With the Thursday, Oct. 23 episode of “The Vampire Diaries,” 6×04, “Black Hole Sun,” we can’t help but wonder, who’s going to get to kill Kai? The truth about his past is revealed as Bonnie and Damon continue to hope to get home somehow, which means Damon has to relive one of the worst days of his life. Meanwhile, Stefan shows Elena how he starts over, only for her to find out that there’s a lot more going on with him than being an auto mechanic, and Alaric finds a way to get through to Jeremy. Plus, Matt finds out Tripp’s secret.
Back in 1994, Kai forces Damon to recall one of the worst days of his life since he deems where they are his own personal hell. Yes, it’s time for more flashbacks on “The Vampire Diaries” (and Stefan and Damon flashbacks are the best), this time to the same day they’re stuck living over and over, when Damon returned to town, claiming he wanted to make amends, only to leave the house a bloodbath – and he killed Gail, Zach’s pregnant girlfriend. However, as Bonnie points out to Damon at the end of the episode, Damon has been making pancakes every day, the same food Gail had a thing for, every day as a way of punishing himself, proving he felt remorse. That means there’s hope for him.
The same cannot be said for Kai, whose backstory is revealed. Turns out Kai is short for Malachai, which he basically blames for his being evil? He massacred his entire family, as Bonnie reads in the newspaper, and he thought that telling his brother that he saved him for last should have made it better. This guy is a horrible, horrible excuse for a human being. The Gemini coven created this prison and banished him there, so it’s not actually Damon’s hell. It’s Kai’s. (But the question does remain, why are Bonnie and Damon there?)
Bonnie refuses to let Kai escape to give the Gemini coven hell, but Damon just wants to go home. Damon suggests just grabbing the mystical relic Kai has, finding out what he knows and ditching him, but Kai reveals that he can consume magic from other witches temporarily and demonstrates with Bonnie. If he consumes all of her magic, he’ll kill her. So their choice is this: work together and all go home, or he consumes all her magic, kills them and goes home alone.
Meanwhile, Jeremy’s still getting drunk a lot, and it’s gotten to the point that Alaric brings him to the hospital, where Jo hooks him up to a saline drip. Alaric gets distracted by a guy bleeding in the hall, but fortunately, Jo doesn’t seem to realize that’s why he’s not paying attention to the doctor flirting with him. Alaric then takes Jeremy in the woods for some training and gets him to open up. Jeremy says that he has the right to be messed up because Bonnie said goodbye over the phone, just so all of them could come back to life. Alaric gets resentment and proceeds to list everything that has ever sucked in his life, like his wife, Jenna, losing Damon and having no game with women because he wants to tear into their necks. He gets it, but he says they need to find a way to keep going.
Matt goes to spy on Tripp and gets him to trust him enough that he shows him his secret in the woods, a.k.a., his vampire prison, by pretending that Jay told him he was tracking a vampire, which is crazy, right? When Tripp returned to Mystic Falls to check on his grandmother, he remembered a vampire killing his wife and making him believe he was responsible and it was a car accident. He has Enzo chained up, and he wants him to tell him the names of all his vampire friends, starting with the one who bit Sarah. Uh-oh. Major problem there.
Speaking of Sarah, she finally resurfaces to confront Jeremy with a photo of Zach and Gail, who is, of course, her mother. She survived due to an emergency C-section, and now she wants answers about her father. Jeremy telling her his name is just the beginning of a long story.
Elena finds Stefan prepared to ride off and start over, like he has time and time again, and she forces him to take her with him to see his “system.” First, she finds out that he’s actually paying for health insurance, which just seems like a waste because he’s only left with $236 for the week. Sure, he wants to be as human as possible, but why pay for something he doesn’t need? They head to a local bar, where Stefan shows off his system by proposing to “Elena Williams,” and she accepts “Stefan Cooper’s” proposal after a few theatrics – a pregnancy for her and rehab time, jail time and a bull-fighting injury for him.
Elena tries to talk to Stefan about Damon, but he just finds it too strange to hear her refer to him as just his brother. It’s after she leaves and returns for her jacket to find a guy beating him up after Stefan baited him into it by saying he doesn’t remember putting his brother in the hospital that Stefan spills the beans about Elena’s compulsion. Stefan tells her that he can’t forget Damon like she did. It took him a long time, but he saw why she loved him, for the same reasons he does, and they couldn’t live without him. She may not have to anymore, but he does, and he’s going to do it his way.
Elena then confronts Alaric about the compulsion, and he shows her the message she wrote to herself in case this happened. Yes, she loved Damon “with a passion that consumed” her, and without her soulmate, she became a monster. While Alaric can restore her memories, she shouldn’t because there’s no end to that pain and this is a chance to start over, redefine herself without the one who defined her. Elena chooses to trust her own message and gives Alaric back the journal to keep in case she needs to read it again.
Finally, Stefan returns to his job as an auto mechanic and gets a shock when Ivy turns up, covered in blood. Enzo made her drink his blood, and now she’s really thirsty.
“The Vampire Diaries” season 6 airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on the CW. What did you think of episode 4 “Black Hole Sun”?