Fun fact: when mummifying bodies, ancient Egyptians would insert a hook through the nose of the dead person and pull out their brain… in pieces. This was so that they could store it in a jar with the corpse in its tomb, along with the rest of the body’s internal organs.
Now, why am I giving you this disgusting history lesson, especially when this episode is meant to be all about daddifying?
Well, it pretty much describes how I felt tonight as a Forwood shipper, only it was my heart being removed… bit by broken bit. Suffice it to say I felt like I was down in that tomb myself with Katherine wearing a Magic Not Death ring and being used as her food source over and over, having pretty much the crappiest week EVER.
Put another way, it’s like someone eviscerated my Forwood unicorn when watching what went down between Tyler and Caroline in Daddy Issues (S02E13).
In this episode, we learn that Tyler’s intense black eyes become “more like gold with amber highlights” when he is really, really pissed in human form.
Tyler does some potentially unforgiveable things that make you wonder if the writers want him to be ultimately redeemable or set up as the next major villain.
And you get to find out just HOW MUCH I want were bitch Jules to roll over and play dead.
Might I suggest Damon do a little werewolf open heart surgery on her?
For a fleeting moment there, it looked like the biggest issue Forwood would have to navigate is whether Tyler giving Caroline a hickey as a human could do her any harm like a bite in wolf form.
Here are all the Tyler/Caroline scenes in full plus some of Caroline and Tyler’s individual scenes (I couldn’t find a video with all of their separate scenes, unfortunately):
Daddy Issues was all about drawing lines in the sand and choosing sides. The question for Forwood fans in this episode is, should we be on Team Caroline or Team Tyler? I was steaming mad at Tyler first, but now I am firmly on Team I Totally Get Both Sides.
We kick off on the previous episode’s kissy kissy happy place; Caroline’s porch. Unfortunately, just like Bella’s meadow became a barren wilderness with tumbleweeds blowing through it in New Moon, the porch will soon no longer be a place of sparkly happiness.
Caroline senses a presence behind her and is startled, but relaxes when she sees that it is Tyler. Little does she know that new were in town Jules has revealed the truth behind the lies she told Tyler about the other vampires in Mystic Falls, as well as the death of his uncle Mason, which the Scooby Gang were complicit in.
Before we get into the serious stuff, let’s just appreciate how f**king hot Tyler looked in this scene. When the Hulk gets pissed, he gets to keep his pants, but apparently what Tyler acquires when he is ultra angry in human form is a BAMF leather jacket. Almost a fair trade for what happens when he wolfs out, really. What? Me as shallow as the bathtub Damon was splish splashing in this episode.
Tyler looks like a cobra waiting for the right moment to strike with deadly force. How Caroline could have been so oblivious to the vibes he was sending off and think that he wanted to talk about the kiss they shared the night before is beyond me.
You know how on the Simpsons Homer heard Marge say “Blah blah blah” when he tuned her out? When Caroline rejected Tyler in favour of Matt, all I heard was “Blah blah blah, Matt blah blah picture.”
There was something about Matt, pictures and feelings. I don’t know.
Tyler is so angry about her lies that he is expressionless, and beyond caring about her calling it quits before they’d even begun; he simply says “Fine” when she tells him “We can’t go there”.
Either that, or he was using a monosyllabic descriptor of himself.
As she walks away to her car to stave off the awkwardness, he suddenly drops the act and goes in for the kill. Tyler’s Brow Thing gets a workout, and not in a good way.
Tyler: What happened to my Uncle Mason?
Tyler: “He’s dead and I want you to tell me what happened.”
Caroline: “Uhh, I don’t.”
Tyler: “Then let me tell you. Stefan and his brother Damon killed him, because Stefan and Damon are vampires just like you.”
Caroline: “Who told you?”
Tyler: “Is it true?”
Caroline: “Let me explain…”
Tyler: “Did you know he was dead this whole time?”
Tyler: “Did you know?”
Caroline’s tear-filled nod isn’t the only time that my Ice Eyes tear ducts welled up and spilled over in this episode, people. It’s nice to know they actually work on occasion, but I wish it had purely been tears of joy at seeing Naked Damon.
Tyler raggedly gets out “I trusted you!” and his eyes flash wolf gold. It makes me wonder if wolves would be forced to transform involuntarily based on their emotions as well as being able to do so voluntarily if they managed to break the curse in their favour.
Caroline’s terror brings him back to himself, and he stalks away. It is worth checking out my speculation post for this episode, if you haven’t already, where I took an in-depth look at Tyler’s trust issues and the significance of his alpha male violence in this scene.
I will say though that I think Caroline kept the truth about Mason from Tyler because of the unpredictable force that is Damon Salvatore. Tyler is hot-headed and would no doubt have gone after Damon if she’d told him earlier that Damon was directly responsible for Mason’s death. Damon, for his part, would no doubt have no qualms in killing Tyler to quell any risk to Team Vampire.
