Last episode was a dark time for Forwood shippers.
And I’m not talking the good kind of dark, like Music Sex God in his Black Outfit of Lust.
(Seriously, I wish that this man could be cast as Klaus, because there is no way you could confuse him for an ordinary mortal)
Caroline Got Wood, but sadly it wasn’t Tyler giving it to her.
Nope, the only wood she got were the splinters from wooden bullets she had to pluck out of her own neck after a torture session courtesy of werewolves Jules and Brady.
Tyler hesitated to help Care out of a life-threatening situation. Whether it was because he was paralysed by fear and uncertainty at being plunged into a supe battle without ever having experienced one and couldn’t make the right split second decision, or was truly conflicted at that point about who to trust (it wasn’t until later that Caroline spat out furiously that she had lied to protect him and removed doubt that she had for nefarious purposes), it doesn’t matter.
Caroline ended their friendship, resulting in this kicked puppy shot…
In Crying Wolf (S02E14), we kinda fall for Tyler again, despite his jackassery last week.
Matt enters Tyler’s Bad Touch Hall of Fame, thus endearing himself to me a little.
Then Jules takes Tyler away for Werewolf Obedience School or something.
Here are all of the Tyler and Tyler/Caroline scenes from Crying Wolf:
And the hilarious Caroline ones with Bonnie and Jeremy:
We open our first Forwood scene with Leather Tyler strolling towards Jules like the walking sex that he is.
Tyler’s ass was featured pretty heavily this ep you guys, a part of his anatomy I hadn’t really paid much attention to before now. One bonus of shirtfulness is actually noticing this stuff! 😉
Special shout out to txgirl0302 Tumblr. There are so many awesome Forwood Tumblrites, but she is rokken like dokken!
All I can say is, give me some of that Gangsta Lovin’, Trevino.
Jules looks sad, so maybe she caught VD when he was coming over?
Hey Jules, there are creams that help with the itchiness and rashes.
Oh, who am I kidding? I can’t be nice to Jules. Everyone keeps talking about how she is trying to be a Were Obi Wan Kanobi for Tyler, but all I see is Death Stars and Caroline torture sessions.
Maybe her intentions for Tyler are pure. But, you guys, Jules dumped Lucas at the altar in One Tree Hill…
… not to mention she keeps stomping on my Forwood unicorn. So, DIE JULES DIE! I’m hoping she is only being kept around because the writers need a werewolf other than Tyler to sacrifice during the curse-breaking ritual, which Elena will survive, of course.
Tyler wonders why Jules and Brady haven’t skipped town after Jones pwned them with his witchy brain headache last week during the big fight and told them to GTFO of town.
Apparently werewolves are like bunny slippers. You know, if you leave them under your bed, they go at it like rabbits (sorry, couldn’t resist!) and magically multiply. Because out of nowhere a geeky werewolf Slater wannabe pops up like we even know who the hell he is to tell us all about the sun and moon curse.
Jules and Brady explain that they need Tyler’s help to find the moonstone. Tyler, obviously not a rock collector in his free time, wants to know what is so special about it. Slaterwolf blathers on about how breaking the curse on the vampires’ side will bring about “werewolf Armageddon”.
I LOL’d at Tyler BFD expression. He totes isn’t a Ben Affleck fan.
Jules has a better pitch, explaining that if the wolves break the curse first, they won’t ever have to turn again.
Slaterwolf says that because the vamps are gearing up for the sacrifice, it must mean that the “evil twin shadow person” has been found.
He also says that Tyler’s uncle Mason’s girlfriend “Kathy” must know all about the doppelganger, and shows Tyler a photo of Katherine and Mason together.
In many ways, I’m sad that Mason kicked the bucket, because it would’ve been awesome for him to give Tyler tips on the vamp and were version of the birds and the bees.
Tyler, seeing the photo of “Kathy”, recognises Elena is the doppelganger and TELLS THE OTHER WOLVES THIS, despite them being friends since childhood.
