|“||I was trying to save us! We were gonna run away. I was gonna protect you boys. We were... we were never gonna see him again. But your father, even drunk and miserable... He was always one step ahead.||”|
SummarySECRETS FROM THE PAST — In order to get through to Lily about Julian's manipulating ways, Stefan and Damon confront their mother with painful memories from their childhood. However, when Lily reveals a dark secret she’s been harboring for over 160 years, Stefan and Damon are left questioning everything they’ve ever known about their family. Determined to prove himself to Lily, Enzo comes face-to-face with Julian and challenges him to a duel, but an unexpected twist threatens to complicate things. Elsewhere, Matt finds himself in the middle of a deepening mystery involving the residents of Mystic Falls, and Caroline's world is turned upside down when Valerie reveals some life-changing news to her. Bonnie and Alaric also appear.
|Stefan invites Lily over so he can calmly remind her that she’s shacking up with a psychopath. He tells his mother than he got Valerie pregnant in 1863, and when Julian found out, he got rid of the baby. Lily isn’t buying it. Valerie is a liar. Stefan concedes, pours his mama a drink, and watches as she falls to the floor from a nice glass of concentrated vervain. Cheers!
Lily wakes up tied up to a chair. Her two sons take turns comparing Julian to their father. Obviously, Lily has a problem dating losers. Especially a man who served a 12-year-old his pet turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. Say it ain’t so! In a flashback, we learn that Giuseppe Salvatore forced Damon to eat poor Sammy. Bring on the nightmares.
Meanwhile, Bonnie and Enzo find Oscar’s car in a junk yard. Enzo is determined to uncover what is hidden away in the trunk that Julian could possibly want. Oh look! A miniature sword! Bonnie recognizes it and wants to study it closely. Enzo wants to stick the pointy end in Julian’s heart. Guess who wins that argument? Knowing that the sword must be the secret to killing his arch-nemesis, Enzo invites Julian to the creepy woods for a gentlemen’s duel. Swords are the weapon of choice (not the miniature one Enzo found), and the two begin some pretty impressive sparring.
Over at the Lockwood Mansion, Damon goes back to that awful Thanksgiving night. As if eating your own pet turkey wasn’t bad enough, Giuseppe accused Damon of stealing money. It’s clear that Damon didn’t take it, but he confessed in order to protect Stefan. His punishment? A cigar to the forearm. Current-day Lily looks wounded and defiant at the same time. She claims that she knew Giuseppe was a monster. And then, her neck begins bleeding. Through choking breaths she reminds her boys that she bound herself to Julian. If he dies, she dies.
Stefan unties Lily so her neck wound can heal. She tells him that she took the money to buy three train tickets so they could escape Giuseppe. All she cared about was protecting the boys. Then she doubles over with blood soaking her blouse and spilling from her mouth. Cut to Damon shoving the miniature sword he snatched from Enzo into Julian’s body. He scoffs at the Hamlet Community Theater of it all — his mother linking her life to a boyfriend who engages in a duel with the one guy who pines after her. Enzo didn’t know Lily was linked to Julian. He punches Damon out of anger before Julian cracks Enzo’s neck. To quote Damon, “Should Julian be deader?”
Julian stabs Damon; Stefan arrives and cracks Julian’s neck. Everyone lives because the “special sword” doesn’t permanently kill vampires. Julian runs to Lily, tattling on Damon for trying to kill him, ergo, trying to kill her. Julian picks up the sword and leaves with his bloody girl. Notice that Julian picked up the sword. Because Bonnie is a research genius, she discovered that the sword IS a significant weapon. It just needs one thing to possess the power against immortal foes — the Phoenix Stone. Without it, the sword is just a blade.
Special Recurring Guest Star
- Antagonists: Giuseppe Salvatore (flashback), Julian and Beau (present day).
- This is the second Thanksgiving episode in the series & the first time the same holiday has been featured in back to back seasons. The first Thanksgiving episode was last season's 8th episode Fade Into You.
- This is the second episode this season to feature both a flash forward and flashback. The first being Age of Innocence.
- In 2016, Dallas, Texas 3 years from now, Damon and Alaric are headed to the TV station to rescue Caroline from the woman hunting Stefan, to keep Stefan from springing her trap. Damon goes inside to get Caroline and gets shot in the back with multiple vervain darts.
- This episode features the first appearance of Giuseppe Salvatore this season and the first time someone other than James Remar has played the character.
- This is the first episode in which someone else other than Ian Somerhalder has played Damon.