That for me is the heart of the scene she shares with Stefan next: convincing him to go talk some sense into Tyler before he confronts Damon and makes himself a killing target.
“You always know how to say the right thing!” Um, apparently not, we find out, Care
Jules gets to Tyler first and gives her case for him joining Team Wolf.
She speaks about vampires and werewolves being natural enemies, but I don’t really see any reason why they couldn’t co-exist if they agreed not to put one another in mortal peril. It’s like those world battles where people continue to fight, generations after the original reason for war in the first place is long forgotten.
Jules hates vamps so much that I swear to God that her uber tan, which has the power to scald eyes if looked at closely enough, is a giant FU to these supes about being forced to keep out of the sun (since as far as we know she has no idea about the magic sun-protector rings Caroline and the Salvatores have). I’ve never wished skin cancer on a fictional character before, but God it would be poetic justice here.
She further incurs my wrath by putting her hand on Tyler’s knee, and thereby loses any chance for redemption in my eyes.
Seriously, Jules, get the f**k away from my unicorn. KTHNXBAI.
Tyler doesn’t seem to be convinced by her pitch, but he is hardly immediately receptive to what Stefan has to say when she leaves.
You know, I disagree wholeheartedly with everyone who thought that Stefan throwing Tyler against the wall rather than knocking on the Lockwood door to announce his entrance was a bad move on his part. I made a joke last recap about this being evidence the pair aren’t ready for a secret handshake yet, but, on second thought, that’s EXACTLY what this is. After all, Tyler is notorious for wall-shoving people who he later bonds with.
So, all things considered, Stefan’s approach to being a werewolf whisperer should have worked in theory. 😉
Stefan does actually seem to be making some headway with Tyler with his “let’s just be friends and eat cookies” speech.
Stefan: “It doesn’t have to be that way anymore. We go to the same school, we have the same friends, we keep the same secret. This can work, Tyler. It’s your home and it’s my home, too. I want this to work.”
He also tells Tyler to stop being such a dick to Caroline because she’s his friend, which I kinda loved.
But Tyler still isn’t sure who to trust.
I have a feeling that Tyler is going to regret the moment he manages to yelp out a “help” when Jules calls his cell, considering all that this moment triggers.
Jules talks big game, saying that she wants Tyler more than vengeance to were toyfriend Brady, who has just swung into town to get revenge for Mason.
Excuse me while I throw up in my mouth a little.
I know some of you guys feel she became more sympathetic this episode. But at the end of the day, when Brady says that they can have both Tyler AND vengeance, she’s more than happy to go along with this plan.
If you’re involved in the kidnap of Caroline Forbes, where she is shot in the MOTHERF**KING HEAD WITH WOODEN BULLETS and tortured with vervain pepper stray and other nasty stuff, in case I can’t say it enough, I want Damon Salvatore to do this to you…
It’s quite simple, really.
Plus, Jules’ fixation on Tyler and Mason seems a little excessive, especially considering she has presumably been dating Brady and not Mason. I’m convinced that a Lockwood werewolf is integral to breaking the curse. I also wonder if Mason knew more than he let on, because there has to be a reason why he kept Tyler a surprise from Jules and the rest of the pack.
Jules is merely a sociopath who kills Park Rangers, but Brady is a total cold fish psychotic.
My childhood water pistol games will never be remembered in quite the same way again
He seems to get off on her pain, and when she screams in a heart rending voice while caged up, “Why are you doing this to me?”, he answers that her being a vampire is reason enough.
I get the impression this isn’t the first time these werewolves have caged up a vamp. They seemed to be awfully knowledgeable about the effects of a were bite on a vamp, and I wouldn’t put it past Jules, Brady and their friends to have conducted gruesome experiments on other vamps to see what Were Rabies would do.
Just when I’m ready to reach through the TV screen and rip some hearts out of chests myself, Jules calls Stefan using Caroline’s phone, and demands he bring Tyler to her. She proves she has Caroline with her by getting Brady to shoot her yet again with wooden bullets and elicit a horrible scream, and I rub my hands together in anticipation of the pwning Stefan is about to give her.
Even though I’d seen spoilery promo stills, it still surprised me to see Damon step up for Caroline too.
Stefan tries to convince Jules to make an exchange of Tyler for Caroline without any bloodshed.
Jules is like, “How about we do that at never o’clock?”
Then Damon steps out of the shadows in the woods and says: “My brother the peace maker. So Stefan got here before me. I was gonna let him try it his way before resorting to my way, which is a little bloodier. So just give us Caroline.”
It wasn’t a full moon, so you’d think Jules wouldn’t have a chance in hell.
But then she does a … wait for it … WOLF WHISTLE…
…and pack reinforcements start surrounding the Salvatores. Plus older werewolves can apparently do really acrobatic s**t and are strong even in human form.
