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|Season 6, Episode 8|
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When a Friend Calls
Through the Looking Glass
Ebb and Flow is the 8th episode in Season 6 and 118th overall.
Gwen returns to Mystic Falls and finds herself in a life and death situation. Bonnie, with help from Sheriff Forbes, finds Zander, the guy that saved her life during the Gilbert house fire, and they become friends. Meanwhile Caroline's situation worsens, and Damon and Stefan are forced to team up against her. Back in Dark Dimension, after a heart to heart with Elena, Tatia confronts Klaus with her true feelings about him.
|A sound that sounded like cell phone ringtone started coming from a distance. Gwen slowly opened her eyes. It took a while before she realized it was her phone. She raised her head quickly, though sleepy, and saw that she'd fallen asleep on a pile of papers. She groaned and looked for the phone around. Eventually she figured where the sound was coming from. She got up to take her phone from bathroom. It was an unrecognized number. She looked at it for a while in suspicion. Who could it be? Eventually she answered it.
Old lady voice: "Miss Finley?"
Gwen took the phone away from her ear for a sec and looked at it weirdly. She clearly didn't recognize the name.
Old lady: "Is this not Jenny Finley?"
Gwen suddenly remember the alias she used to register to the hotel room she's in.
Gwen: "Yes! .. Ms. Flowers?"
Unplugged the phone from charger and went back to the room.
Flowers: "It is, dear. I've been knocking your door all morning. I thought you left with the door locked."
Gwen: "No, I.. I'm still.." (chuckled nervously) "I'm a heavy sleeper, I'm so sorry about that."
Flowers: "No, it's quite alright, dear."
Gwen: (feeling a bit more awake now, got a little bit serious) "Although I distinctly remember telling you I didn't wanna be disturbed."
Flower: "As do I. But your payment is due."
Gwen: "I thought I paid you for the whole week."
Flowers: "You did. And it's weekend."
Gwen: (confused) "What?"
Flowers: "It's easy to lose track of time when you isolate yourself. Nonetheless, if you're not leaving, I have to ask for payment."
Gwen: (sighed with her eyes closed) "Of course. I'll get your money today."
Flowers: "Thank you."
Then she hang up and slowly went to the window. The town seemed so peaceful from this distance. She clearly feared to go back. But she didn't have a choice.
Caroline: "What do you want?"
Bonnie: "I'm here to apologize."
Caroline: (looked confused) "For what?"
Bonnie: "Damon told me."
Upon this she looked at her for a while. Then stepped aside to let her in. She walked inside.
Bonnie: "Why didn't you tell me?"
Caroline: "You once told me that you were only tolerating me because Elena was unavailable."
Bonnie: (felt cornered) "You know I didn't mean it that way."
Caroline: "Then what way did you mean it? Because those words don't have much room for interpretation."
Bonnie: (felt very bad) "I shouldn't have said that."
Caroline: "Yeah. You shouldn't have."
Bonnie: "You weren't also much supportive when I was consumed by dark magic."
Caroline: "So this is your payback?"
Bonnie: (realized this wasn't a good thing to say) "No." (Caroline crossed her arms and turned her back to Bonnie) "What I mean is we all made mistakes. I had no idea. I just thought you were going through something, and if.."
Caroline: "I am going through something."
Bonnie: (looked for a while in silence) "Damon said whatever's happening to you comes and goes. Which you am I talking to now?"
Caroline: (remained silent for a while. Then looked down) "Trust me. You'd know when the other me is around."
Bonnie: "So I'm talking to my friend?"
Caroline: "I don't know. Am I your friend?"
Bonnie: "Of course you are!"
Caroline: (nodded sadly) "Do you know what's happening to me?"
Bonnie: (shook her head) "No. I spoke to Samara this morning."
Bonnie: "She's the only witch I know who understands kitsune magic."
Caroline: (slowly turned back to her) "You think I'm under a kitsune spell?"
Bonnie: "If it comes and goes, what else could it be? Witch spells are permanent."
Caroline: (in denial) "No." (shook her head) "Kitsune magic doesn't work on vampires, we all know that!"
