Not that there aren’t some fun moments this week, and not that we aren’t better off without Jeremy’s brooding, and I imagine Matt and Tyler are off having their own version of Police Academy since announcing their plans last week, but this week is all about Caroline, whose idea of hedonistic abandon is a very blasé rave? Caroline, there isn’t even a theme to this party, how could you stoop so low?
Still, all would be fine, if Stefan would stop meddling in everything. She wants to exercise her “no humanity” card and have a year of consequence free fun. At first it seems like she’s disappeared, but instead she’s just gone shopping. She wants all new décor at home and at school, and she even has a deal for her vampire compadres. Let her have this, and she promises not to kill anyone along the way. If anybody has the control to live up to that promise, it’s Caroline. Elena is even almost convinced, and Bonnie (upon not receiving the warmest of welcomes back) finds it more strange than off-putting “It’s like Caroline, but not.”
It’s not really Bonnie’s week, because Kai needs Damon to liaison with her so he can apologize, and she’s not having it.
Caroline may have found a great way to go about working out her frustrations and disappointments, and you even imagine her humanity would come back sooner rather than later, because how long could such a lifestyle really hold her attention? Caroline is a girl who wants to be in love, big time romantic prince on white charger love, no matter what she says.
Sadly, the object of her frustration lately has been Stefan, and he has never found a situation he can’t make worse by meddling. He seems all benign and friendly and wise, but he couldn’t keep Elena from being vamped or hold onto her once she was, he’s made life miserable for brother Damon as often as the reverse, he’s competed head-on for greatest butchery with Klaus Mikaelson, and he’s generally been a fairly toxic presence in Mystic Falls, despite all those guilty years of meekly eating squirrels.
So of course he can’t let Caroline have her fun, because of course he knows what’s best, because of course he feels guilty for not standing by her fully at her Mom’s funeral (and this after promising her mom he’d be there). So when he interferes, Caroline does what Elena did and what Damon always does when Stefan gets bossy; she ups the stakes.
Sadly, her victims are poor vampire bloodbag Liam (he’s not going to have any memories at all soon) and poor doomed Sarah Salvatore (who despite her disinterest in vampires is surrounded by them at all times), who are both even more victimized by a ruthless Caroline than they were by a petty, jealous Enzo. This is pretty bad, and it’s going to get worse, because Caroline no longer has any qualms about unleashing hell. I mean Ripper. Because that always works?