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Well, then there's only one question we need to ask, isn't there? Which of our parents do we kill first?
Klaus to Elijah


Alive and Kicking is the second episode of the second season of The Originals and the twenty-fourth episode of the series overall.

Summary

GUEST STAR NATHANIEL BUZOLIC APPEARS IN FLASHBACKS TO THE 1700's — As tensions between Elijah and Hayley grow, Klaus steps in and encourages her to regain her position within her werewolf pack. Still under Davina's control, Mikael grows impatient while she attempts to uncover a spell that would protect those closest to her. When Elijah turns to Marcel for help in tracking down a vital piece of information, he is forced to remember a time long ago when they were on better terms. Meanwhile, Davina and Kol (as Kaleb) find themselves in a dangerous situation when unexpected visitors show up and crash their dinner. Finally, Klaus grows suspicious after a meeting with Cassie/Esther doesn't go as he had planned.

Plot

Cast

Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast

​Co-Starring

Trivia

  • Antagonists: Mikael (present), Esther (present), Finn (present), Kol (past and present) and Klaus (past).
  • Title meaning: a reference to all of the Mikaelsons (including Esther and Mikael) being alive again in New Orleans.
  • We learn that Esther sent Kol (in Kaleb's body) to spy on Davina. Kol eventually reports back that Davina may be hiding something that Esther suspects to be a weapon or a spell book. Eager to know its nature, she arranged a staged fight between Davina and a pack of moonlight-ring-clad werewolves, much to Kol's dismay, as he was injured during the confrontation.
  • Some of the flashbacks to the 19th century in this episode showed Kol's cruel nature toward humans while he was a vampire.
  • Davina has yet to find a way to unlink Marcel and Josh from Klaus' sire line, even using the spells in Esther's grimoire to create her own, as the spell she needs is both complex and intricate in nature.
  • Elijah and Klaus each find out that Esther is possessing Cassie, and that Mikael has been resurrected as well, leading the two brothers to vow to once again kill their parents.
  • Marcel fed Gia his blood and then later snapped her neck in order to turn her into the first vampire he has sired since beginning his plan to rebuild the vampire community in Algiers. Afterward, he tells Elijah that she's going to need a mentor and suggests that he take that role when she wakes up.
  • Klaus helps Hayley retake her title as Alpha of the Labonair line of the Crescent Wolf Pack, as they have yet to be drawn into the alliance with the witches, led by Esther and Finn.
    • Esther also revealed that she's making the moonlight rings in order to both gain the werewolves' allegiance, while also reestablishing that vampires are not welcome in the French Quarter, since the vampires are now vulnerable to their bites at all times. The witches have since been creating the moonlight rings en masse as part of this deal.
  • The first known time that Kol was daggered by Klaus was shown in this episode in flashbacks to 1702 in Cádiz, Spain, as Klaus and Elijah believed it was Kol's out-of-control behavior that led Mikael to their location.
    • The second known time he was daggered, in New Orleans in 1821, was also shown in this episode. He was daggered because he was negatively interfering with Klaus and Elijah's ability to properly raise Marcel, and had attempted to turn him into a vampire while he was still a child.
  • Elijah saves Davina from being killed by Mikael, only to find that it was she who resurrected Mikael in the first place.
  • Davina loses control of Mikael for a second when the Bracelet of Obedience that bound him to her fell off her wrist, but she quickly regains control of him and runs away with him before Mikael can hurt anyone and Elijah can retaliate.
  • Kol doesn't tell Esther or Finn that Mikael is alive, nor that he's the one who killed the werewolves, as he was angry at Esther for putting his life in danger so carelessly.
  • The reason behind Marcel's dislike for Elijah is revealed in this episode: after Klaus took Marcel in, Elijah spent a lot of time educating Marcel in literature and music, causing Marcel to develop a strong admiration for the elder vampire and a desire to be like him. However, the bond between Marcel and Elijah made Klaus jealous and he eventually revived Kol to feel less lonely.
    • When Kol's antics got out of hand leading Klaus to dagger him again, Elijah realized that Klaus needed to be the one to raise Marcel in order for Klaus to act more as a father-figure (and perhaps even make him mature and leave behind his ruthless and sadistic ways). So, Elijah purposely and cruelly shunned the young boy in order to drive him toward Klaus, who ultimately felt so badly for Marcel that he once again began to care for the boy, giving him the relationship they both needed at the cost of his own relationship with Marcel.
    • However, as far as Marcel knew, Elijah was simply being mean to him for sport, which is why he has always been wary of him since his and Klaus' return to New Orleans.

Continuity

Locations

Behind the Scenes

  • This episode marked the first active appearance of Kol Mikaelson (in his original body), not counting his brief cameo in the pilot.
  • This episode had 1.29 million viewers in the USA, which was 0.07 million less than the previous episode.

Cultural References

  • Theo, Klaus' favorite horse, which was beheaded by Mikael, is a direct reference to "The Godfather."
  • "Alive and Kicking" is a song from the musical band Simple Minds. The song was released in 1985.

Quotes

Esther: "Long ago, the witches and the werewolves were at peace. Then came the vampires."
Davina: "You manipulate and kill anyone who gets in your way."
Elijah: "Father?"
Mikael: "That's an interesting turn of events."
Esther: "Nothing can stand against us."
Klaus: "Well, that's a lofty goal for a teenage girl."

Esther: "Long ago, the witches and the werewolves were at peace. Then came the vampires."
Klaus: "Powerful. Fearless."
Klaus: "These people should be more respectful."
Davina: "You manipulate and kill anyone who gets in your way."
Elijah: "Father?"
Davina: "That time's over."
Mikael: "That's an interesting turn of events."
Esther: "We are united and nothing can stand against us."
Klaus: "Well, that's a lofty goal for a teenage girl."

Elijah"I came to make you an offer. Find me the white oak stake and I'll let this vampire community continue."
Esther"A thousand years ago, I was one of the greatest witches that has ever lived. Now I've returned. Let's get to work. We have a family reunion to plan."
Klaus"Where is she? Where is this witch who dares craft moonlight rings without my permission?"
Esther"Niklaus. I've been expecting you."
Elijah"Father... How...?"
Mikael"Hello, son. We have some unfinished business."

Klaus"I met the witch Cassie. I studied her, her presence, the way she carried herself. The fervor with which she voiced her hatred for our kind. I looked into that girl's eyes, and I swear to you, Elijah, she is not just guided by our mother-- she is our mother."

Elijah"Our father. I saw him, standing there in the flesh as you do now. He was enslaved with some spell cast by Davina. He holds the stake. If she chooses to release him..."
Klaus"Well, then there's only one question we need to ask, isn't there? Which of our parents do we kill first?"

Klaus"Where is she? Where is this witch who dares craft moonlight rings without my permission?"

Mikael"Hello, son. We have some unfinished business."

Multimedia

Soundtrack

Last.fm_play.png "Go" – Meg Myers
Last.fm_play.png "Recollection" – Keep Shelly In Athens


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