One problem I have with TVD is that the passage of time is hard to follow. Sometimes, it's clear that some time has passed between the episodes. Sometimes that amount of time is stated, sometimes it's unclear. Sometimes one episode ends where the next begins, such as episodes 5 and 6. Sometimes an undefined amount of time happens during an episode. I plan on doing a timeline of the events of the seasons at the end of each season. It may cost me my sanity.
This episode takes place during Halloween. If the first day of school was in mid-to late August, which I think is relatively standard for grade school, then a little over two months has passed since Episode 1.
Season 1 Episode 7: Haunted
Tyler, who we haven't seen much of, is in the school parking lot after dark. I'm not a hundred percent sure if this is a continuation of episode six, but I think so. Anyway, Vicki is hungry and Tyler is definitely on the menu.
|This episode is kinda dark, so most of the pictures are too. Sorry.|
Matt's at school, and he gets a call from Vicki. She's checking in with him, letting him know she's okay (I almost said alive but... yeah). Vicki's hanging with both the Salvatores. Stefan is definitely Keeping an Eye on Vicki. Damon is reading the news, acting disinterested. He notices that the death of Logan Fell has been covered up for some reason.
|I don't know why, but Damon just chilling with the paper cracks me up.|
Elena arrives at the Salvatore boarding house and is kinda snarky to Damon, which is ballsy. Damon points this out, because he likes keeping a hanging death threat over her. She responds that if he wanted her dead she'd be dead. Then Damon makes a My Fair Lady reference, which actually made me clap my hands with glee. "Where's Stefan?" "He's upstairs, singing the Rain in Spain."
|Have I mentioned how much I like Elena?|
He's kinda like those after school specials where they tell you "drugs are bad, m'kay?" but don't actually give you the facts, and exaggerate the negative effects. Wait a minute. Was that the point they were making? Holy shit. I'm just gonna pretend it is.
Oh, Bonnie! We haven't heard from her for a while! I guess she's been hanging with her Grams, learning about her witchy roots. Grams teaches an occult course at a nearby university. What university would that be? Mystic Falls Community College? I'm not making fun, I just want to know. It doesn't seem like a big enough town to have it's own CC, and I'm not at all clear as to exactly where in Virginia Mystic Falls actually is.
|Now that I think about it, there could be a Something County Community College.|
Matt tells Tyler that Vicki called, and she's okay. This normally would irritate me, I don't like scenes of characters telling other characters things that the audience already knows without serving a purpose. However, Tyler offers to help (I'm not sure with what), and he seems pretty genuinely concerned. Not just for Vicki, but for Matt as well.
|Tyler Lockwood is Not a Dick this Episode.|
Stefan is talking to Vicki about being a vampire, apparently coffee helps keep vampires warm. Vicki is really having none of it, his talk is a little too AA for her. I wonder if it's some kind of requirement to have an overt anti-drug message in shows, and that's why they're subverting it with Stefan's "Just say No" bullshit. I'm totally sticking with that interpretation, btw.
Vicki and Elena end up alone. Elena wants her to stop seeing Jeremy, and Vicki's response is basically "I'm a vampire, you can't make me."
|There's a lot of baggage here, too, involving Matt and Vicki feeling inferior.|
Vicki asks Damon why he turned her. According to him: he was bored. She doesn't really like that answer, and he admits it's one of the problems of living for so damned long. She's clearly frustrated with everything, and Damon says she's just been cooped up. He takes her outside to show her the fun side of being a vampire. He shows her the fast running trick, which she's done before now without realizing I'm pretty sure. So she disappears. Damon totally planned on this, judging by the look on his face.
|He actually says "My bad."|
Elena tries to talk Jeremy into letting Vicki go. I understand that she promised to keep Stefan's secret, but considering that Jeremy might get eaten or turned into a vampire by a very stressed out Vicki, it might be worthwhile to let Jeremy in on the secret. Of course, she doesn't. Also, apparently Jeremy's hair is only really happy around her. Vicki texts him on the sly, asking him to meet her at the Halloween thing at school.
|I guess without Vicki there's no reason to comb anymore.|
At the Halloween party: Jeremy is dressed in a black (like his soul) hoodie. Elena is wearing a nurse outfit, Matt is wearing a doctor's uniform- apparently they had gone matching the year before. They both wound up there at the last minute, and wore what they had. That's kinda adorable. Vicki is dressed up as a vampire, either because she's being funny or through sheer coincidence. Vicki is wandering around, distracted by all of the necks, and Stefan grabs her and takes her into a class room. He's doing his best to convince her that now is not the time to be around all the tasty people.
|They were probably sickly sweet as a couple.|
Stefan, with Vicki in tow, finds Elena and Matt. Vicki freaks out at Stefan, making him look like a creeper, so he lets her go. She vanishes. Matt tries to keep Stefan from following, but Stefan brushes him off. Vicki's already found Jeremy, and they sneak outside for hot makeouts.
|I really just capped this because it looks kinda cool.|
Jeremy and Vicki sneak into the parking lot where the buses are and start making with the smooches, while Elena and Stefan are looking for her. (Sidenote: I like the music during this scene.) Vicki says she has to leave town, and asks Jeremy to go with her. She wants to turn him into a vampire, either that or use him as a snack that carries itself. Then Vicki bites his lip and starts licking up the blood, and then sucking on it. Which, to his credit, freaks him out. Then she vamps out on Jeremy.
|I still really like the vampire effect in this show.|
|It's also hard to see in this episode. Again, sorry.|
Bonnie shows up to see Grams in her costume. Grams sees the crystal, and recognizes it. She shows Bonnie that Emily Bennet from 1864 had the crystal before her. It's a family piece, and presumably magical. That's probably why Damon couldn't yank it off.
|I feel like Grams deserves more love.|
Matt catches Elena on her way out and notices she's covered in blood. In a move that could only possibly work on Halloween, she claims some idiot splashed her with fake blood. When he asks about Vicki, she says she doesn't know where Vicki is. Which, is technically true. No telling what Damon's done with her by now.
|Doesn't change the fact that she's moving like she's in pain, but whatever.|
Elena steps back outside, and asks Stefan how he's doing. He's very upset that he had to kill Vicki, even though he came of patronizing he really did want to help her out. Elena asks Stefan to compel Jeremy to forget what happened, which I totally get. Stefan admits that he probably won't be able to do it well. When he compelled Vicki she started remembering some things almost immediately, so we know this is a fact.
|There was a pouty-faced shot but it just looked funny the longer I stared at it.|
Elena admits that she sorta wants to forget, because everything is awful. She doesn't want to lose the way she feels about Stefan, though. I'll admit, that kinda made me groan. I mean, yeah, she's a teenager and is in love, but she's also known this guy for TWO MONTHS. His brother is an admitted murderer, and constantly reminds her that he could kill her with his left elbow. He also turns people into vampires because there's only reruns on or something. So, yeah, I rolled my eyes so hard they got stuck.
Damon, looking surprisingly somber, says "It's done."
|I do wonder how much of Stefan and Elena's conversation he heard. Oh well.|