Bonnie: "Maybe they found a way."
Caroline: (looked in shock) "Can that happen?"
Bonnie: (chuckled nervously) "I mean, what are you really asking? We brought dead people back, saw the birth of hybrids.. We traveled to other dimensions.. A kitsune casting a spell on a vampire..?"
Caroline: "Doesn't seem like a big deal, does it."
Bonnie: "Look. I'm working on something. Something that I hope will be a solution to a lot of things." (spoke with confidence) "I just need you to hang in there a bit longer!"
Caroline: "I can feel it Bonnie. The darkness. It comes and goes and every time it comes, it comes stronger. And I've been myself too long, and when it returns.., I don't know what I'm gonna do." (looked at Bonnie) "So whatever that something is, do it quick!"
Bonnie looked with worry for a while. Then slowly nodded.
Tatia: "Come in." (door opened. It was Elena) "Elena!"
Elena: "Hi." (saw the candle) "Is this a bad time?"
Tatia: "No, I was just.." (looked at the candle and put out the fire with her magic, then looked back at Elena) "..working on my focus." (they both smiled) "How can I help?"
Elena: "As if you haven't helped enough already?" (continued hesitantly) "This may sound silly, but.. I just wanted to thank you for everything that you've done for me."
Tatia: (smiled) "You're the only family I ever got to know. I look at you and I see my child. My baby boy.. I never got to raise him.. love him.. look at him.. All I got is you. You're his blood.. My blood. I'd do anything for you."
Elena: (she smiled too) "And I can never thank enough."
Tatia: "You don't have to. That's what family means."
Elena, still smiling, put on a little serious face.
Elena: "I wish you could come back with me. Like I am for you, you're my only family left."
Tatia: (smiled sadly) "Yeah me too!"
Elena: (took a few random steps) "Klaus spoke to me the other day."
Tatia: (she got serious too upon hearing the name) "What did he say?"
Elena: "He misses you."
Tatia: "Does he?"
Elena: "I don't even know why I'm telling you this. I literally hate his guts. But when he spoke, he seemed genuine. He knows he hurt you. And he regrets it."
Tatia: "I loved the man for a thousand years, Elena. I can handle heartbreak, but what I can't stomach is that I was fooled by a face and chose to remain oblivious to the man he's become, while it was right in front of me the whole time. He brought me to a point where even I call him Klaus. I don't know how to come back from that."
Elena: "I have an idea about what that's like."
Tatia: (smiled) "With Damon?"
Elena: "Bad boys have a way of getting under our skin."
Tatia: "When you're a thousand years old and still this pretty, you set up pretty high standards for men."
Elena: (smiled) "I'll probably never know."
Tatia: "I really hope you don't. It gets pretty lonely after a couple centuries."
They both chuckled.
Elena: "It doesn't have to be for you though. I never knew Klaus the way you do. I only see him as the evil hybrid who ruined my life, but.. I've also seen how he is when he's smitten." (Tatia's looks changed to a questioning manner with a faint hint of jealousy. Elena caught it) "He had a thing for my friend Caroline back in Mystic Falls."
Elena: "Maybe it was just a fling, maybe more serious, but.. in his own bizarre way, he's shown he can be a decent man for the right girl."
Elena: (paused) "It's.. complicated.."
Tatia: (thoughtfully) "And you think I'm the right girl?"
Elena: "I don't know. All I know is you still love him, and he still loves you. As long as you both have it, any number of tries is worth it."
Tatia looked thoughtfully.
Damon: (sat to the chair before her desk) "You sounded pretty serious on the phone, what's going on?"
Liz: "You remember that private investigator Caroline was after?"
Damon: "Gwen something?"
Damon: "What about her?"
Liz: (hesitantly) "I think Caroline compelled me to put Mystic Falls under surveillance for her!"
Damon: (with a serious voice) "What? Why?"
Liz: "I don't know. But for some reason the department is following a Gwen Sawicki, and every time I come across to the name, I text it to Caroline and I don't even know why I'm doing it!" (while Damon was thinking what he's supposed to make of this, Liz continued) "And just a few minutes ago I happened to text her that Gwen's card was used at an ATM to withdraw money!"