He even later steals Caroline’s phone (more on this in a sec) to help them track Elena down. At least while being an ass we see just how HOT his ass is.
The werewolves leave out the vital piece of information that Elena will have to be sacrificed to break the curse, but come on now, Tyler, do you really think they were going to bake her a cake and trade slambooks with her or something?
I know you are pretty…
… and don’t need to use your brain all that much, but Jesus, pay attention.
The only justification I can give is that Tyler is a very impulsive person, who often doesn’t think through the consequences of his actions before launching into them. So with the thought of never having to turn again in his mind, he acted on his wolfy impulses and helped Team Wolf without asking any more questions.
Personally, I would’ve been curious to find out more about a girl I’ve known since birth having an evil vampire twin, but maybe that is just my curiosity from my journalism student days. Also, wouldn’t you wonder about why the vamps need to break the curse, when you have seen three (Damon, Stefan and Caroline) walk around in the sun anyway?
I’m just gonna go with the theory that he really didn’t think the situation through rationally, let alone consider what the other weres would do to Elena once they got her.
Besides, would we really want him to lose his impulsive side completely?
I think not!
I just wish to God that someone on Team Vampire had sat Tyler down and told him EVERYTHING, including ALL of the relevant informatin about the curse. How can anyone expect him to make the right choices if he doesn’t have all of the information he needs?
We get to what R Co of Something Kinda Catchy blog calls the “sexy food chain” triangle of Matt, Caroline and Tyler.
You know, because vamp Care’s bite can kill human Matt, and were Tyler’s bite can kill vamp Care.
Speaking of food, you know what I hate about the humble Caratt?
Aside from being a Forwood cock-blocker, it totally gets stuck in your teeth.
Caroline tries to catch up with him at work, but Matt is peeved at Caroline for blowing him off the night before. I can understand where he is coming from, because he caught her in a lie about being with Bonnie, and as far as he knows this might mean his suspicions about Tyler and Caroline hooking up are true. He was all mature about Care and Tyler chatting in The Descent, but clearly the Bonnie lie was the last straw.
But, I was too busy picking Caratt out of my teeth to feel sorry for him.
After Matt tells Care to kiss off, Caroline subsconsciously prays for Werewolf Sex God to appear…
… and so he does.
Music Sex God, unfortunately, is not seated at his right or left hand.
We are, however, treated to an argument with the veracity only two people with passionate feelings for one another can have.
Caroline: “You stay away from me.”
Tyler: “It’s important.”
Caroline: “Stop it, Tyler, OK, you’re just making it worse.”
Tyler: “Please Caroline, I’m sorry about what happened, OK, but there’s so much we need to talk about.”
Caroline: “I said, just leave me alone.”
Just in case Trevino!Ass and sudden irrational jealousy of a mobile phone distracted you, here is what happened during the conversation…
Tyler bumped into Caroline deliberately so that he could pocket her phone under the guise of helping her pick up her things, to later use in the Elena Hunt.
Now, that takes the sheen off the scene, I must admit. This deception aside, everything he says to Caroline is true. He DOES want to talk to her and is sorry for what happened, and we get a blast of kicked puppy when she makes it known in no uncertain terms that she still wants nothing to do with him.
Caroline is obviously flustered by Tyler’s presence, and the fact that Matt might misinterpret the scene as a lovers’ quarrel. Really, the two are so affected by one another that this is what it amounts to. I mean, no one gets angry with someone with the intensity of Caroline unless their feelings run deeper than friendship and their heart has been broken by them.
She has to ask herself why she would respond so strongly to Tyler’s kiss if Matt was really the only one in the picture.
Forwood may not have officially happened yet, but emotionally I feel like they have, and that is part of the reason why Tyler’s hesitation hurt so much: Caroline really put her heart on the line for Tyler in a way I don’t think she has with Matt.
Matt, oblivious to the food chain that he is at the bottom of as a human but not to the significance of the Forwood argument, gives Tyler a Bad Touch that warmed the cockles of my heart. What can I say? I love it when people get up in Tyler’s grill, and vice versa.
