"The Vampire Diaries" season 5 celebrated Halloween Thursday, Oct. 31, with episode 5, "Monster's Ball," with a party and a few twists. What else would you expect for the holiday?
Dr. Maxfield's lab experiments Dr. Maxfield remained an unsolved mystery with this week's "TVD," but we did learn a bit. Jesse was a vampire, but Dr. Creepy was running tests, seeing how he reacted to blood drops, not feeding for days, light, etc. And he was subject 62547. Why that number? He didn't start with number 1, did he? As if things weren't bad enough for Jesse, the mad scientist called him the "perfect candidate." Later at the ball, Elena roped him into a dance, but instead of getting information from him, he had a warning for her: if she and her friends didn't leave, the wrong people would ask the right questions. Oh, and one last thing about him: he was the legal guardian of Aaron, Megan's childhood friend, who had a whole lot of survivor's guilt, making him the perfect candidate to be Elena's new best friend.
A different side of a love triangle You know how Klaus wanted to keep Caroline and Tyler apart and then decided to give Tyler his freedom as Caroline's graduation present? Well, he actually kind of got what he wanted, but it wasn't about Caroline's feelings for him. It was about Tyler's. Tyler had returned in last week's "For Whom the Bell Tolls," and he had more than made it up to Caroline for leaving—well, at least in bed. But it was clear throughout the episode that he wasn't planning on sticking around. He refused to talk about his major or his dorm room (when he should've been thanking Caroline for getting him a single!), and his hesitation before telling her he was just really glad to be there was like a siren going off for a fire drill. Warning, heartbreak ahead! He finally admitted that he couldn't just go back to how things were, not when the reason they were together again was because Klaus had given them his permission. He had to find a way to destroy his life like Klaus had destroyed his, and nothing Caroline said could change his mind. "Just stay. Be the love of my life. Just love me more than you hate him," she begged. "I'm sorry, Car. I can't do that." With that, she told him if she left, that was it. They were over. And even as we hoped it wouldn’t end the way he did, that he would turn around and stay, he left. Could that really be the end of Forwood?
"You killed my mother. Prepare to die." Not really. But close enough. Nadia was full of information this episode as Katherine was ready to give herself to Silas for just a sip then go on her merry human way, but the other woman explained he needed to drain her. So much for that plan. While Nadia got Katherine some real food—hotel food just wasn't going to cut it—she told her she'd let her go if she gave her some answers. It turned out Katherine killed Nadia's mother by telling Klaus' minions in 1645 that she was Katherine, and Nadia had herself turned into a vampire to hunt her. But Katherine was smarter, knew she wasn't going to let her go, and slowed Nadia down with a cane to the chest. Katherine also knew that Nadia was lying, as she revealed when she found the vampire in an alley. It may have been a fake story, but one part was true: she did kill her mother. However, it was on April 6, 1492. Nadia was Nadia Petrova. Katherine was her mother. Once Katherine had removed the cane from her daughter, she explained that she found her way back to Bulgaria to look for her. With that, mother and daughter shared a moment, and they were maybe on their way to something.
Dealing with the devil doppelganger Damon came up with a new plan, one that involved making a deal with Silas. Since nature needed a balance, why not use Silas' death to bring back Bonnie? Speaking of Bonnie, the ghost witch suspected that Silas wanted to destroy the other side completely. Powerful spells were bound by something more powerful—like the moon, a doppelganger—and since the other side still existed 2000 years later, it was bound to something that could exist just as long. Qetsiyah wanted to protect that anchor, but Silas wanted to destroy it. While Bonnie was completely against making this deal, Jeremy told Damon she was in, and even as she protested that magic came with a price, he later explained to her that seeing her and hearing her but not being able to feel her wasn't enough anymore.
So what did Silas want in return from Damon? Oh, just for him to kill his brother. No big deal. After Tessa had zeroed in on Stefan at the party and offered him an apology drink for wiping his memories (because didn’t you know if you fry someone's brain and take their memories, tequila makes up for it?), Damon dragged him away and snapped his neck for Silas.
With Stefan dead, Silas had his psychic abilities again, and his first step was making Tessa think he was Stefan long enough to get her on the dance floor and get her talking about him. However, once the jig was up, she revealed she didn't know where the anchor was either. Her pendant was on display there, and she planned to do a locator spell. He compelled her to forget who he was and sent her on her way, but what he didn't count on was Stefan startling his brother, snapping his neck in return, and leaving Silas weak again. Once Tessa realized the truth, she did what he had done to her: she broke his heart. She reached into his chest and left him to look like what he was: a cold, gray, hideous monster.
Time for a new plan? Damon and Elena had a problem on their hands with Silas' body. But they also had a solution: Katherine. She showed up, all happy to see Silas a gray, hideous mess, only to realize just why she was there. Was the mother/daughter reunion over before it even began? Katherine begged Damon not to kill her, but he fed her to Silas. After, she fell to the ground, seemingly dead. Or…not? Her heart was still beating. "Am I in hell?" She asked. What exactly did the cure do to Katherine?
"The Vampire Diaries" season 5 airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on the CW. What did you think of episode 5 "Monster's Ball"?