Damon: "What do you want me to do about it?"
Liz: "I don't know what Caroline's planning on doing with this information, but I don't trust her!" (her voice cracked) "She's my daughter, and I don't trust her! I need you to follow her, Damon! Wherever she goes, whatever she does, keep track of her. Stop her from doing something she'll eventually regret! You're the only one who can. The only one I trust!"
Damon nodded promisingly. Then looked at Liz sharply.
Damon: "She hurt you?"
Damon relaxed. But then spoke judgingly.
Damon: "Why aren't you even taking vervain?"
Liz: "I think she also compelled me not to take any."
Damon: "Well yeah but.. you had to have stopped taking vervain at one point for her to be able to compel you in the first place!"
Liz: "I lost my eye, Damon! I asked Caroline to compel me so that I can get over it! And I had to stop taking vervain so that she could do it!"
Damon: (rubbed his eyes in shock) "I don't believe it!"
Liz: "I don't know what I'm gonna do! Why is Caroline doing these?"
Damon: (looked elsewhere, and spoke with a regretful, sad, and hesitant voice) "Because she's not Caroline!" (Liz wasn't expecting this) "She's under a spell, and when that spell kicks in, she's just a shell. We weren't sure until a few days ago." (looked at her) "It's the kitsune's doing."
Liz: "I thought kitsune spells didn't work on vampires!"
Damon: "They've found a way. Bonnie's been working on it, but.. kitsune magic is not exactly her strong suit, it's taking time."
Liz: (unable to process it, gasped loudly) "And what am I supposed to do?"
Damon: "Keep doing what you're doing. But stay with Carol for a couple days. Because the Caroline that's been compelling you, she's not your daughter!" (Damon had said it in such a way that Liz felt cold in her bones) "She's a stranger, a kitsune! Keep away from her at all cost!"
Liz nodded in fear.
Meanwhile in Forbes house, Caroline was sitting on her bed. The message on her phone, also on her bed, read that Gwen was back in town. Apparently she had already read it. As she was sitting scarily motionless, suddenly her eyes took a darker shade.
Her dark side had taken over.
Liz: "Who's that?"
Bonnie: "It's me, Bonnie."
Liz: (relaxed) "Is Caroline with you?"
Bonnie: (found this question weird) "No(?)."
Liz: (calmed down) "Come in."
The door opened and Bonnie walked in with a confused and questioning look on her face.
Bonnie: "What's.. going on?"
Liz: "You don't know? When Damon said "we" I thought it included you too." (Bonnie suddenly understood) "Why didn't you tell me?"
Bonnie: "I thought we could figure it out without anyone else having to know. And when it's all fixed, it would be left behind as simply an unpleasant memory."
Liz: (with slight anger) "Well I appreciate the thought, but I had a right to know. As it turns out the girl I've been living under the same roof is not even my daughter!"
Her voice cracked with the last word with sadness. Bonnie came close to her with compassion and sat down.
Bonnie: "She is your daughter! She's just.. different."
Liz: "Different enough to kill me in my sleep without remorse!"
Bonnie got the point, and looked down in silence. Then shook her head desperately and spoke.
Bonnie: "I'm trying my best! But whatever I do, it's not enough. It all gets messed up. Ever since I came back to life I've been trying to atone for that one mistake that I can never take back. I'm a killer, Mrs. Forbes! How can I save someone's soul, when mine is this darkened!?"
Liz's looks changed. She looked at Bonnie with love.
Liz: "Save your own first."
Bonnie: "I don't know how."
Liz: (sighed with a thought) "I think I have just the thing!"
Bonnie looked in confusion, as Liz smiled barely and stood up to look for something in her files. Bonnie watched curiously.
He was quick to get to the ATM. But Caroline wasn't there. He sniffed around to see if there's a scent of blood. But he didn't seem to get any. He started looking around. When he was looking, he saw just in the nick of time someone with long blonde hair disappear around the corner or a building. He rushed with human speed due to the people around. But when he arrived, there was no one there. Suddenly someone grabbed his head from behind and snapped his neck. When Damon fell, the attacker is revealed to be Caroline. She looked around to make sure no one saw it. Then quickly she threw his body into the dumpster and walked away.