Tyler, who last time beat Matt to a pulp after a similar scenario occurred when Matt caught him hooking up with his Slutty Mom, doesn’t fight back. Progress.
Also, I think it is interesting that a commonality between Matt and Tyler is how much they hate being lied to.
We see this later with Tyler when he tells Jules “no more lies” before they leave Mystic Falls, and in Matt’s confrontation of Tyler after witnessing Forwood’s heated argument.
Matt: “The two of you want to get together, fine, there’s nothing I can do about it, but do me a favour and both of you stop lying about it.”
Tyler: “Matt, there’s nothing going on!”
Matt: [Bad Touch] “Hey! I said, stop lying!”
Say what you will about the Odd Couple friendship between Tyler and Matt, but clearly they share some similar values when it comes to honesty.
Tyler uses Caroline’s swiped mobile phone to text Elena and gets her location under false pretenses. Elena texts “xoxo” to “Caroline”, and I wish Tyler had texted that message back.
To his credit, Tyler looks guilty as hell about what he has just done, and it is obvious he is only doing it because he can’t bear the thought of turning again.
He then has a heart warming chat with Brady (and by heart warming I mean Brady baby, your heart will soon move at such a velocity from your chest that you will FEEL THE HEAT) about finding “the doppelganger”.
Brady: “Good to go.”
Brady: “You up for this?”
Tyler: [Mouth movement]
Brady: “These people have done nothing but lie to you. This girl that you’ve known since birth, she’s with the vampires now. The ones who killed Mason. They’re the enemy. And if they break that curse, all of us are as good as dead. Are you up for this?”
This pep talk almost had a fatherly feeling to it, but then this exchange happened:
Brady: “Good. Because if you wuss out, you’re gonna have me to deal with, you got it?”
Umm, how touching?
For reals, I had a flashback to a pep talk Buffy gave in the prom episode in season three.
Buffy: “I’m gonna give you all a nice, fun, normal evening if I have to kill every single person on the face of the Earth to do it.”
Just think of me as Xander when Brady gave his spiel.
Tyler then does just about the stupidest thing you can do on this show: he holds a Salvatore hostage. At the lakehouse, Brady shoots Stefan and then hands the gun, and a stake, to Tyler to hold him at bay so he can go off and stalk Elena.
I must say, I loved this scene. We get sexy, menacing Bad Cop Tyler, who is all “Don’t move!”.
Plus, seeing Stefan grunting and sweaty while being tortured just totally does it for me for some insane reason.
We don’t quite get Bondage Stefan, but it was still pretty awesome.
Tyler releases Stefan when Stefan tells him Elena has to die for the curse to be broken. Elena, who has managed to evade Brady all this time, rushes outside with Brady in hot pursuit.
Stefan then pulls a Damon (pun TOTALLY INTENDED) and rips Brady’s heart from his chest. And I bounced up and down with glee. Huzzah!
Elena has annoyed me a little lately in the friend department. But she fully redeemed herself in my eyes by showing incredible compassion, when really Tyler didn’t deserve it.
Look, Trevino killed it during this exchange with Elena after the heart tear.
Tyler: “I didn’t know what they were going to do to you. I didn’t. I just didn’t want to be like this anymore. I’m sorry, Elena.”
Hotness aside, as KJewls from TV Recappers Anonymous pointed out in her awesome (as usual!) Crying Wolf recap, this apology was pretty lame considering he had broken into her dead parents’ home, shot her boyfriend in the leg and let Brady stalk her.
So, I was deeply moved by Elena’s hug.
Call me pathetic if you want, but it was nice to be reminded why Elena can be such an amazing heroine at times.
Her limitless capacity for compassion and heart of gold is what can allow her to forgive the baddest of bad boys…
… even when they do truly heinous acts, and yet still seem like an innocent in all of these messes rather than an awful person who just looks the other way. Elena may be morally ambiguous, but never has she sold her soul.
