I WATCHED THE VAMPIRE DIARIES February 19 television show and this is what I saw:
Thursday night’s episode was beautiful, one of the most poignant episodes of a television drama spectacular which is full of them. For the beauty of it all centered around the human event which no one, no matter how powerful they may be, can escape, and that is the death of a loved one.
Caroline, has been in agony, and yet drawn to go through the steps her mother would have wanted her to in this act of presiding over the funeral of her mother, also known as Sheriff Forbes.
The tragic event shoves participants back to their own bitter sweet memories; Caroline remembers talking to her mother about death when her mother taught her how to ride a bike without the training wheels. To Caroline, even then, she felt she could not live without her mother’s wise look at life.
Damon, asked by the sheriff to give her eulogy at her funeral, is reminded of his failure to deliver a eulogy at his own mothers who he had been supposed to do. His brother, Stefan’s disappointment in his brother still haunts Damon.
Caroline’s friends are very supportive of their suffering friend, and she awakes to find them camped out in the living room, asleep there.
In her practical way, Caroline lines them out with duties needing to be done for the service and asks Elena to go shopping with her, and the horror is, for a casket for her mother.
Meanwhile, their friend, Bonnie, is seeking escape from her other world prison, hoping to use retrieved magic to get her out of that solitary place. After 278 days, she is hopeful she will get out in this perfect time of an eclipse and using a magic tool, a dial of magic.
Jo, a physician at the college, is taken ill and finds she is throwing up. Rick is helping her make the best of this and try to overcome it to go to the funeral. Her twin, Kai, always of some selfish and totally evil motive, shows up and to their horror, he is having problems throwing up also. He tells her he believes the twin merge he did with his younger brother was not holding and this could mean he is dying, she could be dying and others of their coven would die also, since everything in their future depending on a successful merge of magic power between twins.
Reluctantly Jo merges with him, trying to give him her magic, and in turn, this could end her own. Happily he left and whispered something in her ear.
Shocked and reluctant, she told Rick, the man who loves her, and has stood by her through many of the turmoil’s of life, and he has a solution she is shocked by. He proposes to her, getting down on one knee, holding out a ring he had been saving, and she is overcome with joy.
During the day Stefan talks to his big brother, Damon, about a moment when Stefan was spending time with Caroline in a supportive way, and the event suddenly became more intense between them. They talked about this issue, and the funeral diverted any other talks except a short one between Caroline and Stefan right in front of her mother’s casket. This did not go in any way which was satisfactory for either of them.
Damon flanked by officers who had served the sheriff, did give a moving eulogy, touching the heart, and pulling all of the people there into that moment in life where nothing else is so important.
Caroline then sang to the amazement of her friends and Stefan rose forward in his seat to listen. She was a beautiful singer, and her song caught it all, the love bond she had with her mother, the tie her mother had been to normal life, and also as the vampire’s watched Caroline, even they were drawn totally into this mystery called “Life.”
At that time in the funeral chapel, Sheriff Forbes was recognized for her twelve years and four months of police service.
Bonnie's struggle had continued in her dangerous attempt to get back to her home. With a glance at a woman who suddenly showed up, Bonnie was pulled out of that place.
The first person Bonnie sees is Damon, who with joy greets her, but he is wondering why Elena hasn’t returned from checking on Caroline.
Caroline meanwhile, has decided to walk away from it all, ditch her human side, and turn off her humanity, just like she had seen other vampires do.
Suddenly she ends Elena’s efforts to talk Caroline out of this, and Elena ends up unconscious on the floor. When Stefan comes to talk to Caroline, he finds her gone, and Elena there, her friendship shoved aside as a vampire, apparently devoid of feeling, leaves. It is Caroline.
I really enjoyed this show, and its excellent mix of supernatural and human life.