The Vampire Diaries “Mommie Dearest” Review (Season 7 Episode 7)

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In a Thanksgiving-themed episode of “The Vampire Diaries,” things once again came to a head with the Julian situation, this time with some less expected results, in the aptly-titled “Mommie Dearest.” (Oddly, this was also the title of an episode of “Scream Queens” just last week!)

Nothing earth-shattering, mind you, but definitely a step in the right direction, plotting-wise. Basically, what it amounted to was not dragging things out in the way one might have expected them to, which is undeniably a positive in what has been a somewhat creaky season thus far.

The main drive of the plot was the attempt by Stefan and Damon to convince their estranged mother Lily (Annie Wersching) that Julian (Todd Lasance) was, in fact, trouble waiting to happen. Of course, the only way to do that was to confront her, so naturally a Thanksgiving dinner was arranged to do so. Once there, Stefan told Lily about what had really happened with Valerie (Elizabeth Blackmore) way back when and Julian’s role in causing her to miscarry, as well as stand him up. Naturally, she didn’t believe him, so clearly harsher methods would be necessary.

So, after a concentrated vervain drink rendered her unconscious, Stefan and Damon tied her up and tried to further convince her by reminding her she had a type- and that type was abusive. We got some relevant flashbacks, in which we saw how vicious father Giuseppe (John Charles Meyer, “Devil’s Couriers”) was to his kids, particularly Damon, who he burnt with a lit cigar after he admitted to stealing money from his father- which he didn’t do, but assumed Stefan had, not knowing any better.

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Unfortunately, it took some doing to convince her, during which time Damon got a bit impatient. Then, out of nowhere, she started to bleed, even though neither of her sons had done anything. It turned out that Lily had bonded herself to Julian, unwisely thinking neither of her sons would be hateful enough to kill Julian if it meant killing her as well. This proved to very nearly be a deadly mistake, as, while all this was going on, Enzo (Michael Malarkey) had confronted Julian and literally challenged him to a duel for Lily’s hand. How very old-school!

In addition to not knowing about the connection between Lily and Julian, he also didn’t know the significance of the sword that he and Bonnie found on the sly in the late Oscar’s car’s trunk. Thinking it to be a sure way to kill him- and a nicely ironic thing to do, in light of the fact that Julian himself was in search of said sword- little did he know that the sword was only effective in conjunction with the infamous Phoenix Stone, which, of course, Julian had.

As Lily’s condition worsened, Damon rushed to them and broke up the fight, saving Enzo’s bacon in the process, as he was close to losing. However, thinking he could kill two birds with one stone, Damon also took the opportunity to try and kill Julian again, this time with said sword, with the full intention of taking Lily out at the same time, repercussions be damned. Somewhat thankfully, even though it was completely her fault for putting herself in that position, Stefan was able to stop it just in time to save their mother in the process, even though the sword didn’t work anyway, not being effective without said stone.

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The reason being that Lily finally admitted that she’d actually been the one that stole the money from her husband, only letting Damon take the blame because she’d already set a plan in motion to spirit away with her sons on a train ticket she’d bought with the money. Alas, Giuseppe caught her in the act, after discovering her hiding place and waiting for her to retrieve the tickets. Stuck between a rock and a hard place, and caught red-handed, Lily opted to stay with him simply to try and protect her kids to the best of her abilities, despite knowing what a jerk he was, but also knowing she’d never get away with another attempt.

Once the dust settled, despite being rattled by Damon’s actions, what with trying to kill her and all- he still didn’t know the whole story, having left before she got to the part involving her plans to run off with them- Lily still confronted Julian about Stefan’s accusations, which he fully denied. However, she realized in his overall manner that she’d been there, done that before, and had fallen back into bad patterns. Julian was indeed lying to her, and now she’d have to work quick, but carefully to undo what had been done before it was too late.

It seems she has a plan to do so, but the episode ended before we got the info on that, but at least we know she now believes Stefan (and, one assumes Valerie, by extension) and intends to help him and Damon bring down Julian after all, which is good. But will she be able to succeed where she failed last time? We shall see.