I’m sure that is a controversial opinion. Thoughts?
I know some people find it weird to see Tyler and Elena hug despite barely interacting on the show. The way I see it, my childhood friends are people I can see only once in a blue moon and still have that immediate connection of feeling like a day has never passed when we catch up. Plus, Elena instinctively knows when people need human contact to pull them back from the abyss.
Although Care obviously isn’t human, I wish she hadn’t slammed the door shut on Tyler in Daddy Issues in some ways despite the girl power angle, because what he needed was an anchor. Elena gave that to him in this moment, however briefly.
Jesse honey, hope you enjoyed your Stelena!
Oh Elena, when you put on your Big Girl F**K Me Boots, I just love ya!
In amongst all of this drama, Caroline is off having a grand old time with Bonnie, helping her Werewolf Roofie Luka at the Mystic Grill and then skullf**k him into revealing what Elijah’s plans for the doppelganger are, plus cheerleading Jeremy’s obvious crush on Bonnie.
We see a hint of the Queen Bee Caroline of old with her appraisal of Bonnie using her wiley ways to trick Luka into downing an iced venti frappe latte laced with Werewolf Roofie. OK, I don’t really know if that was the drink, but that’s my favourite drink, so let’s roll with it.
Caroline to Jeremy as they watch Bonnie and Luka: “She’s selling it and he’s buying it. She’s givin’ him the sex smile.” Jeremy: “All right, Caroline, I get it.”
Caroline’s mischievous knowing smile and raised brows made me fall in love with her all over again. Plus, her little version of the Brow Thing is just further proof that she and Tyler are meant to be. Later on, she encourages Bonnie to just go for it with Jeremy, over Luka’s bewitched body, hilariously.
Hey, it’s hard to squeeze in quality girl time sometimes!
I have the feeling she will need some more quality girl time before long.
Tyler heads into the Mystic Grill all sad and remorseful to have a truly touching moment with Matt. Matt tells him he’s not in the mood, but Tyler says, a slight catch in his voice, that there is something he needs to say.
Matt, clearly unused to this new, vulnerable Tyler, simply tells him to “say it”, no anger left in his voice.
And Forwood shippers, did you lose your s**t as much as me at the speech Tyler gives? Of course you did.
Here it is in full:
Tyler: ““I’ve been going through a rough time, something I can’t really talk about. And Caroline’s been helping me through it. She’s been there for me, more than anyone’s ever been there my entire life. And I kinda fell for her. I don’t know how anyone wouldn’t because she’s pretty incredible. She loves you, and she needs you. And to be honest, she deserves someone like you, so you be good to her. Okay?”
Matt: “Yeah man, of course.”
It is a testament to the Matt and Tyler friendship, and Matt’s incredible maturity, that he listens to this entire speech without interrupting, despite his look of hurt when Tyler says he had fallen for Caroline. Matt knows that this speech is a huge moment for Tyler, who not only rarely opens up like this but probably has never said he has loved a girl in his life. I mean, Matt is used to Tyler saying things like: “Is it me, or did Thing Two’s ass suddenly get hot?”
Having said that, I can’t resist making a comparison between this speech and Matt’s “I love you” to Caroline in Brave New World (S02E02).
Tyler: “I kinda fell for her. I don’t see how anyone wouldn’t, because she’s pretty incredible.”
Matt: “I came to see if today’s basket-case period had expired. Tonight, even though I wanted to throttle you, I think I’m falling in love with you.” (not forgetting this was three days after Caroline ALMOST DIED, which I think earns her the right to some basket-case behaviour).
Matt is a great guy in general, but something about being with Caroline brings out the worst in him. He tends to focus on Caroline’s flaws and she has to work so damn hard to be accepted by him, and still seems to fall short of the ideal he has in mind.
Whereas, Tyler appreciates Caroline for exactly who she is. He doesn’t wish that she was slightly different or equivocate his affection for her; he sees her for the awesome girl she is. Yes, he was angry about being lied to about Mason and the vampires, but he was sorry for his actions in Daddy Issues and didn’t hold her own anger against her.
