If you’re like me, you’re suffering severe Forwood crackship withdrawal right about now.
Yep, this OTP is my favourite type of pop culture LSD, aside from MSG.
This = MSG (Music Sex God) Thanks Amy!
Have the cold sweats set in yet? Or perhaps you have offered Julie and Kev the first born of your first born in return for Tyler coming back to Mystic Falls, stat?
I think it is high time we had a little Tyler/Caroline rehab, in the form of Got Forwood Rewind.
Over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to give Tyler/Caroline-centric recaps of ALL the early season two episodes that I didn’t cover, so that we can all squee over them together.
It has a very Land Before Time feel…
I mean, we are going to go back to the time when Forwood unicorns didn’t even exist!
All right, let’s get into it!
In The Return, Tyler and Jeremy have enough sexual tension to make me wanna strangle a mountain ox to release the pent up energy for them.
This is kinda how the scene went!
Caroline secures herself a place in my friend Jess’s heart forever with her choice of comfort food TV while recovering in hospital from a car crash in the season one finale.
Damon and Bonnie discover what the vampire equivalent of the condom accidentally breaking is.
Trevino slays us with the single most powerful Tyler moment to date, other than his first werewolf transformation.
You know who else butters my biscuit this episode? Tyler’s spunk rat of an Uncle!
Here are all of the Tyler and Caroline scenes from The Return I could YouTube:
So, before Caroline became Princess Sparkle to Tyler’s Captain Oats, these guys had to go through awkward supernatural puberty that made my zits look like beauty spots in comparison.
You know how girls usually mature faster than guys? Caroline turned into a supe first. But not before we get some final fleeting moments of her human life.
Bonnie and Damon have apparently never gone to the Vampire Planned Parenthood Clinic, because Damon manages to convince witch Bonnie, who was hating on vamps at the time, to let him give Caroline blood to heal her internal injuries from the car crash caused by Tyler’s were migraine. As all you TVD fans know, if someone is killed with vamp blood in their system, they will turn.
Matt, then still Care’s boyfriend, and Bonnie later bond with Caroline after she has “magically” healed and gotten her lease on life back, evident in her Jersey Shore watchage. The thing that strikes me now, watching this episode again, is how significant Elena’s absence from this sweet scene was. She has been friends since childhood with these three, but she has pulled far enough into the supernatural world that normalcy is slipping from her. As much as I love the Salvatores, this made me feel strangely sad.
The next day we are at the wake for Mayor Lockwood, who was killed in the finale.
Tyler jams his hands in his pockets, something he does throughout the season in moments of heightened emotion, like Caroline telling him that he can’t reveal their supe natures to anyone else. Little details like this are why I love Trevino’s action so.
Enter Uncle Mason!
Look, I don’t know what the wardrobe designer was smoking that week, but Mason’s white shirt is a monstrosity that only a sprinkler system could salvage, hinting at what lies beneath…
Sadly, he remains dry, and in the absence of an impromptu wet t-shirt competition (one of few town events yet to be done), this shirt shall henceforth haunt my nightmares… at least, up until the next ep, where if memory serves correctly he is wearing a much more becoming tank.
Tyler and Mason catch up, with Tyler calling him the black sheep because, um, Mason surfs? I don’t know.
Later, Tyler is still working his job as Mayor Lockwood wake door b**tch, kinda like Carrie being a booth b**ch. When suddenly in comes a REAL b**ch… Miss Katherine Pierce.
Tyler welcomes “Elena”, since he isn’t tipped off by her Sandy from Bizarro World Grease get up that something is weird. But then again, it wouldn’t be normal to jump to, “Oh, it must be her doppeliciously evil vampire twin”.
You know, it is kind of awesome that Tyler has never seemed the slightest bit interested in Elena’s charms. It makes me wish Katherine would crack onto him, just to see her reaction to his knock back.
Later, Tyler apparently learns the secret ingredient to happiness in Mystic Falls… a raging drink problem, and is sipping away on a flask in a room alone.
I am so hoping his flask has this cute little guy on him, like the flask Trevino tweeted about using when shooting a spread with Bello Mag lately.
Oh, c’mon, you really thought I’d get through a whole recap without a gratuitous Bello shot? Clearly you don’t know me at all 😉
In steps Leather Jeremy.
I remember thinking “WTFBBQ, what happened to the Jeremy I could put in my pocket??” when I saw this ep for the first time. Be sure to head over to F**K Yeah Steven R McQueen for much more deliberatio on this matter.
Ahh, the innocent days of Jyler shipping, when all I wanted was some hot, sweaty manaction from this pair.
The two bond over losing dads and having to deal with strangers giving fake sympathy. Tyler said his Dad was a dick and Jeremy agrees with “Yeah, yes he was” in this soft voice like “I’m gonna remember you fondly, Mayor Lockwood, as an asshole”. The line delivery cracks me up even now.
Jeremy and Tyler then eye flick each other with enough sexual tension for me to scream at the TV to just get it on already, so that us female viewers could get the bountiful sight of them flashing their beautiful bodies (TM Gen) to the world. At the same time.
Tyler eye flicks, particularly menacing ones, really do it for me. Like the one in this GIF, which Gen (txgirl0302 Tumblr) made me…
You know, if I had my way, the love triangle would’ve evolved into Tyler, Caroline and Jeremy.
Mason then comes in and cock blocks them before things can get really interesting. I forgive him because he is hot and I am shallow.
After the wake, Tyler is in his father’s office and picks up a family photo. All of a sudden, the anguish and pain at the death of someone he loved and hated in equal measure bursts through the surface of calm indifference he has held as his façade all day, as he smashes the photo, shoves his horrified mother when she responds to the noise, and has to be forcibly subdued by Mason.
This was the first moment I really took notice of Trevino’s acting ability. There had been hints in the past, but Holy Mother of God, he was good at conveying how little control Tyler had over his emotions.
I am curious to see if the Tyler who returns to Mystic Falls after leaving with Jules is able to contain his emotions much more effectively. People always talk about Damon as the unpredictable one, but up until lately, Damon’s violence and madness have usually had a method to them. Tyler always struck me as the true wild card, because as you can see in this scene, sometimes a dark part just takes over him and he becomes something else.
Hearing Tyler tell Mason afterwards that he doesn’t want to be this way anymore was heartbreaking.
Just as Care’s final scene was.
Despite the awesome baby vamp she became as a result, the scene where Caroline is smothered to death by Katherine is tragic, considering that earlier in the day Bonnie and Matt finally put her first, and she seemed happy in a way she hadn’t at any point in season one.
Game on, indeed.
I’ll be back in the next two weeks with more Bad Touches…
More Brow Thing…
And more Vampire Barbie…
…than you can handle!
Salvatoreo Moments of the Week
There were just so many awesome moments for Damon in this episode. I am awfully fond of him calling Stefan “Fabio”, given my love of trashy fiction.
Cos you need visual representation of why Damon called him Fabio IMO 😉
I love how Stefan was able to rise above his anger over Damon kissing who he thought was Elena, and recognising it for the positive thing it signified – that Damon was finally starting to feel something deeply for a woman other than Katherine.
OhSoHot Gilbert Moment of the Week
Jeremy’s terror after reawakening from having his neck snapped was so palpable through the screen, and is McQueen’s crowning acting moment for me of the series so far.