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On the plus side, as alluded to earlier, I thought for sure they would drag all this out much longer, so it was a nice surprise that they managed to convince her so soon- or technically she convinced herself, but either way, same outcome: she is now officially on the right side of things, for once. The question is, where will the rest of them fall, as in Beau, Nora and Mary? Also, what exactly will that sword do, now that Julian has both it and the stone? Whatever it is, it can’t be good.

Dollars to donuts its connected to whatever it is that’s going on with all the townspeople gathering in random places like the Mystic Grill, the high school, the grocery store and church and intentionally hooking themselves up to IVs for some odd reason. I thought, like Caroline, that they were being used for blood supply, but it turns out that isn’t the case. Instead, the IVs are for feeding them intravenously.

Caroline suggested that perhaps they were being “fattened up” for the kill, but who knows? Either way, I’m pretty sure it’s connected to whatever that sword and the stone are for. A mass sacrifice, perhaps? A potential vampire and/or witch army, somewhat in the vein of the Travelers? Could be, but I’m hoping it’s something more unexpected. But I’m not sure what that would be, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

On other fronts, Caroline finally discovered she was indeed pregnant when Valerie realized the babies had been cloaked, after they didn’t show up either via a pregnancy test or on an ultrasound, yet Caroline was still exhibiting signs of it, i.e. morning sickness and smells getting to her. We also discovered, as I figured, that it had nothing to do with Stefan, as vampire can’t get pregnant under normal circumstances. Obviously, these were no normal circumstances, to say the least, so Caroline is, in fact, really carrying Jo’s unborn babies, as crazy as that sounds. But this is a supernatural show, so is it really that surprising? No word yet on what Stefan will make of all this.

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That was about it, aside from the latest attempt to make Benzo or Bonzo or whatever they’re calling it this week happen. Personally, I think they should leave those names to Ashley Benson and the late, great John Bonham (if you have to ask, you need to recognize, people), but I gather that’s rapidly becoming the less popular opinion. A recent Twitter poll has 85% (!) of fans onboard with this noise, so I guess I’m officially in the minority, so what are you gonna do?

I guess my Bamon dreams are officially shot, unless it’s all an elaborate fake-out, but I don’t think so, between the whole flash-forward thing with them as a couple and the fact that Damon apparently goes into hibernation to “wait for Elena,” which is beyond sad to me- not to mention more than a little pathetic- but I guess the fans have spoken, so once again, what are you gonna do?

I’d have thought that Ian Somerhalder’s considerable fan-base would be duly against him being borderline neutered, but I guess not. And there I was thinking that Nina Dobrev leaving the show might not be such a bad thing after all- now I’m not so sure, which is a sentence I never, ever thought I’d type, ever. Do we need to get T-Swift on this shiz? Apparently so. Maybe the ‘shippers will listen to their Queen. Ugh.

Okay, I’m done with the bitching. Whatever floats everyone’s boat, I suppose. It just seems like a square peg in a round hole type sitch to me, but I digress. I thought Season 5 was bad, but clearly the writers are totally determined to ruin Bonnie for me altogether, by any means necessary. I can’t even. Over it.

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So, yeah, on the plus side, like I said, really glad they didn’t try to drag the whole Lily vs. her sons’ voices of reason thing longer than they should have, so whatever qualms I might have about the other stuff, I’m good with that. I’m also curious to see where the whole town being IV’d thing is headed, and what the deal is with Julian’s magic sword. Hopefully, the half-season will end strong, and I remain intrigued by the flash-forwards so far, so we’ll see. A lot will depend on the answers to all these questions, but I wouldn’t quite say the season is off the rails…yet.

What did you think of the latest episode of “The Vampire Diaries”? Were you also glad they didn’t drag the Lily thing out? Will she and her sons ever truly reconcile, or will Damon never be able to forgive and forget? What is Julian up to? What’s up with all the townspeople being compelled? Can we get another Twitter poll on this Bonnie/Enzo thing? Seriously? See you in a few weeks, and hope you have a better Thanksgiving than these folks did!