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The Vampire Diaries Episode: "Ordinary People"

Season 3, Episode 8
Episode Synopsis: Elena and Rebekah engage in a power struggle, until Rebekah reveals her family's ancient secrets and violent past with Klaus. Meanwhile, Damon tries a reckless new approach to make a breakthrough with Stefan.
Original Air Date: Nov 3, 2011
Guest Cast Joseph Morgan: Klaus Daniel Gillies: Elijah Claire Holt: Rebekah
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Season 3, Episode 8
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Length: 42:27
Aired: 11/3/2011
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The Vampire Diaries Episode Recap: "Ordinary People" Season 3, Episode 8

This week's episode of The Vampire Diaries traveled back 1,000 years to tell the story of the Original family. Thanks to the Lockwood Diaries — Pictionary-style — Elena, Alaric and Damon were able to understand Klaus and Rebekah's history and more importantly, how they came to be the very first vampire family. Despite the information overload, the episode was never just boring and expositional but instead, made us feel just a little bit sad and sympathetic for Rebekah, and maybe even Klaus. Here's what we learned:

-Mikael is "Papa Original," as Damon calls him. (Our prediction in our video below proved accurate!) Mikael was a stern father who was tough on Klaus. During the flashback, we see Klaus and Elijah (Daniel Gillies fans, rejoice) playing with swords and Mikael swooping in and telling Klaus, "Some days it's a miracle you're alive." He clearly harbors resentment for the fact that Klaus is not his son, but the product of his wife Esther's philandering.

-The Original family escaped the plague by finding the werewolves in what is now Mystic Falls. Rebekah explains to Elena that her mother knew of a witch named Ayana "who hailed from the spirits of a mystical land where everyone was healthy, blessed by the gifts of speed and strength: werewolves." Once a month, the family had to retreat to the caves, while the wolves transformed, but during one full moon, Klaus and his brother Henrik snuck out to watch. This was forbidden and thus Henrik suffered the consequence. "That was the beginning of the end of peace with the neighbors and one of the last moments my family had as humans," Rebekah says.

- Esther is the Original witch and she and Mikael forced his children to become vampires. Rebekah proceeds to tell Elena that a witch named Ayana was the one who turned them. She's also the original keeper of the talisman, which later was given to Esther. Mikael was insistent that turning their family into vampires would protect them, so he gave his children wine laced with blood and then drove a sword through their hearts. When the kids woke up, he made them drink more blood to complete the ritual. "But Ayana was right about the consequences, and for every strength, there would be a weakness," Rebekah says. This is why vampires can't be in the sun and why the flowers of the white oak would kill them. And of course, the hunger was insatiable. "With that the predatory species was born," she adds

-Klaus, not Mikael, killed Esther. Elena realizes that Rebekah doesn't know the real truth about her mother's death, and that Klaus lied because he didn't want to lose her. But when she tells Rebekah, it doesn't seem to matter. "He's my brother and I'm immortal; should I spend an eternity alone?" Rebekah says. But then she breaks down, and for that moment, Rebekah, as Elena puts it, "is just a girl who lost her mom too young, loves blindly and recklessly even if it consumes her." Sounds like the two girls are more alike than they realize.

-Mikael wants Klaus dead. Mikael, in the present day, shows up to the bar where Damon and Stefan are bonding over drinking games and dancing on tables. She declares that Stefan must lure Klaus back to Mystic Falls so he can drive a stake through his heart.

-Damon will be the one to save Stefan. In the non-Original storyline, Stefan asks Damon why he let him free and why everyone's trying to save him. At home, Elena and Damon lay in bed together (ah!) and Elena tells him, "I think you're going to be the one to save him from himself. It won't be because he loves me; it'll be because he loves you."

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This week's episode of The Vampire Diaries traveled back 1,000 years to tell the story of the Original family. Thanks to the Lockwood Diaries — Pictionary-style — Elena, Alaric and Damon were able to understand Klaus and Rebekah's history and more importantly, how they came to be the very first vampire family. Despite the information overload, the episode was never just boring and expositional but instead, made us feel just a little bit sad and sympathetic for Rebekah, and maybe even Klaus. Here's what we learned:

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