|“||I'm warning you. I've forgiven you. I have stood by you. I've forsaken every single one of my desires in the name of your ridiculous redemption. No more. If I want something I'll take it. And nothing...nothing will stand in my way.||”|
THE FEAST OF THE BLESSINGS - Genevieve asks Elijah to allow her coven to publicly celebrate a traditional feast day, where members of the community offer the witches gifts in return for blessings. Monique and Genevieve disagree over what the ancestors want from them, and Genevieve reveals her plan to build the witches' power. When Elijah focuses his attention on restoring their home to its former glory, Klaus accuses him of doing it only to impress Hayley. Next, Klaus sets a new plan in motion by finding Cary, a werewolf from his own line, and sending him off to find a missing piece of family history. Marcel lets Thierry in on his new plan to rebuild his power, but Diego has his own ideas about the future. At the Feast of the Blessings, Monique and Genevieve try to use the ceremony to teach Davina a lesson, but Klaus intervenes and gives Davina a surprisingly important gift. While Hayley struggles to decide where her loyalties should lie, the ceremony explodes into violence.
|When Klaus so easily forgave Genevieve for nakedly attacking his family in episodes past, but I DID buy it when he forgave her for nakedly jumping into his bed right away. Original vampires gotta rub up on something too! So it was somewhat of a relief to see them outright warring by the end of this episode. Out of the four resurrected witches, Genevieve was my least favorite (rest in peace my beautiful Bastiana, rest in peace my wonderful Papa Tunde), and she did NOT deserve to have Klaus paint her portrait, especially since she was being so stubborn about not fixing Father Kieran's broken brain. But Klaus was feeling uncharacteristically chill in this episode, so when Genevieve proposed that the whole town throw a witch party, Klaus was very cool with it and sent Elijah around to bully everybody into attending. Obviously the party didn't go well, but for once it wasn't Klaus' fault. By the end of the episode he was threatening Genevieve's life and making tearful apologies to Cami for failing her. It was the most human Klaus has seemed in a while, and it was straight-up refreshing to behold.
Elijah, meanwhile, was experiencing a sort of delayed reaction to all of Klaus's shenanigans leading up to and including Rebekah's maltreatment. He had HAD IT. Even though Elijah took seriously his job of keeping the peace and preserving the monster factions' tenuous truce, he was NOT about to take any more foolishness from Klaus. In what must be a turning point for the series, Elijah even pinned Klaus to a wall and informed him that he'd be acting on his impulses from now on. Specifically toward Hayley. Also he ripped out Thierry's heart in order to punish Marcel for his terrorism, and I think that counts as an impulse Elijah wouldn't have honored before, but New Elijah is all about getting results. Unfortunately for those expecting him to carry Hayley off into the sunset right away, he reverted to his more noble ways when he saw her laughing at a campfire alongside Jackson and decided to back off. Ugh, heartache. But welcome back to the game, Elijah.
Speaking of Marcel: Yup, his new thing was trying to disrupt New Orleans' peace by orchestrating the vampire version of a suicide bombing! At the witch party (where everybody had been struggling to remain on their best behaviors), he sent in a group of African-American gentlemen in white suits and made them bang on drums and then open their wrists in mixed company. This obviously hastened a TOTAL BLOODBATH and it seemed like the truce was officially over. Even Hayley got scraped in the tussle, which infuriated Elijah, which led to Thierry getting his heart ripped out. Elijah opted not to kill Marcel so as to not tick off Klaus, but then later Klaus seemed very ready to kill Marcel himself, so that was probably a bad call on Elijah's part because Marcel definitely deserved to die. Anyway, after the massacre, all the surviving vampires joined Marcel's cause, so his army is growing now. And hopefully in the finale we'll hear "Zombie" by The Cranberries, because with their tanks and their bombs, and their bombs and their guns, in your head, in your head, they are crying. Zombie, hey. Monique's up to no good, obviously. First her ancestors told her it was time to murder Genevieve (finally), but then Genevieve stalled for time promising to get the Mikaelson grimoire for her. Genevieve did not get the grimoire, but she did get the severed hands of her henchman who'd tried to steal it, which in my opinion was not a great consolation prize. Monique spent most of the episode throwing shade at Davina, but Davina had a nice moment wherein Klaus attempted to make it up to her for having murdered her first love, the fiddle boy. And his reparative gift was actually a biggie: the spell to create daylight rings! Which means Josh is about to get some much-needed Vitamin D. But anyway, at the end of the episode Monique decided it was time to knife Genevieve (finally), but the ancestors butted in to spare Genevieve, but only if they successfully murdered Hayley's child. So, uh-oh. That seems like a season-finale-type conflict right there. Not a super-suspenseful one, because in my opinion a baby is not about to get murdered on The Originals. And this is neither here nor there, but remember at the witch party parade when the three witches demonstrated their powers by causing AN EARTHQUAKE, among other things? Easily the least-cool thing Monique did all episode. How is it possible that the crowd didn't scream and take cover? Earthquakes are no joke, you guys.
