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The Vampire Diaries Episode: "The Ties That Bind"

Season 3, Episode 12
Episode Synopsis: Bonnie is reunited with her estranged mother; Klaus negotiates with Stefan to control the coffins of his family members; Tyler tries to regain his free will; and Damon becomes intrigued by Alaric's new friend, Dr. Fell.
Original Air Date: Jan 19, 2012
Guest Cast Torrey DeVitto: Dr. Fell Joseph Morgan: Klaus Persia White: Abby Robert Ri'chard: Jamie
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Season 3, Episode 12
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Length: 42:34
Aired: 1/19/2012
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The Vampire Diaries Episode Recap: "The Ties That Bind" Season 3, Episode 12

On this week's episode of The Vampire Diaries, one dad tried to save the day, one mom was reunited with her daughter, and the Elena-Damon-Stefan triangle got even tenser.

Bonnie is having more dreams and in this one she's locked in one of Klaus' coffins. When someone comes to her rescue, she realizes it's Abby Bennett, the mother she hasn't seen in 15 years. Bonnie has a feeling Abby is the key to getting open the locked coffin so she and Elena attempt to find her. Damon, though, is the one to locate Abby and when he suggests a fun road trip to meet her, Elena nixes the idea. "What's going on with you two?" Bonnie asks. "We kissed. Now it's weird," Damon says.

Tyler is at Caroline's to tell her he'll do anything to get his free will back. Because Bill Forbes, Caroline's dad, was able to learn how to resist compulsion, Tyler hopes he can learn from him how resist the sire bond. Bill's first task is for Tyler to turn at will, so he goes to the dungeon to get locked up in his chains. Although Tyler doesn't want to go through a transformation, Bill warns, "Your bond is putting my daughter in danger. Either you turn or I kill you right here." Tyler eventually turns and is so strong he breaks the chains.

Bonnie and Elena reach Abby's house where the mother and daughter reunite. While Bonnie continually rips on her mom for leaving town, Abby eventually explains the real reason why. Turns out Abby and Elena's mom were best friends, and 15 years ago a vampire came to town looking for Elena. That vampire was Michael. Abby lured him away and then cast a spell on him to essentially die, but Abby lost her powers in the process. She then left town. As Abby and Bonnie are talking, Elena goes outside to find Stefan. But the two have already been beaten to the Bennett house by one of Klaus' minions. Jamie, who Abby took in as a kid, grabs a gun and shoots Stefan and ties up Elena after being compelled to do so. At the same time, Abby shoves Bonnie into the car while using a powder to mute her powers. They meet up with Klaus' buddy, who informs them that they must give up the location of the coffins or else Jamie will kill himself as he's been compelled to do.

At the Bennett house, Elena is able to convince Jamie to untie her, so when she gets free she knocks Jamie out and saves Stefan. As she pulls out the wooden pieces he's been shot with, she admits that she kissed Damon. Stefan looks upset, but just walks away. She follows him and pleads for him to say something, but instead he says that he should've never kidnapped her and apologizes. He then adds, "You're better than him, Elena, you're better than both of us."

Bill winds up in the hospital after being attacked by Tyler. He's a goner, but Meredith uses vampire blood (her trick) to save him. Tyler shows up and apologizes to Bill for losing control. Bill says he knew the risks and is ready to get back to training him. Apparently Tyler has to continue to turn at will until it's painless and then he can begin to resist the sire bond.

At the Gilbert House, Alaric and Meredith have a moment as he tells her about his ring and vampire hunting. The two kiss just as Elena walks in the door. Meredith leaves and Alaric freaks out, but Elena tells him that Jenna is gone and he's allowed to move on.

At the Salvatore mansion, Stefan returns and gives his brother a nice punch in the stomach. "I take it you two had a heart to heart," Damon says realizing that Stefan knows about the kiss. He doesn't say a word so Damon suggests they talk about something else and pulls out a dagger. But whose body did it come from? At Klaus' he's stunned to see his brother Elijah alive. Looks like Damon undaggered him. "What did I miss?" Elijah asks his brother.

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On this week's episode of The Vampire Diaries, one dad tried to save the day, one mom was reunited with her daughter, and the Elena-Damon-Stefan triangle got even tenser.

Bonnie is having more dreams and in this one she's locked in one of Klaus' coffins. When someone comes to her rescue, she realizes it's Abby Bennett, the mother she hasn't seen in 15 years. Bonnie has a feeling Abby is the key to getting open the locked coffin so she and Elena attempt to find her. Damon, though, is the one to locate Abby and when he suggests a fun road trip to meet her, Elena nixes the idea. "What's going on with you two?" Bonnie asks. "We kissed. Now it's weird," Damon says.

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