Klaus: "I'm not a kitsune, you know."
He meant that as in he can't read her mind to know what she wants to say. She understood, and smiled weakly.
Tatia: "I know. It's just.. I don't know where to start."
Klaus: "Is it about us?"
Tatia: "Yes." (looked at him) "Elena told me you spoke to her."
Klaus: "I did."
Tatia: "Why'd you speak to her and not me?"
Klaus: "You wouldn't listen to me. I thought maybe you'd listen to her."
Tatia: (she nodded, and remained silent for a while. Then spoke boldly) "You're a bully. You're vain, cruel. You enjoy making people suffer. I'm not like that. I can't be like that. And I can't accept someone like that into my life. I know you said you changed, and I know that I said I didn't care. But maybe, somewhere deep inside, I was thinking that our love for each other could bring us back to the people we were a thousand years ago. But truth is a thousand years is too much time to take back. We were never gonna work. Because you're never gonna be my Nik again. You're always gonna be their Klaus."
Klaus was listening with teary eyes.
Klaus: "Every relationship has a rough patch."
Tatia: "This is not a rough patch, Klaus. We both have chosen our paths. Hard as it may be to hear for you, I don't want to spend my eternity with someone like you."
Klaus: "So what's gonna happen now?"
Tatia: "You were right when you said Elena won't stay here forever. Because I'll find a way to send her home just to save her from you." (the words weighed on Klaus' heart like a huge rock) "You abused her enough. She's my family, and anything you do to her, you do to me. And you have until then to decide what kind of a man you want to be." (then turned around and walked to the door. After she opened the door, she looked at Klaus before going out) "And just so we're clear, this is not a chance for you to win me back. It's your chance at redemption."
Then went out and closed the door. Klaus gasped with sadness after she left.
Damon: "Say the word."
Stefan: "I'm beginning to think that was a really bad idea."
Damon made a face indicating he agrees, then sat properly.
Damon: "How did you find me?"
Stefan: (smiled naughtily) "I followed your slime trail."
Damon: (mockingly) "Good one."
Stefan: "I think the good here is that you got your ass handed to you by Caroline!"
Damon: "She attacked me from behind, and she has super speed! But seriously, this time she's gone off the rails big time. She's completely out for blood. Even when she was at her worst, she wasn't this bad."
Stefan: "Maybe her worst is getting worse."
Damon: "But there must be a limit, right? How bad can someone be?"
Stefan: "I stopped asking that question a long time ago. Because whenever I thought the same, you always reminded me that there's always something worse to do."
Damon: "That's low blow, Stefan. We need to find Caroline, and we need to do it now."
Stefan: "I never took you for someone who tries to save someone he doesn't know."
Damon: "Gwen's a private eye. Do you realize the attention Mystic Falls might have if someone like that was found dead or disappeared? Not to mention she knows about vampires. Who's to say she doesn't also know some discount Van Helsing, and if she's killed, everything she knows won't go to him? People like that take precautions, leverages, Stefan. And Caroline is NOT in a state to think or care about that. We're all at stake because of her now."
Seeing that Damon has a very valid point, Stefan too got serious.
Stefan: "Where do we start looking?"
Damon: "Well, we know someone who's compelled to follow Gwen. You can have the next best guess."
The guy stopped and looked at Bonnie with confusion. It was clear that he didn't recognize her.
Bonnie: "Um.." (chuckled nervously) "This is awkward." (got serious) "You probably don't remember me."
Zander: "I'm gonna be honest, I don't. But.. you totally look familiar. Have we met?"
Bonnie: "Kind of, yeah." (smiled) "When you.. saved my life!"
Zander: (suddenly remembered, and smiled back) "You were in the fault line!"
Bonnie: (offered hand for handshake) "I'm Bonnie."
Zander: (pushed his backpack further to his back to get his hand free. Then they shook hands) "Zander."
Bonnie: "Pleased to meet you, Zander!"