While Stefan and Damon are BAMFs (more on that later), Tyler rushes to find where Caroline is locked up.
Caroline asks him to undo a latch to help her get out and HE HESITATES, and I ground my teeth into white dust.
Jesus, Trevino, you really don’t want to be gratuitous shirtless meat on my blog for a week, do you?
(for those in the know, I made a promise to have Tyler fully clothed on my blog for a week if he was a douchenozzle (TM Amy) in this episode)
Tyler finally comes to his senses and lets her out.
Really, the hesitation would have been enough to drive a wedge between him and Caroline without his actions being too irredeemable, but the writers take it a step too far, I think.
Caroline races outside and is grabbed by Jules, who holds her at gunpoint. Tyler just stands there dumbly. Damon and Stefan are moments away from death themselves.
Who knew that Luka’s dad would become awesome and give brain headaches to all of the wolves present (except Tyler)? Oh c’mon, you know that you said, “F**k yeah!” too, admit it!
Here is how I ended up being Team I Totally Get Both Sides when it comes to Caroline and Tyler.
On the one hand, Caroline had the best intentions for lying to him. More than that, she stuck by him during the most harrowing night of his life, at great personal risk to her own life. She held him together when his body was literally breaking up, and I think that should have been enough to let him know that she was a friend he could trust. And you don’t let a friend stand there bleeding and whimpering without doing something to help them.
On the other hand, I felt bad for Tyler. He hesitated about letting her out of the cage because of the lies about Mason and his questions about her loyalty and trust, but ultimately came through and helped her. To me, that meant he had chosen Caroline over the wolves. If he had made that choice already, I think it doesn’t logically track to think that him standing there dumbly watching Jules hold her hostage was him still having trust issues.
I actually think he stood dumbly while Jules held Caroline at gun point because he isn’t exactly a master at split-second life and death situations. This is his first supe showdown, and unlike Caroline he hasn’t had a mentor like Stefan to help him understand how to exercise his powers yet. Imagine if two weeks ago you had no idea you anything but human with some anger issues, and now all of a sudden you are surrounded by carnage and having witnessed the superior fighting skills of the wolves. Seriously, give the kid a break! Even awesome Caroline needed a few weeks to adjust before pwning Mason.
I hated when Tyler later rejoined Team Wolf though. But don’t forget that this happened after a scene where Caroline cuts all ties with him, effectively leaving him with no-one… his dad and uncle are dead, and his only living family member is his mother, who doesn’t know he’s a wolf. So Jules’ cult-like code of werewolf loyalty and honour she told him about earlier to convince him to join Team Wolf would seem very appealing.
Having said that, the boy had better realise that he belongs on Team Vampire and redeem himself through some huge gesture, stat.
The scene where Caroline told Tyler to GTFO of her life when he came to the front door of her house after the were/vamp fight broke my heart the most. I cried, people.
Tyler: “Are you OK?”
Caroline: “I’m fine.”
Tyler: “I had no idea they would come for you.”
Caroline: “Do you know what they did to me?”
Tyler: “I’m sorry. But it’s crazy now, OK? I don’t know who to trust. You lied to me!”
Caroline: “I lied to protect my friends. I lied to protect you. Don’t you get that?”
Caroline: “You just stood there when they were going to kill us. You just stood there! You didn’t do anything.”
Tyler: “I didn’t know what to do!”
Caroline: “You help your friend, that’s what you do.”
Tyler: “I’m sorry.”
Caroline: “No, it’s too late, because we’re not friends anymore. And what happened to me tonight, that will never happen again. So you take that back to your little werewolf pack, and you get the hell outta my house.”
[Door slam in Tyler’s face]
Seriously Tyler, though I get where you are coming from and am glad you tried to man up and make amends, after a girl you were passionately kissing last week has to pluck wooden bullet shards out of her body and you’ve done pretty much nothing to stop it, YOU GET THE F**K OFF OF HER PORCH AND YOU PROVE YOU ARE WORTHY OF HER AGAIN.
Let’s hope that these crazy Forwood kids can work their s**t out before the end of the season, because I refuse to give up my dream of a baby were and vamp going to prom together.
If Damon can be redeemed after snapping Jeremy’s neck, I can only hope that Tyler can bounce back from this.
Salvatoreo Moments of the Week
Stefan & Damon
They can both be neatly summed up in this GIF. I never get tired of seeing Damon pull out someone’s heart, because I’m a sadist, clearly.
Stefan stopping stakes mid-flight was pretty damn BAMF too, don’t ya think?
Honorary mention to Damon’s glib way of admitting to being responsible for Mason’s death: “Uh, that would be me!”
Damon, siriusly, never change.
So what do you guys think? Is Tyler redeemable at this point? What do you think it will take for Caroline to forgive him? Do you think Tyler or Caroline will die at the end of this season? (Please no! Please no!)
In the meantime, check out KJewls from TV Recappers Anonymous’ AWESOME recap of the episode.