combination of both.
On an unrelated note, if Matt isn’t spending time with Caroline, plotting with Sheriff Forbes, or bussing tables at the Mystic Grill, where exactly is he?
This next scene is Caroline’s final scene of season two and coincidentally my favorite scene from the episode. Caroline and Sheriff Forbes are at the grill, standing in silence and not facing each other, when Caroline gets a call from Bonnie saying that Jeremy is alive. After she tells her mom the good news, Liz breathes a sigh of relief and says that she thought she killed Jeremy, to which Caroline says that she did.
Liz: “I don’t understand.”
Caroline: “I explained it to you once… but I had to make you forget because I was so scared of what you might do. But now, I don’t want to lie. I’m not gonna be afraid of you anymore. I don’t want you to be afraid of me anymore. I’m still your little girl. It’s me… it’s me.”
This is such a defining moment for Caroline and I feel like it represents her character so perfectly. I’ve been disappointed in Liz’s actions lately for obvious reasons, but I’ve held out hope for a scene similar to the one they had “Plan B” (without the compulsion, of course) and I’m glad the writers allowed for that before anything tragic happened. This provides closure to the anger, fear and hesitation that has developed between them, but it’s also the beginning of a new chapter of acceptance and understanding that they haven’t yet experienced.
Like I said before, this was one of my favorite episodes of the season and I wholeheartedly believe it’s because Caroline was truly involved in the major plotline. I know the triangle is important, but when Caroline has to deal with Matt and Tyler, she’s automatically out of the loop with everything else going on in Mystic Falls and I don’t enjoy that. I was so, so happy to see her casually interact with Elena and Bonnie just as friends should. Boys are nice, but best friends are better.
And that concludes The Caroline Forbes Focus recaps for Season 2 of The Vampire Diaries. Thank you for reading my weekly ramblings! It’s been fun. If all goes as planned, I’ll be back in September for Season 3! Cheers to Caroline Forbes. May she live forever.