Bonnie: "If you have some time, I'd like to buy you a cup of coffee, to, you know, thank you."
Zander: (nodded with a smile) "That'd be great!"
Bonnie: "I've been meaning to do this a lot sooner."
Zander: "To do what?"
Bonnie: "To find you and thank you." (he smiled) "But.."
When she paused too long, he continued jokingly.
Zander: "Never meet your heroes?"
Bonnie: (laughed) "No, it's just.. I didn't know who you were, or where to find you."
Zander: (humbly) "Anyone would have done the same."
Bonnie: "And he's humble!"
They both chuckled.
Zander: "I try."
Bonnie: "Do you live close?" (Zander was almost taking a sip of his coffee, but when the question came off wrong, he almost spilled it in shock and coughed. Bonnie understood and immediately fixed her sentence) "To where you saved me!" (laughed) "Oh my god!"
He too laughed in embarrassment.
Zander: "I'm sorry, you just caught me off guard!" (when his laughing passed) "Yeah I live two blocks from there. I was on my way to work when I saw the flames. Called 911 and came to take a closer look. That's when I heard you."
Bonnie: "A friend of mine was living there. I was visiting her with another friend. But when we saw the fire, she ran into the house to save her."
Zander: "That's very brave."
Bonnie: "It is. And I was waiting for them to come out. I don't know what happened, suddenly the ground broke under me, like it was hollow." (looked at him) "I was VERY lucky!"
Zander: (jokingly) "You have a strange sense of luck!"
Bonnie: (saw his point, and joked back) "I do, don't I?"
They both laughed. At that time Zander happened to look at the clock on the wall. Then he took a quick look to check the time.
Zander: "Look, I'm sorry, I kinda have to go."
Bonnie: "No, it's okay."
Zander: "But it was so great meeting you, and thank you very much for the coffee!"
They both stood up.
Bonnie: "Please, it's the least I could do!"
Zander: (smiled) "Take care, Bonnie!"
Bonnie: (smiled back) "You too." (after he took his backpack from the ground, before he turned around to go, she spoke hesitantly) "Do you want to.. meet another time?"
Zander: (chuckled nervously, then got serious) "I think I have to politely decline. Don't get me wrong, you seem like an amazing person. But.. I don't wanna lead you on. I have a girlfriend, and we're doing this long distance thing. It's just.. hard, and.. Having someone like you in my life, she might not understand. It'd be unfair to all of us."
Bonnie: (tried to smile) "Right. She's very lucky to have you."
Zander: "I'm very lucky to have her." (Bonnie took a quick and deep breath and exhaled) "But.. whenever you need a friend.."
Bonnie: (with a smile) "Thanks!"
They exchanged friendly looks. Then he left. Bonnie stood for a while, then looked behind him.
Caroline: "Hi Gwen! Remember me?"
Gwen: (trying to cover her fear) "Forbes!"
Caroline faked another smile, then attacked her with vampire speed. She grabbed Gwen from her neck and slammed her to the wall. To prevent Caroline from biting her, Gwen desperately raised her knee to prevent her from getting any closer. Feeling the knee on her stomach, Caroline got angry. She pushed the knee back down, grabbed Gwen's head with two hands, and hit her head with her head. Then quickly threw her back on the street. She rolled for a while. As she'd fallen weak, Caroline dangerously walked to her, while making her vampire veins appear. Suddenly she heard a voice from ahead.
Stefan: "Caroline!" (Caroline stopped to look, and paused upon seeing Stefan. Her vampire veins disappeared. Stefan continued authoritatively) "Stop!"
Gwen was waiting in fear to see what's gonna happen. After a brief pause, Caroline spoke indifferently.
