|“||You may be a thousand miles away or a hundred years away, but.. you're still here with me. And my heart is right there in that coffin with you.||”|
HEAVEN & HELL BALL — Just as Damon thinks he’s gained the upper hand in his fight against Lily, an unexpected turn of events leaves him scrambling for a plan B. Elsewhere, when the fallout of Damon’s actions gains the unwanted attention of Mary Louise and Nora, Stefan and Caroline are forced to spend the night distracting the girls at Whitmore College’s Heaven & Hell ball. Finally, after suspecting that she’s up to something, Enzo sets off on a mission to find out what Valerie is hiding, while a plan set by Alaric and Bonnie leaves their worlds turned upside down. Matt also appears.
|The episode starts with a flash forward to three years from when the show is taking place. It shows Alaric building something to try to fix a baby doll. When it doesn't work, he mutters "damn it." Two children, who are about three walk up to him and ask if it's fixed. Alaric dismisses them, telling them that it's past their bedtime. They leave to go brush their teeth, giggling. The giggling suddenly stops, causing Alaric to go check on them. He grabs a gun and slowly walks over to the door that they're standing and staring at. Damon's standing in the doorway. Ric says "step behind daddy," to the girls, proving that they're his children. Damon threatens Ric that if Ric doesn't oblige to what he wants to be done, he'll kill someone.
The episode cuts back to present day with Ric looking at the Phoenix Stone. A worker walks in and makes a sarcastic comment about Ric being in the morgue at 5 AM to which Ric replies that he needs the room for himself. Ric hands the worker money, to which the worker replies that Jo's body can't be held there anymore, as it's already been held there too long.
The scene cuts and reopens to Damon, walking down a hallway, getting a phone call from Lily, who asks to see Oscar. Once Damon tells her that he's about to wake Oscar up from a "vervain nap" Lily tells him that once he gets Elena's body back from her, she'll still be asleep and in a box. Damon hangs up the phone and opens the curtain to the room in which he's keeping Oscar's body, and finds that he isn't there. He opens the closet door and finds Oscar's dead body.
Bonnie's about to leave when Caroline wakes up and tells her that "[she'd] lost more sleep if [Bonnie] snuck out without saying 'hi.'" They hug and Bonnie tells her that she'll work on a way to unravel the skin-burning spell that Valerie put on her when she has the time. She also tells Caroline that she's helping Alaric try to connect Jo's spirit and her body using the Phoenix Stone and that her job is to let him down easily.
Stefan and Damon start arguing about how Damon was using Oscar to get back and that the way Stefan sees it, that Elena was in more trouble than ever because of Damon. Damon accuses of Stefan of being on Lily's side, to which Stefan responds that because Damon can't be with Elena, he makes all of his bad decisions about her. The scene ends with Damon telling Stefan that he needs to get rid of Oscar's body and Stefan tells him that he has to get rid of it.
Enzo walks in to Valerie making mushroom omelettes for Oscar because he was supposed to be returning home that day. Lily walks in, telling them that Damon never showed up with Oscar, and asks Enzo for a moment alone with Valerie. Lily tells Valerie that she found out about Stefan and Valerie in 1863. Valerie defends herself and Stefan stating that it was puppy love and that they were just children and that it meant nothing. She also tells Lily that she didn't want to tell her because she was fragile at the time. Lily asks why Valerie put Stefan through thinking that she was going to come back for him. Valerie apologizes and tells Lily that there's nothing more that she's holding back. Valerie turns to leave claiming that she needs to look for Oscar, to which Lily tells her that it wouldn't be necessary.
Nora and Mary Louise go to the university in which Stefan and Damon are to ask for Oscar back, while they're moving his body. Mary Louise asks for Oscar back and Damon tells her that he just left. Damon tells Nora that he's been binging hence the reason he smells like blood. She walks around breaking things until Damon changes his story, saying that Oscar knocked him out and took off and that he lost his bargaining chip. Mary Louise asks why Oscar hadn't been answering the phone, while in the background you see Nora walking toward the bathroom. The music gets suspenseful and Stefan looks and when he glances forward again he looks worried. Nora opens the bathroom door and she finds nothing. Aggravated, she turns around and asks why she doesn't believe him. The girls leave and it's revealed that they hung Oscar's body out the window. They bring his body in and put it on the couch. Behind them, a girl walks into the room with a letter from Nora saying "For every hour that Oscar isn't returned, a Whitmore student will die starting now." Abruptly the student stabs herself in the neck.
Special Recurring Guest Star
- Stefan reveals that it has been 4 months since the events of I'm Thinking Of You All The While.