- Damon becomes the fourth main character current and former to be seen as a child after Elena, Stefan and Caroline.
- Lily learns from Stefan that Julian killed her grandchild to keep her from returning to Mystic Falls. She also realizes that her sons are right in that she traded in one monster for another. She decides to help them kill Julian also comes up with a plan to do so.
- Bonnie and Enzo retrieve a sword from Oscar's car that when combined with the Phoenix Stone will kill a vampire but without the stone the sword is just a sword. Damon and Enzo find this out after Damon stabs Julian with the sword.
- Possible additional hints about the upcoming character, the Huntress, can be seen in this episode.
- When Bonnie looked up the sword in one of Alaric's books the illustration shows a woman holding both the Phoenix Stone and the sword over a body.
- As of this episode, it is subtly implied that the dagger with the Phoenix stone can also be a weapon to kill vampires. However, it is still unknown as to how Julian retained his original body yet trapped inside the stone.
- Lily revealed that she and Julian are linked by a binding spell.
- Tyler Lockwood and Jeremy Gilbert are mentioned in this episode. This as Matt wants their help in dealing with the problem of the compelled people in town and the Heretics.
- Matt finds more compelled people in Mystic Falls outside of the high school. In the Mystic Grill, City Hall and the Hospital. All the people Matt & Caroline had sent away from the school returned.
- Valerie removes the compulsion from most of the people in the Grill and Caroline then re-compels them before sending them out of town.
- Since Beau caught the bullet in midair, this implies vampires with enough experience can use their reflexes to catch more than just arrows, knives or other weapons thrown at them. Damon proved this last season when he caught the vervain dart shot at him by Tripp.
- Beau attacks Valerie as soon as he sees her but Matt saves her by distracting him by shooting at him, he catches the bullet. He then attacks a fleeing Caroline who is saved by Valerie who makes her invisible.
- Caroline does a pregnancy test, but the result is negative, and the babies are invisible to ultrasound. Near the end of the episode, Valerie realizes the twins are cloaked by a spell and she siphons it away. Caroline then checks again with ultrasound and confirms she's indeed carrying Alaric and Jo Laughlin's twin babies.
- Since the cloaking spell masked the presence of the babies from pregnancy test and ultrasound, it is possible that it also froze their development until Valerie removed it.
- Giuseppe Salvatore was last seen in an archival footage in a flashback in Handle with Care.
- This is the first episode this season in which Elena is not mentioned.
Behind the Scenes
- This episode is the least watched episode of The Vampire Diaries so far with 1.10 million viewers.
- Mommie Dearest is a memoir and exposé written by Christina Crawford, the adopted daughter of actress Joan Crawford. The book, which depicts Christina's childhood and her relationship with her mother, was published in 1978.
- Mommie Dearest is a 1981 American biographical drama film about Joan Crawford and the abusive relationship she had with her adopted daughter Christina Crawford and her adopted son Christopher, starring Faye Dunaway, Mara Hobel and Diana Scarwid.
- "Mommie Dearest" is the title of the 8th episode of Scream Queens (2015) which airs on FOX.
- Damon: "Best. Thanksgiving. Ever."
- Caroline (to Matt): "They're using them as human blood banks. I guess we know what the Heretics are having for Thanksgiving dinner!"
- Damon: "Best. Thanksgiving. Ever."
- Bonnie: "Why would a centuries old vampire with a bunch of witch group is so desperate to find anything collecting dust in a peopling county intel? This is a little beneath him."
- Enzo: "Well if Julian wants it then so do I."
- Bonnie: "We're talking about Oscar's car or...Lily? You're not doing this to stop a psychopath. You just want the girl."
- Enzo: "Congratulations. You just unlocked every man's true motivation in life."
- Bonnie: "Let me give you some advice. Stop treating Lily like some prize to be won."
- Enzo: "So the next summer is over in four over."
- Bonnie: "It's not the turn on you think it is. Try flowers, a quiet dinner. Listening. Found it."
- Enzo: "I'm assuming Julian doesn't want to give his Bluebook value. Charming."
- Stefan: "You're drawn to men who manipulate you into seeing what they want! Men who abuse you!"
- Lily: "Oh I'm sorry. The vervain ropes searing into my flesh are distracting me from concentrating on your lecture on tolerating abuse."
- Caroline (to Alaric): "But you're an occult studies professor. Have you ever come across anything about a pregnant vampire?"
- Julian: "I hope you're not suggesting anything untoward."
- Enzo: "And what if I were?"
- Julian: "Well. We would have to settle it like gentlemen."