Then attacked Gwen regardless. Stefan also rushed with his vampire speed, and managed to reach Caroline before she reached Gwen. He held her from her neck and slammed her to the ground. But before he could speak, Caroline raised her leg and hit Stefan's head from behind. He rolled, but quickly gathered himself and tried to tackle Caroline who already stood up with super speed. Once again she used super speed to take a few steps back and dodge Stefan's tackle. Stefan quickly stood up and tried to throw a few punches. Caroline dodged all seemingly way too easily, and then kicked Stefan's back to throw him to the wall. After that she attacked him, but Stefan quickly turned and held Caroline to slam her to the wall. Caught off guard, Caroline also took a punch and fell on her one knee. But she managed to act quickly before taking another hit. He grabbed Stefan's hand in the air, used her other hand to raise him from the stomach, and threw him to the wall with all her strength. Before he could fall to the ground, she grabbed him again and threw him to the opposite wall the same way. Stefan fell near Caroline's feet. In his efforts to look up, his eyes caught Gwen, looking at them terrified.
Almost as if she was waiting for this, she quickly stood up and started running. Caroline tried to follow in anger, but was stopped by Stefan who grabbed her ankle and made her fall. Caroline then kicked Stefan's face with her other foot, then climbed onto him and started choking him. Stefan would almost black out, when suddenly someone came out of nowhere and snapped Caroline's neck quickly. As she fell lifeless, the helper was revealed to be Damon. He looked at Caroline in a rather satisfied way.
Damon: "Payback's a bitch.., bitch!"
Stefan left his head to the ground relaxed. Meanwhile Gwen was watching everything that's happening from the corner she was hiding at. After Damon helped Stefan get up and they both stood over Caroline's body, Gwen, almost relaxed that Caroline is dead, turned around and walked away before putting herself in further risk.
Liz: (after they went out and closed the door) "Is this a good idea?"
Bonnie: "I spelled the room. She won't be getting out."
Liz: (sighed unconvinced) "I still don't think it's a good idea."
Damon: (took Caroline's phone from his pocket to show it to others) "Also from now on whenever you text to Caroline about Gwen, I'll be getting those messages, so text away."
Liz: (smiled, then turned to Bonnie) "I hope you're close to fixing her."
Bonnie: "I have an idea. It's risky, but.."
She remained silent after that. Stefan continued.
Stefan: "You didn't see her out there. She was not Caroline!" (to Bonnie) "We don't have a choice."
Liz nodded uncertain, but thrusting them.
Liz: "Do whatever you have to."
They all nodded. Then Liz grabbed her bag and headed to the door. After she went out and closed the door, Stefan turned to Bonnie.
Stefan: "You got everything you need?"
Bonnie: "Almost. I would have asked for a Bennett talisman right now. Unfortunately my dear great grand mother Emily Bennett made sure I destroyed it."
Damon: "Because of which I almost killed you?"
Bonnie: (sarcastically) "Good times!"
Damon tilted his head in an apologizing manner.
Stefan: "So how do you create a talisman with the power of a comet without a comet?"
Bonnie: "I don't. I use something else. The only thing we know for sure that has reached to the other dimension without ever needing a portal."
Stefan and Damon understood, and looked at each other with discomfort.
June: (nervously) "Are we sure this is the only way?"
Bonnie: "You were the one who said Misao was on Tatia and Elena's side."
Damon: "Based on a thing she may or may not have seen in a split split second!"
June and Bonnie looked at Damon as he spoke. After that, Bonnie spoke to June.
Bonnie: "You are the key to this. What do you say?"
June: (looked at Damon) "Look I know what I saw." (to everyone) "I just don't know how to believe it."
Stefan: "Let me tell you what I know." (they looked at him) "Today I fought my best friend for my life. My best friend, who was out for blood to kill me, before she was out for blood to kill an innocent person. We all know Caroline long enough, and she's not this person. And we all know what's causing it. And if we have a chance to help her, we have to take it, because whenever we needed her help, she was there for us!"
A brief silence followed. Then June, having made up her mind, looked at Bonnie.
June: "For Caroline!"
Bonnie: (nodded with determination) "For Caroline!"
They held hands, and started casting their spells. Shortly afterwards, the mirror stopped reflecting the room and darkened. Then blurry images appeared. Eventually the blur started to get cleared, and a croaky voice came, which, to everyone's surprise, was clearly Misao's.
Trivia & NotesEdit
- For the first time in the series, Caroline Forbes is an antagonist.