There was also a bunch of other stuff that happened in this episode, but honestly trying to remember it all feels like cramming the night before a test. "The Big Uneasy" gave us so much information! Klaus is mad at Cami for sleeping with Marcel. Hayley no longer trusts Jackson and Oliver. Klaus' new blonde werewolf cousin is handsome. Josh will not stop talking about going to gay clubs. This was a busy episode of The Originals without a whole lot of forward momentum. As I said earlier, a typical TV show can really go wrong with so much info to impart, but this show is getting so good at set-up! "The Big Uneasy" was a good episode, guys, trust me. But personally I'm getting very excited for the real fireworks to begin.
- Antagonist: Marcel Gerard.
- Narrator: Niklaus Mikaelson.
- Title meaning: a reference to the tensions still existing between the various factions in New Orleans despite the signing of a peace treaty.
- Hayley learns from Jackson and Oliver that they have made a deal with Klaus to create moonlight rings for the Crescents.
- The Harvest girls participate in a traditional festival know as La Fête des Bénédictions, where the community offers witches gifts in return for their blessings.
- The Harvest girls are revealed to each represent one of the four elements with Monique representing earth, Davina representing fire, Abigail representing wind and Cassie representing water.
- As such, each of them seem to have a special affinity for elemental control involving the element they represent, which they demonstrated at the ceremony: Davina magically created fireworks, Abigail summoned strong winds, and Monique caused mild earth tremors.
- Marcel disrupts the Festival of the Blessings by sending in a group of compelled musicians who cut themselves, causing the majority of the vampires in attendance into a feeding frenzy that caused them to attack and feed on many of the humans and witches at the party. During the chaos, Marcel leaves a message written in blood on the wall that reads, "There will be no peace".
- Diego, who had earlier rejected Marcel's plan to take on the Original Vampire's, agrees to do so after Thierry's death at the hands of Elijah.
- Genevieve attempts to steal Esther's grimoire from the compound in order to buy herself some time before she is to be sacrificed and to give the French Quarter Coven the power to ensure they're not held in subjugation again.
- However, Klaus knew that she would try to steal the grimoire, and killed the witch Genevieve sent to get it for her, causing Genevieve to fail at her task for the coven and making her so angry she refused to help lift Father Kieran's hex for Klaus.
- The Ancestors told Monique to inform the coven that they decreed that Genevieve must be sacrificed in order to finally resurrect Cassie, the final Harvest girl, and complete the Harvest ritual so they could have the power they needed in the upcoming supernatural war.
- However, by the end of the episode, the Ancestors decided to spare her, in exchange for a replacement offering of their choosing-- the yet-to-be-born Hope Mikaelson.
- Klaus and Cary interact for the first time in this episode when they have a meeting at St. Anne's Church. Klaus sends Cary to figure out which stone was housed in the ring that belonged to Klaus' biological father, which was passed down through the generations of their bloodline.
- Cary is asked to find what stone belongs in the Moonlight ring by Klaus.
- Oliver tells Klaus that the Crescents and his biological father's pack, the North East Atlantic Pack, have fought each other for generations. In response, Klaus argues that the lack of unity between werewolf packs is the reason for the international werewolf genocide over the centuries, as well as the exile of the werewolves in the Bayou.
- Klaus gave Davina a gift in order to gain back her favor-- a public pardon for Josh for his betrayal in The River in Reverse, as well as a Lapis Lazuli ring and the page from Esther's grimoire that details how to create a daylight ring for Josh.