Even after all this time, that scene hurts my heart so badly
As other bloggers have noted, Tyler’s selfless act of love for Caroline has shades of Damon’s own epic “I love you” scene with Elena. SIGH!
Seeing Tyler saying his secret goodbye to Caroline was undoubtedly the Lupining Tyler Magnum Opus. And I know from my Tyler’s Best Looks Post how much you all adore Lupining Tyler! (even more than shirtless versions of Tyler, apparently, which is really saying something. Imagine if he pined shirtless!)
Caroline hears a noise from outside and goes to investigate, before locking the door. I haven’t decided if Caroline saw him/sensed him out on her porch or not. We know that werewolves have a strong sense of smell, and though I can’t remember a canon mention of it, I’m pretty sure that vamps have a strong nose too. Or is it just their hearing?
If she did know it was him, and still locked the door anyway, it is even more heartbreaking.
Hey, have you noticed that all of Forwood’s epic relationship moments have happened on Caroline’s porch?
I am hanging out for Porch Sex now. What? If people don’t notice the Sheriff’s daughter being shot point blank in the head in the middle of Mystic Falls’ busiest street, they wouldn’t notice a little baby vamp on baby were action.
Tyler, clearly the Crying Wolf of the episode title due to his emotional day, leaves Mystic Falls with Jules to do an Oz and find himself, I guess. Jules seems sad about Brady et al dying, but siriusly, she could cry me a river and I still wouldn’t give her the honour of having the title refer to her.
I’m trying to understand Tyler’s decision, and believe that what he says, “I can’t say here. Not like this” makes sense. But all I can think of is what Oz himself would say. “This is making the kind of sense that is not.”
Tyler had better swoop in later on at some undetermined time all manly and hot, saving Caroline from peril. Preferably while wearing more black leather. And he had better not die in the process.
One thing that gives me a little hope is that Caroline told Tyler the morning after their kiss that “we can’t go there”. Labelling a relationship as forbidden, and therefore knowing this is likely to make viewers want the couple to happen even more, is a writer trick that tells me they TOTALLY WILL GO THERE.
And on that day, I will plaster my blog with so many unicorn pictures you will think that a rainbow has exploded on it.
Salvatoreo Moments of the Week
It is hard to go past the Brady heart tear, even though Damon’s rip last week made the final cut. It was just that. damn. good. I may have pumped my fist in the air and shouted with glee “Go Papa Stefan! Go! No one messes with your baby vamp and girlfriend”. Although no heart was left unripped out of chests this week, seemingly.
Aside from the BAMF Stefan move, Elijah reeled in another heart double header, much to Damon’s joy… and Forwood fans of course got their hearts torn out of their bodies again. Given that this episode coincided with Valentine’s Day, I am taking these heart rips as the Vampire Diaries equivalent of a Hallmark card. Can’t you just picture Dru from Buffy season two watching the show and giddily remember the still-warm heart of an innocent shopgirl that Angelus gave her as a present on V Day?
This awesome GIF symphony of heart rips from The Colors Were All Wrong Tumblr proves I’m not the only one who gets the warm fuzzies from them:
This is my way of saying Happy Valentine’s Day! 😉
By the way, Dark! Stefan, you are a magnificent bastard, and I can’t wait for you to be re-introduced next week.
Yes, I know this scene happened last week, but let’s face it, I bet you would prefer this image over one of Damon and Andie any day 😉
I loved his response to Alaric’s plea not to kill journalist girlfriend Andie, who happens to be a friend of Useless Aunt Jenna’s. Damon: “If I did, who would report her death?”
Ahem, me, Julie, Amy and VictiMom, Damon. Julie and I are even qualified in this exact field! And then we would be happy to be your next compulsion sex toys.
PS VictiMom and Amy, I will gradually wear away at your Tyler hatred. Just FYI.