- Bonnie resurrects two unknown characters by placing them both in Oscar and Jo's corpses with the help of the Phoenix Stone. They are also the first supernatural characters brought back to life since the Other Side ceased to exist at the end of Season 5.
- The 2016 flash forward shows Alaric and Jo's twins.
- The Phoenix Stone is Native American in origin according to Bonnie as she's telling Caroline it's a little sketchy as she plans on talking Alaric out of bringing back Jo with it.
- The shown side effect of the Phoenix Stone on bringing back a vampire, Oscar, is a ravenous thirst for blood and even attacking those you would consider family or friend as evidenced when Oscar went after Lily as she tried talking him down after he just killed bus full of people.
- It's revealed that Oscar has Ripper-like tendecies when he feeds but isn't one himself like Lily or her son Stefan.
- Nora siphons the magic cast by Valerie from Caroline.
- At first, both Nora and Mary Louise refuse to help siphon Valerie's spell on Caroline, stating how if Valerie finds out she'll do something much worse.
- Damon, after getting Elena's body back at the ruins of the old Salvatore estate, begins writing in a journal for Elena. In his first entry it says that it'll surprise her when she wakes up. Just like his sleeping girlfriend, Damon writes that he doesn't know who he is without her, just as she wrote about Damon. He is also saying goodbye to her until she wakes.
- Tyler takes possession of Elena's casket, which eventually ends up in 2016 Brooklyn, at Damon's request to remove it from Mystic Falls to both to keep her safe but keep himself out of danger protecting her. This after talking with Lily.
- Beau is mentioned, he was last seen in Never Let Me Go.
- Matt Donovan and Enzo were last seen in Never Let Me Go aswell.
- The "Heaven & Hell Ball" is the third dance that Caroline has attended at Whitmore College. The first being the "Historical Ball" in Monster's Ball and the second being the "Bitter Ball" in Total Eclipse of the Heart both in Season 5.
- Damon mentioned the time he waited for Katherine, saying there was a bottle of wine he wanted to open for her, but he didn't, and the bottle kept aging on the shelf.
- The tour guide mentioned Grove Hill, which is a place Isobel grew up in.
- Damon referred to Lily as "Mommy Dearest", which is a title of a future episode.
- Dallas, Texas
- Alaric's apartment (flashforward)
- McKinley, Virginia
- Mystic Falls, Virginia
- The Girl who brought a note from Nora and Mary Louise — stabbed in the neck with a pen (compelled); killed by Nora and Mary Louise
- Bartender — heart extraction; killed by Mary Louise
- The Man who rode into Mystic Falls — blood loss; killed by Unknown (in Oscar's body)
- Tour Guide and ten tourists, AnnaLily Wynn, Tori Loren, Kinsey Dziwura — blood loss; killed by Unknown (in Oscar's body)
Behind the Scenes
- Filming began on August 23, 2015.
- Julie Plec says this episode is the show's Halloween episode.
- This episode had about 1.24 million viewers in the USA.
- Welcome back, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe! Sort of. I can’t say that spending 11 hours lying dead on a morgue table is the best way to spend the day, but it sure was nice to have her around again. Last season, I accidentally told Jodi of her pending demise as though she already knew it was happening. She didn’t. That was awkward. Jodi is the queen of Bananagrams, and has repeatedly kicked my ass in my own home. Her death had nothing to do with her Bananagrams skills, I swear.
- This episode cements my love for Enzo’s new hair. Michael Malarkey has a bit of a punk-rock history and last season someone thought it would be fun to play with a faux-hawk for Enzo’s character. I wasn’t a fan. A clever blogger, likely Price Peterson, called it the Sonic the Hedgehog ‘do and I could never look at it the same again. In season 2, Tyler Lockwood showed up in a faux-hawk once his werewolf curse was triggered — because, you know, once you let your wolf out you should absolutely change your hairstyle right away — and Kevin [Williamson] nearly lost his mind. This was nothing compared to the meltdown I had had earlier in the season when Caroline Forbes, less than 12 hours after having been turned into a vampire, inexplicably started wearing thick black bad-girl eyeliner. It’s the little things that will drive you crazy in this job.
- In his diary entry to Elena, Damon’s perspective on wine was inspired by a conversation that Ian [Somerhalder] had with Caroline Dries over Damon’s hobbies. Having consumed wine with Ian, I can attest to his eye for quality.
- The title of this episode refers to the famous poem I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart), written by the poet E.E. Cummings in 1952.
- Ghostbusters is a 1984 American supernatural horror comedy/