This history-packed episode took the viewers back to the late 1500s in Bulgaria to learn the story behind the Curse of the Sun and Moon, thanks to Katherine (Nina Dobrev) spilling her guts, figuratively speaking, to Elena (Nina Dobrev) in return for some blood. Elena went to Katherine’s “tomb” with the help of her friend Caroline (Candice Accola). Elena brought with her items that she knew Katherine wouldn’t refuse in return for information. A blood-thirsty Katherine just could not pass up the bottle of blood. After consuming the first shot of blood, she started dishing her story.
Her story began in 1490 as Katerina Petrova (Nina Dobrev), a.k.a. present-day Katherine, giving birth to a baby girl. As soon as the childbirth was over, Katerina’s father took and gave the baby away. Dobrev’s impressive acting had viewers feeling this heart-wrenching scene of how difficult it may have been for Katerina to lose her newborn. Having a child out of wedlock, which was a no-no back in those times, Katerina was banished from her native Bulgaria in 1492. She moved to England where she caught the eye of Klaus, a nobleman-and the original vampire. Later, she ran away after finding out that Klaus wanted to drain her blood as a sacrifice to undo the Curse of the Sun and Moon, which was bound with the blood of Petrova.
Trevor (Trent Ford), who was beheaded in a previous episode, helped Katerina escape to Rose’s (Lauren Cohan) cottage. Rose discovered that Katerina had stolen the moonstone from Klaus, so she decided that she will turn Katerina over to Klaus, otherwise she and Trevor would also die. Rose fed Katerina her blood to heal her wounds. However, when Rose left the room, Katerina hanged herself and became a vampire. Katerina’s desperation to save her own skin made her the villain that she is today. However, a scene where Katherine looked at a drawing of her and her parents, who were killed by Klaus in 1492, may lead you to believe she may have a soft spot in her.
Katherine came back to Mystic Falls to try to break the spell. Since Katherine and Elena are of the same bloodline, Katherine plans to give Elena to Klaus as a human doppelganger to break the spell. Included in this plan were Caroline, Tyler (Michael Trevino) and Bonnie (Katerina Graham). In order to break the spell, you also need a vampire (curse of the sun) and werewolf (curse of the moon) for the spell and a witch to perform it. Katherine told Elena, “Better you die than I.”
In this episode viewers get to visualize a vampire cyber cafe, complete with double tinted windows to keep the sunlight out. Rose’s friend Slater (Trevor Peterson), a nerdy vampire with 18 degrees, three master’s degrees and four PhDs, gave Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Rose the info on Klaus and the Curse of the Sun and the Moon. Slater told Damon and Rose that to find Klaus all they need is a Craigslist personal ad. Whether he was serious or not, that idea would not take them anywhere. As they were talking, Elijah (Daniel Gillies), after exchanging his $100 with a handful of coins from a street performer, eavesdropped outside of the cyber café. He threw the coins at the windows to shatter the glass, causing the sun to penetrate the room. All the vampires inside the café stampeded and Rose started to wither in pain under the sun. Fortunately, Damon was able to save Rose before things worsen. Later on, Elijah had enticed Slater to call and tell Rose they needed the moonstone to destroy the curse and that a witch would know what to do with it. After, Elijah made Slater stab himself in the heart. Some viewers may wonder whether Elijah is Klaus. Who knows, maybe we shall see in future episodes?
Katherine is not planning to give the moonstone to Klaus in exchange for her freedom. She even told Stefan (Paul Wesley) that she is in the safest place-her tombstone, which she does not plan to vacate. She told Stefan that when Klaus comes to town to kill them all, “I’ll be the safest psychotic bitch in town.”
Meanwhile, Bonnie is the object of Jeremy’s (Steven R. McQueen) attention; however, a new guy named Luka (Bryton James) was also keeping his eyes on her. Bonnie met Luka’s dad who asked Bonnie if she has any relations to any Bennetts in Salem. Upon hearing that, Bonnie started feeling uncomfortable, especially after she stood up and touched Luka’s shoulder. Later on, Luka went to Bonnie to apologize and revealed to her that he was a warlock (a.k.a. witch). However, Bonnie should be cautious in trusting Luka, especially since Luka’s dad is working with Elijah. Bonnie may find herself entangled in a web of deception. Nevertheless, it remains to be seen if Luka is a bad character or not.
Even though Stefan assures Elena that he will protect her no matter what, she cannot hide her fear. However, she does not want anyone else hurt, so she is planning to take matters in her own hands. We will see how this story progresses in future episodes.