- This is the first episode where Hope Mikaelson kicks onscreen.
- Elijah kills Thierry in order to teach Marcel a lesson as to not to disrupt the treaty.
- According to Eve, every pack in the United States has come to New Orleans to witness the baby's birth.
- Klaus is attempting to unite all the werewolf clans as one.
- Cary was last seen in Après Moi, Le Déluge.
- Hayley learns about the deal made between Jackson, Oliver, and Klaus in order to make moonlight rings for the werewolves, which the men made in Moon Over Bourbon Street.
- New Orleans
Behind the Scenes
- Like the Vampire Diaries Rehash, the first installment of the one for The Originals called Secrets from the Quarter makes its debut after this episode airs. It is hosted by Steven Krueger, who plays Josh.
- This episode had about 1.52 million viewers in the USA, which was 0.01 million less than the previous episode.
- This episode was filmed during the week of February 25, 2014.
- The location used in this episode for the Festival of the Blessings had previously been seen in TVD episodes Monster's Ball for the Whitmore Historical Ball and in Total Eclipse of the Heart for the Bitter Ball.
- The title is a pun of New Orleans' nickname "The Big Easy."
- The Big Uneasy was a documentary in 2010. Amongst other actors John Goodman and Brad Pitt contribute to the project. It is about the leaders of two scientific investigation teams, and one whistleblower--as they reveal the true story of why New Orleans flooded.
- Klaus: "I see you've already avenged the little wolf. Judging by your look, you’re still out for blood."
- Elijah: "If the definition for insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results, then surely my quest for your salvation ranks me as one of the maddest men."
- Klaus: "Alright then, what horrible deed has the bastard done this time?"
- Elijah: "You know, in the past, I actually appreciated the methods to your manipulations. However, now here we are, poised on the brink of a new era-- which you have brought not only into your home, but to your child-- and, you go behind my back to conspire with the wolves."
- Klaus: "'Conspire' is hardly he word I would use for a family council. And let's not forget, Elijah, they are my family as much as any Mikaelson - a name, in truth, I cannot even call my own."
- Elijah: "How casually you disavow a thousand years of allegiance towards your family."
- Klaus: "And now that I have found the remnants of my other family, am I to ignore their plight? I would have thought you’d support my desire to help them, when in doing so I help Hayley and the child."
- Elijah: "Do not question my allegiance towards that child!"
- Klaus: "Oh, I suppose your affection for Hayley has nothing to do with your tireless dedication? Yes, you see, I saw how you cared for her tonight, called her name in the dark. The zeal with which you’d destroy those who would harm her."
- Elijah: "I have denied every single impulse I have ever had for that woman out of some misbegotten respect for intentions that you don’t even have!"
- Klaus: "I’m warning you--"
- Elijah: "I’m warning you! I've forgiven you, I've stood by you, I have forsaken every single one of my desires in the name of your ridiculous redemption. No more. If I want something, I’ll take it. And nothing-- nothing-- will stand in my way."
- Klaus: "Enough with all the racket!"
- Elijah: "Is there a problem, brother? Gentlemen, please."
- Klaus: "I agreed to a general sprucing up, not a bloody three-ring circus."
- Elijah: "Marcel and his minions abused our home for a better part of a century. Now, you may be content to live in squalor. I'm not."
- Genevieve: "I agree with your brother. It's a new era in the French Quarter, this place could use a makeover."
- Klaus: "Be careful, Elijah. When this one agrees with you, it's a sure sign she wants something."
- Genevieve: "Actually, I do have a request. I'm told our coven hasn't been able to celebrate feast days since Marcel restricted the use of magic. Now, with the new peace, I'd like that to change."
- Thierry: "Exiled from the quarter. Elijah even smells you coming and you're dead."
- Marcel: "You don't know them like I do. They have turned against each other already. A thousand years of family drama. Pride, guilt, envy, all built up like a powder keg. All you have to do is light a match."
- Thierry: "Then where do we buy matches? Look around Marcel, we have nothing!"
- Marcel: "We started with nothing. Hell, things didn't get rolling until I turned you! You, and your music, and the whole city for the taking. Those were the days, T. Let's go get them back!"